Indian equity markets close with marginal gains

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai, India, January 25, 2017.ReutersIndian equity markets provisionally closed on a flat note on Wednesday, as investors traded with caution over geo-political concerns.Market observers opined that investors booked profits in IT, FMCG and Teck (technology, media and entertainment) sectors.However, healthy buying in automobile, banking and metal stocks trimmed some losses and the key indices closed with marginal gains.The wider Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) rose by 24.30 points or 0.25 per cent to provisionally close at 9,637.60 points (at 3.30 p.m.).The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which opened at 31,272.72 points, closed at 31,245.56 points — up 35.77 points, or 0.11 per cent, from its previous close at 31,209.79 points.It touched a high of 31,284.64 points and a low of 31,177.78 points during intra-day trade.The BSE market breadth was bullish — with 1,702 advances and 971 declines.last_img read more

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Duterte bodyguards wounded in Philippine ambush

first_imgPeople stand next to the bullet riddled vehicle where some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were on board, after they were ambushed by gunmen in Aracan town, north Cotabato province, in southern island of Mindanao. Photo: AFPFour of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bodyguards were shot and wounded on Wednesday by suspected communist rebels a day after the insurgents warned of attacks, authorities said.Duterte was not in the convoy when gunmen opened fire on two Presidential Security Group vehicles along a highway on the main southern island of Mindanao, they added.A military official blamed the New People’s Army-the 4,000-member armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-for the ambush.“This is part of their nationwide call for armed groups to oppose martial law by launching intensified offensives against government forces,” Brigadier General Gilberto Gapay, a senior Mindanao military official, told radio station DZBB in Manila.The ambush came a day after Duterte asked Congress for authorisation to place Mindanao under martial law until December to defeat Islamic State group-styled militants fighting security forces in the city of Marawi.A 60-day martial rule is already in place over the island after the militants attacked Marawi on May 23, but Duterte conceded Tuesday he needed more time to defeat the IS-styled gunmen.The communist party, which has been waging Asia’s longest insurgency, called on its armed wing on Tuesday to launch offensives in response to Duterte’s extended martial law plan.The wounded soldiers were on their way to another Mindanao city when they ran into a checkpoint manned by guerrillas, their commander Louie Dagoy told reporters.“Our troops were able to fire back and they called for help from a nearby militia base,” a regional military spokesman, Major Ezra Balagtey, told AFP.The communist insurgency that began in 1968 has claimed an estimated 30,000 lives, according to the military.The rebels have been in on-and-off peace talks with the government since Duterte, a self-described socialist, was elected last year.They were set to resume formal negotiations next month.On Tuesday Duterte denounced the rebels for their alleged treachery in killing soldiers.Saying the rebels were targeting soldiers who are not allowed to carry their assault rifles when they went off-duty, Duterte announced he was providing all of them with pistols for self-defence.“The majority of the people have repudiated communism with all its brutality, and (they have) nothing really to offer to the country. It’s almost bankrupt,” Duterte added.last_img read more

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SoundExchange Passes 5 Billion Mark in Streaming Royalty Distributions

first_img Popular on Variety However, according to a release, the dual impact of digital radio growth leveling off coupled with direct deals entered into between rights owners and Pandora resulted in a decrease in U.S. sound recording gross distributions made by SoundExchange to $652 million in 2017. The company distributed a record total of $884 million in total royalty distributions in 2016; SoundExchange continues to manage artists distributions of Pandora royalties on behalf of rights owners for the ad-supported tier of the Pandora service.The company recently extended its reach into music-publisher services with the formation of SXWorks, a subsidiary that provides global administration capabilities to publishers. With the acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) in May, the SoundExchange companies expanded the scope of rights represented to include the mechanical rights of music publishers in Canada. With its December 2017 distribution, SoundExchange passed the $5 billion mark in cumulative digital royalty distributions since the company was founded in 2003.The company distributes royalties for the digital performance of sound recordings to more than 155,000 recording artists, rights owners, session musicians and background vocalists. Last year it diversified its offerings to include services for the music-publishing community in addition to its core business managing digital sound recording performance royalties.“Surpassing $5 billion in digital radio distributions marks an important moment for the new music economy. It’s a milestone for the digital music services and, of course, for the artists and rights owners who create the music that makes those services possible,” said president/CEO Michael Huppe (pictured above). “We have been on course to diversify our offerings for several years now. With our entrance into music publisher services through the launch of SXWorks and the acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, SoundExchange is poised to become the leading global player administering both sound recording and music publishing rights on a multi-territorial basis.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Cold wave to persist for next few days even as mercury goes

first_imgKolkata: The temperature in the city went up slightly compared to Sunday but the cold wave condition will continue to prevail for the next few days, particularly in the Western districts of the state.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore said that the temperature in the city may hover around 12 degree Celsius but the winter chill is not going away, at least for the next couple of days. The temperature in the city on Sunday remained at 12 degree Celsius and rose to 12.2 degree Celsius on Monday. On Saturday the temperature had dropped as low as 10.6 degree Celsius. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Met office predicted that the temperature may go up slightly but the cold wave condition will prevail in the city and in some other South Bengal districts. The cold wave may intensify in the districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, West Burdwan, East Burdwan and West Midnapore. According to an official, western disturbances have been created near Kashmir but are yet to gain momentum as a result of which there will be no interruption in the flow of the northwesterly wind in the state. As a result of this, the cold wave condition may stay for a while in South Bengal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe temperature in Kolkata may slightly go up, while it may slightly go down in the districts. Due to prevalence of northwesterly winds which are dry and cool in nature, cold wave is continuing over Kolkata and its adjoining areas. With less humidity levels, the days are comfortable and nights are pleasant. It may be mentioned that during the month of December, Kolkata sees a large variation in winds in terms of both direction and speed. According to the weather office, North Bengal districts will continue to witness the winter chill for quite some time. There is no possibility of snowfall in Darjeeling in the next 24 hours. On Monday Darjeeling recorded 1.2 degree Celsius, with Siliguri at 4.8, Jalpaiguri at 6.6, Purulia at 7.4, Panagarh at 8.1 and Digha at 9.9 degrees.last_img read more

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Myths around coconut oil busted

first_imgIf consumed in moderation and accompanied by a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, coconut oil is great for the body, skin and hair, say experts. Myth: Coconut oil causes heart diseaseFact: Coconut oil is as far as possible from being harmful to your heart’s health. The reason this myth was perpetuated was because of its large percentage of saturated fat. Advanced research has proved that naturally occurring fats don’t damage your heart. Instead processed foods and those containing large quantities of refined sugars and high fructose corn syrup are making heart troubles widespread. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMyth: It tastes coconutyFact: Coconut oil comes in two variants: Refined and virgin/cold pressed – and not all varieties have a coconuty flavour. Refined coconut oil has literally no taste or odour, these are often refined, bleached, and deodorised so that they can be consumed easily.However, hydrogenated coconut oil should be avoided at all costs as the process can create synthetic trans-fats. Go for coconut oil that has been refined using a natural and chemical-free process. And if a slight coconut flavour in your food doesn’t make it unpalatable for you then opt for the virgin variety. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMyth: Coconut oil has high cholesterolFact: Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are a super fuel used up by our bodies very efficiently. In fact, they contribute towards a better cholesterol profile. This means that either your overall cholesterol levels go down or your good cholesterol levels go up on substantial consumption. It’s the ratio of your total cholesterol to your good cholesterol that determines how healthy you really are.last_img read more

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Drivers who disobey traffic officers who arent police risk £1000 fines and

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Traffic officers at work They’re tasked mainly with keeping traffic flowing, but have jurisdiction to stop vehicles on most motorways and some A roads to divert traffic away from a crash. They are also allowed to pull you over over on safety grounds, for example if they think you’re carrying an load that’s not properly secured. Officers have the power to remove abandoned or damaged vehicles too, as well as support to cars that have broken down. Read MoreQuick hack to get up to £170 off your breakdown cover   That said, while they can shift your car out of the way – it’s generally only if you can’t arrange a recovery truck to attend within a reasonable time or if the vehicle has been left unattended, reports the Mirror. Traffic Officers also supply information for local travel reports and help clear debris from the roar. But while they can’t issue tickets themselves, failing to follow their direction is considered a punishable offence. And if you don’t pull over and switch off your engine when asked, that could leave you £1,000 worse off and with points on your licence after they pass the details along to the police. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWe all know Highways England Traffic Officers aren’t real police, right? Their lights flash amber and not blue – but that doesn’t mean for one minute we can ignore them. And that’s because if you do ignore them you could still be landed with a hefty fine – £1,000 – points on your licence and even a driving ban. Mark Tongue, from Select Car Leasing , said: “Disobey them at your peril. If they see a driver behaving badly, which then in turn causes an accident, footage from CCTV cameras hidden inside their vehicles can be passed to police to secure a prosecution.” As things stand, Highways England Traffic Officers patrol motorways and A-roads, working alongside more traditional police. Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Police search for missing womanlast_img read more

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A rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of th

first_imgA rotating crop of fresh greens grows in one of the greenhouses. After harvesting, the agriculture crew sells greens and other items from the garden at the farmer’s market at the Arcosanti Cafe. Fresh lettuce from the greenhouse are also available at the Cafe salad bar. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] March 2, 2005Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]Agriculture department crew works in their new orchard next to the lake. February workshopper Ursula LeMaistre and Garden Manager Scott Dolan plant new apple trees. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] A new crop of garlic grows in the garden. It will be ready to harvest in the middle of May. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] The apple orchard with the Arcosanti buildings in the background. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]last_img read more

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German cable operator Kabel Deutschland KDG has

first_imgGerman cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has issued a €300 million bond.The company will use the net proceeds of the five-year bond, set to mature in 2017, to partially replace the €600 million in bridge financing it has raised for the planned acquisition of Tele Columbus.last_img

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Stephen McKinney was remanded in custody following

first_imgStephen McKinney was remanded in custody following his appearance at Omagh Magistrates’ Court.POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION OVER MURDER OF DONEGAL WOMAN LU NA MCKINNEY was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Donegal mum of two Lu Na McKinney who police say was murdered. Her husband Stephen was charged last week with murdering herDETECTIVES from the PSNI’S Major Investigation Team are appealing for information about Lu Na McKinney who died at Devenish Island in Fermanagh on Thursday 13 April 2017.Last week her husband Stephen McKinney – who had been arrested in Derry seven days earlier – appeared in court and was formally charged with the murder of the 35 -year-old mother of two.Detective Inspector David McGrory said: “Police are issuing a photograph of Mrs McKinney today in the hope that people will come forward with any information they have about her. “I would like to hear from anyone who knew her or anyone who had contact with Mrs McKinney, who lived in Convoy, County Donegal, in the months preceding her death. “Colleagues in An Garda Siochana are working jointly with PSNI to investigate Lu Na’s death and anyone with information can contact either the PSNI on 101 ext 43373, confidential Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111 or AGS at Letterkenny on 00353 749167100 or the AGS Confidential line on 1800 666 111.” Her husband was charged with murder after police carried out a review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lu Na McKinney.As a result, as a result have arrested and subsequently charged her 41 year old husband man on suspicion of murder. DerryDEVONISH ISLANDDI DAVID MCCRORYDONEGAL PSNILU NA MCKINNEYPOLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION OVER MURDER OF DONEGAL WOMAN LU NA MCKINNEYstrabanelast_img read more

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Despite reduction in twin stillbirth rates there is no change in still

first_img Source:https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2018/11/Expert-warns-over-‘little-room-for-complacency’-over-fall-in-twin-stillbirth-rates.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 30 2018A leading expert in fetal medicine at the University of Birmingham has warned that there is ‘little room for complacency’ over a fall in twin stillbirth rates as the reason for this phenomenon are complex.In a paper published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Mark Kilby, Professor of Fetal Medicine at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research and Honorary Consultant in Fetal Medicine at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, with collaborators explore the reasons as to why there has been a nearly 50 per cent fall in twin stillbirth rates from 11 to six per thousand total births between 2013 and 2016.These figures were the findings of Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK)’s perinatal surveillance report published in June 2018. The MBRACCE-UK report noted that, although there had been a significant reduction in stillbirth rate in twins, there had been no change in still birth rates in pregnancies involving a single fetus.Approximately one in 60 pregnancies are twins; an incidence increasing in the UK because of the use of artificial reproductive techniques and a rising maternal age.Professor Kilby believes the fall in stillbirths in twins is, in part, due to an increasing recognition by healthcare professionals of the increased fetal risks in “identical twins”.Identical twins either share a single placenta with a single outer membrane and two inner membranes (monochorionic diamniotic twins), or share both the inner and outer membranes (monochorionic monoamniotic twins). These twins are at higher risk due to complications such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), twin anaemia polycythaemia sequence (TAPS) and selective fetal growth restriction (sGR).This recognition of the higher risks has led to the introduction of several clinical guidelines including The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Green Top Guideline on the Management of Monochorionic Twins and the generic NICE Guidelines on the Management of Twin and Triplet Pregnancy (currently under revision and to be republished in 2019).Related StoriesResearch team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifidaRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenA survey by the charity Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba) of 29 obstetric units has shown that hospitals following NICE guidance for management of twins have associated lower twin stillbirth, neonatal death rates and admissions to special care baby units. However, the data from Tamba through its Maternity Engagement Programme, indicates that “there is still considerable variation in implementation by NHS healthcare providers across the UK”.Professor Kilby said: “The UK has been innovative in recommending the establishment of twin multidisciplinary teams and clinics along with several national clinical guidelines to aid the management of twin and triplet pregnancies and high risk identical twin pregnancies.”However, adequate resourcing and professional engagement is required to prevent the current considerable variation in implementation of guidelines by NHS healthcare providers across the UK.”Professor Kilby also states that refinements in in-utero treatments, along with new guidelines over the last 15 years on the monitoring of both identical and non-identical twins using ultrasound has also undoubtedly led to increased and earlier detection of complications .Professor Kilby concluded: “The fall in twin stillbirth rates from 11 to six per thousand total births between 2013 and 2016 is welcome news, however, there is little room for complacency and more comprehensive uptake of clinical guidelines and close working with stakeholders such as Tamba and the Multiple Births Foundation will hopefully continue this trend into the future.”He estimated that it would take a minimum of two years for hospital trusts in the NHS to engage with the recommendations by establishing multidisciplinary teams, a multiple pregnancy service and an infrastructure to deliver care and urged that much more work still needed to be done.Keith Reed, CEO of Tamba, said: “Hundreds of babies lives could be saved and potentially thousands prevented going into neonatal care, but progress is at risk because funding for TAMBA’s successful Maternity Engagement Programme is due to end on March 2019 and there are another 124 obstetric units in England to engage with.”last_img read more

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