Chat shows a drain on treasury

first_imgChat shows promoting Maharashtra government policies, featuring Chief Minister, Ministers and officials seem to be burdening the treasury with extra weight, at a time when the State struggles for financial resources.Production, broadcast and publicity of one episode of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Mi Mukhyamantri boltoy ( ‘This is Chief Minister speaking’), Jai Maharashtra — a chat show with Ministers and senior government officials and a radio chat show Dilkhulas with government authorities cost exchequer ₹27.09 lakh. This is irrespective of the fact that the State has its own studio, camera set-up and the show neither has popular actors nor exorbitant sets.The government launched a chat show with the Chief Minister few months ago, where he addresses the citizens of Maharashtra on various issues affecting the State. As per the show format, he takes questions live from the selected citizens present in the studio. The government has its own studio with state-of-the-art facilities in Mantralaya.Total budgetA government resolution was issued on October 5, detailing the expenditure incurred on these programmes which are touted as tools to publicise and make people aware of government policies and initiatives. The total annual budget for these initiatives is fixed at ₹4.45 crore.According to the GR, ₹10 lakh is required for the production — which includes script writing, make up, colour correction, grading, montage music, montage editing, floor manager, lightman etc. Publicity of the shows, which are meant for publicity of government policies, by advertising in newspapers would cost ₹16.34 lakh each episode.The State publicity department, however, calls it a necessary expenditure and also low cost.last_img read more

I want to establish myself on this tour, says Rohit

first_imgThe middle-order mainstay of a second-string Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma says he has a career to make and a reputation to defend in the ongoing ODI series against the West Indies here.Rohit Sharma scored a 75-ball 68 against West Indies on Monday. AP”I have always said missing out on the World Cup was a personal disappointment. But I have to move on and establish myself in the present series, as well as to ensure that India’s World Cup reputation is kept intact,” Rohit, who starred with a 75-ball 68 in India’s four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first ODI yesterday, said.The 24-year-old has seen many ups and downs in a one-day career spanning 61 matches and spread over four years but he is striving to be more consistent now.”When you play for India it is a given that fans and media would talk about your performance. I have no problem with it. But yes I have worked extremely hard over my fitness in the last three months and I want this tour to count for me,” stated Rohit.”I now understand my game very well. I know how to plan my innings.”While IPL has its share of staunch critics, Rohit terms it as a tremendous boon for him and says his conditioning in India’s glamorous domestic event is the reason he did so well at Queen’s Park Oval here yesterday.”It was very hot and very tiring in the middle today. But I am thankful for my conditioning during the IPL where conditions were more or less similar,” he said.advertisementRohit termed the Queen’s Park pitch as extremely sluggish where the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The right-hander said being patient helped him master the conditions yesterday.”With seniors not around, you certainly feel more responsible. You are expected to score runs; the entire middle order is expected to score runs,” he said.”It doesn’t matter how talented you are. What matters is runs. It is a critical phase of my career and I am looking for runs and consistency,” he added.While there is a perception that India has a very average opening pair earmarked for the present tour, Rohit backed Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel.”The two have tremendous domestic record. Parthiv had two half centuries in his latest ODIs. They must have done something right for the selectors to pick them up,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Amarinder, a leader twice rejected by Punjabis: Sukhbir

first_imgFaridkot, Sep 22 (PTI) Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Congress leader Amarinder Singh, who has been “rejected twice” by the people, is resorting to tantrums for saving his own existence in politics as he knows that his party would soon expel him. He said this after inaugurating the Rural Sports Festival organised on the occasion of birth anniversary of Baba Farid, here. The Deputy CM said that when Amarinder was the chief minister, he kept the Punjabis at a distance and did not carry out any development works for Punjab. Badal alleged that the previous Congress government even stopped the schemes started for the welfare of people by the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party government. He said that people of Punjab are well aware of the anti state policies of Amarinder Singh as well as the Congress party. Amarinder has been hogging limelight for missing Congress rally at Delhi on Sunday and reportedly being cold shouldered by the high command for his desire to be elected as PPCC chief or his nominee be elevated to the post. Congress is plagued by severe infighting in Punjab with PPCC head Partap Singh Bajwa and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal too airing their views against Amarinder openly. Replying to another question, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the real face of Aam Aadmi Party has come into open now and its leaders, who often preach of moral values, are themselves not following them. He said that almost every day, one AAP MLA or the other is getting entangled into criminal cases in Delhi, so one can easily imagine the double standards of AAP and its leaders. Sukhbir said AAP was a party whose dictator was Arvind Kejriwal (AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister). He said now everyone knew that there was nothing called democracy in AAP, besides the fact that the party had failed to fulfill all its promises. He said the Lokpal was yet to take final shape in Delhi, even as taxes had been increased. He said that the sole aim of SAD-BJP government is carrying out development in Punjab. He said that Shiromani Akali Dal was the second party of country which has started welfare schemes such as Atta Dal, Shagun, Pension, free electricity to farmers. MORE PTI VJ RCJadvertisementlast_img read more

India Awarded Hosting Rights of 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have announced India as the hosts for the 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup while Spain and The Netherlands have won the joint-bid for the 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup.India have now become the first nation to host two consecutive Men’s World Cups.The 2023 Hockey Men’s World Cup will take place from January 13 to January 29. “FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was therefore a difficult choice to make. Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide – which of course requires to make investments – the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said in the media release.THIS JUST IN: After #HWC2018’s resounding success, India win the hosting rights for the 2023 Hockey Men’s World Cup, in 🇮🇳’s 75th Independence year!Read more:— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 8, 2019 A report in The Hockey Insider said that India’s bid was an enormous one and that most hockey nations failed to match it. While Australia, Germany, and Spain showed initial interest in hosting the Men’s World Cup, India’s bid forced them out of the contest due to their inability to match the finances of India. Spain eventually decided to focus on the Women’s World Cup bid along with The Netherlands, one that proved to be a good decision for them.India guaranteed an amount of 3.5 million Swiss Francs as profits from the Men’s World Cup in their bi to the FIH, according to The Hockey Insider.The Hockey Insider report also said that after India’s multi-million bid, only Belgium and Malaysia remained in the field and were still eager to match the Indian offer and aspire for the right to stage the next men’s World Cup.The FIH had also earned a huge sum of money from hosting the Men’s World Cup in New Delhi in 2010 after which the popularity and benefits only grew with India hosting the Men’s World Cup again in 2018, according to the report. FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023hockeyIndia First Published: November 8, 2019, 5:08 PM ISTlast_img read more

Seen but not heard: Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai

first_imgBrooklyn Nets’ Theo Pinson, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green near a Chinese national flag during a preseason NBA basketball game at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. (AP Photo)LeBron James raised his arms in appreciation of the cheering crowd in Shanghai shortly after the final buzzer, then removed his headband and flipped it toward some ticketholders clamoring for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.He was seen.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Houston finished its two-game preseason series in Tokyo against Toronto on Thursday, CNN reporter Christina Macfarlane tried to ask Rockets guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook if they would be hesitant to speak out about political or societal issues going forward after having seen the fallout from Morey’s tweet.A Rockets media official did not allow the question to be answered. The NBA later apologized to Macfarlane, saying the Rockets’ decision was inappropriate.“We’ve apologized to Ms. Macfarlane as this was inconsistent with how the NBA conducts media events,” the NBA said.Other than the no-media-session mandate, the Lakers-Nets game was no different than any other game. Most seats were filled, and fans reacted as they would normally — oohs and aahs for good plays, applause for baskets, the loudest cheers coming whenever James touched the ball. It appeared most fans stayed until the end, even though James and fellow Lakers standout Anthony Davis didn’t play down the stretch and Irving left after just 66 seconds with an aggravation of a facial fracture.“I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, (Morey’s) freedom of speech,” Silver said at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this week. “We will have to live with those consequences.”There were many.Most events in advance of the game, such as NBA Cares events to benefit educational causes and the Special Olympics, were called off, as was a “fan night” where Lakers and Nets players were to interact directly with some Chinese ticketholders. Signage in Shanghai to promote the game was ripped down, and mentions of the game were scrubbed from the arena website.All that comes as many Chinese corporations suspended their business ties to the NBA. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV did not show Thursday’s Lakers-Nets game and does not plan to show their next matchup at Shenzhen on Saturday. NBA broadcast partner Tencent has said it is changing its coverage plans for the league as well, and canceled credential requests in some U.S. arenas for preseason games this week.Plus, the NBA apparently has to mend a fence with Rockets great Yao Ming, a Basketball Hall of Famer and now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association. The CBA has also suspended its ties with Houston as part of the Morey tweet fallout.The Rockets were extremely popular in China, largely because of Yao. But the team’s merchandise has not been for sale in China for several days, and some murals featuring the team’s stars and logo have been painted over. Morey has been silent on the matter since tweets Sunday where he attempted to make amends. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The game was held as scheduled, with James and Nets guard Kyrie Irving getting loud ovations when they were introduced as starters. But neither the U.S. nor the Chinese national anthem was played before the game, and no players addressed the crowd before tip-off in a departure from tradition before such international games. Fans arriving at the arena to watch — many of them donning NBA jerseys — were handed small Chinese flags to carry with them inside, and at least one person carried a sign critical of Silver.The Nets won, 114-111. That is not why this game will be remembered. Virtually all corporate signage was removed from the playing surface and other spots in Mercedes-Benz Arena, fans carried tiny Chinese flags and some even painted their country’s colors onto the faces.“If we have to choose, we will choose to support our country,” said fan Ma Shipeng, who brought 900 miniature Chinese flags to hand out to fellow fans. “We only like some particular basketball players, but we don’t like NBA anymore. I give away Chinese flags tonight, as I hope people to put the national interest in front of following NBA. I will continue to support James. But none of our Chinese people would accept what Morey and Silver said.”Morey’s tweet that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong has put a massive dent in the multibillion-dollar relationship between China and the NBA. And that tweet was why Chinese officials did not permit questions to be asked in Shanghai.In Tokyo, it was the Rockets not permitting certain questions.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments He wasn’t heard, though. Nor was any other player or coach in China, in an NBA game like none other.In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions that were to be part of the teams’ preseason game on Thursday — including a news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — were canceled. It was the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“There will be no media availabilities for tonight’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers,” the NBA said in a statement Thursday, released a few hours before the game.And there wasn’t. They came. They played. They left. They didn’t talk. Becoming his own man MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors coach Steve Kerr shrugs off Trump criticism Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Middlesbrough go fifth and heap more misery on managerless Sunderland

first_imgFootball League blog features Sunderland Share on Pinterest Football League Reuse this content Steve Gibson’s pre-season pledge to “smash the Championship” has rung a little hollow in recent weeks but, little by little, Middlesbrough are starting to suggest promotion may be possible after all.At the end of an afternoon on which Marcus Tavernier’s early goal kept managerless Sunderland stuck to the bottom of the table, Garry Monk’s side rose to fifth. It was Boro’s third win in eight days; perhaps their owner’s boast was not quite as widely optimistic as latterly advertised.While Gibson invested more than £50m in new players over the summer, their similarly relegated north-east neighbours spent a mere £1.25m. That represented one of the reasons why Simon Grayson was sacked on Tuesday night, leaving Sunderland seeking a ninth manager in six years.They were under the caretaker control of Robbie Stockdale, once a Boro defender, and Billy McKinlay on Sunday. That pair presided over a bright beginning but their team never quite recovered from falling behind in the sixth minute.What turned out to be the decisive goal began with Stewart Downing issuing a reminder of the outstanding player he once was courtesy of a sublime reverse pass dispatched in Martin Braithwaite’s direction. All that remained was for Braithwaite, excellent throughout, to deliver a square ball across the area which was met by Tavernier who, having evaded Billy Jones, volleyed past Robbin Ruiter from close range.Regarded as “the new Downing” by many on Teesside, Tavernier is an 18-year-old England U-19 international left winger. Yet another highly promising graduate of Boro’s excellent academy, he has now scored twice in his last four first-team appearances.If an apparent inability to stop conceding goals played a big part in costing Grayson his job, Sunderland’s attacking department have done a much better job this season.By way of emphasising this they forced Darren Randolph into an important double save in the third minute. Admittedly, Monk’s goalkeeper should probably have done better than merely parry Didier Ndong’s initial shot but he redeemed himself with a stellar reaction stop to prevent Lewis Grabban redirecting the rebound beyond his grasp.Randolph could have done without the low lunchtime November sun getting in his eyes during the first half but surprisingly refused to wear the cap dispatched by his anxious bench. Impressive saves from Lee Cattermole and Billy Jones – even if the latter was offside – suggested he knew what he was doing but, urged on by Cattermole, Sunderland were in no mood to surrender.The veteran midfielder is an acquired managerial taste and, perhaps significantly, Grayson had latterly dropped the former Boro protege to the bench. While it was no surprise to see Stockdale and McKinlay restore Cattermole – who, unsurprisingly, acquired yet another yellow card for his collection after needlessly fouling Tavernier late in the first half – to the starting lineup they did not even offer Lamine Koné a place on the substitutes’ bench. Not so long ago Koné was the subject of an £18m bid from Everton but the Ivorian centre-back’s shocking subsequent regression had quite a bit to do with Grayson’s unseating.Cattermole’s lack of pace in midfield proved an increasing problem for Stockdale and McKinlay as Boro upped the second-half tempo. With Braithwaite’s amalgam of clever movement and technical trickery warming the neutral on a cold, crisp Teesside afternoon Monk’s players were in the ascendant.Cued up by Britt Assombalonga, Braithwaite looked set to double the home advantage but Ruiter saved well to deny the Denmark forward. By then though Boro had done enough. Share on LinkedIn Topicscenter_img Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Championship Share on Messenger Middlesbroughlast_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Signed A Major Endorsement Deal

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has signed a major endorsement deal ahead of the 2018 college football season. It’s a cool one.The Buckeyes’ head coach will be a spokesman for Bob Evans, an Ohio-based breakfast chain, throughout the fall.Meyer is Bob Evans’ new Head Breakfast Coach.“I know that every winning day starts with a hearty breakfast, so I’m happy to help Bob Evans announce the Everything Breakfast,” Meyer said in a release. “Just like I expect our players to put everything they have into each game, Bob Evans is doing the same with this signature breakfast which includes three scrambled eggs, Bob Evans fresh sausage, hickory smoked ham, hardwood smoked bacon, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, hollandaise and scallions on a bed of hash browns and served with their new griddled biscuit. Now that’s what I call Nine Strong.”Introducing our new Head Breakfast Coach: Urban Meyer! Get ready for a winning breakfast season! Learn more:— Bob Evans Farms (@BobEvansFarms) July 30, 2018Meyer, an Ohio native, is a perfect fit for the company, says the CEO.“We couldn’t think of a better fit for our first Head Breakfast Coach than Urban Meyer. We expect Coach Meyer to bring out the best in us as he comes to the table with a winning attitude, impressive football resume and of course a mutual appreciation for farm fresh quality and hearty breakfast foods. We’re ready for whatever plays he throws at us,” said Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans Restaurants, LLC.Ohio State is set to open its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.last_img read more

Karan Singh Grover begins shooting for Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Here’s his first look as Mr. Bajaj

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 16:16 IST Karan Singh Grover is all set to play Rishabh Bajaj as he begins shooting for Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Picture courtesy: HotStar/TwitterKasautii Zindagii Kay fans have been eager to know who will play Mr Bajaj. Earlier, there were reports of Karan Singh Grover playing the business tycoon but nothing was confirmed. However, it is now confirmed that Karan Singh Grover is the new Mr. Bajaj, as he has begun shooting for the show.Karan Singh Grover’s fan pages shared his first look as Mr. Bajaj on social media, which immediately went viral. KSG is seen in salt-and-pepper hair, just like Ronit Roy sported when he played the character in the original series. Karan Singh Grover, dressed in black suit and with clean-shaven look and salt-and-pepper hair looks sexy and even his wife Bipasha Basu can’t stop gushing over him. Karan Singh Grover as Rishabh Bajaj. Picture courtesy: Twitter/TrueKSG_FCBipasha shared Karan Singh Grover’s first look as Mr. Bajaj and captioned it, “Superrrrr Hottttt.” (sic)Superrrrr Hottttt Basu (@bipsluvurself) June 8, 2019In Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Komolika has made an exit from Anurag and Prerna’s lives. But, their love story took a turn when Komolika’s brother kidnapped Prerna. However, they will overcome this hurdle as well. After braving all the storms when Anurag and Prerna will be all set to tie the knot, a new hurdle as Mr Rishabh Bajaj will enter their lives.Finally when it seemed like nothing will come between #AnuPre, get ready for the most awaited arrival of Mr. Bajaj!#KasautiiZindagiiKay, Mon-Fri at 8pm only on StarPlus and HotStar: @IamEJF StarPlus (@StarPlus) June 3, 2019Also read | Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Anurag, Prerna geared up for wedding. Mr Bajaj reaches Basu houseAlso read | Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Ronit Roy on Karan Singh Grover stepping into his shoes as Mr BajajGet 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 byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Karan Singh GroverFollow Kasautii Zindagii Kay Karan Singh Grover begins shooting for Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Here’s his first look as Mr. BajajKaran Singh Grover will soon enter Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Mr. Bajaj. The actor has started shooting for the show.advertisementlast_img read more

Sherlocks Benedict Cumberbatch Cycles For Charity

first_imgSherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was among 3,000 cyclists saddling up for The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace bike ride supported by Saudi Aramco on Sunday 14th October.Benedict Cumberbatch at the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace Bike RideCredit/Copyright: 45-mile Palace to Palace ride from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle raises vital funds for the work of The Prince’s Trust. Every year, the sell-out event sees participants collectively cycle 135,000 miles between the Royal Palaces.Prince’s Trust ambassador Benedict, who stars in the hit BBC drama Sherlock, has raised more than £20,000 for The Trust for this year’s event.He said: “I don’t get the opportunity to cycle much so it was fantastic to take part on such a beautiful route through London. It wasn’t easy cycling 45 miles but it’s worth it for such an important cause and everyone has had a great time.“The Prince’s Trust is a charity which I am passionate about helping. Young people are our future, and with so many struggling to find work in the UK, I feel it’s vital we do everything we can to make sure all young people have the opportunities to succeed.”TV presenter Anna Williamson, who took part with her team Anna’s Angels, said: “It was hard work but lots of fun riding through the city. The best thing about Palace to Palace is that it’s not a competition so everyone was really relaxed and the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant.”A team from The Trust’s radio partner Magic 105.4 kicked off the bike ride, with breakfast presenter Dr Neil Fox taking part along with his co-presenter Verity Geere. Ex-Rugby international Victor Ubogu also took part in the ride.Supported by Saudi Aramco, cyclists embarked on a stunning 45-mile route along the River Thames and through three royal parks.A spokesperson for Saudi Aramco said: “We are delighted to support the bike ride for the third year in a row. This year was the biggest year so far and we would like to thank everyone for taking part and making it such a great day.“We are inspired by the work of The Prince’s Trust and we hope that the money raised today will help many more young people to find work in the UK.”To date, Palace to Palace has raised over £1,1000,000 to support The Prince’s Trust, helping disadvantaged young people into jobs.Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

Four names added to RCMP cenotaph in Regina

Photo supplied by RCMP / jpg Supt. Dennis Edward Massey Const. Gerald Fortis, who served April 30, 1990, to Dec. 25, 1997. He died when he lost control of his police car due to icy road conditions, striking a concrete pillar, near Chilliwack, B.C. Photo supplied by RCMP / jpg Const. Gerald Fortis Supt. Dennis Edward Massey, who served Sept. 22, 1969, to Dec. 18, 2002. He died from injuries sustained when a tanker truck hit his police car in Calgary, Alta.The ceremony begins with a parade at 8:45 a.m. by regular members, auxiliary members, cadets and veterans on Sleigh Square at Depot. A chapel service follows at 10 a.m. and a short ceremony at the memorial wall in the RCMP cemetery.RCMP will stream the parade and chapel service live on Facebook. Photo supplied by RCMP / jpg Const. Leo Tyler Francis, who served Oct.16, 1987 to July 5, 1996. He died from injuries sustained when he was accidentally crushed between a police car and RCMP motor home in Oromocto, NB. Const. Leo Tyler Francis Four names will be added to the RCMP cenotaph, honour roll book and memorial wall during the RCMP National Memorial Service on Sunday at the RCMP Academy, Depot Division, in Regina.The service, held annually on the second Sunday in September, honours regular members, special constables, auxiliary constables and civilian members who have lost their lives in response to an operational policing duty in which there was the element of life-threatening risk.With the addition of the four names this weekend, the total number of fallen members honoured will be 243 since the creation of the North-West Mounted Police in 1873. The first memorial service was held in 1935.Added this year are:Sgt. Donald F. Forbes, who served from Nov. 23, 1908, to July 17, 1920. He died after being thrown from his horse in Battleford.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. read more

African industrialization key to cutting poverty UN officials say

Marking Africa Industrialization Day, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that over the past 15 years, Africa’s share of world industrial output has remained stagnant, at 1 per cent.In his message on the Day, commemorated on 20 November, he also pointed to prospects for significant improvements. “While some countries have experienced falling growth rates and have not met their targets for poverty reduction, many others are on course to meet the goal of halving poverty by 2015,” Mr. Annan noted.But even in those places that have made advances, “a strong and sustained drive to expand and diversify the African economic base through sustainable industrial development, trade and regional market integration will be critical to ensuring the continuation of these results.”General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa also noted that Sub-Saharan Africa’s share of world industrial output has remained stagnant at less than 1 per cent. “Its share in South-South manufactured exports, total exports, and medium and high-technology exports has also been declining,” she said, calling for a “concerted push towards viable national and regional strategies for product diversification, and higher value-added exports is crucial to this effort.” Toward this end, she stressed the importance of the African Productive Capacity Initiative pioneered by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “The key objectives of this important initiative include market access, value addition based on local resources, diversification, technology diffusion, industrial upgrading, regional integration and poverty alleviation through job creation,” she observed.She also hailed the decision of the African Union to devote its summit in July 2007 to the theme of industrial development, saying this “should give renewed impetus to sustainable industrial growth throughout the continent.”The General Assembly President noted that this year the Day coincides with UNIDO’s 40th anniversary, and voiced hope that the agency will have “continued success in meeting the challenges of industrial development in the years ahead.” read more

ROAD TO WOMENS EHF EURO 2018 Powerful start for Hungary and Spain

← Previous Story Janus Lapajne to HC Tatran Presov Next Story → THW Kiel tough, but important win over Aalborg Here are the results of the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 qualifications Round 1.Group 1:Norway – Ukraine 35:22Croatia – Switzerland 32:28Group 2:Poland – Italy 40:13Montenegro – Slovakia todayGroup 3:Sweden – Macedonia todaySerbia – Faroe Islands todayGroup 4:Romania – Austria 36:25Russia – Portugal todayGroup 5:Denmark – Slovenia 28:22Czech Republic – Iceland 30:23Group 6:Spain – Turkey 35:16Germany – Lithuania 26:26Group 7:Hungary – Kosovo* 37:12The Netherlands – Belarus 33:21 read more

Greek researcher wants to make breakthrough cancer treatment accessible to all

first_imgDr Maria Themeli, the assistant professor of medicine at the VUmc Cancer Centre in Amsterdam, is determined to make her patent for the treatment of blood cancer with the production of CAR-T cells freely accessible to everyone. After pharmaceutical companies quoted high production costs for the CAR-T cells, Dr Themeli and a team of researchers managed to produce these at a smaller scale than would be necessary for full-scale commercial production.She believes that commercial-level production of CAR-T cells can be achieved at lower costs than those claimed by pharmaceutical companies. “There are difficulties, because the pharmaceutical companies interested in the production of CAR-T cells (Novartis and Kite Pharma) have given very high production cost, approximately €350,000, when the production at academic level does not exceed 50,000 euros,” she told the Athens News Agency, adding that cancer therapy should not be the privilege of the few. The costs quoted by pharmaceutical companies make treatment outside the clinical study very difficult as insurance funds are not willing to cover the treatment costs.Dr Themeli believes that immunotherapy by itself, or in combination with other treatments, can substantially improve the survival rates of those suffering from specific kinds of cancer.Studies are currently being held on the use of CAR-T, however the results are not so spectacular for cases of solid cancer.  “Our group, along with scientists from all over the world, are trying to find solutions to these problems, and I believe that very soon we will have improved results for the treatment with CAR-T and on other types of cancer,” Dr Themeli said.READ MORE: Dr Vasso Apostolopoulos believes that there are cures for all diseases sitting in fridges“Unfortunately, when we believed we had finished with this puzzle, suddenly new parts appear, and this happens because cancer is an extremely variable disease.“In the laboratory, I set small and big, short term and long term targets and I celebrate them all.“It is important to celebrate them, because in research there is 90 per cent failure and disappointment, and only 10 per cent moments of happiness. The answer to a question is the driving force.”Patras-born Dr Themeli earned her PhD at the University of Patras before continuing her post-doctoral research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in 2010, where she received training in the design, development, manufacture and clinical applications of immunotherapy with CAR-T cells. Her team’s work led to high-impact discoveries in the field of immunotherapy with CAR-T cells.Dr Themeli has received several distinguished awards, such as the Druckenmiller Scholarship from the New York Stem Cell Foundation and the TRT (Translational Research in Hematology) from the American and European Hematology Association. In 2015, she received the Marie Curie Scholarship from the European Union and returned to Europe to perform research in the department of hematology at the VUmc Cancer Center in Amsterdam. Themeli received the distinction of being named the “Woman of the Year 2017” in the Netherlands, despite only living and working there for two and a half years.READ MORE: Greek man diagnosed with prostate cancer takes part in clinical trials This year, Dr Themeli received the Argo Innovation Prize award for the production of CAR-T cells which fight cancer. The Argo Award is given to Greeks who live and excel in their fields of expertise abroad. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The Death of Stalin is a Hauting and Compelling Graphic Novel

first_img THE DEATH OF STALIN(W)  Fabien Nury, (A) Thierry Robin, (C) Thierry Robin & Lorien AureyreThe Death of Stalin is a historical graphic novel based off of the real life events of the late dictator Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.On March 1, 1953, Joseph Stalin orders for a live concert to be taped. The next day, he receives this live taping, but also a letter from a celebrated concert pianist expressing that she will pray for the dictator in all his wrongs he has committed to their country. Upon reading it, Stalin crumbles the paper then smokes, but something gives way. He suffers a severe stroke completely immobilizing him and leaving him bedridden.via Titan ComicsAs Stalin holds onto his life, the Central Committee convenes to discuss what they shall do with the dictator. The committee must agree to allow a doctor, any doctor, to see him and when they do it’s almost too late. As his committee continues to gather during the last days, the members start to make their agendas, allies and politics are played in the race to see who will be Stalin’s replacement.I’ve never been much of a history buff so reading this opened my eyes to a piece of history I’ve never known to check out before. The Death of Stalin laces the fear and absolute uncertainty that the Soviet Union had to go through in 1953. It’s not pretty, It’s unexpected, but it’s well worth the read. Everyone’s riddled with their corruption and greed that it makes it hard to bring yourself into this comic because you immediately want to step out. The complete feeling of dread that’s laced throughout the book makes it a compelling and great graphic novel.Fabien Nury writes The Death of Stalin in a great homage to the history, taking liberties with the details, but writes a story that keeps you holding on until the final pages. The actual story of Stalin’s death surrounds itself in mystery, accusation, and intrigue that making a fictional version of it is a fantastic move.In Fabien’s writing, I found myself compelled by each one of the characters. The dialogue is brilliant in its execution, giving you a perspective of each of these committee members, but also giving you the views of family, friends, army, citizens and more. You start to gain a bit of sympathy, which doesn’t last very long, but they’re all so deviously complicated as they struggle to find their place in the new reality.via Titan ComicsThierry Robin is a master of his craft, at times, I found myself looking over panels to see the details of what he’s drawn. He’s amazing and doesn’t miss a single piece of this history. It’s gritty and raw, which made me fall in love with it even more. The colors by Thierry and Lorien Aureyre are as gritty as the lines are, calling attention to the era we’re reading about and the absolute gloom the Soviet was at the time.The Death of Stalin was also picked up by IFC and will be released in 2018. The film will star Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs and Timothy Dalton as the members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party.The Death of Stalin is written by Fabien Nury, drawn by Thierry Robin, colored by Thierry Robin & Lorien Aureyre, and published by Titan! Comics. The graphic novel is available in print and online now at us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on targetlast_img read more

Back From the Brink

first_imgIt’s been a tough first half for magazine publishing. Consumer advertising pages plunged 25.9 percent through the first quarter, and b-to-b pages haven’t been faring any better. More and more magazines—especially those that have been reliant on traditional print advertising—are on financial life support. Many haven’t survived (and others are likely to follow suit).But some grim stories have a silver lining. Several magazine publishers, that either folded or were on the brink of bankruptcy, have managed to secure outside financing to stay in business.One such magazine was 35-year-old music title Relix. Three months after being put on temporary hiatus by publisher Zenbu Media, a group of investors, including a core group of the magazine’s employees, acquired the magazine and a pair of related Web sites. “If we didn’t see a real business value, we would’ve walked away,” editor-in-chief Josh Baron tells FOLIO:. “This isn’t a case of putting a Band-Aid on a magazine. We think we can increase ad revenue, circulation and market share. What we had been doing for the last eight years—we weren’t done yet.”And Relix isn’t the only magazine that has returned from the dead. 8020 Media’s JPG, Garden & Gun and Natural Solutions publisher InnoVision Health Media all were on the brink of extinction but managed to find financial lifelines. Here’s how they did it. InnoVision Health Media: Bankruptcy and Back AgainLast November, InnoVision Health Media, publisher of Natural Solutions and three medical journals, filed for bankruptcy. By April, the company had been acquired for an undisclosed sum by a subsidiary of ACI Capital and American Securities, a pair of middle-market private equity firms. The deal, of course, effectively ended InnoVision’s Chapter 11 proceedings.“Our company really struggled the last several years,” says InnoVision president and group publisher Rob Lutz, who describes the publisher as a $5 million business. “The deal [that had Texas-based venture capital firm First Capital Group purchase InnoVision’s assets] wasn’t funded right. Most of the money that was there to invest in consumer titles was burned through. The guys running First Capital were pumping personal money into the business to offset monthly deficits.”With more than $7 million in debt, InnoVision began looking for additional financing about three years ago. “We spoke with around 20 companies,” Lutz says. “From [Penton’s] New Hope Natural Media to Active Interest Media to Ogden Publications, we were in front of all of the medium-size publishers in our space. We thought companies in this industry would jump all over this. But, the bottom fell out of the credit market and our covenants eliminated most companies from bidding on the business.”After filing for Chapter 11, InnoVision was approached by Nature’s Equity, a “green” investment banking firm that facilitated the sale to ACI and American Securities. As part of the deal, InnoVision will become a wholly-owned subsidiary and will work closely with Natural Directions, another ACI/American Securities holding.“They saw us as a business model with potential for growth,” Lutz says of ACI and American Securities. “InnoVision was worth saving because it’s a unique collection of properties that are needed by the medical community as well as consumers, and it fills the critical needs of both communities. We’re growing paid circulation and broadening newsstand locations and our direct mail efforts. In the end, they got a great company for only a little bit of money.”Garden & Gun: Targeting Local Investors, Common InterestsTwo months after the Evening Post Publishing Company (EPPC) pulled out of a five-year agreement to publish Garden & Gun, the magazine was acquired in March by Indigo Acquisition LLC—a company co-created by Garden & Gun publisher Rebecca Darwin, which effectively saved the high-end Southern lifestyle title from going out of business. Darwin is joined at Indigo by EPPC chairman Pierre Manigault (where he will also serve as chairman). For an undisclosed price, the pair acquired a majority stake in the magazine while EPPC retained a minority investment. EPPC also “forgave” all of Garden & Gun’s prior debt, Darwin says.“While EPPC was extremely generous with its investment in the formative years of the business and willing to work with us moving forward, we had a short time frame to separate formally,” she says. “We formed this entity to keep the business going seamlessly, to acquire the assets from EPPC and to fund the business while we continue to seek other outside investors.”According to Darwin, Indigo is targeting Charleston, South Carolina-area investors who have common interests with the magazine. “We have primarily been looking … among people who have an affinity with the South or the lifestyle that Garden & Gun is all about—especially a love for the land and conservation,” she says. “So, we have had conversations and meetings with individuals that we know are fans of the magazine and many of them have then introduced us to other possible investors that they know.”Darwin and Manigault declined to say who or how many other investors have already partnered with Indigo. They also declined to say how much more money they are seeking.Garden & Gun continues to be published as Indigo seeks investment, although 10 percent of the staff has been eliminated and remaining employees took a 10 percent pay cut.The selling point, according to Darwin, is the magazine’s potential for growth. “Most of the people we’re talking to are keenly aware of the unique position that Garden & Gun has carved out for itself, the tremendous loyalty of its readers and the strong circulation success we are experiencing,” she says. “The pitch is about a media company, not just a single title … that not only can be a profitable venture but one that can be fun.”8020 Media: Ending the ‘Hiatus’The process of salvaging 8020 Media—the San Francisco-based publisher once heralded for its community-driven editorial model—began last summer when former CEO Mitchell Fox first realized the company was likely to run out of money by the end of the year (at the time, 8020 was an estimated $3 million business). That’s when Fox began approaching private equity and venture capital groups about investing in the company. In the face of the tightening credit markets, however, Fox wasn’t able to get a deal done. So, he began approaching several magazine publishers that “could benefit by integrating 8020’s community of readers into their existing properties,” he says. Those publishers, though, “were either uninterested or could not move fast enough.”By January, 8020 owners Minor Ventures—backed by CNET founder Halsey Minor—shut the publisher down, ceasing publication of its bi-monthly photography magazine JPG. [8020 folded travel title Everywhere in August.] Following the closure, approximately 30 companies expressed interest in purchasing the business—”either in its entirety or its assets alone,” Fox says. “I felt these folks reached out to me to ‘save’ the company.”About half of those companies dropped out after discussing financial offers, says Fox. From there, Fox narrowed the bids to a partnership between a group of private investors and New York-based camera retailer Adorama Camera Inc., which in February purchased the assets of 8020 Media with plans to relaunch JPG later this summer. “Adorama has such deep roots in the digital photography business, and had the same strategic objectives relative to operating the company, it was suggested that [Adorama and the group of investors] create a partnership,” says Fox. “It’s a comprehensive marketing partnership including an ownership stake in the company.”Seth Familian, 8020’s former vice president of product development, was tapped to serve as chief executive of the new company. “This, by far, was the most exciting, as well as most difficult, and all-consuming thing I’ve ever done” says Fox, who now serves on 8020’s board of directors.last_img read more

State GOP chair Alaska delegates accept Trump some with qualms

first_imgAlaska’s delegation to the convention — 28 delegates and 24 alternates — are staying at hotels in the suburb of Beachwood. Photo: Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media.The Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland this morning and Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has won a spot on the schedule. His spokesman says Sullivan will take the stage tomorrow evening, with nine other Republican senators.As for the main business of the convention – nominating  Donald Trump for president – state party chairman Tuckerman Babcock says the Alaska delegates are coming around.“There were a lot of different people supporting a lot of different candidates, some of them really strongly, and it’s been hard for them to give up the ghost,” Babcock said. “But the reality is, it’s going to be Donald Trump and Mike Pence. And if you’re a Republican, that’s your team.”A move to stop Trump fizzled in the convention rules committee late last week. Alaska delegate Kristie Babcock, Tuckerman’s wife, said over the weekend she could sense a change in the mood.Tuckerman Babcock, chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, and his wife, Kristie Babcock, are both convention delegates. Photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky.“There’s almost like a little bit of relief that it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be a big fight this week,” she said. “People just seem to be just gaining enthusiasm. Maybe especially because of what’s happening in the world, they just seem like, ‘Ok, let’s go toward winning now.’”Trump finished second in Alaska’s Republican straw poll in March. Mike Tauriainen, a delegate from Sterling, says Trump wasn’t his first choice. Or his second. Tauriainen says he’s not sure of Trump’s bedrock positions on social matters, like abortion and transgender bathroom use.“Yeah, I have some reservation about that. I’m very strong on conservative issues.” he said.Mike Tauriainen, a delegate from Sterling. Trump wasn’t his first or second choice, but he says he’ll support him. Photo: Lawrence Ostrovsky.But Tauriainen says he likes Trump’s pick for vice president, Mike Pence, and he believes Trump can be a good president by listening to his advisors.“I probably won’t have a Trump sign in my yard (but) I’ll be a supporter,” he said.At the convention, the Alaska delegates probably won’t have any big decisions to make. State party rules bind them to their assigned candidates for two rounds of voting, and Trump will likely have the nomination before they become unbound.last_img read more

Independence Day celebrated with patriotic fervour in Ongole

first_imgOngole: The public and staff of various institutions and offices including the district administration celebrated the 73rd Independence Day with patriotic fervour on Thursday. The Independence Day is officially celebrated at the Police Parade Ground and the district in-charge and Irrigation Minister Dr P Anil Kumar Yadav hoisted the national flag after receiving the guard of honour while his cabinet colleagues Balineni Srinivasa Rao and Adimulapu Suresh, Collector Dr Pola Bhaskara, SP Siddharth Kaushal and other district officials participated. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us The Minister for energy, forests, environment, science and technology, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy hoisted the tricolour at the YSRCP district office. The Mministers P Anil Kumar Yadav, Adimulapu Suresh also participated in the programme. Later, the Ministers Balineni Srinivasa Rao, Adimulapu Suresh participated in the flag hoisting at the CVN Reading Room and freed the doves into the air as a symbol of freedom. The joint collector S Shan Mohan hoisted the national flag at the district collectorate and asked the cooperation of the staff in distributing the fruits of the freedom to the eligible. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us District SP Siddharth Kaushal hoisted the flag at the district police office as the staff from DPO, SB, DCRB, PCR, command and control room also participated in it. Padma Shri awardee from Khammam district in Telangana and fondly known as Vanajeevi Dr Daripelli Janakiramaiah participated in the Independence Day celebrations with Parchur MLA Eluri Sambasiva Rao. Advertise With Us They planted trees at Parchuru in association with the VOP Foundation as part of the Save Trees campaign. Sambasiva Rao also hoisted the national flag at his camp office and mandal parishad office in Martur. Kandukur MLA Manugunta Mahidhar Reddy hoisted the tricolour at the Area General Hospital and Municipal Office in Kandukur. Kanigiri MLA Burra Madhusudan Yadav hoisted the flag at the ZP High School and distributed cycles and prizes to the students. Ongole Municipal Corporation commissioner P Niranjan Reddy hoisted the flag at Municipal Corporation office as the other employees joined the celebrations. Former Minister and treasurer of the Telugu Desam Party Sidda Raghavarao hoisted the flag at Prakasam district TDP office in Ongole. The TDP leaders Mantri Srinivasa Rao, Kamepalli Srinivasa Rao and others participated in the programme. District BJP president PV Krishna Reddy, state vice president Dara Sambaiah, Minority Morcha state president Sk Khalifatulla Basha and others participated in the flag hoisting ceremony at the district BJP office. The members of Lions Club of Ongole Citizens participated in the flag hoisting at the Andhra High School in 60 feet road. They felicitated Sk Iqbal, who lost his leg in the Kargil war and said that the tricolour is flying high from Kashmir to Kanyakumari on this Independence Day. The members of the All India Mahatma Social Club Ongole, Vasavi Club KCGF Youth, Vasavi Club Femina, Vasavi Club Ongole Citizens hoisted the flag at the Kargil Martyrs Pylon at the Bandlamitta in Ongole. The JCI Ongole Brilliants president T Nagarjuna Babu hoisted the national flag at their office and extended Independence Day wishes to the members. The officer on special duty at the Andhra Kesari Tanguturi Prakasam University Dr N Sanjeva Rao, Acharya Nagarjuna University Ongole Campus special officer Dr G Somasekhara, NSS PO Dr Harsha Preetham Dev participated in the hoisting of the tricolour at Acharya Nagarjuna University PG Campus, while the Tobacco board RM G Umamaheswara Rao hoisted the flag at the tobacco board office in Ongole. The Andhra Bank Ongole zonal manager P Ramakrishna hoisted the flag at the zonal office and the other staff members joined him. At the celebrations at the APNGOs Association in Ongole, the district president Kuchipudi Sarath and secretary RCH Krishna Reddy participated as the chief guests.last_img read more

Jewellery Firm MD Denied Bail for Smuggling Diamonds in Inner Wear

first_imgVihari Poddar, the managing director of Singapore-based Vihari Jewels, has been denied bail after being held in Mumbai airport for attempting to smuggling diamonds worth ₹2.45 crore in her innerwear.The 26-year-old was directed by Magistrate DB Desphande to custody till 14 August in the Byculla jail citing the serious nature of crime.Vihari’s counsel Mahesh Kotian argued against the arrest calling it a non-cognisable offence. However, Arun Gupte for Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) put down the argument citing the arrest as cognisable under Customs Act.The DRI’s application regarding the custody of Poddar will be heard in the court on Monday.Post the Poddar’s interception, the DRI shut down the three shops run by the Poddar family. Jiten Seth, Poddar’s uncle further confessed to previous counts of smuggling carried out by Poddar. A raid at the shops led to the seizure of ₹4 crore worth of uncleared jewellery. A DRI official was quoted by Times of India as saying, “Jiten, her husband Abhishek Poddar and two others have not responded to our summons. They are not traceable at their homes. We pasted summons again at their residences on Saturday. Their mobiles are also not reachable.”Meanwhile, another drama unfolded when Vihari collapsed in court and her counsel demanded she be taken to a private hospital.The court directed the accused to JJ Hospital where 16 tests were conducted which confirmed that she was fine and in no need of medical assistance or let alone hospital admission.A DRI official informed, “The hospital authorities, in fact, refused to admit her saying she was perfectly normal.””Before taking her to court, we had done some medical tests on her and they showed no complications. Hence, we were surprised to see her collapse in court. As per the court’s directions, we took her to JJ hospital and got 16 medical tests done on her, including CT scans and certain psychiatric tests. All reports were normal,” reported Daily News Analysis (DNA).Vihari’s husband Abhishek Poddar is the director of Siyaram Silk Mills.last_img read more

Barisal road crash kills 2

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people, including a college boy, were killed and another was injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a motorcycle on Dhaka-Barisal highway in front of divisional commissioner’s office in Barisal city on Saturday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Ashique, 26, son of Rafiqul Islam of Wazirpur upazila and also a first-year student of Guthia Ideal College, and Mim, 26, son of Humayun Kabir of Ruhiya area.The injured Faruk Hossain, son of Ayen Ali of Guthia area of the upazila, was admitted to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.Barisal Airport police station officer-in-charge (investigation) AR Mukul said that the accident took place when a Barisal-bound bus collided head-on with a motorbike, leaving one dead on the spot and two others injured critically.Later, another died while undergoing treatment, said physician Mahbub of the hospital.On information, police seized the killer bus but its driver managed to flee the scene, the OC added.last_img read more