Show Padmavat in court, directs Rajasthan HC

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday directed producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to show his film Padmavat in court before passing an order on his petition seeking the quashing of a First Information Report.The FIR was registered at the Didwana police station in Nagaur on February 17, 2016. Besides him, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were also named as accused.The case was lodged on the complaint of two individuals who alleged that the movie would disrupt communal harmony and hurt religious sentiments of a community. Padmavat is slated for release on January 25.Meanwhile, Gujarat has also joined the States where the film will not be released. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Friday said, “We banned the film based on inputs on the law and order situation. The ban continues in the State.”last_img read more

England beat India by 266 runs, level 5-match Test series 1-1

first_imgMoeen Ali celebrates after dismissing India’s Mohammed Shami on the final day of 3rd TestEngland Moeen Ali took six wickets to lead the hosts to a 226-run win over India in the third test on Thursday, squaring the series and ending almost a year without a test victory.Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 England’s victory at the Rose Bowl ties the series 1-1 with two tests remaining.James Anderson was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 7 wickets against IndiaJames Anderson removed Rohit Sharma (6) with his third ball of the day before India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (6) edged an out-swinging delivery. Both catches were taken by Jos Buttler.Moeen Ali bowled out Ravindra Jadeja (15), before having Kumar caught by Anderson in the same over for a duck. He then bowled Mohammed Shami, also for a duck.Ajiknya Rahane made his 50 with four off Chris Woakes before Pankaj Singh (9) was bowled by Moeen, who took 6-67.last_img read more

(Reopens FGN 18)

first_imgOne of the most contentious issues in the EU debate in the lead up to the referendum has been immigration. As latest opinion polls indicate a knife-edge result, it is expected to be the aspect that could swing votes for either side.”The pressures being put on our services by immigration from the EU has meant that tough limits have been put in place on immigration from outside the EU. This means that our relatives struggle to get visas to come to the UK for family celebrations, restaurants cannot employ skilled chefs from abroad, our temples cannot bring in priests, and we cannot bring people in for business, cultural or sporting events – as well as the thousands of talented professionals like doctors, teachers and engineers.”Once we take back control of our borders and Vote Leave, we can have an immigration system that is fair to all and allows us to bring in the brightest and the best from across the world,” Patel said, tapping into this emotive issue. PTI AK ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona to give Miami the El Clasico excitement

first_imgThey have played Super Bowls, World Series and NBA championships in Miami but on Saturday, football, and one of the sport’s great rivalries, will be the hot ticket when Real Madrid and Barcelona meet in a rare El Clasico away from Spanish soil.The match marks just the second time, and first in 35 years, that El Clasico will be played outside Spain. The contest is being given the full Super Bowl treatment with a lavish week-long buildup that includes VIP South Beach parties, celebrity soccer games and even Combate Clasico, an MMA event.With a sellout crowd of over 65,000 expected at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, resale site StubHub says the match is the most popular soccer ticket of the season, with prices reaching $5,500 a seat.Broadcaster ESPN also has big plans, bringing in 25 on-air commentators for what is reported to be the most comprehensive coverage ever of a single soccer match staged in the U.S.Anytime Real Madrid and Barcelona appear on the pitch together it is a guaranteed ratings hit, routinely pulling in a global audience that dwarfs the Super Bowl.While the match is little more than a glorified friendly, the romance attached to the rivalry elevates it to a far more compelling sporting spectacle, with Matt Higgins, the CEO of Relevent Sports the company that negotiated the game, positioning Saturday’s Clasico as a watershed moment for U.S. soccer.”To me it represents a pivotal turning point in the ascendancy of global soccer (in the U.S.), the dream of having Real Madrid and Barcelona, arguably the best rivalry in sport,” Higgins told Reuters. “To me this represents the trust we have earned over the last couple of years.advertisement”We’re not just looking at the match but the entire week as a showcase of just how far global soccer has come in the United States.”Higgins’ hyperbole may be over the top, but it does provide a clear indication of the massive appetite for top flight soccer in the country, and particularly for lineups that include the world’s best players in Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Neymar.GLAMOROUS CLUBSAside from being two of the world’s most glamorous clubs they are also two of the most valuable, sitting fourth (Barcelona) and fifth (Real Madrid) on Forbes most recent evaluations, with a combined worth of $7.22 billion.While the CONCACAF Gold Cup, a competitive tournament featuring the national teams of Mexico and United States, unfolded almost unnoticed earlier this month, the International Champions Cup (ICC), a manufactured competition developed by Relevent Sport, has played to packed arenas.The Manchester Derby between United and City pulled in more than 67,000 in Houston last week, while Real Madrid and Manchester City entertained a record crowd of more than 93,000 at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Wednesday.Clubs from across the world have frequently spent the off-season travelling across North America looking for additional income and growing their fan base.ICC and Relevent Sports, founded by Higgins and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, has provided the perfect marketing vehicle, operating tournaments simultaneously in the U.S. and Asia.”The people from Relevent we have known for many years and they have organised this match and it has been the goals these last years to grow the biggest market in the world,” Barcelona’svice president of marketing Manel Arroyo told Reuters.”The U.S. market is our main priority, the main market in the world really and FC Barcelona can do a lot to help grow the sport here.”Barcelona and Real Madrid have been joined in this year’s ICC by Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma.The crown jewel on the fixture list, however, is El Clasico, last staged on foreign soil in Venezuela in 1982.”Both teams have been pitched for many years, they’ve also been understandably reluctant to entrust this match to anyone, anywhere,” said Higgins.”Many dreams to host a Clasico have died a quick death because of a reluctance to put that match on and what it took was Steve Ross and some good old shuttle diplomacy.”We gave them the commitment that this wouldn’t be treated just as a match but a showcase of La Liga and European football.”last_img read more

American Pharoah Wins Derby

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three times in seven years, Bob Baffert left the Kentucky Derby empty-handed. Two seconds and a sixth-place finish by the wagering favorite.After a while, those close calls started taking a toll. Even for a three-time Derby winner.“When you get beat like that, all these seconds, you get to a point in your life, maybe it’s not just going to happen for me,” said Baffert, 62, who suffered a heart attack in Dubai three years ago. “And then they sent me this horse. And I thought, ‘Wow, here’s my chance. Don’t mess it up, Bob.’”On this first Saturday in May, Baffert knew he had the best horse in American Pharoah. Still, he needed a dynamic performance and some old-fashioned racing luck.He got it all — and then some — with a horse that even rival trainers suspect could be a threat to win racing’s first Triple Crown in 37 years.Sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the record crowd of 170,513, American Pharoah rallied in the stretch to beat Firing Line by a length and deliver Baffert’s first Derby since 2002.“There’s a certain aura about him, and he has caught everybody’s attention,” said a joyous Baffert, surrounded by three older sons from a first marriage and his youngest, 10-year-old Bode, who jumped up and down and waved his arms in celebration.Owner Ahmed Zayat grabbed the gold winner’s trophy — his first after a trio of second-place finishes in the $2.1 million race. “Finally, no more seconds,” he said, laughing.Baffert trained two of Zayat’s runners-up: Pioneerof the Nile in 2009, the sire of American Pharoah; and Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, three years ago.“This is for the Zayats, who have suffered so much running these seconds,” Baffert said. “We know what it is to just get punched right in the face.”Baffert also saddled third-place Dortmund, the other part of his lethal 1-2 punch in the 141st Derby. Firing Line finished second.“We were ready to rumble,” said Baffert, who went 1-3 in 1998, when Real Quiet won and Indian Charlie was third. “I just love what I saw today from both of my boys.”Dortmund set a leisurely pace with Firing Line tracking him closely in second. American Pharoah sat comfortably in third down the backstretch.That trio made it a three-horse race in the stretch, with none of the closers able to make up ground. American Pharoah angled outside and fought off a persistent Firing Line as Dortmund tired along the rail, his six-race winning streak about to end.“Coming for home I thought I might get there, but it wasn’t to be,” said Gary Stevens, who rode Firing Line.Now, the moment of truth. Could American Pharoah justify Baffert’s belief that he was an exceptional colt?“I was on pins and needles all week,” the white-haired trainer said. “I know I was coming in here with the best horse.” American Pharoah proved him right.Still, it was a long road to the winner’s circle for the colt with the unusually short tail — having had it chewed off by another horse on the farm — and the misspelled moniker courtesy of a fan contest.American Pharoah missed his first big test last year when he was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup with an injury. He returned with two easy wins this year against lesser competition.Dortmund and several other Derby contenders had beaten much tougher fields, raising questions about whether American Pharoah could mix it up in a 20-horse field.Victor Espinoza won his second consecutive Derby a year after being aboard California Chrome, and third overall. He and Baffert teamed to win with War Emblem 18 years ago.“He’s been a special horse since I first rode him,” Espinoza said. “I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth.”American Pharoah ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.02.Baffert tied D. Wayne Lukas and Herbert “Derby Dick” Thompson for second on the career win list.American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80, $4.20.Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.40 at 10-1 odds, while Dortmund was another two lengths back in third and paid $4.20 to show.Zayat took a pre-Derby blow May 1, when one of his other horses, El Kabeir, was scratched because of a sore foot. Mr. Z, his third entry, finished 13th.Trainer Todd Pletcher’s trio of Materiality, Itsaknockout and Carpe Diem finished sixth, ninth and 10th.Frosted was fourth, followed by Danzig Moon, Materiality, Keen Ice and Mubtaahij. Itsaknockout was ninth on the same day Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fought in Las Vegas.Carpe Diem was 10th, followed by Frammento, Bolo, Mr. Z, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Far Right, War Story, Tencendur and Upstart.(BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tennis Director Rips Female Players

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open criticized the WTA Tour, saying women’s pro tennis players “ride on the coattails of the men” while describing them as “physically attractive and competitively attractive.”Raymond Moore, a 69-year-old former touring pro from South Africa, oversees the $7 million tournament in the California desert featuring the men’s and women’s tours. He made his comments in a session with reporters before the March 20 finals, and they quickly appeared on social media.Top-ranked Serena Williams objected, saying, “Those remarks are very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”Moore was asked if the WTA Tour should change its designation for the Indian Wells tournament, which is a premier mandatory event, to raise its status even higher.“In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA because they ride on the coattails of the men. They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he said. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”Williams said after she lost 6-4, 6-4 to Victoria Azarenka in the final: “Obviously I don’t think any woman should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.”Williams called Moore’s comments a disservice to Billie Jean King, one of the co-founders of the WTA Tour, female athletes and “every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.”King later tweeted: “Disappointed in (hashtag) Raymond Moore comments. He is wrong on so many levels. Every player, especially the top players, contribute to our success.”Asked about Moore’s comments, top-ranked Novak Djokovic said, “We have to be fair to say that it’s not politically correct.”Djokovic was coached by a woman early in his career, and he noted that women pros often delay or sacrifice having families to play professionally, something men don’t face.“I have tremendous respect for what women in global sport are doing and achieving,” he said. “I’m completely for women power.”Azarenka, of Belarus, said such criticism toward women remains an issue in the world, including the fields of sports and business.“What women do best is rise above those comments. You don’t hear complaints or bad comments towards men,” she said. “If we rise above that and keep working hard in everything we do, we’re better. We’re better at taking opportunities and being graceful. It’s our duty to keep just working hard through whatever comments there is. We’ve got to rise above that.”Moore cited Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and Garbine Muguruza of Spain as being among the “attractive prospects” on the tour. In a follow-up question, he was asked what he meant by attractive.“They are physically attractive and competitively attractive,” he said. “They can assume the mantle of leadership once Serena decides to stop. They really have quite a few very, very attractive players.”Moore’s longtime colleague at Indian Wells and predecessor as tournament director, Steve Simon, became the WTA’s CEO last fall.Moore later apologized in a written statement.“I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous,” he said. “I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NCAA Tourney Elite 8 Field Set

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Losing in the NCAA Tournament is downright painful. Several teams still in the hunt for the title are using the unpleasant memories of the past as good lessons that have helped them move into the Elite Eight.The Villanova Wildcats know the misery well. They lost their second game each of the past two tournaments, while their seniors were around for an opening loss in 2013.Rather than letting those memories haunt them, the Wildcats adjusted and reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009.“What you’re seeing is a team that’s learned a lot from those games and that is experience,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said March 24 after a 92-69 rout of No. 3 seed Miami in the South Region semifinal.“They’ve been there twice. They’ve lost. They don’t fear it. They don’t fear losing in the second round, they don’t fear losing in the Sweet 16. They just are driven to advance,” he said. “And I think having no fear is what we’re seeing.”Other teams are making a similar play:Oklahoma also is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009 after early exits each of the past three seasons, while Kansas hadn’t gotten to a regional final since 2012.Oregon hasn’t played past the opening weekend since 2013, and now the Ducks are a game away from their first Final Four since 1939.“We went through those early exits,” Villanova junior guard Josh Hart said. “We went through that heartache, and it was tough. But we learned from it. … We’re just using that as momentum, using that experience to get us through these games.”(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

One Dead 28 Injured in Train Accident near Casablanca

Rabat – A train from the National Railway Office (ONCF) linking Casablanca to Fez, derailed Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., at the entrance of the Zenatta station.According to several news reports, the accident resulted in the death of an ONCF technician and left 28 passengers injured.The passenger train heading to Fez collided with another train loaded with coal and goods. The incident is said to have been caused by one train skipping a change in track and thus heading in the wrong direction.Local media has disclosed that approximately 28 people were severely injured and a worker at the Zenatta station passed away.“Passengers are unscathed,” the ONCF said on their official Facebook page, adding that an investigation has been opened in order to determine the cause of this incident. read more

Closing Bell Strong BlackBerry showing helps push TSX higher amid weak Chinese

TORONTO — Optimism that BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone will make a big splash in the U.S. helped push the Toronto stock market slightly higher Monday.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,858.49 +22.88 0.18%S&P 500 — 1,556.22 +5.04 0.32%Dow — 14,447.29 +50.22 0.35%Nasdaq — 3,252.87 +8.50 0.26%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 22.87 points to 12,858.49 and the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 1.58 points to 1,116.27.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares ran up $1.86 or 13.85% to $15.29 amid news that the company’s new Z10 smartphone will go on sale in the U.S. on March 22 through AT&T. The Z10 has already launched in Canada and the U.K. to date. But a success in the U.S. smartphone market is considered key to the new BlackBerrys.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.26 of a cent to 97.43 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones racked up yet another record high close, as it did in a string of higher closes last week. The Dow has now recouped all the losses resulting from the 2008 financial crisis and the recession that followed.The blue chip barometer gained 50.22 points to 14,447.29, the Nasdaq composite index edged 8.51 points higher to 3,252.87 and the S&P 500 index was up 5.04 points to 1,556.22.Commodity prices and TSX resource stocks had earlier retreated following the release of weaker than expected Chinese economic data over the weekend.Industrial production was up 9.9% year over year in January while retail sales rose 12.3% in February. However, both figures were below expectations and weaker than the previous month.Worries also grew that China’s central bank is reining in lending as other figures showed that new loans came in at a less than expected 620 billion yuan.On top of it all, China’s inflation rate was 3.2% in February, which was also higher than economists expected.Analysts also cautioned that the Chinese numbers were likely impacted by the country’s Lunar New Year holiday period and suggested it would take a few more months of data to get a clearer picture. But they point out that China is still a star economic performer, just not as strong as before.“It’s slowing down from its best levels but the whole world economy has slowed their growth,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Financial.“And China feels the same pain but it still has a much, much higher growth rate than any around the world and so when you look at it from that perspective, it’s still a strong area of growth.”That sentiment was evident on the metals market where May copper shook off early declines to close a cent higher at US$3.52 a pound. The base metals also recovered early losses and closed slightly higher.Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) continues to be in play. It’s the target of a $5.1-billion hostile takeover offer from First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM), which has said its offer of stock and cash worth about $72 per share will expire later Monday. Toronto-based Inmet has recommended that shareholders reject First Quantum’s bid, although it hasn’t produced a superior offer. Inmet shares rose 11 cents to C$68.63 while First Quantum was 22 cents higher at $20.64.The energy sector also moved into positive territory, up 0.27% with April crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 11 cents to US$92.06 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 13 cents at C$31.58 .The gold sector was the biggest TSX drag, down about 0.45% as April bullion gained $1.10 to US$1,578 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 33 cents to C$33.23.The board of Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ) has adopted a new shareholder rights plan, saying it wants to prevent Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) from using its voting power to defeat a better takeover offer from a rival company. Alamos already owns 16% of Aurizon and has offered to buy up the rest of its stock.Aurizon’s board is supporting a rival offer from Hecla Mining Co. and said Monday that its new rights plan will ensure all shareholders are treated equally. Alamos shares added two cents at C$14.56 while Aurizon shares were four cents lower at $4.51.Consumer staples stocks also weighed on the TSX as Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) gave back 59 cents to $12.91.In other corporate news, Clearwater Seafoods Inc. (TSX:CLR) shares rose 12 cents to $5.09 as it reported quarterly net income of $10.5 million or 17 cents a basic share, down from $16.4 million a year ago. It also posted record revenues of $350.4 million for all of 2012.On the domestic economic front, data coming out at the end of the week is expected to show the Canadian housing market is cooling at a faster pace. Existing home sales for February are expected to show a 12.5% year-over-year decline following a 5.2% slide in January. Average prices for February are expected to slip one%.In the U.S., investors will take in the February report on retail sales on Wednesday. It is expected sales rose by 0.5% following a 0.1% rise in January.Here’s the news investors were watching today: House prices to remain flat for 10 years: TDBlackBerry jumps 11%, most in over a month, after Lenovo drops more hints it may consider bidDow record not necessarily a signal to pile into stocksCanada may be knocked down G7 economic ranks as growth outlook remains weak: OECDON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAManpower survey (Q2) UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.NFIB Small business economic trends survey (Feb): economists expect a reading of 90, up from last month 7:45 a.m.Same-store sales 2 p.m.Treasury budget (Feb) CORPORATE NEWSCANADAEmpire Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.16 a share UNITED STATESCostco Wholesale Corp: Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.06 a share read more

Concerns raised over attacks on religious minorities

Since the current government took office in 2015, over 190 incidents of religious violence against churches, clergy, and Christians have been recorded by the NCEASL. In one such incident, on 18th May 2017, a large protest against a Christian place of worship was staged in Devinuwara (Matara District), with the participation of approximately 30 Buddhist monks and a mob comprising around 2000 people. The freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. As such, the NCEASL is saddened that such protests continue to occur unrestrained against minority places of worship in the country. While attacks and protests of this nature have occurred in the past as well, the increase in the intensity of incidents and the active involvement of local government officials has been a growing cause for concern. Moreover, in addition to attacks, intimidation, and protests, legal restrictions imposed on Christian places of worship have also continued unabated. For instance, the circular issued in 2008 by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs, requiring new constructions of places of worship to register with the government, continues to be misapplied by local authorities to close down churches and threaten Christian clergy to discontinue their religious activities. The circular, however, is not in accordance with Sri Lankan legislation, as there is no legal requirement to register places of worship with the State. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has noted with concern the recent wave of attacks against religious minorities, which has rapidly escalated over the past few months.Since the beginning of this year, the NCEASL has documented over 20 incidents of violence and intimidation against Christian places of worship across the country. During this period, there has also been an alarming increase in the number of incidents led against Muslims, with the latest occurring on 21st May when a mob attack was launched on the Mawalapitiya mosque following a procession in the area by the Bodu Bala Sena. In an attempt to foster reconciliation and healing following the three-decade long war, the present Government has committed itself to ensure transitional justice in Sri Lanka. In keeping with its commitments, it is vital, therefore, for the government to speedily arrest the current situation and effectively address attacks on religious minorities in order to ensure the integrity of its reconciliation efforts.The NCEASL, as such, strongly condemns the recent attacks on Christians and Muslims and calls on the government to ensure the protection of minorities and their places of worship. Moreover, in the light of numerous statements made by the State claiming improved human rights standards in the country, the NCEASL also calls on the government to take effective measures to prosecute perpetrators of violence and uphold the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka. read more

Big spender Alberta panel says savings to be found in health education

CALGARY — A panel looking into Alberta’s finances says the province habitually overspends on the services it delivers.The panel, chaired by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, says Alberta’s annual expenditures would be $10.4 billion less if the province were to spend the same per person as do British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.The report, ordered by Premier Jason Kenney, says if Alberta matched the other provinces, it would have a $3.7-billion surplus this year instead of a $6.7-billion deficit.The panel also notes that Alberta’s spending per capita is the highest in Canada.It makes 26 recommendations that include reviews of health care and education.It addresses high income among doctors, recommends lowering administration costs in schools and says universities should be funded more through tuition.The Canadian Press read more

Motor show news update 31 May 3pm

Star from ITV’s Airline looks after the public at Citroen Skoda cops for police fleet business Birmingham’s finest dancing in the street of MotorpolisKATRINA LEEDER FROM ITV’S AIRLINE, LOOKS AFTER THE PUBLIC AT CITROEN Katrina Leeder, the much loved former EasyJet employee from ITV1’s Airline programme, has been looking after the public on the Citroen stand at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live. Katrina, who left EasyJet in 2001, has found that many visitors to the show still recognise her from her time on TV. Recent reruns of the series has lead to increased numbers of people stopping to say hello but according to Katrina some of them must be tuning in for the first time. She told us, `My wedding has just been shown again on repeat, someone asked me the other day what I planned to do for my first anniversary. I had to explain I’ve been married for six years!’After leaving EasyJet Katrina spent a little time modelling but found the job unrewarding. She said, `I like working with the public and missed people when I was modelling’. Working at exhibitions like The Sunday Times Motor Show Live has given her the contact with people she really enjoys and kept her working life varied. Katrina bravely battled with cancer while on Airline and was keen to let everyone know that she is now 100 per cent well. She said, `it’s what people tend to ask you first (whether you’re well). I don’t mind at all, it gives me a real boost to know people care’. SKODA COPS FOR POLICE FLEET BUSINESSPolice forces’ enthusiasm for Skodas will be consolidated soon when their 400th police car goes into service on British roads.And David Ovenden, head of Skoda UK operations, expects the new Octavia, unveiled at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, to join their ranks.Ovenden said, `The new Octavia will strengthen our fleet presence and that includes police forces, who also appreciate value for money and durability. I think some officers appreciate the effect they have when they stop people and are seen to be driving Skodas.’The new Octavia goes on sale in July with a starting price of £10,750 for the 75-horsepower 1.4-litre version, rising to the £17,420 automatic 2-litre TDI diesel.An estate car is early next year to be followed by a high-performance RS derivative towards the end of the year. Skoda expects to sell 15,000 Octavias a year, one third of which are likely to be fleet sales.BIRMINGHAM’S FINEST DANCING IN THE STREETS OF MOTROPOLISThe cast of the Motropolis Live Action Arena are wowing crowds at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live as they deliver their action packed performances several times day.Lead characters, Octane and Guru, are joined by dancers from the Birmingham Stage School and professional skaters from Team Extreme who have been rehearsing 24/7 at the show since Saturday 22 May. The youngsters take on the freedom fighting role of the Subterains, an underground group of citizens in the futuristic stunt fuelled adventure.Says, Donna Coughlin, one of the dancers at the Birmingham Stage School, `Even though we finish the day absolutely exhausted we still get a complete buzz every time we perform.’Fellow dancer Lindy Wood chips in and says, `A good audience motivates us to work hard and so far the audiences have been great and reacted well to the show.’The Birmingham Stage School dancers won’t have much time to rest when Motropolis Live Action Arena ends. Their next assignment is to lead the parade at Disneyland Paris followed by a one off dance show at the Royal Albert Hall.The dancers are joined by in-line skaters, BMXers and skateboarders from Team Extreme who perform dangerous stunts adding to the excitement of the high octane action packed show. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State baseball wins weekend series against Murray State

Freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson rounds the base path during a game against Murray State April 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 7-5.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern photographerIn the midst of a slump on the field, the Ohio State baseball team decided to loosen things up in order to get back on track.The Buckeyes were playing tight in their losses to West Virginia and Ball State earlier in the week, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse said. So to loosen players up and help boost team morale, the coaches decided to have the team play wiffle ball during practice Thursday, which Dezse said helped against Murray State this weekend.“It was nice to just have fun all of us together, I know we’ve been grinding lately. Obviously losing is not fun so that was really nice to do,” Dezse said. “Coming into this weekend, it was the mentality that we’re just playing wiffle ball, we’re out playing a game with each other and it was nice to see us play loose, play fast and play fun.”The Buckeyes (23-18, 4-8) got themselves on the winning side over the weekend, taking two out of three against the Murray State Racers (17-20, 9-9) at Bill Davis Stadium. After cruising to a 3-1 victory Friday, the Buckeyes lost 7-5 Saturday and had to fight to win rubber game Sunday, ultimately winning, 7-3.After Sunday’s win, OSU coach Greg Beals said the team entered the weekend with a new mentality that stayed with it throughout the series.“I liked how our team played today, it was a game that was kind of a must-win situation for us,” Beals said. “When you look at it one walk, no errors, when you look at our team when we do that and force our opponent to get everything on their own, we’re going to be tough to beat.”In Sunday’s game, OSU’s starting pitcher sophomore Jake Post threw three scoreless innings before being pulled because of a back injury.“We’re not exactly sure what it is but we’re erring on the side of caution and got him out of there and started some treatment on him and hopefully we’ve got him back for next weekend,” Beals said.Offensively, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson notched his team-high 17th multi-hit game of the season Sunday. One of those hits appeared to be a two-run homerun in the first inning, however Dawson overran redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis who was standing near first base in case the ball was caught. Dawson was given an RBI-single because Sergakis still scored.Dawson attributed the team’s success against Murray State to “just having fun.”“Everyone was like, ‘Let’s just slow down and go back to the way we were playing at the beginning of the season,’” Dawson said. “We were just having fun down in Florida, everyone is laughing and dancing and just having a great time and that’s what we started doing again.”Sergakis was also efficient at the plate going 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI.Freshman Zach Farmer came in to relieve Post, pitching five innings, giving up three runs and throwing three strikeouts to pick up his team-high sixth win of the season.Saturday, OSU trailed 7-2 in the bottom of the ninth when the team began mounting a comeback. A pair of errors and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, however, the Buckeyes only got three runs across before recording their final out, losing 7-5.Friday’s game was dictated by OSU’s starter pitcher. Freshman Tanner Tully went seven innings and gave up seven hits, one run and four strikeouts.“We recharged our batteries (Thursday), cleaned our slate and I like how the guys played,” Beals said after the win Friday. “When you’re scuffling a little bit, you need your starter to come out and do what Tanner Tully did tonight. He really set the tempo by throwing strikes and forcing them to do something offensively.”Junior pitcher Trace Dempsey picked up his fifth save of the season after recording three strikeouts as he closed out the game’s final two innings in relief of Tully.Next for the Buckeyes is a weekend series on the road against Purdue. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6:35 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. read more

Sister of government minister suffers traumatic brain injury after falling from horse

first_imgThe politician, who is standing for re-election in West Suffolk, has spent six years campaigning to reform horse racing industry so that betting firms, including those offshore, pay a levy on their profits.Friends who witnessed the accident described their concern for the mother-of two on social media. One described being “very worried all day”, while another said: “I have seen too many head injuries over the years…it can be a long road back to full health. She is fit and strong and still young so she has much going for her.”Gemma Tattershall, a British Olympic Event rider, responded to the news of Mrs Gilruth’s recovery on Facebook: “Very encouraging to hear, saw her fall and my blood ran cold. Keep fighting Emily…your eventing family are behind you.” Emily Gilruth Airlifted After Fall During The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials Matt Hancock Emily Gilruth Airlifted After Fall During The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse TrialsCredit:Jules Annan / Barcroft Images  British Eventing, the national governing body for the sport of eventing, said Mrs Gilhurst had started off Topwood Beau’s career off and the pair were very well acquainted. The first phase is dressage, the second, cross country, has been described as the “bravery element” and the final test of the rider’s prowess is show jumping.Known as the Wimbledon of the Eventing world, the four star international competition features the world’s top riders and comes with the highest prize money with £100,000 for the winner.Mr Seaman said: “It’s literally the top 80 protagonists of the sport. If she [Gilruth] qualified to get there she effectively is one of the top people – it’s very stringent”.”It is an all round test of the rider. Saturday is the bravery element.” 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. The 40-year-old, from Malpas in Cheshire, is in intensive care after she fell from her 14-year-old gelding Topwood Beau at the third fence of the cross-country course on Saturday.Mrs Gilruth’s brother-in-law Andrew Gilruth told the Telegraph: “With any significant injury it’s going to be about a week before anybody knows but she’s heading in the right direction. “She was on one of the non-technical fences [when the accident occurred]. There’s no indication that its not all recoverable the problem is we just don’t know yet…you just have to wait and see how it progresses. “All the medical support was there, you couldn’t ask for any more than that. The medical cover for Badminton is very rigorous you couldn’t fault that. It’s planned with meticulous detail and all the team know exactly what they’re doing.”Julian Seaman, from the Badminton Trials, saw the accident and said Mrs Gilruth fell having negotiated a fence after either the rider or the horse misjudge the distance.”To be honest it’s a big challenge of a course but it was surprisingly early on that she had a hiccup like that but one a cross country course, every course is a challenge,” he said. The sister of government minister Matt Hancock has suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from her horse during the Badminton Horse Trials.Rider Emily Gilruth, the older sister of Mr Hancock, a minister in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was competing in the country’s top Eventing competition when she had to be airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead Hospital. Emily Gilruth  Emily Gilruth  In a statement, her family said on Monday afternoon: “Emily’s family would like to thank all the many well-wishers for the lovely supportive messages that they have received.”Emily suffered a traumatic brain injury when falling from her horse at the third fence at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 6th May. She was airlifted to Bristol’s Southmead hospital.”The doctors are pleased with her progress. She has had a stable night and remains under sedation.”We would like to say a huge thank you to Badminton’s medical team, for their efficient and very caring service, also to the staff in the intensive care unit at Southmead.”Mr Hancock, who also takes a keen interest in horses and previously trained as a jockey, has not commented publicly on his sister’s accident.  Matt Hancock Mrs Gilruth has been described by friends as a highly experienced rider, and was competing in the second phase of the three-part competition when the accident occurred.A talented rider, Mrs Gilruth has competed in British event competitions for 18 years and runs her own yard. She first competed at Badminton last year and was riding a favourite horse – Topwood Beau – who she has been competing on since 2008.last_img read more

Its official gadgets allowed on US flights by the end of the

first_imgAIRLINE PASSENGERS WILL soon be allowed to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight with very few restrictions after US aviation authorities gave the go ahead today.The new, more relaxed rules issued by the Federal Aviation Administration will take effect on most airlines by the end of the year, the agency said.“Passengers will eventually be able to read ebooks, play games and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions,” the FAA said in a statement.However, mobile phones still cannot be used for voice communications while in flight, due to regulations by another federal agency, the Federal Communications Commission, that prohibits airborne cellphone calls.The new rules mean that passengers will be able to “safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate,” said the FAA.Electronic items must be stowed in the seat pocket during takeoff and landing.Browsing the Internet will still be possible on air carriers that provide Wi-Fi in flight, and Bluetooth technology for wireless keyboards will also be allowed.The changes, which came after more than a year of study by outside experts on safety concerns related to portable electronic devices.© – AFPRead: FAA panel advises lifting ban on use of gadgets during take-off and landing >last_img read more

Donald Trump to skip White House Correspondents Dinner

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has ratcheted up his feud with the US media, announcing he will skip the annual correspondents’ dinner one day after a row erupted over White House press access.By skipping the 29 April event Trump breaks a tradition in which the US president is the guest of honour at a light-hearted roast held by journalists and studded with celebrities.“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Donald Trump to skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Share Tweet Email I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:35 AM Short URL 51 Comments The last time a president missed the event was in 1981, when Ronald Reagan was recovering after being shot in an assassination attempt. Reagan however phoned in with friendly remarks.Richard Nixon, who despised the media, skipped the event in 1972.The White House Correspondents Association, which has organised the annual dinner since 1921 to raise money for journalism scholarships, said it would go ahead with the event as planned.The dinner “has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment [on freedom of the press] and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic,” WHCA president Jeff Mason tweeted.There has been discussion, however, that the event is outdated and highlights the too-close-for-comfort relationships between politicians and journalists.Trump built his presidential campaign on criticising the mainstream US press – whose editorial boards overwhelmingly opposed his election – and has intensified his rhetoric since taking office, routinely accusing the media of bias in overstating his setbacks and downplaying his accomplishments. Source: PA Images/Andrew HarnikThe media’s job of scrutinising and questioning political power has irked Trump, who isn’t a career politician, and prompted him to make public attacks on media organisations.“Protesting strongly”Trump’s cancelation comes one day after the White House triggered widespread outrage by denying access to an off-camera briefing to several major US media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times.Smaller outlets that have provided favourable coverage of the Trump administration, such as Breitbart and the One America News Network were allowed to attend the briefing by spokesman Sean Spicer.The WHCA said it was “protesting strongly” against the decision to selectively deny media access, and would bring it up with the Republican administration.The New York Times described the White House decision as “an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals,” while CNN called it “an unacceptable development” and the Los Angeles Times warned the incident had “ratcheted up the White House’s war on the free press” to a new level.Hours earlier on Friday, speaking at the annual CPAC gathering of conservative activists and politicians, Trump slammed the mainstream US media as “the enemy of the people,” and labeled the fourth estate “fake news” and the “opposition party.” Source: AP/Carolyn KasterTrump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, a former head of the right-wing news site Breitbart, predicted at CPAC on Thursday that relations with the media would only get worse as the president rolls out his agenda.“Unwise”It is not uncommon for Republican and Democratic administrations to brief a limited number of select reporters on specific themes.However, Friday’s White House event was initially billed as a regular briefing open to credentialed media before it was reconfigured as a closed event for a cherry-picked group of participants, taking place in Spicer’s office.A number of outlets that regularly cover the White House, including newswires Reuters and Bloomberg, attended. They are part of what is known as the “pool,” a small group of journalists who have access to certain events and share the contents with other media.The Associated Press boycotted the event in protest at the exclusion of certain colleagues, which included The Los Angeles Times and Politico.AFP was not included despite being part of the press pool. Its journalist protested, and attended the briefing uninvited.During the off-camera briefing, Spicer said that the White House has shown an “abundance of accessibility… making ourselves, our team and our briefing room more accessible than probably any previous administration.”He gave no explanation for the media selection.As protests erupted over the incident, a December interview re-emerged in which Spicer told Politico that the Trump White House would never ban a news outlet.center_img By AFP Feb 26th 2017, 7:35 AM 23,304 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images Conservative, liberal or otherwise, I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for George W Bush, said he viewed the White House’s stance as “unwise and counterproductive,” but also argued for Friday’s incident to be kept in perspective.“Press secretaries need to meet with the whole press,” Fleischer told CNN. But beyond that, there is nothing unusual about presidents meeting with selected reporters, and White House staffs do it all the time too.With reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump appeals for money from supporters to combat ‘nasty attacks by fake news media’Read: Michael Healy-Rae says Trump’s view on deregulation ‘shows intelligence of the man’ Image: PA Wire/PA Images Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitterlast_img read more

Three La Center alums graduate from US military academies

first_imgLA CENTER — U.S. military academies are some of the most elite colleges in the country, with as few as one in 12 applicants being admitted. La Center High School is the smallest traditional high school in Clark County, with about 125 graduates per year.However, little La Center produced three military academy graduates this year. Patrick Mayolo, 24, graduated from La Center High School in 2012, and recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Also graduating from West Point was Sean Nolan, 22, a 2015 La Center graduate. Kristen Nye, 23, who graduated from La Center in 2014, recently wrapped up her four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.La Center school officials can’t recall any other local students graduating from one of the United States’ five service academies, much less in the same year.“It says a lot about our rigor that we have with the curriculum, and collaboration we have with students and their families,” said high school Principal Carol Patton, who has been in the La Center district for 15 years. “They trust teachers to provide a well-rounded education.”It takes more than a well-rounded education to earn acceptance to one of the service academies. At West Point, applicants must fill out a cadet questionnaire, apply for a congressional or service-connected nomination and pass a medical exam and fitness assessment, along with scoring well on the SAT or ACT. The Air Force Academy asks for much of the same, as well as an extracurricular activities record, a writing sample and a personal interview.last_img read more

Kobuk Intersection Closures Start Tomorrow

first_imgThe Marydale and Kobuk Street intersection will be closed to traffic on Thursday, August 2, and is planned to reopen on Tuesday, August 7.According to the City of Soldotna, road closure repairs include curb/ramp replacements, and utility repairs. The next phase of the project will be underground utility repairs, which could start next week. Resurfacing is expected to start in mid-August. Lee Frey the project manager: “Once that’s all finished up the road will be open back up and then they’ll be prepping to do the actual repaving. We are finishing up some concrete work around the sides before we actually move towards the repaving.”   Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be working on the Kobuk Street project starting tomorrow, and there will be traffic delays and road closures. The project is expected to be complete prior to the school year starting on August 21.last_img read more

Withings Move fitness watch adds fun customization options

first_img “When we announced Withings Move in January, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers excited to have an activity tracker option that allows them to express themselves and showcase their personal style,” said Eric Carreel, Withings’ president, in a release. “We are thrilled to start shipping the watch that brings this combination of fashion and technology to a new level and soon offering even more design and customization options to our customers.”The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters, measures steps and sleep, and has a battery life of up to 18 months. The customization isn’t available for the $130 electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) version of the watch, since that isn’t out yet. It’s likely to launch in a range of colors, then add custom options later, the spokesperson said.Withings returned to the ownership of co-founder Carreel last May, following Nokia’s decision to sell off the company.First published April 2 at 5:48 a.m. PT.Updated April 3 at 5:25 a.m. PT: Adds details about US shipping. 1:10 Wearable Tech 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img Withings is letting Europeans customize their Move watches. Withings Withings has added a bunch of customization options for its Move fitness watch, but only on its European store for now.The watch, which the company revealed at CES in January, is available in five standard colors — black and yellow gold, white and coral, white and sea blue, black and mint, and white with black and mint — for $70 and started shipping in the US on Wednesday.European buyers can pay a little more to tweak the dial, case, strap and second hand color to their liking, and they can check out how it’ll look on the local versions of Withings’ site. In the UK, the price jumps from £60 ($78) to £70 ($91) for the custom style.The option will come to the US later this year, the French health technology company said in an emailed statement. Post a comment Tags Withings adds ECG to its newest watches and blood pressure…last_img read more