Act of political vendetta, says Ashok Chavan

first_imgFormer Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan described Friday’s High Court order in Adarsh case as one that restored the credibility and prestige of the Governor’s office.Mr. Chavan had challenged the decision of Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to allow the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute him in the Adarsh Housing scam. “The decision, taken by him as the constitutional head of the State, was recommended by the BJP Ministry and the CBI. I thank the judiciary and we have full faith in our country’s judiciary,” Mr. Chavan said.‘Bid to malign Opposition’The former Chief Minster said had the court ruled against him, it might have set a bad precedent. Governor Rao’s predecessor K. Sankaranarayanan had declined to allow the CBI to prosecute him, which was seen by Opposition parties as a move to protect Mr. Chavan.“This was an act of political vendetta with the intention of maligning Opposition parties,” Mr. Chavan said. The judgment would go a long way in ensuring that mala fide intentions by any political party would be not be accepted by the judiciary.Mr. Chavan, who is the president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), was the Chief Minister when the scam broke out and was forced to quit in 2010.He said the court verdict had come a day after the 2G case verdict that acquitted all 18 charged in the case, including former Telecom Minister A Raja. “Both the cases were hyped by the BJP during the 2014 general elections to gain political mileage,” he said.However, the Adarsh case did not have any impact on his personal political fortunes. Under Mr. Chavan’s leadership, Congress swept the Nanded Waghala Municipal Corporation elections in October this year.Mr. Chavan said the court order was a huge relief for him. “It is something I would like to put behind me.”last_img read more

Two home guards killed by wood smugglers

first_imgTwo home guards were found murdered and another seriously injured inside the Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve in West Champaran district of Bihar on Sunday.Police said a group of home guards had gone inside the reserve under the Gobarhiyadon police station to track some wood smugglers. The smugglers, said to be 25 to 30 in number, suddenly attacked them and slit the throats of two. “One guard was seriously injured in the attack and has been admitted to a hospital…combing operation has been launched in the area to nab the killers, ” said district police superintendent Arvind Kumar Gupta.‘No arms, just lathi’The two slain home guards are Arjun Yadav, 35, and Lala Kushwaha, 38. Their injured colleague was identified as Pradeep Mahto. “We have been deputed at the Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve area without arms…we carry just a lathi to defend ourselves…how can we fight armed smugglers or even dangerous animals with just a lathi?…we demand compensation for those killed and injured,” said a home guard there.last_img read more

PH dragon boat chief mourns passing of paddlers in Boracay tragedy

first_imgGilas Women yield to New Zealand, bow out of Fiba Asia Cup winless “It is a sad loss for our sport,’’ said Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragon Boat Federation president Jonne Go, who will fly to Boracay Friday with top PCKDF officials to pay their respects. “Prayers and condolences to their families.’’READ: 7 rowers dead in boat sinking in Boracay watersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40According to Go, the seven paddlers are not members of the national team, but one of them—Montuya—tried out for the Philippine dragonboat squad early this year and showed great potential.“They are our friends and club members of the Boracay team which we treat as family,’’ said PCKDBF head coach Len Escollante. This jewelry designer is also an architect P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Becoming his own man Rescuers transport one of the paddlers of a dragon that sank off the waters of Boracay (Photo Courtesy Coast Guard Station Aklan)MANILA, Philippines–When the surge of big waves came, the 21 paddlers from the Boracay Dragon Force team wore no life vests when their boat capsized, according to a report from the public information unit of Malay, Aklan.Paddlers Mark Vincent Navarrete, Comar Acob, Maricel Tan, Johann Tan, Richel Montuya, Antonette Supranes and John Vincent Natividad failed to survive the ordeal and were declared dead on arrival at the hospital.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Based on the progress report of the public information unit of Malay, Aklan, the paddlers encountered rough waves that filled the boat with water, causing it to capsize approximately 300 meters off the shore in Barangay Manoc-Manoc.Continuous strong waves and the current made the boat unstable, displacing the paddlers. The victims were not wearing life vests during the accident.Von Navarrosa, Yhen Aytona, Mark Baccay, Kenneth Bandalan, Jao Buenaventura, Julia Kurbaniizova, Robel Licerio, Janice Lumbo, Lani Ordas, Edwin Paradas, Marc Sabado, Kathleen Sabado, Jayrold Violanda and Maggie Xie survived the tragedy.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too far

first_imgUmpire Rod Tucker spoke to MS Dhoni and possibly issued a polite warning after Ambati Rayudu backed up too far during the last over of the Chennai Super Kings innings against Kings XI Punjab at the Chepauk on Saturday.Incidentally, KXIP skipper R Ashwin had Mankaded Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals earlier in the 2019 Indian Premier League and defended his decision despite mixed reactions from the cricket fraternity.The likes of Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Shane Warne, Dayle Steyn and Kevin Pietersen were severely critical of Ashwin’s Mankading act while others in the Indian cricket circle felt R Ashwin was perfectly justified in doing what he did when the batsman was seeking to gain an extra advantage.On Saturday, Ambati Rayudu was spotted backing up too far even before Mohammed Shami had delivered the ball; he ran over to the striker’s end as MS Dhoni completed an easy single.Rod Tucker immediately went over to MS Dhoni and had a brief chat with him. While it was not clear what exactly what spoken, commentators on air said the umpire spoke to Dhoni to issue a warning to Rayudu.Opinions were divided in the cricket world after R Ashwin ran Buttler out in Jaipur. Speaking to AajTak, Ashwin said his conscience was clear after the Mankading controversy.”I think whatever I say is going to raise a few eyebrows. I am sure there have been debates about how far he was down the ground. But I believe Re 1 is still a theft.advertisement”Whatever, it is, I have to control my space. I still believe I was right in doing what I did. For me, everything is about my conscience. My conscience is very clear after what I did. There have been a few people speaking about this over and over again,” Ashwin told AajTak earlier this week.Also Read | MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in Chepauklast_img read more

One of three bathroom bears in Banff likely eaten by grizzly bear

first_imgBANFF, Alta. – One of three black bear cubs abandoned in a washroom and returned to the wild in Banff National Park this summer has apparently been eaten by a grizzly bear.Parks Canada says conservation officers found the one-year-old bear’s carcass in early September after her GPS collar went into mortality mode on Aug. 28. It had been stationary for 24 hours.“It was in a large berry patch,” said Bill Hunt, manager of resource conservation with Banff National Park. “She had run into another bear. She had been mostly consumed by the other bear and we found a large puncture wound in her skull.“Whether that was a grizzly or a large black bear, we can’t know for sure. It’s consistent with a grizzly bear encounter.”The three black bears were found in the bathroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in April 2017 and sent to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario. Each bear has grown to about 50 kilograms from the three kilograms they weighed when they first went to the wildlife sanctuary.The three sisters were released together in the Banff backcountry in mid-July and started travelling independently almost immediately.Hunt said the bear that was found dead was doing well prior to its encounter in the berry patch.“She had found the right food in the right place,” he said. “She was in the Clearwater area and had moved through some areas where there would have been camps and other activity in the area and hadn’t gotten into any trouble so that was encouraging.”Officials are still monitoring the other two bears through their GPS collars and they appear to be moving around within the national park.Hunt said it’s not uncommon for bears to be eaten by other bears.“Bears work hard to avoid each other but, unless it’s breeding season, it’s usually not a positive encounter when bears run into other bears,” he said. “This happens in the wild. It’s a natural process.”In November 2015, a large male grizzly bear was suspected of eating a smaller grizzly bear after officials found the skull.In August 2013, hikers came across another big grizzly bear feeding on a carcass just off a hiking trail near the Banff townsite. Wildlife officials later determined a small black bear had been killed.— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton. Follow @cderworiz on Twitter.last_img read more

Rivals exit appears to clear way for Kevin Vickers as NB Liberal

first_imgFREDERICTON — It appears Kevin Vickers, the former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, is poised to be the next leader of New Brunswick’s Liberal party.The only other declared candidate, Rene Ephestion, leader of the party’s Multicultural Inclusion Commission, has announced on Facebook he is withdrawing from the race.Hailed as a hero for helping to end the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, Vickers was the first candidate to officially enter the race two weeks ago.A leadership convention had been scheduled for June 21-22 in Saint John, but Liberal party officials were not discussing the state of the race Tuesday.Drew Cameron, a spokesperson for the Vickers campaign, said Tuesday it was their understanding that Vickers was the only candidate left in the race.Cameron said further discussions were planned with party officials in the coming days.“Until we hear more, we’re just out here meeting Liberals, talking about the future of the party,” he said from Saint John, N.B.In his Facebook post, Ephestion said his experience had been a good one.“I wish good luck to Kevin Vickers,” he said. A senior party official had previously confirmed only two people had applied to become candidates, though party rules prevented identifying applicants until they were approved by a committee.The Liberal party’s executive director, Keiller Zed, had said in an email Monday the party didn’t expect word on the leadership until later this week or early next week.Vickers, a political neophyte in his early 60s, issued a statement last month saying he is looking forward to speaking with Liberals “about a new path forward.”He has drafted a five-point plan that calls for growing the province’s economy and population, improving health care, “transforming” education, ensuring environmental protection and making sure provincial finances are well managed.Vickers, who also served as Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, has acknowledged spending many years away from the province, but he has also focused on his deep roots in New Brunswick.Vickers had a long career of public service, including 29 years in the RCMP. He also served as aide-de-camp for the lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick. He served as sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons between 2006 and 2015.On Oct. 22, 2014, Vickers was serving as sergeant-at-arms of the Commons when he shot and helped take down a man armed with a .30-30 rifle. Michael Zihaf Bibeau had barged into Centre Block on Parliament Hill after killing honour guard reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial.The provincial Liberals under then-premier Brian Gallant won just 21 seats in an election last fall – one fewer than the Tories – and they relinquished their hold on power in November after losing a confidence vote in the legislature.Premier Blaine Higgs’ minority government is relying on support from a third party – the right-leaning People’s Alliance, led by Kris Austin.But that arrangement is set to expire in less than 18 months.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Premier announces new strategy to reduce surgery wait times

first_img“For far too long, far too many British Columbians were left on waitlists instead of getting fast access to the surgery they needed to enjoy full, active, lives,” said Horgan. “We’re getting people back on their feet faster by dramatically increasing access to hip and knee surgeries.”Two years ago, approximately 14,390 hip and knee surgeries were performed across B.C. That number is forecast to increase to more than 19,250 by the end of this fiscal year, an increase of 34 percent.“We are embedding the innovations of the former Richmond Hip and Knee Reconstruction project into our program because it is a public health-care system solution that is proven to work for patients,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Our strategy will not only mean people spend less time waiting for hip and knee replacements, but that we keep up to demand for all surgeries by investing in more surgeries and implementing operating room efficiencies.”The new strategy is built on the Richmond Hip and Knee Reconstruction Project, which was in place from 2004 to 2010. VANCOUVER, B.C. — Premier John Horgan announced this morning that the provincial government is launching a new, four-part surgical strategy aimed at reducing surgery wait times in B.C.Horgan announced that one of the strategy’s first components will be the implementation of five hip and knee replacement programs that will be implemented across the province. He said that the programs will address long waits faced by residents currently in need of those procedures. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, the government says that 30 percent of people waiting for hip surgery and 38 percent of people waiting for knee surgery waited more than 26 weeks.The strategy will be supported by a targeted $75 million in funding starting this year, increasing to $100 million next year.last_img read more

Campbell Soups 1Q results miss expectations as soup sales decline cuts forecast

Campbell Soup’s 1Q results miss expectations as soup sales decline; cuts forecast for year by Candice Choi And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 5:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Americans’ shift toward fresh foods is kicking Campbell Soup right in the can.The company on Tuesday said its quarterly profit fell 30 per cent, hurt by a later Thanksgiving, weaker demand for its biggest products and a rise in marketing costs. A recall of its recently acquired Plum Organics products also hurt results and the company cut its outlook for the year.Shares of Campbell Soup fell 6 per cent to close at $39.20. Over the past year, its stock is up more than 13 per cent.Campbell Soup, based in Camden, N.J., has been trying to reshape its image as a purveyor of shelf-stable canned and packaged products that are sold in the centre aisles of supermarkets. The push comes as people increasingly reach for foods they feel are fresh, migrating toward the perimeters of grocery stores where produce, meats and dairy are sold.To better connect with Millennials who tend to shun canned products, Campbell introduced soups in bright, new plastic pouches and dinner sauces in black packages meant to conjure the blackboard menus at cafes. But the company is still facing competition from the growing prepared foods sections in supermarkets and other outlets that offer fresh, hot soups.In a call with analysts, Chief Financial Officer Craig Owens declined to specify what percentage of it soup sales come from such new products.“It’s still pretty small. It’s not a very significant portion of our soup sales,” he said.CEO Denise Morrison also cited the “proliferation of specialty beverages and packaged fresh juices” for putting its V8 beverage category under pressure. Like its soups, V8 drinks are shelf-stable and don’t have to be refrigerated until they are opened. Morrison said she doesn’t expect the beverages to be a growth driver this year.As the company works to refresh its core offerings, Morrison is also working to expand into new areas. Campbell’s recent acquisitions of Bolthouse Farms juices and Plum Organics baby food were intended to give the company a foothold in the faster-growing category known as “fresh packaged goods.” But Campbell has already stumbled and earlier this month recalled some Plum Organics products because they were spoiling unexpectedly.For the quarter, U.S. soup sales declined 6 per cent and beverages fell 8 per cent. The company said that the later Thanksgiving this year hurt results, with some shipments being pushed off to the current quarter.But Morrison also noted that retailers were adjusting to a weak consumer environment.Sales for the global baking and snack division increased 6 per cent. Campbell, which also makes Pepperidge Farm, said it plans a national launch of Goldfish-branded macaroni and cheese this quarter.Campbell Soup Co. earned $172 million, or 54 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 27. That’s down from $245 million, or 78 cents per share, in the fiscal first quarter a year earlier.Excluding one-time costs, it earned 66 cents per share. That was 20 cents shy of analyst expectations, according to FactSet.Revenue dipped 2 per cent to $2.17 billion, also short of the $2.29 billion Wall Street expected.Campbell Soup now expects adjusted earnings for the fiscal year ending on Aug. 3, 2014 to increase between 2 per cent and 4 per cent, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share. Its prior guidance called for adjusted earnings growth of 3 per cent to 5 per cent.Revenue is forecast to rise by 4 per cent to 5 per cent.Analysts expect earnings of $2.59 per share on revenue of $8.48 billion for the year.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

Mens Hockey No 11 Ohio State rides 4game point streak into matchups

Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from Notre Dame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-3-3, 3-3-0-0 Big Ten) will play a home game for the first time in nearly a month this weekend, with a two-game series against conference foe Penn State (8-7-1, 3-4-1-0 in Big Ten).The Nittany Lions come into this home series winning three of their past four games, including decisive 7-0 and 7-2 victories against Arizona State and Michigan State, respectively. Penn State is the latest high-powered offense Ohio State faces, ranking third in the nation with 3.81 goals per game.Penn State’s potent offense tallies an NCAA-leading 41.7 shots per game.“They’re going to get their shots,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We just have to continue to play solid defense, and the shot column is not the one that really means the most to me, it’s obviously the goals. And for us we want to defend as best we can and, when we get our opportunities, try to get some rushes going the other way.”Junior forward Andrew Sturtz leads Penn State with eight goals and 19 points, but a key player in the matchup will be sophomore forward Denis Smirnov. Smirnov returns to the Nittany Lions after missing the previous eight games with an undisclosed illness.The forward from Moscow, Russia, dominated during his freshman campaign, leading the nation’s freshmen with 47 points on 19 goals and 28 assists, all of which are Penn State freshman records. Smirnov has registered 11 points this season with five goals and six assists in eight games, and Rohlik knows how much of a threat he can be on the ice.“He’s one of the best players in the country. He’s proven that last year, and we understand what he brings,” Rohlik said. “He’s a catalyst to their offense, but again, for us it’s not about one guy, we have to defend their five guys on the ice, and that’s the way we go about it each week.”In the past four seasons, Ohio State has won 11 of its 16 matchups against Penn State, including two wins on the road — one in a shootout — last season while the Nittany Lions were ranked No. 1 in the country.“We got their number, I can tell you that,” senior forward Christian Lampasso said.Lampasso scored two of his four goals last weekend in Game 2 of the weekend sweep against then-No. 17 Michigan. He said the series was one of the highlight moments of his Ohio State career.“It was really cool getting those two goals, in Michigan, sealing the game, and it meant a lot for the school, for the team, a big win for the Buckeyes altogether,” Lampasso said.Penn State remains two points ahead of the Buckeyes in the Big Ten, but Ohio State has two games in hand and could move up to second in the conference behind Notre Dame with a pair of wins over the weekend.The Buckeyes will need to rely on their team defense, which has allowed the second-least goals in the NCAA, as well as their nation-leading penalty kill to slow down the Nittany Lions’ high-flying offense.“We’ve always tried to be defensive first, even last year, even though it maybe didn’t seem like that at times, but this year we’ve definitely bought all-in to the system, and, as you’ve seen it’s been working out pretty well for us,” junior forward Mason Jobst said.Puck drop for the Penn State series is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday and 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Asteroids Are Harder to Destroy Than Previously Thought Scientists Find

first_img Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWashington Monument-Sized Asteroid Will Fly By Earth on Aug. 28 Stay on target We’ve seen the plot in more than one movie: An incoming asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and a brave team of heroes is launched into space to blow it up and save the planet. But incoming asteroids may be harder to break than scientists previously thought, according to a new study that used a new understanding of rock fracture and a new computer modeling method to simulate asteroid collisions.The good news? The findings of the John Hopkins University study, to be published in the March 15 issue of Icarus, can aid in the creation of asteroid impact and deflection strategies, increase understanding of solar system formation, and help design asteroid mining efforts.“We used to believe that the larger the object, the more easily it would break, because bigger objects are more likely to have flaws,” said Charles El Mir, a recent PhD graduate from the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the paper’s first author. “Our findings, however, show that asteroids are stronger than we used to think and require more energy to be completely shattered.”The first phase of a new asteroid collision model shows the processes that begin immediately after an asteroid is hit — processes that occur within fractions of a second. (Credit: Charles El Mir / Johns Hopkins University)In the new study, El Mir and his team used a new computer model called the Tonge-Ramesh model, which accounts for the more detailed, smaller-scale processes that occur during an asteroid collision. Previous models did not properly account for the limited speed of cracks in the asteroids.The model showed that immediately after an asteroid is hit, millions of cracks formed and rippled throughout the asteroid, parts of the asteroid flowed like sand, and a crater was created. The entire asteroid is not broken by the impact, unlike what was previously thought. Instead, the impacted asteroid had a large damaged core that then exerted a strong gravitational pull on the fragments.The researchers found that the end result of the impact was not just a “rubble pile”— a collection of weak fragments loosely held together by gravity. Instead, the impacted asteroid retained significant strength because it had not cracked completely, indicating that more energy would be needed to destroy asteroids.“It may sound like science fiction but a great deal of research considers asteroid collisions,” said El Mir. “For example, if there’s an asteroid coming at earth, are we better off breaking it into small pieces, or nudging it to go a different direction? And if the latter, how much force should we hit it with to move it away without causing it to break? These are actual questions under consideration.”More on Geek.com:Hayabusa-2’s New Asteroid Photo Shows Dark Touchdown MarksJapan’s Hayabusa-2 ‘Fires a Bullet’ Into Asteroid RyuguAsteroid Explodes Over Cubalast_img read more

Doubly exciting symphony opening

first_imgHillel Zori o What: Vancouver Symphony concert with Nitai and Hillel Zori plus Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony with Jonas Nordwall.o When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.o Where: Crossroads Community Church, 7708 N.E. 78th St.o Cost: $50 for reserved seats, $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors and $10 for students.Information: 360-735-7278 or visit the symphony’s website.In the world of classical music, there are very few twins who grow up to become virtuoso musicians.But that is the case with the Zori brothers, who will help kick off the Vancouver Symphony’s 34th season. Both men are highly steeped in music.Violinist Nitai Zori and cellist Hillel Zori started learning to read and sing music at the age of 3 and began to study their instruments at the age of 6. And if that wasn’t enough, they also pursued piano lessons for 12 years.Besides serving as the concertmaster of the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra in his native Israel, Nitai is an active soloist and chamber musician in violin, baroque violin and viola, and records regularly for radio. After winning several prizes, including the 1990 Rostropovich Cello competition in Paris, Hillel has combined a career as a soloist with teaching at Tel Aviv University.Although Nitai has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony before, this will be the first time that both have been featured with the orchestra. Nitai will go first, playing Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane,” a rhapsodic work that evokes gypsy music. It was commissioned by Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi, who was the great-niece of the influential violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim.“‘Tzigane’ opens with an extended solo for the violin,” said Nitai, “which is one of the most demanding opening in the violin literature, buried in the middle of which is a theme characterized by a dotted-rhythm, falling-fifth figure which serves as the melodic meat for much of the work. The harp, in the orchestra version, enters with its own chromatic mini-cadenza as the soloist’s fiery technical gestures and robust double stops subside into flickering double tremolos and a pair of unaccompanied trills that usher in the main body of the piece.”last_img read more

Fifty Shades Darker Los Angeles premiere

first_imgThe pages of a best-seller are coming to the big screen soon, and some lucky fans got a sneak peek. A red carpet turned very dark, and the stars wanted it that way.Jamie Dornan (as Christian Grey): “I’m not very good at this. I never wanted to try again. Have dinner with me.”Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are back — and so are the stars who brought this sultry couple to the big screen.Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden and the rest of the cast from “Fifty Shades Darker” hit the red carpet in L.A. for the flick’s premiere.Dakota Johnson: “There’s sort of this fairy tale theme throughout all three films, and it’s sort of a dream world, but these very real people exist within it.”This movie is the second in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy.Jamie Dornan: “We pull out all the stops. If you’re making a sequel to anything, I think there has to be some kind of advancement on the first. You have to go bigger in a lot of areas.” Sure, there were sexy people on the red carpet, but the night was about the fans who were treated to a steamy masquerade premiere party.Dakota Johnson: “The fans are the reason this movie exists, why it does well. I love them.”Even the movie’s director, James Foley, and author of the “Fifty Shades” books, E. L. James, joined Dakota and Jamie to thank the fans.Jamie Dornan: “To see their appreciation of it, it’s huge, man. We are doing it for them.”And it looks like the movie didn’t disappoint.Fan 1: “It was so good.”Fan 2: “It was really good.” Dakota Johnson (as Anastasia Steele): “You just going to stand there gawking?”Jamie Dornan (as Christian Grey): “Yes.”Fan 4: “It was so intense. We kept grabbing each other.”Fan 5: “The chemistry this time blew me away.”We can’t wait to see it, but we’ll have to wait for one more week.And the anticipation is torture — the good kind.“Fifty Shades Darker” saunters into theaters Feb. 10. center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Nirmala Sitharaman among 100 most influential in UK power list

first_imgLONDON: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is among the 100 most influential women driving the UK-India relationship forward alongside one of Britain’s senior-most Cabinet ministers Penny Mordaunt. The ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations: Celebrating Women’ list was launched by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to mark India Day in the Houses of Parliament in London on Monday. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us It credited Sitharaman, also the Minister of Corporate Affairs, as one of India’s most “powerful women” who plays a “pivotal” role in the bilateral relationship, as India’s former defence minister and now finance minister. “Having studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked in the UK in her previous career, Nirmala is familiar with the UK more so than probably all her other colleagues,” notes the power list, released by UK-based media house India Inc. Also Read – Key aide of PM opts outof service Advertise With Us Penny Mordaunt, Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence, is the other senior politician in the list who is credited as the first woman to be assigned the role in the UK Cabinet. “With India emerging as the world’s largest importer of defence products, and a significant strategic partner for the UK, Penny plays a crucial role in the UK-India relationship,” her citation notes. Advertise With Us Ruchi Ghanashyam, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, who is herself honoured in the list, welcomed the compilation as a recognition of the “front and centre role” played by women in the bilateral relationship. “This list highlights the huge potential for the future of the UK and India as they continue to forge on together as two great countries. From business to politics, and art and literacy, women are continuing to pave the way in bringing together this bold partnership through collaboration and relationships,” she said. The women in the list, now in its third year, hold positions of influence in India and the UK across 11 broad sectors including politics, technology and sustainability. Some of the other prominent names include Indian-origin parliamentarians in the UK like Priti Patel and Baroness Sandy Verma, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, Indian law firm chiefs Zia Mody and Pallavi S Shroff, Apollo Hospitals’ managing director Suneeta Reddy and Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh. “The women highlighted in this list hold positions of tremendous influence and therefore their inclusion here is as much about the promise they bring, as the success they may have already achieved,” said Manoj Ladwa, Founder of India Inc. The launch of the list also marked the start of UK-India Week in Britain, which will include a series of sessions on trade and investment and closer cooperation between the UK and India through the course of the week.last_img read more

HCL Technologies says more than 50 of its employees in US are

first_imgPeople walk in front of the HCL Technologies Ltd office at Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi April 17, 2013.Reuters fileHCL Technologies said it was not worried by the changes proposed by the Donald Trump administration with regard to immigration visa norms for expat workers as it has a fairly balanced workforce in the US, which contributes a little more than 60 percent of its revenues.”Today, we have 12 centres in the US, a lot of them at a significant scale. Overall, we have 12,000 employees in the US – greater than 50 per cent of them are locals,” C Vijayakumar, president and CEO of HCL Technologies, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI at a press conference in Delhi on Thursday.This, according to him, would see through the company as and when the stricter visa norms come into effect. “So, I think our overall business model and what we have done over the last few years is really helping us navigate any situation that could potentially come up,” he said.The company’s headcount rose to 1,15,973 employees as of March 31, 2017 from 1,04,896 at the end of March 2016.HCL Technologies declared its fourth quarter (Q4) and FY2017 results on Thursday.Consolidated net profit rose 27 percent on a year-on-year basis to Rs 2,475 crore for Q4 from Rs 1,938 crore in the year-ago period, while revenues stood at Rs 13,183 crore, up 20 percent from Rs 10,925 crore, the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE. For FY2017, revenues stood at Rs 48,640 crore, up 52 percent, YoY and net profit rose 53 percent to Rs 8,606 crore.””We are very pleased with our industry–leading financial results for both the fourth quarter and the full year FY’17,” Vijayakumar said in the filing. CFO Anil Chanana also expressed satisfaction on the company’s performance. “We are glad about the overall Fiscal 2017 and the quarter performance. Our focus on rewarding shareholders continues with the announcement of Rs 3,500 Crore buy-back program. Return on Equity continues to be healthy at 27% for the year,” he said in the filing. The company declared an interim dividend of Rs 6 per equity share. HCL Technologies fixed May 25 as the record date for determining entitlement of dividend as well as for share buyback.Angel Broking analyst said that the robust results declared by the company and FY2018 revenue guidance make for a compelling stock upgrade. “For FY’2018 revenues are expected to grow between 10.5% to 12.5% in Constant Currency (CC). Revenue Guidance is based on FY’17 (April to March) average exchange rates. The above constant currency guidance translates to 9.9% to 11.9% in US$ terms based on March 31, 2017 rates. Given the valuations, we maintain our BUY rating with a target price of Rs 1,000,” Sarabjit Kour Nangra, VP Research- IT, at the brokerage said.HCL Technologies shares closed at Rs 839 apiece on Thursday on the BSE.last_img read more

Man sentenced to death in Nganj 5murder

first_imgNarayanganj five murder convict Mahfuzur Rahman. Photo: Prothom AloA Narayanganj court on Monday sentenced a young man to death in a case filed in connection with the murder of five members of a family centering extramarital affair at Baburail in Narayanganj city on 15 January 2016.The lone convicted young man was Mahfuzur Rahman, reports news agency UNB.Besides, the court also fined him Tk 5,000.According to prosecution, Taslima Begum, 35, wife of Shafiqul Islam, a private car driver in capital Dhaka, their children Sumaiya, 5, Shantu, 10, Taslima’s brother Morshedul, 22, and Lamia, 25, who was married to Shafiqul’s brother Sharif, the five members of the family were found dead in their house of the area on 16 January.Shafiqul Islam, husband of deceased Taslima Begum, filed the case against unidentified miscreants with Narayanganj Sadar Police Station on 17 January.Later, police arrested Mahfuz, nephew of Shafiqul and showed him arrested in the case on 18 January.Mahfuz gave statement confessing that he killed the five persons all alone on 21 January.On 7 April, police pressed a charge sheet against Mahfuz in connection with the killing.He murdered all the victims including his aunts and children by turn. Mahfuz, the lone killer, was involved in the killing to take revenge of being rebuked as he had an illicit relation with his aunt Lamia Akhter, wife of Shafiqul’s brother.After examining all records and 23 witnesses, district and sessions judge Hosne Ara Akhter handed down the verdict.last_img read more

PET Imaging Visualizes HardtoDiagnose Cardiac Amyloidosis

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content In a pilot study, F-18-florbetaben PET imaging appeared promising for differentiating between cardiac amyloidosis and hypertensive heart disease. Image courtesy of W. Phillip Law/Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. December 6, 2016 — Researchers at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia, have demonstrated that cardiac amyloidosis (abnormal deposits of proteins in the heart), which is notoriously difficult to diagnose, can be visualized noninvasively with positron emission tomography (PET) using the radiotracer fluorine-18 (F-18)-florbetaben. The study is published in the November issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.Amyloidosis eventually leads to dysfunction of the affected organs. When the heart is affected, the prognosis is extremely poor. W. Phillip Law, M.D., the corresponding author of the study, explained, “The first signs and symptoms of the disease are nonspecific and usually attributed to other conditions. Currently, there is no definitive test to diagnose cardiac amyloidosis other than an invasive biopsy of the heart muscle. Cardiac amyloidosis is often not diagnosed until late in the course of the disease, as the typical appearance of the infiltrated myocardium on echocardiography and MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] can be mistaken for other more prevalent disorders.”While previous research of amyloid radiotracers in the heart has used normal subjects as controls, this study compared subjects with thickened heart muscle secondary to amyloid deposition to those with thickened myocardium due to hypertensive heart disease.Being able to visualize and quantify amyloid deposition in heart muscle may provide an accurate and noninvasive means of diagnosing the disorder and also may be useful in monitoring disease burden.F-18-florbetaben PET was performed in 14 subjects. Target-to-background standardized uptake values (SUV) ratio and percentage myocardial radiotracer retention were higher in amyloid patients compared to hypertensive control subjects. A cut-off value of 40 percent was able to differentiate between cardiac amyloid patients and hypertensive control subjects.The study shows that F-18-florbetaben PET imaging can accurately identify and differentiate between cardiac amyloidosis and hypertensive heart disease. Percentage myocardial F-18-florbetaben retention was an independent determinant of myocardial dysfunction in cardiac amyloidosis.Looking ahead, Law said, “Tailored molecular imaging with PET using florbetaben may significantly simplify the diagnostic algorithm for patients with suspected cardiac amyloidosis. Future studies investigating florbetaben uptake pattern in other [non-amyloid, non-hypertensive] causes of heart muscle thickening would further clarify the specificity of florbetaben.” He adds, “The relationship of PET quantification of florbetaben retention in the heart, with histological amyloid plaque burden, may provide another means of monitoring disease and could also be useful in monitoring response of cardiac amyloid to treatment, but further research needs to be undertaken to investigate this relationship.”For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Nuclear Imaging | December 06, 2016 PET Imaging Visualizes Hard-to-Diagnose Cardiac Amyloidosis Australian study finds retention of F-18 florbetaben radiotracer accurately identifies and differentiates between amyloidosis and hypertensive heart disease News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Moroccos unemployed march to demand jobs

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Moroccan university education, which is free, has also been criticized for not preparing graduates for the job market.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement For the past several years, there have been nearly daily protests in the capital by groups of unemployed university graduates asking for public sector jobs.“The solution for unemployment is to create government jobs, especially for those with university degrees,” said Jawad Karoom, who graduated with a degree in nuclear physics in 2012.Most of the marchers, who came from all across the country, dismissed the idea of getting a job in the private sector.“The private sector is not well organized and there are no guarantees for wages or good benefits _ the public sector guarantees dignity,” said Youssef Ben Ibrahim, who holds a Master’s degree in French literature and has been unemployed since his graduation two years ago.Past governments have appeased the unemployed graduates by handing out a certain number of government jobs every year, but the Islamist-led government currently in power said government bureaucracy was swollen with useless jobs and the practice is over.Protesters also denounced the government practice of insisting on exams to determine the skill level of job applicants.The government has been under increasing pressure over a faltering economy and efforts to cut expensive fuel subsidies. Men’s health affects baby’s health too How do cataracts affect your vision? RABAT, Morocco (AP) – Some 2,000 jobless Moroccans marched through the capital Sunday, demanding the government sort out the nation’s unemployment by giving them jobs in public sector.Like the rest of North Africa, youth unemployment, especially among university graduates, is a persistent social woe that successive governments have been unable to tackle.Though the official unemployment rate is only 9 percent in this North African country, it is nearly double for university graduates, and 30 percent for those under 34.last_img read more

Pianoplaying senators latest tune New education policy

first_img“He comes to the negotiating table with a very strong philosophy, and what he thinks is right, but he also understands the art of compromise,” Murray says.For the first time, the proposal will get a debate and likely vote on the Senate floor.“It’s a chance for him to leverage all of those experiences that he had as governor, as secretary of education and president of the University of Tennessee,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.For all of the platforms from which Alexander has advocated for education, the bully pulpit of the presidency was not to be among them. He lost the 1996 GOP nomination to Kansas Republican Bob Dole despite a splashy campaign featuring Alexander’s red-and-black plaid flannel shirt. Four years later, Alexander tried again, but Bush won the party nod. In 2002, Alexander ran for and won the Senate seat vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Fred Thompson.Being a Senate pragmatist in the subsequent polarizing years drew derision from the GOP’s increasingly powerful conservatives, who helped Republicans claim the House majority in 2010. After the bitter budget and debt ceiling deal in summer 2011, Alexander retreated to a cabin in northern Ontario. He returned to Washington and stepped down from his No. 3 post in the party’s leadership, an implicit rejection of the partisan warfare that had so energized the GOP but brought the nation to the brink of default. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Conservatives noticed, calling him “liberal Lamar” and a “mushy moderate,” but Alexander defeated primary challenger Joe Carr and won re-election last year.These days, the red-and-black flannel shirt is mounted prominently in Alexander’s Capitol Hill office, near a 27-foot barn wall festooned with antiques on loan from a Tennessee museum. Around the corner is the piano on which Alexander sometimes noodles, sending music floating down the stark government hallway.The piano plays a prominent role in Alexander’s public life.“I was trying to think of what unifies a long skinny state like Tennessee and I concluded it was music,” he said. He successfully convinced Nissan to build a plant in Tennessee; negotiations reportedly involved Alexander’s rendition of the “Tennessee Waltz.”In 2008, it was Volkswagen’s turn. Bredesen recalled a dinner at Corker’s Chattanooga home during talks about bringing the company to the state. Alexander sat down at the piano and played, “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for the German executives — who knew the words and sang along.Three weeks later, the company announced it would open a $1 billion plant in Tennessee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., holds up the product of Alexander’s negotiations with his Democratic co-sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, as a model for the way he wants the Senate to work under GOP control.“I think the way he navigated a committee that has the most liberal members of the Senate and a few of the most conservative, to get to this point, is why I was willing to give this issue floor time,” the schedule-setting McConnell said in a recent interview. “In my job, floor time is the coin of the realm. It means that I have confidence that the underlying bill is going to succeed.”The proposed rewrite stands on the premise that states and localities are better positioned to assess their own school performance than what Alexander calls the “national school board” created by the 2001 law that Republican President George W. Bush championed.It helped that Republicans and Democrats — and the army of teacher and education lobbyists swarming around the rewrite — agree on that general idea, Alexander says. The turning point came earlier this year as Republicans assumed control of the Senate, when Murray suggested that she wanted to get an agreement. The son of a schoolteacher and principal, this former federal education secretary and onetime university president will be shepherding a bill he’s been working on for seven years: a rewrite of the contentious No Child Left Behind law.Alexander acknowledges “getting a little emotional” when his polarized committee — the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — approved the measure unanimously this spring. “But,” he said in an interview, “I’m going to save my emotions until we get a presidential signature.”The carefully balanced legislation is a long way from becoming law and faces an uncertain future in the House. But it’s perhaps the most consequential shot Alexander will have at a lifelong effort to loosen the federal government’s grip on public schools.“Legacy, to him is not, ‘I need to do something so people will remember my name,’ ” said Democrat Phil Bredesen, who, like Alexander, is a former Tennessee governor who made education a priority. “For him, it’s that, ‘I need to leave a mark that will do good things in the future.’ “For the 75-year-old Alexander, the bill’s success would punctuate a legislative career fueled by pragmatism and the drive for results, a sharp contrast to new GOP colleagues such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have blocked legislation and are proud of it. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., plays piano in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Tennessee Republican has been playing music, and politics, his whole life, blending the two last month as he practiced an upcoming performance on a borrowed piano in his Senate office. But this week, Alexander’s stage is the Senate floor, where he’ll do his day job as the top Republican on education issues by managing a bipartisan bill to update the No Child Left Behind Act with a policy giving states more power over their own public schools. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes WASHINGTON (AP) — How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?In Sen. Lamar Alexander’s case, he sits down at a borrowed piano in his Capitol Hill office and, with a grin, bangs out “The Memphis Blues.”He’s been blending music and politics his whole life. And this coming week, the three-term Tennessee Republican hopes Democrats and the GOP harmonize as the Senate becomes Alexander’s stage. “I might have been the icing on the cake,” Alexander says.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tourism Australia launches China 2020 Strategic Plan

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Andrew McEvoy sees the unlimited possibilities of Chinese tourism Tourism Australia this week launched its China 2020 Strategic Plan, (fittingly) at the inaugural China – Australia Tourism Summit held in Cairns.e-Travel Blackboard was on location as Australia’s Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson unveiled the Plan to delegates from both China and Australia.“The Plan gives the Australian tourism industry a clear direction for investing with Tourism Australia in our strong brand to make the most of the growing tourism business from China,” Mr Ferguson said.According to Mr Ferguson, the Australian tourism industry needs the tools and the education to better service the needs of the Chinese traveller. “The short term future at least, needs to be about congee for breakfast, Chinese speaking tour guides, feng shui room designs including having beds away from the windows and Chinese signage.”Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said that as China is the most sought after tourist market, Australia needs to “maintain the competitive advantage”. “We need to be more than resilient,” Mr McEvoy said.“We need to be ambitious, we need to see growth and we need to see profitability.”The China – Australia Tourism Strategy 2010 highlights five main themes:1. Know the customer better than our competitors. 2. Expand our geographic strategy beyond Beijing, Shanghai, Guandong. 3. Provide quality Australian experiences4. Develop a healthy aviation environment. 5. Grow, build and maintain partnerships.Jokingly referred to as ‘The Stalker’ throughout the Summit, Mr McEvoy said past, current and future research into the Chinese consumer’s habits would give Australia a competitive advantage over other destinations.This understanding of the consumer and their spread geographically will eventually see Tourism Australia expand into other regions in China“We currently operate in about thirteen cities and we plan to grow that to more than thirty cities over the next decade,” Mr McEvoy said. last_img read more