Vinay Tendulkar wins Goa RS seat

first_imgPANAJI: Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar on Friday won the Rajya Sabha seat from the State by defeating Congress MP Shantaram Naik.Mr. Tendulkar received 21 votes from the BJP and ruling alliance members and the lone NCP legislator, Churchill Alemao, while Mr. Naik got 16 votes from the Congress.All 38 MLAs of the truncated 40-member State Legislative Assembly earlier in the day cast their vote for the Rajya Sabha seat, which falls vacant on July 28. Speaking to reporters, BJP Minister Francis D’Souza said “There may be cross-voting here too, if cross-voting has happened (in the presidential polls).” However, the results did not show any cross voting in the Rajya Sabha election. Mr. Tendulkar later thanked Mr. Alemao for voting for him. He said the win was expected. “Now we have won across all levels in Goa — in panchayats, zilla parishads, Assembly and now Parliamentary elections,” he told reporters. ‘Didn’t get secular votes’Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said the Congress had failed to attract secular votes from the BJP allies, which led to the loss. “We had appealed to MLAs with secular credentials to come out and vote for our candidate, but there was no response, if one goes by the votes,” he said. Mr. Kavlekar, however, seemed relieved that after the cross-voting in the Presidential election earlier this week, the Congress managed to keep all its votes intact.last_img read more

Richest Malay Indians

first_imgTwo Indians are among the 25 richest Malaysians in this year’s Forbes list.Telecom giant Ananda Krishnan, head of Maxis Communications, the country’s largest cellphone service provider, with a net worth of $8.1 billion, ranked second on the list, behind Robert Kuok, chairman of Shangri-La Hotels, with $12 billion.Building contractor A K Nathan, 54, head of Eversendai, ranked 24th with a net worth of $250 million. Related Itemslast_img

Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Those, however, who are privy to what goes on behind the veil of secrecy that traditionally shrouds the Lady Spikers’ program know that this is only a minor hiccup that La Salle can easily overcome.Mika Reyes, once the team’s star middle blocker, sees no reason to panic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Knowing coach Ramil [de Jesus], I know he can guide the team and make sure they are on the right path,” said the Petron star in the Philippine Superliga.Successive losses to UP and UST have raised some concern among fans and supporters, but Reyes said a lot of the apprehension comes from the success the Lady Spikers have had. LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Park leads by 4; Saso keeps chase P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “People aren’t used to seeing La Salle losing back-to-back games,” Reyes told the Inquirer. “So I think they expect too much from the team, [considering] that La Salle lost several seniors from last season.”“It’s just the first round,” Reyes added. “The young players have to step up and use this as a learning experience.”The Lady Spikers have a relatively easy schedule on tap as they try to snap their skid when they face the struggling Lady Warriors of UE.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Aduke Ogunsanya and the Lady Spikers hope to rise from their first back-to-back defeats when they take on the Lady Warriors on Saturday. —Sherwin VardeleonBy the time UST’s inspired Tigresses were done inflicting a straight-sets schooling on La Salle on Wednesday, the defending champions Lady Spikers were thrust into an unfamiliar situation.They suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in four seasons in UAAP women’s volleyball and suddenly, there are questions on La Salle’s ability to win the crown for a fourth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:42PH 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 Krausslast_img read more

Meralco acquires Raymond Almazan for 1st round draft picks

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 READ: As Almazan goes missing, six PBA teams interestedAlmazan is just what the doctor ordered for Meralco, which has long sought for a big man.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, logisticsThe 6-foot-8 Almazan is expected to make his debut for the Bolts in the coming Commissioner’s Cup where he will be teaming up with import Gani Lawal down low. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting History made as women to referee men’s AFC Cup clash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PBA big man Raymond Almazan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Meralco has acquired the services of star center Raymond Almazan from Rain or Shine on Tuesday, team manager Paolo Trillo said.The PBA approved the trade that sent the Bolts’ rights to the 2019 and 2021 first round picks to the Elasto Painters in exchange for Almazan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Who Needs Ronaldo? Emmanuel Dennis Celebrates Brace against Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League

first_imgEmmanuel Dennis scored two goals to give Club Brugge the lead but the Belgian side were ultimately held to a 2-2 draw by Real Madrid with Sergio Ramos and Casemiro getting the goals for the rescue.The Nigerian forward stunned the Santiago Bernabeu into silence, by giving Club Brugge the lead in the ninth minute, mis-controlling the ball and nudging it towards goal but somehow still beating Real keeper Thibaut Courtois to score. Bonaventure struck again with another scrappy goal in the 39th minute, helped by a calamitous giveaway in midfield by 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.The forward lost his footing as he bore down on Courtois but still produced a stunning finish to lift the ball high into the net. The goal was initially ruled offside, then awarded after a VAR review.After the goal, Emmanuel Bonaventure brought out the ‘Ronaldo’ celebration (also known as the ‘Siii’) as the Real Madrid fans were numbed with the two goals.Two summer back, Ronaldo had let for Turin and Real are seemigly yet to fill that void.Ahead of the clash, Emmanuel Bonaventure had said that, it was a dream for him to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.”A lot of people didn’t even think they would come here to play. If I score then I will get a tattoo on my skin,” Emmanuel had told the club in an interview.After the game, Emmanuel joked that he might have to get two tattoos for his two goals.”I guess I will now have to get two tattoos,” Emmanuel told Belgian television channel RTL.”I’m happy to have scored two goals, but we really wanted to win the game and we were not far away from doing it. We have to be content with the point, which is not a bad result.”RONALDO SCORESElsewhere in Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus cruise to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen and go top of Champions League Group D.Real Madrid fans will definitely not be happy with their team’s fortunes so far this season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. champions leagueChampions League 2019Club Bruggecristiano ronaldo First Published: October 2, 2019, 12:35 PM ISTlast_img read more

Irfan Pathan trolled on Twitter for wearing rakhi

first_imgIrfan Pathan was once more in the radar of the trolls as the Indian fast bowler posted a picture of himself with a rakhi on his hand.Pathan took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself with a rakhi tied around his wrist and wished everyone on the occasion of Rakshabandhan.Trolls lashed out at him for celebrating a Hindu festival despite being a Muslim. A troll also targetted him saying that his father is a moulvi yet he’s practicing un-Islamic things.Photo Credit: Irfan Pathan Instagram Photo Credit: Irfan Pathan Facebook Pathan had recently hosted former India coach Anil Kumble and treated him to biryani.This is not the first time when Muslim cricketers have been targetted by Islamic radicals on the social media.Just last month, Pathan was subjected to trolls on religious grounds where his wife was shamed for revealing her arms and wearing nail polish while Pathan for posting the picture.Kuch to log kahenge logo ka kaam hai kehna but always #love #travel pic.twitter.com/aERzXr0g2j- Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 17, 2017Mohammed Shami was also attacked on social media twice. Recently, he was trolled for posting ‘un-Islamic’ pictures of his daughters birthday while back in 2016, Shami was slammed for posting a picture with his wife, who was wearing a sleeveless gown, and he was reminded by Muslim fanatics of his religion.Even Mohammad Kaif was recently attacked for posting a picture of himself playing chess with his son. Earlier, Kaif was also trolled for doing the Surya Namaskar.advertisementlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova withdraws from Cincinnati Open with arm injury

first_imgMaria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Open with a nagging left-arm injury she suffered during competition earlier this month, the former champion said on Sunday.Sharapova, who suffered the injury during her first-round match at the Stanford Classic, said her decision to withdraw from the Cincinnati event, which granted her a wildcard, was a precaution ahead of the year’s final grand slam, the US Open.The 2011 champion said she arrived in Cincinnati on Saturday eager to play but following the doctor’s advice on site decided to withdraw from the U.S. Open tune-up, where first-round action begins on Monday.Sharapova was scheduled to play French Open champion and world number 12 Jelena Ostapenko in a highly-anticipated first-round clash.The Russian’s decision to withdraw marks the latest setback in her comeback this year after a 15-month doping ban.Sharapova, banned after testing positive for the heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since rejoining the WTA Tour.The 30-year-old reached the semi-finals as a wildcard in Stuttgart, fell in the second round at Madrid and retired from her second-round match at the Italian Open in mid-May after injuring her left thigh.After pulling out of Stanford, Sharapova withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Toronto.The arm injury casts a cloud on Sharapova competing in the August 28-September 10 U.S. Open since the former world number one would need a wildcard to compete in the event.last_img read more

Mixed Εmotions in Balkans over Croatia’s World Cup Success

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia’s surprising success at the World Cup.The team will face France in the tournament final in Moscow on Sunday, provoking mixed reactions and strong emotions in the region scarred by war.From Montenegro and Serbia in the east and Slovenia in the west, Croatia’s neighbors have been split over whether to support Croatia or France, reflecting the persisting rifts stemming from the 1990s conflict.While many in those nations have expressed pride and joy that a Balkan country has made it to the final, Croatia’s stellar achievement also has caused envy and nationalist outbursts evoking the war era.“The World Cup generally is a joyful event, but we in the Balkans somehow manage to turn even ball-kicking into a clash,” said Draza Petrovic, an editor at the liberal Danas daily in Serbia.FILE – In this July 11, 2018 file photo, Croatian fans cheer while watching the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Zagreb, Croatia. (AP Photo/Nikola Solic, File)Petrovic said that sports rivalry was also strong among the Balkan nations even while they were all part of the former Yugoslavia, when it was also rare to see Serbian or Croatian teams support one another. But he added that the former federation’s bloody breakup turned sports competitiveness into something more.“The wars were not so long ago, so people view things not just as sports,” he said of the conflict that tore the former Yugoslavia into pieces and in which more than 100,000 people were killed.Nearly three decades after the war, a number of unresolved issues still plague relations among the former Yugoslav republics, while nations stick to their own versions of what happened and who were the victims.Illustrating postwar tensions, Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic said publicly that he would support Slavic ally Russia over Croatia in the quarterfinals, and the foreign minister openly backed England in the semifinal.Even Serbia’s most-adored sportsman, tennis star Novak Djokovic, has faced criticism from a nationalist lawmaker after openly supporting Croatia, while the issue triggered a heated for-and-against debate on social networks and in the media.Petrovic noted that “those divisions are bad, particularly if fueled by the state media and top officials, including the president.”Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic answers a question during a news a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Some Serbs — whose team didn’t make it past the group stage — joked about Croatia being a better team, with a popular post on social media declaring that Serbia’s biggest success recently in soccer was being a neighbor to a World Cup finalist.In Slovenia, generally a Croatian ally but with a looming border dispute, hundreds of supporters are expected to travel to Croatia to join street viewing of the match on Sunday. This prompted the Croatian railway company to introduce more trains and ticket discounts.One supporter from Slovenia congratulated Croatia on its victory against England, noting that: England wanted Brexit and they got it!In Montenegro, the national divide over the country’s loyalty to Orthodox Christian and Slavic neighbor Serbia, was reflected in the support for Croatia:“There is no way I could back Croatia because they are our enemies,” declared Milan Bulatovic, from Podgorica, the Montenegrin capital.But retiree Igor Nikolic, also from Podgorica, told The Associated Press that when Croatia beat England to make it to the final “I felt as if my old dream of Yugoslavia at the top has come true.”____By JOVANA GEC , Associated PressAssociated Press writers Predrag Milic in Podgorica, Montenegro, and Ali Zerdin, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, contributed to this report.Croatia’s Luka Modric celebrates with head coach Zlatko Dalic after advancing to the final during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Croatia’s Luka Modric, left, and England’s Marcus Rashford challenge for the ball during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Murali Vijay scores 56 for Essex after Test series failure vs England

first_imgIndian opener Murali Vijay got among runs in England after being dropped from the Indian squad for the last two Tests against England. On Monday, Vijay scored a half-century for Essex in a County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire.Earlier, Nottinghamshire were bundled out for a mere 177 runs contrary to which Essex got a solid start with Vijay and Nick Browne adding 56 runs for the first wicket at Trent Bridge.After that, Essex did lose a few wickets as Nottinghamshire closed in on their lower-order.Murali Vijay scored 56 off 95 balls — a knock that included nine boundaries.Impressed with our new man today?A classy 56 for @mvj888 on Day One at Trent Bridge today! #NOTvESS pic.twitter.com/8MNxGc7DLxEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 10, 2018Nottinghamshire could not capitalise on the toss after electing to bat as they were bowled out in 58.1 overs. For Essex, medium pacer Jamie Porter was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 4/50.Recently, in another county match, India’s left-arm spinner Axar Patel claimed nine wickets for Durham, including seven in an innings.The 34-year-old Vijay was dropped from the Indian team after scores of 20 and 6 at Edgbaston in the first Test followed by a pair at the Lord’s in the second Test.With Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul also horribly out of form, the BCCI has arranged county games for the Tamil Nadu veteran so that he can remain in contention for the tour of Australia.Here is that wicket of Vijay. #NOTvESS pic.twitter.com/al61sJRfepadvertisementEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) September 10, 2018Vijay has so far played 59 Tests and scored 3933 runs with an average of 39.33, including 12 hundreds and 15 half centuries.Vijay’s next appearance will be at the home ground in Chelmsford against Worcestershire from September 18 and his campaign will end with another away game against Surrey at the Oval from September 24.”I was here with the India side about a month ago and saw first-hand just how good the crowd is. I can’t wait to play for Essex and hopefully win some matches,” Vijay had said on the club’s website.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Lone T20I: Jason Roy, spinners star as England beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs

first_imgEngland opening batsman Jason Roy led a charmed life to smash 69 off 36 balls before leg-spin duo Joe Denly and Adil Rashid shared seven wickets to lead the tourists to a 30-run win over Sri Lanka in a lone Twenty20 international on Saturday.England, who won the five-match one-day international series 3-1 against the hosts, posted 187-8 in their rain-interrupted innings after being put in to bat first.Sri Lanka lost the top half of their batting to the England spinners with just 77 on the board and were finally all out for 157 on the last ball of their innings.Denly, playing his first match for England since a T20 against Pakistan in Dubai in February, 2010, opened the bowling and made an immediate impact by dismissing Kusal Mendis in his first over.He then picked up the other opener Niroshan Dickwella in his next over.The 32-year-old returned in the last over of the match to add two more wickets to his tally to finish with match figures of 4-19 to script a strong comeback to international cricket.Sri Lanka’s batsmen also failed to read much of Rashid’s bowling, with his four overs of leg-spin costing just 11 runs for three wickets.Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera top-scored for his side with 57 in 31 balls but his knock was too little too late.Earlier, the 28-year-old Roy hit four boundaries and six sixes in his knock but also had to thank the Sri Lankan fielders who put down three catches he offered.All-rounder Moeen Ali also made a handy contribution with the bat, plundering 27 off 11 balls.advertisementSri Lanka’s ambidextrous all-rounder Kamindu Mendis showed signs of promise on his debut with the bat in a fearless knock of 24 off 14 deliveries but the 20-year-old went wicketless with the ball and proved expensive, giving away 27 in three overs.The two sides will now contest a three-match Test series, starting in Galle from November 6.last_img read more

Will Samantha Akkineni make her Bollywood debut? Never, she says

first_imgSamantha Akkineni is one of the biggest names in the South, with several Tamil and Telugu blockbusters to her credit. However, she has no plans to venture into Bollywood and expand her fan base.In a recent interview, Samantha was asked when she will enter the Hindi film industry, and she said, “Never!””Like I just said, I’m from Chennai. That’s like, the south of the South. The thing is, I’m just about understanding my own people and my own culture and what is it that they like to watch in films. I’m still learning about how to get it right, what they want from a film, what is it that they want to see, what they expect from a character when I’m playing it… I am just about figuring that out,” she said.According to Samantha, she is still in the process of understanding the preferences of the audience down South, and will be a “complete alien” in Bollywood. “I have no idea about the world that is Bollywood. I will just drown and be a complete alien,” she said.”I still feel like I have more to give them, down South,” she added.Samantha, who made her big screen debut with Gautham Menon’s Telugu film Ye Maaya Chesave, has delivered several hits including Theri, Rangasthalam, Mersal and Super Deluxe. Currently, she is waiting for the release of Nandini Reddy’s Oh! Baby, which will hit the theatres on July 5.ALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni: Trolling made me question my sanityadvertisementALSO READ | Samantha Akkineni brutally trolled for posing in beachwear on Ibiza holidayALSO SEE | Samantha Akkineni nails fierce workout in sports bra and tights. Gym goals, anyone?ALSO WATCH | In Da Club’s special tribute to Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Chiranjeevilast_img read more

Billy Vunipola boost for England but Saracens have to wait for No8’s return

first_imgHowever, after confirming Vunipola will not face Northampton at Twickenham in Saracens’ season-opener on 2 September, McCall said the 24-year-old is ahead of schedule in his recovery.“Billy is due back some time in October but in true Billy style he will make it back before that. He is chomping at the bit and the medics are taking care of him. It won’t be long,” McCall said.Despite an impressive summer of recruitment that has seen the arrivals of Liam Williams, Will Skelton – who is a doubt for the start of the season owing to a broken arm – Calum Clark, Christopher Tolofua and Dominic Day, Vunipola’s absence for the start of the season is a blow for McCall, who is hamstrung by the late return of his Lions.There is nothing stopping McCall selecting his six Lions from the start of the season but, with Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola among those who are still limited to fitness work in training, they will almost certainly not be used from the outset. Williams, Maro Itoje and Jamie George fall into that category too but McCall will consider George Kruis, who was sidelined for a large part of last season and did not play in the second or third Lions Tests.“We do think we need to take a long view and to rush them back too early when we don’t have to would be a mistake,” McCall said. “We’re looking at the welfare of the player and at making good choices based on good reasons about when they come back.“We also have to look back over who played how many minutes last season and the season before that. Someone like George Kruis didn’t play that much last season and didn’t play the last two Test matches [in New Zealand]. But we have some tough choices about Owen and Mako. Australian rugby looks dysfunctional and delusional – is there any hope left? Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Since you’re here… “They’re hungry and they all want to play but we have to protect them from themselves. It’s up to the clubs when they play the players. Whether that’s the right thing, I’m not sure. As far as I know the Irish players won’t be coming back until October.”Jones has hinted he will rest some of England’s 15 Lions during the autumn internationals against Argentina, Australia and Samoa and McCall is hoping the national coach does go down that route. “Eddie is in a strong position,” McCall said.“We have had conversations and he’s taking the long view and thinking about the World Cup in 2019 – it’s not all on the autumn of 2017. For them to get three or four weeks isn’t good enough at this point in time so if Eddie gives them a few weeks in the autumn it would seem sensible to me.” Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Rugby union Share via Email Read more Read more England rugby union teamcenter_img Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Topics Share on LinkedIn Saracens Share on Facebook Eddie Jones Billy Vunipola will miss the start of the Premiership season because of the shoulder injury that ruled him out of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand but the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, said the No8 will be back in time for England’s autumn campaign in November.McCall was less candid about exactly when his six Lions tourists will return to action but admitted the majority will not be used at the start of the season owing to the extra time off required following a 10-match tour that finished on 8 July. “We are not looking to get our pound of flesh out of the guys,” he said.Vunipola underwent surgery after Saracens’ last game of the season against Exeter in May. He had pulled out of the Lions squad, opting against reporting for the training camp in Dublin despite Warren Gatland asking him to do so. He was part of England’s pre‑season training camp this month, during which Eddie Jones described him as having “the potential to be the best player in the world” and “looking fit and raring to go”.last_img read more

New Music Monday: Kopecky

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Kopecky’s sophomore album, Drug For the Modern Age, comes out on Tuesday, May 19th, via ATO Records. The Nashville-based band has gone through some shakeups, (the least of which includes a change of name from Kopecky Family Band), since their 2012 debut full-length, Kids Raising Kids. The album, originally self-released, was rereleased in late 2013 by ATO Records, the band’s current label.Their debut’s title and—with six members, including a cellist—the band’s size invite comparisons to Arcade Fire. Gabe Simon and Kelsey Kopecky even split vocal duties not unlike Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Kopecky, however, play a brand of folky pop rather than the anxious rock of the Canadian indie stars. This is not to say that Kopecky’s music is frivolous by any means. The opening track, for example, is titled “Die Young,” and Drug For the Modern Age‘s lyrics see the band exploring topics like the sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, and addiction.Guitarist/vocalist Gabe Simon noted, “Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly.” The record’s sound reflects that with few tracks that bow to melancholy. Though Kopecky’s lyrics deal with somber topics the music remains upbeat.  Lead single “Quarterback” boasts a rocking earworm of a chorus, while Drug For the Modern Age‘s titular and closing track is an anthem looking for a crowd.Drug For the Modern Age is a major step for Kopecky. After a promising debut album, the band has (through difficult personal trials) found a sense of maturity that pairs well with their ever impressive pop sensibilities. The album is available through Amazon and iTunes. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Western Bulk Returns to Profit

first_imgzoom Norway’s dry bulk vessel operator Western Bulk made a profit after tax of USD 4.3 million in 2017, a significant improvement from the loss of USD 20.1 million reported a year earlier.After it cut loss in the first half of the year, the company posted a profit of USD 6.4 million in the second part of 2017, compared to the loss of USD 10.1 million seen in 2H 2016.Net time charter (TC) result reached USD 25.4 million in the last six months of 2017, with the fourth quarter TC result amounting to USD 17.3 million, the highest quarterly net TC level since 2012.According to the company, its operated fleet decreased from 140 ships in the first half of the year to 137 in the second half, following the closure of the Miami office and a more selective trading strategy.In addition, full year Net TC ended at USD 40.5 million, a rise of USD 36.1 million from USD 4.4 million in 2016. The average number of ships operated was 140 for the full year, an increase from 125 in 2016.In 2017, the group generated USD 6.8 million in cash flow from operations in addition to USD 17.9 million in increased cash from the equity issue completed in March 2017. Western Bulk said it is building “a strong cash position” with total available liquidity reaching USD 55.9 million at the end of the year.In its outlook for 2018, Western Bulk said it expects continued strong performance with a stable net TC at around 10-percentage points of market rates in addition to an increased number of vessels operated.“Performance has improved significantly, reaching historical levels, and the last quarter being the best in five years. This proves the success of our business model,” Jens Ismar, CEO of Western Bulk, commented.last_img read more

Milahas Profit Rises by 11 Pct in First Half of 2018

first_imgzoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar Navigation (Milaha) saw its net profit increase by 11 percent during the first half of 2018.The company delivered a net profit of QAR 297 million in the six-month period ended June 30, 2018, against a net profit of QAR 267 million reported in the same period in 2017.Operating revenues for the first half were at QAR 1.25 billion, rising from QAR 1.15 billion seen a year earlier, while operating profit increased to QAR 258 million from QAR 170 million recorded in the six months ended June 30, 2017.The increase was driven mainly by the company’s maritime and logistics business on the back of higher volumes at Hamad Port and new shipping routes in the company’s container shipping unit. Due to these developments, Milaha’s maritime and logistics arm reported a surge of QAR 82 million in revenue and QAR 36 million in net profit.The company’s gas and petrochem business saw a rise of QAR 5 million in operating profit, however, the overall net profit plunged by QAR 145 million due to vessel impairments.Milaha Offshore’s bottom line increased by QAR 9 million due to increase in vessel utilization rates and overall improvement in the offshore sector, while Milaha Capital’s profits increased by QAR 138 million mainly due to improved returns from the financial investments portfolio. Milaha Trading’s net profit declined by QAR 9 million as a result of lower heavy equipment sales.last_img read more

Rape case registered against Aditya Pancholi

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood actor Aditya Pancholi was Thursday booked by Mumbai police on charges of raping a 36-year-old woman, who is also an actor. Pancholi claimed he has been implicated in a false case, adding the law will take its course. Suburban Versova police registered the case against Pancholi under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (assault), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 384 (extortion), a senior official said. According the complainant, the 54-year-old actor sexually assaulted her between 2004 and 2009, said police spokesperson DCP Manjunath Singte. Pancholi also beat her up and confined her to his house whenever she tried to approach police during this period, the complaint said. She also alleged that Pancholi demanded Rs 1 crore from her for not showing her private photographs to her family and friends, and claimed she paid him Rs 50 lakh. Further probe is on and Pancholi has not been questioned yet.last_img read more

Nickelodeons Jennette McCurdy Wants Kids To Eat More Veggies

first_imgNinety percent of kids don’t eat the recommended amount of veggies each day and summer is an ideal time to try a new approach. Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy is on a mission to put the play back on the plate.Jennette McCurdy on the set of her Birds Eye veggies shoot showing kids how fun eating their veggies can beShe’s teamed up with Birds Eye Vegetables for a multi-week challenge for families to seize the fun and Rewrite the Dinnertime Rules leading up Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play this fall.In addition to playing with their veggies and enjoying more relaxed family dinners, this summer kids and parents can also enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to join Jennette McCurdy at Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play flagship event. Through this campaign families have an opportunity to learn new ideas that could help shape a lifetime of healthy eating. Each week kids can follow along online at Nick.com/BirdsEye for veggie-themed games and exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with McCurdy. Parents should visit www.BirdsEye.com for easy advice on getting kids to eat their veggies, more dinner “rules” and recipe ideas created for and tested by kids. The sweepstakes deadline is August 26 at noon.“I’m excited that kids get to be in charge of the dinner rules this summer!” McCurdy says.” I’m passionate about kids eating their veggies and can’t wait to see the ideas from families out there.”Rewriting the Rules Inspiration
McCurdy and Birds Eye have the following suggestions for getting started Rewriting the Dinnertime Rules. These rules are only the beginning, McCurdy says. “Kids have endless imagination—veggie tacos, veggie faces, veggie ‘try’ outs and on and on. Rewriting the rules means letting them put the fun in the picture. I had so much fun filming as I played with my Birds Eye veggies, so I hope kids will watch my videos and they will provide inspiration!”Rule #1: Role Reversal. Kids pick the menu and the veggies, help shop for the groceries and are in charge (with a little help from mom and dad) in the kitchen. Plus, they get to pick the theme and dress and decorate accordingly, whether it’s hitting the “beach,” bringing out your family’s wild side in the “jungle” or cheering on your favorite sports team.Rule #2: Play with Your Birds Eye Veggies! You can use your veggies to make smiley faces or create colorful rainbows on your plate … you can even give your broccoli a mohawk haircut (really!) – just have fun!Rule #3: Celebrate Every Bite. It can take up to 12 times for a kid to try a new type of veggie, or any new food before he or she begins liking it. So, keep it up! And while you’re at it, give yourself a high five for every bite your kid takes.Rule #4: Be a Veggie Explorer. There are all sorts of cool and surprising ways to serve veggies. Like smoothies (mixed veggies with yogurt, OJ and honey), popsicles (carrots and OJ) and salad dressings (carrot ginger). You AND your kids will be amazed at all the cool ways you can eat your veggies.The Birds Eye and Nickelodeon partnership is in its second year. In 2012, the program drove a 20 percent increase in incremental volume for Birds Eye versus 2011. Not only did last year’s program drive brand sales and overall category growth, the effort helped in reversing a negative trend in the category and increased vegetable consumption in a fun, engaging way.The program also is part of Birds Eye’s commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity within a generation.First Lady Michelle Obama has lauded Birds Eye’s innovative approach to inspiring kids and helping support families in healthier eating.“This year’s program is about getting kids to try new vegetables by making dinner time fun for them. We know that when kids are involved in the dinner process, they are more likely to want to eat what they helped create,” said PHA Chief Marketing Officer Drew Nannis. “Birds Eye is showing not only that companies can be a positive, proactive part of making the healthy choice easier for kids, but also that they can be profitable while doing it.”Along with the consumer education programs and contests, this summer Birds Eye has launched an entire new product line called Recipe Ready that helps families save time with ingredient ready, fresh frozen vegetables assortments for the most popular meals we cook today. With more than 20 vegetable combinations for meals like fajitas, beef stew, pasta primavera, stir fry and grilling favorites, the Recipe Ready product line cuts down on the prep work of gathering and prepping the vegetables so instead of slicing and dicing the cook can focus on the rest and deliver weeknight meals more often.“When families eat dinner together more often, children receive many benefits including better eating habits,” Birds Eye Senior Vice President of Marketing Rodrigo Troni said.” We believe our product and programs are helping make a difference.”Consumers can enter the Rewrite the Dinnertime Rules sweepstakes, receive weekly ideas for increasing family fun with kid-friendly veggie-eating ideas and more at Birdseye.com or by following the brand page at Facebook.com/BirdseyeVegetables.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

At Northwestern University in Chicago Annan stresses need to fight global poverty

“There are powerful moral reasons to join this battle,” the Secretary-General said in his speech at the university, where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. “Extreme poverty is an affront to human dignity and human rights. It undermines universal values of equality and freedom. Solidarity with the poor is a cardinal tenet of all the world’s great religions.”But there were also strong reasons of national security and enlightened self-interest, Mr. Annan stressed. “Drug trafficking, AIDS, pollution, conflict: these and many other problems are closely related to poverty,” he said. “We see a vicious cycle, in which poverty breeds other ills, which in turn make it harder to escape from poverty.”Noting that more and more Northwestern students were studying abroad or devoting some of their post-university time to working in developing countries, Mr. Annan expressed hope that they would see themselves as global citizens for whom a long-term commitment to global causes was a defining personal test.”We will not defeat poverty overnight, nor tackle the other issues of our times without that commitment,” he said. “Tomorrow is when you must make your start for the world’s sake and for your own.” read more

UN envoy hopes intraSyrian thematic discussions will set the stage for end

Last July, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura presented the initiative before the Security Council, which endorsed it in August. The plan calls for consultations and discussions with Syrian parties in four thematic working groups. “The Working Groups are intended to provide Syrians with a platform to address in-depth themes that are certainly not new, but have lacked to date sustained intra-Syrian discussion.” Mr. de Mistura said in a note to correspondents. “It is hoped that their outcomes could eventually set the stage for a Syrian agreement to end the conflict on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué,” he added, referring to the document that was agreed in 2012 and sets out a clear roadmap for a democratic transition and remains the basis for any peaceful settlement.While the participation of Syrians is central to move forward, the Security Council has also “emphasised the need for robust international and regional assistance” in support of the efforts of the Special Envoy, the note added. The facilitators appointed by the Secretary-General for the thematic working groups are: Jan Egeland for safety and protection; Nicolas Michel for political and legal issues; Volker Perthes for military, security and counter-terrorism; and Birgitta Holst Alani for continuity of public services, reconstruction and development.Over the last two days, Mr. de Mistura and his deputy, Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, met with the facilitators and discussed draft agendas with a view “to ensuring coordination and parallel progress of the working groups.” Mr. de Mistura is now heading to New York to carry these discussions forward in the margins of the UN General Assembly.“This is the defining humanitarian challenge of our times,” the envoy stated. “The Syrians deserve that we move faster towards a political solution.” read more

April continues market split as heavy and light CVs continue to move

Van and truck market down 13.7% in April with 18,623 registrations, rolling year up 4.1% to 292,352.Truck registrations up 17.7% to 4,115 in the month, rolling year up 23.7% to 46,425.Van registrations down 19.8% to 76,196 units in April, rolling year up 1.1% to 245,927.UK van and truck registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011 Vans14,508-19.8%76,196-15.7%245,9271.1% Trucks4,11517.7%16,19527.4%46,42523.7% April% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Total18,623-13.7%92,391-10.4%292,3524.1% “The relative strength of the 2011 van market continued to dent 2012 performance with the ‘up to 3.5t’ market dropping 19.8% in the month,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Trucks remained strong, up 27.4% for the year-to-date, continuing the steady recovery seen throughout last year. Last month’s CV Show saw the launch of a host of new sophisticated and efficient vehicles that will be important to the sector’s performance through the rest of 2012 and beyond.”CV registrations at April 2012Van demand continued a downward trend in April with registrations 19.8% lower than 2011. With four consecutive monthly declines from January to April, total registrations at 76,196 units were 15.7% down on the same period in 2012; across the various van market segments types the only exception was 4×4 Utility (+3.1%). Yet again, truck registration growth was robust in April – the 19th consecutive month of growth. The recent upward trend in two-axle rigid volumes remains intact. Artic growth softened, now trending at around 18,000 units annually. April’s volumes have been relatively stable for some time, but were impacted by the 2009 recession and the digital tachograph changeover in 2006.Click through to download the full SMMT new van and truck news release and data tables for April 2012.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more