Patna holds its breath after day-long CBI raids

first_imgEarly on Friday morning, about two dozen CBI officials in a convoy of SUVs swooped down on 10 Circular Road in Patna, home of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, and his two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, Health Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively in the Bihar cabinet.For over 10 hours, the investigating officials searched every nook and cranny of the spacious bungalow and are said to have interrogated the family members — except Mr. Prasad who was in Ranchi — separately in connection with the corruption charges against them. Entry to the sprawling bungalow was restricted with media persons jostling outside for a glimpse of the action inside. As the day wore on, several RJD leaders and workers gathered outside the gates. Police presence and patrolling was beefed up. By late afternoon the waiting journalists turned restive, impatient for information on events within. Later a scuffle broke out between RJD supporters and media persons. The large police contingent looked on.It was after sunset when the cavalcade of SUVs left the premises and sped away to the local CBI headquarters located in the same neighbourhood. News filtered out that apart from documents, the CBI officials had also seized laptops and tablets belonging to Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav.Slogans against ModiWhile assembled media personnel dispersed, the RJD supporters remained at the gate, waiting for their party chief to address them. Some raised slogans in favour of Mr. Prasad and against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, in the day, the opposition BJP demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should sack Mr. Prasad’s minister sons and register an FIR against the Deputy Chief Minister.“Now, it is for Nitish Kumar to take a call on whether he should sack Lalu’s sons from his cabinet or compromise with corruption,” said senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. “What more proof does Nitish Kumar need to be convinced that they were involved in corruption?” However, no JD(U) leader has made a public statement on the raids. Party spokespersons refused to comment, reportedly on the instructions of Mr. Kumar, who abruptly left Patna on Thursday for Rajgir. Officials said he was keeping a close watch on developments in the capital. The district administration has tightened security at the State BJP and JD(U) headquarters. “Security in all districts has been beefed up and patrolling intensified,” said S.K. Singhal, additional Director General of Police (headquarter).last_img read more

BJP leader seeks ban on film

first_imgA senior BJP leader on Saturday demanded a ban on Kedarnath, an upcoming film set against the backdrop of a deluge that hit the Himalayan shrine in 2013, alleging that it hurts sentiments of Hindus and promotes interfaith marriages.Ajendra Ajay, who is part of the State BJP’s media relations team, wrote to Central Board of Film Certification chairman Prasoon Joshi that despite being set against the backdrop of one of the worst human tragedies, the film directed by Abhishek Kapoor makes fun of Hindu sentiments.“By setting a romantic love story against the backdrop of a huge tragedy that occurred at Kedarnath, a centre of faith for crores of Hindus, the filmmakers have shown great disrespect to the followers of the religion,” said Mr. Ajay.Objecting to the film depicting the love story of a Muslim porter and a Hindu pilgrim, he said, “Couldn’t the makers of the film find a Hindu character for the lead?”last_img read more

Former Assam minister gets NRC notice

first_imgFormer Assam minister and legislator for more than 30 years Gautam Roy was served a notice challenging his inclusion in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) on May 14 and asked to appear before at the NRC service centre in Hailakandi the following day. Mr Roy and his six-year-old grandson were served a notice by one Johirul Ali Choudhury of Hailakandi. “I could not attend the hearing was I was in New Delhi. I reached Hailakandi on Thursday and applied for fixing another date,” Mr Roy said, adding that the notice underlined how NRC has become an excuse to harass genuine citizens.Of around three lakh objections that the NRC centres received, more than 2.5 lakh were filed on December 31, 2018, the last day for filing claims and objections. But when the hearings began, none of the objectors turned up, as required by the procedure set up by the Centre. Organisations such as the All Assam Minority Students’ Union and All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation have been demanding that objections be dismissed in the absence of the objectors at the hearings.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India unbelievable in home conditions, says Ryan Harris

first_imgSimilar to champions Australia at last year’s one-day World Cup, hosts India must deal with raging expectations from home fans to win the World Twenty20 but should thrive in their own conditions, according to former Australia paceman Ryan Harris.Harris, who retired from all cricket last year, expects the March 8-April 3 tournament to provide plenty of excitement, given most teams will boast players with experience of local pitches having competed in the domestic Indian Premier League.However, the quality of India’s batsmen would make the hosts very hard to beat and ensure opposing bowlers were in for a rough ride, Harris, who harbours ambitions to coach Australia at international level, said on Tuesday. (ICC World Twenty20: Dhoni blessed with good all-rounders, says Laxman) “Having been there and experienced it and watched those guys, they’re unbelievable in those conditions,” said the 36-year-old, who played five IPL tournaments from 2009-13 with the Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab.”You bowl a good ball and you walk back and think ‘how has that gone there? Exactly where he wanted to put it’. And that’s what you’ve got to accept as a bowler in those conditions, particularly over there,” he added.”You can’t really target any of their guys. They bat down to seven or eight, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got them all covered.”It’s a bit like Australia in the World Cup last year. When you’re playing at home, the expectations are obviously quite high. (India go into ICC World Twenty20 as top-ranked ranked side) advertisement”They’re going to have billions of people watching it and there’s pressure and all that stuff but you know you’re in your own conditions and there’s no better place to play at. To play India in India will be very, very hard.”As big tournament hosts, India have hardly struggled in front of home fans and won the 2011 one-day World Cup co-hosted with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.They made the semi-finals of the 1987 tournament co-hosted with Pakistan and the last four in 1996, also co-hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Harris felt another team from South Asia, like Pakistan, would likely provide the biggest challenge to India’s hopes of becoming the first team to win a second World T20, adding to their triumph at the inaugural 2007 tournament in South Africa.He felt less bullish about his home nation’s chances of winning the only piece of global silverware still to elude them, however.”The guys only come together a couple of days before a T20 match,” he told Reuters of contests in the format outside the major tournament environment.”Obviously they play each other and know each other really well, but to get that proper team environment needs more than a couple of days or a couple of matches to get used to the format, know each other and get good at it.”Harris added that South Africa was also an odd location for a warm-up tour, where Australia are involved in a three-match series currently tied at 1-1.”Why go to South Africa when we’re going to a totally different place?” he said.”I heard (captain) Steve Smith’s comments that it would have benefited both sides if they prepared slow, low wickets in South Africa, but they’re not going to do that because people want to see what they saw the other night,” said Harris, referring to Australia’s thrilling five-wicket win in Johannesburg on Sunday.”I’m unsure why they had to go there. We’re going from bouncy, fast tracks to the slower, lower wickets over there (in India).”last_img read more

Have to match Asian players by 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Manika Batra

first_imgManika Batra became the first Indian female table tennis player to win an Asian Games medal as she and Achanta Sharath Kamal bagged a bronze medal in mixed doubles category in Jakarta.For the first time ever, the Indian table tennis contingent returned with two medals, with the men’s team also getting a bronze. After the success of Asian Games, Manika has her eyes set at 2020 Tokyo Olympics.After the bronze medal finish in mixed doubles, Manika was found wanting in the pre-quarterfinals against China’s Wang Manyu and she is planning to work extremely hard to improve her reflexes and agility in order to match her Asian counterparts.For Manika, she wants to be at the podium in Tokyo in 2020 and she knows she needs to catch up with the mighty Chinese and other strong Asian countries to achieve her dream.READ – Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennis”I gave my hundred percent against Wang Manyu, but I realised I have to improve a lot to beat them. I will prepare well for the coming tournaments,” Manika told IANS in an interview.”As a team we are in a good shape right now. In singles we have to improve a lot, especially when we play with Asians. Their reflexes are so good. Personally, I have to improve my reflexes and agility to match them.”So I will work on that till the Olympics and try to match them there,” said Manika, who showed signs of ending Singaporean supremacy in the discipline by choking out Mengyu Yu in straight sets to clinch a historic first-ever gold medal in women’s singles of the CWG earlier this year.advertisementThe 23-year old bagged four medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games as India finished with a rich haul of eight.Also read – Manika Batra 1st Indian woman to win CWG Gold in women’s singles table tennisBesides her game, Manika also aims to break into the top-40 rankings. Currently, Manika is ranked World No 56.”Personally, my goal would be to break into top 30 or 40. I am 56 right now, so I have to improve that. To improve my rankings, I have to play many tournaments abroad, so I am preparing for that as well.”Manika, who will take part in the Belgium Open, starting from September 23, and the Swedish Open, from November 15, also revealed that she has plans to play for a European club next year but went on to add that it’s too early to speak on that.On her and Sharath Kamal’s mixed doubles semifinals where they ended up with bronze, Manika said she never wanted to come back empty-handed from Jakarta.Also read – Manika Batra, glamour girl of Indian table tennis, becomes a Commonwealth Games legend”It was not difficult, but, of course, since all Asians come together at the Asian Games, the challenge is stiffer as compared to Commonwealth Games. In my mind, it was there that it would be difficult… but when I reached Jakarta, I thought that I had to do something here, I had to beat someone,” she said.Manika and Sharath Kamal played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable.In the semi-final, Manika and Sharath Kamal fought hard against China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic message

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic message after Watford sack Silva 23:00 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Richarlison Watford 2017 Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Watford Premier League The 20-year-old has been linked with the Stamford Bridge side and seems to have indicated he is unhappy with events at Vicarage Road Richarlison has sparked speculation over his future at Watford after posting a cryptic message on his Twitter account.The Brazilian has been in sparkling form since moving to the Hornets in the summer, so much so that Chelsea are weighing up bringing him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.He arrived at Vicarage Road in part thanks to manager Marco Silva, yet the shockwaves of the Portuguese’s exit from the club as he was sacked on Sunday, may lead for him to push for a move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player  — Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) January 21, 2018In the aftermath of Silva’s sacking, the 20-year-old published a tweet that simply showed an angry emoji.Watford have already made clear that Richarlison is unavailable for transfer in January, though Chelsea have already discussed a potential summer deal with agent Giuliano Bertolucci.However, the Hornets have already shown that they are perfectly capable of playing hardball when it comes to the futures of their key figures.They rejected an approach from Everton for Silva – an action that they claimed had an unsettling influence on their manager, pre-empting the difficult run of form that they have not been able to lift themselves from. With five goals and five assists in 24 Premier League matches, Richarlison has widely been considered their star performer this term.last_img read more

‘Werner can be world class’

first_imgTimo Werner Man Utd target Werner can be world class – Klose 15:32 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner RB Leipzig Bayern Robert Michael Germany RB Leipzig World Cup Bundesliga The 22-year-old striker is aiming for the top of the game and the Germany icon is backing him to fulfil his dream Germany and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has what it takes to become one of the best strikers in the world, Miroslav Klose says.The 22-year-old has excelled in the Bundesliga since joining Leipzig two years ago after his breakthrough at Stuttgart and is part of the national team for the World Cup.Speculation has been building around the forward’s future, however, as Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Werner has opened the door to a move this summer, admitting that he needs to leave Leipzig to fulfil his potential, though he says no decision will be made until after the tournament in Russia.As part of Joachim Low’s coaching team, former Bayern and Germany striker Klose is working closely with Werner and is convinced his rise will continue.”Werner is young, he can eventually become world class because he has this momentum, “Klose told Kicker.”The combinations, the angles, how he positions himself. There is something missing with him – he is not as natural as Robert Lewandowski.”As a goalscoring hero for Germany, Klose sees the value that a player like Werner brings to the team in their hunt for a consecutive world crown.”I’ve always been a real striker,” Klose said. “You need a forward in there, whether it’s a fast one like Timo Werner, or a big one like Mario Gomez, because you know you have a lot on the wings, and you need one who knocks the ball in.”Germany are drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and begin their campaign against El Tri on June 17.last_img read more

Go “Naked” and Try These 3 Drool-Inducing Recipes from Joyce Farms

first_img The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Clearly we’re not talking about shedding clothes. We’re talking about Joyce Farms from Winston Salem, NC, and their Old World approach on how to do things not only the traditional way, but the right way. Today we’ll let you in on what puts Joyce Farms in a class of their own in the farming industry and highlight a few of their noteworthy poultry recipes just in time for the Easter holiday.Established in 1962, Joyce Farms is a third-generation family owned and operated poultry, beef, and game enterprise. They raise and maintain a wide range of livestock on many of their farms across the South. You can visit their site and order anything from Heritage Black Turkey to Premium Steaks and Naked Duck, just to name a few.They believe in an Old World grazing method called the “Naked” philosophy. This basically means that their livestock are raised free of antibiotics, steroids, hormones, growth stimulants, animal by-products, and pesticides. This type of farming is so rare to witness these days because everyone wants everything quick, fast, and easy, but Joyce Farms refuses to compromise on quality. They’re sticking with their philosophy because they take great pride in being the only authentic Label Rouge Poultry producer in the United States. Now that’s something to be proud of.Related: How to Roast your own Rotisserie ChickenSo with spring right around the corner, we’ve got the all-important Easter dinner to prepare for and Joyce Farms’ executive chef Dennis Drone has some killer recipes that even your in-laws will love. Chef Drone was born in the Loire Valley region of France and was exposed to wild game at an early age. He’s a highly skilled chef with a multicultural background and experience at all levels of the restaurant industry. Bottom line is that this guy knows his way around a kitchen. For the upcoming holiday, he’s serving up a Roasted Pintade (Guinea Hen) with Spring Onions, Roast Duck, and Rosemary Garlic Roasted Heritage Chicken. Now do you understand what we meant by drool-inducing? Check out his recipes and give Joyce Farms some love on their Facebook and Instagram.1. Roasted Pintade (Guinea Hen) with Spring Onions:Serving Size: 4 peoplePrep Time: 20 min.Cook Time: 1 hr.Ingredients1 whole Joyce Farms Pintade10 pcs spring white or purple onions3 cloves garlic3 sprigs thyme1 laurel bay leaf2 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp coarse salt6 rounds ground black pepperfrom mill3 oz butter6 oz dry white wine Unwrap the ducks and allow them to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. With a fork, prick the skin without piercing the meat. This will allow the fat to drain off while the ducks cook.Meanwhile, in a very large stock pot which can hold the 2 ducks, heat the chicken broth with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt until it boils. Add the ducks very carefully and bring the stock back to a boil. If there isn’t enough stock to cover the ducks, add the hottest tap water to cover. If the ducks float to the top, place a plate on top to keep them immersed. When the stock comes back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the ducks in the stock for 45 minutes.When the ducks are finished simmering, skim off enough duck fat from the top of the stock to pour a film on the bottom of a 14 by 18 by 3-inch roasting pan. This will keep the ducks from sticking when they roast. Carefully take the ducks out of the stock, holding them over the pot to drain. Place them in the roasting pan, pat the skin dry with paper towels, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. If you have time, allow the ducks to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the skin to dry.Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. (Be sure your oven is very clean or it will smoke!) Roast the ducks for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest, covered with aluminum foil, for 20 minutes. Serve warm.3. Rosemary Garlic Roasted Heritage Chicken:Serving Size: 4 peopleIngredients4 large cloves garlic2 sprigs rosemary2 tsp. kosher salt1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper1 tsp. white wine2 oz. unsalted butter13 1/2 lb to 4 lb Joyce Farms Poulet Rouge Chicken1 leaf sage Remove the Pintade from the refrigerator 10 minutes before preparationHeat oven to 425°FWash the spring onions. Cut the green part, finely chop it and reserveCut the root of the spring onions and halve the white part lengthwise. ReserveTake the Pintade out of its bag, rinse under cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Brush the skin of the Pintade with half of the oil and place the Thyme, Bay leaf and garlic inside the cavity of the Pintade. Season with salt and pepper inside and out of the Pintade.Place an oven-proof dish a bit larger than the Pintade in the oven for 5 minutesRemove dish from oven and place the Pintade sideways on a thigh. Place in oven for 15 minutes.Remove the dish from the oven, flip the Pintade on the other thigh. Place the onions and the butter in the dish around the Pintade and return to the oven for 15 minutes.Remove the dish from the oven, place the Pintade on its back, taking care to arrange the onions around, and add the white wine. Baste the bird and return to the oven. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F.Add the chopped green part of the onion to the dish and baste the bird with the cooking juices.Let the Pintade rest for 10 minutes, cut in serving pieces and serve immediately with cooking juices and onions.2. Roast Duck:Serving Size: 4 peoplePrep Time: 35 min.Cook Time: 1 hr.Ingredients2 Joyce Farms Naked Ducks (5 to 5 1/2 lbs each)innards and wing tips removed6 qts. chicken brothKosher salt1 tsp black pepperfreshly ground 1. Roasted Pintade (Guinea) with Spring Onions 2. Roast Duck 3. Rosemary Garlic Roasted Heritage Chicken How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Soften butter to room temperature.Preheat oven to 350°F.Mince the garlic and place in a small mixing bowl.Mince one sprig of the rosemary and add to the garlic.Add the softened butter and stir to combine. Season with the salt and black pepper. Add the white wine and incorporate thoroughly. (You can use a small food processor to make this step easier.)Remove the chicken from its packaging, and lightly rinse with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel.Slide your fingers between the skin and the breast meat to create a pocket on both lobes of the breast. Stuff this space with as much of the Rosemary-Garlic butter as possible. Be careful not to tear the skin.Place the second Rosemary sprig in the cavity, and if there is still room, add any remaining Rosemary-Garlic Butter.Tuck the wing tips under the bird and tie the legs together using butchers’ twine to create a tight package (this is called Trussing the bird).Roast in the oven until minimum internal temperature reaches 165°F, measured in the thickest part of the thigh using a probe thermometer.Allow the bird to rest for 10 minutes before untying and carving. Serve with Natural Jus.last_img read more

Indian paddlers bag 2 bronze at China Junior Cadet Open

first_imgMumbai: Young Indian paddlers gave a glimpse of their skills by bagging two medals in the junior boys and junior girls team category in the ongoing China Junior and Cadet Open. The tournament is being played at Taicang, China. Vadodara-based Manush Shah led the charge in junior boys category, returning with a bronze medal after going down in the semi-finals of the tournament, which is part of the 2019 ITTF Junior Circuit Golden series, a media statement said here Monday. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevManush defeated Takeru Kashiwa 4-3 in a nail-biting finish in the round of 32 match. He then faced Korea’s Yik Man Pau of Korea in pre- quarter finals and won the opening game, but gave away the advantage to lose the next two games. Down 1-2, he launched a good comeback and won the next three games to move into the last eight. Up against the formidable Yuto Abe, Manush proved his mettle and entered into the medal round. However, he could not keep up the momentum in semi- finals against the local favourite Kaiyuan Quan and lost 0-4 (4-11, 10-12, 7-11, 4-11) to settle for the bronze. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsThe junior girls team of Swastika Ghosh and Prapti Sen sizzled in the initial stage of the tournament and won all their matches to top their group. They won by the same scoreline of 3-0 against all their opponents in the group stage, including those from Republic of Korea,Chinese Taipei and Sweden. Up against the eventual champions China, they could not replicate their initial performance and went down 0-3 in the semi-finals to be contend with a bronze, it added.last_img read more

NeYo Honored At Childrens Rights Benefit

first_imgOn Wednesday, October 29th, Ne-Yo and his foundation, The Compound Foundation, were honored at Children’s Rights 9th Annual Benefit for his commitment to benefitting those growing up in foster care and group homes.Ne-Yo and Swizz BeatzCredit/Copyright: BFA NYCSwizz Beatz and Compound Foundation scholarship recipient Edgar Carranza presented Ne-Yo with the award.Children’s Rights raised over $700,000 at its ninth annual benefit event. All proceeds from the evening directly support Children’s Rights’ efforts to defend and protect America’s abused and neglected kids.last_img read more

Juno Awards organizers urge Hamilton to bid for 2019 – even though

first_img“I did speak with (CARAS’s) executive CEO and president last night, and he reiterated what a desirable location Hamilton is for the Junos, particularly in 2019,” Brooks-Joiner said.City council’s general issues committee agreed Wednesday to submit a bid. It also asked to be the permanent home of the Juno Awards, or at least be awarded the ceremonies for three to five years at a time.Musicians Tom Wilson, Max Kerman and Rita Chiarelli signed a piano at the launch of the Turn It On campaign, designed to get Hamiltonians excited about the 2015 Juno Awards. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)CARAS likes Hamilton, Brooks-Joiner said, because it’s trying to establish itself as a music city and has the right size venues. Hamilton will also be building on the momentum of hosting the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2018.This would be unwelcome news in two other Canadian cities, who are also bidding on the 2019 Juno Awards — but likely paying more to do it.London agreed to submit a $1.7 million bid for the 2019 awards, and is asking the province for help. The city is putting in $500,000 of its own for the bid. The London bid committee didn’t comment Wednesday.Tourism Saskatoon also said in September that it wants the 2019 Juno Awards.Hamilton economy expected to get $11M boost from the Juno AwardsAs in 2015, Hamilton will spend $550,000 from reserves, and ask for provincial grant money to make up the rest of its bid.Brooks-Joiner said she hasn’t talked to CARAS about the other city bids. CARAS, she said, doesn’t typically disclose those details. But Hamilton city councillors mentioned them during Wednesday’s debate.The Junos bring millions in economic spinoff, so they’re worth the investment, said Sam Merulla, Ward 4 councillor.“This one pays for itself tenfold.”By Samantha Craggs – CBC NEWS Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Hamilton heroes Arkells played the Juno Awards in their hometown of Hamilton in 2015. The organization behind the awards wants Hamilton to bid to be a host city in 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The organization behind the Juno Awards wants Hamilton to bid to host them again in 2019, despite two other cities (London and Saskatoon) vying for the honour. And Hamilton is putting together as much as $1.5 million for the bid.The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) isn’t outright handing the awards to Hamilton. But its president has written to the city saying he “strongly believes” Hamilton would be a good host, and is reducing the cost of bidding.Hamilton didn’t even bid on the 2019 Junos, said a report from Carrie Brooks-Joiner, Tourism Hamilton’s manager of tourism and events. But CARAS, impressed by Hamilton’s attempts to grow its music industry, seems interested in a repeat performance of 2015 when the city hosted a highly successful Juno Awards event. It’s even reducing the bid fee from $1.7 million.last_img read more

Football Ohio State coaches and players to donate 10000 to Hurricane Harvey

Ohio State and Indiana will wear this sticker on their helmet during Thursday night’s season opener | Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsAmid the devastation in Houston and the surrounding areas caused by Hurricane Harvey, Ohio State announced the football program will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross on Friday morning. Coach Urban Meyer, the assistant coaches and each player will each make individual contributions to reach the five-figure sum. Seven buckeye players — quarterback J.T. Barrett, linebacker Baron Browning, running back J.K. Dobbins, receiver Elijah Gardiner, offensive guard Demetrius Knox and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Kendall Sheffield — hail from Texas. Meyer said on Monday he spoke with Sheffield’s family and that they were safe in their homes. On Thursday, Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams announced they would be sending clothes and shoes to Houston. Earlier on Thursday, University of Houston men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson requested teams from all levels of sports send shirts and shoes to the university which will be donated to Houstonians in need.Package is on its way @CoachSampsonUH! Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Houston #HOUSTONSTRONG #BuckeyesCare— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) August 29, 2017According to the New York Times, the death toll from Hurricane Harvey has reached 30 with the storm nearing its second landfall. There has been a record 51.88 inches of rain in the city of Houston.The Buckeyes and their opponent, Indiana, will wear “Houston Strong” helmet stickers during Thursday’s season opener.The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10. read more

NHS accused of fiddling AE figures to downplay extent of crisis

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The NHS has been accused of presenting Accident & Emergency statistics in a way which could “mislead” the public after trusts were told to change the way they report their data.The UK Statistics Authority has written to health officials demanding explanations about the way performance against a target to treat A&E patients within four hours is being recorded.It has highlighted a letter from watchdogs NHS Improvement which told trusts to start including statistics from local walk-in centres – even if they were not run by the hospital, or on their site – in figures measuring their A&E performance.The changes, following instructions in October, mean some trusts appear to have made dramatic improvements in A&E performance, when in fact their waits are just as long.As a result, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust was able to say that 82 per cent of patients were treated within four hours in December. However, if performance of local walk-in centres – including four run by another trust – had not been included, the figure would have been just 69.5 per cent, analysis shows. For example, monthly NHS figures show that University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust treated 78.6 per cent of A&E patients within four hours in September, whereas the figure was 85.5 per cent in October.Those changes came after a more than doubling in the number of patients counted from minor injury units, after figures from the City of Coventry Walk In Centre, run by Virgin Care, were added to the trust’s data. However, the NHS mapping exercise carried out just a few weeks later does not show any additional activity for the trust.In the letter to NHS England, Ed Humpherson, director general for regulation at the UK Statistics Authority, tells health officials that the impact of changes to recording practice needs to be clearer.“This will support better decision making and avoid users reaching misleading conclusions,” it warns.In the same letter, it says statistics may in future be assesed against a code of practice, which would mean they would need to demonstrate that they “meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value, and as such can provide users with confidence in the statistics”.The NHS may now have to consider reviewing the data published since it changed its reporting rules.center_img Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation trust saw a similar boost in performance, with a result of 85.5 per cent published, instead of the 73.4 per cent it would have achieved without adding in results from Corby Urgent Care Centre, run by GPs eight miles away.And Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust achieved a figure of 81 per cent – when the figure would have been 69 per cent if it had not included figures from a local walk-in centre run by local GPs.NHS Improvement said the letter was designed to address variation in the way A&E activity was reported, and ensure consistency. An NHS Improvement spokesman said:  “This change was not intended to artificially inflate A&E performance figures.”A&E figures for November show a marginal deterioration over performance in October, when the instructions were given.An NHS mapping exercise for December which was supposed to track the changes suggests national A&E performance would have been the same – at 85.1 per cent – regardless of the changes in the way data was recorded.However, analysis suggests flaws in the published data, with a failure to properly record extra activity from walk-in centres.last_img read more

EYEWITNESS Alternative…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Visiting relationships…January 27, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” …indentureshipYour Eyewitness finds it quite amazing the PNC-led Guyana Government can casually announce (you think those four Guysuco managers at the “head table were anything but the fall guys?)  they’ll reduce the corporation’s workforce from 17,000 to 6000 in a couple of years – and there are no riots in the streets of this country. Maybe the workers were happy to hear they’re not being “fired”, they’re being made “redundant”?What’s going on? We’re talking about 10,000 X 5 = 50,000 men, women and children losing their jobs just like that, and it doesn’t bother anyone? What about all those well-dressed and well-heeled folks who came out in droves at the INJUSTICE  of the City Council to foist parking meters on Georgetown. Sure that’ll take a bite out of 3000 pockets daily. But what about the 10,000 workers who’ll have NOTHING to put in their pockets for the rest of their lives?? Don’t they bleed also?But, dear reader, your Eyewitness can hear you murmur, “What about that ‘Alternative Livelihoods Programme’ the Guysuco PRO Audreyanna Thomas touted?” Didn’t she promise this programme “will equip the targeted workers with the requisite skills and knowledge needed to exist outside of the sugar industry”? So dear reader, let’s look a bit closer at the ALP – which the good lady says has three components.The first component is for Guysuco to “contract out” some services to the “redundant workers”. Something similar, of course, has been tried in Guyana once before. After the abolition of slavery, the workers formed themselves into gangs that would “sell” their labour to the plantations. These fellas soon decided they weren’t going to work for what was essentially below slave wages, and showed up only when they needed some cash.Your Eyewitness thinks that just like how the planters of yore didn’t like the uncertainty of that labour source, that’s why they’re insisting on labour on a “contractual” basis. This also had been tried before – it was called “indentureship”. These workers had absolutely no sources of livelihood because that was destroyed the by government in their homelands. With death staring them in the face, they sold themselves into what was involuntary servitude. So the Government’s first option is to bring back indentureship to save the (reduced) sugar industry!!Well, the government has done their part to ensure the push factor for indentureship’s been fulfilled. With the death of all but one of the “six curses” the “redundant” workers have nowhere to go. It’s a matter of survival – even if like their predecessors, they have to accept wages even the freed slaves wouldn’t accept.Happy days are here again – for Guysuco, of course! …skillsThe second component of the ‘Alternative Livelihoods Programme’ is “skills” training. The government’s already unfurled this component on Wales and Enmore Estates where 1700 workers have been made “redundant” (Wales) and another 2000 will experience redundancy after Christmas at Enmore. The Guysuco PRO was proud to report that from this pool of 3700 redundancies (not people, “redundancies”) ONE HUNDRED has accepted retraining as “sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, masonry, carpentry, plumbing, mechanical and electrical works, small business management and business proposals, refrigeration, air conditioning and computer repairs, project management and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”!!That there are just about 6 persons for each skill set illustrates the reality of this “option”: there are actually NO jobs in an economy that’s on life support…and the redundant workers know they’ll just be spinning wheels and twiddling their thumbs!Folks who actually worked for a living (theirs) don’t have time to waste.…landsThe last option – which was thrown in as an afterthought –  is to lease lands to the redundant workers for farming. And this “option” is the most cruel hoax of all. Redundant workers would lease lands to produce what?The government gone mute about the crops they claimed to’ve identified and found foreign markets for.No land has been leased. read more

XCMG delivers 70 40t ADTs for mining in Asia and Africa

first_imgXCMG has delivered 70 units of its XDA40 articulated dump truck (ADT) to customers in Central Asia and South Africa, completing an export order that is worth $31.63 million. Designed for use in major mining projects and capable of handling loads of up to 40 t, the advanced and durable XDA40 ADT is XCMG’s flagship model. Highly adaptable so as to meet the needs of clients all around the world, the 70 units in this major order have been customised to client specifications and will see service in major projects located in varied climates and terrains across two continents.“This RMB 200 million export order has set a new record for articulated dump trucks. It represents XCMG and China’s strength in high-end equipment manufacturing and is a milestone on China’s path to global dominance in the global mining equipment market,” said Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.“In 2017, XCMG’s Excavator Machinery Business Department export volume grew by 150% year-on-year. Our mining equipment has amazed the global market with its brilliance and broken the monopoly of foreign brands. In the future, we will continue to strive to reach the peak of the industry and remain a world-class mining equipment brand,” added Wang.As a pioneer and leader, XCMG has adopted an innovation-driven strategy to achieve continuous breakthroughs in technology and product development.The group has recently completed a high-end production line featuring 70-700 t hydraulic mining excavators, 60-360 t mining dump trucks and 30-60 t mining ADTs, “making XCMG one of the few manufacturers in the world and the only one in China that’s capable of developing and manufacturing large set mining equipment for open-pit mining,” the company claims.last_img read more

Sydney demo in support of GD

first_imgThe Australia First Party (AFP), a Sydney based minor extreme right wing political party lead by Dr Jim Saleam, staged a demonstration outside the Greek Consulate in Sydney on Monday, in support of the Greek neo Nazi party Golden Dawn. The demonstrators, led by their President Jim Saleam, were protesting claiming the violation of the democratic rights of the imprisoned Golden Dawn MPs in Greece – “An act which is unconstitutional” they said. They also stated that Golden Dawn is being persecuted in Greece, while there is a cover up of politicians and citizens who pillaged the country. The president Dr Jim Saleam said that “we will support Golden Dawn until their final victory”. It is worth noting that members of the Australia First Party were handing out leaflets last week outside St Michael’s United Church on Collins Street in Melbourne, where the first Community Dialogue on the future of the Greek Australian community organised by La Trobe University, took place. The Australia First Party was founded in 1996 and is a minor fascist, protectionist, anti-multicultural, anti-global, anti-Zionist and white supremacist party that has two local council representatives in any form of government in Australia. A Councillor elected in 2006 for the St John’s Wood Ward of the City of Prospect, in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia, and a Councillor elected in 2012 in the East Ward for Penrith Council, in the western suburbs of Sydney. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hayabusa2 la sonde japonaise pourrait être lancée en 2014

first_imgHayabusa-2 : la sonde japonaise pourrait être lancée en 2014Japon – Après le succès de la mission Hayabusa-1, le Japon a donné son feu vert pour le développement d’une seconde sonde. La justement nommée Hayabusa-2 pourrait être lancée vers un autre astéroïde à l’horizon 2014.C’est en juin que la sonde Hayabusa-1 est revenue sur Terre, ramenant des échantillons qui pourraient comme l’espèrent les chercheurs nippons, provenir de l’astéroïde 25143 Itokawa sur laquelle elle s’était posée en novembre 2005. Le Japon travaille dès à présent à la conception d’une nouvelle sonde : un projet estimé à quelque 2 milliards de dollars, et qui a pour visée de mieux comprendre les conditions qui ont prévalu à la formation des astéroïdes.À lire aussiEcrans, vaccins et eau cosmique, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 12 décembreHayabusa-2 pourrait être lancée en 2014, et cette fois, c’est l’astéroïde 1999 JU3, riche en éléments carbonés et deux fois plus grand qu’Itokawa, qu’elle tentera d’atteindre. Des analyses effectuées depuis le sol tendent à prouver que cet astéroïde pourrait contenir des composés organiques supposés être les précurseurs de la vie terrestre. La future sonde japonaise différera de sa grande sœur en plusieurs points, avec notamment un dispositif de récupération des échantillons amélioré, un système d’orientation à base de roues à réaction repensé et un nouveau type d’antenne pour communiquer avec la Terre.Le 29 août 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

State funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing results

first_img Posted: March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A treatment program for sex offenders funded by the state is three times more expensive than a regular prison program and there’s no guarantee the treatment actually works.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries takes a closer look at the money being spent and the results coming out of the program. center_img March 20, 2019 Updated: 6:44 PM State funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing resultslast_img read more