The vehicle of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed Parra came under fire from unknown gunmen in central Kashmir’s Budgam on Sunday evening. He escaped unhurt in the attack.“I had gone to condole the death of my personnel security officer’s mother at Handjan village in Budgam on Monday evening. As we moved out of the village, unknown men opened fire at my bullet vehicle from an orchard, which we mistook as stones initially. One we realised we are fired upon, we sped away from the area to save our lives,” Mr. Parra told The Hindu.The police have registered a case.Security beefed up A red alert has been sounded across the Kashmir valley ahead of the Independence Day. The main venue for the I-Day function haD been sealed for the commoners.Sharp shooters atop several buildings near the Srinagar venue haD been deployed to ward off any attempt by the militants to barge into the venue.According to a police advisory, militants may tried to disrupt the Independence Day celebrations in the Valley.Scuffle at Lal ChowkMeanwhile, a scuffle broke out at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk when a group of people tried to unfurl the tri-colour.An official said three non-locals attempted to hoist the tricolour near the Clock Tower. However, many people nearby tried to thrash them.A police official said a case had been registered against the miscreants who tried to disrupt the political activity in the area.
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chung saved four break points in a fourth game of the second set lasting 12 minutes, holding for 2-2. But Nadal accelerated after that and served out the victory on his second match point.Nadal, who is tied for a record 30 Masters titles with Djokovic, has never won the tournament in Paris. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who beat 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2.Third-seeded Marin Cilic won 6-4, 6-3 against Borna Coric in an all-Croatian match.Cilic, who had 13 aces, will next play 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. He eased past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1.No. 4 Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 9 John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 6-3.Haase next plays No. 13 Juan Martin del Potro, who eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2. The big-serving Argentine needs to win in Paris to have a chance of reaching the Finals in London.Isner, who lost last year’s final to Murray, faces No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov. He beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson’s chances took a blow after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco.No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid to reach London is over following a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Julien Benneteau in an all-French match.Benneteau plays No. 7 David Goffin of Belgium, who won 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 against Adrian Mannarino.Also, No. 16 Jack Sock of the United States had 14 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win against Kyle Edmund and faces Pouille in Thursday’s third round. Nadal is also the oldest year-ending No. 1, testimony to his relentless determination.“It’s about the passion for what you are doing. It’s about the mentality of waking up every morning with the right motivation to go on court and improve something. That’s the winning mentality, no?” he replied, when asked what drives him. “The passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen … not everybody is able to do it.”The only downside this season has been always losing to Federer, who leads the ATP Tour with seven titles.Federer has beaten Nadal four consecutive times — not dropping a set in three of them — and the 19-time Grand Slam champion was in outside contention for the No. 1 ranking before pulling out of Paris to focus on the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week.The 21-year-old Chung broke Nadal in the ninth game of the first set and held for 5-5. 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(AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fourth time, surprising even the fiercest of competitors after a wrist injury and a lack of form severely dented his steely confidence.The 31-year-old Spaniard assured himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday in the second round of the Paris Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next The 16-time Grand Slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.“One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No. 1 again at the end of the season,” said Nadal, who missed large parts of 2016 because of a troublesome wrist. “It has been an amazing year.”Nadal’s comeback has been truly remarkable, even by his lofty standards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.“It was impossible for me to think about (being No. 1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years,” said Nadal, who also finished as No. 1 in ’08 and ’10. “It means a lot. 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Patna: At least 13 people, including women and children, were killed and nearly half a dozen injured in incidents of lightning strikes across Bihar in last 24 hours, an official said here on Wednesday. Deaths were reported from Kaimur, East Champaran, Jehanabad, Gaya, Patna, Vaishali and Muzaffarpur, a Bihar State Disaster Department official said. According to officials, five deaths were reported from Kaimur, three from East Champaran and one each in the remaining districts. “The state government has ordered ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of those who lost their lives,” an official of the Disaster Management Department said. According to the weather office, lightning strikes are usually reported during the June-September monsoon season.
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VICTORIA – Finance Minister Carole James says she’s optimistic about British Columbia’s bottom line even though the budget will have a smaller surplus.The 2017-18 budget has a projected surplus of $190 million, $56 million less than the NDP forecast earlier this year, James said Tuesday in releasing the province’s second quarter fiscal update.The economy is still projected to grow by 2.9 per cent.Government revenue has dropped by $283 million, largely because it has collected less in personal and corporate income tax, James said. Wildfire costs were also up by $152 million since September’s update.“I’m optimistic we’re going to continue to see the growth projections that we see and, in fact, strong growth based on the targeted investments we are putting in place in this province,” James said.She said the minority New Democrat government has proposed long-term plans to support child care and housing.“Investing in affordable housing is going to help employers who are looking to invest in B.C.,” she added.The province is forecasting a 9.3 per cent boost in retail sales and 17.3 per cent growth in exports.There were 42,296 housing starts from January to October, keeping pace with the feverish pace of recent years and well ahead of the historic average of 29,465.“All of these indicators continue to show growth,” James said.She said the previous Liberal government posted large budget surpluses of $2 billion and higher, but more should have been spent on housing, children and those in need.“Good fiscal management is making sure the economy is strong and the benefits of that strong economy are felt by all British Columbians.”Liberal finance critic Shirley Bond said the positive numbers reflect the fiscal discipline of the former government.“Although the NDP inherited a $2.7 billion surplus, they have already managed to dip into B.C.’s savings and they haven’t even fulfilled most of their major campaign spending,” Bond said in a statement.James would not speculate on the impact the government’s impending decision on the future of the Site C dam would have on the budget. The B.C. Utilities Commission has estimated cancelling the hydroelectric dam would cost about $4 billion.
Noida: A BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh has announced severing ties with his son after he was fielded by the Congress as a Lok Sabha candidate and alleged the opposition party exploited “political differences” within his family.The Congress on Saturday announced Arvind Kumar Singh, son of BJP MLC Jaivir Singh, as its candidate from the Gautam Buddh Nagar constituency, which is currently represented by BJP leader and Union minister Mahesh Sharma. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have already fielded Satveer Nagar from the constituency. The BJP is yet to announce its candidate. In a Facebook post on March 17, Jaivir Singh said his whole family including wife Raj Kumari Chauhan, a former Lok Sabha MP from Aligarh, their three sons and a nephew have “complete loyalty” with the BJP and are committed to the public policies of the party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi “But my son Arvind Kumar Singh started expressing a different ideology ever since his marriage two years ago and he started staying separately from the family,” the MLC said. Jaivir Singh, who earlier served as a BSP MLA from Barauli, said he joined the BJP in 2017. Arvind was opposed to the BJP and did not took its membership, he said. “Therefore, he was also released from the position of the Chancellor of the (Noida International) University. Now all social and political relations with him have come to an end,” Singh said.
Chennai: Led by the former captain of the Indian national side Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), led by Dhoni’s successor and current skipper Virat Kohli, by seven wickets in the opening encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.Batting first, RCB were bowled out for 70 in 17.1 overs in which Parthiv Patel top scored with 29 off 35 balls. Harbhajan Singh (3/20 in 4 overs), Imran Tahir (3/9 in 3 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/15 in 4 overs) shared the wickets. Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with a wicket. In reply, CSK scored the runs in 17.4 overs with Ambati Rayudu scoring 28. RCB in defeat maintained their inglorious record against CSK and also had the ignominy of ending with the sixth lowest total in the league. Skipper Dhoni’s move to open with Harbhajan paid rich dividends as he removed rival skipper Virat Kohli (6) in the fourth over and RCB never recovered from that early blow.
Young Boys Coach Gerardo Seoane has revealed he wanted his team face a Juventus team that had Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch.The Swiss side is in Turin to face Juve in their second Champions League group game, but CR7 is suspended after being sent off against Valencia.“We’re sad that Ronaldo isn’t there, it’s the same for any injured or suspended the player,” Seoane said in his pre-match Press conference.“It would have been nice for us to face him on the pitch, but if Ronaldo doesn’t play then another champion will because Juventus have good alternatives in every area.“It would have been nice to see him on the pitch though.”Seoane was asked if his side are nervous about taking on one of the favourites to win the competition.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“The team is always focused, every game. We know that every day presents a new challenge and different opponents to face.“The players are very focused and I think the atmosphere can help a lot with that.“It’s a different situation [to Manchester United], we’re away for this one and there’s a big difference.“It’s our first Champions League and we know there isn’t much room for mistakes. We must always perform well, always make the right choices, and be attentive in both attack and defence.“Of course we know that the opponent matters too, so it’ll be a very difficult game.“[Jordan] Lotomba has been injured for some time and is unavailable, and also Kevin Mbabu is out for this game, unfortunately.”
Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry 7 $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quietly bought a $59 million estate in Lake Tahoe, according to a report. James Martin Mark Zuckerberg takes his privacy very seriously. The Facebook CEO quietly purchased real estate worth $59 million in Lake Tahoe, California, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. He reportedly used a limited-liability company named Golden Range, a wealth manager and nondisclosure agreements to purchase two adjacent homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The agreements required real-estate agents to keep Zuckerberg’s identity secret and called for online listing pictures of the houses to be taken down, according to the report.Zuckerberg also has properties in San Francisco, Palo Alto and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The tech billionaire reportedly purchased his first Lake Tahoe property in December for $22 million, and the second for $37 million in January. The lengths Zuckerberg went to keep the deal private come as Facebook grapples with issues around user privacy. The company has been reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. First published May 2 at 3:41 p.m. PT.Update, 4:37 p.m.: Adds that Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 2 See It $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)
This uninhabitable house for sale in San Francisco is in such disrepair that potential buyers can’t enter the property, and it comes with a demolition permit. It hit the market in May with a price tag of $2.5 million. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Bay Area residents could get a lot of new wealthy neighbors courtesy of Uber’s IPO.When the ride-hailing company went public earlier this month its current and former employees amassed roughly $3.25 billion in Uber stock — that’s enough money to buy every home for sale in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, according to real estate brokerage Redfin. And there’d still be half a billion dollars left over.Redfin used Uber’s pre-IPO price of $45 per share to run its numbers. The company’s stock has since fallen below that level and currently changes hands at about $41 per share. The analysis is meant to give a sense of how much wealth has been created by Uber’s IPO and how it might affect the housing market, Redfin’s chief economist, Daryl Fairweather, said in an interview.”This has really put a new jolt into the San Francisco housing market where otherwise it might have stabilized,” Fairweather said. “San Francisco is seeing double-digit price growth, which is pretty remarkable.”San Francisco is the most expensive large housing market in the US, with an average home costing $1.43 million as of April, according to Redfin. The high prices may be good news for existing homeowners, but they’re likely bad news for everyone else who isn’t expecting a Silicon Valley IPO windfall.”San Francisco has been grappling with this increase of prosperity for a long time,” Fairweather said. “This is only going to make the situation worse.”And Uber is only one of several San Francisco-based companies hitting the stock market this year. Lyft and Pinterest have already gone public. And Airbnb and Slack are expected to also have IPOs in 2019.Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.Redfin calculated the employee value of Uber’s IPO using the company’s global workforce of 22,263 people. It’s unclear how many of those employees live in the Bay Area and work at its San Francisco headquarters. Rough estimates put the number at around 6,000 employees.As far as available homes in the Bay Area, Redfin estimates there are 1,661 homes currently for sale in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley that are worth a combined total of $2.85 billion. And the 862 homes for sale just in San Francisco are worth $2.1 billion.Fairweather said Redfin has seen a jump in the San Francisco housing market as tech companies have gone public over the past couple of months. Home prices were down at the beginning of this year, she said, but in April they quickly rose.Even if Uber’s stock doesn’t perform well over the next few months, the magnitude of its current $68 billion market capitalization is immense, said Issi Romem, chief economist for real estate website Trulia. But, he added, the worries around what that’ll do to San Francisco’s housing market may be overblown.”Despite being centered in San Francisco, the impact of the IPO is likely to be diffuse throughout the Bay Area,” Romem said. “It will add a substantial new increment to housing demand in the region, but it will not upend the market as some have foreseen.” 0 Tags Post a comment Still, the city’s housing crunch and wealth inequality will likely intensify without a major increase to housing supply, Fairweather said. People who don’t work in the tech industry, like nurses, teachers, nonprofit workers and artists, will continue to move out of San Francisco because it’s become so unaffordable.”It’s the No. 1 city for people who are looking to leave,” Fairweather said, citing Redfin’s migration data. “As affordability becomes more of an issue, that will continue to happen.”Originally published May 21. Update, May 23: Adds comment from Trulia Chief Economist Issi Romem. Related stories Tech Industry Stock Market Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires Uber’s IPO filing dishes on frenemies, synergies and #DeleteUber Uber CEO says it’s been a ‘tough day’ on the stock market Share your voice Uber
Copper prices are expected to shoot up amid fears of a shortage of the metal as about 2,500 workers at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile are expected to strike on Thursday. Stock markets abuzz with rumours of Axis Bank-Kotak Mahindra Bank mergerThe workers, at the world’s largest copper-mining operation, had last week voted to reject a company wage offer and opted instead to go on strike, which the union has warned could be lengthy. They have alleged that BHP has offered no pay hike and is seeking to cut bonuses for those who take voluntary redundancy, as well as change shift hours. Chile’s copper output dropped by 3.9 percent in 2016, primarily on account of lower production at Escondida and Anglo American Sur mines. The South American country produces about 28 percent of the world’s copper. BHP holds a 57% stake in the Escondida mine, with Rio Tinto and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. as other major investors. Fearing a strike at the Escondida mine and expectations that it could trigger supply disruptions at other mines as well, prices for the red metal have been trading at an almost 18-month high of $6,000 a tonne. According to US-based brokerage Jefferies, a work stoppage at Escondida will reduce about 25,000 tonnes a week from the global copper market. For 2017, Escondida is purported to produce 1.1 million tonnes of copper, about 5 percent of the world’s total. The operator of the mine, Minera Escondida, said if the strike stretches on, it will stop producing copper as the local labour regulator has designated 80 workers to carry out work such as maintenance. The company has requested the local government to attempt a negotiation, but union officials said they were nowhere closer to a deal. Copper is used in everything from construction to telecommunications.
TwitterJuly 14 would be the biggest day of the year from a cricketing point of view. The World Cup will conclude with hosts England locking horns with the perennial underdogs New Zealand in the big final at the Mecca of cricket – Lord’s. England are certainly going into the match as favourites but after their amazing performance in the semis, nobody would dare to discount the Kiwis.One of these two teams would end up becoming a new World Champion. England have lost three finals so far while New Zealand’s only appearance in a title bout came in 2015. Handling the pressure and keeping nerves in control would be as essential as the usage of skills in this game.With all set for a grand finish to what has been a brilliant World Cup, let us identify those big factors that will decide the fate of the two teams in the grand final.ConditionsThe conditions in the two semi-finals couldn’t have been more different. While the overcast conditions in the New Zealand vs India match greatly assisted the bowlers, the other semi-final had a flat pitch where England made a mockery of the 224-run target. If the pitch for the final is another shirt-top, then the hosts will have a huge advantage as they have played on such tracks over the last four years and achieved great success. But if there is help for the bowlers, then, the Kiwis, thanks to bowlers like Trent Boult and Matt Henry, would fancy their chances. Hence, the skies and the 22 yards of ground will make a big difference. Boult is as good as any for utilizing spin-friendly conditionsTwitter/Cricket World CupTossToss has proven to be extremely crucial throughout this tournament. England came into this World Cup with the reputation of a side that is extremely comfortable while chasing, even when the target is big. However, that reputation got torn in shreds with three losses and after that, the team opted to bat first in their key matches when their captain won the toss. Hence, batting first in the finals will also be a big advantage. Yes, the hosts thrashed Aussies in the semi-final batting second but New Zealand, who just defended 240 against India would be a different proposition. On top of that, the pressure of final will also bear upon the teams. So, the side batting first will have a head-start. Roy has been instrumental in turning around England’s fortunesTwitterJason RoyBefore the World Cup, most people, when asked who would be the most important players for England in the tournament, would have mentioned Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, etc. But it has turned out that the man who seems most indispensable to the home side is their opener Jason Roy. His absence from the team due to an injury co-incided with a serious dip in the form of the English side. The moment he came back into the side, their fortunes turned as Roy started to blaze away in the first 10 overs and give his team the early advantage which they capitalised on to win matches. His comeback triggered a turnaround for England and they haven’t looked back. Due to his presence, Jonny Bairstow has also been able to get himself in and score hundreds. Whether he succeeds or fails will be a huge factor in Sunday’s final. These two will be key to their team’s successTwitterRoot vs WilliamsonTwo of the best batsmen in the world, Joe Root and Kane Williamson, would have a lot riding on their shoulders going into this match. Both would be expected to hold one end up for their teams and bat till the end. For these two, a hundred or more in the final would be a big achievement. Both are not only important for the runs they themselves score but also for how much pressure they absorb and freedom they give to the batsmen at the other end. It would be essential for one of them to bat through the innings and shepherd their side to, either victory in chase or a high score in first innings. Whoever does that better is likely to end on the winning side.Utilizing the new ballBoth New Zealand and England are in the final because their new ball bowlers destroyed the opposition’s top order in their respective semis. This clearly illustrates the dependence of these two teams on the success of their new ball bowlers. Archer and Chris Woakes on one side and Boult and Matt Henry on the other would be needed to fire and get early wickets for their team to gain ascendancy in the game. The success or failure of these bowlers to do that would be another key factor.
Microbus gas-cylinder blast kills three and injures four others. Photo: Prothom AloThree passengers of a microbus were killed and four others, including three policemen, injured as its gas-cylinder exploded at Kumudini College intersection in Tangail town early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Jannatul Ferdous Bonna, 19, her maternal uncle Sirajul Islam, 60, and her cousin Faruk Hossain, 42.Saidur Rahman, office-in-charge of Tangail Model police station, a gas-cylinder of the microbus exploded in the Kumudini College area around 4:00am when the victims were returning from Rajshahi, leaving the three dead on the spot and four others injured.The injured were admitted to Tangail General Hospital, the OC added.
Listen u.s. immigration and customs enforcementThe Center for Central American Resources (CRECEN, by its acronym in Spanish) is having a forum to try to shed some light about how the Trump Administration is enforcing immigration laws.The organization, which has worked with Houston’s Latin American community for over three decades, will hold the forum this Saturday, February 25th, to address the risks undocumented immigrants may face.They will also try to answer questions about what can happen to other groups, for example, families that are made up of both undocumented immigrants and United States citizens.Teresa Borden, a spokeswoman for CRECEN, says they will advise the audience to have a plan in case a family member is set for deportation.“Among those things are setting up a power of attorney, so someone can take charge of, you know, of children, of affairs, if a person gets picked up,” notes Borden.Abraham Galaviz, one of the immigration lawyers that will participate in the forum, thinks there may be questions about the Temporary Protected Status, commonly known as TPS.President Donald Trump hasn’t talked about eliminating it, so Galaviz thinks that section of the immigrant community can have peace of mind.“If you have temporary protected status, at this point you shouldn’t be losing sleep over this,” Galaviz told Houston Public Media, although he clarified immigrants under the TPS who have been convicted of a crime “may have something to worry about.”The forum will take place at a business located at the intersection of Interstate 45 and Aldine Bender Road starting at 2:30 p.m. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:19 Share X
Share John Jordan for The Texas TribuneThe Confederate Soldiers’ Monument on the south lawn of the state Capitol in Austin.Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday isn’t the only holiday this week for state employees in Texas. They can also take off Friday for a state holiday that has been a source of controversy: Confederate Heroes Day.Confederate Heroes Day is a skeleton crew holiday, when state employees can take a paid day off but state offices remain open. Employees who work can take another day off instead, according to Kevin Lyons of the Texas comptroller’s office. Other skeleton crew holidays include Texas Independence Day and San Jacinto Day. Some lawmakers attempted in 2015 and 2017 to change the name of the holiday to “Civil War Remembrance Day” and move the date to avoid occasional conflicts with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the measure never gained traction. “We’re not talking about wiping out that part of history — or those that may be our family members who fought in the Confederacy,” said state Rep. Donna Howard, author of the 2015 proposal. “But we are saying that it needs to be inclusive of everyone else and reflect the way we want to recognize what happened … and the fact that we are the United States now.” In the past year, the issue of Confederate memorials and monuments has gripped the nation. Last August in Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacists held a rally protesting the city’s plan to remove a Confederate statue, leading to a deadly clash between ralliers and counterprotesters. In Texas, the state Capitol has recently faced criticism over its Confederate monuments and UT-Austin removed its confederate statues, which campus president Gregory Fenves called “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.” Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Marshall Davis said this week the symbols of Confederate veterans don’t stand for hate but for history and honor.“They served their country nobly and bravely, and many, many of them never came home,” Davis said. “When these monuments are being taken down, these are United States veteran memorials. Whether you understand the causes of the war or support the war, you still need to honor the veterans that were there.” Davis said Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Confederate Heroes Day falling on the same week means there can be space to celebrate multiple heroes this week. Confederate Heroes Day has been a state holiday since 1973, when lawmakers voted to consolidate two state holidays: Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday on Jan. 19 and the June 3 birthday of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy. Texas is one of nine states, along with South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana, that have holidays remembering Confederate soldiers. In 2015, Howard’s proposal to move the holiday to May — to align with the official ending of the Civil War — and call it “Civil War Remembrance Day” caused an uproar at the Texas Capitol. Student Jacob Hale introduced a draft of the legislation during a committee hearing, telling lawmakers the change would create a “more accurate symbol of our state’s diverse history.” The measure died in committee. State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, filed a similar measure in 2017, but the bill never got a hearing. Morgan White, a state employee in Austin, is not working this Confederate Heroes Day because she’s on leave. “I don’t think people take it off in order to celebrate the holiday really,” White said. “People just want an extra day off work.” John Jordan / The Texas TribuneThe plaque on the Confederate Dead Monument on the South Lawn of the state Capitol in Austin on Jan. 16, 2018.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Rice University professors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn view Hurricane Harvey as a pivotal event for Houston – a wake-up call to rethink our relationship with nature and our understanding of climate change; and an opportunity to implement changes that will make the region more resilient to future storms.Part 10 of 10-part series, “Stories from the Storm”. More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey. This article is part of the Stories from the Storm podcast Share X Listen 00:00 /17:05
The Maryland residents who struggle the most to make ends meet are paying the highest share of their income in taxes to the state, with minorities disproportionately affected, according to a new report by the Maryland Center on Economic Policy.According to the report, this reality results in a “racially imbalanced tax structure” since African Americans in the state are almost twice as likely as Whites to fall in the bottom 20 percent of household incomes.“The poorest 20 percent of Marylanders—those with incomes below $24,000 per year—pay an average of 9.7 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes,” reads the report. “The richest 1 percent of Marylanders—those making at least $481,000, and whose average income is $1.6 million—pay only 6.7 percent of their income in state and local taxes, on average.”Further, not only are White Marylanders almost twice as likely as Black Marylanders to reside in the top 20 percent of incomes, White Marylanders are more likely to reside in the top 20 percent than any other earnings category.Additionally, and despite the tendency of both major political parties to talk about helping the “middle-class,” those in the middle 20 percent of incomes pay the highest share of their income in taxes, at 10.3 percent.But the greatest implications for the Maryland economy reside in the high tax burden for the poor, since they are disproportionately minority and Maryland “will be a “majority-minority” state (where Whites make up less than 50 percent of the population) by 2020. Consequently, “the majority of Marylanders will be disproportionately taxed,” says the report.The report continues: “There are both moral and practical reasons why policymakers should correct this inequity. The most pressing reason is that our current tax system prevents the state from raising the funds necessary to make important investments in education, roads and other infrastructure, public safety, and healthcare—investments that help build a strong economy.”email@example.com
Professional Locha, a stand-up comedy show is going to be staged in the Capital on 14 September at Epicentre, Gurgaon. All of us have different professions and every profession has its own pros and cons. This show will present how professionals from different professional backgrounds discuss it and generate real comedy. It will highlight the frustration of a professional and the pressure he/she handles everyday. So if you are stuck in a boring job, or you are misfit at your workplace, or you are mad at your boss for being a pain in the posterior region, than make sure you get the venue on time. It won’t help your situation, but it’ll make you laugh at a screwed up life. The artistes performing are – Amit Tandon, Madhvendra, Mayank, Pratyush, Shashwat and Prakhar. This team of frustrated comedians will leave no profession untouched and no job untarnished.
Read MorePublic told to stay off burnt areas of Roaches following fire Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said: “It’s not surprising GMB members rejected Liverpool Airport Ltd’s new pay offer – because to accept it would mean a real terms pay cut for them “The company really don’t seem willing to compromise – increasing their offer by just .2% “Meanwhile we dropped our expectations by .6% to try an avoid industrial action. “We have informed the company strike action will not be suspended unless a 3.6% increase is offered. “Despite this attitude, GMB is more than willing to get round the table and try and reach a deal which will stop industrial action – and avoid any more disruption for travellers.” Read MoreFour arrested after burglars target businesses The GMB added they had dropped expectations for a pay rise from 3.6 per cent down to three per cent. Liverpool John Lennon airport is a popular hub for budget flights to the continent and widely used by passengers from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. An airport spokesman said they were disappointed at the announcement of further strike action – and added they would ensure passengers did not face disruption. He said: “In recent months, Management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have been in talks with Airport Company employees who are members of the GMB Union regarding the 2018/19 pay award. “The Airport Company recently made an improved final offer of 2.2% backdated to 1st April 2018, plus a £150 one-off payment, equivalent to an average pay award of 2.7%. This is an increase of 0.7% on the Company’s original offer and above the current Consumer Price Inflation rate of 2.5%. However, the GMB have today informed the Airport that their members have voted to reject this improved offer and will continue with their industrial action. “To date, two strike periods have already taken place totalling 48 hours of industrial action including over the busy Bank Holiday weekend. However robust contingency plans put in place by the Airport Company have ensured that passengers have continued to receive excellent customer service throughout as usual. Read MoreThree charged after break-in at Staffordshire shop “There have been no delays to any flights or disruption to passengers as a consequence of this industrial action, with the number of flights departing on time actually higher than our normal best in class performance for flight punctuality, as previously recognised by OAG. “These plans will remain in place during any future strikes to ensure that it remains business as usual throughout all further industrial action too. “The Airport Company is again very disappointed with the result of this latest ballot and continues to believe this pay offer compares favourably with pay increases seen by many other large private and public sector organisations across the region. The Company hopes that GMB members will recognise that the offer put forward represents a fair and reasonable pay increase in the current climate.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA trade union are holding at least 12 more days of strike action at an airport popular with North Staffordshire and South Cheshire passengers – after rejecting a pay offer from airport management. The GMB trade union have this afternoon announced plans to hold four days of strike action at Liverpool’s John Lennon in September, with a minimum of eight more planned for October. The industrial action will see 80 workers from aviation rescue and fire fighting services, the control room, engineering and driver operations and airport bird control will walk out. The latest announcement follows industrial action by GMB in August – with a further 12 hour walkout taking place today (Monday September 3). The industrial action follows a pay dispute, with 68 per cent of GMB union members rejecting the airport’s offer of a 2.2 per cent payrise and a £150 lump sum, which the union claims amounts to a real terms pay cut. Strike action at Liverpool John Lennon AirportThe GMB have announced strike action will take place on the following days in September (the dates in October are yet to be announced) Thursday September 13: 7am until 7pm. Wednesday September 19: 7am until 7pm. Monday September 24: 7am until 7pm. Wednesday September 26: 7am until 7pm.