FPIs invest Rs 17219 cr in Apr

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign investors were net buyers in the Indian capital markets for the third straight month in April, pouring in Rs 17,219 crore on favourable macroeconomic conditions and ample liquidity. India has been one of the top recipients of foreign fund flows among emerging markets since February 2019 on the back of positive global sentiment, improving growth outlook, supportive macros and dovish stance taken by the RBI, experts said. Overseas investors had put in a net sum of Rs 45,981 crore in March and Rs 11,182 crore in February in the capital markets (both equity and debt). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAccording to the latest depositories data, foreign portfolio investors (FPI) pumped in a net sum of Rs 21,032.04 crore into equities but pulled out a net amount of Rs 3,812.94 crore from the debt market during April 1-26, taking the total net investment to Rs 17,219.10 crore. “Expectation of a slowdown in the global economy led several central banks to adopt a dovish stance towards interest rates in order to provide a boost to their dwindling economies. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”This augured well for the emerging markets as it improved global liquidity which has been making its way into the emerging markets and India is getting its share from that,” said Himanshu Srivastava, senior research analyst, manager research at Morningstar. Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head – Investment Analytics at Bajaj Capital attributed the decline of foreign flows into debt markets to “rise in crude oil prices and worries over the supply overhang” as it has diminished the hope of yields coming down further. Sustainability of economic growth, behaviour of crude oil prices and formation of a stable government at the Centre will play significant role in the continuation of FPI flows, he added.last_img read more

Moroccos House of Representatives Adopts 2015 Draft Budget Bill

Rabat  – The House of Representatives (lower house) adopted Sunday during a plenary session the 2015 draft budget bill by majority votes of its members.174 member of the lower house voted for the draft bill while 59 voted against it.The 2015 appropriation draft bill banks on a 4.4 % growth rate and seeks to bring budget deficit to 4.3 % of GDP. These objectives are set on a forecast average exchange rate of 8.6 MAD/dollar and an average oil price of 103 dollars a barrel.The Government said the draft bill seeks to preserve macro-economic balances, create conditions favorable for economic takeoff by setting a balance between investment and growth, and meeting the requirements of employment, social inclusion and reduction of inequalities.The budget draft bill, which provides for the creation of 22,510 budget items, comes at an unstable global juncture mainly in the Euro zone, Morocco’s major economic partner. read more

MAN to Hold Second International Media Forum in Washington DC in

Washington, D.C. – As both Morocco and the United States approach historical electoral crossroads, the second International Media Forum on September 27-28 will address the role of media in influencing society, leading and adapting to change, and shaping history.  From the use of media by candidates in the U.S. Presidential election and coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions to the reportage on the Moroccan elections and use of social media during the recent coup d’état in Turkey, media is having a significant impact on people’s perceptions, decisions, and the course of events perhaps like at no other time in history.The conference follows on from the first International Media Forum hosted by the Moroccan American Network (MAN) in 2014. The forum will feature prominent members of the Moroccan and U.S. media, academics, and others to explore the role of media in today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of free speech and critical thinking in a democracy, and the potential impact of Moroccan voices in America. “Our main objective,” according to Mohamed El Hajjam, the President of the Moroccan American Network, “is to ignite and inspire Moroccan-American strategic alliances by bringing journalists from all forms of media together.”  As part of a week of associated activities, this year’s conference will provide a platform for debate, networking opportunities, and exchanges of views and best practices.Panelists will address the changing face of media in a world of rapid technological change, and the development of digital media.  They will explore the role of media in the political processes in the U.S. and Morocco, and the impact and influence of media on public opinion, society, and the development of democracy.The conference recognizes excellence in media and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of on-line news platform, Morocco World News, the only English language media outlet focused on news relating to Morocco.The conference is being presented by MAN, AV Actions Inc., and 50 Frames, with the support of other strategic partners and sponsors.The Moroccan American Business Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening economic ties between Morocco and the United States.AV Actions, Inc. is a premier communications, event staging, and AV company specializing in light and sound.50 Frames is a full-service TV production company, based in Washington, D.C., that provides news and program services to national and international broadcasters.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Forbes Moroccan Hotels and Spas Second Most Highly Rated in MENA

Rabat – In its 2018 Travel Guide, Forbes magazine listed Morocco as the country with the second largest number of most highly rated vacation properties in the MENA.Morocco has six hotels and two spas, coming in second to the United Arab Emirates, which has 33 hotels and spas combined.Formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide, Forbes Travel Guide uses a rating system  to assess over 1,600 different hotels, restaurants, and spas in 50 different countries. Forbes uses 900 objective standards to evaluate factors that come into play – Five-star ratings are only “given to only a handful of the properties that have passed the travel guide’s stringent rating standards.”The best establishments listed in the kingdom are all located in the city of Marrakech.The Royal Mansour and the Mandarin Oriental were each awarded 5 star ratings, while La Mamounia and the Four Seasons Resort each scored 4 stars.In 2015, Royal Mansour was named best hotel in Africa at the ceremonial  “Prix Villégiature 2015” awards.Meanwhile, Mandarin Oriental (which has opened its doors in 2015) was nominated as one of the hotels and resorts with the best achievement in design worldwide. This was for Virtuoso’s 10th annual “Best of the Best” hotel awards.Hotels Amanjena and Selman Marrakech were “recommended” for travelers, while Mandarin Oriental and Royal Mansour spas were classified as 4-star resorts.In its debut of its travel guide, Forbes also noted that the Middle East emerged with some big wins. United Arab Emirates hotels Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah (in Dubai), Emirates Palace (in Abu Dhabi), Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre, and Four Seasons Resort Dubai (at Jumeirah Beach) were all awarded 5 star ratings. read more

Agrium says its on track to beat previous guidance for Q4 earnings

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) is raising its fourth-quarter earnings guidance, citing record-high adjusted earnings at its North American retail division and better-than-expected results at its wholesale fertilizer division.The Calgary-based fertilizer producer, which attributed the improved guidance to strong demand during a prolonged fall application season, said it earned slightly more than $2 per diluted share in the quarter, excluding certain items.Agrium’s previous guidance before Thursday’s announcement had been for between $1.50 to $1.90 per share of adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter.Its shares gained $3.64 to C$114.29 after the Toronto Stock Exchange opened. That exceeds a 52-week high of $111.48 established on Wednesday.Agrium’s revised guidance comes as New York-based fund Jana Partners LLC campaigns to win support from other shareholders for major changes at the company.Jana wants Agrium to concentrate on its wholesale fertilizer business and spin off its retail division, which operates in Canada and the United States.Agrium’s management has been resisting Jana’s move, saying the retail division is an important part of the company’s integrated strategy.“The increase in our estimated financial results is due to a very strong finish to the fall application season in our North American retail operations, supported by an extended fall season in the U.S. and continued strength in grain and oilseed prices,” said Mike Wilson, Agrium President and CEO.“Going forward, continued strength in crop prices and low global grain inventories are anticipated to support a strong spring application season in 2013,” he added.Agrium’s guidance excludes hedging gains or losses and certain other items that can have a positive or negative impact on fully reported net earnings.It said Thursday in the updated guidance that the retail business unit is expected to generate about $120 million of EBITDA in the fourth quarter, resulting in a record $950 million of EBITDA in 2012.EBITDA, a commonly used form of adjusted earnings, refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization — items that are included in net income under standard accounting practices.Agrium says its wholesale business had $500 million of EBITDA in the fourth quarter and $1.2 billion for 2012 as a whole — better than expected.Agrium said its finalized fourth quarter financial statements and audited annual financial results, plus a more detailed review of operations and an updated outlook, will be provided on Feb. 22.© Thomson Reuters read more

Ban urges dialogue and diplomacy by both India and Pakistan to deescalate

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation. “He calls on the Governments of Pakistan and India to address their outstanding issues, including regarding Kashmir, peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue. His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides,” the statement concluded.In an earlier statement, the UN chief condmned the 18 September attack in Uri, India-administered Jammu and Kashmir, and said “the United Nations is following developments closely and shares the concerns of people living in the region for peace.” The statement added that Mr. Ban hopes that all involved would prioritize the re-establishment of stability and prevent any further loss of life.The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan. According to the Security Council mandate given in resolution 307 of 1971, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the Line of Control and the working boundary between the South Asian neighbours in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations. UNMOGIP currently comprises 41 military observers and a number of civilian staff members. read more

QMJHL Roundup Burt scores winner Sea Dogs beat Remparts 43 in OT

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Robbie Burt scored the winner at 4:46 of overtime as the Saint John Sea Dogs beat the Quebec Remparts 4-3 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.Mikhail Denisov made 44 saves and picked up an assist on Burt’s winner to help the Sea Dogs win for the second time in three games since Saint John halted a 17-game losing streak on Nov. 30 against Val-d’Or.Charlie DesRoches, Maxim Cajkovic and Jeremie Poirier also scored for the Sea Dogs (4-22-3).Mikael Robidoux, Philipp Kurashev and Matthew Grouchy found the back of the net for the Remparts (13-11-6), who are 3-0-3 in their last six outings. Anthony Morrone stopped 19-of-23 shots in a losing cause.Saint John went 0 for 1 on the power play while Quebec was 2 for 4 with the man advantage.—SCREAMING EAGLES 5 WILDCATS 4MONCTON, N.B. — Mitchell Balmas set up two goals before breaking a 4-4 tie at 11:22 of the third with one of his own as Cape Breton edged the Wildcats.Mathias Laferriere and Ryan Francis had a pair of goals each to round out the offence for the Screaming Eagles (17-11-2), who are 7-0-1 in their last eight. Kevin Mandolese made 24 saves for the win. Brady Pataki, Adam Capannelli, Alexander Khovanov and Mika Cyr scored for Moncton (21-8-2). Charles-Antoine Lavallee turned away 18 shots in a losing effort.—TIGRES 4 OLYMPIQUES 2VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Simon Lafrance scored twice as the Tigres doubled up Gatineau to avoid their fourth straight loss.Dominic Cormier and Feliks Morozov also scored for Victoriaville (12-14-3) as Fabio Iacobo stopped 27 shots for the victory.Metis Roelens and Jeffrey Durocher replied for the Olympiques (10-16-3), who are on a six-game slide. Creed Jones made 27 saves in defeat.—OCEANIC 4 VOLTIGEURS 2DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Alexis Lafreniere had a goal and two assists as Rimouski put an end to the Voltigeurs’ six-game winning streak.Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Jimmy Huntington and Charle-Edouard D’Astous also scored for the Oceanic (17-10-2), who got 32 saves from Colten Ellis. Dawson Mercer and Joseph Veleno scored for Drummondville (20-7-1). Olivier Rodrigue turned away 26 shots in a losing cause.—PHOENIX 4 FOREURS 1VAL-D’OR, Que. — Alex-Olivier Voyer scored twice and Samuel Poulin had a goal and two helpers as Sherbrooke handed the Foreurs their fourth loss in a row.Julien Anctil also scored while Thommy Monette made 27 saves for the Phoenix (17-10-2).Emile Lauzon kept Val-d’Or (10-16-4) from being blanked. Mathieu Marquis kicked out 39 shots in defeat.—The Canadian Press read more

iRun Does Portable Livestreams Makes You Look Like a Jerk

first_imgYou’ll be able to watch it all through Tame’s site on the 27th. Video of the devices in action, after the jump. This technology will allow me to broadcast live video on two cameras (using either skype or FaceTime to a local studio for re-broadcast), send live location/pace/heart rate data via Runkeeperon the iPhone, transmit temperature, COx/humidity/noise levels via a custom-made Android app – and do all of this while looking incredibly cool. Joseph Tame will be competing in the Tokyo marathon this month, and yes, he will be dressed like that. It’s all part of the British runner’s plan to live stream the event. The bizarre getup includes four iPhones, an An Android handset, an iPad, three routers, a heart monitor, and an atmospheric mointor. Says Tame,last_img read more

Sony updating its readers for a new push against Kindle

first_imgSony’s set to re-enter the reader market as soon as one month from now, supposedly releasing revamped and updated versions of its devices even before the new S1 and S2 tablets.Sony’s had readers on the market for years now, but consumers have largely forgotten about their existence–despite the sleek look and reasonable pricing of the devices themselves. This new push comes at a time when competing readers are making the transition to full-fledged tablets, like Amazon’s Kindle. Contrary to Amazon, Sony wants to keep its readers as readers, and its tablets as tablets (but that won’t stop them from including its e-book store in the S1 and S2).AdChoices广告That reasoning makes sense, considering the fact that Sony’s new tablets are assumed to carry big price tags. One of the biggest draws of an e-reader is, after all, the fact that you can snag one for less than $300, and Sony doesn’t plan to change that for its upgraded models.The news of a revamp also answers the question of why Sony’s more advanced readers are out of stock at its own website.Previously, Sony offered three versions of its reader, ranging from “pocket” (cheap) to “daily” ($300 and full-featured). Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on how upgraded the new models will be, but with the Kindle now cruising 3G, it’s a definite possibility that at least one model will (re)launch with similar services already in play.Pushing its e-book store in other venues is nearly as important as putting new readers on the market, so it’s no surprise that they’re already talking about its use in the coming S1 and S2 tablets. What they’re not yet talking about is making the store available as an app for other Android tablets, which would only makes sense. The S1 and S2 are both running Android Honeycomb, and Amazon’s Kindle app has been available for over a month now on the Android Market.Since Sony’s already begun populating the market with apps for Experia and sub-brands like Sony Pictures, it’s probably just a matter of time before the Reader Store has an app, too.via Bloomberg.last_img read more

ExPM refuses to testify before parliamentary panel

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Prime Minister George Papandreou turned down a second opportunity to appear before the panel of MPs investigating the handling of the Lagarde list of depositors and opted to submit written comments instead.Papandreou was invited this week for a second time to clarify his role in how his government dealt with a list of more than 2,000 Greeks with deposits in the Geneva branch of HSBC after some MPs felt the written deposition he supplied last week left some questions unanswered.However, Papandreou sent a second note to the committee, saying that he had nothing to add to his deposition, which contains “fully and clearly everything that I have to present to the committee in relation to the matter under investigation.”In his written deposition Papandreou claimed he had no detailed knowledge of the contents of the list but had instructed officials to crack down on tax evasion. Papandreou said he had been informed in mid-2010 by then Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou about “the potential for acquiring data relating to the savings of Greeks abroad.”A SYRIZA request for Papandreou to be called for a third time and a proposal from Golden Dawn and Independent Greeks for the ex-PM to be brought to the inquiry by force were rejected by the majority of MPs on the committee.A Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) official, Evangelos Karamanos, told the panel that it would be fairly straightforward for authorities to discover the people involved in an Ireland-based mutual fund that is the largest depositor on the list with 550 million dollars. Papandreou’s mother, Margarita, has denied claims she is involved with the fund.Source: Kathimerini.last_img read more

Stuttgarts Benjamin Pavard is a wanted man

first_imgAccording to the Italian outlet, Calciomercato, Barcelona will have to beat the competition from Juventus and Bayern Munich if looking to secure the services of the €30m Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard.Ernesto Valverde is a big fan of the 22-year-old Frenchman, who emerged as one of the most pleasant surprises of the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. Although he already has some major defenders at his disposal, including Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, and Clement Lenglet, the former Athletic Bilbao manager hopes to bring in another reliable option, as Nelson Semedo continues to struggle on the right-back position.Meanwhile, the Bianconeri have wrapped up the €40.4 million deal for Joao Cancelo, but Massimiliano Allegri is yet to be convinced by the performance of the former Valencia man. Additionally, Pavard’s versatility that enables him to cover multiple roles in the backline, as well as, a defensive-midfielder role is something that appeals the most to the Old Lady chief of staff.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.And of course, there are always the Bavarians when it comes to talented players who perform in the Bundesliga. With Joshua Kimmich residing as the only reliable right-back, Niko Kovac is looking for a solid backup, and the former Lille player has what it takes to break into the top-class team like Bayern Munich.As things stand, Stuttgart management can smile while figuring out what price-tag to slap on their in-demand man.last_img read more

Reports Oden to be a Trail Blazer this year

first_imgMultiple sources have reported that Greg Oden will sign the Portland Trail Blazers’ $8.9 million qualifying offer on Friday. The reports indicate that Oden’s agent, Bill Duffy, has said that the center will sign the one-year deal that will make him an unrestricted free agent after the 2011-2012 season. Oden, who is coming off microfracture surgery that sidelined him for the entire season last year, would have been eligible to start receiving offers from other teams on Friday had he not signed the deal. Portland would have had three days to match whatever offer he received — but that is now a non-issue now that he will accept the qualifying offer. The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2007 has played just 82 games in his four-year career with the Blazers. Oden is estimated to return to the court no sooner than January.last_img read more

Landslide closes part of NW 179th Street

first_imgClark County has closed a 650-foot section of Northwest 179th Street due to a landslide threatening to undermine the north side of the roadway.The slide is west of Northwest 41st Avenue. Drivers can detour south onto Northwest 169th Street between 41st and 51st avenues. Access on 179th Street will, however, remain open to homes in the area.The road will remain closed until further notice, according to the county. Officials will study the condition of the road before determining how to shore up the slope with an interim or long-term repair. They’ll also determine whether the roadway could be opened to a single lane of traffic in the meantime.The site overlooks Whipple Creek. About 900 vehicles use that section of 179th Street daily, according to the county.last_img read more

Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska boot

first_imgXtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.Download AudioAbout a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia. Photo: Lisa Phu/KTOO.“This day and this gathering is truly about celebrating clean water and healthy fisheries and the things that make Southeast what it is,” says Edie Leghorn of Sitka. She’s an organizer with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, a group…“…focusing on clean water in Southeast Alaska. She’s standing on the steps of the Capitol with about 40 other people.“This day is also about standing united as Alaskans, to hold our elected officials accountable to the will of the Alaskan people who have responded with a resounding ‘not on our watch’ to the threat of mines in our Southeast Alaskan salmon streams.”The rally participants are carrying signs that say “Get Extra Tuff on BC Mines” and “No More Mount Polleys.” It’s been about a year since the Mount Polley Mine disaster in British Columbia, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes. They don’t want the same thing to happen at other B.C. mines near the border.Among the people and signs are pairs of Xtratuf boots. Caitlyn Cardinell, also with Inside Passage Waterkeeper, says they represent the livelihood of people in Southeast.“We use and rely on these boots … for our work that we do outside with commercial fishing, forestry, research. They are pretty much a staple in every Southeast Alaskan’s footwear.”Cardinell says she brought about 200 pounds of boots from Wrangell to Juneau. Boots also came from other communities like Petersburg, Sitka and Kake.“What we found for this project of collecting salmon stories and boots from Alaskans throughout the region is that Alaska is united on this issue.”Malena Marvin is executive director of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She met with Bill Bennett, B.C.’s top mine official, who’s traveling in Juneau and Ketchikan to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.“We really hope to send him and everyone the messages that this is everybody. We don’t see unity on issues in Alaska. Certainly there are so many different types of people and controversies around many issues, but on this people are united. We want to protect our salmon, our jobs, our way of life.”The rally participants want to see an international solution through the Boundary Waters Treaty, which was signed by Canada and the United States in 1909.The boots are being donated to Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter.last_img read more

Trump risks US on path to WWIII says senator Corker

first_imgSenator Bob Corker speaks with reporters after announcing his retirement at the conclusion of his term on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, on 26 September. Photo: ReutersRepublican US senator Bob Corker warned on Sunday that president Donald Trump risks setting the nation “on the path to World War Three” in an interview with The New York Times, the latest in a series public barbs traded over the day.Trump had blamed his former political ally for the Iran nuclear deal in a series of derisive Twitter posts that drew a sharp riposte from Corker, who chairs the important Senate Foreign Relations Committee.In a sweeping, 25-minute interview, Corker told the newspaper he was alarmed about a president who acts “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something” – in a reference to the reality television show that Trump had once hosted.“He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation,” the senator, who announced his retirement last month, said.Corker dismissed the idea that Trump may be using provocative comments about North Korea to advance US negotiations being conducted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by playing “bad cop” to the top diplomat’s “good cop” effort to broker a deal with Pyongyang.“I know he has hurt, in several instances. He’s hurt us as it relates to negotiations that were underway by tweeting things out,” Corker told the paper, which added that Corker did not provide details about negotiations. “A lot of people think that there is some kind of ‘good cop, bad cop’ act underway, but that’s just not true.”Corker had been a national security adviser to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and on Trump’s short-list last year for both vice president and secretary of state.But the relationship between the two men has greatly deteriorated.More recently, Corker has criticised Trump, taking issue with the president’s response to a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. Critics assailed Trump for saying rival protesters were also to blame for violence.”Senator Bob Corker “begged” me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said “NO” and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement),” Trump wrote. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said “NO THANKS.” He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!”Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn’t have the guts to run!”An hour later Corker tweeted back: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”Corker’s chief of staff, Todd Womack, said Trump called the senator last Monday, asked him to reconsider his decision not to seek re-election in 2018, “and reaffirmed that he would have endorsed him, as he has said many times.”Trump’s dispute with Corker could also have implications for the president’s policy goals of repealing Obamacare and passing tax reform. Republicans control both houses of the US Congress but hold only a narrow majority, 52-48, in the Senate, which means Trump has only a slim margin for potential defections from within his own party on legislation.Even before Trump’s Twitter attacks on Corker, the senator has said he would have difficulty supporting any tax package that added to the federal deficit, posing a potential hurdle for the president’s tax plan.”Bob Corker gave us the Iran Deal, & that’s about it,” Trump posted on Twitter later on Sunday. “We need HealthCare, we need Tax Cuts/Reform, we need people that can get the job done!”Key Player on IranOn Iran, Trump is expected to disclose within days a plan to decertify the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Tehran, putting the agreement’s future in the hands of Congress, where Corker would play a central role in determining its fate.Trump has long criticised the pact, a signature foreign policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama in which Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for easing of international sanctions.During the US political fight over the agreement, which was opposed by every Republican in Congress, Corker co-wrote the law that required congressional approval for the deal and required the president to certify that Iran was complying every 90 days.Some critics on the far right have blamed Corker for that measure, which they say helped push the pact through Congress.The two-term senator’s retirement is a blow to a Republican Party struggling to balance divisions between mainstream and more populist wings.Asked last week about reported tensions between Trump and Tillerson, Corker responded with what was seen as a jab at Trump.He described Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and White House chief of staff John Kelly as “those people that help separate our country from chaos.”After Charlottesville, Corker said, “The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful.”last_img read more

FHTAGN Loathing 1 Is the Horror Stoner Comedy We Needed

first_img ‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast UniverseDamon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch… “It’s like “FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS” and “DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?” had a three-way with an elder god. No one is safe, and no one is sober. Get a contact high with Hari, West, and Dan (the fourth) as they shotgun, snort, and smoke their way through the plane of Loran in search of a way home and the memories of how they got here in the first place.”FHTAGN & LOATHING #1(W + A): Marie EngerHere’s the thing I’m in love with about comics. You can do whatever you want in them. You’re not bound by a rigid set of rules in comics that you have to follow these days. Those are way gone out of the window and in the alley trash somewhere. Now, the possibilities are endless and whatever is in your brain can be onto the pages. Comics also have the aims to bring you the bizarre and most absurd stuff that you’ve ever come across. So, if you’re in the realm of looking for the bizarre, sharp and unapologetically weird, with a love of horror and a damn good time, might I introduce you to Marie Enger’s FHTAGN & Loathing #1?via Marie EngerMarie Enger is a f*cking beast. I have no polite way to say that than to tell the absolute truth. Enger’s narrative for FHTAGN & Loathing is something one of a kind that is only native to Enger. FHTAGN & Loathing #1 feels like what the story is. Let me explain that. It feels like you’re getting as obliterated as Hari, West and Dan are in this otherworldly plane of Loran. You’re trying to figure the mystery of how they get there with them. You have no clue what’s going on on this story. However, the ride to get there is so worthwhile, especially within her dialogue.The dialogue happened to be one of many of my favorite things about this comic. It not only flows spontaneously and freely like best friends, who are blown out of their minds, would talk. This is also contributed to Enger’s lettering that allows the variation of different techniques to flow and help each character have their distinct way of speaking. You can easily tell them apart but continue not to know what’s happening between with them. It’s incredible how the dialogue also blends so well with the piece. Enger lettering herself allows her to take control and ebb & flow the dialogue. She takes places in a unique and off way, but that doesn’t distract you from what’s going on. In fact, it makes it even better.via Marie EngerThe very first thing you notice about FHTAGN & Loathing is the art. I’ve long-since admired Enger’s artistic style. I love how surreal, abstract, but also has this explosive edge to it that’s so f*cking unapologetically punk. She has a way of creating these epically sharp and wild details that make you scan every single object on her pages. Each character, monster, pieces of the plane are in themselves so unique. Enger brings a different type of feel to it to these panels that wrap everything together in one weird little boy. It’s only amped by her colors, creating an even offbeat and strange piece to this narrative. It never fails me the talent that she has, and with FHTAGN & Loathing #1, Enger is doing what she knows how to do best. You can tell how much she loves creating it every step of the way.FHTAGN & Loathing #1 is the best horror stoner comedy. It’s filled with buddies in danger, drugs all over the place and a lot of Lovecraftian horrors (and a special appearance from the man himself). Enger’s story is a combination of everything you love about buddy stoners mixed with strange horror elements that only Enger can do to perfection. If you’re into this or even a horror fan, FHTAGN & Loathing #1 will make your heart flutter.via Marie EngerFHTAGN & Loathing #1 & #2 are now available through Marie Enger’s website. Also, if you love one the best vampire’s on the face of the earth (don’t @ me), her new book Nosferatu is upon Backerkit for preorder right now.Looking for another great read, check out our review of Oni’s Dream Daddy. Want to support awesome indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. And see what beautiful variant covers are dropping this week. But as always stay on top of all things graphic novel here.  Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

2015 Tesla Model S Breaks CrossCountry Drive Record

first_imgStay on target On the night of Saturday, July 1, Jordan Hart and Bradley D’Souza left Redondo Beach to make history.From the Hotel Portofino to the Red Ball Garage, the pair drove a Tesla Model S between California and New York in just 51 hours and 47 minutes.Hart (“the mastermind behind the project”) and D’Souza (“the only person crazy enough to tag along”)—with remote support from Trent Bamberry (“the computer man”)—beat the previous achievement for fastest transcontinental drive in an electric vehicle—55 hours, set last year by rally race driver Alex Roy. The journey, which began at 11:30 p.m. PT on July 1 and ended at 6:17 a.m. ET on July 4, was not exactly a joyride.D’Souza and Hart had to consider everything, like where to charge their EV and how to use the Model S 85D’s air conditioning to stay cool in the desert heat without draining the car’s battery.And, it’s a good thing Hart is not superstitious, or his two years of planning would have been for naught: The real-life realtor recounted certain “bumps” along the way, like losing his initial driving partner to family responsibilities and his first-choice rental car company. Not to mention a mishap with D’Souza’s plane in Chicago that delayed their departure by “an entire day.”“We were also VERY focused on our run and only stopped to eat once,” Hart told The Verge. “Even then we told the staff what we were doing and were in and out of the restaurant in about 15 minutes. The rest of the time was healthy low-glycemic snacking and a strict nap schedule for whoever wasn’t driving.”Real-time tweets and Instagram photos documented the experience and verified locations, while a time-lapse video (below) kept track of dates and times. Notarized witnesses signed official arrival and departure documents at the start and finish lines.But the duo didn’t travel 2,830 miles in less than three days just for the notoriety: The Freedom 5000 team made the coast-to-coast “Cannonball Run” to raise awareness for victims of human trafficking.“When a close friend shared her story of captivity in the sex trade, and her subsequent freedom and journey of healing, the seriousness of this issue hit home for me. I felt a deep sense that I needed to do something about it,” Hart said in a statement.“My passion for electric cars gave me the idea to challenge the cross-country record as a way to compound our efforts,” he added.As of press time, the project has raised just north of $3,000 and donations “are continuing to come in,” Hart said in an email to Geek. “More importantly we have raised a LOT of awareness about the issue of human trafficking” he added, giving a nod to Tesla and various media outlets who have covered the story.Folks are still able to contribute to the cause via the Freedom 5000 website.“I think we would both like to do this again in the future,” Hart said. “It was a very special experience for both of us.”Bradly D’Souza (left) and Jordan Hart (right) at the finish line (via Hart/D’Souza)In 2015, Alex Roy set a new transcontinental record, boasting a time of 57 hours and 48 minutes, which he then broke in August, when he and teammates Warren Ahner and Franz Aliquo drove a Tesla Model S 90D from LA to NY in 55 hours.“It should be noted,” the Freedom 5000 website added, “that this is also the first time an electric car has surpassed the famous 1933 ‘Cannonball’ transcontinental record,” set by race driver Erwin “Cannonball” Baker.During his best-remembered drive, Baker made the track from New York City to Los Angeles in a Graham-Paige Model 57 Blue Streak 8, setting a 53.5-hour record that stood for nearly 40 years.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more

Blast at fireworks shop in Pakistan kills 5

first_img Comments   Share   Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistani police say an explosion at a fireworks shop in a residential neighborhood has killed at least five people in a city in the center of the country.Multan city police officer Mohammed Aslam said several people were also wounded Saturday, and the roofs of two homes caved in because of the blast.He says it was unclear what set off the explosives and officers were still investigating.Poor safety procedures in handling and storing fireworks and their ingredients often cause such incidents in Pakistan. Firework displays are popular at weddings, religious and cultural celebrations. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Qantas equity holder in liftoff

first_imgThe airline has not updated the public on its structural review, which could involve the sale of its minority stake in its frequent flyer program.  Qantas’ largest shareholder has lifted its equity stake in the airline, in what is a confidence booster among much public discussion about the airline’s future. BEM, as part of the Franklin Group of funds now owns 17.48 per cent of the airline, but consists of fund managers that vote separately. During the time that BEM purchased shares, Qantas was trading between AUD $1.08 and AUD $1.13 per share and are now trading around AUD $1.15.center_img Balanced Equity Management (BEM) has raised its stake in the airline by 0.5 per cent to 9.9 per cent since late March, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more