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Steve Smith again frustrates England to leave Ashes opener finely balanced

first_imgAustralia hold a 34-run lead at the end of Day 3 with Steve Smith and Travis Head in the middle. Smith is four runs away from crossing fifty for the second time in the match. Quick wickets will be top priority for England when they start Day 4 and they will be looking to rein in Smith as much as possible.Stuard Broad gave England the early breakthrough by dismissing David Warner for eight runs in the third over of the Australian second innings. Warner’s opening partner Cameron Bancroft did not last long after that, falling to Moeen Ali for seven in the 10th.However Smith and Usman Khawaja then held up fort and ensured that Australia got close to England’s total. Khawaja was more aggressive of the two, racing to 40 off 48 balls and his innings was punctuated by six fours. He fell to Ben Stokes after he got an inside edge that travelled to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Smith then found able company in Travis Head and the pair put up 49 for the fourth wicket before bad light called for early stumps.Earlier, England’s tail battled hard to extend their lead to 90 as Australia dismissed them for 374 on Day 3 of the first Ashes Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Saturday.A 65-run ninth wicket stand between Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad ensured that their lead got close to the three-figure mark despite the hosts starting the second session with just two wickets in hand.In what turned out to be another competitive session, England started with a lead of 44 runs. Woakes and Broad continued on the rebuilding work they had embarked on in the first session after Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle took out England’s lower middle order in quick succession.advertisementWoakes was the man doing the bulk of the batting while Broad faced 67 deliveries before being dismissed for 29 by Pat Cummins. James Anderson could only bowl four overs on Day 1 before a recurrence of tightness in his right calf ruled him out for most of the proceedings after that.But he did come out to bat on Day 3 after the dismissal of Broad and absorbed 19 balls for three runs before becoming Nathan Lyon’s third victim of the innings. Woakes was unbeaten on 37.Brief scores: 1st innings: Australia 284 all out (Steve Smith 144, Broad 5/86) vs England 374 all out (Rory Burns 133, Nathan Lyon 3/112). 2nd innings: Australia 124/3 (Steve Smith 46, Stuart Broad 1/26)Also Read | Wonderful experience: England opener Rory Burns relishes Ashes hundred against AustraliaAlso Read | Jimmy Neesham trolled after comparing Rory Burns and Virat Kohli’s Ashes careersAlso Seelast_img read more

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Revealed: No ‘super contract’ for Messi at Barca

first_imgTransfers No ‘super contract’ for Messi at Barcelona with new deal Ignasi Oliva Gispert Last updated 1 year ago 21:48 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Messi Barcelona signature FC Barcelona Transfers Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid Primera División A report in the Spanish media on Tuesday suggested that the Argentine earned as much as €350 million a year before tax but that is not the case Lionel Messi is not earning a ‘super contract’ on the Barcelona deal that he signed last week, contrary to reports in the Spanish press on Tuesday.The 30-year-old ended months of speculation over his future by signing a new deal with the Catalan club on November 25, a contract that will run until 2021 and includes a €700 million buyout clause.Spanish daily El Mundo reported that Messi demanded a €100m signing-on bonus and that he is set to earn as much as 70 per cent more than Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The same report also suggests that the Argentine will earn a figure of €350m before tax and additional bonus payments over the next five years.Lionel Messi Barcelona 2021However, a source close to the Messi camp has revealed to Goal that the forward is in fact earning roughly €22m a year after tax, a figure close to what he was earning with his previous contract that was set to expire in June 2018.Goal also understands claims that the Catalan independence referendum caused the delay in him putting pen-to-paper on the new contract are completely false.Messi has been linked with the likes of Manchester City and PSG, with reports on Tuesday suggesting a mega offer from the Premier League club was rejected by the player to remain at Camp Nou.Should Barcelona continue to ignore offers for Messi, it’s widely expected that he will leave for his youth club, Newell’s Old Boys, in Argentina.Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer has scored 13 times in 14 La Liga appearances for the club thus far this season, with the club currently five points clear of second-placed Valencia.Messi scored in Saturday’s meeting with Celta but was unable to inspire them to victory, with a 2-2 draw offering Real Madrid an opportunity to catch them in the title race later that day.But Zinedine Zidane’s men remain eight points adrift in fourth following their 0-0 draw at Athletic, while 2013-14 domestic champions Atletico Madrid are sandwiched between them in third on 30 points, six behind Barcelona.last_img read more

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‘One day you are Messi, the next nobody wants you’

first_imgSpain ‘One day you are Messi, the next nobody wants you’ – Saul Niguez staying positive with Spain & Atletico Alberto Piñero Last updated 1 year ago 16:02 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Spain Iran v Spain Iran World Cup The 23-year-old is hoping for a long career as he dreams of following in some iconic footsteps for club and country Saul Niguez dreams of being the future for Spain and Atletico Madrid, but is aware that a positive mindset must complement technical ability in order for him to follow in illustrious footsteps.At just 23 years of age, the highly-rated midfielder is already a seasoned senior performer with over 200 club appearances to his name and 10 caps for his country.Big things are expected from him, with La Roja beginning to look towards a new era of talent as a golden generation that delivered so much success begins to fade out of the international picture. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Saul is determined to embrace that challenge, but acknowledges that still he has much to work on mentally and physically in an industry which is as quick to cast icons aside as it is to build them up.A man currently on World Cup 2018 duty told Goal: “Thank God, I have always lived positive situations.“With my work, I have managed to achieve what I wanted, and in the end my feelings have always been positive. If they are not, then you may have to work in another way – looking for help outside: a professional, your family.“Whenever I have had hard times, my family has been there and it is they who have been able to guide and advise me. For me, the circle that you have closest is very important: family, friends … It is the most important thing to keep you stable.“Knowing that in football one day you are [Lionel] Messi, and the next day nobody wants you. You have to know who you are, have confidence in yourself and have the emotional stability to face all the situations that come to you.”Saul is aware that every player at the top level will face huge challenges in their career, and must have the right mentality to overcome them.  He added: “You have to have a lot of personality. Great players always have a great personality.“Look at the best in the world: Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Neymar, [Antoine] Griezmann … It’s their personality and nobody changes them. They have worked to get to where they are and everyone has to be clear about what you do, why you do it and have your own personality.”Xavi Andres Iniesta BarcelonaSaul has spoken in the past of his desire to follow the lead of Spain legends Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Atletico team-make Koke. That remains the ambition of a man fortunate enough to have worked with some of the best role models around.“I talk about those three players because they are very intelligent,” he said.“They are able to read the game very well. This is very important. If you are very good with the ball or in the one-against-one but you do not know how to read the game, in the end you will find yourself in front of two defenders, you will try to dribble past them and you won’t manage it. Even if you are a very good player.“But those players know how to read the game. When two players come to them, they play fast and they give time to their team-mates so that they can take advantage of the situation in another part of the field.“That’s why I named those three. Many times I have named them because they play in my position and I look at them to improve.“Iniesta has that last pass and that association with the attackers that I would love to have; another one, the Busquets intelligence; and Koke’s intelligence and physique … In the end, with those three players you would have a spectacular midfield.”Asensio SpainSaul may one day enjoy such a standing, with two domestic rivals in Madrid expected to lead the charge for the Spanish side of the future. The Atletico star is set to be joined on an international stage by Real playmaker Marco Asensio.Both are at Russia 2018, with Saul adding: “This World Cup, whatever happens, will be very useful for Spain. Young players can learn from the people who made history and made us champions of everything, that made us all feel proud.“It is very important that we can learn from them, and not only in football but on a personal level. How they have dealt with those experiences, all those kind of things that happen in a big tournament.“They transmit it to us and then when we are the veterans, if we work well and we have the consistency that we must have in order to be here for many years, we will be able to transmit the lessons of these champions to those who reach the team. Thus, Spain has a great future. And if that’s in the hands of Asensio and myself, that would be a dream for me.”Saul and Asensio were unused substitutes as Spain opened their World Cup campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal, but may get to see some minutes when Fernando Hierro’s side face Iran on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Predicting College Football’s Next 9 National Champions

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Who’s going to win college football’s national championship this upcoming season? What about in 2017? 2018? 2019? Etc.  Nick Saban AlabamaWill Saban win another one?We’re attempting to figure that out. We’re predicting the next nine national champions in college football. Using logic and some very creatively imagined scenarios, we’ve predicted who’s going to win it all until 2024. Surely, you won’t disagree with most of them (maybe any of them) but it’s a fun read. Here they are. Start With: 2016, Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

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Investors Settle with OSG Execs over 2012 Bankruptcy Lawsuit

first_imgzoom Investors in New York-headquartered oil tanker operator Overseas Shipholding Group Inc (OSG) are to receive USD 16.25 million in settlements from the company’s executives, underwriters and an audit firm in relation to 2012 bankruptcy and tax issues, Reuters reports.OSG’s executives will pay USD 10.5 million, the company’s underwriters, which include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup Inc, and  Deutsche Bank, agreed to pay USD 4 million, and the auditor – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – is to pay USD 1.75 million.The shareholders filed the lawsuit against OSG’s 21 executives not long before the company started bankruptcy proceedings on November 14, 2012. The shareholders claimed that the company’s executives made false and misleading statements related to the company’s operational status and financial forecasts.This is the second settlement related to the bankruptcy case. OSG agreed to pay its investors at least USD 15 million in the first settlement.In August 2014, OSG announced the completion of financial restructuring and emergence from Chapter 11. The company filed for initial public offering in May this year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Studentled mental health initiatives shifting how schools provide supports

first_imgAs Canadian universities and colleges face increasing pressure to provide better mental-health services on campus, students are looking to give schools fresh ideas on how to tackle the issue.That’s how 24-year-old Ryan Golt became involved with working alongside Montreal’s McGill University to support students. But before he got there, he faced his own mental-health crisis.After his first year of undergraduate studies, Golt says he began to feel lonely, isolated and irritable. The psychology student started to have issues with his interpersonal relationships, and ultimately, he says he couldn’t function.“Eventually, it just became too much and the negative emotions started to overcome me,” said Golt.That was in 2014, when he experienced his first bout of depression. It’s a mental illness that impacts about 14 per cent of students at McGill, and close to 20 per cent of students nation wide, according to recent data from the National College Health Assessment, a survey that presents the health data of students so schools know where to target their services.Golt spent six months after his diagnosis keeping to himself, and not sharing what had happened with anyone.After reading other students’ posts on social media groups about their own challenges with mental illness, something switched in him, he said.“For the first time, I felt like I wasn’t alone, like I was a part of a community,” he said. Sharing his personal story online led him to a community of young people who were talking about mental health, and supporting each other through recovery for mental illness.Golt said the social aspect of his healing process inspired him to create several mental-health initiatives on the McGill campus, including his own blog called WellMTL. The blog features candid personal stories by students who share their full names, with some discussing anxiety attacks, family troubles, and past issues with suicidal ideation.“The amount of passion from the students who want to support mental health is incredible, so right off the bat, the students really care,” he said.Other initiatives the McGill administration introduced recently include an online therapist, which is an easier way to fit access to care into students’ schedules.Golt said he’s also worked on a project with the school that is still under wraps but involves finding ways to reach students who are stuck on wait lists to see counsellors, he said.Golt, who recently received a graduate degree from the school, said students across the country have been more vocal to combat stigma.“If you’re not going to give us (support), then we’re going to go out and do it ourselves,” he said.The lack of availability of full-time jobs after graduation, increased competition and the need to acquire multiple degrees has been tough on students, he said.Although they face added pressures, the post-millennial generation — defined as iGen or Generation Z, born approximately between the mid-90s and late-aughts — feels more empowered to speak about their needs, said Dr. Joanna Henderson, executive director of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and director of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health.As a result, universities are being held to a higher standard when it comes to mental-health services, and they’re under a microscope from incoming students, she added.“Young people see there’s more opportunity to be influential in the mental-health realm,” she said, adding that student-led organizations are vocal on social media, and students are connecting with each other about personal struggles with mental illness.For some students, changes can’t come fast enough, with thousands of young people reporting that they are facing stress, anxiety and depression to a degree where their academic performance has suffered and getting through the day seems impossible.In 2016, about 44,000 Canadian students across 41 post-secondary schools responded to a survey that found about a fifth were dealing with immense anxiety, depression, and other mental-health illnesses, according to the National College Health Assessment.Those figures saw an increase from the previous survey in 2013. Three to four per cent more students reported they’d experienced mental illness that’s impacted their performance at school.The demand for counselling services and mental-health support at many post-secondary institutions has never been greater. A survey conducted by The Toronto Star and the Ryerson School of Journalism across 15 universities and colleges last year saw that almost all the schools had increased their mental-health budget by 35 per cent.Late-night panic attacks used to plague Tina Chan, a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo, preventing her from sleeping.That experience led Chan to create a mental-health support kit that will be given to each first-year student at the school this year. Called the PASS Kit, which stands for panic, anxiety and stress support, it contains flash cards with steps to take when experiencing anxiety, along with a squeezable stress star, ear plugs, sleeping mask, and a pack of gum. Every item is designed to bring a student down from a panic attack, said Chan.“Students were saying that it helps them start a conversation around stress,” she said.The University has purchased 7,100 of her kits, to be given to first-year students this fall.“There is a lot being done in the university. We have workshops and support groups, and they are effective, especially in the peer-support sense,” said Chan. “But I think the university should promote the existing tools they have….there are small things that can be changed.”“It could be just making professors’ office hours at convenient locations…just little changes in the student environment could help stress in general…to promote a culture of wellness,” said Chan.In a statement, the University of Waterloo said they are increasing the number of mental-health professionals on campus along with the introduction of Chan’s kits, and they are implementing recommendations from a review of their services that came earlier this year, including increasing the number of mental health professionals on campus to 70.The school also said they provided 19,500 hours of counselling services to about 4,000 students in 2016-2017 — an 11.4 per cent increase over the previous year.But the school understands there’s still an issue with wait lists, said Walter Mittelstaedt, director of campus wellness. He said the school is encouraged to keep pushing for new ideas, since students are consistently voicing their opinions.“We experienced tremendous engagement,” he said, adding more than 300 students came out to discuss the release of the mental-health recommendations with administration. “It’s encouraged us to keep our eye on the ball with this issue.”Students like Chan have been vocal in recent years when they’ve felt schools haven’t met their expectations.The University of Toronto faced criticism from student groups about a new policy passed at the end of June that could place students with mental-health issues on mandatory academic leave. The policy stipulates that a student could be placed on leave if they pose a risk of harm to themselves or others in relation to mental illness.At the time, the school said the measures aren’t meant to be punitive, and that it would only be in extreme cases if accommodations have been exhausted.“It’s a compassionate approach to supporting students when they’re really unwell, and it removes them from the disciplinary process,” said Janine Robb, executive director of the health and wellness centre at the school. “Prior to this policy we had to use the student code of conduct. Mental health and mental illness shouldn’t be a conduct issue, it’s a health issue.”Students claimed the policy could deter students from being open about mental illness and seeking help.“Trying to talk to administration about putting resources into mental health…we’ve already faced a lot of traction,” said Priyanka Sharma, a graduate student and recent president of the arts and science students union at U of T.“Because (students) are able to band together and talk about these things, we are trying to hold the administration more to account,” she said.Dr. Henderson says her recent initiatives with the Youth Wellness Hubs involved consulting with students directly. It’s something she recommends schools do.“This generation feels more empowered to speak up about their needs, but I do think there’s a shift in the kinds of stressors that young people are experiencing relative to the past,” she said, adding that system needs to adjust to those changes.last_img read more

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Haitis humanitarian situation improving but challenges remain – UN relief official

19 February 2010More and more survivors of Haiti’s earthquake are receiving vital assistance but it is clear that not everyone in need has yet been reached and much more remains to be done, particularly in terms of emergency shelter and sanitation, a top United Nations official said today. “The humanitarian situation in Haiti is undoubtedly improving day by day. But we are under no illusion about the scale of the challenges still ahead for the next weeks and months,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the Security Council. Around 3 million people – one in every three Haitians – were badly affected by the 12 January quake, the majority of them in the capital, Port-au-Prince, but also in other surrounding towns and cities.Mr. Holmes, who visited Haiti and the Dominican Republic last week, reported that the worst of the medical emergency has passed; around 3 million people have received food rations; clean water is available for the vast majority of those in need; and every day more and more relief supplies are reaching the country and being distributed. He added that the provision of shelter and sanitation is the top priority, with an estimated 1.2 million Haitians in need of emergency shelter support. “There are no instant solutions. It will take time to cover all these needs, and care to maintain help to the most vulnerable without creating dangerous aid dependency,” stated Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “But we must not waver in helping several million people not only survive this catastrophe, but also rebuild their livelihoods and lives in a new and better way.” Yesterday the UN and its aid partners announced they are seeking over $1.4 billion to assist Haiti, in the largest-ever humanitarian appeal launched in the wake of a natural disaster.The revised appeal folds in the $577 million flash appeal issued just days after the earthquake, which was originally intended to cover a six-month period. It is being expanded to meet needs for one year as the hurricane and rainy seasons approach, and its size reflects the scale of the catastrophe and takes into consideration the need for stepped-up early recovery efforts.In addition to the humanitarian tragedy, the earthquake has also created massive political challenges, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the Council. Legislative elections planned for the end of March have now been postponed, and there are ongoing discussions among political parties on critical issues ranging from governance, elections, constitutional reform to decentralization.“It is of utmost urgency that such discussions are now channelled into an executive-led dialogue on the political way forward,” said the UN peacekeeping chief. “Otherwise, spoilers might take advantage of the fluid and fragile political situation to spark instability.” He cited the need for the international community and the UN to come together behind the Government and align their interventions and long-term plans with a national vision for reconstruction. “This will require a sustained level of support, both in terms of resources as well as technical assistance. In doing so, we need to empower the Government, not supplant it.”Mr. Le Roy added that there is no doubt that the quake has fundamentally changed the context in which the UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, is operating, and no doubt that this will have, and has already had, implications for the broader role of the mission and the UN in the country. MINUSTAH’s Force Commander Major General Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto told reporters yesterday that with its 8,500 troops from 18 countries, the mission’s military component is assisting with humanitarian aid while continuing to provide security across the small Caribbean nation. It is also ensuring stability at 16 aid distribution points in Port-au-Prince, along with those in other places around the country, as well as providing security along the transport corridor from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. The Council – in a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere of France, which holds the rotating presidency for February – welcomed the “exceptional mobilization” of the international community to meet the needs of Haiti in the immediate and longer term.The 15-member body also stressed the importance of the international conference on the reconstruction of Haiti to be held on 31 March in New York, and reaffirmed the Government’s leadership in the country’s reconstruction. UN agencies are continuing to bolster their aid efforts with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announcing that it will begin providing cooked meals for school children in Port-au-Prince. It will start on 22 February with 19 schools and then scale up to reach some 50,000 children at 70 schools. Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned of a possible food crisis in Haiti. Assessments carried out by the agency and its partners have shown that families hosting displaced people are spending their meagre savings to feed new arrivals and consuming food stocks. In many cases, these poor people are eating the seeds they have stored for the next planting season and eating or selling their livestock, particularly goats.“We are seeing clear signs that people are already resorting to worrying and unsustainable coping strategies to try and help the estimated 500,000 people who migrated to rural areas and other smaller urban centres after the earthquake,” said Dick Trenchard, Assessments Coordinator for FAO in Haiti. In another development, the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced today that its priorities have shifted to post-operative care, including rehabilitative services for people with disabilities and providing primary health-care services in overcrowded areas, such as camps. New medical equipment is headed to eight hospitals and health centres in Haiti, including X-ray machines and supplies, said Paul Garwood, a spokesperson for WHO. The agency is in the process of procuring 10 mobile clinics, in response to the needs identified by the Haitian Government. WHO/PAHO also announced today that it has begun using new software to share information on health facilities’ capacity and operational status. The project is a joint effort with the Haitian Government and the United States Health and Human Services. Further efforts have been made to strengthen the health facilities on the border with the Dominican Republic where local medical staff are trained and some post-operative patients are recovering. WHO/PAHO said that a permanent water aqueduct has been installed in Buen Samaritano to serve the recovery centre there, and that latrines and septic tanks in shelters and makeshift health facilities are being cleaned daily. read more

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How to navigate new privacy features in Apple iPhone update

NEW YORK — Apple’s iOS 13 software update comes with plenty of privacy enhancements.For instance, you’ll be able to sign in to third-party services with your Apple ID account rather than Facebook’s or Google’s. This reduces Facebook’s and Google’s ability to track you while you’re using third-party apps. Apple promises not to track you itself.You’ll also get more notices and warnings about apps tapping location data. This includes an “allow once” option so you can try out an app before giving it longer-term access.The free update is available for existing iPhones on Thursday and will ship with the new iPhone 11 models out Friday.Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press

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Countries must urgently act on their commitments to eradicate torture – UN

“We have not yet achieved a world free from torture, but we believe that this goal is achievable, that rights and duties need to be taken seriously, and that supervisory organs with independent experts are an essential component to achieving that goal,” the Chairperson of the UN Committee against Torture, Claudio Grossman, told the General Assembly during his presentation of the Committee’s annual report.The Committee against Torture is a UN body composed of 10 independent experts tasked with preventing torture and monitoring the measures taken by States party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.The Convention, which entered into force 25 years ago, provides that “no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.”It also obliges States that have ratified the Convention to refrain from deporting or returning people to countries where they would face the risk of torture, and requires ratifying States to extradite or prosecute perpetrators of torture. Under the Convention, victims of the scourge have the right to redress, including compensation.“The Convention has made a real difference in the lives of numerous individuals,” Mr. Grossman said. “However, there is a backlog of more than 115 cases pending before the Committee. This severely weakens the system as justice cannot be provided to States and individuals within a reasonable time.”Mr. Grossman called on the General Assembly to increase financial support and resources so that the Committee can implement new procedures that would ease the process of States reporting to the Committee on the measure they have taken to prevent and address instances of torture. “We sincerely hope that the General Assembly will soon bring additional resources to our under-funded system,” Mr. Grossman said. The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment entered into force 25 years ago. To date, 153 out of the 193 UN Member States have ratified or acceded to it. However, 29 of these have never submitted a report to the Committee as required.The General Assembly also heard today from the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, who presented a report which finds that the death penalty is increasingly being viewed by international bodies and several States as a form of torture due to the severe mental and physical pain and suffering it causes to people, in addition to failing to respect an individual’s inherent dignity as a person.Mr. Méndez observed that the death penalty has so far been treated under the exception of the right to life provided by international law, but stressed that a new approach that puts the death penalty in the context of torture is emerging.“My analysis of regional and national jurisprudence identifies a momentum towards redefining the legality of capital punishment,” said Mr. Méndez, adding that “States need to re-examine their procedures under international law because the ability of States to impose and carry out the death penalty is diminishing as these practices are increasingly viewed to constitute torture.”In his report, Mr. Méndez analyzed the evolving standards within international bodies and State practices to frame the debate about the legality of the death penalty in the context of preserving human dignity and prohibiting cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.He said that the “death row phenomenon” is a relatively new concept within the context of torture that refers to the pain caused by a combination of circumstances that produce severe mental trauma and physical suffering among prisoners serving death sentences. These include uncertainty and anxiety created by the threat of death, as well as the effects of prolonged solitary confinement, poor prison conditions and lack of educational or recreational activities. “So while it may still be theoretically possible to impose and execute the death penalty without running afoul of the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the rigorous conditions that States must apply for that purpose make retention of capital punishment costly and impractical and not worth the effort,” Mr. Méndez said. “The prohibition of torture is absolute and non-derogable.” Several methods of execution, including stoning and gas asphyxiation, have already been explicitly deemed to violate the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by international and domestic judicial bodies, and have been prohibited by a number of States that retain the death penalty.“Further, while international law does not attribute different values to the right to life of different groups of persons such as juveniles, persons with mental disabilities, pregnant women, elderly persons or persons sentenced after an unfair trial, there is an established standard, supported by a vast majority of States, that executions in these cases are inherently cruel,” Mr. Méndez said.Also today, the independent expert also joined his voice with that of two of his counterparts – the Special Rapporteurs on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on extrajudicial execution, Christof Heyns – in expressing outrage over ten executions carried out by Iran, including that of Saeed Sedighi, over drug-related crimes.“We deeply deplore the recent executions and the continuing reports of individuals detained who remain at risk of executions for charges that do not amount to the ‘most serious crimes,’ as defined by international human rights law,” the Special Rapporteurs said in a news release.Mr. Sedighi was sentenced to death on 2 June for drug-related offences. He reportedly did not receive a fair trial and was also allegedly subjected to torture during his detention. On 12 October, the human rights experts called on the Government of Iran to halt the executions of Mr. Sedighi and other prisoners on death row, and to establish a moratorium on execution.“It is disturbing enough that the Iranian authorities continue to execute individuals whose alleged crimes do not conform to ‘most serious’ standards under international law en masse,” the Special Rapporteurs said. “It is all the more unacceptable that the Government proceeds with executions, without a reasoned response, when serious concerns related to due process are raised by multiple international actors,” they added.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

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Nick Ritchie scores twice Ducks beat Panthers 32

SUNRISE, Fla. — Nick Ritchie broke a tie with 1:28 left with his second goal of the game, John Gibson made 42 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Wednesday night.Ritchie grabbed a loose puck in front and beat goalie James Reimer to the right side.Josh Manson also scored to help the Ducks win for the fourth time in five games.Evgenii Dadonov and Aaron Ekblad scored for Florida, Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists, and Reimer made 22 saves.Dadonov gave Florida a 2-1 lead midway through the second period with a power-play goal. Dadonov redirected Jonathan Huberdeau’s shot from the point. The Ducks tied it at 2 at 12:28 of the second when Ritchie deflected Marcus Pettersson’s point shot.Manson opened the scoring for the Ducks 15 seconds in, the second-fastest goal in Ducks history. He got the puck at the blue line off the faceoff and his shot bounced off Florida’s Bogdan Kiselevich and past Reimer. Paul Kariya holds the team record of eight seconds, set March 9. 1997, at Colorado.Ekblad tied it at 3:01 of the second. Aleksander Barkov passed from behind the net out to Ekblad in the right circle and Ekblad one-timed the puck past Gibson.,NOTES: Panthers D Keith Yandle played his 738th straight game to take sole possession of sixth place on the consecutive games list. Yandle last missed a game March 22, 2009 when he was with the Coyotes. … Panthers coach Bob Boughner said goalie Roberto Luongo, out with a knee injury since Friday, might return to the lineup on Friday or Saturday.UP NEXT:Ducks: At Carolina on Friday night.Panthers: Host Buffalo on Friday night.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsPaul Gereffi, The Associated Press read more

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Fears as thousands of lifesaving defibrillators recalled due to fault

first_imgThese devices deliver life-saving treatment and It is vital that they work in an emergencyJohn Wilkinson, Medical Healthcare products Regulatory Authority NHS England was unable to say if any affected devices were in use in the health service, as individual providers manage their own recruitment.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said an internal component called a reed switch was liable to get stuck, meaning the machines could fail to produce life-saving electric shocks to people suffering cardiac arrest.Owners have been urged to check if the serial number on their device matches a confirmation sheet sent by the manufacturer, Physio-Control, or the alert on the company’s website.There are approximately 30,000 out-of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year, according to the British Heart Foundation.The charity said every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10 per cent.John Wilkinson, the MHRA director of medical services, said: “These devices deliver life-saving treatment and It is vital that they work in an emergency.”He said owners could also run their own tests on the machines by seeing whether switching them on activates the voice prompts within five seconds.Publically accessible defibrillators have been made increasingly available in recent years as understanding has grown about the value of swift shock treatment.Many local authorities have been installed in public spaces by local authorities, and last night a Local Government Association spokesman said: “This is obviously a concern and we would echo warnings and advice from the MHRA for people to check defibrillators.” Thousands of defibrillators placed at schools, railway stations and town centres could fail to work when needed because of a design fault, the Government has warned.An alert has been issued urging people to check the functioning of two widely distributed models made by the same US manufacturer.Approximately 2,570 devices, either LIFEPAK CR PLUS or LIFEPAK EXPRESS defibrillators, are thought to be affected, of an estimated 19,000 models in use in the UK.center_img 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.last_img read more

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Caribbean can bounce back by tackling vulnerabilities building resilience – CDB

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGrenada PM says frequent natural disasters new normal for the regionMay 30, 2018In “latest news”High electricity cost hindering regional competitiveness – CBD PresidentMay 28, 2014In “Politics”Public sector debt continues to be worryingly high in borrowing countries- CDBMay 31, 2018In “Business” The President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. William Warren Smith, is urging regional leaders and development partners to work collaboratively and proactively to address the Region’s vulnerabilities, and to support resilience-building in the energy, agriculture and air transport sectors.CDB President, Dr William Warren SmithAccording to a release issued by the CDB on Wednesday, in his opening statement to the Bank’s Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors, the President shared perspectives on resilience, examined regional success stories and lessons learned, and pointed to opportunities for the Caribbean to triumph over recent setbacks—including the impacts of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.“Our Region has had to cope with countless natural disasters and other shocks throughout its history. And we have demonstrated repeatedly our ability to ‘bounce back’ from such disastrous events,” Smith told delegates at the event, which is being held in Grenada.“However, our responses have been largely reactionary; and the cost of responding has been rising steadily, undermining other efforts to get onto a sustainable development platform,” the President added.In his statement, Smith urged regional leaders to climate-proof their countries’ energy systems and invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency to build economic resilience. In addition, he highlighted opportunities that technological advances and price reductions in renewables present.The President acknowledged the critical contribution of the agriculture sector to economic activity in the Caribbean, noting that it accounts for over 10 percent of output in Belize, Dominica and Suriname, and as much as 33 percent in Guyana. He said, however, the Caribbean’s agricultural output had fallen consistently since the early 1990s, partly due to climate change impacts such as floods and droughts.CDB, he pointed out, has been funding climate-smart and climate-proofing agricultural projects in countries such as Grenada and Jamaica. The projects also include training; and assistance in irrigation, renewable energy, storage for crops, marketing, extension services and other areas for farmers, who are among the most vulnerable groups in Caribbean societies and often reside in rural, poor communities.CDB’s Annual Meeting continues until May 31, with seminars and forums at which the Bank’s Governors will receive updates on critical operational developments that could have implications for the Bank’s day-to-day management. They will also consider proposed strategic approaches that could enhance CDB’s effectiveness and responsiveness to its Borrowing Member Countries. read more

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Businesswoman facing 3 charges remanded on narcotics possession

A Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) businesswoman was on Tuesday slapped with three charges when she appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The mother of four, 38-year-old Shanaz Mohammed of Back Road, Soesdyke, EBD denied the charges of narcotics possession, the sale of alcohol without a licence and escaping from the Timehri Police Station.She denied that on May 6 at her address, she sold or offered for sale rum while not being licenced for same.She also denied having some 487 grams of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking on the same day at the said location.Moreover, Mohammed who allegedly escaped while being in custody at the Timehri Police Station Enquires Office on May 8, denied the said charge.Mohammed’s place of business was reportedly searched by ranks, who were acting on information received, when the narcotics along with the alcohol were allegedly discovered hidden behind a fridge in her living room.She was arrested and later charged for the said offenses. However, while in Police custody, the woman reportedly escaped and was recaptured on June 3 hiding in a house close to her residence.Her Attorney, Stanley Moore told ranks that his client did not escape but was however allowed to leave the Police Station.Making a bail application for the accused, he reported to Magistrate Isaac-Marcus that the house in which the narcotics was found is being occupied by several persons.She was bailed in the sum of $70,000 for being unlicenced to sell alcohol and further bailed in the sum of $100,000 for escaping Police custody.However, bail was denied on the narcotics charge and Mohammed was remanded to prison on that charge.The defendant is expected to return to the Providence Magistrate’s Court on June 19, 2018 for statements. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businesswoman charged with marijuana, cocaine possessionApril 23, 2015In “Crime”Woman charged with attempted murder of CopMay 15, 2018In “Court”Court to proceed with illegal firearm case against Maryann DabyAugust 1, 2019In “Court” read more

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CEEC releases first enhancement to free global energy curve tools

first_imgCEEC has released the first new enhancement to its free suite of energy curve tools – specific energy cost curves – to help miners and METS companies consider the impact of energy costs and identify options to improve energy efficiency of comminution circuits.This work is part of the A$469,000, three-year CEEC Advanced Energy Curves Project being funded by the Queensland Government, METS Ignited (an Australian Government Industry Growth Centre) and the mining industry via CEEC.Miners and METS can now input their latest plant data from different sites and equipment options via the CEEC website or at CEEC’s upcoming workshops to benchmark and improve performance using the newly enhanced curves. Using real data will help them to assess the impacts of planned or actual improvements. Updates to the CEEC website will be rolled out progressively, starting with the first enhancements by October 2018.The specific energy cost curves are important because the variation in electricity price directly impacts the economic value that can be achieved by companies employing energy efficient comminution technologies.A simple model has been developed that can be used to estimate availability of electricity generating assets near a mine. This can help operators and METS companies consider which mines are best suited to comminution and energy improvement and which projects represent the greatest return on investment. The factors included in the model are the average industry electricity price of the country where the mine is based and the geographical proximity to electricity generator assets.SMI-JKMRC’s Senior Research Fellow, Dr Grant Ballantyne, who is leading the research component of the project, said the simple model was an initial attempt to describe a very complex system. He said the energy curve project had so far concentrated simply on productivity measures such as kWh/t, but the question had always remained: How would the curves change if energy cost and carbon emissions were adequately addressed?“Influences on the price a mine pays for electricity include a complex interrelation of factors, many of which are qualitative, time dependent and hard to measure. Relying solely on mine location to assign an electrical price, therefore, is unlikely to result in an accurate prediction of pricing, but it is sufficient to capture the likely variability.  For instance, the specific timing of contract negotiations and the length of the contract are likely to account for a +/- 10% difference in electricity pricing,” he said.Enhancements from this project will add capabilities in the following areas: (1) energy cost, (2) ancillary energy, (3) curves across different commodities (4) embodied energy, (5) comminution circuit type, (6) individual equipment assessment, (7) calibration of fine grinding, (8) blasting impact, (9) liberation and recovery, and (10) global hardness approach.last_img read more

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Apple found underage workers bribery and involuntary labor in its factories during

first_imgApple’s annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report has just been released, and it shows that as good of a year as 2010 might have been for the Cupertino, California company, there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to the conditions their contract employees are working under… with underage workers, “involuntary labor,” worker endangerment and bribery topping the list of problems Apple is struggling to fix.According to the report, over the course of 2010, Apple found 37 core violations across 127 supplier facilities in Asia, where a core violation is defined as a serious breach of Apple’s code of conduct prohibiting worker abuse, underage labor, slave labor, etc.AdChoices广告In one factory, Apple discovered that employees were repeatedly being exposed to toxic chemicals. Four other facilities presented false payroll records to Apple, or tried to bribe Apple’s audit team. Another facility threatened employees being interviewed by Apple’s audit team. Finally, 91 underage workers were discovered across ten facilities.In most cases, Apple’s response was measured but conscientious. In the case of underaged workers, Apple told managers to pay the kids six months salary and send them back to school until they were 16, as well as pay their tuition. Other less serious violations just resulted in Apple cracking a whip and telling facilities to tighten their practices. Companies trying to defraud Apple, though, were cut loose.But what about Foxconn, which was plagued by a wave of suicides in 2010? That required special attention, and Apple even sent COO Tim Cook and a team of executives and suicide prevention specialists to Foxconn. Cook even took part in interviewing employees. Apple left satisfied that Foxconn had done what it could to save lives.“The team commended Foxconn for taking quick action on several fronts simultaneously, including hiring a large number of psychological counselors, establishing a 24-hour care center, and even attaching large nets to the factory buildings to prevent impulsive suicides,” reads the report. “The independent team also found that Foxconn had worked openly with many outside experts and government officials in reacting to the crisis. Most important, the investigation found that Foxconn’s response had definitely saved lives.”Overall, the report is heartening: it appears, for all its faults, Apple remains one of the most conscientious companies in tech.Read more at Applelast_img read more

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Is this The End for the Microsoft Zune

first_imgThe Zune player will likely continue to exist: it’s a solid media player and a great alternative for someone who doesn’t want to pick up an iPod or iPod Touch at a competitive price. The Zune HD, for example, earned 4.5/5 stars at PC Mag, features a bright and beautiful OLED display, and syncs with your music store and your music library wirelessly: something the iPod and iTunes can’t do. Still, the Zune never managed to gain ground against the iPod, and the promise of the Zune HD as a real competitor to the iPod Touch never materialized because the app catalog for the Zune HD simply never got off the ground. Whether this means that new Zune and Zune HD digital media players will suddenly be renamed to something else, or that the Zune Marketplace will fold into the Windows Phone Marketplace, or that some new branding will appear to unify all of Microsoft’s mobile devices remains to be seen. Even so, and assuming Thurott’s sources are correct, wiping away the Zune as a brand would be a pretty big feat for Microsoft considering how entrenched it is in XBox Live, in WIndows Phone 7, and as a name in the digital music space. It’s unlikely to be as dramatic as it seems, but it will be interesting to see what happens. Over at the Win Super Site, Paul Thurott notes that the Microsoft Zune as we know it may be on its last legs. Not the product – but the brand. In a post discussing the fallout of Nokia and Microsoft’s partnership and commitment to Windows Phone 7, he dared to ask, “What of the Zune?” Here’s what he uncovered:  And what about Zune? Although both companies talked up virtually all Windows Phone-based services, Zune was conspicuously missing–both in discussions from both Elop and Ballmer and on a global reach marketing slide that was created by both companies. My sources tell me that the Zune brand is on the way out and that all Zune products and services will be moved into other businesses, including Windows Live. Zune will essentially cease to exist under this plan.last_img read more

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ËMobile la Russie lance sa voiture hybride

first_imgË-Mobile : la Russie lance sa voiture hybrideEn 2012, une voiture hybride russe, baptisée Ë-Mobile, sera lancée sur le marché. Une grande première pour le pays, qui a été présentée à Moscou lundi, par le groupe Onexim appartenant au milliardaire Mikhaïl Prokhorov.Bien que peu impliquée dans les questions environnementales, et malgré son retard en matière de nouvelles technologies, la Russie va à son tour lancer sa voiture hybride. Trois prototypes de ce véhicule dont la mise sur le marché est prévue pour la deuxième moitié de 2012, ont été présentés à la presse lundi 13 décembre : le Ë-cross-coupé, à deux portes, le Ë-microvan qui offre cinq places, et le Ë-Fourgon, qui comme son nom l’indique, ressemble à une fourgonnette.À lire aussiLondres 2012 : les JO d’un développement “très” durableCes trois modèles développés par Ë-auto, coentreprise du groupe Onexim et du constructeur Iarovit-Motors, fonctionnent à l’essence et à l’électricité. Leur prix sera plutôt bon marché puisqu’il ne dépassera pas 450.000 roubles, soit 11.000 euros, a tenu à souligner Andreï Birioukov, le directeur général d’Ë-auto. “Les investissements s’élèvent à environ 150 millions d’euros” pour la construction de la première usine d’assemblage des voitures hybrides, a-t-il précisé, ajoutant espérer produire 10.000 modèles par an sur ce premier site.Alors que le gouvernement russe place le développement des nouvelles technologies au coeur de ses priorités, cette voiture hybride vise ceux “qui veulent quelque chose de nouveau”, s’enthousiasme Andreï Birioukov. Ainsi, en plus d’être bien plus écologique que les véhicules qui roulent actuellement sur les routes de Russie, l’Ë-mobile sera également dotée de fonctions très modernes, telles que les systèmes de navigation GPS et Glonass.En outre, si ces véhicules sont dans un premier temps destinés aux automobilistes russes, Ë-auto entend à long terme les implanter sur le marché étranger, comme l’a affirmé le milliardaire Mikhaïl Prokhorov.Le 14 décembre 2010 à 17:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Pilot program for homeless places social worker at Vancouver library weekly

first_imgJamie Spinelli’s job as a case manager for Community Services Northwest takes her to parks, homeless shelters, the jail and street encampments across the community.“We just go wherever they are,” she said, “and there’s a lot at the library.”As part of a pilot project that launched last month, Spinelli began spending her Tuesday mornings at the downtown Vancouver Community Library. She helps people there navigate resources and services so they know where to find food and shelter, and how to sign up for housing assistance.“It just makes sense to come in here one day a week for a couple of hours. If there’s anybody who wants to meet with me, they can,” Spinelli said. “I’ve never wanted to intrude upon someone’s library time. They have a right to that just like anyone without being interrupted, but I also want to be available as much as possible.”Scott Phillips didn’t know all the housing options available to him. The 59-year-old thought if he accepted housing assistance, he had to live at Lincoln Place. Not the case, Spinelli explained, when they talked at the library last month.“I took the ball and ran with it from there,” Phillips said on a recent Tuesday. He was hanging out on the fourth floor of the library and chatting with Spinelli about potential rental options.last_img read more

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Clark deputies investigate strongarmed robbery at Pizza Hut

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a strong-armed robbery was reported at a Pizza Hut early Thursday morning.Two “transient looking” males walked into the pizza restaurant, 11500 N.E. 76th St., at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, threatened an employee who handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman. The two men fled on foot with the money.No one was injured.Responding deputies searched the area with a police canine but could not locate them.The suspects were described as white males in their mid-20s, medium build and wearing dark clothing, Neiman said.last_img

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AI to Sell Assets to Prune ₹40k crore Debt SpiceJet Receives Initial

first_imgThe Indian civil aviation industry has finally found some tailwind.While SpiceJet on Wednesday received necessary approvals from the civil aviation ministry to continue operating under the new management led by Ajay Singh, Air India has decided to sell some of its real-estate to reduce debt. Air IndiaThe state-run carrier has decided to sell real-estate assets to bring down its outstanding debt, estimated at ₹40,000 crore. Representational ImageReutersInterest payments on loans taken for buying aircraft stood at ₹3,800 crore. Losses suffered for the previous year amount to ₹36,000 crore.Ever since the 2007 merger with Indian Airlines, Air India has never turned a profit. AI flies a combined fleet of both Boeing and Airbus planes, considered neither efficient nor an industry practice.Filing for major orders in 2005 and 2006 has seen its debt grow disproportionate to its scale of operations, and today it has one of the most-skewed staff-to-aircraft ratio.Currently, AI’s fleet stands at 108 planes, comprising Boeing and Airbus planes, with about 23,500 employees on the rolls.In 2012, the airline received a ₹30,000 crore bailout from the government, which mandated the airline to meet stiff targets on cost, revenue and traffic, if it wants to continuing receiving funds every year, till 2020.To cut costs, AI has resorted to large-scale fuel hedging, taking advantage of the fall in crude prices. Besides, it plans to rationalise manpower ratio to 100 per aircraft, currently at 218, read LiveMint.Sources say that AI could lease turbo-prop airlines manufactured by Avions de Transport Regional GIE for regional routes, given the cost of flying a turbo-prop is significantly less than one powered by a jet engine.SpiceJetSpiceJet shares jumped 6.6% on Thursday, a day after the civil aviation ministry granted initial approval to the revival plan submitted by Ajay Singh, on condition that no foreign airline money is involved.The new owners may acquire 58% stake in the airline, though no word has been forthcoming on the open offer exemption.The ministry asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to lift the curbs imposed on the SpiceJet. This frees up the airline to take advance bookings for as late as 24 October 2015. The clause allows the airline to generate significant working capital, which could support the ₹1,500 crore to be infused in three instalments by the new management, spread over three months.Previously, SpiceJet had been limited to take bookings only up to 31 March. SpiceJet plans to re-induct staff it had laid-off; currently the airline describes them as being on ‘furlough.’Aircraft lessors have clamoured for planes to be returned for non-payment of dues. However, the new management wants to boost its fleet of 19 Boeing aircraft to 26, on taking full control and has started discussion with the concerned lessors, read Moneycontrol.On Thursday, SpiceJet share closed at ₹22.10, up ₹1.00, or 4.74% from its previous close.last_img read more

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