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Sales at Trump Tower Mumbai Have Chilled

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first_imgOne stretch of scaffolding along Mumbai’s skyscraper-speckled skyline is especially dense. More than a dozen luxury apartment towers stand unfinished, and their concrete hulls reach up into this seaside city’s thick haze. Among them, one has generated unusual buzz. It is the one that will soon glimmer with a facade of gold-tinted glass, with the name of the president of the United States emblazoned across it.Ritesh Shah once worked in New York City’s diamond district, not so far from the original Trump Tower. He’d gaze up at the building in awe. Then, in 2014, Donald Trump announced that he’d be lending his name to a 75-story building in Shah’s native city, slated for opening in late 2018. Together, more than 50 diamond traders, including Shah, bought apartments – and they got a deep bulk discount in the process, he said.The discount was important, even for this slice of India’s super-rich. Units in Trump Tower Mumbai are listed at prices roughly 30 percent higher than units in comparable buildings. The premium derives from the brand-licensing agreement the Trump Organization signed with the building’s developers: the Lodha Group, a giant, family-owned real estate empire much like Trump’s.The Lodhas staked the building’s success on Trump’s brand value. Trump brags that his brand has only become “hotter” since his political career took off, and in some partnership deals around the world, that would seem to be the case. But in Mumbai, Trump and his partners may have overestimated his self-proclaimed “Midas touch.”Sales “windows” for the tower in Mumbai have been offered since 2014, yet just over half of the building’s 400 units have sold, according to the Lodha Group. That would mean roughly a quarter of the units sold belong to Shah and his fellow diamond traders.A spokeswoman for the Lodha Group said the company had offered a “limited inventory” for the Trump Tower until now and that “an iconic real estate brand such as Trump demands a unique approach in everything we do, right from planning to selling.”But Suparna Salaskar, a former Lodha Group employee who managed interactions with buyers until just a few months ago, said in an interview that she knew of only one unit being sold since Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015. The Lodha spokeswoman did not respond to a request to confirm Salaskar’s observation but said the most recent of three sales windows was in June 2016.The Trump Organization also did not respond to a request for comment. In addition to Trump Tower Mumbai, the company has brand-licensing deals for buildings in three other Indian cities.The Mumbai apartments are not expensive by Trump standards. Three-bedroom units start at $1.3 million. But the building is surrounded by competitors, all facing a market slump, and the president-elect’s name may not be hot enough to prevail.“The question was always: Does the market value his brand that much higher?” said Ashutosh Limaye, head of research at Jones Lang LaSalle in Mumbai.The building boom in Mumbai’s Lower Parel and Worli neighborhoods has created a glut of luxury apartments, Limaye said, although most of the towers have yet to be completed. Developers are in a race to finish their projects as prospective customers hold off buying until they can be assured of move-in dates. The Trump Tower is not ahead in this race.Nevertheless, Shah, the diamond dealer, said part of the reason that he and his colleagues bought at the Trump Tower was that they thought the Trump Organization would pressure the Lodhas to complete construction by the promised date. Their decision stemmed from particularly Indian factors, too.Shah had an apartment in a different high-rise nearby, “but the vastu in the building was totally off,” he said, referring to the age-old Hindu science of architecture, similar to feng shui. Vastu purports that a building’s layout profoundly affects its inhabitants’ harmony with their surroundings — and some business executives think bad vastu can ruin a fortune. Shah has had a priest who specializes in vastu assess his purchase. “I know that at least the part with my apartment is relatively good,” he said.He and the other diamond traders moving into the building are all members of the small but financially powerful Jain community, as are the Lodhas. The Trump Tower is going up next to an ornate Jain temple, which is a selling point.Shah explained that Jain diamond dealers had made real estate deals with the Lodhas before, but had been disappointed by construction delays. Salaskar said that an average Lodha-built apartment would “come into possession two to three years late” and that buyers at the Trump Tower have been told that they could have to wait until 2019 for completion.Salaskar said she had dealt with dozens of potential buyers in Trump Tower Mumbai and that just one or two were ultimately deterred by Donald Trump’s politics. In fact, she said, most saw Trump’s brash style as an alluring part of his brand. Trump is someone who, in business and politics, gets things done “by hook or by crook,” she said.Shah said that the possibility that Trump might be supervising the project, even indirectly, was assuring. If he had been an American citizen, he would have voted for Trump in November, he said. “As we’ve seen in India, democracyhas been a mess,” Shah said. Referring to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added, “Modi and Trump are half-dictators, and that’s what we need, actually, in India and in America.”Real estate and politics are often intertwined in India, and the Lodha family is well-placed at the intersection of the two endeavors. The Lodha Group was founded by Mangal Prabhat Lodha, who is vice president of the state branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is led nationally by Modi.Most wealthy Indians, including politicians, invest large sums of untaxed cash, sometimes called “black money,” in property. And with a little grease, powerful politicians often finagle special permissions or even land for developers, which can yield big financial gains.In 2011, Indian tax authorities discovered that the Lodha Group had about $30 million in unreported income, according to court documents. The company was ordered to pay $1 million in fines and settled a tax bill for an undisclosed amount.As Trump has promised to do, Mangal Lodha — who is worth $1.55 billion, according to Forbes — handed over daily management of his company to his sons in 2003 as his own political stature grew. Lodha’s elder son, Abhishek, told The Washington Post in a statement that the Lodhas are “extremely pleased that Mr. Trump was elected president and wish him all the best as he takes charge of the world’s foremost democracy.” Limaye, the real estate expert, said he wasn’t so sure Trump’s election would be good for the Lodhas. “If the building is delayed by the usual number of years, then it will only open once Trump’s first term is finished,” he said. “And who can predict what his name will signify then?” — Washington Post Related Itemslast_img read more

Nadal hails best season, incredible era

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first_imgSHARE Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters × Published on COMMENT Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa.   –  Reuters September 11, 2017 RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img Sunday’s win was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport’s superstars. Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open Nadal hails ‘unbelievable’ climb back to No.1 COMMENTS tennis US Open: Rafael Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title Rafael Nadal described the year 2017 as “one of the best of his career” on Sunday after winning a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam.World number one Nadal defeated South Africa’s world number 32 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a brutally one-sided final during which he did not face a break point. Nadal also claimed an unprecedented 10th French Open in June after finishing runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open. “In terms of results, this has been one of the best seasons of my career, of course,” Nadal admitted of a year in which he won at least two Slams for the fourth time in his career.Had he gotten the better of Gilles Muller at Wimbledon, where he lost the final set of his fourth-round clash 15-13, the year might have been even more memorable. “I have been winning titles, playing three finals of Grand Slams, so that’s a lot. That’s so difficult. The other slam that I was not in the final, I lost the match 15-13 in the fifth to be in the quarterfinals. “So was very competitive year for me. And on clay, I won almost every match. Of course is an emotional season because I have been through tough moments in terms of injuries.”Nadal’s win on Sunday was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport’s superstars.From Wimbledon in 2003, an incredible 53 of 58 Slams have now been claimed by just five men — Federer (19), Nadal (16), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka with three apiece.Only Andy Roddick, Gaston Gaudio, Marat Safin, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic have broken the spell. “We are in an era that is not nice to say, because I’m part of it, but we are in an era that some players make incredible things in this sport,” said Nadal. “It’s difficult to win a lot of titles. We should be very happy. Probably even Roger and me and Novak, much more than we ever dreamed.”To hammer home their enduring appeal and dominance, Federer and Nadal shared the four Slams in 2017 — Federer winning the Australian Open before capturing a record eighth Wimbledon.Federer’s mark no big dealDespite his success, catching the 19 majors of Federer is not particularly high on Nadal’s list of priorities. “I really never thought much about that. I just do my way. He does his way. Let’s see when we finish,” he said.“I have 16. So three is big difference. I really don’t think much about these kind of things. Well done for Roger that he is having an amazing season, too, and well done for me because I’m having a great season, too. Tennis is not all about the Grand Slams, so there are tournaments to come and I’m excited about this last part of the season.”It’s all a far cry from the end of last year when Nadal was ranked at nine in the world and Federer was 16.It was also a 2016 season that saw the injury—hobbled Nadal lose in the first round at the Australian Open, withdraw after two rounds of the French with a wrist problem, skip Wimbledon and exit the US Open in the last 16. However, in 2017, Federer and Nadal have won five titles apiece and on Monday they will be back at number one and two in the world for the first time since 2011.“I was surprised in January. Now I am not that much surprised,” said Nadal. “There are things that probably Roger and me share — that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition and the spirit of improvement all the time.”last_img read more

Selectors make U-turn on Kedar Jadhav after Windies draw level in ODIs

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first_imgAdvertisementMiddle-order batsman Kedar Jhadav has been recalled into the squad for the fourth and fifth One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against West Indies. Jhadav was not named in the 15-member ODI squad that was announced on Thursday (October 25). “I need to see why they didn’t pick me. I have cleared all tests and that’s why I played the match today,” said a surprised Jadhav, who was playing for Dinesh Karthik-led India A side in the Deodhar Trophy at that time.Kedar Jhadav during the Asia Cup.Whilst India A lost the game, the 33-year-old showed good form with the bat as he scored a fiery 25-ball 41. Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI’s acting secretary said, “After Jadhav has demonstrated his fitness, he’s been included in the team for the 4th and 5th ODIs.”“He is coming back from an injury which is why we asked him to play in the Duleep Trophy. We expected their team to go on to play the final which is why he’s not a part of the third ODI but is part of the fourth and fifth ODIs,” said MSK Prasad, India’s chief selector.Jadhav, who picked up a hamstring injury in the final of the Asia Cup in UAE, was left out of the Indian squad for the first two ODIs. He was fast-tracked into the India A team for the Deodhar Trophy.Advertisementlast_img read more

India vs England: Chennai Test on schedule after cyclone Vardah

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first_imgThe fifth and final Test match between India and England will start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk despite the severe cyclone Vardah that lashed the Tamil Nadu capital last evening.Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kashi Viswanathan said that although centre strip and the outfield have not been affected by the cyclone, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off, a number of air-conditioners also got damaged and those need to be set in order in the next two days. (Also read: I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli)”The assuring part is that the pitch and the outfield has not been affected by the cyclone. But sightscreen has been damaged. The bulbs have blown off, air conditioners damaged. There have been hundreds of tree trunks lying in the road leading upto the stadium. Our challenge is to set everything in order in the next two days. I am confident we will be able to set everything right,” Viswanthan told PTI on Tuesday.The veteran administrator also informed that like other years, three blocks will remain closed.last_img read more

IPL 2017 Live streaming, DD vs KKR: When and where to watch

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first_imgBeaming with confidence after winning two matches on the trot, a resurgent Delhi Daredevils will be eager to keep the momentum going when they take on two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday. (More IPL News)Delhi overcame their opening loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore with two huge back-to-back victories — 97-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant and then Saturday’s 51-run win over Kings XI Punjab at home.Kolkata, on the other hand, have won three out of their four encounters so far, and will aim to consolidate their stay atop the points table.Going into Monday’s first double header, the match promises to be an exciting contest between third-placed Delhi’s famed pace battery and KKR’s top order batting.With the likes of South African quick Kasigo Rabada and India’s Mohammed Shami still warming the bench, Delhi can boast of a bowling line-up which can demolish any side on their day.On Saturday, Delhi seized the momentum early on with three early wickets as Punjab struggled to get anywhere closer to the massive total of 188/6 posted by the home side.The all-rounder duo of South Africa’s Chris Morris and New Zealand’s Corey Anderson have been the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s main weapons — be it slogging lower down the order or getting the important breakthroughs with the ball.While Morris fired an eight-ball 16 and returned with figures of 3/23, Anderson came up with a breezy 22-ball unbeaten 39 besides taking one wicket.Delhi’s top-order batting also clicked to a great extent with openers Sanju Samson and top-scorer Sam Billings setting the tone with a half century stand.advertisementThe return of Shreyas Iyer consolidated the middle order and he along with Rishabh Pant can take the bowlers to the cleaners with ease. Karun Nair will also be hoping to get back his mojo back.Delhi’s spin duo of Amit Mishra and Shahbaz Nadeem have consistently been among the wickets, besides putting the brakes on the scoring rate in the middle overs.On the other hand, KKR can take a lot of input on the nature of wicket from their Delhi-born captain Gautam Gambhir, who has been in prime form in the tournament so far.After a rare failure by the top order, KKR’s middle order stood up on Saturday with Robin Uthappa slamming a 39-ball 68 and Manish Pandey scoring a 35-ball 46 to guide the team to a 17-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.With the likes of West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine, India’s Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult in their ranks, the visitors will certainly be a test for the relatively young Delhi batting line-up.Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow http://indiatoday.intoday.in/ipl2017The match coverage begins at 15.00 IST.last_img read more

WELLS ACQUIRES NEW YORK ICE CREAM MANUFACTURER

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first_imgLe Mars based Wells Enterprises has acquired Fieldbrook Foods of Dunkirk, New York, from Arbor Investments.The purchase expands Wells’ current manufacturing capacity.Mike Wells, CEO and president of Wells, released a statement that the combination creates a stronger platform for growth and positions them to better serve customers, as well as providing a more geographically diverse footprint.Wells is the #3 ice cream manufacturer in the U.S.Fieldbrook operates two manufacturing facilities in New York and New Jersey.Wells and Fieldbrook will employ over 3,800 people and produce close to 200 million gallons of ice cream annually.last_img

Chalk Talk: The One Play OSU Used to Gash South Alabama

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first_imgThe Cowboys’ offense looked impressive in their 44-7 victory over South Alabama last Friday. OSU successfully used a number of different plays in a 505-yard performance against the Jaguars, but one play in particular yielded notable success.An RPO (run-pass option), as we’ve talked about several times, combines run and pass plays and gives the quarterback options to where the ball goes. Most RPOs attach screens or quick passes near the line of scrimmage. Although the Cowboys do that as well, they also tag deep concepts to stretch the field vertically. The Cowboys frequently use RPOs, especially with tempo, to give Rudolph multiple options. They successfully used one RPO, and specifically route attachment in particular, multiple times against South Alabama.The Cowboys frequently attached a post route to both their inside and lead zone plays. In the Cowboys’ first touchdown, they ran a play that pairs a wide lead zone with a bubble-post route combination on the two-receiver side.In this play, the quarterback reads the safety, often referred to as the “rat,” on the two-receiver side. If the “rat” stays in coverage when the ball is snapped, the quarterback knows to hand the ball off.But if the quarterback sees him rush toward the box, then it leaves outside receiver one-on-one running toward the vacant area. South Alabama got caught doing this multiple times, and OSU scored on it twice. Once in the first quarter:And once in the third:The Cowboys ran a true RPO with a post route attached eight times against USA. It has become one of their frequent go-to plays when they’re operating in high tempo. RPOs have always been a staple of OSU’s offense, but as quickly as they’ve been going this season, the Pokes have put a large focus on them. Try and identify when OSU uses an RPO next week against Pittsburgh, because it’s more than likely the Pokes will use plenty of them. What was your favorite part of the offense against South Alabama? Leave your opinions in the comments below!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Cgarh Two die after drinking illicit countrymade liquor

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first_imgKorba: Two persons died after consuming illicit country-made liquor in Korba district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred on Tuesday night in Dharampur locality under Kusmunda police station area, said Rajesh Mishra, Station House Officer (SHO). As per preliminary information, Santram (28) and Suresh Kurre (26) had purchased the liquor, which was made from Mahua flowers, on Tuesday evening, he said, adding that the liquor was sold illegally in the locality. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The duo, both residents of Dharampur area, were found lying unconscious at a ground in the night, he said. Their relatives shifted them to district hospital where they were declared dead after examination, he added. Police have recovered an empty liquor bottle from the spot where the two were found lying, he said. The officer said the kin of Santram and Kurre have demanded an inquiry claiming the liquor was poisoned. He said the exact cause behind the deaths would be known on receipt of postmortem report. A case has been registered and further investigation is underway.last_img read more

Paul Desmarais dies at age of 86

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Although he had close ties with federal Liberals, he also held admiration for Conservatives.“Mulroney really impressed me. He signed the Free Trade Accord with the United States and Mexico,” he told Le Point.Desmarais had a special bond with Paul Martin Jr., who some say viewed Desmarais almost as a father figure and mentor.The bond between the two Franco-Ontarians was enhanced when Martin purchased Canada Steamship Lines from Power.Desmarais had the golden touch. He knew when to sell assets.Asked about the key to his business success, Desmarais simply responded: “I don’t now. I seized opportunities that presented themselves.”For example, concerns about the future of the pulp and paper industry prompted Power to sell Consolidated-Bathurst for $1.5-billion and netted more than $1-billion in the process.Power Financial sold its shares of Montreal Trust to Bell Canada parent BCE Inc. for $547-million in 1989 because of reservations about the ability of a mid-sized company to compete with Canada’s large chartered banks.He shed assets outside the financial sector and created a separate publicly traded company Power Financial Corp. that controls Investors Group and Great-West Lifeco Inc., which owns London Life and Canada Life.Through Gesca Ltee, Desmarais controls several daily newspapers, including La Presse, Montreal’s prestigious broadsheet, and Quebec City’s Le Soleil.He helped to open the door to Canadian businesses in China by leading a commercial delegation there in 1978. However, it took eight years before Power Corp. launched a business venture there. It now invests in infrastructure projects in China through its stake in CITIC Pacific Ltd.By the time he handed daily operations of the company to his sons in 1996, Desmarais had seen Power’s assets increase to $2.7-billion, from $165-million. Net earnings increased to $209-million from $3-million, and the market value of the company’s shares increased from $61-million to $2.6-billion, for a compounded annual return of 16.4%.Canadian Business magazine ranked Desmarais as the wealthiest Quebecer and Canada’s seventh wealthiest person, with a fortune estimated at $4.4-billion.An art lover, Desmarais has one of Canada’s largest private art collections. Two wings of Montreal’s Fine Arts Museum are named in honour of his family.Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Desmarais also used his fortune to build one of the world’s most exclusive golf courses on his sprawling 75-square-kilometre Sagard estate in the mountainous Charlevoix region of Quebec.A housewarming party in 2003 attracted political heavyweights, including Mulroney, former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, along with ex-U.S. presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Desmarais suffered what company officials described as a “minor stroke” in 2005.He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Maranger, sons Paul Desmarais Jr. and Andre, daughters Sophie and Louise, as well as 10 grandchildren.A private family funeral is planned, followed by a memorial service to be announced by the Desmarais family.Power Corp., through its Square Victoria Communications Group subsidiary, and together with the corporate parent companies of the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers owns The Canadian Press. MONTREAL — Paul Desmarais, one of Canada’s most influential business tycoons and a strong federalist, has died at the age of 86.His family said he died “peacefully” Tuesday evening at his country estate northeast of Quebec City surrounded by his family, including his wife and four children.[np_storybar title=”Key events in Paul Desmarais’s life” link=””]Jan. 4, 1927: Born in Sudbury, Ont. 1951: Began his successful business journey with the revival of the family’s ailing bus company, which he purchased for $1 after abandoning his law studies. 1968: Acquired control of Power Corp. 1978: Led a Canadian trade delegation to China. July 4, 1978: Awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada. Dec. 29, 1986: Awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada. 1992: Became a member of the Privy Council of Canada. 1996: Relinquished the reins of management at Power Corp. to his sons Paul Jr. and Andre. 2008: Awarded the French Legion of Honour by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy. Oct. 8, 2013: Died northeast of Quebec City. [/np_storybar]Born in the Northern Ontario mining town of Sudbury in 1927, Desmarais was one of Canada’s most powerful figures, straddling the worlds of business and politics.Not only did he build Power Corp. into one of the country’s largest conglomerates, Desmarais was also a staunch defender of national unity.Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the family in a statement Tuesday.“One of Canada’s most successful businessmen, Mr. Desmarais was known for his leadership, integrity, global vision, and profound attachment to his country. He was also actively involved in community services, as well as education and the arts,” Mr. Harper said.Mr. Desmarais will be remembered as a unique business leader who improved the lives of Canadians through the creation of jobs and through charitable endeavours.”The business leader received a long list of honours in his life including Companion of the Order of Canada in 1987, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec in 1988, and being sworn in as a member of the Privy Council of Canada in 1992, the statement says. In 2008, France presented him with a Grand’Croix de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.Desmarais’ successful business journey began modestly in 1951 with the revival of the family’s ailing bus company.A series of smart moves resulted in the creation of a holding company that in 1968 made a share-exchange offer with Power Corp.With his company’s diversified holdings in insurance, transportation, paper, media, and financial services, Desmarais was one of the most notable members of his province’s business elite, often referred to as Quebec Inc.Chuck Mitchell/The Canadian Press During his final annual meeting as chief executive in 1996, Desmarais explained his federalist views.[np_storybar title=”Paul Desmarais in his own words” link=””]“My profound attachment to Canada stems from the great liberty and freedom that my ancestors were able to enjoy in building their lives in a new country, the same liberty and freedom which allowed me as a young French-Canadian from Northern Ontario to realize his dream in building a business in all parts of Canada and abroad.”“I respect greatly men of strong personalities. If I had to name some, I’d say Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Franklin Roosevelt, Mao Tse-Tung.”“I was born a Franco-Ontarian. I chose to live in Quebec. I am Canadian. Canada is my country. Quebec is my province.”Asked about the key to his business success, Desmarais simply responded: “I don’t now. I seized opportunities that presented themselves.” [/np_storybar]“My profound attachment to Canada stems from the great liberty and freedom that my ancestors were able to enjoy in building their lives in a new country, the same liberty and freedom which allowed me as a young French Canadian from Northern Ontario to realize his dream in building a business in all parts of Canada and abroad.”In a 2008 interview with French magazine Le Point, Desmarais described his identity.“I was born a Franco-Ontarian. I chose to live in Quebec. I am Canadian. Canada is my country. Quebec is my province.”Desmarais’ strong political views led critics to accuse him of persuading his friend, Nicolas Sarkozy, to adopt a pro-Canada foreign policy, when the French president professed his love for Canada during a recent visit to Quebec.After Sarkozy was elected president in 2007, he awarded Desmarais the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest order of merit that was established by Napoleon in 1802. Other recipients include Lech Walesa and Alexander of Russia.“If I am the president of France today, it is thanks in part to the advice, the friendship and the loyalty of Paul Desmarais,” Sarkozy said during the 2008 ceremony.One of Sarkozy’s moves was to relaunch the stalled merger between the state-owned gas company and the electric and gas utility Suez SA that is partially owned by Power Financial and partner Albert Frere’s holding company.Desmarais has been called the most powerful businessman in Canada, gaining the ear of Pierre Trudeau, Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien, whose daughter is married to Desmarais’ son, Andre.“I respect greatly men of strong personalities. If I had to name some, I’d say Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Franklin Roosevelt, Mao Tse-Tung,” he told L’actualite magazine in 1974.Allen McInnis/The Canadian Press read more

UK car production falls 182 in January

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British car factories turned out 120,649 units in January, down -18.2% on the previous year and marking the eighth successive month of decline, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand dropped at home and overseas but it was the latter that fell most, with exports down -21.4% to 93,781 units.Further softening in key Asian and European markets drove much of the decline, with output destined for China down -72.3% and the EU27 -20.0%, while model changes also played a significant part. Meanwhile, manufacturing for the domestic market fell by -4.8% as political uncertainty continued to dent consumer confidence.1 British car production falls -18.2% in first month of the year, reflecting model changes and weaker demand in both UK and key export markets.Eighth successive month of decline as 26,858 fewer units leave UK factories in January, with a double-digit drop in overseas orders.Despite global pressures, Brexit remains the clear and present danger, as industry calls for immediate and permanent removal of ‘no deal’ threat. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Another month of decline is a serious concern. The industry faces myriad challenges, from falling demand in key markets, to escalating global trade tensions and the need to stay at the forefront of future technology. But, the clear and present danger remains the threat of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which is monopolising time and resources, undermining competitiveness.Every day a ‘no deal’ Brexit remains a possibility is another day automotive companies pay the price in additional and potentially pointless costs. ‘No deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently.Almost a third of automotive companies responding to a recent SMMT survey said they had postponed or cancelled UK investment decisions because of Brexit, with one in five having already lost business as a direct consequence. Over half said that contingency plans were being executed, with more than one in ten (12.4%) relocating operations overseas and the same proportion reducing UK headcount.2Notes to editors1: YouGov/Cebr Consumer Confidence Index January 2019 – fell to its lowest level since May 2013https://yougov.co.uk/topics/finance/articles-reports/2019/01/29/consumer-confidence-five-year-low-brexit-concerns-GfK Consumer Confidence Index January 2019 – five points lower than January 2018https://www.gfk.com/en-gb/insights/press-release/uk-consumer-confidence-stable-but-still-five-points-lower-than-this-time-last-year/2: SMMT member survey carried out in November 2018‘No deal’ Brexit catastrophic blow to British auto industry, warn businesses in new surveyClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

GP convicted of running transgender clinic for children without licence

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Following a “snowballing” of interest on the transgender treatment, she decided to open a new website GenderGP.com.Mr Davies said: “Here was a doctor who was providing care, information and advice that was very much needed. But her business was not registered.”It was never anticipated by Webberley that the registration of the company would be in any way controversial.”She didn’t appreciate that the company needed registration until it was pointed out to her.”Webberley always followed the international guidelines for transgender care, but what she didn’t do was to state how many patients there were, how old they were and what treatment was included.”It is regrettable that she didn’t provide that information. She didn’t provide it due to confidentiality and that was misplaced.”She was a very caring practitioner who never developed the company for financial gain. She was only motivated by the care of her patients.”Webberley was convicted of illegally providing healthcare services after the court ruled that she and her company broke the Care Standards Act.District Judge Neil Thomas ordered her to pay a £12,000 fine as well as a £2,000 fine issued to her GenderGP busness.Dr Webberley was also told to pay £11,307 costs. Dr Helen Webberley outside Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court Judge Thomas said: “In this case there seems to be a clear refusal to follow the law and that is a significant aggravating factor.”Webberley was a doctor of considerable experience.”The court has to regard this offence as serious.”Dr Kate Chamberlain, HIW chief executive, welcomed the guilty verdict.She said: “Unregistered healthcare services pose a risk to patient safety as they are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as registered services.”Webberley said in a statement that she was “stunned” and “devastated” by the court’s decision.She said: “The needs of this minority group of people must be recognised. We as a country can do better. The NHS waiting time of up to four years for a first appointment is unconstitutional.“Better interim care options must be provided and I urge regulators to take a more collaborative approach.” 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. Dr Helen Webberley outside Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates courtCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Russell Davies, defending, said she continued to run the company after being ordered to cease her practice because she did not want to risk suddenly stopping treatments.He said: “Due to the number of patients under her care she was concerned that the cessation of the website would be harmful.”The continuation was never because of financial greed.”Webberley set up the company in 2014 after working as a GP, initially launching MyWebDoc.com. A GP has been convicted of running an illegal transgender clinic, providing hormones to children as young as 12 despite being refused a licence by the NHS regulator.Dr Helen Webberley, 49, ran the clinic from her home, treating children who wanted to change sex, charging between £75 and £150 an hour.She also provided online advice, calling herself the Gender GP, prescribing children and teenagers who had been denied treatment on the NHS.Webberley’s clinic was last year refused a license to operate by watchdog Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW), Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court heard.But her firm continued to operate between March 2017 and February 2018.Webberley, from Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, insisted she was innocent and warned that closing down her service meant that patients could come to harm. read more

Nikola Karabatic calls for 3days Final4

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← Previous Story SPORTHERO handball T-shirts on special SALE until June 18 Next Story → EHF goes on market to sell rights for the next decade! Opinion of the players are clear. They want 3-days EHF Final4 in Cologne! In the past, some of them criticized format of the gala event of the EHF Champions League, which forced them to play two strong, important and decisive matches in 24 hours or even less. Last year Domagoj Duvnjak was very clear in his statement.Of course, that we would like to have a day for rest, even that one would not be enough to recover after semi-final clashes – said Nikola Karabatic about idea which is more often in media.

Woman charged over incident in which 3yearold girl was injured

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first_img By Cormac Fitzgerald Monday 12 Feb 2018, 7:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3847142 Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland 26,245 Views File photo.center_img Woman charged over incident in which 3-year-old girl was injured The woman was charged last night. File photo. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share3 Tweet Email A WOMAN HAS been charged in relation to an incident in which a young girl was injured over the weekend.At around 4.15pm gardaí attended the scene of an incident involving a three-year-old girl at a house in Shankill.The girl was taken by ambulance to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, with injuries.A woman in her 40s was arrested at the scene.The woman was charged in connection with the incident and was brought before a special sitting of Bray District Court last night at 8pm.She was remanded in custody and will appear again before the court on Thursday.Comments have been disabled as a person has been chargedRead: Three-year-old girl rushed to hospital and woman arrested after incident in Dublin Short URL Feb 12th 2018, 7:33 AM last_img read more

Construction worker hospitalized with head injury in Brickell

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first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a construction worker to the hospital after he was struck in the head by a piece of machinery while working in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood.A 7News viewer sent in video showing the victim as he was lowered to the ground at the construction site along Brickell Avenue and Southeast 10th Street on Monday.Officials said the man was working on the 49th floor of the building when a piece of machinery malfunctioned and struck him in the head.Crews used a crane to bring him down.“He was hooked up, and [they were] lowering the guy from the very top of the thing, and as it came down, you could see he had a laceration to his head,” said witness Jackie Garth, “and they had his head wrapped up, and they had the collar on him and had him strapped to the bed.”It took officials about 15 minutes to get him down.He was then taken to the hospital in serious condition. last_img read more

Report Apples Newsstand Generating 70000 Per Day

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first_imgAccording to a report by Distimo, an analytics firm that tracks and compiles app store data, Apple’s Newsstand feature has become a significant source of revenue in Apple’s app ecosystem. After six months on the market, the Newsstand now generates $70,000 a day in sales. That figure is produced by the top 100 selling publications. Indeed, according to Distimo, the Entertainment and Games category still dominates sales, with 50 percent of all top paid apps being games, but the Newsstand has been accounting for a growing slice of the revenue pie. Seven percent of the top grossing apps are on the Newsstand. The revenue is primarily coming from in-app purchases—a feature that has  become important particularly for the iPad. Distimo says 10 percent of all App Store iPad apps have in-app purchase capabilities compared to 6 percent in the iPhone App Store and 2 percent in Google Play. In the 200 top-grossing apps, 74 percent of them feature in-app purchasing in the iPad App Store. According to Distimo, there were 180,000 apps available in the iPad App Store as of February.The top-grossing Newsstand apps in February were:Source: Distimo report, “iPad—Two Years in Review”From a global perspective, the U.S. is the top-grossing country for paid app revenues. The top 200 grossing apps bring in $2 million per day worldwide. China, however, has passed the U.S. as the largest market for free apps. In February, daily downloads of the 300 most popular free apps in China passed 1.1 million. In the U.S. it was just under 1 million.last_img read more

Romancing nature with Tagore songs

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first_imgIndia International Centre will come alive with ‘Romancing Nature’, an evening of Tagore songs by Kamalini Mukherjee. The event will be presented by SEHER in association with India International Center on June 7, at 7 pm at C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi.Mukherjee is known for Rabindra Sangeet across India and Bangladesh. Paying an ode to Tagore’s love for nature, Kamalini, a student of South Point school, Kolkata aspires to take Tagore’s music to a wider international audience, cutting across generations and geographical boundaries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concert will reflect Tagore’s creative impulses which were deeply influenced by nature and the environment in which he lived. To him, nature is an entity much bigger than the individual parts of beauty that make it up. It is a moving spirit; a source of inspiration he drew much of his philosophy from. Kamalini has performed extensively in India, US, Canada, and Bangladesh. In 2013, she went to Mauritius on a mission to teach and spread Tagore’s music as a joint initiative between Government of Mauritius and UNESCO, in commemoration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. The evening’s concert will be a tapestry of Tagore’s songs to illustrate the deep connection between the poet and nature.last_img read more

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first_img June 13, 2008 – Advanced Medical Isotope Corp. (AMIC), a company engaged in the production and distribution of medical isotopes, has entered into an agreement to further develop a proprietary brachytherapy treatment with Battelle, which operates the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah.AMIC proposes development of a proprietary concept for controlled delivery of yttrium-90 (Y-90) microspheres embedded in resorbable seed-shape materials for tissue directed, high-dose intra-tumoral therapy. Use of Y-90 will help to minimize the radiation dose to nearby normal tissues compared to X-rays from standard seeds. This technology is designed to improve the treatment of confined or non-resectable tumors and is based on a fast-dissolving polymer-matrix chemistry.Researchers believe this method may provide a significantly lower-cost alternative to existing metallic seeds as well as having the strong possibility of delivering a greater “biological effective” radiation dose to tumors compared to standard industry seeds, said the company. For more information: www.isotopeworld.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 12, 2008 AMIC Developing Proprietary Brachytherapy Treatment last_img read more

Stratasys Opens Enrollment for 3DHEART Clinical Study

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | March 13, 2017 Stratasys Opens Enrollment for 3DHEART Clinical Study Multi-center study will evaluate effects of 3-D-printed pediatric heart models on pre-operative planning News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more March 13, 2017 — Stratasys Ltd. announced last week enrollment is now open for 3DHEART, an investigator-initiated trial. 3DHEART, which stands for 3D Hearts Enabling A Randomized Trial, is a randomized, single-blind clinical trial to study the use of patient-specific 3-D-printed models in pre-operative planning for pediatric heart surgery. Stratasys is providing in-kind support with printing of the models to be used in the trial.The study is being led by physicians from New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s National Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with up to 20 additional sites in the U.S. The study will focus on pediatric congenital heart patients requiring complex two-ventricle repair. The primary endpoint being studied is cardiopulmonary bypass time, with secondary endpoints including the prevalence of surgical complications (morbidity), mortality and physician assessment of utility. The study is being managed by OpHeart, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the odds and outcomes for children born with life-threatening heart defects.“This study is incredibly important because it will finally quantify what we know from firsthand experience: 3-D-printed, patient-specific models improve surgery, improve outcomes and result in lower treatment costs,” said Yoav Dori, M.D., pediatric cardiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “If we can empirically demonstrate this, it will be a game-changer for treating not only children with congenital heart defects, but patients across the board.”The study will enroll 400 pediatric patients in total. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is 3-D printing heart models for 200 patients on Stratasys Connex multi-material, full-color 3-D printers. These models are based on the patients’ magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans, and enable the surgeon to evaluate and “practice” on an accurate replica of the patient’s heart prior to actual surgery. The results of these 200 patients are being compared to the results of 200 patients who are being treated without the aid of 3-D-printed heart models.For more information: www.stratasys.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read morelast_img read more

The January 2019 release of Visual Studio code v131 is out

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first_imgThe January 2019 release of Visual Studio code v1.31 is now available. This update brings Tree UI improvements, updated to the main menu, no reload on extension installation and other changes. Features of Visual Studio code v1.31 No more reloads on installing extensions This was one of the most requested features in the VS community. Now you don’t have to reload VS code whenever you install a new extension. Reload is not needed even when you uninstall an unactivated extension. Improvements to the Tree UI There is a new tree widget based on the already existing list widget. This tree UI was adopted in File Explorer, all debug trees, search, and peek references. Tree UI brings features like: Better keyboard navigation for faster access Hierarchical select all in a tree starting from the inner node the cursor is on Customizable indentation for trees Expand/collapse all tree nodes recursively Horizontal scrolling Improvements to menus There are more navigation actions in the Go menu so that they can be discovered easily. The cut command is now available on the Explorer context menu. Changes in the Editor Text selection is smarter. Search history is shown below the search bar in the References view. Long descriptions can be written using string arrays. Semantic selection In HTML, CSS/LESS/SCSS, and JSON semantic selection is now available. Reflow support in integrated terminal The terminal will now automatically wrap and unwrap text whenever it’s resized. New input variable The input variables were introduced in the previous milestone. In Visual Studio code 1.31, there is a new input variable called command. It runs an arbitrary command when an input variable is interpolated. Updated extension API documentation The VS Code API documentation was rewritten and then moved to its own table of contents. For more details on the improvements in Visual Studio code 1.31 January 2019, visit the release notes. Read next Code completion suggestions via IntelliCode comes to C++ in Visual Studio 2019 Microsoft Connect(); 2018 Azure updates: Azure Pipelines extension for Visual Studio Code, GitHub releases and much more! Neuron: An all-inclusive data science extension for Visual Studiolast_img read more

Train hits minibus in Indonesia killing 13

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first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A passenger train slammed into a minibus that was carrying families of hajj pilgrims on Indonesia’s Java island on Tuesday, killing 13 people and severely injuring six others, police said.West Java police spokesman Col. Martinus Sitompul said the collision occurred at an unguarded crossing in Jenkok village in Indramayu district. The minibus was packed with 19 people who were returning from sending off hajj pilgrims. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said four children and the driver of the minibus were among the fatalities. The train was traveling from Jakarta to the Central Java town of Solo.Train accidents are common on Indonesia’s aging railroad network, especially at crossings.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories last_img read more