Green, Beal ejected after fight during Wizards-Warriors game

first_imgRead Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Green had to be pulled away from the skirmish by Andre Iguodala and Warriors security personnel. Green was tossed after getting his second technical foul. The back of his uniform was torn from near his right shoulder down to his waist.Green was hit with his first technical at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter for arguing a foul call.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Wizards led the defending NBA champions 67-53 at intermission. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort PSL tankers reign supreme in Tokyo’s Buccaneers swimfest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, argues with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State’s Draymond Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal were ejected after fighting beneath the Wizards’ basket late in the first half of a game Friday night.Beal held the front of Green’s jersey with his left hand while grabbing Green around the jaw with his right. That enraged Green, who threw his right arm in frustration as other players joined the scrum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Shukla rules out shifting IPL matches out of Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai, Apr 5 (PTI) IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla today ruled out shifting the matches out of Maharashtra due to drought and water scarcity in the state. Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur are scheduled to host IPL matches this season, starting April 9. “As far as the question of drought, water is concerned, we are with the farmers of Maharashtra, we are ready to help in all possible ways, if the Maharashtra Government brings a proposal, then BCCI President, all of us will think in what way we can help the farmers. I, through my MPLAD fund, am going to personally adopt some villages. There is a water crisis in Marathwada, that will be solved,” he told reporters here at an event organised by Vivo. There is demand from some quarters that IPL matches should not be played in the state as the preparation of grounds requires huge amounts of water. “If the water needed to irrigate two-three grounds were to solve the problem of Maharashtras farmers, that would be another thing. I dont think this (saving water by shifting matches) would serve any purpose. Sport is a different thing, it needs little water. Farmers need huge amount of water, all political parties should come together to deal with this crisis of water shortage,” he said. There was no proposal to shift the matches or change the schedule, he said to a specific question. A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court today sought a direction to the IPL Chairman to pay tax on usage of water, claiming that about 60,000 litres of water would be needed every day to maintain the pitches. Mumbai BJP secretary Vivekananda Gupta too had demanded that IPL matches be shifted out of the state. The annual T20 extravaganza would kick off on April 9 in Mumbai. PTI NRB AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash

first_imgThe soccer world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players.The small club from the town of Chapeco had been heading for the biggest game in its history, the first leg of Wednesday’s Copa Sudamericana final, when its plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin.One of the first messages came from their rivals in Wednesday’s now postponed final, Atletico Nacional of Medellin.”Nacional deeply laments and stands in solidarity with @ChapecoenseReal in the accident and we await information from authorities,” the home town club tweeted soon after the disaster was reported.FIFA President Infantino said on Twitter: “At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends.”Rivals of both clubs tweeted their support, with Flamengo and Santos in Brazil, and Club Junior and Millionarios in Colombia among those sending their condolences, many of them accompanied by the hashtag #ForcaChape, or Strength Chapecoense.The crash struck a chord with clubs elsewhere, with Arsenal saying: “Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal” and Barcelona tweeting: “All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia.”Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal#ForaChapecoense Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 29, 2016All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombiaadvertisement FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 29, 2016England captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends”.Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends. Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016Real Madrid players observed a minute’s silence before training on Tuesday morning and players from around the world shared their condolences.Minute’s silence for the victims of the plane crash in Colombia. Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 29, 2016Brazilian striker Neymar simply tweeted the club badge and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas said “Good luck and stay strong!”?????? Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) November 29, 2016Former Germany captain Michael Ballack tweeted: “Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care.”Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense ??? Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care??? Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 29, 2016???my thoughts and sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those aboard the flight #ForaChape #Chapecoense @ChapecoenseReal Michael Ballack (@Ballack) November 29, 2016Sao Paulo cancelled plans to present Rogerio Ceni as their new coach on Tuesday and the Brazilian Football Confederation suspended Wednesday night’s second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Gremio and Atletico Mineiro.last_img read more

Sophisticated bionic hand holds benefits, savings for users

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jul 5(PTI) Sporting innovative, almost completely in-house designed architecture, a low-cost bionic hand that can help forearm amputees regain a measure of their prior grasping and holding capabilities received an enthusiastic response at a product demonstration here today. Not only is the prototype potentially much more customisable and user-friendly than products currently available in the market, the 3-D printed device is expected to eventually be priced at a fraction of its competitors costs. “When it hits the market, our creation will probably fetch between Rs 1-1.25 lakh whereas existing bionic hands cost in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “The reason we are able to pass on the savings to the customer is due to the cost-effective and custom-built tech that has gone into our hand,” CEO of Onbyz, a city-based startup that has developed the device, Sanju Mathew said. Mathew put the second generation prototype through its paces at a live demo conducted as part of the one-day Disrupt Kerala 2017 conference held across four venues in Technopark on Wednesday. The conference, marking the 50th edition of the FAYA:80 tech conclave series, was organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with NASSCOM and ICFOSS. Onbyzs bionic hand works through electrodes that transmit signal over wires from the intact nerves and muscles in the elbow to a microprocessor that directs the digits to move. This set-up allows the user to manipulate the hand to grip objects. While the movement isnt real-time just yet, the lag between signal input and output is expected to decrease further along the development process. The third generation device is also expected to make the move to wireless use and charging and include removable batteries that can function for three to four hours at a go without an external power source, a press release said. PTI UD ROH TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Mary Kom pulls out of boxing squad

first_imgAce Indian boxer MC Mary Kom has decided against participating in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games, it was announced on Friday.Instead of Mary, fellow Manipur star Sarjubala Devi will represent India in the women’s 51 kilogram category at the Asiad.”Sarjubala Devi defeated Pinki Rani in the selection trial to take the final spot in the squad. Both the boxers had earned equal points and share of wins in the last two months and the trial was organised to finalize the last name in the squad,” the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said in a statement on Friday.”Sarjubala Devi dominated in the trial match and won with rather ease to log in her name on the Asian Games roster.”When contacted by IANS, Mary stated that she is concentrating on winning gold in the 48kg division at the World Championships to be held here in November.”I opted out myself because there is is no 48 kilogram category at the Asian Games. Right now I am focussed on winning gold at the World Championships in that weight category,” Mary told IANS.”Also, I have won medals at the Asian Games which include a gold and bronze in the 51kg event. Now I want to give a chance to the upcoming youngsters,” she added.Replying to query by IANS, the stressed that the five-time world champion is not in the squad since her preferred weight category is not included at the Asiad.”She is not excluded. The Asian Games has only three weight categories in women’s boxing (51kg, 57kg and 60kg) where respective players will represent India,” the BFI said.advertisementApart from Sarjubala, 2016 World Championship silver medalist Sonia Lather (57kg) and Pavitra (60kg) will represent India in the women’s events.Among the men’s Vikas Krishan (75kg) who has previously won a gold and bronze at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games respectively, will spearhead the Indian challenge.Reigning Commonwealth Games (CWG) champion Gaurav Solanki (52 Kg), who recently won gold at the Chemistry Cup. also made the cut and will look to emulate his CWG run at the Asian Games.CWG bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin (56kg) and silver medallist, Amit Panghal (49kg) have also been named in the squad and will hope to shine on their debut at the continental event.Former CWG champion Manoj Kumar (69Kg), who has struggled with his form over the past several months, will aim to prove himself once again.Providing depth to the squad will be World Championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, who will make his return to the squad after missing out on the Commonwealth Games.”In the trial held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Friday, CWG silver medallist Manish Kaushik felt short as tThapa stamped his position in the squad,” the BFI statement said.”Kaushik in the past has twice won against Shiva, but the experienced boxer from Assam looked determined and left the Army pugilist reeling in the middle of the squared ring to earn his berth for the Asiad.”In the trials for the 64kg weight category, Army boxer Dheeraj defeated Rohit Tokas to book his place in the national squad. Dheeraj is in good form at present and had taken bronze at the 2018 Chemistry Cup.”In order to keep the selection process transparent, BFI had taken into account performances of all the pugilists from January 2018 with the CWG holding the utmost importance along with performances in the series of international exposure trips that were conducted in the last month alone for the men and women boxers. Along with their international performances the selection committee also accounted their performance in camp, physical status and injury history while finalising the final names,” the federation said.The 2018 Asian Games will be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 1, with the boxing events starting on August 24.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

‘How can I support this team?’ Divided loyalties for Syrians haunted by civil war

first_imgSyria Syrian refugees: more than 5m in neighbouring countries now, says UN Australia Share on Facebook Middle East and North Africa Read more After the Iran match, in an eerie demonstration of the cult of personality that surrounds the Assad regime, the players assembled on Syrian television to praise the dictator. Among them were Firas al-Khatib and Omar al Somah, two players who before the Iran match had not played for Syria since 2012 in a boycott of the regime.“First, we thank president Bashar al-Assad for honouring all the players,” al-Khatib said in a broadcast translated to English on Youtube. Al Somah mimicked him: “I thank president Bashar al-Assad for his support of sports and athletes,” he said.Anas Ammo, a Syrian sports writer who has lived in Turkey for the past five years after fleeing the civil war, said the staged press conference was a display of how the national side has been co-opted by Assad.“All the people in Syria love football, and six years ago we would be celebrating,” he said. “But this team – this is not a football team – this is a political team. This is a dictator’s team.”Ammos, who says he’ll be supporting Australia, said the reasons for the player’s support for the national team were also varied and complex.Some genuinely support Assad, while he believed others, such as al-Khatib, faced political pressure. But like the country itself, feelings about the Syrian national team – who could end the Socceroos’ World Cup qualification hopes tonight – are complex and divided.When Syria secured their two-legged playoff against Australia with a dramatic late equaliser against Iran last month, it prompted celebrations in the streets of Damascus.The result seemed so unlikely for a team ranked 75th in the world from a country ravaged by civil war, that many, like George Salloum from Granville in Sydney’s west, saw it as a rare reprieve from all the “bad news” the country his family migrated from faces. Salloum was born in Australia, but many of his family still live in Zweitina, a Greek Orthodox Christian village near Homs in the country’s west.“It’s good for Syria – with what’s happening there you’d think there would be no soccer team,” he said.“People think the whole country is in ruins, but it’s showing the world we’re still up there and thriving. The country is still up and running, and people are so proud of Syria.” But is Syria an example of triumph over adversity, or a cynical propaganda display from a despot? Read more Syria football team Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Pressure peaks on Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos in era-defining Syria clash Read more When the Syrian national football team walks onto the pitch in Sydney tonight , Obay Al-Akul won’t be inside the stadium cheering but outside protesting.He won’t be alone. A Syrian national who grew up in Damascus before arriving in Australia in 2014, Al-Akul is one of the 5.1 million people who have fled Syria’s civil war as refugees. For many, the national side’s unlikely progression to the playoffs for 2018 World Cup qualification is less a fairytale and more a continuation of the nightmare that has seen more than 400,000 people killed since the Syrian uprising began in 2011.“How can I support this team when so many civilians have been killed in Syria,” Al-Akul said on Tuesday. “How can I when too many athletes have been arrested and some of them killed by the regime because they supported the Syrian revolution.” Reuse this content features Topics World Cup: ‘This is not Assad’s team, it’s Syria’s team’ Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger In May, the journalist Steve Fainaru interviewed al-Khatib as part of a piece on the national side, documenting the player’s anguish over his decision to rejoin the fold.“Whatever happens, 12 million Syrians will love me,” he told Fainaru. “Another 12 million will want to kill me.”Like many, al-Akul, who now lives in western Sydney, believes Assad is using the national team to project an image of normality to the international community. “He didn’t care about football or sport before this – in Syria we had bad teams, bad funding, now all of a sudden he supports all of that?” he said.“He wants the propaganda to show the world ‘look, after seven years of war we don’t care, we go to the World Cup qualifier’.”It’s certainly true that the regime’s support for its athletes is newly found. Ammos believes at least 13 league football players are missing or in government detention. Almost 50 have been killed by government forces. And many have come up against the regime since the 2011 uprisings.This week the website of the Asian Football Confederation published an interview with Syria’s most capped player, goalkeeper Mosab Balhous, on the country’s unexpected success.Balhous, 34 and now based in Omar as a coach for Dhofar, predicted the team would beat Australia on the back of the “spirit, desire and determination of the players”.He also expressed regret that he wouldn’t be there, telling the website that it was “an honour for any player to represent his country”. What it didn’t mention was that Balhous was arrested by government forces in 2011 on charges of supporting opposition movements and sheltering rebel fighters, and vanished for a year before suddenly rejoining the national squad in 2012.Others have been killed or are missing. Ahmad Hesham Swedan, a 26-year-old who played with Syrian Premier League teams al-Karama and al-Wahda was killed by shelling in Homs in 2012.Jihad Qassab, a former Syria captain who led his club al-Karama to the 2006 Asian Champions League final, died inside Saidnaya military prison in Damascus in late 2016 after being accused by authorities of making car bombs, an allegation he denied.A second person named George Salloum, this one from Avondale Heights in Melbourne’s north-west, has been watching Syria’s matches on television.Salloum moved to Australia from Syria 45 years ago as a 19-year-old. Usually he’d be supporting Australia, but he says the sentimental pull of Syria is too great.“I should be supporting Australia because I have been here all my life [but] it’s human nature, you always have a soft place in your heart for the place that you’re from,” he said. “Plus, Syria are the underdogs.”But, Salloum said, he understood why many didn’t feel able to support Syria. “What has happened is a catastrophe in any way you want to measure it, cities and villages have been destroyed and people have been killed on both sides,” he said. “The hatred and division is so profound it will take generations and generations to heal it. “I don’t have any grudge against anybody.” Share on Twitterlast_img read more

New Orders on the Rise

first_imgzoom Activity in the newbuild sector is slowly picking up for most yards in the Far East. According to Fearnleys, the temporary slowdown early parts of the year is over.Although many of the orders reported are options, the sentiment seems to be changing, and willing owners are back for more tonnage. If the current activity prevails, prices will continue to increase. LPG138000 cbm HMDWest Africa LPG201653 VLCC300’dwtUSD 102.0 mUSD 102.0 m96.0102.0 MT340000 dwt New CenturyPertamina2016 Average Far Eastern Prices ModerateActiveActive BC281522 dwt Tsuneishi ZhoushanSantoku Senpaku2016-2017 BC2208000 dwt NACKSGolden Flame201661 Chem119900 dwt Kitanihon ZosenBocimar201735 Prices are based on payment terms 40/60 TankersDry BulkersOthers Capesize180’dwtUSD 57.0 mUSD 56.0 m55.057.0 Panamax82’dwtUSD 31.5 mUSD 31.5 m30.031.5 CO32400 teu BohaiNingbo Ocean2016 Aframax110’dwtUSD 55.0 mUSD 54.0 m52.055.0 Bit115000 dwt 3 MajWisby2015 ACTIVITY LEVEL BC137600 dwt ImabariWisdom201726 BC162000 dwt OshimaWisdom201730 Handymax64’dwtUSD 29.0 mUSD 29.0 m28.029.0 PRICES (mill usd)ThisweekLastweekLow2014High2014 Suezmax150’dwtUSD 68.0 mUSD 68.0 m64.068.0 PC2110000 dwt New TimesFrontline 20122016 PRICES TypeNoSizeYardOwnerDelMill$Comm BC2250000 dwt BeihaiCara Shipping2016 NEWBUILDING CONTRACTS Product50’dwtUSD 37.5 mUSD 37.5 m36.037.5 June 6, 2014last_img read more

Reduced funding may force UN agency to stop work in DPR of

With donations to its emergency fund for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) having fallen off, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would have to stop distributing rations to nearly 4 million people over the next two months.“This downturn in donations has resulted in a critical shortfall for our operation. It will aggravate the considerable suffering of the DPRK’s most vulnerable children, women and elderly people,” WFP Regional Director for Asia Tony Banbury said.“By August, just 12,000 children in hospitals and orphanages will be receiving WFP cereals. It’s never been this bad. We need fresh pledges now if our efforts to alleviate hunger and reduce malnutrition are not to be seriously compromised.”WFP, the largest humanitarian agency in the DPRK, appealed for 504,000 tons of commodities, valued at $202 million, to help feed 6.5 million North Koreans, but has received 230,000 tons, which is almost all finished.Its supply reduction would come on top of a cut in the amount of food the Government provides to the 70 per cent of the 23.5 million people living in urban areas. In January the Public Distribution System ration of subsidized cereals was reduced from an average of 300 grams per person a day to 250 grams, or just 40 per cent of the internationally recommended minimum calorie intake. Local officials say a further cut to 200 grams is likely soon.The average monthly wage of an urban worker is now equivalent to $1.50, while the prices of basic food items have skyrocketed. The market price of rice has trebled and that of corn has quadrupled, WFP said.“Generous bilateral aid from South Korea helps to narrow the North’s sizeable food shortfall,” Mr. Banbury said.He praised Seoul’s resumption last week of much-needed fertilizer supplies and the transfer since 2001 of 1.2 million tons of rice in the form of concessional, Government-to-Government loans.“The Government here has also been very supportive of WFP’s vital work in the DPRK, committing 100,000 tons of maize annually for the past four years. Our very careful targeting ensures that it goes to those who need it most – the hungriest of the hungry. At this time of critical need, we are again turning to the South Korean Government and asking for their help,” he said. read more

Football Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones traded to Los Angeles Chargers

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) on Oct. 3 during a game against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Former Photo EditorFormer Ohio State and national championship-winning quarterback Cardale Jones is heading to Los Angeles.The Buffalo Bills confirmed the transaction.ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the second-year quarterback has been traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Los Angeles Chargers for a late-round pick. The Cleveland native was the Bills’ fourth-round pick in 2016, but primarily played spectator behind quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel in his rookie season.Buffalo is trading QB Cardale Jones to LA Chargers for a late-round pick. Chargers get a new potential backup QB.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 26, 2017Jones attempted just 11 passes, completing six of them for 96 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Jones will compete with three other quarterbacks — Mike Bercovici, Kellen Clemens and Eli Jenkins — for the second-string job behind starter Philip Rivers.The former Buckeye will be joining two former college teammates in Los Angeles in the No. 3 overall pick in 2016 Joey Bosa and the Chargers’ 2016 third-round pick Joshua Perry. read more

Through forum Clark College faces racebased hate head on

first_imgNdèye Astou Cissé, a Clark College student, was making her usual walk through campus recently when a group of men in a vehicle slowed as she crossed Fort Vancouver Way.Initially, Cissé said, she paused because she thought she knew them. That’s when they started shouting profanities and racial slurs at her and then sped off, she said.“They all cursed me,” said Cissé, president of the campus’ Black Student Union and student body vice president, in front of a crowded audience of Clark College students, faculty and community members Thursday.It was this incident, and others, that prompted Clark College for the second time in recent months to host a forum addressing racist comments or displays on campus.In addition to Cissé’s experience, the college reported five anti-Semitic fliers found outside of Gaiser Hall, the Penguin Union Building and Scarpelli Hall, and a social media post the college said was reported as “possibly discriminatory or harassing in nature.”last_img read more

Transportation taxes hot issue in governors race

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says Washington will need to ask voters to support a tax package to fund the state’s multi-billion dollar transportation needs, but his Democratic counterpart, Jay Inslee, isn’t ready to support any specific financing plan.McKenna, the state’s attorney general, said that “in the next couple of years,” voters will need to consider a tax package to address the state’s transportation system.“I don’t know what will be in it yet, it’s too early to say,” McKenna told The Associated Press. “But when it comes to transportation, we’ve always relied on voter-approved revenues to preserve, maintain and improve transportation infrastructure.”Inslee, a former congressman, wouldn’t say whether he would support sending voters a transportation tax package, saying that much of whatever decision was made would be “dependent upon economic conditions and the rate of recovery of the state economy.” “I’m not proposing any financing package. I am not proposing any specific method of financing,” he said, but acknowledged that “at some point, our state will to have to figure out some way to finance these mega projects.”last_img read more

Council employees receive twoyear pay rise offer

first_imgCouncil employees have been offered a 2% pay increase over two years starting from April 2016.The pay offer proposes that staff who earn at least £17,714 a year receive a 1% pay rise in April 2016 and another 1% increase in April 2017. Those on lower salaries would receive higher increases to take into account the implementation of the new national living wage of £7.20 an hour.The pay offer will affect over 1 million employees. It does not apply to council chief executives, senior officers, teachers or firefighters, who are covered by separate national pay arrangements.The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions on 9 December. Unions will consult with their members on the pay offer.Councillor Sian Timoney, chair of the Employers’ Side, said: “Despite the challenges now facing local authorities following the Spending Review and new national living wage, there is a broad consensus among councils that there should be a pay offer to staff this year.“This offer balances our commitment to increase the pay of our hardworking employees with the responsibility we have to address the on-going financial pressures we face.Justin Bowden, national officer at GMB, the union for local government workers, added: “GMB will be issuing full details of the offer to members. We will then seek initial feedback at a national meeting of representatives to be held on 7 January 2016. This meeting will decide the GMB stance on the proposals before giving all members a vote on the offer in a ballot.”last_img read more

Pressure mounts to shift remanded IAS officer from private to

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Amid charges that IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman, arrested after his car knocked down and killed a journalist, is being given ‘five-star’ treatment at a private hospital, pressure is mounting on state authorities to shift the remand prisoner to a government hospital. Venkitaraman had allegedly driven the car in an intoxicated state and knocked down K Mohammed Basheer (35), Thiruvananthapuram Bureau Chief of Malayalam daily “Siraj” while he was riding a motorcycle. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us The young journalist, who was the sole breadwinner of his family, had died on the spot. Basheer’s family Sunday demanded that the accused be shifted to a government hospital as early as possible. “The family has apprehensions about the course of investigation in the case as the accused is being treated in a private hospital”, Basheer’s brother said in Kozhikode. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The government should take steps to shift Venkitaraman to a government hospital, he said. However, the KIMS hospital, where the 33-year-old IAS officer got himself admitted soon after the accident, is tight lipped about the injuries and the treatment he is undergoing. According to hospital sources, a team of doctors are treating the officer. Advertise With Us “He is in a deluxe room. But no five-star facility is being provided to him. A team of doctors are treating the patient and they will meet on Monday to take a decision on further treatment”, the source told PTI. “He is just like any other patient… Do not know about the injuries”, the source said. The civil servant,who was appointed Survey Director by the cabinet on Thursday, was arrested under Section 279 (Rash driving on a public way) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. “We changed the sections as things became more clear. We added Sections 184 (Driving dangerously) and 185 (drunken driving) of the Motor Vehicles Act and and 304 A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC,” an Investigating Officer in the case told PTI. Venkitaraman was remanded to 14 days judicial custody at around 10.30 PM Saturday night by a Judicial First Class magistrate who visited him at the KIMS hospital. A Police officer Sunday told PTI that Venkitaraman has suffered injuries in his left hand below the elbow and it is plastered. A three-member team has been posted in front of his hospital room and his blood sample has already been sent for chemical examination to ascertain if he had consumed liquor while driving the car, police said. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said his government would not protect anyone who has gone against the law, irrespective of the position he holds. “Everyone is equal before justice and the law. The position of the accused or the rank will not be a hindrance for police to take any action,” he said, addressing a passing out parade of women cadets at Thrissur. The official, who has been charged under a non-bailable offence, could serve upto 10 years imprisonment. The IO dismissed the charge that they were providing “five-star” facilities to Venkitaraman and said he was at the private hospital as directed by the magistrate. He is in the private hospital as per the court’s order and police doesn’t have any role in it, the officer told PTI. “We are unable to shift him anywhere. It was as per the court’s order. It was the court which remanded him. The court examined and discussed the details of the treatment with the doctors and ordered him to be housed there. Police doesn’t have any role in it. The magistrate has asked us to produce him before the court when he gets discharged,” he said. However, the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) on Sunday alleged the accused is being given “five star” treatment with facilities like an AC room and TV. He should be shifted to the government medical college hospital as he is a remand prisoner, the organisation added. Venkitaraman, also a medical doctor and Fulbright Fellow, who was reportedly returning after attending a private party in a posh locality here, allegedly drove his car rashly and hit the stationary motorcycle of Basheer as he was returning home from work. The IAS officer had just days before returned to Kerala after completing a Master of Public Health Programme at Harvard University in the US. Venkitaraman’s woman friend Wafa Firoze, a model and the wife of a Dubai-based businessman, and the car owner, was also in the vehicle at the time of the mishap.last_img read more

Gano Forum MPs may take oath Kamal

first_imgGano Forum president Kamal Hossain briefs journalists after party’s meeting on Saturday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasGano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Saturday said their party is thinking positively for sending its two newly elected MPs to the 11th Parliament, reports UNB.”We’ve rejected the election, but the way our two candidates came out successful in such an election through competition is their big achievement. So, we’re thinking positively about sending them to parliament,” Kamal said.Kamal, also the leader of Jatiya Oikya Front, came up with the remarks at a press conference at Bangladesh Shishu Kalyan Parishad after an extended meeting of the party.He thinks that it will not create any problem with its alliance partner BNP if their two elected MPs join parliament though BNP has already decided not to join it.Kamal said their two MPs can play a positive role in parliament after taking oath.He, however, said the Jatiya Oikya Front will remain intact to create pressure on the government.Replying to a question, the Gano Forum president said they may move the court over the election if they get the evidence of serious allegation of vote frauds.last_img read more

Is Disney coming to Costa Rica

first_imgNo related posts. On a Wednesday morning TV talk show in Costa Rica,“Buen Día,” Liberia Mayor Luis Gerardo Castañeda announced that the Disney Corporation has purchased land in Costa Rica on which they intend to build a theme park. But Sarah Domenech, public relations manager for Disney Destinations, told The Tico Times the rumor is not true.“What I can say right now is that the news is completely false,” she said.Domenech would not comment further on the reports that had circulated widely in Costa Rican media on Wednesday morning. In an official press statement, Angela Bliss, vice president of external communications with the Disney Corporation, also denied the news.“At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we continually look for ways to grow our business and as part of that process, we have conversations with many different entities. While Costa Rica is an attractive market, we have no plans for the region at this time,” the statement said.The mayor told The Tico Times that the park’s future location would be south of the Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Llano Grande, Liberia, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. A development company, Sun Ranch Limitada, purchased a large chunk of that area and announced intentions to build an amusement park in 2012. Disney was unable to immediately confirm whether or not the company is associated with them.This story was updated at 12:45 p.m. Follow for updates. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Doctors Argentine leader needs 1 more weeks rest

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The 60-year-old leader has been in total seclusion, following doctors’ orders to avoid all stress, since neurosurgeons opened her skull on Oct. 8 to remove blood from burst vessels that had been pressuring her brain.The doctors’ report on Monday was positive, saying she has no major heart trouble other than an occasional blockage on her left side that requires continued monitoring.Presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro said that the return date was set by her surgeons at Favaloro hospital but that all future reports on her health will come instead from the presidential medical unit.Argentines are ill-accustomed to silence from Fernandez, and even her small circle of close advisers has had reduced access to her, sending conflicting messages about how involved she has been with the country’s day-to-day affairs.For a leader who is usually on television nearly every day and capable of sending dozens of Twitter messages at a time, the situation has prompted no end of conspiracy theories about her intentions.Vice President Amado Boudou, still nominally in charge, has tried to tamp down the speculation.“Not one day has she left aside her administration,” he insisted at a rally Monday. “We’re very happy that she’s returning. Be strong, Cristina!” Comments   Share   (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez needs one more week’s rest before she can go back to work after head surgery, doctors announced Monday, recommending that she not resume formal activities before Nov. 18.That would add up to a six-week absence for the normally loquacious leader, who has vastly increased executive power during her eight years in the presidency, and many Argentines have wondered out loud who has been making decisions in her stead. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

TripAdvisor unveils 6 key travel trends for 2016

first_imgHighlighting key travel trends for 2016, TripAdvisor has revealed the results of its TripBarometer study, the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey. Conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor by independent research firm Ipsos, the TripBarometer study is the analysis of more than 44,000 survey responses from travellers and the hotel sector worldwide.The survey showed six emerging trends that will shape the travel industry worldwide over the coming year.Trend #1 – Seeking new experiencesIn 2016, travellers of all ages will seek out things that they haven’t tried before, from cruises to solo travel and more.i. Globally, 69% of travellers plan to try something new in 2016.ii. 1 in 5 global travellers said they would try a cruise for the first time in 2016.iii. 17% will try solo travel for the first time in 2016; 15% will try adventure travel for the first time.Trend #2 – Spending more because it’s “worth it”Worldwide, travellers are open to spending more in 2016 than they have in the past — and not just because of rising costs.i. 1 in 3 travellers (33%) are planning to spend more on travel in 2016 than they did the previous year.ii. Among those who plan to increase their travel budget, 49% said they will do so because “I or my family deserve it.”iii. 31% said they would spend more on travel because “it’s important for my health and well-being”.Trend #3 – Choosing destinations based on culture, special offersToday’s travellers choose destinations for a number of reasons, including special offers from accommodations.i. Globally, 47% of travellers say they have visited a destination because of the culture and people of the specific country.ii. 1 in 5 travellers (21%) have chosen a destination because a hotel had a special offer or package.iii. “TV tourism” is on the rise: 1 in 5 global travelers have visited a destination because they saw it on a TV show.Trend #4 – Staying cool and connectedAmong the amenities that travellers will look for when they book an accommodation in 2016, air conditioning and Wi-Fi stand out.i. Globally, 63% of travellers said that air conditioning is a must-have when choosing a place to stay.ii. That makes it more of a deal-breaker than breakfast (40%) or a swimming pool (26%).iii. 46% said free in-room Wi-Fi is a must-have amenity – meaning that, if an accommodation did not provide it, they would look elsewhere.iv. 26% of travellers said that they require an accommodation that has super-fast Wi-Fi; 11% are willing to pay extra for this service.Trend #5 – Rising room rates (and optimism)Many accommodations plan to raise their room rates, while the majority of hoteliers say they’re optimistic about profitability in 2016.i. Nearly half of hoteliers globally plan to increase room rates in 2016 (47%).ii. Most accommodations are increasing rates to compensate for increased overhead costs (65%), although more than a third is increasing rates because of recently completed renovations (37%) or because of increased demand (35%).iii. 3 in 4 business owners are optimistic about profitability in 2016. The majority of those who are optimistic say it’s because of local events and conferences taking place in their markets (65%).iv. 91% of hoteliers see increasing direct bookings as key for the future of their business.Trend #6 – Managing reputations onlineOnline presence remains important: In 2016, businesses will be keeping a close eye on what people are saying about them on the web.i. 93% of hoteliers said that online traveler reviews are important for the future of their business.ii. Online reputation management is still the biggest area of investment for accommodation owners in 2016, with 59% investing more in this area than they did the previous year.last_img read more

Roostify to Integrate with Black Knights Origination System

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology Roostify, a provider of automated mortgage transaction technology, announced that it has signed an agreement with Black Knight, Inc., to integrate its platform with Black Knight’s LoanSphere Empower loan origination system (LOS). The integration will enable Empower users to add further efficiency and transparency to the loan origination process—from application to closing.“As consumers increasingly demand an online, self-serve loan process, lenders are seeking to meet that demand as efficiently as possible,” says Rich Gagliano, President of Black Knight’s Origination Software division. “Integrating with the Roostify platform offers our clients a solution to deliver a seamless mortgage experience within existing Empower-based workflows.”Roostify’s platform benefits both consumers and lenders by enabling a faster transaction, with greater visibility for all parties involved. Besides an intuitive application, consumers can upload and review documents, correspond with their loan officer and real estate agent, and gain complete transparency into the loan process from beginning to end. Without the back and forth that often occurs with collecting documents and signatures, or coordinating efforts between loan participants, loan officers are able to close more loans in a shorter period of time.With the new integration, lenders using Empower as their LOS will be able to seamlessly transfer information between the two systems, further streamlining workflows.“Black Knight aligns with our mission to deliver a world-class mortgage experience for our mutual clients,” said Rajesh Bhat, CEO and Co-Founder, Roostify. “The Roostify platform makes the whole process more efficient and provides a better experience for everyone involved. Today’s consumer requires a faster-paced, digital experience, and lenders are ready to give them the advanced technology to accomplish that.” Roostify to Integrate with Black Knight’s Origination System Black Knight HOUSING mortgage Roostify technology 2017-12-10 Nicole Caspersoncenter_img December 10, 2017 635 Views Sharelast_img read more

Related Bargains of the Week Faro Geneva Mala

first_img RelatedBargains of the Week: Faro | Geneva | MalagaBargains of the Week: Faro | Geneva | MalagaBargains of the Week: Malaga | Berlin | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Berlin | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Tokyo | Malaga | Helsinki |Bargains of the Week: Tokyo | Malaga | Helsinki | Malaga, Spain (from £36 return) – Despite the rise of the euro, us Brits are still flocking to the beaches of Spain in our thousands. Why? Because hot spots like Malaga offer exactly what we want: hot, sunny weather, beautiful golden beaches, warm seas, good food and fun nightlife, and although the stronger euro means Spain is more expensive than last year, it still remains a good value destination.Find cheap flights to Malaga from over 20 UK airports, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds and Belfast.Ljubljana, Slovenia (from £76 return) – I’m a huge fan of Slovenia, so this one caught my eye. It’s still a country that is not well known to UK tourists which is one of the things I like about it. Ljubljana is a charming capital, split by a beautiful green river lined with alfresco eateries and overlooked by a medieval castle. Slovenia is also extremely compact, yet very diverse in its geography, so you’ve got beaches, lakes, snow-capped mountains, vineyards and cave systems, all just a few hours apart.Find cheap flights to Ljubljana from London Stansted, Gatwick or Manchester.Amsterdam, Netherlands (from £58 return) – You can guarantee a weekend in Amsterdam won’t be boring. A city where it’s easy to be a sinner, there are forbidden pleasures at every turn. But there’s more to the Dutch capital than coffee shops and the red light district; there’s great markets, world class museums and the enchanting canal system to explore.Find cheap flights to Amsterdam from over 20 UK airports including Birmingham, Manchester, all London airports, Bristol and Belfast. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for cheap travel ideas for your next trip? Every week, Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “UK to Everywhere” search feature and handpicks three bargain destinations that are well worth a look. last_img read more