HAMILTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has an array of measures, including tariffs, to prevent the world’s producers of cheap steel from using Canada as a back door to slip the metal into the United States.Speaking in Hamilton on Tuesday, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump decided against import tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel, Trudeau said tougher border controls have been put in place to ensure proper monitoring of incoming products.“We have a whole suite of tariffs and countervailing duties that are at our disposal to move forward and ensure that we are not accepting in unfairly-produced or sold steel into Canada,” Trudeau said while at a steel plant.“As I said to the congressional leadership, as I said to the president last week: We are always happy to better co-ordinate and to work together to do even more to ensure that we are protecting the North American steel industry.”Trudeau said the surplus of steel in the global market is not new and with American tariffs in place, some countries might try to ship to the U.S. through Canada.However, he said, Canada would be alert to that and work with industry partners and the Americans to make sure that didn’t happen.Trudeau said the national security argument the U.S. has made when it comes to considering tariffs for Canadian steel and aluminum makes no sense — a refrain he’s hammered in recent weeks.He said he began talking about steel with Trump at the G7 summit in Sicily last year, when he was emphatic that Canada poses no national security threat to the U.S.“National security issues do not apply — could not apply to Canada — when we have our aluminum in their fighter jets, our steel that goes into their armoured vehicles,” Trudeau said. “We know that the collaboration on NORAD, the collaboration on national security issues narrow and broadly is something that is really important to both of our countries.”Asked whether he trusted the president, Trudeau said Trump has always kept his word to him and has been consistent in doing what he said he would do.Trudeau’s comments came during a tour of Canadian steel-producing towns, where he is showing support for workers in the industry. On Tuesday, he began his day by touring a Stelco plant in Hamilton, where he chatted with workers and stressed the importance of the industry.He asked after their families and how they had been coping with the possibility of U.S. tariffs that he had repeatedly said would have a devastating impact in Canada.Later, at a roundtable with industry leaders, he spoke again of the importance of steel to Hamilton, saying he was there to listen. Following the roundtable, Trudeau headed to a second plant, this time Dofasco, for another tour.“We’re going to ensure that Canadian steel is Canadian steel,” he said at Dofasco, where he also promised unspecified measures to better protect workers’ pensions where companies go under, downsize substantially, or are otherwise bought out.Trudeau also expressed optimism about reaching a good North American free-trade agreement that will benefit Canada as well as the U.S. and Mexico — despite Trump’s constant refrain that the current deal is a bad one.Trump recently exempted Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum, although the U.S. government has been dropping hints that the exception is only temporary.Some observers saw the tariff threat as an attempt by the Trump administration to pressure Canada and Mexico to complete the NAFTA talks — giving in to other U.S. demands or giving up some of their own
Behind the romantic gestures of roses and chocolate “is often a chain of trafficked human beings delivering disposable commodities to affluent consumers. Many are children toiling in inhumane conditions or women trapped in near-slavery,” the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a news release issued in conjunction with the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking.Conference participants wore upturned heart lapel badges called the “upset heart” as a sign of solidarity with the victims. Their aim was to raise consciousness and affect the buying decisions of consumers just as the “blood diamond” and Fair Trade certifications have fostered ethical choices on diamonds. The campaign was also the subject of a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York this week.“Take exploitation out of your bottom line,” said UNODC Antonio Maria Costa in his opening speech to the Vienna Forum yesterday. “Make sure that the supply chain is not tainted by blood, sweat and tears of modern slaves.” “On this Valentine’s Day, spare a thought for those whose lives have been turned upside down by human trafficking,” he said. 14 February 2008As couples celebrated Valentine’s Day around the world with gifts of chocolate and cut flowers, participants at a United Nations forum in Vienna on human trafficking today worked to raise awareness of how the problem is tied to these commodities.
31 March 2008The world is waiting anxiously for a durable and economically feasible solution to the pressing issue of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the latest round of United Nations-sponsored talks which began today in Bangkok. People are hoping for a solution which is “based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities” and “strikes the delicate balance between globally inclusive action and the need to eradicate poverty,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to the opening of the five-day meeting.He told the roughly 1,200 participants that he understands the “huge responsibility” they have in negotiating a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.“But the state of our planet requires you to be ambitious – in what you aim for, and equally, in how hard you work to reach agreement.”The Secretary-General urged attendees to build on the momentum generated by the breakthrough in Bali, Indonesia, in last December’s landmark UN Climate Change Conference, where 187 countries agreed on the so-called “Bali Roadmap” – including bolstered action on mitigation, adaptation, technology and finance – to tackle global warming.The Bangkok meeting is expected to lay out a work plan for the negotiations which will conclude in 2009 at a major summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr. Ban has emphasized in the past that a successor pact must be ready for ratification three years before the Kyoto Protocol expires to allow countries to make it law in time.It is also anticipated that this gathering – attended by delegates from 163 nations – will further efforts regarding emission reduction targets for developed countries.Also speaking at the opening of the talks, the top UN climate change official pointed out that three months have already elapsed since the close of the Bali conference.“This leaves us with around one and a half years – a very short time-frame within which to complete negotiations on one of the most complex international agreements that history has ever seen,” said Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“But I am confident that it can be done if the work is broken down into manageable, bite-sized chunks.”The head of the UN’s regional arm for Asia and the Pacific urged developed nations to assist poorer countries with their technological and financial needs to address climate change.“The challenge for the region’s developing countries is whether they can switch to a less polluting pattern while maintaining the growth and development they require,” Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said at the Bangkok meeting.“We need a global solidarity based upon genuine North-South and South-South partnerships of governments, as developing countries cannot do this alone.”She underscored that global warming is no longer a distant threat for many countries in the region. “It is a reality and a sign of what lies ahead. For many of our Pacific island States, it is a looming question of their survival or extinction.”
Released on the eve of International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report found that 1.3 billion women were in work in 2018, compared with two billion men – a less than two per cent improvement in the last 27 years.Men still dominate top job sector“Glass ceiling” concerns over the lack of upward mobility at work also persist, given that fewer than one third of managers are women. “Women are still under-represented at the top, a situation that has changed very little in the last 30 years,” ILO’s report states. “This is despite that fact that they are likely to be better educated than their male counterparts…education is not the main reason for lower employment rates and lower pay of women, but rather that women do not receive the same dividends for education as men.”According to the ILO’s findings, women’s pay is 20 per cent lower than men’s, as a global average.This discrepancy is linked to a career-long “motherhood wage penalty”, which contrasts with the fact that fathers enjoy a “wage premium”.Worryingly, between 2005 and 2015, there was also a 38 per cent increase in the number of working women who did not have young children, compared to those who had.This is despite an ILO-Gallup 2017 global report which found that 70 per cent of women prefer working rather than staying at home – something men largely agree with, the organization noted.‘It will take 209 years to achieve parity in unpaid care work’“A number of factors are blocking equality in employment, and the one playing the largest role is caregiving,” said Manuela Tomei, Director, ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department. “In the last 20 years, the amount of time women spent on unpaid care and domestic work has hardly fallen”, she said, while men’s participation has increased “by just eight minutes a day. At this pace of change it will take more than 200 years to achieve equality in time spent in unpaid care work.”Women often resort to more ‘informal’ jobsIn 2018, according to the report, women were more likely to work in low-skilled occupations and face worse employment conditions than men.Women are also “more exposed” to informal jobs lacking social protection in more than 90 per cent of sub-Saharan countries, 89 per cent of Southern Asian States and almost 75 per cent of Latin American nations.“Women are also often found in occupations that are the most vulnerable…such as in domestic, home-based or contributing to family work,” the ILO report notes.Solutions are available, but it will take a ‘quantum leap’In terms of solutions that can help create a better future of work for women, the report calls for a “quantum leap” of transformative policy choices.These include creating or reviewing laws to establish equal rights for all sexes in the world of work, and repealing bans on women entering certain professions, or from working at night or underground.Efforts are also needed to create “time to care”, the ILO report stresses, explaining that “greater time sovereignty is needed to allow workers to exercise more choice and control over their working hours.”Those with families would benefit particularly, it explains, while Ms. Tomei added that when men share unpaid care work more equally, “more women are found in managerial positions” as well.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Nick Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.The Spartans (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six points before a Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime.The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) missed 18 of 19 shots to open the second half.Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 14 points and had eight rebounds off the bench. Nick Goins scored 19, surpassing his combined points from the previous five games, and Joshua Langford added 14 for the Spartans.Iowa’s Tyler Cook scored 15 points, Isaiah Moss had 13 points and Jordan Bohannon added 11.NO. 4 VIRGINIA 83, MORGAN STATE 45CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De’Andre Hunter and Kyle Guy scored 15 points each and Virginia won its eighth straight game.Nine different Cavaliers scored during a 24-6 first-half burst that turned a 23-14 lead into a 47-20 runaway. Virginia (8-0) then kept the defensive clamps on the Bears, who didn’t make their third field goal of the second half until 1:57 remained.Malik Miller and Victor Curry led the Bears (2-5) with seven points apiece. Morgan State was 5 for 28 (19.7 per cent) from the field in the second half and missed all eight of its 3-point tries. For the game, the Bears shot 14 for 54 (25.9 per cent).NO. 11 FLORIDA STATE 83, TROY 67TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — P.J. Savoy scored 16 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, and Florida State shook off a sluggish performance to put away Troy.M.J. Walker added 14 points, while Trent Forrest had 13 points and five rebounds for the Seminoles (7-1), who committed 16 turnovers and had just 13 assists.Troy (3-5) was worse, recording only 10 assists while committing 22 turnovers. Jordon Varnado scored 15 points and Darian Adams had 14.NO. 12 WISCONSIN 69, RUTGERS 64MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ scored 20 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 14 for Wisconsin in its Big Ten home opener.Nate Reuvers finished with 10 points, and Happ, who scored 12 second-half points, shot 10 of 17 from the field as Wisconsin (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) closed out the win by hitting five of its last six shots.Eugene Omoruyi scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (7-2, 0-2), who lost to a ranked opponent for the second straight game. Geo Baker and Peter Kiss added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for Rutgers, which shot 13 of 32 in the second half.___More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press
OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn a battle of top-15 teams, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s hockey team (13-7-6, 4-5-1-1) hosts No. 5 Minnesota for two home conference clashes this weekend.The Golden Gophers (17-7-2, 8-2-0-0) enter the series as the nation’s fourth-ranked offense with almost four goals per game, and rank seventh in power play offense. OSU and Minnesota split two games back on Dec. 3 and 4 — a 5-3 OSU loss on Friday night and an 8-3 win the next day. Since then, however, coach Don Lucia’s squad has won 10 of its last 12 games, and are on a three-game win streak that included a sweep of No. 10 Penn State last weekend.Between the two units, either side is ranked as one of the nation’s top-five offenses.Scarlet and Gray associate head coach Mark Strobel said the Gophers are a different team than 10 weeks ago that presents a lethal offense year in and year out. Moreover, Strobel said the Buckeyes have the capability to sweep this weekend’s game, but the wins will go to the team that executes and competes for all three periods. “It’s going to be a skating game, and for us, we have to take away time and space, and frustrate them with playing the body,” Strobel said. “For us, it’s a want, and it’s the ability to compete for 60 minutes and not just 20.”On the other side, OSU has had a difficult time keeping its opponent off the scoreboard in the first period of games as of late. The Buckeyes fell behind 2-0 and 1-0 in the first period of games against Wisconsin on Jan. 26 and 28, as well as 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the first 20 minutes of both games at Michigan last weekend.In light of the slow starts, sophomore forward Mason Jobst said making sure the team does not come out flat has been a big emphasis this week in order to not give opponents the opportunity to take advantage of the game early on. Making adjustments mid-game will be key to success in this series.“We’ve got to change it,” Jobst said. “We can’t afford to keep digging (ourselves into) big holes. We can’t get out of them.”With just 10 games left, the Scarlet and Gray sit in fourth place in the Big Ten standings with 14 points — 10 behind the Golden Gophers, who are in a tie at the top with No. 17 Wisconsin.As the final stretch of the season begins with six conference points on the line this weekend, Strobel said the team’s focus needs to be set on playing “Buckeye hockey” by getting pucks deep, pressuring the defense and dictating the pace of play — starting with the first game Friday night.“Every weekend is a big series … we have to win hockey games,” Strobel said. “We can’t let points go south anymore. We have to stop the bleeding, if you will, and for us, it’s going to be Friday night, come eight o’clock, that we have to take our game to Minnesota.”Puck drop is slated for 8 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center both Friday and Saturday night.
I wouldn’t recommend that you pick up one of these if you want the quality of a DSLR in the form factor of a point-and-shoot, but the CHOBi Cam One is definitely the smallest DSLR I’ve ever seen. The Cam One even has interchangeable lenses, all of which are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, or even on your fingertips. Before you assume that a gadget this small couldn’t possibly take photos or video, know that the Cam One can take VGA video at 640-pixels by 480-pixels and 30 frames per second, and takes still photos at 1600-pixel by 1200-pixel resolution. Even though the Cam One is tiny, it still has room for a microSDHC card, and supports up to 32GB. You’ll have to fly across the Pacific to get one or make friends with an importer – the Cam One is only available in Japan at the moment. It retails for about $121 USD, and will almost certainly appear in spy movies in the near future. [via AkihabraNews]
Cancer de la prostate : les bienfaits controversés de l’aspirineMonde – Avaler un cachet d’aspirine par jour permettrait d’empêcher un cancer de la prostate de se développer.Des scientifiques du Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre de Seattle ont travaillé sur un moyen de limiter l’apparition du cancer de la prostate. D’après l’étude réalisée, le risque serait diminué de 29% chez les hommes qui consomment quotidiennement une faible dose d’aspirine (75 mg).À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosLe mécanisme est le suivant : l’aspirine protège des inflammations en bloquant les effets des enzymes qui en sont responsables. Or, on rappelle que le cancer de la prostate est dû à une inflammation. Une consommation régulière à long terme peut donc prévenir son apparition grâce à l’inhibition de deux enzymes particulières : PTGS1 et PTGS2.Cette étude fait suite à de nombreuses autres également menée sur ce même sujet. Les résultats se suivent donc, mais ne se ressemblent pas : en effet, certaines recherches livrent des conclusions inverses. En outre, il convient de rappeler les effets secondaires de l’aspirine, notamment sur l’estomac puisqu’elle peut être responsable d’ulcères. Le 15 août 2010 à 10:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? A new wearable ultrasound patch could help detect cardiovascular problems earlier, and with greater precision.The device—about the size of a fingernail—non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin.Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed the patch for patients with lung or heart disease, as well as those who are critically ill or undergoing surgery.The patch’s ultrasound technology could also be used to track other vital signs and physiological signals throughout the body.“Wearable devices have so far been limited to sensing signals either on the surface of the skin or right beneath it. But this is like seeing just the tip of the iceberg,” according to study co-author Sheng Xu, a professor of nano-engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.“By integrating ultrasound technology into wearables, we can start to capture a whole lot of other signals, biological events and activities going on way below the surface in a non-invasive manner,” Xu said in a statement.The team is making headway with this ultrasound patch, which can continuously monitor central blood pressure in major arteries more than one inch below the skin.Central blood pressure—different than the peripheral blood pressure measured by an inflatable cuff on your arm—relates to central blood vessels, which pump vital fluid directly from the heart to other major organs.When worn on the neck, the device records central blood pressure in the carotid artery, internal jugular vein, and external jugular vein (via Chonghe Wang/Nature Biomedical Engineering)A central BP reading, experts say, is more accurate and better at predicting heart disease. But it’s not easy to calculate through routine exams (especially ones that don’t involve a catheter).Which is why researchers at UC San Diego developed a convenient alternative—a soft, stretchy ultrasound path that can be work on the skin, and promises precise readings even while the user is moving.“This has the potential to be a great addition to cardiovascular medicine,” co-author Brady Huang, a radiologist at UC San Diego Health, said. “In the operating room, especially in complex cardiopulmonary procedures, accurate real-time assessment of central blood pressure is needed—this is where this device has the potential to supplant traditional methods.”Initial testing on a male subject—who wore the thin silicone elastomer patch, complete with tiny electronics, on the forearm, wrist, neck, and foot—provided promising results.Don’t expect to see patients sporting the wearable any time soon, though. There are plenty of improvements to be done, including integrating a power source, data processing units, and wireless communication capability.“If we want to move this from benchtop to bedside, we need to put all these components on board,” Xu said.The full study was published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.Early this year, scientists unveiled a wearable EKG sensor that monitors long-term health. Find out more about wearable devices here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
The Vancouver Police Department is in the market for a new software program.Known as a records management system, the program in question manages police reports, police-related public records requests and court documents related to the department.Vancouver is currently part of the Regional Justice Information Network, a 43-agency consortium that also includes the Portland Police Bureau. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office left the group last year, leaving Vancouver as the sole Washington contributor.The sheriff’s office withdrew from the program less than a year after it joined the group, citing extensive problems with the software. The city has experienced those issues, too, and could join the agencies that have left the association.Remaining with the consortium is an issue also because it limits communication between local agencies, Vancouver Assistant Police Chief Chris Sutter said. Vancouver is looking for a new system to share information regionally, “because we know crime knows no bounds or jurisdictions,” Sutter said.“In part, having a large consortium of agencies is a great advantage, because you have more easily shared information between agencies, but it can also be harder to effect change on a system when there’s so many different stakeholders involved,” he said.
KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Downed power line caused 2,000 to lose power in El Cajon August 12, 2018 EL CAJON (KUSI) — More than 2,000 customers were without power in El Cajon Sunday, a San Diego Gas and Electric spokesperson said.The outage began around 6:45 p.m. Saturday as a result of downed power lines, leaving 2,442 customers with no electricity, SDGE spokesman Wes Jones said.The El Cajon Police Department tweeted around that time that lines had gone down at North First Street and Marline Avenue, and that North First Street was closed in the area.“The vast majority” of customers had their power restored within about an hour and a half of the start of the outage, Jones said.All other customers had their electricity back on by 7:45 a.m. Sunday.North First Street was reopened shortly before 9 a.m., El Cajon police tweeted.CNS-08-12-2018 15:18 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The closures will be on the following days: October 24, 25, 29, 30 and 31, and November 1. These road closures will occur for six hour increments between 8:00pm and 5:00am on the scheduled days. DOT with Granite Construction will be conducting culvert work in the area. The road will be completely closed during these times, with no alternate or detour routes available. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through. DOT Spokeswoman Jill Reese says the crews could work longer than six hours if they run into unexpected issues. Original Post: The Department of Transportation has announced upcoming complete overnight road closures (both north and southbound lanes) between MP 84.6 and 86.1, of the Seward Highway starting tonight. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: 1:50pmPer the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, the planned closures have been cancelled due to weather. They are being rescheduled for a later time.
Musheerabad: The SC Sub-Castes Rights Struggle Committee on Wednesday demanded a special finance corporation with a fund of Rs 2,000 crore, besides a leather park, for the benefit of those depending on making of leather products. It wanted payment of Rs 2,000 as pension and setting up of an SC Commission with representation to the sub-castes.Committee president Rudra Rajalingam and general secretary Bairi Venkatesham and Mochi Working Committee president Erupula Bhaskar Taindla alleged that only Madigas were cornering benefits in the name of SC sub-castes which were being deprived. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The leaders wanted allotment of houses in Hyderabad to representatives of the Budaga Jangam community, five per cent reservations for Madigas after taking up SC categorisation and strict implementation of the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. Committee leaders Erupula Yadayya, Eddula Gowrishankar were present. Later Rajalingam was re-elected president of the committee, with Bhaskar as working president and Baira Venkatesham as general secretary. The elected members were Yadayya, Gowrishankar, Puram Shivashankar, Srinivas, Gadi Amaranth and Sudhakar.
Representational imageReutersHealthcare major Aster DM Healthcare Limited is going public. The company will be opening its initial public offering (IPO) on February 12 and close on February 18.The offer comprises both fresh issue and the offer for sale.The IPO is fixed at a price band of Rs180–190 per equity share. Aster DM Healthcare Ltd is expected to garner Rs 980 crore through the issue. The face value will be Rs 10 per equity share. IPOs in 2018: These firms are gearing up with public offerings this yearThe proceeds from IPO will be used for the repayment or pre-payment of debt, purchase of medical equipment, and for other general corporate purposes.Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Axis Capital and Goldman Sachs (India) Securities, ICICI Securities, JM Financial and Yes Securities will be the book running lead managers of the IPO.The shares are proposed to be listed on both Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India.Aster DM Healthcare network is well-known in India and the GCC states comprising the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Besides this, it operates in Jordan and the Philippines.Incorporated in 1987, the Aster DM Healthcare is headquartered in Dubai. Company’s Indian headquarters is in Kochi, Kerala.Promoted by Dr Azad Moopen and UIPL (Union Investments Private Limited), the Aster DM Healthcare runs hospitals in Kerala, Bengaluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Hyderabad.
A pedestrian walks past the Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) headquarters in Mumbai April 29, 2013.Reuters fileFMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) Friday reported a 19.51 per cent increase in net profit to Rs 1,525 crore for the September 2018 quarter on account of double digit growth across categories.The company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,276 crore during the same period last fiscal.Sales during the quarter under review stood at Rs 9,138 crore as against Rs 8,199 crore in the year-ago period, up 11.45 per cent, HUL said in a regulatory filing.”Our focus on strengthening the core, leading market development and driving excellence in execution has enabled us to deliver competitive and profitable growth. In the near term, we expect demand to be stable. Our strength of agility and responsiveness gives us the confidence to navigate the headwinds arising from crude inflation and currency depreciation,” HUL Chairman and Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said.HUL Chief Financial Officer Srinivas Phatak said while the company expects the demand to be stable in the near term, the company will watch out for currency depreciation and crude price increase.Pathak said the company had undertaken a price increase of 2-3 percent across select home care category products — which includes brands such as Domex, Vim and Surf Excel — in the quarter under review.The company will not shy in increasing prices but will not lose its market competitiveness, he added.Revenue from the personal care segment during the quarter under review was at Rs 4,316 crore as against Rs 3,910 crore a year earlier, an increase of 10.38 percent.Revenue from homecare products stood at Rs 3,080 crore, up 12.44 percent, compared to Rs 2,739 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.The food and refreshment category — which included Kissan, Brooke Bond Red Label tea, Bru coffee and ice cream and frozen desserts business, accounted for Rs 1,704 crore, up 11.66 percent, during the quarter as against Rs 1,526 crore a year earlier.The company’s board has declared an interim dividend of Rs 9 per share of face value Re 1 each for the financial year ending March 31, 2019.For the half year ended September 30, 2018, HUL’s net profit was up 19.34 percent at Rs 3,054 crore as against Rs 2,559 crore in first half of 2017-18.Its sales was at Rs 18,494 crore in the half year ended September 30, 2018, up 6.94 percent, as against Rs 17,293 crore in the previous fiscal.In a separate filing, the company also announced the appointment of Leo Puri as an Independent Director on its board effective October 12, 2018.”Puri, until recently, was the Managing Director of UTI Asset Management Company. He has also previously served as an Independent Director in companies including Max New York Life Insurance Company, Infosys, Bennett Coleman & Co,” the company said.Shares of HUL settled 2.63 percent higher at Rs 1,568.65 apiece on the BSE.
BNP has failed as a political party: QuaderRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the present government led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina itself will act as the supportive government during the next general election.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said this addressing a reunion of former students of Basurhat Government High School in Companiganj, Noakhali.“Being a former student of this school, I have been able to come this far. I hope you all will be able to achieve greater success than I,” he told the present and former students of the school.Praising prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Quader said, “In spite of being a lady, our prime minister is now being lauded across the world. We have achieved exceptional success in cricket being patronised by the prime minister.”About Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, the AL general secretary said, “Begum Khaleda Zia went to the bank of river Thames (London) after making announcement of anti-government agitation. The agitation programme of BNP now remains confined in the vanity bag of Khaleda Zia. Let her come back to the country first, then we will see.”Earlier in the morning, Quader visited Companiganj upazila health complex and expressed discontent over the absence of physicians and nurses at the hospital. He also ordered the civil surgeon to show causes over the matter.
Voters waiting in queues to cast their votes in Dakshinkhan area of Khilket on Thursday. Photo: Dipu MalakarAwami League candidate Atiqul Islam has widened the lead in the early count of votes in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) on Thursday, reports UNB.According to unofficial results of 929 centres out of total 1,295, Atiqul bagged 579,508 votes while his nearest rival Shafin Ahmed of Jatiya Party polled 28,002.Announcing the results at the result collection and announcement centre at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, returning officer Abul Kashem said the voter turnout in those centres was 28.94 percent.Earlier, voting in the by-election to the DNCC mayoral post and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards and 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) concluded on Thursday afternoon amid low voter turnout.The balloting that began at 8:00am ended at 4:00pm.Atiqul Islam cast his vote around 9:10 am at Nawab Habibullah Model School and College polling centre in city’s Uttara area.Singer Shafin Ahmed cast his vote at Manarat International School centre in the city’s Gulshan area around 12:20pm.Visiting different polling stations, it was seen that the voter turnout was poor in the morning due to rain since early morning.However, voter presence was relatively higher in the elections to councillor posts in the new wards.Meanwhile, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda said the low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the commission.”It’s the responsibility of candidates and political parties to bring voters to polling centres,” he said while talking to reporters after casting his vote at IES School and College Polling Station in the city’s Uttara area.In the DNCC, five candidates vied for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city.The three other mayoral candidates are NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).The mayoral post fell vacant after former mayor AnnisulHuq passed away on 30 November, 2017. The last mayoral election held on 28 April, 2015 saw a high-octane campaign by both Awami League’s Annisul and BNP’s TabithAwal unlike this by-election.In the DSCC, there were 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: This week, Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to put humans on the moon again within the next five years. That’s four years ahead of the space agency’s previous plans.The directive comes as NASA has struggled with delays on several of its flagship programs, like the James Webb Space Telescope and Orion spacecraft. Meanwhile, the White House has proposed a $500 million budget cut to the agency.So, with all that in mind, can NASA pull off another moon landing on Pence’s timeline?In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks it over with Alex Stuckey, who covers NASA for the Houston Chronicle, and Eric Berger, senior space editor for Ars Technica. Listen X 00:00 /06:10 NASAAstronaut James B. Irwin salutes the American flag on the surface of the moon in 1971.
All too often when you see a new game pop up as being developed for consoles and PC, it’s not actually telling the whole story. In fact, often developers will target and optimize their game for console hardware, and then just port it to the PC and even release the game weeks or months later than on console.If you consider the current gen consoles are now using 7+ year old hardware, loading up a port of one of those games on your new PC gaming rig can be a real let down. There are exceptions to that rule of course, but Dead Space 3 is not set to be one of them.Steve Papoutsis, executive producer on Dead Space 3, has confirmed that the PC version of the game is just a console port. It will not be optimized for the platform, meaning there won’t be DirectX 11 support and there won’t be any higher detail textures included beyond the 720p/1080p versions that ship in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.Papoutsis has defended the lack of optimization by developer Visceral Games by saying that the focus is on producing a consistent experience across the different platforms. How the game plays on PC will be as close as possible to the console versions, albeit with mouse and keyboard input. With that in mind, work is done specifically on the PC version, but it’s all about ensuring the game plays well, not taking advantage of the latest hardware, or even hardware that’s a couple of years old for that matter.This is reflected in the system requirements for the game. It will play on both Windows XP and Windows 7. It only requires 1GB RAM (2GB for Win7), a DirectX 9-capable graphics card with the minimum being a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1600 with 256MB RAM, and 10GB hard drive space.Looking on the positive side, it does mean you’ll be able to enjoy Dead Space 3 on older desktop PCs and laptops. EA do expect you to pay the same price for the game on PC as you would on console, though. It’s $59.99 across all three platforms, unless you are willing to pay $160 for the Dev-Team Edition or take advantage of Amazon’s $20 store credit pre-order offer.via Shacknews