Signature Bridge proving to be costly affair for Delhi government

first_imgWith having already missed five deadlines, the much touted Signature Bridge is proving to be a costly affair for the Delhi government.The Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, the agency responsible for executing the project, has demanded additional Rs 400 crore from the Delhi government for completing the project. Though the matter is under consideration; official sources said cost escalation would further delay the completion of Signature Bridge at Wazirabad, a crucial link for signal-free connectivity between east and west Delhi. Sources said the cost of the project, if approved, would go up to nearly Rs 1,500 crore. Originally pegged at Rs 459 crore, the project saw many cost escalations and the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government approved the final cost at Rs  1,131 crore.The 675 metre-long bridge is crucial as its opening would ease out traffic from the existing Yamuna Bridge at Wazirabad which has outlived its life span. The bridge connects north Delhi with eastern parts of the city and neighbouring Ghaziabad.Conceived in the year 2000, the Signature Bridge was originally scheduled to be completed by 2008. The project is already delayed by 7 years and almost one-fourth of the work remains to be done, officials said. Signature Bridge is a pet project of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and it was during her tenure that its cost increased by almost 300 per cent.Well placed sources said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is also considering initiating a probe into the inordinate delay. “The government is in no hurry to sanction the additional cost. It may initiate an inquiry into the matter,” a senior officer said. He also questioned the rationale behind handing over the project to DTTDC instead of the Public Works Department (PWD) which has an expertise in construction of flyovers, bridges and elevated corridors.advertisementA senior Delhi government official said the project is also set to miss the March 2016 deadline for any delay in sanctioning of additional cost. Presenting the annual budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that the bridge would be opened for public by March 2016. The AAP government has also planned developing the bridge as a recreation hub with water and sports activities and a viewers’ gallery. “Inordinate delay in its execution has resulted in massive cost escalation. The scope of work has also increased significantly in recent times which requires extra money. Construction of viewers gallery, installation of lifts and developing water and sports activities were not initially included in the project,” a senior Delhi government official said. According to DTTDC, the project cost went up after construction was stalled due to the rocky surface beneath the river. Engineers had to procure special Korean-made boring machines for drilling below the rocky surface.The bow-shaped, cable-supported steel bridge – modelled on the London Bridge – is being built as a tourist spot in collaboration with Gammon India Ltd and two firms from Italy and Brazil. Officials said the bridge will be completed in Phase I while the river bed will be developed under the Phase II of the project.STILL A DISTANT DREAM-> Conceived in year 2000; delayed by 7 years-> Initial cost of bridge – Rs 459 crore-> Final revised cost – Rs 1,131 crore-> Present estimated cost – Rs 1,500 crore-> New deadline – March 2016-> 75-80 per cent work completed-> Crucial for signal free traffic movement between East-West Delhilast_img read more

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Nagpur Orangers beat Hyderabad Aces in CTL

first_imgHyderabad, Nov 29 (PTI) The Nagpur Orangers tonight beat Hyderabad Aces 22-20 in a Champions Tennis League (CTL) clash, including an exciting Womens Singles contest between Swiss legend Martina Hingis and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, at the Sports Authority of Telangana State stadium here.In a match of five sets where the winner is decided by the total number of games, Nagpur managed to put up 22 points against the 20 of the host side.The five sets of the match comprised Legends Singles, Womens Singles, Mixed Doubles, Mens Doubles and Mens Singles.The host side had a comfortable victory in the first set of Legends Singles with Thomas Johansson of Hyderabad defeating Nagpurs Alex Corretja 5-3.Though it intially appeared to be a contest between equals, the better-equipped Johansson prevailed over his rival in the end.The keenly-fought set of the day was between the two former world number one players Martina Hingis for Hyderabad and Jelena Jankovic who showed why they are at the top.Though the agile Swiss Miss appeared to be dominating the game initially, the gritty Serbian succeeded in clinching the game with a 5-3.The long rallies between Hingis and Jankovic enthralled the spectators and they lustily cheered the Swiss legend who gave up singles long ago.The mixed doubles set beween Ivo Karlovic and Martina Hingis of Hyderabad and Nagpurs Feliciano Lopez and Jelena Jankovic was a tight contest with both sides putting up a stiff fight to clinch the honours.The two sides equalled the score at 4-4 but the Hyderabads Hingis and Karlovic pulled off a 5-4 victory to give an edge of one point.advertisementThe overall score after the set was 13-12.The Mens Doubles set between Ivo Karlovic and Jeevan Neduncheziyan (India) and Feliciano Lopez and Divij Sharan was no less in excitement as both sides tried to outsmart each other.However, Nagpurs players gave their side a slender edge of one point with a 5-3 win as the overall points stood at 17-16.With both sides engaged in a neck-and-neck competition, the result depended on the final set of the day, Mens Singles, between Ivo Karlovic of Hyderabad and Feliciano Lopez of Nagpur.Raising suspense on the outcome of the match, Karlovic and Lopez equalled the score at 4-4, resulting in a tie-breaker.Lopez had the last laugh as he managed to seal the match in his favour with a 5-4 score. PTI SJR PRMlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Warner hits 166 as Australia rack up 381 against Bangladesh,World Cup 2019: Warner hits 166 as Australia rack up 381 against Bangladesh

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 20, 2019 × COMMENT Published on Australia’s David Warner in action against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on June 20, 2019. – Reuters Australia’s David Warner in action against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, on June 20, 2019. – Reuters 0 SHARE In-form opener David Warner hit 166, the highest score of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, as Australia racked up 381-5 against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge on Thursday to maintain their charge towards the semi-finals.Warner, whose second century took his tournament-leading tally to 447 and captain Aaron Finch, with 396 to his name, yet again laid the platform with a carefully-constructed opening stand of 121.Usman Khawaja added 89, though not at a speed Australian fans would have wanted, before Glenn Maxwell picked up the pace by smashing 32 from 14 balls before being run out.Steve Smith was then plumb lbw for one – after a contender for the worst review of the tournament. Marcus Stoinis (not out 17) and Alex Carey (not out 11) took over and, after a rain interruption forced them to briefly go off with an over to go, finished with something of a flurry.Soumya Sarkar was the best of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking three for 58 in eight overs on a batsman-friendly track.Having chased down 322 with eight overs to spare against the West Indies on Monday, Bangladesh will still have some hope of claiming the victory they almost certainly need to maintain their hopes of breaking in to the top four but it would need the second-highest run chase in one day cricket to achieve it.Only South Africa’s incredible 438 to beat Australia in 2006 would top it, while the highest previous successful chase in a World Cup was Ireland’s 329 against England in 2011.“You’ve got to be confident with 380 on the board but you’ve got to come out and bowl well in the first 10 overs and look to take wickets, bowl some dots and build up some pressure,” said Warner. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappe trick and treat!

first_imgParis: Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe both scored second-half hat-tricks in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday night as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain recorded big victories. Sterling’s three goals came 11 minutes apart in the second half as Pep Guardiola’s City thumped Atalanta 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium to maintain their perfect record in Group C. The Italians had earlier taken the lead from Ruslan Malinovskyi’s 28th-minute penalty, but they were soon overrun and remain without a point in their debut Champions League campaign. Sergio Aguero equalised from a Sterling assist and the Argentine scored a penalty to put City ahead before the break. Sterling then took over, although City finished with 10 men as Phil Foden was sent off late on. “I should have had four. Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (in white) scores his team’s fifth goal in a Champions league Group ‘A’ match against Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges on Tuesday night.  Riyad Mahrez put me through and I was looking to put one on a plate for him, but I went through and should have finished it,” Sterling admitted to BT Sport. City will seal a place in the last 16 if they win away to Atalanta next, as nearest rivals Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb played out a 2-2 draw in Ukraine earlier. Compared to Sterling, Mbappe took a sluggish 22 minutes to score his three goals in PSG’s 5-0 romp away to former European Cup runners-up Club Brugge in Belgium in Group A. Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe Mauro Icardi scored twice for the French champions, who were without the injured Neymar but had Angel Di Maria in exceptional form — the Argentine set up four goals. According to sports statisticians Opta, the last player to come off the bench and score a hat-trick in the Champions League was Spaniard Joseba Llorente for Villarreal in 2008. “I wanted to start and I thought I was going to start, but the coach made his choice and I had to accept it. I also wanted to show that it’s difficult to get by without me,” Mbappe told French broadcaster RMC Sport. Paris Saint-Germain have a maximum nine points, are yet to concede a goal in Europe this season and will be through to the last 16 with a win at home to Club Brugge next month. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

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IPL 2018 Final: Shane Watson creates history with 2nd hundred of season

first_imgShane Watson smashed his second century of the 2018 Indian Premier League as his masterclass floored Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final on Sunday.Opener Watson, who got off the mark on the 11th delivery he faced in final, led Chennai Super Kings’ charge as they chased down the 179-run target set by SRH in the summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium.Watson looked a nervous starter but took the attack back to the bowlers soon with 11 fours and 8 sixes in his blitzkrieg.(MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)Watson recorded his fourth IPL century joining Virat Kohli in the list at the second place for batsmen with most number of hundreds.Kohli, who has scored four hundreds so far in his IPL career, had scored all his hundreds in his record-breaking season in 2016. Chris Gayle leads the list with six hundreds in the cash-rich T20 league.Watson raced to his century off 51 balls when he played towards short cover for a single off Rashid Khan.!!! Watto, you beauty!!Boss innings from @ShaneRWatson33. This is his second century in #VIVOIPL 2018. pic.twitter.com/ih7vijZTjhIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 27, 2018CSK had a quiet start and were rocked early as they lost Faf du Plessis. The 36-year-old, however, remained calm at the other end and was involved in a 117-run match-winning partnership with Suresh Raina (32) for the second wicket.Watson became the second batsmen after Wriddhiman Saha to score a century in an IPL final. Saha, playing for Kings XI Punjab, had achieved the feat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the final in 2014.advertisementHowever, Saha’s hundred came in a losing cause. But Watson became the highest scorer in an IPL final with his breathtaking knock.The Aussie remained unbeaten on 117 off 57 balls to power CSK to their third IPL title. CSK joined Mumbai Indians as the second team to win three IPL championships.CSK returned to the championship after completing their two-year suspension. CSK along with Rajasthan Royals were handed two-season suspensions by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha Committee in 2015 for betting and spot-fixing scam that rocked Indian cricket in 2013.Rajasthan Royals (2008), Deccan Chargers (2009), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) have lifted the trophy once each.Watson had spent 7 seasons with the Royals until his shift to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016 following Rajasthan’s two-year suspension from the league. He spent two seasons at RCB before CSK snapped up his services this year.Overall, the 36-year-old has scored over 3177 runs in 117 matches at an average of 32.41 and has picked up 92 wickets at 29.15 with one four-wicket haul.last_img read more

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CLASSIC CARS RETURN TO RIVERFRONT MUSEUM WELCOME CENTER

first_imgCLASSIC CARS FROM SEVERAL DECADES WILL BE ON DISPLAY ALONG THE SIOUX CITY RIVERFRONT ON SUNDAY.SIOUX CITY PUBLIC MUSEUM DIRECTOR STEVE HANSEN SAYS THE ANNUAL BILL DIAMOND ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MUSEUM’S SGT. FLOYD RIVERBOAT WELCOME CENTER ON LARSEN PARK ROAD:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CARSHOW1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… SHOW AND SHINE. ;14THE EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.IT’S LOCATED OFF THE SOUTH END OF HAMILTON BOULEVARD OFF INTERSTATE-29 EXIT 149.last_img

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FireRavaged Maersk Honam to Be Towed to Jebel Ali

first_imgImage Courtesy: Indian Coast GuardMaersk Line’s ultra large containership Maersk Honam, which was hit by a major fire on March 6, will be towed to Jebel Ali, the UAE, where its cargo will be off-loaded.The estimated time of arrival (ETA) is still to be confirmed, and may be approximately two weeks from now, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) said citing its 2M alliance partner. The salvage operation is led by Smit Salvage and Ardent.“Based on a limited amount of information to hand, MSC reasonably expects that a substantial proportion of the cargo located after, behind the ship’s accommodation area should be in sound condition. Unfortunately, we must assume, based on the details to date, that most containers located in front of the accommodation area are damaged by fire, heat or the water used to fight the fire,” MSC said in a customer advisory.“We will only be able to clarify the situation once the cargo has been discharged at the port of refuge and inspected.”Maersk Line said earlier that the berthing and discharging operations of the fire-ravaged boxship would result in high extraordinary costs.The company has therefore decided to declare General Average, under which all parties with a financial interest in the voyage are to proportionally share the losses resulting from the incident.The Danish carrier appointed Richards Hogg Lindley (RHL), London as the General Adjuster and they will keep all containers under their control until security arrangements have been made with the Average Adjusters, both for General Average and Salvage.The fire has claimed the lives of five of 27 seafarers that were manning the ship prior to the incident.A full investigation into the case is expected to determine the cause of the fire and the impact to the vessel and cargo.last_img read more

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Baloney Meter Would home cultivation of pot displace black market

first_imgOTTAWA – “The government has been clear that provinces and territories are able to make additional restrictions on personal cultivation but that it is critically important to permit personal cultivation in order to support the government’s objective of displacing the illegal market.” — Government motion in response to Senate amendments to Bill C-45, the cannabis legalization bill.—That is the Liberal government’s rationale for rejecting a Senate amendment that would have recognized the authority of provincial governments to prohibit home-grown pot if they choose.As drafted by the government, the bill would allow individuals to grow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling for personal use. Provinces would be allowed to further restrict that number but not ban home-grown weed altogether.And that’s the way the bill must stay, the government argues in a motion responding to the Senate’s nearly four dozen amendments to C-45. It’s “critically important” to permit Canadians to grow pot at home, it says, in order to support the government’s main goal of displacing the illegal marijuana market controlled by organized crime.Is the government right?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below). This one earns a rating of “some baloney.”Here’s why.THE FACTSDuring the 2015 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.Every single day that marijuana remains illegal, Canadians are being harmed, proving that the current approach is not working, Trudeau said last month, arguing legalization would take control away from criminal organizations and drug dealers.“Right now young people have far too easy access in Canada to marijuana. Criminal organizations make billions of dollars a year in profits on the sale of marijuana.”Trudeau said the federal government’s decisions on such elements of the bill were developed after years of consultations with experts looking at the most effective ways to cut criminal elements out of the sale of the drug.“The decision on home cultivation of up to four plants was based on logic and evidence and it’s one that we will continue to establish as part of the federal framework,” he said.THE EXPERTSNot everyone is buying it.Neil Boyd, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University, says he believes allowing home cultivation is just one tool to eliminate demand for cannabis illicitly produced by organized crime — but that it’s not the only answer.“I don’t think it’s the major tool in terms of eliminating organized crime,” Boyd said.He argues other elements of regulated pot will have a greater impact on Canadians opting for legal cannabis over drugs produced by non-regulated drug dealers — including offering more variety, guarantees of product safety, and better options for potencies and strains. Ensuring the price is competitive with the black market is also key, Boyd said.Proponents of home cultivation make the case that allowing it would place cannabis on an equal footing with alcohol, which people can legally make at home. But only a small percentage of Canadians actually do make their own wine and beer, Boyd argues.Andy Hathaway teaches in the criminal justice and public policy department at the University of Guelph and has researched cannabis use. He’s not convinced that home cultivation will significantly hurt the illicit market for pot. Most hobby growers, Hathaway says, wouldn’t be able to produce enough from four plants to rival the economies of scale, large-scale distribution networks and product quality that exist in the non-regulated market.But he does acknowledge that home access to legal pot would divert some black market business.“I suppose any kind of allowance for private cultivation… is going to loosen the grip of organized crime,” Hathaway says, adding his belief that a certain segment of the population will still prefer not to grow their own cannabis or go to government-sanctioned outlets to purchase the drug.Boyd did note that in places like Colorado and Washington, where marijuana has been legal for some time, the illicit market has not disappeared, but it has “declined markedly” as a consequence of legalization.Of the two, only Colorado permits home cultivation — and organized crime has been taking advantage, Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu told the Commons on Wednesday.“The government is going to do what Colorado did and allow home grow,” she said. “We can see how profitable organized crime has been there.”THE VERDICTAllowing Canadians to grow a modest amount of cannabis in their home has the potential for a “marginal displacement”of illicitly produced cannabis, as long as consumers are offered lots of options and a competitive price, Boyd says.But government shouldn’t expect to totally wipe out the competition, Hathaway argues. So the Liberal assertion that home cultivation is “critically important” to that goal contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians.Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurate— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitterlast_img read more

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Russian sent to US on charges he hacked Dropbox others

first_imgA Russian man arrested over a year ago in the Czech Republic made his first appearance Friday in a U.S. courtroom, denying that he hacked computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other U.S. companies, compromising the personal information of millions of Americans.Yevgeniy Nikulin, 30, pleaded not guilty to computer intrusion, aggravated identity theft and other charges in federal court in San Francisco. Nikulin had been extradited from Prague earlier in the day.Prosecutors say Nikulin penetrated the computers of Silicon Valley firms in 2012 and potentially gained access to the personal information of millions of Americans.“This is deeply troubling behaviour once again emanating from Russia,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a news release.He said computer hacking is “a direct threat to the security and privacy of Americans” and that the U.S. won’t tolerate it.Nikulin’s defence attorney has said his case is politically motivated in the U.S.Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan’s decision to send Nikulin to the U.S. was announced just minutes after the country’s constitutional Court released a statement that it rejected a last-minute appeal from the Nikulin as “groundless.”No further details were immediately available about the decision in which both the U.S. and Russia suspect him of criminal wrongdoing.The Czechs arrested Nikulin in Prague in co-operation with the FBI in October 2016. Russia also wanted him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.Both countries submitted their extradition requests on the same date.The Russian authorities previously had said they would do all they could to prevent Nikulin’s extradition to the U.S.Czech courts previously ruled both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions, leaving the decision to the justice minister.But after a last-ditch complaint filed by Nikulin with the country’s constitutional Court, the minister had to hold off on a decision until the court ruled.Earlier this week, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said in Prague that under Czech extradition law “we have every reason to believe and expect that Mr. Nikulin will be extradited to America.”But the Czech Republic’s pro-Russia president, Milos Zeman, repeatedly asked Pelikan to allow Nikulin’s extradition to Russia, the minister said. Zeman has no official say in cases like this one.Pelikan’s decision will likely further strain relations between the Czech Republic and Russia after the Czechs expelled three Russian diplomats in solidarity with Britain over a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy.In a statement published by Russia’s Tass news agency, the Russian Embassy in Prague called the step “deeply disappointing.”“Prague once again preferred the notorious allied solidarity without taking into account all the factors and circumstances of this case,” Alexei Kolmakov, the embassy’s press secretary, was quoted as saying.___Janicek reported from Prague.last_img read more

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CAWs Lewenza expects new GM proposal soon

TORONTO — The head of the Canadian Auto Workers union says he is optimistic after a day of constructive talks with General Motors that a new collective agreement can soon be reached with the automaker.CAW president Ken Lewenza said late Tuesday — in the midst of marathon negotiations — that the union is making more progress with GM Canada than with Chrysler after spending the day discussing details of a deal previously hammered out with Ford.“We’re anticipating General Motors at least providing a proposal shortly, but what it means I don’t know yet. Until you see such a proposal you don’t know how distanced you are,” he said.“The best thing I can say is we’re having constructive discussions with General Motors today and there’s a similar feeling of optimism at Chrysler at the subcommittee level, although there hasn’t been a lot of work at the senior levels.”[np-related]The union cancelled a Monday night strike deadline, agreeing to give Chrysler and GM negotiators more time to go over the tentative four-year deal it reached with Ford yesterday.The Ford deal contains no base wage increases and pension plans will remain the same for existing employees. Each worker will get $2,000 a year in the second, third and fourth years to cover cost of living increases, and a $3,000 ratification bonus.New hires will make 60% of full pay, which is reached after 10 years, up from a six-year progression scale agreed upon in the last collective agreement. New hires will also be signed up for a hybrid pension plan, rather than a defined benefit plan like current workers.The Ford deal will give 800 laid off employees a chance to get back to work, partially through the creation of 600 new jobs at its Canadian operations. Most of the new positions will be at its Oakville, Ont., assembly plant.The CAW has asked Chrysler and GM to continue the tradition of using the deal inked with one automaker to set a “pattern” for their own negotiations.Lewenza said discussions with the automakers will continue around the clock.On Monday, Lewenza told reporters that the two remaining automakers and the union were still “miles” apart. While talks were progressing Tuesday, Lewenza said he couldn’t say whether the companies and union were in any greater agreement because no new offers have been made.“I still think we’re miles apart because I haven’t seen a proposal other than the proposal that we rejected three or four days ago,” he said.However, he added that he is confident the companies understand the importance of pattern bargaining, which keeps labour and wages out of the numerous competitive pressures automakers face.“I feel good about the discussion we had at GM and that optimism should lead to a deal,” he said.“But bargaining is fluid and at any time something could fall off the rails, but I’m feeling optimistic.”A strike is still possible and Lewenza says the union will give 24-hours notice of a walkout if Chrysler and GM drag their feet on a deal. read more

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Rajinikanth cancels Sri Lanka visit following protests

Actor Rajinikanth who was scheduled to hand over to Tamils, the keys of 150 homes built for them on April 9 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, has pulled out of of the event, The Hindu newspaper reported.The houses were built by Gnanam Foundation, which has been named after Lyca Group chairman Subaskaran Allirajah’s mother, at a cost of Rs. 22 crore. Rajinikanth said he agreed to visit the island nation since he wanted to see the places where Tamils lived and died for their cause. “Though I disagree with the reasons given by VCK chief Thirumavalacan and MDMK chief Vaiko, I will not participate in the event”, the actor said in a statement. Rajinikanth said he planned to meet Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and urge him to find a lasting solution to the fishermen issue.“I am not a politician, I am an artist. My job is to entertain people. In future, if I get a chance to visit Sri Lanka to witness the place of the ‘holy war’, don’t silence me”, he said. read more

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Pacman Jones Arrested Says He Was Defending Himself

Adam (Pacman) Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive back whose arrest record is long as his sleeve, tweeted Monday that he had been arrested again, this time for assault for striking a woman in the face outside a Cincinnati bar.Jones, who has been arrested now at least nine times since joining the NFL, said he was “protecting” himself.Jones’ agent, Peter Schaffer, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Jones was approached by two intoxicated women who wanted to have their photos taken with the football player last Wednesday. When Jones refused, one of the women threw a beer bottle at him and Jones responded by slapping her.Jones turned himself in Monday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.Jones had attended the Cincinnati Reds’ game that night with several teammates, according to Schaffer.“Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for,” Jones wrote Monday on Twitter.Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told ESPN, “We don’t feel it’s appropriate to comment on unresolved legal matters.”The team begins a three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday and Jones is expected to participate.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN, “We’re aware of it and will review the facts at the appropriate time.” read more

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Highly touted 2015 recruit Torrance Gibson picks Ohio State

Urban Meyer has picked up yet another commitment from the class of 2015.Five-star athlete Torrance Gibson announced his decision to come to Columbus on Monday afternoon, choosing Ohio State over the University of Miami and Louisiana State University.Gibson, who has played quarterback for the majority of his high school career, is listed as the No. 2 athlete in the country by ESPN and No. 13 player overall.The 6-foot-5, 207-pound Gibson led American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., to the class 5A Florida state title last season as a junior, as he threw for 1,864 yards and amassed another 1,032 on the ground, totaling 29 touchdowns (19 passing, 10 rushing).The commitment gives Meyer and the Buckeyes a total of 19 commitments in the 2015 class and a seventh ESPN 300 commit.OSU currently has four quarterbacks on scholarship: senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and freshman Stephen Collier. read more

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Teenager shot dead in east London

A teenager has died after he was shot in east London, sparking a murder probe.The 19-year-old man was rushed to hospital by friends after the incident in Walthamstow, at around 11pm on Saturday night.The victim was pronounced dead at 11.38pm, the Metropolitan Police said.It comes less than 24 hours after a 20-year-old man was killed in a “senseless” stabbing at a house party in north-east London.Two other people, a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man, were also seriously injured in the incident, although their injuries were not life-threatening.There have been more than 100 homicides in the capital so far this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Detectives are appealing for information over the shooting on Saturday night.Police said they were called to Vallentin Road shortly after 11pm.”The victim – a 19-year-old man – was driven by friends to a north-east London hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11.38pm,” the force said.”Officers believe they know his identity, but await formal identification and confirmation that next of kin have been informed.”A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course.”So far no-one has been arrested and witnesses were urged to contact police. read more

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Jannik Kohlbacher to Rhein Neckar Lowen

2013–2015 TV Großwallstadt 2015– HSG Wetzlar The German NT line-player Jannik Kohlbacher will join Rhein Neckar Lowen in summer 2018! The 22-years old member of HSG Wetzlar signed three years with the reigning DKB Bundesliga champions.“Jannick is on the way to become the best German line-player. We are happy that he will join our club in summer 2018”, said Rhein Neckar Lowen coach Nikolaj Jakobsen.Kohlbacher’s career: Jannik KohlbacherRhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story PRINCESS GOES HOME: Cristina Neagu to CSM Bucharest Next Story → BIG MISTAKE: PSG “KEMPA WINNER” in Flensburg was “irregular” 2012–2013 SG Leutershausen

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Aussies biggest spenders in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australians spend more and stay longer in Greece than any other nationality, according to new figures released by the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises.Some 100,000 Aussies travel to Greece each year, many visiting friends and family. On average we’re spending €1420 ($1820) per trip, and we stay 12 days longer than most other nationalities, with the next biggest spenders being Canadians (€1207), Americans (€1098) and Russians (€1005). Tourism accounts for 16 per cent of Greece’s gross domestic product and according to the Bank of Greece people visiting Greece spent €9.77 billion in the country in the financial year 2011-2012, compared with €10.18 billion in 2010-2011. Melbourne-based holiday operator Cox & Kings, one of the major Australian suppliers of holidays to Greece and which handles 40,000 passengers a year into Europe, says that the marked decline in passenger numbers to Greece in 2012, brought about by negative media coverage, has now been halted.Steve Reynolds, Cox & Kings chief executive, told Neos Kosmos: “We’re trading about 60 per cent up on bookings to Greece against the same period last year. “Greece has an enduring popularity with the Australian public and the statistics released highlight that.”Mr Reynolds says that while the Cyclades continue to be the most popular destination for Australians, a more adventurous spirit was seeing Aussies wanting to explore the road less travelled.“Australians have a love affair with Mykonos and Santorini, but more now want to travel to the lesser known islands like Ithaca and Zakynthos, and the mainland is becoming more popular. “We’re featuring coastal resorts within 90 minutes drive of Athens – the diversity of product that Australians are buying is also growing as well as the numbers returning, so it’s a double positive.”Christina Kalogera, director of the Greek National Tourism Organisation which is responsible for promoting Greece in Australia and New Zealand, says the latest figures bode well for the 2013 season.“Greece is safe and welcoming, and not just a must-see destination for those who have never been before. More than 16 million people visit Greece every year and they leave with the best impressions.“For those that return, there is always more to see, do, feel, and experience. Each village, city, and island is a unique destination just waiting to be discovered.”Ms Kalogera said that in the third quarter of 2012, tourist numbers into Greece from Australia was up by nearly nine per cent. “This is very encouraging, and we’re getting very good feedback at the moment from travel agents in terms of bookings for 2013.”Katie Rodopoulos – product manager for Tempo Holidays, a subsidiary brand of Cox & Kings – says that while the islands remain the primary destination for Australians, all her passengers spend two or three nights in Athens at the top and tail of the holiday.While the media talks up ferry and public transport strikes in the capital, Ms Rodopoulos says for Tempo and its passengers, such events had rarely been a problem.“It does happen from time to time but the beauty of booking through a reputable travel company is that we are forewarned if there is going to be a strike, so passenger arrangements are changed on the ground by our service provider with very minimal disruption to your holiday.“Last year we had two ferry strikes in season and we had two weeks notice, and it had minimal disruption for our customers.” With the 2013 season beckoning, to use a well-worn phrase, there isn’t a better time to make that booking, says Tempo’s product manager.“Hoteliers have brought prices down and are doing special deals, our advice is to get in early.”last_img read more

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Android Andy Rubin ne quittera pas Google

first_imgAndroid : Andy Rubin ne quittera pas GoogleCo-fondateur d’Android, dont il supervise le développement chez Google, Andy Rubin a fermement démenti être sur le point de quitter son poste. Il réfute la rumeur qui le dit prêt à rejoindre une start-up californienne, et en profite pour annoncer que le nombre d’activations quotidiennes de terminaux Android est passé à quelque 900.000.Une rumeur lancée il y a quelques jours par le blogueur Robert Scoble sur Google+ évoquait le possible départ d’Andy Rubin, l’un des fondateurs de l’OS mobile Android, pour rejoindre une start-up californienne basée à Los Atlos, CloudCar. C’est sur son propre compte Google + qu’il a fermement démenti cette nouvelle, affirmant qu’il n’avait aucune intention de quitter lé géant de Mountain View.”CloudCar, c’est un groupe d’amis auquel je donne gratuitement de l’espace de bureau dans mon incubateur de Los Altos” a-t-il expliqué. Cette structure d’accompagnement accueille d’autres jeunes sociétés telles que Revel Touch, qui développe une application de shopping en ligne dédiée aux tablettes tactiles. “Je ne rejoins ni l’une ni l’autre, et je n’ai pas le projet de quitter Google” insiste Andy Rubin.Le vice-président de l’ingénierie chez Google continuera donc de superviser le développement de la plate-forme, et il profite de cette rumeur pour se féliciter du succès d’Android. Quelques 900.000 terminaux embarquant l’OS de Google sont chaque jour activés, annonce-t-il sur le réseau social. En février dernier, 850.000 activations étaient quotidiennement enregistrées. A ce rythme, Android devrait s’offrir cette année plus de 60% des parts du marché mondiale des smartphones. Le 12 juin 2012 à 17:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Alex Sandros contract extension negotiations reached a stalemate

first_imgThe potential Alex Sandro suitors have been handed a major boost after the Brazilian played down a contract extension with Juventus.Ever since his arrival from Porto back in 2015, the 27-year-old full-back has imposed himself as a regular starter under Massimiliano Allegri.The Brazil international has registered a total of 124 appearances for the Bianconeri, having notched 9 goals and provided 18 assists in the process. Only this season, Alex Sandro has featured in eight Serie A clashes, as well as, both Champions League matches with the Old Lady.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…However, a £2.65 million-per-a-year salary doesn’t seem to be acceptable for Sandro’s appetites, who lines up a potential exit in case the management fails to satisfy his demands.According to Sports Mole, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are both closely monitoring the situation, hoping to take advantage and wrap up a settlement.Still, after the Red Devils extended Luke Shaw’s contract, the Parisians look like the most likely candidates to strike the deal. With Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa, both failed to impress this season, Thomas Tuchel may launch an assault already next January.last_img read more

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Evra criticizes AC Milan fans

first_imgThe former Juventus defender talked to the Rossoneri supporters via a video on Instagram after commenting on Paulo Dybala’s accountFormer Juventus defender Patrice Evra has always used Instagram to talk to fans.And after he commented on Paulo Dybala’s account yesterday, he has been fighting with AC Milan fans.“Hello, hello, this is a message for my dear Milanisti friends,” Evra was quoted by Football Italia.“Yesterday I commented on the account of Paulo Dybala, who is a Juve player, and I made a comment about Bonucci.”“Where did Bonucci play last season? Out in the world? No, at Milan. Why do you talk about respect for history?” he added.“If the whole world got to know Calcio then it’s thanks to Milan, but now the whole world knows Calcio thanks to Juve.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“They have a president named [Andrea] Agnelli who isn’t joking around, so don’t talk about respect,” he commented.“I clown around, I laugh, but when we talk seriously, we talk seriously. Paulo, you have a lot of frustrated Milan fans on your account… come on, I love you.”last_img read more

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