BMW finally took the wraps off the all new BMW 5 series and honestly, the new sedan looks absolutely stunning and we can’t wait to get our hands on this beauty when it comes to India next year. What’s new about the 2017 5-series is that the luxury sedan gets an improved turbo engine with a boost of almost 35 hp in the overall power from its predecessors. We tell you more about the all new BMW 5 series.Design:The familiar BMW kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights with the headlight housings now connecting with the kidney grille. The adaptive full LED headlights alter the light graphic and can be specified as an option. With adaptive full LED headlights, the LED tubes of the daytime running lights are hexagonal and extend to meet the kidney grille.2017 BMW 5 SeriesALSO READ:BMW Z4 is fun and interesting little carThe low-slung, expressive and width-accentuating design of the rear end points to the dynamic, direct handling of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The rear lights reach deep into the sides of the car, creating a visual connection between its flanks and rear end. Cutting-edge LED bars enable a slim interpretation of the hallmark BMW “L” shape and underline the width of the new sedan. Another defining element of the rear end are the exhaust tailpipes, which are now arranged symmetrically on both sides on all model variants.2017 BMW 5 SeriesDimension:The all-new BMW 5 Series sedan remains the quintessential midsize sport sedan. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is 30mm longer than the outgoing model 7.62 mm wider and 15.24mm taller. Its wheelbase measures 2974.34mm, an increase of 5mm.advertisementALSO READ: BMW Motorrad to unveil two new motorcycles at IntermotEngine:The all new BMW 5 series will come with two engine options- a new 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder inline engine in the BMW 530i supersedes the gasoline unit previously fitted in the BMW 528i. The turbocharged direct injection engine delivers its peak output of 248 hp and puts its maximum torque of 349Nm. The BMW 530i sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds (5.8 seconds with xDrive) and reaches a top speed of 209kmph.2017 BMW 5 SeriesThe range-topping engine for the time being can be found in the new BMW 540i and generates 335 hp. The 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder musters up a mighty 450Nm of torque. The BMW 540i sedan powers from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is electronically-limited to 209kmph.Features:ALSO READ:BMW to recall over 156K X3, X4 models over defects in child seats2017 BMW 5 Series The latest version of Gesture control which premiered last year in the all-new BMW 7 Series is now available as an option in the all-new BMW 5 Series. Navigation, telephone, entertainment features and vehicle functions can be visualized on the standard high-resolution 10.25-inch screen. Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC), the new and improved Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go.Launch Date:2017 BMW 5 Series While the all new BMW 5 Series will have its Europe launch in February 2017, we can expect the luxury sedan to enter the Indian market sometime by April 2017.ALSO READ: Own a Merc or BMW? Then guard its monogram
India will be hoping to finish their long trip Down Under on a high when they take on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series, starting Wednesday at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.There are quite a few records up for grabs as the Asian giants take on their toughest rivals, New Zealand in the shortest format of the game. While, India haven’t had a lot of success against the Black Caps in the T20Is, their recent run away from home should give them a lot of confidence to outclass Kane Williamson’s men at their own backyard.Focus will be on MS Dhoni as the veteran India wicketkeeper is gearing up to play his first T20I since July 2018. Dhoni last played in the shortest format of the game for India in England last year and was “rested” for the T20I series against the West Indies at home and Australia on the road.Dhoni has the opportunity to surpass New Zealand star Brendon McCullum’s record for most runs in India-New Zealand T20Is. While McCullum is on top of the chart with 261 runs from four matches, India captain Virat Kohli is at the second spot with 197 runs from five matches. With Kohli having been rested, Dhoni, who currently has 162 runs from 8 matches, has an opportunity to get past the former New Zealand skipper.McCullum also holds the record for the most number of runs scored in a bilateral T20I series between India and New Zealand. He had scored 125 runs in New Zealand’s 2-0 whitewash of India at home in 2008-09.advertisementDhoni had faced a lot of criticism after some ordinary performances at the international level in 2018. When he was omitted for the T20I assignments against the West Indies and Australia, speculations were rife that Dhoni’s T20I career was all but over.Dhoni will be keen on carrying his fine ODI form into the shortest format of the game as the former India skipper looks to make best use of match practice at the highest level ahead of the World Cup. Dhoni, who won the Man of the Series award after scoring three successive half-centuries in Australia, may continue to bat higher-up the order in the upcoming series.Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has a chance to surpass Virat Kohli in T20Is as he needs just two more wins to become the second most successful India captain in the shortest format of the game. MS Dhoni leads the list with 41 wins in 72 matches. India have never won a T20I match in New Zealand, let alone a series. Rohit can create history if he can marshall his troops well in the upcoming series.Also Watch | MS Dhoni advises Kedar Jadhav in Marathi as India trounce New ZealandAlso Read | Why MS Dhoni ran from Yuzvendra Chahal after India clinched ODI series 4-1 vs New ZealandAlso Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in Australia
Monaco Monaco can still challenge despite Mbappe-led exodus – Lopes Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 15:05 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Monaco Ligue 1 The 21-year-old is determined to shut the doubters and continue to push for silverware despite the loss of several star players over the summer Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko may all have fled in a summer exodus, but Monaco midfielder Rony Lopes believes the most important factor in last season’s Ligue 1 title win remains.The Stade Louis II outfid made a stunning and rapid rise to the summit of Ligue 1 last season, dethroning French giants Paris Saint-Germain for their first league title in 17 years, while reaching the Champions League semi-finals with style and substance.Monaco 7/1 to win Ligue 1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? 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Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But the nucleus of their title-winning line-up has been ripped apart after being raided by PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea for teenage sensation Mbappe, playmaker Silva, star full-back Mendy and tough-tackling midfielder Bakayoko.While doubts have emerged over Monaco’s ability to compete with Mbappe and €222 million-rated Neymar at big-spending PSG, it has been business as usual for Leonardo Jardim’s side, who have not missed a beat on and off the pitch.Monaco won their opening four matches of the Ligue 1 season and managed to complete the signings of Keita Balde and Stevan Jovetic to add to the arrivals of Youri Tielemans and Terence Kongolo.And Lopes – back from a loan spell at fellow French outfit Lille – said in an interview with Omnisport that the club still has the potential to win titles despite the big losses.”All eyes are on us. Some great players have left, indeed, however also new ones have joined in,” he said.”Besides, the most important is still here: the structure, the staff, the culture is the same as last season. Everyone who loves football must enjoy watching Monaco play. Our culture is very attacking, but if you watch carefully we also know how to defend. Working as a block has been one of our biggest strengths and our coach has been decisive on the way we play.”To those who doubt we can repeat or overcome last year’s results, we have only one thing to do: shut them up with victories.“Neymar joining Ligue 1 was important as he is a world star and more people will be interested in the French league. Of course, to see a rival getting reinforcements like Neymar and Mbappe makes even more competition, but that is good. That’s what attracts audiences and interest in a competition: to see the best playing each other.”In the end, in spite of more or less money spent, it’s 11 against 11 in every match. I’m sure it will be a long competitive season. For everyone.”As Monaco attempt to rebuild and move on from the exodus, it has taken some familiar faces to help sustain the team’s title challenge and scintillating brand of attacking football.The Principality side have scored 14 goals in four league matches, thanks to Radamel Falcao’s league-best seven-goal tally, while France star Thomas Lemar remains a pivotal member after rejecting Arsenal and Liverpool.And the reigning champions are not lowering their ambitions in 2017-18, Lopes adding: “Our goal is to win titles. Monaco are the current French champions so there’s a title to defend, not to challenge.”Our squad has been built based on the experience of players like Falcao and [Joao] Moutinho who are very important to the new and younger players such as myself, that look up to them and follow their example.”Falcao is simply amazing. It’s difficult to imagine how he could become better, because he is already so good – shooting with both feet, heading, creating chances for himself and our team-mates, and even defending. He is a true leader, a great captain inside and outside the pitch. It’s a true honour to play alongside Falcao and work with him every day.”We look to the domestic title as a difficult objective, as always, but possible as shown last year.”Former Manchester City youth player Lopes is one of those youngsters who has benefited from a period of drastic change at Monaco.Lopes returned to Stade Louis II after scoring four goals in 25 league appearances for Lille last term, and he has quickly established himself in Monaco’s starting XI following an impressive pre-season campaign.The 21-year-old – who has been compared to Silva after replacing Mbappe in the starting XI – only made two league appearances before being sent out on loan, but he has already played four matches in 2017-18.”The goal was always to return to my club. Monaco signed me in 2015 and since that day I felt part of the project,” Lopes said. “Last year in Lille was difficult because the club was undergoing a major renovation from top to bottom, with changes in coaches, staff and even presidents. In the end, the squad had to overcome many difficulties and we had to work harder than ever to keep LOSC on the first half of the table.”This experience was positive for me, I feel that I grew a lot both physically and in terms of knowledge of the French league. When I came back to Monaco last June, my only goal was to rejoin the squad and show I’m ready to play at this level. The support I felt from both the coach, the staff and my mates showed they were counting on me too.”Drawn in Group G of the Champions League alongside RB Leipzig, Porto and Besiktas, Lopes continued: “To play regularly at the highest level is naturally my biggest dream. Last season was great for the club and our objective is to keep the club on this streak. It will not be easy as our domestic competitors are investing strongly and our Champions League group is very homogeneous, but we are here to beat the odds once again.”Lopes, who was born in Brazil but has represented Portugal through to under-21 level, hopes his performances for Monaco will earn a call-up to either nation ahead of the 2018 World Cup.”In spite of those comparisons [to Silva], I really prefer to keep focus on my own style and improve my football on such a way that I can help Monaco,” Lopes finished off by saying. “I’m confident that I can aim to play the World Cup one day, but to do so I have to exceed myself in Monaco and that’s my only priority.”My personal goal is to play as much as possible because I know that if I play that means I’m important to my club and that my mates and my coach trust me. If I can establish myself at Monaco, I will be closer to an international call-up, that’s for sure. So I will keep focused on every training and every match with AS Monaco, fighting for wins every week.”Whatever comes up besides that will be a bonus. I will keep on aiming for the moon, but with my feet well on the ground.”
JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators and D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs shake hands following a game at TIAA Bank Field on October 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)College GameDay broadcast live from Jacksonville this morning, ahead of a big Top 10 rivalry game between Florida and Georgia.Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, so plenty of people are using this weekend to celebrate.That includes one Florida fan…at least, we assume that was his intent. I can’t imagine this was an “every weekend” get-up.The GameDay Twitter account tweeted out a gif of a Florida fan with some Gators paint inspired by the Marvel character Venom.This version of the Gator chomp is a lot…Taking the Gator Chomp to the next level ? pic.twitter.com/6RULhFmJMq— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 27, 2018The Georgia fan behind him doesn’t seem too impressed, but that had to take some serious effort.The No. 7 Bulldogs and No. 9 Gators kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET from Jacksonville. The game will be broadcast on CBS.The Dawgs are a one touchdown favorite right now.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take measures to prevent blowing open of manhole lids due to explosion of methane gas in underground sewerage lines.Six manhole lids were flung open, causing alarm among local residents at Gobinda Khatik Road in Tangra on June 6. Several cracks also developed on the road due to the explosion and the civic body took up repair work on war footing to mend it in around 12 hours. Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh held a Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durgameeting at the civic body, with senior officials of Road, Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Drainage department to review the incident and take steps to prevent similar occurrences in future. The civic body officials are of the opinion that methane gas formed in sewerage lines under the manholes sometimes fail to come out due to the manhole lids getting choked with asphalt while road construction. “We have instructed engineers of the Road department to be careful enough to see that there is minimum gap in the manhole lid Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersfor methane gas to escape. “Employees of SWM have been instructed that while undertaking daily cleaning work they will inform the KMC of any asphalt blocking the lid of manholes,” a senior KMC official said. Common people, if they come across any such case, may also inform the KMC control room so that action can be taken immediately. Local councillor and Member, Mayor-in-Council (Environment) Swapan Samaddar, while commenting on the Tangra incident, said there was a brick sewerage line under the road through which water along with garbage is pumped out from the Palmerbazar sewerage pumping station to Chowbhaga pumping station. Methane gas was formed as garbage got stuck in the sewerage line, leading to the explosion.
TORONTO — Ugly food can mean a pretty profit.[np_storybar title=”How Canadian grocery chains are tapping a new market with ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/how-canadian-grocery-chains-are-tapping-a-new-market-with-ugly-fruits-and-vegetables”%5DThey’re an unusual shape and they may have a blemish or two, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, according to IGA Quebec’s campaign to sell a variety of odd-looking fruits and vegetables at all of the province’s 290 stores.Continue reading.[/np_storybar]At least, that’s the bet Loblaw is making with its ugly duckling line of produce aimed at shoppers looking to save money on the sky-rocketing cost of fresh food.The company launched its Naturally Imperfect line last March, offering ugly apples and potatoes to Ontario and Quebec shoppers as part of a trial run that later expanded to select stores in other provinces.More types of cheaper, but blemished and misshapen, produce will soon be available across the country, the company announced Wednesday.“It really went well above and beyond what our expectation was,” said Dan Branson, the company’s senior director of produce.“I think it really spoke to the fact that Canadians are out there really looking for some options around driving value into their weekly shop and having greater accessibility to that healthy eating product of value.”Based on the program’s success, Naturally Imperfect will now include unsightly peppers, onions and mushrooms for consumers in Quebec and Ontario.Meanwhile, Loblaw’s Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer and most No Frills stores in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba started stocking less-than-perfect apples and peppers Wednesday, and Atlantic Superstore and Your Independent Grocer locations in the Atlantic provinces started stocking Naturally Imperfect apples.Loblaw launches Naturally Imperfect program to sell undersized, blemished produceFood inflation has deepened the price gap at discount grocery stores, and Loblaw Cos is set to cash inPricey vegetables sending more consumers to freezer aisle: Metro CEOThe line’s produce is now also available at Your Independent Grocer and Real Canadian Superstore in Whitehorse, Yukon.The uglier version of a fruit or vegetable costs up to 30 per cent less than its good looking counterpart.That can be appealing to consumers who have been smacked with sticker shock on the produce aisle over the past year due to the low Canadian dollar and other factors, including shortages caused by a drought in California.Between January 2015 and 2016, Canadian food prices rose four per cent, according to Statistics Canada’s consumer price index. But fresh fruit and vegetables showed some of the biggest increases, shooting up 12.9 and 18.2 per cent respectively.In the fourth quarter of 2015, Loblaw’s internal food inflation outpaced the CPI’s 4.1 per cent jump, according to the company’s financial reports.And while it has managed to pass most of this cost on to the consumer, shoppers started choosing cheaper products when some foods surpassed a certain price point, president and executive chairman Galen Weston said during a conference call with investors last week.Consumers, especially those in Alberta where the economy is struggling, have flocked to Loblaw’s discount offerings, he said.Branson said Loblaw looks to deliver great value regardless of the economy, but thinks that with the way things are now the offerings may be benefiting Canadians more than when Naturally Imperfect was first launched.It plans to expand the program even more over the coming months.
9/02/06Ohio State 2, Delaware 1 (Newark, Delaware) OSU and University of Delaware are set to face off both days this weekend at noon in Newark, Delaware. 8/25/07Delaware 4, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, OH) OSU then-sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) tries to defend the ball from California then-freshman forward Janaye Sakkas (20) during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Managing EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team opens up its 2016 season with a doubleheader against the No. 14 Delaware Blue Hens.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson welcomes back eight starters, including junior midfielders Maddy Humphrey, Carolina Vergroesen and junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro. Humphrey and junior midfielder Morgan Kile were the second and fourth leading scorers last year, respectively. In games where Humphrey scored in 2015, the Buckeyes were 6-3. Vergroesen also made a strong impact last year, starting in all 19 games and average 69 minutes per contests.OSU’s defense is also experiencing the return of key players, none more important than Tamburro. The junior led the Big Ten in saves (134) and saves per game (7.1) in 2015. Tamburro also ranks eighth in OSU history with 250 stops in only two seasons.In front of Tamburro is trusted junior defender Caroline Rath. She ranked second nationally with eight defensive saves last fall. Together, Rath and Tamburro, were responsible for being the core of the defensive that led to three shutouts in 2015. As for the Blue Hens, they’re coming back from clinching their third straight CAA title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament last season. Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof welcomes back nine starters and 14 letter winners. This includes senior Esmee Peet, the CAA’s Preseason Player of the Year.OSU vs. University of Delaware HistoryThe Buckeyes and the Blue Hens have met four times in the past and have split the contests. Their last meeting was back in 2008 at the Blue Hen Classic where OSU had a successful 2-1 win in overtime. Previous matches also include:08/25/07: Delaware 4, Ohio State 0 (Columbus, OH)09/02/06: Delaware 1, Ohio State 2 (Newark, Delaware)09/12/81: Delaware 5, Ohio State 0 (Storrs, Conn.) 9/12/81Delaware 5, Ohio State 0 (Storrs, Connecticut)
Ohio State guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.“I was blessed with this decision,” Turner said, his voice quivering. “I have a great opportunity and I’m going to turn a leaf over and go on to the next stage of my life.”Turner’s choice stemmed from the realization of his dream to play professionally, he said.“Ever since I was a little kid, I had a dream to play basketball and play in the NBA,” Turner said in the auxiliary gym at the Schottenstein Center. “Right now, I have the opportunity where my dream is realized. … I’m going to forgo my senior season and go to the NBA. It’s a dream come true and I definitely want to thank Coach [Thad] Matta.”Turner’s departure didn’t exactly come out of left field, but the soft-spoken point guard said the decision has tortured him since OSU’s season came to an end.“The past few weeks have been really hard for me,” he said. “I’ve been agonizing over my decision due to the simple fact of how much I love The Ohio State University. I love being a Buckeye. I love my coaching staff and being a kid and the opportunity to just do everything I always dreamed of.”Turner said he made the decision late Tuesday night and told some of his teammates just before he announced his decision to the media Wednesday.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Turner said. “If I could, I’d really just disappear.”Throughout the season, Turner maintained his intention to remain in school until he felt comfortable with the legacy he was leaving behind. He led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 and earned Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors.The Chicago native has been widely projected as a top-three pick in June’s NBA Draft. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his third season with the Buckeyes.Turner’s season didn’t go unblemished, however. He fractured a pair of vertebrae in his back after a nasty fall on a breakaway dunk in a Dec. 5 win over Eastern Michigan. After doctors initially diagnosed an eight-week timetable for his return, Turner made his way back onto the court just five weeks later. He said the risk of another serious injury played a small part in his choice to jump to the next level.His departure leaves the Buckeyes without their leader for next season, when OSU adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Although Turner stressed how he has “two feet in” his decision to enter the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-7 guard said he was satisfied with the state of the OSU program, even without him.“I was in a win-win situation regardless. … If I one day woke up and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NBA, then my dream and taking care of my family and stuff like that, and I was heartbroken, then that pretty much says you need to go. It’s definitely a great step, and I had great times here, but I’m leaving the program in great hands.”Still, Turner will be leaving behind a close-knit unit that spent plenty of time together on and off the court.“[There have been] a lot of great times, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate enough to be a part of something like this,” Turner said. “My teammates were always great. They helped mold me into who I am. My coaches helped mold me. I’m just lucky to be in the position I’m in and to have the past experiences I’ve had.”As for the legacy that the Naismith winner will leave behind in Columbus, Turner left it to everyone else to decide.“I can’t really say. That’s what the writers are for,” Turner said. “People that watched me play, people I had encounters with, they pretty much build your legacy. You don’t build your own legacy, so we’ll see in 10 to 15 years.”
He told Alesha he was a friend of her father’s and was taking her home. Ms Lochrane, from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, where she lived with Alesha, also learned during the sentencing that Campbell had described himself as “quite satisfied” with the murder, and claimed he found it difficult to avoid laughing during the murder trial.She said feared that if he was ever released he could strike again, adding: “I don’t want any child ever to go through what Alesha went through at the hands of another predator.“If this was America, he would be facing the death penalty, regardless of his age. A life sentence should be a life sentence.” He added: “I’m immensely proud of the work that was done by prosecutors in dealing with the case against Aaron Campbell. The outcome reflects hard work by the police and prosecutors.”Lord Matthews told Campbell at his sentencing: “You are completely lacking in victim empathy, the social worker noting your cold, calculating manner.” She said she was “sickened” to hear the details of his confession in court, when the judge revealed that Campbell described Alesha as “drowsy” after he picked her up and said she had asked who he was and where he was going. Alesha was a few days into a summer holiday with her father Robert MacPhail, 26, and grandparents, staying at the home they shared on Bute in the Firth of Clyde. Her mother and father separated when she was a baby.The court heard that Mr MacPhail, who told the court how he had put his daughter to bed on July 1 and was woken the next morning to be told she was missing, had previously sold cannabis to Campbell.Scotland’s top law officer, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, said the length of sentence reflected the “exceptional and truly dreadful nature of the crime”. Alesha’s body was found in woodland on the Isle of ButeCredit:Facebook Aaron Campbell has been jailed for at least 27 yearsCredit:PA The teenager who murdered Alesha MacPhail is “inhuman” and should never be freed from jail, the schoolgirl’s distraught mother has said.Aaron Campbell, 16, is starting a prison sentence of at least 27 years after snatching the six-year-old from her bed before raping and killing her on the Isle of Bute last summer.Sentencing him at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday, the judge Lord Matthews said he was cold and calculating and had shown a “staggering” lack of remorse.There was further turmoil for Alesha’s family during the sentencing when it emerged that Campbell had finally admitted the crime, telling psychologists that when he came across Alesha in her bed all he thought about was killing her.Alesha’s mother Georgina Lochrane, 24, said she was looking forward to the day when she woke up and learned that her daughter’s killer was dead.She said he should have no human rights and should remain in jail for life, telling the Daily Record: “I will do whatever I can to make the parole board see that that can’t be released back into society.”He doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air as my family. It rubs salt into our wounds the fact he is still alive and she isn’t. It shouldn’t be like that. 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.
– company preparing for oil production benefits The Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) Group has raked in some $296 million taxed profits for the 2016 financial year.According to Chairman Komal Samaroo in the company’s 2016 Annual Report, the Group’s profit for the year before taxation was $2.920 billion, compared to $2.797 billion in 2015, thus reflecting an increase of $123 million, or almost 4.4 per cent. The after-tax profit was recorded at $2.191 billion, compared to $1.895 billion earned in 2015, representing a 16 per cent increase in profit.The Chairman noted that an Interim Dividend of $0.16 per share was paid in December 2016. The Directors, he continued, have recommended a Final Dividend of $0.47 per share, which, if approved by members at the upcoming General Meeting set for April 7, would result in a total of $0.63 per share being paid for the year 2016.As it relates to the group’s subsidiaries, Distribution Services Limited (DSL) recorded a profit before tax of $358 million in 2016, as against $313 million in 2015. However, this increased profitability escaped the Demerara Shipping Company Limited (DSCL), which raked in a profit of $102 million in 2016, compared with $146 million in 2015. This decline, Samaroo explained, was as a result of the reduced volume of cargo handled by the lines represented by the shipping company.The profitability trend completely evaded Tropical Orchard Products Co Ltd (TOPCO), which experienced a loss of $16 million last year, whereas it had recorded a $20 million profit the previous year.“This was due primarily to the loss of the school feeding programme contract (which had already been awarded to an overseas company), a matter which TOPCO successfully contested at the Bids Protest Committee…TOPCO had to write off inventory totalling $21.2 million in packaging material and finished product,” the Chairman explained.He explained that the performance of the Group’s overseas subsidiaries had nevertheless made up for these losses by contributing $185 million in profit before taxation for 2016, compared with $172 million recorded in the previous year. The Demerara Distillers St Kitts Ltd recorded a profit of $25 million, Demerara Distillers USA Inc. recorded $41 million profit, Demerara Rum Company Ltd recorded $31 million profit, and the subsidiary in Europe recorded a profit of $88 million.According to the Chairman, notwithstanding the Group’s complete withdrawal from the commodity bulk rum market in 2016 and the consequent absence of any sales in that segment for the year, the Group’s overall revenue for 2016 increased, though marginally, over 2015 by $89 million, or 0.5 per cent.He added that increased sales from branded products and high-value bulk rum fully compensated for the sales foregone from the unprofitable commodity bulk rum segment, and noted that if the previous year’s revenue from the latter segment is omitted from the comparative results, the Group’s revenue would have increased by almost five per cent.Samaroo said the revenue garnered from international sales of branded and high-value bulk rum increased in 2016 by 9.5 per cent over what had been garnered the previous year, while domestic revenue also increased in 2016 by 2.5 per cent over what had been garnered in 2015.DDL Chairman, Komal SamarooThe DDL Chairman boasted about his company’s El Dorado brand, which continues to win accolades on the international market, once again being named in the ‘Top 10 Best Selling Rum Brands’ and the ‘Top 10 Trending Rum Brands’.He noted that the introduction of the Diamond Reserve brand in the regional and international markets in April last year was well received, adding that the company would continue to carefully promote and reinforce its market position in the value segment until it carves its niche in the rum market.Samaroo asserted that the launch of the ultra-premium limited edition – the 50-Year-Old Rum – strengthened the positioning of the El Dorado Rum in the high end of the market. Additionally, in the latter part of 2016, the company launched the limited El Dorado Rum Creme Liqueur in Butter Pecan, and successfully launched the Diamond Splash Cranberry Water and Soca Ginger Ale.Going forward, the Chairman outlined, uncertainty in the global business environment presents a major challenge, which is compounded by intensified regulatory pressures locally. He nevertheless noted that the Group stands both well prepared and positioned to expand the global footprint of its rum brands, and continue its growth in this vital segment of its business.Samaroo said Guyana’s economic outlook has been improved with the announcement of significant petro-carbon deposits offshore. To this end, the DDL Group would be expanding its several businesses to take full advantage of the opportunities that may arise from improvement in the domestic economy.“Notwithstanding the predicted uncertainties ahead, the Group remains well poised for continued growth as well as revenue and profitability expansion in the foreseeable future,” the Chairman noted. He noted, too, that presentation of the 2017 National Budget last year was welcomed, adding that such a move allows for more effective and improved business planning for the year.In this regard, he expressed hope that such a move to make the national economic environment more predictable, which is important to attract more investments, will be followed by an equally timely National Development Strategy and/or a National Development Plan, so that companies can align their business strategies with national policies. 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Resident Evil 7 is taking a drastic departure from previous titles. Instead of being a balls-to-the-wall action game, it is heavily leaning on the survival horror aspects that originally made the franchise so popular. All of the trailers we’ve seen so far suggest a game that will have players trying to hide from enemies. However, according to Resident Evil 7‘s official rating’s summary, the upcoming Capcom title won’t leave players completely helpless.“From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures,” reads the summary. It also says: “Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects.” Though the game will likely limit your access to these weapons in order to stay as horror-centric as possible, we now know for a fact that players will at least be able to fight back and defend themselves in some capacity.The ratings summary also states that you will play as a man named Ethan who is searching for his wife inside of a mansion. Even though Ethan will be the main character of the game, players will be able to take on the roles of other people. This is done by discovering video tapes scattered throughout the residence. It should also be noted that the game taking place inside of a mansion is an overt homage to the very first Resident Evil.From what we’ve seen of this game, Resident Evil 7 is shaping up to be one of the scariest games in the franchise. Knowing that we can fight back with stronger weapons than a two-by-four brings some small comfort for those (like me) who may find this game to be a bit too scary.Resident Evil 7 will be released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017. <>
Four people were injured in a three-car crash on Northeast 219th Street near Dollars Corner Sunday evening, officials said.The crash happened around 5 p.m. when a Hyundai SUV driven by Rudy Dela Zara, 65, of Oregon City, Ore., slowed to pull over to the shoulder and was rear-ended by a Honda Element driven by Kirkwood Dax, 26, of Corvallis, Ore., a Washington State Patrol bulletin said.After hitting the SUV, Dax’s Element crossed the highway’s center line, collided with a Ford truck driven by Stefanie A. Herrington-Blissmer, 41, of Vancouver, and caught fire, the release said.Four people were reported injured.Blissmer suffered sore muscles and a small laceration. Her passenger, Matthew M. Clark, 42, of Vancouver, had a sore shoulder. Dax reported hand lacerations and a sore shoulder. Mason Dela Zara, 4, of Battle Ground — a passenger in the Hyundai — suffered bruises on his head, the bulletin said.All four were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Clark was listed in satisfactory condition, hospital spokesman Ken Cole said Monday morning.Dax and Blissmer were treated and released, he said.No information was available on Mason Dela Zara.Blissmer’s truck and Dax’s car were both totaled in the incident. Dela Zara’s SUV had an estimated $6,000 in damage, but was driven from the scene.Dax was cited for second-degree negligent driving, the state patrol said.
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Part of the Instagram post, now deleted, as shown in China’s Global Times.Global TimesGerman automaker Mercedes-Benz is the latest foreign company offering an apology to China for quoting the Dalai Lama on Instagram.A unit of Daimler AG last week attached a quote from the Tibetan spiritual leader to a post next to one of its luxury sedans.”Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open,” the ad said, citing the Dalai Lama. “Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama,” the tagline said.The ad was posted and garnered nearly 90,000 likes before Mercedes deleted it the following day.The Global Times, the media mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, criticized Mercedes by saying the company was quick to respond to the incident but shouldn’t make such mistakes in the first place.The carmaker apologized for hurting “the feelings” of Chinese people by quoting the Dalai Lama in a post on its Instagram account.A number of international companies, including Zara, Marriott, Qantas, and Delta Air Lines, have apologized to China this year for listing Taiwan and Hong Kong as “countries” on their websites.Marriott was forced to close its website for a week and others were ordered to apologize publicly.These incidents across different industries highlight the growing pressure on foreign businesses for being more careful about local sensitivities.Concerns over slowing Chinese economic growth and a slew of regulatory barriers further makes it difficult for foreign companies to do business in China.
The injured civilian was shifted to the hospital in a critical condition.ReutersChaos has gripped Kashmir valley after a Friday advisory by the state government that asked the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and tourists to leave immediately. The annual Amarnath pilgrimage that was supposed to continue till August 15 has been halted after there were reports of terror threats on the pilgrims.Sources said that nearly 15,000 Amarnath pilgrims are in the process of leaving the Kashmir Valley whereas a majority of the hotels, houseboats in various tourist locations across the valley were evacuated. Although the Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar, Shahid Choudhary, said that no particular order was issued to institute for evacuation, there were reports of the non-local students at NIT, Srinagar leaving in hoards of buses for their respective hometowns after suspension of the classwork.Meanwhile, nearly 3-4 lakh non-locals who engaged in labour jobs in the Valley were also panic-stricken and were seen arranging for tickets and other means to leave Kashmir, although no particular advisory was issued for them. Kashmir awaits govt response After the advisory issued by the government and deployment of large contingents of security forces at strategic locations in Kashmir, the locals were seen rushing to markets, petrol pumps, ATMs and banks to stock up essential supplies, food, cash. Security experts say that the prevailing situation may be because the government wants to implement the precautionary measure as a major policy decision on Kashmir by the Modi government may be announced on August 15.There have been apprehensions that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government may abrogate Article 35 A that acknowledges special status to J&K and prevents the non-locals from purchasing any property in the state. There has been no official word from the J&K administration or the central government over the sudden advisory that was issued and heavy deployment of forces. Sources close to the development told International Business Times, India that the central government was fearing a large scale suicide bombing attack (Fidayeen attack) on the Amarnath pilgrims in South Kashmir, which may have led to the enactment of the security measures. More than 700 pilgrims who paid the obeisance at the Amarnath shrine were airlifted by the choppers and were not allowed to travel on foot. Paramilitary personnel guarding a Amarnath Yatra base camp near Pahalgam.ReutersAn all-party meeting was conveyed on Friday night, in which various valley-based mainstream political leaders including Mehbooba Mufti, Sajad lone and Shah Faesal participated. The leaders also met Governor Satya Pal Malik and sought a response from him so that the confusion ends. They also pledged to stand united against any attempt to rid the state of its special status.
Bill Gates watches Roger Federer of Switzerland as he plays against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the mens final during day fourteen of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on 19 March, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Photo: AFPMicrosoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest billionaires, while US president Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots, the magazine said Monday.Gates, whose wealth is estimated at $86 billion, led the list for the fourth straight year.He was followed by Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett among the top 10 billionaires, a group heavily dominated by Americans, many of whom work in the technology sector. Buffett’s wealth was estimated at $75.6 billion.Others in the top 10 included Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at number three, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg at number five and Oracle co-founder Larry Ellision at number seven.The global billionaire population jumped 13 percent from last year to 2,043, the biggest annual increase in the 31 years since the magazine began compiling the list, Forbes said.The US led countries with the most billionaires with 565, a product of the swelling value of the American stock market since Trump’s November 2016 election.China was second with 319 billionaires, and Germany was third with 114.Trump himself slipped 220 spots on the list to number 544 with an estimated $3.5 billion. Forbes attributed Trump’s drop to sluggishness in the Manhattan real estate market which is responsible for a disproportionate amount of his wealth.“Forty percent of Donald Trump’s fortune is tied up in Trump Tower and eight buildings within one mile of it,” Forbes said. “Lately, the neighborhood has been struggling (relatively speaking).”Among others in the Forbes top 10, Amancio Ortega of Spanish apparel chain Zara was fifth, Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim was sixth, the Koch brothers, Charles and David, were eighth and ninth and former New York City mayor and Bloomberg News founder Michael Bloomberg was 10th.This year it took at least $3.7 billion in wealth to make it onto the list, but only in a tie for 501th place, a group that included Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
Microsoft: device driver quality is better than ever by Martin Brinkmann on December 20, 2018 in Windows – 17 commentsMicrosoft revealed last month that the Windows 10 update quality improved a lot since the release of the operating system in July 2015.The article was published as part of a series of articles to improve transparency in regards to updates for Windows.Michael Fortin, Corporate Vice President, Windows and Tom Frankum, Director of Data and Intelligence, Windows, published a new article of that series yesterday on the Windows Experience blog.Driver quality in the Windows ecosystem looks at the distribution and quality of drivers using Windows Update. Driver installation through Windows Update caused significant issues in the past, e.g. when old drivers were offered even though newer versions were installed already or when drivers were offered that were not designed for the particular hardware device.Tip: you can disable driver updates through Windows Updates.The driver distribution change starts at Independent Hardware Vendors (IHV) such as AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA. These test hardware components they develop; part of the testing involves making sure that the hardware is compatible with supported versions of Windows.Vendors use the Windows Hardware Lab Kit to automate testing processes and may offer drivers for the hardware components on their websites.Original Equipment Manufacturers are next in the chain. Companies like Dell, Lenovo or Asus, run tests to ensure that drivers work in their devices. These companies work hand in hand with IHVs to address any issues discovered during testing.Validated drivers are released on the OEMs websites and through updating tools if provided.Microsoft is last in the driver distribution chain. IHVs and OEMs submit drivers to Microsoft for inclusion via Windows Update.IHVs and OEMs submit drivers to Microsoft, and we flight these drivers within our engineering system and, eventually, to Windows Insiders.Drivers are approved or rejected based on metrics during these flights. Microsoft revealed that it tests more than 100 drives every single day.Windows Driver qualityFortin and Frankum reveal that driver quality has gone up in recent time. One of the graphs posted shows the percentage of crash-free devices from July 2017 to December 2018. The value was just below 97% in July 2017 and has gone up to more than 98% in November 2018.While that means that more than 98% of devices did not experience crashes in that particular month, it still means that more than 1% of devices crash because of drivers. In other words: millions of Windows 10 devices crash each month because of driver issues.Microsoft published a second graph that compares crashes between August 2016 and September 2017.Microsoft states that it saw “significant improvement”. The graph is problematic as we cannot put the values from 2016 and 2017 in correlation because of missing x-axis and y-axis values.We don’t know if driver crashes dropped by 10%, 1%, 0.1% or 0.00001% between 2016 and 2017.Microsoft admits that “there is more work” to be done.Now You: How do you install drivers? What’s your take on the claim?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: device driver quality is better than everDescriptionMicrosoft revealed in December 2018 that the quality of drivers released via Windows Updates improved significantly in recent years.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
With the launch of Unity 2018.2 release last month, Unity is finally making the switch to WebAssembly as their output format for the Unity WebGL build target. WebAssembly support was first teased in Unity 5.6 as an experimental feature. Unity 2018.1 marked the removal of the experimental label. And finally in 2018.2, Web Assembly replaces asm.js as the default linker target. Source: Unity Blog WebAssembly replaced asm.js because it is faster, smaller and more memory-efficient, which are all pain points of the Unity WebGL export. A WebAssembly file is a binary file (which is a more compact way to deliver code), as opposed to asm.js, which is text. In addition, code modules that have already been compiled can be stored into an IndexedDB cache, resulting in a really fast startup when reloading the same content. In WebAssembly, the code size for an empty project is ~12% smaller or ~18% if 3D physics is included. Source: Unity Blog WebAssembly also has its own instruction set. In Development builds, it adds more precise error-detection in arithmetic operations. In non-development builds, this kind of detection of arithmetic errors is masked, so the user experience is not affected. Asm.js added a restriction on the size of the Unity Heap; its size had to be specified at build-time and could never change. WebAssembly enables the Unity Heap size to grow at runtime, which lets Unity content memory-usage exceed the initial heap size. Unity is now working on multi-threading support, which will initially be released as an experimental feature and will be limited to internal native threads (no C# threads yet). Debugging hasn’t got any better. While browsers have begun to provide WebAssembly debugging in their devtools suites, these debuggers do not yet scale well to Unity3D sizes of content. What’s next to come Unity is still working on new features and optimizations to improve startup times and performance: Asynchronous instantiation Structured cloning, which allows compiled WebAssembly to be cached in the browser Baseline and tiered compilation, to speed-up instantiation Streaming instantiation to compile Assembly code while downloading it Multi-Threading You can read the full details on the Unity Blog. Read Next Unity 2018.2: Unity release for this year second time in a row! GitHub for Unity 1.0 is here with Git LFS and file locking support What you should know about Unity 2018 Interface
The privately-occupied saloon coach which was till date reserved mainly for railways officials to reach destinations that were not connected via air is now open for general public. The saloon coach with air-conditioned rooms, valet service and attached bathrooms, commenced its journey on March 31, 2018 with six customers of a private tour operating company. The Jammu Mail started from Old Delhi Railway Station.These six passengers are the first ones to experience the saloon travel. These passengers have been booked by Royal India Train Journeys.This luxurious saloon travel experience will cost around INR 2 lakh.Additional facilities of this coach include a living room, two air-conditioned bedrooms with attached bathrooms and a kitchen.There are 336 saloon coaches in total and 62 of them are air-conditioned.The details of the Jammu Mail are available on IRCTC website.
October Construction Slips After Strong September Construction Spending Dodge Data & Analytics Housing Starts New Home Sales 2014-11-24 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News November 24, 2014 420 Views The value of new construction slid back in October after seeing a strong improvement in September, according to newly released figures for the month.Dodge Data & Analytics reported a 4 percent drop in the value of new construction starts last month, estimating groundbreaking at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $589.8 billion. The figure includes the value of new projects in the residential, commercial, and other segments.The decline followed a 10 percent increase in September, which was the strongest month for total construction starts so far this year.As of October, Dodge’s index of new construction starts measured 125, down from a revised 129 in September and unchanged from the average for the previous quarter.”Recent months have shown an up-and-down pattern for construction starts around what is still a rising trend,” said Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “The continued growth for residential building in 2014 is being led by multifamily housing, featuring groundbreaking for numerous multifamily high-rises in major cities, while single-family housing remains stalled for now.”Dodge’s numbers compare to the latest from the Census Bureau, which estimates total housing starts in October were at an adjusted annual rate of 1.01 million, down nearly 3 percent from September. The government’s estimates on spending on new projects throughout the month are scheduled for release December 2.The value of residential projects started last month picked up 11 percent from September, coming in at an annual rate of $245.9 billion, according to Dodge’s report. All of that increase came from a boost in multifamily spending, which was up 40 percent following a 20 percent slide in September.On the other hand, single-family housing was unchanged from its September pace, widening the gap between improvements in the multi- and single-family segments and drawing out the flat pattern that’s been in place since the end of last year.With sales of new homes struggling to see any meaningful lift, builders have slowed down on production for that market. As lending standards slowly loosen, market analysts hope to see a pickup in new building.”Despite very low mortgage rates, with the 30-year fixed rate hovering around 4.0 percent, it still remains difficult for first-time homebuyers to get a mortgage,” Murray said. “On a hopeful note, the latest survey of bank lending officers by the Federal Reserve did show some easing of mortgage lending standards during this year’s third quarter, maintaining the trend towards slight easing that began in the spring.”For October, Dodge reported weaker single-family construction in the Northeast and South Central divisions, which reported drops of 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, gains were reported in the West (up 2 percent), and Midwest (up 3 percent). Share