Drunk Indian-origin Woman Causes Passenger Seizure Mid-air, Jailed In UK

first_imgAn Indian-origin woman has been jailed for six months in the UK for drunken behaviour on an aeroplane which caused a passenger to have a seizure.Kiran Jagdev, an executive assistant based in the city of Leicester, had attempted to blame the crew of Jet2 airline for supplying her with alcohol during her flight from Tenerife in Spain back to the UK in January this year. Judge Philip Head “rejected” her excuse and decided to impose what he described as a “deterrent sentence” during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court this week.Read it at Deccan Chronicle Related Itemslast_img

BJP youth leader to take on Cong. veteran

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party has placed its bet on political greenhorn Bhanu Bhuria to throw a challenge for veteran Kantilal Bhuria in the Jhabua by-election, in a bid to halt the Congress waltz barely two steps away from a majority in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.The 10-month tenure of the Congress government has laid bare the party’s competing power centres, which were cobbled up for convenience to shore up the government the party secured after 15 years. And now, an implosion within the State unit seems impending. Farmer distress BJP’s Bhanu Bhuria, 36, plans to take on five-time MP and former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria, 69, by raking up festering fault lines within the State Congress, farmer distress, shoddy flood relief and loan waiver in the State, ahead of the contest on October 21. “Despite being a tall leader, he couldn’t get any scheme for the region’s poor tribals when he was a Minister at the Centre and the State,” Mr. Bhanu, district president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, told The Hindu. The by-election became imminent after BJP MLA G.S. Damor wrested the Congress bastion of Ratlam in the Lok Sabha election. In both the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha elections, he embarrassed the Congress Bhurias — first Vikrant, and then father Kantilal. A win in the by-election could take the Congress just a step away from the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member House. Furthermore, it will help it ward off the persisting BJP offensive calling out its supposed minority in the Assembly. Mr. Damor’s resignation brought down the BJP’s tally to 108.“The youth have understood the Congress ploy of making false promises,” said Mr. Bhanu, whose sway in the Ranapur and Kalyanpur rural areas may help the BJP tide over the Congress stranglehold on villages. Recently, the BJP turned the campaign pitch shriller with Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava terming by be-election a contest between India and Pakistan. Playing it safe, the BJP has dropped Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur from the list of star campaigners. And the Congress has stabled State Minister Umang Singhar and Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalists, although 40 leaders, including party interim president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi and 10 State Ministers, are slated to lead the campaign trail. Mr. Singhar had earlier made the Congress nervous by accusing former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh of trying to destabilise the State government. Despite his popularity among the Bhil tribe, Mr. Singhar has been given a short shrift. His aunt, Jamuna Devi, a former Deputy CM, galvanised tribals for the Congress. Meanwhile, Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti, on organisation of tribal youth, has announced its support for the Congress. And even ticket expectant and former MLA Javier Medha has pledged support for Mr. Kantilal.last_img read more

London set to welcome athletes for Paralympic Games

first_imgAfter hosting a successful Olympic Games a few days ago, London is readying to welcome about 4,000 athletes for the Paralympic Games and the organisers are confident of leaving a rich legacy.James Bevan, British High Commissioner to India, said the Games will be beneficial in “building a more open and a more inclusive society”.”Around 4,000 athletes from 150 countries will be participating in 20 different disciplines during the upcoming Paralympic Games. There will be around 1,500 women athletes, which is the highest number to have participated in the Pralympics,” Bevan said on Monday.”The Olympics gave us an opportunity to show that we are proud of our past and confident about a bright future and we are committed to repeat that success during the upcoming Paralympics,” he said.Bevan said the enthusiasm for the Paralympics among people is no less than the Olympic Games.”The people are as enthusiastic about the Paralympic Games as they were about the Olympics. There has been tremendous demand for the tickets,” he said.India will be represented by a 10-member contingent at the Pralympic Games, including one swimmer, one shooter, three power-lifters and five athletes.The Commissioner said the upcoming Games will not only help in raising the profile of the Paralympics, but will also provide more opportunities to the disabled.It was in Stoke Mandeville in southern England in 1948 that a doctor organised sports events for World War II veterans with spinal injuries, 12 years before the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960 and Bevan said they were eagerly awaiting the event that was born in their country.advertisementlast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan will beat India if Shahid Afridi stays calm, says Wasim Akram

first_imgWasim Akram underplayed Mohammad Amir’s threat in the India-Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 match tomorrow but backed Pakistan to defeat the hosts is skipper Shahid Afridi manages to stay calm in front of a packed Eden Gardens. Afridi was taken apart by several people back home including former captain Javed Miandad for saying that the Pakistan team has got more affection here than from home fans. (World T20: History favours India, but Pakistan favourites for Eden clash)  “Afridi is a positive sort of person; he is very aggressive. If he is calm, the whole team is calm. The Pakistan team will win if they are all calm. The players should go out and enjoy themselves and play according to the plan,” Akram told Sports Today. Akram said all of Pakistan needed to support Afridi the captain despite his recent poor record as captain. They failed to beat India and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup T20, failing to reach the final. (World T20: Golden chance for Pakistan to humiliate India)  “We have to support Afridi as a captain. I believed in the Pakistan team because I know they can perform. (India-Pakistan game will be toughest moments in Dhoni’s career: Steve Waugh) “They (Pakistan) need to enjoy the atmosphere,” Akram said. (India-Pakistan rivalry bigger than Ashes, says Ravichandran Ashwin)  The Sultan of Swing said the Pakistan players would know they were doing a great job if the Eden crowd remained silent. Akram, meanwhile, did not think Amir would be a big threat for India tomorrow. The 23-year-old pacer had rocked India in the Asia Cup match in Dhaka on a green surface before a Virat Kohli masterclass ensured an Indian victory. “Wickets in Bangladesh were different. They were seaming tracks. Every fast bowler looked unplayable there. This is a different ball-game because the pitch at Eden Gardens is flat. “There should be a little pressure on the openers in the first one or two overs but they will be okay after that,” Akram said.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: How Mexico set a trap for overconfident Germany

first_imgMexico sprang the perfect trap for confident and overwhelming pre-game favourites Germany on Sunday to take advantage of the champions’ defensive weakness in their opening match at the World Cup.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio lulled the four-time tournament winners into a false sense of security, fielding only one out-and-out forward in Javier Hernandez and awarding their opponents possession of the ball.The Germans had more than 60 percent of it throughout the game but were unable make it count and break down a disciplined four-man defence, which at every opportunity fed Hirving Lozano, Carlos Vela and Hernandez for counter-attack after counter-attack.The strategy left Germany’s central defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng painfully exposed at the back, gasping for air and unable to cover the large patches in their own half left open.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGELooking cumbersome and slow, Hummels and Boateng had little support as their holding midfielders Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos joined the attack, leaving the pair to battle against two or even three opponents at a time.Germany, who went into the game having won all five previous encounters at international tournaments against the Mexicans, had no answer to that strategy in the first half and only upped the pressure after the break.Mexicans throng streets at home after shock win over GermanyThey have only themselves to blame, however, because the warning signs were there in their final warmup games going into the tournament.Earthquake detected in Mexico after Lozano stuns GermanyadvertisementA 2-1 loss to Austria and a narrow 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia had highlighted exactly that weakness in the world champions, with Germany caught napping by the low-ranked Saudis several times throughout their game.FIFA investigating homophobic chants by Mexico fansCoach Joachim Loew warned his players that such performances would not carry them far in Russia.But he somehow failed to heed his own warning, refusing to substitute ineffective midfielder Mesut Ozil, who often lost possession in the Mexican half, and keeping speedy Marco Reus on the bench for an hour.Mexico shock Germany, Swiss deny 5-time champions BrazilBy that time, however, there was little he or fellow substitutes Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt could do.Best goal of my entire life: Mexico’s Lozano on his winner vs GermanyThe Mexicans had more than half a dozen opportunities in the game and should have made sure of victory much earlier with more clinical finishing. But their win puts them in the driving seat in Group F, with Germany in the rare position of having their backs to the wall.last_img read more

ISL: Bengaluru FC maintain unbeaten streak with win over FC Goa

first_imgBengaluru FC edged past FC Goa to maintain their unbeaten streak in the Indian Super League.Rahul Bheke and Sunil Chhetri scored a goal each as Bengaluru registered a 2-1 victory over Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.Bheke opened the scoring with an improvised backheel flick in the 34th minute. Both teams were then reduced to 10 men after the restart as Mohammad Ali and Dimas Delgado were sent off.Brandon Fernandes equalised for the hosts in the 72nd minute but Chhetri notched the winner for Bengaluru five minutes later.The win takes Bengaluru — only unbeaten side in the ISL — level on points with FC Goa at the top of the table with two games in hand.Bengaluru had the first sight of goal after Chencho Gyeltshen and Udanta Singh combined well on the right flank. The Indian winger delivered a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Mohammad Nawaz punched it away from danger.At the other end, Carlos Pena’s cross from the left was intercepted by Juanan at the near post but the ball fell to Hugo Boumous whose close-range shot was brilliantly saved by Gurpreet Singh.Hugo Boumous’ defence-splitting through-ball midway through the first-half allowed Seriton Fernandes to sneak in behind the Bengaluru defence but Gurpreet was alert to the situation and got to the ball in a jiffy.The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute when Delgado’s corner-kick fell to Xisco Hernandez at the edge of the box. The Spaniard’s weak shot was gorgeously flicked into the net by Bheke at the far post.advertisementThe defender almost doubled his side’s lead at the stroke of half-time after Mourtada Fall’s poor first touch gifted him the ball inside the box. Bheke’s effort, however, skimmed off the crossbar.The hosts were reduced to 10 men two minutes into the second-half when Ali picked up a second yellow card. The full-back pushed the ball away with his hand to prevent Xisco from getting to it on the right flank and received a second yellow card.Bengaluru were also dealt a blow at the hour mark when Delgado was shown a straight red card for a high-footed tackle on Hugo Boumous.The game stretched in midfield as Goa sought an equaliser.Chhetri found Nishu Kumar in space down the left flank and the full-back used his first touch to skip past Seriton Fernandes into the box and forced a good low save from Nawaz.Goa got their equaliser in the 72nd minute when Ferran Corominas fought his way into the box through a crowd of defenders and found Brandon in the centre. The Indian midfielder slotted the ball into the net, helped by a deflection.Bengaluru restored their lead five minutes later. Thongkhosiem Haokip played Udanta Singh into space on the right flank and the Indian winger delivered a terrific cross to the far post where Chhetri lost his marker and headed home to secure all three points for his side.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Fuelled by Gareth Southgate’s words, Eoin Morgan aims to rewrite World Cup history

first_img Reuters LondonMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 09:34 IST Captain Eoin Morgan’s team motivated by Gareth Southgate’s speech. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had a football session with Gareth, as part of their training said MorganMorgan said the favourites tag was there for a reason, with England outstanding at homePietersen expects England to be joined by India and Australia in the semi-finalsCricket World Cup favourites England will go into their opener against South Africa on Thursday boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate.Captain Eoin Morgan, who reported no injury worries and his starting 11 decided, told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday that the talk had gone down well.”We did a session with Gareth, it was brilliant,” said Morgan, whose men played football as part of their training on Wednesday. “Every one of our players enjoyed it and every one of our backroom staff did as well.”He got up and talked about his journey with the team in and around the World Cup, in the build-up as well and how they built bigger expectations and became more together as a group,” he added.”I think everybody within the room listening who has been involved in our team over the last four years recognized that they are where we were two years ago and we started exactly where they did.”Ranked the top one-day side in the world, hosts England have yet to win the World Cup and will have to cope with a high burden of expectation.England’s soccer team, world champions in 1966, went to Russia with a young team, and plenty to redeem, and surpassed expectations by reaching the semi-finals.Morgan said both they and the cricketers had “recognized what had happened in the past, drawn a line under it, tried to do things differently and enjoyed the challenge of that”.”It’s amazing. He (Southgate) did brilliantly, got to the semi-final and everybody says it’s great,” the captain added with a wry smile.advertisement”We got knocked out of the (2017) Champions Trophy semi-final, and we’re crap.”Morgan said the tag of favorites was there for a reason, with England outstanding at home, and to be preferred from previous tournaments where they went in with little expectation and performed poorly.”I’d pick this position over any other,” he said, adding that winning the World Cup would mean a huge amount for raising the profile of the game and inspiring younger generations to pick up bat and ball.”We’re very confident within our own game… we just can’t wait for tomorrow to come,” he said.ANY WINMorgan said a win under any circumstance would do, rather than making an immediate statement, and was not expecting to have to say much to his side on Thursday morning.”If things feel scattered and all over the place a little bit of direction never hurts,” he said. “But if things feel very focused and the guys are raring to go, you normally just try and guide them in the right direction.”Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes England’s fearless approach to one-day cricket under Morgan is the reason why they are one of the favorites to lift the trophy.”So much credit must go to Eoin Morgan, he’s cool, he’s calm and he has the backing of his players, which is the most important,” Pietersen said at the World Cup’s official opening party.”The players have felt energized by the positivity in which he backs them but I think the most encouraging thing about this England team is Eoin allows them to fail.”Pietersen expects England to be joined by India and defending champions Australia in the semi-finals, with Jason Holder’s West Indies his wildcards.”You’ve got nine games and you’ve got the comfort to maybe lose a couple but they (England) don’t want to lose that first game against South Africa,” Pietersen said.”This is big, this is really big.”Also Read | Pakistan to host T20 Asia cup 2020 in neutral venueAlso Read | West Indies are neither favourites nor underdogs: Brathwaite ahead of World CupAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Gareth SouthgateFollow Eoin MorganFollow Kevin PietersenFollow Jason Holder Fuelled by Gareth Southgate’s words, Eoin Morgan aims to rewrite World Cup historyEngland will go into their 2019 World Cup opener against South Africa boosted by a motivational speech from national soccer manager Gareth Southgate who masterminded England’s campaign to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cupadvertisementlast_img read more

Two die cleaning restaurants sewage treatment unit

first_imgNEW DELHI: Two persons have died and two others injured after they went into a kitchen treatment unit in a restaurant named Pirates of Grill in West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden.The police received a call at around 1:30 pm that four men who got down in the kitchen treatment unit have fallen unconscious. Soon, the team from the local police station and the Fire department reached the spot and tried to rescue the injured. However, Delhi Police said that since it was a kitchen treatment plant so sections of manual scavenging Act are not attracted. The bodies have been sent for the postmortem and the families of the deceased informed. Both the deceased have been the residents of Tagore Garden. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In the hospital, two men identified as Rakesh (45), and Ajay (19) succumbed to their injuries and two are admitted in the hospital. They have been identified as Pankaj and Raju. They all are members of Housekeeping staff of the restaurant,” said a senior police officer. Manual scavenging –a practice by which workers enter sewers and septic tanks to clean out excreta –has historically been connected to Dalit communities, making its prevalence another egregious case of caste discrimination. Though India banned the practice in 1993 and the law was amended to expand its ambit in 2013 , manual scavenging continues across the country. In 2018 alone, more than 10 people died in Delhi cleaning septic tanks. This February, the Delhi government flagged off a fleet of 200 sewer-cleaning machines, with the aim of eradicating manual scavenging in the Capital. “We have registered a case against the accused under relevant sections and the investigation has begun,” said a senior police officer.last_img read more

Financial and Nonfinancial Corporations Main Driver of Moroccan Economy in 2016

Rabat – In 2016, financial and nonfinancial corporations were the first producer of national wealth, according to the recent report released by the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP).Tackling the institutional sector accounts for 2016, the HCP’s recent report noted that these companies have slightly improved their contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) from 42.9 percent in 2015 to 43.2 percent 2016.In addition to increasing the gross national income by 14.9 percent, these companies contributed by 53.6 percent to national savings and by 57 percent to investment (gross fixed capital formation), according to the public body. However, the contribution of households and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISHs) and that of general government registered, by contrast, a decrease of 0.4 percent and 0.1 percent respectively compared to 2015. According to the HCP, they stood respectively at 29.3 percent and 15.8 percent of the national GDP and are, respectively, down 0.4 points and 0.1 points from 2015.According to the data analyzed, the Gross National Income Available (GNI) has, for its part, increased by 3.2 percent in 2016 to reach MAD 1076.9 billion. “This improvement is due to the increase in gross disposable income of 6.8 percent for general government, 3.1 percent for corporations (financial and non-financial) and 2.1 percent for households and NPISHs,” explained the HCP.The public body added that the institutional sector contributions to GNI stood at 62.5 percent for households and NPISHs, 22.6 percent for general government, and 14.9 percent for corporations (with 2.6 percent for financial corporations).The analysis also shows that households’ gross disposable income (RBD) increased by 2.1 percent to MAD 665.1 billion in 2016, 87.6 percent of which was spent on household, final consumption, compared to 86.4 percent in 2015, said the HCP.Under these conditions, the analysts of the HCP established that the savings rate of households fell by 1.2 point, to stand at 12.9 percent in 2016.In relation to the population, they estimated that gross disposable income reached MAD 19,286 in 2016, up 1 percent from last year, and that “the increase in consumer prices being 1.6 percent in 2016, the power of household purchasing has therefore deteriorated by 0.6 percent.”As for gross fixed capital formation (GFCF). It stood at MAD 306.9 billion in 2016, up 9.5 percent from 2015.For the High Commission, there is no doubt that companies (financial and non-financial) remain the largest investor in Morocco, with a contribution increasing from 55.2 percent of GFCF in 2015 to 57 percent in 2016. On the other hand, household and government contributions declined from 26.9 percent to 25.9 percent and from 17.6 percent to 16.8 percent, respectively.“National savings, for its part, stood at MAD 292.7 billion in 2016, an improvement of 2.8 percent. Its breakdown by institutional sector shows that financial and non-financial corporations contribute by 53.6 percent, followed by households and NPISHs by 30.2 percent and general government for 16.2 percent.”In its note, the HCP also indicated that the nation’s financing requirement stood at MAD 43.2 billion in 2016 and represented 4.2 percent of GDP instead of 2 percent a year earlier.According to the explanations of the High Commission, this situation is mainly attributable to “the sharp increase of MAD 17.8 billion in the financing needs of non-financial corporations to reach MAD 54.1 billion in 2016.”On the other hand, the HCP noted that the financing of the public administrations fell by MAD 5.6 billion to represent MAD 9.4 billion. While the financing capacity of households has experienced, for its part, “a decline of MAD 10.4 billion and that of financial companies MAD 976 million, to stand respectively at  5.5 and MAD 14.7 billion in 2016” read more

Pakistan to sell JF17 aircraft to Sri Lanka

Phasing out its older Dassault Mirage III/5s and Chinese F-7Ps fighters, the PAF reportedly plans to induct at least 250 JF-17s. By contrast, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) does not fly the JF-17. Immediately after the visit AM Bulathsinhala was invited to send an evaluation team of technicians and pilots to PAC’s Kamra facilities near Islamabad, where the JF-17 is produced. The SLAF – which already flies several other Chinese-made aircraft types – is currently looking to upgrade its fighter capabilities. At present these rely on the Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir, which served as the workhorse of SLAF ground attack operations in the 1983-2009 civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Currently the JF-17 is flown only by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with the first squadron of Block 1 aircraft becoming operational in 2010. In late December 2015, PAC rolled out the 16th of a planned total of 50 Block 2 aircraft to complete the PAF’s fourth JF-17 squadron in service. Pakistan is expected to secure an agreement for the sale of the JF-17 Thunder Aircraft during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit in Sri Lanka in the first week of January 2016, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly reported.JF-17 Thunder is a third-generation fighter co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC). The prime minister’s upcoming talks in Colombo follow a mid-November visit to Pakistan by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala during which the JF-17 was showcased by the Pakistanis. read more

Ferry crashes into pier on Isle of Man

first_imgThis is the moment a ferry crashes into a pier on the Isle of Man as its captain tries to dock the vessel in strong winds.Services from Douglas to the UK were disrupted on Sunday after the Ben-my-Chree, which sailed from Heysham, Lancashire, collided with the pier. The Isle of Man Steam-Packet Company said no passengers or crew were injured. 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.last_img

Kate knows when to hold em

first_imgWhile residents of flood ravaged Queensland have been dealt a particularly bad hand in recent weeks, Kate Giouzellis has cashed the chips from her lucky poker hand into flood relief funds. Giouzellis was the winner of the Crown Aussie Millions poker charity fundraiser two Wednesdays ago, which saw poker enthusiasts, celebrities and high rollers turning their sport into charity. The tournament raised just under $50,000, Media Relations Manager for Crown Gaming and Corporate Natasha Stipanov said. “Any other money raised from the night ‘Celebrity Poker Challenge’, will be donated to The Shane Warne Foundation who will then work with Variety – The Children’s Charity, to assist children who have been affected by the Queensland Flood Disaster,” Ms Stipanov said. The Variety club will identify the flood damage to special schools and primary schools in the affected areas and then work with the schools to look at replacing playgrounds etc. Variety will also identify children who have lost items such as bikes, wheelchairs, walking frames and any other similar items, Ms Stipanov said. The Texas Hold ‘Em charity event, held each year in Melbourne’s Crown Casino’s studio 3, is the introduction to the high stakes Crown Aussie Millions tournament, one of the biggest poker events in the world. Many professional poker players enter this event after the world series in Las Vegas, Giouzellis said, adding that out of four tables of 24 players, there were mostly professionals and poker celebrities.“We played in partners, in 15 minute intervals. I’d never played that way but it was good because it makes you consider someone else,” Giouzellis said. Giouzellis, who has played “a bit” of poker before, mainly in womens tournaments at Crown, Shane Warne Foundation and charity matches, also recently played in Las Vegas, but insists poker is “just a hobby”. “I started a couple of years ago just having fun with friends and family. I had a few little wins, played a little online and then got more and more into it,” she said. Giouzellis, who won the tournament with a pair of fives, said bluffing and knowing when to raise are essential. “I love the fact you can make something out of two cards and make a hand out of something that’s usually nothing,” she said. “The key is where you raise it and how you get the rest of the table in, and where,” she added. There were some pretty tough opponents on the night, Giouzellis said. “There was one girl who has won the Millions series before, she was ruthless, and she’s notorious for knocking people out, so it was pretty full-on when I knocked her out of the competition,” she said. The beauty of poker is that you never know where the game will take you, Giouzellis said. “I kind of felt like I was having fun, I felt confident, but then anything can happen.” Giouzellis said the key to poker is keeping your eyes on the prize. “This kind of reinforces that if I can win, anyone can win, but it’s definitely a game of concentration, and a couple of champagnes helps!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Parents petition to change name of schools mascot that sounds like male

first_img(WSVN) – Parents in one Utah town are petitioning to change the name of their new high school’s mascot because it sounds like male anatomy.When Farmington High School opens in 2018, their mascot will be known as “The Phoenix.” But parents are urging the Davis School District to reconsider the name because when pluralized, some say it would sound like “penises” and lead to crude jokes.Kyle Fraughton, a parent of students who will attend the school, joined his neighbors to practice cheering for the new team.The result, they say, raised eyebrows.The group tried cheering for “Phoenixes,” but the plural form didn’t sound right, Fraughton said.“I looked on Google and a couple hits down I saw that the plural of phoenix was either phoenixes or phoenices,” Kyle Fraughton told The Salt Lake Tribune. “I have no interest in my daughter or my son playing sports and getting referred to as something like a penis.”Fraughton started a petition to change the name, writing, “We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises. I don’t mean to be crass, but don’t want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make.” According to the school district, the mascot’s name was selected by students who will be attending the school next fall. The name beat out “Farmers” and “Eagles.”The school’s Principal Richard Swanson told the newspaper that the word would remain singular and not pluralized.“We are one. We are The Phoenix,” Swanson said.Parents, including Fraughton, feel Swanson’s stance will be viewed differently by rival high schools, especially at sporting events.More than 2,600 people so far have signed the petition supporting a name change.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MA Outlook for 2008

first_imgDoes that mean multiples paid for smaller titles and companies will skyrocket? Not likely. Multiples will probably hover in the same range-four to seven times adjusted cash flow-even though demand is expected to tick upward. Buyers remain cautious, even skittish, and the smaller the deal, the more challenging it will be to close the transaction.Sweet Spot ScarcityMeanwhile, sellers with revenues between $10 million and $20 million with good earnings remain in a very strong position. However, acquisition opportunities in this sweet spot are scarce. Hence, the renewed focus on strategic acquisitions under $10 million. The operative word: Strategic. One caveat, however, is that deals at the lower end of the scale are most vulnerable to whims of the bank lending climate.If you are a publisher with revenues at the lower end of the spectrum, 2008 could be an optimum time to cash in your chips. Here are some of the factors buyers will be examining carefully-and which will have a big influence on whether your properties sell at the higher end or the lower end of the multiples scale:Content remains king. A superb editorial product serving a growing market continues to be a key factor in determining value. Buyers will be looking at content, in all its forms and iterations, as the avenue to enhancing brand awareness, market presence, and profits.A strong management team is vital. Buyers tend to leave top management in place and fund growth initiatives with a proven workforce.Well developed online initiatives. These will be valued in addition to targeting leading magazines in growing markets. Operating a magazine-based Web site is no longer enough. Buyers will measure value against the presence of a host of creative e-services that engage reader and advertiser alike. A successful events division will further increase value. The ideal acquisition candidate will offer the “Golden Trifecta” of communications: Print, online and events.Higher frequencies sell more frequently. Buyers favor print titles with publishing frequencies of monthly or greater. Less-than-monthly publications are viewed as less likely to command reader share-of-mind, even with strong Internet offerings.Numbers remain critical. One factor that won’t change in 2008 or any year is that deals of any size will be largely numbers-driven. Buyers will look closely at sales and earnings history, and although they will not pay a premium for future growth potential, they will indeed favor properties trending upward. Sellers are cautioned not to inflate the bottom line by slashing customary expenses or failing to reinvest in the product. Savvy buyers will see through the guise and instead base financial performance-and, hence, value-on industry norms. This is especially true with the under-$2 million publishers. Operating “lean and mean” is not necessarily an advantage when you put your company or title on the market.Michael D. Kreiter is director at W.B. Grimes & Co., a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based investment firm for the media industry. He can be reached at mkreiter@kc.rr.com.More on this topic Maximizing Your Company’s Value Column M&A: Avoiding an Acquisition Train Wreck Report: Media M&As Will Stay Hot in 2006 But Signs of Cooling Loom Online Services Greatly Affect Valuation Analysts Predict Another Record-Setting Deal Market in 2007 M&A Outlook 2008: Small-to-Mid Market Deal ActionJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the MovePowered by Early signs suggest that 2008 will be another banner year for magazine mergers and acquisitions. The big unknown at this point-and a factor that could tip the scales either way-is the capricious lending environment. Considering the amount of private equity funds still available for print media acquisitions, the deal pace at the high end will likely continue unabated. But what about the smaller properties?Strategic Bolt-Ons More Popular in 2008?Recent discussions with buyers and sellers across the board portend a developing trend for the New Year: The larger strategic buyers are likely to resume the search for the smaller add-on properties to flesh out platforms acquired or built during the past few years. last_img read more

House Committee Votes to Raise Spending Caps Bill Unlikely to Move Further

first_img ADC AUTHOR The House Budget Committee advanced legislation Wednesday that would raise statutory spending caps for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. It would allow for $733 billion in defense spending for next year and $749 billion the following year.Three Democrats joined all Republicans opposing the measure, showing the progressive-moderate split in the Democratic caucus that makes the legislation’s fate uncertain on the House floor, where it may not even come up for a vote.The Senate is also unlikely to consider it.House and Senate leaders have talked about finding a bipartisan deal to raise the spending caps, but the White House has so far resisted a deal, instead moving some of its $750 billion defense spending request to the overseas war account, which is not subject to spending caps.The Republican-led Senate Budget Committee passed a budget resolution along party lines that would cut defense spending to $643 billion for fiscal year 2020.last_img read more

Apples working on a subscription service for games report says

first_img Post a comment 0 reading • Apple’s working on a subscription service for games, report says Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Apple is reportedly working on a game streaming service.  Getty Images Apple is developing a subscription service for games, according to a report Monday from Cheddar. The Netflix-like service would let you play a bundled list of games by paying a subscription fee, Cheddar said. The mobile giant started talking with game developers in the second half of 2018, according to the report, but the plan is still in early stages. It’s unclear when the subscription might launch or how much it’ll cost. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple helped popularize mobile gaming with the launch of the App Store in 2008. This holiday season alone customers spent over $1.22 billion on iOS games and apps.Tech companies have also been working on ways to bring consoles games to mobile devices. Google in October unveiled a partnership with Ubisoft to bring the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the Chrome browser. Microsoft is also testing an Xbox streaming service called Project xCloud, which could allow games like Forza and Halo to be played on phones and tablets. Google Microsoft Apple See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Tags Gaming Tech Industry Digital Media Internet Services Share your voicelast_img read more

CJI proposes happiness classes in judicial academies schools

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that the judicial academies and other schools across the country can also have happiness classes like Delhi government schools. Speaking at the concluding ceremony of Delhi government’s 15-day long ‘happiness utsav’ to mark the first year of the implementation of happiness curriculum in its schools, the CJI said, “As the chief justice of the country, I was thinking yesterday, if I have a happy lot of people in this country, my problem of litigation will be over. Also Read – Lovely, A.K. Walia meet Sonia to discuss new Delhi Congress chief Advertise With Us There will be no cases because everyone will be happy.” “I have seriously thought about it but I’ve not shared it yet with my colleagues. But perhaps we can have something like happiness classes in our judicial academies as well… At the end of the day if we are negative and we are not happy we won’t be able to contribute for the country,” Justice Gogoi said He said that there is serious problem of “unhappiness” among younger generation. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us “It makes the curriculum even more important altogether. The concept is brilliant. Catch them when they are young and teach them how to be happy,” Gogoi said, adding the curriculum should be taught in the schools of other states as well. The event was attended by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, education minister Manish Sisodia and education ministers and officials from six states.last_img read more

Speak Life Tour Artists at Eubie Blake

first_imgSeven young artists from Baltimore City will showcase their talents through performing arts at the renowned Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard Street in Baltimore, 6 p.m., Sept. 20.  The Speak Life Tour (SLT) is a creative arts mentor platform for youth in the community to showcase their talents through poetry, singing and spoken word inspiring youth in their age group. Also, featuring limited edition art pieces from Baltimore native Eljay McBride – “Talented Youth” and “Librarian Girl.” MECU and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts are sponsors of the event.The tour kicked off on Jan. 9 in Baltimore City and has toured in the DMV area, having had an  impact of over 5,000 youth.For more information, visit speaklifetour.org.last_img

YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger to Make Broadway Debut in Waitress

first_imgColleen Ballinger, best known for her awkward and weird YouTube-famous character Miranda Sings, will make her Broadway debut in “Waitress” this summer. Ballinger will appear in the musical starting Aug. 20, in a limited four-week engagement through Sept. 15.“Waitress,” based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, is scored by singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. It tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Ballinger will play Dawn, a fellow waitress who’s one of Jenna’s only friends.For Ballinger, who’s a classically trained singer, coming to Broadway has been a lifelong dream. She first began posting videos as Miranda Sings — a woman-child who’s a terrible singer — on YouTube way back in 2008 as a joke for her theater friends. She tweeted the “Waitress” news Friday, saying in a video, “You don’t understand how exciting this is for me… This has literally been my dream since I could speak.” Ballinger’s Miranda Sings channel has over 20 million followers on YouTube and over 3.5 billion views on her videos. She starred in two seasons Netflix original series “Haters Back Off” (as Miranda) and appears in the streaming service’s one-hour special, “Miranda Sings Live… You’re Welcome.”In addition, Ballinger has appeared in Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Angry Birds 2,” and “Escape The Night With Joey Graceffa.” Ballinger is currently touring with her new one-woman show, “Who Wants My Kid?”“Waitress” currently stars Shoshana Bean, Charity Angel Dawson, Caitlin Houlahan, Erich Bergen, Ben Thompson, Larry Marshall, Benny Elledge, Noah Galvin, Melody A. Betts, Tyrone Davis Jr., Andrew Fitch, Molly Hager, Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Arica Jackson, Molly Jobe, Brandon Kalm, Emily Koch, Matt Kumangai, Tess Murphy, Everleigh Rotunno, Stephanie Torns and Dan Tracy.The musical opened April 24, 2016, at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. “Waitress” is the first Broadway musical to have all women in the four top creative-team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Test and control your monitor with softMCCS

first_imgTest and control your monitor with softMCCS by Martin Brinkmann on May 08, 2016 in Software – Last Update: May 08, 2016 – 8 commentsSoftMCCS is a free program for Windows devices that lets you test, diagnose and control a computer monitor connected to the PC.Apart from revealing detailed information about the computer monitor and its supported features, it provides you with options to change monitor settings directly from within the application.This can be useful if the monitor does not make available certain features that you want to control (while supporting them), if you want to make changes quicker, or if it does not support hardware calibration at all.SoftMCCSSoftMCCS needs to be installed before it can be used. It will run a compliance test on first start that checks the monitor’s functionality. The test is semi-automated which means that you will have to confirm certain findings while other tests run automatically.You can run the compliance test at any time from the tools menu once you have completed or canceled it.The program loads a huge list of information afterwards that reveal everything there is to know about the monitor.It reveals the functions that the monitor supports, information about the monitor itself such as its product code or serial number, and controls that you can make use of to change certain monitor settings directly from within the program.Here is a short list of controls that it provides you with:Turn of reduced power mode.Restore factory defaults (all, or luminance/contrast, geometry, color)Change horizontal or vertical position of the screen.Change contrast, luminance, or clock.Select color preset (native, 4000k, 5000k, 8200k, 9300k).Control red, blue, green video gain.Manage sharpness and clock phase.Change the display application (various presets such as games, sports, productivity or movie)Control manufacturer specific functions.Once you have made a change, usually in form of moving a slider or checking/unchecking boxes, you need to click on activate usually to send the change to the monitor. The change is reflected on the screen immediately which is great as you can modify the functions as you see fit while previewing the results right away on the monitor.The program supports other features besides this. A click on tools reveals several options such as running auto setup , auto-rotation, restoring values or running a new hardware scan.You may also save all information to a log file, and have all commands (even those not supported by the monitor in question), displayed on the screen.Closing WordsSoftMCCS is a handy program for Windows devices. While designed primarily for business use, it provides anyone with options to manage and control connected monitors using the application. This is usually a lot faster than using the monitor’s functionality to modify values or make changes to it considering that you will have to tap on the provided buttons multiple times for desired results while you can simply click once using the program for the same effect.Additionally, it is useful if the monitor does not provide hardware calibration options at all (rare), or if some options are not implemented but supported. Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 6 votes Software Name SoftMCCSOperating System WindowsSoftware Category HardwareLanding Page http://www.entechtaiwan.com/lib/softmccs.shtm Advertisementlast_img read more