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Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections: Shivraj Singh Chouhan banks on welfare schemes to win a fourth term for BJP

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, attempting to win a fourth term for the BJP in the State, is hoping that his government’s “cradle to the grave” welfare give outs will outweigh any resentment, by either the upper castes or Dalit communities.Speaking exclusively to The Hindu during his “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” across the State, even as the upper caste groups are criticising his government for supporting reservation in promotions in government jobs, Mr. Chouhan said his government “did what it did, to ensure ‘samajik samarasta’ or social harmony.”Mr. Chouhan’s government had become party to an appeal in the Supreme Court against a Madhya Pradesh High Court order striking down reservation in promotions.Upper caste groups, traditional supporters of the BJP have, under an umbrella organisation named SAPAK, called for a Bharat Bandh and have decided to field candidates in all 230 Assembly constituencies of the State.Officials in the State government, now without promotions for the last three years as the matter was being heard, are also restive.“You are here with me on the yatra, you have seen the response that we are getting, Issues such as these can arise, and are to be dealt with. I believe in sabka saath, sabka vikas (support and development for all). For example, beneficiaries under the Sambhal Yojana belong to all strata of society, they are for everyone. In our party, when such issues arise, we discuss and find a way out,” he said. Sadhana Chouhan, wife of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in the “Jan Aashirwad Rath”. Photo: Nistula Hebbar    At the pit stop in Khandwa, near the city of Indore, Mr. Chouhan does his stump speech, referring to himself as mama (maternal uncle) and the collected audience as his bhanjis and bhaanjas (nieces and nephews), in a tone redolent with the “nanny” or in this case an “avuncular” state. He counts all the ways that his government has distributed largesse via welfare programmes.The Sambhal Yojana is an amalgamation of 11 of the nearly 172 welfare schemes run by the government, and includes an immediate cash relief of ₹5,000-10,000 in case of death in a listed beneficiary’s home, as well as a very popular scheme of providing electricity connections for a flat rate of ₹200 per household and wiping out outstanding power bills for listed beneficiaries.Mr. Chouhan’s government, rocked by a farmers agitation in Mandsaur last June, has also announced an additional amount of ₹265 to the Minimum Support Price for wheat.“Unlike what you think, farmers are very much my constituency. I had held a public meeting a few days ago at Pipliya Mandi, in Mandsaur, the epicentre of that incident, and people came out in large numbers to support me. The party will win with a larger margin than 2008 and 2013, and this will be solely due to the pro-poor welfare schemes, a strata of society that you all said did not support the BJP,” he said.He dismissed the Congress’ soft Hindutva push, specifically party leader Kamal Nath’s promise of building cowsheds in every panchayat if elected.“At this time, they (the Congress) are doing things as they come. Whatever anyone demands, they say they will do it. Why didn’t they implement all this in the last 50 years when they were in power?” he said.BJP sources say that fresh faces will replace up to 50% of sitting MLAs as polls draw near. For Mr. Chouhan, fashioning a populist constituency from the foundation of Hindutva identity politics, it will be a watershed election one way or the other.last_img read more

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NBA India Games: Priyanka Chopra Sizzles as She Leads Stars Lineup on NBA Red Carpet

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rannvijay Singha, Tara Sharma, YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bham, entrepreneur Anand Ahuja, among others, graced the red carpet of NBA India Games 2019 Welcome Reception, hosted to celebrate the premiere of pre-season games in India.The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play in two pre-season games in Mumbai, marking the first games the NBA has played in India and the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league. The NBA India Games 2019 will take place Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at the Dome, SVP, NSCI Stadium here. The much-awaited NBA pre-season game has been sold out with the most expensive ticket being sold at Rs 85,000.Two matches will be played on Friday and Saturday between the Pacers and the Kings. The latter of the two is owned by Indian American businessman Vivek Ranadive. Tickets have been sold only for the match that will take place on Saturday while the game on Friday will be attended by 3,000 kids who are part of the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA programme.”On Friday seats have been reserved for 3,000 kids from 70 schools in Mumbai. As part of their programme with the Reliance Foundation and the NBA, they will be seeing the match,” organisers told IANS. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. indiana pacersmumbainba india gamesNBA India Games 2019 First Published: October 4, 2019, 11:10 AM ISTlast_img read more

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Kenyan sports ministry officials involved in massive scam

first_imgTop officials in the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts (Mosca) are facing charges and possible jail time for allegedly embezzling over $870,000 meant for the country’s team to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.This is more than triple the amount said to have been misappropriated by senior National Olympics Committee-Kenya (Nock) official and Team Kenya Head of Mission, Stephen arap Soi who is facing five charges related to the theft of over $254,000 set aside for the team, reports Xinhua.The fresh allegations are contained in a yet to be released Rio 2016 Probe Committee report that was obtained by local media on Friday that is also calling for Nock to account to the over $1.2 million they have been receiving annually from American sports giants Nike on behalf of Kenyan teams to the Olympics.The probe team appointed by Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario when he disbanded Nock in the immediate aftermath of Rio 2016 when the scandal shocked a nation with the minister receiving the report on October 28.Wario has since forwarded it to the country’s president Uhuru Kenyatta who is in the process of making it public and announce what action will be taken against those who are found guilty of misusing funds meant for the team.”Action to be taken against those culpable in the misappropriation of $870,000 at Mosca and also Nock to account for the 1.26 million dollars per year they receive from Nike on behalf of the athletes,” part of the report in our possession recommends.Officials in the ministry resorted to withholding payment of members of the probe committee in a bid to compel them to divulge the contents of the report fearing they are adversely mentioned.advertisement”When we presented the report to Wario on October 28, the minister ordered accounting officers to pay us but they have since declined because these officials suspect they are being accused in the report,” probe committee chairman Paul Ochieng said.”They want to get hold of it to doctor it or line up some form of defence but they should instead seek its contents from the appointing authority who is Wario,” Ochieng added.His committee spent 37 days working in Nairobi and Eldoret in a bid to get to the bottom of the scandal.Another report by the Parliamentary Select Committee for Labour and Social Services chaired by Matuga Member of Parliament, Matuga Member of Parliament, is yet to release its report to the same scandal having summoned Nock and ministry bureaucrats led by the CS.last_img read more

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Schools need to have playfields, physical education instructor: Government

first_imgUnder the Right to Education Act, the schools should have playfields, physical education instructor, government told the Lok Sabha today.(Read: Importance of balancing sports and academics: Difficult but doable)  Views of Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel said government recognised the role of sports and physical education in the holistic development of children and youth in the country”As part of this policy, the government has made access to playfields and engagement of physical education instructor a mandatory requirement for all schools under the Right to Education Act,” he said during Question HourThe minister said the CBSE places special importance on co-scholastic areas which includes sports and physical fitness and it is expected that the state education boards would also emulate the CBSE example in due courseGoel said a scheme called ‘Khelo India – National Programme for Development of Sports’ is being implemented by the Sports Ministry as a central sector scheme from the current financial (2016-17)The scheme provides for holding of annual sports competitions in two age group – (i) under 14 and (ii) under 17 all over the country to encourage mass participation of both boys and girls in sports in both urban and rural areas and identification of talented sportspersons through competitions and creation of sports infrastructure facilities, he said.Read: Najeeb Jung concerned over Delhi’s plan for nursery admissions Read: Only 177 PhDs in entrepreneurship awarded since 2000 in India Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more

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Chris Gayle backs Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni to return to form in ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgSwashbuckling West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has backed the likes of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come good in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy despite their below par performance in this season of the Indian Premier League.Both Kohli (308 runs) and Dhoni (240) have not had a great season in IPL 2017.However, Gayle believes that these two still have the potential to win matches for their national side leading into the Champions Trophy.”Virat Kohli scored 900 runs last year. This year didn’t get that sort of click as came out of injury as well. You have to put those things in perspective as well. These things will happen to cricketers, it happened to best players in the world and it happened to MS as well. They are still match winners, those people will still win you games,” Gayle told India Today.Kohli’s side Royal Challengers Bangalore finished at the bottom of the Indian Premier League table with only 3 wins in 14 matches. Skipper Kohli too wasn’t in the kind of form as he was in the previous season. He scored 308 runs in 10 matches at an average of 30.80 in comparison to 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08 in 2016.Former India skipper Dhoni too has not had a great run in IPL 2017. Despite captaincy burden off his shoulders, the wicket-keeper batsman looked a pale shadow of his old self. Dhoni so far has managed to score only 240 runs in 13 innings at an average of 24 with only one half-century to his name.advertisementGayle too was woefully out of form, adding to Bangalore’s woes. The Jamaican managed to score only 200 runs in 9 matches with an average of 22.22.”When you look back and study like in all departments we failed to produce good performance as a collective unit. You need to win at least two games to get the momentum and we couldn’t get the momentum we needed,” Gayle said.Meanwhile, the time has come for Kohli and Dhoni to leave their IPL disappointment with the bat behind them and get back to scoring ways as India aim to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown.last_img read more

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Umesh Yadav’s form will be comforting for Virat Kohli and selectors: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgUmesh Yadav tearing into the West Indies batting lineup and picking wickets was a sight to behold in Hyderabad as the speedster proved what he is truly capable of during his man-of-the-match performance in the second Test which India won by 10 wickets to sweep the series 2-0 on Sunday.After picking up career-best figures of 6 for 88 in the first innings, he got 4 wicket for 45 runs in the second innings to grab his maiden 10-wicket haul in Test cricket and set up a comprehensive victory for India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.In the process, Umesh became the third Indian pacer overall to register a 10-wicket haul in Test matches in India. The other two are Javagal Srinath (13/132 vs Pakistan) and Kapil Dev 11/146 vs Pakistan).Umesh Yadav deserves what he has achieved in Hyderabad Test: Virat KohliWhat’s even more amazing is the fact that he was the lone pacer operating for India throughout the Test due to Shardul Thakur’s injury in the fourth over on the first day. Umesh stepped up his game and completely blew away the opposition first with sheer pace and then with reverse swing.Hyderabad Test: Match Report | Highlights | ScorecardCaptain Virat Kohli labelled him as the standout performer for India in this game while former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said Umesh’s performance will give the national selectors a pleasant headache when they tour Australia next month.Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul helps India sweep Test series vs West Indies”Umesh Yadav has been in and out of the Indian team for such a long time. He’s travelled to England without playing a match. Clearly the way he’s bowled today getting wickets with reverse swinging deliveries… He’s made a case to be selected in Australia. That is a pleasant headache for the selectors,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementUmesh Yadav bags career-best 6 for 88, second five-wicket haul in TestsAs far as the final XI goes, Gavaskar feels Umesh might not get a look in the side in Australia but he will certainly give the Indian batsmen a run for their money in the nets.”India have some outstanding new-ball bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohamemd Shami and even Ishant Sharma. So, it is not going to be easy but the fact that you have Umesh Yadav around is going to be comforting for the selectors and Virat.Also Read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home”He will also give you good net practice in the nets…it is really important to have good practice in the nets and India will have somebody of Umesh’s caliber. But as far as the final XI goes, it will all depend on what combination the team wants to go in with.”I don’t think they will play four new ball bowlers. They might go in with three fast bowlers and a spinner. But, 10 wickets in a match that has only been done twice in a match by Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath…he has certainly made his case,” Gavaskar concluded.Also Read – Virat Kohli happy with problem of plenty in India’s pace departmentUmesh ended the series as the highes wicket-taker with 11 wickets. His performance was singled out by Kohli in the post-match presentation.”I would like to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down in the first spell and Umesh deserves what he’s achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he’s stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 per cent every time in the field.”We all are happy for him, he’s worked really hard and has waited for his chance to step up for us. He is the standout performer for me in this game as far as I am concerned,” Kohli said.last_img read more

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England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West Indies

first_imgEngland wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test in St Lucia on Tuesday after home batsman Roston Chase made a century but got little help.Number five Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton, after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side’s top order with three quick wickets.This week a confidence booster: Joe RootAlthough West Indies had already won the series with victories in the first two tests, England’s win in the finale will provide a pick-me-up as they eye a home Ashes series against Australia starting in August.”This week should be a real confidence booster going into a very exciting summer of cricket,” England captain Joe Root said at the victory presentation.Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings.Chase brought up his century with his team already nine wickets down when he cut part-timer spinner Joe Denly for four.He was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.”We still have a lot of improvement to make but lots of positives came out of the series,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended for the match due to his team’s slow over rate in the second test.James Anderson shinesWest Indies’ top order had no answer to Anderson’s movement off the seam, with John Campbell (golden duck), Kraigg Brathwaite (eight) and Darren Bravo (duck), all caught in the slip-gully cordon.advertisementMark Wood, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, continued his outstanding match when he had Shai Hope (14) caught at cover off a leading edge just before lunch. Wood was later named Player of the Match.”He bowled fantastically well, a huge amount of pace,” Root said. “It’s great to see him come back into the side and put in such a strong performance… and now prove how good a player he is.”Anderson finished with 3-27, while spinner Moeen Ali had 3-99 as England won with more than a day to spare.Denly also did his part, delivering an excellent throw from the outfield to run out Shimron Hetmyer for 19.Earlier, Root declared his team’s second innings immediately upon his dismissal for 122, with the visitors 361 for five. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 48.England batted for only 5.2 overs, adding a quick 36 runs to their overnight total.Also Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | West Indies, England bowlers bowl most number of wides in a Test matchlast_img read more

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COSCO Braces for Rough Fourth Quarter

first_imgzoom Singapore Exchange mainboard-listed COSCO Corporation (Singapore) Limited has recorded a 17.1% increase in turnover in Q3 2014 compared to Q3 2013 on the back of increases in shipyard and dry bulk shipping revenues, the company said in a release.Turnover from shipyard operations increased 17.2% in Q3 2014 mainly due to growth in revenue from marine engineering segment which offset the lower revenue contribution from ship building and ship repair segments. COSCO delivered 1 bulk carrier, 1 livestock carrier and 1 jack-up rig in Q3 2014.Turnover from dry bulk shipping and other businesses increased 11.2%, as most of the current short-term charter rates were higher than those received in Q3 2013, COSCO said.Gross profit decreased 22.6% mainly due to lower profit contributions from shipyard operations. Other income comprised gain from the disposal of scrap metal, interest income, net currency exchange gain/(loss) and others. Compared to Q3 2013, other income decreased by 17.7%, mainly due to the absence of one-off compensation received from customers in Q3 2013.Interest expense increased by 12.5% in Q3 2014 due to higher bank borrowings used to fund shipyard operations.Overall, net profit attributable to equity holders of the company increased 69.2%. Compared to first nine months in 2013, net profit attributable to equity holders of the company increased 31.0% in the first nine months in 2014.Captain Wu Zi Heng, Vice Chairman and President of the Company, said: “Our Group has performed steadily in yet another testing quarter for the industry. For the remainder of 2014, our Group maintains a cautious outlook given the persistent weaknesses in the state of the global economy and global economic growth.”As at September 30, 2014, COSCO’s order book stood at USD 8.9 billion with progressive deliveries up to 2016.New orders received in first 9 months of 2014 include 9 bulk carriers, 8 platform supply vessels, 4 emergency response/rescue/field support vessels, 4 subsea supply vessels, 2 livestock carriers, 1 jack-up rig, 1 accommodation barge, 1 floating accommodation unit and 1 module carrier.As COSCO continues construction in 2014 on new ship building contracts that were secured in recent years at low contract values due to the slumping shipping market at the time, the company expects operating margins on these new shipbuilding projects to continue to be under great pressure notwithstanding improving gains in efficiency and productivity.In dry bulk shipping, the company expects the positive impact from any rebound in BDI to be subdued as expansion in the global bulk carrier fleet continues to outpace demand. COSCO continues to expect difficult and challenging business and operating conditions to persist for the rest of 2014.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Supreme Court of Canada wont hear Alberta murder appeals

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear the appeals of an Alberta couple convicted of first-degree murder.Sheena Cuthill and her husband Timothy Rempel were found guilty three years ago of killing Ryan Lane, who had a child with Cuthill before the two parted ways.Cuthill’s brother-in-law was also convicted in the murder plot, and all three guilty parties were sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.Testimony at the trial indicated Cuthill and her husband were unhappy that Lane wanted visitation rights with the child he fathered with Cuthill.Lane’s remains were found in a burn barrel about 70 kilometres northeast of Calgary months after he was last seen going to meet someone who said they could help with the custody dispute.The Supreme Court, following its usual custom, gave no reason for refusing to hear the appeals of Cuthill and Rempel.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC tanker ban environment assessment bills scale final hurdle in Senate

first_imgOTTAWA (660 NEWS)–  A pair of controversial environmental bills scaled their final hurdle in the Senate, over the objections of critics who warn the two pieces of legislation will kneecap Canada’s oil industry and fuel separatist sentiment in Alberta.Senators passed Bill C-69, which overhauls the federal environmental assessment process for major construction projects, by a vote of 57-37.They also approved Bill C-48, legislation barring oil tankers from loading at ports on the northern coast of British Columbia.That bill passed on a vote of 49-46 — only narrowly escaping defeat.C-69 imposes more requirements for consulting affected Indigenous communities, widens public participation in the review process and requires climate change to be considered when major national resource-exploitation and transportation projects are being evaluated.The two bills put to the test senators’ policy of generally bowing to the will of the elected House of Commons when there is a dispute between the two parliamentary chambers about legislation.Conservative Senator Richard Neufeld called C-69 one of the most toxic, polarizing and divisive bills he’s encountered in 10 years as a senator.The pair were among a long list of bills the Senate pounded through late into the night today as the chamber prepared to adjourn for the summer and the subsequent election.last_img read more

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UN refugee agency voices dismay at Swedens forcible repatriation of Iraqis

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said one of those expelled from Sweden had told its staff in Baghdad that he had fled Iraq in 2007 after militiamen threatened to kill him. He said his asylum application was rejected three times in 2008.“UNHCR strongly reiterates its call on countries to refrain from deporting Iraqis who originate from the most perilous parts of the country,” Melissa Fleming, UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters.The agency said the repatriations are being carried out at a time when its five offices in Iraq are reporting a significant rise in the number of Christians fleeing Baghdad and Mosul to the Kurdistan Regional Government Region (KRG) and Ninewa plains.Since the attack on a church in Baghdad on 31 October and subsequent targeted attacks, the Christian communities in Baghdad and Mosul have started a slow but steady exodus out of the two areas.Some 1,000 families have arrived in KRG and Ninewa since the beginning of November, according to UNHCR.“We have heard many accounts of people fleeing their homes after receiving direct threats. Some were able to take only a few belongings with them. Our offices have distributed emergency assistance and are in contact with the local authorities to ensure that the recently displaced Christians are supported and assisted,” Ms. Fleming said.UNHCR offices in neighbouring Syria, Jordan and Lebanon are reporting a growing number of Iraqi Christians arriving and contacting the agency for registration and help, she said.“Churches and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] are warning us to expect more people fleeing in the coming weeks. Many of the new arrivals explain that they left in fear as a result of the church attack on 31 October,” said Ms. Fleming.In Syria, some 133 families or 300 individuals have registered with UNHCR since November, the majority of whom fled Iraq following the October church attack. The number of those registered in Jordan in October and November has doubled from the same period last year. Some 57 Christian refugees were registered in Jordan in September, compared to 98 and 109 in October and November.“UNHCR recognizes the efforts the Iraqi Government is making to try to protect all its citizens, including vulnerable minority groups such as the Christians.“The Iraqi Government has reiterated its commitment to increase the protection of places of worship. While overall civilian casualties are lower this year than last, it appears that minority groups are increasingly susceptible to threats and attacks,” said Ms. Fleming.The agency reiterated its position that asylum-seekers who originate from the Iraqi governorates of Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din, as well as from Kirkuk province, should not be deported and should benefit from international protection. 17 December 2010The United Nations refugee agency today deplored Sweden’s decision this week to forcibly repatriate a group of 20 Iraqis, including five people from the minority Christian community who are originally from Baghdad. read more

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Big losses for railroads pull industrial companies lower

NEW YORK — Stock indexes were posting slight losses in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday as a weak showing for railroad operator CSX pulled industrial companies broadly lower.Banks were also falling as investors worry that lower interest rates will hurt their profits going forward.Technology stocks bucked the downward trend and put up some solid gains. Qualcomm rose 0.6% following reports that the government asked a court to pause enforcement of an antitrust ruling. Microsoft, Intel and Adobe also rose.Corporate earnings reports are getting into full swing this week, and investor have been mostly cautious in their assessments of them. Earnings are still expected to decline for S&P 500 companies in the second quarter.CSX plunged 11.4% after saying it now expects its revenue to decline up to 2% this year, after previously saying it expected growth. Investors read that as trouble for the entire industry and sent the stock of other railroad operators lower. Union Pacific sank 5.2% and Norfolk Southern dropped 5.5%.Abbott Laboratories gained 4.2% and pushed health care stocks higher after the maker of infant formula and drugs raised its financial forecast for the year. UnitedHealth Group also rose.Several large companies are scheduled to report earnings later today and throughout the remainder of the week. Netflix will release its results after the market closes, as will IBM. UnitedHealth Group, Phillip Morris and Morgan Stanley are scheduled to release their results Thursday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.3% as of 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 36 points, or 0.1%, to 27,298. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.1%. Small-company stocks did worse than the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 index fell 0.6%.BLEMISHED FORECAST: Nu Skin Enterprises fell 16.7% after the seller of skin care and nutritional products slashed its profit and revenue forecast for the year. The company and other direct sellers of wellness products are facing increased scrutiny from the Chinese government and that is hampering sales growth. Nu Skin gets 33% of its revenue from China, according to FactSet.SHARP UNIFORMS: Cintas rose 8.4% after the uniform rental company beat analysts’ profit and revenue forecasts for its fiscal fourth quarter. The company also gave investors a solid profit forecast for its current fiscal year.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

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NHL Notebook Jerry Bruckheimers hockey dream comes true with Seattle

Jerry Bruckheimer says he’s had a camera in his hand since the age of six.Around the same time, the future Hollywood producer also got a first taste of hockey.“My dad took me to a Red Wings game and I sat in the rafters there and looked down on some of the great players who were playing in those days,” Bruckheimer recalled of growing up in Detroit watching Gordie Howe and his teammates. “I got very excited about the sport.”But as the years passed and the movie mogul’s career took off, Bruckheimer drifted away from the game until the trade that shook hockey brought the Great One to California. “When Wayne Gretzky came to Los Angeles I started taking skating lessons and have been playing ever since,” he said. “I get up and down the ice as slowly as possible, but I still get there.”A frequent attendee of Kings games, the 75-year-old will soon be even closer to the action as a minority owner with Seattle’s new NHL team after the league approved the city’s expansion bid at this week’s board of governors meetings.“It’s exciting and daunting and scary and all the things,” Bruckheimer added after the announcement in Sea Island, Ga. “You just want to do right for Seattle, and bring great players and hopefully pick a name where we won’t get too many people mad at us. That’s the daunting challenge that we have, but we know that Seattle has the greatest fans.“We’re going to educate the ones that don’t understand hockey on what a wonderful sport it is.”The league’s 32nd team will start playing in the untapped U.S. Pacific Northwest beginning in 2021-22.Currently shooting a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster movie “Top Gun,” Bruckheimer could barely contain his excitement ahead of Seattle getting the official thumbs-up from the NHL, snapping pictures of the media with his digital camera before commissioner Gary Bettman’s official announcement at a packed press conference.He said afterwards that joining billionaire majority owner David Bonderman’s group pushing for a team in Seattle was a no-brainer.“It’s a phenomenal city, it’s got a great work force, it’s got a very young work force, it’s got some of the greatest sports fans in the world,” he said. “Every time I turn a Seahawks game on I see how rabid their fans are.”Seattle team president and CEO Tod Leiweke said there was incredible anticipation before meeting with representatives of the league’s other teams following the unanimous vote“We’re outside the door. We heard our video playing. We thought, ‘Well, that’s a good sign,’ because I always get goose bumps when I see that video,” Leiweke said. “We walked in and there was love and warmth and it felt just right.”While the NHL’s expansion to Seattle seemed like a slam dunk from the outside, Bruckheimer said he wasn’t counting on anything until getting the official word.“I don’t believe anything until it’s done,” Bruckheimer. “You have disappointments when you get your hopes up and it doesn’t happen. Today was it. When they called us in that room and said ‘congratulations,’ then I knew we were there.”Seattle’s NHL team is expected to begin the process of filling its hockey operations staff as early as next spring or summer, but don’t expect Bruckheimer to be a meddling owner.“I leave it to professionals,” he said with a smile. “We try to hire really good people to run the organization. Smart people stay out of it (and) let the people who know what they’re doing do it.” BARKOV’S BYNG CHASESecond in voting for the Lady Byng Trophy in 2015-16 and third last season, Florida captain Aleksander Barkov is taking another stab becoming the league’s most gentlemanly player. The 23-year-old has drawn an NHL-best 19 minor penalties so far this season without being whistled for a single infraction himself in 26 games. Barkov also sits tied for third on the Panthers with 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists).—Follow @JClipperton_CP on TwitterJoshua Clipperton’s weekly NHL notebook is published every WednesdayJoshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press NYLANDER CONTRACT DISPUTE THE NEW NORM?Negotiations between William Nylander and Toronto GM Kyle Dubas on a new contract went down to the wire on Saturday. The restricted free agent’s impasse with the team finally ended with a deal that carries an average annual value of US$10.2 million this season and $6.9 million for years two through six. With a number of young stars — including Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Patrik Laine and Mikko Rantanen — all set to hit restricted free agency next summer there could be more holdouts are on the horizon. But Bettman’s announcement this week that the salary cap is likely to jump from $79.5 million to $83 million next season should give teams a little more wiggle room. read more

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This €18 million Malibu mansion comes with a secret Batcave

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change IF YOU’VE EVER fantasized about having your very own Batcave, this Malibu home could make your superhero dreams come true.Sure, it doesn’t have the Batmobile or Michael Caine’s charming cockney accent, but it is located underground and even has a secret entranceway, according to the Wall Street Journal.And the Batcave, along with the mansion above it, can be yours for €18.33 million.Dan Romanelli, the founder of the consumer-products division at Warner Bros., built the superhero-inspired space in 2006.“Batman was something that really helped build my division,” Romanelli, who worked on toys linked to the series, told The WSJ.The nearly 6-acre, 10,270-square-foot property has five bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, an elevator, gym, and pool.The home is located in Malibu, about an hour’s drive from downtown Los Angeles, and is listed by Santiago Arana of the Agency.last_img read more

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Microsoft plans freetoplay games on Xbox Live

first_imgMicrosoft has decided to embrace the increasingly popular free-to-play model with a handful of titles set to come out on Xbox Live with no upfront charge to players. Like other free-to-play titles, publishers hope the money will come after users begin playing and get hooked, encouraging them to spend more money than they would have if it was just a box on the shelf at GameStop.A multiplayer, cartoony fighting game called Happy Wars will be the first such title to grace Microsoft’s online marketplace. Following that will be an RPG titled Ascend: New Gods, and then a series of other new games spread out over the next several months. Of course, with the Xbox 360, free-to-play comes with an asterisk because players need to be Xbox Live Gold members, which already plays on the same concept. In-game purchases will draw from users’ existing Microsoft Points account.The free-to-play model has become an inescapable part of the changing climate in gaming. While it has been a part of the industry as long as there have been computers with Internet connectivity, it did not really sweep into the foreground of mainstream gamers until the explosion of mobile gaming.It is the most profitable way to design an iPhone game. Statistics prove that people who download a supposedly “free” game from the App Store will end up spending more money over the life of that app than they would if they purchased a different game for a one-time fee of just a few bucks.This market isn’t without its controversies. Apple had to change the structure of in-app purchases after mobile game creators sneakily made it possible for children to rack up $50 to $100 in a single transaction without requiring their parents to authenticate their iTunes account.When it comes to console games, though, it’s a very different environment in terms of user demographics, expectations, and production and advertising costs. Nevertheless, this new model is starting to bleed into the market so deeply rooted in a stagnant pricing model. The online RPG Free Realms is available on the PS3 with no upfront cost. So is DC Universe Online and soon to be Dust 514.In other words, this is a trend that is here to stay, and will only continue to grow.via Official Xbox Magazinelast_img read more

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Adelaide family caught up in Paris during attack

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide local Harry Tavlaridis found himself caught up in Paris on the day of the deadliest attacks to hit the French capital since World War II. Fresh from completing the Athens marathon, the 50-year-old was visiting Paris with his wife Anastasia and their 10-year-old daughter Olga for sightseeing and a bit of recovery. After visiting the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, they arrived back to their hotel room to see the news of the unfolding events. “Family frantically contacted us to confirm we were safe and then we understood what had happened,” Harry told Neos Kosmos. “We hadn’t visited those places specifically but we could recognise some major roads around them and thought it was surreal that we had only recently been in those areas, doing a leisurely drive around Paris earlier that day.” Staying 30 kilometres outside the Paris city centre, the family decided to keep away from popular tourist spots following the events, opting instead to visit local malls and try and shield their daughter from the inescapable news and imagery that was unfolding. Harry said the local mood was inconceivable, in a country that has a booming multicultural buzz. “One of the striking things we noticed before the attacks was how well integrated the French society was. We witnessed many cross-ethnic families enjoying the Parisian lifestyle, which made the attacks even more incomprehensible. “Travelling around the countryside a day later, we noticed that though people seemed to go about their lives as usual, there was an edge, a nervousness, and an awareness of foreigners amongst the small groups sipping coffee at cafés.” Despite the tragic events that struck Paris, the Tavlaridis family was celebrating Harry’s major achievement of completing the gruelling 42-kilometre Athens marathon a few days earlier. After shedding 27 kilograms in a 20-month period, Harry sprang into action when he was nearing the age of 50, joining a local gym in North Adelaide, and sticking to a stringent meal plan to cut down fat and build muscle. “I decided I would take control and be not only slim but fit as well. I wanted to show my kids I had the dedication to my own health for their sake, and also that they could join me and live fit lives into the future.” It was a friend that encouraged him to set his marathon goal, in order to challenge himself beyond just losing weight. “I’ve always been of the view that extraordinary achievements are realised when one is suitably challenged. When I thought about which of all the marathons around the world I should aim for, I couldn’t go past the original – and so the adventure began.” Harry explained that it was the thought of his daughters that spurred him on throughout, and the fact that he was in the birth-country of his family. “I thought of my daughters and their daily battle with T1Diabetes, and thought if they can struggle every day, I can do this just once. “I also felt extremely proud of the fact that as a Greek Australian, I returned to my homeland to complete my challenge.” And for him the icing on the cake was completing the marathon run with Olga. “My daughter, who was waiting for me to finish the marathon, jumped the security fence as I came into the stadium and ran the last 100m with me to the finishing line. I loved her spontaneity, and she showed me how proud she was of her father. She kissed and hugged me when we crossed the line, a moment that I will always remember and cherish dearly.” Harry finished the Athens Marathon 10,155th out of 11,834, with a time of five hours, 44 minutes and 21 seconds.last_img read more

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Duo steals multiple computers from WalMart in Miramar

first_imgPolice are searching for two men who allegedly stole several computers from a retail store in Miami.According to Miramar police, both men entered the store on two separate occasions and removed the computer items from the shelves in Wal-Mart. They walked out a back door with the loot.This happened at the Wal-Mart located along South University Drive and Pembroke Road during the late night hours, on Oct. 12.Police have released a flyer with photos of both men.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Monday Afternoon Update High Fire Activity Expected To Continue On Swan Lake

first_imgTorching, active ground fire, and smoldering will continue to aid spread with available fuels, aspect and slope, according to Gilbert. Fire activity in the Hideout Mountain, Hidden Lake, Juneau Lake, Bear Mountain, Fuller Lake, Kenai River corridor and Sterling Highway areas will continue. Decreasing cloud cover and backing wind to the N-NW should increase fire activity. The Incident Management Team has separated the fire into multiple branches in order to have teams on each branch focused on one community. Each branch is stationed on a portion of the fire to keep the surrounding communities secure. Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Extremely dry fuels will continue to support active fire spread over the next few days combined with more sun, slightly higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Northwest winds will once again tend to push smoke and fire spread to the southeast.center_img Travel is not recommended on the Sterling Highway related to the continuing level of fire activity between MP 53-71. Expect significant delays. Gilbert: “The rest of the fire, things are looking pretty good. There is some fire activity on the northeast portion, but overall we are making good progress and we feel good about the outlook.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Original Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 150,246 acres with a total of 613 personnel. Crews will continue securing fire edge to the south of Sterling Highway to reduce the potential of future closures between Cooper Landing and Soldotna.Rocky Gilbert, Fire Manager: “We had something coming around, wind blowing, from the southwest later in the day on Sunday, the fire got very active and started moving towards the Sterling Highway. Firefighters got out ahead of it and tried to light off the highway to keep fire from encroaching upon the highway. A lot of smoke, dust, and we had aircrafts flying so we had lots of road closures due to limited visibility and firefighters on the roadway.” last_img read more

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi joins Donald Trumps advisory council

first_imgUnited States President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi as a member in his Strategic and Policy forum, which would help him implement his economic agenda. She is the only Indian-American executive who is part of Trump’s 19-member advisory council.”America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields. My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland,” Trump’s statement said. Trump’s transition team said that the advisory council members would regularly give him views on government policy, job-creation and productivity “in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner.”The forum is headed by Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of the investment company Blackstone. It also includes Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric; Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla; Travis Kalanick of Uber; Jamie Dimon of Chase; and General Motors’ Mary Barra. Nooyi, 61, heads PepsiCo, which has an annual revenue of more that $63 billion and employees over 110,000 people. Following the November 8 election, the Indian-American (who was known as a Hillary Clinton supporter) was in news for her strong comments, when she said Trump’s victory left her daughters, gay workers, female employees and non-whites devastated, as they were seriously concerned about their safety in the US.last_img read more

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Police Woman Who Drove SUV With Family Off Cliff Was Drunk

first_imgCourtesy of California Highway Patrol via AP, FileThis March 25, 2018, Safeway surveillance file photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows Jennifer Hart, right, at a Safeway store in Fort Bragg, Calif.A woman was drunk when she drove her large family off a Northern California cliff last month and her wife and several children had large amounts of a drug in their systems that can cause drowsiness, authorities said Friday.Police had previously said they believed the Hart family died in a suicide plunge from a scenic overlook. The crash happened just days after authorities in Washington state opened an investigation following allegations the children were being neglected.Preliminary toxicology tests found Jennifer Hart had an alcohol level of 0.102, said California Patrol Capt. Bruce Carpenter. California drivers are considered drunk with a level of 0.08 or higher.Tristan Fortsch/APThis March 20, 2016, photo shows the Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash.Toxicology tests also found that her wife Sarah Hart and two of their children had “a significant amount” of an ingredient commonly found in the allergy drug Benadryl, which can make people sleepy. Toxicology results for a third child killed are still pending, Carpenter said.Carpenter said none of the car’s occupants were wearing seatbelts.Sarah and Jennifer Hart and their six adopted children were believed to be in the family’s SUV when it plunged off a cliff in Mendocino County, more than 160 miles (250 kilometers) north of San Francisco.Authorities have said that data from the vehicle’s software suggested the crash was deliberate, though the California Highway Patrol has not concluded why the vehicle went off an ocean overlook on a rugged part of coastline. A specialized team of accident investigators is trying to figure that out with help from the FBI, Carpenter said.“We believe that the Hart incident was in fact intentional,” he said.Carpenter said the family stopped in the small town of Naselle, Washington, near their Woodland, Washington, home, during their drive to the California cliff but that investigators are still trying to determine why they stopped there and whether they contacted anyone.Five bodies were found March 26 near the small city of Mendocino, a few days after Washington state authorities began investigating the Harts for possible child neglect, but three of their children were not immediately recovered from the scene.Two more are missing and another body has been found but not identified.The 100-foot (31-meter) drop killed the women, both 39, and their children Markis Hart, 19; Jeremiah Hart, 14; and Abigail Hart, 14. Hannah Hart, 16; Devonte Hart, 15; and Sierra Hart, 12, have not been found.Devonte drew national attention after he was photographed in tears while hugging a white police officer during a 2014 protest.A neighbor of the Harts in Woodland, Washington, had filed a complaint, saying the children were apparently being deprived of food as punishment.Long before the crash, Sarah Hart pleaded guilty in 2011 to a domestic assault charge in Minnesota over what she said was a spanking given to one of her children.And authorities have said social services officials in Oregon contacted the West Linn Police Department about the family in 2013 while they were living in the area. Sharelast_img read more

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