A Delhi court has held five Uttar Pradesh police personnel and a property dealer guilty of torturing a broker’s friend to death at Noida’s Sector 20 police station in 2006.The accused police personnel, in connivance with the property dealer, had arrested the victim at his house on the charge of robbery on a complaint.Plaint by victim’s fatherThe police had lodged a case in the matter on a complaint by the victim’s father. The case was earlier tried by a Gautam Budh Nagar court. The Supreme Court later transferred it to the Delhi court stating that “free and fair trial of the case will not be possible within the State [Uttar Pradesh], more so because the accused are members of the police force.”Holding the accused guilty of kidnapping and beating the victim to death with the knowledge that it would lead to his death, Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra said, “It has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that accused sub-inspectors Hindveer Singh, Mahesh Mishra, constables Pradeep Kumar, Pushpender and Haripal Singh, in connivance with accused Kunwar Pal Singh, and in furtherance of their common intention, abducted Sonu alias Somveer from his native village Hazrat Pur and maliciously confined him till he was declared dead knowingly that by confining Sonu illegally they were acting contrary to law as they were apprehending Sonu for involvement in case crime no. 320/06, PS Sector-39, Noida without any evidence or reasonable suspicion against him.” “Not only this, they tortured Sonu while he was in their custody knowingly that by such beatings/torture they are likely to cause death of Sonu,” the judge said.
They were the favourites for the World Cup title and both India and Sri Lanka have made it to the finals after eight matches. Here’s how the two teams progressed.IndiaDateMatchVenueResultSat 19 FebIND vs BANShere Bangla National Stadium, MirpurIND won by 87 runs Scorecard | Match reportSun 27 FebIND vs ENGEden Gardens, KolkataMatch ends in tieScorecard | Match reportSun 06 MarIND vs IREM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (Bangalore)IND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportWed 09 MarIND vs NEDFerozeshah Kotla, DelhiIND won by 5 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 12 MarIND vs SAVidarbha Cricket Association Ground, NagpurSA won by 3 wktsScorecard | Match reportSun 20 MarIND vs WIMA Chidambaram Stadium, ChennaiIND won by 80 runsScorecard | Match reportThu 24 MarIND vs AUS2nd Q-finalSardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, MoteraIND won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match report Wed 30 Mar IND vs PAK 2nd Semifinal Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali IND won by 29 runsScorecard | Match reportSri LankaDate & TimeMatchVenueResultSun 20 FebSL vs CANMahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, HambantotaSL won by 210 runs Scorecard | Match reportSat 26 FebPAK vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboPAK won by 11 runsScorecard | Match report Tue 01 MarSL vs KENR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 9 wicketsScorecard | Match reportSat 05 MarAUS vs SLR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboMatch abandonedScorecard | Match reportThu 10 MarSL vs ZIMPallekele International Cricket Stadium, KandySL won by 139 runsScorecard | Match reportFri 18 Mar 02:30 PM ISTNZ vs SLWankhede Stadium, MumbaiSL won by 112 runsScorecard | Match reportSat 26 MarSL v ENG4th Quarterfinal (D)R.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 10 wktsScorecard | Match reportTue 29 MarSL vs NZ 1st SemifinalR.Premadasa Stadium, ColomboSL won by 5 wktsScorecard | Match reportadvertisement
In this May 3, 2017, file photo, San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) dunks the ball in front of Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela, right, during the second half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in San Antonio. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Spurs. The 7-foot Spaniard and the team came to agreement on Friday, July 21, 2017, on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)MILWAUKEE — Pau Gasol signed with the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, two days after the 38-year-old Spanish center reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs.The two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star averaged 4.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 12.2 minutes in 27 games for the Spurs this season, his 18th in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT In 1,223 career games with Memphis, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago and San Antonio, he has averaged 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.59 blocks and 33.5 minutes.He is one of four players with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe 7-footer helped the Lakers win titles in 2009 and 2010. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Jon Jones covets Brock Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments
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Marouane Fellaini conceded Manchester United are going to find it difficult closing the gap on the Premier League’s leading pack after drawing 1-1 with Wolves on Saturday.Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at Old Trafford for the first time since suffering a brain haemorrhage in May and United were unable to secure a win.Although Fred gave the hosts the lead against the run of play in the 18th minute , Wolves battled back and deservedly levelled just after the break – Joao Moutinho finding the top-left corner after good hold-up play by Raul Jimenez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! United piled the pressure on towards the end, though clear-cut opportunities remained infrequent and Wolves held on to a well-earned point.The result leaves United eight points adrift of pacesetters Liverpool – who beat Southampton 3-0 – and Fellaini is already concerned by that gap.”Everyone is disappointed,” the Belgian told Premier League Productions. “We know we can do better.”We had to win today because after that it will be difficult to close the gap. Everyone is disappointed, but that is football.”We have to move the ball quicker, when we create the chances we have to score.”And a frustrated Jose Mourinho was scathing in his assessment of his team for how they got caught on the ball in the build-up to Wolves’ equalising goal. “It’s a situation that the players knew perfectly, that they press in midfield,” he said after the game. “These two Portuguese boys [Ruben Neves and Moutinho], they are both the kind of player that likes to bite, that likes to [give] short distance, to press, we know that they don’t give a long time for you to have the ball, to turn, to one-touch, two touches.”You don’t have much of that, so you concede in a situation which is much harder to accept but that is one goal that you concede and you have 90 minutes to show a different attitude and I think we have to do better.”
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova claimed their third consecutive grand slam doubles title with a convincing 6-2 6-1 victory over Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua at the French Open on Sunday.The top-seeded pair of Mattek-Sands and Safarova, who also won the 2016 U.S. Open and the Australian Open earlier this year, are one grand slam away from holding all four majors at the same time.The Australian duo, who were bidding for their first grand slam title together, struggled for the majority of the hour-long contest after their serve was broken three times in each set.Mattek-Sands, however, praised her opponents, who had dropped just one set on their way to the final.”You guys have done a great job and you’re an awesome team” the 32-year-old said. “I’m sure we’re gonna be facing you again soon.”The Australian pair reached three grand slam finals together in 2013 without taking home the trophy and were unable to end their long wait in Paris, while Dellacqua’s overall record in women’s doubles finals is 0-7.
Late last week, Motorola confirmed its plans to launch the Moto E5 Plus in India. The company has been posting teasers of the phone on its social media pages, touting impressive battery life and a full-screen Max Vision display for an immersive video experience, among other things. On Monday, the company announced that the Moto E5 Plus will be unveiled on July 10 and the handset will be exclusive to Amazon India and will also be available offline via Moto Hub stores across India.The Moto E5 Plus will be the third Moto phone to launch in India this year following the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Play. The E5-series was first unveiled in Brazil a couple of months ago alongside the Moto G6-series. Both the series bring a new design language compared to their predecessors. Notably, like the Moto G6 and G6 Play, the Moto E5 Plus also brings a full-screen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.The upcoming Moto E5 Plus sports a 6-inch HD+ 720×1440-pixel 18:9 IPS LCD display. This means you get narrow bezels on the front with the fingerprint sensor being moved to the back embedded in the Moto logo. The phone is made to look premium like the Moto G6 with a reflective back that gives off a wavy pattern, glass front and a metal frame. Unlike the Moto G6, the back of the Moto E5 Plus is not made of glass but a glossy plastic shell.The back also sees a circular camera setup, which looks similar to the Moto G6 and the Moto X4 in design. This is not a dual setup, however, and you only get a 12-megapixel sensor with LED flash, PDAF and laser autofocus. Up front, the Moto E5 Plus gets an 8-megapixel sensor with a selfie flash.advertisementPowering the Moto E5 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is coupled with 3GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card up to 256GB. There’s no word yet on whether Motorola will launch a higher 4GB + 64GB variant in the Indian market. The phone is also expected to run a near stock Android Oreo out-of-the-box with some Motorola-specific features like Moto Actions and Moto Display on board.The biggest highlight of the Moto E5 Plus is its 5,000mAh battery, which will allow you to consume media on-the-go without the fear of battery dying on you too fast. The phone measures 161.9 x 75.3 x 9.35mm and weighs 200 grams thanks to the large battery inside. Connectivity options on board include a 3.5mm headphone jack, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS, among other things. The variant released outside comes with a single SIM, but Motorola could bring a dual-SIM model to India on July 10.The Moto E5 Plus price in India is yet to be announced. Considering the Moto G6 and G6 Play have been priced at Rs 13,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively, we expect the E-series to be priced somewhere along the same lines considering the specs on offer.
Tata Motors has started providing ABS with EBD and corner stability control as standard safety features across all the variants of Tiago and Tigor. This has come as a welcome step with the company setting very high safety standards and giving much importance to the protection of passengers.While Tiago’s brochure on company website confirms the availability of ABS with EBD and corner stability control across all variants of the car, Tigor’s brochure does not confirm it. But several reports online claim that these safety features have been made standard across all the variants of Tigor as well.Earlier, ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and corner stability control were only provided in the XZ, XZA and XZ+ variants of Tiago and Tigor.That safety is very high on the priority list of Tata can be gauged from the fact that the home grown auto major’s compact sports utility vehicle, Nexon, has scored a five-star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test. Besides, the government has made it mandatory for all the cars produced in India from April 1, 2019, to have ABS in them.Also, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai have provided ABS with EBD as a standard safety feature across all the variants of WagonR and Santro, respectively. These two cars are the main rivals of Tiago. Also, Tigor’s rivals like Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Hyundai Xcent get ABS as standard across all variants.Both Tiago and Tigor get a Revotron 1.2-litre, three cylinder petrol engine and a Revotorq 1.05-litre, three cylinder diesel engine. The two engines come with multi drive modes and are mated to a manual five-speed transmission. The petrol variant has an option for a five-speed automatic transmission as well.advertisementWhile the petrol engine makes 85 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and churns out 114 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, the diesel variant produces 70 PS of power at 4,000 rpm and is good for 140 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.Tigor is priced between Rs 5.42 lakh and Rs 7.51 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Tiago ranges from Rs 4.20 lakh to Rs 6.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).ALSO READ | Land Rover launches 2019 Discovery Sport Landmark Edition, price starts at Rs 53.77 lakhALSO READ | White most preferred colour choice among Indian car buyers in 2018ALSO READ | Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS launched in India at Rs 7.46 lakh
International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Thursday said, people, these days don’t have five day’s time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.Shashank Manohar, on the second day of his invitational visit to Bangladesh, said the ICC Test Championship, starting after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, is one of the last-ditch efforts to revive Test cricket.Manohar’s comments come even as the ongoing season has produced some fine Test cricket. While Asian giants India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia, the West Indies are showing signs of revival after thrashing England in the first two Tests of an ongoing three-match series at home.Despite the quality of Test cricket seeing an upward trend, footfall (or the lack of it) at even some of the most popular venues across the globe has been a huge cause for concern. It is safe to say global cricketing powerhouse, India is struggling to bring audiences to the stadiums for Test cricket.At the same time, a large sum of the world’s richest cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s revenue is generated from Indian Premier League, the glitzy and glamours franchise-based Twenty20 tournament.T20 has the maximum TRP: ICC chairman”We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.advertisementTalking up the T20 format, the ICC chairman added: “If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”The ICC approved its first-ever Test championship for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during the said duration in a home and away format. The two teams finishing at the top two spots of the Test championship table will then play the final.The Test championship is one of ICC’s latest moves to bring context to Test cricket. While the introduction of day-night cricket saw an increase in attendance, India’s reluctance to adopt the pink-ball cricket is not helping the sport.ICC chairman on cricket’s inclusion to OlympicsMeanwhile, Shashank Manohar also spoke about the practical difficulties of getting the International Olympic Committee to include cricket in the Olympic Games.”We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” Manohar added.”For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries.”Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Won’t be disappointed even if India lose New Zealand T20s, focus is on World Cup: GavaskarAlso Read | Vidarbha beat Saurashtra by 78 runs to defend Ranji Trophy titleAlso See:
Gaming smartphones have been picking up pace in the Indian market lately and companies are cashing in on the opportunity. After the BlackShark 2, Nubia is set to bring the Red Magic 3 to the Indian shores soon. The company has even disclosed its launch date – it’s coming on June 17. This makes it the fourth flagship-grade smartphone equipped with the Snapdragon 855 to launch this summer, after the OnePlus 7 series, Oppo Reno and BlackShark 2.The Red Magic 3 has been in news for a while now. Last week, AnTuTu claimed that the Red Magic 3 led its benchmark tests with the highest scores, beating all other flagship smartphones by some margin. And that only justifies the credentials of this gaming smartphone. Because when you look at the spec sheet of the Red Magic 3, it comes across as nothing less than beastly.All gaming and flagship phones come with the Snapdragon 855 chipset but Nubia uses custom cooling solutions to sustain higher peak performance than its rivals. The Red Magic 3 is probably the first smartphone to use a combination of liquid cooling technology as well as a fan-based cooling system. Therefore, like a gaming laptop, you have actual heat vents. The phone also sports an RGB LED light at the back like its predecessor.That’s not the only gaming device highlight the Red Magic 3 boasts. Like the OnePlus 7 Pro, it sports a 90Hz OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The phone uses a fairly stock version of Android 9 Pie with certain under-the-hood optimisations to ensure fast gaming performance. Plus, a massive 5000mAh battery should ensure longer backups during gaming sessions. If you like photography, Nubia has stuffed in a 48-megapixel Sony camera at the rear and a 16-megapixel camera at the front.advertisementThere’s no hint of the price yet but a recent report by 91 Mobiles suggests that Nubia could launch the 8GB RAM variant around Rs 36,999. This could make the Red Magic 3 great value over the OnePlus 7 if specifications matter more than anything else. It is even said that Nubia wants to go aggressive with its pricing which means we could see a possible price of around Rs 30,000 in India.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone to launch in India soon, features turbo fan cooling and 90Hz AMOLED screenALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 launched: 90Hz OLED display, turbo fan cooling and other gaming-centric specificationsALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark score
zoom Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has warned that as negotiations continue between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing the U.S. waterfront employers, the potential exists for some marine vessels from the U.S. West Coast to be diverted to Canadian West Coast Marine ports.The potential labour disruption may further impact twenty-nine U.S. West Coast ports, including all the major West Coast container ports, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. It is anticipated that vessel diversions would be to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert, said the notice in a CIFFA bulletin today.CBSA said that with Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) processing, clients must ensure that they continue to follow all existing guidance documents such as D Memorandum and ACI Participants Requirements Documents. The CBSA advises clients that all elements of the Customs Act and its regulations will be enforced.Cargo shipments that do not meet the ACI requirements may be subject to CBSA enforcement actions. All other laws and regulations enforced by the CBSA are applicable to these shipments and conveyances.In addition, the CBSA said it would like to remind clients that all shipments must continue to comply with the regulations of other government departments, where applicable.Source: Inchcape Shipping Services; Image: Port Metro Vancouver
New Delhi: India’s economy will grow at a median rate of 6 per cent during the first quarter of the current financial year ended June 30, according to a Ficci report. The country’s economy grew at 8.2 per cent in April-June 2018-19. The growth numbers for the first quarter are expected to be released by the Central Statistics Office next week. “The recently released unemployment numbers by NSSO reaffirm the grim situation with regard to employment in the country,” said Ficci Economic Outlook Survey. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt pegged the annual median GDP growth forecast for 2019-20 at 6.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 6.7 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively. The median is the middle number in a sorted, ascending or descending list of numbers which can be more descriptive of a data set than the average. A majority of the participating economists in the survey suggested the RBI will continue its accomodative stance, with a further cut in the repo rate in the remaining part of 2019-20. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThey felt that the prevailing real interest rates were high. They also signalled that tardy deposit growth is haunting the banks as it is limiting their ability to lend and is preventing adequate transmission. The participants identified four key areas of improvement that would help create more jobs: cost of doing business; regulatory reforms; labour reforms and announcement of sector specific special packages. They observed that slower global growth will impact India’s growth prospects going forward. In fact, economists unanimously indicated that India’s potential growth rate would be between 7-7.5 per cent, which is lower than the 8 per cent plus potential growth rate estimated until a few years back, Ficci stated. However, a majority of participants felt that potential GDP growth would settle at 7.5 per cent. The participants were skeptical and divided about replicating the previous high growth performance of over 8 per cent and sustaining it at that level, Ficci stated. Those who were optimistic believed that a turnaround would be challenging given the current global environment and could take at least three to four years, it added. To achieve India’s potential growth rate, the economists suggested boosting agriculture, strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), undertaking factor market reforms and enhancing avenues for infrastructure financing. A factor market, also referred to as the input market, is a place where companies buy what they need to produce their goods and services. The survey was conducted during June-July 2019 amongst economists belonging to the industry, banking and financial services sectors. While the median growth forecast for agriculture and allied activities has been put at 2.2 per cent for 2019-20, the industry and services sector are expected to grow by 6.9 per cent and 8 per cent respectively during 2019-20, the survey revealed. The outlook of participating economists on inflation also remains benign. The median forecast for Wholesale Price Index based inflation rate for 2019-20 has been pegged at 2.9 per cent, with a minimum and maximum estimate of 2.1 per cent and 5.7 per cent, respectively. Besides, the median forecast for the Consumer Price Index is 3.7 per cent for 2019-20 with a minimum and maximum estimate of 3.4 per cent and 4.1 per cent, respectively. However, according to the survey, concerns remain on external front with median current account deficit forecast pegged at 2.3 per cent of GDP for 2019-20. Merchandise exports are expected to grow by 3.6 per cent, while imports are expected to grow by 4 per cent during the year. Overall decline in global growth forecasts, escalating trade tensions, uncertainty around Brexit and foggy outlook on international crude oil prices have emerged as key concerns on the external front. The economists opined that it was necessary to ensure availability of capital and access to diversified long-term capital sources for carrying out productive investments in the economy. They felt borrowing costs should be lower to drive investments and employment in the country. They said greater efforts are required to develop the bond market, non-bank financial sector, and the stock exchanges. Economists also felt the need for establishing a long-term development finance institution on a priority basis.
OTTAWA – The federal government is set to reveal Canada’s next governor general Thursday with an announcement outside the doors of the Senate.Multiple officials say that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make the announcement himself, and is expected to be flanked by the new viceregal just as Gov. Gen. David Johnston stood alongside Stephen Harper when he was tapped for the job in 2010.Sources say Trudeau informed the Queen during an audience with her last week of his recommendation to the post.Johnston’s term is set to expire in September, after Harper extended it by two years ahead of the 2015 federal election.The identity of who will replace him has been a closely guarded secret with few in Ottawa in the know about who will become the 29th person to hold the position.Traditionally, the viceregal job rotates between anglophones and francophones, with all indications pointing to a francophone filling the portfolio beginning this fall.
The United Nations and the world’s most personalised music streaming service, MixRadio, marked International Day of Happiness and the launch of the #HappySoundsLike playlist with a surprise performance from global singer/ songwriter, Cody Simpson, at South by Southwest.Cody Simpson celebrates International Day of Happiness with UN and MixRadio Credit/Copyright: Getty ImagesFinalising a weeklong campaign to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness, the #HappySoundsLike playlist created by MixRadio, was unveiled to guests attending and available for the world to listen to at www.happysoundslike.com. Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson celebrate International Day ofHappiness with UN and MixRadioCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesRecognizing that music has the power to spread happiness and inspire solidarity and hope for a better tomorrow, United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with international artists including Britney Spears, Nicole Scherzinger, Ed Sheeran, Charlize Theron and John Legend contributed their happiest track to create the world’s happiest playlist, #HappySoundsLike.Cody Simpson comments, “I am really pleased to be part of such an amazing campaign with the United Nations and MixRadio to raise awareness of International Day of Happiness.“I hope everyone gets behind the day and listens to the #HappySoundsLike playlist.”Jyrki Rosenberg, Head of MixRadio, comments, “This year, to mark International Day of Happiness, we have been fortunate to partner with the United Nations to support and raise awareness of such an inherent aspiration that we share the world over: happiness.“Through collaborating with international superstars, we hope #HappySoundsLike will bring a smile to faces around the world and inspire hope for a better tomorrow.”Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness acknowledges that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.” In its 70th anniversary year, the United Nations will be undertaking several campaigns to help achieve this goal.Source:PR Newswire
APTN National NewsAn elder from Kitigan Zibi in Quebec is being remembered by the university of Ottawa.Willam Commanda was well known for his wisdom and dedication to his people.And now the faculty of arts building is named after him.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.
NEW YORK — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that’s become the case with AMC’s drama “The Walking Dead.”The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. The Nielsen company said that at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million people.That’s a steep drop from the show’s high point, the seventh-season opener that reached 21 million people. AMC says a decline is natural for a show as it ages and that more people are watching on a time-delayed basis.The Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada has rolled out its robo-adviser platform across the country as demand grows for lower-cost, digital investing options.After launching RBC InvestEase late last year on a trial basis, the Toronto-based lender has now officially opened up the service to new and existing customers across Canada.The platform was developed in response to the “growing middle” segment of clients who want investment advice but do it all online, said Rebecca Peacock, senior director of strategy for RBC InvestEase.“With all of these digital channels invading our lives, more and more people want to do their investing online,” she said. “Up until a few years ago, the only option to do everything online is to do it yourself. And not everyone is comfortable doing that.”The national rollout comes as competition in the robo-adviser space between both incumbent banks and fintechs heats up.Toronto-Dominion Bank recently partnered with U.S. firm Hydrogen to launch its own “robo-guidance” product, and the Bank of Montreal was the first of its peers to launch its digital investing platform, dubbed SmartFolio, in 2016.Meanwhile, robo-adviser Wealthsimple now has roughly 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.Prior to the national launch, RBC’s InvestEase was limited on a pilot basis to residents in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Customers who use the digitally automated investment adviser will pay 0.5 per cent per year in management fees on investment balances, on top of any management expense ratios (MER) embedded in particular funds.The required minimum balance is $1,000, and RBC says it is waiving its management fee until next October for new clients who sign on within a certain timeframe.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a solid gain Tuesday as oil rebounded slightly from recent lows.At the close, Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 48.48 points at 13,082.86, adding to a tiny gain on Monday in the final trading week before the Christmas holiday period.Kash Pashootan, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company, said the longer-term picture for the Toronto market still looks bleak despite the occasional rally.Energy and mining companies are heavily weighted on the TSX and Pashootan said the underlying fundamentals of the oil, gas and metals markets are negative because of a sputtering world economy and falling demand from China.“In the last three to six months we’ve seen oil and the market have a handful of these mini-rallies,” he said.“Every time they’ve been short-lived and prices have gone back to trading on fundamentals, which don’t look healthy.”Pashootan said investors shouldn’t be surprised to see Canada slip into a recession next year if commodities continue to bite and the fallout hits the big banks that lend to the oilpatch and other commodity producers.“We’re going to live and die by what happens in the commodities and the financials on the TSX next year,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks shot up 165.65 points to close at 17,417.27, while the broader S&P 500 index added 17.82 points to 2,038.97 and the Nasdaq gained 32.19 points to 5,001.11.North American markets are returning to fair prices after years of over-inflated returns, Pashootan said.“As a result, you’re going to see more volatility in 2016 than we’ve been used to the last few years, and you’re going to see less returns than we’ve been used to as well,” he said.The February contract for benchmark crude oil rose 33 cents to settle at US$36.14 a barrel, and the commodity-sensitive loonie added 0.14 of a cent to end the day at 71.75 cents US.Pashootan noted than an unseasonably mild December across much of North America is one more problem for the oil market which, along with falling Chinese demand and tepid global growth, is already reeling from oversupply fed by OPEC’s commitment to full tilt production despite the slide in oil prices.“If you’re an oil investor, a mild winter is the last thing you want because there’s already enough on your plate to put downside pressure on oil already,” he said. “It’s another side dish to this mess of a situation.”In other commodities the January contract for natural gas dropped 2.3 cents to US$1.888 per mmBtu and the February gold contract fell $6.50 to US$1,074.10 per troy ounce.
Police believe far more road accidents are caused by drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel than is shown in official records, a new investigation reveals.Specialist collision officers say dangerous drivers are evading justice because police lack the powers and resources to probe whether a mobile phone may have caused an incident.Phones are only currently routinely seized following an accident that results in fatal or life-changing injuries. If police can’t detect the full extent of this behaviour then we are missing an important part of the investigation pictureDr Paul Pilkington, UWE Bristol A study found that three quarters of collision investigators who were interviewed said they had been unable to report the full proportion of road accidents linked with mobile phone use within the last year.They said that the figures would jump dramatically if they were able to properly investigate all accidents thought to be phone-related.A similar percentage said they were desperate for roadside technology that allowed instant examination of mobile phones in the immediate aftermath of a collision.So-called “textalyzer” devices already exist, and authorities in some US states are currently debating whether to provide them to traffic officers.Dr Paul Pilkington, a public health expert at University of the West of England, Bristol, where the study was conducted, described the constraints limiting investigators as a “massive problem”.“It leaves a significant gap, not only in terms of enforcement but also monitoring of the role of phones in crashes,” he said.“The result is significant under-reporting of the role of mobile phones in road traffic crashes, as well as inadequate justice for the victims of those affected by the actions of drivers using their phones behind the wheel.“If police can’t detect the full extent of this behaviour then we are missing an important part of the investigation picture.”An RAC survey published in September revealed that the number of motorists illegally using their mobile phones while driving was on the rise.Nearly a third of drivers who took part admitted they had used a handheld phone behind the wheel, compared with eight per cent in 2014.Tougher punishments for offenders will come into force next year, with penalty points doubling from three to six and fines doubling from £100 to £200. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Le LG Optimus 3D Max arrive en EuropeLe dernier smartphone 3D du constructeur sud-coréen va enfin débarquer sur le Vieux Continent après une première vague de commercialisation en Asie.Encore peu conséquente, l’offre de smartphones 3D en Europe va être agrémentée d’un nouvel élément, le LG Optimus 3D Max, dont l’arrivée sur le Vieux Continent a été officiellement annoncée par LG. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Il dispose, sans la nécessité de porter des lunettes pour en profiter, d’un écran 4,3 pouces 3D avec une résolution WVGA et fonctionne grâce à un processeur Texas Instrument OMAP 4430 cadencé à 1,2 GHz et soutenu par 1 Go de mémoire vive.Afin de réaliser des vidéos en 3D, l’Optimus 3D Max est équipé de deux caméras dorsales de cinq mégapixels, ainsi que d’une caméra frontale, plus rudimentaire puisque simple VGA (Vision grand angle). Il dispose des dernières évolutions en terme de connectivité, une puce NFC, le WiFi, et une sortie microHDMI. Si il tourne sous Android 2.3 Gingerbread, LG devrait bientôt mettre à sa disposition une mise à jour vers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Enfin, il intégrera pour plusieurs applications, comme Google Earth, la technologie de conversion 2D vers la 3D. D’après le site MediaWorld, son prix devrait s’articuler autour de 499 euros.Le 24 avril 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambert