LEAMINGTON, Ont. – In an unusual move, licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. is cutting the amount of cash it is offering for cannabis company Nuuvera Inc. — from $1 to 60 cents per share — as Nuuvera seeks to fully acquire its subsidiary Avanti Rx Analytics.Leamington, Ont.-based Aphria said Tuesday it reached an agreement with Toronto-based Nuuvera to the lower the price but did not elaborate on why.Nuuvera said in a separate release it agreed to the amendment “in order to fund” its own acquisition of the remaining 49 per cent interest of Avanti — which provides research and testing services to the cannabis industry — for an estimated $43 million.The company did not explain why receiving less money from Aphria would help fund its own transaction.“The acquisition of Avanti is an important step in the history of Nuuvera and is expected to result in synergies at the combined Nuuvera/Aphria which will enhance the value of the arrangement to shareholders of Nuuvera,” said Ronald Schmeichel, Nuuvera’s chairman, in a statement.Neither company could not be immediately reached for further comment.Nuuvera said it entered into a letter of intent to acquire the remaining interest of Avanti from a single minority shareholder. As part of the deal, Nuuvera also anticipates acquiring Avanti’s facility in Brampton, Ont.The original agreement was valued at $826 million, according to Aphria and Nuuvera’s Jan. 29 release. The revised offer, with the reduced cash component and using Aphria’s latest closing price of $14.06, based on 80.13 million outstanding Nuuvera shares would be valued at $447.9 million.Under the amended deal, Aphria is offering 60 cents in cash plus 0.3546 of an Aphria share. Nuuvera noted in its release “the consideration has been reduced… provided that the cash consideration will be increased to the extent the company’s unrestricted cash exceeds the revised required level.”Shares of Aphria and Nuuvera have fallen since the original deal was first announced on Jan. 29. Under the initial agreement, the licensed producer offered $1 plus 0.3546 of an Aphria share for each Nuuvera share. That would value the offer at roughly $8.50 per share, based on Aphria’s 10-day volume-weighted average price for the period ended Jan. 26 of $21.15. Nuuvera’s 10-day volume-weighted price for the same period was $6.51.On Friday, Aphria shares closed at $14.06 on the Toronto Stock Exchange while Nuuvera shares closed at $5.56 on the TSX Venture Exchange. Based on Friday’s share price, Aphria’s amended offer of 60 cents in cash plus 0.3546 of a common share would be valued at $5.59 per share.Aphria’s stock was up $1.13 or 8.04 per cent to $15.19 in early afternoon trading on Tuesday, while Nuuvera was up 14 cents or 2.52 per cent to $5.70.Aphria said Tuesday it also sought and received consent for the reduction from shareholders who had signed lock-up agreements, that together with Nuuvera shares already owned by Aphria represent approximately 65 per cent of Nuuvera’s outstanding shares and over 57 per cent of the requisite minority shareholders of Nuuvera.Aphria added that its board of directors received an opinion from its financial adviser, Cormark Securities Inc., that said as of Feb. 19 the amendment is “fair, from a financial point of view, to Aphria.”Nuuvera noted its board also obtained legal and financial advice from Canaccord Genuity Group Inc., which concluded that as of Feb. 19 that “the consideration to be received by Nuuvera shareholders is fair, from a financial point of view, to such shareholders.”Aphria said the deal is expected to close in April, on schedule.Companies in this story: (TSX:APH, TSXV:NUU, TSX:CF)
New Delhi: To fast-track strategic sale of CPSEs, the Cabinet Thursday allowed the Alternative Mechanism to decide on the timing, price and quantum of shares of a state-run company to be put on the block for outright sale.”The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA ) has approved delegation of the following Alternative Mechanism in all the cases of strategic disinvestment of CPSEs where CCEA has given ‘in-principle’ approval for strategic disinvestment,” an official statement said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe Alternative Mechanism (AM) on strategic disinvestment was set up in 2017 and consists of the finance minister, the road transport and highways minister and the minister representing respective administrative department. So far, the AM has decided on the terms and conditions of the sale from the stage of inviting of expressions of interest (EoIs) till inviting of financial bid. With Thursday’s decision, the panel has been permitted to take decisions on final pricing of the transaction, quantum of shares to be sold and the selection of strategic partner or buyer. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”This will facilitate quick decision-making and obviate the need for multiple instances of approval by CCEA for the same CPSE,” the statement said after the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As many as 35 central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have already been lined up for strategic sale. The companies that have been shortlisted for strategic sale include Pawan Hans, Air India, Air India subsidiary AIATSL, Dredging Corporation of India, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL. The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC.
New Delhi: A member of the banned terrorist group and an associate of Jarnail Singh Bhinderwale, who was killed by the Indian Army in ‘Operation Blue Star’ in 1984 was nabbed by the Delhi police, officials said on Wednesday. The accused Gursewak Singh (53), is a member of Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) and was planning to re-constitute his organization on directions of KCF chief Paramjeet Singh Panjwad, who was based in Pakistan, police said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Singh was also in touch with Jagtaar Singh Hawara and other terrorists lodged in various jails in India including Tihar jail, police said adding Gursewak was arrested by the crime branch from ISBT Delhi on March 12 where he had come to meet one of his contacts. Gursewak was previously involved in more than 50 cases of terrorist activities, murders of police officials and informers, robberies in banks and police station among others, said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder He remained in jail for more than 26 years in different cases and was in regular touch with some Pakistan based terrorists. Police said Singh was born in a farmer family residing in Raikot village in Punjab’s Ludhiana district. His elder brother Swaran Singh was a member of terrorist group led by Bhinderwale in Punjab in 1980s. Gursewak also joined the group in 1982, the police official said. In 1984, when Binderwale was killed, most of his associates fled to Pakistan where they were trained and supported by ISI. During that time, Gursewak joined the newly formed KCF constituted by terrorist Manveer Singh Chehdu and actively participated in anti national activities, he said. Gursewak along with his associates remained involved in dozens of murders of suspected informers of Indian security agencies and bank robberies in Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan. In May 1984, the accused along with his associates, Labh Singh, Gurinder Singh and Swaranjit Singh had also killed group editor of Hind Samachar newspaper Ramesh Chander in Jallandhar, Singla said. In 1986, Singh along with his associates attacked the residence of Julio Riberio, Ex-DGP Punjab in Jallandhar. In the same year, the accused along with his associates killed eight police personnel of Punjab Police while freeing the KCF Chief Jarnal Labh Singh and terrorists Gurinder Pal Singh Bhola and Swaranjit Singh from police custody in court complex in Jallandhar after a shootout, the officer said. The accused persons had also attacked on a police station in Punjab and robbed 16 rifles, six carbines, cartridges, two revolvers, police jeep and a Fiat car. The accused along with his associates had also killed all nine members of a family in Punjab, he said. Singh remained in jail and most of the time in High Risk Ward of Tihar Jail till 2004 for period of about 18 years. While at Tihar Jail, he planned to smuggle arms including AK-47 and explosives from Pakistan in order to carry out an attack in Delhi. However, this conspiracy of the accused persons was foiled by Crime Branch of Delhi Police, which arrested two terrorists from the area of Punjabi Bagh on July 9, 1998, the officer said. After coming out of jail in 2010, he remained involved in several cases of robbery and was arrested thrice by Ludhiana Police in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. During this period, he remained in contact with Paramjeet Singh Panjwad. He was again arrested by Delhi Police in 2017 under the Arms Act. He is facing trial in a case in Patiala House Court and was not attending the court following which the court had issued non-bailable warrants against him, police said.
by Antoine LAMBROSCHINITUNIS- Tunisia was waiting Friday for the president to task Premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa with forming a cabinet of independents to lead the country to fresh elections after the Islamist-led government finally quit.Outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh’s resignation on Thursday, under an agreement to end months of political deadlock and get Tunisia’s democratic transition back on track, comes nearly three years after veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s overthrow in the first Arab Spring uprising. The new premier, who is a relative political novice, will have to confront mounting social unrest and the persistent threat of jihadist violence, in a political climate that remains tense.President Moncef Marzouki is now expected to ask the head of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, Rachid Ghannouchi, to submit a candidate, with Jomaa nominated as the consensus choice to head the interim administration during crisis negotiations last month.The little-known industry minister will have 15 days to form his cabinet, which must be then approved by the national assembly.The Tunisian press welcomed Larayedh’s departure with relief, while also stressing the challenges that his successor faces.Shortly before his resignation, Larayedh announced the suspension of a new vehicle tax which came into force this year and has triggered strikes and nationwide protests, notably in the country’s impoverished interior where the 2011 uprising began.Poverty and unemployment were driving factors behind the revolution that unseated Ben Ali and remain pressing problems in Tunisia, amid lackluster economic growth and an unemployment rate of more than 30 percent among school leavers.Another key issue for Jomaa is the threat posed by armed jihadists, blamed for the assassination of two opposition politicians last year, which triggered the latest political crisis and finally forced the departure of the Ennahda-led government.“The hardest part has just begun,” warned Tunisian daily Le Quotidien, saying Jomaa had inherited a “poisoned chalice.”“With uprisings in all corners of the country, an ailing economy and a precarious situation, the future government will have its work cut out,” it said.Ahead of its formation, the national assembly is pushing ahead with the adoption of a long-delayed new constitution, voting on it intensively article by article.“We will work on it day and night,” said parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jafaa on Thursday evening. “Maybe we’ll have a nice surprise and the constitution will be adopted on January 13,” the eve of the anniversary of the revolution.The “general principles” and the essential “rights and freedoms” in the charter have already been approved, although other chapters, including on the functioning of public institutions, have yet to be ratified.Lawmakers began examining those chapters on Friday, starting with legislative powers.There has been major progress on the issue of women’s rights, with the assembly passing an article last week that enshrines gender equality, and another on Thursday that commits the state to promoting equality of representation in elected bodies.There had been fears among secular politicians, which Ennahda has been at pains to disprove, that it would seek to roll back the extensive rights that women have enjoyed in Tunisia since independence, compared with the rest of the Arab world.The formation of an independent authority to oversee fresh elections, which the Islamists had set as a condition for stepping down, finally took place on Wednesday.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Sept 2015 – Nearly one thousand people took part in the consultations on the Immigration and Turks and Caicos Islander Status Bills 2015; this according to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in a press release.It was revealed that 550 individuals participated in the online survey through emails and written submissions, while 305 people attended the public meetings. Government officials called this the most recent comprehensive overhaul of TCI Immigration laws since 1992. Now that both bills have been passed in the House of Assembly, Minister of Border Control and Employment Don Hue Gardiner said: “These Bills will improve the lives of Turks and Caicos Islanders by ensuring greater opportunities for employment as well as upward mobility on the job for our people.”“In addition, the Bills contain provisions to ensure that new comers to our shores who comply with the rules are treated fairly.” The new laws will be implemented after a period of training, public education and resourcing of personnel and equipment. More than 75 amendments were made to the Turks and Caicos Islander status Bill and over 100 changes were applied to the Immigration Bill; both of which have been passed despite public objection. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:consultations, donhue gardiner, immigration bill, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’
Elizabeth Alvarez, AP, Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Sweden was so dominant against Mexico at the World Cup that the best Mexican plays of the night were made 600 miles away by South Koreans.The Swedes rolled to a 3-0 rout Wednesday, never challenged in the second half, overtaking Mexico to win Group F just four nights after a gut-wrenching last-minute loss to Germany. The result, combined with South Korea’s 2-0 upset of the Germans, meant Sweden and Mexico — the group runner-up — advanced.The defending champions from Germany go home early.Sweden makes its first appearance in the knockout stage since 2006. Mexico plays in the round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, with its fans desperate for its first quarterfinal appearance in 32 years — the elusive “quinto partido,” or fifth game. Sweden Dominates Mexico 3-0, but both head to knockout round Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Elizabeth Alvarez, AP June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: June 27, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345678 Sweden didn’t want to focus on getting revenge by helping eliminate Germany, which got some favorable calls in a tense 2-1 victory over the Swedes on Saturday night.“We grew another little bit,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “I am not going to sit here and gloat having won a match or boast about a win. We don’t want to stir things up too much.”Ludwig Augustinsson volleyed a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half, and captain Andreas Granqvist converted a penalty kick to help Sweden take control.Mexico’s Edson Alvarez had an own goal in the 74th minute to put the game out of reach at 3-0.It capped an emotional week for the Blue-Yellow. The team made a unified statement Sunday defending teammate Jimmy Durmaz from criticism and racist attacks after his late foul led to a free kick that won the game for Germany.“A few days ago we lost in the last minute and we were very disappointed, and now we come back and beat Mexico,” Augustinsson said. “I think we deserved to win the group, and Mexico deserved to be second.”As Sweden’s lead grew, Mexican fans paid more attention to the other game, rooting against Germany, which could have passed Mexico with a victory depending on tiebreakers.El Tri’s faithful could be seen frantically checking their phones for scoring updates from Germany’s game soon after Sweden’s second goal. After South Korea’s first goal, they let up a loud cheer and tossed drinks in the air as their chances of advancing improved.Great organization and some fortunate timing played out in the second half for Sweden. Augustinsson scored when the ball luckily landed in his path following a mistimed shot from Viktor Claesson popped up to his teammate.After Granqvist’s penalty kick, Sweden took total control. Alvarez’s own goal occurred when he was trying to prevent Ola Toivonen from connecting with the ball, deflecting it with his arm past Ochoa.“We just need to move on,” Ochoa said. “This is the World Cup. We can’t pull it out of our pocket, it’s not going to be easy and I think it’s a good lesson for what’s to come.”Said coach Juan Carlos Osorio: “We have to say we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea. However and nevertheless, I am very hurt.”Alvarez’s own goal was the seventh overall of the World Cup, one more than the previous record in 1998.Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo was called for a yellow card just 13 seconds in — believed to be the fastest in World Cup history — setting up the first of two quick set-piece opportunities Sweden could not take advantage of.GROUP DYNAMICSSweden wins Group F and will face the runner-up of Group E (Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia) in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.As the runner-up, Mexico meets the Group E winner Monday in Samara.KEYS TO SUCCESSSweden didn’t panic despite missing early chances to score. The Swedes stayed crisp in their exchanges and it helped them find seams in El Tri’s defense.Mexico will lament its missed chances early. Its aggressive style did open up some counterstrike chances for Sweden.SIDELINEDDefender Hector Moreno got his second yellow card of the tournament and misses Mexico’s next game. Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson, who was carted off in the second half with head injury, also received a second yellow and will also be suspended.___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at https://twitter.com/khightower Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter
KUSI Newsroom New report highlights overtime, staffing issues facing SD Fire-Rescue Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- An independent audit highlights how much San Diego Fire-Rescue is spending on overtime for its firefighters.Joining KUSI to discuss those overtime and staffing issues facing his department is Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell.For more information on the audit: https://bit.ly/2DyGYdZ KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:33 PM February 13, 2019
“Half of the battle with video on the web is not just the content, but what environment people are viewing that content in,” he says. “If you look at a CNN or any live network, they’re able to post video on-demand at a much faster rate because they’re producing that content live. We now have that same capability so the hope is to create a more immediate presence on the site.”SI Now will air daily from 1-1:30 p.m. ET—a high-traffic time for the site—with three primary segments including breaking news, an in-depth report and a guest interview.While the live show is a first for Time Inc., it’s part of a growing amount of sports talk video content available online.Broadcasters like ESPN, NBC Sports and the CBS Sports Network—along with the soon-to-be-launched Fox Sports channel—have 24-hour networks to draw from, while digital-only brands like SBNation, Bleacher Report and Sporting News have broken into the format as well.Orefice admits it’s a crowded marketplace, but says the challenge is nothing new for the brand.”Sports coverage is saturated as is, so you can ask the same question about how Sports Illustrated differentiates itself from the competition: Better analysis, better context,” he says. “We’re trying to bring that voice to life in a talk-show format.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! Building on Time Inc.’s new digital video unit, Sports Illustrated is launching a live daily sports talk show next week.The project, titled SI Now and sponsored by Ford, will be a 30-minute streaming broadcast that branches out from the prerecorded studio segments, features and the occasional live special the brand has been putting out since 2010. The SI video team that will now oversee production of the new show has grown from two to 10 in that time.To this point, SI’s video strategy has been focused on providing contextual experiences for the viewer, says Ian Orefice, executive producer of news and sports for Time Inc. It’s something they’ll focus on with SI Now, pairing clips from the show with other relevant content living on the site. As the news cycle continues to shrink, immediacy becomes increasingly relevant to that context.
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 10, 2018:Animal Control Officer retrieved an injured bird on Main Street and brought it to a rehab facility. (7:48am)Police received notice from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office that fugitive Shane Denn was in custody after a traffic stop. Wilmington Police had an active arrest warrant out on Denn. (10:07am)A walk-in party reported someone took their clothing off of their laundry line from their Main Street yard. (11:14am)Fire Department responded to mulch fire near Dollar Trees store. Employees used fire extinguisher. (1:47pm)Action Ambulance involved in a 3-vehicle crash on Main Street. No injuries noted. One vehicle towed. (2:21pm)Employee reported a trailer was stolen, possibly sometime overnight, from Commercial Couriers on Jewel Drive. (6:02pm)A school bus got stuck in the mud at Town Park (Aprile Field) following a WHS softball game. (8:37pm)Police arrested Kevin Callery (41, Billerica) on a warrant. Police were called after MBTA reported Callery and another male were fighting on the train. (9:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 17: Parking & Traffic Issues; Lost Wallet; Brush FireIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”
WILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team were defeated by Burlington High, 4-1, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill was defeated by Madison Metzdorf, 7-6, 6-3.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney was defeated by Liz Gillespie, 7-5, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Tess Alorevaya, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco were defeated by Nih Seererom and Kadey Pustizzi, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Johanna Robinson were defeated by Annabel Willey and Neha Panke, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Wakefield High, 4-1, on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Wilmington High School.Wilmington senior Emily Hill defeated Erica Pecjo, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington junior Carolyn Roney defeated Hannah Guay, 6-3, 6-2.Wilmington senior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Kelly Kouriahn, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington senior Jessica D’Arco and sophomore Lauren D’Arco defeated by Ellie Koutrosis and Marina Gover, 6-2, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Jessica Murray and sophomore Vidni Shah were defeated, 6-4, 6-0.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Defeats Arlington High, Qualifies For State TournamentIn “Sports”
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino RoyaleTwitter/ James BondWe finally have all the details about the upcoming James Bond movie. Daniel Craig will be reprising his role of Bond whereas, the Academy Award-winning actor, Rami Malek will play the main villain in the feature.There had been several speculations about the upcoming Bond 25 movie. At first, there were reports that Daniel Craig will be replaced by Chris Hemsworth or Idris Elba as the protagonist in the action-thriller movie. It was later clarified that Craig will star in Bond 25 for the last time as James Bond.Following which, there were talks about Danny Boyle joining as the director but the acclaimed filmmaker left the project due to some creative conflicts. But that’s all in the past now, as we have all the details about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.At the recently held live event at Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye villa in Jamaica, movie experts and fans learned several interesting things about the upcoming Bond 25 movie.As of now, the upcoming James Bond movie has no title whatsoever. Even the studio is using #Bond25 to promote the movie.Joining the cast of #BOND25 is Lashana Lynch (@LashanaLynch) pic.twitter.com/SyMGsKtH4S— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019The other important details about Bond 25 are as follows:Rory Kinnear will return as James Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner.Ben Whishaw will return as Q after playing the role in Skyfall and Spectre.Naomie Harris will portray Eve Moneypenny.Léa Seydoux will play the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann.Jeffrey Wright will be back as the CIA operative we last saw in Quantum of Solace.Rami Malek is reportedly going to feature as the main antagonist in the upcoming Bond 25 movie. He was featured in a video in which he said the following:A word about #BOND25 from Rami Malek pic.twitter.com/CLJ5mpO9mu— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019″Hey everyone, this is Rami Malek and I am not jealous not one bit… that you are in the absolutely stunning setting of Ian Fleming’s iconic Caribbean home GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica!” Rami said while adding that he is stuck in New York in the production but he is “very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew very soon. And I promise you all I will be making sure that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in his 25th outing.”Even producer Barbara Broccoli talked about the movie’s plot and revealed that James Bond won’t be on active service at the start of the film as he will be enjoying his time in Jamaica.
People queue outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to exchange their old high denomination bank notes in New Delhi, December 30, 2016.[Representational image]Reuters fileBusinessman Vineet Pandey has 500 housekeepers, security guards, electricians and plumbers on his books, servicing offices in India’s booming financial metropolis Mumbai. He would love to hire more to keep up with demand, but cannot get a bank loan.Pandey, 36, recently had to turn away an order that would have created 100 new jobs and helped his firm, Kaarya Facilities, expand its $1.6 million in annual sales, after his credit application to a state-run bank in January went unanswered.”We are a labour-intensive company, but if we don’t get finance from banks then we won’t be able to hire,” Pandey said.A mountain of bad debt in India’s banking system has led to a prolonged credit crunch that is inflicting most pain on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as Pandey’s that depend upon banks for their day-to-day working capital and longer-term borrowing needs.India has more than 45 million such enterprises, accounting for nearly 40 percent of gross domestic product. Smaller businesses also account for the bulk of job creation, so a lack of bank credit reaching them threatens Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to create 250 million jobs over the next decade.The problem is not that Indian banks lack deposits to lend. After last November’s decision by Modi to scrap high-value banknotes, a dramatic move to purge illicit or untaxed “black cash” from the shadow economy that forced holders to deposit high value currency with their banks, they are awash with $50 billion in excess liquidity.But banks’ worsening asset quality has made them reluctant to grant new loans, especially to smaller businesses that are perceived as riskier.RISK-AVERSEThe bulk of India’s $150 billion in soured loans are owed to state-run lenders that dominate the banking system. Criminal investigations into some defaults, in which former bank bosses have been arrested, have made today’s managers fearful that bad lending decisions might come back to haunt them.”It is a safety-first approach,” said a senior official at one state-run bank. “No loan officer wants a knock on his or her door later by the investigative agencies.”Banks can park their excess deposits safely with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or hand out smaller, less risky loans to consumers. Even as lending to industry has shrunk in seven of the past eight months, retail loans are growing at a double-digit pace, RBI data shows.Private sector banks, less exposed to the bad loan problem, are more willing to service demand from corporates.But since private banks account for just a third of banking assets, they cannot fully offset the credit slowdown.RECAPITALISATIONIn a bid to fix the loan stress, New Delhi this month empowered the central bank to push reluctant lenders towards writedowns and errant borrowers into insolvency.Government and RBI officials say the measure should speed resolution and improve the flow of credit to industry.Analysts are more sceptical, and expect loan growth to remain weak until banks are adequately recapitalised.”They do not address the lack of capital at the state-owned banks that has prevented them from writing down non-performing loans to realistic levels,” said ratings agency Moody’s.Big companies, meanwhile, have shifted to borrowing via bonds and commercial paper.The most spectacular rise has been in the domestic bond market, where corporates raised 60 percent more in the fiscal year to March 2017 than in the year before, according to Thomson Reuters data.But smaller businesses seldom have the credit profile to tap the debt markets, while the amounts they generally borrow do not justify paying bankers to arrange bonds and get them rated.Turned away by the banks, they are forced to borrow from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), or even relatives and friends, at often-punitive rates of interest.Manish Sharma, whose Delhi-based company manufactures electric cables, recently had to approach one NBFC for a Rs 10 million ($156,000) credit after his bank refused to provide a loan to complete a large order without matching collateral.”They kept insisting on collateral,” said Sharma. “If I had that kind of money, I would have never gone to them for the loan.”Credit demand from borrowers such as Sharma is driving double-digit loan growth at NBFCs. They charge higher rates than banks, but their loans are processed faster and require little paperwork.Sharma is paying 16 percent interest on his loan, higher than the average 12 percent charged by state-run banks. Still, he reckons the return on his investment will outweigh the costs.”The order was very big and very profitable, we had to find a way to deliver it,” Sharma said. “The struggle to get funds has already put brakes on our growth.”($1 = Rs 64.0800)
A woman walks past a logo of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India. A delay in payment of July salaries to BSNL staff has intensified speculation about the timing of the public sector telecom player’s privatization.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe failure to pay the staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) their salaries for July has triggered fresh speculation about the privatisation of the public sector telecom providers.Industry observers claim the government’s focus shifted to BSNL and MTNL after speeding up the privatisation procedures of national carrier Air India. The government has ordered Air India to freeze all appointments and promotions, setting the field for the privatization process.For the first time after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept back to power, BSNL reportedly failed to pay its 1.76 lakh employees on time. The two public sector units (PSUs) had delayed salaries for February until mid-March due to a financial crisis. The BSNL had then said that it used its internal accruals to clear the pending salaries.The government, during its earlier stint, had held back sanction to the public sector telecom player for introducing 4G services, handing a major advantage to private-sector competitors. The government has also dithered on a decision to allow its participation in the imminent 5G trials.While BSNL chairman and managing director PK Purwar said that employees will get the July salary this week, an employees’ union leader said that no information had been shared by the management about early salary payment, according to PTI. “Salary for the month of July has not come. There is also no information when will it be credited,” the report quoted the All India Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) convenor, P Abhimanyu, as saying. BSNL has continued to lose customers to private-sector competition as delayed government decisions have blocked the updating of its services.Facebook/ ReutersPurwar told the news agency that employees would get the salary in this week. “Funds are being arranged through internal accruals,” Purwar said. BSNL has 1.76 lakh employees across the country and MTNL about 22,000 employees.This is for the first time that the two public sector companies have defaulted on paying the staff on time after the new government took charge. The BSNL needs Rs 750 crore to Rs 850 crore for salaries while the MTNL needs around Rs 160 crore. The report said the MTNL Human Resource and Enterprise Business director Sunil Kumar said the company was in the process of collecting some dues after which the salary would be paid on a priority basis “very soon”.
Indian police personnel holding ‘lathi’ sticks as they attempt to manage crowds during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangalore. AFP file photoThere is “credible” evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.Praveen Sood, the police commissioner of Bangalore city, said an inquiry had been set up into allegations women attending the Saturday night celebrations were chased, groped, molested and robbed.The announcement followed a public outcry over comments by a local minister blaming the attacks in the southern city-an IT hub considered relatively safe for women-on “western dress”.“We did not waste any time,” Sood told reporters, saying police had registered a criminal case without waiting for a complainant.“The police teams are working, we are sure we will catch the culprits.”Additional police commissioner Hemant Nimbalkar told AFP the case had been filed against unnamed persons for sexual harassment, illegal confinement and forcefully attempting to disrobe.Police officers have been sifting through footage from at least 45 CCTV cameras installed in the city centre where hundreds of revellers had gathered to celebrate the new year.India has been shamed in the past by shocking levels of sexual assault against women, notably in December 2012 when a student was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi and later died of her injuries.Indians took to social media to condemn the latest incident, dubbed “night of horror”.“#bangaloremolestation only shows how casual it is to molest women” tweeted Falguni Vasavada-Oza.“How easy it is to grope! How vulnerable is safety! How deep is (d) hierarchy.”Video footage circulated on social media showed women screaming for help.The attacks in Bangalore have drawn comparison with last year’s mass sexual assaults at New Year’s celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where police were also accused of losing control.
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Too busy or lazy to exercise? Men and women take note. Living without physical activity for six years during their middle age could be at an increased risk of suffering heart failure, researchers have warned. The findings, described in the journal Circulation, suggest that consistently participating in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week, such as brisk walking or biking, in middle age can reduce the heart failure risk by 31 per cent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile it is known that people who are more physically active have lower risks of heart failure than those who are less active, but little is known about the impact of changes in exercise levels over time on heart failure risk.”Going from no exercise to recommended activity levels over six years in middle age may reduce heart failure risk by 23 per cent,” said Chiadi Ndumele, Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the team included 11,351 participants, with an average age 60, monitored annually for an average of 19 years.According to the American Heart Association, the “recommended” amount is at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity or at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise. Heart failure risk decreased by about 12 per cent in the participants who increased their physical activity category from poor to intermediate or recommended, or from intermediate to recommended, compared with those with consistently poor or intermediate activity ratings. Conversely, heart failure risk increased by 18 per cent in the participants who reported decreased physical activity from visit one to visit three, compared with those with consistently recommended or intermediate activity levels.Unlike heart attack, in which heart muscle dies, heart failure is marked by a long-term, chronic inability of the heart to pump enough blood, or pump it hard enough, to bring needed oxygen to the body. The leading cause of hospitalisations in those over 65, the disorder’s risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and a family history.
For the first time, the core principle of the signature fabric of India Khadi – sustainable development – will be at the centre-stage during the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on August 23 in St Regis Hotel, Mumbai.Incidentally, it is also the first occasion that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would be collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena – who would also deliver a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ in the inaugural session, said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class.”Khadi is a perfect example of sustainable development as it comes from humble processes of hand cropping, hand spinning, and hand weaving, which are completely sustainable because they are based on individual level competencies and skills. Similarly, the market process generates employment and income for the rural masses as it is not machine intensive or technology intensive,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The products are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Khadi represents a new model of self-reliance, where the artisans depend completely on an indigenously produced resource, avoiding imports and generating sustainability of the individual as well as the society and nation as a whole,” he added.Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for catching Khadi’s latent potential, Saxena said, “With its diversified canvass, Khadi’s principles of sustainable development reverberate from all directions: from helping terrorism affected families to find life support to giving economic freedom to tiger attack victim families and from rehabilitating poaching affected communities to self-employing displaced people the Narmada valley.”The season’s most coveted designers would come under one roof and work their magic with styles and trends that make the fashion and beauty nothing less than a splendour.Many facets of Khadi will be showcased by renowned fashion designer at the LFW.
10Feb Bill co-sponsored by Bumstead honoring Trooper Butterfield signed into law by Gov. Snyder State Rep. Jon Bumstead joined Rep. Ray Franz in honoring State Trooper Paul K. Butterfield at a recent bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder that named a portion of M-116 in Mason County after the fallen trooper.House Bill 5257, now Public Act 441 of 2014, was introduced by Franz and co-sponsored by Bumstead to honor the fallen trooper, who was shot in the line of duty on Sept. 9, 2013. After serving in the Army, Butterfield joined the state police in 1999 and transferred in 2011 to Hart Post #66, located in Oceana County.“Paul was a kind-hearted man who bravely served our community by protecting us and upholding our state’s laws,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to take part in honoring this officer for giving the ultimate sacrifice while serving our state.“By memorializing him with this highway, we celebrate his life and his profound influence on the lives of all who knew him.”Trooper Butterfield’s fiancé, Jennifer Sielski, and his mother, Pat Butterfield, were also present at the bill-signing ceremony, along with members of the Mason County sheriff’s department and state police troopers.The Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II Memorial Highway is located on M-116 in Mason County, beginning at Lincoln River and stretching north to Big Sable River.### Categories: News
Ericsson has renamed its Business Unit Multimedia arm to Business Unit Support Solutions in order to incorporate a new focus on service fulfillment, assurance, network optimisation and real-time charging following its acquisition of OSS/BSS specialist Telcordia.Ericsson completed its acquisition of Telcordia on January 12. The new unit combines the focus on OSS/BSS with Ericsson’s existing TV and media enabling technologies and mobile commerce technology. Ericsson is now focusing its m-commerce technology on business-to-business activity and plans to close its existing consumer-facing Money Service at the beginning of April. The company’s new Converged Wallet product will allow service providers to deliver m-wallet accounts to pre-paid customers.“With the new strategic focus, we will strengthen our leadership as we build on our installed base and competence. We will capture the growth momentum in the selected areas and leverage on our acquisition of Telcordia. We already have a leading position in key areas such as charging and billing, where we serve 1.6 billion people with our solutions,” said Per Borgklint, head of Ericsson’s Business Unit Support Solutions (pictured, left). “The new name Business Unit Support Solutions reinforces our commitment to support our customers’ business growth through value creating solutions for customer experience, content management and delivery and mobile payments.”
Netflix will launch widely on US pay TV operator Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes this week.In a joint statement the firms said that the subscription video-on-demand service will go live on millions of X1 devices across the country.The move will make it easy for X1 customers to browse the Netflix catalogue alongside the other live, on demand, DVR and web programming included with their Xfinity TV subscription.“We are excited to add Netflix to X1 and give our customers access to all the content they love in a way that has never been done before,” said Comcast Cable CEO, Neil Smit.“Netflix has been a terrific partner, and our incredible teams of engineers and designers have come together to create an experience that is not only seamless and intuitive, but also lets viewers search and watch tens of thousands of movies, shows, specials and documentaries with the sound of their voice.”Netflix CEO Reed Hastings added: “The Netflix integration into the X1 platform means our mutual customers will no longer need to change inputs or juggle remotes.”The rollout comes after Comcast started offering a beta version of the Netflix app in the ‘Comcast Labs’ section of its X1 boxes in September.