Manju Rani’s Silver at World Championship is Her Early Present for 20th Birthday

first_img Manju Ranimary komVijender SinghWomen’s World Boxing Championships First Published: October 13, 2019, 5:03 PM IST New Delhi: She took to boxing in pursuit of individual glory and Manju Rani got what she wanted in her debut world championship, that too in her maiden year at the top level.The 19-year-old from Haryana, who represented Punjab in the Nationals after failing to get a break from her own state, was the lone Indian, among four semifinalists, to make the finals of the mega-event in Ulan-Ude, Russia. She ended her campaign with a light flyweight (48kg) silver medal on Sunday after losing to Russia’s Ekaterina Paltceva by a very close margin .”It’s an early birthday present. I turn 20 on Saturday,” Rani told PTI in a telephonic interaction.Hailing from the Rithal village in Rohtak, life was tough for Rani. She lost her father, a BSF man, to cancer in 2010 and was raised, along with four of her other siblings, by her mother Ishwanti Devi.”I started as a kabaddi player but that’s a team sport and credit is shared. Boxing attracted me because it’s an individual sport, the glory is all yours alone,” she recalled.”My mother was very supportive of my career choice. She backed me to the hilt,” she added.It also helped that she had Olympic medal winners in Vijender Singh and M C Mary Kom to look up to.”Vijender bhaiya and Mary didi have inspired so many and I am one of them. Just looking at what they have achieved makes you want to work harder. I used to watch them and feel good about taking up this sport,” she said.It certainly did inspire her as she entered the world championship as six-time gold-medallist Mary Kom’s teammate and even went one better on her. Mary Kom signed off with a bronze on Saturday after going down in the semifinals.Reflecting on her journey, Rani recalled the contribution made by her uncle Sahab Singh in making her the sprightly, aggressive boxer that she is now.”Funny thing is he himself didn’t know a lot. So just to teach me, he would go and learn things himself and then ensure that I learnt them. But it was thoroughly enjoyable to learn the sport,” she said.Once the learning was done, next step was getting a breakthrough and after failing to get that with Haryana, she made the decision to explore elsewhere.”I took admission in a University in Punjab and began competing. Eventually I made it to the state team and won the Nationals to come into the camp this year in January,” she said.There was no looking back from that point onwards, Rani claimed a silver medal at one of Europe’s oldest and most competitive tournaments — the Strandja Memorial earlier this year.And now she has claimed the biggest medal of her nascent career, one that holds promise for even bigger achievements in the time to come. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Par passes bill on HC judges pensionary benefits

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) A Bill seeking to remove anomalies in the pensionary benefits of High Court judges, elevated from the bar, today received the formal nod of Parliament. The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 was passed in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session in December 2015 and by the Rajya Sabha on March 3. It was brought to the Lower House again today with the amendments approved by the Rajya Sabha, including the change of title from 2015 to 2016. The amendments were passed without discussion by a voice vote. With this, the measure received the nod of Parliament being sent to the President for his assent. The bill will also simplify some of the provisions relating to determination of leave allowances of judges of High Courts and the apex court. The bill says the practice of 10 years as advocate will be added as qualifying service for High Court judges elevated from the bar, as ordered by the Supreme Court in a judgment in March 2014. The measure seeks to give effect to this judgment. In the judgement, the apex court had said in order to remove arbitrariness in the matter of pension of High Court judges elevated from the bar, the relief should be reckoned from April one, 2004. It sought to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958. “With the passage of time, certain provisions in the aforesaid acts have become spent and outdated. A review has been undertaken and it has been decided to remove the same for clarity and provide for the added years of service in view of the judgment given by the Supreme Court,” the Bill said. PTI NAB ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mouni Roy on her Bollywood journey: Many tend to forget my experience of working in television

first_imgMouni Roy made a smashing debut in Bollywood last year, with Reema Kagti’s sports drama Gold, in which she was cast opposite Akshay Kumar. The actress, who has a number of interesting projects in her kitty, has had a fantastic start in films.In an interview with Hindustan Times, Mouni expressed her gratitude for the same. “Being a complete outsider, the [film] industry has been very kind to me. People here have considered me well-equipped and have trusted me to play all these parts, I obviously feel thankful. I think it’s very important to believe in your journey, never forget that there is no substitute for hard work. So, besides being grateful, I’m staying focused,” she said.Before entering Bollywood, Mouni was a popular face on the small screen. She has starred in several success television shows, including Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and the first two seasons of Naagin.Mouni said that her success in films has not come easy. “At times, many tend to forget my experience of working in television – the fact that I’ve been acting and dancing for ten years. So, it’s not that things are coming to me when I’m at home sipping my tea. I had to work really hard to reach where I am today. I had to audition for each of these parts, prove myself to get the role in films,” she said.Earlier, in an interview with IANS, Mouni had said that leaving a flourishing career in television to try her luck in films was “like leaving your home and entering a new territory”.advertisement”My transition to big screen happened very organically, but yes I do feel a loss because it was like leaving your home and entering a new territory as it was my first film, and there were lot of personal struggles involved,” she said.The actress also clarified that she has not bid adieu to the small screen. “I have not left TV. Right now, I am just busy with films. But if time permits, definitely I will do TV shows,” she said.Currently, Mouni has Mikhil Musale’s Made In China and Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra in the pipeline. While she will share screen space with Rajkummar Rao in Made In China, she will feature alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan in Brahmastra.ALSO READ | Mouni Roy on her role in Brahmastra: Ayan Mukerji saw Naagin and thought I could play villainALSO SEE | Mouni Roy raises the temperature in thigh-high slit dress on her beach vacation. See picsALSO WATCH | Naagin actress Mouni Roy looks ethereal in red sareelast_img read more

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Girls day two NYC wrap up

first_imgNew South Wales Combined High Schools and South West Queensland Swans remain undefeated in Pool A of the girls division after the second day of the X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC) at Port Macquarie.But that won’t remain for much longer as the two teams collide at 3pm tomorrow – the final round for the division.NSWCHS scored 28 touchdowns and conceded two in their two matches today.Australian women’s opens player Ashleigh Quinlan was again one of NSWCHS’ best players of the day.For the Swans, although they haven’t racked up cricket-like scores as NSWCHS have, they’ve been getting the job done.They defeated Western Tigers 5-4 and ran out 5-0 winners against NSW Touch Development.Brisbane City Cobras, Sunshine Coast Pineapples and NSW Combined Independent Schools are all within striking distance of each other as they eye off third spot on the third day of competition.The Tigers and Victoria will be searching for their first win of the tournament.Touch New Zealand under 15s won against NSWCIS but were beaten by the Cobras.Queensland Secondary Schools Touch have confirmed their spot on top of Pool B with resounding wins on day two.QSST defeated Tasmania 20-0, Northern Territory 16-2 and Touch New Zealand under 17s 9-3.NSW Combined Catholic Colleges were surprise 3-2 losers against Central Queensland Bulls.That loss means NSWCCC will be fighting it out with ACT Pirates and the Bulls for second spot.NSW Touch Development can slide into the top three, depending on results going their way tomorrow.South Australia Heat, Northern Territory and Tasmania will most likely contest the playoffs for the minor placings.Touch New Zealand under 17s had a draw, a loss and a win on day two.Make sure you stay up to date with the NYC by following these websites: NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Or FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page.Related LinksGirls day two NYC wrap uplast_img read more

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‘Miedema can be as good as USWNT legend Wambach’

first_imgFormer Arsenal defender Faye White believes Vivianne Miedema can be one of the greatest strikers ever – backing her to reach the level of USWNT legend Abby Wambach.Miedema scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists in just 20 FA Women’s Super League games for the Gunners this season, as they lifted the title for the first time since 2012.She has carried that form into the Women’s World Cup too, scoring a double against Cameroon to surpass Manon Melis as the Netherlands all-time top-scorer – taking her tally to 60 goals on her 77th cap, all at 22 years old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It has been some year for the striker and so it is no surprise to see her earn such high praise from White, who won 31 trophies in her 17 years with Arsenal.Speaking at a William Hill World Cup event, White said: “She’s such a good player. I do think she’ll go on to be one of the greats.“You look at her goalscoring record for the country and Arsenal now, it’s ridiculous.“I’m sure she will go on to be one of the great strikers, on the level of Wambach, hitting records and all sorts. She’s a special player.”Wambach currently holds the record for most international goals ever, having netted 184 times in 256 caps for the United States between 2001 and 2015.She is being chased down by Canada’s Christine Sinclair, who is just two behind the record after scoring in her nation’s 2-1 defeat to the Oranje which secured top spot for Miedema’s side.Considering Wambach had only one goal to her name at 22 and five when she turned 23, to suggest the Arsenal striker can chase down her record is not an excessive prediction.Vivianne Miedema Jill Roord Netherlands World Cup“She’s not quick, but the amount of time she makes and her ability to deceive defenders and get a shot in from like half a yard… Or sometimes you think how’s she got that out with three defenders around her and still put it in the back of the net? And that’s happening, week in, week out in the WSL for Arsenal,” White said.“I think she’s a very special player and someone of that calibre who can put away a header, can put away a long shot, can put away a ball running at players.“She’s got a bit of everything in her game.”Miedema helped lead the Netherlands to glory as they hosted the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2017, scoring four times – including twice in the final.She also hit seven in qualification for this summer’s Women’s World Cup and, with two to her name in France, her contributions make the Dutch an outsider for another title.“The favourites would be the USA, again, and France,” White, who won 90 caps for England, said.“I don’t think England are favourites, purely because we haven’t got the history and the performances, although we’ve got the win, haven’t been emphatic.“We do have the ability, don’t get me wrong, but at the moment England wouldn’t be favourites.Faye White William Hill“The other one I would pick out on the other side of the draw would be the Netherlands,” she continued.“Just because of the way the draw is, they could go all the way to the final and with their experience of the Euros and the team that they have as well.”The Oranje face England’s Group D opponents Japan on Tuesday in the last 16, with Italy or China awaiting the winner in the last eight.#England Women are 6/1 with William Hill to win the Women’s World Cuplast_img read more

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Moroccan Killed in Navy Shooting is 20YearOld Woman

Rabat- While firing on a migrant boat trying to cross the Mediterranean between M’diq and Fnideq, the Moroccan navy killed one of the migrants, a 20-year-old woman.The young woman, identified as “Hayat B,” reportedly died at the scene after she took a deadly shot while aboard a Spanish go-fast boat. The boat was controlled by a Spanish national.Moroccan electronic news outlets based in the north, Chamal Post, reported that the woman had lived in the Jebel Dersa neighborhood in Tetouan and attended the Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Law campus in Martil, a town on the Mediterranean. Three other Moroccans on the boat, named as Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (32),were also wounded in navy gunfire and are currently being hospitalized in M’diq-Fnideq prefecture.Chamal Post reported that a “special source” from Moroccan authorities said the migrant boat did not respond to the navy’s warnings, so the navy resorted to gunfire.  The incident is the first known time that the Moroccan navy has fired at a migrant boat.Authorities justified the navy, saying the migrants were not “clearly visible,” and that the Spanish helmsman was arrested, pending an investigation.Lately, Morocco has become strict with attempts at irregular migration to Europe, especially in the north.Moroccan maritime police stopped hundreds of Moroccans trying to escape for Europe from a beach in Martil on Saturday night, September 22.A video of the incident shows migrants franticly making their way back to the shore to escape police.Disappointed, many Moroccans wishing to migrate protested that night, chanting the slogan: “The people want free herga [irregular migration]!”Police have also deployed security barriers at the entrances to northern cities like Tangier and Tetouan to stop migrants from leaving for Europe.According to a statement from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Rights (ONDH) on Monday, security services in Tangier and other northern cities and towns like Martil have arrested young Moroccans and sub-Saharans trying to escape to Europe.They then transported the migrants back to their home cities under strict supervision.“Hundreds of young people in Martil flood to the town’s shores with the hope of migrating irregularly across the Mediterranean,” ONDH emphasized.Moroccans account for 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018 (7,100 Moroccans).The Spanish Ministry of Interior indicated that more than 250,000 undocumented Moroccans are currently living in Spain, with close to 5,000 identified as “unaccompanied minors.” read more

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Government wants consensus on Constitutional Assembly

The Deputy Minister invited all political parties to share their views on the proposal and reach a consensus for a new Constitution.Speaking earlier, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) asked as to why the vote on the Resolution is being delayed. The Government says it wants consensus on the proposed Constitutional Assembly and it is for this reason that it is allowing the proposal to be debated in Parliament.Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P Perera said that the Government could have used its 2/3rd majority to have the Resolution on proposal passed in Parliament. However he says the Government decided against that move and instead is seeking the support of all political parties in Parliament for the Constitutional Assembly. “We want to reach a consensus on the matter. The Government is committed to unite the country and not divide it,” he said. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that his party is ready for the vote at anytime and the delay to take the vote gives the impression that there is a division in the Government on the proposal.Tamil National Alliance leader and opposition leader R. Sampanthan urged all political parties to back the process to create a new Constitution.The Sri Lanka Freedom Party said that it supports the Resolution and added that several amendments proposed to the Resolution by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have been accepted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Conference Board finds Ontario pension plan will be good for economy in

Conference Board finds Ontario pension plan will be good for economy in long run by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 12:54 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Conference Board of Canada says the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan will mean long-term increases in income that offset the small negative effect on the economy over the near-to-medium term.In a cost-benefit analysis of the Liberal government’s pension plan, the Conference Board says the increase in mandatory savings initially results in a period of reduced household spending as pension contributions lower family income.The negative effect on Ontario’s GDP in the near term is partially offset by the fact that individuals are expected to reduce their RRSP contributions when they start paying into Ontario’s pension plan.The Conference Board — an independent, not-for-profit applied research organization — says the impact on overall real GDP is also offset by a fall in imports as less household spending is used to buy foreign goods and services.Expected decreases in Employment Insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board payroll premiums “further mitigate the short-term economic impact” of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.Mitzie Hunter, the province’s associate finance minister, says the report clearly shows Ontarians and the province’s economy will be better off under the Ontario pension plan, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.The Conference board says in the long term, the impacts from the ORPP “are entirely positive” because benefits paid from the plan will exceed contributions.“The report reinforces earlier analyses from experts like former Bank of Canada Governor, David Dodge, and reiterates that, over the long-term, the ORPP would add billions to the Ontario economy by ensuring that future retirees have adequate savings for retirement,” Hunter said in a statement.The Liberals want anyone who doesn’t have a workplace pension to be enrolled in the ORPP, which will require mandatory contributions of 1.9 per cent of pay from employers and a matching amount from workers — up to $1,643 a year from each.The Progressive Conservatives warn this is the wrong time to hit employers with what they call a payroll tax in the form of pension deductions for each worker.The Conference Board says by 2045, real disposable income in Ontario would be higher than it would have been without the ORPP. Retirees would spend the extra income from the ORPP benefits, which would spur economic activity.By 2093, real disposable income would be $19.4 billion — or 1.2 per cent — higher than it would be without the ORPP. Some of the large increase in domestic savings would be reinvested in Ontario’s economy, boosting business investment.The higher consumer and investment spending results in real GDP being $9.6 billion higher by the end of the forecast period than it would be without the ORPP.“We estimate that … the creation of the ORPP will generate $39.7 billion in GDP over the forecast period from 2017 to 2093,” said the Conference Board.“Even after accounting for the fact that Ontario residents place more value on income earned in the near term than they would on income earned decades in the future, the ORPP still has a strong positive effect on Ontario households.”The report concludes that the design of the Ontario pension plan will benefit members through lower average financial management costs, the sharing of market risk and eliminating the risk of outliving one’s savings, a significant worry for many.“As the Conference Board shows, members of the ORPP could see higher rates of return than if they invested on their own,” said Hunter.Ontario always maintained it would prefer an enhanced Canada Pension Plan instead of creating its own pension, but a meeting of federal-provincial finance ministers this week pushed back debate on the CPP until another meeting in about a year.———Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

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Clock ticking down on final decision for 36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project

Clock ticking down on final decision for $36B Pacific NorthWest LNG project by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Time is running out for the federal government to decide on whether to approve the Pacific NorthWest LNG project, which could open the way for one of the largest infrastructure investments in Canadian history.The legislated deadline for a decision on the Petronas-led, $36-billion liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia’s north coast is Oct. 2, following numerous delays in the review process including a three-month extension earlier this year.The project has drawn intense scrutiny, both for the carbon emissions it would cause, and for the potential impact the $11.4-billion export terminal on Lelu Island, south of Prince Rupert, B.C., would have on the fertile wild salmon habitat.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released a draft environmental report in February that found the project would not result in serious harm to fish habitat. However, its report also stated carbon dioxide emissions totalling 5.3-million tonnes a year from the LNG facility, and another 6.5-million to 8.7-million tonnes from collection and transportation of the natural gas, would pose a significant ecological threat.Since then, the CEAA has been working to produce a final report with attached conditions, taking into account information provided by Petronas and over 34,000 comments from the public on the draft report, CEAA spokeswoman Karen Fish said in an email.Once a final report is complete, it will be up to federal cabinet ministers to decide whether the project will cause significant adverse environmental effects, and if it does, whether those effects are justified.Fish said the government of Canada intends to make a final decision within the legislated time frame of Oct. 2, though because that falls on a Sunday, the deadline is actually pushed to Oct. 3.The pending decision comes as the Trudeau government tries to balance the competing pressures of meeting climate change goals and allowing major energy projects to move forward.Petronas, meanwhile, has to balance its own interests to decide whether to go ahead with the project.Last year the Malaysian state-owned energy company said it would move forward with a positive final investment decision if the federal government approves the project — but in August it stated that it would have to reassess the project once approval is given.“Upon the finalization of the report, we need to conduct a total review of the proposed project prior to tabling it to the project’s partners for a final investment decision,” Petronas said.The potential investment decision comes as the global LNG market continues to be weighed down by a glut of supplies from new projects, and the low prices that have come as a result.But AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever said he’s starting to see the first signs of a recovery, or at least that a bottom of the market might have been reached, which would be good for Canadian projects.“If the overall market is looking better, then Canadian prospects could be improving,” said Lever.He added, however, that Petronas would have to be quite confident about the Pacific NorthWest LNG project before committing the billions of dollars required to make it happen.“A decision is going to be delayed and delayed until as such time as they have much greater clarity, and they feel a lot more confident,” said Lever.Besides the financial uncertainty, the company still has to finalize agreements with the Lax Kw’alaams First Nations on whose traditional territory the export terminal will sit.Members of the community have been vocal critics of the project in the past. However, in a community poll in August, two-thirds of the 812 Lax Kw’alaams members who voted were in favour of continuing to pursue LNG development in their traditional territory.In a letter to the community, Mayor John Helin said the vote was only part of the process, and the community was still determined to protect Lelu Island and the salmon habitat.“We have not moved on our position about the environment. It is still our number one concern,” said Helin.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more

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The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in Chess.com’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to Chess.com’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on Chess.com and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: Share on Facebook read more

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Restaurants swapping out sprouts for kale on Christmas menus after shortage of

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Restaurants are swapping brussels sprouts for kale on their Christmas menus, suppliers have said, after a hot summer caused a shortage of the traditional British brassica.The long, freezing winter followed by a record-busting heatwave left many plants parched, and farmers have reported low crops of many vegetables, including Brussels sprouts.Vernon Mascarenhas, a trader from Nature’s Choice at New Covent Garden market, said there will “definitely not be enough brussels sprouts to go around.”Because of this, restaurant menus are changing to accommodate the lack of sprouts, and being forced to feature kale instead.While sprouts hate long, dry summers, the UK’s kale crop thrived, meaning it is a good substitute for the Christmas table.Mr Mascarenhas said: “We are going to have a real problem with Christmas because of brussels sprouts – they just haven’t grown.“There will definitely be a shortage, and they will be more expensive and there won’t be enough to go around for sure.”It’s starting to cause a big problem because restaurants are having to adjust their Christmas menus as they don’t have the produce.”They will be using kale instead and other forms of cabbage. It’s been a very good year for kale. The weather the sprouts didn’t like, kale did like.”Another seasonal vegetable which has been hit by the lack of rain is the sumo pumpkin. The large pumpkins, which are favoured by carvers, did not grow and instead the market is flooded with small and medium sized pumpkins – which are good for soup but don’t make much of a statement on the doorstep.Mr Mascarenhas added: “”Those are the ones that you would do big carvings with, the size of a spaceball.”Most of them have grown but they haven’t grown into the big ones.”We have lots of medium and small pumpkins.” read more

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Archos accuses French government of trying to stunt national tablet industry with

first_imgTablets are the next big thing in technology, and so it’s natural that governments want to get their taxes in on them before they hit big. You’d think, though, that governments would want to promote tablet makers in their own country by reducing taxes on domestically produced slates while hiking taxes for foreign-produced models.Not so with the French, though! Les grenouilles legislators are considering imposing a new tablet tax that would affect all tablet models that have at least 40GB of internal storage as part of French “private copy” taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and USB thumb drives.AdChoices广告Tablets don’t have a lot in common with blank media, but that’s not stopping legislators from trying to push a law through that would add up to $16 to the cost of an iPad or even an Android tablet like the Galaxy Tab.Here’s where it gets weird though: while French lawmakers want to tax devices running iOS or Android, they don’t want to tax Windows 7 tablets, ostensibly because that’s a “full” OS instead of a mobile one.Even if that made sense — and it doesn’t — it actually penalizes one of the most notable French tablet makers, Archos, who work exclusively with Android. Archos is now accusing the government of discriminating against French enterprises while kowtowing to US and Japanese firms, and as proof, point to the fact that they paid over three million euros in private copying taxes in 2009 alone. Hard not to see their point.Read more at Techdirtlast_img read more

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Klopp Out of form Firmino doesnt need a break

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists there are no concerns over Roberto Firmino ahead of tonight’s Champions League game at Red Star BelgradeThe Brazilian striker has only found the net once in nine games, amid suggestions that he could be in need of a rest.Aside from playing more Premier League games than any other player since the start of last season, Firmino had been actively involved in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League final.He also represented Brazil at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But Klopp remains unconcerned over Firmino and claims that he remains a key member of the squad regardless of his lack of goals.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“No. He’s hard-working, sometimes better, sometimes a bit less, but good. That’s how it is,” Klopp told reporters on YouTube.“It will be all fine for sure. If he didn’t score in the last few games then… one in nine? All competitions? Didn’t he score against Red Star? That was the one goal he scored? Okay, good.“I am not concerned. Things like this happen. He is a very important player for us. I was not really happy with our defending first half in London and he was involved in that. That’s what I’m talking about.“In the end, everything will be fine. We know about these situations. Sometimes it is clicking easier than in other moments, that’s all. There are no concerns.”The Group C game between Red Star and Liverpool will begin at 18:55 (CEST).last_img read more

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Bahamas PM says new Constitutional Bill will remove temptation for political interference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 19, 2017 – Nassau – The establishment of an independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in The Bahamas will ensure – among a number of things — that the State’s prosecutorial functions are insulated from Executive direction, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told a gathering of Commonwealth Attorneys-General, Law Ministers and Senior Officials on Monday.Prime Minister Minnis said the Bill should also remove the “temptation” for political interference in the administration of the criminal justice system.The Bill for An Act to Amend the Constitution of The Bahamas to provide for the Establishment of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and For Matters Connected Thereto (Long Title) was tabled in the House of Assembly Wednesday (October 18, 2017).   The Short Title is the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017.By virtue of the creation of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Bill seeks to confer all powers relating to criminal prosecutions previously vested in the Attorney-General, to the Director of Public Prosecutions.Certain functions now being performed by the Office of the Attorney-General, such as the power to issue a Fiat authorizing commencement of legal action in sensitive matters, or a Nolle Prosequi, will be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.  The establishment in law of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, was part of the legislative package promised in the Speech From the Throne in May.Addressing the Opening Session of the Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials at Baha Mar Resort, Prime Minister Minnis told delegates that it was “inspiring” to see the emphasis that was being placed on the independence of the judiciary as a separate branch of Government.“Here in The Bahamas, we have had a recent case in which the constitutional limits of the courts and Parliament collided,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “It is therefore important that we give recognition to principles that will ensure that there is no intrusion on the province of the courts.“Closely aligned with this is the need to ensure that the State’s prosecutorial functions are insulated from executive direction and to remove the temptation for political interference in administration of the criminal justice system.“We are introducing in law, an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions which was one of the recommendations of our Constitutional Commission and one of the commitments made by this Government,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

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MISSING WEDDING BAND Keep An Eye Out Around Elias Or TewksburyWilmington Elks

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A Wilmington senior recently lost his gold wedding band while at Elia’s Country Store or the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks Lodge in Tewksbury. He’s had it for over 60 years! If found, please call his daughter Liz Sullivan at 978-808-5172.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: John “Jack” Whitman, 72In “Obituaries”Tewksbury-Wilmington Emblem Club To Hold Cootie Party & Sundae Fundraiser On August 4In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Birthdays of senior citizens celebrated

first_imgKapra: Combined birthday celebrations of senior citizens were held on a grand note at Senior Citizens Welfare Association in Kamala Nagar on Wednesday. Local corporator Pavani Reddy participated as the chief guest. She felicitated senior citizens with mementos and shawls.She wished them they would continue their life journey in the pink of health. She said she would always be available for any kind of help for them. Narsing Rao, Eshwaraiah, Anjaneyulu, Ruguma Reddy, Esupadam, Satyanarayana Murthy, Venkateshwar Rao, Shanker Reddy and others were present.last_img

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Box Office Collection Kamal Haasans Uttama Villain Beats Shruti Hassans Gabbar is

first_imgKamal Haasan’s “Uttama Villain” and Shruthi Haasan’s “Gabbar is Back” was released on 1 May in US box officeFacebook/ Uttama Villain/ Gabbar is BackIndian cinema saw a different feat on 1 May when latest releases of father–daughter duo, Kamal Haasan and Shruti Haasan, clashed at the box office. While Kamal’s “Uttama Villain” faced glitches ahead of its 1 May release in India, Akshay Kumar-Shruti Haasan’s “Gabbar Is Back” had a smooth opening at the box office all over the word.At the overseas box office, “Uttama Villain” made a grand opening on 1 May and this is well reflected in the film collection.In the US, father Kamal Haasan’s flick has surpassed daughter Shruti’s “Gabbar Is Back” in terms of box office collection.According to popular film portal Bollywood Hungama, Tamil film the first weekend box office collection in the US of “Uttama Villain” is ₹2.96 Crore and Bollywood flick “Gabbar is Back” is in second position with weekend collection of ₹1.31 Crore.It should also be noted that the Akshay Kumar–Shruti Haasan starrer was being shown on more screens than Kamal Haasan’s movie this weekend. “Gabar is back” was shown in 107 screens, whereas “Uttama Villain” in 98 screens. This is a clear indication that Kamal Haasan’s flick is a step ahead when it comes to any other Indian release this weekend in the US.Meanwhile in India, “Gabbar is Back” is breaking record one after another and leads in opening weekend box office collection. But business figures if “Uttama Villain” in India is still awaited as the film managed its release only by 2 May matinee show here.Kamal Haasan’s “Uttama Villain” faced cancellation of shows on 1 May and 2 May as the makers had to sort out financial issues with financiers in the last minute of release.The star cast of “Uttama Villian”, directed by Ramesh Aravind, also include late filmmaker K Balachander, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Urvashi, Jayaram, Parvathy Nair, Parvathi Menon, Nassar, MS Bhaskar, Chithra Lakshmanan, Ananth Mahadevan, and Shanmugarajan.last_img read more

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Satellite rights of Wazir Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 could be lower

first_imgGAZAB , DILWALE TV RIGHTS SOLD FOR 60 CRORES HIGHEST EVER #GeruaFastest5mViews @taran_adarsh— SRK HATERS KO MAARO (@SRKswarrior1) November 20, 2015The worldwide box office collection of “Dilwale” was Rs 306.10 crore, while that of “Bajirao Mastani” stood at Rs 347.57 crore till the end of the fourth weekend. TwitterHindi film production houses and distributors selling satellite and television rights of their movies for whopping amounts, as has in the past, may not continue in the current year. This could affect the revenue of entities like Eros International Media, 30% of whose earnings comes from selling film rights to movie channels.”Bajirao Mastani”, globally distributed by listed entity Eros, reportedly sold the satellite rights of the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer for Rs 35 crore, according to Business Standard. Earlier, trade analyst Taran Adarsh had said MSM had acquired the TV rights of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale” from Red Chillies Entertainment for Rs 60 crore, besides agreeing to jointly produce content for films and television.Another blockbuster, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” starring Salman Khan earned about Rs 50 crore under a five-year deal between the actor and Star India Network, while the music rights (sold to T-series) have fetched around Rs 10 crore.But these could be aberrations and may not recur. In 2015, there was a 40% decline in rates for satellite and television rights of Hindi films, according to Mint.The report said new Hindi film channel launches pushed prices up. Aggressive buying made business sense for channels as these movies drove television rating points (TRPs), translating into increased advertisement revenues.But not many TV channels are expected to be launched in 2016, and therefore, satellite rights of even box office hits may see softening of rates, giving leeway to channels to drive a hard bargain.Also, box office hits are not necessarily successful when aired on TV channels, the Mint report added. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” was a box office success, earning Rs 188 crore, but generated TRP of a meagre 0.2. The Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-starrer was acquired for Rs 25 crore.Paradoxically, the lesser known film”Ramaiya Vastavaiya” garnered just above Rs 36 crore at the box office but registered a TRP of 2.5 when shown on television, the report said.The trend could hit a major revenue stream for distributors and producers, like Eros and other production houses. The company derives about 30% of its revenues from these rights, with theatrical rights contributing 38% and the rest coming from overseas sales.Eros recovers the entire production cost of movies before they are released in theatres by selling music rights, satellite rights and 39% guaranteed cost recovery from its parent for international distribution, according to an update by ICICI Direct last August.Hindi movie channels largely comprise of Sony Max, Star Gold, Zee Cinema, Movies OK and &pictures.It would be interesting to see how the latest set of movies such as “Wazir” and “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” end up when they sell their satellite rights. “Wazir” features Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Bejoy Nambiar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, while “Kya Kool Hai Hum 3” has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9” contestant Mandana Karimi, Aftab Shivdasani as lead characters.Meanwhile, shares of Eros International have been going downhill ever since “Bajirao Mastani” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was released on 18 December, 2015. The price was Rs 260 on the day and closed at Rs 202 on 15 January, 2016. During trading, the stock almost touched its 52-week low of Rs 198.95.Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” was also released on 18 December.MSM and Red Chillies Ent ink strategic alliance. To co-produce TV, digital and film content. TV rights of #Dilwale also acquired by MSM.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 20, 2015last_img read more

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