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3-time major champion Andy Murray says he had hip operation

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now,” Murray wrote, “but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”What’s not known with any certainty yet is what this might mean for the 31-year-old Murray’s future in tennis. Before the Australian Open, where he lost in the first round on Jan. 14, Murray said that he planned to retire at some point in 2019 — and that it was possible that Grand Slam tournament might be the final event of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe is most famous for ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a male champion at Wimbledon in 2013; he also won the 2016 title there, along with the 2012 U.S. Open and two Olympic singles gold medals and a Davis Cup, while reaching No. 1 in the rankings.Tuesday’s post included two pictures — one of Murray in a hospital bed, the other of an X-ray. FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 file photo, Britain’s Andy Murray answers questions at a press conference following his first round loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Three-time major champion Andy Murray posted a message Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019 on Instagram saying he had hip resurfacing surgery and had a metal joint implanted on Monday in London. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)Andy Murray did have a second hip operation, after all, getting a metal implant one year after his first procedure on the joint.The three-time major champion posted a message Tuesday on Instagram saying that he had the surgery in London on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town In the younger, cheaper NFL, Super Bowl champs get cut, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’s been watching me like a hawk, asking me how I’m feeling after matches, after practices, where I’m at. He’s just trying to gauge how long it would take him, if this procedure is an option,” Bryan said about Murray. “I’m just trying to be supportive. I never once told him, ‘This is the way to go,’ because I do see that singles is a different monster. Those guys are really sliding around, killing themselves for four hours. Who knows if this joint would hold up?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem He has dealt with hip pain for years and already had one operation in January 2018. But that did not solve the problem.The night he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in Australia, Murray said he would decide quickly whether to have surgery again.“I have an option to have another operation, which is a little bit more kind of severe than what I’ve had before — having my hip resurfaced, which will allow me to have a better quality of life and be out of pain. That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now,” he said at the time. “Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing. But there’s obviously no guarantees with that. The reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Murray had been keeping in touch with American doubles player Bob Bryan, who had the same hip resurfacing with a metal implant last August.By December, Bryan was back at practice. And he made his Grand Slam return at the Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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6 getaways you must plan this summer

first_imgPure blissAnanda in the Himalayas, Narendranagar, UttarakhandAnanda in the Himalayas is an experience, it’s a place that draws you into its serene arms, pampering you, embraces you, so that you don’t wish to leave. Your journey to self-discovery begins the moment you arrive at the retreat-you are greeted by the,Pure blissAnanda in the Himalayas, Narendranagar, UttarakhandAnanda in the Himalayas is an experience, it’s a place that draws you into its serene arms, pampering you, embraces you, so that you don’t wish to leave. Your journey to self-discovery begins the moment you arrive at the retreat-you are greeted by the warm and courteous staff holding a thal who gift you a rudraksh mala-said to sanctify your mind, body and soul. Opt for at least a three-night-four-day package which includes three spa therapies.Yoga at Ananda in the Himalayas. Picture courtesy: Simply DelhiThe Spa at Ananda is world-class, with expert therapists who know exactly how to work on your tired muscles and sore points. With the right pressure and Ananda-special concoctions, you will leave the room feeling like a new, refreshed person. And to make your experience better, opt to stay in one of the valley facing rooms where you can spend days on end just watching and listening to birds that are native to Uttarakhand.The food at Ananda has been expertly crafted keeping health in mind-with delectable Indian, Asian and western fare to choose from.Don’t miss: The early morning yoga sessions by expert yoga instructors conducted at the picturesque Hawa Mahal. Price: Packages start at Rs 31,000 per night per person Website: anandaspa.comThe green mileJaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort, Greater NoidaNot far away from the concrete jungle is a surprisingly pleasant oasis that promises to make the mind wander to a calmer space while thrilling the senses at the same time. The inviting 450-acre expanse of the Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort in the upcoming township of Greater Noida, barely 40 km from Delhi, is not only a haven for city’s pro golfers but is also a bustling hub of activities that make it a wholesome family retreat.advertisementAn early morning golf session. An early morning golf session. Picture courtesy: M Zharo/Simply DelhiAn unmistakable highlight of the resort is its focus on sport and holistic wellness. While its 18-hole golf course has been the host to some of the finest international and corporate golf tournaments in recent times, one can also find India’s only Six Senses spa, an internationally acclaimed chain here. The spa, a mammoth three floor haveli style wellness destination, provides signature treatments like Watsu and Hammam therapy. The early morning yoga classes are a must-do here as well. Sport aficionados will be glad to know that the resort also has an integrated sports complex, Atlantis, where one can play a game of basketball on pristine maplewood flooring, or swim in its Olympic-sized swimming pool or even catch a game of tennis on its multiple clay and state-of-art synthetic courts.The resort has an attractive package that includes a tour of the Buddh International Circuit in an adrenaline-inducing car ride on the Formula 1 track.Don’t miss: When you aren’t breaking into a sweat, indulge in the scrumptious offerings of the resort’s many dining venues-Eggspectation, a Canadian restaurant chain brought to India by the Jaypee group, has a fine variety of egg-based dishes and Patra, the Indian fine dining venue that whips up authentic Lahori and Amritsari cuisine. At G- Block, Surajapur Kasna Road, Jaypee Greens, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201308 Price: Rs 8,000 per night for the sports and leisure package Website: jaypeehotels.comShort breakPullman New Delhi AerocityWhile business hotels hardly catch the fancy of those looking for a quick relaxing getaway from the city, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity is a rare exception. Start your staycation at the hotel with a stop by at the Pling bar where you’ll find the Vinoteca by Pullman (wine cabinet). Listen to some fun anecdotes by the in-house sommelier Kriti Malhotra, 30, as she pours you a glass of wine sizing up your personality.Sommelier Kriti Malhotra at the Pling Bar. Picture courtesy: M Zhazo/Simply DelhiThis little tete-a-tete will perhaps whisk you away from the realisation of being right in the city and take you into that holiday zone. And this is just one of the many reasons to come to this business hotel for a staycation. From the bar, make your way to Pluck, the multi-cuisine restaurant conceptualised on the farm-to-table concept that offers delectable dishes. You could step out for an up-close encounter with all the vegetables growing in the hotel’s backyard, before you head to your rooms. The plush rooms are your perfect cocoon to return to after a large meal.Meanwhile, do make a visit to the Woosh Spa, a sanctuary that offers a range of pampering treatments for your tired bones. For dinner, whet your appetite at Honk, that presents a lavish Asian food spread that is hard to ignore. A grand way to call it a day at Pullman.advertisementDon’t miss: The burnt garlic Parmesan soup and the lovely breakfast spread at Pluck. Price: Starts at Rs 9,000 per night for a couple Website: pullmanhotels.comSlice of historyNoor Maahal, KarnalNoor Mahal in Karnal is a plush hotel that is a destination in itself. Built four years ago to resemble the grandeur of a palace, the five star getaway owned by Ch. Manbeer Sandhawalia, a first generation hotelier, is themed after the country’s rich cultural heritage-a luxurious mix of Mughal and Rajputana styles of architecture, which is evident the moment your car stops in front of the hotel gates.A cloudy evening at Noor Mahal. Picture courtesy: Simply DelhiDone up in emerald hues with beautiful carved wood furniture reminiscent of the royal darbars, the hotel’s lobby is the first thing that catches the eye. For a lunch fit for a king, head to their all-day dining restaurant, The Brown Sugar, which offers a selection of Indian and international fare. The bartender mixes some deliciously strong classic cocktails such as the margarita and cosmopolitan. Their Asian fare is pretty good; try the chicken massaman curry-mildly flavoured Thai curry with vegetables and tender pieces of chicken that can be enjoyed with veg/non-veg pad Thai noodles or steamed rice. Post-lunch, head out for a tour of the property which boasts of sprawling lawns and a separate space for outdoor activities such as lawn tennis, basketball, cricket, children’s activity zone and more.”This June, we are all set to inaugurate the adventure zone where children can enjoy activities such as rock climbing and zip line as well. We want to make it a complete getaway-where everyone can let their hair down and enjoy,’ says Noor Mahal’s 43-year-old general manager, Chander Shekhar Puri. Spend the evening cooling off in the swimming pool or unwind at their spa and wellness centre. Head for a lavish dinner afterwards at their specialty restaurant that looks like a coach, The Frontier Mail-inspired by the legendary train that operated between Mumbai and Peshawar during preindependence days. On the menu are delicacies from various regions the train journeyed through. End the day on a perfect note with live folk music that the hotel organises every day.Don’t miss: Behind Noor Mahal, a short distance away is a farm owned by hotel where they grow organic vegetables. The hotel organises a horse cart for you to be taken to the farm, where an expert will teach you how to grow your own fresh produce. Price: Starts at Rs 5,500 onwards Website: noormahal.inInto the woodsV Resorts, Sariska Wildlife CampThe grandeur of the world’s oldest plateau, the Aravali range, remains understated and largely unexplored by inhabitants of Delhi, who find the chill of the hill stations more welcoming in the summer. The region however is blessed with scenic beauty and a unique topography that is also home to a variety of wildlife. There is no place better to catch a tiger in action, enjoy the mesmerising dance of the peacock or witness a leopard’s elegant gait than at the Sariska National Park, nestled in the middle of the mountain range.advertisementSunset point at V Resorts Sariska. A cloudy evening at Noor Mahal. Picture courtesy: Chandradeep Kumar/Simply DelhiNeighbouring the park is the V Resorts Sariska Wildlife Camp, a perfect weekend getaway barely five hours away from Delhi, that provides the traveller a chance to stay close to the big cats of Sariska but in the lap of luxury. The secluded resort, enveloped by the Aravalis is a chance to invigorate the mind by making you one with nature. A sparkling roof of stars and impeccable Rajasthani hospitality are a bonus. The resort is equipped with eight canvas tents and two stone-walled pavilions made to experience the true feel of a jungle safari. This trend of tented camps, a favourite of maharajas and colonial officers in India, has now caught the fancy of the hospitality sector as well.What adds to the wholesome wildlife experience is the highly informative tour of Sariska by the in-house naturalist, Rudraveer Singh Rathore, 32, who has a fondness for the jungle felines.Don’t miss: Twenty-five kilometres from the resort lies the mysterious fort of Bhangarh. Considered as one of the most haunted places in the world, the fort is a must-visit, if not for the eerie spirits that posses it, but for its enthralling architecture. Price: Rs 10,000 including tax for one tent per night Website: vresorts.inBack to natureRiverview Retreat by Leisure Hotels, Corbett National ParkLiving in Delhi, you seldom spot a sparrow, let alone a rare species of bird. So when you find a hotel that houses over 50 varieties of trees and 25 kinds of flighty friends within its premises, you know you’ve found your green haven. The Riverview Retreat by Leisure Hotels welcomes you with a floral flourish- offering you everything that makes for a great holiday.The view from the resort. Picture courtesy: Rajwant Rawat/Simply DelhiThere are six categories of rooms you can choose from-starting with the basic double bedroom to huge family lodges-all done up in earthy hues to go with the theme. Opt for the river-facing accommodation, which offers a stunning view of the forest, mountains and river Kosi. If you’re looking for adventure, you need to book the Corbett National Park safari online at least 45 days in advance. Don’t be disheartened if you miss the deadline because the hotel can organise a safari in the surrounding Sitabani forest.A drive through the forest shaded by gorgeous Sal trees will help you rediscover your love for nature. You can spot a number of beautiful birds like the Black Ibis, Brahmani Ducks from Ladakh, the Oriental Magpie Robin, and wildlife such as spotted deer, barking deer and the majestic tusker. On a lucky day, you may see a tiger too. Besides the safari, Riverview also organises family activities on an everyday basis such as folk dances by local artists, light and sound show and more-enough to keep you occupied.Don’t miss: The melt-in-the-mouth grilled sole garnished with tangy lemon butter sauce served with stir-fried veggies or their chicken steak-juicy piece of succulent chicken covered with sweet-spicy sauce at the restaurant Jim’s Bar & Grill.Price: Starts at Rs 9,500 per night for a couple Website: leisurehotels.co.in/the-river-view-retreat-corbett-resort/last_img read more

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Liverpool, Man City helped by goalkeeper errors in EPL wins

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Doing even better than Tottenham, somewhat surprisingly, is West Ham.A 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, earned by left back Aaron Cresswell’s 74th-minute equalizer, lifted West Ham to third. The London team’s only loss came on the opening weekend, a 5-0 hammering by Man City.It was Cresswell’s second goal in as many games. He also curled in a free kick in a win against Manchester United last weekend.HOME WIN FOR CHELSEAChelsea finally kept a clean sheet this season, and it earned Frank Lampard a first home win in the league since his return as manager.Jorginho converted a penalty and Willian scored with a deflected shot as Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0 with both goals coming in the second half.It was the ninth straight league loss for Brighton against Chelsea — an English record run for most games played, and lost, against one opponent.Lampard had two draws and a loss in his first three league games at home following his return to Chelsea, where he is the all-time top scorer.STILL BOTTOMWatford will head into October still without a league win. Sheffield United’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)It was a day of goalkeeping blunders in the English Premier League.Liverpool and Manchester City, seemingly set for another duel for the title, benefited from two of them in hard-fought away wins on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, the EPL’s first Filipino player00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue “Eight times 1-0 is more important than one time 8-0,” said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, referring to City’s massive win by that score against Watford last weekend.City never reached those heights against Everton, though Kevin De Bruyne excelled once again, collecting his eighth assist in the league with a curling cross headed home by Gabriel Jesus.Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized for Everton, which forced City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes into some smart saves.“They are on an incredible run,” City manager Pep Guardiola said of Liverpool. “They don’t drop points and they win well. We know it, the players know it. It is not easy.”DEFIANT SPURSLloris’ mistake was probably the worst of the day.The France captain collected the ball near his line, dithered and tried to beat Southampton striker Danny Ings with a deft turn. Ings dispossessed Lloris and the ball rolled into the net, leaving the score 1-1 after Tanguy Ndombele’s early goal.By that stage, Tottenham was also a man down after the 31st-minute red card to Serge Aurier for two bookings but Mauricio Pochettino’s team still prevailed, Harry Kane finishing a flowing move in the 43rd to make it 2-1.Spurs have had a difficult start to the season — losing on penalties to fourth-tier Colchester in the League Cup in midweek — but they are still in the Champions League places.WEST HAM FLYING Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Wolverhampton Wanderers consigned Watford to a fifth loss in seven games by winning 2-0 at Molineux thanks to an effort from Matt Doherty and an own-goal by Daryl Janmaat.Watford has two points and was on the end of an 8-0 thrashing by Man City last weekend.In the other two games, Burnley equalized twice in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, and Crystal Palace won 2-0 at home to Norwich.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Trump tees it up with Hall of Fame golfers Player, Sörenstam Capping a forgettable day for goalkeepers, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris was dispossessed near his own line to concede a goal against Southampton. His teammates rescued him by winning 2-1 despite playing with 10 men for an hour, lifting the side to fourth.TOP TWO DIG INNeither Liverpool nor City was at their fluent best, but still found ways to win. It is not yet October and they are already pulling clear of the rest.Liverpool, in particular, was put off its game by the intensity and work rate of Sheffield United before Henderson’s mistake cost the promoted side. Henderson is on loan from Man United, traditionally Liverpool’s fiercest rival.It was just a second clean sheet in the league for Liverpool, which kept a league-high 21 last season.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool eked out a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United but only after home goalkeeper Dean Henderson let a volley from the edge of the area by Georginio Wijnaldum slip through his arms and legs in the 70th minute.That’s seven straight wins to open the campaign for Liverpool, and 16 in a row in the league stretching back to March. Two more and the Reds will equal the top-flight record set by City in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40City, meanwhile, was drawing 1-1 against Everton and dipping below its usual high level when Riyad Mahrez took aim with a free kick in the 72nd minute. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford should have had it covered but the ball went under his hand and crept inside the far post, before Raheem Sterling wrapped up a 3-1 win with a late goal.The gap between Liverpool and second-place City stayed at five points. West Ham, in third spot, is a further four points adrift. View commentslast_img read more

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2019 Ford Endeavour launched in India, price starts at Rs 28.19 lakh

first_imgFord India today launched the all-new Endeavour at a starting price of Rs 28.19 lakh (ex-showroom-Delhi). The 2019 edition of the premium SUV will come with a three-year or one lakh km warranty. Boasting of several new and first-in-segment features, the 2019 Endeavour will challenge the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.Assembled at Ford’s integrated manufacturing facility in Chennai, the new Endeavour will be available in five colours — Diffused Silver, Sunset Red, Diamond White, Absolute Black and Moondust Silver.The new Ford Endeavour comes in with two diesel engine options — a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, TDCi and a 3.2-litre, five-cylinder, TDCi. The 2.2-litre motor produces 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well. The company claims mileage figures of 14.2 kmpl and 12.62 kmpl for the manual and automatic variants, respectively. The 3.2-litre mill is good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the claimed fuel efficiency is 10.6 kmpl.Below are the variant-wise price details of the SUV.– 2.2-litre Titanium (Manual) – Rs 28.19 lakh– 2.2-litre Titanium+ (Automatic) – Rs 30.60 lakh– 3.2-litre Titanium+ (Automatic) – Rs 32.97 lakhThe 2019 Ford Endeavour sports a new front bumper design and chrome plated bold trapezoidal grille. Both front and rear bumpers have integrated skid plates to protect the SUV’s underbody. The ORVMs feature puddle lamps. There are new 18-inch alloy wheels as well.The SUV gets eight-way power adjustable driver and co-driver seats. The company claims that it is the only premium SUV to feature a panoramic sun-roof, covering up to 50 per cent of the roof space, and a first-in-class active noise cancellation technology. There is fold-flat second-row and first-in-class power-fold third-row that instantly flattens at the touch of a button and can hold up to 2,010 litres of cargo with rear seats folded.advertisementThe 2019 Ford Endeavour offers hands-free power lift gate. It gets SYNC 3 — the company’s connectivity technology that allows drivers to use voice commands to control the entertainment system, make or receive calls and connect mobile devices. SYNC 3 is paired to an 8-inch touchscreen and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Google Auto.Other features include semi-auto parallel park assist, push start button, keyless entry, rear and front parking sensors, rear parking camera, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, DRLs and dualzone automatic climate control.The new SUV comes in with a four-wheel-drive system and an advanced terrain management system, which allows drivers to choose from four preset modes – normal, snow/mud/grass, sand and rock. It also offers up to seven airbags, hill launch assist and hill descent control.ALSO READ | 2019 Yamaha MT-09 launched in India at Rs 10.55 lakhALSO READ | Production variant of Tata 45X concept to make debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ | Next generation Hyundai Grand i10 spied, expected to be launched in India by end of 2019last_img read more

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Abhinandan Mooch takes internet by storm. Twitter asks Ranveer Singh to play IAF hero in biopic

first_imgIAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s distinctive gunslinger moustache has become the talk of the nation, as the craze to get the exact look has been taking the country by storm.The Indian Air Force pilot arrived in India last week after being captured by the Pakistan Army when his plane went down.Now, as a tribute to his bravery, fans have started wearing his ‘gunslinger’ moustache and posting pictures of it on Twitter, creating a rage around it.Some are even proposing Ranveer Singh as Abhinandan in a Bollywood film on the Wing Commander. We would definitely watch that movie.I propose that Ranveer Singh should play the role of #Abhinandan in the Bollywood movie about to be made – no one else can carry off that moustache.P.S.: And PLEASE! Not Salman Khan!The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) March 1, 2019According to people who have started sporting the gunslinger, the Abhinandan mooch is the latest fashion statement and a way for people to show pride for their country.This is how people are celebrating:Aapka #Abhinandan hai.. Proud of you solider !! #AbhinandanLook #AbhinandanMoustache pic.twitter.com/N0XEsUZZVhRohit (@rohitfedup) March 2, 2019Inspired by #AbhinandanVarthaman ji#AbhinandanMoustache#mooch pic.twitter.com/50tWYuTIJhulhas kshirsagar (@ulhasksagar) March 4, 2019#NewProfilePic pic.twitter.com/jYXUqSpufBAdvocate Ankur Sharma (@Adv_AnkurSharma) March 3, 2019The latest fashion trend #Abhinandanmoustache pic.twitter.com/CTgDTd6WIcShalini Jamwal (@ShaliniJamwal32) March 2, 2019Mooch ho tou Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman jaisi ho varna na ho.Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) March 1, 2019The latest fashion statement in Baghpat?It’s #Abhinandan’s moustache!It gives me so much pride to see the icons for the youth in my country changing! #MeraDeshBadalRahaHai #Mahashivratri # pic.twitter.com/HEvT9vdod3advertisementCharu Pragya (@CharuPragya) March 4, 2019Abhinandan ..Tujhe salam. pic.twitter.com/Qk8m8I95pYSunil V (@SUNILWAG) March 5, 2019A tribute to national hero abhinandan #moustache#Abhinanden #swagcode #moustache #AbhinandanVarthaman #Patriotism #Amul #moch #deshpremivsjaishpremi pic.twitter.com/EoSxDhDYiUJinesh (@Jinesh69) March 5, 2019Clearly, there is no stopping the Abhinandan moustache wave. This Twitter user explained the craze perfectly and we agree.Abhinandan’s moustache will be the next styling sensation throughout India. Don’t be flabbergasted by the fact when the barber asks you ‘Abhinandan cut chahiye?’#Abhinandancomingback #AbhinandhanReturns #AbhinandanDiwas #Abhinandan #moustacheRaunak Jalan (@Sarcastic_RJ) March 1, 2019This is not the first time people have given a heartfelt tribute to Abhinandan. From giving free Abhinanadan-inspired moustaches to 650 men in Bengaluru to making an ad just based on his mooch, people are honouring the Wing Commander in incredible ways.ALSO SEE | Remember Abhinandan’s viral video from Pakistan? Now India hits back with Imran Khan versionALSO WATCH | The moment Abhinandan Varthaman returned homelast_img read more

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Owner Abramovich still passionate about Chelsea, says David Luiz

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is still passionate about the Premier League club and tries his best to be involved on a daily basis despite his long-term absence at Stamford Bridge, defender David Luiz has said.Russian billionaire Abramovich ran into problems renewing his British visa last year amid tensions between the two countries and he has not been seen at Chelsea’s matches this season.British media reports indicated Abramovich had grown weary and even looked to sell the club but Luiz said the 52-year-old had not lost his hunger for success after speaking with him prior to renewing his Chelsea contract last week.”I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future,” Luiz told The Daily Mail. “He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.”It’s difficult for him, he has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day. He’s still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.”He’s the one who built Chelsea – everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years.”Chelsea finished third under Maurizio Sarri to return to the Champions League and Luiz said the London club has exceeded pre-season expectations as they look to finish the campaign with a Europa League trophy when they face Arsenal in Baku on May 29.advertisement”We did amazing, especially with the first year for a new coach,” Luiz said. “Nobody expected Chelsea to finish third. Everybody thought we were going to be out of the Champions League.”We’re fighting for the Europa League and we lost the League Cup on penalties, a competition where we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and were the better side against Manchester City in the final.”Also Read | Antoine Griezmann confirms Atletico Madrid exit amid rumours of Barcelona moveAlso Read | Brazilian court upholds seizure of Ronaldinho’s passportAlso Seelast_img read more

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

first_img Pépé double rescues Arsenal after Vitória Guimarães threaten upset Facebook Pinterest 6) Hard done by Hornets to get that elusive first winDespite being without a win in their past three games, Bournemouth are likely to be full of confidence as they travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford team already on their second manager of the season and winless at the bottom of the table. Or are they? Against Tottenham last weekend, Watford were vastly superior in almost every department apart from the scoreboard and had every right to feel extremely aggrieved at being denied all three points by the reluctance of officialdom to implement VAR as they should. Rather than stew on the comical injustice of it all, Quique Sánchez Flores is likely to have spent the week instructing his players to dwell on the positives of an excellent performance. A repeat at home ought to be enough to see them past their visitors. BG• Watford v Bournemouth, 3pm Saturday7) Webster should be on Southgate’s England radarHis Premier League career may only be six matches and 540 minutes old but the early evidence is that there is another Brighton defender worth Gareth Southgate keeping an eye on in the form of Adam Webster. It is almost a year since the Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk was capped by his country but, on current form, one of his colleagues could usurp him in the England stakes. Signed for £25m from Bristol City this summer, Webster is comfortable in possession, adept at playing out from the back (so much so he has also operated in defensive midfield) and happy to waltz forward and kick-start attacks – staples of Southgate’s mantra. That Tyrone Mings was called up to the England squad in September suggests Southgate is open to looking at defensive alternatives, with Michael Keane and John Stones not covering themselves in glory in recent outings. Webster, who scored his first Brighton goal at Aston Villa last weekend, has impressed in blue-and-white stripes and it may not be long before the clamour for the 24-year-old to appear in an England shirt builds. BF• Brighton v Everton, 3pm Saturday Listen Twitter 9) Dubravka deal brings back Pardew memoriesMartin Dubravka signing a new shiny six-year contract at Newcastle was well received on Tyneside but such a reward will inevitably bring back memories of the decision to hand Alan Pardew and his staff eight-year extensions until 2020. Pardew left Newcastle for Crystal Palace two years later but fans will hope Dubravka, who will be 36 when his contract expires, is there to stay. The 30-year-old has started every Premier League game since joining Newcastle from Sparta Prague last year, keeping 17 clean sheets in 59 appearances. Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot are both out of contract next summer so it will likely fall on Freddie Woodman, the 22-year-old who has impressed this season on loan at Swansea and whose godfather is Gareth Southgate, to compete with the Slovakian for the number one jersey. BF• Newcastle v Wolves, 2pm Sunday Christian Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move away form Spurs. Photograph: Matthew Impey/REX/Shutterstock ‘Say hello and clear the table’: Lovren reveals how Klopp changed Liverpool Share on Pinterest Topics The Fiver: sign up for our daily tea-timely football email. Read more features Share on WhatsApp Share via Email 8) West Ham need to showcase top-six mettleThings were looking relatively rosy for West Ham but three defeats from their past four matches, including a 4-0 loss at Oxford United, has given Manuel Pellegrini’s side something of a reality check. It has been a case of one step forward two steps back for some time at West Ham and an insipid performance at Everton was the latest infuriating result. A home match against Sheffield United represents a chance to get back on track and leapfrog them in the table. If West Ham are serious about cracking the top six, however, they must develop some consistency. “They’re one of those teams in that bracket,” said Wilder. “They’re an established Premier League team and when you’re in that position you’ve always got to be looking ahead at what’s above you and trying to climb to that next bracket. West Ham will definitely have ambitions and ideas to climb into the top six.” BF• West Ham v Sheffield United, 3pm Saturday Read morecenter_img 10) Will Gilmour be next Chelsea youngster to blossom?With Callum Hudson-Odoi returning to the fold and another three academy graduates central to Chelsea’s six-match winning streak – Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham – it begs the question as to which youngster could be next in line to flourish in the first team. The 18-year-old Billy Gilmour was on the bench in Amsterdam in midweek and Frank Lampard handed the Glaswegian, who joined Chelsea from Rangers for an initial £500,000 two years, a start against Grimsby last month after giving him his debut off the bench at Bramall Lane. Lampard rates the defenders Reece James and Marc Guehi very highly but it is in midfield where he is blessed with a wealth of options, including teenagers Ethan Ampadu and Conor Gallagher, who has impressed on loan at Charlton, but there was a reason the Chelsea manager was reluctant to allow Gilmour to head out the door on a temporary basis in the summer: because he felt the teenager could make a splash in the first team. BF• Burnley v Chelsea, 5.30pm Saturday 2) It’s time for United’s players to stand upOle Gunnar Solskjær has copped for a lot of unfair flak lately: clearing up the mess he inherited needs more time than he has had and more money than he has been given, on top of which any team would struggle without six first-choice players. But United’s lack of ideas against opponents who do not oblige their fast players by leaving space in behind for them to run into speaks badly of the work done in training, and until that improves, playing for United will be as much of a struggle as watching them. At Norwich, though, this should not be a problem, because the hosts will look to ask questions of a defence that struggles to keep clean sheets – United have led against Wolves, Southampton, Arsenal and Liverpool, only to end up drawing all four games. The problem here is not one of preparation but of application, and responsibility for that lies not with the management but the players. It is about time they stood up, and for Harry Maguire to grow into as indomitable, influential, inspirational a leader as his reputation tells us he already is. DH• Norwich City v Manchester United, 4.30pm Sunday3) Will Spurs use extra man in the middle to good effect?Spurs badly needed their midweek win, but it is hard to gauge how well they played because their opponents were useless. It did, though, seem like Mauricio Pochettino finally found the formation which best suits his best players. The 4-2-3-1 he deployed against Red Star protects what is now a shaky back four, allows Tanguy Ndombele the freedom to attack, and gets Heung-min Son and Dele Alli close to Harry Kane, with Érik Lamela picking up any slack in workrate. We can be sure that Liverpool will test this theory. Whatever happens, they will have an extra man in midfield, and whichever trio Jürgen Klopp selects will have the legs to run Spurs off the pitch. Without Christian Eriksen – upon whom Pochettino seems to have taken a definitive view – they lack the touch and nous to pass around them, so must be prepared to spend a lot of time chasing the ball. They can still win by defending well and hoping for Kane or a counter, but the likelihood is that it will take a cleverer plan than that. DH• Liverpool v Tottenham, 4.30pm Sunday Share on Facebook 4) Villa’s tempo-setters to give City a tough timeThere’s a lot to like about Dean Smith’s Aston Villa, in particular their midfield axis of Marvelous Nakamba, Jack Grealish and John McGinn. Nakamba’s calm intelligence provides the perfect balance to his more energetic partners, who play with the perfect combination of entitlement and desire, McGinn a tenacious tempo-setter and Grealish an intuitive improviser. Against City, they will be extended like never before, but will know that if they can compete, there are goals to be taken from a vulnerable home defence. Of course, the likelihood is that City will be too good for them, but do not be surprised if Villa give them a run for their money. DH• Manchester City v Aston Villa, 12.30pm Saturday5) Ward-Prowse to step up for SaintsA draw at Molineux enabled Southampton to end a run of three consecutive top-flight defeats, but with back-to-back visits to Manchester City looming in the Carabao Cup and Premier League they could really do with taking at least a point when they host Leicester. Southampton have averaged exactly one goal per game in the league and have recently become overly reliant on Danny Ings to score them since he replaced £15m summer acquisition Che Adams as first-choice striker. “I would like to have three, four or five players who are always able to score because this is more important for the team,” said Saints boss Ralph Hassenhüttl, before name-checking Ryan Bertrand and Yan Valery as players who should be contributing more. They are not the only ones. Adams is yet to get off the mark and with just one goal, a penalty against Bournemouth, to his name so far this season, now would be a good time for the curiously out-of-sorts James Ward-Prowse to step up. BG• Southampton v Leicester, 8pm Friday Twitter Share on LinkedIn 1) Palace to push Emery to the brink?Did Arsenal fans really humiliate the great Arsène Wenger … for this? At no point in Unai Emery’s tenure has it been possible to fathom a plan, and the longer things go, the worse they look. There are just so many questions: why is he so reticent to play Lucas Torreira in his position? How can he leave Mesut Özil out of his matchday squads when his team struggle to create chances? Watching Arsenal’s youngsters play in the cups, you can’t help but wonder if their abandon and cohesion will last only as long as it takes for him to impose himself upon them. Realistically, to make the club competitive again will require someone brilliant, and none of the key markers in Emery’s career so far suggest he is that. Whether Stan Kroenke cares about any of this no one knows, but if Emery isn’t on the brink he should be, and another poor performance against Palace would constitute yet more evidence for an already overwhelming prosecution. DH• Arsenal v Crystal Palace, 4.30pm Sunday Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Ten things to look out for this weekend Gareth Southgate could soon take a look at Adam Webster. Photograph: David W Černý/Reuters Pinterest Facebook Premier League Champions League, rapid red cards and alligator attacks – Football Weekly Extralast_img read more

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PM salutes Teachers

first_img Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 27) awards ceremony at Jamaica House, Mr. Holness said the 40 awardees are “most worthy” of the recognition bestowed on them. “Your passion and ability to stir the intellectual curiosity of our students have seen them performing at the highest levels of excellence in national exams and in educational institutions across the globe. No matter what subject you teach, you are key to nurturing that ‘can do’ spirit that challenges and encourages our students to take risks, so that they can carve out their own pathway in the journey of lifelong learning,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded this year’s recipients of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education for collectively giving more than 200 years of invaluable service to Jamaica.Speaking at Wednesday’s (June 27) awards ceremony at Jamaica House, Mr. Holness said the 40 awardees are “most worthy” of the recognition bestowed on them.“Your passion and ability to stir the intellectual curiosity of our students have seen them performing at the highest levels of excellence in national exams and in educational institutions across the globe. No matter what subject you teach, you are key to nurturing that ‘can do’ spirit that challenges and encourages our students to take risks, so that they can carve out their own pathway in the journey of lifelong learning,” he said.Noting that no amount of medals or awards can adequately express the nation’s debt of gratitude for their sacrifice and dedication, Mr. Holness said the awards represent a “public thank you” for their extraordinary commitment to “shaping the lives and sharpening the minds of our children over these many decades”.“I would like to congratulate (and) express my deep and sincere gratitude to you all for your contribution to nation-building. Our students’ lives and, indeed, my own have been enriched by your dedication and commitment. Education has a special place in my heart, and I’m very happy to share with you on this special occasion,” the Prime Minister added.Mr. Holness also expressed the hope that teachers already retired will avail their collective experience and wisdom to the education system “as we work together to advance the welfare of our country”.“As educators, be role models in demonstrating this love for lifelong learning for our students. Your examples of hard work and commitment to lifelong learning will continue to be an inspiration for years to come,” he added.In his remarks, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the awards are an acknowledgement of the teachers’ contribution to national development through education.“Whether in the classroom or working in administration, you have helped to shape the character of students through the values imparted and in helping them to awaken dormant dreams and aspirations. The great joy we get as educators in seeing when they make good use of the opportunities that education presents is indescribable,” the Minister stated.He noted that the teachers’ tremendous effort in training Jamaica’s future manpower is invaluable, adding that “your work and sacrifices have enabled many students, who might have otherwise given up on themselves to catch a vision of what they could have achieved, to apply themselves to accomplishing those goals”.“Jamaica cannot honour you enough. But we are grateful that through this special ceremony, you are getting more public recognition for your dedication and service above self,” Senator Reid said.For her part, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Georgia Waugh Richards, said the awardees are practitioners who “pride themselves in excellent delivery and commendable student outcomes”.“This evening’s function is testament to the fact that your work and worth have not gone unnoticed. The JTA is very proud of all that you represent (and) I challenge you to continue to be the role models and beacons of hope in this great nation,” Mrs. Waugh Richards said.The 40 honourees were chosen from 70 nominees who have served from the early childhood to tertiary levels of the education system, by virtue of gaining the highest points from the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation Nomination Committee. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded this year’s recipients of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education for collectively giving more than 200 years of invaluable service to Jamaica.last_img read more

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HHI to Formally Acquire DSME Final Deal Expected in March

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/Wei-Te Wong under CC BY-SA 2.0 license South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is to sign a formal deal to acquire compatriot rival Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), local media cited Korea Development Bank (KDB) as saying. HHI and KDB will enter into the final contract in early March, following a conditional agreement signed in January 2019.The announcement comes as Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), another major shipbuilder in South Korea, expressed its intention not to bid for the DSME stake.The state-controlled KDB holds a 55.7 percent stake in DSME, with an estimated worth of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.94 billion).Under the agreement, KDB will transfer its DSME stocks to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks that will be issued later. What is more, the bank is to consider providing KRW 1 trillion in financial help to DSME.As a result, HHI will be split into two entities of which one will be listed on the market. The shipbuilder will also be selling its stocks to the bank.If proceeded, the agreement will see HHI owning a 26 percent stake in DSME and KDB 18 percent.However, the acquisition could face obstacles as labor unions at both HHI and DSME yards opposed the deal. Workers are reportedly worried that the acquisition could result in massive layoffs.The completion of the deal, expected in five to six months, will be subject to regulatory approval as it has the potential to reshape the global shipbuilding market.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Canada seeks international support to ban Russianissued passports in Ukraine

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is courting international support for its plan to not recognize Russian passports given to Ukrainian citizens in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Kremlin-backed separatists.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has presented technical details of a plan to allies attending this week’s Ukraine reform conference in Toronto so they can follow suit.Freeland says Canada won’t allow anyone travelling from Ukraine’s occupied eastern Donbass region to use a Russian passport to enter the country.Freeland didn’t have details on whether anyone has actually tried to do that.It is also not clear how Ukrainian citizens living under Russian occupation could leave the region to travel abroad.Freeland says Canada has a duty to denounce the Kremlin’s passport scheme because it represents one more attack on Ukrainian sovereignty.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Iqaluits Northmart reopens 9 days after fire

first_img(With all merchandise 50 per cent off, many Iqaluit residents were stocking up on big ticket items.  Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)The store looks remarkably untouched on the inside.A double firewall and five metres of space separated the warehouse from the sales floor.There is a noticeable smoky smell remaining.All of the fresh food in the store was disposed after the fire, and the fate of the rest was decided on a case by case basis.“The fresh food absolutely had to go,” said David Chatyrbok, vice president of major markets for the Northwest Company. “We worked with the health inspector, identified all the different product that had to go, so that product had to go.“Then everything we could donate, we absolutely worked with the health department to make sure we knew what could be donated, and we are donating that food.”(The lines were long, but deals were there for those who could bear the wait. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)According to the Northwest Company, reopening the store was a 24 hours a day task that was happening right up until the moment they opened the doors.“This was the local individuals that did all of this work for us. We have to thank the community, the first responders, and all of our staff,” said Chatyrbok.While most departments have reopened, the meat and frozen food sections still require some more product.Until the meat shop is clean and repaired, butchering will take place in the Northern Store in nearby Pangnirtung, and the cuts of meat will then be flown to Iqaluit.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscoll Kent DriscollAPTN NewsIn just nine days, Iqaluit’s Northmart has gone from a raging fire to a fire sale, with residents lining up at 9 am on Saturday morning to get in on some of the savings.Northmart supplies Iqaluit with about 60 per cent of the groceries, and is the largest retail store in the city.On November 8, fire destroyed the Northmart’s warehouse, furniture store and snowmobile shop.The retail and grocery stores were saved.A 17 year-old girl is facing a charge of arson endangering human life following the fire.(On Nov. 8, thick black smoke blanketed Iqaluit. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTN)More than a week later, the fresh food has been replaced, and all retail merchandise was 50 per cent off.For many residents, the sales were a draw, but the selection provided by having the largest retail store in the territory back was appreciated.“I’m excited for the store to reopen,” said Elisapee Nowdluk just as the doors were opening. “It’s a big store based for groceries, and I miss that, the bakery, and the meat.”last_img read more

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Czech government office stops using Huawei mobile phones

first_imgPRAGUE, Czech Republic — The Czech Republic’s prime minister has ordered his government office to stop using mobile phones by Chinese telecoms company Huawei.Tuesday’s announcement by Prime Minister Andrej Babis comes a day after the country’s National Cyber and Information Security Agency warned that the hardware and software made by Huawei and another Chinese telecommunications company, ZTE, pose a security threat.Huawei has denied the allegations.The Industry and Trade ministry immediately said it would do the same and other government ministries that use Huawei products are likely to follow suit.Huawei has become the target of U.S. security concerns because of its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured other countries to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Councillor Christensen and Evans say goodbye

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Councillors Bruce Christensen and Larry Evans said goodbye on Monday during their final Fort St. John Council meeting.Councillor Christensen became emotional during this final report to Council after representing the City since 2006. “I think our leadership has been great, to our new council congratulations and welcome and my family, thank you.”Councillor Evans was elected in 2005 after retiring from the Fort St. John Fire Department. In his closing report, he thanked everyone for putting their names forward to run for Council. “I want to congratulate the four incumbents that got back in. And I want to congratulate Becky and Tony. I think you are going to have a Council that rocks. Along with the wonderful staff we have, the City is in good hands.” Watch their full comments below.Councillor Bruce Christensen and Councillor Larry Evans both lost their reelection bids in Saturday’s municipal election. Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council. Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen, were also re-elected. Click here to read the full results.Tony Zabinsky and Becky Grimsrud will be sworn in on November 5, 2018.last_img read more

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Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site.The updates will limit the visibility of links found to be significantly more prominent on Facebook than across the web as a whole. The company is also expanding its fact-checking program with outside expert sources, including The Associated Press, to vet videos and other material posted on Facebook.Facebook groups will also be more closely monitored to prevent the spread of fake information.The company has been facing criticism for the spread of extremism and misinformation on its flagship site and on Instagram. Congress members questioned a company representative Tuesday about how Facebook prevents violent material from being uploaded and shared on the site.The Associated Press read more

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Panama rejects moneylaunder label following documents leak

A marquee of the Arango Orillac Building lists the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Monday, April 4, 2016. Panama’s president says his government will cooperate “vigorously” with any judicial investigation arising from the leak of a vast trove of information on the offshore financial dealings of the world’s rich and famous. An international coalition of media outlets Sunday published investigations it said stemmed from the leak of 115 million records kept by the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca on behalf of clients. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) Panama rejects money-launder label following documents leak by Juan Zamorano And Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2016 10:08 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PANAMA CITY – Panamanians have long shrugged off their country’s checkered reputation as a financial haven for drug lords, tax dodgers and corrupt oligarchs. They like to joke that if they’re crooks, they’ve learned it from the world’s wealthy nations.That same defensiveness has re-emerged amid the fallout from the leak of 11.5 million confidential documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca revealing details of how some of the globe’s richest people funnel their assets into secretive shell companies set up here and in other lightly regulated jurisdictions.Ramon Fonseca, a co-founder of the firm, said Monday that his country’s success in establishing itself as an offshore banking giant has bred jealousy from first-world rivals at a time of increasing competition and scrutiny of the industry in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.“It’s very unfair what’s happening because there’s not a level playing field,” Fonseca told The Associated Press in an interview. “Without a doubt if this happened to a company in Delaware nothing would happen, but because it’s Panama it’s the front page of the world’s newspapers.”Panama cemented its status as a money laundering centre in the 1980s, when dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega rolled out the red carpet to Colombian drug cartels. It has remained a magnet for illicit money, as well as for legitimate funds, because its dollarized economy sits at the crossroad of the Americas. Breakneck economic growth averaging 8.5 per cent a year for a decade has been fed by the flood of cash, transforming the capital’s skyline into Latin America’s Dubai.But Panama isn’t alone in its permissive attitude toward shell companies, which the British-based Tax Justice Network estimates hide $21 trillion to $32 trillion in untaxed or lightly taxed financial wealth around the globe. Panama ranks 13th on the watchdog group’s financial secrecy index — better than the U.S., which is at No. 3.In 2014, a group of academics wrote a book, “Global Shell Games,” that looks at tax havens. They used emails to set up shell companies with 3,700 corporate service providers in 182 jurisdictions, posing as a range of low- to high-risk customers, including drug traffickers and terrorist groups. The findings were startling: All countries scored poorly. Service firms in Panama complied 29 per cent of the time with minimum standards like requesting photo IDs and other documents establishing the identity of the company owners. U.S. firms complied on average 25 per cent of the time, while Delaware, at 6 per cent, was even more lax.“Most of the money from these shady dealings is held in other countries, not Panama, so there is plenty of blame to share around,” said Jason Sharman, one of the book’s authors and a political scientist at Australia’s Griffith University.Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela has promised to co-operate with any judicial investigations stemming from the leaked data, and the country’s chief prosecutor’s office said Monday that it will look into the documents to see if they reveal any wrongdoing.Varela says he has “zero tolerance” for financial crimes and likes to cite the ramming through congress last year of legislation expanding supervision over more than 12 non-financial industries, from real estate to casinos. The legislation paved the way for Panama’s removal in February from a black list of high-risk jurisdictions kept by the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-government agency that sets standards for controlling money laundering and terror financing.In a statement issued Monday, Mossack Fonseca said: “Our industry is not particularly well understood by the public, and unfortunately this series of articles will only serve to deepen that confusion. The facts are these: while we may have been the victim of a data breach, nothing in this illegally obtained cache of documents suggests we’ve done anything wrong or illegal, and that’s very much in keeping with the global reputation we’ve worked hard to build over the past 40 years of doing business the right way.”Until recently, Panama was one of the few jurisdictions allowing companies to issue “bearer shares,” which obscure any record of ownership by giving whoever is in possession of a stock certificate ownership rights. Legislation last year banned the practice although outstanding bearer shares still circulate while the legislation is being implemented.Still, Varela’s close relationship with Ramon Fonseca is likely to bring questions about his commitment to transparency. Until recently, Fonseca was president of the governing Panamenista party and served in Varela’s Cabinet as a special adviser. He resigned in February after authorities in Brazil raided the offices of a Mossack Fonseca affiliate as part of the investigation into bribes paid to politicians by companies doing business with the state-run oil giant Petrobras.Varela himself was hit with unproven allegations during the 2014 presidential campaign that he evaded taxes and took money from an illegal gambling ring in the U.S.Some say Panama’s stigma as a haven for illicit cash is well deserved and cleaning up will be hard. While the regulatory framework has greatly improved, old habits are ingrained and many of Panama’s bankers and lawyers have little to fear from the country’s corrupt prosecutors and judges.“This scandal is truly an indication of the schizophrenia of Panama’s ruling class,” said RM Koster, an American-born novelist who has made his home in Panama City for decades. “They want to pretend to live in a first world country run by serious people but at the same time won’t give up the culture of graft, bribes, etcetera.”___Associated Press writer Juan Zamorano reported this story in Panama City and AP writer Joshua Goodman reported from Bogota, Colombia.___Joshua Goodman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APjoshgoodman. His work can be found at: http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/joshua-goodman. read more

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Netherlands cancelled Womens EHF EURO 2012 organisation

← Previous Story AG Copenhagen is the Danish champion 2011/2012! Next Story → Chris Mohr (Great Britain):”We are very excited about the OG” The European Handball Federation has to announce the withdrawal of the Dutch Handball Federation from the organisation of the 2012 Women’s EHF European Handball Championship Final Tournament, scheduled to take place in the Netherlands from 4 to 16 December 2012.Following discussions between the Dutch Handball Federation and the EHF, written confirmation of the federation’s withdrawal was received today.The organisational right for the women’s national team event will now be offered to an alternative host nation.The EHF is currently in positive negotiations with a number of its member federations to find a suitable host for the event.Participating nations, partners and the media will informed accordingly once an alternative organiser for the event has been confirmed.As a consequence of the withdrawal from the organisation of the event, the Final Tournament Draw scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 6 June 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands has been cancelled.A new date and venue for the draw event will be announced by the EHF in due course.TEXT: EHF Women’s EHF EURO 2012 read more

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Macaus September GGR hit hard by Typhoon Mangkhut

first_imgMacau’s gross gaming revenue fell well short of predictions in September, rising just 2.8% year-on-year to MOP$21.9 billion due to the mid-month impact of Typhoon Mangkhut.Originally tipped to record revenue growth in the low-to-mid teens, the city’s casinos instead came in considerably below post-typhoon estimates of between 6% and 12%. The poorer than expected result has been attributed to the ongoing effects of Typhoon Mangkhut on travel routes and infrastructure, while the industry suffered its biggest hit at the height of the storm when authorities ordered all 42 of Macau’s casinos closed for a period of 29 hours from 11pm on Saturday 14 September until 4am on Monday 16 September. Big trouble in little China Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Load More According to Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen, the lasting effects of the storm were considerably more than first thought.“Our on-the-ground assessment after the typhoon passed was that damage to Macau was very slight and that GGR could be impacted by upwards of 700 bps relative to our initial +14% forecast for the month,” Govertsen said in a Monday note.“With the benefit of hindsight, and in the context of the damage in Hong Kong being much more severe than in Macau, we believe the period of time that was needed to get casinos back to normal extended well beyond the Monday morning re-openings.”Despite the storm, September continued a run of 26 consecutive months of GGR growth for Asia’s gaming hub, with 3Q18 up 10.2% and the full year tracking at +15.9% through the first nine months.Govertsen also paints a rosy picture for the short term, stating that he had spoken with a number of casino operators in recent days and that, “Generally speaking, and the obvious Mangkhut-related slowdown notwithstanding, the outlook on current trends remains quite positive.“Importantly, all of the operators we have spoken with have confirmed that they have not yet seen any changes in customer behavior (e.g. trip frequency, wallet size), nor are they seeing any material issues or concerns with their junket partners.”last_img read more

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CHAMBER CORNER Learn About The SelfDefense Institute

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting The Self-Defense Institute in Tewksbury.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Learn About The Self-Defense InstituteIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

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AL easing up ahead of polls Economist

first_imgRepresentational image, taken from The Economist articleThe Bangladesh Awami League does not have to rely on ‘ruthlessness’ to overcome electoral challenges, given the economic success and favourable opinion polls, says The Economist.In an article published on 8 November, the British specialised magazine welt on trends of Bangladesh elections and pointed out that when the electoral game has appeared to be fair, voter turnout has been strong.“When it has looked tilted, voters have stayed at home,” it wrote, adding that on each occasion of the elections in Bangladesh, “the political landscape has looked radically different.”The Economist narrated the history of Bangladesh elections on a single sentence: “There have been times of single-party dominance, of army rule, of fiery protest and boycott, and also times when, after millions of voters have peacefully cast their ballots, parties have politely alternated in power.”The AL came to power through a landslide victory in 2008 parliamentary polls and has clung on to power after a one-sided ballot boycotted by all major opposition parties in 2014.According to the article, the AL, which has “grown fat and bossy” after so long in power, seems to be “determined to secure a third consecutive five-year term by hook or by crook”.About the latest political developments after formation of the Jatiya Oikya Front, the Economist said all of a sudden, the mood has changed. “The country’s 165m people might just get a competitive – although certainly not fair – election.”The opposition coalition raised seven major demands including polls under non-party government, and release of former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.The article mentioned that the AL says it will not bend the constitution to suit opposition demands – despite the fact that, from 1996 until 2011, when the Awami League itself changed the rules, the constitution required caretaker governments to oversee elections.The BNP, The Economist believes, still has a strong grass-roots following, and by all accounts the relentless persecution of recent months has stirred a surge of sympathy for it.The magazine also quoting the BNP said the Awami League has instigated no fewer than 90,000 lawsuits against it, entangling some 2.5 million party workers in endless litigation.Apart from higher economic growth and polls that favour the AL’s popularity, The Economist highlighted prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s capability of making change, especially the shift in forming certain informal alliance with conservative Hefajat-e-Islam.“Will these advantages persuade her [Sheikh Hasina] to let democracy run its natural course, or will she instead keep trying to tame the current?” The Economist concluded with the question.last_img read more

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Running an NFL franchise isnt as hard as the Browns make it

first_imgRunning an NFL franchise isn’t as hard as the Browns make it look The Browns fired Executive VP of Football Operations, Sashi Brown, after an 0-12 start to the 2017 season, and only one win last season. This means it’s time for yet another front office overhaul for Cleveland, who hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Vinny Testaverde.Colin is the first to admit that running an NFL franchise isn’t easy, but if someone just used mock drafts and coin flips to make decisions they wouldn’t do better than Cleveland has done. The good news is the Browns are only 2 to 3 rebuilds away from contending for a playoff spot.There’s no end in sight for the biggest dumpster fire in professional sports. NFL players don’t need to be lectured about the risks of playing footballThe Bengals and Steelers held their latest AFC North UFC fight which saw numerous flags, multiple suspendable hits, and a scary injury to Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier. The game renewed the outrage from those that say football poses serious long term health risks for players, but Colin thinks people need to stop lecturing NFL players about the risks of CTE and injury like they’re incapable of understanding.The NFL has the highest percentage of players with college degrees of any major professional sports league, and its players understand the risks brain damage, and the potential that a catastrophic injury like Shazier’s can happen at anytime. They also understand there are also immense benefits that playing in the NFL affords them, and they are willing to take the risk.The NFL isn’t for everyone, but its players see the risks up close every week and know them better than anyone.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio breaking down the Cavs 13-game when streak; why Colin should give their roster more credit; if LaVar Ball’s antics are affecting the Lakers; and his Top 5 NBA players under 21.Jason McIntyre – FS1 Analyst and founder of The Big Lead is in-studio talking LeBron to L.A.; why he could win the MVP this season; and how the Jets could end up with Baker Mayfield.Peter Schrager – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to talk Browns rebooting again; why Giants fans are so invested in Eli; and the player comp for Baker Mayfield.Greg Cosell – NFL Network Senior Producer joins the show to discuss the Patriots game plan without Gronk; and what he sees with Dak and Goff.last_img read more

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