TDs online brokerage service faces outage as customers complain on social media

first_imgTORONTO – Some Toronto-Dominion Bank customers are having problems using its WebBroker internet brokerage service and taking to social media with their complaints.Several Twitter and Facebook users are complaining about problems logging into or using TD’s WebBroker website since Friday, and complaints about the bank logged on canadianoutages.com on Tuesday began to climb at around 9:30 a.m.The bank posted a message on the WebBroker website saying it is experiencing a system issue that is affecting a small percentage of clients, and clients can use the TD Mobile App as it works towards a solution.TD Bank spokesman Paolo Pasquini said the bank plans to make capacity upgrades Tuesday night to WebBroker that will help solve intermittent delays some of its clients have recently experienced online. Pasquini said clients can also call TD Direct Investing (1-800-465-5463) to speak with an investment representative who can help process transactions on their behalf.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank our clients for their patience,” he said.TD WebBroker user Adam Kauppi said he started having problems using the service on Friday and called the bank for assistance, but hung up after waiting for two hours on hold.Kauppi, vice president of strategy and operations for U.S. startup Adcuratio, who lives in Toronto, said on Tuesday he eventually reached a TD Bank representative via Facebook, who offered to reimburse him the fee for four trades. However, Kauppi said he’s a fairly active trader — with transactions typically ranging from US$10,000 to US$200,000 — and that roughly $40 in refunded fees is not enough.“When you’re trading in big dollars, any matter of seconds changes considerable dollars, which doesn’t compare to the $9.99 commissions they’re going to reimburse me,” he said in a phone interview.Kauppi also expressed frustration that there were problems on Dec. 29, the last day of the trading year, because failure to execute trades can have tax implications. He said he plans to reach out to TD again to ask for free trades as further compensation.Pat Martin, a bookkeeper based in St. Catharines, Ont., estimated that she has lost a couple of thousand dollars due to missed buys and sells since she began having intermittent problems with WebBroker in recent days.However, she said that she has had problems with WebBroker at least a half-dozen times over the course of the year, but the recent episode was “exceptionally bad.” Martin said she tried to call TD on Friday, but gave up being on hold for more than an hour. She was unsuccessful reaching TD Bank by phone on Tuesday as well, she said.“I’ve dealt with TD since 2009… and it’s a hassle to switch to a different broker,” Martin said in a phone interview. “But this year, I’m going to seriously do some due diligence on other brokers.”last_img read more

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CEO caught on TV singing Were in the Money after takeover

first_imgLONDON – The CEO of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has apologized after being caught on camera singing ‘We’re in the Money’ following the takeover of Walmart’s unit Asda.Mike Coupe was preparing for an ITV interview to discuss the $10 billion deal when caught on microphone singing a song from the musical ’42nd Street.’Coupe sang “we’re in the money, the sky is sunny, let’s lend it, spend it, send it rolling along.” He later described it as “an unguarded moment” before settling down to speak.He says it was “an unfortunate choice of song from the musical … I saw last year and I apologize if I have offended anyone.”The value of Coupe’s 1.28 million shares in Sainsbury’s rose over half a million pounds ($750,000) Monday after the deal’s announcement.last_img read more

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Alberta Metis vote to support Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion through BC

first_imgLAC LA BICHE, Alta. – An organization that represents Metis in Alberta says it supports the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline through B.C.The Metis Nation of Alberta says members voted in favour of the resolution at a conference on Sunday.President Audrey Poitras says solid economic investment, including pipelines like the Trans Mountain, is the right way to go.The expanded pipeline would triple the amount of diluted bitumen that is shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The organization says there are about 97,000 Metis in Alberta.The Metis Nation of Alberta is one of a number of Indigenous groups that have expressed interest in buying into the $4.5 billion project.“The Metis of Alberta are working together to provide a better future for our children and grandchildren,” Poitras said in a release.“I was very pleased by the strong show of support for this resolution.”last_img read more

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Bank of Canada studying issues around a central bank digital currency

first_imgCALGARY – The Bank of Canada is looking at the key questions around the design of a digital currency and the issues surrounding such an idea, a senior Bank of Canada official said Monday.However, deputy governor Timothy Lane told a University of Calgary audience that unless the risks associated with a central bank digital currency can be managed through appropriate design, the bank would not recommend issuing such a currency.“The design of a CBDC has important implications for its risk and benefits,” Lane said according to the prepared text of his speech released in Ottawa.“Some major reasons for caution about a central bank digital currency are concerns that it could become a vehicle for illicit transactions or that it could have significant negative implications for financial intermediation.”Lane said the central bank uses the term cryptoassets to describe cryptocurrencies because they do not do a good job of performing the basic functions of money. The value of bitcoin has swung wildly with it topping US$20,000 last year and now trading around US$6,000.However, Lane said, as cryptocurrencies evolve they may touch on the central bank’s core functions including monetary policy, financial stability, payments and currency.He said the Bank of Canada is not responsible for regulating cryptocurrencies, but it has been examining the potential impact on the stability of the financial system.Earlier this year, Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins called on authorities to work toward a set of globally aligned policies governing cryptocurrencies. She said it was important to have a strategy on cryptoassets that was as consistent as possible across countries.Lane said that differences in regulations around the world, together with the incompleteness of regulation in many jurisdictions leaves open room for regulatory arbitrage.“Differences in the regulatory treatment of these products for controlling money laundering and terrorist financing are a particularly pressing concern,” he said.Lane noted that they do not yet pose financial stability risks, but things are evolving rapidly as cryptoassets grow in size, complexity and interconnectedness.“As the underlying technologies and the design of crypto products evolve, we need to be ready to reassess how they might affect financial stability,” he said.“Some potential aspects include the integrity of payment systems, bank business models, and the exposures of financial institutions and infrastructures.”last_img read more

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CEO out at cosmetics maker Coty

first_imgNEW YORK — The top executive at the New York cosmetics maker Coty is leaving less than a week after revealing that significant supply chain problems sapped revenue during the first quarter.The company said Monday that CEO Camillo Pane, who led the company for two years, resigned for family reasons.Pierre Laubies, who last ran JDE, a beverage company, takes over immediately. He will also have a seat on the board.Coty, whose brands include CoverGirl, Max Factor and Hugo Boss, named Peter Harf as chairman Monday. Bart Becht, who was chairman, will remain on the board.The company will also add two independent directors to its board.Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan wrote recently that Coty, in addition to near-term supply chain issues, will be wresting with underlying weakness in its consumer beauty unit for the next two to three years.Shares of Coty Inc. tumbled 22 per cent last week after reporting first-quarter earnings and they are down 57 per cent this year. Shares rose almost 6 per cent at the opening bell.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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GFL executive joins forces with Paul Coffey in new waste management company

first_imgTORONTO — An executive with Green For Life Environmental has joined forces with former NHL star Paul Coffey to launch new environmental waste management company Environmental 360 Solutions Inc.Danny Ardellini, who founded National Waste Services which later merged with GFL, will head the new company.He says the company has the expertise and financial backing to become a significant player in the North American environmental waste management industry through acquisitions and internal growth.Toronto-based E360S says it completed its first deal by acquiring Can Pak Environmental Inc., a central Alberta-based business serving residential, commercial and industrial properties.E360S has nearly 100 employees, more than 35 trucks, and two recycling facilities that serve more than 150,000 customers weekly.In addition to the Stanley Cup champion, private equity firm Almada Inc. has also invested in the company.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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One year later ABI smelter lockout continues and town fears for future

first_imgMONTREAL — As workers marked the one-year anniversary of the lockout at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que. Friday, the impact of the lengthy conflict was being felt throughout the region.In addition to upending the lives of the plant’s 1,030 workers, the lockout is creating concern in the municipal administration and complicating life for local businesses. The slowdown has also deprived the provincial utility, Hydro-Quebec, of an estimated $215 million in revenues from sales it would have normally made to the smelter.The town of Becancour, hit by the closure of the Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor in 2012, relies heavily on ABI, which accounts for about 20 per cent — $4.5 million — of its tax base. It would be a “catastrophe for the region” if the smelter closed for good, Mayor Guy Dubois said.“We prefer not even to think about that,” Dubois said in a telephone interview. “But like it or not, we always have that at the back of our minds. For the moment, we have built our budget as though ABI was a corporate citizen as was the case in the past.”In 2018, despite the fact ABI gradually cut production and is now operating at one-sixth of capacity, Becancour did not see a drop in tax revenues coming from the company.But the plant’s unionized workers, whose average annual salary is around $80,000, are big contributors to the region’s economy. Currently, they are getting just $600 a week from their union, less than half their usual wages.The situation has had repercussions on local merchants, in particular restaurants, Dubois said, but so far none has been forced to close its doors. “The current context of full employment has helped a lot,” he explained. “It would be very different if the unemployment rate was higher.”Still, the lockout has had a negative impact in Becancour’s industrial park and port. ABI’s production cuts have meant a drop of about $1 million in revenues for the port, though this has been partly compensated by the development of new markets.There are no signs that the labour conflict is close to being resolved. The two sides show little sign of budging despite negotiating sessions and a mediation process that ended Dec. 21.The opposing sides are the United Steelworkers and ABI, which is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. The main issues dividing the union and the employer are the pension plan and seniority provisions covering the assignment of workers.“I’ve joked in the past that the only thing we can do is pray,” Dubois said. “We hope that each side will be able to compromise a little. That’s the only way out of this.”After a year living on a much lower salary than usual, more and more workers are struggling to make ends meet. They say they have no intention of returning to work without a negotiated collective agreement, so many are turning to part-time jobs.Martine Gauthier, who has worked nearly 31 years at ABI, will soon be eligible for retirement, but she refuses to leave before the conflict is resolved.Her 25-year-old daughter is a graduate student at the Universite de Sherbrooke, and to help cover her tuition expenses, Gauthier is taking on a part-time job in addition to her picket duties. “Is Mom going to stop paying for her studies? No. My daughter is a good student. I cannot abandon her,” she said by telephone.Clement Masse, president of the union local, said the workers’ resolve is not cracking. But he acknowledged that he did not expect the impasse to last so long.“It’s been long,” Masse said in a telephone interview. “You can’t say that people aren’t fed up. What they want is a negotiated agreement. Naturally, we are going to meet our members in the coming weeks.”Union members planned a demonstration Friday afternoon outside the office of the local member of the provincial legislature, Donald Martel, who represents the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec. Their aim is to remind the government how long the conflict has dragged on.This week, the government announced the creation of a three-member working group drawn from bureaucrats in the Labour Department to examine the situation. But Labour Minister Jean Boulet said the government is not yet prepared to try to force a settlement.“I will not impose a solution,” he said in an interview. “I spoke up and expressed my huge disappointment at the way the two sides behaved during the mediation. But I can’t do the job on my own.” Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Collision between train and tractortrailer closes Prespatou Road

first_imgThe road is said to be closed in both directions, and it’s not known when the road will reopen. At this point, there’s no word on the status of the occupants of both the train and the tractor-trailer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A collision involving a CN Rail train and a tractor-trailer has closed the Prespatou Road north of Fort St. John.According to the RCMP, the collision occurred at around 8:51 a.m. at a level crossing approximately 30 kilometres north of Fort St. John. Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that that the collision occurred in the Montney area, near where the Prespatou Road and the 256 Road meet.The approximate location of this morning’s train collision. Just in: Train Vs Semi. Prespatou Rd at 256 Road. No other details at present. Updates will be provided once Known. Prespatou Road Currently closed.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 28, 2018This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.If you have any news tips or photos of the scene of the collision, email news@moosefm.ca.last_img read more

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TransCanada profit and revenue rise as oil and gas pipeline flows strengthen

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Higher volumes from its growing stable of oil and gas pipelines in the United States and Canada drove improvements in fourth-quarter earnings, TransCanada Corp. reported Thursday.Oil and gas production growth in the U.S. and full oil pipelines in Alberta _ where the provincial government has enacted production cuts to free up pipeline space and draw down overflowing storage _ helped drive net income to $1.09 billion, the Calgary-based company said.That translated to $1.19 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $861 million or 98 cents per diluted share for the same quarter a year earlier. “With a $36-billion backlog of projects to drive cash flow growth over the next few years, we see the company as well-positioned to continue to grow cash flow and increase its dividend,” Edward Jones analyst Jennifer Rowland said in a report.Results were boosted by about $4 billion of growth projects that have been placed into service over the past 12 months, the company said.It reported higher contributions from its U.S. natural gas pipelines segment, mainly due to increased earnings from Columbia Gas and Columbia Gulf growth projects placed in service.It had higher earnings from its liquids pipelines segment primarily due to higher volumes on the Keystone pipeline system and increased earnings from liquids marketing activities and pipelines placed in service in the second half of 2017 in Alberta. The company said it had recovered $470 million in November from the five partners in the LNG Canada joint venture. That’s what TransCanada spent in pre-final investment decision costs on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink project it’s building to supply natural gas to a liquefied natural gas export facility on the B.C. coast.TransCanada said it now has commercial support for all available capacity on its proposed 590,000-barrel-per-day Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta into the U.S. and has started pre-construction activities.Earlier this week, Calgary-based oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. said it had increased its shipping commitment from 50,000 to 150,000 bpd on the line, in part by assuming the Alberta government’s pledge to use 50,000 bpd of the capacity.TransCanada said it expects the Nebraska Supreme Court to reach a decision in the first quarter of 2019 regarding a challenge to the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s Keystone XL route approval.center_img “We continue to realize the growth expected from our industry-leading capital expansion program as we place new long-term contracted and rate-regulated assets into service,” said CEO Russ Girling on a conference call.“Simply, the demand for our infrastructure remains strong, driving historically high utilization rates across our systems. That, combined with new assets entering service, resulted in record earnings and cash flow for 2018.”For the year, TransCanada had net income attributable to common shares of $3.54 billion, versus just under $3 billion in 2017, as revenue rose to $13.68 billion from $13.45 billion.Revenue was $3.91 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $3.62 billion in the last three months of 2017.TransCanada also announced Thursday it would raise its quarterly dividend to 75 cents from 69 cents per share, representing its 19th consecutive annual increase.Comparable earnings for the quarter amounted to $1.03 per share, up from 82 cents per share a year earlier, beating analyst consensus expectations of 96 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

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Hoardings carrying pics of party leaders and govt schemes being removed

first_imgNEW DELHI: Public hoardings carrying images of party leaders, government schemes or any political references are being removed or covered up in the city in accordance with the model code of conduct for the general elections, officials said Tuesday. Pictures of political leaders have been ordered to be removed even from websites, they said.”All public hoardings carrying images of party leaders, government schemes or any political references have been ordered to be removed or covered up in accordance with the model code of conduct,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAnother senior official said use of any imagery of armed forces or invoking references to air strike on posters, hoardings or any other publicity platform “would amount to violation of the poll code of conduct”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pictures on Mohalla Clinics establishments or on hoardings put up for the fourth anniversary of the AAP government are also being removed or covered in keeping with the model code of conduct. The Election Commission had announced the schedule of the general elections on Sunday, following which the model code of conduct was enforced. Kejriwal government’s ‘Chaar Saal Mein Hua Kamal’ themed hoardings still dot various public places and Delhi Metro station buildings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKailash Colony metro station in south Delhi till Tuesday carried advertorial hoarding on the station’s building. A response from Delhi Metro authorities is awaited. Civic officials said they have received the instructions from the Election Commission and work has begun on removing or covering of such hoardings. A senior official of the BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation said, “We received the instruction on Monday and work has begun to comply with the order.” Singh said after meeting was held with various government agencies, including the three corporations, Delhi Cantonment Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Police and election officers to emphasise the provisions of the code. Hoardings put up outside the premises of political parties would also be removed or covered, he said.last_img read more

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UEFA to investigate Neymars VAR criticism after PSG defeat

first_imgParis: Paris St Germain forward Neymar will be investigated by UEFA for lashing out at the video assistant referee (VAR) system after their Champions League exit to Manchester United last week, European soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday. The Brazilian, sidelined by injury, was infuriated by a late penalty awarded to United in PSG’s last-16 second-leg defeat in Paris which saw them go out on away goals and Neymar later called the VAR system a “disgrace”. “A disciplinary investigation has been initiated based on Article 31(3) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations in connection with statements made by PSG player Neymar,” UEFA said. “Information in respect of this investigation will be made available in due course,” it added in the statement. United, who had lost the first leg at Old Trafford 2-0, were awarded a stoppage-time penalty for handball against Presnel Kimpembe after the referee consulted VAR. Marcus Rashford held his nerve to score and seal a 3-1 victory for United which was enough for the visitors to progress on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate. Neymar missed both legs of the tie after injuring his foot in January.last_img read more

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Pramod Sawant to be new Goa CM

first_imgPanaji: Goa Assembly Speaker Pramod Pandurang Sawant will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of a BJP-led coalition government on Monday evening by Governor Mridula Sinha, a senior BJP leader said. Sawant, who will be the 11th Chief Minister of the coastal state, will succeed his mentor Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. The last rites of Parrikar were held on Monday evening with full state honours. “The BJP had finalised Sawant’s candidature last night. But we only managed to convince alliance partners today (Monday) evening in the presence of our national President Amit Shah and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. He will be sworn in as Chief Minister later today,” said the BJP leader who did not want to be identified.last_img read more

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Two die three injured as factory wall collapses in Shahdara

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons died and three injured after a part of a wall collapsed in an aluminium factory in Delhi’s Shahdara on Thursday. An Official from East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said that the building owner in order to rebuild the wall was demolishing the wall when the incident happened.The deceased have been identified as Baldev and Dharmender, both in their early 30s. According to the fire department, they received information regarding the incident around 11.54 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Five people were buried under the debris in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area. They were engaged in a repair work when the incident happened,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said. The persons who were at the spot did not get any time to escape and were trapped under debries. The police were informed about the incident. Fire official stated that they took out the victims from the debries. The victims were rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where two were declared brought dead while three others are undergoing treatment, the police officer said. Three persons aged between 22-27 are still undergoing treatment at hospital. A senior police officer in the Shahdara district said that the probe is on to check negligence in the incident. “It’s an old building and investigation is going on to know whether it was legal or not. We have registered a case against the owner,” the police officer said.last_img read more

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Facing arrest Perus exprez Garcia shoots himself dead

first_imgLima: Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case, his lawyer and hospital officials said. The 69-year-old Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery for “a bullet wound to his head” at the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima, the hospital said. Peru’s Health Minister Zulema Tomas said Garcia was in “very serious and critical” condition. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We’ve had to resuscitate him three times. He’s had three cardiac arrests,” said Tomas. “He is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved,” added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia’s head. The attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia’s home in the posh Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. “This morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself,” Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsGarcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, is suspected of having taken bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in return for large-scale public works contracts. In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied. He is one of four Peruvian ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals alongside Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo. Odebrecht has admitted to paying 29 million in bribes to Peruvian officials over three administrations. Some of those payments were allegedly made during Garcia’s second term in office to secure a contract to build the Lima metro. Peruvian press reports also claim Garcia received a 100,000 payment from an illicit Odebrecht fund for giving a speech to Brazilian business leaders in Sao Paulo in May 2012.last_img read more

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BCCI CoA to discuss Arjuna nominees on Saturday

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) will discuss the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominations for this year’s Arjuna Award among others things when they meet in the capital on Saturday. GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim is expected to propose the names to the committee comprising of Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lt. Gen. Ravi Thodge. While nominating players for the award will be on top of the agenda list, another important factor will be discussing the matter of the women’s head coach and refer it to the Ombudsman to take a call on the decision-making process. This apart, the CoA will also propose the prize money for new tournaments, propose guidelines for utilization of funds granted, discuss the recommendation of ombudsman in the Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman matter as also check the progress in the formation of the players association. A senior BCCI official said that the nomination for Arjuna Awards will be decided on the basis of seniority. “We will decide on the nominees on the basis of their seniority. There will be both men and women cricketers who will be in the list that Karim presents,” the official said. When asked if someone like K L Rahul — has played for the country in 34 Tests, 14 ODIs and 27 T20Is — could be considered after coming under fire for his inappropriate comments in a chat show, the official said: “It is a closed matter technically and there is no reason why he cannot be given the award for his contribution to the game after the ombudsman gave him a clean chit. But yes, timing is something that can definitely be debated.”last_img read more

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Navy Coast Guard ships and copters NDRF teams deployed along east coast

first_imgNew Delhi: Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in strategic locations while Army and Air Force units have been put on standby as severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is approaching towards India’s eastern coast, officials said.The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to deal with emergency situations, met here Tuesday for the second time in as many days and reviewed the preparedness with the states and departments concerned of the central government to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. “The Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force units in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have also been put on standby,” a home ministry official said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (eight teams), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (five teams) for prepositioning. In addition, the NDRF is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, the official said. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprises about 45 personnel. A home ministry statement said based on the decision of the first meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the central government has already released advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to assist them in undertaking preventive and relief measures. States have issued advisories and are ensuring that fishermen do not venture into the sea. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned. The home ministry is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned. Reviewing the preparedness of the states and central agencies, the cabinet secretary directed that all necessary measures be taken to prevent any loss of life and to keep in readiness essential supplies including food, drinking water and medicines etc, the statement said. He also advised all concerned to make adequate preparations to ensure maintenance of essential services such as power, telecommunications in the event of damages caused to them. During the meeting, officers of all state governments concerned confirmed their preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. The IMD informed that the severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ lay centred this afternoon at about 800 kms south of Puri. According to the IMD, it is very likely to intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and reach Odisha coast by the afternoon of May 3. Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, East and West Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogly and Kolkata districts of West Bengal, and Srikakulam and Vijayanagram districts of Andhra Pradesh are likely to be affected according to present indications, the statement said. Chief secretaries and principal secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal participated in the NCMC Meeting through video conference.last_img read more

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7 Oz independent candidates unite against Adani coal mine

first_imgMelbourne: A group of independent candidates for this month’s federal elections in Australia have vowed that, if elected, they would use their influence to stop the Indian energy giant Adani’s billion-dollar controversial coal mine in Queensland as part of their climate change action.Businessman Gautam Adani-led Adani Group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal. Seven high profile candidates, including independent Members of Parliament–Kerryn Phelps and Denison Andrew Wilkie, issued a combined statement, brokered by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), vowing to work together to achieve meaningful action on climate change, with blocking the Carmichael mine topping their list of demands. ACF Chief Executive Officer Kelly O’Shanassy said: “This election has been marked by the large number of individuals willing to stand-up and have a go at breaking-up the climate dysfunction and denial impeding action to cut Australian climate pollution. “Through this agreement the ACF hopes to help end the climate wars that have plagued recent governments” he said. ptilast_img read more

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Barrackpore on edge Overactive Arjun Singh intimidates TMC supporters

first_imgKolkata: Voting in Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency witnessed utter unruly behaviour on the part of BJP candidate Arjun Singh and his supporters throughout the day.The day began with Singh and his supporters chasing Trinamool Congress supporters with sticks near a booth at Mansatala Primary School in Kankinara. The Central Forces intervened and brought the situation under control. Soon after, Singh was involved in a scuffle with TMC supporters and the police at a booth in Mohanpur and sustained injuries on his lips. Singh again went to Kankinara where he faced agitation from TMC supporters who greeted him with “go-back” slogans. The personal security guards of Singh somehow managed to disperse the agitators. It was till 2 pm when Singh was seen near a number of booths at Jagaddal, Naihati, Halisahar. In the late afternoon when he went to Amdanga, he was chased by some TMC supporters after he allegedly tried to intimidate them. Singh lost his balance and fell on the ground and was somehow escorted away from the spot by his personal security guards. While Singh was over-active, TMC candidate Dinesh Trivedi was found in a relaxed mood. Trivedi was seen mainly in Bhatpara till 2 pm and in the late afternoon, tried his hands on cricket with a few children. “The common people have showed their anger against Singh through agitations wherever he went. Singh had tried to intimidate voters with his muscle power before the elections. I am hopeful that people of Barrackpore have vented out their rage against him and we would know when the ballot box is opened on May 23,” Trivedi said. Senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim lashed out at Singh for demanding repoll in all the booths in Barrackpore. “Singh was seen resorting to hooliganism from the morning, knowing fully well that he will be facing defeat. The saffron party is making such hue and cry after each of the elections in an effort to disturb the peaceful polling in the state,” he added. Bhatpara is one of the Assembly constituencies under Barrackpore parliamentary constituency which was won by Arjun Singh with a Trinamool Congress ticket in 2016 Assembly polls. Singh joined the BJP and has been fielded by the saffron party against Trivedi. The latter had won the Barrackpore seat in the last Lok Sabha polls by a huge margin and the BJP had come third.last_img read more

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BJP supporters attack TMC men in Baruipur

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters allegedly attacked a rally of Trinamool supporters at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas on Monday afternoon. Later, police intervened and brought the situation under control.According to sources, BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to attend an election campaign meeting at Madarhat in Baruipur in support of Anupam Hazra, BJP’s poll candidate for the Jadavpur constituency. However, the meeting was cancelled at the last moment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen the information of cancellation was announced, BJP supporters reportedly got agitated. Sources informed that as the land owner did not issue a permit to the party to hold the meeting, it had to be cancelled. The message of cancellation was posted on Twitter by BJP leadership. As BJP workers and supporters had gathered there since morning to take part in the campaign, they reportedly got agitated following its cancellation. Almost at the same time, Trinamool workers and supporters had taken out a rally in support of their candidate Mimi Chakraborty. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Trinamool workers were campaigning in several auto rickshaws. While passing through the area, some BJP supporters allegedly hurled expletives at the Trinamool workers. Hearing this, the Trinamool supporters protested. Following this, the BJP supporters allegedly started ransacking the auto rickshaws without any provocation. The Trinamool supporters retaliated and both groups got involved in a clash. Even BJP candidate Anupam Hazra was seen screaming at the Trinamool workers instead of controlling the agitating workers of his party. Upon receiving the news, a huge police force was sent to the spot. After almost an hour, police managed to bring the situation under control. Police pickets have been posted in the area, suspecting further law and order problems. While the clash was going on at Baruipur, BJP’s Diamond Harbour candidate Nilanjan Roy’s car was intercepted at a naka-checking point in Central Avenue on Monday. Roy was taken to Bowbazar police station along with his car and was thoroughly checked. He was later released. Meanwhile, minister of state for Textiles (Uttarakhand) Ajay Tamta’s car was stopped at Patuli, where he was detained for a long time. He has claimed that it was an instance of police harassment.last_img read more

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Adel Imam Refuses to Talk to Moroccan Press

Marrakech- Egyptian actor Adel Imam refused to make a statement to the Moroccan press who were covering the Marrakech International Film Festival.Allegedly, the Egyptian star refused to talk to the Moroccan press because of a monopolistic contract he signed with the Middle East Broadcasting Center Group (MBC).As a result, Adel Imam may not give press releases to any media outlets without obtaining prior permission from MBC, which monopolizes Imam’s talks to the press. According to Nonpress, the official website of the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Egyptian actor was paid MAD 2 million to attend the meeting, which disappointed cinema specialists in Morocco, who believe that this money should go to Moroccan actors.The 14th Marrakech International Film Festival kicked off on Friday under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. The festival paid tribute to Egyptian actor Adel Imam.The festival will also pay tribute to two key figures in the Moroccan film industry: Zakaria Alaoui and Khadija Alami. read more

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