Fraud Accused Indian Jeweler’s Firm Files For Bankruptcy in New York Court

first_imgFirestar Diamond Inc, the flagship U.S. company of Indian billionaire Nirav Modi, filed for bankruptcy in a New York court on Feb. 26, even as the Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved court for a non-bailable warrant against him on Feb. 27.The company, which is at the center of the controversy regarding a Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, which has assets and liabilities in the range of $50 million and $100 million, has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of bankruptcy code. The code allows the company to reorganize its business.In its filing in Southern District of New York Court, the company blamed liquidity and supply chain challenges. The bankruptcy filing also includes Firestar’s A. Jaffe Inc. wedding jewelry affiliate and Fantasy Inc. affiliate. It estimates the numbers of creditors at between 50 to 99.Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Special Prevention of Money Laundering Act Court Judge MS Azmi heard the arguments of ED special counsel Hiten Venegoankar who told the court that the ED, which registered a case against Modi on Feb. 15, issued three summons to him to appear before the agency, PTI reported. Modi responded to two summons saying that he had business commitments, while in the third one, he brought up the issue of his security.According to Venegoankar, the summons were issued on Feb.15, Feb. 17, and Feb.22, which asked Modi to appear before the agency on Feb. 16, Feb. 22 and Feb.26, respectively. The counsel then asked for non-bailable warrant as Modi ignored these summons.A local court in Mumbai also issued summons to Modi to appear before it on March 12 in connection with an income tax evasion probe against him and his companies, officials said. Modi’s counsel said that diamond merchant will only return to India if there is a promise of a fair trial, the Economic Times reported.Modi, along with his partner Mehul Choksi, have been accused of leveraging the loopholes in the banking system by seeking letters of undertaking (LoU) and raising credit from foreign banks to pay its suppliers. The scam, which became public earlier this month, could amount to Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 being added to the fraud on Feb. 26 night. The amount allegedly defrauded by Modi and Choksi’s firms was earlier stated to be Rs 11,300 crore. The Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate are investigating the scam, which has allegedly been going on for past seven years. So far, both Modi and Choksi have denied wrongdoing.Modi, his three firms Diamond R Us, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamonds, and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who owns Gitanjali Gems Ltd, were allegedly colluding with rogue PNB employees in the fraud. Ever since the news of PNB scam became public on Feb. 14, the bank’s stock has dropped 40 percent, taking Rs 153.3 billion ($2.36 billion) off its market value.Modi’s company’s diamond operations are spread across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, as per the group website. Related ItemsNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

No cricket minus justice for 26/11

first_imgWar minus the shooting is how author Mike Marqusee painted the complex portrait of a sub-continent in ferment, set against the backdrop of the 1996 cricket World Cup, the most extravagant and controversial event in the history of the game.The title is most apt for India-Pakistan cricket jousts. Agreed that a gladiatorial contest between the two nations on the playing field – irrespective of whether the sport is hockey or cricket, it gives the viewer strange sort of adrenaline rush, pumping up emotions and transporting them into a different zone – it is also a synonym for a proxy war.No sporting rivalry can replace this feeling, this level of intensity, this junoon . I know that every time sporting relations between the two nations are normalised, the fires are stoked in this debate. It gets ugly, people get nasty and words are exchanged. The reality sadly is that while sport transcends political barriers, impediments and imponderables, India and Pakistan are a completely different kettle of fish. So, am I one of the faithful who are going to argue for restoration of sporting ties? Far from it. Bah!This is not akin to anything, anywhere else in the world. The Ashes don’t compare. Germany playing Greece in the recent Euro Cup was a one-off. It had the necessary edge because of the recent politics in the Euro Zone, but it was a one-off. For sheer continuity, sheer magnetism and as a spectator sport, it is singular. The contests have an edge, the players raise the level of their game, the ridiculous and the sublime are all part of the tamasha.advertisementAt the same time, all this hype and hoopla notwithstanding, India should not play Pakistan, certainly not now. This is not the time. India wants the perps of 26/ 11 to be brought to book, we sound as if we have a bellyache, but a recalcitrant Pakistan couldn’t care too hoots for our pain and suffering.India’s history with Pakistan, recent and otherwise, is too violent to be recounted here. They are two conjoined twins, inseparable since birth, their fates and destinies in one way or the other intertwined forever. Pakistan’s bloody and turbulent history doesn’t end within its own boundaries, more often than not it spills over into India. This is the scary part; while wars have been fought repeatedly, Pakistan’s naked obsession with Kashmir pushes the jihadi element to make repeated attempts to destabilise India by using the terror factory.Sunil Gavaskar, a cricketer whom I have great regard for, called it right on the day this decision to host Pakistan was taken. He clearly articulated that as a Mumbaikar he had strong objections to India playing Pakistan. Pakistan is duplicitous, Janus faced, it heaps scorn on us, obfuscates, lies and twists facts to suit its own ends.Pak dodges the bulletThe 26/ 11 terror attack has seen no closure. We have captured one of the gunmen from that fateful night – Ajmal Kasab, we have added one of the architects and planners – Abu Jundal in the bag now, and yet Pakistan continues to dodge the bullet. And it does so with so much ease, it remains blase about its involvement in what would be most significant terror attack in recent memory. Probably as well coordinated as the infamous 9/ 11 attack on New York.Four years have passed and what does India have to show in terms of naming and convicting the perpetrators of that bloody interlude? Nothing very much.Pakistan is like Teflon, nothing sticks to it. They make bloody sure that it doesn’t stick. They are glib talkers. Dossiers, transcripts, tapes, pictures are all meaningless as they laugh off their involvement in the vicious attack. Non-state actors, they say, oblivious and yet impervious to our hurt.The Taj and Oberoi in Mumbai were symbols of a new India, a rising India that Pakistan is extremely unhappy about. Pakistan continues to target Mumbai, in many ways the face of the same emerging India. The March 12, 1993, serial blasts and the 26/ 11 terror attack have assumed iconic proportions in the history of the terror network that targets the megalopolis. Pakistan’s eyes are fixated on India’s financial nerve centre.Fortunately they have failed to cripple it. The travesty is that it is not about India preventing an attack, but the ability of Pakistan and its jihad factory to willfully target India. The scale and magnitude of their attack stratagems are getting bigger, the designs fuelled by their innate hatred for India. Their psyche brutalised by the vivisection in 1971.advertisementDespite all this we want to play Pakistan in India. Why? Yes, it is a marvellous spectacle, crowds gather in the coliseums and decibel levels and passions run high, and jingoism gets a free run on both sides. But nationalism should prevail and India should step forward to take the lead in ostracising Pakistan from international sport. Sporting segregation on the lines of the sporting boycott of South Africa during the apartheid years is the only way forward instead of falling over ourselves to play with them. The rules of engagement should be delineated and strict enforceability should be ensured.Islolating South AfricaThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdrew its invitation to South Africa for the 1964 Summer Games because it realised that the team would not be racially integrated. In 1968, there was a move to readmit South Africa, but the threat of a boycott by African nations loomed large and the IOC changed its mind.In 1970, IOC formally expelled SA from the Olympics. Flashpoint was reached in the Montreal Games in 1976, when African nations raised Cain over the repression in South Africa and threatened a boycott if New Zealand was allowed to compete. Mind you, the Kiwi All Blacks rugby team had continued contact with South Africa. IOC didn’t relent, and the African nations pulled out of the Games. This brought matters to a head.Commonwealth nations signed on the dotted line ushering in the Gleneagles Agreement in 1977. The charter held that as part of their support for the international campaign against apartheid, they were uniting to discourage contact and competition between their sportsmen and sporting organisations with teams or individuals from South Africa.The Commonwealth was seen as a relevant body to impose a sporting ban on South Africa because several of the sports most popular among white South Africans were dominated by Commonwealth member-states – for example, cricket and rugby. This was a defining moment in South Africa’s history for it began the process of sporting isolation of the white supremacists in the country. The next big step came when the IOC adopted a declaration against ” apartheid in sport” on June 21, 1988, for the total isolation of apartheid sport. The ICC had imposed a moratorium on cricket tours to South Africa back in 1970.But lure of the krugerrand meant that cricketers trooped into South Africa, ban or no ban. From ‘ private teams’ replete with mercenaries under the banner of Derrick Robbins XI bankrolled by a millionaire of the same name, essentially made up of English cricketers, followed by the International Wanderers led by Greg Chappell, the embargo was breached repeatedly and with disdain. Till the Soweto Uprising and civil strife in South Africa.In the early 1980s, the rand once again became the flavour of the season.South African rebel tours, as many as seven of them, came at a rapid pace between 1982 and 1990. The first tour saw Graham Gooch captain a strong English contingent. In a veritable coup, a Sri Lankan XI was cobbled up under the leadership of Bandula Waranapura only to be summarily thrashed by the South Africans. But to bring a Sri Lankan team to SA in those tumultuous days was a staggering achievement. What followed was mayhem.advertisementLure of the KrugerrandTop-of-the-line West Indian cricketers rebelled and toured South Africa for anything between $ 100,000-120,000 each. Star cricketers such Lawrence Rowe, Collis King, Sylvester Clarke, Colin Croft and Bernard Julien showed SA spectators their prowess, matching their star cricketers punch for punch. The first series, again organised in secret and conducted on the hoof, set up a fierce battle when the West Indians returned for a full tour the following season. Clarke was by now the dominant player on either side, claiming four five-wicket hauls in the 2-1 ‘ Test’ series win. The West Indian XI also won the one- day series 4-2 with the Springboks looking ragged and on the run.Such was the intensity of battle that the South African batsmen had to wear helmets for the first time as the Windies pacers pounded them with shortpitched bowling. This wasn’t all. Two tours by Australian teams followed under the leadership of Kim Hughes. Top Oz cricketers such as Terry Alderman, Rodney Hogg and Carl Rackemaan were present on these tours. England under Mike Gatting became the last team to tour South Africa before their return to international cricket in 1991.One can argue that the power of pelf triumphed over the moratorium. Cricket too triumphed, particularly during the tough, unrelenting series against the West Indian rebels. But the message had gone home loud and clear to sport-loving South Africans. They were dried out, krugerrand or no rand.The BCCI’s love for lucre is well-known. That it is an autonomous body is also known, but to give in to pressure from PCB chief Zaka Ashraf is not the right thing to do. Mumbaikars, nay Indians, cannot remove the embedded images of the 26/ 11 carnage being played out in the corridors of their mind. The masterminds of the attack, the handlers, the assailants are all Pakistani and this is an inescapable fact. Sweat them out, play them only on international platforms. Isolate them, that is the only language they understand.last_img read more

BCCI to get $405 million from ICC

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL India is getting USD 266 million more than England, which will take home USD 139 million. cricket View of Cricket Centre at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   –  The Hindu COMMENTS Published on SHARE The BCCI will be getting USD 405 million as per the International Cricket Council’s revenue sharing model, which was agreed during the apex body’s annual conference in London.Originally, the ICC had agreed to give USD 293 million but, after hectic negotiations, its chairman Shashank Manohar agreed to increase it by USD 100 million. Finally, it was decided that USD 112 million more will be given to BCCI from the previously agreed amount.India is getting USD 266 million more than England, which will take home USD 139 million. Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are getting USD 128 million each. Zimbabwe will get USD 94 million.The revenue sharing model has been a bone of contention for BCCI as the world’s most influential cricket board had demanded USD 570 million, which was unacceptable to Manohar, himself a two-time former Board president.A Indian Cricket Board official told PTI that “the BCCI has agreed to the terms and conditions”. The BCCI, in fact, lost 1-13 when it was brought to vote at an earlier meeting. However, BCCI is still getting 22.8 per cent out of total revenue sharing of USD 1,536 million.The ECB gets 7.8 per cent while the other boards are getting 7.2 per cent. Zimbabwe is getting 5.3 per cent. While more than 86 per cent is given to Full Members, the remaining is shared between the ICC’s Associate Members.center_img View of Cricket Centre at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   –  The Hindu COMMENT × June 22, 2017 ICC halves BCCI revenue share RELATED last_img read more

Feroz Shah Kotla gets Delhi High Court’s nod to host World T20 matches

first_imgDDCA will hold matches of the upcoming T20 world cup under the supervision of Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal whose intervention has helped resolving several contentious issues between the cricket body and others, Delhi High Court said on Monday.The High Court, however, made it clear that South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will grant occupancy certificate to DDCA for conducting the T20 matches only if the cricketing body gets all requisite clearances from concerned authorities.A bench of justices S Muralidhar and Vibhu Bakhru said, “We will continue with the same arrangement under Justice Mudgal. Without Justice Mudgal, nothing would have been done and you all would have kept fighting with each other.”Considering that there will be at least seven matches as part of the world T20 which will be held at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium, we request Justice Mudgal to oversee the matches in terms of the court’s order dated November 18 and December 18 last year,” the bench added.It also asked Mudgal to ensure that functioning of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) be streamlined. “Without Justice Mudgal, the present improvement would not have been possible,” it said and asked DDCA to cooperate with him to ensure that his recommendations made earlier to the court were followed.The bench also asked Justice Mudgal to file a compliance report on March 3, ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 matches scheduled to begin from March 8.The court’s direction came on the plea of DDCA, which had moved the court against denial of permission by SMCD to hold match.advertisementThe High Court on November 18 last year had paved the way for DDCA to hold the fourth India-South Africa Test match and appointed Mudgal to oversee the affairs of the match. It had asked DDCA to get completion certificate from SDMC by March 31 to hold matches in furture.It had then asked him to submit his report with regard to the status of obtaining requisite clearances or other compliances before March 31.During the hearing, advocate Nitin Mishra submitted the status report prepared by Justice Mudgal on the steps taken by DDCA towards obtaining the clearances.Advocate Sangram Patnaik, appearing for DDCA, submitted that they had received most of the clearances from the concerned authorities and would get the remaining certificates within a week so that they can hold T20 World Cup matches.In the report, Justice Mudgal said that SDMC had pointed out 60 deviations from the original plan and DDCA had rectified a major portion of them while some of the issues were in the final stages of rectification.”DDCA has given an assurance that occupancy certificate from SDMC will be issued in another week,” it said.The report said that no objection certificates had been issued by Delhi Fire Services, electrical inspector and L&DO while the required certificate for structural engineering design has also been issued.Regarding the DUAC’s certificate, the report said that public art work had been initiated and its contract had been awarded to an artist recommended by the commission.”Work is in progress and NoC will be issued as soon as DDCA intimates to DUAC that the art work has been completed.”DUAC has also issued a letter dated February 5, 2016, stating the same,” the report said.It said that DDCA has also initiated the process of seeking temporary permissions from concerned departments for conducting the T20 matches and as per the assurances, the same would be granted before the World Cup matches.”DDCA is taking earnest steps for seeking permanent clearances/permissions from various departments and had assured that the permissions would be granted within a week,” the report said.The issue dates back to 2011 when DDCA filed a petition challenging a property tax assessment made by the MCD with regard to the stadium. The matter is still pending in the High Court.Thereafter, prior to holding a match at the stadium, the DDCA would move an application for provisional occupancy certificate as it did not have a completion certificate from MCD, for which an updated property tax return is also required besides no-objection certificates from various agencies.last_img read more

Lightning Zap The Blackhawks, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CHICAGO — Victor Hedman is throwing a party at the Stanley Cup Final, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are having a great time so far.Hedman had two assists while hounding Chicago’s elite group of forwards, and the Lightning beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on June 8 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.“To be able to contribute and see how much this means to Tampa is my No. 1 priority,” Hedman said. “Like I said all playoffs, I want to be a difference-maker on the ice on both ends, and it doesn’t matter what type of game it is and what game it is. I always want to try to get better.”Ryan Callahan, Ondrej Palat and Cedric Paquette scored in Tampa Bay’s second straight win, and Ben Bishop made 36 saves in a gutsy performance after he was questionable coming into the night. Game 4 is June 10 night in Chicago.Brad Richards and Brandon Saad scored for the Blackhawks and Corey Crawford finished with 29 stops. Marian Hossa had two assists after he missed a golden opportunity in the first period.“Just a couple of little bad habits that ended up hurting us,” captain Jonathan Toews said. “We’re all responsible for that.”Toews and Patrick Kane have seen a lot of Tampa Bay’s top defensive pairing of Hedman and Anton Stralman through the first part of the final, and the two key scorers for the Blackhawks have combined for just one point. Hedman also has contributed two assists in each of the last two games.“Victor Hedman, what he’s doing, I mean, this is clearly his coming-out party,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “He sets that one up and then makes a big-time play on the winner. He was a monster out there tonight.”The third consecutive one-goal game in the final was tied at 1 after two periods, and then tied again after the teams exchanged goals in a 13-second burst in the third.But Hedman helped the Lightning take the lead for good when he skated into the corner and made a perfect pass to Paquette in the middle for his third goal of the playoffs with 3:11 remaining, silencing the United Center crowd of 22,336.“Hedy got the puck at the blue line,” Paquette said. “I just went to the net, he gave it to me. I waited until the goalie couldn’t see the puck.”After nearly two days’ worth of speculation, Bishop led the Lightning out of the tunnel for warmups and got the start in goal. He participated in the morning skate, but there was no definitive word on his status until he was announced as the starter right before the game.The 6-foot-7 Bishop left two different times during the third period of Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory in Game 2 on June 6. The team has not provided a reason for his twin departures, but he appeared to be dealing with some sort of groin or leg injury as he struggled to get up and down for much of the night. He shed no light on the situation after Game 3.“It’s going to take a lot not to play in a Stanley Cup Final game personally,” Bishop said.The Lightning got the first goal for the fourth straight time when Hedman made a terrific stretch pass to an open Callahan for a big drive over Crawford’s left shoulder at 5:09 of the first.The Blackhawks dominated the rest of the period. Hossa wasted a prime opportunity when his shot on an open net was wide left as he tumbled to the ice. Teuvo Teravainen also shot it wide on a good look while Bishop struggled to move around the goal.Tampa Bay defenseman Braydon Coburn was sent off for hooking with 7:18 left, and the Blackhawks capitalized on their first power-play opportunity. With Andrew Shaw lurking in front of the goal, Richards’ big slap shot went off the top of Bishop’s glove and into the net for his third goal of the playoffs.“I liked their first period,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We had two empty nets and didn’t capitalize on either one. We still had 1-1. Scored a big power-play goal, got some excitement. The crowd was there. I thought we had a good first, they had a good second. Third was even. Tough loss.”(JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Marquez Surges Ahead On Final Lap To Win San Marino GP

first_imgMISANO ADRIATICO, Italy — Marc Marquez passed Fabio Quartararo on the final lap for a dramatic victory in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday to increase his lead atop the MotoGP standings to nearly 100 points.Marquez started fifth but quickly worked his way through the field to set up a duel with Quartararo.Race winner Spain’s Marc Marquez celebrates in the MotoGP race during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Going full throttle into a high-speed left turn, Marquez had to put his left foot down on the track to stabilize his bike as he got the better inside line to take the lead heading into the finish.In the standings, Marquez moved 93 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth, as he seems all but assured of a sixth title in the top division.Maverick Vinales finished third.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Badminton Asia Championships: Saina, Sindhu, Sameer sail into quarters

first_imgAce Indian women shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu registered straight-game wins to sail into the quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship here Thursday.London Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who was the last Indian to take the court on Thursday, needed just 38 minutes to get the better of Kim Ga Eun of Korea 21-13, 21-13 to enter the last eight round of the women’s singles event.Saina, seeded seventh, has a tough next encounter as she will be up against third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.The other Indian in fray, Sindhu, seeded fourth, took just 33 minutes to get the better of Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-15, 21-19 in a one-sided women’s singles match.The world number six will next play the unseeded Cai Yanyan of China in the quarterfinals.Sindhu wins her match! @Pvsindhu1 enters quarterfinal of #asianbadmintonchampionship2019 after she defeated ’ Choirunnisa Choirunnisa 21-15 21-19!!Good luck for the rest of the tournament!#IndiaontheRise #Badminton Media (@BAI_Media) April 25, 2019Besides the female duo, Sameer Verma too continued his impressive run by progressing to the men’s singles quarterfinals.Sameer brushed aside Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus 21-12 21-19. He will next face either Thai shuttler Sitthikom Thammasin or second seeded Shi Yuqi of China.India’s mixed doubles pair of Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar crashed out in the second round after losing 21-10 21-15 to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia.There was another defeat in store in the mixed doubles as the combination of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan too perished in the second round after losing 10-21 9-21 against second seeded Chinese duo of Yilyu Wang and Dongping Huang.advertisementAlso Read | Badminton Asia Championships: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out after shock 1st-round lossAlso See:last_img read more

Kuldeep, Chahal will be more effective towards latter stage of World Cup: Michael Hussey

first_imgWrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be destructive towards the business end of the World Cup because pitches will be dry and it will put India in an advantageous position, reckons former Australia batsman Michael Hussey.Chahal has taken eight wickets in four matches while Chinaman Yadav, who came into tournament struggling for form, has managed to dismiss just three batsmen so far.However, Hussey said, it will change as the tournament progresses.”Looking at the Indian team, they are wonderfully balanced team. They have got all bases covered well and towards the back end of the tournament as the pitches (are)going to be dry and more used, the spinners would get to play more role,” Hussey told PTI in an interview.”And that is where India have got a big advantage over lot of other teams. They have got two quality wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal), who can be match-winners. India are brilliantly placed at the moment, they have got lot of fire power in different departments and I expect them to certainly get to the semi-finals and possibly the final,” Hussey, an ESPN Cricinfo expert, added.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan drew flak from various quarters but Hussey, who has worked closely with him at Chennai Super Kings, did not read too much into it.”I think he (Dhoni) is crucially important to this Indian team. It’s difficult, coming in and trying to bat against these mystery spinners, rotate the strike, it is challenging. You are not sure which way the ball is turning.advertisement”On a slow pitch, it makes pretty tough (for) batting. The other batsman (Kedar Jadhav) was also struggling to rotate strike (in the Afghanistan) game. So I wouldn’t be stressing too much on it.”Dhoni plays the fast bowlers early in the innings, he can rotate them a little-bit easier. I think Afghanistan was one of trickier games for someone like MS,” he added.Hussey also said that defending champions Australia have a great chance to retain the title.”I think they have a great chance now because they have qualified for the semi-finals. The team is playing is playing well. The top order (skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner) is doing a great job with the bat and Mitchell Starc with the ball.”I have been little bit worried about the fourth and fifth bowling options for Australia, but they are starting to get better, with someone like (Jason) Behrendorff coming in, and who has done a good job in the last match. I thought Nathon Lyon also did a good job.”Australia have a proud record in history of World Cup and they want to keep that going, they know how to win those big games,” said Hussey, who played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs.Asked if Australia were too dependent on their opening pair, Hussey many teams including India depend on a couple of key players.”You look at New Zealand, it is dependent on (Kane) Williamson, India are very dependent on Rohit (Sharma) and Virat Kohli, so every team has its key players and it is about other guys pulling good performances when needed and Australian team can do that.”(Usman) Khawaja had a good knock, (Steve) Smith had a good knock, Glenn Maxwell has got that X-factor and we haven’t probably seen the power of Marcus Stonis yet but on his day he can be destructive.”They haven’t had to play big roles just yet because the likes of Warner, Finch and probably Smith to a lesser degree have done a good job so far,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni will regret the way he started vs West Indies, says VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso See:last_img read more

Penn State Running Back CJ Holmes Is Making A Big Position Change

first_imgLong shot of Beaver Stadium for a "White Out" at Penn State.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Beaver Stadium during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2014 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)With the upcoming season less than two months away, Penn State running back CJ Holmes is embracing a change to his position. It wouldn’t be the first time that he experienced something completely different in his collegiate career.Holmes began his career at Notre Dame before getting dismissed. In his first year of college football, the former four-star tailback had eight carries for 32 rushing yards.After his time with the Fighting Irish came to an end, Holmes joined Penn State as a walk-on.The Nittany Lions already have plenty of options in their backfield, which could leave minimal snaps for Holmes. Instead of staying in a crowded backfield, he’ll try to help Penn State on the other side of the football. On Tuesday, the Nittany Lions revealed that Holmes will be a safety for the upcoming season. This position change was in the works throughout spring camp.Switching from running back to safety might sound unnatural, but scouting reports on Holmes have always spoke highly of his ability to play multiple positions.From 247Sports:“Defensively, Holmes can play safety and has the speed to cover to the sidelines, and he play physical in the running game. He also will come up and take on a block and make a tackle. … He is long and he changes direction well. He is instinctual in the running game and he has the athleticism and speed to cover.”Penn State only has one returning starter at safety, which means plenty of opportunities should be available for Holmes.It’ll be interesting to see how Holmes handles the position change this fall.[247Sports]last_img read more

Maersk and Vale Secure Space at Ningbo-Zhoushan

first_imgzoom Chinese Ningbo-Zhoushan port and shipping conglomerate A.P. Møller Mærsk Co have signed an agreement to expand cooperation and accelerate joint development projects.According to the agreement, the port and Maersk will establish comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and deepen cooperation mainly in port-shipping business, terminal operation, logistic projects, personnel training and communication.The port said that it will be appointed as the key transfer and distribution center for Maersk Line in Northeast Asia. The parties will jointly operate No. 3 to No. 5 berths of Meishan Phase I container terminal project, and establish all-round cooperation in logistics by setting up Maersk logistic base in the port.Image Courtesy: Ningbo-Zhoushan portAdditionally, Ningbo-Zhoushan port and Brazil-based mining company Vale have decided to further extend their cooperation in iron ore logistics as the company plans to start using the port’s Beilum ore terminal for its ore blending operations from March 2016.The move comes in the light of Vale’s recently conducted site inspection at the Beilun ore terminal, as the company plans to start doing business at the port’s Shulang Lake ore transfer terminal as soon as it qualified for ore blending.Through their cooperation, the company and the port, which owns 3 of 7 berths in four ports able to receive and berth 400,000-dwt ships, should provide loading and unloading of ore, storage and bonded warehouse, ore blending and distribution businesses.Vale projects that its production capacity will increase to 450 million tons by 2018, while the company’s annual export to China has exceeded 200 million tons.last_img read more

Dave Koz Teams With The Salvation Army To Help LGBTQ Hurricane Survivors

first_imgAfter twenty years of sold out Christmas tours and five celebrated holiday albums within as many years, saxophonist Dave Koz has done his share – and then some – to help to make the season bright.Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary ChristmasThis year he has reassembled his original holiday lineup – pianist David Benoit, trumpeter Rick Braun and acoustic guitarist Peter White – for the making of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas, an album that features brand new recordings of classic Christmas songs.The September 29, 2017, release of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas on Concord Records sets the stage for Koz and this same lineup to go back on the road in late November for the 2017 holiday season.“If you had asked me twenty years ago, I would never in a million years believed that we’d be doing Christmas tours two decades later,” says Koz. “But here we are, still doing it, and it’s going as strong as ever! So with twenty years under our belts, it seemed like a great reason to celebrate, and that’s why we decided to include the original cast of our Christmas tour. It’s our chance to go back to the very beginning and celebrate the relationships that this whole journey was built on.”Additionally, in the spirit of coming together and giving to those in need, Dave Koz has teamed up with The Salvation Army to help hurricane survivors within the specific LGBTQ communities by donating proceeds from the aforementioned. The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve people in need without discrimination and will use the gift to provide practical emergency relief and long-term recovery to hurricane survivors in partnership with and by referral from LGBTQ advocacy and service organizations in the disaster-affected areas.“The survivors of these tragic hurricanes and those within the LGBTQ community, will be suffering for months perhaps years later and I hope that my contribution will help them to rebuild some part of their lives,” said Dave Koz.“We’re very grateful that Dave Koz will support survivors of the recent hurricanes through The Salvation Army. We want to thank him for his kindness and his generosity to people who will need our help to rebuild and restart their lives. Millions of people will be affected by the hurricanes and we’ll be there to serve all who come to us with need. The Salvation Army is in communities all over the affected areas helping people for the long term and his gift helps us do that,” said Chaz Watson Territorial Executive Director of Development for Salvation Army.In addition to the brilliant instrumental synergy of Koz, Benoit, Braun and White, Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas also includes a stellar lineup of guest vocalists: Selina Albright, Javier Colon, Kenny Lattimore, Gabriel Orengo and Jeffrey Osborne. In addition, several of the tracks are enhanced by the West European Symphony Orchestra. This confluence of instrumental, vocal and orchestral talent creates the peaceful, familial, home-centered vibe that everyone seeks at holiday time.“This is the kind of record that really sets a mood and stays with that mood,” says Koz. “The feeling and the image I get when I listen to it, is that quiet time after dinner when the kids are asleep, the fireplace is crackling, you’re enjoying an eggnog and you’re gazing at the tree with all the lights and trimmings. This music is perfect for that moment. It’s just a very chill, very beautiful collection of songs for that very peaceful time during the season.”The album talks about the world in general, but especially at Christmastime. “People are different at this time of year,” says Koz. “Christmastime brings out the best in everyone and we all look at the world with childlike joy and tend to appreciate things more. We often hear people say – why can’t it be like Christmas all year ’round.”Album highlights include; Orengo brings his expressive vocals to the Jose Feliciano classic “Feliz Navidad.” Koz calls the arrangement “a completely novel way of interpreting the song. Gabriel does this sort of Bruno Mars type of vocal delivery that’s so expressive and so in the moment.” Selina Albright’s heartfelt vocals bring a retro sensibility to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” but at the same time, “she has all the dexterity of a modern pop singer,” says Koz. “She takes it to another level, but never overdoes it. Her version sounds so true to what the song is all about.” “O Tannenbaum,” one of Koz’s all-time favorites, creates an opportunity for plenty of interplay between himself and his three bandmates. “At the end of the track, there’s a musical conversation that came about organically.”Indeed, home for Koz and his bandmates is any place where they feel a positive connection. It may be in your town, or even in your living room. “Oftentimes,” he says, “because we’ve been going back to some of the same venues over the course of twenty years for the Christmas tour, these places feel like our home – even if it’s just for two hours in one night in December. Likewise, the songs on Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas are all very important to those of us who recorded them. We’ve poured a lot of love and care into each song, and hope fans are filled with warmth, kindness and Christmas Spirit.”Dave Koz’s Christmas store features exclusive items to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Christmas album, including signed CDs, socks and a 7″ picture vinyl where fans can get a personal Happy Holidays intro from Dave. More here.last_img read more

Rinelle Harper doesnt remember attack that left her on deaths edge says

first_imgAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG—The first time Rinelle Harper’s father walked into the hospital’s intensive care unit to see his daughter she appeared so badly beaten he didn’t know if she would survive.An emotional Caesar Harper said he can’t get that image of his 16 year-old daughter out of his mind.“I didn’t know what was going to happen to her and she…looked so bad, beaten,” said Harper, during a press conference in Winnipeg Thursday. “It’s really hard to forget when I saw her at first, so I am glad she is going to be alive and well.”Harper said his daughter doesn’t remember the brutal attack that left her on death’s edge, half dressed, soaked and beaten by the Assiniboine River in the early morning hours of Nov. 8.“She doesn’t remember anything what happened to her,” he said.Winnipeg police say Rinelle Harper crawled out of the river after she was attacked by two males who then turned on her again and left her for dead in the midnight hours. Harper was found at 7 a.m. by a passerby and is now recovering in hospital.Two males, Justin Hudson, 20, and a 17 year-old, have been charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon.Harper has been making a strong recovery, her family said during the press conference. Harper’s mother Julie Harper said her daughter is already talking about going back to school.“She is getting better each day,” said the mother. “She’s already eager to go back to (school) and she wants to go back this week.”Rinelle Harper, who is originally from Garden Hill First Nation, was attending Southeast Collegiate in Winnipeg.Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Trudeau phoned Rinelle Harper Wednesday evening. According to Harper, Trudeau said she was “willing to fight on behalf of missing and murdered young women.”A spokesperson for Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed Sophie Trudeau’s call to Rinelle Harper happened.“She called, she felt compelled to call, like millions of other Canadians, in light of this tragedy,” said Cameron Ahmed. “She called because she was concerned and wanted to express support.”Grand Chief Harper compared Rinelle Harper’s survival to her uncle Elijah Harper’s famed eagle feather refusal to support the Meech Lake Accord in 1990.“A few years ago, Rinelle’s uncle stood before the (legislative assembly) and said no and this is the same thing Rinelle did in the Frigid water when she was attacked, beaten and left for dead,” said the grand chief. “She got back up from the water and she said no, this is not going to happen anymore and she got beaten again and she got back up and she said no more to violence, no more to violent deaths.”The grand chief said Rinelle would be making a public statement in the coming days.He also called for meetings between chiefs and Winnipeg’s new mayor.Hudson didn’t appear in Winnipeg court Thursday because he hasn’t secured a lawyer. He’s expected to appear read more

Geoscience BC Open House in Dawson Creek

first_imgGeoscience BC shares they have launched a new project to assess the potential amplification of ground movement associated with earthquakes generated by hydraulic fracturing and fluid injection in an area around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.According to Geoscience BC, the project addresses public concerns relating to seismicity and oil and gas industry activity in northeastern BC, especially in areas close to communities and infrastructure. The project will examine how seismic waves from earthquakes can potentially be amplified in specific shallow geological conditions. Lead researcher Dr. Patrick Monahan said, “Most recent studies in this area have focussed on the reduction of ground motion as you get further from the seismic event. But seismic ground motions can also be amplified significantly on sites underlain by certain sediments, compared to sites on bedrock or firm ground.” Geoscience BC Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas said, “The new science generated by this project will help us better understand which areas have the potential of increased ground motion during induced seismicity events associated with natural gas extraction. The information can be used by industry, regulators, communities in the Peace River Regional District and Indigenous groups to improve industry procedures to manage felt events.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – An open house is being held in Dawson Creek by Geoscience BC regarding a new project to assess the potential amplification of ground movement around Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.Join Geoscience BC staff and lead researcher Dr. Patrick Monahan to learn more about the project at the open house on the evening of Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre – Meeting Room 1, 10401 10 Street, Dawson Creek.The event is free and open to anyone to attend. , light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided, register for the event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

3 JeM terrorists responsible for attack on police post arrested

first_imgSrinagar: There Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, involved in Friday’s attack on a police post here, have been arrested, police said here on Sunday.”We have arrested three persons so far in connection with the Chanapora attack case,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Srinagar Haseeb Mughal told reporters here. The SSP identified the arrested terrorists as Mushtaq, Junaid and Latief. Mughal said the three belonged to JeM and were involved in the attack on the Chanapora police post in which a sentry was injured. They had also made a failed attempt to snatch his rifle. “We collected the digital evidence and strengthened the intelligence grid after the attack. We focussed on the suspects already on our radar. We picked them up, questioned them and during questioning, one of them confessed and gave us further details about the group, he said. Giving details of the attack, the SSP said the three came to Chanapora on a motorcycle, but left it some distance away from the police post. One of them, named Junaid, went inside the police post with the excuse of tracking the status of passport verification. He checked the place and when he saw that the sentry there had no visible backup, he came out and told his accomplices that perhaps there is no backup for the sentry, so he (sentry) can be targeted. Then he came back to the post and was accompanied by another person named Mushtaq who was wearing a pheran and a helmet. When Mushtaq was asked to remove the pheran for undergoing search, he took out a pistol and fired on the sentry, the SSP said, adding the sentry was injured and is undergoing treatment at SKIMS Hospital at Soura. The senior police official said the terrorists also tried to snatch the rifle of the injured sentry but had to leave it because the gun was clamped with a chain to his belt. In the meantime, the other policemen fired and they fled from the spot, he said. He said police have recovered a Chinese pistol, two magazines and six live rounds from them. The motorcycle has also been recovered, he said, adding further investigations in the case were on. Mughal said Mushtaq, a postgraduate from Kashmir University, was in touch with a JeM cadre, named Sameer from Pulwama district of south Kashmir, and has been associated with the group for about a year. “Sameer and Mushtaq were classmates in KU. It was on Sameer’s direction that they tried to loot weapons in Srinagar, he said.last_img read more

Gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka seized in Tamil Nadu

Indian authorities have seized gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka after detaining two people, The Hindu newspaper reported.Close on the heels of Q Branch police seizing 6.856 kg of gold biscuits smuggled from Sri Lanka, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 9.293 kg of gold biscuits, also smuggled from Sri Lanka, in Thondi in Tamil Nadu after detaining two persons. Acting on specific intelligence, DRI teams from Thoothukudi and Madurai made the seizure at the Thondi bus stand when the two persons – acting as agents of smugglers — came to board a bus to Chennai, DRI officials said. Enquiries revealed that a person received the contraband from a contact in Sri Lanka on the high seas off Thondi and brought it to the shore. On being handed over, the two persons, identified as Saravanan (40) and Ramadoss (41), set to carry the smuggled gold to Chennai when the officials intercepted them. The accused were in possession of eight gold biscuits with foreign markings and each weighed one kg, the officials said, adding few of the pieces were found moulded. The accused, who hailed from Paramakudi, would be produced before the jurisdictional magistrate court in Madurai and remanded in judicial custody, the officials said.The DRI has made the seizure a week after the Q Branch police had seized 6.856 kg of gold after detaining a person at Mandapam south fishing jetty on November 20. This was DRI’s major seizure after it had seized 28 kg of gold biscuits, smuggled from Sri Lanka in three different places, including the East Coast Road, near here and Sayalkudi in July. read more

Local Somalis support abduction accused in Hamilton court

A bail hearing has been set for a woman arrested in Hamilton, accused of defying a court order and leaving England with her sons.Anisa Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, was arrested in downtown Hamilton earlier last month, where she’d been living under another name. About 30 people from the Somali community in Hamilton and Toronto showed up at the John Sopinka Courthouse to support Ibrahim during an appearance to set dates for bail and extradition hearings. The bail hearing happens October 9th and is expected to take a full day; the extradition hearing happens December 4th. Ibrahim has been in jail since her August 13th arrest. The judge was concerned that Ibrahim may not make bail and will remain in jail until December. However her counsel requested the later extradition hearing.She is accused of unlawful abduction of her 8 and 10-year-old sons and disobeying a court order in the United Kingdom. She allegedly traveled from Manchester, England to Toronto on April 13th, 2010. Police got a tip the trio was living near Main and Ferguson in downtown Hamilton.After Ibrahim’s arrest the kids were in the care of the Children’s Aid Society. Her husband was thrilled the police finally found them. Ibrahim is facing child abduction charges in the United Kingdom. Her uncle Mohamed told CHCH News that he hopes to bail his niece out of jail, and the reason they left England was that her husband is abusive; adding that when she arrived here in Canada her body was covered in bruises. read more

Suspect arrested in multiple shop smash and grabs

Suspect arrested in multiple shop smash and grabs Thinkstock. by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 22, 2015 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A 46-year-old man has been charged with 14 breaks and enters, targeting shops and small businesses in Calgary’s southwest. Dallas Morris Shaw was also arrested on an outstanding Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large and three other outstanding Alberta-wide warrants for break and enters to commit theft. Between July 4th and 14th, several businesses in the area of Macleod Trail and 42nd Avenue S.W. were targeted by a man who would get in by breaking a glass window and then stealing items and cash. A suspect was identified using CCTV footage. Last Thursday, a man was arrested in the 300 block of 61st Avenue S.W. read more

British CV exports up a third with nine in 10 bound for

Overseas demand for UK-built vans, trucks and buses up by 34.7% in 2015.88% of commercial vehicles exported in 2015 went to European markets.Figures underline the importance of EU membership to Britain’s automotive industry.Exports of British-built commercial vehicles (CVs) jumped by more than a third last year, with almost nine in 10 destined for EU countries, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 47,052  of the 94,479 CVs made in Britain left UK shores in 2015 – up 34.7% over the previous year, and accounting for half (49.8%) of overall production. Of these, 41,428 (88%) went to markets within the EU.The figures are a further indication of the recovery of Britain’s CV sector, driven by resurgent European markets where new registrations increased 12.4% in 2015.1 That the majority of British commercials exported were built for sale on the continent is another demonstration of the importance of the EU as a trading partner for the UK automotive industry. In a recent survey of SMMT members, access to European markets came out as the top benefit of EU membership for their businesses.2Second in the export destination rankings was Asia, accounting for 6.3% of exports, followed by Oceania (2.4%), non-EU European countries (2.1%), Africa (0.6%), and North and South America (0.4%).British CV manufacturing is in demand worldwide, with varying trends emerging within different market segments. Almost three quarters (71.6%) of CVs exported in 2015 were vans – with every single one destined for the EU, while Europe was also the biggest market for light 4x4s and smaller, rigid 2-axle trucks.The picture was very different for buses, however. While two thirds (66.5%) of buses built in Britain were sold here, particularly strong demand for double-deckers in Asia resulted in 90.3% of UK bus exports, amounting to some 1,025 vehicles, being shipped to the region.Large trucks, meanwhile, were most popular in Oceania, with 76.8% of the rigid 3/4-axle and articulated trucks exported from the UK in 2015 finding a home there.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “British-built vans, trucks and buses are playing an increasing role in the global economy, with vehicles being sent to countries on every continent. The growth in overseas demand for high quality commercials is a huge credit to Britain’s commercial vehicle makers, and serves as a timely reminder of the EU’s vital importance as a trading partner to UK Automotive.”1. ACEA data2. SMMT survey of members’ views on Europe, March 2016: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State releases contracts of Ryan Pedon Mike Schrage and

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State on Friday released the contracts of its three recently hired men’s basketball assistant coaches – Ryan Pedon, Mike Schrage and Terry Johnson.Though coach Chris Holtmann received an eight-year deal, each assistant’s contract will expire after two seasons – on June 30, 2019.Pedon will make $395,000, Schrage will be paid $325,000 and Johnson will earn $300,000 in base salary, from June 14 to Aug. 31, 2018. Each assistant will be eligible to receive raises on Sept. 1, 2018 if approved by the Board of Trustees.Pedon, Schrage and Johnson will be eligible to earn additional compensation if the team performs well in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.If the Buckeyes are Big Ten champions, each assistant will earn an 8.5 percent increase to their base salary. They’ll also receive an 8.5 percent raise if the team advances to the Final Four. If Ohio State wins the national championship, each assistant will earn a 15 percent raise to their base salaries.Each assistant will also be provided eight men’s basketball season tickets and four football season tickets. The trio will individually receive a $600 per month stipend to use to cover automobile costs.Unlike Holtmann, the assistant coaches are not eligible to receive additional compensation based on the academic performance of the student-athletes. read more