WATCH: Leaked video of Vijay’s look test for Thalapathy 62

first_imgAfter the humongous success of Mersal, actor Vijay is all set to kickstart his next project, which is fondly referred to as Thalapathy 62/Vijay 62. It was reported that AR Murugadoss will be joining hands with the Bairavaa star for the third time after Thupakki and Kaththi. The untitled flick will be bankrolled by Sun Pictures.According to sources, Vijay recently gave a look test for Thalapathy 62 at AVM Studios in Chennai. It is being speculated that the actor may be sporting a new look for this venture. Some say that he will play a character of his age in this untitled flick, which will have a strong social message. Shooting of Thalapathy 62 will commence in the last week of January or the first week of February .The look test which was supposed to be secret has been leaked already. The leaked video and pictures are going viral on the social media. From the video, we can make out that Vijay will be sporting a stylish look for the movie. #Thalapathy62 – #Thalapathy #Vijay went through a look test photoshoot yesterday at AVM Studios, Chennai. #Vijay62WithSunPictures @LMKMovieManiac @SurendharMK Vinoth Cj (@vinothcj_) January 3, 2018Imagine the day when these smashing working stills are officially designed & released! #Thalapathy62LookTestPhotoshoot #Thalapathy62 .. Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) January 3, 2018The team had roped in Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman for the music of the film. The combo of AR Rahman, AR Murugadoss and Vijay has surely piqued the curiosity of the audiences. AR Rahman’s tunes for Vijay’s Mersal topped the charts and is one of the reasons for the success of the movie.advertisementThe team is also keen on finalising the heroine for the film. Keerthy Suresh has been signed on as the heroine for this prestigious project. She is pairing up with Vijay for the second time after Bairavaa.Editor Sreekar Prasad and Malayalam cinematographer Girish Gangadharan are part of the technical crew.ALSO WATCH:  Vijay’s Mersal inches closer to Rs 200 crore clublast_img read more

Royals Batter Mets, Lead 2-0

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Following the final out, after Johnny Cueto completed his two-hitter, several hundred fans remained in Kauffman Stadium, wanting one more look at the Kansas City Royals.The next time they see Eric Hosmer and his teammates may be in a parade.After smothering the Mets 7-1 Oct. 28 with Cueto and their pesky offense, the Royals have a 2-0 World Series lead and can capture their first title since 1985 when play resumes at New York’s Citi Field this weekend.Rather than look ahead and anticipate a celebration, Hosmer thought back to Kansas City’s crushing seven-game loss to the Giants in 2014.“There’s still a lot of work yet to do,” he said. “Last year we took a 2-1 lead in San Francisco and were feeling pretty good about ourselves.”Kansas City wore down Jacob deGrom with persistence and prowess, then pounced. Hosmer hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in a four-run fifth inning that included 14 foul balls.Nineteen hours after Hosmer’s sacrifice fly won a 14-inning thriller, Cueto varied his delivery with occasional quick pitches and kept the Mets off balance.An excited crowd stood on its feet for long stretches to cheer on the rainy night. Some fans wore wigs resembling Cueto’s long, dark dreadlocks — including the Royals’ mascot, Sluggerrr.After taking off Oct. 29, Citi Field hosts its first Series game Oct. 30. Forty-one of the 51 teams to take 2-0 leads in best-of-seven World Series have gone on to win the title, including nine straight since Atlanta stumbled against the New York Yankees in 1996.“I don’t want it coming back here,” Alcides Escobar said. “I want to finish it there.”Kansas City had the best contact hitters in the major leagues this season, missing on just 19.7 percent of swings, according to STATS.The Dodgers and Cubs swung and missed 58 times in deGrom’s first three postseason outings; even though he threw at up to 98 mph, deGrom got just three swings and misses against the Royals — his career low.“We don’t swing and miss,” Kansas City Manager Ned Yost said. “We find ways to just keep putting the ball in play until you find holes.”Of deGrom’s 94 pitches, 23 were fouled off.“I’ve learned that they hit mistakes very well,” Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud said. “I’ve learned that they don’t try to do too much with the baseball. They keep the line moving.”Cueto has struggled on the road, where opposing fans taunt him by repeating his name in a sing-song voice. But since the Royals acquired the free-agent-to-be from Cincinnati in July, he’s been Johnny on the spot at Kauffman Stadium.He pitched two-hit ball over eight innings to win Game 5 of the Division Series against Houston, and Kansas City lined up its Series rotation to have Cueto starting Games 2 and 6 at home.His hair obscuring the royal blue letters across the back of his white uniform, Cueto struck out four and walked three in the low-hit Series complete game by an AL pitcher since Boston’s Jim Lonborg’s one-hitter against St. Louis in 1967.“As a hitter it’s all about timing, and he disrupted it tonight for sure,” Mets captain David Wright said after an 0-for-4 night.Both New York hits were soft singles by Lucas Duda, an infield roller to third that took advantage of the shift in the second inning and an opposite-field RBI single to left in the fourth. When Yoenis Cespedes flied to right for the final out, Cueto pointed to the sky, kissed his hand, tapped his chest softly twice and hugged catcher Salvador Perez. Cueto tossed the first Series complete game by an AL pitcher since Minnesota’s Jack Morris won Game 7 against Atlanta in 1991.“That’s what they brought me here for, was to help win a World Series,” Cueto said.DeGrom, 3-0 in the postseason coming in, allowed four runs, six hits and three walks over five innings in a hairy matchup of pitchers with contrasting long locks.Pitching with seven days’ rest, deGrom held Kansas City to one hit through four innings but got in trouble in the fifth, when he walked Alex Gordon on a full-count slider leading off.Alex Rios followed with a single and Escobar fouled off a pair of bunt attempts before driving an 0-2 slider up the middle for a tying single.Ben Zobrist’s grounder advanced the runners, and Lorenzo Cain fouled off four pitches before a flyout to short center. Hosmer singled off the mound into center field for a 3-1 lead, and Kendrys Morales’ singled in another run.Gordon added an RBI double in the eighth off Jon Niese, a ball off the glove of shortstop Wilmer Flores. Paulo Orlando, the first Brazil-born player to appear in a Series, followed with a sacrifice fly against Addison Reed, and Escobar tripled in a run.That was more than enough against the Mets, who are hitting .165 in the Series with one extra-base hit.“By no means are we done,” Duda said. “We’ve created a hole for ourselves, but we’ve been here before.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

City Beats United 2-0, Back on Top of Premier League

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City is closing in on another Premier League title. Manchester United is increasingly unlikely to even make the top four.In a derby match that highlighted the chasm that has formed between the two fierce rivals, City kept the destination of the title in its own hands by winning 2-0 thanks to goals by Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane at Old Trafford on Wednesday.An 11th straight victory in the league moved City one point above Liverpool with three games left this season in its bid to become the first team to retain the trophy since United in 2009.United slumped to a seventh loss in its last nine matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After losing 4-0 at Everton on Sunday, questions had been asked about the attitude and desire of United’s players and Solskjaer got a reaction in that respect.This time, United simply wasn’t good enough.“There is a difference in quality — that is why they are top and we are where we are,” said Solskjaer, whose team hasn’t scored a goal in open play in 572 minutes. “They have set the standard. Living in Manchester, we cannot be happy with that. It is up to us to close that gap and overtake them.”Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)That is unlikely to happen any time soon.Pep Guardiola’s side cannot reach the milestone of 100 points like last season but it continues to break records. Sane’s 66th-minute strike meant City has 157 goals in all competitions for the season, beating the English record for a single top-flight campaign that the team held from the pre-Guardiola era in 2013-14.City will win the league with victories its last three games — against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton. Liverpool’s last three games are against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolverhampton Wanderers.“It’s in our hands,” Guardiola said, “but Liverpool is not going to lose points.”A week after letting a shot from Lionel Messi slip through his fingers in a heavy Champions League loss to Barcelona, United goalkeeper David De Gea was partially at fault for both goals against City.Bernardo Silva received a short pass, cut inside from the right and shot just inside De Gea’s near post in the 54th minute, with the goalkeeper slow to get down to his left.De Gea then failed to keep out with his legs a low shot from Sane at the end of sweeping counterattack led by Raheem Sterling.“He has high standards,” Solskjaer said. “When we are having a time like this, we need to stick together, batten the hatches down and keep working. We have to come back fighting on Sunday.”That’s when United plays Chelsea and its hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League could be extinguished.In the four-team fight for the top-four finish, United stayed in sixth place, two points behind Arsenal, three behind Chelsea and six adrift of third-place Tottenham. On another grim night, United can at least take solace from Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at Wolves on Wednesday.Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, center, scores his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)There was plenty of pre-match talk about United fans being in a quandary over who to support in this derby, with Liverpool — historically its biggest rival — set to benefit from any slip-up from City.But there was no doubting who the home supporters inside Old Trafford were behind, with every tackle and attack by United vociferously cheered.There was early danger for City, too, as captain Vincent Kompany struggled to deal with United’s counterattacks and got booked after 10 minutes for blocking off Marcus Rashford. Jesse Lingard then volleyed wide off Paul Pogba’s deep pass.Solskjaer had begun the match with a five-man defense — Matteo Darmian was making his first start under the Norwegian in an unfamiliar center-back role — and it quickly became a case of United soaking up City’s attacks and attempting to hit on the break.Only in the final few minutes of the first half did City find some rhythm and Sterling missed the first great chance when he got on the end of a passing move, drifted past Chris Smalling and shot weakly at De Gea.Fernandinho was forced off with a leg injury early in the second half, seemingly picked up after tackling Pogba, and that brought Bernardo Silva into a central role as winger Leroy Sane came on as a substitute.Manchester City’s Leroy Sane fights for the ball with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Moments later, Bernardo collected a pass from Ilkay Gundogan, drifted inside and took an early shot that crept inside the near post.If De Gea was perhaps culpable for that goal, he certainly could have done much better for Sane’s 66th-minute effort that was powerfully struck but virtually straight at the Spain goalkeeper. The ball glanced off De Gea’s legs and into the back of the net.City has bounced back from its agonizing Champions League elimination by Tottenham last week with successive wins over Spurs and United, taking the team’s run of league victories to 11.“I think that is the most incredible detail for these players,” Guardiola said. “You cannot imagine how tough it was to go out of this beautiful competition.“To stay alive in the Premier League … under the pressure we felt and how we reacted, that is perhaps more important than anything else.”___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterMore AP English soccer: and Shareslast_img read more

Don’t stop dreaming: Jackky Bhagnani urges youth

first_imgShillong, Oct 28 (IANS) Actor Jackky Bhagnani, who attended the sixth edition of the Young Leaders Connect Conclave here, urged the youth to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals.An actor-producer, Jackky was one of the key speakers at the conclave where he shared his thoughts. The central theme of the conclave here on Saturday was ‘Made in Northeast’ and was hosted by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Jackky said: “Just don’t stop dreaming. The bigger you dream, the higher your chances are of achieving it. Our nation is full of talented youngsters and if encourage them and keep them as the centre of the focus, we can grow and prosper at an unmatchable pace.”The youngsters are the future of the country, so dream big, work hard and make India proud.”The event drew prominent personalities from business, politics, academia, sports, music and culture. Those in attendance included Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, retired football star Bhaichung Bhutia and model Ketholeno Kense. Sangma said the aim of the conclave was to create avenues and opportunities for the youth in the northeast.–IANSrb/mrlast_img read more

Emiliano Sala missing plane: One body seen in underwater wreckage

first_imgInvestigators claimed to have found a body in the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala on Monday.David Mearns’s search boat, which was hired by Sala’s Argentinian family to find the Piper Malibu plane, located the fuselage on Sunday night.The case was then taken over by Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) who have confirmed to have found one dead body inside it.”Based on analysis of ROV (underwater remotely operated vehicle) video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft,” Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement.”Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police.”The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21.A privately funded underwater search had begun on Sunday, several days after investigators said they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning,” marine scientist David Mearns, who directed the search, said on Twitter.Mearns said Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had moved its vessel over the position his team had located to visually identify the plane using a remote-operated vehicle.advertisement”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” Mearns said.Sala’s father Horacio Sala, who is still back home in Argentina, woke up with the news of the plane wreckage being found. He has accepted that all this feels like a “bad dream”.”I can’t believe it. It’s a bad dream,” Horacio Sala told Cronica TV at his home in Progreso.Also Read | Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in English Channel, father calls it a bad dreamAlso Read | Emiliano Sala would be proud of Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth: WarnockAlso Read | Some players reluctant to join Cardiff after Emiliano Sala disappearance: manager WarnockAlso Read | Cardiff City players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance: Defender Sol Bambalast_img read more

It Looks Like Dillon Stoner Is Out For the Season, Could Take Medical Redshirt

first_imgHighly touted freshman receiver Dillon Stoner, who has played in every game this season for the Cowboys, was injured in the conference opener against Baylor and will undergo surgery next week, according to a Facebook post from his mother.screen_shot_2016-09-27_at_11-43-34_amStoner also posted about the news in a more vague way.screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-12-21-35-pmAs far as that potential medical redshirt, the information about medical redshirts is complex (which I know is shocking when it comes to the NCAA). Here are the criteria:• The incapacitating injury or illness occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition at any two-year or four-year collegiate institutions or occurs after the first day of classes in the student-athlete’s senior year in high school.Check• The injury or illness occurs prior to the first competition of the second half of the playing season that concludes with the NCAA championship in that sport and results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of that playing season.Check (apparently).• In team sports, the injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or dates of competition (whichever is applicable to that sport) or 30 percent (whichever number is greater) of the institution’s scheduled or completed contests or dates of competition in his or her sport.Oops.One instance of this happened at Ohio State a few years ago, and it came up that a conference championship game would count as part of the season but not a bowl game (this is bylaw — a real bylaw!) So if you don’t count a potential bowl game for OSU, then Stoner has played in 33 percent of the season and would be ineligible for a medical redshirt.HOWEVER. There’s a caveat. This is bylaw (another real bylaw!)A conference that denies an institution’s hardship waiver may submit the waiver to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. The committee shall have the authority to review and determine whether to approve the waiver based on circumstances that may warrant relief from the application of the legislated waiver criteria.You could make a couple of arguments here for Stoner getting a redshirt. One, Stoner got hurt in the game between 25 percent and 33 percent of OSU’s games. Two, the Big 12 does not have a conference championship game and would next year so that should be taken into consideration.UPDATE (3:58 p.m.) — as Ben pointed out in the comments section, there’s another bylaw here. Specifically bylaw (LOL!) Fraction in Percent Computation. Any computation of the percent limitation that results in a fractional portion of a contest or date of competition shall be rounded to the next whole number (e.g., 30 percent of a 29-game basketball schedule — 8.7 games — shall be considered nine games). So 12*.3= 3.6 which rounds up to 4 games…We have never really received a great reason for why J.W. Walsh didn’t get a sixth year after pretty clearly meeting all the requirements. Either way, this is a huge bummer for Stoner and for Gundy.Stoner recorded five receptions for 27 yards through four games, and played a large role in special teams in the early going this season.If Stoner does indeed take a medical redshirt as his mother stated, it will be a big blow to the receiving corps. who is already missing Marcell Ateman who is still recovering from an injury. With Stoner likely out, I would expect Austin Hays to take over those extra snaps at inside receiver in his absence, and Chris Lacy’s importance to the offense will likely increase as well.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Smriti Irani deletes daughter’s pic. Reposts it with powerful message on bullying

first_img Next Smriti Irani deletes daughter’s pic. Reposts it with powerful message on bullyingSmriti Irani shared daughter Zoish Irani’s picture but deleted it soon after because she was bullied in school for it. She, then, shared the same picture and wrote a powerful caption for it.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 16:37 IST Image posted on Instagram by Smriti Irani.”She is Zoish Irani and I’m proud to be her Mom,” Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani wrote in a strongly-worded post on Instagram for her daughter on Friday along with a selfie of the young girl. The story behind her post dates back to Thursday, to begin with, as Smriti had deleted Zoish’s picture after posting it but soon after, shared it again and this time, with a message on bullying.The picture was taken down because Zoish was bullied in school by a classmate for it after Smriti Instagrammed it. Zoish, thereafter, pleaded with her mother and requested Smriti to delete it. Hence, she obliged but with enough reluctance.”I deleted my daughter’s selfie yesterday coz an idiot bully in her class ,A Jha ,mocks her for her looks & tells his pals in class to humiliate her for how she looks in her mother’s insta post. My child pleaded with me ‘Ma please delete it, they are making fun of me’. I obliged coz I could not stand her tears,” Smriti wrote in her post.However, Smriti was not quite convinced about deleting the picture from the very beginning, and after doing so, decided against it. She shared the picture again and vowed that her “loving daughter and yes damn beautiful” will fight back.”Then I realised my act just supported the bully . So Mr Jha , my daughter is an accomplished sports person, record holder in Limca Books, 2 Nd Dan black belt in Karate, at the World Championships has been awarded bronze medal twice; is a loving daughter and yes damn beautiful. Bully her all you want , she will fight back,” Smriti, thus, signed off with a cutting riposte.advertisementThe picture in question is just a cute selfie of Zoish Irani:Smriti Irani’s post has gone viral with over 32,000 likes and counting at present. Her Instafam is thrilled as we read several motivational comments. “Talented and beautiful inside truly are Zoish,” a user wrote while another added, “All mothers should learn from you how to support their daughters.”Also, a word of advice for Zoish: “She is beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell judge you.”Much power!ALSO READ: Smriti Irani gorges on South Indian delicacies. Wins internet with mouthwatering food picsALSO WATCH: Man forces himself on child at Riyadh mallGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRaya Ghoshlast_img read more

Vaasa, Umeå Merge Port Management Operations

first_imgzoom Finland’s Port of Vaasa and Sweden’s Port of Umeå merged their operations under the new company, Kvarkenhamnar AB. The company will be marketed under the name, Kvarken Ports Ltd. Kvarken Ports will be owned jointly by the city of Vaasa and Umeå Kommunföretag AB. The current port staff in Umeå and Vaasa Port, approximately 30 individuals, will be transferred to the new company.Umeå Hamn AB will remain, but will have a new role and will remain only as owner of the port’s permanent facilities, docks, railway tracks, etc. and will become a subsidiary to the municipal company INAB – Infrastruktur i Umeå AB after the end of the year. The city of Vaasa will own the facilities in Vaasa Port.”I am looking forward to starting Kvarken Ports,” said Matti Esko, President of the company. ‘‘We will be embarking on a whole new era in logistics cooperation in the Kvarken region by offering a joint venture that will support the increasing cargo and passenger volumes in the Vaasa and Umeå region. Our aim is to continuously develop the port facilities, improve our services and strengthen our cooperation with all logistics stakeholders in the Kvarken region.” Umeå and Vaasa have a longstanding tradition of collaboration across the Kvarken archipelago and these relations resulted in the purchase of a new ferry in 2012, in the jointly owned company, NLC Ferry AB/Oy.last_img read more

Yes Bank Q1 net profit dips over 92 to 96 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Private sector Yes Bank Wednesday reported a slump of over 92.4 per cent in its consolidated net profit to Rs 95.56 crore in the first quarter ended June this fiscal. The bank had reported a net profit of Rs 1,265.67 crore in the April-June quarter of the previous fiscal ended March 2018. Sequentially, the private sector lender had posted first ever loss of Rs 1,508.44 crore in the quarter ended March, 2019 due to mounting bad loans. Total income (consolidated) increased to Rs 9,105.79 crore in three months to June of 2019-20, up from Rs 8,301.06 crore in the same quarter of 2018-19, the bank said. On standalone basis, the bank’s net profit stood at Rs 113.76 crore in April-June period this fiscal, down by 91 per cent from Rs 1,260.36 crore a year ago. Income (standalone) increased to Rs 9,088.80 crore during the first quarter, as against Rs 8,272.18 crore in the same period previous fiscal. In terms of asset quality, the gross NPAs swelled to 5.01 per cent of the gross advances at June-end this year, compared to 1.31 per cent in June 2018. The net NPAs rose to 2.91 per cent from 0.59 per cent a year ago. In value terms, the gross NPAs or bad loans were at Rs 12,091.10 crore at June-end this year, up from Rs 2,824.46 crore. The net NPAs stood at Rs 6,883.27 crore, compared to Rs 1,262.57 crore.last_img read more

Law firm representing Cree woman fighting murder conviction put into custodianship

first_img(Shawn Beaver, left, has been suspended by the Alberta Law Society and his firm put into custodianship. Alexandra Seaman, right, was employed by the firm and represents Connie Oakes in her appeal of a murder conviction. University of Alberta photo.)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Edmonton law firm employing a lawyer representing a Cree woman fighting a murder conviction before the Alberta Court of Appeal has been put into “custodianship” after its owner was suspended by the law society.The Law Society of Alberta suspended Shawn Beaver citing the allegations surrounding his “conduct” led the society to conclude the move was “warranted.” Beaver’s law firm Beaver, Leebody, Frank and Associates, was put into the custodianship of Calgary lawyer Brenda Edwards.Beaver’s law firm employs Alexandra Seaman who is one of two appeal lawyers for Connie Oakes, a Cree woman from Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan who was convicted of murdering a man from Medicine Hat., Alta.“The custodianship order will not affect Ms. Oakes’ appeal and should not take the focus away from the important issues in this case. The custodianship order relates to the conduct of Mr. Beaver and not the conduct of any of the other lawyers previously practicing at Beaver Leebody & Associates,” said Seaman, in a statement.Edwards also said the custodianship would not “affect” Oakes’ case.“It will continue to be the same,” she said.Oakes’ other appeal lawyer Aleksandra Simic, who is not part of Beaver’s firm, told APTN National News also the situation would not impact the appeal process. Simic said the custodianship had to follow a set-out process for all of the law firm’s clients.Read more about Connie Oakes’ case here.Oakes is fighting her second degree murder conviction partly on fresh evidence grounds. The Crown’s primary witness during the trial now says Oakes wasn’t there in a sealed affidavit filed as part of the appeal.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Oakes to the crime, the police and the Crown relied on the testimony of Wendy Scott, a self-described small town crack dealer with an IQ of 50. Scott initially accused three other people of the murder before claiming she was with Oakes when Casey Armstrong was killed.A man’s size 11 bloody boot print was found on the bathroom floor that police never managed to trace. Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub.Oakes’ recently lost a bid for appeal bail and the National Parole Board twice denied her compassionate lave application. Oakes applied to see her 22 year-old son who was dying of cancer and then applied again to go to his read more

Grammy nominated Swedish DJ Avicii found dead in Oman

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.” His 2012 David Guetta collab “Sunshine” earned him a Grammy nomination as well, and that same year, he became the first electronic artist to headline New York City’s storied Radio City Music Hall.In 2013, Avicii released his debut and sole studio album, True, which featured the game-changing, massive international hit “Wake Me Up!” ft. Aloe Blacc. Combining EDM, folk and country music, the song became a No. 1 hit in many countries and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bergling started out releasing music on Laidback Luke Forum in the late ’00s, where DJs and producers would post music and seek feedback from budding peers. In 2011, he broke through to an international audience with the progressive house track “Levels,” which hit No. 1 in his native Sweden and on the U.S. Billboard Dance Club Songs chart — and earned him a Grammy nod. Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed.Avicii, who performed in Sri Lanka in 2011, was found dead in Muscat, Oman. read more

Paul Desmarais Sr excused from Power meetings due to failing health

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Paul Desmarais Sr. excused from Power meetings due to failing health by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2013 4:51 pm MDT MONTREAL – Power Corp. chairman Paul Desmarais missed all of the investment and insurance giant’s board and committee meetings last year due to his failing health.The 86-year-old business icon has missed many meetings of Power and its Power Financial subsidiary in recent years.But he was excused by the company from attending any of the meetings in 2012, the company disclosed in its securities documents filed ahead of the annual meetings for both companies in Winnipeg next month.Power said the company’s largest shareholder “continues to monitor the corporation’s progress” and is “consulted” on important decisions.Desmarais’ health has been a subject of concern for several years. He attended just two of nine board meetings in 2011 and four of six in 2010.The billionaire who is among the wealthiest Canadians didn’t attend last year’s annual meetings of the companies he transformed into one of Canada’s most successful corporations.Despite his lack of presence at meetings, Desmarais earned $778,000 in compensation as director of Power Corp. (TSX:POW) and some of its subsidiaries, including Power Financial (TSX:PWF).Company officials declined to provide details on Desmarais’ health and why he is nonetheless seeking re-election next month.“We consider the disclosure…to be complete and to properly reflect the present reality,” general counsel Stephane Lemay wrote in an email.The business tycoon suffered what company officials described as a “minor stroke” in 2005.The Ontario-born Desmarais has been called the most powerful businessman in Canada, gaining the ear of Pierre Trudeau, Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien, whose daughter is married to Desmarais’ son, Andre.The patriarch’s sons, who are co-CEOs of the holding company, each earned about $5.7 million in 2012.Paul Desmarais Jr.’s total compensation from Power Corp. and Power Financial increased 8.7 per cent from $5.2 million in 2011, while Andre Desmarais’ pay grew 7.4 per cent from nearly $5.4 million.The increases would have been larger except both had reached the maximum pension accruals, compared to $725,000 and $662,000 respectively in 2011.They each received more than $1 million in salary, $187,500 in share-based awards, $2.9 million in options, $1 million in bonuses, and about $500,000 in other compensation.Power Corp. earned $832 million on $32.9 billion of revenues in 2012, down from $1.07 billion in 2011 on similar revenues.Power Financial CEO Jeffrey Orr’s total compensation increased nearly 30 per cent to $10 million, from $7.8 million in 2011.In addition to a $4 million salary, he received $2.6 million in share-based awards, $1.2 million in options, $1.8 million pension value and $416,000 in other compensation.Power Corp. has urged shareholders to reject five proposals submitted by shareholder rights group MEDAC, including one that would give shareholders a say on pay for executives.The company said it compensation policies overseen by its board are best able to support the main objective of generating long-term value for shareholders. read more

How Sports Can Be Part Of The Solution On Domestic Violence And

It’s been 13 months since Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino, and six months since video of the attack went viral. The incident — and the NFL’s mishandling of it — dominated sports headlines for weeks. But while the Rice case brought new attention to domestic violence and sexual assault involving athletes, those problems didn’t begin with Rice, and they haven’t ended there. A database maintained by USA Today lists at least 94 incidents in which NFL players have been arrested for domestic violence or sexual assault. That list doesn’t include former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, who is widely expected to be selected first in the NFL draft later this spring, despite accusations that he raped a fellow student. (Winston was never charged with a crime; a New York Times story last year found evidence that the investigation was “flawed.”) And the problem goes far beyond professional football: Athletes at all levels in virtually every sport have faced similar accusations.On Friday, SXsports — the sports-focused offshoot of the long-running South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas — hosted an hourlong discussion on sexual assault and domestic violence in sports. The panel, which I moderated and helped to organize, featured three people with different perspectives on the issue:Katie Hnida, a former placekicker for the University of New Mexico, in 2003 became the first woman to score in a Division I-A men’s college football game. She later went public with her story of being harassed and raped by teammates at the University of Colorado, where she first played.Jane Randel is the co-founder of No More, a coalition aiming to raise awareness and engage bystanders in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. No More has partnered with the NFL, and Randel is currently serving as a consultant to the league in its anti-violence efforts.Don McPherson was an all-American quarterback at the University of Syracuse, where he led the Orange to an undefeated record in 1987. He later played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Since retiring from football, he has dedicated his life to social justice causes, particularly ending violence against women.At the start of our discussion, I noted that the cases involving Rice, Winston and others are only anecdotes. Even the USA Today database only gives raw numbers of incidents involving NFL players — it doesn’t tell us anything about whether violence against women is a bigger problem in the league or in sports than it is in society at large. (My colleague Benjamin Morris tried to fill that void back in July when he found that NFL players are arrested on domestic violence charges at a far higher rate than would be expected based on their age and income.)Numerous studies have tried to perform a more rigorous analysis, and many have found evidence of a link between athletics and violence. But it’s hard to find definitive proof: Domestic and sexual violence are notoriously underreported, and data on perpetrators is even more sparse than information on victims. That forces most researchers to conduct research using surveys, often with sample sizes too small to allow them to draw strong conclusions about the causes of violence.In the absence of better data, I asked McPherson whether he thought there was a connection between sports culture and violence against women. He said yes — but that sports also has an opportunity to help reduce violence by confronting narrow definitions of masculinity.Hnida said locker rooms don’t have to be hostile environments for women. At the University of New Mexico, she said, there was a culture of respect that started at the top. At the University of Colorado, by contrast, she said she “felt like I was more of an object, that I was not actually a person.”The title of our panel was “Can Sports Help End a Culture of Violence?” I asked Randel what she thought the answer was — could sports not just address its own problems but also help have an impact in society at large? She said yes, explaining that sports offers an enormous platform from which to reach men and boys.But McPherson said we won’t make much progress fighting violence against women — either in sports or beyond it — until we start talking honestly about who the perpetrators are: men. The numbers back that up. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 99 percent of rapes and nearly 95 percent of sexual assaults against women are committed by men. Men also commit the vast majority of stalking offenses against women.After the Ray Rice incident, the NFL partnered with No More, which produced a much-discussed PSA that ran during the Super Bowl. The success of that ad — it’s been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube — shows the reach of the NFL and other sports leagues. But I asked Randel how she could be sure No More was making a difference and not just providing public relations cover for the NFL.Hnida closed the panel with a message to the leagues, the media and sports fans: “Keep talking.” read more

Army dogs put down after failing to maintain standards

first_imgDogs who have risked their lives in the service of Britain’s Armed Forces are being put down because they are “failing to maintain standards” including good behaviour, it has emerged.Figures released by the Ministry of Defence show that nearly 40 military working dogs were euthanised in the ten months between March and December last year.Of these six were put down due to their dangerous temperament, but a further six were destroyed because they did not meet the standards required by the military.These include what the Army vets describe as “welfare, behavioural or temperamental issues”,  including in some cases because they pose a danger to public safety.Another five dogs were put down due to age or welfare concerns, while the rest of the 38 were euthanised after suffering a “range of medical conditions”.Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the practice as “cruel”, saying more must be done to re-home former service dogs.Some of the dogs who were destroyed had been previously used in conflict zones to protect personnel or sniff out explosives, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of British troops. It is thought a number will have served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Capt Bennet, veterinary officer, inspects Dazz with the help of Private Rosie JonesCredit:Corporal Luisa Scott RLC An Army dog who was honored with a PDSA Dickin MedalCredit:Shaun Fellows/Shine Pictures “Whilst Animal Aid would prefer that no animals be used in warfare, we believe that – where possible – all ‘working’ dogs and animals should be restored to good mental and physical health, rather than killed out of convenience, and we hope that the MoD commit to doing just that.”Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, said every effort was made to rehome military dogs rather than have them put down.In his answer to Mr Farron he said the term “failing to maintain standards” was based directly on veterinary records and could include a combination of welfare and behavioural issues. Capt Bennet, veterinary officer inspects Military working dog Dazz with the help of Private Rosie Jones Mr Williamson said: “Military working dogs provide an invaluable service to our troops, and every effort is made to rehome them at the end of their service life.”Decisions are taken following an extensive assessment of the dogs and any potential new home.”Sadly, there are some occasions where it is not possible to rehome, for example when the dog poses a risk to public safety.”In such cases decisions are taken following a full assessment by military veterinarians and dog behaviourist experts.” An Army dog who was honored with a PDSA Dickin Medal Previous figures released to Parliament showed that in 2015/16, 79 military dogs were destroyed, including 40 which were judged unsuitable for re-homing.More than 100 military working dogs have been rehomed every year since 2013, including 121 last year, according to the figures. Since 2013 more than 600 have been rehomed.Tod Bradbury, a campaign manager at charity Animal Aid, said: “Whilst it is pleasing to see that many ex-military dogs have been re-homed, it is also alarming to see so many euthanised for reasons such as ‘failing to maintain standards’, which can include ‘behavioural issues’.”These dogs are paying the price for being trained to be aggressive. And whilst these animals are often purported to be ‘heroes’, once their working lives are over they are often disposed of. 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. Mr Farron, who obtained the figures through a written parliamentary question, said: “Too many former military dogs are still being put down each year. Not enough effort is being made to rehome them.”These animals have bravely and innocently served our country, protecting our service men and women and saving countless lives.”Surely we owe it to all former service dogs to look at other options like detraining programmes before they are put down. This is such a cruel way to behave towards animals that have given so much.” Mr Williamson intervened last year to prevent two retired Army dogs being put down after it had been judged they were too aggressive to rehome.Kevin and Dazz were moved to the Defence Animal Centre, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in 2013 to adapt to life outside the military after carrying out several tours of duty in Helmand to sniff out explosives.But while in the care of trainers one of the pair bit a civilian, and the commanding officer at the centre considered putting the dogs down until a public outcry led to Mr Williamson ordering officials to find them a new home.last_img read more

Govt needs to unite say world leaders

first_imgAs European leaders welcomed the new PM, they have asked that he and the interim Greek government concentrate on uniting and working together as a priority. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said the Greek Government must now focus on adopting and keeping to last month’s bailout agreement, which is likely to see Greece receive another 130 billion euros in loans and holders of Greek bonds accept a 50 per cent haircut. “Although this will be a transitional government, its workload will be extremely intense,” they said in a joint statement. “A second program of financial assistance must be rapidly concluded. “It is important for Greece’s new government to send a cross-party message of reassurance to its European partners that it is committed to doing what it takes to set its debt on a steady downward path.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support at a news conference in Berlin. United States State Department spokesman Mark Toner also welcomed the new PM but maintained the world leaders stance that the government needs to work together. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Christmas rate

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In little over a week the Reserve Bank will meet and decide on official interest rates. The decision will have symbolic meaning beyond the immediate technical implications of cheaper home loans or lower yields on retirement income. If the Reserve cuts by .25 per cent – taking us to a 3 per cent cash rate – the broader translation will be that 2013 is going to be a year of low confidence and low growth, meaning lower interest rates. Three per cent is the lowest cash rate since 1990: it hit 3 per cent as an emergency response in April – September 2009. So how bad are things, that the entire market expects us to go to 3 per cent next week? Lately I’ve been seeing factors that could spell trouble for our economy and suggest a rate reduction before Christmas. Firstly, growth. The November minutes say growth was above trend at the start of the year but has slackened in the second half. The Reserve does not want to wait too long to see how far growth might weaken, and is likely to reduce rates if it feels the growth forecast is getting worse. Because China and Japan have slowed industrial output – and their importing of our coal and iron ore is such a large part of our trade performance – you can expect these factors to hit our economic growth. We also have a problem with productivity, which was once a driver of Australia’s economic growth. Secondly, employment. For many quarters our unemployment stayed in a range envied by the rest of the world. However, the unemployment rate has started to rise from its 5 – 5.5 per cent levels. Some of the building approval and house price data in the second half of 2012 is slowly rising and should be fuel for some confidence, but they have not been dramatic upturns. And these sorts of measurements go directly to confidence. Moreover, confidence has proved stubbornly low in 2012 despite interest rates being at historic lows. And this week the markets will get data on Australian capital expenditure – a very good indicator of business confidence. A poor result will almost certainly push the RBA to cut. Of course, we are a middle power in the economic sense, so when the Reserve sets the cash rate it has to balance domestic factors with the international. And some of those international elements have not looked good lately. France, for instance, had it’s government debt downgraded by Moody’s this week and US unemployment seems fixed around 8 per cent. The Chinese economy has slowed. I predict a December rate cut of .25 per cent as an early counter-weight to slackening growth and rising unemployment. However, if the Reserve still wants to read the December CPI before committing to a rate cut, then the cut will come in February. Whether it’s December or February, I believe there is evidence of a mild slowdown in Australia’s economy and the Reserve Bank will have to cut rates. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on with any queries you may have or check for your nearest branch.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 97 of employers report rapid change in staff workplace expectations

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The vast majority of employers (97%) agree that the workplace expectations of staff are changing rapidly, according to a study conducted by professional services provider Aon.The organisation’s Benefits and trends survey, which polled more than 200 employers of various sizes, found that flexible working features heavily in employees’ changing expectations. Some 98% of respondents said staff now expect more flexibility in their working hours, while 89% stated that employees increasingly expect agile or home working to be readily available.Making up the rest of the top five expectations from employees were better awareness of mental health issues (79%), better approaches to diversity and inclusion (65%) and improved maternity, paternity and parental leave policies (63%). More than half (54%) of respondents also said that access to financial education is an increasingly popular expectation among employees.Richard Morgan, strategic consultant at Aon, said: “There seems to be a particularly rapid pace of change at the moment, much of it driven by technology. This impacts an organisation’s workforce model and has consequences on an employee’s role fulfilment, the types of people who fill those roles, as well as the organisations they compete with for talent.“How employers respond to these changes will define how successfully they can implement their future workforce plans.”Three-fifths (60%) of employers say their organisations are either already in the process of reacting to the changing workplace expectations of current employees, or that they plan to do so within the next five years. However, 89% stated that they will need to change their benefits offering to meet the needs of future generations.Morgan said: “The results from the survey clearly show that the majority of respondents have either already undergone fundamental change or expect to in the near future. Just 29.5% said they don’t expect any change within the next five years.”last_img read more

Huawei P30 Pro might have four rear cameras and launch in March

first_img Phones Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) The Huawei P20 Pro is a low-light photography champ See it Tags 3 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See how the Huawei P20 Pro’s cameras stacks up to the Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone X and Pixel 2 2:16 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Huawei P30 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Huawei P30 Pro might have four rear cameras and launch in March Could this really be the Huawei P30 Pro? If so what do all those cameras do? Spigen Last year, the Huawei P20 Pro and its triple rear cameras stole the show from other photo heavy hitters like the Google Pixel 2 and iPhone X. And while there are rumors that the 2019 iPhone and the upcoming Galaxy S10 Plus will have three rear cameras, it seems Huawei isn’t one to be outdone. A photo of a case for the unreleased Huawei P30 Pro shows the phone with four rear cameras. This could be a case of Huawei literally one-upping Samsung and Apple.As reported by Android Authority, phone case maker Spigen published photos of the Huawei P30 Pro sporting a clear plastic case. The case has a cutout for a camera bump with four rear cameras stacked vertically. Another photo on the site shows the front of the phone sporting a notched display. The notch looks like a half-circle with curved edges.Four rear cameras is terribly exciting but what could they all be used for? For that, we’ll have to wait for the Huawei P30 Pro to be released, which might not be that long. According to TechRadar, the Polish website Telix says that the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will launch at the end of March at an event in Paris. This is obviously after Mobile World Congress which is at the end of February.Huawei did not immediately respond to a request to comment. $534 47 Photos News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Google Huawei Samsung Apple Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less Comments • How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expectlast_img read more

ATTs 5G E network helps it take crown as fastest US carrier

first_img AT&T makes the first transcontinental call, 100 years ago (pictures) Now playing: Watch this: 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon 8 Originally published April 3, 6:30 a.m. PT.Update, April 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds comment from T-Mobile. AT&T tries tricking customers with 5G E logo Tags AT&T’s wireless network has become the fastest in the nation, according to Speedtest. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) Maybe it really is evolving?AT&T’s wireless network was named the fastest in the US, it announced Wednesday, based on an analysis of speeds over the first quarter of 2019 by Ookla’s Speedtest. It noted that AT&T’s speeds improved by more than 15% during that period, while the other carriers plateaued.AT&T’s speeds jumped from 34.3 megabytes per second (MBPS) to 40.7 MBPS, according to the data it presented. By comparison, T-Mobile hit 35.4 MBPS, Sprint reached 34.9 MBPS and Verizon was at 33.3 MBPS.Keep in mind that different tests have yielded different results. Last month, OpenSignal, another firm that tests wireless speeds, said it found that AT&T’s controversial  5G E (short for 5G Evolution) clocked in slower than services from Verizon and T-Mobile. However, AT&T dismissed Opensignal’s method as flawed.center_img Internet Services Tech Industry 1:58 Comments In its announcement  Wednesday, AT&T highlighted its 5G E service — which is really just fancy branding for its advanced 4G LTE network — as a major factor in its speed growth, saying it laid the foundation for the upgrade to 5G next-generation cellular technology.”We are thrilled Ookla has confirmed that we are the fastest wireless network nationwide,” said Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “This is further proof that our wireless network strategy and build are benefiting our customers in ways that other carriers cannot match.” Responding to results from Speedtest, Verizon asserted that its wireless network is the fastest and most reliable.”The evidence is overwhelming that the Verizon wireless network is best, fastest and most reliable,” said spokesperson Howie Waterman in an emailed statement. “We focus on deploying the best technologies for our customers, at scale.”T-Mobile made a similar claim, noting that that people use their phones for upload as well as download.”When you look at the overall customer experience, there’s only one fastest LTE network: T-Mobile,” said Neville Ray, its chief technology officer. “We’ve led the industry on LTE speed for five years (20 straight quarters), all without lying to customers or pretending LTE is 5G.”Sprint didn’t responded to a request for comment. Share your voice 15 Photoslast_img read more

Hasan Mahmud attacked Fakhruls motorcade BNP

first_imgBNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday alleged that Awami League leader Hasan Mahmud attacked its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgirs motorcade in Chittagong at the behest of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Speaking at a human-chain programme, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said Hasan Mahmud is making comments over the incidents like a professional liar to hush up his involvement.All that Hasan Mahmud is telling over the incident that happened in his election area is a blatant lie. He wont be able to mislead people with his false remarks over it, he said.The BNP leader further said, Awami League and its leaders are professional liars. We would like to say it was a planned attack. This is the fact that Hasan Mahmud made the attack instructed by the prime minister.Leaders and activists of BNPs Dhaka City units different wings arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of Jubo Dal joint general secretary Sayeed Hasan Mintoo.On Sunday, Mirza Fakhrul and some other party senior leaders were injured as local Awami League supporters allegedly attacked his motorcade at Isakhali in Rangunia upazila, Chittagong on their way to landslides-hit Rangamati.Rizvi said Awami League could not have attacked BNP senior leaders had it had minimum respect for democracy.He alleged that the government is overcrowding jails by sending innocent BNP leaders and activists there only for raising their voice against its misrule and injustice.Rizvi warned that their party men will come up with a strong resistance if the government continues its repressive acts.He demanded the government immediately release Mintoo after withdrawing all the cases filed against him.Rizvi also warned that those now indulging in the incidents of political killing and enforced disappearance will be tried someday for committing crimes against humanity.last_img read more