Priyanka will be perfect choice as Congress chief Amarinder

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would get all-round support if she is chosen to take over as Congress President. He regretted the decision of Rahul Gandhi to step down from the top party post. “India is a young nation, and will respond to a young leader,” he told reporters here when asked to comment on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s statement that Priyanka would be a good choice as party chief. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Priyanka would be a perfect choice to take over the party reins but it would all depend on the Congress Working Committee (CWC) which alone is authorised to take a decision in the matter,” said Amarinder. The Chief Minister had earlier also advocated for a young leader to take charge of the party at this critical juncture. With the majority of India’s population now comprising of youth, only a youth leader could connect with the people and reflect their aspirations, he had said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Responding to another query, Amarinder made it clear that Priyanka was ideally suited to head the party which needed a dynamic young leader to rebuild it after the recent Lok Sabha election loss. She has the intelligence and instinct to understand and relate to the needs of the nation, and also has the courage to take on any challenge and take the fight to victory, he added. Given Rahul’s refusal to take back his resignation, Priyanka was a good bet to replace him as the new leader, said the Chief Minister. He expressed confidence that she would easily get the support of the party’s rank and file across regions. In response to another question, the Chief Minister described the events relating to the Unnao rape victim in UP as shocking. “Are we living in jungle raj?” he asked, adding that, “if we cannot protect our daughters and give them justice then we are doomed as a nation.” The law must be upheld at all costs, he asserted, urging the Supreme Court to take cognisance of the case and order a thorough probe to ensure that the victim is protected and gets justice at all costs.last_img read more

CEO’s office submits report to ECI on violence at Vidyasagar College

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has reportedly submitted a report to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi, regarding the incident of violence that took place at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday.The ECI had sought a report from the office of the CEO after the Tuesday’s incident created a political slugfest between Trinamool Congress and BJP leaders. The CEO’s report comes on a day when the ECI has relieved Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, Home and Hill Affairs, from his current post. ADG CID Rajeev Kumar has also been relieved from his current post and has been asked by the ECI to attach to the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Capital. The Commission has also restricted campaigns by the political parties for the final phase of elections to a deadline of Thursday. The poll in the seventh and last phase will be conducted on May 19. Prodded by the ECI, the state election officials have sent a detailed report stating its observations regarding the incident when some BJP leaders allegedly ransacked a portion of Vidyasagar College and demolished a statue of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar. The incident occurred when a road show of BJP national president Amit Shah was being organised in the city. Trinamool Congress leaders on Wednesday moved to the ECI, protesting against the incident. Various Opposition party leaders from the state also met election officials at the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior BJP leader Dilip Ghosh also met the election officials, alleging that Shah’s rally was attacked by Trinamool Congress activists. It has been learnt that the Election commission will take a decision after going through the report in detail. Meanwhile, special police observer Vivek Dubey said on Wednesday that police are conducting a probe into the incident. The Commission is keeping a tab on it as well.last_img read more

Senanayake served indictments in Thajudeen murder case

According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim.However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was killed. (Colombo Gazette) The case is to be heard on October 23. The Colombo High Court today served indictments on former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Anura Senanayake over allegations he concealed evidence in the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.Senanayake was ordered to appear in court today and was served indictments and granted bail. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. read more

Royal Bank profit beats expectations but provisions for credit losses climb

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada earned $3.23 billion in its latest quarter, helped by growth in its capital markets, personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses.The bank says the profit amounted to $2.20 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30.The result compared with a profit of $3.06 billion or $2.06 per diluted share a year ago.Total provisions for credit losses climbed to $426 million, up from $274 million in the same quarter last year, due to higher provisions in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and capital markets.On an adjusted basis, RBC reported $2.23 in diluted cash earnings per share for the quarter, up from $2.10 per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $2.21, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

Annan to meet Bush in Washington on Monday for wideranging talks

“I think this is a good time for them to compare notes since both of them will by then have just finished their trips to Africa and I think Africa will be featured in their talks, in particular the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Liberia,” spokesperson Hua Jiang told a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.Mr. Annan has recently called for the dispatch of a multi-national peacekeeping force to Liberia, which has been riven by years of civil war, and there has been speculation about a possible US role in such a force.Ms. Jiang said the two would also discuss the Middle East – where the UN and US are sponsoring the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace plan with two other members of the Diplomatic Quartet, the European Union and Russia – Iraq, Afghanistan and other issues of mutual interest including anti-terrorism and the battle against poverty and AIDS.Mr. Annan will be accompanied by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, and Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast. read more

Security Councils Central Africa peace mission arrives in Burundi

The mission, led France’s UN Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière, reached the Burundian capital of Bujumbura from Bukavu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a town that was briefly seized in June by rebels in the latest outbreak of ethnic fighting, leading to a flood of refugees into Burundi.Mr. de La Sablière said the mission’s aim was to support the transition process in Burundi and the Council hoped to relay the message that elections scheduled for next year will be held as scheduled. In the meantime, it hopes that all the reforms envisaged in the peace agreements will be implemented, including the reconstruction and integration of the armed forces.Only yesterday, in his latest report on Burundi, Mr. Annan said that despite recent steady progress, major political and social tensions remained as the country tried to emerge from a decade of civil war, human rights violations were causing great concern and a strong international donor response was vital for future stability.He asked the Council to renew for another six months the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), set up in May to help cement a multi-party, power-sharing government and pave the way to peace in the small nation of some 6 million people torn asunder by ethnic conflicts between Hutus and Tutsis.While in Bukavu, Council members met with local political and military leaders, as well as with UN mission representatives to discuss the situation in eastern DRC, which remains tense following years of clashes between the Government and rebels in a conflict compounded by the ethnic dimension.Yesterday the mission held talks in the DRC capital of Kinshasa with President Joseph Kabila and on Sunday it visited Rwanda, scene of the Hutu extremist genocide against Tutsis and moderate Hutus, which claimed some 800,000 lives a decade ago and inflamed tensions in both the DRC and Burundi. read more

UNbacked fund sharply increases distribution of treated bed nets to fight malaria

“With Global Fund finance, the world has begun a massive counterattack against malaria at a scale we haven’t seen for decades,” Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem said. “In some areas, malaria is collapsing thanks to these efforts. But we have not yet reached the level and pace of progress that is needed.”Fund-financed programmes have delivered more than 18 million treated nets since the start of the year, an increase of 135 per cent over 2005, and these are expected to save the lives of 371,000 children over the next three years. By 2003, only 13 million treated had ever been distributed in Africa.The Fund is also supporting a range of other essential steps fight malaria. In 2004, along with partners such as the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, it led a global shift from outdated malaria medications to the highly effective artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs).Since then, it has committed finance to purchase more than 250 million treatments of the more expensive ACTs, a dramatic increase compared to the estimated 10,000 people receiving the treatment in Africa before 2002. Fund-financed programmes have also protected millions of people by spraying homes with effective insecticides.The Global Fund, a unique global public/private partnership, accounts for two thirds of international funding of anti-malaria efforts, according to the most recent World Malaria Report. It currently supports anti-malaria efforts in 84 countries.Every year, there are 300 to 500 million cases of malaria and more than 1 million people die, most of them young children in Africa.Since its launch five years ago, the Fund has become the primary financier of the world’s fight against malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), supporting local efforts with $6.8 billion committed across 136 countries. read more

How the Raptors can end the Warriors golden dynasty

Now ask yourself, who’s better than Leonard right now?Going back to that last point, should the Raptors effectively turn the game into a final-few-possessions duel, is there honestly anyone other prime Michael Jordan himself you want with the ball in hands?Leonard has been the Raptors’ do-everything superstar this post-season, and if it keeps up in the Finals he’ll deliver a championship to Toronto. “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” – First book of Samuel, 17:33 (New International Version)The words Saul said to David echo true for the odds most are giving the Toronto Raptors in this 2019 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.Like Goliath with his armour and javelin, the Warriors are armed to the teeth with star power who have proven they know how to get the job done, having won three of the last four NBA championships and this being the fifth straight trip to the Finals.The Raptors on the other hand, despite this six-season run of success that’s culminated in this championship series appearance, have been known as more of a gimmicky afterthought with an extremely meme-able mascot for the better part of the last 24 years.There’s just no way the franchise from Canada is going to somehow upset the Golden Dynasty.But to quote the Muhammad Ali, “Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.”So taking away all the historical biases that are at play coming into this series and dealing specifically with the facts, a pathway to a Raptors victory can be found.Here’s a look at how Toronto can shock the world and sling a dinosaur-sized stone into the collective foreheads of the mighty Warriors to win its first-ever NBA championship.Defensive personnelIf you’re a Raptors fan looking for just one thing to have confidence in heading into this series, look no further than the Raptors’ defence.The Raptors’ 102.4 defensive rating is the second-best among all 16 playoff teams and is astoundingly nearly a full eights points per 100 possessions better than Golden State’s 110.2.As the old adage goes, defence wins championships and as the Raptors have progressed through this post-season it’s become very clear that they possess a championship-calibre defence.This has been Toronto’s identity for the last month-and-a-half and for all that’s made of opposing star power the Raptors have had to go against (i.e. Nikola Vucevic, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Giannis Antetokounmpo), when the time has come, they’ve managed to put the clamps down and mitigate these kinds of players’ impact with terrifying ease for stretches in series.So why would things change against Golden State?Take a look at these two charts above, the left shows how the Warriors have performed over 16 post-season games so far and the two they played against the Raptors in the regular season.Small sample sizes these both may be (particularly the chart against Toronto), there’s still information to glean from this as you can visually see a lot more red and neutral against the Raptors than any Western Conference foe the Dubs have faced in the post-season.More specifically, during these playoffs, Golden State is shooting an excellent 48.7 per cent from the field and 37 per cent from deep, but against the Raptors they connected on 48.1 per cent of their shots and only 30.4 per cent of their looks from outside.Granted, thing have changed since the regular season, but the Raptors beat the Warriors in both their meetings this season, including an impressive showing at Oracle Arena on Dec. 12 that saw Toronto crush Golden State 113-93 and hold the Dubs to only 23.1 per cent shooting from deep without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup.It’s not a perfect sample because of how different the Raptors were then compared to now, but a blueprint for how the Raptors can slow down the Warriors and their top-rated offence this post-season (116.4 points per 100 possessions).Stopping Steph:Starting with the most dangerous player on the Warriors, Stephen Curry, it will be absolutely paramount for the Raptors to get up into Curry’s grill and not only be a little physical with him but more importantly make him think twice about just launching a three.In the clip above, you can see Fred VanVleet picking up Curry from full-court and hounding him all the way across the time line and then sticking with him as Curry tries to move without the ball, not allowing him to take a three, before Curry ultimately puts the ball on the floor and turns it over.This is an ideal example of everything going right in defending Curry, but even if things don’t go this way all the time, simply cutting down on time for him to think and make a decision will do wonders for the Raptors, especially because they have multiple players who can do this.As that clip denotes, VanVleet is one of them, but so is Kyle Lowry and Leonard and even Danny Green if he’s required to switch onto Curry — there shouldn’t be much of a drop-off.Stopping Klay:With that said, Curry won’t be Green’s main concern in this series. Instead, he’ll likely be tasked with shutting down the Dubs’ second biggest three-point threat in Klay Thompson.Like looking into a mirror of a better version of himself, Thompson is a three-and-D player much like Green, just taken to its most optimized level. It doesn’t matter if Thompson is more talented, however, because since they are the same kind of player, Green has an acute understanding of what Thompson wants to do and understands how to counter it, as this clip below demonstrates:Notice how Thompson tries to lull Green into the oncoming screen that will set him up, something that almost works but doesn’t entirely as Green is able to quickly pick up what’s happening and fight over the screen to get a decent contest on what would’ve been a wide-open triple.Obviously, Thompson is talented enough to hit that look if given another crack at it so this wasn’t the optimal defensive outcome, but it worked nonetheless. Ideally, though, the Raptors want to try to run Thompson (and to a lesser extent, Curry) off the line and take a mid-range jumper or try to get all the way to the basket where Toronto bigs like Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam have given fits to those trying to attack the basket all post-season long.Stopping Dray:A way the Warriors can counter the pack-the-paint defence Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been employing with his big men is to try to draw them out with Draymond Green, a man who is, perhaps, the Dubs’ most important player given his emotional engine.Like everyone else on Golden State’s roster, Green can shoot threes but his most important skill is as a playmaker. Capable of picking teams apart with passes, Green can be the best player on the floor without ever taking a shot.This could be a problem for the Raptors as they don’t really want the likes of Gasol or Ibaka venturing too far away from the basket, and with Green’s shooting ability and quickness advantage in addition to his point guard-like passing skills he will be a tough cover for Toronto’s frontcourt.Luckily, the Raptors don’t exactly need a frontcourt player to try to keep him in check, though.Looking again at that Dec. 12 game, there were some funky matchups with Leonard being out, and one of them included having Nurse put Lowry onto Green.A horrible idea at first glance, but when you consider the fact Lowry is strong enough to hold his own in the post against him, is quicker so he can stay with any Green drives or make a good contest and also has an advanced understanding of passing lanes, that mismatch doesn’t look like one anymore.It may have been a matchup Nurse was forced to go to in a mid-season bout of emergency, but it just may have unlocked a means to throw a wrench in to the Dubs’ engine.Stopping KD:Of course, worrying about the likes of Curry and Thompson is all relatively moot should one Kevin Durant be healthy enough to play in the Finals.Golden State’s best player, he had been on a tear offensively in the playoffs before he got hurt, averaging 34.2 points on 51.3-per cent shooting.Even in his lone matchup against the Raptors with Leonard this season on Nov. 29, he went off for 51 points, with 21 alone coming with Leonard defending him.With that said, amid that flamethrower game, Durant did have one moment of vulnerability in the second quarter when he was only 2-for-6 from the field.The hardest part about trying to stop Durant is the fact that, with his length and shooting mechanics, he can rise and fire from anywhere essentially uncontested. However, one glimmer of hope the Raptors have beyond just banking on Leonard raising his level defensively against Durant is in Siakam’s equally spider-like length that can actually not just bug Durant’s jumper, but block it.Built to beat the Warriors:As you may have already noticed, a lot of the points made to stop the Warriors’ stars comes down to Toronto’s flexibility defensively.Versatility is a great thing to have on defence and the Raptors have it in spades. As such, even though the Warriors’ spread offence can be a nightmare to deal with because of the all the star power, Toronto is essentially built to stop it.Drag the Dubs into the mudThis is a product of the defensive identity the Raptors have taken on, but it’s worth noting that the Raptors dropped their pace from 100.55 possessions per game in the regular season to a much slower 96.05 possessions per contest.This is important because it speaks to a deliberate style of basketball that’s helped the Raptors and hurt their opponents in the post-season.The Orlando Magic averaged 98.69 possessions in the regular season but only 95.70 against Toronto. For the Philadelphia 76ers it was much the same with a 102.64 average compared to just 95.50 versus Toronto, as it was for the Milwaukee Bucks’ 103.61 to 96.67.In each case, the Raptors took speedy teams that want to play in transition and dragged them into a half-court game where a player like Leonard can have much greater impact.The Warriors averaged 101.78 possessions per game in the regular season and have been averaging 99.24 in the playoffs. If the Raptors can slow them down even more by playing the same level of defence we’ve seen from them all playoffs long and working the shot clock a little more on their own offensive possessions, they could find themselves in a one- or two-possession game with five minutes to go, something that should favour the Raptors because of the next and final point.The Raptors have the best player in the seriesBefore you do anything, look at these three GIFs: BROWSE toronto raptors read more

Mitchells Big Ten tournamentrecord 43 leads Ohio State womens basketball into semifinals

OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — Coming into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Big Ten tournament on a two-game losing streak, No. 9 Ohio State (24-6, 15-3) wasn’t looking to take 10th-seeded Rutgers (18-14, 8-10) lightly.OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell took matters into her own hands, dropping 43 points to break a Big Ten tournament record for single-game scoring and directing the Buckeyes to a 73-58 victory over the Scarlet Knights in the quarterfinals.Mitchell has scored 91 points in her last two games, pushing herself to No. 11 on OSU’s all-time scoring list by tallying 1,650 points in mere two-year career.Although it seemed as though Mitchell could do no wrong, OSU had a difficult time getting shots to fall from the tip.“Coach (Kevin) McGuff just put the emphasis on we were a little too anxious,” Mitchell said. “Getting a lot of quick shots and just trying to rush the ball a bit more.”The Buckeyes had one of their most sluggish shooting performances of the season in the first half, going 10-of-33 from the field and finishing the first 20 minutes of play with only 26 points. All but eight of those first-half points came from the fingertips of Mitchell.Friday night’s first-half outing was OSU’s second-lowest scoring performance in a first half this season, with its low being 24 points against No. 1 Connecticut at the beginning of the season.Like the Buckeyes, the Scarlet Knights weren’t able to get offensive production from all five players on the court. Instead, senior forward Kahleah Cooper and junior guard Tyler Scaife anchored the Scarlet Knight offense.Scaife utilized her quickness to get to the rim, ending the half with 16 points, while Copper put her power in the paint to good use to chip in 13.Playing catch-up after a slow start in the first half is not a situation that the Buckeyes would consider foreign, but now, in a playoff environment, there was a bit more urgency for the Scarlet and Gray.“Well, the thing we talked about is just getting more balance in our offense,” McGuff said.“We ran more set plays to get drives and get the ball into the paint, either off a pass or off the dribble, and just so we wouldn’t settle for so many threes.”OSU was able to get its first lead of the game at the 7:15 mark after a 3-pointer from Mitchell. After the deep ball, the Buckeyes were able to regain the confidence and swagger that they were searching for. They did not look back for the rest of the game — kind of.The positive feelings of the second half came to a screeching halt when an injury left OSU holding its breath. Senior guard Ameryst Alston crashed into a few Scarlet Knights players in an attempt to grab a loose ball and injured her wrist on the ground, leaving the Buckeye fans in attendance in shock.The collision would send Alston to the locker room early, ending her night with 12 points. She later returned to the bench in the waning seconds with an ice bag resting on her wrist.“Yeah, she came down,” McGuff said. “I think she sprained maybe her wrist. But I don’t have much more than that. I just had a quick update, that was it.”OSU is set to continue its journey through the Big Ten tournament Saturday evening approximately 30 minutes following the semifinal matchup between Maryland and Northwestern, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.The Buckeyes are slated to face third-seeded Michigan State with a spot to get to the championship game on Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the line. The Spartans beat OSU in triple overtime in the regular-season finale last Saturday. read more

Protection of miners increased fees to be addressed in GGMC regulation

The review of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission’s (GGMC) regulations has begun, and will focus on enhancing the functioning of the regulatory body.Today, Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the initial review stage will be undertaken by the Commission.“One of the areas comes in the form of the protection of miners. Some persons feel that they are not fully protected, you look at how the system that we have now, how it is working, what we need to do to enhance it to remove bureaucracy, if any,” are some of the areas that will be under revision, Minister Broomes explained.The revision will also look at the possibility of raising some of the fees outlined in the regulations. “It is a wide review to see how we can deliver better, and have a regulation that is strong. The regulations are there for persons to abide by,” Minister Broomes told GINA.Regulatory agencies within the extractive sector were tasked with identifying their strategic priorities, legislative gaps in their existing Act and Regulations, and a review of the fees and fines that are stipulated by their legislation.Minister Broomes explained that the Ministry will engage in countrywide consultations on the reviewed regulations before they are implemented. “We believe in the open process… you’ll have more persons now coming and partaking in the consultative process because we are committed to taking it throughout the country, and all the mining districts,” Minister Broomes said.The 2017 National Budget has allocated $579.879M for policy development and administration. Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman in his budget presentation last December noted there was a need for a clear legislative regime that enables improved governance and the development of a sustainable extractor sector. (GINA) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGGMC to investigate possible river pollution from mining in Moruca – Ministerial team visitsAugust 7, 2016In “Local News”Broomes to push for stronger enforcement of maritime laws in Guyana’s InteriorJanuary 30, 2017In “latest news”Natural resources to invest in human capital – as sector’s allocation approvedDecember 14, 2016In “Local News” read more

ASGCO expands TruTrainer conveyor belt tracking idler range

first_imgThe Tru-Trainer series of conveyor belt tracking idlers from ASGCO, including the new V-Return variant, have a patented design aimed at improving reliability and re-activity. Their stainless steel internal pivot is perpendicular to the plane of the belt and they have a rubber covered shell with tapered ends to help actuate the trainer immediately as the belt moves off centre. ASGCO says that the design differs from conventional trainers by having the ability to constantly react to keep the belt centred. The separate tapered rolls can be individually replaced as wear occurs and there is an option to use high abrasion polyurethane lagged rollers.The group says that the new V-Return Tru-Trainer was developed to accommodate the excessive forces encountered with V-Return idler conveyors, systems and structures. The V-Return idler structure is often used for wide conveyor belts, generally over 48 in and for long conveyor systems to help centralise the centre of the conveyor belt on the system. The company says it includes needle thrust and tapered roller bearings and enhanced sealing system for “the most aggressive mining conditions.” Customers include a large mining operation handling 4 in minus copper ore at 850 feet per minute (260 m per minute), which installed a 60 in wide V-Return Tru-Trainer. ASGCO states: “Prior to the V-Return Tru-Trainer the customer experienced many belt tracking issues that were causing severe conveyor belt edge damage and the conveyor belt was cutting into the idler brackets causing severe safety issues. Since the installation of the V-Return Tru-Trainers, the tracking problems have all but been eliminated.”last_img read more

Central Bank fines Citibank €550000 for inaccurate liquidity reporting

first_imgCITIBANK IS TO pay a monetary penalty of €550,000 to the Central Bank for failing to ensure the accuracy of its reporting.The settlement was reached after the regulator found the financial institution to be in breach of five rules related to liquidity reporting between January 2009 and July 2012.The bank was found to have failed to apply haircuts (discounts on cash-flows) to retail and corporate deposits to reflect the perceived risk associated with holding such deposits before including them in liquidity returns.Director of Enforcement Derville Rowland said the settlement is the fourth to be completed by the Central Bank in the past four years.The high penalty imposed reflects the importance placed on compliance with regulatory reporting obligations, according to the Central Bank.“The failure by regulated financial services providers to ensure the accuracy of regulatory reporting to the Central Bank undermines the ability of the Central Bank to supervise such institutions and is viewed as a serious matter,” Rowland said in a statement.The Central Bank noted that the bank’s liquidity position remained in excess of required rations at all times. The firm also noticed the contraventions itself and made the Central Bank aware. It has also taken the necessary remedial steps to rectify the internal issues.Read: Former Anglo loans worth €2.5bn to be sold as part of ‘Project Evergreen’More: Iceland jails bank officials for Kaupthing fraudlast_img read more

Chiellini Icardi is the second best striker Ive ever faced

first_imgJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini has faced off against numerous amounts of world-class strikers across his playing career and rates Mauro Icardi as one of the bestThe Inter Milan star is one of the most highly-regarded forwards in European football right now and has been frequently linked with a move to Real Madrid.In total, Icardi has scored 119 goals in 200 appearances for Inter and has found the net against Juventus eight times since arriving at Italy in 2011.And Chiellini has nothing but respect for Icardi, who he rates as the most deadliest striker in the penalty area behind team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.“In my opinion, Icardi is the second best striker in the penalty box who I’ve ever marked,” Chiellini told DAZN, via Football-Italia.“He chips away at you mentally, in the sense that you have to be concentrated all the time. I’ve only encountered one who is worse for that, but he’s playing with me this year!”The Italian defender then gave his take on the downside of Juventus’ campaign this season.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.Massimiliano Allegri’s side finished top of Group H in the Champions League on Wednesday night, despite losing 2-1 to BSC Young Boys in their final game, and already lead the Serie A by eight points from nearest challengers Napoli.But Chiellini highlighted October’s 1-1 home draw with Genoa and their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last month as low points in their season.“There are some, like that draw we had with Genoa. Those were definitely two points dropped, and with all due respect for Genoa we can’t afford to drop points to them at home,” said Chiellini.“We’ve also been at 1-0 close to the end too many times. It’s almost always been fine because of our attitude, but against Manchester United we paid for it with interest.“I’d say 1-0 is a perfect result up until about 60 minutes, then you need to get the second and manage things better.“Not conceding gives you confidence for the next games, but having a little cushion means you expend less physical and mental energy.”last_img read more

Hooters Calendar Girls spread holiday cheer in South Florida stops

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – They’ve served you burgers, wings and fries, but this year, the world-famous Hooters Girls are pulling double duty as Santa’s little helpers.More than 20 Hooters Calendar Girls spread holiday cheer all throughout South Florida, Thursday to Sunday. They traveled to nine different stops with the goal of helping children with arts and crafts and raising money for charity.7News caught up with them at His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens, Sunday morning.“There’s no words to really express how great it is to be able to make somebody’s day and make somebody happy, especially during the holidays,” said Sable Robbert, 2016 Miss Hooters International. “These kids are just awesome, and we’re really excited to be here.”Hooters said a portion of every calendar sale goes to breast cancer research and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sue Hendee Receives WOWs 2019 School Staff Recognition Award

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from We’re One Wilmington:Congratulations to Sue Hendee, Shawsheen School Physical Education Teacher, for being selected as the 2019 WOW School Staff Recognition Award recipient. Winners are selected annually from nominations submitted by school staff and WOW members. Winners demonstrate a commitment to community service by going above and beyond the expectations of their job to incorporate the concept of community service into their classrooms or the Wilmington school system.Sue organizes the Wilmington Kids Pan Mass Challenge, which is a huge undertaking. This year alone roughly $20,000 was raised to fight cancer. This is in addition to riding the adult Pan Mass Challenge herself – a rigorous 2-day bike-a-thon.Sue is also well-known as the WHS Varsity Girls soccer coach. In addition to her coaching role, she spearheads a collaborative fundraising effort with Stoneham High School (boys and girls soccer teams from both schools participate), which raises money for Breast Cancer Research.These are just two of many examples of why Sue is so deserving of this award.Thank you to Sue for the countless hours of time spent – above and beyond what would ever be expected – to spread the spirit of community service throughout our school system!Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Wins Eastern Mass. Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s Program Of Excellence AwardIn “Sports”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: District Honors WHS Girls Soccer Coach Sue HendeeIn “Education”Wilmington High’s Diana Hill & Mary Lou McDonough Receive WOW’s School Staff Recognition AwardIn “Education”last_img read more

Brexit will force Jaguar Land Rover to idle its UK factories in

first_img 26 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Comments GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 31 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Share your voice Correction 2/5/19 8:04 A.M.: We removed a reference to Rolls-Royce possibly moving production after receiving clarification from the brand that the report we cited was inaccurate. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Jaguar Land Rover Car Industry Luxury cars SUVs More From Roadshow 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 81 Photos Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 71 Photos Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 68 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Car Industry Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 52 Photos Enlarge ImageThe work stoppage is planned to last just a week in April, but it could be an indicator of things to come. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Jaguar Land Rover, alongside the rest of the British auto industry, has been in borderline panic mode with Brexit looming, and now it’s looking like the iconic British marques will idle four factories for an additional week or more in April, according to a report published Sunday by Motor1.Jaguar Land Rover currently operates vehicle production facilities in Solihull, Castle Bromwich and Halewood and an engine assembly plant in Wolverhampton which it typically shuts down for a week in April. This year that stoppage will be extended by at least a week. Only its UK factories will be affected by the shutdown, but it’s still a significant bump in the road for the car maker.Other British automakers have resorted to drastic measures as well. Aston Martin has already enacted its No-Deal Brexit contingency plan while German-owned Bentley is reportedly considering moving production from the UK to continental Europe if things go totally pear-shaped. Lotus is newly flush with cash, courtesy of its primary investor Geely, but if we had the kind of financial history that it does, coupled with its low yearly sales, we’d be soiling ourselves at the moment.Jaguar Land Rover didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 1 49 Photos 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 10 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2020 Land Rover Defender hides boxy good looks under heavy camo Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Land Rover Jaguar,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 4 69 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 18 Photos Share your voice General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Anchorage man arrested for stabbing sleeping girlfriend

first_imgA 22-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with assault for stabbing his girlfriend in the head as she slept.Court records say the man said he went two days without sleep and heard screaming voices that “told him to kill his girlfriend” Thursday night.The 18-year-old girlfriend called 911. Anchorage police found her bleeding from a wound on her head and say she was awoken from sleep by her boyfriend stabbing her.She was taken to the hospital and police say her injuries are not life-threatening.According to a police statement, she said her boyfriend is schizophrenic, was recently discharged from Alaska Psychiatric Institute and had not been taking his medication.Court documents say the man says he smoked laced marijuana the day of the stabbing and methamphetamine two days earlier.last_img read more

RGVs Lakshmis NTR release postponed again Is CBFCTDP responsible for this delay

first_imgLakshmi’s NTRTwitterDirector Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) has once again postponed the release of Lakshmi’s NTR. Fingers are apparently being pointed at Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for this delay.Lakshmi’s NTR, which is a biopic on NT Rama Rao, is one of the most-anticipated Telugu movies of 2019. Its controversial promos and the failure of NTR: Kathanayakudu and Mahanayakudu have raised a lot of curiosity and expected this movie. But Ram Gopal Varma has been testing the patience of the viewers by deferring its release for various reasons.Ram Gopal Varma recently confirmed that Lakshmi’s NTR would hit the screens on March 22 and none can stop its release. Even producer Rakesh Reddy also assured to fight against all odds for its release. But now, the director has silently announced its delay on his Twitter handle without revealing the reason for it. He tweeted, “‏Get Ready to know all the truths on March 29 th #LakshmisNTR.”Many in the film industry are busy speculating the reason for Ram Gopal Varma postponing the release of Lakshmi’s NTR. They feel that the complaint filed by the TDP activist or the delay in the censorship must be responsible for the film not hitting the screens on the announced date.It is known that a TDP worker named Devibabu Choudhary had filed case with the Election Commission, seeking to stop the release of Lakshmi’s NTR. In his complaint, he had claimed that the movie shows AP CM Chandrababu Naidu in a bad light, which will not only tarnish his image but also affect the voters, as it hits the screens weeks before the polling. It is said that the court might have issued an order to halt.On the other hand, Ram Gopal Varma alleged on Sunday that the CBFC was delaying the censorship of Lakshmi’s NTR for obvious reasons. He tweeted on March 17, “By refusing to watch #LakshmisNTR by assuming what might be in the film, It is clear that CBFC is over reaching its authority in trying to favour someone.”Ram Gopal Varma announced to hold a press meet on Monday. The director tweeted, “Me and my advocate Mr. Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy are going to address a press meet tmrw 18th mrng 10 AM at Prasad lab to reveal about CBFC ILLEGALLY TRYING TO STOP #LakshmisNTR ..We will be telling the details about how it will be dragged to court.”Minutes later, Ram Gopal Varma surprised everyone by changing his stand on the CBFC. He tweeted, “There has been an unfortunate misunderstanding between our office and the CBFC which has now been cleared ..The CBFC is now doing the necessary action as per the laid down procedure ..Hence our press meet against the CBFC is cancelled ..Jai NTR #LakshmiNTR”Get Ready to know all the truths on March 29 th #LakshmisNTR pic.twitter.com/GRGTC9K3jR— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 19, 2019last_img read more

Rohingya child refugees suffer malnutrition UNICEF

first_imgFile PhotoMalnutrition, poor sanitary conditions and diseases in refugee settlements is potentially catastrophic for Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar, UNICEF warns.It has found many children both in camps and among new arrivals ‘severely acutely malnourished’.”Some children are close to death by the time they make it across the border,” the UN body said in a news release issued simultaneously from Geneve, New York and Dhaka on Friday.”We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees,” it said.UNICEF mentioned that a nutrition survey is underway which will provide data in November.However, according to its screening at the border on 16-18 October, 33 out of 340 children screed, were found to be severely acutely malnourished. Its purpose was to identify children who needed immediate, life-saving treatment, UNICEF said.Screening conducted on sick children who were brought to a Medecins Sans Frontieres clinic reportedly found 14 severely acutely malnourished cases among 103 children.So far, UNICEF and partners had screened 59,604 children among refugees who have taken shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August, and identified 1,970 as severely acutely malnourished , and 6,971 as moderately acutely malnourished.These numbers roughly correspond to the pre-crisis malnutrition rates – which were already above the emergency threshold – 21.2 perr cent global acute malnutrition and 3.6 per cent severe acute malnutrition, according to a survey conducted in May 2017 in makeshift settlements.In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, malnutrition rates in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, where the vast majority of refugees come from, were also already above emergency thresholds.”Since 25 August, we have had to stop treating 4,000 children with severe acute malnutrition in northern Rakhine because we have had no access,” UNICEF said.last_img read more

Learning physics may activate new brain areas

first_imgBrain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.last_img read more