WorkSafeBC fines Site C Contractor 662102

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Hydro Partners, has been fined $662,102.48 by WorkSafeBC.The fine was imposed on August 21, 2019, after a worker sustained an electrical shock injury. A worker was able to access the main circuit breaker in a high-voltage electrical cabinet for tunnelling equipment.According to WorkSafeBC, the main electrical breaker extensions on the exterior cabinet door were not functioning, the de-energization switches had been circumvented and the main breaker switch-box isolation covers were in disrepair. WorkSafeBC staff also determined that it was a standard work practice at this site to access the main circuit breaker without following lockout procedures.A stop-use order was issued for the tunnelling equipment because Peace River Hydro Partners failed to ensure its equipment was capable of safely performing its functions, and was unable to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety.WorkSafeBC says these were both repeated violations.This is the largest fine WorkSafeBC can issue under B.C. legislation.  The report from WorkSafeBC did not disclose the condition of the worker or the exact date of the incident.last_img read more

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UN agency appeals for better protection for worlds stateless people

Volker Türk, Director of International Protection for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), highlighted in particular the need for countries to accede to two key international legal instruments – the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness – to protect the rights of stateless people.“Stateless people are the overlooked millions who, in effect, have no recognized identity. The UN statelessness conventions provide a legal framework to prevent statelessness from occurring and to protect people who are already stateless,” he stated.Mr. Türk noted during a meeting in Geneva that stateless people often fall through a protection gap given the low number of governments who have signed on to these treaties and adopted concrete measures to address their concerns.“It’s time to change that. We need States to act, and act now in confirming their commitment to reducing statelessness and protecting their rights.”According to UNHCR, only 65 of the UN’s 192 Member States are currently State parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons while just 37 have acceded to or ratified the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. The problem of statelessness occurs for different reasons, including discrimination against minority groups in nationality legislation, failure to include all residents in the body of citizens when a State becomes independent and conflicts of laws between States.“The problem is often invisible and stateless people generally live on the margins of society,” noted the agency. “Yet statelessness can have a terrible impact on the lives of individuals.” UNHCR stressed that possession of nationality is essential for full participation in society and a prerequisite for the enjoyment of the full range of human rights. 6 October 2010The United Nations refugee agency appealed today for greater efforts to help an estimated 12 million people worldwide who are considered stateless and left in limbo with limited human rights. read more

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Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7891 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Friday was 78.91 cents US, up 0.44 of a cent from Thursday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2672, down 0.71 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6553, up 0.71 of a cent, and US$1.3063, up 1.29 cents.The Euro was at C$1.4515, down 0.14 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

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Russian capsule carrying robot docks at space station

MOSCOW — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has successfully docked at the International Space Station after a failed attempt last week.Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday that the capsule carrying the robot and other cargo docked at the orbiting lab early morning Moscow time.The robot, called Fedor, sent out a tweet upon arriving saying: “Sorry about the delay. Got stuck in traffic. Ready to work now.”The capsule was launched Thursday as part of tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the workhorse Soyuz-FG next year, but failed to dock.Now it has safely arrived, Fedor will perform two weeks of tests aboard the space station.The Associated Press read more

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UNArab League envoy discusses Syrian crisis with Saudi King

Both men agreed that the crisis was deteriorating with each passing, day, with untold suffering for the Syrian people, according to a statement issued by Mr. Brahimi’s spokesperson.More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began some 19 months ago. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.“They agreed on the dire need to stop the bloodshed and provide humanitarian aid to the more than 2.5 million Syrians inside the country, who were affected by the fighting, and the over 348,000 refugees registered in neighbouring countries,” the spokesperson said. He added, “Mr. Brahimi reviewed the consultations he has conducted so far with both the Syrian Government and the opposition, and stressed his belief that this deplorable situation would not be resolved through military means, but rather through a political process that would meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.”On Thursday, Mr. Brahimi met with the Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister, Prince Abdelaziz Bin Abdallah, with whom he reviewed the Syrian crisis. read more

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Darfur African UnionUN mission recovers second body of peacekeeper killed in floods

“The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reports that yesterday it recovered the remains of the second of four peacekeepers who were reported missing following floods late in August,” the spokesperson told journalists in New York.Six AU-UN peacekeepers were swept away by powerful currents on 25 August while escorting UN World Food Programme (WFP) trucks to Masteri, west Darfur.The incident occurred when the peacekeepers attempted to pull out their truck which was stuck in the mud of a river valley near Nioro village approximately 30 kilometres southwest of El GeneinaA rescue team later found two of the peacekeepers alive. One other body has since been recovered. The search continues for the two peacekeepers still missing, the Mission said. Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate. In addition, the peacekeeping operation is tasked with facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and assisting with an inclusive peace process in Darfur, where fighting broke out nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups.In recent weeks, the UN and its partners in Sudan have been working to provide emergency support hundreds of thousands of people that have been affected by flooding.According to Government estimates, as many as 530,000 people have been affected by the floods triggered by heavy rains across the country, and at least 74,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the rapidly rising waters. read more

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Team USA Isnt Getting Better — World Basketball Is Getting Worse

Team USA’s greatest basketball rosters (on paper) Unsurprisingly, the 1992 Dream Team was the most talented group the U.S. ever sent to a major international tournament. Weighting by each player’s minutes played — and putting aside the complicated relationship between projection and reality for superteams — that ’92 squad had +23.1 points per 100 possessions of BPM talent on its hands. (By comparison, the most talented NBA team ever, the 1995-96 Bulls, boasted a +10.8 mark; the 2015-16 Warriors were +8.5.) Against average NBA competition, we’d have expected them to win by a margin of 25.9 points per game, so the fact that they won by 43.8 instead implies they were playing competition about 17.8 points per game worse than the NBA average. (As another point of comparison, the Denver Nuggets were the NBA’s worst team during the 1991-92 season, and they were “only” 7.6 points per game worse than average after adjusting for schedule, earning a 24-58 record.) Yes, the Dream Team was really good, but the competition was also pretty weak.That wouldn’t stay the case for long. Although the U.S. won the 1994 World Championship by an average of 38 points per game despite fielding a far weaker roster than they’d sent to Barcelona in ’92, the landslide victory margins would quickly taper off. In 1996, the second iteration of the Dream Team carried an impressive +20.8 BPM talent rating (10 points/100 possessions better than any team in NBA history), yet it won by 32.5 points per game — only 9 more than would be expected vs. average NBA competition. In just four years, America’s international competition had begun closing the gap.The U.S. advantage would be steadily chipped away every few years, in concert with USA Basketball assembling its own squads of ever-decreasing talent. The two trends came to a head at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, when America was stunned with a bronze-medal finish. Despite its disappointing performance, that team wasn’t exactly barren — it starred the already legendary Tim Duncan, plus a still-in-his-prime Allen Iverson, the perpetually underrated Shawn Marion and Lamar Odom, and even young versions of budding superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. On the other hand, it also prominently featured Stephon Marbury, whose reputation for killing NBA teams might be overstated, but was definitely not at his best in Athens.American fans quickly attributed the loss to toxic chemistry and poor fit — a fair criticism, if you peruse this wacky roster — but it was also apparent the world had improved greatly since the Dream Team’s debut. According to the numbers, Team USA’s competition at the 2004 Olympics played to a level about 9.8 points per game better than NBA average. Even granting that our method is only a proxy (and should have some give built in to it to allow for things like badly constructed rosters and questionable coaching), that’s still a quantum leap forward for U.S. opponents, compared with Barcelona 12 years earlier.Athens was a high point for international parity, but it may also have been a bit of a mirage. In response to the debacle of 2004, the U.S. assembled a more talented roster for the 2006 FIBA Worlds, and although America was held to the bronze again, it did post an average scoring margin 15.8 points per game greater than in Athens. Two years later, the Redeem Team won gold with a +27.9 PPG margin; then America easily won the 2010 World Championship with the least talent the U.S. had sent to a major tournament in the post-’92 era. Tack on two more golds after that (at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 FIBA Worlds) with growing victory margins, and the U.S.’s international foes are trending in the wrong direction: 2006World Cup+15.4+20.4 2012Olympics+19.8+32.1 No matter whether we look at the Olympics or the World Cup, the level of competition faced by the U.S. peaked with the surprise upsets of 2004 and 2006, and has been zooming back down ever since — even after controlling for changes in talent on America’s rosters. Yes, USA Basketball improved its team selections after its mid-2000s wake-up call, but the U.S. is also winning by wider margins than we’d expect from its talent improvements alone.And in many ways, the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will put this trend to the ultimate test. This year’s American roster is, according to BPM, the weakest U.S. Olympic squad since 2004, and the third-weakest since ’92. On the spectrum between America’s strongest Olympic teams (1992) and its weakest World Cup teams (2010), the 2016 version sits near the middle, but it also bears more resemblance to the average U.S. World Cup squad than the average Olympics entry. Without Steph Curry, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul (and so forth), this is just the kind of depleted roster that could have been poised to disappoint in years past.Instead, the U.S. is 3-0 — albeit shakily so after Wednesday’s unconvincing victory over the 11th-best team in the world. If the Americans can iron out the shooting woes of the Australia game and keep winning, it might mean this roster is better than the numbers thought. But it could also be further evidence that the U.S.’s competition is less of a threat than in years past. We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Despite trailing much of the first half, the U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Australia 98-88 on Wednesday, moving to 3-0 in Olympic pool play. Over those three games, the Americans have won by an average of 37 points, the third-best mark of any U.S. team through three games of a major international tournament1Including both the Olympics and FIBA world championships. since the Dream Team era began in 1992.The other two teams — the original ’92 wrecking squad and their ridiculously stacked 2012 heirs — dominated en route to Olympic gold. But if this year’s team ends up pulling the same trick, it might not be so much a testament to U.S. dominance as a signal that the rest of the world has gotten weaker in recent years after a long run of improvement.We can measure the progress of international competition over time using Team USA as a reference point. Since American Olympic and FIBA World Cup teams are made up entirely of NBA players (save for the U.S.’s 1998 FIBA Worlds squad, which featured zero stars due to that summer’s NBA lockout), we can estimate the total talent on those rosters using Box Plus/Minus (BPM).2Specifically, I built a multiyear projection model that estimates a player’s talent level in a given year using both the seasons leading up to and following the season in question, when available. Since these tournaments take place in the summer, I averaged a player’s talent estimate between the previous and next season; e.g., Michael Jordan’s rating for the 1992 Dream Team was an average of his 1992 and 1993 BPM talent ratings. In regular NBA competition, there’s a steady relationship between a team’s underlying talent, its per-game margin of victory and the strength of schedule it faced. Therefore, we can estimate the strength of Team USA’s opposition in international tournaments (such as the Olympics) by comparing its margin of victory to that which we’d expect based on the talent level of the U.S. roster. YEARTOURNAMENTROSTER TALENTPPG MARGIN 2016Olympics+13.1— 1996Olympics+20.8+32.5 2002World Cup+10.0+16.9 Based on multiyear Box Plus/Minus talent ratings, weighted by each player’s minutes played in the tournament.Source:, 2010World Cup+9.4+24.6 1994World Cup+9.5+37.8 2004Olympics+12.7+4.6 2014World Cup+11.4+33.0 1992Olympics+23.1+43.8 2008Olympics+19.0+27.9 2000Olympics+12.0+21.6 read more

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Struggling with email Heres how to make things easier for yourself

first_img Source: OutlookOrganise mail with labels/foldersFor: Gmail, Outlook, YahooIt’s a good idea to group new inbox entries when they come in so you know from a glance what they’re about when you revisit them.If you’re using a personal account, it’s probably better to keep the labels to a minimum unless you’re absolutely flooded with mail every day. Outlook lets you put mail into specific categories while Yahoo allows you to create folders for use. Source: GmailActivate canned responsesFor: Gmail, Outlook, YahooA useful feature found in Settings > Labs, canned responses can be used to give quick replies to mail like ‘see you in five minutes.’ Alternatively, all email providers allow you to create reply templates should you find yourself writing the same mail all too often.Undo sendFor: Gmail, Outlook (Office version)More a tip than a method to organise your mail, but sometimes you will hit the send button a little too quickly. If this happens regularly, you can activate the ‘undo send’ button in Gmail Labs.  Doing this gives you up a few seconds to undo your action before it reaches the recipient.A similar function is available in Outlook Office.Activate scheduled responsesFor: GmailIf you know someone will be back at a certain time but don’t want to fire them a mail since it will get buried, delayed emails is the tool for you.By downloading the Boomerang for Gmail extension, you can use this the next time you want to get a mail out of the way, but want to delay it. You can also customise it so that if you don’t get a reply, or if the mail isn’t clicked or opened, the mail returns to you. Source: GmailRead: These 17 web tools will improve your productivity >Read: Why you need IFTTT in your life right now > EMAIL IS THE bane of many a life. There’s nothing worse than coming into work every morning, or arriving back from a break to find your inbox is full of mail. The goal to bring your inbox down to zero and manage the influx of mail coming in is always a concern.Thankfully there are a number of steps you can take to help combat this. Here are a few to get you started.Create tabsFor: GmailAn incredibly handy tool once you get used to it, creating new tabs will greatly reduce the effort required to filter through your inbox. For Gmail, you can create up to five tabs which are:Social: Any notifications for your social media accounts will appear here.Promotions: Any newsletters or deals will come into this, marketing emails essentially Updates: Any automated messages such as product updates will come in hereForums: Any email update from messaging forumsPrimary: Your main inbox. Emails from personal users would feature here. Source: GmailActivate Keyboard shortcutsFor: Gmail, Outlook, YahooIf you want to speed things up a little bit, it’s a good idea to turn on keyboard shortcuts. You will have to activate them in settings first, but once you become accustomed to the basics, you will be able to filter through your inbox quickly. Certain providers like Gmail lets you customise keys, but what’s there should be more than enough.Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail can be found here, Outlook users can look here (and lets you choose different versions to use) and Yahoo users can see their version here.Sweep mailFor: OutlookMicrosoft Outlook (formally Hotmail) has an incredibly handy feature which can get rid of a specific type of email quickly. By selecting the mail you want removed, selecting sweep will get rid of any similar messages from that sender or delay an action until a certain amount of time has passed.last_img read more

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Biocarburants lambition de lUE trop coûteuse 

first_imgBiocarburants : l’ambition de l’UE trop coûteuse ?L’objectif que s’est fixée l’Union européenne en matière d’énergies vertes dans les transports, à savoir une part de 10% d’ici à 2020, aura un impact considérable sur le porte-monnaie des automobilistes, dénoncent les ONG Action Aid et Les Amis de la terre. D’ici à 2020, l’Union européenne vise l’ambitieux objectif de parvenir à 10% d’énergies renouvelables dans les transports. Une ambition qui dépendra en majeure partie du développement des biocarburants. Aujourd’hui, ils ne représentent que 4,7% de l’énergie utilisée dans les transports européens. Et les objectifs de l’UE pourraient coûter quelque 10 à 18 milliards d’euros par an aux automobilistes, affirment les ONG Action Aid et Les Amis de la terre. Quelques jours après la publication d’un rapport de la Cour des comptes soulignant l’impact du développement des biocarburants sur les consommateurs, les deux associations présentent une étude dans laquelle elles pointent du doigt le coût élevé des biocarburants. En 2020, le litre de bioéthanol devrait coûter 19 à 41 centimes de plus qu’un litre de carburant classique, tandis que le biodiesel sera 35 à 50 centimes plus cher, indique ce rapport.Action Aid et Les Amis de la terre ont examiné les exemples de l’Allemagne et du Royaume-Uni, et dénoncent également l’inefficacité des biocarburants et la façon dont des milliers de personnes ont dû céder leurs terres dans les pays en développement, saisies pour la production de ces carburants. Plus de 37 millions d’hectares ont déjà été saisis dans le monde, dont 66% en Afrique où les collectivités locales sont privés des terres et de l’eau indispensable pour leurs propres cultures. À lire aussiEn mars, le Portugal a produit 103% de son électricité grâce aux énergies renouvelablesElles déplorent également l’enchérissement des prix des matières premières agricoles. “Les décideurs européens doivent revenir sur leurs objectifs et les subventions aux biocarburants, et investir dans des solutions efficaces pour réduire le carbone”, déclarent les deux ONG avant d’affirmer que “les biocarburants européens ne réduisent pas les émissions et conduisent davantage de gens à la famine”.Des accusations fermement démenties par la Commission européenne, qui assure que le développement des biocarburants “permettra de réduire de 21% les émissions de gaz à effet de serre en 2020” dans l’UE, et ce en engendrant des hausses seulement “modérées” des prix de l’alimentation. Bruxelles évoque des augmentations par rapport à 2006 de l’ordre de 3 à 6% pour les céréales et de 8 à 10% pour le colza.Le 4 février 2012 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Climbing team aids man stuck above Dog Creek Falls

first_imgWith the help of a rescue climbing team, officials pulled a man stuck on a perch above Dog Creek Falls back to safety Thursday.According to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a phone call from Ken Alexander of Portland around 1:30 p.m., saying his friend, Wade Nelson, also of Portland, was unable to descend from a spot over the falls.Alexander said he and Nelson decided earlier in the day to climb to the top of Dog Creek Falls, west of White Salmon. They made it, but Nelson couldn’t make it back down, and they were worried he wouldn’t be able to without getting hurt.There’s no trail system to climb the falls, the sheriff’s office noted.A deputy and a ropes team from Skamania County EMS, along with firefighters from Skamania Fire District 1 and a Clark County technical rescue team, responded to get Nelson down.He was down and back with his friend 2 1/2 hours later, the sheriff’s office said, and no one was hurt.last_img read more

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More for Sports says PDM Congratulations to Golden Boy Delano Williams

first_img Related Items:bronze, delano williams, IAAF championship, Pdm, team great britain TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Sept 2015 – The performance of Delano Williams on the world stage has again ignited talk on what sports development gets financially in the country and the PDM party in its congratulations to the athlete, who is now a Bronze medal IAAF World champion winner said they will continue to advocate for more. Williams dazzled over the weekend and helped Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland to a third place finish in the men’s 4x400m relay at the athletics meet held in Beijing, China. PDM Leader Sharlene Robinson said: “We believe that Williams is a role model to all youth and adults alike. Though he originates from a small island nation, he continues to shine on the world stage and his success becomes our success…. Secondly, we are confident that he is succeeding as he is because he not only possess a healthy body but because he also possesses the right attitude to working hard, making sacrifices and remaining committed to the brightest future possible.” It was obvious that Delano is appreciated by his team too; his huge infectious smile and the team’s playful antics before and after the race showed that there was synergy on and off the track. All hopes are that this is a precursor to Delano making the Olympic team and earning an Olympic medal when the Summer Games unravel in Rio next year. Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOAlast_img read more

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Transmission fluid leak causes road closures in Chula Vista

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Hazmat teams and firefighters worked late to clean up an oil spill outside a repair shop in Chula Vista Monday night.It happened around 5PM off Broadway and E Street.Firefighters say, “a couple hundred gallons of transmission fluid” leaked down the street into a storm drain.Officials insist no oil got into the waterways.The road remains closed as the cleanup continues, and it’s unclear what caused the spill. Transmission fluid leak causes road closures in Chula Vista October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Helen Woodward Animal Center looking got help to foster hundreds of cats

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Helen Woodward Animal Center hosted a meet-and-greet for its orphaned pets and prospective short-term foster families.The shelter has received more than 200 cats and dogs in recent weeks and is in need of foster homes to care for orphaned puppies and kittens that may not be ready for adoption.For more information: Helen Woodward Animal Center looking got help to foster hundreds of cats, dogs Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img April 25, 2019 Posted: April 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settingslast_img read more

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SBI warns of further rise in bad loans in March quarter

first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya on Tuesday said the bank could see further increase in bad loans in the March quarter, which may weigh on its profit.”We had already said (so) at our press conference during the (third) quarterly results press conference. I will say the same thing, that our profits were impacted due to rise in non-performing assets (NPAs),” Press Trust of India quoted Bhattacharya as saying.”In the next quarter, too, NPAs will rise further, and will affect our profits,” she said.SBI, the country’s biggest lender by assets, reported a 62 percent drop in its net profit for the December quarter, as it had to make higher provisions to cover bad loans.The lender’s gross NPAs increased to 5.1 percent of its gross advances, from the 4.15 percent reported in the July-September quarter.SBI’s profitability was affected by a 60 percent increase in provisioning for bad loans. It had set aside Rs 7,645 crore for non-performing loans in the quarter. The bank saw its bad loans reach Rs 72,792 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) mandate to increase provisions for bad loans has hit public-sector banks badly in the quarter, with most of them reporting a sharp plunge in their profits.Punjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second-largest state-owned bank, posted a 93 percent fall in its profit for the December quarter as it had to allocate additional funds for bad loans.Public-sector banks such as Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce have reported massive losses for Q3 due to a sharp rise in provisioning for bad loans.last_img read more

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Modis BJP confident of new India election victory

first_imgIndian voter Salona Haldar (C) shows her ink-marked finger as she holds her baby after casting her vote at a polling station in a village on the outskirts of Amritsar on 19 May. Photo: AFPExit polls from India’s marathon election showed an “overwhelming” vote in favour of a new term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his party said Monday as shares and the Indian currency surged on expectations of a new term.While opposition parties refused to give in and the country faces a nerve-jangling three day wait until the official count begins, most media polls said Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies would secure enough seats to form a new government after the world’s biggest election.The seven rounds of voting over six weeks ended on Sunday with about 65 percent of the 900 eligible voters taking part, the election commission said.Modi, who fought an acrimonious campaign framed around his tough national security stance, and other top BJP leaders made no immediate claim of victory.The nationalist leader spent the weekend at a retreat in the Himalayas. He posted a Twitter picture of himself in a Hindu saffron robe looking out over the mountains.Party spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said however the polls “clearly show a huge positive vote for the leadership of Narendra Modi who has served the country with unmatched dedication”.”That people reward good performance has once again been proved by the overwhelming public mandate. This is a slap for the abusive opposition that made baseless charges and spoke lies,” he added.The Bombay Stock Exchange Sensex Index surged 2.69 per cent in morning trading while the Indian rupee strengthened to 69.54 per dollar from its Friday close of 70.22.”The markets are happy that the same government with Modi at the helm may come back and there is no political uncertainty. The BJP and Modi are seen as pro-business and pro-reform,” Ashutosh Datar, a Mumbai-based economist, told AFP.Traders said the rally may not last as the Indian economy has long term problems.Most polls predicted the BJP would lose some seats but still form a government.The BJP won 282 seats of parliament’s 543 elected seats in its 2014 landslide triumph and with allies had 336 seats. Leading polls projected the BJP-led alliance winning between 282 and 313 seats this time.Modi referendumThe opposition Congress party was predicted to double its 2014 tally of 44 seats — a historic low since India’s independence in 1947 — but still fall far short of a claim to power. The party pointed to the unreliability of polls in previous elections.The opposition led a campaign onslaught on Modi’s handling of the economy and failure to create jobs.But the vote increasingly became a personal referendum on one of India’s most popular and divisive prime ministers ever.The 68-year-old leader went to scores of rallies across the country to fire up his Hindu base and turn the campaign into a debate on national security following tit-for-tat air raids with Pakistan in March.Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi traded insults throughout the campaign.Gandhi, 48, attacked Modi over alleged corruption in a French defence deal and the plight of farmers, as well as on the economy.Modi’s government has fallen short on creating jobs for the million Indians entering the labour market every month, while the shock introduction of a sudden ban on high-denomination cash in 2016 disrupted business and Indian banks are struggling with huge bad debts.Hostilities spilt over again on the final day of voting.Tens of thousands of security forces guarded polling booths in West Bengal state on Sunday where the BJP has made a push against the regional Trinamool Congress party.An improvised bomb was thrown at one Kolkata polling station and security forces intervened to stop supporters of the BJP, communists and other parties from blockading voting booths across the state capital.In Madhya Pradesh state, in central India, a BJP worker was allegedly shot dead by a Congress official in Indore, police told media.The Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies estimates that parties have spent more than $7 billion on the election, making it one of the most expensive campaigns held in the world.Much of the cash was spent on social media, where the parties used armies of “cyber warriors” to bombard India’s Facebook and WhatsApp users with messages.last_img read more

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Flappy Bird in a Box can never be removed from an app

first_imgDong Nguyen, the creator of the original Flappy Bird, decided his super addictive game should no longer be available to purchase and download after it started racking up tens of thousands of downloads a day. So he removed it from the App Store. That spurned many a clone game, so many in fact, that both Apple and Google started rejecting them. But now there’s a new version of the game, and one that can never be removed from an app store.Flappy Bird in a Box or Flappy Bird IRL, which look to be its two official names, is a real life, physical version of Flappy Bird that exists inside a box. It was created by Fawn Qiu, founder of MakeAnything–a technology kit community focused on encouraging the use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to make stuff.Flappy Bird in a Box is a great example of that “you can make anything” mentality. It was developed using an Arduino, two servo motors, reed switches, magnets, and of course some cardboard. You can see it in action below:If the project seems familiar to you, it’s probably because this isn’t the first time such a game has been put together inside a box. Back in 2011, Teague Labs created a side-scrolling Mario game in a box using similar parts.Just like the original, this physical version of the game is hard, just as infuriating to play, and therefore probably just as addictive. Even creator Qiu only has a high score in the single digits.last_img read more

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The Tico Times is launching a new website Jan 15 Heres why

first_imgNo related posts. To our readers:2013 was quite a year for The Tico Times. When we started the newspaper more than 57 years ago, our goals were simple: provide a platform for students to learn journalism and serve the English-language community of Costa Rica. As we grew over the years, we became a real voice, an example of first-rate journalism and unquestionable ethics, and a great way to learn about what was going on, every Friday.Times changed. Economic crises came and went. The World of the Press faced a technological revolution. And we had to change, too.We stopped printing at the end of 2012, and to be blunt, we almost went under. We had three choices: 1) shut the publication, 2) attempt to stumble along, albeit only online, or 3) take the plunge and make the TT everything it can be, invigorating the substance that always made us what we are, but adding some panache and style with a classy new website to deliver that substance. We chose Option 3.Please join us as we proudly deliver that site to you starting Jan. 15. This is a major step for us, and we think you’ll like it. With this new chapter, we are not merely trying to survive – it is much more than that. We consider it our mission, following our legacy, to bring you the best source of news in English available in Costa Rica and Central America.To our readers and advertisers past and present, and to those who donated to our online fundraising drive that helped keep us alive: Thank you.Here’s to a new year and a new look. Substance with style. Always the same, only better.The Tico Times staffP.S. To advertisers, be part of our exciting new website by requesting your sales package at Special promotional rates are being offered through Friday, Jan. 10. Sign up now! Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Bush didn’t expect Trump to win the general election," national security adviser John Bolton said during a briefing Wednesday.

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