Punjab budget focuses on getting additional resources

first_imgPunjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday presented budget proposals for 2018-19, pegged at ₹1,29,698 crore, emphasising that the State government was adopting a prudent fiscal road map with its focus on mobilising additional resources to put the economy back on track.Presenting his second budget, Mr. Badal proposed to raise ₹1,500 crore through additional resource mobilisation measures. “The government has decided to bring in a legislation for imposing a nominal development tax of ₹200 per month only on the income tax payees who are engaged in professions, trades, callings and employments,” he said, adding that this move would help in getting loans at cheaper interest rates from organisations such as Asian Development Bank.He added that many States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been collecting such tax for development for a long time.”The State also intends to bring a new social security legislation to create a dedicated fund to meet its commitment towards the weaker sections of society,” he said.Mr. Badal pointed out that in the last one year the State has reduce the number of days for which the treasury remained in overdraft from 179 in 2016-17 to 98 days in 2017-18, thereby reducing the interest liability on this count on the State by about ₹5 crore. “The State had remained in double overdraft for 29 days in 2016-17. We hope to close 2017-18 without going into double overdraft even for a single day,” he added.While the total budget size was kept at ₹1,29,698 crore, the effective size is ₹1,02,198 crore, as the above figure contains a provision of ₹27,500 crore towards ‘ways and means’ transactions for the current year. The total receipts are expected to be₹1,22,923 crore. The total outstanding debt of the State as of March 31, 2018, is₹1,95,978 crore, which is likely to rise and touch ₹2,11,523 crore in 2018-19.Mr. Badal has proposed to allocate a sum of ₹4,250 crore during 2018-19 for the implementation of the debt waiver scheme.The government has also decided to give free sanitary napkins to all girl students from Class VI to XII in all government schools. A sum of ₹10 crore has been earmarked for this purpose. Besides, to provide free textbooks to students from Classes I-XII in government schools, a provision of ₹49 crore has been made.Amid the budget speech, the Opposition parties — Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party — shouted slogans, accusing the Congress government of backtracking on its promise of complete farm loan waiver, and walked out of the House.Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal dismissed the budget terming it “directionless, meaningless and devoid of vision”.“It documents the government’s betrayal of the farmers, the Dalits and the poor, the youth, the employees and the helpless senior citizens,” he said.last_img read more

It’s all in the economy

first_imgThe French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill,The French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away from London towards grateful France. Paris would get the holiday business while London paid the 9 billion-pound bill for the effete glory of a forgettable media event. Win-win for the Eiffel Tower.Boris Johnson, mayor of London, who has delivered all Olympics facilities within budget and a year ahead without being accused of anything more corrupt than an occasional ogle, must have sneered and chortled in response. But there is a major philosophical lesson to be learnt about fate. The lucky, win. The truly lucky know when to lose.A very powerful Congress leader, his demeanour touched by a faraway wistful look, whispered a fantasy to me the other day: that the Congress had chosen to sit in Opposition after winning 206 seats in the summer of 2009. Some crumbly structure would perforce have made a grab for power, doubtless with former Congress allies like DMK queuing up for the telecom ministry as their price for support to a BJP prime minister. Within weeks the whole lot would have been compromised at bargain rates, since they would be trading in used goods. Suresh Kalmadi would have welcomed the return of this version of NDA, since he could have bought out their bigwigs with nothing more expensive than the occasional first class ticket to a sports jamboree. This government would have either sought to sabotage investigations into both the Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum, or defended them on some silly technical ground, leaving the quiet but well-fed Congress on a high moral plateau. The rackety NDA government would have collapsed in derisive confusion; Congress would win a clear majority in the winter 2011 general elections and Rahul Gandhi would be sworn in as the undisputed prime minister.advertisementThe BJP should be feeling extraordinarily pleased that it lost the last general elections.In 2004 the BJP was unprepared for defeat; but then no ruling party is ever ready for bad news. In 2009 the BJP was unprepared for victory, which is less forgivable. The fault lay not in any individual, but in a more basic flaw: it had not still fully absorbed the extent to which the Indian voter had shifted from an emotional agenda to an economic ambition. In 2009 some of the more media-magnetic BJP campaigners were still behaving as if they were on the sets of a 1950s Bollywood historical melodrama. That age had, paradoxically, exhausted itself with the culmination of the Ram temple movement; once the mosque at Ayodhya was destroyed, it took its emotions along with it. The BJP lost the Assembly elections of 1993 in the very heartland that had sustained its most powerful emotional appeal; Digvijaya Singh became chief minister of Madhya Pradesh that year.Two general election defeats have created a double benefit for the BJP. The voter is ready to empathise again, feeling that enough punishment has been meted out. And the party understands that serious correctives are essential if the show is to go on. The first is happening. There is a visible rise in the BJP vote across the north. The party could shock its enemies and surprise its friends in the next Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. It has stemmed the bleed in Madhya Pradesh and returned to form in Rajasthan, while remaining steadily ahead in Gujarat. The correctives are still a work in progress. Nitin Gadkari’s principal task over the next year will be to put together a viable economic policy for the party which the voter can assess, measure and then identify with.Why has the Congress slipped? Corruption is the easy answer, but not a complete one. The voter is angry about the theft of public money, of course. But he is truly livid at the fact that corruption has derailed economic growth. The first is sufficient cause for the visible and escalating concern that we see around us; the second can lay the seeds for insurrection. The Indian industrialist is talking through his bank account, investing abroad rather than at home. The worker is seeing the gains for which he abandoned the culture of strikes, being frittered away. There is confusion in villages as the landowner demands a share in that fixed lottery called land prices.Protest is a legitimate part of any Opposition’s duty, but that alone cannot convert the BJP into a ruling party. It has to rise above protest and become an alternative; from a trade union into the management structure that the shareholders of democracy can hire when the present management is voted out.advertisementIt tells us something when the language of business becomes perfectly applicable to the business of contemporary politics.last_img read more

How Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali- The Greatest

first_imgMuhammad Ali’s journey from Louisville in Kentucky to being ‘The Greatest of All Time’ is what dreams are made of. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was the name given to him by his parents before his conversion to Islam. (Muhammad Ali, who riveted the world as ‘The Greatest,’ dies)Ali started boxing at the age of 12 and by the time he retired, had a record of 56 wins, 5 losses with 37 knockouts and was the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times.But how did a young Cassius Clay become the Great Muhammad Ali? His story deserves to be told. (Muhammad Ali’s tryst with India)The idea of free food appeals to the best of us and the same happened with Muhammad Ali as well. A 12-year-old Ali went to the Louisville Home Show just to feast on the free hot dogs and popcorn on offer at the fair. His mode of transport was his favourite red and white Schwinn bicycle. When he was done eating, Ali came back to the place where he had parked his bike but it was gone.Fuming over a thief taking his bicycle, Ali approached police officer and boxing coach Joe E. Martin and told the officer that he was going to beat up the person who stole his bike. Martin in return told him that he should go and learn how to fight first. After that incident Ali decided to take up boxing and joined Martin’s Columbia Gym where he trained hard and became a three-time world heavyweight champion.advertisementAli made his professional boxing debut on October 29, 1960. In the 21 years that followed, Ali became one of the most famous and talked-about athletes in the world. His outspoken nature often got him into trouble in and outside the ring and was once even sentenced to five years in prison. (When Muhammad Ali took a dig at Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky Balboa’)We list out 5 memorable instances from Ali’s life:1960 OLYMPIC GOLDMuhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, competed in the light heavyweight division at the Rome Olympics in 1960. An 18-year-old Clay fought against Zbigniew Pietrzyskowski from Poland and won the bout in a unanimous decision to clinch his one and only Olympic gold medal. (A fight-by-fight look at Muhammad Ali’s career milestones)Upon his return from Rome, Ali sought work at adiner in Louisville but was denied the job due to the colour of his skin. Ali got so angryafter the incident that he threw away his medal in the Ohio river. Fifty-fouryears later, a man named Robert Bradbury found the gold medal at the bottom ofthe river while participating in an event dubbed “The Annual Ohio RiverSweep”. The medal was then handed over to the Muhammad Ali Center andBradbury received a sum of $200,000 as a reward from the Ali family.FIRST HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE Ali turned professional a month after the Rome Olympics in 1960 and made his debut October 29, winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. On February 25, 1964, a young Cassius Clay beat the bones out of Sonny Liston in a bout which lasted six rounds to clinch the WBC Heavyweight Championship title for the first time. He went on to win the title again in 1974 and 1978. Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion in the sport.CONVERSION TO ISLAMA day after winning the championship bout against Liston, Cassius Clay announced his conversion to Islam. The whole world was taken aback by this decision as Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali. He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, and 30 years later began adhering to Sufism.REFUSAL TO JOIN THE ARMY AND DRAFT EVASIONMuhammad Ali was called upon service by the United States military for the Vietnam War but he refused to serve in the army on religious grounds. Ali said, ” War is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. I’m not trying to dodge the draft.” As a result, he was arrested on charges of felony and was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000. He remained out on bail but his boxing license and heavyweight title were snatched from him resulting in his three-year hiatus from professional boxing.THRILLA IN MANILAOver a career spanning two decades, Muhammad Ali was part of some of the most memorable matches in boxing history. He had some of the fiercest of rivalries with George Foreman, Sonny Liston and Larry Holmes to name a few. But his rivalry with former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier will go down in history as one of the greatest in the sport of boxing.advertisementFrazier and Ali fought three intense battles with Ali winning two bouts. Frazier beat Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ via a unanimous decision, the first time they fought for the heavyweight title. Ali defeated Frazier in a largely forgettable rematch in 1974, so “The Thrilla in Manila” became the rubber match. The bout is ranked as one of the best in boxing history and Ali chronicled the battle in his memoir, “The Greatest: My Own Story.”Ali retained the title when Frazier, who could not see, was kept by trainer Eddie Futch from answering the bell for the 15th round. After the fight, Ali had famously said, “It was the closest thing to death.”last_img read more

Shanghai Masters: Rafael Nadal overcomes Grigor Dimitrov to reach semi-finals

first_imgWorld number one Rafa Nadal battled past Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 and into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday.The 16-time Grand Slam winner, who beat Dimitrov in three sets in the China Open semi-finals last week, fired 32 winners and won two crucial breaks to prevail in two and a half hours.Nadal, who extended his winning streak to 15 matches, pegged Dimitrov back with relentless baseline hitting to take the first set with ease.But the Bulgarian, who sent down 13 aces in the match, took the fight to the Spaniard in the second set, coming from 3-0 down in a tie-break to level.Trailing 3-2 in the decider, Dimitrov’s forehand crashed into the net to hand Nadal the break he needed. The top seed consolidated to make it 5-2 before serving out the match.Next up for the 30-year-old is Croatian Marin Cilic, who beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4 in another quarter-final.Roger Federer, the only man who can deny Nadal the year-end world number one ranking, is in action against Frenchman Richard Gasquet later on Friday.last_img read more

4,6,6,6,1,6,6,6: New Zealand duo smashes 43 runs in an over for List A world record

first_imgJoe Carter and Brett Hampton wrote their names in the history with a scintillating batting display for Northern Districts in New Zealand’s domestic one-day cricket match, smashing 43 runs off a single over.The unfortunate bowler to receive the battering was Central Districts medium pacer Willem Ludick, who not only gave away 41 runs in the over but bowled two no balls to make it worse for himself.In the over of 43 runs, two came from the no balls. Hampton struck 23 runs while Carter scored 18 runs off the last three deliveries.In the first class match at the Hamilton’s Seddon Park, Hampton began the over with a boundary, struck two sixes off two consecutive no ball deliveries, struck another six before taking a single to give the strike to Carter.Carter made the best of the momentum with Northern Districts and struck three more sixes to take the tally of the 46th over to 43 runs.4, 6+nb, 6+nb, 6, 1, 6, 6, 643-run overList A world recordCongratulations Joe Carter and Brett Hampton!#ndtogether #cricketnation pic.twitter.com/Kw1xgdP2LgNorthern Districts (@ndcricket) November 7, 2018This was Ludick’s final over of the innings. Ahead of this over, Ludick’s figures were 1/42 but it changed to a massive 1/85 in a matter of eight deliveries.”It was right at the end and I suppose it was a ‘see ball, hit ball’ scenario,” said Hampton.”We got a couple of free no balls which helped us to get going. We came together (at the end of the over) and said ‘how many did we get on that?’ I think we said it was 39. We missed a four there.”advertisementCarter ended the innings at 102 not out while Hampton scored 95 runs as Northern Districts eventually posted a total of 313/7 in their 50 overs.For Central Districts, Dean Foxcroft also scored 120 not out but did not get enough assistance from the other side to chase the total. Central Districts could only score 288/9 in 50 overs.Although batting greats Ravi Shastri and Garry Sobers famously gave Tilak Raj and Malcolm Nash places in cricket’s Hall of Shame by smashing six sixes from their overs in first class matches, the world record is by no means clear.South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs also hit six sixes for a tally of 36 off Netherlands legspinner Daan van Bunge during a 2007 World Cup match in St. Kitts, the most in an international one-dayer.Ahead of this over, the first class one-day record of most runs in an over belonged to Zimbabwe international Elton Chigumbura, who belted 39 off Alauddin Babu during one over in Bangladesh in 2013.The 77 runs that former New Zealand batsman Robert Vance conceded during a first-class match against Canterbury in 1990 is discounted became he deliberately bowled 17 no balls in his over. He wanted to entice the Canterbury tailenders to chase a victory in their match against the opening batsman’s Wellington side.List A one-day matches records of most runs in an over:43 (2018/19): Brett Hampton and and Joe Carter off Willem Ludick, Northern Districts vs Central Districts in Hamilton, New Zealand39 (2013/14): Elton Chigumbura off Alauddin Babu, Sheikh Jamal vs Abahani Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh37 (2017/18): JP Duminy off Eddie Leie, Cape Cobras vs Knights in Cape Town, South Africa36 (2006/07): Herschelle Gibbs off Daan van Bunge, South Africa vs Netherlands in St. Kitts, St. Kitts and Nevis35 (2009/10): Raiphi Gomez off Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Hyderabad vs Kerala in Chennai, India34 (1977): Viv Richards off David Graveney, Somerset vs Gloucestershire in Taunton, England34 (2000/01): Sourav Ganguly off Sukhvinder Singh, India vs India B in Chennai, India33 (2013/14): Tamim Iqbal off Sikandar Raza, Brothers Union vs Kalabagan CA in Fatullah, Bangladesh32 (2007/08): Padmaja Manikantan off Satyakumar Verma, Kerala vs Andhra in Chennai, India32 (2017/18): Alex Ross off Nathan Lyon, South Australia vs New South Wales in Sydney, Australia(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Australia get Wade and Marsh as cover for Khawaja and Stoinis

first_img Reuters ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 17:44 IST Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis have suffered injury blows (AP Photo)Australia have called in wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh as cover for their injured duo of Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis ahead of Thursday’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against hosts England.Number three batsman Khawaja retired with a hamstring injury in Saturday’s defeat to South Africa and though he returned to bat later in the innings, he clearly looked in pain and may miss the rest of the tournament.All-rounder Stoinis has been battling a nagging side strain for a while and was due to have a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.It doesn’t look ideal for Usman, captain Aaron Finch said after Saturday’s loss.He’ll have a scan tomorrow and if we need a replacementand I think we willbut until you get the definitive scan it’s hard to know.But it’s not looking great for him, in all honesty. He’s done a couple of hamstrings before and he said it feels a bit similar.Both Wade and Marsh were part of the Australia A squad who begin their four-day clash with Sussex in Arundel on Sunday.The duo had left for Birmingham to join the Australia squad, cricket.com.au reported.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Doesn’t get bigger than England vs Australia semi-final, says Aaron FinchAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Australia cricket teamFollow Aaron FinchFollow Matthew WadeFollow Marcus Stoinis Next World Cup 2019: Australia get Wade and Marsh as cover for Khawaja and StoinisAustralia suffered an injury blow as Usman Khawaja limped from the field with a suspected hamstring injury during their last group match against South Africa.advertisementlast_img read more

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA Improves Stats

first_imgzoom A seasonal increase in volumes for both shipping and logistics positively affected revenue for Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WWASA) in the second quarter 2014. Adjusted for non-recurring items, operating profit amounted to USD 79m – a 46% increase quarter on quarter.For the second quarter, WWASA posted an operating profit of USD 57m, down 30% from the same quarter in 2013 (USD 82m), but up 6% compared with the first quarter.The second quarter was negatively affected by non-recurring items totalling USD 22m, of which USD 14m was related to restructuring costs in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and USD 8m to reduction of Scandinavian seafarers.Adjusted for these costs, WWASA delivered an operating profit of USD 79m, on par with the same quarter last year or up 46% compared with the first quarter.46% operating profit increase compared to 1Q 2014 Despite a slight decline year over year, a total income of USD 682m (USD 689m) represents a 7% increase in topline compared with the first quarter of 2014.“A seasonal growth in demand for seaborne transportation lifted total volumes 11% from the first quarter,” said Jan Eyvin Wang, president and CEO of WWASA. “We saw positive development in all main trades.Like previous quarters, the cargo and trade mix has been unfavourable for our fleet and voyages costs are increasing to cater for customer needs, limiting the improvement in our profitability.”The contribution from WWASA’s logistics segment improved. “Increased earnings in WWL and Hyundai Glovis offset substantially reduced activity in some of the group’s US based logistics activities.” The board expects the slow volume growth trend to continue into the third quarter, however with normal seasonal variations and continued pressure on margins.Wang said: “The slow, but improved growth in demand for seaborne transportation for auto and high and heavy equipment the last quarters is expected to continue.However, this need is normally somewhat weaker in the third quarter, often characterised by labour strikes at the car factories in Korea.Reduced activity level in some of our logistics entities in the US will also have a negative impact on earnings the next few months.With volatility in demand for transportation, improvement initiatives and efficiency programmes are continuously implemented to improve the group’s profitability, including cost- and fleet optimisation initiatives.” Press Release, August 8, 2014last_img read more

Strategic messaging Russian fighters in Arctic spark debate on Canadas place

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world.The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia’s military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years. The patrols will be in addition to regular bomber flights up to the edge of U.S. and Canadian airspace.“It’s clearly sending strategic messaging,” said Whitney Lackenbauer, an Arctic expert and history professor at the University of Waterloo. “This is the next step.”Russia has been beefing up both its civilian and military capabilities in its north for a decade.Old Cold-War-era air bases have been rejuvenated. Foreign policy observers have counted four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 new operational airfields, 16 deepwater ports and 40 icebreakers with an additional 11 in development.Bomber patrols have been steady. NORAD has reported up to 20 sightings and 19 intercepts a year.Commercial infrastructure has kept pace as well. A vast new gas field has been opened in the Yamal Peninsula on the central Russian coast. Control and development of the Northern Sea Route — Russia’s equivalent of the Northwest Passage — has been given to a central government agency. Russian news sources say cargo volume is expected to grow to 40 million tonnes in 2020 from 7.5 million tonnes in 2016.Canada has little to compare.A road has been completed to the Arctic coast at Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories and work for a port at Iqaluit in Nunavut is underway. The first Arctic patrol vessel has been launched, satellite surveillance has been enhanced and a naval refuelling station built on Baffin Island.But most northern infrastructure desires remain unfilled.No all-weather roads exist down the Mackenzie Valley or into the mineral-rich central N.W.T. Modern needs such as high-speed internet are still dreams in most of the North. A new icebreaker has been delayed.Nearing the end of its term, the Liberal government has yet to table an official Arctic policy.Canada needs to keep pace if only because it can’t count on the current international order to hold, said John Higginbotham of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo.“If the globalized system fragments, we’re going to get a world of blocs. The blocs will have power to close international shipping channels.“It’s a dreadful strategic mistake for Canada to give up our own sea route.”Arctic dominance would also give Russia a potent card to play, said Rob Huebert of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.“It gives you presence,” he said. “Whenever there’s issues that happen to occur elsewhere, we’ve already seen the behaviour of the Russians — they start doing overflights of other countries to bring pressure.”Norway, the Baltics and the United Kingdom have all reported increased airspace violations, Huebert said.Few expect Russian troops to come pouring over the North Pole. The country is sticking with a United Nations process for drawing borders in Arctic waters and is a productive member of the eight-nation Arctic Council.“There’s vigorous debate over whether their posture is offensive-oriented,” Lackenbauer said. “The Russians insist this is purely defensive. It also offers possibilities for safe and secure shipping in the Northern Sea Route.“They’re not doing anything wrong.”Canada would be mistaken to ignore the awakening bear, said Ron Wallace of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute in Calgary.“It’s important for Canadians to be aware of their Arctic and the circumpolar Arctic and what’s going on in the North,” he said.Canada is unlikely to take much from Russia’s command-and-control style of development, Wallace said, but there are lessons to learn. Combining civilian and military infrastructure is one of them.“That’s the kind of thinking I haven’t seen here, but that’s the thinking the Russians are using,” he said. “They see the northern trade route as an excuse to put up military bases at the same time they’re working with the Chinese to open up trade routes for the export of their resources.”That would also help fulfil federal promises to territorial governments, said Wallace.  “Somewhere in the middle there is a better policy for northern Canada.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Press read more

14 Tons of Spoiled Dates 795 Kilograms of Rotten Meat Seized

Rabat- Morocco’s National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) has revealed that authorities seized 14 tons of spoiled dates in Marrakech and 795 kilograms of rotten meat in Ain Atiq, near Rabat.Authorities also seized 500 kilograms of perished garlic and 500 kilograms of expired pastry products May 23-24 in the Safi-Marrakech region, thanks to monitoring operations during Ramadan in food markets, according to the ONSSA. The Al Karam Association, which manages dates and dried fruit in Marrakech, said that the seized dates were meant for animal feed, not for human consumption. ONSSA added that the association is working to provide refrigerators to store the dried fruit.Similar measures may need to be considered for meat storage in rural souqs or flea markets, as ONSSA also recorded the seizure of approximately 795 kilograms of white meat unfit for human consumption in Ain Atiq.Authorities found the meat stored in an unhealthy environment by an owner who supposedly paid no regard to the impact the meat could have on customers’ health.Dates are widely consumed during Ramadan in Morocco and in other Muslim countries, as people usually break their fast with several dates. While the fruit is high in sugar and calories, they are also a source of various vitamins, minerals and fiber. read more

Boy Those Toronto Blue Jays World Series Odds Went South Quick

Before any MLB playoff games were played, things were looking so good for Canada’s World Series hopes. (The country’s title drought in hockey gets all the attention, but no baseball champ has hailed from north of the border since 1993, either.) With odds of 19 percent, the Toronto Blue Jays had the best chance of winning the World Series of any team, according to our pre-playoffs MLB Elo ratings.Now? Not so much. The Blue Jays have lost the two first games to the Texas Rangers in their best-of-five American League Division Series. That’s changed their chance of winning it all — as well as everyone else’s.According to the latest Elo simulation of the rest of the playoffs — which includes the Rangers’ victory over Toronto on Friday afternoon but no subsequent results — the Blue Jays’ probability of breaking Canada’s winless streak is now just 5 percent: CHANCE THAT A TEAM WILL … Toronto Blue Jays15641001585 Los Angeles Dodgers1535100522411 New York Yankees15160000 TEAMELOMAKE LDSMAKE LCSMAKE WSWIN WS Kansas City Royals1538100331810 St. Louis Cardinals1549100502814 Texas Rangers1535100%85%43%22% New York Mets1523100482110 Pittsburgh Pirates15540000 Because they’re up 2-0 in their series versus Toronto, the Texas Rangers are now your World Series favorites, though that can and will change depending on what happens the rest of Friday. Houston Astros1528100673115 Chicago Cubs1558100502714 read more

Microsoft confirms it will keep selling the Xbox 360 until 2016

first_imgMicrosoft confirmed its ongoing commitment to the Xbox 360 earlier this year when the company announced a redesign of the console to better match the styling of the Xbox One. But with its next-gen console arriving in November, just how long will the Xbox 360 continue to be available?According to Microsoft’s chief of Xbox marketing and strategy, Yusuf Mehdi, don’t expect the 360 to disappear off stores shelves until 2016. At some point in three year’s time the 360 will be phased out completely, propped up by the continued sales of used consoles and games after that.Three years is a long time, especially when the focus will be on promoting another console, but don’t let that stop you investing. As well as the very healthy library of games the Xbox 360 already has, Mehdi confirmed that a further 100 titles will be released for the current-gen console.While the machine and games may cease to command shelf space from 2016, the availability of Xbox Live for Xbox 360 is a little unclear. It will definitely be available until the machine is officially dead, but Microsoft could easily continue to offer the service after that. After all, it will have the servers humming for Live on Xbox One, so supporting the millions of 360 owners that are still using the other console shouldn’t be an issue, especially if digital content is still being purchased in large enough amounts to cover the costs.If you’re not too fussed about getting the Xbox One at launch, then sticking with the Xbox 360 will work in your wallet’s favor. A year from now hardware prices will probably have come down and a bunch of popular Xbox One games will be released at a budget price point. You could save a few hundred dollars in the process.last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers full of praise for topclass Boyata

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has praised Dedryck Boyata for scoring the only goal of the game against Hamilton despite the negative reaction from Celtic fans.Boyata returned to the starting lineup at Parkhead after his controversial decision not to play in Celtic’s Champions League exit against AEK Athens in Greece.Fans were not happy with the player, as they displayed a banner that says ‘Boyata – not fit to wear the jersey’. However, in the 63rd minute, he tapped in from close range to win Celtic the game.“Obviously I would have preferred a different reaction but I am not going to criticise the supporters,” Rodgers told Sky Sports.“I will give credit to Dedryck and how he coped with it and you saw the [positive] reaction from probably three-quarters of the ground.“When you are trying to redeem yourself sometimes it takes a bit of time,” he added.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Naturally supporters, the real passionate supporters, look for that commitment in the player, it is not always about ability. The reaction of three-quarters of the stadium plus his team-mates, you see we are all together.“It wouldn’t have been easy for him. I think he did all his talking on the pitch. I thought he was top-class, everything he had to do he did it with real quality, and of course he gets the winning goal.”“I am not thinking anything other than Dedryck being here,” said Rodgers.“He cruised the game today because he is a top-class player.last_img read more

Solari insists he is satisfied with Isco

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari has revealed he is pleased with Isco despite benching the player on Saturday.Solari insists he is satisfied with Isco despite only using the former Valencia man as a late substitute during Madrid’s 2-0 LaLiga win over Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.Isco was not in the matchday squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League 2-0 win at Roma and also started from the bench when Valencia came to town on Saturday night.An early own goal Denmark’s Daniel Wass set Madrid up for the win before a Lucas Vazquez strike ensured the European champions picked up all three points after Isco was brought on to the pitch.Madrid also have goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to be grateful for, after his key saves kept Los Che at bay and gave Solari a much-needed win after last week’s disappointing loss to Eibar.Just in: Isco adds to Real’s injury problems George Patchias – August 28, 2019 Real Madrid’s Isco has added to Zinedine Zidane’s problems after suffering a hamstring injury.According to Marca, the problem has developed in his right hamstring,…Isco is yet to start a game for Madrid since Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui, although he has been recovering from appendicitis surgery.Solari, who has regularly denied there’s an ongoing rift between him and Isco, again praised the Spain international despite preferring to name Marcos Llorente and Dani Ceballos in his XI.“He would be decisive when we had a transition,” Solari said, according to FourFourTwo.“[I am] satisfied with him and with everyone.”last_img read more

Emery unsure if there have been talks between Juventus Ramsey

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery admits he’s in the dark when it comes to Juventus’ interest in Aaron RamseyAfter talks broke down over a renewal, Ramsey is set to leave Arsenal this summer as a free agent once his contract expires in June.Five teams are understood to be interested in signing Ramsey on a pre-contract agreement this month for next season.But only Juventus have come forward so far and confirmed their interest in the Welsh midfielder.Speaking ahead to Arsenal’s FA Cup game against Blackpool this Saturday, Emery revealed that he’s unsure if there has been an approach from Juventus yet.“I don’t know,” admitted Emery on Arsenal.com.“I want his focus every day with us on training and thinking for the next match, which is against Blackpool.“I am looking at him and he’s very concentrated with us now. On Tuesday, he scored when he played 15 minutes, and he gave a good performance.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I want that from him, and also he needs to [look] at his future. But I want him in the present with us. At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.Meanwhile, reports have linked Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a surprise £16m switch to Arsenal in this month’s transfer window.The Costa Rica international has fallen behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Real and he’s only started two Copa del Rey games under new manager Santiago Solari.“Not true,” replied Emery on rumours over Navas joining Arsenal.On whether there is interest, he added: “I don’t know. We never speak about one goalkeeper because I think – and it’s true – we are very happy with the three goalkeepers we have now.“We’ve never spoken about Keylor Navas.The Spaniard confirmed Mesut Ozil remains a doubt for the game this weekend after missing training this morning.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of January 20 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, January 20, 2019:193003 — Magliozzi — 20 Arlene Avenue190077 — Perreault — Tax Lien181610 — Walsh — 22 Brentwood Street190058 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Mt Pokkets190021 — Deadline For Warrant Articles(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Children beaten for refusing to chant Jai Shri Ram

first_imgUnnao : A group of young students at a madrasa in Unnao district were allegedly forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and then beaten up when they refused to repeat the slogan. According to reports, the victims, who are all minors, had their clothes torn off and their bicycles were vandalized by the group when the children went to a ground to play cricket after concluding their afternoon namaaz. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us It was then that a group of four men arrived at the ground and after a debate over playing cricket, they allegedly started beating the children and even forced them to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. After the incident, the children came back to the madrasa and narrated the incident. The police arrived, thereafter, and took cognizance of the matter. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us According to the Imam of the Jama Masjid, a group of men from Bajrang Dal were involved in the incident that took place on Thursday. The police have registered a case in connection with the incident and have also identified three accused by tracing their Facebook accounts. The accused have purportedly identified themselves as members of Bajrang Dal in their social media accounts.last_img read more

Prosecutors Manafort Wrote OpEd With Colleague In Russia

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @RealtorJairoFormer Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves U.S. District Court after pleading not guilty following his indictment on federal charges on Monday, October 30, 2017 in Washington, D.C.While facing several felony charges, Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to a Russian intelligence service, according to court papers filed Monday by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller.In a court filing, prosecutors say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish the op-ed under someone else’s name and intended it to influence public opinion about his work in Ukraine. The op-ed was being drafted as late as last week, with Manafort currently under house arrest. Prosecutors did not name the colleague but noted the person is based in Russia.Manafort is currently facing several felony charges involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to his political consulting work in Ukraine. He has been confined to his home while he works out a bond arrangement with the government.Manafort has denied any wrongdoing related to his work in Ukraine. A spokesman for Manafort declined comment on the op-ed described by prosecutors.In the court filing, prosecutors say the op-ed appeared to violate an admonishment from the judge last month to refrain from public statements.“Even if the ghostwritten op-ed were entirely accurate, fair, and balanced, it would be a violation of this Court’s November 8 Order if it had been published,” the prosecutors wrote. “The editorial clearly was undertaken to influence the public’s opinion of defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to seek its publication (much less for Manafort and his long-time associate to ghostwrite it in another’s name).”They added, “It compounds the problem that the proposed piece is not a dispassionate recitation of the facts.”Prosecutors said they discovered the efforts to publish the op-ed last Thursday and alerted Manafort’s attorney, who assured prosecutors that “steps would be taken to make sure it was it was no longer going to be published.”At the time, Manafort was working to secure his release from home confinement by posting more than $10 million in bond, and according to court papers, he had reached a tentative agreement with the government. But after discovering the op-ed, Mueller’s team is now opposing Manafort’s proposed bond agreement.Prosecutors did not disclose the op-ed in court papers so as to prevent it from becoming public. They also did not disclose what name the ghostwritten op-ed would have been published under.Manafort and his longtime business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted in October by a grand jury in Washington. They were among the first people to face charges brought by the special counsel’s office.Manafort led the Trump campaign for several months, including during the Republican National Convention. Gates also worked in a senior role in the campaign.last_img read more

The Sri Lankan family behind Dilmah Tea and the Re

first_imgThe Sri Lankan family behind Dilmah Tea and the Resplendent Ceylon collection of hotels will be launching its third hotel venture, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, this November.The opening comes as Sri Lanka’s national airline, SriLankan Airlines, prepares to launch direct daily flights from Melbourne to Colombo from the 29 October, making the verdant island nation easier to access from Australia than ever before.Situated along a beach on the fringes of leopard hotspot, Yala National Park, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will boast 28 tented suites, each with soaring vaulted ceilings, four-poster beds and handmade copper bathtubs. With a design inspired by the surrounding landscape, four beach-facing suites will offer private plunge pools, while a further 16 suites will cluster around natural watering holes, attracting a variety of wildlife. The family cluster comprises eight cocoon suites with adjoining ‘urchins’ – small cocoons for little twitchers in making. Nature will be at the heart of the resort, with wilderness guides on hand to take guests into remote corners of the park, offering sightings of elephants, bears and leopards, plus incredible birdlife. A variety of learning experiences will also be on offer, including lectures on elephant behaviour, bird watching workshops and nature walks.In line with Resplendent Ceylon’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical business practice, Wild Coast Tented Lodge will employ a variety of eco initiatives. Grey water will be recycled from guest rooms and public areas for use in landscaping, while a solar plant will meet 40% of energy needs and garbage will be composted for use in the landscape. The hotel will also boast a conservation station dedicated to monitoring and protecting vulnerable wildlife within the surrounding area, including the Sri Lankan leopard.last_img read more

September 5 2007 On 810 we started a report o

first_imgSeptember 5, 2007 On 8/10 we started a report of interior work in the first floor apartment in Unit 9 of the East Crescent. The apartment next to it, south-east, is located in Unit 10. This apartment is layed out with the living room in the Light Scoop space. [see the exterior view of the apartment in the 8/10 report]. [Photo & text: sa] Windows and the exterior door have been installed. Metalshop coordinator Darina Trendafilova grinds a custom fit door frame to prepare it for primer and paint. [Photo & text: sa] The main room of this apartment has been used for some time as a body-building studio. The weight equipment has now been moved into the main recreation room, which is on the same floor in a seperate space that faces the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. On 9/10/07 we will continue this report with the interior finishing of the lightscoop space. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more