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13 hours agoRaul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout round

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Raul insists Wolves aiming for Europa League knockout roundby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez says Wolves are fighting to reach the Europa League knockout stages.The Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m never going to change. I had a lot of confidence and it was a good moment to score the second goal, we’re in the fight now.”We came here knowing that if we won the game it would be better for us, we’re fighting to go into the next round now.” last_img read more

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HBC ordered to provide more documents in alleged deceptive pricing practices case

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first_imgTORONTO – The Competition Tribunal says the Hudson’s Bay Co. must provide more documents about sleep sets by Dec. 20 in an alleged deceptive pricing practices case.The tribunal says the retailer must provide the commissioner of competition with specific documents from February 2015 onwards relating to HBC’s marketing of end of line mattress and box spring sets.The commissioner had filed a request for HBC to produce documents related to the sleep sets and other products.However, the tribunal ruled other products fall outside the scope of the application.HBC had argued that the commissioner is asking for irrelevant documents and imposing an unrealistic time frame.The retailer filed a request earlier this week asking the tribunal to give it three months to produce the sought after documents.In February, the Competition Bureau accused the department store chain of misleading consumers over sleep set prices.HBC disputes the allegations.last_img read more

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Synthetic peptide may help treat Alzheimers disease

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit build up of small, toxic proteins which trigger Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may be pave the way for treating the neurodegenerative disorder at an early stage. Alzheimer’s is a disease of aggregation. Neurons in the human brain make a protein called amyloid beta. Such proteins on their own, called monomers of amyloid beta, perform important tasks for neurons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta monomers have abandoned their jobs and joined together. First, they form oligomers — small clumps of up to a dozen proteins — then longer strands and finally large deposits called plaques. For years, scientists believed that the plaques triggered the cognitive impairments characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. However, newer research implicates the smaller aggregates of amyloid beta as the toxic elements of this disease. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResearchers at the University of Washington in the US have developed synthetic peptides — which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet — can block amyloid beta aggregation at the early and most toxic stage when oligomers form. The team showed that the synthetic alpha sheet’s blocking activity reduced amyloid beta-triggered toxicity in human neural cells grown in culture, and inhibited amyloid beta oligomers in two laboratory animal models for Alzheimer’s. These findings add evidence to the growing consensus that amyloid beta oligomers — not plaques — are the toxic agents behind Alzheimer’s disease. The results also indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear toxic oligomers in people, according to Valerie Daggett, a professor at University of Washington. “This is about targeting a specific structure of amyloid beta formed by the toxic oligomers,” said Daggett. “What we’ve shown here is that we can design and build synthetic alpha sheets with complementary structures to inhibit aggregation and toxicity of amyloid beta, while leaving the biologically active monomers intact,” she said. The peptides protected laboratory animals from toxic oligomer damage. In brain tissue samples from mice, the team observed an up to 82 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after treatment with a synthetic alpha sheet peptide. Administering a synthetic alpha sheet to living mice triggered a 40 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after 24 hours. In the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans, another model for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with synthetic alpha sheets delayed the onset of amyloid beta-induced paralysis. Daggett’s team is continuing experiments with synthetic alpha sheets to engineer compounds that are even better at clearing amyloid beta oligomers. “What we’re really after are potential therapeutics against amyloid beta and diagnostic measures to detect toxic oligomers in people,” said Daggett.last_img read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Looking into the future of Ohio State mens basketball

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The Ohio State men’s basketball team’s season came to a disappointing end Friday with a 62-60 loss to No. 4-seeded Kentucky. With no more Buckeye basketball to be played this season, looking to the future is the only option. Though the season just concluded, much can already be determined about next year’s squad. The team will return two starters, freshman forward Jared Sullinger and junior guard William Buford, assuming they hold true to their stated intentions not to enter the NBA Draft. The Buckeyes also will welcome back freshman point guard Aaron Craft, who was fifth on the team in minutes played, and freshman forward Deshaun Thomas. Beyond those four seemingly known commodities, the future of OSU basketball becomes less clear. The star Recently named first-team All-American, Sullinger is arguably the most talented player the Buckeyes will have next season. The 6-foot-9 post player led the team in points and rebounds last season with 17.2 and 10.1 per game, respectively. “He’s extremely productive. … He commands a lot of respect,” coach Thad Matta said. “He’s a great player.” The forward also took home Freshman of the Year honors and remains a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the nation’s best player. With a year of experience under his belt, Sullinger is expected to excel futher during his sophomore campaign. The OSU youngster is likely to be the nation’s front-runner for the Naismith Award next season, regardless of whether he brings home the hardware this year. Sullinger is making sure to put in the work during the offseason. Following his team’s final loss of the season, Sullinger said, “I know I am going to be back in the gym as soon as we get back.” The veteran Although Sullinger likely will be the Buckeye who receives the most attention, Buford will be the one with the most experience. As a senior, Buford will be the only player on the OSU roster who will start the season with more than one year of program experience. He has three full years in the system. Besides leadership, Buford brings a shooter’s touch to the 2011–12 squad. “Will’s an awesome guy,” Craft said. “He’s definitely willing to take his shots, and he (has) knocked them down.” Buford shot 44.2 percent from 3-point range this past season, good for the third-best 3-point shooting season in school history. The guard was also second in scoring on the team, with 14.4 points per game. Buford sits at 22nd in school history in points scored, with 1,424. If he maintains this past season’s scoring pace next season, he will finish fourth. The engine With Sullinger expected to score in the post and Buford expected to score from the outside, Craft will be expected to push the defense and facilitate the offense. Throughout the season, the freshman point guard was praised for his on-ball defensive abilities. Craft, who averaged a team-high two steals a game, embraces the role of lockdown defender. “I’ve always just enjoyed doing it, even in AAU. I always had to guard … the team’s best player,” he said. “It’s something I’ve grown into.” With fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, whom Matta often has called the best defender in college basketball, departing from the program, Craft will be able to take over the role of the team’s best defender. Besides his defense, Craft will be required to set up the offense from his position. The freshman was fourth in the Big Ten in assists last season, with 4.8 per game. “I think as you really get to know Aaron, you get to spend time with him, you watch him develop. It’s amazing,” Matta said. “He’s been so steady throughout the course of the year.” Craft played his best basketball late in the season, logging an OSU-record 15 assists against George Mason in the NCAA Tournament. The tank Thomas came off the bench last season to average 7.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 14 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. With the departure of wing players Lighty and Jon Diebler, Thomas likely will be a starter next season. Despite his single-digit scoring average, Thomas scored double figures 10 times during the season and notched 20 or more points on three occasions. “I think we’ve seen, throughout the course, that Deshaun can score in bunches,” Matta said. “He’s a very talented player, and he really has a knack … for finding open areas, finding the seams.” Besides providing instant offense, Thomas’ 62 offensive rebounds were good for second on the team. With added minutes next season, expect those numbers to rise. The unknown Craft and Thomas will likely join Sullinger and Buford in the starting lineup next year. But determining who will fill that fifth spot, and how Matta will use his bench, will be more difficult to determine. The remaining player with any significant playing time from this past season is freshman guard Jordan Sibert, who appeared in 25 games and averaged 8.3 minutes a game. Starting Sibert would create a relatively small starting five. Matta has shown a tendency to start multiple post players in the past. This past season, the coach started the 6-foot-9 Sullinger and 6-foot-8 senior center Dallas Lauderdale. If he wants to go big again, he seems to have two options: Boston College transfer forward Evan Ravenel and incoming freshman center Amir Williams. Ravenel averaged just 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes off the bench when he played for Boston College. Despite the underwhelming numbers, the forward does have a year in the program on his side. Williams, on the other hand, could become the newest freshman post player to start at OSU. The 6-foot-9 center is the nation’s No. 7 center and No. 73 overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. Matta, who has often used a short bench, will need to decide how he wants to use the remaining talented players. Freshman guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. received playing time in blowout victories, and freshman forward J.D. Weatherspoon did the same before being ruled academically ineligible for winter quarter. Four recruits, including No. 17-ranked point guard and No. 62 overall recruit Shannon Scott, will join Williams in vying for playing time as freshmen. Regardless of how Matta pieces together the puzzle that is next year’s season, the established pieces and young talent are there. Whichever grouping of players the coach relies on will strive to accomplish the goal that the 2010–11 team could not: a national championship. read more

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Greater Collective Purpose Needed to Leverage Contributions of Veterans Groups Report Says

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first_imgA new study points to a “lack of collaboration, coordination and collective purpose” among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families as a significant factor in the nation’s failure to ensure veterans receive needed medical, social and financial assistance.“Notwithstanding the combined goodwill and determination across all sectors of our economy, collective efforts remain largely fragmented in addressing veteran and military family challenges,” states the report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).Researchers found that nearly 45,000 nongovernmental, nonprofit groups nationwide focus on veterans and military issues, with many “largely going it alone in their efforts” to provide services, reported Military Times.The authors make the case for a “collective impact” model — a framework for bringing diverse organizations together around complex social problems — to help communities advance the lives of veterans and military families.In late 2014, IVMF launched a pilot coordinated provider network in New York City, AmericaServes. The initiative is aimed at supporting communities committed to improving the lives of veterans and family members through the creation of comprehensive, accountable, and evidence-based service delivery networks of resources and care.“Our observations of ongoing practice in the veterans’ space are sufficient enough to understand that the single-most obvious gap in community-based services supporting America’s veterans and their families is in fact the space between providers themselves,” said Jim McDonough, IVMF’s managing director of community engagement and innovation.“Unless we address this now through these collective designs and effort, our communities will never be in a position of strength and excellence to serve the needs of veteran families,” McDonough said.The institute’s pilot will be expanded to Pittsburgh and North Carolina this summer.The report also stresses that caring for veterans is a national moral responsibility, one that extends far beyond what a single federal agency can provide.“Wellness encompasses far more than sustaining physical health and fulfilling material need,” it states. “The VA was never designed to reintegrate veterans into civilian society, repair their existing social relationships or build new ones in the communities in which they ultimately settle.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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In Our Communities

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first_img ADC AUTHOR Maine established a task force earlier this month to study PFAS contamination in drinking water, according to the Press Herald. “The EPA is dragging its feet on the issue, leaving states to take the lead,” Gov. Janet Mills (D) said in a statement….Tensions have eased between Robins Air Force Base, Ga., and the local American Federal Government Employees union after a long period of turmoil, federal lawmakers said at a recent 21st Century Partnership event, the Telegraph reported. “It portends good things for our future if you don’t lose sight of what got you here in the first place, which is good people doing good things for our future,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said.Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at Robins Air Force Base in January. Air Force photo by Tommie Hortonlast_img read more

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DNCE Rod Stewart Team For MTV VMAs Performance

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first_imgNews Two generations collide to modernize Rod the Mod’s disco classic “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 24, 2017 – 9:10 am Who saw this collab coming? Rod Stewart and Joe Jonas’ DNCE collective will unite for a special performance of “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27. DNCE, Rod Stewart Team For MTV VMAs Performance Their VMAs blowout will be preceded by the release of a newly recorded version of the track, which drops Aug. 25. “Um yes please! We get the pleasure of working with the iconic legend himself!” read DNCE’s IG post.Originally released in 1978, Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” hit No. 1 on the Billboard 100 for four weeks. The rock-meets-disco barnburner earned two nominations at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Disco Recording. Rolling Stone ranked the track No. 308 on their 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list.DNCE — Jonas, Jack Lawless, JinJoo Lee, and Cole Whittle — are no strangers to interpreting classic songs. The quartet performed a sweet rendition of “Night Fever” at “Stayin’ Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees” earlier this year. Stewart, who just wrapped a summer tour with fellow GRAMMY winner Cyndi Lauper, will resume residency shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. DNCE are set to join Bruno Mars for tour dates in South America starting in November.Demi Lovato Added To VMAs Lineup NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Watch: DNCE perform the Bee Gees’ ‘Night Fever’ Email Twitter DNCE, Rod Stewart Are Ready To Get Sexy dnce-rod-stewart-team-mtv-vmas-performance Facebook last_img read more

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TCS Adani Ports Infosys drag Sensex

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first_imgIndian equity benchmarks extended their losses for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as investors preferred to remain cautious over the details of the minutes of the US Fed’s policy meeting likely to be released later in the day.The BSE Sensex closed 59 points lower at 28,005 whiled the NSE Nifty 50 edged 18 points lower to end at 8,624. Top Sensex losers were TCS, Adani Ports, Power Grid Corporation and Infosys.TCS ended at Rs. 2,623.90, Adani Ports at Rs. 266.65, Power Grid Corporation at Rs. 174.55 and Infosys closed at Rs. 1,033.40.Read: Infosys client RBS scraps Williams & Glyn projectStocks that lifted the bencmark index included Tata Steel (Rs. 391.85), Coal India (Rs. 347.80) and Bajaj Auto (Rs.2,932.90). SBI closed at Rs. 246.25, down 0.08 percent from its previous close. Interglobe Aviation shares gained 3.70 percent and closed at Rs. 859.55 apiece.Stocks that hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday included S H Kelkar, Sundaram Fasteners, Delta Corporation and Linde India. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) ended on a flat note with purchases of Indian equities worth Rs. 4,033.12 crore and sales at Rs. 4,033.07 crore, according to provisional figures released by the National Stock Exchange.Gold prices gained Rs. 20 to close at Rs. 31,150 per 10 gm on the Delhi bullion market while silver lost Rs. 350 to end at Rs. 46,650 per kg.last_img read more

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Khaleda declines to appear at court in jail Prosecution

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first_imgKhaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday refused to appear at the makeshift court set up inside an abandoned jail house where she has been kept since February, according to prosecution.The court of judge of the special trial court-5 Md Akhtaruzzaman, however, heard arguments in the Zia Charitable Trust case in her absence, said state prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol.He told the court that the jail authorities could not produce the former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, at the court as she declined to attend the hearing. The court sat at the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka.Khaleda Zia, who was taken to this court on 5 September when her senior lawyers were absent, expressed her apprehensions about getting justice.Khaleda Zia’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia said it was not proper to set up such a court inside the jail as legal procedure has not been maintained all along.“We have written to the chief justice to settle the matter,” Sanaullah told newsmen.He said they have sought adjournment of the case for a month, until the matter pending with the chief justice is settled.“In the letter to the chief justice, we pointed out that there is no environment for hearing in the makeshift court in the jail. The lawyers normally cannot enter the jail,” Sanaullah pointed out.In the meantime, he added, a writ has been filed with the High Court seeking arrangement for Khaleda’s treatment in a specialised hospital.Prosecutor Kajol said the court has been established in the jail to ensure appearance of Khaleda Zia.“The defense lawyers now term the court in the jail illegal. But they are seeking extension of bail in the same court,” he said.The court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till Thursday.The BNP chief, Khaleda Zia, has been in jail since her conviction of five years in jail by a Dhaka court in Zia Orphanage Trust case on 8 February.last_img read more

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Bustruck collision kills 3 in Bagerhat

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first_imgThree people were killed and 20 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on Khulna-Mawa highway in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat on Tuesday, reports UNB.One of the deceased was Kamruzzaman, 32, the truck driver and son of Samsuzzaman of Satkhira district while the identities of the others could not be known yet.Moloy Roy, sub-inspector of Katakhali highway police outpost, said the accident took place around noon when the Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Tungipara Express’ collided head-on with a truck coming from the opposite direction, leaving three people dead on the spot and 20 others injured.Of the injured, five were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital.last_img

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The spirit of the east

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first_imgOn that note, it is incontestably indicative that twenty-two reputable, senior artists from the Singapore Art Society (of Singapore) are collaborating with Art Spice Gallery in the capital city of India, in this intriguing, large-scale exhibition.Supported by prestigious names like Singapore Airlines, Singapore Embassy, Singapore Tourism Board, luxury car, Mercedes-Benz and a premium magazine, The Ideal Home and Garden; this is a stupendous collaboration that proves to be a monumental cultural exchange between magnificent India and the industrious Lion City. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this exhibition, the 22 Singaporean artists, each with a unique style of paintings, are representatives of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit. The term ‘Nanyang’ is often used to denote the idea of a regional identity and culture for the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.  In it, ‘Nanyang’ artists express their personal unique painting styles in their artworks, often through a blend of multiple stylistic techniques of the East and West, resulting in a varied body of works unified by their focus on Southeast Asian subjects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHaving grown up in Singapore during the developmental period, some of these artists have experienced the tensions between tradition and modernity, enabling them to incorporate these elements into their painting styles. Such is the essence of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit.Conquering the gap between traditional Chinese and Western influence, these iconic artists have brought the ‘Nanyang’ spirit into their art development, and has also achieved acclaim for their artistic excellence within the international art market. Thus, the remarkable collection of art in this exhibition is an engaging voyage into Singapore, with paintings and drawings that re-create multiculturalism, wherein, one cannot help but be fascinated by the incredible ease at which the nation embraces numerous ethnicities and related physical spaces, such as its very own Little India and Chinatown.Apart from Terence Teo Chin Keong (the current President of the Singapore Art Society), the other esteemed artists of the exhibition are Chan Chang How, Lim Choon Jin, P. Gnana, Low Puay Hua, Dr Ho Kah Leong, Wang Fei, Cheng Yoke Khoon, Seah Kang Chui, Koeh Sia Yong, Chiew Swee Fah, Eng Siak Loy, Lee Choon Kee, Ang Hiong Chiok, Wong Hai and Anne Lim Geok Kuan.WHEN: 12 to 21 MarchWHERE: Art Spice Gallery, Metropolitan Hotellast_img read more

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Girl held for supplying drugs to Correctional Home inmate

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first_imgKolkata: A girl has been arrested from the Dum Dum Correctional Home on Wednesday after she tried to supply drugs to an under trail prisoner. She was later released on bail after being produced at a Barrackpore court.She has been identified as Susmita Malakar. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the girl had an affair with the accused for a long time. She used to visit him at the correctional home and supply items frequently. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accused Bhagirath Sarkar was arrested on the charges of murder that occurred under Nijpur police station in North 24-Parganas. According to sources, the girl, a resident of Duttapukur of the same district, visited the correctional home on Wednesday morning. She met the boy inside the jail.She told the security personnel that she had some items to hand over. It was learnt that when security check was going on some of the jail staff found that the girl was carrying drugs weighing around 295 gm. The matter was immediately reported to the local police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice reached the spot and arrested the girl. During police interrogation, the girl pleaded her innocence saying that she has been framed.The lawyer of the girl has, however, claimed that she was going to meet her friend when someone had handed over a packet to her to pass it on to someone else. When she was about to hand over the item to the person, the correctional home security men intercepted her and recovered the drug from her possession. The lawyer argued in the court that the girl, a college student was not involved in any immoral activities. After hearing the plea the court granted her bail.last_img read more

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Conquering Everest

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first_imgTen NCC girl cadets were felicitated by General Dalbir Singh, COAS, for successfully summiting Mt Everest, on Thursday afternoon at Vigyan Bhawan in the national Capital. This was the first NCC Girl Cadets expedition to have successfully scaled world’s highest peak.The event was also graced by Lt General Aniruddha Chakravarty, DG NCC, who expressed his gratitude and thanked the Ministry of Defence, The Indian Army, All India Radio and the Indian Air Force for their support to the expedition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The expedition led by Col Gaurav Karki, a renowned mountaineer, comprised of cadets namely- Rigzen Dolker, Tashi Kaskit, Trishala Gurung, Staniz Laskit, Pooja Mehra, Baljeet Kaur, Lalrintluangi, Tsering Angmo, Sulaxchana Tamang and Kumari Nutan.The expedition succedded in two consecutive days as two batches comprising of five girls each, scaled the peak on May 21 at 11:00am and May 22 at 07:40am. The first batch was led by Col Gaurav Karki and Maj Deepika while the second batch, by Deputy expedition leader Lt Col Vishal Ahlawat. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGeneral Dalbir Singh, addressed the girls for their achievement and said that they had set an example for the future generations, and are an inspiration for everyone in the country. He said, “You have set an example for the younger generation and you are an inspiration to all the women in the nation.” He also requested the audience present, to give the team a standing ovation.As Col Gaurav Karki addressed the NCC cadets, he informed the audience about the strenuous procedure and training sessions the girls had undergone. A selected team of girl cadets had climbed to Mt Deo Tibba and Mt Trishul last year as part of an initial training. Later, ten selected cadets were given survival training for three weeks to endure the extreme cold conditions at Siachen Glacier in the beginning of this year. After these lengthy preparations the team set out for Everest in the month of March and successfully overcame their expedition without any casualties. Lalrintluangi, a bubbly 12th standard student form Mizoram, who had been a part of the expedition, smiled and said, “I felt beautiful being on top of the world, as I placed my bible and the flag of Mizoram at the peak of Mt Everest. This memory will be preserved in my mind forever.”last_img read more

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Youth shot dead by cousin brother over family dispute

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first_imgKolkata: A youth from Diamond Harbour was allegedly shot dead by his cousin brother over some dispute.The incident took place in the Netra area of Diamond Harbour area in South 24-Parganas on Monday night. The victim has been identified as Sabbir Gaji. The victim went to a fair near Diamond Harbour station on Monday evening. After visiting the fair, the victim was going to one of his relatives’ houses situated nearby. When Gaji was about to enter the house of his relative, his cousin brother Rakibul Gaji turned up there and took him to a house in the locality. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter a few minutes the youths stepped into the room, locals heard the sound of a gunshot. They rushed to the spot only to find the victim lying in a pool of blood. The victim with a bullet injury was taken to Diamond Harbour District Hospital and was later shifted to a city hospital as his condition deteriorated. The patient succumbed to his injury on late Monday night. The incident triggered panic among locals residents in the Netra area. The family members of the victim lodged a complaint at the local police station against the cousin brother, Rakibul, and four others. On the basis of the complaint police have started a probe. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause that might have led to the murder. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some family-related dispute might have caused the incident. Cops are investigating if the victim had any personal rivalry with his cousin brother. The investigating officers are interrogating the family members of the victim and police are conducting raids to nab the accused.last_img read more

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All political parties should work together for masses

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first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all political parties to work together for the welfare of the masses. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes great political significance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The parties working with a common manifesto to support the working class and downtrodden people will get support from Trinamool Congress, said Mamata Banerjee on the 21st anniversary of the party, which was formed on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Banerjee has called a historic rally at the Brigade Parade ground on January 19, which Opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, former BJP Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi are likely to attend. Banerjee hopes that the minor differences among the parties will be ironed out and the Opposition will be united to oust BJP from power at the Lok Sabha polls this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee tweeted on Tuesday: “Today @AITCofficial turns 21. The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21. We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support and the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you.” All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee said the people will fight to establish a non-communal democratic government at the Centre that will work for the masses. The flag of the party was hoisted at Trinamool’s headquarter by Subrata Bakshi, party MP and state president. Flags were hoisted atop the party offices in the districts as well. Colourful processions were taken out in different areas to celebrate the foundation day, which were attended by people coming from all walks of life. The leaders and workers of the party pledged to oust BJP from the Centre. On the party’s foundation day, the Chief Minister said that note ban had affected Indian economy badly and the worst sufferers were the farmers, working class and small traders. Hundreds of people had lost their jobs and farmers committed suicide. “BJP does not respect the Indian Constitution and is inciting one community against another. Lynching has taken place in different parts of the country. They have spread hate politics,” she added. For the past one month, TMC leaders have been visiting the districts and attending meetings urging people to attend the rally on January 19. A record number of people are likely to attend the meeting. Mamata Banerjee is likely to announce the roadmap on the day, which will be followed to oust BJP from power at the Centre.last_img read more

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Amadeus study reveals the future traveller

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first_imgA new industry report, detailing the way people will travel by 2030, identifies six types of future travellers, including one that will structure entire holidays around how shareable their trip is on social media.Future Traveller Tribes 2030: understanding tomorrow’s traveller, released by Amadeus, identifies the six categories, or traveller tribes, as: social capital seekers, cultural purists, ethical travellers, simplicity searchers, obligation meeters and reward hunters.Amadeus Asia Pacific president Angel Gallego said today’s traveller should not be segregated into demographic groups of age, nationality or income.“With Asia Pacific set to lead global travel growth through to 2030, it is particularly critical for all providers, buyers and sellers of travel in the region to truly understand these emerging ‘traveller tribes’,” Mr Gallego said.Social Capital Seekers will base their entire holiday around how shareable it is on social media and will rely heavily on peer recommendations to validate their travel choices.Cultural Purists will seek holidays which force them outside of their comfort zone to experience an unfamiliar culture.Travellers who choose holidays based on moral grounds and include volunteering or eco-sustainable activities in their trip are known as Ethical Travellers.Simplicity Searchers will leave all the planning to a third-party and will seek bundled offers that ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.Driven by a specific travel purpose, Obligation Meeters are travellers who have a limit on time and budget and will opt for smart technology to remove the hassle of travelling.Finally, Reward Hunters are travellers who want to indulge in a premium holiday, rewarding them for the time and energy spent on their working life.The research was conducted through interviews and workshops with industry experts and consumers from relevant markets including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.The report draws on consumer research by Future Foundation and takes a psychological approach to the idea rather than a demographic method.Future Foundation director Nick Chiarelli said the research not only demonstrates the changes in the type of experience travellers will seek in the future, but also how they will engage and buy within the industry.“Over the next 15 years the desire to share travel experiences will be profound, and so too the impact of sharing on inspiration and purchase trends will grow,” Mr Chiarelli said.“As consumers in developed markets approach a post-material era we expect a much greater focus on, first of all, experience, and second of all, ethics, both environmental and social, to significantly influence people’s travel choices and behaviours.”In June this year, a complementary report will be released examining how the industry can cater to the needs of each of the six traveller tribes identified in the report.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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first_img 2 Comments   Share   11 for 15 ! Welcome back Legend.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) February 15, 2018 Thrilled #Arizona will get to watch @LarryFitzgerald lead the @AZCardinals next season – us old geezers have to stick together! #BirdGang— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 15, 2018 (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Top Stories If Larry Fitzgerald’s outing at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am was any indication of his NFL future, things didn’t look good for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.But on Wednesday, Fitzgerald decided it wasn’t time to make golf a full-time hobby. Instead, he announced his decision to return for a 15th season with the Cardinals. Following the retirements of former head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer after the 2017 campaign, the 34-year-old wideout had a lot of attention directed his way in the offseason leading up to the decision. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Us all offseason waiting for this news. 😄 pic.twitter.com/WHOasgBZ1j— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) February 15, 2018With the NFL Draft and free agency on the horizon, Cardinals fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief for now knowing that No. 11 will suit up in 2018.center_img In 14 seasons, Fitzgerald has become the face of the franchise. His 15,545 yards and 1,234 receptions both rank third all-time in league history and he helped guide the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2008.The announcement was met with positive social media reactions. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling S/O to my guy @larryfitzgerald— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) February 15, 2018 Wouldn’t be the same without out him…… pic.twitter.com/J7QIAhm9WD— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) February 15, 2018last_img read more

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Liberty Globalbacked Belgian cable operator Telen

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first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet and Flemish commercial broadcaster Medalaan have signed a new deal that will see content from the VTM, 2BE, Vitaya, VTMKZOOM and JIM channels made available on Telenet’s Yelo TV multiscreen service.The new agreement, which will cover live and on-demand TV rights until 2017, will enable all Telenet Yelo TV users to watch Medialaan programmes on tablets, PCs and smartphones.Telenet said it hoped to be able to add the channels by the summer, with time-shifted viewing to be added later.“I’m very pleased with this agreement. TV viewing habits are changing dramatically, and that’s good news, because people watch TV more than ever,” said Peter Bossaert, CEO of Medialaan.“Together, Medialaan and Telenet will now seize the opportunity to develop this growth market further, and to update and innovate the existing television services at no additional cost for the viewer. We believe that cooperation between our companies creates value. We needed a little time for this, and have worked hard on it over the past few months. But I’m pleased that we’ve been able to make a clean break with the past and can look to the future once again.”last_img read more

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Investment in OTT content freetoair broadcastin

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first_imgInvestment in OTT content, free-to-air broadcasting, production outfits and sports rights form four pillars of Liberty Global’s new content investment strategy, according to president and CEO Mike Fries, with all four seen as ways to reinforce the company’s core distribution business.Following Liberty’s sale of its Chellomedia linear channel business to AMC, the company, far from turning away from content, has made a series of high-profile investments in different sectors in different markets – notably an investment in OTT rights for the My Prime streaming service in the Netherlands – designed specifically to counter Netflix; an investment in a 50% stake Flemish free-to-air broadcaster De Vijver and a 6% stake in UK commercial broadcaster ITV; and its acquisition of production outfit All3Media with Discovery. It has also invested in non-exclusive rights to Belgium’s Jupiler League through Belgium.Speaking to analysts after the company’s quarterly results this week, Fries said that Liberty’s content investments were “generally long term strategic moves”, with the partial exception of ITV, which is seen more as an opportunistic investment with some strategic benefits.Fries highlighted the success of the My Prime streaming service in the Netherlands, which is offered free of charge to premium cable subscribers and for €5.60 to basic subs. He said the service had been tried by over half of entitled subscribers. Fries said My Prime “pre-empts” Netflix, which launched in the Netherlands last year, by offering a similar SVoD product “for free”.On De Vijver, Fries said that the acquistion of a 50% stake would strengthen local subsidiary Telenet by providing access to content and production facilities that could be used to feed linear and SVoD channel offerings,  while its investment in All3Media provided access to a large catalogue of content.Fries said that Liberty’s investment in De Vijver and ITV also provided “a hedge” against the imposition of US-style retransmission rights, forcing distributors to pay for the right to transmit free-to-air channels on their networks.last_img read more

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