Bihar gang-rape: Students blackmailed schoolgirl with video

first_imgSix persons, including a school principal and a teacher, who were arrested in connection with the rape of a Class IX student in Saran district of Bihar, were produced in court on Saturday. The girl had accused 18 persons of sexually exploiting her for seven months from December last.“We’ve arrested the principal, a teacher and four students and produced them in court…,” Ajay Kumar Singh, Deputy Superintendent, Saran, told journalists. The incident happened at a private school at Parsagarh.The girl said in her complaint that three students had gang-raped her in the school’s toilet in December last, and one of them made a video of the act. Using the video, they forced her to have sex with other students. When she brought the matter to the notice of the school administration, the principal and two teachers began sexually exploiting her. The principal denied the charge against him.last_img read more

9 arrested for attack on 34 schoolgirls in Bihar

first_imgOn a day when the Supreme Court took suo motu cognisance and expressed concern over the attack on 34 schoolgirls in Bihar’s Supaul, the district administration on Monday arrested nine persons, including five women, in the case.The girls were beaten up by a group of men and boys for resisting harassment in Triveniganj in Supaul district. Among the injured girls, three were referred to the Supaul district hospital for further treatment.Hunt on for othersThe District Magistrate of Supaul, Baidyanath Yadav, on Monday told journalists that nine people, including five women and four boys, have been arrested in the case, and others would be nabbed soon. In all, 14 people have been named in the First Information Report (FIR) lodged at the local Triveniganj Police Station. A police camp led by a magistrate has been set up inside the school campus to thwart any untoward incident.SC’s censureEarlier, while taking suo motu cognisance of the incident, the Supreme Court on Monday expressed deep concern over newspaper reports on the incident. “Thirty-four girls were beaten up because they wanted to protect themselves from molestation. How could you treat children like this? These kinds of problems are arising day in, day out,” observed the top court.On Saturday, 34 girl students of the Kasturba Gandhi Residential School in the Daparkha village of Triveniganj in Supaul district, about 250 km from Patna, were beaten and thrashed by a group of people from neighbouring village, after they resisted harassment and eve-teasing.last_img read more

Check spread of Khalistan movement: Punjab CM

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that reports of the appointment of a wanted Khalistani terrorist to spearhead the ‘Khalistan Referendum 2020’ campaign by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ) has exposed the true motive and intent behind the separatist movement.Captain Amarinder urged the Centre to press the global community to join India in cracking down on this grave threat to its peace and security.Capt. Amarinder in a statement said that the SFJ has roped in Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was on the wanted persons’ list that he had shared with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during their meeting in Amritsar in February 2018, and it was a matter of serious concern.‘Proactive stand’ He urged Mr. Trudeau “not to play with fire by allowing such elements to use the Canadian territory to disrupt India’s peace and stability”, and called upon the Indian government to take a more proactive stand in dealing with such forces trying to unleash trouble in the country, particularly Punjab, from other parts of the world. Capt. Amarinder also expressed concern over Canada’s failure to rein in such hardline elements. “It was in the interest of any administration in Canada to check the spread of such forces on its soil,” he said, cautioning that allowing the perpetuation of such elements would be detrimental to Canada’s own safety and security in the long run. He pointed out that Nijjar was accused by India of running a terror camp in British Columbia. , and also accused of target killings in India and conducting weapons training for terrorists in the West.last_img read more

Meet the man with the golden shirt!

first_imgJames Bond’s rival had a golden gun. This school dropout is acquiring a golden shirt that weighs four kilograms and costs a staggering Rs 1.30 crore.But then, Pankaj Parakh, a school dropout who made his fortune from his garment fabrication business and who is a corporator to boot, is no stranger to opulence. Whenever he ventures on to the streets in Yeola, 260 km from Mumbai, women stare at him and men glare at him as he is adorned with gold jewellery weighing at least two-three kg.Now, at a special function on his 45th birthday on Friday, Parakh will wear his latest acquisition at a huge gathering that will include the likes of Maharashtra Tourism Minister Chhagan Bhujbal of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and around a dozen legislators of different parties and celebs.With the shirt and its seven gold buttons, Parakh hopes to enter the Guinness World Records and the Limca Book of Records.”Gold has always fascinated me since I was five years old and studying in school. Over the years, I have become passionate about this royal metal. I have got this special shirt stitched to mark my 45th birthday this Friday,” Parakh told IANS in an exclusive tete-a-tete here.The shirt was designed by Bafna Jewellers of Nashik, 85 km away, and meticulously executed by Shanti Jewellers at Parel in Mumbai, where a team of around 20 select artisans spent 3,200 hours over the past two months to ‘stitch’ it.Parakh, who took delivery in Mumbai, offered a sneak peek of his treasured shirt and even wore it for a darshan of the city’s famed Siddhivinayak Temple before posing for some pictures near the temple, while curious onlookers watched from a distance.advertisementHe said that the gold used in the shirt is of 18-22 carat purity, without any mixture of any other metals – and the entire deal is properly accounted for (an assurance to snoopy tax sleuths!).Though made of gold, the shirt is fully flexible and comfortable, absolutely smooth and harmless and with a thin cloth lining the inside to avoid rubbing the body.Besides, it can be washed and hung-dried, and if torn or damaged, can be repaired and modified with a lifetime guarantee of durability, Parakh said.Recounting his love for gold, Parakh said that in his youth, he could not afford much as he left school after Class 8 and plunged into the family garments business in Yeola, a town of some 60,000 where he is an NCP corporator.”Yet, for my marriage 23 years ago, many guests considered me an embarrassment as I sported more gold than the bride,” he recalled with a chuckle.Over the years, after taking care of all his family’s needs – a good house looked after by wife Pratibha and higher education for his two doting sons Siddharth (22) and Rahul (19), both now in college – Parakh likes to plough back his excess income to finance his passion for acquiring a gilded edge.”My family is hardly impressed or interested in my love for gold. They just ignore and accept it as a part of domestic life. But the rest of my extended family thinks I am weird,” Parakh laughed.Parakh remembered that when the family attends weddings, he adorns himself with around three kg gold ornaments while his wife looks stark with her 40-50 grams!”In public, when I go around Yeola, or meet my constituents, I get extreme reactions – some say I flash my wealth, others feel I am poking fun at people’s poverty, though women are usually silent observers,” he smiled.However, he felt that though there are many wealthy people in the country, it is his passion for gold – and sheer guts, bolstered by his licensed revolver – that makes him wear so much of the precious yellow metal.After launching his independent garment business in 1982, he also plunged into politics and has been an elected corporator since 1991.Yeola is renowned for its Paithani silk saris and the Shalu and Pitamber varieties of saris, considered nationally-recognised brands.However, despite all the glitter of gold, Parakh turns out to be a genuine, down-to-earth and caring human being, deeply involved in a variety of social and educational activities.For instance, he has fully financed 120 polio operations in the past five years through the renowned Narayan Seva Sansthan Hospital of Udaipur in Rajasthan.”I spend at least a week each year to offer voluntary services at the 1,000-bedded hospital, the biggest and best for polio treatment in India. I also arrange for any requirements of the poor patients like food, medicines, surgery and blankets, from which I get immense satisfaction,” Parakh said.advertisementLast year Datta Fuge, a businessman from Pimpri-Chinchwad, entered the Guinness World Records with a gold shirt costing Rs.1.27 crore – a record that Parakh hopes to break this year.Other prominent ‘gold men’ in Maharashtra include Jagdish Gaikwad of Navi Mumbai (Thane), who rarely ventures outdoors without 3-4 kg gold and the late Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader from Pune, Ramesh Wanjale, and to a certain extent, Guinness Record holder and famed music director Bappi Lahiri of Mumbai.last_img read more

Houston Takes Down Yanks, 1-0

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees relievers Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances each pitched an inning in their spring training debuts March 7, a 1-0 loss to the Houston Astros.Miller struck out Alex Bregman with two on to end the sixth. Miller will start the regular season as New York’s closer while Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-game suspension under baseball’s new domestic violence policy,Betances allowed the lone run in the seventh on Max Stassi’s double to left-center that should have been caught. Stassi then scored on Andrew Aplin’s double.“There’s plenty of time,” Miller said. “Being healthy is the most important thing.”The Yankees were an AL-best 73-2 when ahead after seven innings and 81-0 with a lead entering the ninth last year, with Betances and Miller at the back of the bullpen.Acquired from Cincinnati, Chapman threw a simulated game March 6 and could soon pitch in an exhibition for the first time this year.Mike Fiers gave up two hits and walked one over two innings in his first spring training start for the Astros. He worked out of jams in both innings against a lineup that featured six starters, including Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez.“As a pitcher, you want that,” Fiers said. “You want to pitch against their guys. You want to see the swings, and you want to pitch off that. It was a good day overall. Just another stepping stone.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 8

first_imgIndian sprinters Muhammed Anas, Hima Das and Dutee Chand claimed silver medals after India earned two bronze medals in Bridge and another two silver in Equestrian at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday.India won a total of seven medals on Day 8 and now have won a total of 36 medals — 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.Govindan Lakshmanan was stripped of his bronze medal in the men’s 10,000m after he was disqualified for lane infringement. Lakshmanan had finished the race in third with an impressive time of 29:44.91, but China’s Changhong Zhao would now take home the bronze medal. Reigning Asian champion Muhammed Anas completed the race in 45.69 seconds to be second, while Hima Das clocked a national record mark of 50.79 seconds to take the second place in the women’s race. Dutee Chand clocked 11.32 seconds to win women’s 100m silver at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverThe other two Indian competitors in the races, Rajiv Arokia and Nirmala finished fourth. While Rajiv timed 45.84 seconds to complete the men’s 400m race, Nirmala finished the race in 52.96 seconds.The men’s title went to Qatar’s Abdalelah Hassan, who completed the race in 44.89 seconds as he fended off Anas, who has a personal best of 45.31 seconds. Anas’ personal best mark had given him a fourth-place finish in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordIn the women’s race, Bahrain’s Salwa Naser produced a Games record timing of 50.09 seconds to finish ahead of 18-year-old Hima, who had renewed the Indian record of 51.00 seconds on Saturday in the semi-finals.advertisementLater in the day, Dutee Chand clinched the silver medal in the women’s 100m final.Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceDutee clocked 11.32 seconds to earn the silver. The gold medal went to Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain, who clocked 11.30s while China’s Yongli Wei took the bronze, clocking 11.33s. The Indian mixed bridge team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand. (Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore/Twitter)India earned two bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.The men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeIndia’s Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal at the Equestrian Jumping Final and his valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event.Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medallist Yoshiaka Oiwa, who scored 22.70. China’s Alex Tian Hua finished third with 27.10 points.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianIn the team event, India, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh and Mirza, finished with 121.30 behind Japan’s 82.40 to get a silver. Thailand finished third with 126.70 points. Tajinderpal Singh broke the games record to win men’s shot put gold at Asian Games 2018. (AP Photo)Day 7: WRAPTajinderpal Singh Toor won India’s first medal in athletics as he broke the Games Record and the National Record after all three squash players returned with bronze after losing in the respective semi-finals.Tajinderpal Singh Toor wins gold in shot put with Games RecordThe 23-year-old Toor sent the iron ball to a national record distance of 20.75m to win his maiden Asian Games medal on the opening day of the athletics competition.India won three bronze medals in squash, which is the best ever performance in the singles squash event.Saurav Ghosal settles for bronzeTop seed Saurav Ghosal lost to Chung Ming Au of Hong Kong China 12-10 13-11 6-11 6-11 6-11 in the men’s singles semifinals.Joshna Chinappa goes down fightingAs for the the Indian women, Dipika Pallikal Karthik lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia.Dipika Pallikal settles for bronzeJoshana Chinappa went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.Day 6: WRAPIndia won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingIndian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls.Rowing team wins fifth gold medal for IndiaIt was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.advertisementRowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double Sculls Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in men’s doubles tennis (Reuters Photo)Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis. Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisThe next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.India women settle for silver in Kabaddi Heena Sidhu bagged bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.Bronze for Heena SidhuThe last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisDay 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.Ankita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).advertisementSaurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.India bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Are We Going to See New Cleats This Season?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve already unveiled some new gear this summer, with a pretty clear shot of a new icy white helmet we can probably expect to see at some point this season.On Friday, running backs coach Marcus Arroyo dropped what could be a new addition to the equipment room for the season. Coach Arroyo posted a picture of some pretty sweet customized cleats with “Pistols Firing” down the side and a cool grey Pistol Pete that makes an appearance towards the heel of the shoe.”Champions behave like champions before they are champions!” #NEVERFLINCH #NOEXCUSES #BeACowboy— Coach Arroyo?OREGON® (@coacharroyoTheO) August 22, 2015AdChoices广告 Oklahoma State has consistently had some of the best gear in the Big 12 for years, but I feel that personally the shoe game is one area that could definitely improve the overall quality. Some of the best uniform combinations could definitely be enhanced with a little better selection of cleats, rather than the classic black Nike’s or black with white we are used to seeing.Josh Stewart wore the classic black Nike’s.Can you imagine seeing the custom grey and orange Nike’s with the orange jersey and black pants? Toooooo cold. What combo would you want to see these cleats with?last_img read more

Delhi CET 2019 result released @, how to check

first_img Next Delhi CET 2019 result released @, how to checkDelhi CET 2019 result: The Common Entrance Test (CET) 2019 results has been declared on Saturday, June 22, 2019 on the official website. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check result at India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 23, 2019UPDATED: June 23, 2019 11:45 IST DTTE has declared the result for the CET on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check result at official website, CET 2019 result: The Delhi Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) has declared the result for the Common Entrance Test (CET) on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Earlier, the Delhi CET 2019 results were scheduled to be released on June 21 around 10 pm. All the candidates who appeared for the CET 2019 can check their scores on the official website, the link for which is CET 2019 result: How to checkLog on to the official website: cetdelhi.nic.inOn the homepage, click on “CET – 2019 Result”Enter your CET Roll Number, Application number and Security pinClick on submitResults will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future referenceREAD:Yoga will now be a part of Nepal curriculumDelhi CET 2019: CounsellingCounselling process is expected to start from June 22 for the session which will commence from August 1, 2019.About Delhi CET 2019 exam:The DTTE plans to admit students to first semester/first year for the academic session 2019-20 for various full-time Diploma Programmes (Engineering and Non-Engineering) being offered at Institutes affiliated with the Board of Technical Education (BTE), Delhi, through the Common Entrance Test (CET- 2019).About DTTEDepartment of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) is making a significant contribution in this direction by imparting technical education and technological skills through various courses of study at different levels. Full time Diploma Courses in Engineering & Technology, Occupational and Vocational, Secretarial & Management based disciplines are being offered at different AICTE approved Government Institutes of Technology, Government-Aided institute, Border Security Force Polytechnic and Privately Managed Polytechnics, affiliated with the Board of Technical Education, Delhi.advertisementREAD: Delhi University guidelines for sports trails out, date and venue decided READ: Odisha govt to provide transport cost to school students as per their attendanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPuja Kumari Yadav Tags :Follow Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE)Follow Delhi CET 2019Follow CET – 2019 ResultFollow Common Entrance Test (CET)last_img read more

Sumit Nagal enters final of Banja Luka Challenger

first_img Press Trust of India Banja LukaSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 21:17 IST Indian Tennis player Sumit Nagal (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal will face Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in the finalThis will be Nagal’s first title clash on ATP Challenger Tour since November 2017In the Challenger in Shanghai, top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran crashed out in the semifinalIndia’s Sumit Nagal sailed into the final of the Banja Luka Challenger with a straight-set win over Slovakia’s Filip Horansky here on Saturday.Nagal, placed at a career-best 174 right now, knocked out the fifth seed Horansky 7-6 (1) 6-2 in match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes.He will face Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in the final.This will be Nagal’s first title clash on ATP Challenger Tour since winning the Bengaluru open in November 2017.Last month Nagal made his maiden Grand Slam appearance. The 22-year-old from Haryana came through three qualifying rounds of the US Open and took a set off Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the first round before losing 6-4 1-6 2-6 4-6.In the Challenger in Shanghai, top seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran crashed out in the semifinal. The Indian went down 6-7- 4-6 to Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama.Also Read | US Open champion Bianca Andreescu receives customised WWE beltAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sumit NagalFollow ATP tour Next Sumit Nagal enters final of Banja Luka ChallengerAfter defeating Slovakia’s Filip Horansky 7-6 (1) 6-2, India’s young Tennis star Sumit Nagal enters into the final of the Banja Luka Challenger.advertisementlast_img read more

What is Groundhog Day, Exactly?

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin Can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? February 2 is Groundhog Day, guys!In French, they call it Jour de la Marmotte. In Spanish, they call it Dia de los Hoglips. In German, it is known as GROUNDEN STAB MURDER DAG! Probably. That French one is actually true, though.At any rate, Groundhog Day is the thrilling day when a rodent from the Sciuridae family of marmots acts as a meteorologist. Well, that’s the premise anyway.Punxsutawney Phil in 1985. Bettmann/Getty ImagesAccording to tradition, if, on the appointed auspicious date, the eponymous rodent emerges from his (or her) burrow to find a cloudy sky above, springtime weather will come early that year. If said rodent comes out on a sunny February 2 and sees his (or her) shadow upon the ground, we’re all relegated to six more weeks of winter weather.Groundhog weather forecast: No shadow? Spring comes early. Shadow? Six more weeks of winter.Of course, spring officially starts on March 20 anyway, which, as it happens is only a few days more than six weeks, so this whole thing is toothless from the get-go.We’ll try not to editorialize too much here; instead, we’ll just lay out the facts. The American celebration of Groundhog Day was (likely) co-opted from a German tradition (and, no, it’s not GROUNDEN STAB MURDER DAG). The first mentions in the U.S date to the mid-19th century. By 1887, the holiday had gained sufficient traction to be officially recognized by the American government. The epicenter of the Groundhog Day festivities was, and remains to this day, the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.Punxsutawney Phil in 2014. Jeff Swensen/Stringer/Getty ImagesFor nearly 130 years, a group of Punxsutawney locals called the Groundhog Club have helped their town’s most famous resident, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, preside over the annual winter prognostication. For the record, there have been many Phils. Likely between 25-30, based on the average lifespan of these rodents.Groundhog NamesPunxsutawney PhilManitoba Merv (Winnipeg, Manitoba)Buckeye Chuck (Mario, Ohio)Jimmy the Groundhog (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin) How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations center_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Many towns across the Americas hold their own Groundhog Day celebrations, with little critters sporting names like Manitoba Merv (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Buckeye Chuck (Mario, Ohio), and Jimmy the Groundhog (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin — and might I take a moment here to say well done, Sun Prairie, you really went above and beyond with your name choice there). However, purists will tell you that Punxsutawney Phil is the only real deal when it comes to rodent-related forecasting.According to the Groundhog Club’s estimates, Phil is accurate in his predictions about 82 percent of the time. According to an independent and non-biased review of 40 years of prediction data, the little fellow is actually correct about 37 percent of the time.Oh well.Bill Murray downs coffee with Andie MacDowell in ‘Groundhog Day’ (1993). Archive Photos/Stringer/Getty ImagesSo, yes, Groundhog Day is kind of a silly phenomenon. However, without it, we would never have had the 1993 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day, which is a damn good film. It’s got laughs, love, and Bill Murray kidnapping Punxsutawney Phil. Everyone thinks they’ve seen it, or says they have, but have you? Seriously, if you’ve never seen Groundhog Day, use this as your excuse to do it and stop living the lie you’ve saddled yourself with for all these years.last_img read more

Toronto stock index begins 2018 hitting new record high loonie strengthens

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index cruised to a new record high in its first day of trading for the year, as the loonie gained ground on the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index surged 100.86 points to 16,309.99 on Tuesday, with energy and mining shares among major advancers on the commodity-heavy index.The February crude contract was down five cents to US$60.37 per barrel. A rally late in December sent oil to its highest price since June 2015.“Oil, up where it is right now, is maintaining that $60-plus level and at that price there are a lot of shale producers that are quite profitable,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.“And with the profitability of those shale producers we’re likely to see the supply response come on at this point. So it will be tough for prices to be maintained at these levels.”Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract was up 10 cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU, as the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher.The February gold contract added US$6.80 to US$1,316.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was down two cents to US$3.28 a pound.South of the border, technology and health-care companies jumped as U.S. stocks started 2018 the same way they spent the last one: rising steadily and setting records.“This time of the year the prognostications are often for the continuance of the trend and it’s going to continue until there’s some sort of hiccup,” said Jerusalim.“But for the time being people are still optimistic…. It’s almost that fear of missing out where investors are chasing returns. At some point there’s going to be a catalyst that changes that sentiment.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 104.79 points to 24,824.01. The S&P 500 index was up 22.20 points to 2,695.81 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 103.51 points to 7,006.90, both record highs.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of $79.89 cents US, up 0.18 of a U.S. cent.Jerusalim said the loonie’s strength has been surprising given the divergence of macro data coming out of North America.“The United States has been stronger as of late. Combine that with interest rate policies where people are expecting interest rates to move higher south of the border where they’re expected to say flat in Canada,” he said.“That should suggest that the stronger loonie is not going to be sustainable in the medium term.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

The Latest EU court adviser says Britain can stop Brexit

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):8:30 a.m.A top official at the European Union’s highest court is advising that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU.Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona has told the European Court of Justice that a decision by the British government to change its mind about invoking Article 50 would be legally valid. The advice of the advocate general is often, but not always, followed by the full court.The court is assessing the issue under an accelerated procedure, since Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29. The final verdict is expected within weeks.Since Article 50 of the EU treaty of Lisbon dealing with departing members is scant on details — largely because the idea of any country leaving the bloc was considered unlikely — a group of Scottish legislators wants to know whether the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own.The case comes as pressure builds from Brexit opponents for a second referendum on the decision to leave the bloc.___7:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is putting the fate of her Brexit deal in Parliament’s hands, saying lawmakers must back it to deliver on voters’ 2016 decision to leave the European Union and “create a new role for our country in the world.”May is due to address Parliament Tuesday, opening five days of debate before a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce agreement.Defeat would leave the U.K. facing a chaotic “no-deal” Brexit on March 29 and could topple the prime minister, her government, or both.Before the debate, May’s government faces another showdown with lawmakers over legal advice about the Brexit deal. Lawmakers are voting on a motion finding the government in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish the full guidance from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Torstar and Postmedia swap community newspapers 244 jobs cut

A number of community and daily newspapers will close as a result of a deal to swap more than 40 publications between TorStar Corp. and Postmedia Network Inc. Postmedia announced Monday it will shut down 21 of the 22 community newspaper properties it has acquired, affecting roughly 244 jobs.“What makes this particularly difficult is that it means we will say goodbye to many dedicated newspaper people,” Postmedia executive chairman and CEO Paul Godfrey said in a statement. “However, the continuing costs of producing dozens of small community newspapers in these regions in the face of significantly declining advertising revenues means that most of these operations no longer have viable business models.”Torstar’s Metroland Media Group Ltd. said it will close three of the seven daily newspapers in Ontario it acquired from Postmedia as well as the eight community newspapers purchased.According to The Canadian Press, the publications set to close are the Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, and Northumberland Today, while Torstar expects to continue to publish St. Catharines Standard, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribune and Peterborough Examiner.“This transaction will allow us to operate more efficiently through increased geographic synergies in a number of our primary regions,” said John Boynton, President and CEO of Torstar Corporation in a statement. “By acquiring publications within or adjacent to our primary areas and selling publications outside our primary areas we will be able to put a greater focus on regions where we believe we can be more effective in serving both customers and clients.”The transaction is effectively a non-cash transaction, since the value for the publications purchased is approximately equal to the value for the publications sold. read more

Naked Simcoe driver exposed himself to same woman twice OPP

Norfolk OPP are asking for the public’s help as they try to identify a man police say got out of a vehicle naked and exposed himself twice to a woman in Simcoe.Police say the incident happened about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot on Queensway East.Police say the woman was sitting in her vehicle when she saw a naked man get out of an SUV, expose himself to her and then flee the area in the SUV, only to return a short time later and expose himself to the woman again.Police say the man left the area before officers arrived, adding the vehicle was last seen heading east through the parking lot and behind a Winners store.The suspect is described as a man between 20 and 30 years old, with tanned skin, short dark hair and muscular arms.The vehicle is described as a white SUV, pulling a Sea-Doo on a trailer that was covered in a black tarp held down by orange straps. The tarp had the word “spark” written in grey letters.Police say the investigation is ongoing and they will be reviewing surveillance video from area businesses in an attempt to identify the suspect.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

ICC assigns cases on DR of Congo northern Uganda to pretrial chambers

The Court’s President, Judge Philippe Kirsch, issued the assignments Monday after receiving a letter last month from Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo describing his office’s investigations into the two conflicts.Mr. Moreno Ocampo said his office had informed the Ugandan authorities, concerned about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), that it must interpret the scope of their referral “consistently with the principles of the Rome Statute,” which established the Court. “Hence we are analyzing crimes within the situation of northern Uganda by whomever committed.”The Prosecutor’s letter went on to say that his office was still conducting analysis and seeking additional information to support a determination on the situation in northern Uganda.As for the situation in the DRC, “I have determined that there is a reasonable basis to initiate an investigation,” Mr. Moreno Ocampo wrote.The Hague-based ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal, comprises three chambers in its pre-trial division, each composed of one to three judges with predominantly criminal trial experience.According to the Court’s procedures, after receiving information that a crime within the ICC’s jurisdiction has been committed, the Prosecutor may seek additional information from various appropriate and reliable sources. However, the pre-trial chamber must agree with the Prosecutor’s finding that a case has sufficient merit before authorizing investigations to be conducted.The ICC was established on 1 July 2002, more than 50 years after the idea of a permanent international war crimes court was widely discussed in connection with the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials of World War II offenders. read more

UN condemns bomb attacks in Thailand

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the bomb attacks in Thailand that took place on Thursday and Friday, expressing hope that the perpetrators will be quickly brought to justice. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. He expresses his sympathies to the Government and people of Thailand,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. According to media reports, within a 24-hour period over Thursday and Friday, several bombs exploded in the resort town of Hua Hin, while several blasts hit the island of Phuket, a top tourist destination. On behalf of the international tourism community, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) joined Secretary-General Ban in conveying heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and to the Thai people. “Thailand is one of the most consolidated tourism destination in the world. A destination where people of all cultures unite and enjoy tourism and its strong potential to foster development, said a separate statement from UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. The agency expressed full confidence that this will continue to be the case and it looks forward to meet in Bangkok on 27 September for the official World Tourism Day celebrations. “More than ever, we need to work together to make a great success out of the celebrations of World Tourism Day, this will be the best expression of support and union against these hideous acts,” said Mr. Rifai. read more

Football Depth at defensive end could lead to new formations

OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIt’s rarely a bad thing to have too much depth at one position.That can most certainly be said of Ohio State’s defensive end group. With reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis returning for a fifth year to join senior Jalyn Holmes, sophomore Nick Bosa and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, the Buckeyes boast arguably the most dominant quartet of defensive ends in college football.“Is it possible to have too many?” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked, sarcastically. “On defense, I’ve never thought about it. On offense it happened here. Every time I walk into a press conference, ‘Why did he only have four touches? What about this, what about that?’ Once again, I rather have that conversation than say we don’t have anybody.”With the defensive end talent, it can make the whole defense better, regardless of the set. Redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said the ability for the Buckeyes’ defensive linemen to put tons of pressure on the quarterback — even if the pressure does not result in a sack — makes the job of everyone else on the defensive side of the ball easier.“All those interceptions that Malik (Hooker) had and other guys, Marshon (Lattimore), a lot of times it’s, ‘Oh, did you see the Marshon play?’” Worley said. “But what you didn’t see was, down one through two or the two drives before that, the quarterback was probably hit six times upside the head and he was just trying to get the ball out and guys are making plays now.”With that depth on the roster, it could be challenging to fully maximize the talent. During the spring, the concept of a line that featured the four defensive ends with redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in a heavy-loaded front five surfaced as a possibility in 2017.“Coaches like to say that we have to hold the checkers,” Meyer said on April 6. “You got five really good checkers right there, play them all at once.”Three months later, Meyer and his team are still toying with the idea of using all those playing pieces at the same time.“We have five like we have right now. I’ve kind of tapped them on the shoulder and say all those five guys are playing,” Meyer said. “It’s fun to have checkers like that, move them around.”A key aspect of the plan involves standing Hubbard up and possibly play a few steps behind the linemen. He might be built like a defensive lineman, standing at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, but he still has the athleticism to play a unique form of defensive lineman.“I’ve never had this situation and it remains to be seen and I think (defensive line coach) Larry Johnson and (defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano know how to handle it or have had conversations that I’ve been involved into,” Meyer said. “I wouldn’t call (Hubbard) a linebacker but he might be something like that. Get him on the field.”Lewis believes that even though the team will not always be able to get all four defensive ends on the field at one time, there is nothing that separates those on the field from those who have to step off.“We don’t consider them backups,” Lewis said. “They’re just another asset to the starting lineup. That’s why they’re always featured in it. With a line this deep, it’s always fresh. Fresh rotation, nobody’s afraid of anything.”It is certain the team will not always utilize all four defensive ends at the same time. There’s even a chance it is just an idea that might not come to fruition. But Meyer has seemed adamant that with all that talent, there has to be some way to maximize those players.“You look at our four D-ends right now — that doesn’t include Chase Young or Jonathon Cooper — so we have four, and unfortunately we’ll probably lose three of them (to the NFL Draft),” Meyer said. “Bosa, Jalyn Holmes is in that same category, and Sam Hubbard. We have to find a way … to get them on the field.” read more

Elderly woman spends 15 hours on hospital trolley

first_img By Órla Ryan File photo of hospital beds Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images File photo of hospital beds Share380 Tweet Email 10,381 Views Short URL Dec 2nd 2016, 5:22 PM 61 Comments center_img AN ELDERLY WOMAN spent several hours on a trolley before getting a bed at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, Co Offaly.RTÉ first reported the incident, saying the woman in question is 103 years old and was on a trolley for 15 hours.In a statement, a spokesperson for the hospital told “We can confirm that a patient presented to the Emergency Department (ED) yesterday. The patient was seen within 19 minutes of arrival and was under the care of the ED team.“Due to high levels of attendances and admissions currently being experienced by the hospital, our full capacity protocol is in place.“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we can confirm that the patient was referred to a specialist team and the decision to admit was within three hours. The patient received the first available inpatient bed this morning.”Read: There has actually been a slight drop in people on hospital trolleys this yearRead: Patients left lying on trolleys while 40-bed unit remains vacant at nearby hospital Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images Friday 2 Dec 2016, 5:22 PM Elderly woman spends 15 hours on hospital trolley The woman, believed to be 103, finally got a bed this morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Wynn reveals details of planned Wynn Palace expansion construction start delayed to

first_imgWynn Macau’s Phase I expansion of Wynn Palace will cost an estimated US$2 billion and include a 650-room hotel tower alongside a large glass structure known as the Crystal Pavilion, the company revealed on Wednesday.Further details of the project were unveiled at a Wynn Resorts investor day held in Boston overnight, with a delay in groundbreaking from the previously planned 2020 until late 2021 meaning the first phase is now scheduled for completion by 2025.According to a note from JP Morgan’s DS Kim, Jeremy An and Christine Wang, the expansion will largely focus on the Crystal Pavilion which will be a non-gaming facility with art, entertainment and F&B amenities.Details on Phase II, which will add a second 650-room hotel, have yet to be confirmed.Wynn Resorts CEO and President Matt Maddox has previously described the planned Crystal Pavilion as providing an immersive experience similar to one found at the Vatican “with screens on the walls and on the ceiling, so the audience has a 270-degree experience including live entertainment on the stage.An artist’s impression of Wynn Palace’s immersive theatre using live technology“We thought if we take that idea and custom build it in this area with a great 600-foot theater and make it fully immersive, that experience would be like no other on the planet.”Construction of Phase I is expected to take around three years with Wynn targeting ROI of 15% to 20%, “implying incremental EBITDA of US$300 to US$400 million from Phase I (or a 35-47% boost to the Palace’s TTM EBITDA), which seems a bit aggressive for primarily non-gaming expansion,” JP Morgan said.last_img read more

Gwen Stefani To Star In Holiday Special

first_imgNews Following the October release of her holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, the GRAMMY winner announced plans for her holiday TV special. According to a press release, the special will be a “modern take on traditional Christmas specials,” including sketches and performances.While additional performers have yet to be announced, Blake Shelton, who is featured on the holiday album’s title track, will perform alongside girlfriend Stefani.Catch Stefani’s one-hour holiday special on NBC on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m.Gwen Stefani Scores No. 1 On ‘Billboard’ Holiday Albums Chart Facebook Holiday Music: Gwen Stefani Gets Holiday Special gwen-stefani-star-holiday-special Gwen Stefani To Star In Holiday Special Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 9, 2015 – 12:05 am Gwen Stefani Describes Working With Sia As “Mind-Blowing” The GRAMMY winner is set to bring some holiday cheer to a national audience Renée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 11:55 am Get ready to jingle all the way with a brand-new Gwen Stefani-fronted holiday special this season. Twitter last_img read more