Finance firm office sealed, depositors left in the lurch

first_imgA large number of persons who had deposited huge amounts with Salai Finance, a private undertaking based at Naoremthong in Imphal West district, have been left in the lurch after its premises were sealed by the police on Saturday. Salai Finance is one of the undertakings of Salai Holdings, whose chairman Narengbam Samarjit had recently announced in London that Manipur is now “independent”.The police said that the step was taken in the course of investigation. A notification issued by the company said that its office was sealed as required by the law.Salai Holdings vice-president N. Bishorjit said, “Samarjit was removed from the post on October 30 following his contentious announcement. It is also a rumour that he had taken a huge amount with him. Once the investigation is over, people who had deposited money will be able to withdraw it any time.” He added that the company is extending full cooperation to the investigation team. Police sources said that once the preliminary investigation is over, the findings will be handed over to the National Investigation Agency. A large number of people assembled at the Naoremthong office on Saturday and demanded that their deposits be made secure.last_img read more

London Olympics: Lin Qingfeng bags gold in 69kg weightlifting, third for China in the sport

first_imgLin Qingfeng dominated the men’s 69kg competition to win China’s third weightlifting gold at the London Olympics. Lin snatched 157 kg and added 187 kg in the clean and jerk to total 344 kg, a full 11 kilos more than silver medalist Triyatno of Indonesia on Tuesday.”The medal feels really heavy, but it feels good. It is worth all the hard work and training I did. I have been dreaming about this for two years,” Lin said.”It was about revenge for the two golds we missed out on in the lower divisions.”Romania’s Razvan Constantin Martin was just one kilo behind Triyatno with 332 kg for bronze.”I am very happy. I didn’t expect to get silver as my target was bronze, like in 2008,” Triyatno said.”I had already lifted enough for the bronze medal when the Korean failed. My coach then suggested that I add another disc to make it 188 kg. He said I had to lift it to get silver.”It was a third gold for China in weightlifting.Four-time world champion Mingjuan Wang won gold in the women’s 48 kg category on Saturday, and her countrywoman Li Xueying triumphed in the 58 kg category on Monday, setting two Olympic records.last_img read more

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note gets the wooden treatment

first_imgLenovo launched an all-new variant of the Vibe K4 Note on Thursday, giving the budget phablet a wooden makeover. The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note Wooden Edition will be available for buying from Amazon India at a price of Rs 11,499. The company also announced that it has sold as many as 7,50,000 units of the Vibe K4 Note in India so far.Lenovo had launched the Vibe K4 Note in India in January at a price of Rs 11,999. The Vibe K4 Note comes with a plastic back cover which is removable while the frame is all metal. At the time of its launch, the company had said the phone will have swappable covers that Lenovo will be selling separately. It had said that wooden and leather finish covers will be offered. The company has now launched the Vibe K4 Note replete with the wooden finish cover, while there’s still no word about the leather variant.Also Read: Lenovo K4 Note quick review: Not the K3 Note successor you were looking forThe K4 Note comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective covering. The K4 Note comes with TheatreMax technology that supports slit-screen rendering on the phone. The company has also come out with an ANT VR headset to make use of this technology.The phone is powered by a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Expandable storage and OTG are supported. The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor. The Lenovo K4 Note runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop which is topped with the company’s VibeUI.advertisementIt sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.last_img read more

Simply Chennai takes you through unique gifting and shopping options from around town, to get you festive ready well in time.

first_imgFlower PowerAlankaaraAmrita Giriraj, founder, Alankaara. Photograph by Sumanth Kumar If you are still hunting for the perfect Diwali gift, Alankaara is the place to head to. Amrita Giriraj, 24, a Srishti School of Design graduate has mastered a unique art, that of capturing flowers in bubbles of fiber glass. The,Flower PowerAlankaaraAmrita Giriraj, founder, Alankaara. Photograph by Sumanth KumarIf you are still hunting for the perfect Diwali gift, Alankaara is the place to head to. Amrita Giriraj, 24, a Srishti School of Design graduate has mastered a unique art, that of capturing flowers in bubbles of fiber glass. The result is exquisite platters, glasses, jewellery and more with pressed wild flowers that retain their colour through the process.It was during the destructive floods in the city that Giriraj looked for ways to preserve the debris from her garden and chanced upon this art form. She began capturing dried flowers and twigs in smaller objects until she received an order for platters. She took it up and they now form a large part of her festive offerings. Some of the other Diwali specials of this less-than-a-year old brand include seashell lamps crafted in Kanyakumari and jhumkas and temple jewellery.She is also stocking wooden gift boxes made by wood artists in Kanyakumari which are panelled on top using pressed flowers. “I work mostly with wild flowers like dandelions and weeds which I procure from the horticulture society in the city. I also pick a lot of flowers off the kerbside whenever I find them,” she explains.Flowers are sun dried using tempered glass and fibre glass is then poured onto them in moulds to create the final product. The process for each takes 24 hours.Details Prices Rs 300 onwardsA Different DrapeWood & Yarn If it is a sari you are looking to sport this festive season but can’t find one that suits your taste, Anju Nair’s Wood & Yarn is just the place for you. The name comes from their specialisation, block printing and weaving, and Nair, 43, is a trained textile designer who experiments with different weaves and fabrics.advertisement”It started off as an experiment in 2009 and became a label only four years ago,” she says. No stranger to the world of textiles, Nair is the daughter of renowned textile designer Kala Thamby and spent many of her early years tinkering around in block print and weaving studios.Her small studio in Anna Nagar is getting geared up for the festive season ahead and you will find yards of organza, raw silk, Benaras sheers and more with a trademark self block print. Besides saris, Wood & Yarn also deals in unstitched suits and custom orders.Every piece is unique so as to ensure you stand out. Nair works with weavers in Kolkata and Hyderabad and has her own block printing studio where she spends the day supervising every piece. Clients are invited for a special viewing of the Diwali collection and announcements are made using her social media page.Tel 9790980574 Contact woodnyarn@gmail.comPrices start at Rs 6,500 for the festive collection.Gifts Galore Nuts ‘n’ SpicesSunil Sanklecha, owner, Nuts ‘n’ spices. Photographs by Jaison GBulk ordering gifts this Diwali? Your neighbourhood store might just make this job easy for you. Head to any of the 25 branches of Nuts ‘n’ Spices for special pre-set gift hampers for the season. There’s something to cater to everyone’s tastes.They have as many as 31 varieties of dry fruits including Afghani figs, Iranian pistachios and Mangalore cashews. There are also chocolate gift hampers that include Belgian, Italian and Swiss chocolates with favourites like the Ferrero Rocher and Lindt. You can also pick from the all inclusive baskets with nuts, chocolates and biscuits for a perfect family gift this season.AT Nuts ‘n’ Spices branches Prices Rs 240 onwards for dry fruit hampers and Rs 100 onwards for chocolates.Shopping Frenzy Naidu Hall When planning festival shopping, it is hard to skip the legendary Naidu Hall. Established in 1939, Naidu Hall with 18 stores across Tamil Nadu, is the one-stop-shop for the entire family’s festive needs. “We deal in a lot of fancy kurtis and western outfits for the festive season. We also have a select sari range that includes Calcutta cottons and some other options,” explains G Venugopal, 66, managing director at Naidu Hall.Some of the best picks here are the reasonably priced pre-stitched brocade blouses to go with your sari, colourful paavadai sets for little girls and printed shirts for men in silk and cotton for every occasion. Don’t forget to stock up on lingerie essentials which have been their forte for many decades.At Naidu Hall storesPrice Rs 500 onwardsOriental GiftsTeak HeirloomsOne of the city’s oldest imported furniture stores, Teak Heirlooms specialises in bringing unique contemporary Indonesian furniture to your living room. But, this festive season you can also pick out some artefacts at a five percent discount.advertisementThere are cane baskets from Bali that you can fill up with Diwali sweets or use them as standalone gifts. Also, lava stone pots, wooden panels, buddhas in different sizes are some of the available options.Looking for something quirky? Pick out a bamboo duck for your friends that’ll work as a conversation starter in their living rooms for years to come. Let us warn you though, the furniture here is classic, solid wood and hard to resist especially when you are doing a routine Diwali cleaning and find a few extra corners in your house. Proprieter Priya Lewis, 62, says the gift items are running out quickly, so make sure to grab yours before it is gone.At 24A, Spring Garden, 1st Street, Akkarai, ECR Tel 9840025042 Price Rs 600 onwardsGift-wrapping ChroniclesCreative CraftsHere’s something that is going to make your festive gifting seem a lot simpler. Just select your gifts, send them over to Sandhya Ravi, 50, and watch her transform them into neat packages. From simple gift wraps to wooden trays and palm baskets, she does it all and at a nominal price.Ravi started Creative Crafts four years ago when she found time at hand after her son left for higher education. It was only through a Facebook page and word of mouth that she started receiving an overwhelming response.”We do sweet boxes for the festive season, metallic trays wrapped in satin, embellished palm leaf baskets and much more,” she explains. All the wrapping is handmade and cloth like tissue and satin can be used in place of paper.She has also tried some innovative ways of packaging gifts using rice husk packing and mud pottery. All she needs is a week’s notice and your preference and consider your gift wrapping tasks for the season done.Tel 9841226608Prices start at Rs 100Fragrant gifts Maroma A name to reckon with in home fragrances, Maroma, an Auroville brand has an exclusive outlet in the city to cater to all your aromatic needs for the season. Known for their incense, there’s a wide range of options available in stick and cone forms. Candles are scented with delicate essential oils and can light up your home without the nasty chemicals. Choose from pillar candles, votive candles and especially crafted wax diyas for the season.The skin and body care products with natural ingredients make for great gifts too. In time for the festive season, you will also find sets of bath soaps, candles and cone incense combos and more on a discounted price.At Maroma, Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah Prices Rs 150 onwardsTraditionally Inclined ManjalPlastic baskets in Palmyra fashion by ManjalLocated at the M. Rm. Rm. Cultural Foundation, a non-profit that documents and revives traditional crafts in the region, Manjal is a store speaks festive like no other. Here, you will find kottans, traditional palmyra leaf Chettinad baskets in a myriad of colours, patterns and sizes. The craft has also been extended to create plastic utility bags and purses and pretty wooden trays that display palmyra leaf patterns on them.advertisementA display wall features all the baskets and boxes available for order for the festive season. You could use them as sweet boxes or as packing for any other gifts you are planning to buy.The sari boxes are another great way to pack the drapes. The bright colours are perfect to bring in the festive season and can also be used to store puja utilities for the season.At 70, Janaki Avenue, MRC Nagar Price Rs 200 onwardsGift an experienceCocoatrait/ EnchanteA gift hamper from Cocoatrait. Photographs by Jaison GIt was when Nitin Chordia, 36, was sourcing products for Godrej Nature’s Basket that he was introduced to the world of artisanal chocolate. And it was Italian chocolatier Amedei that made him realise he had set out on a career in the chocolate industry. It led to four years of research, a backpacking trip in Belgium and a tasting certification in UK that made him Asia’s first chocolate taster.He then returned to the country in 2014 to start Cocoatrait with his wife Poonam Chordia, 35. Initially, Cocoatrait was just a place where one could buy chocolates from around the world.It now has its own brand named Enchante, created and managed by Poonam. Chocolates make for great gifts, but it gets even better when a bar comes with an education. At Cocoatrait, shopping is an experience where you go through the process of choosing, understanding and even learn the procedure of savouring a piece. And believe us, we have been eating chocolate wrong all our lives (hint: don’t bite into a bar).The marketplace has both imported and Indian bean to bar brands in various flavours, in dark and milk variants. “Our own brand Enchante was created to fill in the gaps in the chocolate industry.We don’t make anything that a brand we stock does. For example, we make a fine chocolate version of the fruit and nut we all grew up loving that no other maker does,” explains Nitin. Gifting options at Cocoatrait include monthly subscription boxes which are especially crafted tins with a selection of chocolates that come delivered to your doorstep in a thermocol box complete with an ice pack to retain freshness.You can also choose to select your own bars to create a customised gift box of fine chocolates. There is also an option to order hampers with a selection of chocolates and jams. And if you are looking to gift the complete chocolate experience this festive season, you could also opt for a chocolate tasting session by Chordia himself. There is also a 20 per cent discount code for readers. Use their code, cocoitoday20 on the website.Details Price Rs 100 for bars and Rs 450 for hamperslast_img read more

Sandeep Sharma’s rare feat: Gets Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers

first_imgSandeep Sharma continues to impress everyone as he added one unique achievement to his name as the Kings XI Punjab beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 19 runs in Bengaluru.Sandeep became the first bowler to get the deadly trio of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers out in the same game as RCB were bowled out for the fourth time in this year’s IPL.The 23-year-old, who impressed everyone with his swing bowling last season, carried on the momentum in this year’s edition as well.Defending a modest total of 138, Punjab needed quick wickets to win the match and stay alive in this year’s IPL and he took it upon himself to deliver. He got Chris Gayle in the fourth bowl of the first over with a brilliant out-swinger as the big West Indian got a leading edge — handing an easy catch to Martin Guptill at Point. Kohli looked to counter-attack but failed as he was castled for 6. And finally he got rid of de Villiers when he looked to come down the track and drive him, only to hand an easy catch to Saha.The Punjab pacer now has 14 wickets from 10 matches and is fourth in the running for Purple Cap.Sandeep, who now won Man-of-the-Match in two consecutive matches returned with figures of 3/22 from his four overs, helping Punjab defend the lowest total in the Indian Premier League at the M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru and inflict the fifth straight defeat on RCB.With this win, KXIP now have 10 points from 10 games and are fifth in the table while RCB keep langusihing at the bottom of the table.advertisementPunjab will next play the Gujarat Lions on Sunday in Mohali while Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on the same day in Bengaluru.What an evening for Sandeep Sharma. Many new fast bowlers on the horizon but he’s told everyone he’s around too.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 5, 2017Sandeep sharma bhut wadhiya shera @sandeep25a u have won it for @lionsdenkxip by taking 3 big wickets.congratulations kings11 vs @RCBTweets- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 5, 2017last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s lack of respect for India’s legends absolutely shocking

first_imgVirat Kohli the superstar has prevailed over some of Indian cricket’s biggest stars.Picture this: A year ago, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman appointed Anil Kumble to coach India. Virat Kohli was just cutting his teeth into captaincy. He had begun well and there was a long home season to look forward to. Four Tests in the West Indies, 13 at home – that would have given Kumble time to settle in and stamp his style on the team – a bunch of young but extremely talented individuals.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe results were instant. West Indies were not a great challenge. And India were always expected to win at home. But the way they dismantled New Zealand and England in particular, showed things were working well between Kumble and Virat Kohli, the new leader of new India. (Team India to get new head coach before tour of Sri Lanka next month)Little did we know, things were quickly spiralling out of control.The rift, the debacle in the Champions Trophy final and Kumble’s subsequent resignation. Bad blood between the two most powerful men in Indian cricket had left a bad taste in the mouths of fans already.Meanwhile, things took a turn for the worse after India’s disgraceful defeat against Pakistan at The Oval. Kohli and his superstars could not digest a dressing down from Kumble after they returned to the change rooms.The coach was furious with his players – Jasprit Bumrah in particular for that no-ball which gave Fakhar Zaman a new lease of life. The superstars did not expect to be yelled at for 30 minutes. (Meet the 6 men to be interviewed for the positon of Team India coach)advertisementKumble never gave an inch nor asked for any as a player. As a coach, he would have demanded the same of his players. And what was so wrong in shouting at the players for a listless performance that resulted in a humiliating defeat? Are they bigger than the game? Are they bigger than the country?Kumble was well within his rights to scold his team but it is exactly this attitude that had alienated him from Kohli and his coterie. Despite the obvious rift, the advisory committee of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman backed Kumble to stay on as coach. He had done nothing wrong as coach. Nothing. (Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: A timeline of events)The legends spoke to Kohli but he would not listen. He was determined to see Kumble go. The captain (and the rest of the team) wants Ravi Shastri back. There is little evidence of that happening but it was shocking to see how Kohli reacted to four legends.If the captain does not listen to Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman and is opposed to Kumble as coach, what chance does anybody else have of reigning him in? Kohli has shown an utter lack of respect for his seniors, his country and the cricketing fraternity at large.When Kohli was involved in those heated battles against the Australian team earlier this year, he got the firm backing of his people. Former cricketers, the media and fans rallied behind their captain. But his abysmal treatment of Kumble will alienate the skipper now.The Indian cricket team is nobody’s fiefdom. Kumble is now lost to the Indian team but it is high time Kohli is tamed down or things will keep getting worse.last_img read more

US Grand Prix: Relaxed Brendon Hartley avoids full throttle on F1 debut

first_imgGoing full throttle almost took on a new meaning for Brendon Hartley after his helmet lifted at speed during his first Formula One practice session on Friday.The first New Zealand grand prix driver for 33 years otherwise sounded pretty happy with his day’s work, despite collecting a 25-place grid penalty before he had even stepped into the car at the U.S. Grand Prix.Hartley completed 69 laps, more than a race distance, and went through the pre-set programme with barely a hiccup in the Toro Rosso. At the end of the afternoon he was 17th.He appeared completely unfazed when talking to reporters afterwards.For a man who had not driven a Formula One car since 2010, another era altogether, and whose last single seater outing was in 2012, it all stacked up to an impressive and memorable experience.”I’m 27, I’m not a young rookie,” he said by way of explanation for the laid-back approach.”It was a pretty positive first day. I tried to not over-think it, I just tried to go out and see how I felt in the first session.”I kept it (the car) on track, made good progression through the day, did a lot of practice starts, pitstop practice which was something quite new to me … and it’s only taking two and a half seconds.”A Le Mans 24 Hours winner with Porsche and also a world endurance champion, Hartley is no stranger to high performance racing but he recognised he still had a lot to learn, particularly through the quick corners, and to improve on before Sunday’s race.advertisementWhatever his grid position after qualifying, the New Zealander will be starting at the back due to an engine switch he inherited as a result of being a late replacement for absent Frenchman Pierre Gasly.Hartley cannot change that but there is unlikely to be any repeat of the helmet problem.”We had some issues with the helmet lifting up and trying to choke me,” he said. “I guess they designed the car around a certain helmet and I’ve turned up with a different one. So we’re getting on top of that.”The team added a small windshield and there will be continuing tweaks with the drivers’ seat but otherwise Hartley felt at home.”I feel positive I can do the drive come Sunday,” he said.”The feedback I got so far from everyone was positive. They were really happy with the long run and how I managed the tyres at the end, which is a big part of the job.”last_img read more

Enact law to ensure closure of Vedanta’s Sterlite plant: DMK tells Tamil Nadu government

first_imgDMK on Friday (January 4) urged the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law to ensure the continued closure of Vedanta’s copper plant Sterlite at Tuticorin.Citing the National Green Tribunal setting aside the state government’s closure order, saying it was non-sustainable, DMK MLA P Geetha Jeevan said it was the wish of the people that the government take a policy decision to ensure that the plant continued to be shut.Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, she said Sterlite cannot stake a claim to reopen the plant and urged the government to enact a law for the “permanent closure” of the plant.On December 15, the National Green Tribunal had set aside the Tamil Nadu government order for closure of mining company Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin, which was at the center of massive protests over alleged pollution, saying it was “non-sustainable” and “unjustified”.Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22-23 and several injured after the protests against Sterlite turned violent in Tuticorin.She demanded enactment of a law similar to that passed by the state government to allow the bull-taming sport Jallikattu.In January 2017, Tamil Nadu amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to ensure that the sport was held without any hindrance.Though no prohibitive orders are now in place at Tuticorin, the DMK MLA said a sense of unease prevailed and police were not granting permission to hold meetings.On the ban on single-use plastic items like carry bags that came into force in Tamil Nadu from January 1, she wondered why popular snack brands of multinationals were spared and demanded that the state ban them too.advertisementIntervening, Environment Minister K C Karuppannan said the government has not favoured any multinational firm and pointed out that only 14 types of single-use plastic items, which cannot be recycled and are non-biodegradable, had been banned.When Jeevan referred to boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen left to rot after they were impounded by Sri Lanka, FisheriesMinister D Jayakumar said the government bore the expenditure of bringing them back ensuring that fishermen did not spend even a Rupee for it.Replying to Congress MLA H Vasantha Kumar, who sought expansion of Tuticorin airport, Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur C Raju said 601 acres have been acquired and handed over to the airport on December 31, 2018 for the purpose.Initiating the debate, Deputy Speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman urged the government to provide coconut saplings free of cost to the farmers.He wanted the government to come up with sapling varieties that would reach a height of only about 5-10 feet and provide good yield in a short time and withstand cyclones as well.He also wanted a separate district with Pollachi as its headquarters.ALSO READ | Tuticorin’s wrath not a first for Vedanta: The firm’s controversial history in 5 pointsWATCH | Exclusive footage of Tuticorin violencelast_img read more

Pakistan agrees to play day-night Test in Australia

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given its nod to its Australian counterpart to play a day-night Test in the upcoming 2019-20 season.According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, the second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide will be played under lights with the pink ball.This day-night Test will be the first of the two consecutive pink ball Tests with the second being the series opener between Australia and New Zealand in Perth. Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to compete in a three Test match series.Cricket Australia (CA) and PCB held high-level talks in the past few weeks for the Adelaide fixture. An idea of a third Test was also floated but was not accepted due to a packed calendar for Australia. Apart from the two Tests, Pakistan and Australia will also compete in a three-match T20I series.It is believed that the delay in confirming the pink ball Test was linked to PCB’s desire that Australia play in Pakistan in the future. However, a PCB official said it was not the case.”The dialogue between CA and the PCB was around what we would need to do to make that tour happen,” PCB managing director Wasim Khan told The Sydney Morning Herald.”We also know there’s a lot of bilateral cricket to be played before that. We need to continue to evidence security measures we can put in place. All things being well we can pick up dialogue in early 2022,” he added.advertisementIt is expected that Pakistan will play two tour games leading into the first Test.Also Read | Pakistan vs Australia: My most consistent series as batter, says skipper Aaron FinchAlso Read | Australia complete series whitewash vs Pakistan after 20-run win in 5th ODIlast_img read more

Chelsea will accept FA punishment over Mourinho fracas, says Maurizio Sarri

first_imgShare on Facebook Maurizio Sarri insisted Chelsea will “accept the consequences” of the coach Marco Ianni’s improper conduct charge from the Football Association. José Mourinho Sarri’s backroom staff member goaded José Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline after Ross Barkley’s equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Chelsea manager, who is preparing to take on Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday, said he does not know what punishment Ianni could face, but promised the club would accept any sanction.Sarri said: “First of all, as I said after the match, we were wrong. I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately and it was really very important, I think that he realised he was wrong.“And so I think that I want to give him another opportunity. Because I know very well the man, I know very well that he was really sorry. And he realised the mistake – everybody can make a mistake.“But you need to learn from the mistake, and so I think he will be able to do this. I know [him] very well, so I am sure. For the FA I don’t know, I haven’t experienced that here. I don’t know the consequences, but we were wrong so we have to accept the consequences.”Asked what punishment Chelsea would impose, Sarri said: “I don’t know. If I want to give him another opportunity, the opportunity will be a full opportunity. But I don’t know. I want to respect the decision of the FA and then we will decide.” Manchester United Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this content Sarri said Eden Hazard would miss the game against Bate Borisov. “He is out for sure. He has a back problem. We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday.” The manager expects to rotate his resources to face Bate, but fears a bigger problem for Sunday’s Burnley trip. “This match is not a big problem, because we have to play after five days, from the last match,” said Sarri. “The problem will be on Sunday, because on Sunday we will play after 65 hours. So we need to change some of them. For example Jorginho we need to rest now, because he played 90 minutes the two matches with [Italy], and then he played for [nearly] 100 minutes in the last match. It’s time to rest for him. Andreas Christensen, I think will be on the pitch, Ruben Loftus-Cheek maybe.” Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract with Chelsea that will run until 2023. The Spanish defender has been at Stamford Bridge since the summer of 2016.The versatile 27-year-old told Chelsea’s official website: “I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world. It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.” Maurizio Sarri José Mourinho (centre) has to be restrained after Marco Ianni’s boisterous celebrations following Chelsea’s late equaliser on Saturday. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/Guardian Facebook center_img David Squires on … José Mourinho’s big day back at Chelsea Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Europa League news Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Chelsealast_img read more

Botswana’s Ambassador Expresses Appreciation to Jamaica

first_imgBotswana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Charles Thembani Ntwagge, has expressed “deep appreciation” to the Government and people of Jamaica for the support given to his country over the years, particularly in human development efforts. He was speaking at a luncheon held on Monday, February 4, at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge at the University of the West Indies, to officially install noted philanthropist and entrepreneur, Dr. Henley Morgan, as the Republic of Botswana’s Honorary Consul to Jamaica. Ambassador Ntwagge said that Jamaica and Botswana have had a long history of diplomatic relations, which continue to grow from strength to strength, and both countries have co-operated on a number of initiatives, particularly in the areas of health and education. “There are currently about 41 students (from Botswana) studying at the University of the West Indies,” he said. The Ambassador said his country is very proud to have a “person of (Dr. Morgan’s) credentials and standing to be our Honorary Consul”. “Dr. Morgan is a distinguished and accomplished citizen of Jamaica and we are very proud to have him in this way. He is not only an outstanding business man, but he is also an author, and a consultant,” he noted. He added that Dr. Morgan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position and expressed confidence that he will effectively and successfully carry out his duties. “But in all that, he needs the support of all of you here in Jamaica and the various stakeholders of this country,” he said. For his part, Dr. Morgan pledged to be a proud representative and to work assiduously in his new position. “This comes at a good time when Jamaica is changing the world. I am going to be doing all that I can to help Botswana see more of us and for Jamaica to see more of Botswana,” Dr. Morgan said. Botswana is a land-locked country situated in Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. A country of just over two million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The country also has a strong tradition as a representative democracy.last_img read more

Milestones for the Nova Scotia Film Industry

first_imgNova Scotia filmmakers received international acclaim and charted record-high levels of domestic production in 2012-13. Year-end results for fiscal 2012-13 show the province’s audiovisual industry generated $125 million in production, up from $115 million in 2011-12. Domestic production accounted for 80 per cent of total production activity, generating approximately $100 million, an increase of $3 million over the previous year. “Our filmmakers are exporting their projects around the world,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele. “The strength of our domestic industry is fueling growth, creating jobs and attracting both international productions and investment.” Domestic production covered the spectrum, including six feature films, 23 documentaries, 14 drama series, two lifestyle series, and five animation series. Over the past year, international audiences viewed many local productions. Blackbird, a feature film by local director Jason Buxton and producer Marc Almon, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, winning Best Canadian Feature Film. Blackbird also screened at Cannes Ecrans Juniors, a youth-focused film festival held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Grand Jury Prize. Blackbird was also the opening gala film for 2012 ViewFinders: Atlantic Film Festival for Youth. At the screening, one dollar from every ticket sold went to support Kids Help Phone. Halifax documentary filmmakers Edward Peill and Geoff D’Eon from Tell Tale Productions were invited by U.S. government officials to present their documentary Counterfeit Culture at an event focusing on intellectual property theft and counterfeit goods in Washington, D.C. After a screening of the documentary, the filmmakers took part in a question and answer session with employees from the U.S. State Department. The documentary has since won two awards at the US International Film and Video Festival, a Certificate for Creative Excellence, and the One World Award. The film industry in Nova Scotia is also celebrating another milestone in 2013. Canada’s first feature-length dramatic film, Evangeline, was shot in Nova Scotia 100 years ago. Directed by Edward P. Sullivan and William Cavanaugh, the silent film, based on Longfellow’s famous poem, was shot in Grand Pré, the Annapolis Valley, Cow Bay, and Eastern Passage. The film is now considered lost–no longer existing in archives or collections. “As pioneers of the Canadian film industry, Nova Scotia continues to innovate and lead,” said Cheryl Hodder, chair of the board of directors for Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “The ingenuity of our talented crews and the body of work produced in Nova Scotia continues to raise our profile and attract attention and investment to the province.” Guest productions generated almost $25 million and included feature films, documentaries, drama series, and animation series. “It is wonderful to celebrate these two very important milestones,” said Lisa Bugden, president and CEO of Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia is an established and competitive filming destination with a dynamic, domestic industry. This is a strong foundation to build on for the future.” Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is the lead development agency for the creative industries in the province. Providing a variety of loans, investments, programs and services, the agency works to support the growth and development of Nova Scotia’s creative enterprises.last_img read more

Tunisia win on penalties to end 54year dominance by Ghana

first_imgCairo: Tunisia defeated Ghana 5-4 on penalties Monday with Ferjani Sassi converting the decisive spot-kick to end a 54-year Africa Cup of Nations losing streak against the Black Stars. After a 1-1 draw following extra time in Ismailia, Tunisia scored from all five penalties while Ghana substitute Caleb Ekusan had his attempt saved by Farouk Ben Mustapha, who came off the bench especially for the shootout. Victory was sweet for Tunisia as they had lost six times to Ghana in the African football showcase from 1965 after drawing the first meeting between the nations two years earlier. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherOn Thursday, the Carthage Eagles play giantkillers Madagascar in a quarter-final in Cairo with the winners meeting Senegal or Benin for a place in the July 19 final. Losing on penalties ended a Ghana run of six consecutive top-four finishes in the Cup of Nations and puts the future of coach Kwesi Appiah in doubt. Four-time former champions Ghana changed two of the team that began a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau that enabled them to pip Cameroon for top spot in Group F on goals scored. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBoth alterations were on the left side of a 4-3-3 formation with defender Nuhu Kasim and midfielder Afriyie Acquah replacing Joseph Aidoo and Owusu Kwabena. Tunisia coach and 1980s France star Alain Giresse reacted to an embarrassing 0-0 draw with minnows Mauritania in their previous match by dropping four of the team. – Big surprise – A big surprise was the exclusion of forward Wahbi Khazri, who had been the outstanding Tunisian attacker in the group phase and scored one of their two goals. Bassem Srarfi, Naim Sliti and Karim Aouadhi were also relegated to the bench with Ghaylen Chaalali, Ferjani Sassi, Taha Yassine Khenissi and Anice Badri promoted. After early yellow cards for Ghanaian John Boye, the first player to be red-carded in the group phase, and Tunisian Dylan Bronn, the first half became a cagey, even affair. Ghana came close to scoring on 16 minutes when a Kasim header struck the post and Andre Ayew fired the rebound straight at goalkeeper Hassen Mouez. Andre Ayew was convinced he had put the Black Stars ahead on 41 minutes when he backheeled a cross into the net, but the referee ruled that Thomas Partey handled in the build-up. Replays showed the ball touching the chin of the Atletico Madrid midfielder rather than a hand and the disallowed goal infuriated the Ghanaians. Midway through the second half Giresse had second thoughts about the composition of his attack, which was making little impression, and sent on Khazri in place of Badri.last_img read more

City museums offer Halloween scares yearround

first_imgAdvertisement Halloween is only one day a year. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find something scary within the confines of three of Toronto’s best known museums all year round.Among the more popular stops at the Royal Ontario Museum is the bat cave, a wonderfully spooky exhibit based on the St. Clair Cave in Jamaica. (ROM staff have captured the essence of the cave, located 30 meters underground, in meticulous detail thanks to numerous fieldwork site visits over the years.) The cave features more than 20 actual bat specimens and more than 800 models.The study of bats — known as chiropterology — is among the museum’s research specialties, led by assistant curator of mammalogy Burton Lim, who was once bitten by a vampire bat. (He now prefers working nights. Just kidding.) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement With a collection of more than 80,000 objets d’art, you can be sure there’s a few works at the Art Gallery of Ontario designed to unnerve as well as enlighten.Among the more hair-raising: an original lithograph print of Vampire, a.k.a. Love and Pain, one of six versions by The Scream artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1895, as well as… Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Japans Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Stockholm – Japanese professor Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology for his discovery of how cells break down and recycle their content, which could lead to a better understanding of a range of diseases, including cancer, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes.“Ohsumi’s discoveries led to a new paradigm in our understanding of how the cell recycles its content,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said in a statement on awarding the prize of $933,000.“His discoveries opened the path to understanding (…) many physiological processes, such as in the adaptation to starvation or response to infection,” the statement added. Ohsumi’s work on cell breakdown, a field known as autophagy, is important because it can help explain what goes wrong in an array of diseases.“Mutations in autophagy (‘self eating’) genes can cause disease, and the autophagic process is involved in several conditions including cancer and neurological disease,” the statement said.Ohsumi, born in 1945 in Fukuoka, Japan, has been a professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2009. He received a PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1974. read more

DR Congo Government rebels enter into UNbacked talks to end fighting

The event, being held at the UN’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, is being facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy and former Nigerian President, and Benjamin Mkapa, former Tanzanian leader who is representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).“In their opening remarks to the talks, the two envoys urged participants to find a workable solution to the political and humanitarian crisis in eastern DRC,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York, adding that the gathering is expected to continue tomorrow.Escalating conflict between Government forces (FARDC) and the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), led by renegade general Laurent Nkunda, has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people since late August, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda.Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.In a related development, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today reported that the transfer of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kibati, on the northern outskirts of North Kivu’s capital Goma, to more secure camps is continuing.But some 9,000 people are estimated to have recently fled to Kibati, and there have been reports of lootings in several villages in the past week.OCHA said that five former IDP camps in Rutshuru, 80 kilometers north of Goma, were forcibly emptied and destroyed, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has put the total number of displaced in North Kivu who cannot be provided shelter due to lack of means at more than 50,000. 9 December 2008United Nations-backed talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and a main rebel militia kicked off today, in a bid to end the upsurge in the fighting which has uprooted an additional 250,000 people in country’s far east. read more

Police South Korean man set himself ablaze to protest Japan

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Police say a 72-year-old South Korean man is in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history.An official from Seoul’s Jongno Police Station said Thursday that the man was being treated at a Seoul hospital for burns over his entire body.The official says police at the scene found a bag that likely belonged to the man and contained a memo and leaflet criticizing Japan over its decision to tighten controls on high-tech exports to South Korea and vowing to fight Tokyo until Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologizes.A 78-year-old South Korean man died earlier this month after self-immolating near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.The Associated Press read more

Rwanda UN tribunal gives exfinance minister life sentence for role in genocide

Three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha, Tanzania, found Emmanuel Ndindabahizi guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, specifically extermination and murder.The case against Mr. Ndindabahizi – who served as Finance Minister in Rwanda’s Interim Government from April to June 1994 – focused on events in Kibuye Prefecture, the region where he grew up and later rose through the political ranks.In June of that year, Mr. Ndindabahizi urged bands of Hutus to attack and kill thousands of Tutsis who had taken refuge in the Gitwa Hill area. He also distributed weapons and helped transport the killers.Explaining that Mr. Ndindabahizi instigated, facilitated and assisted the attacks, the ICTR said he “was well aware that his remarks and actions were part of a wider context of ethnic violence, killing and massacres in Rwanda during this period.”Mr. Ndindabahizi, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, was arrested in Belgium in 2001 and transferred to the UN detention centre in Arusha later that year.Estimates vary but at least 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus are thought to have been murdered in Rwanda during a 100-day orgy of killings starting in early April 1994. read more

Since Nothing Ever Stays Dead Walking Dead Renewed for Eighth Season

first_img We haven’t even seen the results of Negan’s horrific crimes following the controversial season six finale and the creators are already looking ahead to the next, most likely super frustrating, cliffhanger.Ahead of The Walking Dead season seven premiere this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST, AMC announced that it’ll be renewing the zombie drama for an eighth season, which will premiere in late 2017 with its 100th episode.“Eeny, meeny, miny, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans. And, most important, thanks to those fans for breathing life into this remarkable series right along with us.” AMC president Charlie Collier wrote in a statement.It’s no surprise that AMC would want to keep The Walking Dead around as long as possible. While the season six finale didn’t hit the ratings high of the last season five episode, it still wrapped up its season as the number one show on television among adults 18-49.This doesn’t take into account the popularity of The Talking Dead, the Walking Dead after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick. That has also been renewed for another season. This Sunday, following the season seven premiere, AMC will air a special 90-minute episode.The Talking Dead is the number one talk show on television. Its ratings are so high that it’s only rivaled by The Walking Dead.We don’t know much at all about this upcoming season. Because the previous season ended on such a story-changing cliffhanger, there wasn’t much the people involved could talk about. We’ll find out Sunday who Negan killed, but for now, the actors aren’t saying much.Here’s hoping at least that the story moves this season. The Walking Dead is a show that tends to stall the action, especially on the way to the Negan and Lucille cliffhanger. We would like it if Rick and the crew actually progressed somehow. Stories can only sit on building tension for so long before we want something to happen. Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 last_img read more



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