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Kidambi Srikanth credits Pullela Gopichand for Indian badminton’s recent success

first_imgKidambi Srikanth, who clinched back to back titles, has credited his success to current national coach Pullela Gopichand, saying the latter has been behind all the success of badminton in India.Srikanth, who gave in the best performances of his career, won Indonesian Open Series and Australian Open Series within a week’s time and made the entire nation proud.The Indian shuttler defeated reigning Olympic champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in the final of the Australia Open Super Series to win his second title in two weeks.WATCH VIDEO HEREHe had earlier won the Indonesia Open Super Series title on June 18.”I think he is the man behind all the success of badminton today here what we have. If he wouldn’t have become a coach after he quit his playing career, all this wouldn’t have been possible. So whatever we have today and whatever we will have in the next generations, it will be all because of him,” said Srikanth on Tuesday while addressing the media here.”He was the one who really started coaching seriously in India, who always thought India has the potential to be a world beater in badminton.His role would be very important in the coming years as well.””Thanks to Gopi sir, it was not possible to make it without him, I couldn’t have been where I am now,” he added.Srikanth has been in sensational form and has also improved his ranking. He jumped 11 places to reach the 11th spot after Indonesia Open Super Series victory. He, however, has achieved a career high ranking of number three.advertisementIn 2014, he won his biggest title as he defeated home favourite Lin Dan to win his maiden Super Series title at the China Open. But after that Srikanth took two years to win the premier tournaments in men’s badminton.His dream run, however, began in April this year as he reached the final of the Singapore Open.Srikanth, who was awarded Rs. three lakh by Gopichand Badminton Academy on the occasion, further asserted that the last two months have been fantastic for him.”It has been fantastic for me in the last two months. After the injuries, I really didn’t want to push myself too much and just wanted to train first, get better and start tournaments. And it really happened with the help of new coach and Gopi Sir,” he said.The badminton ace, who will be playing next in World Championships scheduled in August, said he would try to train hard and perform his best there.”It’s good to be back in top ten for sure. But I didn’t play these tournaments just to come back in top 10 but to win them and even in World Championship’s I will look to perform well and win. That’s the only thing that I am thinking about and not the rankings,” he said.When asked about the biggest challenge in the last three weeks, Srikanth said, “Every match was tuff for me.””I think we are actually training very well now. In the last couple of months, I have been playing really well and up to my potential. I really want to continue training hard in the coming months because that’s the only way to be consistent.””I think every win was important for me. I don’t really want to compare those wins and I will definitely say that this is one of my biggest win,” he added.With his latest wins, the 24-year-old is now the second most successful Indian badminton player in Super Series with four titles after ace women shuttler Saina Nehwal (10) and two ahead of Olympic medalist PV Sindhu (2). He is also number six on the list of men’s super-series titles winners.last_img read more

Ohio State Football Players Call Out Ignorant Fans For Telling Them To Just Worry About Football

first_imgOhio State Buckeye fans doing the "O-H-I-O" chant.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A couple of Ohio State’s best players, Cardale Jones and Michael Thomas, took to Twitter this morning to voice their opinions on a social matter. The Buckeyes’ quarterback and wide receiver each published a series of tweets regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While college football players (and most of the population) would probably be better off not ever going on Twitter, it was nice to see two of the sport’s premier players speak their minds. This apparently upset some of Ohio State’s fan base, as Jones and Thomas were both told by Twitter users to stop talking and just worry about the 2015 season. Jones, Thomas and Buckeye quarterback Stephen Collier then used Twitter to call out these fans. Cool it.. We can’t afford the NCAA suspending you https://t.co/bP2TJ9EqtJ— Smash Williams (@matteojustquit) July 23, 2015This my Twitter my voice so mind yah business buddy.. Thank you https://t.co/yon6DFmOK2— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) July 23, 2015@DanGustafson1 Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Ignorant. https://t.co/HtVjQSG1SH— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) July 23, 2015One thing about your own opinion, ITS YOURS!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) July 23, 2015Every college football fan base has its share of psychos, so this is not an indictment on the type of people who root for Ohio State. Keep speaking your mind, Cardale and Michael.last_img read more

Feds drop appeal against Mikmaq mother and disabled son

first_imgAPTN National NewsA surprise decision has brought happy news to a Mi’kmaq mother in Nova Scotia.Maurina Beadle has been fighting to have the federal government pay for the care of her severely disabled son.She’s argued that the federal government is obligated under the terms of Jordan’s Principle.The feds, however, fought the mother and her son saying they shouldn’t have to pay.A Nova Scotia court disagreed and in 2013 ordered the government to cover the medical bills.Ottawa appealed that decision and it was to go to court in early September.But late Friday, the government suddenly dropped their appeal.“I am so happy for Maurina and for other families in these situations,” said Cindy Blackstock, a First Nations children advocate. ‎”Hopefully this foreshadows a long overdue climb down on federal blocking of Jordan’s Principle.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,020.16, up 5.17 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 18 cents, or 6.10 per cent, to $3.13 on 17.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 80 cents, or 4.96 per cent, to $16.93 on 6.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, 6.85 per cent, to $3.90 on 5.4 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up six cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $3.14 on 4.7 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.08 on 4.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, 1.57 per cent, to $13.57 on 3.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Entertainment. Up 71 cents, 1.89 per cent, to $38.36 on 292,717 shares. The entertainment company scored a deal to bring “Sunday Night Football” and the Super Bowl to its movie theatres. Cineplex says a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League will begin Nov. 12 and be known as “NFL Sundays at Cineplex.” Games will be broadcast live to 15 VIP theatres and then expand to 50 locations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). Insurance. Down $21.41, 3.08 per cent, to $674.74 on 84,202 shares. The Toronto-based company says hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as earthquakes in Mexico, during its third quarter period hit its portfolio companies with more than $1.2 billion in losses. Fairfax also reported third-quarter net earnings of $608 million – up from $1.7 million a year ago – which included a net after-tax gain of $1.2 billion on the sale of some of Fairfax’s equity interest in Indian insurance company ICICI Lombard.Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX:STLC). Steel. Up $2.20, or 12.94 per cent, to $19.20 on 1.16 million shares. Share prices for the Hamilton-based steel company rose almost 13 per cent on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Stelco expected to raise $200 million to use towards capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $44.99 on 2.4 million shares. The Calgary-based oil and gas company bought a 41 per cent stake in PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor operating in northwest Quebec owned and operated by the James Bay Crees. Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed.last_img read more

Sprint TMobile end merger talks

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile called off a potential merger, saying the companies couldn’t come to an agreement that would benefit customers and shareholders.The two companies have been dancing around a possible merger for years, and were again in the news in recent weeks with talks of the two companies coming together after all. But in a joint statement Saturday, Sprint and T-Mobile said they are calling off merger negotiations for the foreseeable future.“The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders. However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile’s shareholders compared to our outstanding stand-alone performance and track record,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, in a prepared statement.T-Mobile and Sprint are the U.S.’ third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, but they are significantly smaller than AT&T and Verizon, who effectively have a duopoly over U.S. wireless service. The two companies have said they hoped to find a way of merging to make the wireless market more competitive.Sprint and its owner, the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, have long been looking for a deal as the company has struggled to compete on its own. But Washington regulators have frowned on a possible merger. D.C. spiked AT&T’s offer to buy T-Mobile in 2011 and signalled in 2014 they would have been against Sprint doing the same thing. But with the new Trump administration, it was thought regulators might be more relaxed about a merger.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. The company has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk says, but it hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy it in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans. Consumers are paying less for cellphone service, thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resultant price wars.“T-Mobile does not need a merger with Sprint to succeed, but Sprint might need one to survive,” Piecyk wrote in an October research note.last_img read more

Congress fields Digvijaya from tough seat Bhopal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has ‘fielded’ its strongman Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal and changed UP unit chief Raj Babbar’s seat from Moradabad to Fatehpur Sikri to make it “easier” for the actor-turned-politician. Singh, who wanted to contest from his home turf Rajgarh, was publicly asked by MP CM Kamal Nath to choose one of the “tough seats” where the Congress has not won in three decades. Ex-CM Singh accepted the challenge and said that he would contest from any seat as long as it was chosen by “my leader Rahul Gandhi.” He is yet to respond to the announcement made by Nath. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe Congress won three seats in the recent assembly polls from Bhopal. The high-profile Bhopal Lok Sabha seat is currently held by the BJP’s Alok Sanjar. Late President Shankar Dayal Sharma was the last Congress winner from the seat in the 1984 LS polls. In 2014 the BJP won 27 of the 29 seats in MP. The Congress won the remaining two, Chhindwara and Guna, held by Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia respectively. As per the Congress list, Imran Pratapgarhiya will now be the party’s candidate from Moradabad in place of Babbar. According to sources, Raj Babbar was not keen on contesting from Moradabad where the BJP has fielded its sitting MP Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar. In another change, Naseemuddin Siddiqui has been fielded from Bijnor, from where Indira Bhatti was named earlier.last_img read more

Democrats want early release of Mueller report on Russia

first_imgWashington DC: Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller’s full report after learning the special counsel’s findings from his Trump-Russia investigation run to more than 300 pages, while President Donald Trump boasted of total exoneration based on a four-page summary by his attorney general. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was told by Attorney General William Barr that there’s no intention of giving the confidential report to Congress immediately as he redacts grand jury testimony and other elements. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDemocrats say they may subpoena the report if it’s not forthcoming by their Tuesday deadline, which Barr has said will not be met. Through the day, tempers were rising on Capitol Hill. Shaking her fist for emphasis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Barr’s summary, which cleared Trump of campaign collusion with Russia and criminal obstruction of Mueller’s federal probe, was “condescending” and “arrogant.” “Mr. Attorney General,” she said, “show us the report and we’ll come to our own conclusions.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsShe asked what Trump and the Republicans were afraid of and mocked them as “scaredy-cats.” Trump himself headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for a Thursday campaign rally, where he deemed the probe “the greatest hoax in the history of our country” and warned that those behind it “would be held accountable.” “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is dead,” Trump told a packed house of roaring supporters. “This was nothing more than a sinister effort to undermine our historic election victory and to sabotage the will of the American people.” The length of Mueller’s still-confidential report makes clear that there are substantially more details that he and his team have documented in their investigation than Barr disclosed to Congress and the public. The volume of pages was described Thursday by a Justice Department official and another person familiar with the document. The Justice Department official said Barr discussed the length of the report during a phone call Wednesday with Nadler, who would only indicate it was less than 1,000 pages. Both the department official and the other person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the document. Barr would not commit to providing the full report with its underlying evidence, according to a House Democratic aide granted anonymity Thursday to brief reporters. The attorney general has been going through the report amid Democratic concerns that what has been made public so far was tilted in Trump’s favor. It’s unclear whether whatever Barr might release next will be Mueller’s own words or another summary. Nadler offered to join Barr to seek a judge’s approval to unseal grand jury testimony, the aide said. Barr has said he’ll provide Congress with at least a partial version in April and told Nadler he would agree to testify before his committee. As that battle brews, House Democrats barreled ahead with their own investigation of the Trump administration, and Trump resumed his attack on Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., just as the chairman of the intelligence committee was about to gavel his panel into session. “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!” Trump tweeted early Thursday. Republicans picking up on Trump’s complaints formalized their demand that Schiff resign as chairman of the intelligence panel over his comments that there was significant evidence the president and his associates conspired with Russia. “We have no faith in your ability to discharge your responsibilities” in line with the Constitution, the Republicans wrote to Schiff in a missive they read aloud at the hearing. Republicans pointed to Barr’s synopsis, released Sunday, that said Mueller’s probe didn’t find that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. Schiff stood by his remarks, listing the meetings that people in Trump’s circle had with Russians. He noted Trump’s pursuit of a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. “There is a different word for that than collusion, and it’s called compromise,” Schiff said, as he opened the session. The hearing was called to provide an overview on how Russia in the past has blackmailed Americans. Since Barr’s findings were released, Schiff this week has repeated his assertion that evidence of collusion is in “plain sight.” He says Mueller’s failure to find a criminal conspiracy with Russia does not absolve the Trump campaign. Pelosi stood by Schiff, saying she was proud of him and taunting Republicans including Trump for fearing the chairman, whom she called a “patriotic leader.” “What is the president afraid of, Is he afraid of the truth?” she said. “They’re just scaredy-cats.” Democrats complain that Barr overstepped by making the determination, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, that Trump did not obstruct the investigation. While Barr’s summary Sunday said Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election, it also said Mueller reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed the federal investigation, instead setting out “evidence on both sides” of the question. “I would hope the attorney general would not be acting as a political operative for the president,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., a member of the Judiciary Committee.last_img read more

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE FORMS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiami, FL, United States, October 4, 2016 –  Bulletin: Tropical Storm Nicole advisory number 1 from NWS National Hurricane Center, Miami, Fl…New tropical storm in the Atlantic…Summary as of 1100 a.m  AST…1500 UTC…Information———————————————–Location…23.8N 60.4WAbout 525 MI…840 km NE of San Juan Puerto RicoMaximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/hPresent movement…NW or 310 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/hMinimum Central Pressure…1005 MB…29.68 inchesWatches and Warnings  –  There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Discussion and 48-hour outlookAt 1100 a.m AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 60.4 West.  Nicole is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h) and a turn toward the north-northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.  Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little change in strength is forecast for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening.  Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center.  The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 MB (29.68 inches).Hazards affecting land  –  None.Next advisory  –  Next complete advisory at 500 p.m AST. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:no threat to land at this time, tropical storm nicole formslast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 breaks viewing records HBO show most popular

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram) The final season of Game of Thrones finally debuted. And as expected the premiere episode of season 8 of the HBO has shattered viewing records.Reportedly the first episode delivered 17.4 million viewers on Sunday evening across multiple airings, including some live streamings. This number makes the GoT season 8 premiere the biggest telecast in HBO’s history and the most-watched scripted entertainment program of the year.Season 8 of Game of Thrones was one of the most anticipated shows of the year, especially after it took a gap of one year between the seasons. However, Season 8 will have a shortened run of six episodes and will be the show’s final season. As such fan anticipation should be high for every episode leading up to and including the finale which will most likely shatter further records.  The premiere’s viewership numbers surpasses the show’s previous overnight record of 16.9 million viewers for the season 7 finale two years ago. These numbers are still strong, especially after it was reported that HBO lost Dish subscribers in a contract dispute last December (which HBO believes impacted the numbers), and certain streaming partners (such as Amazon, Hulu, Roku) not being counted in this first-round number.The cast and crew of Game of Thrones has been on doing the rounds, with Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke doing their part to promote the show that marks the end of nearly a decade of work. After the end of the final season, it is more than likely that Game of Thrones will go down in history as one of the most popular TV shows in the world.last_img read more

Singapore Airlines arm Scoot expands flight services to India adds Jaipur

first_imgSingapore’s budget airline Scoot is currently increasing its presence in India’s domestic aviation sector. The long-haul budget arm of Singapore Airlines has launched its operations in Jaipur as its third destination.Scoot started its India operations in May this year when it launched flight to Amritsar and Chennai with a Boeing 787 plane. The airline will fly to Jaipur three times a week, which would increase to four from this month end, Press Trust of India reported.”We are excited to welcome an international airline like Scoot as it opens new avenues for the public in Jaipur to fly to popular destinations. This will go a long way in boosting trade and tourism for the city making it more prominent on the world map,” Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan was quoted as saying by the agency.Other subsidiaries’ SilkAir and Tigerair also fly to India.”We are a very young airline, just four years old, but have always been interested in the Indian market. Last year, when aircraft deliveries started coming in, we have been eyeing Indian market. We started the ground work early last year to commence operations here,” Bharath Mahadevan, country head of Scoot airlines had said in a statement in May.The airline hopes to double its operations in terms of cities by 2017.In May 2014, parent company Singapore Airlines (Asia’s biggest carrier by market value) spent $319 million in buying stock in Scoot Pte, Bloomberg reported.last_img read more

Netanyahus India visit Sale of AWACS airtoair missiles on agenda

first_imgIn picture: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi. [File Photo]Press Information BureauIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to come to India on an official visit within two weeks. Netanyahu will visit India for a day just a week before Israel goes to repeat polls after he failed to form a government following the April 9 elections.The Israeli PM will meet his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi where the two leaders are expected to discuss issues including the acquisition of two more Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS), extended range air to air Derby missiles by the Indian Air Force and joint projects in agriculture, water, and waste management.Apart from Military discussions, Netanyahu is expected to extend his support to the Indian government’s abrogation of articles 370 and 35A in Kashmir, as an internal matter and support the bilateral resolution of issues between India and Pakistan. Citing Top diplomats, Hindustan Times reported that before his arrival an advanced security liaison team from Israel will come to Delhi on September 2 to prepare grounds. However, the date of Netanyahu’s arrival is yet to be finalised but he is expected to come either on September 7 or 8.Political pundits have argued saying that Netanyahu’s meeting with PM Modi is more symbolic in nature to enhance his image before the general election. Earlier this year in July, Netanyahu became the longest-serving Israeli prime minister, surpassing Israel’s first premier David Ben-Gurion. Notably, his ruling Lukid party is facing a tough challenge with flagging fortunes. Personally, also the Israeli PM is fighting for personal survival ahead of a hearing before the state prosecution on several graft cases. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an event marking “The Appreciation for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism Day” at the Knesset, Israeli parliament, in JerusalemREUTERS/Ammar AwadIndian is planning to buy $2 billion worth two PHALCON AWACS mounted on Russian A-50 platform for better surveillance in the air. The order is yet to be approved from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). India has five AWACS platforms in comparison to Pakistan, which already has seven in its armada. Moreover, Pakistan has ordered three more from China. Pakistan is already operating three SAAB Erieye and four ZDK-03 from China, which were airborne 24X7 after the Balakot airstrike by the Indian Air Force on JeM camps. On the other hand, IAF deployed AWACS for only 12 hours period.Apart from acquiring two AWACS, India also plans to buy extended range Derby air-to-air missiles from Israel. IAF wants to further upgrade Su-30 MKI with integrating the 70-kilometre range Derby missiles on its platform with the latest radar equipped with a data link to engage with Pakistani F-16s in future.last_img read more

Congress heading for landslide win in Chhattisgarh

first_imgCongress ChhattisgarhThe Congress appeared to be heading for a landslide victory on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, dealing a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Election Commission officials said.After the first round of voting, Congress candidates were ahead of their rivals in 61 of the 90 seats in the battle for an Assembly where the half-way mark is 46.BJP candidates were ahead in 21 constituencies. While Chief Minister Raman Singh managed to reverse the trend after initially trailing to the Congress, all his cabinet Ministers were way behind their rivals.The alliance of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and the Bahujan Samaj Party were leading in seven constituencies.In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP had 49 members and the Congress 39. The BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh since 2003.last_img read more

British MPs reject all Brexit alternatives

first_imgTheresa May File PhotoMPs on Monday once again failed to find a majority on any alternative Brexit plan before them, leaving Britain’s chaotic path towards leaving the EU mired in uncertainty less than two weeks before its departure date.Brussels has set Britain an 12 April deadline to agree to the divorce terms Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc, find an alternative or crash out of the European Union.MPs have already rejected the Brexit divorce deal three times, shredding May’s authority.Parliament’s lower House of Commons seized the initiative last week by holding a first round of votes on eight alternative Brexit options but failed to find a majority on any of them.Refining them down to four, backbenchers voted again on Monday, hoping to find one solution that most of them could agree on.All four failed to find a majority although the result was close for proposals to hold a second referendum and negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU.Brexit secretary Steve Barclay hinted the government could now bring its deal back for a fourth vote this week and avoid a longer delay to Brexit that would mean holding European Parliament elections in May.He warned that otherwise “the default legal position is the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days time” without a deal — an option that experts have warned could cause huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel.”Cabinet will meet in the morning to consider the results of tonight’s vote and how we should proceed,” Barclay said.The EU has called an emergency summit for 10 April and warned that without a plan, Britain risks abruptly ending ties with its largest trading partner two days later, causing huge economic disruption.”With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian television channel Rai 1.Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament’s Brexit committee, said: “A hard Brexit becomes nearly inevitable”.When MPs meet again on Wednesday “the UK has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” Verhofstadt said.Elusive majorityBritain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The political chaos forced May to postpone Britain’s exit from the original date of 29 March, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections on 23-26 May.Frustrated with her approach, MPs last week gave themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding so-called “indicative votes” on a range of different Brexit options.They brought them back on Monday but once again, nothing produced a majority, even with May’s cabinet abstaining.The first motion, calling for the government to negotiate a permanent customs union with the EU, was defeated by 276 votes to 273.The second option, dubbed “Common Market 2.0″, would accept May’s divorce terms but require her to negotiate a new EU customs arrangement and membership of the EU single market. It was beaten by 282 votes to 261.A vote on plans for a second referendum went down by 292 to 280.The final option, which would have instructed government to revoke the legislation to leave the EU a day before Britain is due to crash out, was rejected by 292 to 191.Nick Boles, a Conservative MP who had proposed the Common Market 2.0 plan, announced he was leaving the party after the vote.”I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise,” an emotional Boles told parliament.”I accept I have failed. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party,” he said.Cabinet ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss the outcome of the ballots, and could still decide to hold a fourth vote on May’s deal on Wednesday or Thursday.The votes by MPs were are not legally binding but would have been politically hard to ignore if a majority was found.last_img read more

Texas Company Recalls Nearly 4 Tons Of Ground Beef Products

first_img Share Photo via PixabayThe U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.A Fort Worth meatpacker is recalling nearly 4 tons of ground beef products that contain soy but the allergen is not listed on the labels.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced the recall by PFP Enterprises, also operating as Texas Meat Packers.The recall includes 40-pound cases containing four 10-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4013 and labeled Patterson Food Processors. The recall also includes 10-pound cases containing two 5-pound bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4012 and labeled Patterson Food Processors.The raw, frozen items were produced Sept. 28 and have “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection.The USDA has no reports of anyone getting sick. Recalled items should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.last_img read more

BSU Men Finish Fourth in CIAA Outdoor Track Field Championships

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comIn the annual St. Augustine’s invitational meet that is known as the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, things held true to form on the men’s side as the Falcons won for the 22nd consecutive year.  However, a resurgence on the track at Bowie State led to the men’s team nearly landing on the podium.The men’s team finished in fourth place, while the women finished in sixth in what was their best team conference championship performance since 2006.  Had it not been for a DNF (did not finish) in a preliminary heat and a disqualification because a runner didn’t conclude a distance event, the men would have finished with the team bronze medal.Bowie State freshman Davon Carroll won the CIAA men’s 100 meters at the conference championship meet where the Bulldogs finished 4th. (Courtesy Photo)  Head coach Michelle Latimer has been able to re-establish a successful program whose stars shined brightest this year in their biggest conference meet.  Most CIAA track experts didn’t expect for Bowie State to be in the running with the heavyweight programs in the conference, but they entered with high expectation and were within those missteps of meeting their goal.“We went to the meet expecting to finish on the podium this year,” said head coach Michelle Latimer.  “Despite their youth, this team ran with a lot of confidence. This is a unique group of kids with one common goal.”“Track is an individual sport, but you still have to be part of a team to win.”Freshman Davon Carroll, who was as consistent a performer as anyone in the CIAA all season, won the conference championship in the marquee event.  Carroll finished first in the 100-meters finals with the time of 10.51 seconds after placing third in men’s preliminary heat at 10.57.Carroll is a local athlete who stayed at home to compete in college, but Latimore knew he was the type of runner who could be a program changer with.  “He’s a humble young man who his very coachable,” Latimore said.In men’s 4×100-meter relay, Bowie State finished third at 41.69. Teaming with Demontay Snowden, Derrick Corley, and Frank Bailey,  Carroll anchored the final led of the race which was a big factor in their final point total that helped them finish in the top four in the race for the team title.Carroll, who was clearly the most valuable performer for the Bulldogs during the regular season, finished in seventh place at the Penn Relays in late April. He also made a significant impact on the team in the 200 meters.  His 21.41 time was good for second place, which were important points in the team competition as they made their bid for a place on the podium with the champions.Sophomore Stedman Cook, a University of Connecticut transfer, also proved to be a vital contributor to their run during the CIAA  championships. Cook’s 22.14 time in the 200 meters earned second place after a fifth place finish in the 100 meter event with his time of 10.51.Bowie State also got a lift from its 4X400 meter relay team, who also made its way to the podium.  The team of Jalen Sykes, Robert Thomas, O’Shay Powers and Demontay Snowden ran a time of 3:21.76 to finish third.last_img read more

St Xaviers College Raghabpur campus to come up with hostels

first_imgKolkata: St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous) is taking a slew of measures for academic expansion and infrastructure development and also setting up hostels for boys and girls on its Raghabpur campus in South 24-Parganas to cater to the students from the far-flung rural areas of the Sunderbans.”We have found out that currently only students within a 15 km radius attend the college at Raghabpur, whose medium of instruction is Bengali. Hence, we have planned to set up two hostels – one each for boys and girls so that students from the interiors of Sunderbans can have access to higher education. The hostel fees will be nominal to ensure that they face no difficulty in staying in the hostels and pursue their studies,” Rev Dr Dominic Savio, principal of St. Xavier’s College said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that the Raghabpur campus, which started five years back, has been doing very well and the college intends to impart some soft skill development programmes and vocational training programmes to make them industry friendly. The college also intends to set up a community college on this campus.”We will start post graduate courses in English, Political Science or International Relations and Education on its Park Street campus and in Bengali on Raghabpur campus from the academic year 2019-20. The College also has plans to start PG course in Chemistry,” Savio said. The college also has plans to offer PhD in the subjects that will be introduced from the next academic year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe College is also introducing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in all the subjects from the current academic session. Preparations began in July 2017 for framing curriculum and examination modes among other academic changes and now the college is ready to introduce CBCS. “We had introduced the same in Commerce and Business Administration department last year and now it will be introduced in all subjects of Science and Arts,” a senior official said.The college is also starting a counseling cell for parents. “We have counseling cell for students. Now, we will be extending the facility to the parents as well as they are major stakeholders in progress and overall development of students. We believe in holistic development,” the Principal maintained.last_img read more

MAKAUT starts 25 professional courses from this year

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure employability for its students after they pass out from the engineering colleges, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) is introducing as many as 25 professional courses from this academic year.”We are constantly upgrading our existing curriculum according to the demands of the industry to ensure employability for the students. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has urged all universities across the country to frame its curriculum in a manner so that it keeps pace with the changing times and we are leaving no stones unturned. As many as 25 new courses are being introduced from this academic year,” Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Salkat Maitra, said at a press conference in the city which was convened by Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI), Bengal, to announce the dates of three day pre-counseling fairs and seminars at Netaji Indoor Stadium from June 5 to 7. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that MAKAUT presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. “The new professional courses have been designed in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce based nationally as well as at the state level. The emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cyber Security and Blockchain will have huge employability potential in the days to come. Our students should be ready for this,” Maitra maintained. Real Estate Management, Data Science, Culinary Science are some of the courses that will be introduced. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSatyam Roy Chowdhury, secretary, APAI, said the pre-counselling fair is aimed at motivating the students to remain in the state and pursue their higher education within the state. A number of private engineering and management colleges across the state will be present at the three-day fair.The three-day fair will also have a special lucky draw event in which 25 students per day will be awarded Rs 20,000 each. They will be handed over this amount as soon as they seek admission to the engineering or management institution under APAI.last_img read more

KMC to charge money from owners for not cleaning garbage

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will charge money from owners of private houses, bodies of housing complexes and authorities looking after government properties for not cleaning garbage from their premises.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in the office of Borough XI on Wednesday.Representatives of Boroughs X and XII also attended the meeting. Atin Ghosh, Mayor-in-Council (Health), KMC Commissioner, Director Generals of building, solid waste management also attended the meeting. The Councilors of the Wards under the Boroughs were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA similar meeting will be held on September 22 in the office of Borough XIV. The senior officials of Boroughs XIII, XIV, XV and XVI will attend the meeting.The meetings are being held as a part of the drives against dengue.It was decided that the KMC will issue notices under Section 496A of the KMC Act to the owners who fail to clear garbage from their premises. The workers of the solid waste management department of the KMC will clear garbage from the premises and in the case of individual houses, the charges will be added to the property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn case of government properties, the KMC will send the bill to the authorities looking after the buildings.In case the owners fail to pay the money, the KMC will file cases against them in the MunicipalCourt.In case of individual buildingswhere the civic authorities will fail to spot the owners or that are kept under lock and key for years together, the civic authorities in presence of local police will break open the lock and clean the premises. Senior KMC officials said that unless the individual house owners, authorities and bodies looking after the government buildings and housing complexes clean garbage from the premises, it is impossible for KMC to clean garbage from each and every premise which is the responsibility of the owners.They further added that to make the anti-dengue drive successful, cooperation from the owners of houses and authorities of institutional buildings is required.It may be mentioned that the civic authorities are engaging the Durga Puja committees to create awareness against dengue in their respective areas and the best Puja committee will be given cash award.”It is a collective drive and we seek cooperation from people representing all walks of life,” said Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health).last_img read more

2 arrested with fake currency notes in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: Murshidabad district police have nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from Farakka.According to police, on Thursday night sleuths got a tip-off that a good number of FICN denominations will be smuggled through Farakka. After a while police came to know from sources that two persons from south India whose whereabouts seemed suspicious were staying in a hotel near New Farakka crossing. Based on the information, on the wee hours of Friday, police raided the room number 33 of the hotel and detained two residents of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. During search sleuths found 350 FICN of Rs 2000 denomination. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseImmediately, the duo identified as Raghunand Naidu and Rajesh Dewala was arrested. Later, during interrogation they said that they were acting as a carrier of FICN. A person from Baishnabnagar in Malda had delivered the FICNs to them on Thursday. They were about to leave for Chittoor on Saturday. They also confessed that previously they tried to get hold of FICN but failed to get right contact. Sleuths suspect that a racket in Andhra Pradesh is trying to smuggle in FICN there. The Superintendent of Police (SP) of Murshidabad, Sri Mukesh said: “The rate of FICN is Rs 1 lakh for FICN worth Rs 2 lakh. We are trying to identify the person who came from Malda to deliver the FICNs.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police, last year Murshidabad District Police had nabbed 84 persons and seized FICN worth Rs 1 crore 28 lakh. This year till Friday, 10 persons have been arrested and approximately Rs 10.28 lakh have been seized. Malda for long has a prominent hub for counterfeit currency trade. According to an estimate by Bengal CID, this year, various security agencies have seized counterfeit currencies worth Rs 1.75 crore from across the country and every seizure had the familiar Malda link.last_img read more

Be well live well with Fairmont Kea Lanis new wellness package

first_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, October 24, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted bycenter_img Tags: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii, Promotions, Wellness Travel WAILEA, HAWAII — In keeping with Hawaii’s long-standing tradition of maintaining mindfulness and wellness, Fairmont Kea Lani has unveiled a new wellness package that promotes healthy living and inner balance.Called ‘inspire Your Energy Wellness Package’, it includes daily breakfast buffet at Kea Lani Restaurant, daily fitness classes like barre, meditation and pilates, a 30-minute consultation with a fitness & wellness coordinator, and two 60-minute body treatments at the award-winning willow Stream Spa.The package also includes daily access to Willow Stream Spa’s heat and hydro facilities, and a signed copy of Eric Saperston’s book ‘Live in Wonder: Quests, quotes and Questions To Jumpstart Your Journey’.Package rates start at US$789 per night, double occupancy, in a Fairmont Suite.“The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package is designed for guests interested in living a healthy, uplifted and energized life,” says Shannah Milstead, director of sales and marketing of the 450-key all suite and villa resort. “We’ve combined restorative treatments and mindfulness with an opportunity for guests to recharge and transform into a better version of themselves,” explains Milstead. “The Inspire Your Energy Wellness Package allows guests to approach wellness in a very personalized way with the guidance and expertise of our Energy Ambassador.”Launched in 2016, the Fairmont Kea Lani’s Inspire Your Energy program provides an integrated style to wellness by connecting guests to the activities they are passionate about while enjoying the tropical outdoor surroundings of Wailea, distinct mana (power or energy) of the islands and unique culture of Hawai’i.Fairmont Kea Lani, is Hawaii’s only all-suite and villa luxury resort. Nestled on the golden sands of Wailea’s Polo Beach, this award-winning oceanfront property is renowned for its distinct approach to beach resort luxury. Be well, live well with Fairmont Kea Lani’s new wellness packagelast_img read more