Violence in Surat after Patidar leader’s arrest

first_imgViolence erupted in Gujarat’s Surat after the arrest of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Alpesh Kathiria in a 2016 sedition case. Mr. Kathiria was arrested in connection with a two-year old case on the day when police also arrested the quota agitation leader Hardik Patel in Ahmedabad. Mr. Patel was later released on bail late night. However, as soon as the news of Mr. Kathiria’s arrest became public, hundreds of Patidar youth came out on streets in Surat’s Patidar-dominated Varachha area where mobs torched several buses and also a bus station. Police have been deployed in large numbers in the Patidar-dominated pockets of Surat.Mr. Patel alleged that some “anti-social elements” are resorting to violence to defame the Patidar quota agitation. He appealed for peace and stressed that the Patidar community’s agitation for quota will continue peacefully.last_img read more

50-0: Floyd Mayweather stops Conor McGregor in 10th round

first_imgBefore a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC star landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a fighter who had never been in a professional boxing match.McGregor boxed surprisingly well early. But after landing some shots in the first three rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. figured out a 50th opponent, letting Conor McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes.Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th round Saturday night with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT “I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that’s what 50 pro fights can give you.”Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I’m looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.”Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather’s businesses.The capacity crowd at the arena cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought like a Mexican.”In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. But Mayweather’s experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn’t go the distance.”Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn’t make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, then came back in the 10th eager to finish it off.McGregor went over and hugged Mayweather. He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Finally, a win for UAAP’s heartbreak squad

first_imgThe Bulldogs left little to chance this time as they rolled to a strong start against the cold-shooting Tamaraws.NU neutralized the FEU offense in the first half, holding the Tamaraws to just 16-percent shooting. The Tamaraws’ woeful opening half also included 11 turnovers and zero assists.All told, FEU shot just 19 percent from the field and finished with a season-low three assists.“Whether you play NU or the strongest team, if you don’t show up we will get blown up,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, whose team dropped to a 2-4 record while the Bulldogs improved to 1-5.“I always say that there’s an immense balance of talent between the teams that’s why we need to bring our A-Game every time. If you don’t do that, nothing will happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “We thank God that we’re still here and we’re competing even with all the losses,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin, who brought his entire team for the postgame press conference.“The reason why I brought these guys is because we win together and we lose together.”The Bulldogs held the Tamaraws to just 24 points in the first three periods on their way to raising their record to 1-5.NU’s season has been littered with heartbreak, having lost three games by the slimmest of margins and also dropping an overtime game to University of Santo Tomas.“A win is a win and easily in our first four games, I think we deserved [to win] those games,” Shaun said.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Flexing muscles MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical But instead of reaching for surrender, NU used its 0-5 slate as inspiration.“I think our hunger was different coming into this game,” said skipper Shaun Ildefonso. “I told my teammates, our drive should be different for this game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Bulldogs responded.Ildefonso’s younger brother, Dave, fired 20 points as National U hammered out an emphatic drubbing of an out-of-sync Far Eastern U squad, 61-39, on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.center_img Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. By now, National University should have given up. Five straight losses, a bulk of which were end game heartbreakers that could have—should have, save for some cruel breaks—gone the other way pulled the Bulldogs to the far edge of Final Four contenders in UAAP Season 82’s men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Florentino Perez to remain as Real Madrid C.F. president until 2021

first_imgFlorentino Perez will stay on as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates presented a bid to rival the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline, the European champions announced in a statement on Monday.Perez, who began his second spell in 2009 and has overseen three Champions League wins in the last four years, has barely had to contend with any rivals for his post since the Liga club changed internal rules for presidential candidates in 2012.The alterations mean anyone aspiring to be president has to have been a member of Real for at least 20 years, compared to the old requirement of 10 years, and have a personal guarantee of over 75 million euros ($84.00 million) from a Spanish bank.The barriers saw off potential challengers in the last election in 2013 and no candidate has emerged in the 10-day period since the electoral process began on June 8, leaving construction magnate Perez, who turned 70 this year, a free run to his third successive mandate and fifth overall.Perez first became Real president in 2000, seeing off incumbent Lorenzo Sanz by promising to lure winger Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona, which he quickly delivered on by bringing the Portuguese international to the Spanish capital for a then world record fee of 62 million euros.Perez’s expensive and ambitious ‘Galacticos’ project, which later brought the likes of Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, now Real’s manager, England’s David Beckham and Brazil’s Ronaldo to the club, had initial success but ended with the team floundering on the pitch, prompting his resignation in February 2006.advertisementThe Spaniard returned to the top role at the Santiago Bernabeu in elections in 2009 and picked up where he had left off by breaking the world transfer record twice in a week with the signings of Brazilian Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo.His large-scale investment in the team did not yield a Liga title in his second term as president until 2012, with a first Champions League triumph in 12 years following in 2014.The club have proved shrewder in the transfer market in recent years, however, and last season’s Champions League and La Liga double was built on a robust squad, allowing coach Zidane to freely rotate his side while still winning domestic games, keeping his first choice team fit and fresh for European ties.Perez faced furious opposition from Real supporters following a harrowing 4-0 defeat at home to Barcelona in November 2015, although he eased tensions by appointing crowd favourite Zidane to succeed Rafa Benitez two months later.The Frenchman has won back-to-back Champions League titles in his 18 months in charge as well as snapping a five-year spell without the Liga title, lifting the pressure off Perez, whose position is now stronger than ever.last_img read more

Knicks Offer Anthony Max Deal

first_imgNEW YORK — The Knicks went coast-to-coast to let Carmelo Anthony know they want him to stay in New York.Team officials traveled to Los Angeles on the night of July 3 to meet with the free agent and offered him the maximum contract allowable, a person with knowledge of the details said.Team President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills were part of the meeting but not Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, an official with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting were to remain private.The meeting was first reported by ESPN.Anthony was in Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers, who are among the teams hoping to convince the All-Star forward to leave New York. Anthony already visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas this week.The Knicks can offer him the largest contract, nearly $130 million over five years, though Jackson has said he hopes Anthony would take less than a maximum deal.Anthony had previously said he would be willing to do so if it would help build a winning team, but the Knicks have made it clear the money won’t be an object.Other teams can offer Anthony slightly less than $100 million in a four-year deal, according to NBA rules.Contracts can’t be signed until July 10, so Anthony is under no rush to make a decision. But the Knicks apparently wanted to make sure they got to make a final pitch after his free agency tour.Jackson, Mills and new coach Derek Fisher had already met with Anthony last month in Los Angeles, where he informed them he would be terminating the final year of his contract and becoming a free agent.He has never said he wants to leave the Knicks, who acquired him from Denver in a February 2011 trade. But the 30-year-old forward also said his priority is contending for championships, and the Knicks were just 37-45 last season, the first time in Anthony’s 11-year career that he missed the playoffs.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Found Dhoni near Wagah border: Sourav Ganguly had jokingly told Musharraf

first_imgFormer Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is a self-confessed fan of MS Dhoni. The Ranchi cricketer had mesmerised Musharraf not just with his big-hitting skills but also with his much-talked-about long hair during the nascent stages of his career.In 2006, Dhoni won a lot of hearts in Pakistan on his maiden tour across the border in 2006. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a couple of match-winning knocks during India’s 4-1 win in the ODI series and made himself an indispensable member of the Indian side.As it turns out, Sourav Ganguly, who had led the team during to Pakistan during the 2006 tour, has recalled Musharraf’s admiration for Dhoni.The former India captain revealed that Musharraf had asked him where he had found Dhoni and that he had jokingly told the former Pakistan leader hepicked up the big-hitting stumper from near the Wagah border.”I still remember Pervez Musharraf asking me from where did you get him? I told him he was walking near the Wagah border and we pulled him in,” Ganguly said while speaking at Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’In a heartwarming episode during a post-match presentation ceremony on India’s 2006 tour, Musharraf had even advised Dhoni to keep his long hair.Dhoni though went on trim his hair after India’s triumph in the inaugural World T20I in South Africa. Incidentally, India had defeated Pakistan in the final that went down the wire.Meanwhile, Ganguly insisted that even “champion players” like Dhoni need to keep performing in order to retain their places in the squad while discussing the 37-year-old’s future in international cricket.”He [Dhoni] is another champion… Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else he has to perform,” Ganguly added.”There’s one must in life: whatever job you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much experience you have, you have to keep performing at the top level otherwise someone else will take your place.”advertisementAlso read: VVS Laxman hopes MS Dhoni emulates IPL 2018 form in 2019 World CupDhoni’s place in the senior national side has become a hot topic of discussion, especially after he was dropped from the T20I side. The World Cup-winning former captain, who has got the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management, is expected to continue at least until the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.Dhoni has been under-par in the 50-over format as well, managing just 275 runs 20 matches at 25. The senior campaigner’s absence from domestic tournaments has raised serious concerns as he has struggled without match practice in the recent past.Also see:last_img read more


first_imgFormer Iowa Democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell has died of cancer at the age of 84.Grant Woodard, Boswell’s former chief of staff, says Boswell was found ill in his Decatur County home sometime after 2 a.m. Friday and was flown to a hospital.Woodard says Boswell was suffering complications from a rare form of cancer.Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement:“He left this world a better place than when he found it. His advocacy for veteran suicide prevention saves lives to this day, and we hope that all Iowa elected officials will take this moment to rededicate themselves to that cause”.Boswell served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Iowa’s 3rd District, from 1996 until he lost re-election in 2012.He also served in the Iowa Legislature from 1985-95.Updated 11:45pm 8/17/18last_img read more

Salah helps Liverpool equal top-flight record

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool equal top-flight record with Salah-inspired win at Palace Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Crystal Palace v Liverpool Crystal Palace The Reds battled their way to a 2-1 victory over the Eagles at Selhurst Park on Saturday and no side have ever won more top-tier fixtures on the road Mohamed Salah equalled one Premier League record at Crystal Palace, and his match-winning goal helped Liverpool to hit another top-flight high.The Reds needed inspiration from somewhere as they headed to Selhurst Park on Saturday.Salah was to eventually provide the spark in a 2-1 triumph , with the Egyptian forward netting his 29th Premier League goal of the campaign. 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 He has now found the target in 21 top-tier fixtures this season, allowing him to match the previous record achieved by Robin van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo .A timely effort, which arrived six minutes from time, allowed Liverpool to complete a fight-back started by Sadio Mane.Having fallen behind to a first-half penalty at Palace, the Reds responded in style after the break.Victory has cemented their standing inside the top four and edged them a step closer to Champions League qualification.It has also drawn them level with Arsenal as the most successful away side in the history of the English top flight.679 – Liverpool have now won 679 top-flight away games – no side has ever won more (level with Arsenal). Pillar. #CRYLIV — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018 With the Gunners at home to Stoke on Sunday, Liverpool are guaranteed to maintain that standing for at least another week.They will then get the opportunity to edge clear on their own when they make the short trip to Goodison Park for a Merseyside derby date with Everton on April 7. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img Next World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, you are an absolute legend, says Shoaib AkhtarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder played one of his best knocks in India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 20:23 IST World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final los to New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni hit a valiant 50 in India’s semi-final defeat to New ZealandYou have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador: Akhtar to DhoniHats off to India. India fought back really well: AkhtarFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said India can be proud of the way they played at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 despite their campaign ending in the semi-final with a defeat to New Zealand.Shoaib Akhtar heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja for the way they staged India’s fightback in the tense chase of 240 against New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday. India did well to restrict New Zealand to 211 for 5 before rain played spoilsport on Tuesday. The 1st semi-final spilled into the reserve day.India’s chase though got off to a horrible start as they lost Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul inside the first 4 overs and were reeling at 5 for 3. A steady stand between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya emerged but with both of them going back to the hut, India were reduced to 92 for 6.While a successful chase looked improbable, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave India a chance with 116-run stand for the 7th wicket. While Dhoni was happy taking the odd singles, Jadeja went all out attack and took the New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners.”What a match. Wah, Wah, Ravindra Jadeja… very good innings. Dhoni… you are an absolute legend. With your game today, you have proved you’re a great batsman and a great brand ambassador for the team. But unfortunately, that run out changed it. A dive would have changed it. India, you were so close… yet so far,” Shoaib Akhtar said in his YouTube channel.”But hats off to India. India fought back really well. You have done yourself very proud. Jadeja, you have saved the grace. It was a poor batting performance by the top five players. Rohit (Sharma) got a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The ball was just clipping the bails and he was given out by the on-field umpire.advertisement”The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt.””It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn’t have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line,” he added.All hope was not lost even after Jadeja persihed in the 48th over for 77 as MS Dhoni stepped up and smashed Lockie Ferguson over point for a fine six with 30 needed off the last 2. However, a stunning throw from Martin Guptill saw Dhoni getting run out on 50.Dhoni cut a disappointed figure as he walked back to the hut. India eventually fell short of the target by 18 runs and got knocked out of the tournament. However, Dhoni and Jadeja have won a lot of praise for their valiant fight in Manchester.Taking to social media, legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist said he was always inspired by Dhoni’s calmness and self belief.Batting great Sachin Tendulkar heaped rich praise on Ravindra Jadeja, saying the all-rounder was determined to something special for Team India on Wednesday.”He was brilliant. This morning when he got Ross Taylor run out with that direct throw, we in the commentary box were discussing that it could be his day. The way he took initiative in that partnership (with Dhoni), he caught New Zealand by surprise, caught them off guard,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.”There were number of clean shots by him, which were from a batsman who was out there to do something and prove something. I would give him 10 on 10 today.”Also Read | I will keep giving my best till my last breath: Ravindra JadejaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New Zealandlast_img read more

MES Ventures into FPSO Chartering

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding is setting up a business section within its Ocean Business Promotion Department that will be engaged in Floating Production, Storage & Offloading vessels (FPSO) chartering businesses.The new business arm is becoming effective February 1 and will handle all operations and management related to the company’s participation in FPSO chartering-related businesses.As part of the company’s Mid-Term Business Plan 2014 (MBP14), MES acquired shares of Cernambi Norte MV26 B.V., an FPSO chartering business company that operates in the Iracema Norte field of the pre-salt layer off the coast of Brazil, from MODEC, Inc. The transaction will enable MES to engage in the chartering business.Cernambi Norte MV26 is a Dutch corporation with investments from Petrobras Netherlands B.V. (65%), BG Overseas Holding Ltd., (25%), and Galp Sinopec Brazil Services B.V. (10%).“MES will continue to work toward business engagement and the expansion of related service businesses and aggressively invest in businesses conducting FPSO chartering. We will further enhance our cooperation with MODEC as we continue to focus on the Ocean Business Promotion Department,” MES said.last_img read more

Will follow SC order on MLAs resignations Karnataka Speaker

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday said he would follow the Supreme Court’s order that the 15 rebel legislators of the ruling Congress-JD-S allies cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the House.”I will follow the Supreme Court order on the resignations of 15 rebel MLAs within a time-frame, as advised. I will not delay in deciding on the resignations,” Kumar told reporters in Kannada at his residence in Kolar soon after the apex court pronounced the order. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayKolar, about 100 km east of Bengaluru, is Kumar’s home constituency.As directed by the apex court, Kumar said, he would not force the rebel legislators to attend the Assembly session on Thursday for participating in the trust vote Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy would move to prove if his coalition government has majority or not in the House.”The trust-vote would take place on Thursday as fixed by the Assembly business advisory committee on Monday to enable the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy move the confidence motion for a floor test in the House after debate by the ruling and opposition members,” said Kumar.Of the 16 rebel legislators who resigned, including 13 from the Congress and three from the JD-S, 15 of them petitioned the Supreme Court on July 10 and July 13 for directing the Speaker to accept their resignations forthwith.Senior Congress lawmaker R. Ramalinga Reddy did not move the top court on his resignation, which he submitted in the Speaker’s office on July 6 and was found to be in order.last_img read more

Notley says BC pipeline court challenge illogical harmful if successful

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the B.C. government’s attempt to get court backing in a bid to thwart the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would put Canada in “economic gridlock” if it succeeds.British Columbia is seeking control over increased levels of diluted bitumen coming into the province because of concerns of increased risk to the environment.Notley says if the B.C. Court of Appeal agrees the government has the right to do so, that would open the door to provinces regulating all kinds of goods coming in from the rest of Canada — to the detriment of the economy as a whole.Notley says her government will seek intervener status in the court proceedings and she expects B.C. will fail.She also says the legal move is illogical.She notes that B.C. wants control over more bitumen coming into the province via pipeline on environmental safety grounds, but is OK with current levels already coming in.“It makes no sense,” Notley said Thursday from Slave Lake, Alta. “If bitumen were so hazardous, why would we only be looking at the (extra) incremental bitumen that’s in the new pipeline?“This isn’t about environment. This is about the new pipeline … I think the courts will see right through it.”In Calgary, United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said the court reference is one more delay tactic in a pipeline project that is already on the edge of an abyss.Operator Kinder Morgan has stopped extra spending on the project and is to decide by the end of May if it will go forward, given the opposition from B.C.Kenney said Notley’s government has not been strong enough to dissuade B.C. or to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to take action on a project that it already approved.“None of this gives Kinder Morgan the certainty it needs to proceed with this $7-billion, job-creating investment that would help us get a fair price for our oil,” said Kenney.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

TransCanada selling stake in five Quebec wind farms to Innergex

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has agreed to sell its 62 per cent stake in five wind farms in Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula to Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. for about $630 million.The Cartier wind power facilities currently have a total generating capacity of 590 megawatts and Innergex says the long-term plan is to generate approximately 1,780 gigawatts — enough to power about 80,900 Quebec households.The electricity produced by the wind farms is sold under existing agreements at fixed prices for terms of 20 years with Hydro-Quebec.Innergex says it expects the acquisition to generate revenues of approximately $82.9 million.The sale is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.Following the sale, TransCanada says it will continue to be one of Canada’s largest private-sector power generators, producing enough power to meet the needs of more than six million homes.“The transaction fits seamlessly with our growth strategy and allows us to expand in Quebec, the province where Innergex laid its roots,” said Innergex president and CEO Michel Letellier.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP) ( (TSX:INE)last_img read more

RBI Governor to meet heads of payments banks later this week

first_imgNew Delhi: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday said he will be meeting heads of payments banks later this week to understand their issues and concerns. As many as seven payments banks have commenced their operations. He also said that guidelines on regulatory sandbox will be issued in the next two months to promote FinTech in the country. A sandbox approach means experimenting and learning before finally adopting a technology or system. This approach helps in containing the impact of failures.last_img read more

Navy sinks bulletproof cars of former Presidents and LTTE ship

According to the Navy, the cars had been sunk as they were out of service and the authorities did not want them going into the wrong hands.The LTTE ship which had been used to smuggle weapons and was detained several years ago was also destroyed as it was damaged. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy today destroyed eight bulletproof cars used by former Presidents of Sri Lanka and an LTTE ship.The cars and ship were sunk in the deep seas in a Navy operation today.

Kremlin chief of staff says ban on Russian flights to Egypt will

An information board lists departures at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport in south Sinai, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Airbus executives say they are confident in the safety of the A321 that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people onboard. The passenger jet, operated by Russia’s Metrojet air carrier, crashed on Oct. 31 nearly 30 minutes after it took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh headed to St.Petersburg. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El-Latif) by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kremlin chief of staff says ban on Russian flights to Egypt will last for months MOSCOW – As tens of thousands of Russian tourists hastily leave Egypt’s economically vital seaside resorts, a top Kremlin official issued an ominous warning Tuesday: They’re not coming back anytime soon.Russia last week suspended all passenger flights to Egypt in the wake of the Oct. 31 airliner crash in the Sinai peninsula that killed all 224 people on board, almost all of them Russians. Moscow said the ban was necessary because of concerns about security at Egypt’s airports.Russian officials say they haven’t determined whether a bomb brought down the plane as it flew from Sharm al-Sheikh toward St. Petersburg. But the flight ban and unspecified concerns about airport security suggest Russia takes the prospect exceptionally seriously.On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said the flight ban will last for at least several months. Speaking on a visit to Finland, he said it would be impossible to radically revise Egypt’s security system in a short time, according to Russian news reports.Ivanov said Egypt needs to improve its security regime not only in Sharm el-Sheikh, but also in airports in Cairo and the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.Asked how long the Russian flight ban would last, Ivanov said: “I think for several months, as a minimum.”It’s unclear whether Egypt’s tourist resorts, shops and restaurants can hold on that long, especially since the travel ban hits in the lucrative winter high season. Russians have accounted for about a third of all Egypt’s tourists in recent years.Other airliners from Britain and Western Europe were also bringing their nationals home, after several countries and airlines suspended flights to Egypt amid suspicions that a terror attack could be the cause of the crash of the Airbus A321-200 operated by Metrojet.U.S. and British officials have cited intelligence reports indicating that the plane was brought down by a bomb on board. Russia and Egypt said the statements were premature pending results of the official crash probe.Security officials at Sharm el-Sheikh airport told The Associated Press there have long been security gaps there, including a key baggage scanning device that often is not functioning and lax searches at an entry gate for food and fuel for the planes.The head of Cairo’s international airport, Maj. Gen. Ahmed Genina, said officials from Russia, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar were examining the scanning of passengers, cargo and baggage at the airport Tuesday. Security guards and caterers were also being inspected.The Russian ban has badly struck Egypt’s vital tourist sector, which represents 11 per cent of its economy and almost 20 per cent of crucial foreign currency revenues. The industry had been making a gradual recovery after years of political upheaval since the 2011 popular uprising that deposed longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Egypt is one of the most popular destinations for Russians, especially in the winter when the sun and clear seas lure them away from grey, frigid weather.Roughly 3 million Russian tourists came to Egypt in 2014, nearly a third of all visitors, with most heading to the resorts in the southern Sinai Peninsula or its opposite coast, far from the insurgency being fought by Islamic militants against the army further north.Eastern European visitors, including people from former Soviet satellite states like Ukraine, made up a crucial 45 per cent of all tourist arrivals in June, according to Egyptian government statistics.Within hours of the Metrojet crash, a faction of the Islamic State militant group claimed to have downed the plane in retaliation for Russian airstrikes that began a month earlier against militants in Syria, a claim that was initially dismissed by both Russia and Egypt.Ivanov said a terror attack is one of several possible explanations, adding that the probe into the crash will involve complex chemical and other tests and will likely drag into next year. “We halted the flights to Egypt without knowing the definitive version, we did it preventively, out of caution,” Ivanov said.He added that Russia’s air campaign in Syria will continue regardless of the outcome. “The course of the operation against terrorists in Syria doesn’t depend on the investigation into the crash,” Ivanov said.Commenting on media reports that Moscow was also mulling suspension of flights to other destinations in the Middle East, Ivanov said Russian intelligence agencies have made no such decision, but added that Moscow was monitoring the general security situation and airport security in other countries in the region.Since the Russian suspension of flights to Egypt was announced Friday, dozens of airliners have been bringing Russian tourists back home, carrying only cabin baggage, while Russian cargo planes were hauling the rest of their luggage.About 40,000 Russian tourists have been flown back since Friday, about half the number in Egypt when flights were suspended, according to a Russian government estimate.___Brian Rohan in Cairo contributed to this report. read more

IN FULL Martin Callinans statement on his decision to retire

first_imgThose nearly 41 years, though at times challenging, have been enjoyable and fulfilling. This is due to the standard of people I have worked for, worked with, and led during this period of time.“The work I carried out throughout my career could not have been done without the support of numerous men and women, and for this I would like to thank all who I have worked with during my service.It also could not have been achieved without the support of the many thousands of members of public who I have come in contact with and who I hope I have helped in some small way during my career.“Since becoming Commissioner in 2010 I have never failed to be impressed by the dedication of all serving members and civilian staff even when they faced significant professional and personal challenges.“The last four years have seen major changes in An Garda Síochána, which were always done in the best interest of the community for whom we do our job. Although some of these changes have not always been easy, statistics from the CSO have shown that they have resulted in a reduction in crime throughout the country. This change in delivery of a policing service has, I hope, provided communities and individuals with a sense of safety and security in their daily lives.“I would like to thank the members of An Garda Síochána who I worked with during my time as Commissioner for their support and willingness to adapt for the benefit of the citizens of the State.I have great confidence that the delivery of an excellent policing service by excellent people will continue as it has done since An Garda Síochána’s foundation.“I wish my successor, current members of An Garda Síochána, and those due to join later this year my continuing best wishes and wholehearted support.”Read: Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has resignedVIDEO: Here are the comments that led to Martin Callinan’s resignationExplainer: 6 reasons why Martin Callinan resigned as Garda Commissioner Catch up: Everything you need to know about GardaGate in one place > IN A SURPRISE move this morning, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan resigned, with immediate effect.In a statement this afternoon, the 60-year-old said he had decided to retire (not resign). He also made no reference to the ongoing whistleblower controversy and failed to withdraw or apologise for remarks made about former garda John Wilson and Sergeant Maurice McCabe.Callinan was due to retire last August, on turning 60, but Minister for Justice Alan Shatter extended his term in office by two years, which should have seen him lead the forced until August 2015. However, there had been indications that he would call it a day later this year.Here is today’s statement, in full: “In the best interests of An Garda Síochána and my family, I have decided to retire. I felt that recent developments were proving to be a distraction from the important work that is carried out by An Garda Síochána on a daily basis for the citizens of the State in an independent and impartial manner.“Having joined An Garda Síochána in May of 1973, it has been a great honour and privilege to have spent nearly 41 years as a member of this tremendous organisation, serving the people of Ireland.last_img read more

Papandreou We have to concentrate on the next steps in the economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Less than 24 hours after the eurozone finalized the details of a 30-billion-euro emergency loan scheme for Greece, Prime Minister George Papandreou tried to shift attention to the economic reforms his government still has to undertake.Papandreou said he was not focusing just on the positive impact that the announcement of the package details had on Greek bond spreads. “We have to concentrate on the next steps in the economy,” he said, adding that the yields on Greek paper would not be the only indicator of whether Athens will call on the loans.Sources said the government wants to push ahead with reforms as European Commission officials are due to conduct an economic progress report next month and Greece wants to avoid any negative feedback. The new tax regulations are due to be voted into law this week. Next on the agenda are the liberalization of closed occupations and pension reforms. Papandreou and his ministers are also due to discuss over the next few days the sell-off of public companies.Papandreou’s statements came after Greece was tossed a financial lifeline by the eurozone on Sunday when European Union finance ministers agreed  to provide Athens with up to 30 billion euros emergency loans.Luxembourg Prime Minister and Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said that Greece would receive the money in the form of bilateral loans that would be coordinated by the European Commission and paid through the European Central Bank (ECB).“If the mechanism had to be activated, it would not be a violation of the no-bailout clause (in the European Union treaty) since the loans are repayable and contain no element of subsidy,” he told reporters.European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said loans would carry an interest rate of about 5 percent.Last week, the yield on Greek 10-year bonds rose above 7.5 percent, its highest since 1998.Rehn also said that the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) would make a “substantial contribution” to the deal, probably about 10 billion euros.Greece intends to auction 1.2 billion euros of government bonds this week as it seeks to raise about 11 billion euros by the end of May to refinance debt and meet interest charges.The announcement in Brussels was welcomed in Athens.“A very important decision has been made,” said Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou. “The Greek government has not asked for the activation of the mechanism, although it is immediately available.“We believe that we will be able to continue borrowing on the markets without any obstructions.”Papaconstantinou said that as of today, Greece would participate in a joint technical commission with the EU, ECB and IMF to finalize how the mechanism would work.last_img read more

Sarri announces Kovacics debut

first_imgThe Chelsea manager expects the Croatian midfielder to play for at least 30 minutes today in the Premier LeagueMateo Kovacic’s debut with Chelsea will happen today when The Blues host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.At least that’s what Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri told the reporters during the team’s press conference before the match.“I think Mateo will be very useful for us. He’s a very technical player,” he told Football London.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“At this moment, he has to work. I think he’s not ready now for 90 minutes, but maybe, tomorrow [today], for the first 30 or the last 30 minutes he could be used.”“I expect a lot from him because, for me, he’s a very great player. In my opinion, he can improve more,” he commented.Asked where he might play in Chelsea, Sarri responded about the faith of the midfielder.“I think he can play in any of the three positions in midfield. He’s a very good offensive player, but he has improved in the defensive phase in the last two years in Madrid.”last_img read more

HBOs chief the force behind Game of Thrones to step down

first_imgHBO chief executive Richard Plepler, here with Big Little Lies stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, oversaw HBO’s rise as an awards juggernaut.  Getty Images Richard Plepler, the longtime head of HBO who ushered the network to newfound critical and popular dominance with hits like Game of Thrones, is stepping down.  Plepler, whose departure was announced Thursday, oversaw HBO’s rise to dominate television awards ceremonies and audience ratings, most recently with blockbuster, critically praised hits like Game of Thrones. He also spearheaded HBO as one of the pioneers in TVs transition to direct-to-consumer streaming subscriptions. HBO was one of the first traditional networks to make its programming available online to people who subscribed directly with its app, rather than requiring a regular pay-TV subscription. The announcement comes the same week a court decision lifted the final question marks holding back AT&T from exerting its full control over HBO. AT&T agreed to take over HBO’s parent, Time Warner, more than two years ago in an $85 billion deal. But the Department of Justice took the companies to court, hoping to block the merger and, later, appealing to potentially unwind it. The US government lost its appeal Tuesday.”Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so,” Plepler said in a memo to employees. John Stankey, a veteran AT&T executive who was appointed to lead WarnerMedia last year (becoming Plepler’s boss), called him “one of the most successful executives in our industry.””I have been fortunate to have his support over the last months,” Stankey said in statement.  Share your voice 0 Tags Post a comment TV and Movies Digital Media Time Warner Game of Thrones HBO AT&T Netflixlast_img read more