SIT to probe Saharanpur violence

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the Thakur-Dalit caste violence in Saharanpur.The SIT will consist of 10 police inspectors and will be headed by the Superintendent of Police (Crime), Saharanpur, according to a press statement from the office of U.P. Director General of Police. It will probe all the 40 FIRs filed from May 5 to May 23.State Home Secretary Mani Prasad Mishra told The Hindu on Friday that many confidence-building measures had to be taken as there was an impression that innocent people had been arrested for the violence. “The police will probe all the cases. If there is no evidence against those arrested in the last two weeks, then they will be released,” Mr. Mishra had said.One person died, over a dozen seriously injured and sixty houses of Dalits were burnt down when violence erupted between Thakurs and Dalits in Shabbirpur in May. The clash started when Dalits objected to the “loud music” during a Maharana Pratap memorial procession taken out by the local Thakur community allegedly without police permission. Violence erupted again in the area on May 9 and May 23. Hearing tomorrowThe formation of the SIT comes a day after a public interest litigation (PIL) petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court demanding a judicial probe. The PIL filed by Ramendra Nath sought compensation for the affected Dalits. The Bench of Chief Justice Dilip Babsaheb Bhosale and Justice M.K. Gupta fixed May 30 as the date for the next hearing.last_img read more

Citi works to defend wealthy clients from rival bank poachers

first_imgHit by the massive fraud in its Gurgaon branch perpetrated by its rogue relationship manager Shivraj Puri, Citibank is planning to compensate the victims, even as it moved ‘damage control’ interactions with its High Networth Individual (HNIs) customers into high gear.Puri allegedly diverted over Rs 300 crore of funds from customers and non- customers of Citibank, into personal accounts and had been investing in equities market for over a year.In a statement issued issued on Saturday, Citi said it had been in contact with “impacted customers” and was in the process of reconciling the amounts involved with the customers. It is in the “process of working towards a fair compensation for them,” the bank said.Other banks, meanwhile, have been moving to try and snatch some of Citibank’s HNI customers citing that lack of sufficient risk management systems had led to the fraud.”A couple of days back, I have got a call from Citibank guys asking me to participate in their HNI meet, perhaps to explain their side of the (fraud) story. I am not even a Citibank customer. I see it as an exercise to retain or boost customer base in the wake of the fraud,” said one of the top three executives of a listed broking house, who wished not to be named.Sources said Citi had been responding to a flood of calls on the issue after the scam broke, though the number has been tailing off in recent days.Citibank, however, declined to comment on the issue of rising interactions with HNI customers.advertisementPolice investigation into the issue, revealed that Puri had attracted these funds from some people, including those of Hero Honda promoters, by offering a high returns of two per cent per month. Puri is in police custody for further investigations. About 40 persons or representatives of institutions or companies had walked into the trap laid by Puri.Most of those affected were wealth management customers of Citibank, with high net investible resources. While Citi’s wealth management entry threshold is Rs 36 lakh, it has a far more lucrative private banking business.The entry norms are reported to be much higher – Citi does not divulge details of its private banking business, but banking sources said only clients with minimum investible resources over Rs 5 crore qualified.It offers a range of services to such clients, including Trust Services, Philanthropic Advisory, Art Advisory, Aircraft Advisory and Sports Advisory.Sometimes wealth management involves investment of surplus funds of customer in their bank accounts for maximum returns and releasing funds for specific occasions of the customers like education, marriage and the likes in the customer’s family.Thus, wealth management is driven by returns and trust, which is what other banks want to emphasise and grab Citibank customers away. “This is an opportunity for us to enlist Citibank customers, citing that our bank has better risk management systems and practices compared to that bank,” a relationship executive of another bank, who is not authorised to speak to press, lamented.However, the institutional advisors feel that the Gurgaon fraud of the bank, that raised questions about the customer handling practices followed by banks in general, is unlikely to hit HNI business for them, though ‘sentiment’ has been affected to an extent.An institutional equities head of a listed broking firm said, “It is not a big issue for our business. But sentiment- wise, yes, it has some impact.”SALVAGING GOODWILLCitibank is planning to compensate the victims as it moved ‘damage control’ interactions with its High Networth Individual (HNIs) customers into high gearCiti has been in contact with ” impacted customers” and was in the process of reconciling the amounts involved with the customersOther banks, meanwhile, have been moving to try and snatch some of Citibank’s HNI customers citing that lack of sufficient risk management systems had led to the fraudSources said Citi had been responding to a flood of calls on the issue after the scam broke, though the number has been tailing off in recent daysInstitutional advisors feel that the Gurgaon fraud is unlikely to hit HNI business for them, though ‘ sentiment’ has been affected to an extentlast_img read more

How Important Are Turnovers in Big 12 Play?

first_imgOklahoma State822 TCU540.33 It’s also part of the reason I’m fired up about this OSU team. Texas731.33 Baylor45-0.5 We all know the Big 12 is the land of fireworks and broken scoreboards. Games are won in the 70s, not the teens like that other league 500ish miles to the east. But I bet you didn’t know the importance of creating turnovers in this league (OK, you probably did).Look at the last seven Big 12 champions and where they ranked in turnover margin per game in the Big 12 and nationally.2014: TCU (1st in the Big 12 | 3rd nationally) and Baylor (2nd | 7th)2013: Baylor (2nd | 8th)[1. Oklahoma State was No. 1 in the league and No. 4 in the country this year. Arghhhh!]2012: Kansas State (1st | 2nd)2011: Oklahoma State (1st | 1st)2010: Oklahoma (1st | 7th)2009: Texas (1st | 15th)2008: Oklahoma (1st | 1st)AdChoices广告And here are the numbers so far this year. Pretty interesting, right? Now, some of this is random, but so is winning football games, it seems.Two of the preseason favorites (Baylor and OU) are struggling here. Seth Russell has thrown a ton of picks and OU can’t create a turnover (which is where OSU was one week ago). It’s early, but this is definitely something to keep an eye on. West Virginia502.5 Kansas320.5center_img NameTotal GainTotal LostMargin/G Iowa State440 Kansas State320.33 Oklahoma26-1.33 Texas Tech831.67 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

All-round brilliance of James Harris drives Middlesex to win over Northants

first_imgKent Why England need to take a chance on talent and alter their top six Since you’re here… Read more Share on Messenger County cricket: Yorkshire v Essex, Lancs v Notts and more – as it happened The Northamptonshire captain, Alex Wakely, was phlegmatic. He said: “There were two balls going past the edge every over and you always thought there was probably one with your name on it.”The wicket-fest at Canterbury was halted by bad light with Gloucestershire 61 for one, needing another 47 runs to win. With 153 in their second innings, Kent more than doubled their first-innings effort, with quick runs for Daniel Bell-Drummond (61) and Zak Crawley (32). But it never looked quite enough. Ryan Higgins took five for 22, his maiden five-fer for Gloucestershire.Due west, at the Ageas Bowl in Division One, a ninth-wicket partnership of 72 between Brad Wheal and Kyle Abbot put Hampshire in the driving seat. Worcestershire were 59 for three at the close, still 265 runs short of victory, with three wickets for Abbot to go alongside his earlier 51.At Old Trafford, Lancashire were wobbling when rain and skies as thick as gravy stopped play at tea. Haseeb Hameed and Keaton Jennings had survived a torrid opening spell from the belt-and-braces pairing of Jake Ball and Luke Fletcher, before Hameed was out pushing forward to Gurney for 19 and Davies fell for a five-ball duck. Lancashire still trail Nottinghamshire by six runs, with eight wickets remaining. Nottinghamshire’s tidy first-innings lead of 64 was due largely to a patient little scrap from Tom Moores and 44 from Riki Wessels. There were three wickets each for Liam Livingstone, Joe Mennie and Tom Bailey. match reports County Championship Division One Barney Ronay Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Read more Warwickshire’s 299 was the closest any team got to 300, thanks to a last-wicket partnership of 77 between Tim Ambrose and Chris Wright at Edgbaston. In reply Sussex were 194 for six thanks to a superb spell of bowling from Olly Stone, who took all six wickets to go down on his home Championship debut for Warwickshire, including a spell of four for 11 in 13 balls. Stone is startlingly quick, his career plagued by injury, including a strain to his knee he sustained while celebrating the wicket of Moeen Ali in a T20 in 2016. He missed more than a year of cricket, but a winter in Perth seems to have done him good.There was no play all day again at Headingley and mutterings about the effect the new stand was having on the outfield led to the chief executive, Mark Arthur, issuing a statement: “There is no issue with the drainage system.” County Championship Division Twocenter_img Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hampshire And so the first spoils of the 2018 Specsavers County Championship went to Middlesex, champions of 2016 but demoted to Division Two last September. They defeated Northamptonshire by 160 runs just after lunch on the third day – Northants never able to recover from their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it first innings of 71.It was an astonishing game for James Harris, who scored the most runs in the match, made the highest score and, with four for 39 in Northamptonshire’s second innings, and nine for 48 in all, took the most wickets in the game too. It was a good start also for Tim Murtagh, eight for 64 in the match and due to make his Test debut for Ireland against Pakistan in May. Share on Twitter Topics Middlesex Northamptonshire Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Gloucestershirelast_img read more

USWNT star Lavelle reacts to meeting her namesake

first_imgU.S. women’s national team star Rose Lavelle met a young fan on Saturday night with a very familiar name. Lavelle was signing autographs after her club side, the Washington Spirit, fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash at the Maryland SoccerPlex.The 24-year-old did not participate in the match but was honored after the game alongside five of her teammates who also participated in the recently completed World Cup.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Following the brief ceremony, Spirit fans had a chance to meet their heroes and one fan in particular stood out due to her unique, but familiar name: Rose Lavelle. The younger Lavelle went up to the USWNT star and, in video captured by NBC Sports Washington, the elder Lavelle can be seen expressing her disbelief at the coincidence. “Your name is my name?” Lavelle exclaimed. “What the heck!”Watch Rose Lavelle meet…Rose Lavelle. This made me melt. @WashSpirit⁩ ⁦@USWNT⁩ ⁦@roselavelle⁩ pic.twitter.com/xl8uoKEftS— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 21, 2019The younger Lavelle’s father went on to explain that he thought he was giving his daughter a unique name. That idea has now gone out the window thanks to Lavelle’s performance at the World Cup.Lavelle scored three goals in France, including a solo effort in the final against the Netherlands that clinched a 2-0 win and the USWNT’s second consecutive world title. “I wasn’t surprised honestly,” Lavelle’s teammate for club and country Mallory Pugh said of Lavelle’s performance in France. “I know that Rose is such a great player and I had a feeling that that was her time. She stepped up and she executed and the rest is history.”Now back with the Spirit, Lavelle reflected on a whirlwind journey that has seen her quickly become a household name and a role model to youngsters all over. “I think it’s cool how I’ve come full circle and now I can give back to the game in a way that it gave to me when I was growing up,” Lavelle said.On Saturday, Lavelle was able to give back to her namesake, for whom she has high hopes in the future.”Hopefully little Rose Lavelle will come up and everyone will forget about old Rose Lavelle.”last_img read more

Volunteers Offering Quality Care to St. Elizabeth’s Homeless

first_imgThe St. Elizabeth Care Committee has been providing valuable support in the care of the homeless and mentally ill persons in the parish since 2004. The committee operates from three locations. Under the leadership of then Mayor of Black River, Daphne Holmes, and first chairman, the late Joyce Francis, the first care centre was set up on the premises of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council. In 2009 another facility was established in Junction and late last year, the Santa Cruz Care Centre was opened. Homeless people can visit any of the centres where they receive cooked meals, baths and benefit from counselling services. The St. Elizabeth Health Department and the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) play a key role in providing medication and treatment for the clients, most of whom are mentally ill. Beacons of Hope Lauding the work of the volunteers, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, says he is a “fervent believer that great things that can happen when the local authority and a well organized and progressive community group come together for the good of all citizens”. The Minister says the volunteers stand as a “beacon of hope and rescue for the homeless, mentally challenged and destitute across the parish, offering spiritual guidance, physical care and regular provision of medication.” Explaining to JIS News why he has been giving his time to the care of the homeless, caregiver with the committee, Lorenzo Orr, said some of them have made valuable contributions to society. He reasoned that any of his own family members can lose their sanity and end up on the streets, and if that happens, he would want the best care for them. “Sometimes they can be hostile, but as caregivers, and as people trying to help people, there are a lot of things that we have to go through. You can only understand people when you get involved with them. I look back and say, ‘it could be my grandson that falls into that trap’, so it motivates me to help. Young people should get involved,” he said. Homes for the Homeless Mental Health Officer in the parish, Jennifer Chambers, tells JIS News that the volunteers have made the work of the officers easier. She says that there is greater organisation in monitoring the progress of clients and ensuring that they receive their medication. “The (care centres are) like a home for them. The support that they get there… they are given a bath, food, and we nurses, we come here to do their medication. We ensure that when they go back on the streets, you have to look twice to see that they are street persons. They are clean, they are in their right minds, most of the times. This group is a blessing in disguise,” she said. Director at the Santa Cruz Centre, Patrick Thomas, tells JIS News that a bond has developed between the volunteers and the homeless, which in many cases, is like a friendship. “I am a business person in the town and from time to time, some of them will come by my location. Sometimes, when I am on the street, they will see me and because of the bond that has been created here, the care that has been offered, this has fostered into a relationship beyond the care centre,” he said. “It is good to see that we can make an impact and these people are appreciating it. I will do this over and over, the other volunteers share the same vision of caring for those who can’t care for themselves,” Mr. Thomas said. Another Centre on the Horizon Chairman of the committee, Beryl Rochester, tells JIS News that discussions are taking place for a centre to be established in Balaclava. She says that the group’s mission is to improve the quality of life of persons living on the streets of St. Elizabeth. “‘People care’ is what we are about. I am involved in other community voluntary activities, but frankly, this is the one that I get the most personal satisfaction from,” she explained. She says there is a sense of fulfillment in seeing some of the mentally ill recover to the point where they can do “light duties”. Mrs. Rochester credits the business community in the parish, the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, as well as private individuals, who have funded the work of the care committee.last_img read more

Breast Cancer Resources Added to Libraries

first_imgNova Scotians now have access to more breast cancer resources at local libraries. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library has partnered with Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia to select and purchase a variety of books and materials with information about breast cancer. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic Region provided the funding. The collection was introduced today, Sept. 6, at the MacConnell Library in Sydney. “The province is proud to support and continue to work with organizations like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia, which are blazing new trails in health and breast cancer education and research,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Resources Collection includes 63 print books and 14 ebooks. “We are very pleased to have been able to collaborate with Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library in the purchase of this new collection of books,” said Jane Parsons, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region. “Our hope is that these resources will enable breast cancer patients to make informed decisions. Equally important, their families, friends and supporters will have access to information to help them better understand the disease and the importance of their role in the journey.” “This is a wonderful project,” said Lynn, a 14-year breast cancer survivor. “Not only is the Nova Scotia Breast Cancer Resources Collection going to create a valuable resource for those newly diagnosed across Nova Scotia, but for the survivors of many years who have an ongoing need for new information.” The collection can be accessed through any of Nova Scotia’s 79 public libraries. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national, volunteer-based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. Visit www.cbcf.org/atlantic to find out more.last_img read more

US designates TTP chief Mehsud as global terrorist

first_imgWashington DC: The US has unveiled new steps to fight terrorism and add muscle to the Trump administration’s ability to pursue terror suspects, their financiers and supporters worldwide. Utilising a new executive order signed by President Donald Trump, issued on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, the Treasury Department sanctioned over two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups, including Pakistan-based Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNoor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, from the TTP was one of the sanctioned individuals, the US State Department said, describing him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. He was named the leader of the terror group in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah. Under Noor Wali’s leadership, TTP has claimed responsibility for numerous deadly terrorist attacks across Pakistan, the State Department said in a press release. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe executive order allows the US government to better target terror group leaders and provides new tools to pursue individuals who participate in terrorist training, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. This order also authorises secondary sanctions on foreign financial institutions that have knowingly conducted or facilitated significant transactions with sanctioned persons, Mnuchin said. He added that the order targets those actors for and behalf of specially-designated global terrorists. “Specifically, we have leaders, operative and financiers from over 11 terrorist organisations, including Iran’s Quds Forces, Hamas, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their affiliates,” Mnuchin told White House reporters at a joint news conference with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo described the executive order as the “most-significant update” to counter-terrorism sanctions authority since September 2001. The treasury secretary said that his department was enhancing efforts to deny terrorist access to the financial system. “Since the horrific attacks of 9/11, the US government has refocused its counter-terrorism efforts to constantly adapt to emerging threats. President Trump’s modernised counter-terrorism Executive Order enhances the authorities we use to target the finances of terror groups and their leaders to ensure they are as robust as possible,” Mnuchin said. “These new authorities will allow the US Government to starve terrorists of resources they need to attack the United States and our allies, and will hold foreign financial institutions who continue to do business with them accountable. These new tools aid America’s unrelenting efforts to cut off terrorists from their sources of support and deprive them of the funds required to carry out their destructive activities. They serve as a powerful deterrent to radical terror groups and those seeking to aid their nefarious goals, the treasury secretary said. According to Pompeo, the new order amends the previous one by adding clauses that allow the departments of state and treasury to directly target leaders of terrorist groups and their associated entities without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts. “Second, it is more effectively and efficiently targets individuals and entities who participate in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with terrorists,” Pompeo said. “As these actions show, today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to the US counter-terrorism efforts,” the secretary of state said. “It will help us to ensure that the deadly attacks of September 11 that occurred 18 years ago this week are never repeated on American soil. Never,” he said.last_img read more

Firefighter BC chief say climate change to blame for wildfires

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsIt’s been seven days since British Columbia declared a state of emergency.Hundreds of fires continue to burn and thousands of people are still under evacuation.With dry conditions expected to continue, there is still no clear end in sight – and this has people connecting the dots to climate change.Laurie Hamelin has this story.last_img

By the numbers Shaw workforce shakeup just the latest of many transformations

first_imgCALGARY – Shaw Communications Inc. said Thursday that 25 per cent of its workforce had chosen to accept a voluntary buyout, although it was targeting just 10 per cent. The buyouts were offered as part of its Total Business Transformation plan unveiled Jan. 30.Here’s a by-the-numbers look at some of the transformations that have shaken the company since it enrolled its first cable TV customer in Edmonton 47 years ago:3,300: The number of Shaw employees who have decided to take a voluntary buyout package.650: The number of employees who were expected to take a buyout, based on 10 per cent of the 6,500 eligible employees.1,700: The number of Shaw employees impacted by a corporate restructuring that concluded in 2015.200: The reduction in employees due to a restructuring in 2016 after Shaw bought Freedom Mobile (formerly Wind Mobile) and sold Shaw Media Inc.$2.3 billion: The price Shaw received for its ViaWest unit, a Denver-based computer centre operator, in August 2017.$2.65 billion: The price paid by Corus Entertainment Inc. to buy Shaw Media Inc. in April 2016.$1.6 billion: The purchase price Shaw paid for Wind Mobile in a deal completed in March 2016.10,000: The number of cable TV customers Shaw, then called Capital Cable TV, connected in its first year after starting up in Edmonton in 1971.3.2 million: The number of customers now served by Shaw Communications, including 1.9 million subscribers to Shaw internet and more than one-million Shaw home phone customers.$1.25 billion: Revenue reported by Shaw in its latest quarter ended Nov. 30, 2017.79 per cent: The percentage of Class A voting shares held by the Shaw Family Living Trust, giving founder JR Shaw and his heirs firm control of the company.860,000: The number of kilometres of fibre cable Shaw has installed across Canada.last_img read more

Oil sends TSX sharply lower

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was sharply lower Wednesday as oil closed below the US$45 mark amid data showing U.S. crude supplies at 80-year highs. Losses picked up at mid-afternoon as doubts arose about the Federal Reserve waiting until late this year to hike rates.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 231 points to close at 14,602.88.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.75 of a cent to 79.87 cents US.The Fed has been widely expected to move around mid-2015 but there has been growing speculation it might move later.While the Fed said Wednesday at the end of its interest rate meeting that it would remain “patient” in beginning to normalize monetary policy, it also pointed out positives about the American economy, including that economic activity is expanding at a solid pace.“The statement signalled policy-makers view conditions as improving, teeing up for a return to a more normal policy stance,” observed RBC assistant chief economist Dawn Desdjardins.The Dow industrials dropped 195.84 points to 17,191.37, the Nasdaq lost 43.51 points to 4,637.99 and the S&P 500 index was down 27.39 points at 2,002.16.Oil prices retreated $1.78 to US$44.45 a barrel, the lowest close since early March 2009, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. oil supplies rose by 8.9 million barrels last week. That was far higher than the 3.5-million-barrel increase that economists had expected. Prices have plunged 55% from the highs registered last summer because of a glut of supply on world markets.The TSX energy sector dropped 4.85%. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) lowered its 2015 capital budget to between $1.8 billion and $2 billion because of the price slump. That figure is more than 15% below last year’s spending levels. Its stock dropped $1.73 to $22.94.The gold sector fell three per cent as February bullion declined $5.80 to US$1,285.90 an ounce. March copper edged two cents higher to US$2.48 a pound and the base metals group was down 1.5%.On the earnings front, Canadian National Railway’s (TSX:CNR) quarterly profit surged by nearly a third to $844 million or $1.03 per share, six cents ahead of estimates. Revenue was up nearly 17% at $3.2 billion, beating estimates of $3.12 billion. CN also boosted its quarterly dividend 25% to $1.25 a share. CN stock lost $1.13 to $84.03.“When you look at rails and run they had, it is unrealistic to expect any significant upside unless there is an unforeseen growth catalyst,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at Raymond James in Ottawa.“Relative to the volatility we have seen in markets and relative to what we’ve seen in their peer group . . . I think investors should be happy with that.”And Apple’s quarterly net income rose 38% to $18 billion or $3.06 a share while revenue hit $74.6 billion as it sold 74.5 million iPhones, which also beat estimates. Analysts were expecting earnings of $2.60 a share on revenue of $67.39 billion. Its shares were up 5.65% to US$115.31.In Canada, CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) had $236.3 million or 74 cents a share of quarterly net income, up from 60 cents per share or $189.8 million a year earlier. Cash generated from CGI’s operating activities increased more than five-fold to $339.2 million and its shares ran ahead $1.49 to $48.41. read more

Army probe not on Malaka

The army insists that the court of inquiry to be appointed to look into the assault on an Army Major is not an inquiry on Minister Mervyn Silva’s son Malaka Silva.Acting military spokesman Brigadier G. Ravipriya said that the inquiry is to merely see what took place as it involves a military officer. Major C. Pradeep had lodged a police complaint saying he was assaulted by Malaka Silva at a Colombo hotel last weekend and his weapon was also taken away. The army major was admitted to hospital following the incident and his weapon was later handed over to the police.The police media unit had said investigations into the incident were underway. Brigadier G. Ravipriya said that there was no set time frame when the court of inquiry will conclude its investigations.

Indian officials seize more gold biscuits from Sri Lanka

The seizure comes two days after the sleuths of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence seized gold biscuits weighing 28 kg in three separate operations in Coimbatore, Ramanathapuram and Sayalkudi on Saturday. The CPU on May 4 had seized 4 kg of gold after chasing fishermen on the high seas. (Colombo Gazette) After questioning the detained fishermen, the officials detained two more persons, who came from Kerala, on suspicion that they could have come to receive the smuggled gold. The officials also detained their car bearing a Kerala registration number, the sources said.The two fishermen, who had links with smugglers, ventured into the sea on Sunday night and were waiting on the high seas, when a smuggler from Sri Lanka met them on the high seas and handed them over the gold. The fishermen were told that they should hand over the gold to a contact after reaching the shore. They smuggled three pieces of gold biscuits with foreign markings, the sources said, adding while two pieces weighed 1 kg each, one broken piece weighed 400 gm. Identifying the two fishermen as N. Vairalingam (38) and K. Muthukumar (37) of Natarajapuram in Rameswaram, Customs sources said they were bringing the smuggled gold, concealed in a fishing net, when the officials nabbed them. Customs Preventive Unit (CPU) sleuths in India have seized 2.4 kg of gold biscuits, smuggled from Sri Lanka, through the sea route after intercepting two fishermen on the coast between Mukuntharayar Chathiram and Dhanushkodi.Acting on specific intelligence, a six-member team, led by Superintendents Muniasamy and M. Pugazhendi, visited the seashore around 1. 30 a.m. yesterday and made the seizure after intercepting the fishermen, who returned to the shore in a country boat after receiving the gold biscuits from a contact on the high seas. read more

UN war crimes tribunal orders release of former Bosnian Serb police chief

In a press release, ICTY President Judge Theodor Meron said that he had granted Steven Todorovic’s request for commutation of his sentence after the prisoner had met the conditions under Spanish law that, in certain circumstances, a convicted person could be released after serving two-thirds of their sentence. Mr. Todorovic, in custody since 1998, had served two-thirds of his sentence as of 25 May 2005.Mr. Todorovic was the chief of police in the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac from April 1992 to December 1993, while Serbian forces controlled the area. During this time, non-Serbs were persecuted and displaced, and many were beaten while in his prisons. According to ICTY documents, he took over when 17,000 Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Muslims resided in the municipality, but by May 1995, fewer than 300 remained. The Tribunal charged Mr. Todorovic with 27 counts of crimes against humanity.At his initial appearance before the ICTY in 1998, Mr. Todorovic pleaded not guilty to all counts, but in 2000, he pleaded guilty to one count of persecutions on political, racial and religious grounds as a crime against humanity. He was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in July 2001. In December of that year, Mr. Todorovic was transferred to Spain to serve his sentence. Today, Judge Meron noted that Mr. Todorovic had cooperated with the ICTY Prosecutor’s Office and was willing to testify in proceedings before the Tribunal. Judge Meron also considered Mr. Todorovic’s guilty plea and his expressions of remorse during the trial. read more

Puerto Rico governor calls for swift debt restructuring

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 31, 2016 9:00 am MDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Puerto Rico governor calls for swift debt restructuring SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is urging his successor to demand that a federal control board overseeing government finances move immediately to restructure much of its nearly $70 billion in debt.The outgoing governor tells Governor-elect Ricardo Rossello in a letter released Friday night that the commonwealth cannot afford to pay $3.5 billion in annual debt service.He says Puerto Rico faces $3 billion in additional liabilities by 2018 after federal health care funding sources and pension system assets are depleted and warns that action is needed before a litigation stay against creditor lawsuits expires in February.The board can restructure debt through a court-supervised bankruptcy process but board chairman Jose Carrion has said it will try to reach voluntary deals with creditors.Rossello takes office on Jan. 2. read more

Aaron Craft named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) attempts a shot during a game against Michigan State March 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 69-67.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternSenior guard Aaron Craft topped off his final season at Ohio State by adding another award to his list.For the second time in the last three seasons, Craft has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.Craft led the Ohio State men’s basketball to a 23-8 record and the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes recorded the seventh best defense in the country, only allowing 59.1 points per game. He also led the conference with 2.58 steals per game in 2014.On Sunday against Michigan State, Craft set the Big Ten record for most all-time steals. Craft also leads the Buckeyes in career steals and assists.Craft was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the media as well as the All-Big Ten third team by the coaches. He also was named to the All-Big Ten defensive team for the third consecutive year.Junior guard Shannon Scott was also named to the All-Big Ten defensive team, with junior forward LaQuinton Ross joining Craft on the coaches All-Big Ten third team.Next up, Craft and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Purdue Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 25 minutes after the finish of the day’s first game between Illinois and Indiana. read more

How the royal PR machines treatment of both public and press left

BBC colleagues rightly rallied around veteran newscaster, 65, who has been reporting on the royal family since 1998. News at Ten presenter Huw Edwards said: “For the record. Nick Witchell’s supreme professionalism… Nicholas Witchell’s uncharacteristically stumbling performance while reporting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby is rightly prompting much head scratching about the wisdom of trying to shroud the royal birth in secrecy. Known as the ‘safest pair of hands’ at the BBC, many have been left wondering how Britain’s most experienced royal correspondent could have been left so lost for words during Monday night’s News at Ten that he was forced to bring his broadcast to an abrupt end.