Odisha Cong. gears up for polls

first_imgBuoyed by the return of Niranjan Patnaik as president of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee along with three working presidents, the party has started gearing up for the next year’s simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State.The Congress leaders are working overtime not only to retain their party’s number two position in the State by blocking the Bharatiya Janata Party but also to take on the ruling Biju Janata Dal in a big way. The saffron party had emerged number two in the Zilla Parishad elections in 2017.The new team of leaders has already initiated a series of measures to strengthen the party organisation at the grassroots level. In a recent meeting of district presidents, the party decided to dismantle block level committees and strengthen Zilla Parishad zones as new organisational blocks.At the end of the two-day deliberations, Mr. Patnaik has made it clear that those leaders who are working with the people in rural areas will be given tickets to contest the next elections. Indiscipline will not be tolerated in the party and leaders having grievances should raise the issue in party forum instead of going to the media, he has said.Mr. Patnaik, who has already appointed presidents and working presidents in as many as 28 of the 33 organisational districts, is now planning to organise massive rallies in all districts to galvanise the party workers up to the booth level. He along with the party in-charge of Odisha has also visited all districts to activate the district units.last_img read more

Dalit youth strangulated in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgPankaj Kumar, a Dalit youth was allegedly strangulated to death in Kamalpur village of Muzaffarnagar. The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday, police said. According to Vijay Pratap Singh, Circle Officer, Budhana, Kumar was missing since Wednesday night. Three people have been detained so far, Mr. Singh said.“The body was found near a tubewell outside the village on Thursday morning with the help of dog squad,” Mr. Singh said. He said prima facie it seemed like a case of strangulation but the police were waiting for the post mortem report. “The motive of the murder is being investigated. Pankaj lived with his sister and mother in the village. The family suspects three youths from the Dalit community. We have detained Ramesh Kumar and two others for interrogation,” said Mr Singh, adding samples picked up from the spot suggest that liquor was consumed there.last_img read more

Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick

first_imgGuiao also had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old Ravena, who won two UAAP titles and a couple of UAAP MVPs with Ateneo“Kiefer, on the other hand, we all know that he can be a go-to guy, he can also create for his teammates, he has leadership. He’s not afraid to take over a game. He’s a very intelligent, high-IQ player, so those are the things that a team like ours could really need.” China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comNLEX will most likely pick second overall in the 2017 PBA Draft that has head coach Yeng Guiao licking his chops given the potential of talents that would be available.So far, only Christian Standhardinger has officially applied for the draft among the highly-touted prospects eyeing to make the jump to the pros this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Guiao both described Standhardinger and Ravena as “immediate impact players.”He likes the fact that Standhardinger is a seasoned player having played in Basketball Bundesliga, a top tier professional club league in Germany.“Standhardinger is coming into the draft at 28 years old, he’s mature. He’s got experience, so you don’t need to put him through a learning process,” said Guiao.“He understands the game from what we’ve seen. He’s a hard worker, he can fit right into any team’s system.”The 6-foot-7 Fil-German introduced himself to Philippine basketball when he was tapped to play for the national team in the Jones Cup before suiting up as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup as a replacement for Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments But the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and other big names could also follow suit.Most coaches keep their cards close to their chest but Guiao didn’t beat around the bush when asked who intends to select.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Nothing but the obvious so if Standhardinger is No. 1, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer. If it’s Kiefer’s No. 1 then we’ll go with Standhardinger because most likely we’ll be No. 2, so it’s really that obvious, I guess,” said Guiao.“We have another draft very early in the second round so we’ll see who are the best available talent in the second round.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid into Champions League last eight

first_imgReal Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.The Portugal forward, top scorer in the competition this season with 13 goals, netted for the sixth time in three games in all competitions by finishing off substitute Lucas Vazquez’s cross at the near post after 64 minutes.Four minutes later Ronaldo, who put Real on the way to a 2-0 win in the first leg of the last-16 tie with a stunning strike, released Rodriguez with a delicate pass and the Colombia forward prodded the ball between the legs of keeper Wojciech Szczesny.”It was a difficult game even though some people didn’t expect it would be, but in the end we achieved our objective, which was to go through, and we didn’t concede a goal,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told a news conference.Real’s Keylor Navas kept his sixth straight Champions League clean sheet to move ahead of former Manchester United stopper Edwin van der Sar with the second-longest run in the competition without conceding a goal and is now unbeaten in 540 minutes.Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said before the game that he was “asking for the impossible” from his side as they looked to overturn the deficit surrendered at the Olympic Stadium, but they had two clear chances to take the lead before the break.Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah were each through on goal but shot wide of the near post. In the second half, Navas rushed out to deny Roma defender Kostas Manolas and then went flying to his right to claw away a stinging low strike by Diego Perotti.advertisement”We had our chances and we had to score them. If we had it would have changed our mentality and the game,” Roma coach Luciano Spalletti told a news conference.”We have thrown away a great chance because Madrid are not in great form, their football is not irresistible.”Real’s Costa Rica keeper Navas has yet to let in a goal in this season’s Champions League and only trails German Jens Lehmann, who went 853 minutes in Europe’s elite club competition without conceding for Arsenal.Roma’s Egypt forward Salah missed another chance at the near post in the second period while the game was still goalless, but Ronaldo showed no such mercy at the other end.The 31-year-old, who scored four times in the second half on Saturday in a 7-1 La Liga mauling of Celta Vigo, fired past a helpless Szczesny after an excellent piece of skill and cross by Vazquez, before teeing up Rodriguez to finish off the Italians.last_img read more

LG G6 may join the league of waterproof smartphones

first_imgAfter Sony, Samsung and later Apple accepted that a premium smartphone should have some insurance against water, LG may be gearing up to endow its next flagship device – the LG G6 with waterproofing capabilities.Also Read: Galaxy S8, Xiaomi Mi 6 will come with Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM: ReportThis probably means the phone will have to move on from its “modular” innovation that allowed for a hot swappable battery and opt for a fully sealed body. Expected to debut at the MWC next year in February along with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Nokia D1C and others, the phone is also reported to carry a wireless charging feature.More is known about the G6 when the company was reported to use water-resistant adhesive for its display, hinting that the housing would be made waterproof.So far, the phone is rumoured to run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830/835 chipset with 5GB RAM. The phone will include fingerprint unlocking but similar to Apple and Samsung Pay, LG is said to have its own mobile payment digital wallet service.Despite packing several innovative features, LG G5 couldn’t dethrone Samsung and Apple devices in the premium segment, which explains why LG would want to plug all the holes with its next launch.Also Read: LG V20 quick review: Back with a bang? PossiblyThe company recently launched its first V series device in India – the LG V20 with Snapdragon 820 chipset and dual lens camera setup at Rs 54,990. But it is the LG V34, the 5.2 inch version of V20 that already has water resistant capabilities; though it debuted only in Japan and may remain a Japan-exclusive device.advertisementlast_img read more

GST effect: Honda, Ford, TVS, Suzuki Motorcycle cut prices

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 3 (PTI) Passing on to customers the benefits under the new GST regime, automakers today announced price cuts ranging from Rs 350 in case of two-wheelers to Rs 3 lakh on Fords SUV Endeavour. Honda Cars India, Ford as well as two-wheeler makers TVS Motor Company, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India and Suzuki Motorcycle — all announced rate cuts arising out of the introduction of Goods and Services Tax from July 1. With the overall tax incidence on many of its car models coming down under GST, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) cut prices by up to Rs 1.31 lakh with immediate effect to pass on the benefit to consumers. The company reduced price of its hatchback Brio by up to Rs 12,279 and that of compact sedan Amaze by up to Rs 14,825. Besides, it has slashed price of premium hatchback Jazz by up to Rs 10,031 and that of its recently launched model WR-V by up to Rs 10,064. Likewise, price of mid-sized sedan City has been reduced in the range of Rs 16,510 and Rs 28,005. The companys SUV BR-V prices will come down by up to Rs 30,387. Its premium SUV CR-V has also seen a price drop of up to Rs 1,31,663. The revised prices are for ex-showroom Delhi and will vary from state to state. HCIL, however, is yet to decide on the revised pricing of Accord Hybrid, which is set to become costlier with GST rates on hybrid vehicles going up. Ford India has also reduced vehicle prices by up to 4.5 per cent with immediate effect. While the reduction in prices will vary from state to state, the highest cut will be in Mumbai with the companys flagship SUV Endeavour becoming cheaper by up to Rs 3 lakh. In Mumbai, the prices will go down in the range of Rs 28,000 on Figo to Rs 3 lakh on Endeavour. “We will pass on the benefits in the range of up to 4.5 per cent across the range,” a Ford India spokesperson told PTI. In Delhi, price of hatchback Figo has been cut by Rs 2,000 and that of compact SUV Ecosport by up to Rs 8,000. Price of premium SUV Endeavour has been reduced by up to Rs 1.5 lakh.advertisementFord India sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Figo to premium SUV Endeavour, that were priced between Rs 4.75 lakh to Rs 31.5 lakh (ex-showroom).The company, however, did not share details about the revised pricing of its iconic sports car Mustang. It is expected to go up. In the two-wheeler segment, TVS Motor Company has reduced prices of its models by up to Rs 4,150. “The price reduction is in the range of Rs 350 to Rs 1,500 in the commuter segment. In the premium segment products, the prices are reduced up to Rs 4,150 depending on each state,” TVS Motor Company said in a statement. Another two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) said it has slashed prices of its products by up to Rs 5,500 depending on model and state. The reduced prices effective from July 1, HMSI Senior Vice-President, sales and marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria said. Suzuki Motorcycle India and Yamaha have also reduced prices passing on GST benefit to customers. Market leader Hero MotoCorp has also cut prices by up to Rs 1,800 banking on the GST launch. Various automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have already reduced prices post GST implementation. PTI MSS RKL SAlast_img read more

All new Land Rover Defender spied testing for first time, launch slated for 2020

first_imgLand Rover has been working hard towards bringing out its next Defender. The next-generation Defender was spotted for the first time testing on public roads wrapped in camouflage with the hashtag “BEST4X4XFAR” on the side and the rear.Codenamed L663, the Defender SUV was spotted testing near the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Gaydon, UK. Although the Defender had already been seen being tested in off-road cold weather conditions, it is for the first the next-generation Defender has been spied testing on public roads. Also, the model being tested in cold weather conditions was a shortened Range Rover Sport body placed on the new Defender chassis. The latest spy shots now reveal the kind of design and styling that the new Defender will get. In a report from AutoExpress UK, JLR’s chief marketing officer Felix Brautigam stated, “It’s exciting to now start getting one step closer to officially announcing the rebirth of an icon.”Land Rover has not officially confirmed anything yet on the next-generation Defender spotted images but they did release a statement saying, “Jaguar Land Rover runs a wide range of engineering and technology development programmes. We can confirm that the Defender programme is progressing well and has reached an exciting stage of its development.”The launch date although unclear, Land Rover has already hinted at a possible full-fledged market launch in less than two years. The new design for the next-gen Defender takes a lot of inspiration from the current-gen Land Rover and Range Rover models. The Defender gets a flat bonnet with slim radiator grille at the end with two sleek headlamps.advertisement On the rear, the next-gen Defender gets character lines which taper off towards the roof, with a single hinged tailgate which gets access to the luggage bay and are flanked by more squarish lighting units, similar to current gen Land Rovers and Range Rovers. The car also gets an independent suspension setup.The Defender in the spied pictures is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel powerplant, according to the report. But if we remember, Land Rover has already confirmed that they will be bringing electrified tech in all their models post-2020. This means we can expect at minimum, a 48V mild hybrid system onboard. JLR has insisted that the Defender will be getting a “balanced engine portfolio” so as to perform in all global markets.Also in various online reports, design head Gerry McGovern has hinted at a possibility of a performance SVR variant of the Defender which will be developed at the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and target various global markets like Russia and China where the Mercedes-AMG G 63 is the king.The Defender is slated to arrive in the showroom by 2020 with an official reveal by the end of 2019, or early 2020.last_img read more

SRK to attend Hockey World Cup opener

first_imgMumbai, Oct 9 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who played a hockey coach in “Chak De! India”, will attend the opening ceremony of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 on November 27. He says his heart beats for the sport.The actor, who is a sports enthusiast himself, has urged people to support hockey and Team India.He took to Twitter to extend his support.Hockey player Manpreet Singh asked SRK via Twitter if he would be a part of the hockey tournament and if the actor would support them.SRK replied saying he would jump at the opportunity. “I wish you and our team the best. Hockey is the pride of India. We will cheer Chak De India! Thank you for thinking of me. #HeartBeatsForHockey.”The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 is just a few weeks away. While the team is also gearing up for the mega tournament and training in Bhubaneswar, they will also leave for the Asian Champions Trophy on October 14.In a statement, Shah Rukh has said: “Hockey is the song of my heart. It is that time of my youth that is forever etched in my consciousness. I follow the game and watching the game, even now, gets my pulse racing.”India is hosting the Hockey World Cup in November at Bhubaneswar, and I am honoured to be a part of hockey at the highest level. We have a young and promising team and they have my unconditional support. They are my heroes and I pledge my heartbeat for India, for the Indian team and for hockey.”Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Shah Rukh’s support for hockey will not only motivate the team, but it will also catalyse the nation to join this movement for hockey. “I thank him for the same.”–IANSrb/ajb/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni faces the biggest test of his career as World Cup looms closer

first_img19 matches, 13 innings, 275 runs and a highest score of 42 not out in 2018. MS Dhoni is going through one of the worst phases in his international cricket career.With the 2019 ICC World Cup just barely a months away now, Dhoni’s form with the bat is the biggest cause of concern for the Indian cricket team.India have only 9 ODIs left to iron out their flaws before the World Cup.A lot of things have fallen in place for India pretty nicely – their top three batsmen are among the best in the world, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav have promised to sort out India’s middle-order woes, all-rounders Hardik Pandya (currently recovering from an injury) and Ravindra Jadeja add balance to the side while the bowlers have been in great form. The only issue plaguing India is the form of MS Dhoni: where does he fit into the scheme of things? Probably No.6. But he has not looked as woefully out of form since he stormed into the international arena 14 years ago.Also read – MS Dhoni dropped from India’s T20I squad vs West Indies and AustraliaFrom 19 matches this year, Dhoni has scored only 275 runs at an average of 25 – his lowest returns in a year he has played more than three ODIs (In 2004, he played only three ODIs and averaged 9.50).One of only five Indians to score 10,000 ODI runs, Dhoni has struggled with the bat and was even left out of the T20I series against West Indies and Australia as the selection committee began its search for a second wicketkeeper.advertisementDhoni is certain to board the flight for England next year while Rishabh Pant, who is seen as Dhoni’s successor in Team India, is likely to be be picked as the second wicket-keeper.Also read – Believe it or not: MS Dhoni has been dropped. Here is why it happenedThere is little doubt Dhoni is a selfless cricketer. The team, to him, has always come first. He has led from the front and ingrained in his men the need to play for their 10 other mates on the field. Even after stepping down as captain of India’s limited-overs captain, Dhoni continued to guide the young spinners and was a source of ideas and tactics on the field for Virat Kohli: having Dhoni in the middle is like getting access to a superb coach during a live game.Besides, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping skills are beyond comparison – his reflexes are as sharp as ever and his ability to read the game is second to none. No player in the Indian team can claim greater game awareness than the shrewd MS Dhoni.But it is Dhoni’s lean patch with the bat that has been cause for concern. And there is an alternative in Rishabh Pant, who has shown the same exuberance a young Dhoni had displayed. There is power in his shots, there is intent and there is no fear. Pant is nowhere as accomplished a wicketkeeper as Dhoni but it must be tempting to see how he does as a wicketkeeper-batsman – hence the decision to drop Dhoni from the T20I series against the West Indies and Australia.Pant is literally breathing down Dhoni’s neck and while it is too premature to say the latter’s days as an international cricketer are over, he would not want to see himself in a situation where the captain is forced to take a hard call – even during the World Cup. Therefore, MS Dhoni, the greatest finisher in ODIs, has to return to his old ways.Also read – MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubDhoni plays only limited-overs cricket but with his axe from T20s, he now has only 9 ODIs and maybe three T20s, if picked in the side, in New Zealand next year to prove his doubters wrong.For the T20s, India are grooming Pant and the more the southpaw impresses, the pressure on Dhoni is bound to mount.Dhoni, who has scored 10173 runs from 331 ODIs at an average of 50.11, stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017. However, he let it be known that he wanted to play the 2019 World Cup in England. And Dhoni left no doubt he was still the man for the job when he hammered his 10th hundred against England a fortnight later.For a while after relinquishing captaincy, Dhoni looked like he could return to his old ways with the bat. He finished 2017 with 788 runs from 29 matches at an average of 60.61.advertisementIn July, Dhoni was booed at Lord’s when he failed to accelerate during a steep chase for India. In the Asia Cup, he did not fare any better, managing a best of 36. In the ODI series against the Windies, Dhoni has scores of 20, 7 and 23 so far.Dhoni might want to take a leaf out of tennis great Roger Federer’s book on returning to the top of his game. Federer had ended his barren run of winning Grand Slams when he lifted the Australia Open in 2017 for his first major in 5 years. He won 7 titles including Grand Slams last year before clinching his 20th in Australia again in January this year.Even at the age of 37, Federer is regarded as one of the toughest players on the tour to beat.Dhoni will always be remembered for his exploits on the field, his cricketing brain and ice cool temperament after his retirement. But for now he is needed to give captain Virat Kohli some sort of surety before the World Cup core group is decided.last_img read more

India’s football U-17 World Cup star Komal Thatal called up for senior national camp

first_imgKomal Thatal, who represented India in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India, received a senior national camp call up by head coach Stephen Constantine on Tuesday, to prepare for the international friendly against Jordan on November 17.The 18-year-old youngster from Sikkim, who currently plays for Kolakta-based ATK in the Indian Super League, was one of the players being monitored for the last two years, Constantine said.”We have been monitoring him and a few of the other younger players over the last 2 years. Now he has been getting regular game time at his club ATK,” Constantine said.”He will get the experience of being with the senior national team at this camp and a taste of things at this level.”Our young star, Komal Thatal, has been called up to the @IndianFootball Team camp for the very first time!#AamarBukeyATK #BanglaBrigade pic.twitter.com/8W2hJLy5kWATK (@ATKFC) November 13, 2018Thatal earned plaudits for his exploits during the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship in India, and most importantly for his stunning strike against Brazil in the BRICS Football Championship which was held in Goa in the same year.”It has been great to be here. It was my first training session today and was a good learning experience for me. I’ll look forward to improve myself. I feel great to play alongside the seniors who are there for so long,” said Thatal, as he took part in the team training session in New Delhi. Earlier, Sunil Chhetri was ruled out of India’s friendly against Jordan, following an ankle injury which he sustained during Bengaluru FC’s ISL match against Kerala Blasters on November 5.advertisementREAD – Sunil Chhetri ruled out for two weeks with ankle injury, to miss Jordan friendlyChhetri was advised rest the team physiotherapist Gigy George and didn’t report to the national team’s preparatory camp in New Delhi.Currently, the 30 probables were undergoing a 3-day camp in New Delhi before leaving for Amman (Jordan) on November 15.(With inputs from PTI)Also watchlast_img read more

PM Narendra Modi biopic is Vivek Oberoi saying Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar, Lok Sabha 2019 and 2024

first_imgOmung Kumar’s PM Narendra Modi was scheduled to hit the theatres on April 11, the very same day that the first phase of Lok Sabha polls begins. The conveniently timed release had several claiming that the biopic of the incumbent prime minister is nothing but a surreptitious advertisement for ‘Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar’.However, earlier today, the Election Commission stalled the release of the PM Narendra Modi biopic, on the grounds that it could influence the votes of the audience.Vivek Oberoi, who plays the eponymous role in PM Narendra Modi, has been a vocal supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and campaigned for Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014. He even attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2014. On both occasions, he prominently sported a lotus (the symbol of the ruling party) on his ‘Modi jacket’. When asked about his close association with the party, Vivek told India Today Television, “I don’t belong to the BJP, I belong to India.” Interestingly, this year, he is among the star campaigners for the BJP in Gujarat and will travel to various constituencies in the state to attempt to woo voters.Even though the BJP has no ostensible connection with the PM Narendra Modi biopic, the film has their stamp of approval. If the first poster was launched by BJP leader and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, the second poster was supposed to be launched by BJP president Amit Shah.Perhaps, Vivek is laying the groundwork for joining the BJP a few years from now. At a recent interaction with students in Vadodara, he opened up about the possibility of him contesting the Lok Sabha election 2024.advertisement”If I join politics, I might think of contesting from Vadodara in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections just because of the love and affection people gave PM Narendra Modi when he contested from here,” he said.Whether it is showing up at the trailer launch in his Narendra Modi attire or bringing his warcry – Modi hai toh mumkin hai – to the event, Vivek is making no bones about the fact that he is endorsing the prime minister.”Maine film bhakton ke liye nahi, deshbhakton ke liye banayi hai,” he told India Today Television.Vivek emphasised during the interview that the PM Narendra Modi biopic is not an attempt to sway voters in favour of the BJP. “It is just a coincidence that the film is releasing ahead of the election. It is not a propaganda film. I am an individual who has a credible body of work over the last 18 years, more than 45 films and more than 26-27 awards. So I stand my ground there. I don’t need to make him appear as a hero. He is a hero to billions of people across the world,” he said.Like these ‘billions of people’, Vivek too has found a hero in PM Narendra Modi. Come 2024, BJP might just give the actor a ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Narendra Modi’s own constituency: Vadodara.ALSO READ: PM Narendra Modi biopic stalled by Election Commission. No release on April 11?ALSO WATCH: Vivek Oberoi says PM Narendra Modi biopic is an inspirational story of a man who inspires millionsHowever, looks like we will have to wait another week to see the biopic on PM Narendra Modi.Also Read | Vivek Oberoi on PM Narendra Modi: Did the biopic because Prime Minister inspires meAlso Read | Lok Sabha Election 2019: All dates, full schedule, constituency-wise details, all you need to knowAlso Watch | It is my Army, it is Modi’s Army: Vivek Oberoi ahead of Modi biopic releaselast_img read more

South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansong

first_imgAB de Villiers had offered to make a comeback to international cricket for South Africa at World Cup 2019 in England. However, his offer was rejected by the South Africa team management.It is believed that de Villiers expressed his desire to return to international team to South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and other important members of management, but was informed such a move was not possible, according to ESPNCricinfo.Just 24 hours ahead of South Africa’s World Cup squad announcement, de Villiers reportedly approached du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson expressing his desire to feature in the squad for the quadrennial tournament in England.However, the team management considered AB de Villiers’ absence from the domestic circuit and the performance of other members, including Rassie van der Dussen during the period after the Royal Challengers Bangalore star’s retirement.De Villiers had announced his retirement in May 2018.Meanwhile, South Africa have now recorded their worst start in eight World Cup campaigns. After losing their first two matches, to England and Bangladesh, they went down by six wickets to Virat Kohli’s men in Southampton on Wednesday.AB de Villiers was in sublime for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 edition and ended his campaign with 443 runs in 13 innings at an average of 44.20 and strike rate of 154 with 5 fifties.Seeing de Villiers’ current form and Proteas’ poorest start in eight World Cup campaigns, the decision to refuse former South Africa captain’s proposal of international comeback by South Africa team management will raise many eyebrows.advertisementDuring a press conference in IPL 2019, AB de Villiers had also asked the journalists that why are they not asking about his potential comeback to international cricket.AB de Villiers in a freewheeling chat with Gaurav Kapur on his Youtube show Breakfast with Champions’ had said that there were a lot of reasons’ he had to move on and international cricket’s tiring schedule along with his family played a big part’ in his decision.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Change-room is hurting and guys are down, says Faf du PlessisAlso See:last_img read more

You can’t teach what David Silva has – Given

first_imgDavid Silva You can’t teach what gifted David Silva has – Given Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 23:59 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manchester City Napoli v Manchester City Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League UEFA Champions League The World Cup-winning attacker continues to thrive in Pep Guardiola’s side and his former team-mate believes he remains underrated David Silva deserves to be regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League, according to former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given.The Spain international is in his eighth season with City and remains a key player for Pep Guardiola’s side. The 31-year-old is joint top of the Premier League assist chart this season alongside Kevin De Bruyne, while only his City team-mate and Mesut Ozil have created more chances after 10 games, according to Opta.Silva has a gift that cannot be coached in many young players, according to Given, who believes he remains underrated by many football admirers. 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 “The good thing about David is that he makes everything look so easy,” the former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper told Goal. “He never panics, he always seems to have space and time on the ball and that’s a knack in itself, finding pockets in the pitch where to go.”The midfielders pick him up, the defenders pick him up, it’s stuff that sometimes you can’t teach or coach a kid.”He’s very gifted and I’m shocked he’s not talked with the greats especially some of the foreign players who have come into the Premier League, he’s definitely up there.”Silva has had an impact on the Premier League since his arrival from Valencia, but Given revealed that the country has changed the Premier League winner in one way too.“It’s funny because when he first came he liked fruit salads and salads. He asked me one day what I was eating. I had apple crumble and custard and he said: ‘I must try this’,” Given recalls. “And next to every game he’s getting apple crumble and custard into him!“But what a player he has been and still is at Man City.”Given, who spent two years at Man City, has also been impressed by Ederson in his first season with Guardiola’s team, stating the 24-year-old goalkeeper is a perfect fit for the club.  “It’s well documented that Pep Guardiola wants someobody that can play out from the back and keep possession, keep the ball, and Ederson is probably one of the best, if not the best, at doing that,” he added.”The other side of the coin is that he has to save the ball as well, that’s his job, that’s why he’s got the gloves on and he’s been impressive in that as well.”I think people shouldn’t shy away from the fact he’s a goalkeeper and, in my opinion, the first box you’ve got to tick is, can you stop the ball going in the net? I think Ederson’s very good at that as well and he’s obviously fantastic with his feet. That’s exactly the perfect fit for a Guardiola team.”Shay: Any Given Saturday – The Autobiography is published by Trinity Mirror Sport Media and available in Hardback or ebooklast_img read more

Chef Profile: Terra Head Chef Andrew Cooper

first_img Chef José Andrés’ Beet Poke Salad Recipe Will Transform Your Summer Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Editors’ Recommendations How to Make Lasagna Bolognese, According to a Chef Chef Profile is our new column dedicated to getting to know more about the chefs we love around the nation.The Chef: Chef Andrew Cooper, head chef of Terra at the Four Seasons, Santa Fe, and James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: SouthwestFavorite New Mexican Ingredient: Hatch green chilesChef Andrew Cooper is all about local produce, head to tail cooking, and providing luxe, hands-on experiences for his guests. The menu at Terra incorporates New Mexican flavors into contemporary American cuisine. Chef Cooper sources his meat from local ranchers and his produce come from both local farmers and the garden he keeps at his restaurant.Chef Cooper’s interest in farm to table dining was inspired by his desire to know where his food was coming from. Cooper says that being a chef is all about being on the ground with the suppliers of your food, it’s about “going to the farmers markets and to the farms themselves and talking directly to the farmers and asking them for ideas, asking them what they are planning on planting for the next couple of months.” He cites his work with another chef who told him being a chef meant a commitment to the motto: “Regional, Seasonal, and Artisanal”.Cooper takes that motto to heart and took it a step farther: into his own garden. He loved how much local food was being produced in New Mexico and he’d become involved with an organization called Cooking With Kids that teaches children about making healthy food choices. “[The garden] was a challenge that I took on, my cooks laughed at me in the beginning, especially in March when it was still snowing and I was germinating a lot of my seeds in the kitchen in, but now all of my cooks go out into the garden to get ingredients, we offer cooking classes in the garden as well as the chef’s tables.”The best part about talking with Chef Cooper about his food is his obvious enthusiasm for getting his guests involved as much as possible in their food experience. His Chef’s Table is hardly a passive experience. He pulls guests from their tables, has them call orders to the cooks, and even gets them on the line and cooking alongside his staff. And he keeps it casual – there’s music playing and, after certain events, a disco ball descends from the ceiling to turn his kitchen into “ClubTerra”. He’s hosted nose to tail events with other local chefs and took a particular liking to the restaurant’s recent Santa Fe Undercover event. Guests had no idea what was in store for them when they purchased tickets. They placed their trust in Cooper, his staff, and the Four Seasons and were rewarded with a variety of tasting experiences, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres filled with local ingredients, a local history lesson, horseback trail riding, and dessert under the stars. He says there will definitely be more events like this in the future, so keep an eye on Terra’s website for tickets.Terra is definitely on the top of our list the next time we’re in Santa Fe. We’re hoping to make it in August when Chef Cooper is hosting foraging walks for porcini mushrooms in the mountains outside of Santa Fe.Chef Cooper’s Green Chile Braised Short RibMethod and Assembly:3 bone-in short ribs (about 2 3/4 pounds)Kosher saltExtra-virgin olive oil1 large Spanish onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces4 Green chilies2 ribs celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces2 carrots, peeled, cut in 1/2 lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch pieces2 cloves garlic, smashed1/2 cups tomato paste2 to 3 cups hearty red wine2 cups water1 bunch fresh thyme, tied with kitchen stringWhile the short ribs are browning, puree all the vegetables and garlic in the food processor until it forms a coarse paste. When the short ribs are very brown on all sides, remove them from the pan. Drain the fat, coat the bottom of same pan with fresh oil and add the pureed vegetables. Season the vegetables generously with salt and brown until they are very dark and a build up has formed on the bottom of the pan, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape the build up and let it reform. Scrape the build up again and add the tomato paste. Brown the tomato paste for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat if things start to burn. Reduce the mixture by half.Return the short ribs to the pan and add 2 cups water or until the water has just about covered the meat. Add the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Cover the pan and place in the preheated oven for 3 hours. Check periodically during the cooking process and add more water, if needed. Turn the ribs over halfway through the cooking time. Remove the lid during the last 20 minutes of cooking to let things get nice and brown and to let the sauce reduce. When done the meat should be very tender but not falling apart. Serve with the braising liquid and garnish with coffee reduction.Coffee reduction:Leftover morning coffee, reduce, with local sugar until syrupy, add red wine sauce and whisk in 1 Tbs of butter. WhistlePig Teams Up With Four Chefs on a New Whiskey last_img read more

Education Ministry Signs MOU With BAU University to Provide 107 Scholarships

first_imgThe Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and BAU International University in Washington DC  have partnered to provide 107 scholarships for student teachers to pursue undergraduate and graduate programmes at the institution under a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), valued at J$378.2 million (US$3 million).The MOU will additionally see the University hiring 200 Jamaican English language teachers for its network of schools located in the United States and several countries globally, for the 2018/19 academic year.The partnership resulted from discussions that Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, had with BAU University Board member, Paul Brunson, in Washington DC between 2016 and earlier this year.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, and the Ministry’s newly appointed International Donor Consultant for the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, Gail Dunwell, who works closely with the National Education Trust, were also instrumental in initiating the partnership.Senator Reid, Mr. Brunson and President of The Mico University College, another pivotal partner in the engagement, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, signed the MOU on Thursday, November 29. This took place at The Mico’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston.The Minister said the partnership was welcomed in light of the high cost of education, particularly at the tertiary level.Senator Reid said although the Ministry has been increasing funding for the sector, “there is always room for more support”, and in this regard lauded BAU University for partnering with the Government.“This MOU is the beginning of what we expect to be a very long and lasting positive relationship. We are certainly looking at how we can provide more scholarships to our tertiary students, (particularly) our student teachers, and other youth who want to pursue higher education,” the Minister said.For his part, Mr. Brunson said the initiative’s genesis dates back 10 years when he met his late grandfather who he learnt was Jamaican.Mr. Brunson said the knowledge of his heritage was the primary reason why he sought to see how best he could make a tangible and meaningful contribution to Jamaica.To this end, Mr. Brunson said he made representation to the University’s administration and successfully lobbied their support in March 2016 which resulted in the MOU’s crafting. “So for all these reasons and more, I am excited and I am proud. This, indeed, is only the beginning of this relationship,” he added.In his remarks, Dr. Pinnock, said the initiative was a “perfect fit” with the Government’s national focus for education.“I think this will go a far way in building our resources as we try to graduate more persons from tertiary education in Jamaica. A more educated nation is a more peaceful nation, a more prosperous nation (and) a bigger and better nation,” he added.BAU International University is a private, non-profit tertiary institution that offers undergraduate and graduate programmes in economics, international affairs, entrepreneurship, global affairs, and international law and economics.The Washington DC Campus is part of the BAU Global Network, spanning three continents, that has been providing higher education for over 15 years, with offices in Toronto, Canada; Berlin, Germany; and Hong Kong, among other locations.Its flagship campus is Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has eight faculties, a school of languages, and two vocational schools.last_img read more

HHLA Handles More Boxes in 2016

first_imgzoom German terminal operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) has recorded a 1.5 percent increase in its annual container volume, which rose to 6.7 million TEU last year from 6.6 million TEU seen in 2015.While the Hamburg container terminals saw a 1.1 percent rise in container throughput of 6.4 million TEU due to increases in volume in the second half of 2016, box volume at Container Terminal Odessa grew by 10.6 percent to 0.3 million TEU, the terminal operator said.HHLA’s revenue for 2016 amounted to EUR 1.2 billion (USD 1.28 billion), compared to EUR 1.1 billion recorded in the previous year, an increase of about 3 percent.The company’s operating result (EBIT) saw a moderate growth of around 5 percent, totaling EUR 163 million in the 2016 fiscal year compared to EUR 157 million in 2015.Additionally, HHLA’s intermodal companies saw a 6.8 percent increase in their volume, which stood at 1.4 million TEU.HHLA operates a total of four container terminals, including Altenwerder, Burchardkai, Tollerort and Odessa.last_img read more

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson dies at 62

first_imgLos Angeles: Denise Nickerson, best known for playing the role of Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, has died after being taken off life support. She was 62. Nickerson was on life support for a year after suffering a severe stroke in 2018. The news of her death on Wednesday was announced by her family on Facebook. “They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We’re telling her it’s okay to let go,” the actor’s son Josh Nickerson wrote. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “She’s gone,” he added later. Nickerson, who found fame as a teenager, retired from acting at 21. Besides “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, she featured in “The Electric Company”, “Dark Shadows” and “Search for Tomorrow”. But the fans of movie will forever remember her as Beauregarde, the third of the five children to receive Wonka’s Golden Tickets. The competitive gum-chewing character is turned into giant bubblegum by Gene Wilder’s Wonka for being rude.last_img read more

Feds ease restrictions on prescription heroin to address opioid epidemic

first_imgAccess to treatment for opioid addiction is about to get easier as the government promises changes to drug laws that will do away with some of the obstacles preventing doctors from offering prescription heroin and methadone.Forthcoming legal changes will allow patients to access, when appropriate, prescribed heroin outside of a hospital setting, such as addiction clinics, making it easier for them to balance their treatment with daily responsibilities.The government is also making methadone more accessible, allowing health-care practitioners to prescribe and administer it without needing to apply for an exemption from federal law.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Monday that removing barriers to treatment is crucial to combat what her department describes as a national public health crisis that continues to devastate families and communities.“We know way too many parents, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons or loved ones who have died because of opioids,” she said. “I believe we can turn the tide on this crisis. And we can do it together.”Health Canada estimates about 2,900 people died in 2016 as a result of the crisis and estimates slated to be released Tuesday suggest the epidemic claimed more than 4,000 lives last year.The Controlled Drug and Substances Act currently requires that physicians apply for an exemption from federal law to be allowed to prescribe, administer, sell or provide methadone.The government’s announced changes will mean doctors no longer require an exemption, something Petitpas Taylor says is a barrier that discourages the treatment from being offered.The new regulations are expected to come into effect in May and stem from recent recommendations from the Canadian Research Initiative in Substances Misuse.Related contentDoctors network develops national guideline for treating opioid addictionsSpike in opioid deaths in Ontario as pharmacies offer free naloxone sprayToronto pharmacist brings message of prevention in midst of opioid crisisLast month’s federal budget earmarked $231 million to improve access to treatment, address stigma and gather data on the opioid crisis.That includes $18.7 million over five years to tackle the stigma faced by people who use drugs, which includes a public education campaign aimed at changing stereotypes.“Stigma is a huge barrier for people getting the treatment that they need. And it’s not acceptable,” Petitpas Taylor said.She did not provide a date for when the education campaign would roll out, but emphasized it would happen as soon as possible.Dr. Jeff Turnbull, director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which provides health care to the homeless community, said improving access to opioid-addiction treatment is welcome news, but much more remains to be done beyond stabilizing a medical condition.“You have to find stable housing, you have to find support, you have to treat their underlying mental health problems and their addiction is all part of that,” Turnbull said.“The real work begins now.”Deirdre Freiheit, head of the Ottawa-based harm-reduction organization Shepherds of Good Hope, applauded the announcement and stressed the importance of tackling stigma.“Our clients have been vilified often by many rather than supported,” she said.“They’ve been judged for being in crisis rather than being supported. People have placed barriers in front of them — physical, emotional, systemic — rather than broken them down.”Of the $231 million set aside in the federal budget for the opioid crisis, $150 million will go to provinces and territories to improve access to treatment, about $32 million will help border security intercept fentanyl and other illegal substances and nearly $18 million will improve research and access to public-health data and analysis.last_img read more

UN labour agency unveils historic employment standards against informal work

The Recommendation – the first ever international labour standard designed to tackle the informal economy – was passed by 484 votes in favour and received “outstanding support” from the ILO’s so-called tripartite constituents, according to the UN agency, which added that the document acknowledges that most people enter the informal economy “not by choice but due to a lack of opportunities.” “Over the years we’ve seen a growing consensus between governments, workers and employers that the right thing to do is to move people from an informal to a formal employment situation,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a press release issued in Geneva, where the International Labour Conference is under way through tomorrow 13 June. “We know it is not easy, we know that these are processes are complicated and take time, but the great value of this Recommendation is that we now have an international framework of guidance to help Member States bring this about.” According to the ILO, the new international standard provides guidance for Member States to facilitate the transition of workers and economic units from the informal to the formal economy; promote the creation, preservation and sustainability of enterprises and decent jobs in the formal economy; and prevent the ‘informalization’ of formal economy jobs, all within the context of the post-2015 development agenda. However, Mr. Ryder continued, the adoption of the Recommendation was just the first step in an effort that aims to help somewhere between 45 and 90 per cent of informal workers, depending on the developing region. In order to roll out the new standards, Member States will, in fact, be able to seek advice from the 12 guiding principles delineated by the ILO and which were modelled on the successful experiences already enjoyed by many countries in their transition to formality. “It is not just the adoption of this Recommendation,” the ILO head declared, “it’s actually putting it into practice that will matter.” read more

Lets Overreact To MLB Opening Weekend

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code The Hot Takedown crew gathers this week to discuss March Madness upsets and the first few MLB games. Over the weekend, Michigan State clinched a spot in the Final Four with a 1-point win over the pre-tournament favorite, Duke. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo lauded the top seed, calling the Blue Devils arguably “the best team in the country.” We look at whether Duke is worthy of the praise and what we can expect going into this weekend’s games. Also, Neil has a perfect bracket and we’ll never let it go.Our second segment takes stock of MLB’s opening weekend, including which teams faltered and which are surging. With the season barely underway, what warrants concern and what’s an overreaction? Could the Braves’ lackluster start have been predicted? Andy Bunker of Atlanta’s 92.9 “The Game” sure seems to think so. Using our Elo model, we discuss whether other weekend surprises and uproars deserve our attention — or if it’s still too early to tell.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the Week takes a look at the youngest athlete in pro baseball. There’s a lot of, “He was born when?!” “Gen Z?!”Here’s what we’re looking at this week:We can’t take our eyes off the FiveThirtyEight March Madness interactive.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions are also demanding our attention.Revisiting Travis Sawchik’s analysis of Christian Yelich feels particularly relevant after his opening weekend performance. read more