A special court on Thursday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and three others in a ₹7-crore money laundering case.Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted the relief to Mr. Singh and his wife Pratibha Singh, who were present in the court in response to the summons issued against them on the last date of hearing.The court also granted bail to Universal Apple Associate owner Chunni Lal Chauhan, besides other accused Prem Raj and Lawan Kumar Roach.All the accused got the relief on furnishing a personal bond of ₹50,000 and one surety of the same amount each.During the proceedings, ED counsel Nitesh Rana opposed their bail plea, seeking judicial custody for them.The court, however, granted them bail considering they were not arrested by the ED during investigation.The court had, on February 12, issued summons against the accused saying there was enough prima facie evidence against them.
Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds put on an unbeaten 102 runs for the fifth wicket as Mumbai beat Hyderabad by37 runs during their IPL match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Score | PhotoThe win would be special for Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 38 today.Chasing 173, Hyderabad managed to score 135/8 in their allotted 20 overs against Mumbai.Early in the Hyderabad innings, opener Sunny Sohal got run out in Harbhajan Singh’s over when the team total score was 14. And then Lasith Malinga struck like a lightening to send the other opener Shikhar Dhawan packing on 25 in the sixth over. And it was his famous Yorker that killed the batsman when the Hyderabad score was 41.In the 8th over, Hyderabad lost another wicket when Ausie Cameron White got run out in Kieron Pollad’s over when Hyderabad were on 54. Next man Bharat Chipli too could not stay at the crease for long and fell when the team total was 70.Captain Kumar Sangakkara was still at the crease and he wanted to up the tempo. But, just when he tried to do that, his Sri Lankan team-mate Lasith Malinga struck and uprooted his stump with a Yorker. He fell on 34 and Hyderabad were down to 93/5.Then 15th over, Mumbai paceman Munaf Patel got the better of D Ravi Teja with keeper Davy Jacobs stumping the batsman on 99/6.Eventually, hosts Hyderabad fell short by 37 runs. Mumbai paceman Malinga, who ended with a three-wicket haul, walked away with the Man-of-the-Match award.Mumbai inningsRohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds put on an unbeaten 102 runs for the fifth wicket to help Mumbai score a fine 172/4 against Hyderabad in the 27th IPL match.advertisementEarlier, Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and put Mumbai in the middle. Mumbai lost their opener Davy Jacob early despite the fact he and Sachin got off to a good scoring more than 9 runs an over.On the first ball of the fifth over Ishant Sharma scalped Jacobs on 32 with Pragyan Ojha claiming his catch at mid-on. Jacobs and Sachin scored 47 runs for the fist wicket.However, Sachin Tendulkar too could not stay at the crease for long after Jacob’s exit and departed in the 9th over with Hyderabad leggie Amit Mishra claiming his wicket on 28 when the Mumbai total was 70/2. Two balls later, Mishra struck again to dismiss Ambati Rayudu cheaply and Mumbai were down to 70/3.Then it was the left-arm spinner Ojha’s turn to show his prowess with the ball and he did that by scalping West Indian Kieron Pollad on a duck on the first ball of the 10th over. Mumbai were 70 for 4 at the stage.But that was the last wicket to fall from the Mumbai camp as soon Rohit Sharma (56 n.o.) and Aussie Andrew Symonds (44 n.o.) batted on for the rest of the overs to help Mumbai to a fine 172/4 in 20 overs.
Maldives toiled against Syria, rain, and a water-soaked pitch and got a just reward with a 2-1 win in a Nehru Cup match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.With this win, the former SAFF champions have six points from three matches while Syria’s hopes of reaching the final are over. Captain Ali Ashfaq and Ahmed Rasheed scored for Maldives while Alaa Alshbbli scored for the West Asian nation.The football on display was far from spectacular as the game started more than an hour late than the scheduled time.Maldives gave a better account of themselves in the challenging conditions with Ashfaq leading from the front.His dribbling skills came to the fore in the third minute itself when he got past Alaa Alshbbli and Jehad Albour but his left-footer went over the bar. Syria responded with a counter attack but Mohamed Imran safely collected Ali Ghlioum’s header.While the game mostly went on in the midfield, Syria tried to string along passes but the water-soaked pitch played a spoilsport.Amidst all this, Ahmed Alsalih fouled Ashfaq on the left of the box. The resulting free kick, taken by Ashfaq himself, was easily parried away by goalkeeper Mosad Balhous.Syria had their tale of missed chances as well when Yaser Shushara’s shot, off Mohammad Zahir Almedani’s corner, was cleared by Abdulla Asadhulla from the goal-line.Ashfaq, on the other end, continued with his onslaught on the Syrian box but Balhous stood like a wall. However, despite the Maldives player’s repeated forays, the goal eluded him.advertisementIn the second half, Syria started on a strong note with Mardek Mardkian, who came in place of Ghlioum, making in-roads. But it was far from making an impact as water on the pitch played a spoilsport on a couple of occasions. Finally, Maldives got the opener in the 59th minute when Ashafaq rose to the occasion to find the Syrian net off a free kick from Umair Mohamed.The game looked set to go Maldives’ way but Alshbbli had some other plans. The defender, who also scored against India, gave another proof of his goal-scoring abilities when in the 81st minute he shot a spectacular bicycle kick to restore parity.Both Syria and Maldives upped the ante in the dying moments. In injury time, Rasheed got a pass from Ashfaq from left and coolly shot the ball into the net. However, Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi was sent off for his wild celebrations as he kicked a bottle on the pitch.
The Madras High Court on Monday upheld Tamil Nadu government’s decision to prohibit protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach. The court observed that the beach can’t be used for agitations as the public order is equally important.Allowing an appeal filed by the state government, the court set aside a single-bench ruling allowing permission to farmer leader Ayyakanu to hold a protest.A single judge bench of Justice T Raja had given an interim order in April permitting farmers to protest at Marina Beach.After the jallikattu protests that took place in Tamil Nadu in 2017, a prohibitory order to protest at Marina beach was put in place. In January 2017, after the Supreme Court banned the Pongal sport of jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty, thousands had thronged the beach to demand a quick rollback of the order.ALSO READ | Jallikattu vs Sterlite protests: Why did things go wrong in Tuticorin?ALSO READ | Kamal Haasan at India Today Conclave: If you want to ban jallikattu, ban biryani too
JioPhone 2 , the successor to last year’s JioPhone, is going on a flash sale today at 12PM. This is the fourth flash sale and it will be conducted through company’s official website Jio.com. The past three flash sales of the JioPhone 2 have been successful and this one is also expected to see heavy rush from the buyers.Reliance Jio aims to sell more than 100 million units of JioPhone and JioPhone 2 by the end of this year. JioPhone 2 went out of stock in its first flash sale. The company has not disclosed the number of JioPhone 2 units already sold but the phone seems to be high in demand.JioPhone 2 price and specs: JioPhone 2 is an upgraded model of the original JioPhone which was launched last year. However, many of its specs are same as it successor like it sports a sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display just like the JioPhone. On the software front, it also runs on KAI OS.The upgrade is the Blackberry like QWERTY keypad which company says it has added after extensive public survey. The JioPhone 2 is powered by a Spreadtrum 9820 dual-core SoC paired with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card.The feature phone comes with a 4-way navigation key and a mono speaker. The good news is that the phone now also runs WhatsApp along with Facebook, Google and YouTube.The JioPhone 2 packs a 2MP camera on the back panel. The phone is backed by a 2000mAh similar to the JioPhone. The device comes pre-loaded with apps like — MyJio, JioMusic, JioTV, Jio Cinema, and more.advertisementAnother big difference between the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 is the price. Unlike the JioPhone, the JioPhone 2 doesn’t come any bundled plans or anything as such. You will have to make a full payment of Rs 2,999 at the time of purchase of the JioPhone2 . This is the price of the phone.How to buy JioPhone 2: The interested buyers can go to MyJio app or head to Jio.com. Click on “Get now” button from the JioPhone 2 banner. Enter your phone number and generate OTP. Enter the asked details. Make the payment of Rs 2999. Once the payment is done, the company will deliver the phone to your address.You can also visit the nearby Jio store and book your JioPhone 2.
Barcelona Valverde urges Barca focus ahead of emotional Olympiacos return Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 03:26 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Primera División Olympiakos Piraeus v Barcelona Olympiakos Piraeus Ernesto Valverde The Catalan giants are currently eight points ahead of Real Madrid in LaLiga, but their manager is taking nothing for granted against the Greek outfit Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde believes an unpredictable weekend in LaLiga means his side cannot rest on their laurels at the top of the table.Lionel Messi and Paulinho were on target as Barca overcame Valverde’s former club Athletic Bilbao 2-1, while bitter rivals Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 loss at Girona.Barca -2 7/5 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That result left Barcelona eight points better off than the champions, with Valencia sitting as their nearest challengers in second, four points off the pace.Marcelino’s side battled to a 2-1 win over basement boys Alaves, while Atletico Madrid added to their recent glut of draws against Villarreal.”LaLiga is complicated, it’s a difficult league that we play in,” said Valverde at a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League Group D match at Olympiacos.”We had to suffer to win at San Mames the other day, Madrid lost in Girona, Atletico Madrid only drew with Villarreal.”Valencia are second and they struggled to beat Alaves. Every point is hard to get. You have to work hard to win every game.”This is a weekend that has shown how hard it is to win in this championship and how hard it is to win games.”Ernesto Valverde: “We are focused on the day by day in order to progess” #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/85DZOXQYDe— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 30, 2017Valverde was then asked, with no little mischief, whether Valencia now represented a greater threat to their title ambitions than Real Madrid.”We’re worried about all of them and none of them,” he replied. “Of course, they are the opponents that are directly behind us, but it’s not a question of being worried. We only worry about ourselves”We need to win our games and not look over our shoulders. These are only early days and this is not a definitive advantage.”Obviously Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the most natural rivals but Valencia are having a great season, Sevilla as well.”Barcelona will secure their place in the last 16 if they better Sporting CP’s result against Juventus, although Valverde has concerns at centre-back.Gerard Pique is suspended following his red card in the reverse fixture, while Javier Mascherano’s foot problem will be assessed.”Since the game at Murcia, Mascherano has had a foot infection. We need to have a look at that,” added Valverde.”We’ll look at him in training today and find out how he is.”[Thomas] Vermaelen as well had some fitness issues but he’s been declared fit.”Hopefully they can play tomorrow but we have a training session coming up where we can sort out those issues.”Valverde won the Superleague Greece three times, completing the domestic double twice, across two spells in charge of Olympiacos and is looking forward to returning to the Karaiskakis Stadium, where he has many fond memories.Ernesto Valverde: “It’s emotional to come here to Athens for what it has meant to me and for what is at stake tomorrow” #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/MTHZE7gXiX— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 30, 2017″I’m sure that although they will welcome me very warmly they will be supporting their team tomorrow,” he said of the Olympiacos faithful.”There were some very special games when I was here. The games where we won the league here, played in the Champions League against big teams and Greek Cup finals. Unforgettable games – I couldn’t say just one.”It’s not just Olympiacos fans but Greek fans in general are very different perhaps to fans in other countries.”The fans come and really have a party. There is passion, not just in part of the stadium but all over. We will feel that when we go out on the pitch.”
When the nominees for the PFA awards were announced last week, the debate about what constitutes a young player in today’s game was reignited. The general consensus is that Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva – both of whom merit their places in the overall player of the year shortlist – are, at 24, a little too old to qualify for the junior award as well. Silva turned 24 two days before Manchester City’s campaign began and Sterling will be 25 before the year is out. So, rather than including players who were 23 or under on the first day of the season, we have picked six candidates who were 21 or under at the start of the campaign.6. Ben Chilwell, Leicester CityThe Leicester full-back is currently Gareth Southgate’s first choice on the left of his back four for good reason. He has been a near ever-present for his club this season, making important contributions at both ends of the pitch.Chilwell, who turned 22 in December, has won the most aerial duels of any full-back in the league (104) at a solid 59.4% success rate given he isn’t the tallest. He has also put his pace and energy to good use in attack. Only three defenders have created more chances in the division (41) and only two have completed more dribbles (43). His four assists helped Leicester win points they would not have done otherwise against Cardiff, Liverpool and West Ham. Football quiz: how much do you know about Premier League title races? Twitter Ben Chilwell rises above the Tottenham defence. Photograph: MI News/Getty Images Leicester City 5. Dwight McNeil, BurnleyThe impact teenager McNeil has had on a Burnley side severely lacking in pace and creativity since the turn of the year has been abundantly clear. The former Manchester United youth player made his first appearance of the season against his former club back in September, but only really established himself in the side in December.Since then the 19-year-old has been the star of the show for Sean Dyche’s side, having had a hand in eight goals (three goals, five assists) in 18 league appearances. Eight of the team’s 11 wins this season have come in McNeil’s 17 starts and their goal difference has jumped from -22 without the winger to +4 when he has played.4. James Maddison, LeicesterThe second of three Leicester players on this shortlist – all of whom missed out on the PFA shortlist – Maddison has made the step up to the top flight with impressive ease. The 22-year-old playmaker has played in a variety of midfield roles this season and has never looked out of place.His ability at set pieces – both in shooting and delivering into the box – has been a plain to see, helping him pick up seven goals and six assists. Maddison has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League (94) and only Atalanta midfielder Alejandro Gómez has created more in Europe’s top five leagues. Read more Share on Pinterest Trent Alexander-Arnold tussles with Wilfried Zaha. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Pinterest 3. Wilfred Ndidi, LeicesterNigeria international Ndidi is a remarkably mature presence in the Leicester midfield given he only turned 22 in December. The ballwinner has adapted to English football seamlessly since his arrival from Genk in 2017 and has been a mainstay for the Foxes ever since.His job in the team is to regain and recycle possession, and he performs it brilliantly. He has won more tackles than any other player (131) in the league so far this season – a feat he also achieved last season. Having also won more aerial duels than any other midfielder (126), the Nigerian deserves more recognition. Facebook Share on Messenger 2. Trent Alexander-Arnold, LiverpoolThe only player here who also made the PFA shortlist, Alexander-Arnold has stepped up and become an important player for a title-chasing team – and all at the age of 20. Not only is he part of the best defence in the division – Liverpool have conceded just 20 goals in 35 league games – but he has also offered his team an attacking threat.He has racked up eight assists in the league – a tally that goes up to 10 when Champions League games are factored in – proving just how important the full-backs are in Jürgen Klopp’s system (the only Liverpool player with more assists this season is Andrew Robertson, their other full-back). Alexander-Arnold is a true superstar in the making. Share via Email Share on Twitter James Maddison in action for Leicester against Huddersfield. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters PFA Player of the Year awards Liverpool Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Guardian Sport Network Share on Facebook Facebook Premier League Facebook Twitter Reuse this content Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Topics features 1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal PalaceAaron Wan-Bissaka is surely Alexander-Arnold’s future competitor for the right-back role in the England side. Having emerged in the Crystal Palace first team at the tail end of last season, Wan-Bissaka has been a revelation this season and is unsurprisingly attracting interest from the country’s richest clubs.The 21-year-old has won 120 tackles this season – third in the league behind Ndidi and Idrissa Gueye – and he has only been dribbled past nine times all campaign. A master of the sliding tackle, the Palace star has the pace to bail him out of trouble if needed but the timing of his challenges is frankly freakish for a player of his age. Having made the third most interceptions in the league (78) and second most dribbles of all defenders (54), Wan-Bissaka should not only be on the PFA shortlist but he should be a genuine contender to win the award outright.• Visit WhoScored for more statistics and ratings• Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence on Twitter
Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian The 20-year-old from Bath was quickest in both practice sessions and in the very difficult conditions was untouchable. She took pole in the morning with a marvellous lap in heavy rain, almost two seconds clear of her nearest competitor.With the rain having finally abated for the race, she led from pole but locked up and went wide at the hairpin on the opening lap and lost the place to Sarah Moore. Chadwick was not to be denied, however, and on the restart after a safety car triggered by an incident on the first lap, shot up the inside and braked late at turn two to retake the lead.Chadwick held her place with aplomb, seeing off a determined chase by Britain’s Alice Powell, who finished second. Behind them, the racing was frenetic. The series uses single-make F3 cars and there was cut and thrust and no shortage of skilful and aggressive passing moves.The final podium illustrated what an opportunity the series presents. The careers of Powell and Spain’s Marta García, who was third, had stalled before they were given this chance to race again.It was a positive show for the series, which takes place at meetings of the German touring car championship, the DTM, and is trying to address the sport’s fundamental gender imbalance. The 18 drivers have been selected on merit and do not have to bring funding.Gerhard Berger, the former Ferrari and McLaren driver who is now chairman of DTM, was positive about the championship and believes it will fulfil its goal of bringing more women through to the top levels. “After two or three races you will see from this field four or five girls with a clear strong potential to move on,” he said.“I really think we are going to see somebody coming out of this school in the next two or three years and the goal is to bring somebody into F1 and that would be great. In F1 they will face boys and then finally the question of whether they can compete with them in F1 will be answered.”For now, the day belonged to Chadwick and she was revelling in it but the W Series is hopeful she will be just the first winner in a new era for motor racing. Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Messenger Topics Read more Spirits undampened by the barrage of cold wind and rain battering the Hockenheim ring, there was delight for Britain’s Jamie Chadwick, who won the first race of the new all-female W Series.Chadwick’s joy reflected the buoyant optimism that has surrounded the inaugural meeting of the championship, while her mastery of the wet all weekend suggests the W Series has a star driver more than ready to continue her ascent of motor racing’s ladder. The organisers, too, will take heart now their attempt to change the landscape of the sport is off to a successful start. Their task is to build on this.Chadwick is no stranger to success. In 2015 she was first woman to win the British GT championship, last year she was the first to win a British F3 race and, in February, to win the MRF Challenge championship. She has grand ambitions to advance in the sport and proved her credentials to do so emphatically here.“It feels great. I had been hoping to get out front for an easy race but it was nothing like that, conditions were tricky,” she said. “I was particularly happy. I felt a little pressure going into it, mainly I had put it on myself. The nerves did build up so the win was more of a relief.”Chadwick would like to make it to F1 and believes a good showing in the championship could only help. “The W Series is offering time for development to give us track time, to develop as drivers,” she said. “I am going to keep chipping away and I feel the potential is there to push on to race in the top levels of motor sport.”She added: “I see it as a huge, huge moment. As a driver a win is a win but as a person, and as a female in motor sport, I think it’s incredible.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Motor sport Since you’re here… The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage The Observer news Reuse this content Share via Email
7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportIn six games for the Florida Gators this season, quarterback Will Grier was extremely impressive. Grier threw for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions, and completed over 65-percent of his passes, leading UF to a 6-0 start to the season. After being suspended 12 games for performance enhancing drugs, Grier will not be eligible to play until mid-way through next year, but according to a multiple reports, it is unlikely that his next game comes as a Gator.I can confirm Scout report that QB Will Grier is transferring from #Gators. Approached coaching staff about it last week.— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) December 19, 2015 Here’s more from Scout’s Bob Redman. Team sources have informed FightinGators.com that Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Will Grier approached the coaching staff this week and asked for a transfer. …Last week, Jim McElwain said that Grier would be back with the program January 5, after being asked to stay away from team activities and allow the team to play through the season without the distraction of Grier being around and unavailable.Despite the ability to return and compete for the job again, one which he wouldn’t be allowed to play until October 15, 2016 against Missouri, sources are telling FightinGators.com that Grier will likely transfer to another program.Redman notes that there is a chance that Grier stays, but assuming this decision stays, it is a huge blow to a Florida team that became very inept offensively without Grier. If he transfers to another FBS program, he will sit the entire 2016 season, and return as a junior in 2017.[Scout]
Check it out:Congrats to a Great Michigan Man! Stephen Ross to be Inducted into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame https://t.co/TqCaCwqX0C— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) August 8, 2019As you’d expect, Harbaugh’s tweet is not sitting well with many people.Harbaugh is now the subject of criticism by many fans because he praised the Michigan donor and alum. Many people believe it’s a bad look for the head coach of the Wolverines.Here are a few of the replies on Harbaugh’s original post:Dude. Read the news.— Dave Warren (@davecwarren) August 8, 2019Not good timing. You can be happy for a person I guess, but with the recent news of his fundraising for Trump, this tweet will be taken as you supporting who he supports. Be clear about this sort of stuff in these highly politicized times or people will make their own conclusions— Jacob Caplan (@Mr_CaplanPD) August 8, 2019Hate to see this at this time. We should be able to love Michigan football without making it part of the political debate. It was the one place we could come together. Disappointed in your judgment here. Hope you do better against OSU.— Mike Hendricks (@JayMTMike) August 8, 2019It’s unclear if Harbaugh timed the tweet on purpose. However, it’s possible that fans leave this situation behind to focus on football when the season begins later this month.For now though, Harbaugh will be the center of attention due to his tweet about Ross. MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on prior to their Capitol One Orange Bowl game against the Florida State Seminoles at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)On Wednesday, there was national outrage directed toward Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Even one of his players, Kenny Stills, went on social media to share his displeasure.Ross generated a lot of attention from his decision to hold a fundraiser for President Trump. In the process, he also received criticism for his mission statement for his nonprofit.The latest figure in sports to find himself intertwined in all of this is none other than Jim Harbaugh.Harbaugh congratulated Ross on being inducted to the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame. His thoughts toward the Dolphins owner were shared on Twitter.
zoomSource: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Tanker shipping company Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has wrapped up a USD 103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for vessel quintet.As informed, the transaction included three MR2 and two LR1 product tankers.Navios Acquisition has used the proceeds to refinance USD 82.4 million of bank debt.Specifically, the transaction provides for 28 quarterly payments of USD 2.3 million each plus interest at LIBOR plus 350 bps per annum. Navios Acquisition has an obligation to purchase the vessels at the end of the seventh year for USD 39.7 million.Navios Acquisition added it has no further maturities on its credit facilities for the next 14 months.Earlier this month, the company said it also sold C. Dream, the oldest vessel in Navios Acquisition’s fleet. The very large crude carrier (VLCC) was sold for USD 21.75 million.
zoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Qatar Navigation (Milaha) wrapped up the first quarter of this year with a net profit rise of about 7 percent.For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the company delivered a net profit of QAR 278 million (USD 76.4 million), up from QAR 260 million (USD 71.4 million) reported in the corresponding period last year.Operating revenues increased to QAR 708 million in Q1 2019 from QAR 698 million seen in Q1 2018.In addition, operating profit rose to QAR 214 million in the first quarter of 2019 from QAR 203 million recorded in the corresponding three-month period in 2018.Milaha posted increases in overall results despite mixed results delivered by the company’s business units.Specifically, Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ revenue was down by QAR 24 million and net profit by QAR 12 million, driven by a decrease in bulk shipping rates and a vessel impairment charge on the company’s bulk carrier.On the other hand, Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s revenue increased by QAR 3 million and net profit by QAR 50 million, aided by improvement in market rates and growth in some of the sectors Milaha operates in.Additionally, Milaha Offshore’s revenue increased by QAR 61 million and bottom line improved by QAR 6 million on the back of improved utilization.However, Milaha Capital’s revenue decreased by QAR 22 million and net profit by QAR 23 million and Milaha Trading’s revenue dropped by QAR 22 million and bottom line by QAR 1 million.Established in 1957, Milaha focuses on marine transportation in gas, petroleum products, containers and bulk; offshore support services; port management and operations; logistics services; shipyard; trading agencies; real estate investments; and asset management.
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VICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister says she’s pleased with the direction of the federal government’s budget, but concerned with the slow pace of some of its initiatives.Carole James says Tuesday’s federal Liberal budget touches many of the same issues that were the focus of the B.C. budget tabled last week.She says federal minister Bill Morneau’s budget identifies issues of pay equity, reconciliation, opioids, housing and child care as priority’s.But James says the federal government has promised the bulk of its housing and child care money in future years, while B.C. announced immediate plans to increase child care spaces and affordable housing units.She says the federal government’s decision to start a process that moves towards a national prescription drug program is welcome, but nationwide drug coverage is needed immediately.James says she was looking for more help from the federal government on transportation infrastructure, especially for the Metro Vancouver area.“I’m optimistic about our opportunity to partner with the federal government to bring these resources to B.C.,” she says. “If the government’s really serious about that at the federal level, then I’d like to see long-term strategies and long-term funding agreements in place.”
Prime Minister Klaus Tschütscher of Liechtenstein, as well as Sheikh Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa, the Foreign Minister of Bahrain; Xavier Espot Miró, the Foreign Minister of Andorra; and Amr Moussa, the Secretary-General of the Arab League concurred with Joseph Deiss on prioritizing such an important topic.The leaders voiced their support in separate meetings held with the President on Monday, on the sidelines of the high-level summit being held at UN Headquarters on how to advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.Outlining priorities for the 65th session at a news conference last week, Mr. Deiss called for efforts to “reinstate” the UN and its 192-member General Assembly to the centre of global governance.“The challenges which we face today have acquired a global dimension and require global solutions. Our actions must have broad legitimacy and be the result of inclusive processes. We have to improve the mechanisms for information, consultation and cooperation between the United Nations and other actors and tools of global governance,” he said.Mr. Deiss also met yesterday with Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey; Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss Foreign Minister; Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China; and Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Union, his spokesperson reported.Among the other issues discussed was UN reform – another priority issue for the Assembly President – as well as alleviating poverty, improving international peace and security and the situation in the Middle East.Mr. Deiss also had brief encounters with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. 21 September 2010Several countries have expressed support for the initiative of the General Assembly President to make global governance a central theme of the current session of the United Nations body.
TORONTO – RBC Capital Markets cut its rating on Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL) and lowered its target price on the stock Thursday following the departure of the company’s chief product officer.RBC analyst Howard Tubin said Sheree Waterson was instrumental in the design process at the fashion company for the last five years and was a strong creative leader.“While we continue to believe Ms. Waterson has a solid design team in place, the loss of her creative leadership adds a new level of uncertainty to the story,” RBC said in an analysis Thursday.“We prefer to move to the sidelines with our rating until we have better visibility on future product direction.”Tubin cut RBC’s target price on the stock to $70 from $80 and lowered his rating on the maker of trendy workout gear to “sector perform” from “outperform.”Lululemon shares closed up $1.42, or 2.21 per cent, at $65.66 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.The departure of Waterson announced by the company late Wednesday came just weeks after Lululemon pulled its popular black pants made from its Luon fabric from store shelves over concerns they were too sheer.The move forced the company to cut its financial guidance for the year.Lululemon explained the problem arose due to a combination of the fabric and pattern changes in the pants.“Since Ms. Waterson led the product organization, the current Luon issue, as well as other recent quality issues, are ultimately her responsibility; likely contributing to her departure,” Tubin wrote.“Her role will likely be split in two: one focused on design and one focused on production. While we believe this is the right move for a fast-growing company like Lululemon, it could take time to fill the design role with an appropriate candidate.”Lululemon said while the fabric involved may have met testing standards, it was on the low end of the tolerance scale.As a result, the company said it is testing and assessing all Luon products to ensure they meet revised specifications.It has also stationed employees at factories to ensure that the new tests and standards are being met.In an analyst call last month, Day said the only way customers can tell if they bought the defective pants was to “put the pants on and bend over.” by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 11:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RBC downgrades Lululemon to ‘sector perform,’ cuts target price to $70 from $80
NEWARK, N.J. — Mark Scheifele scored his second goal of the game at 4:43 of overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Saturday night.Schiefele tucked the puck past Keith Kinkaid as the Jets won their second straight, improving to 3-3-0 over their past six games.Josh Morrissey and Andrew Copp also scored for the Jets. Laurent Brossoit made 36 saves.Marcus Johansson, Jesper Bratt and Taylor Hall scored for New Jersey, which has lost five straight. Kinkaid stopped 34 shots.In the overtime, the Devils failed to convert a 2-man breakaway as Brossoit stopped Hall, who was set up by Nico Hischier.The Jets continued their mastery of the Devils. It was their sixth straight win over New Jersey, improving to 12-1-2 in the last 15 meetings.The Devils, coming off a loss at Washington on Friday night, rallied with two goals late in the third period to tie it. Jesper Bratt scored on a power play at 15:41, and with Kinkaid on the bench for an extra attacker, the Devils swarmed the net and Hall poked in the equalizer on a goal-mouth scramble with just under two minutes left.The Jets challenged and lost a goaltender appearance appeal.Johansson scored the only goal of the opening period at 6:45, thanks to a fortunate bounce. His initial shot was blocked by Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot and the puck came right back to him. Johansson netted the second try to extend his goal-scoring streak to two games.Scheifele evened the score with the lone tally of the second period at 4:25, firing a quick shot from the left faceoff dot following a sharp pass from Blake Wheeler.Both Scheifele and Wheeler extended their point-scoring steaks to four.The Jets stepped up their game in the third, and came close when Adam Lowry hit the crossbar with 12 minutes left.About a minute later, Patrik Laine, the NHL’s top goal scorer, hit the post and Jets were again denied.The pressure finally paid off when Morrissey beat Kinkaid from the slot at 10:32, giving the Jets the lead for the first time with his second goal of the season.Copp increased the Jets’ lead to 3-1 at 13:21.NOTES: Winnipeg C Mason Appleton made his NHL debut. … The Jets recalled D Nelson Nogier from Manitoba (AHL). … Devils D Will Butcher was a healthy scratch, sitting for the first time this season. New Jersey also scratched RW Stefan Noesen and D Steve Santini. … Former Devil and four-time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux was a guest at the game. His son, LW Brendan Lemieux, was a scratch by Winnipeg, along with LW Nic Petan and D Joe Morrow.UP NEXTJets: At the New York Rangers on Sunday night.Devils: Host Tampa Bay on Monday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsMike Farrell, The Associated Press
Jane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer with Prince Charles Credit:MARK METCALFE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Prince Charles was on a tour of the Bundaberg distillery when he was reunited with the sisters Four sisters who used to spend their weekends with the Prince of Wales when he was 17 have been reunited with the heir to the throne after more than half a century.Charles stayed at their family’s dairy farm during his time at college in Australia.And on Friday, the women came face to face with the heir again after 52 years. “I remember you used to follow my dad around asking him questions and I remember you stirring the milk,” said Jane, as Charles smiled and laughed.They then presented him with a copy of the photograph, taken in 1966, which they had all signed the back of.Afterwards, Jane, 62, said: “He said he was rapt that we still had the photo. Lisa, 54, added: “All I really remember was thinking that he spoke funny.”We all had to get changed out of our farm clothes and put on our Sunday best when he came.”The sisters spent several minutes chatting to Charles – before recreating their 1966 photo.The prince had been on a tour of the Bundaberg Distillery as part of his seven-day trip in Australia. Jane – the oldest of the siblings – was 10 when Charles would visit. Amanda was six, Penny was four and Lisa was just three.Jane said: “I remember him being very curious about the farm.”I remember him coming tadpoling and swimming – I taught him how to duck dive.”At that age we didn’t really think of him as royalty.” “It was really lovely to see him again.” I remember him coming tadpoling and swimming – I taught him how to duck dive.Jane Tozer Prince Charles participates in a tour of the Bundaberg Rum distilleryCredit:MARK METCALFE Charles could not hide his surprise as he was greeted by Jane Tozer, Amanda Boxshall, Penny Jenner and Lisa Tozer during his trip to Bundaberg.As they clutched a photo of them with the prince, taken on the day they were last together, the sisters were given a warm reception by the now 69-year-old Charles.And they wasted no time in telling him of all their memories from when he used to stay with them at Devon Farm, Lilydale, while he was at Timbertop college in Victoria. Presented with three test tubes of alcohol at the distillery, and instructed to mix them together to create his own blend of rum the prince confessed chemistry was not his strongest subject at schoolCharles joked: “It’s like chemistry. “I was never any good at chemistry at school.” Back then: Charles with the Tozer family in the 1960sCredit:Arthur Edwards
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. All five remain in police custody where they will be questioned.Norfolk Constabulary’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: “A significant policing operation was held today to ensure the event was disrupted and closed down safely, while securing evidence with a view to prosecuting organisers. “The action taken today falls in line with our robust approach to tackling such events.”Raves, not uncommon at this time of year, can be very disruptive for local residents and landowners while the presence of hundreds of people and vehicles can also have a detrimental impact on the environment.” Sound equipment was seized and five people were arrested by policeCredit:Norfolk Police An illegal rave was shut down by police more than 20 hours after they received a tip-off about the event from someone who saw it advertised on Facebook.Five men were arrested and sound equipment was seized when officers from Norfolk Constabulary arrived at Massingham Heath near Grimston, King’s Lynn. Around 600 people were present at the gathering.The police were called at around 7.30pm on Saturday night after a member of the public noticed an advertisement for the event on Facebook.Additional resources, including specially trained police support units, arrived on Sunday, and broke up the event at about 3.45pm.Three men, aged 25, 28 and 31, have been arrested in connection with organising the rave while two other men, aged 20 and 33, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug driving.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: ‘I have the list, examining the names very critically’- PresidentAugust 31, 2017In “latest news”Opposition Leader submits third list of GECOM nominees to PresidentAugust 25, 2017In “latest news”Diaspora urges President Granger to appoint GECOM Chair without any further delaysSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news” With GECOM to begin preparing next year to hold Local Government Elections (LGE) in 2019, British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn is calling on local authorities to appoint a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as soon as possible.President David GrangerThe British diplomat told reporters on Thursday that the appointment of a GECOM chairman should be fast tracked. “I think next year, 2018, is gonna be fairly a crunch year to make sure all the preparations for 2019 are in place… The sooner we get a chairman for GECOM in place, the better it is going to be for that process,” Quinn expressed.President David Granger has already rejected two lists of nominees for the position of GECOM Chairman submitted by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who has since agreed to compile a third list.Last month, Jagdeo told reporters that he was in the final stages of preparing a third list of nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post. “I had committed to submitting a third list publically and with the President, and I believe that I should continue with that process… (And) I am hoping that from this third list, someone would be chosen, and then it would become a moot issue,” Jagdeo had stated.However, the Opposition Leader explained that while he is committed to submitting the third list, persons are skeptical about having their names put forward as nominees because they do not want to be considered unsuitable.Nevertheless, Jagdeo noted that should President Granger deem this new list of names unacceptable, there is a process agreed upon to ensure that a suitable candidate is appointed.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoPresident Granger has been holding strong that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana prescribes for the Chairman of the Elections Commission to be “a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court…or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”Having interpreted “fit and proper” to mean any group of qualified persons, the Opposition Leader in December submitted his first list, nominating the following persons: Attorney Christopher Ram, Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh, (retired) Major General Norman McLean, Business executive Ramesh Dookhoo, Indian Rights Activist Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor James Rose for the post at the helm of GECOM.The Head of State rejected the list, saying that the nominees have to be a judge, retired judge, or possess qualifications to be a judge, as well as not be an activist or member of any political party.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board, and submitted a new list of nominees, comprising: retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and businessman and pilot, Captain Gerald Gouveia.President Granger rejected this second list as well, saying it was “unacceptable” and that ALL of the nominees should be a judge, retired judge, or qualified to be a judge. The President has argued that he needs to have options on the list, so all of the nominees have to be qualified within his outlined criteria.In the meantime, local businessman Marcel Gaskin had moved to the High Court back in March to challenge the constitutionality of President David Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of the Opposition Leader’s first list of six nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship post.In the court action, Gaskin sought from the Court a declaratory order on the meaning of Article 161(2). The businessman, who is the brother of Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, wanted to know whether the list of nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader must include a judge, a retired judge or a person qualified to be a judge, as being claimed by the President.Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire, SC, overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary for the GECOM chairmanship.In her determination, Justice George-Wiltshire found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a judge, former judge, or person eligible to be a judge; and noted that persons from each category are equally eligible for the post.The Chief Justice pointed out that the word “any” in the other category, “…any other fit and proper person”, widens the category, and “does not restrict the qualification or profession” from which the nominee should be drawn. She added that there was no mandatory category, and all the categories have equal weight.