Grains mixed livestock mixed

October 12, 2019

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CHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for May delivery was off 8.80 cents at $4.2960 a bushel; May corn rose .60 cent at $3.5320 a bushel; May oats was up 14 cents at $3.1660 a bushel; while May soybeans fell 3 cents at 8.5240 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Apr. live cattle was up .47 cent at $1.2485a pound; Apr. feeder cattle was off .07 cent at $1.4385 a pound; Apr. lean hogs fell 2.33 cents at .8575 a pound.The Associated Press read more


Van believed to have been used in Noyahrs abduction found

October 8, 2019

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Last month an Army Major and four soldiers were arrested over the abduction.Last week another Army intelligence officer was arrested over the incident. The suspect was arrested in Minuwangoda. (Colombo Gazette) A van believed to have been used in the abduction of former journalist Keith Noyahr has been found in Piliyandala.Noyahr was abducted in May 2008 and was severely assaulted before being set free.


Hamilton man arrested after robbery at local deli

October 7, 2019

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A 32-year-old Hamilton man has been arrested after allegedly using underwear to disguise his face and rob a local deli. Police were called to Staropolskie Delikatesy on Barton St. East shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Friday.Investigators say a man waited for the cashier to ring in his sandwich before he showed an “edged weapon” and demanded cash. The man didn’t receive any money so he stole the sandwich and ran away from the store.David Gilman is charged with robbery and disguise with intent.


Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

October 7, 2019

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NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:45 a.m.Stocks are off to a mostly lower start on Wall Street as investors wait for more news on trade and company earnings.The sluggish start Thursday came a day after the market posted solid gains after President Donald Trump suggested a trade deal with China could be happening soon.Carnival sank 8.2% after the cruise operator cut its profit outlook for the year, and Facebook lost 1.7% after Bloomberg reported that the Justice Department intends to open its own investigation into the company.The S&P 500 fell 7 points, or 0.2%, to 2,977.The Dow Jones industrials fell 24 points, or 0.1%, to 26,942. The Nasdaq dropped 38 points, or 0.5%, to 8,037.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.68%.The Associated Press read more


SecretaryGeneral reports little progress in search for remains of missing Kuwaitis in

October 6, 2019

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The search for the remains of Kuwaiti prisoners of war and third-country nationals missing since Iraq’s occupation of its small neighbour 14 years ago has not progressed substantially in recent months because of the difficult security situation, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the issue.Out of a total of 605 cases, the fate of some 270 is still unknown “but, regrettably, the chances that they may be found alive have diminished with time,” he adds in his 18th four-monthly report mandated by the Security Council, but he praises the cooperation of the new Iraqi authorities in returning remains and property.Of the remains that have so far been returned, only 222 have been identified.“Again, I strongly condemn the execution of Kuwaiti and third-country nationals by the previous Iraqi regime in violation of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Mr. Annan writes. “I call on the newly installed Government of Iraq to ensure that those responsible for these despicable crimes are brought to justice.”Iraq is preparing to try ousted President Saddam Hussein and many of his collaborators. read more


SecretaryGeneral welcomes resumption of sixparty talks on Korean nuclear issue

October 6, 2019

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In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan voiced hope that the participants in the talks, slated to resume next Monday, “will use this opportunity to make meaningful progress towards implementing their Joint Statement of 19 September 2005.”In that statement, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) committed to abandoning nuclear weapons and rejoining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in return for benefits on aid and security.The talks are between DPRK, China, the Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States have been going on sporadically in Beijing for several years, but there has not been a meeting since late last year.The Secretary-General, who has been calling for a resumption of the six-party talks since the DPRK carried out its first nuclear test in October, pledged today that the UN Secretariat would remain steadfast in its efforts to support the multilateral diplomatic approach. read more


Toronto stock market closes higher amid strong manufacturing employment data

October 4, 2019

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market closes higher amid strong manufacturing, employment data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 2, 2014 6:24 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a solid gain Wednesday amid rising hopes for a strong reading on U.S. job creation as traders also caught up with two positive manufacturing reports that were released while the TSX was closed for Canada Day.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 63.78 points to 15,209.79 after data showed that Chinese manufacturing grew in June for the first time in six months. In the U.S., the manufacturing sector showed a 13th straight month of growth.The Canadian dollar was up 0.03 of a cent to 93.75 cents US.U.S. indexes put in lacklustre performances but the Dow Jones industrials and the S&P 500 again closed at fresh record highs. The Dow was up 20.17 points to 16,976.24 and the S&P 500 gained 1.3 points to 1,974.62. The Nasdaq was 0.92 of a point lower at 4,457.73.Traders were cautious ahead of the other major economic event for the week — the release Thursday of the U.S. government’s employment report for June.Ahead of that data, U.S. payrolls firm ADP reported that the private sector created 281,000 jobs in June, much higher than the 205,000 reading that had been forecast. That raised hopes the government figures would show the American economy cranked out more than the 210,000 jobs in the public and private sector that economists have forecast.“Clearly, now the market is going to set up for a bullish number,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer at Scotia Private Client Group.“It does seem risk-on is coming back. People have been reluctant to fully endorse this rally and we know the fears that have popped up, whether it’s Ukraine or China or more recently this Iraq business. But it does seem the market is shaking all of these things off.”In corporate news, JPMorgan Chase chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon said he has curable throat cancer. Dimon said he plans to remain on the job and be actively involved in key decisions while undergoing treatment. Despite the reassurance, Dimon’s illness could raise leadership concerns at one of the world’s biggest banks. The bank’s shares declined 60 cents to US$56.97.In Canada, shares in Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX:CP) (NYSE:CP) were 10 cents higher to C$193.41 after the carrier was upgraded by equities research analysts at CIBC from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. Earlier this week, analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. from US$168 to US$196. The shares rose $1.19 to US$181.39 in New York.TSX advancers were led by the base metals component, up 3.85 per cent as July copper gained six cents to US$3.27 a pound.The information technology sector was up 1.21 per cent as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) ran up 45 cents or 4.11 per cent to $11.39. The stock has surged lately, up about 40 per cent in the past month amid strong quarterly financial results and enthusiasm over its new product. BlackBerry’s Passport, which meets somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet in size, is scheduled to launch in Europe this SeptemberThe gold sector shook off early declines to move 0.2 up per cent while August bullion rose $4 to US$1,330.60 an ounce.The energy sector was ahead 0.3 per cent with August crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 86 cents to a three-week low of US$105.08 a barrel. Prices had drifted higher to almost US$107 in June amid a growing insurgency in Iraq, but have since fallen the fighting has stayed well away from the south where most of Iraq’s oil production is located. read more


Pay packet inequality growing worldwide says new UN report

October 2, 2019

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According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), data gathered from 189 countries shows that roughly 300 million workers earn around $7,500 per month. In contrast, almost half of the world’s workers – around 1.6 billion people – make just $200 a month, and the bottom 10 per cent’s monthly earnings amount to just $22.“They will need to work for 28 years to earn the same as the top 10 per cent does in a single month,” said ILO economist Roger Gomis. He noted that a one per cent increase in take-home pay for the world’s top earners resulted in a “substantial decrease for everyone else… particularly for the lowest earners, who see their share of labour income decline by 1.6 per cent”.Conversely, the ILO official maintained, when mid-income workers take-home pay rose, this boosted almost everyone else’s share, except the very highest earners. This shows that “the relative labour income of a large majority of workers – around 90 per cent – is complementary; when one increases, the other does as well,” Mr. Gomis explained. “So gains for the bottom 80 per cent tend to be widely shared. In contrast, increases for the top are very narrowly shared, just favouring incomes at the top.”Income inequality is worse in poorer countries Another key finding of the ILO data covering salaried and self-employed worker for the period 2004 to 2017, is that income is shared more unequally in poorer countries than in richer ones.This is highlighted by the fact that the pay of top earners in developed countries accounts for only 30 per cent of their national economies – or gross domestic product – compared to 70 per cent in emerging nations.According to ILO, countries where top earners saw their share of national pay rise by at least one percentage point in the period under review included Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Globally, the share of income earned by the top 20 per cent of workers increased from 51.3 to 53.5 per cent from 2004 to 2017, ILO’s data indicates, while the share going to the middle 60 per cent of workers dipped from 44.8 per cent to 43 per cent from 2004 to 2017.While data indicates that worldwide labour income inequality has fallen since the start of the period, ILO’s Mr. Gomis explained that this is because of growing prosperity in large emerging economies, namely China and India, rather than reductions in income gaps within countries.“The majority of the global workforce endures strikingly low pay and for many having a job does not mean having enough to live on,” said Mr. Gomis. read more


Graham Norton hits out at pathetic decision to let BBC publish the

September 25, 2019

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High profile departures include Chris Evans, who recently announced he was moving to Virgin RadioCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA 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. Although he is angry about the pay disclosures, Norton said he remains happy at the BBC and “can’t imagine our show on another channel”.He was speaking to the BBC website to publicise his new novel, A Keeper. Norton said becoming a novelist was a “bucket list thing”. High profile departures include Chris Evans, who recently announced he was moving to Virgin Radio “Myself and my agent look at that number [his published salary] and we go, ‘I wonder how they came up with that?’ It bears no relation to anything I know. But if that’s what they say I earn, that’s what I earn.”There are people I know who make millions from the BBC who are just not on that list. It’s just like, really?”Presenters who do not appear on the list due to the independent production company loophole include Strictly Come Dancing hosts Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, Question Time’s David Dimbleby and the best-paid actors in EastEnders, Casualty and Holby.  “I don’t think there is any doubt, disclosure has made it harder for us to retain people like that.”Norton is one of the BBC’s highest-paid presenters, with a published salary of £600,000-£609,999. But that represents only a fraction of his earnings, as his TV chat show is made by his own production company, So Television, and there is no requirement to disclose it.His other work includes a Radio 2 show and presenting Eurovision coverage.”The salary thing, it’s frustrating, because it’s so inaccurate. It’s so all over the shop,” Norton said, dismissing the list as “rubbish”. Graham Norton has criticised the “pathetic” decision to publish BBC star salaries, and said some of the figures bear little relation to reality.Norton said the disclosures were not in the public interest and had done little more than provoke “gossip” about what people earn.It was the former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, who insisted the BBC publish the salaries of everyone earning £150,000 or more.But Norton said: “The public transparency was already there. They’d already published what proportion of the licence fee is paid to on-screen talent. Now, that’s the bit that people should be interested in.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This bit is just gossip. It’s so weird that when MPs discussed the charter, this was the demand they made. And I was like, really? You just want to know what Gary Lineker makes. That’s so pathetic.”But anyway. The poor old BBC are having to do it, and what the BBC said would happen is happening. They are losing people, because it’s not comfortable, it’s not nice.” High profile departures include Chris Evans, who recently announced he was moving to Virgin Radio, and Eddie Mair, who defected to LBC.The BBC director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead, has described the salary list as a “poacher’s charter” and has told MPs that it was a factor in Evans’ departure. read more


Speeding and dangerous drivers to be targeted by Britains first traffic drone

September 25, 2019

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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. The Aeryon Skyranger drone which can carry night vision cameras as well as zoom lenses was developed for tactical surveillance by the military, has been deployed in war zones across the middle east and is now used by 20 armed forces around the world. The Metropolitan Police revealed yesterday that it will deploy the £80,000 drone to catch dangerous, careless or speeding motorists. Motoring organisations said the deployment of military-grade technology against drivers would “raise eyebrows” but could be cost effective as a deterrent. Scotland Yard… Speeding and dangerous drivers are to be targeted by Britain’s first traffic drone which was previously used on the battlefield and against terrorists. read more


HTC buys controlling stake in Dr Dres Beats Electronics

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHTC has today announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics, best known for the Beats by Dr. Dre audio solutions. That strategic partnership is actually a $300 million investment and controlling stake in the company.Beats Electronics was created by Dr. Dre with a focus on delivering better sound through headphones and speakers and providing playback of music much closer to what the artist intended. The Beats audio solutions have also found their way into laptops through a deal with HP and the Envy line, but will now also be added to HTC’s range of devices.By bringing Beats on board HTC will gain both a marketing and a feature advantage over other smartphones and tablets on the market. Its gadgets will be able to boast better audio output either through the included speakers or headphones, if you are using a Beats set of course, and can carry the well-known and easily recognized Beats branding.In taking a controlling stake HTC can use the Beats technology as it wishes, but has chosen to allow the company to continue working “autonomously.” That means existing relationships with Monster Cable products and HP will be maintained, but any new relationships will come under scrutiny by HTC who will no doubt want the focus on its own products going forward.Read more at the HTC press release and The RegisterMatthew’s OpinionSmartphones and tablets can be differentiated from each other in many different ways, but until now the focus has been on providing better displays, faster components, and improving the on-board software. As these devices mature such differences mean less and less because everyone can provide a good platform. So you have to use other features to make your products stand out.The Beats acquisition is therefore a clever one, as HTC can now ensure no other smartphone or tablet manufacturer can use the Beats audio solution without its express permission. It’s also a great name to use for marketing too. Will HTC introduce a Beats range of phones? Or will the name be associated with all audio in its products going forward? Whatever the company decides, expect to start seeing that name on HTC advertising and better audio emanating from future HTC devices.last_img read more


Free Mobile peut respirer

September 20, 2019

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first_imgFree Mobile peut respirerPour la deuxième fois, et malgré les tentatives des autres opérateurs pour discréditer le nouvel arrivant sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile, l’Arcep a jugé que Free Mobile avait rempli ses obligations sur le taux de population couverte.Les opérateurs ont tout tenté pour discréditer Free Mobile, mais ça n’a pas marché. Car c’est l’Arcep, le gendarme des télécommunications qui a eu le dernier mot et celui-ci est favorable au groupe de Xavier Niel. “Free Mobile remplit ses obligations réglementaires, avec un taux de couverture de 28 % de la population grâce à l’utilisation de 735 sites ouverts commercialement”, a ainsi expliqué l’Arcep, dans une lettre relayée par Numerama. Rappelons que le seuil minimum était fixé à 27%…Un deuxième contrôle favorable depuis le lancement à la mi-janvier et une reconnaissance de la volonté de Free de disposer au plus vite de son propre réseau et de se dégager progressivement d’Orange, qui lui fournit les moyens pour couvrir le reste de la population. L’Arcep précise néanmoins que le nouvel opérateur doit continuer ses efforts pour franchir d’autres paliers puisque Free Mobile “est désormais tenu d’atteindre par son réseau 3G une couverture de 75 % de la population en janvier 2015 et de 90 % en janvier 2018”.Le 29 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Hurricane Jose Advisory Number 22

September 17, 2019

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, September 10, 2017 – Miami, FL – JOSE BEGINNING TO WEAKEN AS IT CONTINUES NORTHWEST….At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 22.8 North, longitude 66.9 West.   Jose is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). This motion is expected to continue tonight with a slowing of forward speed on Monday.Jose will begin turning toward the northeast Monday night, followed by a more eastward motion on Tuesday.   On the forecast track, Jose will remain well to the east of the Bahamas for the next couple of days.  Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.Jose is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.    Additional weakening is forecast, but Jose is forecast to remain a hurricane during the next couple of days.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).  The estimated minimum central pressure is 956 mb (28.23 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDSURF:  Swells generated by Jose are affecting portions of the northern coast of Puerto Rico, and will begin to affect Hispaniola, portions of the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next couple of days.   These swells are likely to produce high surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. Related Items:last_img read more


Duty Free furniture til Dec 31 for Turks and Caicos storm struck

September 17, 2019

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 3, 2017 – Residents will now be able to replace furniture lost in the hurricanes with a big tax break, a new exigency has been effected and it lasts until the end of the year.It means more concessions for islanders and comes from the Finance and Customs Department Minister, Premier Sharlene Robinson.  The TCIG notice said, items exempted include: “sofa, love seat, accent chair, cocktail table, sofa table, end table, bed frame, bed headboard, bed footboard, dinning room tables, dinning room chairs, matresses, box springs, dresser drawer and mirror, night stands, chest of drawers, televisions (one per importer/declarant), refrigerator, stove, microwave and ceiling fans.”The Collector of Customs will take the applications from those who have suffered loss during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and there will have to proof of your losses to tap into the very special concession.The Premier said, “I know that this is a welcomed initiative and as we continue to monitor our financial position, we will make decisions that we deem prudent and in the best interest of our people.” Related Items:#dutyfreefurniture, #taxfreefurniturelast_img read more


Obama seeking 300 billion for roads railways

September 16, 2019

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first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $300 billion to update roads and railways, arguing the taxpayer investment will help put Americans to work.Obama was announcing the proposal Wednesday at the Union Depot rail and bus station in St. Paul, Minn., after touring a light rail maintenance facility. Funding for surface transportation programs expires later this year, and the White House says 700,000 jobs could be at risk unless it is renewed.Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned Wednesday of a “transportation cliff coming in August or September” when the Highway Trust Fund, which finances federal highway and transit projects, is forecast to go broke.The trust fund, which finances federal highway and transit programs, will need an influx of $100 billion over the next six years just to maintain current transportation spending levels. But Obama and Congress have been unwilling to raise federal gas and diesel taxes that have been the main source of federal transportation funding for decades.Obama is proposing that half of the $302 billion he’s seeking come from an overhaul of corporate taxes, but says he’s open to other ideas.last_img read more


Politically charged tweets posted from state account during debate

September 9, 2019

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first_imgUpdate | 7:08 p.m.Alaska Department of Health & Social Services spokeswoman Susan Morgan replied to questions about the tweets in an email. She wrote that department officials apologize.“Some recent tweets were inadvertently posted to our Twitter account by a DHSS staff member who was accidentally logged into the DHSS account instead of their personal account while on their personal phone at home,” Morgan wrote. “The inadvertent tweets were deleted and we will be reviewing the matter in the days ahead to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”Original Story | 6:39 p.m.Some politically charged tweets related to the presidential debate were sent on the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Twitter account at 5:32 p.m. and 5:37 p.m. during the debate Monday. The tweets were deleted shortly after going out. (Graphic by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau)Two politically charged tweets were posted from the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services Twitter account during the presidential debate on Monday.One tweet referred to Donald Trump as a “red-faced mansplainer.”The other tweet referred to “rape charges.”The tweets were posted at 5:32 p.m. and 5:37 p.m., and were deleted shortly after they were sent.Correction: The department’s name has been corrected. It’s the Department of Health & Social Services, not the Department of Health & Human Services.last_img read more


Government urged to take back encroached school playground

September 6, 2019

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first_imgEluru: Deputy Chief Minister Alla Nani has assured to all-party delegation to take back the encroached playground of Subbamma Devi High School here. The delegation explained to the minister that the school ground was purchased from contributions from students and teachers and later it was protected by the local body by constructing a compound wall. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Since then, the playground was also being used for community needs. However, during the previous TDP regime, the ground was encroached. The all-party delegation requested the minister to intervene in the matter and exercise his authority to recover it from the encroachers. The minister positively reacted to the request and promised to take over the encroached land. The delegation was represented by playground protection committee convener G Narasimha Rao, P Kishore and B Somaiah (CPM), B Srinivas (YSRCP), K Krishnamacharyulu (CPI), R Rammohan Rao (Congress), B Jogendra (Jana Sena Party), S Nagaraju (MCPI) among others.last_img read more


SpiceJet offers discounted fares on select routes

September 5, 2019

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first_imgIndian budget carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday said it will be offering cheaper airfares on certain routes starting from Rs 888 as part of its on-going festival season sale. The four-day season sale, which was launched on October 4, will remain open till midnight of October 7.The offer sale is on for travel between November 8 and April 13. SpiceJet is offering all-inclusive one-way tickets starting at Rs 888 for the domestic sector and Rs 3,699 for the international sector.The discounted airfares is valid for direct flights on Bengaluru-kochi, Delhi-Dehradun, Chennai-Bengaluru sectors. It also included international routes like Chennai-Colombo. However, the airline is offering the seats on a first-come-first serve basis, the airline said in a statement.The SpiceJet stock was trading at Rs 59 at around 2:23 p.m. on Tuesday, down 0.84 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.In other news, SpiceJet on Friday said it decided to hike salaries of all pilots by Rs 1 lakh. The increase in salary is being seen as loyalty and continuity allowance in a bid to retain pilots from switching over to other airlines.The budget carrier made a profit of Rs 149 crore during the June quarter, an increase of 104 percent from Rs 73 crore in the same quarter the last financial year. Hence, the airline apparently wanted to share some of the profit with its pilots. The airline is planning to expand its fleet size, which is estimated to be around 100 aircraft.According to the data by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA), SpiceJet has a market share of 12.6 percent and Passenger Load Factor (PLF) of 93.2 percent in August.last_img read more


Almost 140 killed in powerful Mexico quake

September 3, 2019

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first_imgRescuers, firefighters, policemen, soldiers and volunteers remove rubble and debris from a flattened building in search of survivors after a powerful quake in Mexico City on Tuesday. Photo: AFPNearly 140 people were killed when a powerful, 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital and sowing panic on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.Rescue crews and volunteers in Mexico City—home to 20 million people—clawed through the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.Local media reported that families were getting Whatsapp messages pleading for help from desperate relatives trapped under the debris.Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while Morelos state directly south of it saw 64 killed. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a town southeast of the capital, and in Mexico state (nine), which lies just to the west of the capital.National Coordinator for Civil Protection Luis Felipe Puente said a total of at least 138 people died.Memories of the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City spurred panic on Tuesday. Many quickly ran for safety outdoors when walls around them swayed and cracked.“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,” Georgina Sanchez, 52, sobbed to AFP in a plaza in the capital.Amamia Sanchez, a 45-year-old secretary cried out: “It’s just not possible that this happened also on September 19.”The quake—which occurred in the early afternoon, hours after city authorities had conducted an earthquake drill—caused damage in the bustling center of the city, and to areas south and west of the capital.“We ran outside thinking all was going to collapse around us,” said Lazaro Frutis, a 45-year-old who escaped an office building before it crumbled to the ground. “The worst thing is, we don’t know about our families or anything.”“It was horrible,” said resident Leiza Visaj Herrera, 27. “I didn’t want to get close under any tree. I had to hold on to the ground.”Scenes of chaos permeated the city straight after the earth shuddered. Traffic jammed to a standstill before blanked-out stop lights, and anxious people ran between vehicles as ambulances tried to make headway, sirens squealing.Emergency officials warned people in the streets to avoid smoking because of the risk of igniting gas leaking from ruptured pipes.In several locations, people were seen clambering on buildings that were now piles of stone and tangled metal to pull people out.‘Everyone was frantic’0Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, said that he raced to the school in the central Roma district where his children aged six and three were in class, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe but terrified.“We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope,” he said.“It’s uncontrollable. You can’t do anything against nature.”Witnesses said another school was smashed to rubble in Cuernavaca, a town just south of the capital. The fate of the pupils and teachers was unknown.An office building of around five stories in the chic Condesa district of central Mexico City collapsed. Volunteers scrambled among the debris, pulling out three survivors and looking for more.“There are people trapped there!” yelled one woman.Similar efforts were made at other smashed buildings nearby. At one, an emergency worker held up a sign commanding “Silence” so crews could listen for the sounds of any survivors.Patients were evacuated from a hospital in the adjoining Roma district, wheeled out on beds and wheelchairs as staff set up makeshift wards outside.President Enrique Pena Neto said on Twitter he had ordered the evacuation of damaged hospitals “and the transfer of their patients to other medical facilities.”At one collapsed building in the Roma district, dozens of people dug through rubble as they waited for the arrival of heavy machinery to move the massive chunks of stone. Officials called out for more volunteers, and for water.A woman standing and watching the efforts with her husband, a doctor, turned to him and said, “Darling, if you want to help, give me your glasses and take care.”The city’s international airport closed for more than three hours following the quake, and the stock market was forced to shut down.Hours after the quake, residents stood around outside, in the streets, fearing aftershocks.On the clogged roads, many without lights, muggers came out at night to assault trapped motorists.Appeals for missing people multiplied on television.Trump’s prayersOfficials in other countries began to react to the disaster, with many offering to help.“With rising casualties & many collapsed buildings, my thoughts are with those impacted by the Mexico earthquake. The UN is ready to support,” tweeted the UN’s emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock.Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, who was in New York with other world leaders for the UN General Assembly, expressed his “solidarity” with the Mexican people.US President Donald Trump, who has forged an antagonistic relationship with Mexico since coming to office, tweeted: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.”Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, tweeted: “Devastating news from Mexico City. My thoughts are with those affected by today’s earthquake – Canada will be ready to help our friends.”Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray responded by saying “Mexico sincerely thanks the displays of international solidarity that we are receiving.”Mexico is prone to earthquakes, being located in a seismically active region. Its last major quake, on 7 September, killed 96 people in the southern part of the country.last_img read more


Eerie Westworld Season 3 Trailer Introduces Newcomer Aaron Paul

September 1, 2019

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first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019‘Westworld’ Set at Paramount Ranch Burns in California Wildf… While millions of viewers tuned in to the final episode of Game of Thrones, HBO dropped a trailer for the third season of the sci-fi series Westworld (hoping to hook some Westeros watchers, perhaps?) and it provides a glimpse of what looks like an entirely different show — complete with new star Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad).While still populated with futuristic robots, the trailer teases a seemingly completely new world, with sleek, flying cars, and robots that don’t look like people. There’s not a familiar face to be found, until the final moments, that is, when Paul’s character can be seen spotting a distressed Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood).Soundtracked to Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” the trailer also briefly shows new cast members Lena Waithe and Vincent Cassel. It’s dark, eerie, and hints at the discovery of something sinister.“They said they would make a better world — smooth away the rough edges,” said Paul’s voiceover. “But that was a lie. I guess the rough edges are the only thing I’m hanging onto.”HBO has yet to confirm when in 2020 Westworld’s third season (or as HBO titled it in the trailer — Westworld III) will air, but at least we have something to look forward to, post-Iron Throne.More on Geek.com:‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Is Reportedly Coming to AMC and Netflix‘Westworld’ Set at Paramount Ranch Burns in California Wildfires‘Westworld’ Season Two Finale Recaplast_img read more