Bank of Canada business outlook survey suggests businesses optimistic

first_imgOTTAWA – Expectations the Bank of Canada will raise its key interest rate target next month were bolstered Friday after stronger-than-expected economic growth in April and a report suggesting widespread business optimism.The Bank of Canada’s outlook survey indicator climbed to its highest level since the second quarter of 2011 as responses to most survey questions were above their historical averages.However, the central bank noted almost all of the interviews with firms for the business survey were done before the U.S. announcement on tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada.Escalating trade tensions between Canada and the U.S., including the threats of additional tariffs on the auto sector, have raised concerns for the economy.Benjamin Reitzes, Canadian rates and macro strategist at BMO Capital Markets, said the solid increase in the outlook survey indicator shows the economy was in good shape heading into the tariff strife.“With governor Poloz saying that the bank will not be shaping policy based on headlines, and the economic backdrop in generally good shape, there’s a solid case for a July rate hike,” Reitzes wrote in a report.“Even so, we’ll be waiting to see if Trump reacts to Canada’s retaliatory tariffs, as a further escalation could drastically change policy dynamics.”The Bank of Canada survey came as Statistics Canada reported Friday real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 per cent in April over the previous month, topping the expectations of economists for no change for the month.Gains in the manufacturing and utilities sectors more than offset declines in construction and in mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction to help the output of goods-producing industries rise 0.2 per cent.Activity in the manufacturing sector rose 0.8 per cent in April as the output of both durable and non-durable manufacturing grew.Services-producing industries were essentially unchanged overall for the month.“With cold weather in much of the country, one-off factors hitting the mining and oil and gas industries, and some soft advance indicators, it was a welcome surprise to see a modest expansion of the Canadian economy in April,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote.Both the business outlook survey and the reading on GDP will be scrutinized by the central bank ahead of its interest rate decision next month.The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold at its last rate announcement, but the central bank’s accompanying statement was interpreted by many economists as suggesting that rates could head higher later this year.However, the Trump administration announced tariffs on steel and aluminium imports a day after the last rate announcement and has since threatened additional tariffs on other goods including automobiles. Canada has responded with its own plans for tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports as well as duties on a wide range of other goods.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said earlier this week the escalating cross-border trade fight and new mortgage rules will “figure prominently” in the central bank’s upcoming interest-rate decision.The governor added the central bank will continue to focus on economic data it can model rather than trying to follow political rhetoric.The Bank of Canada business outlook survey of about 100 firms found the balance of opinion on future sales growth was marginally positive as domestically-oriented firms, including those tied to housing in some regions, expected a moderation in growth.It noted that firms that were optimistic about their sales prospects often expected to benefit from sustained foreign or domestic demand, improving commodity prices or new products or initiatives to increase market share.“In particular, firms serving foreign customers reported that orders have improved compared with 12 months ago, and they expect export sales to increase at a greater rate over the next year,” the report said.However, the survey also said the number of firms that would have significant difficulty meeting an unanticipated increase in demand has increased to levels not seen since before the 2008-09 recession.“Reports of labour shortages are most prevalent in British Columbia but are also common in Central Canada,” the report said.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target three times since last summer, moves that have prompted Canada’s big banks to raise their prime lending rates. The central bank’s target for the overnight rate sits at 1.25 per cent.The business outlook survey was conducted from May 3 to June 5.last_img read more

Ranil and South African President hold talks

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with South African President Jacob Zuma at the Bandaranaike International Airport.Wickremesinghe tweeted this morning saying he met Zuma who was in Sri Lanka while returning to his country after a visit to China. The South African President’s plane made a brief stopover at the airport where he was greeted by the Prime Minister.Both leaders had brief talks at the airport.

Montreal transit commission takes delivery of first of its new subway cars

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Montreal transit commission takes delivery of first of its new subway cars MONTREAL – The Montreal transit commission has taken delivery of the first of its new subway cars, with authorities unsure whether they will be more energy-efficient than the current models.Additional cars will continue to be delivered daily and, once assembled, the first new subway train will undergo eight months of tests, the commission said Monday.That means the first train could be put into service by the beginning of next year.The 468 cars are being built by a Bombardier-Alstom consortium at a cost of $1.2 billion.Commission chairman Philippe Schnobb admitted at a news conference he doesn’t know yet if the new nine-car subway trains, which are 13 tons heavier, will consume more electricity.The new trains can accommodate 1,068 passengers, compared with 990 for the current models, which have been in service since 1966.“It’s certain they will transport more people so, yes, there will be a different load,” Schnobb said. “(But) we are not yet ready to say what difference that will make.”Schnobb also said an additional $1.2 billion will be spent to modify certain infrastructures and to train staff.Schnobb reassured passengers after admitting that tunnels over a 200-metre stretch of the 71-kilometre subway system need to be shaved.“These modifications are not because the trains couldn’t pass through,” he said. “They have to do with exceptional circumstances where there could be a problem with the pneumatic system accompanied by flat tires.”The commission said the work was already planned and was included in the total cost of the $2.4-billion project.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said the subway cars will be more comfortable, more spacious, brighter and less noisy, adding they will revitalize the city’s underground system.He said that after riding the old subway cars for 50 years, transit users deserve to be spoiled with more reliable subway cars.“If we want more public transit users, we have to show that they (the trains) are more efficient at every level,” Coderre told reporters.As in other major cities, such as Berlin, Mexico City, and Madrid, the new “boa” trains will allow passengers to move about freely from one end to the other.All of the new cars are expected to be in service by the fall of 2018.Meanwhile, a Bombardier (TSX.BBD.B) official said 150 workers who were laid off last fall at its factory in La Pocatiere should be recalled beginning this summer.Sebastien Ross, the plant’s manager, said with the start of delivery, mass production of the new subway cars will begin around mid-June.The end of a contract with the state of Maryland for the delivery of 54 multi-level commuter trains forced Bombardier to lay off one-quarter of its workforce of 600 in La Pocatiere. by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 12:53 pm MDT read more

Comcast 2ndquarter earnings top Wall Street as Internet hookup pace accelerates

Comcast 2nd-quarter earnings top Wall Street as Internet hookup pace accelerates PHILADELPHIA – Comcast’s second-quarter net income rose 15 per cent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace and video subscriber losses moderated.The nation’s largest cable provider topped Wall Street estimates and shares edged up in afternoon trading.The nation’s largest cable provider said Tuesday that net income rose to $1.99 billion, or 76 cents per share, up from $1.73 billion, or 65 cents per share, a year ago.Excluding a gain on its sale of a stake in set-top box maker Arris Group Inc. and other items, Comcast posted adjusted earnings of 75 cents per share, beating the 72 cents expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Revenue grew nearly 4 per cent to $16.84 billion, short of the $16.95 billion that analysts were looking for. Revenue a year ago was $16.27 billion.Jefferies & Co. analyst Mike McCormack said the quarter was healthy as cable continued to perform well and NBC Universal grew more profitable.Cable hookup revenue, up 5 per cent at $11.03 billion, was slightly better than expected, but NBCUniversal revenue, flat at $6.02 billion, was less than analysts predicted.Comcast Corp. is in the midst of a regulatory review of its proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of No. 2 cable company Time Warner Cable Inc. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a call with analysts that the FCC began a 180-day review period on July 10, and the company expects to have a shareholder vote on the acquisition in the fall.The company added a net 203,000 Internet customers since the last quarter, bringing the number to 21.3 million. That’s 8 per cent more than it added in the same period a year ago.It lost 144,000 video customers, ending up with 22.5 million. The video losses broke two quarters of gains, but the company said it was largely due to the seasonal pattern of college students leaving school and vacationers from Canada disconnecting before heading back up north. The losses were not as bad as the 162,000 it lost in the same period a year ago.The average customer bill rose 4.5 per cent to $137.24 per month after 2 per cent price hike at the beginning of the year. Customers were also adding more services and business client revenues rose.At NBCUniversal, advertising revenue fell 2 per cent to $2.19 billion. The talent show “The Voice” aired earlier than usual in the season to benefit from following the Winter Olympics, which reduced the number of hours it was aired during the second quarter.Film revenue fell 15 per cent to $1.18 billion, but operating profit rose compared with a year ago when it spent heavily to launch the films “Fast & Furious 6” and “Despicable Me 2.”Free cash flow at Comcast fell 41 per cent to $1.16 billion as it spent money shipping more of its latest-generation set-top boxes and prepared for a big box office year in 2015 with films like “Jurassic World,” ”Ted 2,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”Comcast shares rose $1, or 1.9 per cent, to $54.82 in afternoon trading. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2014 5:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Employing nickel for a major breakthrough in steel alloys

first_imgBrittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility is a paper by Sang-Heon Kim, Hansoo Kim and Nack J. Kim, published in Nature.com.  They are from the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, POSTECH, South Korea and note that “although steel has been the workhorse of the automotive industry since the 1920s, the share by weight of steel and iron in an average light vehicle is now gradually decreasing, from 68.1% in 1995 to 60.1% in 2011. This has been driven by the low strength-to-weight ratio (specific strength) of iron and steel, and the desire to improve such mechanical properties with other materials. Recently, high-aluminium low-density steels have been actively studied as a means of increasing the specific strength of an alloy by reducing its density. But with increasing aluminium content a problem is encountered: brittle intermetallic compounds can form in the resulting alloys, leading to poor ductility.”Their paper shows that an FeAl-type brittle but hard intermetallic compound (B2) can be effectively used as a strengthening second phase in high-aluminium low-density steel, while alleviating its harmful effect on ductility by controlling its morphology and dispersion. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steel improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys. The authors found that alloying of nickel catalyses the precipitation of nanometre-sized B2 particles in the face-centred cubic matrix of high-aluminium low-density steel during heat treatment of cold-rolled sheet steel. The results demonstrate how intermetallic compounds can be harnessed in the alloy design of lightweight steels for structural applications and others.last_img read more

Symphysiotomy survivors seek DPP referrals in wake of UN report

first_imgTHE SURVIVORS OF Symphysiotomy support group is seeking the referral of cases to the DPP in light of the UN Human committee on human rights report on the procedure.The report, released last week, heavily criticised Ireland’s abortion law and the state’s handling of the symphysiotomy controversy. It recommended Ireland identify, prosecute and punish those who performed symphysiotomy without patient consent.The committee also called for a “prompt, independent and thorough investigation” into these cases.In a statement today, Survivors of Symphysiotomy said the group had put “fresh proposals to the Minister for Health” Leo Varadkar following the UN report’s publication, and was seeking the referral of cases of non-consensual symphysiotomy to Irish authorities, including the DPP.“Restitution, to be acceptable, must be based on a frank admission by the State that these gratuitous operations were wrong and constituted a breach of human rights,” said group chairperson Marie O’Connor. “The UN committee has backed our call for a proper investigation into the practice of symphysiotomy. Clearly, in their view, the Walsh report has failed to meet the need for an effective remedy.”O’Connor said that the UN underlined a need for individual accountability:The obstetricians, midwives, nurses and anaesthetists who participated in these acts of involuntary surgery must be held to account. This is a matter not only for the DPP but also for regulators such as the Medical Council and An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhsheachais. HIQA and the HSE also have a role to play.The group has submitted an 8-point plan to the minister calling for restitution to survivors of the procedure, O’Connor said:We have sought an early meeting with the Minister. We will be asking him not to add insult to injury. Women forcibly subjected to cruel inhuman or degrading treatment are entitled to restitution that does not strip them of their legal and constitutional rights, run by a board that is independent of the State, offers individualised and impartial assessment of their injuries and reparation that reflects relevant court awards.Speaking of the UN committee’s report last week, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said the Government would examine the report, but noted that Ireland has its own “legal and constitutional position”.Read: UN tells Ireland to open an investigation into symphysiotomy >‘I was just 27 and I was butchered’: Symphysiotomy survivors in their own words >last_img read more

Une maisonoeuf écolo construite à Pékin par un étudiant sans logement

first_imgUne maison-oeuf écolo construite à Pékin par un étudiant sans logementDaihai Fei, 24 ans, originaire du Hunan, en Chine, s’est retrouvé sans logement à Pékin en raison de la hausse des prix de l’immobilier. L’étudiant chinois a donc eu l’idée de construire une maison-oeuf écologique dotée d’un panneau solaire, dans laquelle il vit depuis 2 mois.La nouvelle “maison” de Daihai Fei, installée dans une rue de Pékin en Chine, a les dimensions modestes d’une tente de 2x3x2 mètres. Celle-ci a la forme d’un oeuf et sa paroi extérieure a été construite à partir de bambou, et de petits sacs en matière naturelle remplis de sciure de bois, mais aussi d’herbes, ce qui permet l’isolation. A l’intérieur : un lit, deux petites tables, un lavabo.L’étudiant chinois en architecture fait remarquer qu’un panneau solaire a été installé sur le “toit” de sa maison-oeuf, ce qui lui permet d’avoir de l’électricité.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauAu total, Daihai Fei aurait déboursé 6.400 yuans, soit environ 730 euros, pour réaliser cette maison. Il lui a fallu deux mois pour la construire après l’achat des matériaux.Sur son blog, le Chinois raconte : “La taille n’est pas importante pour moi tant qu’elle (la maison-oeuf, ndlr) me garde à l’abri du soleil et la pluie”. Il aurait reçu l’aide de ses amis mais également d’un de ses professeurs de l’Université d’Architecture du Hunan, pour la réaliser.Découvrez la maison-oeuf de Daihai Fei en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/maison-oeuf/un-etudiant-chinois-s-039-est-construit-une-maison-oeuf-ecolo_art10836.html Le 2 décembre 2010 à 17:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Investment firm pays 46M for Best Western near Westfield Vancouver mall

first_imgThe Best Western Plus near Westfield Vancouver mall has sold for $4.6 million to Virk Properties, a California-based hotel investment company. The 75-unit facility was sold by longtime owner Patco Investment Inc. The property is located in close proximity to seven other hotels at 9420 N.W. Vancouver Mall Drive, off state Highway 500 near its junction with Interstate 205.The Bay Area buyer is an investment firm that has moved its operations to Oregon and Washington to invest in lodging properties after seeing positive trends in regional tourism. The Best Western Plus is the company’s first purchase in Washington and the company is actively looking for more opportunities, according to a written statement released by Portland-based Sperry Van Ness/Bluestone & Hockley commercial real estate firm. Company representative and broker Brian Resendez brokered the hotel transaction, representing both buyer and seller.last_img read more

Xiaomi Preps New Mi Box Android TV Streamer for US Market

first_imgThis isn’t the first time Xiaomi is looking to sell TV streaming hardware to U.S. consumers. The company first struck a partnership with Google to release an Android TV-powered Mi Box in 2016. This marked the first time for Xiaomi to sell a device designed specifically for U.S.consumers. However, the 2016 version of the Mi Box failed to effectively compete with devices made by Roku and Amazon, and is not for sale via Xiaomi’s website anymore. CREDIT: Courtesy of Xiaomi ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Chinese consumer electronics maker Xiaomi is giving competing with Roku another shot: The company is preparing to release a new version of its Mi Box streaming device in the U.S., if a new FCC filing is any indication. The streamer, which goes by the model number MDZ-22-AB, appears to be once again based on Google’s Android TV platform. Xiaomi didn’t respond to a request for comment.The device will ship with a slightly redesigned Bluetooth remote control, which features a shortcut button for Netflix as well as something the remote control manual describes as a “shortcut key for live TV,” perhaps linking to linear internet TV streaming services. The remote also has an integrated microphone and a microphone button for access to the Google Assistant.Xiaomi introduced a Chinese version of its Mi Box earlier this year. That device isn’t based on Google’s Android TV platform, but instead makes use of the company’s own PatchWall interface. Photos included in the FCC filing suggest that the hardware and form factor of the Chinese Mi Box and the new, still-unannounced U.S. model are likely going to be the same.last_img read more

Learning value of money may make kids less philanthropic

first_imgEven if your five-year-old kid does not know what money can buy for him or her, the moment he or she gets to know the value of it, chances are the knowledge may make him or her less philanthropic in nature, says an interesting research.In other words, the act of handling money makes young children work harder and give less. This effect was observed in children who lacked the concrete knowledge of money’s purpose and persisted despite the denomination of the money. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Money is a double-edged sword. It produces good outcomes in terms of concentration and effort but bad outcomes when it comes to helping, taking, and donating.” said professor Kathleen Vohs from the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study.For this, the researchers conducted five experiments and one study involving 550 children (ages three-six) in Poland and the US. In one experiment, the children were asked to either sort money or buttons before completing a challenging puzzle. The paper is forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

The Company Leading the Future of Farming

first_imgMay 23, 2013 4 min read This story appears in the June 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Sustainability » Love & Connecting » Invention » Urban Life »Rural LifeFood & Beverage » Work Life » Gaming » Crowdsourcing & Collaboration » Sports & Recreation »Here’s a crazy idea: Combine 3-D printing and tissue engineering to “print” animal products and tackle some of the planet’s biggest problems. Animal farming, after all, accounts for about half of all human-caused greenhouse gases, taking place on one-third of the available, non-frozen land on Earth. All to feed people’s appetites for 300 million tons of meat a year.Enter Gabor and Andras Forgacs, father-and-son founders of Modern Meadow, a company they started in 2011 that may very well be the model for the farm of the future.Five years earlier they helped start Organovo, a firm that makes human tissues for pharmaceutical research and other medical applications, and was a commercial spinoff of Gabor’s pioneering work at the University of Missouri in “bioprinting,” which he describes as “extending biological structures in three dimensions.” Modern Meadow’s output is based in part on this work. On a basic level, the process involves using 3-D printing to deposit clumps of cells into patterns of tissue. The particles fuse post-printing–similar to cell development in embryos. Unlike Organovo’s final products, which must be kept alive, Modern Meadow’s postmortem animal tissues are simpler to build and faster to market.Leather, a $60 billion trade globally, is first on the agenda. “What we build is skin, or hide, and we do this elaborate game to turn it into leather,” explains Gabor, who serves as chief scientific officer of Modern Meadow, which is based in Columbia, Mo., and Moffett Field, Calif. A prototype material will debut later this year, so the company is currently focused on building out commercial relationships. “Our goal after that is to be able to do a limited production run and to incorporate [the leather] into fashion accessories and apparel in 2014,” says Andras, CEO. “Then, it’s all about scaling.”Interest has been resounding. Large manufacturers and designers of apparel and accessories–even automotive manufacturers–stand to benefit from a more efficient leather supply chain. For consumers, fabricated leather could alleviate environmental and animal-welfare concerns.Meat is a longer-term project but should have similar financial blessings. On the research side the company has garnered equally keen interest, winning competitive grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and scoring funding from organizations like Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs. “The grants were approved and awarded with the speed of light,” Gabor says, noting how extraordinary it is for research to be backed with such “glowing fanfare.” To date, Modern Meadow has received $2 million in funding, an amount that should skyrocket as the company completes its prototypes and pursues further phases of grant funding from Small Business Innovation Research. “It illustrates where we stand,” Gabor declares, “that what we are doing is timely, we have the right reputation, and it is of interest to society.”More Rural BrillianceFreight FarmsFreight Farms upcycles shipping containers into stackable modular mini-farms, reducing the footprint required for growing crops and allowing for locally grown produce in urban areas.Wide Open SpacesA deal site for hunting and fishing gear, Wide Open Spaces also curates under-the-radar brands.AgLocalAgLocal scored $1 million in funding last year from Andreessen Horowitz for an online platform that allows local and family farms to sell responsibly raised meat directly to consumers.Rent-a-Goat.comOnline directory Rent-a-Goat.com lists herders around the world who rent out their goats for clearing away unwanted brush and weeds, as an eco-friendly alternative to machinery or chemicals.Kusa”Syn-turf” flip-flops from Kusa make you feel like there’s grass beneath your feet.Front Yard CoopThe Full Monty by Front Yard Coop: A solar-powered, self-propelled coop that moves around the yard to provide birds with fresh foraging, while a fence keeps them safe from predators.FarmersOnly.comDating site FarmersOnly.com solves the problem of how to meet someone when you work on a farm all day.WildBlueWildBlue, part of the Exede internet service, offers high-speed internet to rural communities (virtually every home and small business in the contiguous U.S.) via satellite; no need for cable or phone lines.MetwitThe Metwit iOS and web app aggregates weather information from users who report local conditions (including photos); a smart push notification system makes it the first crowdsourced severe-weather alert system.   Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

Foreign tourist visits to India increase by 262 million in 2014 over

first_imgMarket Research Division of Ministry of Tourism compiles data on foreign and domestic tourist visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) received from Departments of Tourism of various State Governments and UT Administrations.Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to States/ UTs during 2014, the number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the States/ UTs was 22.57 million as compared to 19.95 million in 2013 and 18.26 million in 2012.The number of FTVs to States/UTs registered in 2014 a growth of 13.12% over 2013 as compared to a growth of 9.24% in 2013 over 2012.The top 10 States in terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2014 were Tamil Nadu (4.66), Maharashtra (4.39), Uttar Pradesh (2.91), Delhi (2.32), Rajasthan (1.53), West Bengal (1.38), Kerala (0.92), Bihar (0.83), Karnataka (0.56) and Haryana (0.55). The contribution was about 88.8% to the total number of FTVs in the country.The top 10 States in terms of FTVs in 2014 almost remained the same as those in 2013 except Goa which was at 10th position in 2013 got replaced by Haryana.Domestic Tourist Visits to States/ UTs during 2014, the number of domestic tourist visits to the States/ UTs was 1282 million as compared to 1145 million in 2013 and 1045 million in 2012.The number of domestic tourist visits to States/UTs registered in 2014 a growth of 11.93% over 2013 as compared to growth of 9.59% in 2013 over 2012.The top 10 States in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), in 2014, were Tamil Nadu (327.6), Uttar Pradesh (182.8), Karnataka (118.3), Maharashtra (94.1), Andhra Pradesh (93.3), Telengana (72.4), Madhya Pradesh (63.6), West Bengal (49.0) Jharkhand (33.4) and Rajasthan (33.1).The contribution of top 10 States was about 83.28% to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2014. Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have maintained the first and second rank respectively in terms of DTVs in 2014, whereas Karnataka and Maharashtra have come at 3rd and 4th position, respectively due to split of the state of Andhra Pradesh (dropped down to 5th rank) and Telengana (6th rank).Madhya Pradesh has slipped to rank 7th in 2014 from rank 6th in 2013 where as West Bengal has improved to rank 8th in 2014 from rank 9th in 2013. Jharkhand has entered into top 10 States improving its rank to 9th in 2014 from 14th in 2013.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Quarterbacks Alek Torgersen (left) and Brandon Doughty (right) were claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals. (AP Photos) Related LinksCardinals RB David Johnson: The wrist is 100 percent, ‘I’m good to go’As a senior in 2015, Doughty completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 5,055 yards, 48 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He set an NCAA record with 97 touchdowns passes thrown spanning two seasons (2014-15).Torgersen went undrafted in 2017, but NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo adds that Cardinals quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich studied him closely as a prospect.The 6-foot-2, 229-pound product of Penn first signed with the Atlanta Falcons in May 2017 before being waived four months later. The Washington Redskins then signed him to the practice squad for the next month, but the quarterback was waived and signed with the Detroit Lions’ practice squad in December 2017.Detroit signed him to a futures contract this January before it waived him on Wednesday to open up a roster spot for free agent quarterback signing Matt Cassel. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals have added Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen to the quarterback room by claiming the duo off waivers, the team announced Thursday.Neither have thrown a pass in the NFL.Their additions behind starter Sam Bradford and backup Mike Glennon give Arizona four new signal-callers as offseason work ramps up.The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Doughty, who was released by Miami, was a seventh-round pick in 2016 out of Western Kentucky and has been a fixture on the Dolphins’ practice squad before he was released Wednesday.last_img read more

Report into dodgy food released

first_imgBy Evie AndreouSALMONELLA-INFECTED salads and mouldy pastries were some of the unsuitable food samples the state lab detected last year, but overall the quality of foodstuff is satisfactory the service said on Monday.According to the lab’s annual report for 2014, 2.3 per cent out of the 1447 samples tested were deemed as unsuitable for consumption.The service conducted the tests through the national ‘national sampling programme’ which is designed and implemented in cooperation with the state health services, municipalities and the Nicosia school district.According to the report, salmonella was detected in two salad samples, one from a restaurant the other from a rotisserie, as well as in one sheftalia sample sold in the market.In six smoked salmon samples sold in the market and in a hotel, L. monocytogenes were detected exceeding permissible levels, the report said.“As regards to imported products, salmonella was detected in 20 sesame samples from two batches from India and e-coli was detected in five samples from one batch, of frozen lamb from New Zealand,” it said.The focus of the tests was in food categories which have been the subject of EU alerts in recent years and fragile foodstuff which is more susceptible to contamination, the report said.The service also investigated 75 complaints from consumers, as well as 27 food poisoning complaints.Out of the 75 complaints, the report said, almost one third of samples were deemed as unsuitable for consumption including yoghurts and mouldy pastries.As regards to food poisoning complaints, high levels of staphylococci were detected in one sandwich and in raw chicken, it said.“The microbiological quality of foodstuff in the Cypriot market is deemed satisfactory. Despite that non satisfactory products presented a slight increase, this is due to better targeting of more fragile food categories and also to the increased number of complaints from consumers,” the report said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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