Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, which has been the surprise contenders this season after going 1-13 in 2017, has been making a case for elite status this year after it showed promise in the first three games where it went 2-1.And after two straight losses, the Lady Falcons got back on the winning track with a massive four-set upset of reigning champion De La Salle but they took another step back with the loss to the Lady Warriors.Padda, who sat out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set, said her team flat out didn’t give respect to UE.“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent, they didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re too cocky,” said Padda. “I don’t know why. The coaches were shocked, I don’t know.”Pushing the numbers further, the Lady Warriors scored just 36 points off their own spikes and even committed 31 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments MOST READ Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz Read Next And in the fourth set alone, Adamson committed 16 errors leaving UE to score just nine points to force the fifth set.“I’m just still trying to take in what happened. I don’t understand how we made those many errors,” said Padda. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For one, the Lady Falcons unloaded 59 kills against University of the East and normally, that mark would’ve been more than enough to propel them to the victory, but it was the Lady Warriors who left Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday with the five-set victory.That’s because on the other end of the spectrum, Adamson gave ways 52 free points to UE due to its errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd those errors certainly not sit well with head coach Air Padda, who blasted her team after its 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, loss to an erstwhile winless UE team.“That was embarrassing,” said Padda, whose team dropped to 3-4 at the end of the first round. “For me it’s embarrassing because we don’t train like that. I don’t know who that team was out there.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson University just had one of the most interesting games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES
MACAU—Lance Stephenson is slowly making his mark in the Asian basketball scene, although the best impressions came against PBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical 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 Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephenson had his fair share of heated moments with players from the PBA, getting into a spat against TNT’s David Semerad in the group stage and then getting into it against Beermen’s Chris Ross and Kelly Nabong.Being someone of a pest himself during his NBA days, Stephenson said the heated moments, though, just stay on the basketball floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I don’t want to fight but I want to protect myself and I want to stay healthy,” said Stephenson after he led Liaoning to the 111-89 win over the Beermen in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 semifinals Saturday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.“There’s no beef, we shook hands after the game, and it’s fun during the game but once the game’s over we shake hands and go our ways.” Stephenson and Nabong talked trash to each other during the second quarter, where the Flying Leopards buried San Miguel with a 25-7 run to take the game.The former Los Angeles Laker then got into it with Chris Ross, leading to technical fouls for both players early in the third quarter.Stephenson said that he’s aware defenders would play hard on him since he and his opponents just want to win.“I play hard all the time, I did it with the best of them, and when I’m going out there the other guys are going to come out the hardest against me because they also want to win,” said Stephenson.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Kiefer Ravena relieved to get monkey off his back with PBA comeback P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man
Rice industry paralysis MOST READ UST also bombarded UP from the perimeter averaging 47.5 points from outside the paint and 37.5 points from beyond the arc.Perasol admitted that the team became slightly antsy after UST’s 81-71 win over Far Eastern University in the stepladder but he knows they will get to the Sunday matchup with a better mindset.“I mean if you’re going to compete with a tight mindset then it’s not going to help you and we need to loosen up and believe what we have to do,” said Perasol. “If you’re down then you’re more prone to thinking things that you’re not able to do.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics 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 Games02:11Makabayan 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 Team Lakay bounces back with perfect night at ONE: Masters of Fate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Perasol said he and the Fighting Maroons are looking to finish their semifinals series against University of Santo Tomas in just one game.“We’re not thinking of that twice-to-beat but of course we don’t really know what will happen,” said Perasol Saturday at Epsilon Chi Center in UP Diliman. “But if there’s a good intention, we’re treating this one as a knockout game for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“As a coach, it’s my job to get their minds right. It doesn’t matter how strong our opponents are, what matters is our mindset.”UP, however, has a tough task ahead of it since the Growling Tigers beat the Fighting Maroons twice in the elimination round. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines may be armed with a valuable twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 82 Final Four, but head coach Bo Perasol isn’t focusing on that perk.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ UST beat up by an average of 11 points in the preliminaries but Perasol said that their losses were more of a matter of them not doing things right and not the Growling Tigers overpowering the Fighting Maroons.“I think they outworked us but the things that made them win against us were the things we can address,” said Perasol. “We just have to outhustle them and yes there were things that they took away from us but we have to address that also.”“The things they did to us, we can address those and find a solution to it.”UST and UP were nearly similar in conventional stats like rebounds and assists but it was the turnover department that the Growling Tigers imposed their will on the Fighting Maroons.In the two elimination games, the Growling Tigers forced UP to cough the ball up an average of 16.5 times while they managed to hold their turnovers to 12 a game.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments
Miffed with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee’s direction to stop disbursement of funds to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian cricket board threatened to cancel the ongoing New Zealand series, which still has a Test and five one-day internationals remaining.The panel, headed by Lodha, yesterday ordered banks to halt the disbursements after the BCCI ignored some of the its recommendations for reforming the world’s richest cricket board.However, Lodha today confirmed that it had only directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state associations and the board was otherwise free to use its funds for “routine expenditure”.Here are the latest developments on the matter.LODHA WRITES TO BANKS TO HALT DISBURSEMENT OF MONEY TO BCCIThe panel yesterday ordered banks to halt the disbursements after the BCCI ignored some of the panel’s recommendations for reforming the world’s richest cricket board.File photo of Justice RM Lodha. (PTI)BANKS WRITE TO BCCI INFORMING OF FREEZEThe banks, who operate BCCI’s accounts, wrote to the board informing it that the accounts have been placed under debit freeze.BCCI THREATENS TO CALL OFF INDIA-NEW ZEALAND SERIESMedia reports suggested that the BCCI might cancel the remainder of the ongoing India-New Zealand series after Lodha panel’s directive to banks. READ MORE LODHA CLARIFIESFollowing BCCI’s threat, JLodha today clarified that the board’s accounts had not been frozen.”So far as our email and directions are concerned, it does not restrain BCCI from incurring routine expenditure and expenses on games, matches, series etc,” Lodha told India Today.advertisement”I’m clarifying that BCCI should not have any doubt that they are free to deal with their bank accounts as far as game and routine matters are concerned. There is absolutely no restraint direction by us,” he added.NO QUESTION OF CANCELLING SERIES, SAYS LODHASpeaking to India Today, Lodha said the banks have not been directed to stop the money flow for routine matters and there was no question of calling off the series , which still has a Test and five one-day internationals remaining.India and New Zealand still have to play a Test and five ODIs. (AP Photo)’BCCI CAN COME TO US FOR CLARIFICATION OF ANY DOUBTS’Lodha also said board officials were welcome to contact his panel and he would be happy to clear any doubts.”If there’s any confusion, BCCI must contact the panel. Will give a written clarification to the banks if needed,” he said.LODHA WRITES TO BANKS FOR RELEASING MONEY FOR ROUTINE EXPENSESThe Lodha committee then asked the banks to release funds to BCCI for routine expenses.Gopal Sankaranarayanan, secretary of the Lodha committee, told India Today that the panel has directed the banks to release money to BCCI for routine expenses. He also said that the India vs New Zealand series must go on and reiterated that there was no bar on series payments.NEW ZEALAND SAYS BUSINESS AS USUALA New Zealand Cricket spokesman said they are preparing for the third Test against India as scheduled.He added that they had heard nothing from the BCCI. “It’s the first time we’ve heard of it,” the spokesman told local media. “At the moment we are preparing to play the third test at Indore as scheduled.” READ MORE ANURAG THAKUR SAYS NO CRICKET WITHOUT MONEYDespite a clarification by Lodha. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that there would be no cricket without money and said it was up to state associations to decide if they wanted to conduct matches. NEW ZEALAND WILL LEAVE FOR INDORE FROM KOLKATA ON WEDNESDAYNew Zealand are scheduled to travel to Indore – the venue for the third and last Test – from Kolkata on Wednesday. NZ are trailing 2-0 in the series after losing the second Test at Eden Gardens on Monday.
Mumbai Indians have an uphill task ahead of them to qualify for Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs. The Rohit Sharma-led side have lost four of their first five games.The next challenge in line is Sunrisers Hyderabad. The defending champions will hope to rediscover their winning touch when they take on the Kane Williamson-led Hyderabad side in at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.MI had started their campaign with three losses on the trot before a victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore arrested the streak but the three-wicket defeat in Jaipur to Rajasthan Royals, their fourth last-over setback, has put them under tremendous pressure.With nine games left before the play-off stage, MI find themselves in a difficult situation to win at least seven of them to improve their chances. As such, a win over SRH is imperative to keep them in the hunt.Cricket LIVE STREAMING IPL 2018, MI vs SRH: When, where and how to watch? Jio TV, Hotstar, Airtel TV appSunrisers too have slipped from their earlier top perch after suffering back-to-back defeats, following three straight wins, and would be as keen to return to winning ways.Mumbai’s campaign has been led from the front by local product Suryakumar Yadav who has been the top batsman with a consistent run of good scores in the opening slot which has left him four short of reaching the 200 mark for the season.However, lack of runs from Rohit Sharma barring one match-winning knock of 94 against Royal Challengers Bangalore has hurt the team badly and they need their inspirational captain to make it up with a big knock against SRH.advertisementAnother major disappointment has been the big West Indian Kieron Pollard who has mustered just 54 runs in five games. He is in danger of being left out at the bench.The Trinidadians compatriot Evin Lewis has been neither outstanding nor a total let down with the bat, but the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — have not sparkled with the bat.Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah showed he is close to his best in yesterdays game against RR although he could not get MI across the finish line with a final burst of wickets, while Mustafizur Rahman has been a good foil.Mitchell McClenaghan has got among the wickets but has leaked runs too while the Pandya siblings have done a decent job with the ball.MI have not made too many changes to their playing eleven and could mull over it seriously before it is too late.Sunrisers campaign had begun in pretty impressive fashion with three wins on the trot but successive defeats to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings have dented their progress and confined them to the lower half of the table.While captain Kane Williamson has been in superb form, carrying the batting on his shoulders to amass 230 runs in five games, the other batsmen, including Shikhar Dhawan, have not given him adequate support.Wridhiman Saha has been particularly below par with the bat with a tally of a measly 62 runs and needs to buck up quickly or lose the spot to Shreevats Goswami.Yusuf Pathan showed glimpses of his old attacking self against RR with a quick 27-ball 45, but overall his batting has been below par.Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss the match due to injury and the visitors would be hoping for the others to chip in too.Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hale.Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.(With PTI inputs)
The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) wants lengthy bans imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be lifted.Cricket Australia has been described as arrogant and bent on winning at all costs in a review of its culture and governance commissioned after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.The commission report by Simon Longstaff of The Ethics Center, released Monday, said administrators should bear as much blame as captain Smith, Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft, who were suspended for their roles in the ball-tampering incident at Cape Town in March.Smith and Warner are seven months into one-year bans, while Bancroft will be eligible to return in December after his suspension for attempting to tamper with the ball during a test against South Africa in Cape Town in March.Read – Cricket Australia described as ‘arrogant’ and ‘controlling’ in commission reportGreg Dyer, the head of the Australian players’ union, said all three players had been punished enough.”Given there is now independent verification that CA’s system and culture were contributory factors, the ACA calls for the lifting of the board-imposed penalties on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft,” ACA chief Dyer told a news conference in Melbourne.”The players have already lost time in the game, lost chances to play for Australia, endured public humiliation and faced massive financial penalties.”My message to Cricket Australia is this: these contrite men have suffered enough. Let them play.”Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman David Peever, in his reaction to the review on Monday, made it clear that the board had handed out the sanctions after “full and thoughtful process” and that they would remain in place.advertisementFormer Australia coach Darren Lehmann, who stood down in the wake of the scandal, also joined calls to have the bans set aside and allow the trio to return to state and international cricket.”I think they should be back but it’s up to the board to make that decision, not me,” Lehmann told the Sydney Morning Herald.”I think the general feeling around Australia, certainly the people I talk to, is they want them playing again, at worst domestic cricket.”Now the findings have come down they should be reviewing the sanctions on the three players.”While Lehmann’s view of the mood of the Australian public might be reflective of the “bubble” the review said surrounded top players, test greats Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Doug Walters have also called for a reduction to the bans.Test paceman Josh Hazlewood said on Monday the players would like to see former captain Smith, vice-captain Warner and batsman Bancroft back on the field.”We’d love to see the guys back playing as soon as possible. That’s not really our decision,” he told a news conference.”The bans have been handed down and the boys have copped them, as you’d expect. That’s really out of our hands, as players.”(With inputs from Reuters)
World No.17 Madison Keys and No.23 Danielle Collins will lead the US Fed Cup team against Australia next month.Sofia Kenin and Nicole Melichar will join them on the team announced on Wednesday by the US Tennis Association and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. The 25-year-old Collins recently reached her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open.The first round of the World Group will be held February 9-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.The US will face No.14 Ashleigh Barty and No.46 Daria Gavrilova, along with Priscilla Hon, Kimberley Birrell and Astra Sharma on a hard court at US Cellular Center. The 22-year-old Barty is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open.The US lead 9-5 in all-time head-to-head encounters versus the Aussies. The Americans won their last meeting in the 2016 World Group Playoff.The winner will face Germany or Belarus in the semi-finals on April 20-21.Also Watch:
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion Morata ‘commitment’ leaves Chelsea boss Conte purring Dom Farrell 02:33 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion Morata Brighton & Hove Albion Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues lacked cutting edge in their 0-0 draw at Everton and the striker returned to make the difference against Brighton Antonio Conte hailed a tireless performance from Alvaro Morata after the Spain striker’s 10th Premier League goal of the season set in motion a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.Morata toiled for scant reward as Chelsea were rebuffed during a frustrating opening 45 minutes but he gleefully headed home a pinpoint Cesar Azpilicueta delivery – the sixth time his countryman has supplied an assist to him this season – within a minute of the restart.Marcos Alonso further added to the Spanish flavour with Chelsea’s second, while Cesc Fabregas was easy on the eye in midfield as the reigning champions closed to within a point of Manchester Untied in second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Morata is our number nine and is important,” Conte said, as quoted by BBC Sport.”Today he played a good game with and without the ball, his commitment was great. But I’m happy with the commitment of all my players.”Morata was absent through suspension as Chelsea had 25 shots without success in a 0-0 draw at Everton last time out and Conte feared his team were on course for similar frustration as Brighton held firm at halfway.#CHEBHA pic.twitter.com/GAR4GTelS2— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2017″In the first half we had the right chances to score but didn’t take them,” he said, having lost defender Andreas Christensen to illness before the match. “For this reason it becomes difficult because your opponent stays with 10 players behind the ball.”In the second half we settled very well and created many chances. It was a good performance with good intensity.”It’s the same performance against Everton – against Everton we showed 25 times we had shots on goal but today we scored twice. We are in a good moment of form and just continue this way.”This time last year, Chelsea had the title race in the palm of their hand, but Conte is happy to concede runaway leaders Manchester City have altered the terms of battle this time around.”This season is different to last season,” he added, with City in a position to go 15 points clear at the summit if they beat Newcastle United on Wednesday.”Last season a lot of times we won games and were a bit lucky – like against West Brom here, Sunderland. This season sometimes we could have more luck.”We have great respect for Manchester City because they are doing an extraordinary thing.”Brighton pushed gamely to get back into the match through Glenn Murray and Shane Duffy late on, but forthcoming matches against Newcastle, Bournemouth and West Brom are likely to have a greater bearing on their fate.”We need to figure a way of getting the goals we need,” said their manager, Chris Hughton.”We’re very conscious of the division we’re in. What we will do is work as hard as we can coming up in January to strengthen the squad in areas that can strengthen us.”
Kolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) on Thursday launched modified Expression of Interest (EOI) for allotment of land at Bengal Silicon Valley Hub in New Town.Thirty-one additional plots with an overall area of 57 acres with sizes ranging from 0.25 acres to 10 acres will be available at special support price for setting up IT, ITeS and Telecom units. The allotment of land in the third phase will be on leasehold basis for a period of 99 years. The application process will start from June 4. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaDuring first and second phases, applications were submitted by Reliance Jio, TCS, CTS, Capgemini, Firstsource, Tech Mahindra, ISI and Sameer. According to a senior Hidco official, in some cases the formalities have been almost completed and payments have been made. “In a few cases, an exchange of equivalent value land has been proposed from Bantala IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ) while in a few others there is a shift from first to second phase and in these cases some more formalities need to be concluded before the allotment processes may be concluded,” the official added. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersApplications for the third phase will take place on a daily basis: this means that, for example, all applications received during 10 am to 5 pm on June 4, 2019 will be earmarked with preferred plots tentatively subject to verification of documents if the earnest money of Rs 25 lakh is given. There is an elaborate procedure in case two applicants looking for the same plot (withdraw or limited bid). Next day, applications for not-earmarked-for-allotment plots will happen again from 10 am to 5 pm. This will continue on all working days till all plots are earmarked for allotment. All such applicants’ documents will be scrutinised plot by plot and sent to state IT and Electronics department for seeking the views of the Board of Webel who may do further due diligence or conduct an interview. If there is no issue raised by Webel Board, the allotment letter for first installment payment would be given after approval of the state Cabinet. The details of the EOI have been posted at the website of HIDCO. A total of 200 acres of land has been allotted for the Silicon Valley Hub. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the Silicon Valley Hub in August 2018 in Action Area II in New Town.
Mumbai: To ensure “transparency” in system, information regarding all rail bridges in the country would soon be made available for common people through newly-launched “Rail Drishti” portal, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said here Saturday.He was in city to kickstart the makeover project for Byculla railway station, which is one of the oldest and busiest suburban stations on the Central Railway. “Very soon, our ‘Rail Drishti’ portal would have information on the entire 1-1.25 lakh rail bridges across the country. It would entail all the vital details of a bridge such as its year of manufacture, the year of its auditing and about auditors. Also Read – MP woman hangs herself after killing three children”Possibly the phone numbers of auditors and concerned officials….(might be posted on the portal). All such information related to bridges would be made available in the public domain. Such initiative will ensure transparency and efficiency in the Railways,” he said. Addressing a gathering on the concourse of the station, Goyal said restoring heritage was not an easy task. “I am quite happy that several people have come forward to restore beauty of this majestic station building and the entire premises. Everyone who has come forward to make this station beautiful, deserves big thanks,” Goyal said. City-based NGO “I Love Mumbai”, led by BJP leader Shaina NC, had last year signed an MOU with the Central Railway (CR) for restoration of heritage and beautification of Byculla station. The NGO has embarked on restoration work in association with conservation architect Abha Lambah. Byculla was one of the original stations when the Bombay-Thane railway was inaugurated in April 1853.
Snoop Dogg handed out 1,500 turkeys to people in need in Los Angeles last week.The rapper joined with Mayor James Butts at The Forum for the second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.“Snoop Dogg took pictures with over 800 people at the event,” Butts said. “We had a tented area for seniors to sit in, and the first thing he did was go over to take pictures with everyone there.”“This is my second home,” said Snoop. “Inglewood has been good to me from day one and that’s why I love Inglewood, and I just want to let y’all know I’m gonna be doing this every year. I’m sorry I’m late but I giving you some big fat turkeys so y’all can get your eat on for Thanksgiving.”
New Delhi: Wayanad, which could soon become a VVIP constituency if Congress President Rahul Gandhi decides to contest the Lok Sabha election from there, has been a Congress safe seat. In the last two Lok Sabha elections, in 2014 and 2009, M.I. Shanavas of the Congress won the seat, defeating the Communist Party of India (CPI) in Kerala’s predominantly bipolar electoral politics. In that sense, picking Wayanad as Gandhi’s constituency is a careful choice as is the calibrated demand to have him contest from a southern Indian seat apart from Amethi where he faces Union Minister Smriti Irani. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency is newly formed and was created following fresh delimitation of seats in 2008. The seat has been vacant since last year following the MP’s death. For the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the total number of electors in Wayanad was 11,02,097. Shanavas got 410,703 votes, which was 49.86 per cent of votes polled. He defeated Advocate M. Rahmatullam of the CPI, who got 257,264 (31.23 per cent). In that election, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s C. Vasudevan Master got 31,687 votes which was a mere 3.85 per cent of the votes polled. He came a distant fourth in the contest. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday K. Muraleedharan of the Nationalist Congress Party did better than the BJP candidate, coming third with 99,663 votes (12.10 per cent). Compared to 2009, Shanavas had a tough time winning the seat in 2014, scraping through with a little more than 20,000 votes over the second placed CPI candidate to become one of the 44 Congress MPs in the last Lok Sabha. In 2014, Shanavas got 377,035 votes or 30.18 per cent of the votes polled compared to CPI’s Sathyan Mokeri who got 356,165 votes or 28.51 per cent. However, that election saw the BJP placed third with its candidate P.R. Rasmilnath bagging 80,752 votes (6.46 per cent). The others in the race, all bit players, fared as follows. Independent candidate P.V. Anvar got 37,123 votes (2.97 per cent), SDPI’s Jaleel Neelambra got 14,327 votes (1.146 per cent) and WPOI’s Ramla Mampad got 12,645 votes (1.01 per cent). NOTA votes figured seventh on the tally — 10,735 or 0.85 per cent. PPA Sageer of AAP got 10,684 votes, which was 0.85 of votes polled, Sathyan Thazemangad, an independent candidate, got 5,476 votes or 0.43 of votes polled. The Wayanad Lok Sabha seat comprises seven Assembly segments. Three of these are from Wayanad district — Mananthavady (ST), Sulthanbathery (ST) and Kalpetta. One is from Kozikode district (Thiruvambadi) and three are from Malappuram district — Ernad, Nilambur and Wandoor (SC).
Rabat – American pop star Katy Perry chose Morocco’s main tourist destination to celebrate her 30th birthday. According to US Magazine, the American arrived in Marrakech earlier this week.The soon-to-be 30 year old star had initially scheduled to celebrate her birthday in Egypt, but decided to change her mind at last minute for security reasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In recent, Marrakech has become one of the favorite destinations for world stars. According to a ranking published by the famous French Magazine Gala last April, the “Red City” figures among the world’s most visited destinations. Gala listed the imperial city next to other fabulous places favored by world celebrities, such as Rio de Janeiro and Barbados.Marrakech was recently chosen the world’s sixth tourist destination in the world.
26 September 2009The United Nations should be at the forefront of multilateral efforts to resolve the world’s most pressing challenges, India’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today as he voiced frustration that reform of the Organization has not kept pace with international expectations or needs. “It is imperative that the United Nations act in concert to coherently overcome” key challenges and crises such as climate change, extreme poverty, hunger, diseases and the recent global recession, S. M. Krishna said in his address to the Assembly’s annual General Debate, held at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Krishna said the UN stood at the “centre stage” of multilateralism and international cooperation and the vision enshrined in the world body’s Charter – inclusiveness and collective action – “must be our lodestar, the guiding principle of all we undertake.” But he voiced concern that reform of the UN was too slow, especially given that four years have passed since the 2005 World Summit, when many proposals for change were floated. The Foreign Minister said the 192-member General Assembly must be revitalized so that it has a stronger role as “the anvil of global deliberation,” while the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should also be at the heart of international efforts on development. The Security Council, which currently has five permanent and 10 non-permanent members, has to become far more representative, with extra seats allocated to both categories of membership. Speaking more broadly, Mr. Krishna said it was clear that international governance structures were clearly neither inclusive nor participatory, and had not been able to keep up with contemporary realities. “The reform and restructuring of the global governance architecture is the critical need of our times and the voice of the developing world, including the small island nations and of Africa, is of principal and core relevance, if we are to have truly participatory and global responses to global challenges.”
18 January 2010A United Nations-backed group has voiced support for the efforts shown by all sides in Guinea to reach a compromise to the political crisis that has engulfed the poor West African nation since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at a rally last year and killed at least 150 people. A high-level delegation from the International Contact Group on Guinea met over the weekend in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, with a mediator and senior Guinean figures to discuss the recently signed Joint Declaration aimed at resolving the crisis, according to the UN spokesperson’s office.The Declaration, signed on Friday, calls for the establishment of a transitional commission and the holding of fresh presidential elections within the next six months.Guinea has been gripped by unrest since the armed forces shot and killed or raped and attacked hundreds of civilian demonstrators attending a rally in the capital, Conakry, on 29 September.The deadly crackdown sparked international outrage and prompted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up the International Commission of Inquiry to investigate the events of the day. Mr. Ban has since handed the report of the three-member panel and their recommendations to the Security Council, the Guinean Government, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Captain Dadis Camara – who seized power in a coup in 2008 following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté – has also survived an assassination attempt in the interim and is currently in exile.Today the UN spokesperson’s office said that the delegation from the contact group, which includes Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, met over the weekend with Capt. Camara and with General Sekouba Konaté, the President and Vice-President of the National Council for Democracy and Development (known as the CNDD). The delegation, which includes representatives from the AU and ECOWAS, also held discussions with Blaise Compaoré, the President of Burkina Faso and the mediator of talks to end the political crisis in Guinea.“The delegation commended the efforts of the mediator and expressed satisfaction with the spirit of compromise and sacrifice exhibited by all parties and their willingness to place the interest of the nation above all other considerations and urged them to continue along that path,” the UN spokesperson’s office noted.“The delegation encouraged the interim head of State, Gen. Sekouba Konaté and the Prime Minister to be appointed to ensure full implementation of the accord in line with the expectations of the people of Guinea.”
29 December 2011Better disaster risk preparations may have helped avert casualties when tropical storm Washi slammed into the Philippines this month, a United Nations champion for disaster risk reduction said today. Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines, who is a Disaster Risk Reduction Champion for the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), urged local authorities to immediately implement the country’s national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan and devote enhanced resources to mitigating risks from natural disasters.“Strengthening the capacity of local government units to address disaster risks and hazards is a major component of the national strategy for disaster resilience,” said Ms. Legarda. “A national plan, no matter how good, will remain ineffective if not translated into local plans and action.” The tropical storm, known locally as Sendong, swept across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on 17 December, killing more than 1,000 people in massive flooding, flash floods and landslides. Some 300,000 people have been displaced, many of whom are taking refuge with relatives or in makeshift structures.Following the storm, Ms. Legarda called on local authorities throughout the country to invest in flood infrastructure, including river embankments, pumping stations, flood walls, drainage systems, storm drains, canals and flood retention areas, noting the high number of casualties caused by Washi could be due to a lack of awareness of the risks involved.“I don’t think there was any seriousness and understanding of the gravity of Sendong. Even if there had been sufficient warning, there was no preparedness,” Ms. Legarda said. “A clear and effective early warning and response system using red flags like in Bangladesh mush be established.”UNISDR is the secretariat of a strategic framework – known as the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and adopted by UN Member States in 2000 – which aims to guide and coordinate efforts to achieve substantive reduction in disaster losses and build more resilient communities and countries.
MONTREAL — Brookfield Business Partners LP and the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, together with a group of institutional partners, have signed a deal to buy Johnson Controls’ power solutions business for US$13.2 billion in one of the biggest leveraged buyouts this year.The business produces batteries for automakers and aftermarket distributors and retailers.The companies say it is well positioned to benefit from the growth in demand for advanced batteries, including those used in electric vehicles.Brookfield nearing deal for Johnson Controls auto-battery business: sourcesBrookfield in talks to sell IDI Logistics to Caisse de dépôt’s real estate arm, sources say“We are excited to grow our business with the acquisition of power solutions, a global market leader which generates consistent cash flows and profitability,” said Cyrus Madon, chief executive of Brookfield Business Partners.“We look forward to partnering with the management team to continue growing this world-class business and build on its track record of innovation.”George Oliver, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive, said the deal was a significant milestone in the ongoing transformation of the company.“The sale of our Power Solutions business will create value for investors by streamlining our portfolio and giving us increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet, return capital to shareholders and create optionality in our buildings business,” Oliver said in a statement.It’s the largest acquisition to date for Brookfield Business Partners since the division went public in 2016. Earlier this year, the firm also agreed to pay US$4.6 billion for Westinghouse Electric Co.The transaction will be funded with approximately US$3 billion of equity and about US$10.2 billion of long-term debt financing.Brookfield Business Partners expects to fund approximately 30 per cent of the equity, while CDPQ will fund about 30 per cent with the balance being funded by other institutional partners.Brookfield Business Partners is the main business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.Johnson Controls expects net cash proceeds from the deal to be US$11.4 billion after tax and transaction-related expenses.It expects to use $3 billion to $3.5 billion to repay debt.The deal is expected to close by June 30, 2019.With files from Bloomberg
OTTAWA — A running list of specific promises announced by the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Green party since the official start of the federal election campaign on Sept. 11.LiberalsSept. 22: Make the first $15,000 of income tax-free for Canadians earning $147,667 a year or less and lower cellphone bills by 25 per cent.Sept. 20: Ban all military-style assault rifles and work with provinces and territories to empower municipalities to further restrict or ban handguns. Create a buy-back program for all legally purchased assault rifles and have a two-year amnesty while the program is being set up. Not re-establish the controversial long-gun registry.Sept. 18: Increase old age security by an extra 10 per cent once a senior turns 75 with change to take effect July 2020; increase the Canada Pension Plan survivor benefit by 25 per cent.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Sept. 17: Increase the Canada child benefit by 15 per cent for children under one, remove federal taxes from employment-insurance payments for maternity and parental leave, introduce an extra 15 weeks of leave for adoptive parents (EI currently covers 35 weeks for adoptive parents), and work to establish “guaranteed paid family leave” for those who don’t qualify for EI.Sept. 16: Spend at least $535 million per year to help create up to 250,000 more spaces for children in before- and after-school child-care programs, reduce fees parents pay for elementary school programs by 10 per cent, and ensure 10 per cent of new spaces go to parents who work outside normal hours.Sept. 13: Eliminate the “swipe fee” merchants pay to credit-card companies on every transaction, reduce the cost of federal incorporation, make federal business advisory services fee-free, create a voluntary payroll system to automate records for small businesses, launch a pilot project to give up to $50,000 to up to 2,000 entrepreneurs to help them start businesses, and give $250 for new businesses to develop a website or e-commerce platform.Sept. 12: Impose a national one-per-cent tax on properties owned by non-Canadians and non-residents; raise the value of homes eligible for the first-time home-buyer incentive to $789,000 from $505,000.ConservativesSept. 22: Clear the backlog of veterans’ benefit applications in two years. Create a reliable pension system for veterans. Enshrine a guarantee in legislation that every veteran is treated with respect and is provided services in a timely manner. Strengthen transition services, help more veterans get service dogs, support the National Memorial for Canada’s War in Afghanistan, and hold an inquiry about Canadian Armed Forces members who were administered mefloquine.Sept. 20: Spend $1.5 billion in first term to purchase MRI and CT machines to replace aging equipment and add machines across the country to reduce wait times for potentially life-saving tests. Maintain and enrich the current funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer to provinces.Sept. 19: Increase the Age Tax Credit by $1,000, which the party says would save individual seniors up to $150 and couples as much as $300.Sept. 18: Review all federal business subsidies and eliminate economic-development programs where funds benefit shareholders, corporate executives, foreign companies, lobbyists or consultants to find $1.5 billion in annual savings; make sure regional ministers oversee regional development agencies; support “strategic industries,” such as aerospace, if the money stays in Canada and creates or protects jobs.Sept. 17: Increase federal contribution to registered education savings plans (RESPs) from 20 per cent to 30 per cent for every dollar families add to the savings program, up to $2,500 per year. Provide low-income parents payments worth 50 per cent on the first $500 they invest annually.Sept. 16: Provide up to $150 back on taxes per child up to age 16 enrolled in sports and fitness classes. Provide up to $75 back on taxes per child up to age 16 in an arts and learning program, such as dance classes, drawing or after-school tutoring.Sept. 15: Cut the tax rate on the lowest federal income bracket (up to $47,630) from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent over four years, which the party says would save a two-income couple earning average salaries about $850 a year.Sept. 13: Reintroduce a 15-per-cent tax credit for public transit that would apply at tax time to any transit pass allowing for unlimited travel within Canada on local buses, streetcars, subways, commuter trains, and ferries, as well as electronic fare cards when used for an extended period.Sept. 12: Remove federal income tax from maternity and parental benefits under employment insurance, by providing a tax credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs.NDPSept. 22: Add $2.5 billion to the federal government’s disaster mitigation fund.Sept. 18: Extend full public dental coverage to households making less than $70,000, and partial coverage to households with incomes between $70,000 and $90,000, starting in 2020.Sept. 17: Build 500,000 new affordable homes over 10 years, starting with an immediate investment of $5 billion.Sept. 15: Give Quebec new funding to help integrate immigrants, increased powers in areas such as environmental assessment and trade agreements, expand the province’s language law, Bill 101, to cover all federally regulated companies in Quebec, the right to withdraw from federal programs with financial compensation. Also, let Quebec sign the Constitution on its own terms.Sept. 14: Establish a national automotive strategy, including a $300-million auto innovation fund. Purchase Canadian-made zero-emissions vehicles to update government fleets. Increase consumer incentives for zero-emissions vehicles to $15,000 from $5,000, but only for vehicles made in Canada.Create a Canadian food strategy to help build local food hubs that link local producers to consumers, and encourage community-supported agriculture.Sept. 13: Put a price cap on cellphone and internet services, introduce a telecom consumers’ bill of rights, require service providers to offer basic plans and affordable unlimited data plans for cellphones, end caps for internet plans.Sept. 12: Work with province and municipality to get a hospital built in Brampton, Ont.GreensSept. 21: Address opioid deaths by declaring a national health emergency, decriminalizing drug possession, increasing supports for mental health and addiction, and boosting funding to community-based organizations to test drugs and support drug users. Ensure that Naloxone kits are widely available to treat overdoses.Sept. 20: Spend $600 million in 2020-21, rising to $720 million by 2023, to develop regional rail networks and strengthen rail connections between regions, and building high-speed rail in the Toronto-Ottawa-Quebec City triangle and the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. Rebrand the Gas Tax Fund as the Municipal Fund and ensure a doubling of current funding for transit and other urban infrastructure. Create a national cycling and walking infrastructure fund.Sept. 19: Lower the federally set price for cannabis to make it competitive with illegal supplies; eliminate requirements for excess plastic packaging on legal cannabis; remove sales tax on medicinal marijuana products; allow outdoor production of cannabis; impose organic production standards for cannabis.Sept. 18: Expand medicare system to include dental care for low-income Canadians.Sept. 17: Require political parties to follow the Privacy Act; prohibit warrantless intrusions on Canadians’ communications, ban cyber-surveillance programs that use bulk data collection; increase the powers of the federal privacy commissioner; and require companies to respect a “right to be forgotten” online.Sept. 16: View all policy through the lens of the climate crisis: the economy, health, education, foreign affairs, immigration, public safety, defence, social welfare, transportation.Re-introduce legislation to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canadian law and implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Create universal pharmacare.Eliminate post-secondary tuition fees and forgive federal student debt.Create a “guaranteed livable income” program.Set the federal minimum wage at $15 per hour.Require a 60-per-cent cut in Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030, reaching net zero in 2050; have 100 per cent of Canada’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030; ban the sale of cars with combustion engines by 2030.End pipeline, coal, oil or gas drilling and mining approvals, cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline and fossil-fuel subsidies.Ban the production, distribution and sale of unnecessary or non-essential petroleum-based single-use plastics by 2022.Decriminalize drug possession and lower the federally set price for cannabis to make it competitive with illegal supplies.Eliminate mandatory minimum criminal sentences.Ensure that the 2019 election is the last “first past the post” election and lower the voting age to 16.Apply a corporate tax on transnational e-commerce companies doing business in Canada such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Uber.Increase the federal corporate tax rate from 15 to 21 per cent.Limit credit-card interest rates to a maximum of 10 percentage points above the Bank of Canada prime rate, and limit ATM fees to $1 per transaction, as well as ban financial institutions from charging their own customers ATM fees.Study the impacts of adopting a shorter work week.Reform anti-trust laws to enable the break-up of media conglomerates, increase funding to CBC and Radio-Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC.Eliminate the first-time home-buyer grant.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.
As part of the ongoing Goodman School of Business expansion project, closures will impact the route of travel for some accessing Thistle Complex and the renovated Goodman building. Starting Monday, and continuing for approximate two weeks, the Level 200 corridor between Jubilee Court and the Student-Alumni Centre will be closed. In addition, the walkway to the east of the Goodman School of Business connecting Jubilee Court with the sidewalk in front of the Plaza Building will be closed for landscaping work until approximately Sept. 1.As an alternative, anyone who typically uses the impacted areas should use the 300 level of the Goodman School of Business or the Mackenzie Chown Complex.Maps of the affected areas can be found here: East elevator 200 corridor and Corridor 200 and East landscapeIf you have any questions or concerns, please email Janet Muenzberger or phone x5017 or email Lesley Owen or call x5919.