Millionaire Steve Smith on a roll both on and off the field!

first_imgAdvertisementSteve Smith’s cricketing career has had its highs and lows, but these days it seems like fortune is indeed by his side. On the field his twin centuries in both innings of the first Ashes Test helped Australia to comeback over England at Edgbaston. And now reports claim that off the field, Smith’s business and investment ventures have turned into an overwhelming profit. According to The Australian Financial Review, the former Australian skipper has turned a $1,00,000 investment in an Australian mattress retailer (Koala Mattress) into a whopping $12.1 million profit.On July 2015 Steve Smith invested for 10 percent of the company just before he was declared the Australian Test captain. Since then, the company has built a solid customer base of more than 2,00,000 people and is now valued at over $150 million. His ownership helped the company rake in more investors as he became their brand ambassador as well. Smith, who is among the top five earners of Cricket Australia also has a $2 million contract with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.However, last year saw Smith reportedly lose up to $7 million during the ball-tampering scandal. He was heavily booed throughout the World Cup and the Ashes series but the Aussie superstar did not let it distract him. With a career average of 62.96 in test cricket, he is now second only to the great Don Bradman. Looks like fortune favors the brave after all. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sergio Aguero’s strike keeps Manchester City on top of EPL table

first_imgSergio Aguero’s 20th Premier League goal of the season left Manchester City just two wins from the title after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday. Aguero, who has now scored nine times in his past eight appearances against Burnley, struck in the 63rd minute, with a shot that only just crossed the line despite the best efforts of defender Matt Lowton to keep it out, although goal-line technology was needed to award the goal. The win takes City on to 92 points, one ahead of Liverpool, with two games to play. Victories at home to Leicester a week on Monday, and away at Brighton the following Sunday will see Pep Guardiola’s side retain their English title. For the first time in months, City’s elimination from the Champions League means they will crucially have a free midweek to prepare for those key matches. By contrast, Liverpool must travel to Newcastle next weekend, either side of the two legs of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, before hosting Wolves on May 12. City have now won 12 consecutive Premier League games but they had to work to maintain their composure against the Clarets.Related News Heaton frustrates CityGuardiola’s side enjoyed the bulk of possession, but found creating clear chances difficult. When they did, Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was in excellent form. Heaton, a former Manchester United reserve, made two excellent saves in the opening minutes of the second half. He was alert at his near post to beat away Aguero’s shot, after Raheem Sterling’s neat flick had created the opening, before beating out Bernardo Silva’s snap shot at the end of a goalmouth scramble. Sean Dyche’s side knew before kick-off they were mathematically certain of Premier League survival, yet played as if they too were fighting for the title. Burnley even caused City the occasional first-half problem. Jack Cork chested down a ball on the edge of the penalty area and then hit a shot that struck visiting captain Vincent Kompany full in the face. As the home fans appealed for handball and screamed for a penalty, referee Paul Tierney put his whistle to his lips as if considering awarding one. Television replays, though, showed he was right not to. The Clarets’ best opening fell to Chris Wood, who was left to rue a poor first touch that denied him his big moment. Played through by Jeff Hendrick, the New Zealand forward allowed the ball to squirt away, and Ederson was bravely out at his feet to smother. At times, City’s frustration threatened to boil over. In the closing moments of the first half, Aguero over-hit a pass down the left for Leroy Sane, resulting in the ball rolling out of play, and the German responded by turning to his team-mate and flinging his arms out in despair. Eventually, though, City’s patience was rewarded. Bernardo Silva’s low ball into the middle found Aguero, who, with his back to goal and minimal space to work with, managed to fashion a shot that beat Heaton. Lowton, on the line, looked to have blocked the shot with his chest, but the ball looped up and just crossed the line before he could recover to clear it. If City were hoping that goal would provide the platform for a comfortable final half-hour, though, they were to be disappointed as Burnley continued to give everything. Few players were more committed than Burnley’s Ben Mee, the boyhood City fan who used to captain their youth team. He produced an extraordinary goal-line clearance to deny the visitors a second goal, stretching to hook the ball clear after substitute Gabriel Jesus collected Kyle Walker’s crossfield pass, and had gone round Heaton to shoot towards what he thought was an empty net. After that, City were content to run down the clock as they kept their cool to leave their northwest rivals with all three points. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates CL: Sergio Aguero’s double helps Manchester City enter quarters Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappe trick and treat! Sergio Aguero: Manchester City is best decision of my lifelast_img read more

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IN PICS: Sunil Chhetri-led India train in Macau

first_imgIndia Indian National Team train in Macau ahead of crunch 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifer Last updated 2 years ago 20:25 9/3/17 Comments(0) 1/11 Indian National Team train in Macau ahead of crunch 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifer Macau India 2017 training AIFF Media Macau India 2017 Arrival AIFF Media Full screen 1 of 11 Share Close India face a quick visit to Macau in order to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the UAE. The 23-man squad took on to the greens earlier on Sunday, aiming for match sharpness in front of the Lusofonian opponents… FacebookTwitterRedditcopy India Macao v India Macao Asian Cup Qualificationlast_img read more

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Michigan State Running Back Calls Michigan “Our Little Sisters”

first_imgOhio State players tackling Michigan State's RB.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 21: LJ Scott #3 of the Michigan State Spartans plows forward for a first down in the fourth quarter as Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Gareon Conley #8 of the Ohio State Buckeyes make the tackle at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan State defeated Ohio State 17-14. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Historically, Michigan has been better than its rival Michigan State. The Wolverines have more bowl wins, more overall wins and more national titles than Sparty, and they lead the all-time series 69-36-5.However, the script has been flipped lately. Michigan State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools dating back to 2008.In that time frame, Michigan State has won three Big Ten titles. Michigan? They’ve won zero.Recent history might explain why Michigan State running back L.J. Scott called out Michigan as “our little sisters” during this week’s Big Ten Media Days. Scott was asked about the rivalry, and said the lack of respect from Michigan fans and players is palpable.“It’s just like we get no respect when it comes to them,” Scott said. “And I learned that when I first got here as a freshman.”Pressed for why that is the case, Scott fired his shot.“I don’t know, probably because they’re our little sisters, I guess,” he said.You can see the full video of Scott’s quotes below, courtesy of Andrew Vailliencourt.Clearly, these two teams don’t like each other. The fan bases don’t either.Michigan and Michigan State will renew their rivalry on Oct. 20 in East Lansing. Michigan actually beat the Spartans two years ago when the game was last played at Michigan State.This year’s game figures to factor heavily in the Big Ten East race.[ Detroit Free Press ]last_img read more

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Fisheries Ministers Look to Lobster Industry for Input

first_imgFisheries ministers from the Maritime provinces emerged from a meeting in Charlottetown today, Jan. 16, with an agreement to hold formal discussions with industry as the next step in their efforts to address challenges faced by the region’s lobster fishery. “I am very pleased with the commitment and co-operation shown by everyone involved in addressing the issues facing the fisheries,” said Ron Chisholm, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Nova Scotia. “We will keep working with the fishing and seafood processing sectors to devise strategies to ensure prosperous and sustainable fisheries in the region.” The Charlottetown meeting followed a December meeting held in Halifax with Gail Shea, Minster of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Maritime fisheries ministers said their federal counterparts will play a role in whatever actions are agreed upon to help the lobster industry. They also said they hope investments for resource sectors, including the fishery, will be part of the federal budget to be tabled this month. Neil LeClair, who was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development for Prince Edward Island earlier this week, is encouraged by the commitment of the regional ministers to work together. “We recognize that there are instances where joining forces to market and promote the high-quality seafood this region of the country has to offer the world makes sense,” said Mr. LeClair. “The present challenges in the lobster industry serve as an example of where we need to work together to identify opportunities.” The meeting with lobster industry leaders from Atlantic Canada is tentatively scheduled for February. “We will sit down with industry in the near future and discuss the necessary actions as we work collaboratively to develop a regional plan that offers long-term marketing and promotional strategies,” said Rick Doucet, Minister of Fisheries for New Brunswick. “It is essential that industry from across the region sit at the table with us and bring forward its ideas.”last_img read more

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Profil de la circonscription AbitibiBaieJamesNunavikEeyou

first_imgNouvelles nationales de l’APTNAbitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou est la deuxième plus grand circonscription au Canada.Elle représente cinquante-cinq pourcent de la superficie totale de la province de Québec.Cette circonscription est identifiée par l’assemblée des Premières Nations comme étant une circonscription où le votes des Autochtones pourraient être décisif.Voice le reportage de Danielle Rochette.drochette@aptn.calast_img

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Ottawa demands NAFTA body drop investigation into oil sands tailings

CALGARY — Ottawa is demanding the Commission for Environmental Co-operation drop its investigation into whether laws are being properly enforced when it comes to oilsands pollution.Two environmental groups and three individuals complained in 2010 to the CEC, a body created alongside the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way for Canada, the United States and Mexico to address environmental issues.The complainants assert the federal government has failed to enforce provisions in the Fisheries Act by allowing harmful substances to leak from tailings ponds into water sources downstream of the oilsands in northeastern Alberta.The CEC demanded more information from Ottawa in December, but in a letter to the commission’s secretariat last week, Environment Canada saids the CEC is acting “contrary to its authority” and demands it pull the plug on the process.Environment Canada argues the commission can’t press on with its investigation while a separate proceeding into the same issue is underway — in this case, a legal challenge mounted by citizens of Fort McMurray, Alta., in provincial court.Hannah McKinnon, with Environmental Defence, calls Ottawa’s response “brazen” and says it’s another example of the federal government trying to stifle scrutiny of oil sands development. read more

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Research In Motion stock continues remarkable comeback analyst revises estimate

TORONTO – Shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) raced higher on Friday as one of the company’s most prominent analysts gave a stronger vote of confidence to the new BlackBerry launch.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s stock gained seven per cent, or $1.03, to close at $15.71 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, pushing towards levels it hasn’t seen in more than a year.Jeffries & Co. analyst Peter Misek raised his target estimate to US$19.50 per share, from $13.In a note to investors, Misek said he expects RIM to open its corporate BlackBerry email services to iPhone and Android devices, which would be a new revenue stream for the company.“This change, we believe, is unknown or not well understood but is important,” he said.Wireless carriers have also made volume commitments to RIM for the first two quarters of the new smartphone launch, Misek said he learned during his organization’s own research.The prominent RIM analyst has raised his estimates on the Canadian smartphone maker’s stock several times since November, when he expressed doubts about the chances of commercial success for the new BlackBerry 10 product line.In the wake of increasingly bullish estimates since then by Misek and several other analysts, the shares of the Waterloo, Ont.-based company had risen from a low of C$6.10 in September.Friday’s price is still below a 52-week high of C$18.23 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, but Misek’s report suggests the shares are poised to punch through that level. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Research In Motion stock continues remarkable comeback, analyst revises estimate by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 4:42 pm MDT read more

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Burundi UN electoral mission prepared to help country in decisive return to

“Dialogue can open the way for compromise and help lead to solutions for even the most difficult of problems,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and MENUB chief, Cassam Uteem, said earlier this morning at a ceremony marking the Mission’s launch. The UN Security Council set the creation of MENUB in motion in February 2014 following the Burundi Government’s request for a UN-backed electoral observer mission before, during and after presidential, parliamentary and local polls, scheduled between May and September 2015.“We would also encourage the Government to continue the dialogue begun in March 2013 and reassure all those who wish to take part in the electoral process that they will face no obstacles,” continued Mr. Uteem, as he called on all stakeholders to respect the outcome of the upcoming elections. The UN official reminded those gathered – among which were former Government officials, representatives of institutions and members of civil society – that the election would affect all Burundians and called on the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to take “appropriate measures” to ensure the polls’ smooth running while also widening participation in the electoral process to all eligible people. In addition, he welcomed CENI’s organization of workshops aimed at monitoring voting registration and potential irregularities. The Mission replaced the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB), which was set up in 2006 following a ceasefire between the Government and the last remaining rebel forces to support peace consolidation, democratic governance, disarmament and reform of the security sector.Burundi was the first country, along with Sierra Leone, to be put on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which was also established in 2006, to ensure that countries once ravaged by war do not relapse into bloodshed.The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy acknowledged that the Mission was in Burundi to help ease the country towards a long-standing peace based on a legitimate democratic process, and he urged the international community to also remain committed to helping the Burundian people, so the country may “decisively turn towards peace and spend most of its resources on the only battle that needs to be fought – that of development and the eradication of poverty.” read more

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Barkley believes England can compete with the best

first_imgEngland and Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is confident his team can handle Croatia duo Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.Southgate’s men face Croatia in the Nations League in Rijeka on Friday, in what will be a rematch of their World Cup semi-final.It will see England again come up against two of the world’s leading midfielders Modric, FIFA’s Best Men’s Player, and team-mate Rakitic.But Barkley thinks otherwise suggesting they can give them a quiet game.“It’s a big challenge but just like any other player you come up against you’ve got to treat every player with the same respect. But it’ll be a challenge,” he said to FourFourTwo.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You saw in the World Cup how fantastic he [Modric] was and Rakitic as well, he plays for a great side like Barcelona.“But we’ve got the players to compete with the big nations, we’ve got our identity now.“We went to the World Cup and got to the semi-finals and we’re going in the right direction.”England and Croatia started their Nations League campaigns with losses to Spain.last_img read more

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Matic Pogba can improve and become a regular match winner

first_imgNemanja Matic has urged his team-mate Paul Pogba to step up his game as he believes he has the qualities to become a regular match-winner for Manchester United.Pogba reclaimed a place in the starting line-up after the dismissal of José Mourinho and has played a vital role in both wins and scoring a brace in the 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Matic believes that Pogba’s form is good news for United and that there is even better to come. “As I’ve said in previous interviews about him, he’s very important for us. When he plays at his best, he can make the difference in every game. He played very well [against Huddersfield] but I think that he can do even more.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“Slowly, game-by-game [he is doing better] and it’s very important for him to score some goals. The confidence for the next game is going to be better and he needs to know that he still can improve. He needs to know that he’s very important for this team.”“It’s difficult to answer what we changed [under Solskjær],” he told the Guardian. “For sure, our approach to the game was different because this team have quality and we have to give our best every game if we want to win the games.“Everyone wants to show against Manchester United that they can compete with us, so we need to know that our level of running and fighting needs to be the same or even higher than the other team. Then our quality can make a difference.”last_img read more

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Premier Addresses TCI on the First National Heritage Day Celebration

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Providenciales, 13 Oct 2014 – Today is our day! The final words of the Premier and Minister with responsibility for Culture, Premier Rufus Ewing in a national address issued earlier today… reflecting on the fact that this is the first national heritage day, within the first national heritage month and a successful series of cultural weekends held in Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos so far…Premier Ewing said he is anticipating the Sisal and Cotton festival in Middle and North Caicos this coming weekend and the Maritime Festival here in Providenciales on the final weekend of October. The TCI which is a composite society of a variety of Caribbean, North American, European, Asian and African peoples working or having invested can sometimes get lost in the strengths of the other cultures… but the country’s leader said not today, “…as we embrace our nation, our brothers and our sisters and the richness of our heritage, so too must we continue to embrace all citizens and ethnicities residing amongst us. As we acknowledge the presence of the many cultures which today make up the Turks and Caicos Islands…. today I say to you all however, though you will celebrate your origins, I encourage you to join with us to celebrate the present, as this is your home. Join with us in our ways, and uphold our heritage, as the future is ours together.” A simultaneous motorcade in all islands was the highlight of this public holiday, which used to be known as Colombus Day. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:national heritage month, premier rufus ewing Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

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Santorum joins GOP race for president

first_imgRick Santorum entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with an appeal aimed squarely at the GOP’s tea party conservatives.But the former Pennsylvania senator’s pitch to an audience in front of the Somerset County, Pa., courthouse raised serious questions about his ability to be his party’s 2012 nominee. Can he triumph over other similar-minded Republicans wooing the same constituency? Can someone who’s running as a die-hard conservative win a general election?And does Santorum, 53, who lost his 2006 re-election bid in a crucial swing state by 18 percentage points, still have the ability to garner votes?Analysts were skeptical. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., said Santorum getting the nomination was “improbable.”But, they added, Santorum can’t be dismissed.“Santorum grips them with his story,” said Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.Santorum delivered his half-hour announcement speech near the coal mine where his immigrant grandfather worked. His grandfather left Italy in 1927 rather than live under fascist rule. He came because of “one word, one reason: freedom,” his grandson said.Today, Santorum argued, Americans’ freedom is eroding.President Barack Obama, he said, “took that faith that the American public gave him and wrecked our economy and centralized power in Washington, D.C., and robbed people of their freedom.”His evidence: the 2010 federal health care law, which will require nearly everyone to buy coverage by 2014.“They want to hook you,” Santorum said of the Obama administration. “They don’t want to free you. They don’t want to give you an opportunity. They don’t believe in you.”last_img read more

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How to be properly insured for a storm

first_imgWSVN — Sometimes your hurricane preps can’t protect your car or your home from storm damage. That’s why having proper insurance is so important. 7’s Christine Cruz has you covered when planning for protection.For most of us, our home is our most valuable asset. That’s why insurance is so important.Whether you own or rent a home or condo, you need windstorm coverage. It covers any damage done to your home by wind or flying debris, but if you have to make a claim, it comes at a high price.Phil Zelman of NCF Insurance Associates: “Your windstorm deductible is typically based on a percentage of the value of your house. It could be two percent, it could be five percent.”And that can mean paying thousands of dollars out of pocket. Another important policy is to have flood insurance. It covers any damage done by storm surge or flooding.Phil Zelman: “Just because you’re not in a flood zone, does not mean your property does not have or could not be flooded.”Condo owners also have to protect their property from a storm. Phil Zelman: “There are policies specifically designed for condominium unit owners that cover the interior of your unit.”Your association pays the insurance for the building and the pool, but you have to insure everything inside your unit.Phil Zelman: “Kitchens, bathrooms, any buildings flooring, any decorative moldings.”The same is true for renters. You are responsible for insuring your belongings, and whether you are a renter or an owner, choosing the right coverage is critical. Experts say you should choose replacement coverage.Phil Zelman: “That would pay to replace your contents.”Other types of coverage give you only pennies for what you own. Replacement coverage costs more, but if you lose everything you’ll be glad you have it.Phil Zelman: “You have your clothing, everything in your kitchen. You have your linen closets. It’s more than thinking about furniture and electronics.” Finally, don’t forget about your car. You’ll need a comprehensive insurance policy that will cover any damage during a storm. If you are not sure what kind of coverage you have, now is the time to call your agent.FOR MORE INFORMATION:NCF INSURANCE ASSOCIATES8700 W Flagler St. #320Miami, FL 33174Phone: (305) 446-5474www.ncfins.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Atlantic Wire Relaunches Atlantic Premium Remains Sidelined

first_imgThe Atlantic has relaunched its “opinion digest” –The Atlantic Wire-expanding the focus to news aggregation. “Rather than just aggregating opinions around the news, we’ll be aggregating the news itself,” says president Justin Smith.The move includes hiring former Gawker and Newsweek digital editor Gabriel Snyder to head up Atlantic Wire as well as plans to double the amount of staff devoted to The Atlantic Wire to 15.The Atlantic Wire is ad-supported and features two launch sponsors in Chevy Volt and Cargill. Advertising will be sold strictly for the Wire and also as a package with Atlantic.com, according to Smith. “The audiences of the Wire and Atlantic.com have less than 5 percent duplication,” he says. “We’re putting a lot of emphasis on custom integrated marketing initiatives. Our team is looking at ‘beyond the banner’ programs to integrate brands and their campaigns.At 18 months old, The Atlantic Wire generates about one million uniques per month and Atlantic.com generates 5 million uniques. With Andrew Sullivan, a core member of The Atlantic’s “dream team of bloggers” (and a 2009 member of the FOLIO: 40) departing for News Beast, some observers have wondered what this means for Atlantic.com considering Sullivan accounted for about 1 million of those 5 million monthly uniques. “As sad as we are too lose Andrew, we’re not anticipating a major dip,” says Smith. “In the last few months we’ve launched Atlantic Technology, which generates about one million uniques and a new photography blog that did a quarter of a million uniques in its first month. With so many new areas of the site, we’re anticipating growth in 2011 even with the loss of Andrew.”The Atlantic Not Ready for a Metered Model YetMeanwhile, Smith says The Atlantic is not ready to shift to a paid content model online yet. In January, the publisher said it was going back to the drawing board on its idea for a premium iPad App (dubbed The Atlantic Premium). The original concept would have offered a daily bundle of its online content for a monthly fee (The Atlantic sells single issues on the iPad for $4.99).”We’re taking a step back on our entire mobile/digital strategy and revisiting everything right now,” says Smith. “We’re looking at the data from our apps so far and it begs the strategic question of whether we would consider any kind of metered model on the Web site. We’re not ready to make that decision at this point. Our current high-CPM, ad-supported model is working.”last_img read more

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Railway Budget 201314 Highlights No Big Surprise From Pawan Bansal

first_imgRailway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presented his maiden Railway Budget 2013-14 in Parliament on Tuesday, emphasing on modernization, providing better facilities to passengers especially women.There were speculations ahead of the Railway Budget presentation that Bansal might hike passenger fares owing to the recent hike in diesel prices. But he chose not to disappoint the common man by keeping the fares unchanged. He did, however, marginally increase the fares on Tatkal reservation and superfast trains.No bold steps were taken and only a few new lines were proposed in the budget. The railway minister emphasized more on safety, consolidation, passenger amenities and fiscal discipline.Here is are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2013-14:Measures to Improve Safety and Security –          Building new bridges to replace the 17 distressed ones in the next one year.-          Elimination of 10797 level crossings during the 12th Plan and no addition of level crossings in the future.-          Introduction of Train Protection Warning System on Automatic Signalling Systems and rigorous trials of the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System.-          Using 60 kg rails, 260 meter long welded rail panels and improved flash butt welding technology and induction of crash worthy Linke Holfmann Busch (LHB) coaches with anti-climb feature.-          Introduction of 160/200 kmph Self Propelled Accident Relief Trains. –          Making a Corporate Safety Plan for a ten year period (2014-2024).-          Provision of comprehensive fire and smoke detection systems, portable fire extinguishers in Guard-cum-Brake Vans, AC Coaches and Pantry Cars in all trains and use of fire retardant furnishing materials in coaches.-          Measures to deal with elephant related accidents.-          Four companies of women RPF personnel set up and another 8 to be set up to strengthen the security of rail passengers, especially women passengers. For this, 10% vacancies in RPF will be reserved for women.Passengers’ Amenities –          Cleanliness drive in shortlisted 104 important stations and progressive extension of bio-toilets on trains.-          Provision of concrete aprons on platforms with mechanized cleaning facilities.-           Extension of On Board Housekeeping Scheme and Clean Train Stations to more stations and trains.-           Extension of Unreserved Ticketing  System (UTS), Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Coin-operated Ticket Vending Machines (CO-TVMs) and scheme of Jan-Sadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBSs).-          Setting up of six more Rail Neer bottling plants at Vijayawada, Nagpur, Lalitpur, Bilaspur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.-           Pilot project on select trains to facilitate passengers to contact on board staff through SMS/phone call/e-mail for coach cleanliness and real time feedback.-          Eight to ten more mechanized laundries for quality washing of linen. –           Provision of announcement facility and electronic display boards in trains.-           Providing free Wi-Fi facilities on several trains.-           Upgrading another 60 stations as Adarsh Stations in addition to 980 already selected.-          Associate voluntary organizations for providing first aid services at railway stations.-          Introduction of an ‘Anubhuti’ coach in select trains to provide excellent ambience and latest facilities and services. –          179 escalators and 400 lifts at A-1 and other major stations to be installed facilitating elderly and differently abled.-          Affixing Braille stickers with layout of coaches including toilets, provision of wheel chairs and battery operated vehicles at more stations and making coaches wheel-chair friendly.-          Some Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Sewak (JTBS) to be reserved for disabled people. –          Curbing malpractices in reserved tickets including tatkal scheme.-          Third party audit and tie up with food testing laboratories for food quality control; ISO certified state-of-the-art base kitchens to be set up in railway premises. –          Centralized Catering Services Monitoring Cell set up with a toll free number (1800 111 3211800 111 321)New Trains  –          67 new Express trains, 26 new passenger services, 8 DEMU services and 5 MEMU services to be introduced. –          Run of 57 trains to be extended. –          Frequency of 24 trains to be increased. New Rail-Based Industries Proposed-          New Forged Wheel Factory at Rae Bareli in collaboration with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited.-          Greenfield Mainline Electrical Multiple Units (MEMU) manufacturing facility at Bhilwara (Rajasthan) in collaboration with State Government and BHEL.-          Coach Manufacturing Unit in Sonepat District (Haryana) in collaboration with State Government.-          Midlife Rehabilitation Workshop at Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) in collaboration with the State Government.-          Bikaner and Pratapgarh workshops to undertake POH of BG wagons.-          Workshop for repair and rehabilitation of motorized bogies at Misrod (Madhya Pradesh).-          New wagon maintenance workshop in Kalahandi (Odisha).-          Modern signaling equipment facility at Chandigarh through PPP route.Green Initiatives –          Setting up of Railway Energy Management Company (REMC) to harness potential of solar and wind energy.-          Setting up of 75 MW capacity windmill plants and energizing 1000 level crossings with solar power.-          Deployment of new generation energy efficient electric locomotives and EMUs.-          More usage of agro-based and recycled paper and ban use of plastic in catering. Rail Tourism –          Launching multi-modal travel package in cooperation with Jammu & Kashmir state government.-          Issuing ‘Yatra Parchis’ to pilgrims travelling by rail to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine at the time of railway ticket booking.-          Introduction of an educational tourist train with concessional fares – ‘Azadi Express’ – to connect places associated with freedom movement.-           Introduction of executive lounge at seven more stations, namely, Bilaspur, Visakhapatnam, Patna, Nagpur, Agra, Jaipur and Bengaluru.IT Initiatives –          ‘Aadhar’ to be used for various passenger and staff related services, which will enhance internet ticketing from 0030 hours to 2330 hours.-          To facilitate e-ticketing through mobile phones and project of SMS alerts to passengers providing updates on reservation status.-          Covering larger number of trains under Real Time Information System.-          Next-Gen e-ticketing system to be rolled out capable of handling 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 now & 1.20 lakh users simultaneously against 40,000 now. Financial Performance 2012-13-          Loading target revised to 1007 MT against 1025 MT in BE. –          Gross Traffic Receipts fixed at ₹1, 25,680 cr in RE, short by ₹6,872 cr over Budget Estimates.  –          Ordinary Working Expenses retained at BE level of ₹84,400 cr; pension payments increased by ₹1,500 cr to ₹20,000 cr.-          Dividend liability to government to be fully discharged.  –          ‘Excess’ of ₹10,409 cr as against the budget amount of ₹15,557 cr.-           Loan of ₹3,000 cr taken in 2011-12 fully repaid along with interest.  –          Operating Ratio of 88.8% as compared to 94.9% in 2011-12.Budget Estimates 2013-14-          Freight loading of 1047 MT, 40 MT more than 2012-13.-          Passenger growth – 5.2%.  –          Gross Traffic Receipts – ₹1,43,742 cr i.e. an increase of ₹18,062 cr over RE, 2012-13.-          Ordinary Working Expenses – ₹96,500 cr.  –          Appropriation to DRF at ₹7,500 cr and to Pension Fund at ₹22,000 cr.  –          Dividend payment estimated at ₹6,249 cr.-          Operating Ratio to be 87.8%.-          Fund Balances to exceed ₹12,000 cr.Annual Plan 2013-14-          Highest ever plan outlay of ₹63363 cr. –          500 km new lines, 750 km doubling, 450 km gauge conversion targeted in 2013-14.  Fiscal Discipline-          No supplementary Demands for Grants introduced in Monsoon Session or Winter Session of Parliament;-          Loan of ₹3,000 cr repaid fully;-          347 projects prioritized with assured funding;-          Operationally important projects and also last mile projects to receive liberal funding;-          A new fund – Debt Service Fund – set up to meet committed liabilities;-          Stringent targets for efficiencies in maintenance of rolling stock and fuel consumption;-          Target to create fund balance of ₹30,000 cr in the terminal year of the 12th Plan.Staff Welfare –          Fund allocation for staff quarters enhanced to ₹300 cr.-          Provision of hostel facilities for single women railway employees at all divisional headquarters.-          Extending treatment facility in case of medical emergency to RELHS beneficiaries to all cities in hospitals empanelled with CGHS and Railways. –          Condition of barracks to be improved for RPF personnel.-          Provision of water closets and air conditioners in the locomotive cabs to avoid stress being faced by loco pilots.Training and Recruitment  –          1.52 lakh vacancies being filled up this year out of which 47000 vacancies have been earmarked for weaker sections and physically challenged.-          Imparting skills to the youth in railway related trades in 25 locations. Setting up of a multi-disciplinary training institute at Nagpur for training in rail related electronics technologies.-          Setting up of a centralized training institute at Secunderabad – Indian Railways Institute of Financial Management (IRIFM).-          Five fellowships in national universities to be instituted to motivate students to study and undertake research on IR related issues at M.Phil and Ph.D. levels.-          Setting up of a chair at TERI promoting railway related research to reduce carbon footprint.Sports-          Railway Teams won 9 National Championships in 2012.-          Railway Sports Promotion Board awarded the ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar – 2012’.Concessions –          Complimentary card passes to recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna & Dhyan Chand Awards to be valid for travel by 1st Class/2nd AC. –          Complimentary card passes to Olympic Medalists and Dronacharya Awardees for travel in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains. –          Travel by Duronto Trains permitted on all card passes issued to sportpersons having facility of travel by Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.-          Facility of complimentary card passes valid in 1st class/2nd AC extended to parents of posthumous unmarried awardees of Mahavir Chakra, Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Shaurya Chakra, President’s Police Medal for Gallantry and Police Medal for Gallantry.-          Police Gallantry awardees to be granted one complimentary pass every year for travel along with one companion in 2nd AC in Rajdhani/Shatabadi Trains.-          Passes for freedom fighters to be renewed once in three years. Metropolitan Projects/Sub-urban Services –          Introduction of first AC EMU rake on Mumbai suburban network in 2013-14.-          Introduction of 72 additional services in Mumbai and 18 in Kolkata.-          Rake length increased from 9 cars to 12 cars for 80 services in Kolkata and 30 services in Chennai.Tariff Proposals –          Proposal for setting up of Railway Tariff Regulatory Authority formulated and at inter-ministerial consultation stage.-          Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC) linked revision for freight tariff to be implemented from 1st April 2013.-          Supplementary charges for super fast trains, reservation fee, clerkage charge, cancellation charge and tatkal charge marginally increased. –          Enhanced reservation fee abolished.Achievements and Initiatives of Indian Railways-          ‘Fuel Adjustment Component’ concept to be implemented linking tariffs with movement of fuel prices.-          Target of ₹1000 crore each fixed for Rail Land Development Authority and IR Station Development Corporation to be raised through PPP in 2013-14.-          Indian Railways enters the one billion tonne Select Club joining Chinese, Russian and US Railways;-          Indian Railways also joins Select Club running freight trains of more than 10000 tonne load;-          New fund – Debt Service Fund – to be set up to meet committed liabilities of debt servicing for  WB and JICA loans for  DFC and other future liabilities.last_img read more

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Watch Circus lion attacks trainer in front of audience in Ukraine terrifying

first_imgThe big cat managed to overpower a well-known 32-year-old trainer, Hamada Kouta.InstagramIn a viral video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, a circus lion suddenly attacked its trainer during a performance in front of a large audience of children and parents in Lugansk, Ukraine. The shocking moment was captured and shared on social media platforms.The terrifying video showed how the lion pounced on its trainer, leaving it up to the audience to interpret – what happens next?The big cat managed to overpower a well-known 32-year-old trainer, Hamada Kouta. However, the whole episode ended on a better note as the trainer fought off the lion and took back control of the situation, maintaining the status quo. The handler’s arm, leg and back were mauled and clawed before he managed to fight the animal off.This freaking video will take your breath away. Watch it below: This video has been viewed and shared thousands of times on social media by netizens. Kouta, who escaped the attack with no major injuries, was quoted as saying by the Metro: “The lion jumped at me and bit me – but thank God, not on my neck. He immediately let me go. My back, arm and leg were hurt.”I called up one lion, and the second one attacked me from the front.” He also stated that the attack did not stop the show, and only occurred because the circus lions were unsettled after arriving at a new location. “The most important thing for me is to see children in the audience. Of course, I was covered in blood, but I asked everybody to calm down, and started the performance all over again, from the beginning.”The incident has prompted many animal welfare organisations like Big Cat Rescue and Animal Defenders International to ask for a ban on big cats performing in circuses. A woman who was watching the circus along with her two children said, “My heart stopped when the lion pounced at the trainer.”last_img read more

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Elderly woman beaten to death in Magura

first_imgMap of MaguraAn elderly woman was beaten to death allegedly by three young men at Gopalpur village in Mohammadpur upazila on Saturday night, reports news agency UNB.The deceased was identified as Sekhela Begum, 50, wife of late Abdul Hakim of the village.Police said three youths – Jinnat Hossain, Jihad and Alamin – of the same village called Sekhela’s son Daud Hossain, 25, a driver of rickshaw van, for taking a sick woman to hospital around 10:00 pm.After his denial of going to hospital, they started beating him. The trio also beat Sekhela Begum mercilessly when she tried to save her son, leaving both of them injured, said Tarikul Islam, OC of Mohammadpur Police Station.Later, they were taken to Mohammadpur Health Complex where duty doctor declared her dead. The body was sent to Magura hospital morgue for autopsy.A case was filed. However, none was yet to be arrested.last_img read more

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Apple Replaced a Whopping 11 Million iPhone Batteries in 2018

first_img iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingScreenshots of iOS 13 ‘Dark Mode’ Leaked Ahead of WWDC Stay on target In its most recent financial report, Apple announced that its revenues fell several billion dollars short of projections. One reason why that happened may be that they replaced a crapload of iPhone batteries in 2018.Earlier this month, Tim Cook stated that the company had done around 11 million battery replacements. Why so many? Because Apple offered to do them for just $29.Normally those battery replacements would have cost $79. The dramatic price cut came after Apple was slapped with multiple lawsuits over older iPhones that had their performance throttled after installing iOS updates.The going rate of $79 wasn’t a bad deal, but the $50 discount was just too good to pass up. Plenty of iPhone owners were clearly totally happy with their devices apart from the dip in battery life and the whole iOS slamming the brakes on thing.Jon Gruber of Daring Fireball notes that in a normal year Apple would anticipate doing somewhere between 1 and 2 million battery swaps.When an additional 10 million or so people realize that their trusty old iPhone still runs pretty nicely with a fresh, new battery in it… well, it gets more difficult to convince them to upgrade to a newer device. Some analysts believe this at least partially explains the cool reception for the new lower-end iPhone XR and top-of-the-line iPhone XS.While Apple may have missed out in several billion dollars on new iPhone sales, it still rang up a healthy $320 million in battery swaps.Cook made it clear that upgrade numbers and sales figures were never a consideration with the price cut. It was all about doing the right thing for Apple customers in the wake of “poor communication” on the company’s partDon’t feel too bad for Apple. The company still managed to rake in $265 billion in revenue for the year, up nearly $40 billion from 2017.More on Geek.com:Apple Reportedly Planning Three New iPhones (With Better Rear Cameras)Water-Resistant iPhone Saves Tourists’ Lives After Boat CapsizesSuspect Remotely Wipes iPhone X While It Sits in Police Evidencelast_img read more

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South Dinajpur organises short drama to woo voters

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a significant move by South Dinajpur district administration to motivate voters, a short drama by the local artistes of Kushmandi block was performed at the premises of District collectorate building on Wednesday.”We have presented the drama through local folk artistes popularly familiar as KHON of Kushmandi block. It has been our target to motivate voters through our performance. District administration has helped us a lot in this connection,” said KHON organiser, Sourav Roy. District Magistrate of South Dinajpur, Deepap Priya P organised a press conference on Wednesday in connection with ‘Special Summary Revision of Photo Electoral Rolls of Intensive Nature’ for January 1, 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs per district electors, in connection with the publication of draft Electoral Rolls on January 2019, the total number of electors stands at 11,74,427 for the district.While among them, there are 6,06,558 male voters and 5,67,819 female voters.DM Deepap Priya P said: “We have set a specific target before publishing the draft of Electoral Rolls on September 01, 2018, while the final Electoral Rolls will be published on January 04, 2019. Local folk artistes of Kushmandi played a drama at our office premises on Wednesday which will inspire the voters.”last_img read more

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