Sir Richard Branson Talks About The Importance Of The Elders

first_imgSir Richard Branson has revealed that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is helping to establish The Elders.“When I think about the things I am most proud of, working with Virgin Unite, Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela to incubate The Elders is right up there,” he blogged. “This astonishing group of independent global leaders is going from strength to strength, working together for peace and human rights.“While I was in Davos, The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, spoke out an all manner of issues, ranging from the need for greater leadership and cooperation to dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.“Members of The Elders have been in charge of countries, from the US to the Republic of Ireland, Brazil to Norway, Mexico to Finland. In Kofi Annan, they are led by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi, Martti Ahtisaari and President Carter have all been named Nobel Peace Laureates. They have all witnessed history on the frontlines, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Haiti.“The Elders operate where there is war and abject poverty – but also hope. Where yesterday’s enemies sign today’s peace treaties. Where innovation transforms millions of people’s lives.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

Minerva train but miss prematch meet AIFF calls it blatant disregard

first_imgBhubaneswar: Barely hours before the tournament’s scheduled kick-off, the Super Cup was shrouded in uncertainty with Minerva Punjab FC giving the customary pre-match conference and meeting a miss, prompting the All India Football Federation to label it as “blatant disregard”. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of the tournament after eight I-League clubs Tuesday pulled out citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). “While representatives from three clubs — FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and Indian Arrows — were present on both occasions, Minerva Punjab FC did not attend either despite being present in Bhubaneswar,” the AIFF said in a statement. “This is extremely disappointing, and a blatant disregard for the federation,” the apex body added. As per the schedule, former I-League champions Minerva Punjab are slated to play Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City on Friday, the opening day of the qualifiers. In case Minerva Punjab stick to their decision to withdraw, the AIFF said the “rules and regulations of the tournament will be invoked”, and the matter forwarded to the relevant authority for further action and decision. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva, along with seven other teams, had Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Minerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams.last_img read more

Von Miller Says He Has Not Disappointed His Teammates

Von Miller is speaking out about the four-game suspension he received for undisclosed reasons and which is currently being reviewed on appeal by the NFL. The Denver Broncos linebacker met with the media Wednesday and said he does not believe he let his team down.“I don’t think I let my teammates down,” Miller said. “Everybody has tough moments.”According to reports, in addition to the undisclosed reason he has been suspended this year, Miller has tested positive for amphetamines and marijuana in the past.When asked whether he still smokes pot, the NFL star said, “Absolutely not.”The linebacker would not reveal any other details about his suspension.“I’m obviously aware of the situation surrounding me, but out of respect for confidentiality … I can’t talk about it,” he said. “I can touch (on it) in more detail when the situation is resolved.” read more

Cleveland Browns Looking to Ben Tate for Replacement

The Cleveland Browns has selected a new runningback for Trent Richardson’s replacement.The Browns has set their sights on Ben Tate, whose contract with the Houston Texans expires after this season, to replace Richardson.The Browns traded Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a very valuable first round draft pick next year. If the Browns ball club is able to come up with the capital, they could acquire both Tate and a first round pick for the price of Richardson.ESPN reported that Browns CEO Joe Banner said that the Richardson trade, which was completed Wednesday, was not reflective of anything negative about the star running back, and that the team simply seized an opportunity to improve with the deal.Despite the Browns interest in Tate, the Texans aren’t simply willing to give Tate up, especially when their backup running back Arian Foster is looking more and more injury prone.  In Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the 25-year-old Tate rushed for 148 yards on just 18 carries, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. read more

Wolves beat rivals to the signing of Chinese teenager

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have won the race to sign Dongda He from Notts County.Wolves fought off competition from a Premier League team to sign the Chinese teenager for an undisclosed fee on deadline day. The 17-year-old midfielder is expected to join the club’s academy after completing his move. Wolves beat Southampton and other interested parties to the signature of the teenager.The young starlet was previously a scholar at Notts County and impressed in preseason games this season for the League Two side.Dongda was impressive in the Magpies’ 3-1 win over Basford United, scoring a fantastic goal and also features against Leicester City.Notts County owner Alan Hardy revealed the offer tabled by Wolves was too good to turn down.“First and foremost, we’re very, very proud of Dongda. He’s a player this club has nurtured for many years and to see him get his move to the Premier League is fantastic,” Hardy said, as quoted by BirminghamLive.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, it’s a lucrative deal which will only improve in time.”“Also, invaluably, it sends a clear message to young players – both our own and those who may join us in the future – that Notts County provides a pathway to success.”County striker Jon Stead also told how impressed he was with the young midfielder’s exciting displays before his move.“He was brilliant and a real livewire,” he told the Nottingham Post.“Dongda wants to be on the ball and wants to try things. That is key because sometime young players can play within themselves and be a little shy.”last_img read more

Huddersfield to redevelop training complex

first_imgPremier League club Huddersfield has announced an investment of £20million to redevelop their Canalside training complex.Huddersfield were promoted to the Premier League in 2017, and they are hoping to upgrade their training base “to the highest of Premier League standards” in 2020.Huddersfield said on their official website: “The redevelopment represents a major investment in the club’s facilities and the community, with an estimated £15million to £20million committed to the project by chairman Dean Hoyle and the board of directors,”“The new plans, which are timetabled to be completed in time for the 2020/21 pre-season, will create a new level of elite sports environment for Huddersfield Town’s first team and academy.”Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.Huddersfield Town’s Chief Executive Julian Winter was pleased with plans. He said: “We’re delighted that, after some very hard work from several parties, we’ve reached the stage to be able to reveal our provisional plans for PPG Canalside to our supporters.“It’s been fantastic to see the response to the initial announcement and to hear directly from fans in the early stages of our consultation process. It’s clear that they all understand how important these plans are to the long-term, sustainable success of their football club.“This represents a very significant investment from the Chairman and the football club in turning PPG Canalside into an elite sports environment. We’re a Club that prides itself on developing players and this state-of-the-art training complex will be a huge asset to the technical staff in that goal.”last_img read more

Davies Spurs derby defeat to Arsenal really hurts

first_imgTottenham full-back Ben Davies revealed the entire squad is suffering from their 4-2 defeat to rivals Arsenal on SundaySpurs headed into the break with a 2-1 lead at the Emirates after goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.However, in light of Arsenal coach Unai Emery’s double substitution in the during half-time, Spurs conceded three goals after the break to lose the North London derby 4-2.The result also saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs into fourth-place in the Premier League table.“It’s a horrible feeling losing the derby,” Davies told the club website.“Losing the derby hurts a lot. it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a very disappointing result but we have to go away, try to get it out of our minds now and focus on the next games coming up.“They came out of the blocks, but we had a really good go and got back into the game.“That’s why it’s so disappointing we let it slip. Those are the games where you sometimes have to grind it out and we didn’t do that well enough.“You have to deal with the highs and the lows. That’s football. Obviously, losing the derby hurts a lot and it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.“We have to make sure we pick up three points against Southampton and bounce back straight away.”Spurs will host Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more

Govt apologizes for 2010 West Kingston Operation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Government has formally apologized to residents of West Kingston and all Jamaicans who were affected by the operations of the security forces in May 2010, which resulted in the loss of lives and damage to property.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, delivered a statement in Parliament on Wednesday (December 6) in which he expressed regret for the pain and loss that occurred during the operation, specifically the lives that were lost.“The loss of life was never the option that the State wanted to take.   The fact that lives were lost, therefore, is regrettable, is something that we are sorry for; and to start that process of healing, I believe there are grounds, and room for us to make a sincere apology,” the Prime Minister said.During the 2010 security operations to capture the fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, 73 civilians and a soldier were killed while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.   A Commission of Inquiry into that operation recommended financial compensation for persons victimized by the State and that the Government issue a formal apology for the use of excessive force by the security forces.    An apology was proposed as one form of redress and promoting justice as well as restoring trust and confidence in the State.The Prime Minister said the Government has accepted the recommendations of the Commission and is leading “by extending the hand of peace, starting the process of healing, and in engineering the recovery of a country from one of violence and conflict to one of peace, order, and the supremacy of the rule of law”.Mr. Holness said the Government agrees that the events, the way they unfolded, presented enormous challenges to the security forces, but it is cognizant that even under those conditions, the standards of human rights must be observed by agents of the State.   He noted that an “expensive lesson” to be learnt from this event is that “even where emergency powers are used, even where we have suspended some rights by virtue of the use of emergency powers, the State, through its agents – in this case the security forces, is still bound to respect and preserve life and the dignity of the people they serve”.He said the experience coming out of the security operations “can’t be for naught; it must define how we operate as a country going forward”.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Benitez defends Newcastle rotation policy Its not like I have Messi

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez says that having non-Lionel Messi like players means that he’s had to rotate a lot recently to give the team a physical edgeFollowing a run of just one win in their last six Premier League games, Newcastle find themselves down in 15th-place in the standings in their second season back in the English top-flight.This has led to even more pressure going Benitez’s way with critics hitting out against his management after Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day.Matters failed to improve for the Spaniard on Saturday when Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw at home to second division side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round.For the game, Benitez made eight changes to the line-up that had lost 2-0 to Manchester United three days beforehand.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But the 58-year-old defended his approach by explaining how fatigue means none of his players would be able to perform at their best during this congested run of fixtures.“If you had Lionel Messi – OK, he would have to be there no matter what because he can make the difference,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“But, if you don’t have players like Messi or players of a similar level, you need players who can give you something physically in a third game in a row in a short period of time.”The Magpies will next travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Benitez’s old club Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

Man who fired gun near soldout Ice Cube concert in Del Mar

first_img KUSI Newsroom, January 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An Escondido man who pulled out a gun and fired two shots in the air when he couldn’t get a ticket to a sold-out Ice Cube concert at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, prompting a sheriff’s deputy to shoot him four times, pleaded guilty Wednesday to discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.Daniel Elizarraras, 22, faces three years in prison when he is sentenced March 4. A charge of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic weapon was dismissed as part of the plea.Elizarraras had faced up to 19 years behind bars, said Deputy District Attorney David McNees. The defendant pleaded guilty on the day his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin.Prior to the shooting last Sept. 2, fairgrounds officials had determined that the venue was at capacity and turned people away from the horse races and the concert by the rapper Ice Cube.Fights broke out between security guards and would-be concert-goers who were upset that they weren’t going to be allowed into the show, witnesses said.Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Eikermann — an 11-year veteran of the department — saw Elizarraras raise a silver-colored firearm and shoot into the air in a large crowd by a ticket booth, prompting the deputy to pull out his Taser, but it was ineffective, authorities said.Eikermann pulled out his firearm and shot Elizarraras four times when the defendant lower his right hand and pointed his semi-automatic weapon at the deputy, according to prosecutors.Elizarraras was hit three times in the torso and once in the arm. One bullet is still lodged near the defendant’s spine, McNees said.Earlier Report: Man shot by Sheriff’s Deputy outside Del Mar concert pleads not guilty Man who fired gun near sold-out Ice Cube concert in Del Mar pleads guiltylast_img read more

55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo is being held next weekend

first_img April 20, 2019 Posted: April 20, 2019 55th Annual Lakeside Rodeo is being held next weekend 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of the most popular family-friendly events in our region is coming next weekend.Joining KUSI to talk about the rodeo is Miss Rodeo Lakeside Renee Winter and Miss Jr. Rodeo Lakeside Vianette Garcia.For more information: https://www.lakesiderodeo.com/ KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Despite Brutal 2009 Home Magazines Are Fastest Growing Category

first_imgAccording to The Standard Periodical Directory, other growing magazine categories include celebrity publications (up from 81 titles in 2005 to 139 in 2010), which saw the launch of magazines such as Disney twenty-three and Juicy.  The categories with the most overall titles include Medicine (3,285), Law (2,357), Ethnic (2,179), Computers (1.822), Religion (1,833), Education (1,473), Business (1,365), Health (1,237), Investment (1,136) and Travel (1,131). Home and shelter magazines dominated magazine publishing over the past decade until the collapse of both the housing and print advertising markets.But in spite of a disastrous 2009, home titles lead all categories in terms of growth in the number of titles over the last five years, up from 123 in 2005 to 337 in 2010, according to newly released The Standard Periodical Directory, published by Oxbridge Communications. However, ad pages in the Home Furnishings and Supplies category fell 27.4 percent last year, according to Publishers Information Bureau. “While home magazines experienced strong growth over the last five years, 2009 was a tough year for that category with the closing of Country Home, Southern Accents, Domino, Backyard Living and Metropolitan Home,” said Oxbridge president Trish Hagood in a statement.In November 2009, the 2010 National Directory of Magazines, which tracks data for 17,020 North American pubs that accept advertising, said that home titles grew 167 percent over the past five years, from 105 to 280. Since 2004, that’s an increase from 105 to 280 titles in the category. Real estate publications also nearly doubled during this period.last_img read more

Concord Opts to Reopen Negotiations with Lennar

first_imgThe Concord City Council last week voted to reopen negotiations with Lennar Urban in an attempt to strike a better deal before deciding whether to select the firm as its master developer for the first phase of the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California.If the city achieves concessions from Lennar on a number of issues, the council could vote on the contract May 3, reported East Bay Times. Lennar remains the only candidate in the competition after Catellus Development Corp. pulled out due to its loss of trust in the city’s selection process.The talks between the city and Lennar will cover funding for affordable housing, the scope of infrastructure construction and improvements to a heavily traveled bridge. The council rejected Lennar’s proposal to use binding arbitration and to grant it the right to develop future phases of the project.Lennar Urban President Kofi Bonner indicated he is willing to accept most of the city’s changes to its proposed term sheet, according to the story.City staff also will look into the feasibility of Concord acting as its own master developer or forming a joint powers authority to lead the conversion of the weapons station into a series of neighborhood villages if the city fails to reach a compromise with Lennar.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime, unparalleled opportunity to deliver a world-class development and to generate revenue for the city,” said Councilman Dan Helix. “We must, and I expect will, get 100 percent of what is available for us or chalk up this process to experience and start over,” he said.The reuse plan for the 5,046-acre weapons station site calls for building up to 12,272 housing units and 6.1 million square feet of commercial space clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Almost 70 percent of the property would be open space and recreational facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE State Rep Jim Lyons Tewksburys Other State Rep Endorses Prinzivalli

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press release from the campaign of 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury):Today, Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, announced that she has been endorsed by State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) who serves Precincts 3 & 3A in Tewksbury.“I’m excited to have the support from one of the best fighters for the taxpayers on Beacon Hill,” said Prinzivalli. “Rep Lyons has been a champion for more local aid and has led the way in fighting the opioid crisis. He’s also a great small business owner here in Tewksbury. I can’t wait to serve with him at the State House.”“For 8 years I’ve had the honor of serving Precincts 3 and 3A in Tewksbury,” said Rep Lyons. “This election we have the opportunity to continue the tradition. Pina will be a partner who will help me protect the taxpayers, combat the opioid crisis, and fight for more local aid so our towns can have the best services possible. That’s why I’m asking you to vote for Pina Prinzivalli on Tuesday, November 6. Together, we’ll continue the tradition.”In May, Prinzivalli joined Representative Lyons’ efforts to impeach Judge Timothy Feeley who came under fire for his decision to release a career heroin dealer, stating he was only trying ‘to provide for his family. Judge Feeley also lowered the bail for John Williams, who after his release was arrested and charged with the murder of a Maine sheriff’s deputy.“Pina will help make our communities safer,” said Lyons. “Pina joined my fight and I need you to send her to Beacon Hill so she can help me hold activist judges accountable.”Early voting is underway through November 2. The general election is November 6th.Pina Prinzivalli with U.S. Senate candidate & State Rep. Geoff Diehl and State Rep. Jim LyonsLike 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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

Apple Watch getting its own App Store

first_img Best Buy See also See It WWDC 2019 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event Walmart WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • Apple Watch getting its own App Store See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The new Watch App store will roll with the release of WatchOS 6. However, there’s no word yet when WatchOS 6 will arrive (we’ll update this story as soon as we find out). But Apple did preview the Watch App Store store at WWDC 2019 and showed off several new apps, including an audiobooks app, language translator, calculator, sports and health apps, as well as new Watch Faces. apple-watch-store-2Some of the new independent Watch apps coming soon. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13 2:20 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now App store coming to Apple Watch Comment $349 Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Apple has managed to sell a lot of Apple Watches, but one of the complaints some users have is that there’s no native app store for the Watch — you have to find iOS apps that are compatible with the Watch. Well, that’s about to change, as Apple has announced an app store for the Watch, with its own independent apps that you can search for and download right on your Watch. Wearable Tech Tablets Wellness This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today’s Apple news. See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Apple Watch Series 4 See All 46 Photos $399 $413 See It Apple • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC $349 1 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Applelast_img read more

Reliance Communications mulls merger with MTS India

first_imgThe board of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) will on Monday consider a merger arrangement with the India operations of Russian telecom giant MTS, RCom said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).RCom has been in talks with Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) since June to merge the latter’s Indian operations with itself. SSTL provides data services in India under the MTS brand to 10 million subscribers across 450 towns.”Reliance Communications has informed BSE that a meeting of the Board of Directors of the company will be held on November 2 to consider a scheme of arrangement for demerger of the telecom business undertaking of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. into the company,” Rcom informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.The deal would extend the validity of the RCom spectrum by 12 years.”The proposed merger will be highly value-accretive for RCom, as it will, in eight important circles, extend the validity of the 850-MHz spectrum by a significantly long period of 12 years, all the way up to 2033,” Anil Ambani said at the company’s annual general meeting on September 30.As part of the stock swap deal negotiated, Sistema would get a stake of 8-10 percent in the merged entity, while RCom would hold controlling stake.The combined entity will have about 120 million subscribers, making it the fourth largest telecom operator in India, after Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.MTS India operates in nine circles – Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.last_img read more

Lady Gaga mishap on an electronic robot during performance fans freaking out

first_imgLady Gaga at Super Bowl LI (2017)ReutersLady Gaga could have injured herself after her recent routine if it weren’t for her quick-thinking back-up dancers. During her routine, the popstar slipped off a giant fire-breathing robot.Lady Gaga was performing at her Vegas residency when the incident took place. Reportedly the robot was gigantic, had claws, and spewed fire and steam. After delivering the open lines of her song, Lady Gaga took assistance from her backup dancers to disembark the beast, but almost tumbled off. However, her backup dancers’ reflexes were quick enough to keep the pop star from stopping the show mid-chorus.Apparently, rather than laughing at the on-stage faux pas, fans were sighing in relief that Gaga didn’t hurt her bones. Lady Gaga is no stranger to on stage mishaps and injuries, having broken her hip and left a hole in the area amid the Born This Way world tour in 2013. The injury reportedly forced her to cancel the remaining shows to undergo hip surgery, and Gaga’s Little Monsters weren’t ready for a repeat.  Musician Lady Gaga arrives on a mechanical horse at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 24, 2013.ReutersAny performance where a performer doesn’t make a fool of themselves is a victory, but it was all the more important for Lady Gaga as it was an important date for her. She launched the Haus of Gaga/Las Vegas exhibit at the Park MGM on May 30, which gives visitors a blast to the past of her most legendary outfits over the past decade. Lady Gaga sure knows how to put on a performance and “The Cure” singer really seems to give it her all. We have to say that her voice and showmanship are some of the reasons she is one of the most successful popstars in the world. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Triple talaq bill passed by Rajya Sabha will contribute to women empowerment

first_imgTwitterThe Triple Talaq bill criminalising instant divorce in the Muslim community was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with the government mustering numbers for its smooth sailing in the Upper House where it still lacks majority support.The contentious Bill was passed with 99 members voting in favour and 84 against it. It was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.This is an occasion to salute the remarkable courage of those Muslim women who have suffered great wrongs just due to the practice of Triple Talaq.The abolition of Triple Talaq will contribute to women empowerment and give women the dignity they deserve in our society.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 30, 2019 This is the second instance in recent days when the Modi government managed to come out on top in the Rajya Sabha. The controversial RTI Amendment Bill was passed last week amid a walkout by the Congress.Replying to the debate on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad countered criticism by the opposition parties on making Triple Talaq a cognizable offence.He said that nobody questioned the penal provision when the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955, Dowry Act of 1961 and Section 498A were brought.The Minister said the Hindu Marriage Act said the minimum age of the groom should be 21 and of the bride 18. A two-year jail term was provided for those violating the law. Then it was not said that it would disturb married life, he said.Further, the law provides that a marriage will be void in case a person went for remarriage even as he or she had a spouse.Quoting a book by an Islamic scholar, Prasad said that if Prophet Mohammed disapproved of Triple Talaq centuries back, why were we in 2019 debating whether it was right or wrong.Earlier in the day, while participating in the discussion, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad opposed the Bill and demanded it be referred to a Select Committee so that each provision in it was duly analysed and vetted. Twitter/Rajyavardhan Rathore official handleAzad took on the Law Minister for selectively quoting Supreme Court orders. He said the government should also bring legislation on mob lynching as a similar direction had come from the apex court in the wake of rising violence against the minority community.He called the Bill politically motivated and said there was nothing in it to protect Muslim women, for their subsistence allowance and their children.Javed Ali Khan of the Samajwadi Party, who opposed the Bill, said there were women in the country who had been abandoned by their husbands.”I want to know if the government is planning to bring any law to ensure the abandoned wives receive allowance from these husbands,” Khan asked.This prompted BJP leader Bhupender Yadav to say that a charge cannot be levelled against any person unless he or she has been convicted by a court.A. Navaneethakrishnan of the AIADMK dubbed the Bill unconstitutional, arbitrary and illegal.”It is not sustainable under law… I humbly submit to this House that Parliament has no legislative competence to entertain it,” he said, demanding scrutiny of the Bill by a Select Committee.When put to vote after the reply by the Law Minister, the motion to send the Bill to a Select Committee was defeated with 84 in favour and 100 against it.The Bill makes declaration of triple talaq a cognizable offence, attracting up to three years’ imprisonment with a fine.Under the proposed law, a Muslim woman against whom triple talaq has been declared is entitled to seek subsistence allowance from her husband for herself and also for her dependent children.A Muslim woman against whom Triple Talaq has been pronounced is entitled to seek custody of her minor children.TMC leader Dola Sen demanded that the Bill be sent to a Select Committee.”We are all for women empowerment. We are all for women’s rights. Two things — one, just remove the criminality clause. Two, don’t mock the Parliament by passing this Bill today. Send this Bill to a Select Committee,” she said.BJP’s Saroj Pandey countered that all those supporting Triple Talaq were against women.T.K.S. Elangovan of the DMK said he welcomed the Supreme Court order on Triple Talaq.”But I strongly oppose the Bill because it is faulty and the government has failed to understand that the court has only made Triple Talaq unlawful and not divorce per se as unlawful,” the Tamil Nadu leader said.The BJD supported the Bill but asked the ruling party why it opposed a judgement on Sabarimala if it wanted to empower women.Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh expressed reservation on the manner the Bill was brought and pointed out that the government had not consulted the Muslim community on the issue.BJP ally Janata Dal (United) walked out soon after discussion started on the Bill.last_img read more

State Bank of India Q1 loss at Rs 4876 crore on higher

first_imgReutersState Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported a major loss of Rs 4,876 crore for the first quarter ending June, caused by higher provisioning on account of its accumulated non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans.In a stock exchange filing, the SBI said it had earned a net profit of Rs 2,005.5 crore in the same period of last fiscal.The bank’s total income during the April-June period, however, rose to Rs 65,492.67 crore as compared to Rs 62,911.08 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2017-18.The country’s largest lender’s NPAs during the quarter in review rose to 10.69 percent of its total advances, as compared to 9.97 percent in the same period a year ago.Gross NPAs increased to Rs 2,12,840 crore at end-June, from Rs 1,88,068 crore at the end of June last year. However, SBI’s net NPAs fell to Rs 99,236 crore at the end of the first quarter, as compared to Rs 1,07,560 crore in the same period a year ago.Total provisions during the quarter more than doubled to Rs 19,228 crore, from Rs 8,929.5 crore in June 2017. Sequentially, as compared to the previous quarter, however, total provisions fell 31.5 percent from Rs 28,096 crore in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal.Provisions towards bad loans during the first quarter rose 7.5 percent over the last year’s to Rs 13,038 crore but jumped sequentially by 46 per cent.The first quarter results mark the third straight quarterly loss posted by the SBI. On a consolidated basis, the bank posted a net loss of Rs 4,230 crore against a profit of Rs 3,032 crore in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.With results coming in during market hours, the SBI stock closed on Friday at Rs 304.45 a share, down Rs 12.00, or 3.79 percent, from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more