Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, arrived on Thursday morning within hours of being discharged from Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, and tabled the State’s budget for 2018-19 in the afternoon.A frail-looking Mr. Parrikar spoke for around eight minutes, tabled the budget, and thanked the people of Goa for their wishes and prayers for his recovery.Mr. Parrikar, who was accompanied by his son Utpal, was greeted by top officials, Ministers and ruling MLAs at the entrance of the Assembly complex in the afternoon. In his brief speech, Mr. Parrikar said, “I thank everyone who wished for my speedy recovery through messages, letters and prayers at various temples, churches, and mosques. I am overwhelmed by the over pouring of your love and affection. It fortifies my conviction that Goa and Goans are my extended family. It is your wishes and prayers which have helped me to recover speedily and return to Goa”. “For complete recovery, I have been advised by the doctors some precautions in the immediate short term. During this period, my interaction with the public will be limited. However, I will be discharging my regular duties and obligations as the Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Parrikar said. Mr. Parrikar tabled a budget with a gross expenditure of ₹17,123.28 crore with an uncovered fiscal deficit of ₹763.68 crore. No new taxes or revenue mobilisation initiatives were announced in the budget which has a focus on generating employment in the industry and information & technology sectors. The Chief Minister did not read out the customary budget speech, informing the Speaker that he could not write the speech on account of his health. Mr. Parrikar was on February 15 admitted to the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, after he complained of stomach pain. He was later diagnosed for a pancreas-related ailment. Mr. Parrikar’s sudden decision to present the Budget today came as a surprise even to his cabinet colleagues and legislators. The police too had to rush in to make last-minute security arrangements. In a brief Cabinet meeting, Mr. Parrikar thanked the ministers from coalition parties in his government for their concern. Secretary for Finance Daulat Havildar told The Hindu that the Chief Minster has directed the officials to send files to his residence. He will hold his next Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. “We are happy to have him back. He has told us that the next cabinet meeting will be convened on coming Wednesday,” Minister for Power Pandurang Madkaikar said.Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar also said that the Assembly was glad to have Mr. Parrikar back. “We are glad to see him and hope he recovers fully,” Mr. Kavlekar said. While entering and exiting the Assembly complex, Mr. Parrikar waved at the cordoned-off media. In reply to a question on his health, Mr. Parrikar said, “Nothing is wrong with me.”
Reggie Jackson of the Detroit Pistons reacts reacts to a call late in the game next to Luke Babbitt #8 of the Atlanta Hawks at Little Caesars Arena on November 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 111-104. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPThe Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play.They’ve certainly been worth watching.Detroit’s 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the NBA through the season’s first month. The Pistons already have a road win at Golden State, swept a five-game homestand — possibly to the delight of all those unoccupied red seats at Little Caesars Arena, more on that in a moment — and are off to their best start in 12 years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that we’re playing as a team right now,” Detroit’s Luke Kennard said. “We’re really locked in. We’re really playing together and we play hard. When you have a team that does that together, you win.”Now comes the test.Starting Wednesday, the Pistons play five of their next six games on the road — visiting Milwaukee, Indiana and Minnesota before returning home to face Cleveland, then heading right back out for a trip to Oklahoma City and Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter topping Miami to finish off a 5-0 homestand Sunday, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made no effort to hide how pleased he is right now.“We did a great job here, and now you just move on to the next challenge,” Van Gundy said. “Now nine of 11 on the road, the next three games on the road against teams you beat at home so you know they want back at you. The challenges just keep mounting, but you put wins in the bank.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Maybe at some point, there will be fans in the seats.The brand-new Detroit arena has a listed capacity for basketball at 20,491, which was the announced crowd for opening night. In seven games since, the Pistons have announced crowds between 13,709 and 17,683 — and those numbers may be generous, given how empty the building looks on television. Officially, Detroit sold 76 percent of its tickets in those seven games.GIANNIS WATCHTechnically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Read Next No resolution: PBA Board leaves LA with league’s fate hanging Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion — Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Friday: Russell Westbrook has triple-doubles in his last two games vs. the Spurs.— Houston at Memphis, Saturday: The Rockets’ wide-open offense goes up against the Grizzlies’ airtight defense.— Washington at Toronto, Sunday: John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry might get overlooked on an NFL Sunday, but shouldn’t.STAT LINE OF THE WEEKPaul George, Oklahoma City: His 37-point, eight-rebound, five-assist game against Dallas on Sunday wasn’t even his best game of the week (he had 42, 9 and 7 two nights earlier against the Clippers). But the Sunday game gets the nod since it came on Russell Westbrook’s birthday and when asked what he got his teammate, George said “I got him 37.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.ANNIVERSARIESA couple of significant milestone dates are nearing.Sunday marks the 13th anniversary since the so-called “Malice at The Palace,” the infamous brawl involving Indiana and Detroit after Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) went into the stands after a fan hit him with a drink. The aftermath included nine players being suspended, and security in NBA arenas has been different ever since.And Tuesday is the 16th anniversary of the first call-up from what is now called the NBA G League — the Denver Nuggets brought eventual NBA champion Chris Andersen up from the Fayetteville Patriots, a move that paved the way for hundreds of players to truly view the development league as a springboard to the NBA.THE WEEK AHEADSome games to keep an eye on over the coming days:— Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, Wednesday: Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, a matchup of future NBA assist leaders.— Golden State at Boston, Thursday: An NBA Finals preview? The road team has won five straight in this series. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
LATEST STORIES Mitchell, coming off Western Conference player of the week honors, has averaged 30.3 points over his last six games.The Jazz are 8-2 in their last 10, matching Golden State’s record as the best in the West over that stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Nothing’s different. We’re just a bit more focused,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t overreact at the beginning of the year. We just knew if we kept being persistent and doing what we do, there’d be no problem.”Jae Crowder added 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 22 rebounds for his 37th double-double of the season and Kyle Korver had 19 points for the Jazz, who had six players in double figures. Utah shot 51 percent from the floor. “Our defense was just god-awful,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That just can’t happen.”Leading by 16 to start the fourth, Utah got three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Korver and one by Mitchell, to go up 104-81.Lou Williams scored 10 of the Clippers’ next 13 points to draw them to 107-92.The Jazz made 30 of 37 free throws, while the Clippers were 9 of 14.“We’ve been playing pretty good defense and haven’t shot the ball as well as we want to and tonight we shot it really well,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Guys were moving the ball and sharing it and finding the open man.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES— After going 9-12 through the first two months of the season, the Utah Jazz are moving up.Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points in Utah’s 129-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night for its first five-game winning streak of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UP NEXTJazz: Host Cleveland on Friday.Clippers: Host Golden State on Friday. LA won the first matchup 121-116 in overtime on Nov. 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Williams finished with 23 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, who have lost four straight for the second time this season. Tobias Harris added 17 points and Avery Bradley 15 points.“We had some slippage,” Williams said. “Everybody goes through their ruts. You take your lumps and get ready for the next one.”Los Angeles rallied in the second, getting within one on a 3-pointer by Bradley. But Utah answered with an 8-2 run to go into halftime leading 56-49.TIP-INSJazz: They improved to 8-7 on the road against Western Conference teams. … The lineup of Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles, Favors and Gobert improved to 4-0 together.Clippers: Rivers got a technical early in the fourth. … They also dropped four straight from Dec. 11-17.BIG BLOCKGeorges Niang came up with a huge block of Patrick Beverley at the net early in the second.“It might be the play of the year, so far. I didn’t think he was going to get it,” said O’Neale, who turned and asked Niang if he surprised himself.“I did, I did,” Niang replied. “I thought I was going to get the backboard but then I got the ball.” MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LeBron James misses Lakers road trip, to return to practice next week SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The heavy-handed Russian delivered the biggest surprise so far as he knocked out Alvarez in just the opening round.“I feel very good. Its my style. I like to finishoff opponents in the first round and I did it,” Nastyukhin said through a translator after their Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNastyukhin unleashed that started with solid right that rocked Alvarez before the fight was stopped.The 35-year-old Alvarez has won titles in the UFC and Bellator but winning a belt in ONE may be harder than it looks. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Cadence when running may be less important for performance than previously thought Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Eddie Alvarez absorbs a thundering right punch. Photo from ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Eddie Alvarez wanted the most dangerous opponent available and he got more than what he asked for in Timofey Nastyukhin.Nastyukhin gave Alvarez a rude welcome in his ONE Championship debut in ONE: A New Era Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments
Ausilio: Dybala would be Inter Milan player if we…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan chief Piero Ausilio says Paulo Dybala could have been a Nerazzurri player.Dybala has emerged as one of the most exciting attackers in the world at Juventus.And Ausilio recalled a meeting with former Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini: “A meeting was organised between the two presidents, Zamparini can confirm it, and I am convinced that if Inter on that occasion at the home of the president of Palermo had more desire and determination to spend more probably Dybala would be an Inter player.”The offer was honestly much lower than what Juventus did. The pair of (Mauro) Icardi-Dybala was intriguing to all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Chennai: Vellore parliamentary constituency recorded nearly 72 per cent polling on Monday, officials said. There were no untoward incidents, police said, even as there were some reports of EVMs and VVPATs malfunctioning. Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said “about 72 per cent” of the total 14.32 lakh voters cast their votes on Monday in the six Assembly constituencies covered under the Vellore Lok Sabha segment. “The final figures are still awaited,” he said. The constituency is witnessing a fight between AIADMK and DMK, with A C Shanmugam of the ruling party taking on Kathir Anand, son of senior DMK leader Durai Murugan. Counting of votes of will be taken up on August 9. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The poll outcome is being keenly awaited as a win for the AIADMK would be seen as an endorsement of Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s two year rule, although the party had little to boast of in the April 18 polls. If DMK wins, it will be perceived as a verdict against the ruling party, with the state poised to face the general elections in 2021 at the end of the current term. Both Palaniswami and Stalin had embarked on a hectic campaign schedule, fighting hard to reaffirm their respective parties’ dominance. Though polling was originally scheduled in Vellore on April 18 along with the rest of the 38 Parliamentary segments in Tamil Nadu, it was then rescinded after Income Tax officials seized money allegedly meant to bribe voters.
The Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Estimated costs for the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador have now hit $11.4 billion including financing.That’s up from an original estimate of $7.4 billion — including the cost of borrowing — when the development was sanctioned in 2012.First power from the dam and hydro station under construction on the lower Churchill River was expected next year.But Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall now says first power is delayed until the fall of 2019.“In my opinion the Muskrat Falls project was not the right choice,” Marshall told a news conference Friday.Still, he said he expects the project will “finish strong.”Full power from Muskrat Falls to the island of Newfoundland and on to Nova Scotia through subsea cables is expected in mid-2020.Marshall says original cost estimates were optimistic or overly aggressive.He also says some contractors lacked experience working in harsh environments and that early execution by some “was poor.”About $6.7 billion has been spent or is already committed to the project.Marshall says most problems stem from construction of the power plant. He says Nalcor is in “a major dispute” with construction contractor Astaldi Canada. He said it’s the major uncertainty for Muskrat Falls but that talks continue.Marshall says electricity rates for domestic customers are now expected to rise to 21.4 cents per kilowatt hour in 2021, before tax. That’s up 6.3 cents from forecasts when the project was sanctioned in 2012.Sales of available export power would bring those estimates down by less than a cent, Marshall predicted.Consumers in the province paid about 12 cents per kilowatt hour last year before tax. That compares to almost 15 cents in Ontario and 16 cents in Nova Scotia.Marshall says forecasted energy needs have decreased, but the province still needs a new source of power to replace the aging Holyrood plant and to meet future demand.He predicts by the time Muskrat Falls comes onstream, consumers in the province will be paying among the highest rates in the country.Still, Marshall – who took over just two months ago as CEO of the project, which was sanctioned by the former PC government – says it’s too late to turn back.“It was a gamble,” Marshall said of energy price assumptions made when the project was approved.“And it has gone against us.”The province is obligated to provide power to Nova Scotia utility Emera for 35 years. Nixing Muskrat Falls and myriad contracts would be far more expensive than forging ahead, he said.“The project was too big for our needs,” says Marshall. “We speculated, and we lost.”
VICTORIA, B.C. – In a new report, the Forest Practices Board is recommending that the B.C. Government adopts a tactical forest planning process to direct forestry operations on Crown land.According to Kevin Kriese, Chair of the Forest Practices Board, the Board has been calling for improved planning for over 20 years and that the plan does not address the need for planning for multiple forest values.“For more than 20 years, the board has called for improved planning and objectives at the landscape and watershed scales. Recent board work has confirmed that forest stewardship plans, despite considerable energy and effort to develop and approve, do not address the need for planning for multiple forest values across the landscape.” The Board’s report recommends that the process must:be inclusive of Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the public;integrate all forest values;be place-based and forward-looking;be embedded in the forest management system; andinclude monitoring and continuous improvement over timeCurrently, the Government is consulting with the public on potential amendments to the Forest and Range Practices Act.The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.More information on the Board can be found at bcfpb.ca.
New Delhi: Seeking to encash Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image of a doer, BJP has chosen the slogan of ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai’ ‘Modi makes it possible’ for the upcoming general elections, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Thursday. Modi, he added, has demonstrated during the last five years indefatigability by literally working round-the-clock, Jaitley said in the ‘Agenda 2019 Part-4’ blogpost. He further said Modi as a quick learner has demonstrated his ability to take quick decisions on complicated matters with clarity and determination. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “His image as a doer is now recognised by most Indians. Many India observers across the world have marvelled with India’s pace of taking decisions and implementing them. The BJP, therefore, has chosen an effective slogan for the forthcoming elections ‘Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai’ ‘Modi makes it possible’,” said Jaitley, who is also in-charge of the publicity division of BJP for 2019 general elections. Recalling some landmark achievements of the government, he said for the first time for five years in a row, India has remained the fastest growing major economy in the world and also a ‘sweet spot’ in the global economy. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “It is both the motivation and the leadership which made the vital difference. It is precisely for this reason that India will witness an election where people will get an opportunity to endorse Prime Minister Modi’s leadership, decisiveness, integrity and performance. Indeed he makes it possible,” the finance minister said. Among other things, Jaitley also said during Modi’s premiership, India demonstrated through surgical strike of 2016 and air-strike of 2019 against Pakistan that it was willing to adopt unconventional methods of attacking terror at the point of its origin. The other achievements of the government, he said, were bringing down inflation from 10.4 per cent during the UPA regime to 2.5 per cent presently, running an honest government and providing 10 per cent reservation in public employment and educational institutions for economically weaker sections in unreserved category. The government, he said, has also provided income support to poor farmers and pension scheme for the unorganised labour in the country. Other achievements of the government were the smoothest implementation of GST, free medical treatment to the poor under Ayushman Bharat scheme and 100 per cent electrification of all households, he said. “The above is only an illustrative list of the kinds of strides India is making. Has any government done more? It was the same governmental machinery, the same political system, the same implementation instruments that the government had at its disposal. It is both the motivation and the leadership which made the vital difference,” Jaitley said.
While the issue of nationalism in the wake of Pulwama and air strike continues to dominate the political discourse in the run-up to 2019 general elections, yet growth with good governance remains the main poll plank of ruling BJP, which is showcasing how its reforms have paid rich dividends in the real estate and infrastructure domain, not only contributing significantly to nation’s GDP but also boosting the living standard of masses. Riding high on the theme of New India & transformation through reforms, this year’s interim budget spelt out measures to boost real estate. Not only was the annual income up to 5 lakh made tax free to boost the disposable income of home buyers, but tax exemption on house rents was also hiked to 2.4 lakh to encourage investors to invest in second homes for rental income. The budget also lessened the tax burden of developers by way of extending the exemption of tax levy on unsold inventory, from one year to two years, besides benefits under Section 80-1BA of the Income Tax Act to projects approved till March 31, 2020. With these budgetary incentives together with a substantial cut on GST rate on housing, the government focused on boosting real estate. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn fact, immediately after taking over in 2014, the Modi government demonstrated its commitment to give a boost to the construction and housing sector. In a far-reaching measure, the first budget of the NDA government met the long-standing demand of liberalising FDI norms in the construction sector by reducing the requirement for a built-up area and capital requirement. In yet another significant step, REITs were introduced with tax incentives to unlock a new source of funding for the capital-starved developers. Besides these, the twin measures of increasing home loan interest exemption limit by 50000 rupees and income tax limit by another 50000 rupees were major incentives to boost housing. In the following budgets, infrastructure was given a big push with an investment hike of 70000 crores and setting up of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund. Also Read – Insider threat managementFully recognising that affordable housing is key to meet the severe shortage of housing in the country, the government brought in incentivised policies for affordable housing including providing infrastructure status to it. The reform of demonetisation together with Benami Property Prohibition Act was introduced to stamp out black money from real estate, responsible for an artificial spurt in prices. Further, the reform to regulate real estate through the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) was introduced which not only contributed to bringing down realty prices but also brought in transparency and fair play into real estate transactions. The government launched the flagship mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’. And to ensure that housing was within the reach of masses, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) was launched with Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) offering home loan interest rate subsidy of up to 2.67 lakh. This has significantly helped to make homes affordable. The gains of PMAY are visible to all in terms of delivery of record number of homes, though they are far short of 2022 targets. On the infrastructure front, the record construction of over 25 km a day of highways is another achievement which Modi government is showcasing. Modi government is now flaunting these reforms to voters ahead of polls. That the government has made real estate, housing and infrastructure as one of its main poll planks, is clearly visible from the hordes of projects/schemes launched in a rush before the introduction of poll code. Among the key metro rail projects given go-ahead were Kanpur & Agra Metro, Phase 4 of DMRC, Dwarka Expressway metro connectivity and extension of Red Line Metro to Ghaziabad. The Dwarka Expressway stuck for years in Delhi area, was given go ahead. In order to provide a big connectivity boost to real estate, regional air connectivity from Hindon Airforce Station in Ghaziabad was started with the operationalisation of civilian flights. The foundation laying of Rs 90000 crore Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and 61000 crores Delhi-Meerut Rapid Rail Project. However, notwithstanding the pre-election real estate and infrastructure bonanza and the positive impact of real estate reforms, only time will tell, how much dividend this poll plank will pay to the ruling party in the parliamentary polls. (The author is Founder & Editor of Ground Real(i)ty Media. Views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: The current times are exciting to be in the film business as audiences have become more demanding, says actress Yami Gautam, who is confident this wave of audience awareness will bring about a positive change in the industry. It was seven years ago that Yami had stepped into Bollywood with Shoojit Sircar’s “Vicky Donor”, which launched Ayushmann Khurrana as well. Her latest release “Uri: The Surgical Strike” has also been a game-changer for her as well as the industry. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “It has been a great journey covered so far and I do feel there’s a lot more to explore. Seven years only feels like the initial time and I know there’s a lot more to do. So much good is happening currently all around and there’s such great work coming in,” Yami told IANS. “There’s a great deal of presence for all kinds of films, writers and director and it’s a great time for actors. Audiences are more demanding and that’s what is exciting for me personally as I am certain this new system of audience awareness will bring a lot of positive change to the business. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Personally I feel, now is the time for me to try newer things, do things out of my comfort zone,” added the actress, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, and grew up in Chandigarh. In hindsight, what drove her to make such a risky choice of a debut with a project themed on sperm donation, a concept never dealt with in our cinema? “I had auditioned for the film, and Shoojit da had seen the tape and then he met me and gave me the script. When I first read and I was like okay, this is interesting and that was it. The fact that it was a very unlikely subject, but also something I knew at core was carrying a strong message and yet was extremely entertaining, encouraged me to be a part of it,” Yami said. With a mix of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, Yami has dabbled in a variety of roles and subjects. In “Kaabil”, she played a visually challenged girl, while in “Sarkar 3”, she played a dark character, and in “Uri…”, the actress featured as an intelligence agent. “I have been fortunate with certain roles I have played so far. Be it ‘Kaabil’, which for me as an actor was a challenging role or be it ‘Sarkar’. Even though ‘Sarkar 3’ didn’t do business as expected, it gave me a chance to explore a different shade to myself as an actor. “Be it Ashima in ‘Vicky Donor’, Misha in ‘Badlapur’ or Pallavi in ‘Uri…’, all these roles gave me an opportunity to work with some very fine directors,” Yami said. “Uri…”, she said, particularly changed a lot of gears for her in terms of the willingness to be seen in a whole new different light.
CAIRO – A lawyer had accused ElBaradei of betraying trust by resigning following the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted President Mohamed Morsi on August 14.An Egyptian court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit accusing former vice-president Mohamed ElBaradei of breaching faith, saying it has no jurisdiction to look into the case.A lawyer had accused ElBaradei of betraying trust by resigning following the violent dispersal of two support camps for ousted President Mohamed Morsi on August 14.The lawyer argued in his complaint that ElBaradei was selected to be a vice-president following Morsi’s July 3 ouster as a representative of the revolutionary groups, considering his resignation as “a betrayal of confidence”.ElBaradei’s resignation had been met with anger from his allies at the National Salvation Front (NSF), with NSF members saying that they hoped ElBaradei would have consulted with them on the resignation.Tamarod movement, which spearheaded protests that led to Morsi’s overthrow, said ElBaradei had escaped a “historical” responsibility.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi appeals court has upheld jail and lashes for an Egyptian lawyer whose arrest on drug trafficking charges last year sparked a row with Cairo, a newspaper said Thursday.The five-year sentence and 300 lashes meted out by a Jeddah court against Ahmed al-Gizawi are now final, Okaz daily said, adding that the execution of the lashing sentence will begin “within a month.”The lashes are implemented at the rate of 50 per month. Gizawi was accused of trying to smuggle in 21,380 capsules of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which is banned in Saudi Arabia, where drug trafficking carries the death sentence.He had travelled to Saudi Arabia in April 2012 with his wife to perform the umra, the minor pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, when he was detained at Jeddah airport, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said at the time.The Egyptian organisation said Gizawi had earlier been sentenced in absentia to one year in prison and 20 lashes for criticising the Saudi government, and was targeted over his activism for Egyptian detainees in Saudi prisons.His arrest triggered a diplomatic row between Riyadh and Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the army in July following nationwide protests.Hundreds of Egyptian protesters had rallied outside Riyadh’s embassy in Cairo demanding his release, prompting the kingdom to shut down its mission.The embassy reopened on May 4 following a fence-mending visit to King Abdullah by a large delegation of prominent Egyptian figures.
RFBowling-0.1Armas+0.3Barfield+0.7Hays+0.0 Baltimore’s place among the worst opening day lineupsAmong American League teams since 1973, the four worst opening day lineups according to the sum of players’ established wins above replacement (WAR) levels Only three teams in our sample — the 1977 and 1982 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1980 Oakland Athletics — had lower established WAR levels for their starting lineups on Opening Day than the Orioles will have this season. 1BAult+0.0Newman+0.7Upshaw-0.4Davis-1.0 PosPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWAR 1977 Blue Jays1980 Athletics1982 Blue Jays2019 Orioles CCerone-0.2Heath-0.3Whitt+0.4Sisco+0.1 2BGarcia-0.6Picciolo-0.8Garcia-0.2Villar+1.8 Established level is calculated as a weighted average of WAR from the previous three seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs DHVelez+0.7Essian+1.6Mayberry+1.8Santander-0.2 SSTorres+0.3Guerrero-0.3Griffin-1.1Martin+0.0 One of those teams, the ’77 Jays, was an expansion club that won just 54 games. But the two others finished around .500, meaning there are limitations to predicting off a lineup’s previous MLB track records. Of course pitchers can come to the rescue, as they did for Toronto in 1982 (led by the underappreciated Dave Stieb). Also, young players can emerge in dramatic breakout fashion: Rickey Henderson had done little as a rookie for the 1979 A’s before erupting for 8.3 WAR in 1980, for instance.But it’s tough to find the next Stieb or Henderson waiting in the wings to save Baltimore this year. De facto staff ace Dylan Bundy had a 5.45 earned run average last season, while the top prospect in the Orioles system, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is starting the year in the minors and probably won’t be a full-time contributor until 2020. Among those actually in this lineup on opening day, outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays and catcher Chance Cisco probably have the best breakout potential. In fact, FanGraphs currently projects Mullins for a team-best 1.8 WAR, thanks to a combination of power and speed that could make him one of the few Orioles worth watching this season.New Orioles general manager Mike Elias told BaltimoreBaseball.com earlier this month that he wants the rebuild to go quickly: “This team finished last last year with a bad record,” he said. “I want to get out of that phase as quickly as possible, and so every decision that we’re going to make is going to be towards accelerating our advancement to be a playoff-caliber team again. I see no reason to stretch that out, drag it out beyond what we have to.”For now, though, this Baltimore lineup looks like it will battle the Miami Marlins for the saddest collection of mediocre veterans and anonymous prospects in the game. In each case, you’ve probably never heard of half of these guys, and the ones you do know are way past their prime. (Or never had a prime.) We’ll just have to see if this ragtag group can rally together and win the pennant anyway — or more realistically, rally to avoid 115 losses this time around. Total-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.1 The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1According to our usual 50-50 blend between the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”:(No word on whether Baltimore owner Peter Angelos secretly built this team of cast-offs so he can move the team to Miami.)There have been a few teams who went into a season with less apparent talent than Baltimore — but not many. Using Baseball-Reference.com, we gathered data for each American League team’s opening day lineup since 1973 (to include every team who used the designated hitter full-time) and calculated those players’ established WAR track records going into the season.2To find a player’s established level of performance, we multiplied his WAR from the previous season by three, doubled his WAR from two seasons before and added it on, then added his WAR from three seasons before, and divided by six. This is an old Bill James invention for roughly projecting how much you can expect out of a player (in any given stat) based on the previous three years of performance. The track records for these Orioles — to the extent they have track records at all — place the team at or near the low-water mark at each position relative to all other AL opening day starting lineups since 1973: 3BMcKay-0.5Klutts-0.1Mulliniks-0.3Nunez+0.9 LFScott+0.0Henderson-0.4Woods+0.6Mancini+0.6 CFWoods-0.1Murphy+0.7Moseby+0.5Mullins-0.1
OSU junior safety Malik Hooker (24) carries the ball after an interception during the buckeye spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The grey team beat scarlet 28-17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn a sunny Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio State’s three quarterbacks combined to go just 31-of-56, including four interceptions.On a normal day, it would be fair to see that as a negative for the team. But fortunately for OSU coach Urban Meyer, the defense that was stifling his quarterbacks happened to also be his own.While the final score of OSU’s annual intrasquad spring game is largely irrelevant, there are still various measures of value that the coaches and players take away from the scrimmage.A lot of those gains came from the defense of both the Scarlet and Gray teams. And since that side of the ball lost eight starters from last year’s Fiesta-Bowl-winning team, Meyer and his staff have to be pleased. “I will probably watch the film and get sick to my stomach, but, no, what I saw today was the future is bright at Ohio State,” Meyer said. Defensive lineWith Scarlet starting quarterback J.T. Barrett wearing a black no-contact jersey, the Gray defensive line was reverting to its elementary school recess days, playing two-hand touch. Still, it was an impressive performance, as the defense picked up five sacks.Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton had three sacks, while fellow redshirt freshman defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones added another. The fifth did not come from a lineman, but from sophomore cornerback Denzel Ward.Not to be outdone, the Scarlet team picked up four sacks of its own, led by two from redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jashon Cornell. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dylan Thompson tacked on another, while the fourth was credited to the team.“I liked our defensive line,” Meyer said. “(Redshirt sophomore) Mike Hill, Dre’Mont Jones were all over the field today. Jashon Cornell played well.”On a throwing-heavy day, the line also did its part preventing big gains on the ground. Combined, the sides rushed for 129 yards.“I think they’re talented, very eager, we have an excellent D-line coach, and the good thing, they’re allowed to spend time with our players now in the summer,” Meyer said.A highlight in the game came from Scarlet linebacker Jerome Baker, who made an acrobatic, one-handed interception. But despite the gravity-defying athleticism, the sophomore was quick to give the credit to the line in front of him.“Our D-line did their job, and I came up with the pick,” he said.Linebackers Sixty-six percent of the Buckeyes’ starting linebackers from a season ago have bid farewell to the program, opening gaping holes on the depth chart for young players to fill. It just so happened that one of those players looking to fill that spot, Baker, made one of the game’s most electrifying plays, as far as spring games go. Baker’s one-handed snag might have caught OSU fans unfamiliar with the Cleveland native off-guard, but it didn’t shock some of his teammates. “I wasn’t too surprised,” said junior Dante Booker, a fellow linebacker. “I’ve seen him do it before in practice. He’s just an athlete.”Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley is another player who will see his workload increase drastically this fall. The 6-foot-2 Worley nearly started two seasons ago, but Meyer opted to start then-redshirt freshman Darron Lee. The rest, of course, is history. Yet Worley was quiet on Saturday, tallying just one tackle. Booker, on the other hand, had an impressive day. He was active throughout the scrimmage, registering seven tackles, four of which were solo. Right now, the linebackers on the roster have the necessary tools, but they’re inexperienced. Barring injury, McMillan will be a mainstay. Other than that, there are players that need to prove themselves. “We’ve got a lot of young guys in the mix,” Booker said. “We have them in the rotation so I feel like they got experience playing in the stadium. We’ll continue working in the summer.” SecondaryBesides the aforementioned Baker interception, the defenses combined to come up with three more: two by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and another by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore.With OSU’s two starters at cornerback from last season away from the field on Saturday — redshirt junior Gareon Conley is recovering from an injury and Eli Apple entered the NFL draft — Lattimore said he saw the scrimmage as a chance for the young corners to make a name for themselves.“We’re replacing some pretty good players,” Lattimore said. “But we still can play. We still can be right there with them, I feel like. But we still have a long way to go, you know, they had experience. But I feel like we’re just as good as players they were.” In addition to his two interceptions, Hooker led all players with 10 tackles. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, a national spring game record, Lattimore said coming up big in a game like that means a lot regardless of if the stats are soon washed from the record books.“It’s great, no matter if it’s practice,” he said. “You’ve got to go at it the same way, whether it’s practice or a game. It’s just exciting to have teammates go crazy when you make a play. I love that.” The completion of the spring game also marks the end of spring practice. With a summer of work ahead of them, the Buckeyes are excited about the progress they have made with their lineup of 16 new starters, but they acknowledged that a lot of work still has to be done.“We’re young. We’ve just constantly got to get better. Every position has to get better,” Baker said. “We’re young, inexperienced, but we’re very talented.”The regular season for OSU is set to begin on Sept. 3 with a matchup against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Members of the OSU wrestling team stand near the team bench during a match against Kent State on Nov. 13. OSU won, 38-3.Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternAfter taking down then-No. 9 Virginia on the road with a convincing 30-7 victory, Ohio State wrestling is set to take its 4-1 record to Las Vegas.The seventh-ranked Buckeyes are set to compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.There are 39 teams competing in the competition from across the country and 11 of them are ranked in the top-25 of the USA Today/National Wrestling Coaches Association poll.OSU will likely be competing with heavy hearts after the death of former teammate Kosta Karageorge, whose body was found near campus Sunday afternoon after he was reported missing last Wednesday.In an email to The Lantern, coach Tom Ryan said the team is dealing with Karageorge’s passing emotionally and it still needs time for healing.But Ryan said despite the tragedy, the team will keep a solid attitude and learn a lot about its make up in Las Vegas.“We will be challenged by several schools. Minnesota has a full lineup and will be our biggest challenge,” Ryan said. “Most importantly are the individual matchups that occur. We will face many tough opponents at various weight classes that will be a great barometer for us. Plenty to be learned out here.”Minnesota (5-0) is ranked No. 2 and boasts top-20 wrestlers in eight of 10 weight classes, including top-ranked 197-pound competitor Scott Schiller, a senior from West Fargo, N.D.The Buckeyes are confident they can still compete at a high level even with their minds on things outside the sport. Freshman Kyle Snyder said the team did a great job of pulling off its road victory against Virginia after a tough loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 23.“I was really impressed with how quickly the guys on the team were able to put the (Virginia Tech) loss behind and focus on competing against Virginia,” Snyder said in an email. “Sometimes it’s hard bouncing back from a loss or wrestling after you’re frustrated with a previous performance.”Snyder continued his impressive freshman season with a 20-6 victory against Virginia’s freshman Chance McClure to improve to 8-0. At 197 pounds, Snyder could face the toughest test of the young season against Schiller if the seeding allows for the matchup.Ryan said Snyder is one of the most committed student-athletes he’s ever coached and his attitude is “contagious” and rubs off on the others.“He is relentless in all that he does with a deep-rooted passion to be his very best,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be around people that take pride in being prepared every day for any challenge.”Three-time national champion Logan Stieber will be competing for the Buckeyes at 141 pounds. Stieber improved his career record to 95-3 after pinning 9th-ranked Joe Spisak in Charlottesville, Va.Big Ten opponents Indiana and Michigan will also be competing this weekend. Ryan said each chance at facing top competition gives OSU an opportunity to grow as a team.“The college wrestling season is a marathon,” Ryan said. “It’s early still. As the season progresses every match is a chance to sharpen each athlete.”Start times for the invitational have yet to be announced.
Arsene Wenger is adamant that the tie is not over despite Arsenal’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa LeagueA brace from both Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey secured the Gunners a comfortable lead for next week’s second leg in Russia, but Wenger is certain that the job is not done.“We will focus on the second game. It’s not job done. It’s not over. We have to go there with the right focus and try to win the game.” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.“We are in the quarter-final, there is a long way to go, and we need to finish the job. We are not in the semi, so it’s too early to talk about winning it. We have suffered a lot recently, so that will help us to be really feet on the ground, humble, trying to do our job well.”While they had emerged with a big win, CSKA had the opportunities to cause an upset with Wenger acknowledging that the Russian Premier League side had indeed been a dangerous threat the Emirates.“It was a difficult game because they looked very good going forward, they came out very quickly every time we lost the ball. They took advantage of every mistake we made to come out and go forward.” said the Arsenal manager.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I thought the first half was spectacular, played at a high pace, but also it was an uncomfortable one for me because they looked dangerous. I always thought we could score but as well I was worried they could score. They are technically very good.“I think CSKA Moscow is a good team, very good technically, quick going forward. They gave us many problems in the first half. Very mobile, very intelligent as well with their use of the ball.”One worrying concern for Arsenal is the well-being of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who had to come off in the second-half with a knee injury. Wenger confirmed that the Armenian is likely out for the weekend game against Southampton with further tests set to be undertaken on Friday.“He has a knee problem, we don’t know how bad it is, we need to assess it in the morning but he will certainly be out for Sunday.”The 4-1 win marked the first time that the Gunners had scored four goals in the first-half of a European game since December 2004 against Rosenberg in the group stages of the Champions League.Wenger’s side have now won five matches across all competitions for the first time since their run of six wins at the end of May 2017.
The Liverpool footballer has returned to full fitness and he is tipped to have a positive impact on both his country and his club30-year-old Adam Lallana joined English Premier League club Liverpool in 2014.He has scored 17 goals in 101 matches played with the Reds.But a thigh problem left him out of Liverpool’s seven games in 23 days.Now that’s he’s back to full fitness, he’s being tipped for big things.“He is such a big talent – not so long ago he was England’s player of the year,” said Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson to the club’s official website.“He is a massive player. I feel that we have missed him, both with Liverpool and with England.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It’s exciting for me to know that when he comes back in, he can take us forward even more. He can help us get better and I am excited for Liverpool and England for him to get back playing football and to show everyone what he is capable of,” he added.“There’s not many players that play like Adam. He is unique in that way, how he links the play. He’s so good on the ball, he’s got a great work ethic and he still does the defensive work.”“We have missed him in the sense of what he brings to the team. It would have been a boost to have had him at the World Cup. And for Liverpool too,” he explained.Passing, long range shooting, dribbling, close control and sauce – Adam Lallana in 13/14 had it all. pic.twitter.com/QIeh9zcSQJ— RF9 🇧🇷 (@SambaRole) October 13, 2018
Liverpool have confirmed that former defender Daniel Agger will feature in their Legends charity match against AC Milan in March.Daniel Agger joined Liverpool from Brondby on January 12, 2006. The Dane had a reputation of a classy and composed center back.Before leaving Liverpool in August 2014 to return to Brondby in a £3 million deal, he made 232 appearances and scored 14 goals for the Reds.According to the club’s website, he is set to return to Anfield in March and play in a Legends charity game that will raise funds for LFC Foundation.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Robbie Fowler, and Luis Garcia are all set to return for Liverpool in their game against AC Milan Legends.While Gennaro Gattuso, Kaka, Paolo Maldini, and Andrea Pirlo will all be featuring for AC Milan.The game is slated for Saturday, March 23 and will invoke memories of the 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan.
Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – The TCI Telecommunications Commission approved the sale of Islandcom to LIME on Friday; and the results of their review of the application filed by LIME is posted at the Commission’s website. No buying price for the indigenous Islandcom had ever been revealed, but LIME’s CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster, Jan Remmelg made in clear when he announced the coming acquisition on February 26th that the LTE license held by Islandcom made their assets very attractive. At the time of the announcement, the application had not yet been filed but LIME said it was confident the deal would be approved. The Commission put it like this: “The Turks and Caicos Telecommunications Commission (“Commission”) is pleased to inform you that Islandcom’s application for the transfer of its spectrum licence, number ranges under its network licence together with certain other business assets to Cable and Wireless Turks and Caicos Islands Limited (“LIME”) has been approved, subject to compliance with all applicable requirements under the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands…” It was also widely known that Islandcom had a pending lawsuit against FortisTCI; that matter has been referred to the courts by the Telecommunications Commission. The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Islandcom, Jan Remmelg, lime Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s