SRK back to small screen with ‘Got Talent’ special?

first_imgSuperstar Shah Rukh Khan is coming back to his roots – the small screen, soon, reveal sources.The Bollywood ‘Badshah’ is said to have been roped in to host a grand live show based on the hugely popular international series “Got Talent”, for a leading Hindi general entertainment channel in December.Shah Rukh will next be seen in Farah Khan’s multi-starrer Happy New YearA formal announcement of the show will be made at a press conference here Friday, but the source aware of the grand plans told IANS that the show will be one live event to be telecast on the channel.The source said that if things go as planned, international TV personality Simon Cowell, creator of “Got Talent” and “The X Factor”, may also visit Mumbai for the show, likely to be a first-of-its-kind twist on “Got Talent”. The live event will be held at the Andheri Sports Complex here in December.Meanwhile, the Indian television already has “India’s Got Talent”, the desi spin-off of Cowell’s show.Shah Rukh, one of Bollywood’s most iconic stars, is not new to the TV medium.The 48-year-old started his tryst with showbiz via television with shows like “Fauji” and “Circus”, and it was from there that he landed a role in his debut film “Deewana” 22 years ago.He returned to the medium to host the third season of the hugely popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and later he anchored “Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?” and “Zor Ka Jhatka”.advertisementOn the Bollywood front, Shah Rukh will be seen in Farah Khan’s multi-starrer “Happy New Year”, which happens to be tinsel town’s big ticket Diwali release this year.last_img read more

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first_imgKhattar also announced to set up a Sports Nursery and Stadium for Sakshis village — Mokhra Khas, which is also known as pehalwan village. “We took a number of steps for the promotion of sports in the State. In future, we are going to recruit 1000 coaches so that at village and block level sports is encouraged,” he said. Attacking the previous governments, Khattar said stadia were constructed but adequate facilities were not given. About BJP Governments Sports Policy, he said, “We have decided to catch them young. We will also set up a Sports University.” All the players from Haryana, who participated in the Rio Olympics, would also also be given Rs 15 lakh each. Khattar said that the Haryana Government had decided to give Rs 6 crore to Olympic gold medal winner, an amount which is highest in the world. Haryana is a state which is infamous for its skewed sex ratio and Sakshi today said upon her arrival at the airport that the girls should be given equal opportunities as boys. “The girls should be given equal opportunities like boys to express their talent and make the country proud in their chosen field,” she said. Sakshis father Sukhbir Malik became very emotional when he met his daughter and saw her medal while receiving her at the airport. “I am proud of her achievements. In fact, not just me, the entire country is proud of her. She has made the country and her state proud. Her medal belongs to India,” he said. He also spoke about people telling him that wrestling was not a sport for the girls. “Sometimes, some people used to say that she is a girl and this (wrestling) is not good for her. But in 2010, when my daughter won a medal in an event in Russia and later won an Asia Championship, then Commonwealth, everyone then wanted to be like Sakshi and emulate what she had done,” Sukhbir said. Meanwhile, last minute preparations are underway in Sakshis village to give her a grand welcome. A number of people have been flocking the wrestlers house to congratulate the family after Sakshi became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Before she heads to her village, Sakshi will make brief stopovers at a couple of villages in Rohtak district, including Ismaila village, where she will meet her maternal uncle. PTI SUN AKA CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

India are perfectly balanced, Sri Lanka have a lot to worry about: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly feels the Indian team won’t be challenged much by Sri Lanka throughout the duration of the tour. India on Saturday hammered Sri Lanka by 309 runs in the first Test at Galle to clinch a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The difference in quality between the two sided was clearly visible as India outplayed Sri Lanka in all three departments of the game throughout the four days of the match.On top of that, the hosts lost a key player in Asela Gunaratne, who got fractured his thumb while attempting a catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan in the very first session on Day 1 and was eventually ruled out of the match and subsequently the series.Captain Herath also injured his left hand while trying to stop a boundary hit by his counterpart Virat Kohli on Day 3 and couldn’t take any further part in the match.India, who resumed their innings on Day 4 at 189/3, declared their second innings on 240/3 after Kohli got to his 17th Test hundred, setting Sri Lanka an improbably target of 550 for victory.Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja then spun a web around the hosts and took three wickets each to bundle them out for 245 in the final session on Day 4.”India are perfectly balanced with so much firepower in their batting, bowling and fielding. Sri Lanka on the other hand, have a lot to worry about,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today.”The last two years they (Team India) have been wonderful, especially away from home. Under Anil they won everything in the West Indies and then came the home season.advertisement”I feel India won’t be challenged in these conditions. Kohli is absolutely right when he said in the post match ceremony that ‘they have been clinical in their performance’,” he added.The last time India toured Sri Lanka in August 2015, they lost in the Galle Test. Since then India have played 24 Test matches, winning 18, drawing five and losing just one. Not only this, India are the most successful Test side since December 2014 with 18 wins in 28 matches.But Ganguly is still of the opinion that Kohli’s team is yet to be tested in Test cricket and that can only happen once they travel to places like South Africa, England and Australia.”Virat hasn’t been tested yet. Sri Lanka is probably not the strongest Test side at the moment. For me, the fans as well as for Virat Kohli himself, the yardstick will be how well his side performs in South Africa, Australia and England.Talking about Kohli’s return to form, Ganguly said, “I don’t consider it a lean patch as he only struggled in one series. If you look at the Champions Trophy and the one-day series in West Indies, he has been in good touch.”And lastly, he reckons that Sri Lanka will have to get their act together in the bowling department otherwise they will be fielding for a very long time in the coming matches.”Sri Lanka have a lot to think about on how to get batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane out. If they don’t bowl well they will have to field a lot in these hot and humid conditions,” Ganguly said.last_img read more

Tours of India and Australia challenging and exciting: Jos Buttler

first_imgAhead of the five-match ODI rubber against Australia, starting on Sunday, English top-order batsman Jos Buttler on Thursday rated the tours of India and Australia as the toughest challenges for his side.England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler regarded tours to Australia and India as the Three Lions’ biggest challenges ahead of the five-match ODI series against Australia.Buttler, who is England’s limited-overs specialist of sorts, said that playing in India and Australia is exciting and a big challenge for the team.WATCH”Coming here and going away to India are the two biggest challenges for us in the last few years. Massive challenges for us and exciting ones,” Buttler was quoted as saying by ecb.co.uk.”The Australians became the world champions here at the MCG three years ago, so it will be a great test for us as a side.The England vice-captain was also confident of turning the tables around in the ODI series, which starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. He said that it will be a “great test” for the Englishmen, who were humiliated 0-4 in the preceding Ashes Test rubber.”We won’t be trying to change much with the way we play. You got to be smart and adaptable to the conditions and try to play the type of cricket we normally play,” he said.After the opener at the MCG, the visitors will play the second ODI in Brisbane on January 19, followed by the third game in Sydney on January 21.The final two games will be played at Adelaide (January 26) and Perth (January 28).advertisementThe ODI rubber between Australia and England will be followed by a T20I tri-series also involving New Zealand.(With inputs from IANS)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

LSU S Jamal Adams Blasts Tigers’ Fans For Leaving Basketball Game Early, Says They “Show No Loyalty”

first_imgJamal Adams rips LSU fans on Twitter.These LSU fans aren’t loyal. That’s what Tigers’ safety Jamal Adams thinks, anyway. Wednesday evening, LSU’s men’s basketball team lost to Tennessee, 78-63. Many Tigers’ fans were seen departing from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with minutes to go in the contest. This did not please Adams, a 6-foot, 206-pound rising sophomore on the LSU football team. I can’t hold my tongue. LSU fans show no loyalty. You expect so much from us athletes,but won’t stay and support through the whole game.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015LSU has been known for having such prideful and loyal fans, and I hate to see people ruining that image. The game’s not over until it ends.— JamalAdams™ (@TheAdams_era) March 5, 2015While it’s probably not smart for Adams to call out his school’s fan base on Twitter, he’s not wrong in expressing some frustration. It’s the final home game of the season – you can stay in your seats until the final buzzer sounds, LSU fans.last_img read more

Palisadoes Road Project Allocated $1.3 Billion

first_imgA sum of $1.3 billion has been allotted to provide outstanding payment for works which has been completed under the Palisadoes Shoreline and Road Project.  This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. The funds will also be used to undertake the restoration of 1.2 kilometres of sand dunes and mangroves this fiscal year. The project aims toprotect the integrity and viability of the investments made by the Government of Jamaica and ensure that its citizens have reliable access between home, school, healthcare facilities and work. It also seeks to have the (Palisadoes) corridor less susceptible to flooding, while also protecting the Kingston Harbour from storm surges. Under the project up to February 2013,  designs have been completed and contract selected; National Contracts Commission (NCC) approval has been obtained; Environmental permit has been received; and Haulage Road construction has been completed. The project, which began in July 2010, is being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, with funding from the China EXIM Bank. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Kinder Morgan Canadas pipeline woes hurting investment in Canada observers

first_imgCALGARY – The suspension of work on Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will have a “chilling” effect on overall investment in Canada, industry observers say.The company’s decision Sunday to impose a May 31 deadline for government reassurance that it can safely spend the bulk of the project’s $7.4-billion construction cost comes after two other projects were ended last year — TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s previously approved Northern Gateway.“We have become a high-political-risk jurisdiction because of the apparent ambivalence of government resolve to develop our resources. And we are a resource economy,” said Bob Skinner, executive fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, on Monday.He said Kinder Morgan and other megaproject developers are being prudent and acting in the shareholders’ interest when they halt the investment of billions of dollars in projects when they “have no idea” if it will be allowed to proceed to completion.In a statement on Sunday, CEO Alex Pourbaix of Trans Mountain shipper Cenovus Energy Inc. warned there will be a “chilling effect on investment … across the entire country” if the project fails.The potential halt of such energy projects does affect the Canadian economy as a whole, agreed CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal.“Energy investment is a very important part of total investment in Canada especially when it comes to rate of growth. To the extent that we see some uncertainty there, it can have a macro impact,” he said.The Trans Mountain expansion to add 590,000 bpd to its current 300,000 bpd capacity is needed to show Canada is a good place to do business, said a spokeswoman for Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which has a contract to ship 75,000 barrels per day on the new pipeline.“The government of Canada approved the Trans Mountain expansion project based on strong scientific evidence and deemed the project in the national interest following the completion of extensive and comprehensive environmental, stakeholder and regulatory reviews,” said Julie Woo in an email. “It is time to see this project through.”Business investment that should be coming to Canada is being diverted to the United States, Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay warned recently. He said the investment exodus is already underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, due to Ottawa’s lack of response to a U.S. tax overhaul.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said he is seeing the same discount prices for Canadian oil and gas drilling rights, assets and companies compared with those in the United States.He suggested the federal government could follow Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s suggestion of taking a financial stake in the Trans Mountain project, perhaps by offering to guarantee to repay Kinder Morgan’s investment if the project fails to proceed as promised, instead of offering only verbal support.“This is a profound issue for us and reflects not just on this one project. We’ve had a series, like Energy East and so on, that have painted Canada into a corner as a place to invest,” said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.“What happens here is going to reverberate into the future as far as how we do things in this country. We need to keep that in mind for all projects.”In a report in February, Scotiabank said delayed construction of pipelines including the Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and TransCanada’s Keystone XL is causing discounts for Canadian crude prices that are costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year, with the impact expected to moderate as more rail shipping capacity comes on line this year.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this article: (TSX:KML, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)last_img read more

Over 15 million in Africa benefit from return of cassava UN reports

“Having cassava back on the table is of major importance, especially to the region’s most vulnerable, who have been hit hard by this year’s global food crisis,” said Eric Kueneman, Chief of the FAO Crop and Grassland Service. In response to the epidemic, FAO partnered with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), working to distribute virus-free cassava planting material to over 300,000 small farmers in the countries – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda – struck by the virus.With each person in Africa consuming around 80 kilograms of cassava per year, Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) triggered a crisis which destroyed harvests throughout the region.In Uganda, the virus has decimated 150,000 hectares of cassava since the early 1990s, with resulting food shortages leading to localized famines in 1993 and 1997.“It’s sweet, not bitter,” said Ernest Nduwimana, a young farmer who lost his father during Burundi’s brutal civil war, who lives in northern Cibitoke province, the epicentre of the epidemic.Last year, the area’s fields were barren, but with the crop being good this year, there is enough to feed his family until next year’s harvest, he said.FAO’s Mr. Kueneman stressed that increasing the production of local crops such as cassava is a pillar of the agency’s response to the current food crisis, which plunged an additional 75 million people into poverty last year alone.High prices of food and fertilizer are just some of the problems the Great Lakes region faces, as recent outbreaks of violence in eastern DRC demonstrate further instability. Amid such circumstances, FAO suggests cassava can make a crucial difference, since the crop’s roots can be harvested whenever there is a need or left in the ground when farmers are driven from their land given that thieves find them difficult to dig out from the ground when unattended.Fighting the Disease began with the development of a series of disease-free cassava varieties by an FAO research partner in Nigeria.At the same time, the agency also kicked off a campaign to help individual Great Lakes nation, with the support of ECHO, which has contributed over €3 to date, and other donors. 13 November 2008Following years of massive crop losses caused by a devastating virus, the tropical root crop cassava – one of Africa’s principal foodstuffs – has made a comeback and is benefiting some 1.65 million people throughout the Great Lakes region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. read more

Donors at UN meeting urge Liberias government to fight corruption

The two-day meeting in Copenhagen, co-organized by the United Nations and the World Bank, brought together representatives of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, donor countries, international financial institutions, UN agencies, regional organizations and civil society organizations to review Liberia’s changing needs and priorities after its 14-year civil war.Participants emphasized that worries about graft and other issues threatened to derail progress thus far. “Persistent concerns about the preparations for the upcoming elections, reintegration strategy, funding shortfalls, and, widespread allegations of corruption and malfeasance have slanted discussions somewhat in the last weeks,” Poul Grosen, Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Nordic Office in Copenhagen, said, noting that momentum around Liberia’s transition had been shaken recently.According to Mats Karlsson, World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, effective economic governance is the key constraint to sustain peace and development. “We should not end up saying in six months from now that it was just a show of words in Copenhagen. Immediate action to address core economic government functions is imperative to follow this meeting,” he said.Participants agreed that fostering sustainable livelihoods, responding to the development needs of communities and building infrastructure should also be priorities in Liberia, where the unemployment rate hovers at about 85 per cent.”The elections are the good part of the Liberian story. The difficult part of the story is the need to restructure the Liberian army and provide schooling, clinics, roads and basic services enabling both internally displaced people and ex-combatants to return to their rural counties,” said Christian Herbert, Liberia’s Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs.”The risk of inaction to address these needs will place the whole peace process in jeopardy,” he said. read more

Profit of 654M for Saskatchewan gaming Crown in 201516

Profit of $65.4M for Saskatchewan gaming Crown in 2015-16 REGINA – SaskGaming’s annual report says the Crown corporation had another robust financial year with a profit of $65.4 million.Minister responsible Nancy Heppner says 2015-16’s strong results will directly benefit Saskatchewan communities.SaskGaming provided more than $517,000 in donations, sponsorships and support to 74 organizations, projects and events across the province last year.The Crown recorded revenue of just over $158 million in a 15-month period.That’s an increase of more than $30 million compared to results in the previous 12-month period before the reporting schedule was changed.SaskGaming also had a total guest count of 4.4 million people.“SaskGaming is a strong and profitable corporation that continues to deliver an excellent guest and employee experience in a time of challenging gaming market conditions,” said SaskGaming president and CEO Susan Flett.(CTV Regina) by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Unrealistic demands on UN peacekeeping costing lives and credibility – Guterres

UN Photo/Loey FelipeMark Rutte (centre), Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and President of the Security Council for the month of March, chairs the Council’s meeting on UN peacekeeping operations. Secretary-General António Guterres (left), and Jeffrey Feltman (right), Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, attended the meeting.“We urgently need a quantum leap in collective engagement,” he said, announcing the launch of a the Action for Peacekeeping initiative which will mobilize all partners and stakeholders to support peacekeeping efforts.“As peacekeeping marks its 70th anniversary, I hope we can develop a set of mutually-agreed principles and commitments to create peacekeeping operations fit for the future,” he said.The high-level open debate was convened by the Netherlands in its capacity as the President of the Security Council for the month of March. The meeting was chaired by the country’s Prime Minister, Mark Rutte.Alongside the Secretary-General, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and Fatimata Touré, Director of the Groupe de Recherche d’Etude de Formation Femme Action (GREFFA), a Malian non-governmental organization, also briefed the Council. “UN peacekeepers are often under-equipped, under-prepared and unready [and] there are gaps in command and control, in culture, in equipment and in training,” Mr. Guterres told a Security Council debate on improving UN peacekeeping operations.“Our peacekeepers are vulnerable, and they are targeted for attack,” he added.Last year, 59 peacekeepers lost their lives as a result of malicious act – highest number ever and a sharp increase over the year before when the figure was 34.Calling UN peacekeeping operations “a remarkable enterprise of multilateralism and international solidarity,” the UN chief underscored that they nevertheless also suffer as a result of unrealistic demands, and as a result, both lives and credibility are being lost.“A peacekeeping operation is not an army, or a counter-terrorist force, or a humanitarian agency. It is a tool to create the space for a nationally-owned political solution,” emphasized the Secretary-General.Please put an end to mandates that look like Christmas trees. Christmas is over, and [a UN mission] cannot possibly implement 209 mandated tasks — Secretary-General Guterres“Put simply, peace operations cannot succeed if they are deployed instead of a political solution, rather than in support of one.”He cited the need to concentrate on three key areas: refocusing peacekeeping with realistic expectations; make missions stronger and safer; and mobilize greater support for political solutions and for well-structured, well-equipped, well-trained forces.“These efforts are critical – but action by the Secretariat alone is not enough […] our chances of success increase dramatically when we work together with Member States and share burdens, risks and responsibilities,” added Mr. Guterres. read more

Chambery appoint Ivica Obrvan for new headcoach

← Previous Story SEHA GSS “BEST 7” in October Next Story → New contract: Mattias Andersson to finish career in Flensburg in 2017 Chambery Handballhandball coachhandball transfersivica obrvan The new head-coach of the French Chambery Savoie is Croatian expert Ivica Obrvan. One of the most successful Balkan coaches, in the past few years, has signed contract for the next two and a half years. He will continue his work with the Macedonian National team, with whom Obrvan qualified for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Qatar.Obrvan began his coaching career in the home team RK Metkovic, where he won the first big trophy – EHF Cup after thrilling final with SG Flensburg in 2000. He also had a lot of success with RK Gorenje, bringing them the first Slovenian title in the history, and RK C.O Zagreb, Croatian champions which played at EHF CL TOP 8 in the season 2011/2012.Obrvan has overtook the Macedonian NT in 2013. Macedonians have played at the Main Round of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 with him at the helm.The president of Chambery, Laurent Munier explained the decision:– We have about 20 applications for the new coach. We have decided for Ivica. His experience,  his vision of modern handball, his thirst for work, his desire to succeed are driving forces for the ambitions of the club. I want to live out this adventure with us – concluded Munier. read more

Awesome mathematical sculptures made out of playing cards office supplies

first_imgCreated by Zachary Abel, the amazing playing card structure above represents the geometric math shapes the artist is obsessed with and sees wherever he goes. Abel makes those sculptures out of cards, paper clips, lollipop sticks, binder clips, and other similarly mundane things.The sculpture above is named “Poker Faces”, and has two “lucky” characteristics. Taking thirty standard playing cards, Abel slit and assembled them into six intersecting pentagonal prisms. If you could look at the piece closely you might notice that four of the prisms display a royal flush. This is one of most difficult hands to receive in a five card deal. The odds of being dealt a Royal Flush in 5 cards is 1 in 649,739. It does happen, but obviously rarely. (I know several card players who would love to carry this around as a good luck charm.)To understand the second lucky aspect of the sculpture you need to be a math geek, as it pertains to the shape in which the cards are arranged. Because of the aspect ratio of the cards, each prism in the sculpture meet with all the other prisms in 12 five way junctures.Abel has several other pieces of art on his site that you can check out using the link below. Some of the best ones utilize office supplies, including the paper clip snub dodecahedron below, and then the excellent Impenetraball which is made out out 132 binder clips.Zachary Abel is a student at MIT, and obviously has got some brain power going on in his dome.Read more at Abel’s personal sitelast_img read more

Lloris calls for France to improve ahead of milestone

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris is adamant that they cannot produce another sloppy performance ahead of their game against Peru in Group CPaul Pogba’s lobbed shot deflected off Australia full-back Aziz Behich to hand France an unlikely win last Saturday after Mile Jedinak had cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s penalty with a spot-kick of his own.Lloris, who will make his 100th appearance for France in today’s game against Peru at Ekaterinburg, admits that they cannot afford to slip up again.“There is always pressure for all matches, especially when we started the World Cup,” said the 31-year-old, according to BT Sport.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“But this is when you have to go beyond your own capacities as a competitor.“Tomorrow is going to be a difficult match; if we do not raise our quality level, we are going to have some difficulties.“Peru are a quality team, a difficult team to beat. We know that the players are committed to playing for their country.“It is their last chance to go through the group stages so they are going to give everything and we are going to have to raise our quality level so we can get the three points.”last_img read more

West Hams penalty shootout hero Adrian thrilled with win

first_imgWest Ham United defeated Mainz 05 on penalties following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday with goalkeeper Adrian coming to rescue by saving a spot-kick, before scoring one of his own to ensure victory for the HammersManuel Pellegrini’s side managed to break the deadlock after 70 minutes at the Silberstadt Arena in Tuesday’s pre-season friendly due to Snodgrass’ cross finding Toni Martinez, who then headed home the opening goal.But the lead would only last for 10 minutes with Robin Quaison equalising for Mainz.With neither side able to score again, the tie was to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.And Adrian stepped up to save Pablo de Blasis’ effort, before then later coolly slotting home his own penalty-kick with Gaetan Bussmann sealing the victory for West Ham to hand the club the Betway Cup for the first time.“It was a very good result,” Adrian told the club website.Alisson Becker, LiverpoolReport: Injury update on Liverpool’s Becker George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Liverpool has released an update on Alisson Beckers progress as he recovers from injury.According to Liverpoolfc.com, there is still no timeline for the Brazillian…“At the end I saved one, I scored one and we won so I am very happy!“It was a good night for us, I thought we played really well. We played against a really good team in Mainz, they play attacking football and they press really high so it was a really good test for us.“I thought we pressed really well, we kept the ball and created good chances. We had the better chances and fortunately we got the win we deserved on penalties in the end. In pre-season it is important that every game you get better and put into practice the manager’s ideas. We are getting there, and it was another good performance.”The Spanish shot-stopper had asked to be one of West Ham’s first five takers, but was turned down by assistant coach Enzo Maresca.“I wanted to be one of the first five penalty takers! I told Enzo that I wanted to take one but they didn’t give me the chance! I was happy to take one, and to score for the team eventually,” he revealed.West Ham will now conclude their pre-season preparations with a final game against French club Angers SCO in Grodig on Friday.last_img read more

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu departs for 5day visit to

first_imgNew Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday emplaned for a five-day visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties with the three Baltic nations. Naidu is the first high-level dignitary from India to visit the three countries. “Embarking on a 5-day tour to 3 Baltic nations, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to strengthen bilateral ties. Happy to be the first high-level dignitary from India to visit the 3 nations. Being bid farewell by representatives of embassies of 3 countries on my departure from Delhi today,” Naidu said in a tweet before boarding the plane. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “Looking forward to productive delegation-level talks and fruitful interactions with heads of states, other dignitaries, business forums and the Indian diaspora,” said another tweet. Announcing the visit, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official A Gitesh Sarma had on Wednesday said that India and the Baltic countries have a historic connect and it is generally accepted that both have common linguistic roots notwithstanding the distance. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us On his visit to Lithuania from August 17 to August 19, the Vice President will meet the president of Lithuania. An India Lithuania business forum will be coordinated by CII from the Indian side. Thereafter, Naidu will visit Latvia from August 19 to 20 and will have bilateral meetings with the President, Prime Minister, acting speaker of the Saeima and other dignitaries. He will also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the national library in the country. Advertise With Us ASSOCHAM is coordinating India-Latvia Business forum from the Indian side. Here Vice President will lay reet at the freedom monument of Latvia and will unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi in the national library of Latvia. While on his visit to Estonia, Vice President Naidu will address the heads of missions’ conference. The India Estonia business forum would be led by CII from the Indian side. “This is a historic visit in the sense that it is long-awaited and Vice President’s visit would be the first-ever high-level visit to the three Baltic countries. This takes place when we are looking forward to increasing our political engagement as well a trade and commerce engagement,” the MEA official had said.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 200 points as bloodbath continues on Dalal Street Nifty falls

first_imgThe decision to increase the minimum public shareholding of listed firms to 35% did not go down well with the investor community.Reuters fileThe Union Budget 2019 did not go down well with market participants, as domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted nearly 250 points in early trade Tuesday (July 9), marking the third straight session of loss after the budget proposal.Both Sensex and Nifty fell as Dalal Street continued to react negatively to the Budget proposal.The surcharge on foreign portfolio investors, tax on buybacks and the proposal to increase minimum public shareholding of listed firms to 35 per cent have not been received well by the investor community, reports news agency IANS.The Sensex was trading 209.24 points lower at 38,511.33 at 9.16 am today. It opened at 38,754.47, from its Monday’s close of 38,720.57, when the markets logged record fall and the Sensex ended 792 points lower.The Nifty declined by 77.35 points or 0.67 per cent to 11,481.25.All the sectoral indices were trading in the red apart from metal and pharma stocks. Shares of companies including HDFC twins, Asian Paints, Kotak Bank, HUL, Bajaj Finance and Axis Bank fell up to 2.19 per cent. While, Yes Bank, PowerGrid, Sun Pharma, NTPC, L&T, RIL and Vedanta were among the gainers, rising up to 2.90 per cent.During the early trade, the Tata Consultancy Services was trading 1.52 per cent lower. However, the firm will announce its quarterly result today. Speaking to news agency IANS Rusmik Oza, Head of Research, Kotak Securities said, “Equity markets were expecting some kind of fiscal stimulus from the budget but there has been a big disappointment.”last_img read more

Ethereum takes no 1 spot in India as crypto regulations haunt Bitcoin

first_imgA visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin on October 23, 2017, in London, England.Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesThe Indian government’s tough stance on cryptocurrencies has sent cold shivers down the spine of many Bitcoin traders.The repeated cautionary circulars from the central bank and government authorities have taken a toll on Bitcoin’s popularity in India, according to a research.Ethereum has topped the search for cryptocurrency in India, commanding a share of 34.6 percent in the overall currency searches compared to about 30 percent share garnered by Bitcoin, a new research by free internet provider Jana revealed.The next popular currency was BuyUCoin with a 21.3 percent share, followed by Dash at 5.3 percent, Neo at 4.3 percent and Litecoin at 2.4 percent, respectively.Popular currency search terms and exchange site visits were analyzed across the company’s mCent browser application from October 2017 to February. Source: JanaAnother interesting highlight was that Ethereum’s popularity over Bitcoin grew over time, where Ethereum searches were twice that of Bitcoin during last week of February.India currently has around 10 cryptocurrency exchanges with 5 million users and monthly volumes of Rs 10,000 crore ($1.5 billion), according to industry estimates from early January.The revelation by Jana comes at a time when the governments around the world are tightening their noose on cryptocurrencies and India is not far behind.India’s aversion to virtual currencies was first displayed in December 2013 when the central bank issued a few words of caution.While there are still no clear regulations or proper jurisdiction, officials at the top echelons of the government, including finance minister Arun Jaitley have expressed his strong dislike for virtual currencies.”Our data shows that despite growing interest in cryptocurrencies as of late last year, recent confusion and questionable nature of crypto as legal tender in India has had a noticeable chilling effect,” said Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana.”As the hype cycle has started to unwind, we’re also seeing a huge departure both on the total number of searches, as well as visitors to these sites, which will continue to impact consumer appetite for investing.”Following the central bank’s orders, top lenders across the country suspended accounts of major bitcoin exchanges even as the Registrar of Companies stopped registration of firms dealing in them.As governments around the world began cracking down on bitcoins, the confidence of investors in the cryptocurrencies also witnessed a steep erosion.In the first quarter of 2018, bitcoin has shed more than half of its value. The currency has also lost $120 billion in market cap in this period.last_img read more