Mob burns Deputy CM’s house, destroys police station in Arunachal Pradesh

first_imgThe law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar worsened on February 24 with a mob burning down Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein’s multi-storeyed private residence.Separate groups of people also advanced toward Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s private residence apart from vandalising the city’s main police station and the office of the deputy commissioner. Army and paramilitary personnel, called to restore normality, were pelted with stones too.Violence in Itanagar, triggered by the government’s move to provide permanent resident certificates (PRC) to six non-tribal communities living in the Frontier State for decades, appeared to have subsided after Mr. Khandu announced on February 22 night that the PRC issue would not be discussed during the ongoing Assembly session.On February 23, the city administration clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC and sought the help of the Army that conducted a flag-march. But irate locals defied the restrictions to gather in large groups after a man who had allegedly sustained bullet injuries on Friday night was rumoured to have died in a Guwahati hospital on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Burnt vehicle in Itanagar Mob violence in Itanagar  Another man from Kimin area in Papum Pare district had died Friday night due to firing when a mob stormed the State Secretariat. It could not be confirmed if the man was killed in police firing or by “miscreants”.Capital Complex (covering the twin cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun) Superintendent of Police M. Harsha Vardhan did not take calls. An officer manning the Itanagar Police Station in the city’s Bank Tiniali area said they were outnumbered by the mob that destroyed the police station and seized their batons, helmets, shields and other equipment.“The mob then attacked the private residence of the Deputy CM in the VIP area and set it on fire, smashing or pushing downhill the vehicles parked on the way. The people also damaged the DC’s office,” a police inspector said.At the time of reporting, another mob advanced towards the private residence of Mr. Khandu near the Circuit House. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  While the action shifted to the VIP areas, a mob demanding the resignation of Mr. Khandu and Mr. Mein placed the body of the man killed in firing at the Indira Gandhi Park where the venue of the first Itanagar International Film Festival was destroyed. “The body will be buried at the BJP office near the park,” a member of the mob said.Mob violence spread to Naharlagun, which along with Itanagar, is the State’s Capital Complex, with a shopping complex owned by Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia burnt down. Mr. Rebia headed the joint high power committee that recommends granting PRC to six non-tribal communities in the State.Political leaders in Arunachal Pradesh said the violence had a pattern similar to that in October 2011 forcing Jarbom Gamlin to resign as Chief Minister after a six-month rule.last_img read more

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London Olympics: Oh Jin Hyek wins gold in men’s individual archery

first_imgOh Jin Hyek won an Olympics gold for South Korea in the men’s individual archery on Friday, with a dominant victory over his Japanese opponent Takaharu Furukawa in the final. Oh’s victory gives South Korea its first gold in the men’s individual event, where South Korean archers have endured a puzzling lack of success despite winning four golds in the team competition.Oh out-shot Furukawa 7-1, never shooting a score lower than eight and scoring 10 on seven occasions.China’s Dai Xiaoxiang had earlier edged out Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands in a tense shoot-off for the bronze medal.Van der Ven started strongly, winning the first two sets, but allowed Dai back into the match in the third and fourth sets before the fifth set was tied, sending the match to a shoot-off.Dai’s arrow landed almost exactly in the centre of the target, giving him the bronze when van der Ven could not beat the shot.The Dutch archer had earlier produced the shock of the tournament, thrashing world record holder Im Dong-Hyun of South Korea 7-1 in the last 16.last_img read more

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LIVE: Girona vs Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid benefited from two penalties as they came from behind to beat Girona 4-1 on Sunday, while Gareth Bale maintained his hot goalscoring form.Madrid suffered their first away defeat of the 2017-18 season at Montilivi and it looked set to be another uncomfortable outing when Borja Garcia gave the home side the lead after 16 minutes.But Madrid turned the scoreline on its head with the help of careless tackles from Marc Muniesa and Pere Pons, allowing Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema to convert a spot-kick apiece either side of the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bale added a third in the 59th minute, with Benzema making absolutely sure of the win with a goal that puts Madrid above rivals Barcelona after two matches of the LaLiga campaign.It was Madrid who made the early running, with Benzema finding the net after eight minutes only to be denied by the offside flag.Isco could not sort his feet out in time to apply the finish to a squared Marco Asensio pass and Girona punished the visitors for their profligacy with the opening goal.Anthony Lozano’s shot was blocked in the box but the ball fell kindly for Garcia, who kept his cool to turn onto his right foot and fire high into Keylor Navas’ net.But the home side threw away their advantage six minutes from the break, Muniesa bringing down Asensio – who was running away from goal – inside the penalty area.With Cristiano Ronaldo now gone, spot-kick duties fell to captain Ramos, whose delicate flick down the middle deceived goalkeeper Bono.Madrid had another chance from the spot seven minutes into the second half – this time Benzema scoring from 12 yards out after Asensio was hacked down by Pons.Almost an hour had passed by the time Madrid got their first goal from open play, with Bale slotting beyond Bono to stretch his LaLiga scoring run to a career-best six matches.Benzema’s second of the contest arrived 10 minutes from time to put the result beyond doubt, the French striker tucking home a Bale cross to round off the victory.32 – Karim Benzema has now scored against 32 of the 33 teams he has faced in La Liga (128 goals). Predatory. pic.twitter.com/WufZPIIJQa— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 26, 2018 What it means: Lopetegui’s Madrid pass test of characterGarcia’s opener led to flashbacks of last season’s 2-1 result between the teams at the same ground, although on that occasion it was Madrid who squandered the early lead. Girona looked bright after going ahead, but the penalties undid their hard work and the hosts tired badly in the latter stages, allowing Bale and Benzema to turn the screw.Pat on the back: Asensio industry brings rewardsAt a time when Madrid were desperately seeking a way back into the match, Asensio was putting himself into dangerous areas and making a nuisance of himself in the opposition box. Those efforts paid off as he twice drew bad tackles to win penalties that paved the way for Madrid to take all three points. Asensio’s distribution was also a constant threat to the Girona defence. A terrific all-round performance.Boot up the backside: Girona pay the penaltyWhen Real Madrid come to town, the last thing you want to do is give them needless opportunities to score. Muniesa and Pons did just that with their penalty-conceding challenges on Asensio. Muniesa’s tackle came with his opponent heading out of the danger zone, while Pons should have cleared before the Madrid attacker had the chance to turn in the box.Key Opta stats:- Gareth Bale scored his 150th goal in his professional club career.- Sergio Ramos has now registered 56 goals in LaLiga, 25 more than any other defender in the 21st century (Andoni Iraola – 31).- Marco Asensio is the first Madrid player to win two penalties in the same LaLiga game since Angel Di Maria against Athletic in April 2011.- Girona have scored more goals against Real Madrid than any other side in LaLiga since the start of last season (six). – Eusebio Sacristan, the Girona manager, has lost his seven league meetings with Real Madrid, scoring five goals while conceding 22.What’s next?Madrid will look to maintain their perfect start at home to Leganes next Saturday, a day after Girona visit Villarreal. read morelast_img read more

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AT&T Stadium to Host Big 12 Championship

first_imgAT&T Stadium has been selected as the site for the Big 12 Football Championship, the Conference announced Friday morning.AT&T Stadium to Host Big 12 Football Championship: https://t.co/3Zcu9Yj4aF— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) November 18, 2016The 100,000 seat stadium in Arlington, TX, will play host for the 2017-2021 seasons, where the top two teams in the conference will play each other (again) for the conference championship title. 2017 will feature the first Big 12 championship game since 2010.“There is great anticipation with the return of the Big 12 Football Championship and we look forward to hosting the event in AT&T Stadium for the next five years,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a release. “The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans.”FOX will cover the championship in 2017 and odd-numbered years through 2023, and ESPN will do the same in even-numbered years through 2024. Here are all the sites that have hosted the championship over the years.screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-4-06-06-pmIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Tigres vs Morelia: Match preview & live stream

first_imgTigres UANL v Morelia Tigres vs Morelia: Live stream, starting lineup, kickoff time & match preview Goal 03:26 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andre-Pierre Gignac Tigres Azael Rodriguez Tigres UANL v Morelia Liga MX Morelia Tigres UANL Tuca Ferretti’s side has not made a strong start to its title defense, but can start to build momentum with a home win over Monarcas Defending Liga MX champions Tigres look to build some momentum after a slow start when they host Morelia on Saturday night. Tigres are surprisingly in 10th place in the Clausura table, with just three wins in their first eight matches.  One of those wins did come last week against Atlas, as Andre-Pierre Gignac’s double got Tuca Ferretti’s side back on track in a 2-0 result.  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 It won’t be easy to make it two league wins in a row, however, as fifth-place Morelia pay a visit to Estadio Universitario.  Game Tigres vs. Morelia Date Saturday, February 24 Time 8 p.m. ET Stream (U.S. only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) LIVE STREAM Raul Ruidiaz MoreliaWatch Tigres vs. Morelia live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Tigres players Goalkeepers Guzman, Fernandez, Ortega Defenders Kolodziejczak, Ayala, Juninho, Meza, Torres Nilo, Acosta, Jimenez, Estrada, Rodriguez Midfielders Carioca, Duenas, J. Torres, Vasquez, R. Torres, Zelarayan, Aquino, Alvarez, Sosa, Damm Forwards Valencia, Gignac, Vargas Javier Aquino has began running in his rehab from a hamstring injury, but this weekend’s match will likely come too soon for the Mexico international winger. Jorge Torres Nilo returned from injury last week off the bench, and should be ready to start against Monarcas after starting in midweek against Herediano.This week, the club announced that defender Francisco Meza will be out for the rest of the tournament with a torn ACL.Potential starting XI: Guzman; Rodriguez, Ayala, Juninho, Torres Nilo; Sosa, Duenas, Carioca, Valencia; Gignac, Vargas Position Morelia players Goalkeepers Malagon, Urbina, Sosa Defenders Achilier, Loeschbor, Vegas, Valadez, Rodriguez, Chavez, Guzman Midfielders Meraz, Osuna, Rodríguez, Rocha, Millar, Valdes, Reyes, Cuero, Vilchis, Sepulveda, Zarate, Polo, Lezcano Forwards Sandoval, Ruidiaz, Ortiz, Sansores Monarcas manager Roberto Hernandez indicated this week that he’ll have a full squad to choose from this weekend. Angel Sepulveda will likely get the start despite being booed when he was subbed off last weekend following a rough patch of form. Potential starting XI: Sosa; Osuna, Loeschbor, Rodriguez, Guzman; Millar, Rocha; Vilchis, Valdes, Sepulveda; Ruidiaz.GAME PREVIEW TigresTigres aren’t where they expected to be as the Liga MX Clausura nears the midway point, but Tuca Ferretti’s side has time to turn things around. The defending champions have won only one of their past five matches in all competitions, a surprising return for one of Mexico’s most talented squads.But Saturday represents an opportunity to start a win streak after last weekend’s triumph over Atlas and, with their last home league defeat coming back in April, Tigres will feel good about their chances. Tigres will be on a short week, however, after drawing Herediano 2-2 on Tuesday in the CONCACAF Champions League. Injuries also will play a part, with Javier Aquino still likely out with a hamstring problem and Francisco Meza lost for the season with a torn ACL. Monarcas come into the match on a high after Raul Ruidaz scored late against Lobos BUAP last weekend to complete a 2-1 comeback win,. But getting anything out of a trip to El Volcan will still be a big ask, with Monarcas losing three of their five away matches in the Clausura thus far.last_img read more

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Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish Nehra

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataApril 18, 2019UPDATED: April 18, 2019 20:06 IST The 26-year-old Navdeep Saini from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30 Courtesy by BCCIHIGHLIGHTSNavdeep Saini was snapped up for Rs 3 crore for IPL 2018 and showed his skills this seasonThe 26-year-old from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30″He’s got pace and bounce and the most important thing is he’s confident,” said Ashish NehraThe rapid rise of uncapped pacer Navdeep Saini could actually see him making a World Cup debut, his Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Ashish Nehra said here Thursday.Snapped up for Rs 3 crore for IPL 2018, the pacer did not play any match for RCB last season but he has been a revelation this time.The 26-year-old from Haryana was named as a standby for the World Cup beginning May 30.”He’s got pace and bounce and the most important thing is he’s confident right now especially in this format because it’s really quick,” Nehra told reporters ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders.”Within two games his confidence is high when nobody thought he will do well. That’s the beauty of IPL. He’s not going to come good in every game. He will go for runs but he’s got all the ingredients to be a good bowler.”Look where he’s today. He is the first standby so if any fast bowler gets injured he (Saini) will be the one playing the World Cup,” he added.A find of Gautam Gambhir, Saini, who made the Delhi Ranji team despite initial resistance from the DDCA officials, is known for cranking up raw pace.Nehra said people kept questioning their decision to invest so heavily on Saini despite his limited success in white-ball cricket.”He didn’t play last year. So many guys came up to me and said he plays only tournament games…. So many people were actually doubting his abilities and said you bought him for Rs 3 crores,” he said.advertisementSaini has stood out at a time when senior pro Umesh Yadav and talented Mohammed Siraj have faltered especially at the death.”It’s not easy to bowl at the death in this format. Skill-wise, I don’t think there’s any other team who have got three good fast bowlers in one team. The next name that comes to my mind is Sunrisers,” Nehra said.”Yes they have not bowled the way they would have liked to bowl at the death or up front. But they can do better than this. Every cricketer will not have the same season.”Last year, Umesh Yadav had a really good season. These bowlers have the skill, hope they will do better in coming games. They are working hard,” he said defending the pace duo.Pacer Dale Steyn has come on board as a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile and Nehra said the South African great has very high chances of playing Friday.”He is a very experienced campaigner. We have all seen him doing so well not only in test cricket but for other franchises also.”With one win from eight matches, RCB’s chance of making the play-offs appears really slim but Nehra said a turnaround is still possible.”We are always hopeful. We have seen teams qualifying winning last six games and with 14 points. We are not thinking of qualification but to play good cricket right now.”We need to take one game at a time. We have lost a couple of really close games. It’s all about winning those moments,” the former left-arm seamer, said.In the first leg, Andre Russell had left RCB in shambles smashing seven sixes en route to his 13-ball 48 not out as KKR had chased down a tall 206 by five wickets with fives balls to spare.Down with a shoulder injury after being hit by a bouncer in Thursday’s practice, Russell is a doubtful starter.Asked whether they’re relieved with Russell being doubtful for Friday’s game, Nehra said: “As a cricketer, I would like to see him playing and bowlers doing well against him and get him out. Fans also want to see good cricket. It’s not for Russell to hit big sixes every time.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Navdeep SainiFollow Cricket World CupFollow Ashish Nehra Navdeep Saini could make World Cup debut: Ashish NehraImpressed with pacer Navdeep Saini, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling coach Ashish Nehra said he could be making a World Cup debut this year.advertisementlast_img read more

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Queen Elizabeth approves British Parliament suspension

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has approved Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament, a statement from the official body of advisers to the Queen, known as the Privy Council, said on Wednesday. The statement confirmed that parliament would be suspended on a day between Sept. 9 and Sept. 12, until Oct. 14. “It is this day ordered by Her Majesty in Council that the Parliament be prorogued on a day no earlier than Monday the 9th day of September and no later than Thursday the 12th day of September 2019 to Monday the 14th day of October 2019,” the statement said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USEarlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday sought a suspension of Parliament until October 14 to present what he described as a new bold and ambitious legislative agenda, just two weeks before the Brexit deadline. Downing Street said Johnson had already spoken to Queen Elizabeth II to request an end to the current parliamentary session in its second sitting week next month, starting September 9. “Following the conclusion of the traditional party conference season, the second session of this Parliament will commence with a Queen’s Speech on Monday October 14, Downing Street said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJohnson briefed his Cabinet of the plan at a meeting earlier, highlighting the number one legislative priority as Brexit. If a new deal is forthcoming at the European Council in mid-October, he will then introduce a Withdrawal Agreement Bill and move at pace to secure its passage before October 31. I believe it is vital that Parliament is sitting both before and after European Council and if, as I hope, a deal with the EU is forthcoming, Parliament will then have the opportunity to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill required for ratification ahead of October 31, Johnson said in a statement. We must focus on crucial public priorities helping the NHS [National Health Service], fighting violent crime, investing in infrastructure and science and cutting the cost of living. We have made an important start funding for 20,000 extra police officers and new investment in our NHS but to deliver on the public’s priorities we require a new session and a Queen’s Speech, he added. Downing Street further elaborated that the decision to end the current parliamentary session, which is “the longest in close to 400 years and in recent months one of the least active”, will enable Johnson to put a fresh domestic programme in front of MPs for debate and scrutiny while also ensuring that there is good time before and after the European Council, scheduled for October 17 and 18 for Parliament to further consider Brexit issues. Crucial voting on legislation is likely to fall on October 21 and 22. Reacting to the Prime Minister’s move to suspend Parliament, UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it “represents a constitutional outrage.”last_img read more

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Torontos film and television production hit 18 billion in 2017

first_img“We will keep working with our industry partners so they have what they need to create jobs, attract talent and contribute to the economy. Whether the final product will be on the big screen, the small screen, or streamed online, we want that production to be a made-in-Toronto production.”Last year was an outstanding time for Toronto-based productions. The film, The Shape of Water, which was shot in Toronto, cleaned house this year during award season, receiving the most nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes.Do you even recognize Toronto here? / The Shape of Water Trailer (YouTube)Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another Toronto-based production, which was prominently acknowledged at the Primetime Emmy’s.The Handmaid’s Tale – @g_meslin/TwitterToronto’s screen-based industry was also involved in the film productions of Molly’s Game, Downsizing, and The Breadwinner, which also received international award nominations and acclaim.Film and television production in Toronto shows no sign of slowing down in 2018 either, as the eighth season of Suits, Umbrella Academy, and It: Chapter 2 will shoot across the city in the coming months.Pennywise/IMDBOther production highlights for 2017 in the city included:• Domestic and international screen-based production investments exceeded the $1-billion mark for a seventh consecutive year.• The number of projects shooting in Toronto achieved the highest ever level, with 1,432 projects shooting in the city over 6,804 days of production.• Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $392 million in 2017. Investment in this area has nearly doubled in the last four years from the $197 million recorded in 2014.• Domestic productions showed solid growth in 2017 after decreasing in 2016, moving from $429 million in 2016 to $477 million in 2017.• Television series, both foreign and domestic, continue to be the dominant type of production occurring in the city, accounting for 73% of all major production investments.• Investment in animation and visual effects remains strong at $381 million in 2017. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 338% (from $87.1 million).In the coming weeks, Mayor Tory will be joining a delegation of 23 Toronto companies and organizations in Los Angeles on April 19 to pitch industry leaders in streaming, television, and film on the benefits of bringing productions to Toronto.Next week I am leading an industry sponsored delegation to L.A. to help strengthen relationships in the film & TV industry and provide more opportunity for business growth and more film industry jobs in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/Fqkzj01jrQ— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 12, 2018This relationship would not only provide more opportunity for business growth but also more film industry jobs in Toronto, which employs over 30,000 people.“The film and television industry is an important economic driver for Toronto, employing over 30,000 people. We have tremendous Toronto talent in front of and behind the camera,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.And with 15 productions currently being shot in the city, film and television production in Toronto shows no signs of slowing down.“Toronto is ready for more investment in this key economic driver for our city,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board.“We are doing everything we can to address all the infrastructure issues that will unlock growth potential for our film industry including identifying city land that will be put out on the market with the specific intent of building more studio space.”With this being said, we can expect to see even more filming in the city as Toronto continues to take over as the new Hollywood North.By Ainsley Smith Advertisement 2017 was another big year for film and television production in Toronto, as the city hit its second highest level ever at $1.8 billion.This was the third consecutive year that domestic and foreign film, television, digital, and commercial production investments in Toronto contributed more than $1.5 billion to the city’s economy.“We’re proud of Toronto’s film and television industry and we want it to continue to grow,” said Mayor John Tory. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Supreme Court upholds PA mans conviction over Facebook post

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is leaving in place the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who posted violent rap lyrics on Facebook that took aim at his estranged wife, an elementary school and law enforcement.The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up for a second time the case of Anthony Elonis. The court ruled in 2015 that a jury should have weighed Elonis’ intent and not just the lyrics when convicting him of making threats. The Supreme Court then sent the case back to an appeals court.The appeals court upheld Elonis’ conviction saying no jury would have found that he didn’t intend to threaten his targets or didn’t know his targets would view the lyrics as a threat.last_img read more

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Air Canada joins WestJet in severing ties over claim of secret fares

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada said Friday it will join rival WestJet in severing its ties with Hopper Inc. after the mobile travel app’s suggestion it has sole access to “secret fares” caused confusion in the travel industry.Hopper, which notified when a fare matching their criteria becomes available, landed in hot water with other travel groups that sell air fares, such as travel agents and aggregator sites, when the company suggested earlier this week they were the only ones to have special fares at up to a 35 per cent discount and marketing them “Secret Fares.”“For someone to say that we have a secret fare and that it applies to all of our network is totally incorrect, it doesn’t happen, Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s vice-president of global sales said in an interview Friday.The country’s largest airline had agreed to a trial of Hopper’s program by giving it access to a low fare on one route between the United States and Asia, he said.Like other airlines around the world, Air Canada uses all kinds of distribution channels to drive sales, especially in markets where it isn’t the dominant player. They offer various types of fares, including private ones available to partners depending on the route, competitive dynamics and season.“We don’t disadvantage one distribution partner from another. What we do is we leverage distribution partners that have a strength in a particular market or particular niche,” he said.Bureau said Air Canada isn’t interested in selling the lowest possible fare or unloading seats at below cost.“We don’t have secret fares. We have negotiated fares with all of our different partners and different partners bring different types of customers.”Hopper was wrong to imply that Air Canada created an advantage for the app over its other partners, he said.“For us it’s about integrity. We have a lot of distribution partners and what I cannot have is someone going to the marketplace insinuating that they have access to inventory or fares that no one else has fares to on a system wide basis.”The airlines say there were caught off guard when their names were used in a news release and were the subject of news reports.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said late Thursday that the company was severing ties with Hopper “due to the confusion this has created in the marketplace.”WestJet said Hopper will still be able to sell the company’s published fares, comparable to those available on its website, but that it will no longer provide the private, discounted fares it offers to travel agents and other partners.Having perhaps attracted more attention than it bargained for, Hopper apologized Friday.“We value our relationships with both Air Canada and WestJet, and sincerely apologize for any confusion caused by the way we marketed this initiative,” Hopper spokeswoman Brianna Schneider wrote in an email.In its release Wednesday, Hopper said other “secret fare” airline partners include LATAM, Turkish, Copa and Air China, adding they will be joined by other carriers in the coming weeks.But the company clarified that “Secret Fares” was the name of a program.“Secret Fares is a Hopper-specific marketing strategy and not a unique class of airfare,” she said.So-called opaque fares can be a good way to distribute hard-to-sell seats at a lower price, without triggering an immediate fare war, but likely raised concerns from vendors and key travel agency partners, said Robert Kokonis, president of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc.“I think calling it Secret Fares was not a wise marketing approach for Hopper,” he said.John Kirk, editor of travel industry publication TravelPulse Canada, added that Hopper’s initial approach likely didn’t sit well within the travel distribution network.“I don’t know if this was something Hopper thought would bring them some media attention and grab some sales or not but I guess it didn’t work for them,” he said in an interview.Still, Jacques Nantel, marketing professor emeritus at the University of Montreal’s HEC business school, expects that the airlines will eventually mend fences with Hopper.“You just let them simmer awhile until they come back with a plan which is little more aligned with what Air Canada would like discounters to offer and they’ll probably start talking again.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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Former Toys R Us workers to get 20M in hardship fund

first_imgNEW YORK — Two private equity owners of the iconic Toys R Us toy chain will be handing over a $20 million hardship fund to the thousands of former workers left jobless and without severance after the chain liquidated in June.The move by KKR and Bain Capital announced Tuesday is aimed at helping the 30,000 workers affected by the store closures and comes following efforts by worker-backed groups. The fund wasn’t legally required and the groups call the move “unprecedented” to help families caught in the crossfires of a slew of retail store closures and bankruptcies in a fast-changing retail industry.Workers are pushing to get an additional $55 million they believe they’re owed and are looking to other firms that had a stake in Toys R Us and that they believed played a role in the chain’s demise.“This is an amazing first step, but the goal is to keep the pressure on,” said Ann Marie Reinhart, 59, of Durham, North Carolina, who worked at Toys R Us for 29 years, most recently as a store supervisor. She said she hasn’t been able to find work that pays health insurance since she was laid off early this past summer.While the iconic toy retailer was liquidating its hundreds of stores in June, workers were informed they would not get severance. They began protesting outside the New York offices of the retailer’s former owners KKR, Bain and Vornado Realty Trust, firms that loaded the company with debt, helping push it into bankruptcy in the fall of 2017.Then, they showed up at more than a dozen pension meetings around the country over the last few months, exerting pressure on them to push the equity owners they invest in to do right by workers and act more responsibly.Since late summer, Toys R Us workers have been pressuring pension funds to in turn push a group of hedge firms that owned the retailer’s secured debt in a bid to get the remaining money they say is owed to them. These so-called secured creditors, including Solus Alternative Asset Management and Angelo Gordon, were the ones that ultimately pushed for the liquidation as they looked to get returns for their investors.The groups that organized the Toys R Us workers — Organization United for Respect, along with Private Equity Stakeholder Project and the Center for Popular Democracy — say that the hardship fund is being structured to allow the other firms to contribute, paving the way for Solus, Vornado and others to contribute.The fund is administered by independent third party administrators, Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, experts in designing and administering unique compensation programs such as the 9-11 fund and the BP oil spill fund. They’ll serve as independent administrators of the fund, responsible for the independent management and distribution of all proceeds.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fort St John City Council goes after more illegal secondary suites

first_imgCity Council has approved bylaw contravention notices for 15 properties within the past six months. The concern of illegal secondary suites and its related impacts was raised to Council in 2015.The city is currently developing a list of properties and will be made available on the city’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a council meeting on Tuesday, Fort St. John city council has approved placing bylaw contravention notices on more illegal secondary suites.The illegal secondary suites included in this bylaw contravention notices are 8220 and 8222 86 Avenue, and 10917 and 10919 104A Avenue.According to the city Planning and Engineering department, these properties were built with illegal secondary suites, and have been the subject of complaints and failed inspection attempts over the years. To date, no building application has been received nor has the owner contacted the City about the bylaw contraventions.  All attempts to contact the Land Owner have been refused.  Notices will be registered with land titles. To read the full report on these four properties, click here.last_img read more

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Niger UN voices concern over high food prices after poor harvest

“I am deeply worried about the food situation deteriorating in the coming months and we cannot sit back and wait for the worst to come,” Denise Brown, director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) office in Niger, said in a press release.The prices of cereals should have fallen during the current post-harvest period in Niger, but have instead risen sharply as a result of the poor yields. The average price of millet has risen by 37 per cent compared to the similar period last year, according to WFP.The Government of Niger has classified up to 750,000 people as severely food insecure in four regions. That number is expected to increase to as high as a million people early next year, as the “lean” season – when household food stocks are low – approaches in March-April.WFP aims to provide food assistance to some 3.3 million people in Niger over the coming year at an estimated cost of $163 million.In Geneva, WFP spokesperson Gaëlle Sévenier told reporters that the increasing frequency of droughts in the Sahel means that communities are lurching from crisis to crisis with little time to recover from previous shocks.The situation in Niger, Mauritania, Mali and the Sahelian part of Chad is of particular concern. Those countries have requested international assistance, Ms. Sévenier said. Conditions in Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria are also a cause for concern.Crop assessment results in Niger have confirmed a cereals deficit of more than 500,000 tons, she said, adding that yields are down mainly as a result of drought and pest infestation. 13 December 2011High food prices in Niger have placed people already hit by shortages under severe pressure as they struggle to feed their families at a time of reduced harvests in the country, which lies in the drought-prone Sahel region of West Africa, a United Nations official said today. read more

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Security Council voices concern about Ituri region of DR of Congo

Council members “urged all Congolese parties and all states in the region to support the process initiated by the Ituri Pacification Commission and to refrain from any activity which could undermine this process,” the President of the 15-nation body, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, said in a press statement. “They reiterated that Uganda must fulfil its commitment to withdraw its forces from the Ituri area.”Commending the efforts of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in the region and expressing their full support for the Mission, Council members also condemned “in the strongest terms” all threats and harassments to MONUC personnel on the ground, Ambassador Akram said. They also expressed their condolences over the deaths of MONUC personnel from the Russian Federation and China, and the injuries received by a Rumanian member of the mission.Council members also denounced the violence that took place recently in the Kivus and demanded that such acts of violence cease immediately. They “stressed that actions such as support to armed militias and fuelling of ethnic tensions are totally inconsistent with national and local efforts at peace unification and reconciliation, and must end immediately,” the Council President said.In addition, Council members reiterated that the leaders of all the warring factions should be held personally accountable for human rights violations committed in Ituri and other regions of the DRC, according to the statement, which also welcomed progress towards the establishment of the transitional government.”The members of the Council noted the need to address these urgent issues during the upcoming Security Council mission to the region,” Ambassador Akram said. read more

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Brocks Twitter account ranked No 1 in Canada

Brock University’s Twitter account has been given top ranking among Canadian universities.Brock University has been recognized as having the best Twitter account among all Canadian universities.The award was announced Tuesday during #PSEWEB 2015, a digital marketing conference for Canadian colleges and universities held at McGill University. The conference partnered with analytics firm Engagement Labs, which examined social media use by 150 Canadian colleges and universities. Of those institutions, 96.7 per cent of their websites linked to Facebook accounts, 92 per cent linked to Twitter and 42.7 per cent linked to Instagram. The schools were then ranked based on their engagement, reach and impact and responsiveness on each of the platforms.When the awards were handed out, Brock University placed first for Twitter accounts among Canadian universities. The @BrockUniversity Twitter handle has more than 30,000 followers.Jocelyn Titone, Brock’s social media coordinator and the face behind the Twitter handle, said the University works hard to connect online with current and future students, parents, alumni, employees and the community.“One thing we strive for at Brock University is engagement and excellent customer service. Because of its public nature, Twitter is the perfect medium to allow for this,” she said. “Social media is just that, it’s social. It’s more than just posting press releases and promoting your upcoming events. It’s about connecting with others and engaging in conversation.”Meron Hrycusko, Brock’s Associate Director, Web Marketing and Communications, said social media is a high priority for marketing the school.“We know that today’s students are communicating via social media more than ever before,” said Hrycusko. “We place a big emphasis on using those tools available to us to stay engaged with Brock students and alumni.”Among the other big winners, University of Saskatchewan won for top Facebook page and York University won for the top Instagram account.For more information on the awards, visit http://pseweb.ca/2015/07/canadian-university-college-social-media-awards/ read more

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Presbyterian beats North Carolina AT 7570

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Adam Flagler scored 16 points, Francois Lewis added 15 and Presbyterian beat North Carolina A&T 75-70 on Saturday.Chris Martin made a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to give the Blue Hose (4-4) a 73-70 lead. The Aggies’ Terry Harris missed a 3-point attempt with nine seconds left and JC Younger made two more free throws to ice it for Presbyterian.The Blue Hose trailed 39-36 at the half and traded the lead with North Carolina A&T until going on an 8-0 run to lead 66-59 on Flagler’s jumper with 4:09 left. The Blue Hose never trailed again, but the Aggies (2-6) closed the deficit to 71-70 on Amari Hamilton’s 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.Younger added 11 points for the Blue Hose.Harris made 8 of 11 from 3-point range and scored 27 for the Aggies. Kameron Langley added 10 points.The Associated Press read more

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NFL playoffs dreams alive for former Buckeyes

Ohio State will be well-represented as the NFL playoffs continue into their second weekend of action. Eight former Buckeyes are on the active rosters of teams that will play Saturday or Sunday in two of the four divisional-round games of the 2013 NFL playoffs.Former Buckeye linebacker A.J. Hawk and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett play for the Green Bay Packers, which will play the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday at 8 p.m. in San Francisco. The 49ers have four former Buckeyes on their roster: Right guard Alex Boone, linebacker Larry Grant, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and strong safety Donte Whitner.On Sunday, two of OSU’s four 2012 NFL draft picks will line up against one another. New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner, who plays almost exclusively on special teams, will play against the Houston Texans and wide receiver DeVier Posey Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Foxborough, Mass.The other four teams still remaining in the NFL playoffs – Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons – do not have any OSU alumni on their roster.Numerous Buckeyes played a significant role in their teams’ games in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.Of those Buckeyes whose teams are still standing, Hawk and Pickett each had two total tackles in the Packers’ win over the Minnesota Vikings, while Posey had two special teams tackles in the Texans’ win against the Cincinnati Bengals. In a losing effort, Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins caught three passes for 96 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Former Buckeye cornerback Antoine Winfield had four total tackles for the Vikings, while former Buckeye and current Cincinnati safety Nate Clements had nine total tackles for the Bengals.Defensive lineman Doug Worthington had one assisted tackle in the Washington Redskins’ Sunday loss to the Seahawks. read more

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Three arrested on suspicion of arson attack at garda station

first_imgTHREE MEN IN their 20s are being questioned in relation to an arson attack at Scarriff garda station in the early hours of Tuesday morning.A car was set on fire outside the Clare station at about 12.30am on 19 March. Two windows of the building were also damaged in the incident. Nobody was injured during the attack.The three men were detained late yesterday are are being held at Killaloe, Shannon and Ennis stations under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.It is understood the car belonged to a member of An Garda Síochána. It was completely destroyed in the fire.Investigations continue.Read: 14-year-old boy critical after shooting incident in Clondalkinlast_img read more

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Huffington Post to launch in Oz

first_imgGreek-born Arianna Huffington has announced she will bring her media empire down under after partnering up with Fairfax Media. News website Huffington Post will launch in Australia by the second quarter of the year, after the company establishes an independent team of editors and journalists in Sydney. Founder Arianna Huffington says the Australian addition to the website is a ‘milestone’ for her.“It’s not only a milestone in HuffPost’s global expansion – we are now in 14 countries, on six continents – but a tremendous opportunity to expand our global conversation,” she said in a media release this week.Ms Huffington successfully launched the Greek chapter of the Huffington Post late last year, calling the new venture the “ultimate homecoming”.“When we began our international expansion more than three years ago, I knew that one day HuffPost’s own odyssey – to borrow from one of my compatriots – would lead us to Greece,” she said.Huffington Post’s Australian ‘odyssey’ has taken its time to eventuate. The idea for the Australian website was first announced in 2011, but as other ventures were finalised they took precedence, Ms Huffington told Mumbrella. “It wasn’t planned to go that way but it did because of all the other launches that got to the top of our calendar,” she said.Forty-nine per cent of the Australian Huffington Post website will be owned by Fairfax, while 51 per cent will be in Huffington Post’s hands. The company hopes to break even by the three-year mark and become one of Australia’s most visited news sites in five.Source: Mumbrella, News.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Now the City of Naples talks against De Laurentiis

first_imgThe Napoli president has been under fire by fans, and now the City of Naples has responded to his words against the Italian townNapoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been under fire recently.The chairman is not only being attacked by the fans but now the City of Naples too.After trashing the Italian town’s administration regarding Stadio San Paolo, the city has responded to the attacks.“We’ve never allowed ourselves to criticise the running of the city’s main football team,” commissioner of Naples Ciro Borriello wrote in a Facebook post according to by Calcio Mercato.“Even if we could say that with this corporate policy we should be content with, at best, second-place finishes and some Coppe Italia.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We’ve also never, even in moments of difficulty, allowed ourselves to disrupt a relationship between a company which makes a show of producing millionaires and the city’s public administration,” he added.“I really find it sickening the controversy that the President of Napoli if feeding right now. If he wants to invest in Bari then do it, but never offend the dignity of this city’s fans.”last_img read more

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