The Enforcement Directorate informed a Delhi court on Wednesday that it has summoned Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, for interrogation in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. ED told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that Mr. Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd, was summoned for confronting him with Sushen Mohan Gupta, an arrested middleman in the case, whose custodial interrogation was on Wednesday extended by three more days by the court. Seeking the extension of Mr. Gupta’s custody, ED told the court that he was required to be confronted with various people including Mr. Puri in the case pertaining to the now scrapped ₹3,600 crore chopper deal. Mr. Puri, who was summoned to join the probe on Wednesday, denied having “any connection or involvement of any kind in defence or the case”.In a statement, his company said: “He would be fully cooperating with the ED investigation and provide any clarification or information as may be required.” Middleman’s statementAccording to ED sources, Mr. Puri’s name appeared in the statement recorded by middleman and Dubai-based businessman Rajeev Saxena, who recently turned approver in the case. ED’s special public prosecutors D.P. Singh and N.K. Matta also told the court that the agency wanted to identify one “RG”, in whose name entries of over ₹50 crore were made in Mr. Gupta’s diaries.“The custodial interrogation of Gupta is required as he is misguiding the probe by deliberately giving wrong explanation of abbreviations in his diaries wherein abbreviation ‘RG’ finds mention in many pages as well as pen drive data.“More than ₹50 crore shown to have been received from ‘RG’ between 2004 to 2016, whereas the ‘RG’ identified by Mr. Gupta, i.e., Rajat Gupta, had admitted to have cash transactions with Sushen from 2007 onwards and the same are being quantified,” the agency told the court. The agency submitted that Sushen said he only knew one ‘RG’ who was Rajat Gupta, whereas Rajat denied the transactions made in the name of RG and said he not the person being referred to.
Lok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputs
It might have been rejected by the ICC but Sachin Tendulkar’s suggestion to revamp the ODIs by splitting the format into four innings of 25 overs each has got the backing of his Test teammate Rahul Dravid.”It is interesting (suggestion). I don’t know why the ICC has rejected it (Tendulkar’s suggestion via a letter to ICC), but it’s a good idea that Sachin has given and is worth experimenting,” said India’s batting mainstay on the England tour on the sidelines of a promotional event for ‘Gillette’ here last night.”It has been tried out in Australia (in domestic cricket) and the plus and minus points should be looked into,” he added.Tendulkar had written a letter to the ICC to change the format of the ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four of 25 overs like a Test match but the world council’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat had rejected it.”There is no need to change the format,” Lorgat told reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.”We did receive a written proposal from Sachin, but that was a long time back. I myself have spoken to him many times about it, the last one as recent as during the World Cup in April.The success of the tournament showed that the 50-over format was sound in health and there was no need for dramatic changes,” Lorgat added.”The executive board meeting after the World Cup decided that the present format was doing well. That has not changed,” Lorgat stressed.Tendulkar had argued that four innings of 25 overs would be a fair way to balance the advantage gained by the team which won the toss in conditions such as bad weather, sub-quality pitches which historically had proven that a match can virtually be decided by the toss of a coin.advertisementDravid also backed the Cricket Board for deciding to put pressure on the ICC for revising the controversial Decision Review System of which he got the rough end of the stick in the Test and ODI rubbers in England.”It’s not set in stone. Anything connected with DRS is a work in progress. There are new challenges and questioned about it. Its up to the member boards (of the ICC) to ask whether things are better with it in place,” said the 39-year-old Dravid.Dravid, who was the lone batsman to show consistently superb form in difficult conditions against a top class England pace attack in the four-match Test rubber that India lost 0-4, was also controversially given out through the ‘Hot Spot’ image system on at least three occasions leading to big debates over DRS.
Sony may have seen its fortunes dwindle in the smartphone market, but in the video and audio market it is still a force to reckon with. Despite facing a tough market, which is extremely price sensitive, Sony’s Extra Bass range of headphones have found takers in India.The heavy bass goes well with pop songs and Bollywood music, something that Indians love. Sony already sells five headphones, ranging from Rs 1,490 to Rs 12,990, in its “extra bass” series. Now it is adding sixth. Called MDR-XB650BT, this new headphone has a price of Rs 7,990 and supports Bluetooth technology. It is also, we feel, one of the best headphones to buy under Rs 10,000. Design and build qualitySony is good with designs. But once the company settles on a particular, it refrains from changing it for as long as possible. It did the same with the Xperia phones. And now it seems to be doing it with the headphones. Almost all of Sony’s XB series headphones look same. Only the build quality and the material changes, depending on the price of the headphone. The MDR-XB650BT looks more or less similar to the wired headphones priced around Rs 2,000. It also has the similar metal-finish design, covering most of the surface including the earpads. But unlike the cheaper headphones, this one has a metal headband. This band is thin and flexible. It makes the headphones light and comfortable to wear for long hours. The headphone sports cushioned earpads that are soft. They also snugly fit around the ears, although a little too snugly, in a bid to provide passive noise control. While this design does keep the ambient voice out of your ears when you are listening to music, it also makes ears sweaty after a couple of hours of use. But then headphones that can keep the ears cool even after hours of use, especially in the hot weather of Delhi, are rare. advertisementThe headphones sit firmly over head and they are neither loose nor tight. You can wear them for hours and you won’t feel the headband digging into your skull and clamping force around ears. The MDR-XB650BT houses all the controls on the right earpad. These buttons control power and volume. There is also a button that toggles between music and calls. The placement of controls may feel awkward if you are new to Bluetooth headphones, but it’s not something you can’t get used to. The headphones also support NFC, which comes handy when you want to connect your phone quickly to it.The headphones are available in red, blue, and black colours. The overall design is good for the purpose but can be termed boring. To make it short and simple, the headphones won’t wow anyone in your office while you use at work. PerformanceWhen you read “Extra Bass” written over a headphone box, it is easy to assume it will overpower your senses with loaded bass. But in this case the preconceived notion turns out to be wrong.As we noted in our review of MDR-XB950BT, Sony is delivering good bass with balanced treble in the Extra Bass headphones. After trying the latest headphones through the ups and downs of music, we feel it is even better than its costlier predecessor.When we talk about good bass, we talk about the kind of deep “thump” that doesn’t kill the music. The MDR-XB650BT is a headphone that offers extra bass but along with the overall clarity of music and vocals. The result is that the XB650BT will please not only those who want fun sound from their headphones but also those who have more attuned ears. Although, it is not going to please audiophiles who love the mostly neutral sound of Audio-Technica M50, it offers more engaging and more enjoyable sound in this price range. It is rare to find headphones or other audio devices that can balance each and every subtle aspect of music. But the XB650BT does. The Bose SoundLink II is one other such product but that one is priced at Rs 21,000. We tried the XB650BT with wide range of music, from metal, rock, EDM, hip-hop, classical, to Indian classics and the good ol’ beat-heavy 90s music. The headphones never, not even once, delivered an output that we would call poor. Some users may get mixed feelings about the way these headphones handle metal. But it manages a sufficiently good audio quality, meaning there is no unnecessary noise, no voice cracking, and it does a good job with lower notes during metal riffs.advertisementWhen it comes to old Hindi songs and classical or Carnatic music, the MDR-XB650BT holds the ground well and firmly. It doesn’t colour the old feel of that sort of music, which is lovely. The sound quality is clean and beats are clear with almost all the genres we tried.The MDR-XB650BT maintains the extra bass wherever required. Surprisingly, we never found the bass part overdone. Unlike the Bose SoundLink II, the Sony headphones are loud. And interestingly, even at the highest volume, we didn’t find any noticeable drop in the audio quality.The company claims the headphones can last about 30 hours on a full charge. We got slightly less during our usage but overall it can be considered good. Once charged, we found that the headphones work for over 24 hours or in other words a couple of days before you will have to charge them. We also received calls with the these headphones. We found the voice quality sufficiently good although in case of poor network, the volume was on the lower side. The MDR-XB650BT headphones deliver something that most Bluetooth headphones either fail to deliver or deliver with flaws. The headphones are also perfect, especially for the price.Should you buy itYes. If you are looking to spend Rs 7,990 on a headphone, this is what we recommend. These are all-rounders and a total value for money. Yes, the design is somewhat boring but the good sound quality more than make up for it. And that is all that matters when it comes to headphones.
Mumbai crashed out in the playoffs and finished fourth in the IPL last seasonThe 2013 Indian Premier League champions failed to defend their title in 2014 and finished fourth last season. However, in the 2015 season, they buckled up and clinched the title for the second time beating Chennai Super Kings in the final.Mumbai Indians made some clever buys at the IPL auction. The side, coached by Australian legend Ricky Ponting, secured the services of Jos Buttler and Tim Southee. In a surprise move, they paid Rs 3.2 crores to get young, uncapped Indian pacer Nathu Singh. Mumbai Indians are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams on paper this season. The team boasts core players including Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh.Full Squad:Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Nathu Singh, Jitesh Sharma, KP Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Akshay Wakhare, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, J Suchith, Jasprit Bumrah, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Vinay Kumar, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand ,Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange
stockScreams of jubilation pealed inside the locker room after a hard-earned five-set win over Vietnam in the tournament being used to gauge the Filipinos’ readiness for the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect “I’m very proud of the players, they did all they could given the limitations we had,” said head coach Shaq Delos Santos following a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-12 nipping of the Vietnamese at Terminal 21 Mall.But the Nationals know the mission is just beginning as the country’s hopes to medal—and consolidate on the sport’s success—rest squarely on their shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“This is what we came for. We didn’t come here to lose. This is part of our goal, and that is to win the SEA Games [title] back home,’ said Ces Molina, the central figure in the PH offense.Teams the Filipinos faced here will be the same team going to the SEA Games this November. MOST READ 2 NBA vets humble Beermen Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “These players accomplished more than what was expected of them,” said Joey Romasanta, the president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas.He also didn’t mince words in praising them: “This is how the SEA Games is going to be. You outdid yourselves.”The squad, still incomplete and hastily formed because of injuries, lost a close five-set match to Indonesia, which was playing Thailand in the finals late Sunday.The Philippines also forced the Thais, SEA Games champs since 1995, to four sets before going down.The Nationals play in the Asean GP’s second leg on Oct. 4 to 6 in Laguna before going to training camp in Japan on Oct. 20.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo grew from a reed-thin, inexperienced teenager into one of the NBA’s dominant players under the tutelage of coach Jason Kidd, whom the Milwaukee Bucks fired earlier in the week with the team mired in mediocrity despite high expectations.Kidd’s abrupt and surprising dismissal Monday has taken an emotional toll on the All-Star forward, affectionately known as the “Greek Freak.”“He’s a big part of my success in the league,” Antetokounmpo said after Wednesday’s practice in his first public comments since the coaching change. “I’m loyal to the people I work with. I love him as a person. I care about him as a person.”Informed by Bucks’ management of the planned firing even before Kidd learned his fate, Antetokounmpo called his soon-to-be ex-coach to break the news.“It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” he said. “We are going to miss him.”Joe Prunty, a member of Kidd’s staff, has been named interim coach for the remainder of the season. He directed the team to a 109-105 win over Phoenix on Monday, just hours after taking over the team.Kidd became Milwaukee’s coach a few months after a group led by co-owners Wes Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets, where Kidd had been coach, as compensation. He inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. Under Kidd, the Bucks had a regular-season record of 139-152.Milwaukee is 9-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Asked whether he believed Kidd should have been fired, Antetokounmpo, who reportedly offered to go to the team’s owners to try to save Kidd’s job, said: “It’s in the front office’s hands. Whatever they can do to make this team a championship level team, it can happen. If it’s me being traded, or the coach being fired.”Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he walks off the court during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Kidd is the second coach to be fired since the Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Antetokounpmo played one season under Larry Drew, who was dismissed in June 2014.“I was only 18,” Antetokoummpo said. “I didn’t even know how the NBA worked. (Kidd’s firing) hurts a little bit more because he was here for 3 1/2 years. He trusted me. He put the ball in my hands. He pushed me to be great.”Antetokounmpo is expected to return to action when the Bucks take on Brooklyn in Milwaukee on Friday. He sat out the past two games as he continues to manage chronic pain in his right knee.“I feel great. I’m ready to go,” he said. “I feel energized.”Prunty said his players “gave good energy” in the first full practice since he took the reins.“These are a tough few days,” Prunty said. “We need to focus on whether we are getting better.”The Bucks have said that Prunty will be considered for the permanent job after the season. The hire will be especially crucial as the Bucks prepare to move into a new arena.“It’s hard to talk about that aspect of it right now,” Prunty said. “This isn’t about me, especially under these circumstances.”Malcolm Brogdon, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year, praised Prunty’s positive demeanor.“In times of struggle, we tend to pout and take our foot off the gas. We can’t do that,” Brogdon said. “He’s a good coach to have when we are going through those struggles.”—RICH ROVITO, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
UEFA Champions League Alexis Sanchez makes Champions League crown more realistic for Man Utd – Parlour Chris Burton 17:54 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester United Premier League A. Sánchez The former Arsenal star has seen the Chilean leave Emirates Stadium, and believes he could make the difference in a European quest at Old Trafford Alexis Sanchez can be “the difference” for Manchester United in their efforts to claim the Champions League crown, says former Arsenal player Ray Parlour.The Chilean has opened a new chapter in his career after taking the decision to leave the Gunners for Old Trafford, with his Red Devils bow made in an FA Cup win over Yeovil on Friday.Parlour is among those disappointed to have seen a top talent slip the next at Emirates Stadium, however thinks the 29-year-old’s quality could prove influential in Jose Mourinho’s quest to return European football’s biggest prize to Manchester. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He explained to Sky Sports what Sanchez will add to the United fold: “Sometimes they have to drag him off the training field. He’s always out there, he don’t want to miss a game.“I think his energy will come through with the other players as well and his goals, he will score you plenty of goals.“You can’t always rely on [Romelu] Lukaku, if he has a bad spell you’ve got players behind him now to score goals.“He’s going to be a lot more prolific probably than the players in around him. Champions League football as well, he can play straight away.“He could be brilliant this season. That’s probably why he wanted to get the deal through quickly because he’s another asset for them in the Champions League.“That could be the difference in getting them to the semi-final or final.”United are set to face La Liga outfit Sevilla in the last 16 of this season’s Champions League campaign.They have important domestic outings to come before then, though, with Mourinho’s men set to take in meetings with Tottenham, Huddersfield and Newcastle before attention turns to continental competition.Priceless points will be up for grabs in those fixtures, with the Red Devils currently sat second in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City and only three ahead of third-placed Chelsea.
AC Milan president Scaroni reveals new stadium plansby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni has revealed plans for a new stadium.Scaroni says Inter Milan are also involved in the talks.“I am representing the owners, who invested a great deal of money, and dealing with important elements like the new Milan stadium,” Scaroni told reporters at the Christmas party for the youth team.“We are thinking of building a new stadium along with Inter.”Scaroni also spoke of the current form under coach Gennaro Gattuso.“We aren’t going terribly well, but we are fourth and that is the important thing. We need Milan to get back into the Champions League. It’s important to stay in fourth place.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has coached his final game with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who sent the head coach out on top with a win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.The three-time national title-winning head coach isn’t going away – he’s taking an assistant athletic director role and will be teaching a class – but he’ll no longer be patrolling the Ohio Stadium sidelines.Meyer, who’s constantly praised Ohio State fans throughout his tenure as head coach, had one more message for Buckeye Nation tonight.The now-former Buckeyes’ head coach took to Twitter to issue a message.“Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!!!! The Best Damn Fans In The Land!!!” he tweeted.Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!!!! ? The Best Damn Fans In The Land!!! pic.twitter.com/DAe3eewyT6— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 2, 2019Meyer leaves Ohio State as one of the greatest head coaches in the history of college football.The former Buckeyes’ head coach will certainly be missed.It’s now Ryan Day’s time in Columbus.
Next view more view less India Today Web Desk LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 18:59 IST Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his 100 against Australia at The Oval (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia finished with 352/5 against Australia at The OvalShikhar Dhawan scored 117 while Virat Kohli hit a magnificent 82 runsAustralia haven’t lost in a chase in World Cups since 1999India have set a target of 353 for Australia to chase in their 2nd match of the World Cup 2019 being played at The Oval. Riding on a stupendous 117 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and useful fifties from Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (82), India were able to put the Australian bowlers under pressure throughout the innings and can now hope to collect 2 crucial World Cup points. The total was also boosted by a swashbuckling late assault from Hardik Pandya, who scored 48 off just 27 balls.After Dhawan and Rohit put up a dominant 127-run stand, Kohli joined Dhawan at the fall of Rohit’s wicket to further consolidate India’s position. When Dhawan departed trying to hoick Starc out of the park, India sent in Pandya aiming to finish on a high and the big-hitter delivered promptly, falling just short of completing the fastest half-century of the ongoing World Cup. Even Pandya’s dismissal couldn’t stem the flow of runs as new man MS Dhoni smashed his way through an entertaining 27(14) before falling to an excellent caught and bowled by Marcus Stoinis who picked up Kohli later in the over as the Indian batsmen looked for quick runs.For Australia, it was a forgettable day in the field as Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Stoinis and Pat Cummins couldn’t add to their solitary wickets while being carted for runs all over the park.India’s 352/5 also happens to be the highest total by any team against Australia at World Cups surpassing Sri Lanka’s 312 in Sydney four years ago. But despite their blockbuster performance with the bat, India still need to be wary of Australia’s chasing history at the tournament.advertisementAustralia haven’t lost World Cup match while chasing in the last 2 decades! Their last defeat in a WC chase came against Pakistan during a league match of the 1999 edition of the tournament when they lost by 10 runs in Leeds. Back then, the legendary Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq had picked 4 and 3 wickets respectively to stifle the Australian chase.Since then, Australia have won all of their 19 World Cup matches while chasing. This puts India in a tough spot as they look to defend 352 at The Oval. The pitch at The Oval hasn’t offered much seam or swing movement and should help the Australian batters as it did their opponents. Though with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal in their ranks, India would be fancying their chances to rewrite history and better their own head-to-head record against Australia at World Cups.India have managed to win just 3 out of their previous 11 encounters against Australia including the heartbreaking 2003 World Cup final defeat. Only time will tell whether India are able to evoke similar emotions among their fiercest opponents.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Shikhar DhawanFollow Virat Kohli No data available! World Cup 2019 India vs Australia, Innings Report: Australia face record chase at The OvalA 3rd World Cup 100 from Shikhar Dhawan combined with 50s from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma helped India set a target of 353 for Australia to chase at The Oval but Aaron Finch and Co. would take confidence from their own history before they begin their run pursuit advertisement commentary graphs scorecard
zoom The fourth and final 31,445GT Product Tanker Mutriba, built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd. (HMD) as part of a series of vessels being constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC) was officially delivered to KOTC at a ceremony held in Kuwait on October 20, 2014.The Mutriba is the fourth and final Product Tanker to be constructed by HMD as part of this series under ClassNK Rules and Regulations and in line with KOTC’s standards on safety and environmental performance.The Mutriba, along with the other vessels in the series, is fitted with ballast water treatment systems and possesses an Inventory of Hazardous Material. The series is also the first in the world to be constructed in line with the ClassNK Guideline for Noise and Vibration, and delivered with the ClassNK notations “Noise and Vibration Comfort (NVC)” and “Mechanical Vibration Awareness (MVA).” Press Release
Finance Minister Michael Baker announced today, Nov. 13, that he will take time off from his duties in cabinet for health reasons. Mr. Baker, who has undergone hip replacement surgery, plans to spend several weeks recovering from the procedure. During his absence Angus MacIsaac, deputy premier and Minister of Economic Development, will be acting Minister of Finance. Mr. Baker will continue to be the MLA for Lunenburg. -30-
TORONTO – Ten people were killed after a van mounted a sidewalk along a busy street in north Toronto on Monday, ramming into pedestrians in its path. Here’s what we know so far about the victims:Beutis Renuka AmarasinghaAmarasingha, 45, was an active member of Toronto’s Sri Lankan community. A monk at a Toronto Buddhist temple Amarasingha frequented said she was a single mother of a seven-year-old boy.Ahangama Rathanasiri said Amarasingha attended regular services at the temple and brought cookies to Sunday school students every week.The Toronto District School Board said she had worked as a nutrition services staff member for the board since 2015.They said Amarasingha had just finished her first day of work at Earl Haig Secondary School when she was killed Monday.Andrea BraddenBradden, a 33-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont., worked as an account executive at the Toronto offices of Gartner, an international research and advisory company. A spokesman for Gartner said the company would not issue a statement at the family’s request.According to local newspaper the Caledon Enterprise, however, a condolence blog post briefly shared to the company’s website prompted glowing tributes from her colleagues.“Andrea’s joyful energy brought smiles, happiness and laughter to everyone who was privileged to work with her and call her a friend,” area vice-president Alex Falkingham reportedly wrote in the post. “She had an uncanny ability to make any room she walked into a more positive place, with laughter filling the room. When Andrea smiled, everyone smiled with her.”Geraldine BradyBrady — a grandmother who was known as Gerry to her family and friends — sold Avon products for more than 45 years and was still going out to visit customers up until her death, her friend and fellow Avon salesperson Feanny Xu said.They met about 14 years ago at a conference and later started working as a team, Xu said, adding she believed Brady, 83, was visiting customers in the area when she was killed.“She was very honest and caring for others,” Xu said. “She is wonderful. It’s so sad.”Xu heard from Brady’s son-in-law on Tuesday that the family believed she had died in the van attack. But Xu said she was still devastated when it was confirmed on Friday.Anne Marie D’AmicoD’Amico, 30, worked at Invesco Canada, a U.S.-based investment firm with offices near the scene of the attack, and was remembered by those who knew her as a cheerful, friendly person.Tennis Canada said D’Amico had volunteered at its marquis Rogers Cup tournament every summer since the age of 12, starting out as a “ball girl” and eventually heading its stadium control committee.“She was a really friendly, warm person … always caring for other people ahead of herself,” said Gavin Ziv, vice-president of national events for Tennis Canada.D’Amico had attended Ryerson University in Toronto and a fellow alum remembered her as an active student leader with top grades, a wide social circle and an indelible smile.“Whether you kept in touch with her very closely or you didn’t talk to her for this past year, it just felt like you saw her smile yesterday,” Abdullah Snobar said.The Loretto Alumnae Association said D’Amico was also a graduate of the Catholic all-girls high school.Association president Maureen Harquail said D’Amico was one of two victims killed in the attack who attended Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School.So He ChungThe Loretto Alumnae Association said Chung, 22, was the other alum of the school who died in the Toronto van attack.“This was a tragic and senseless event that resulted in the loss of two bright, young Loretto Abbey graduates,” association president Maureen Harquail said in a statement. “We mourn their passing and will remember the impact that they had on us and on our community.”Chung was also a student at the University of Toronto, the association said.The university had confirmed one of its students was among the deceased, but did not release a name.“We are deeply saddened that a member of our community has died as a result of this terrible incident,” university president Meric Gertler said in a written statement. “We mourn the loss of our student and want those affected to know that they have the support of the university.”Mary Elizabeth (Betty) ForsythForsyth, 94, was a resident of a Toronto Community Housing complex in the area where the van attack occurred. A neighbour said Forsyth’s nephew called her to say she had died.Mary Hunt described Forsyth as a “lively person” who loved to feed the birds and squirrels on her regular walks through the neighbourhood.“Everybody knew Betty because she used to walk in the morning to feed the animals,” she said.“I will miss her,” the 84-year-old said of Forsyth, who had been her neighbour for more than 10 years.Chul Min (Eddie) KangKang, 45, who worked at the Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse in downtown Toronto, was identified by co-workers as one of the victims.Joao Barbosa wrote on Facebook that Kang’s “daily happiness” was being missed at the restaurant.“It’s unbelievable that we lost you Eddie,” he wrote. “In our last encounter you called me ‘Amor mio’ smiling to me when I arrived at Copacabana … Rest in peace.”Mailee Ly, another co-worker, remembered Kang as a warm, friendly presence at the restaurant.“It hurts knowing I won’t be able to see your bright smile every weekend, or hear you say ‘Hi’ to everyone in your energetic voice,” she wrote on Facebook. “I don’t think you knew the touch and influence you had on everyone at Copa, simply because of your kind nature, and passion for cooking.”Ji Hun KimAuthorities said the 22-year-old was a student from South Korea who was studying in Toronto.Munir Abdo Habib NajjarNajjar, 85, was visiting his family in Toronto with his wife. He had only been in the country for a couple of weeks when the van attack took place, according to Harry Malawi, a family friend and president of the Jordanian Canadian Society.The family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period, said Malawi.“They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy,” he said. “We stand together, we want to help the family heal … physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially, they need all the help they can get.”Dorothy SewellSewell’s death was confirmed by her grandson, Elwood Delaney, of Kamloops, B.C.Delaney described his 80-year-old grandmother as an avid sports fan who “almost had as much love for the Blue Jays and Leafs as she did for her family.”“(She was) the best grandmother anyone could have asked for,” he said.
Russell Simmons will be receiving the ACE Humanitarian Award today, June 11, as ACE Programs for the Homeless celebrates 20 years of empowering the homeless and improving communities.Also attending are the evening’s Emcee, Rosanna Scotto, host of Fox TV’s Good Day NY, and Auction Emcee, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps from Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of New York City. Famed opera singer Jessye Norman will be receiving the ACE Award for the Arts.Guests will be wined and dined, and treated to music, dancing and a live auction. “The people’s tenor” Michael Amante will perform during the evening with the Hank Lane Quartet.Attendees will also get a peek at “A Show of Hands:Photographs from the Collection of Henry Buhl”. The photographs, numbering in the hundreds, and all of hands, were collected by the businessman-turned-philanthropist over the last 19 years, and feature hands of famous people such as Mother Teresa.Sotheby’s, 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn Herbert Bayer’s “Lonely Metropolitan” (1932)About 400 of the images will be auctioned off this December to benefit the Buhl Foundation which supports the homeless, the arts, and education for the underprivileged.For more information on how you can attend the ACE Anniversary Gala or support their work helping the homeless, visit AceNewYork.org. To learn more about the Buhl Foundation and the incredible photographic collection, visit TheBuhlFoundation.org.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Just For Laughs ComedyPRO has been the birthplace of several successful CBC Comedy Original Series, says Paul Ronca, Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development at Just For Laughs. “It seems only natural that we should be partnering with the CBC to develop this program as a platform for Canadian comedy talent.””We’re looking forward to collaborating with Just For Laughs again this year to find the best ideas and comedy content in Canada,” said Michelle Daly, senior director, comedy, CBC scripted content. “We’ve seen huge success with the shows we’ve launched to date and an open-forum pitch event like this is the perfect place to find more.”Series that have originated from Just For Laughs ComedyPRO include hit CBC digital original comedies My 90-Year-Old-Roommate and Newborn Moms.All interested applicants will be considered for both the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch as well as the relevant short or long-form Stand Up & Pitchpitch programs. The deadline for Stand Up & Pitch has been extended to May 15 to accommodate the new program. Guidelines are posted at http://comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions/.The CBC will also host ‘CBC Comedy Funny Lunch’ where delegates can meet Canadian comics, creators and representatives from CBC Comedy.Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 26 – 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of the 35th annual Just for Laughs Festival, which takes place from July 12 – 31st, 2017.About ComedyPRO:Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.About the Just For Laughs Group:Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: make people happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and are all connected to each other via the Internet.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multi-platform programming and events across Canada. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement May 1, 2017 [Montreal, PQ] — Just For Laughs and CBC Comedy are looking for the funniest new voices in Canadian comedy with the announcement of the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program — an open-forum pitch event which takes place Thursday, July 27th during the leading industry event of the comedy business – Just For Laughs ComedyPRO.The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program will offer five selected Canadian creator and producer teams the opportunity to pitch their original web or TV concepts to a panel of senior development executives and key creatives from CBC Comedy.The event is open to Canadians, 18 years of age and over. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017. For details and guidelines visit: http://comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions/.
Sri Lanka is looking at the possibility of importing medical drugs from Iran, the Ministry of Health said today.The Health Ministry said that talks in this regard were held between Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Iran’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohomad Zaeri Amirani. Iran has invited the Health Minister to visit Iran and see for himself the medical drugs Sri Lanka will require. (Colombo Gazette)
Although the incidence of rape in refugee camps in Kenya has dropped drastically, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners in the East African country have launched a project to strengthen existing actions to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.“Quite serious violations of the safety, security and dignity of refugees have occurred in many refugee programmes in the past,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative George Okoth-Obbo said in launching the Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Kenya Refugee Programme last week.“It is an irony that refugees have fled their homes because they could not find safety, yet they arrive in asylum to find equally acute forms of danger, fear and anxiety.”He acknowledged that sexual and gender-based violence could happen in any refugee setting where the beneficiaries are vulnerable and rely on external parties to provide assistance and protection, noting that the new project is one of a series of steps taken “towards implicit and sustained ethical rectitude in the discharge of our responsibilities to our beneficiaries.”The project seeks to standardize the process of reporting and investigation when cases of abuse or exploitation arise. Representatives of the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), refugees and host communities are currently being trained in interview techniques and complaint investigation.In addition, educational materials and videos are being produced and distributed so that refugees and other beneficiaries of the Kenya programme can learn more about their rights, entitlements, and the zero tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse.Kenya hosts some 240,000 refugees in Kakuma camp in the northwest and Dadaab camp in the east. In the first years of the influxes into Kenya that started in 1991, the rape of women and girls by bandits, thugs and other criminals occurred with shocking frequency and magnitude, according to UNHCR.Today, through the sustained interventions of the government law enforcement agencies and the work of UN agencies and NGOs in Kenya, rape has been reduced drastically. In Dadaab for example, rape incidents dropped to 16 last year, down from 1,500.