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‘Oppn. giving political colour to SMS row’


first_imgIn the thick of controversy over sending inappropriate text messages to a woman IAS officer, Punjab Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday alleged that the Opposition was giving political colour to the episode as he had been pressing for strict action against Akali Dal leaders in the Bargari sacrilege incident.Mr. Channi said that the messages were “unintentionally and mistakenly” forwarded to the lady officer. “I had apologised to the officer and she had accepted it. I am being targeted by the Opposition as I have been raising the sacrilege incident and issues concerning Dalits in the State,” he said.Mr. Channi added that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is aware of the incident and has even issued a statement in this regard. “I will meet him once he is back from abroad [Turkey],” he said.Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal accused Mr. Channi of playing the “Dalit card” to absolve himself of the incident. Akali Dal leaders Gulzar Singh Ranike, Sohan Singh Thandal and Pawan Kumar Tinu in a joint statement dubbed the incident of sending text messages as a “disgrace” for the government and demanded immediate dismissal of Mr. Channi and a case against him.Mr. Channi was recently accused by a woman IAS officer of sending her inappropriate text messages. The Chief Minister released a statement specifying that the matter had been taken up seriously and, to the best of his knowledge, resolved to the officer’s satisfaction.last_img read more


UK’s $2bn food delivery startup Deliveroo to set up India ops


first_imgThe exuberance in the online food delivery sector is starting to resemble the go-go days of 2015. The latest to join the so-called food tech bandwagon is Deliveroo, the UK startup valued at $2 billion which is preparing to launch locally, sources close to the matter said.One of the best funded European startups, Deliveroo is in the process of hiring a country head along with setting up a full-fledged team in India, two people aware of the development said. Backed by Fidelity and T Rowe Price, among others, a bunch of other investors will compete with local players like Swiggy and Zomato as well as the relatively new entrant UberEats. Uber’s local rival Ola also re-entered the crowded category by acquiring Foodpanda from Delivery Hero just recently.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more


Narayana Murthy ‘Disappointed’ After Nilekani Finds No Wrong in Panaya Deal


first_imgInfosys co-founder Narayana Murthy expressed disappointment on Oct. 24 after the company’s board led by Nandan Nilekani refused his demand that the investigation report into Panaya’s acquisition and the severance payout to former CFO Rajiv Bansal be made public.“I stand by every question on poor governance raised in my speech to Infosys investors dated August 29, 2017,” Murthy said in an e-mailed statement quoted by the Hindu. “The fact remains that none of these questions have been answered by the Infosys board by the transparency it deserves.”“I am disappointed,” he said. “The core question is how and why the Infosys board approved an unusual and unprecedented severance payment agreement of 1,000% (of the standard Infosys employment contracts) to the former CFO, and why the board did not disclose this information proactively and much earlier. Sadly, it appears we will no longer know the truth.”Nilekani Finds No WrongdoingAccording to a statement released by the IT major, Nilekani did a review of all external investigations and found no merit to allegations of any wrongdoing. This was a stand maintained by company’s co-chairs R Seshasayee and Ravi Venkatesan before their exits from Infosys in August this year, shortly after CEO Vishal Sikka stepped down.When asked whether this meant a clean slate for the previous board members, Nilekani said he is looking at future challenges, the Times of India reported. “I’ve come here to look at the future, and our commitment is that we have to do a lot of things because finally it is about execution, it’s about making it happen at scale, getting the entire company transformed. That’s the challenge and that is what we are focusing on,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.Infosys StatementThe company’s statement was not too different from what its previous board had said. The statement reads: “After careful reconsideration, the company has concluded that publishing additional details of the investigation would inhibit the company’s ability to conduct effective investigations into any matter in the future. Confidentiality is critical to ensuring the candour and cooperation of whistleblowers and other participants in any investigative process.“The precedent of releasing the full investigation reports could impair the cooperation of participants, should the need for an investigation arise in the future.”The company also emphasized that the investigators Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Control Risks had no relationship with Infosys prior to the investigation. The statement says: “Gibson Dunn’s investigation was led by Charles Stevens and Benjamin Wagner, both Presidentially appointed former senior prosecutors in the US department of justice, each with several decades of experience in investigating and prosecuting fraud and business crimes.”The statement adds: “The investigation involved interviews of over 50 witnesses globally , a review of company policies, board minutes, public filings and internal documents, the collection, search and review by Gibson Dunn attorneys of many thousands of internal emails and attachments, the use of forensic accounting experts to analyse technical and financial information, the review of media accounts and public records in multiple countries, the review of the previous investigation reports is sued by CAM (law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas) and supporting documentation, and other investigative measures. No limitations or restrictions were placed on the investigating team from accessing information, and the company and the relevant directors and employees cooperated fully.”Seshasayee RespondsThe latest development is seen as a setback to Murthy’s campaign against how the previous board under the leadership of R Seshasayee and management under the then CEO Vishal Sikka had handled the Bansal and Panaya issues. Murthy had called the Bansal payout “hush money”.These charges led to a massive upheaval in the Infosys top brass, ending with the exit of Seshasayee, Sikka and Ravi Venkatesan in August, and the return of Nilekani as chairman.Former chairman R Seshasayee responded to the developments on Oct. 24 by wishing the company all the best and saying, “The company now deserves a period of stability and undistracted focus on the business.”According to Infosys , the process of finding a new CEO has started. “I would also like to acknowledge the leadership role Narayana Murthy has played in building this iconic institution and in corporate governance matters. Going forward, it is our endeavor to build a trusting relationship with Murthy,” Nilekani said, the Economic Times reported. Related ItemsBansal severance payInfosysInfosys AugustInfosys Panaya dealLittle IndiaNandan NilekaniNarayana MurthyVishal Sikkalast_img read more


Copa America: Messi rues draw


first_imgA frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday. Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder,A frustrated Lionel Messi said a joke goal had complicated Argentina’s Copa America start as the hosts struggled to impose themselves in their 1-1 draw with Bolivia in the tournament’s first match on Friday.Argentina had to chase their Group-A opener from the 47th minute when an error by midfielder Ever Banega allowed Bolivia to sneak into a shock lead before substitute Sergio Aguero equalised half an hour later.”They surprised us with a crap goal and we managed to draw thanks to Kun (Aguero), but we’re sad because we didn’t reach our objective. We did some things well but we have to keep improving,” Messi told reporters.Bolivia’s point in the match in La Plata was the first they have ever picked up in a competitive match on Argentine soil.It also denied Argentina revenge for a 6- 1 roasting under former coach Diego Maradona in a World Cup qualifier at high altitude in La Paz two years ago. ‘A night without altitude’ was the headline in the daily Clarin in a play on words on the expression in Spanish which would better translate as a night without class.Argentina played into the hands of a modest but well- organised Bolivia, failing to execute coach Sergio Batista’s passing game modelled on Messi’s club side Barcelona. “It’s very difficult to play like Barcelona, but the idea is ball possession,” Batista told reporters.”We tried to play and be a team with a lot of the ball, but Bolivia put a lot of people in the middle and clogged the spaces. It was a difficult debut.” Batista said on the eve of the match he had not recalled forward Carlos Tevez just because of popular demand. He explained that with the player of the people in his side he would get more football and less vertigo, meaning less headless running at the opposition defence.advertisementYet Tevez and Ezequiel Lavezzi, the two players flanking Messi in attack, did just that with the former earning some of the lowest match ratings in Saturday’s papers. Messi received an ovation from the crowd, but not for the reasons he would have liked, when he stood up to Bolivia’s captain Ronald Raldes after a clash.Colombia winStriker Adrian Ramos earned Colombia a 1-0 win over 10- man Costa Rica that put them top of Group-A after their first match at the Copa America on Saturday.Ramos beat the offside trap to run onto a through pass from winger Fredy Guarin, round goalkeeper Leonel Moreira and put the Colombians ahead seconds before half-time.Costa Rica had been reduced to 10 men after 27 minutes when forward Randall Brenes was shown a straight red card after a dangerous tackle on defender Luis Perea.Meanwhile, Brazil play Venezuela in their opener on Sunday and will be approaching the game with caution, after Argentina’s result.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more


SMC ‘Grand Slam’ nets sports chief Chua Danny Floro trophy


first_imgIt was the year of the San Miguel Corp. triple crown in the PBA.San Miguel Beer retained the Philippine Cup title, Barangay Ginebra captured the Commissioner’s Cup championship, and Magnolia won the Governors’ Cup crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The PBAPC is naming its first Lifetime Achievement awardee in Alaska team owner Wilfred S. Uytengsu.The group has also named awardees for Mr. Quality Minutes (Vic Manuel), Defensive Player of the Year (John Paul Erram), Game of the Season (Barangay Ginebra-Rain or Shine 3OT), Breakout Player of the Season (Chris Tiu), Scoring champion (Stanley Pringle) and Order of Merit (June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee and Manuel).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion And it was a feat credited largely to SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua.The PBA Press Corps recognized Chua’s effort in the rare feat—this marked the first time in the PBA that all three SMC teams won titles in one season—and will hand him the Danny Floro Executive Award on Jan. 21, during the group’s 25th anniversary of its Annual Awards Night presented by Cignal TV at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.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 starsChua joins his boss, Ramon S. Ang, in the ranks of those who have won the prestigious award, a list that includes Manny V. Pangilinan, Wilfred S. Uytengsu, Danding Cojuangco, Raymund Yu and Terry Que, Ricky Vargas, Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, Rene Pardo, Buddy Encarnado, Elmer Yanga, Simon Mossesgeld, George Chua, and the late Jun Bernardino and Henry Cojuangco.Only the prestigious Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan Coach of the Year is yet to be announced, with Leo Austria, Tim Cone and Chito Victolero battling for the trophy bearing the name of the late “Maestro” of Philippine coaching. Fact & Fancy: It’s devotion vs delusion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan see off arch rivals East Bengal to reach final


first_imgMohun Bagan defeated East Bengal 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Hero Federation Cup at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack today.Darryl Duffy’s 35th-minute header and Balwant Singh’s 84th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as the defending Champions progressed to the Final of the Hero Federation Cup where Bengaluru FC wait for the challenge.It was a bright start for East Bengal in the semi-finals and the Red and Golds could have taken the lead as early as the 8th minute when Plaza failed to tap home from close range after Rafique had found the Trinidad & Tobago forward in the box. Three minutes later, Rafique himself saw his header from inside the box being denied by a fine Debjit save.There were more bright spots for East Bengal but the Red and Golds failed to capitalise on them. In the 16th minute Rowllin Borges’s shot earned a good save by Mohun Bagan’s custodian Debjit Majumder and seven minutes later Wedson came close to drawing first blood when his shot from distance curled inches over the goal.For Mohun Bagan, the first real attempt at goal came in the 25th minute when a Sony Norde free-kick was parried away for a corner after Darryl Duffy was brought down. Sanjoy Sen’s men grew into the match and took the lead in the 35th minute when Darryl Duffy’s deft header off a Sony Norde cross crept into the back of the net.East Bengal dominated possession and shots on goal, but the Red and Golds had nothing to flaunt for their prowess, while Mohun Bagan made sure that the Mariners had their finishing boots on as Bagan lead 1-0 at half-time.advertisementMohun Bagan’s midfield sat deep in the second half and protected the Mariner’s defence for much of the half, trying to safeguard the slender lead.The Bagan defence too became compact and proved impenetrable for the East Bengal duo of Plaza and Wedson. Sanjoy Sen’s men attacked on counter and Sony Norde almost came close to doubling the lead when his shot in the 60th minute flew inches near the goal.Three minutes later, Rafique had a golden opportunity to equalise proceedings after a long ball in the box had left the Bagan defence in tandems. Rafique, however, failed to shoot the ball home from hand shaking distance to add to East Bengal’s missed opportunities.In the 78th minute, Debjit Majumder made a reflex save to deny Plaza’s header from close range. The Mariners defence line accompanied by its custodian held on for the remainder of time and Balwant Singh doubled Bagan’s lead in the 84th minute when he scored after Katsumi Yusa found him in the box.The full-time scoreline read 2-0 as Mohun Bagan progressed to the final.Bengaluru FC, earlier in the day, edged out Aizawl FC 1-0.Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will face each other in the final on May 18.last_img read more


24 days agoTottenham open contract talks with Jan Vertonghen


first_imgTottenham open contract talks with Jan Vertonghenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have opened talks with Jan Vertonghen over a new contract.The key central defender is out of contact at the end of the season, when he could leave for nothing.But discussions over a new deal are underway, though there is an apprehension from Spurs to offer the 32-year-old anything over a 12 month deal given his age, says the Daily Mail.However, the fact Moussa Sissoko, who turned 30 in August, signed a four-year contract last week is likely to be a key bargaining tool for Vertonghen as he looks for a longer deal.Vertonghen said yesterday: “I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me. That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


MPC Capital Zeaborn Form New JV to Manage Over 160 Boxships


first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hamburg-based asset and investment manager MPC Capital and Bremen-based shipping group Zeaborn have decided to create a joint venture, merging their activities in chartering and commercial management of more than 160 containerships.As informed, the joint venture will operate under the name Harper Petersen which Zeaborn already uses for its activities in this segment. MPC Capital will add the business of Contchart to the merged activities.The new joint platform is expected to be amongst the largest commercial containership managers globally. The company will manage more than 160 vessels with a total capacity of almost 500,000 TEU.With vessel sizes ranging from 700 TEU to 8,500 TEU, Harper Petersen will represent a diversified fleet in respect of size, age, outfit, and sustainability requirements with more than 20 vessels to be equipped with exhaust gas cleaning systems.Furthermore, the new joint venture will continue to grow its shipbroking services, providing chartering solutions to owners and charterers.“I am extremely pleased that we have succeeded in creating a viable …. player merging two already well-established partners. Together we are even stronger in providing … services to our charterer clients and tonnage providers,” John Freydag, Managing Director of Contchart, said.The partners aim to commence operations of the new Harper Petersen on November 1, 2019. According to the duo, headquarters will remain in Hamburg, with offices in Singapore, Shanghai and the Netherlands.The closing of the transaction remains subject to antitrust clearance with the relevant cartel authorities.last_img read more


Great white shark a little too close for comfort in Nova Scotia


first_imgHALIFAX – A great white shark has been detected near Halifax — the second great white spotted in Nova Scotia in a month — prompting at least some people to stay out of the water.One Twitter user joked it was “a little too close for comfort,” after a 600-kilogram tagged shark named Hilton signalled it was in Mahone Bay, a tourist town 85 kilometres from Halifax on the province’s south shore.Hilton — tagged by the research group Ocearch in Hilton Head, S.C., in March — signalled he was in Mahone Bay on Sunday.“Hilton has been travelling north along the coast of southern Nova Scotia for the past week and a half,” the group said on Facebook Wednesday.Rebecca South of Mahone Bay said she and some friends cancelled their usual Wednesday habit of skurfing — riding a surfboard towed behind a speedboat — because it would take them to an open-sea area in which Hilton has roamed.“Often sharks attack surfboards because they mistake them as seals, and that’s what we’re on. So we’ve just been talking about that and opted not to go today,” South, owner of Rebecca’s Restaurant in Mahone Bay, said Wednesday.“Even though it’s beautiful and wonderful outside… you know for 100 per cent sure that, yes there is a great white shark in and around Mahone Bay.”South said she would still be comfortable swimming at one of the area’s popular beaches, because Hilton would be less likely to be there. She admitted, though, she has seen the 1975 movie “Jaws,” and is aware that sharks do sometimes go near shore — “but not as often.”In late July, a 300-kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin as she feasted on an abundance of seals.In November, a 900-kilogram great white named Lydia — who like Hilton has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two tracking off Nova Scotia.Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer has said white sharks could be using Nova Scotia’s Sable Island as a place to mate.On Monday, Hilton tweeted a map showing his Nova Scotia location and called to another Twitter-using shark: “Hey @SharkSavannah, come on up. Lots of good eating here!”The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy says the animal is the largest predatory fish in the world, with a powerful jaw full of serrated teeth and a body that can weigh up to 1,800 kilograms. But, it says the population in the North Atlantic has dropped by 75 per cent in the past 15 years and is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.They have been protected from harvesting in U.S. waters since 1991, but the conservancy says still so little is known about where the sharks travel, pup and feed.last_img read more


Former Esgenoopetitj chief arrested over alleged sex crimes


first_img(Wilbur Dedam. Government of New Brunswick photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former chief of Esgenoopetitj was arrested by New Brunswick RCMP officers Wednesday on allegations of committing sex crimes dating back to 1977, APTN National News has learned.Wilbur Dedam, 56, was driving back from a trip to the Miramichi, NB, when he was pulled over by an RCMP cruiser before he reached the boundary of his reserve. An eye-witness said he was handcuffed and put into the back of the RCMP cruiser.Dedam is scheduled to appear in Miramichi provincial court Thursday.The RCMP said in a press statement that officers arrested a 56 year-old man from the community on sex crime allegations. The statement said the crimes dated from 1977 to 1996 and that three alleged victims had stepped forward. The RCMP would not confirm the identity of the individual.The investigation began in March.Dedam was running for a councillor spot on the band council at the time of his arrest.He was at the end of a two year ban preventing him from running for council imposed by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2011.The ban was triggered by an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Dedam and other councillors around elections.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


After Annans call for generosity donors pledges 45 billion for Sudan


A two-day donors’ conference to support the peace accord between the Government and rebels in southern Sudan has pledged $4.5 billion for 2005-2007, nearly $2 billion more than the amount United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan identified as needed to resurrect the ravaged region over the next two and a half years.Addressing the opening session yesterday in Oslo, Norway, Mr. Annan had appealed to participants to “pledge – and pledge generously,” quipping when asked about the tendency of governments not to honour their pledges that “pledges are good, but cash is better.”He had also stressed that although $2.6 billion had been identified as vital to meet the requirements of the next two and a half years, there were already massive shortfalls, with nearly $1 billion still to be raised out of the $1.5 billion requested nearly five months ago for this year.The conference was convened to propel repatriation, reintegration and reconstruction in southern Sudan, where a peace agreement in January formally ended two decades of civil war that killed 2 million people, drove more than 4.6 million others from their homes and left the region in ruins.But it is hoped that peace will spread, too, to Sudan’s western Darfur region, where a separate conflict between Government, militia and rebel forces has killed tens of thousands people in the past two years, uprooted more than 2 million others and shows scant signs of abating.UN officials have already warned that funding shortfalls there are threatening emergency feeding programmes for more than 1 million hungry people, mostly driven from their homes.In the now peaceful south the UN and its international partners face a gargantuan task. Just in the sector of returning uprooted people to their homes, acting UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wendy Chamberlin told the conference there were 550,000 refugees in neighbouring countries and an estimated 4.1 million internally displaced persons.“What is needed? In a word, everything,” she said, noting that in one area there are only two doctors for 180,000 inhabitants, that everywhere people have limited access to safe water, that large tracts of farmland are polluted with land mines, and that jobs must be created to ensure viable communities.Mr. Annan yesterday mentioned another urgent need, that of reintegrating ex-combatants into society since the greatest threat of renewed conflict is posed by soldiers who are not disarmed and given alternative economic livelihoods. He urged Member States to invest generously in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, attended the final day of the pledging conference today and also met with United States Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and European Union representatives to mobilize support for the African Union monitoring force deployment in Darfur. read more


Chad Two million people face hunger in Sahelian belt UN agency warns


According to an emergency food security assessment conducted by the Government of Chad, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners, which covered the eight regions of the Sahelian belt, the food insecurity and malnutrition situation has worsened over the past year.“For vulnerable families throughout the Sahelian belt, the lean season this year will be extremely difficult,” said WFP Country Director Mary-Ellen McGroarty.Over the past year, food insecurity rates have been steadily rising from 46 per cent to 58 per cent in the Kanem region, and from 40 per cent to 49 per cent in the Bahr el Ghazel region. Malnutrition rates have also worsened since November 2015 in six regions, namely Bahr El Ghazel, Batha, Kanem, Lac, Sila and Wadi Fira.Among the factors contributing to the worsening food security and nutrition situation are erratic rainfall during the 2015/2016 growing season, which has led to 11 per cent less food being produced compared to the previous year.Insecurity and violence spilling across the border from neighbouring Nigeria due to the Boko Haram insurgents has led to borders being closed and disrupted trade.A drop in livestock price due to disruptions to the cross border trading has negatively impacted the pastoralist communities.Food assistance will be provided throughout the lean season, which runs from June to September. This will be accompanied by specialized nutritional support for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers suffering from malnutrition.Such assistance will be followed by projects aimed at mitigating the impact over the longer-term, such as water harvesting and management systems being put in place.The assessment was conducted with 4,821 households with 10,226 children under five in March and April. read more


Planes games and automobiles at this years Motor Show


For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the Motor Show box office ticket line on 0870 906 2002. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend. The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at www.motorshow.co.uk Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the Daily Telegraph preview day on 24 October, tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. All discounts are available until midnight on Sunday 13 October, when tickets revert to normal on-the-door prices. Visitors to this year’s British International Motor Show, sponsored by the Daily Telegraph, can expect a host of cool features and exciting events, with a guarantee of something to please all the family when they visit the NEC this autumn. And that doesn’t just mean glitzy new cars!There’s a Show within a Show as the breathtaking MINI Adventure Live! takes its place in Hall 2. Audiences will be on the edge of their seats as the new MINI is put through its paces, in a display of amazing stunts and manoeuvres.State-of-the-art electronics company Alpine, has promised to bring boats and planes to the Show as well as in-car entertainment. The NEC lake will play host to the Sunseeker XS world record-breaking speed boat, while the air space above it has already been reserved for the Alpine-sponsored GoldAir International aerobatic display team and its new Sukhoi SU26 stunt plane.Formula One fans can experience pit lane thrills on the Shell stand, in a fantastic wheel change challenge, while off-roaders will be queuing up to live life on The Edge, a purpose built, 21 tonne steel structure that simulates the extreme off-road conditions which the Vauxhall Frontera takes in its stride.For the budding artist in the family, Daihatsu’s Paint Box will be the place to be. Youngsters will have the chance to show their creative skills by painting a range of Daihatsu cars in whatever style they like. While for older kids (18+), a ‘chill out zone’ promises bars and computer games within the action-packed Automania arena.But if all this excitement gets a bit too much, or you just feel like being pampered, simply drop the kids off at the playcare centre, sponsored by Nissan, and take a break in The Sanctuary, a relaxation zone featuring massage, salad and juice bars. What better way to catch your breath before the journey home?Commenting on the range of attractions already confirmed at this year’s Show, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Our aim is to give visitors a premier league Motor Show, which will keep them amused all day, for less than half the price of entry to a top flight football match. So at this year’s Show there will be something for everyone, loads of fun things to do and see, better amenities, and of course a truly international line-up of new cars.’Notes to editors: During the Show, doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5.30pm on the final day. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Soldotna karate teacher faces child porn charges


first_imgA longtime Soldotna resident and martial arts instructor is being charged with 14 counts related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.Michael Dean Hancock, 57, was indicted by the Anchorage Grand Jury on Thursday with charges stemming from an ongoing investigation by the Alaska Bureau of Investigations.Hancock has operated Peninsula Martial Arts for over 17 years, for most of that time at the “Y” intersection in Soldotna, last year moving to a new location on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The dojo was closed earlier this week, with a sign saying, “I quit,” and no other information.According to the Office of Special Prosecutions, Hancock is at large, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts or activities are asked to contact Investigator Vance Peronto with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Soldotna post at 907-262-4423.Hancock faces a potential sentence of two to 99 years on each count. The Alaska Bureau of Investigations points out that the grand jury indictment is a charging document, and that Hancock is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.last_img read more


Prof Jayashankars 85th birth anniversary celebrated


first_imgBN Reddy Nagar: Prof Jayashankar’s 85th birth anniversary was celebrated on a grand note at Mandal Parishad Primary School in Saheb Nagar on tuesday.Local corporator Lakshmi Prasanna was the chief guest. She paid tributes to the legendary leader by garlanding his portrait. Later, she distributed notebooks to students. School Head mistress Leela Rani, head master Radha Krishna Reddy, Vanasthalipuram TRS president Gaddam Mallesh Goud, LB Nagar TRS vice-president Nirmala Devi, ward members Ganga Shivashankar, Amarender Reddy, area members A Ravi, Saraswathi, teachers and others attended the programme.last_img


Tornillo Detention Center For Immigrant Children Will Remain Open At Least Another


first_imgU.S. Dept. of Health and Human ServicesBunk beds are lined up inside an air-conditioned tent at the Tornillo facility for unaccompanied immigrant children near El Paso.The immigration detention center at Tornillo used to hold undocumented immigrant children will remain open for at least 30 more days, a government spokesperson confirmed Monday.The facility opened at the U.S. Customs port of entry last month. It houses undocumented minors who came to the United States alone or were separated from family members or guardians by U.S. immigration officials under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.During a media tour of the facility two weeks ago, the incident commander for BCFS Health and Human Services, which operates the facility, said he didn’t see a need to keep the shelter open longer than the July 13 end date for the current contract.But a Health and Human Services spokesman said on Monday that the facility will remain active at least through Aug. 13.“HHS is legally required to provide care and shelter for all unaccompanied alien children referred by DHS, and works in close coordination with DHS on the security and safety of the children and community,” spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe wrote in an email.The facility at Tornillo opened after regular shelters reached capacity during the Trump administration’s separation policy. Evy Ramos, a spokeswoman for BCFS, said that as the government continues to reunite separated children with their families, space will free up in shelters for the minors staying at Tornillo.“Until then, we will not abandon those at Tornillo and will continue to provide services on a week-by-week basis,” she said.The facility has attracted worldwide attention since it opened, with immigration rights supporters and politicians holding several protests and marches outside the facility and calling for separated families to be reunited.The government initially said the facility only housed immigrants who came to the country by themselves. But during the media tour two weeks ago, officials confirmed the population had expanded to include a small number of minors who were separated from their families. The facility held 326 minors at that time, the majority of them from Central America.  Sharelast_img read more


Matt Groenings Disenchantment Part 2 Premiere Date Set on Netflix


first_imgThe second half of the first season of “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, will be sailing to Netflix subscribers this September.The 10-episode part 2 of season 1 of the animated “un-fairytale” comedy launches Friday, Sept. 20, exclusively on Netflix worldwide.“Dying for more ‘Disenchantment’ but perhaps your memory is a bit… cloudy? Allow us to catch you up: Elfo is gone. Dreamland is deserted. Princess Bean is on a mission,” Netflix said in teasing the part 2 release.The first half of the show debuted in August 2018. Netflix renewed “Disenchantment” for a second season last fall. As with the freshman run, the 20-episode second season is slated to be released in two parts — the first half in 2020 and the second half in 2021.The show marks one of the few projects Groening has undertaken outside of his megahit “The Simpsons,” which just concluded its 30th season on Fox. The series features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (as Princess Bean), Eric Andre (as Luci) and Nat Faxon (as Elfo) along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery. Popular on Variety “Disenchantment” takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. It follows the adventures of a hard-drinking princess named Bean, her diminutive companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Disenchantment” is animated by Rough Draft Studios. The series is produced by The ULULU Co. for Netflix, with Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers.last_img read more


Indians take a chill pill with lassi cold coffee


first_imgLassi, cold coffee and watermelon juice are among the preferred beverages that are helping people across India beat the searing heat. The temperature is soaring, spreading the heat wave blues all over India. But people have come up with their own ways to beat the heat, especially with chillers like lassi and cold coffee. A food delivering website released the ‘Indian chapter of The Eats Cravings Report 2019’, a snapshot of India’s favourite cravings and the most popular binge worthy dishes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfConducted between January and May 2019, the report revealed that Mumbai clocked in the highest number of orders for lassi. It also stated that Jaipur ditched the traditional tangy summer drink of jal-jeera for a chilled cup of cold coffee, while Pune opted for a good old cup of hot tea. Chennai kept it healthy with a refreshing glass of watermelon juice. Oreo shake topped beverage charts across Mangalore. The findings also provide an insight into some of the most widely received requests for sugar cravings across cities. Indians ordered gulab jamun to satiate their sweet tooth, followed by ice cream and ras malai. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt revealed that every city has its own personal favourite flavour – people in Bengaluru stayed true to their roots with the highest number of tender coconut ice-cream, while Mumbaikars are beating the heat with strawberry ice-cream. Belgian chocolate satiated palates for Delhiites, while Mango was the most popular flavour in Pune. When it comes to chocolate, Indians binged on chocolate milkshake the most with close competition from hot chocolate sundaes and Death By Chocolate pastries.last_img read more


3vehicle collision in Harrismith Road


first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite This afternoon (Thursday), three vehicles were involved in a collision at the corner of Harrismith Road and Soldiers Way. Two bakkies and a small truck were involved in the accident.The truck was not badly damaged. Sharaj Ambulance Services and ER24 responded and treated a female who was injured. She was transported to the Provincial Hospital by ER24 for further treatment.Public Safety directed traffic, as one of the lanes was closed.The scene has since been cleared and the road is open again. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more