first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Dillinger missed the finals against Ginebra due to a hamstring injury.The Bolts won the two teams’ lone duel in the elimination round, 93-78, in a game where the Gin Kings blew a double-digit lead in the first half.Game 1 of their best-of-7 series is on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be rough,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.“You all better believe that this is going to be war. We’re just excited at this point. I’m not sleeping. I woke up at 3 a.m. and I’m ready to go,” Dillinger said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES BPC award the least of concerns for Slaughter, Newsome Read Next “As much as we want to have a short series, two tough teams will battle and I think it’s going to be a long one,” Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio told reporters during the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals press conference Tuesday.“Two great teams, two great coaches. It’s going to be a long, hard-fought series,” said Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, whose buzzer-beating triple won the last season’s title for the Gin Kings in Game 6.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 shutoutThe Bolts and Kings are loaded with firepower but they are also known for being two of the best defensive teams in the league.And Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the game will be won on the defensive end. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I know they’re capable of scoring 100 points and we are too, but I expect this to be a defensive struggle for how many games it will go,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.Meralco is No. 1 in points allowed with an average of 88.8 points per game while Ginebra is in fifth at 96.7.The finals is a sequel, but a lot has changed since.Ginebra now has Greg Slaughter, who just returned from a knee injury at the start of the conference, and rookie Kevin Ferrer.Meralco also had a major upgrade in adding veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, rookie Mike Tolomia and guard Garvo Lanete via trades while also welcoming back key player Jared Dillinger.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA IMAGESIn a Finals series pitting two evenly-matched teams, Games 5, 6 and 7 will be necessary.At least that’s the consensus among players and coaches from both Barangay Ginebra and Meralco ahead of their championship rematch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Defending champ gone: Maria Sharapova ousts Caroline Wozniacki in Australia Still, he said it was an “amazing” feeling to play in front of so many friends and relatives.“I wish I could have played a little bit better,” Giles said. “They’ve seen me hoop before so they know, but just personally you always want to do good.”WILLIAMS ON WILLIAMSNorth Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams made a surprise visit to see former Tar Heels player Marvin Williams play, something he tends to do at least once per season.“The funny thing is you never know when he’s going to pop up,” Marvin Williams said. “I’ve been in the league 14 years now and coach Williams has found a way to make it to a game every year. It’s unbelievable. And I know he does that for a lot of his former players — it’s bigger than basketball for him.”UP NEXTKings: Visit the Pistons on Saturday night.Hornets: Host the Suns on Saturday. “The second unit played well and got us back in the game,” Parker said. “But we have to have more consistency and keep it going now.”The Hornets entered the game looking to make up ground in the East after a 2-4 West Coast trip.After falling behind by 13 early, Charlotte outscored Sacramento 43-25 in the second quarter to take control and never trailed again, leading by as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter. Kidd-Gilchrist brought energy in the second quarter, scoring with 13 points before the break — most of those coming in transition after solid defensive play.In all, the Hornets scored 24 points off 16 Kings turnovers.“To score 43 points, it speaks to our defense there. That’s really how we were scoring,” Borrego said. “We were getting stops and steals.”TIP-INSKings: Buddy Hield led the Kings with 24 points. … Were outscored 52-38 in the paint despite being the Hornets being without center Cody Zeller.Hornets: Carolina Panthers All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly and former teammate Thomas Davis took in the game from courtside seats. … Center Frank Kaminsky did not play, even with Zeller out.GILES’ RETURNNorth Carolina native Harry Giles capped a frustrating night by fouling out with 1:20 left in the game. He finished with one point after missing all three shots from the field and going 1 of 4 from the foul line. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The defense and bench play go hand-in-hand for Charlotte.Borrego has been substituting more frequently of late and going deeper into his bench in an effort to save energy for defense.“We want them to be fresh out there to give us all they have defensively,” Borrego said.While the first-year coach knows that may cost the Hornets some points on the offensive end, he said it’s “worth the payoff on defense.”Veteran guard Tony Parker agreed, saying if the Hornets want to make a playoff run — they are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference standings — they have to do it with defensive energy and consistently strong play off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “That’s the message right now,” Borrego said. “If we come out and defend with energy, physicality and disruption, we have a shot against anyone.”Kemba Walker scored 23 points, surpassing 11,000 for his career, and the Hornets set the tone with a strong defensive effort in the second quarter and powered their way to a 114-95 win Thursday night over the Sacramento Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMiles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 15 points off the bench and reserve center Willy Hernangomez added 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Hornets. Charlotte’s reserves outscored Sacramento’s 60-44 and outrebounded them 25-17 as the Kings’ three-game winning streak ended. That run included a win over Charlotte in Sacramento on Saturday.“Their role players struggled a little bit at our place, our role players struggled a little bit here,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That’s generally what happens — role players play better at home. We’re playing a lot of young guys at the same time, so it’s going to take a little while to figure out.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Charlotte Hornets’ Willy Hernangomez gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C— Coach James Borrego says the Charlotte Hornets can beat any team in the NBA if they bring defensive intensity.The challenge is getting that effort every game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane: Strong Courtois aware of the situationby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was withdrawn at half-time with Real trailing 2-0 against Club Bruges in midweek, and the club later said the Belgian had been suffering from gastroenteritis – rather than an anxiety attack as claimed in the Spanish media.Courtois was jeered by members of the home support during the 2-2 Champions League draw.On Courtois, Zidane said: “Regardless of whether it’s fair or not, it is what it is. He’s strong and is aware of the situation. The first-half performance the other day was down to everyone.”The important thing is how he’s feeling. He’s not the only one who was responsible for that first half against Bruges. At Real Madrid you’re not allowed to make any mistakes, we can never concede and always have to score. Whenever that doesn’t happen, bad things are always going to be said about Real Madrid. We always have to give our all.”Nobody is a guaranteed starter, not Courtois or anybody else. I never said that. I’m going to use all of them.” last_img read more

first_imgAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton: Embrace top 2 testby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton says they must embrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league and we are playing them back-to-back – that is what the Premier League is all about.“There is no fear or worry there. It is just a hunger to go and embrace the games, to go and put our stamp on them and try and get the wins.“Of course, it is going to be tough. We know how much quality they gave got. They are both great sides.“But we have a lot of quality here. These are the kind of teams you want to go up against. We have seen already this season it can be done. We just want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players pic.twitter.com/vdwQ8ddega— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ZIM Driven by the instability and volatility in the container shipping market, Israel-based carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) ended the first quarter of 2018 with a widened net loss.The company posted net loss of USD 34.1 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of USD 6.4 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.As explained, a deterioration in the business environment has been negatively affecting the company’s performance.“Since the second half of 2016 and through the third quarter of 2017, increases were recorded in freight rates as well as in bunker prices. Commencing the fourth quarter of 2017, freight rates have decreased while bunker prices continue to increase,” the company said in its operating and financial review for the three months ended March 31, 2018.During the first quarter, ZIM’s revenues rose by 14.7% to USD 751.4 million from USD 655 million recorded in Q1 2017.In addition, the carried quantities increased by 16.7% to 698 thousand TEUs in Q1 2018, compared to 598 thousand TEUs during the same period of 2017.“During Q1 of 2018, ZIM has increased the volume of cargo carried to 698 thousand TEUs (…) This has been achieved despite very challenging market conditions. While we started to see an improvement in some of the trades towards the end of the quarter, Q1 2018 results, on the whole, were negatively impacted by the combined effect of increased bunker prices, higher charter costs and lower freight rates,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, commented.“Despite these conditions, (…) we keep investing in digital solutions which will enhance our efficiency and customer experience. We remain focused on achieving our goals according to our strategic vision as an independent carrier,” Glickman added.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS — The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France’s government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn’t let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France’s economy and politics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Four oil and gas companies are expected to answer questions today about how they use the Trans Mountain pipeline, how refinery closures affect their prices and other factors that could contribute to British Columbia’s volatile prices at the pump.A three-member panel, chaired by B.C. Utilities Commission CEO David Morton, will listen to up to four days of oral hearings in Vancouver as part of a public inquiry into the high price of gasoline and diesel in the province.Parkland Fuels, Shell, Imperial Oil and Suncor are scheduled to give opening remarks and answer questions from the panel this afternoon. In the morning, those firms and other interveners will have an opportunity to question Deetken Group, a consulting firm that prepared a report for the inquiry identifying possible reasons for the fuel price spikes.Deetken found land values and credit card fees have likely contributed to higher retail margins, while transportation and regulatory costs could be part of the reason wholesale gasoline margins are higher in British Columbia but they don’t tell the whole story.Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May as gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.At the time, the B.C. Liberals and Alberta government bought advertising blaming Horgan and linking his government’s resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for the surging costs.The National Energy Board will also appear before the panel.The inquiry will conclude with a final report by the panel due Aug. 30.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The central government has approved a five-fold increase in one-time incentive given to its employees who acquire higher degrees while serving in their departments, officials said Monday.The amount of incentive will be increased from a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000 for acquiring higher qualifications like Ph.D, they said. The Personnel Ministry has amended a 20-year-old norm in this regard to increase the amount of incentives provided for the employees. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The government employees acquiring fresh higher qualifications after coming into service were granted incentive in the form of one-time lump-sum amount ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 10,000. Now, it has been decided to increase the amount to a minimum of Rs 10,000 to a maximum of Rs 30,000, an order recently issued by the Personnel Ministry stated. While Rs 10,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma of duration of three years or less, Rs 15,000 will be given for acquiring degree/diploma having duration of more than three years, it said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA sum of Rs 20,000 will be given for earning post graduate degree/diploma with one year or less. Such qualification having duration of more than one year will get Rs 25,000 to the employees, the new order stated. A highest incentive of Rs 30,000 will be given to those getting Ph.D or equivalent, it stated. There are around 48.41 lakh central government employees. “No incentive shall be allowed for acquiring higher qualification purely on academic or literary subjects,” it clarified. The acquisition of the qualification should be directly related to the functions of the post held by him/her, or to the functions to be performed in the next higher post, the ministry said. “There should be direct nexus between the functions of the post and the qualification acquired and that it should contribute to the efficiency of the government servant,” it said. The incentive, however, shall not be admissible where the employee is sponsored by the government or he/she avails study leave for acquiring the qualification, the order stated. “The incentive would be given only for higher qualification acquired after induction into service,” it stated. Further, the incentive shall be limited to maximum two times in an employee’s career, with a minimum gap of two years between successive grants, the ministry said. According to Personnel Ministry’s order issued in April 1999, employees were entitled for a minimum of Rs 2,000 and maximum of Rs 10,000 for getting fresh qualifications. While Rs 2,000 was applicable incentive for “passing intermediate examination”, those earning post graduate degree of Ph.D were entitled for a maximum of Rs 10,000.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_imgHe said a campaign against the Iditarod by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had nothing to do with its decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The maker of Jack Daniel’s whiskey says it’s dropping its long-running sponsorship of Alaska’s 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometer) race. Jack Daniel’s spokesman Svend Jansen said in a statement the company decided to go in a different direction by shifting most of its marketing efforts to a partnership with the National Basketball Association. The action by Louisville, Kentucky-based Brown-Forman follows a tough year for race organizers who have faced financial hardships, loss of other sponsors and the first-ever dog doping scandal. PETA lauded the action, saying the company did “the right thing.” PETA says it first contacted Jack Daniel’s following the deaths of five dogs connected with the 2017 race.last_img read more

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Members and guests of the Middlesex Canal Association are invited to a pleasant walk and talk on the remnants of the Middlesex Canal on Sunday, October 20, 2019.Those planning to join the walk should meet at 1:30pm at the Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, Billerica).The 2.5-hour walk will cover part of the Merrimack River branch of the canal in Billerica and Chelmsford, over about 3-4 miles of generally wooded terrain. Sites visited on the tour will include the recently restored guard lock, the anchor stone for the floating towpath that bridged the Concord River, and many stretches of the watered canal.The walk will be led by Robert Winters and Marlies Henderson.This is a joint walk sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Middlesex Canal Association.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Canal Association To Host Thoreau Lecture On October 27In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On October 5In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Host Fall Walk & Talk On October 30In “Community”last_img read more

first_img 15 Photos NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images Post a comment “The radar images achieve an unprecedented level of detail and are comparable to those obtained from a spacecraft flyby,” said NASA scientist Lance Benner. Benner says NASA noticed a distinctive ridge along one end and numerous small bright spots that may be reflections from boulders. Asteroid 2003 SD220 is also notable for its slow, complicated rotation, which NASA compares to that of a poorly thrown American football. The data NASA gathered will help scientists better understand how similar space bodies formed and evolved. While 2003 SD220 is classified as a “potentially hazardous asteroid” thanks to its size and travel path, NASA confirmed “it does not pose a future impact threat to Earth.”This isn’t the only odd-looking asteroid we’ve seen. We caught sight of a skull-shaped asteroid in October and one that looked like a peanut in 2017. At least this one looks like a cute (though potentially dangerous) critter.  CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Share your voice Amazing asteroids NASA Space 0 Sci-Tech Tags Space hippo? Asteroid 2003 SD220 poses for radar images.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR/NSF/GBO Asteroids aren’t always the most elegant-looking objects in the cosmos. New NASA radar images of asteroid 2003 SD220 show a rock that resembles a space slug, or that creepy Ceti eel ear-bug thing from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Or even a hippo.The asteroid is considered a near-Earth object, but it’ll zoom past us at a safe distance of 1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers) on Saturday. This is 2003 SD220’s closest approach to our planet in 400 years, though it will slide by slightly closer in 2070.The asteroid is about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) long. NASA thinks it looks like a “hippopotamus wading in a river.” The radar images came from mid-December through coordinating the efforts of the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California, the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This asteroid looks like rolling Dungeons & Dragons dice That creepy skull asteroid will be a Halloween misslast_img read more

first_imgDomestic stock markets plunged on Wednesday to hit a fresh 20-month low as sell-off in other Asian markets weighed on investor sentiment.The BSE S&P Sensex fell sharply by 406 points to trade at 24,073 points, while the 50-share Nifty dropped to 7,322, down 113 points.Asian markets tumbled again on the back of falling crude oil prices, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index and Japan’s Nikkei plummeting by 3.7% and 3.1% respectively. Chinese stock markets also fell 1.3%, despite hopes of imminent policy stimulus by the country’s authorities.Crude oil prices continued to trade at 12-year low, with the benchmark Brent oil prices trading $28.51 a barrel, down 25 cents. The recent fall in oil prices to below $30 a barrel was mainly led by intensifying concerns over worsening global supply glut.Last week, Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme were lifted, allowing the country to start exporting its oil, which is expected to put further pressure on the oil prices.”(Iran) is really another strike in the same beating the market has taken,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at Sydney’s CMC Markets, told Reuters.Meanwhile, banking, realty and energy stocks traded lower on the BSE, while the sell-off was seen across all the sectors.Reliance Industries’ strong results for the December quarter failed to lift its stocks and RIL shares were down 2.5% to trade at Rs 1,017. The Mukesh-Ambani-led group posted a record profit of Rs 7,290 crore in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.The sharp sell-off in the stock markets also hit the rupee as it fell to 67.77 against the US dollar compared to previous close of 67.65.last_img read more

first_imgDeepika Padukone (left); Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaDeepika Padukone may very well replace Kangana Ranaut in Anurag Basu’s next movie Imali.The director recently revealed that Kangana has opted out of the project, and now he is keen to have Deepika on board for the film. Basu said that although Kangana was game for Imali, things could not work out due to date issues.”We were supposed to start in November but we couldn’t because she got busy with ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga’. Even I got busy with my other film. She wanted to be in good space and time to do this film but things did not work out,” DNA quoted Basu as saying.When questioned about rumours of Deepika replacing Kangana for the role, the director said that he has approached her but nothing has been finalised.”I cannot confirm until she (Deepika) confirms anything. I did meet her. She has to confirm it to me and then we can confirm it to others,” he told the publication.Both Deepika and Kangana have an interesting line-up of movies. She has been busy shooting for much-awaited film Chhapaak that will present her as an acid-attack survivor. It is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. Next, she will be seen as Ranveer Singh’s onscreen wife in 83, which is based on India’s first World Cup victory.On the other side, after the success of Manikarnika, Kangana has been shooting for Mental Hai Kya that also features Rajkummar Rao. She has another interesting film Panga, which is based on the sport of Kabaddi.last_img read more

first_imgOPEC and non-OPEC producers on Saturday reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and spurred unrest in some countries.With the deal finally signed after almost a year of arguing within the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and mistrust in the willingness of non-OPEC Russia to play ball, the market’s focus will now switch to compliance with the agreement.OPEC has a long history of cheating on output quotas. The fact that Nigeria and Libya were exempt from the deal due to production-denting civil strife will further pressure OPEC leader Saudi Arabia to shoulder the bulk of supply reductions.Russia, which 15 years ago failed to deliver on promises to cut in tandem with OPEC, is expected to perform real output reductions this time. But analysts question whether many other non-OPEC producers are attempting to present a natural decline in output as their contribution to the deal.”This agreement cements and prepares us for long-term cooperation,” Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters after the meeting, calling the deal “historic”.Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the same news conference: “Today’s deal will speed up the oil market stabilisation, reduce volatility, attract new investments.”Last week, OPEC agreed to slash output by 1.2 million barrels per day from Jan. 1, with top exporter Saudi Arabia cutting as much as 486,000 bpd. Falih said on Saturday that Riyadh may cut even deeper.On Saturday, producers from outside the 13-country group agreed to reduce output by 558,000 bpd, short of the initial target of 600,000 bpd but still the largest contribution by non-OPEC ever.Of that, Russia will cut 300,000 bpd, Novak said. He added it would be gradual and by the end of March Russia would be producing 200,000 bpd less than its October 2016 level of 11.247 million bpd – Russia’s highest production estimate so far.Russian output would fall to 10.947 million bpd after six months, Novak said.”They are all enjoying higher prices and compliance tends to be good in the early stages. But then as prices continue to rise, compliance will erode,” said veteran OPEC watcher and founder of Pira Energy consultancy Gary Ross.Amrita Sen from consultancy Energy Aspects said: “Compared to two months ago when the prospects of a deal were fading rapidly, this is a huge turnaround. Sceptics will argue about compliance but the symbolism in itself cannot be understated.”Ross added that OPEC would target an oil price of $60 per barrel as anything above that could encourage rival production.TWO YEARS OF PAINOil prices have more than halved in the past two years after Saudi Arabia raised output steeply in an attempt to drive higher-cost producers such as U.S. shale firms out of the market.The plunge in oil to below $50 per barrel – and sometimes even below $30 – from as high as $115 in mid-2014 has helped reduce growth in U.S. shale output.But it also hit the revenues of oil-dependent economies including Saudi Arabia and Russia, prompting the two largest exporters of crude to start their first oil cooperation talks in 15 years.In April in Doha, an attempt to clinch a deal collapsed. Novak said talks between OPEC and non-OPEC had been rescued after Saudi Arabia replaced veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi with Falih, who “had fresh views and ideas”.Apart from Russia, the talks on Saturday were attended by or had comments or commitments sent from non-OPEC members Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brunei, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Sudan and South Sudan.Novak said OPEC and the non-OPEC countries at the meeting were responsible for 55 percent of global output. Their joint reduction of around 1.8 million bpd would account for about 2 percent of global oil supply.Many non-OPEC countries such as Mexico and Azerbaijan face a natural drop in oil production and some analysts expressed doubts those declines should be counted as cuts.Oman said it would cut output by 45,000 bpd and Kazakhstan said it would try to reduce by 20,000 bpd next year.”While a lot of the countries are formalising natural declines, cuts by Russia, Kazakhstan and Oman are real. Russia and Kazakhstan were between them expected to add 400,000 bpd to production next year,” Sen of Energy Aspects said.last_img read more

first_imgA Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sign is pictured outside its restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey.ReutersKFC is all set to debut a new sandwich – The Zinger – and has spent nearly $80 million to ideate and create the sandwich. The Zinger is said to be the first fried chicken sandwich made by hand, every day, in KFC’s kitchen.The sandwich was first introduced in Trinidad and Tobago and has been a hit with KFC patrons ever since. The chicken in the sandwich is marinated in a cayenne pepper sauce, breaded in different herbs and spices, and fried.Sounds pretty simple right? So you must be wondering what KFC spent $80 million on. “We have been actually working on this for two years, we spent $80 million dollars upgrading our back house equipment and we spent the last six months re-training all of our staff on how to make a fried chicken sandwich fast, because ultimately at lunch, we have to win on speed,” Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC US told FOX Business.Hochman also explained that the chicken used in the sandwich is 100 percent “real” without any antibiotics and will also be free of hormones, food dyes, as well as steroids.When Business Insider asked Hochman how the Zinger was different from what McDonald’s and Burger King have on their menus, he said that the key was frying the chicken in-store, something neither of its competitors do.”The one thing they all have in common is they’re all made in a central factory, they’re frozen, and then they’re refried at stores,” Hochman noted.”You can come to KFC and get a hand-breaded Zinger and a $5 fill up — that is just unbelievable value and a vastly superior sandwich,” he added. “Compared to a factory breaded sandwich, it will always be crunchier, more flavorful, more juicy.”KFC will also reveal a colonel that will represent the Zinger and plans to come up with fun and innovative marketing strategies to make sure the sandwich is a success.The brand new Zinger sandwich goes on sale across the United States on April 24.Meanwhile, KFC seems to be going all out to rival other brands such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King, to name a few. In early February, the brand launched Chizza, which technically is a pizza on a fried chicken base. The Chizza was touted as “all chicken and no crust” and KFC even released a video on how it was made. Take a look.last_img read more

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad August 12, 2013. [Representational Image]Reuters fileDomestic carrier Jet Airways is raining discounts on flight tickets as airlines try to grab market share in an increasingly competitive aviation space.The airliner is currently offering many schemes which can easily be availed by the passengers from its website or mobile app.Lets take a look at various offers:Discount on economy flight ticketsJet Airways is offering 30 percent discount on base fare in economy flights flying from India to select destinations in Europe.In order to avail this promotional offer, one should book the tickets by April 30, 2018. The travel period of Jet Airways’ special sale offer for outbound journey starts on October 10, 2018 and ends on December 15, 2018. For inbound journey, the travel period starts from January 15, 2019.Discount on premier flight ticketsJet Airways is offering premiere flight tickets at a starting price of Rs 6,808 under its ‘Book Early, Save More’ promotional scheme.In order to avail the scheme, tickets must be purchased a minimum of 30 days prior to departure. Tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of commencement of journey. The discount offer is applicable on select booking classes and there is no restriction on this scheme.Cashback offerUnder another scheme, Jet Airways is offering cashback on bookings of flight tickets made using Airtel payments bank or money wallet.Users can avail 10 percent cashback on the transaction amount at jetairways.com or the mobile app by paying through Airtel payments bank or Airtel money wallet. The cashback offer is valid for bookings done till April 30, 2018, according to the airline’s website.last_img read more