Congress united under Rahul Gandhi leadership: Ashok Gehlot

first_imgThe Congress is united under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Thursday adding that the party’s fight against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not personal, but ideological.“[Congress President] Rahul Gandhi’s message to the people of India is clear: the fight against the BJP is not personal, it is ideological and based on differences in policies. We do not want the BJP to stop existing,” he said. The newly-elected Rajasthan Chief Minister was speaking in Nanded district where he was invited by the State Congress unit led by MP and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan to inaugurate the statues of trail-blazing reformers Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule to mark Savitribai’s 188th birth anniversary.“There is no place in democracy for hatred and violence. Politics based on hate is not permissible,” he said. This was his first public programme since assuming office as Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress victory in the November Assembly elections..“Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule have become immortal through their work and both Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi respected them. The social revolution that they brought about, from ensuring women’s education to working against child marriage, needs to be carried forward by us,” said Mr. Gehlot, adding that the respect towards these legendary reformers was palpable across Maharashtra where there was an educational institute named after them in every town and village.Earlier, Mr. Gehlot was welcomed at Nanded airport by Mr. Chavan. Praising Mr. Chavan’s leadership in Nanded, Mr. Gehlot said that the Congress’ victory, winning 73 of the 81 seats in the Nanded Municipal Corporation in October 2017, was a clear sign of the public’s yearning and acceptance of his leadership.last_img read more

Bali Pure blanks Creamline to reach PVL Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BaliPure players celebrate after booking a Finals berth and eliminating Creamline. —AUGUSTDELA CRUZ through the defense of the Cool Smashers.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb said he never predicted that their last semifinal match would turn out to be such a cakewalk, and all he did was give a little motivational speech to his players minutes before the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Cignal, Air Force set up men’s finals duel in PVL “Actually I never expected this sweep, and I didn’t talk much during before the game,” said Gorayeb. “I just told them to treat this game as one in the championship round and that they should work as a team and not as individuals.”The Water Defenders enjoyed a well laid-out offense with skipper Grethcel Soltones and guest player Jennifer Keddy scoring 13 points apiece while Risa Sato and Jeng Bualee adding a combined 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBali Pure also scored on a combined 41 spikes while limiting the Cool Smashers to just 30.Kaewpin Kuttika had 14 points to lead Creamline while skipper Alyssa Valdez added 13.last_img read more

Sachin back for warm-up but Zaheer skips again

first_imgIndia will be looking to keep up the momentum they gained in the warm-up win over Australia when they take on New Zealand in their second and final warm-up match in Chennai on Wednesday.The match will provide India, who defeated Australia by 38 runs in their first practice match in Bangalore on Sunday, one last chance to assess the fitness of players and tweak the combination before the mega-event commences with the India-Bangladesh tie in Dhaka on Saturday.The return of Sachin Tendulkar , who is certain to play on Wednesday, would also boost India and allow the iconic batsman a chance to test his own form.”Sachin will be playing tomorrow but we will preserve Zaheer (Khan) for the tournament. There are no worries about Zaheer’s mild groin injury as he is fit to play,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.On the other hand, New Zealand, who have had a poor run in the recent past, got a boost to their morale when they overcame a fighting Ireland by 32 runs in their high-scoring warm-up tie in Nagpur, thanks to a solid 130 by Martin Guptill.Looking to put behind their dismal performance of losing 14 of their last 17 ODIs, the Kiwis would be banking on the experience and expertise of their new coach John Wright in sub-continent conditions to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage.As for the wicket, which was termed ‘under-prepared’ by captains of both South Africa and Zimbabwe after their warm-up match on Saturday, Dhoni said: “The wicket on which we are to play tomorrow is damp now and I cannot say as to how it will behave.”WRIGHT’S TAKEWright is not yet ready to label India as the firm favourites to win the Cup and said coping with the huge pressure of playing at home would be crucial.”The pressure of playing at home is certainly something that India will have to deal with. There can be a huge advantage when things are going well. But if they are not, it could be a factor. As for the maturity in them, let us see. They are playing very good cricket. We will know in two months,” said Wright.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Penalty heartbreak for Russia, Croatia reach semi-finals

first_imgCroatia defeated Russia on 4-3 penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time in the last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday and book their place in the semi-final. They will face England in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday July 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia with the win became the second side after Argentina in 1990, to progress via penalties in consecutive knockout games in a World Cup tournament. They reached the semi-finals for the first time since in 20 yearsIvan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.Fyodor Smolov saw Russia’s first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts’ fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.#CROENG on Wednesday for a place in the #WorldCupFinal! #RUSCRO // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/RHGUtqeGHKFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018Domagoj Vida rose high to meet a Luka Mordic corner in the 101st minute of extra time as Croatia took the lead for the first time in the match. But Mario Fernandes had other ideas, when he rose higher and headed Russia back in the match just five minutes from time and to take it to penalties.In the final minutes of the regulation time, Danijel Subasic had sat down clutching his hamstring, but Croatia couldn’t substitute him having used up their quota of substitutes just three minutes prior. But he stayed on for extra-time and that made all the difference in the end.advertisementMATCH HIGHLIGHTSAndrej Kramaric’s header for Croatia cancelled out a stunning strike from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev to leave the teams level at 1-1 at halftime. The second half saw both teams have many attempts, but neither could disturb the other’s net.Cheryshev gave hosts Russia the lead in the 31st minute with a swerving left-footer from the edge of the box after stepping past Vida. The sweet left-footed strike from 25 yards away went flying into the top-left corner, as a shocked Subasic rooted to the spot.But just eight minutes later an unmarked Kramaric brought parity when he headed in a cross from Mario Mandzukic who cut-back from the left flank.In the 60th minute of the match, Croatia came close to taking the lead when Igor Akinfev tried to punch the hanging ball away from danger only to find Ivan Perisic on the edge of the six-yard box, who took a touch that rebounded out the inside of the post.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

2nd Test: Tim Southee rescues New Zealand with bat and ball vs Sri Lanka on Day 1

first_imgTim Southee rescued New Zealand with the bat then dragged his side back into the match with the ball after Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal’s career-best figures had threatened to dominate the first day of the second Test in Christchurch on Wednesday.Southee counter-attacked with wicketkeeper BJ Watling to blast 68 from 65 balls and take New Zealand from the depths of despair on 64 for six after Lakmal had destroyed the top order on a green wicket at Hagley Oval.The 30-year-old Southee and Watling (46) combined for 108-runs as New Zealand were dismissed for 178 with Lakmal finishing with five for 54.First Test centurion Angelo Mathews was on 27 with Roshen Silva (15) as the visitors were 88 for four at stumps, with neither team holding the advantage as both seek to win the two-match series with victory in Christchurch.The first Test in Wellington ended last week in a damp draw after virtually all of the final day’s play was washed out.Tomorrow’s first session is going to be important for both sides – Tim Southee looks ahead to a big day two at Hagley Oval!NZC LIVE CARD | https://t.co/YhNC8DPej2Tickets for day two | https://t.co/mnbSmtmpxO#NZvSL pic.twitter.com/UD1Lfzi4fMBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2018The 31-year-old Lakmal, utilising the overcast, cool conditions and green pitch, had reduced the hosts to 36 for four after Dinesh Chandimal had won the toss and wasted little time in choosing to field.Lakmal went to lunch having bowled 12 successive overs with figures of four for 18.advertisementSouthee, whose innings of 77 not out in his debut in 2008 remains his highest score, then decided attack was the best form of defence and belted six fours and three sixes to resurrect his side’s fortunes.His dismissal, to a brilliant, one-handed leaping catch by Danushka Gunathilaka at short mid-wicket, sparked another collapse with the last three wickets adding just six runs.Southee then took the first three Sri Lankan wickets to reduce them to 21 for three inside 10 overs.The second victim — Chandimal for six — moved him to 234 Test wickets and third on New Zealand’s all-time list.Chris Martin had been in third on 233, although Southee is still a long way away from Daniel Vettori’s 361 and Richard Hadlee’s New Zealand-leading mark of 431 wickets.After his initial spell, Southee continued to be a threat towards the end of the day’s play as Silva and Mathews played and missed several times but saw their side through to stumps.last_img read more

Top colleges abroad as Harry Potter houses: How to select the best college that matches your personality

first_imgHow can that be possible? I even don’t know about my personality, leave alone aligning that with the persona of the university. Most people decide their college of choice basis the rankings (and also whether they could get in), median SAT (or GMAT or GRE) scores, finance and scholarship availability etc.However, in our experience, this is an ineffective way of choosing your next education destination. Selection basis university rankings or SAT scores not only reduce your chances of getting in but also (on the perchance that you get in) builds you up for four years of misery and dissatisfaction.An ideal programme selection heuristic is based on the following factors:1. Personality alignment between the candidate and the college2. University Education Quality (proxy – university and programme rankings)3. Your ability to get into that university (proxy – how close your SAT scores are to the median score, your profile in comparison to other students at that university etc.)While points 2 and 3 are easy to establish and measure, they do not convey a complete picture. Most students end up selecting colleges basis rankings and median SAT scores because of easy availability of these data points.However, in so doing, they may miss out colleges that are better aligned with their way of doing things (and learning styles) and are more suited to their narrative or profile.While I have talked about the narrative and/ profile in another post of ours, herein we shall talk about personality alignment between the candidate and the college.advertisement Looking at the ‘personality’ of some top-notch business schoolsLet us look at some top-notch business schools and try to understand their personality. Also, to help you understand better, I have given you’re an analogy from my favourite Harry Potter series.I am trying to compare Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Chicago Booth part of the super-elite M7 group of Business Schools.In my opinion,Being a part of Stanford GSB is like being in the house of RavenclawBeing a part of MIT Sloan is like being in the house of GryffindorBeing at Harvard Business School is like being at SlytherinBeing at Chicago Booth is like being at HufflepuffThese associations should give you some sense of the personality of that specific business school. And hopefully, you could appreciate my point that if you are like a Slytherin and we put you in the house of Gryffindor, how much of a horrible time you would have!Let’s explore these associations a little bit further.1. Stanford GSB as Ravenclaw “For Ravenclaw, the cleverest would always be the best.” GSB students take pride in effortless perfection. They like to think of themselves on the lines of a duck in a pool. While it seems calm on the outside but underneath, its feet are paddling at a breakneck speed.That is a GSB student for you extremely clever and seeped in the valley culture of entrepreneurship who is willing to apply his mind and take risks to build businesses which have never been thought of before!However, he is casual and calm, loafs around wearing a sweatshirt and is supremely confident of himself (sometimes a little arrogant too!)2. MIT Sloan as Gryffindor “Their daring, nerve, and chivalry set Gryffindor apart.” Frankly, I had trouble picking out MIT Sloan or the Stanford GSB for the house of Gryffindor.Both MIT and Stanford are distinctively similar focus on risk taking and entrepreneurship; have great relations with their university’s engineering schools and want to explore the unknown.I think what helped me pick out MIT out for the house of Gryffindor is principally two factors1. Rivalry with the upstream HBS (which is about a mile upstream on the other side of the river Charles)2. Stanford, with its location in the heart of the valley is naturally entrepreneurship oriented. MIT, on the other hand really had to try harder to become a top destination for entrepreneurially aligned. Also, it dared to challenge the much older and institutionally more powerful HBS in its own backyard required guts and daring!3. Harvard Business School as Slytherin “Power-hungry Slytherin loved those of great ambition.”HBS was a natural choice for the house of Slytherin. HBS, with its focus on legacy, leadership and blue-blooded persona is extremely Slytherin like.Its legacy is epitomized in oak-panelled walls and plush, deep carpets and a campus (unlike the open campuses of GSB and MIT) which is designed to keep people out.So much so, that while the entire Harvard university is on one side of Charles, HBS sits majestically on the other side emphasizing its ‘exclusivity’ and unique ‘legacy’.advertisement4. Chicago Booth as Hufflepuff “For Hufflepuff, hard workers were most worthy of admission.”Chicago Booth is a great school. The underlying thought when I think of Booth is ‘stone’ unyielding, strong, a bit like many of its underground lecture theatres and its older buildings.Booth students are extremely hard-working.As mentioned on the website, “we empower bold thinkers and inquisitive minds to dig deeper, discover more, and shape the future”; Booth is quintessentially Hufflepuff!Pedagogical differences between these top business schoolsThere are pedagogical differences as well! At HBS, all you get to do are cases running into a few hundred during your entire stay.On the other hand, at MIT, you are expected to be more ‘action-learning’ oriented and learn through a combination of case-methods, lectures, but more often simulations and projects. Hence you need to pick out your learning style and let it have a bearing on the school that you choose.On another dimension, Booth, Sloan and HBS have horrible winters. MIT students have even changed the school’s Latin motif IHTFP to ‘I hate the fucking place.’So, if you like your sunshine, better go to Stanford or other great schools in the valley like Berkley Haas or USC Marshall rather than stuck in a place where you don’t see sun for 5 months of a year!Why choosing a college that matches your personality is so important!Aligning your personality with that of the college is even more important at an undergraduate level. For one, you are going to be a part of this college for four years or more, plus for many of the students it is their first time away from home.You really need to be at a place that you can blend in and feel comfortable at.For example, if you want to focus on sports and academics alike, it is better to be at GaTech rather than Caltech or MIT. If serving humanity is your calling, then be a Hockey rather than a Beaver. Likewise, if you want to be a part of a city-campus, then go to Columbia. In summary, aligning your personality with that of the school that you are going to get into is as much a part of your selection process as rankings, generalized test scores, profile match etc.Do not select schools basis easily available metrics like test scores and rankings alone. Rather, focus on finding out what that college truly offers and how well it aligns with your learning style and personality.It shall ensure that you will not only have great education, but also be happier!-Article by Abhishek Singhal, Co- Founder, UnivAdmitHelpRead: Here’s how to select the best college after 10+2Read: Tips for students moving to a US college: Adjustment tips, finance management and student visa concernsRead: Studying abroad in UK: What do Indian students prefer?Read: How to choose the best IB school for your childadvertisementlast_img read more

Paulinho and Thiago Silva put Brazil through and send Serbia home

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Sign up for The Fiver, our funny and free daily football email. Read more There was joy for Brazil in Moscow, but also schadenfreude at one remove as a 2-0 defeat of Serbia propelled Tite’s improving team into the World Cup knockout stages on the same afternoon Germany left the tournament.A projected last-16 meeting with Brazil’s nemesis of four years ago can now be safely placed away in the box of horrors. Germany’s defeat by South Korea in Kazan brought great booming cheers around the Spartak Stadium press room and squeals of joy from the Brazil supporters outside.The five-times champions will instead travel east to Samara to play Mexico as Group E winners. But for all the triumphalism towards the end here, the cheers as the yellow shirts shuttled the ball between some tiring Serbs, there will still be a slight unease around the latest generation to wear that heavy gold shirt. Share on Messenger But between this there were periods where Brazil looked callow and dinky, lacking in presence in central midfield, where Nemanja Matic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic were able to dominate the space. Mexico have already exploited a similar central weakness in the defending champions.The Spartak is a tight ground by the standards of this World Cup, clamped beneath the usual needlessly huge roof, a crown of vast grey tubing swooping around all four sides. Defeat on a muggy night in Moscow would have sent Brazil out at the group stage for the first time since Pelé was kicked around the fields of England, and Serbia through for the first time in their independent history.Brazil were unchanged. Serbia made three, Milos Veljkovic, Nikola Milenkovic and Adem Ljajic coming in. And they were brusque and powerful in the challenge from the start, looking to pile deep crosses in on Brazil’s undersized full-backs.Marcelo left the field early on with a muscular injury, replaced by Filipe Luís. And with 24 slow-burn minutes gone Neymar produced his first little moment of grace, jinking around Milinkovic-Savic with a smattering of fairy steps, then combining with Gabriel Jesus to force a shot.Five minutes later the same combination should have made the opening goal. Neymar whipped a long pass inside Antonio Rukavina. Jesus galloped in on goal and cut inside but saw his right-foot shot blocked.Brazil’s central three began to snap together with a little more urgency as Ljajic was booked for a trip on Neymar that drew a series of gymnastic rolls down the touchline, combined expertly with stricken shriek and waving arm.The opening goal was coming. It duly arrived on 36 minutes, product of another divine intervention from Coutinho, who dropped deep and floated a dream of a pass over the top. Paulinho timed his run perfectly and got a toe to the ball as Vladimir Stojkovic rushed out.Brazil’s players celebrated with a prolonged 10-man huddle. And after the break they should have killed the game early on, Neymar delaying as he ran on to another fine Coutinho pass and allowing Stojkovic to save. For a while Serbia began to assert their midfield strength, helped by the fact Brazil leave that whole area to Casemiro and Paulinho, who were pushed to the fringes at times by the crush of red shirts.On the hour Alisson fumbled a low cross from the right and saw the ball fall just shirt of Aleksandar Mitrovic. And with 68 minutes gone it was 2-0. Mitrovic tried to cling to Miranda at a corner but only succeeded in falling. Behind him Thiago Silva bulleted his header high into the net.The World Cup has been crying out for a statement performance from one of the bigger teams. This wasn’t it from Brazil. But they will march on with some confidence, demons vanquished elsewhere, to face opponents who have yet to score against them in four World Cup meetings. Pinterest Share via Email The team’s emotional state had preoccupied the Brazilian press before this game, the canoeing question at Tite’s press conference centred on exactly what degree of crying was acceptable, what were the official team blubbing guidelines.There were no tears here, and indeed Brazil played well in phases. They had a majority hold on possession and looked more nimble in attack, when the ball was shuttled effectively between Philippe Coutinho and the front three. Neymar, who it must be remembered is still finding his fitness under the weight of a World Cup, had more touches than anyone else in the game, managed seven shots at goal and might have scored at least a couple had his finishing been at its most severe.The risible theatrics remain, however. At one point Neymar felt a hand on his shoulder and proceeded to writhe around holding his eye for so long that there was a sudden concern that maybe some invisible skewer flung by a ghostly Russian stadium sprite had indeed penetrated his retina and he was in fact dying before our eyes. But apparently not. He was actually fine.Coutinho looked in wonderfully good order again and set up the opening goal. He has now scored two and made one of Brazil’s five goals in Russia. World Cup Serbia Share on Facebook World Cup 2018 Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Pinterest Twitter Switzerland seal place in World Cup last 16 after draw with Costa Rica Share on Twitter Serbia v Brazil player ratings Brazil Paulinho stretches to put Brazil ahead. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Fifa via Getty Images Facebook match reports Reuse this contentlast_img read more

US stocks close lower

first_imgNew York: US stocks ended the day in negative territory with technology and energy sectors leading the laggards. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 90.75 points, or 0.34 per cent, to 26,287.44 on Friday. The S&P 500 was down 19.44 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 2,918.65. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 80.02 points, or 1 per cent, to 7,959.14, Xinhua reported. Eight of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors declined. Technology and energy sectors each shed 1.25 per cent, the top two laggards. Health and real estate sectors increased 0.18 per cent and 0.07 per cent respectively, the top two gainers. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Skyworks Solutions and Micron Technology closed 3.43 per cent and 2.6 per cent lower, respectively. Investors remained concerned that the US-China trade tensions could escalate and affect an already slowing global economy throughout the week after US President Donald Trump announced that he would place an additional 10 per cent tariff on the remaining USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports starting on September 1. Analysts said the US economy would be more directly impacted since the new tariff would target retail items along with other consumer goods. The tariff would also drag on corporate confidence, capital expenditures and global growth in the near term. On the earnings front, Uber reported quarterly earnings results that missed market expectations. The ride-hailing platform registered diluted net loss of USD 4.72 per common share on revenue of USD 3.17 billion. Its shares were down 6.8 per cent on Friday.last_img read more

Five races to watch in British Columbias municipal elections on Saturday

first_imgVANCOUVER – Local elections will be held across British Columbia on Saturday. Here are five races to watch:NANAIMO: The election could trigger a provincial byelection if Leonard Krog, a New Democrat member of the legislature, wins the race for mayor and gives up his seat at the legislature. It wouldn’t be enough to tip the balance of power into the Liberals’ favour against an NDP minority government that’s propped up by the Greens, but it would bring it to the brink. The Liberals have 42 seats in the house, the New Democrats 41, the Greens have three seats and there is one Independent.VICTORIA: Incumbent Lisa Helps has courted controversy through the campaign season, first with the decision to remove a sculpture of John A. Macdonald from city hall and later when the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner claimed she and Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins rushed to conclude an internal investigation against former police chief Frank Elsner. Both have defended the approach they took in the Elsner case and disputed a section of the commissioner’s report on their handling of harassment complaints. Helps is defending her record against challengers that include political consultant Mike Geoghegan and lawyer Stephen Hammond.VANCOUVER: The city has seen an influx of new parties and candidates in the race to fill a void left by outgoing Mayor Gregor Robertson, whose Vision Vancouver party doesn’t have a candidate running to replace him. Among those leading the race for the top seat are NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, local business owner Ken Sim and independent candidate Shauna Sylvester.SURREY: Public safety and policing has emerged as one of voters’ prime concerns in Surrey, where a task force aimed a preventing gang violence recently recommended more police enforcement. Mayor Linda Hepner isn’t running again.BURNABY: Opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has dominated Mayor Derek Corrigan’s five-term tenure in recent years. He’s facing competition from former firefighter Mike Hurley and respondents to one recent poll put housing ahead of the pipeline as the city’s top issue.last_img read more

UK agency investigates midair collision with casualties

first_imgLONDON – An aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air Friday northwest of London and a “number of casualties” were reported, authorities said.Fire and ambulance services rushed to the scene at 12:06 p.m. GMT (7:06 a.m. EST) near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were deployed, the South Central Ambulance Service said.“We’re aware of a number of casualties following an incident this afternoon,” Thames Valley Police said in a tweet. “There were a number of road closures following the incident, which have now been lifted.”The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending a team to the site of the accident, which is in dense woodland.The crash took place near Waddesdon Manor, which is managed by the Rothschild Foundation, a family charitable trust, on behalf of the National Trust. The manor said the crash did not happen at the site and there were no casualties at the manor.A nearby military base, RAF Halton, also said no military aircraft were involved.last_img read more

WestJet pilots vow not to disrupt long weekend as a goodwill gesture

first_imgWestJet pilots have committed to not disrupting passenger travel plans over the Victoria Day long weekend despite voting overwhelmingly to give its union a strike mandate.The Air Line Pilots Association said its WestJet members voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action.About 95 per cent of WestJet’s 1,500 pilots voted.“I’m hoping with the gesture of goodwill we made today that we’ll see some significant progress at the table and we can hopefully come to a successful negotiation relatively quickly,” Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of the WestJet association’s master executive council, said in an interview.He said the union decided to delay a potential strike date past the long weekend so as not to disrupt the travel plans of WestJet passengers.McFadyen, who met Thursday with WestJet CEO Ed Sims, said the vote was a show of unity that the company should take seriously.“Today the pilots made it very clear with a very unified voice that these issues are very important to us, and they are unified in making sure that we do achieve that contract that the pilots expect.”The result was announced with eight days remaining in the 21-day cooling-off period, after which the union can launch a strike or the airline can lock out employees.Pilots will be in a legal position to commence job action on May 19, but now say they won’t strike before May 22.He added that it’s time for the efforts of pilots to be properly recognized in terms of industry-standard compensation and working conditions, and job security that prevents management from outsourcing jobs.“We’re making progress on some of the smaller issues that we hoped to clear up quite some time ago but I believe we’ll be addressing a lot of the major issues in the coming week.”The union said negotiations will continue starting next week in Halifax and it is committed to staying there for as long as it takes to get a first collective agreement done.Sims said the Calgary-based airline respects the outcome and recognized the mandate pilots have given the association.He also said the airline appreciates that passenger travel plans won’t be disrupted over the long weekend.“We remain at the negotiation table to drive a sustainable agreement, in the best interest of our pilots, 13,000 WestJetters and the 70,000 guests who fly with us daily,” he said in a news release.WestJet warned on Tuesday that its bookings have slowed as passengers respond to the threat of a potential labour disruption from pilots who are trying to negotiate their first collective agreement.Air Canada has capitalized on its rival’s situation by formally announcing Thursday that it is expanding capacity on key transcontinental routes in response to the strike mandate at its large domestic rival.The Montreal-based airline said it will use larger planes on some flights from its main hub in Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, from Vancouver to Calgary, Edmonton, and from Calgary to Montreal.“Travellers who may be concerned about the uncertainty resulting from WestJet’s strike vote mandate can book Air Canada with confidence,” it said in a release.“With our flexible and diverse fleet, we will continue adjusting capacity where possible to limit disruptions for people travelling.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said WestJet Encore pilots also voted to strike.last_img read more

China 2018 exports up 71 per cent imports up 129 per cent

first_imgBEIJING — China’s government reports 2018 exports rose 7.1 per cent as a trade battle with Washington intensified, while imports were up 12.9 per cent.Monday’s announcement comes as Beijing tries to reverse a decline in economic growth while facing a potential fall-off in American orders for Chinese goods following President Donald Trump’s tariff hikes in the fight over China’s technology ambitions.Chinese exporters also face pressure from cooling consumer demand in other global markets.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Casablanca to Host 5th Hub Africa Forum in May

Rabat – Casablanca will host its 5th annual Hub Africa forum, with Gabon and the Ivory Coast as guests of honor.The symposium has chosen “Entrepreneur of African Integration” as the slogan for this year’s event. The 5th edition of the forum intends to bring together national and global investors to discuss the development of investment and entrepreneurial activities in Africa.This edition also aims to encourage young entrepreneurs with the aim of motivating their aspirations and objectives. The event is set to be organized under the patronage of King Mohammed VI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the NGE Impact and Maroc Export establishments.President of Africa Hub, Zakaria Fahim said that the fifth edition will be characterized by several activities, including roundtables and thematic workshops on the importance of technology and audiovisual means as key elements that can promote and speed up the economic pace in the African continent.Held annually since 2012, the Hub Africa forum offers a “multifunctional and multidimensional platform” for discussion between business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors from Africa, Europe, and around the worl read more

Aaron Rai wins first European tour title in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Aaron Rai won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday in difficult conditions that featured torrential rain for most of the afternoon to give him his first European tour win.The 23-year-old Englishman who started the day with a six-stroke lead narrowly kept his nose in front as countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick played a superb round, hitting seven birdies to narrow the gap to just one shot after 16 holes.A bogey by Fitzpatrick on the 17th, his first mistake of the day, gave Rai a two-stroke cushion as they headed into the final hole.Rai shot a 69 for an overall total of 17-under-par 263, while Fitzpatrick finished second a shot back after a 64 on the final day.Jason Scrivener and Victor Perez were tied third on 11 under.The Associated Press read more

Ben Stokes lawyer questions whether cricketer is being singled out because of

“We would say there is evidence to support that happening. Have they proved to you this man was not acting in self-defence?” Mr Coles said.”When I heard those remarks I was alarmed and we invite you to use your common sense. You are entitled to think about what questions you are left to answer. The prosecution are saying they don’t know and we saying they ought to.” Ben Stokes is filmed by a member of the public as he leaves court during the lunch break, highlighting the interest in the caseCredit:Adrian Dennis/AFP Mr Corsellis said Stokes had been rude to Mbargo doorman Andrew Cunningham and was clearly seen looking down his nose and pointing at him.”To say that he was looking at the night sky, talking to someone more powerful than Mr Cunningham was, I’m afraid, not true,” he told the jury.”In a world and in a way, he has distanced from the admirable career he has. He acted deplorably as the red mist came down and struck with such force that he rendered one person unconscious.” Ben Stokes’ defence lawyer  has questioned whether the cricketer is being singled out because of his status as one of the best players in the game. Stokes, 27, widely regarded as one of the finest all-rounders on the planet, was at Bristol Crown Court Monday morning as his trial rolled into its second week. The charge relates to a night out in Bristol on September 25 last year when the cricketer was involved in a street fight with co-accused Ryan Ali, 28, and his friend Ryan Hale, 27, who was acquitted last week. Gordon Cole QC, representing Stokes, warned jurors that his client may have been getting “special treatment” because of his profile.”Throughout this trial there has been a focus on Ben Stokes,” Mr Cole said. “Is this man getting special treatment because of who he is?” “I’m very concerned that everything said in evidence is being rehearsed in the news. National news, local news.”It is very, very difficult to avoid that. There’s almost one trial going on outside of this court. But the important trial is going on inside of this court.” Ben Stokes is filmed by a member of the public as he leaves court during the lunch break, highlighting the interest in the case England cricketer Ben Stokes has “selective memory” over the street brawl, the prosecution argued on Monday, as jurors prepared to retire to consider their verdicts.   Ryan Ali, left, and Ryan Hale outside Bristol Crown CourtCredit:Ben Birchall and Andrew Matthews/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. During his closing speech, prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis asked jurors to consider why “there are aspects of Mr Stokes’ case where he has zero recollection”.”Selective memory, members of the jury,” he told Bristol Crown Court. Meanwhile,However, Mr Corsellis told the jury: “Mr Stokes’s defence at this stage is ‘I can’t remember it but I must have been acting in self-defence’.”There’s a problem with that because it is not for him to prove self-defence but how do you analyse that? There’s no evidence from him as to what threat he perceived. No evidence that he saw there was a metal bar.”No evidence he was being verbally threatened by Mr Hale and Mr Ali. There’s no foundation to say his self-defence kicked in.”The prosecution’s claims:Stokes was refused entry from nightclubCricketer was left enraged by Mbargo doormanHe was homophobic to Mr Barry and Mr O’ConnorStokes flicked cigarette butt at themMr Hale and Ali attacked by “aggressor” StokesProsecution say it was not self-defenceStokes, 27, is accused of affray in the Clifton triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year.He is on trial alongside Ali, 28, who Stokes is alleged to have knocked out during a fracas near the Mbargo nightclub. Ryan Ali, left, and Ryan Hale outside Bristol Crown Court Mr Cole went on: “The fact is that, so far as publicity is concerned, I have no idea whether you have seen anything on the news.”I have no idea that when, about a year ago, this first hit the papers and The Sun footage was shown, I have no idea whether any of you – I suspect most people in the country probably saw it. Mr Corsellis told the jury that the Crown conceded that at the point Ali had the bottle in his hand Stokes was acting “to defend himself or in defence of another”, but then “quickly turned aggressor”.The prosecutor said the affray involved several people, lots of shouting and violence, which resulted in two people being knocked unconscious.He claimed Stokes left Mbargo “enraged” and that there were aspects of the case which the cricketer has “no recollection” of. “The cigarette butt, homophobic abuse, the attack on Mr Ali,” Mr Corsellis said. “He says he can’t say or is it won’t say because of what the truth is?”Mr Corsellis asked the jury to put themselves in the position of being on the Clifton Triangle at 2.30am watching the fight unfold in front of their eyes. “Would you be quite scared?” he asked.  Ben Stokes of England celebrates dismissing India captain Virat Kohli Credit:Gareth Copley/Getty “I think I am beginning to defend the press,” the defence lawyer went on. “It is impossible to actually describe every nuance, every single bit of evidence, every inference that you are being asked to consider.”It is difficult to report every detail. The important trial is the trial that is going on in here.”Stokes’ defence lawyer also accused the prosecution of a “great deal of rowing back” by the prosecution and questioned whether the injuries sustained were his client’s fault. Mr Cole said: “You will see Mr Hales on one occasion appearing to kick. So, when the prosecution seeks to hang all the blame at Ben Stokes’s door by saying he rendered people unconscious, just look at what happened.”Think about kicks and stamps. Does it follow that all of these injuries are properly attributed to Ben Stokes? We say no. We say that the evidence is ambiguous.” But Mr Cole said two of Mr Corsellis’s comments in his own closing speech left him “massively alarmed” because the prosecution said it did not know what was happening at the start and at the end of the incident.”If that is the prosecution saying they don’t know how, how are you supposed to fill in the gaps?” Mr Cole suggested.The defence claimsStokes and doorman talked about tattoosCricketer then had “banter” with two gay menMr Hale and Ali were homophobic to the pairStokes defended them, before Ali “swung bottle”At this stage Stokes defended himself and othersAll-rounder was calm with police, not enragedMr Cole suggested there was evidence to support the view that Mr Hale returned to the scene with the metal pole and that seconds before Stokes knocked out Ali, Ali was about to jump on his back. Mr Corsellis told the jury that the Crown conceded that at the point Ali had the bottle in his hand Stokes was acting “to defend himself or in defence of another”, but then “quickly turned aggressor”.”Even if Mr Stokes has begun using self-defence, he very, very quickly after this became the aggressor, with Mr Hale trying to pacify him together with Mr Ali,” he said.”He was pursuing them into the road, repeatedly punching at them at least six times, with his teammate Alex Hales calling him away ‘Stokes… Stokes… stop… stop…’, indeed being pulled away twice and on the second time being turned on by Ben Stokes.”Mr Ali used a bottle as a weapon … Mr Stokes began in self-defence but then became an aggressor. If Mr Stokes was being tried alone, we submit that his behaviour would constitute an affray.” Ben Stokes of England celebrates dismissing India captain Virat Kohli  read more

AmazonFails A Brief Guide to Amazon Controversies

first_imgAmazon came under fire yet again this week after protesters brought to light the fact that the site was selling a book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct. Of course, this isn’t the first time the company has been at the center of controversy. After all, when you’re the United States’ largest retailer, odds are pretty good that you’re going to stock content that not everyone agrees with.Amazon has had plenty of ups and downs since launching in 1994. Here are a few of the more colorful controversies the site has had to contend with over the years.Amazon Name Infringement, 1999Amazon Bookstore Cooperative, Inc., a Minneapolis-based feminist cooperative bookseller sues Amazon.com for infringement. The two parties battle it out in courts but ultimately settle on dual usage.Alleged Animal Fighting Magazines, 2007The Humane Society calls out the site for carrying magazines that allegedly promote animal fighting, such as magazines with titles like The Gamecock, and The Feathered Warrior. The boycotting campaign is given prominence in the wake of the Michael Vick dogfighting case. The Gamecock’s publisher ultimately settles with Amazon, and the magazine is pulled from the site (though the publisher continues to insist that the magazine doesn’t promote animal fighting). #AmazonFail, 2009Perhaps the best-known Amazon controversy of recent years was made light of thanks, in no small part, to the power of Twitter and the above hashtag. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender books suddenly begin disappearing from Amazon rankings. The Twittersphere blames an anti-gay bias, assigning it the #AmazonFail hashtag and creating a petition that quickly fills with names. Amazon apologizes, and chalks the whole thing up to a glitch in the system.Content Pulled From Kindles, 2009It’s bad enough when you accidentally delete content that users have purchased–but when that content happens to be titles like Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, you’re just asking for conspiracy theories. The content was deleted upon discovering that the publisher didn’t possess the rights to the books. Amazon ultimately apologized, refunded the costs of the titles, and promised that it will address the issue differently, moving ahead.Wikipedia Reprinting, 2009In 2007, Amazon signed a content deal with German company VDM. The deal gained media attention two years later when it was discovered that much of the publisher’s content was simply pricey reprintings of free Web content from outlets like Wikipedia. The Pedophile’s Guide, 2010Amazon users threaten to boycott the site upon the discovery that it’s selling a book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct. Thousands of people leave comments on the book’s page, and responds to customers citing free speech concerns, “Let me assure you that Amazon.com does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts; we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.” The site ultimately opts to pull the title under pressure.last_img read more

Oregon man sentenced in underage police sting

first_imgA Milwaukie, Ore., man who tried to meet up with a fictitious 14-year-old girl during a law enforcement sting was sentenced Thursday to 29 days on a work crew.Jeffrey James Graham, 52, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, a gross misdemeanor. He initially faced a felony for the same charge, but it was reduced as part of a plea agreement.Graham was a Rex Putnam High School assistant softball coach for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, a spokesperson for North Clackamas School District previously told The Oregonian.Graham resigned from all duties associated with the school district more than a year ago, district spokeswoman Cindy Quintanilla said.He was arrested Jan. 14, 2016, outside a house in east Vancouver after responding to an online ad placed by undercover police officers, according to an affidavit of probable cause. He had made contact so he could expose himself to her, the affidavit said.During his hearing, Graham’s defense attorney, Dustin Richardson, said that if the case had gone to trial, he would have argued about whether his client’s communication was in fact illegal. He also said that the online chat room Graham was in specifically requires the user to confirm if they are 18 or older.last_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 14 Sanctuary City Showdown

first_imgListen Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs the “Sanctuary Cities” bill, SB 4, into law on Facebook Live.On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down these tumultuous topics in Texas political news:Boys State votes to secede!Waco and its same-sex marriage problemsBeto O’Rourke’s endorsement of Citizens UnitedCalifornia’s travel ban to TexasThen the profs dig deep into the Senate Bill 4 (the “Sanctuary City” bill) lawsuit. By the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is normally Todd Hulslander but this week it was John “The Man of Steel” Steel. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /17:59 Xlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday March 14

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics round table with commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including the violence at Trump rallies and his pending visit to Baltimore. Plus, a conversation about race and politics with Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., author of, “Democracy In Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul.”These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img