Lake St Martin finally reaches deal with Manitoba Ottawa on devastating 2011

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople from Lake St. Martin First Nation have been displaced for more than three years since the 2011 flood in Manitoba.Deals have come and gone between the chief and council, the Manitoba government and Ottawa to compensate and relocate the community.Now there is some hope the latest signed offer on the table will be the final one.Chief Adrian Sinclair has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Manitoba and Ottawa that would see the community received a settlement package for losing their homes.The deal is estimated to range between $250 million to $300 million and will be split by Manitoba and Ottawa.last_img read more

New deadline established for competition to design navys new warships

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence companies and shipbuilders competing to design Canada’s new fleet of warships have been given until Nov. 17 to submit their proposals.It’s the third such deadline for the design competition, which is the most recent — and arguably most politically sensitive — phase in the entire $60-billion plan to build 15 warships.Participating firms were originally supposed to have submitted their designs for the new vessels in April, but that deadline was pushed back to June before disappearing entirely.The question now is how many submissions the government will receive, whether any will meet the navy’s requirements, and when the winning design will be selected.Changes to the evaluation process have been made in case none of the designs match up with what Canada needs in its new warships, which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three destroyers.Meanwhile, time is of the essence because any delay in the construction schedule would push up costs and force the navy to operate its current warships longer than has been planned.last_img read more

Nelson RCMP are seeking WANTED Fort St John man – Ishmani Baker

first_imgNELSON, B.C. – Nelson RCMP are asking the public’s assistance in locating 21 yr old Ishmani Baker of Fort St. John, BC, as he is wanted on several BC wide arrest warrants.Baker is described as: Caucasian male 21 yrs oldHeight 5’7″Weight 181 lbs,Hair blondEyes blueBaker has numerous outstanding unendorsed warrants for his arrest out of Fort St. John, BC, and is believed to be in the Nelson, BC, area. The warrants included:Breach of Undertaking under Section 145(3) of the Criminal Code x 2Assault with a Weapon under Section 267 of the Criminal CodeUttering Threats under Section 264.1(1) of the Criminal CodeMischief under $5000.00 under Section 430 of the Criminal Code x 2Enter Dwelling with Intent to Commit under Section 349(1) of the Criminal CodeFailing to Comply with a Probation Order under Section 733.1(1) of the Criminal CodeBaker recently managed to evade police on several occasions, most recently when police converged in the Beasley area Sunday evening in efforts to arrest Baker.If seen please do not approach Baker and call 911 immediately. Anyone with information regarding his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Nelson RCMP at (250) 352-2156 or via Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

UN experts visit suspected missile sites in Iraq

One team went to the Tho Al Fekar factory, which is concerned with the manufacture of mechanical parts for several solid propellant rockets. The other team inspected the Al Mutassem Solid Rocket Plant, which is owned by the Military Industrialization Corporation. Located approximately 90 kilometres west of Baghdad, the facility carries out the final assembly of the Ababil and Al Feta’h solid propellant rockets.Meanwhile, chemical warfare experts from UNMOVIC continued inspection of the Al Qa Qaa complex, updating information about selected facilities, namely a sulfuric acid plant, an explosives production plant and storages, according to UN spokesman Hiro Ueki. “Inspection focused on a new production unit, which was built in the period between 1998 and 2002,” he said.The UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Al Amiryah Serum and Vaccine Institute on the western outskirts of Baghdad. “All buildings, including new constructions, were inspected,” Mr. Ueki said.In a related development, two teams from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is mandated to scrutinize Iraq’s nuclear programmes, today carried out inspections at Al Maarik, a facility involved in the manufacture of a number of civil and military engineering projects. The teams also inspected the nearby sites providing engineering support to the military in a number of areas, and Badr, a facility that was previously involved in the centrifuge programme prior to 1991 and now provides general engineering capability.”At all three sites inspections were carried out to review the activities of personnel and departments since 1998 [when the UN probe was suspended], and to review the disposition and use of a number of dual-purpose machine tools,” Mr. Ueki said.Two further IAEA teams travelled to Ramadi, approximately 100 kilometres west of Baghdad, to inspect the Glass and Ceramic Company. A Gamma Survey team, accompanying the main team, carried out measurements in the Ramadi area, Mr. Ueki reported, adding that an IAEA team visited Tuwaitha and parts of north Baghdad to obtain water and silt samples for radiological analysis. read more

Annan spotlights women in Africas battle against AIDS and famine

This deadly combination “is threatening the backbone of Africa – the women who keep African societies going and whose work makes up the economic foundation of rural communities,” the Secretary-General writes in an opinion piece that was published yesterday in The New York Times and today in the International Herald Tribune.In famines before the AIDS crisis, women proved more resilient than men, the Secretary-General notes, adding that their survival rate was higher, and their coping skills were stronger. “Women were the ones that found alternative foods that could sustain their children in times of drought,” he says. “As droughts happened once a decade or so, women who had experienced previous droughts were able to pass on survival techniques to younger women. Women are the ones that nurture social networks that can help spread the burden in times of famine.”But as AIDS is eroding the health of Africa’s women, it is eroding the skills, experience and networks that have kept their families and communities going, Mr. Annan says. “Even before falling ill, a woman will often have to care for a sick husband, thereby reducing the time she can devote to planting, harvesting and marketing crops,” he says. “When she dies, the household will risk collapsing completely, leaving children to fend for themselves.”Because this crisis is different from past famines, the Secretary-General urges looking beyond relief measures of the past, such as merely shipping in food, to combining food assistance and new approaches to farming with treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. He points to successful examples in countries throughout the African continent as proof that “there is reason to hope.”“We can and must build on those successes and replicate them elsewhere,” Mr. Annan says. “For that, we need leadership, partnership and imagination from the international community and African governments. If we want to save Africa from two catastrophes, we would do well to focus on saving Africa’s women.” read more

MERS outbreak in Republic of Korea is wakeup call for highly mobile

The Emergency Committee, convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations regarding Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in regards to the outbreak in the Republic of Korea also recommended against the application of any travel or trade restrictions and considers screening at points of entry to be unnecessary at this time.WHO did recommend “raising awareness about MERS and its symptoms among those travelling to and from affected areas” as “good public health practice.”At a press conference in Geneva following the meeting of the Emergency Committee, WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, who took part in a joint WHO/Republic of Korea joint mission to look into the MERS outbreak described the current situation as “the largest outbreak that has occurred outside of the Middle East,” and as of today, there have been 162 cases of infections in the country, where 19 deaths have been officially reported.Dr. Fukuda also said more than 6,500 people in the Republic of Korea are being monitored, and to date, 10,000 people have been monitored, which, he noted, are “quite high numbers” that had raised anxiety levels internationally.He provided a briefing on the “major pieces of information” the Committee heard such as about the virus itself, current risk factors and status of transmissions.“On the bases of this information and extensive discussion, the Emergency Committee unanimously agreed that the current situation was of concern but that it did not constitute a public health emergency of international concern,” Dr. Fukuda said. “This was transmitted to the Director General [Dr. Margaret Chan] and she has agreed with their guidance.”The Committee, however, “expressed its assessment that this outbreak is a wakeup call and that in a highly mobile world, all countries should always be prepared for the unanticipated possibility of outbreaks of this, and other serious infectious diseases.”The Committee noted that there are still many gaps in knowledge regarding the transmission of this virus between people, including the potential role of environmental contamination, poor ventilation and other factors, and indicated that continued research in these areas was critical.According to WHO, MERS is a viral respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012.Typical MERS symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Pneumonia is common, but not always present. Gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhoea, have also been reported. Approximately 36 per cent of reported patients with MERS have died. Globally, since September 2012, WHO has been notified of 1,321 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 466 related deaths. read more

Truck growth and van registrations stable in May

May% changeYear-to-date % change Vans26,844– 2.5%139,6371.1% Trucks3,95418.4%18,224– 34.8% Total30,798– 0.2%157,861– 4.9% · Van registrations fall 2.5 per cent in May. · Trucks see only second month of growth over the past 13 months. · Trucks still 12 per cent down on the average for May 1999 to 2005. New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2007 ‘The firm growth in total light commercial vehicle registrations slowed slightly in May but demand is still very healthy,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Truck figures still suffer from the market distortion caused by last year’s digital tachograph and Euro 4 introductions. Truck makers report good enquiries and orders, though it will be some months before these show as registrations. We’re confident that we’ll get back to an annual volume of 54,000, the average for the sector over the past decade.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ford and Ben Bowlby win Royal Automobile Club Awards

Ford wins Dewar Trophy for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost.Bowlby awarded Simms Medal for his work on the Nissan DeltaWing.Special Commendation for McLaren Automotive for its contribution to advanced automotive construction techniques.The Royal Automobile Club yesterday announced that the 2012 Dewar Trophy for outstanding British technical achievement in the automotive industry has been awarded to Ford of Britain for its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.The award was presented to Graham Hoare, Head of the Ford Dunton Technical Centre, and members of the EcoBoost engineering team during a ceremonial lunch at the Royal Automobile Club in London.The Dewar Trophy recognises the best of British engineering in the automotive industry. The unanimous decision to award the 2012 Trophy to Ford of Britain’s EcoBoost team was made by experts on the Dewar Technical Committee. The Ford team was recognised for setting itself challenging targets and bringing together a significant number of advanced technologies to push the boundaries of engine design.Graham Hoare said, “It is a great honour to receive this award on behalf of the Engineering Team at Ford.  We are incredibly proud of the 1.0 EcoBoost and it’s a great example of what we do best  – combining creative thinking with innovative design and painstaking engineering,  and we are delighted that the committee has recognised our achievement in this way.  Our next challenge at Dunton is an all-new low C02 diesel engine for mid-decade – and we’ll be approaching that challenge with exactly the same passion, so stay tuned.”“Ford of Britain’s engineers at Dunton have produced an outstanding downsized powertrain that delivers exceptional economy while achieving the high torque and relaxed driving characteristics normally associated with a diesel and the smooth, free-revving qualities of a petrol engine, that has won acclaim from everyone who has driven it,” said John Wood MBE, Chairman of the Dewar Technical Committee.The RAC Club also recognised the McLaren Group with a Special Commendation for the company’s ongoing contribution to advanced automotive construction techniques, specifically the development and commercial application of Resin Transfer Moulding of carbon fibre in the manufacture of the Monocell chassis for the McLaren MP4-12C.The Simms Medal, recognising a genuine contribution to motoring innovation by individuals or small companies that also exemplify the spirit of adventure, was awarded to British automotive designer Ben Bowlby for his work on the creation of the incredible DeltaWing racing car, a star attraction at Le Mans where it was raced by the Nissan team.Commenting on the event Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said, “We are pleased to recognise outstanding achievements by the British automotive industry. Drawing attention to automotive innovation is an important part of our contribution to this vibrant part of the manufacturing industry.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Princess Diana considered wearing a burka in Saudi Arabia sketches reveal

Princess Diana, wearing an evening dress designed by the Emmanuels, at a dinner given by the Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 1986 Princess Diana, wearing an evening dress designed by the Emmanuels, at a dinner given by the Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 1986Credit:Georges De Keerle /Getty A letter to Princess Diana's wedding dress maker Elizabeth Emanuel Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sketches for demure, long-sleeved outfits “It’s a remarkable, comprehensive archive from the famously stylish royal.” The fifth, “reserve” outfit, which was also sketched, was a burka that would have covered Diana from head to toe with only a gap for her eyes.It is not believed that Diana wore a burka during the trip, but the fact she was willing to consider it shows her sensitivity to other cultures.The sketches, and fabric samples for the outfits, have now emerged for sale with US auction house RR Auctions. The collection has been given an estimated value of £24,000.  Diana dress Credit:BNPS Diana dress Credit:BNPS A letter to Princess Diana’s wedding dress maker Elizabeth EmanuelCredit:BNPS Diana dress Lady-in-waiting: ‘Modesty is order of the day’A letter, dated June 2, 1986, sent to the Emmanuels by Diana’s lady-in-waiting, Anne Beckwith-Smith, outlined the strict requirements for her garments during the tour.She wrote: “Certain special requirements concerning dress need to be observed and I am writing to ask if it would be possible to submit to The Princess of Wales a few sketches for day and evening wear from which Her Royal Highness could select items for this tour.”Their Royal highnesses will be visiting Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In all cases modesty is the order of the day.”An invoice for the dresses also features in the sale revealing they cost between £275 and £450 each. The collection has been consigned for sale by a private collector and it is believed that this is the first time it has emerged on the market. Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auctions, said: “Princess Diana tried to conform to local customs by wearing concealing clothes, but still exposed her neck and left her head uncovered.”At evening banquets, she appeared in the long sleeved demure dresses made especially for the tour. She did not have to wear the ‘reserve outfit’ burka depicted in this archive. Princess Diana considered wearing a burka while visiting Saudi Arabia on a 1986 tour of the Gulf states, it has emerged.Sketches of outfits designed for the princess’ visit 32 years ago have come to light and they included a burka.Before Diana and Prince Charles embarked on their 1986 tour, one of her favourite designers was asked to make dresses which “conformed to local customs”.The husband and wife team, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who made Diana’s wedding dress, submitted sketches for four different demure, long-sleeved outfits.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––These were a navy and white stripe coat over a white dress, a black and white silk satin evening dress, a purple evening dress and a white silk evening dress. Credit:BNPS Princess Diana, centre, with David and Elizabeth Emanuel, looking through outfit designs for her visit to Saudi Arabia Diana and Charles made a whistlestop six-day tour of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in November 1986.In Saudi Arabia, she was invited to King Fahd’s palace, a rare honour for a woman, although she was not allowed to dine with the men.The Emanuels designed more than 100 outfits for Diana for special occasions and for when she travelled abroad.The sale takes place on September 25. Princess Diana, centre, with David and Elizabeth Emanuel, looking through outfit designs for her visit to Saudi ArabiaCredit:BNPS A sketch of a burka, designed as a possible choice for Princess Diana's visit to Saudi Arabia Credit:BNPS read more

Barricks Loulo gold operation readies for introduction of offgrid solar hybrid plant

first_imgBarrick Gold is to install a 24 MW off-grid solar hybrid plant to support its existing 63 MW thermal power station at the Loulo mine in Mali as it looks to cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the operation.The renewable energy project is part of Barrick’s wider strategy of moving away from thermal power in Africa, where lack of infrastructure means many mines rely on self-generated diesel energy, making this their largest cost item, the company said.“Utilising hydropower in the Democratic Republic of Congo, grid power in Côte d’Ivoire, and heavy-fuel baseload generators in Mali, Barrick has already cut its energy costs significantly, and the continuing roll-out of renewable energy sources will ensure that its future needs are met in the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly manner,” Barrick said.The solar feasibility study at Loulo forecasted that the photovoltaic plant will replace 50,000 MWh/y of thermal generation, saving 10 million litres/y of fuel and reducing CO² emissions by 42,000 t over the same period. The introduction of the solar component is also expected to cut the complex’s energy cost by around 2 cents/kWh.Construction of the project—which meets Barrick’s investment criteria of generating at least a 20% internal rate of return—will start later this year. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in late 2020.“The plant will use the latest weather prediction models, which will enable the power management system to switch between thermal and solar without compromising the micro-grid,” Barrick said.Barrick’s 80%-owned Loulo-Gounkoto operation is expected to produce 520,000-570,000 oz of gold in 2019 at all-in sustaining costs of $810-850/oz.last_img read more

Suarez thinks Griezmann is coming to Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez has dropped a huge hint on Saturday of France international player Antoine Griezmann’s arrival to the Catalan side in the summer.When Suarez was asked for any possible Barcelona signings during the upcoming summer transfer window, he replied as if Griezmann had already agreed to a deal with his team.“It makes the club proud to be able to bring in players of this quality such as Antoine, like (Ousmane) Dembele and (Phillipe) Coutinho,” said Suarez, according to the Statesman.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“He is a player who brings a lot to a club. He has spent years playing at the top level and he always fights in every game.”“He is not coming here to take anyone’s place, but with the ambition to win important titles and he will be very welcome,” the Uruguayan went on to add.Griezmann has a buyout clause of 100 million euro – a sum, which would not be a problem for a club like Barcelona.last_img read more

Official Real Sociedad sack Asier Garitano

first_imgReal Sociedad have sacked manager Asier Garitano after suffering four defeats in a rowLast Friday’s 1-0 home loss to Deportivo Alaves sent La Real down to 15th-place in La Liga and just four points above the relegation zone.Therefore, Los Txuri-Urdin have decided to release Garitano after just seven months in charge at Anoeta.Sociedad thanked Garitano “for all the contribution, professionalism and dedication he has shown during the exercise of his duties in the management of the first team, while wishing him the best for his professional and personal future”The club announced then on their website that former coach Imanol Alguacil has been brought in to replace the fired Garitano from Sanse.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).La Real will next take on Real Madrid away in La Liga on January 6.COMUNICADO OFICIAL: Imanol Alguacil será el entrenador del primer equipo #RealSociedad ⬇https://t.co/AXVGZcCDML— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) December 26, 2018last_img read more

Marina Bay Sands expansion to target premium mass segment Goldstein

first_img 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Las Vegas Sands (LVS) President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Goldstein has pointed to the lucrative premium mass segment as the primary target of the company’s US$3.3 billion expansion of Singapore integrated resort Marina Bay Sands (MBS).Explaining the long-term plans for MBS after seeing its Singapore casino revenues decline 16.6% to US$544 million in 1Q19, Goldstein said that LVS didn’t provide the necessary room inventory to address the premium mass segment when it first opened in 2009 but revealed the development of a fourth tower, due to open by 2027, would specifically address those concerns. RelatedPosts Load More Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year “When we designed MBS about 15 years ago and we built the usual thing at that time – we built nice suites at the high-end and top tier hotel rooms for everybody else – we just couldn’t have imagined at that time the incredible power of the emerging premium mass segment,” he said during LVS’s 1Q19 earnings call. “That segment’s demanding and they should be.“We just delivered about US$19,000, almost US$20,000 win per table in that segment in Macau this quarter and for the first time we did almost US$5 million in MBS primary from that segment. That’s where the growth is, but this opportunity in Singapore is so much bigger than even that.“We didn’t build the right room product to this segment, we didn’t get the premium mass entertainment product they wanted. This segment, it’s a lifestyle segment. And with this expansion we take dead aim at that segment. We’re building 1,000 suites at roughly at 1,000 square feet each.”Goldstein described the expanded MBS’s target audience as “affluent foreign tourism in Singapore” by providing the best suites and best entertainment in the region.“This project will take Singapore and MBS to a different level,” he added. “The market for Singapore premium mass is there. It needs to be exploited.“Singapore is an extraordinary place and its growth will keep coming. The government made a wise choice to enable this to happen and we couldn’t be more grateful or more excited.”last_img read more

State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On August 4August 5

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Saturday, August 4, 2018 into Sunday, August 5, 2018.Wilmington is one of the 54 cities and towns in Middlesex County.The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and remove drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from the roads. The Checkpoint also raises the public’s awareness of law enforcement’s efforts to combat this serious issue.“Any inconvenience to motorists will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety,” said Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, in the announcement. “The selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary. Safety will be assured.”The Sobriety Checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County This WeekendIn “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On May 24 & 25In “Police Log”State Police To Hold Sobriety Checkpoint In Middlesex County On April 12 & 13In “Police Log”last_img read more

Specific inputs on Chidambarams foreign properties

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that specific information had been received from foreign banks which include inputs on former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s properties abroad. These included house numbers and companies which owned them. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before a bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi: “As a result, we have issued Letters Rogatory in the matter… well crafted and layering of money laundering was adopted by the accused in this case.” Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us The ED refused to share its investigation report with Chidambaram as the chargesheet in the case was yet to be filed and urged the court to look into the report filed in a sealed envelope to decide his anticipatory bail plea. Mehta revealed this information while addressing Chidambaram’s argument that the transaction happened before it was made an offence, which points at the retrospective applicability of PMLA law. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “We have robust material to show money laundering,” argued the ED counsel. Mehta informed the court that the records in the case had been officially received and not manufactured or fabricated. He insisted that it was the ED’s statutory right to arrest the accused. The ED Director had the right to arrest and many conditions are supposed to be met before an arrest is made. Advertise With Us Mehta told the court that the information received from various banks across the world cannot be made public in this case. He told the court that in this case, statute provides that material should be handed over to a neutral adjudicatory authority, to help in avoiding the probe agency tampering with them. These were statutory checks and balances involved in the process.last_img read more

Indian pharma companies improved credibility in 2016 Nomura

first_imgIndian pharmaceutical companies have signed off 2016 on a positive note and can look forward to improving their performance in the coming year from a quality perspective.The number of warning letters issued by the US Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) declined in 2016 when compared to 2015, according to Nomura analysts Saion Mukherjee and Ayan Deb.Sun Pharma shares slide over USFDA observations on Halol unitIndia’s $36 billion pharma market comprises firms such as Cipla, Lupin, Sun Pharma, Cadila Healthcare, Aurobindo Pharma, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Divi’s Labs, Glenmark, Alkem, Biocon, Alembic, Natco, Wockhardt, Ipca, Unichem, RPG Life Sciences, Lyka Labs and Claris Lifesciences.”We believe 2016 has been a better year where the number of warning letters and import alerts for Indian sites declined compared to 2015. For instance, the number of sites receiving import alerts is down to three vs. 12 in 2015. Similarly, the number of Indian sites receiving warning letters is eight (15 percent of all warning letters) in 2016 vs. 12 (32 percent of all warning letters in 2015),” the analyst at Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited (NFASL) said in the note. “We remain hopeful of a resolution of warning letters for these companies in 2017,” they added, referring to Dr Reddy’s, Cadila Healthcare and Sun Pharma. The latest pharma company to be issued with notices under Form 483 was Divi’s Laboratories for its Vizag API facility that was inspected between November 29, 2016, and December 6 this year by the FDA.Earlier, Sun Pharma’s Halol facility, which contributes about 50 percent of its US earnings, was issued an observation letter for deviations of GMPs. “A Form 483 observation letter was issued by the US FDA after the inspection. We are currently in the process of responding… within the stipulated timeline of 15 days,” the company had said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on December 8 this year. “The 483 issued post the inspection recorded five observations. Some of the observations indicate possible data integrity issues, which can be considered quite serious. This can potentially escalate into a warning letter or import alert unless there is a satisfactory response from the company to the FDA,” the analysts wrote.Violation of Good Manufacturing PracticesThe number of warning letters for violation of good manufacturing practices rose to 52 in 2016 in comparison to 37 in the previous calendar year. On the positive side, there is increasing awareness among Indian drug makers to improve standards, staff training and ensure uniform SOPs that are bound to result in lesser violations.”We believe a reduction in intensity of regulatory issues is indicative of a trend and not an aberration. We, therefore, believe that investor concerns on regulatory issues should decline in coming years,” analysts Saion Mukherjee and Ayan Deb said.$55 billion market size in four yearsThe Indian pharma sector is poised to grow to $55 billion by 2020; an aggressive approach will take it to $70 billion by that year, according to an analysis by McKinsey & Company.The BSE Healthcare index comprising some of the companies listed above was up 1.27 percent to 14,624 at about 11.25 am on Wednesday.last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on Feb 15

first_imgBuildings are reflected on the glass windows of the NSE (National Stock Exchange) building in Mumbai, India, December 27, 2016.Reuters fileIndia’s benchmark Sensex gained over 100 points to trade at 34,269 on Thursday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for the day:1. Bharti AirtelReliance Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 458Stop loss: Rs 403Current stock price: Rs 4242. Tech MahindraReliance Securities recommends ‘Sell’Target Price: Rs 582Stop loss: Rs 605Current stock price: Rs 5903. Tata PowerCLSA maintains ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 100Current stock price: Rs 874. Grasim IndustriesJPMorgan maintains ‘Overweight’Target Price: Rs 1,375Current stock price: Rs 1,1275. Nestle IndiaCredit Suisse maintains ‘Outperform’Target Price: Rs 9,000Current stock price: Rs 7,260Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

2 killed in gunfights

first_img.Two men were killed in separate incidents of what the members of Detective Branch (DB) of police and Rapid Action Battalion in Dhaka and Narayanganj called gunfights.Both the deceased, who were claimed to be criminals by the law enforcement, could not be identified immediately.Acting on tip off, a team of DB police were conducting a drive in Trimohoni on Demra staff quarter road in Dhaka around 3:00am, said Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police camp sub-inspector Bacchu Mia.Sensing the presence of the DB team, criminals opened fire on the law enforcement prompting them to retaliate, which triggered a gunfight, reports UNB.The unknown ‘miscreant’ caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet injury.Later, he was taken to DMCH where the doctors declared him dead around 4:30am, Bacchu said.In Narayanganj, an alleged mugger was killed in a reported gunfight with the members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in 300-feet area of Rupganj upazila.RAB-1commanding officer major Manjur said acting on tip off, a team of RAB-1 conducted a drive in the area.Sensing the presence of the elite force, the criminals opened fire on RAB, forcing them to fire back which triggered the gunfight, he said.Later, the RAB members rescued the unidentified ‘criminal’ with bullet wounds and took him to Rupganj upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead around 2:15am.Two RAB members-constable Sazirul and constable Anis-were injured in the incident, said the RAB official.A foreign made pistol was recovered from the spot, he added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

Secret of Mana Remake Coming to PS4 Vita and Steam on Feb

first_imgStay on target Secret of Mana is one of the all-time Super Nintendo classics. It’s no surprise that it is among one of the titles on the SNES Classic Edition. Unless you were lucky enough to snag one this week, you probably won’t be playing Secret of Mana on Nintendo’s next miniature system. Thankfully, Square-Enix is set to release a 3D remake of its beloved JRPG classic for PS4, PS Vita, and Steam.Secret of Mana is a sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure, both of which were known as Seiken Densetsu 1 and 2 (respectively) in Japan. Where most JRPGs of the time had turn-based combat, Secret of Mana distinguished itself by having a real-time battle system. It also had co-op multiplayer which allowed players to drop in and out. Secret of Mana was ported to the Wii U Virtual Console in 2008. The game was also ported to Nintendo Switch in Japan as part of the Secret of Mana collection back on June 1st, 2017.According to Famitsu magazine (as reported by Kotaku), this 3D remake will have voice-overs, new musical arrangements, and upgraded gameplay. Up to three players can get together via online multiplayer on PS4 and Steam. The Vita version will have local multiplayer.Anyone that pre-orders Secret of Mana from the PlayStation Store will get special character costumes. There is a “Moogle Suit” for Randi, Primm, and Popoi, “Tiger Two-Piece” for Primm, and “Tiger Suit” for Randi and Popoi. Three PlayStation Network avatars will also be available. Those who pre-purchase or buy the Day 1 Edition within a week of its release on Steam will get three costumes and a downloadable wallpaper.Secret of Mana is slated for release on February 15, 2018. There’s no word yet on a North American Switch release. Hopefully, this 3D remake will be ported to Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid since it would be great to play it on the go.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive last_img read more