Everyone’s happy with Village, claims Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, who has been under fire for the shoddy preparations for the event, surfaced on Thursday and claimed that all the chef de missions were happy with the Games Village. Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, where he had gone to receive Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell, Kalmadi skirted the controversy around delays at the Games Village and the complaints of unhygienic conditions.  He said the Indian contingent would move into the Games Village on Thursday while the international contingents would be arriving on Friday. Kalmadi also informed that Fennell would be visiting the Games Village on Friday.last_img

WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair to Visit India Later This Month

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: WWE star Charlotte Flair is set to return to India after four years and will meet Special Olympics athletes during her three-day visit from November 14.Charlotte will visit Mumbai (Nov 14-15) and Bengaluru (Nov 16) to meet fans in the two cities. She will meet Special Olympics athletes on the occasion of Children’s day in Mumbai and will also make an appearance at ComicCon India.Daughter of legendary WWE superstar Ric Flair, Charlotte is a second-generation professional wrestler currently drafted under the RAW brand.After her debut on RAW, she became the first athlete to win the RAW Women’s Championship, a title she has gone on to win on multiple occasions.With five titles at SmackDown Women’s Championship, Charlotte is a record ten-time women’s champion on WWE’s main roster. Charlotte Flairchildren’s dayIndiaSpecial Olympics athletes First Published: November 1, 2019, 1:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

Heptathlete, songstress, actor with a heart, these three and more do Kolkata proud.

first_img1)On her toesSwapna Barman, 19, AthleteSwapna Barman, 19, is desperately homesick. Though just back from her hometown, Jalpaigudi, she still misses everything about home-her parents, her elder brother and his wife, her elder sister and her two-year old nephew. Training as a heptathlete can be a lonesome job.Barman didn’t start,1)On her toesSwapna Barman, 19, AthleteSwapna Barman, 19, is desperately homesick. Though just back from her hometown, Jalpaigudi, she still misses everything about home-her parents, her elder brother and his wife, her elder sister and her two-year old nephew. Training as a heptathlete can be a lonesome job.Barman didn’t start out wanting to be a heptathlete, which means she has to compete in a seven part race that includes 100 m hurdles, high jump, shot-put, 200 m sprint, long jump, javelin, and another 800 m race. She wanted to be a footballer. “Messing around in school sport in Jalpaigudi,” was how she discovered her knack for high jumps. Coach Subhash Sarkar wasn’t easily convinced. “She had a broader, shorter frame not ideal for high jumps. But later, I was impressed by her performance in an all India meet at Ludhiana for under-14 girls,” says Sarkar. For a diminutive 160 cm frame, that’s a quite a feat. “I started training her in March 2013 and by May she had come second in a junior federation match,” he says.But Barman is held back by her own body. Born with six toes on each feet, it gets painful for her to run in regular shoes. “New shoes always hurt. They take long to wear in so that they can accommodate my toes, but it also means they don’t last too long,” says Barman. Since each event requires a different kind of footwear, her shoe budget alone crosses Rs 1 lakh a year. “I never thought they could be an impediment. It just is the way it is,” she says. Busy preparing for Doha Asian Indoor Championship, now her coach rues that the only thing holding Barman back is her speed and endurance. Both of which would get a boost with running gear that’s customised for her feet. “If her endurance improves, then we will see its effects in the 800 m race and speed will affect everything from long jump to javelin,” says Sarkar.advertisement2) SongbirdKaushiky Chakraborty, 35, classical vocalistOne must have won a lot of awards for them to not matter anymore. Or if they matter, they matter little. “Awards do make one feel special. But the next day, you are back to being who you are,” says classical vocalist, Kaushiky Chakraborty.Kaushiky Chakraborty, 35, classical vocalistThis songstress measures her achievements through moments. Like opening for a Zakir Hussain concert in Delhi when she was just 16. Or performing in Mumbai in 2014, when the tabla maestro made an exception to come to watch her perform. Her musical group, Sakhi, comprises Shaoni Talwalkar on the tabla, Mahima Upadhyay on the pakhwaj, Debopriya Chatterjee on flute, Nandini Shankar on the violin, Kathak by Bhakti Deshpande along with her vocals.”Within a year of forming, we were invited to perform in Carnegie Hall, USA ,” she exclaims. However, a memory that is still fresh with her is when Lata Mangeshkar complimented her on her rendition of a Marathi abhang. “I though I was hallucinating. I had tears in my eyes,” says the elated singer.3) Bag itAmrita Kajaria, 28, Director, JutifyAmrita Kajaria, 28, Director, JutifyAmrita Kajaria doesn’t call herself a feminist. And yet the promoter and director of Jutify, a company that manufactures jute products, employs a workforce that is sixty per-cent women from underprivileged backgrounds. “We trained them, convinced families to let them work, provided a system of transportation and ensured a creche so they would have a place to keep their children in,” says the marketing and finance graduate from University of Southern California, USA .Within a year of its opening, Jutify has managed a turnover of Rs 5 crore, manufacturing 8,000 shopping bags a month. While most of them are exported to markets in the USA and Europe, they will be available in the country soon too. “Just a simple solution like carrying your own bag can make a difference to the environment. In our country, plastics may be banned and many are beginning to charge for plastic bags but the average vegetable seller and the consumer take it for granted,” says Kajaria.4) Old world charmLata Harlalka, 64, founder, PalkiWhen she started Palk i in 1998, Lata Harlalka faced criticism from her peers. “You can’t run a business this way,” they told her. “But I was adamant. I wanted to do something on my own. And I figured that even if this was a failed venture, at least I could use the clothes in my daughter’s trousseau,” she says.Lata Harlalka, 64, founder, PalkiPalki, her brand, began with two karigars and was run from Lata’s own bedroom. Palki’s calling card became its ‘fusion wear’ saris. One can see the amalgamation of different weaves in one sari like Benarasi and Bandhej together. “Our biggest mover is the bridal wear that is priced between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000,” says Anwesha, Harlalka’s daughter-in-law who joined the business in 2002.advertisementHarlalka claims to not be driven by money. “For us the relationships are more important. I would rather my clients be sure of investing their time and money in our clothes, than regret it after ordering. There have been times when I have resisted taking orders as I felt it may be taking a premature decision.,” says the matriarch behind the 17-year-old brand.5) Art StruckRicha Agarwal, 37, Director, Emami Chisel ArtMarried at 19, the only exposure to art Richa Agarwal had as a young girl was making Tanjore paintings in school. It was after she married and was shopping for a gift for her father-in-law, that she first understood the importance of art. “We wanted to give him a Bratin Khan painting. And it was only then I realised that art could be a luxury product,” she laughs.Richa Agarwal, 37, Director, Emami Chisel ArtNow, nearly seven years as the director of Emami Chisel Art Gallery (ECA) has her rattling off the names of contemporary artists with elan. ECA focuses on providing young and emerging artists a platform. Her annual show and art fair both make room for upcoming talent. For Agarwal, each humble exhibition is important. “To me, a small art walk is as important as big exhibitions. It’s through events like these that we build a sensibility for art,” she says.6) It’s naturalMadhura Lohia, 34, Owner and founder, KalpatreeIt was while pursuing her Phd in cell biology at the University of Virginia, USA that Madhura Lohia woke up to the need of finding natural solutions to common physical ailments. A bad case of fungal infection that kept recurring even after being treated by a strong dose of allopathic medicine, had her researching for a natural solution. “I was a scientist first. I couldn’t just use commonly known natural solutions. It had to be scientifically proven,” she says.Madhura Lohia, 34, Owner and founder, KalpatreeBut a little bit of research on the Internet proved that coconut oil with essential oils like cedarwood oil and lavender could help. It was also during the same time that the harmful effects of chemicals dawned on her. “The thought that something one uses for vanity could affect the very thing one was so vain about, really disturbed me,” she said. Her brand ideology for Kalpatree Naturals and Organic Mandi arose from this philosophy. While Kalpatree Naturals is about organic cold pressed oils, balms and lotions, Organic Mandi provides fresh organic produce like vegetables and fruits as well as products like honey, ghee and nolen gur.With farmers markets and organic pop-up shops happening year round and thrice-a-week deliveries, Lohia’s plate is quite full. She isn’t quite ready to give up her labs and experiments yet. “My dream is to add a small R&D unit that will prove all these home remedies through science and make easy-to-use products from them,” she says.advertisement7) Acting chopsMimi Chakraborty, 26, actorThe doe-eyed Tollywood actor was going back home after a long day of shoots when she saw a car hit a bike and speed away, leaving the man bleeding and grievously injured. She followed them, asked her security team to apprehend them and later handed them over to the police. But she makes no bones about being a Good Samaritan and attributes it to her small town roots. “I grew up in a small town in Bengal in Jalpaidgudi. We always had that attitude of helping people if we saw them in trouble,” she says.Mimi Chakraborty, 26, actorMimi’s claim to fame was playing Pupe in Rituparno Ghosh’s Ganer Oparay, a hit television show that revolved around Tagore’s songs. The actor had just missed going to finals of the Miss India’s pageant when the call came for a look test for the show. “Ritu da saw me and said this is my Pupe,” says Chakraborty. One would assume the rest to be history except for the minor problem of Mimi’s inability to read Bengali. “Ritu da would record the dialogues for me on tape and I would memorise them. Since the series was on Tagore, the sentences were long and verbose,” she says.But she’s come far from those days and is busy with promotions of the just released Ki Koray Tokay Bolbo. “I can now read the script in Bengali,” exclaims the actor.last_img read more

Why You Should Always Take Risks With ‘Bizarre’ Foreign Food

first_img The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Editors’ Recommendations Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term It’s easy for those of us in the First World to view foreign and developing countries as intimidating, bizarre, even dangerous. This is especially true when we haven’t actually visited said countries. There’s a reason why those eager to step outside their comfort zone often look to travel as a way to escape the ordinary. Every day brings new people, new places, and new experiences. So, why not new food?Food is the connective tissue that runs through every culture on earth. I’m not the first person to recognize that eating what the locals eat (ideally with the locals) is the best way to dive head-first into a foreign culture. To know what they farm, what spices they use, and what utensils they eat with provides keen insight into every destination. It’s also the fastest way to endear yourself to locals. Eating their food is an implicit sign of respect. Even if you don’t like the food, at least you’re doing your part to attempt an appreciation of it.Posts claiming to rank the world’s most “bizarre” or “dangerous” foods pepper the internet. These provide good fodder for armchair travelers and, in the digital age, for bolstering one’s social media shares. But, they also paint a skewed, simplistic picture because the word “bizarre” is relative. For foreigners looking in on Americans, for example, our fast food is often considered bizarre. Some of our most popular supermarket staples are oddities as well. For one, most people outside of the United States don’t understand our fixation on peanut butter. Even our beloved Hershey’s chocolate, breakfast cereals, and plain white bread are considered unpalatable by many outside the country.Anthony Bourdain’s massive popularity is due in large part to his badass, devil-may-care travel style. He’s notorious for eating just about anything. There’s an undeniable voyeurism in watching him suck down raw seal eyeballs and all manner of testicles. Most of us think: “Dude’s crazy! I’d never do that!” But you can, and, if you’re so inclined, you should. Travel adventures needn’t only be about bungee-jumping in Australia or taking a gondola ride in Venice. There are culinary adventures around the corner at every restaurant, pub, cafe, or street food cart if you’ve never eaten there before.To be sure, it’s rarely ever a good idea to throw all caution to the wind. Keep your wits about you, but take calculated risks. If, for example, that Thai chicken from the street vendor doesn’t smell quite right; if there are zero locals at a nearby cafe during the height of the lunch rush; if the guy preparing your ramen bowl is sniffling into your noodles — these are all good signs that it’s best to dine elsewhere. However, the most rewarding and downright fun sort of travel — the kind that gives you a good story to tell later — is full of taking chances. If you simply hate seafood, a foreign sushi joint probably isn’t for you. But, if you genuinely love sushi, don’t avoid that plate of san-nakji (a Korean delicacy of octopus sliced, diced, and served almost alive) just because it seems weird or it might be gross.I’ve eaten escamoles (ant egg) tacos in Puebla, Mexico; gnawed on whole goat cooked in the sands of the Jordanian desert; and sampled still unidentified bushmeat in South Africa. You should too. In the 10 years since I began traveling almost full-time, I’ve had only one severe case of food poisoning. This is anecdotal, of course. Your mileage may vary. But, at least I know I’m in good company. In a 2016 interview with Newsweek, Bourdain shared his simple secret for not getting sick on the road:“In my 15 years in traveling around the world, I’ve missed three days due to stomach problems. I eat what locals eat. I’ve long found that the person on our crew most likely to get sick is the one who is sort of wary of street food and local food. They always get sick from eating the breakfast buffet at the hotel. That’s what brings people down. You eat in crowded local joints, and chances are you’re going to be okay.”Bottom line: Eat like a local, not like a tourist. How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in America Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more

Euronav Seals Deal for VLCC Quartet

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker company Euronav has struck a deal for the acquisition through resale of four VLCCs which are completing construction at Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries for an aggregate purchase price of USD 384 million or USD 96 million per unit. The vessels are due to be delivered in September 2015, January, March and May 2016 respectively.In addition and against the payment of an option fee of an aggregate amount of USD 8 million, the seller has also agreed to grant Euronav an option to acquire up to a further 4 VLCCs sisters of the acquired quartet.Euronav said that the transaction is in line with the company’s principle of not ordering new ships but adding existing vessels to its fleet seeing that these are ex-yard resales.The vessels will by financed with existing borrowing facilities.Paddy Rodgers, the company’s CEO, said “Euronav is delighted to enhance our fleet with the addition of four high specification modern VLCCs. The tanker sector continues to perform strongly with a positive outlook. This accretive transaction further cements Euronav’s position as the largest, independent quoted crude tanker platform.”Euronav reported a very stable quarter with owners resolute in their discipline and freight rates being consistently strong throughout the quarter.“Robust demand, growing oil supply and increased ton miles during the quarter underpin our confidence that the tanker market is at the start of a sustained multiyear recovery. The market remains dynamic with a number of new trading routes being established over the past year,” the company said.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Yarmouth County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement work from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to Saturday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. -30-last_img

Ebola cases in Congo break 2000 mark

first_imgKinshasa: DR Congo’s health ministry said late Monday that it had recorded more than 2,000 cases of Ebola, two-thirds of which had been fatal, since the disease broke out in the country’s east 10 months ago. “Since the start of the epidemic, the total number of cases stands at 2,008, of which 1,914 have been confirmed (by lab test) while 94 are probable,” it said in an update. “In all, there have been 1,346 deaths (1,252 confirmed and 94 probable) and 539 people have recovered.” The ministry said it was important to retain the overall perspective, despite the breaching of the symbolic threshold of 2,000 cases. “In recent weeks, the trend has been positive, although vigilance is still necessary,” it said. There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have “recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic,” it said. The epidemic was first declared in North Kivu province on August 1 and then spread to neighbouring Ituri, although there have not been any cases in neighbouring countries.last_img read more

New Brunswick government to spend 20 million more on seniors programs

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is releasing more details about next week’s provincial budget — this time for seniors.A government source tells The Canadian Press that Premier Brian Gallant will announce today that $20 million will be spent on a number of initiatives for seniors.Those initiatives include a pilot project to free-up acute care beds in hospitals by providing transition beds in special care homes for short-term patient stays.The government also plans to fully implement the colon cancer screening program for all men between the ages of 50 and 74, and will work to reduce wait times for hip and knee replacements.Earlier this week, the premier announced $25 million in programs to help boost youth employment.He used his state-of-the province speech to unveil plans to spend $20 million to help make businesses more competitive and to boost exports.last_img read more

WorldVentures Joins Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Sean Lees Sacks For Kids

first_imgWorldVentures announces its partnership with linebacker Sean Lee and the Dreambuilders Foundation as the presenting sponsor and a corporate sponsor on the “Sacks for Kids” campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.Fans Pledge. We Perform. Kids Win.
Beginning July 28 through the 2016–2017 National Football League season, fans may pledge any dollar amount per any sack the Dallas Cowboys defense has. At the end of each game, pledges turn into actual monetary donations that directly benefit the clubs and their programs. 100 percent of the funds raised will be paid out to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County. Anyone can pledge at any time during the regular season.Donors who pledge $50 or more per sack during the pledge window of Aug. 18–Sept. 11 will be invited to be guests of Sean Lee at his Stars and Steaks dinner to be held October 10 at III Forks restaurant.To pledge, click here. And join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by following #SeanLee and #SacksForKids.Updates about the amount of funds raised will be announced each week through emails and social media postings. Updates will also be announced during Keith Russell’s weekly one-on-one with Lee on CBS 11.“I’m proud to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County,” says Lee. “Helping to raise money for the club through each sack we have this season is a great way to support the programs they have for kids, and I hope Cowboys fans everywhere will join me in this campaign.”In the past, Sean Lee’s Dreambuilders program has provided the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and Fort Worth with $50,000 in technology and equipment upgrades. This includes the purchase of literacy software, as well as e-readers for children to use in the clubs.last_img read more

American Lakota woman accuses border guards of racial profiling after they probe

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsAn American Indian woman is accusing border guards in Saskatoon of racial profiling after she was stopped while entering Canada and asked her heritage and if she was part of the Idle No More movement.Patricia Stein told APTN National News her flight arrived in Saskatoon at about 3:20 p.m. Friday and was questioned by a Canadian Border Services Agency officer about where she was going and who she was going to see.The officer ordered her to a “secondary” meeting and Stein was ushered to a waiting area before being interrogated by a different officer.“The first question the officer asked me was my heritage,” said Stein who told him she’s Lakota and German. “He literally had a pad of paper in front of him and wrote ‘Native American’ down and circled it.”The officer wanted to know who she was going to see. Stein said a friend. In fact Stein was using frequent flyer miles to fly to Saskatoon and had to use them up by a certain time or they’d expire.“Then he came back to the Native questions and asked “have you participated in Idle No More?’” said Stein.She said the officer then asked if she’d ever been paid for her “activism.”“No one gets paid for that. Who in the world is going to pay us for that?” said Stein, who during the throes of the Idle No More movement in December and January was in Egypt and held her own rally in front of the Canadian Embassy.She is also outspoken about Indigenous rights, especially missing and murdered women.“The questions were all very, very weird,” said Stein who after an hour and half was allowed into Canada. “It was the most blatant racism I have ever seen.”When she asked why they were asking her all the questions she claims the officer said it’s “routine.”A call to the CBSA was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews needed more information and didn’t immediately provide comment.But it didn’t end there according to Stein who claims she had to show the officer how much money she had in her bank account.She pulled it up on her phone.“According to him (they ask for bank records) to make sure people don’t come in and stay here but that’s weird as I have my return flight in six days,” she said. “They wanted bank statements from me but everything kept coming back to how active are you with Native activism.”She described the office she was in as typical with a desk with a computer. She didn’t get the name of the officer but said he was a middle-aged man with red hair and a thick build.Stein said border guards asked her over and over again if it was her first time in Canada. She told them it is.kjackson@aptn.caTwitter: @afixedaddresslast_img read more

Bank accounts can be used to teach kids basic financial literacy lessons

first_imgOTTAWA – Omar Abouzaher remembers going to the bank with his daughter so she could make her first deposit into an account that was opened for her when she was just a toddler.The regional vice-president for the Bank of Montreal’s daughter was four when they took her piggy bank to deposit the coins.“She’s a banker at heart,” he said.While RESP accounts can help parents save for a child’s education, opening a savings account for a child can be the first step in teaching basic financial literacy, Abouzaher said.“I believe sometimes we wait too long until the kids are a bit older and try to cram all this financial information and throw it at them,” he said.Abouzaher recommends starting with teaching what it means to save and then build on that foundation.“The older they grow, they’ll understand as well the other components or the other pieces that are maybe a little bit more complex when it comes to understanding debt, understanding what it takes to pay tuition, what it takes to manage your credit,” he said.Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits.But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.Abouzaher said children can start to learn the basics of budgeting and saving for something down the road.Kids can be given a choice, he said, such as, “Do you want to spend it right now and buy whatever you want to buy … or do you want to save it and maybe look at something else in the longer run?”Parents should keep an eye on fees, just like they would with their own account, or else their children may learn an unwelcome lesson about having a bank account. While accounts for children often do not have a monthly fee, banks may charge for other services such as using a non-bank ATM, depending on where the account is opened.The amount of interest paid on savings accounts for children also varies by institution. According to rate-tracking website Ratehub.ca, youth accounts at Tangerine, the online bank owned by Scotiabank, pays the highest interest rate for young savers at 1.2 per cent compared with typically less than one per cent at the country’s big banks.At Tangerine, children hold their accounts jointly with a parent.If a parent is already a Tangerine customer they can open up an account for their child online by entering the information on the bank’s website, said Oliver Small, a senior manager at Tangerine.Small said you will need to have a social insurance number as well as one of several different pieces of ID to open the account such as a Canadian passport, a permanent resident identification or Secure Certificate of Indian Status.For children age 11 or under, parents may also use a birth certificate or a citizenship card or certificate.Small, who remembers his grandparents and parents teaching him early lessons of money management when he was a boy, said it is never too early to open an account.“Money management and financial literacy are really critical life skills and we know that if you instill good behaviours early on they can last a lifetime.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS)last_img read more

CSK favourites against Mumbai in clash of titans

first_imgMumbai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will start as favourites riding on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s rich form when they take on slow-starters Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Wednesday. Super Kings, who have won the cash-rich T20 league thrice like the hosts, are sitting pretty at the top of the eight-team table with three wins on the trot from three games. Placed sixth, Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have not started well as usual with a victory sandwiched between two defeats. On the morrow, Super Kings will hold the edge with Dhoni in rollicking form. The 37-year old former India captain hit a 46-ball 75 in their last game against Rajasthan Royals to singlehandedly lift his team from 27/3 to 175/5 at home. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhChasing 176 for victory, Royals could not match up to Super Kings’ death bowling and Dhoni’s shrewd captaincy. Called the ‘Daddy’s Army’ for a host of over the hill cricketers in their arsenal, Super Kings have defied all odds to win the title last season and have continued their form this year in the opening exchanges. The visitors have experience in their batting and bowling departments with the likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu adding to the might. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRayudu, who is still hopeful of retaining his No. 4 spot in the Indian team for the World Cup, has been off colour and has to get his act together quickly. Deepak Chahar was useful with the ball the other day and would look to continue the good work. Coming to the hosts, Mumbai are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The others have failed to get runs and need to step up. On Wednesday, Mumbai will have the services of new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, and can also play all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the Lasith Malinga who has looked lacklustre. In the spin department, Chennai have the edge too, with South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja doing the job well after the power play.last_img read more

Twitter scraps Trump clip on Warner Bros complaint

first_imgLos Angeles: Twitter has deleted a video by US President Donald Trump for his 2020 election bid, that used unauthorised music from Warner Bros’ blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises”, after the studio complained to the social media platform. The microblogging site complied with Warner Bros’ demand to protect its copyright late Tuesday, hours after the US President tweeted a provocative campaign video, set to a track from the score of Christopher Nolan’s final movie in his massively successful Batman trilogy. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The use of Warner Bros’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorised. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed,” Warner Bros told Deadline in a statement. The video in Trump’s tweet, captioned as “Make America Great Again”, has now been replaced by a message that it was no longer available “in response to a report by the copyright owner”. Scored by Hans Zimmer, the now removed video was set to the Oscar-winning music composer’s tune “Why Do We Fall?” from the 2012 film’s soundtrack. The roughly two-minute video juxtaposes brief shots of prominent Democrats from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer against images of Trump from his first two years in office, including his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Agencieslast_img read more

Speaker hits back at President on PSC

At a meeting with Senior Ranks of Sri Lanka Police today the President said the Attorney General had informed him, there are five cases on the 04/21 attacks before the Supreme Court and appointing a PSC at such a time sets a negative impact on the process undertaken by the Supreme Court.The PSC on the Easter Sunday attacks has been meeting over the past few days. The Speaker said that while the Parliament will not look to challenge the powers of the President, being critical of the PSC will not be helpful. He said that he will not allow any current officer to be summoned before the PSC and that his stand has been communicated to the cabinet. Startling revelations have been made during the sittings with the President being found at fault over the Easter Sunday attacks by some of the officials questioned.Among the officials questioned so far are the Defence Secretary, intelligence chief, Police chief and former Defence Secretary.The President said that those who have appeared before the PSC so far are former officers or officials and not current officers. President Maithripala Sirisena had said last week that he cannot approve the PSC grilling security officials. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has hit back at President Maithripala Sirisena with regards to the Parliament Select Committee (PSC).Jayasuriya said that any official summoned by the PSC must respect the summons or will need to face the consequences. The President also said that he has been informed by the Attorney General that the PSC proceedings will hamper ongoing cases filed on the Easter Sunday attacks.He said that he had sent the concerns raised by the AG to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to inform Parliament.However he said that the Speaker had not read out his statement to Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Top UN human rights official condemns murder of Mexican activist

Speaking in Uruguay where she is on an official visit, the High Commissioner said Ms. Ochoa, a lawyer who had been killed last Friday, inspired human rights defenders around the world with her “sense of dedication and perseverance in adversity.”Mrs. Robinson recalled discussing the concerns of Mexico’s human rights workers with Ms. Ochoa in 1999 during a visit to that country. “Digna told me – based in part on firsthand experience – of the difficulties human rights defenders were facing at the time,” the High Commissioner said. “Her murder is all the more tragic in that it threatens to dash the hopes that had risen recently in the country that intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders were finally being addressed seriously.”The High Commissioner urged Mexican authorities to do everything in their power to bring Ms. Ochoa’s killer or killers to justice. “I welcome the pledge by Government officials to fully support the investigation into the murder,” she said. “The best way to honour Digna’s memory is to ensure that this is the last time human rights defenders in Mexico – including her colleagues at the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Centre – feel threatened for their tireless work on behalf of their fellow citizens,” she said. read more

Islamists use fear drug money to maintain control of northern Mali –

Among a litany of human rights abuses committed by the Islamists, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic cited “very drastic punishments,” the recruitment of child soldiers, and enforced marriages that are a smokescreen for enforced prostitution, terming the situation as “very bad.”“They are buying loyalty. They have tremendous resources to buy loyalty because they are now having kickbacks from narco-traffickers in the region,” he told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York following a visit to the West African country, where a third of the 1.5 million population of the north, an area the size of France, has been driven from their homes. Mali is a transit corridor for cocaine and other drugs from South America to Europe.“There is also substantial ransom money that is being controlled by them,” Mr. Šimonovic said, adding: “The overwhelming majority of people in the north are not supportive of the rebels and dislike what is happening.”He noted that there had been three public executions, eight cases of amputations, a number of public floggings and other inhuman and degrading punishments. “The number is small but the threat is there, it’s real and people live with it and they are afraid of those lists,” he added, referring to lists that the Islamist groups are reported to be compiling of women who have had children out of wedlock, or who were unmarried and pregnant.“The number of enforced marriages is increasing, the price to buy a wife is less than $1,000,” he noted. “After getting out of their families, the women, once forcefully married, quite often are by their so-called husbands married to other men after a very short while, which is in fact then a smokescreen for enforced prostitution and rapes that are taking place.”Mr. Šimonovic stressed that children are particularly vulnerable to attempts to enlist them as child soldiers, often to plant improvised explosive devices, with their families being given $600 for enlistment, and then $400 a month in a country where over half the population lives on $1.25 a day. Many teachers have also fled, fearing the imposition of Sharia, so the children are missing out on education, too.“Everybody is banned from listening to music, from smoking, women have to be covered, but the women are also targeted in the sense of restricting their ability to work,” he said. “Children can’t play soccer.”Some 100,000 Malian refugees have already fled to Mauritania, 100,000 to Burkina Faso, 30,000 in Algeria and about 40,000 in Niger. Another 230,000 are estimated to be internally displaced. Among the main Islamist groups who have seized control of the north Mr. Šimonovic noted that Ansar Dine was composed mainly of Malians while the leadership of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) is foreign, mostly from Arab countries and is closely related to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).In August, the Security Council urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – working closely with the Malian Transitional authorities in Bamako, the capital, the African Union Commission and regional countries – to prepare detailed proposals for a stabilization force to restore Mali’s territorial integrity. read more

Setanta customers wont be covered by insurance emergency fund

first_imgCLAIMS MADE BY customers of bust insurance outfit Setanta will not be covered by a fund for the victims of uninsured drivers, sources close to the process have confirmed to TheJournal.ie.The Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (Mibi) had been asked by the Government to step into the breach after the company went belly-up in April, but it is understood that MIBI has been given legal advice that to do so would be exceeding its remit.“Mibi is legally precluded from involvement where an insurer already exists and has valid policies,” a source said.It is thought that officials in charge of the fund have passed on their decision, which was taken at a board meeting following legal advice earlier this month, to Government. No response has been issued yet.“The bureau can only act in accordance with our remit under the 2009 agreement with the Government. That remit confines our activities to compensating victims of uninsured drivers.”LiquidationAn industry source close to the process hit out at the situation which developed with Setanta, saying:“The main issue is how a company could be formed in a separate jurisdiction, in a highly regulated sector, with the obvious express purpose of conducting business in Ireland while avoiding Irish regulation, and seven years later go into liquidation owing several millions of euro.”The Maltese company, which only operated in Ireland, went bust earlier this year, leaving thousands of drivers uninsured overnight.It later emerged that the Central Bank had knowledge of problems in Setanta a full seven months before issuing a warning on the company in April of this year.InvestigationSeparately, the Central Bank has said it will await the outcome of an investigation by the Maltese financial regulator before deciding whether to look into claims that Setanta’s broker network in Ireland continued to renew policies after being instructed to cease selling policies.Communications from the Maltese Financial Services Authority (MFSA), seen by TheJournal.ie, confirm that “the company continued to renew insurance policies after the 24 January 2014″, the date which the MFSA directed the company to cease selling or renewing policies.Insurance sources said that some customers who had been issued with advance notice of their policies expiring had policies renewed after that date.One source said that “when the broker was doing this they thought Setanta was being wound down in an orderly manner…they thought the company was exiting but they didn’t know the scale of the financial distress.”Read: Regulator had concerns about Setanta Insurance seven months before warning consumers>Read: Setanta Insurance wind up leaves policyholders ‘stranded without cover’>last_img read more

WWE UK Title match set for NXT tonight PostSmackdown Live videos

first_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) 1 COMMENT April 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm Seth Rollins Moonsaves Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE UK Title match set for NXT tonightAdvertised for tonight’s WWE NXT on the WWE Network is Tyler Bate defending the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Jack Gallagher.Aleister Black will also be in action tonight.Wrestleview.com will have a full NXT report later tonight.Post-Smackdown Live videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s Smackdown in Des Moines. Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Can the tagline for this be “Two Men, One Gimmick”?. Also, please no American pronunciation of Gallagher. It’s “Galla-gur”, not Galla-her”. Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Twitter Kurt Angle Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Cesaro Comments are closed.last_img read more

Suspect in bank robbery given 30000 bail

first_imgA transient woman who allegedly robbed a US Bank branch in Vancouver on Friday made a first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court.Jacqualyn M. Seib, 40, appeared on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Her bail was set at $30,000.Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, a woman entered the US Bank at 8700 E. Mill Plain Blvd. and presented a note to a teller demanding cash and stating: “You have 15 seconds to do this and act normal.” The teller gave the woman an unspecified amount of money, including an electronic tracker, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Vancouver police responded to the bank and obtained surveillance photos of the woman, later identified as Seib, as well as the demand note and a deposit slip that had been in Seib’s possession, the affidavit states.A short time later, the tracking device pinged in the 6000 block of Riverside Drive, where police spotted Seib driving a blue Ford Ranger, court records said. Seib was detained and allegedly confessed to robbing the bank, according to court documents.On Monday, Judge Derek Vanderwood appointed Vancouver attorney Shon Bogar to represent Seib. She will be arraigned Nov. 4.last_img read more