first_imgThe thrill of sand-bashing in a 4×4 SUV (sports utility vehicle), going up and coming down on steep gradients on hill-like sand dunes, making the vehicle do skid stunts and much more – the desert safari in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is certainly not for the faint-hearted.Though the whole of UAE is an open desert, the desert safari adventure can be experienced only in certain parts where the sand dunes provide an opportunity to put the SUV music as an OST (open source track) through a top-gear experience.At the Al-Khatam desert, about 50 km from UAE capital Abu Dhabi, one can get a real feel of the desert safari. The Toyota Landcrusier 4×4 SUVs, mostly in white, are the most commonly used vehicles for desert safaris trips.Once a desert safari trip, starting from AED 200 (Rs.3,800) per person is booked (AED 1,100 or about Rs.21,000 if you want the entire SUV for yourself), the Landcruiser (which can seat 7-8 people) picks you up around 4 p.m. from your hotel or any other place of stay to take you to the sand dunes. The drive normally takes 45 minutes to one hour.”It’s going to be a smooth ride to the Al-Khatam desert and then we will hit the sand dunes and the thrill begins,” the Landcruiser’s driver Arif told IANS, as the SUV zipped to the ‘real’ desert area.As you hit the sand dunes, the driver shows the mettle of the mean machine as it gets off the road and speeds up on the sand tracks. To add to the thrill, the SUV is driven in such a way to give you the experience of it skidding on the sand.advertisementJust before the SUVs hit the real sand dunes, all drivers reduce the air pressure in the tyres from 35 psi to about 15-20 psi. Full air pressure can make the ride very bumpy even with the seat belts on.The SUVs take on the sand dunes and the sand-bashing gives quite a thrill. The SUV driver takes the consent of the passengers on what kind of experience they want – from the light to moderate to the extreme one – on the sand dunes. The SUVs are able to easily tackle the sand dunes, going up and down the steep inclines. At times, the sand from under the wheels of the SUV hits the vehicles in the manner of a sea wave.”Most people prefer the light and moderate drive. The extreme one is the most thrilling as the SUV gives its best,” Landcruiser driver Anees Mohammed said.The SUVs and drivers are fully equipped, including with walkie-talkies, shovels and ropes to get the vehicle out even if it gets stuck in the sand.While the winter months – November to January – are the best time to enjoy the desert safari as the temperatures are better, tourists don’t mind the thrills even during peak summer months of June and July with temperatures hitting highs of over 50 degrees Celsius.The sand-bashing part lasts for about one hour, after which other experiences like seeing a camel park, riding a camel and standing on top of one of the highest sand hills – from where you can see miles and miles of sand dunes – are offered.The icing on the cake is, of course, the belly-dancing at a desert camp. Here, one can climb a sand dune and come down while sand surfing. The camp offers music, dance, shopping, drinks and food along with the belly-dancing.As the bright stars appear overhead, the nearly five-hour trip comes to an end with the drive back to civilization, bringing the rich experience of the desert safari to an end.last_img read more

first_imgThe Beijing Auto Show is one of the most important Auto Shows around the world, and is held once every two years. It swaps places with the Shanghai Auto Show every year and is thus held every second year. The Beijing Auto Show was opened to the media on April 25, and will continue till the May 4.This time around, the focus is mainly on two things at the Auto Show. Firstly, the Chinese market is really hyped up about Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and so all the manufacturers are focused on showcasing the SUV portfolio. Secondly, Tesla’s Model 3 has influenced many people around the globe that electric is the way to go forward and so a lot of manufacturers in China, and around the world are also eager to showcase their progress in the field.Approximately $5.6 billion has been invested into new-energy vehicles over the past five years in the Chinese market, and the Beijing Auto Show is the perfect opportunity to show what that money has bought.The Beijing Auto Show will run for ten days.last_img read more

first_imgA sting operation aired by India Today Television today showed crores of rupees being “offered” to independent lawmakers in Karnataka to vote for Congress or JD-S nominees in the June 11 Rajya Sabha elections for four seats.The legislators, mostly from smaller parties, were seen talking about exchange of money in lieu of their support in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections.The sting concerned two legislators from Janata Dal-Secular, one from the Karnataka Janata Paksha and an Independent.The sting showed assembly members and their associates talking about money. One of them is shown asking to be paid over Rs 5 crore. In another case, a relative of a lawmaker is shown talking about money with the team that did the sting. Two other members of the assembly were also shown talking about money in their conversations.THE NUMBER GAME The Rajya Sabha elections for 57 seats in different states are scheduled for June 11.In view of its comfortable majority (123) in the 225-member legislative assembly, the Congress has fielded three candidates, including two former central ministers Oscar Fernandes and Jairam Ramesh and Ramamurthy, a former IPS officer, who joined the party over a decade ago.Though election of Fernandes and Ramesh is certain, Ramamurthy needs 12 more votes in addition to 33 surplus votes of his own party to secure 45 votes, required to win the seat.Similarly, JD-S, which has 40 members in the assembly, requires five more votes to ensure Farooq’s victory.With five JD-S ‘rebel’ lawmakers threatening to vote for Ramamurthy in defiance of the party’s decree, Farooq’s chances appear grim unless he gets the required votes from independents or surplus votes of Congress members.advertisementAs the main opposition party, the BJP is sitting pretty, with 44 members and its twin regional allies BSR-C and KJP, assuring it of their five members support for its candidate – Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.ALSO READ: Why the next Rajya Sabha will make great TVlast_img read more

first_imgRoy Hodgson said England needs a new coach following their elimination from the European Championship.Hodgson’s four-year contract was due to expire at the end of the tournament, which has ended in the round of 16 after losing to Iceland.Hodgson said “I would have loved to stay on another two years, however I’m pragmatic and know that we’re in the results business.”He added his contract “was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have been fantastic and they have done everything that has been asked of them.”last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Terry Collins has given shortstop Ruben Tejada chance after chance to secure a starting spot in the Mets’ lineup.The manager finally thinks he’s earned it — at third base, in place of injured David Wright.Tejada hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the seventh inning May 31 to help make Bartolo Colon the NL’s top winner this season, leading New York over the Miami Marlins 4-3.“As we all know, he can do a lot of things when he is playing well, and right now he is playing well,” Collins said.Colon had an RBI double to help his cause and Jeurys Familia finished with five-out save for New York, which ended a four-game skid against Miami.The 42-year-old Colon (8-3) gave up six hits and three runs without walking a batter in seven innings. He ended May on a positive note after struggling in the month, and matched Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the most wins in the majors.Collins race-walked out of the dugout after Carlos Torres gave up a one-out single to Martin Prado in the eighth and called for Familia to face the Marlins’ Nos. 3-4 hitters, Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour.Stanton and Bour each homered twice in the series. Bour connected off Colon in the sixth, and has homered in his last three games. “He was facing Stanton,” Collins said, laughing. “I was going to put power to power and see what happens.”It worked. Familia struck out Stanton, who flailed at an 89 mph slider far off the plate after missing on two fastballs. Bour singled and moved second on the throw, but Familia got pinch-hitter Jeff Baker on a bouncer back to the mound for the third out.Familia then finished for his 15th save.With Wright out with hamstring and back injuries, Collins has tried several players at the corner infield spot. This week he told Tejada “at no other time do we need you more than now,” and he gave the six-year major leaguer a chance, starting him at third in all three games in this series against Miami.And Tejada came through. He followed his tying three-run double May 30 with a drive to the wall in left off demoted closer Steve Cishek (1-5), enabling the Mets to finish their homestand 4-2.“It’s a good opportunity to play,” Tejada said. “I’m happy for a big chance to help the team.”Colon helped the Mets with another hit, this time an RBI double in the second inning that made it 2-1 — the second extra-base hit of his career. After Anthony Recker singled with one out, Colon squared to bunt three times — David Phelps threw a wild pitch on strike two — before hitting a line drive to left-center.“Just dumb on my part because I thought he was still bunting because he had tried to bunt the pitch before,” said Phelps, who gave up an RBI hit to Colon earlier this season.With Ichiro Suzuki playing shallow in center field, the ball rolled all the way to the wall. Fans roared while Colon chugged into second base standing up.“I prefer not to hit because at my age I rather pitch and not to concentrate on running or swing the bat,” Colon said through a translator.Wilmer Flores extended the Mets lead to 3-1 with a homer to left field, his eighth of the season.Jhonatan Solano, batting ninth to give the top of the order “more meat on the bone,” according to Jennings, drove in a run with a tapper between the pitcher’s mound and third base and Bour homered, tying it at 3.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

first_imgWinger Malcom’s second half strike secured Barcelona a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to leave the Copa del Rey semi-final evenly poised on Wednesday after the first leg.Brazilian Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, curled home in the 58th minute to pull Barcelona level after Lucas Vazquez had fired Real Madrid ahead early on.Vazquez struck after just six minutes to silence the Nou Camp at the end of a slick team move, with Santiago Solari’s side impressing in the opening stages.However, Ivan Rakitic clipped the crossbar with a header as Barcelona fought for an equaliser and Malcom eventually found it when Luis Suarez’s shot rebounded to him off the post.Messi, who suffered a thigh injury at the weekend against Valencia, appeared for the final half hour but could not help champions Barcelona find a late winner.”Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” said Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.”It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.”The goal will give (Malcom) a lot in terms of confidence, we hope that everyone in the squad can help us.”Malcom has struggled for game time since joining from Bordeaux last July as he is behind Messi, Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the pecking order.However, Messi’s injury gave him the chance to impress and the 21-year-old was Barcelona’s liveliest player, always probing at Madrid’s defence.advertisementWednesday’s result would also have gone some way towards healing Real’s wounded pride as their last visit to the Nou Camp ended in a 5-1 La Liga thrashing last October in what turned out to be Julen Lopetegui’s final game in charge.”Both sides have the chance to go through,” said Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made good saves from Suarez and Malcom.”It was a good game. Everyone on the team worked hard when we needed to and we played well too.”The second leg takes place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgAfter being in the rumour mill for a while, Motorola India has finally made the G7 Power official. The handset goes on sale in India for Rs 13,990 and comes only in the Ceramic Black variant. The Indian variant also gets more RAM and storage than the international variant – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The G7 Power will be available for purchase via offline retail channels as well as Flipkart.The Moto G7 Power is meant for those who value longer battery life over everything else. The phone sports a 5000mAh battery and comes equipped with a 15W TurboPower fast charging. The handset also features a modern 6.2-inch display with a notch on the top. And yes, there’s a fingerprint sensor sitting on the Moto logo.Moto G7 Power specificationsThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution with a notch on top. It also sports a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset. The Indian variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. As with previous Moto G series phones, the G7 Power will come with a nearly stock Android interface. The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery. Motorola claims that the G7 Power will be able to deliver up to 60 hours of endurance at a time. Also, the G7 Power gets the 15W TurboPower fast charging as standard. Motorola claims that one can charge the battery for 9 hours of usage within 15 minutes.advertisementMoto G7 Power price and availabilityThe Moto G7 Power will go on sale in India at a price of Rs 13,999. The handset will only sell in one variant in India with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Indian variant will only sell in the Ceramic Black variant.Moto G7 Power competitorsThe Moto G7 Power will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 also offers a big 5000mAh battery but comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset with at least 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Samsung’s Galaxy M20 also comes with an equally big 5000mAh battery and offers a more desirable waterdrop notch display and a dual camera setup. From Motorola’s own stable, the Moto One Power also offers a 5000mAh battery but is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset and gets the Android One treatment with the latest updates before any other device.ALSO READ | Moto G7 Power to go on sale from today: Price, Specifications and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Exclusive: Moto G7 Power will sell at a market price of Rs 13,999 in IndiaALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelylast_img read more

first_imgI watched the Gruden/Weeden ESPN special last night for the first time. Here are some of my favorite quotes and moments.Weeden: “The guy’s a nut.”Gruden is bizarre, he looks like he’s gained weight and hasn’t slept since the second half of the 2003 Super Bowl.The baseball stuff was SO weird. Why did the grim reaper make an appearance??Gruden: “I’m not a statistician but the numbers you put up at Oklahoma State…it’s sickening.”Speaking of sickening, how dirty was the one handed twisting catch from Blackmon at the Alamo Bowl?Here’s a pretty funny clip of Gruden mocking Weeden’s snap count…Gruden: “Is this Burt Reynolds your mascot? You go 12-1 and you got Burt Reynolds at your games every week!”Gruden: “You’re wearing a shield, is that to protect your old eyes?”Gruden: “You’re not throwing with the laces are you?” Weeden: “No, never.”Watching Gruden you could tell me “that guy is the smartest person in football history” and “that guy takes medicine and attended special classes as a high schooler” and I’d absolutely believe both.Case in point…I love that Gruden calls him “Weeds’ like they’ve been boys for 15 years or something.Gruden: “If I buzz the flat, I want the stick. If I squeeze the stick, I want the flat.” Oh.This might have been my favorite part…Gruden seriously can’t let the baseball thing go, it’s kind of bizarre…The Iowa State portion of the show was really interesting. It was fascinating to take a dive into Weeden’s mind and to listen to Gruden walk him through it, really strange, intriguing stuff.I loved the “especially this game” jab at Baylor from Weeden after Gruden said the ROTC guy doing pushups looked exhausted. Solid.Weeden: “I can win some football games. I can be 28 and all that other…all that other jazz but I win football games.” He wanted to say something other than “jazz” here REALLY badly.Overall, a great performance from both parties. I haven’t seen the ones from Luck and Griffin but I’m sure both are terrific as well. One thing I really like about all three of those guys is how distinct each of their personalities is. And Gruden brings out the crazy in everybody.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgNone of this would be possible without elite defensive linemen like OSU has (still can’t believe that’s a sentence I’m typing). But I think Gundy is probably right here. It seemed like a calculated risk not too outrageous for the moment. Although I’m not sure they were “pretty dang good” at it.“We have sprinkled that scheme in, we just don’t do it on normal down defense,” added Glenn Spencer. “We have to play some three down and enter the fourth guy. You either bring four or you drop eight. It got us a few series I think and then it was players making great players. The kids practiced well. It wasn’t totally new, it was just a lot more of that.”Mahomes got his — he always does, and this OSU defense is not elite by any stretch of the imagination. But it did get stops early and the now-flowing Oklahoma State offense (3.75 points per drive) took advantage. Spencer said it earlier in the year. It’s not one or the other. It’s how the defense sets up the offense. Or vice versa.His crew let OSU race to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter. It proved to be enough in the end.Barely.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Facing the No. 1 passing QB in the nation is a tall task for any defense, much less one with a penchant for giving up big plays like Oklahoma State. Glenn Spencer had a plan, though. He rotated deep into his depth chart early and employed a little-used 3-3-5 defensive scheme. It’s the same formation West Virginia runs weekly. Guess who limited Texas Tech to 17 points in Lubbock? Yeah, West Virginia.So OSU rolled with three down linemen for most of the game (see below) and dared Texas Tech to run (which it did 44 times for just 3.6 yards per carry). This worked splendidly early on — Tech ran nine plays on its first three drives and punted three times. It was startling to watch. But Tech started doing what Tech does and solved the scheme late. It closed by scoring on seven of its final 10 drives (including six TDs).screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-25-04-amStill, OSU held the Red Raiders to just 5.4 yards per play which is what the best defenses have done against them this season. The problem is that the Cowboys didn’t convert any of the next six Tech TDs into field goals. That would have made the 3.38 points per drive OSU allowed to Tech on Sunday look a lot better.Still, Tech had to work for it. Its shortest scoring drive was six plays. Most were tough, elongated drives that ended in scores. That matters because turnovers become more feasible and you get worn down mentally on offense if your roster isn’t deep enough.screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-7-30-51-am“The risk of making a wholesale swap is whether you can make your adjustments,” Gundy said after the game of the 3-3-5 defense. “When it was taking place, I was a little uncertain. But I’m not a defensive guy, I don’t micromanage and I let people do their jobs. They felt like that was what is best, so I said ‘If that’s what you guys want and you’re comfortable with that, we’ll do it.’ I thought they were pretty dang good at it.“There were times that we needed to make adjustments that were more difficult to make based on not knowing the in’s and out’s of the system, but I thought it was a good move…To me, it worked and I thought it was a good move. It was risky, but when you play a quarterback that is as good as (Mahomes) is, you’re going to have to take some risks. It worked out well for us.”One of the three drives Tech didn’t score after it stalled on its first three of the game was on was the fumble OSU nabbed in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle defender Fabian Schar warns: We’re not yet safeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Fabian Schar has warned they’re not yet safe from relegation.Schar has insisted Newcastle still have plenty of room for improvement – despite pulling six points clear of the drop zone following victory at Huddersfield.Speaking after the game Schar said: “At the moment, we have quite good results away.“We have another important week in front of us with a game at home, and it’s another big chance for us.“We are not comfortable with the results at St. James’ Park – we always want to get points there, so we have to try and show the fans what we’ve got and (how) we can play.“We can improve a lot of things.“At the same time, we always have to be focussed and play with our heart.“Even if it is a home game, we have to be able to defend like we do away.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United. last_img read more

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that tourism has the potential to accelerate growth and reduce poverty in countries across the globe. Story Highlights “It can also help to promote social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage, mutual understanding, peace and security,” he added, while participating in a World Tourism Think Tank in Costa Navarino, Greece, recently. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that tourism has the potential to accelerate growth and reduce poverty in countries across the globe.“An expanded tourism sector with a high degree of economic integration can produce positive and spillover effects that can help to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” he said.“It can also help to promote social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change, cultural values, diversity and heritage, mutual understanding, peace and security,” he added, while participating in a World Tourism Think Tank in Costa Navarino, Greece, recently.Minister Bartlett pointed out that tourism remains one of Jamaica’s few labour-intensive sectors, directly employing over 106,000 persons, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 individuals in linked sectors such as agriculture, the creative and cultural industries, entertainment, manufacturing, transportation, finance and insurance, electricity and water, construction and other services.“Direct contribution of tourism to our gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at 8.4 per cent, while total contribution is estimated at a 27.2 per cent of GDP. Tourism is also the single most important generator of foreign exchange for the Jamaican economy,” he noted.Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the tourism industry in many developing and least developed countries (LDCs) has become the most viable and sustainable option for economic development, and in some countries the main source of foreign exchange earnings.According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2014, LDCs received US$16.4 billion in exports from international tourism, up from US$2.6 billion in 2000, making the sector an important pillar of their economies and helping some to graduate from the LDC status.Tourism is also labour-intensive and supports a diverse and versatile labour market.Minister Bartlett argued that development and execution of sustainable growth strategies must incorporate broad-based input from a wide range of stakeholders in order to build consensus.He noted that visionary leaders in Government, industry and civil society must collaborate in order to create the needed infrastructures to overcome growth and competitiveness barriers.“We have to be strategic and smart in our approach. The global tourism pie is huge. It has maintained a level of profitability and dependability like no other industry and has been the main breadwinner for many countries. We must continue to build on our collective resources and be cognisant at all times that through partnerships and collaborations; we can all succeed in realising our dreams,” he added. “Direct contribution of tourism to our gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at 8.4 per cent, while total contribution is estimated at a 27.2 per cent of GDP. Tourism is also the single most important generator of foreign exchange for the Jamaican economy,” he noted. last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will commence from Monday during which the passage of the Union Budget and other key legislation such as triple talaq will be on top of the agenda for the government.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, invited heads of all parties to a meeting on June 19 to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue and other important matters. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceNoting that there are many new faces in this Lok Sabha, Modi said the first session of the Lower House of Parliament should begin with “fresh zeal and new thinking”. At the all-party meeting, the Congress raised with the government issues of unemployment, farmers distress, drought, and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir. The opposition parties demanded a discussion on all such issues in Parliament, with the Congress asserting that it is still a “fight of ideologies”. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizePrime Minister Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress lawmakers Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, K Suresh, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and TMC leader Derek O’Brien were present at the meeting. The BJP also held its parliamentary party meet here Sunday with Prime Minister Modi assuring Indians that his government will be at the forefront of facilitating legislation that manifests the spirit of “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”. A day before the first session of the newly-constituted 17th Lok Sabha, a meeting of the NDA was also held here. The government had promulgated as many as 10 ordinances for the session which ends on July 26 and will have 30 sittings. The first two days of the session will be used for administering oath of office to all Lok Sabha MPs. The oath will be administered by protem speaker Virender Kumar. The speaker will be elected on June 19 and the next day the president will address a joint sitting of both Houses. The budget will be introduced on July 5. Among the bills that will be introduced, the one on triple talaq could be a contentious one between the government and the opposition. Addressing the media after the all-party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said the prime minister urged leaders of all parties to “introspect whether members of Parliament are able to fulfil people’s aspirations as their representatives and the manner in which last two years of the 16th Lok Sabha were wasted”. An all-party meeting is a customary procedure before the beginning of every session of Parliament to ensure its smooth functioning. Joshi said the government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their cooperation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament. In order to build esprit de corps, Modi has invited presidents of all those parties who have an MP either in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha for a meeting on June 19. It will be followed by a dinner meeting with all MPs of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 20 to freely interact and exchange views with the government, Joshi said, adding that these two novel initiatives would go a long way in building team spirit among all parliamentarians.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday said it has attached assets worth over Rs 3 crore in Delhi, Punjab and Goa in connection with a money laundering probe linked to an online drug trafficking case. The federal probe agency has issued a provisional order, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), for attachment of immovable and movable assets of people identified as Amit Kohli, Diwakar Gupta and others here and the two other states. The total value of the attached properties is Rs 3.14 crore, it said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Enforcement Directorate filed a criminal case against the accused on the basis of a complaint filed by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. “The accused persons were involved in illegal online export of prescription drugs and psychotropic substances after taking online orders from US-based clients and the orders were being delivered through the post office,” the ED said in a statement. It said several properties and bank accounts belonging to the accused, their relatives and a firm, Ad Buildwell Pvt Ltd, have been identified. “The accused have acquired ten immovable properties in Delhi, Goa and Punjab and also deposited money in their bank accounts disproportionate to their legal income during the period 2003-2008.last_img read more

LOS ANGELES — An alliance of large marijuana businesses has a message for the public: We’re good corporate citizens.The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other major companies issued guidelines Tuesday aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use.Executive Director Kim Wilson says the emerging legal industry is “in a unique position to set a new bar for socially responsible practices.”As the once-illegal marijuana economy evolves into a multibillion-dollar industry, the guidelines appear aimed at assuring consumers that those companies are operating with their interests in mind, not just focused on the corporate bottom line.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press read more

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is holding the annual Ride Don’t Hide event at Brock University June 26.Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Brock, riders can choose their routes and do 5 km, 15 km or 35 km.The national event raises money for mental health. To donate, participate or learn more about the fundraising event visit the website.The Health Management Office organized events on campus to support National Mental Health Week which occurred from May 2 through to May 8. This year, the CMHA asked Canadians to “get loud” for mental health at various events that took place in communities across Canada. To show support and raise awareness, Health Management arranged an art activity drop-in, offered a free yoga class, a workshop on creating balance in one’s life and concluded the week with an outdoor walk and a fundraising barbecue. The barbecue raised $300 and has been provided to CMHA – Niagara Branch for local mental health initiatives. The week was an overall success, which the Health Management Office hopes to build on by continuing to bring mental health awareness to the Brock community. Recreation Services provided the instructor and space for the yoga session.For more information on CMHA – Niagara and their resources, please check out their website at CMHA – Niagara. read more

first_imgThe most powerful man in the world is already well-known for his love of technology, and his affection for RIM’s Blackberry. However, when it comes to tablet computers Obama is definitely on-board, but his hardware of choice carries an Apple badge.An image of Obama walking to Marine One after a town hall meeting in Fairless Hills, Pa from earlier this month, clearly shows an iPad under his arm. More specifically it is an iPad 2 with grey Smart Cover attached.One of Obama’s complaints about the Blackberry after he became president was that security meant it was pretty much locked down. With an iPad 2 he should have a lot more freedom due to all the apps he can download.While we are sure he uses it to view official documents and make notes, there’s bound to be a few games on there that even if he doesn’t play his daughters do. One question we’d like to ask him is if he uses it to search the web, and if he does, is the lack of Flash support a pain or a pleasure? There is also the matter of whether he has played Angry Birds or not? He must have, right?via TUAW (image courtesy of The White House Flickr account)last_img read more

first_imgOTE expects the economic downturn to impact its second-half performance after cost-cutting drove a 68 per cent jump in second-quarter profit. “For the second half of the year, we do not foresee any material improvement in the operating environment of the markets in which the group operates,” chief executive Michael Tsamaz, appointed by 40-per cent-owner Deutsche Telekom to cut costs, said on Thursday. “The challenging economic conditions…will adversely impact our financial performance,” he said. The former monopoly has been bleeding clients as austerity-hit customers at home and in Romania, its second biggest market, switch to cheaper rivals. OTE said on Thursday second-quarter net profit jumped to 104.5 million euros, helped by cost cutting. Sales dropped 5.2 per cent to 1.19 billion euros and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) gained 5 per cent to 416.7 million euros. OTE shares were up 2.4 per cent at 0740 GMT. Source: Reuters, L.E. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgVinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford), who represents Precinct 3 in Wilmington as well as all of Burlington and Bedford, will host his upcoming office hours on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from noon to 1pm, at As Good As It Gets (35 Lowell Street) in Wilmington.Gordon will be available to answer questions and to listen to concerns and ideas from constituents of the district.  To reach the representative directly, please call his State House office phone number, (617) 722-2017, or send an email to Kenneth.Gordon@mahouse.gov.(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Rep. Ken Gordon To Hold Office Hours On June 15 At As Good As It GetsIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Provides Updates On State Budget; New Shuttle Bus Service; Hanscom Air Force Base & MoreIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more