first_imgThere is no drug mafia in Goa, but being a tourist State, drugs are smuggled into Goa for “trade, consumption and transit”, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s written reply tabled in the State Legislative Assembly during Question Hour, on Wednesday, said.The issue of drugs was debated by members cutting across party lines, with MLAs from the Treasury Benches as well as Opposition demanding that “a strict watch be kept on foreign students in Goa to curb the drug menace”.Several MLAs expressed concern that the drug problem has been spreading in colleges and schools, and is no longer confined to coastal belt of the State.When some MLAs accused Nigerian students of pushing drugs, Speaker Pramod Sawant told members not to target citizens of any specific country.Senior Congress MLA and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane demanded that [foreign] students found to be involved in criminal activities and drugs be deported.“There is no existence of a ‘drug mafia’ in Goa. However, Goa being a tourist destination, narcotic drugs are smuggled in[to] Goa for trade, consumption and transit,” the original written reply tabled on Wednesday said in response to a question from former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat and others.“The drug dealers/suspects involved in narcotic activities operate in a clandestine and well-organised manner. The information about narcotic activities is collected through sources and raids are conducted and the perpetrators of these crimes are arrested,” the reply further stated.While Chief Minister Parrikar is currently hospitalised in Mumbai for a pancreatic ailment, his written replies were tabled and queries addressed by Sudin Dhavlikar, Minister for Public Works in the BJP-led coalition Cabinet, designated by Mr. Parrikar to act on his behalf after Mr. Dhavlikar was chosen as the leader of the House in absence of the CM.last_img read more

first_imgOld habits die hard. Just ten days after the Indian Weightlifting Federation borrowed Rs 1.75 crore from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to pay a balance fine to the international body for doping, Sanamacha Chanu has now returned a positive test.Sanamacha ChanuArguably one of India’s most successful lifters, who won a number of medals on the big stage, Chanu flunked a dope test as she tested positive for methylhexanamine, the same substance which been haunting the swimmers, wrestlers and even track-and-field athletes at home.While reams have already been written about where this ‘salt’ can be found, it is surprising how the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and the Indian federation did not make public the result of Chanu’s test before.It is believed that Chanu was tested on August 7 in the Capital and the result came out on September 3. However, the NDTL, which has been announcing names of sportspersons failing tests with glee, did not do so this time.On the other hand, the Indian weightlifting federation has been seeking refuge in strange technicalities.A top official of the body said on Wednesday: “All weightlifters cleared the dope test barring one and the report was given to us by NADA seven days ago.” The same official is also now seeking refuge under the fact that the ‘B’ sample of Chanu is yet to be tested.Chanu was banned in 2004 for two years after she failed a dope test just before the Athens Olympics. At that time, the substance detected was a diuretic.advertisementThis time, it is a stimulant.Even as doctors, coaches and sports medicine experts have been debating at length from where the methylhexanamine is showing up in results, it is worth taking a look at what the Indian weightlifting federation buys as supplements.Some officials connected with the sport say that it is accepted that ‘Whey protein’, fat burners, glutamine, amino acid, creatinine and more supplements are being supplied to the lifters.Earlier, the Sports Authority of India was responsible for advising and administering these to the lifters. However, the Indian weightlifting federation is now buying all this directly from a supplier. There is intrigue as to why the federation is buying its supplement requirements from a company in Modinagar, Ghaziabad.Questions are being raised as to why the supplier is not from Delhi and whether these supplements are one hundred per cent safe.At the same time, it is also clear that if any of these supplements does contain any banned substance as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list, then all the lifters should be testing positive.The belief now is that people flunking dope tests and testing positive for methylhexanamine are certainly using additional supplements as well. Till 2009, this was fine as the substance was not on WADA’s banned list. However, there still seems to be a lack of literacy among several athletes on what is now banned and what is not.As per the rules, Chanu, a repeat dope offender, faces a life ban.Agreed, her ‘B’ sample is yet to be tested and she has not been heard, but what defence she has to offer will be interesting.The saving grace in this messy situation is that Chanu is not part of the Commonwealth Games squad. Chanu was not available for comment and her phone was switched off.last_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Russia is again facing a possible Olympic ban after the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Compliance Review Committee (CRC) recommended on Friday that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) be ruled non-compliant.The CRC put forward the recommendation after WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Committee found evidence of manipulation of data retrieved from a tainted Moscow laboratory in January. A report along with the recommendation has been sent to the WADA executive committee which will discuss the findings at a meeting in Paris on Dec. 9.If ruled non-compliant, Russia could be excluded from next year’s Tokyo Olympics.As punishment for failing to respond to the doping crisis, Russia was banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics although its athletes were allowed to compete as neutrals under the Olympic flag.Russia found itself again under the doping microscope when WADA revealed in September historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies” that resulted in a decision to open a formal compliance procedure.The non-compliant recommendation is the latest twist in the long-running doping saga that stretches back to 2015 when RUSADA was first suspended after a WADA-commissioned report outlined evidence of systematic, state-backed doping in Russian athletics.Another report the following year documented more than 1,000 doping cases across dozens of sports, notably at the Winter Olympics which Russia hosted in Sochi in 2014.In a controversial decision last September, the WADA executive committee voted to conditionally restore RUSADA’s accreditation on the agreement that Russia would turn over data in a discredited Moscow lab.The Russian agency missed the December deadline but after last-minute brinkmanship a WADA inspection team was finally allowed to retrieve the data in January, recovering more than 2,200 samples.That was expected to bring an end to the Russian doping affair, only to see it get new life when evidence of tampering was unearthed.WADA said RUSADA and the Russian Ministry of Sport were given an opportunity to explain the inconsistencies by answering a list of detailed and technical questions, including follow-up questions, raised by the Intelligence and Investigative Committee and the forensic experts. Dopingrusadawada First Published: November 23, 2019, 11:30 AM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could be fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.Ronaldo has not featured since April 20, but could return for the second leg having missed last week’s 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.The 31-year-old Portuguese trained with his team mates during the first half of Sunday’s session before working out on the pitch alone, Real said on their website.Striker Karim Benzema also continued his recovery from a hamstring injury and Alvaro Arbeloa – who has not played since early April – completed some running exercises.Ronaldo leads the Champions League scoring charts with 16 goals this season, including a hat-trick in the quarter-final second-leg victory over Wolfsburg.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) Actor Murli Sharma will be seen working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” and he is all praise for his co-star, describing him as an extremely special performer.Murli, who has worked in films like the “Golmaal” series and “Dilwale”, feels Nawazuddin always adds something extra to his character.”Ive no words for Nawazuddin. It is a big pleasure working with him. He is always surprising. Whatever he does, he manages to add something extra. He is a very unpredictable actor,” Murli told PTI.The film is directed by Kushan Nandy and the 44-year-old actor says the “Raman Raghav 2.0″ stars best quality is he doesnt try too hard to please anyone.”You dont know what he (Nawaz) is going to do. He is so prepared when he comes on sets. I dont know how he does it. I loved working with him. He surprises you every-time, without trying too hard. He is effortless,” Murli added.Murli is currently excited for his recently released comedy film “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”.The actor plays the role of a secretary to film a star, played by Sonu Sood.Directed by AL Vijay, the film also stars Prabhudheva and actress Tamannaah Bhatia.”The experience of shooting was fun. There was a very good sense of comfort level with the Prabhu sir, Sonu, Tammannah. We could improvise, do something. And Prabhu sir is such a sport, if a scene works better, he is always up for it.”For the film, the actor dubbed in three languages, Hindi Telugu and Tamil, the last one being the most difficult one.advertisement”It was initially difficult to get a hold of it. Ive done a couple of Tamil films but I had never dubbed for them. This was the first time I did this so for the first two-three days I did find it difficult. It is a very beautiful script and there are certain scenes which are highlight. I am really proud of it,” he added. PTI JUR NRB JCH RDSlast_img read more

first_imgBangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman is in deep trouble once again after news reports emerged that he “physically assaulted” a fan during a first-class match in Chittagong last week.Bangladesh Cricket Board will launch an investigation into this matter with Sabbir facing “heavy punishment” if he is found guilty of the level-4 offence.The incident apparently took place on the second day of Rajshahi Division’s National Cricket League game against Dhaka Metropolis.Media reports state that a fan “made a noise” directed at Sabbir during the innings break after which the cricketer lost his cool.Sabbir then went off the field after taking permission from the umpires and physically assaulted the young boy behind the sight screen.Reserve umpire saw Sabbir breaking into a scuffle with the fan and reported the matter to the match referee who then told BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan and from there the board’s disciplinary committee was informed.According to reports, Sabbir was also quite “aggressive” with match referee Showkatur Rahman, when he called him in on the third day of the game to investigate the incident.BCB disciplinary committee’s vice-chairman Sheikh Sohel confirmed that Sabbir would be subjected to heavy punishment if found guilty of the level-4 offence.”We have received the match referee’s report and forwarded it to the disciplinary committee,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters.”Sabbir is being investigated for a level-4 offence and in such cases penalties include multiple-match bans in addition to a fine of Tk 5 lakh,” Chowdhury added.advertisementThis is not the first time Sabbir is being investigated by the disciplinary committee. The 26-year-old was fined Tk 12 lakh due to a serious off-field disciplinary breach for entertaining a female guest at the team hotel during the Bangladesh Premier League in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African Dale Steyn has missed a lot of international cricket in recent times due to injury, but the pacer is in no mood to miss the 2019 World Cup.Steyn sees the ICC tournament, which will be held in England in 2019, as a perfect opportunity to bid goodbye to white ball cricket.The pacer also wants to continue playing Test cricket for as long as he could.”I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup I don’t see myself playing white ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40,” said the 35-year-old Steyn.He expressed hope that his vast experience would earn him a place in the World Cup squad.”If you look at the batting lineup, our top six have played 1,000 games, but lower half – from eight to eleven who are currently playing – not even 150 games. You need to draw on experience.”I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time. But I think my experience will help with me just being there,” he said.”When it comes to Test cricket, I would like to play as long as possible. I have finally come out of a cloud of injuries. I broke my shoulder and in my first game on return (against India) I landed in a foothole. It was rotten luck.”It’s quite difficult to come back from a broken shoulder, especially with your bowling arm. I feel that’s (injury) gone and I am fit. I played two Test matches without an injury (against Sri Lanka recently), bowled at good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It’s a big plus,” he added.advertisementSteyn struggled for wickets in Sri Lanka and got one each in the two innings of the opening Test and none in the second.”Wickets is something that’s not guaranteed. I am happy I came out 100 per cent (fitness wise). That’s the biggest cloud I have gotten over, especially after the last two years,” he explained.About South Africa being hammered 2-0 by hosts Lanka, Steyn complimented the islanders for playing to their strength, relying on spin in helpful conditions.”The wickets were tough to play on. Sri Lanka played good cricket. They played their cards right. Preparation was difficult (for SA). They came out trumps. Hats off to them; they played better cricket,” he said.He also backed the English county authorities for doing away with the toss and emphasised that cricket has changed so much there’s no point in sticking to age-old traditions.”There’s been a bit of talk (of doing away with the toss in international cricket). I think there will be some for it and there will be some against it. It might not happen.”(Cricket pioneer) W G Grace will be rolling in his grave if he heard something called the free-hit; a batsman can be out but he’s not out and score four runs off the ball because it’s a no-ball. Traditional cricket has gone out the window. T20 cricket has changed the game.”If someone says it’s (doing away with the toss) going against the traditional thing, he’s blind. The game has changed so much; you have to keep up with the times. England is doing something really well. In County Cricket the toss is gone. You can look at the pitch as the visiting team and can decide what to do.”I think that’s a good way they are doing it, it might be the way to go forward – do away with the toss completely; When a visiting team gets to choose (to bat or field). You get to prepare the pitch, but we get to choose we want to do on it.He also had a dig at the flat pitches prepared for the limited over games and the rule of one ball being used from one end for 25 overs and not the same ball from both ends for the entire 50 overs of an innings.”The generally flat wickets in ODIs have taken bowlers completely out of the equation. Two balls – is ridiculous. You take the skill out of the game. I grew up watching Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis (former Pakistan pacers) reversing the ball. But now try naming one player reverse-swinging the ball!””Players are going to the extent of taking sand paper on the field. It might sound funny, but it’s a desperate plea for cricket to change. Players are getting into more trouble trying to make the ball do something,” Steyn said.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgA day after leading the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to their seventh Inter-State Inter-Zonal title, Lakshya Sen carried his impeccable form to make a winning start at the Yonex Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19 in Guwahati on Tuesday. The Asian junior champion, seeded 14th at India’s biggest domestic badminton event, needed 28 minutes to dismiss Rahul Patel 21-13, 21-13 on his way to the third round.Sen, who will face Vipul Saini next, had reached the semi-finals in the previous edition and is looking to improve on that.Former two-time champion Sourabh Verma of PSPB also began his campaign on a positive note with a commanding 21-10, 21-8 demolition of Jayapragasham VS.The first day of the Nationals witnessed as many as 250 matches played on 9 different courts. The hosts had a lot to cheer about on Day 1 as five singles shuttlers from the state of Assam won their opening round matches. Iman Sonowal set up a clash with Sourabh Verma after outplaying J&K’s Raghav Dogra 21-9, 21-3.Assam’s Orijit Chaliha lost to Mithun Manjunath 21-11;21-9 in the second round; earlier Orijit emerged a winner 21-14, 21-18 over Gujarat’s Vishal Dave while Rituporna Bora defeated West Bengal’s Anirban Mandal 21-5, 21-18.In women’s singles, Megha Bora Morchana had it easy against Nagaland’s Ekumyala whom she beat 21-9, 21-14. Suzen Burhagohain advanced when Goa’s Yasmin Syed retired trailing 2-3.Among other matches, 2018 Ghana International winner Harsheel Dani won a blockbuster battle between two of India’s rising stars when he prevailed over former World Junior Championships silver medallist Siril Verma 23-21, 21-17 to reach the third round.advertisementMen’s singles top seed Arintap Dasgupta completely outclassed Anay Shirpurkar 21-8, 21-5 while fifth seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina needed 32 minutes to show the door to Karan Choudhary 21-17, 21-8. Sixth seed Aryamann Tandon blitzed past Bidyasagar Salam 21-6, 21-6 en route to Round 3.Mixed doubles seventh seeds Manu Attri and Maneesha K hardly broke sweat in their 21-5, 21-6 destruction of Mohit Tiwari and Smirti Nagarkoti. Jammu and Kashmir’s Raghav Dogra and Rupal Anand notched up a fine 21-12, 21-15 victory over Sikkim’s Rewash Rai and Tashi Choden Gurung.Shlok Ramchandran, who played a brilliant role in guiding the AAI to their Inter-Zonal triumph, hardly faced any hassle in his mixed doubles opener in partnership with Mithula UK. The two teamed up to beat Akshit Mahajan and Anupama Upadhyaya 21-12, 21-19 en route to the third round.The preliminaries will continue till February 13 and will decide who all get to meet the top eight singles seeds who will begin their challenge directly from the pre-quarters. Similarly, in doubles, the top four teams have been exempted from playing until the quarters.The seeds will be placed after the Super Draw is conducted on February 14. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will be the top attractions in women’s singles. In the absence of defending champion HS Prannoy and former winner Kidambi Srikanth, BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma will be the biggest name in men’s singles.Also Read | Nationals will help in preparation for All England Championship: B Sai PraneethAlso Read | All England Badminton Championships 2019: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth handed tough drawslast_img read more

first_imgAfter a 60 minute griiiiiind of a football game that Oklahoma State clinched as the clock hit zero, Oklahoma State players were fired up about their come-from-behind win. They celebrated in the locker room in a chant lead by the one and only, Ramon Richards:We take you live inside the #okstate locker room— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 5, 2016After playing a hard-fought game in a raucous environment in Manhattan, it’s pretty cool to see the players cut loose and celebrate. Don’t ever change, Ramon.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgUnited States U.S. star Pulisic and others carried into training due to flooding Ives Galarcep Last updated 2 years ago 00:24 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Trinidad flooding United States Trinidad and Tobago v United States WC Qualification CONCACAF Trinidad and Tobago World Cup The U.S. national team will likely have to deal with some rough playing conditions in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago — Bruce Arena probably thought he had seen it all in CONCACAF during his years as U.S. national team coach, but even he was left flabbergasted at the flooding at Ato Boldon Stadium ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago.Heavy rains in recent days left the running track around the stadium’s soccer field flooded, with water visible on areas near the sideline. As the U.S. arrived for training Monday morning, the laughter and jokes soon followed.”Is it deep?” Alejandro Bedoya wondered. Veteran DaMarcus Beasley emphatically stated that he can swim when Jozy Altidore asked if he would be OK to get across the makeshift moat. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Some players walked across the flooded track barefoot to avoid waterlogging their cleats, while others — including Christian Pulisic, Clint Dempsey and Altidore — were carried across by team staff.  Bobby Wood tied plastic bags onto his cleats and walked over the track.The #USMNT surveys the conditions, with players wary of walking across the moat. “Is it deep?” joked one player. — Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 9, 2017 Arena surveyed the field and expressed his skepticism over the stadium staff’s ability to remove the standing water. One water pump could be seen working to remove the water, in what could be best described as a futile exercise.The conditions at the tiny stadium were extreme, even by CONCACAF standards.Breaking: Bruce Arena calls up Michael Phelps for Tuesday’s #USMNT qualifier. “He will be taking our corners & playing on the wing” — Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 9, 2017 “I’ve never seen anything like this,” former U.S. national team standout Marcelo Balboa told Goal. “We played on fields that were swampy and that kind of stuff, but I’ve never seen a track surrounded by this much water, and the day before the game.”Trinidad & Tobago officials reportedly moved the qualifier from its team’s traditional home, Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Port of Spain to the much smaller Ato Boldon Stadium in order to cut costs on security. The match became much less of a priority once Trinidad & Tobago was eliminated from World Cup qualifying.Now, that cost-cutting measure looks likely to lead to an ugly match in front of a sparse crowd, assuming the match is still played at Ato Boldon Stadium. It remains to be seen whether the field will be playable in time for kick off, with more rain expected Monday and Tuesday.The U.S. heads into Tuesday’s match needing a win or a draw to secure its place at the 2018 World Cup, and while the Americans were heavily favored to beat a young and already-eliminated Trinidad & Tobago side, the waterlogged field could serve as an equalizer that keeps the U.S. from dominating.”First, the spongy field is going to take it out of their legs, it’s going to wear them out,” Balboa said. “The soggy field is going to affect how the ball rolls and bounces, it’s just going to die. And if it comes in hard on an angle you know it’s going to skip.”I’m shocked they’re going to play this game here,” Balboa added. “I would have thought they would have moved it to the other stadium by now.”last_img read more

first_imgAmitabh Bachchan denies buying IPL stakesThis comes after there were reports that the Bachchan family had approached Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals with proposals to buy stakes in the franchises.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 00:39 IST Amitabh Bachchan said reports of him buying IPL stakes are not true. (Photo: Reuters)Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has denied that his family was interested in picking equity stake in any of the franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).”This news is incorrect,” Bachchan told IANS when asked about media reports on the issue.Earlier, there were reports that the Bachchans had approached the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals with proposals to buy stakes in the franchises.While the talks with three-time champions CSK were reportedly unsuccessful, discussions with the Rajasthan Royals did not progress beyond the first round.Interestingly, the Bachchan family already has stakes in Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennaiyin FC and Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers.ALSO READ | IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 playersALSO READ | IPL 2019 likely to be scheduled early to give India pre-World Cup restFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow Indian Premeir LeagueFollow Amitabh Bachchanlast_img read more

first_imgThe National Water Commission (NWC) is to pursue the use of renewable energy, as a means of reducing its high energy cost.Addressing a press conference at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) on June 27, NWC President, Albert Gordon, explained that the utility company will be rehabilitating a number of old concrete tanks and in the process will be using photovoltaic panels to replace some of the concrete covers, thereby generating its own power.He also informed that the NWC is looking at potential sites for developing hydro power, pointing out that the Water Resources Authority (WRA) is doing a feasibility study and “based on that, we are hoping we can get involved in generating some of the energy that we need from hydro.”Mr. Gordon noted too, that there have been discussions with the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, the Hon. Phillip Paulwell, regarding the use of wind energy and in particular the Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester.“To the extent that we can generate our own power, even if it is not at the location that we need it, then we would also utilize the recently promulgated wheeling power policy, so that if we are generating at a particular location we can have that power delivered to a pump or a demand centre somewhere else in the country, using the JPS grid,” he said.Mr. Gordon further informed that the NWC will be reconfiguring its ‘pump and tank programme,’ where water is directly pumped to tanks and then gravity fed to customers. He explained that this was the original design facility in a number of areas; however demand has outgrown what exists now, both in terms of quantity and pattern.“Some people now live above the storage tanks so, we have to get storage tanks above them, to be able to pump and gravity feed to them. That will also allow us to pump during off peak hours when the electricity rates are significantly lower and then we can store and gravity feed customers,” he said.The NWC uses approximately five per cent of the total energy consumed in the country and is aiming for a 30 per cent reduction in energy costs over the next five years, according to Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 26.Mr. Pickersgill informed that in addition to resorting to the production of alternative energy, the utility company will replace 320 old inefficient pumps and rehabilitate 288 tanks with the necessary controls to prevent overflows.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a petition challenging s Bombay High Court judgment, allowing reservations for Marathas in jobs and educational institution. The matter will come up for hearing on Friday. The Bombay High Court in June upheld the validity of reservations in education and government jobs granted to the Maratha community under the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category but reduced the quantum from 16 per cent. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Bringing down the quota from the proposed 16 per cent to 12 per cent in education and 13 per cent in jobs, it observed that the higher quota was “not justifiable”. A Division Bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre also said that the government was entitled to create a separate category for SEBCs and grant them reservations. The verdict came on a bunch of petitions challenging the state government’s November 2018 decision granting 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community under the SEBC category. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC In his initial reaction, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis welcomed the court verdict and indicated that the new quota percentages recommended were acceptable to the government. Vijayalaxmi Khopade, the lawyer for one of the petitioners, said the court also endorsed the report of the nine-member M.G. Gaikwad Commission classifying the Marathas as a “Socially and Educationally Backward Class”. The judges said the reservations proposed by the Maharashtra government were based on justifiable data submitted by the Backward Class Commission, Khopade had told IANS.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing 10 per cent of its Sam’s Club warehouse stores — a move that a union-backed group estimated could cost thousands of jobs — on the same day the company announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out bonuses.The world’s largest private employer said it was closing 63 of its 660 Sam’s Clubs over the next few weeks, with some shut already. Up to 12 are being converted into distribution centres to handle online orders, the company said late Thursday.It did not disclose how many people would lose their jobs, but said some workers may be placed at other Walmart locations. Making Change at Walmart, a campaign backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, estimates that 150 to 160 people work at each Sam’s Club store, meaning the closures could affect about 10,000 people.Lauren Fitz, 22, said she was at her other job as a church secretary when a colleague texted to say that the Sam’s Club where they both worked in Loveland, Ohio, had closed. Fitz had been pleased earlier to read the news that Walmart was boosting starting salaries and offering bonuses.“I thought, ‘This is really cool.’ And then to find out that my store is closing,” said Fitz, who said she had worked as a sales associate in the jewelry department for two months. At home, she got a call from her manager and had a letter in the mail saying the store had closed and she could seek employment at another Sam’s Club or Walmart store.“It was very sudden and very shocking,” Fitz said. “I don’t think our managers had any inkling yesterday. It was a normal shift.”On Twitter, Sam’s Club responded to people’s queries by saying, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.”Local news reports said Sam’s Clubs stores were closing in Texas, California, New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana and Alaska, among other states.Earlier in the day, Walmart had cited the sweeping Republican tax overhaul that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.President Donald Trump cheered the announcement with a tweet, saying, “Great news, as a result of our TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT!” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said she would not comment on the Sam’s Club closings but that the wage increases were a sign that the tax measures “are having the impact that we had hoped.”Walmart representatives did not respond to a question about the timing of the dual developments.“This is nothing but another public relations stunt from Walmart to distract from the reality that they are laying off thousands of workers,” said Randy Parraz, a director of Making Change at Walmart.Rising wages reflect a generally tight labour market. The conversion of stores to e-commerce sites also illustrates how companies are trying to leverage their store locations to better compete against Amazon as shopping moves online.Walmart announced years ago that it would actively manage its store portfolio as it strives to put a dent in Amazon’s dominance online. With Thursday’s closing, that strategy is now extending to Sam’s Club.Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay. Job postings at an Amazon warehouse in Ohio, for example, offer a starting pay of $14.50 an hour.“This is about the evolution of retail,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “The rise of e-commerce is leading to higher wages.”Large employers also have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.But the low unemployment has meant that retailers have had trouble attracting and keeping talented workers, experts said. Walmart employees previously started at $9 an hour, with a rise to $10 after completing a training program. Target had raised its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October, and said it would raise wages to $15 by the end of 2020.“They raised the minimum wage because they have to,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said about Walmart. “The labour market is tight and getting tighter.”While many department store chains such as Macy’s and Sears are struggling, retailers as a whole are still trying to hire. The retail industry is seeking to fill 711,000 open jobs, the highest on records dating back to 2001, according to government data. The longer those jobs go unfilled, the greater pressure on employers to offer higher wages.Walmart, which reported annual revenue of nearly $486 billion in the most recent fiscal year, said the wage increases will cost it an additional $300 million in the next fiscal year. The bonuses will cost it about $400 million in this fiscal year, which ends on Jan. 31.It joins dozens of companies including American Airlines and Bank of America that have announced worker bonuses following the passage of the Republican tax plan that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent. “Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday.The company said the wage increase benefits all hourly U.S. workers at its stores, including Sam’s Club, as well as hourly employees at its websites, distribution centres and its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters. A one-time bonus will be given to those Walmart employees who won’t receive a pay raise. The amount, between $200 and $1,000, depends on how long they worked at the company. Walmart said those being laid off at Sam’s Club will still receive a bonus.In all, Walmart employs 2.3 million people around the world, 1.5 million of which are in the U.S.Walmart also announced that full-time hourly U.S. employees can get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Before, full-time hourly workers received 50 per cent of their pay for leave. Salaried employees, who already had 10 weeks paid maternity leave, will receive more paid parental leave.For the first time, Walmart also promised to help with adoptions, offering full-time hourly and salaried workers $5,000 per child that can be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.___AP Business writers Michelle Chapman in Newark, New Jersey; Chris Rugaber in Washington, D.C.; and Joyce M. Rosenberg in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

Rabat – While some congratulated and felt inspired by Yasmine Ouirhrane becoming this year’s Young European of the Year as a Muslim woman, others were too focused on her headscarf to notice her success, including Marine Le Pen.Yasmine Ouirhrane, 23, won Schwarzkopf Foundation’s 2019 European of the Year prize dedicated to young Europeans “who have worked in an honorary capacity towards the understanding between people or integration of Europe.”The fact that Ouirhrane is a veiled Muslim woman born to a Moroccan immigrant father and Italian mother did not please anti-Islamists or those against the “Islamisation of Europe.” The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen criticized the decision to award Ouirhrane, referring to the next elections to the European Parliament in France which will be held on 26 May 2019.She tweeted: “The European Union assumes its choices. On May 26, you’re the ones who will have to choose! For us, the promotion of radical Islam is a NO!”L’Union européenne assume ses choix. Le 26 mai, c’est vous qui devrez choisir ! Pour nous, la promotion de l’islam radical c’est NON !! MLP#OnArrive— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) March 6, 2019French politician and former journalist Robert Menard, the founder of Reporters without Borders (RSF) was not happy with the foundation’s decision to award  Ouirhrane.He tweeted on March 4: “Here is the young European model to the EU Parliament. Will the next one be behind a burqa?”Voilà la jeune européenne modèle pour le parlement de l’UE. La prochaine sera-t-elle derrière une burqa intégrale ?— Robert Ménard (@RobertMenardFR) March 4, 2019Many Twitter users replied to Menard’s statement, some of them saying that he failed to see the real picture.Nicolas Cadene, the General Rapporteur of the National Observatory of Secularism in France, also tweeted in responde to Menard saying: “you only see the headscarf. Yasmine is first and foremost a student who lives between France and Italy, speaks 5 languages, and works for social integration, empowerment of immigrants’ children, and fights against extremism.”Vous ne voyez que le foulard. @yasmineojay, c’est d’abord 1 étudiante de @ScPoBx vivant en France et en Italie, parlant 5 langues, dont l’action pour l’inclusion sociale, l’autonomisation des enfants d’immigrés, et pour la lutte contre l’extrémisme est reconnue de tous#StopHaine— Nicolas Cadène (@ncadene) March 6, 2019Ouirhrane speaks Italian, French, Arabic, English, and Spanish and has broad experience with the United Nations and other organizations empowering underprivileged youth and women and promoting education.She studied international relations at Sciences Po Bordeaux in Pessac, France and is an is an expert in peace and security at the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, a multi-stakeholder initiative.She also works as an advocacy member at United Network of Young Peacebuilders, who led a delegation of 20 underprivileged students to attend the European Youth Event 2018. Ouirhrane also helped organize the European Youth Forum’s 2018 YOFest in Strasbourg. read more

Hilde F. Johnson, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, told a news conference in the capital, Juba, that President Salva Kiir’s address on behalf of the newest Member State was “the right message at the right time.”She said it included a commitment by the county to peaceful relations with Sudan, from which it gained independence in a UN-backed referendum earlier this year, as well as to establish a solid foundation for the new nation, based on political pluralism, good governance, transparency and accountability.“We need to remember that the eyes of the world now are on South Sudan,” said Ms. Johnson. “The management of these critical processes and the political milestones will be important for South Sudan’s standing internationally.”She commended the President for the steps he is taking in particular to end impunity against financial misconduct and to promote transparency and accountability. “It is unacceptable when money devoted to developing the new and independent South Sudan ends [up] in private pockets and foreign accounts,” she said. “Investigation and prosecution against those involved is a precondition for South Sudan to succeed in building a new, strong and stable nation.”Turning to security, Ms. Johnson noted that UNMISS has been supporting the Government in preventing a further escalation of communal violence, particularly in Jonglei state, where at least 600 people lost their lives in ethnic clashes last month.The fighting in Jonglei between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities followed large-scale cattle raids by members of the two groups which led to the theft of between 26,000 and 30,000 cattle.In the wake of the violence, UNMISS promptly deployed peacekeeping troops to defuse tensions and act as a deterrent. It also facilitated visits by religious leaders for conflict mitigation, and carried out “robust” ground and air patrols across the state on a daily basis, said Ms. Johnson.“What we are doing now is stop-gap measures and trying to get processes in place that can help resolve the issues over time,” said the Special Representative. “But it is only through a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy that stability and peace in Jonglei can really happen.”To assist the Government carry out its security responsibilities, UNMISS will help to transform the South Sudan Police Service (SSPS) and to strengthen its institutional capacity.The UN has already begun training the country’s police officers in crime awareness and investigation. Earlier this week, UN agencies began a two-week course for 40 officers in Juba on issues such as identifying and investigating crime and reporting cases. The training is a partnership between UNMISS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The latter is also developing a document on police reforms in South Sudan.Regarding the police force, Ms. Johnson highlighted the need for respect for human rights and training in human rights standards, noting there have been several cases of people reportedly being arrested, detained and beaten up. A major challenge in this area, she said, is the fact that almost 80 per cent of the police force is illiterate. “To educate illiterate police in human rights standards is not easy, but we are going to look at creative ways of being able to do so.” 28 September 2011The world will be watching to see that the commitments expressed by South Sudan’s leader last week before the General Assembly are translated into action, from the way the country manages its security and respects human rights to promoting transparency and good governance, the United Nations envoy to the country said today. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a final agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that could settle a dispute over its $20.1 billion acquisition of the Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo.The world’s largest brewer has been trying since June to buy the half of Grupo Modelo that it doesn’t already own. The Justice Department sued to block the deal out of concern that a company that massive would stifle competition in the U.S.The companies involved in a complicated series of deals surrounding the acquisition have negotiated for months with Justice officials to try and clear the way. They submitted an agreement Friday to the court and if approved, it is expected to close in June.AB InBev originally sought to get access to all of Modelo’s business U.S. and abroad. But in an effort to appease regulators that blocked the deal, AB InBev later struck a side deal that gives control of the production of Corona and other Modelo beers sold in the U.S. to a competitor, Constellation Brands Inc.The agreement announced Friday is similar to the modified deal, but instead requires the sale of Modelo’s entire U.S. business to Constellation.That would give Constellation not just the licenses of Modelo brand beers in the U.S., but also brewing capabilities so that it is not relying on AB InBev at all. The agreement also requires the sale of AB InBev’s stake in a joint venture agreement and other assets, rights and interests so that Constellation can compete in the U.S. beer market independent of AB InBev.“This is a win for the $80 billion U.S. beer market and consumers,” said Bill Baer, assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s antitrust division. “If this settlement makes just a one per cent difference in prices, U.S. consumers will save almost $1 billion a year.”Baer said the deal as originally presented was potentially transformative in a bad way for consumers, but this agreement creates an independent owner of Modelo brands in the U.S. that will be positioned to provide consumers with more brands at competitive prices.Constellation will effectively replace Modelo as a competitor in the U.S. selling its Corona and other brands domestically.The company, based in Victor, N.Y., expects the deal will double its sales and solidify its place in the U.S. beer market.The settlement also will benefit AB InBev, based in Belgium, which will still add Modelo brands globally to its already expansive portfolio of beers that includes Budweiser, Stella Artois and others.The beer industry has always been fiercely competitive, but brewers have come under incredible pressure since the global downturn.Unemployment hit young men more than other populations and that took a toll on sales, as they represent beer maker’s key market.Domestic beer production, a key indicator of market activity, increased 1 per cent in 2012 after falling for three straight years, according to industry group the Beer Institute. Production hit nearly 194 billion barrels in 2012 but that is still down more than 4 per cent from 198.4 billion barrels produced in 2007.Anheuser-Busch earlier this year said profits fell nearly 5 per cent in the final quarter of 2012, and it forecast weak first-quarter sales for this year. The company posts results for the current quarter at the end of the month.Shares of AB InBev increased $1.27 to $98.84 by early afternoon. Constellation Brands shares increased 86 cents, nearly 2 per cent, to $48.20. by Sarah Skidmore, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 11:16 am MDT Anheuser-Busch InBev, DOJ and other beer makers reach deal on Modelo acquisition read more

first_imgShe’s paid respect to Cyrus in interviews, but told Complex magazine that she’s “not comfortable being sexy and dressing sexy – I don’t see myself ever becoming a sex symbol.”She’s worked with a Swedish super-producerGrande’s music career has been given a massive boost by her collaboration with Max Martin.The Swedish producer and songwriter is responsible for huge worldwide hits including Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Teenage Dream, Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together and I Knew You Were Trouble, Britney’s breakthrough single …Baby One More Time and Backstreet Boys’ I Want It That Way. Grande as Cat Valentine in Victorious Although Victorious left critics unimpressed, the show was one of Nickelodeon’s most popular, winning ratings of nearly six million when it first aired.It ended its run in 2013 but the young viewers wanted more, and Grande continued to play Valentine in a spin-off, Sam & Cat, another farcical sitcom in which two teenage girls become improbable roommates and run a babysitting business.Grande’s appeal among the under-13s and musical background led to an early, unsuccessful attempt at a singing career in 2011, with the release of pop single Put Your Hearts Up, which Grande has since poked fun at. Grande in the music video for Put Your Hearts Up Frankie Grande in 2016 On Monday night, 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in a terrorist attack on Manchester.Police say a suicide bomber caused an explosion outside the city’s Manchester Arena, as thousands of people poured out of the venue after a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande.Who is Ariana Grande?Twenty-three-year-old Grande has been in showbusiness since her teens. Raised in Florida, she first appeared on Broadway in 2008.Two years later, when she was 17, she was cast as the ditsy Cat Valentine in Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated Victorious, which followed the hallway antics of Hollywood stage school students. Her brother inspired her showbiz careerHer older brother Frankie, 34, is an actor who has performed in ABBA musical Mamma Mia! on Broadway, and recently took part in the US version of Big Brother. Music producer Max Martin at the Grammy awards More recently, her third album Dangerous Woman reached number one in the UK chart last year. Although now better known as a singer than an actress, Grande made a return to television in 2015, with a supporting role in Fox’s horror comedy Scream Queens. She is a veganGrande is a strict vegan, and mostly subscribes to a raw food diet. “I vacillate between being raw and not-raw vegan,” she told the Telegraph in 2014. “Do I feel healthier? It’s the way to go, I have to say.” Nearly 40 of Martin’s songs have sold more than a million copies.Martin is responsible for the catchy horn riffs on Problem, which harks back to Nineties’ RnB – aside from Azalea’s reference to Jay-Z’s 99 Problems – with a big, octave-spanning verse and a whispered chorus.In support of all this Grande is a genuine vocal talent: her sugary-sweet voice spans four octaves and has been compared to Mariah Carey.It’s a voice that her producer, Kenneth Edmonds, who has worked with TLC and Beyoncé, describes as “one of those feel-good voices we haven’t heard in a long time”. “I adored and worshipped my brother, Frankie, as a little girl – everything he did was cool,” she told the Telegraph.”He’s 10 years older than me – he would kill me for saying that! But once Frankie got into acting in musical theatre and dancing, I was like, ‘OK, I guess that’s the cool thing now, so let’s investigate and watch old musicals.’ “My friends and I were huge musical-theatre geeks and we would go back and forth to New York whenever we had free weekends.”What’s her appeal?Many TV stars in the US have had successful pop careers, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez; Grande has followed in their footsteps.Not only does she have an enormous fanbase from her Nickelodeon days, but, like One Direction, her young fans know how to marshall social media to share their appreciation.Grande has nearly 50 million followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Even her dogs (Ophelia, Toulouse and Coco) have their own Instagram account, with more than 90,000 followers.center_img Grande as Cat Valentine in Victorious Show more Her online following shows the gap in the market for a fresh-faced popstar like Grande. The teen singers who proceeded her, such as Spears, Aguilera and Miley Cyrus, have grown up to try and connect with older audiences. Grande, meanwhile, maintained a relatively innocent image after making the transition into pop. Grande in the music video for Put Your Hearts Up Frankie Grande in 2016 She went on to sing on the third soundtrack for Victorious with her co-star Victoria Justice, and in 2012 performed a duet with Mika on his single Popular Song.But it wasn’t until 2013 that Grande’s pop career really took off in earnest. Bouncy nu-soul duet, The Way, which Grande recorded with American rapper Mac Miller, trumped both Justin Timberlake and One Direction’s sales figures in March, before her debut album Truly Yours reached the top 10 in nine countries, and number one in America.Problem, her 2014 breakthrough single, went to number one in the UK and number two in the US, making Grande a familiar name on both sides of the Atlantic. Music producer Max Martin at the Grammy awards The track was accompanied by a video in which she strolled around a chintzy vintage American town in a prom dress. It was an image which Grande told Rolling Stone was “straight out of hell”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_imgI am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.Rob Delaney The actor previously said it would be bad parenting for him to return to the US, praising London, the BBC and the NHS in the UK Credit:Ian West/PA “The NHS nurses and doctors and the home carers and charity workers who helped our family survive Henry’s illness will be my heroes until the day I die. I am desperately sad right now, but I can say with authority that there is good in this world.”Thank you, beautiful Henry, for spending as much time with us as you did. We miss you so much,” Delaney added.Last year the US star, who lives in London, said it would be “bad parenting” if he moved back to the States with his children in the current political climate. “Our family would be in much worse shape right now if it weren’t for them. I would also urge you to take concrete and sustained action to support the NHS, however you can. Do not take it for granted. “I am astonished by the love-in-action displayed by Henry’s mom and his brothers.”They are why I will endeavour to not go mad with grief. I don’t want to miss out on their beautiful lives. I’m greedy for more experiences with them.”Delaney called Henry a “joy” and praised the NHS nurses and doctors, home carers and charity workers who helped during his illness.”He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals,” he added.He said he was “desperately sad” and urged people to help other families in the UK with sick children by supporting the Rainbow Trust or Noah’s Ark organisations. He said he was concerned about US President Donald Trump’s stance on healthcare, and will not return.”In the United States of America you could be denied healthcare if you have a pre-existing condition, which can literally include ‘has had a child’,” Delaney told the Radio Times.”It would be bad parenting for me to bring children back to that country.”He said: “I’m crazy about London, I love it so much. I love the NHS. I love the BBC. I love the Tube. I love the bus. I love tea. I love bacon sandwiches, I really do.” The actor previously said it would be bad parenting for him to return to the US, praising London, the BBC and the NHS in the UK  Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has revealed his two-year-old son Henry has died.The actor and writer, 41, said his family were devastated following the toddler’s death from cancer in January in a lengthy statement on Facebook.Henry had surgery and treatment to remove a brain tumour shortly after turning one in 2016 before the cancer returned last autumn.He had been left with significant physical disabilities by the tumour, Delaney said, but had “quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum”.”His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound,” he added. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Stephen McDermott Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 2:02 PM Gardaí renew appeal for witnesses as Drogheda shooting victim remains in critical condition A man in his 30s was shot in a possible gangland-related incident yesterday. 8,535 Views Image: PA Images 3 Comments Feb 27th 2019, 2:02 PM Image: PA Images GARDAÍ IN LOUTH have issued a renewed appeal for witnesses to what investigators believe was a gangland-related shooting in Drogheda yesterday afternoon.A man in his 30s remains in a critical condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital after being shot at around 3.15pm at The M1 Retail Park in Mell.He was injured while sitting in the passenger seat of a white Vauxhall Astra with a 12 LH registration, which he got into after leaving a shop in the park moments beforehand.There were a number of young families in the area and the retail park was busy at the time, informed sources have said.Gardaí believe the suspected perpetrators left the scene in a black Volkswagen Passat with the registration 132 D 18498, which was later found burnt out at a car park at Seapoint, Co Louth at 7.15pm.Investigators have asked witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Drogheda Garda Station on 041- 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who was present in the M1 retail park between 12.30pm and 3.30pm and may have seen the cars mentioned.Gardaí also urged anyone with mobile phone or dash cam footage and those who were in the Seapoint car park between 3.30pm and 7.15pm yesterday to come forward.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee. Share7 Tweet Email1 Short URLlast_img read more