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Arrest warrant issued against Bimal Gurung

first_imgIn yet another setback to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership, a court in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district has issued arrest warrants against eight leaders, including party president Bimal Gurung, for their alleged involvement in the violence that rocked the district in June.Violence had erupted in the Darjeeling hills when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a Cabinet meeting there on June 8. Several police personnel were injured and the Army was called in to control the situation.“The warrants have been issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Darjeeling, on a plea by the CID (Criminal Investigation Department) on Tuesday. The Court wanted to have a hearing in the day,” Ajay Prasad, Special Superintendent of Police, North CID, told The Hindu. Besides Mr. Gurung, warrants have been issued against his wife Asha Gurung, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and five others.last_img read more

Fifth body, a civilian, found near Shopian shootout site

first_imgFifth body of a civilian was found near the shootout site in Shopian on Monday morning, as the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Shopian, Pulwama and Srinagar as a precautionary measure. “Another body has been found at a distance from the Sunday evening incident at Pahnoo Shopian,” said a Srinagar-based police spokesman.The police identified the deceased as Gowhar Ahmed Lone of Chitragam in Shopian. Lone, who was pursuing M.P.Ed at Nagpur University in Maharashtra, had four bullets on his body. The police said it has “initiated an investigation” into the incident.A total of five people, including a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and four civilians, has been killed amid conflicting versions. The Army said a patrol came under fire around 8 p.m. and in the “retaliatory fire one militant and four of his accomplices in a car were killed.”The Army described the deceased as “over ground workers” of militants. However, the locals and the victim families claimed none of the “civilians” had any association with militants and were killed in “a cold blooded murder”.Shopian has remained tense this year as five civilians were killed in two separate firing incidents on January 10 and January 27. In both the incidents, locals accused the security forces of “indiscriminate fire”. The Army faces an FIR in the January 27 incident.Meanwhile, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian. Internet services have been barred in parts of south Kashmir as sporadic protests broke out there.All train services have been suspended. Kashmir University has cancelled all examinations. The exams of prestigious Kashmir Administrative Services were also postponed. Separatists have called for a shutdown against the incident.last_img read more

RNAi Treatment Steps Up

first_imgRNA interference (RNAi), a technique for silencing genes that shows potential for treating diseases, has been like a hot baseball prospect who hasn’t proven he can play in the big leagues. But now RNAi has turned in a performance that is winning researchers’ praise. A new study shows that the approach can dramatically and safely cut levels of a protein that causes a rare liver disease.Our cells rely on RNAi—deploying diminutive RNA molecules such as microRNAs and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs)—to turn down activity of specific genes. Researchers only discovered this process in the late 1990s, but they’ve already begun dozens of clinical trials to gauge whether infusing patients with these small RNAs works against a range of diseases, from lung infections to liver cancer to age-related macular degeneration, a sight-stealing condition that mainly affects people over the age of 50. Although some results are promising, what remains unclear is whether an effective dose of RNAi will also be safe, says nucleic acid biologist Mark Kay of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.In the new work, neurologist Teresa Coelho of the Hospital de Santo Antonio in Portugal and colleagues tested RNAi in patients who had transthyretin amyloidosis, a fatal genetic disease in which liver cells pump out excess amounts of a protein called transthyretin. Normally, transthyretin ferries hormones through the blood, but the extra protein builds up in the nerves, the heart, and elsewhere in the body. Although liver transplants can lengthen the lives of some patients, the disease remains incurable.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The team infused 24 transthyretin amyloidosis patients with an siRNA that curbs cells’ production of the protein. Because RNA-destroying enzymes prowl the spaces between our cells, the siRNAs were tucked inside tiny lipid droplets, known as lipid nanoparticles. Control patients received an infusion of saline. Using a group of healthy subjects, the researchers also tested a slightly different lipid nanoparticle that carried the same siRNA.In the transthyretin amyloidosis patients, siRNA treatment cut transthyretin levels by 38% after 7 days, the researchers report online today in The New England Journal of Medicine. The healthy patients who received the alternative lipid nanoparticles showed an even bigger decrease, averaging as much as 87%. Those results reveal that liver cells absorbed the lipid nanoparticles and the siRNAs inside turned down transthyretin output. Coelho calls this an “important reduction” in the protein, though the researchers didn’t determine whether siRNA slowed the progress of the disease. They will be measuring that in a 15-month follow-up study that will take place in the United States, Europe, and South America.Some patients developed allergylike reactions, with symptoms such as flushing and chest tightness. But these problems usually went away if the delivery of the nanoparticles was stopped and then resumed at a slower pace, Coelho says.The study “unambiguously shows that you can achieve a robust [protein decrease] in humans using RNAi therapeutics,” Kay sats. “This opens the door to medicinal RNAi,” adds molecular biologist David Corey of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.siRNAi therapy could also work against other liver diseases, says molecular geneticist John Rossi of City of Hope in Duarte, California. But he cautions that “since the lipid carriers primarily target the liver, it is not apparent to me if nonliver based diseases can be treated in a similar fashion.”Controlling diseases such as transthyretin amyloidosis would presumably require multiple treatments over several years, so researchers also need to find out if the siRNA and lipid nanoparticle combination is safe over the long term, Kay says.last_img read more

Platelets by the Plateful?

first_imgPlatelets are the sand bags of the circulatory system, piling up in wounds to create clots and curb bleeding. Now, researchers in Japan have shown that they can grow large quantities of human platelets by starting with stem cells. Scaled up, the technique could provide a dependable source of replacement platelets for patients.Platelets aren’t cells; they are shards of bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes. Cancer patients and people suffering from conditions such as aplastic anemia often don’t produce enough of these blood-clotters, so they can require supplementary infusions, sometimes more than once a week. Platelets gleaned from donated blood are the source for these transfusions, but they have several drawbacks that have spurred researchers to look for an alternative. Because the cell fragments can’t be refrigerated—low temperatures damage them—their shelf life is only a few days, versus weeks for red blood cells, and platelets are more likely to be tainted with dangerous bacteria. Vascular biologist Denisa Wagner of Harvard Medical School in Boston points out another motivation to identify new platelet sources: the aging of the world’s population. Older folks are more likely to require transfusions because they naturally produce fewer platelets, she notes.In recent years, two teams reported that they had reared human megakaryocytes and platelets from embryonic stem cells and so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, adult cells that have reverted to stem cells. However, neither technique furnished enough platelets for a transfusion. To increase efficiency, Koji Eto of Kyoto University in Japan, who led one of the teams, and colleagues refined their recipe. By prodding human iPS cells and embryonic stem cells with drugs, they cranked up the activity of three genes that prompt the cells to divide and prevent them from committing suicide. This step yielded megakaryocyte precursors, cells that can give rise to megakaryocytes. The team found that the megakaryocyte precursors could survive and continue dividing in culture for more than 5 months, even after being frozen and thawed.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)When the researchers switched off the three genes by withdrawing the drugs, the cells matured into megakaryocytes and began pumping out platelets. Online today in Cell Stem Cell, Eto and colleagues estimated that within 5 days the method could produce enough platelets for a transfusion. To test the platelets’ clotting capabilities, the researchers injected them into mice that had blood vessel injuries. The lab-made platelets formed clots in the animals, the researchers showed.To use this strategy medically, Eto envisions that the megakaryocyte precursors would be kept frozen. When needed, they could be thawed and coaxed to specialize into platelet-makers. Although the megakaryocytes induced by the team weren’t as productive as those in the bone marrow, growing the cells on a large scale could make up for this inefficiency and allow generation of ample amounts of platelets, he adds. Eto says he expects to begin clinical trials of lab-produced platelets in 2 or 3 years.Other researchers agree that this study brings the field nearer the goal of deriving usable platelets from stem cells. “I was very impressed,” says stem cell biologist Nicolas Pineault of Canadian Blood Services in Ottawa. “I think it’s very close” to being practical for humans, Wagner says.The quality of the lab-made platelets could be a sticking point, though. For example, they aren’t as clingy as platelets born in the bone marrow, which might limit their clotting ability. “They are good platelets, but they are not excellent platelets,” Pineault says. The researchers still have a lot of work to do before the lab-grown platelets can substitute for donor-derived ones, adds hematologist Mortimer Poncz of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. “Are we there yet? No.”Molecular geneticist Benjamin Kile of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia acknowledges that many questions remain about the lab-made platelets, including their clotting capacity and life span in humans. But he says that Eto and colleagues deserve credit for showing that it’s possible to produce copious amounts of the cell fragments. “You can’t do clinical trials until you’ve managed to grow enough platelets,” he says.last_img read more

UAE Nationals And Indians Top Investor Charts in Dubai Realty

first_imgProperty and plot transactions in Dubai totalled Dh162 billion (from 39,802 deals) in the first nine months, compared to Dh204 billion a year ago.Investments by UAE nationals and Indians are at near parity so far this year — the former had 4,112 investments worth Dh9.4 billion, while Indian buyers backed 4,676 investments worth Dh8.6 billion.Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

Meltdown Hits Tinsel Town

first_imgBollywood is Big with a capital B! The whole world (including Hollywood, the revered entertainment capital) recognizes and acknowledges its clout. Over time it has developed, evolved and perfected a unique format, idiom and language — song, dance, passion, romance, melodrama, glamour — that has resonated across countries and continents in one mesmerizing swoop! Ghajini, starring Aamir Khna, turned out to be a blockbuster hit at the end of last year.SRK, Big B, Aamir, Salman, Akshay or Hrithik, Rani, Priyanka, Ash, Preity, Bipasha or Kareena spell collective insanity for howling mobs — anywhere! Their concerts and shows abroad are mega-hits. Fans, advertisers, production houses, TV channels, big Bollywood producers and the media dote on them, making them demi-gods and their bank accounts Fort Knox! The whole world revolves around their halo, aura, star-draw and magnetic pull … and their every wish is perceived by their producers, as their command!So will this recession clip their sexy wings, cast a shadow on their glowing halo, rain on their glitzy parade? Will the meltdown create a new climate and environment where (at long last!) the men will be separated from the boys, the real from the fake, the challenger from the pretender? Will this sensational tail-spin work as a much-needed detox for an industry that — financially speaking — went berserk? Will a new, sane focus replace the chaos of the free wheeling decade, with funds allocated in a more responsible and accountable manner? Or is this just a little intermission before the glitz returns to show business, Bollywood-style?For once, its seems, we are not just crying wolf — the wolf has actually arrived, dangerously salivating with sharp teeth and sharper claws, ready to strike. And B-town is nervous. When was the last time you heard the bubbling announcements on mega releases powered by super-stars? Or about obscene star fees … or about gigantic alliances, mergers or acquisitions? From Chandini Chowk to China, set off a diappointing first quarter for the Indian box office.No, people, all is not well in the perfumed paradise of Bollywood. Several biggies, including Salman Khan and Vipul Shah’s whopping Rs.100 crore plus starrers, as well as Pooja Bhatt, Himesh Reshamiya and Nagesh Kukunoor’s projects have taken a hit. If rumors are to be believed, even the much trumpeted partnership between Anil Ambani’s ADA Group and golden boy Spielberg has hit rough waters.So what’s going on?In the last few months, impossible budgets and star-fees blitzed all conceivable media avenues, with Vipul Shah’s Rs. 100 crore ($20 million) project heading the list. Insiders say that this financial craze became contagious when corporates came on board. Seduced by the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, convinced that they could turn it into a fast moving consumer product and genuinely convinced of the huge marketing opportunity, if only the “systems” were in place, the big boys hit overdrive, sending costs spiraling to unrealistic heights.Now that the economy is souring, they have slammed the brakes. Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt (who has always believed through action, not just words that the subject, theme, treatment and passion makes a film, not overpaid and underachieving stars, is not surprised at this sudden panic. “While their intent may be honorable, they are first-timers in this new game and recession can really throw the biggest and best off balance … at least for a while”. Prominent distributor Rakesh Sippy is convinced that “the bubble was waiting to burst. It was getting to be of an impossibly and unrealistically gigantic size. It burst.” The fallouts are there for all to see. Nagesh Kukunoor (Iqbal, Dor) has no takers for his long completed John Abraham starrer Aashayein. Two projects of superstar Salman Khan have been shoved into the deep freeze. Himesh Reshammiya’s new project Gujju Bhai has been shelved while Vipul Shah’s Rs. 120 crore ($24 million) London Dream is hitting choppy waters. Producer Bhushan Kumar has reportedly instructed director Pooja Bhat to slash the budget of their new project, Kajrare. Even the much hyped deal between Anil Ambani’s Big Entertainment and Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks SKG is facing greater scrutiny as Dreamworks struggles in the new economic environment to close its financing. Big, marquee name producers and banners suddenly find their projects under the microscope.Shakeouts in supporting sectors are coloring the space as well. Theatre and satellite revenues have taken a huge dive. The Mumbai terror attacks have dampened theater attendance. One big Delhi distributor says the occupancy in some areas has dropped by as much as 50%. In turn, that has triggered the sale of pirated DVDs and hit the Multiplex viewing experience, big time.Satellite revenues are taken an equally hard hit. Only a few months ago, the latest Aamir Khan-starrer — scheduled for a January 2009 release — went for a cool Rs.22 crores ($4.4 million) to Studio 18. Earlier even films like Welcome and Singh is Kingg went for Rs. 12 crores ($2.2) and 16 crores ($3.2 million), respectively. However today, according to a reliable industry source, the market is weak that even a big Yash Raj film like Dostana, which would easily have commanded Rs. 15 crores ($3 million), is attracting only close to one-third that amount. For all of Slumdog Millionaire’s worldwide critical success, the box office performance of both the Hindi and English version in India was tepid.This source believes, however, that this is just a “temporary” correction process, reflected across the board — Real Estate, entertainment, Industry Sensex – forcing caution because of the liquidity crunch that is tightening all forms of conspicuous consumption. However, he is confident that within six months, things will return to normal and channels will be forced to pay big bucks to big films with big stars, “because the TRP’s (television ratings) come from them.”His optimism is not universally shared. We have to wait and see …Meanwhile, overseas rights, which have proven hugely lucrative during the last few years since Bollywood aggressively hit the global button, have also taken a solid sock in the plexus. Mega companies like Neptune, Venus and CA Corp have been pulling back and no new major sale has been recorded. Scary …But it has not driven everyone in the industry into a depression. Some even believe it’s the best thing to have happened to an industry that was freaking out in wanton, extravagant and bindaas fashion. Observes an avid Bollywood tracker, “It desperately needed to detox. Now, the fly-by-night, short-change artistes will disappear, thank god! The guys who came in for a fast-buck with proposals and deals. Script, story and substance will come center-stage, along with sane budgets. Producers will think many times over before pumping in money.” If rumors are to be believed, stars like Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham have voluntarily taken a fee-cut, agreeing to profit-sharing. Whether others will follow remain to be seen, but one thing is certain, many marginal stars who were taking home insanely disproportionate paychecks can now take a walk. Their honeymoon is over. They get paid on results!The other issue that will be addressed immediately, according to critics, is the absurdly, exaggerated numbers that the industry keep trumpeting and hyping. Pritish Nandu Communications honcho Pritish Nandy has repeatedly cautioned against hysterical numbers advertised across publications, because “most of the times any resemblance with the truth is a coincidence!” Remember the mind-bending headliner claiming Akshay Kumar receiving fees of Rs. 150 crores ($30 million) for a project? More restraint, sanity — and most importantly — responsibility is likely to emerge from the dream factory, leading to a stable environment. A firm rethinking of budgets and renegotiation with stars is the new industry imperative for survival.There are likely to be fewer movie releases due to the meltdown in 2009. This could be a blessing in disguise, throwing up better quality films and offering actors/stars fewer, but more interesting, projects. The jury is still divided on whether the big or small budget films will be most affected. One camp believes that the age and time for good scripts and stories has returned, giving a leg up for small films. Others argue Bollywood is really about glamorous, star-studded blockbusters — that the market is for SRK, Big B, Aamir, Salman, Akshay, Hrithik, Saif, Kareena, Bips, Ash, Katrina, Priyanka, Rani, Preity — and this focus can never change. Perhaps we may see two tiers of ticket prices a $10 million mega-budget starrer from the Aamir, Mumbai Meri Jaan, Welcome to Sajjanpur film with entirely different economics.At the end of last year, the new SRK-starrer Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (a Yash Chopra production), which was released simultaneously in UK, USA, Australia, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia broke all previous records and clocked a monster Rs. 60 crores ($12 million) worldwide during its opening weekend. Ghajini, starring Aamir Khan, also turned out to be a blockbuster hit.On the other hand, the first quarter of the year has proven disastrous. Warner Brothers Indian foray with From Chandni Chowk to China, proved disappointing. Indeed, according to Box Office India, “There have been around 30 outright Hindi film releases so far this year and one third of them have been box office disasters losing practically all their investment and just two success.”One thing this recession has taught Bollywood is — hasten slowly! Movie mogul Yash Chopra, says financial forces should never be allowed to compromise content. “At the end of the day, we should never forget why the audience see what they see…to escape from their dull, routine, humdrum everyday life full of stress and anxiety to spectacular world of hope, glamour, beauty and excitement! A three-hour excursion, to a collective, joyous, willful suspension of disbelief! This motive is common to both local and NRI audiences (today to global audiences as well), because tales of good, victory over evil and love conquering all are themes that defy physical or geographical boundaries, challenging caste, creed, color, language or nationality. They will always resonate with anyone who has eyes to see and heart to feel.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

World Cup failure prompts calls for US soccer ‘revolution’

first_img“There’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing,” he maintained. “Certainly I think as our league continues to grow, it benefits the national team program. We have some good young players coming up. Nothing has to change. To make any kind of crazy changes I think would be foolish. We’re building a good system in our professional league. We have players playing abroad of some quality. There’s enough there.” LATEST STORIES “You don’t have wholesale changes based on the ball being 2 inches wide or 2 inches in,” he said. “We will look at everything, obviously, and all of our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff. But we’ve got a lot of pieces in place that we think are very good and have been coming along.”The U.S. returned to the World Cup in 1990 after a 40-year absence, and soccer grew at an exponential rate, helped by the U.S. hosting the tournament in 1994. Major League Soccer launched two years later; cable television and the Internet brought top European clubs to American televisions and later laptops and cell phones.European clubs discovered there was huge money to be made by playing preseason exhibitions across the pond, growing the sport’s audience.American sponsors started treating soccer like a major sport, if not at the level of the NFL, baseball and the NBA, at least as prominent as the NHL, golf and tennis.Still, the national team peaked with its quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup. The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 men’s Olympic soccer tournaments, a generational talent gap evident when a creaky defense repeatedly broke down during qualifying. There were no young goalkeepers considered challengers to Howard and Brad Guzan.“This has been coming for a while. I think it’s just kind of been building up,” former U.S. defender Marcelo Balboa said Wednesday.Elected head of the USSF in 2006 after a quarter-century helping build the national team and federation, Gulati has not said whether he will seek a fourth and final four-year term in February.More immediately, a decision must be made on whether the national team plays exhibitions during the November fixture dates and who will coach. Bruce Arena, brought back when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired last November after a 0-2 start in the hexagonal, figures to depart later this year or next.Among the possible American candidates are Tab Ramos, coach of the U.S. under-20 team since 2011; Peter Vermes, coach of Sporting Kansas City since 2009; and Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Atlanta United’s Tata Martino, a former coach of Argentina and Barcelona, is among the foreigners who could be considered. An interim coach is a possibility.Surprisingly, Arena said no major shifts need to be made in the federation’s operations. Read Next “Unacceptable,” tweeted former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer Federation board member. “For us in USSoccer more than a wake-up call. Time for revolution. Need long term plan that is smart.”After American soccer’s Waterloo, the fallout almost surely will lead to a new coach and possibly a new USSF head. There also figure to be calls for a reexamination of the player development structure, from youth teams through academies designed with the hope of producing elite prospects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There is no denying that this is a setback for all of us involved with the game in our country,” Major League Soccer said in a statement.New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso, chairman of the lower-level North American Soccer League that has sued the USSF, called for federation President Sunil Gulati to resign along with board members and senior administrators he put in place. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “In the almost 12 years during which Sunil Gulati has been the USSF’s president, little or nothing has been done to enhance our prospects,” Commisso said in a statement. “The leadership of U.S. Soccer has failed all of its stakeholders: players, fans, sponsors and those of us who have invested in professional soccer. Getting back on track requires fundamental change in the structure and management of the sport in our country, starting with a change in the federation’s leadership.”While fans fulminated over the front office, the next national team coach must instigate a ruthless roster purge. The Tim Howard/Clint Dempsey/Michael Bradley era is over, and pretty much any player older than 26 will be past his past his prime when the World Cup in Qatar kicks off in November 2022. The Americans won’t even play a competitive match for nearly two years, until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.By then, Christian Pulisic, at 19 already the top American, should be surrounded with other players on the rise, such as 19-year-old midfielder Weston Mckennie, who has started Schalke’s last three games in the German Bundesliga. Haji Wright, a 19-year-old winger loaned from Schalke to second-division Sandhausen, is another top prospect along with forward Josh Sargent, who agreed last month to sign with Werder Bremen on his 18th birthday in FebruaryMatt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers should be tested in defense as the team reorients to 2022.A shocked Gulati was measured in his reaction.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president This file photo taken on April 10, 2017 shows Sunil Gulati, President of United States Soccer Federation, speaking at a press conference in New York./ AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURCOUVA, Trinidad—When soccer holds its world’s fair in Russia next June, the American pavilion will be glaringly absent.A bumbling, stumbling, tumbling World Cup qualifying campaign ended Tuesday night with a calamitous 2-1 loss to already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago, the 99th-ranked nation in the world, when merely a tie was necessary to eke out the final automatic World Cup berth from one of soccer’s weakest regions.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Andrew Wiggins signs contract extension with Timberwolves Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for resurgent Venus Williams

first_imgVenus Williams will try to become the oldest woman to win Wimbledon for 109 years on Saturday although, ominously for her the last time a 37-year-old reached the final, it was a Spaniard who ruined the script.While it was Conchita Martinez who defeated Martina Navratilova in 1994, standing in the way of Williams and a sixth title, an almost unthinkable 17 years after her first, is the tall and powerful Garbine Muguruza.”I think it’s very impressive. I think not everybody can do that,” the 23-year-old, 14th-seed Muguruza, who shot to fame two years ago when losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, said on the eve of the match.”For me it’s incredible. I don’t think I could be 37 and playing at that level.”It is a testament to her durability and strength of character – not to mention a thoroughbred grasscourt game that is surpassed only by her sister who has seven Wimbledon crowns – that Williams still is at a level others can only dream of.There have been times since her last Wimbledon triumph in 2008 against Serena when it seemed the older of the two Williams sisters would hang up her racket.She has a plethora of off-court interests, including her own fashion label, and has been battling Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune illness diagnosed in 2011 which often leaves her fatigued and suffering with joint pain.Her love for the sport remains as strong as ever, though, and when she steps on Centre Court on Saturday she will do so as the popular favourite, having produced a vintage performance to end the run of British hope Johanna Konta in the semi-final.advertisementShould she prevail on Saturday, she would surpass Serena as the oldest Wimbledon women’s singles champion in the professional era and the oldest since Charlotte Sterry in 1908.While those following her remarkable resurgence – she also reached this year’s Australian Open final, losing to Serena – leaf through the record books picking out the key numbers, Williams, as she so often does, remains in her own serene world.”I feel very focused still. There’s still a lot to be done. I have one more match that I’d like to be the winner of. I have to go out there and take it,” said Williams, who reached her first major final 20 years ago in New York.”But I like to take courage in the fact that I’ve been playing well this tournament and this year, and all these moments have led to this.”By a twist of fate Martinez will be in Muguruza’s corner on Saturday, as she has been for the past fortnight in the absence of her regular coach Sam Sumyk, whose wife is expecting a baby.Martinez remains the only Spanish woman to win Wimbledon. But Muguruza, like Williams, has dropped only one set to reach the final and on Thursday produced a superb display of controlled aggression to thrash Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-1.She also has the belief of knowing she can beat a Williams in a grand slam final – having overpowered Serena to win the French Open last year. Since then, her form has been patchy.”I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one,” Muguruza said.With both players boasting similar weapons – big serves and clubbing forehands, the outcome could depend on who shakes off the inevitable final nerves more quickly.Of the 42 grand slam matches in which Muguruza has won the first set she has lost only two, while Williams has won 232 of the 250 in which she has taken the opener.last_img read more

Kerala SET 2018 registrations to begin today at lbscentre.org: Know how to apply

first_imgThe official notification for Kerala State Eligibility Test (SET-2018) has been released on the official website lbscentre.orgThe exam is scheduled to be conducted on February 25, 2018 for appointment as higher secondary school teachers and non-vocational teachers in vocational higher secondary department. Meanwhile, the online application process for the Kerala SET 2018 will begin today, December 7.How to apply for Kerala SET 2018:In order to apply for the same, all the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:Go to the official website, lbscentre.orgClick on the relevant linkEnter all the required information in the space providedClick to submitPaper pattern:The test will have 2 papersThe exam will be conducted for 35 subjectsPaper I: This part of the test will check general knowledge and teaching aptitude of a candidatePaper II: Will be subject-specificApplication fee:The fee shall be Rs 750 for General/OBC candidates and Rs 375 for SC/ST/VH/PH candidates.Important datesOnline registration begins: September 7Last date for distribution of application forms: December 30Last date to register online: December 30 at 5 pmLast date to receive filled-in application form: January 1, 2018Issue of online hall tickets: February 15, 2018Exam date: February 25, 2018Publishing of answer keys on the official website: February 28, 2018About Kerala exam:The Kerala government conducts SET to select candidates for the post of higher secondary school teachers and non-vocational teachers in Vocational Higher Secondary Education (VHSE). Aspirants must clear SET for appointment as higher secondary school teachers in the state.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenadvertisementRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Referee Team Awards and Allocations

first_imgPreceding the final day’s action at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Championships, the referee contingent gathered to acknowledge the outstanding individual performances over the past three days.  Giancarlo Leung, from Victoria, was presented with the Referee of the Tournament award. Renee Flach was awarded both the Manager’s award and Leading Female referee, while Luke Saldern received the Leading Male referee.Referees having been divided up into four small teams also voted on their team’s outstanding performance. Congratulations to Danielle Nunn, Greg Kidd, Andy Yon and Clint Jory who were recipients of these team awards.  Congratulations to the following referees on their grand final allocation Boys Championship – Grand Final Luke Saldern Mitch Mackenzie Tony CalabriaGirls Championships – Grand FinalGreg KiddChris BensteadRenee FlachBoys Community – Grand FinalGiancarlo LeungBrian BlechyndenKai MarutaGirls Community – Grand FinalAmanda SheekyDanielle NunnRob McKayBoys Developing – Grand FinalJake Davis Andrew YonAlex FaulknerGirls Developing – Grand Final Alison Watters Mitch Kennedy Adam TurnerThank you to all referees who officiated at the 2015 NYC ensuring the event ran smoothly and successfully. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksReferee Awardslast_img read more

Kyler Murray Getting Blasted By Fans After Tweet

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, a former five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer part of Texas A&M’s football program after announcing his decision to transfer from the school Thursday afternoon. Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled with how it all played out.After the news initially broke, Murray took to Twitter to offer a statement on the matter. The responses he received probably weren’t what he was looking for. pic.twitter.com/9scALpH2Hf— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurraypic.twitter.com/TVWiOLZsRV— Don (@DBlairIII) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Who wrote that for you? Hope that door didn’t hurt your precious behind on your way out. Don’t need quitters.— Justin Corn (@aggie4231) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray ?? You deserted the guys in the locker room. That said good luck and try to avoid SEC linebackers in the future— george martin (@exracer16) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray No matter what, you will always be known as a quitter. Tough wrap to lose.— Beerandon (@austinag04) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/uFzpqk6Wsn— Chris Williams (@JChrisWilliams) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray this is a byproduct of a kid who seeks instant gratification.— Billie Benton (@Picklesoutdoors) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Kyler Murray skips leg day pic.twitter.com/Mim2bxw8IO— Zach Coates (@CoatesZa) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/FvSUFVw49e— Andrew Olson (@Pastygangsta98) December 18, 2015.@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/kl73cbP3s4— Hayden Hyde (@HaydenHydeNFL) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/2iztMUu3Xl— Mirk Fouglas (@JRKoeijmans) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @air14football what a disgrace to this university. Remember that quitting will be in the back of every scouts head.— Bradley King (@BradleyKingTX) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray They aren’t and weren’t your guys.— Donna Mencacci (@DonnaMencacci) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray bad decision bro. You will see in 4 years when your working for your dad…— Jeremy A (@jeremyalderete) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Quitter. Quit on TWO Aggie teams. A&M has done so much for your family too. Unreal the lack of respect and maturity— SEC_Aggie (@jcbenedict) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray you really don’t have 1/1000 of the fans you and daddy think you have. Keep living the Allen HS dream. You’re soft AF.— Englebert Humperdink (@aggiewop) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/jIOalQSC12— Brian Crow (@bkcrow) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @Andy_Staples little midget diva. Go play baseball.— no win no cry (@1neatobendito) December 18, 2015It remains to be seen where Murray is headed next – and which sport he’ll play.last_img read more

‘Lallana is Liverpool’s odd one out’

first_imgAdam Lallana has become the “odd man out” at Liverpool, says Steve Nicol, with the England international potentially edging his way towards the exits.The 31-year-old playmaker has entered the final year of his contract at Anfield.As a result, the Reds face a big decision on what to do with him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They could allow his current deal to run down towards free agency, discuss fresh terms or negotiate a move elsewhere.Nicol considers the latter of those three options to be the most suitable, with Lallana having struggled to live up to expectations on the back of a £25 million ($31m) transfer in the summer of 2014.The ex-Reds defender told ESPN FC of an injury-ravaged midfielder: “I think it’s pretty clear the odd man out in that lot is Lallana.“At his best he can give you a little sparkle. Unfortunately, in his time at Liverpool, he’s not really been at his best very often.“So right now, for me, he is the one completely on the out.”Lallana has made just 31 appearances for Liverpool across the last two seasons, but has passed the 150 mark across his five years on Merseyside.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool 2019-20Fierce competition for places suggests that he will find game time limited again in 2019-20, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having returned to fitness and edged ahead of him in the pecking order.Nicol believes another England star on Jurgen Klopp’s books could prove to be a major asset next season, a former Arsenal star back at the Reds’ disposal after recovering from a serious knee problem.“When he got his injury, he was arguably one of Liverpool’s best players at the time,” said the Scot.“It’s an interesting time to see whether he can recover completely from his injury and can he recover the form that he was showing?“The form he was showing was not the form of Arsenal.“This was not the Ox of Arsenal, this was a completely transformed player.“At Arsenal he looked one-dimensional, the Ox, but when he came to Liverpool all of a sudden he did all types of different things.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Government Improving Highway 118

first_imgWork is slated to begin Wednesday, Aug. 3, to address increased traffic volume and enhance safety on a stretch of Highway 118. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has hired Ocean Contractors of Dartmouth to make roadway modifications on the highway near the Dartmouth Crossing shopping complex. Work will take place along a three-kilometre section from Exit 12 (Highway 107) to the intersection of Woodland Avenue, just past the overpass structures. The project, valued at $600,000, includes the installation of a centerline barrier and sign alterations. “Traffic has increased significantly in the area since the highway was built in 2006 and therefore adjustments need to be made to ensure the road is as safe as possible,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Drivers should use extra caution in this area during construction. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads, maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Un prix pour encourager les jeunes innovateurs

first_imgLe gouvernement offre aux élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse la chance de travailler avec un mentor du monde de l’entreprise et de recevoir 1 000 $ pour développer leur idée et en faire une réalité. Le gouvernement provincial, en partenariat avec le Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation, invite les élèves de la 6e à la 12e année des écoles publiques de la Nouvelle-Écosse à soumettre une candidature au premier Prix ministériel d’excellence en entrepreneuriat. « Un état d’esprit entrepreneurial peut être favorisé davantage en classe et appuyé par nos communautés, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nos entrepreneurs sont des innovateurs et des preneurs de risques qui nous aident à renforcer la Nouvelle-Écosse et à assurer la croissance de notre économie. Je suis ravi de collaborer avec les écoles et la communauté des affaires pour encourager le développement des jeunes entrepreneurs. » Le Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation a été établi en 2015 pour créer des liens entre le gouvernement et les chefs d’entreprises et pour offrir aux élèves des possibilités d’exploration de carrières positives et productives, ce qui inclut des activités de sensibilisation, des symposiums et la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat. Le conseil est formé de chefs d’entreprises et d’entrepreneurs, ainsi que de représentants du gouvernement, des établissements d’enseignement postsecondaire et du domaine de l’éducation. « Il est dans notre intérêt que les jeunes d’aujourd’hui aient de bonnes possibilités de carrières qui leur offriront un avenir intéressant ici, en Nouvelle-Écosse, souligne Calvin Gosse, président du Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation. Lorsque nos jeunes ont un avenir prometteur, nous avons tous un avenir prometteur. Il est essentiel pour la croissance économique future de notre province que la communauté des affaires mobilise activement les élèves pour créer une compréhension mutuelle des nos besoins. » En classe, les élèves de la 6e à la 12e année auront l’occasion d’apprendre au sujet du monde des affaires et d’aiguiser leur esprit d’entrepreneuriat. « Dans le cadre du cours Entrepreneuriat 12, les élèves découvrent l’importance des entrepreneurs à l’économie de la Nouvelle-Écosse et les succès en entrepreneuriat dans notre province, souligne Tiffany Sparks, enseignante du cours d’entrepreneuriat à l’école Prince Andrew High School de Dartmouth. Le cours aide les élèves à découvrir qu’il s’agit d’une possibilité pour leur propre avenir. » Trois prix seront remis aux élèves qui présentent des projets d’entrepreneuriat dans les catégories suivantes : technologie, innovation et créativité, et entreprise sociale. Les élèves peuvent soumettre leur candidature en ligne individuellement ou en petits groupes. La candidature doit inclure un budget et une courte présentation, une vidéo ou un plan d’affaires, qui seront évalués par les membres du Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation. Trois finalistes dans chaque catégorie seront invités à un concours lors duquel ils présenteront leur proposition à un jury au printemps 2018. Les trois gagnants recevront chacun 1 000 $ et seront associés à un mentor qui les aidera à développer leur proposition. La date limite pour la présentation des demandes est le 26 février 2018. Pour soumettre une candidature, consultez le novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward/fr.last_img read more

Languages the focus of annual UN World Book and Copyright Day

Bookshops, libraries, schools, publishers, authors’ societies and cultural institutions in more than 100 countries are holding events today to mark the annual World Book and Copyright Day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the enduring value of the written word.This year’s Day focuses on the linguistic aspect of publishing, a theme that coincides with 2008 being proclaimed by the General Assembly as the International Year of Languages.In a message to mark the Day, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura warned that “when a language has no access to the world of publishing, it is excluded – together with those who speak it – from a significant part of the intellectual life and economic activity of society.”Mr. Matsuura added that “in this context, it is then a matter of urgency to give languages broader access to publishing, so as to promote the exchange of books and editorial content.”Today, Amsterdam succeeds Bogotá as World Book Capital City, a designation introduced by UNESCO in 2001 to promote books. The Dutch city is planning to hold many events over the next 12 months to celebrate literature.The title-holder is chosen by representatives of UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and previous recipients include Madrid, Alexandria, New Delhi, Antwerp, Montreal and Bogotá.Beirut has been selected to succeed Amsterdam in 2009 and the nominations for 2010 – a decision will be made in June – are Guadalajara, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Riga, Saint Petersburg, Vienna and Wellington.UNESCO chose 23 April for World Book and Copyright Day because it is the day in 1616 when the United Kingdom’s William Shakespeare, Spain’s Miguel de Cervantes and Peru’s “El Inca” Garcilaso de la Vega all died. The prominent writers Vladimir Nabokov, Halldor Laxness, Josep Pla, Maurice Druon and Manuel Mejía Vallejo were also either born or died on this day. 23 April 2008Bookshops, libraries, schools, publishers, authors’ societies and cultural institutions in more than 100 countries are holding events today to mark the annual World Book and Copyright Day, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the enduring value of the written word. read more

Sri Lanka ADB enter into loan agreements worth USD 270 million

The total investment cost of the proposed tranche 4 is US$ 168 million. The Government will contribute US$ 18 million and the balance US$ 150 million will be obtained from ADB.Safe drinking water is an essential prerequisite for better health and socio economic development in a country .The focus of the Government to provide safe drinking water to the entire population of the country by 2020 of which 60 percent would be pipe borne water. In line that, the overall impact of the Jaffna Killinochchi Water Supply Project is to improve health and human development in urban areas of Jaffna Peninsula. Improvement of headwork at the Iranamadu water Tank, implement of water supply infrastructure and services in the Jaffna Peninsula and strengthening of water resources management system are the main components of this project. Additional financing of the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project will support restructuring of the current project by financing the cost overrun under the current project and supporting the additional activities of the desalination plant and related works under the component of improvement of water supply infrastructure and services in the Jaffna Peninsula and additional activates of the water resource management system component.The total investment cost of the Jaffna Killinochchi Water Supply Project – Additional Financing will be US$ 153 million. The Government will contribute US$ 33 million and the balance portion of US$ 120 million will be provided in two loans by ADBIn this connection, at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Ms. Sri Widowati, Country Director of ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission on behalf of ADB, signed a three Loan Agreements today to obtain USD 270 million for the implementation of the Integrated Road Investment Program – Tranche 4 and Jaffna Killinochchi Water Supply Project (Additional Financing). The Integrated Road Investment Program is being implemented in six Provinces; i.e. Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa, North Western, North Central Provinces and Kalutara District in Western Provinceunder the financial assistance of Asian Development Bank since 2014 with the aim of building up better connectivity between rural communities and socio economic centers. About 3108 km of rural access roads and about 248 km of national roads will be improved and maintained under this program. In addition, the program is focused on enhancing the capacity of road agencies on road asset management, project management and contract administration. The Government of Sri Lanka entered into three Loan Agreements worth of USD 270 million with the Asian Development Bank for the implementation of the Integrated Road Investment Program and Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project, the Ministry of Finance said today.A loan of USD 150 million was obtained for the investments required for the 4th Tranche of the Integrated Road Investment Program and two loans worth USD 120 million were obtained as additional financing for the investment required for the ongoing Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply Project. The total investment cost of the overall program is US$ 906 million of which US$ 800 million will be provided by ADB under Multi-tranche Financing Facility (MFF) through six tranches. The Government contribution for the total program is US$ 106 million. The government has already obtained loan assistance of US$ 407 million from ADB under the 1st, 2nd and 3rd tranches. read more

Two key suspects in Lasantha murder case granted bail

Two key suspects arrested in connection to the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, have been granted bail.The Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court today granted bail to former Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara and former Mount Lavinia Police Crimes Officer in Charge (OIC) Tissa Sugathapala. Nanayakkara was attached to the Western Province (South) Police division at the time the former Editor of The Sunday Leader was killed. Sugathapala was also accused of concealing and destroying information pertaining to the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge. Wickrematunge was killed in Attidiya in 2009 when he was on his way to office. (Colombo Gazette) Prasanna Nanayakkara was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in February this year for allegedly concealing evidence related to the murder. read more

Video SMMT puts record straight on diesel cars

Jeremy Hicks, UK Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover Mike Hawes – Chief Executive, SMMT Paul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UK Mark Ovenden, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of Britain Graeme Grieve, CEO, BMW Group UK Today, SMMT has launched a nationwide consumer campaign to challenge the demonisation of diesel and raise awareness of the latest low-emission technology available. It is accompanied by a diesel myth-busting guide – available at www.dieselfacts.co.uk.In a press conference to launch the campaign, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive explained that 87% of UK adults said they were unaware of the latest Euro-6 vehicle emission technology. He was joined by a number of influential industry executives:Mark Ovenden, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford of BritainJeremy Hicks, UK Managing Director, Jaguar Land RoverGraeme Grieve, CEO, BMW Group UKPaul Willis, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group UKSpeeches from the press conference are available below. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Greek trade mission breaks B2B record

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In what can be taken as a sign of the tenacity of Greek business to trade its way out of the country’s continuing woes, a trade delegation of leading Greek companies completed the Melbourne leg of a ground breaking trip to Australia on Friday. After two intense days of presentations and meetings, the delegation set a new record for the largest number of business to business meetings ever organised in a single networking event between Greek and Australian companies. Organised by the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) in association with the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (TIF), the warmly welcomed visitors included the Minster for Macedonia and Thrace and the Mayors of the Municipality of Western Mani and the Municipality of Lagadas. Comprising a diverse range of business interests – including food and beverage, renewable energy, engineering, security systems company, fashion accessory business, furniture and home-wares, all were looking for a foothold in the Australian market. They move on to New South Wales energised and optimistic following their experience in Melbourne. As the curtain came down on the Victorian trade interactions, TIF Managing Director Mr Anastasios Tzikas told Neos Kosmos: “Australia is a very important market for Greece – mainly because of the strong Greek contingency which can serve as the bridge.“The meetings went well and in a very positive climate, and I think that we will have specific results.” Mr Tzikas said he was keen for momentum to be kept up after a strong start to the partnerships conceived so far. “There will have to be a follow up and continuation of the connections made,” said TIF’s MD. “A first step will be the participation of Australia in the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair next September and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TIF, HACCI and the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.” A spokesperson for HACCI told Neos Kosmos that the trade mission in Victoria had been a unparalleled success: “Over eighty B2B meetings were organised for the companies over the two days. This is the first mission of what will surely be several more to follow.” Companies who took part included AIAS Engineering – specialists in solar energy technologies, AKROTHEA – winery producers and bottlers of organic wine, ALFA WOOD S.A. – wood processing, ELEONES of CHALKIDIKI S.A. – olive production, ENPOKA S.A. – ouzo and tsipouro EVDERMIA – dermatological products, GLS Fused Glass, IMIA furniture, MONDOABEE / Unitrade Group – food products, OLYMPIA ELECTRONICS, PELOPAC SA food products, PERIDEO S.A. – jewellery, TECHNOPOLIS THESSALONIKIS S.A. – Thessaloniki business park and THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR Australian companies wishing to sign up for B2B meetings in Sydney which take place on Tuesday Nov 27 at the Sydney Convention Centre, should contact HACCI on 03 9602 2977 or info@hacci.com.aulast_img read more

Everton is good team and they played well – Benitez

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez believes rival Everton is a good team, acknowledging that they played well to a 1-1 draw.Speaking after the match, as quoted by Sky Sports, Benitez said:“We have to give credit to them, they are a good team and they played well. It was not easy to play against our team or break us down. At the end we were looking at getting three points one way or another but one point against a very good team can be fine.”“You cannot forget they have won their last four home games, they did well in the Merseyside derby too.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.He continued: “We needed a back three because we have some problems with players being suspended and things like that which we have to manage, and try to be solid.”In March 2016, Newcastle announced Benítez as their manager in an attempt to save the club from relegation.Benítez couldn’t avoid relegation, but had promotion back to the Premier League in 2017, winning the Championship.last_img read more