Congress to hold protests in Gujarat over Shah’s ‘baniya’ remark

first_imgGujarat Congress Chief Bharatsinh Solanki on Sunday slammed BJP President Amit Shah’s remark describing Mahatma Gandhi as chatur baniya (cunning baniya/trader). Mr. Solanki also announced that the party would hold statewide protests to demand an apology from Mr. Shah for the “disparaging remark”. “Mr. Shah’s remark about the Father of the Nation shows his mentality,” Mr Solanki said, addressing media persons on Sunday.According to Mr. Solanki, the BJP President’s remark was not merely an insult to Mahatma Gandhi but also to the entire Baniya community known for its business acumen and enterprising spirit.“We are proud of the fact that Mahatma Gandhi was born in Gujarat and he spearheaded the freedom struggle movement. To reduce him to just the community in which he was born is gross injustice to Mahatma who wanted the country to rise above caste and religion,” the opposition leader said.last_img

Asian Shooting Championship: Vivaan, Esha Win Double Gold, Chinki Olympic Quota Hopes Alive

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Doha: Chinki Yadav kept alive India’s hopes of securing the second Olympic quota in women’s 25m Pistol, clinging to fifth place in the first round qualification of the Asian Shooting Championship here on Thursday.Chinki shot an exceptional 292 and will be looking to make the final on Friday and take a shot at clinching one of the four available Tokyo berths. Rahi Sarnobat has already secured the other quota place for India in the event in earlier competitions. Apart from Chinki, Vivaan Kapoor and Esha Singh won two gold each as India dominated the junior competitions, where they have accounted for 18 of the 23 medals won so far by the country.The icing on the cake at the Lusail Shooting complex was the 1-2 finish in the junior men’s trap competition where Vivaan shot his way to an individual gold with compatriot Bhowneesh Mendiratta following him through the day to clinch silver.The pair also combined with Manavaditya Singh Rathore to secure the team gold in the event.Vivaan, who picked up his second and third yellow metal of the competition after winning the junior trap mixed team event on day one partnering Manisha Keer, continued his good form by topping qualification with a solid 120 out of 125.Bhowneesh was second with 118, while Manavaditya missed out on the final, finishing eighth with a score of 109.Vivaan then missed five birds in the final but still emerged triumphant, with a score of 45, as Bhowneesh missed eight for the silver. Li Siwei of China won bronze.Teenager Esha also won a double gold on the day, capturing both the individual and team titles in the 10m air pistol women junior competition.Esha topped the qualification with a 579 and then won the finals with a 242.2. Teammate Priya Raghav was third in qualification with 574 and finished in the same position in the final, closing out with a 217.6.Jeong Hyo of Korea won silver while Esha, Priya and Yuvika Tomar claimed the team gold with a total of 1721, which eclipsed both the Asian and world junior records in the category.Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar won India’s fifth gold of the day, in 50m rifle 3 positions women junior, with a dominating 453.1 in the final.Bhakti, Ayushi Podder and Nishchal also won the team silver in the event. So did the trio of Niraj Kumar, Harshrajsinhji Gohil and Nitish Kumar in the 50m rifle 3 positions men junior event. Niraj also picked up the individual silver. Asian Shooting ChampionshipChinki YadavEsha SinghVivaan Kapoor First Published: November 7, 2019, 9:53 PM ISTlast_img


first_img(REOPENS DEL 13) (REOPENS DEL 13) Having struck a match-winning 48 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Soumya has cemented his place in the side. The 2009 champions Pakistan, meanwhile, boast of arguably the most potent pace attack with the return of left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, who has seamlessly integrated into the side after his spot-fixing ban. With Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz, the three left-arm quickies showed what theyre capable of in the Asia Cup. Pakistan would bank on their bowlers do the job for them as batting is not the teams strong point. Shahid Afridis men have had troubles with their top-order, prompting the selectors to twice tinker with the squad. After their group stage ouster with defeat to Bangladesh in Asia Cup, Pakistans preparation for the premier tournament was hampered. Moreover, the change of venue for the Indo-Pak match from Dharamsala to Kolkata due to security reasons and subsequent delay in arrival to India has also not helped their cause. Apart from the four-match Asia Cup outing in Bangladesh, Pakistans only other preparation for the World T20 has been the inaugural Pakistan Super League in UAE where the players featured for different franchises. Mohammad Hafeez made a stellar 70 not out in their 15-run win over Sri Lanka in the warm-up match yesterday and Pakistan would hope that he continues with his fine form and others in Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal fire in unison. It is perhaps the last chance for Afridi, who has come under scanner due to his lack of form on the field and comments off it, to silence the critics with his bat and also chip in with his leg-spin. He has done it with his all-round show en-route to winning 2009 title, and he has it in him, boasting highest wickets of 93 and a terrifying strike-rate 148.92 in T20Is, to do it again. It will a redemption time for Afridi, again. Teams (from): Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Arafat Sunny, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rehman, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman. Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Mallik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzoor. Match starts 3 pm IST. PTI TAP CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img

Domestic turnaround, JLR boost Tata Motors net profit 3-fold

first_imgMumbai, May 30 (PTI) A remarkable turnaround of its struggling domestic unit, and record high volumes and margin improvements at its marquee British business have boosted Tata Motors Group net profit by three-fold to Rs 5,177 crore in the three months to March from over Rs 1,717 crore a year ago.Profit at its British unit Jaguar Land Rover, which has been its cash machine for many years now, soared 56.3 per cent to 472 million pounds from 302 million pounds a year ago, driven by record sales across its key markets of Europe, China and the US.While JLRs retail sales in Europe soared 55 per cent in the quarter under review, its deliveries in China climbed 19 per cent, driven by the local production of the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV and the ramp up of the Jaguar XE sedan. This helped JLR, for the first time, cross the half-a-million sales mark at 5,21571 units for the year.The China JV turned in a net profit of 49 million pounds during the quarter, apart from some write-back from the provisions made for the losses from the fire at its godown last year, the company said.The profit would have been higher had it not been for the Rs 1,580-crore charge the company has taken for the recall of 1 lakh unit of its XF model from the JLR stable in the US due to faulty airbags supplied by the Japanese supplier Takata and towards some doubtful investments it has done in the past, Group Chief Financial Officer C Ramakrishanan said here late in the evening.advertisementHe said the bottomline was also impacted to some extent by unfavourable forex movements. The bottomline gain was partly offset by higher depreciation and amortisation expenses, adverse revaluation of euro payables.The city-based companys consolidated sales grew 18.76 per cent to Rs 79,926 crore during the reporting quarter.What is more important is the remarkable turnaround of its domestic unit which has been struggling for the past many years. On a standalone basis, Tata Motors India reported a net profit of Rs 465 crore for the fourth quarter against a net loss of Rs 1,164.25 crore a year ago.Standalone net sales stood at Rs 12,459.51 crore against Rs 10,676.19 crore, driven primarily by truck and bus business and partly by the demand for its new cars – the Bolt, Zest and the new Nano.For the full year, the domestic unit posted a net profit of Rs 234.23 crore as against a whopping net loss of Rs 4,738.95 crore in 2014-15. Domestic net sales rose 16.87 per cent to Rs 41,948 crore from Rs 35,890.5 crore in FY15.Though earnings were announced late in the evening, the Tata Motors counter closed up 4.2 per cent at Rs 420.55 on the BSE, whose benchmark Sensex inched up 0.3 per cent in a dull trade after four days of rally. (MORE) PTI BEN RSY MKJlast_img

BCCI suspends Rinku after letting off Pathan, Anuj with warning

first_imgSimilarly, no action was taken against former India U-19 captain Anuj Rawat for playing unsanctioned T20 league in Mauritius with Pakistani cricketers of dubious credibility.Rinku has also been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders for the past two seasons and it was learnt that he played in the unsanctioned league after the IPL got over.”It has been brought to the notice of the Board of Control for Cricket in India that First-class cricketer from Uttar Pradesh and India A player Rinku Singh participated in an unauthorized T20 tournament in Abu Dhabi,” BCCI issued a statement.”Singh did not seek permission from the BCCI before taking part in the T20 league hence directly violating the BCCI rules and regulations. As per the BCCI norms, a player registered with the Board cannot play in any tournaments abroad without the Board’s permission. Rinku Singh therefore has been suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months starting June 1, 2019,” BCCI announced the verdict.However there are questions being raised as to why Rinku, a young player wasn’t at least given a warning about the consequences he could face for his indiscretion.”If Irfan Pathan, who played significant amount of international cricket, was not even given a rap on the knuckles for registering in CPL after being well aware about the rules and regulations, suspending Rinku after his first mistake is simple double standards,” a senior BCCI official, privy with working of Cricket Operations team, told PTI on Thursday.When BCCI’s GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim was asked, he said: “We want to send a strong message to the youngsters that there would be consequences if they don’t follow the rules and regulations. I agree that Irfan is a senior player but he ultimately didn’t play the tournament.”advertisementThe senior official also questioned that if the logic of setting an example was an issue, then how come BCCI allowed Delhi keeper-batsman Anuj Rawat to go scot-free after he was seen playing alongside former Pakistan internationals, who till recently were in ICC anti-corruption unit’s radar.”If you want to teach any youngster a lesson, then it should be same for all. The Cricket Operations team let go Anuj Rawat, who immediately after that played for India U-19 in Sri Lanka. Here for the same offence, Rinku Singh was denied a chance to represent India,” he said.Read Also | World Cup 2019 favourites tag sits okay with England: Eoin MorganRead Also | England vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, World Cup 2019: Root, Roy solid after Tahir strikeAlso Seelast_img

10 months agoLiverpool could lose Salah after strong season – Mido

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool could lose Salah after strong season – Midoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool could lose Mohamed Salah if he has another 25 goal season, Egypt legend Mido has claimed.The 26-year-old bagged an incredible 44 goals across all competitions in his debut season for the Reds.After a slow start to the season, Salah now has 16 goals to his name. And Mido believes his continued success would attract attention from the world’s biggest clubs.Mido told CNN: “You never know in football.”If Barcelona or Real Madrid come for you your head is going to flip, all the players are like that.”Barcelona and Real Madrid are different – no disrespect to Liverpool.”I think Barcelona and Real Madrid were waiting to see how Salah would do this season; they don’t buy players after only one good or great season.”I think if Salah scores 25-plus goals, I think they will come for him and it will be difficult for Liverpool to keep him.” last_img

Budget 20162017 Investments in Central Nova Scotia

first_imgThe people of central Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, community supports, and infrastructure in Budget 2016-2017. “Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.” Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for central Nova Scotia include: Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre in Halifax. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus. Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017. For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit . multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians capital grants for the design, construction and renovations at Halifax Infirmary site and Dartmouth General hospital support funding for groups welcoming refugees funding for major sport and cultural events a new SchoolsPlus site to bring a range of services together for children and youth including mental health and other health programs, homework support, social work and justice services funding for community facility projects shoulder widening and paving of Route 349 from Village Road to Chebucto Head Road in 2016-2017 repaving 4.8 kilometres of Highway 111, and 5 five kilometres of Highway 118 in 2016-2017 funding for a new high school in Eastern Passage and P-9 school in south Dartmouth beginning work to replace Ecole Le Marchant St. Thomas Elementary school, and beginning design work on a new P-12 school in Sheet Harbour in 2016-2017 access to the New Building Canada Fundlast_img

Grants Support Municipal Infrastructure Projects

first_imgGovernment is supporting water and wastewater projects for ten communities through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program. Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced an investment of over $940,000 today, April 28. “Access to safe drinking water and wastewater treatment are vital for strong, healthy communities,” said Mr. Churchill. “This funding will support important municipal projects to maintain and improve these essential services for residents.” The program allows the province to contribute funds towards high-cost priority municipal infrastructure projects. Projects receiving funding in 2017-2018 include upgrades to technology at pump stations, water towers, reservoirs and water treatment facilities.last_img

ABVP wins 3 posts in DU students union polls NSUI gets 1

first_imgNew Delhi: The RSS-affiliated ABVP on Friday won three posts, including that of the president, in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls, while the Congress-backed NSUI bagged the secretary’s post. Celebrations broke out outside the counting centre in Kingsway Camp with supporters dancing to ‘dhol’ beats and rose petals being showered on the winners. The winners wearing garlands then proceeded to the varsity’s Arts Faculty, from where they will take out a victory march. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Ashwit Dahiya of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) defeated National Students Union of India (NSUI)’s Chetna Tyagi for the president’s post by a margin of over 19,000 votes. The posts of vice president and joint secretary were won by ABVP’s Pradeep Tanwar and Shivangi Kharwal by a margin of 8,574 and 2,914 votes, respectively. NSUI bagged the secretary’s post with its candidate Ashish Lamba defeating ABVP’s Yogi Rathee by a margin of 2,053 votes. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “ABVP fielded Yogi Rathee who was college president of Ramjas College when the violence took place in 2017. The students have given a clear mandate against violence,” NSUI’s Akshay Lakra said. The voter turnout in DUSU polls on Thursday was recorded at 39.90 per cent, over four percentage points down over last year. Last year, the election saw a 44.46 per cent voters turnout. The polling for four positions of the DUSU ended amid allegations of EVM malfunctioning. Sixteen candidates, including four women, were in the fray and 52 polling centres were set up. Over 1.3 lakh students were eligible to cast their vote. As many as 144 EVMs were used for students’ union polls and 137 were used for college union polls. The Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) expressed happiness over improvement in their vote share. “Our Joint Secretary candidate Chetna got over 10,000 votes. The party’s vote share has improved since last year. We are happy about it,” said an AISA functionary.last_img

Canadian lumber companies brace for US import tariffs

first_imgCanadian lumber companies are bracing for tomorrow’s expected announcement on new import tariffs on softwood heading into the United States.University of British Columbia professor Harry Nelson says the largest forestry companies — especially those in British Columbia — can withstand a long dispute with several years of import tariffs on softwood.He says they have bigger cash reserves to help weather the storm and they also have other options outside US markets, such as China or India.Quebec’s largest lumber company argues that BC’s largest producers have changed the playing field since the last softwood dispute by buying 39 sawmills in the United States, and could profit if the price for their US softwood goes up because of tariffs.last_img

Discover Tangier A CrossCultural Nexus

By Alexandra GrittaRabat- Tangier, nestled in the Strait of Gibraltar, is nicknamed the “Gateway to Africa” for its proximity to Europe. The city is a popular destination for cruise ships and is foremost a port city. It is connected to 174 ports from 74 countries on 5 different continents.One of Tangier’s appeals is that there are ferry rides from Morocco to Spain. In fact, you can see the edge of Spain from Tangier’s Cape Spartel, a promontory (and popular viewing point) located 300 meters above sea level. Tangier experienced a period of relative touristic obscurity after World War II compared to other areas of Morocco, but has been drawing more and more tourism. The increase is partly due to the appeal of its primary attraction—the Caves of Hercules, situated just 14 kilometers west of the city. King Mohammed VI has also been personally promoting the region as a tourist destination.Tangier has undergone increasing modernization, including the construction of the business district “Tangier City Center” and a new football stadium. In August, it will also host Brave 14, the first global mixed martial arts (MMA) event ever to take place in Africa and the final Spanish Super Cup football match.A new luxury port has been built adjoining the ancient medina (old city), which has also recently been restored. The port is an area more wealthy visitors can dock their boats at while touring the Mediterranean Sea. Additionally, palm trees have been planted in many of Tangier’s main streets in an attempt to decorate the city.Over the years, the city has been a link between various cultures. In the past, Tangier was both an Amazigh (Berber) town and a Phoenician trading center. It also passed through the hands of the Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, and the Umayyad Empire. A Carthaginian Empire settlement dating back to the 5th century B.C. called “Tingis” by the Greeks inspired Tangier’s current name.As of 1923, colonial powers considered Tangier a city of “international status” and it became a landing for diplomats, businessmen, and spies. It was also a mecca for gamblers and an “El Dorado” for the upper class. Essentially, Tangier was not under the jurisdiction of Morocco for a long period of time. From 1923-1928 it was deemed a “neutral demilitarized zone” under the joint administration of Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. Beginning in 1928, it also was administered by Portugal, Italy, and Belgium, and in 1929, the Netherlands joined on. The United States followed during World War II, using Tangier as its operation base for its Office of Strategic Services.As of 1956, Tangier was reintegrated into Morocco. Due to its complex administrative history, it became well-known for being a hub of cultural and religious diversity. According to popular legend, the demigod Hercules founded Tangier. Amazigh mythology suggests it was founded by Surfax, a different hero from Amazigh and Greek mythology.Things to do in Tangier:Caves of Hercules. This is Tangier’s main attraction. Legend has it that Hercules spent the night in a grotto in Tangier before embarking on his 11th out of 12 labors. He was charged to steal the golden apples of the Hesperides sisters, said to grant immortal life.The main cave has two entrances: one that faces the sea and one that opens toward land and is accessible to visitors. The cave gets its fame from its seaward-facing entrance, which is shaped like the continent of Africa and known as “The Map of Africa.”The site holds both mythological and archaeological importance. It is part natural formation and part man-made. The cave was originally much smaller, but the Amazigh people carved stone wheels out of the walls for millstone construction, considerably expanding the site, and the Phoenicians carved eye-shaped patterns into the walls.Before the site became a popular tourist attraction, it was used as a brothel in the 1900s.Admission to the cave is free and there is a snack shop as well as a cafe which overlook the sea. Visitors can also follow a set of stairs that lead down to a quaint beach. There is also a second, smaller cavern before the main entrance where visitors can pay a small MAD 5 fee to enter and take photos of the Greek-style decorations. A photo op with a parrot is available for an additional price, and guides charge MAD 5.Cape Spartel. This is a vantage point with a lighthouse located 300 meters above sea level. It is a great spot to take scenic photos and admire the Strait of Gibraltar. On clearer days, the edge of Spain, only 14.5 kilometers away, can be seen across the water.The “Battle of Cape Spartel” between the British and joint French and Spanish fleets took place in 1782, 29 kilometers off the coast of Cape Spartel. The battle was part of the American Revolutionary War, and the results were inconclusive.Church of Saint Andrew. Some tourists may appreciate a visit to the modest but historic Saint Andrew Anglican church. The church still read more

Sri Lankans deported from Australia

Since 13 August, 156 Sri Lankans have returned home from Australia – both voluntarily and involuntarily – as people realise that these smugglers only sell lies and false promises about what awaits people in Australia, the High Commission said.People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. Another group of Sri Lankan nationals were deported to Sri Lanka on a charter flight to Colombo from Christmas Island today, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.The group of 30 single adult males had arrived on a number of boats over the last week or so, the High Commission said in a statement. People who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa awaiting them on arrival, no speedy outcome, and no special treatment.“The government is committed to breaking the people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking these dangerous boats to Australia. We will continue to regularly transfer people to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island. And where appropriate, the government will certainly continue to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations,” the Australian High Commission said. They were advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia. They raised no issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations. Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity.

Developing countries behind Sri Lanka

They also underlined that the report of the OHCHR has no nexus to the principle objectives of the US sponsored resolution 19/2 of March 2012, and therefore, any further initiatives in the Council, based on or emanating from this report are counterproductive. The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva recalled that the delegation of the Russian Federation, while making a joint statement on behalf of 14 countries: Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan, Uganda, Venezuela and Zimbabwe stated that the High Commissioner has hastened to prejudge the outcome of Sri Lanka’s ongoing domestic reconciliation process. The delegation of Thailand while making an intervention said they welcome Sri Lanka’s efforts to engage with the Council, especially through the UPR process, which they believe is an appropriate mechanism to address the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.The Delegation of Venezuela stated that the call for the international investigation prejudges the results of the national reconciliation process which is in full swing . Sri Lanka also recalled the statement made by the Delegation of China which said it welcomed the efforts made by Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the LLRC and to formulate a National Plan of Action.China had said that the report of the OHCHR has failed to reflect the positives, to which china express concerns.The Chinese had called on the international community to support the Government efforts in reconstruction, reconciliation and to provide time and space. (Colombo Gazette) Developing countries expressed their confidence for the efforts made by Sri Lanka towards achieving national reconciliation and commended its level of cooperation with the UN, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva said in a statement.The statement said that the developing countries clearly highlighted that the report (A/HRC/22/38) tabled today at the UN Human Rights Council under the agenda item 2 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was unwarranted and a clear overstepping of its mandate.

UN disaster assessment team arrives in droughtaffected Marshall Islands

Assessments are ongoing in the country, where a state of disaster was declared on 7 May, according to a report issued by the OCHA Regional Office for the Pacific.Speaking to reporters in Geneva, OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke said assessments from four atolls, with an estimated population of 1,500 people, found that most of the domestic water tanks were completely empty and water from wells was unsafe to drink due to bacterial contamination and high levels of salt. Most of the installations for water purification and desalination were operating below capacity, he added.In addition, food crops, which were mainly breadfruit and banana, were also reportedly “devastated” due to the drought. “The lack of clean drinking water is of acute humanitarian concern, and children are particularly vulnerable,” said Mr. Laerke. Two Government ships to the north-east and north-west of the Marshall Islands had begun transporting full water containers, hygiene kits and other relief items to nearly 600 families in the worst-affected communities. “There is a high likelihood that drought conditions will remain through July,” Mr. Laerke stated. “It will take several months of normal rainfall for groundwater to be replenished and longer still for food crops to recover.”The Government will receive an initial OCHA emergency cash grant of $50,000 to assist with the immediate response efforts.

Quick Thoughts on Michael Sam to the Rams

I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best.

Brain damaged babies could be robbed of compensation they need

first_imgBrain-damaged babies will be “robbed” of compensation under government plans to speed up negligence claims, safety campaigners have warned. The plans are due to be announced next month, following a consultation earlier this year. Ministers are poised to announce reforms of medical negligence, which they say will speed up access to damages for families devastated by maternity blunders. It follows revelations that claims for babies left brain-damaged by such blunders has soared by almost one quarter in just one year, bringing… But patients groups and lawyers have criticised the proposals – saying that parents who take up the scheme will be left without enough compensation to care for their children.last_img

Ubisoft launches movie and TV studio to adapt its own games

first_imgUbisoft is apparently tired of the way major Hollywood studios treat video game properties. The company has launched Ubisoft Motion Pictures as a way to adapt its own games and franchises into feature films and television shows without the help of Hollywood or any major American studio, for that matter.Ubisoft is based in France, so the new Ubisoft Motion Pictures will be also. The new studio will work out of Paris, and the company has lined up former executives at EuropaCorp and Walt Disney Studios France to head the organization. With a team like that, Ubisoft will already have the connections and experience required to get movie or television properties out the door and onto screens around the globe.Some of the company’s top properties are Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell, and people have been speculating about feature films based on both sets of IP for years. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time came to the big screen last year, and even though critics panned the film, it did respectably well at the box office, grossing over $335 million in sales. Even the fact that one of the original writers behind Prince of Persia was behind the movie script didn’t help the film turn into a blockbuster. Still, the money the film did generate managed to make it the most successful film adaptation of a video game in history.Ubisoft is likely interested in taking more of an active role in its own destiny. It’s possible that part of Ubisoft’s desire is to make sure that movie and TV adaptations of its games are truthful to the spirit and intent of the titles, but they also likely see the writing on the wall: movies based on video games are a rising industry, and there’s no reason to let someone else shoot the movie and they sit on the sidelines when Ubisoft could be in the director’s seat.Read more at Varietylast_img

Daybreak forum to address drug trends

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Daybreak Youth Services is holding a forum today titled Emerging Drug Trends: Building Awareness & Finding Solutions.From 3:30 to 5 p.m., a panel of local experts will talk about “the substances teens are using, the forms they come in, how they are being obtained, warning signs for parents and more,” a news release from Daybreak said. It’s part of the ongoing Conversations with the Community series.Panelists include Olivia Rae Wright, Daybreak’s medical director and associate residency director in charge of curriculum for PeaceHealth; Sharice Lee, intervention specialist at Prairie High School; John Horch, Clark Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force commander; and Jason Granneman, Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy and school resource officer at Hockinson High School.The forum is at Daybreak’s RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery, 11910 N.E. 154th St. Tours of the facility are available after the event. Visit to RSVP or contact Nick Shanmac, Daybreak’s director of marketing and outreach, at 360-984-5232 or

Thorne says Misick charges are political persecution

first_img SIPT Wraps up, Court on Break til February 15 SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume today Related Items:myrtle rigby health complex, ralph thorne, Special Investigation and prosecution Team Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Dec 2015 – The often comical theatrics of lead lawyer for Michael Misick were aimed at showing up the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team as being overzealous in their quest to ‘get Mike’ for alleged crimes of corruption. QC, Ralph Thorne with his voice often rising in crescendo and with his tirade often eliciting warning from the Judge, rolled out what he called a heap of political charges for what his client believes is political persecution. He said the charge was a single one that the Brazilian court considered, but later the one alleged crime mounted to 17 counts as Misick, the former Premier, is accused of conspiring with all of the co-defendants, over a time frame of six and a half years, in the SIPT case. “Masquerading itself as domestic lawful prosecution he called it…” all the while telling the judge that he not only has the power but the obligation to find that the charges have no basis in law and that the basis is politically motivated. Proceedings continue at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex today.last_img