PSG Neymar regrets PSG move, claims Barcelona director Jamie Smith 22:58 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty PSG Neymar Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Primera División Real Madrid v Celta de Vigo Ligue 1 Javier Bordas says he is not concerned about the prospect of the Brazilian signing for Real Madrid, with those at Camp Nou having moved on Neymar regrets joining Paris Saint-Germain, according to Barcelona director Javier Bordas.The Brazil superstar become football’s most expensive player when he signed for PSG in a €222 million (£194m/$261m) deal in August.But while Neymar’s goals fired PSG to a domestic treble and he won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award, despite missing the last two months with injury, speculation about his future in the French capital has grown. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Real Madrid have been strongly linked with a move for Neymar, head coach Zinedine Zidane saying he believes the forward would be compatible with Cristiano Ronaldo.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Neymar will “2,000 per cent” be staying for next season, while Lionel Messi told TyC Sports it would be “terrible” if the former Barca man switched to Madrid.Speaking to El Chiringuito, Bordas backed up comments from former Brazil striker Ronaldo, who said he does not know if Neymar is happy at PSG.”Neymar can sign for anyone,” the Barca director said. “For me, personally, I’m not dreaming of Neymar signing for Real Madrid.”It seems as if he’s not happy in Paris, we figured as much. “In Barcelona he was doing well and Neymar regrets having left [for PSG].”Barcelona have been strongly rumoured to be lining up a move for France forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored a double to help Atletico Madrid ease past Marseille in the Europa League final.”I saw the Europa League final,” Bordas added. “He’s really good, he’s a great player. I congratulate Atletico for their Europa League success.”
Man City boss Guardiola: Otamendi and Fernandinho too old for regular footballby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi are too old to play every game.Otamendi is the only healthy natural centre-back in the squad meaning Fernandinho, a regular midfielder, started in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.But Guardiola says because of their age he will have to call upon Kyle Walker and Rodri to play minutes at centre-back.”I didn’t have doubts [Fernandinho] could do it,” Guardiola said after City’s win on Wednesday. “Nico is 31, Fernandinho is 34 and the next alternative (Eric Garcia) is 18. For three or four months I don’t know what will happen.”Both were incredible tonight. Nico showed incredible personality after what happened in the previous game.”We need another solution — Rodri or Kyle Walker maybe — because they cannot play every game at their age.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In February 2017, the Government of Canada awarded $2,929,571 in funding to the theatre through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. This support allowed it to upgrade its spaces and install new equipment that will enrich the experience for audiences and the users of ESPACE GO.Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada dedicated an unprecedented $168.2 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over two years. This was followed by an additional $300 million for the fund over 10 years in Budget 2017. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Quotes“The reopening of ESPACE GO is wonderful news. This performance venue has been at the heart of the theatre scene in Montréal for years. Our government is proud to have supported this project to ensure the sustainability of this creative place and improve working conditions for artists.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Today we are very pleased to reopen Théâtre ESPACE GO to the general public. We are very grateful to the many partners, including the Government of Canada, who assisted us in protecting and promoting the essential role that ESPACE GO plays in the community. The vision of ESPACE GO should be ambitious. It needs to remain focused on artistic excellence, on support for initiatives in search of meaning and substance, and on its unique mission, based on the appreciation of women’s contributions to the evolution of theatre.”—Ginette Noiseux, General Manager and Artistic Director of ESPACE GOQuick FactsESPACE GO, a creation and performance venue, aims to develop new forms of contemporary theatrical creation with a particular focus on women’s contributions. It has been in its current location on Montréal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal since it was built in 1994.Funding of nearly $3 million, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, allowed the theatre to renovate and to improve spaces and conditions for production and creation.With the completion of this project, the theatre can now accommodate two theatre companies, UBU compagnie de création and Porte Parole, allowing it to reach new audiences of all generations.Associated LinksESPACE GO (French only)Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement MONTRÉAL – Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, attended the reopening gala for Théâtre ESPACE GO, which had undergone several months of renovations.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino is changing hands after just six months of operation, the latest indication that the New Jersey seaside resort may have bitten off more than it can chew when it reopened two shuttered casinos last summer.The property formerly known as Revel is being acquired by an outside company that will make a major investment into it.Bruce Deifik, the current owner, would not identify the new company, which would assume majority ownership of the casino.The new owner will make a $70 million investment in Ocean Resort, which plans to remain open. The transaction is expected to be finalized Thursday.The new owner would need to be licensed by state gambling regulators and its identity made known before that. Deifik and his family will retain a small, non-controlling ownership interest in the property.“It has been truly an honour for myself and my family to have taken this property, opened its doors and brought back the players, the families, the convention guests and the sports betting enthusiasts,” Deifik said. “My family and I want to thank the 3,000-plus employees at Ocean for their tireless work to bring our property to life and put it on track to become the best gaming property in New Jersey. If approved and closed, this next round of investment into Ocean will put this property on an exciting path to growth.”Ocean Resort was one of two formerly shuttered casinos that reopened the same day last June, along with Hard Rock.The reopenings brought Atlantic City’s casino total to nine, shortly after five casinos had shut down in a market that could not support them all. The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza all closed in 2014, and the Trump Taj Mahal closed in 2016. (The Taj Mahal reopened as Hard Rock last year.)The revival of the two casinos immediately raised questions as to whether Atlantic City was making the same mistake that led to the first wave of casino shutdowns: having too many casinos for them all to thrive.In its first incarnation as Revel, the $2.4 billion casino lasted just over two years before closing in 2014. Florida developer Glenn Straub bought it out of bankruptcy court for $82 million, and sold it last year to Deifik, a Colorado developer, for $200 million.Deifik decided to buy the casino sight unseen just over a year ago on the recommendation of his advisers, and set about renovating it, adding an indoor golf facility and one of the state’s most extensive sports betting facilities.He and his management team said they were confident they had fixed what went wrong with Revel. Deifik reconfigured the maze-like casino floor, allowed smoking on it again, welcomed gamblers of all income and playing levels, and placed a premium on customer service.He took over Ocean Resort with far less debt than what sank Revel. But the casino’s gambling revenue remained near the bottom of the pack along Atlantic City’s nine casinos.In November, the last month for which statistics are available, Ocean Resort won $15.2 million from gamblers, a figure that trailed every casino in Atlantic City except Bally’s, which won $14.5 million for the month. By comparison, the Borgata, Atlantic City’s market leader, won $61.5 million in November.In the third quarter of 2018, Ocean Resort had a gross operating profit of $1.4 million. Although it was only open since the end of June, it badly trailed Hard Rock, which opened on the same day as Ocean Resort, and posted a gross operating profit of $8.2 million.The casino plans to use the new funds to open a buffet, additional suites and rooms, and investments on the casino floor. It also plans “a substantial increase” in its entertainment programming and player events in 2019.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press
Taroudant – A Moroccan activist launched an online petition on January 7 demanding that the officials responsible for the use of excessive force against teacher trainees be held accountable.The petition was launched on Avaaz.org under the title “Together to punish anyone who has a hand in the brutal suppression of teacher trainees.”It aims to collect 5000 signatures of those in support of teacher trainees. Since its creation, the petition has already garnered more than 3098 signatures. According to the activist who launched it, the excessive use of force by the Moroccan police toward teacher trainees is in contrast with the speech of the Morocco’s King Mohmmed VI, on the implementation of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission in 2004 in Agadir.This initiative came in response to the “harassment, repression of freedom of expression, and the affront to human dignity,” the petition reads.In the description, the author recalls Article 22 of the Moroccan Constitution, which states, “The physical or moral integrity of anyone may not be infringed, in whatever circumstance that may be and by any person that may be, public or private.”“No one may inflict on others, under whatever pretext there may be, cruel, inhuman, [or] degrading treatments or infringements of [their] dignity. The practice of torture, under any of its forms and by anyone, is a crime punishable by the law,” it adds.Police used unreasonable force to disperse teachers who organized peaceful sit-ins and marches Fez, Marrakech, Rabat, Agadir and other Moroccan cities, demanding the annulment of two government decrees.The photos of injured teacher trainees were shared widely on social media, with comments denouncing the use of force against peaceful protestors.Nabila Mounib, leader of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) and Mohammed Grine, member of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS), part of the PJD-led coalition government, condemned the excessive use of force by the Moroccan police.
CALGARY — Capital spending cuts may be in the cards when oilpatch earnings season kicks off this week, according to an analyst’s report.“With the rapid drop in commodity prices we would not be surprised to see some producers start to reconsider capital plans,” wrote CIBC’s Andrew Potter.Nexen Inc., which is on the hunt for a new CEO after Marvin Romanow’s exit earlier this year, is the first to report on Thursday.Potter said Nexen will be one of the few to post stronger production, as its offshore Usan project in West Africa ramps up and volumes at its Long Lake oilsands project and North Sea platforms improve.The most likely to reduce capital spending is Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which reports on Aug. 9. Its latest budget of $7.4 billion was based on West Texas Intermediate oil prices of US$104. With prices looking like they’re heading closer to US$90, it could mean a spending reduction of $500 million to $1 billion.“We believe CNQ would most likely cut capex out if its oilsands budget, implying there should be little impact to short-term production forecasts,” Potter wrote.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. raised its dividend from 30 cents to 35 cents last quarter — a level Potter called “unsustainable” in the current oil price environment.“We believe the company will most likely wait another quarter before making any decisions on dividend cuts,” he said.Generally, Potter doesn’t see much to get excited about this earnings season.“Overall, second-quarter results will likely be quite weak as producers grapple with low natural gas prices, declining benchmark oil prices and widening North American oil differentials vs. benchmarks.”Canadian producers will continue to be whacked by the double-discount they get for their crude.Pipeline bottlenecks have eroded the value of landlocked U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude compared to international varieties that can be transported by tanker to several markets.And oilsands crude, because it’s heavy and more difficult to refine, already trades lower than WTI.“We believe that Q2/12 will continue to illustrate the magnitude of the opportunity cost to Canadian producers as pricing worsened from the levels seen in Q1,” wrote Potter.Oil companies that have refinery interests, such as Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. are expected to do better than peers that don’t. Having a downstream business cushions them against the lower crude prices because it means the cost of the oil they buy to run through their refineries goes down.
“The current drought in Sool Plateau and Gebi Valley, Somalia, is the worst in living memory, according to a recent inter-agency assessment of 10 villages and other sites in the area,” OCHA said. “For four years, rains have either partially or completely failed.”More than 90,000 out of the 650,000 people in the area are at risk of starvation, it said.Herds of pack camels were experiencing mortality rates of over 80 per cent and the surviving camels were failing to reproduce. Milk production had plummeted and the drought-induced infertility meant that the herds would not recover, OCHA said.A collapse of the pastoral economy and social support systems could cause rapid deterioration of the villagers’ nutritional status, large-scale migration to towns and increased mortality and morbidity, it said.OCHA was distributing immediate emergency aid and would create food-for-work projects to support and rebuild village livelihoods, beginning next February, it said.
She denied allowing him to unzip her dress, kissing him in her bed and directing the sex act. “That’s an absolute lie, an out and out lie,” she told the jury.She also denied kissing and hugging Pollard as he left, with the defendant claiming that he thanked her for a pleasant evening.Three days later, she reported Pollard to the police and he was questioned on February 18.”He mentioned everything that happened was consensual and that she agreed and made the running,” said prosecutor David Jenkins.The woman told the court she did not feel confident leaving her home during the following days, adding: “I spent most of Saturday in the shower.” Dave Pollard outside Isleworth Crown CourtCredit:Tony Palmer She was still fully-clothed when woken by Pollard at 6.20am, the court heard.”I was asleep, had a weird sensation and thought: ‘What the hell?’ I was disgusted, I was absolutely horrified.”To wake up to that experience is horrific. He is someone I’ve never flirted with or found physically attractive and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault me.”Pollard said the woman allowed him to massage her feet in the flat, claiming she also sat on his lap with her arms around him. A music mogul accused of sexually assaulting a woman he walked home from a pub is “hideous to look at… like Shrek”, his alleged victim told a court.Dave Pollard, who ran Universal Music’s video tape facility, the Engine Room, on a consultancy basis, claims the early-morning sex act was consensual with the woman after a drunken sleepover at her west London apartment.Isleworth Crown Court heard the woman had approximately six glasses of white wine and took home another bottle from the pub, sharing a glass with 56-year-old Pollard at her home.They agreed he could stay over rather than return to his wife and daughters at his £1m six-bedroom home in Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey, jurors were told. Pollard ran The Engine Room, Universal’s video studio and editing suite, and was a regular at the Crown and Sceptre pub.University of London graduate Pollard pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by penetration in January.”He is always surrounded by a bevy of artists and talents,” the woman told the jury. “I never gave him any sign whatsoever, no flirting or anything like that.”I see him as a safer, older man. He’s hideous to look at, there’s no sexual attraction. He’s massive, like a beast, like Shrek.” The trial continues. He is someone I’ve never flirted with… and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault meDave Pollard’s alleged victim Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
AN ITALIAN JUDGE has ordered the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship to stand trial for manslaughter in the vessel’s shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany, which killed 32 people.Judge Pietro Molino, at a closed-door hearing in the town of Grosseto, agreed to prosecutors’ request that captain Francesco Schettino be tried on charges of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the vessel while many of its 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard.The Concordia hit a jagged reef on January 13, 2012, sustaining a massive gash in its hull and causing the ship to rapidly take on water just off the island of Giglio in the Mediterranean Sea.Passengers said the ship’s evacuation was delayed and chaotic. The cruise ship listed so badly to one side that some life boats couldn’t be launched, and many people aboard had to jump into the sea and swim to the tiny island in the dark.Schettino will be the only defendant in the trial, which begins on July 9. The five other defendants successfully sought plea bargains, which are now being handled separately.Schettino risks up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He contends he is innocent and is being made a scapegoat, insisting that the reef wasn’t marked on the ship’s navigational charts.He has also depicted himself as a hero in the tragedy, saying that he skillfully steered the stricken ship closer to Giglio’s harbour, thus facilitating the rescue of the survivors.His lawyer, Francesco Pepe, told reporters the judge rejected the defence’s request to throw out the charge of abandoning the ship. The judge last week rejected Schettino’s plea-bargain bid, which would have drastically reduced his sentence in case of a conviction.The disgraced captain attended the hearing but made no comment afterwards to reporters.“Schettino is calm,” the Italian news agency LaPresse quoted his lawyer, as saying. “The decision today isn’t a judgment on merits. The judge only evaluated whether the appropriate place for all the charges to be decided is a trial.”Prosecutors have alleged that Schettino steered the ship too dangerously close to the island in a publicity stunt for Costa Concordia SpA, the Italian cruise ship company.The Concordia still lies in the water on its side outside Giglio’s harbour as a sophistical removal plan has fallen far behind schedule. Experts had promised to have the wreck out of there before the start of the island’s summer tourist season. But a date for its removal has been postponed by at least months.The bodies of two of the 32 victims were never found.Read: Here’s how the Costa Concordia wreck is being removed
Pep Guardiola is in awe of Manchester City’s ruthlessness in the FA Cup Fourth Round triumph over Burnley.The Blues brushed aside Sean Dyche’s men with a 5-0 victory, as they continued their excellent run in 2019.Guardiola’s men are on a breath-taking winning streak netting an astonishing 30 goals and still chasing trophies on all four fronts.Although Guardiola repeatedly dismisses talk of a ‘quadruple’, the Catalan boss expressed his delight for his side’s desire to succeed in every competition – evident in the merciless win over the Clarets.“I am really pleased for the commitment,” he stated via the club’s site. “Especially with all the games in our legs and minds.“Of course, we have to improve a few things but we made good movements and I’m satisfied to be in the next round and the draw on Monday.”On City’s record-breaking recent goal gluts, Guardiola added: “I think all the clubs – everyone – play to score goals.FULL-TIME | We cruise into the #FACup 5th Round! 👏Enjoy that, Blues?Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…🔵 5-0 ⚫️ #cityvburnley #mancity pic.twitter.com/gGMlReLYvH— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 26, 2019“Everyone wants to win and that’s why. We do it for the people but we have done it from the beginning since we arrived here.“Winning eight games in a row, this month has been good. I could say it’s because we played against lower league sides but it’s what we have to do.“Everybody has played and we want to arrive in the last stages of the FA Cup and Champions League, and fight to the end in the Premier League and Carabao Cup. It’s the only way I understand.“What these guys have done in the past 16 months is incredible. We will see what happens in the next few games to see if we can catch Liverpool.“We analyse game by game and everybody is ready.”
Melco Resorts & Entertainment Chairman Lawrence Ho says he is open to expanding the company’s Philippines integrated resort, City of Dreams Manila, onto vacant land alongside the property owned by its local partner Belle Corp.His comments come after Belle Corp revealed in April that it had submitted a proposal to Melco’s Philippines subsidiary, Melco Resorts (Philippines), to expand City of Dreams Manila onto one hectare of vacant land, to be used primarily for non-gaming facilities including at least one new hotel. Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry RelatedPosts Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Discussing City of Dreams Manila in a recent interview with CNBC, Ho confirmed his company’s interest.“We’re looking at potentially expanding,” Ho said. “I think there is contiguous land around where our resort is so we are looking at expanding together with our Philippines partner but … still early days.”Belle Corp President Manuel Gana claimed in April that Belle would explore using the land for its own purposes if Melco didn’t come to the party, but added he would “prefer Melco to get involved so it can be consolidated into City of Dreams.”Ho was quick to talk up his company’s strong track record of partnerships, stating “we continue to have a great partnership” with Belle Corp. Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi January 16, 2015.REUTERS/Anindito MukherjeePrime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation was a draconian monetary shock to the nation, says the economist under whose watch India’s demonetisation dealt a seismic blow to the economy over two years ago.The November 8, 2016 midnight scrapping of currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination accelerated the economic slide to 6.8 per cent in the following seven quarters from 8 per cent during the seven-quarter period prior to it, media reports cited Arvind Subramanian, the then chief economic advisor, as saying.Breaking his silence over Modi’s controversial decision, Subramanian suggests in his upcoming book ‘Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy’, published by Penguin, that even the post-demonetisation economic growth estimates of the government could be flawed.”But when a shock like demonetisation occurs, that primarily affects the informal sector, relying on formal indicators to measure overall activity will overstate GDP.””This hypothesis goes only a small way towards explaining the puzzle since any squeeze in informal sector incomes would depress demand in the formal sector, and this effect should have been sizable,” he says.”Or, there may be other, completely different explanations that have eluded my understanding of demonetisation, one of the unlikeliest economic experiments in modern Indian history,” he says.Subramanian admits he does not have an empirical view apart from the fact that the welfare costs, especially on the informal sector, were substantial.Though Subramanian devotes a chapter to demonetisation in the book, he skirts the controversy of whether Modi had consulted him prior to the decision. But he keeps a studied silence on the decision-making process of demonetisation, according to a news report.The omission would keep alive the allegation of some Modi detractors that the prime minister had not consulted his own chief economic advisor on the big decision.Fell swoop”Demonetisation was a massive, draconian, monetary shock: In one fell swoop, 86 per cent of the currency in circulation was withdrawn. The real GDP growth was affected by the demonetisation. Growth had been slowing even before, but after demonetisation, the slide accelerated,” says the economist whose four-year tenure ended earlier this year in the book that could fuel a major political controversy.”In the six quarters before demonetisation, growth averaged 8 per cent and in the seven quarters after, it averaged about 6.8 per cent (with a four-quarter window, the relevant numbers are 8.1 per cent before and 6.2 per cent after),” the book says.The author says nobody will dispute that demonetisation slowed growth. Rather, the debate has been about the extent of its effect on the economy, he adds. “After all, many other factors affected growth in this period, especially higher real interest rates, GST implementation and oil prices.”The former advisor to Modi says demonetisation was an unprecedented move that no country in recent history had made in normal times. The typical pattern had been either gradual demonetisation in normal times or sudden demonetisation in extreme circumstances of war, hyperinflation, currency crises or political turmoil (Venezuela in 2016).
The headquarters of market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).ReutersCommodity derivatives traders are jittery as the market regulator banned five trading entities over alleged role in the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) scam unearthed in 2013. Almost 300 broking entities are under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) scanner, reports say.Sebi has banned the commodities derivatives trading arms of some big names like Motilal Oswal, India Infoline, Anand Rathi, Geojit, and Phillip Commodities India as it found them “not fit and proper” for conducting business.Market experts say many others may fall under this category and there could be more stern action as the investigation into the 2012 default of the NSEL, promoted by billionaire investor Jignesh Shah, who was also behind commodity derivatives exchange Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), to pay up to Rs 5,500 crore to about 13,000 traders using the online spot trading platform that had a meteoric rise and a spectacular crash.Along with the Sebi other agencies like the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) are probing the scam following a Bombay High Court order that the contracts by Nsel prima facie constituted a breach of the condition that exemption from applicability of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act was only in respect of contracts of one day’s duration. The Sebi has inferred from these orders that observations about paired contracts are applicable to brokers as well. More than 90 per cent of contracts on the NSEL has paired contracts, according to a report in the Business Standard. All 300 brokers who traded on NSEL were found to be issuing paired contracts to their clients. Jignesh Shah, promoter of MCX, who ran afoul of the law in 2013 over the alleged violations of the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL) that he had founded, speaks at a conference. Reuters”Since NSEL is observed to have misused the exchange platform for purposes other than for which permission was granted, these observations are seriously adverse in nature. In view of the gravity of the adverse nature of the observations, the same would be sufficient to determine the fit and proper status of the brokers,” the Sebi order said.The Sebi said “the brokers facilitated transactions in the said paired contracts for their clients on the NSEL platform, became channel and instrument for NSEL to promote paired contracts among their clients. In Sebi’s eyes, mere association by way of a registered broker of NSEL is sufficient to lose reputation. All 300 brokers are contaminated in the same way.””In view of the seriousness of the matter, facts and circumstances of the case, the conduct of the notice in its functioning as commodity brokers is questionable and has certainly eroded its general reputation, record of fairness, honesty and integrity and has therefore affected its status as a fit and proper person,” the order said.Sebi has named about 300 brokerages in a first information report (FIR) pointing to the violation of rules. Sebi notices said the brokers indulged in illegal forward contract trade and failed to do proper diligence such as physical verification of warehouses, stocks and checking claims of exchange on guaranteed returns.
Lisa Curtis. Photo: TwitterLisa Curtis, the deputy assistant to US president Donald Trump, will arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a three-day official visit.The senior US official is likely to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, security adviser to the PM Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique and foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque during her visit to discuss bilateral and security issues and the Rohingya crisis, reports news agency UNB.Lisa Curtis is a senior director for South and Central Asia at the White House National Security Council. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat confirmed Lisa’s visit.“She will be visiting the (Rohingya) camp in Cox’s Bazar,” the Ambassador said.Earlier on February 16, foreign secretary Shahidul Haque visited Washington and met Lisa Curtis. During the visit, they discussed bilateral, regional and global security issues.The foreign secretary invited her to visit Bangladesh and Curtis accepted the invitation at that time.Curtis conveyed US president Trump’s appreciation for Bangladesh for hosting more than a million forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar.Before joining the White House, she was a senior research fellow on South Asia in The Heritage Foundation.
Stay on target It is finally time for the last episode of Game of Thrones, and Pete Davidson tried to pay tribute to the fantasy series with the ultimate rap showdown on Saturday Night Live, except, it did not go according to plan.Davidson, who wore a gold chain and even had Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) join him as a guest, generated some interesting verses about Westeros, TIME.com reported. However, the cool Game of Thrones performance ended up being, well, not quite about Game of Thrones.“Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, blue zombies, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine and a big *** wall,” Davidson rapped on Saturday Night Live. “Never miss an episode. There’s hobbits and toads. Magic and muggles, I assume some crows.”Hobbits? Muggles? Did we just do a 360 to Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter? And, there was a mention of crows, which is sort of accurate, if you’re talking about Bran Stark. So, we’re wondering where he was going with that. It’s clear that Davidson’s character did not watch Game of Thrones, even though he claimed he was a big “fan” of the series.Thankfully, cast member Kenan Thompson saved the day and told Davidson “Look, Pete, you don’t have to do a rap about Game of Thrones just because it’s the most popular show in the world right now.”Sadly we didn’t get to hear Davidson try to patch up his Game of Thrones rap, however, it was a hilarious nod to the HBO show that has generated millions of viewers over the years.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Posts Emotional Farwell Before FinaleStephen King Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Amid Outraged Fans‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Preview: The Last Power Struggle ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future
Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman This week, Newcastle Airport has reached a major milestone in the terminal expansion project, with completion of Stage 1 of the project.The milestone was recognised with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Women, Pru Goward. This stage has been completed on schedule and comprises a 2,600m2 extension to the existing terminal building. The terminal now exists of a new arrivals hall and provides a dedicated area for permanent customs, immigration, and quarantine facilities in readiness for potential international services. The formal completion of Stage 1 means Newcastle Airport is able to discuss future direct international services to and from Newcastle without infrastructure being a barrier. Newcastle Airport’s chief executive officer Paul Hughes, said he was proud of the international facilities the completion of Stage 1 provided.“We now we have a building; we can now clearly show that we are ready and able. I am hopeful that direct international services will soon be a reality for our Hunter travelers,” Mr Hughes said.Stage 2 of the redevelopment will commence in the coming week, which involves a full refurbishment of the existing terminal which will become dedicated to check-in and an expansive departure lounge. In line with stage 1 of the expansion completion, Newcastle Airport has also announced the recommencement of direct services between Newcastle and Canberra, starting on 27 April 2015. The service is to be operated by Pelican Airlines under the Fly Pelican brand on a 19-seat pressurised BAE Jetstream 32 aircraft.The airline plans to operate double-daily services Monday to Friday and a Sunday afternoon service. In addition to the Newcastle-Canberra service, the airline will also operate services from Newcastle to Sydney with onward connections to Mudgee.
Marriott ranks as Most Preferred International Hotel Brand in IndiaMarriott International is pleased to announce that the company has been recognized as the most preferred international brand in India by HVS India, a renowned leading hotel consulting firm. The company also achieved placement in the top-five for most-preferred food and beverage operators. HVS India shared the results of its second Stakeholder Sentiment Survey “The Indian Owner Speaks” at the annual Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) in April 2016.The Stakeholder Sentiment Survey highlights the opinions, perceptions and concerns of Indian hotel owners, who own almost 30,000 hotel rooms among 35 hotel brands (domestic and international) throughout India. This represents more than 26% of the country’s hotel rooms inventory, across varied market positioning and locations.“I am thrilled to see Marriott International top HVS’s survey. Our success in India is pivotal to our success overall. To this end, we will increase our footprint by almost-doubling the number of hotels in the next few years and increasing our footprint from 18 cities to 30,” said Mr. Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Marriott International Asia Pacific.The Indian tourism industry is booming with 23 million international travelers having traveled to India in 2014 and nearly 100 million domestic tourists expected to travel throughout the country next year.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott InternationalSource = Marriott International
Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver, was proud to join Ernesto Bertarelli to announce Hublot’s commitment to supporting Alinghi’s extraordinary campaign in the 33rd America’s Cup. A marriage of excellence, technology and passion to defend the Swiss colors together!This is a new, prestigious partnership for the watch brand, which will join the race campaign alongside the Swiss defender Alinghi. The Swiss yacht’s bid to win the America’s Cup in February 2010 against the American BMW Oracle yacht has inspired Hublot’s CEO, Jean-Claude Biver. His meeting with Ernesto Bertarelli revealed the many values shared by the brand and Team Alinghi. Both are at the cutting edge of technology in terms of brand new materials and innovations, and are engaged in a constant search for excellence. Partnerships with research and development centers such as the SwissFederal Institute of Technology (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL) reveal a common passion for the quality and precision characterized by “Swissness”. The two owners of Alinghi and Hublot also share a vision of work as a team effort, and a respect for tradition.Hublot has always had close links with the world of yachting – firstly through its name, which means ‘porthole’ in French, through its partnerships with prestigious sailing clubs such as Yacht Club Monaco and Real Club Nautico de Palma, or through sponsorship deals with numerous races and yachts. This new alliance with Alinghi seems the obvious choice for the brand. Next February it will embark on an adventure with all the energy and passion for which it is renowned, in a race taking place in the waters off Ras al-Khaimah, aboard a truly remarkable catamaran.Jean-Claude Biver is thrilled: “We had the chance to admire the yacht as it left the yard, and when it first took to the water on Lake Geneva. It is a magnificent boat and it represents the essence of Swiss expertise, with nearly 200 Swiss companies having worked on it. The “Swiss Made” label has never been more appropriate! The Swiss people – myself included – have shown no hesitation in displaying their admiration for Team Alinghi, and I am even more proud that we are the first brand to become one of the main sponsors of this incredible adventure. I am delighted to be able to help Switzerland win the Cup once more, this time against the USA.”Hublot will produce an exclusive limited edition watch in the Alinghi colors, made from materials similar to those used in the construction of the yacht itself.www.hublot.ch
January 13, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and 1/3 1/6 1/8 and 1/10/2014]. Alexandra and Isaac are bringing the wheelbarrows of concrete from the mixing site between the batch plant and the recycling area.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Concrete is shoveled carefully into the form.Rebar posts have been prepared with a steel plate welded to one end. They will be inserted into the concrete retaining wall. The wall has been poured and weld plate attachments have been inserted. Fence post for the new fence will be welded onto those plates. Before the concrete set the crew used a heavy brush on the upper surface to expose some of the grainyness.More to come.
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