U.P. and Bihar bypoll results | As SP wrests Gorakhpur, Phulpur from BJP, Akhilesh calls on Mayawati

first_imgThe BJP scored a zero in the bypolls to three Lok Sabha constituencies, two in U.P. and one in Bihar. The Samajwadi Party wrested the Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituencies in U.P., while the RJD retained the Araria seat in Bihar.Results of two Bihar Assembly bypolls too were announced on March 14. While the RJD won the Jehanabad seat, the BJP retained the Bhabhua constituency.The Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency was once a stronghold of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Ten nominees were in the fray in in Gorakhpur and 22 in Phulpur. Mr. Adityanath has represented the Gorakhpur seat five times.Before him, his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath held the seat.Phulpur, once represented by the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya won the seat.Here are the updates:8:00 p.m.: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has reached BSP supremo Mayawati’s residence in Lucknow.  11.40 a.m.: UP Lok Sabha bypoll: SP candidate Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel leading by 8,199 votes in Phulpur after seven rounds of counting: Officials.11.15 a.m.: With the BJP candidate leading in Araria by-poll, the state party leader and minister in Nitish Kumar cabinet, Nand Kishore Yadav said NDA will win all three seats, two assembly and one Lok Sabha by-poll. The RJD candidate Suday Yadav in Jehanabad had taken a comfortable lead over his rival Abhiram Sharma of JD(U).10.16 a.m.: BJP still leading by 1212 votes at Araria.10.10 a.m.: BJP candidate from Araria Lok Sabha seat Pradeep Singh is leading over his rival RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam by 2321 votes. Araria is a keenly contested Lok Sabha by-poll between two rivals NDA and Grand Alliance.10.02 a.m.: In Bhabhua assembly by-poll, BJP candidate Rinki Rani Pandey, wife of Rajesh Pandey whose death had necessitated the poll, is ahead of her rival Congress candidate Shambhu Patel by 3000 votes.10.00 a.m.: BJP ahead in Gorakhpur, SP leading in Phulpur by 1400 votes after round 1.8.45 a.m.: Early trends show Rashtriya Janta Dal lead on Araria Lok Sabha, Jehanabad assembly while BJP lead in Bhabhua assembly.(With inputs from Amarnath Tewary and Omar Rashid)Uttar PradeshThe Lok Sabha constituency of Gorakhpur witnessed 43% polling while Phulpur saw a turnout of 37.39% till 5 p.m. on March 11, Election Commission sources said.The bypolls were necessitated after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats respectively following their election to the state legislative council.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the BJP was getting widespread support from the people.Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the Gorakpur bypolls, the priest-turned-politician noted that the public believes in the mantra of development and governance given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Bihar57% polling was recorded in the by-election to the Araria constituency in Bihar on March 11, a senior poll official said.The by-poll in Araria is being viewed as a test for the ruling JD(U)-BJP combine as well as the opposition RJD-Congress alliance, ahead of the big battle in the general elections due next year.In the Bhabua and Jehanabad Assembly constituencies, where by-polls were also held, the voter turnout was 54.03% and 50.06% respectively after polling ended at 5 p.m., Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Ajay V. Nayak said.This is the first electoral battle in the state since Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the JD(U), walked out of the alliance with the RJD and the Congress and joined the BJP-led NDA last year.  6.40 p.m.: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav thanks BSP leader Mayawati for her support on both Lok Sabha seats.Mr. Akhilesh Yadav attributes the Samajwadi Party’s win in the bypolls to the support from the Dalits, farmers, labourers, women and the unemployed, saying that it is a victory for  social justice.“Governments which trouble people are brought down, this government brought problems and led to fear among the people,” says Mr. Akhilesh.This is a mandate against both the Centre and State governments, people have come together to bring “bad days” for the BJP, says  Mr. Akhilesh Yadav.6.00 p.m.: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has congratulated the winners in U.P. bypolls. “Congratulations to the winners of today’s by-elections. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning,” he tweets in Hindi. “The Congress is keen on rebuilding the party in Uttar Pradesh, but that will not happen overnight.”5.45 p.m.: Samajwadi Party’s Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel defeats BJP’s Kaushlendra Singh Patel by 59,460 votes to win Phulpur Lok Sabha bypoll, PTI reports quoting an Election Commission official.5.40 p.m.: U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath says he accepts “the verdict of the people”. “This result is unexpected, we will review the shortcomings. I congratulate the winning candidates,” ANI reports. PTI quotes Mr. Adityanath as saying: “BJP’s performance in two Lok Sabha by-elections is lesson for us.” 5.35 p.m.: RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam wins the Araria Lok Sabha seat defeating BJP’s Pradeep Kumar Singh by a margin of 57358 votes.4.45 p.m.: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claims SP leader Naresh Agrawal’s induction cost the BJP dearly in U.P. “I don’t consider that the SP-BSP tie up has worked. I believe that Lord Ram was angry with you (the BJP) the day you (the BJP) rolled out the red carpet for the SP leader, who has criticised Lord Ram,” he says. – PTI4:15 p.m.: Even as results are coming in for Araria, BJP’s Pradeep Singh congratulated his rival Sarfaraj Alam of the RJD. Mr. Singh also said internal sabotage by local party leaders was the reason for his defeat. He said the party will review their performance and take proper action against those leaders.3.30 p.m.: RJD in Araria leads by over 40,000 votes.2 p.m.: After 14 of 35 rounds in Phulpur, the SP has 1,55,314 votes while the BJP has received 1,34,819 votes. Praveen Nishad of SP extends margin by 14,648 votes in Gorakhpur over BJP at the end of ninth round of counting.1.25 p.m.: In Araria, after the ninth round, RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam has taken a comfortable lead of 16,000 votes over BJP candidate Pradeep Singh.1.15 p.m.: In the eighth round in Araria, RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam takes lead of 3,556 votes over his rival BJP candidate Pradeep Singh. NOTA has received 4,000 votes so far.1.05 p.m.: After Round 11 in Phulpur, SP has 1,22,247 votes and BJP has secured 1,06,534 votes.  SP looks to be running away with it in Phulpur. In 2014 BJP’s Keshav Prasad Maurya, now a deputy CM in UP, had won by over 3 lakh votes, securing more than 50 per cent. Congress a distant fourth in Phulpur with 5,668 votes only.12.55 p.m.: In a neck-and-neck contest in Araria, the BJP candidate Pradeep Singh has again taken lead of 6,605 votes over his rival Sarfaraj Alam of RJD.12.50 p.m.: RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav said: “10 rounds counting done in Araria, RJD is leading by margin but administration just showing results of three rounds. Why is that? How long they will hide the defeat of BJP and Nitish Kumar.”12.30 p.m.: SP leads by 3760 votes after 5 rounds, party has 74077 votes so far. SP complained to the Election Commission, alleging that the district administration in Gorakhpur is trying to ensure a BJP win through foul play. “The district administration is working under the pressure of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and throwing out SP observers and journalists from counting zones to ensure that the BJP wins,” said the letter signed by Naresh Uttam Patel, UP Samajwadi Party president.12.15 p.m.:  RJD candidate Sarfaraj Alam leads by 1,379 votes over BJP candidate Pradeep Singh  in Araria Lok Sabha seat.12.10 p.m.: In Phulpur, SP leads by over 12,000 votes. The counting in Gorakhpur is slow. After three rounds, the SP is ahead in both the Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.12.05 p.m.: After three rounds of counting, the Samajwadi Party is leading in Gorakhpur Lok Sabha constituency by over 1,500 votes.11.50 a.m. Rinky Rani Pandey of the BJP leading by 2,729 votes in the Bhabua Assembly constituency. RJD’s Suday Yadav leading by around 1,200 votes in the Jehanabad Assembly seat, according to the early trends.Read more Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav reaches BSP chief Mayawati’s residence in Lucknow on Wednesday.  | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt  7.10 p.m.: Praveen Nishad of the SP wins Gorakhpur seat by 21,961 votes.7.00 p.m.: The Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bye-election results are a “lesson”, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, citing over-confidence and the inability to understand the equation between the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as prime reasons for the BJP’s defeat.Read morelast_img read more

Off-Shoring As a Value-Creator

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest information technology firm and part of the $84 billion Tata Group, is the latest in a line of Indian IT companies to come under the scrutiny of the U.S. legal system. A court in California recently granted class action status to a lawsuit filed against the Mumbai-headquartered $8 billion-plus firm. The case against TCS was filed by two employees in 2006 and relates to tax refunds and payment of full wages. TCS has been accused of breaching employment contracts and violation of the California Labor Code. Indian employees of TCS who were working in California from 2002 to 2005 are eligible to join the lawsuit.TCS is in a silent period until the end of the month when its earnings announcement will be made. In an official statement the company has said: “We have received the order of the U.S. District Court. This is an order only on one procedural matter and does not address the merits of this case. TCS continues to believe that when this matter concludes, the court will find that the plaintiff’s claims are without any merit.” If the case were to be decided against TCS, it could result in significant damage to the company — not just in financial terms, but also with respect to its brand equity.Another Indian firm facing legal struggles in America is L&T Infotech, which belongs to the engineering and construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro (L&T). An employee of the firm recently filed a case in a New Jersey court accusing the Indian company of violating immigration laws and fabricating documents. There is also an earlier charge of gender discrimination filed against the company in U.S. courts.Last year, Infosys Technologies was the first big IT firm from India to come under the American legal radar. The case created shock waves back in the home country: Infosys, which is highly regarded by many for its transparency, ethics and corporate governance, was accused by an American employee of misusing H1B visas. The case is due to come up for a hearing in August this year.In an interview in May 2011, Infosys chairman emeritus N.R. Narayana Murthy did not elaborate too much on the issue. All Murthy said was: “That is under investigation right now. We have hired a well-known legal enterprise in the U.S. It is work in progress. We don’t know the details and whether there is any issue at all. So at this point of time, I am not able to comment.”According to New York-based Cyrus Mehta, immigration lawyer and founder of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, the litigation doesn’t have anything to do with anti-India sentiments in the U.S. Lawyers, he says, are always looking at ways of bringing novel legal claims on behalf of employees. In a report in the business daily The Economic Times, Mehta said: “Indian firms seem to have become easy targets. This is because tax and visa rules involving foreign workers on temporary visas, who are also employees of IT firms in India, are amorphous and subject to varying interpretation.”T.V. Mohandas Pai, former head of human resources at Infosys, suggests that it is the success of Indian IT firms that is attracting attention. “I see it as symptomatic of what happens to successful companies in America,” he says. “So far, Indian firms have been below the radar. But now that they are bigger, and also visible thanks to the politicians going after them, the lawyers are moving in.” Pai does not see the lawsuits as being racially motivated, however. “This could happen to any company from any country.”Given the growth of the Indian IT industry, Pai expects more Indian firms to attract legal attention in the future. “They will face the heat on job discrimination, gender discrimination and age discrimination. They will face the heat on everything possible. Indian firms are now getting exposed to the pressures of doing business in America. This sort of thing does not happen so much in Europe.”Assessing ImpactMeanwhile, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), an industry association of IT-BPO firms in India, is on a lobbying drive. In a move to counter the popular perception in the U.S. that Indian firms are taking jobs away from Americans, Nasscom recently released a report in Washington showcasing the Indian IT-BPO industry’s contributions to the U.S. economy.According to the report, titled “India’s Tech Industry in the U.S.,” Indian IT-BPO firms have created around 280,000 jobs in the U.S. Three out of every four of these jobs are held by U.S. residents, the report said, the firms have invested more than US$5 billion through 128 acquisitions, and have also contributed more than US$15 billion to the U.S. Treasury. The report notes that while the overall unemployment rate in the U.S. is at 9%, it is 4% for the tech sector. During the recession, instead of reducing headcount, Indian firms were able to add jobs and hire locals in the U.S. The report also highlights the CSR activities of Indian firms.Som Mittal, chairman of Nasscom, explains that over the years, the Indian tech industry’s business model has evolved significantly. He notes that in addition to providing speedy service and cost savings, Indian firms are now adding more value to clients in terms of transforming their businesses. Providing such services requires contextual data, domain expertise and employees working in the same time zone as their clients. Indian firms have been developing this capability locally, both organically and through acquisitions. “There is always a lot of noise about offshoring,” Mittal adds. “Through this report we wanted to share our perspective and let people know how this industry also contributes to the American economy and society.”In the India IT market, American companies play a huge role and have very large market shares, Mittal adds. Some of the largest outsourcing deals have gone to the multinationals. “We don’t make an issue about it. It has to be a two-way street,” says Mittal.Amneet Singh, vice president of global sourcing at advisory and research firm Everest Group, says releasing the report was a positive move by Nasscom. “This is an integral part of Nasscom’s role as an industry body. Such measures to influence policy makers are common by industry organizations in the U.S. Hopefully this will make the policy makers think of offshoring more broadly rather than as just a role substitution.” Pai points out that “America is a democracy made up of competitive lobbies,” noting that “it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are. What matters is how well you lobby.” Pai adds that although the report is a step in the right direction, much more needs to be done on this front by both Nasscom and Indian IT firms.Varied ResponseAccording to Ravi Aron, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, when senior executives in American organizations offshore jobs, they face considerable resistance and political pressure from the rank and file including, but not limited to, unionized workers. “This report could provide some cover for them in blunting that resistance and social pressure,” Aron says. However, regarding the impact of Nasscom’s report on policy makers, Aron points out that they fall into several categories and the impact will depend on which category they belong to.Aron notes that non-politically affiliated academic economists do not need convincing about the benefits of free trade. They will acknowledge that trade redistributes jobs and that Indian companies do hire Americans and create some jobs abroad. Economists affiliated with organized labor or representing labor industries, however, will not buy the argument that Indian companies hire Americans abroad, Aron notes. They will point out that there was more than ten-fold growth in the number of technical workers employed by Indian companies between 1982 and 2012. They will also contend that at least 40% of these workers had direct U.S. counterparts and that their jobs were moved to India to benefit from wage arbitrage. A few labor economists will advocate the direct imposition of protectionist tariffs, while others will advocate measures that indirectly raise the cost of offshoring.Most U.S. politicians need no persuasion that trade and low cost manufacturing or services benefit the U.S. economy, Aron says. Where they are concerned about job losses, they will be far more concerned about China than India. A few politicians who are pro-labor will point out that the jobs lost to India are far greater in number than the jobs created in the U.S. by Indian companies. Aaron adds that a few politicians who are socially conservative will oppose trade simply because it involves deep engagements with “foreigners” and the movement of “foreign” goods into the U.S.According to Aron, there are very few significant efforts to curtail the offshoring of jobs by the U.S. He points out that while politicians may ratchet up the volume and indulge in fiery rhetoric, “the facts on the ground are that the U.S. does not interfere in the running of corporations in the private sector and it has no legislation that dampens offshoring.” Aron further notes that: “The U.S. has not imposed duties; it does not interfere with India’s currency regime and in general has not imposed any regulatory fetters on trade with India. Far greater damage to the prospects of Indian firms exporting and competing with their global counterparts is being done by the government of India and its policies.”Amberish Dasgupta, executive director for consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers offers another perspective. He says that the Nasscom report is not likely to have any information that is not known by U.S. policy makers or industry captains. “Their own research would be far more detailed so I don’t see it having any significant impact.” Dasgupta adds, though, that the report could have an impact on other countries. “Looking at the contribution that Indian IT-BPO firms have made in the U.S., other countries may be attracted to invite them.”According to Dasgupta, Indian IT firms in the U.S. need to focus a lot more on solving the complex business problems of their clients and moving further up the value chain. “They need to bring in larger business benefits to the U.S. corporations and thereby to the country’s economy. That will be a much better story to showcase,” he states. Pai disagrees. He points out that while it is true that Indian firms can do more high-value-addition work, the companies are already on that path. “Indian IT firms have been bringing benefits to American firms for the past 15-20 years by reducing their costs substantially,” he adds.The biggest shortcoming of Indian firms is that they have not made adequate investments in acquiring a deep local presence and hiring senior American executives with strong standing in the community, Pai notes. “The Japanese automobile companies went through the same problem many years ago,” Pai says. “They sent Japanese expats to the U.S. and they all got butchered. It’s very important when you go to another country that the leadership team is localized and that they are able to speak up for you.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Kevin Durant lashes at media amid Knicks rumors

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “You all piling on me because I don’t want to talk to y’all about that. I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don’t know who traded Porzingis, it ain’t got nothing to do with me. I’m trying to play basketball.”When pressed further, he told reporters: “Y’all come here every day, ask me about free agency, talk to my team-mates, talk to my coaches, rile up the fans about it.“Now when I don’t want to talk to you all, it’s a problem with me? Come on man. Grow up.”Asked why he was reluctant to speak to the press, Durant added: “I just don’t trust any y’all. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many publications. Trying to tear me down with my words. And then when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem.“I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home. Is that a problem?”ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant lashed out at the media on Wednesday following reports linking him to a move to the New York Knicks.Speculation over Durant’s future has intensified during the free agency window after the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis and other players to the Dallas Mavericks on February 1.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Durant, who has not spoken to the media since the Porzingis trade, broke his silence on Wednesday following Golden State’s rout of San Antonio.The two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP has been repeatedly linked to a move to the Knicks when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHowever, the 30-year-old insisted on Wednesday he was not thinking about his future and attacked reporters for “twisting” his comments.“I don’t think about that type of stuff, that’s your job,” Durant said. Asked to comment on Golden State’s form following their 141-102 win, Durant abruptly walked out of the press conference.“I’m done,” he told a reporter. “You know you don’t care about that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes James Harden makes 8 3s as Rockets thump Kings MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Saina Nehwal wants to emulate Virat Kohli’s aggression

first_imgLondon Olympics bronze medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal said she wants to emulate star batsman Virat Kohli’s aggressive approach in her matches.The Rio-bound shuttler, who recently clinched her second Australian Open title after beating world No. 12 Sun Yu of China in the final, said this while replying to Kohli’s congratulatory tweet.”Congratulations @NSaina So happy for you. Onwards and Upwards always #ProudIndian,” Kohli had tweeted after Saina’s win in Sydney.Congratulations @NSainaSo happy for you. Onwards and Upwards always #ProudIndian Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 12, 2016Replying to Kohli, Saina wrote, “I would love to get more aggression like u for winning more matches I m trying hard for that Thank u so much.”I would love to get more aggression like u for winning more matches ?º?I m trying hard for that ???Thank u so much ?????? https://t.co/zZ155enEbx Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) June 12, 2016Saina is among the seven shuttlers to compete in the Rio Games, starting August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.last_img read more

England coach Roy Hodgson says substitutes will be major factor at Euro

first_imgEngland coach Roy Hodgson, basking in a 2-1 victory over Wales on Thursday clinched by goals from two substitutes, said fringe players would be a major factor at Euro 2016.Gareth Bale put Wales in front before Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge replied, the latter in stoppage time, after both came on in the second half.Hodgson said it was hard to remember if he had made a better double substitution in his 40-year career.”It’s going to be a feature of the tournament,” he told a news conference, referring to changes made during a match.”Watching France play Albania last night it was a similar situation where (Paul) Pogba and (Antoine) Griezmann came on the field and that helped the French to get the victory they looked like they might be denied by a well-organised Albania team.”The Euro hosts won that match 2-0, Griezmann netting the opener in the 90th minute, to become the first side to qualify for the last 16.SELECTION HEADACHE FOR HODSGONHodgson said he now faced a selection headache for the final match as Group B leaders against Slovakia in St Etienne on Monday, knowing a draw will be enough to see his team through.”You have players that have played two matches in a short period of time and there are a lot of players champing at the bit to get their chance,” he explained.Hodgson said he would “give thought” to the idea of resting one or two players.”It would be foolish in the warm glow of having won a game so late on … to start trying to make too many statements about what my plans are against Slovakia,” he added. “All I’m prepared to say is we want to win that game.”advertisementStriker Marcus Rashford, aged 18 years and 228 days, became the youngest England player to feature in a European Championship, less than four months after making his Manchester United debut.Rashford, who went on in the 73rd minute, and Sturridge won warm praise from Hodgson for giving his team a fresh approach in attack.”(They) give us something different when we need a goal and need to ask questions of a packed defence,” the coach said.last_img read more

Nothing is impossible, says Devendra Jhajharia after breaking 12-year-old record

first_imgIndia’s Devendra Jhajharia was a happy man after setting a new world record in the javelin throw at the Rio Paralympics. Jhajharia bettered his own record to win Gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event, taking India’s tally of medals at this edition of the Paralympics to four — two Golds, one Silver and a Bronze.Jhajharia won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) on Tuesday. (PM Modi, Sehwag congratulate Jhajharia)The 36-year-old Jhajharia last participated in the Paralympics 12 years ago. The F46 event did not feature in the 2008 and the 2012 editions.The Rajasthan-born athlete thanked his coach and Sports Authority of India (SAI) for their help.”It’s my life’s biggest achievement to win two Gold medals at Paralympics. I thank the millions of Indian supporters for their prayers. I would like to thank Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India for training me well. I also give credit to my coach Sunil Tawar,” Jhajharia told India Today in an exclusive chat.ON WORLD RECORD”I broke a 12-year-old record. I worked hard for it, especially in the last three months in Finland. Proud of my achievement.””Nothing is impossible if you have the determination to achieve something in life.””Happy that people have started recognising para-athletes. We have a bright future.””I would like to thank India’s first ever individual Olympic Gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, for speaking to me.” advertisementlast_img read more

Ligue 1: Neymar and Cavani strike again as PSG go 10 points clear

first_imgNeymar and Edinson Cavani, Paris St Germain’s deadly double act, again delivered a goal apiece in a sluggish 2-0 victory over Troyes that took them 10 points clear of their Ligue 1 challengers on Wednesday.While their nearest chasers lost, Olympique Lyonnais succumbing 2-1 at home to struggling Lille and Monaco falling 1-0 at Nantes after a last-gasp Lucas Lima thunderbolt, PSG marched on without ever hitting top gear.They left it late as a brilliant Neymar strike in the 73rd minute, his 15th PSG goal in all competitions, eased nerves at the Parc des Princes before the Brazilian set up Cavani, who had a first-half penalty saved, to score in stoppage time.The pair had a spirited debate over who should take the penalty, with Cavani winning the argument, but they worked in perfect harmony for the Uruguayan’s 23rd goal, stretching his lead as top marksman in Europe’s major leagues this season.The losses for Lyon and Monaco enabled Olympique de Marseille, with their emphatic 3-0 win at bottom club Metz, to move into second place but they are 10 points adrift of unbeaten PSG, who moved on to 41 points after 15 games.Third-placed Lyon and Monaco, both on 29 points, were left two points behind Marseille.PSG had seemed out of sorts against mid-table opponents they had hammered 9-0 in their last meeting when sealing the title in 2016, but looked to be in charge once Cavani earned the penalty with a theatrical fall under Karim Azamoum’s shirt tug.Just as during a game against Lyon in September when the pair argued over who should take the set-piece duties, Cavani won the day but his 40th minute spot kick was saved by Mamadou Samassa, who was way off his line as the ball was struck.advertisementNeymar, who never stopped trying to galvanise the side, took his one chance superbly, marauding to the edge of the box before unleashing a left-foot shot worthy of the world’s most expensive player.Champions Monaco’s miserable spell continued after their Champions League exit and weekend loss to PSG when Nantes’ Brazilian substitute Lima cracked home a left foot half-volley to give Claudio Ranieri’s side a well deserved win.Lyon’s eight-match unbeaten run in the league was ended surprisingly by Lille, whose goals from Thiago Mendes and Ezequiel Ponce were both aided by poor defending.last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quanerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIpswich Town have signed Huddersfield Town forward Collin Quaner on loan until the end of the campaign.The 27-year-old German has only featured twice for the Terriers this season, making two appearances from the bench last month.The former Ingolstadt and Union Berlin player moved to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2017.He becomes Ipswich’s third signing of the January transfer window. last_img read more

Report: Man United 2 Brighton 1

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s fine start continued as Manchester United’s caretaker manager became the first boss in the club’s history to win his first six league games following the 2-1 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.Almost 25 years to the day since Matt Busby died, Solskjaer made it seven wins from seven in all competitions on the one-month anniversary of his appointment as two of the players to have shone in his short tenure scored again.Paul Pogba converted a 27th-minute penalty he won himself for his fifth goal in his last three games at Old Trafford before Marcus Rashford marked his 150th appearance with the second prior to the interval. 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Pascal Gross pulled one back for Brighton, but United claimed the three points to move into fifth, above Arsenal, ahead of the Gunners’ home game with fourth-placed Chelsea later on Saturday.In our last #PL games…@PaulPogbagoalsassists@MarcusRashfordgoalsassist#MUFC #MUNBHA pic.twitter.com/1W9Tiu4vC7— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2019Rashford and Pogba had already threatened the Brighton goal before United were awarded a penalty.Pogba latched onto a long Nemanja Matic pass on the right flank by taking a touch inside Gaetan Bong, who bundled into the back of the Frenchman to concede the spot-kick.The usual stuttered run-up followed but Pogba placed his effort into the right-hand corner, past David Button’s right hand to put United in front.Button was able to make himself big and prevent Anthony Martial making it 2-0, while Brighton’s Glenn Murray fired a great chance wide with a miss that would look even more costly before the break.With three first-half minutes remaining left-back Diogo Dalot, a late inclusion in the starting XI due to Luke Shaw’s injury, fed Rashford and he cut inside Gross before bending a fine right-footed finish into the far corner.Rashford continued to look in the mood after the interval, firing in a cross that Jesse Lingard somehow failed to direct home from close range.Martial blasted into the side netting but United’s intensity dropped and Brighton were given hope with 18 minutes to go.Davy Propper’s outside-of-the-foot cross reached Gross, who chested the ball down and poked the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.A nervy finish for the home side therefore ensued and though Pogba was unable to alleviate the tension when rifling just wide, United held on to round off a fantastic first month in the job for Solskjaer. What does it mean? Solskjaer staking his claim for full-time gigIt is no secret that Solskjaer would like the United job beyond the end of the 2018-19 season and the club’s hierarchy must have been impressed by his stint so far. United face Burnley, Leicester City and Fulham in the Premier League before hosting Liverpool on February 24, so they could yet make further ground up on the top four in the coming weeks.Rashford in inspired form againPlenty has been said about Pogba’s resurgence under Solskjaer, but Rashford appears to have really benefitted from having a former United striker to tutor him. Nobody has scored more for United since Rashford’s debut in 2016 and the shaped finish for his 41st goal was one Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.Murray’s mystifying missMurray had set Brighton on their way to a 3-2 win over United in the reverse fixture five months ago, yet he was less assured when opportunity knocked here. United were only 1-0 up when Murray found himself onside and free, but he sliced the chance wide and Rashford’s strike shortly after gave Brighton too much to do, even with Gross’ second-half goal.Key Opta facts41 – Marcus Rashford has scored his 41st goal for @ManUtd in his 150th appearance for them in all competitions – he’s scored more than any other player for the club since his debut. Skilled. #MUNBHA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 19, 2019- Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is just the third manager in Premier League history to win his first six games in charge of a certain club, after Carlo Ancelotti with Chelsea and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.- Brighton have lost all nine of their Premier League away games against ‘big six’ sides by an aggregate score of 19-2.- Manchester United have won more penalties (7) while Brighton have conceded more (also 7) than any other Premier League side this season.- Paul Pogba’s goal was his eighth in the Premier League for United this season, equalling his best return in a single season in the top five European leagues (also 8 with Juventus in 2014-15 and 2015-16).- Marcus Rashford – making his 150th appearance for United in all competitions – has now scored in his last four Premier League games. Only Anthony Martial (5) has had a better such run in the competition this season.- 33 per cent of Pascal Gross’ Premier League goals for Brighton have been scored against Manchester United (3/9). Both of the German’s strikes this season have been against the Red Devils.What’s next?Both clubs turn their attention to the FA Cup, with United travelling to Arsenal in the fourth round on Friday and Brighton hosting West Brom the following day. read morelast_img read more

Hyundai Heavy Rejigs Management Structure

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has made changes in its management team ahead of establishing a holding company structure.Through the reshuffle, unveiled in a stock exchange release on November 14, the company’s vice chairman and co-CEO Kwon Oh-gap will resign and assume a different role in the company, while HHI’s current president and chief executive Kang Hwan-goo will take sole leadership of the company.Additionally, Choi Ki-sun has been promoted to vice president and will be in charge of managing the company’s subsidiaries, according to media reports. It is understood that Kwon Oh-gap will continue as a representative of the holding company. The name and launch date of the holding firm are yet to be unveiled.The changes have been made as part of HHI’s plan to complete the transition to a holding company system in an effort to recover from a prolonged depression in the shipbuilding market.During the third quarter of 2017, Hyundai Heavy Industries saw a marginal financial improvement as it posted a 2.1% higher profit year-on-year.The company’s net profit reached KRW 197 billion in the quarter, against KRW 193 billion reported in the same period in 2016. Operating income dropped 20.8% to KRW 93.5 billion from KRW 118.1 billion reported a year earlier.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Victoria County

first_imgVICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry Please be advised the Englishtown Ferry is out of service because of problems with its cable. The ferry is expected to be back in service by 2 p.m. -30-last_img

All is well in NDA in Bihar Nitish our leader Paswan

first_imgPatna: All is well in the NDA in Bihar and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is our leader in the state, Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said on Sunday, downplaying the JD(U) leader’s decision not to join the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. “All is well in the NDA. Nitish Kumar is our leader. Too many conclusions must not be drawn. He (Kumar) has also said that he was, is and will remain in the NDA. Moreover, I am there to act as a cementing force,” Paswan told reporters here when faced with a barrage of questions from journalists over the developments. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAsked whether he would try to persuade Kumar to change his stance and agree to join the Modi government, Paswan said, “He (Kumar) is capable of taking his own decisions. Moreover, where is the problem when he has made it amply clear that he is fully with the NDA.” The Lok Janshakti Party leader evaded queries on the latest expansion of the state cabinet, wherein no LJP leader was inducted even though its sole minister Pashupati Kumar Paras had now been elected to the Lok Sabha. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”Let me tell you, when (Nitish) Kumar formed the NDA government, I did not approach him with the request that you make Paras a minister as he is my younger brother. It was he ( Nitish Kumar) who insisted that, given Paras’ experience and seniority, Paras must represent the LJP in the state cabinet,” Paswan claimed. In the cabinet expansion that took place earlier in the day, eight JD(U) legislators from both houses of the legislature in the state were inducted. Paswan also lambasted Tejashwi Yadav, the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, for repeatedly calling the chief minister “palturam” (turncoat) and sought to remind the young RJD MLA that Kumar was old enough to be his father. Kumar had walked out of the Grand Alliance following allegations of corruption against Yadav, younger son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who was then the deputy chief minister.last_img read more

Drunken youths harass television actor

first_imgKolkata: A television actor was allegedly harassed and threatened by goons late on Thursday night in Panchasayar. Actor Jeetu Kamal alleged that the accused persons were in inebriated condition and driving recklessly. They rammed into his car and fled, he said.According to Kamal, late on Thursday night, he was driving towards Bypass after completion of a shooting in Panchasayar. He alleged that when he was driving towards Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass suddenly a black SUV came from behind and rammed into his car. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersKamal uploaded a video where it was seen that the accused driver was fleeing the spot and using abusive language. When Kamal followed him, the driver stopped the car after a few hundred metres. It was seen in the video that when Kamal questioned the accused driver, the person sitting in the front seat beside the driver said Kamal was lying. The actor alleged that both of them were in drunken condition. Following the incident, Kamal reportedly called up the police control room. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe got several calls from multiple police station as cops wanted to know the location as per his claim. After almost half-an-hour some policemen arrived at the spot and lodged Kamal’s complaint as Motor Collission Report. Later, police officers initiated a FIR after reaching police station on charges of rash-driving and violation of condition of remission of punishment at the Panchasayar police station. On Friday morning, the police identified the SUV and seized the car. According to senior police officials, probe is on to find out what exactly happened on Thursday night.last_img read more

Relatives arriving in NS to support mother and father of seven fire

first_imgHALIFAX — Several family members of the mother of seven children who died in a fast-moving house fire are arriving in Halifax today to bring support to their grieving relative.Andy Fillmore, a Halifax MP, said in a news release that “in difficult times, it is family that brings the greatest comfort.”The family members are entering Halifax with visitors’ visas to assist Kawthar Barho and her severely burned spouse, Ebraheim Barho.Kawthar had asked federal officials last week to assist her in bringing family members to Canada to support her, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters during a visit to Halifax that his government was working to expedite the visas.A spokeswoman for the private sponsorship group assisting the family said the names of the family members and their relationship to the mother wouldn’t be released at this time.The news of the arrival of family members comes after a massive turnout at a funeral for the seven victims of the fire.More than 2,000 people showed up to the service at a waterfront hall on Saturday, which was held in memory of the Barho children who died in the early hours of Feb. 19 when the blaze moved rapidly through their home.The Barhos arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017 as refugees from war-torn Syria, among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years.On Saturday, as the seven small caskets were brought on stage, their mother could be heard sobbing.Many others also cried as the children’s names were read: teenager Ahmad; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2; and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.A local imam said the service was made public so the children’s mother could see firsthand that the community is standing behind her.The father continues to recover from extensive burns.He underwent an operation on Monday but the family and the private support group has decided not to share information about how he fared.When they first arrived in Nova Scotia, the Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, where they were embraced by the local community.They later moved to the Halifax suburb of Spryfield to take advantage of language training and other immigrant services, but had planned to return to Elmsdale next month.The cause of the blaze in their Spryfield home remains unclear.The response to the tragedy has been swift and impassioned: several businesses have donated their profits to the Barho family, and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to assist the couple.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Xavier Dolan hopes Oscar nod will boost audience for new film

first_img Twitter It’s the first time the Quebec director has made it this far in the selection process and he says he’s “very happy and quite moved” by the recognition.While the film did screen in Canada and France in the fall, Dolan conceded he’s disappointed by the scope of the movie’s release overall and hopes an Oscar nomination will give it another push. The academy will announce the Best Foreign-Language Film nominees on Jan. 24. Xavier Dolan is thrilled his movie It’s Only the End of the World is one of nine films in the running for a Best Foreign-Language Oscar nomination.He just wishes more people could see the film.On Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it had narrowed the pack of foreign-language film contenders from the 85 that were being considered for a nomination. Advertisement “I’m not thinking of this in terms of what this could bring to my career, I’m thinking of this in terms of what could it bring to this film in terms of exposure,” Dolan told Canadian reporters during a conference call on Friday. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Reconciliation is not easy says national reconciliation director Ry Moran

first_imgFace to FaceWhile buildings and streets are being renamed and statues are coming down in the name of reconciliation, it’s also causing controversy.“Reconciliation is not easy” says Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.“It’s about changing the status quo and anytime you change the status quo, it ruffles feathers.”As an example, there was opposition to the removal of the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald in Victoria, B.C. in August.Moran says “Canada is not the only country grappling with this.“Many countries are trying to decolonize or re-understand their histories.  I think the thing to remember is that nobody is talking about erasing history in all of this.  It’s about changing how we understand history.”Moran, who joined host Dennis Ward on Face to Face says there has also been positive changes in the classroom.“It’s not to say there isn’t still a long ways to go but generally speaking, across the country, most if not all jurisdictions in the country have certainly brought residential schools information into the classroom.”That too has not been without controversy.  There’s been a roll back in planned programming in Ontario schools following the recently election of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government.“That I think is a real disappointing matter that has happened” says Moran.Read the TRC’s CTA here: 94 Calls to ActionMoran believes time is of the essence when it comes to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.The Liberal government has made big promises on legislation for child welfare, languages and other calls to action – but there has been little follow through with less than a year to go before the next federal election.And there is a role to play for the average Canadian to play in reconciliation.“I think for non-Indigenous peoples, the most critical thing that individuals can do is rectify the imbalance of historical understanding and really try to put one’s self into the shoes of an Indigenous person for a little bit.”dward@aptn.calast_img read more

Bannock hunting and baby formula now part of Nutrition North

first_imgNutrition North has long been criticized for the way it works; paying retailers to lower their prices through a shipping subsidy instead of going directly to families.It replaced the Food Mail program in 2011, which retailers disliked.Now more food and non-food items will be eligible for the freight subsidy, Jones said. And there will be more ways to pay instead of only with credit cards.Jones said in exchange the government wants better reporting from retailers on how the subsidy is being applied.And consumers want to see that, too, she said, on receipts from more stores.But Nunavut premier Joe Savikataaq said giving retailers more subsidy money wouldn’t guarantee better prices.“We would like to see more direct benefit and subsidy to Nunavummiut,” he said in a release.And Nunavut should have “a dedicated presence” on the program’s advisory board, the premier added.Food reformThis is the Liberal government’s first major overhaul of Nutrition North after it held public hearings into the plan in 2016.Jones said her party will bump the program’s budget to $14 million and add a harvesters’ support grant program to help cushion the high cost of hunting.Food insecurity is a huge issue in northern and remote communities, where there is usually only one major supermarket.Retailers say shipping – mostly by air – jacks up the prices while consumers wonder why junk food is priced much lower than healthy goods.As a result, diets are poor and can lead to health problems.Something Nutrition North is supposed to address but often misses the mark, as APTN Investigates revealed in this documentary.“Nearly 70 per cent of Inuit households in Nunavut are food insecure,” said Aluki Kotierk, president of Inuit rights group Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.“Inuit children are living in food insecure households at a rate eight times the national average, among the highest documented food insecurity rate for an Indigenous population in a developed country.”Kotierk said adding money to offset the high cost of hunting country food would help many families.“It is a necessary and integral part of Inuit culture,” she said in a release.“It is our safety net, at a time of major social changes.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Ingredients to make bannock to be included in Nutrition North program. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Trudeau government is trying to make Nutrition North more palatable.It announced updates Monday to the remote and northern food subsidy program developed by the Harper government, including bannock-making ingredients.“Our government firmly believes that policy created with Northerners, for Northerners is the most effective,” said Labrador Lib-MP Yvonne Jones in Iqaluit.“The changes to the subsidy rates and the food eligibility list announced today reflect what we have heard from Northerners about how we can better help them access healthy foods.”Jones, parliamentary secretary to the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade, said more groceries, along with baby formula, would be added to the list of products subsidized under the program after complaints from consumers.Frozen fruits and vegetables, infant food and formula, spaghetti, macaroni and dried beans will be covered under the expanded formula starting January 2019.The complete list is here: Nutrition NorthWatch Kent Driscoll’s story on Nutrition Northlast_img read more

Afghanistan UN agencies rushing relief to victims hit by natural disasters

The disasters have also damaged thousands of homes and killed hundreds of livestock, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At least 15 people lost their lives and over a dozen of others were injured by floods in Herat, Badakhshan, Parwan, Faryab and Takhar provinces. More than 2,000 families were affected by the floods in Herat, while about 800 families were hit in Badghis province and hundreds more in several other provinces. The Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA), along with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the local Red Cross are distributing relief supplies including tents, food and family kits, while the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is delivering medical supplies.Assessments are ongoing but the most urgent needs, said OCHA, are food, drinking water, shelter and health care. A major concern is the depletion of relief stocks across the country, and the Government has called for pre-positioning of relief items in expectation of more flooding in the near future.Aid agencies are also concerned that more rainfall and rapidly melting snow will exacerbate the situation, OCHA stated. 30 April 2009United Nations agencies and their partners are assisting the Government of Afghanistan in responding to flash floods, landslides and earthquakes which have struck various parts of the country in recent days, killing at least 15 people and leaving thousands homeless. read more

Calgary recruitment agency gives two cents on Albertas unemployment rate

by Chris Bowen Posted Aug 21, 2015 7:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2015 at 7:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FreeImages.com/Paul Pasieczny Calgary recruitment agency gives two cents on Alberta’s unemployment rate A Calgary recruitment agency is optimistic, despite Alberta’s higher rates of unemployment and people claiming employment insurance.Aditya Manchiraju, with Manpower, said although they’re seeing a significant slow down in oil and gas, some big projects are expected to begin in the coming months.“The winter projects that are going to come in the next little while is going to be very key for us, and most of our clients in the oil and gas are saying that the winter projects are still going to be strong,” Manchiraju said.Manchiraju added many applicants in the city are still picky about what they want to do, and what salary they should get, even though the number of Albertans on Employment Insurance was up 74 per cent in June compared to 2014. read more

Reducing Greenbelt area not an option as Ontario tackles housing shortage Wynne

TORONTO – Reducing the Greenbelt lands is not one of the options Ontario’s Liberal government is considering as it tackles housing shortage in the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday.The government, she said, is actually committed to expanding the Greenbelt, which is about 800,000 hectares of protected land that borders the Greater Golden Horseshoe area surrounding Lake Ontario.“The Greenbelt is a hugely important swath of land that is like the lungs of this highly populated part of the province, so that’s not something that we’re looking at,” said Wynne. “But we recognize that housing affordability is a huge, huge issue.”Finance Minister Charles Sousa has said he plans to include measures in the spring budget to address the red-hot housing market in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, while taking into account different circumstances in the rest of the province.The average price of a detached home in Toronto broke the $1.5-million mark for the first time last month.The province already doubled the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 and raised the same tax on homes that sell for more than $2 million. But Wynne said her government is looking at more ways to make it more affordable for people to get into the housing market.Sousa unsuccessfully urged Finance Minister Bill Morneau to include in his budget changes to the taxation of capital gains on the sale of homes that are not classified as a primary residence, as a way to address speculative investors flipping homes.Speculative investing in the real estate market — buying a home in the hope of turning a profit rather than to live in — is believed to be one of the culprits behind the soaring house prices.Ontario’s budget is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.The provincial government has proposed to add approximately 9,000 hectares to the Greenbelt, giving four parcels of land identified by Hamilton and Niagara Region “protected countryside” designation and 21 major river valleys and seven associated coastal wetlands “urban river valley” designation.The proposal also includes establishing Greenbelt-level protections for wetlands, woodlands and rivers beyond the Greenbelt. Reducing Greenbelt area not an option as Ontario tackles housing shortage: Wynne by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 9:20 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more