The Odisha government said on Saturday that POSCO had requested it to take back the land acquired for a mega steel plant that the South Korean steel major proposed more than a decade ago.“Recently, POSCO authorities sent a communication to the Odisha government. Since POSCO had not started construction as per the conditions in the lease agreement, the company requested the government to take the land back,” State Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said here. “Subsequent to receiving the letter from POSCO, we secured the Chief Minister’s approval to keep the land parcel in the land bank being created for setting up future industrial projects.”The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the State government in June 2005 to set up a plant with a capacity of 12 million tonnes a year and a captive port at an estimated investment of ₹52,000 crore near the port town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district. It was then the largest FDI received by the country.People’s protestThe people, however, protested against the acquisition of 4,004 acres of land, saying that the industrial project would spell doom for their livelihood based on betel farming and fishing.The curtains fell on the much-hyped project when a Central amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act in January 2015 necessitated POSCO to go through the auction route to get iron ore mines. Since there was uncertainty in securing a captive mine, the company started folding up its operation in the State.By that time, the State government had transferred 1,723.78 acres of land to POSCO through the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.With this, one of the most intensely fought land acquisition processes came to an end. During the decade-long protest, several hundred villagers were arrested by the police for blocking land acquisition. Over 1,200 non-bailable warrants were pending for execution in the project area. As the process of acquisition slowed down, the police stopped executing warrants.
Former Goa Deputy Chief Minister and lone MLA of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday filed a petition before the acting Speaker seeking disqualification of two former party MLAs, who joined the BJP on March 27. In his petition, Mr. Dhavalikar claimed that the “bedroom merger” of two MGP MLAs — Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pauskar — in the absence of a formal merger of the MGP into the BJP attracts grounds for disqualification under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution. “The Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India does not postulate a ‘bedroom merger’ by which the members of the legislature party would meet at a bedroom at midnight and claim that a merger has taken place even of the original political party,” the petition filed with the office of the Speaker on Friday said. Mr. Dhavalikar, in his petition further said that the MGP — as a party — had not taken any resolution to merge with the BJP and the two MLAs had voluntarily resigned from the regional party, thus attracting disqualification. In the drama which unfolded well past night on March 27, Mr. Ajgaonkar, and Mr. Pauskar split from the party, formed a separate legislative unit and merged it with the BJP. The merger, as approved by acting Speaker Michael Lobo, reduced the strength of the MGP in the Goa Assembly to one MLA, Sudin Dhavalikar, who was dropped from the State cabinet by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, within hours of this development. Mr. Ajgaonkar was appointed Dy. Chief Minister, while Mr. Pauskar was inducted into the Cabinet as Public Works Minister. Since then the MGP has informally broken away from the BJP-led coalition alliance and contested the April 23 Parliamentary elections and three assembly by-polls against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Wanted: Brains with originality and backbone.If this ad ever hit the Bollywood-specific glossies, chances are, blind panic would ensue. “Original script? What’s dat Boss?” To the howling fans who drool and salivate over sexy, glam and glitzy stars and shimmering, seductive fantasies that Bollywood dream-merchants dish out, it may come as a surprise, but truth is, for years, the Maharajas of mush and masala have shamelessly “lifted” (ooops, sorry, the politically correct euphemism is “inspired”) from Hollywood. In the last 15 years, this movement has really caught fire, reflecting a pathetic bankruptcy of original ideas, concepts and stories.There were no ifs and buts in Vikram Bhatt’s Fareb, the film that portrayed his version of An Unlawful Entry. Charged by the rave response, he sallied forth to pay tribute to the classic Brando-starrer On The Waterfront with Ghulam. His subsequent Kasoor borrowed heavily from Jagged Edge and Ankahee from his earlier mentor Mahesh Bhatt’s brilliant, memorable, powerful and moving essay on the extra-marital scene, Arth.Tanuja Chandra’s early films Dushman (Eye For Eye) and Sangharsh (Silence Of The Lambs) likewise were “inspired” efforts. Even the talented Mansoor Khan, succumbed. His Akele Hum … had Kramer v. Kramer plastered all over it, and as for Josh, seen West Side Story anyone? Dharmesh Darshan’s Aamir-Manisha starrer Mann is a sad deja-vu of the evergreen romantic classic An Affair To Remember, while Rahul Rawail – the gifted creator of Arjun and Dacait – created a pale imitation of the Hailey Mills super-popular Parent Trap with Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi. Even Kajol’s bravura performance couldn’t save it! At one point Bollywood seemed to have been totally fixated with Fatal Attraction. Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya… was only one of the many “inspired” versions. The same syndrome struck Sleeping With The Enemy. Except for Agni Sakshi, all bombed badly.Undeterred, “inspiration” shamelessly thrives. Recent examples include Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya (Picture Perfect), Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (Wedding Singer), Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye (While You Were Sleeping), Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (A Walk In The Clouds), Pyar To Hona Hi Tha (French Kiss), Sirf Tum (You’ve Got Mail), Aap Ki Khatir (Wedding Date), Baazigar (A Kiss Before Dying) Papa Kehte Hai (My Father, The Hero), Jism (Body Heat), Masoom (Man, Woman And Child), Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hain (My Best Friend’s Wedding), The Killer (Collateral), Murder (Unfaithful), Sarkar (Godfather), Dewangee (Primal Fear), Sauda (Indecent Proposal), Zinda (Hellboy), Partners (Hitch), Raaz (What Lies Beneath), Karishma (A Woman Of Substance), Krazzy 4 (Dream Team), Champion (Mercury Rising), Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (Something About Mary), Shaurya (A Few Good Men), Humraaz (A Perfect Murder), Ajnabi (Consenting Adults), Aitraaz (Disclosure), Naqaab (Dot The I), Welcome (Mickey Blue Eyes) …Even the acclaimed Bheja Fry borrowed from a French comedy Le Diner De Cons. Sanjay Bhansali’s much raved about and awarded Black was a knock off of The Miracle Worker and his recent Saawariya found “inspiration” from White Nights. Is nothing sacred …?“No, nothing is!” says Mahesh Bhatt, the self-appointed spokesman of Bollywood. The high-priest of hard-sell and self-promotion genius, is pragmatic, realistic and doesn’t give a damn about being politically correct. “Let’s get real. Movies are not about creativity. They are about entertainment and engaging audiences across the spectrum. Films don’t run – or flop – because of plagiarism or originality. My Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin saluted Chori Chori and It Happened One Night and the recent thumper Race was an adaptation of Hollywood hit Goodbye Lover, so? They were big hits, weren’t they? Today big bucks are involved in an environment that is insanely competitive. A young, impatient, distracted and promiscuous audience-base, with an inviting platter of several alternative entertainment avenues at their disposal, have to be engaged in any which way, who gives a shit to where the material is sourced from as long as it gives the viewers the Big O! Brand loyalty is dead. It’s the age of instant gratification. Market forces and ROI call the shots. In this bizarre and complex scheme of things, who cares about authenticity and creativity? Grabbing and retaining audience attention – with some kind of sustenance – is the real challenge to all of us. Everything else is bull crap!” Coming from the maker of Arth, Saaransh, Daddy & Naam, that may sound disappointing, but hey, who said we live in a perfect world? Mercifully, there are a string of successful films – Life In A Metro, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Mithya, Pyar Ka Side Effects, Dor, Iqbal, Traffic Signal, Munnabhai, My Brother Nikhil, Chak De! India, Taare Zameen Par, Jodhaa Akbar – which charm the audiences while remaining fresh, interesting, fun and absorbing, without constantly looking over someone’s shoulders to jhado. At the end of the day, chor-eo-graphy may be lucrative, but imitation remains the finest form of flattery.However, with several Big Hollywood studios coming to Bollywood for co-production, Tinseltown has to brace itself.Sony Pictures, last year threatened to sue K Sera Sera for $30 million accusing it of lifting from the Will Smith starrer Hitch in making Partner. The case is believed to have been settled out of court. More recently, B R Films was sued by Fox for $1.2 million for allegedly plagiarizing from My Cousin Vinny in its production Banda Ye Bindas Hai. The case is also believed to have been settled. Now Warner Bros is threatening legal action against Vipul Shah’s forthcoming Action Replay, starring Aishwaya Rai and Akshay Kumar, which it suspects hues dangerously close to the story line of the Oscar-winning The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. The Susan Sarandon-Julia Roberts film Stepmom is the inspiration for a Karan Johar remake with Kajol and Karina; Johar has reportedly bought rights to the film. Also on the cards is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s adaptation of The Prestige. His version is entitled Guzaarish and will star Hritik Roshan and Ash Rai Bachchan. Interestingly, in a path breaking move, film makers Abbas-Mastan (whose Aitraaz was inspired by Disclosure and Ajnabee by Consenting Adults) are all set to legally acquire the rights of The Italian Job before Indianizing it. It is reported that among the hot male stars being considered for this film include Saif, Ranbir, Imran, Shahid and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Way to go, guys! As this goes to print, the latest Hollywood import The Hangover, a superhit in India, is on the list of several Bollywood directors for a remake. But, shaken by the legal threats from Hollywood, they are reportedly seeking rights from the studio. Related Items
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, looks to pass the ball as Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored a season-high 40 points, Jamal Murray fought through a bloody lip to add 24 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-113 on Sunday night.Jokic finished a point off his career high. He added 10 rebounds and eight assists, just missing his sixth-triple double of the season.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Portland, though, scored the first six points of the fourth, moving in front by a point on Evan Turner’s jumper.It was tied at 108 when Jokic hit a floater in the lane to put the Nuggets on top with 1:07 left to play. He added a pair of free throws moments later only to see Lillard drive to the basket for a dunk. With 30.6 seconds, Murray hit a jumper, but McCollum connected on 3-pointer to pull Portland within one with 27.7 seconds left.Denver ran the clock down and Murray let a jumper fly that hit the back of the rim and bounced out. Murray grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws with 3 seconds left. Portland had just enough time for a long 3-point try by Lillard at the buzzer, but — Paul Millsap in his face — it was off the mark.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Maurice Harkless remains sidelined by a left knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s lip was bloodied when he took an elbow to the mouth from Jusuf Nurkic on a drive to the basket early in the third quarter. Murray hit both free throws before heading to the locker room to get the injury tended to. He was back in the game within minutes, and grabbed a rebound off his own missed shot in the final moments, hitting both free throws after he was fouled to help the Nuggets stave off Portland.Denver rebounded from a loss at Phoenix on Saturday night for its 12th home win in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDamian Lillard led Portland with 26 points, and CJ McCollum had 18 points. The Trail Blazers had won four straight.Lillard put in a reverse layup to put the Trail Blazers up by two with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter. But the Nuggets closed the period on a 17-10 run to take a 93-88 lead into the fourth. Jokic had 15 of his points in the period, including two 3-pointers during the Nuggets’ surge and also added an assist on an alley-oop pass that Mason Plumlee finished with a one-handed dunk. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Steph Curry scores 48, hits 11 3s as Warriors beat Mavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed a fourth straight game with left hamstring tightness. … F Trey Lyles missed his second game in a row with a right wrist sprain. … Jokic scored a career-best 41 points against Brooklyn on Nov. 7, 2017.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Sacramento on Monday night.Nuggets: Host Golden State on Tuesday nightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pacio is just one of four current titleholders out of Baguio City’s Team Lakay.“I’m excited but at the same time there’s a bit of pressure because I’m the first one on my team who will be defending his title,” Pacio told Filipino scribes on the eve of his bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments JAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino Joshua Pacio would be lying if he said he’s not feeling pressure as he defends his strawweight title against Yosuke Saruta in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “This will be the best birthday gift for me. It happened to kuya Eduard last November where he got himself the belt so it would be nice if I get to defend my title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacio doesn’t see the pressure as a burden but rather as a constant reminder to be at his best not only for himself but for his entire squad.“The pressure is not stressful at all. The pressure is more on the positive side that I just need to win for my team,” he said. “And whether I’m the first or not, my goal is the same which is to win.”Pacio just turned 23 on January 10 and he hopes to give himself the best birthday gift on Sunday the way his teammate Eduard Folayang won his title fight against Amir Khan last November which was a day after his birthday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UFC obliging troubled Greg Hardy’s desire for 2nd chance MOST READ
In Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, the name of the hero was kept a secret all through the film and was revealed to be ‘Rajinikanth’ towards the end, and it invoked a sense of intrigue and surprise. The name was out of place in a film that was trying to be that intense.But Ghajinkanth is the type of film where the hero can be named Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan or Sivaji Ganesan or Suruli Rajan, yet it won’t matter much. The whole point is to not take anything seriously in a film which takes itself so lightly. So, even if a dark-skinned boy is shamed for his colour, or if a maid is treated as a sub-human being, one should be a sport and not complain.Rajini Ramanathan is an ardent fan of Superstar and names his son Rajinikanth. Apart from everything else, the son also inherits his dad’s love for the Tamil actor. But Rajinikanth has one problem – a severe case of memory loss. He forgets things in a short span of time, reminding us of Suriya’s film Ghajini. Hence, the title Ghajinikanth.When his dad expects his son to be kickass like Baasha Rajini, he ends up being Dharmathin Thalaivan Rajini and it is funny when Ramanathan laments the same. However, a larger part of the comedy doesn’t work in the film, ironically directed by Santhosh P Jayakumar, who is riding on the success of the adult comedies (Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu and Hara Hara Mahadevki).advertisementSo, Ghajinikanth meets his love Vandana (Sayyeshaa), the shockingly gullible fair-skinned Tamil heroine who instantly approves of the flat-earth theory if it were to come from the hero. He hides his problem to make Vandana fall in love with him. His crimes vary from harmless lies to criminally offensive impersonation. But he has to convince Vandana’s father, who knows the truth, to accept their relationship.Amid all these, there is this one-dimensional villain, a police officer who is obsessed with Vandana. He has been written just for the sole purpose of a climax fight and to act as a truth-dispensing machine.Arya, though does very little in terms of acting, is convincing as an annoying and irresponsible bloke. We get a bit of surprise from Sayyeshaa, who takes her lines seriously and mouths her dialogues well. Her right expressions suggest that she is not clueless and is in the know of the proceedings of the film. But it is also a pointer of how less is expected of a heroine in Tamil cinema.ALSO READ: Will Arya’s Ghajinikanth work at the box office?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep song
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp prepared to be dumped from Carabao Cupby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are still waiting to learn of their Carabao Cup status.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have yet to receive any indication from the EFL when they will discover their fate after fielding an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons. The strongest sanction is expulsion from the competition – manager Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must accept whatever punishment is given.”If it was our fault,” said Klopp, “we need to get punished.”
Alexis Sanchez remains a “really special player”, says Ander Herrera, with Manchester United set to see the best of the Chilean forward in 2019.A high-profile switch to Old Trafford has not gone to plan for the South American, who arrived from Arsenal in January 2018.Twelve testing months have seen him deliver just four goals to spark serious questions of his value and future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United have, however, kept faith in a player who has also suffered a series of niggling knocks, with there a belief on their part that Sanchez will come good.Herrera is among those to share that opinion, with the Spaniard telling MUTV ahead of an FA Cup reunion for the ex-Gunners star with his former club: “He did amazing for them.“He was the best player for them every single season he was there, so I think Arsenal fans will receive him in a good way, because he has been fantastic for them.“He has given everything and now we have him. Now we want to enjoy him. His character makes him a really special player and I think we are going to see the best of Alexis in 2019.”Sanchez and United are due at Emirates Stadium on Friday.A heavyweight fourth-round clash will have plenty riding on it, with the Red Devils and Arsenal determined to get their hands on silverware this season.Herrera has enjoyed success in the FA Cup before, netting on his first appearance in the competition against Yeovil back in 2015 before going on to lift the trophy a year later.He added on his desire to form part of another trophy quest: “I really like this competition.“I like the way English football organise this competition. It’s very exciting, it’s very emotional for the fans, for everyone.“In Spain, the games are two legs, because you have to play at home and you have to play away, but, in England, the fact you have to play only one game and, in case you draw, you have the replay makes the competition very, very emotional and very exciting.“I have very good memories. I have lost the final, I have won a final.“I have played in some of the stadiums, all the stadiums, also in some of the stadiums of lower teams, so I really like this competition. I think the atmosphere is always really, really good.”
FOX SportsMichigan star Chase Winovich has quickly become the best interview in college football.After his Wolverines put together a dominant defensive performance en route to a 21-7 win at rival Michigan State, he popped off during an on-field interview.Michigan players and fans love calling Michigan State “little brother.” During the interview, Winovich said that Michigan had to put “little brother” was acting up, and had to be put in his place.”We knew they couldn’t hang with us… Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you just gotta put them in place.”– @Chase_Winovich was wildin’ postgame after @UMichFootball beat Michigan State. ? pic.twitter.com/MGXX3V9UAp— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 20, 2018Combined with the pregame scuffle, Michigan’s post-game stomping on the midfield Spartan logo, and the barbs traded between Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio, this game was all kinds of chippy. Winovich’s interview was just another piece of that.Rather than walk his comments back, Chase Winovich hopped on Twitter moments ago and doubled down.We’re sure Michigan fans will appreciate this.I’d like to take this moment to apologize… FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Go Blue!— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) October 20, 2018Michigan held Michigan State to just 94 total yards, holding the Spartans to less than one yard per carry and under three per pass attempt.If the Wolverines keep playing like that, Winovich is going to get plenty of more air time all the way through what could be a truly pivotal rivalry game against Ohio State with a College Football Playoff berth on the line.
zoom By examining the correlation between carrier terminal ownership and the choice of port calls by the 2M and upcoming Ocean and THE liner alliances, Drewry said that the choice of port call is often not in line with carrier terminal ownership interests.The shipping consultancy conducted a research analysing the relationship between the extent of interests in terminals that carriers have in ports in a selection of gateway and transhipment port markets, and the ports of call in these markets, as selected by the three major alliances that will be in place from second-quarter 2017.Gateway markets included Benelux ports, the Pacific South West and South China/Hong Kong, while transhipment markets covered hubs in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Middle East and Central America/Caribbean.The research showed that in the Benelux gateway port market, the port choices made by the Ocean and THE alliances correlate very closely to the member lines’ terminal interests, but for the 2M the opposite is true.“What this analysis shows is that individual lines are not entirely in control of their own destinies when it comes to port choices, as partner lines in their alliances may have conflicting port choice preferences and particular idiosyncrasies,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.The horse-trading between alliance members extends beyond port choices and into the choice of specific terminals within any given port, according to Drewry.“Even if a terminal operator brings in a shipping line as a joint venture partner, this is no absolute guarantee of securing an alliance’s volume,” Davidson concluded.
Amaravati (AP): Having longed for over five decades to become a mother, a 74-year-old woman finally realised her dream by giving birth to twins in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.This, doctors feel, could be a new world record. The previous record was said to be held by a 66-year-old Spanish woman in 2006, according to the Guinness World Records. E Mangayamma of Draksharamam in East Godavari district of AP delivered twin baby girls through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in a private hospital in Guntur. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Both the mother and the newborn twins are safe and stable, Gynecologist Sanakkayala Aruna, under whose care the Caesarean section was performed, said. Married to E Raja Rao in 1962, Mangayamma remained issueless all these years. When one of their neighbours recently conceived and delivered a baby through artificial insemination, at the age of 55 years, hopes sprouted in Mangayamma too and she wanted to try IVF. She approached Dr Aruna – who previously served as Health Minister in Chandrababu Naidu cabinet between 1999 and 2004 – in Guntur in November last year. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KMangayamma went through the IVF procedure and conceived in January this year. Given her age, the woman was kept in the hospital under the constant care of specialist doctors all these months. “She remained healthy as she did not have diabetes or blood pressure. Since she is 74-year-old, we had to perform Caesarean section to deliver the babies,” Dr Aruna said. The happiness of the new parents and their relatives knew no bounds as there were celebrations in the hospital.
New York Times best-selling author and award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer Bryan Cranston visited with more than 1,300 service members and officially wrapped up day two of his first-ever USO tour.Bryan Cranston During USO Tour of Germany and UKCredit/Copyright: Fred GreavesCranston is spending a week visiting with servicemen and women, exploring military work sites and bringing his New York Times best-selling memoir “A Life in Parts” to life. Having already rounded out a USO visit to U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach (July 24) and Ramstein Air Base (July 25), Cranston is now making his way to three more military bases this week, to include U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden (July 26); Royal Air Force Alconbury (July 27); as well as Royal Air Force Mildenhall and Royal Air Force Lakenheath (July 29).• As part of his USO activities on the ground, Cranston has greeted military medical staff, toured a flight line, visited a working dog unit, participated in a military theater group discussion and ventured inside multiple military aircraft. • Cranston capped off the day with his first of four “An Evening with Bryan Cranston” USO shows. Centered around his memoir, “A Life in Parts,” Cranston is sharing insights on what led him to acting and his various roles, as well as participating in a rousing Q&A with troops. • Not a stranger to America’s armed forces, Cranston, himself, has ties to military service. His father was a pilot in the U.S. Navy and his mother was in the U.S. Coast Guard, with both parents having served in World War II. • Best known for his portrayal of ‘Walter White’ in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and ‘Hal’ on the popular Fox comedy series “Malcolm in the Middle,” Cranston has built a reputation as a talented actor in both drama and comedy on both the big and small screens. He is a four-time Emmy Award winner, Golden Globe Award winner, Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee. Cranston went on to write a memoir, “A Life in Parts,” which quickly became a New York Times best seller. • Among some of his feature film credits are “All The Way,” “Trumbo,” “Wakefield,” Why Him?,” “The Infiltrator,” “Godzilla,” “Argo,” “Drive,” “Contagion,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Larry Crown” and “That Thing You Do!,” among others. He has also lent his voice to DreamWorks Animation films “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” Cranston will next star in “Last Flag Flying” and “Untouchable.”
Rabat – Remittance inflow to Morocco reached more than $7 billion in 2016, coming mostly from France, Spain, and Italy, US Pew Research Center finds.In a report entitled “Global Remittance Flows in 2016,” the think tank said that Morocco’s remittances from France in 2016 amounted to $2.17 billion, followed by Spain at $1.75 billion.Italy ranked third at $975 million, while Belgium ranked fourth at $482 million and inflow from the Netherlands amounted to $424 million. Israel was the fifth-highest contributing country, with remittances reaching $379 million. The report revealed that remittances sent from Germany to Morocco amounted to $301 million, while those from the United States amounted to $175 million, followed by Canada at $109 million.Meanwhile, Morocco sent $99 million in remittance outflow in 2016. Morocco’s main remittance recipient is France at $61 million, followed by Algeria at $17 million, according to the center.Italy ranked third, receiving $7 million, followed by Lebanon at $5 million, Jordan at $4 million, Yemen at $2 million, and Saudi Arabia at $1 million.Globally, an estimated $574 billion was remitted by percent migrants to their home countries in 2016. This represents a decrease of 1 percent from 2015, when the amount was at $581 billion.This is the first drop in remittances since the global financial crisis of 2007-2008.Nevertheless, remittances are expected to double their rate from the previous decade, characterized by the global economic crisis of the late 2000s.
Rabat – Morocco’s national football team will play three additional pre-World Cup friendly games, according to the Royal Football Federation (FRMF). The Atlas Lions will battle the Ukrainian, Estonian, and Slovakian teams only a week before the kickoff for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Today, FRMR published the schedule for the pre-World Cup friendly games that the Moroccan team will play before the official games of the world’s premier tournament. The Atlas Lions will battle Ukraine in Switzerland on May 30, while the second friendly game against Slovakia will also take place in Switzerland, on June 4.The third friendly game will be played in Estonia against the local national football team on June 9.The Moroccan team has already played two pre-World Cup friendly matches against Serbia and Uzbekistan, winning 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. These friendlies are aimed at testing and evaluating the team’s weaknesses and strengths.When the tournament begins on June 14, the Atlas Lions will first battle Iran on June 15. The team will face Portugal in their second game on June 20, while the final first-round match for Morocco will be against Spain on June 25.
Underscoring that the veto power belonging to the Council’s five permanent members must not be used for national ends, he supported France’s initiative to restrict the veto in cases of serious violations of international law and war crimes. President Peña Nieto went on to recall the long history of collaboration between his country and the United Nations and noted, for example, its decision to participate in peacekeeping operations and Mexico’s efforts to bolster humanitarian assistance.Turning to the situation of migrants, he said movements of people in search of a better life was the norm in today’s world, however, in all continents, the migrant experience had been one of risks, discrimination, and abuse, made worse by ignorance, racism or pure political opportunism. “Let us not allow that injustice to continue,” he urged, adding that the world community must be united in its effort to create a global scheme to protect migrants’ rights. Millions of migrants required a global response – a response that should come from the United Nations. President Peña Nieto said that humanity must also reassess its vision of the global drug problem, which required a more just and humane international response. During the Assembly’s special session next year, there must be a collective willingness to “reverse inertia” and develop people-centred policies. Keeping a watchful eye over the principles that gave birth to the United Nations was the responsibility of all, he said, urging Member States to work together to build a better future.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Charles Matthews had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Zavier Simpson spearheaded another impressive defensive effort by No. 7 Michigan, which rolled to an 84-67 victory over No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday night.Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the Wolverines (7-0), who led 39-35 at halftime and then shut down the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offence for a while. North Carolina (6-2) came in averaging 96.6 points per game, but Michigan was allowing half that at 48.3. The Tar Heels ended up between those two extremes, but a good deal closer to the lower number.Michigan outscored North Carolina 34-16 in the first 12:13 of the second half. At times, just getting a shot to the rim felt like an accomplishment for the Tar Heels. An alley-oop dunk by Jon Teske put the Wolverines up 49-39, causing North Carolina to take a timeout. Matthews provided an even more emphatic highlight later on, slamming home an offensive rebound while drawing a foul.Matthews completed that three-point play to make it 56-42, and then Teske and Matthews blocked shots at the other end. A 3-pointer by Poole made it 63-43.Michigan led 73-51 before North Carolina went on an 11-0 run. Matthews halted that with a 3-pointer.North Carolina was sharp offensively early, taking a 21-11 lead, but the Wolverines responded with a 19-4 run that included 10 points by Iggy Brazdeikis. Michigan closed the half on a bright note as well. Matthews sank a 3-pointer, then the 7-foot-1 Teske dove on the floor to secure a loose ball, helping set up a 3 by Poole in the final seconds.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels were on the road — and they’re certainly not alone in losing big to Michigan this season. Villanova fell by 27 to the Wolverines at home. But this was an ugly night for North Carolina, which started well on the offensive end and still ended up shooting 39 per cent for the game.Michigan: The Wolverines probably wish the NCAA Tournament started now. Matthews had a terrific all-around game at both ends of the court, and Michigan showed yet again that it can shut down even a talented offensive team for extended stretches.POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan has the win over Villanova and this rout. If the Wolverines make it through the rest of the week without a loss, they could move up a few spots, depending on what teams above them do. North Carolina figures to drop after a second loss in seven days.UP NEXTNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels host UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.Michigan: The Wolverines open their Big Ten schedule at home against Purdue on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Noah Trister, The Associated Press
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper (15) looks to pass to a teammate in the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ semifinal game against Rutgers on March 2 at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Ohio State beat Rutgers 82-57. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The top-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team is in familiar territory yet again. Following its second victory of the season against Rutgers, the Buckeyes have a chance to claim a second victory versus fourth-seeded Minnesota. Ohio State (25-6, 13-3 Big Ten) will play Minnesota (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a shot to play in the conference championship game on the line. This matchup will be the second time these teams meet this season. When the two teams played on Jan. 4, the Buckeyes beat the Golden Gophers 91-75.Minnesota has a core four of productive players who average at least 13 points per game. One of the core four, freshman guard Destiny Pita, scored 38 points in the team’s earlier matchup against the Buckeyes.Her presence will pose a problem for Ohio State if senior guard Asia Doss, who is the Buckeyes’ best perimeter defender, is not available to play due to a sprained ankle. Doss suffered the injury in her final regular-season game against Penn State.Doss was not cleared to play against Rutgers in the quarterfinals, ending her streak of 134-straight games played. She is considered day-to-day and will need medical clearance in order to return. Doss said her ankle felt 95 percent healthy, but she was being held out for precautionary reasons.“It’s day-by-day, they don’t wanna risk anything crazy,” Doss said. “Especially with the NCAA Tournament coming up. I’m a senior, they wanna make sure I’m still there. We still wanna win this and I feel like we can, for sure.” In the previous meeting between the two teams, Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell had 21 points, but went just 7-of-22. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga shot 11-for-15 and racked up 25 points in Ohio State’s victory.With Doss out of the lineup, Mitchell has even more of a control of the ball than usual.“She did the same thing she always does, she’s Kelsey Mitchell,” Doss said. “I think she did it really well. I feel like they did really well as a group honestly, because they were still getting assists, moving the ball, they played good defense too.”The Golden Gophers outlasted Iowa forward Megan Gustafson’s 48 points in a 90-89 victory against the Hawkeyes in the quarterfinals. Minnesota’s two leading scorers, redshirt junior guard Kenisha Bell and senior guard Carlie Wagner, combined for 53 points in the game.Minnesota has won six of its past seven games. Two of those wins came against teams that were ranked at the time — then-No. 23 Michigan and then-No. 10 Maryland.If Ohio State beats the Golden Gophers, it will get its shot a chance for the Big Ten Tournament championship. The Buckeyes would play the winner of Saturday night’s game between second-seeded Maryland and third-seeded Nebraska.
Residents in highly sought-after home county towns could well have an influx of new neighbours if the Government’s new housing plans are to be believed. Families living in some of England’s most popular housing hotspots will be forced to accept more homes being built near them to tackle the housing crisis, The Telegraph reported yesterday. This would involve new rules that would force councils to increase their housing targets, which will be revealed in the coming weeks. With the exception of urban areas… Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said that he wants communities which have benefited from soaring property prices to play their part in solving the housing crisis. Which areas are most in demand?
Updated at 11.12pmTHE MATER HOSPITAL has ‘absolutely refuted’ suggestions that it held a multi-million euro pension fund on behalf of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) that didn’t exist, and say it is superannuation scheme.It follows a heated exchange in the Public Accounts committee this afternoon in which former CRC chief executive Paul Kiely said that the organisation is paying the hospital €660,000 a year to administer the fund, although he was unaware of whether it actually existed.In a statement this evening, the Mater Hospital explained that this fund is part of the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme.They said that it is “in line with Public Sector pension policy, whereby all pensions are funded from current revenues, as is the case with all Public Hospitals”.The statement explained the arrangement is due to a legacy issue which first arose in the 1970′s.The CRC was unable to receive funds from the Department of Health as it was not classed as a hospital.The decision was made to route funds through the nearest hospital “in order to overcome this difficulty”.However, the hospital says this arrangement changed in the early 2000′s The Department of Health altered this approach and decided to no longer pay its CRC funding though the Mater Hospital.However, the CRC staff from that time continued to hold their membership of the Voluntary Hospital’s Superannuation scheme as there was no alternative public sector pension scheme available to them.This scheme has continued for those CRC staff members, currently numbering 181The Mater Hospital have also requested that Paul Kiely correct “his earlier inaccurate reference”. Originally posted at 8.10pm‘Absolute madness’: CRC pays Mater Hospital €660k to administer ‘phantom pension fund’ >
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