TN CM condoles Union Minister Anil Daves death

first_imgChennai, May 18(PTI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today condoled the death of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave.The Chief Minister expressed grief and regret over the death of Dave, who died today in a Delhi hospital.Palaniswami said Dave was a Rajya Sabha member since 2009 and that he had “efficiently performed in his Minister post.””I express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the family of Anil Madhav Dave and pray for his soul to reach the holy abode,” Palaniswami said in a statement.Union Minister of State for Shipping and Roadways, Pon Radhakrishnan, also condoled the death of Dave, saying “his loss is an irreparable damage.”The Minister said he had met the late Dave thrice to discuss the jallikattu issue earlier and that the latter had extended his “unflinching support” for the conduct of the bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu.Sixty-year-old Dave had complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he had passed away. PTI SA ROH TRKlast_img read more

No Relief: Nats Beat Yanks, 8-6

first_imgWASHINGTON — For a combined 38 2-3 innings spread over six weeks, New York Yankees pitchers Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances were as good as it comes in late-inning relief.With setup man Betances, a righty, usually assigned the eighth, and closer Miller, a lefty, the ninth, neither had allowed an earned run in 2015.And Miller had not been charged with any sort of run at all, going 13-for-13 in save chances.Until the night of May 19.Until Ryan Zimmerman’s career-long knack for game-ending homers trumped Miller’s season-long ability to avoid allowing opponents to score.Zimmerman’s two-run shot off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the 10th inning off Miller lifted the surging Washington Nationals to an 8-6 comeback victory night over the Yankees and into a first-place tie in the NL East.“He’s not going to be perfect,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said about Miller. “You know, he gave up his first run. And the two guys at the back end of our bullpen have been really special.”As if the loss in a game New York led 6-2 weren’t bothersome enough, the Yankees also found out afterward that they would need to put center fielder and leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list with a sprained right knee.Ellsbury, who entered the game with a team-leading .327 batting average, left the game in the fourth inning after Girardi noticed the player seemed hurt while batting. Ellsbury walked that inning, went to second on a groundout and wound up scoring.While Ellsbury was on second, Girardi visited him and temporarily left him in.“I went out and talked to him and said, ‘Are you in a lot of pain?’ And he said, ‘No, not really.’ And then I said, ‘Can you run?’ And he said, ‘Let me see. Let me get through this inning and let me see.’ And when he got in the dugout,” Girardi recounted, “we just said, ‘That’s it.’”Zimmerman’s fifth homer this season — and 10th game-ending homer of his career — made a winner of Matt Grace (2-0), who threw the 10th and was helped by center fielder Denard Span’s sprinting, diving, tumbling catch of Brett Gardner’s sinking liner.Bryce Harper hit one of Washington’s three solo shots, giving him an NL-high 15 homers this season, as the Nationals improved to 13-4 in May.After being 7-13 and eight games out of first place on April 27, they have moved to 23-17, even with the New York Mets in their division.“We’ve really stayed with it and trusted what we’re doing,” said Drew Storen, one of five Nationals relievers who combined for five scoreless innings.That helped set things up for the 10th, when Yunel Escobar walked. Miller struck out Harper, bringing up Zimmerman.After Zimmerman stayed away from Miller’s tough slider, what was the lefty trying to throw?“Not a fastball up and away. That’s kind of what he hits. And I knew that going into it. I just threw a really poor pitch,” said Miller, who as a pitcher for Miami in college faced Zimmerman’s Virginia team. “And, you know, it stinks. I let everybody down.”(Howard Fendrich, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash Ambani

first_imgMumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani said the three-time champions weren’t expecting to buy Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga at their base prices at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auction on Tuesday in Jaipur.Revealing they had a plan to get experienced players at the auction to complement the budding youngsters in their camp, Ambani said Yuvraj’s purchase at his base price of Rs 1 crore was the biggest steal in the history of the franchise’s IPL auctions.Yuvraj, who has been a shadow of his former self on the field in the recent past, went unsold during the first round of auctions on Tuesday before he was brought back in the accelerated bidding towards the end of a six-hour-long process that saw 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, sold to eight franchises.Mumbai wasted no time in making the first bid for Yuvraj but much to the surprise of many, the first bid turned out to be the only bid for the 2011 World Cup-winning India all-rounder.”Yuvi [Yuvraj] and Malinga were crucial players for us at the auction. We were fortunate to get those two players. To be honest, I was thinking on the basis of experience, we retained a lot of young players. And then entering this auction, we wanted to buy a few young players but the agenda was to focus on experience a lot,” Ambani told Star Sports.If you are wondering why this took time…we’ve just got back to senses!WELCOME TO MUMBAI, @YUVSTRONG12 #CricketMeriJaan #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/Zj6E80g7w4advertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018″No doubt, they will definitely add to the franchise. Even in terms of cricketing roles, we have clear roles identified for them. They will be really, really good for Mumbai Indians.” think it’s the steal of 12 auctions that Mumbai Indians have had. Malinga too, for base price. We had budgeted a lot more for them. Never thought they would come at base price. We are really, really happy that we got them. Both of them have won every trophy that is there to be won in T20s. Malinga is arguably Mumbai Indians’ best foreign player ever. We are happy to add them to our camp.”After fetching a record price of Rs 16 crore at the 2015 auction, the 37-year-old’s price dipped to Rs 7 crore in 2016 when he was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought at his base price of Rs 2 crore during January’s auction earlier this year by Kings XI Punjab. He was eventually released by the Punjab-based franchise in the lead up to to the recently-concluded auction.I am glad to be part of the @mipaltan family, looking forward for the season to begin. See u soon @ImRo45yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 18, 2018Needed a senior bowler to guide the youngsters: Jayawardene on Malinga’s purchaseMeanwhile, head coach Mahela Jayawardene, who had the company of recently-appointed bowling coach Zaheer Khan at the auction on Tuesday, said the decision to buy Malinga was not taken at the heat of the moment but was a well-thought-out one.Malinga, the most successful bowler in the history of the league, had turned up as a mentor at Mumbai after he went unsold at last year’s auction. The Sri Lankan pace great had even hinted earlier this year that he was mulling retirement and that his IPL career was over.However, after an impressive comeback to international cricket in September 2018, the 35-year-old is back as a player in the IPL.”We realised after 12 months of hard work, he [Malinga] has come back. He is performing really well. We needed a senior bowler who could guide this young group of bowlers we had. So it’s easier for us to relate to Lasith,” Jayawardene said.Mrs. Nita Ambani and @ImZaheer are happy to have Lasith Malinga back in the squad. #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/4aS2m2zMkyMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 18, 2018The head coach also said the Mumbai Indians are looking to shed the tag of slow starters in the upcoming of the cash-rich league, which is expected to start in March. Notably, the Rohit Sharma-led franchise bowed out of the tournament earlier this year without failing to qualify for the playoffs after yet another slow start.”Ideally, you want to start with wins under the belt. That gives you momentum. Last year, we played some close matches… we could have won the first four matches that we last. It’s just the killer instinct of finishing the games wasn’t there. But once we got into our stride, we were playing good cricket and we just missed out on the playoffs. The players were disappointed but everyone knew Mumbai did not perform up to its potential,” Jayawardene said.advertisement”However, we trust the group, we back the talent and personnel that we bought. So, as long as you’re going to give that confidence to the team, you can expect them to repay that. This squad looks similar to the ones that won the championships in the past. You need to trust people, systems and structures so that they will deliver,” Jayawardene said.Also Read | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Varun Chakravarathy ‘over the moon’ after bagging million-dollar dealAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting MumbaikarAlso Read | IPL Auction 2019: Rajasthan Royals shell out Rs 8.40 crore to buy back Jaydev UnadkatAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Delhi Capitals outbid Kings XI Punjab to bag Axar Patel for Rs 5 crorelast_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?

first_imgReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid hero Guti would be happy to see former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in charge.While insisting Zinedine Zidane is doing a good job, Guti says he’d also be happy if Mourinho was to return.Guti told Cadena SER: “I believe that Real Madrid has a very great coach with Zidane who, if I’m not mistaken, did something that no one will ever be able to repeat (the Champions League treble). “Mourinho? Why not?! I believe that Mourinho did good things at Real Madrid, while the club was going through a bad time in Spain as in Europe. It was a time when FC Barcelona reigned everywhere and it started a revolution that changed things. I think he’s a very great coach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Govt Implementing Measures to Boost Creative Industries

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to implementing the required framework to strengthen the creative industries, including the animation sector.Speaking at a panel discussion during yesterday’s (June 20) opening of the KingstOOn animation conference and film festival at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus, Mr. Hylton said critical to this feat is the re-examination of legislation, policies, and programmes that will bolster industries.One such policy, he said, is the Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) and Entrepreneurship Policy, now before Parliament, which is intended to facilitate growth and strengthen the role of entrepreneurs.Outlining other measures being undertaken, Minister Hylton said that the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is looking at various locations to set up incubators, which will “benefit the creative sector, micro enterprise in general and certainly the animation sector.”The Minister noted that apart from the framework that the Government will implement, players within the industry need to ensure that their business plans are properly structured in order to access the necessary financing.World Bank representative to Jamaica, Giorgio Valentini, in noting the potential of the local animation industry said that Jamaicans need to “believe in themselves and market themselves.”“The World Bank is here to provide Jamaica with supporting mechanisms to stimulate innovation and creativity within the sector,” he pointed out.Executive Director of Reel Rock GSW Animation, Wayne Sinclair, in his contribution, stated that animation can provide developing nations with a competitive advantage over other countries.“The key for us is to execute a cohesive approach to the development of the industry,” he said.The discussion session on the topic: ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Animation Industry: how should Jamaica position itself?’ was moderated by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Donna Marie Rowe.Other panellist included Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation, Joan Vogelesang; Managing Director of the Gleaner Company, Christopher Barnes; Director at Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), Professor Hopeton Dunn, along with other players in the international animation arena.The two-day conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst for the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.It also seeks to give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.KingstOOn is organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO. By Chris Patterson, JISReporterlast_img read more

Rickmers Maritime Plunges to Full Year Loss

first_imgzoom Singapore-listed containership owner Rickmers Maritime recorded a net loss of USD 129.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 against a net profit after tax of USD 11.2 million in the corresponding period of 2014.The plunge in profit came as Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, recognised non-cash impairment charges of USD 128.4 million in 4Q2015 in light of the depressed charter market.The trust reported lower charter revenues of USD 24.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and USD 108.5 million for the full year 2015, due mainly to lower market charter rates of vessels which commenced new charters in the year.On a full year basis, the trust recorded a loss of USD 129.2 million in 2015 compared to a loss of USD 16 million from a year before, due mainly to higher impairment charges of USD 148 million. Excluding the impact of impairments in 2015, the trust would have registered a profit of USD 18.8 million.Soeren Andersen, the Chief Executive Officer of RTM, said, “Having financial flexibility is crucial in this market. The exit from the Intercreditor Deed (in November 2015) has taken the pressure off the trust to seek further extension of the value-to-loan (VTL) covenant waiver which was due on 31 Dec 2015. This allows us to maintain focus on weathering the depressed shipping market in this demanding period by keeping our vessels employed with minimal idle time.”During the year, the trust repaid USD 50.5 million of secured bank loans, reducing its outstanding secured bank loans to USD 314.1 million as at 31 December 2015. The trustee-manager said that it was in discussions with the lenders to extend the maturity of a bank loan due in 2017, and was exploring alternatives to refinance the medium-term notes due in May 2017.Rickmers Maritime’s fleet of 16 containerships achieved utilisation rate of 98.2% in 4Q2015 despite muted demand, bringing utilisation for the full year to 99.2%.At the moment, the trust’s fleet is 53.6% employed for 2016. Through its existing charter contracts, the trust has USD 144.6 million of secured revenue between 31 December 2015 and the expiry of the last charter party contract in 2019.“While the market remains depressed, we are seeing pockets of opportunities within the panamax segment. More vessels of our type are being deployed by feeder operators to serve the influx of large tonnage to move containers to hub ports. For example, Moni Rickmers is chartered to Maersk Line’s Intra-Asia feeder operator, MCC Transport. The depressed oil price also reduces our customers’ cost savings from utilising large containerships, making smaller vessels like ours more attractive to the market in the medium-term,” Andersen added.According to Clarkson Research Services, global container trade is expected to grow by 4% while container vessel capacity is expected to increase by 3.5% in 2016. Stronger trade growth and higher scrapping activities in 2016 could help to improve freight earnings.last_img read more

Speech from Throne Outlines Progress Challenges

first_imgGovernment’s positions on the issues and challenges facing the province were outlined today, Sept. 25, during the opening of the Second Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant opened the session with the Speech from the Throne, in which Premier Stephen McNeil stated how government will maintain its commitments, and openly provide reasons for its decisions. “Our goal is to provide constructive change and a deliberate path forward for Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “These tasks require government to rebuild a relationship of trust and respect with those it serves. We must lead by clearly stating our positions and meet those commitments.” In the last 11 months, government has: Removed the efficiency tax from electricity bills, which will bring savings across the province effective Jan. 1, 2015 Taken definitive steps to address the deep wounds at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Invested in education, to restore programs to prepare young Nova Scotians to excel in a changing work environment Laid the foundation for replacing a fractured health system with a unified authority to give Nova Scotians more timely access to care Addressed the longstanding environmental scar of Boat Harbour and will legislate solutions by mid-2015 Heard the concerns of Pictou County residents and issued a ministerial order for Northern Pulp to reduce air quality emissions that exceed approved limits Rejected and replaced antiquated economic development practices Appointed the One Nova Scotia Coalition, a non-partisan group of Nova Scotians, to examine ways to confront many of the long-term challenges facing our province “Each of these initiatives has been designed to respond effectively to the needs of individual Nova Scotians and their families, while promoting our collective interests,” said Premier McNeil. “However, these accomplishments must be put in the context of the province’s fiscal sustainability for years to come.” That will include a more deliberate and careful approach to labour relations. “The central challenge facing our public finances right now is the cost of labour,” said Premier McNeil. “The current public sector contract has cost taxpayers $711 million so far and about 58.6 per cent of the provincial budget is devoted to wages and salaries. To put the province on a sustainable course, all partners must be reasonable. Now is the time to work together and take the right actions to build a better Nova Scotia.” To help balance the budget by 2017–18, government will eliminate programs not achieving desired results. It will determine how to best deliver services, including considering if they could be offered by the private sector. Government will also focus on stronger environmental regulations and pursue greater regional co-operation with freer interprovincial trade. A new focus on entrepreneurship in the high-school curriculum will teach students how to build their own businesses and take advantage of existing and emerging markets. Legislation will be introduced this fall to confirm the roles for economic development agencies to streamline the process. Government will also play a key role in developing the Donkin coal project in Cape Breton, after a due-diligence process to ensure the owner can safely develop, operate and finance. Donkin would grow the economy, provide jobs for Cape Bretoners, provide revenue, and the coal could help reduce electricity fuel costs. It will work with partners to retain youth, lead regional efforts to push for more flexibility in the national immigration system and realign the Nova Scotia Nominee Program to introduce a business stream to attract entrepreneurs and investors. Improving educational programs is another key priority. Restored funding has helped improve the primary-to-12 education system and access to skilled trade education across the province. The first comprehensive review of the education system in many years will be completed next month. More than 19,000 Nova Scotians participated in the review panel’s consultations. Legislation will be introduced to help people better fund their retirements though Pooled Registered Pension Plans, bringing lower management fees and plan portability if they switch jobs. “Government will remain open and accountable and will encourage all Nova Scotians to take an active and equal role in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities we collectively face,” said Premier McNeil. “By working together, we can create a better Nova Scotia, one that is more inclusive, more successful, and offers people real opportunities to stay, work and raise their families.”last_img read more

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says cancer is in remission

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, who was hit with a cancer diagnosis late last year, says he has a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for his leukemia.He made the announcement on social media Thursday with a joint statement with his oncologist, Dr. Nicholas Finn, who says LeBlanc’s leukemia is in “complete remission.”LeBlanc revealed in December he had chronic lymphocytic leukemia — one of the most common forms of leukemia in adults — and was about to undergo treatment.He said the diagnosis came in April 2017, but only decided to go public months later because he was about to start chemo immunotherapy in Moncton, N.B. — a small place where showing up for outpatient treatment at a hospital two mornings a month wouldn’t go unnoticed.LeBlanc, who was fisheries minister at the time, said his scheduled treatments at Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton would have minimal impact on his work.In Thursday’s statement, Finn says LeBlanc’s response to the treatment was “the optimal outcome we had hoped for,” but noted the politician will have to be monitored for many years.“The treatment went extremely well,” Finn said. “He remains without residual side-effects from the therapy given.”LeBlanc said he was grateful for the “excellent care and support” from hospital staff.“I have reflected throughout this experience on the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who undergo treatments and live with chronic illness, and I know that there are so many who face far more difficult challenges than me every day,” he said.“With this new clean bill of health, I look forward to working even harder to make life better for the people of Beausejour and for all Canadians.”LeBlanc is one of the longest-serving MPs in the largely rookie Liberal caucus, having represented the New Brunswick riding of Beausejour for 17 years. He’s been a friend of Justin Trudeau since childhood, when Trudeau’s father, Pierre, was prime minister and LeBlanc’s father, Romeo, was fisheries minister.Romeo LeBlanc, who died in 2009, also served as Governor General from 1995-1999.last_img read more

Unthinkable tragedy Actors musicians rally around Humboldt Broncos after bus crash

first_img Facebook A semi-trailer collided with a passenger bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, Sask. The team, part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was scheduled to play a semi-final match.A sign in Humboldt, Sask. reflects the community’s loss. There’s been widespread outpouring of sympathy after 14 people died and 15 were injured Friday when a truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a playoff game in northeastern Saskatchewan. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)The team’s head coach, Darcy Haugan, has been identified as one of the individuals killed. Members of the team range in age from 16 to 21.As families receive information about their loved ones, many celebrities are trying to offer support online during an incredibly difficult time.My heart breaks this morning for the entire Humboldt Broncos community. I am sending so much love to everyone affected.?— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 7, 2018 Advertisement A bus crash on Friday involving a Saskatchewan junior hockey team which resulted in 15 deaths and another 14 injuries has prompted an outpouring of sympathy, including messages from musicians and actors.“Shocked and saddened by the loss in Saskatchewan,” Toronto-born actor Will Arnett posted on Twitter Saturday. “Thinking of all those in the Humboldt Broncos family and everyone affected by this tragedy.”Shocked and saddened by the loss in Saskatchewan. Thinking of all those in the Humboldt Broncos family and everyone affected by this tragedy.— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) April 7, 2018 Sending love to The Humboldt Broncos and their friends and families. Our hearts are with you as you go through this unimaginable loss. ❤️❤️— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) April 7, 2018Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk shared in an online post the “helpless feeling” that comes with trying to offer words of support to grieving parents.“This is every parent’s worst nightmare,” she tweeted. “I wish there was something I could do.”I am crying. This is every parents worst nightmare. I will be in prayer and will also be regretting that what faith I feel helps in the sharing of these parents grief cannot be accompanied by any works….it’s a helpless feeling. I wish there was something I could do. https://t.co/NICdJcj2MC— chantal (@chantalkreviaz) April 7, 2018Mr. D star Gerry Dee and singer Jann Arden expressed similar sentiments, saying the country is in mourning.“The heartbreak of all the families and friends of these young men — is felt from coast to coast — to the far north and beyond. So awful. So sudden. So incomprehensible.”#HumboltBroncos The heartbreak of all the families and friends of these young men- is felt from coast to coast- to the far north and beyond. So awful. So sudden. So incomprehensible. We are all so sorry for these young lives lost and are mourning with you.— jann arden (@jannarden) April 7, 2018 What a sad day for our country. #PrayersForHumboldt— Gerry Dee (@gerrydee) April 7, 2018Will & Grace star Debra Messing called it an “unthinkable tragedy” and Holly Robinson Peete described it as “pure heartbreak.”Devastating news about the #HumboldtBroncos junior hockey team. Unthinkable tragedy. Praying for the families.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 7, 2018 Twittercenter_img Pure heartbreak????? ????????? https://t.co/xdoXvYNjL8— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 7, 2018A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help families with expenses. In less than 24 hours, the page reached its $1 million goal and is now aiming to collect $2 million.By Zulekha Nathoo · CBC News LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

United Nations Special Rapporteur expected to release interim report on New Mexico

first_imgBeverly Andrews APTN National NewsThe United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples is expected to release an interim report Friday on her visit to two territories in the United States.Victoria Tauli-Corpuz toured sites in New Mexico and North Dakota this week.In North Dakota, Tauli-Corpuz held meetings on the Fort Berthold reservation. The community sits 250 kilometres north-west of where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been battling against the Dakota Access pipeline.But unlike Standing Rock, Fort Berthold is in the heart of the Bakken oilfields and hosts a number of pipelines on its territory.The UN special rapporteur also talked to people in Bismarck and that is where APTN caught up to her.bandrews@aptn.calast_img read more

Court allows ED to quiz lobbyist Talwar on 43 aircraft purchased by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday allowed the ED to question lobbyist Deepak Talwar in Tihar jail in a fresh money laundering case related to the purchase of 43 aircraft by erstwhile Indian Airlines from France’s Airbus Industrie in 2005.Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody in a separate case related to negotiations to allegedly favour foreign private airlines causing losses to national carrier Air India. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!In the present case, special public prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana told the court that Talwar’s interrogation was required to unearth the entire criminal conspiracy related to alleged money laundering in relation to the purchase. Rana told the court, “He (Talwar) received Rs 92 crore from Airbus Industrie in one account and Rs 142 crore in another. He was directly linked with Airbus in these transactions and he was doing his own negotiations.” The court was hearing a plea moved by the ED seeking its nod to arrest Talwar in the Airbus case. However, the court directed the agency to question Talwar in Tihar jail instead. “He is in judicial custody in another case. What’s stopping you (ED) from going there and questioning him. Is there any bar from going there and interrogating,” the judge asked. Following this, the ED requested the court to permit it to interrogate Talwar inside Tihar, which was allowed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to the ED, the case was filed against Indian Airlines officials and other unknown persons, “alleging that the officials, by abusing their official position as public servants in conspiracy with Airbus Industrie, caused undue pecuniary advantage to Airbus Industrie and caused corresponding undue loss to the government exchequer in carrying out the purchase of 43 aircraft by Indian Airlines from Airbus Industrie, France.” “The cabinet committee on economic affairs/empowered group of ministers had approved the purchase of 43 Airbus Aircraft in 2006 and the purchase price per aircraft was fixed with the condition that Airbus will establish training and MRO Centre worth USD 175 million (around Rs 1000 crore). “However, purchase order was placed for supply of 43 aircraft by fraudulently deleting the said condition. Deletion of those conditions for establishing MRO and training centre resulted in undue benefit of Rs 1,000 crore to Airbus which should have been reduced from agreed purchase price of aircraft fixed by the government of India,” the ED said. It told the court the conduct of Talwar was non-cooperative towards the investigation and he would not appear before investigating authority in the present probe unless he is compelled by law to do so.last_img read more

Minister Choubani Denies His Mother Refused His Engagement With Another Woman

Rabat – Habib Choubani, Minister Delegate in Charge of Relations between Parliament and Civil Society, reacted to the rumor regarding his engagement with his colleague in the government, Soumia Benkhladoun, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Executive Training.While the minister did not deny that he asked for the hand of his colleague, he denies that he wanted to marry another woman last year and that his mother did not approve of the woman he chose.“The Widely circulated news suggesting that my engagement to another woman was aborted because of the refusal of my mother is “false information,” he said. The Minister, who is already married, also dismissed the rumor that he decided to propose to Soumia Benkhaldoun after the rumors spread by Hamid Chabat, the leader of the Istiqlal party, on the romance between the two ministers.The Arabic-speaking newspaper Akhbar Al Youm said in its April 15th issue that Minister Habib Choubani, accompanied with his first wife, had officially asked for the hand of Soumia Benkhaldoun. Choubani’s mother had reportedly blessed the engagement of the “ministerial couple.”Soumia Benkhaldoun released a statement on her Facebook page in the wake of accusations brought up against her by Hamid Chabat.The Minister said that allegations made by Chabat were “false” and constituted a “flagrant violation of the ethics of Islam, the traditions of the Moroccan people, with regards to the sanctity of families, and the private lives of individuals.” read more

Cambodia blasts EU move to consider lifting trade privileges

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia has issued a strong response to the European Union’s announcement that it is beginning the process to withdraw preferential duty-free and quota-free status for imports from Cambodia.Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday called the decision an “extreme injustice” that ignored steps the government has taken to improve civil and political rights.In announcing the measure on Monday, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom charged Cambodia with “severe deficiencies when it comes to human rights and labour rights.”The European action begins a six-month monitoring process, and the withdrawal of privileges could be decided in a year.Cambodia said the European move “takes the risk of negating 20 years’ worth of development efforts” that have helped pull millions of Cambodians out of poverty.The Associated Press read more

UN backs production of new history syllabus for African students

The new syllabus is to be based on the book entitled General History of Africa, an eight-volume series written from the African perspective and published by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It will be the first such programme designed for the entire continent.The project will be discussed at a seven-day conference organized by UNESCO and dubbed “Regional Conference on the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa in African Schools” that began today in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.“UNESCO’s publication of the General History of Africa, launched in 1964 and completed in 1999, marked a revolution in the recognition of Africa’s cultural heritage,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General.“This conference is part of the next phase of the project, which calls for promoting the General History’s use in African schools. Making this scholarly history accessible and available to students through such educational tools as an atlas and a DVD will ensure that young people all over the continent are able to learn about their common heritage,” said Ms. Bokova.The conference brings together 150 participants to plan the production of standardized educational materials for use in African schools. Three core components will be developed for primary and secondary schools – a historical atlas, a DVD and training tools for history teachers.The GHA pedagogical project, overseen by a 10-member scientific committee representing the continent’s five sub-regions, has received $2 million in funding from Libya. It aims to enhance history teaching in African Union (AU) countries with a view to promoting regional integration.The conference will define the framework, terms and conditions for the development of the educational materials.“The GHA pedagogical project reflects the priority given to Africa by UNESCO and is implemented as part of the Second Decade of Education for Africa (2006-2015), which stresses the links between education and culture and the quality of educational content,” the agency said in a statement. 10 June 2010In an effort to ensure that African youth learn about their common heritage, the United Nations agency responsible for cultural issues said today it is working with historians, education specialists and government representatives to develop a history syllabus for African schools. read more

Top UN official signs free trade agreement between Kosovo and Albania

Only few industrial and some agricultural goods will remain protected under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Michael Steiner, and Minister Arben Malaj.The FTA will foster economic integration of Kosovo into the region and increase opportunities for business people on all sides. It is the first free trade agreement that has been signed for Kosovo.In another effort to bring Kosovo into “greater conformity with international and European standards,” Mr. Steiner promulgated yesterday the Criminal Code, which clarifies and modernizes definitions of offences and incorporates UNMIK regulations and international legal conventions. It takes into account modern principles of international law and, in particular, human rights law. Mr. Steiner also signed the new Criminal Procedure Code, which strengthens the powers of prosecutors and enhances protection of victims and defendants. The two codes will however be implemented only from April next year. This is to allow the training of legal professionals, the re-organization of the judicial system where necessary and time for a public information campaign on the new regulations. read more

UN advocate vows to give visibility to victims of sexual exploitation and

“I’m the first prong of the full-pronged strategy of the Secretary-General to address SEA [sexual exploitation and abuse] systemwide,” said Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors. “My priority is to give visibility to those who have suffered, including through connecting with them personally, and I wish to amplify their voices in a way that cannot be ignored, and support them as they rebuild their lives,” added the Australian law professional and long-time human rights advocate.Since taking up her responsibility as the UN advocate on 14 September, she has had various interactions, including at the High-Level Meeting on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, held in New York on 18 September. She has met with representatives of countries, UN colleagues and other stakeholders and recently visited the Central African Republic (CAR) for two weeks to meet with victims. She said she works with field advocates in four locations – Haiti, CAR, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan – who have direct contact with these victims. In the future, other locations might be added. Ms. Connors called on donors to contribute to the Trust Fund for SEA victims so that the UN can help victims rebuild their lives and seek justice. Her appointment is in line with the Secretary-General’s pledge – made in his report on Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: a new approach – that the UN will put the rights and dignity of victims at the forefront of its prevention and response efforts.VIDEO: Speaking to UN News after returning from the Central African Republic, the United Nations Victims’ Rights Advocate explains her role in strengthening the support the UN gives to victims of sexual exploitation and abuse. Credit: UN News31 new allegations from July to SeptemberPrior to Ms. Conners’ briefing, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, gave an update on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse, which he said the UN will try to do quarterly. Mr. Dujarric reported that for the period of 1 July to 30 September, the UN received 31 allegations. “Not all of them have been verified, and some are in the preliminary assessment phase,” he said. Out of the 31 allegations, 12 are from peacekeeping operations and 19 from agencies, funds and programmes. Of them, 10 are categorized as sexual abuse, 19 as sexual exploitation, and two are of an unknown nature. He said that 12 of these allegations occurred in 2017, two in 2016, six in 2015 or prior, and the dates are unknown for 11. And 38 male alleged perpetrators have been associated with these incidents. Of the 36 victims, 72 per cent are women and 19 per cent are girls. And 14 investigations have been launched during this timeframe. He also said the UN is piloting a Victims Assistance Protocol which sets the roles and responsibilities of those on the ground to ensure coordination to provide victims with immediate assistance. And with the most recent voluntary contributions from Member States, the Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse will rise to $1.5 million, he added. Mr. Dujarric said the Secretary-General has also instructed the heads of all entities system-wide to provide action plans and risk analyses to commit the leadership to the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse, and almost all have been received. Also, mandatory training for all UN personnel prior to deployment has been launched. In the DRC this month, a single and uniform ‘Incident Report Form’ will be introduced to ensure assistance is provided immediately, appropriate investigative action is undertaken, and to improve data collection. So far, 58 Heads of State or Government have joined the Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership. And 74 Member States have signed the Voluntary Compact and 18 more have formally indicated their intention to sign it, the Spokesman added. read more

This Years Indians Are Secretly Better Than Last Years

2007NL WestSDPARI1.09.3-8.3ARI *Second place in the 2017 AL Central division is currently tied.Excludes strike-shortened seasons in 1981 and 1995.Sources: Retrosheet, ESPN Stats & Info WINS 1992AL WestMINOAK1.08.7-7.7OAK 1997NL EastATLFLA4.09.8-5.8ATL 1972NL EastPITNYM5.013.3-8.3PIT 1989AL EastBALNYY6.011.2-5.2TOR The Indians are on pace to outplay their World Series versionProduction per 162 games for 2016 and 2017 Cleveland Indians So the good news for Cleveland is that it’s badly outplayed both of its would-be division challengers. The bad news is, that’s not always enough. Among the midseason division leaders on the list above, only two-thirds of them ended up eventually winning the crown, despite starting off with an average lead of 3.3 games.Even so, FiveThirtyEight’s MLB Elo ratings give the Tribe a 70 percent chance of winning the Central and an 81 percent shot at making it back to the playoffs, despite what’s shaping up to be a crowded AL wild card picture. You wouldn’t guess it from the standings, but if the Indians just keep playing the way they have been, they should be right in the thick of things again come October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. 1985NL EastSTLNYM3.09.1-6.1STL 2008AL CentralCHWMIN1.07.8-6.8CHW 2008NL EastPHIFLA1.08.9-7.9PHI 1989NL WestSFGHOU2.08.6-6.6SFG 2017AL CentralCLEMIN*2.010.9-8.9— 1993AL WestCHWKCR1.06.7-5.7CHW Nobody has secretly dominated like the 2017 IndiansDivision leaders with largest difference between actual and Pythagorean-predicted leads through 82 games, 1969-2017 YEARDIVISIONLEADERNO. 2ACTUALPYTHAG.DIFF.WINNER 1973AL WestOAKANA1.06.3-5.3OAK 1971AL EastBALBOS3.09.3-6.3BAL 1985NL WestSDPLAD2.08.4-6.4LAD Difference-7.7+1.6+0.1 2017AL CentralCLEKCR*2.08.5-6.5— 2012AL CentralCHWCLE2.08.6-6.6DET 1969AL EastBALBOS12.018.1-6.1BAL The biggest factor holding Cleveland’s record back has been a distinct lack of clutch hitting: Tribe hitters have the majors’ third-worst on-base plus slugging (OPS) with two outs and runners in scoring position, and its second-worst OPS in “high leverage” situations. But their vaunted relief pitching — led by do-everything relief ace Andrew Miller — has been as good as advertised, as have starters Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco. Although Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Edwin Encarnacion and Francisco Lindor have all been various degrees of disappointing in the first half, third baseman Jose Ramirez has enjoyed a breakout season (he ranks 11th in the majors in WAR). Taken altogether, Cleveland is playing just fine.But the team happens to be caught up in one of the most misleading division races ever, as far as the standings go. Through 82 games apiece, the AL Central-leading Indians’ record was two games better than those of the Royals and Twins.2Cleveland played its 82nd game on July 4, while Kansas City and Minnesota have currently played 83 games. But according to Pythagorean records, Cleveland “should” be 8.5 games up on Kansas City, and 10.9 games up on the Twins, whose -54 run differential is almost exactly the negative mirror image of the Indians’ mark.That 8.9-game difference between Cleveland’s actual and Pythagorean leads over Minnesota is the biggest gap between a division leader and runner-up at this stage of the season3Through 82 games. in the history of divisional play (since 1969): 201786.992.847.1 1976NL WestCINLAD6.013.5-7.5CIN 1970NL EastNYMPIT2.07.1-5.1PIT SEASONACTUALPYTHAGOREANWINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs DIVISION LEAD 1998NL CentralHOUMIL7.013.2-6.2HOU 201694.691.247.0 Just like its struggling World Series counterparts in Chicago, things haven’t been easy for the Cleveland Indians’ pennant defense this season. The team that was one ninth-inning run away from stunning the Cubs last November looked even stronger heading into this season. The core of young talent was intact, a pair of aces missing from its postseason run were healthy, and the normally frugal Indians’ front-office shelled out $60 million for a new slugger. But despite an enormous on-paper advantage in talent, the Tribe hasn’t exactly blown the doors off the American League.Cleveland was trailing in the American League Central as recently as the last week of June; even now, they only lead the second-place Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals by a game and a half each. For a franchise that hasn’t made back-to-back playoff appearances since 1999, the 2017 Indians appear on the surface to be headed for disappointment, just like every other season on the Cuyahoga since 1948.But unlike the Cubs, who’ve mostly earned their disappointing sub-.500 record, Cleveland has played much better this season than their Ws and Ls would indicate. The team’s +58 run differential ranks seventh-best in major league baseball, placing it firmly in the next tier of contenders below the dominant Dodgers/Astros/Diamondbacks/Yankees/Nationals group at the top of the game’s pecking order. According to both the Pythagorean expectation (which converts a team’s run differential into an expected winning percentage) and total team wins above replacement1All mentions of WAR in this story will refer to an average between the competing versions offered at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. (WAR), the 2017 Indians have been superior to the 2016 version that ultimately ended up winning the AL pennant: read more

Serbia VS Slovenia – Who wants to go on France

← Previous Story Germany beat France – “Experts” against Iceland for 1/4 finals! Next Story → A severe storm disrupts travel for teams in Group B Match of the Day will be a clash between Serbia and Slovenia for the first place in the group:Group A:Belarus – Saudia Arabia 15.45Poland – Korea 18Serbia – Slovenia 20.15STANDING:Slovenia 8Serbia 6Poland 6Belarus 2Saudia Arabia 2Korea 0Group B:Egypt – Australia 16.45Spain – Hungary 19Hungary – Algeria 21.15STANDING:Spain 8Croatia 8Hungary 4Algeria 3Egypt 1Australia 0 read more

Chekhovski Medvedi wins Russian Super Cup

← Previous Story HC Metalurg rewards “#WEAREHANDBALL” best Next Story → (VIDEO): PSG Handballs victory over Dunkerque In front of 2500 fans Chekhovski Medvedi won the Russian Super Cup in a very interesting match which was decided in the last seconds. With three new reinforcements, it seems Chekhovski Medvedi should retain the number one team in Russia, and have this time beaten Perm with 27:26 (13:14). New addition of Chekhovski, Sergei Shelmenko, sees this victory as a proof that the club is entering the new season in a god form. Chekhovski Medvedigandbolhandball read more

The weather for the Easter weekend will be cold breezy mild and

first_imgThe weather for the Easter weekend will be ‘cold, breezy, mild and dry’ Great. Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 11:34 AM THIS WEEKEND’S FINE weather will be seen again next weekend, but only after cold, windy and wet days.Met Éireann says that today will be bright in places but with patchy rain in west Ulster and north Connacht.Afternoon highs will range from 8 or 9 degrees in the northwest in a freshening northwest breeze to 14 or 15 degrees the south and southeast.Tonight will be cold but dry.That weather will shift during the week as temperatures stay around the low teens with wind and rain settling in.Towards Easter weekend, the weather service says:“Staying rather cold on Friday and Saturday and breezy on Friday with sunny breaks and scattered showers. Latest indications show milder and mostly dry conditions later in the weekend.”So it will be cold, wet, warm and cold. Perfect.Read: ‘I feel like a ticking time bomb’ – Dublin woman appeals for help getting her life back 15,724 Views Image: Shutterstock/azur13 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 9th 2017, 11:34 AM Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3331372 Image: Shutterstock/azur13 By Paul Hosford Short URL 8 Comments last_img read more