Minister orders probe into “purification” ritual conducted where Parrikar’s body was kept

first_imgFollowing some social media posts that four Hindu priests performed a shuddhikaran (purification) ceremony at the government-run Kala Academy, where late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s mortal remains had been displayed for the public to pay respect, Goa’s Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude ordered a probe into the matter on Saturday.In a Facebook post, Mr. Gaude said, “I have taken a strong note of some activities carried out in the Academy premises as rituals today. I have ordered an inquiry into it. We cannot promote or patronise unscientific activities inside government buildings.”Member Secretary, Goa Kala Academy, Gurudas Pilernekar said, it appears the priests had been called by a staffer of the Academy for chanting ‘Om’ mantra, and not a purification ceremony. He, however, could not explain why the chanting was conducted.Photos of the four priests chanting and walking about in the area, where Parrikar’s remains had been kept until the final rites, had surfaced on social media. Parrikar died on March 17, after a prolonged battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.last_img read more

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Indian American landlord becomes victim of hate crime during a building inspection in Connecticut

first_imgAn Indian American landlord in Milford, Connecticut become a victim of a hate crime during a building inspection when a man yelled at the officials who were inspecting the area on Feb. 13, according to The Milford Daily News.“Burn the building down,” “Shoot that guy right there” and “These people are pigs, deport them all, where is I.C.E.?” the man said multiple times during the two-hour inspection, pointing to the Jagdish Patel, who has been living in Milford since 1989.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

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IPL 2011: Gautam Gambhir shines as Kolkata beat Pune by seven wickets

first_imgKolkata kept their hopes of qualifying for the IPL play-offs on track with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over out-of-reckoning Pune at D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Thursday. Score | PhotosThe visitors first shackled the home team batsmen with their three-pronged spin attack and restricted Pune to a meagre 118 for seven and then reached the target by making 119 for three in 16.4 overs.Skipper Gautam Gambhir led the victory charge driving with elan in his fine, unbeaten innings of 54 in 46 balls with seven fours while Yusuf Pathan made a brisk 29 in 25 balls to guide the home team to a thumping victory. Manoj Tiwary made 24 in as many balls earlier.Pathan, who also took two wickets, was declared the man of the match.The third wicket partnership of 64 runs in 8.1 overs between Gambhir and Pathan, who was out when two runs were needed for victory, laid low the Warriors’ lukewarm challenge.It was the Knight Riders’ eighth victory in 13 games and boosted their tally to 16, the same as Mumbai Indians who have one extra game in hand. The Kolkata franchise would take on Mumbai in their concluding round robin tie on May 22 at home.Chennai (18) and Bangalore (17) lead the points table while Punjab, the only other team in contention, have 14 with one game in hand.It was yet another pathetic batting display by the Warriors after they were invited to bat first by Knight Riders skipper Gambhir.Captain Yuvraj Singh, who came in at number 6, made the top score of 24 in another spineless batting display by the Warriors who have one more game at hand against Punjab on Saturday away from home to conclude their debut season.advertisementChasing the modest score of 118, the Knight Riders lost an early wicket in opener Sreevats Goswami who fell in the first over. But a first wicket stand of 46 runs between captain Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary (24 in 24 balls) set them off on the track.Tiwary departed in the eighth over when the score read 53, chopping Bhuvaneswar Kumar on to his stumps. Gambhir and Pathan, who hit three fours and one six, then put on 64 runs to put their side on way to the modest target.Pathan was especially harsh on the accurate Rahul Sharma and hit the leggie for three fours in two overs to maintain the desired run-rate. He also hooked Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for a six.Gambhir, who played sensibly, and Pathan made sure that the Warriors did not get a whiff of a come back.Earlier, the Warriors struggled against the Kolkata spinners on a spinning track that was also a tad too slow for their liking and slumped to 17 for two initially and never recovered from the poor beginning.Manish Pandey (16), Callum Ferguson (16) and Sourav Ganguly (18) frittered away decent starts along with the under-performing Robin Uthappa (12) after Jesse Ryder was packed off for one in the eighth ball of their innings.Yuvraj (24) and Sachin Rana (18), playing his first match, gave some late fillip to the sagging innings during their stand of 34 for the sixth wicket ? the highest of the innings. But the overall batting effort was clearly below expectations.All the batsmen struggled to get on the offensive against the visiting team’s spin trio of Pathan, Iqbal Abdulla and Shakib Al Hasan who picked up five wickets among them.Pathan and Bangladesh skipper Shakib bagged two wickets apiece along with Laxmipathy Balaji who got both his wickets in the only over he bowled, the final one.Ryder failed to get going and was snapped up in the second over following a rush of blood against Pathan and was caught at mid-off.Pandey, who looked to be in good touch, did not last long after the fall of his opening partner and departed in the fourth for 16, trapped leg before by left arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla’s arm ball.The struggle continued for the hosts when Ganguly, who was given a loud cheer by the huge crowd when he came out to bat against his old team, found it difficult to time the ball along with Ferguson.Ferguson pulled Jaques Kallis for a four and got lucky when a mistimed shot fetched him another four to improve the run-rate slightly.But he too was dismissed for 16 in the ninth over when Shakib Al Hasan turned the ball away from his advanced bat and had him stumped easily by Sreevats Goswami who was brought in the team today in place of Mark Boucher.Ganguly at last showed a glimpse of his old self when he hoisted Abdulla over long on for the first six of the innings to raise the 50 in the tenth over.advertisementUthappa, promoted ahead of captain Yuvraj, hit a reverse hit four and was lucky to be let off by Laxmipathy Balaji at deep mid wicket off Rajat Bhatia in the 12th over.Ganguly, not really in his elements, made his exit when he swept Shakib straight to a leaping Pathan backward of square inside the ring in the 13th over.He and Uthappa put on 27 runs for the fourth wicket. The latter too departed eight balls later when his attempt to slog sweep Pathan failed as Lee brought off a good catch on the boundary line to reduce the Warriors 79 for five.Yuvraj was out off the last over bowled by Balaji, miscuing a leg side swing to wicket keeper Goswami. He hit only two fours in his 26-ball essay. Rana was yorked by the lanky medium pacer off the last ball.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Champions Trophy: Other teams ‘petrified’ of England, says Sam Billings

first_imgEngland wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings has returned home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) carrying with him the message that rivals are “petrified” of his team ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy on home soil.England have undergone a major transformation in white-ball cricket since being unceremoniously dumped out the 2015 World Cup during the group stage and have emerged as one of the favourites for the June 1-18 one-day international tournament.Billings said his interaction with players from other leading nations during IPL Twenty20 matches for the Delhi Daredevils convinced him of a new-found respect for his country’s limited-overs prowess.”The best thing about the IPL is you share a dressing room with these guys and previously in this country we haven’t made one-day cricket a priority as such, but people are petrified of our side now,” Billings told British media. (Wood recalled, Finn dropped from England’s Champions Trophy squad)”It was very interesting to hear what other internationals think of our side,” said Billings, who has been given an opportunity to impress in his wicketkeeping role in 50-over matches against Ireland on Friday and Sunday.”There is a buzz around the reputation of the England team in white-ball cricket… it’s amazing to think about that transition from two years ago.”The Kent player, who turns 26 next month, played eight matches for the Delhi franchise before flying home for the two-match series against Ireland.One-day captain Eoin Morgan has called the current squad the “most talented group” he has played with and backed the decision to allow Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler to continue their participation in the IPL.advertisement”I think it’s the right decision, part of our development as a side, to get as many players as possible playing in the biggest and best tournaments in the world, albeit T20,” Morgan said.”The development of 50-over cricket has got that much closer to the T20 format. This year we’ve had more players at the Big Bash (seven) and eight players at the IPL, which shows a lot of strength.”To rub shoulders with some of the biggest and best names in the world and put in performances like Ben Stokes did the other night (scoring a match-winning century for his Pune side) bodes well for our future development.”last_img read more

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KL Rahul spotted at Team India practice session despite Koffee with Karan controversy

first_imgIndia batsman KL Rahul was spotted practicing with the Indian cricketers ahead of the first ODI against Australia on Friday. Rahul has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently after he appeared on the show Koffee with Karan along with Hardik Pandya where the duo made some controversial statements.Rahul was seen along with MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja and Khaleel Ahmed as the Team India members toiled hard at the Sydney Cricket Ground.This is the second practice session which the Indian players have enjoyed at the ground as they were forced to practice in the indoor facility due to rain on Thursday.Even though Rahul was seen at the ground, whether he and Pandya are named in the final squad for the first ODI or not remains a mystery as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling a two-match ban on the duo on the suggestion of Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai.The #MenInBlue are all set and raring to go ahead of the 1st ODI against Australia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/D2vVjHoGPwBCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2019India captain Virat Kohli on Friday slammed the duo’s sexist remarks and said that the Indian team doesn’t endorse such behaviour on or off the field.”From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support and the two concerned players felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” Kohli said at the SCG ahead of the opening ODI against Australia. “Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right.advertisement”We, definitely, as the Indian cricket team do not support views like that and that has been communicated. I can definitely say that as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers we definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views.”The 30-year-old further added that the team management will have to wait on the BCCI’s decision on Pandya and Rahul before arriving at a conclusion on their final playing XI for the first match of the three-ODI series.”From the Indian cricket team’s point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out,” Kohli said.Hardik Pandya along with his good friend and India teammate, KL Rahul made a few borderline racist and sexist comments on the show, hosted by popular filmmaker Karan Johar.Pandya boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and also narrated how he informed his parents about losing his virginity.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.” Pandya had said on the show.He added: “At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’.”When asked by Karan Johar why he doesn’t ask women for their names at nightclubs, Pandya replied: “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil Gavaskar Also Read | BCCI raises honey trap concerns after Hardik Pandya, Rahul boast of night outs on TV showAlso Read | Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show-cause notice and apologises to India teammateslast_img read more

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Jamil exudes confidence ahead of CFL derby

first_imgCalcutta Premier Division A CFL 2017: Khalid Jamil – Is there anyone who can stop Al-Amna? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:35 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Khalid Jamil East Bengal training East Bengal Samachar Calcutta Premier Division A East Bengal v Mohun Bagan Mohun Bagan East Bengal The East Bengal coach is confident that the Syrian midfielder will play a crucial role in the derby… East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil is aware that Mohun Bagan will look to mark Mahmoud Al-Amna in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) derby on Sunday.The two clubs are vying for the Kolkata league title with the pressure being on Mohun Bagan as they haven’t won the competition for the last seven seasons.“Is there anyone who can stop Al-Amna? Let’s wait till Sunday,” was Jamil’s response. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “This is my first derby as a coach. This will be my first experience of the derby as I never played in one. For us, this match is nothing less than a final. I do not want a point,” he added.Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan coach Shankarlal Chakraborty acknowledged that Al-Amna is the player who needs to be kept in check.Mohun Bagan“For me every player in East Bengal is dangerous and has top quality. However, if you ask me to name one, it is Al-Amna who can make the difference for them,” he opined.He further mentioned that the onus is on them to ensure that their rivals do not clinch the title yet again.“East Bengal have won the competition for the last seven times. We are determined to buck this trend,” he mentioned.East Bengal and Mohun Bagan shall compete in the CFL derby on Sunday at Siliguri’s Kachenjunga Stadium.last_img read more

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Major College Football Coach Announces He’s Retiring

first_imgMark Richt stares directly into the camera during a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – OCTOBER 08: Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt tries to calm the fans after throwing debris on the field during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Miami head football coach Mark Richt is in just his third season as the leader of the Hurricanes’ program. There will reportedly not be a fourth year for Richt in South Florida.247Sports is reporting that Richt will be retiring as the Hurricanes’ head coach.“BREAKING: I’m hearing from multiple sources that Mark Richt will retire at Miami,” Andrew Ivins tweeted.BREAKING: I’m hearing from multiple sources that Mark Richt will retire at Miami. https://t.co/Z3QZOLP3VS pic.twitter.com/YjzEQfacoz— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) December 30, 2018From the report:Mark Richt is no longer the head coach at Miami.InsideTheU has learned through multiple sources that Richt informed school officials on Sunday that he plans to retire. The news comes just a few days after the Hurricanes were rolled by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.Miami had a brutal ending to the 2018 season, getting blown out by Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.The Hurricanes’ administration posted a statement after that game, saying the result of the game and the season as a whole were unacceptable.It’s unclear at this point where Miami will turn for its next head coach.Stay tuned for an official announcement on Richt and his retirement.Update:  Mark Richt has released a statement on his retirement.Mark Richt just retired at Miami pic.twitter.com/XsnwnyXIdR— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) December 30, 2018Stay tuned for more.last_img read more

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House Begins Debate on Procurement Bill

first_img Dr. Clarke noted that the Government, as the single biggest spender in Jamaica, is committed to using procurement strategically to drive key polices aimed at creating a pillar for sustainable economic growth and increased economies of scale. Also, Part Five of the Act requires amendment of the standstill period, so that it is applicable to Tier-One contracts, which are the value range accessible to MSMEs, thereby ensuring this vulnerable class of suppliers’ ability to seek review and reconsideration.The amendments also address the issues of special and differential treatment measures.Debate on the Bill will continue at the next sitting of the House of Representatives. Story Highlights The House of Representatives, on April 11, began debate on the Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill that seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by agencies.center_img The House of Representatives, on April 11, began debate on the Public Procurement (Amendment) Bill that seeks to regulate the procurement of goods, works and services by agencies.The legislation was piloted by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Dr. Clarke noted that the Government, as the single biggest spender in Jamaica, is committed to using procurement strategically to drive key polices aimed at creating a pillar for sustainable economic growth and increased economies of scale.He explained that the reform of legislation, policies and systems relating to the business operations of the public sector is intended to provide economic stimulus by enhancing the potential of local industries, in particular micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that will be enabled to acquire a more meaningful share of the Government’s procurement contracts.Dr. Clarke informed that the Public Procurement Act is supported by three pieces of Regulations, which are intended to enable its effective operations. These are the Public ProcurementRegulations 2018; the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations, 2018; and the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018.“The Public Procurement Regulations 2018 contain provisions that will ensure the efficient and effective management of the procurement function in a manner grounded in obtaining best value for money. The importance of proper procurement planning, timely execution of procurement proceedings, effective management of contractor performance management are embedded in these regulations,” he noted.“A public procurement system that engenders public trust and confidence must provide an avenue for redress and, as such, the Public Procurement (Reconsideration and Review) Regulations, 2018 are being promulgated. Under these regulations the Procurement Review Board has been empowered to take timely actions and decisions that arise from disputes,” the Finance Minister added.He further noted that the Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations, 2018 have not yet been tabled, as these regulations require the operationalisation of the Public Procurement Commission under the Public Procurement Act.“The Public Procurement (Registration and Classification of Suppliers) Regulations 2018 will address not only the registration and classification of suppliers, but strengthen and expand the functions of the Commission as an independent body, with its own staff and offices,” Dr. Clarke said.He also informed that the Ministry is far advanced with the implementation of the electronic procurement platform. To date, 89 procuring entities have been trained in its functionality, of which 29 are already using the platform to execute procurement contracts.In addition, approximately 1,000 suppliers are registered on the platform, of which 264 Jamaican suppliers have been trained by the Ministry.The Minister said in light of the foregoing, the decision to amend the Public Procurement Act is consequential of challenges encountered while drafting the supporting legislation, the Public Procurement Manual and the Standard Bidding Documents.“Whilst most of the amendments are to correct grammatical and reference errors, there were matters related to policy issues, and in particular provisions under special and differential treatment measures, which are geared towards the support of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises,” Dr. Clarke said.To this end, Part One of the Act is being amended to add definitions of key terms, including that of supplier, special and differential treatment measures, offsets, domestic margin of preference and set-asides.Part Two of the Act is being amended to clarify the role of the Office of the Public Procurement Policy as the administrative body with the vested authority to establish framework agreements.In addition, Part Three of the Act is being amended to include additional public procurement methods that are intended to achieve greater efficiencies in the execution of the procurement function and meet the best value for money objective.Part Four of the Act will be amended to make a clear distinction between ‘Eligibility’ – the bidder being required to demonstrate proof of tax compliance and appropriate registration with the Public Procurement Commission – and ‘Qualification’ – the bidder demonstrating ability and capacity to undertake or fulfil the requirements of the specific procurement opportunity. He explained that the reform of legislation, policies and systems relating to the business operations of the public sector is intended to provide economic stimulus by enhancing the potential of local industries, in particular micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that will be enabled to acquire a more meaningful share of the Government’s procurement contracts.last_img read more

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Update: Amver Duo Rescues Minouche Crew

first_imgzoom The timber carrier Falcon Arrow and the Ro-Ro Cronus Leader, both members of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (Amver), assisted the U.S. Coast Guard rescue 12 seafarers who abandoned their sinking 212-foot cargo ship Minouche beset by heavy weather from Hurricane Joaquin October 1 after their ship began taking on water 51 miles north of Haiti.The Bolivian-flagged Minouche activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) after it began taking on water.“We’ve lost engines, are listing 30 degrees to port and had two cargo booms break loose…,” the crew reported in an email to rescue authorities.Coast Guard authorities in Miami launched a rescue helicopter and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Northland, along with querying the Amver system and diverting the Falcon Arrow and the Cronus Leader.The two Amver ships arrived on scene and battled 30-knot winds and waves greater than 15 feet to provide a lee for the 12 crewmen in a life raft while the helicopter began hoisting the survivors and transporting them to shore. All 12 mariners were safely rescued and transported by helicopter to the Bahamas.The Cronus Leader, managed by NYK Lines, enrolled in Amver on November 30, 2008 and earned six Amver participation awards. The Falcon Arrow, a general cargo ship managed by GearBulk, enrolled in Amver on January 1, 1987 and has earned 25 Amver participation awards.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Poker Tournament Benefiting Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation

first_imgFor 45 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports along with community members have come together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles. On September 10, 2017 they joined together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.Larry King and Tommy Lasorda as they celebrated Tommy’s 90th birthdayCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac / Getty ImagesProceeds from this event benefitted LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $17 million without any direct taxpayer money.This year, the event also featured a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The surprise was led by media icon Larry King. The evening included red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment & sports items in the auction, guests had the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers, dinner with Tommy Lasorda and more.PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable arm of PokerStars, (The Stars Group) the world’s largest online poker company has been the event’s biggest supporter since it began in 2013. “Without their support, we may not be able to hold this event that is right now the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families in their time of need. We are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support”- Al Atkins, Executive Director.PokerStars Helping Hands also donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2018 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe where in 2018 participants will have a chance to play with superstars Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, DJ Zedd, Sergio Garcia and the top poker players in the world. “PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.Poker Central is a new supporter of the event. The company delivers poker’s most premier content when and where you want it including for live events, Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.Additional Sponsors included: Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association Inc., Charity Bids, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aflac, Original Tommy’s, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, City Employees Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, McNicholas Law, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Caliber Photoworks, Candy Vixen, Robo Records, LA Rams, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers.“One of the many special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, community members and sponsors from different backgrounds and different generations that come out to support this cause”. Said Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star Entertainment and Producer of the event.last_img read more

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Submissions Open for Canadas National Pictures of the Year

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement NPAC is constantly trying to strengthen this competition for its members and we welcome suggestions on how we can make the NPOY competition bigger and better. Please feel free to email: President@npac.ca and: Advertising@npac.ca with any comments or questions.Deadline for all entries, except for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia, is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) January 31, 2017. Deadline for Student Photographer of the Year and Student Multimedia entries is 11:59PM (Pacific Standard Time) April 15, 2017.For more information visit: http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/. Submissions are now open for Canadian photojournalists to have their best 2016 images considered for recognition for excellence in photojournalism. Judging will be held in February, 2017 (exact date to be announced) in Toronto and will be live-streamed.The News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) has a long tradition of honouring and celebrating the great photojournalists whose work told the stories of our country and world the previous year. The Canadian Pictures of the Year Awards (NPOY) represent the best in Canadian photojournalism.One of the categories, the National Photographer of the Year Award has new and improved changes, so entrants should refer to the revised instructions at (http://npac.ca/national-pictures-of-the-year-rules-and-submission-guidelines/). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Spanish Magazine ¡Hola Publishes Exclusive Photos of Princess Lalla Soukainas Marriage

Casablanca- The Moroccan version of Spanish celebrity magazine ¡Hola! has recently published exclusive pictures and details from the royal wedding of Princess Lalla Soukaina, niece of King Mohammed VI, to businessman Mehdi Regragui.A picture of Lalla Soukaina next to her spouse, and another next to HM King Mohammed VI and other members of the royal family recently made the front page of the Spanish magazine ¡Hola! in its Moroccan version.According to Moroccan magazine Tel Quel, the Moroccan version of ¡Hola! exclusively earned the rights to publish pictures from the marriage of Lalla Soukaina, daughter of King Mohammed VI’s eldest sister, Princess Lalla Meriem. The traditional wedding ceremony of Princess Lalla Soukaina to Mehdi Regragui took place at the royal palace in Rabat, at the residency of Princess Lalla Meriem, in the presence of several members of the royal family, according to news website Yabiladies.Princess Lalla Soukaina’s spouse, Mohamed El Mehdi Ben Abdelmottaleb Regragui, is the grandson of Fqih Regragui, a former advisor to the late King Hassan II, and former professor of Arabic at the Royal College. read more

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Supporters of Raja Throw Stones at Players Bus 4 Injured

Rabat – After losing to Rapide Oued Zem (3-1) on Wednesday in the small town of Oued Zem, the players of Raja Casablanca were targeted by “angry supporters,” who threw several rocks and firecrackers at the players’ bus, injuring four, according to AFP.Videos that circulated in social media showed the players–visibly shocked–talking to the press about the attack. One of the player said that he wanted to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators.The Raja spokesman told AFP Thursday that four people were injured (three players and the driver) during the assault, adding that the club was going to file a complaint. “The Raja [supporters in the] public is very severe with the team because they are used to winning,” he said. “It’s a shame…we almost lost our lives,” he added.The triple winners of the African Champions League is known for the fervor of their fans, the atmosphere that prevails during their matches, and acts of violence and vandalism accompanying some of their games.In February, supporters of the green team started a fight with the supporters of the red team, KACM, which resulted in considerable material and financial loss for Marrakech Football stadium.The disciplinary committee of Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) penalized Raja team supporters for vandalizing the stadium and throwing chairs at other spectators and law enforcement agents, which resulted in 14 injured.FRMF fined the Raja club MAD 50,000 and restricted Raja supporters from attending two upcoming matches. Twenty supporters also received jail time.According to AFP, Morocco’s iconic football club, Raja, “has been in financial crisis for several months, with repeated strikes by players protesting delays in paying their salaries.”The Raja club president, Said Hasbane, resigned from his position last month. read more

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Closing Bell TSX tumbles 236 points market steps back after series of

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 200 points Wednesday as markets gave back a chunk of gains collected over the previous four days of solid, triple-digit advances.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 235.64 points to 14,312.07, led by falling resource stocks as prices for oil hit a two-year low.Losses picked up at mid-morning when reports surfaced that a gunman had opened fire at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, fatally wounding a soldier, then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard before the attacker was himself shot dead. A manhunt was still underway in the national capital, with reports there may have been as many as three gunmen.However, analysts thought that while there may have been a short, knee-jerk reaction to the shootings, the declines on the TSX had everything to do with markets stepping back after a recent big move upward.“The market was trading down at the open, it was already in that trend, so the decline was to be expected,” said Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Solutions Group.The Canadian dollar was down 0.12 of a cent at 88.94 cents US as the Bank of Canada announced that it was leaving its key rate unchanged at one per cent. In its monetary policy report, released at the same time as the rate announcement, the bank adjusted the economic growth prediction it made in July, nudging it up one-tenth of a point to 2.3 per cent for 2014.Traders also took in a worse than expected reading on mid-summer Canadian retail sales. Statistics Canada reported retail sales fell 0.3 per cent overall in August. Economists had expected a flat reading.U.S. indexes also gave up ground after a string of sharp run-ups, with the Dow Jones industrials down 153.49 points at 16,461.32, the Nasdaq falling 36.63 points to 4,382.85 and the S&P 500 index giving back 14.17 points to 1,927.11.The TSX had gained almost 700 points over the previous four sessions in a rebound that followed a big sell-off in markets triggered in part by worries about the global economy. The TSX is down seven per cent from the record highs set in early September, although still ahead six per cent year to date.Investors have also been concerned about the impending end to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s key stimulus program involving the purchase of hundreds of billions of dollars of bonds.Analysts have been careful to warn that it’s too early to sound the all-clear on the current retracement and that volatility will be a fixture on markets for a while yet.“And volatility is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a natural thing for markets,” Greenberg said.In earnings news, Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) posted net income of $853 million, up 21 per cent from a year earlier. Revenues grew 16 per cent to a record $2.7 billion but adjusted earnings came in at $1.04, a penny short of expectations and its shares dipped 50 cents to $75.18.The energy sector led TSX decliners with a 3.3 per cent slide as the December crude contract in New York dropped $1.97 to US$80.52 a barrel, oil’s lowest settlement since June 28, 2012. The plunge came amid downward pressure on the euro, which drove up the value of the U.S. dollar. Commodities are priced in greenbacks. Also, data showed crude supplies rose by 7.1 million barrels last week, about three times more than expected.The base metals sector declined three per cent as December copper faded a penny to US$3.02 a pound.The gold sector about three fell per cent while December bullion faded $6.20 to US$1,245.10 an ounce.Financials were also a major drag, falling 1.1 per cent. TOP STORIESShell applauds B.C. for halving tax on multibillion-dollar LNG projectsBank of Canada cancels press conference after shooting on Parliament HillBlackBerry’s 27 new patents reveal conference calling services, wearables in the worksRogers breaking CRTC rules with exclusive features in NHL sports app, says Bell TVWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 281,000 new claims9 a.m. FHFA House Price Index (Aug): Economists expect 0.3% rise9:45 a.m. Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Economists expect reading of 5710 a.m. Leading Indicators (Sept): Economists expect 0.7% riseCORPORATE NEWSCANADAAlamos Gold Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect .006¢ a share Cenovus Energy Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 42¢ a share Corus Entertainment Inc    Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share Domtar Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 80¢ a share Husky Energy Inc    Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ a share Imax Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 10¢ a share Potash Corp Sask Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share Rogers Communications Inc    Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 88¢ a share Shaw Communications ‘b’ Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 37¢ a share UNITED STATESAmazon.com Inc  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 3¢ a share Caterpillar Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.34 a share Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 88¢ a share Comcast Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 70¢ a share Eli Lilly and Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 66¢ a share Southwest Airlines Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 53¢ a share 3M Company  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.96 a share Microsoft Corp  Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 55¢ a share read more

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Afghan police helping to promote stability in troubled northern areas UN reports

Manoel de Almeida e Silva told the press that the ceasefire in the north continues to hold and the security situation is reported as having significantly improved. A contingent of Kabul-based police has been deployed at checkpoints in Mazar city and its surroundings, while UN restrictions on road missions have been lifted except in two areas.The spokesman pointed to “promising” developments in Balkh province’s Sholgara district, which has remained calm since a peace agreement was signed there in late August. “This is due mainly to a nascent police force in the district that is performing its functions with growing credibility,” he said.With international support, the police unit has been able to buy vehicles, uniforms, radios and other equipment. “The result is the emergence of a force that is representative of the population they serve and inclusive of the factions in this area,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said. read more

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Roy Keanes new memoir will be written by Roddy Doyle

first_imgIN ONE OF sportswriting’s most exciting and unexpected pairings, Roddy Doyle is to write Roy Keane’s upcoming memoir.The Second Half will be published later this autumn and will blend “memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures.”Details of the book, which brings together one of Ireland’s most intriguing sports stars with one of its best-loved authors, were reported today by The Bookseller.The book will “become a benchmark for sports autobiography,” Alan Samson of Orion Publishing Group said.“The combination of an outstanding player – and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy’s extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year.”Keane released his first memoir, Keane: The Autobiography, co-written with Eamon Dunphy in 2002.Doyle won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.€40 million sports fund available to Irish clubslast_img read more

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Greek Australian journo wins media awards for Aboriginal newspaper

first_imgGreek Australian journalist Gerry Georgatos has won two multicultural media awards for his work with the newspaper National Indigenous Times. Georgatos won the awards for the categories Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and Investigative Reporting / Writing. His article “People are not the Property of People; The Northern Territory is a Prison built brick by brick by the Commonwealth” won Best Coverage of Indigenous Affairs and the stories and the award for Best Investigative Reporting/Writing was for the two stories “What mining boom? The Kimberley’s homeless rates the worst in the nation – nothing in the budgets to help them” and “Racism; its veils and layers are many”. The journalist first joined the National Indigenous Times after he was head hunted by the editor Stephen Hagan for his advocacy work with indigenous Australians. * Gerry Georgatos spoke to Neos Kosmos this week about his life as a Greek Australian working for an indigenous newspaper, racism and how being a young seven-year-old in Greece at the time of the Junta has impacted him to live a life of social justice and advocacy. The full interview will be published in next Saturday’s English edition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Vancouver man accused in child porn case

first_imgA Vancouver man who was arrested in February during an underage sex sting appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court for allegedly possessing dozens of images of child pornography.David W. Collins, 55, appeared on 10 counts of first-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, court records show.Dropbox Inc., a file-hosting service, contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Nov. 8, 2016, about an account that appeared to be used to upload child pornography.The case was initially investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice but was reassigned to the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit in October, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Dropbox found that the account, which was later traced back to Collins, had been used to upload at least 10 movie files depicting child pornography, the affidavit states.Collins was arrested Feb. 18 by the Washington State Patrol after meeting with an undercover officer during a child sex-trafficking sting conducted by various law enforcement agencies. His cellphone was seized at that time, and numerous images of child pornography were discovered on it, court records said.last_img read more

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Newspaper Magazine Files for Bankruptcy

first_imgThe Chapter 7 petition said RiseUp has fewer than 50 creditors and there will be no funds available for unsecured creditors, the Star reported.Distributed inside major newspapers across the country, RiseUp launched last summer with the mission to “provide an ongoing conversation for all races and ethnicities to better understand each other and to build stronger communities, cities, nations and a better world,” Ellis said at the time. In March, RiseUp and EMMG were sued by the Star for $2.2 million in unpaid printing and distribution fees, as well as interest and legal fees. In December, the Los Angeles Newspaper Group filed a breach of contract suit against RiseUp, alleging the magazine owed it $93,306 for unspecified goods and services.“An ongoing conversation about race is still very much needed,” Ellis said. “This is a very sad day for all of us.” The owners of RiseUp—a four million-circulation weekly newspaper magazine that quietly launched last June only to fold two months later—have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.According to the petition, filed this week in Missouri bankruptcy court, RiseUp and parent Ellis Management Marketing Group carried liabilities between $1 million and $10 million and assets of less than $50,000, the Kansas City Star reported. “The print version of RiseUp magazine has suffered the same challenges as much of the newspaper industry,” RiseUp co-founder and EMMG president and CEO Janice Ellis wrote in a statement e-mailed to FOLIO:. “We have been struggling the last several months to improve the financial condition of the company, but economic circumstances have made it tough to generate the necessary revenues to continue operations. We did everything we could to resume publishing the print version.”last_img read more

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