Manipur blockade: Timeline

first_imgIndefinite curfew was imposed in Manipur’s Imphal East and West districts. Here’s all you need to know about the Manipur blockade.November 1, 2016: United Naga Council (UNC) calls for an indefinite economic blockade, cutting off normal movement of trucks on National Highways 2 and 37 — lifelines that pass through Naga villages — or along the 100-km Imphal-Moreh Road on the Trans Asian Highway No 1.November 15, 2016: The State government backs out of a meeting between the Centre, the Manipur government and the UNC. Home Ministry officials meet representatives of the UNC as planned but fail to break the impasse.November 25, 2016: A total shutdown is called for by the UNC and other Naga organisations. Two top leaders of UNC, president Gaidon Kamei and information secretary Stephen Lamkang, arrested. On the other hand, ruling on a public interest litigation petition, the High Court of Manipur directes the State to provide adequate security to vehicles plying along the two national highways. Two other directives call for the deployment of paramilitary forces to ensure the free movement of the trucks.December 8, 2016: The State Cabinet finalises the creation of seven new districts, with the nomenclature of Sadar Hills changed to Kangpokpi. Chief MinisterOkram Ibobi says this has been done for administrative convenience, and that creating a district is the prerogative of the government.December 9, 2016: The State government issues a gazette notification stating the creation of seven new districts, taking the total number of districts to 16. The decision generates sharp reactions from the UNC; the other two communities living in the state – Meiteis and Kukis – accept the move.December 15, 2016: Three police personnel killed and nine others seriously injured in two ambushes. The personnel killed were on their way to provide security for the inaugural function of the newly-formed Tengnoupal district.December 20, 2016: The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) imposes total blockade on all Manipur-bound vehicles and passengers in all Naga inhabited areas.December 23, 2016: Home Minister Rajnath Singh asks Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang to ensure that there is no disturbance in movement of vehicles passing through the state following reports of NSF’s blockade.December 27, 2016: The NSF temporarily suspends its eight-day-long total blockade of all Manipur-bound vehicles with immediate effect, taking into consideration the assurance of the Manipur government and at the Centre’s request.December 31, 2016: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh makes an assurance that his government will not go back on its decision to create seven new districts.January 1, 2017: Internet and messaging service were partly restored.January 18, 2017: Take steps to remove blockade, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. The blockade of National Highway-2 caused severe difficulties to the people of Manipur, especially with regard to availability of essential commodities.February 7, 2017: Tripartite talks to end the over three-month-long economic blockade of a crucial highway in Manipur failed to make any headway.March 19, 2017: Tripartite talks among the Centre, Manipur government and the United Nagar Council (UNC) leaders ended on a positive note bringing the 139-day Manipur blockade over the creation of new districts to an end.last_img read more

Mehbooba calls for restraint by forces

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday asked the security forces “to exercise maximum restraint while operating in provocative situations”, as a shutdown and street violence continued to disrupt life in the Valley.“The security forces should exercise maximum restraint and follow strictly the standard operating procedure,” said Ms. Mufti, while condemning the killing of PDP worker Bashir Ahmad.The shutdown call by separatists against the killing of a civilian in BSF firing on Sunday brought life to a standstill in the Valley. According to the police spokesman, a mob assembled in Shopian’s Heff village as the security forces were launching a cordon and search operation. “The militants fired at the security forces. Later, they took advantage of the mob and escaped,” said the spokesman.On Sunday evening, a petrol bomb was hurled at a security forces’ patrol in Srinagar’s Rainawari area. However, no casualty was reported.College closedThe authorities on Sunday decided that the Pulwama Degree College, will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, where over 50 students were injured in clashes with security forces on Saturday.In another incident, one person was killed and another injured after unidentified men opened fire on them in Pulwama district last night, police said.Gunmen kill one The gunmen entered the house of Bashir Ahmad Dar on Saturday night and fired at him and his cousin Altaf Ahmad Dar, leaving them injured, a police official said. Bashir was declared brought dead at a hospital.last_img read more

Navi Mumbai gets special police teams to handle mob violence

first_imgTwo special police teams headed by the deputy commissioner of police, Zone I and Zone II respectively, have been formed to look into mob lynching and violence in Navi Mumbai under a Supreme Court order.The State government issued a Government Resolution (GR) to form a special squad exclusively to handle mob violence. “The main intention is to mainatin peace, law and order in the city. The team will conduct meetings at the most sensitive areas of the zone like villages in Uran, Nhava Sheva and Panvel taluka, and be in touch with the police patil in these areas. They will spread awareness on maintaining law and order and impart knowledge of sections that could land those involved in mob lynching or violence behind bars,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, Ashok Dudhe said.The eight-member team will keep a watch on various organisations in the areas in their jurisdiction. “The team will first look into any untoward incident. Anyone found inciting violence or hatred which could lead to mob violence will also be booked as per the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code,” Sudhakar Pathare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone II, said. Each team will have an assistant commissioner of police, one police inspector, two assistant police inspectors and four staff. “They will book anyone found spreading rumours or fake news that could incite a mob,” Mr. Dudhe said.Police are hopeful that mobs will be controlled better during a protest. On July 25, during the Maratha morcha, a huge rasta roko staged at Kalamboli on Sion-Panvel highway had blocked the Mumbai-Pune Expressway for close to six hours. The Sion Panvel highway too was blocked at various places from Vashi to Kalamboli. At Koparkhairane, around 100 vehicles were damaged, a police chowky and seven vehicles were burnt and a 19-year-old protestor was killed. “In the event of such protests, this team will play a major role in conducting meetings beforehand and educating people that violence will lead to severe action against them,” Mr. Pathare said. The team will also inform people that when an accused is caught, he should be handed over to police, instead of mobs taking the law into their hands.last_img read more

Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian

first_imgOn Tuesday, on the Barstool Sports network on SiriusXM, Connor called Kim “fine as hell” along with more vulgar sexual comments, then said “the countdown is on” until Kim’s 18th birthday.Connor apologized on Twitter, calling his comments “inappropriate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, without referring directly to Connor, said on Twitter that his network sometimes misses the mark with humor, but “crybabies” will not dictate its actions.Kim, of Torrance, California, won gold in Women’s Halfpipe Tuesday at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Akari-Adamson clips Gamboa-St. Clare for 3rd straight NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Chloe Kim, of the United States, smiles during the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts, Patrick Connor, after he made sexual comments about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Kim on another station. Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM, where Connor hosted “The Shower Hour,” confirmed the firing Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, for NBC Bay Area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station.Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM said in a statement Wednesday that host Patrick Connor has been fired.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Moustache makes the man for all Vivek fans

first_imgVivek OberoiIt’s a hirsute affair-between the nose and the upper lip-that’s keeping Vivek Oberoi busy these days? Other than his film Rakht Charitra and his upcoming wedding, he is busy working his moustache! “Yes. The moustache takes a lot of work. It seems easy and you think you can grow it, keep it. But you have to trim it, comb it. It is tough to keep a moustache. But I am glad to have done so as my fans love it. Guys asked me about it when I went to promote Rakht Charitra in various cities big and small metros. Even girls thought I looked more dashing,” he says.Given the adulation from his young fans, Vivek was more than happy to oblige. Of late, he has been quite busy? travelling across the nation promoting his newest film and helping his parents with the wedding shopping.Sources close to the Oberois say the entire family is in a celebratory mood. From shopping to finalising the wedding venue, their calendar is full. The only thing that is under wraps is perhaps Priyanka Alva, his fiance.Poke him and he grins and mutters monosyllables like a coy bride. “Well, that’s personal,” the actor says.The little bee tells us that she isn’t fond of the moustache and there’s a probability that it will be sacrificed at the altar.Until the wedding, Vivek definitely will sport it for promotional purposes.last_img read more

London Olympics: Manoj Kumar makes easy work of his opponent, moves to pre-quarters in 64kg boxing

first_imgIndian boxer Manoj Kumar reached the pre-quarterfinals in the 64kg class with a convincing victory over Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan at the London Olympics. The 25-year-old was in control throughout the bout as he registered an easy 13-7 win on Tuesday.The first round was a tight affair with both fighters being cautious. Manoj, especially looked circumspect as the round ended 2-2.In the second, though the Indian showed his class landing some hard blows on the Turkmenistan fighter. Manoj had his opponent on the backfoot for most of the round and was the clear winner with judges scoring 7-3 in his favour.With a four-point lead, going into the third, Manoj concentrated on his defence letting Hudayberdiyev do the attacking. The New Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medalist, though, was in no mood to give in and landed some brilliant one-two punches to all but seal his victory.With time running out, a visibly tired Hudayberdiyev went hell for leather, however it didn’t prove to be enough as he lost the round 2-4.The Indian will have his task cut out when he takes on number three seed Thomas Stalker on Saturday. The Briton received a bye in the round of 32 and with the crowd behind his back, he will be a tough nut to crack.last_img read more

Taj Mahal is a beautiful graveyard: Haryana Minister

first_imgChandigarh, Oct 20 (PTI) Amid the controversy over BJP leader Sangeet Soms remarks on the Taj Mahal, Haryana Minister Anil Vij today described the monument as a “beautiful graveyard”.”Taj Mahal ek khoobsurat kabristan hai (Taj Mahal is a beautiful graveyard,” the Minister for health and sports in the BJP government in Haryana tweeted.Vij has courted controversy several times in the past with his remarks.His tweet on Taj Mahal came in the backdrop of Som, BJP legislator from Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh, questioning the monuments place in Indias heritage.Downplying the controversy over Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said the monument was made by the blood and sweat of “Bharat Matas sons” and its protection was the responsibility of his governmentHowever, another senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar had claimed that the Taj Mahal was a Lord Shiva temple called Tejo Mahal which was converted into a mausoleum by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.The 17th century marble monument was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both were buried there. PTI VSD RTlast_img read more

Doubts over career renewed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s desire to win league

first_imgStriker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is determined to see how far he can push his “old” body when he makes his comeback for Manchester United after recovering from a career-threatening injury.The 36-year-old Swede has not played since suffering a knee ligament injury in United’s Europa League quarter-final second leg match against Anderlecht at Old Trafford in April.He watched his teammates lift the title in Europe’s second-tier competition and signed a one-year contract in the close season to prove his naysayers wrong.”In the last years, when you’re thinking how many more years you are going to play, that is where you are hesitating. But the injury made it easy for me,” Ibrahimovic told former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on Sky Sports Premier League.”The challenge was that I never had a major injury, and all these people talking that ‘it’s over’ or ‘he’s too old’, all these doubts I had in my whole career… I had one target, and that is to come back and play the game.”When that happens, it triggers me because it gives me energy and an objective. I’m challenging what I am able to do, how far I can take my body.”Ibrahimovic, who helped his club win the League Cup and the Community Shield and ended his debut season as the club’s top scorer with 28 goals in 46 appearances, stressed that his target was to help United win their 21st Premier League title.”The target is the Premier League. That is my target to finish. Everything I started in the first season, we will finish in the second one.advertisement”Everything I built up in the first season – obviously we won the three trophies – the ending for me was not the ending I wanted, or nobody wanted, especially after how the season went.”I will walk out just as I came in, I will not walk out limping. I will walk out the way I want to walk out. Even if I have to walk on water I will do that also.”Earlier this month United manager Jose Mourinho said he hoped Ibrahimovic would be back in action before the end of the year.Second-placed United take on Tottenham Hotspur, who are level with them in the table with 20 points, at Old Trafford on Saturday.last_img read more

Viktor Axelsen pulls out of World Championships 2019 due to back injury

first_imgDenmark’s badminton player, World number five, Viktor Axelsen on Wednesday pulled out of the BWF World Championships 2019 due to a back injury.The 2017 world champion has sustained a disc protrusion in the lower back, a precursor to a slipped disc. The injury is causing pain to Axelsen in the back and legs.Axelsen said he will be back as soon as possible. “One day at a time. Will be back as soon as possible thanks for your messages,” the Danish player tweeted.Axelsen expressed disappointment for not being able to take part in the World Championships. He added that he needs to be realistic and listen to his body and doctor’s advice.”I’m very sad and disappointed about the situation. The World Championships is the biggest event of the year and I had obviously been looking forward to playing. I’ve done everything I could to get ready for the World Championships, but I must also be realistic and listen to my body and to the doctors’ advice,” BWF quoted Axelsen as saying in a statement from Badminton Denmark.Axelsen suffered allergies that forced him to stay away from the European Games, held in June. He was ruled out of the Indonesia Open and the Japan Open due to back injury recently.Badminton Denmark in a statement said they do not want to take any chance with Axelsen’s health. They further said it is unfortunate for both the player and country as he was the medal candidate for Denmark.”Viktor is one of the world’s best badminton players and was the biggest medal candidate for Denmark for the upcoming World Championships. Therefore, it is of course very unfortunate for both him and Denmark that he will not play at the World Championships,” Badminton Denmark said.advertisementBadminton Denmark’s elite and sports director Jens Meibom updated on Axelsen’s health, saying both the player and medical staff struggled to make Axelsen fit for the World Championships but his injury has not healed.”We are taking no chances with the athlete’s health, no matter how big the championship is all about,” Meibom said.Also Read | Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth progress; Sourabh Verma crashes outAlso See:last_img read more

Georgia WR Riley Ridley’s Stock On The Rise At NFL Combine

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)While Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has been marketing himself as a top prospect in the draft, he’s not the only receiver whose stock is rising. Georgia star Riley Ridley has quickly emerged as an increasingly attractive prospect by scouts.According to DawgNation, several scouts have spoken glowingly about Ridley over the course of the NFL scouting combine. Some analysts are even projecting that Ridley will be a first-round analyst Bucky Brooks currently projects Ridley will go No. 27 overall to the Oakland Raiders. He cited Ridley’s route-running ability as an asset that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden particularly loves.“(Coach Jon) Gruden loves skilled route runners at receiver,” Brooks explained. “Ridley is a crafty technician with a knack for getting open and making tough catches in traffic.”Another analyst, Daniel Jeremiah, believes that Ridley is a top-30 prospect, rating him as No. 29 on his board. Jeremiah had Ridley as his second-highest rated Bulldog on the board, after cornerback Deandre Baker.“Ridley has good size (6-2, 200 pounds) and he’s a very polished route runner. He lacks an explosive burst in his release, but understands how to set up defenders and is very efficient at the top of his route. Despite lacking top-end juice, he creates separation with his clean footwork in/out of the break point. He has very strong hands and attacks the ball at the highest point…”Ridley had a breakout season with the Bulldogs in 2018, catching 43 passes for 559 yards and nine touchdowns en route to an SEC East division title and a Sugar Bowl appearance.He opted to forego his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.Ridley was one of four Georgia skill position players to forego their senior year. His teammates Elijah Holyfield, Mecole Hardman, and Isaac Nauta are also hoping to hear their names called this year.[DawgNation]last_img read more

Crime Prevention Award Nominations Open

first_imgKnow someone dedicated to preventing crime in their community? Help recognize their work with a nomination for a Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention. There are many ways to prevent crime, from developing partnerships and programs that address root causes, to providing leadership in the community to supporting others in their efforts. “To prevent crime we must all work together,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “It takes the co-operation of many, communities, businesses, police and government, to provide supports and services that make a difference. There are several communities and organizations in Nova Scotia taking proactive approaches to crime prevention. These awards are a way to recognize their efforts and share their stories.” This is the sixth year for the Minister’s Crime Prevention Awards. Don Spicer, executive director of Shelter Nova Scotia and a former Halifax Police superintendent, supports the awards and their goals. “The Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention is a great way to recognize the outstanding contribution to crime prevention by people in our community,” said Mr. Spicer. “This type of recognition helps to validate the work of our unsung heroes. I look forward to submitting nominations again this year.” The Department of Justice is accepting nominations in six categories: Individual Youth (21 and under) Community Group or Organization Policing Media Business Community For more information and to download nomination forms, visit The deadline for nominations is Feb. 21.last_img read more

It just lit up the sky Apparent meteor soars over St Johns

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An apparent meteor blazed across the sky over St. John’s harbour Monday night as social media buzzed with jokes that maybe aliens had landed.Garry Dymond with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada was setting up his backyard telescope at his home in St. John’s when it streaked overhead.“What I saw was what we’d classify as a fireball,” he said Tuesday. “It was heading towards the Southside Hills in St. John’s, cutting through the constellation of Pegasus.“It exploded in a nice green explosion and then two pieces came out of that, heading straight on. One went black and the other went on a bit farther and went black.”Dymond doubts those pieces hit ground — creating a meteorite — but said there’s not enough information yet to know for sure. Fragments from more than 70 meteors, most of them about 4.6 billion years old, have been recovered across Canada but none so far in Newfoundland, he added.“It just lit up the sky. It was quite impressive.”The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says it received two calls about the strange object that was seen around 7 p.m. local time.Dymond urged anyone with video or other images to notify the American Meteor Society. The New York-based not-for-profit corporation tracks meteors and fireballs.The colour white might indicate magnesium, green suggests nickel and yellow can mean sodium content, Dymond explained.“We can find a whole lot of other information even if we don’t find the rock.”Dymond said it’s an active period for meteor showers which will extend through most of November.He usually has a special camera set up for night sky photographs but it was down for repairs Monday.“Isn’t that the way it always is? The time a big one hits you’re down cleaning it off or something.”last_img read more

Arab rights charter deviates from international standards says UN official

30 January 2008The Arab Charter on Human Rights contains provisions that do not meet international norms and standards, including the application of the death penalty for children, the treatment of women and non-citizens and the equating of Zionism with racism, the United Nations human rights chief said today. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour issued a statement saying that her office “does not endorse these inconsistencies [and] we continue to work with all stakeholders in the region to ensure the implementation of universal human rights norms.”The Arab Charter entered into force earlier this month after seven countries ratified the text, prompting Ms. Arbour to release a statement last Thursday in which she noted that while human rights are universal, “regional systems of promotion and protection can further help strengthen the enjoyment of human rights.”Ms. Arbour said today that throughout the development of the Charter, her office shared concerns with the drafters about the incompatibility of some provisions with international norms and standards.“These concerns included the approach to death penalty for children and the rights of women and non-citizens. Moreover, to the extent that it equates Zionism with racism, we reiterated that the Arab Charter is not in conformity with General Assembly Resolution 46/86, which rejects that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” read more

Global recovery must start with the poor – UN human rights expert

1 June 2011Unjustified cuts in aid to the poor during a financial crisis could violate human rights standards, and economic recovery must start with the most vulnerable, according to a United Nations human rights expert. Magdalena Sepúlveda, the UN Independent Expert on human rights and extreme poverty, told a Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva that “unjustified reductions in expenditures devoted to implementing public services that are critical to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights will be in violation of human rights standards. “There is no space in human rights for a trickle-down approach,” she said on Monday. “From a human rights perspective, recovery must start with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”“Human rights are not expendable during times of crises and recovery. Even when resources are limited, States are legally bound to respect, protect and fulfil international human rights obligations,” Ms. Sepúlveda said. “The challenge of recovering from the global economic and financial crises is an opportunity to embrace a vision for the future aimed at the full realization of human rights.” The independent expert said that several recovery measures adopted by States in the aftermath of the crises seriously jeopardize the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by the poorest and most vulnerable groups.“Austerity measures such as cuts to social protection systems, regressive taxation measures, and elimination of food subsidies are proving detrimental to the poorest of the poor, exacerbating their already precarious situation,” Ms. Sepúlveda said. Increasing inequalities and food insecurity, the declining availability of natural resources and unpredictable changes to climate patterns are likely to increase the potential for social unrest throughout the world, she said. “Any recovery plan must anticipate these challenges and assume that there will be many more crises to recover from,” she said. “Only human rights-based change can directly address the long-term structural barriers to equality and set the foundations for a sustainable, socially inclusive society.” Ms. Sepúlveda urged States to view the challenge of recovery as a unique opportunity to aim towards the full realization of all economic, social and cultural rights for all individuals. “Through a human rights-based recovery, States have the chance to embrace new and ambitious approaches to reducing inequality, eliminating poverty and creating stable societies that will withstand future shocks.”The expert’s report outlines a number of innovative measures to which States should lend serious consideration when formulating their economic recovery, including implementing a comprehensive social protection floor, adopting socially responsible taxation policies, and enhancing regulation that protects individuals from abuse. Ms Sepúlveda, who serves in an unpaid and independent capacity, reports to the Human Rights Council. She has been in the current post since May 2008. read more

Two women victims of bear spray assaults in Regina

Regina police are investigating two incidents in which bear spray was used on two people in a short time frame and in relatively close proximity.According to a news release issued Monday, the incidents occurred three days earlier, on Friday. The first victim was a 33-year-old woman. Just after 9 p.m. a male in a truck called her over in the area of 12th Avenue and Ottawa Street and and then bear-sprayed her. She described the truck as blue, with four doors, driven by a Caucasian male with curly hair.She was treated in hospital and released.About a half hour later, other officers received a report of a 44-year-old woman who had been bear-sprayed by an unknown suspect driving what was described as a black truck while in the 1200 block of the alley between Garnet Street and Cameron Street. Paramedics attended to the victim, who was in obvious distress.Police can’t confirm the two incidents are related, but the locations and time-frame indicate a potential link.Police are asking that anyone who has information, or may have witnessed either of these incidents contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).  The Regina Police Service thanks the public for their help in this matter. read more

Car rental company Avis Budget Group purchasing Zipcar in a deal worth

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Car rental company Avis Budget Group purchasing Zipcar in a deal worth nearly $500 million by Samantha Bomkamp, The Associated Press Posted Jan 2, 2013 6:26 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Avis is leaping into the car-sharing service business by buying Zipcar for $491.2 million, aiming to capture a new type of customer and technology that will vastly expand its car rental options.Car sharing has become a popular alternative to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas and on college campuses, allowing members to get a vehicle for an hour or two for short trips instead of renting a car for a day or using mass transit.The segment has been growing while traditional car rentals have struggled in the current slow-growth economy.Zipcar, which was founded in 2000, has more than 760,000 members, triple what it had in 2008. It went public in 2011 and 2012 is expected to be its first-ever profitable year. Avis Budget Group Inc. is the third-largest U.S. rental car company, behind Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Hertz Global Holdings Inc.“I’ve been somewhat dismissive of car sharing in the past but what I’ve come to realize is that car sharing, particularly on the scale that Zipcar has achieved and will achieve, is complementary to our traditional business,” Avis’ Chairman and CEO Ron Nelson said in a conference call after the deal was announced.Nelson said the acquisition means Avis will now be able to reach younger, more tech-savvy consumers that prefer sharing services.Zipcar parks cars throughout cities and college campuses, which allows renters to avoid waiting in lines at traditional car rental counters. Some areas provide reserved parking for the cars, which can be located online or through the companies’ smartphone applications. That technology was attractive to Avis, which hopes to expand Zipcar’s vast technological capabilities to its own business.The car-sharing companies pay for fuel and insurance, costs not included in standard car rentals. Although the hourly rental options are quicker and cheaper than renting a car by the day, Zipcar and other car-sharing services are generally more expensive for rentals longer than 24 hours.To join Zipcar, members pay a $25 application fee and $50 a year. Rates run from $7.50 an hour and include gas, insurance and 180 miles a day.The acquisition will help Avis better compete with Enterprise and Hertz, which have their own smaller car-sharing services. And having access to Avis’ fleet of cars will help Zipcar meet high demand on weekends when most people take a trip to the grocery store or run other errands.Avis estimates it will save about $50 to $70 million a year through combining the two businesses into one.Avis Budget Group Inc. will pay $12.25 per share, which is a 49 per cent premium to Zipcar’s closing price on Friday. The stock lost more than half its value in early 2012 year as its results and outlook spooked Wall Street. But late last year, the stock began to recover as the company saw growth in members and revenue. And on Wednesday, the stock soared 48 per cent to close at $12.18.The boards of both companies unanimously approved the buyout. If Zipcar shareholders approve the deal, it’s expected to close in the spring.Avis, which is based in Parsippany, N.J., said it expects certain members of Zipcar management, including Chairman and CEO Scott Griffith and President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Norman, to help run its day-to-day operations.Avis also maintained its 2012 adjusted earnings forecast Monday of about $2.35 to $2.45 per share on revenue of approximately $7.3 billion. Analysts predict earnings of $2.42 per share on revenue of $7.3 billion.Avis shares jumped 4.8 per cent to close at $20.77, after earlier hitting a 52-week high of $21.10._____AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report. read more

Goldcorp announces details of third DisruptMining challenge during PDAC 2019

first_imgGoldcorp has announced the third annual #DisruptMining innovation challenge and live finale event will be presented on Sunday, March 3, 2019 during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) conference in Toronto, Canada. Highlights:Goldcorp and presenting sponsor KPMG will co-host the 2019 #DisruptMining innovation expo and “shark-tank” style live event at the Rebel Entertainment ComplexTechnology disruptors are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch to senior mining, technology and finance leaders in front of a live audience of mining influencers and decision-makersWinning disruptor(s) can earn an opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million investment* from Goldcorp, one of the world’s most innovative gold producersNet proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will support innovation-focused scholarships and community-building initiativesSpark your imagination with the #DisruptMining launch video for Submissions: November 5, 2018“Now in its third year as a catalyst for change in mining, the #DisruptMining innovation challenge has a track record of encouraging new ideas, identifying new opportunities and helping to accelerate the growth of new companies tackling challenges in mining in new and different ways. Innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch in front of a live audience of over 500 industry leaders and a “shark-tank” style panel of cross-industry titans. The winner(s) will have the opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies.”“The mining industry today is collaborating and investing in technology and innovation like never before.  We have digitized, automated and applied new technologies to various aspects of the mining life cycle, but our industry needs to accelerate the cycle of innovation even more to stay competitive, deliver greater value to shareholders and be best prepared for our future,” said Todd White, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Goldcorp. “Goldcorp is amongst the most innovative companies in the gold business, and we see #DisruptMining as a catalyst that helps us identify and champion new ideas, new partnerships, new technologies and new thinkers. At least seven of our #DisruptMining alumni have launched to new levels. We believe there are a lot more great ideas out there, and we’re ready to help make them happen.”Following the 2018 #DisruptMining challenge, winner Acoustic Zoom, an advanced geophysics company specializing in innovative seismic solutions, secured a C$1 million investment in its business from Goldcorp and launched a $150,000 pilot program at Goldcorp’s Red Lake Gold Mines in Ontario. Other #DisruptMining alumni including: Enviroleach, LlamaZoo, Open Mineral, Bio-Mine, Cementation, Goldspot Discoveries, KORE Geosystems and Tradewind Markets have transformed their rogue ideas, become established start-ups, substantially evolved their services and operations, or have scaled their leading-edge technology solutions.“DisruptMining was truly a catalyst for our business and put us on the world stage,” said Professor Jacques Guigné, Chief Executive Officer, Acoustic Zoom. “We now have multiple international contracts with major mining companies and have accelerated the development of our technology with further innovations, in addition to building our ability to service with a growing equipment portfolio.”#DisruptMining offers entrepreneurs a platform to bring disruptive and exponential technologies to the sector, whether it’s unlocking exploration opportunities; finding operational and production efficiencies; reducing the environmental footprint and delivering on sustainability commitments; or developing alternative ways to finance capital projects.Any innovator interested in pitching their idea at the #DisruptMining innovation expo and “shark-tank” style live event is encouraged to submit an application. Full application details and requirements can be found at Submissions will be accepted until November 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Late submissions will not be accepted.#DisruptMining 2019 Submission Categories:Mining Transformation: Operate and manage mines with increased productivityMetallurgy Transformation: Decrease the mass, energy, water and chemical intensity required in metallurgical processesSustainability Transformation: Move Towards Zero Water and sustainable energy usageDigital Transformation: Create digital intelligence with new applications and integrated interfacesGeology Transformation: Improve mineral mapping and measurement“Go Rogue”: An idea so out-of-the-box it deserves its own categoryThe #DisruptMining Innovation Expo will showcase the semi-finalists and other game-changing innovators who will demonstrate how they can help the mining industry accelerate the pace of technological advancement.Finalists will pitch their competing innovations to a “shark-tank” style panel of cross-industry titans and the winner will have the opportunity to negotiate up to C$1 million in investment for a proof of concept at one of Goldcorp’s mines or direct investment in the winning technologies. More than 500 mining executives, investors and financiers will be in attendance, each looking for that one revolutionary idea that will get them to the future of mining, faster.Proceeds from the #DisruptMining finale event will invest in the future of the mining industry through innovation-focused scholarships.last_img read more

Pence urges Ireland and EU to negotiate in good faith with Boris

first_img By Daragh Brophy & Hayley Halpin Sep 3rd 2019, 2:18 PM Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitter Source: Daragh Brophy/Twitter @AmnestyIreland are holding a ‘disco’ protest outside the Daìl at US VP Mike Pence’s visit.— Andrew Roberts (@AndrewNRoberts) September 3, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And so, Mr Vice President I ask, that you bring that message back to Washington with you. The Vice President, a former governor of Indiana, has long been criticised for his views on LGBT rights and abortion. “We want to show him, and people that support him, that we’re a different country now, so that he can’t go back to the USA and say there is any support for his policies here,” organisers said.- With reporting by Andrew Roberts  The two leaders did not take questions from the room after their press statements. Pence ignored a shouted question about Brexit as they left. All of Pence’s Dublin engagements today were confined to the Phoenix Park. The Vice Presidential party paid a courtesy visit to President Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin earlier today, and was due at the US Ambassador’s residence for talks with business leaders after he left Farmleigh. He will stay overnight at Trump Doonbeg again tonight before leaving the country tomorrow on route to further European engagements, including a planned meeting with Johnson in London. About 50 protesters, carrying rainbow flags and playing music, held a ‘Disco at the Dáil’ on Kildare Street this afternoon to mark Pence’s presence in the country in an event organised by Amnesty Ireland.  25,184 Views Source: Andrew Roberts/Twittercenter_img It’s a pleasure to welcome Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen to Ireland.— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) September 3, 2019 Oh… This is what was on the menu.— Daragh Brophy (@DaraghBroph) September 3, 2019 Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 3:40 PM Trump greetingsPence, who consistently referred to Ireland as the ‘Emerald Isle’ in his comments, said he brought the greetings of US President Donald Trump, and thanked the Taoiseach for his welcome.After going into some detail on his own Irish links, he then went on to refer at length to the ongoing response to Hurricane Dorian, in remarks aimed squarely at a domestic US audience. Reading from an autocue, Pence went on to list the various business links between Ireland and the US.Referencing US military use of Shannon – which, of course, has long been a contentious issue in Ireland – he thanked the State for its “hospitality” in recent years.Related: Higgins welcomes Pence to Áras >The Vice President said he had been happy to welcome Varadkar and his partner to his home in Washington earlier this year and that it had been an honour to meet the Taoiseach’s parents today.The Varadkars had joined Pence and his party for lunch earlier in the afternoon: Second Lady Karen Pence, his mother Nancy Pence-Fritsch and his sister Ann Poynter are accompanying the Vice President on his Irish visit.  Pence urges Ireland and EU to negotiate in ‘good faith’ with Boris Johnson on Brexit Pence’s message on Brexit today was stronger than many had been expecting. That is why we must stand our ground on the Withdrawal Agreement. An Agreement which was carefully negotiated to overcome all these risks. Short URL 40 Comments Share26 Tweet Email1 US VICE PRESIDENT Mike Pence stuck strongly to the Trump administration’s position on Brexit during press comments alongside the Taoiseach in Dublin this afternoon, as he urged Ireland and the EU to negotiate “in good faith” with new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Taoiseach had said he would use today’s meeting with Pence to further outline and explain Ireland’s position, and in the joint appearance at Farmleigh today Varadkar said Ireland must “stand our ground” on the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the EU and Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May. He asked Pence, as they stood at separate podiums in front of a small army of Irish and American reporters, to “bring that message back to Washington with you”. Speaking at Shannon yesterday after being welcomed to the country by Tánaiste Simon Coveney Pence said the US would work closely with Ireland and the UK “to support a Brexit plan that encourages stability and also one that keeps the strong foundation forged by the Good Friday Agreement”.  Pence and Varadkar take to their podiums at Farmleigh. Pence’s comments on Brexit were stronger than many had been expecting. Source: Sam BoalHis remarks on Brexit this afternoon were stronger than many had been expecting, but are in keeping with recent comments by President Trump himself and other senior administration figures. Trump has made no secret of his support for Brexit. He said UK could expect a “very big trade deal” in the wake of Brexit after a breakfast meeting with Johnson at the G7 recently.Speaking to the press after being hosted for lunch by the Taoiseach and his partner Matt Barrett today, Pence said that while he recognised the “unique challenges” posed by the border he encouraged Ireland and the UK to work together. He went on to call on Ireland and the EU to negotiate in good faith with Johnson to secure a deal that “respects the UK’s sovereignty”. He added that the US was also seeking Ireland’s support in negotiating a new trade agreement with the EU.Varadkar, in his remarks, said the two had discussed the vital role the US had played in the peace process in the North. Highlighting the role of Republicans in the decades-long process, he noted Ronald Reagan’s role in convincing Margaret Thatcher to sign the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.“The UK’s decision to travel a different course to ours risks being deeply disruptive, especially for the people of Northern Ireland, where most people voted to stay in Europe,” Varadkar said in his remarks on Brexit. “Divergence between the UK and the EU means that the return of a hard border on this island is a very real risk.“I know that you understand the impact a hard border will have on us on this island – barriers to the free movement of people and frictionless trade, barriers to North/South co-operation, the risk that the Good Friday Agreement and peace will be undermined.last_img read more

Patreon Raises 60 Million in New Funding

first_imgMore recently, Patreon has also taken steps to make sure that memberships also work as a money-maker for the startup. To that end, Patreon tweaked its membership levels in March, introducing new fees for micropayments, as well as a 3% fee increase for new mid-level creators.“We are able to create a long-term, sustainable, viable company,” Patreon senior vice president of product Wyatt Jenkins told Variety at the time about the move to the new fee structure.“This funding moves us faster toward building the world-class global membership platform that creators need,” Conte said Tuesday, explaining that the company was going to use the new cash infusion for adding new currencies, payment methods and languages to support creatives around the globe. He added that the company was also going to reevaluate its mobile experience, and add more tools for creators to directly engage with their supporters. Popular on Variety Membership services startup Patreon just got a major cash infusion: The company announced Tuesday that it has raised a $60 million Series D round of funding led by Glade Brook Capital.Existing investors Thrive Capital, Initialized, Index Ventures, DFJ, Freestyle Capital, Charles River Ventures and Otherwise participated in the funding round as well, which brings the total amount of money raised by Patreon thus far to $166 million.“Memberships works,” said CEO Jack Conte in a blog post Tuesday. “By the end of this year, we’ll have the true honor to say we’ve paid out over $1 billion to creators worldwide, and we’re ready to step it up even more with this series D.”Patreon has seen some impressive growth over the past couple of years. In addition to the aforementioned $1 billion the company is expecting to pay out this year, it announced in January that it had surpassed 3 million patrons, who were supporting over 100,000 creators with recurring payments.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more