December 6, 2019
  • 11:17 am Seven killed after cable car snaps in Gulmarg
  • 11:17 am I was threatened and humiliated by Governor, alleges Mamata
  • 11:17 am Shantaram Naik calls for a full-fledged Defence Minister in the wake of tension on Chinese and Pakistan borders
  • 11:14 am The festival that runs itself (almost)
  • 11:13 am CRPF jawan killed, two injured in encounters with Maoists in Gadchiroli

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has quashed the Centre’s decision rejecting the appointment of a man as sub-inspector in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), saying he was “honourably” acquitted from a criminal case.A Bench of Justices S. Muralidhar and Sanjeev Narula directed the Centre to appoint Liyakat Ali as SI in the CISF, by giving him seniority from the same year in which his batch-mates who qualified in the Staff Selection Commission exam 2015 were appointed.The High Court’s decision came on a plea of Mr. Ali challenging the order cancelling the provisional offer of appointment made to him. Mr. Ali had applied for the post in the CISF and passed the SSC examination in 2015. He was issued a letter provisionally appointing him as SI Executive in the CISF subject to character and antecedent verification. He submitted all relevant documents, including the character certificate. He also submitted a copy of a January 2015 judgment of a Firozpur court, whereby he was acquitted in an assault case. Appointment cancelledFollowing which, he was not permitted to join basic training along with his batch-mates.Later, his appointment was cancelled. The Bench said the acquittal was “honourable one on merits and for lack of evidence.”last_img read more

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first_img“We have not asked BCCI for reimbursement. The “We have not asked BCCI for reimbursement. The reimbursement will come (later),” said Kanmadikar. Incidentally, the scheduled Test will be the first-ever to be conducted at Indore, which has a strong tradition in the game and was the home venue for the strong Holkar team of yesteryears. Stalwarts such as Col. C K Nayudu and Mushtaq Ali were playing for the Holkar team, which won the Ranji Trophy on four occasions in the past under Nayudus leadership, before it became MPCA. PTI SSR HWP LAL MAS NRB AH BSlast_img

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first_imgAs Kings XI Punjab prepared to take on Mumbai Indians in a must-win game at the Wankhede, their captain Glen Maxwell was seen talking to the Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar.Maxwell, who had earlier played for Mumbai, has had an average season so far in the IPL 2017 to his standards. After slamming a hundred on his return Test against India in Ranchi, he was expected to fire in the IPL. ‘Big-show’, who needs a good innings behind his back, was seen in an animated chat with the batting legend and maybe they were talking about how to build an innings after a good start. The Australian all-rounder has showed some glimpses of his brute power-hitting but has only managed to score 263 runs from 12 games so far, with 44* being his highest.Punjab will need someone to step up in the absence of their star man Hashim Amla, who has gone back to be with the South Africa national team. Amla amassed 420 runs from 10 matches, hitting two hundreds in the process.Maxwell will hope to come up the order and get some important runs to help his team stay alive in the tournament.And who better to discuss batting than the Tendulkar?The Mumbaikar has scored 34,447 runs from 664 international matches, hitting 100 centuries in the process.Tendulkar, who retired from the IPL after winning the trophy back in 2013, has 2,334 runs from 78 matches and has scored one hundred as well. He has since been with the team as an ambassador and a mentor.advertisementPunjab, have 12 points from 12 games and will have to win their remaining two matches including this match against Mumbai to keep themselves in the contention for a playoff spot.last_img read more

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first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has rejected a new deal with the club, was pelted with fake cash and labelled “Dollarumma” by supporters during a match for Italy’s under-21 team on Sunday.The 18-year-old stunned the club by turning down a new contract last Thursday. AC Milan see him as one of the brightest talents to emerge at the club in years and hoped to keep him on a long-term basis.Play had to be briefly halted during the first half of the European under-21 championship match against Denmark, played in the Polish city of Krakow, after supporters behind the goal threw fake dollar bills into the net.Italian media said the supporters, who also chanted insults and displayed a banner reading “Dollarumma”, were members of a Polish-based Milan fan club.Italy under-21 coach Gigi Di Biagio praised the player for remaining unruffled by the incident.”He did not get unnerved by it, he remained calm in a situation that was far from easy,” Di Biagio told reporters.”He behaves as if he is 30-years-old and he is capable of dealing something which goes beyond football.”Donnarumma, who made his senior Milan debut at the age of 16, rejected a new contract after talks between himself, his agent Mino Raiola and the club.Milan’s chief executive Marco Fassone said at the time that the decision had left a “bitter taste”.last_img read more

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first_imgLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw isn’t sure what to expect from the new-look Mets, whose dramatic transformation in the second half of the season led to an NL East title.The Los Angeles Dodgers ace faced a mostly different New York lineup before the July trade deadline. Even veteran Mets infielder David Wright was out at the time.“There’s a lot of guys that I’ll be seeing for the first time this season,” Kershaw said. “Definitely a completely different team. Obviously, a lot better than what we faced in July.”The Dodgers aren’t the same team that got chased out of the Division Series by St. Louis a year ago. They shipped out Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe (now a Met), and ushered in veterans Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal.When Kershaw takes the mound for the Oct. 9 opener at Dodger Stadium, he’ll be trying to earn just the second postseason win of his career after going 0-4 in his last two series against the Cardinals. “I definitely remember,” he said, “but it’s a new team, new season and, hopefully, for me a new outcome.”The Mets won four of seven meetings between the teams, all in that month before Yoenis Cespedes arrived from Detroit in a trade that boosted the Mets’ anemic offense. They are in the playoffs for the first time in nine years; the Dodgers are making their third straight appearance for the first time in franchise history.Kelly Johnson and Uribe joined the Mets shortly before Cespedes, acquisitions that Manager Terry Collins credited for turning around the team along with the his message to the players: If you hit, you’ll play.“Lucas Duda took off, (Wilmer) Flores took off, Kelly Johnson and Juan kept playing, as well,” Collins said. “All of a sudden guys are looking at their jobs saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve got to step up here, and they did.’”Kershaw will be opposed by Jacob deGrom, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year and a converted infielder who is making his playoffs debut. The right-hander isn’t about to compare himself to Kershaw, last year’s NL MVP and a three-time Cy Young Award winner, except in one area.“The way he takes the mound, he goes out there and attacks hitters,” deGrom said. “I try to do the same thing, not get intimidated by anybody who steps in the box and go out there and make your pitches when you need to.”Kershaw chatted with deGrom at the All-Star Game in July, already aware of deGrom’s explosive fastball.“Just the carry and the ride that it has on it, the ball that looks like it’s at your shins or ankles seems like he gets a lot of called strikes there,” Kershaw said. “His off-speed pitches have gotten better from last year. We definitely have a challenge. This whole series, the three, four guys they’re throwing at us are pretty solid.”The teams split the four regular-season games started by Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who will take the mound for the Dodgers in Game 2 on Oct. 10.DeGrom’s path to the majors took several twists and turns, starting with him becoming a pitcher in his junior year at Stetson University. He was drafted on the ninth round by the Mets in 2010 and missed his first minor-league season the next year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. DeGrom didn’t make it to the big leagues until last year.“All of us are thankful every day we get to put this uniform on and we play this game,” he said, “so try not to take any days for granted.”Already the oldest manager in the majors at 66, Collins is making his managerial playoff debut with the Mets after previous managing stints in Houston and with the Anaheim Angels. He was director of player development for the Dodgers in 2006 when they drafted Kershaw, who began in the Gulf Coast League.Current Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was Collins’ minor league pitching coordinator then and approached him after watching Kershaw throw.“He went, ‘Oh wow,’” Collins said. “When he takes the ball he wants to finish what he starts,” Collins said of Kershaw. “I’m not surprised he’s as good as he is.”Collins plans to start three left-handed hitters against Kershaw: Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Duda, who reminded his manager of his ability to hit against lefties.“I told him the other day, ‘Remember when you told me you hit lefties?’” Collins said. “Well, you’re going to face a pretty good one Friday, so you better.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgFamous Japanese actor Mansai Nomura will and arrange the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, as announced on Monday. It an executive board meeting of the event, Nomura was chosen as the chief executive creative director for all the four ceremonies.Nomura is the holder of the best actor award at the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards, that he won in 2001. He is best known for his performances in kyogen, a traditional form of comedic theatre.”He is the person who is to carry out the image and the message of Tokyo 2020,” said Tokyo 2020 Honorary President Fujio Mitarai.”That person has the role of implementing our spirit and vision of the Tokyo 2020 Games at all four ceremonies.”Mansai Nomura is a renowned figure, both domestically and internationally and he is knowledgeable in both traditional Japanese art and modern theatrical art.”The board meeting, where the decision was made, was held at the recently re-opened J-Village complex in Fukushima Prefecture. The complex, which last hosted Argentina’s football team during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, was used as a base for rescue teams working in the wake of the 2011 earthquake.Also read – Japan’s landmarks illuminated in celebration of two years to 2020 OlympicsThe earthquake killed approximately 18,000 people and also severely damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant rendering much of the area near the J-Village a no-go zone.The re-opening of the J-Village last week is a symbol of the reconstruction that Tokyo 2020 hopes to encourage in the region.”We wanted a source of hope for the nation and now our dreams are coming true and we are seeing a gradual revival of the disaster-hit areas,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.advertisement”We are able to show to the world what we have been able to accomplish so far and where we are headed in terms of the reconstruction efforts since the disaster.”Also read – 2020 Tokyo Olympics hit by construction delays, record-breaking heatwaveThe Games torch relay will start in Miyagi Prefecture, also damaged by the earthquake, before passing through nearby Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures in a symbolic tour.During the meeting Mori, a former Japan prime minister, also proposed to introduce daylight saving time in Japan before the Olympics.Japan currently does not switch its timezone during the summer months, when the sun rises very early bringing with it the heat and humidity which was behind the recent record-breaking heatwave in the country.Mori believes switching to daylight saving time before the Olympics would reduce temperatures for morning events such as the marathon and he had spoken to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the issue.”Japan happens to be the only country amongst the major developed nations that do not implement daylight saving time so we do need some kind of an occasion or opportunity to get started on this,” said Mori.”Before we run out of time, the government needs to take this issue seriously to consider daylight savings time.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgIn the thirty-second edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Sarah Peattie, speaks about what it means to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influences on her Touch Football career.  Name: Sarah PeattieNickname: Sez, PeattieAge: 18Affiliate: ManlyOccupation: StudentPosition: WingDebut for Australia: 2011 Youth Trans TasmanCareer highlights so far: 2011 Youth Trans Tasman, the lead-up to the World Cup.How you got involved in Touch Football: I started playing with some school friends in the local comp when I was about 12, tried out for the Manly Warringah team and it’s all continued from then. Favourite player: Louise Winchester and Kelly Woods.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It was such an honour to even be considered for such an exciting opportunity and I feel so lucky that I’ve been chosen to be a part of it. To be playing for Australia at a World Cup is unbelievable and to be able to achieve this goal is the best feeling in the world. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: One of the biggest influences of my Touch Football career has been my coach Barry Gibson. He has given me so many opportunities and I am so thankful to him for helping me get where I am today. Also to all of the people I have come to know through Touch – they make it all so much fun and that’s why I continue to play and enjoy my Touch. And mum and dad, of course! They have pushed me to do the best I can and without them I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had. Favourite sporting moment: Manly’s 40-0 Grand Final win against the Melbourne Storm. What do you know about Scotland: It rains all the time!Any superstitions: I don’t have any superstitions. Funniest Australian teammate: Tash (Tony El Takchi) our assistant coach.Favourite quote: Pain is weakness leaving the body.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Just heading to Paris and London after Edinburgh. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With under a month to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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first_imgAntonio Rudiger has revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked him about life in Germany after Bayern Munich made an increased £35 million ($45m) bid to secure the teenager in the January transfer window.Hudson-Odoi’s selection to start Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals was a shock, but he gave a good account of himself in a match that Chelsea were unlucky to lose.Chelsea are struggling to keep hold of their wonderkid, who has not shown any interest in renewing his contract which expires in 18 months and Bayern have confirmed their interest in the 18-year-old . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Amid the prospect of a move to the Bundesliga, Hudson-Odoi has been questioning his Berlin-born team-mate Rudiger about life in Germany.”Of course, he asked me about Germany,” Rudiger told reporters at Wembley Stadium. “It was just a general question from him to know, because he is still young. I can advise him. But at the end of the day he decides about his future.”He can develop as well here. You can see it from both sides. Of course, he can develop in Germany as well and don’t forget Bayern Munich is also a big club. It is something he needs to decide for his future. I wish him all the best, but for me I just wish he stays with us.”We don’t need to speak about him too much. He is good, everyone knows that, everyone can see that. But he is still 18 and at that age you can’t look too far ahead. People have to give him time. For me he is an upcoming star, but he still needs to work hard.”Of course, as a young player it’s very important to play. Where it is? I hope it will be here.”Bayern are willing to offer the number 10 shirt to Hudson-Odoi, with Arjen Robben expected to leave the club in the summer, and it places Chelsea at a crossroads moment over whether to keep a youngster who looks keen to leave.Hudson-Odoi’s outing against Spurs was only his 12th senior professional appearance, making the proposed fee all the more remarkable, but Rudiger believes that his team-mate lives up to the hype, despite his inexperience.”To be honest, of all the young players I have seen at Chelsea, he is the shooting star for me,” Rudiger added. “He has all the tools to become a big player, but he has to work a lot. I think for him everything is going very well at the moment.Callum Hudson-Odoi“He is a young lad and has less pressure so he can show what he can do. He did very well and caused a lot of problems to them. He is trying very hard. You have to because he is a young lad and is on his way forward to the next step so he needs to improve where he can.”Meanwhile, Chelsea had 17 shots against Spurs as their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and inability to create that real golden chance once again proved to be their downfall in a match.Nevertheless, Rudiger was hopeful after the match as his side put in a strong performance and he thinks that his side will overcome Spurs at Stamford Bridge in two weeks’ time to secure a place in the Carabao Cup final.”Of course, we want to win, but this is decided over two games and 180 minutes,” he said. “We lost 1-0, I’m not happy with that, but I’m honestly happy with the performance we put on. The last time we were here, we went 1-0 down and then let in the second and third one.”This time we showed maturity and we were in the game. Of course, we can cause any teams problems. It will be a tough match for sure because they have one guy [Harry Kane] who likes to score. It is hard to keep him quiet. Okay, one time he scored but we kept him in good hands.”What we have to do better is find that clear chance. Everything was nice shots from afar, we didn’t make it too complicated for the keeper.”last_img read more

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first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Think about your best friend. He probably does a lot for you every day, right? He makes sure you look good, he’s always happy to see you, and he even helps you pick up chicks. For everything he does for you, all he asks is you take him outside from time to time, and sometimes grab a bite to eat. Your dog’s got your back in a way that no human friend could, which is why the Wolfgang Man & Beast line is designed to make sure he always looks as fresh as you do.Clearly Wolfgang Man & Beast had their best friends in mind when they put together these Horween leather collars and leashes, that are as rugged as they are classy. The classic dark brown collar is perfect for chasing squirrels around the backyard, and will definitely earn him some extra scratches when he’s bar hopping with you (if you live in the kind of place where dogs are welcome around town). Even the more colorful options, like the camo and bright green DuckLime collar, look right at home when your mutt’s waist deep in whatever body of water he found on your daily walk. Their keychains bear the same patterns and are constructed with the same high quality materials as their collars and leashes, so people know how much you really care about your pooch.The simple pleasures dogs love so much are reflected in the gear for you. Designs like the Campsite will take you back to days in the woods, sitting by the fire or climbing a mountain, fresh pine and wilderness in the air. They’re also the kind of shirt you could actually wear camping, because the last thing you need when you’re chasing your buddy through the forest are flashy logos and thin fabric.  Likewise, Wolfgang Man & Beast’s five-panel and flat-brim caps aren’t about colors that pop or trendy styles, they’re well built, timeless designs with nothing to prove, but impress nonetheless.Their line is rugged enough to wear no matter how hard you and your buddies play, with their Skate86 collaboration paying homage to the classic days of skateboarding. The keychain and leash are photo-sublimated with a shot by skateboarding photographer Grant Brittain. It’s great for you and your buddy to rock while you’re rolling down the street on your longboard, or just standing out a little while playing fetch the local dog park.The Wolfgang Man & Beast line is dedicated to creating clothing and accessories that are sustainable and durable. Check out the whole line on the Wolfgang Man & Beast USA website. 1. Wolfgang Man & Beast 2. Wolfgang Man & Beast 3. Wolfgang Man & Beast 4. Wolfgang Man & Beast 5. Wolfgang Man & Beast 6. Wolfgang Man & Beast 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn last_img read more

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first_imgSleep science is about as exciting as it sounds. But, let’s be honest, we (ideally) spend one-third of our lives sleeping. So, even if it’s not something you want to care about, you should. It’s even worse for travelers who suffer from jet lag and other post-travel issues. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts recognizes this, which is why they’re doubling down on creating the perfect sleep space.The upscale hotel brand is launching a Stay Well program for 2019. It’s a unique and comprehensive approach to “sleep space” design that will include smart, in-room features and state-of-the-art technology to help guests snooze better. Enhanced air purification technology will circulate filtered air to reduce allergens, pollen, odors, and toxins. High-tech lighting will enable guests to personalize their room environment in a way that better syncs with the human body’s natural circadian rhythm. Four settings (Energize, Relax, Play, and Circadian) are designed to bolster sleep quality, productivity, and energy levels. Plus, new alarm clocks will simulate sunrise to provide a more organic wake-up process through gradual lighting increases. World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Next Wyndham Hotels 1 of 4 Wyndham Hotels Editors’ Recommendations Wyndham Hotels This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Previous The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Other wellness-centric amenities include aromatherapy diffusers to enhance guests’ mood and promote relaxation through a customized room ambiance. Exclusive Stay Well mattresses use natural, organic cotton-derived memory foam, essential oils, and pure hevea milk. Finally, Wyndham is working with world-renowned wellness pioneer Deepak Chopra to provide welcome messages on arrival and guided meditation throughout the guests’ stay.Wyndham Hotels and Resorts tasked expert architect and designer Jeffrey Beers to lead the new Stay Well initiative. His decades-old company has previously worked with One & Only and Hilton Hotel & Resorts, so they know a thing or two about hospitality design. Their approach to creating the perfect sleep space for Wyndham centers around the idea of “almost being home.” To accomplish this, Beers considered current and emerging design trends in hospitality guestrooms, then paired his brand’s signature warm aesthetic with the hotel franchise’s increased focus on wellness.If this all sounds a little too “woo-woo” for your liking, maybe it is. However, much of it is grounded in hard science, and there’s no denying that a decent night’s sleep while traveling can seem elusive, if not impossible. So, if any hotel brand wants to bring more high-tech amenities and all the comforts of home to our room, we say, “Thank you and good night.” The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Wyndham Hotels last_img read more

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first_imgThe province is awarding $322,600 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Valley region. Twelve grants were announced today, June 29, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. MLA Jim Morton made the announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “When we support organizations and recreation facilities, we support Nova Scotians in leading healthier, more active lives,” said Mr. Morton. “We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The grants were announced at the Kentville Recreation Centre. The Town of Kentville received $75,000 to develop the KCA playground and soccer field. “On behalf of the Town of Kentville, I would like to thank the province and the Department of Health and Wellness for the award of $75,000.00 through the department’s Recreation Facility Development Grant,” said Kentville Mayor David Corkum. “This grant will assist with the development of a community playspace, playground and soccer field in the new KCA area on Park Street.” The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.last_img read more

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first_imgSet three decades back in the bylanes of Kolkata’s Ballygunge, a theatre production by director Atul Satya Koushik explores, along with love, longing and loss, a genre under-done in Hindi drama – that of mystery and suspense. The 85-minute play ‘Ballygunge 1990’ attracts with its lead actor, ‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, but retains audience engagement with its storyline and execution. Annup describes the Hindi play as the “revenge story” of a relationship where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. Directed without intervals or even a blackout, the play escalates from a seemingly simple love story, to one of crimes, and ultimately vindication. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHowever, in the Hindi dramatic landscape, one would find plenty of socio-political and mythological themes, but not many thrillers. Koushik himself has debuted in this genre with ‘Ballygunge 1990’, popularly explained as the revenge story of a failed relationship. “Suspense and thriller is not a genre much explored in Indian theatre, especially Hindi theatre. So, I thought of a play which has love in its foreground, undertones of suspense and mystery in the background. The characters are not real, but emotions are real and come from what I see around,” Koushik said. The romantic-thriller play has been produced by the Film and Theatre Society. And, it was staged in the Capital on July 21, 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgWINNIPEG — NDP Leader Wab Kinew has been re-elected in the constituency of Fort Rouge in the Manitoba election.The seat south of downtown Winnipeg has long been an NDP stronghold.Green party Leader James Beddome, who lives in the area, was trying to topple Kinew.Beddome has run unsuccessfully five times — each time in a different constituency.The Canadian Presslast_img

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first_imgBy Bill Brioux – The Canadian Press Korey Sam, 31, and Ivana Krunic, 30, friends and co-workers from Toronto, both work as personal trainers. While they’ve dated friends they’ve never dated each other. “Which is good,” says Ivana, who was born in Bosnia and lived in Germany as a child. “If Korey looks at another girl, I’m not going to be, ‘Later.’ I’ll be, ‘She’s cute.’ It’s platonic but it’s great. There’s no tension.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Kenneth McAlpine, 25, and Ryan LaChapelle, 25, best friends from Collingwood, Ont., who call themselves Team Give’r. “That’s us,” says Kenneth. “We give’r all we got, full commitment, 100 per cent.” These two well-travelled surfer dudes will be easy to spot in their Hawaiian shirts. Think of them as mellower, sober Trailer Park Boys. CLICK THE PICS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH TEAM Good thing one of the teams competing this summer are undertakers. Megan Burden, 23, and Courtney Roberts, 21, small town cousins with no filter from St. Lunaire-Griquet and Corner Brook, Nfld. It’s win the “Amazing Race” or bust for Megan, who, when asked what she’d do with the grand prize money, answers without hesitation: “I’m probably going to buy fake boobs. It’s something I’ve wanted since I was 10.” “Yes, we are running in our suits,” says Deb, 54, who insists she has a fun job. “People come in grieving and for some reason I get them laughing.” Among the other teams: Dan Kipnis, 23, and Riya Malik, 23, friends and YouTube stars from Richmond Hill, Ont. The two have been best friends since Dan offered to ride a ski lift with new girl Riya on a Grade 4 class trip. Their “Dan & Riya” YouTube channel deals with pop culture and millennial life, with one video recently passing the 14 million views mark. “We try to make the race harder every year,” says executive producer John Brunton, who feels the new cast truly represents all of Canada. “They’re going to remind viewers of themselves, or of their sons or daughters, older sisters or whoever. Relatability is the key.” Among them are Deb and Aaron Baker, a mother and son team from the B.C. border town of Grand Forks. The two funeral directors refer to each other as “last responders.” They should be easy to spot during the competition: both plan to wear their dark blue funeral attire throughout the entire race. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Karen Richards, 31, and Bert Richards, 36, a married couple from Edmonton, Alta., tried to get on “Family Feud” — they used the game show theme as their wedding song! — until they found out Canadians weren’t eligible. “The Amazing Race Canada” is probably a better fit anyway, with Bert in the delivery business. He’ll drive and Karen will give forewarning “three streets before.” Login/Register With: Zed Dhalla, 27, and Shabbir Dhalla, 57, a father and son team from Vancouver. Zed’s the big “Race” fan, but Shabbir wanted to compete “because I’ve only got a few more years left on these legs.” Dad is also a stage 3 cancer survivor. “It was very much a blessing in disguise,” says Shabbir. “I look at life completely differently now.” Canada’s most-watched homegrown summer series returns for a fifth season on July 4 on CTV. The network has just announced the 10 teams from all across Canada who will be competing for the grand prize, which includes $250,000, two compact SUVs, and a trip around the world for two. Deb is the second oldest contestant this summer, as teams get younger and stronger. Advertisement Sam Lambert, 25, and Paul Mitskopoulos, 24, a dating couple from Toronto. “We’ve both always been huge fans of the show, starting with the American version, watching every week with our families,” says Paul, who met Sam on a dating app almost two years ago. “It’s been love ever since.” Andrea Croxen, 29, and Ebonie Roberge, 29, friends and business partners from Montreal, are ex-models who met when they were 16 at a bridal fashion show. “This is really a year of taking risks for us,” says Ebonie. The pair just launched their own business running fitness retreats in Costa Rica last year. Adam Cavaleri, 29, and Andrea Cavaleri, 28, a brother and sister team from Montreal. “I applied three years ago with my best friend,” says graphic designer Andrea. They didn’t get picked and the friend wasn’t available this year so her bartender brother stepped up. There’s always a chance a new season of “The Amazing Race Canada” could end in a dead heat. Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgTOKYO – YouTube said Thursday it has punished well-known blogger Logan Paul over a video that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest that is said to be a suicide spot.The company said in a statement that it has removed Paul’s channels from Google Preferred and will not feature him in the new season of the web series “Foursome.” It said his new video blogs are also on hold.Paul earlier announced he was stepping away from posting videos “to reflect” following an outcry when he uploaded images of the apparent body and his reaction to finding it in the forest.YouTube prohibits violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner, the company says. It issued a “strike” against Paul’s channel for violating its community guidelines after the posting.The video was viewed some 6 million times before being removed from Paul’s YouTube channel, a verified account with more than 15 million subscribers.A storm of criticism followed despite two apologies, with commenters saying Paul seemed disrespectful and that his initial apology was inadequate.Google Preferred’s advertising program aggregates top YouTube content for advertisers to buy time on them.last_img read more

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first_imgRENO, Nev. – The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler’s Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill-seekers.It’s the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game.Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday that one ad gave the impression a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild streambed.Fiat Chrysler is defending the ads but says there are no plans to run them again. It says the spot with the Cherokee was shot on a flooded county road and another with a Jeep Wrangler was filmed in a man-made lake with a man-made waterfall on private land.Wood said many of his group’s 300,000 members and supporters own Jeeps, but the images were upsetting.“Fish are tough and resilient critters, but they don’t do well with several-thousand-pound vehicles driving over their spawning grounds, tearing up the gravel where they lay eggs,” he said. “Why someone would want to put out the idea that you should buy a Jeep so you could drive it up a creek is incomprehensible to me.”The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the ad flap last week. Pam Harrington, Trout Unlimited’s Nevada field co-ordinator, told the newspaper she was upset because she’s worked with ATV clubs in Idaho repairing damage caused by irresponsible drivers.Stream habitat improvements are part of the decadeslong efforts to protect endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, where research shows riverbank disturbances and sedimentation chokes off fish eggs.Wood said he didn’t learn until this week that much of his membership was upset over the Jeep ads. He said he had already written a personal letter of complaint Feb. 6 to Fiat Chrysler CEO and Chairman Sergio Marchionne after Wood’s son noticed the ad during the game.The automaker also came under fire last week for another Super Bowl ad featuring a Ram pickup set against audio of “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.The 60-second spot included images of the truck with people helping others and hugging loved ones. Critics said it omitted King’s words in the same speech guarding against advertisers exploiting consumers, including when the civil rights icon said, “In order to make your neighbours envious you must drive this type of car. … And you know, before you know it, you’re just buying that stuff. That’s the way advertisers do it.”A company spokeswoman said that ad “was selling the message of serving in your community.”Wood, who worked as chief spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service under the Clinton administration before joining Trout Unlimited in 2001, said Fiat Chrysler apparently “got some bad marketing advice” on the Jeep campaign.He said there are plans to connect with a Jeep branch representative for a “broader conversation.”“Hopefully something good will come of this, and we can begin a dialogue with Jeep to promote smart use of off-road vehicles as well as conservation of natural resources,” Wood said.last_img read more

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Rabat  –  Germany understands Morocco’s position on the European Court’s ruling related to the Morocco-EU agriculture agreement, said here on Friday German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Muller.During talks with Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane, the German Minister expressed his country’s willingness to support the Kingdom and overcome this situation, Government Chief’s Department said in a statement.Muller lauded the humanist approach developed by the Kingdom on migration and expressed Germany’s satisfaction over Morocco’s readiness to cooperate with German authorities for the resolution of the situation of Moroccan illegal immigrants residing in Germany. During the meeting, the two sides hailed friendly relations as well as cooperation between Morocco and Germany, which were boosted following the signing in 2013 of the Declaration of Rabat on the Moroccan-German partnership.The two sides also discussed several issues of common interest, the statement added.The German official, who is on a working visit to Morocco, also praised the political, economic and social reforms undertaken by Morocco, and hailed Morocco’s participation in Berlin’s International Green, reiterating the readiness of the German Government to strengthen partnership with the Kingdom in various fields.With MAP read more

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and 5G next generation mobile networks (all times local):2:45 p.m.President Donald Trump says the race to build 5G is one America must win.Trump said Friday at the White House that building high-speed networks across the United States will transform the way Americans work, learn, communicate and travel.5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality.The rollout started last week in the U.S. and South Korea but will take years.Trump says, “We must not rest. The race is far from over.”The White House says that Trump understands the country must invest in visionary projects to “dominate the industries of the future and lead America into the 21st century.”___9:55 a.m.The U.S. communications regulator will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service, the next generation of mobile networks, and will spend $20 billion for rural internet.5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality. The rollout started last week in the U.S. and South Korea but will take years.The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it would hold the largest auction in U.S. history, of 3,400 megahertz, to boost wireless companies’ networks.The FCC also says it will repurpose funds from existing programs to provide $20.4 billion connecting up to 4 million rural homes and small businesses to high-speed internet. There are 24 million Americans without access to broadband, and the problem is worst in rural areas.The Associated Press read more

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5 April 2010United Nations aid agencies and their partners in Niger today appealed for an additional $132 million to fund humanitarian programmes in the West African country, which is facing a severe food crisis following poor harvests caused by inadequate rainfall last year. Food shortages and malnutrition have affected an estimated 4.7 million people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in a revised emergency humanitarian action plan prepared to support the Government’s efforts to quickly mobilize additional funds.A total of $190.7 million is required, but $57.8 million of that amount is already available, leaving a deficit of $132.9 million. Requirements could, however, increase when the findings of a comprehensive humanitarian survey scheduled for later this month are released, OCHA added.In line with the national authorities’ priorities, the humanitarian country team in Niger has prioritized food security and nutritional aid, and support in health, water, sanitation, hygiene and logistics, according to OCHA.Inadequate or poor distribution of rainfall has caused large deficits in Niger’s agricultural and fodder production. Poor harvests have created a cereals deficit of more than 410,000 metric tons, while fodder shortfalls have been estimated at more than 16 million metric tons or 67 per cent of the national livestock needs. Many water sources have also dried up, adding to the hardship pastoralists are facing.UN Humanitarian Coordinator Khardiata Lo N’diaye told a news conference in New York last week that the new national authorities in Niger, which came to power on 18 February, have launched an appeal seeking international assistance.Niger underwent a coup last month, when the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD) seized control of the Government during a gun battle in the capital, Niamey.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the coup and stressed that the UN stands ready to support initiatives aimed at peacefully resolving Niger’s political and constitutional crisis.When asked about the coup, Ms. Lo N’diaye acknowledged that a return to a democratic institution was a key priority in the country, but the facing need of the population was also a priority. “The main focus for the UN is to save lives in Niger… this support would go directly to the population and allow them to participate fully in the democratization process,” she said.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already more than doubled its food aid to Niger, Executive Director Josette Sheeran said last month, adding that the food situation in the country was becoming a “major humanitarian challenge.” read more

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Nigel Hayes has been outspoken about race issues. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images Sport)Nigel Hayes recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a successful college basketball career as a Badgers forward, but a fan was more focused on his “bizarre” hairstyle.Hayes, who is the only Badger to have appeared on the college’s top 10 list for points, rebounds and assists, tweeted a letter from Jennie Madden, a self-proclaimed fan of his and UW-Madison. The note began by congratulating him for earning his degree and staying in college. But it took a turn when she slammed his hair, which he wears in locs.I guess a black male’s naturally dreaded hair in a ponytail isn’t fit for NBA teams/communities. As well as, it seems, professional society. pic.twitter.com/9zdnyygyR9— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) May 17, 2017“What the heck crazy odd hairdo are you having on the top of your head??” Madden wrote. “Who wants [to sign] a handsome nice guy like you with such a bizarre hairdo as what you got?“Get to the barbers,” she wrote, recommending a local Black shop in Madison. “And get all cleaned up with a nice haircut and [side-burn] trim and [professional] appearance — then for sure you will get picked to be on a pro basketball team looking better and more classy for their team and community.”Madden felt Hayes, who has been racially targeted in the past, could “set [an] example” by “not only getting your nice college diploma — but [getting] a good appearance.”Hayes’ teammate, guard Zak Showalter, who is white, also received an email from Madden, who praised his haircut and asked to get more information to share with her brother.@NIGEL_HAYES Guess you should be more like me 🙂 pic.twitter.com/NItIJ7Mjf6— Zak Showalter (@ZShowbball333) May 17, 2017As a result of the racist email, many fans supported Hayes.@NIGEL_HAYES @HPbasketball Yeah ok… pic.twitter.com/ScHxUOZJrv— Jamal Curry (@Murray_4MVP) May 17, 2017 @NIGEL_HAYES 1st of all, congrats on graduating! Furthermore your natural hair is wonderful. At last check the NBA wanted ballers not Paul Mitchel.— Anita (@ChgoCookkie) May 18, 2017 @NIGEL_HAYES don’t ever cut your hair, it rocks!— Michele Weisman (@ottogrl) May 17, 2017UW-Madison also shared its support.You looked fantastic last weekend @NIGEL_HAYES @AnnieTamblyn @ZShowbball333 #UWGrad #Proud pic.twitter.com/WRSSkO1dLL— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) May 17, 2017 @NIGEL_HAYES Rock dem locs. I wish I kept mine. Also it’s a sign of patience. Do you.. do well!— Quentin Smithers (@Que_Roca) May 17, 2017 @NIGEL_HAYES *shakes dreads for the culture*— King of Wakanda (@southerngent26) May 17, 2017 read more

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