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Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Madrid Open after back injury

first_imgFourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of the Madrid Open because of a back injury. The 26-year-old Azarenka says she “tweaked” her back during her opening match against Laura Robson and that the pain persisted during her second-round win over Alize Cornet.Azarenka had been scheduled to play Louisa Chirico of the United States on Wednesday, but she withdrew during the warmups.Azarenka says “I don’t feel that I’m able to compete today,” adding she will undergo medical tests in Madrid later Wednesday before making a decision about playing in Rome.She says it is going to be a matter of making the “smart decision.”last_img read more


first_imgLater today, the BCCI confirmed that only Shirkes Later today, the BCCI confirmed that only Shirkes nomination was received for the post of secretary. “The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has proposed Dr. Venkatesh Prabhu Dessai as its nominee to attend the 87th AGM,” the BCCI release added. PTI BS AHlast_img

Literary personalities, leaders, sportpersons for

first_imgTelugu conferenceHyderabad, Nov 30 (PTI) Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today directed officials to invite literatary personalites working for the promotion of the Telugu language as well as Telugu-speaking leaders for the World Telugu Conference to be held here from December 15.A release from the CMO said that President Ram Nath Kovind is expected to attend the valedictory function. The release further mentioned that Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao would attend the inaugural function of the event.The CM has said that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu should also be invited for the event, the release stated.The release added that Rao had suggested that literary personalities in other Indian languages should also be felicitated on the occasion.It added that the CM also wanted sports persons including Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and Sania Mirza to be invitated for the conference. PTI SJR BNMlast_img read more

Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic to win ATP World Tour Finals title

first_imgAlexander Zverev thrashed Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final to win the ATP World Tour Finals title in London on Sunday.Zverev took full advantage of an off-key Djokovic to win the contest 6-4 6-3 at the O2 arena.Zverev is billed as the player most likely to lead the sport into a new golden era once the holy trinity of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have hung up their rackets.Hamburg-born Zverev had been shamefully booed and heckled on Saturday by a Federer-worshipping crowd having beaten the six-time champion after a controversial second-set tiebreak.All together now…We are the champions… #NittoATPFinals World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 18, 2018Against world number one Djokovic, however, the 18,000 fans wedged into the cavernous O2 arena were roaring their support as he produced a level of tennis his opponent could not match.He struck 20 winners to Djokovic’s seven — the last of which was a backhand to end a one hour and 19 minute duel.”I really can’t describe it. It is the biggest title I have ever won,” Zverev said on court after becoming the first German to win the ATP’s most prestigious title — often referred to as ‘the fifth slam’ — since Boris Becker in Frankfurt in 1995.Time to celebrateJoin Sascha and his team #NittoATPFinals World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 18, 2018In becoming the youngest ATP Finals champion since Djokovic, also 21, in 2008, Zverev sent out a clear message that he is ready to spend a considerable amount of time at tennis’ top table and start accumulating the game’s biggest prizes.advertisementDjokovic, whose error-strewn display was a shock after a dominant week in south east London which included an easy round-robin win over Zverev, sportingly walked around the net to congratulate his conqueror after match point — the German still laying on his back in a state of disbelief.There is always time for your two biggest loves…1 Mum2 Lovik #NittoATPFinals World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 18, 2018Later, Djokovic told reporters: “There’s a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory of professional tennis, in our careers. Hopefully he can surpass me.”There’s a lot of time ahead of him. (I) Wish him to stay healthy and obviously win a lot of titles.”Zverev, younger brother of Tour pro Mischa and now coached by eight-times major champion Ivan Lendl, is yet to go past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.NATURAL FLAIRThat is still the test next year but on Sunday he displayed an added sense of maturity, to go with the natural flair and easy power that have marked him out as a future number one.His forehand, often regarded as a weakness, was armour-plated and he showed a refreshing willingness to attack the net — a skill he perhaps has learned from his brother. Novak Djokovic congratulates Alexander Zverev after the final (AP Photo)Most impressive was that he often prevailed in the long, attritional baseline rallies in which Djokovic has used as the foundation for 14 Grand Slam titles.The opening eight games resembled a boxing match with both players probing for weaknesses — although it was evident that Zverev’s packed the more powerful punches.Djokovic, winner of 35 of his last 37 matches during a dominant second half of the year which propelled him back to world number one, had not dropped serve all week and had faced only two break points in his four previous matches.But at 4-4 he wavered as he yanked an edgy forehand halfway up the net to give Zverev the chance to serve for the set.Zverev took his opportunity in emphatic fashion — blasting down three consecutive aces then winning the set when another Djokovic forehand flew long.An increasingly-ragged Djokovic then dropped his opening two service games of the second set, either side of breaking Zverev for the first time as the German played a rare loose game.MATCH POINTSascha Zverev silences @DjokerNole to make history in London #NittoATPFinals @TennisTV World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 18, 2018The crowd still expected a Djokovic fight back but it never materialised and at 3-5 the 31-year-old crumbled, serving a double-fault to help Zverev earn two match points.He saved the first but was left standing as Zverev conjured a stunning backhand to cap a brilliant display.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Xiaomi finally meets its match

first_imgXiaomi has made it big in the Indian market by offering Redmi phones that have shaken, stirred and disrupted the budget to mid-range segments, making life difficult for pretty much every other player in the market. And then Realme burst into the scene last year, taking a page out of Xiaomi’s own book by offering phones with great hardware and design at knockout prices. Realme has been launching a series of impressive Redmi competitors, culminating in what is perhaps the company’s best phone yet, the Realme 3 Pro.Priced at Rs 13,999, the Realme 3 Pro (Review) is a Snapdragon 710-powered flagship from the company that also touts a dewdrop display, gradient design, some stellar flagship-grade cameras and a long-lasting battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It’s safe to say that this is a loaded device and possibly one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. It also means the phone will go head-to-head against the identically priced Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review).Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design and DisplayThere is no doubt that the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium design. Xiaomi has used some high-end materials such as Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. Glass, of course, gives it a rich feel and is pretty rare to find in this segment. Add to that, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.While it’s true that the Realme 3 Pro does not offer an all-glass design, it doesn’t stop from being an attractive phone. In fact, the Realme 3 Pro offers better ergonomics with its 3D curved rear panel, solid metal frame and well-positioned rear fingerprint sensor and buttons on the side of the frame. It is also lightweight at 172 grams compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which weighs at 186 grams.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro offers a terrific in-hand feel and it also comes in some unique gradient colours that includes Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also offered in two gradient colours, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red. After using both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, I have to say that the Realme flagship offers a brighter and more vivid 6.3-inch FHD+ display compared to the Redmi phone. Viewing angles are better on the Realme 3 Pro and the display looks rich and saturated with deep colours. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is confirmed to come with Widevine L1 certification when it ships out to consumers, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support the standard yet.The Realme 3 Pro’s design is completed with a triple card slot that can handle two nano SIM cards and a microSD card slot, a single bottom-firing speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two nano SIM cards or a SIM + microSD card combination. It also gets a speaker, headphone jack and notably a Type-C port.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: PerformanceThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro get some of the most powerful mid-range processors in the market right now. While the former gets an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset, the latter is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. They are offered with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and both the phones support expandable storage up to 256GB.According to benchmark tests on AntuTu and GeekBench, the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s SD675 chipset outscores the Realme 3 Pro’s SD710 SoC. However, in real-world usage with day-to-day tasks like messaging, social media browsing, multitasking and loading and running heavy apps, both the phones perform equally and admirably.Both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro are some of the fastest and most powerful phones you can find under Rs 15,000. But the Realme 3 Pro gets an edge over the Redmi Note 7 Pro in gaming performance. The SD710 chipset comes with a capable Adreno 616 GPU that runs graphic intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 absolutely smoothly on high graphics settings without lags or stutters. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is also the only phone among the two that supports Fortnite as of now.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: CameraRealme did not take the 48MP camera route as the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Instead, the company decided to take a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor that can be seen on premium phones like the OnePlus 6T, and added it to the Realme 3 Pro. The result is that you get excellent sharpness and detail in photos captured in daylight. The Chroma Boost mode boosts colours saturation and dynamic range, resulting is some really attractive photos in most lighting conditions.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro comes with versatile cameras as it also manages to capture some great macro shots that are not possible on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The secondary 5MP depth camera does a decent job at bokehs, while the 25MP front-facing cameras captures detailed selfies with good colour reproduction. The Realme 3 Pro’s cameras also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps, which is a first for a phone in this segment.The Redmi Note 7 Pro has already secured its position as a photography powerhouse in this segment thanks to its 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera that can capture great detail in most lighting conditions. The standard 12MP mode uses pixel binning to stitch together photos and offer high-quality 48MP shots. The phone also comes with a 5MP secondary depth camera and a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies.After taking a bunch of photos on both the devices, here’s what I felt. Both the phones capture fantastic details and sharpness in daylight, but the Realme 3 Pro offers better dynamic range and higher contrast thanks to the Chroma Boost feature. Photos captures via the Realme 3 Pro look brighter and more vibrant, while photos from the Redmi Note 7 Pro look more natural and colour-accurate. Selfies on the Realme 3 Pro look sharper as well with punch and vibrant colours, natural skin tones and balanced exposure. Selfies on the Redmi Note 7 Pro look softer in comparison and often overexposed which leads to blown out backgrounds. But the Redmi Note 7 Pro still takes better low-light shot compared to the Realme 3 Pro. Both the phones come with dedicated long-exposure night modes that can capture a good amount of light to offer brighter, clearer photos in low-light settings. The Night mode on the Redmi phone does a great job in retaining detail and reducing noise. The Realme 3 Pro’s Nightscape feature does admirably in low-light but photos look a touch softer and blurrier compared to Redmi Note 7 Pro.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: BatteryThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro come with similar battery capacities with the former getting a 4,000mAh battery and the latter coming with a 4,045mAh battery. The batteries ensure you get a solid full-day worth of juice on a single charge. If you’re not using the devices beyond the average messaging, social media browsing, and some gaming, you should get around a day and a half of battery with both the phones. A big advantage with the Realme 3 Pro is the support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which can charge up the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes. You also get a 20W fast charger with the box/ The Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support such fast charging speeds, and the company only ships a 10W charger with the box.Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro?Both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are priced identically starting at Rs 13,999. And for that price, both the phones offer terrific value, so there is no wrong decision here. That being said, Realme seems to have a clear edge in some areas such as gaming performance, VOOC fast charging and offering versatile cameras. It is the perfect alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro right now.advertisementThe Redmi Note 7 Pro is also a fast-performing phone with great cameras, especially for low-light photography. It also comes with a premium glass design and a Type-C port. But the Realme 3 Pro offers more features and more bang for the buck and is perhaps the best phone under Rs 15,000 right now.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Stylish Redmi with a cool cameralast_img read more

Officials Investigate Cause of Childs Death

first_imgHealth officials are investigating to determine if the deathSaturday evening of a three-year-old child from the ColchesterCounty area is associated with influenza. “The death of a child is always difficult, and I offer mysympathy to the family,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medicalofficer of health for Nova Scotia. “We also understand that thiswill cause concern for other parents. However, initialinvestigation indicates no increased health risk to the communityor the general public.” A sibling is currently recovering in the IWK Health Centre fromwhat is described as a respiratory illness. Due to the presence of influenza in the community and a historyof flu symptoms among family members, the provincial chiefmedical officer of health and the medical examiner arecollaborating to investigate. Laboratory test results areexpected over the next few weeks. “It is rare for an otherwise healthy child to get severely illwith influenza,” said Dr. Scott. “Healthy children normallyrecover completely from the illness.” Many children get the flu every year, with up to 25 per cent ofchildren affected in a severe season. However, deaths due toinfluenza are still rare in children. While the IWK has seencontinuous flu activity in this earlier than usual influenzaseason, the number of admissions to the intensive care unit issimilar to the number in past years. The Health Department continues to fund and recommend vaccinationof adults and children in high-risk groups, including people overage 65, and adults and children with chronic illnesses such asasthma, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is based onnational recommendations by the National Advisory Committee onImmunization (NACI). High-risk children under the age of nine whohave not previously been vaccinated will require two shots, onemonth apart.last_img read more

Province Proclaims Falls Prevention Day

first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to focus on ways to prevent falls in their homes and communities. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac signed a proclamation today, Nov. 22, at Province House on behalf of Premier John Hamm, declaring Nov. 22 Falls Prevention Day. Each year, one in three Nova Scotians over the age of 65 experience a fall. Each fall can be prevented. “It is accepted that nearly all injuries are preventable,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Falls among seniors are serious injuries that many people are not aware of, and that’s what makes it so dangerous. By being aware of the risks and making changes to our homes and communities, we will all be safer.” Small steps can increase safety and prevent falls. These steps include: removing throw rugs and loose carpet from homes, businesses, or community centres; ensuring walkways are level, clear and well lit; and making sure public buildings have easily accessible steps and handrails. “We are all susceptible to injury due to falls, but our seniors are especially vulnerable,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion. “By becoming aware of safety tips, and by keeping healthy, we can drastically reduce our chances of becoming injured.” Preventing falls is a priority of Nova Scotia Health Promotion’s injury prevention strategy. In 2003, the strategy provided $300,000 over three years to the Community Links Preventing Falls Together initiative. Since then, 12 regional falls prevention coalitions have been established throughout the province. These coalitions work to provide communities with the information and tools needed to address falls and prevent fall-related injuries. The coalitions organize tai chi classes for seniors and displays at health and seniors’ fairs,, and work with housing authorities and fire departments to implement safety measures. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada with a government-funded and supported injury prevention strategy.last_img read more

Youth held for kidnapping civil engineer and his minor daughter

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested a youth for allegedly abducting a civil engineer and his teenage daughter and demanded Rs 1.3 crores from their family. Police used a GPS tracker and dummy notes to trace the kidnapper.According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Avneet Singh Ahluwalia (20), a resident of Ajnara Landmark society in sector 4 of Vaishali. Cops said that the accused is a student at Delhi University and he confessed to have committed the crime to earn quick money for a lavish lifestyle. The alleged kidnapping incident occurred on Sunday morning when engineer Kunal (50) and his daughter Shruti (17) had left for temple on a motorcycle when they were kidnapped by the youth. “Kunal’s wife Asha received a call from the kidnapper demanding a ransom of Rs 50 lakh in order to get them released. The kidnapper also called Kunal’s two sisters demanding Rs 50 lakh and Rs 30 respectively, for the father-daughter duo’s release,” said Sudhir Kumar Singh, SSP, Ghaziabad. However, Asha informed about the matter to police and police have a bag with dummy currency notes, fitted with a GPS tracker to Asha to reach to the kidnapper, the officer added. Police arrested the kidnapper from his flat in Vaishali sector 4 area through the GPS tracker.last_img read more

Manitoba clan mother follows in fathers footsteps to fight for housing

first_imgShaneen RobinsonAPTN National NewsIt’s day 17 of a Manitoba clan mother’s spiritual fast.Alma Kakikepinisey is camped out in her community refusing to eat until she gets a new house.In a unique twist, archive news footage shows her father did the same a long time ago.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Ranil recalls CBK chose party before nation

He said that after several rounds of talks with other political parties and civil society, everyone agreed last year to nominate Maithripala Sirisena as the Presidential candidate for the January elections this year. (Colombo Gazette) “She had different reasons for the failure for us to work together back then and I have different reasons,” he said.Wickremesinghe said that some members of the SLFP had, during that period, looked at short term gains and not the bigger picture and that some of them are still in the SLFP. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today recalled that in 2003 when he was Prime Minister and Chandrika Kumaratunga was President, she chose her party before the country.Wickremesinghe, who at the time was involved in peace talks with the LTTE following the signing of a cease fire agreement, said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which was led by Kumaratunga at the time, did not understand what the then UNP Government was attempting to do by negotiating with the LTTE. Wickremesinghe said that in 2002-2003 he felt he could work with Kumaratunga on the National issue despite both of them being from two separate political parties. However that attempt failed. Kumaratunga, in 2004 dissolved Parliament and called for Parliament elections, which later saw the UNP lose power and the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE being cancelled.The Prime Minister said that had the UNP been able to continue in power back then, the situation after that would have been different and lives lost following the resumption of war could have been saved.Wickremesinghe said that despite the issues in the past, in 2013 the UNP agreed to work with Kumaratunga as they looked to remove the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government. The Prime Minister was speaking at a function held at the BMICH today to mark former President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s birthday. read more

Income tax filing due midnight Tuesday

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Income tax filing due midnight Tuesday The deadline for filing personal income tax returns for 2012 is midnight Tuesday.For those who are self-employed or have spouses or partners who are self-employed, the deadline to file is June 15.The rest have to get their T4 income paperwork, RRSP deduction slips, tax credits, and other items, all filed to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by midnight.For those who don’t have any income, there are various credits that could be put on their return that are deferred for use in future years.According to the CRA, most returns are filed electronically through e-file or professional tax prep services.The average refund for those who already filed their return this year is around $1,500.Meanwhile, a study by the Fraser Institute indicates the actual calculation of a tax bill costs around $24 billion to prepare, file, and remit payments for personal, business and property tax bills. by News Staff Posted Apr 30, 2013 10:25 am MDT canada revenue agency|CRA|income tax deadline|income tax returns read more

German economy gains steam growing by 07 per cent in second quarter

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2013 2:12 am MDT German economy gains steam growing by 0.7 per cent in second quarter BERLIN – The Germany economy, Europe’s biggest, has gained steam following a weak start into the year, growing by 0.7 per cent in the April-June quarter compared with the previous three-month period.Germany’s Federal Statistics Office said Wednesday that growth was spurned mainly by domestic demand.Germany is show relatively strong growth, while the eurozone may have inched out of recession after six quarters of falling output. read more

Firefighters utility respond to smell of gas at Clark County day care

first_imgEmergency responders were dispatched Thursday morning to a Sifton-area day care after someone reported smelling natural gas.Firefighters responded about 7:55 a.m. to 7715 N.E. 119th Place for a hazmat investigation. The business listed at the address is Orchards KinderCare.Arriving fire crews reported that they did not smell gas. NW Natural was called out to investigate the odor and arrived about 8:12 a.m., according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Firefighters took some of the toddlers who evacuated from the day care to nearby businesses to get them out of the cold; baby cribs were wheeled out of the entrance, according to the scanner.NW Natural reported that everyone could re-enter the building around 8:24 a.m.Utility employees determined gas was not the source of the odor, said Stefanie Week, public information officer for NW Natural. They did not find what caused the smell, she said.Week encouraged anyone who smells gas to call it in.“They did the right thing by calling,” she said.last_img read more

Brightons Dunk and Duffy talk about their special relationship

first_imgThe defensive duo has become the highlights of Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League and they talked about their friendship.Brighton and Hove Albion defensive duo Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have become the highlights of the club in the English Premier League.And they talked to the team’s official website about their special relationship.“We probably spend more time with one another than anyone else, we bond all the time and always sit around together after training. It’s good and when it comes to a match it helps a lot more,” Shane says.Webster knows there’s a lot of competition before he debuts Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion defender, Adam Webster, hasn’t debuted in the English Premier League because he knows the competition is fierce.“We’re the same sort of age and have the same sort of backgrounds and upbringings, it probably also helped that we both played in the Premier League for the first time last season.”“We’re close away from the field and it obviously helps when you’re playing matches, we play alongside each other and our position on the field means we’ll always need to talk and communicate, I imagine if you didn’t have that sort of relationship with one another then it would make things quite difficult,” Dunk added.“I’d consider him my friend if I have to! But we don’t share a room on away trips, we all have our separate rooms, I don’t think he could handle my snoring and I probably couldn’t handle his either!”last_img read more

Rick Case school supply drive benefits Boys Girls Clubs of Broward

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – An event benefitting schoolchildren in South Florida kicked into high gear this weekend.The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County reaped the rewards of the second annual Rick Case Drive for Supplies. Organizers aimed to collect school supplies for children in need.“We have children that are ecstatic on Monday when we deliver these school supplies to the various Boys and Girls Clubs around Broward County,” said Stan Bostic with Rick Case Automotive Group. “To get notebooks, to get journals, to get pencils, markers, and things they wouldn’t have normally during the school year, it’s a real exciting time for them.”The crew celebrated at Pembroke Lakes Mall Saturday afternoon with festivities, including a fashion show where young models showed off the latest back-to-school trends.All the supplies that were gathered in the drive will be delivered to various clubs on MondayCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Russias Rosneft Agrees to Buy 49 Stake in Essar Oil Shares Up

first_imgBreaking the deadlock over acquiring a major stake in Essar Oil, Russian oil giant Rosneft has signed a deal to buy 49% stake in its oil refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat.Reacting to the reports, share prices of Essar Oil rose more than 5% on Thursday to touch ₹198.35 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). However, Essar Oil stock prices gave up most of the gains to trade at ₹190.15 later on.Rosneft also hinted at raising the capacity of Vadinar refinery to 45 million tonnes (900,000 barrels per day) by 2020, NDTV Profit reported. Currently, the refinery has a capacity of 20 million tonnes per annum. Essar Oil earns more than 95% of its revenues from refining business and also runs 1,600 petrol pumps across the country.The private oil company imports a majority of oil for its refinery from Iran and is expected to curtail such imports to give way to Russian oil.In December last year, Rosneft — the state-owned enterprise of Russia — had signed an agreement to export 10 million tonnes of crude oil annually to Essar Group for 10 years.However, the deal size is yet to be revealed. Last month, Reuters reported that the deal had hit a deadlock due to differences over the valuation of the deal.Essar Oil is looking for a valuation of $8 billion for its business, according to a Livemint report.Mounting debt has compelled the diversified Essar Group to sell stakes in some of its units. Essar promoters hold a stake of 90.5% in Essar Oil.Overall, share prices of Essar Oil soared nearly 80% so far this year.last_img read more

Netflix Starts Testing Random Episode Button

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Android Police Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin suggested that the company was going to test different approaches towards playing individual episodes of some shows during a recent press event in Los Angeles. “How about anthologies? How about something like ‘Chef’s Table’?” Yellin told journalists at the event last month. “You don’t have to watch it in the order that we tell you to.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The video service regularly tests new features with a subset of its audience, and then compares the results to metrics from members without access to the new feature. The company runs numerous such tests at any given time, and only ever implements a small sub-section of features tested this way.Earlier this week, Netflix revealed in its earnings report that it will also soon test Top 10 lists with a subsection of its audience. Those lists will initially just be available to some members in the U.K., but Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters suggested that the company had high expectations for those kinds of lists, saying: “We are quite bullish on that, and we’ll see how it does.”center_img Popular on Variety Netflix is testing a button to play random episodes of select TV shows, the company confirmed Friday morning. “We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety. “These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”Some of the shows the button is being tested on include “The Office,” “Our Planet,” “Arrested Development,” and “New Girl,” according to Android Police, which first reported on the test this week. Users that are part of the test get to see a button to play a random episode within the Netflix video player, and the app is apparently also offering users the ability to “play a popular episode” right from the main menu.last_img read more

Top cop in trouble as Kerala CM Chandy mulls action

first_imgKerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday said “suitable action” would be taken against senior IPS officer Rishiraj Singh, who allegedly showed “disrespect” to Home minister Ramesh Chennithala by refusing to acknowledge his presence at a function and failed to even salute him.This was stated by Chandy at a meeting of UDF parliamentary party members here.Chandy said the ADGP had not only failed to salute the Minister, but his explanation for his behaviour could not be accepted. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIMLAs attending the meeting said such incidents would send “wrong signals” and cannot be accepted.The incident had occurred on Saturday when the Home Minister had arrived to attend the passing out parade of women police personnel at the Police Academy in Thrissur.ADGP Rishiraj Singh, in charge of special services and traffic, was seated on a sofa and continued to do so and did not proceed to welcome the Minister or salute him.He continued to cold shoulder the Minister even after he reached the dais and only after Chennithala left the venue, did he get up and leave. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindChennithala, who also attended on Monday’s meeting, did not say anything, sources said.  The Minister had on Sunday told reporters at Kochi that he had no complaints with regard to Singh’s behaviour.“I have no complaint against anyone in this regard. It is for the DGP to probe if his behaviour violated protocol”, the Minister had said.The ADGP’s photograph showing him seated went viral in the social media and it was alleged that he had shown disrespect by not standing up and saluting the Minister. The officer had later clarified that the Minister had entered through the back side of the venue which he had failed to notice.“The Facebook and Whatsapp postings are creating confusion among the public. When we are sitting on the dais facing the parade, the Minister entered from behind. How will we see a person who is behind us? At the parade we are supposed to get up only when the national anthem is played,” Singh had said.last_img read more

Vote now Why did Nick Saban hire Steve Sarkisian at Alabama

first_imgColin has said many times how much he absolutely despises online polls, but here we are. He wants to know why you think Nick Saban hired former USC Head Coach Steve Sarkisian as an analyst at Alabama.Vote now in The Herd Now online poll and let us know why you think he did it. We’ll post the results at the end of today’s show.What’s the real reason Alabama hired Steve Sarkisian?— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 8, 2016last_img

Defa to seek gas providers next month updated

first_imgThe state gas company (Defa) said Tuesday it will be inviting tenders next month for the supply of liquified natural gas for power generation.Defa chairman Symeon Kassianides also told the House commerce committee that it will be issuing a call for bids for the necessary infrastructure.The new effort aims at having the fuel by January 2020 to avoid emissions fines.The two contracts will be separate, Kassianides said.The Defa chairman said a floating unit to store and deliquefy the fuel will cost some €250m of which 40 per cent, or €101m, will come from the EU.The European Investment Bank has expressed interest to participate in the project while the island’s state-owned electricity company (EAC) will also hold 30 per cent.“We are talking about two separate contracts, one being the supply of natural gas and the infrastructure the other,” Kassianides said. “The fact that the two projects were together was one of the reasons we failed to succeed so far.”He said the timeframe was tight but suppliers suggested the projects can be realized within that time.EAC chairman Andreas Marangos said the company was preparing for the worse case scenario of not having natural gas in time.Marangos said it is ready to apply anti-pollution technology like desulphurisation at a cost of between €30m to €40m.Defa is tasked with reaching an agreement with a supplier for the so-called ‘interim solution’ to replace oil as the EAC’s power-generation fuel with imported gas at a lower cost.The interim solution calls for the importation of natural gas to facilitate cheaper power production as a stopgap until local resources become available.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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