Sheela Bhavre elected 4th woman mayor of Nanded

first_imgCongress candidates Sheela Bhavre and Vinay Patil-Girde on Wednesday were elected unopposed as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC). The party had retained control of the civic body in the recently held polls, winning 73 of the 81 seats. This was the first time in the history of the NWMC, which was formed in 1997, that the mayoral post was reserved for a female candidate from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category for the first two-and-a-half years. Ms. Bhavre has become the fourth woman to be elected as the first citizen of the NWMC.The elections were held during a special general body meeting chaired by Nanded District Collector.last_img read more

Everyone should experience thrill of mountain climbing: Rijiju

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) People should experience the “thrill” of mountaineering sometime in their lives, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today as he flagged off a 25-member ITBP expedition squad to Uttarakhands 7,242-metre high Mount Mukut peak.The Minister of State for Home said while the adventure sport is not so popular in India, it was “a way of life” for many people in the western countries.While addressing men and officers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force at their headquarters here, he said mountain expedition was a “motivating” sport and it also builds the much required sense of camaraderie amongst not only the security forces but also in all those who undertake it.Rijiju said people need to experience the thrill of mountaineering and it cannot be explained in words as he narrated his last years experience of visiting high-altitude ITBP and SSB border posts.That experience had been very satisfying, he said.This is the first time that the mountain-warfare trained paramilitary will scale the 7,242-metre Mt Mukut.ITBP Director General Krishna Chaudhary said mountain expedition is an important event in the forces calendar and the force has conquered 201 peaks till now including the worlds tallest peak Mount Everest.The force, raised in 1962 in the aftermath of the Chinese aggression, is tasked to guard the 3,488-km Sino-India border. PTI NES SUA SUAlast_img read more

Asian baseball: PH thrashes Hong Kong after missing out on Super Round

first_imgBecoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech PLAY LIST 01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments After ripping Pakistan apart, 11-0, and edging past China, 1-0, the Philippines lost badly 12-2 to South Korea.The Philippines found its mark against Hong Kong, tallying 16 hits with Kiko Gesmundo striking out eight batters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Filipinos final game in the tournament is against Sri Lanka late Saturday. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Philippine men’s baseball team. PHOTO/ Baseball Federation of Asia FacebookMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines went on a rampage after missing out on the Super Round, dismantling Hong Kong, 10-0, in eight innings in the consolation round of the BFA Asian Baseball Championship Friday at Taichung Stadium.The Filipinos failed to move on to the Super Round due to inferior quotient after getting into a triple tie with China and South Korea with all three teams sharing identical 2-1 records in the group stage.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abando thanks UST fans, Rondina for support amid recruitment controversy This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay hundreds put India in firm control vs England

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay hit superb centuries to power India to 451/7 at stumps on the third day for a crucial 51-run first innings lead against England in the fourth Test here on Saturday. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)Kohli’s (147 not out) reassuring presence helped them immensely after India were reduced to 348/6 at tea from 247/2 at lunch, in response to England’s first innings score of 400. Jayant Yadav (30 not out) was at the crease at stumps. (Kohli slams 15th Test hundred, goes past 500 runs in England series)Vijay scored 136, his eighth ton and second of the series, to put India in a strong position from where they slipped before Kohli took control. (Kohli caps sensational 2016 with record-shattering feats)Joe Root (2-18), Moeen Ali (2-139) and Adil Rashid (2-152) were the most successful bowlers for England. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)Kohli struck his 15th hundred, in his 89th innings and 52nd Test, also completing 4000 runs, 1000 in 2016, in the process. He also became the highest run getter of the year across all formats with 2492 runs and the sixth fastest Indian to achieve the 4000 mark. (Also Read: Kohli retains second spot in ICC ODI rankings)Virender Sehwag is the fastest Indian to cross the milestone at 79 innings. Kohli reached the mark when he got to 41 runs during his knock.The 28-year-old also registered 1,000 Test runs in the year in just 11 matches, becoming the third Test skipper after Sachin Tendulkar (1997) and Rahul Dravid (2006) to do so.India were 247/2 at lunch and coasting along with opener Murali Vijay (136) striking his eighth century in the morning session.advertisementResuming at their overnight score of 146/1, India were jolted as early as the second ball of the day when No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was dismissed off the bowling of Jake Ball (1-29).Pujara shouldered arms to a length ball that nipped back and knocked out his off stump.But it was the only joy England could get in the next two hours of the morning session as Vijay-Kohli consolidated India’s position with a 116-run partnership.India were comfortably placed at 247/2 at lunch, Vijay completing his century before lunch, hitting 10 fours and three sixes. India accumulated 101 runs in 31 overs in the morning phase of play.But it all went south in the second session after Vijay was dismissed. His fall after a 282-ball knock triggered a middle order batting wobble.Karun Nair (13), Parthiv Patel (15) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) all departed in quick succession to raise fears of India conceding a vital first innings lead.Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja then arrested the slide, stitching a 57-run seventh-wicket stand to guide India towards safety after being reduced to 307/6. India went into tea at 348/6 with the Kohli-Jadeja partnership unbroken.Jadeja departed with India still needing 36 runs to level England’s score. But Kohli then encouraged Jadhav to play positively. Jadhav repaid the faith shown on him by the skipper, staying unbeaten till the end, forging an unbroken 97 run partnership for the eighth wicket.The partnership ensured India took a potentially decisive first innings lead. Kohli, who struck 17 fours in a superb knock, would be keen to extend it beyond 100 runs when the fourth day’s play resumes on Sunday.last_img read more

Josh Harrop joins Preston from Manchester United F.C.

first_imgPreston North End have signed midfielder Josh Harrop from Manchester United on a four-year contract, the English Championship team said on Friday.Harrop, 21, was the top scorer for United’s reserve team with 10 goals in 25 appearances last season and made a memorable senior debut, scoring the opener in United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2016-17 league campaign.”It’s a new start for me to get things going in my career and I’m buzzing to get playing and to make an impact in the team,” Harrop said on Preston’s official website. (”Hopefully I can achieve my aims and ambitions that I have set myself by coming here and that’s to get promoted with Preston North End and help the club get as high as we can.”Harrop is Preston’s third signing in the current transfer window as they recruited striker Sean Maguire and goalkeeper Declan Rudd earlier this month.last_img read more


first_imgA Le Mars man accused of insurance fraud has been given two years of probation.Plymouth County District Court records say 41-year-old Scott Leininger, pleaded guilty to forgery after prosecutors dismissed the fraud charge.He also was sentenced Monday to five years in prison, suspended, and fined $750.The judge ordered that Leininger’s sentence be served at the same time as any punishment meted out to Leininger in a Clay County case.He’s pleaded not guilty there to a charge of ongoing criminal conduct and is scheduled to go on trial April 2nd.Plymouth County authorities say Leininger submitted false paperwork to back his claim to Homesite Insurance for damage he said his disability equipment sustained during a lightning storm.Court documents say the company discovered the paperwork was bogus and didn’t pay the claim.last_img read more

23 days agoNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blow

first_imgNacho hands Real Madrid heavy injury blowby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNacho has handed Real Madrid a heavy injury blow.The defender has suffered a ligament injury to his right knee during their 2-2 draw with Club Brugge last night.AS says the setback could see Nacho sidelined for three months.The defender has been played at left-back this season by coach Zinedine Zidane. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

2 Nebraska Football Players Accused Of Using Stolen Credit Card

first_imgNebraska football's game day balloon release.LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 31: Nebraska fans release red balloons after the Nebraska Cornhuskers score their first points of the game against the Wyoming Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Two Nebraska football players have reportedly been accused of using a stolen credit card. The two players allegedly used stolen credit card information to order a pizza.The two players, sophomore linebacker Caleb Tannor and sophomore wide receiver Chad Alioth, have reportedly been cited with misdemeanor theft.The Lincoln Journal Star first reported the news of the incident.The two players are reportedly set to appear in court next month.From the report:Caleb Tannor and Chad Alioth have each been cited with misdemeanor theft.Assistant University Police Chief Hassan Ramzah said the theft was reported to the department Jan. 23 after the cardholder discovered their credit card had been used to pay for pizza delivery.Charges had not been filed in the case Wednesday, and the two were set to appear in court next month.It hasn’t been a great week for the Huskers’ football program in this department.Nebraska is entering the second year of the Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers are expected to make a major jump in Year 2.last_img read more

MacGregor Shrinks Workforce amid Cost Saving Efforts

first_imgzoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has finalized the statutory cooperation negotiations regarding its planned cost saving measures.The negotiations resulted in restructuring of operations and reducing approximately 170 full-time equivalents globally, as the company seeks to achieve annual cost savings of EUR 13 million.The measures affect MacGregor operations in Norway, Germany, China, and Singapore. At the end of September 2017, the company employed globally 1,876 persons.MacGregor’s plans also included the split of Smart Ocean Technology division into Cargo Handling division and Advanced Offshore Solutions division.With these savings, MacGregor seeks synergies by reorganising both the offshore and merchant shipping operations and continues improving operational efficiency and customer centricity.As announced earlier, the planned savings are estimated to be reached in 2018. They will result in restructuring costs of around EUR 7 million in the final quarter of 2017.“These measures enable us to strengthen our leading position in the future maritime cargo flow, offshore mooring and load handling markets and to develop the company to be the leader in smart cargo and load handling. We continue to invest in serving our customers globally, and especially in the key developing maritime countries,” Michel van Roozendaal, President of MacGregor, said.last_img read more

Stena Line Adds Another Ship to KarlskronaGdynia Service

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Line Swedish ferry company Stena Line has increased its capacity between Karlskrona and Gdynia with the addition of another ship on the route.The company said that its 170-meter-long Stena Nordica entered the service as the fourth ship to connect the Sweden and Poland on October 6, in an effort to meet the strong demand in growth for freight and passengers.Previously, the route was operated with three RoPax vessels and one cargo vessel. With Stena Nordica, the route is now operating with four RoPax vessels, which will provide freight and passengers with a choice of up to four departures a day from each port.“We have had strong growth in recent years, and we are still experiencing a strong demand for increased capacity from both freight customers and passengers. This means we must continue to invest and adjust our tonnage to match the needs of our customers, and to add the Stena Nordica on this route is a very important step,” Marek Kiersnowski, Trade Director of Stena Line’s routes between Sweden and Poland, said.The 2000-built Stena Nordica, which has been refurbished and modernized both internally and externally, will sail on the route with Stena Vision, Stena Spirit and Stena Baltica.The unit has a passenger capacity of 450 and a loading capacity of 1,950 lane meters.last_img read more

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleads not guilty in US college bribery case

first_imgThe Canadian Press BOSTON — Lawyers for a prominent Vancouver businessman say their client has pleaded not guilty in court in an alleged college admissions scam in the United States.The U.S. attorney office in Massachusetts says in a tweet that David Sidoo has been released by the federal court in Boston on a secured bond of US$1.5 million and his travel restricted to Canada and the United States.Sidoo was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a prosecution by United States authorities of an alleged college admissions scam involving dozens of accused people.An indictment released Tuesday alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take an entrance exam on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take a high school test.St. George’s School says a review of its records from 2012 indicates no school or provincial exams were written at the school by the student in question on or around the date referenced by the indictment.Sidoo, known for his philanthropic causes in British Columbia, was CEO of Advantage Lithium and is a former Canadian Football League player for the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are among those who have been charged in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.No students were charged. Authorities have said that in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.Advantage Lithium said Thursday that Sidoo has taken a leave of absence from his executive role as company president and that his responsibilities as CEO have been assumed by another executive on an interim basis.The law firm representing Sidoo says he “looks forward to fully contesting the charges in a well-respected court and not in the media.”“He will be returning to his home in Canada and asks people not to rush to judgment.”The U.S. Justice Department says Sidoo, 59, was arrested in San Jose, Calif., on March 8.An indictment alleges Sidoo paid $100,000 in 2011 to have an individual secretly take the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, in place of his older son. It also asserts that Sidoo emailed copies of his son’s driver’s licence and student card for the purpose of creating a falsified identification card for the individual. The individual, whose name is redacted, flew from Tampa, Fla., to Vancouver to take the SAT on behalf of Sidoo’s son, the indictment alleges.The indictment says the test score was emailed to an administrator at Chapman University, a private California university, where Sidoo’s son was admitted and later enrolled.The indictment also alleges Sidoo agreed to pay another $100,000 in 2012 for someone to take the SAT in place of his younger son.It claims that in 2013 and 2014 the falsified SAT scores obtained on behalf of his younger son were sent to universities, including Yale and Georgetown, as part of his college applications. The score was also sent to the University of California-Berkeley, where the younger son was accepted and later enrolled, it says.Sidoo’s legal team has said the two sons have not been accused of any impropriety.If convicted of the charge, Sidoo must forfeit any property that is derived from proceeds traceable to the offence, the indictment says.last_img read more

More Leading Voices Join UNHCR IBelong Campaign To End Statelessness

first_imgThis international women’s day, the UN refugee agency wants to remind the world that women in 27 countries are still not allowed to pass their nationality on to their children on an equal basis with men, creating a cruel cycle of statelessness.On Tuesday March 10th, UNHCR will co-host an event at UN Headquarters in New York to shine a light on this issue in order to encourage states to reform their nationality laws. Reform of nationality laws is a key element in UNHCR’s #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness.To help spur action on this situation and on statelessness in general, UNHCR is honored to announce another group of high level supporters who have signed up to its #IBelong Campaign Open Letter which encourages world leaders to end statelessness by 2024.Around the world at least ten million people have no nationality – a situation that often deprives them of access to the most basic rights: education, health care, social services, the ability to open a bank account, buy a house or even get married.The new supporters to the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness include: • Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights defender from Yemen • Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and human rights defender from Ireland • Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations • Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity, and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tanzania • Rokia Traoré singer songwriter from Mali • Angelique Kidjo, singer songwriter from Benin • Zainab Salbi, author and founder, Women for Women International, • Peter Capaldi, British actor • Neil Gaiman, writer, and authorMalian singer songwriter Rokia Traoré said: “As a mother it seems inconceivable that I would not be able to pass my nationality on to my children. We need to make sure that all mothers and their children can say #IBelong.”These supporters join a long and distinguished list of other signatories that include several former heads of State, and celebrated human rights defenders, including; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. They have joined the call to urge global action to ensure that everyone in the world has the right to a nationality.The high-level side event on March 10 coincides with the Beijing +20 conference on women’s rights at UN Headquarters in New York. The event, on Equal Nationality Rights aims to encourage countries to change their nationality laws.UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk will lead the call for countries to reform their nationality laws.“When a woman cannot pass on her nationality to her children, the effect can be crippling. Without a nationality, mothers and their children are often deprived of education and medical care and can be more vulnerable to exploitation, early marriage, violence or even human trafficking,”In the past 10 years, a dozen countries have reformed their laws to enable women to pass their nationality to their children equally with men. The New York event will build momentum towards a September UN pledging conference, where it is hoped that more governments will commit to reform their laws to ensure gender parity in nationality matters.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

More Stars Pledge To Wear Orange For Gun Violence Awareness

first_imgToday, more than 25 cultural influencers and 60 U.S. Mayors joined the coalition of best-in-class organizations and activists pledging to “Wear Orange” – a color that symbolizes the value of human life – on June 2nd, the first-annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day.Wear Orange is a new campaign that amplifies existing efforts to reduce gun violence in America and helps honor the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day. In the past two weeks, more than 140 groups and luminaries have joined the campaign, including MTV, Motown Records, HBO, Vans Warped Tour, Essence Magazine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, and Million Mom March.Participating cultural influencers include Julianne Moore, Russell Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Aasif Mandvi, Alyssa Milano, Padma Lakshmi, John Hodgman, Amanda Peet, Perez Hilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Tiffani Thiessen, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Rise Against, Mario Batali, Anti-Flag, Nigel Barker, Grace Weber, Jon Foreman, Judith Hill, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC.Efforts of note on June 2nd include: • MTV – The network will change its on-air logo – as well as several of its social media avatars – to orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. • Motown Records – The most widely recognized record label in history, Motown will turn its iconic logo orange on its social media platforms with staff and artists #WearingOrange. • HBO – The network will debut the trailer for its hard-hitting new documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, from Emmy-Award winning filmmakers Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, which premieres on HBO June 22nd at 9:00pm EST/PST. Told entirely through social media postings, news accounts and other found media, the new documentary offers an unvarnished portrait of the human toll from gun violence in America – giving viewers a window into the lives of dozens who died from gunfire last spring through the present-tense moments leading up to the shootings and the reverberations that followed. • Essence Magazine – Essence staff will be #WearingOrange, sharing their orange selfies on Instagram and Twitter and encouraging their readers to join in the Wear Orange campaign.“We’re often presented with a false choice in the guns debate: that you have to ‘pick a side’,” said Michael Stipe. “But every American opposes gun violence and all of us can do more to help save lives. I’ll wear my orange with pride on June 2nd and hope people nationwide will join me in showing their true colors.”“Motown Records has a legacy of being the voice of a generation through our artists and fostering an environment of creativity and innovation. In these times, more than ever, it is crucial for all of our voices to collectively come together on June 2nd for the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day to raise awareness and promote anti-violence so that the voices of today, and tomorrow, have a chance to be heard,” said Ethiopia Habtemariam, President, Motown Records. “We encourage fans and artists alike to join us on June 2nd by #WearingOrange and honoring the life of Hadiya Pendleton, and all those lives senselessly lost to gun violence.”Elected officials committed to protecting their constituents from gun violence will also be wearing orange on June 2nd. Members of Congress from coast to coast, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, former New York City Mayor and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg, as well as mayors in more than 60 cities from 20 states representing more than 10 million Americans around the country have joined the campaign. Mayors who will be wearing orange on June 2nd, many of whom plan to issue proclamations declaring June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day in their cities, include Mayors Emanuel (Chicago), Nutter (Philadelphia), Lee (San Francisco), Walsh (Boston), Hales (Portland, OR), Wharton Jr. (Memphis), Slay (St. Louis), Schneider (Santa Barbara), Murray (Seattle), Peduto (Pittsburgh), and Coleman (Columbus, OH).Newly added supporters of the Wear Orange coalition include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Brady Campaign, the Caliber Foundation, CT Coalition Against Gun Violence, Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, Media Matters, Million Mom March, MomsRising, National Council of Jewish Women, New Mexicans for Gun Safety, North Carolina Coalition Against Gun Violence, Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and Parents Against Gun Violence.Wear Orange and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by a group of Chicago teens who asked their classmates to commemorate the life of their slain friend, Hadiya Pendleton, by wearing the color orange. Hadiya was claimed by gun violence just days after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. Orange acknowledges that America has a proud heritage of responsible gun ownership, while also reflecting the value of human life. This June 2nd would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday; First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at what would have been Hadiya’s graduation ceremony on June 9th.Additionally, today the Wear Orange campaign released a new video telling the story of Hadiya’s tragic death, how her friends and family refused to let her die in vain, and how what they started on the south side of Chicago is becoming a national movement. You can view the video here.Anyone can join the Wear Orange campaign by visiting and using the website’s pledge tool to change their social media profile picture or share why they’ll be #WearingOrange on June 2, the first-ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day.last_img read more

Winnipeg police set up hotline for tips about accused serial killer

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police are asking for the help of canadians as they investigate the actions of an alleged serial killer.In the past few weeks, police in Winnipeg have been come under fire for ignoring tips that might have prevented the murders or even helped locate the bodies of victims.But tonight, police investigators are issuing a public appeal for information.APTN’s Meagan Fiddler has that story.last_img

Grains mostly higher Grains mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was rose .20 cents at $5.3420 a bushel; Dec. corn was up 2 cents at $3.7740 a bushel; Dec. oats fell 3.20 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained .40 cent at 9.0640 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile cattle rose .55 cent at $1.1970 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .05 cent at $1.48 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up .20 cent at .5490 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China tells US to avoid ‘wrong moves’ over Iran oil controls

BEIJING — China has told Washington to avoid “wrong moves” that hurt Chinese interests following a U.S. threat to impose sanctions on buyers of Iranian oil.A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Wednesday that Beijing opposes the Trump administration’s “unilateral sanctions and so-called long-arm jurisdiction” over Iran.Geng said China, one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil exports, would protect the “legitimate rights” of its companies but gave no indication how Beijing might respond if Washington imposes penalties.Geng said at a news briefing, “We urge the United States to earnestly respect China’s interests and concerns and refrain from taking wrong moves that will undermine our interests.”The Associated Press read more

Ford to invest $500M in electric vehicle startup Rivian

DETROIT — Ford is sinking a half-billion dollars into electric vehicle startup Rivian in a deal that has the companies working together on a new Ford electric vehicle based on Rivian underpinnings.Ford will become a minority partner in Rivian, which is based outside of Detroit and recently rolled out a new electric pickup truck and an SUV that will go on sale late next year.Ford CEO Jim Hackett says in a statement that the partnership will bring a fresh approach to Ford’s intelligent and electric vehicles. He says Rivian will benefit from Ford’s manufacturing expertise and resources.Rivian will remain an independent company. But Ford President of Automotive Joe Hinrichs will get a seat on the startup’s seven-member board.The deal is still subject to regulatory approval.Rivian has a large engineering and administrative operation in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth Township, Michigan, as well as outposts in San Jose and Irvine, California, and Surrey, England. The company also is starting manufacturing operations in a 2.6-million-square-foot factory in Normal, Illinois, that was once used by Mitsubishi.The company’s R1T pickup and R1S SUV that are supposed to have more than 400 miles of range on a single charge. The five-seat pickup is aimed at the market for off-road capable trucks with outdoorsy features, a market that electric vehicle competitor Tesla Inc. has not yet entered. A basic truck with smaller 230-mile (370 kilometres) battery pack will start under $70,000. A truck with the longer-range battery will be around $90,000. They’ll roll out in the U.S. first, then to other markets.The Associated Press read more

Tamil Progressive Alliance to go it alone in some areas

The Minister said that the Tamil Progressive Alliance is confident of being victorious at the elections in February. However he said the United National Party and the Tamil Progressive Alliance could not reach an agreement on some areas and as a result the Tamil Progressive Alliance will contest in those areas under the ladder symbol. The Tamil Progressive Alliance today announced it will go it alone in some areas at the Local Government (LG) elections.Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages and Tamil Progressive Alliance member Mano Ganesan said that there was an agreement with the United National Party to contest the election in some areas under the elephant symbol. He also said that contesting separately in some areas does not mean the Tamil Progressive Alliance is not part of the Government.Ganesan said that the main focus of the Tamil Progressive Alliance and the Government is for a united Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more