Bihar topper scam: mastermind’s bail quashed

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the Patna High Court’s order granting conditional bail to Amit Kumar alias Bachcha Rai, the alleged mastermind of the Bihar intermediate topper scam. A Bench of Justices N.V. Ramana and P.C. Pant observed it was “not advisable” to release Rai on bail at this stage. Rai, one of the alleged masterminds of the scam, was arrested on June 11, 2016. The SIT, constituted to probe the scam, had chargesheeted against 32 accused, including Rai.last_img

Celtics pull away in Game 3, close in on sweep of Pacers

first_imgIf they can do it one more time Sunday, last year’s Eastern Conference runner-ups will be headed to the conference semifinals.“In Game 4, we expect (Indiana) to take it to another level,” Jaylen Brown said after scoring 23 points. “We’ve got to come out and not take our foot off the gas. We’ve got to come out and play great basketball and try to close this thing out.”It seems Boston has an answer for every adjustment the Pacers make.With the league’s best defense focused on holding Irving in check Friday, Brown went 8 of 9 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds Jayson Tatum added 18 points and seven rebounds and Irving was still productive with 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.For Indiana, it has been a nightmare of a series.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments After charging back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a 61-59 halftime lead, Myles Turner opened the third with a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a five-point lead. Tyreke Evans matched his playoff career high with 19 points, 12 in the second quarter.But then the Celtics did it again.When Indiana’s offense bogged down in the third, Boston scored eight straight points to retake the lead, closed the quarter on a 9-2 run and delivered the final blow with a 10-4 spurt late in the fourth to make it 98-92.“In the third quarter, we lost our patience,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We took quick shots, bailed them out, and lost our rhythm.”TIP-INSCeltics: Tatum also had seven rebounds while Al Horford finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. … The Celtics finished 15 of 34 on 3s after making 8 of 10 in the first quarter. … Boston scored 41 points in the first quarter, the most Indiana has allowed in the first in its NBA playoff history. The Lakers set the previous mark, 38, during the 2000 NBA Finals.Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 11 points and nine rebounds. … Domantas Sabonis finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Myles Turner scored 13 points, matching his total from the first two games of the series. … Wesley Matthews had 11 points and Darren Collison scored 10. … Indiana went 11 of 30 on 3s after making 8 of 15 in the first half. … The Pacers committed no turnovers in the second quarter. … Indiana now faces its second sweep in three years after never previously being swept in a best-of-seven series.RETURN ON HOLDAll-Star guard Victor Oladipo was expected to return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3. Instead, bad weather in Florida prevented him from making it back.Oladipo hasn’t appeared publicly in Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee In January. His presence was supposed to give the Pacers an emotional boost. Another dominant second-half defensive performance Friday night helped the Celtics retake control of the game and another late scoring run helped them pull away from Indiana for a 104-96 victory and a 3-0 series lead.“We’ve come a long way,” All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said. “We’re all making sure we’re giving each other confidence and doing the little things to ensure we win. When you have that type of camaraderie, executing is a lot easier. Now that the stakes are higher, we’re settling into who we want to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhile the names and numbers seem to change on a daily basis, the results have remained strikingly consistent.The Celtics turned Game 1 by limiting Indiana to eight third-quarter points and won by 10. In Game 2, the Celtics erased a double-digit deficit by allowing just 12 fourth-quarter points as they won by eight. This time, it was a 12-point third quarter that swung the momentum, leading Boston to its sixth straight win over Indiana — all since January. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid NBA rescinds technical fouls on Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving gestures during the first half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan.Three games into their first-round playoff series, it’s still working.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Pacers have not said if Oladipo will return for Game 4.THEY SAID ITCeltics: “I think he’s fine. Turns out if you play 16 straight minutes, it cure all ills,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked about Horford’s availability for Game 3.Pacers: “It comes down to the third quarter. We’ve just got to figure out how to get off to a better start,” Evans said.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:42PH 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 athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

8 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle things that are more mysterious than Sherlock Holmes

first_imgIf there’s a man who has captured the imagination of generations since 1887, it’s Sherlock Holmes. The detective who thrives on the most complex of mysteries is the brainchild of one of the most illustrious writers in history–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When Holmes first hit the detective fiction scene with A Study In Scarlet, Conan Doyle catapulted to fame only few others have seen.While you might point out that Sherlock Holmes wasn’t this author’s only famous work, you just have to admit that no other creation has appealed to the world’s audiences (or inspired as many other detective stories) as Holmes has. It’s really about the intriguing plots, the twists, and the utter victory of logic that still manages to attract readers of every age.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the popular detective, Sherlock Holmes. Picture courtesy: blog.bookstellyouwhy.comBut here’s something you probably didn’t know about Conan Doyle. He was just as mysterious and intriguing in real life as his fiction stories were. Some of the facts about his life are so mind-boggling that every Holmes fan should know them. So, on his 158th birth anniversary, take a look at some of the little details that made the man behind Sherlock Holmes tick.Also Read: 6 ‘elementary’ things you didn’t know about Sherlock Holmes 1. Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859, but Conan was not his surname. He added it as a surname after graduating from school, and has been known as Conan Doyle ever since.2. Conan Doyle wanted to become a soldier and fight in the Boer War in the 1880s. He failed to enlist in the army because he was considered too fat to fight! Instead, he became a ship’s doctor and sailed to Africa during the crisis. He tried to enlist again during the First World War, at the age of 55. He was rejected once again.advertisement3. This author was actually a trained physician–an ophthalmologist, to be precise–with a practice set up in London. Conan Doyle’s practice never took off, and he dedicated all his time to writing.Conan Doyle led a very interesting life. Picture for representation purpose. Picture courtesy:waldina.com4. Conan Doyle held an amateur status in sports like golf, boxing, hockey, cricket, and football under the pseudonym of A.C Smith. His dedication towards the winter sports of skiing actually led to its rise in popularity.5. The Sherlock Holmes-creator didn’t just write fiction, but also believed in a number of fantastic things. He believed that fairies existed, especially after the Cottingley Fairy photographs of 1917 became a rage. When the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened in 1922 by Howard Carter’s team, rumours of a curse gained popularity. Conan Doyle actually fueled media interest in the rumours by linking the mysterious deaths of Lord Carnarvon to the pharaoh’s curse.Also Read: These Delhi women are real-life daredevil detectives6. Conan Doyle was so interested in magic, spiritualism and the paranormal that he befriended Harry Houdini. The friendship turned sour when Houdini started debunking spiritualists and psychics.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to enlist in the British army twice. Picture for representation purpose. Picture courtesy:sirarthurconandoyle.com7. Despite his attraction towards ‘the unexplained’ mysteries, Conan Doyle was a man of science, especially where crime-fighting was involved. His books include forensic techniques like finger-printing, ciphers, and handwriting analysis way ahead of their practical implementation by investigators around the world.8. Conan Doyle died rather dramatically on 7 July 1930: He collapsed in his garden while holding a flower in one hand, clutching his heart with the other, and whispered the words ‘You are wonderful’ to his wife. While others have memorial services, Conan Doyle was given a sort of send off with a seance at the Royal Albert Hall. Though there is no tangible proof that he made an appearance, many people present on the occasion claim that they felt his presence.last_img read more

When Virat declared his love for Anushka in public and set indomitable boyfriend goals

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are probably taking the big leap. If sources are to be believed, the couple is soon to fly off to Milan for their cosy Italian wedding. The wedding date is to take place sometime within December 9 and 12, tentatively. Virat and Anushka’s wedding reception might take place in Mumbai on December 23.Anushka Sharma’s spokesperson, however, refuted all rumours. “There is absolutely no truth to it,” Anushka’s spokesperson told PTI yesterday.Over the last four years that Virat and Anushka have been together, their fans have waited with bated breath to see the couple finally tying the knot. In December 2016 too, rumours of Virat and Anushka’s wedding made news. But it all turned out to be a false alarm.So are Virat and Anushka actually getting married next week?While neither Virat nor Anushka has cleared the air yet, several hints point at an Italian wedding sometime next week.Sources told India Today Television that the couple is taking their relationship to the next level. Reason? Virat’s friends and family have booked their tickets to Milan. Anushka’s trosseau is supposedly being handled by designer Sabyasachi, who was seen leaving the actress’s house a few days ago. A place has been booked in Milan for three days, from December 9 to 12.Virat’s childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma, who is also the coach of the Under-23 Delhi team, has excused himself from a crucial match on December 7, citing a wedding. When asked whose wedding he was attending, he said that his ‘nephew’ was getting married.advertisementAre they getting married, are they not – we will have to wait a few days to know the truth. But the fact that marriage is on the cards for the two, is quite understandable.On his part, Virat Kohli has gone out of his way to profess his love for Anushka several times in the past, and set some indomitable boyfriend goals. Take a look.AT THE AIRPORT Virat and Anushka at the airportThe paparazzi have clicked Virat and Anushka together at the airport many times in the last couple of years. Virat has been seen holding Anushka’s hand and steering her out of the way of clicking shutters. Every time Virat and Anushka fly off on a holiday, photographers make sure they manage to come back from the airport with cute photos of the couple.PDA ON INSTAGRAMThe first time the country saw Virat Kohli opening up on his relationship status was when trolls began blaming Anushka for the cricketer’s poor performance on the field. Virat’s poignant note struck a chord with all, and the troll-attack subsided.Virat first shared a meme with the caption, “Sharing this for the caption under the picture. This is for the trollers and the weak ones who hide and make fun of people and intend to start ‘trending’. Use that energy to make something out of your life. It’s precious. Making fun of someone is the easiest job out there. I guess they just like it easy in life. I feel bad for them. (sic)”And then came the hard-hitting post, “Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public. #nocompassion#nocommonsense (sic)”Virat then changed his display picture on Instagram to one with Anushka in it. And ever since, Kohli’s account has had a photo of the couple as its display picture.In addition to that, several times in the past, Virat has given his and Anushka’s fans something to be happy about: photos of the couple.On Valentine’s Day this year, Virat posted an astoundingly adorable message for Anushka, “Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make everyday seem like one for me (sic)”Then came his heartwarming post, on Women’s Day this year, “Happy women’s day to every woman out there, but specially to the two strongest women in my life. My mom for looking after the family in toughest times in life and @anushkasharma for fighting against the odds regularly and standing up for righteousness and changing the norms #happywomenday (sic)”On July 12, came another sweet post from Virat.WEDDINGS, ADS AND EVENTSOver the last few years, Virat and Anushka have made frequent public appearances together. Be it Virat’s teammates’ weddings or the Indian Cricket Team-only screening of Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, ‘Virushka’ (the moniker that Virat and Anushka’s fans have coined for them) entered and left the venues hand-in-hand, leaving people with wide smiles on their faces.As recently as last month, during cricketer Zaheer Khan and actress Sagarika Ghatge’s wedding reception, Virat and Anushka were snapped in perfectly coordinated outfits and burnt the dance floor with their bhangra.The much-talked-about ad that Virat and Anushka appeared in a few months ago, too, set gossip mills on fire. The ad for an Indian designerwear line that Virat Kohli was the menswear brand ambassador of, now has Anushka as the face of its womenswear. The commercial brought out the actor in Virat too, sparking rumours that the cricketer will soon be signing his first film!advertisementIN INTERVIEWSVirat has not held back when to comes to pouring out his emotions for Anushka in public. His stance on his relationship, especially over the last couple of years, has been exceptionally open. He has not shied away from telling the media, and the world, that he loves Anushka, and that she has made him a better person and more.In 2015, Virat spoke about his relationship with Anushka in an interview to a newspaper, “I believe in my relationship. I trust my relationship. I trust her. I trust in my relationship with her. That’s why I spoke to the Board and persons concerned about my relationship and tried to make them realise why I need her to be with me during such an important tour. I conveyed my feelings about her to the people who needed to be informed. And they respected my decision. They respected the fact that I respect my relationship. At a human level, people understand when you try to be honest about a relationship. She is a part of my daily life. And that’s a fact. That is a major part of my life. People need to understand that.”And went on to add, “Anushka acts as a big motivation for me. She is one person in my life who keeps me very calm. There are very few people in my life that I can sit down and listen to. She is one of them. I listen to her calmly about everything she says. She makes me understand if I make a mistake, if I am doing something wrong. She gives me that calm feeling. She gives me that assurance. And I know she will always support me, no matter what. That’s a big thing for me. So when I see her cheering for me at the ground, it obviously makes me feel special. It gives me more strength, makes me feel calmer… it’s like an emotional support. Once you get that you don’t need to think about anything else. Because once you are feeling the emotional support, you are feeling so confident that you can go out there and conquer. You know there is someone sitting out there to support you always. And Anushka is a very special part of my life. I love the fact that she comes and supports me when I play.”In July this year, Virat told a channel, “I was in Mohali and there was a Test series going on. I was with Anushka then, she had come to visit me. Surprisingly, when I became the Test captain then also she was in Melbourne with me. That was a very special moment we shared together.”When MS Dhoni announced that he would no longer be leading India in ODIs, and passed the baton on to Virat, the latter said that the moment became even more special for him because he was able to share it with Anushka.He also shared an emotional moment, “During the Mohali Test, they had spoken to me already. When I hung up the phone and told her, for me it was like a flashback. From the moment I started playing in my academy till the Mohali game. I was emotional. I was in tears because I had never thought that I will see this day. What was more beautiful was that, I was able to share it with Anushka. It was something that I will always remember.”Last month, Virat told Gaurav Kapoor on his chat show, “I’ve learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last four years all because of her (Anushka). She’s taught me how to be more patient and taught me how to utilise the position you are in to the fullest.””Luckily I have never tried to change myself over the years. But the flip has been because of her. That period in England in 2014. Anushka was there in my life, she understood what I was going through so she kept me motivated. Her support helped me push through, however bad it was for me. She was a constant in that time… And then Australia happened (the tour in 2014-15 when Kohli scored four hundreds in four Tests) and I ended up scoring runs, in her presence. So it was a special thing for both of us because she also faced a lot of flak. We were being criticised and people were saying this is what happens when you allow girlfriends on the tour. I thought, ‘if you don’t think this is right, then no one can be in a relationship’. According to you all – either get married or remain single. How can that be?” asked Virat on the chat show.Kohli also credited fellow cricketer Zaheer Khan for advising him to not hide his relationship with Anushka.”A very big reason behind me not hiding my relationship is Mr. Zaheer Khan. Luckily he was one of the first guys I spoke to about this and he said whatever you do don’t try to hide it because you’ll stress yourself. And on top of that you’re in a relationship, you’re not doing anything wrong. I’m actually very grateful that my first interaction about this was with Zak. And he told me the right thing to do so I’ve followed it ever since,” said Virat.Will they finally tie the knot before the end of 2017? We will need to wait a few more days to know!(The writer tweets as @ananya116)ALSO READ | Exclusive: Virat and Anushka’s wedding details revealed ALSO WATCH: Virat and Anushka to get married soon?last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: We panicked and went away from our plans, says Mickey Arthur

first_imgPakistan coach Mickey Arthur has blasted his team’s batsmen for their poor outing in the high-profile Asia Cup 2018 match against India on Wednesday. Arthur also admitted the bowlers “panicked” under pressure and that disturbed their planning.After winning the toss and opting to bat on a flat pitch, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry total. Pakistan batsmen never really found any momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals.Shoaib Malik (43) and Babar Azam (47) negotiated the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav well and the pair stitched together an 82-run stand for the third wicket.Chinaman Kuldeep triggered Pakistan’s slide with a brilliantly executed wrong un’ that outfoxed Babar when he was looking good.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | As it happened | PhotosThat opened the floodgates and Pakistan were bundled out for 162 in 43.1 overs.In reply, a quickfire half-century by Rohit Sharma and his 86-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan saw India comfortably overhaul the target with a whopping 21 overs to spare.Read – Pakistan had no plans and they looked rattled, says Wasim AkramArthur was certainly not impressed the way Pakistan players batted and asked his main batsmen to take more responsibility.”[For] Imam, it’s not his role to be running down the ground to Bhuvneshwar in the third over. It’s not Sarfy’s [Sarfraz’s] role to be hitting over the top and getting caught out there. We’ve got X-factor guys whose role it is to do that. If Fakhar gets out playing that way, it’s okay. If Asif gets out like that it’s okay, because that’s his role. But the other four batsmen certainly need to take responsibility,” Arthur said.advertisementRead – Mohammad Azharuddin critical of Pakistan’s negative approach”I think [it was] the pressure that told on Imam. As I said, out of his role, he had 2 off 8 balls or whatever, but Fakhar had just faced a maiden. So he tried to have a go, he tried to hit the ball that’s not in his area. If he comes down, he’s going to be going extra cover, not mid-wicket, so yes I do think there was a little bit of pressure,” he said.”I just thought we were soft – 158 dot balls out of 258 played [160 dots out of 259 played], is not good enough,” Arthur said. “It was just about taking responsibility tonight and we sort of batted outside our roles, which was very disappointing.”Also Read: Sarfraz Ahmed admits Pakistan stumped by Kedar JadhavArthur further said bowlers went outside their plans far too quickly after failing to strike early defending a low total.”On a wicket like that, you need to strike really early if you’re going to defend it. We didn’t strike early enough. But, saying that, we went away from our plans too quickly. We said that our batters batted outside our roles and that wasn’t acceptable. With our bowling, we went outside our plans far too quickly. We wanted to bowl hard lengths, hit the top of off stump. It was tough to score then.”I think there was a bit of panic when they didn’t strike early. We panicked and went away from our plans.””The first six overs, they went at two-and-a-half [17/0 in 6 overs]. And then Shinwari decided to come around the wicket and bowl a bouncer with his fine leg up. And from there it just tumbled. We’re going to sit down and talk about that. It’s not good enough. Not acceptable.”Read – Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan SinghIndia and Pakistan will meet again in the Super Four stage of the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

El Tri’s Layun moves to Sevilla from Porto

first_imgTransfers Mexico defender Miguel Layun moves to Sevilla on loan Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:31 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Layun Mexico Buda Mendes Transfers Sevilla Porto Mexico After starting just three Liga NOS matches this season, the El Tri left back hopes he can get on the field in La Liga Mexico left back Miguel Layun has been handed a lifeline ahead of this summer’s World Cup.The defender is set to move on loan to Sevilla from Porto, the La Liga club announced Monday, pending a physical. Layun is one of the only outside backs Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has called upon regularly but had seen his minutes dip at Porto. With Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira holding down the left back and right-back spots, Layun earned just 303 league minutes in this campaign.Still, Porto reportedly was not eager to sell the player but now has agreed to a deal that will send the 29-year-old to La Liga for the remainder of the club season with Las Sevillistas also retaining an option to buy.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Sevilla FC and FC Porto have reached an agreement for the loan – with option to buy – of Miguel Layun (Cordoba, 25th of June 1988, Mexico), subject to the passing of a medical by the Mexican full-back this Tuesday, when the player arrives in Seville,” a club statement read.Layun heads to a Sevilla side where Sergio Escudero has typically lined up at left back but right back has been a position of uncertainty. Layun has experience playing on both sides at the club level and won’t be too worried about where he’s lining up as long as he’s seeing playing time.Layun played more minutes with Mexico at the 2017 Confederations Cup alone than he did with Porto in the 2017-18 season, and the Veracruz native is a critical piece of the national team. He’s played left back, right back and in the midfield for El Tri but projects as the team’s starting left back – or left wing back should Osorio opt for a three-man back line. Despite being a sure-fire starter for Mexico, Layun’s lack of minutes was troubling to Osorio and the Mexico staff ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Now, they hope, he’ll be able to find a rhythm, see regular time against top opponents and be ready for the summer tournament.last_img read more

NTL Accommodation

first_imgFor anyone still needing accommodation for the 2009 X-Blades National Touch League, some is still available.* Oasis ApartmentsP: 02 6586 7200W: 20 x 2 Bedroom apartments (sleeps 4, 2 bathrooms, small house 4 ½ star)$189 per night* Mecure Centro HotelP: 02 65 830830W:  Twin share accommodation (either 2 x single beds or 1 Queen bed & 1 double sofa bed) $88 per person per night including continental buffet breakfast Single accommodation in a Queen room $160 per night including continental buffet breakfast for 1 person.For any further queries, visit the Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre – read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debut

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Oliver Skipp’s debut for the win over Burnley.The teenage midfielder was handed his first Premier League start by Pochettino.The manager said, “Fantastic, he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy full energy I am so proud of him. “He is only 18 years old and I think it was fantastic. Now it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember my first game and I said to him you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play aIways was so nervous. That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a normal player like me. “In the last few months in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. “I want to congratulate the people in the academy that work in education to build his career with him and to help him to build his career is fantastic. The work they are doing is amazing and we need to profit this work to provide the team that energy and quality player because he is a very good kid, person it is a fantastic thing for Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quantum, Golar Join Forces on Ghanaian LNG Terminal

first_img The parties have signed a deal to build the terminal offshore the eastern port city of Tema. The terminal is expected to provide Volta River Authority (VRA) with the gas by mid-2016.According to the deal, Golar LNG will be in charge of providing an offshore floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).Obsolete equipment and shortage of funds cause frequent energy supply breakdowns in this West African country therefore new sources of energy are extremely important.The Tema LNG Project is endorsed by the Ghanaian President John Mahama.“A lot of work has already been done with payments committed to parts of the Tema LNG project. We are now aiming to complete all government approvals and secure gas supply and sales agreements for a final investment decision in the last quarter of this year,” Don Ackah, Chief Executive of Quantum Power Ghana Gas said.“The floating unit, currently being constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, will have the capacity to deliver at least 250 million cubic feet of LNG per day, or 1.75 million tonnes annually”, Ackah added.World Maritime News Staff, August 4, 2014 zoom Golar LNG and the Ghanaian subsidiary of Quantum Pacific  have teamed up on construction of a USD 500 million liquefied natural gas import terminal, according to Reuters Africa.last_img read more

DryShips Secures Time Charter for Newcastlemax

first_imgzoom Greece-based ship owner DryShips Inc. has entered into a one year time charter with a major grain house for one of its 206,000 dwt Newcastlemax drybulk vessels.A total gross backlog of USD 7.1 million is expected from the contract, which is scheduled to commence upon the delivery of the vessel before the end of April 2017.“We are very pleased to have employed one of our newly acquired vessels upon its delivery, at a gross charter rate, which will be highly accretive to the company’s earnings and will provide visible cash flow,” George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The company did not disclose the name of the vessel in question.According to data provided by VesselsValue, DryShips recently purchased four such dry bulkers, namely the 2013-built Moritz Oldendorff and Valley Star, the 2014-built Super Star and the 2015-built Wish Star.World Maritime News contacted DryShips for details on the vessel related to the charter deal, however, the company is yet to reply.“We continue to execute our strategy to restore the company’s earnings capacity, taking advantage of the positive developments in the drybulk market,” Economou added.last_img read more

Le gouvernement distribue des livres de préparation au GED dans les bibliothèques

first_imgUn plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais auront accès aux ressources dont ils ont besoin pour compléter leur formation grâce à la distribution de 113 nouveaux livres de préparation au test de connaissances générales (GED) dans les bibliothèques publiques de la province. Le ministère du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre a établi un partenariat avec les bibliothèques publiques de la province afin d’augmenter le nombre de livres de préparation dans les collections des bibliothèques. Cette ressource est maintenant disponible partout en Nouvelle-Écosse, en français et en anglais. « Le partenariat continu entre le gouvernement et le réseau des bibliothèques publiques a permis à de nombreux Néo-Écossais d’accéder gratuitement à des ressources éducatives qui appuient une culture d’apprentissage permanent dans cette province, a dit Marilyn More, ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre. Il s’agit d’un autre exemple de l’appui du gouvernement à l’éducation et à la formation de tous les Néo-Écossais. » Environ 1 000 Néo-Écossais se soumettent au test de connaissances générales (GED) chaque année. Il s’agit d’un test d’équivalence d’études secondaires normalisé à l’échelle internationale qui est offert dans la province depuis 1969. Il est formé d’une série de cinq tests dans les domaines de la langue, de la lecture, de l’écriture, des mathématiques ainsi que des sciences et sciences humaines, qui se déroulent généralement sur une période de deux jours. Il s’agit surtout de questions à choix multiple et d’une rédaction. Toute personne qui désire se soumettre au test de connaissances générales (GED) doit être âgée de 19 ans ou plus le jour du test, ne doit pas posséder de diplôme d’études secondaires et doit avoir quitté l’école il y a plus d’un an. « Les bibliothèques de la province sont les centres de connaissances d’une communauté, a dit Jennifer Evans, bibliothécaire provinciale. Cette ressource aide nos bibliothèques à appuyer l’apprentissage permanent des Néo-Écossais. » Avant la distribution des nouvelles ressources, seulement 37 livres de préparation étaient disponibles à l’échelle de la province, et ce, en anglais seulement. Maintenant, 130 livres en anglais et 20 livres en français peuvent être empruntés, permettant ainsi à l’étudiant d’économiser jusqu’à 40 $. « Le gouvernement travaille fort pour maintenir et assurer une main-d’œuvre éduquée et qualifiée dans cette province, et nous espérons qu’un plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais profiteront de programmes tels que le GED pour nous aider à atteindre cet objectif, » a dit Mme More. Le diplôme de fin d’études secondaires pour adultes, offert par l’École de formation des adultes de la Nouvelle-Écosse, est une autre option pour les adultes qui n’ont pas terminé leurs études secondaires. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les options offertes aux adultes, consultez le .last_img read more

IndiGo Q4 profit flies 5fold

first_imgNew Delhi: InterGlobe Aviation, the parent company of IndiGo airline, Monday reported a five-fold jump in profit after tax to Rs 589.6 crore for the January-March quarter compared to Rs 117.6 crore in the corresponding period of 2017-18?. The carrier’s total income rose by 35.5 per cent to Rs 8,259.8 crore in the quarter ended March 2019 compared to Rs 6,097.7 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a statement. The low-cost carrier said that its annual net profit for 2018-19 stood at Rs 156.1 crore, which was 93 per cent less than Rs 2,242.4 crore for the 2017-18 fiscal. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said, “Fiscal 2019 was a tough year for the airline industry in India because of high fuel prices, weak rupee and intense competitive environment.” “However, it is a tale of two halves for IndiGo, with the first half of the year incurring losses and the second half of the year experiencing a sharp recovery,” he added. Dutta added that he is bullish about the future and sees plenty of opportunities for profitable growth in IndiGo’s network. The total debt as of March 31, 2019, was Rs 2,429.2 crore, which was “aircraft related”, said the airline.last_img read more

Duryodhan A multilayered character

first_imgAmong most famous epics in Indian mythology, Mahabharat has always caught people’s attention like no other.The mythological story revolves around brothers who fight with each other for the throne, fame, and ideological values; the epic addresses innumerable philosophical battles a human being fights, often with themselves, as they try to understand their purpose in life. Perhaps, this is why when the Mahabharat came on television in India for the first time, people couldn’t help but keep watching it. Puneet Issar, who played Duryodhan, the oldest Kaurava in the 1988 television series, has now written and directed a play about the epic tale from Duryodhan and Karna’s perspective. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainWhile the story is generally told from the Pandavas perspective, who are perceived as the protagonists of the tale, Issar this time has decided to dwell on the moral and philosophical experience of Duryodhan and Karna as they waged their war against the Pandavas. Issar said, “History is always written by the victor. But they (Kauravas) were vanquished and they too have their side of the story.” The actor/director said that his play is about understanding the psychology of the character. “Duryodhan was not the villain in the story. He was the anti-hero for sure, but if you look at Mahabharat as a classical tragedy, Duryodhan was the protagonist from his perspective.” Adding that the beauty of Mahabharat lies in the fact that the story always played around with grey areas, Issar said, “Maybe he (Duryodhan) was more black than white, rather dark grey; but he too had shades of positive light.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe play focuses on softer moments of the eldest Kaurava brother, such as his love for his parents; his devotion towards Karna as a friend, which broke an important barrier of inter-caste friendship in that era. “I always felt all the unknown aspects of his life – the human side of Duryodhana, like his immortal bond of friendship with Karan should be portrayed and shown to the audience,” Issar said. Interestingly, Issar has directed his son Siddhant as a 16-year-old Duryodhan, showcasing the legendary warrior in the early stages of his life; while he, himself will be stepping into the shoes of a mature, older Duryodhan, once again, this time on stage. “It was very challenging. People have very high expectations from the character. Stepping into my shoes is not easy. But the way Siddhant has prepared and worked on the character is incredible. He is outstanding as young Duryodhan – what I did 30 years ago. He has surpassed me by miles,” Issar said. He added that Siddhant, through his scenes, tries to depict inner psychology of Duryodhan – the thought process, emotions, vices, views and situations that transformed him into the ‘super-villain’ that he was. However, Issar remains mindful of not glorifying some of the horrible things that Duryodhan so easily condones. He said that the play does not even try to justify these things. “We will address the good and the bad. We are just trying to bring out their perspective,” he said. The play, which will stage at the Kamani Auditorium in the Capital on July 27 and 28, is being promoted by India’s leading entertainment destination BookMyShow.last_img read more

Veterans 360 Launches National Campaign Carry The Challenge ONE

first_imgOn November 11th, 2016 Veterans Day – Veterans 360 will launch a national campaign to change the narrative that surrounds today’s young veterans from one of negativity and despondency to one that begins with positive community engagement.Ron Perlman Sons of Anarchy Star embraces the Carry the Challenge ONE campaignVeterans 360 and the Carry the Challenge – ONE (CTC-ONE) campaign is designed to bring community back to veterans through a series of singular positive interactions. No stigma, interrogation or judgement, just a simple reminder that community still cares and is here to help.Prior to the launch of CTC-ONE, Veterans 360 has been asking celebrities and athletes if they will accept the challenge to “manage one positive act for a young veteran and to challenge others to do the same.” The response has been very positive with NFL, MMA, musicians, TV and movie celebrities all gladly accepting the challenge. Star of the big screen and TV Ron Perlman (our young vets will know him from Sons of Anarchy) got the challenge very quickly. “Yeah, perfect. Veterans collect two things – pens and challenge coins. This is such a cool way to reconnect community to our young vets and to begin a positive dialogue with them for a change – I’m In.”The CTC-ONE campaign has a goal to distribute 100,000 coins (there are over 2.6M Post 9/11 veterans) to those who accept the challenge and to the veterans they engage. The CTC-ONE coin can also be used to build community within large corporations and associations as we challenge employees, peers, friends and family. Patriots can help this campaign go viral by accepting the challenge and by posting a short video on their social media pages and the Veterans 360 / CTC pages using the hash tag # CTCONE.Veterans 360 Founder & Executive Director Rick Collins notes: “If just ONE veteran takes that coin (a coin they received through a positive interaction) and reaches out before doing something drastic then this campaign will have been worthwhile.”If you want to interview any members of the Vets 360/CTC team, please call 858.256.4006 or email For more information visit 360 Inc. is a San Diego based veteran centric 501C3 # 45-3713823 and a Guidestar Gold Partner. Veterans 360 has been actively supporting young veterans for 6 years.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan says new film Its Only the End of the World

first_imgDolan said this is favourite film. But then again, he says that about all his projects, he added. “The mission of this film is to show human characters who are unable to listen to each other and say ‘I love you.’ So I made a choice, I guess. It’s not cowardice…. I would say it wasn’t a lack of courage, it was a lack of interest.” “I don’t travel that much and I’m rather close with my family and we’re on very good terms,” said Dolan. “Evidently, from reading a couple of reviews, I understand that people think this is a fantasy film, me projecting myself in a world where I would die. The tension builds as Dolan uses tight close-up shots throughout. Dolan has brought some of his own personal experiences to his previous acclaimed films, which have included “I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats” and “Mommy.” Some articles have suggested the character’s condition is indeed AIDS, but Dolan insisted that’s not the case: “No, not at all.” Login/Register With: “The play certainly was tending towards, of course, that,” said Dolan, who won the Grand Prix prize — the second-most prestigious award — at last May’s Cannes Film Festival for the French-language drama, about a writer who returns home to tell his estranged family he’s dying. Thus there is no mention of AIDS or exactly what terminal illness plagues the lead character, a gay writer played by Gaspard Ulliel. Marion Cotillard plays his sister-in-law, the only calming presence in the volatile family filled with resentment and grief. Hitting theatres Friday in Toronto after Wednesday’s opening in Quebec, the film also stars Nathalie Baye as the writer’s glamorous mother and Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux as his unhinged siblings. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img “I’m not dying and that exercise is completely irrelevant. I wouldn’t waste time doing that consciously or unconsciously. There are so many beautiful things for me in that play, there were so many beautiful things to explore other than myself or my own life.” “I just didn’t feel like this was the theme of the film and that I needed something that dramatic, historically, so that the film would be relevant, so that the film would feel like it belongs in a category, like it has a social mandate or mission,” Dolan said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Advertisement “The characters are hateable and despicable, but underneath all those layers of aggression and bitterness, there is pain,” said Dolan, a rising star who is now shooting his first English-language film, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” with an A-list cast. “It’s too demanding and it’s too much for it to be in the end, your least favourite work or not your best. It would be terrible for me to come to that conclusion.” But this is his least personal film, he said. “Making a film is long, it’s a lot of time, it’s a lot of energy, it’s a lot of love, it’s a lot of frustrations, it’s mental health, on-again, off-again gone, it’s missing your loved ones, it’s a lot of sacrifices,” he said. In adapting the play “It’s Only the End of the World,” Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan steered clear of the notion the protagonist has AIDS. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment But the 27-year-old writer-director said he saw it more as a story “about our incapacity to love and communicate with each other and listen to each other and was not about an illness.” “Jean-Luc Lagarce, who’s the playwright, died of AIDS (complications). So it was something inherently associated with the play itself.” Twitterlast_img read more

Vigil for Christine Wood set for Wednesday night in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsA family and community vigil will be held for Christine Wood, the 21-year-old Manitoba woman who police say was killed in a Winnipeg North End home.The vigil is taking place Wednesday evening.“After the most difficult eight months of our lives, we’re now mourning the loss of our beautiful daughter,” the family said in a statement ready by Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed. We never imagined life without our Christine.”The vigil will start with a short ceremony at St Mary’s Parish beginning at 4 p.m., followed by a walk to the Thunderbird House where it will continue until 7 p.m.The vigil is being hosted by the MKO, the Bear Clan and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.“Everyone is invited to attend any part of the vigil and show their support for the Wood family,” said the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in a media advisory released Tuesday.The memorial vigil follows the arrest of a 30-year-old in connection with Wood’s murder.Brett Ronald Overby was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on April 7, 2017.According to police, investigators searched Overby’s home in March and charged him with an unrelated offence. While at the home, the forensic team remained at the house for several days and found DNAthat was later confirmed to be Wood’s.Her body has still not been found.Wood went missing Aug. 19, 2016, after leaving a Winnipeg hotel.She was visiting the city with her parents when she disappeared. Wood was reported missing two days later. She is originally from Oxford House First Nation, a community of roughly 2,000 innorthern Manitoba.Since her disappearance, the Wood family has spent the better part of nine months searching Winnipeg streets, with the help of the Bear Clan.On Monday, Winnipeg Police Service held a press conference to address Wood’s case.“In January, with very little new information to go on missing persons collaborated with investigators from homicide, and it was determined at that time they would take the investigation in a different tact,” saidChief of Police Danny Smyth. “The homicide unit took over as lead investigator.”The MKO set up a GoFundMe page Monday to help with travel costs for the family to attend the Winnipeg vigil.Over the weekend, the community held its own memorial for Wood and another man who died last week.Wood’s parents have yet to address media. They are expected to make a statement during Wednesday’s vigil.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

The worst toys for the holidays according to safety group

first_imgBOSTON — A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 “worst toys” Tuesday at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.Joan Siff, the non-profit organization’s president, said many of the toys on the list represent choking, eye and other safety hazards that surface year after year, despite the group’s efforts.Siff advised parents to shop “defensively” and not be lulled into a false sense of security because a toy is made by a familiar brand or sold at an established retailer. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, according to the Center for Injury and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.A Cabbage Patch Kids ballerina doll that made this year’s list, for example, is marketed to children ages two and above, but includes a removable tutu and headband that can be choking hazards, said James Swartz, a trial lawyer who serves as W.A.T.C.H.’s director.A slender mallet that comes with VTech’s caterpillar-shaped electronic xylophone — a toy made for children as young as 18 months old — is another similar choking threat, he said.Other toys on the list included a Nerf gun that fires soft discs, a “stomp rocket” that launches foam-tipped projectiles up to 200 feet in the air and a plastic “cutting fruit” set. The cutting set, which includes a toy knife made out of rigid plastic, is made for children who are older than 2.But the Toy Association, an industry trade group that represents most of the toy companies named this year, complained the list is biased, inaccurate and “needlessly frightening” to parents.The association said many of the hazards highlighted by W.A.T.C.H. are clearly spelled out in the products’ packaging and instructions. It also said only two products listed on the non-profit‘s “worst toy” lists from the five years prior were recalled, and those two had already been pulled before W.A.T.C.H. released its list.Swartz responded by pointing to a list of dozens of toys that have been recalled or pulled from retailers’ shelves from the early 2000s all the way back to the 1970s, in part by the group’s efforts.And he said providing detailed warning labels “doesn’t absolve” toy makers from needing to simply design safer items. “They’re trying to shift the responsibility to parents and consumers,” Swartz said. “They’re really shirking their responsibility.”Swartz highlighted Hasbro’s retractable plastic claws for Marvel’s Black Panther, an item featured on this year’s list. The toy gloves come with a warning they should not be used to hit or swing at people.“When you call it a slash claw,” he said, “there’s likely one thing a child is going to do with that claw.”Philip Marcelo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Local Afghan leaders assure UN official that refugees will be allowed to

Following a recent spate of attacks on ethnic minorities in northern Afghanistan, local officials have assured the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that people who had been forced to flee would be able to safely return to their homes.UNHCR’s Chief of Mission for Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi, had discussions with Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ustad Atta Muhammed and Sardar Saidi, who indicated that “all efforts are being made to control factional fighting and that additional measures will be taken to guarantee a safe return for refugees from Pakistan and Iran and IDPs [internally displaced persons] returning to their home villages,” UNHCR spokesman Ragnhild Ek told reporters today in Kabul. “These measures are under discussion.”Refugees are currently repatriating at a rate of approximately 10,000 per day. UNHCR provides them with a travel allowance as well as an aid package and 100 kilograms of wheat per family from the UN World Food Programme (WFP).In another development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced the results of a survey of Afghan schools carried out in consultation with the country’s Ministry of Education that revealed a “massive return of children – both boys and girls – to schools around the country,” agency spokesman Eddie Carwardine reported.Nearly 1.25 million children are now attending school in 20 provinces. “If the survey continues to show a similar trend from the rest of the country, UNICEF believes that the final number of children in the classroom will exceed all expectations,” he said. “Indications are that enrolment will be 60 per cent higher than before March, with the number of girls coming to school over 90 per cent higher.”Despite these encouraging signs, UNICEF also called attention to severe problems, including “a continued need for more books, stationery supplies and investment in teacher training and support,” the spokesman said. Physical infrastructure also remained a concern, with less than one in four schools surveyed having adequate sanitation for pupils.In order to meet these needs, UNICEF is appealing for an additional $10 million on top of its original appeal for $47 million for education to ensure that all children and teachers returning to school in coming months are properly equipped. read more

Accused surrenders to UN tribunal on Rwandan genocide

Calixte Kalimanzira, 52, has been transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha, Tanzania, and is charged with genocide, complicity in genocide, and with direct and public incitement to commit genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) said.In April and May, when he was interim interior minister, he is alleged to have coordinated efforts to begin the killings from 6 April and 19 April in Butare prefecture, an area where Tutsis had not previously been subject to widespread attack.He is specifically charged with making inflammatory speeches that called for the elimination of all Tutsis, including women, children and the elderly, distributing weapons to be used against Tutsis, supervising the killings of thousands of Tutsis at their places of refuge and personally beating a number of Tutsis to death.With the 100-day genocide being orchestrated by the Hutu Government then in power, members of the army and the Interahamwe Hutu militia led the massacre of hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsis, as well as Hutu political moderates. The killings ended when Tutsi-led rebels, under President Paul Kagame, took over the Government of the former Belgian colony.The UN Security Council set up the ICTR in November 1994. It has so far convicted 22 people, acquitted three and released two conditionally. Seven of the 22 convictions are being appealed. read more

Reds infield could be major strength

It’s difficult for the fans of a tradition-rich franchise like the Cincinnati Reds to accept their role as a little fish in the big sea of Major League Baseball.Due to the financial limitations of small-market teams under the current MLB system, which does not feature a salary cap, Reds fans enter each season knowing that they’ve started at a disadvantage.When competing with deep-pocket teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox each year, Reds management has to be creative to be successful under the constraints placed upon them by their economic reality.However, the average Reds fan doesn’t want to hear that. In a city that hasn’t seen a World Series title since 1990, they just want results.Walt Jocketty, Reds general manager and president of baseball operations, has taken a big step towards assuaging those concerns with the signing of shortstop Orlando Cabrera to shore up the middle of the infield.“We are very excited. We talked about trying to improve at shortstop but didn’t think we’d be able to do it,” Jocketty said. “Acquiring a player of his ability and stature, that when you look at his career and the winning clubs he’s been on, he’s a winner.”The Reds freed up the money for Cabrera by trading center fielder Willy Taveras and infielder Adam Rosales to the Oakland Athletics for utility-infielder Aaron Miles. He is slated to make $2.02 million this season with a $4 million mutual option for 2011.Cabrera spoke about being the newest addition to an already solid infield.“Defensively, I think we have a great infield,” Cabrera said. “We know we’ve got guys who can catch the ball.”That’s an understatement.The addition of Cabrera brings the total of Gold Glove awards for the Reds’ infield to 10 – seven for third baseman Scott Rolen, two for Cabrera and one for second baseman Brandon Phillips.Cabrera also brings a more than capable bat. Last season, he hit .284 with nine home runs and 77 RBI for Oakland and the Minnesota Twins. He is a career .275 hitter.He will add to the nexus of veteran players like Rolen and Phillips to complement younger, budding stars like first baseman Joey Votto and right fielder Jay Bruce.“They have a great group of guys,” Cabrera said of his new teammates. “With Rolen, Phillips and the pitching staff, I think we’ve got a great chance this year if we stay healthy.”Initial reports indicate he will hit from the No. 2 spot in the batting order, an area of need in seasons past.Along with his glove and stick, Cabrera also appears to bring a sense of humor and knowledge of other Cincinnati sports figures to town with him.When discussing his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, Cabrera alluded to the city’s highest profile athlete and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Ochocinco.“I’m going to do everything I can,” Cabrera said. “Even if I have to change my name to Uno Ocho.” read more