US Midwest refinery maintenance outages to weigh on Canadian oil prices

first_imgThe difference between benchmark oilsands blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate has widened to five-year highs of more than US$30 per barrel in the past week, closing Tuesday at US$31.50 per barrel.That’s more than double the typical discount, and also reflects ongoing export pipeline constraints.In a separate report, energy analysts at Haywood Securities Inc. point out that Canadian light oil is also facing higher-than-usual discounts to WTI and that situation is also expected to be aggravated due to lower demand from U.S. Midwest refineries. CALGARY, A.B. – A maintenance shutdown at the refinery that is the largest buyer of Canadian heavy oil in the United States is expected to extend and possibly worsen the price discounts on crude from north of the border.Analysts at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary say the planned turnaround at the 430,000-barrel-per-day BP Whiting refinery in Indiana – which buys about 250,000 bpd of heavy crude from Canada – will reduce demand over the next month and a half.They say the shutdown adds to a heavy schedule of refinery maintenance in the U.S. Midwest, with about 829,000 bpd of capacity expected to be unavailable through October, higher than 560,000 bpd in the same period of 2017 and 300,000 bpd the year before.last_img read more

Deaf couple allege discrimination by Delta Air Lines agent

ROMULUS, Mich. — A deaf couple from California who are activists for the hearing impaired allege that a gate agent for Delta Air Lines discriminated against them at Detroit Metro Airport.Socorro Garcia and Melissa Yingst are co-founders of Alma de Muxeristas, a group of Hispanic feminist activists with hearing issues. They said they tried to communicate with an agent Sunday about getting seats next to each other on a flight to Los Angeles, but the agent threw away the paper they were writing on and rolled her eyes.The airline said there were conflicting views of the incident but that it was investigating.Garcia said in a Facebook video that he tried to retrieve the paper but that the agent called police and alleged Garcia assaulted her.“Loss for words,” Garcia said in sign language on the video. “What did we do wrong?”The couple was ultimately denied boarding and booked another return flight through a separate airline.“This really isn’t about us not being able to sit together but how they handled communication and refused to provide us access to the needs we asked for,” Yingst said in sign language, according to a transcript of her remarks posted on Facebook.The agent discarded the paper because she thought the conversation was over, according to Michael Thomas, a spokesman for Delta. The agent felt threatened because Garcia knocked into the agent’s leg when he aggressively went behind the ticket counter, which isn’t permitted, Thomas said.“To be completely candid, there are very conflicting versions of events based on initial reports from both sides,” he said.Delta said it’s reviewing the issue and will work with the passengers to learn more about what happened.“As always, we take situations like these seriously and we are using this as an opportunity to learn and improve,” Thomas said.The Associated Press read more

Malnutrition on the rise among rural Tajik children UN warns

5 November 2009Young children in rural Tajikistan are increasingly likely to be malnourished because of a lack of food, poor water quality and high prices for many basic products, United Nations aid agencies said today, warning that the children are now at greater risk of contracting infectious diseases. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that nutrition levels of rural Tajik children “has been deteriorating significantly,” with the percentage of children under the age of five classified as underweight for their height almost doubling to more than 10 per cent between January and July this year.The proportion of children of the same age group considered to be severely malnourished rose from 1.9 per cent to 4.3 per cent in the same period.OCHA said poor water quality during the summer months – following heavy floods and mudslides in the spring – in Tajikistan has led to more frequent bouts of diarrhoea among local children.Food prices in the mountainous Central Asian country have also been particularly high during and immediately after the last winter, while there has been a lack of available food as well.OCHA warned that infectious disease rates are likely to rise because of the poor nutrition, and this could in turn lead to more prolonged and severe cases of diarrhoea and of respiratory illnesses.Since September, to coincide with the start of the school year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been providing daily hot meals to 360,000 children attending primary schools in rural Tajikistan.The agency also delivers food to an estimated 260,000 Tajiks considered to be in hardship regions, and also to 15,000 tuberculosis patients and their families.WFP provides a series of other forms of assistance, including take-home rations for schoolgirls, food-for-work projects and nutritional supplements for malnourished children and their mothers. read more

Eight would be illegal immigrants arrested

Illegal immigrants being arrested in Sri Lanka while attempting to travel to Australia by boat has been a common occurrence in the recent past.However the arrest of illegal immigrants attempting to make a boat journey to Canada from Sri Lanka is a rare incident. (Colombo Gazette) The police arrested eight would-be illegal immigrants from Chilaw as they were preparing to leave for Australia and Canada.According to the police the would-be illegal immigrants were attempting to go by boat to their destinations. Those arrested are residents of Jaffna, Point Pedro, Karawedi and Kadariweli and are aged between 19 and 42 years. The would-be illegal immigrants are to be produced in court today.

Ohio State Cincinnati football connection runs deep

Left: OSU junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) makes a tackle during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight: OSU cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs celebrates during a game against Wisconsin on Nov. 17, 2012 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. OSU won, 21-14, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile 109 miles of interstate and city streets separate Ohio Stadium from Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, there are deep ties connecting the programs that play in each arena.From Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, there are numerous Buckeye coaches and players who have, or could have, spent time on the Bearcats’ sidelines.After a brief stint in minor league baseball, Meyer played defensive back at Cincinnati before graduating in 1986. OSU cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs was on the Cincinnati staff from 2007-11, tight ends coach Tim Hinton was an assistant with the Bearcats from 2004-09 and Washington — one of four Cincinnati natives on the team — received his first collegiate scholarship offer from the Bearcats as a freshman in high school.Meyer described his ongoing connection to Cincinnati as a “very strong, emotional attachment,” even beyond his own experience at the school.“My sister is associate provost at Cincinnati, my other sister was a homecoming queen there,” he said Monday. “Obviously my dad, my grandfather, just a strong history at UC.”While he played college ball at Nippert Stadium, Meyer never spent time on the sidelines as a coach like Coombs and Hinton.Coombs said the personal and professional connections he and his wife have to Cincinnati led to his turning down offers from other major college football programs before Meyer came calling.“When we had the opportunity to go to Notre Dame, we were staying in Cincinnati,” Coombs said. “Cincinnati is our home.”The Colerain, Ohio, native said he and his wife, Holly, grew up within miles of each other and added the draw of coaching at OSU under Meyer was the only thing that could have torn him away from Cincinnati.“When Urban called, I called my wife and said ‘Hey, I just wanted to let you know I got this phone call today, and kind of before I tell him no I just wanted to let you know that,’” Coombs said. “She said ‘Don’t you tell him no,’ and I said ‘Is that right?’”Coombs said his wife told him “let’s go do this, we can make it work,” with the simple reasoning that Columbus is less than two hours away from their lifelong home in Cincinnati.While his wife made the decision easier, Coombs called the conversation “terrible” that he had with then-Cincinnati coach Butch Jones to tell him he was leaving for OSU. He said conversations with others were just as bad.“It was hard for me to tell anybody,” he said. “I mean, that’s my hometown, and I grew up on the Reds and the Bengals and the Bearcats.”Coombs said growing up with exposure to the Buckeyes made his transition easier, but added that telling the players he recruited to Cincinnati was the hardest part about leaving. He said some of the players he recruited still play for the Bearcats, but one player he tried to get to Cincinnati is set to be on the OSU sidelines when the two teams play on Saturday.Washington said he took an official visit to Cincinnati and had the Bearcats just behind the Buckeyes on his final list.“It actually was my second choice,” he said. “Coach Coombs, when he was there, did a great job of recruiting me, but I just felt like Ohio State was the best place for me.”Like Meyer and others around the OSU program, Washington’s connection to Cincinnati goes beyond recruiting letters and official visits.“I went to basketball games (at Cincinnati), because my granddad worked there for like 35, 40 years,” Washington said. “He was a janitor and he would get tickets and we would go to basketball games there.”Just like Coombs said the draw of coaching under Meyer was a key to his decision to move to OSU, Washington said the chance to play for the two-time national champion was too much to pass up.“Didn’t know a lot about him (Meyer), but I knew he had won two national championships (at Florida),” Washington said. “So I figured I could probably get one under my belt in the four years he was there.”While the draw of potentially winning titles contributed to Washington’s decision to pick OSU, Hinton said he was fortunate to be at Cincinnati — which has yet to win a national championship — for some of the program’s most successful seasons.“It was a phenomenal run, you’ve got an Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl,” Hinton said of his time with the Bearcats. “And how special was that when you’re a UC guy? It was very, very special.”Whether Washington will win the national championship he hoped for is yet to be seen, but he is set to at least have a shot to win one game against the school he nearly attended on Saturday.Coombs said the matchup will be fun for him, but because of his deep-lying connections with the Bearcats, he said the game will be more difficult than his average Saturday on the sidelines.“Football is always fun, I don’t have any days that aren’t fun,” Coombs said. “But it’s harder, for all those reasons, I think it’s harder.”The Buckeyes and Bearcats are set to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Les frères Winklevoss abandonnent les poursuites contre Facebook

first_imgLes frères Winklevoss abandonnent les poursuites contre FacebookLes jumeaux Winklevoss ont décidé de ne pas continuer leur action à l’encontre de Mark Zuckerberg et Facebook devant la Cour Suprême des États-Unis.C’est la fin d’une intrigue qui a déchaîné les passions au point d’avoir été adapté au cinéma, dans le film The Social Network de David Fincher. Les jumeaux Winklevoss, Tyler et Cameron, ont ainsi décidé d’abandonner leur plainte contre Facebook devant la Cour Suprême des États-Unis, explique Gawker. S’ils estiment toujours avoir été trahis par Mark Zuckerberg, leur ancien camarade de l’Université d’Harvard qu’ils accusent d’avoir volé leur idée de réseau social, ils se contenteront des 65 millions de dollars perçus dans le plus grand secret en 2008.Cette somme, composée de 20 millions de dollars en numéraire et 45 millions de dollars en actions Facebook, Tyler et Cameron Winklevoss estimaient qu’elle n’était pas assez importante au regard de l’actuelle valorisation boursière de Facebook, 100 milliards de dollars. Finalement, les frangins ont donc préféré s’arrêter là, laissant Zuckerberg et sa “création” continuer à dominer le monde des réseaux sociaux… Le 23 juin 2011 à 10:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

First Images of Project Scorpio Dev Kit Give Us Hints

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike Back when Microsoft first announced Project Scorpio at E3, the only image it showed was that of the system’s motherboard. Last week when the console’s specs were revealed, we were shown more pictures of that same motherboard. Now, we’ve gotten an idea of what the final system may look like thanks to recently released pictures of the Project Scorpio dev kit.These images come to us via Gamasutra, who visited Microsoft in Redmond and spoke to the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. As you can see, the dev kit bears a strong resemblance to the original Xbox One, albeit with some key differences.The front of the unit has an OLED screen with a navigation button and five programmable buttons. This screen shows developers information like frames per second. Very useful indeed, though it is unlikely that this will be in the consumer version of the system.This dev kit has the same amount of ports that the retail Scorpio will. Its vents are located on the sides and not the top. This way, devs can stack Scorpios on top of each other (like the image below) without any overheating issues. The dev kit also sports an extra network interface card. This transmits data while playing multiplayer games.As Microsoft previously stated, Project Scorpio will be able to run Xbox One games. The dev kit can actually switch between Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Scorpio settings. This allows developers to optimize titles for each Xbox console. Xbox head Phil Spencer told Gamasutra that Microsoft has “millions of customers that have made a commitment to the Xbox One generation.” He doesn’t want anyone who owns an Xbox One to feel left out or disappointed. This also means that, at the moment, there will be no Scorpio exclusive games.“When you ship an Xbox One game two years from now, even if you don’t look at Scorpio as something that you want to take advantage of, fine. That’s up to you. We’re not mandating that people go and do Scorpio-specific work.” Spencer said that most AAA developers already have 4K assets for the PC version of their games. Using these assets for the Scorpio version of a title shouldn’t be much of a problem.Please keep in mind that the retail version of Project Scorpio will not look resemble the dev kit exactly. However, it does give us an indication of what the upcoming machine will look like. Hopefully, we will get to see what the consumer version of Scorpio looks like during this year’s E3. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Report Milan want Higuain and Caldara

first_imgAC Milan are interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara, according to Calciomercato.The San Siro based club are keen to sign Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain on loan and while also targeting a swap deal for Mattia Caldara.Milan have proposed an idea of a loan deal to bring Higuain to the club after Juventus admitted they were considering the future of the striker in Turin following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.The two clubs were engaged intense negotiations over the last 24 hours with Milan keen to sell Leonardo Bonucci back to Juventus but want Caldara as part exchange while also floating the idea of Higuain joining on loan.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The fee being touted for a loan move for Higuain is around €15million and his agent is keen to get a deal of €7.5million per annum for his client.Juventus are believed to be meeting with Alessandro Lucci who represents Bonucci as they prepare a contract offer for the returning Italy international.Higuain is understood to be dragging his feet towards joining Milan as he waits for an offer from Chelsea. The English giants are keen on signing a new striker this summer with Higuain at the top of that list.Further talks will continue between Milan and Juventus today as both clubs hope to come to an agreement.last_img read more

Do we call ET or is that too risky

first_imgCall? Wait? Movies offer little guidanceAstronomers debate whether it would be wise to send signals into the universe, looking for extra-terrestrial life. Some argue we’d be asking for trouble. Such is the dilemma wrestled with in movies, where aliens sometimes come in peace — and often do not:Good alien: E.T. Cute, finger-glowing creature who like Reese’s Pieces. Just wants to phone home.Bad alien: The creatures of “Alien.” Lizard-like with daggers for teeth. With a propensity for protruding from stomachs, they will kill your appetite, too.Good alien: Yoda. Wise, Jedi master. Only a threat to the Dark Side or to the syntactically sensitive, he is.Bad alien: Predator. Ugly, lethal hunters with thermal vision who prey on action stars and return again and again in increasingly questionable installments.Good alien: The blue Na’vi of “Avatar.” Tall, lithe and wondrous creatures, though blurry without 3-D glasses.Bad alien: The invaders of “Independence Day.” Exploders of the world’s metropolises, yet susceptible to chest-thumping patriotism, Will Smith.Good alien: David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” A pale, red-haired lover of women and alcohol. He still lives among us.Bad alien: The spindly machines of “War of Worlds.” Human-vaporizing intruders who will turn Earth red and inspire dubious radio broadcasts.Good alien: Superman. The ultimate space messiah. Questionable fashion sense, though.Bad alien: The Bodysnatchers. They came to consume us and steal our precious resources, like Donald Sutherland.— Jake Coyle, Associated PressSAN JOSE, Calif. — Astronomers have their own version of the single person’s dilemma: Do you wait by the phone for a call from that certain someone? Or do you make the call yourself and risk getting shot down?last_img read more

Alaska On the Cusp of Recession

first_imgWith oil prices stuck in the gutter, Alaska is staring down the possibility of economic recession. Combine that with declining federal dollars and jobs, military reductions and a weakened fishing industry and it all adds up to a perfect storm. It’s an uncomfortable question: what will our economy look like without a booming oil sector?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Gregg Erickson, economist, Erickson & AssociatesLarry Persily, former Alaska LNG directorCallers statewideLINKS:Cliff Groh’s Speech on Alaska Fiscal and Economic Future 1 July 2015PARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

After crossing Bering Strait Anchorage man detained in Russia

first_imgU.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok are aware of the situation and are working with Russian officials to resolve the situation.(Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by the U.S. Consulate Vladivostok)An Anchorage man has been detained in Eastern Russia after sailing across the Bering Strait in a small, rubber boat.Listen nowAccording to the BBC, 46-year-old John Martin had been traveling down the Yukon River in his one-seater. After reaching the Bering Sea, Martin traveled at least 50 miles across the Bering Strait.Martin was picked up by Russian border guards on Aug. 1.A source told Russia’s largest news outlet, TASS, that Martin was brought to the port town of Anadyr for questioning. Martin allegedly did not ask for political asylum, as previously reported.U.S. diplomats are aware of the situation and, as the BBC reports, are working with Russian officials to resolve the situation.last_img read more

SBIled consortium orders forensic audit of Videocons financial books

first_imgThe logo of State Bank of India is pictured next to its headquarters in Mumbai, India, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileVideocon Industries’ high debt and falling revenues have been a major concern for its lenders for quite some time now. In a recent development, a consortium of lenders, headed by State Bank of India has finally ordered a forensic audit of the company’s books to find out whether it tripped over harsh business conditions, or its financial misconduct paved the way for being on the hit list of its lenders.This Mumbai-based home appliances company owes around Rs 43,000 crore to its lenders, as per a news report by The Economic Times. KPMG has been entrusted with carrying a detailed inspection of Videocon’s accounts. Only after the audit firm concludes that the debt accumulation was a result of harsh business conditions, the loan recast proceedings should commence under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.”Lenders and promoters are now looking at restructuring of the loans and before they go ahead with it, it has been decided to conduct a forensic audit,” reported ET, quoting one of the two sources who were aware of the development.The arrears started building up soon after Videocon ventured into oil and gas, media communications, and direct-to-home (DTH) TV. Besides, its primary business of electronic machines is as yet attempting to make profits, which could have been used to pay back the obligation. To add to its miseries, Videocon’s new undertakings still haven’t demonstrated a good show. State Bank of India (SBI) chairwoman Arundhati Bhattacharya speaks during a news conference in Mumbai, February 13, 2015. SBI, the nation’s top lender by assets, reported on Friday a small increase in bad loans in its fiscal third quarter that was not as much as feared, sending its shares up as much as 6.8 percent.ReutersVideocon, an aggressive borrower, expanded its reach and businesses but failed to repay. In 2016, its financing cost was Rs 2,426 crore against its operating profit that was a meagre Rs 354.87 crore.Credit Suisse, in its survey in 2015, named Videocon Industries among the top 10 groups with the highest debt in India.The group’s continuous efforts to trim the debt haven’t paid off. The company has sold about Rs 11,000 crore worth of assets over the last one year.Dena Bank had already classified the company’s debt as non-performing in the March quarter, while Punjab National Bank and Central Bank of India followed suit in the June quarter.It is also expected that State Bank of India would also declare Videocon’s loans as non-performing when it announces its June quarter results on August 11, 2017.last_img read more

Watch Priyanka Chopras cousin Meera Chopra served live maggots in food at

first_imgMeera ChopraInstagramActress Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Meera Chopra was a dish with live maggots crawling in her food at a luxury hotel here.Meera took to Instagram to share a video of the incident. In the clip, maggots can be seen crawling on the platter in which Meera’s food was served at Ahmedabad’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.”So I ordered food from room service. I was staying in Double Tree Hilton in Ahmedabad and this is what I get. I get worms in my food. Guys please see it properly because this is something which we just cannot ignore. So we stay in these big hotels and we pay them a bomb for everything and they give us worms in our food. So I have been staying here since last one week and since the time I’ve checked in, I have been falling unwell, I have been falling sick. And now I see the reason. For the first time, I could just see worms in my food. Let’s just put this out on the social media. Thanks guys,” Meera said in the video. “Staying in Double Tree in Ahembdabad. Double Tree Ahmedabad And got maggots in my food. You pay bomb for these hotels and they feed you maggots. Its so shocking @fssai_safefood please take some immediate action. Where are the health safety regulations now!” she captioned the image. On the acting front, Meera will soon be seen in “Section 375”, where she plays a rape victim.The film is based on Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code. In the film, Richa Chadha plays a public prosecutor fighting to get justice for her client, who claims she was raped by a filmmaker (played by Rahul Bhatt), being defended by Akshaye Khanna’s character in court.The courtroom drama will release on September 13.last_img read more

BCL activist killed in ALBCL clash

first_imgAn activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed during a clash between BCL and Awami League workers at Fultoli Bazar in Chattogram’s Fatikchhari upazila on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Faisal Titumir alias Ali AKbar, 22, son of Abbas of Hokkarghat at Khiram union.Quoting locals, officer-in-charge of Fatikchhari police station Babul Akhter said two local Awami League men—Taher Miah and Mona Miah—locked into an altercation with two BCL boys—Faisal and Akkas—around 8:00pm which later turned into a clash.Faisal and Akkas received serious stab injures in the clash.They were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Faisal dead around 10:00pm.A case was filed.last_img

Women who are likely nightmare for Modi in Indias election

first_imgPriyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of India`s ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, adjusts her flower garlands as she campaigns for her mother during an election meeting at Rae Bareli in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 22 April 2014. — Photo: ReutersThree powerful women politicians, each from a very different section of Indian society, may pose a big threat to the chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi winning a second term in a general election due by May.Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, part of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for much of the time since its independence from the British in 1947, joined the struggle in January, when the opposition Congress party made her its face in the nation’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.Two other senior female politicians – the firebrand chief minister of West Bengal state, Mamata Banerjee, and Mayawati, a former Uttar Pradesh chief minister – are also plotting to unseat Modi’s ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition by forming big opposition groupings, though there is no firm agreement between them as yet.“The opposition has more powerful women leaders than the NDA, and therefore they will be able to carry conviction with voters generally, and with women voters, in particular,” said Yashwant Sinha, 81, a former finance minister who quit Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which dominates the NDA, last year.“They should be very worried, especially after the defeat in the three major Hindi heartland states,” he said, referring to BJP’s losses in recent state elections.The entry of Priyanka – she is usually referred to by just her first name – into the political fray drew a gushing reaction from much of the Indian media.There were pictures of elated supporters dancing, a lot of talk of the 47-year-old’s resemblance to her grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and comments about her gifts as a speaker able to connect with voters. That contrasts with her brother, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who in the past has been criticised for lacking the common touch.TRIPLE CHALLENGEThe other two women seen threatening Modi’s grip on power have a lot more experience than Priyanka, and both could be seen as potential prime ministerial candidates in a coalition government.Mayawati, a 63-year-old former teacher who goes by just the one name, last month formed an alliance between her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – which mainly represents Hinduism’s lowest caste, the Dalits – and its once bitter foes, the Samajwadi Party that tends to draw support from other lower castes and Muslims.Then there is 64-year-old Banerjee, who has twice been railways minister in federal governments. Last month, Banerjee – who built her All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) party after leaving Congress in 1997 – organised an anti-BJP rally in Kolkata that attracted hundreds of thousands.Party colleagues of the three women leaders said they were not available for comment.To be sure, Modi remains, for now, the most popular leader in the country, opinion polls show.Modi also cannot be accused of ignoring women’s issues during his first term. He has launched a government campaign – Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, or “Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter” – and called for the eradication of female foeticide. His campaigns to provide toilets and subsidised gas cylinders for poorer Indians are often promoted as ways to empower women.He has six women in his 26-strong cabinet, though a lot of power is centralised with Modi and a couple of senior male lieutenants.The BJP said it would seek votes on the basis of achievements under Modi and the opposition did not have a “positive alternative to the government, and its activities”.PERSONAL TIESCongress has said it wants to form a post-poll partnership with Mayawati’s BSP and SP alliance, though it will be fighting against it in 78 seats. The alliance will not contest two Gandhi strongholds won multiple times by Rahul and his mother Sonia.Mayawati told a press conference announcing the alliance with the SP that Congress was not part of it because they did not think “there would be much benefit in having them with us before the election”.The BSP, however, backs Congress-led governments in the northern states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.There is no formal alliance between Banerjee and Congress, though she does know Rahul and Priyanka.Dinesh Trivedi, a former federal minister and a close aide to Banerjee, said she enjoys a good personal relationship with Sonia Gandhi, the matriarch of the dynasty and a former Congress president, and so working with her two children would not be a problem.“In terms of experience, Mamata Banerjee is far ahead,” Trivedi said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi would look at Mamata Banerjee as somebody who could really inspire them.”The strength of Priyanka, Mayawati and Banerjee as a potential opposition alliance is that they can appeal to different parts of the electorate.Two Congress sources said the formal entry into politics of Priyanka could help rejuvenate the party in Uttar Pradesh, where it is a marginal player. Coming from what is India’s first family, they said she could appeal to upper caste voters in the state who typically vote for the pro-business BJP.A Congress leader close to the Gandhis said she would attract women, young people, and floating voters.Priyanka is far from a political neophyte, having supported her brother and mother during previous election campaigns. She has also experienced political and personal tragedy, as Rahul Gandhi stressed in a speech last week.“You have to understand my relationship with my sister – we have been through a hell of a lot together,” he said.“Everybody is like ‘look, you come from this illustrious family, and everything is easy’. Actually it’s not so easy. My father was assassinated, my grandmother was assassinated, huge political battles, wins in political battles, losses in political battles.”“NATIONAL LEADER”BSP spokesman Sudhindra Bhadoria said Mayawati’s gender did not matter.“She has managed a party from scratch to this level. The important fact is that she has organised large numbers, both men and women, Dalits, other backward castes, the poor, minorities,” Bhadoria said. “I don’t fit them in the straightjacket of male-female. I think she’s a national leader.”She is regarded as ambitious. A US diplomatic cable in 2008, among many thousands leaked by Wikileaks two years later, described her as “first-rate egomaniac” who “is obsessed with becoming prime minister”.But Mayawati has also been credited with empowering oppressed lower caste Hindus.Banerjee, who defeated a 34-year-old communist government in West Bengal in an election in 2011, is known for her streetwise political skills and portrays herself as a secular leader in a country polarised under the BJP.last_img

NASA Announces Discovery Of Eighth Planet Circling System Explored By Kepler Telescope

first_img Share Photo via NASAThe  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced Thursday the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, which is a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth.The planet, which has been called Kepler-90i, was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.The new planet was found using Google’s machine learning technology, an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers learn.In this case, computers learned to identify planets by finding in Kepler data instances where the telescope recorded signals from planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets.Nonetheless, NASA says other planetary systems probably hold more promise for life than Kepler-90 does.In that sense, NASA details that Kepler-90i is so close to its star that its average surface temperature is believed to exceed 800 degrees Fahrenheit.last_img read more

Ethiopian Airlines introduces double daily flights from Delhi to Addis Ababa

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