Team India lead 1-0 against England in the five-match Test seriesAfter England’s last-day batting collapse against India in the second test at Lord’s, the pressure and scrutiny on captain Alastair Cook seems to be reaching its peak.England slumped from 198-5 to 225 all out as India won its first test away from home in three years, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-test series. The squads drew the first test at Trent Bridge.Here are five things to know for the third test at the Rose Bowl, starting Sunday:COOK’S WOES: England’s captain is without a century in 14 months and his team has lost seven of its last nine tests. Immediately after England’s collapse against India, Cook said this run of poor form has been his “darkest time” as an England cricketer. He refused to step down as skipper after the embarrassing 95-run loss at Lord’s, though, saying he wants to “stay until my position becomes untenable.” One glimmer of hope for the opening batsmen is that while he only made 10 and 22 in each of his innings at Lord’s, his footwork was noticeably better and he hit the ball much straighter.LINEUP CHANGE: England made just one change to its 13-man squad for the third test, with the uncapped Jos Buttler in for injured wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Prior announced after the loss to India he was taking an indefinite break from the game to regain his fitness after struggling with Achilles, thigh and hand injuries. This paved the way for Buttler, England’s one day keeper, to enter the test team. Buttler, an aggressive batsman when not behind the stumps, says he will not be intimidated by making his debut for a team under intense pressure to end its winless streak.advertisement”I’m an England fan, as well, but I’m not coming in expecting to be the one person who can fix English cricket,” Buttler said Tuesday. “I’m coming in determined to be authentic, to be myself and to enjoy the occasion helping England.”VETERAN LEADERSHIP: After a 1-0 series defeat to Sri Lanka in June and two underwhelming performances against India, England coach Peter Moores is also under scrutiny, just four months after taking the job for the second time. At Lord’s, he said the form of his veteran players was a major concern. In addition to the struggles of Prior and Cook, Ian Bell only managed 42 runs overall against India and bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad couldn’t stop India from batting through day one at Lord’s.”They will be desperate to make a big contribution going forward,” Moores said. “The senior players have got to look at their own games and decide how they can come back and play to the level needed to be in a successful England team.”JADEJA vs ANDERSON: The fallout continues after the confrontation between Ravindra Jadeja and James Anderson as they left the field for lunch on day two of the first test at Trent Bridge. Anderson faces a hearing on Aug. 1 for allegedly pushing and abusing Jadeja, which could lead to him being banned for up to four test matches. The Indian allrounder, meanwhile, was fined 50 percent of his match fee on Friday for his part in the incident.The acrimony between the two has made for a riveting duel on the pitch. In the second test at Lord’s, Anderson was caught out trying to reverse-sweep Jadeja in England’s first innings. Jadeja then blasted 68 from 57 balls in a game-changing knock in India’s second innings before running Anderson out with a direct hit to win the test match.KUMAR’S PLAY: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a revelation for India with both the bat and ball in the series. He managed figures of 5-82 on a lifeless Trent Bridge wicket, and followed it up with a career best 6-82 in England’s first innings at Lord’s. With the bat, he has made 209 runs from ninth in the order, including three half centuries. He did not win man of the match in either test, but has arguably been the player of the series so far.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Regulation ended with a wild final minute.George appeared to elbow Nurkic, who was knocked to the floor as Terrance Ferguson made a layup that put the Thunder up 113-111. Portland players protested, but no call was made.Words were then exchanged between Nurkic and George under Portland’s basket. After a review both received offsetting technicals, and a foul was called on the Thunder. Because Nurkic already had a technical, he was ejected and the Thunder chose Blazers reserve Skal Labissiere to make the free throws. He missed both, but a loose-ball foul was called on the Thunder and Al-Farouq Aminu made both shots to tie it at 113 with 2.9 seconds left.After a turnover by the Thunder, the game went to overtime. But Portland was without Nurkic for the rest of the way.The Blazers were home after a largely successful seven-game, post-All-Star break road trip, during which they went 5-2. But Portland was coming off a 120-111 loss at Memphis on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trail Blazers: host Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Thunder had lost five of their previous six games, including a 131-120 loss at the Timberwolves on Tuesday.It was the first chance for the home fans to see Enes Kanter, who the Blazers picked up after he was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York, but fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players.Kanter came into Thursday’s game to a rousing ovation with 3:56 to go in the first quarter.Portland went on a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to pull in front, 45-40. Westbrook shoulder checked Nurkic so hard he fell to the court. Westbrook got a flagrant, but Nurkic was given a technical for what looked like a trip a few moments earlier.The Blazers led 61-58 at the break, with Lillard leading the way with 21 points. George had 18 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City took back the lead in the third quarter when Jerami Grant’s basket made it 68-67.TIP INSThunder: It was the first night of a back-to-back for the Thunder, who face the Clippers on Friday night. … Paul George was the West’s Player of the Month for February.Trail Blazers: Portland’s 5-2 road trip matched its best for a trip of that length since the 2000-01 season. … Terry Stotts was the West’s Coach of the Month for February. … It was Blazers forward Jake Layman’s 25th birthday. … The Blazers were without Evan Turner because of personal reasons.UP NEXTThunder: visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Damian Lillard had 51 points for the Blazers, while Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and 17 rebounds before he was sent off with his second technical with under a minute to go in regulation.The teams had gone into the game knotted for third in the Western Conference — along with the Houston Rockets — with identical 39-25 records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWestbrook’s 3-pointer in overtime put the Thunder up 118-117 and he made a pair of free throws to extend the lead. After George made the second of a pair of free throws, Westbrook’s layup gave Oklahoma City a 123-117 lead.The Thunder led by a slim 85-83 margin going into the fourth quarter in a game where neither side stretched the advantage to double digits. LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, and forward Paul George high-five at the end of overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 7, 2019. The Thunder won 129-121. 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Paris, Dec 8 (PTI) FMSCI nominee Gautam Singhania was today elected to the FIA World Motor Sports Council (WMSC) during the world motorsport bodys Annual General Assembly here, replacing Vijay Mallya to be Indias top representative on the powerful panel. Singhania, a well-known industrialist and an equally popular figure on racing circuits, was one of the 14 members who were elected out of 22 nominees. He won by a handsome 82 votes. FMSCI president Akbar Ebrahim was named as the deputy titular and will represent India on the WMSC along with Singhania. As many as 17 out of 20 nominated members were also co-opted in various FIA Sporting Commissions. “It is an honour to represent FMSCI on the WMSC. Though I have been a racer for long, it is the first time I am getting into an administrative role in motorsport,” Singhania told PTI. “It is too early to talk about the road ahead but I am having a meeting with FMSCI officials next week to discuss the best way forward for Indian motorsport.” The WMSC consists of 14 members, apart from the seven vice-presidents and a deputy president. It deals with all the FIA global sporting matters for all its sporting disciplines and the term for the elected members is four years. PTI BS BS
NEW YORK — The NFL Players Association told a Federal appeals court Dec. 7 that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was making a “sweeping grab for power” in the “Deflategate” controversy and a judge was right to reject his handling of the scandal.Lawyers for the union made the claim in papers filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan. A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in March before issuing a decision weeks or months afterward.The appeals court is hearing the National Football League’s appeal of a judge’s ruling that nullified the league’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.The union said Goodell ignored the collectively bargained agreement between the league and the union when he upheld the suspension in July.“It is a sweeping grab for power that is contrary to collectively bargained penalties,” union lawyers wrote.They said the league has for decades provided all players with hundreds of pages defining league policies including conduct detrimental to the game, with some penalties collectively bargained. Under “equipment violations,” the union said, the league provides notice in bold, italicized type that “First offenses will result in fines.”The union has asked the court to uphold the decision issued by Judge Richard Berman just before the season began. Berman said the league’s discipline of Brady was based on “several significant legal deficiencies,” including that it failed to adequately provide notice that a lengthy suspension could result from deflating footballs.Union lawyers noted that the NFL’s investigation of deflated balls at January’s AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts reached a conclusion only that it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls. The Patriots won, 45-7.Goodell affirmed Brady’s suspension in July, concluding Brady conspired with his team’s ball handlers to underinflate balls and then obstructed the probe, including by destroying his cell phone.The union said no player in NFL history has previously been suspended for obstructing an NFL investigation, so Brady had no notice of that.League lawyers did not immediately comment, though they said in papers filed with the 2nd Circuit in October that Berman ignored decades of legal precedents and approached the case through a “fundamentally flawed” analysis, refusing to accept Goodell’s view of the facts.“The district court egregiously overstepped the bounds of its proper role,” the NFL said. “Where lower courts have committed a similar error, appellate courts have not hesitated to reverse. The court should do so here.”(LARRY NEUMEISTER)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Former world number one Roger Federer said he was glad he made the decision to return to clay courts as he prepares for the Madrid Open this week, three years after his last match on the surface.Federer had skipped the clay court season the past two years since last competing in Rome in May 2016 but confirmed his participation for the tournament in Madrid earlier this year.”I’m happy that the decision I took last December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to play on the clay, was the right one,” Federer, 37, told reporters.”I haven’t looked back yet during the clay court build-up, thinking, ‘Ah, maybe I shouldn’t have.’ I’m happy I’m here, I’m happy I am on the surface.”It takes some time getting used to how to construct the points a little bit more because there is more baseline (play), a possibility to play with more angles and height. It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging.”Federer, who recently won his 101st singles title in Miami, is the tournament’s fourth seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev.However, the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion said he was not trying to burden himself with expectations when he steps out on court at the Caja Magica.”It will be interesting to see how this tournament goes,” Federer added. “I do not have high expectations in some ways.”But at the same time I also know that things are possible. Madrid always plays fast with the altitude here. I’m intrigued to find out.”advertisementHaving received a bye to the second round, Federer will play the winner of the match between France’s Richard Gasquet and Spanish teenager Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who reached the semi-final of the Estoril Open last week.Also Read | Maria Sharapova pulls out of Italian Open with shoulder injuryAlso Read | Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine HeninAlso See
New Delhi: Average spot power price fell 11 per cent to Rs 3.32 per unit in June compared to the year-ago month, the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) said Monday. With trading of 4,207 million units (MU) of electricity, the volume in the day-ahead-market (DAM) grew 12 per cent month-on-month.As compared to June 2018, the trading volume fell 15 per cent. On daily average basis, around 140 MUs were traded in June 2019, the exchange said. “The average Market Clearing Price (MCP) at Rs 3.32 per unit (in June 2019) declined 11 per cent over Rs 3.73 per unit in June 2018 mainly on account of reduced demand in the short-term market,” the IEX said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepGreater availability of power from hydro, solar, coal- based power generating stations having long-term contracts with discoms along with better availability of domestic and imported coal were the key reasons for decline in traded volume on IEX. The hydro, solar and coal generators saw an increase of 5 per cent, 52 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, IEX said citing National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC) data. According to the NLDC data, the all-India peak demand met reached a new high of 183 GW in June 2019, an increase of 7 per cent over 170 GW peak demand met in the year-ago month. On all-India basis, the energy met was 119 billion units (BU) in June 2019.
Bengaluru will host the XIA 2019 Decennial Celebrations of St Xavier’s College Alumni Association (SXCCAA) – South Chapter, on August 31, 2019, at Hotel Taj West End, 9:30 am onwards.This meet is being organised to provide a platform where senior alumni along with distinguished leaders and thought provocateurs can meet the millennial generation to help, mentor and guide them. Distinguish CXOs’ from various industries and renowned celebrities from the field of music, media and entertainment, film and sports will be sharing their experience during ‘XAV.biz’ and ‘XIA 2019’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe event also aims to unite and support ‘Chapter’s Philanthropic Mission’ and activities related to SXC Raghavpur Philanthropic Campus, St Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Bangalore – Mid day meal initiative for needy students, Support for the Orphan Education and Street Girl Child Education support and a lot more. The daylong event shall feature various segments as the XAV.biz A Business & Networking forum to interact and exchange ideas which is open to all. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSome of the keynote speakers at the program shall be Sanjeev Sanyal – Principal Economic Adviser MoF India Govt; D Roopa Moudgil, IPS – IGP Karnataka Police; J C Sharma – VC & MD Sobha; Pt Bickram Ghosh – Tabla Maestro and Composer; Biren Ghose – Country Head, Technicolor; and Dr Gopichand Katragadda – Founder and CEO at Myelin Foundry, Past Group CTO, Tata Sons. Highlight of the evening shall be first XIA-2019 Global Excellence Awards to be bestowed on 12 individuals who have excelled in the fields of Economics, Corporate Leadership, Digital Innovation, Global Music, Visionary Education & Hospitality Industry, Next-Gen Entrepreneurship, Excellence in Science & Innovation, Performing Arts & Music, Journalism, Film Making, Outstanding Alumni and Public Relation & Philanthropic Activity, followed by musical odyssey by Pop Band Krosswindz, led by alumni and lead guitarist Vikramjit ‘Tuki’ Banerjee. Chief guest on the occasion shall be Rev Dr Dominic Savio, S.J., SXCCAA President along with Sanjib Koner, Secretary of SXCCAA, Rev Dr Fr Victor Lobo , S.J. Principal St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.The proceedings shall be moderated by Snehasis Sur, President, Calcutta Press Club.
The Women’s Forum of New York will present The 7th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 19th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum, which has has helped over 200 women over age 35, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.The Elly Award Recipients (all in attendance) will be:● Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district. ● Daryl Roth, producer of over 100 on and off Broadway productions, including seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, and winner of 10 Tony Awards.● Mariska Hargitay, actress, director, producer, advocate, Emmy award-winning star of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, who will receive a Special Elly Award.The Elly Award Celebrity Presenters (all in attendance) will be: • Carole King, celebrated singer-songwriter, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, best-selling author and activist. • Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Tony Award-winning producer, Founder & CEO of Culturalist.com, and creator of Givenik.com. • Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films.Cheryl Wills, award-winning NY1 anchor and author, will moderate a conversation on leadership with the honorees following the presentation of the awards.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector,” said Carolyn Carter, President of the Women’s Forum of New York. “We know from our own success how critical education is so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back’ – helping women over 35 whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive and determination certainly inspire us.”“Thirty years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women, who had overcome serious hardships in their lives, realize their dream of a college education,” added Ilene Wachs, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum. “Since then, we are proud to have given over $1.25 million in grants to over 200 women to help them return to school, earn their degree and take their place in the world. Our grants have changed their lives, influenced their families and made a difference in their communities.”The Elly Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. (press check-in is 11:00 a.m.) at The Plaza Hotel with a reception and VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.The 2017 Elly Awards:Legendary Chair: Lucy Jarvis.Honorary Chairs: Kay Koplovitz, Rosie Rios, Phillipa Soo.Chairs: Myra J. Biblowit, Ceci Kurzman, Suzanne Townsen.Committee: Beverly Beaudoin, Carolyn Carter, Janice Reals Ellig, Emita B. Hill, Ilene Wachs.GOLD SPONSOR: BNY Mellon.SILVER SPONSORS: Dede Thompson Bartlett, Citi, Con Edison, FIS, Lucy Jarvis, MetLife, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Lulu C. Wang, Linda A. Willett, Wilmington Trust.BRONZE SPONSORS: Accenture, Georgette Bennett and Leonard Polonsky, Annabelle Bexiga and Chris McConnell, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Commonfund, Janice Reals Ellig, Fiduciary Trust Company International, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Veronica Hackett, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Barbara Marcus, Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Susan Skerritt, Time Warner Inc., The Travelers Companies, Inc., U.S. Bank.FELLOW SPONSORS: Maria R. Morris, Daryl Roth, Ilene Wachs.
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) _ Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $133.9 million.The Los Gatos, California-based company said it had profit of 30 cents per share.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share.The internet video service posted revenue of $4.19 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.21 billion.For the current quarter ending in April, Netflix said it expects revenue in the range of $4.49 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $4.59 billion.Netflix shares have climbed 32 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen nearly 5 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $353.43, a rise of 62 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on NFLX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/NFLXThe Associated Press
TORONTO — The cost of owning a home has been holding steady in most parts of Canada, but affordability declined during the second quarter in the two most expensive markets, Vancouver and Toronto, a report by Royal Bank says.In its latest analysis of housing trends, RBC also said Monday it expects prices will continue to rise in Toronto and Vancouver in the short term because of tight supplies of detached homes for sale.The bank said supply and demand are more balanced in other Canadian markets and affordability has been close to the long-term average since 1985. Canadian housing prices to rise only 1% next year, TD Bank says‘Playing with fire’: How the Tories’ renovation tax credit promise may affect Canada’s hot housing marketsVancouver’s hot housing market shows no sign of easing as prices and sales hit fresh recordsIn a separate report, TD Bank said it expects a decline in Canadian borrowing rates in the first half of 2015 will likely boost demand into the early fall, but then have a waning effect in the late stages of this year.It says the low-rate environment has helped to keep markets “humming” in hot markets and reduce the impact of low commodity prices in other markets, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan. TD said commodity-dependent regions such as Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Saskatoon “have weakened considerably so far this year, but to a lesser degree than was originally anticipated.”“Elsewhere, markets that had embarked on soft landings over the last few years, including Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, have seen activity either stabilize or perk up,” TD said. The RBC quarterly report takes into account income, property prices and the typical costs of home ownership, such as mortgage payments, utilities, taxes and fees when calculating its affordability measure.The split, in fact, widened during the second quarter of 2015, with strong price increases for single-detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver squeezing affordability further“The central theme for housing affordability in Canada continues to be the wide divide between stretched conditions in Toronto and Vancouver, and fairly neutral conditions in the rest of the country,” RBC said in its report.“The split, in fact, widened during the second quarter of 2015, with strong price increases for single-detached homes in Toronto and Vancouver squeezing affordability further in these markets, whereas a slow pace of appreciation — at best —kept the cost of home ownership mostly stable in the majority of other markets.”RBC said there was evidence that buyers were more confident in Alberta than they had been in the previous two quarters as a result of the dramatic decline in oil prices, but “prices still remained under slight downward pressure for the most part …”“The picture was a little different in Saskatchewan where a recovery in single-detached home prices negatively affected the affordability of bungalows and two-storey homes.” In Quebec, RBC said home prices were “quite stagnant” and that contributed to improved housing affordability.“Widespread improvements similarly took place in Atlantic Canada, although there remain few indications that housing demand is turning a corner in the region.”
They were placed in remand and when the case was heard today the Fort Magistrate’s Court ruled that they be further remanded till September 18th. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa, who were arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison riot, have been further remanded till September 18th.Emil Ranjan and Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.
“What we need is order, and not to feel threatened the minute we step into the hospital,” a distinguished surgeon and professor at the Basra teaching hospital told WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib.Giving her account today of the problems medical staff face providing health care in the southern city, Ms. Chaib quoted the doctor as saying that in his 20 years’ experience this was the first time he and colleagues had decided to carry out only emergency surgery. “If a patient’s life is really in danger because he has been shot, stabbed or has a strangulated hernia, then I operate, otherwise I don’t,” he said.“The twenty or so doctors and nurses I spoke to all had similar stories to tell,” Ms. Chaib said. “Tawra, a nurse, had been threatened with a hand grenade for trying to restore some sort of order during visiting hours. Professor Hussam described a vendetta that was carried out in a hospital room in his department. A patient was pursued by his assailants into the room where, in front of the doctors, he was shot twice at point-blank range. When they found out that he had survived, his assailants returned that same evening to finish him off.”While she was talking to a doctor and nurses at Basra General Hospital, a noisy group, 20-strong, arrived carrying an unconscious old lady on a stretcher. “They pushed open the doctor’s door and demanded that he examine her,” Ms. Chaib said. “The doctor replied that he had already seen her and signed her discharge note. The lady’s relatives lost their tempers, started shouting, jostled the doctor and overturned the scant furniture in the office. ‘If anything happens to her we swear we’ll be back to kill you and we’ll put a bomb in the hospital,’ they yelled.”Ms. Chaib said that under these conditions some doctors come for just a few hours, while others don’t come at all. Some, like two young surgeons, have taken up contracts completely outside their field with a non-government organization. “We studied for 12 long years, but nothing justifies dying because we lose a patient on the operating table, especially in working conditions as precarious as those in Basra,” she quoted one of them as saying.
Ford raises quarterly dividend 25 per cent to 12.5 cents per share In this Sept. 18, 2013 photo, a Ford emblem is attached to a Ford pickup truck tailgate in Needham, MassTHE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Steven Senne AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 9, 2014 6:37 am MDT DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. is raising the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders for the second time since restoring the payout in 2012.The second-largest U.S. automaker said Thursday its board declared a first-quarter dividend of 12.5 cents per share, a 25 per cent increase from the previous 10-cent payout. The new dividend is payable on March 3 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 31.Dearborn-based Ford stopped paying a dividend in 2006, a year in which it lost $12.6 billion. After a restructuring, it returned to profitability in 2009. Ford restored its quarterly dividend at 5 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012 and doubled that dividend a year later.The announcement comes a few days after CEO Alan Mulally said he planned to stay with the automaker at least through the end of this year. Mulally was rumoured to be in the running to become Microsoft Corp.’s next CEO.Ford shares rose 27 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $15.81 in late morning trading.The largest U.S. automaker, General Motors Co., hasn’t paid a dividend since 2008. But CEO Dan Akerson recently hinted one is coming soon.Akerson told reporters last month that since GM has retired preferred stock that carried high dividend rates and payments, it now has enough money to maintain capital spending and reward shareholders.
In a statement issued by Council President for October, Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, the 15-member body also expressed its deep concerns about an increase in human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions.Other concerns cited in the statement included the prevalence of impunity, the daily assassinations, the restricted freedom of expression, and the worsening of the humanitarian situation, as illustrated by the more than 200,000 Burundian citizens seeking refuge. Further, the Council strongly condemned all human rights violations and acts of unlawful violence committed both by security forces, militias and other illegal armed groups. It expressed its determination to bring perpetrators of such acts to justice and welcomed the African Union’s decision to launch investigations into those cases.Recalling the importance of respecting the nation’s Constitution as well as the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement of August 2000, the Council urged all stakeholders to reject armed rebellion, and engage in dialogue. It also emphasized the importance of the mediation efforts led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on behalf of the East African Community and as endorsed by the African Union, as well as the importance of urgently resuming that process.The Council welcomed the decision of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union to increase the number of its human rights observers and military experts in Burundi, and noted the Union’s decision to impose sanctions against the stakeholders perpetuating violence and impeding the search for a solution.
A woman is calling for the sale of fireworks to be more tightly restricted after an unofficial display caused her horse to panic, injuring itself so severely it had to be put down.Nelly Shell, 27, of Seahouses, Northumberland, received a phone call from a friend on Sunday morning last week telling her that her horse, a 12-year-old thoroughbred named Boy, had sustained deep cuts to his legs.He had become spooked after fireworks were set off from the garden of a holiday home close to the rented field where Ms Shell kept the animal.The horse, in panic, ran into a barbed wire fence, severing a tendon and damaging his canon bone. Speaking to ITV News she added: “If you are going to set fireworks off then please tell people nearby. If I’d known, I would have moved Boy to another field.“It’s not just horses, it’s all animals, including sheep and cows in rural areas. I am trying to track whoever is responsible down, so I can explain the dangers to them. I would hate this to happen to someone else’s pet.”She is now urging people to sign a petition calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks to the public, allowing with only approved organised displays to go ahead in future. Nelly and BoyCredit:Nelly Shell/Facebook Ms Shell told ITV News: “I called a vet straight away but he said Boy had been very badly hurt. I was devastated.“I’d had him for two and a half years, and nothing like this had ever happened before. He was never any trouble.“Boy has clearly become frightened and he has tried to get away from the noise, and in his attempt to escape cut himself on the barbed wire.”The vet told Ms Shell that, with no hope of recovery, Boy would have to be put down. In a Facebook post she wrote: “I am absolutely heartbroken as this could have been avoided if people didn’t feel the need to set fireworks off right next to their field.“Money was no object and if he could of been saved believe me he would have been! He was loved unbelievably.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Jake Williams, Lifestyle Health Adviser at Bupa Health Clinics, said: “Entering a new decade is one of many triggers that can prompt us to think about our health.”In our clinics, we often see customers coming in for a general health check shortly before, or after turning, an age ending with a zero.” Going vegan and signing up for a ‘Tough Mudder’ is the new midlife crisis, according to men.The study, by Bupa Health Clinics, found turning 40 or 50 pushes many people into crisis, prompting us to make doctor’s appointments and changes in diet, with 53 per cent cutting down on alcohol or giving up completely.But for men, it is no longer buying a sports car. Instead the key sign of hitting a midlife turning point is opting to become a vegan (24 per cent) and signing up to a competitive event (31 per cent), such as a marathon.Some 6 per cent also confess they are keen to get fitter because they “have a younger partner”.The study of 3,000 adults found half (47 per cent) of Brits feel considerably older and began worrying about their health after turning 30, 40 or 50 – but women tend to feel the impact sooner than men. They typically take stock of their health when they reach 30, while men are more likely to make health and lifestyle resolutions at 40.Half of women have quickly signed up to a gym or hired a personal trainer in the aftermath of a landmark birthday, and 67 per cent adopted a new “healthy eating plan”.
THE NATIONAL ASSET Management Agency (Nama) has announced plans to develop significant additional office space in the Dublin Docklands area.In a statement today, Nama said the decision to invest in the area was in response to the expansion of financial services sector.The investment in the area is part of a plan for Nama to develop new commercial and residential projects as part of its €2 billion investment programme in Ireland in response to emerging demand in key markets. Nama is also evaluating residential projects where demand exists in Dublin and in other major growth centres throughout the country.Speaking to the Association of European Journalists in Dublin, Nama Chairman Frank Daly said the Agency expects to make significant investments in the Dublin Docklands to cater for the future job creation, which he said would be supported by the country’s continuing strong performance in the global financial, technology and other key service sectors. The investment would also meet Nama’s commercial objective of maximising value from the management of its acquired assets, he said.“The Dublin Docklands has been a marked success from an investment perspective, already accommodating over 40,000 employees in the technology, banking, financial, commercial law and other service sectors,”“The area is expected to require significant new development over the medium term, particularly of commercial office space, to accommodate the continued expansion of the financial services sector and the creation of new business and technology hubs in the wake of the move by companies such as Google and Facebook to the area”.The Agency has approved sales with a total value of €11bn since its was created in 2009.Read: Noonan: IBRC liquidation is ‘crude’ but staff in better position than most
REFORMS TO THE way Fianna Fáil elects its future leaders are part of a number of proposals being put forward at the party’s Ard Fheis in Dublin which gets under way this evening.The party will meet for its 74th Ard Fheis at the RDS in the capital this evening with party leader Micheál Martin opening the event from 7pm and making his main leader’s address tomorrow night.The Ard Fheis will debate a number of motions this weekend including four proposals which call for the main opposition party’s pro-life stance to be maintained. One motion calls for a referendum to be held on the issue.Party leader Micheál Martin has previously told TheJournal.ie that his party has an issue with including suicide risk in any legislation for the X Case and has declined to say how many doctors should assess the risk of suicide in a woman seeking on abortion on the grounds of risk to her life.As well as abortion, the Ard Fheis will also debate a proposal from the party’s Ard Chomhairle – the party executive – to reform the way the party leader is elected.The motion calls for a consultation process on the possibility of involving ordinary members in the election of future party leaders.Another motion calls for the reform to the party’s Rule 61 on participation in coalition governments. Specifically that any draft programme for government be presented to voting members of the organisation at a special Ard Fheis.The motion states: “The voting members will vote on a OMOV (One Member One Vote) basis to accept or reject the draft Programme,” and adds: “Only if a simple majority of those casting valid votes vote in favour of the draft Programme for Government shall it be approved.”Another motion put forward by the party’s youth wing – Ógra Fianna Fáil – calls for the abolition of the Seanad but for the introduction of what it terms a “revitalised chamber”.The new chamber would see the scrapping of the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees, the retention of vocational panels but with a wider electorate, and 5 seats for Northern Irish citizens and the diaspora.Read: Is Galway West TD Noel Grealish joining Fianna Fáil?Read: Fianna Fáil criticises Tánaiste for ‘snubbing’ men-only dinner in GeorgiaVideo: ‘I’m not ruling anything out’ – Micheál Martin on Fine Gael or Sinn Féin coalition
YesNoThings will remain the sameVoteTell us more about your choice in the comments Poll Results: WE HAVE ALREADY seen Joan Burton taking over as the new leader of the Labour Party, and the role of Tánaiste.The next change in Government is a Cabinet reshuffle this coming week.Such reshuffles always see a lot of speculation over who will have to step back, and who will be stepping forward into a new role.This time, there is talk of Labour wanting to grab some of the posts held by Fine Gael, and long-time Ministers saying goodbye to their portfolios.With new Ministers comes the possibility of positive change within their departments, from education to jobs – or do you think things will remain the same in Ireland?You tell us: Will the Cabinet reshuffle bring positive change in Ireland? Things will remain the same (1703) No (1827) Yes (739)
A bunch of new information about BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) 4.0 has appeared thanks to documents leaked online. The BIS is what individuals use to handle email to and from their BlackBerry device in lieu of a Blackberry Server used by most enterprises. New features offered by the forthcoming BIS include integration with the BlackBerry ID (BBID), improved BIS end user communications, automatic login improvements, support for new service tiers, and Google Calendar improvements.By having a BIS account associated with a BBID, users will be able to enter their BBID on a handheld with BlackBerry OS 6.1 to switch all services, including a BIS email account, to the new device. BIS 4 also improves end user communications by moving from the traditional text based messages to rich text messages with the BlackBerry logo. Messages will appear at the top of an Inbox even after other messages are received to ensure they are read. Communications have been improved to reduce the number of support calls received.Also hoping to reduce support calls is the automatic login improvements to BIS. They eliminate the need for a user to remember a username and password when using an email setup application on OS 6.0 and above devices.The final two improvements include Google Calendar synchronization enhancements and changes to the user interface. Google Calendar sync improvements include delete sync for events that belong to a deleted calendar and status field sync. User interface changes include the removal of import control and clearer text regarding entering a security question and answer.Read more at N4BB.com