Boulders fall in Meghalaya mine, kill two

first_imgA second disaster has struck Meghalaya’s illegal coal mines in less than a month, claiming the lives of two miners. Three more, locals said, are trapped in another rat-hole mine nearby.The police in Jaintia Hills on Sunday confirmed that Elad Bareh and Monoj Basumatary were killed when boulders fell on them from a side-cutting mine at Mooknor in Jalyiah village. The incident happened on Friday.Unlike a rat-hole mine that branches from the bottom of a vertical pit, a side-cutting mine involves digging narrow tunnels on the slopes of a hill until miners strike the coal seams.The police conducted a search after Phillip Bareh filed an FIR at the Khliehriat station that his nephew Elad, 26, was missing since Friday. His body was found in front of a side-cutting coal quarry. Another body, identified as that of Monoj of Deinchynrum village, was found in the quarry, East Jaintia Hills district Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger said.An inquest was conducted, and the bodies were sent to a government hospital in Khliehriat for autopsy. “Efforts are on to find the owner of the quarry,” Mr Nongtnger said.The police also said they were inquiring about three miners reportedly trapped in the Sookilo area of the district after the illegal rat-hole mine they were working in collapsed. Locals said the incident happened nine days ago.On Saturday, the district administration began a crackdown on illegal mining operations. The Khliehriat police caught and detained a few miners and registered cases against the mine owners, many of whom were absconding.In one of the raids, the police caught a crane operator named Abdul Hussain and three miners – Binod Basumatary, Bikram Sonal and Arjun Rai – while they were extracting coal. A case was registered against the mine owner, Willingness Latam of Moopala vilage.Four more labourers were detained from another quarry near Lelad Junction area of the district. A case was registered against the owner of the mine, Brojoy Dkhar of Sutnga village.Meanwhile, the agencies engaged to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a water-filled mine in the Ksan area have installed more pumps to drain out the water. The going has been slow because of constant seepage of underground water.last_img read more

Three ex-Congress MLAs, one from BJP likely to join Goa Cabinet

first_imgFour Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the Cabinet on Saturday, sources said on July 12.Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of the Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the BJP on July 10.Accompanied by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, the breakaway group met BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and its working president J.P. Nadda in New Delhi on July 11. All the MLAs returned to Goa on July 12.However, Mr. Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order. Mr. Shah and Union Minister of Mines Pralhad Joshi will attend the meeting.A top BJP source said three of the 10 former Congress MLAs and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Michael Lobo would be sworn in as ministers on July 13.However, he did not disclose the names of the three former Congress MLAs who would get ministerial berths.When contacted, Mr. Lobo, a BJP MLA, confirmed that he and three other MLAs would join the Cabinet.Mr. Lobo was instrumental in convincing the 10 Congress lawmakers to switch sides, giving the BJP an overwhelming majority in the 40-member Assembly, the sources said.In order to accommodate the new MLAs in the Cabinet, Mr. Sawant would be dropping four ministers, most of them from the BJP’s alliance partners, they added.Talking to PTI on July 11, Mr. Sawant said a decision on the fate of the coalition partners in the Cabinet would be taken only after he returned to Goa.However, the sources said all the three ministers of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) — its president and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar — were expected to be dropped, along with Independent MLA and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte.The GFP, a regional party, has been with the BJP ever since the saffron outfit formed the government in the coastal State after the February 2017 Assembly polls.Meanwhile, Mr. Kavlekar, who returned to the state from New Delhi, told reporters at the Goa airport that he took the decision to join the BJP as his Assembly constituency had remained underdeveloped all these years.“I was in the opposition for long which was affecting the development of my constituency. I have taken this step as the BJP is a party which has been pro-development and when I remain in power, it will help the people of my constituency,” he said.Besides Mr. Kavlekar, the other MLAs who switched sides are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D’Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.last_img read more

India’s Sukhen Dey to get Rs 5 lakh reward for CWG gold medal

first_imgSukhen Dey clinched a gold medal in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg Vehemently denying that he has ever misbehaved with CWG gold medallist Sukhen Dey, West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra today announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh for the weightlifter, who claimed that he was “hurt” by the attitude of the sports minister.”I came to know from media reports that Sukhen Dey said I had refused to recognize him and misbehaved with him when he called me sometime back. I in my entire life I have never spoken to any athlete or person named Sukhen Dey. I think there has been some miscommunication,” Mitra told PTI here today reacting to some local media reports.”I wish good luck to Sukhen Dey. We will give him Rs five lakh from the sports department so that he can prepare in a much better way for the Asian games. We will provide him all sorts of help,” Mitra said.Dey has also complained about the state’s apathy towards his achievements as he had won a silver medal in last Commonwealth Games too. “I can’t speak of 2010 Commonwealth Games as at that time I was neither the sports minister nor was there a Trinamool Congress government in the state. I think there has been some misunderstanding and miscommunication. I would meet him once he comes back from the Commonwealth Games,” Mitra said.Dey, who hails from Howrah district of the state, won the Gold in the men’s 56kg category by lifting a total of 248 kg (109+139) in the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow yesterday.advertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer throws his weight behind Switzerland for Euro 2016

first_imgTennis great Roger Federer has thrown his weight behind the Switzerland national football team for the Euro 2016 competition. The 33-year-old Swiss star expects his team to progress beyond the group stages of this year’s edition, which kicks off in St-Denis on Saturday.Switzerland, who have never made it past the group stages of the tournament, find themselves in Group A along with hosts France, Albania and Romania. (Also read: Focus on England, not transfers, Hodgson tells players) “I really hope they (Switzerland) can play a good tournament – just good soccer. I want to see a few wins and if they get into the position of moving on through the group stages that they really believe – then really anything is possible,” Federer told the Associated Press.’I PLAY KNOCKOUTS EVERY WEEK’ Federer himself has been facing a severe title drought. Winner of 17 Grand Slams, Federer won his last major title at Wimbledon 2012. In the last four years, Federer has reached Grand Slam finals only three times. Last month, the Swiss player was forced to pull out of Roland Garros with a knee injury, thereby ending his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slams. (Also read: Debutants Wales, Iceland aim to take a shot at European glory) Federer shed light on how there were no margins for error in knockout competitions. The tennis great said the situation could get more tricky in football and also had words of advice for the national team. “I play knockout tournaments every single week. They only play them sometimes. Knockout is – everything is possible – on any given day, especially in soccer, with the powers that the referee has with red cards and penalties and so forth,” he said.advertisement’WILL FOLLOW THE TEAM CLOSELY’ Switzerland will bank on their playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri to provide the necessary firepower. The Stoke City player has been in good form after moving from Bayern Munich, where he warmed the benches for most of his stint. FC Basel’s teenage striker Breel Embolo will also be waiting for his chances to make it big. The team managed to finish second in their group with seven wins from 10 matches in the qualifiers.Federer said he was always excited by football World Cups and European Championships and revealed he had enjoyed playing football at a young age. He added that he would be following this year’s tournament ‘very closely’.”I really wish them all the best and, of course, I will be following it (the team) very closely.”I am always excited about World Cups and European Championships in soccer. I used to play when I was younger,” he said.last_img read more

India is a football country now, says FIFA chief Giani Infantino

first_img“India is a football country now,” FIFA president Giani Infantino declared after arriving here to chair the FIFA Council meeting on Friday and attend the U-17 World Cup final.Asked about the successful organistion of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the 47-year-old clad in a dark suit said: “Thank you very much all the Indians. That’s most important. It’s a great pleasure to here.”The All India Football Federation vice-president Subrata Dutta received Infantino at the airport and later in the day he will have an informal meeting with the AIFF supremo Praful Patel who is also staying at the same hotel on EM Bypass.The @FIFAcom President, Mr. Gianni Infantino reached Kolkata today morning. Thank you Sir for coming to the City of Joy #FIFAU17WC Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 26, 2017According to sources, there could be discussions on India’s bid for the U-20 World Cup in 2019, chances of which have brightened after the overwhelming success of U-17 World Cup which is all set to topple China-1985 as the best attended event in the tournament’s history.”While that appears to be the advantage the only drawback is that the FIFA has never allowed back to back World Cup events to one country. But with FIFA Council meeting here, it can be ratified,” an official with the local organising committee said.The meeting tomorrow will also have discussions on the implementation of the contentious video assistant referee technology in Russia World Cup 2018 with the FIFA president keen on it.advertisementCritics, however, said there’s not nearly enough proof that the process works properly and argue Infantino is rushing into technology prematurely.Last December’s Club World Cup in Japan for the first time saw the VARs in a FIFA competition but it only drew flak for causing confusion.The system can only be used for goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.Infantino is also the state guest of the West Bengal government and chief minister Mamata Banerjee will host a dinner for the FIFA chief.Amazing skyline at sunset at VYBK. #FIFAU17WC Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 26, 2017The FIFA chief, who was accompanied by a 35-member delegation, will also attend a programme attended by a host of former footballers at Eco Park.Then on October 28, the FIFA boss will hand over the glittering U-17 World Cup Trophy to the winners of the summit clash between England and Spain at the Saltlake Stadium.??England ??? Spain????????Brazil ??? Mali????A thrilling final day awaits at the #FIFAU17WC ?????????PREVIEW ??? #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 26, 2017last_img read more

Batum, Hornets Buzz Nets, 116-11

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nicolas Batum returned to form and the Charlotte Hornets returned to their winning ways.The Hornets’ leading scorer bounced back from a 1-of-9 shooting night to score 24 points and hand out eight assists, leading Charlotte to a 116-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 18.Batum was 7-of-12 from the field and made all seven foul shots.Batum had been hot before a 102-94 loss to the Knicks on Nov. 17. He won Eastern Conference player of the week honors after averaging 25.5 points per game last week.“I tried to score and I tried to get my teammates involved and everything seemed to work better than (Tuesday) night,” Batum said.Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker chipped in with 18 points apiece for the Hornets, who have won six of their last nine games to get back to .500 on the season.Marvin Williams scored 14 points and Jeremy Lin had 13 points and off the bench for the Hornets (6-6).The Hornets shot 11 of 25 from 3-point range to overcome 16 turnovers.“Nic Batum is such a good playmaker as well as a scorer,” said Nets coach Lionel Hollins. “He was making plays at the basket and when we had to help he got the ball back out to the 3-point line and they made them. ”Thaddeus Young had 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting for the struggling Nets. Brook Lopez added 23 points and Jarrett Jack and Joe Johnson each had 16 for Brooklyn.The Nets had several chances in the final two minutes, but failed to take advantage of two Charlotte turnovers.Brooklyn ruined a golden opportunity to make it a one-possession game with two minutes left when Young missed an easy follow shot.Lin turned the ball over with 33 seconds left, but Lopez missed a short jumper.A few seconds later Batum made an errant pass over the head of 7-foot center Spencer Hawes and out of bounds, but again the Nets failed to take advantage as Lopez was called for an illegal screen at midcourt.“It could be a little fatigue, but there are no excuses for missed opportunities,” Young said of the Nets’ miscues. “We had every chance to win that game and it slipped by us.”(STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Ranking the Big 12 Coaches (Part 3)

first_imgWe looked at the unknowns when it comes to Big 12 coaches earlier this week as well as the coaches who still have something to prove. Now on to the big four in the Big 12. The big boys. The coaching stalwarts in this conference.Group 1: The Established GiantsThese guys run their schools. They aren’t going anywhere unless they want to.4. Bill Snyder, Kansas StateThe Silver Fox. The Windbreaker. Whatever you want to call him, Bill Snyder has won consistently for a long time in the Big 12. Even at 76, Bill Snyder is still kicking, with a career record of 193-101-1, beginning in 1843 (Actually it was 1989, it just feels a lot longer).Before Snyder took the job at K-State, the school had an all-time record of 299-510 all time in 93 years of play. That’s good for a .370 winning percentage! In his years in Manhattan as the head coach (1989-2005, 2009-present) the Wildcats have won the Big 12 twice, and won the Big 12 North four times when the Big 12 was still split into two divisions.It’s no wonder that Kansas State named their football complex Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium — there is no football program without him.3. Gary Patterson, TCUGary Patterson has been a longtime staple of TCU football, since taking over in 2000. Patterson has amassed an impressive 143-47 record in Fort Worth, and the Horned Frogs have won at least 10 games in 10 of the last 14 seasons at TCU.The last two season have been impressive in particular, with the Horned Frogs going a combined 23-3 and winning the Peach and Alamo bowls- If they can keep this pace up after the loss of superstars Josh Doctson and Trevone Boykin, Patterson will likely jump Mike Gundy on this list as he continues to prove himself in the Big 12.2. Mike Gundy, OSUAs mentioned above, Gundy is the second most winningest coach in the Big 12 since 2010, going 58-20 overall and 37-16 in the Big 12 during that time. Gundy gets the most out of his team and is among the most beloved and successful head coaches at their Alma Mater in the country, despite constant turnover in the coaching staff and consistently being out-recruited by Texas and Oklahoma within conference.1. Bob Stoops, OUBig Game Bob (ahem, 4-6 in BCS bowl games) and his Sooners have had a stranglehold on the Big 12 for the majority of the 2000s. Since 2000, Bob Stoops and Oklahoma have won an amazing 9 Big 12 titles, including a National Title in 2000. Despite his many critics, Stoops owns a 179-46 record at OU, and an 8-9 record in bowl games.Stoops is also the only head coach in the BCS era to have won the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma has been a national power as long as he has been at the reins in Norman and show no signs of slowing down.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

NTL Event Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is asking for feedback from the recent 2009 X-Blades National Touch League. To provide feedback, please visit TFA is committed to providing you with the most enjoyable experience at its national events, and your responses to the questions within this survey will greatly assist us in this regards.There will be a National Touch League occurring in March 2010 and the actual dates and venue will be communicated in April or early May.Attached is information is information in relation to the proposed future and direction of national events.Related Filesnec_comm_111108_01-pdflast_img read more

Maersk Honam Completes Cargo Discharging at Jebel Ali

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Indian Coast Guard Cargo discharge operations on Maersk Line’s fire-stricken containership Maersk Honam were completed and first containers have been released for onward transport.The ultra large boxship, which was hit by a serious fire on March 6, berthed at Jebel Ali port on Sunday, 27 May, after spending over two months at sea.“Containers which have been declared sound and for which all General Average and Salvage securities have been submitted are being released now and will be loaded on other vessels for transport to their final destination,” the Danish shipping major said in a statement.The company added that the condition of the vessel will be further evaluated after berthing, confirming its earlier announced plans to repair the Maersk Honam.A full investigation in collaboration with relevant authorities is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.Maersk Honam was hit by a serious fire while sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.,Maersk Honam was hit by a serious fire while sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.last_img read more

A star for all Ages

first_imgYour fans still see you as the 20-year-old Salman Khan from Maine Pyar Kiya… This is an honour that they give me, it is their love. Yeh toh unka badappan hai. And we have seen how your stardom has only increased in the last three decades. I really appreciate that. I think they feel that also because of the films I do. The films have lots of humour, action and entertainment, and maybe that is why I think they are not able to see the age factor, which let me tell you is a good thing! (Smiles) Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography But how do you keep yourself so fresh with every film and every role that you do? I have been very lucky with the scripts I have been getting. The scripts I have chosen so far have taken me in the right direction. I think that is why my fans like me on the big screen. And it is not just me, they also like the films. There is that heroism, comedy, romance and then there is an emotional thread. If you put all these together with the masala that should be there in a film, it is something the audience will like. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotWe all like masala in our food and that is why it is so tasty. So, therefore, it should be there 1,000 per cent in the films we do and see. If you make a film on one single track, it would not interest me or the audience. Like, if you make a murder mystery or a thriller, it should also have songs, romance, action, thrills. A single line, a single-track film is something I would not enjoy. When I hear a script which does not interest me, I start yawning. You spoke about emotion in a film. What was the emotional connect you felt with Ode To My Father that you decided to adapt it for the Indian audience? It was actually the father-son bond in that film that I connected with. We keep doing films on the mother-son relationship. But this angle, the father-and-son bond, is the most amazing. Here, the emotional connection is not blatantly visible. It is the only relationship where one person is proud that the other has become bigger than they are. When the son makes it bigger than his father, the father will be very proud of his achievements. Did you resonate with that emotion because of your relationship with your father? Did that reflect in the film? My relationship with my father is one where we are friends who have a lot of respect for each other, especially where I have a lot of respect for my father. During Sultan, you had mentioned that you needed to push yourself more, since you have achieved this level of stardom. Is that still a motivator for you? Actually, someone liking a film and not liking a film, both motivate me. If someone says to me that they did not enjoy one of my films, then I have to make him or her, the audience. I know that if they did not like the previous one, they will not come to see the next one because they can say that they did not like the film before. But when someone else goes and sees that film and says that this film is very good, that is when the audience will go to the theatre and watch it. It is always about raising the bar for yourself. And for the fan who appreciated the previous film, I need to give him or her much more so that they can appreciate the next film I am doing too. Your fans idolise you, and the roles and characters that you play. Does that factor come in when you are choosing a script? I, myself, am a big movie buff and I will only watch films that really interest me. Now, with ticket prices going through the roof, we need to give the films that we do our blood and sweat to make sure the audience comes to the theatres and really enjoys the film, enjoys what they are seeing on the big screen. We have to make sure it is not a waste of money for them. You have worked with Ali Abbas Zafar in Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai. What made him the right fit as the director of Bharat? I had mentioned this film to Ali when we were shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai. When he saw it, he liked the film (Ode To My Father) and said he would be keen to do a Hindi film adapted from that story. Ali and I have done two films together and so has Katrina (Kaif), with Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Tiger Zinda Hai. We know Ali and he was, at that point, the right choice to direct Bharat. We spoke to Ali last week and he mentioned that an Eid release with Salman Khan comes with a lot of expectations from fans. Is there something you keep in mind to make sure your fans have a festive weekend? I want people to come and enjoy the film. Like the last film, some time ago, was Tubelight. And even though Tubelight was a beautiful film, it was not an Eid film. That is where we messed up. If it had released on any other day, then Tubelight would have been approached very differently as a film. If you tell the audience to watch films like Dabangg or Wanted, which have all the dhamaal, masti, action and masala, where dhaad, dhaad, dhaad kisi ko dho rahe hain, they like these films. These movies did good numbers at the box office as well. So when the audience goes in to see a film of mine, they want to thoroughly enjoy it. And that is what I want to give them. I want to give them happiness, I want to give them enjoyment, I want to give them heroism, I want to give them nice, kickass lines as well, which they can use, and the right kind of emotion. There always has to be emotion. Your character spans 70 years and has several layers. How did you internalise those emotions? I have experienced this in my own life and I have used it. I have used the way I used to be earlier and where I was 15 years ago, and where I am now. I have these characters which I have seen myself go through. Then for the older one, I have the best example in front of me, and that is my father. I played a 70-year-old in the film and my father, touch wood, is 84 years old in real life. He still takes two to three rounds at Carter Road every day, he practices yoga and has started doing pilates. We also spoke to Sunil Grover, who plays a pivotal role in Bharat, and Shashank Arora. Both of them said that, as an actor, you make them feel comfortable but the aura of Salman Khan is intimidating. Both of them have very good roles in the film. Shashank is a superb actor and plays my younger brother. But I don’t really think I intimidated them. They are just saying that to give me that respect. As actors, they are very competent. They know their job, so there is no nervousness at all, especially related to work. If someone is standing in front of you who knows their work, there is no question of being intimidated. I think I should be the one to be intimidated by an actor like Sunil Grover because he is by far one of the most talented people I have ever met. Speaking about younger actors, you are working with Alia Bhatt in your next film Inshallah, and you mentioned that she is a ‘godown of talent’. I was asked a question where someone said she is a bundle of talent. So I said that a bundle of talent is working with a godown of talent. That’s what I said. But, yes, it was quoted the way you said it, so it is not your mistake. What is that one thing that the audience will take back after watching Bharat? They are going to take away lots of things from Bharat. They are going to take away the father-and-son chemistry, they are going to take away the bond of a family, they are going to take away responsibility and the fact that for handling these responsibilities, you do not have to be a boring man, you can enjoy your life too!last_img read more

Over 3 lakh votes I got in Amethi in 2014 told me

first_imgKolkata: Union minister Smriti Irani, who defeated former Congress president and three-term Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi in the last Lok Sabha elections, said she saw there “some people picking up grain from mud to eat” in 2014.She said the number of votes she got as runner up candidate in 2014 was a sign to her that the people in Amethi needed help.”I don’t find it funny when it comes to Amethi. I saw some people picking up grains from mud to eat in Amethi in 2014,” said Irani on Saturday, talking of her experiences as Lok Sabha candidate for the seat she had been tending since 2014 despite having lost it then. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”When people go without food and you, as a political leader stand on their shoulders and become prime minister, it is not an aspect I take comfort in,” she said during a question-answer session at a function held here for the distribution of Devi Award, instituted by the New Indian Express group in collaboration with the ASSOCHAM.Irani was asked for her reasons behind winning from Amethi despite having lost from there five years ago.Attributing her victory to the signs she got by over three lakh votes that she secured in Amethi in 2014 elections, Irani said, “The number of votes I polled in 2014 was a sign for me that people needed help.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”I did not want to leave them alone,” she said.”I did not stay back to win, I stayed back to keep my word,” she said, adding, “I won possibly because in five years I never treated Amethi citizens as my vote bank. I actually associated myself with them either as a colleague or a family member. She said she feels passionate about finding solutions to the challenges faced by 25 lakh citizens of Amethi.Stating this is how she believes in doing politics, Irani said she stayed and was in touch with people of the constituency for five years despite there was no guarantee that she would get the ticket again in 2019.Asked to coin a catchy slogan on the lines of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Maa Mati Manush’ to woo the people of Bengal where the BJP has made major inroads, Irani said “a slogan is given by the party”. “I like the fact that you are hunting for headlines… but this evening will not be about Smriti Irani but the ladies who will come up on the stage, we will leave the political potshots for another platform,” she said.last_img read more

Priyanka Rao sign on The White Tiger

first_imgPriyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao will star in an adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel ‘The White Tiger’, Netflix announced recently. The streaming giant is producing The White Tiger in association with Mukul Deora while Chopra Jonas will serve as executive producer. The film, which will also mark the debut of Adarsh Gourav, will be directed by Ramin Bahrani of Fahrenheit 451 and 99 Homes fame. Bahrani is also writing the screenplay. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFilming for The White Tiger will begin later this year in India. Adiga’s book follows the extraordinary journey of a self-made man from tea-shop worker in a village to successful entrepreneur in a big city. Murder, love and deceit become the ultimate price for ambition. “I’m so excited to work with Ramin Bahrani and Netflix to bring Aravind Adiga’s poignant story to cinematic life. When I read the book, I was fascinated with the perspective of the narrative. The story’s portrayal of raw ambition and the extent one will go to achieve one’s goals is riveting. I look forward to filming this in India this fall, and also working along with Rajkummar Rao for the first time and the wonderful cast Ramin is putting together,” Chopra Jonas said in a statement. Rao said, “It’s an exciting time for actors today and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a world-class project. I’ve been an admirer of Ramin’s work and am excited to see The White Tiger come to life with Netflix!” Bahrani said he wanted to adapt Adiga’s brilliant book for over a decade and was glad to finally have the opportunity.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Urges India To Ban Import Of AnimalTested Cosmetics

first_imgFormer Baywatch star and Bigg Boss alum Pamela Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.That’s why Anderson has written to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to have a heart for animals and go forward with extending the animal-testing ban.In her letter, Anderson writes, “Please resist special interests and ‘dinosaur’ companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay”.If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, “135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited. — No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported”. A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which have already passed similar bans.“The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods”, writes Anderson. “They no longer drip substances into rabbits’ eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs’ abraded skin, spray them into dogs’ and monkeys’ faces, and force them down animals’ throats, the thought of which makes me sick.”After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sale ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals. Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA India’s successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder, who now lives in a spacious elephant park. While she was in India filming Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari. The long-time vegan also wrote to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.last_img read more

Winnipeg schools get into orange Tshirt day

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeptember 30th may be the last day of the month, but it’s also the day that dictates what colour of clothing you wear.At least if you’re at any number of Winnipeg schools.The day has been chosen as orange T-shirt day.It’s when students remember residential school survivors.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img

Canadian beekeepers blame diluted imports for plummeting honey prices

Canadian beekeepers blame diluted imports for plummeting honey prices Alberta beekeeper Grant Hicks inspects his beehives in Keremeos, B.C. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Hicks is concerned about the price drop of Canadian honey and some are blaming on a global glut of cheap, low-quality Chinese exports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 12, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The son of a beekeeper, Grant Hicks has been in the honey game for more than three decades, operating a multi-generational business that now has him overseeing 11,000 hives along with his own two sons.But Hicks says the plummeting value of Canadian honey — which dropped nearly $53 million last year — is putting the family farm in peril, a situation he says is being exacerbated by the flow of cheap, watered-down products coming into the country.He and others in the industry believe some imports of honey are diluted with other sweeteners and then purchased at cut-rate prices to be used as an ingredient in cereals, granola bars and other food products in an effort to save producers from paying more for made-in-Canada honey.Such a money-saving gambit would save companies “a whole of lot of dollars over time,” Hicks says.“Would anybody know?” he asks.For the first time since 2011, the value of honey in Canada fell last year — falling from $210,483,000 to $157,805,000 between 2015 and 2016, according to Statistics Canada.Last year, Canada imported about 6.6 million kilograms of honey, down from 7.3 million kilograms in 2015, according to Statistics Canada. However, total honey imports have risen steadily year-over-year from about 2.8 million kilograms in 2011.“This transhipped adulterated manufactured honey, if you want to call it that, is affecting us huge,” said Kevin Nixon, chair of the Canadian Honey Council.The problem of adulterated honey is not limited to Canada. It has also affected prices in the international market, said Norberto Garcia, president of the International Honey Exporters Organization.The Canadian Honey Council has been urging the federal government to ramp up its efforts to inspect imported honey, Nixon said.He would like to see the Canadian Food Inspection Agency invest in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) testing, which can detect the sweetener’s composition and place of origin, and create a profile of domestic honey to compare imports against.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has identified honey as a sampling priority since 1998, said spokeswoman Lisa Murphy.Between April 2013 and January 2017, the CFIA tested 266 samples of imported honey, she said, and found 19 or 7.1 per cent contained at least one of added sugars or syrups. The CFIA plans to increase the amount it samples this year.The CFIA uses isotope ratio technique to test, which Murphy said follows the international official standard method of the Association of Analytical Communities.Garcia and Nixon both argue that people diluting honey have learned how to beat those types of inspection methods, which is why they say NMR testing is needed.The Canadian Honey Council continues to press the government to increase inspection efforts, but Nixon said he’s been disappointed with the response so far.“If people are in the business of operating and trading fraudulent product, they are good at it and they know what they’re doing.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Aug 4

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock U water safety expert comments on black water spill: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Ian Brindle was interviewed by CKTB 610’s Larry Fedoruk Thursday afternoon about his thoughts on the black water spill in the Niagara River.Three St. Catharines rowers win gold at under-23 worlds in Bulgaria: The St. Catharines Standard (reprinted in the Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review) reports on a gold-medal performance by three local women, including Brock student-athlete Laura Court. Reach: 167,000China’s gift for Canada 150 project not what it seems, expert says: Real Estate & Tourism magazine picked up the story about Prof. Charles Burton’s thoughts on China’s involvement in a Canada 150 project. This story also appeared in the Huffington Post earlier this week.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at read more

Gene Smith thought about leaving Ohio State admits Big Ten has struggled

Perhaps more than anyone else, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has had a lot on his plate since the university’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal began in December 2010. In an interview with The Lantern, Smith talked about thoughts of leaving OSU, the school’s revamped compliance department, football coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus and the possibility of a 2002 national championship reunion including former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Thought about walking away It has been more than 18 months and there are still plenty of OSU fans who think Smith should have lost his job because of the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that led to Tressel’s firing. Smith said there was never a moment he thought that was a possibility, but he did consider walking away for the sake of those around him. “I never thought that I would be dismissed by our president because I really did nothing wrong,” Smith said. “I did everything that I was charged to do and accountable for. Did I ever feel that I should leave? Never. That I should resign because of the pressure I was under? Never thought that. Did I ever have thoughts that I should walk away for the betterment of the institution and the people that I work with everyday and I serve? Yeah. “I care more about those people and our athletes than I do anything. Sure I thought about (leaving), but I came to the conclusion that the best way for me to help them was to fight for them and make sure we stay on track.” Those disappointed by that decision will likely not see a change anytime soon. Smith said he has not considered retirement and is very content with his situation at OSU. “There’s no other job I’d rather have,” he said. Random audits to ensure compliance As part of an 805-page report Smith and OSU sent to the NCAA, Smith said the athletic department will conduct random audits to make sure the players still have various Buckeye memorabilia given to them. “First of all, we retain a lot of things so we build a locker room in our equipment room, so, for certain jerseys and helmets, we keep those there until you graduate. Or your eligibility expires because, you know, somebody may leave and we give them their stuff,” he said. “But also your rings, your gold pants, if you have them, there’s times where you have to bring them in to certify that you’ve retained them or certify where they are because you may give them to your mom.” Smith said the audits – which are a brand new idea – will be random. “It’s a random process. It could be tomorrow,” he said. “So it’s kinda like drug testing.” The process, however, isn’t just limited to keepsakes like rings and gold pants. It also applies to cars, Smith said. “You have a car, you register that car with us,” he said. “We check it every now and then just to make sure there’s no change. “So we’ll go over to a parking lot, walk around, check cars, check the numbers, things of that nature, just to make sure nothing has changed or see if there’s any new cars that pop up and say, ‘OK, who’s car is that?’ Might be (OSU spokesman) Dan Wallenberg’s, might be you visiting, but we check them all out just to be sure that nobody got a loaner car that they shouldn’t have.” Big Ten Woes There’s no denying the Big Ten struggled during its non-conference football schedule. The conference lost three games against the Mid-American Conference, lost three of four games against the Pac-12 and only has three teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. At No. 12, OSU is the top-ranked Big Ten team with Nebraska (No. 21) and Northwestern (No. 24) also representing the conference. Smith did not skirt the issue. “We’ve struggled, we’ve got to win games,” he said. “There’s no question that the Southeastern Conference has dominated and rightfully so. But that’s not what bothers me as much as we’re losing to other conferences and other programs that frankly we shouldn’t.” Smith isn’t panicking, though. Conference strength is cyclical, he said, and what he is really concerned about is making sure the struggles don’t become a pattern. “It doesn’t surprise me periodically that a team emerges and beats people, that’s happened in the Mid-American Conference for years, jumping up and biting somebody,” Smith said. “But that’s happened more this year than normal. So I’m interested in seeing how things go this next year and make sure this is not a trend.” “Tapegate” closed After Michigan State received altered game tape before its contest against the Buckeyes last Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., Smith said Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis informed that they did not receive the full video. “I hung up and contacted our video guys and said, ‘Send them the full video. Get it done,’” Smith said. “And we sent them the full video.” The issue is “done,” Smith said. “Urban had no clue, so we should’ve sent them the full video from the beginning,” he said. Tressel reunion OSU will honor its 2002 national championship football team during the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan this year, and there is some disagreement as to whether the leader of that team, fired Tressel, should be on the guest list. Smith said he would have no problem seeing his former co-worker. “I don’t know if he’ll come back for that recognition,” Smith said. “If he does, we will recognize him like everybody else.” Meyer fulfilling his family’s contract At Meyer’s introductory press conference in late November, he pulled out a crumpled pink piece of paper from his pocket from behind the podium. It was a contract written by Meyer’s family and, specifically, his daughter, Nicki, to ensure that her father would take care of himself in ways he often failed to do so while at Florida. Smith told The Lantern Meyer is indeed abiding by his family’s contract. “He and I’ve talked about that a lot during the summer and at the beginning of the season and I hit him every now and then with it,” Smith said. Smith said he went into the Woody Hayes Athletic Center to see Meyer this past Sunday after the Buckeyes’ game against the Spartans. Meyer, though, was at his son Nate’s football game. “I was like, ‘That’s what you want.’ You know, so he takes his time on Thursday nights, takes his time on Friday mornings, you know, with family,” Smith said. “Not sleeping in the WHAC overnight like he had slept down at Florida some nights. So I think he’s there balance-wise and doing what he’s supposed to do.” Scheduling OSU announced Tuesday that it scheduled Texas Christian University for a home-and-home football series with games in 2018 at Fort Worth, Texas, and 2019 in Ohio Stadium. Smith said the series represents a change in mentality for OSU when it comes to non-conference scheduling. Each year Smith said he looks to schedule “one top 10 or top 15 (team), hopefully two (teams) that are in the top 30 to 40 and then another BCS team. That takes us away from playing two Mid-American Conference teams a year or three in some cases.” Meyer hitting the mark After hiring Meyer almost a year ago, Smith said the first-year coach has done a “great job” so far in his inaugural season in Columbus. Smith didn’t limit his praise to just Meyer’s on-the-field endeavors, either. “You know, I think everyone is focused obviously on wins on the field and how the team is executing, but I look at that as well like everybody else,” Smith said “but I look at also how he handles his staff, he handles the players relative to academics, how he interacts with other coaches in the league and just how we communicate relative to issues and, so, he’s just doing a great job.” Communication between Meyer, Smith Smith said he normally tries to pop in to the WHAC once a week to see Meyer. “We don’t have – during the football season – we do not have formal, set meetings unless there’s an issue we need to do that with other people, but I pop in – Sundays, I usually I try and get in on Sundays – and walk around,” Smith said, “and this particular year, congratulate the coaches and then I usually go meet with the trainers, pop into his office.” And what if Meyer’s not there? Smith said he and the former Florida coach are “big texters.” “You know, he texted me today on one issue and I texted him back so we’re big texters. I kinda know his schedule when they’re in meetings, so, I know when he’s on break. So if I’m on break and I need to go see him about something, I go see him,” he said. “So it’s nothing really formal. But it’s almost every day.” Meyer’s undefeated (5-0) squad faces Nebraska at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

PhilippiHagenbuch rear eject bodies tackle sticky situations and increase productivity

first_imgFeaturing safety, stability and increased productivity as hallmarks of its design, Philippi-Hagenbuch’s patented line of rear eject bodies offer the ideal solution for challenging hauling applications from general operations to mine reclamation and underground hauling situations where overhead barriers inhibit traditional dump bodies. Easily adaptable to any make and model of articulated off-highway truck as well as a number of rigid frame trucks, PHIL rear eject bodies reduce the challenges associated with traditional dump bodies. In eliminating the need to raise the body of the truck, this series allows for safely dumping materials while in motion and in the presence of overhead barriers. This versatility in operation increases efficiency without reducing stability by providing a lower centre of gravity and allowing dumping on downhill slopes and conditions with a soft footing. Enabling trucks to spread material while driving further enhances efficiency. The ability to effectively empty the truck without raising the body augments safety where overhead barriers such as power lines, roof lines or bridges may pose as forgotten safety risks as well as in underground mining applications that have low overhead clearance.Engineered to provide productivity enhancing solutions for the toughest hauling challenges, PHIL rear eject bodies dump faster and easier – even in sticky applications. Without moving or raising the truck bed, the ejector blade pushes material toward the rear of the truck, while the tailgate lowers down and material is completely ejected.  The unique sweeping action of the blade virtually eliminates all material – even that prone to sticking to the sides or floor of the truck bed. This effective dumping action provides for more dumps in less time significantly increasing jobsite productivity.PHIL rear eject bodies are also versatile enough to be used as auxiliary feeders within mines, providing an alternative tool for delivering material to a crusher or asphalt plant if a primary feeder malfunctions or breaks down. Continuing the company’s long-held vision of designing solutions that improve productivity while minimizing maintenance, PHIL rear eject bodies are constructed with a single hydraulic cylinder used to operate both the ejector blade and the rear tailgate mechanism. As the ejector blade moves to the rear of the body, the tailgate mechanism located in the sides of the body begins to move to the rear of the truck. This motion, naturally supplemented with gravitational forces, lowers the tailgate simply and mechanically without the need for additional hydraulic cylinders. To further simplify the design, PHIL ejector bodies employ exclusive ejector guides integrated into the inside of the body, which provide smooth operation, while eliminating rollers that typically break or bind. Additionally, the bodies are constructed of high strength, abrasion-resistant steel to withstand years of use with little maintenance.Because there are no external rails or guides for the ejector to move on, the bodies provide enhanced ease of loading and increased capacity. Incorporating customer feedback and more than two decades of experience, Philippi-Hagenbuch eliminated all grease points with the exception of one – only requiring lubrication once a year.last_img read more

The Evening Fix now with added 114yearold Mexican

first_imgTHINGS WE SHARED Dwight Dumais hits the water as he competes in the preliminary round of the men’s 3-metre springboard event at the USA Diving Grand Prix in Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#STRIKE: Bus Éireann is preparing for a major strike tomorrow, after admitting it was “highly unlikely” that it could stop members of the National Bus and Rail Union from striking from midnight in protest at proposed pay cuts. 1,100 of its 2,500 employees are members; others are unlikely to pass picket lines, meaning many services will not be running.#ROADS: A man in his 50s has died after two trucks collided in Co Roscommon. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning on the N5 between Ballinagare and Tulsk.#LAWYERS: Alan Shatter has offered an olive branch to the legal profession in an effort to win support for his proposed reforms of legal regulation – saying he will allow nominated bodies to appoint members to its board. The legislation had met with opposition from solicitors and barristers because the board of the new regulator and disciplinary body was to have a majority of members appointed by the Minister for Justice – but this will no longer be the case.#TURKEY: 40 people have died, and over 100 injured, in two bombs in Turkey. The blasts struck the city hall and post office in Reyhanli, close to the country’s border with Syria – which has become home to many fleeing the Syrian violence.#PAKISTAN: 11 people have died in an explosion in Karachi, Pakistan – in a Taliban bombing aiming to disrupt the elections taking place in the country today. Polling has been taking place in what marks the first time that one democratically-elected government will give way to another. An Irish journalist based in Pakistan for several years – the New York Times’ Declan Walsh – has been ordered to leave the country, however, seemingly over his reporting.#SPACE STATION: Two NASA astronauts have repaired an ammonia leak on the International Space Station, after a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk to replace a busted pump. The leak, which was observed on Thursday, was a worrying one – ammonia is needed to cool the station. The whole procedure was streamed live online.THINGS WE LOVEDThe news that the creator of the famous ‘Rachel’ haircut of the 1990s was high when he conceived it – and that Jennifer Aniston also hated the trademark do.The pretty impressed face of Amalia Lopez, who is Mexico’s oldest living woman, and who was recognised as such this week. She’s a mere 114 years old. (Photo: Eduardo Verdugo/AP) This pretty awesome (but also, we warn you, really big) infographic showing how many man-made satellites, and manned missions, have been made to other bodies in our solar system.Here’s a girl running through a wet garden, with a dog. As the Reddit title put it: ‘Nope… and nope‘.Finally, on the day that an ammonia leak on the International Space Station was repaired after a lengthy spacewalk, another scientific endeavour: a special circular saw which is built to stop immediately if it touches an aymmetric load – like a human hand. Enjoy.center_img (YouTube/John Presciutti)last_img read more

The planets of our solar system viewed in the Moons orbit

first_imgThe other planets in our solar system vary in size quite drastically, and it’s difficult to understand just how big, or small they are in relation to our own planet Earth. Sure, we can look at a picture of the Earth next to each of them, but wouldn’t it be better to get a more realistic idea of scale based on a view we already have every night?The video you see above is an attempt to do that, and it does manage to make it quite clear just how big some of these planets are.Created by Brad Goodspeed, a graphic designer from Toronto, Canada, it positions Mars, Earth, Neptune, and Jupiter as if they were placed at the same distance from Earth as the Moon. So when you look up at night and see the Moon, this is what each of those planets would look like in that same location.Jupiter is just far too big and bright to let anyone sleep, and I think Neptune would cause a few sleep problems, too. But I could handle looking up and seeing another Earth or Mars orbiting around us. It would make a nice change from the Moon, actually.Brad has also been working hard to save the James Webb Space Telescope, which was suffering a major funding crisis until recently. He created the video you see below, entitled Vision, as an entry to the whyJWST Video Competition as part of that effort, and won.His prize was an hour’s use of the Faulkes Telescope, an hour he later dedicated to the Durham Region Astronomical Association.via Kottkelast_img read more