Red Bluff >> With 3 goals in the opening half and a pair in the second half Friday night, the Red Bluff Spartans soccer team cruised to a home win over the Enterprise Hornets, 5-1.With the win the Spartans go to 8-3-1 and are even at 1-1 in league play. They are scheduled to face the Chico Panthers (11-1-1 overall, 2-0 league) at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Chico.Lady Spartans 1, Enterprise 1Redding >> The Lady Spartans came from behind to tie the Enterprise Hornets Friday, 1-1, in Redding. …
awardBy Achinta BorahNew Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) More than 4,200 people recommended Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan for a Padma award in 2017, while the self-styled godman and now rape convict proposed his own name for the honour five times.According to the list of recommendations or nominations for Padma Awards 2017, the Union home ministry received 18,768 applications.The highest 4,208 recommendations, including two from Saintgorge William Sonet and India Saintgorge, both from Hissar in Haryana, were received for conferring any one of the three Padma awards on the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief, reveal documents accessed by PTI.All recommendations were marked in the name of Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, also known as rockstar baba and guru of bling, and almost all had come from Sirsa in Haryana, the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda.Gurmeet, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two followers this week, recommended himself five times. While his address was given as Sirsa three times, on the other two applications he gave Hissar in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan, where he was born.According to the documents, of the five recommendations, one was for Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan by Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji InsanSaintgorge.The overwhelming majority of those who recommended the Dera chiefs name for the highest civilian honour in the country used single names like Abha, Aditya, Akbar, Alfez, Baljinder, Milky, Gajal, Komal, Jony, Jesse and Ishwar.An Amit, based in Sirsa, recommended Gurmeets name 31 times, and a Sunil nominated him 27 times.advertisementA few recommendations were also from his birthplace Ganganagar.The Padma awards seek to recognise works of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Anyone can nominate any person for the Padma Awards.The nominations or recommendations for the awards can be received online only on the portal www.padmaawards.gov.in designed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.Recommendations can also be made by state governments, UTs, ministries, departments of the government of India, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, central and state ministers, chief ministers and governors of state, and Members of Parliament.The nominations are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, constituted by the prime minister every year.The awards — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — are announced on the eve of the Republic Day.Political stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar and former Lok Sabha speaker late P A Sangma, cricketer Virat Kohli and Carnatic musician K J Yesudas were among the 89 people who were selected for the Padma awards in 2017.A special CBI court on August 28 sentenced the Dera chief to 20 years in jail for raping his two followers, holding that he acted like a “wild beast” who did not even spare his own “pious” female disciples.Following his conviction on August 25, large scale violence witnessed in Panchkula, Chandigarh, Sirsa and other parts of Haryana and Punjab which claimed 38 lives. PTI ACB MIN
The storylines and word choices are adapted to the player’s age, with shorter and simpler language used for younger audiences, and more complex vocabulary words for the older kids. As players progress within the app, their achievements earn them badges for their success. The new Marvel Hero Tales app shows kids that their word choices can decide what Spider-Man does next in the interactive comic. Kuato Studios “This is the most personal project I’ve ever been involved with, not just because of my love of the Marvel Universe, but also because as a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, school, and particularly reading, was incredibly challenging for me,” Mark Horneff, CEO of Kuato Studio, said in a statement. Avengers: Endgame toys, merchandise to re-create the MCU capstone 1 Share your voice The Marvel Hero Tales app aims to help kids learn to read and write using comics. Kuato Studios Learning to read and write can be daunting for kids, but with the new Marvel Hero Tales mobile app from Kuato Studios, little ones hopefully can get some help from Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and other Marvel greats.The free app, available on iOS and Android, encourages kids from 7 to 11 to write their own Marvel stories while developing their language and reading skills. The Marvel Hero Tales app lets kids follow superheroes like Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Captain America and Captain Marvel as they “level up” by completing activities such as word collection and comprehension of words. Players can then use these words to write their own story by building sentences inside a comic book panel. Their choice of words directly affects the outcome of the superhero’s mission. The final result is a personalized comic book that can be shared with friends and family. 18 Photos Horneff remembers being given a copy of Spider-Man at age 8 and reading it cover to cover.” “Those adventures fed not only my imagination, but my confidence as a storyteller and my passion for reading,” Horneff said. “My hope is that Marvel Hero Tales will inspire a new generation of Marvel readers and storytellers, and in some small way, allow that 8-year-old to repay some of the debt I owe to Peter Parker.” Captain Marvel Marvel Spiderman Captain America Tags Mobile Apps TV and Movies Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame cabin is yours to rent on Airbnb Own a piece of Avengers: Endgame Jessica Jones season 3: New trailer, photos and release date revealed Comment More superheroes
Reliance Jio (RJio), the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL), aims to acquire 100 million subscribers in the first year of its launch, even though the company has delayed the roll out of fourth-generation (4G) mobile internet services to the next financial year.While Mukesh Ambani wants the target to be reached in the first 100 days after the launch RJio’s 4G services, the leadership and analysts see 12 months as “realistic” timeframe to achieve such a figure.Earlier, the company had said that it would be able to offer 4G services by December, but it recently postponed the launch to 2016. The company has already spent Rs 100,000 crore in the venture and plans to invest a “similar amount” in the coming days, Business Standard reported.In what could to a major concern for other telecom operators, RJio is primarily aiming to bring existing high-value customers on its network, by offering “unlimited access to high-speed broadband services (4G or LTE) on a subscription-based model.”Some analysts said that RJio’s target of acquiring 100-million subscribers is “achievable”, taking into account its vast distribution network. It has access to 1,000 company-controlled outlets and one million distributors for recharge vouchers.RJio is likely to have robust infrastructure by the time it launches its 4G services, with 75,000 4G cell sites, 250,000 km of optic fibre and 0.65 million sq ft of data centre capacity.On the other hand, Bharti’s data centre subsidiary has a capacity of just 0.16 million sq ft, according to Deutsche Bank.So far, Airtel has not revealed the subscribers or revenue it earned after the launch of its 4G services in nearly 300 towns in August.Deutsche Bank Global Markets projects “RJio’s mobile business to have 94 million subscribers (15 per cent of smartphone users) with an ARPU (average revenue per user) of Rs 246 a month, implying 8.5 per cent of wireless revenue share. “According to Deven Choksey of KRChoksey, RJio is estimated to gain 100 million subscribers in the first 12 months of launch and an ARPU of Rs 500 per month, which would result in monthly revenue of Rs 5,000 crore.
An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company’s campus in the southern Indian city of Bangalore September 23, 2014.ReutersInfosys, a Sensex heavyweight, seems to be headed for tough times on the stock markets after declaring Q4 results and giving a revenue guidance in the range of 6.5-8.5 percent in constant currency terms for 2017-18. Brokerages are not so gung-ho about the company’s prospects, with one of them downgrading the stock sharply from its current levels.On Monday, Infosys shares were trading at Rs 926 apiece on the BSE at around 2.42 pm, close to its 52-week low of Rs 900 and far away from its April 18, 2016 closing price of Rs 1,238.For the full-year 2016-17, revenues rose 8.3 percent in constant currency terms to $10,208 million while net profit came in at $2,140 million. In rupee terms, FY2017 revenues grew 9.7 percent YoY to Rs 68,484 crore and net profit is up 6.4 percent to Rs 14,353 crore. The final dividend is Rs 14.75 per equity share.Brokerage Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities (NBIE) downgraded Infosys share price to Rs 887, translating into a loss of 4.3 percent from the Rs 927 for the share as at 2.11 pm on the BSE on Monday.”While Infosys gave a lower-than-street-expectation guidance of 6.5 percent-8.5 percent constant currency (CC) revenue growth (6.1 percent-8.1 percent in USD terms) and 23 percent-25 percent EBIT margin, we believe there is downside risk to both. Prior to 4QFY17, our FY18 estimates were 5.2 percent USD revenue growth and 22.8 percent EBIT margin,” NBIE said in its note on Monday.The brokerage cited two reasons for its pessimistic view of the company’s performance in FY2018. “Not only has total large deal TCV (total contract value) has been 10 percent lower in FY17 versus FY16, the quarterly average is only ~$800mn where as a desirable number for Infosys’ size should be >$1bn and ~$1.5bn for industry leading growth,” it said.Further, the BFSI vertical, which contributes about 33 percent of the total revenues, is expected to grow only in the second half of the fiscal, presuming deregulation in the financial services sector in the US.Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) has a target price of Rs 1,200 for Infosys. In its analysis of the company’s financial performance, the brokerage said the deals won last fiscal were not so encouraging. “While the guidance implies a gradual pick-up in momentum, lower deal wins in FY17 (USD3.4b; – 10 percent YoY) and multiple pockets of issues restrict confidence around immediate broad-based recovery, which would be a necessary trigger for valuations,” MOSL said.A similar share projection has been made by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities in its note on Monday, hovering less-than-expected Q4 top-line and weak guidance for the current fiscal. “We factor Q4 miss and cut FY18 revenue (US$)/EPS by 1.4/4.3 percent. We introduce FY19 financials and now value Infosys at 15x FY19E with a new TP of Rs 1,100 (vs. Rs 1,215 earlier),” the brokerage said.
MexicoAt least 14 people were killed and 8 injured Tuesday night in northern Mexico when an armed group opened fire in a drug addiction rehabilitation center, local police said.In a statement security officials in the city of Chihuahua said “an armed group entered the Uniting Families rehabilitation center,” attacking those inside with assault rifles.First responders arrived on scene to care for the wounded in the center, where some 25 people were estimated to have been during the attack.The state of Chihuahua, which borders the United States, has endured some of the worst violence in Mexico’s decade-long militarized battle against drug trafficking.In the past decade at least half a dozen attacks have taken place in rehabilitation centers, and according to authorities are generally perpetrated by gang members settling scores with rivals hiding in the centers.Since the Mexican government launched its war on cartels in 2006, more than 200,000 people have died or disappeared amid the violence.
AfghanistanTaliban fighters have killed 12 security forces in the last 48 hours in ongoing fighting in Afghanistan’s western province of Badghis, the defence ministry said Monday.In the latest assault on Afghan forces — who have faced devastating losses in recent years — Taliban fighters last week smashed through government lines near the city of Bala Murghab, seizing several checkpoints.”It is with great sadness we announce that during these operations, eight Afghan National Army and four police who fought with bravery and courage accepted martyrdom,” the defence ministry said in a statement.Another 10 soldiers and 24 police were wounded in the operation that killed “99 Taliban terrorists,” it added.Clearance operations continue in the district, officials said, and security forces helped Red Cross workers evacuate the bodies of Taliban fighters that had been left on battlefields.Jamshid Shahabi, the spokesman for the Badghis governor, told AFP that fighting continued near the district’s main marketplace.Afghan and US-led aircraft were striking Taliban positions, he said. “They have suffered heavy casualties.”The defence ministry last week said Afghan forces had made a “tactical retreat” from a number of checkpoints in the district to “avoid civilian casualties”.Abdul Aziz Beg, the head of the Badghis provincial council, had described the situation as “critical” and called for reinforcements.The Taliban said they had conducted a coordinated attack on a series of government checkpoints, killing 12 security forces.The militants launched their assault ahead of a widely expected spring offensive.They typically declare a new fighting season as winter snows melt, and have in the past sought to gain control of district centres and target government facilities.The clash started as Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy tasked with forging a peace deal with the Taliban, was in Afghanistan, where he spoke with national leaders and stakeholders.Khalilzad is expected in the coming days to go to Qatar, where Taliban and Afghan officials are due to meet.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP the talks were set to begin on 14 April.In January, president Ashraf Ghani said 45,000 security forces had been killed since he took office in September 2014.
Kolkata: Police have arrested three persons from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and seized around 900 kg of banned firecrackers from them.Acting on a tip off, the police raided and arrested the trio when they were travelling in a car. They searched the car and found three large plastic bags containing banned fire crackers.Police received prior information about a car, carrying banned crackers, that will pass through Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Road at Rajpur near Sonarpur. To get hold of them, policemen went to the spot in plainclothes. On late Sunday night, they found a car approaching and immediately started a search operation of the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter finding those plastic bags, they took the three men to the police station and investigation revealed that the plastic bags contained banned firecrackers.A police officer said: “There were around 900 kg banned firecrackers in the plastic bags.”Police are now trying to get more information about the three arrested persons. They are also trying to know the purpose behind taking such a huge quantity of banned fire crackers.The police officer said that usually such a huge quantity of banned firecrackers gets seized in October and November ahead of Diwali. “Hence, it is important for us to investigate into the case to find out why did they indulge in it now,” the officer said.Police have intensified the search operations and undertaken all necessary steps to check the selling of banned firecrackers.It may be mentioned that the police and administration together have taken several steps to check selling of banned firecrackers as it leads to pollution.