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US Companies Top in Leasing Office Space in India

first_imgAmerican companies are the biggest leasers of commercial office space in India, occupying about 45 per cent of the grade ‘A’ space, as they continue to expand operations leveraging the low costs and highly-skilled resource base in the country.“The long-term average shows that companies from the US lease 40-45 per cent of the grade ‘A’ office space in India. This is followed by domestic companies, which account for 35 per cent of the office real estate absorption,” Ashutosh Limaye, Head of Research & REIS at JLL India, told BusinessLine.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

10 health concerns prevent & tackle now!

first_imgMinakshi Desai spoke to several experts and came up with a list of the top ailments that affect the Indian family. Read on to know more…Malady 1DiabetesCurrently the diabetes capital of the world, India sees the numbers grow every day. There are two kinds of diabetes – type I and type II. Type I diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas don’t produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. It can happen at any age, but is common among children, adolescents, or young adults. Type II diabetes, or diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterised by high blood glucose triggered by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. Factors that cause hyper insulin can be genetic, poor food habits and lack of physical activity. Symptoms may include excessive passing of urine and thirst, weight loss, exhaustion, and numbness in the arms and legs.Children and DiabetesMore often than not, children are afflicted with type I diabetes, which is a genetic disorder. In India itself, the cases of childhood diabetes have increased three times in the last 30 years. If your child has diabetes, follow the prescribed treatment religiously to avoid serious complications. Teach him how to inject himself with insulin when he is old enough. Tackle your diabetes now, because complications of long-term diabetes include – damage to the retina, kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, ulcers and decreased immunity, to name a few.What steps to take:PreventPeople with a family history of the disease can prevent it only by exercising regularly and following a healthy diet.Avoid foods that are high on sugar and fats; and processed foods.advertisementManageGet enough knowledge on the disease; it will help you tackle it well.If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure you visit the doctor regularly and monitor your sugar levels via blood and urine tests.Go for a brisk walk or do yoga daily.Don’t miss meals and follow your prescribed diet religiously. The same goes for medication.If you are hypoglycaemic (where your blood sugar levels drop suddenly), always carry something sweet.Make sure you include cereals, wholemeal (such as multigrain bread and flour), fresh vegetables and fruits and fibre in your diet.You are at a high risk of contractingDiabetes if…You are overweight or obese.You have high blood pressure.Your cholesterol levels are high.If there has been a family history of the disease.Malady 2ObesityFor most of us, obesity is more of an aesthetic issue rather than an actual health problem. Unfortunately, the underlying threats to one’s health caused by obesity – diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and a shorter life expectancy – are by and large ignored. A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, and eating high-calorie foods can lead to this problem. You know you are obese if your BMI (body mass index) is above normal. BMI is a formula used to estimate how much body fat a person has. The BMI formula uses your height and weight measurements to calculate a number. This number is then plotted on a chart, which tells a person whether he or she is underweight, average weight, overweight, or obese.Obesity in childrenIn recent years, there has been an alarming rise in obesity in Indian children. Around 20 percent of school-going children in our country today are reported to be overweight or obese.More and more tweens and teens today are staying indoors, using high-tech gadgets and watching TV for long hours, with no outdoor activities. Plus, the stress levels caused by studies have also increased and so have bad eating habits. These are the main contributing factors of obesity.’There are many cases of infantile obesity as well. This happens when babies are overfed on commercial baby products.* So try to breast feed as much as possible or choose the best brands in the market to avoid this,’ says Dr MD Shah, paediatrician, pulmonologist and consultant at Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai.’Don’t stop your child from eating. The trick is to manage the quality of food you offer and not the quantity,’ advises Dr MD Shah. ‘You should have frequent meals (five in a day) instead of three heavy ones, so that you don’t burden your pancreas.’What steps to takePrevent and manage Awareness is the first step – know more about obesity-related health hazards, and read self-help books to get started.Consult a dietician and a doctor for guidance. Remember, a doctor may not be sufficiently qualified or up-to-date on diet and nutrition-related matters.Monitor your weight and cut down on junk food, fried snacks and fatty foods. Opt for wholemeal products, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Eat small but frequent meals.Exercise regularly; no need to necessarily go to the gym; opt for a sport you like such as tennis or badminton. Start with a 30-minute brisk walk daily if you’ve been sedentary so far.Don’t follow fad diets. Although they will help you drop weight quickly, the euphoria will be short-lived, as the kilos will come back on fast, as soon as you resume your normal diet. Follow a long-term, doable weight reduction programme under the guidance of a well-qualified and reputed nutritionist instead.advertisementMalady 4Atherosclerosis (Leading to heart attack and stroke)’The accumulation of plaque (mostly made of cholesterol) on the inside of your arteries causes its narrowing. This restricts blood flow and leads to clotting, which may in turn result in a heart attack or a stroke, depending on the location of the blockage,’ says Dr Umesh Thakker, consulting physician and cardiologist, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai. ‘A hectic work schedule, stressful lifestyle and bad eating habits can lead to this life-threatening disease. Stress induces catabolic hormones, such as, cortisones and these increase the level of cholesterol in the blood,’ he adds.What steps to takePrevent and manageDr Thakker explains, ‘High blood pressure speeds up the formation of plaque. You can control it by restricting your intake of salt and junk food. You must also exercise as it improves the heart function by extracting more oxygen from the blood. Include more fibre-rich foods in your diet such as fresh fruits, vegetables and wholegrain products. Avoid fried foods. Cut smoking as it causes arterial spasm, which restricts blood flow; and alcohol too is a killer, literally! Most drugs prescribed for cardiac diseases cause constipation. When you strain while passing stool, it puts undue stress on your heart. Eat bulk fibre foods.’Switch to heart-friendly vegetable oils such as rice bran, corn, soya, peanut or olive oil. Rotate oils to get the best of all. Substitute whole milk with low fat milk. If you like eating red meat, trim the fat before you cook, and include fish in your diet. Fish is low in saturated fats and high in protein. It also contains omega 3 fatty acids; these prevent the accumulation of triglycerides and increase the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood.Malady 5Hypertension’Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is chronically elevated. The causes can be stress, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, or a genetic trigger. Hypertension causes your arteries to harden and clog. This can eventually lead to a stroke, heart failure and coronary disease,’ says Dr Ravi Patel, general surgeon and owner, Parvish Nursing Home, Mumbai.There are no obvious symptoms of hypertension. If you are overweight, you can bring down blood pressure with exercise and diet control. However, this does not mean that if you are slim and exercise regularly, you cannot have hypertension. If your systolic reading is 140 and above, and the diastolic reading 90 or above, you have high blood pressure. The parameters differ, depending on your age, sex and environment.advertisementWhat steps to takePrevent and manageExercise regularly. Brisk walking or swimming (30 minutes daily, to begin with) is the best activity, but you should start it only after getting a thorough health check-up done and on approval of a doctor. Practise meditation and yoga regularly, as they are known to benefit people with hypertension. Asanas such as yashtikasana, matsyasana, savasana, and nispand bhava are good for hypertension.Diet plays an important role in controlling this disease. Reduce your intake of salt, pickles, papad, junk and processed foods.Malady 6Constipation’Irregular bowel movement and hard, dried out faecal matter that is difficult to pass out of the body are the symptoms of constipation. You may be constipated if your diet lacks roughage and fibre or if you are under certain medication (especially for heart disease). Accumulation of faecal matter in your colon can cause gas, bloating and in worse cases, piles or a fissure tear in the anal area,’ says Dr Ravi Patel.What steps to takePrevent and manageEat a diet that is rich in fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables as it will stimulate peristalsis (wave- like movement) of the colon. And, increase your fluid intake (8-10 glasses a day) – it will help soften your stool. Dr Ravi Patel says, ‘Use laxatives only as a last resort as they can become a habit and hinder the normal functioning of your intestines. Bowel motility drugs taken under a doctor’s supervision can help treat chronic constipation. Exercise regularly and do yoga as it improves digestion. Aim to get close to this: 2 portions of fruits, 3 portions of vegetables and 1 portion of salad every day,’ he adds. Prunes, figs and papaya are beneficial too; include them in your diet.Malady 7DiarrhoeaMore of a symptom than a disease, diarrhoea usually indicates that there is irritation or an infection in the intestines. The lining of the intestines, as a result, is unable to absorb the water and salt from the food you eat, which are therefore passed out of the body. ‘Diarrhoea may or may not be accompanied by cramps and pain in the abdomen. The stool can be semi-formed or watery, with or without blood. In severe cases, you may have to replace the fluid by intravenous drug infusion,’ says Dr Ravi Patel. Diarrhoea causes loss of essential salts and fluids, which can lead to dehydration. In babies and small children, it can prove to be fatal if not treated in time.What steps to takePreventWash your hands before you eat and keep hygiene while cooking.Avoid intake of roadside foods.ManageTake sugar and salt solutions to avoid dehydration. Give your child lots of fluids. If not water, even soda drinks, “flattened” (where the gas is out), is good – it is better than no fluid. Most mothers think only water will do, or the next best thing is fresh fruit juice. That is not true. The important thing is “fluid intake”.Malady 8Insomnia’Difficulty in falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or waking up too early with trouble going back to sleep again, are the symptoms of insomnia. These could occur all together or individually,’ says Dr BR Agarwal, MD psychiatry, MAPA, USA. Certain health problems, stress, depression and a change in one’s environment can lead to this. If the problem is transitory, then there is nothing to worry about, but when poor sleep becomes a pattern, there is cause for concern, as it can affect your health. He adds, ‘There is no standard span of time that specifies what “normal” sleep is. While some people survive on as less as 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night, others need more. If you’re feeling well in the morning and tired by afternoon, it could be a symptom of depression and insomnia. If you have not been sleeping for a minimum of 6 hours a day over a period of 2 to 3 weeks, you should consult a doctor immediately. Find out the reason why you are unable to sleep well. Your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills for a period of time (it will not make you an addict) to induce the habit, but natural sleep is better for your overall health.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake a warm bath before you go to bed.Make sure the curtains in your bedroom are drawn properly, so that no outside light disturbs.Keep your room clean and clutter-free.Do not drink tea or coffee in the evenings.Look for alternative methods of treatment such as meditation and yoga. Deep breathing exercises will help relax your mind and body, and may get you to sleep better.’Watching TV when you can’t sleep aggravates the problem, as the flashing lights stimulate the brain and therefore increase insomnia. Instead, try light reading in bed,’ says Dr Agarwal.Malady 9Depression’Depression can be “reactive” – that is when the symptoms arise as a reaction to a situation; or it may be endogenous, where you may be depressed because of certain chemical changes in your body,’ says Dr BR Agarwal. ‘Reactive depression can arise from the loss of a loved one, or problems in one’s relationship, or on the work front. In most cases, depression disappears when the problem gets solved or when the patient takes the help of psychotherapy,’ he explains.Endogenous depression, however, requires medication. The symptoms of which may be a sense of being overwhelmed by the drudgery of day-to-day existence, a feeling of helplessness, dejection, bouts of unexplained crying, and suicidal thoughts. He adds, ‘Depression is fully curable, and should not be equated to mental illness. Consult a psychiatrist if you think you have issues, without worrying about what the society might think or being ashamed of it. When there is a lack of interest in daily activities and you feel sad for more than three weeks, consult a doctor to know what ails you and what you should do to manage this condition.’What steps to takePrevent and manageTake help and support from your friends and family. Talking about your problems helps.Involve yourself in physical activities that would require you to get out of your house and meet people. At first this will be difficult; force yourself to do it in small bouts? reaction is guaranteed. Or participate in mentally stimulating things such as word puzzles or sudoku.Do not miss any dosage of prescribed medication.There is no shame consulting a psychiatric. At worst, she will tell you, that you are in fact, not clinically depressed, but just feeling naturally bad or low about something and it will pass.You need to change your attitude or work harder. The doctor can suggest ways to do this, but you must follow through.Malady 10Vaginal infection’The glands situated in the cervix and the vagina secrete a fluid that keeps the vaginal passage clean and healthy. When there is an infection, the discharge that is generally clear or white, changes colour,’ says Dr Archana Gaonkar, obstetrician and gynaecologist, BSES MG Hospital, Mumbai. ‘The infection can be fungal, bacterial or parasitical. The symptoms of a vaginal infection are itching, burning, redness of the external genitalia and a foul smell. As soon as you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical assistance, as the infection can spread to your internal genital organs if not treated in time,’ she explains.What steps to takePrevent and manageWear cotton panties instead of nylon, lycra or lace, especially at the time of infection. Avoid tight jeans, thongs and other fitted garments.Keep your genital area clean. After using the toilet, always clean yourself from front to back so as not to transfer the anal bacteria to the vagina.Avoid using harsh detergents to wash your undergarments. Gentle liquid soaps are good.Consult the doctor if it is advisable to have intercourse when you’re undergoing the treatment.last_img read more

Has Wayne Rooney made the earliest start in a competition after winning it?

first_imgTopics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest James Anderson is presented with a framed picture in front of the James Anderson End at Old Trafford. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Christopher Chan 陳祉俊 (@christopher_ccc)Think sometime in the mid-90s, the Coupe de France was sponsored by RTL/CANAL/TFI and every team had the same sponsors!August 10, 2017 Share on Messenger Share on Twitter features “Jimmy Anderson is to bowl at an end named after him,” tweets Just Lambert. “Have any footballers attacked ends named after them (not friendlies)?”“The North Stand at AFC Bournemouth was renamed the Steve Fletcher Stand in 2010, I believe, and he retired some two years later,” notes Nick Dent, correctly. “I recall it even had a big, beaming visage of his face on the top of the stand.” This was during Fletcher’s second spell at the club, with chairman Eddie Mitchell saying at the time: “The renaming of the North Stand is a great way to honour Steve’s service to the club and he is a much loved player amongst the supporters and wider community.”Knowledge archive“Given the amount of four-wheeled bling in the Premier League, how many other footballers have the same trait as David Bentley and share names with cars?”asked Derrick Cameron back in 2008.Mirror, signal, manoeuvre and off we go. Rayner Simpson gets us into gear with the following: “There’s a Brazilian who plays for Galatasaray called Lincoln and there’s this guy, Keisuke Honda (a Japanese international), who plies his trade at VVV-Venlo in Holland. And one of his colleagues in the Japan team is Keita Suzuki. How’s that for starters?” Top gear, Rayner, top gear. Revving up at the lights with some more is Ewan Amos with “Kilmarnock defender Simon Ford, Dean Holden of Falkirk and former Everton player Matteo Ferrari, who now plays for Roma.”Sticking with the F1 theme, Steve McClaren was pulled out of the glove-compartment by Abdulkarim Omar while Philip Mayer, writing from the Czech town of Mlada Boleslav where Skodas are made, unsurprisingly suggests Milan Skoda (Bohemians 1905) and Jaroslav Skoda (Most) in the Gambrinus Liga. “I don’t think they can be blamed for their teams occupying the two bottom places,” adds Philip. “They’re not much to look at but they’re nice little runners.” Boom boom!Any more for any more? Chris Morgan of Sheffield United, former West Brom manager and player Bryan Talbot, Chris “Mini” Cooper of Middlesbrough fame, Moritz “Toyota” Volz, Gillingham’s Simon “Rolls” Royce, Jody Morris (Minor), Roy of the Rovers and – thanks to Billy Stewart of Cumbernauld for this one – ex-Dundee, Oxford and Southampton striker Nicky Banger. How about Stephen Carr? No.For thousands more questions and answers take a trip through the Knowledge archiveCan you help?“I can remember goalkeepers in my younger days (eg Pat Jennings) occasionally playing without gloves,” writes Tony Crawford. “Is there a goalkeeper in any of the top leagues who still plays without gloves? If not, who was the last goalkeeper to regularly play without them?”“By the time Sunderland play Leeds this coming Saturday, our opening five competitive games of the 2017-18 season will have each been played on a different day of the week (Derby, Friday; Bury, Thursday; Norwich, Sunday; Sheffield Wednesday, Wednesday,” exclaims Phil Boyle. “Can anyone top this? Has there ever been a perfect 7?”“In a discussion with an uncle of mine, who was a punk fan in his youth,” writes Raphael Chaskalson, “it came up that Half Man Half Biscuit once produced a song called ‘All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit’. You can view a stonking live performance here. This got me thinking – how many other football clubs have been featured by punk (or any other genre) on recorded tracks? To clarify: I’m not talking about bilge like Glory Glory Man United’.”“Last Tuesday Joe Morrell came off the bench for Bristol City in their 5-0 win against Plymouth in the League Cup,” begins Ross Foakes. “This was his second appearance for the club having made his debut on 8th October 2013, nearly four years ago. This got me thinking what is the record length of time between a player’s first and second appearances for a club ?”Send questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU Football Share on WhatsAppcenter_img “Wayne Rooney finished last season winning the Europa League with Manchester United but finds himself this season starting the same competition in the third qualifying round with Everton. Has any other player gone from winning a competition (continental or domestic) to an even earlier starting round than this the following season?” asks Rob Fearnley.Darren Beach (among a good number of you) has this covered. “Look no further then a bunch of Champions League winners from Liverpool, who had to enter the Champions League in 2005-06 in the first qualifying round as title-holders,” he begins. They had finished fifth in the Premier League in 2004-05, behind Everton, of all teams, and with England allowed a maximum of four clubs one of them would have to drop into the Uefa Cup the following season.“The situation had happened before in Spain, when Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2000 but finished outside the top four, but the Spanish FA unsurprisingly chose to drop fourth-placed Zaragoza into the Uefa Cup and allow Madrid to defend their trophy. The FA had previously suggested it would do the same in a similar situation, but in May 2005 announced it had changed its mind, and said the Premier League top four would be their representatives. Thanks to the confusion, there was a lot of nagging and wailing from all sides before Liverpool were given a special Uefa dispensation to defend their trophy.“They faced a conveniently local tie against Total Network Solutions, a Steven Gerrard hat-trick leading the way in a 3-0 first-leg victory on 13 July 2005, just 49 days after he captained Liverpool to victory against Milan in Istanbul. Other players who played in both games were Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypia, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, John Arne Riise and Djibril Cissé.”Similar sponsors“What’s the most number of clubs in one competition with the same sponsor?” tweets Jack Tanner. “Emirates had three in the Champions League last season, could be 4 next season with Milan.”Plenty more than that, is the brief answer, Jack. “In the 1990 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 16 out of 20 teams had Coca-Cola as their shirt sponsor,” points out Dirk Maas. “The current season in the Brazilian Série A hasn’t much variety regarding shirt sponsorship either: 15 out of 20 teams are sponsored by Caixa Bank.” There’s also this. Facebook Twitter Share via Email Pinterest The Knowledge ‘London’ stalling“‘London’ appears to be poorly represented in terms of appearing in team names,” reckons Jon Pople. “Who is the highest ranked football team with ‘London’ in their name? Also, do any other capital cities suffer with this in the same way?”“It appears that the highest-ranked teams with London in their names are London Colney and London Tigers, both of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, at the ninth level of the pyramid,” mails Alex Whiting. “As to other capital cities with similar situations, I can’t say that I’ve looked exhaustively but I can’t seem to find any football teams with Mexico City (or Ciudad de México) in their name, nor any with San Marino (or Città di San Marino) in their name.”But wait. Darren Beach offers more: “The Brazilian club Londrina, aka ‘Little London’ or ‘Londoner’, currently stand in mid-table in Serie B (second division),” he writes. “Londrina, the city, was named after a group of migrant Brits who’d built the local railway. Not one of Brazil’s more successful clubs, their best finish was fourth in the 1977 Brazilian Championship.”Stand and deliver Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Messi rescues Barca in Coutinho’s first start

first_imgBarcelona 2 Alaves 1: Suarez and Messi turn tables on brave visitors Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 1/29/18 LionelMessi - cropped Getty Images John Guidetti had Alaves heading towards a famous win at Camp Nou before Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi brought them crashing back to reality. Lionel Messi assumed the familiar role of hero as Barcelona averted a Camp Nou scare to beat struggling Alaves 2-1 in LaLiga.Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas earlier on Sunday placed a modicum of pressure on Ernesto Valverde’s runaway leaders and it seemed to weigh upon them in a ragged first-half showing.Philippe Coutinho made his full debut, but it was a more unheralded January signing, Alaves’ Celta Vigo loanee John Guidetti, who threatened the upset with a fortuitous 23rd-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Abelardo Fernandez’s side remain two points above the drop zone and were left to rue missed chances by the time Luis Suarez netted for the eighth top-flight match in succession with 18 minutes to play.Typically, it fell to Messi to apply the coup de grace as he curled a delightful free-kick home in the 84th minute to spark raucous celebrations.Barcelona remain undefeated and 11 points clear on their apparent procession to LaLiga glory.Final whistle!FC Barcelona 2-1 AlavésSuárez and Messi / Guidetti#ForçaBarça #BarçaAlavés pic.twitter.com/5nINj7VMsT — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 28, 2018 Coutinho was lively in the opening stages but looked on as Barca’s old guard fashioned an opening in the 15th minute – Messi dropping deep and exchanging slick passes with Andres Iniesta and Suarez before forcing a clearance behind.Alaves sprung forward from the corner and Marc-Andre ter Stegen was out sharply to deny Ibai Gomez. It was a warning Barca did not heed.Fernando Pacheco saved low down from Suarez a few moments before Alaves streamed into a vacant Barcelona half on the counter-attack.Guidetti bore down on Ter Stegen and enjoyed a touch of fortune as he lost his footing and kicked the ball against his other boot, the result leaving the Germany goalkeeper with no chance.Ter Stegen arched his back to brilliantly keep out a header from Ruben Sobrino, who then ran out of steam having dribbled from halfway into the Barca box to get a shot away.Coutinho almost found a response when his 32nd-minute effort was deflected wide, while Messi saw an angled free-kick pushed over before Pacheco tipped his next dead-ball attempt against the post to preserve Alaves’ unlikely advantage at the interval.Seven minutes into the second half, Valverde opted to replace his full-backs, with Jordi Alba and Sergio Roberto on in place of the largely ineffective Lucas Digne and Nelson Semedo.Their introduction added another dimension to Barca’s attacking play, but Messi was crowded out when he looked to convert Alba’s cutback from the byline.Ibai should have given Valverde’s men a mountain to climb after the hour when he broke through on goal, only to cut back on himself and play in full-back Ruben Duarte, whose rasping shot was deflected behind by Gerard Pique.Paco Alcacer replaced Coutinho in the hosts’ final change and Pacheco judged his angles perfectly in the 68th minute, standing up to thwart Suarez after Messi threaded a delightful pass through Duarte’s legs.Paulinho was unable to bundle in when a roaming Pique caused havoc in the Alaves box, but the pressure eventually told.@LuisSuarez9 games in a row scoring in @LaLiga !W. 21 Alavés -W. 20 Betis -W.19 Real Sociedad -W.18 Levante -W.17 Real Madrid -W.16 Deportivo -W.15 Villarreal -W.14 Celta – pic.twitter.com/KdePHQDtrT — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 28, 2018 Iniesta rolled back the years, embarking on a jinking run before sending a searching cross to the back post, where Suarez’s volley took a pair of deflections to spin beyond a helpless Pacheco.Mubarak Wakaso clattered into Alcacer on the edge of the box, leaving a sense of inevitability when Messi stood over the consequent set-piece six minutes from time, though that did not make his decisive strike any less exquisite.Alaves felt aggrieved when handball claims against Samuel Umtiti were rejected following a late raid into the area, but, for all the visitors’ gallant efforts, earlier wasted opportunities meant they only had themselves to blame. Key Opta facts:- Barcelona have equaled their longest unbeaten start to a league campaign in their history (W18 D3); under Pep Guardiola in 2009-10 (W17 D4 L0).- Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in LaLiga, more than any other player since at least 2003-04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20).- Luis Suarez is the first player to score in eight games in a row in the top five European leagues this season (11 goals).- The Uruguay striker has registered his longest goalscoring run in league (LaLiga, Premier League and Eredivisie).- Barcelona have won more points from losing positions than any other side in La Liga this season (12). read morelast_img read more

Press Secretary Announced

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced today, July 22, that Dartmouth-journalist Jennifer Stewart will join the Premier’s Office as press secretary. Ms. Stewart spent six years as a reporter at The Chronicle Herald. “Jennifer has worked in the media for a number of years and is a great fit for this position,” said Premier Dexter. “I want to welcome her to the team and I look forward to working with her.” Ms. Stewart will begin her new role on Tuesday, Aug. 4.last_img

Pendency of indirect tax appeal cases down 61 in two years MoS

first_imgNew Delhi: The pendency of appeal cases related to indirect taxes in the Supreme Court, High Court and CESTAT has reduced 61 per cent to 1.05 lakh in almost 2 years, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha said the total pendency of appeals at the Supreme Court, High Court and CESTAT (Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal) as on June 30, 2017, was 2,73,591, whereas the same has significantly come down to 1,05,756 as on March 31, 2019, a reduction of 61 per cent. With regard to direct taxes, as many as 3.41 lakh cases were pending before commissioner (appeal), while 92,205 cases were pending before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) as on March 31, 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBesides, 43,224 and 6,188 direct taxes-related cases were pending before High Court and Supreme Court as on December 31, 2018, respectively. Thakur further said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has raised the monetary limits for filing appeals before appellate tribunal and courts. Appeals would be filed before ITAT, high courts and Supreme Court only where tax effect is to the tune of Rs 20 lakh, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore, respectively.last_img read more

Vermilion Energy to acquire Spartan Energy in deal valued at 14B

first_imgCALGARY – International oil and gas producer Vermilion Energy Inc. is taking advantage of low valuations for “unloved” Canadian energy assets in a $1.4-billion deal to buy a Saskatchewan-focused rival, its CEO said Monday.The company will issue $1.23 billion worth of Vermilion shares and assume about $175 million in debt to buy fellow Calgary-based producer Spartan Energy Corp. in a transaction expected to close in June.CEO Tony Marino said Vermilion has been watching the Saskatchewan energy sector for about five years and first entered the field in 2014 because it of its light oil-producing wells and good pipeline access to markets in the United States.“The Canadian sector continued to be more and more unloved over time, especially in the past year in the capital markets, and with our evaluation methodology and criteria we had, we found it came to represent better and better value,” he said on a conference call.“Spartan is probably the best example of this out there in that you have a company that is quite capable of rapid production growth.”In January, Vermilion bought an unnamed private company with production of about 1,150 barrels of oil per day from wells near the southern Saskatchewan-Manitoba border for about $91 million in cash.The Spartan deal is expected to add about 23,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, taking Vermilion’s overall output to about 95,000 boe/d.The deal is an opportunistic one for Vermilion and allows Spartan to escape “an increasingly frustrating” market where investors haven’t rewarded its operational expertise with a fair stock price, said analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets in a report.He said he doesn’t think a superior bid will emerge, despite Spartan getting only a five per cent premium over Friday’s closing price, noting there is a $40-million break fee if the deal isn’t completed.Both company’s boards of directors have endorsed the deal but it must receive at least two-thirds approval from shareholders to be finalized.Marino said the deal will increase Vermilion’s percentage of production from North America to about 60 per cent from 46 per cent but it will continue its strategy to have geographically diverse holdings.The company has European production from operations in Ireland, France, Netherlands and Germany and also produces oil from an offshore project in Australia.Vermilion said it is increasing its overall 2018 production guidance to a midpoint of 88,000 boe/d from 76,000 boe/d previously — it reported about 72,800 boe/d in the fourth quarter.It said it will increase its 2018 capital budget to $430 million from $325 million to reflect spending planned for the acquired lands.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:VET, TSX:SPE)last_img read more

Six get bail 34 further remanded in Jaffna

The police had arrested 130 people after a protest rally they took part in, against the rape and murder of a Tamil girl from Kayts, turned violent. The judge then ordered that six of the suspects be given conditional bail while the remaining 34 be further remanded. The protesters had pelted stones towards the police and the Jaffna Court Complex, damaging parts of the building. (Colombo Gazette) Six suspects produced in court today over the recent attack on the Jaffna court, were freed on conditional bail while 34 others were further remanded.A group of 40 suspects of the 130 who were arrested following the recent violence in Jaffna were produced in the Jaffna court today.

UN urges calm as supporters of Haitian presidential candidate claim victory

MINUSTAH said that demonstrators have erected roadblocks in several parts of the capital, and UN-formed police units have been deployed to manage the demonstrations, adding that they have not become particularly violent at this stage, although they have managed to disrupt the functioning of the city.The latest results announced by Haiti’s provisional electoral council, known by its French acronym CEP, show that 90 per cent of the election tally sheets have been tabulated, but 1,000 tally sheets have yet to be entered into the system.Preval leads the tally with 48 per cent of the vote that has been counted so far, according to the CEP.The Council said final results won’t be available until all sheets are tabulated, which it predicts will happen either today or tomorrow.If needed, a second round of elections will be held on 19 March, the new President sworn in on 29 March and municipal and local elections will be held on 30 April.Last Tuesday’s election was the first nationwide exercise in voting since an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile two years ago, as Haiti celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence from France. read more

Moldova UN expert urges greater social inclusion of people with disabilities Romas

At the end of her first fact-finding mission to the country, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, said Moldova has strengthened its legal system in recent years by adopting important legislation, but more needed to be done to ensure such measures were implemented. “Even small steps taken to strengthen social inclusion in Moldova will have a major impact on empowering the most disadvantaged in the country,” Ms. Sepúlveda said, noting also the limited available resources available and additional challenges imposed by the current global economic crisis. The Moldovan Government boosted economic growth, and reduced poverty from almost 70 per cent of the population in 2000 to 26 per cent in 2004. However, she warned, after 2005 the economic growth and development models have not been shared by all members of society.“There is a widening gap between urban and rural areas and some groups of the society still remain at the margin of social, political and economic processes,” said Ms. Sepúlveda.She drew special attention to troubling rates of educational attainment in general mandatory education, with children in rural areas, children with disabilities and Romani children particularly affected.The human rights expert called for a number of reform measures aimed at integrating persons with disabilities fully into the life of the community, including reform of the guardianship system and adoption of a comprehensive adult deinstitutionalization plan, in accordance with Moldova’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Ms. Sepúlveda also visited some Romani communities, where she highlighted high levels of stigma and discrimination preventing the members of the communities from lifting themselves out of poverty. She commended Moldova on introducing the body of Roma community mediators, but warned that “local authorities must ensure that the selection of mediators is carried out in full compliance with the human rights principles of transparency, meaningful and effective participation of the relevant communities, access to information and accountability.”During her week-long mission, the UN Special Rapporteur met with senior Government officials, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and communities living in poverty in Chisinau, Balti, Drochia, Calarasi and Briceni districts, as well as Bender and Tiraspol on the left bank of the Nistru.Ms. Sepúlveda will present a comprehensive report with her final findings and recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Murder investigation launched after middleaged woman found dead with stab wounds in

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. A middle-aged woman has been found dead in a back garden, police said. The victim, thought to be in her 50s, suffered apparent stab wounds and was confirmed dead at the scene, according to the Metropolitan Police.Her body was found in the garden of a house on Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, southeast London, following emergency calls at around 11.30am on Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Police.A man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and is in custody at a south London police station.He is believed to have known the victim, but the incident is not thought to be domestic, police said.A post-mortem will take place at Greenwich mortuary on Sunday, and officers are in the process of informing the victim’s family.Anyone with information is asked to call murder detectives on 020 8721 4054.In a separate incident the London Air Ambulance was called to a stabbing in Harrow, northwest London, police said.The victim’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. read more

Swift expands digital contract at Western Areas Forrestania nickel operation

first_imgAmong a number of resource-sector contract wins, Swift Networks Group has expanded its previous agreement with nickel miner Western Areas at its Forrestania operation in Western Australia.The existing contract, originally signed in 2014, was to provide in-room digital services to the 465-bed accommodation village at Forrestania. The new pact expands Swift’s contract by 68 rooms to 533 rooms and includes an on-site phone network upgrade in addition to Swift’s entertainment and communication services.Swift, which calls itself a diversified telecommunications, content and advertising solutions provider, says it delivered consistent growth in the resources market over 2018, both through direct contract wins and new clients secured by the company’s network of reseller partners.“The company continues to view Resources as an attractive growth opportunity in light of the significant pipeline of new mining exploration, construction and development projects currently underway throughout Australia,” Swift says.Forrestania is Western Areas’ flagship asset and consists of the Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll mines, the Cosmic Boy concentrator, a regional tenement package considered highly prospective for further nickel discoveries, and significant site infrastructure; including the accommodation village, grid-connected power, water management network, airstrip and nickel concentrate export facilities.Based on 10-year production targets, Forrestania is expected to produce an average of 25,000 t/y of nickel concentrate.last_img read more

Geek deals 150 off Dells UltraSharp 27inch professional display

first_imgWhat happens when you combine a love of high-end monitors and a passion for deals? You get today’s hot deal on the new flagship Dell UltraSharp U2713H monitor. We’ve pontificated on the benefits of a premium monitor before, with the extra size and resolution offering great benefits in efficiency and multi-tasking.This new-for-2013 model goes above and beyond just being a large, high-resolution monitor; the U2713H competes against professional-level displays that typically run over $1,000. These models are aimed at anyone who needs highly accurate color representation, like graphic designers, photographers, or anyone who simply demands the best image quality.The U2713H covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color standard and 100% of sRGB with a delta E (measure of color uniformity) of less than 2. Translation: it will display all of your images with a very high degree of color accuracy, to ensure you are seeing everything was it is supposed to be viewed. Lower end monitors have a habit of tinting, over-saturating, or under-saturating colors and models like the U2713H are designed to prevent that from happening. This model also can display up to 1.07 billion different colors, compared to the usual 16.7 million we see in most displays.Of course the rest of the U2713H is top of the line as well. You get nearly every video input possible, with support for DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI. The stand is fully adjustable for tilt, swivel, pivot, and height, along with being easily removed to allow the U2713H to be mounted on a wall.Being such a large, high resolution display, Dell includes their Display Manager software that allows you to easily control all this extra desktop real estate, allowing easy setup of things like window arrangement, picture-in-picture, and more. The entire package is backed up by a 3 year advance exchange warranty with a bright pixel guarantee to boot.Not only is this an impressive new monitor, but it is priced competitively at $999.99. The best part is that for a limited time you can grab it with $150 instant savings.Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27″ 2560 x 1440 LCD Monitor for $849.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | ends Feb. 13 or sooner)Our other top deals:Western Digital 3TB Green SATA III Internal Hard Drive for $119.99 + free shipping (reg. $159.99 | use coupon ATJANDR | ends soon)Adobe Photoshop CS6 Upgrade Software for $165 + free shipping (reg. $199.99)Logitech Z553 wall-mountable 2.1 speaker system w/ control pod & multiple inputs for $109.89 + free shipping (reg. $129.99)last_img read more

Xbox Exclusive Crackdown 3 Delayed to Spring 2018

first_imgCrackdown 3 has been in development for some time now. It was set to release alongside the Xbox One X on November 7. For many, this was Xbox’s biggest holiday title. It appears this is no longer the case. Microsoft has just announced Crackdown 3 will now release sometime in Spring 2018.Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager, Shannon Loftis, explained the situation to Polygon.“We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date,” said Loftis. “However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time. Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game, and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that’s campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone. Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018.”She continued by saying:“Crackdown 3 is an incredibly ambitious project that pushes the technological envelope with immersive true 4K gameplay, cloud-computing competitive multiplayer and a sprawling and futuristic open world. The team has been working extremely hard to deliver a great experience for fans and this extra time will help us do just that.”Crackdown 3 received some criticism about its visual presentation after this year’s E3. A demonstration during San Diego Comic Con last month didn’t help matters either. Because of that, this area is getting the most attention from the developers.“What we showed at E3 was a preview of the game, and is a great indicator of the level of mayhem and vertical platforming action you can expect from Crackdown 3,” Loftis said. “Among other items, we are taking the extra time to focus on the visual polish so gamers can feel completely immersed in a living world. We want them to really feel the larger-than life enemies as they’re exploring the expansive open world, combating crime and collecting orbs.”This delay makes it harder to justify purchasing an Xbox One X on launch day. While the $500 mid-gen upgrade console is certainly worth the price, it lacks any powerhouse exclusives. Right now, Forza Motorsport 7 is the de facto showcase title for the system. While Forza 7 will certainly be a hit among racing enthusiasts, it lacks the mass appeal of Crackdown 3. Microsoft will hold a conference at this year’s Gamescom. Hopefully, the company will announce more exclusives for its console.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler hosting phone-in Q&A

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will host a telephone Q&A session at 5:25 p.m. Monday.Residents of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District can sign up to receive a call to join the teleconference by calling the congresswoman’s Vancouver office at 360-695-6292 and providing their contact information, or by visiting herrerabeutler.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3247.Residents can also join the call by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365 at any point during the event.last_img

WISHH Africa Staff Meets in Ghana to Discuss Future Projects

first_imgWISHH Regional Director Josh Neiderman visits Dr. Nortey at the University of Ghana poultry farm. Also present were WISHH Director of the Africa Division, Erica Morrow, and several USDA representatives. The poultry farm receives funding from the University of Georgia.American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) staff met in Accra, Ghana this week to discuss pending projects in the area.Erica Morrow, director of the Africa Division at the ASA’s WISHH program and  Josh Neiderman, regional director of the Africa Division met with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) officials.Neiderman also hosted Daniel Keefe of Cooperative Businesses International (CBI), who is studying commodity trade and markets for U.S. agriculture exports. They met with multiple feed mills, including Seaboard Corporation which imports combined cargos of U.S. wheat and soybean meal. There is a growing market for feed stuffs in Ghana, driven in part by demand for poultry.last_img read more

Ford 3Dprinted the manifold for Ken Blocks 900hp F150 Hoonitruck

first_img This is the largest 3D-printed metal car part Ford Share your voice News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ More about 2019 Ford Ranger More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img While 3D printing has been working its way into the industry mostly via plastic, 3D-printing metal objects is gaining popularity, too. BMW has already invested in the tech, and Bugatti used it to build a gnarly titanium brake caliper. HRE, an aftermarket wheel company, used 3D printing to assemble some of the wildest wheels I’ve ever seen, too.The build process for Block’s intake manifold took five days to complete, and if you’re interested in seeing how everything came together, be sure to check out Ford Performance’s video below. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Auto Tech Car Culture Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 3D printing Ford 2:26 Tags Enlarge ImageThis is an aluminum monster, not to be confused with the other Aluminum Monster. Ford Ken Block has been doing wild stuff behind the wheel of Ford vehicles for years now, and one of his latest cars required him to lean on the manufacturer’s work in 3D printing.In the process of building his 900-plus-horsepower “Hoonitruck,” which stars in Block’s new Gymkhana 10 video, it was determined that they’d need a big, complex intake manifold to supply the truck’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with air. Off-the-shelf solutions clearly wouldn’t be able to handle the air required to make all that power.Thus, Ford Performance came to the rescue. Working with Ford’s own engineers in Europe, as well as RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the team designed and 3D-printed an aluminum intake manifold that could handle the required volume of air. Ford claims it’s the largest 3D-printed metal part ever installed on a functioning vehicle. Post a commentlast_img read more

Our galaxys black hole spewed a super bright light and scientists dont

first_img Here’s a timelapse of images over 2.5 hr from May from @keckobservatory of the supermassive black hole Sgr A*. The black hole is always variable, but this was the brightest we’ve seen in the infrared so far. It was probably even brighter before we started observing that night! pic.twitter.com/MwXioZ7twV— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 11, 2019 Scientists aren’t quite sure why this strange flash occurred, but it’s apparently nothing to be concerned about. Speaking to ScienceAlert, Tuan Do (an author on the study which spotted the bright light) said the flash could be the result of another star (S02) passing close by, thereby changing the way gas flows into the black hole. Another working theory is the flash was caused by G2, a gas cloud which also recently passed close (36 light-hours) to the black hole in 2014. There is a possibility this is a delayed reaction to that event. 3 Other teams and telescopes, such as Spitzer, Swift, Chandra, and ALMA, have also been observing Sagittarius A*. Do is curious to see if they too spotted the strange emission. Perhaps that data can help shed new light on this strange burst of infra-red light. Taken when I was @keckobservatory, this raw image shows the brightest Sgr A* has ever been observed in the infrared (center). The emission associated with the black hole also changed by a factor of 75 over that night. Is Sgr A* waking up? Will we finally see 🎆? pic.twitter.com/lX7ZO2PhX2— Tuan Do (@quantumpenguin) August 8, 2019 16 Photos What is a black hole? The universe’s dark, mysterious monsterscenter_img Tags Sci-Tech Culture Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science In news that reads like the beginning of a dire science fiction novel Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, has emitted a large burst of infrared radiation brighter than anything ever produced by that black hole. The black hole is well-known to scientists, and was one of the subjects of our first ever efforts to image the cosmic beasts, but its still throwing up new mysteries all the time.After observing for over four days using the Keck II Telescope in Hawaii, a team that has been studying Sagittarius A* for 20 plus years noticed the infrared light increased by 75 times.  Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

CM to take part in IndependenceDay fete in Vizag

first_imgVisakhapatnam: The district is gearing up for Independence Day celebrations scheduled on August 15. District Collector V Vinay Chand directed the officials to make all the necessary arrangements for the festival on Thursday which will be held across the State in a grand manner. He along with GVMC Commissioner G Srijana, Joint Collector L Siva Sankar and other officials visited Andhra University Engineering Grounds to supervise the arrangements, where Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, secretaries and other prominent officials will be participating in the celebrations. Vinay Chand said that arrangements should be in tune with the arrival of Chief Minister and other State-level officials for the event. Facilities such as parking lot, transportation, toilets, gallery, among others should be in place, he stated.last_img read more