Kejriwal in Punjab after poll rout

first_imgThe AAP’s national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited Punjab on Monday, over two months after the party faced a drubbing in the State Assembly election. The results, he said, may have been below expectations, but the people had chosen the AAP to represent them as the main Opposition party and the party would do complete justice to this role. “AAP has been formed with the aim of cleansing the corrupt political system. We will be continue our fight with public welfare as our sole aim,” he said. He said the restructuring of the party organisation in Punjab would be completed very soon.last_img read more

Ancajas to show he’s ready for world boxing spotlight

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But as he dangles the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at American Bank Center here, Ancajas intends to use the comparison as motivation.“I’ll do my best,” said Ancajas, whose reputation rocketed after he stopped three title challengers last year. “I’ll turn the pressure into motivation. I hope to reach even a lowly level of what Sir Manny has achieved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor now, the pride of Panabo City residing in Magallanes, Cavite, is focused on the task at hand—beating Gonzalez convincingly, preferably in explosive fashion. This is first foray after all, into boxing’s mainstream— his fight will be aired by ESPN.“I’m not thinking of anything else right now,” said Ancajas, after checking in at 114.75 pounds in Friday’s official weigh-in. “My mind is focused (on the fight).” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Jerwin Ancajas confidently mounts the weighing scale as MP promotionsCorpus Christi, Texas—On US soil, before a global audience, Jerwin Ancajas is ready to introduce himself to the world.He carries a mounting pressure brought about by the lofty expectations—he is being touted as the next Filipino global boxing star after Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a curse of a label enough to buckle those who have to deal with it.ADVERTISEMENT Gonzalez came in even lighter at 114 lbs, a shade below the limit.After taking a nap, Ancajas will have a hearty dinner of fried fish, chicken tinola and beefsteak to recover the nutrients he lost in the process of shedding excess poundage the whole week.The target is to climb the ring at 128 lbs.Though tagged a heavy favorite owing to his impressive record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 19 knockouts, Ancajas is not taking Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs) lightly.The 26-year-old Ancajas said he would take his time during the 12-round bout, studying the movements and testing the power of the Mexican early on before going on attack mode.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gonzalez, younger at 21, is also seeing action in the US for the first time and is eager to make a lasting impact.“I’m very happy for this opportunity. I came here to win the title,” said Gonzalez, who’s listed at 5-foot-6 like Ancajas but appears to be taller. “I’m going to frustrate him (Ancajas). I’m going in and out. Counterpunch when needed. I want to become the first world champion from Los Cabos (his hometown).”While Ancajas owns a higher knockout rate (63 percent), Gonzalez seems to be gaining power, having stopped five of his last eight opponents.That’s why Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ chief trainer, cautions his ward to be always on guard for the Mexican’s power punches—the left hook and right straight.Gonzalez, who did 10 weeks of high-altitude training back home, claims fighting southpaws like Ancajas poses no problem as he has two left-handers among his victims.What he doesn’t know is that Ancajas is a natural right hander who was converted into a lefty by his amateur coaches back in Davao del Norte.And if Gonzalez used Ancajas’ sixth-round disposal of Irish James Conlan in Belfast last November as basis for his preparations, he’ll be in for a rude awakening.Ancajas chiefly employed 1-2 combinations in that bout; he’ll be unloading volumes of punches this time.To show the world he is superstar material, Ancajas plans to put on a show and his camp believes even a judges’ win will be a letdown. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

London Olympics 2012: Michael Phelps wins 200 IM for record 16th Olympic gold; Ryan Lochte takes silver

first_imgMichael Phelps added to his medal collection with his first individual gold of the London Games, and handed Ryan Lochte a double disappointment on his rival’s final night in the pool.Phelps set the tone right from the start Thursday to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual event at three straight Olympics, capturing the 200-meter individual medley for his 20th career medal – and 16th gold. He touched in 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing, but still good enough for gold.Lochte settled for silver and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.So a farewell games that started as a bit of a disappointment for Phelps is definitely looking up. He’s now won two golds and two silvers in five races – not up to his standards when he went 8-for-8 in China four years ago, but a fitting capper to a brilliant career that still has two more events to go.In fact, as soon as Phelps finished off Lochte, he hopped out of the pool and headed to the nearby diving well to warm down, knowing he still had a semifinal of the 100 butterfly before the night was done. He was the top qualifier in that one, setting up a rematch in Friday’s final against Milorad Cavic – the outspoken Serbian who still seems to think he got to the wall first in Beijing but lost by a hundredth of a second.Lochte had gone through the same warm-down routine just a few minutes earlier, trying to pull off an impressive double 31 minutes apart. He came up short in both races, fading to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind fellow American Tyler Clary, then touching after Phelps in the medley.advertisementPhelps’ reaction wasn’t a water-pounding celebration, just a dazed smile and a definite look of relief. He seemed to be soaking it all in, relishing a gold of his own in London with his previous victory coming in the 4×200 freestyle relay.”Going into every call room, I said it’s my last semifinal or my last prelim or my last semi of the 100 fly, so tonight is the last semi ever,” said Phelps, who plans to retire from swimming as soon as he touches the wall for the final time in London. “We’re kind of chalking up all the lasts of certain things.”Lochte shook hands with his rival before crawling out of the pool for the last time at these games. In a symbolic gesture, he tossed his cap and goggles into the crowd, his work done. His final tally: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and a fourth-place finish – impressive, but undoubtedly shy of what he had predicted would be “my time.”This time still belongs the Phelps. At least for a couple more days.”Ryan has probably been one of the toughest competitors I’ve swam against, all-around competitors,” Phelps said. “We’re seeing a lot more competitors coming up.”Rebecca Soni made quite a splash, too, on a night dominated by the Phelps-Lochte showdown.Tearing through the water in her favorite pink suit, Soni set her second world record in as many days to defend her Olympic title in the 200 breaststroke. She finished in 2:19.59, breaking her own mark of 2:20.00 set in the semifinals.Soni broke into a big smile when she saw the time, racing the clock more than she was anyone in the water. Japan’s Satomi Suzuki took silver, more than a second behind at 2:20.72, while Russia’s Yulia Efimova claimed bronze in 2:20.92.”I’m so happy,” Soni said. “I can’t believe I did it.”Ranomi Kromowidjojo carried on the Dutch tradition of producing top sprinters and prevented a red, white and blue sweep of the night, taking the 100 freestyle in an Olympic-record 53.00. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus claimed the silver in 53.38, while the bronze went to China’s Tang Yi in 53.44.American teenager Missy Franklin got off to a terrible start – she was last at the turn – and couldn’t rally. She finished fifth, two-tenths off the podium. The other U.S. swimmer, Jessica Hardy, finished last in the eight-woman field.”I’m really unsatisfied about the time, but a gold medal is a gold medal,” Kromowidjojo said. “I’m really happy with the gold medal.”In Soni’s victory, South Africa’s Suzaan van Biljon led at the first turn, but the American quickly seized control on the second lap. She was comfortably ahead by the second turn, then turned on the speed for the record.”It’s been my goal since I was a little kid to go under 2:20,” Soni said. “That’s when my coach told me you’re going to be the first woman to go under 2:19. I’ve been chasing it ever since. I’m just so happy.”advertisementWhile Lochte couldn’t hold on in the backstroke, it was still quite a night for the Americans. Clary rallied on the final lap to pull off the upset in an Olympic-record 1:53.41. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie also got by Lochte on the final stroke, taking silver in 1:53.78. Lochte’s time was 1:53.94.”You always have big dreams in your head that you think you might be able to pull off something like that,” Clary said. “The fact that it just came to fruition is something that hasn’t even processed in my mind yet. The fact that I’m now an Olympic champion and Olympic-record holder is something that is very humbling. It’s also very motivating for the next four years.”Last year, Lochte looked as though he had surpassed Phelps at the top of the swimming world when he captured five gold medals at the world championships. The Floridian didn’t come close to that total at the Olympics, failing to defend his Olympic title in the 200 back and coming up short of Phelps again in the 200 IM.Lochte won his first race of the Olympics with a dominating performance in the 400 IM on the opening night of swimming, but that was his biggest highlight. He failed to hold on in the anchor leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay, leaving the Americans with a silver, and he finished off the podium in the 200 free.He did pick up a relay gold in the 4×200 free.last_img read more

Magic win fifth straight, end 13-game slide vs Hornets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rehab is going great,” said Fultz, who added there was no timeline for his return to action. “This is an opportunity for me to get a fresh start with the team, coaching staff and organization. They’ve been about building me up both as a man and on the court. That’s music to my ears, really.”Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft by Philadelphia, was traded to the Magic in exchange for reserve forward Johnathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 and a second-round pick this summer.UP NEXTHornets: Host Washington on Feb. 22.Magic: Host Chicago on Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malik Monk scored 15 points, Jeremy Lamb had 14 and Cody Zeller added 13 for the Hornets.It was Orlando’s first victory over Charlotte since Dec. 16, 2015.“I don’t know what it is, what has ignited this stretch, but we’ve finally found a way to come together,” Isaac said.Charlotte started poorly and got worse throughout a forgettable first half. The Hornets were only 6 of 24 in the first quarter and were already down 15 by the end of the period. The deficit grew to 36 when Orlando outscored the Hornets 16-6 in the final three minutes of the half.“We were terrible tonight. We were awful and they were good,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “We were not competing, not having pride about your job, not making shots . we were just terrible and we need a break.”ADVERTISEMENT The Magic probably are thinking just the opposite. They have beaten opponents by an average of 22.5 points during the win streak and limited them to below 40 percent shooting from the field. Orlando made 17 3-pointers against the Hornets.“When the ball goes in the basket, everything else becomes much easier,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In terms of how we’re playing, yes, the All-Star break is coming at a bad time. This is the best we’ve played all year, but you can see we’re tired. We all need a break.”The Magic dominated the game at both ends of the court, but most of it was fueled by a relentless defense that limited Charlotte to 26.4 percent shooting for the half.All-Star Kemba Walker, who has made a career of shooting down the Magic during the 13-game winning streak, was 1 for 10 at the start and only 4 of 17 by halftime. He had a plus-minus rating of minus-27 at halftime and only played seven minutes in the second half before sitting down for the night.Orlando was almost as good offensively, getting contributions from every player, especially the fast-developing Isaac. The Magic’s top pick in the 2017 draft had 13 points and six rebounds at halftime, and was the anchor at the back end of the team’s defense. Charlotte hit just nine of 25 shots in the paint in the first half.TIP-INSHornets: PG Tony Parker (back) and C Bismack Biyombo (knee) sat out. Charlotte is 1-10 without Parker. . The Hornets are 1-10 when they score fewer than 100 points.Magic: Isaac’s streak of seven straight games with two or more blocks ended. . Orlando is limiting opponents to just 39.6 percent shooting during its five-game winning streak.FULTZ APPEARSMarkelle Fultz, traded to Orlando on Feb. 7, made his first appearance in front of the Magic media Thursday, but won’t be in town long. Fultz answered questions and sat on the Magic bench during their game, but will be on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday to resume rehabilitation on his injured shoulder. “It’s like there has been a paradigm shift, if that makes sense,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon said. “They’ve been whipping us for so long, but I’m glad we got ’em this time.”The Magic have won five straight for the first time in more than three years. Nikola Vucevic had his fifth straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s been a great performance by this team the last five games,” Vucevic said. “Not only the wins, but the way we’ve been playing. Really impressive performances on both ends of the floor. A lot of guys scoring in double digits, playing together, defending well.”The Magic led 71-36 at halftime, their biggest lead in any game this season. Guard D.J. Augustin drilled a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half and the Hornets never got closer than 29 points after halftime. Knicks finally win, ends 18-game skid by beating Hawks ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots against Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic ended one streak and stretched another.The Magic snapped a 13-game losing streak to Charlotte, routing the Hornets 127-89 on Thursday night behind 21 points from reserve Terrence Ross.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Will use treated sewage water for ground maintenance: BCCI

first_imgWith the Bombay High Court raising questions, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI_ today said that it will procure treated sewage water for ground maintenance for Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in drought-hit Maharashtra.“We have tied-up with Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) to procure treated sewage water for the IPL matches to be played in Pune and Mumbai,” (BCCI) counsel Rafiq Dada submitted.The high court bench of Justices V M Kanade and M S Karnik was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Loksatta Movement, challenging the use of large quantities of water in stadiums despite the state being drought-hit.Nine IPL cricket matches would be played in Pune and eight in Mumbai. Of the eight in Mumbai, one has already been held, the BCCI’s counsel told the court.Three matches are slated to be held in Nagpur, and IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab has agreed to shift matches to Mohali or elsewhere if the HC tells it, he said.Everyday, 7-8 tankers of treated sewage water would be supplied to the stadiums, Dada said.The concept of using treated sewage water should be encouraged because after treating the sewage water, it is released into the sea and goes waste, he said.“In this case, instead of discharging treated sewage water into the sea, we are using it in the stadiums,” the BCCI counsel said.The high court had pulled up the BCCI during the last hearing on the use of large quantities of water for ground maintenance.The BCCI has taken very seriously the issue of using water in stadiums in view of the drought situation in Maharashtra, he said.The matter has been adjourned after lunch as government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani sought time to file an affidavit on the stand of the state administration on the issue.During the last hearing in the matter on April 7, the high court had declined to stay the IPL opening match on April 9 here, as sought in the public interest litigation.The court had then come down heavily on the state government questioning its seriousness in tackling the situation.The PIL has sought moving out 20 IPL matches scheduled in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and other cities, in view of the water crisis.The court had said it was not staying the match on April 9 as it wanted to know from the state government and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai whether the water supplied to the stadiums in tankers was potable or not.It had said that until this query is answered, the issue of granting stay cannot be considered.The judges had asked the government and the municipal corporation to file separate affidavits by today, stating whether the water supplied to stadiums during the IPL matches was potable or non-potable.The judges also asked both the authorities to inform whether they had formulated any policy for supply of potable and non-potable water to Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and other cities in Maharashtra.The bench had sought to know from the state and the civic body whether any contingency plans had been drawn up in case of further scarcity of water due to delayed monsoon this year.It had asked the authorities to spell out in their affidavits whether they had made any inquiries about the source of water supplied to the stadiums through tankers.The bench had also asked the authorities to state whether they had imposed any restraint on use of water in marriages and receptions during April-May 2016 as the state was facing acute water scarcity. Maharashtra COMMENT Published on Fadnavis: No potable water to maintain cricket grounds COMMENTS Drought: High Court suggests shifting IPL out of Maharashtra Ground staff water the outfield at Wankhede Stadium in this file photo.   –  The Hindu drought Bombay HC judges had asked the government whether the water supplied to stadiums during the IPL matches was potable or non-potable. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Ground staff water the outfield at Wankhede Stadium in this file photo.   –  The Hindu RELATED null water IPL 2016 cricket × SHARE Maharashtra stands to lose Rs 100 cr if IPL is shifted: BCCI secretary April 12, 2016last_img read more

Virat Kohli storms back to No.1 in ICC’s rankings for batsmen in T20 Internationals

first_imgIndian batting superstar Virat Kohli displaced Australia’s Aaron Finch to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC’s rankings for batsmen in T20 Internationals.(Full World T20 Coverage )Kohli has been in sensational form this year. He had amassed 199 from three T20Is against Australia earlier this year, with scores of 90 not out, 59 not out and 50. (I’m less special than you, Sachin paaji: Virat Kohli )The 27-year-old was rested for the three-match series against Sri Lanka but he was back at his best in the Asia Cup T20. His 49 against a hostile Pakistan pace on a green Dhaka pitch earned him rave reviews.Kohli carried his outstanding form to the ICC World Twenty20 and has so far smashed 184 runs from four matches, with scores of 23 against New Zealand, 55 not out against Pakistan, 25 against Bangladesh and an epic 82 not out off 51 balls against Australia, which in fact helped India storm into the semi-finals. (Virat Kohli a greater chaser than Sachin Tendulkar: Sourav Ganguly )Kohli is so far the highest-scorer in the Super 10s of the World T20 with 184 runs from four matches at an average of 92. The Delhi dasher has been hailed by several former cricketers. Sourav Ganguly said Kohli was a better chaser than Sachin Tendulkar while Ian Chappell said reckoned that Kohli places the ball better than the legendary Brian Lara.Finch did not find a place in Australia’s XI for their first two matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh. He returned for the game against Pakistan and top-scored with 43.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img8th Last Race: The Podanur Plate Dist 1200 M8th Last Race: The Podanur Plate Dist 1200 MAutumn Love (Mr.P.Packiasamy, Mr.V.Sathish Kumar &Mr.J.Sebastian ) 61 Md.Hesnain, First.Fortunate One 61.5 A.Imran K, Second.Perfect Speed 55 Farhan Alam, Third.Front Line 53.5 K.V.Baskar, Fourth. All Ran.Won By:Head, 2-3/4L and 1-1/2LTime: One Min,15.78 secs.Winner Trained by: Fahad KFavourite:Fortunate One PTI COR BN NTR NTR PMlast_img

Modi govt creating distances: Azad

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 24 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today accused the Modi government of “creating distances” among people in the country where attempts were being made to spread hatred of the kind witnessed during Partition.The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha also warned the country was facing “threat from inside”.”When partition happened, the country was burning with hatred…attempts are being made again to spread the same hatred today. Though the situation is not like partition, but some people are trying and conspiring to spread the same hatred,” Azad said addressing a function organised to felicitate Muslim freedom fighters here.”The after-effects of partition were there for some time, but gradually everything got better. But todays government is again trying to create distances (among people) by giving statements, and (through its) actions. This is not (good) for the country…”.”Today we have threat from inside,” he said.Therefore, all secular forces should work together to counter such elements, he said, adding “..you cannot counter them with weapons but by creating an atmosphere that India is one and it will remain united, and we all are like brothers.”However, he complimented the Hindus of the country, saying a majority of them were secular. PTI JTR PYK SK SKlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua says promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to Tyson Fury about fight

first_imgBritain’s Anthony Joshua believes a fight with former world champion Tyson Fury is a possibility, saying promoter Eddie Hearn has begun discussions about it.Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles with a 10th-round stoppage-win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.The 28-year-old said he was keen on fighting fellow Briton Fury, whose licence was suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control after he relinquished his two world titles last year to focus on overcoming his mental health problems.”It’s Anthony Joshua versus the world right now, I have got to fight them all,” he told Sky Sports.”Eddie is right, as a promoter it works well for him, it works well for me and I think it works well for people who want to watch me and Fury get it on.”I wish him the best of luck with what he’s going through because we need to see him back in the ring. Eddie has been on the phone to Tyson, trying to make things happen and support his cause.”Fury, who has a 25-0 record, was also charged with a rule violation by UK Anti-Doping after a urine sample from February, 2015 showed traces of the banned stimulant nandrolone. He has denied any wrongdoing.Joshua understands he must also fulfil his obligations with regard to mandatory fights as a champion against opponents including New Zealand’s Joseph Parker and American Deontay Wilder.”At the minute, the fighters who are closer on a championship level are the likes of Parker and Wilder,” Joshua added.advertisementlast_img read more

Kamal Nath alleges some govt employees harbour ‘secret’ affection for BJP

first_imgBy Neelabh Srivastava Piplani (Budhani), Nov 19 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath on Monday alleged that some government employees in the state harboured a “secret affection” for the BJP and warned them to be ready to face his “wrath” when his party comes to power. Addressing his first rally in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s assembly constituency, Nath said in Hindi: “Kamal Nath ki chakki chalti hai der sey par bahut bareek peesti hai (Kamal Nath’s wrath is slow but very furious).” The Congress leader, who is seen as one of the front-runners to be his party’s chief ministerial candidate, alleged that some government officials were biased in favour of the BJP that was ruling the state for 15 years. Such government servants do not sport the badge of the saffron party but “secretly keep it in their pockets,” Nath said. He also cautioned police officials in the same breath, saying they should “respect the uniforms they wore.” “Remember you have taken an oath. All officials should remember that there will 12th (December 12) after the 11th (December 11).” “Yaad rakhna, 11 ke baad 12 bhee aata hai,” he said in Hindi, referring to the December 11 vote-counting day when results for 230 assembly seats would be known. Elections would be held on November 28 for the state assembly, where the BJP has ruled for the last 15 years. The Congress stalwart, a nine-term Member of Parliament from Chhindwara, was holding a public rally in support of the Congress candidate from Budhni, Arun Yadav, who is also the party’s former state president.advertisement Nath urged voters to give a “chance” to him and Yadav instead of chief minister Chouhan this time. “I will consider Budhni a part of Chhindwara and will usher development here with the help of Arun Yadav. We will create history in Budhni,” he said at his last rally of the day. The former union minister also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chouhan, saying how will they clean Narmada and Ganga rivers that they have promised to do when they did not have “clean intentions”. “They instead cleaned the banks,” Nath said referring to alleged multi-core bank scams that has come out in public in recent times including by defaulter businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya. He urged local voters to dislodge Chouhan from the seat, saying it will usher the way to progress for them and also across the state. Nath alleged that Madhya Pradesh has become “number-one in unemployment, corruption, rape and sand mining” under Chouhan’s rule. “For 15 years, you have suffered a government of loot and lies. It’s time to change this,” he said. Nath talked about the development work he did in his parliamentary constituency of Chhindwara and asked Chouhan how many people had got scholarships or health care facilities in Budhani. Before taking a helicopter to the state capital Bhopal, about 140 kms from here, the Congress leader alleged that Prime Minister Modi’s flagship schemes like Start Up India, Make in India and Digital India have all failed in this area. PTI NES BJBJlast_img read more

Big 10 Running Back Facing 2.5 Year Suspension

first_imgThree footballs next to a pylon(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Big Ten running back is facing a possible 2.5 year suspension, according to a new report published by the Indianapolis Star.Morgan Ellison, a sophomore running back at Indiana, is facing a lengthy suspension for alleged sexual assault.The running back denies the assault, saying everything was consensual.From the report:An Indiana University panel determined that football player Morgan Ellison sexually assaulted a fellow IU student while she slept and then used force to continue the assault when she woke up, IndyStar has learned.In its findings, the University’s sexual misconduct hearing panel concluded that “the aggravating factor of [Ellison] engaging in sexual activity while Complainant was asleep, and [Ellison]’s use of force during the incident” led to the determination that Ellison should be suspended from Indiana University for 2 1/2 years, according to records obtained by IndyStar.Attempts to reach Ellison Wednesday for comment were unsuccessful.Ellison has not played this season, but he’s been allowed to return to practice.Indiana, 4-2, is set to play Iowa on Saturday.last_img read more

Pirates at the Maritime Museum

first_imgThis March break, be you a buccaneer, corsair, freebooter, scallywag or scurvy dog, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has something for everyone. From March 10 to 18, the Museum will offer a swash-buckling program designed to immerse visitors in the world of those sea-going scoundrels, the scourge of honest sailors — pirates. Although Nova Scotia was sparsely populated 300 years ago, it was located between the pirate hotspots of the Caribbean and Newfoundland, making it the perfect stop for a number of real pirates. “There are several fascinating pirate cases in Nova Scotia’s history,” said museum curator, Dan Conlin. “I’ve wanted to do this exhibit for many years because our museum, unique in the world, has real artifacts from those real pirate cases.” Program highlights of “Pirates!” include a reconstruction of the captain’s cabin from the ill-fated barque Saladin, a lively pirate play for children, a foreboding life-size model of a gibbet, examples of pirate weaponry, treasure hunting adventures, tales of pirate folklore, a fragment of Nova Scotia pirate Edward Jordan’s skull and pirate dress up. “The exhibit covers a number of topics,” said Conlin. “We’ve taken a compelling approach to explore both the powerful romantic myths of piracy, and the grim realities.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more

Army officers love for bikes

first_imgArmy life is known for its adventure, but there are a few officers, serving and retired, who are experiencing this by going beyond the framework of their duties. They do so through the wanderlust and passion for biking as they go on uncharted routes of picturesque places and feel the nature closely. The bike provides them freedom and mobility and an unmatched sense of thrill. For these soldiers, there cannot be any better mode of transport than the motorcycle, which gives them the experience of travelling on all sorts of roads and even taking to places that are difficult to reach. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveSharing his adventures with motorcycles, Lt Gen (retired) Satish Dua said, “I had a love for the bike when I was very young. By the time I got commissioned, I already had two bikes, a Yezdi and a Bullet.” After retirement this hero of 2016 surgical strike took up biking as a hobby and now he travels with his two sons enjoying every moment of his ride. “I now own a Ducati and a Bullet and I take good care of them,” said the former Army officer. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back pain”I never gave up my love for bikes. when I was Major General in North East, instead of going in the staff car I used to go in a Bullet to the office. Even when I was the corps commander in Srinagar I used to ride a bike to my office.” “When I got posted in the Army Headquarters, I came to office only a couple of times on bike as in Delhi it is not conducive to ride a motorcycle,” the officer added. His love for the bike was such that the day he retired, instead of going in a car, he chose to ride his bike to his home and his gesture was appreciated by many. “When I took over as Corps Commander in Srinagar in 2015, I went from Pathankot to Manali to Rohtang Pass on motorbike with my sons. Monsoon had set in and many people advised me not to take this ride. But I went on till Ladakh, where we went to the eastern-most part up to the Pangong Tso lake. I drove 50 km along the lake. It was simply mesmerising – you riding along the beautiful lake and enjoying your drive along with the nature.” This was not the end for the Army soldier as again in the summer of 2016, he went to Gurez across Razdan Pass on motorbike and that too in uniform. “Similarly when I was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) in the northeast, I had gone to Aizwal from Silchar on motorcycle and again in uniform,” Lt Gen Dua said. “I just like it… Open air, the nature and the best part is you can stop anywhere without getting down and take out your phone and click a picture.” Talking about his Himachal trip, the bike lover soldier said he took a ride from Chandigarh along Sutlej and Beas rivers and then to Manali to Rohtang tunnel and came back to Kullu. This was not the first time that he was riding through these routes, as he had done so in 1984. Besides love for bike riding, Lt Gen Dua also has a passion for horseriding and loves riding his favourite horse called ‘Govindaa’. Another senior army officer Lt Gen DR Soni is also a diehard bike lover, who does not leave a chance to be on his bike. He said of all the bike brands, his all time favourite will be the ‘Bullet’ and he proudly calls himself a “Bullet Man”. “I love bikes very much. When I was in the Armoured Corps, I used to go on the bikes. In one unit with 20-25 officers there were at least five to seven Royal Enfields and three or four Jawas, one or two Yezdis and an equal number of scooters,” Lt Gen Soni said. He also recalled how during one of his younger days he decided to take a bike ride from Gwalior to Delhi. “I started off for the road trip on my bike without listening to anyone. For me life was full of fun with adventure and there was never a thought that I will die,” the officer said. “I enjoyed all my rides,” he added. His passion for bike was such that he would ride 100 kms only to watch a movie at a different place and he mostly loved riding bike during rains. This biker has an advice for all passionate bike riders “never drink and drive and always wear a helmet”. Colonel Deepankar Zinta, who is also a serving officer at the Headquarters Army Training Command, Shimla said he had the love for riding bike at a very young age. The officer said that when he was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1997, a friend of his got injured during a routine exercise. His Bullet motorcycle was at the service centre. “He asked me to collect the bike from the service centre. I used to call Bullet a ‘Milkman Bike’. I drove his ‘Milkman bike’ from Pune to Ahmednagar and fell in love with the machine and bought a Bullet for myself. “I travelled a lot with my bike. Bike has always been my passion and they will remain forever,” the officer added.last_img read more

Stars Attend Uplift Family Services 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala

first_imgOver the weekend, Uplift Family Services proudly honored the agency’s friends and champions Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson with the Ambassador of Children Award, and the agency’s first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award went to CAA’s Chris Andrews.Sally Pressman, Dawn McCoy, Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bryant, Peter Weller, and Shari StoweCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Uplift Family ServicesThe master of ceremonies was Busy Philipps and the event featured a musical performance by Allie Crow Buckley.Other guests included: Edgar Ramirez (presenting to Andrews); Colin Hanks (presenting to Barinholtz and Hanson) and wife Samantha Bryant; actress and lifestyle blogger Ali Larter; stand-up comedian and writer Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2); Carson Meyer (A Million Little Pieces); Sally Pressman (NBC’s “Good Girls”; TBS’ “The Detour”); Nicole Sullivan (“Black-ish”, “Disjointed”, “MADtv”); Jon Barinholtz (NBC’s “Superstore”); prolific character actor Peter Weller and more.“Uplift Family Services is involved in active change,” said Colin Hanks. “Time and energy spent helping these kids in our community is time well spent.”Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala benefitted the agency’s behavioral and mental health programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families in the Hollywood and South Los Angeles communities. Its namesake is the Hollygrove campus’ most famous alumni – Norma Jean Baker, who benefitted from the agency’s care as a child before she ultimately came to be known as the international icon Marilyn Monroe. Proceeds from the Norma Jean Gala support Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove’s unique and effective privately-funded therapeutic afterschool, summer and parent support programs that help create stability, strengthen the family and provide a greater chance of success for the child to become productive and thrive. In addition to underwriting support from presenting sponsor Houlihan Lokey, major gala sponsors included: RETS Associates, Bryant-Reichling Real Estate, CAA, CB Technologies, COMPASS Hollywood, the Johnny Carson Foundation, UTA and Paramount Studios, CIM Group.last_img read more

TSX ends week with tripledigit loss Wall Street turns higher in advance

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange finished the trading week with a triple-digit loss in the wake of a pessimistic report from Goldman Sachs that said crude oil prices could dip as low as US$20 a barrel next year.The S&P/TSX composite index closed off its worst levels of the day but was still down 108.42 points at 13,461.47, with energy by far the leading decliner as the sector fell just over three per cent.The Canadian dollar lost 0.15 of a U.S. cent to 75.45 cents US.South of the border, major indexes turned solidly positive after recovering from a morning swoon over oil prices as traders increasingly turned their attention to next week’s interest rate meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 102.69 points to 16,433.09, while the broader S&P 500 advanced 8.76 points to 1,961.05 and the Nasdaq added 26.09 points to 4,822.34.On commodity markets, the October crude oil contract fell $1.29 to US$44.63 a barrel, while October natural gas advanced a penny to US$2.69 per thousand cubic feet. December gold lost $6 to US$1,103.30 an ounce.The pessimistic report on crude prices from Goldman Sachs came out on the same day as the International Energy Agency predicted that overall production outside OPEC countries would drop sharply in 2016 because prices are so weak.However, Goldman analyst Damien Courvalin said the world already has more oil than previously believed and that the non-OPEC cuts may not be enough. He lowered his forecast for 2016 to US$45 per barrel from $57, but added that prices could collapse to around $20 if production decreases too slowly.Markets also reacted to the latest reading on U.S. consumer confidence, which saw the University of Michigan’s preliminary index for September unexpectedly fall sharply to 85.7 from 91.9 in August.“Reading through the report, it seems people are focused on the market’s volatility and the potential impact of a slowing China (economy),” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors. “I understand why folks are nervous.”Traders were also looking nervously to next week’s two-day meeting of the Fed amid conflicting signals from the U.S. central bank over whether it will finally move to raise interest rates from historically lower levels near zero.Lower interests rates are considered a major factor in helping markets stage an almost uninterrupted recovery since the Great Recession.Meanwhile, a batch of economic reports are scheduled for this weekend in China, including retail sales and industrial production.“If recent data is anything to go by, it will most likely point towards yet more trouble in the beleaguered Asian powerhouse,” said IG market analyst Joshua Mahony.That means trading on Monday “is likely to start with a bang,” he added.— With files from The Associated Press read more

Madduma Bandara gets additional portfolio

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara was sworn in as the Minister of Rural Economic Affairs today.Madduma Bandara will continue to hold the port of Public Administration and Disaster Management Minister apart from his new portfolio. Meanwhile, Minister P. Harrison, who held the post of Minister of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economic Affairs today took oaths as the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. read more

Brock University Wind Ensemble presents Thats Entertainment

On Tuesday, April 6, the Department of Music’s University Wind Ensemble will present a concert of musical fireworks, from Rimsky-Korsakov to John Williams, in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at 7:30 p.m.Under the direction of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the Ensemble is comprised of 55 musicians drawn from Brock students, high school students, and members of Niagara’s musical community, including the Niagara and Hamilton Symphonies.The evening’s program, entitled “That’s Entertainment”, features masterworks of the past and present including Sheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Symphonic Songs by Robert Russell Bennett; Les Miserables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, featuring Vanessa Vella, soprano; I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ by George Gershwin, featuring April Curran, soprano; and John Williams’ Star Wars.Performances like this by the Department of Music are an essential part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate to build connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at the University.Tickets: $5 (plus GST) general admission. Contact the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257. read more

Dont Give the Stanley Cup to the Kings Just Yet

If you read the North American sports media — Sportsnet, CBC, THN, USA Today, CBS, ESPN — you’ve heard that Henrik Lundqvist may as well go on vacation; this year’s Stanley Cup already belongs to the Los Angeles Kings. My quick scan showed 12 of 14 hockey media types picking the Kings to beat the New York Rangers in the NHL playoffs’ final round, which begin on Wednesday, and it’s easy to see why. The Kings have a recent track record of success (a Cup in 2012 and a conference finals appearance in 2013). They come from the stronger conference — the West won 246 games and lost 202 against the East this year — and to get to the finals they had to beat teams that had 111, 116 and 107 points this season. Quite different from the Rangers’ playoff run, which included struggles to beat flawed teams and scrapping against backup goaltenders.Except it isn’t that simple, and not just because hockey is a sport disproportionately fueled by luck. The Rangers have a case to make — even on paper. The stats give them a real shot.Let’s start with shooting percentage, where the teams are evenly matched. Both New York and LA struggled this year: The Rangers’ 6.7 percent at 5-on-5 ranked 28th in the league and the Kings’ 6.6 percent was 29th. That’s not a big enough gap to make a difference, because shooting (and save percentages) in hockey are prone to large fluctuations. Given that the teams took about 2,000 shots, that 0.1 percentage point difference represents just two goals, and it’s easy to see how some random bounces could explain it.That’s not to say that shooting percentage is completely meaningless. Pulling our estimates of a team’s shooting skill two-thirds of the way towards the mean helps account for the impact of random chance. If the Rangers and Kings had huge differences that might tell us something about their differing skill. But they only had a margin of 0.1 percentage points this year and 0.8 over the last three years. Between the change in personnel and systems over time and the limitations of multiyear analysis, the Kings and Rangers are close enough that it’s hard to be confident that either team has an edge in shooting percentage.But there are differences to be found among the less top-level stats. Much of today’s advanced stat analysis begins with studying teams’ shot differential as an indicator of their ability to control play. In this regard, the Kings do have a clear edge; indeed, over the last few years they’ve been the best puck-possession team in the league.The Kings outshot their opponents 57 percent to 43 percent during 5-on-5 play this year,1In this piece, “shots” will be taken to include both shots on goal and shots that miss the net, the measure proposed by Matt Fenwick. excluding situations where the score was close enough that teams sat back to protect a lead.2Focusing on situations where the score is close was first popularized by hockey stat pioneer Tore Purdy, more commonly known as JLikens. Purdy recently died at the age of only 28, a tragic loss. He wrote the piece about estimating team shooting talent that I linked above. He’ll be missed. They led the NHL, but the Rangers weren’t too far behind, outshooting their opponents 54 percent to 46 percent. From these two figures, we might expect the Kings to get something like 51.5 percent of the shots against the Rangers; when we include the somewhat tougher opponents they faced this year, we might revise our estimate upwards a bit to something closer to 52 percent.3The Kings’ average opponent got 49.91 percent of the shots, just a little bit higher than the Rangers’ average opponent (49.77 percent). That simple 0.14 point difference probably underestimates the competition — just as the Kings’ shot differential underrates them by not factoring in the strength of the opponents they faced, this metric also underrates their opponents slightly for the same reason. Since there are lots of things we can’t account for (specific matchups, who’s currently nursing an injury, etc.), our projected matchup can never be accurate to three decimal places. I’ve been rounding these figures off in most places, which means that we don’t need to plow through the arithmetic of exactly how much of an effect it has; the Kings’ likely share of shots against the Rangers will round to 52 percent in the end.But that was the regular season, and it’s worth testing whether anything has changed in the playoffs. That means looking at a smaller sample of data — 20 games instead of 82 — which makes it important not to let any stat go to waste. So instead of outright excluding the lead-protecting situations from our analysis (the common way of doing it), let’s include them and correct for the impact of score effects.4To do that, I used a methodology I developed a couple of years ago. It’s a small but important difference, especially when dealing with a sample size this small.By this method, the Kings’ adjusted shot differential in the playoffs was about 52 percent to 48 percent, very similar to the Rangers’ 51-49. However, the Kings were dominant against much tougher competition; they held their opponents about 5 points below those teams’ season averages, whereas the Rangers held their opponents just a fraction of a point below theirs. Once we correct for that, we again end up estimating that the Kings will get about 52 percent of the shots over the series, or maybe as high as 53 percent. That represents a clear edge, if not an overwhelming one.So far, so Kings. But there’s also special teams play to take into account. The Rangers drew 32 more penalties than they took in the regular season, whereas the Kings took 12 more penalties than they drew. The Rangers had a higher power play conversion percentage and a better penalty kill percentage,5They also had better shot rates in both situations, which is an important component of predicting future performance. so we should expect the them to have more and better power plays than the Kings in the long run — even if the actual results of this short series will be dominated by random chance.Finally, it’s possible that it’s all going to come down to goaltending — this is hockey, after all — and the Rangers have a clear advantage there. This was the fifth straight year that Henrik Lundqvist posted a save percentage higher than 92 percent, and his save percentage has been higher than Jonathan Quick’s in every year of Quick’s career. Obviously, over a short series either goalie can get hot and turn the tide, but goalie streaks are almost entirely unpredictable and all we can do in advance is note which goalie is more talented. In this case, it’s clearly Lundqvist. The question is just how big of an advantage he gives the Rangers.In other words, Lundqvist is the fulcrum. If we expect the Kings to get 52 to 53 percent of the shots and expect Lundqvist and Quick to match their average save percentages over the last three years, that leads to a draw at even strength. Other components — special teams, shooting and perhaps fatigue — are all pretty small factors, but also seem to work in the Rangers’ favor.Ignore the pundits — this thing’s closer to a toss-up than a blowout. read more

INMO Nurses wont carry out doctors work during 24hour strike

first_imgIRISH NURSES WILL back junior doctors during next week’s planned 24 hour strike, the INMO has confirmed this evening.Non-consultant hospital doctors are planning the action for Wednesday 25 September. They are calling for an immediate end to shifts that last longer than 24 hours, and for a detailed plan on achieving working hours in line with a European directive by the end of the year.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran confirmed this evening that the union had agreed to a request to support the strike.He said members would be advised not to do work that was normally carried out by a doctor on the day of the dispute.“The HSE are clearly in breach of both Irish and EU Law and are exposing the State to very substantial fines, from the EU, for their continuing failure to implement the law having breached all deadlines,” Doran said.“It is unacceptable that they have now forced doctors into dispute in order to achieve safe working hours and protect patients.“Nurses and midwives stand firmly with their medical colleagues and will not do anything to undermine the dispute next Wednesday.”The Irish Medical Organisation — which represents the doctors — has promised the strike will not interfere with emergency services.Read: It’s on — junior doctors to strike on 25 September >Column: Working conditions are so bad in Irish hospitals I sometimes get no sleep at all >last_img read more