Sharad Yadav, Anwar’s response sought on plea for scrapping their Rajya Sabha membership

first_imgThe Rajya Sabha secretariat has asked JD(U) rebel MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar to respond within a week to a petition by the Nitish Kumar-led party that they be disqualified from the Upper House for their “anti-party” activities.After Mr Sharad Yadav opposed party president Nitish Kumar’s decision to ally with the BJP and attended an opposition rally in Patna, the JD(U) first removed him as the party leader in the Rajya Sabha. After that, it urged Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify him and fellow rebel, Mr Ansari.Pointing to a past  precedent, JD(U) general secretary Sanjay Jha cited the example of Jai Narain Prasad Nishad, a BJP MP who had move towards the RJD.“We have given documentary and other evidence of both the leaders’ anti-party activities,”he said, adding, “That they have defied the party leadership and gone to the Election Commission seeking its symbol, is also anti-party activity.”Recently touring Bihar, Mr Sharad Yadav said he is still part of the grand alliance, which includes the RJD and the Congress, and had accused Mr Kumar of going against the party’s resolution by allying with the BJP.Claiming to represent the real JD(U), his faction has  also approached the EC, seeking its symbol.last_img read more

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Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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Asian Games Village a big hit among athletes

first_imgS. KannanThe Games Village is the heart and soul of any major multi-discipline sporting extravaganza.In 2010, when New Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, the media had to focus on the negatives.From seepage in rooms to broken toilets and stinking upholstery, there was heavy criticism for the organising committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi.Here in Incheon, which is all set to host the high profile Asian Games, the Village is situated half an hour away from the main city. The area is known as Guwol-Dong and, as you near the complex, the security arrangements impress you. Unlike China, which hosted the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the Asian Games in 2010 Guangzhou, cops here are careful not to make the guests feel unwanted.A delegation of Japanese athletes enters the Village on Wednesday.For that matter, if you want to soak in the Village atmosphere as a visitor with a valid accreditation card, you need an official to check you in. The consensus among athletes, coaches and officials was that Incheon has taken great pain in providing top-class comfort.Food is a major concern in South Korea for an outsider — especially for vegetarians, who have a very tough time. The language barrier is also very hard to overcome and sign language may not always be the best option!Yet, inside the Village, there are translators attached to every team and volunteers have been provided to take into account the multitude of languages spoken in the competing nations.One smart young man from India now studying management in Japan decided to sign up as a volunteer for the Games. Hari Shambu hails from Allepey in Kerala and speaks good Japanese. Yet, when he decided to volunteer in Incheon, he did not know he would be attached to the Indian contingent. He has also learnt Korean for the Games.As a schoolboy, Shambu played badminton.advertisementSo when he met Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap for the first time this week, it was dream come true. When the Indian flag formally goes up in the Games Village on Thursday, Shambu will be carrying the placard with the ‘India’ name. “I heard they were looking for a young girl to do this job. I told them to consider my case as I am helping out the Indian teams,” said Shambu.If Shambu’s dream has come true in a way, for many others who get to live in the Village, it’s a fascinating experience. Special attention has been paid to cleanliness.For a city where the number of smokers is quite high, the high rise Village buildings have been declared a no-smoking zone. If at all anyone wants to smoke inside, there are designated areas. FOR those finicky about food, a wide range of options including western, halal, Asian and Korean delicacies are available, as is Indian “khaana”. This is a 24-hour service and teams shuttling between the Village and training arenas can order packed lunch boxes in advance.In an age when stress is so high for athletes, there are prayer halls which provide for most religions. These minute details go a long way in boosting the image of the host city, something Incheon is striving for. There is a laundry service handling thousands of soiled clothes daily to keep the athletes who put their heart and soul into training tension-free.In the event of any niggle or injury, the medical facilities are top class. From common cold to dental trauma and urgent care for any eye infection, specialists are there to help. Those working in the Games Village rarely get credit but, till now, stories emanating from Incheon have been positive. Hopefully, we won’t hear ‘unsuitable food’ used as an excuse for non-performance from Indian athletes!s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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Spain hit record low as England run riot in first half

first_imgSpain may have been flying high coming into their Nations League match against England, but the Three Lions brought them to a new low in the first half of the clash in Seville.The hosts entered play with three wins in three since their World Cup exit against Russia, including a victory over England at Wembley and a clattering of finalists Croatia 6-0 in their first two Nations League contests.Things looked set to continue after a 4-1 drubbing of Wales in a friendly last Thursday, but things turned around against England on Monday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A brace from Raheem Sterling on either side of a Marcus Rashford goal saw the Three Lions jump out to a 3-0 advantage by the half on Spain.It is something that might have been unexpected because it has never been seen before – it was the first time Spain have ever conceded three goals at home in a competitive match, let alone in just one half. 3 – Spain have conceded three goals in a competitive home game for the first time ever. Confusion. pic.twitter.com/CnoWN9AvoL — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2018 It has been a long time coming for England against Spain in an away match.The last player who found the back of the net for the Three Lions in Spain was Gary Lineker back in 1987, a wait over over 30 years for the visitors before Sterling finally broke through.It broke an goal drought for Sterling as well, and while it wasn’t anywhere near 31 years, the Manchester City striker will still no doubt be glad to put it behind him in such an emphatic fashion.Sterling had last found the back of the net for England in October 2015 against Estonia – an agonising stretch of 1102 days, spanning the 2016 Euros and the 2018 World Cup.Having enjoyed his 16th minute opener so much, Sterling added a tap-in 22 minutes later, to complete his first-ever brace for the Three Lions.It was also a night of firsts for Harry Kane, as the striker turned provider on both Sterling’s second and Rashford’s goal. It was Kane’s first two-assist game in an England shirt.But while England was buzzing in the first half, one of the hottest player in the world made his impact in the second 45.Paco Alcacer has been in form for both club and country of late, scoring in four straight games for Borussia Dortmund and Spain.10 – Paco Alcacer’s 10 shots on target this season (club + country):⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽Amazing. pic.twitter.com/1B0VJL471t — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2018 The striker didn’t get the start against England, but came on in the 57th minute for Spain. And just moments later, he made it a fifth straight game with a goal to reduce the deficit to 3-1 and made it nine goals over that span.That strike meant Alcacer has scored with all of his last 10 shots on target.However, neither that goal, nor Sergio Ramos’ headed finish on the last kick of the game proved enough to erase the deficit, as England came away with a 3-2 victory and their first win in Spain since Lineker scored there in 1987.last_img read more

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Why Sanjay Dutt’s Sadak was one of the biggest ’90s hits

first_imgThere’s a scene in Sadak that is still vivid in the audience’s minds. Sanjay Dutt, after being beaten up brutally, hangs on a cross, while the eunuch Maharani and his cronies watch him gleefully.Dutt’s love Pooja, played by Pooja Bhatt, is carried off by hooligans. Bruised and broken, Dutt looks on from his cross. He’s only able to cast hateful glances, and it’s not often that we get to see Dutt in such a situation.After a series of flashbacks with a touching background score, in true Bollywood-esque style, he breaks free from the cross, presenting the action-hero avatar of Dutt that we’ve grown up with.Blood, gore, action scenes, disturbing aspects of the flesh trade, along with a background score that was considered groundbreaking at the time, Sadak had every imaginable ingredient for a ’90s blockbuster.THE STORY OF SADAKSadak revolved around Ravi (Dutt) a taxi driver, who falls in love with Pooja (Pooja Bhatt), a woman forced into prostitution by an evil madam by the name of Maharani. The film tells Ravi’s struggle to rescue her from Maharani, who will not any prostitute fall in love with clients.Sadak was the seventh-highest grossing film of the 1990s and is one of Dutt’s best hits till date.MAHARANI, THE VILLAINThere’s a reason why many ’90’s villains are iconic. Along with their poetry-spewing dialogues, they had an unmistakable sense of fashion that would distinguish them from the soulful hero.If Ashutosh Rana’s characters could terrify the living daylights out of people with his films, then Maharani in Sadak, played by Sadashiv Amrapurkar, isn’t far behind. Clad in a saree, sporting a red bindi, the villainous Maharani found himself in the same league as other evergreen Bollywood villains, like Gabbar Singh.advertisementMaharani was a ruthless eunuch and a criminal mastermind, who ran a brothel in Sadak. Staying true to the ’90s tropes, Maharani barely had any shades of grey and could stoop to frightening depths to torture another human being. For instance, there’s a rather disturbing scene when he tells Ravi (Dutt) that he can only stay with Pooja (Pooja Bhatt), on the condition that he has sex in front of her first. Ravi pretends to oblige, and then stabs Maharani and escapes.After Amrapurkar passed away, Bhatt fondly had said in an interview “Sadak’s Maharani, the transgender character which was inspired by a real-life eunuch named Tikku, was the character that came to life because of Sadashiv’s conviction. He was an enigmatic person who touched the raw chord of the nation with his inspiring characterisation of sari-clad menacing Maharani.”The character was referred to as “gross” and “down market” by many at that time. But, I guess time is the biggest critic, which has still kept Maharani alive in the minds of film lovers,” Bhatt had added.ONE OF DUTT’S BEST FILMSSanjay Dutt’s collaborations with Mahesh Bhatt have usually worked wonders for him and have become memorable aspects of his rocky career. Bhatt was able to bring out the action-hero side of Dutt, as well as his emotional and vulnerable traits. Pooja Bhatt gave a fair performance, or rather as much as she could do with a damsel-in-distress role.THE BACKGROUND SCORESadak had quite a powerful background score, which was composed by the famous duo Nadeem-Shravan. While songs like Jab Jab Pyar Pe and Hum Tere Bin Keh Rahe are still popular, the song Tumhe Apne Banane Ki remains evergreen and has been remixed several times today and is used as background scores in several Hindi serials.DOES SADAK NEED A SEQUEL?Alia Bhatt announced a sequel to Sadak, which will star her, Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur. The point here is, Sadak ended where it should have and belonged to the ’90s. Is it necessary to cash in on the success of the film and churn out a sequel?Only time will tell.ALSO SEE| Sadak 2: Alia announces Sanjay Dutt-starrer on dad Mahesh Bhatt’s 70th birthdayALSO SEE: Raazi success is proof that Alia Bhatt is one of the bankable B-Town heroinesALSO WATCH: Alia Bhatt opens up about her link-up rumours with Ranbir Kapoorlast_img read more

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Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana want Ramesh Powar retained as coach

first_imgIndian women’s T20 team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy Smriti Mandhana want Ramesh Powar to be retained as the national team coach. Powar’s contract with the women’s team expired on November 30. However, the former all-rounder can re-apply for the top job.Powar has been in the eye of a storm after Mithali Raj was left out of the playing XI in the Women’s World T20 semi-final against England which India lost by 8 wickets.Mithali’s exclusion from the team raised a few eyebrows but skipper Harmanpreet reacted by saying that she had “no regrets” in the post match presentation ceremony.”I, as the T20 captain and ODI vice-captain is appealing before you to allow Powar to further continue as our team coach. There are hardly 15 months for the next T20 World Cup and a month to go for the New Zealand tour. The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him.”Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the face of Indian women’s cricket team both technically and strategically. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning,” Harmanpreet wrote in a letter to BCCI.On her return to India, Mithali met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and wrote a scathing letter to the cricket board accusing Powar of “bias”.Powar countered every charge levelled against him by Mithali and made some startling revelations about the senior most player in the women’s cricket team.advertisement”Mithali Raj – a senior player in the team. Minimum inputs in team meetings not a single word of appreciation after finishing at the top of the table,” Powar said in the meeting at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday.Harmanpreet Kaur’s letter to the BCCI:I am writing to bring it under your notice that how tremendously our team has gone under positive changes in the past few months and has set a benchmark in the world top teams. Our defeat in the semi-finals was very disheartening and it brings us all to feel more miserable to see how the controversies has stained our image and questioned the entire cricket fraternity.Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the faced of Indian women’s cricket team both technically and strategically. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning.The decision was entirely based on the cricketing logics and observations from the past. Keeping in mind the need of the hour, me, Smriti, selector Sudha Shah and the coach together in the presence of our manager felt that we should go ahead with the winning combination.Cutting the conversation short, I, as the T20 captain and ODI vice-captain is appealing before you to allow Powar to further continue as our team coach. There are hardly 15 months for the next T20 World Cup and a month to go for the New Zealand tour. The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him.Smriti Mandhana’s letter to the BCCI:All the meetings that were held with respect to the playing XI for all the matches came to a unanimous decision which was taken by captain, vice-captain, coach and selector in the presence of our team manager (Trupti Bhattacharya). Since the introduction of Powar, he along with the support staff has boosted our confidence as a team which has helped us win 14 consecutive T20 matches. He changed the intent of the players and gave everyone confidence.It is important for Indian cricket’s growth that everybody is on the same page and I believe that any difference can be amicably resolved via discussion.Also Read | Ramesh Powar’s aggressive approach and inputs are a boost for India, says MandhanaAlso Read | My patriotism doubted, darkest day of my life: Mithali reacts after Powar’s allegationsAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh PowarAlso Read | Mithali Raj accuses coach Ramesh Powar of bias: He humiliated meAlso Watch –last_img read more

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Show top women’s sport on free-to-air TV too, says Nicky Morgan

first_imgShare on Twitter Share via Email Nicky Morgan Share on WhatsApp Women’s football Share on Messenger The culture secretary, Nicky Morgan, wants to add top women’s sporting competitions to the list of protected sporting events reserved for free-to-air broadcasters. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Public service broadcasting Facebook Pinterest Twitter Topics The broadcasting rights for the Wimbledon finals are among those on list of TV sport’s so-called ‘crown jewels’. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian The list is designed to make sure that events deemed of national importance can reach the largest TV audiences, although being on the list does not guarantee that it will be broadcast by a major free-to-air TV company.Morgan also said that the government would back Ofcom introducing new TV regulations to help UK broadcasters compete against the increasingly powerful and popular Silicon Valley giants such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple.The broadcasting regulator is set to launch a review of the public service broadcasting system, which includes the activities of ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The broadcasters would like regulatory advantages including forcing players such as Sky to make sure their programming gets top billing on its on-demand TV services.“British broadcasters are central pillars of our public life and their benefits are too great for them to be cast off as a victim of this revolution,” she said. “We need to make sure that regulations – many of which were developed in the analogue age – are fit for the digital age and the new ways that people watch and produce shows. I want Ofcom’s upcoming review to help us consider how regulation can ensure our much loved public service broadcasters can continue to be the beating heart of our television landscape for years to come.”UK Listed Sporting Events:Group A – Live CoverageThe Olympic GamesThe Fifa World Cup finals tournamentThe FA Cup finalThe Scottish FA Cup final (in Scotland)The Grand NationalThe DerbyThe Wimbledon Championship finalsThe European Football Championship finals tournamentThe Rugby League Challenge Cup finalThe Rugby World Cup finalGroup B – HighlightsCricket Test matches played in EnglandNon-finals play at WimbledonAll other matches in the Rugby World CupSix Nations rugby tournament matches involving home countriesThe Commonwealth GamesThe World Athletics ChampionshipThe Cricket World Cup final, semi-finals and matches involving home nations’ teamsThe Ryder CupThe Open Golf championship newscenter_img Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Women’s cricket Twitter Women’s World Cup 2019 The culture secretary has called for top flight women’s sport to be added to televised sport’s “crown jewels” list, which would guarantee them exposure to potentially mass audiences on free-to-air television that men’s tournaments such as the football World Cup and FA Cup final currently enjoy.Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, has written to TV rights holders advocating to make major women’s sports competitions “listed events” to create a level playing field with men’s events.Events on the list – which include the Olympics, the men’s World Cup and FA Cup – are aired on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and cannot be poached exclusively by pay-TV services such as Sky, which attract a fraction of the audiences.“Where a men’s event is listed, the women’s equivalent would be too,” said Morgan, speaking at the Royal Television Society conference, her first major speech as culture secretary. “This would be an important step in giving female sporting talent the coverage they deserve and putting men’s and women’s sport on an equal footing at last.” Television Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Morgan also said the Paralympics were being looked at in terms of being made one of the “listed events”.Her push comes after the hugely successful women’s football World Cup on the BBC. The event provided the UK’s most-watched women’s football game ever as almost 12 million tuned in to see the England go out to the USA in the semi-finals.However, although the BBC holds the rights to the women’s World Cup, rival commercial broadcasters – or a digital player such as Amazon’s Prime Video, which has UK rights to Premier League and top-flight tennis – could be tempted to bid for future tournaments after seeing the large audiences attracted to the sport.“A record-breaking 28 million people tuned into the women’s World Cup,” Morgan said. “I want to build on this momentum and make sure future generations of female sporting talent can be inspired by who they see on their screens.”Morgan is seeking views on whether women’s events including the football and rugby world cups, Champion’s League football, and Rugby League Challenge Cup final should be added to the existing list.The list of crown jewel events is governed by legislation and a voluntary code set up in 2009, and is signed by sports bodies governing cricket, football, golf, tennis and rugby union and league. The rights for these events, including the Wimbledon tennis and rugby World Cup finals must be offered to free-to-air channels which can be received by at least 95% of the population under the current rules. Women’s rugby unionlast_img read more

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ESPN’s Updated Prediction For Iowa-Iowa State Game

first_imgIowa players carry off the Cy-Hawk trophy after beating Iowa State in Ames.AMES, IA – SEPTEMBER 9: Defensive back Brandon Snyder #37 of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and offensive lineman Boone Myers #52 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate by carrying the Cy-Hawk Trophy to their fans after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones 44-41 in overtime at Jack Trice Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes won 44-41 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)The Iowa vs. Iowa State rivalry isn’t usually one of those at the center of the college football universe. That changes this weekend.ESPN’s College GameDay makes its first-ever trip to Ames for the event. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones are a combined 3-0 entering the game, though Iowa State had a real scare, outlasting FCS Northern Iowa in Week 1, and is coming off of a bye.Iowa took down Miami (Ohio) in Week 1, and shutout Rutgers 30-0 this past weekend. The Hawkeyes are No. 19 in the country heading into Week 3.Heading into the Week, ESPN‘s Football Power Index has updated its percentage-based win prediction for the game. It has Iowa with a 57.7-percent chance to win this one on the road. Iowa vs. Iowa State FPI prediction.ESPNThe gambling spread for the game is current set at Iowa -2, at most sportsbooks.The in-state rivalry dates all the way back to 1894, when the Cyclones won the inaugural game in the series 16-8. Iowa’s had the historical edge in the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy.The Hawkeyes own the all-time series record 44-22, and are riding a four-game winning streak in the rivalry. the Cyclones last won in 2014, 20-17.The two sides met regularly in the early 20th century, but the rivalry had a long pause between 1934 and 1977. The Cy-Hawk Trophy was established when the rivalry was revived, and the two teams have met every year since.[ESPN]last_img read more

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Robb Report picks its “Best of the Best” vehicles of 2016

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best American Liqueur The Best American Gin It’s never been more arduous to choose the best vehicle in a given class. The truth is, manufacturing processes, engineering efforts, and quality control procedures are so evolved that “lemon” cars or trucks are increasingly rare, especially among mass production vehicles.With so many great products on the market, for a vehicle to rise above, it needs to hit every high note – from design, to performance, to convenience, to technology. Discerning superb from great is a task best left to those who spend countless hours behind the wheel of the most exquisite machines you can buy.We’d say Robb Report knows a thing or two about the finer details of automotive excellence, which is why we spoke with Robert Ross, RR’s automotive editor, about the publication’s picks for “Best of the Best” in 2016.Sports Cars:Winner: Audi R8 V10 PlusHonorees: McLaren 570S, Porsche Cayman GT4The Manual: Each of these sports cars is an incredible feat of engineering. How did you settle on the Audi R8 V10 Plus?Robert Ross: “The second generation Audi R8 was a car we’ve been awaiting for a long time. The original was a ‘Best of the Best’ winner when it was introduced in 2008. It was a real watershed car by bringing a daily driving experience to a mid-engine platform. This year’s R8 uses a brand new chassis, drivetrain, and design that come together beautifully. Not only does it drive well easily, but it’s hugely accomplished when pushed to the limit. Additionally, the R8 has the ergonomic friendliness that makes it the most hospitable of all the sports cars we tested. While the other two cars were more hard-edged and single-purpose, the Audi R8 was a ‘do it all’ sports car.”“As a footnote to that point, what to me was so remarkable about the R8 was that even though it and the Lamborghini Huracan are probably closer than any two vehicle on the planet, in terms of the fundamental architecture and powertrain, they are completely different driving experiences – both excellent, but dissimilar.”Sedans:Winner: BMW 750i xDriveHonorees: Cadillac CTS-V, Tesla Model S P90DThe Manual: Certainly sedans are as close a category battle as sports cars – how did you choose a winner?Robert Ross: “Funny enough, it seems like its either the year of the sedan or it’s not. I remember years past where fully half of three quarters of the vehicles I wanted to evaluate were from the sedan segment. This year is not quite brimming with the same newness and excitement as years past, if not simply because some vehicles were one model year old. Still, we had some good contenders and ultimately chose the new BMW 7 Series.”“The 7 Series is a little like Rodney Dangerfield – it’s just never received a whole lot of respect. Russian gangsters love them, and they’re a great lease option for road warriors who put a lot of miles on the clock…but this time I think the 7 Series pushes the technological limits to become not just an also-ran, but a state-of-the-art automobile. For people who can operate all the bells and whistles and can appreciate the technology, this car goes deep.”SUVs:Winner: Bentley BentaygaHonorees: Lexus LX570, Mercedes-Benz GLS550The Manual: In terms of automotive trends, it doesn’t get much hotter than luxury SUVs – which one stood out to you most?Robert Ross: “SUVs are the new lingua franca of the affluent. You can basically turn in all your other cars, get an SUV, and you’re good to go. I never thought I’d see a time when the Range Rover Autobiography would not be expensive or opulent enough, but here we are. The Bentayga is a hugely capable car – faster than a scalded ape, yet still very much a Bentley. It’s a Bentley you can take to the Gobi desert and hunt for Protoceratops eggs if you want. It doesn’t just talk the talk either; we had this thing on a pretty challenging off-road course and it could do just about anything short of the most extreme gymnastics. It acquits itself to the extent that someone actual would subject burl wood to the insult of the elements. It’s really a fine vehicle, certainly the SUV to own, at least until the new Rolls Royce comes out.”—–Be sure to check out Robb Reports full lineup of “Best of the Best Wheels” categories and winners. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Citieslast_img read more

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Results of Ticket Amnesty to be Announced Shortly

first_imgThe results of the recently concluded traffic ticket amnesty are currently being evaluated by the Ministry of National Security. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, said an assessment of the exercise, which ran between July and December 2012, is being undertaken, adding that an announcement on the matter will be made shortly. He was speaking at Thursday’s (January 10) weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains held at the Eden Gardens complex, St. Andrew. The six-month amnesty provided for motorists to settle unpaid tickets issued prior to September 2010, with no additional fees or penalties incurred, once payment is made in full. The exercise is reported to have netted some $340 million in outstanding payments for fines imposed for breaches of the Road Traffic Act.     Mr. Bunting said the record of payments made “whether at the tax offices or the courts,” will be updated and “we will do an assessment of where we are”, before the announcement is made. Regarding motorists, who did not conclude the process before the amnesty’s expiration, Mr. Bunting assured that no bench warrants for arrests will be enforced for the time being, adding that “hopefully, in another week or two, we will make an announcement”.last_img read more

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Unique tutorlearner relationship sets example when it comes to literacy language revitalization

first_imgChris MacIntyreAPTN NewsKwanlin’ Dun First Nation Elder Louie Smith has spent most of his 86 years living and learning on the land.When Smith was a child an outbreak of tuberculosis at the school in Carcross, YT, forced Smith’s father to remove him from class.Louie only spent two weeks at the school and never learned how to read.“A lot of kids died there,” says Smith. “You play around today and tomorrow you already die in the Carcross school.“So that’s why I never went to school”(Ted Ackerman and Louie Smith spend two days a week at the House of Learning reading, sharing stories and history with each other. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Louie always wanted to learn how to read.He says that once you learn to read, you can learn to sing.When Smith reached his 80s , a family member suggested he register with Yukon Learn – a not for profit agency whose mandate is to help Yukon adults improve their literacy.After a few different tutors, Louie finally met Ted Ackerman in 2015.Ackerman had been volunteering with Yukon Learn since 2013 and was excited at the opportunity to work together with a First Nation Elder.For the past four years, two times a week, Louie Smith and his tutor Ted Ackerman spend their mornings surrounded by books at the House of Learning building in Whitehorse.Their reading lesson always starts off with a cup of fresh coffee and usually a story from Smith’s childhood.Smith isn’t the only one learning at these weekly tutoring sessions.Ackerman is also on the receiving end.(From the left: Kwanlin’ Dun elder Louie Smith, Ted Ackerman, Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver at the Council of the Federation Literacy award presentation. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)Smith shares his stories and history of First Nation’s culture and has been teaching Ackerman words in Southern Tutchone.Ackerman says being able to teach and at the same time learn is a rich experience.“Literacy is not just the reading and writing, that’s a large part but it’s also the understanding of knowledge of the world around you,” he says.“Louie is highly literate in Yukon First Nation culture and he shares that with me.”Recently Smith and Ackerman were presented with the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.The award recognizes contributions to literacy and First Nation language revitalization.(Literacy Award : The Council of the Federation Literacy medals. Photo: Chris MacIntyre/APTN)With permission from the Kwanlin’ Dun First Nation, the pair have preserved over 100 items of First Nations history through recordings and books.There are no plans to stop the tutoring sessions and Smith has even said that he’d like more.Through the time spent together, Smith continues to learn how to read and Ackerman gets a greater understanding of First Nation culture.“I’ve read the Truth and Reconciliation report and I’ve read the Together Today for our Children Tomorrow and both of those documents talk about sort of what the institutions and the organizations of our cultures and country need to do to help our cultures co-exist,” says Ackerman.“I think if there’s a lot more of me and Louie doing things we wouldn’t need those big documents as much”.cmacintyre@aptn.calast_img read more

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Incidents of bogus voting, booth capturing reported from Mewat

first_imgGurugram: There were charges of bogus voting and booth capturing from Mewat, the area which the votes the maximum in Gurugram lok sabha constituency. In one of the incidents, Shabnam Begum arrived to cast her vote in Malab village in Mewat, only to find out that someone has already voted in her name.According to the officer on duty, another person had voted showing Shabnam’s Aadhaar card. Presiding officer & villagers have clashed in Neemka, Mewat, over-identification of a voter named Masood. Villagers beat up the presiding officer Gajender Verma after Masood was barred from voting on basis of his class-X mark sheet. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesTwo FIRs registered in Nuh, one at Tauru police station against a person “trying to cast a bogus vote”, another at Rojka Meo police station against a Presiding Officer for “exercising undue influence & violation of the moral code of conduct A situation also arose where Congress candidate Capt Ajay Singh Yadav and BJP local leader Alam Mundal clash in Chanddhaka. Yadav alleges booth capturing at the booth. He is likely to submit an application seeking repolling. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe unwarranted controversy generated in the area resulted in much lower voting percentage in Mewat with 65 per cent as compared to over 75 per cent that was reported in 2014. Over 802 booths in Gurugram booths were sensitive. have been present in Sohna, Badshapur and even the Gurugram city. Under the 802 polling booths, 368 are 368 sensitive areas and 434 hypersensitive areas. The maximum number of sensitive booths have been identified in Sohna which s then followed by Badshapur and even parts of Gurugram urban area. There were incidents where there were a scuffle between e rival groups. In Sohna, there are 78 sensitive booths and 114 hypersensitive booths. In Pataudi, there are 44 sensitive booths and 45 hypersensitive booths while in Badhahpur there are 77 hypersensitive booths. At 13 there are also a substantial number of hypersensitive booths in Gurugram urban area. It ultimately affected the voting percentage with Badshapur receiving the least voting percentage of 44 per cent.last_img read more

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Sushma Swaraj holds talks with Iranian Foreign Minister

first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Tuesday held “constructive” talks with her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and conveyed to him that India will take a decision on import of Iranian oil after the Lok Sabha polls, keeping in mind its commercial, economic and energy security interests.The talks between the two foreign ministers came 12 days after the US ended six-month-long exemptions from sanctions to India and seven other countries to buy oil from Iran. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghZarif’s visit here came amid escalating face-off between Iran and the United States on Tehran’s nuclear programme. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar described the discussions between Swaraj and Zarif as “constructive”. “EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif held constructive discussions on all bilateral issues of mutual interest. Good exchange of views on the evolving regional situation, including Afghanistan,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadOfficial sources said Swaraj reiterated the position that a decision will be taken after the elections based on commercial considerations, energy security and economic interests. In the meeting, Zarif recalled the steps announced by President Hassan Rouhani on May 8 including decisions linked to the export of enriched uranium and heavy water, the sources said. The Iranian Foreign Minister also mentioned that 60 days timeline has been given to EU-3 and other parties to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA for restoring Iran’s oil and banking channels, the sources said. In a televised address, Rouhani had on May 8 said that Iran would suspend some parts of its “commitments” to the JCPOA, but will not fully withdraw from it. In the meeting with Zarif, the Indian side reiterated its position on JCPOA and said New Delhi would like all parties to continue to fulfill their commitments and that they should engage constructively to the issues peacefully, the sources said. They said the visit took place at Zarif’s own initiative to brief India on the Iranian approach to the recent developments in the region, including on JCPOA, and to review bilateral cooperation. “This was part of their consultation with other countries in the region including Russia, China, Turkmenistan, and Iraq over the last few days,” said a source. In the meeting, Swaraj and Zarif shared their views on the situation in Afghanistan and agreed to maintain close coordination on the evolving situation, the sources said.last_img read more

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Morocco Thwarted 88,761 Irregular Migration Attempts in 2018

Rabat – Moroccan authorities thwarted 88,761 irregular migration attempts in 2018. Nearly 80 percent of the migrants (70,571) were foreigners, according to the National Observatory of Migration.The number represents a 37 percent increase from the previous year, according to a statement issued after a migration observatory meeting on Thursday, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.The observatory, which is affiliated with the interior ministry, said that Morocco dismantled 229 trafficking networks last year. Morocco rescued 29,715 irregular migrants at sea while 5,608 chose to voluntary return to their home countries, according the statement.Read Also: Police in Tangier Dismantle Irregular Migration NetworkLast year Moroccan police police arrested 603 organizers of irregular migration networks, a sharp increase from their arrest of 294 organizers in 2017. In July 2018, Morocco received €30 million of a €55 million fund approved by the EU to assist Tunisia and Morocco to tackle migration and border issues.In October, Spanish news outlet El Pais reported that Morocco and Spain would receive €70 million in aid by the end of 2018 “mainly for the purchase of border control equipment.”The European Commission’s website announced last month that the European body pledged a further €148 million to financially assist Morocco on the migration front by the end of month. The EU will deliver an additional €110 million in the coming months, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday during a visit to Morocco. The North African country has already received €30 million of the fund, according to Euronews.Read Also: Spain Sets New Record with 57,250 Irregular Migrant Arrivals in 2018During the first 13 days of 2019, at least 2,200 irregular migrants arrived in Europe via Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta across the Mediterranean, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).Over 1,600 irregular migrants arrived in Spain by January 13, accounting for 73 percent of the total irregular migrants entering Europe via the sea.By December 18 last year, Europe received 111,558 migrants across the Mediterranean in 2018, according to IOM. Arrivals in Spain accounted for 50 percent of all European ports of entry.According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 31 percent of those who entered Spain irregularly last year were from Morocco, 20 percent from Guinea, and 16 percent from Mali.Last year, over 2,242 irregular migrants died on migratory routes in the Mediterranean, including 769 using the western Mediterranean route from Morocco to Spain. read more

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Sri Lanka UN refugee agency calls for broader protection of displaced persons

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the facilitation of short visits by friends and relatives to some sites, and the provision of telephone, telegram and mail services in almost all sites in the Vavuniya district, where a majority of those fleeing heavy fighting between the military and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) have sought refuge. Meanwhile, approximately 1,800 IDPs with special needs, particularly the elderly, have been released from the sites, and some 1,345 separated families have so far been reunited, according to the Government.“While commending these initiatives, UNHCR calls upon the government to accelerate progress on other outstanding protection concerns,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the agency, said today in Geneva.Those concerns, Mr. Redmond said, include maintaining the civilian character of the IDP sites and the separation of ex-combatants from the civilian population, expediting the screening process in IDP camps and subsequently allowing freedom of movement. “UNHCR has made a number of concrete suggestions on how best to proceed and will continue to work closely with the government to ensure that minimum international standards are met at all sites,” he added.The ultimate objective of the government should be to facilitate the safe and voluntary return of the displaced to their villages of origin by removing obstacles to return, such as explosive mines, he said.During the crisis, UNHCR has so far distributed some 36,000 plastic mats, over 22,000 bed sheets, 32,000 mosquito nets, more than 46,000 men’s and women’s clothing, 9,000 kitchen sets and thousands of hygiene kits to the IDPs, according to the agency. 17 April 2009The United Nations agency, involved in massive shelter support to some 63,000 people who have fled combat in northern Sri Lanka, today called on the island nation’s Government to speed up protection measures for internally displaced persons (IDPs). read more

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Brock in the News — May 612

New documentary sheds light on Yonge St. fracasToronto Star and City News profiled Professor Simon Black earlier this week to discuss a new documentary he co-produced about the Yonge Street uprising that took place 25 years ago.The politics of compassionate care leaveProfessor Kate Bezanson joined Anna Maria Tremonti from CBC The Current to talk about federal and provincial policy regarding extended absences from work when taking care of a child with a serious illness.Brock prof: Link between smoking moms, infant obesityWhile smoking during pregnancy has been proven to contribute to low birth rates among infants, new research from Professor Danielle Molnar also demonstrates that smoking puts children at a higher risk for obesity within the first two years: St. Catharines StandardReport urges new thinking for Northern OntarioA new study by Professor Charles Conteh is giving Northern communities the headway it needs to start developing economically. The Sudbury Star presented a number of highlights from the report this week.The surprising reason you need to take a rest dayIs too much exercise bad for your health? Researchers from Brock University describe why taking a rest day is crucial for bone health: Men’s Health US read more

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Cannabis heroin cocaine and a sawnoff shotgun seized in Leixlip

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED two men following the seizure of a large quantity of drugs and a firearm at Ryebrook Business Park, Leixlip, Co Kildare.A number of searches took place this morning following a surveillance operation. Cannabis herb and resin worth €64,000, powder believed to be cocaine worth an estimated €105,000 and €75,000 worth of heroin were seized.Gardaí also seized drug paraphernalia, 250 rounds of ammunition and a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun.Two men, aged 58 and 20, were arrested at the scene and are currently detained at Leixlip Garda Station.Read: Over €110k worth of cannabis discovered in Tallaght>last_img read more

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Savers access £157bn through pension freedoms

first_imgRetirement savers have accessed approximately £15.7 billion through the pension freedoms since the pension reforms were introduced in April 2015, according to data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).Its Flexible payments from pensions: January 2018 report also found that the number of individuals who have received flexible payments from their pensions between the second quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2017 is 489,000, compared to 232,000 individuals who received a flexible payment from their pension pot between the second quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, and 393,000 individuals who have done this between the second quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Since pension freedoms were introduced in April 2015, approximately 1.1 million individuals have accessed their pension for flexible payments.During October to December 2017, 454,000 payments were made by 198,000 individuals, totalling £1.5 billion. This compares to 435,000 payments made in the third quarter of 2017, which were made by 198,000 individuals and amounted to £1.59 billion. In April to June 2017, 403,000 payments were made by 200,000 individuals, totalling £1.86 billion. Between January and March 2017, 381,000 payments were made to 176,000 individuals, amounting to £1.59 billion.The figures are based on data reported to HMRC. Reporting was optional up to April 2016, when it was made compulsory. For this reason, figures prior to this are not comprehensive.Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Rather than use pensions to splurge on an extravagant Christmas, retirees have operated restraint when managing their pensions, showing the new rules are bedding in nicely and the amount being withdrawn is stabilising.“The number of payments made has increased, but this could simply be a reflection of more and more people using drawdown for their income in retirement. Someone [who takes] drawdown to provide a monthly income will have three payments in each quarter, so we should expect these number of payments to continue to grow as more and more people choose this strategy. The fact the rate of growth is slowing actually shows that the dash for cash is abating and retirees are facing up to managing their pension pot to provide for their life after work.”last_img read more

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Hundreds walk for womens health awareness at Aventura Mall

first_imgAVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Hundreds of people laced up their sneakers and headed to Aventura Mall to raise awareness and funds for women’s health.Doors opened a little earlier than usual at the shopping center for the second annual Women’s Breast and Health Initiative Walk, Sunday morning.Participants of all ages walked the two-mile course inside cool air conditioning for the worthy cause.Related: Participants honor breast cancer survivors at More Than Pink Walk in MiamiAventura Mall partnered up with the local organization Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative to hold the event.“For us it was really a no-brainer, really, to be tied to this amazing organization and to host this amazing event,” said mall spokesperson Anabel Llopis. “What a wonderful place to walk — air conditioning, no humidity — to be able to really do and be part of an amazing walk.”“Today’s event was so special because all the walkers had an opportunity to make their own bouquets, have their picture taken and have a great frame,” said Andrea Ivory, executive director of Women’s Breast and Heart Health Initiative, “and more importantly, it’s all for the fight against breast cancer.”Aventura Mall matched every dollar donated to benefit the organization. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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