From promising to ban all political messaging that uses the armed forces to proposing to raise an Ahir Armoured Regiment and a Gujarat Infantry Regiment, the Samajwadi Party’s vision document for the 2019 Lok Sabha election takes a swipe at the BJP’s nationalism narrative. The party also strongly pushed the message of “mahaparivartan [grand change] with social justice”, to pitch the idea of change through the uplift of OBCs and Dalits and proposed an additional 2% tax on the rich, which it claimed was uniformly upper caste.This marks a remarkable shift in the political messaging of the SP after the defeats in 2014 and 2017, when the party had contested on the theme of development. The document, released by SP president Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference here, targeted the “increasingly desperate BJP” for using the armed forces as “an electoral tool” and accusing “all and sundry of being anti-national”. “This pseudo-nationalism threatens our national security more than any other external force,” it said.Welfare programmeThe party has proposed a State-specific family welfare programme to look after the families of the armed forces.The mainstay of the document was the emphasis on “economics of social justice” through social mobility, housing and income to address inequality. While saying that the “richest 10% of the population (uniformly upper caste)” own more than 60% of the country’s wealth, the SP proposed imposing an additional 2% tax on the total wealth of households owning more than ₹2.5 crore. “This works out to 1.1% of the GDP. We believe it is also time to add a top income tax bracket for the ultra-rich who hide their income using complex structures,” the SP said. If voted to power, the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will demand “that central reservations be immediately updated to reflect the actual caste distribution in the population”.Mr. Yadav said the path to progress and prosperity “cannot come about without social justice” and demanded that the caste-wise census be made public in the country.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The victory kept the Philippines in the hunt for a World Cup berth in the ongoing Fiba Asia qualifiers, but the road to the China tournament continues to be challenging.Japan defeated Iran, 97-89, meaning Gilas Pilipinas still has to win against Kazakhstan in an expectedly chilly road game and hope other results, especially from the other group, goes its way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBlatche’s performance against Qatar, however, gives the Philippines a lot of hope—at least with the things still within its control.“I feel great,” Blatche told the official Fiba website. “I almost had a triple-double but it comes from having great teammates. I just felt good being able to play my game again and help my team out.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “Andray just created a lot of opportunities for us, both on offense and defense. He changed the whole team and the guys just felt good playing with him,” said national coach Yeng Guiao.Blatche had missed four qualifying games and there were questions about his fitness and availability. The Philippines went 1-3 in that stretch. But Blatche was available on Friday, and he seemed in pretty good shape.“I’ve been with this team for many years,” Blatche told the Fiba website. “Travelled the world with them, competed with them against a lot of countries. There’s no bigger plus than getting to play with this team, creating family and bonds with so many people. It’s just a great opportunity for me.”“He’s the team teacher,” Guiaosaid in the Fiba report. “He helped us out offensively and defensively. He controlled the momentum. He controlled the situations of the game. He draws a lot of attention from thedefense which creates the opening. That’s why we shot a lot of three point shots. We got the good looks and the openings.”“I guess his game just speaks for himself,” Guiao added.ADVERTISEMENT The win over Qatar could have been doubly sweet if Iran had managed to end Japan’s hot tournament streak.But the Japanese were in no mood to be cooperative.Hot right off the gates, Japan notched its seventh straight win in the qualifiers as Nick Fazekas pumped in 26 points and eight boards while Makoto Hiejima collected 24 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss World No. 2 Park leads TCC roster Andray Blatche makes a triumphant return to Gilas Pilipinas duty. —FIBA.COMAndray Blatche obliterated any questions on his fitness with another all-around performance. Gilas Pilipinas is hoping he can help eliminate obstacles that stand in the way of the team’s World Cup bid.With basketball fans in the country fighting off sleep to watch the game live on TV early Friday morning, Blatche came up with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks as the Philippines swamped Qatar, 84-46, in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES View comments
Nicky Butt expects Manchester United to recover from the defeat to Manchester City and stage a bid to reach the Premier League’s top four, but first the team will need to recover a bit of confidence.Pep Guardiola’s leaders extended their advantage over Jose Mourinho’s men to 12 points with a 3-1 success at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.Though it took a late Ilkay Gundogan goal to confirm the win for City as United threatened a second half comeback, the chasm between both teams was there for all to see. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho has downplayed the difference in quality between both sides but there is no masking over the seven-point gap which separates United from the top four.Butt, the head of coaching at United’s academy, says coupled with the absence of Paul Pogba the lack of confidence within the squad is evident – however the 43-year-old is predicting an about turn in fortunes.”I think it’s difficult when you have got players that aren’t in form,” the six-time Premier League winner at Old Trafford told Sky Sports .”It doesn’t matter who you are or what team you manage, if the players are not on a high or confident they are not going to win too many games.”At United at the minute, players are low on confidence. “They came up against the probably the best team in Europe [Manchester City] and got beaten.“They are steadily improving. The manager has recognised that and they are getting some consistency in the team.”The injury to Pogba can kill any team. “They are not getting all the luck but that City game is gone now and hopefully they can push on to Christmas and get into a position where they are challenging in the top four.”After the international break, United will hope to get back on track with back-to-back home games against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Young Boys in the Champions League.A run of eight games in the space of 30 days in December starts with a trip to Southampton before London sides Arsenal and Fulham are the visitors to the Theatre of Dreams. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Mumbai, May 6 (PTI) Videocon d2h, a DTH service provider recently hosted the d2h Gully league with Mumbai Indians, a gully cricket tournament at National Sports Club of India here.Videocon d2h is the principal sponsor of Mumbai Indians.Spartans were crowned the Ultimate Champions of the 1st ever d2h Gully League with Mumbai Indians. Of the numerous entries, 16 teams were selected, these teams were divided into 4 groups and the winner of each group qualified for the semi final, a media release issued here said.Two Mumbai Indians players joined each of the 4 teams that qualified and played against each other. The teams which qualified for the semi finals were Mumbai Blasters, Andheri Boys, Gully Blasters & Spartans.The Mumbai Indians players who were part of this Gully Cricket were Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma, Nitish Rana, Tim Southie and Nicholas Pooran, it added. PTI NRB RMT
The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Editors’ Recommendations 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Vulcanized rubber coats this 45.8mm stainless steel case to give this UN a black textured finish. The instant focus of the piece is the bezel. Raising an eyebrow, what is in the bezel? At first glance I thought black diamond baguettes until I saw all the color variations. The bezel is set with ceramic baguettes keeping the price reasonable while offering this very unique look. Offered in black, white, yellow, and blue, each color piece has a matching dial and strap. Giving it a skeletonized appearance, waves of the matching color break across the dial keeping the Ulysse Nardin’s nautical theme. Below the dial lies a UN automatic in-house caliber movement with 48 hour power reserve and power indicator. More vulcanized rubber and ceramic attach this piece to the wrist with a folding buckle and ceramic elements with the Ulysse Nardin logo.Ulysse Nardin is known for its use of exotic materials, both in and outside of their movements. They have come up with a very unique way to use ceramic offering a baguette look for stainless steel money. Some of the colored pieces are a little too over the top for me, but the black white versions are sporty and unique. Ulysse Nardin has a knack for creating polarizing designs. They have done it again with this hit or miss sport piece, the Diver Black Sea. With an msrp of $14,800, you can decide hit or miss. Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know In the watch world, it is very common for a brand to exploit a single watch blueprint. Watches like the Hublot Big Bang, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, and the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver have all seen many variations and limited editions over the years. While it is tough to ruin a classic timepiece design, sometimes a brand can go a little overboard. The Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver is the staple sport piece in UN’s large line of timepieces. Over the years it has increased to its current size of nearly 46mm. It’s latest production model, the Diver Black Sea, takes this classic sport piece over the top.
The Enfield Health Centre in St. Mary is the first primary-care facility to benefit under the Government’s Adopt-a-Clinic initiative. Story Highlights Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, where Enfield is located, Dr. Norman Dunn, welcomed the gesture and expressed the hope that “a lot of good… will come out of programme”. On Thursday (February 22), the Minister presented a cheque in the sum of $1 million to the management of the Enfield Health Centre. He also unveiled a plaque, which was mounted to commemorate the diaspora group’s gesture. The Enfield Health Centre in St. Mary is the first primary-care facility to benefit under the Government’s Adopt-a-Clinic initiative.Approximately 100 primary-healthcare facilities are being targeted under the programme, launched last year by the Jamaica 55 Charities Group United Kingdom (UK).It aims to mobilise Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora to provide support, whether in cash or kind, for these community health centres.The diaspora group has already raised $5 million for the adoption of at least five clinics across the island.The funds were handed over to Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his trip to London earlier this month.On Thursday (February 22), the Minister presented a cheque in the sum of $1 million to the management of the Enfield Health Centre. He also unveiled a plaque, which was mounted to commemorate the diaspora group’s gesture.Dr. Tufton said the funds will go towards addressing some needs identified, including additional blood pressure machines, and autoclaves, among other devices.He suggested that consideration be given to carrying out minor facelifts where necessary.Dr. Tufton emphasised that the Adopt-a-Clinic initiative is not a programme that is “going to do substantial renovation”.“(It is designed to) respond to the everyday basic needs of the healthcare professionals (at primary facilities), including sometimes possibly providing a healthcare professional, so that you, the people of Enfield… can get better service, because the tools to do the work and the people to do the work are present,” Dr. Tufton said. Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, where Enfield is located, Dr. Norman Dunn, welcomed the gesture and expressed the hope that “a lot of good… will come out of programme”.There are approximately 320 public health centres operating islandwide.
The Canadian Forces Liaison Council presented awards to the Nova Scotia government, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and VanOostrum Farm Equipment Ltd. at a national ceremony at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Brian MacIsaac, principal of Bible Hill Central Elementary School, represented the school board, which was recognized as the Most Supportive Employer in Nova Scotia for efforts with reservist employees. Several school board employees have been granted military leave to serve six-month deployments to overseas operations. Other reservists were given time off to pursue military training. Military leave is extended through the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board’s leave-without-pay policy. Patrick VanOostrum, president of VanOostrum Farm Equipment Ltd. of Port Williams, received an award at the June 9 event for Support to Canadian Forces Operations – Domestic. Mr. VanOostrum permitted his reservist employee to participate in a number of domestic operations, including search and rescue and post-hurricane disaster cleanup, and to take military career courses. The government of Nova Scotia received the Special Award for support to the reserve force for passing Bill 80, the Canadian Forces Reservists Civilian Employment Act. The award acknowledges that the legislation protects the civilian employment of Nova Scotia reservists, puts the province in a leadership role in the job protection, and has led several other provinces to begin similar actions. Murray Scott, Minister Responsible for Military Relations, received the special award on behalf of the province. “The provincial government acknowledges Bible Hill Central Elementary School and VanOostrum Farm Equipment Ltd. for their commendable support for reservists on their staffs. They deserve our appreciation,” said Mr. Scott. “And I am particularly proud that Nova Scotia’s contribution through the one-of-a-kind job-protection legislation that was passed last year is causing other provinces to consider copying our initiative. Any of them can be next, but none can be first. That place belongs to Nova Scotia.” The Canadian Forces Liaison Council is a group of civilian business people who volunteer time and effort to promote the Canadian Forces Reserve Force and the value of reserve training. FOR BROADCAST USE A Bible Hill school, an Annapolis Valley business and the provincial government have been presented with awards by the Department of National Defence. Bible Hill Central Elementary School represented the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, which was named the Most Supportive Employer in Nova Scotia at a national ceremony at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa on June 9th for its unqualified support of its reservist employees. VanOostrum Farm Equipment Ltd. of Port Williams, was recognized for its long-term support and encouragement of reservists. The province received the Special Award for the Canadian Forces Reservists Civilian Employment Act, which protects the civilian employment of Nova Scotia reservists. Minister Responsible for Military Relations Murray Scott congratulated the other winners and says he is proud that Nova Scotia’s legislation is causing other provinces to consider copying it. -30-
A crime prevention project to help children and youth make good choices is being introduced in four Nova Scotian communities. Project LEAD, a program for African Nova Scotian youth in grades 5-8, will begin Sept. 19 in Digby, New Glasgow and Whitney Pier. The program will also launch soon in Glace Bay. “Project LEAD will teach youth about the consequences of poor choices, encourage excellence and provide African Nova Scotian youth with the skills to make positive and healthy life choices,” said John MacDonell, acting on behalf of African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Percy Paris. “This project is part of our commitment to making life better for youth and their families.” The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs is offering the program with support from the National Crime Prevention Strategy’s Crime Prevention Action Fund and the Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority. “Today’s announcement is welcome news for families in Nova Scotia,” said Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety. “Government is helping prevent crime by investing in projects that help at-risk youth avoid criminal activities. The support we are providing shows that we are serious about reducing crime and providing at-risk youth in Digby, New Glasgow, Whitney Pier and Glace Bay the tools they need to make smart choices.” Project LEAD is based on a law-related education program developed by the Office of the District Attorney of Los Angeles County in 1993 and adopted in several U.S. cities. It has a strong track record in reaching out to at-risk African American youth. This is the first time it will be offered in Canada. In Nova Scotia, the program will also teach students about African Nova Scotian heritage and culture. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/ansa. Public Safety Canada’s National Crime Prevention Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about effective crime prevention measures. For more information, visit www.publicsafety.gc.ca .
Kolkata: The state government has decided to pull down the dangerous portion of Vivekananda Road flyover between Posta intersection and Ganesh Talkies.The decision was taken at a high-level meeting which was attended by the senior officials of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police. The officials have inspected the site. In three week’s time, the team will come up with a date when the stretch on the flyover, that has been termed “dangerous”, will be pulled down. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe team will have to consider various issues like whether the demolition work is going to affect the old buildings in the vicinity as many of them are more than a century old, if the residents of these buildings need to be evacuated then where are they going to be put up temporarily and so on. A 41-metre iron slab of the flyover fell on April 1, 2016. Twenty-six people died and 11 were injured in the incident. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had visited the site and supervised the debris cleaning operation herself. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn 2008, funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was disbursed for the construction of the flyover, which started in 2009 during the Left Front regime. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 168 crore in 2008 when it was commissioned. Ashok Bhattacharya was the then Urban Development minister when the proposal was cleared in Delhi. When a portion of the flyover collapsed in 2016, around 75 percent of the construction of the bridge was completed. The construction of the flyover was mooted to ease Howrah-bound traffic movement from East Kolkata. From the very first day after the construction began, there had been movement to stop the process because of its faulty design. Development Employees Joint Action Committee had opposed its construction. After the construction of the flyover, it was found that many residents could not open the windows of their flats as the boundary wall of the structure was just two feet away from their buildings. But, the Left Front government refused to listen to their objection and finally went ahead with the project. As per the design of the flyover, the stretch on the road towards Howrah from the Vivekananda Road side was wider than the one coming from Howrah. Many engineers had also pointed out the faulty design.
Its been a day of celebrations across the country and of course in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara, including a Canada Day tradition; the swearing in of new Canadians at citizenship ceremonies.Elise Copps was at one of many of those ceremonies Monday and joins us with the details.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
The child migration programmes are a case study which is part of the Inquiry’s protection of children outside the United Kingdom investigation. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first public hearings into the child migration programmes on Monday morning.The child migration programmes were large-scale schemes in which thousands of children, many of them in the care of the state, were migrated to parts of the British Empire by various institutions in England and Wales, with the knowledge and approval of the British government. Most of the children were sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and what was then Southern Rhodesia, modern-day Zimbabwe. 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. The Inquiry will hear from a number of former child migrants who have alleged they suffered sexual abuse in relation to their migration.Evidence will be heard from expert witnesses about the history and context of the child migration programmes and from the Child Migrants Trust, which supports former child migrants.
Australian-based lithium-boron mine developer Global Geoscience Ltd has appointed Amec Foster Wheeler as the engineering and design firm to complete the PFS for the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada, USA. The Amec technical team that will work on the Rhyolite Ridge PFS has extensive experience that is highly relevant to the project including:Extraction and processing of lithium and boron ores in Chile, Argentina, United States, China and Serbia from the full range of brine, spodumene and sedimentary depositsProcessing and refining of lithium to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxideProduction of sulphuric acid at mining operationsLeaching, evaporation, crystallisation, purification and solvent extraction relating to lithium and other saltsOpen pit mining and financial analysis in NevadaHeap leach processing and tailings management in Nevada and elsewhereA key aspect of Amec’s selection was its strong technical team and recent experience in lithium projects, including a sedimentary lithium-boron deposit like Rhyolite Ridge. The Amec team members for the Rhyolite Ridge PFS are based in Vancouver, Reno and Santiago.Global Geoscience’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Matt Weaver said: “Amec’s capabilities and strong technical team are an exceptionally good fit for the Rhyolite Ridge PFS. Amec has completed numerous studies for mining projects in Nevada as well as relevant studies for various lithium and boron projects globally.Global Geoscience’s Managing Director, Bernard Rowe added: “Amec was chosen because of their capabilities, integrity and proven track record of delivering value. In December 2017, we announced the positive outcomes from the initial Rhyolite Ridge mining study and favorable heap leach results. This work to date provides the foundation for the PFS and confirms that the large, shallow Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron deposit is amenable to low-cost open pit mining. Amec has the capability to rapidly progress the engineering and design work required to complete the Rhyolite Ridge PFS as targeted by mid-2018.”Global Geoscience’s 100%-owned Rhyolite Ridge project is a large, shallow lithium-boron deposit located close to existing infrastructure in southern Nevada. The project lies 25 km west of Albermarle’s Silver Peak lithium mine (pictured) and 340 km from the Tesla Gigafactory near Reno.Rhyolite Ridge is one of the largest known lithium and boron deposits in North America and has the potential to become a strategic, long-life and low-cost source of lithium and boron.The outcropping deposit is amenable to open pit mining at low strip ratios. High-grade lithium-boron mineralisation is the focus of the Rhyolite Ridge PFS as it represents potentially the highest value material combined with a low-cost, simple processing route. This is due to the low-clay, low-carbonate and high-searlesite content of the rock, which make the mineralisation amenable to low-cost acid leaching at ambient temperature and pressure.Lithium-boron mineralisation is hosted within two sedimentary basins located 4 km apart: South Basin (9 km²) and North Basin (20 km²). The minerals in the host rocks are dominated by the searlesite (boron-bearing), sepiolite (lithium-bearing), K-feldspar, calcite and dolomite.At South Basin, high-grade lithium-boron mineralisation occurs in 20 to 50 m thick, sub-horizontal sedimentary layers. The upper-most layer is 20 to 30 m thick and outcrops along the western margin of South Basin over a strike length of approximately 3 km.Drilling at South Basin has defined an Indicated and Inferred Resource of 460 Mt at 0.9% Li2CO3 and 2.6% H3BO3), containing 4.1 Mt of lithium carbonate and 11.9 Mt of boric acid. The resource is open in most directions and is likely to increase in size with additional drilling.The Mineral Resource includes a high-grade lithium-boron zone of 137 Mt at 0.9% Li2CO3 and 7.2% H3BO3, with 75% in the Indicated category.
Women told their jobs are gone ‘immediately’ resolve dispute after Blanchardstown store sit-in The Pumpkin Patch company has stores in Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley. By Rónán Duffy Updated 10.46pm WORKERS AT A children’s clothing store in Blanchardstown Centre staged a sit-in after being told their jobs are gone with immediate effect.Pumpkin Patch has two stores in the capital, Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley, with a total of 21 people employed between them.Employees were handed a letter today informing them that Deloitte have been placed as liquidators on the company which will go into liquidation on 14 December. It read:Therefore, we hereby give notice of termination of your employment with the company by reason of redundancy effective immediately, 2 December 2016, due to the company’s insolvency.“We can confirm that you will be paid your salary up to 27 November 2016,” the letter added.Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger visited the staff at the store today and said the women there have been employed at the company for between three to six years. Dec 2nd 2016, 10:47 PM 88,306 Views About nine women refused to leave the store until they were paid the week’s wages they were due.The women negotiated with the liquidator until they resolved the issue and were paid the week’s wages in cash.Store manager Edel Lynch said that the women were initially offered a cash payment of €200 but held out to ensure they were paid for week they had worked.Many of the women who worked in the store have families and are facing tight budgets for Christmas, Lynch said“It’s been resolved, not to the extent that people would have wanted but at least to an extent that they can work with,” she added.Lynch said that the women knew the Australian-owned company was facing some financial trouble but were led to believe their jobs were safe until at least the new year:While it wasn’t a massive shock, the way it happened was a massive shock. To get no notice at any time of year is wrong but especially at this time of year.Read: Homeless men end occupation of council building in Bray >Read: Six workers spend third day staging sit-in protest at petrol station > Ruth Coppinger TD with some of the women employed by Pumpkin Patch. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ruth Coppinger TD with some of the women employed by Pumpkin Patch. Short URL Share793 Tweet Email 48 Comments Friday 2 Dec 2016, 10:47 PM I visited workers occupying Pumpkin Patch in Blanchardstown. They’ve been made redundant with zero notice. They’ve my full support #dubw pic.twitter.com/zTMd5eSVou— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) December 2, 2016 Source: Ruth Coppinger TD/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3117182
After falling out with other board members of fast food chain Collins Foods, business entrepreneur Stephen Copulos says he’s not ruling out a takeover of the company after stepping down as a non-executive director.Mr Copulos resigned from the board last week after failing to gain support from other shareholders to vote against the re-election of chairman Russell Tate and prevent the adoption of the remuneration report at last month’s annual meeting.As Australia’s second largest KFC franchisee with 50 restaurants, Mr Copulos has accused the listed public company of poor corporate governance and remuneration practices, questioned its growth strategies, and been highly critical of the poor performance of Collins Food’s Sizzler chain.Mr Copulos holds a 17 per cent stake in Collins Foods. He told reporters this week that “all options” were on the table, including buying more shares, selling his stake to a strategic buyer or making a takeover offer.“If it makes sense we’d consider any option,” Mr Copulos said. “I’m not in any rush to do anything.”Mr Copulos is reported to have the support of around 300 small shareholders, and said he was disappointed that the rest of the board did not share his concerns.“I still feel there are significant structural and governance issues that need to be addressed,” he said.The board has defended the company’s performance, pointing to strong same-store sales growth at KFC and says it has plans to ‘refresh’ the Sizzler brand by improving menus and store ambience.The company recently announced the appointment of barrister Robert Kaye SC, the non-executive chairman of Paperlinx, as a non-executive director.Analysts believe Mr Copulos’ resignation as a non-executive director may be a catalyst for further corporate activity.A takeover would enable the Copulos Group to merge its restaurants with Collins Foods’ 176 KFC outlets and create economies of scale in the increasingly competitive fast food trade.A merger is likely to require the approval of KFC brand owner YUM! Brands in the US and the support of 18 per cent shareholder Allan Gray.Source: Fairfax Media Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Android restera absent des tablettes internetÉtats-Unis – Alors qu’il surfe sur la vague du succès avec les smartphones qu’il équipe, Android est toujours absent des tablettes internet. L’outil ne serait pas adapté à ce type d’appareils.Google a affirmé qu’Android resterait encore un moment exclu des tablettes internet. La firme de Mountain View explique que son OS n’est pas prévu pour tourner sur ce nouveau type d’appareils. Samsung emploie pourtant Android 2.0 pour la tablette Galaxy Tab : “Cette version n’est pas optimisée”, assure Google. Les applications disponibles sur l’Android Market ne seraient que l’ombre d’elles-mêmes sur les tablettes internet, et Google pourrait empêcher leur téléchargement par les internautes jusqu’au mois d’octobre, date de sortie d’une version d’Android pour tablettes satisfaisante. Le 13 septembre 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrin