BJP wins big in Dhule, Sena emerges ‘kingmaker’ in Ahmednagar

first_imgThe ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Dhule Municipal Corporation (DMC) polls winning 51 of the 74 seats. However, ally Shiv Sena, sprung a surprise to emerge as the largest party in Ahmednagar winning 22 of the 68 seats.The BJP trounced all opposition in Dhule to seize the civic body in a win reminiscent of its victories in Jalgaon and Sangli civic elections in August this year. The party contested only 62 seats in Dhule and won 51, a massive improvement from its three seats in 2013.In Dhule, the BJP’s biggest threat, rebel legislator Anil Gote came a cropper with his faction, contesting under the banner of Lok Sangram party won only one seat.The Congress-NCP combine won 14 seats while the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which fielded candidates from 13 seats, bagged three seats in a creditable debut in Dhule civic elections. Sena got two seats.“The people of Dhule have placed their trust in the BJP. There was no factionalism within our party during our campaign,” said Girish Mahajan, poll in-charge for the Dhule civic body.“The public has voted for the BJP to bring about development and change, and clearly rejected the corrupt NCP-Congress,” said Subhash Bhamre, Dhule’s BJP MP who is also the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Defence.The BJP threw everything into the fight to win the Dhule and Ahmednagar cvic bodies including public rallies by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in both districts.Larger issues like the impact of the Maratha reservation to pressing developmental problems were relegated to oblivion in a campaign marked by money and muscle power.Reacting to his party’s poor performance, Mr. Gote alleged that the BJP had won Dhule by inducting criminals, distributing money on a large scale and tampering with EVMs.“This [win] is not any achievement of the BJP…It marks a black day for Dhule’s public which has been hoodwinked by the ruling party. Of the 62 BJP candidates 57 have been imported from other parties. Of these 28 are history-sheeters, while 14 are hardcore criminals. What kind of governance is the BJP planning to give?” Mr. Gote said. Sympathy wave?However, the BJP floundered in Ahmednagar where the Sena with its 22 seats has emerged as the single largest party and power broker. The Congress and the NCP, contesting jointly, has won 25 seats while the BJP has been pushed to third place, winning only 14 seats – an improvement from nine in 2013.The BJP will now have to ally itself with the Sena if it wants to secure power in Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC).Commenting on a possible alliance with the BJP, senior Sena leader and former MLA Anil Rathod said his party may consider “forging a coalition with BJP old-timers”.The double murder of two Shiv Sena leaders in April this year also cast a shadow in Ahmednagar civic poll dictated largely by clan antagonisms.In contrast to the BJP, no top leader campaigned for Sena in Ahmednagar which saw the latter party riding on a minor sympathy wave as a result of the double murder.The BJP top gun in Ahmednagar, Dilip Gandhi, MP, received a major setback with his son and daughter-in-law both losing heavily. A surprise however, was sprung by former BJP leader and AMC’s ex-deputy mayor Shripad Chhindam, who won by 2,000 votes. Mr. Chhindam was in the eye of a storm in February for alleged derogatory remarks against Chhatrapati Shivaji.While the counting was largely peaceful, there were stray instances of scuffle between party activists and the police in both districts, resulting in mild lathi charge by security personnel at the counting centres.last_img read more

Assam will provide legal support to Indian citizens left out of NRC list, says Minister

first_imgThe Assam government Saturday claimed many genuine Indian citizens have been left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), but said they do not need to panic as they have option to appeal in the Foreigners Tribunal (FT). Speaking to PTI, Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, said the government will provide legal support to the Indian citizens not finding place in the NRC list. “One thing is sure that many genuine Indians were left out of the NRC. However, they don’t need to panic and worry. They can appeal in the FTs,” Mr. Patowary said. If the genuine Indians, who were not included in the NRC, require assistance in appealing in the Tribunal, the government will assist them, he added. “We have increased the number of FTs to 300 from 100 earlier. The additional FTs will start functioning from Monday. So people can result approach the FTs,” said Mr. Patowary, who is also the spokesperson of the Assam government. When pointed out to the allegation of the AASU that less number of exclusions was due to government’s inaction, the senior minister said that the entire exercise was carried out under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court. “In the entire process, we provided the logistic support. We had no other role. Even the NRC State Coordinator was directly reporting to the SC and did not share any information with us,” he added.Mr. Patowary said that from the 41 lakh excluded in the complete draft of the NRC, those who applied with proper documents were verified and included. “Because of the less number of exclusions and wrongful inclusions, we had filed an affidavit in the SC seeking sample re-verification of 20 per cent of the names. But the SC did not agree to our request,” he added. The State and the central governments had appealed the top court twice for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh, and exclusions in the NRC. The apex court in strong words earlier this month said the entire NRC exercise cannot be ordered to be re-opened on the basis of certain parameters. The final NRC was published on Saturday by excluding 19,06,657 persons. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.last_img read more

Chiragh Kumar starts BILT Open golf title defence on home course

first_imgChiragh Kumar will start his title defence at the Rs 1 crore BILT Open golf, starting on his home course, the Delhi Golf Club, on Wednesday.The tournament will also have the likes of Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, stalwarts Mukesh Kumar and Ashok Kumar, as well as Harendra P Gupta, Rashid Khan and Shamim Khan, the top three players on the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), in a field of 125 players.Chiragh has a special connection with the DGC as other than being his home course, it’s the venue where he won the Rs 1crore LG Masters event in 2010 and shot into limelight after finishing second at the Asian Tour’s Indian Open last year.He clinched the BILT title last year at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida, but wants to cash in on the home advantage this time.”It’s my home course and I want to make the most of it. But at the same time, I don’t want to be complacent because it’s such a tough course that even a single error can cost you the title. My aim will be to remain error-free in order to finish on a high,” he said at the launch of the tournament here on Tuesday.”It’s good to be a defending champion in any tournament but it is not putting any pressure on me. I want to play good game and finish on a high,” he said.Also in the field is Sri Lankan Mithun Parera, who won the first PGTI tournament in Sri Lanka – the Standard Chartered Open in August. As one with experience of playing in India since his amateur days, Parera is known for his accurate hitting off the tee, which is useful due to the tight fairways at the DGC.”The course suits my style as I hit straight. I find fairways more often than on the other courses. If I play to potential, I could be in the mix in the money rounds,” said Parera, who was tied 15th at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open at the DGC in March-April.About the course conditions, Chiragh says, “It is playing well. The speed of the greens is good which could make scoring easier.”But Parera added that wind could be a factor.”I played a practice round today and there is a lot of wind on the course. If it stays during the tournament, it could be the deciding factor. I am guessing anyone who scores 10-under will take the trophy,” he said.Meanwhile, Yogesh Aggarwal, MD and CEO of BILT group, said that the company has renewed its contract with the PGTI to run the tournament for three years.”We are renewing our contract with the PGTI for the tournament for three more years (2013-2015). However, there will be no increase in prize money in those years,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Did you call me a veteran? Djokovic jokes after passing Shapovalov test at Australian Open

first_imgTop seed Novak Djokovic expressed surprise after he was addressed as a veteran by the presenter at Australian Open during an on-court interview after a third-round win over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.Djokovic was asked what he thinks of the newer generation of players and the challenges they have been offering himself and his nemesis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over the last few years. Before replying to the question, the defending champion paused and asked the presenter if he really thought he was one among the veterans of the sport.Djokovic’s response cracked up the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena. Here’s an exact of his on-court interview after the third-round win over Shapovalov.Presenter: What was fun to watch though is to see you a veteran, one of our (Australian Open) all-time greats dealing with these new generation players. It’s a really fun time in tennis because we have you, Roger and Rafa still playing so well. But this young fun generation that Denis is part of, Alex Demeanor who played Rafa last night, Tsitsipas who is playing Federer. There are so many interesting players, including your next opponent Daniil Medvedev. What’s it like for you to see the new wave of tennis players and the challenges they present?Djokovic: Wait Did you call me a veteran?Presenter: I think you are a veteran, you have won 14 majors, you have got to be on the tour for a while to be able to do that.Djokovic: I think you mentioned all the names… the players that are led by probably Sascha Zverev, who is 21 but he has established himself as one of the top three-four players, won some major tournaments recently. It’s great to see new faces, young players challenging the best players in the world, coming out with confidence, I salute that.advertisementHey, have you met @DjokerNole the “veteran”? #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019Djokovic had regained his composure after a third-set meltdown to stave off the challenge of Shapovalov and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory earlier in the day.The 14-time Grand Slam winner stamped his authority early on by breaking the 19-year-old’s serve three times and converted his only break point opportunity in the second set while leading 5-4 to take a 2-0 lead.The 31-year-old lost his cool in the third set, however, after his request to turn off the artificial lights was ignored and he muttered to himself angrily and before losing two consecutive break of serves to concede the set.The Serb let out his frustration with a huge roar when he broke Shapovalov early in the fourth, though, and romped through the rest of the set to remain on course for an unprecedented seventh title at Melbourne Park.Djokovic also had a word of praise for Canadian teenager, Shapovalov: “Denis has played well, towards the end of the third set and I made some unforced errors. Got him back into the match. Definitely, he is going to be one of the players whom we’re going to see a lot in the future.”Also Read | When legends meet: Virat Kohli posts priceless photo with Roger Federer at Australian OpenAlso Read | You did amazing, don’t cry: Serena Williams consoles teary-eyed Dayana YastremskaAlso Read | Australian Open: Naomi Osaka battles past Hsieh Su-wei in 3 sets to reach quarterfinalsAlso See:last_img read more

T20 freelancers set the tone for West Indies’ 2019 ICC World Cup agenda

first_imgFree spirits to some, mercenaries to some others — the T20 swashbucklers from the West Indies are expectedly lighting up the IPL and for the first time in decades, igniting hopes of an international revival with the World Cup being their stage.Only a month and half is left for the ICC 50-over showpiece in England and the sought-after T20 freelancers from the assortment of Caribbean islands could shape the agenda of the marquee event, which has been won twice by them but back in 1975 and 1979.The 39-year-old Chris Gayle has already confirmed his participation after Cricket West Indies moved away from the controversial Dave Cameron era, when these freelancers were frowned upon. Under Ricky Skerritt, there could be a paradigm shift in the philosophy of the selection process.The likes of Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell could well be back in the mix to wear the Windies maroons in England.The West Indies cricket establishment, for long, has treated the Pollards, Narines and the Russells with iron gloves for their commitment towards franchise leagues when all they did was to earn their livelihood which the parent body could never assure for want of funds.However, the current Indian Premier League, in all its might, has shown that on big occasions, talent and ability to achieve the unthinkable trumps commitment and hard work.Sample this: Between Chris Gayle (18), Kieron Pollard (17) and Andre Russell (25), the West Indians have accounted for 60 sixes in the first three weeks of the T20 extravaganza.advertisementFormer West Indies skipper and chairman of selectors Jimmy Adams has certainly taken note of that.”There’s been a lot of turmoil in West Indies cricket over the last couple of years. But things have changed in the past couple of weeks,” Pollard said after his incredible 31-ball 83 for Mumbai Indians in a successful chase against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night.”I was one of the guys blacklisted. The most I can do is to put runs on the board every time I step out on the cricket field,” he added.Pollard had refused to play the domestic 50-over tournament in the past and had been penalised but things are changing.And no one knows it better than Andre Russell 2.0, which has, in the past one year, emerged from shadows of ‘Muscle Russell’, an erratic talent sporadically playing a great knock.Mahendra Singh Dhoni put it with a straight face in the Chennai Super Kings documentary ‘Roar of the Lion’ about Russell’s power-hitting.”You can a have fielder inside the circle, outside the circle but not outside the stadium. Even parents of cricketers watch matches. One shouldn’t be so ruthless,” Dhoni had said about Russell referring to a match against KKR in Chennai during the 2018 edition.Humbled by a one-year dope ban in 2017, a changed Russell looks set to intimidate, leaving bowlers confused.And then there is Sunil Narine, who is now more of a pinch-hitter expected to take the bowlers on during Powerplays besides bowling wicket to wicket with his changed action.Add to it, the youthful exuberance of Alzarri Joseph and Shimron Hetmyer along with Shai Hope, it could scare the daylights out of any bowling attack.And last but not the least is ‘The Universe Boss’, who is expected to once again stand and deliver in a few matches, while flashing his toothy grin.The Jamaican ‘Rum Punch’, in fact, could just be ideal for the cricket lovers in the fickle English weather as Gayle gears up for his final hurrah.Also Read | Consistency key for dangerous West Indies at 2019 ICC World Cup: Brian Laralast_img read more


first_imgThe Sioux City Council has approved a development agreement to restore the old Warrior Hotel at 6th and Nebraska Streets in the downtown area.Local businessman Lew Weinberg, along with St. Louis-based developer Restoration St. Louis, plan to turn the former Warrior Hotel and Davidson buildings into a Marriott brand hotel:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………things such as that. :24Weinberg plans to restore the 88 year old Warrior and the 105 year old Davidson Building into a 146 room boutique hotel with 22 luxury apartments and additional commercial and retail space.The financial package would include a partially forgivable $5 million loan, a portion of the city’s share of hotel-motel taxes generated by the facility, property tax incentives, and reduced rates for city ramp parking.The project is targeted for an early 2020 completion date.last_img read more

Glenn Spencer on His Defense: ‘They’re Going to Have to Go through Some Tough Times’

first_imgLosing Emmanuel Ogbah, Jimmy Bean, Kevin Peterson and Seth Jacobs would make any defensive coordinator lose some sleep during the spring. Glenn Spencer doesn’t sleep anyway though so it doesn’t matter combats this by talking his teams into greatness.Consider his soliloquy on how spring ball is going.“They’re still trying to figure out [the dynamic with players leaving],” said Spencer. “They’re going to have to go through some tough times and we’re going to have to go through some long, scrimmage-type situations this spring and get tested a little bit. “You can’t really tell a lot when everything is going good. We’re going to put them in some tough situations to try to find out what our character is and what we’re made of; so right now that’s an unknown, and I told them that. That’s what we have to find out. This group has got to find its identity. They’ve got to find that heartbeat. That’s going to allow them to accomplish good things and that’s a work in process.”There are several players — Justin Phillips and Jordan Brailford to name two — that I’m excited about. Spencer is right, though. You don’t really find out about dudes until they face a little adversity. Thankfully, he’s not short on providing that for his troops. Hopefully it will translate come September.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ramos backs misfiring Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid Misfiring Ronaldo can still make a difference for Madrid – Ramos Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:05 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Sergio Ramos Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Las Palmas Las Palmas The struggling striker has only scored once in La Liga this term but Sergio Ramos leapt to the defence of his Merengue team-mate on Sunday Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admitted Cristiano Ronaldo is upset by his lack of goals in LaLiga but he backed the misfiring four-time Ballon d’Or winner to return to the scoresheet.Ronaldo fired another blank as La Liga holders Madrid bounced back from their Champions League defeat at Tottenham midweek with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday.Real 6/4 to beat Atleti in derby Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid’s all-time leading scorer turned provider for Isco in the second half but Ronaldo endured another frustrating out – his third consecutive league match without a goal.Ronaldo has only scored once in LaLiga this term but Ramos leapt to the defence of his team-mate and Karim Benzema.Three goals. Three points. #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017″Cristiano and Karim’s goals will come in. Karim is more generous in that sense,” Ramos told Movistar.”Cristiano is certainly going home upset when he does not score.”But we do not worry that they have scored few goals because they make a difference and what matters is winning, and the goals will come.”Madrid are third in the table, eight points adrift of bitter rivals Barcelona after 11 matches.Ramos, whose Madrid were led by goals from midfielders Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco, added: “The team played for the victory from the first minute.”Las Palmas kept men behind the ball and after the first goal, they tried to play on the counter.”We took advantage of the spaces and the victory is very important for us.”last_img read more

Colin Cowherd Implies Alabama Scheduled Wisconsin Because He Ripped Nick Saban For His Scheduling Practices

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.Last week, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd ripped Nick Saban, accusing the Crimson Tide head coach of failing to schedule difficult non-conference matchups. Saban actually responded, explaining his thoughts on the matter. A few days later, Alabama announced it had scheduled a home-and-home series with Wisconsin for 2024-2025.Wednesday, Cowherd, on his radio show, essentially implied that he is the reason that Alabama got on the phone with Wisconsin to schedule the series. To say that he went in on Saban would be an understatement.Here’s what he had to say:“You know how in our business, Joy, people say they don’t listen? But they always hear it. They push back on social media. Everybody says ‘I never hear the noise.’ Listen, if there was a guy on radio and TV blasting you all day, would you not hear about it? If not directly, from friends? So Nick Saban – ‘I don’t listen to the critics.’ Really? So a week ago I blasted Alabama. I said the reason you’re struggling to sell out your games, even though you’re winning all your football games, is this garbage home schedule you give to your fans – it’s garbage.Three or four times a year they play Panera Bread and Roast Beef Tech and Alabama students are like ‘I’m not paying top dollar for this – I’m not waiting for the Auburn game, I’m not waiting for the Georgia game.’ It’s garbage.So a day later, Alabama does something they haven’t done in six years. They scheduled a home-and-home with Wisconsin. Oh interesting. They don’t hear though, Nick never hears anything. Alabama is shrinking their stadium this year – shrinking the capacity. Why? Because kids don’t want to go even though they win. Because fans want to be entertained. It’s not entertaining beating Citadel 58-8.And I like Nick Saban. But he controls four games a year on that schedule. And he won’t play legitimate teams. ‘Well it’s really difficult for us to get a home-and-home.’ Funny, two days after I ripped you, you found Wisconsin. It’s not hard at all. But you have to be willing to go to Wisconsin.Call Chris Petersen up at Washington. They’ll do a home-and-home with you, but you’re going to have to go to Seattle. And you don’t like leaving the South.”Alabama hasn’t scheduled too many difficult non-conference games in recent years, but Cowherd is wrong about one thing – the six years comment. In the past year or two, Alabama has actually scheduled future home-and-home series with Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.Either way, Saban likely won’t be around for any of these games. Whoever inherits Alabama’s program will have some tough non-conference slates every year.last_img read more

IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clash

first_img commentary advertisement IPL 2019: R Ashwin rues batting flop show after KXIP lose to RCB in tense clashThough chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit. graphs No data available!center_img Ajay Tiwari BengaluruApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 13:39 IST Ashwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuitHIGHLIGHTSAshwin was disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought hard for most of the gameAshwin also blamed his batsmen for not staying longer at the creaseAshwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business endKings XI Punjab (KXIP) endured another defeat against a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on March 24 when they fell short by 17 runs while chasing a mammoth target of 203 setup by the opponents. The defeat has left the R Ashwin led franchise with just 5 wins needing to win their remaining three fixtures of IPL 2019 to have a shot at making the playoffs.Though chasing a total in excess of 200 is never easy, skipper Ashwin was visibly disappointed at having missed out on another victory having fought tooth and nail for most of their target pursuit.After stifling RCB with the wickets of Virat Kohli and Moeen Ali, KXIP had a chance to limit their opponents to a below par total. But AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis combined with some poor bowling saw RCB cruising past 200 – a total that was always going to be difficult to chase. Ashwin also blamed his senior batsmen for not staying longer at the crease in order to support the chase till the end.”I think AB de Villiers is someone who definitely makes the difference in those end overs. As I said our execution was all over the place for the last 2-3 overs. When you are chasing 200, you’d ideally like one of your batsmen to make 70 or 80. We were in it but we also lost momentum like RCB did during the overs 10-14 so we couldn’t really get back. But I thought that Nicholas Pooran played really well and he got us back in the game. We were cruising with 45 odd needed off 4 overs but it’s quite disappointing that we couldn’t finish the game from thereon,” added Ashwin.advertisementWhen asked what went wrong for KXIP in Bengaluru, Ashwin blamed the erratic execution of plans in the death overs – both while bowling and batting.”I thought we just lost a little bit of our execution – not a little bit but quite a bit – towards the end. Three overs for 60-odd runs wasn’t desirable but we were in the chase all along but we just couldn’t finish it off in the sense that the teams that play the crunch situations or a crunch couple of balls end up winning the game in T20s. So that’s what you back the senior players to do. Didn’t quite turn out that way. That’s exactly how it’s gone for us in the entire tournament. Whenever we have played those crucial moments we’ve won and whenever we haven’t we have lost it. The games have been really really tight for us,” said Ashwin.With 30 runs required off the last two overs, Ashwin admitted that the team still believed they could do it as Pooran was going great guns.”I think it was still gettable on this ground against a bowling attack that we have seen crumble before. We did back ourselves with Pooran going really strong but like I said it’s a matter of 1 or 2 balls when you can’t connect. The margin was really close but not closing games has really been the downside of our season so far. Hopefully we can correct it in the coming games,” said the off-spinner.In the final over, Ashwin hit the first ball for a six, but on the very next delivery, he hit one straight to Kohli at long-on off Umesh Yadav’s bowling. Kohli celebrated in his typical usual self, giving Ashwin a fiery send-off.Ashwin, on his part, was also seen throwing his gloves in the dugout in anger.”I just played with passion, so does he (Virat). That’s it. As simple as that,” Ashwin said.Passions aside, Ashwin knows that they need to win all their remaining games to avoid getting knocked out of the business end of the tournament but insisted that the team will take it ‘one game at a time’.”We don’t have the time to think about that but I think we have a couple of platyers who wil be fit for the game against Hyderabad which is abig boost for us. You can look at it as 3 out of 3 now but it’s very important for us to take one game at a time. We have played some good cricket to end up winning only 5 games so far. It’s not very pleasing that way but going into the rest of the matches I’m pretty confident that we can turn it around,” signed off Ashwin.Also Read | IPL 2019: KXIP have failed to win pressure moments, says R AshwinAlso Read | Watch: Royal Challengers Bangalore euphoric after 3rd straight win in IPL 2019advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow R AshwinFollow IPL 2019Follow RCBFollow KXIPFollow AB de Villiers scorecard view more view lesslast_img read more

Wayfair Discounts Bedding and Rugs From Its New Eider and Ivory Line

first_imgAdd some European style to your bathroom with the Eider & Ivory Angelia tassel shower curtain. It’s made of 100-percent cotton and is machine-washable, but most notable about its design is its neat tasseled border that gives it a bit more visual flair than your standard shower curtain. The Angelia tassel shower curtain is on sale for $30-$35 depending on color (down as much as 62 percent from its normal price), with four colors remaining in stock.See itCastorena Dearmond 400 Thread Count Cotton Sheet Set A good bathrobe is something that every adult should own, and the Eider & Ivory Bradley bathrobe is a fine choice that does not disappoint. It’s made of soft, plush, machine-washable cotton – no stifling, skin-irritating synthetic materials here – and features a traditional belted bathrobe design with two large pockets. The Bradley bathrobe is discounted to as low as $59, but hurry, as only three colors (including the classic white) are still in stock.See itAngelia Cotton Tassel Shower Curtain How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Like your daily morning coffee, drying off with a soft cotton towel after a shower is one of life’s simple little pleasures. The Eider & Ivory Cartwright towel set is made from Turkish cotton, famous for its longer fibers that make these towels light-yet-durable, while also imparting an absorbent texture. The Cartwright Turkish cotton towel set includes two large bath towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths, and all nine colors are on sale right now for $57 (marked down 69 percent from their usual price of $185).See itRobie Ribbed Piano Key Bath Rug In an age of synthetic fabrics, cotton remains king when it comes to bedding. It’s soft, airy, and easy to wash and keep fresh, as the all-cotton Eider & Ivory Antenore Modern Living woven stripe coverlet shows. It features a warm and subtle gray color, so it complements just about any room, while its muted stripe pattern keeps it out of monochrome territory. A 54-percent discount brings the Antenore woven stripe coverlet down to just $59 for the queen size or $65 for a king size bed.See itCarlson Duvet Cover Set 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Throws are one of those home essentials that perform double duty as functional decor, adding a cozy touch to any room while also keeping you warm when you’re curled up on the couch in the fall and winter catching up on Netflix. The Eider & Ivory Winding Wave throw would be a great functional accent to add to any living room, family den, study, or bedroom. It’s made of acrylic, offering wool-like warmth without the scratchiness, and is machine-washable. All five colors are on sale right now for just $21, or 30 percent off.See itCartwright 6 Piece Turkish Cotton Towel Set If you like the Antenore striped coverlet but have a twin size bed, then the Eider & Ivory Carlson duvet cover set is a great alternative. Made of 100-percent cotton with a 400 thread count, the Carlson duvet features a bolder light blue stripe pattern. It also includes both a duvet cover (a large comforter-like blanket that goes over your actual comforter) and pillow sham. Normally $125, the Carlson twin size duvet cover set can be yours for $63 after a 50-percent discount. Queen and king sizes are also available for a bit extra and come with two pillow shams each.See itBradley Bathrobecenter_img If you’ve just been putting a towel down after your shower or your current bath mat lets water seep through and puddle on your floor, then consider upgrading to the Eider & Ivory Robie ribbed piano key bath rug. Like the Cartwright towels, it’s made of thick and absorbent Turkish cotton that will make sure sure water doesn’t get all over the bathroom when you step out of the bath. The Robie ribbed piano key bath rug two-pack comes in four colors, all of which are currently on sale for $26, which comes to just $13 per rug.See it You spend a third of your life asleep in bed, so why skimp on your bed sheets? The Eider & Ivory Castorean Dearmond sheers are woven of 100 percent sateen cotton with a thread count of 400, likely making them an upgrade over whatever you’ve got on your bed right now. The Castorena Dearmond cotton bed sheets are available in a ton of colors and are on sale for between $39 and $43 for the twin size, as much as 47 percent off their usual price (larger sets are available for a few dollars more). A few shades are already out of stock, though, so act quickly.See itLightweight Down Comforter Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Down has been a popular choice for bedding for centuries, from quilted mattress toppers to soft comforters like this one. Down bedding today, for better or for worse, tends to be made with synthetic fillers, but the Eider & Ivory lightweight down comforter is all natural: It’s filled with genuine 550-600 fill power goose feathers in a 233-thread count, 100-percent cotton shell, so it will keep you warm in the chilly months, and not too hot in the summer. Normally $180, the lightweight down comforter is now on sale for $74 (a 59-percent discount).See itWinding Wave Throw Wayfair is one of the biggest online marketplaces for furniture and home decor, and the retailer has recently thrown its own hat into the ring with its new Eider & Ivory line of bedroom and bathroom furnishings. The Eider & Ivory brand has more than 250 items in its lineup, and better still, about half of its offerings are on sale right now at pretty generous discounts.If you’re looking to spruce up your bathroom or you’re in the market for some plush new bedding to help you stay comfy this autumn, then read on: We’ve picked out a large handful of the best Eider & Ivory bed and bath essentials on sale from Wayfair. Some selections are already out of stock in certain sizes and colors, so if something catches your eye, be ready to grab it before it’s gone.Antenore Modern Living Woven Stripe Coverlet 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

Safer Streets and Communities Task Force Members Announced

first_imgA diverse group of Nova Scotians will gather information from across the province on preventing and addressing crime. Justice Minister Murray Scott announced the Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities today, Dec. 8. “I am impressed by the overwhelming knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of those who applied for membership,” said Mr. Scott. “It is so encouraging to see this many people interested in building stronger communities for the benefit of their fellow Nova Scotians.” More than 80 people applied and 25 were selected for the task force. Because of the large response, regional subcommittees will also be created to support the task force. The project was announced earlier this year and a call for applications closed in October. Task force applications were reviewed to ensure a broad cross-section of representation. “We have attracted people with varied backgrounds, including policing, youth programming, child development and protection, higher education, and restorative justice,” said Mr. Scott. “The members are also diverse in age, cultural background and geography, and will bring a wide variety of perspectives to this important work.” Task force members are: Jim MacLeod, Sydney; Frank MacArthur, New Glasgow; Franz Kesick, Truro; Stephanie Simonsen, Truro; Frank Beazley, Halifax; Brad Parks, Port Hawksbury; Steve Miller, Newport; Frank Capstick, Glace Bay; David Olding, Halifax; Owen Carrigan, Halifax; Jemell Moriah, Dartmouth; Collette Williams-Dooks, Jeddore; Jane Moffatt Schnare, Bridgewater; Janice Fraser, New Glasgow; Barb Dewtie, Pictou; Timothy Cremo, Eskasoni; Carolann Wright Parks, Beechville; Pamela Harrison, Halifax; Tara Connolly, Halifax; Donald Jacquard, Yarmouth; Tim Crooks, Halifax; Barbara Simmons, Cole Harbour; Oralee O’Byrne, Parrsboro; Harold Miller, River Phillip and Ingrid Brodie, Kentville. In the new year, the task force will hold focus-group meetings with community representatives across the province. A website will be set up to receive comment from interested Nova Scotians. The information will help create a provincial crime prevention strategy. “We are approaching crime prevention through significant and serious law enforcement, coupled with programs that address the root causes of crime,” said Mr. Scott. “The roots of solutions exist within Nova Scotian communities, and gathering the views of involved, concerned and knowledgeable people is an essential step.”last_img read more

AIBOC delegation meets MoS Finance Thakur submitted memorandum of demands

first_imgDharamshala: A delegation of the All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOC) Wednesday met Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur here and submitted a memorandum of demands, including wage revision. AIBOC officials — including General Secretary Soumya Datta, Sr Vice President Ravinder Gupta and Vice President Deepak K Sharma — met the minister at his official residence in the national capital. Sharma said that among the major demands were salary revision, which is carried out in banks through a mechanism of bi-partite negotiation between bank management and employees unions. He further said that Thakur gave the delegation a very patient hearing and discussed each and every point of their demands. On the salary revision demand, the delegation complained that despite repeated requests, discussions and agitations, neither the government nor the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) has taken any initiative. The delegation, Sharma said, urged the minister to direct these banks to mandate the IBA, paving way for a meaningful negotiation. It also said that the banking industry is the only sector where the business doubles every 10 years but the staff strength halves, thus underlined the need to hire more employees. The delegation also emphasised the the need to put adequate security measures for bank employees to safeguard them from increasing attack on bankers and appointing armed guards at branches and ATMs. The AIBOC delegation also demanded automatic revision of pension of retired employees.last_img read more

West Bengal AlliedMedical and ParaMedical Council Amendment Bill 2019 passed

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Allied-Medical and Para-Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Assembly for the purpose of making provision for selection of the president and vice president of the West Bengal Allied-Medical and Para-Medical Council by nomination instead of election so as to enable the Council to discharge its functions.Some of the opposition MLAs raised questions on the motive of the government to nominate president and vice president. Minister-of-state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya in the Assembly said that the elected body will not be replaced. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersNew posts have been introduced in the name of president and vice president who will help the council run smoothly. Elections will however take place in every three years. There is no provision in the newly passed bill to dissolve the elected council. The minister also reminded that paramedical staffers take a great deal of burden in the hospitals. A separate council was set up by the government to bring transparency in the system. She also assured that the state government’s intention is clear. It wants to ensure that the council functions in smoothly manner. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAnother bill namely, the West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in the Assembly. One of the main objectives is to facilitate the single doctor to manage his patients more effectively. Bhattacharya said that the single doctor clinic would be brought within the ambit of the bill. She said that accident victims will be able to visit the single doctor clinic. It may be mentioned here that the Mamata Banerjee government had set up a health regulatory commission to fix accountability on private hospitals.last_img read more

Saskatchewan Appeal Court to rule on whether carbon tax constitutional

first_imgThe Canadian Press REGINA — Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal is to release its ruling this week on whether the federally imposed carbon tax is constitutional.A registrar for the court says the decision is to be posted online  Friday at noon.The Saskatchewan Party government took Ottawa to court over the carbon levy and the Appeal Court heard two days of hearings in February.Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that became subject to the  federal tax April 1 and the first to challenge it in court.The province argued the tax is not constitutional because it is not evenly applied across all jurisdictions. A lawyer for the Attorney General of Canada suggested Ottawa does have the power to impose a price on carbon because greenhouse gas emissions are a national concern.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing man travelling to Prince George

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Cody Baskott has been located. He is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.Grande Prairie, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 30 year old Cody Baskott.He was last seen on November 7, 2018 in Grande Prairie, Alberta and possibly may be travelling to Prince George, BC.Baskott is described as: · Caucasian· 5’8″/138 lbs· Blonde hair· Blue Eyes· last seen wearing a black ball cap and a black hoodyThere is a concern for Baskott’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.comlast_img read more

Alberta election promised titanic clash delivered name calling bozo eruptions

first_imgNotley ran on her record of continuing to build Alberta through the lean times of low oil prices.But apart from promises to expand subsidized daycare and keep pace with population growth and inflation on health and education spending, her campaign was a bullhorn assault on Kenney’s character.It featured websites and speeches highlighting Kenney’s past statements against abortion and same-sex marriage and his promise in this campaign to roll back some protections for gay students in schools.“Mr. Kenney is not being forthright with Albertans when he talks about the idea that his party accepts and supports people in the LGBTQ community. They do not,” said Notley, at the mid-campaign leaders debate.Kenney drew a bead on the free-spending ways of Notley’s four years in government, with a carbon tax and billions of dollars borrowed to pay for capital projects and program spending.He wielded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau like a battle axe, referring often to a “Notley-Trudeau alliance” he said had kneecapped Alberta’s oil and gas sector. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta’s election campaign promised a titanic clash of ideas and ideologies between two nationally known leaders, but delivered a burlesque of biting attacks and bozo eruptions, and a surprise guest appearance by the RCMP.Rachel Notley will make history Tuesday as either the first Alberta NDP premier to win re-election or the first-ever leader of an Alberta party that failed to win a renewed mandate on its first try.A win for Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, as predicted by the polls, means a return to the right-centre for Alberta, its traditional home since the middle of the last century. He painted Notley as a toadying flunky for Trudeau. He said she brought in a provincial carbon tax to placate the prime minister, and didn’t push him until recently on a B.C. northern coast tanker ban or on proposed federal changes to approve energy projects _ both of which Notley agrees would harm Alberta’s bread-and-butter industry.All of this was done, Kenney said, to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expanded to the B.C. coast. But while the feds ultimately bought the line to keep it alive, it remains tied down in consultations and legal red tape.“This premier … sold us down the river to Justin Trudeau and all we got for it is a jobs crisis, a carbon tax and no pipelines,” Kenney told a crowd at a whistle stop in Turner Valley.Notley, in turn, has said Kenney’s “fight back” strategy, including taking Trudeau to court over the federal carbon tax and his energy legislation, is cynical and ultimately self-defeating political theatre.center_img Political scientist Duane Bratt said Kenney’s plan resonates right now with a province hit by hard times and feeling hard done by.“Right now there is a lot of anger,” said Bratt with Calgary’s Mount Royal University.Kenney has had to play defence against so-called bozo eruptions by some of his candidates.Caylan Ford, an Oxford-trained global politics adviser and arguably the brightest of Kenney’s UCP star candidates, resigned on the eve of the campaign for comments viewed as sympathetic to white nationalism.Eva Kiryakos quit before the nomination cutoff over her comments about Muslims and transgender washrooms.Mark Smith, the caucus education critic, apologized but did not quit the campaign for an anti-abortion and homophobic sermon delivered years earlier.Kenney has also had to deal with probes by RCMP and the elections commissioner into allegations of fraud and money laundering in the United Conservative leadership race, which Kenney won in 2017.On top of that, Mounties descended this past week on the workplace of UCP Calgary candidate Peter Singh, seizing a hard drive and other work items.Singh has denied wrongdoing and said the items were returned, but hasn’t answered questions about the nature of the police investigation.Calgary pollster Janet Brown said the marquee matchup of Kenney versus Notley never materialized.“It was supposed to be a battle of the titans and instead it was two quite horrible campaigns,” said Brown.“Kenney was always putting out fires, was always getting off his message. On the other hand, the NDP was always taking shots at Kenney and rarely getting around to telling their own story.”On the fringes have been the Liberals and the Alberta Party.Each tried its own version of a political Hail Mary to grab attention: the Liberals pitching a sales tax and the Alberta Party warning it would withhold provincial taxes from Ottawa.Brown says the campaign may have done little to change anyone’s mind.“My read on things is that voters are very frustrated and disappointed with how this campaign went,” she said.“The tactics of both sides have just really resulted in people digging in their heels.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2012 5:18 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,147.28, down 6.41 points):Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Agi-business. Down one cent, or 0.06 per cent, at $15.93 on 7,290,128 shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 43 cents, or 1.37 per cent, at $30.99 on 4,366,771.Baja Mining Corp. (TSX:BAJ). Miner. Down one cent, or 1.09 per cent, at 91 cents on 4,086,078 shares.Cline Mining Corp. (TSX:CMK). Miner. Up four cents, or 4.21 per cent, at 99 cents, on 3,607,953 shares.Jaguar Financial Corp. (TSX:JFC). Merchant bank. Up half a cent, or 10 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 3,424,300 shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 5.62 per cent, at $3.76 on 3,188,287 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,397.95, up 1.18 points):Africa Oil Corp. (TSXV:AOI). Oil and gas. Up 47 cents, or 9.36 per cent, at $5.49 on 3,440,259 shares.East West Petroleum Corp. (TSXV:EW). Oil and gas. Up 10.5 cents, or 29.17 per cent, at 46.5 cents on 2,377,407 shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP). Transportation. Up 42 cents, or 0.55 per cent, at $76.45 on 650,283 shares. Canadian Pacific reported sharply improved operating results and a quarterly profit of $142-million that beat analysts expectations as the railway’s management battles back against the company’s biggest shareholder, who is seeking to replace chief executive Fred Green.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 10 cents, or 0.56 per cent, at $17.90 on 1,278,408 shares. A Japanese company is investing $602 million to acquire a share of Encana Corp.’s extensive coalbed methane reserves in southern Alberta. Encana says Toyota Tsusho Corp. will acquire a 32.5 per cent royalty interest in about 5,500 existing and future Encana coalbed methane wells. read more

TransCanada sees strong customer support for Energy East pipeline

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2013 9:46 am MDT TransCanada sees strong customer support for Energy East pipeline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. said Friday it likely has enough support to build its Energy East project, which would connect western crude to eastern refineries using an existing pipeline.The company (TSX:TRP) and its potential customers are putting the finishing touches on their contracts and there should be an announcement within the next two weeks, said Alex Pourbaix, the TransCanada executive in charge of oil pipelines.“It’s really just working through terms and conditions, credit and so forth,” he said on a conference call to discuss the company’s second-quarter financial results, which met market expectations.Energy East involves retooling part of TransCanada’s underused natural gas mainline, which runs from Alberta to the Quebec-Vermont border, to ship oil. New pipe would be laid to Saint John, N.B., home to Irving Oil’s massive refinery.The pipeline could carry up to 850,000 barrels per day of crude, and potentially come into service by late 2017.TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said Eastern Canada currently imports 700,000 barrels per day of crude from overseas and that Energy East would provide that market with a stable, less expensive supply.Last month, TransCanada wrapped up a process known as an open-season, where potential customers places bids for space on the proposed pipeline.“We continue to feel very positive about this initiative and we have received significant interest from both producers and refiners. We are confident Energy East will garner the binding, long-term contracts needed to move that project forward,” Girling said on the conference call.“It would be the most efficient and the safest and economic way to transport crude oil to eastern Canadian refineries, creating jobs, long-term economic benefits across the country and displace foreign imported oil, making Canada more energy independent.”Earlier Friday, TransCanada reported higher second-quarter profits that met analyst estimates, as it benefited from higher power prices and returns on its natural gas mainline.The pipeline and energy giant said it earned $365 million, or 52 cents per share, up from $272 million, or 39 cents per share, during the same quarter a year earlier.Comparable earnings, which company deems a better measure of its underlying performance as it strips out one-time items, were $357 million, or 51 cents per share — bang-on with the average analyst estimate, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.A year earlier, comparable earnings were $300 million, or 43 cents per shareRevenue increased to $2.01 billion, up from $1.85 billion in the second quarter of 2012.Meanwhile, TransCanada continues to await approval of its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S.“We’re now closing in on 1,800 days since the review of Keystone XL began,” said Girling.The company said it expected the project to be in service about two years after it receives the required Presidential Permit.TransCanada has said the US$5.3-billion price tag for the project will increase depending on the timing of the approval. The company has spent $1.9 billion on the project so far.Last year, the Obama administration rejected an earlier iteration of the Keystone XL project — which would have run all the way from Hardisty, Alta., to the Texas coast — because of environmental concerns in Nebraska.The company responded by breaking up the project into two parts and going ahead with the southern leg between Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast, which does not require presidential approval because it doesn’t cross an international border.Construction on the $2.3-billion Gulf Coast project is 85 per cent complete, TransCanada said, and oil should start filling the line in October or November.TransCanada shares rose 19 cents to $46.60 in mid-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

OceanaGold gets approval for Martha Underground project in Waihi

first_imgOceanaGold Corporation announces that the statutory appeal period related to the Martha Underground Project permitting process has concluded with no appeals filed. As a result, the Project has received its resource consents (permits) to commence operations. Mick Wilkes, President and CEO said, “Receipt of the permits at the Martha Underground represents a tremendous outcome that will benefit the company, its shareholders, the town of Waihi and New Zealand. The Waihi operation has had a long, rich history of operating to the highest of environmental and social standards globally while contributing significant socio-economic benefits to Waihi and the country. We areexcited to be granted the consents and for the opportunity to continue over 140 years of gold mining history at Waihi.”The company has started preparing management plans and detailed mine designs to allow mining operations to begin, which will include stope and infrastructure development. The company expects that at full underground mining rate at Martha, the Waihi operation production would return to more recent historic levels. During the ramp-up phase, the company will continue to drill the Martha Underground targets utilising four diamond rigs from the two underground drill drives located beneath the Martha Open Pit in order to further discover and add resources. Based on studies and exploration to- date, the company has an exploration target of between five and eight million tonnes grading four to six grams per tonne within the Martha Underground.As at August 9, 2018, the Martha Underground hosted a Measured & Indicated (M&I) Resource of 140,000 ounces of gold and an Inferred Resource of approximately 339,000 ounces of gold, which was based on only one-third of the planned drilling program. Since this date, the company has continued to drill from underground and has budgeted a further 42,000 metres in 2019 to further test the exploration target.Wilkes added, “OceanaGold has been proudly operating in New Zealand since 1990 and the Waihi mine has been in operation in its current form since 1988. We have a strong, dedicated and values-driven workforce that are proud Kiwis making a significant positive impact in their respective communities. New Zealand is a template for responsible hard rock mining, clearly demonstrated by the success we’ve had at Macraes, Waihi and Reefton gold mines.”last_img read more