now browsing by tag
Watford chasing Lyon winger Maxwel Cornetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon winger Maxwel Cornet is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Watford are keen on Cornet – but it will cost them.French sources claim the Hornets are ‘in discussions’ over a £20 million deal.The 20-year-old Ivory Coast international is also a target for AC Milan.Watford are looking to add players this window with Javi Gracia reported to be wanting no fewer than three new arrivals. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rutgers fought valiantly against No. 4 Michigan State Saturday night, but in the end, the Spartans did just enough to emerge from Piscataway with a victory. It helped that the Scarlet Knights made a mind-blowing mistake in the game’s final minute, however.Facing a 3rd-and-10 from Michigan State’s 40-yard-line, Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano, with his team trailing 31-24, took a sack with the game clock winding down. He then spiked the ball on fourth down – presumably because he was just trying to stop the clock. Instead, it ended Rutgers’ final drive.ICYMI: Here’s how the wild @MSU_Football at @RFootball game just ended. http://t.co/53KsFDAYu8— BIG 10.10 (@BigTenNetwork) October 11, 2015It’s unlikely that Rutgers would have scored on the game’s final play anyway. But you can imagine Rutgers fans aren’t thrilled with how things ended.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose slightly while U.S. markets closed down after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates that reinforced the strength of the American economy.Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments about U.S. economic growth is positive for Canada and signals to the Bank of Canada that it too can raise rates without fear of causing the loonie to overheat, says Mike Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions.“A bit more strong economic growth is good for Canada,” he said in an interview.In its commentary, the U.S. central bank removed past references to being “accommodative,” which suggests it will be tempered in rate hikes and may be getting closer to the end of regular increases, said Greenberg.He expects another U.S. increase this year and three in 2019. Further increases will depend on data.“If rates are rising gradually because the economy is doing better, inflation is recovering but not overshooting, that tends to be pretty good for corporates,” he said, adding that the level of rates isn’t restrictive for most companies.“We’re not at that level of interest rates that we would call a choke point for the economy.”Greenberg expects the Bank of Canada to “somewhat follow the path” by increasing its own benchmark rate even though the sensitivity to interest rates is higher in Canada because of elevated consumer debt levels.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 9.78 points to 16,169.28, after hitting a high of 16,241.41 on 232.4 million shares traded.The telecom sector led, followed by consumer discretionary and influential industrials and financials sectors.Gold, healthcare, real estate and materials led on the downside.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed off 106.93 points to 26,385.28. The S&P 500 index was down 9.59 points to 2,905.97, while the Nasdaq composite lost 17.10 points to 7,990.37.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.07 cents US compared with an average of 77.23 cents US on Tuesday.The November crude contract was down 71 cents at US$71.57 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 7.8 cents at US$2.98.The December gold contract was down US$6.00 at US$1,199.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.45 of a cent at US$2.83 a pound.
MOOSOMIN, S.K. – Federal Tory leader Andrew Scheer and the conservative premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are to speak today at a pro-pipeline rally near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.The event at a pumpjack facility is to draw attention to concerns about Bill C-69 _ federal legislation that proposes major changes to how energy projects are reviewed.Rally organizer Sinclair Harrison says if the bill passes it would be detrimental to future pipeline development. He also wants to encourage TransCanada Corp. to reapply to build Energy East, a pipeline that would have transported oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to New Brunswick and Quebec.The company scrapped the $15.7 billion project in 2017.Energy East would have featured a tank terminal in Moosomin, Sask., near where the rally is taking place.“We’re here to speak for the silent majority that are in favour of pipelines,” said Harrison.There were also plans for additional pipelines to be built further south.He said the area already sees tax revenue coming in from the existing TransCanada mainline and is reaping the benefits from construction taking place on another nearby pipeline. “The more pipelines, the better off we are,” he said.“If everyone could see the economic benefit that these construction companies have on the area, it’s phenomenal.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is attending the rally out of concern for the “harmful” policies coming from Ottawa that affect the energy sector, a spokesman said.Scheer is taking part to share his Conservative vision for Saskatchewan and to “send a clear message in the buildup to the October election,” said press secretary Daniel Schow in a statement. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said he continues to fight for Energy East and will bring that message to the protest.The rally comes as a truck convoy that started in Red Deer, Alta., is making its way to Ottawa as part of a protest in support of the energy sector.
Wellington: A collective of some of New Zealand’s biggest companies is set to pull ads from Facebook and Google in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings in which the gunman live-streamed his massacre of 50 people. Using a GoPro camera, the gunman broadcast extremely graphic footage of him shooting people at the Al Noor Mosque via Facebook Live. The livestream was available to watch on social media for hours after the attack. Besides being livestreamed on Facebook, the video, lasting 17 minutes, was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, before being removed by the social media giant. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe New Zealand Herald said on Monday that the collective, including ASB Bank, Lotto NZ, Burger King, Spark, has come together to take a stand against the harm caused by unmoderated content on the Internet. At this stage, it is still unclear how extensive the pull-back will be or for how long the companies are likely to pull their digital ads. Other brands have also acted independently, The New Zealand Herald reported. Kiwibank suspended all digital advertising on March 15 shortly after the carnage took place at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid that also left over 40 others injured. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she intended to ask Facebook how the gunman was able to livestream the massacre. Facebook has on its part said that as many as 1.5 million videos of the attack were removed from its platform in the first 24 hours. This is not the first time New Zealand companies have pulled ads from these platforms. Earlier this month, telecom company Spark pulled all its advertising from YouTube over concerns about paedophilic content. Spark’s move was part of an international response, which also saw Disney and Nestle pull ads from the site.
Thiruvananthapuram: The Lok Sabha polls should be fought on perennial issues like poverty and disease and not on a tragedy of one moment , says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor while accusing the BJP-led government of trying to turn the 2019 vote into a khaki election after the Pulwama attack. The momentum was with the Congress when the Pulwama tragedy struck on February 14, killing 40 CRPF soldiers, Tharoor said, hitting out at the government for trying to make the upcoming Lok Sabha polls a “national security based election . Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We were doing very well by all estimations and the momentum was with us when the Pulwama tragedy struck us. Thereafter, the government has tried to make this a khaki election, a national security-based election, Tharoor told PTI in an interview. They are trying to hype their nationalist message that they were trying to protect the nation at the time of danger which, to my mind and my party’s view, has not been the principle challenge facing the country,” said the former diplomat and author who is aiming for a hat trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat this time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In his view, a daily terror of hunger, poverty and disease strikes the hearts of millions of India and the government must deal with that too. “I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with. “But there is a daily tragedy, the daily terror of hunger, poverty, disease that is also a terror that strikes the hearts of millions of our fellow Indians and that too needs to be dealt with by the government,” he said. Agreeing that some surveys have suggested the BJP’s chances have improved after the terror strike, Tharoor said it was the job of his party to remind people of the real issues. According to the Thiruvananthapuram MP, there has been a dramatic change in the character of India under BJP rule. An estimated 97 per cent of all communal violent incidents relating to cow vigilantism have happened in last four years, Tharoor said. And those are figures issued by the Home Ministry of Rajnath Singh. Not by Congress, not by any NGO. These are government figures. These are very serious crises,” he said. Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “triumphant majoritarianism celebrates violence” and the “prime minister stays silent”. So the condoning of this kind of thing is a deep assault on the very foundations of our democracy,” the former Union minister said. He said there are attempts by the centre to undermine the Constitutional arrangement that India was a country for all religions. “That’s being undermined in the ruling party’s language and rhetoric and is also undermined by steps like the citizenship amendment Bill which will allow every citizen of a neighbouring country except Muslims to settle here. That kind of bigotry was never part of Indian nationhood,” he said. Tharoor also expressed the hope that the people of India will vote out the BJP as the party doesn’t deserve a second chance. Addressing the issue of farmer distress, he said, “Sadly, more farmers are committing suicide than there are victims of terrorism in India. I am not saying we should minimise… we should also keep our country safe, but we want the people to address the existing real problems which includes major levels of agrarian distress. For the first time in history, we have eight farmer suicides in Kerala.” The former UN diplomat also mocked the claims of the BJP government over job creation and said the saffron party was only interested in keeping its own job in Delhi. The Congress wants every person in India to have a job, he said. Due to the failed employment policies of the BJP government, skill development has not taken off effectively in the last five “wasted” years, Tharoor said, alleging that the exports and manufacturing sectors had taken a beating. “Thanks to demonetisation, not only the GDP growth got hit of 2 per cent, but small and micro enterprises have shut down across the country. Asked whether the Congress was ready to take on the BJP, he said it was “absolutely” ready. Common people, the Congress leader said, were suffering under NDA rule. An LPG cooking gas cylinder, which cost Rs 390 under the UPA regime, was priced Rs 975 under the BJP government for no good reason, he said. Excise duties for petrol have gone up to Rs 19.48 under BJP rule even when the world prices are dropping, he added.
Los Angeles: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says she is a terrible wife as she does not know how to cook. Priyanka made an appearance on ABC’s chat show “The View”, where she spoke about tying the knot with American pop-singer Nick Jonas, her featuring in his music video “Sucker” and about her marriage. “I cant cook. I told him that when he proposed… I said listen ‘you are from a good Southern home, you are used to your mom making amazing food (but) you are not marrying that (type of) girl. I can’t cook,” Priyanka said in the show. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 36-year-old actress confessed that the only thing she knows how to make is eggs. “I am terrible wife in that sense. But the most amazing thing is that, when I told him ‘Babe I cannot cook…’ he said: ‘it’s alright babe, neither can I.'” Priyanka married Nick last year in December in Rajasthan, India. Talking about marriage, she said: “Marriage feels so different, it’s like the family you choose.” Priyanka also discussed about featuring in Jonas brothers’s latest single “Sucker”. It also stars Kevin and his spouse Danielle, as well as Joe and his fiancee and “Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner in the over three-minute video. “It was just a dinner table conversation where we were just talking about video girls and who should be in the video… The boys looked around the table and looked at us,” she said.
When I was yet to touch the 5-year age mark, I wanted to be a cop. A swashbuckling, bad-guys-beating, brave police officer. Yes, yes, those were the days of Kiran Bedi-inspired ‘Udaan’ being aired on the only television channel of our times, Doordarshan. From those pre-‘Dabangg’ cop dreams to wanting to act to becoming a journalist and then running my own startups…my professional aspirations metamorphosed many times. I dreamed dreams of unmatchable ambition. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut through all my professional ups and downs, as I often oscillated between disillusionment and carving my own identity, I always found myself eventually aspiring for bigger, better things. From a better quality of life to greater work-life balance, from increasing stable incomes to adding appreciating assets, as with any other normal individual, I too aspired to be better tomorrow than I am today, and achieve that happiness that we all continuously pursue and try to hold on to. Happiness may mean different things to different people but the pursuit of it is real. Economic happiness, emotional bliss, or spiritual contentment — all of us on this planet are chasing some form of happiness at varying stages of our lives. Even the monk or the ascetic is chasing something – greater peace, more spirituality, etc. All of us are constantly chasing, aspiring, dreaming. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn this land of more than a billion dreams, where hopes die deaths of poverty and malnutrition every day, we all saw a collective dream. In 2014, shaking the corridors of power, a chaiwallah had become Prime Minister! What a dream it was to show the billion plus people. What fantastic ambition! It is possible to get past an unprivileged past and on the basis of hard work and merit, reach the echelons of the nation. It is not impossible; a chaiwallah became Prime Minister; so, what stops any of us from imagining a life better than what fate had bestowed? Narendra Modi’s chaiwallah campaign struck a chord with many. Even dissenters felt such an incredulous journey deserved credit and respect. Fast forward to 2019, we have yet another Lok Sabha polls knocking on our door, and PM Modi has released his latest campaign, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’. Consider what is wrong with this campaign; there are many. Instead of the chaiwallah story that gave the Indian voter lessons on tenacity and hard work, the chowkidar campaign does quite the opposite. It seems to be encouraging a vigilante mindset among people. If we need vigilantes to uphold the law or clean up corruption, then the government must accept failure of governance. It is urging people to take law into their own hands. Do remember here how cow lynchings are a danger and a menace in today’s India. There are laws in some states to prevent cow slaughter but the goons who beat up and kill people suspected of killing or transporting cows for slaughter, pay scant heed to the law. A campaign like the chowkidar one gives these thugs all around the country licence to attack and assault people believing in some misguided chowkidar ideal. No, I am not a chowkidar. No, I don’t look down upon the profession but I am not a chowkidar because I think even chowkidars do not want to remain just that. I don’t think they want their children to give up on brighter career prospects to become security guards. The chowkidar campaign is not an aspirational one for the new India that BJP trumpets about. The chowkidar campaign is just a clever political drive to stymie the effects of Congress’ ‘Chowkidar Chor Hain’ campaign. As a political ruse, the chowkidar campaign is cunning but as a goal for a new India, it is a poor one reflecting ever so badly on where this country is headed. So much so that even alleged corrupt politicians and sexual predators, are also using the prefix against their Twitter handles with alacrity. In the new India of 2019, we aren’t aspiring to be doctors, scientists, social workers, sportspersons, businessmen…we are being shown the dream to be a chowkidar, a vigilante, and most importantly, to forget asking the only question worth asking in Lok Sabha 2019 — where are the jobs? (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: People are in a mood to change the Modi-led government but manipulation of EVMs is the “only worrying factor”, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said here on Tuesday. He was speaking at a joint media interaction addressed by leaders of the Congress, NCP, TDP, Trinamool Congress, AAP CPI(M), CPI and DMK. “EVMs are vulnerable to programming errors,” TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu said. The BJP can get votes only through manipulation, he added. EVMs can be manipulated, hacked and even malfunction, he said. Only 18 countries have so far adopted EVMs, he added. Naidu said the economy, business and agriculture are in a bad shape under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the Election Commission is acting like Dhritrashtra. “You press any button, the vote goes to the BJP,” he said. Counting of 50 per cent VVPAT machines is not an unreasonable demand, senior Congress leader Sushilkumar Shinde said.