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Dalit father in U.P. protests with children against their expulsion from school

first_imgA Dalit man on September 26 staged a sit-in along with his four children at the Siddharth Nagar district magistrate’s office, protesting against the alleged ouster of his children from the school for his inability to pay fees.The father, Shiv Kumar, told reporters that the Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir at Shohratgarh area in Siddharth Nagar ousted his children, Viraj (4), Yuvraj (8), Jyoti (10) and Chanchal (14) on August 30 for not paying the school fees. He said the school principal even made casteist remarks against him when he met him to explain his inability to pay the fees.“I also went to the police but my they did not register my complaint,” he said, adding he also wrote to the district magistrate and to Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi apprising them of the cancellation of his children’s admission from the school.“If my children do not get justice, I will sit on fast unto death,” he saidAsked about the incident, Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi told reporters that he would speak to the district magistrate on the issue and take requisite action, if the school administration is found guilty.last_img read more

Another kind of top spin for Erapalli Prasanna

first_imgAs Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were struggling to find their rhythm against Serbians Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in the doubles rubber on Saturday, there was one very recognisable face sitting quietly on an aisle seat next to the section meant for VVIPs. Legendary Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna’s interest for tennis dragged him to the KSLTA stadium here and he had a night to remember.While bigwigs from the Karnataka government and the state tennis body watched India’s doubles pair fight back from their comfortable couches, Prasanna looked at ease sitting on the plastic bucket seatsmeant for the public. “I love this game,” was Prasanna’s immediate reply when Mail Today reached out to him. “I follow this sport very closely. It’s not just cricket that I follow, I have interest in a lot of other sports and tennis definitely comes somewhere at the top.”Occasionally, people waved at him and Prasanna acknowledged them by raising his arms. “They are my friends. They know me well,” he added.In his heyday, Prasanna’s guile, accuracy and loop made him a constant threat to batsmen. The 74-year-old, who led Karnataka to two Ranji Trophy titles, scalped 189 wickets in 49 Tests. But it was captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who brought the best out of him. He would challenge the batsmen to come out and hit him over the top, and with the flight he would offer, it was always enticing. A majority of Prasanna’s wickets – 116 –came under the captaincy of Pataudi. The diminutive off-spinner was always a threat to the batsmen he played against, but beyond that he was always a gentleman.advertisementSo what was a cricketer doing at the tennis court? Pat comes the reply: “I follow tennis very closely. I watch ATP events, Grand Slams and, with the Davis Cup tie happening in Bangalore, I had to be here. I wanted to see [Novak] Djokovic here but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. “I love watching Roger Federer but Djokovic is surely my favourite at the moment.”Besides giving time to his academy, Prasanna loves playing golf and Bopanna, who is a local boy, often turns up to play with the former cricketer and his friends at the Bangalore Golf Club. The International Premier Tennis League, the brainchild of Mahesh Bhupathi, is something that Prasanna wants to see unfold now. “I want to see it happening in India and I would love to watch the top players play live in front of me at the stadium. I will be there to see the matches in India,” he promised.last_img read more

Navarino Challenge 2019 Goes Green, Supports Three NGOs

first_imgATHENS – The 7th Navarino Challenge will be held from October 11-13 this year in Messinia at Costa Navarino and continues to innovate with a roster of environmentally friendly activities.Navarino Challenge supports the sacred goal of combating childhood obesity through exercise and awareness of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.With a view to adopting a more eco-friendly strategy, the organizers: a) have declared the start and end points of the Navarino Dunes runways as strictly smoke-free areas, b) have declared the beautiful Voidokilia beach, where the runners cross, as strictly plastic-free, c) will offer participants an eco-friendly bag by Luanvi, the event’s official sports supplier.This year, the event will further promote charity by supporting: a) the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis with a program on Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition, DIATROFI.Additionally, the Captain Vasilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation will support b) WWF Hellas and c) Karkinaki. All participants can contribute any sum they wish through the GivenGain online platform.Running at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasAs part of this year’s Navarino Challenge, Barney Spender and Roddy Gibson’s award-winning documentary The Road to Sparta which recounts the effort of four runners, including Greek-American ultramarathon Dean Karnazes (who participated with the Navarino Challenge Support Team) to run the Sparthathlon race, will be screened at the Agora, Costa Navarino, on Friday, October 11.Running routesParticipants can choose between the top-of-the-range Ford Go Further Greek Half-Marathon (21.1km), 10km by PlantBox, and 5km (running & dynamic walking). Starting from the Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino, professional and amateur athletes will run along the coast to Pylos, crossing the beautiful Voidokilia beach, following the Homeric trail that Telemachos traced for Odysseus in King Nestor’s land. It is the only trail run that combines soil, sand, and asphalt.On the same day, the children’s 1km course will take place. The routes have been planned by the former marathon runner, current classic marathon course national record holder, running coach and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. The event includes race timing for all runners.The olive tree, a key symbol of Ancient Greece, the Olympic Games, of the Mediterranean diet, and of Messinia in particular, is given its due place of honor at the Navarino Challenge. Peloponnese-based PlantBox, the award-winning team at the Athens Startup Awards, will offer an original olive tree package to each participant. Participants will also receive high quality cosmetics by Messinian Spa, a range of cosmetics based on Kalamata olive oil, and other natural Greek products.The running routes may be viewed in the following video: https://youtu.be/WCuXpo5Mh1Y.More details about the Ford Go Further Greek Half-Marathon route is available online in the following video: https://youtu.be/Ii0aQfPlc5kAccommodation Packages at The Westin Resort Costa NavarinoThe dramatic land and seascape at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Loukas HapsisNavarino Challenge participants who have booked their package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, taking part in the main events (running, swimming) can also enjoy the full program that includes more than 20 sporting activities.The first 50 to book their package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino receive a chance to win free participation in the Authentic Athens Marathon 5km race on Sunday November 10.More information on accommodation packages can be found on:http://www.navarinochallenge.com/accommodation-packages-2019Registration continues for running and swimmingEntries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at the following link: http://activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2019/. Pre-sale is also available online via www.viva.gr or by phone at 11876 as well as at all Viva pre-sale points.For more information on accommodation packages in the region visit VitaNTravel: http://vitantravel.gr/Samsung is the official technology partner for another year. Official sponsors of the event are Ford Motor Hellas and the Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”.Luanvi is the official sports supplier of the event for one more year.Official supporters are Poseidonia, Municipality of Pylos-Nestor and PlantBox. Messinian Spa is the Official Beauty Partner for the first time. Partners of the event are Pylos Poems, Fysiotek Sports Lab, Athens Easy Transfers.Avance Rent A Car is the official rental partner.National Geographic is the strategic partner of the event and 24 Media its premium media partner.Navarino Challenge has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2019 program of the European Commission and is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia.Athletic Partners: Explore Messinia, FitnessArt, Navarino Golf Academy, Navarino Outdoors, Navarino Racquet Academy, Pilates by Mandy, Red Swim Academy, Swim Academy, Triantafyllidis Beach Arena, and Vizantinos target sport club.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deepika fails at big stage again, crashes out of Asian Games

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Eds: Updating with Atanu Das result and quotes of coach Sawaiyan Manjhi) Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Former world number one Deepika Kumari yet again flopped at the big stage as it turned out to be a depressing day for India’s recurve archers, whose challenge ended at the Asian Games here today. Of all four archers in action today, only Atanu Das managed to reach the quarterfinals while the other three fell by the wayside at the preliminary stages. After getting a bye, Deepika got past North Korea’s Hyang Ji Ri (6-2) but fluffed her second last shot in the third set to lose 3-7 to Chinese Taipeis Chien Ying Lei. India’s only hope, after Deepika came a cropper, was Das but he too lost his quarterfinal 3-7 to Indonesia’s Riau Ega Agata Salsa Billa. In the final set, the 26-year-old needed to hit a 10 in the final shot but found an eight to total 28. The local favourite after shooting a 10 in his first shot, delivered a 10 and 9 to clinch the match. Das had defeated both Yong Won Pak from Korea and Denis Gankin of Kazakhstan with identical 7-3 victories Deepika had come into the Asian Games after winning a World Cup (Stage Event) gold. “I am very disappointed with the result. My start was good and I tried hard but the second last shot in the third set was pretty bad. After that, I just could not get the 10s consistently,” Deepika said, though she denied that having felt any pressure.advertisement At the Rio Olympics she had made an early exit though she entered the biggest sporting event as world number one. Asked if she has a mental block coming to such marquee events, Deepika replied in the negative. “I also expect myself to do well. I do not feel pressure at big events. We don’t think like, this is a big event. That thinking puts pressure. We just try hard, practice,” she said. Promila Daimary was also eliminated after losing 2-6 to Mongolia’s Urantungalag Bishindee in the second round. The second Indian in men’s individual recurve, Vishwas got the better of Bataa Purevsuren of Mongolia 6-2 in first match but crashed out after losing pre-quarterfinal 1-7 to Kazakhstan’s Ilfat Abdullin. India’s recurve coach Sawaiyan Manjhi said they also struggle to understand why Deepika does not carry her pre-tournament good form into big competitions. “It’s a shock result for us. We expected Deepika and Atanu do well. We are really finding it hard to digest that Deepika does not well at multi-sport events. She is three-time World Cup gold winner. Maybe we have to go back and discuss it with psychologists to find a solution,” Manjhi told PTI. Talking about bad shot Deepika had in the third set, Manjhi said maybe pressure got the better of Deepika. “The Taipei girl had an advantage. She was leading 5-3, so even if Deepika had hit perfect 10s, it would have been a tie. Maybe she felt the pressure because she was lagging behind.” Manjhi said Promila was an upcoming archer and will do well in future. “She is young and it was her first big tournament. She will get better. She had a tough opponent, who was much better than her.” PTI AT KHSKHSKHSlast_img read more

Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODI

first_imgYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has often been criticised by many for throwing away his wicket and not playing according to the conditions. However, Pant has insisted that his focus remains just on playing positive brand of cricket and winning matches for India.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said on the eve of the third ODI between India and West Indies.”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer.After the first ODI got washed out, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method). And the Men in Blue will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.Asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said, “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high.”Ever since the World Cup, Pant has been playing at the number four spot in ODIs. However, he has not had much success there. Even in the last ODI, he scored just 20 off 35 balls before getting bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.Shreyas Iyer, who came in to bat next, scored a 68-ball 71 and provided great support to skipper Virat Kohli who scored a match-winning hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval.advertisementFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar even said that Iyer should bat at number four and Pant at five.However, the 21-year-old feels that currently, the team management is giving chances to every individual in the squad and looking for a settled middle-order.”We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them.”Talking about the pitch conditions on offer in West Indies, Pant said, “The wicket is on the slower side. It’s not like flat wicket. So, you need to give yourself time and then score.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma looks to surpass Yuvraj Singh in 3rd ODIAlso Read | No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardiklast_img read more

Aaron Craft Posts Heartfelt Message After Winning The Basketball Tournament

first_imgA closeup of Aaron Craft reacting to an Ohio State basketball game.EAST LANSING, MI – JANUARY 07: Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts late in the second half after tying the game while playing the Michigan State Spartans at the Jack T. Breslin Student Events Center on January 7, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 72-68 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Last night, Aaron Craft and some fellow Ohio State alums captured the championship of The Basketball Tournament, winning $2 million in the process.Over the weekend, Craft’s team Carmen’s Crew took down the four-time defending TBT champs, Overseas Elite. They snapped Overseas Elite’s 29-game TBT win streak in the process.Last night, Carmen’s Crew beat the Golden Eagles, a team primarily of former Marquette players, to win the title. Craft contributed seven points, five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.Afterwards, he posted a heartfelt message that Buckeye fans will love on Twitter. “Man, winning with these guys is so much fun! Love playing with them!Thanks @thetournament and their staff for giving us this opportunity. Unreal feeling!! #OH,” he wrote.Man, winning with these guys is so much fun! Love playing with them!Thanks @thetournament and their staff for giving us this opportunity. Unreal feeling!! #OH— Aaron Craft (@ACraft4) August 7, 2019Craft teamed up with former Ohio State players such as William Buford (the MVP of the tournament), David Lighty, Jon Diebler, LaQuinton Ross and Evan Ravenel. One has to expect they will defend their title next summer.During the winter, the 28-year-old Craft played last season in Italy. He’s also played in Monaco and the NBDL.last_img read more

Sex rackets busted in Kalighat and New Alipore

first_imgKolkata: The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Kolkata Police busted two sex rackets in Kalighat and New Alipore, which were running as spa and salons. Nineteen persons have been arrested and 10 girls have been rescued from the spas.According to the police, a few days ago, AHTU officials were tipped-off about two spa and salons in Kalighat and New Alipore areas. Based on the source information, AHTU personnel started keeping vigil on Ishita Saloon and Spa located on 21B Sadananda Road in Kalighat and Kabita Spa Family Saloon located on 28/5 Sahapur Colony in New Alipore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Saturday afternoon, AHTU officials raided the spa in Kalighat and discovered that a sex racket was operating there. During the search, the police found there were15 customers and nine sex workers at the spa. Among the 15 customers, two were found in objectionable situations others were waiting to finalise their deals. During the raid police found condoms, liquor bottles and a lot of cash. All the customers and other people associated with the flesh trade were arrested. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn the evening, another AHTU team raided the spa in New Alipore found a man with a sex worker. During the search, the police found contraceptives and cash from the spa. The AHTU team arrested a customer, a pimp and a woman who was the manager of the spa. All the sex workers were brought from areas in and around Kolkata. In a separate incident, the detective department of Kolkata Police conducted raids at several night clubs and singing bars in the city. During the raid, 30 persons were arrested for disorderly conduct and three motorcycles were seized. The police found a hookah parlour located in Grky Terrace under jurisdiction of Shakespeare Sarani police station was open till 1:45am which was beyond the permissible limit. Later, people associated with the hookah parlour has been prosecuted.last_img read more

Exclusive Interview Smitty From The Imagination Movers

first_imgScott “Smitty” Smith, from the Emmy-winning, child-oriented indie rock band the Imagination Movers, talks exclusively with Look To The Stars, about his support of children with Down syndrome.October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Smitty, why do you feel it is a worthy cause?Anytime you can get a bunch of people united for a good cause, it is a great idea. I was most inspired by other supporters’ passion for this issue.Out of the dozens of Down Syndrome organizations out there, what about the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) attracted your support?I have a friend who has a granddaughter who has Down’s. It was his story of how much our TV show and music meant to his family that got me interested. Interestingly enough, it was a story that the Movers had heard from other fans with Down’s during our tours, as well.It wasn’t until my fellow firefighter friend called me that I thought about trying to lend some support. Being apart of National Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk was the least I could do—it was a lot of fun.Were you raised to think about others, or was there a certain event in your life that inspired you?I would have to say that I was lucky enough to have a family to raise me to think of others.What do you get out of volunteering your time?Quite simply the satisfaction that you are helping to make a difference in another person’s life. Positivity is a great thing.Why should all your fans get involved?Because nothing feels better than giving and making a difference.If you could ask all your fans one thing, what would it be?Be nice to other people. You can take a simple statement like that as far as you want—it is a good way to live.Do you believe in issue placement, incorporating worldly issues in music lyrics?Yes, music is a great way to raise awareness about any issue.Does any of your recent work reflect your and your band’s feelings on certain issues?We write music for kids, and our music sometimes addresses their issues. (Kids have enough pressure on them. It’s important that they are given the opportunity to just be kids.)The Imagination Movers is currently on its World Tour. The Movers will allow families at various concerts to take the stage to promote the “Buddy Walk” in their town. For more information, visit www.ndss.org.This interview would have been impossible without the help of Joshua Page, Marilyn Laverty and Scott “Smitty” Smith.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

MINURSO Has Retrieved its Full Functionality Moroccos FM

New York – Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, said during a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York Thursday that the U.N. Mission in the Western Sahara (MINURSO)  is “fully functional”.The UN mission “is fully functional with the support and assistance of Morocco,” said Mezouar. “We have managed this dispute in a responsible manner.”Morocco’s top diplomat said that the kingdom of Morocco has always acted “responsibly” on major international issues. The United Nation Mission in Western Sahara or MINURSO was established in 1991 as a result of a successfully brokered ceasefire agreement between Morocco and the Polisario Front, a militant Sahwari breakaway group.  The Polisario Front launched a 16-year guerilla war against Morocco following the Green March in 1975 when Morocco forced Spain to vacate the territory. The mission of MINURSO consists in  monitoring the ceasefire agreement and observe any and all violations of the agreement.The question of “full functionality” of MINURSO is one that U.N officials have not officially addressed.The effectiveness and functionality of MINURSO has been in question since Morocco moved to expel 84 international civil servants earlier this year.The expulsion came as a direct result of a diplomatic gaffe made by outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  During a visit to Tindouf, Algeria, the base of the Polisario Front and liaison office for MINURSO, Ban called Morocco’s reintegration of Western Sahara an “occupation.”The UN civil servants assist the peacekeeping troops and military observers by providing administration and logistical support.Morocco has since allowed 25 civil servants to return to the region.After the press conference, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric declined to comment on Mezouar’s comment that MINURSO was “fully functional.”Last month, Morocco sent its police forces into the Guergurat region on its southern border with Mauritania.  The police action was taken to stop narcotics smugglers and terrorist activities in the region.  The Polisario Front protested the police action, as well as the building of a road linking  Morocco into Mauritania.The Polisario Front sent nearly 34 armed combatants to stop the road building.  Both sides were face-to-face with arms causing concern in both the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity.Most recently, the Polisario Front has requested a monitoring station in Guerguerat.United Nations officials have not yet responded to this request. read more

USU Eastern Volleyball Jumps Eight Spots to 12 in the Country

ETV News stock photo by Jeff BarrettBy Calvin Jensen, USU Eastern VolleyballThe USU Eastern women’s volleyball team surged ahead in the national polls this week to #12 in the country. Over the weekend, the Lady Eagles knocked off two ranked programs and defeated all four teams in the Colorado Invitational. The team also improved to a 17-3 record, which has never been accomplished in school history.In addition to their success in the national rankings, the Lady Eagles are crushing the stats. Out of over 100 teams in the country, they are holding steady at #1 in kills, #1 in digs and #1 in assists. Individually, outside hitter Kiara Richardson holds the #1 spot in kills with an impressive 221. Freshman setter Ashlee McUne holds the #1 spot in assists nationally with a whopping 814 and #2 in assists per set.The Lady Eagles have dropped only 14 of their 69 sets played so far in non-conference matchups, holding 12 of their opponents scoreless, several of which were nationally ranked.When asked about the success of this years team, assistant coach Sarah Mafi said, “We are super proud of this team. They work extremely hard everyday in the weight room and in the gym. It is definitely paying off. These ladies are very selfless players and anytime they win, the entire team is credited for that success. That has been key for the unbelievable season we’ve had so far this year.”The Lady Eagles will finish out their non-conference games this weekend as they travel to Nebraska for the Wyo-Nebraska Tournament. On Friday, they will face Sheridan College at 11 a.m. followed by Trinidad State College at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will take on Western Wyoming College at 8 a.m. and Eastern Wyoming College at 2 p.m.The games will be broadcast LIVE on Facebook under USU Eastern Women’s Volleyball page. read more

Moodys Metal prices recovering cost cuts boost liquidity for EMEAs high yield

first_imgA recovery in metal prices, deep cost cutting and stricter financial discipline have positively affected the balance sheets and cash flows of high-yield miners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in turn bolstering their liquidity levels in Q1 2017 versus last year, says Moody’s Investors Service in a report published today. Liquidity has remained solid for large investment grade miners.Moody’s report assesses the liquidity of 16 rated mining companies (three investment grade, 14 high yield) across the EMEA region.“Almost all EMEA high-yield miners now have adequate to strong liquidity, which is very much in contrast with the past two years when 20% of all rated miners in the region were weak in liquidity terms,” says Gianmarco Migliavacca, Vice President — Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s.Moody’s report, Mining Industry Liquidity Study 2017 — EMEA: High-Yield Miners’ Liquidity Has Strengthened, while Investment-Grade Remains Solid, is available on www.moodys.com. The rating agency’s report is an update to the markets and does not constitute a rating action.High-yield miners have further mitigated refinancing risk by pushing a large amount of 2017-18 maturities to 2019 and beyond. As a result, near-term maturities are now much lower than a year ago, as most companies managed to repay or reschedule the bulk of these commitments. An improved debt maturity profile is one of the main considerations behind Moody’s decision to revise its liquidity assessment for Ferrexpo Plc (Caa2 stable), Nyrstar NV (B3 stable) and diamond companies ALROSA PJSC (Ba1 stable) and Petra Diamonds Limited (B1 positive) to adequate this year from weak in last year’s EMEA mining industry liquidity study.“AngloGold Ashanti was the only miner whose liquidity assessment has been revised down, from strong to good, primarily due to higher than anticipated global capital expenditures and elevated operating costs in South Africa,” says Douglas Rowlings, Assistant Vice President — Analyst at Moody’s.Eurasian Resources Group (Caa1 negative) remains the only company with a weak liquidity assessment as of March 2017, due to its very limited availability under committed bank facilities. However, Moody’s acknowledges that the company has improved its liquidity recently, by rescheduling the bulk of its bank maturities to 2025 from 2016-18.Most other high-yield miners have reduced their reliance on banking facility drawdown in 2017 versus the previous year. Average use of committed revolving credit facilities fell to 28% in March 2017, a level close to 2013 pre-crisis levels, as performance improvements and stronger cash balances reduced the need for such facilities. Financial covenant compliance is no longer an issue this year for some high-yield miners as all miners are expected to remain in compliance.Cash balances and available bank facilities remain the key liquidity sources for EMEA miners in 2017, but positive free cash flow is back as additional projected source of liquidity. Return to positive free cash flow and the doubling of average availability under revolving credit facilities among high-yield miners are two major liquidity improvements compared to last year.Moody’s expects a rebound in capex in 2017 from the deep cuts made in 2016, and some resumption in dividends as excess cash is built-up. Most of the largest rated EMEA miners will maintain the disciplined financial policy already factored into their ratings. However, more aggressive dividend or capex plans would lead Moody’s to reconsider its financial policy assessments across its rated universe of miners.last_img read more

Its a very terrifying thing Jimmy Kimmel opens up about newborn sons

first_img‘It’s a very terrifying thing’: Jimmy Kimmel opens up about newborn son’s heart surgery “Even that Matt Damon sent flowers,” Kimmel said during a monologue on access to healthcare. 18,219 Views Share Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Jimmy Kimmel“The longest three hours of my life,” Kimmel said.Billy will have another open-heart surgery within six months to repair the openings and then a third procedure when he’s a young teen, but he came home six days after the surgery and is “doing great,” Kimmel said.After thanking by name the nurses, doctors and staff at the two hospitals, along with his colleagues and friends – “Even that fucking Matt Damon sent flowers,” Kimmel said of his faux rival – the comedian then gave an impassioned speech on healthcare.He criticised President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health and praised Congress for instead calling for increased funding. 20 Comments By Associated Press Short URLcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3368495 May 2nd 2017, 9:31 AM If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABCUS TALK SHOW host Jimmy Kimmel turned his show’s monologue into an emotional recounting of his newborn son’s open-heart surgery – and a plea that all American families get the life-saving medical care they need.“It was a scary story and before I go into it, I want you to know it has a happy ending,” Kimmel assured ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live studio audience yesterday as he detailed how his son’s routine birth last week suddenly turned frightening.Several hours after his wife, Molly, gave birth to William John, a “very attentive” nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center alerted the couple and doctors to the baby’s purple-ish colour and an apparent heart murmur, the host said.The baby’s lack of oxygen was either due to a lung problem or, worst-case scenario, heart disease, Kimmel said, and it was determined to be the latter. Baby Billy. Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/ABC“It’s a very terrifying thing,” he said. He was surrounded at the hospital by very worried-looking people, “kind of like right now,” he told the audience, one of the jokes he managed despite choking up and having to pause at times.A sonogram showed his son was born with holes in the wall separating the right and left sides of the heart and a blocked pulmonary valve, Kimmel said.The baby, nicknamed Billy, was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to undergo surgery to open the valve. Tuesday 2 May 2017, 9:31 AM Kimmel with baby Billy, his wife Molly, and two-year-old daughter Jane. Source: Jimmy Kimmel/ABCWashington politicians meeting on healthcare need to “understand that very clearly,” he said. Partisan squabbles shouldn’t divide American on something “every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.”Kimmel said he would skip the rest of this week’s shows to be with his family while guest hosts take his place.He was joined yesterday by Dr Mehmet Oz, who was a previously scheduled guest but jumped in to offer an illustrated description of Billy Kimmel’s heart problem.Also on the show at Kimmel’s request was Shaun White, the Olympic gold medal snowboarder who discussed overcoming the same heart defect as Kimmel’s son. Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTubeRead: ‘People don’t ask… why was there a Civil War?’: Historians mystified by Trump’s latest commentsRead: Pool party gunman shot seven people at a pool party after breaking up with girlfriendlast_img read more

Theres snow everywhere and here are the pictures to prove it

first_img pic.twitter.com/SLPnC9Bao5— Jay Parrow (@JParrow) March 22, 2017 Source: Castle Durrow/Twitter Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 8:37 AM Train from Cork to Dublin. Just outside Portlaoise ❄️ pic.twitter.com/pkdz5UbdzE— Claire McCarthy (@clairemariamac) March 22, 2017 the nire. pic.twitter.com/1Rn1TdkXxl— ANGELO Tosini (@ta_tosini) March 22, 2017 Source: Jay Parrow/Twitter These two jokers are taking full advantage of the snow in Allenwood, Kildare. We’re informed that they got up at 6.30 to make this snowman before school. Fair play. There was also plenty of the white stuff in Summerhill in Meath.This was Carbury in Kildare at around 7.30 this morning. Source: ANGELO Tosini/Twitter Upperchurch village in the Tipperary hills certainly hasn’t escaped the elements. SNOW AND ICE are widespread across the country this morning with further snowfall forecast for the day ahead.It’s expected in parts of Leinster and in the north and east of Munster – especially on high ground.Many people have woken to the snow this morning, here are some photos we received from across the country.These two photos show quite the scene at Cashel in Tipperary. Source: Michal Kovaľský http://jrnl.ie/3300081 @thejournal_ie snowy day in Upperchurch village in the tipperary hills pic.twitter.com/XYzSdpObml— liam noonan (@vpn) March 22, 2017 Source: liam noonan/Twitter Source: ANGELO Tosini/Twitter The view on the train from Dublin to Cork looked like a Christmas scene outside Portlaoise. Hollyhill in Cork is also looking like a winter wonderland. restart!!! pic.twitter.com/eBmLxWpO5B— ANGELO Tosini (@ta_tosini) March 22, 2017 Source: Virtual Donal/Twitter view from the train near Enfield pic.twitter.com/68ItmluNbf— Fiona Duignan (@FionaD71) March 22, 2017 Snow @CastleDurrow ..lots of it at the end of March!!!!#WinterWonderland pic.twitter.com/0v1cYlvHyG— Castle Durrow (@CastleDurrow) March 22, 2017center_img 52,104 Views pic.twitter.com/aSwcN0Scyx— Aidan Oh (@JuxyJones) March 22, 2017 Source: Claire McCarthy/Twitter All around Cashel Tipperary is lethal, even the motorway. pic.twitter.com/hYbGiPraqC— Clancy (@OverflowRanch) March 22, 2017 It was also the first time seeing snow for some little people in Tipperary – and it looks like they approve.Read: Snow and ice grip the country as weather warning in place on frosty morning> Meanwhile, the view from a train near Enfield, Meath looked equally festive – if it wasn’t March. Source: Fiona Duignan/Twitter Mar 22nd 2017, 8:37 AM This housing estate in Portlaoise is covered in snow. Source: Derek Farrell via RollingNews.ieAnd Castle Durrow in Laois has posted these beautiful photos from the estate. Source: AilbheCork/Twitter View in Hollyhill in Cork pic.twitter.com/8x7Cme39FV— AilbheCork (@AilbheCork) March 22, 2017 By Cliodhna Russell Source: Aidan O Brien/Twitter There’s snow everywhere* and here are the pictures to prove it *It’s not really everywhere. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24 Comments Short URL Share271 Tweet Email5 We also got sent in these snow filled photos from Waterford (with a very cute dog included for good measure).last_img read more

When I was 15 I sat down with my mum and said

first_img Short URL 33,408 Views Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM Share94 Tweet Email1 MICHAEL OBAFEMI IS all smiles as he sits down in Dublin to chat about what has been a monumental, life-changing past year for the 18-year-old Southampton striker.A warm and courteous young man, he shakes the hand of everyone in the room and asks for their name before politely casting his mind back and recalling the various accolades and accomplishments he has achieved since the start of last year. Michael Obafemi was in Dublin to promote the Coca-Cola Premier League Trophy Tour. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThere was his Premier League debut in front of 30,000 spectators at St Mary’s against Tottenham aged just 17 last January. Then there was his first senior start for the Saints against Leicester in the EFL Cup earlier this season.Obafemi bagged his first goal in a 3-1 defeat of Huddersfield Town back in November, also making appearances against Man United, Arsenal and champions Man City. Oh, and there was his highly-awaited senior Ireland debut against Denmark in the Uefa Nations League too.Not a bad year, by all accounts. But the 18-year-old is taking it all in his stride. His calmly-taken strike against David Wagner’s Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium three days before Christmas wrote Obafemi’s name into the history books as he became Southampton’s youngest-ever Premier League goalscorer.The record has a nice ring to it, but he doesn’t dwell on any of his achievements for too long. “I tend not to think about it because I’m just trying to create more moments in history,” he explains.“That’s obviously in the history books now but I want to create more history by scoring as many goals as I can. I just want to keep getting more achievements and achievements and achievements.” Obafemi celebrates scoring his first Southampton goal with Nathan Redmond. Source: Richard SellersThe forward’s enthusiasm is infectious, with Obafemi not downtrodden in the slightest despite being ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring setback which Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl described as “a disaster” last month.He hopes to be back in time to be in Mick McCarthy’s thoughts ahead of June’s Euro qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar, but cannot say for certain if he will be recovered in time for the double-header in nine weeks.Just like every time he pulls on the green jersey, he says it would be another honour to get the call-up for the qualifiers in Copenhagen and Dublin. But he is currently just focussing on maintaining his recovery as things stand. Club football is out of the question between now and the end of the 2018/19 campaign.“The way my hamstring is healing, they didn’t think surgery was needed,” Obafemi says. “When I come back from this injury in the middle of May, the end of May, I’m going to go away on a training camp and get myself as fit as possible to make sure I can deal with the demands that will be put on me in pre-season, so that I can get back into the team.” Obviously it was my first cap… unreal. I was playing against Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who’s a team-mate at Southampton. I saw him after the game and he told me that I had done well. I think it was a good game and we did well to get the draw.”Photographers in Aarhus captured an emotional moment shortly after full-time. Obafemi made his way over to his mother Bola and brother Affy and shared an embrace with his family to mark his coming of age as a senior Ireland international aged just 18.“My mum and my brother come to every game,” he explains. “It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bench or starting at club level, or international level. Battling for the ball with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu. Source: Joe Giddens“They were both there for the Northern Ireland friendly game and have been there for all of my first-team games at club level too, so I’m just thankful for their support.”Obafemi has said that his family are a driving force of motivation in his life and recalls the moment when he knew he could really kick on and make it at an elite level as a potential Premier League footballer.“When I was 15 I sat down with my mum and said ‘this is what I want to do’. She supported me and said as long as I give 100% that she would support me all the way. I am where I am now and I still have a long way to go.”Obafemi’s rise has been incredibly quick, but it is an elevation which he has taken on full steam-ahead. He admits there were nerves when he was called upon by Mauricio Pellegrino to make his debut against Spurs last January, but after a while it was the most natural thing in the world. Just like any other game of football.It was very surreal, because that was the first ‘big crowd’ that I played against. I was on the bench that night and just warming up.“He [Pellegrino] called me over and I was just like ‘Ah shit.’ I wasn’t expecting it, but then when I actually got on the pitch I was like: ‘Ah, okay. This isn’t too bad’.“I felt at ease and it felt like a normal football match. Obviously a chance came to score and I missed, but it’s definitely got to be one of my favourite memories. The call-up caught me off guard. Obafemi with his mother Bola and brother Affy after making his Ireland debut in Denmark. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“I was with the U18s and that week we were playing Fulham. I came in and the U18s coach told me I wasn’t playing today, he told me that I was getting called up to the senior team.“After training I saw my name on the team sheet and knew I was in the squad. I remember waking up the next morning thinking ‘I’m on the bench!’ It was my first time playing at St Mary’s and it was a big crowd. I was a bit anxious and nervous, but when I actually came on I was happy and free.”Obafemi counts Nathan Redmond as one of his close friends within the Southampton ranks and says that being set up for his first goal against Huddersfield by Redmond made it extra sweet.I could have scored a hat-trick in that game,” he laughs. “But I was glad to get the one at least. When I scored it was Nathan who set me up, which made it even more special. I was just happy that I could contribute to the team.”The striker recently signed a new deal with Southampton until 2022, with manager Hasenhüttl lamenting praise on the Ireland international since taking over from Mark Hughes.“He is a cool guy,” the former RB Leipzig boss said after Obafemi’s goal against Huddersfield in December. “Really has quality.”Obafemi likewise has full respect for the Austrian coach and has enjoyed some of his best football since Hasenhüttl took over at the start of December. “Obviously he’s come out in the press saying that I’m a cool guy,” he grins. Ralph Hasenhuttl has praised Obafemi’s development at Southampton this season. Source: Richard Sellers“I like him as a guy, he’s a nice guy. He knows what he wants from the team and obviously we’re performing now and getting away from the relegation zone. We’ve got a big game coming up on Friday against Liverpool where we’ll be hoping to get a result as well.“From where we were before he came in to now is a big difference. The mood around the changing room is a lot better. Everyone is just more together, everyone has bonded on team nights out.”Obafemi didn’t spend too much time working under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, but says he is thankful to both men for giving him the opportunity to make his senior debut under their tenure. Keane isn’t as scary as he is portrayed, Obafemi says.To be fair, I went in there thinking ‘oh shit I’m going to be scared of this guy’. He’s actually a nice guy when you speak to him. He is a nice guy.“But I remember one time in the game against Denmark I lost the ball and he was screaming at me for ages. I was thinking ‘ah shit’, but he is a nice guy. It was great to meet him and to play under him. It was just an honour to be involved.” The 18-year-old hopes to be back fit in time for June’s Euro 2020 qualifier double-header. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOObafemi doesn’t want to dwell too much on all that he has achieved since making his Southampton debut in front of 30,000 against Tottenham just 15 months ago, but instead is laser-focussed on what lies further down the tracks.He has his Premier League debut, his first Premier League goal, is Southampton’s youngest ever league scorer and has broken into the Ireland senior squad all at the age of 18. But there’s more to achieve, Obfaemi insists. More history to be made.There’s still a lot more that I’ve got to tick off,” he says. “[I want] my first senior Ireland goal, my first goal at St Mary’s, my first goal at the Aviva.“There is still a lot more that I’ve gotta do. Reach five caps, ten caps too. I’ve just got to be patient.”—Coca-Cola is giving Irish football fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the iconic Premier League Trophy this April. Get down to Dundrum Town Centre on Saturday, April 13th, between 10am and 6pm, to hear from the Republic of Ireland’s rising star Michael Obafemi and be in with a chance to win exclusive VIP match day box tickets.To find out more about Coca-Cola’s partnership with the Premier League and see the full schedule of upcoming activity, visit www.coca-cola.ie/premier-league. Join the conversation using #WhereEveryonePlays.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Apr 3rd 2019, 5:00 PM By Aaron Gallagher https://the42.ie/4574842 Source: Southampton FC/YouTubeHe would love to be involved as McCarthy’s men try and build on recent back-to-back wins against Gibraltar and Georgia. Even while watching the two wins on TV last week he was picturing himself in attacking scenarios on the pitch.“I watched the two Ireland games recently and I was watching them thinking what I would do if I was there, especially in terms of my linkup play. I don’t think it’s taken off the cards yet [playing in June’s qualifiers], but the main focus at the moment is pre-season. But we’ll just have to wait and see. I’ve not spoken to Mick McCarthy yet, but I think that’s a conversation that is waiting to happen.”Denmark was the location where Obafemi made his first senior appearance in the green jersey, brought on as a late substitute by Martin O’Neill in a 0-0 Uefa Nations League stalemate away in Aarhus.Questions were raised by some about whether the teenager would declare for England, where he was raised in London, or for Nigeria, where his parents grew up, but Obafemi insists again that he had zero intention of choosing anyone but Ireland.“I never really entertained any other options. I didn’t speak to any other country. I knew in my mind what I was going to do and what I can do.All in🇮🇪☘️ pic.twitter.com/R00hcfFn9a— MO (@michaelobafemi_) November 15, 2018 12 Comments ‘When I was 15 I sat down with my mum and said: ‘This is what I want to do’. I still have a long way to go’ Michael Obafemi on becoming Southampton’s youngest ever Premier League goalscorer and making his Ireland debut. Subscribe “The thing is, I didn’t really pay attention [to social media]. Obviously you see little bits, but I didn’t really think about it and it didn’t hinder my decision. It didn’t really play a part in my mind because obviously I knew myself that I was going to pick Ireland.“Anything anyone was saying about me just went to the back of my mind. It didn’t mean anything.”Obafemi released a comprehensive statement in November declaring that he was, without any doubt, “100% committed” to playing for Ireland. Looking back on his debut in Denmark, he smiles and says it was one of the proudest achievements of his career so far, despite the freezing weather conditions.“It was cold. Very, very cold,” Obafemi grins. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was killed after being struck in the street in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to police, the pedestrian was struck near the intersection of Northwest 95th Street and Seventh Avenue, Thursday morning.Police blocked off the area in order to conduct an investigation, causing a slight delay in traffic.Police said the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with officials.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

With Growth Comes Many Competitors

first_imgDigital magazine vendors will tell you that their growth has been phenomenal—anywhere from 25 to 50 percent a year for the last two to three years. That’s one good reason why the industry has gone from a handful of pioneers four or five years ago to an explosion of low-cost solutions.“There have to be 20 of what I call the ‘flash guys,’” says Cimarron Buser, VP, marketing and product planning for Texterity. “They get a flash program and write a piece of code that will work for a magazine, but the publishing industry needs a lot more than ‘whiz-bang’ technology.”It probably does look easy to produce a digital magazine—just take a PDF and give it a page flip—but a lot more goes on in the background, according to Nxtbook Media marketing director Marcus Grimm. The technology offered by the large vendors integrates with search engines, provides tracking data for the magazine, and is more feature-rich than the products that a lot of the smaller companies offer. Not so fast, say some of those that offer the simpler solution. While Olive Software, which has been in the business for seven years, is a full-service vendor with major publisher clients, vice president of marketing Nicole Miller points out that small publishers with low-circulation magazines or newsletters need a low-cost, easy way of producing something other than a PDF. “We’ve taken our platform and made it easy for a client to upload a PDF and receive a URL within minutes that links to an online digital document. It’s primarily just a flipper,” she says, “but they can then e-mail the link to their subscribers or post it on their Web site.” Proliferating Digital ProvidersIn the last few years, the number of digital-magazine suppliers has exploded. Some ofthe current players in the market, either with their own solutions or working with partners.Advanced Publishing • Bango • Blue Toad • Brown Printing • Cadmus/Cenveo • CDS • Creel Printing • Dirxion • DMG Inc. • E-Book Systems • iDigital Edition • Imirus • Just Systems • Lane Press • LinkPath • Magazooms/Alqemy • NewsStand • Nxtbook Media • Olive Software • Pressmart • ProofItOnline • Publishers Press • Qmags • Quebecor World • Sheridan Magazine Services • Texterity • Zendition • Ziniolast_img read more

624 Quake Hits Southwest of Talkeetna

first_imgCheck out @FredMeyerStores mayhem in #Anchorage after our #earthquake this morning. pic.twitter.com/bbluHwFJcC— Apokrisis LLC (@apokrisis) September 25, 2014 A few schools sustained minor damage, mostly to ceiling tiles. All students are safe. #akquake pic.twitter.com/TfTjBlAnLP— ASD Information (@ASD_Info) September 25, 2014 Earthquake preparedness tips from Anchorage’s Office of Emergency Management:Before an earthquake:Lower your risk of injury and property damage by making your home earthquake safe.The number one cause of injury and death during an earthquake is falling debris. Go to  www.ready.gov/earthquakes for specific recommendations.During an earthquake:Drop down where you are; do not try to move from one location to another. If you are outside, stay outside. If you are inside, stay in the room you are in.Take cover underneath a sturdy piece of furniture to keep falling debris from hitting you.If there is nothing for you to get underneath, move away from large objects and glass and drop to the floor, covering your head and neck.After an earthquake:Check on your family and neighbors to make sure everyone is okay. Provide first aid as needed.Check your home for damage to determine if it is safe to shelter in place. If you aren’t sure, evacuate.For more information on personal preparedness contact the Office of Emergency Management at 343-1401 with any questions.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Guess we need to secure the shelves better. pic.twitter.com/PJy0XWIpEh— Alaska Snob (@AlaskaSnob) September 25, 2014 Richard Rash with the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer says information is still coming in.Rash: “We are experiencing a [6.24] earthquake approximately 60 miles southwest of Talkeetna, Alaska.”Lockyer: “Do you know how deep it was, because our building was rocking right here.”Rash: “Yeah, it was pretty intense being close and local, but I don’t have that information right now, the scientists are still working that up”Lockyer: “Are you expecting aftershocks?”Rash: “Most likely.”There are reports of it being felt as far north as Fairbanks and as far south as Homer.In Anchorage, UAA bookstore manager Kristi Michels says the quake knocked over some of the store’s displays and school supplies.“We did have a customer come in right at the register and she was not liking it at all,” Michels says. “She comes in saying, ‘This is a big one. This is a big one,’ but the cashier just kept her cool and talked her down.”The novelty of a 6.2-earthquake gave UAA student Cecil Brown a thrill.“I’m like, ‘this is an earthquake,’ but I’m from the desert, where there is no such thing as an earthquake and I’ve lived here for two years and slept through every single one of them,” Brown says. “So this was the first one where I was cognizantly aware that ‘m in an earthquake. It was pretty exciting.”A couple of students, like Natalie Tierny, didn’t even notice.“I didn’t feel it,” she laughs. “I was walking outside and I was listening to the radio on my phone and they kept saying like, ‘oh it’s still going!’ But I was not sure what they were talking about.”John Bellini, with the National Earthquake Reporting Center in Golden, Colorado, says the duration of the quake lengthens the further from the epicenter the tremor is felt.“Dependent, at least as far as how people feel it, depends on how far away they are,” Bellini said. “An actual earthquake of this size at the epicenter would last 5-10 seconds or so, maybe as long as 15 seconds.”So far, there are no reports of significant damage coming in, though it seems some downtown Anchorage buildings were evacuated.last_img read more

Indian Army men assault Kashmir SDM on Lok Sabha election duty

first_imgPeople from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn on-duty sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) was allegedly thrashed by Indian Army men on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, Ghulam Rasool Wani was also on duty for Lok Sabha elections in the South Kashmir constituency.Wani had to report at a polling booth in Anantnag and was travelling along with four other election officers in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of the highway. Wani told Indian Express that the vehicle was stopped at three security checkpoints but was eventually allowed to travel on the highway during the security forces’ convoy movement. “They noticed the SDM sign on our car and let us go,” Wani said.However, at the fourth checkpoint, an Indian Army soldier interrupted the poll officers and refused to let them reach their location. “He asked us to come out of the vehicle. And as soon as we came out, he dragged me by the collar and dragged me on the road for 20 metres. The fellow soldiers pointed their guns at the poll officers and even snatched my cellphone,” Wani added.Wani said that the Indian Army men assaulted all the staff members and threatened them at gunpoint. Indian army soldiers patrol a street near a site of a gunbattle between Indian security forces and militants in South Kashmir.Representational image | ReutersThe SDM said as soon as he reasoned with the soldiers that they were government officers doing their regular duties, the Army men used abusive language and threatened them. “They held us hostage and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag interfered that we were set free,” he added.He said that he cannot take the matter casually and has sent a written complaint to the Qazigund police station as well the state election officials.Meanwhile, Army spokesperson Col. Brijesh Kalia said that an investigation has been ordered into the matter. While taking a dig at the armed forces over the incident, former IAS officer-turned-politician and J&K Peoples Movement chairman Shah Faesal tweeted that the news is very unfortunate. He also demanded the registration of an FIR against the erring soldiers by J&K Police. “It is hoped that AFSPA won’t come in the way of IPC/RPC and the action will be taken,” he said.The controversial ban on the civilian vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for two days every week, that came into force a few days ago, has been creating a rift between the security personnel and the masses in the valley.last_img read more

A week for stock specific action while market searches for new direction

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) logo is seen at the BSE building in Mumbai. The market saw some profit taking after the record highs it hit last week.ReutersThe week ahead may seem listless after three weeks of rollercoaster ride beginning with the exit poll results during which the benchmark indices hit new highs twice. The Bharatiya Janata a Party’s (BJP) dream performance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha election and the smooth transition to Modi 2.0 have kept the market buoyant, but global cues have been keeping indices under pressure.The National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark Nifty fell back below the key 12,000 points last week and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) index Sensex dipped under 39,000 points.The market snapped its rally of three consecutive weeks on June 7 as the bears managed to claw back Dalal Street from the bulls. Traders booked profit after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) monetary policy committee decisions went in line with expectations, but offering nothing more, a media report said. Nifty closed below the psychologically important level of 12,000 points twice. The liquidity crisis plaguing non-banking finance companies (NBFC) exacerbated by the Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited’s (DHFL) default on debt repayment, worsening US-China trade war tensions and a possible delay in monsoon dented market sentiment, the report in MoneyControl website said. Short covering was seen in banking and financials.The 30-share Sensex shed 0.25 percent and the Nifty50 lost 0.44 percent in the week that ended on June 7 against its more than 5 percent rally in the previous three straight weeks. There are no major cues barring the release of the industrial output and inflation data in the coming week and the market is expected to remain rangebound with more openings for a more stock specific action, the report says. The market will be on edge watching the monsoon updates and any triggers in the upcoming Union Budget FY20, experts said. New Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will present her first budget on July 5, is under pressure to announce tax incentives for individual taxpayers and corporations to boost consumer demand and investments.PTIThe reaction of the global markets in response to developments in the US-China trade tensions will also be closely watched. The global markets have somewhat factored in the tensions and seemed to relax on Friday, ending their losing streak. This could act as a major cue for the Indian markets.”Indications are mixed at present which could result in further consolidation in Nifty. Traders should opt for a stock-specific trading approach and maintain positions on both sides,” the report quoted Jayant Manglik of Religare Broking as saying. His view is that the progress of the monsoon and global cues would largely dictate the market trend in the week ahead.”We remain in a structural uptrend for the markets but expect consolidation for the near term. A range-bound movement at 11,700-12,100 for the next few weeks is expected,” the report said quoting Sahaj Agrawal of Kotak Securities. The market will be keenly listening to what Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has to say about the preparations for the FY20 Union Budget, scheduled to be presented on July 5.last_img read more

UPDATE Melania Trump Travels To Arizona To Visit A Migrant Facility

first_img Share AP Photo/Carolyn KasterFirst lady Melania Trump arrives at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Thursday, June 28, 2018, en route to a U.S. Customs border and protection facility in Tucson, Ariz.First Lady Melania Trump is paying a second visit to children detained under her husband’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings. She arrived at Tucson, Ariz., where she will visit a Customs and Border Protection facility and participate in a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and a local rancher.The trip follows a visit last week to the border town of McAllen, Texas to a shelter for children separated from their parents.“She wanted to see everything for herself,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said at the time. “She supports family reunification. She thinks that it’s important that children stay with their families.”Grisham confirmed on Tuesday that a second trip was being planned, but details were kept under wraps.During the trip to McAllen, the first lady’s choice of a jacket emblazoned with the words, “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” prompted controversy and speculation about its meaning. Her spokeswoman said it was simply “a jacket” with “no hidden message.”She did not wear the jacket Thursday.The initial trip took place the day after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at ending family separations. A White House official told NPR that Melania Trump pressed her husband to stop separating children from their parents.On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the administration to stop separating parents and children and said that all immigrant children detained under the Trump administration policy must be returned to their parents within 30 days.Since the ruling, Grisham said Thursday, the first lady is “anxious to learn how they’re implementing the new process. There was a court case that threw a wrench in the works.”last_img read more