Farmers slam Sena for double standards on expressway

first_imgEven as the Maharashtra government begins direct purchase of land from farmers for the proposed 800-km Mumbai–Nagpur super expressway, farmer organisations are unhappy with, what they are calling, Shiv Sena’s “double standards”. This follows Sena minister Eknath Shinde’s direct involvement in the sale process, months after the party voiced its opposition to the project.On Thursday, Ram Sahu – a farmer in Nagpur district became the first to sell 1.25 hectare for the project for around ₹59 lakh. Mr. Shinde signed on the sale deed as a witness in an effort to encourage more farmers to sell their land to the government for this project. Ironically, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had not only met farmer organisations which are agitating against the proposed project assuring absolute support but its leaders in Thane, and Nashik have joined the farmers’ protests.“Shiv Sena and Eknath Shinde have back-stabbed farmers. Uddhav Thackeray has said that the road will not be constructed without taking farmers into confidence but his minister is promoting the road. Whom should we believe? Whose interests are being served by the minister” asked Baban Harne, convener, Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti – a farmer body protesting against the project.Mr. Shinde said he is taking note of all reservations raised against the project by farmers. “I have been informing all these issues to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and working towards solving it,” We stand with development, but at the same time we believe that not a single farmers should face injustice,” he said, adding that the government will complete the project only after every farmer is satisfied.Meanwhile, Mr. Fadnavis has cancelled a special meeting called on Friday with Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and agitation farmers to discuss issues raised by farmers. The CM’s office In a message conveyed to farmers, CM office said in a statement that the meeting will now be held after the presidential poll. Sources in the CMO said that the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting Mumbai on Saturday and Mr Fadnavis would be busy on Friday.“It just shows the casual attitude of this government regarding farmer issues. Date of presidential poll was announced much before, but still the meeting was scheduled on Friday. What was so pressing for the CM that he had to cancel it? This is not only our insult but also of senior leader like Sharad Pawar,” said Mr Harnelast_img read more

Awesome Foursome

first_imgA side is only as good as its leader. Now we have heard comments like “my grandmother could have led the Australian sides in the 1990s to victory”, but they belittle the role of a captain in sport. The captain’s role in any international team is absolutely critical. The captain has to bring the best out of his players. His job is not to teach them how to play but to encourage them to give their best. It may or may not result in a match-winning performance on a certain day but pays off in the long run.Mike Brearley, in his Art of Captaincy, has done a wonderful job in highlighting the role of a captain. When a side is habitually winning, as was common for the West Indies under Clive Lloyd and Australia under Steve Waugh, it is easy to miss the importance of leadership. One has to only look back at West Indies cricket before Lloyd took over to see his contribution. He was able to get the players to rise above their inter-island (inter-country) rivalries and perform under the West Indies flag to become possibly cricket’s greatest team ever. Waugh raised the level of Australia a notch when he took over captaincy.Who would have imagined India winning the World Cup in 1983, or Sri Lanka in 1996? But leaders like Kapil Dev and Arjuna Ranatunga were able to rally their forces admirably, winning the small battles as well as the final frontier by beating seemingly invincible teams. In all World Cups, it’s not about winning the first few games but peaking at the right time. Sides such as South Africa have peaked early and then gone on to lose crucial semi-finals. The World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint. The side that plays best when it reaches the quarter-finals with its players peaking at the right time will be the one that comes out on top.advertisementEach successful captain brings something special to the table, something he shares only with his team members. Different captains have different styles. When I became England’s captain, they had hit rock bottom and needed a firm leader to give them a push up. By the end of my reign, they needed a captain such as Michael Vaughan to help them to go out and express themselves in a carefree manner as they did in the 2005 Ashes series. For this World Cup, all captains will be working out their plans. A captain’s success also depends on his equation with the coach. India and England owe a lot of their recent successes to their respective captain-coach combines. The coach is an integral part of a captain’s success.(Top left) Kumar Sangakkara, M S Dhoni, Andrew Strauss and Ricky PontingA lot will rest on the shoulders of the men I consider as the top four captains of this World Cup. M.S. Dhoni has led India admirably over the past few years. He is calm and unflappable under pressure and seems to be enjoying captaincy. The Indians will be under a lot of pressure at home, and Dhoni will have to alleviate the pressure from his boys. That will hold the key to India’s success in the World Cup. His very successful partnership with coach Gary Kirsten will be put to its toughtest test yet.Kumar Sangakkara is captain of a young and strong Sri Lankan side, which is ranked third on the icc’s odi charts. Like Dhoni, he is also going to feel the “home” pressure, but the Lankans have a solid record at home.Ricky Ponting and Australia can never be counted out. The Aussies are no longer a “great” side, but they are still the world’s top-ranked odi team. Ponting has the capability to inspire his boys and lead a final onslaught but it’s not going to be as easy as it was in the previous three World Cups.Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have worked brilliantly as a team and inspired England to become the No. 3 Test team. Despite their recent loss to Australia in the odi series, after retaining the Ashes convincingly, England will be a dangerous side. They can beat anyone on their day and Strauss has his team’s backing to the hilt.The dark horse of the tournament is definitely Pakistan. They may be down in the rankings but can never be underestimated. They have been through much turmoil and scandal. Shahid Afridi and his boys will be itching to set things right.The writer is a former captain of the England cricket teamadvertisementlast_img read more

NU, Ateneo set up UAAP juniors finals rematch

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kai Sotto had 22 points, 19 in the second half, with eight rebounds while rookie Ian Espinosa had 19 points, four assists, and two steals.The two teams will start their three-game series on Monday at Filoil Flying V Center.NU swept the season series against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel PLAY LIST 01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:12Minors joining leftist groups worse off than drug users, parent says at Senate probe02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Terrence Fortea lit up for 30 points to lead last year’s runners-up with 22 of those coming in the first half to put the Bullpups up 54-35, essentially setting up their return to the title round.“He really played well. Day in and day out, that’s how he is. He will try his best,” said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde of Fortea. “We really played well, we executed our plays, but the most important thing is we’re preparing for the Finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe reigning champions Blue Eaglets staved off Far Eastern University’s furious comeback to come away with a 90-82 win and a chance for a title repeat.FEU was down by as much as 21 points but the Blue Eaglets were able to hold off the Baby Tamaraws in the final seconds. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants FILE — Terrence Fortea leads the way for NU anew. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be a championship rematch as National University and Ateneo handled its respective foes in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 junior’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Bullpups had themselves a feast after an easy 94-72 victory over Adamson University.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,770.36, up 42.04 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down eight cents, 2.64 per cent, to $2.95 on 5.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 50 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $25.93 on 4.12 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up four cents, 1.81 per cent, to $2.25 on 4.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 14 cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $14.23 on 3.8 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.13 per cent, to $37.30 on 3.4 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 35 cents, 2.80 per cent, to $12.83 on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up $1.45, 2.14 per cent, to $69.13 on 896,483 shares. The Canadian auto parts maker says it’s joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.last_img read more

Firm tied to Facebook scandal says its work similar to traditional campaigning

first_imgOTTAWA – The co-founders of a Canadian firm tied to the international Facebook data controversy argued Tuesday that their seven-employee political consultancy has never broken the law — and only offers electoral support comparable to traditional door-knocking, phone canvassing and lawn signs.In testimony before a parliamentary committee, Jeff Silvester of B.C.-based AggregateIQ also insisted his company’s services, which he said include digital ads, website creation and software development, are already widely used by Canada’s major political parties.“We are not data harvesters by any stretch of the imagination and, certainly, we don’t do psychographic profiling or profiling of any other type,” he told the House of Commons committee.“We’re not psychologists, we’re tech guys.”Silvester also described AggregateIQ’s services as straightforward, saying they help political customers craft messages for online political ads and to effectively manage data that they’ve already collected themselves.“We are not a practitioner of the so-called digital dark arts,” he said.In recent weeks, however, allegations have surfaced that say the firm has been involved in something much bigger.The appearance by Silvester, AggregateIQ’s chief operating officer, and CEO Zack Massingham came a couple of weeks after their Victoria firm was suspended by social-media giant Facebook following reports of its alleged connection to British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.AggregateIQ is also under investigation by privacy commissioners in Ottawa, B.C. and the United Kingdom for its alleged role in the controversy that has engulfed Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of improperly using private Facebook information from millions of users to influence voters and give the “Leave” side a win in the U.K.’s 2016 Brexit referendum.Cambridge Analytica has also been accused of using private Facebook data to help Donald Trump’s winning 2016 U.S. presidential bid.The Cambridge Analytica controversy has forced policy-makers and regulators around the globe to consider how to better protect users’ online data. Facebook estimates the personal information of 622,161 users in Canada — and nearly 87 million worldwide — was accessed by Cambridge Analytica without authorization.AggregateIQ was connected to the scandal following allegations made by Canadian data expert and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, who was once a friend and colleague of Silvester and Massingham. Wylie worked for Cambridge Analytica.Last month, Wylie told the media committee of the British parliament that he believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases when it worked on the Leave campaign. He said the data could have been used to micro-target voters in the narrow referendum that eventually produced a win for the campaign fighting for Britain’s exit from the European Union.Wylie said it was “incredibly reasonable” to say that AggregateIQ had a very significant role in the Leave side’s victory. He also told Britain’s Observer newspaper that the companies shared underlying technology and had a working relationship so tight that Cambridge Analytica staff often referred to the Canadian firm as a “department.”On Tuesday, while under questioning by MPs, Silvester maintained his company did contract work for Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL, but that it had never been part of either firm.AggregateIQ has never violated laws in Canada or abroad, nor does it retain or share any data provided to it by clients, he said.Silvester compared AggregateIQ’s work to the campaign efforts of volunteers and of political candidates themselves to woo voters.“The ads that we show — it’s the digital equivalent of an ad on someone’s lawn or on a street corner,” he told the committee on access to information, privacy and ethics, which has been holding hearings on the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.“You choose where you want it go, you put your message on there and people drive by and see it. And it’s the same for the Internet and same with going door to door and the same with making phone calls.”MPs peppered Silvester and Massingham with questions about allegations of their firm’s connection to Cambridge Analytica. Many committee members seemed unconvinced by the responses.“I just would say as the chair of this committee … I think we’re all saying the same thing and we’re all concerned — something doesn’t smell right here,” said committee chair Bob Zimmer, a Conservative MP.In a news conference that followed the committee meeting, Silvester told reporters his company creates software for clients that’s similar to tools designed for and used by Canada’s three major political parties.For example, he insisted it enables volunteers to enter voter information they collect on door steps on tablets rather than with paper. It’s more reliable, faster and helps them avoid duplicating efforts during the rush of election campaigns.“We’ve got nothing to hide — we make websites, we make software and we do online advertising,” Silvester said.“We’re confident we’ve done nothing wrong and we feel that at the end of this, once everything all works out, that that will come to the fore.”When asked about his relationship with Wylie, he said the last time he spoke to him was September 2017 when they exchanged pleasantries and had what he called a “great conversation.”“It’s somewhat baffling to me that he would be saying these things — I don’t know why he’s saying them,” said Silvester, who’s known Wylie since 2005 and helped him land a job in the office of former federal Liberal leader Stephane Dion.Wylie continued working for the Liberal leader’s office under Michael Ignatieff until 2009, when his contract wasn’t renewed.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Methane gas continues to leak in Montney Basin finds recent study

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new video has been released showing methane leaking from gas wells in the Montney Basin.In December, non-profit organization Earthworks and the Pembina Institute used optical gas imaging cameras to document methane leaking from polluting gas wells and other facilities.According to scientists, methane is a greenhouse gas that traps 84 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. It is invisible to the human eye but responsible for 25 percent of already observed changes to Earth’s climate. “With the release of the CleanBC climate plan this month, the government re-energized its global leadership on climate change.  We trust that B.C. will apply that same ambition and strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.”Although there are strong elements to reduce reported and vented emissions, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission’s draft regulatory framework would exempt 93 percent of sites from frequent leak detection and repair and 35 percent of sites from modern instrument-based inspection.The B.C. Government plans to finalize methane regulations in 2019.You can view the methane gas leak video below. The images of leaking methane come in the wake of the David Suzuki Foundation’s peer-reviewed research showing methane pollution from B.C.’s oil and gas industry is much higher than reported. According to the research, 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Jan Gorski, of Pembina Institute, says oil and gas projects release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks.“Oil and gas operations, including those that will supply future LNG projects, release methane pollution into the atmosphere through intentional venting and unintentional leaks. B.C.’s draft regulations do not address the full scale of the province’s methane pollution problem.”In early 2018, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said it would be developing new ways of monitoring methane emissions and implementing a fugitive emissions management program after a report from the David Suzuki Foundation confirmed the findings of a study released in 2017.The report suggests the regulations under development should include more frequent site inspections of oil and gas operations and stronger policies to address intentional methane venting.Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director, says the Foundation trusts that the Province strengthen the draft methane pollution framework to ensure the industry is a responsible partner in the province’s climate plan.last_img read more

NDP leaning in to Jagmeet Singhs ethnicity targeting resources strategically

first_imgBut the NDP also spent $1.4 million more than it had in revenues last year.New Democrats are facing a number of uphill battles that have blunted the competitive edge they had the start of the 2015 election race, when the party began in a virtual three-way-tie with the Liberals and Conservatives — the first time ever the NDP was in true contention for government.After peaking early in that campaign, New Democrats suffered a devastating loss of dozens of seats across Canada, bottoming out notably in Quebec — the region of the country that helped the “Orange Wave” of 2011 deliver them to Official Opposition status.The party’s fortunes were further hampered after members unceremoniously ousted their leader, Thomas Mulcair, at the 2016 party convention in Alberta, but then left him in place as a lame duck for more than a year.A steady stream of recognized and well-respected NDP MPs have since left their seats or decided not to run again. In total, 11 sitting NDP MPs are not running in this race — the highest attrition rate of any party with official status in the last six elections. This, coupled with a turnover of trusted internal staff, hasn’t helped morale.But despite all of this, party executives insist they have every reason to enter the race with a spring in their steps.Members and volunteers have been bolstered by Singh, who won a seat in the House of Commons ahead of the election, offering Canadians a glimpse of a confident leader at work in Parliament, ready to go head-to-head with Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Supporters are drawn to Singh’s youthful energy, his unabashed style of brightly coloured turbans and bespoke suits and his passion for riding his bicycle to political events, New Democrats say.“I think the opportunity in front of them is real,” says outgoing NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who, after 15 years in office, decided not to seek re-election.Voters upset with Trudeau’s record on issues like Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and health care represent an opening for New Democrats, he says. He also believes Scheer’s political troubles on ideological issues like abortion and same-sex marriage make him vulnerable.“I think Jagmeet represents something completely different in politics, and why not lean into that?”While the party is quick to sing the praises of their leader, Singh’s race and religion — he is a practising Sikh — have been an issue the party has had to stickhandle from the time he ran for the leadership.Howard says she believes Singh’s ethnicity is an asset.“I think lots of people are excited to be working on the campaign of the first-ever person of colour who is running to be prime minister of the of the country.”The party’s decision to run an ad in Quebec that explicitly opens a dialogue about his religion allows Singh to show voters how his multicultural identity is part of what sets him apart, Cullen says.Even the party’s challenges could actually be a strength for the NDP.“With expectations, I would argue, being low right now in terms of the party and his performance, this is a real opportunity,” Cullen says.“I think Mulcair suffered from too-high expectations, in the debates and the outcome, where even 44 seats looked like a failure. But I think with Jagmeet going into these debates and his performance on the campaign, he could far exceed expectations and maybe surprise people and have people surprise themselves.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press “We will be making some choices where we will be focusing our resources more.”Planes and buses will be used to tour NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh all around the country. Areas with key candidates or where the party believes it has the best opportunity to win seats will be the primary focus, however. Those include vote-rich areas with populations most likely to have become disenchanted with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on issues of affordability, housing, transit and pharmacare.Expect to see Singh spend much of his time in British Columbia and in Ontario, especially in areas around Toronto such as Brampton and the union heartland of Hamilton. The party hopes especially to appeal to factory workers and farmers upset over the impacts of trade disputes with the U.S. and China. “We are going to be spending the campaign talking to Canadians who are concerned with those issues and talking to them about what the NDP would bring — that we would be a government that would be on the side of people and not on the side of wealthy corporations,” Howard says.Organizers plan to deliver this message not just through traditional television ads, but by buying more digital advertising. The party will also try to speak directly to their audiences through direct social media content.Dedicated social-media staff will be on the leader’s tour to capture pictures and videos of Singh interacting with voters on the ground — something Singh has already been doing on his own with regular behind-the-scenes videos on platforms like Instagram. OTTAWA — As Liberals and Conservatives prepare to launch their well-funded election machines to fight for the highest political office in the land, federal New Democrats are taking a much less ambitious approach: try to outperform lowered expectations.The party will run a national campaign, with promising a full roster of 338 candidates. But with fewer resources than its two main political rivals, the plan is to be more targeted in areas where the NDP can get the best bang for its buck.“I think it just means being more focused, more strategic, more effective,” says Jennifer Howard, the party’s campaign director.center_img Being more creative with party resources during this race will be necessary, due to a dismal party balance sheet.The NDP finished 2018 with nearly $4.5 million in negative net assets, the third year in a row the party has filed an annual financial return with total assets that were less than overall liabilities.It is the worst balance sheet the party has had since 2001, which is the earliest year for which the reports are available online.Donations and contributions were up a little, with the NDP receiving about $5.2 million in 2018, compared to $5.1 million the year before — thanks in part to a return to the “Jagmeet-and-greets” that proved popular fundraisers during his leadership campaign.last_img read more

Mens basketball Gene Smith voices support for Thad Matta

OSU coach Thad Matta signals to the official that a foul should have been called in a game against Purdue on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Courtesy of Tino BovenziThe speculation on Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s job safety has been rampant for much of the past two seasons, only amplified with this season’s 17-14 record and 11th-place finish in the Big Ten.The Department of Athletics has offered no clarity amid the speculation, until Wednesday.Ohio State Athletics Director and Senior Vice President Gene Smith cleared the air in an official statement, voicing his confidence in Matta’s ability to return the program to national prominence.“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve,” Smith said in a statement. “I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13-year tenure.”Smith’s statement comes after Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Matta would return to the program despite concerns about the coach’s health. Matta fielded questions on Tuesday about the report, his general well-being and the university’s lack of public support for him.Matta said that he didn’t care whether the athletic department publically supported him or not, but affirmed that his health would not affect him enough to step down from his his post.In the statement, Smith said that he and Matta had a discussion about the future of the program, and Smith mentioned Matta’s 337-122 all-time record, five Big Ten titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances as reasons to retain Matta as head coach.Earlier this season, Matta said that his travel for recruiting is indicative of his commitment to the future of the program. The Buckeyes currently have two players signed for the 2017 recruiting class, and three verbally committed in the 2018 class.Matta’s current contract runs through the 2018-19 season. read more

Neymar confident he will be 100 for World Cup

first_imgWhile admitting that he has still not yet fully recovered from his foot injury, Neymar is remaining optimistic over his recovery and is certain that he will back at “100%” for Brazil’s opening gameThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been struggling with the foot injury since a game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.After doing his rehabilitation in Brazil, Neymar returned to PSG for their final matches of the season but was unable to recover sufficiently to take part and gain some much needed minutes on the pitch.However, the 26-year-old is confident he will be fully recovered for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.“Physically I am well, my foot is fine. I am adapting to a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” said Neymar, according to Independent.On how he is now, Neymar stated: “Not 100 percent yet. But that comes with time. It is normal that I have this fear of making complete movements. Let’s take it easy, there are still many days until the (World Cup) opener and I will be 100 percent then.”The Brazilian is hopeful that he will be able to take part in their first friendly against Croatia at Liverpool on Sunday.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I am ready to play, there is nothing that can stop me,” he said.“What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.”Neymar was forced out of Brazil’s previous World Cup with a vertebral fracture and had to watch as his teammates succumb to a humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual champions Germany at their home ground.“I hope that dream is not interrupted once more and that it is consolidated with a title for us,” added Neymar.Despite PSG’s best attempts, speculation surrounding Neymar’s future remains strong.“My focus is Brazil, people are saying nonsense and that is not worth answering,” said Neymar, when asked.last_img read more

Official Mousa Dembele leaves Spurs for Guangzhou RF

first_imgTottenham have confirmed that they’ve agreed to sell Mousa Dembele to Chinese club Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has only made seven starts in 10 Premier League appearances this season for Spurs due to the strong competition and his own fitness problems.Dembele has been sidelined since injuring his ankle against Wolves at the beginning of November and was expected to leave Spurs this month due to being out contract this summer.Now London-based club have decided to cash in on Dembele before it’s too late with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou being his preferred destination, despite interest from Beijing Sinobo.“I’ve always had a good experience here,” Dembele told SpursTV.“I go away with an unbelievable feeling and with a certain love for the club. The club is part of my family now.”Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Dembele managed 10 goals and 12 assists in 249 appearances for Spurs in all competitions after joining from Fulham in 2012.”The Club is part of my family now.”🗣️ We caught up with @mousadembele for a nostalgic look back at his six-and-a-half year career at Spurs. 💙 pic.twitter.com/uCt7VIXE8V— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 17, 2019last_img read more

Albiol insists Napoli have to score against Liverpool

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol insists the team have to score if they’re to qualify for the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.The Partenopei can qualify for the next round, with a draw enough to take them through but Albiol insists the team must be compact and must score to achieve that aim.“We know that tomorrow will be a tough game, hard to play,” Albiol admitted in the pre-match Press conference, as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to be quick, because they’ll be aggressive from the start. We need to be attentive in every minute of the game and stay calm.”“Knowing how to defend deep is important, we need to be compact because we know they’re a strong team in the spaces, with quick forwards.”Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“The most important thing is our mentality, we have to be able to score.”“We’ve worked hard to get to this game, we need to do everything we can to win it and go to the next round.”last_img read more

New Gas Tax In Anchorage Goes Into Effect Today

first_imgThe gas tax has been met with mixed emotions from residents in the Anchorage area, with some racing to the pumps yesterday to fill their tanks prior to the new tax starting today. According to Mayor Berkowitz, each Anchorage resident will be paying roughly $35-$50 per year in gas tax. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said the fuel tax was proposed as a way to alleviate a heavy reliance on property taxes in Anchorage. The gas tax was proposed by the Budget Advisory Commission in Anchorage, and then was approved by the Anchorage Assembly in November of 2017. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-anchorage-gas-tax.mp300:00RPd The proposal submitted by the chairman of the Budget Advisory Commission, Al Tamagni, said the proposed tax would generate about $14-million a year and that the commission recommends that 100 percent of that be used for property tax relief. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Drivers passing through the Anchorage area will be faced with paying an extra 10 cents per gallon at the pump starting today.last_img read more

Deadline To Register To Vote Or Update Registration Approaching

first_imgAnyone interested in registering to vote or those who need to update their registration information, may do so in-person at one of the division’s offices or on DOE’s website. Voters can check their registration status online, viewing their voter registration cards or contacting DOE regional offices. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Eligible Alaska voters have until October 7 to make sure they are registered to vote or update their registration information in time for the upcoming November 6, General Election. State Elections Director Josie Bahnke: “We highly encourage voter participation in the General Election and ask all Alaskans to remind their friends, families and neighbors to register to vote now or double-check their registration information to make sure it reflects where they currently reside ahead of the statutory deadline.” The deadline to register to vote or update registration information for the General Election is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, 2018.last_img read more

Dunleavy Requests Federal Assistance For Earthquake Relief

first_imgThe declaration would authorize a full suite of federal assistance for the State of Alaska as a result of the major earthquake that occurred on November 30, 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “The November 30th earthquake caused significant damage – shuttered schools, destroyed homes, displaced hundreds of Alaskans – and we have determined that effective recovery efforts are beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments. In an effort to ensure Alaskans have every opportunity to recover, we have formally requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration under the federal Stafford Act, which opens the door to an assortment of federal assistance programs to get Alaska back up on its feet faster.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy in a press conference yesterday made the announcement that he is requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. During the conference Governor Dunleavy said it’s unclear whether the federal government’s partial shutdown will affect how soon the state gets a response to the request.center_img Initial damage assessments and costs for needs such as temporary housing were around $100 million, according to figures provided by the state. The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration request can be found here.last_img read more

Inaccurate Data Hampers DODs Ability to Track Its Leased Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The inventory system DOD uses to report on its leased assets contains inaccurate and incomplete data, encumbering its ability to fully determine the number, size and costs of its leases for real property, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a recent report.“The total amount is not entirely known, but it’s likely to be substantial,” Brian Lepore, the agency’s director of defense capabilities and management issues, told Federal News Radio.The agency found that about 15 percent of the lease records in the Real Property Assets Database for fiscal 2011 and 10 percent of the records for FY 2013 were inaccurate. In some cases, DOD recorded the rent for a facility as being higher than the total combined cost of rent, utilities and parking.Most of these errors were in the lease records for the Army, which manages about 80 percent of the leased assets records in the database; however, the Army is aware of these issues and is taking steps to correct future data. GAO also found that the database did not include about 5 percent of the Army’s lease records for FY 2011 and FY 2013.“There is some concern about the reliability of the data,” Lepore said.Furthermore, GAO found that the database does not contain a data element for the square footage for leases in which there are multiple tenants occupying space in the same building, as is the case for some Washington Headquarters Service leases.At one facility, two DOD activities shared about 30,000 square feet of leased space, but the database listed each organization as occupying the entire space, doubling the amount of space listed in the records.Lepore said some people may see this as “nitpicky, but it’s really important for effective financial management to have a good handle on what you are paying to run your operation, and in the absence of that, it’s hard to make really good, effective decisions.”To improve the accuracy and completeness of the data in DOD’s Real Property Assets Database (RPAD), GAO recommended that the Army enforce DOD guidance which states that for multiple assets associated with a single lease, the military departments and the Washington Headquarters Service must provide a breakout of the annual rent plus other costs for each asset on the lease, to avoid overstating costs associated with such leases.The congressional watchdog agency also recommended DOD modify its Real Property Information Model to include a data element to capture the square footage for each lease of space in a single building and also make a corresponding change to its guidance to require that the square footage for each individual lease be reported when multiple leases exist for a single building, to avoid overstating the total square footage assigned to each lease in RPAD.last_img read more

Cards Sign Matthew Fung

first_imgSome of his career highlights include eight singles wins in the prestigious USA Clay Courts SuperNationals where he advanced to the semifinals of the consolation draw. He was reached the singles finals of the Florida Level 4 tournament in Daytona and the Florida Level 5 tournaement in North Miami. Story Links Fung comes to Louisville from Miami, Florida, and played an instrumental role in Miami Palmetto Senior High School’s state championship run. He holds a 5-star rating according to tennisrecruiting.net and is ranked No. 39 nationally in the class of 2019. University of Louisville head coach Rex Ecarma has announced that Matthew Fung has signed a National-Letter-of-Intent to continue his playing career with the Cardinals.center_img “One of Louisville Athletics motto is being ‘humble and hungry’ and this describes Matthew Fung perfectly,” said Ecarma. “He is an intelligent and pragmatic on and off the court.  He is one of the three signees whose parent is also his coach.  One of the reasons he chose UofL I believe is that the similarities in coaching style that his father and I have.  Matthew was very well-received here during his recruiting trip and felt he would fit right in.  He is very coachable and is known for his singles play, but his doubles game is really developing.  He reminds me of former Cardinal standout Chris Simich, but also has the court speed of current player, Clement Filho.  I am excited about coaching him for four years.” “I chose Louisville because I wanted to be challenged on the tennis court and in the classroom,” said Fung. “I also wanted to play in the ACC Conference and I will experience all these things at the University of Louisville.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Man woman found hanging in Digha hotel room

first_imgKolkata: A man and a woman committed suicide by hanging themselves at a hotel room in Digha on Friday morning.Police said the victims Shankar Sarkar (29) and Atasi Sarkar (26) had checked in to the hotel on Thursday and claimed themselves to be husband and wife. Investigation revealed that both of them were residents of Tarakeswar in Hooghly. Police came to know from the employees of the hotel that it was on Thursday night when they reached Digha and checked in to the room. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen asked by the employees whether they would take dinner on Thursday night, they informed that they already had dinner. That was the last time, the employees saw them.On Friday morning, one of them went to clean the room and knocked on the door. The employee, who went to clean the room, knocked on the door repeatedly. But there was no response.The employee informed his colleagues, who also knocked on the door. Finally, the manager of the hotel contacted police. Policemen from Digha police station went to the hotel and broke open the door only to find both of them hanging from the ceiling. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice brought both the bodies down and sent them for post-mortem.They searched the room and found identity cards in their bags. Police contacted the victims’ family members and searched if they had left any suicide note in the room.Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind this extreme step but suspect that some family related trouble led to the incident. They will also speak to the victims’ family members to reach the root of the incident.last_img read more

7 projects bag SKOCH OrderofMerit award

first_imgKolkata: Seven flagship projects of the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department have been selected for SKOCH Order-of-Merit award.The projects that received SKOCH Order-of-Merit award are – floating market located on the western fringes of Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Patuli, Solar high mast LED lights at Jaigaon in Alipurduar, development of green zone in Kolkata, online payment of Municipal Property Tax, Samabyathi project, ADDA online project and development of eco-tourism complex at Saheb Bandh in Purluia town are Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Floating Market at Patuli was developed by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and it is one of the successful projects of the state government. Some shop keepers were rehabilitated there and people visit the place to buy goods at affordable rates in a unique atmosphere.Similarly, the project of installing 31 high mast solar lights in Jaigaon was carried out by Jaigaon Development Authority (JDA) and it has given a facelift to the place. People residing in the Jaigaon Planning Area were also immensely benefitted as unlike conventional lights, the solar lights are cost effective and hassle free. As many as 37,300 people benefitted from the project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAgain, the Green Zone in Kolkata is one of the successful initiatives under Green City Mission and it led to the creation of a beautifully decorated corridor from Kolkata Airport to Chinar Park and from Parama Island to Nabanna via Maa Flyover and AJC Bose Road Flyover. At the same time, the projects including the online payment gateway system of the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority’s (ADDA), which was named as “ADDA Online” also immensely benefitted the residents of the area. The Samabyathi project of the state government is also one of its kind in the country. It provides financial support to bereaved family members to perform the final rites and rituals of a deceased from the financially weaker section. Under the project, the state government provides assistance of Rs 2,000 to each of such families.last_img read more

Black humour hard sold

first_img‘Kaalakaandi’The title is Marathi slang – Kaala-Kaandi. It means, something that is not being done in the right manner or is horribly wrong. And as the title suggests, right from the first frame, we are reminded that nothing can go right for its characters. What makes Kaalakaandi interesting, though, is its dark comedy, easy to relate situations and characters. It is one of the easiest films to love and one of the hardest to think of as a work of art. It approaches the notion of pure filmmaking as entertainment; it is a nearly flawless example of itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt lacks, a lesson or message and is content to show three sets of people facing a series of interlocking challenges they face one night.Set in Mumbai, with a variety of quirky, pseudo characters awake after midnight, it reflects the unpredictable life in the city. But, they seldom find themselves intertwined in a bizarre series of coincidences.Boldly told, what happens to the characters apart from the nightmarish and bizarre nature of their experiences can only be described as screwball logic. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile the plot unravels like the pages of a thriller, the humour seems laboured. You witness this in the first scene and in the climax.In the opening scene Saif Ali Khan is in his doctor’s clinic where his doctor sugar coats his diagnosis with, “You do not suffer from ulcers, hence you don’t have perforating ulcers. Instead you suffer from stomach cancer.”For a person who never experienced the excesses of life, this unpleasant bit of news hits like a ton of bricks. So when he returns home, where the wedding preparation of his younger brother Angad (Akshay Oberoi) is under-way, he sips alcohol and tries a narcotic substance. This sets the ball rolling for a roller-coaster cinematic experience. In the second situation, Zubin (Kunal Roy Kapur) is in low spirits because his girlfriend is migrating to America. Just before her flight, as a farewell gesture and to celebrate the birthday of their friend Ann (Shenaz Treasurywala), they land up at a pub which predictably gets raided. How they escape from the clutches of the police and what fate has in store for them, forms the crux of their story.In the third narrative, Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal, work as flunkies for the local gangster. After collecting the protection money from a film producer, how greed overcomes them, forms the crux of their fate.What keeps the quirky characters afloat are the spunky, rustic dialogues that are gags by themselves. For instance, when Angad asks his older brother about his sexual preference, Saif in his typical style blurts out, “Madame Curie, curious,” he asks this after Saif’s escapades with a transgender. The dialogues between Saif and the transvestite also bear testimony to this.On the performance front all actors have put their heart and soul into their characters and they shine on screen. Unfortunately the characters are two-dimensional and cardboard thin. Of the supporting cast, Sobhita Dhulipala as Zubin’s girlfriend, Amyra Dastur as Neha – Angad’s fiance, Isha Talwar as the wedding photographer and Saif’s love interest, Treasurywala as Ann along with Shivam Patil as her boyfriend Jason who calls himself “Jehangir Jehangir” have their moments of on screen glory.Overall with good production quality, director Akshat Verma’s attempt at this noir comedy is engaging but it goes without saying that the script material tries to sell itself a little too hard.last_img read more

Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group Closes New York Office

first_img Discount-of-the-day site LivingSocial is closing its Fifth Avenue office in New York City and eliminating its local events division, leaving 30 full-time staffers without jobs.Remaining New York staffers in its sales and advertising department have been asked to work from home. Once all local events in New York are completed by Oct. 1, the company plans to lay off dozens of part-time employees.The news, confirmed by TheNextWeb, comes less than a month after the company shuttered its Seattle office, where it also asked displaced employees to work remotely.The deals site stressed that these changes are not part of a cost-cutting effort but “a decision geared towards achieving profitability.” LivingSocial said that larger events have been more lucrative than the niche ones offered by the local-events division. Meanwhile, the company said it plans to create 50 new jobs for its call center in Tucson, Ariz.Last November, LivingSocial laid off 400 employees, mostly in the U.S., in an effort to “streamline” its sales and editorial departments. Groupon, another big daily discount site, saw massive layoffs in 2012 as well, cutting 648 jobs over a six-month period.Related: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast  Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 1 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 17, 2013last_img read more