Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook “Unspeakable is a powerful, character-driven drama that will shine a light on a dark chapter in our recent history through Robert’s passionate and deeply personal storytelling,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC. “We look forward to partnering with SundanceTV and AMC Studios to bring this remarkable original Canadian story to audiences at home and around the world.”“SundanceTV has a reputation for bringing our viewers the best programming from around the world, and the ability to do that with a creative partner like Rob, who has done such remarkable work with our sister network BBC America, is something truly special,” said Jan Diedrichsen, General Manager, SundanceTV and Sundance Now. “This drama, while set in Canada, really is the kind of story that will resonate around the world and, while it took place 30 years ago, is very current in its themes and ability to capture audiences today.”A CBC and SundanceTV original series, “Unspeakable” is produced by Mezo Entertainment, with Cooper and Meridian Artists’ Glenn Cockburn serving as executive producers. Cooper is currently showrunning season two of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios. CBC and SundanceTV have greenlit a new eight-part drama miniseries UNSPEAKABLE, focused on the tainted blood SCANDAL in Canada in the early 1980s. Created by Robert C. Cooper (“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer, the project is produced by Cooper’s Mezo Entertainment and will be filmed in Canada in early 2018 for broadcast on CBC in Canada and SundanceTV in the U.S., with AMC Studios managing worldwide distribution outside of Canada.Based on first-person experience and two non-fiction books, BAD BLOOD by Vic Parsons and The Gift of Death by Andre Picard, “Unspeakable” chronicles the emergence of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada in the early 1980s and the tragedy that resulted after thousands of people were unnecessarily infected by tainted blood. One of the largest medical disasters in Canadian history, the blood SCANDAL triggered a federal inquiry and precedent-setting lawsuit resulting in BILLIONS of dollars of compensation to victims. The series is a passion project for Cooper, who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood.“I am thrilled and, frankly, somewhat daunted by the opportunity to tell this story that has deeply affected so many people,” said Cooper. “CBC is the perfect place for this project and I am grateful to Sally Catto and everyone at the broadcaster for their support. I am also extremely excited to have SundanceTV and AMC Studios on board and thankful to Jan Diedrichsen of SundanceTV and Rick Olshansky and Stefan Reinhardt of AMC Studios for their enthusiasm for the project.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement
APTN National NewsAn AFN national chief candidates’ forum was recently held in Toronto.Six candidates vying for the position took part in a question and answer session.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo was there.
APTN National NewsFor months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been living at the Sacred Camp in North Dakota.A lot has happened since the Obama Administration through the Department of Justice requested a pause in construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.APTN’s Dennis Ward is in North Dakota.firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley McLeanAPTN NewsYukon RCMP has charged Everett Chief, 44, an Indigenous man originally from Watson Lake, Yukon with two counts of second-degree murder in deaths of Wendy Carlick and Sarah Macintosh.On April 19, 2017, the two women were found dead in MacIntosh’s home in the McIntyre Subdivision of Whitehorse.MacIntosh was a member of Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse and Carlick was a member of the Kaska Nation in British Columbia.Wendy Carlick in an undated photo.In a video statement posted to Facebook on Monday, Yukon RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Sheppard offered his condolences to the family and friends of both women.“This was a difficult investigation involving all the technical and investigative resources the Yukon RCMP could bring to bear–including assistance from other RCMP divisions,” said Sheppard.“The success in bringing this investigation to this stage is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Major Crimes Unit”Sarah MacIntosh in an undated photo.In March the RCMP opened a cold case unit to work on a growing list of unsolved homicide cases in the territory.Since 2000, there have been 35 homicide investigations with 10 that remained unsolved.That number includes 19-year-old Angel Carlick, Wendy’s daughter.Angel’s body was discovered in a wooded area outside of Whitehorse in 2007. Her death ruled as a homicide.Angel CarlickAfter her death, 51-year-old Wendy Carlick would become an advocate for the murdered and missing.Friends of 53-year-old Sarah Macintosh’s describe her as a person who had a heart of gold and a soft soul, who would never hurt anybody.Sheppard acknowledged the unwavering support and encouragement the RCMP received from both families as well as Chief Doris Bill and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.“These investigations are exceptionally complex and they take significant resources and time. I would like to thank the families and community leaders for their patience and understanding,” said Sheppard.Sheppard hopes the arrest will allow family and friends to have a better understanding of what happened to Wendy and Sarah.Chief is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on May email@example.com@shirlmclean
LINCOLN, Neb. – A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada (TSX:TRP) in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week.The Nebraska Public Service Commission says in statement that a vote on the application will be held during its meeting on Nov. 20.Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners’ property using Nebraska’s eminent domain laws.The pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Opponents say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.South Dakota and Montana regulators have already approved the project.Environmental groups had persuaded former U.S. president Barack Obama to deny federal approval in November 2015. But President Donald Trump resuscitated the project in March, declaring that Calgary-based TransCanada would create “an incredible pipeline.”The Nebraska commission had been required to make a decision by Nov. 23, and must decide whether the project serves the public’s interests, based on evidence presented by lawyers and through public hearings earlier this year.The elected commission is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat.Company officials have said their preferred route is the most direct way to transport oil and that rerouting the pipeline would add millions of dollars to the project’s $8-billion price tag.
WASHINGTON – The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners and dire economic warnings from lawmakers and business groups.Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade and manufacturing adviser, said in an interview on Fox Business that the tariffs would go into effect within about 15 to 30 days and the proclamation the president intends to sign would include a clause that would not immediately impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump’s plan.The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signalled upcoming economic battles with China. Trump was expected to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors worried about a potential trade war.“We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy and its workers,” 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.At the White House, officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.“He’s already indicated a degree of flexibility, I think a very sensible, very balanced degree of flexibility,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC. “We’re not trying to blow up the world.”Trump signalled other trade actions could be in the works. In a tweet, he said the “U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.” A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the U.S. trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are “unreasonable or discriminatory” to American business.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said an announcement on the findings of the report — and possible retaliatory actions — was expected within the next three weeks.Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the spectre of a global trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump’s rollback of regulations.“We urge the administration to take this risk seriously,” Donohue said.The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security. He has tried to use the tariffs as leverage in ongoing talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggesting Canada and Mexico might be exempted from tariffs if they offer more favourable terms under NAFTA.Lawmakers opposed to the tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested more narrowly focused approaches to target Chinese imports. But members of Congress have few tools at their disposal to counter the president, who has vowed to fulfil his campaign pledge.“I don’t think the president is going to be easily deterred,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has suggested hearings on the tariffs.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies. “I thank him for that and he’s been a good listener. The difficulty is so far I haven’t persuaded him,” Alexander said.Republicans in Congress have lobbied administration officials to reconsider the plan and focus the trade actions on China, warning that allies such as Canada and members of the European Union would retaliate.The EU said it was prepared to respond to any tariffs with counter-measures against U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of U.S. goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly.The president plans to rally Republicans in western Pennsylvania on Saturday in support of Rick Saccone, who faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special House election. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.__Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Daly and Alan Fram in Washington and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After Shepard Smith set off some internal Fox News Channel bickering over his description of “entertaining” opinion programming, a glance at the cable television rankings reveals the extent to which political talk has become a pastime for millions of Americans.The Nielsen company said 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable television last week were political shows on Fox News or MSNBC, including each weeknight telecast by Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and Lawrence O’Donnell.Seven were telecasts of games from opening week of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament and four were professional wrestling. Only three scripted programs — AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” an HGTV episode of “Fixer Upper” and a Hallmark movie — made the list.Smith, the afternoon news anchor who signed a contract extension last week, had one show on the list. He said in an interview with Time magazine that some of Fox’s opinion programming “is there strictly to be entertaining.“I get that,” he said. “I don’t work there. I wouldn’t work there. I don’t want to sit around and yell at each other and talk about your philosophy and my philosophy. That sounds horrible to me.”Smith also said that Fox’s opinion shows don’t really have rules. “They can say whatever they want — if it’s their opinion,” he said.That comment drew rebukes from Hannity and fellow Fox prime-time host Laura Ingraham, who said both of their shows make news.Maddow’s Tuesday evening telecast on MSNBC, with 3.42 million viewers, was the most-watched news program on cable last week, Nielsen said. Hannity was in second and third place. Sixteen of the 26 political programs were on Fox, with the other 10 on MSNBC. Fox, which averaged 2.31 million viewers in prime time last week, was the most-watched cable network while MSNBC was second with 1.98 million, Nielsen said.CNN, which averaged 1.11 million viewers in prime time last week, has been losing ground to its rivals recently as viewers settle into political camps. That may be behind its decision last week to shuffle its lineup, adding a prime-time show with Chris Cuomo as host.CBS was the most-watched broadcast network last week, averaging 7 million viewers. NBC had 5.6 million, ABC had 4.7 million, Fox had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.6 million, ION Television had 1.5 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.Following Fox News and MSNBC, the remaining three networks in cable’s top five were boosted by the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. TBS averaged 1.78 million, TNT had 1.77 million and TruTV had 1.55 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.8 million. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.7 million.For the week of March 12-18, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 13.27 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.88 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.18 million; “This is Us,” NBC, 10.94 million; “Bull,” CBS, 10.64 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.08 million; “The Good Doctor,” ABC, 9.89 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 9.25 million; “Instinct,” CBS, 9.05 million; “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 8.41 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com
TORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished.However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is unfortunately clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.One protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire.Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression, but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ “
TOKYO — The Japanese economy has shrunk at an annualized rate of 1.2 per cent in July-September, as consumer spending, investment and exports fell.Cabinet Office preliminary data released Wednesday showed seasonally adjusted gross domestic product — the total value of a nation’s goods and services — dipped 0.3 per cent in the third quarter from the previous quarter.Dragging on growth for the world’s third-largest economy was diminished trade, with exports falling 1.8 per cent and imports dropping 1.4 per cent, the data show. Consumer spending and company investments were also down.The economy grew for the previous April-June quarter, but contracted the quarter before that. That contraction, in the first quarter, ended the longest straight period of expansion for Japan in nearly three decades.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by rising energy stocks and gains in the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.87 points at 14,822.60.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.66 points at 23,904.78. The S&P 500 index was down 0.79 points at 2,584.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 4.34 points at 6,961.42.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.64 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down 14 cents at US$52.22 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.3 cents at US$3.01 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,290.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.30 cents at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Third reading for another Local Area Service parcel tax bylaw for two paving projects was rescinded before the bylaw was amended and passed third reading once again. That Local Area Service project would see road improvements made along 98th Ave. between 102nd and 104th Streets, and 104th Street between 97th and 98th Avenues at a total cost of $1.3 million. If approved at the next council meeting, the City would cover $884,536.11 of the project’s budget, while property owners would be paying a total of $457,540.19. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council approved a number of bylaws that will allow the City to levy parcel taxes for Local Area Service projects.Council voted in favour of adopting the bylaws for road improvements, including paving and the installation of sidewalks, streetlights, storm drains, and gutters for three sections of road in the City. The first bylaw covers the improvement of 86th St. between 91st and 93rd Avenues, the second covers 87th Ave. west of 107th St., and the third covers 104th Ave. between 101st and 102nd Streets. The total cost for the three road improvement projects is just under $1.9 million. Of that, the City will be covering $1.2 million, while owners of properties affected by the road improvements will be paying a combined $685,155.20 over a period of twenty years.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday sought the Election Commission’s response on a plea by Opposition leaders seeking the counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of EVMs in each constituency before the Lok Sabha results are declared.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna listed the plea of the opposition leaders for March 25 and asked the EC to depute an officer to assist the court. Several opposition leaders, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and others, had moved the apex court, seeking the verification of 50 per cent of votes by paper trail before announcing the results of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Naidu, the lead petitioner, had declared in February that the parties will be moving the apex court against the use of EVMs. The application has been moved by 21 Opposition parties, including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(Marxist), CPI, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The move comes after the Opposition parties met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence. The parties had raised apprehensions in a meeting with the EC in February about the credibility of EVMs, although the poll panel has denied allegations of machines being tampered with. The EC, while announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, had said that mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPAT will be done on the basis of one polling station for each Lok Sabha constituency. See P5
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
Kathmandu: A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming. The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region collecting samples and study the ice, snow and vegetation. In May, the team members will try to climb the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) high Everest, the world’s highest mountain, and its sister peak Mount Lhotse. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The team plan to bring the samples and data and study with local university and government agencies in Nepal. They’ll compare the current data to data the professor collected on a 2009 visit. They plan to study the color and mineral content of the snow and ice on higher elevation of the mountains while collecting plans and other vegetation on the foothills. “We are looking at how climate change has effected vegetation, we are looking at how climate change has effected the snow and water availability for local people and how it is effecting local people,” All told The Associated Press before leaving the capital, Kathmandu. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They are going to use instruments to reflect light off the glaciers to determine how much dirt is on the surface. “The more dirt there is, the more pollution accumulated on them and the more light absorption there is, and thus the larger impact on the glaciers, it is going to melt quickly,” he said. A year after his research expedition to the Everest region in 2009, he climbed to the summit. A research trip in 2014 ended after the deaths of 16 Nepali Sherpa guides in an avalanche brought an early end to the climbing season. In May 2014, he fell 22 meters (72 feet) into a crevasse on a different mountain, breaking ribs and his right arm. He crawled out of the hole despite his injuries before being rescued the next morning. He managed to use his ice axe to work his way out of the hole, but had to move very slowly due to his broken bones. His teammates were in lower camps and would take two days to get to him. “I want to try to make a difference and I feel like I should do something good for the world,” All said.
Hyderabad: With Rajasthan Royals putting on 198 after taking strike against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, it was believed that the Royals had put on a winning total. But Sanju Samsons brilliant 100 went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the total with six balls to spare. Speaking after the game, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that despite putting up a good total, the Royals ended up on the losing side due to some brilliant batting from Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “First of all, 190+ on that wicket was really good. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow — it was stopping and coming — and we thought 150 was a good total. But when players like Warner bat like that there is a very small margin for us. They didn’t lose any momentum when someone got out and they played really well,” he acknowledged. Rahane was also all praise for Samson and said that the batsman needed to work on his consistency to make it to the next level. “We all know how talented Sanju is. He will go miles and consistency is going to be the key for him,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later SRH skipper Kane Williamson was all praise for his boys and was really happy to see the plan to have Rashid Khan bowl to RR batsman Jos Buttler work. He even praised Rashid for putting up a good show with the bat towards the end of the chase. “It was nice that it came off (Rashid bowling to Buttler). He’s such a wicket-taker for us and Jos is a threat for us. Rashid was supposed to bat 7 or 8 depending on the situation. His batting has improved so much in the last year or so. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result tonight,” he smiled. Commenting on the show put up by the players as they chased down 199 on a wicket that wasn’t very conducive to batting, Williamson said: “A very tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort, we needed parts to work well for us tonight. Really good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down.
New Delhi: The GST profiteering investigation arm has found leading FMCG firm P&G India guilty of not passing on GST rate cut benefits to the tune of about Rs 250 crore by a corresponding reduction in prices.Based on a complaint filed before the standing committee, the Directorate General of Anti profiteering (DGAP) investigated the books of accounts of P&G India pre and post November 15, 2017, and concluded that the consumer goods manufacturer has not lowered prices of certain of its products despite cut in GST rate to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. “The DGAP report has concluded profiteering worth Rs 250 crore by P&G. The National Anti Profiteering Authority will pass a final order on the quantum of profiteering after hearing the company’s views,” an official said.
Beijing: Pakistan’s relationship with India remains the “only problem” for peace and stability in the region, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said and expressed hope of establishing a “civilised relationship” with New Delhi after the Lok Sabha elections are over. Unless there is peace and stability in region, economic prosperity is difficult for Pakistan, and that is what right now the Pakistan government is working on, Khan who is in China to take part in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, (BRF) said while addressing China International Cultural Communication Centre here on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khan said Pakistan hopes that the political solution in Afghanistan will succeed and the war-ravaged country attains stability. “Whatever happens in Afghanistan affects the Pakistan’s bordering areas. So we are working for a peaceful region. We have decent relationship with Iran and we are trying to strengthen them,” he was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency. “The only problem right now is our relationship with India. But we are hoping that after the Indian elections, we will again hope to have a civilized relationship with India too,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Since his arrival here on April 25 to take part in the BRF meeting which concluded on Saturday, the Cricketer-turned-politician refrained from speaking on India-Pakistan ties which in the last two months have experienced severe strains following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e Mohammed which killed 40 CRPF personnel. His emphasis during the visit appears to be firming up more projects for the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China’s ambitious trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature global infrastructure policy. First announced in 2013, the project promises to build ports, roads and railways to revive the ancient Silk Road and create new trade corridors linking China to Asia, Africa and Europe. The BRF forum aims to showcase the progress of the BRI since it began in 2013. The CPEC is opposed by India as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). In his address at the roundtable meeting of the BRF forum presided by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Khan termed the CPEC as a transformational project which would play an important role in boosting connectivity between the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China. He also underscored the importance of greater connectivity among the BRI participating countries and proposed four specific areas for particular focus, including digital connectivity, mobility of labour, cultural connectivity and sharing best practices in knowledge and innovation. To advance these proposals, among other things, Khan also suggested setting up of BRI Tourism Corridor to improve labour skills and mobility and creating multi-lingual digital platforms. He also mooted cooperation among the BRI countries for poverty alleviation and campaign against corruption. In his speech at the cultural centre, Khan said the BRI had come as a blessing for Pakistan. “Belt and Road Initiative has given us an opportunity to catch up with other nations. CPEC has provided an opportunity for Pakistan to attract investment not just from China, which is the fastest growing economy in the world now. So obviously, China is a main home from where we hope to invite investors,” he said. Khan also met Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing and reportedly discussed the bailout package. Pakistan is currently undergoing a severe balance of payment crisis, despite large infusion of investments from China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The meeting reviewed the relationship between Pakistan and the IMF. Khan identified the areas of reform and initiatives being undertaken by his government to stabilise the economy, control inflation and achieve fiscal balance, the APP report said. The two leaders agreed on the importance of the IMF programme and to work towards an agreement for which a fund’s delegation is coming to Islamabad. The two sides agreed on the need for a social safety net for the vulnerable groups of the society.
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s visit to Thiruvananthapuram and meeting with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday has triggered widespread speculation in political circles that the Federal Front concept mooted by the former was all set to take shape, post the Lok Sabha results on May 23. Chandrashekhar Rao, who had a one-on-one meeting with Vijayan on the emerging political scenario, will also call on DMK president M K Stalin on May 13. With just two phases of the Lok Sabha elections remaining, the timing of Chandrashekhar Rao’s move indicates that the Federal Front could emerge as the front-runner to form the government at the Centre. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Chief Minister, who has been pushing hard for a non-BJP, non-Congress political alternative to take over the reins of the country, has all along been saying that neither national party would be in a position to form the government at the Centre after May 23. Strong and like-minded regional parties that are seeking infusion of true federalism at the Centre unlike the NDA and UPA would come to power, Chandrashekhar Rao had repeatedly said during the election campaign. Even as the Chief Minister stepped up his efforts to forge the Federal Front, leaders of various political parties took note of the development, and described Chandrashekhar Rao as a person who understood the political pulse. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy spoke with him and inquired about his two-State tour and also discussed the current political scenario. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the developments in South India indicated that Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s chances of forming a government for a second time were fading fast, and that Chandrashekhar Rao ‘understands the pulse of politics’. Earlier last year, Chandrashekhar Rao flew down to Kolkata to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After the meeting, he said a beginning was made to bring together like-minded group of political leaders aimed at a real federal front for the country. Later, he met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar, MK Stalin in Chennai and former PM H D Deve Gowda as well as his son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in April last year.
New Delhi: Infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Friday acquired 13,440 shares of Mindtree from the open market, as per a regulatory filing. Earlier this month, L&T had purchased around 20 per cent stake of V G Siddhartha and Cafe Coffee Day in Mindtree through a block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore, and has since topped that up with share purchases from the open market. “Larsen and Toubro Ltd has acquired 13,440 equity shares (with a face value of Rs 10 each) of Mindtree Ltd on May 16, 2019,” a Mindtree filing said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra After the latest transaction, L&T’s shareholding in Mindtree stands at 26.48 per cent. The latest stock purchase was made at Rs 979.98 apiece. On Thursday, L&T had acquired 8.86 lakh shares of Mindtree from the open market. In all, the infrastructure major is eyeing up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore — marking the country’s first-ever hostile takeover bid in the information technology industry. L&T had proposed to buy additional stake in Mindtree through an open offer that was slated to begin on May 14 and close on May 27. However, the open offer seems to have been postponed as the engineering major is yet to get nod from the Securities and Exchange Board of India. Reports suggest that the offer could be delayed by a fortnight. Shares of Mindtree ended at Rs 981.80 apiece on the BSE on Friday, 0.16 per cent higher than the previous closing.