first_imgA day after the Supreme Court indicated that BSP chief Mayawati might have to repay the money spent on erecting statues and memorials in parts of Uttar Pradesh, the senior leader urged media to not “distort” the oral observation of the court.“Sure to get justice in this matter also. Media and BJP leaders please stop kite flying,” Ms. Mayawati said on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, Ms. Mayawati said marvellous memorials and parks “built to honour hitherto ignored great Sants, Gurus and great men born in deprived and oppressed Dalit and OBCs are new grand identity and tourist attraction of Uttar Pradesh which gives regular income to government.”“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the State exchequer,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi orally observed on Friday, while hearing a petition alleging that crores worth of public money was spent by then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on these acts of self-aggrandisement.last_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgKilling Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within,Killing Osama(Pakistan) armed Forces and ISI are to blame for the incident (“Terroristan: Pak trapped in a web of deceit,” May 16) and there should be an accountability process for them as well. the Accountability never weakens an organisation but it only helps to indicate the flaws and weaknesses within institutions. So one could say that it would only strengthen them.Anwer Abbas, Pakistan, via email I won’t be surprised if Osama has been captured alive, and is in the custody of the Americans. Only time will reveal the truth.Ravi Bedi, via email Imperialists have been after Pakistan for some time. They know (and we also know) very well that their ends cannot be achieved unless they weaken our strong, brave armed forces and isi. They have overcome our democratic set up, they have weakened us economically and they have divided us ethnically. This time- and perhaps this is the final chapter-they managed to land a final blow to the very existence of isi and the Pakistani armed forces.Nadeem Choudhry, Pakistan, via email The more America piles up lie after lie in the media, itself confused about how to respond to the challenges from different sections of the world, the crime of 9/11 gets more and more fuzzy, raising doubts about whether it was not an inside job, most audaciously imposed on Osama, al Qaeda and the rest of the Muslim world.Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai Most leaders lead from the front, by example. The al Qaeda may have thought that their ascetic leader, Osama bin Laden, was running between caves, dodging drone attacks, braving bullets for their cause; in reality, he was well insulated from their mountainous tribulations. The rank and file of the al Qaeda must be dejected, now that they have a clear picture of the lifestyle of their leader over the past five-six years in Pakistan.Raju Aneja, Dubaiadvertisement Domestic travelInstead of travelling to Dubai or other international cities (“Hi, Dubai,” May 16) our high-flying politicians should visit places in India itself and promote tourism in our country, as well as boost the economy.R.K. Singh, DelhiSmart ChangeK.V. Kamath, with his vast experience, will be an able chairman of Infosys (“Infy Starts a New Chapter,” May 16). Though he may not deal much with operations, he will be an asset.Ravi Singh, via www.intoday.inSports Sans PoliticsApropos “Keep politicians out of sports”, May 16, finally someone of Kapil Dev’s stature has rightly observed the drawbacks in our sports administration. The standards of Indian sports could have been much higher if it was free of political influence. These politicians know nothing about sports, yet are put at the helm of sports affairs resulting in pathetic standards.Lt Col (Retd) Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Politicians should be kept out of sports. Every important sports federation has a politician at its head. Only when we change the system will the sporting culture in our country improve.H. Hamid, via www.intoday.in Politicians have too much control over things that are important in our country. How would they feel if Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be the prime minister or Vijender Singh wanted to be chief minister of Haryana? It’s high time the system is changed.S.N. Pathak, New Delhi Control Price HikeIt looks like there is a need for another mass uprising under Anna Hazare to draw the Government’s attention to the phenomenal rise in the price of jowar, which is a staple food for the poorer sections of Maharashtra (“After Onions, it’s Jowar”, May 16). Government should take corrective measures to control the price of Jowar immediately.Ranjit Sinha, Kolkata Whenever there is a hike in prices of essential commodities, it is the common man who suffers. Politicians, who make all sorts of promises during elections, should be hauled up for the hardship that people have to endure.Subhash Arora, Delhi End of an Era”Just not my type”, May 16, touched just the right key of my heart. The article and the typewriter are just my type. I read india today for articles like this, which portray the common man’s struggle to eke out a living, rather than the Osamas and Obamas. Like all good things, the good old days of typewriters have come to an end. Let’s hope future generations get to see some well-preserved typewriters in museums.Bhushan Jindal, Jalandhar Forced conversionsYour article (“Freelancers of God”, May 9) establishes a direct relation between the foreign funds pouring into the country and the rate of conversions. Hindus, Muslims and mainstream Christians must unite to throw these “poachers” and “business” evangelists out of the country and stop their flow of funds.Atul Marathe, via emailadvertisementNo hope for Air IndiaThe present set-up does not raise any hope for this company (“Sell Air India while there is still a buyer,” May 16). The people running (read many in management and Board) the organisation have no business being there. Most of them are either openly corrupt, or are involved in it indirectly through their cohorts.Parvat Nanda, via email The recent pilots’ strike has once again brought into focus the state of our public sector enterprises. An Air India board member has suggested the patient is already suffering from cancer. With cancer only surgery works, not homeopathy or aruyveda. It may even be better to shut down the airline during the time it takes for such a surgical solution rather than incur a loss of Rs 57 crore every day. Dr Rajiv Kumar, Delhilast_img read more

first_imgLondon: Liverpool’s sizzling start to the Premier League season has left their title rivals breathless and the red-hot leaders are expected to maintain their perfect record against Newcastle on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second placed Manchester City. The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season. Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos told the Daily Mail. “They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again. “I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.” That glowing testimony underlines the size of the task facing City as they try to stop Liverpool winning their first English crown since 1990. City may have won the last two Premier League titles in scintillating fashion, but Liverpool look better than ever this term and Newcastle are unlikely to halt their progress at Anfield this weekend.last_img read more

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed his delight with the competition for places in the club’s midfield position.The Scottish Premiership champions who’ve lost a captain and central midfielder, Scott Brown to injury have been impressive over the last few games.Callum McGregor’s success in the deep-lying playmaker role, coupled with the emergence of Ryan Christie and re-emergence of Scott Sinclair, has provided the Celtic with a balance and propulsion that is allowing them to produce their invincible treble season of two campaigns ago.Speaking about Scott Brown’s potential return to the starting lineup once he returns from injury and the competition the former Scotland international might face, Rodgers said, according to Scotsman:“We want all the boys back,” said the Irishman.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“But it’s what you want as a coach from the guys who have come into the team. Scott Sinclair looks back to his level, and Ryan [Christie] coming in has been like signing a new player, so it’s brilliant.”Talking about keeping his player’s motivated, the former Liverpool boss said:“That’s your job as manager and coach, to provide a stimulus for players to keep having the hunger.”“Part of that was to bring players in, we wanted to do that but it didn’t happen. Because you can be as good a coach as you want, but sometimes the best stimulus for players is competition. However that’s OK – let’s keep working to how we want to play, and as you saw against Leipzig, they’ve been fantastic.”last_img read more

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that the injury suffered by Gary Mackay-Steven is not severe after a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata.The winger was stretched off during Aberdeen Scottish Cup final loss to Celtic on Sunday, but his manager revealed he has suffered no major damage.“I saw his family down at the dugout and there was an obvious concern there,” McInnes said, according to The National. “I was told he was unconscious and there was an urgency to get medics onto the park.”“Thankfully he’s sitting up in hospital, getting his tests down and it will be hopefully a straightforward concussion. Obviously, he misses the next game but I’m gutted for Gary because he was so looking forward to the opportunity to shine and has been in good form for us.”ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.Meanwhile, McInnes also admitted he is unhappy with match referee Andrew Dallas, following his decision to award Celtic a penalty kick.“The penalty decision didn’t do us any real harm, but it wasn’t a penalty in the first place,” he said.“It was clearly outside the box. If we didn’t have a goalie like Joe Lewis it would have been 2-0 and far more difficult.”“I also felt there was another yellow card challenge from Ryan Christie when Dom Ball breaks. The ref said he played the ball when he clearly didn’t. You need a lot of things to go for you in a final and it might sound churlish but a couple of decisions were really harsh on my team today.”“I love Ryan Christie, but it was another yellow card and the referee was in a brilliant position to see that and I don’t understand how he can say he played the ball.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia beat PakistanReutersFormer Pakistani cricketer Sikander Bakht stated that India may intentionally lose in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on June 30 at Edgbaston so that Pakistan do not qualify for the semi-finals. This statement of the former cricket comes after the statement of another former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali who stated the same and came out with a conspiracy theory.Bakht, who played 26 Tests and 27 ODIs for Pakistan stated that the Men in Blue will start loosing after they have sealed the semi-final berth so that Pakistan cannot get through.Basit Ali earlier had also claimed that India do not want Pakistan in the semi-finals so they will lose their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.A video shared by Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq featuring Bakht in a Pakistan news channel had him saying, ” If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out.”Former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht “If India are already through, they will in their final match allow the opponents to win to ensure that Pakistan are knocked-out” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/LNrwGgsrTo— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 28, 2019India defeated arch-rival Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in a rain-hit encounter in Manchester. The most awaited match became a one-sided affair as the Indian team did not let Pakistan get into the game. Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored yet another ton in the tournament. He scored 140 runs and was supported by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. India are on the verge of qualification after beating West Indies in their last fixture. They will face England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka next. The Virat Kohli led squad need to win a match to secure qualification. The Men in Blue are placed second on the table with 11 points.On the other hand, Pakistan have an uphill task in their hands. They are placed sixth on the table with seven points from seven games. They have to beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh to qualify for the next stage. At the same time they need other results to favour them especially they will want India to beat England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.last_img read more

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comDr. Kelsi Bracmort was bothered that many of the children’s books that she read to her young mentees were so divorced from real life that she decided to do something about it.Bracmort, a native of the District of Columbia who resides in Ward 7, made a decision to become an author. Her first book, Simone Visits the Museum, is a story about a young girl living in Southeast.“Simone Visits the Museum” is a book about a young girl who lives in Southeast D.C. having an exciting day of adventures with her parents. (Courtesy Photo)“Too many times the people who know very little about Southeast have the loudest microphone,” Bracmort said. “Uninformed rhetoric hurts people. This book shows a side of D.C. that few people outside of Southeast are aware of such that Black family life in this city is real and it is beautiful.“The book goes beyond the news headlines, and digs deeper into everyday happenings of family life.”Bracmort holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and bio-systems engineering from North Carolina A&T University and a master’s of science and doctorate in agriculture and biological engineering from Purdue University. She is a reading mentor for Everybody Wins! a District program that promotes literacy.Simone Visits the Museum is the first in a series about Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant fourth grader who lives with her parents, her older brother, Scott, and their dog, Sophie. The book follows Simone through an exciting day with her mother with the highlight being visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she misplaces an item of value.Bracmort said Simone Visits the Museum is about responsibility, paying attention to her surroundings and the importance of family, the type of children’s book that she rarely came across.“I wanted to do a book on an angle that is fresh and a story not told before,” she said.Bracmort said it took two years to complete the book and worked closely with the illustrator, Takeia Marie. She named the main character “Simone” after famed entertainer and activist Nina Simone.Bracmort said she wanted to show the bonds and interactions that African American children often have with their families and present a Black child that was well-behaved.“I wanted to reflect the conversations that curious young girls in D.C. have,” she said. “I want girls to take advantage of all that D.C. has to offer.”Bracmort will have readings and book signings on “Ward 7 Day” on Sept 8, Sept. 22 at the East City Book Shop near Capitol Hill and Sept. 23 at Mahogany Books in Anacostia. Her book already has generated positive reviews.“Simone Visits the Museum is an awesome book,” Melissa Bradley, managing director at Project 500, a business development group in the District, said. “As a parent, I am thrilled to find a book whose character resonates with my children. As someone who has been in D.C. for over 30 years it is refreshing to see a story that reflects a positive experience of a young brown girl.“The book depicts the city and all it has to offer in a realistic and engaging way. As an entrepreneur, I am so proud of Kelsi for her persistence, commitment and integrity throughout the process.”last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgWomen face weight-based prejudice at the workplace – even when their body mass index (BMI) is within the healthy range, the study found. “Many organisations in the service sector, such as shops, bars and hotels, seek to employ people with the right ‘look’ which will fit with their corporate image,” said one of the researchers Dennis Nickson, Professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.“This study shows how women, even within a medically-healthy BMI range, still face discrimination in service sector employment,” Nickson noted. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, participants were asked to rate people for their suitability for jobs in the service sector, based on their appearance.The study asked 120 participants to rate eight pictures of men and women for their suitability for jobs working in a customer-facing role, such as a waiter or sales assistant in a shop, and for a non-customer facing role, such as a kitchen porter or stock assistant. Participants in the study were told that applicants were equally qualified and were shown faces that reflected a ‘normal’ weight and a subtle ‘heavier’ face.“The results found that both women and men face challenges in a highly ‘weight-conscious’ labour market, especially for customer-facing roles. However, women faced far more discrimination,” Nickson added.“We found that women, even within a normal BMI range, suffered greater weight-based bias compared to men who were overtly overweight,” Nickson noted.last_img read more

first_imgTechnology firms and device manufacturers ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG aim have agreed to set up a smart home software platform consortium in Germany. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding and, subject to antitrust approval, said they plan to develop an open architecture for data exchange that will allow different devices and services – ranging from security to entertainment – to exchange information with each other.The firms said that a common platform like this has not been available before now and that they aim to make different devices compatible with each other and able to communicate over WiFi and wired connections.“This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners, all working together to help make the ‘internet of things’ for the home a reality. Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group.last_img read more

first_imgVideo streaming and spending on internet advertising will help drive growth in the UK entertainment and media sector to the tune of £10 billion (€11 billion) over the next five, years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Entertainment & Media Outlook report.According to the 2019-23 Outlook report, the UK media and entertainment sector will be worth £80 billion by 2023, up from the £70 billion projected for this year.Overall, the UK’s entertainment and media sector will grow at a pace of 3.5% per annum and will only be second to Germany in total revenue within Western Europe, according to PwC.Internet advertising is forecast to account for a quarter of all entertainment and media revenue by 2023, generating £20 billion in revenue up from £15 billion this year, growing at a 9% compound annual growth rate.Mobile will continue to drive growth and by the end of 2023, revenue from mobile advertising will be more than double – £14 billion – that of traditional internet advertising – £6.3 billion – and account for nearly three quarters of all internet advertising, according to the report.Virtual reality leads as the fastest growing sector for the third year running, with 20% CAGR forecast over the next four years.  While VR gaming leads the way in revenue, VR video is the fastest growing sub-sector and will contribute to the industry as a whole being worth £294 million by 2023.Over-the-top video is also forecast for double-digit growth – at 10.3% – with demand for video streaming services set to continue upwards. Subscription video on demand revenue is set to grow from over £900 million this year to over £1.4 billion in the next five years.“The industry is underpinned by consumer demand for new, high quality content, that is accessible and highly personalisable. Innovation from key industry players (in terms of platforms, technology and business models) continues to stimulate demand. The UK remains a leading market in terms of talent, reputation and innovation, and has seen significant levels of financial investment as a result. All of these factors combined mean that we expect the UK entertainment and media market to continue to grow ahead of the wider economy, at 3.5% p.a. over the next five years,” said Mark Maitland, UK head of entertainment and media at PwC.“The UK telecoms market is one of the largest in Western Europe, with intense competition in both the mobile and fixed sectors. Following the award of the first UK 5G spectrum in April last year operators are expected to launch services this year which will increase speeds for smartphone users. Across all devices video is the fastest-growing content type, increasing at a 22% CAGR. Video accounts for 84% of data consumption across devices in 2018, and this is expected to increase to 89% in 2023.”last_img read more