Four killed in clashes in West Bengal

first_imgFour men were killed and several injured in North 24 Paraganas district of West Bengal in clashes between BJP and Trinamool workers on Saturday night. Three of the dead were BJP workers, while the other was a Trinamool member. The deceased were identified as Sukanta Mandal, Pradip Mandal and Tapan Mandal of the BJP and Kayum Mollah of the Trinamool.The parties blamed each other for the violence at Bhangipara of Sandeshkhali block, about 80 kilometres south of Kolkata.According to a post by BJP, at least 18 of their supporters are missing. The BJP said Trinamool cadre attacked their activists following a scuffle over removal of saffron flags. “They opened fire indiscriminately killing three of our cadres. Kayum Mollah was shot by Trinamool activists only,” said Sayantan Basu, a BJP leader.However, Trinamool leaders said armed BJP activists had attacked their members and killed Mollah.“Kayum Mollah was hacked to death by BJP. He was shot too. BJP bringing outsiders to attack us,” said TMC leader Jyotipriya Mullick.Reportedly, TMC cadres attacked BJP activists in retaliation. However, police administration has not issued any statement.Trouble was brewing in Sandeshkhali, albeit in a different area, over last few days as a senior Government official was beaten up. Incidents of sporadic violence was reported.Leaders of both parties are expected to visit Sandeshkhali on Saturday which may trigger more commotion.last_img read more

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I-T officials raid house, offices of senior NCP leader Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur

first_imgA team of the Income Tax Department on July 25 raided the residence and factory premises of senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and legislator Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur district in western MaharashtraAn MLA from the Kagal Assembly seat, Mr. Mushrif, a former Minister who held the Labour portfolio in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, is considered to be a tall leader of his party in the State’s ‘sugar belt’ region.According to sources, the I-T team swooped down on Mr. Mushrif’s bungalow in Kagal at around 5.30 a.m. while simultaneous raids took place at his son’s residence in Pune and his relatives’ house in Takala in Kolhapur.Officials also conducted searches at the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory in Kagal which is said to be controlled by Mr. Mushrif among other places.However, authorities declined to elaborate on the reason for the raids.A number of the NCP leader’s loyalists thronged outside his house to express solidarity as news of the raids spread throughout Kagal. A robust security shield was in place as the I-T officials conducted their searches and scrutinised documents at Mr. Mushrif’s house and office.The raids coincide with the exit of another important NCP leader Sachin Ahir, who jettisoned his position as his party’s Mumbai unit chief to enter the Shiv Sena, allegedly impressed with Aditya Thackeray’s leadership.The timing of the raid on Mr. Mushrif’s home has triggered speculation that the NCP leader’s alleged ‘refusal’ to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prompted the party to unleash the I-T Department on him.“Recently, at a public function in Kolhapur, newly appointed BJP State president Chandrakant Patil had made an open offer to Mr. Mushrif to ally with the BJP. But the NCP leader had snubbed Mr. Patil and instead questioned as to how, and from where, was the BJP able to secure enormous funds to ‘buy’ Congress legislators in Karnataka and destabilise the Congress-JD (S) government,” said an analyst, requesting anonymity.The raids on Mr. Mushrif’s house also come amid intense speculation of another NCP MLA, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole in Ahmednagar district, entering the BJP fold.Mr. Pichad, the son of senior NCP MLA Madhukar Pichad, is believed to have met with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s home ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.The developments take place a week after Mr. Patil had confidently claimed that several legislators from the opposition NCP and the Congress were in contact with the BJP. Mr. Patil had also said that the opposition camp would witness a spate of resignations in the coming week.last_img read more

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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City “We’re back to zero,” said defending MVP and team captain Mary Joy Baron in Filipino. “The past season’s title will be our motivation because we know we have to defend the championship.”“But the team will have a new composition, Michelle [Cobb] will now be our setter, so for me everything’s back to zero,” added Baron.Cobb, who is on her second year, will take on the place Fajardo, who won three Best Setter awards.Baron and the other veterans, though, promised to make it easy for Cobb to transition from a substitute to the team’s main playmaker.“They [the veterans] were very flexible towards their relationship with me,” said Cobb. “They’re adjusting and they’re always telling me that if I draw the ire of coach Ramil [De Jesus] they’ll just keep motivating me and telling me that I am part of the backbone of the team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Head coach: Ramil De JesusLast Season: 11-3 (no.2 seed, champion)Key holdovers: Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Desiree Cheng, Aduke OgunsanyaKey loss: Kim FajardoADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ De La Salle is gunning for its third straight title in the UAAP women’s volleyball championship, but such a daunting task isn’t new for the mighty Lady Spikers.The last team to successfully go on a three-peat was La Salle when the girls in green-and-white won the big trophy from Seasons 73 to 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Lady Spikers have set their sights on a sixth championship in eight years, the most titles in an eight-year period since University of Santo Tomas won seven straight from 1985 to 1991.La Salle, however, will go into Season 80 on a new slate especially after the iconic setter Kim Fajardo graduated in 2017. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kianna Dy, Season 78’s Finals MVP, was there for Cobb when things got too difficult for the sophomore setter.“I actually told her that her style of play is different from ate Kim’s so we don’t necessarily want her to be exactly like ate Kim,” said Dy. “She has her own strengths, her own weaknesses, ate Kim has her won strengths and her own weaknesses.”“I just tell her to do her best and that we’re all behind her and that she’s not alone,” added Dy.And with the veterans showing support for their young 18-year-old setter, another figurehead in the team is confident La sale won’t go down easily.Dawn Macandili, who was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, promised La Salle would be there until the very end to defend the crown.“My confidence is really high right now with this team,” said Macandili in Fiipino. “My teammates are there, my coaches are there to throw us their support no matter what so I’m really confident we’ll go a long way this year.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Current crop of archers can have another shot at Olympics

first_imgIndia’s archery campaign at the London Olympics ended on a disappointing note with Deepika Kumari going out in the first elimination round to home favourite Amy Oliver.Deepika had defeated the British girl quite easily whenever they had faced off previously, but at Lord’s on Wednesday, things turned out differently.This was a totally unexpected result. Deepika did not hit any 10s when required, which is very unusual. Normally, she compensates for her low scores by shooting a large number of 10s, but could not manage to do so here.She told us after her match that she did not feel any pressure during her match. However she struggled to assess the tricky conditions.As far as the other archers are concerned, Jayanta Talukdar did not put in a good performance though he was up against a top American.Rahul and Tarundeep made it to the second elimination round, before bowing out. But they showed fight which is a good sign.Chekrovolu Swuro seemed to just give it away after being in control. She first allowed her to draw level at 5-5 and then went down in the shoot-off.In the overall picture of the archers’ performance at the Olympics, the less than perfect start also had a role. They finished quite low down in the ranking round, which could have had an adverse impact on their morale.The fact that the conditions were quite tricky can be gauged from the fact that the topranked men’s archer, Brady Ellison of the United States, lost in the second round and later tweeted that he was thoroughly confused by the wind.advertisementAfter returning to India, one needs to find out what ingredient we are missing as we fail to crack the Olympic code despite going with high hopes. We need a long term programme for the Olympics.Age is no factor in archery and if the current batch can remain fit and focused, they can have another crack at the Olympics.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has come under fire from all corners of the world due to his lackluster batting and captaincy form of late. Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in December 2014 to focus on limited-overs cricket, has struggled to win any major title for India since 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England.Dhoni, who led India to World Cup triumph in 2011 on home soil, has been questioned on his captaincy skills ever since India’s 2015 World Cup semi-final exit. Under Dhoni, India suffered a historic ODI series defeat in Bangladesh last year and lost the home series a few months later to South Africa for the first time.However, India have fared well in the shortest format, winning series against Australia, Sri Lanka, capturing Asia Cup and reaching World Twenty20 semi-final.But former India captain Sourav Ganguly wants selectors to give a deep thought on whom they want to see as skipper at the 2019 World Cup in England. Ganguly, speaking during a sports show on India Today, hinted that Virat Kohli should be made India’s captain in build up to the quadrennial event.”Every cricket team in the world plans their future. But my question to the selectors is three-fours years down the line, do they see MS Dhoni as captain of India?” Ganguly told India Today.”Dhoni has been fantastic in the way he has gone about his job as captain, but does he have the ability in next four years to see India into the World in 2019,” he added.’No need to quit’advertisementHowever, Ganguly backed Dhoni to continue playing international cricket, saying India still “need him”.”I am not saying he needs to quit cricket, I feel he should continue to play in the shorter formats of the game. India still need him in the limited-overs cricket,” Ganguly concluded.’13 years as captain too long’Dhoni has captained India for nine years now and Ganguly said he doesn’t think the 2011 World Cup-winning captain will stay at the top job for 13 years.”Dhoni has been captain for nine years, which is a long period. Does he have it in him to go for another four years? He has already given up Test cricket and now plays only ODIs and T20s,” Ganguly said.’Kohli’s attitude on the field is superb’The former India skipper also lauded in-form Virat Kohli for his phenomenal achievements as Test captain and for his on-field exploits in every format of the game.”Virat Kohli is getting better every time. He is probably the best in the world in terms of consistency. His mental energy, tenacity is unreal. His attitude on the field is superb. His record as Test captain has been good.”So the selectors need to find an answer to whether they see Dhoni leading India in 2019? If the answer is no, then find a new captain. If the answer is yes, which I will find very very surprising, Dhoni continues,” he said.Kohli has been averaging 52.70 as Test captain and has slammed four centuries in his 10-match stint so far. In ODIs, Kohli has led India in 17 matches with an extraordinary average of 70.83, including four hundreds. Overall, he averages 51.51 in the 50-over format.”Decision on appointing Kohli as captain should go in terms of where MS goes from here? There’s no disregard to him, he’s been one of the greatest captains of the country,” he concluded.last_img read more

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2017 Mercedes Benz CLA launched in India at Rs 31.40 lakh

first_imgGerman carmaker Mercedes Benz has launched the updated 2017 CLA in India with prices starting at a base price of Rs 31.40 lakh, Ex-showroom, Mumbai. The CLA has received upgrades in the features section and also subtle tweaks to make the design look fresh again. The compact executive sedan from Mercedes Benz has been launched in three different trims. The base trim is a diesel variant, the 200d Style, and has been priced at Rs 31,40 lakh. The top-of-the-line diesel is the 200d Sport and that has been priced at Rs 34.68 lakh. Mercedes Benz has launched a petrol variant also that is priced at Rs 33.68 lakh. All prices are Ex-showroom, Mumbai. Also Read:2017 Mercedes Benz CLA to launch in India on November 30The same 2.0-litre petrol engine that delivers 181bhp and 300Nm of torque and was present in the previous car is present on the 2017 CLA. Even the diesel variant has the same 2.2-litre engine which puts out 134bhp and 300 Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The new car was first shown at the New York International Auto Showearlier in the year and in the design department, it gets few tweakslike the headlamps which have been given the smoked treatment and alsoget full LED lights. Both the front and rear bumpers have been restyledbut overall the new car still retains its iconic shape that mimics themore expensive CLS.  The CLA competes against the Audi A3, Toyota Camry and Skoda Superb in the Indian market and is built at Mercedes Benz’s Chakan plant, near Pune.advertisementAlso Read:Mercedes Benz GLS 350d SUV launched for Rs 80.38 lakhlast_img read more

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EPL: Hull City suffer relegation set-back, Leicester continue their revivalEPL: Hull City suffer relegation set-back, Leicester continue their revival

first_imgHull coach Marco Silva’s 41-match unbeaten home record as a manager ended when his side lost to last-placed Sunderland 2-0 to intensify its relegation fears in the English Premier League on Saturday.Silva had not lost a home league game since 2014, a period taking in spells in charge of Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, and now four months at Hull.Billy Jones struck in the 69th minute and Jermain Defoe added a second goal in injury time at the KCOM Stadium for Sunderland, which was relegated last weekend when Hull drew at Southampton thanks to a last-minute penalty save.Hull stayed fourth from bottom and just two points ahead of Swansea, which played Everton late Saturday.The result also was a boost for next-to-last Middlesbrough, which was six points behind Hull with three games left. Middlesbrough visits Chelsea on Monday.LEICESTER 3 – 0 WATFORDLeicester kept up its revival since dismissing title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri by beating Watford 3-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.The soon-to-be-deposed champions have won seven of their 10 league games following the departure of Ranieri, who was fired with Leicester close to the relegation zone. Now, they have moved into ninth place and have the form to secure a top-half finish.The goals came from midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton.Ndidi lashed home from 10 meters in the first half at Kingpower Stadium after the ball fell loose after a corner.Mahrez celebrated making his 100th Premier League appearance by doubling the lead in the 58th, sprinting onto Jamie Vardy’s flick-on and beating Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from a tight angle.advertisementVardy then fed Albrighton to add a third goal in the third minute of injury time.Watford has lost its last three games without scoring.BOURNEMOUTH 2 – 2 STOKEStoke missed out on a first away since January when an own goal allowed Bournemouth to draw 2-2 in their English Premier League match on Saturday.Defender Ryan Shawcross accidentally deflected Josh King’s strike into his own net. Stoke protested, believing King was offside, but the goal stood.Both mid-table teams had already secured positions in the league next season.Stoke benefited from opening with an own goal, thanks to a back-header by Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset. That was Stoke’s first away goal in 629 minutes.Bournemouth came back through Junior Stanislas, Stoke went back in front thanks to Mame Biram Diouf, then Shawcross helped the home side level again.last_img read more

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Puyol hands U-17 WC ticket to 1911 Bagan captains descendant

first_imgNew Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Spanish football legend Carles Puyol, on expected lines, attracted all the attention as the local organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup today kick-started the ticket sales here. The former Barcelona central defender was engaged in a friendly match with Sports Minister Vijay Goel and his cabinet colleague Babul Supriyo, who is also the vice chairman of the LOC, along with the kids associated with the governments Mission XI Million programme. Tickets for the first FIFA tournament in the country will go live at exactly 19.11 hours tomorrow, paying a tribute to the year in which Indian football made history. It was the first time an Indian football team, Mohun Bagan FC, defeated an English side (East Yorkshire Regiment) and won the IFA Shield. Appropriately, Gauri Bhaduri, grand daughter-in-law of Shivdas Bhaduri, captain of that team, was handed over the first ticket by Puyol. Puyol expressed his wish to be a part of the tournament in October. “I was very curious and excited to discover the country and I am glad that I witnessed its rich culture,” Puyol said. “Indians will get the chance to see World Cup matches live and that experience is completely different from watching it on television. You can feel the energy in the stands. “At the FIFA U-17 World Cup, you can see the stars of the future. Indians should make the most of this opportunity and come in numbers to watch international teams play at home.” Goel said, “We have made sure that tickets are priced nominally, you can buy a world cup ticket for less than 50 rupees. So, there is no reason not to come and support this tournament in large numbers.” “I do not see this tournament as the conclusion, rather it is the start of the next revolution in Indian football and I need all your support to make the most of this amazing opportunity.” PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Russian athletics takes case to court over IAAF reinstatement

first_imgMoscow, Sept 26 (AFP) Russian athletics, emboldened by WADA’s lifting of the three-year ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA), has demanded to have its ban from track and field terminated. In a statement on Wednesday, the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) said it had filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) the previous day. The statement said the appeal pointed to the “unfounded decision” to put several criteria on the RUSAF restoration roadmap including the recognition by the Russian authorities of their involvement in the scheme for concealing the use of doping by Russian athletes. “The unreasonable implementation of these criteria and their presence on the roadmap for RUSAF’s restoration is in our view wrong, because it goes beyond RUSAF’s competencies,” the statement said. Russian athletics chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin also sent the letter to Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), informing him he is taking the case to the CAS, the Times reported.- Ban no longer relevant ? -============================ Shlyakhtin argued that the reasons for the ban of his organisation and its athletes, which the IAAF imposed in November 2015, are no longer pertinent as they were the same ones the World Anti-Doping Agency used when they punished RUSADA. WADA suspended RUSADA, also in November 2015, after declaring it non-compliant following revelations of a vast state-backed scheme to avoid drug testers. “Given that the outstanding criteria for RUSAF’s reinstatement were essentially identical to those that the WADA executive committee has considered met, and that time is of the essence, we respectfully request that the IAAF decide to reinstate RUSAF as soon as possible,” wrote Shlyakhtin.advertisement The IAAF told The Times in light of the letter: “We have led the way to fight for clean athletes and we will continue to do so.” The Court of Arbitration of Sport has not yet received the appeal, a spokesman said. Coe, who has consistently been the most prominent sports administrator in taking a hard line over the doping scandal, had said following WADA’s decision to lift the ban that Russia needed to meet two pre-conditions to be allowed to return to international athletics competition. The IAAF will next broach the subject at a Council meeting in December. “The reinstatement of RUSADA was one of three pre-conditions,” he said in a statement issued by the IAAF. “The other two pre-conditions are Russian authorities must acknowledge the findings of the McLaren and Schmid Commissions that Ministry of Sport officials were implicated in the scheme to cover up the doping of Russian athletes as described in their reports. “The Russian authorities must (also) provide access to the data from testing of samples at the Moscow lab from 2011 to 2015, so that the Athletics Integrity Unit can determine whether the suspicious findings reported in the Moscow lab’s database should be pursued.” The decision to lift the ban on RUSADA was taken last week at a meeting of WADA’s executive committee but the softening of their stance triggered outrage from athletes and national anti-doping agencies around the world. They accused WADA of succumbing to pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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SCHOOL BOARD PLANS TO UPGRADE AIR CONDITIONING AT TWO ELEMENTARY BLDGS

first_imgThe Sioux City School Board will consider a plan tonight to update the mechanical systems and install air conditioning at Riverside and Sunnyside Elementary Schools.The total estimate for the 2019 Phase 1 is $1,682,380.The costs for Riverside Elementary are estimated at $468,670 and will be completed in two phases in 2019 and 2020.Sunnyside Elementary is estimated at $1,213,710 and will be completed this year.The funding source will be the Sales Tax Fund.A public hearing on the proposal will also be held at 6p.m. January 28th at the downtown Educational Service Center at 627 4th Street.last_img read more

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Jürgen Klopp laments draw but confident Liverpool’s luck will improve

first_imgShare on Twitter “It was a good pass for Newcastle’s goal, at the right moment,” Klopp, whose side have won one just of their past seven games in all competitions, said. “For me it looked like the centre-halves didn’t see the ball with Shelvey because two or three players are in front of them. If they see it they have to make a step and Joselu is offside. In the end it is unlucky.”Liverpool’s manager felt luck had quite a bit to do with the result and remains confident his is about to turn. “We are in very promising situations and we don’t score. That, of course, is a problem but it will not stay like this. I know, I am long enough around football.“There are different ways to get one win in seven. You can play really bad and lose a lot of games or you play more than a few games really, really good. Most of the games actually we were the better side but a few chances are enough for the opponent to score and we need a lot more and in the end we have had the same number of goals. That happens too often in the last few weeks, of course.“The boys will go away and we all feel not perfect in that moment and by the way the main problem is not only that football is not fair, people write about it and the boys read it and it makes it even worse. You have a point but it feels like you have lost.”Not that he agrees confidence has been dented. “I have not seen a drop in confidence from the players,” the manager said. “It is our duty to be confident because the boys have the quality.”Klopp was frustrated by two particular misses from the disappointing Daniel Sturridge and the impressive Mohamed Salah but said such misses would be corrected. “What is my job? Say, ‘Mo, don’t do that next time and Daniel please have a look next time’? They know that and they will do that next time.“We have our hard moment now but other teams will have their hard moment. We need to work on our thing and I really think it looks like we are not far away from a real challenge. If we do what we are good at, we don’t have to think about other teams and we will close the gap.”Rafael Benítez was considerably happier with a point against the club he led to Champions League glory. “Against a team like Liverpool you have to be happy,” he said. “The lads did a great job and maybe with a bit more composure on the ball we could have scored another goal.”He was particularly pleased with Shelvey. “Jonjo has the quality on the ball, I told him before the game, you know how to play football, you just have to work hard and keep your head focused.”Told that Klopp thought Newcastle should have lost, he turned diplomatic. “Sometimes you get what you deserve, sometimes you don’t. We have got a point at home, which isn’t the best, but against one of the top teams you take it.” Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Share on Pinterest Joselu hands Newcastle draw with lucky strike to punish wasteful Liverpool Topics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Jürgen Klopp seemed torn between defiance and anxiety after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United left his Liverpool side in seventh place, seven points behind the leaders, Manchester City.“We should have won,” Klopp said. “We were the better side and created more chances but you know we have a real problem because we have to play better next game, otherwise we will not get a point.”After a wonderful Philippe Coutinho goal gave Liverpool the lead, Joselu equalised for Newcastle when Klopp’s centre-halves, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, allowed a through-ball from the excellent Jonjo Shelvey to bisect them. Share on Facebook Newcastle United news Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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And a Cherry On Top: 5 of the Best Cocktail Cherries

first_img How to Make a Whiskey Sour Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master The Best American Liqueur 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make A cherry on top of an ice cream sundae is okay, but there are few things as satisfying as a cherry at the bottom of a cocktail glass. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill cherries, either, because the cherry you use in your Manhattan does matter.(Forget how to make a Manhattan? Check out this video.)Like we said, these aren’t the sickly sweet, fluorescent red cherries you find on top the whipped cream or in restaurant Cherry Coke (and, sometimes, in a poorly-made cocktail). Somehow those fake cherries (we use the word ‘fake’ literally here) sat atop the cocktail heap for decades. Not anymore, though, as other producers are bringing real cherries with real flavor to bars across the world.Whether they’re candied or preserved in some form of booze, these are the best cocktail cherries you can buy for your next drink.Luxardo, The Original Maraschino CherriesFrom Italy, these sweet cherries have certainly recently captured the cocktail world — and even the culinary world — by storm. It’s for good reason, they’re the “original,” according to the label and company story. The intense flavor, including beautiful almond notes, can leave some weak in the knees. Unlike the red cherries of the ice cream parlor, these fruits come in an almost-purple hue. They also come with a pretty steep price tag — Williams Sonoma sells a single jar for $20. They’re worth it, though, as they come from an Italian distillery making the famed cherry-flavored liqueur, Maraschino. They then created the OG maraschino cherry by candying the cherries in the fruit’s juice and sugar.Traverse City Whiskey Co. Premium Cocktail CherriesHailing from the Cherry Capital of the World, it only makes sense Traverse City Whiskey makes an American Cherry Whiskey — which smells sweet and cherry-like, but goes down instead with just a hint of the fruit — and this year it extended the line to include actual candied cherries. Not surprisingly, the cherries are all grown in Northern Michigan and are slow cooked after a soak in bourbon. Don’t worry, though, the alcohol cooks off still leaving a nice essence (unless the lack of bourbon is what worries you, then it’s time to panic).Fabbri Amarena CherriesThis brand is also making its way across the country on bar tops, at least in part to the fancy, aesthetically-pleasing blue and white jars they’re stored in. Fabbri Amarena Cherries tend to be a bit smaller and fruitier than the Luxardos, but;like the Luxardo cherries, Fabbri also stakes a claim dating their production back to 1905. The company makes a wide range of products for use in professional and home settings. If you can’t find these, Trader Joe’s also sells Pitted Amarena Cherries, a great cheap alternative.Toschi Sour CherriesThere’s certainly something about the cherries made in Italy. Toschi has been making their black sour cherries (what they are most famous for) for more than 65 years in addition to a variety of other cherries that are stored in syrup or spirit. These sour cherries are stoned and slightly sweetened, then packed in a delectable syrup that functions just as well as a cocktail ingredient on its own. Toschi also makes a line of other fruits preserved in alcohol, including Nocino and Lemoncello — which they also sell. Beyond liqueurs, Toschi is known for both their gelato and their balsamic vinegar of Modena. The brand’s jars are reminiscent of Fabbri, but red and white.Griottines Brandy Soaked CherriesGriottines are made by a distillery in France with Oblachinska Morello cherries going through a six-month period of macerations in liqueur. The strict process — the cherries must begin their process within six hours of picking — is detailed on the company’s website. The final stage is the addition of kirsch, a cherry brandy also known as cherry water. The fruits are packaged at the end of the process with the liqueurs, coming in at 15 percent alcohol by volume, so a snack session on these could take place of the actual cocktail. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour last_img read more

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Cosco Notches Bulker Duo Order

first_imgPress Release, August 13, 2014 zoom Zhoushan ShipyardCosco (Zhoushan) Shipyard Co., Ltd has secured a contract valued over USD 56 million from an Asian buyer to build two 64,000DWT bulk carriers, Cosco Corporation (Singapore) Limited has revealed. The two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 4Q2016 and 1Q2017 respectively.Cosco (Zhoushan) Shipyard is close to the international sea route and navigation hub clusters in Asia, and it is a newly built shipyard with one DWT 150,000 dock and four piers in service.Cosco (Zhoushan) Shipyard is currently constructing a very large ship repairing, building and conversion base composed of three docks ranging from DWT 80,000 to DWT 300,000 ( dock capacity: nearly DWT 1,110,000), with three piers, covering 4,500m of coastline and 2,000,000 m2 of land area.last_img read more

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Industry and Government Aggressively Promoting Nova Scotia Tourism

first_imgTravellers from Atlantic Canada and as far away as China are hearing the call to Canada’s seacoast, as Nova Scotia’s 2006 tourism marketing campaign ramps up in markets around the world. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Judy Streatch said the province and tourism industry are aggressively marketing Nova Scotia to potential and return visitors in the key markets of Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the United States and Europe, as well as new markets in Western Canada, China and Japan. “The campaign began rolling out in all major markets this month,” said Ms. Streatch. “This year we’ll be testing some new markets and adding new tactics to the campaign to attract even more visitors to our province.” The marketing campaign is based on the annual tourism plan, developed by the joint industry-government Tourism Partnership Council. The plan, which is based on extensive research, is designed to grow the tourism industry and promote Nova Scotia as a world-class tourism destination. “Market research is at the base of all key decisions we make as industry and government partners,” said Patricia Lyall, chair, Tourism Partnership Council. “By capitalizing on existing strengths and responding to new trends, the aim is to attract more visitors and ultimately enhance tourism revenues.” The 2006 marketing campaign appeals to travellers who are looking for new experiences by promoting Nova Scotia as Canada’s foremost seacoast vacation destination that offers an authentic experience for the body and soul. It builds on last year’s award-winning campaign with spectacular imagery, living tradition and maritime culture and an invitation to “Set your soul to Atlantic time”. Nova Scotia will deliver a targeted media campaign in key markets, including television, radio, print and billboard advertising. The first ad appeared during the live broadcast of the Juno Awards, hosted in Halifax on April 2. This year’s marketing campaign will also include some exciting new elements. In response to the growing trend to plan and book vacations online, Nova Scotia will advertise on popular travel websites such as Travelocity and MSN/Sympatico. Nova Scotia will partner with Chatelaine, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest and others in online contests. For the first time, tourism operators in the province will have the opportunity to advertise on the newly enhanced novascotia.com website. “We’re encouraged by some of the new tactics in this year’s tourism marketing campaign,” said Nick Carson, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “Following a difficult season last year, operators are looking for creative ways to promote their businesses. This campaign provides the industry with opportunities for growth.” Nova Scotia will also expand into new markets this year with some unique and interesting promotions. A week-long ceilidh event in Calgary will promote Nova Scotia as a viable, long-haul vacation destination for western Canadians. The staging of an authentic cultural experience at the Milwaukee Irish Festival will attract those with celtic interests to the province. A three-day trade show onboard the high-speed catamaran ferry planned for Boston will promote the re-establishment of the ferry service between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth. “Industry and government are working hard to get Nova Scotia’s message out to key markets right now,” said Ms. Streatch. “This is the time of year when many people are starting to make travel plans and we want to make sure Nova Scotia is on their list of places to visit.” The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage spends about $13.5 million a year on tourism marketing and promotion. The tourism industry in Nova Scotia generates about $1.29 billion in annual revenues for the province. For more information, go to the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc .last_img read more

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Two Inmates Attempt Escape from Sheriffs Van

first_imgTwo inmates attempting to escape from a sheriff’s van today, June 26, were apprehended within minutes and are back in custody. Michael Slaunwhite and Vincent John Ryan Currie were both caught by sheriffs and the attempted escape at Dartmouth Provincial Court was thwarted. It appears the two inmates were able to disengage their leg irons. The incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. -30-last_img

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I could not believe it when I got India cap says Saini

first_imgLauderhill (USA): An impressive India debut under his belt, fast bowler Navdeep Saini said he could not believe himself when he was handed the India cap to play in the first T20 International against the West Indies here. The 26-year-old Saini starred in India’s 4-wicket win by taking three wickets for 17 runs on Saturday. He was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling display which saw India restrict West Indies to 95 for 9. India made a heavy weather of the modest run chase before pulling off a 4-wicket win with 2.4 over to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”When I received the India cap (on Saturday morning), I could not believe that today is the day which I was waiting for. I am very happy to make the debut for India,” Saini told his senior pace colleague Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an interview posted on BCCI Twitter handle. Saini got two of his three wickets — that of Nicholas Puran and Shimron Hetmyer — in two balls in the fifth over of the West Indies innings. But he could not get a hat-trick as Rovman Powell left alone Saini’s next delivery. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAsked what was in his mind while bowling the hat-trick ball, Saini said, “My confidence was low initially as I was having pressure of making the debut. The first wicket released the pressure. Then, when I got the second wicket my confidence increased and I felt like I was playing a normal match. “When I was to bowl the hat-trick ball, I felt like ‘it is something which I have been seeing others do, it is happening to me’. Then, I was focussing on how to take the wicket,” said the Haryana-born Saini who plays for Delhi in domestic circuit. Saini’s third wicket — that of Kieron Pollard (LBW) in the final over of West Indies innings — came from a review on the insistence of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after the umpire said not out. Asked about it, he said, “I thought it was not out and on appeal the umpire also said not out. But Virat paji took the review, he said ‘there is a review left for us and why waste it, you never know it may be out also’. “I was not sure whether I will get that wicket. But I was so happy when Pollard was adjudged out after the review.” Asked about the tatoo on his left hand which depicted a wolf, Saini said, “During my childhood, I and my big brother used to watch a lot of movies on wolves. So I like wolves. “Moreover, wolves do not perform in circus and thinking that I made these tatoos.”last_img read more

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What you need to know before markets open

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market headed for a flat open Friday amid little in the way of economic and corporate news.The Canadian dollar continued to slide, down another 0.36 of a cent to 94.73 cents US. The loonie has tumbled about two U.S. cents this past week as the U.S. currency rose against other currencies amid growing conviction that the U.S. Federal Reserve will move this year to cut back on its monetary stimulus.The Fed has been buying US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep rates low and encourge investment. There is still a great deal of doubt about when the Fed might embark on tapering its asset purchases and the pace of such a cutback.U.S. futures were little changed ahead of data on new home sales coming out mid-morning. The Dow Jones industrial futures were five points lower to 14.934, the Nasdaq futures rose 2.2 points to 3,104 while the S&P 500 futures were unchanged at 1,654.75.Economists expect July home sales to slip 1.4% from June to an annualized rate of 490,000. But June new home sales surged by over eight%.There seemed little enthusiasm to build on a solid gain on North American markets Thursday after data from HSBC Corp. showed an expansion in China’s manufacturing in August. Traders took that as evidence that the world’s second-largest economy may be over its recent weakness. HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers index rose to 50.1 from July’s 47.7, crossing the critical 50 threshold to indicate an expansion in activity.Meanwhile, the monthly composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services, for the 17-country eurozone rose to 51.7 in August from 50.4. The index, published by financial information company Markit, is now at its highest level since June 2011 and provides further evidence that the eurozone recovery from recession is gathering pace.Traders were also encouraged by other data showing gains in the eurozone’s monthly composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services which provided further evidence that the region’s recovery from recession is gathering momentum.Speculation about what the Fed may do about its asset purchases continued to drive bond yields higher with the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury up 0.02 of a point from late Thursday afternoon to 2.92%.Bond yields are up about 120 basis points since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed tapering its bond purchases in May.Those rising bond yields have particularly impacted interest sensitive stocks including utilities and telecoms. The utilities sector is down almost 3% this week alone and more than 8% this month. Telecoms have also retreated, down about 1.75% this week although the sector has also been pressured recently by the prospect of American telco giant Verizon entering the Canadian wireless market.U.S. markets have also softened this month following a strong runup that saw the Dow up as much as 20% year to date at the beginning of August.European bourses were mixed and London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.45%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.16% while the Paris CAC 40 declined 0.12%.Asian stocks rebounded Friday on encouraging economic data from China and Europe.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 2.2%, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.9%, South Korea’s Kospi added 1.1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng reversed early gains to close 0.2% down. read more

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UN concerned over forced displacement of Palestinians by Israeli authorities

“These are already some of the most vulnerable families in the West Bank – forcibly displacing them from their homes and lands would have a serious immediate and long-term impact on their physical, socio-economic and emotional welfare” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Maxwell Gaylard.Approximately 18 per cent of the West Bank has been designated by the Israeli authorities as a “firing zone.” Most of these areas are located in Area C, over which Israel retains full control of security and planning. Some 5,000 Palestinians, mostly Bedouin and herders, live in localities now designated as firing zones and many face serious restrictions on their freedom of movement, on their access to basic services including health and education, and are also subject to violence and harassment by soldiers. “The humanitarian community reiterates its call to the Government of Israel to immediately halt demolitions of Palestinian homes and property and to establish a fair and equitable zoning and planning system,” Mr. Gaylard said.“Israel, as an occupying power, has an obligation under international law to protect Palestinian civilians and to administer the territory in a manner that ensures their welfare and basic needs,” he added. Since 2010, over 800 Palestinian civilians have been displaced from these areas by demolitions of their homes and property. Humanitarian organizations have also faced serious difficulties in providing assistance to these communities, with relief items confiscated and demolition orders issued against humanitarian donor-funded structures. read more

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Awardwinning professor wants students to answer the big questions

For Associate Professor of Political Science Livianna Tossutti, teaching is about much more than talking to a room full of students.Tossutti, who came to Brock in 2003, received the 2018 Faculty of Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching at Brock’s Spring Convocation on Tuesday. It’s her third teaching award and sixth nomination over an illustrious career, which now includes awards from every institution at which she has taught since 1996.Paul Hamilton, Chair of the Department of Political Science, believes the award is very well-deserved.“Livianna’s teaching evaluations are outstanding and she has constantly looked for ways to improve and innovate her already excellent classroom performance,” he said. “She is a leader at Brock in the use of experiential pedagogy and an inspiration to our students.”Though the Award for Excellence in Teaching is granted by her peers, who understand the amount of time and energy required to make course material accessible and relevant, Tossutti’s undergraduate and graduate students are also quick to praise her engaging and insightful lectures, lively and inclusive seminar discussions, and productive one-on-one meetings.Tossutti said her pedagogy revolves around three key goals.First, she wants her students to “appreciate the diversity of worldviews about politics and society.”Next, she makes it a top priority to create opportunities for students “to engage in applied research and experiential learning,” which are two important paths toward “understanding and proposing solutions to the big political questions in their local communities and across Canada.”Finally, she uses her teaching and course design to encourage students to find ways in which they can “contribute to public discourse and affairs through both formal and less-structured forms of engagement.”Tossutti has devoted countless hours to expanding experiential education opportunities for students in her department, preparing them to apply their theoretical understandings to real-world situations and developing partnerships locally and across the province to assure mutually beneficial placements.She emphasizes practical applications of theory within the classroom, regularly inviting high-profile guest speakers from government and non-governmental organizations to show students the implications of what they’re studying, as well as organizing detailed simulations in class to help students recognize how their learning at Brock will carry them forward as engaged citizens beyond graduation.“I am delighted to congratulate Professor Tossutti on her accomplishment in winning this significant award,” said Ingrid Makus, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “Her dedication to student success, innovative pedagogy, and experiential learning that reaches out to the wider community exemplifies our commitment to excellence in teaching within the Faculty and at Brock University.”In addition to crediting her students and colleagues with creating a positive teaching environment, Tossutti also recognizes the importance of the people closest to her giving her the time and space to refine and improve her teaching. She said support from her family — especially her father and husband, who are proud of her many achievements — has helped her dedicate herself to the experience of her students.Tossutti’s said she wishes her mother could have seen her collect the award Tuesday.“She had a profound influence on my educational development,” Tossutti said of her mother, who died in 2007. “This one is for her.”In addition to the recognition for Tossutti, recipients of the Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock Medals and the Dean’s Medals were also awarded on Tuesday.The Spirit of Brock medals are awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student in each Faculty who best exemplify the spirit of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. Chipewyan McCrimmon (Political Science) received the undergrad award and Jonathan Valencourt (Pop Culture) received the graduate award.Receiving the Dean’s medals, for achieving the highest academic standing in their Faculty, were Alanna Kozak in Speech and Language Sciences and Terra Lee Yot in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.Mark Arthur presents Chipewyan McCrimmon, left, and Jonathan Valencourt, centre, with the Spirit of Brock medals Tuesday, June 5 during Spring Convocation. read more

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Football Tuesday Take A look at the top 2017 position battles

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) walks off the field following the Buckeyes 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Fiesta Bowl highlighted major needs for Ohio State’s coaching staff. OSU coach Urban Meyer made those changes. But because of Meyer, the Buckeyes will have to make more difficult alterations to its starting roster.When a program has a coach with the national prowess Meyer possesses, that program is blessed with four- and five-star recruits continually flooding into its facilities. In the same breath, those recruits can develop more rapidly than others and leave the program early, creating a hole to be filled before next fall. Meyer had this problem in 2016 and has it once again in 2017. But, per usual, he has the class to replace standouts.Either generated from early departures or under development, here are three positions to keep an eye on heading into spring practice on March 7.CornerbackEach year at OSU, Meyer has had to replace at least one starter at cornerback. This year, he will have to replace both starters. However, the way he and the defensive coaches treated the cornerback position last year and on the recruiting trail has set the Buckeyes up for success.One-year starter Marshon Lattimore and two-year starter Gareon Conley were menacing throughout the season defending opposing wide receivers — there’s no denying that. But what many casual observers of the Buckeyes might forget from 2016 is that the rotation at cornerback included now-junior cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward played in several crucial moments for the Buckeyes, including overtime against Michigan and Wisconsin.He had 23 tackles and nine pass break-ups.Aside from Ward, the 2017 cornerback class will make an impact, likely having at least one starter. Former junior college and Alabama transfer Kendall Sheffield is expected to be the leader of the pack, having experience already at a Division I school. The top-two cornerback recruits in the country, freshmen Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, also will be in major contention for the starting gig opposite Ward.Right tackle2016 was perhaps the most underwhelming season the offensive line has had with Meyer as head coach. There was plenty of finger-pointing to go around, and much of that went to junior Isaiah Prince at right tackle.The OSU offensive line struggled in games that trotted out NFL talent on the defensive front. Against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson, the OSU offensive line allowed a combined average of more than 5.5 sacks and more than 11.5 tackles for loss per game. Prince had difficulties in all those games and opponents noticed.Prince and freshman right guard Michael Jordan won their respective jobs on the offensive line not because of excellent performance, but out of necessity because of a lack of development.In 2017, Meyer has more depth on the offensive line with the arrivals of prestigious offensive line recruits Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Thayer Munford.Davis and Myers are the more likely of the three freshman to play immediately, but junior college redshirt junior lineman Malcolm Pridgeon will certainly be in front of those two, given he might have started at right tackle before suffering a knee injury in fall camp.Pridgeon, Davis and Myers are three among others who are in contention for the opening at right tackle (and right guard), however don’t count out Prince as the incumbent despite his lackluster performances. Even the harshest of Buckeye critics would likely agree that camaraderie on the offensive line is more valuable than any other position.Wide receiverOSU wanted to be better in the passing game in 2016 even without now-New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas. The passing offense was likely the complete opposite of what the coaching staff envisioned at the beginning of the season. Now it’s the vision of a new offensive staff that will have to adjust without Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown, the team’s top two receivers.Redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and sophomore Binjimen Victor are likely the lead candidates to start on the outside and receive the majority of passes from redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett with sophomore Demario McCall, who will likely replace Samuel at H-back. But after that, the competition is fierce, intensified by top freshman wideouts Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris, who are listed at 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, respectively.New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson has proved at his other positions that he likes to throw the football downfield — something OSU hasn’t done much the last two seasons. In 2017, wide receivers will prove their worth on receptions 40-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, redshirt senior James Clark, sophomore Austin Mack and redshirt junior Parris Campbell also will be in the mix for a by-committee approach at receiver for the Buckeyes. read more

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