Disqualify 4 BJP MLAs in Haryana, says plea

first_imgA petition was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday, seeking to disqualify four legislators of the Bharatiya Janta Party from the Assembly who were appointed as chief parliamentary secretaries in the Haryana government. This comes a day after President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission to disqualify 20 MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi for holding offices of profit. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had last year set aside the appointment of the four MLAs — Shyam Singh Rana, Kamal Gupta, Bakshish Singh Virk and Seema Trikha — as chief parliamentary secretaries in the Haryana government. The MLAs later resigned from their position. The petitioner, J.S. Bhatti, demanded disqualification of the four BJP MLAs on the lines of the disqualification of the AAP MLAs in Delhi. Reacting on the issue, Haryana Chief Minister Mahohar Lal Khattar said the situation in the Haryana was different from that in Delhi. “There was no such law in Delhi. We already have a law in place, but the Court said this is not correct so we have removed them [MLAs],” he said.last_img read more

Liverpool team news & likely line-up

first_imgIt has been the perfect start to the season as far as Liverpool are concerned.Played two, won two, scored six, conceded zero. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they could be contenders before a ball was kicked, and two games into the new campaign they look in even better shape.Now they will look to make it three wins from three as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield for the Saturday evening game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Albion, of course, bloodied the nose of another title hopeful, Manchester United, at the AmEx last weekend and Chris Hughton’s men would love to do similar to the Reds this time around.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Monday’s meeting…Liverpool injuries Liverpool will still be without Dejan Lovren, who is a couple of weeks away from returning after an abdominal problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee as he recovers from a knee injury.Elsewhere, it looks like a clean bill of health for the Reds, with Joel Matip back fit, and Fabinho available despite being left out of the 18-man squad at Crystal Palace on Monday.Fabinho, LiverpoolLiverpool suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. Likely Liverpool starting line-upKlopp named an unchanged side for Monday’s win at Selhurst Park, and the temptation will be to do likewise here.He was, however, critical of his full-backs after the game at Palace, suggesting they need to offer more in an offensive sense. Would Nathaniel Clyne or Alberto Moreno offer more though? Unlikely.In midfield, he has options galore with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Fabinho all raring to go. Fabinho was left out of the squad on Monday but a home game may be more to his suiting. Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner have the nod for now, though.And we didn’t see Xherdan Shaqiri at all against Palace, with Daniel Sturridge appearing only in stoppage time. Options all over the place; a handy problem to have.Likely Liverpool team v BrightonBrighton team news The Seagulls have worries over defensive duo Lewis Dunk (ankle) and Bruno (hamstring) with both rated as doubtful for this weekend’s clash – Dunk may be relieved about that, having scored no fewer than three own goals against Liverpool in past meetings.Jose Izqueirdo, the Colombian winger, is also struggling with a knock while new signing Florin Andone is a doubt too.Lewis Dunk, BrightonTV channel & kick-off time The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT Sports 1, kick off 5.30pm BST.In the United States , the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick off 12.30pm ET.Best Opta match facts Liverpool have won their last five matches against the Seagulls in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding just five. Brighton have lost seven of their nine league trips to Anfield (D1 L1), with their only victory coming in March 1982 when Andy Ritchie scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. Liverpool scored nine goals against Brighton in the Premier League last season (5-1 away, 4-0 at home) – they’ve only scored more times against an opponent twice previously in a single Premier League season (10 v Norwich in 2012-13, 11 v Ipswich in 2001-02). Brighton have scored three own-goals in their last three matches against Liverpool, two of which came from Lewis Dunk (in February 2012 and December 2017); the other was scored by Liam Bridcutt in their 6-1 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012. In all competitions, Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost his last 12 away matches against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ teams, seeing his teams scoring three times while conceding 38 goals in those games. Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost all five of his Premier League matches against Liverpool, with his sides conceding at least four goals in every game (2-5, 0-5 and 1-5 at Norwich, 1-5 and 0-4 at Brighton). Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 22 Premier League games at Anfield (W14 D8), keeping a clean sheet in the last six. The Reds last kept seven consecutive home shutouts in the top-flight in February 2007 (9) under Rafael Benítez. Brighton haven’t won any of their last 14 Premier League games on the road (D4 L10), with the Seagulls failing to net in 10 of those matches, including at Anfield in May (0-4). Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 44 Premier League goals, (33 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other player in this period. Following his goal against Crystal Palace, Liverpool’s James Milner extended his current record for the most Premier League games scored in without losing any of them (48 games: W38 D10 L0) – he is also one goal away from reaching 50 in the competition. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s opinion on coach selection should be respected: Kapil Dev

first_imgThe legendary Kapil Dev, head of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that will appoint the next head coach agreed with his colleague Shantha Rangaswamy that skipper Virat Kohli’s opinion “needs to be respected”.The World Cup winning former skipper however assured that his panel will do their job to the best of their ability.Kohli during his pre-departure press conference didn’t hide that he would love to see current head coach Ravi Shastri get another term.”That’s his (Kohli) opinion we have to respect everybody’s opinion,” Kapil told reporters before receiving the ‘Bharat Gaurav’, East Bengal’s highest honour during their foundation day celebrations at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.Before leaving for the West Indies tour, the Indian skipper has already made it clear that they share a great camaraderie with incumbent coach Ravi Shastri as he backed him to continue till the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup.This time the CAC comprising Kapil, Anushuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the head coach with application deadline already ending on Tuesday. The incumbent Shastri gets an automatic entry in the selection process.Before the CAC meets to interview the applicants there are also reports that Shastri is set for an extension as all eyes would be on the Kapil Dev-led committee.”It’s not tough. You just do your job to the best of your ability,” he said.Despite a boycott campaign by a section of fans in the social media, India’s first World Cup winning captain kept his promise and received the honour from the club where he played an exhibition derby against Mohun Bagan way back in 1992.advertisementKapil lauded the die-hard red and gold fans over generations for their loyalty through the past 100 years.”I can understand up to one level players are important. But if any club survives for 100 years you must respect the spectators. They carry the club and the name.”In terms of rich tradition, he drew a parallel with the coveted Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament of the world.”We respect Wimbledon because they have a tradition way of playing on grass. Don’t lose your tradition whichever side you come from. I am more fascinated with the fans than the team as they have been supporting the club for 100 years.””Tradition is everything. If tradition was not there we would not have been recognised as a Bengali, Punjabi, South Indian, Tamilian… So we have a tradition that’s why we are here,” Kapil said, flanked by present and former India football skippers Sunil Chhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia.Kapil was later joined by Sourav Ganguly as the two former captains exchanged pleasantries.With all the attention on India’s first World Cup winning skipper, Kapil said: “It’s not my day. It is football’s day.What people think about me is not important what we think about football is more. It’s me feel who more proud to be sitting with the legends of the game. I am by the way here.”Kapil conceded that he was a die-hard Diego Maradona fan and the greatest moment was none other than the hand of God.”It’s very unfair for me to give one name. A lot of people were there. In my time, Pele had already retired but Maradona was one who was the star and the ‘Hand of God’ moment. It was such a strong statement and printed in our hand. Today, we are lucky to see all the matches.”When the ball was on his feet, he was the quickest among all the athletes. He could run faster than anybody else. That’s what I used to look up to him,” he hailed the Argentine great.Kapil’s East Bengal connection dates back to June 22, 1992, when he signed for the club and six days later played for 27 minutes as a substitute striker in an exhibition match versus Mohun Bagan.Kapil revealed that his India teammates had dissuaded him to play a football match but he was keen to promote the sport.”My teammates told me that ‘you should not get injured as the entire country was looking up to you’. I said “it does not matter, I come here for the game and the fitness that the sport offers”.Read more | It will be ‘foolish’ to remove Virat Kohli as India captain: Shoaib AkhtarAlso see:last_img read more

England into World Cup knockout stage as Kane hat-trick leads 6-1 Panama rout

first_imgPanama World Cup 0:36 Perhaps we should start with a note of caution. The opposition will not always be this obliging and nobody, surely, can expect Harry Kane to keep scoring so prodigiously throughout the rest of the World Cup. Maybe England have peaked too soon. And no doubt the most overheard line over the coming days will be that, yes, it was only Panama. Stay calm, it was only Panama. Share on Facebook Reuse this content All the same, it was difficult to come away from this freewheeling win for Gareth Southgate’s increasingly convincing side without the overwhelming feeling that it has been a long time since an England team have played this freely.It was their biggest World Cup victory and at half-time, no kidding, there were people in the press box flicking through the history books to find out how many more goals were needed to establish the biggest ever win in the history of this competition.England were 5-0 ahead at that stage courtesy of two penalties from Kane, a pair of headed goals from John Stones and a beauty from Jesse Lingard. Kane’s hat-trick followed in the 63rd minute and, after that, it came as a jolt that the only other goal was delivered by a Panamanian boot. World Cup 2018 Share on Messenger Should England take it easy against Belgium? World Cup permutations explained Read more World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email Panama hammered by England in World Cup walkover – in pictures England Topics match reportscenter_img England had not scored five first-half goals in any game since doing just that against Luxembourg in 1999, and it is only the third time since 1950, out of 24 attempts, they have begun a major tournament by winning back-to-back matches, emulating the World Cups of 1982 and 2006. It is still only two games but something important is happening. England are becoming the team their supporters want them to be. And it is great fun.Panama’s ordeal did at least include the consolation of a 76th-minute goal and their supporters were still partying at the end. Ultimately, though, the imbalance of talent was far too great for a team fielding four players from Major League Soccer and others from the Romanian and Slovakian leagues. Panama had to resort to other measures. They argued with the officials. Their goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo, seemed to be threatening a one-man protest before Kane’s first penalty, and it was incredible, in particular, to see their tactics from England’s corners.Even by modern standards, has there ever been another set of players so dedicated to restricting the mobility of their opponents? Their approach led to Kane’s penalty, to make it 5-0, when Aníbal Godoy manhandled him to the floor. Yet that was the norm, rather than the exception, for every corner and an argument could be made that Panama also got their just deserts for the opening goal.For that one, Harry Maguire was brought to his knees twice because of Gabriel Gómez’s attempts to pin him down. Godoy was clinging to Kane like a mollusc on the side of a ship. Twice, the corner had to be delayed to sort out the chaos. Nobody, however, seemed to designate Stones as a potential danger. Trippier swung the ball over from the right and Stones powered in his header from eight yards.Even by that early stage, eight minutes in, it had become clear it was going to be harder to like this Panama team than many of us imagined. Indeed, England ought to have had a penalty inside 90 seconds after Gómez swung an elbow into Lingard’s jaw. Gómez, a repeat offender, went down clutching his own face and the Egyptian referee, Gehad Grisha, was taken in by the deception. Later, an elbow from Armando Cooper bloodied Maguire’s nose. Román Torres responded to Maguire’s complaints by flicking his opponent’s nose and pushing in his forehead in the manner of a rutting stag. Southgate had told his players not to react to any provocation and they did not let him down. Play Video Hungary’s 10-1 win against El Salvador in 1982 will have to be a target for another day. Thursday, perhaps, when Belgium are the opposition, to establish which team wins Group G.Already, it is mission accomplished as far as qualification is concerned and, on this evidence, it is no exaggeration to say England should not fear anybody in the knockout stages.Kane is now the leading scorer in the tournament, with five goals, and Gary Lineker is the only player, through all the ages, who has accumulated more World Cup goals for England. Yet the acclaim here should not just apply to the Tottenham striker when Stones has been so effective, when Kieran Trippier’s supply line has been so instrumental, and Lingard is emerging as a genuine category-A player. Read more England fans celebrate 6-1 World Cup win over Panama – video Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Lingard’s was the pick of them all, exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling before running across the line of the penalty area, left to right, and curling a shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar. Yet the fourth goal was brilliantly worked, too. This time, Trippier played a free-kick short to Henderson. A first-time cross was headed down by Kane and Stones put in the rebound after Penedo had blocked Sterling’s close-range effort.The second half was an exercise in damage limitation for Panama and, to give them their due, Kane’s hat-trick goal was a fluke, Ruben Loftus-Cheek letting fly from 20 yards and the ball striking his teammate on the heel to loop in.England’s lingering imperfections were briefly exposed when Felipe Baloy, one of Panama’s substitutes, turned in a free-kick with an outstretched leg. Yet Southgate and his players can still enjoy the view from the top of Group G, with the same points and goal difference as Belgium but ahead on fair-play rules, and the manager was pumping his fists at the end, no matter that it was only a few days since he dislocated his shoulder. Nobody should get too carried away but, good heavens, it can be hard sometimes. View gallery Share via Email Share on WhatsApp England 6-1 Panama: how the World Cup 2018 players rated in Nizhny Instead, this was a performance that brought to mind the old line from Frank Sinatra that the best revenge is massive success. Kane’s first penalty came from Fidel Escobar bundling over the energetic and elusive Lingard. Kane struck the ball high, to the goalkeeper’s right, in a style reminiscent of Alan Shearer. For good measure, he did the same for the fifth goal.last_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more

Love all around for Sala on sombre night at Arsenal

first_imgEmiliano Sala would have almost certainly made his debut for Cardiff against Arsenal on Tuesday night.The Argentine striker was meant to have been registered in time for the Bluebirds match at Emirates Stadium but Neil Warnock’s side were instead faced with an emotional trip to north London without their new buy.Sala signed for Cardiff on January 19 and was flying back to Wales from France when his plane disappeared from radar last Monday evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An official search for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson was called off last week, with coastguards saying the chances of finding them alive was “extremely remote”. What has since followed has shown how football can be used positively to bring the community together during times of heartbreak.A plea from Sala’s sister to continue the search privately resulted in over £290,000 being donated by the public  – with many contributions coming from the footballing fraternity, including Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny.Sala’s name was included in Tuesday’s match-day programme, with a picture of a daffodil placed next to where his number would have been.The news has deeply affected those close to Sala in Argentina, with one director at the first club he played for, San Martin, saying that the “town is shocked”.“We’re at a loss. The town is shocked. There’s only lost faces. He came to live in Progreso when he was very little. He started his football career at San Martín,” Daniel Rivero said.Sala Arsenal Cardiff“At San Martín there’s a branch of the Proyecto Crecer [“grow-up project”], which is connected to Bordeaux in France. That’s how they spotted him and brought him and after lots of to-ing and fro-ing he ended up in French football.”He wasn’t so well known in Argentina because he never played for any of the bigger clubs in our country.“We had known him all his life and we know how much he deserved this moment, a huge transfer and all the media attention. He was the first person from our club to really make it. What happened makes no sense. We’re hoping for a miracle, for him to turn up alive.”Daffodils were handed out to journalists in the press box and given to Arsenal fans by Cardiff supporters. A yellow mosaic lit up the away end as the Welsh club’s chief executive Ken Choo confirmed that the yellow flower “is the flower of Wales and has significant to Nantes”, Sala’s former club. “Forever a bluebird” read one banner, “once a blue, always a blue” read another.At times like this football pales into insignificance, yet it is also the reason we are all here. It brings us together, gives us that community feeling and reverberates hope across the board.Whether you support a team in the Premier League or in the lower leagues, the belief that your team can bring happiness into your life when you’re at a low point is the feeling that becomes addictive.Players are idolised and worshipped for that very reason and Sala was certainly a striker who would have scored countless goals in the top flight, just as he promised to Warnock upon signing for the club.While the stadium was surrounded in sombreness, the match itself was narrowly won 2-1 by Arsenal.Warnock admitted before the game that he wasn’t sure how many of his players would be in the right frame of mind for a match that was played in the biting cold of north London, but his players put in a valiant effort throughout.The result itself will not be remembered, but Emiliano certainly will. A banner in the Cardiff end emphasised just how much Sala means to them, even if he never got to wear the blue shirt that he was expected to play in from this week.“We never saw you play, and we never saw you score, but Emiliano, our beautiful bluebird, we will love you forever more.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Top 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-4

first_img MG Arun Shwweta Punj Suhani Singh Kaushik Deka Prachi Bhuchar Chinki Sinha Anshuman Tiwari Sandeep Unnithan Amarnath K. Menon Anilesh S. Mahajan Uday Mahurkar July 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: August 5, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 15:35 IST Photo: Bandeep Singh40. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev61, Spiritual Leader and ActivistMarketing Guru Because his ‘Rally for Rivers’, the largest ecological movement ever, has got the support of over 162 million people and has been recognised globally. The movement claims to have reached over 400 million people through more than 4,000 media storiesBecause ‘Gramotsavam’,40. Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev61, Spiritual Leader and ActivistMarketing GuruBecause his ‘Rally for Rivers’, the largest ecological movement ever, has got the support of over 162 million people and has been recognised globally. The movement claims to have reached over 400 million people through more than 4,000 media storiesBecause ‘Gramotsavam’, India’s largest rural sports festival organised by his Isha Foundation, was awarded the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar in 2018 by the president of IndiaBecause the Isha Foundation collaborated with New York Fashion Week 2019 for the Fashion For Peace initiative to promote conscious and sustainable fashion among the world’s top designersLeisure ReadingHe is an avid fan of National Geographic magazine and has been subscribing to it since he was a teenager41. Pawan Munjal61, Chairman, MD & CEO, Hero MotoCorpFull Throttle Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause heading the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, he is a key influencer of policies affecting the auto industry. While sales across the industry are down, the company registered record sales of 7.8 million units in 2018-19, retaining its leadership positionBecause as part of his vision of multiple R&D hubs, the company has set up its first international technology centre in Germany. Hero’s research unit in Jaipur employs 500 engineers. Munjal is also working on electric vehicle productsRhythm and bluesA voracious reader, he also loves listening to music, especially R&B, jazz and ’60s and ’70s Bollywood classics42. Deepika Padukone 33, Actor and ProducerWoman On Top Photo: Errikos AndreouBecause she became the first woman to make it to the top five in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list. Her brand value is $102.5 million (Rs 707 crore) as per the Duff and Phelps report, behind only Virat Kohli in IndiaadvertisementBecause her last release, Padmaavat (2018), became the first actress-driven film to cross the Rs 250 crore mark. She is also going to produce and star in Chhapaak (January 2020), a film based on the life of an acid attack survivorBecause she is reducing the stigma around mental illness. Her Live Love Laugh Foundation creates awareness among students and teachers about mental healthNew AvatarThrough her company, K.A. Enterprises LLP, she has invested in online furniture rental platform Furlenco, online beauty store Purplle, Drum Foods and Bellatrix Aerospace, a start-up by the Indian Institute of Science43. Ritesh Agarwal25, Founder, OYO Hotels and HomesHospitality Whiz Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause Oyo Hotels and Homes, founded in 2013, is today valued at roughly $10 billionBecause Oyo currently has over 1 million rooms across 23,000-plus hotels and over 46,000 homes globallyBecause he has made it to the Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow List and was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018-ServicesStress BusterHe likes to unwind by playing with his dog Lisa in his spare time44. Kiran Nadar68, Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of ArtSpeaking Through Art Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause she curated the India Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale this year. The pavilion was rated among the top exhibits at the prestigious art eventBecause as a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, KNMA is the first philanthropic private museum. She is now building a standalone mus­eum on a 3.5 acre plot in Noida, complete with a cultural centreBecause KNMA is playing a crucial role in the contemporary art scene in India by organising retrospectives of artists like Himmat Shah and Arpita Singh and funding art projects on social and political issues, like that of filmmaker and installation artist Amar KanwarOff the CanvasShe has been playing bridge since 1987 and has played for India in several world championships. Her team won gold at the fifth Commonwealth Nations Bridge Champ­ionship in 201845. Byju Raveendran39, Founder & CEO, BYJU’sOnline Success Because BYJU’s is the world’s most valuable edu-tech company, valued at about $5.4 billionBecause BYJU’s-The app got the Google Des­ign Award for 2018 and has about 2.4 million annual paid subscribersBecause in January 2019, his company acquired Osmo, a US-based company that makes educational games for children, for $120 millionTeaching IndiaByju is an engineer by profession, entrepreneur by chance and a teacher by choice46. Prasoon Joshi47, CEO and CCO, McCann India and PoetThe Art of Selling Because he is the governm­ent’s creative marketer-from making ads for Uttar Pradesh Tourism to writing lyrics for Swachh Bharat, Joshi knows the art of selling. He is also the Centre’s choice to head the Central Board of Film CertificationBecause his ad agency, McCann India, won gold at the 2018 Cannes Lions FestivalBecause he is the PM’s poet of choice. His Saugandh Mujhe iss Mitti ki has been sung twice by ModiadvertisementComing SoonJoshi is exploring the idea of writing a musical about the life of a musician47. Dutee Chand23, Olympic AthleteGirl, Interrupted Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause she came out as gay on May 19, making her the first openly ‘gay’ Indian sportspersonBecause she fought the ban placed on her in 2014 prohibiting her from competing as a female because of naturally occurring high testosterone levels in her body. In her comeback, she won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian GamesBecause she won gold at the 2019 World Unversiade, only the second Ind­ian sprinter ever to do so at a global eventFast TrackChand loves cars and at one point had 15 of them. She eventually sold them all and now has a BMW and a Ford EcoSport48. Ekta Kapoor 44, Joint Managing Director & Creative director, Balaji TelefilmSilver Queen Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause after 25 year in the television busines she is still going strong Her shows, Kundal Bhagya, Kumku Bhagya and Kasauti Zindagii Ki 2, are som of the most-watche shows on airBecause under her leadership Balaji Telefilm continues to grow. I 2018-19, the compan registered earnings of Rs 465.12 crore with profit of Rs 20.12 crore In 2017, Reliance Industrie bought a 25 pe cent stake in the compan for Rs 413 crorBecause with Alt Balaj she’s conquering the video on-demand space too Since its establishment i April 2017, the compan has seen a 600 per cen growth in revenueIn God she trust Deeply religious, Kapoo has made it a tradition t offer the first copy of he pilot episode at Mumbai’ Siddhivinayak temple49. Monika Shergill44, Head, Series, International Originals, Netflix IndiaStreaming Success Photo: Mandar DeodharBecause she’s rapidly expanding the streaming giant’s India series catalogue-second fastest growing after the US-to expand the subscriber base beyond the current estimated 1.2 millionBecause she’s changing the landscape of Hindi long-form entertainment by tapping both stars and talented writers across genres. The company has announced nine new shows, including Alankrita Shrivastava’s Bombay Begums and a documentary series on fashion designer Masaba GuptaBecause her creative decisions will be key to Netflix’s success in India. It has launched a critical mobile-only plan to gain viewersPast PerfectAs content in-charge of Viacom 18’s Voot before she joined Netflix, she was behind the mockumentary web series, Badman, starring Gulshan Grover as himself50. Amish Tripathi 44, AuthorMyth Man Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he is one of the country’s most read and celebrated authors-his first trilogy on Shiva was the fastest selling book series in India. His second trilogy, based on the Ramayana, is the second fastest selling series. He has signed a Hollywood film deal for the first book of his Shiva trilogyBecause his novels based on mythological characters have introduced young readers from all social categories to India’s ancient mythologyBecause he talks pass­ionately about India’s cultural and scientific past, is a darling of the ruling BJP dispensation and has been appointed director of the Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the Indian high comm­ission in LondonadvertisementThe Rituals of a WriterHe can write anywhere but he needs to play music and munch on cream biscuits while writing. He also likes everything organised in his life, even the currency notes in his wallet are arranged from higher to lower denominationsYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow High and Mighty Top 50 power people | The High & Mighty Part-4The India Today Power List 2019 takes a look at the titans of business and society at the vanguard of Indiaadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Seagull Acquires Shares in MindIT Solutions (Norway)

first_imgzoom The world leader in computer based training systems for shipping companies, Seagull AS has acquired all the shares in e-learning specialist MindIT Solutions AS, Kristiansand, Norway, specialist provider of web based learning to the offshore industry.“The MindIT team is a reliable and high quality supplier of e-learning services to the offshore market and represents a basis for Seagull AS to enter the offshore segment,” said Oscar Johansen, Chairman of Seagull Holding AS. “By combining the resources of the two companies we can now bring a unique range of distance learning and assessment services to the offshore industry and the Mind IT team will add to the creativity and capacity of the Seagull team”.“This is one of several planned steps to become a leading provider of training tools and talent management solutions for the offshore industry,” said Oscar Johansen, “and it will contribute to Seagull’s offering to existing clients who operate offshore vessels”.“We look forward to becoming part of Seagull” said Kristian Jordheim who is the founder of MindIT, “and we are well under way with developing a comprehensive learning and talent management solution for the offshore segment”.The deal was concluded this week and the coordination of the two companies’ activities is ongoing. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close Seagull, February 28, 2014last_img read more

Maersk Line Cut Its Capacity on South America-Europe Trade

first_imgzoom Danish liner giant Maersk Line has cut its overall market capacity by 10 % on the trade between the east coast of South America and Europe and the Mediterranean amid weakening demand.The company said it has started phasing in smaller vessels of between 4,500 and 6,500 TEU capacity so as to level out the supply and demand changes on the market.The adjustment of capacity and reefer plugs was initiated as of the 5th of January 2015, with the aim of matching more accurately market demands, the company went on to say.The said changes are not expected to affect the company’s services already in place on the route.“We have over a longer period of time seen declining market demand on the popular trade between the east coast of South America and Europe and the Mediterranean. This weakening demand has led to substantial open capacity and resulted in a need to adjust our network to match the changing market forces,” Maersk Line said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Premier Appoints CEO of Office of Aboriginal Affairs

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil has appointed Julie Towers the new CEO of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. “Our relationship with First Nations is a priority for my government – it is important and complex,” said Premier McNeil. “Ms. Towers has done tremendous work for the province. She is collaborative, respected, and experienced. “I trust her to maintain and enhance these important relationships which are crucial to the future of our province and our First Nations people.” Ms. Towers was most recently executive director of the renewable resources at the department of Natural Resources, overseeing forests, parks, and wildlife. She has held previous senior positions within natural resources and environment. The appointment is effective March 3. The deputy minister of Intergovernmental Affairs/CEO of Immigration, Catherine Blewett, was previously responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. This move will allow Ms. Blewett to focus on enhanced intergovernmental co-operation and immigration and population, another major government priority.last_img read more

Giriraj wants couples with more than 2 children stripped of right to

first_imgPatna: Union minister Giriraj Singh on Thursday expressed alarm over the “population explosion” in the country since Independence and favoured disenfranchisement of those who sired more than two children. The BJP leader from Bihar, known for making controversial remarks, shared a graphic on his official Twitter handle on World Population Day which showed that India’s population grew by a staggering 366 per cent between 1947 and 2019 as against only 113 per cent rise in sparsely populated US. Singh, the Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, wrote in Hindi–“In India, population explosion is disturbing the balance of economy, social harmony and resources. One of the reasons (for failure to check it) is dhaarmik vyavadhan (religious obstacles),” apparently hinting at Muslims. Several leaders of the Hindu right have often blamed Muslims for the spurt in country’s population. Striking an alarmist note, the cabinet minister warned: “India appears to be heading like in 1947 towards another a ‘saanskritik vibhajan’ (partition in the name of culture). All political parties will have to come forward for a birth control law.” Later, he told some news channels in Delhi that strong measures must be in place to check population explosion. “I hold the view that those who have more than two children should be stripped of their voting rights. And this provision must be applicable to all communities. No exemption should be made for any religious group just because it insists that its tenets disapprove of birth control measures, he said.last_img read more

UN High Commissioner for Refugees seeks assistance for the Balkans

In the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the High Commissioner was heartened by a new generation of government officials determined to find solutions for the refugees and the displaced, said Peter Kessler, spokesman for the Geneva-based UNHCR. The pace of returns to some areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina has begun to accelerate, Mr. Kessler said, with nearly 90,000 minority returns registered in the past 18 months – almost 22,000 of which in the first five months of this year, twice the figure for the same period a year ago. “Each and every one of these individual returnees is an investment in the future of this troubled region,” Mr. Lubbers said.Most returnees are in urgent need of reconstruction assistance, with many living in tents and other makeshift shelters next to their destroyed or damaged homes. Funds are needed for building some 15,000 houses, UNHCR said, and with the large numbers now returning, many could face real hardship this winter — or perhaps again abandon their homes if they cannot get help. Their success or failure will have a major influence on thousands of others still considering return. According to UNHCR, bureaucratic foot-dragging and the failure to enact property laws returning homes to their rightful owners constitute major obstacles. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, some 190,000 houses are still to be returned to their pre-war owners.Mr. Lubbers flew from Sarajevo to Kosovo today. He will go next to Skopje, the capital of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and southern Serbia. read more

Job claims for Nova Scotias 60 million investment in DSME unrealistic

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government was told seven months after committing $60 million to a wind tower manufacturing plant that claims of 500 jobs to be created within three years were “unrealistic,” say documents obtained by The Canadian Press.Internal government studies obtained through freedom-of-information legislation also show provincial government revenues and the economic impact to households were only fractions of what was originally projected.The former NDP government announced with much public fanfare in 2010 that it was taking a 49 per cent equity stake as part of a $90-million refit of the former TrentonWorks railcar plant after it was bought by Korean-owned Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The plan was for DSME Trenton to eventually develop the capacity to produce 250 wind turbine towers and 200 blade sets per year.But prior to the targeted May 2011 startup, it was already clear to the government that the facility would face difficulties when it shifted its focus from building exclusively for DeWind, a DSME-owned wind turbine company, to seeking business with other clients.“DeWind does not have sufficient orders and DSME Trenton must undertake its own sales and marketing,” said a March 2011 briefing note prepared for Percy Paris, then the economic development minister.The documents show that by October 2011, despite meeting its first year target of more than 140 workers, the company had reduced its three-year employment estimate to 350 from 500.By the end of January 2012, Paris was advised that the original projection of 500 jobs was “considered unrealistic” by his department’s director of strategic services.Several reasons are given in the briefing notes, including the actual size of the plant’s assembly line layout.The notes say other factors “are limited market size … a weak global economy and barriers to entry for certain provincial markets, like Quebec and Ontario.”By October 2012, the province had disbursed $46.9 million to the company, including a $3.7-million forgivable loan, $19.6 million in equity and $23.6 million from a $30-million authorized loan. The plant delivered 20 towers, but was down to 72 employees.With the wind industry market in decline by February 2013, both the provincial government and DSME Trenton said they recognized the need to diversify the plant’s business into areas such as industrial metal fabrication, oil and gas fabrication, pressured vessels, power plants and shipbuilding components.The documents also include a 2009 study with economic projections and a one-time economic impact assessment of DSME carried out for the years 2010 to 2012. Both were prepared for the government by the province’s Finance Department.The minimum economic projection foresaw total household income hitting $101 million and provincial government revenues of $11.3 million over the three-year period.The followup study shows that in 2012, those projections were far short, with household income at $21 million and provincial government revenues totalling $2.9 million.Liberal Economic Development Minister Michel Samson, whose party while in Opposition was highly critical of the provincial investment in DSME, expressed confidence in the company’s future, adding that it now has 150 employees.Samson said the plant has landed some “modest” contracts to build wind turbine towers and pressurized tanks for the offshore industry and is looking for potential spinoff work once the federal navy ship contract won by Irving Shipbuilding ramps up.“The question is what can we do now to assist the company to find growth in new areas and to be able to achieve success,” Samson said.He said just over $56 million of the province’s $60 million commitment has been spent.A spokesman for DSME Trenton declined an interview request but in an email said business at the facility was thriving.“We are currently quite busy with the construction of wind towers at the plant and are all focused on the fabrication and manufacturing of these large unit sections, processing through the facility,” Brad Murray said. by Michael Tutton and Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2014 2:00 am MDT Job claims for Nova Scotia’s $60 million investment in DSME ‘unrealistic’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bisrams extradition hearing set for next Thursday in Brooklyn

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDPP to formally apply for Bisram’s extraditionDecember 8, 2016In “Crime”CCJ denies Bisram’s request for early hearingSeptember 15, 2018In “Court”US Court orders that Marcus Bisram be extraditedOctober 13, 2017In “Crime” – Crime Chief says Force yet to be formally informed about the arrestOne day after the New York Daily News reported that the alleged mastermind behind the November 2016 Corentyne murder, Marcus Brian Bisram, was nabbed in New York, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has indicated that the Guyana Police Force is yet to be formally informed about the arrest.Blanhum told this publication on Wednesday that while they had previously submitted a formal extradition request along with the relevant documents for the suspect to be brought here for trial, the United States (US) authorities are yet to confirm the arrest.Dead: Faiyaz NarinedattNevertheless, going forward, the Head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) explained that they will have to await the extradition hearing, during which it will have to be proven in court that Guyana has sufficient evidence against the overseas-based Guyanese to warrant an extradition.Bisram, 28, was charged in absentia in November last for the murder of 26-year-old Faiyaz Narinedatt, a carpenter, who was killed on November 1, 2016, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.The overseas-based Guyanese philanthropist/businessman allegedly ordered four of his allies to kill the father of two, who had rejected his (Bisram’s) sexual advances. It was reported that Narinedatt had choked and slapped the businessman.The carpenter’s battered body was subsequently found at a staged hit-and-run accident scene. Independent investigations done by the dead man’s family uncovered the gruesome crime, and as such, Police arrested the four suspects, who then confessed that Bisram had ordered them to commit the killing.By that time however, Bisram had already returned to the US and the Guyana Police Force has since been trying to have him extradited to face trial here.Murder accused Marcus BisramTo this end, local law enforcement last November issued a wanted bulletin for the businessman and subsequently contacted its overseas counterparts for assistance in locating the suspect.The International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) subsequently issued a wanted bulletin for Bisram. The Interpol ‘red notice’ urged persons in the United States to contact the nearest Police Station or 911 once the wanted man is sighted. After no response, Guyana then reissued a fugitive warrant for Bisram in March of this year.Despite Bisram being a fugitive wanted for murder on Interpol, he has been roaming freely in New York for the past eight months. That is until Tuesday when the New York Police Department (NYPD)/US Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force nabbed him from his beachfront home in Arverne, Queens sometime around 13:00hrs.The following day, he appeared before a Judge at the Brooklyn Federal Court, who ruled that the businessman be held without bail until his extradition hearing. That date has been scheduled for July 13.Outside the courthouse, Narinedatt’s widow Pooja Pitam told a CBS New York reporter that it was hard to see the man who ordered the hit on her husband. The grieving woman, who shares two children with the carpenter, said her husband never got to see his now one-year-old daughter. At the time of his death, Narinedatt was awaiting his papers to process to join his family in the Bronx.Bisram was the sixth person charged with the murder of the carpenter. He was charged along with his 39-year-old bodyguard Orlando Dickie of Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown.A few days prior, four other persons were charged for the carpenter’s murder. They were 39-year-old Radesh Motie, an excavator operator of Lot 124 Number 74 Village; 49-year-old Harripaul Parsram of Lot 164 Number 71 Village; 18-year-old Deodatt Dutt of Lot 98 Number 71 Village; and 37-year-old Nirone Yacoob, a hire car driver of Lot 65 Number 67 Village, Corentyne.Two of the accused had confessed to investigators that they were ordered by the overseas-based Guyanese businessman to kill Narinedatt, after which they dumped his body on the Number 70 Public Road to make it seem as a hit-and-run accident.Additionally, the businessman’s mother and her daughter were also charged and remanded to prison after they allegedly offered bribes to Police ranks to “duck the case”.Shinella Indarally, 45, and Mary Anne Lionel, 25, both of Lot 171 Section B Number 71 Village, Corentyne, were charged for deliberately attempting to obstruct the course of justice.It was reported that they offered a Police Corporal $4 million to release the four men who were detained for murder and to also forfeit efforts to apprehend Bisram.A few hours after the body was discovered, it is alleged that the mastermind, Marcus Bisram, had gone to the Springlands Police Station and allegedly offered to pay the two officers. A Constable and a Corporal were arrested and placed under close arrest on those allegations. read more

EHF CL 20152016 Group C FC Porto and Meshkov Brest convincing at

← Previous Story FLENSATION over poor PSG – Wisla save fortress against Veszprem! Next Story → Veszprem part ways with Antonio Carlos Ortega! FC Porto handballMeshkov BrestRK VojvodinaVELUX EHF Champions League 2015/2016 FC Porto and Meshkov Brest celebrated easy wins at the start of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group C. After tight match between Chekhovskie Medvedi and Naturhouse La Rioja 27:26, much more relaxed 60 minutes for the home teams have been seen in Portugal and Belarus.Portuguese champions overplayed Slovakian Tatran Presov 33:23 (14:11) with Duarte and Cuni Morales in the main roles with six goals, while only Slovenian playmaker in Slovakian best side Vasja Furlan could follow the rhytm of the winners – with seven succcesful atempts.Serbian champions RK Vojvodina were on line with Meshkov Brest 34:22 (15:14) in the first half on their debut in European elite competition, but Kristopans, Atman and Co. pushed the tempo in the second half to secure easy and convincing triumph. Kristopans, Stojkovic and Vukic netted five goals each, while Rastvorcev scored seven for the Serbs. read more

Panasonic Toughpad UTMB50 is a 20inch 4K Windows tablet

first_imgIf the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro got you excited with its super-high-res display, then you’ll love Panasonic’s mammoth new “tablet.” The Toughpad UT-MB50 is a Windows all-in-one with a killer 4k 20-inch screen.Just how dense are its pixels packed? Even at 20 inches on the diagonal, the UT-MB50’s nearly 10 million total pixels measure out to 230 per inch. Just like the Yoga 2, that beats Apple’s MacBook Pro (which falls just short at 227 ppi). Still, full credit to Apple and Google with the Chromebook Pixel for giving manufacturers a kick in the butt. We’ve been waiting long enough for resolutions beyond 1080p in our computing devices.Clearly, the $6000 Toughpad isn’t intended to be a consumer device. Panasonic will no doubt be pitching it to folks like medical imaging professionals, photographers, and designers — people who will definitely benefit from the UT-MB50’s high pixel count and touchscreen.They’ll also appreciate the optional pressure-sensitive stylus. Panasonic says that it can achieve pixel-perfect accurac, and its 2048 levels of pressure match the Wacom Intuos4. It would have been nice for Panasonic to include the Electronic Touch Pen in the base config, but I can’t see the people making purchasing decisions on a device like this caring about spending a few hundred extra dollars on accessories.What else has Panasonic crammed into the UT-MB50’s 12.5mm-thin frame? The base configuration features an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.9GHz, NVidia GeForce 745M GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The whole thing weighs about five pounds — which is actually less than some lower-resolution 20-inch monitors on the market.And let’s not forget that this is a still a Toughpad. If Panasonic has slapped that branding on it, you can be sure that the UT-MB50 will stand up to abuse around the studio or office. It’s not like you’re going to fling a 20-inch tablet onto the coffee table like you might a Nexus 7, but it’s nice to know it can take a bit of  a beating.Powered bylast_img read more

American security monitor killed by landmine in rebelheld east Ukraine

first_img Short URL By AFP Share1 Tweet Email1 American security monitor killed by landmine in rebel-held east Ukraine The death sparked sharp words from Rex Tillerson. File photo of OSCE observers in Ukraine. Apr 24th 2017, 7:33 AM http://jrnl.ie/3355187 14 Comments center_img 8,613 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo of OSCE observers in Ukraine. The deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug (centre) speaks during his press-conference in Kiev. Source: Serg GlovnyTillerson in a phone conversation Sunday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Moscow’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle to improved US-Russian ties, the State Department said.“Secretary Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle,” said acting spokesman Mark Toner.The statement said Tillerson accepted Poroshenko’s “condolences” for the death of the American.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the blast underscored the need for the warring sides to “finally respect” a long-ignored ceasefire agreement negotiated by Moscow and Kiev with the help of Paris and Berlin in February 2015.“The separatists supported by Russia who illegally occupy part of Ukrainian territory by violence have a special responsibility here,” Merkel said in a strongly-worded statement.EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the incident was a “reminder of the urgent need for progress on a peaceful resolution of the conflict”.Both Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of plotting and backing the fighting in reprisal for the February 2014 ouster of Ukraine’s Kremlin-backed leadership.Russia denies this and in turn accuses the US State Department of fomenting the 2013-14 street protests that ended up allying ex-Soviet Ukraine with the West.The OSCE team’s 600 members in eastern Ukraine are the only independent monitoring mission in the devastated industrial war zone.They provide daily reports on the fighting and have drawn the insurgents’ ire for accusing them of being responsible for most violations of the truce deal.- © AFP 2017Read: North Korea detains US citizen who was trying to leave the country AN AMERICAN MONITOR with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe died yesterday after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.It marked the first loss for the security body’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) since Europe’s only current war broke out more than three years ago.The OSCE’s announcement about the US monitor’s death saw Kiev and the insurgents quickly trade blame over who was at fault for one of the most diplomatically sensitive episodes in a conflict that has claimed more than 10,000 lives.The deputy head of the OSCE monitoring mission said the patrol consisted of six members who were travelling in two armoured vehicles near the village of Pryshyb in a rebel-run region of the separatist fiefdom of Lugansk.“The explosion resulted in the death of an OSCE patrol member, a citizen of the United States,” Alexander Hug told reporters in Kiev.He also said two others — a German and a Czech national — were wounded and “undergoing further evaluation” in a Lugasnk hospital.The OSCE said it would not release the names of the casualties until their families had been notified.“We are determined to continue to implement our mandate,” Hug stressed.‘Obstacle’ to better ties Monday 24 Apr 2017, 7:33 AMlast_img read more

Australian police get to the bottom of mysterious SOS sign in the

first_img 17 Comments Short URL Without knowing the full details, because I haven’t been able to speak to him yet, the man made it into a small evacuation vessel with another person, a woman.“But it was attacked by crocodiles. They had some basic rations on them, and found some fresh water, and they survived there for several days,” he told ABC.The police have said that the man who supposedly left the sign is currently travelling on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea with limited phone and internet access, so they haven’t been able to make contact to confirm that it was in fact him that left the message.Rudd said this situation is a reminder that people travelling in the remote areas of Australia should carry emergency communication equipment such as a satellite phone or an EPIRB, along with sufficient amounts of food and water.Read: Isis attack on Iranian parliament that killed 13 ‘unequivocally condemned’ by President HigginsMore: ‘A perfect older brother’: Another London attack victim identified Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: WA Police By Hayley Halpin Jun 8th 2017, 12:39 PM 45,302 Views center_img AUSTRALIAN POLICE SAY they might have solved the mystery of an SOS signal made of rocks in the outback of Western Australia.The rocks sparked a search for missing people when they were spotted by a helicopter pilot last month at Swift Bay, a remote area 120 kilometres west of the Kalumburu Aboriginal Community in the Kimberley region.Police officers were quickly alerted and flew into the area with the assistance of a helicopter to conduct a ground search. They did not find anyone at the scene at the time.However now police believe the sign was a genuine distress signal left by a man and a woman who became stranded in 2013 and were eventually rescued.Bujumbura police Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Rudd told ABC News that international coverage of the case resulted in a man getting in contact to say his brother was responsible for the message.https://www.facebook.com/wapolkimberley/photos/a.1586979618199735.1073741829.1569376359960061/1953985881499105/?type=3“He indicated it was his brother Robert that left the SOS there,” Rudd said. http://jrnl.ie/3433087 Share2 Tweet Email1 Australian police get to the bottom of mysterious SOS sign in the outback A man got in touch with local police claiming that his brother left the message in 2013. Image: WA Police Thursday 8 Jun 2017, 12:39 PMlast_img read more

Akis Tsochadzopoulos has been released

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s former defense minister and PASOK party member Akis Tsochadzopoulos, was released from Athens’ Korydallos Prison on Tuesday following his request for a revocation of his 19 year sentence.The ex-minister was convicted in 2013 for corruption, however, citing “aggravated health issues” he was granted an early release on Monday by a panel of five Supreme Court judges.His conviction five years ago was part of the country’s most vile money laundering political scandal, that built up a six-million euro case, one of the biggest political corruption cases in Europe.Specifically, his imprisonment was on the grounds of illegally acquired gains over a submarine and TOR M1 missile system contract including several counts of bribery.Tsochadzopoulos after he was granted early release. Photo: Kathimerini“I am not at my best. I need to take care of myself,” the 79-year-old the told reporters waiting outside the prison, according to Kathimerini.“I would like to thank my wife above all, who throughout this entire time, alone and despite abandoned by everyone – acquaintances, friends and others – kept up the fight and ensured the best possible outcome,” he addedTsochadzopoulos’ wife, Vicky Stamati, was also granted early release last year from her eight-year sentence for money laundering.last_img read more

Justify wins foggy Preakness keeps Triple Crown bid alive

first_imgBALTIMORE — Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert could see jockey Mike Smith’s white silks and knew his horse had been pushed to his limit with 100 yards left to go.“I knew he was in for a fight,” Baffert said. “I knew this was not going to be easy.”It wasn’t easy, but Justify had enough left to hold off several hard-charging challengers and win the Preakness on a sloppy, slippery track Saturday and keep alive the chance for a second Triple Crown champion in four years. After winning the most difficult race of his career, Justify has the chance at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 to accomplish the same rare feat Baffert’s American Pharoah did in 2015.“We’ll see how he trains,” Baffert said. “Right now, I don’t see why not.”Just getting through the Preakness was a test for the Kentucky Derby champion and heavy 2-5 favorite. When Smith looked over his shoulder early and saw Good Magic he thought, “Oh man, it’s going to be a match race from this point on,” and Justify held up to the challenge down the backstretch and late as Bravazo and Tenfold chased him down.“They tested his fitness today,” Smith said after his second Preakness win and first since 1993. “This is his hardest race that he’s had.”With Baffert praying for the wire at Pimlico, Justify won by a half-length after completing the race in 1:55.93. Bravazo edged Tenfold for third, and Good Magic was fourth.last_img read more