Chinmayanand case: two BJP leaders to be chargesheeted

first_imgThe Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the sexual harassment allegations against former Union Minister Swami Chinmayanand will file a chargesheet in court in the related extortion case on Wednesday against six accused, including two BJP leaders, a senior police officer said. “The probe in the case has been completed and the chargesheet will be filed in the court tomorrow. The pen drive which was snatched from the victim law student in Dausa (Rajasthan), has been recovered from BJP leaders D.P.S. Rathore and Ajit Singh,” I-G rank officer Naveen Arora, heading the SIT, told reporters here on Tuesday. Rathore is the younger brother of Uttar Pradesh BJP vice-president J.P.S. Rathore. “These leaders had snatched the pen drive from the law student in Dausa, Rajasthan, and had viewed the contents on their laptop. They had later deleted the pictures and demanded ₹1.25 crore from Chinmayanand to help ensure disposal of the matter. Both have been found guilty on this count,” Mr. Arora said on the probe. With this, the number of those accused of trying to extort money from Chinmayanand has gone up to six. The other four accused are the law student, who had charged Chinmayanand with sexual harassment, Sanjay, Vikram and Sachin. All of them are in jail. Mr. Arora said that it was found during investigation that the law student used to lock her room in the hostel, though she claimed that in her absence some vital evidence were removed by the college administration. This charge of the law student has not been found true in the investigations as even before going to Delhi, Sanjay had put all important things in a box and kept it at the house of a person named Rahul, the police officer said. ‘No spectacles found’He said that when the probe and arrests started, the box was thrown into a drain and the SIT which retrieved it later did not find the spectacles with camera, the evidence which the law student had alleged had gone missing. “The spectacles which the law student said she had used for making the video of Chinmayanand while giving him massage had been removed either by Sanjay or the victim herself,” Mr. Arora added. The SIT was constituted by the Uttar Pradesh government on the orders of the Supreme Court in September to investigate the charges levelled by the woman, who was then a postgraduate student at a college run by Chinmayanand’s trust. Chinmayanand was arrested on September 21 on kidnapping and criminal intimidation charge. He was later booked under Section 376C of the Indian Penal Code, which is usually applied in cases where a person abuses his position to “induce or seduce” a woman under his charge to have “sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape”.last_img read more

Day 1: India make a strong start, reach 115 for 1 at lunch

first_imgIndia have handed Test debut to all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Shikhar Dhawan struck a half-century and raised a 88-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara to steer India to a comfortable 115 for one at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka, here today.Dhawan, who was dropped on 31, was batting on 64 while Pujara was giving him company at 37 as the duo milked the opposition bowling after India elected to bat.Dhawan opened the innings with Abhinav Mukund (12) and the two batsmen got off the blocks very quickly. Despite a sprinkling of green on the Galle pitch, pacers Nuwan Pradeep (1/22) and Lahiru Kumara could not make optimal use of the new ball.The opening duo scored at will as they rotated strike with ease. With a great batting track available, Mukund wasted a golden opportunity for a big score as he edged behind off Pradeep in the eighth over.Earlier, spin was introduced in the seventh over but it was not stand-in skipper Rangana Herath who came on to bowl. Instead, off-break bowler Dilruwan Perera was introduced into the attack.He did not make any impact on Dhawan or his new partner as Pujara also made a positive start to his innings. The pair looked to attack against spin but after a few misses settled down to form a steady partnership. They put on 50 runs off only 60 balls. Earlier India’s 50-mark had come up in the 14th over.Dhawan was given a life as Asela Gunaratne dropped him at second slip off Lahiru Kumar in the same over. He was on 31 not out at that time and went on to score his fourth half-century off 62 balls with four shots to the fence.Herath (0/22) finally came on to bowl in the 19th over, but the batsmen had an easy time until lunch, bringing up India’s 100-mark in the 25th over. Thus far, it proved to be a trouble-free morning for the no.1 ranked Test side. COMMENTS COMMENT null 1/2 SHARE SHARE EMAIL India wins toss and opts to bat. Photo credit: @BCCI × 2/2 July 26, 2017center_img Hardik Pandya is all set to debut in Test cricket. Photo credit: @BCCI India wins toss and opts to bat. Photo credit: @BCCI Hardik Pandya is all set to debut in Test cricket. Photo credit: @BCCI RELATED SHARE India dismissed for 600 on Day 2 Karunaratne defies India with solid half-century, Lankans at 192/4 at tea cricket Published onlast_img read more

Anirban Lahiri one-shot behind Quail Hollow leaders

first_imgAnirban Lahiri, who felt he was overdue for a low score, shot a 66 to trail American co-leaders Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe by a stroke after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.On a cool and breezy day when defending champion Rory McIlroy battled for a 73, India’s Lahiri enjoyed a flawless six-birdie performance on a damp Quail Hollow course on Thursday.”Anytime you have a bogey-free card, it’s fantastic,” said Lahiri, who played in slightly tougher morning conditions. “I’ve played mediocre or average golf the last few months. I definitely feel like I should be competing more consistently.””The stuff my coach and I worked on after the Masters, when I took a couple of weeks off, it’s beginning to come together … I feel like my game’s gotten better every week.”Lahiri, ranked 55th in the world and playing in his first full season on the PGA Tour, is the top-ranked Indian and excited at the prospect of representing his country at the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics.The Olympics is the last thing on the mind of Loupe and Wheatcroft, both non-winners on tour, who took different routes to carding a seven-under-par 65 in the afternoon.Though Wheatcroft is the shorter hitter of the two, he had two eagles, holing out from 40 yards at the par-five fifth, and almost holing his second shot at the par-five 10th.McIlroy could have used some similar magic. A day after celebrating his 27th birthday, he plunged to four over after playing the more difficult back nine first, but he improved on the inward half.advertisement”It sort of was a tale of two nines,” the Northern Irishman said. “I’ve been working a lot on the range and I was still in range mode on the front nine. I didn’t have my scoring head on.”McIlroy and the other members of his group, American Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, had a bizarre experience on the sixth hole when a member of the gallery threw a golf ball onto the tee.”Yeah, it was sort of weird,” McIlroy said. “That’s never really happened to me before.”It was a golf ball with an ear plug stuck on it, so it was sort of strange. Charlotte’s finest (police officers) sorted it out and got him off the property, thankfully.”last_img read more

Dhoni equals Pontings record by leading India in 324th game

first_imgHarare, Jun 22 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today equalled Australian great Ricky Pontings record of leading the side in 324 international matches across all formats. Dhoni achieved the milestone during the third and final Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. India won the series 2-1, days after 3-0 whitewash of the hosts in ODIs. Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals. The 34-year-old is also Indias most successful captain ever, having overseen 27 Test match victories, 107 ODI wins and 40 T20 successes. During his nine-year tenure, Dhoni has guided India to title triumphs in the World T20 (2007), the World Cup (2011) and the Champions Trophy (2013) besides leading the side to the top of the ICC Test rankings. Now leading India in ODIs and T20s, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in the middle of a high-profile series in Australia. PTI AH BS BSlast_img read more

British Olympic champion Mo Farah ‘sick’ of doping allegations

first_imgBritish Olympic champion Mo Farah is “sick” of his name being dragged into doping controversies, the 34-year-old said after winning the 3,000 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Sunday.Russian hackers leaked documents last week showing Farah was suspected of doping in 2015 before being cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2016, British media reported.”I am sick of repeating myself and you guys just making something out of nothing,” Farah told reporters on Sunday.”I work hard at what I do and I just carry on enjoying what I do, and it comes as a little distraction..”I said I will never fail a drugs test. That is who I am. I believe in clean sports and I just have to enjoy what I do, keep smiling. And let you guys do what you do.”There’s no secrets to what I do. My life is not as easy as people think, it is hard work. I wish you guys would understand it a bit more and write down the facts. I do what I do, keep smiling. I love you all.”Farah has fielded doping allegations repeatedly and the issue re-appeared in April after a doctor said that he injected a legal dose of a controversial substance prior to the 2014 London Marathon but it was not adequately recorded.The long-distance runner said he would not be racing in the 1,500m event in Monaco and will instead go to an altitude training camp in Font Romeu, France to prepare for next month’s world championships.advertisement”The preparation is going well – I’m grafting and continuing to tick boxes,” Farah said.”Initially I was going to try and fit a 1500m race in between now and the World Championships, but this is my last race now.”I’m going to Font Romeu tomorrow. I’ll just knuckle down.”Farah had previously announced his plans of retiring from track events and focusing on marathons after the World Championships.last_img read more

India Today Operation CricketGate: What is the Pune pitch like for India vs New Zealand ODI?

first_imgPune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was caught on India Today’s camera, agreeing to manipulate bounce, movement and balance between bat and ball for the second ODI between India and New Zealand.Following the sting operation, the BCCI swung into action and promised that the guilty would not be spared. Joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said the Indian board has zero tolerance for corruption while the Maharashtra Cricket Association president Abhay Apte suspended Salgaonkar and barred him from entering the MCA stadium for the crucial ODI.”I have taken Mr. Salgaonkar under suspension with immediate effect, and all his work has been withdrawn, including his basic membership with the MCA has been withdrawn. The ICC observer has approved the pitch, the match will start on schedule,” Apte said in a statement as India Today’s sting operation created ripples.Salgaonkar told India Today’s undercover reporters that the pitch was a belter and the team batting first would get to 337 and it would still be chaseable.The curator guaranteed doctoring the pitch to favour one of the teams. “Two players want some bounce on the pitch. If that can be done,” asked the reporter. “It will be given,” he agreed. “I told you this is a 340-run wicket, either way,” Salgaoncar added.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat and said it was a good pitch to bat on. “We are going to have a bat. It looks like a good surface. It was a very good performance in the first ODI on Sunday but it is a new day and we have to play well.”advertisementIndia skipper Virat Kohli, meanwhile, said he wanted to field and losing the toss was not such a bad thing because it looked like a good batting surface.”The one we played against England was similar. Generally, the wicket plays better in the evening,” he said.The last ODI played in Pune between India and England was a high-scoring thriller. England, batting first, had amassed 350/7. India overhauled the target thanks to hundreds from Kohli and Kedar Jadhav.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli second fastest Indian to slam 20 Test hundreds

first_imgWhenever Virat Kohli scores a hundred, he either breaks a record or sets a new one.That was again the case on Saturday as Kohli brought up his 20th hundred in the ongoing third Test against Sri Lanka.Kohli reached the three-figure mark with a single off off-spinner Dilruwan Perera as India reached 264/2 in the 62nd over after opting to bat first.Kohli is in the middle of a 186-run partnership with opener Murali Vijay, who also notched up his 11th Test hundred just a few minutes before his captain.The 29-year-old surpassed the great Sachin Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar heads the list having reached the milestone in just 93 innings while Kohli got there in his 105th innings.He is also the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla’s record of 378 innings.International hundred no. 52 for Virat Kohli – now only 48 short of Sachin. BTW Sachin had scored 60 hundreds at his age (at 7.20 innings/hundred). Virat has taken 6.73 innings for each hundred.#INDvSL #INDvsSL- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 2, 2017Overall, Kohli is placed in fifth place behind Don Bradman (55), Gavaskar (93), Matthew Hayden (95) and Steve Smith (99).Fastest to 20 Test hundreds (fewest innings)55 Don Bradman93 Sunil Gavaskar95 Matthew Hayden99 Steve Smith105 VIRAT KOHLI107 Sachin Tendulkar#IndvSL- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 2, 2017Later in the day Kohli also went past 3000 Test runs as captain. He is the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat.advertisement3000 Test runs as captain for Virat KohliThird Indian after MS Dhoni (3454) and Gavaskar (3449)#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 2017436 runs in the series for Virat Kohli. That’s the most an Indian captain has scored in a three-match series (Sachin had 435 vs New Zealand in 1999-00).#INDvSL #INDvsSL #SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 2, 2017Kohli is scoring hundreds for fun these days and this was his 11th hundred this year across formats which made him the most prolific captain, in terms of hundreds scored in a calendar year. Overall, he is the third player after Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to score 11 tons in a calendar year.He also has nine fifties across formats this year. He is the first captain to score three consecutive hundreds in a three-match Test series.Third 100 in a row for Virat (104* at Kolkata & 213 at Nagpur). He is the only captain to score three consecutive 100s on TWO occasions. Virat had started his Test captaincy stint with scores of 115, 141 & 147 vs Australia.#INDvSL- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 2, 2017Kohli also went past 5000 Test runs in the same match today to become the fourth-quickest Indian to achieve the feat in his 105th innings.Before the start of the third Test, Kohli needed just 25 runs to achieve the feat and he got there with a splendid cover drive off Suranga Lakmal which went for a boundary.Indian batsmen fastest to 5000 runs in Tests (fewest inns)95 Sunil Gavaskar99 Virender Sehwag103 Sachin Tendulkar105 VIRAT KOHLI108 Rahul Dravid#INDvSL #INDvsSL- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 2, 2017He has also scored two double tons this year, the first came against Bangladesh in February and the next one he slammed against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Nagpur six days ago. He also holds the record for scoring four double hundreds in consecutive series.Kohli slammed his fifth double hundred in the previous match against Sri Lanka in Nagpur to equal Brian Lara’s record of five double tons by a captain in Test cricket. He joined former South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Rahul Dravid in 12th spot in the list of most double hundreds by batsmen.The Delhi batsman is the only player in international cricket to average of more than 50 in all three formats of the game at the moment.Kohli has the best conversion rate among the 18 captain’s who have scored more than 10 Test hundreds. Out of the 17 times he has gone past 50 as the skipper, he has converted 13 of those into hundreds.The run machine continues. Three consecutive 100s for @imVkohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/sevr4oLuid- BCCI (@BCCI) December 2, 2017last_img read more

Mouser receives distribution accolade from FTDI Chip

first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems takes RISC-V to the next levelNext Clientron debuts flexible thin client S810 with innovative Port-on-Foot design USB connectivity IC manufacturer FTDI Chip has bestowed this year’s global distribution award on Mouser Electronics for being the global distributor with the most significant sales revenue growth in 2018. As a longstanding and highly valued supply chain partner, Mouser has been successful in accentuating the effectiveness of FTDI Chip’s worldwide commercial operations – thereby complementing the company’s own direct sales network. Through its powerful online presence, Mouser has gained traction with the design engineering community in key Asian, North American and European markets, as well as addressing new application opportunities that are starting to emerge. As a result of this, the distributor has brought about a major increase in unit shipments across the whole FTDI Chip range of silicon solutions, plus its supporting cables, development hardware and evaluation modules, while also offering rapid delivery from a centralized stock reserve. This encompasses the manufacturer’s USB Full-Speed, High-Speed and SuperSpeed (USB 3.0/3.1) bridging and controller products.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

No Change Necessary: Audi is Making Cars That Can ‘Talk’ to Toll Booths

first_img A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Many U.S. highways already have cashless toll booths that read transponders affixed to a vehicle’s windshield, but Audi is taking things a step further. The German automaker will install those transponders at the factory, so drivers won’t have to worry about messing up their windshields with velcro strips.Audi’s “integrated toll module” (ITM) is built into the rearview mirror. It was developed by Gentex Corporation, which also supplies all auto-dimming rearview mirrors for Audi luxury cars. Audi claims the ITM is compatible with all toll roads in the U.S., as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.Audi notes that the ITM decreases windshield clutter (admittedly not the worst problem drivers face) and eliminates the need to manage multiple accounts for different regional toll roads, which generally becomes an issue only on long road trips. Drivers can use Audi’s MMI infotainment system to turn the transponder on or off, and tell it if the vehicle is driving in a carpool lane.Audi touts this gadget as the latest manifestation of so-called “vehicle-to-infrastructure” (V2I) technology. V2I is an umbrella term for communications technology that allows cars, buildings, and, in this case, toll booths to send data back and forth. A related iteration called V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) does the same between cars.Developers of this technology originally viewed it as a way to increase safety for drivers and passengers. It’s thought that V2V-equipped cars could one day send warnings about dangerous road conditions to each other, or signal their presence at intersections and in other areas where visibility may be compromised. Continental will test a “smart intersection” in Columbus, Ohio, that uses V2I technology to improve pedestrian safety.Audi’s ITM is less about safety and more about convenience. But convenience is very profitable, so it’s possible that companies will develop other uses for V2I along these lines. The technology’s ability to read a car’s location and link to a digital-payment system presents opportunities for commercialization. The question is whether these new uses will actually be valuable to drivers, and not just technological distractions created in the name of generating new sources of revenue for the companies pushing them.A version of this article previously ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Cancels 2018 Calls to Turkey

first_imgMiami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International has decided to cancel all calls to Turkey for the 2018 Europe cruise season due to “the current unpredictability of the state of Turkey.”Royal Caribbean has replaced the current calls to the country’s Ephesus (Kusadasi) with visits to Rhodes or Mykonos, Greece, the company’s spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News.“Our decision-making process will always be driven by our concern for the safety of our guests and crew,” the spokesperson said.The cruise line informed that it will continue to closely monitor the changing situation in Turkey and “will remain hopeful that we will return to this popular port-of-call.”World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Royal Caribbeanlast_img

Province Federal Government Invest 33 Million in Highway 103

first_imgThere will be increased safety and better traffic flow for people driving on the 103 Highway near Port Mouton, thanks to a $33-million investment by the province and government of Canada. The controlled access, eight-kilometre section of Highway 103, announced today, April 7, in Liverpool, will reduce traffic, including commercial vehicles, that pass through residential areas of the Queens County community. “This is a significant part of the work to modernize roads from one end of Nova Scotia to the other,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Today’s announcement represents Phase I of a plan to build a controlled access highway from Broad River to Sable River, improving safety along this stretch of highway while supporting the local economy.” Highway 103 serves as a gateway from Halifax to Yarmouth and then links to the U.S., via the CAT ferry. The improvement is important for the economic growth of the province. “This investment will ensure that this vital route continues to serve the province of Nova Scotia well into the future,” said Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade, representing the government of Canada. “It will also bring peace of mind to local residents and businesses who use this highway daily.” The project responds to requests from local chambers of commerce, residents and elected officials to make the section of highway a priority. Construction, targeted to begin in late 2011 and expected to be completed within two years, will provide jobs for the local economy. “We’re pleased to move forward on this project that meets the needs of local businesses and residents,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This project will improve safety and traffic flow on the South Shore.” An environmental assessment, surveying, land acquisition and detailed design work will be done before construction. The province of Nova Scotia is providing funding through its Building for Growth Plan, one of the largest infrastructure programs in the province’s history.last_img read more

Deadly reserve fires Why does it keep happening

first_imgAPTN National NewsChildren lost to fires on reserves.It’ a story APTN brought you far too many times.More tragedy this week raises the questions once again: Why does this keep happening and what needs to be done?APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img

Morocco Two Men Ask to Be Jailed to Have Place to

Rabat – Two men from Bouarfa have reportedly sent a joint letter to the city’s attorney general, “consciously” demanding to be put in prison.45-year-old Hakoum Balataris and Sheikh Kdraoui, two unemployed family men from the city of Bouarfa in eastern Morocco, have asked to be put behind bars in order to have a “place to sleep, food, drinkable water and something warm.”In a typed letter, the two men said that they have “many debts and problems” and that they would be grateful if “someone could find a solution to their situation in order to be able to lead a dignified life.” “But, otherwise, we demand to be put in prison with our families in order to eat, drink and have a roof above our heads,” read the letter.Having heard their demands, the two men reportedly received the support of a local branch of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights, saying that their claims are “legitimate”. read more

Implementing existing agreements key for combating small arms trade – UN

The week-long meeting, which closed Friday, was part of a follow-up to the July 2001 Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. That conference had adopted an action plan which identified national, regional and global measures aimed at small arms.Convened in anticipation of a 2006 Conference that will review progress in implementing the 2001 accord, the five-day meeting provided an opportunity for States, international and regional organizations, and civil society to discuss regional and international plans and highlight successes and best practices in controlling the spread of the weapons, including legislation, stockpile management, weapons destruction, identification and tracing.”New measures are not a substitute for good-faith implementation of old ones,” said Pasi Patokallio of Finland, chairman of the meeting, as he summed up the discussions. The implementation of existing commitments remained the foundation of all efforts. Small arms trafficking, proliferation and misuse could be brought under much better control if all States implemented the commitments they had undertaken in 2001, he said.He said that States had stressed international cooperation and assistance and capacity-building in affected States. Without capacity, even States with the strongest political will and commitment could do little. But there must also be political will and commitment on behalf of the recipient States for international cooperation and assistance to make a difference. Aid could be wasted on small arms projects just as easily as on any other projects, if the political will to effect real change on the ground was lacking.Much had been said on a need for a comprehensive or holistic approach, he added. Small arms trafficking, proliferation and misuse impacted on security, development and human rights. There was a clear need for stronger supply-side measures. Enhancing controls on transfers, globally, would go a long way towards preventing small arms and light weapons from being used to stoke conflict, undermine or even reverse development and violate human rights.All States enforcing proper criteria in authorizing their arms transfers would go a long way towards dealing with the problem of non-State actors. For the same reason, regulating brokers and brokering activities was also important, he said. read more

Lululemon lowers revenue forecasts for Q4 beats Q3 analyst profit estimates

Lululemon lowers revenue forecasts for Q4, beats Q3 analyst profit estimates Canadian yogawear maker Lululemon Athletica warned Thursday that its revenue over the busy holiday shopping season and for the year may be lower than forecast as it grapples with shipment issues on the West Coast and the lower value of the Canadian and Australian dollars.Lululemon chief executive Laurent Potdevin told analysts the biggest impact will be from the port delays in Los Angeles, which have forced the Vancouver-based retailer to cut anticipated fourth-quarter sales by US$10 million.“We are continuously assessing the situation and our entire team is focused on supporting the upcoming key holiday selling weeks and maintaining our positive trajectory into January,” he said, adding that the company is aware there is a potential for the labour-related delays to snowball into a full-blown strike.A number of major retailers from luxury retailer Nordstrom to renovations supplier Home Depot have been impacted by the port in disruption in Los Angeles since August, which is a major gateway to move merchandise from Asia to North America.Lululemon says deliveries of about a million pieces of its merchandise have been delayed between seven and 10 days. Due to the lag, the company is expecting between US$570 million and US$585 million of revenue for the fourth quarter, below consensus analyst estimates of US$593 million as compiled by Thomson Reuters.Chief financial officer John Currie said Lululemon a contingency plan for future shipments, which would see them routed from Asia to Vancouver and then transported to the U.S. by rail. That is expected to result in delays of between one and three days.In addition to the port delays, the company also expects to earn US$5 million less in the fourth quarter due the lower values of the Canada and Australia currencies compared with the American greenback, and the delayed opening of its second store in England due to construction problems.It was initially believed that the location in London’s ritzy Chelsea district was going to be ready for the Christmas shopping period. The store is now slated to be up and running in January.Lululemon now expects fourth-quarter earnings to fall between 65 and 69 cents US per share, compared with analyst forecasts of 72 cents.Despite the adjusted forecasts, the company reported better than expected earnings results for the third quarter on Thursday, driven by an increased focus on more store openings and finding the right product mix.In the past quarter, Lululemon opened a new Canadian flagship store in Vancouver, which has increased sales by 50 per cent compared with the older location.In December it also opened its largest store to date in Santa Monica, Calif., at 5,700 square feet, and a men’s only store in New York’s Soho district on Black Friday. The retailer’s first store in Singapore is just opening and its first store in the Middle East will welcome shoppers in the second half of 2015.Lululemon said it continues to look to Asia and Europe for most growth potential and remains committed to having 20 stores in Europe and 20 in Asia by 2017.Potdevin said expanding the brand internationally will only work if the company can get the product mix correct.In the quarter, the company refreshed its pants and tank top display walls to woo back customers. Lululemon also launched its mobile shopping app this quarter, which has been downloaded 274,000 times, and accounts for about eight per cent of overall online sales.For the third quarter, Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) reported a reduced third quarter profit as it saw lower overall sales growth, partially offset by a 27 per cent jump in online sales ahead of the holiday shopping season.The company earned US$60.45 million or 42 cents per share for the 13-week period ended Nov. 2, down from US$66.11 million or 46 cents per share in the same period a year earlier.Analysts had expected a profit of 38 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Revenue for the period was US$419.4 million, up 10 per cent from last year with a growing portion generated by direct to consumer sales. Comparable store sales fell by three per cent after adjusting for currency fluctuations.BMO Capital Markets analyst John Morris said Lululemon’s Q3 results are encouraging, but it is still unknown whether the company can improve gross margins.“LULU appears to be making gradual progress on its initiatives on product quality, assortment improvements and guest experience, as sequential improvement throughout the quarter allowed the company to exceed its outlook,” he wrote in a note. “However, we still lack visibility on a gross margin recovery given persistent erosion.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 11, 2014 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bomb squad called after suspicious device found in central Dublin

first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal unit has been called to an area in central Dublin this lunchtime after a suspicious device was found.Gardaí and a Defence Forces explosives ordnance disposal team have been called to North Strand Road in Dublin 1, close to Connolly Station and the IFSC.The device was found shortly before 11am this morning.A number of streets in the area have been closed to traffic, which is causing significant disruption in the area.More as we get it; photo submitted by a reader.last_img

Explosion at French nuclear plant causes injuries but no radiation risk

first_img Short URL Share54 Tweet Email 10,512 Views Feb 9th 2017, 1:18 PM Flamanville nuclear plant Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 1:18 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3231010 center_img AN EXPLOSION AT a nuclear power plant on France’s northwest coast has caused minor injuries today, but the authorities said there was no risk of radiation.The blast took place in the engine room at the Flamanville plant, which lies 25km west of the port of Cherbourg and just across from the Channel Islands. It lies 440km from the Irish port town of Rosslare.“It is a technical incident. It is not a nuclear accident,” senior local official Jacques Witkowski told AFP.He said a ventilator had exploded outside the nuclear zone at the plant, which has been in operation since the 1980s and is operated by state-controlled energy giant EDF.“It’s all over. The emergency teams are leaving,” Witkowski said.Five people suffered smoke inhalation but there were no serious injuries, Witkowski said.One of the two pressurised water reactors at the plant was shut down after the explosion and the incident was declared over at 11.00 Irish time, the authorities said.The two 1,300 megawatt reactors have been in service since 1985 and 1986, and the site currently employs 810 people, alongside an additional 350 subcontractors.A new third-generation reactor known as EPR is being built at Flamanville, which will be the world’s largest when it goes into operation in late 2018.‘Improved safety record’Construction of the new reactor at the site in Normandy began in 2007 and was initially due for completion in 2012 but has been delayed several times, and its initial budget has more than tripled, to €10.5 billion.EDF said its safety record at nuclear sites improved last year, with 2.3 accidents for every one million hours worked, compared with 2.6 in 2015.That translates into five accidents that required reactor shutdowns in 2016, after eight the previous year.France relies heavily on nuclear power, building its first nuclear plant in 1977 at Fessenheim, a site on the border with Germany that is set to be decommissioned in 2018.Nuclear reactors generate about 75% of France’s electricity supply, a level the government wants to bring down to 50% by 2025.Fessenheim, located on a seismic fault line, has worried French, German and Swiss environmentalists for years and its fate has been the subject of dispute with Berlin.France and Germany are close EU partners but have taken vastly different approaches to power generation.Germany – where the public mood swung against nuclear power following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – decided to phase out nuclear power following Japan’s Fukushima meltdown in 2011.© – AFP, 2017Read: Pentagon considers renting a floor in Trump Tower to store nuclear launch codesRead: US hits Iran with fresh sanctions after missile tests Flamanville nuclear plant Image: Pierre Berenger/EDF via AP 62 Comments Explosion at French nuclear plant causes injuries but no ‘radiation risk’ Several people were injured but there was no radiation leak at the plant in Flamanville. Image: Pierre Berenger/EDF via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Two hikers safe after falls on two peaks

first_imgThe North Country EMS Volcano Rescue Team responded Tuesday to two distressed hikers — one on Silver Star Mountain in Skamania County and the other on Mount St. Helens.The names of the hikers had not been released as of The Columbian’s press time.A woman fell 35 feet down a nearly 60-degree slope around 12:35 p.m. on Silver Star Mountain. She was about two miles up Ed’s Trail, at the 3,800-foot elevation, according to a North Country EMS bulletin.She did not report any injuries, but it was too brushy, slippery and steep for her to safely get back to her group. No one in her hiking party from Vancouver Parks and Recreation could safely get down to her. One member was able to lower a small rope for her to hold on to until help arrived.Six members of the Volcano Rescue Team hiked the two miles to the site and lowered one rescuer to the hiker via a rope system. The rescuer put a rescue harness on the woman and she was raised up to the trail.She was able to walk back to her vehicle at the trailhead by 4:26 p.m.Six members of the Volcano Rescue Team went to Silver Star, but had to be diverted to the fallen hiker on Mount St. Helens early Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

Off Beat Readers Digest art director gave laundry list of instructions

first_img‘Lean this way. Smile a little.”That’s a quote from a Columbian photographer during a recent assignment. Not too complicated.Our photographers usually don’t make big demands on the people who appear on our pages or website.But national publications? That can be a laundry list of instructions. Really. A magazine staffer told Lori Volkman how to deal with her family’s laundry for two weeks.We recently wrote about Volkman’s transition from blogging Navy wife, while her husband Randy was in the Middle East, to an advocate for military families. We noted how the national media picked up on the Ridgefield woman’s writings at “Witty Little Secret.”National coverage included a story in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Reader’s Digest. It ran with a family portrait of Lori Volkman, daughter Olivia and son Cooper … and a pile of laundry almost as tall as Cooper.When the Reader’s Digest art director called from New York to discuss the photo shoot at the Volkman home, Lori Volkman mentioned that she wasn’t exactly on top of the housework. She had five loads of unfolded laundry on her bed.“He said, ‘Don’t change a thing!’”So, “We pulled laundry from the pile (to wear) and I would add to the stack when I did another load.”Eventually, Volkman said, she moved the stack from the bed to the floor — “Clean laundry on the floor!” — until the Reader’s Digest photo team was due to arrive.last_img read more

Appeals Court Revives Alaska Suit On Roadless Rule

first_imgAlaska will continue its court battle against a U.S. Forest Service policy that blocks logging in undeveloped areas of national forests.Download AudioAerial view of Tongass National Forest (Photo by Alan Wu/Flickr Creative Commons)In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a federal judge’s ruling that Alaska waited too long to file its complaint.The appeals court said Alaska’s lawsuit, filed in 2011, was within a six-year time limit.The U.S. Forest Service argued that the clock on Alaska’s suit began running in 2001 when the roadless rule was issued. The three-judge appeals panel disagreed, saying the rule was repealed in 2005 by the Forest Service and reinstated in 2006 by a federal judge.last_img