Sreejesh retained as captain for Asian hockey Champions Trophy

first_imgStar goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was on Thursday retained as captain of the Indian men’s hockey team for the fourth edition of the Asian Champions Trophy, to be held at Kuantan in Malaysia from October 20.Mid-fielder Manpreet Singh was named Sreejesh’s deputy in the 18-member squad announced by Hockey India (HI).The squad is a mix of young and experienced players. Star drag flicker VR Raghunath has been rested along with the forwardline duo of Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh while seasoned defender Birendra Lakra makes a come-back after an injury lay-off.Lakra, who recently showed his prowess in the recently held Obaidullah Khan Heritage Hockey Cup in Bhopal and the MCC-Murugappa Cup in Chennai, will form India’s defence along with the experienced Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar and Pardeep Mor.While the midfield line-up remains unchanged, the forwardline will see Talwinder Singh and Lalit Kumar Upadhyay. Defender Jasjit Singh Kular will be expected to double-up as drag flicker in the absence of Raghunath. (Will play to beat Pakistan for sake of our soldiers: PR Sreejesh)Scheduled two months after the Olympic Games, the men’s Asian Champions Trophy will see India, Korea, Japan, China and hosts Malaysia challenge defending champions Pakistan.”The Asian Champions Trophy is an important tournament for us and going by the world rankings, India will go in as favourites to win the title. The team has been upbeat since their return to the camp after the Olympic Games and are eager to start the season on a winning note,” expressed Roelant Oltmans, chief coach and Director High Performance.advertisementCommenting on his side’s preparations, Sreejesh emphasised on playing with caution.”We may be the top ranked team in Asia right now but no team can be taken lightly. The defending Champions (Pakistan) are known to spring a surprise and Korea too will be a team to watch out for as they have been playing good quality hockey lately,” he said.Squad:Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (Captain) Akash ChikteDefenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Pardeep Mor, Jasjit Singh Kular, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Surender KumarMidfielders: Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Manpreet Singh (Vice Captain), Sardar Singh, SK Uthappa, Devindar WalmikiForwards: Talwinder Singh, SV Sunil, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Affan Yousuflast_img read more

Lancashire fail to build on Jordan Clark’s all-star hat-trick against Yorkshire

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp On a day of fiercely fluctuating fortunes, Yorkshire’s formidable batting-line up faded to a paper‑army at the hands of Lancashire’s Jordan Clark at Old Trafford, when he became the fourth man to take a hat-trick in official Roses Championship history.It was a hat-trick of epic proportions: Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow, two Test captains and the ICC’s third, fourth and 16th rated Test batsmen; with a small matter of 30,332 first-class runs, at a combined average of 47.8, and 14,639 Test runs between them.First he had Root lbw, edging forward; then Williamson, also trapped, entombed on the crease, and finally Bairstow, who took a leaden-footed plod forward, before edging to third slip where Jos Buttler took a clever knee-high catch. Clark launched into aeroplane style celebration and zoomed over to the point where he was swamped by his jubilant teammates. Since you’re here… Somerset Share on Messenger At Lord’s, Middlesex were bowled out for 236, with No9 James Fuller top-scoring with 71 before Warwickshire finished on 152 for four – each wicket an lbw. Will Rhodes finished the day with an unbeaten 53, while Jonathan Trott was dismissed three short of 50.Derbyshire were bowled out for 260 at Chesterfield; Ben Sanderson took five for 53. In reply Northamptonshire were 74 for three. After an opening partnership of 73, wickets fell in the pink ball game at Hove, with Sussex 211 for six at tea against Glamorgan.But there were runs at Cheltenham, where Gloucestershire finished on 315 for seven, with the only century of the entire Championship day going to Ryan Higgins, out for a 161-ball 105. Ben Stokes took three wickets, and hit James Bracey on the elbow with a fiery ball which landed him in hospital for a check-up. Southern Vipers sink Surrey Stars despite Sophia Dunkley’s defiance County Championship Division One Clark completed his bowling day with the wickets of Jack Brooks and Ben Coad, to give him five for 58, his first five-wicket haul, alongside a one-in-a-million run-out deflection to dismiss Tim Bresnan for zero.Yorkshire only reached 192 thanks to a wonderful 70 from Adam Lyth and some tail-wagging by Steven Patterson and Josh Poysden, the leg-spinner signed on a one-match deal from Warwickshire.In reply Lancashire finished on 109 for nine, effectively 109 all out with Liam Livingstone unable to bat with a suspected broken wrist, a batting collapse of ridiculous proportions precipitated by an astonishing one-handed tumbling catch by Root to dismiss Keaton Jennings for 22. Lancashire then lost another eight wickets for 63 including four wickets for zero runs in eight balls as Coad took the wickets of Alex Davies, Tom Bailey and Graham Onions in one over.Clark’s was the first Roses hat-trick for a Lancastrian since Ken Higgs dismissed Ken Taylor, Ray Illingworth and Jimmy Binks in 1968. Yorkshire won that match by an innings – a landmark in the moment, left behind as the game moved on. Clark may yet suffer the same fate.At New Road, there were three wickets for Moeen Ali as Somerset knocked up 324 for nine; Steve Davies top-scored with 72. While it was an excellent day for Surrey in the first v second clash at Trent Bridge. First they bowled out Nottinghamshire for 210, with four wickets for Morne Morkel, before surpassing the Nottinghamshire score for the loss of only one wicket in double-quick time. Mark Stoneman made 86 off 83 balls and Rory Burns was teetering on the brink, 97 not out at the close.In Division Two, wickets tumbled. Kent were bowled out for 104 at Canterbury with three wickets apiece for Ben Raine and Zak Chappell. In reply Leicestershire were rescued from the ignominy of 51 for four, thanks to forties from Neil Dexter and Ned Eckersley. Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Reuse this content Support The Guardian Yorkshire Nottinghamshire Read more Share on LinkedIn Read more Lancashire County cricket: Lancashire v Yorkshire, Notts v Surrey, KSL updates and more – as it happened … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Facebook Kent Surreylast_img read more

Video Showing Woman Stealing Vegetable Steamer From Kid Is Insane But Likely Fake

first_imgA woman steals from a kid on Black Friday.viral video black friday woman steals from kidThe video you’ll see below, which was “reportedly” shot during Black Friday, seems too crazy to be real. But it’s going viral, and since you’re going to wind up seeing it anyway, we figured we’d show it to you. We realize that it has nothing to do with college sports.The clip, which supposedly was shot in Saginaw, Michigan, shows a number of shoppers violently battling for vegetable steamers. An adult woman steals one from a kid and gets pummeled by the child’s mother.Given the fact that we’re talking about vegetable steamers, this sounds like the work of Jimmy Kimmel, but it’s hard to be sure. Either way, enjoy:last_img

How Sierra Norte Came to Make Mexican Whiskey with Heritage Corn

first_img 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenders Doug French is no stranger to taking wild turns. A zigzagging road of career recalibrations  — caused by everything from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to agave shortages — lead him to his latest venture, Sierra Norte Whiskey, and heirloom Mexican corn.French, a distiller in Oaxaca, Mexico, primarily makes Scorpion Mezcal — the result of a job change in the mid-1990s, when his gig at a fabric-weaving factory was eliminated. “I had moved to Mexico from the San Francisco Bay area and everything was going well,” says  French, before talking about the implementation of NAFTA. “Free trade kicked in and 75 percent of all the factories, including mine, went out of business.”Without a job in Mexico, French needed to find a way to pay his way through life. He owned a building and thought about making a product immune to diplomatic changes: Mezcal is something that can only be made in Mexico and sold elsewhere.Sierra NorteYears later as agave shortages hit the country, French lacked the raw material to keep the distillery firing on all cylinders and the building eventually closed. With a crew of 15, all women and most mothers, French needed to find a way to keep them fed. An attempt at rum was made. Since the crew’s production was relatively small, French says it was impossible to compete with the large rum producers. The solution? Switch to whiskey.During this process, he discovered that Oaxaca claims to be the origin of corn, particularly a slowly disappearing heritage breed that comes in every color of the rainbow.“There are farmers here growing the white, yellow, and black heirloom corn, so I decided to start buying the corn and make the whiskey out of this ancestral corn,” he said. “In doing my recipes, we found that if I keep the colors separated, they have different flavors, just because the colors are different. Instead of one product, I end up with three.”Sierra NorteThe yellow corn whiskey is buttery on the nose, like popcorn, with a roasted fruit character on the tongue and a honey-like finish. Black corn contributes cherry to the nose, with plantain on the palate and an almond and vanilla finish. The white corn whiskey is vanilla and almond up front, with green apple in the mouth and a cinnamon finish.These three initial single-barrel expressions of Mexican whiskey from Sierra Norte have not been aged long — six to eight months in French oak. All have received positive reviews from publications, and French is happy with that.“The fact I’ve made mezcal for 23 years and now a whiskey with high ratings. That’s pretty amazing,” he says. “I guess 23 years as a master distiller helps.”French is now playing with red, purple, and green corns and hopes to have two or three new Mexican whiskey varietals ready by next year. Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World Editors’ Recommendations Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damnlast_img read more

Meet the Milkshake IPA, Your Newest Craft Beer Obsession

first_img Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Big Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The India Pale Ale, or IPA as we know it today, is quite possibly the most popular and versatile craft beer style in America. Developed to exploit the preservative qualities of hops and alcohol (and used to supply British troops in the late 1700s), the IPA has taken on a whole new life in the early 21st century under the creative supervision of adventurous brewers.While the overall trend has skewed toward embracing the more extreme elements of over-hopping (for example, Stone Brewing’s Ruination), the IPA has also been translated into session styles like Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA and The Alchemist’s Heady Topper, a cloudy, citrusy New England IPA. Then, of course, there are Double IPAs and Triple IPAs, both with increasing amounts of hops, as well as Black IPAs, which utilize darker malts usually found in porters and stouts.Milkshake IPA is brewed with lactose, pectin, or oats for a full, chewy body.One of the newer entries into the IPA family of beers is the Milkshake IPA, which is brewed with lactose, pectin, or oats for a full, chewy body. Fruit, vanilla, or other non-fermentable sugars tend to be the key flavoring ingredients, giving the beers a sweet profile. The first-ever version is attributed to Swedish brewery Omnipollo, but it has since been adapted by dozens of U.S. breweries.While the fledgling category still isn’t recognized by Beer Judge Certification Program, you can get in on the ground floor by tasting some of the best Milkshake IPAs on the American market right now:All The Boys Milkshake IPA SeriesBhramari Brewing CompanyBhramari Brewing Company/FacebookCreamy and utterly delicious, the Mango and Lychee version of this Asheville brewery’s All The Boys Milkshake IPA Series tastes like pineapple upside-down cake. Seriously. It’s a big, sweet dessert beer that has just the right cut of hoppy bitterness.Citronious ShakeCalusa BrewingCalusa Brewing/FacebookTrue to its name, Citronius brings citrus to the fore with tangerine and mandarin orange flavors, as well as a sherbet-like bite. The full mouthfeel, brought to you by Florida’s Calusa, provides an unexpected twist on the overall Citra-hopped IPA trendMilkshake Extra VanillaTired Hands Brewing Company and OmnipolloTired Hands Brewing Company/InstagramPennsylvania-based Tired Hands teamed up with the creators of the original Milkshake IPA to bring one of the first tastes of this beer style to the States. These 16-ounce cans from the U.S. brewery’s Milkshake series are hard to track down, but devotees swear the entire lineup features some of the best variations on the theme. In particular, Extra Vanilla is brewed with loads of oats and lactose sugar, then hopped with Mosaic and Citra. Finally, it’s conditioned on Madagascar vanilla beans.Piranha DealerMonday Night Brewing CompanyMonday Night Brewing/FacebookAtlanta’s Monday Night Brewing Co.’s Piranha Dealer is a strawberries-and-cream Milkshake IPA style dessert beer that uses rolled oats and honey to shape its profile. Hop lovers aren’t left out as Simcoe, Citra, Ekuanot, Pira, and Mosiac blend to give the beer a bit of twang, but the real show here is the sweet strawberries and rich vanilla.Language Lessons Trophy Brewing CompanyTrophy on Maywood/FacebookBright fuzzy peaches are the key element in Language Lessons, and the stone fruit plays well with this style. The sweet initial sip gives way to a dry aftertaste, which beckons you back for another taste. Plus, the label art and beer name reference the classic flick Better Off Dead, which is bonus points all around.Article originally published January 20, 2018. Last updated February 6, 2019. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

St. Catherine Police Search for Stolen Highway Solar Batteries

first_imgThe St. Catherine Police are seeking the public’s assistance, as they investigate the theft of 53 batteries from solar lighting systems from sections of Highway 2000 in the parish.Persons with information that can assist the investigations are asked to call the Highway 2000 East-West toll free number at 1-888-429-5632 or the Ferry Police at 705-8349 or 705-8112. Chief Executive Officer of the Toll Authority, the regulatory agency for the toll road, Joan Fletcher, said the batteries were discovered missing over the last two weeks during routine checks along the corridor.She said six stainless steel boxes containing 24 batteries were discovered missing from metal post lighting systems situated along the Spanish Town eastbound on-ramp on March 24. These boxes, she points out, were placed approximately nine metres above ground on the metal post.She explained that another three boxes containing 12 batteries were stolen from sections of the Mandela Highway westbound on-ramp on March 30, while an additional 17 were removed from the eastbound off-ramp, along that corridor, on March 31.In the March 31 incident, Mrs. Fletcher said quick action by the police, who were alerted of the thieves’ activities, led to the recovery of four damaged batteries in an adjoining cane field. She pointed out that the culprits are believed to have tossed the batteries away in the field while fleeing the lawmen.“The matter is still under investigation,” she added. The solar lighting systems were installed at a cost of approximately $150 million by the developer of the St. Catherine leg of Highway 2000, TransJamaican Highway Limited. The provision has served to enhance the visibility of motorists and other users of the highway at the corridor’s key interchanges, particularly at night.TransJamaican’s Quality Maintenance and Planning Engineer, Melbourne Lyn-Cook, points out that the thefts have not only had a significant financial impact on the company and its shareholders, but has rendered the affected sections of the lighting systems inoperable.He said that while this poses some discomfort for users due to reduced visibility for users at night, the company has, to date, not received any report of mishaps.Mr. Lyn-Cook advised that the remaining 175 batteries have been temporarily relocated to a secure storage area, while the company explores effective security mechanisms and measures for implementation, which will serve as deterrents.“Once an effective solution to secure them has been determined, the company will schedule the re-installation and replacement of the fixtures, as our budget permits,” he added.Additionally, he said routine patrols, currently being carried out, will continue in the effort to monitor the area and provide assistance where needed.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

BW LPG Exercises Option to Buy VLGC

first_imgSingapore-based gas carrier owner and operator BW LPG has exercised the purchase option for the chartered very large gas carrier (VLGC) Vermilion First.The VLGC Vermilion First has been on a time charter with BW LPG since the acquisition of the charter from AP Moller-Maersk in 2013.The Vermilion First was built in 2010 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Shipyard, and has a capacity of approximately 77,324 cubic metres.BW LPG has exercised a purchase option which became available under the charter in Q1 2015. The company will settle the USD 73 million transaction from free cash and the revolving credit facility.The delivery is expected within this month, and the vessel will continue to be available for spot and CoA cover.last_img

Drewry: Opportunity Makes an NOL Buyer

first_imgzoom In a rational world, neither A.P. Moller–Maersk nor CMA CGM should put their balance sheet at risk in buying the Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) at a time when container shipping is expected to stay challenging for the next three years, said the U.K.-based shipping analyst Drewry, adding that any deal will be motivated by opportunity rather than logic, as well as an inviting price tag. In its previous analysis on the topic of a potential NOL sale, Drewry concluded that NOL was not a particularly attractive proposition, seeing as its liner shipping business that now accounts for 100% of revenue following the sale of the logistics unit earlier this year has been losing money for a long time, and that its wealthy parent company was under no financial pressure to sell at a discount price that might tempt buyers.Drewry stands by its initial assessment of NOL – the company lost another USD 66 million in Core EBIT in the third quarter and is on course for five-year operational losses from its liner division of over USD 1.1 billion. However, Drewry believes that they misjudged the willingness of other carriers to pass on the chance to acquire a loss-making competitor possibly at a low price.Following the sale of APL Logistics, NOL employs around 4,600 staff globally in 180 offices and on about 90 ships, 56 of which are owned. Its largest ships are its 10 x 14,000 TEU units and, unique among the leading 17 carriers in terms of fleet size, it has no vessels on order. While these ships may be relatively new they are not a big draw in a slowing market, according to Drewry.Of more interest will be the nine terminals NOL has in Asia, the US and Europe. Both CMA CGM and Maersk are expanding their terminal portfolios, and while neither has a particular need for them, both would like to have them – for reasons of non-organic expansion and, presumably, because they are profitable assets.Buying APL would represent a big step-change for CMA CGM as its previous M&A diet has consisted of absorbing much smaller regional carriers. Drewry believes that the French carrier has the bigger imperative to buy APL, but could be outgunned by its deeper-pocketed rival.CMA CGM is smaller than Maersk in the Transpacific and would benefit from access to APL’s large base of high-end textile and other time-sensitive product customers, as well as its profitable US government contracts linked to the use of US-flag vessels, both of which Maersk already has.For Maersk, even admitting an interest in APL sends out a very different message to the one given a couple of weeks ago, when it announced lower profit expectations for the liner division and the axing of around 4,000 staff and is perhaps indicative that this is just an exploratory mission at this stage.Ultimately, Drewry says that the likelihood of any deal will hinge on the price tag.NOL’s stock has been the best performer in the last year, inflated by the takeover talk that has surrounded the company from early 2015. However, it remains below the book value of the company, suggesting a takeover has already been priced in and that the ceiling for what Temasek can hope to receive is near to being reached.Drewry believes this could force Temasek to conclude a deal as failure to do so would seriously puncture NOL’s share price. It is therefore possible that Temasek may decide for a partial sale now and off load the remainder when the market picks up, in which case CMA CGM’s weaker budget won’t be such a big issue.Of the two named APL suitors CMA CGM is the better fit, but Maersk has the deeper-pockets. Carriers are aware of the big risks attached to any takeover and are unlikely to enter into a bidding war, meaning that Temasek might not get the price it wants.last_img read more

Chinese military tests heavy aerial cargo delivery with unmanned transport plane

first_imgBeijing: The Chinese military has tested an unmanned transport plane that successfully delivered cargo at a designated area, making it a future prospect for airdropping cargo through parachutes in real battle conditions, official media here reported on Monday. Jointly held by the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the aerial delivery exercise took place recently in Zhangye, Northwest China’s Gansu Province, China Central Television (CCTV) reported. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonThe exercise featured an unmanned single-engine biplane, the designation of which was not revealed, as it carried a cargo of military supplies and successfully airdropped it into a target zone, according to the CCTV report. This is the first time China has conducted a parachuted aerial delivery of cargo weighing more than 500 kilograms on a flight distance of more than 500 kms with an unmanned transport aircraft, CCTV quoted Li Ruixing, the president of the PLA National Defence University’s joint logistics academy as saying. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”We explored a new model of military cargo delivery in joint combat as well as in strategic and tactical logistics support,” Li said. Since transport planes usually do not need to make intense and complicated manoeuvres like fighter jets, even heavier cargo delivery missions could become unmanned if this technology becomes mature, a Chinese military expert told the Global Times. Airdrops often take place within the range of hostile anti-aircraft fire, so being unmanned lowers risk to life, the expert said. The exercise also means that the Chinese military now has the first large unmanned equipment in its logistics arsenal, the CCTV report said, noting that the mission was carried out on a plateau with a complicated terrain. “The exercise met our expected objective. It is very significant for our unmanned logistics chain in future warfare,” said Bi Guangyuan, executive director of the exercise, CCTV reported. Chinese military analysts predicted that more unmanned transport aircraft could join the army’s logistics arsenal for long-range and heavy delivery in the future, state-run Global Times reported.last_img read more

39 new wildfires recorded in BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – More wildfires are burning in British Columbia in 2018 than in past years but the total amount of timber burned is well below average, a wildfire official says.“It’s very difficult to directly compare one fire season to another just based on the statistics alone, because the stats only tell part of the full story,” said Ryan Turcot, spokesman for the BC Wildfire Service.Across the province, 476 wildfires were burning Thursday, including 39 new fires sparked the previous day, while 1,565 have been recorded so far this year, well above the average of 1,130 expected by this point in the season, Turcot said.“In terms of area burned, we are still sitting at about 75 per cent of what the average would be for this time of year,” Turcot noted.Wildfires in 2018 have chewed through 1,180 square kilometres of brush and timber, far below the 10-year average of 1,550 square kilometres.“But that doesn’t tell the whole story because that doesn’t factor in things like the human impact of wildfires, the proximity of some of these wildfires to communities or to people and property,” Turcot said.Evacuation orders and alerts are in place for residents of communities near wildfires in each of British Columbia’s six fire centres, a significant difference from 2017 when huge blazes force thousands from their homes in south-central B.C., but conditions in other parts of the province were less extreme.The greatest immediate concern for the wildfire service is in the northwestern corner of the province where two fires merged overnight into one 300-square kilometre blaze that has already claimed more than two dozen buildings or properties in Telegraph Creek.Hundreds of residents have been forced from their homes while crews battling those flames brace for a shift in the weather as a heat wave is replaced by a system packing strong, gusty winds and the potential for lightning.Environment Canada maintained heat warnings for most of southern B.C. through Thursday but cautioned that winds would kick up Friday as the heat eases.That prompted regional districts in the central and east Kootenay to issue precautionary evacuation alerts for some properties near a number of wildfires that have the potential to cut road access if high winds fan flames.Skagit Valley Provincial Park at the eastern end of the Fraser Valley was also closed because of concerns that a forecast of strong winds could push a nearby wildfire toward the park, cutting off campers.The fire danger rating is extreme across the southern coast where several fires are burning, including one south of Nanaimo that has now scorched nearly two-square kilometres, and another in the hills above West Vancouver that was spotted late Wednesday but was not threatening homes.That fire was burning near the start of a popular hiking trail and its cause was under investigation.Turcot urged extreme caution everywhere in B.C., as 3,000 firefighters and support staff work to gain an upper hand on the fires.“The fire danger rating across really all of the province does range from high to extreme right now which means if new wildfires are introduced to the area there’s a high likelihood that they could take off at a very rapid, volatile rate,” he said.last_img read more

Critics Crown Bensaidis Volubilis Best Moroccan Film of 2018

Rabat – Moroccan arts and culture website Maghrebarts conducted a survey, asking twenty film critics and journalists from around the country to critique Moroccan films released in 2018. The films were judged on a number of different factors and assigned points based on these critiques. In the end, three films stood out as being particularly noteworthy this year: “Volubilis” won first place, followed by “Al Jahiliya”, and “Sofia,” according to news sites. Film critics recognized “Volubilis” last year as well, both domestically and abroad. The movie won five separate awards at the National Film Festival of Tangier. In addition, the movie also won the Jury prize at the Malmoe Arab Film Festival held in Sweden, and was nominated for awards at the El Gouna International Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival, according to IMDB.The movie tells the story of Abdelkader, a security agent, and Malika, a housemaid. The two hope to get married despite their money issues, and face extreme challenges when Abdelkader experiences a traumatic and humiliating event.This is not Bensaidi’s first acclaimed movie. His film “A Thousand Months”  was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and his movie “Death For Sale” earned a spot at the Toronto International Film Festival, and even received an Oscar nomination. read more

Over 300 election related complaints

The Elections Department has received over 300 polls related complaints since the day campaigning began for the September provincial council elections.According to the department 305 complaints were received of which 252 were related to violating elections laws. Meanwhile the police elections unit said that it had received 52 complaints of election related violence. Most complaints were from Anuradhapura totaling 83 while Kegalle recorded 42 complaints, Batticaloa 37, Ratnapura 34 and Ampara 64. Head of the unit Gamini Navaratne said that 44 people have also been arrested.He also said that so far the run up to the elections in three provinces to be held next month have been largely peaceful.   (Colombo Gazette)

UNs top anticrime official to step down next year

The spokesman announced the decision last Friday in a statement released after Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Mr. Arlacchi, the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention.During their meeting, the two officials discussed Mr. Arlacchi’s appointment, which is set to expire on 28 February 2002. “Mr. Arlacchi indicated that he could not continue in his post for another full term,” the statement said. “It was agreed that he would stay in his position until mid-2002.”According to the statement, Mr. Annan and Mr. Arlacchi also reviewed the state of the UN drug control programme, especially the situation in Afghanistan in the context of recent developments.

Can you pass the toughest exam in the world Take the test

The questions on this year’s exam, which were released this week, suggest that knowing whether you would rather be a werewolf or a zombie might be as useful as knowing the finer points of Enlightenment thought or the work of the Old Masters. To decide on its students the college sets what has been called ‘the most difficult exam in the world’, made up of dozens of questions on a variety of subjects. Oxford University’s All Souls College is one of the most elite institutions in the country, and each year chooses just two applicants to join its ranks and study for seven years. Questions included, ‘Does Google know us better than we do?’, ‘Is Shakespeare too good for actors?’ and a nod to recent…

12 Years Hustle lead Globes nominations

first_imgThe harrowing historical epic “12 Years a Slave” and the con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each, setting up two very different films as Academy Awards front-runners.One outlandish and farcical, the other grimly accurate, “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” dominated the Golden Globes on Thursday, when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees from Beverly Hills, Calif.Hailed by critics as the movies’ most unblinking portrait of slavery, “12 Years a Slave” verified its Oscar favorite status with nominations including best film drama, Chiwetel Ejiofor for best actor in a drama, Steve McQueen for best director and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o for their supporting roles. The film is based on the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery.“All of these nominations hopefully mean that more people will go and see it and that is really exciting because I feel this film is pivotal and just so good for the world,” said Nyong’o.“American Hustle” dominated on the Globes’ other category side: comedy or musical. The fictionalized story of the FBI’s Abscam investigation amid the disco-era 1970s earned nominations for best movie comedy and David O. Russell for best director. Much of its starry cast received nominations, including lead actors Christian Bale and Amy Adams, as well as last year’s Oscar darling, Jennifer Lawrence, for best supporting actress.last_img read more

HSBC gender pay gap increased to 61 in 2018

first_imgThe gender pay gap at banking organisation HSBC has grown from 59% in 2017 to 61% in 2018, according to its latest update.The 2017 figure already marked HSBC out as the employer with the largest disparity between male and female employees’ pay among UK banks.The latest report means that female staff at HSBC earn 39p for every £1 accrued by male employees. The bank’s median pay gap has also grown from 29% to 30% over the same period.HSBC originally warned in its 2017 report that the 2018 pay gap would likely be wider. According to the bank, this disparity is being driven by structural issues, including an abundance of men in senior leadership roles, an over-representation of women in junior positions, and more female  employees opting to work part-time.In her statement alongside the report, Elaine Arden, group head of HR at HSBC, said: “Our pay strategy is designed to attract and motivate the very best people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability or any other factor unrelated to performance or experience.“We review market pay benchmarks based on grade, job, business and geography – this helps us to understand pay differences, if any, for similar roles. Our analysis shows that, in the UK, men and women are paid broadly comparable rates to market.“We are confident in our approach to pay, and if we identify any pay differences between men and women in similar roles, which cannot be explained by reasons such as  performance, behaviour rating or experience, we make appropriate adjustments.”Among the bank’s competitors, Lloyds Baking Group recently reported a gender pay gap of 31.5%, while Royal Bank of Scotland disclosed a disparity of 37.2% in February 2018.Across all sectors, the average gender pay gap is around 17%, according to the Office for National Statistics.last_img read more

Thousands of migrants renewed their hopedfor march to US

first_imgCentral American migrant Silvia walks holding onto to her daughters; Karen, 5, left, and Beiyi, 4, with a caravan to the US, make their way to Mapastepec, Mexico, Wednesday, 24 October 2018. Photo: APLittle by little, sickness, fear and police harassment are whittling down the migrant caravan making its way to the US border, with many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants camped overnight under plastic sheeting in a town in southern Mexico complaining of exhaustion.The group, many with children and even pushing toddlers in strollers, planned to depart Mapastepec at dawn Thursday with more than 1,000 miles still to go before they reach the US border.But in recent days a few hundred have accepted government offers to bus them back to their home countries.Jose David Sarmientos Aguilar, a 16-year-old student from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was one of at least 80 migrants waiting in the town square of Huixtla, where the rest of the caravan departed Wednesday morning, for four buses that would take them back to Honduras.Sarmientos Aguilar said it was partly the spontaneous nature of the caravan — many people joined on the spur of the moment — as well as the rumors of migrants dying that did him in.He joined the march “without thinking about what could happen and the consequences it could bring,” he said. He said the death of a migrant who fell off a truck Monday — and vague rumors of two migrants killed in Huixtla — also pushed him to return.”There have been a lot of tragedies. It’s not necessary to go on losing more lives to reach there (the US),” he said. “I am a little sick in the chest. I have a cough. And so instead of risking getter sicker and something happening to me, it’s better to go home.”Carlos Roberto Hernandez, of Yoro province in Honduras, has a rumbling cough. For him, it was the scorching heat during the day and the evening rains that led him to drop out.”We got hit by rain, and ever since then I’ve had a cold,” Hernandez said. Asked if he would make another attempt to reach the US, he said emphatically: “No. I’m going to make my life in Honduras.”For Pedro Arturo Torres, it appeared to be homesickness that broke his determination to reach the US”We didn’t know what lay ahead,” said Torres. “We want to return to our country, where you can get by — even if just with beans, but you can survive, there with our families, at peace.”The Mexican federal government’s attitude has also played a role in wearing down the caravan.All the food, old clothes, water and medicine given to the migrants have come from private citizens, church groups or sympathetic local officials.The federal government hasn’t given the migrants on the road a single meal, a bathroom or a bottle of water. It has reserved those basic considerations only for migrants who turn themselves in at immigration offices to apply for visas or be deported. Officials say nearly 1,700 migrants have already dropped out and applied for asylum in Mexico.Sometimes federal police have interfered with the caravan.In at least one instance, The Associated Press saw federal police officers force a half-dozen passenger vans to pull over and make the drivers kick migrants off, while leaving Mexican passengers aboard. In a climate where heat makes walking nearly impossible at midday, such tactics may eventually take a toll on migrants’ health.In Mapastepec, where the main group stayed Wednesday night, it appeared the size of the caravan had diminished slightly. The United Nations estimated earlier in the week that about 7,000 people were in the group. The Mexican government gave its own figure Wednesday of “approximately 3,630.”Parents say they keep going for their children’s futures, and fears of what could happen to them back home in gang-dominated Honduras, which was the main motivation for deciding to leave in the first place.”They can’t be alone. … There’s always danger,” said Ludin Giron, a Honduran street vendor making the difficult journey with her three young children. “When (gang members) see a pretty girl, they want her for themselves. If they see a boy, they want to get him into drugs.”Refusing either demand can be deadly. Honduras has a homicide rate of about 43 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world for any country not in open war.On Wednesday, Giron crammed with her children, 3-year-olds Justin and Nicole and 5-year-old Astrid, into the seat of a motorcycle taxi meant for only two passengers. Also perched on the perilously overcrowded motorbike were Reyna Esperanza Espinosa and her 11-year-old daughter, Elsa Araceli.Espinosa, a tortilla maker from Cortes, Honduras, said there was no work back home. “That’s why we decided to come here, to give a better future for our children,” she said.Such caravans have taken place regularly, if on a smaller scale, over the years, but US President Donald Trump has seized on the phenomenon this year and made it a rallying call for his Republican base ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.Trump has blamed Democrats for what he says are weak immigration laws, and he claimed that MS-13 gang members and unknown “Middle Easterners” were hiding among the migrants. He later acknowledged there was “no proof” of the claim Middle Easterners were in the crowd. But he tweeted Wednesday that the US “will never accept people coming into our Country illegally!”Associated Press journalists traveling with the caravan have met throngs of Hondurans, as well as Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Nicaraguans, but no one from the Mideast. Many were young people traveling with their families. Again and again, they cited poverty and violence in their countries as reasons for leaving.Another, smaller caravan earlier this year dwindled greatly as it passed through Mexico, with only about 200 making it to the California border. Those who do make it into the US face a hard time being allowed to stay. US authorities do not consider poverty, which many cite as a reason for migrating, in processing asylum applications.Carmen Mejia from Copan, Honduras, carried 3-year-old Britany Sofia Alvarado in her arms, and clutched the hand of 7-year-old Miralia Alejandra Alvarado, also sweaty — and feverish.Mejia said she was worn out. Still, she pledged to go on. “I’ve walked a long way. I don’t want to return. I want a better future for my children.”last_img read more

President Trump Kennedy Retirement Makes Senate Control Vital For Republicans

first_img Share Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Via NPRPresident Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally in Fargo, N.D., on Wednesday.During a rally in North Dakota Wednesday night, President Trump underscored the importance of protecting the GOP’s Senate majority this fall, deeming it especially critical in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement.“Justice Kennedy’s retirement makes the issue of Senate control one of the vital issues of our time — the most important thing we can do,” Trump told a crowd in Fargo.The president was there to campaign for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, who’s challenging Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in one of the GOP’s top opportunities to pick up a Senate seat. North Dakota is one of 10 states that Trump carried in 2016 in which Democratic incumbents are up for re-election — and he won North Dakota by about 36 points.Trump argued that Cramer would support his agenda and, most importantly, his court picks, while Heitkamp will not.“Heidi will vote no to any pick we make for the Supreme Court. She will be told to do so,” Trump said.Heitkamp, however, was one of three Democrats to vote in favor of Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Neil Gorsuch.Trump didn’t directly mention that vote, but did later claim that sometimes Heitkamp would give Republicans and the White House a “quickie vote” but that “the day after that election, she’s voting party line, 100 percent.”In a statement after the rally, Heitkamp pushed back, saying she would continue to be her own person in the Senate, election year or not.“Anytime the president comes to North Dakota, that’s a good thing for our state. While we saw election-year politics today, I’m always willing to work with the president if he’s helping North Dakota — and if he’s not, I’ll speak up,” Heitkamp said. “I don’t answer to a political party or president, I only answer to North Dakotans, who deserve an independent voice in the Senate. That’s why I’ve always been eager to work across the aisle — including with the president — to get results for our state, and today’s rally hasn’t changed that.”Trump continued to tie Heitkamp to the national party throughout the rally nonetheless.“When Heidi ran for office, she promised to be an independent vote for the people of North Dakota. Instead, she went to Washington and immediately joined Chuck — you know who Chuck is,” Trump said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., “and Nancy,” that is, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Trump also railed on Democrats’ “new leader,” Maxine Waters, hitting the liberal California congresswoman who came under fire even from her own leadership in her call for public confrontations against Trump administration officials.Trump hit on many of his favorite subjects during the freewheeling rally — immigration, tax cuts, trade, the economy, reveling in his 2016 victory, boasting about the size of the crowd and more. But the Kennedy retirement hung over the night, and Trump also took time in his remarks to honor the retiring justice — an unpredictable swing vote who hasn’t always been a favorite of conservatives despite being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Trump called Kennedy a “very special guy” and promised that he would pick someone with “intellect” as his successor, someone he suggested could serve on the court for 40 or more years.“I’m very honored that he chose to [retire] during my term in office. He felt confident in me to make the right choice to carry on his great legacy,” Trump said.Heitkamp and other red state Democrats will play a crucial role in determining how much resistance a new Supreme Court nominee is met with. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who controversially blocked President Obama’s nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia until after the 2016 election, allowing Trump to fill the seat with Gorsuch — has indicated he wants a vote ahead of the 2018 midterms. But Democrats have called such a decision hypocrisy, given McConnell’s insistence against holding a confirmation hearing during an election year.The Senate is currently split 51-49 for Republicans, but Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been absent for months battling brain cancer, so the margin for error is even smaller. There are some GOP wildcard votes too — Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski support abortion rights, and one reason Trump supporters are cheering a Kennedy replacement — and Democrats are so fearful — is the belief that a new justice could help overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion.Along with Heitkamp, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana also voted to confirm Gorsuch last year — and the trio of often centrist Democrats are considered some of the most endangered Senate incumbents in November’s elections. Given their re-election concerns, they could be under pressure to do so again with Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee. Even so, Trump made it clear with Heitkamp on Wednesday night, that won’t earn them a pass ahead of the November elections from him or Republicans.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Trinamool leader Anubrata Mondal admitted to Kolkata hospital

first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and strongman Anubrata Mondal underwent a minor surgery at the state-run SSKM Hospital here on Sunday, the hospital sources said. According to the doctors, Mondal, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President, has been kept under observation as he is also suffering from high diabetes and high blood pressure. “Mondal was admitted to SSKM on Friday (July 5) with high diabetes. Today he underwent a fistula operation. We kept him under observation for the first two days as he had high blood sugar and blood pressure,” said the doctor monitoring Mondal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Noting that the operation was successful, the doctor said Mondal was expected to be released from the hospital in the next 48 hours if his condition remained stable. Mondal, who shares a cordial relationship with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, has been in news many times for making controversial statements in public, including asking the party activists to “hurl bomb at the police”. During the 2019 general elections in the state, Mondal was kept under strict surveillance on the polling day in Birbhum after he allegedly threatened the poll officials to work in favour of his party. However, the firebrand leader remained largely away from public eye after the 2019 poll results were announced. Though Trinamool Congress managed to hold on to the two Lok Sabha seats in Birbhum, the BJP, went ahead in a number of Assembly segments.last_img read more