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Majid Majidi Announces Second India-set Project

first_imgAfter his maiden India-set project Beyond The Clouds, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will be back in India soon to start working on his second film set in the country. The project is titled Gold Mine.The Oscar-nominated director says “the ambience of India” and “wonderful relationship between humans and nature” inspired him to shoot his next film in India. The project will go on floors next year.“The ambience of India is magical and incomparable… there exists a wonderful relationship between humans and nature. The undying spirit of people and their hope for life, in spite of all hardships, is unbelievable,” Majidi said in a statement.“All these inspire me to shoot my next film in India as well and be the narrator of this effort of men, women and children whose love for life encourages them to stay strong and rise over and above any hurdles that come in their path,” he added.Majidi says he has always “believed that India has so many stories to tell with its myriad of cultures and people from different milieu”.With the film, he will be collaborating with producers Shareen Mantri Kedia and Kishor Arora for the second time, under their banner of Namah Pictures.“I am going to collaborate on this film like my previous film with Shareen and Kishor at Namah pictures who are very professional in their approach,” he said.“Gold Mine is based on a subject that came to Majidi during his frequent visits to north India. He has been developing the idea and recently visited the location where his story is based for further planning and recce,” said a source.“It’s a pleasure to collaborate with Majidi for the second time. We share a common thought that India is a virtual gold mine of compelling stories that have a global connect and we are very happy taking India to the world,” Kedia said.To this, Arora added: “The casting for the film begins in two months from now and we’ll be going on floors mid-2018.”Meanwhile, Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds will have a world premiere at the forthcoming 61st BFI London Film Festival. Beyond The Clouds is an official selection in the competition category, which will take place on October 13 and 14.Featuring actor Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan in lead roles, the film covers the nuances of an adorable brother-sister relationship, and has been completely shot in India. – IANS Related ItemsIshaan Khatter Malavika MohananLittle IndiaMajid MajidiMajid Majidi Beyond The CloudsMajid Majidi Gold MineMajid Majidi India filmShahid Kapoor Ishaan Khatterlast_img read more

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Win One for the Ripper

first_imgThe circus is on in California. But for all its strange and bizarre acts, it brings some bright and serious news.Yes, the Terminator wants to be the Governator. What an idea! If an opponent get harsh, he simply contemplates a role for them in Terminator 4.What a compliment! If any of his critics is foolish enough to take him up on his offer, he will cream them straight to oblivion.But then again, he might win. Who cares?We care!We want Arnold to win. We want chaos supreme! He is not capable of learning from that other heavy guy in Minnesota, Jesse Ventura.These guys without necks are crashing head-first into politics and they better provide good entertainment, at least.We want Arnold to win because we now have a campaign with subtitles since so many of the major candidates have heavy accents. That was the observation of another candidate, Arianna Huffington.What an idea! A whole term for the Governator with subtitles. Let the public get used to it. That will put an end to this petty quibbling over the English-first movement. You can speak English first or last so long as you are translating your heavy accent. We immigrants would be winners in that.If Arnold wins, anyone with an accent will have arrived. In fact, Cruz Bustamante may have polished his English accent far too much for his own good. He may keep his Hispanic vote, but lose the honor of having subtitles plastered over his chest.And Arnold could open the doors for all of us. So could Arianna, if only she could hide her smarts and play the game of politics. Arnold is spinning the revolving doors for all immigrants, fresh of the proverbial boat, fresh of the ESL (English as Second Language) classes, to fight the political machine just with our charms.We will bring the world closer to you. We will make this a true democracy. If some of us are smart, we will say the same good thing twice, once in our heavy accents and then in subtitles. And if we are not smart, you would never know because our handlers will make the subtitles appear smarter.You would wish Dubya had that advantage. He cannot hide his lack of smarts because everyone can understand what he is saying. That ain’t happening with Arnold, or with Arianna or any one of us.We want Arnold to win, because we want to take this make-believe world of immigrants to a new level and tranform this democracy. Groucho Marx once asked plainly, “Who are you going to believe, me or your eyes?” Think Arnold asking the same question without any sense of humour. And then think of the voters. Who are they going to believe?We are different. We think differently. We think in a language that requires subtitles. It is the language of the revolution of the immigrants.Now all we need is a bunch of immigrants who think sensibly.We do not want easy subscribers to the Right wing ideology. Why is it that all the immigrants jumping into politics these days seem to be taking the wrong Right turns? We want the language that takes inspiration from Arnold, but speaks for immigrants, for the interests of a population that requires universal health care, solid protection on Civil Rights, a protection from cultural and judicial biases, a healthy multiculturalism and then an outlook that considers the entire humanity as made of the same kind, not in compartments, not as targets of bombs and not as docile followers.Then we will have arrived.So go Arnold, win and then clear the brush for the rest of us.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Commonwealth Games Jitters

first_imgIndian organizers are tangling with Commonwealth Games officials who are getting jittery over preparations for the October 2010 games. Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper commented that to say that Delhi is unprepared “is the understatement of the year.”   Local organizing committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi fired back to demand that Hooper be recalled from Delhi, claiming he was “of no use” and had been an “impediment to functioning.”Hooper insists he is staying and now India’s sports minister M.S. Gill has intervened, saying, “Whatever has happened is not right and shouldn’t have happened.”India is hoping that the Commonwealth Games, which feature 71 nations and territories of the former British Empire, will bolster its international prestige, perhaps positioning it for a claim to the Olympics in the future. But the pace of progress has been slow and there is widespread media speculation that the largest athletic event India has ever hosted could turn out to be an embarrassing debacle. Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Orwellian School of Wharton

first_imgThe University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton India Economic Forum recently revoked an invitation to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to deliver a video-speech on March 23 after three Indian American professors mobilized campus and online protests.Several Indian activists have long accused Modi of complicity in the deadly Godhra communal riots of 2002 and overseas Indian groups have frequently rallied in opposition to his planned visits and speeches in the United States. He was denied entry in 2005 by the U.S. State Department for violating religious freedoms and remains person non granta, although he has spoken via videoconference to Indian trade groups from time to time.The United States has a long and ignominious history of suppressing leftist scholars, activists and artists, for which it has been frequently excoriated by international human rights groups. So, when progressive Indian groups seek to censor Modi by invoking those same discredited immigration laws and by intimidating the University of Pennsylvania, it is particularly odious and perverse. Censorship of political speech, no matter how objectionable its content or repulsive the messenger, is always reprehensible.We are no fans of Modi. Indeed, we believe he needs to be publicly grilled about his government’s failures and possible personal complicity in the Godhra massacres and the economic and political indignities Muslims still experience in his “vibrant” state.Toorjo Ghosh, an assistant professor at UPenn’s school of social policy, who mobilized the campaign with Ania Loomba and Suvir Kaul, two colleagues from the English department, was quoted in the media as saying: “The model that Narendra Modi has put forward is seriously flawed and is based on some extremely egregious flouting of human rights.” The petitioners complained that they found it “incomprehensible” that the Wharton students forum “wishes to celebrate [him] as an exemplar of economic and social development” or “endorse ideas about economic development that are based on the systematic oppression of minority populations” and help “whitewash Modi’s grim record and to grant him respectability.”They advocate “conscientious and efficacious modes of economic organization, not to piggy-back onto the inhuman policies of politicians who not only lack a commitment to human rights and to ideals of social justice, but whose political success is based on the suppression of substantial sections of their own citizens.”These are ringing words and exemplary goals. We wonder why these three astute advocates of democracy and their supporters feel so intellectually unequipped to engage Modi, who recently was reelected in a landslide, in an open public debate on these questions at a forum on their own territory.In a disingenuous “official statement,” the organizing committee asserted that it seeks “to present multiple opinions and ideas to our audiences and supporters across the world and constructively contribute to the intellectual milieu,” clarifying that “we do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology.” All of that logically should prod them to welcome controversial ideas and speakers. But in UPenn’s Orwellian world, these students are as hapless as the ignorant faculty that seemingly tutor them, and so “must consider the impact on multiple stakeholders in our ecosystem.”Let’s get to the doublespeak, shall we: “Our team felt that the potential polarizing reactions from sub-segments of the alumni base, student body, and our supporters, might put Mr. Modi in a compromising position, which we would like to avoid….”The censorship of Modi by Wharton is borne of the same loom of intolerance his opponents inveigh against. Nothing, as they say, so resembles the North Pole as the South Pole. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indians in the Virgin Islands Pick Up the Pieces

first_imgNo Indians were injured or killed in the two Category 5 hurricanes that devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands this month, but several have lost their homes and virtually the entire island is crippled without power.Pash Daswani, president of the India Association of the Virgin Islands, said: “Although there were other fatalities on the island, no Indian perished. We were very blessed.”The 133-square-mile island was walloped by Hurricane Irma on Sept 7 and two weeks later by Hurricane Maria, killing three people. Nearly 30 people were killed in the Caribbean during the two hurricanes.Flooded streets in the Virgin Islands.Homes Open to the OceanDaswani said Irma was more destructive for the infrastructure of the islands, but Maria brought down whatever remained. The hospitals on St Thomas and St Croix, the most populated islands, were paralyzed and will likely have to be torn down, according to the Gov Kenneth E Mapp. The island, which is home to 103,000 residents, relies on ports 40 miles east in Puerto Rico, which is itself a disaster zone, for most supplies. The Virgin Islands are running dangerously low on fuel, food supplies and water and officials are warning of an impending catastrophe.Many Indians lost their homes, Daswani said, with roofs and in some homes the entire side walls ripped off. “There are no sides to their houses,” he said, “They are looking at the ocean or the sky.”Daswani, who has lived on the island for 35 years where he owns a jewelry store, said the airport has been crippled. His 22-year-old son has cerebral palsy and the family caught a charter flight almost a week after Hurricane Irma to Florida. Since major hospital services are out of operation, the government is evacuating at-risk patients to the mainland.Many Indians in the Virgin Islands own retail jewelry, souvenir and tourist shops to service visitors, the vast majority of whom arrive on cruise ships. But with air and sea transport cut off, it will be months before the Virgin Islands see tourists again. Although many cruise lines have announced that they will not be making port calls for the rest of this year, Gov. Mapp is hopeful that they will begin operating to the island “probably by the third week in October,” joking that “part of the new excursion is to see the disaster.”“Trust me,” he told business community members jittery over the impact of tourism, the linchpin of the island’s economy, at a public meeting on Sept. 26, “the hurricane disaster will become folks’ experience.”A majority of Indian stores are located on Main Street and Havensight Mall in St Thomas, which currently have power, Daswani said, but most homes remain cut off from electricity or water supply. Cell and communications services are spotty on the island.The airport in St Thomas, Virgin Islands, has been crippled. Photos: Courtesy Pash DaswaniD. V. Singh, consul for community affairs at the Consulate General of India in Atlanta, said: “We have set up a 24/7 helpline. We are in regular touch with the community associations and leadership in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands and we are ready to provide all possible help to all Indian citizens and even PIOs.”He added that Indians in the islands are “safe and sound” and thus far the consulate had not received any requests for assistance.The Virgin Islands are home to an estimated 1,000 Indians. Daswani said that nearly 600 of them, or about 200 families, are members of the association, which is assisting people “regardless of whether they are members, because in times like this we need to help everyone who needs help.”He is hopeful that after Pres Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration for the U.S. Virgin Islands authorizing federal assistance, more U.S. troops and relief will be heading to the islands. “Even though the federal government, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance), NYPD (New York Police Department) are all down there, I can tell you, recovery is going to take not months, but years,” he warns.See also, Indians in Puerto Rico “safe and sound.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Navy to escort MV Suez to safety

first_imgSomali pirates had released MV Suez after a huge ransom was paid.The Indian Navy has finally reached the Gulf of Aden to escort the MV Suez to safety. The ship was until now being escorted by warships of European navies and a Pakistani ship.The INS Godavari will now help the ship reach the Oman port. The MV Suez had developed a technical snag in its engine.Speaking exclusivley to Headlines Today, ship’s commander Captain Sayyed Wasi said the ship’s boiler was leaking and due to the technical glitch, it might take another 36 hours to reach Oman.Wasi says they might also have to abandon the ship if the situation worsens. He said that the crew is surviving on the supplies given by Pakistan naval ship Babur.Somali pirates had released MV Suez and its crew after a 2.1 million dollar ransom was paid.The pirates had taken the crew members hostage after capturing the ship last year.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Victory is destiny for the new breed

first_imgShooting events in London will see a record 108 countries participating, with a total of 390 participants. We are in for a very tough competition this time.A new aggressive breed of Indian sportspersons is at work in London, making me eager to see them perform at their best.Thanks to the gutsy display of Rajyavardhan Rathore on a windy day at the Athens Olympics, followed by the golden feat of Abhinav Bindra in Beijing, we have turned a corner in terms of attitude. No longer do our shooters lack self belief; now, to them, victory is their right and destiny!On August 2, Mr Consistent Ronjan Sodhi will have his hands full trying to justify his top billing. It’s quite an unenviable position to be in, and I hope it does not add to the pressure of shooting.The others – Sanjeev Rajput, Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh, Vijay Kumar, Joydeep Karmakar and young Rahi Sarnobat – are very capable of springing a few surprises.Shagun Chowdhary has a very good chance as, in a limited field of 18 shooters, a good day can prove crucial.But my personal pick has got to be Manavjit Sandhu, not just because we shoot the same event. He has two Olympics under his belt, loads of experience, and has trained very well for these Games. Being a former world champion will also help.I was recently asked what is special about the Olympics. Having participated in four Games, I can still never forget my first, when I was just 18. I was scheduled to be the first shooter on the very first day of Los Angeles 1984. To call myself ‘nervous’ would be an understatement.advertisementWhen I called the first target, it did not arrive, and after a check of the range machinery, it was found that rats had chewed the cables overnight. My agonising wait lasted another two hours before, thankfully, I fired my first shot at an Olympic target.Such things happen everywhere, but at the Olympics, they are unforgettable. The last one in Beijing turned out to be a heartbreaker as I narrowly missed the finals, which is the greatest regret of my 29-year career.What makes the Olympics special, first of all, is the Games Village, with its buzz and energy. The stories that outsiders hear are not always false. To be in an environment with the elite sportspersons of the world, and with a chance of the odd encounter with a superstar, can be a motivational and uplifting experience.Secondly, it is the rivalries within the competition. A Phelps vs Lochte matchup at the pool will be eagerly awaited, as will an Abhinav-Gagan Narang shoot-off in the 10m air rifle.The only worry I have is the lacklustre performances of the selected shooters in this year’s World Cups. Barring a few finals appearances, no medals were won, although some of their training scores have lately shown an upward curve, which is good news. Let’s hope their coaches have made a plan to have them peak at the right time.I wish them good luck and hope they make each shot count.last_img read more

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SEE PICS: Salman Khan and dad Salim wish Eid in Sultan style

first_imgEid in India is incomplete without Salman Khan. That’s why, when he decided to show up in the balcony of his apartment at Bandra on Thursday (July 7) night, his fans were obviously elated.The occasion of Eid al-Fitr has become synonymous with the 50-year-old actor ever since he released Wanted in 2009. That film along with 2010’s Dabangg, also released on Eid, pushed Salman into superstardom once again, after his films throughout the early 2000s kept flopping.ALSO READ: Sultan Movie ReviewALSO READ: Salman Khan’s Sultan is a hurricane at the box officeALSO READ: Sonakshi Sinha not starring in Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3 because of bad blood? This year, Salman Khan’s Eid release was Sultan. Audiences across the country, young and old, thronged to the theatres to see the Bajrangi Bhaijaan star sweat it out in the mud as Haryanvi wrestler Sultan Ali Khan. The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial is a “cocktail of sportsmanship, drama, romance, patriotism” and all the factors put together, along with bhai’s presence itself, are clearly making it work at the box office. In fact, the wrestling-based sports drama grossed Rs. 36.54 crore on its day of release (July 6), making it the film with the biggest opening day gross of 2016.Salim Khan and Salman Khan wishing fans Eid Mubarak (Photo: Yogen Shah)  As Salman Khan showed up in the balcony to wish his fans Eid Mubarak, he was accompanied by his father Salim Khan. The veteran screenwriter (one half of the Salim-Javed duo) has always stood behind his son in times of trouble. Recently, when Salman got into trouble for comparing his strenous shooting experience at the Sultan sets to the condition of a raped woman, the 70-year-old writer of Sholay and Deewaar publicly apologised to everyone on Twitter.advertisementSalman Khan with bodyguard Shera behind him (Photo: Yogen Shah) And like always, bhai’s trusted bodyguard Shera was always around, standing quietly behind him.Catch Salman Khan in Sultan co-starring Anushka Sharma and Randeep Hooda, running in theatres worldwide.last_img read more

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BIZ-TATAMOTORS-HARRIER

first_imgTata Motors’ new SUV to be called ‘Harrier’; launch in Q1 2019Mumbai, Jul 11 (PTI) Tata Motors today said itsmuch-awaited compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) will becalled ‘Harrier’, which is being developed in collaborationwith its marque British arm Jaguar Land Rover.This five-seater monocoque SUV is engineered on thenew generation platform and was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2018as the H5X concept. The commercial launch will take place inthe first quarter of 2019.The Harrier sports sleek looks and dynamism, andoffers “a glimpse of the future generation of Tata Motorsvehicles in terms of styling, technology and performancecapabilities,” the company said in a statement.The Harrier is the first vehicle to sport the ‘Impactdesign 2.0’ philosophy and offers future ready connectivityand best-in-class infotainment.Driven by the success of its first compact SUV, Nexon,and also new cars like the sedan Tigor and the compact carTiago, Tata Motors has made a strong comeback since its lows.In the market share sweepstake in June, it pushed downMahindra to become the No. 3 automaker. Last year itself, TataMotor had overtaken Honda Cars to become the No. 4 player.”Its architecture is derived from the legendary LandRover D8 architecture and is adapted to suit the Indianconditions by Tata Motors engineers,” the release said.Christening the much-anticipated SUV, Mayank Pareek,president for passenger vehicle business unit at Tata Motors,said, “With Turnaround 2.0 into play, we are geared to winsustainably in the market. We are proudly speeding towards ournext market introduction ‘Tata Harrier’ that will take ourbrand value to the next level.advertisement”We are preparing for commercial launch in the firstquarter of 2019,” he said. PTI BEN SSSS SS SSlast_img read more

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Tottenham enter Champions League semis despite 3-4 defeat at Manchester City

first_imgAfter an astonishing encounter at the Etihad Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on away goals following a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday.Spurs, who won the first leg 1-0 and progressed after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate, will play Ajax Amsterdam for a place in the final against Liverpool or Barcelona after one of the most remarkable matches in the competition’s history.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino predicted the meeting with the exciting and young Dutch side would be an “open and exciting game” but it will take something for it to offer more entertainment than this non-stop wave of drama and emotions.It started in manic fashion with four goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game. It was a gripping spectacle right up until the dramatic finale when City had a stoppage time goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.City fans had celebrated what looked like the goal that sent them into the last four before the replay confirmed that Sergio Aguero was offside in the build-up.It was a perfect example of the benefits of using technology but it was also hard on Pep Guardiola’s side who had been the stronger over the 90 minutes.”It is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it,” said Guardiola, whose dream of winning four titles this season is now over.His counterpart, Pochettino, who was without his top scorer Harry Kane, said his team had shown all their character.advertisement”My players are heroes. We made history,” said the Argentine, whose team reach the last four for the first time since the creation of the Champions League and since their 1962 appearance in the semi-finals of the European Cup.The contest exploded into life in the fourth minute when Sterling put City in front, receiving a ball from Kevin De Bruyne on the left flank and then cutting inside onto his right foot before beating Hugo Lloris with a beautiful, curling shot into the far corner.A disguised reverse pass that gives De Bruyne the space to set up SterlingSkill of the Day: @BernardoCSilva #UCL | @Mastercard pic.twitter.com/yjLTmw35VKUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 17, 2019Three minutes later though, Spurs drew level when City’s French defender Aymeric Laporte’s attempted clearance fell straight at the feet of Son Heung-min whose low shot flew in off the leg of City keeper Ederson.Laporte was also at fault for Spurs’ second in the 10th minute when he gifted the ball to Lucas Moura, the Brazilian feeding Christian Eriksen who found Son, the brilliant South Korean finishing superbly into the far corner.STRUCK AGAINThere was no respite as City responded immediately as Aguero fed Bernardo Silva and the Portuguese winger’s left-foot shot deflected off Danny Rose and beat the wrong-footed Lloris to make it 2-2 on the night.AGÜEROOOOOOOOOOO!!!#UCL pic.twitter.com/kKFih5HS6IUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 17, 2019The dangerous Sterling struck again in the 21st minute to level the aggregate score, ghosting in at the back post to convert a low cross from De Bruyne that had zipped across the face of the goal.A thundering strike from Aguero in the 59th minute put City in the driving seat again the Argentine blasting in at Lloris’s near post after a magnificent burst forward and perfectly weighted and timed pass from De Bruyne.City, who went out at the same stage to Liverpool last season, were stunned though in the 73rd minute when Spurs substitute Fernando Llorente bundled in a Kieran Trippier corner to restore the London club’s advantage through away goals.Tottenham = semi-finalists for the 1st time since 1961/62 #UCL pic.twitter.com/APzKVcZhtdUEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 17, 2019With officials unsure if the ball had bounced off the Spaniard’s hand or rolled off his hip in the goalmouth scramble, VAR was called into action and the goal stood for Spurs a decision Guardiola questioned after the game.Then came the stoppage time video torture for the home support Aguero burst down the right flank and delivered a low cross for Sterling to slot home what would have been his hat-trick goal.The VAR call was correct and the Premier League champions were out to the delight of Pochettino and his players who celebrated wildly in front of the travelling Spurs support.”They deserve a lot of praise. I am so happy because the effort is massive from the squad who have lived with everything. If we have one thing to describe this team, we always keep the same spirit, ideas and philosophy and that is the most important thing,” Pochettino said.advertisementNow the pair will meet again on Saturday at the same venue in the Premier League, with plenty at stake for both teams.It should be another classic but it is hard to see how it could be quite as engrossing as this one.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Have nothing personal against Gautam Gambhir: Shahid Afridi

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi claimed that he was unaware of his real age when he appeared for national under-14 trials and it led to all the “mess” and “misunderstanding” on the issue.Afridi, known for his power-hitting, has revealed that he was actually 19 years old (21, going by his autobiography ‘Game Changer’) when he produced a 37-ball 100 in Nairobi in 1996-97 and not 16 as has been recorded officially.Afridi said he has no regrets of talking about his age in his just-released autobiography and also clarified that the first edition carried the wrong year of his birth.Afridi clarifies confusion surround his age”The reason for my age being messed up in the records is that when I first appeared for the under-14 trials I myself really did not know my exact age. So when the selectors asked me about my age and details I said what others told me to do. That age was officially recorded in the cricket board records and thus the misunderstanding,” Afridi told a Pakistani TV channel.”I have no regrets because the record for scoring the fastest one-day hundred was mine since 1996 regardless of what my age was recorded,” he said on the channel.The former skipper, whose book has caused quite a stir, said he was born in a village in Mardan where there was no practice of recording date of birth or having official birth certificate.”When my family moved to Karachi, I just knew the date and month of my birth and not the exact year that is why my age was erroneously recorded in the under-14 trials.”advertisementAfridi made it clear that he had clarified the year of his birth as 1977 and not 1975 as published in his book.”It was a mistake by the publishers and copy editors. In the second edition of the book, the correction has been made,” he said.He also admitted some factual errors had appeared in the book which would be corrected in the second edition.Have nothing personal against Gambhir: AfridiHe also spoke about the comments he made about Indian batsman, Gautam Gambhir in the book that led to a war of words between them on twitter.”I just want to say when we had that fight in the match it was a mistake by both of us. We realised that later. I have nothing personal against Gambhir. In fact, I have some good friends in the Indian team and I get along with them well off the field. Even if I meet Gambhir somewhere, I will greet him normally as I have nothing in my heart against him.”Afridi made it clear he had enjoyed the most playing his cricket in India.”I have enjoyed each and every tour of India because of the love and affection I and other Pakistani players have got always there. I admire Indian cricket because of the way the sport is run there and how the money they earn is invested back into the game and players.”I still believe that cricket is one way to reduce tensions between the two countries and we should have regular bilateral matches. Because when we tour each other’s countries there will be more people to people contact and misunderstandings will be lessened.He recalled how in 2004 when the Indian team toured Pakistan, Pakistani people had shown respect, love and hospitality to all the Indian players, officials, people and government dignitaries who came to watch the matches.”It was a fantastic atmosphere and I believe we must do it again. Pakistan and Indian people love their players and want to see bilateral matches.”Sachin, Kohli and Dhoni Afridi’s favouritesHe also made it clear that Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among his favourite players but he could include only Kohli in his all-time World Cup team because he could only pick 12 players.”Sachin and Dhoni are greats and they have achieved a lot for Indian cricket. I picked Kohli because he just looks so majestic and beautiful to watch while batting.”He also clarified his comments about some Pakistani former greats in his book.”There is no doubt in my mind that I have lot of respect for Javed (Miandad) bhai, Waqar Younis and others always. The incidents I have narrated in my book is about what happened on and off. But it does not mean I don’t respect them or try to belittle their achievements for Pakistan cricket. Overall, I always respected my seniors and it remains that way,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | Afridi reacts to Gambhir’s psychiatrist comment, says he has mental problemAlso See:last_img read more

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Lancement du site Web remanié de lAssemblée législative de la NouvelleÉcosse

first_imgL’Assemblée législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse a un nouveau site Web plus facile à consulter. Avec ce site Web remanié que nous lançons aujourd’hui, 13 décembre, nous voulons améliorer et étendre l’accès aux informations sur l’Assemblée législative et le travail de ses membres. « Le site Web est un outil précieux pour communiquer avec le public et l’instruire sur les différentes fonctions, procédures, traditions et personnes qui constituent la branche législative du gouvernement, a déclaré Kevin Murphy, le président de l’Assemblée législative. Ce nouveau site Web présente une fonctionnalité et une facilité de consultation accrues pour les utilisateurs et nous aide à respecter notre engagement d’être un gouvernement transparent et responsable. » Le site Web, à nslegislature.ca/fr, est de conception souple. Il héberge les lois et les projets de loi et il offre un accès rapide aux principales tâches. Les utilisateurs auront une expérience sur mesure avec l’appareil de leur choix. La première version du site Web de l’Assemblée législative avait été lancée en 1995. La Nouvelle-Écosse avait été l’une des premières provinces canadiennes à avoir une présence en ligne. De plus, l’Assemblée législative a été la première province à adopter Twitter. Elle a récemment élargi sa présence officielle sur les médias sociaux que sont YouTube et Facebook. Le lancement du site Web coïncide avec l’anniversaire de naissance de Joseph Howe, qui fut journaliste, politicien et fonctionnaire. Joseph Howe fut le champion de l’accès à l’information. Il consacra sa carrière politique à promouvoir le bien public. Selon M. Murphy, le nouveau site Web fait fond sur l’histoire de la Nouvelle-Écosse en tant qu’autorité législative de « premières », toutes pour le bien public. Le nouveau site Web a une version en français et une version en anglais.last_img read more

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Illegal parking a hindrance for conservancy workers

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday asked the Kolkata Police officials to take steps to curb illegal parking which is acting as a deterrent to conservancy under Borough VIII of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. A number of councillors under Borough VIII that comprises parts of Bhowanipore and Kalighat area in South Kolkata expressed concern over the parking issue and requested the Mayor to take it up on a priority basis.According to sources, residents of wards 72, 70, 90 and 85 suffer most because of this problem. Pool cars, app cabs, taxis are found parked here and there in these wards in such a manner that conservancy workers are denied the entry space to clean up the roadside. The roads that bear the brunt of the parking menace include Sadananda Road, Rajsekhar Basu Sarani, Chakraberia Road, Harish Mukherjee Road, Kalighat Road, Shyamananda Road and Chakraberia South. Some house owners also park their cars on the road space in front of their houses creating problems for the conservancy workers. “The Mayor had asked the borough executive engineer to take up the matter with Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Kolkata Police to ensure that no vehicles are parked in a way that affects conservancy work. House owners should also be asked to remove their vehicles for conservancy work for at least three to four hours in the morning,” a senior KMC official present in the meeting said. Councillors in the area often take drives along with Kolkata Police to assist necessary conservancy work.last_img read more

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Vikram Solar commissions eastern Indias largest rooftop solar project in WB

first_imgNew Delhi: Clean energy solution provider Vikram Solar on Monday said it has commissioned eastern India’s largest single-shed rooftop solar project for Keventer Agro at Nilganj, West Bengal. The 2.15 MW project was awarded to Vikram Solar by Keventer Agro Ltd, a company statement said. The shed top solar plant has been built to increase the capacity of Keventer’s food processing plant as well as to leave a green footprint by using non-conventional energy at the Barasat plant, the statement added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The project is spread across 250m x 70m and 6,240 high efficiency 345 Wp monocrystalline modules and 18 ABB inverters were used to ensure performance of the energy system. The project is expected to have 2.835 million unit energy yield and will offset 2,647 metric tonne CO2 annually. “We are glad to share that Vikram Solar’s focus towards innovation, quality, and performance has helped us to successfully commission this project. We are hopeful that Keventer Agro will undertake more solar and other environment friendly projects in the future. As an organization, we look forward to participating in more such innovative projects in West Bengal and the country at large,” Kuldeep Kumar Jain, BU Head- EPC, Vikram Solar, said in the statement. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Keventer Agro CEO Saurabh Jajodia said, “Given the quality of execution and after-sales customer service accorded by them, they will be paramount in our decision-making for all similar ventures in the future”. Vikram Solar currently has a rooftop portfolio of 70 MW (commissioned + under execution) and has delivered green energy solutions to government entities such as – ISRO, IOCL, SBI, WBSEDCL, and AAI. The client list in private sector includes – SL Group, Century Ply, KBL, and Anmol Biscuits, etc.last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Speak At Clinton Health Matters Initiatives Northeast Florida Progress

first_imgOn Friday, November 20, President Bill Clinton will provide keynote remarks during the Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action progress update of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation.In January 2013, CHMI, the PGA TOUR and THE PLAYERS Championship partnered to establish a community transformation region in the five county area of Northeast Florida. Since then, CHMI has been working diligently with community stakeholders and national partners to implement the “Bold Actions” Northeast Floridians co-created in the Blueprint for Action.CHMI believes that it is imperative to start at a local level when working to transform the health landscape in the United States. In CHMI’s six focus communities – Coachella Valley, Central Arkansas, Northeast Florida, Greater Houston, Adams County, Mississippi, and Knox County, Illinois – CHMI brings together local stakeholders from across sectors, sets local priorities, and creates a five-year plan to improve health indicators unique to each community. By working with strategic partners at the local level, CHMI will affect the lives of 8 million Americans with their goal of reducing health disparities and creating safer, healthier communities for generations to come.WHAT:Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s Northeast Florida Blueprint for Action Progress UpdateWHO:President Bill Clinton – Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United StatesTim Finchem – Commissioner, PGA TOURRain Henderson – CEO, Clinton Health Matters InitiativeWHEN:Friday, November 20, 2015Program: 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM ET, Preset: 1:15 PM ETWHERE:TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse110 Championship WayPonte Vedra Beach, FL 32082last_img read more

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Lack of pipelines refineries will lower Canadian quality of life analyst

first_imgGet ready to pay more at the pump over the next few days. Gas prices have started climbing over $1.30 a litre at stations across Calgary.A couple of cents may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but there are new warnings that everyone’s cost of living will keep going up if Canada doesn’t get some new pipelines and/or refineries.Gasbuddy.com’s Dan McTeague said delays with Line 3 and Line 5, pipelines into the US, are just a couple examples of the risk to Canada’s economy, but the cancellation of Energy East, Northern Gateway and for now, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, can also be added to the list.“If you don’t like $1.30 for a litre of gasoline, the sky’s the limit if you undermine Canada’s ability to export or refine its products,” he explained.He believes Canadians need to decide what their priorities are.“Do we want a sustainable, long-term future for Canada’s energy sector or do we not?” he asked. “Do we want affordable energy prices competitive with our neighbours to the south or not?”McTeague said the bottom line is environmentalists are putting the Canadian economy at risk, stating if Canadians want to hurt themselves, then continue to let the green elements of the country run the nation into the ground.“If you can’t build a pipeline, it’s unlikely you’re going to be building a refinery in an environment where the same groups who are protesting Canadian oil are also wanting to reduce Canadian emissions to 30 per cent below current standards,” he said, pointing out no one else in the world is close to that mark.McTeague added no other nation with resources like Canada has allowed themselves to be hemmed in by a small but determined group of people who are using the courts to undermine the energy sector.He said those who cheer for an end to the energy sector may want to consider how the country will pay for the social programs it funds or equalization programs that keep Canada together.“If we are prepared to compromise, or lessen that, we had better be prepared for a significant change in our standard of living and I think most of us would find that is not going to lead to prosperous future but a bleak outlook for Canada,” warned McTeague.last_img read more

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Parents headed to court in college admissions cheating scam

BOSTON — More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who are charged in the case, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.The admissions consultant at the centre of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.The Associated Press read more

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Survey US businesses add fewest jobs in 5 months

WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added 154,000 jobs in September, the slowest pace of hiring since April, a private survey found.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that manufacturers cut jobs for the eighth straight month and professional and business services, which includes high-paying jobs such as accountants and engineers, added the fewest jobs in five months.The modest job gain adds to other recent evidence that hiring is slowing after several years of strong increases. Businesses added 175,000 jobs in August, ADP’s report said, and 196,000 in July.Recent economic data has painted a mixed picture of the economy. Consumer spending slipped in August to its lowest level since March, yet consumer confidence has jumped to a nine-year high.U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, after contracting in August, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group. New orders and production jumped, but that survey also found that manufacturers are still cutting jobs.The ADP data cover only private businesses and often diverge from the official figures. Economists forecast that the government’s jobs report, to be released Friday, will show a gain of 175,000 jobs, according to data provider FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to remain 4.9 per cent.The government’s figures show that employers added an average of 229,000 jobs a month last year. Through the first eight months of this year, that has slowed to an average of 182,000. Still, gains at that pace are enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, which helps compile the ADP figures, says the slowdown has occurred mostly because the unemployment rate is low and employers have fewer people out of work to choose from.Zandi expects the monthly gains will continue to slow, however, until they match the growth of the adult population, which is about 85,000 a month.The Federal Reserve is closely monitoring the job market as it considers whether to raise the short-term interest rate it controls for the first time this year. The job gains are healthy enough to justify a rate increase in December, Zandi said. In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, photo, a Smolak Farms employee prepares donuts, in North Andover, Mass. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, payroll processor ADP reports how many jobs private employers added in September. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 5, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Oct 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: US businesses add fewest jobs in 5 months read more

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Canada institutes new measures in processing permanent resident applications for Cbean

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump will allow immigrants to obtain citizenship through military serviceApril 4, 2017In “latest news”New citizens start lives in Canada as country seeks immigrantsJune 22, 2017In “World”Govt moving to expand passport services to Berbice, Essequibo – FelixAugust 19, 2016In “Essequibo” OTTAWA, Canada (CMC) — The Canadian immigration agency – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has instituted new measures in processing permanent resident applications for Caribbean and other immigrants.“We know that applying to immigrate to Canada is a life changing event, and we understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for some permanent resident clients,” said IRCC in a statement.“Now, clients will have a more accurate idea of how long processing of their immigration application may take for several permanent resident business lines,” it added.On July 31, IRCC said it began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications.It said the processing times are projected, “and tell applicants how long we expect most applications to take under normal circumstances if submitted today.”With this change in effect, IRCC said it is able to better estimate how long some new permanent residence applications will take, based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year under the multi-year immigration levels plan.Over the past few years, IRCC said it has made “significant progress in reducing processing times and inventories across many permanent resident categories, all the while meeting the ever-increasing demand for visitor visas, and work and study permits.”IRCC said this client service improvement was made possible by the multi-year increase in immigration levels, “which allowed for advance planning, along with implementing intake controls in some categories and using innovative new processes in our offices in Canada and abroad.”Previously, IRCC said all permanent residence application processing times were only historical and showed how long it took to process 80 percent of applications in the past year.“While these historical times are accurate for most applications that are currently being processed, we anticipate that the new method for projecting processing times will provide more accurate estimates for clients,” IRCC said.It said it continues to move towards an “increasingly integrated and modernized working environment to more efficiently process immigration applications, provide the greatest value for money for taxpayers, and improve service to clients.“We are carefully monitoring processing times and will make further changes to other lines of business if deemed necessary,” it added.Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said improving the service experience of IRCC clients has been “a significant point of focus for my department in recent years.“This update is an important one to ensure our immigration processing times are as accurate as possible and to help clients better prepare to move to Canada if their application is approved,” he said. read more

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Column The success or failure of the UKs economic strategy matters greatly

first_imgBUDGET DAY IN the United Kingdom falls in spring, but there are few signs of green shoots in the British economy. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver his fourth annual budget speech today. The package of measures which he presents will be subject to a four-day debate in the House of Commons before coming into effect in April 2013, the start of the UK’s fiscal year.One thing that can be predicted with certainty is that Osborne will be hoping for a less unpopular budget than 2012, which was memorably labelled ‘an omnishambles budget’ by the opposition.Attempting to reduce the deficitWhen the Coalition Government was elected in 2010, Osborne set out an ambitious programme to eliminate the UK’s structural deficit by 2015 and thereby stem the increase in public debt as a proportion of GDP. He has reduced the deficit, although much more slowly than originally planned, by cutting back on public spending, eliminating tens of thousands of public sector jobs, reducing welfare benefits, and increasing taxes.However, this has not resulted in the planned reduction in public debt, which is in fact on the rise after two years without economic growth. Less tax revenue than expected, combined with rising social welfare payments, forced Osborne in December 2012 to extend the 2015 target and to prolong austerity measures until 2018.This week’s budget speech follows a long winter of bad news, which has reignited the austerity versus growth debate in the UK. In February, Moody’s became the first ratings agency to strip the UK of its prized triple-A investment grade. This was a political blow for Osborne, who had consistently stressed the importance of retaining the AAA rating. The UK economy experienced negative growth in the final quarter of 2012.If the economy contracts again in the first quarter of 2013, which is certainly possible, this would officially mark a return to recession for the third time in four years. The prospect of a triple-dip recession, which would be unprecedented for the UK, puts an enormous amount of pressure on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to get the economy moving.Balancing act by OsborneThe pressure on Osborne is coming from all sides. Some Conservative backbenchers advocate a “slash and burn” approach of radically cutting public spending  while reducing tax rates to boost consumer confidence. Business Secretary, Vince Cable, of the Liberal Democrat party, has on the contrary called for increased public spending in order to inject capital into sectors of the economy that need a boost, like construction.The opposition Labour Party Finance Spokesman, Ed Balls, proposed an emergency tax cut in order to increase consumer spending power and kick-start economic growth. Osborne is unlikely to back either a spending splurge or an emergency tax cut because both measures would be expensive and would require the government to borrow money, thereby hampering its primary objective of reducing the UK’s deficit.In the run up to the budget, Osborne has insisted that he will stick with his “Plan A” and he has been strongly backed by Prime Minister Cameron.Increasing competitivenessSo there will probably be few surprises in this week’s budget speech. Many of the tax measures set to take effect in 2013 have, in fact, already been announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s 2012 Autumn Statement. The headline rate of corporate tax will fall from 24 per cent to 23 per cent on 1 April 2013. Next year, it will be reduced to 21 per cent.Increasing the competitiveness of the UK tax system has been a major commitment of the Coalition Government. It is, therefore, not impossible that Osborne will announce yet another future reduction in the corporate tax rate (to perhaps 20 per cent) in this budget, or later in the year.Other tax incentives targeted at research and development and the creative sector are already due to come into effect this year. For example, the Patent Box tax regime, which applies a corporate tax of 10 per cent to profits arising from new patents, will come into effect on 1 April 2013. This measure is designed to attract innovative businesses that provide high-value jobs in researching, developing and manufacturing new technologies.What does this all mean for Ireland?The impact of Osborne’s policies on Ireland is two-fold. Firstly, the Coalition Government’s commitment to making the UK the most competitive tax regime in the G20 is a worrying development for Ireland. Making Britain “Open for Business” and attracting overseas investment is Osborne’s approach to stimulating the economy.However, as well as being a crucial trading partner, the UK is Ireland’s biggest rival for attracting foreign direct investment. A lower corporate tax rate in the UK combined with very generous incentives for research and development could fundamentally shift the competitiveness equation between Ireland and the UK.Secondly, a stagnant British economy is bad for Irish exporters. Ireland’s own economic recovery depends on demand from its trading partners. This problem looks set to be further confounded by a weakening of sterling, which has fallen in value because of the UK’s poor economic performance and the loss of its AAA rating.Repercussions in IrelandA weaker sterling makes it more difficult for Irish businesses to sell their goods in the UK. It could also deter British tourists from visiting Ireland, where they would get less value for their pound than at home. Britain is Ireland’s largest market for overseas visitors, so this would be a very negative development for the Irish tourism sector.The Irish economy is highly dependent on inward investment and overseas exports. A much more competitive British corporate tax regime combined with weaker UK demand for Irish exports present a two-fold challenge for Ireland.Mr Osborne’s Budget Speech this week may not produce any big surprises or any deviation from his “Plan A”, but the success or failure of his economic strategy matters a great deal on this side of the Irish Sea.James Kilcourse is a researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs. To read more articles by James for TheJournal.ie click here.Read: Nearly twice as many Irish travelled to UK for bankruptcy proceedings in 2012>Column: What would it mean for Ireland if the UK left Europe?>last_img read more

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