Youth Trans Tasman Award Winners

first_imgTroy Malcolm award – Oscar SanftRoxy Winder award – Kirsty Quince Australian 18’s Boys captain, Oscar Sanft, was given the Troy Malcolm award, while Australian 20’s Girls player, Kirsty Quince, was the recipient of the Roxy Winder award. 18’s GirlsPlayers Player – Emily ReedCoaches Award – Sarah PeattieEncouragement Award – Charlotte Caslick20’s Girls Players Player – Emilee CherryCoaches Award – Kirsty Quince18’s BoysPlayers Player – Brentt Warr and Zach StrasserCoaches Award – Simon Lang20’s BoysPlayers Player – Nick GoodCoaches Award – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more


24 days ago​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Jones expecting imminent decision on Stoke futureby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathan Jones expects Stoke City to clarify his position imminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’t improve, I fully expect a decision to be made on my future. I fully expect it and I have no argument about it, absolutely not.”If I’m honest, if this wasn’t such the club that it was, and has the owners it has, I would’ve been gone a while ago because my results haven’t been good enough and I know that.”I’m under no illusions, just as I knew in my previous job I was not untouchable, but, I was in a very secure position because my win rate was 55 per cent and we’d been promoted and we’d changed everything about it.”We’ve changed a lot here but we haven’t got results and that’s the be-all and end-all. So trust me, I fully expect if I don’t get results in the next few games that a decision will be made on my future.” last_img read more


Saudi oil minister makes second visit to India in less than 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih is making his second visit to India in less than three weeks to attend the wedding of richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash. Akash Ambani is tying the knot with Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta at a grand ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said the Saudi oil minister will visit Mumbai for the wedding and will also make a brief stopover in the national capital to have a conversation with Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other industry leaders. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAl-Falih, who has known Ambani for over a decade now, had previously travelled to Udaipur in December last year to attend the pre-wedding festivities of Ambani’s daughter Isha’s marriage with industrialist Ajay Piramal’s son Anand. Akash and Isha’s wedding will take place at the newly built Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding festivities kickstarted on February 23 with a grand bash in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The couple got engaged in June 2018 and celebrated the occasion with a string of lavish parties in Mumbai. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAl-Falih last visited India on February 20 as part of the high-level delegation that travelled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a bilateral visit. When he last visited the Ambanis in December 2018, the Saudi oil minister had tweeted that the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Ambani-run Reliance Industries are discussing joint investments in petrochemicals, refinery and communications projects. At the time of the February 20 visit, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Al-Nasser had spoken about talks with Reliance for investments in refinery and petrochemical projects. Reliance operates two refineries at Jamnagar with a total capacity of 68.2 million tonnes per annum. Reliance plans to expand its only-for-exports SEZ refining capacity to just over 41 million tonnes from the current 35.2 million tonnes but does not have any plans to set up a new refinery in the country. It is presently focused on expanding petrochemicals and telecom business, industry sources said. Crude oil is the basic raw material for the manufacturing of petrochemicals. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is keen to get a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing fuel market so as to get a captive customer for the crude oil it produces. Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, and its partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) have picked up 50 per cent stake in a planned USD 44-billion refinery in Maharashtra but the project is facing problems in land acquisition. Aramco and ADNOC will together hold 50 per cent stake in the 60 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) refinery and adjacent 18 MTPA petrochemical complex planned to be built at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra by 2025. The two will supply half of the crude oil required for processing at the refinery. Like other major producers, the two are looking to lock in customers in the world’s third-largest oil consumer through the investment. Kuwait too is looking to invest in projects in return for getting an assured offtake of their crude oil. Saudi Aramco is also keen on retailing fuel in India. A refinery in India can also be a base for it to export fuel to deficit countries in Europe and the Americas. India has a refining capacity of 247.6 million tonnes, which exceeds the demand of 206.2 million tonnes. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this demand is expected to reach 458 million tonnes by 2040.last_img read more


Vague economic vows

first_imgElection manifestos of political parties contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seem to have one thing in common. None of them, including nationally present BJP and Congress, produced an economic manifesto, clearly specifying economic goals that will push industrial investment, create new employment and income for millions of the country’s unemployed youths in the coming five years. Domestic industrial investments witnessed a downtrend for almost seven consecutive years. Imports are galloping. The last five years saw a very week export growth compared to the previous 10 years. Imports are taking away domestic jobs. None of the major political parties seems to have plans to tackle it. New project investments have been the lowest in 12 quarters at about Rs 1 lakh crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed. This number is the lowest in 14 years, since mid-2004. Economic manifestos are practically blank on such matters. Also Read – A special kind of bondBJP’s election manifesto, promising investment of Rs 100-lakh crore in infrastructure over the next five years and pension to marginal farmers seem to be over-ambitious. Experts say that the promises if implemented would have a huge impact on the country’s exchequer. The slowdown in several economic indicators adds the scepticism towards the actual implementation of such decisions. The party’s Rs 100-lakh crore investment resolution by 2014 in the infrastructure sector raised eyebrows in many quarters. Also Read – Insider threat managementExpressing astonishment over the promised investment, N R Bhanumurthy, professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, said that it is unrealistic as the amount is over 50 per cent of the country’s current GDP. Former chief statistician Pronab Sen said that the political parties do not actually tend to spend the money they promise in manifestos. During the budget presentation, they would come out with more pragmatic proposals. BJP reiterated its promise to double farm income by 2022, extend PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers, and give pension for small and marginal farmers. The ‘Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’, also pledged an investment of Rs 25-lakh crore to improve productivity in the farm sector. The Congress party’s economic manifesto is equally ambitious and unclear. The biggest takeaways from the manifesto are Congress’s flagship scheme NYAY that promises to eliminate poverty by 2030 and gives assurance to fill 22-lakh job vacancies within the government to boost employment. Few will disagree that the government is over-employed. A substantial portion of the government’s expenditure is now spent on administrative expenses, including massive salaries and perks to employees and payments towards pensions. Why does it want to further burden the government and its budget expenditure by filling up 22-lakh job vacancies? Why not expand industry and trade and minimise imports? Why talk of 2030, when the next government’s life ends in May 2024? A key focus of NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), according to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is: “Garibi pe war, saal me 72,000 hazar (War on poverty, Rs 72,000 per year)”. The party has promised to create a new ministry of industry, services and employment in its bid to underline the link between the growth of the industry and services sectors and rapid creation of jobs. Congress has also promised to create 10 lakh jobs in gram sabhas. But, it is silent on how to pay for these jobs and the benefits they will bring to taxpayers. Few political parties had undertaken any serious background research on what ails the economy, reasons behind the slowdown in industrial investment, impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), IoT, blockchain, digitisation and machine learning on India’s industry and the future job market. More importantly, there is no mention of how the next ruling political party wishes to exploit India’s attractive consumption-oriented market with the high growth of the middle-class and rising disposable income. According to NRI Consulting, an affiliate of Japanese major Nomura Holdings, only 15 per cent of what is consumed in India is made by its domestic manufacturing industry, limiting the country’s ability to create employment opportunities. It said that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), if nurtured well, can bridge the gap and create 10 million jobs in the next 4-5 years. “This could be done by following a market-oriented approach for MSMEs, wherein organised private sector participants invest in capacity building of the MSMEs against a valid for-profit business case with long term benefits,” the research firm said in a note on the Indian market, amid the political debate on jobs and joblessness. The MSME sector remained the highest job provider creating almost 36 million jobs, which was about 70 per cent in the entire manufacturing sector in 2017-18. “A deep dive into product groups manufactured in various clusters in India suggests that a dedicated focus on developing these MSMEs can create additional 7.5 to10 million employment opportunities in the next 4-5 years through partial substitution of imports,” Japan-based NRI Consulting said. However, not many in the BJP-led government seem to have any idea about the time it should take to make the so-called ‘Make-in-India’ drive successful and productive. Reckless imports of consumer goods and industrial products — from steel, automotive tyres to consumer electronics — have turned many of our MSMEs sick. For a specific instance, India’s top three homegrown mobile phone makers posted an accelerated fall in revenue in FY18, accounting for less than a quarter of the sales value generated by their Chinese rivals, Registrar of Companies filings show. India’s poll-bound political parties may not be interested in such details for preparation of their economic manifestos. Marketing unemployment ‘doles’ appears to be easier, catchier and a more favourable option than creating viable employment opportunities. Wish political parties questioned why India’s industrial growth fell to its lowest in 20 months last February. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Syria peace conference set for Nov 23 Arab League chief

first_imgA keenly anticipated peace conference for Syria will convene in Geneva on November 23, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Sunday after meeting international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.Arabi acknowledged that there were still obstacles to holding the conference, as Western and Arab governments prepare to meet Syrian opposition leaders on Tuesday to attempt to persuade them to attend.Arabi made the comment to reporters after meeting the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria at the bloc’s Cairo headquarters, on the first leg of a regional tour Brahimi is conducting ahead of the conference. “It was decided that the Geneva II conference will be held on November 23, and preparations are underway for this conference,” Arabi said.The top Arab diplomat warned, however, that there were still hurdles to convening the already much-delayed meeting.“There are many difficulties that must be overcome for this conference to succeed,” he said.Brahimi refused to publicly set a date for the conference, saying it would be announced after he concluded his tour.The envoy told reporters after meeting Arabi that he would travel to Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Syria and then Geneva for talks with Russian and US representatives.last_img read more


Commentary Ohio State coach Luke Fickell needs to give Jaamal Berry the

It’s time for Jaamal Berry to leave the Ohio State football program. Not for a couple days, games, or weeks. He needs to go. Permanently. After being charged for assault, battery and disorderly conduct Wednesday, based on an Oct. 21 incident in Columbus, Berry was suspended from the team. But head coach Luke Fickell needs to set a precedent for the post-Jim Tressel era of football at OSU and kick Berry off the team. This isn’t Berry’s first run-in with the law. He was allegedly involved in another assault as recently as Sept. 28 and was arrested for marijuana possession before even enrolling at OSU. The bottom line is he can’t stay out of trouble. I’m all for second chances. Young adults are going to make mistakes, but at some point somebody needs to draw the line. And the line at OSU should be a little stricter than at other schools because of everything the program has been through. With Tat-gate and all the ensuing insanity it caused for the program, OSU has had enough negative headlines for a lifetime. Berry and any other distractions just add fuel to the already negative image OSU has attached itself to. OSU has always portrayed itself as a program of integrity. Ever since Woody Hayes, OSU football was at least perceived as a program that won and won the right way. The mentality has been a core facet in OSU’s success ever since. It brought in talented recruits and created a product people wanted to cheer for. Tressel carried on the image, but with his tumultuous exit, that image was destroyed. Now the program is in a transition period. It’s up to Fickell to rebuild the image and restore the luster of the program. By kicking Berry off the team, Fickell takes the first step in the rebuilding process. He tells the rest of the college football world that OSU will not stand for bad behavior and actions that embarrass the program and compromise what it represents. But more important than telling everyone else, Fickell would be sending a message to his team. The sturdiest structures are solid at their foundation and the foundation of a football team will always be the football players. If Fickell can send a message to the most fundamental level of the program, the larger and more complicated matters will take care of themselves. I’m sure it’s difficult to look a kid in the eye and tell him he’s no longer wanted. You’re about to change the player’s entire life, but playing football for the Buckeyes is a privilege. It sounds cliché, but there are hundreds of other athletes who would love the opportunity to run out of the scarlet tunnel into Ohio Stadium on a fall Saturday afternoon. If someone compromises their opportunity, not just once, but multiple times, that player obviously doesn’t value it and should be dismissed. Suspending Berry from the team was a good first step and makes sense legally, but Fickell needs to finish the job and show Berry out. read more


Ohio State refrains from commenting on Kosta Karageorge investigation medical treatment

Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. read more


International Rugby Action this weekend – Bahamas vs TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, rugby, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – This weekend it is The Bahamas vs the home team, Turks and Caicos in Rugby at the Meridian Field. The main event is at 4pm this Saturday, April 18 but there is planned an exhibition match featuring the ladies at 3pm and the juniors will play at half time. Admission to the field is free. last_img read more


State To Settle Backlogged TAPS Tariff Cases

first_imgUnder the proposed settlement, the State will retain the $224 million already collected, and will collect at least $165 million of additional revenue. Chief assistant attorney general for regulatory affairs and public advocacy, John Ptacin: ”Over time, we believe that’ll translate into over a billion dollars additional revenue to the state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska has agreed to settle dozens of cases involving Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) tariff rates for the years 2009-2015. In addition, the carriers will agree that approximately $625 million of costs associated with strategic reconfiguration, a project which automated and electrified equipment along the TAPS pipeline, will never be placed in TAPS tariff rates, keeping rates low into the future. According to a release from the State Department of Law, this settlement will likely increase the value of Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude for tax and royalty purposes.center_img Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp300:00RPd To help keep future disputes about TAPS tariff rates to a minimum, the State and the carriers also agreed to use a settlement methodology to calculate interstate TAPS tariff rates through 2021. The settlement is subject to regulatory approval before it is final. In the legal settlement announced earlier in December, the State asserted that TAPS tariff rates were too high, resulting in reduced royalty and tax obligations by the shippers who utilize TAPS.last_img read more


4th Of July Parade Will Close Spur Hwy

first_imgThe route for the parade starts down Fidalgo Ave, left on Willow Street, right on the Kenai Spur Hwy, and then a right on Main Street Loop. Kenai Chamber of Commerce President Johna Beech says the parade lineup will be from 8-10 a.m., on Trading Bay Road with the parade itself starting at 11 a.m. Beech: “Be mindful that we will be closing down the Spur Hwy from 11-12:30pm for the Parade. KPD does a great job of  rerouting traffic, but if you are in a hurry that’s not the day to be in a hurry. I can’t believe we are almost here, but it looks like it’s going to be another great 4th of July.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai’s annual Fourth of July Parade will close the Kenai Spur Highway for close to two hours on Wednesday. The midway festivities are from noon to 4 p.m., with various vendors, a beer garden sponsored by Kassiks Brewery, and a kids carnival.last_img read more


Kasilof Man Wanted After Burglary On KBeach Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported burglary in progress off of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof, on Sunday. Charges have been filed and warrants have been requested for Deboard for two counts Burglary 2nd and one count each of Burglary 1st, Theft 1st and Criminal Mischief 4th. Anyone with information about the side by side or the whereabouts of Deboard is urged to call Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Peninsula Crimestoppers at 283-8477. Still missing, is a green 675cc Honda Pioneer side by side ATV.  It has four seats and a full roll cage, as well as a distinctive crack in the windshield. In addition, three ATVS had been stolen.  The majority of the items, including two of the ATVs were recovered nearby in two separate caches in a wooded area. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the suspect fled minutes prior to AST arrival.  Investigation led to the suspect being identified as Scott Allan Deboard, age 23 of Kasilof. Deboard was found to have made forced entry into the residence, a woodshed and a detached garage.  Numerous items were stolen, to include thousands of dollars in camping/outdoors equipment and power tools.last_img read more


House Schedules Final Vote On Capital Budget

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives on Monday will hold a third and final vote on legislation funding the capital budget. The vote on Senate Bill 2002 is scheduled to occur two days before a key July 31 deadline and comes after two prior votes fell short of achieving the needed three-quarter supermajority. A vote earlier this week fell just one shy of the needed 30-member support. The House is only allowed to vote on the bill three times. Edgmon: “Now is the time to act and prove that Alaska is truly open for business. This capital budget provides our private sector the resources needed to build our state, gives an incentive to keep our most qualified students from pursuing opportunities outside, and equalizes power costs so individuals and small businesses can survive whether they operate in large urban centers or rural communities.” House Speaker Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) on Thursday announced the planned vote to rescind previous action on S.B. 2002 in order to get the thirtieth vote. This motion is the final opportunity for the capital budget to pass the Legislature and to then be transmitted to the governor.last_img read more


NASA shutdown Agency could be dark during historic New Years missions

first_img Pluto, you so crazy (pictures) Expect to see the @NASANewHorizons social media accounts continue to operate. The contract for these activities was forward funded. This applies to @OSIRISREx and NASA TV too. @NASA will continue to stun the world with its achievements!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 28, 2018 NASA’s live stream is currently offline, however, and the agency is redirecting people to NASA TV, which it states will show live events. The NASA public relations team is unable to publicize the events and send out press releases during the shutdown because they aren’t exempt from the furlough.Previous government shutdowns, in January and February this year, lasted no longer than three days. But this shutdown could continue into the new year. As recently as Thursday, at least one US senator suggested there’s “no end in sight”. So exactly what we will get to see over the New Year seems up in the air. However, all hope isn’t lost. Here’s where you can catch the action for NASA’s historic missions:Where to watch Osiris-Rex enter Bennu’s orbitThe window for the record-breaking Osiris-Rex to get into orbit around the asteroid Bennu opens on New Year’s Eve. While this mission doesn’t quite have the appeal of being a billion miles beyond Pluto, it will eventually be the first time an asteroid has been sampled by NASA. Osiris-Rex will reach out and high-five Bennu, blasting up a ton of rock from its surface, grabbing some and then flying back to Earth in September 2023.To follow along as Osiris-Rex places itself into the closest orbit of any spacecraft around a planetary body ever, there are several Twitter accounts worth keeping an eye on. The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona will keep you updated, and the Osiris-Rex website should have you covered if you’re waiting for any images to come back from the spacecraft. It doesn’t appear NASA will be offering live coverage of this event. The spacecraft had its moment in the sun back on December 3 when it first arrived at Bennu. Where to watch the New Horizons Ultima Thule flybyIt’s the most distant world we will ever have explored, and New Horizons is set to snap photos of Ultima Thule when it passes the enigmatic rock in the outer reaches of our solar system. Ultima Thule flies around in the Kuiper Belt way out past Pluto. New Horizons is set to come within 2,200 miles of Ultima Thule’s surface, hopefully beaming back images from a world we know very little about.NASA is directing interested viewers to head to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory YouTube channel, which will simulcast a live stream along with the New Horizons homepage. Principal investigator Alan Stern is also directing viewers to the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Twitter and to his own New Horizons Twitter account for mission updates.Of course, there is the hope that the political impasse is resolved before all this occurs, which would set NASA back up with all the media tools at its disposal.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Star Wars Episode 9 is on its way: Everything we know about the final Skywalker film, from the cast to the release date and title. 8 Photos Sci-Tech Target NASAcenter_img Post a comment Here is Ultima Thule in an artist’s rendition. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Ringing in the new year with NASA was meant to be historic. Two NASA spacecraft on separate missions are set to rendezvous with their rocky targets over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Earth-bound stargazers were supposed to be able to follow along via NASA. But the US government is currently in a shutdown due to a dispute in funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Part of the shutdown means that funding for the agency has currently expired. And no money coming in means little public viewing of space activities. Thus, it’s going to get a little trickier waiting for the Osiris-Rex spacecraft to enter orbit around the asteroid Bennu or seeing the New Horizons spacecraft send back images of Ultima Thule, the most distant world we’ve yet to explore and a billion miles past Pluto.NASA officially shut down Saturday. Of NASA’s 17,586 staff, the vast majority are staying home with no guarantee of pay, while 1,481 remain active and another 2,189 are “on call,” exempted from the furlough. This ensures that NASA can continue to carry out support for the International Space Station and its crew, as well as enable satellite missions and emergency services to continue safely.It’s not all bad news right now, though. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, tweeted Thursday that social media accounts for the upcoming missions over New Year’s have been spared the woe of the government shutdown because they were “forward funded.” Tags Share your voice 0last_img read more


Ford Ecosport Demand Scales in India Waiting Period for Petrol Variant Extends

first_imgFord’s new EcoSport SUV may have gone through a bad phase like the mass recall from the market for a technical glitch soon after its launch. But new reports suggest that the issue did not affect the demand for the vehicle.According to a report by IndianAutos Blog, which got an image of the waiting list from its reader Venkat Chaitanya Mantravadi, the waiting period of Ford EcoSport has been extended to a minimum of six months due to the increasing demand for the SUV in the Indian market. The vehicle which was launched in ten trims and three engine versions with a starting price of ₹ 5.59 lakh is witnessing a remarkable demand in the country.Reports suggest that the waiting period of the EcoSport petrol version has been extended to 180 days or six months, while waiting period for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost EcoSport was stretched to 90-150 days. The waiting period for the base diesel variants such as the Ambiente and the Trend is 1-3 months from booking dates. The aforementioned waiting list is said to be more or less the same across the country.Ford EcoSport received more than 30,000 bookings within the first 17 days of its launch in India on 26 June, and the demand is expected to go higher in the coming days. The company had recently recalled the EcoSport diesel model in India to fix the issued with the glow plug module.Below are the prices of Ford’s Ecosport SUV in India1.5L petrol MT – ₹5.59 lakh1.5L diesel – ₹6.69 lakh1.0L EcoBoost – ₹7.89 lakh1.5L Petrol Auto – ₹8.44 lakhlast_img read more


Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Alia Bhatt Deepika Padukone Akshay Kumar not allowed

first_imgDeepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Akshay Kumar.Instagram / TwitterThe Indian General Elections 2019 have begun and a lot of Bollywood celebrities have been urging citizens to come out and cast their vote. In fact, Bollywood actors and filmmakers have never shied away from casting their ballot, always seen outside the polling booth posing with their inked finger.But do you know, there are some superstars in Bollywood who are not allowed by the Government of India to cast their vote in any Indian election? As per reports, these names are Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, to name a few. Let’s take a look at the Bollywood celebs who cannot cast their vote in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, and why.Alia Bhatt: The 26-year-old actress cannot cast her ballot, as she holds a British passport. Alia Bhatt had revealed the same during the General Elections 2014, when she had told Hindustan Times, “Unfortunately, I can’t vote because I have a British passport. I am past the date (to get the official documents for voting) this time around, but I will try and get my voting card the next time (elections) once I get my dual citizenship.”Well, since India does not allow for dual citizenship, it’s obvious that Alia Bhatt can’t exercise her franchise in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as well. Or never, unless the rules change or she holds an Indian passport. Alia Bhatt in RaaziPR HandoutDeepika Padukone: Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, this daughter of badminton champ Prakash Padukone has brought many laurels to the country with her acting skills. But being born outside India and holding a Danish passport, she cannot cast her vote here.Akshay Kumar: Our Punjabi puttar Akshay Kumar is now a Canadian citizen and hence cannot cast his vote here in India. We wonder if he goes all the way to Canada during the elections there.Imran Khan: The handsome Bollywood actor who turned director with a short film cannot vote in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The reason being Imran Khan holds an American passport, as he was born in Madison, Wisconsin, United States to his father Anil Pal and mother Nuzhat Khan (actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan’s cousin). Imran has taken his mother’s surname. Imran Khan.PR Handout.Katrina Kaif: This Bollywood beauty may make every heart in the country skip a beat, but she is not allowed to cast her ballot in India. Well, that is because Katrina Kaif is a British citizen. Katrina KaifInstagramThere are many other Bollywood celebrities who only work in India but are not Indian citizens, like Sunny Leone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nargis Fakhri. They, too, are not allowed to cast their ballot in the country.Pakistani singer Adnan Sami would be an exception, as he had applied for Indian citizenship and was granted the same. Let’s see if we see him at the polling booth as a registered voter during General Elections 2019.The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are scheduled to be held in seven phases in India, from the date April 11 to May 19, 2019. The Election Results will be declared on May 23, 2019.last_img read more


Kolkata Police organises campaign prohibiting use of mobile phones while walking on

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police has organised an awareness campaign to make people realise the ill effects of using mobile phones while walking on roads.According to an officer of the Kolkata Traffic Police, it has been noticed that many accidents can be avoided if pedestrians in the city become a bit more careful and avoid using cell phones while walking on roads.A police officer said earlier people only used to speak over phone while walking. Though their concentration used to get diverted, at least they used to look straight while walking. But now the situation has turned worse as people keep texting while walking. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany were even found remaining glued to the screens of their cell phones while crossing a road. There were many instances when pedestrians were found walking on city roads using earphones to speak on cell phones or listen to songs. “This is more dangerous as many times they cannot realise that a vehicle is approaching when he or she is crossing a road and it often leads to an accident,” the police said.So, the police have started creating awareness among pedestrians so that they do not use cell phones while walking on roads. The awareness campaign was held mainly at two important locations in the city including Hare Street. Such initiatives have brought down the rate of accidents as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide campaign Safe Drive Save Life.The Headquarter Traffic Guard took the initiative to create awareness on this particular issue and it was done by engaging school goers as it is considered that people easily accept when a child requests him or her to follow something.last_img read more


Rabindra Manch revamped

first_imgSiliguri: Rabindra Manch is soon going to host bright and colourful cultural programmes. “The renovation work of the stage had been encouraged by the Chief Minister and thus the responsibility has been handed over to the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Association,” said the Chairman of SJDA Sourav Chakraborty, during his visit to the newly inaugurated building at Shaktigarh in Siliguri.The North Bengal Development department has spent an amount of Rs 1,49,48,886 on the renovation of the building. The construction of the stage had commenced many days ago, but the NBDD had decided to take the responsibility of its completion due to some flaws that had erupted during the construction work.Rabindra Manch had been inaugurated by North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh and Tourism minister Goutam Deb on October 4, 2017.last_img read more


Arnaud de Puyfontaine Attempts to find a resolutio

first_imgArnaud de PuyfontaineAttempts to find a resolution to the battle between Vivendi and Mediaset have so far failed, according to the French media giant’s CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, speaking to the Financial Times.Despite press speculation in recent weeks that a new deal was in the offing, there has been no discussion between the pair since July last year, with the exception of a single meeting between De Puyfontaine and Pier Silvio Berlusconi in December, according to the FT, citing an unnamed source.Despite no deal currently being in sight, De Puyfontaine told the FT that Vivendi remained committed to expanding its presence in the Italian market and southern Europe generally. He said Vivendi did not intend to sell of its 24.9% stake in Telecom Italia, which Vivendi says is part of its core strategy of forging close partnerships with telecom operators.De Puyfontaine has previously said that Vivendi remains open to a deal with the Italian broadcaster amid reports that the media group would be willing to restart talks if Mediaset dropped its legal action against it. Speaking after Vivendi’s end of year results were published in February, he told analysts that the company was “still willing to build a strong industrial relationship with this company” which fitted with Vivendi’s southern European strategy.More recently, he told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he was hopeful that a deal with Mediaset is still possible.“We are creating a new story for Telecom Italia and [we want to] build a southern European player with Mediaset. We will find a solution and make it work. I’m pretty sure about that,” De Puyfontaine said at MWC.De Puyfontaine told the FT that Mediaset provided “misleading” information to Vivendi during the pair’s negotiations over the future of the Italian broadcaster’s pay TV unit last year.He reiterated that Vivendi had pulled out of the April agreement that would have seen Vivendi take over Mediaset Premium and Vivendi and Mediaset take 3.5% stakes in each other because it was “not happy” about a gap between “the nature of the information provided to us” and the true financial situation of the pay TV unit.Vivendi’s account has been disputed by Mediaset, which said that the April deal followed a month of due diligence.last_img read more