Three killed as slab of under-construction building collapses in Pune

first_imgThree labourers were killed and one more seriously injured after the slab of an under-construction building collapsed in Pune’s Dattawadi area on Tuesday morning.The tragedy occurred between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., when a group of four labourers were working on the 7th floor of an under-construction building which was a project by Pate Developers, a city-based construction group. The labourers in question hailed from Jharkhand and were in their 20s.The incident has brought into sharp relief yet again the pressing issue of labourers’ safety measures on construction sites.The deceased have been identified as Prakash Saav (26), Dulari Paswan (28) and Midhun Singh (22). The fourth labourer, Ramu Pawan (24), suffered serious injuries and is undergoing treatment at a local hospital, said Dattawadi police.“The labourers were about their usual tasks when the cement slab of the seventh floor caved in. All three were killed on the spot,” informed Anil Patil, senior police inspector, Dattawadi police station.Mr. Patil further informed that the police were investigating the matter and were in the process of lodging an FIR against the developers under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).He said the contractors and the project owners were being investigated to ascertain who was responsible for the tragedy and questions like whether or not the labourers were wearing safety harnesses while working at that height. The incident is a veritable replay of the Balewadi slab collapse tragedy in July last year in which nine labourers were killed on the spot.In that case, the authorities had stated that the accident was clearly a case of “illicit construction” as the builders (Pride Purple) had violated norms by constructing an additional storey (the 13th floor). Permission to build only 12 floors, plus the basement, was granted.The Dattawadi incident adds to a string of accidents that have occurred in Pune in recent years. On December 2012, 13 labourers were killed when a slab of an under-construction building caved in at Wagholi, 20 km from the city.Prior to that, in September that same year, six persons were killed on the spot and several more injured after a four-storey residential building caved in at Sahakar Nagar.Safety norms and illicit constructions came into question yet again in January 2014, when a newly constructed six-storey building collapsed in the city’s suburban region of Narhe-Ambegaon, tragically killing a 28-year-old youth who was trapped under the debris.last_img read more

Independent candidate, backed by BJP and Congress, wins Arunachal byelection

first_imgIndependent candidate Chakat Aboh, widow of assassinated MLA Tirong Aboh, has won Khonsa West seat in Arunachal Pradesh by a margin of 1887 votes. She defeated independent candidate Azet Homtok, who polled 3818 votes. Byelections were necessitated in the constituency after MLA Tirong Aboh was gunned down by suspected militants in May, two days ahead of poll results. In a rare show of unity, all political parties, including Congress and the BJP, fielded Aboh’s widow, Ms. Chakat Aboh, as a common candidate. An estimated 89 per cent of the over 10,000 voters had exercised their franchise in the by-election to the seat held on October 21.last_img

LOOK: Cristiano Ronaldo introduces his twins

first_imgRobredo: 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’ Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has welcomed “two new loves of my life.” Ronaldo, 32, shared a photo of him cradling his nurslings, who were born from a surrogate mother, on his social media pages on Thursday. Although Ronaldo has yet to confirm his twins’ identities, Portuguese news sites revealed that the twin boy was named Mateo, while the girl was named Eva, according to TMZ.“So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life,” he captioned his photo.His first son, Cristiano Jr., was also born from a surrogate mother in 2010. Coincidentally, Ronaldo’s girlfriend, model Georgina Rodriguez, is gossiped to be expecting a child as well. Gianna Francesca Catolico /raRELATED STORIESCristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid – bossRonaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New ZealandADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finaleSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Tennis star Venus Williams allegedly ‘at fault’ in fatal car crash MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenalast_img read more

Mesut Ozil Opens Up About ‘Terrifying’ Experience of Attempted Car-jacking

first_img arsenalfootballMesut OzilSead Kolasinac First Published: October 17, 2019, 7:15 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mesut Ozil has opened up about being at the centre of an attempted car-jacking, saying he feared for his wife’s safety during the terrifying ordeal in London.The Arsenal midfielder, his wife Amine and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were all caught up in the incident on July 25, two weeks before the start of the Premier League season. Footage on social media showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac chasing off two moped attackers who were wearing helmets and dark clothing.A man earlier this month admitted in a London court to trying to rob Ozil and Kolasinac and will be sentenced in November.”Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers,” Ozil, 31, said in an interview with The Athletic.”The second one was in front of my car on his moped so I couldn’t drive.””We were newly wed and I was scared about my wife. I was scared about Sead. I wasn’t thinking about myself. I was worried they were going to open my wife’s door and they tried, so I reached across her to keep it closed.”Ozil, currently out of favour at Arsenal, said although nobody was harmed physically, the incident shook up his wife.”My wife wanted to get away immediately,” said the former Germany international.”She didn’t feel safe. Even if I let our dogs into the garden and went out with them she would say, ‘Come in, come in, stay in the house.’ She was very concerned.”But he said the incident did not make him want to leave London permanently and he planned to stay at Arsenal until the end of his contract in 2021.The World Cup winner has played just two matches this season, fuelling speculation over his long-term future.”When I signed the new deal (in 2018) I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career,” he said.”I didn’t want to stay for just one or two more years, I wanted to commit my future to Arsenal and the club wanted me to do the same.”You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.”Ozil spoke of his disappointment that he was often singled out for blame when Unai Emery’s team were under-performing.”If we don’t do well in a ‘big’ game, it’s always my fault,” said the midfielder, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.”If that’s true, how do you explain our results in the ‘big’ games when I wasn’t involved? There’s no real difference. I know people expect me to offer more, dictate play and make the difference — I do, too — but it’s not that straightforward.” last_img read more

How Mertens won the love of Pamela Anderson!

first_img“Frankly, I was fortunate to discover Dries as a centre-forward,” the Neapolitan admitted, “because I had to make the change when Arkadiusz Milik was injured last year.”But it’s honestly a pity that we only discovered Mertens as a striker at the age of 28, because he could have been at the top level in the world for years and years.”Indeed, Mertens is no ‘false nine’, he’s the real deal, a complete forward, one of only two players to have both scored and assisted 10 goals in 2017 – the other is Inter ace Ivan Perisic.Of course, there were never any doubts about Mertens’ ability to create chances for others, given his terrific footwork and blistering pace. However, Sarri’s decision to deploy him as a No.9 shocked many.Mertens had netted 11 times during his debut season in Serie A, in 2013-14, but needed another two years to double that tally. Indeed, by the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Mertens was no longer a certain starter and grew frustrated at being used only sporadically by Sarri, who had succeeded Rafael Benitez at the helm that summer.“I’m basically only playing one of every two games,” he told Het Nieuwsblad . “That’s sometimes irritating.“With our busy schedule I understand you can’t play every game, but one match in two is too little.”However, after Milik suffered knee ligament damage while on international duty with Poland on October 8 of last year, Sarri was left with the hit-and-miss Manolo Gabbiadini as his only recognised centre-forward, so Sarri turned to Mertens.The Belgian responded sensationally, netting 26 times in his next 29 Serie A appearances for a grand total of 28 goals from 35 games by the season’s end.Dries Mertens Napoli LazioHis transformation into a prolific centre-forward prompted the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and even Barcelona to try their utmost to profit from the fact that Mertens’ wife, Kat Kerkhofs, was allegedly unsettled in Naples.There was also a colossal cash offer from China in January but the Belgium international ultimately decided to extend his stay at the San Paolo.“My father drove a bus in Anderlecht and he took me to training every day in Brussels from when I was 11 to 18,” he explained to La Libre . “I have so much respect for what my parents did. They did not raise me talking about money and I would have disappointed them if I had gone to China.”You hear players saying that they’re signing for the adventure but no-one believes them. Maybe if I had been a substitute, like last season, I would have gone and chosen the money.“But we weighed up the pros and cons – my wife read testimonials from people of who live there – and you think about the smog and it doesn’t seem like a healthy atmosphere.”So I decided to say no, and I can tell you it’s difficult to refuse such an amount. My children and even my grandchildren would not have had to worry about their future.”It is possible that Barca were also interested, but I have not had any direct contact. After a season like that, I am super happy at my club. I didn’t want to leave.”There was also interest from Chelsea and other clubs, but, in my head, there was never any intention to change clubs. I am happy at Napoli.”Dries Mertens China PSDiego Maradona NapoliIndeed, Mertens has genuine affection for the club and the city. The fans have always recognised that fact – and loved him for it. Not since Diego Maradona have they so readily taken a player to their hearts.Even before Mertens started scoring freely, he was referred to as ‘Ciro’ – a popular Christian name in Naples – because he had immersed himself in the local culture. When he speaks Italian, he often does so in the Neapolitan dialect.Furthermore, for all of the talk of his wife being unsettled, she has done nothing but cast the city in a positive light in her blog. Indeed, the couple have talked so much about Naples to their friends that they have been overwhelmed with visitors, with Mertens revealing that he once had to go sleep at Gonzalo Higuain’s house because “mine was full; my home has become a hotel!”It is, thus, easy to understand why Mertens decided to stay at Napoli for another season and why he looks just so happy in himself right now, having made an impressive start to the new Serie A season, with six goals in five games.Indeed, his most recent effort, against Lazio last Wednesday, took the breath away, with Mertens beating a back-peddling Thomas Strakosha with an expertly-weighted, first-time chip from an acute angle wide on the left-hand side of the pitch.It bore an uncanny resemblance to Maradona’s iconic strike against the same opposition in February 1985 and Mertens joked afterwards, “Mine was further out, so I get extra credit!”I just turned around, saw the goalkeeper was getting slowly back to his line and that there was a small gap, so I said to myself: ‘Go for it’!”After all, he who dares wins. Or better yet, earns the love of an entire city – and Pamela Anderson. UEFA Champions League The right-footed Maradona? How world-class Mertens won the love of Napoli – and Pamela Anderson Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 2 years ago 18:39 25/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dries Mertens Napoli Getty UEFA Champions League Napoli Napoli v Feyenoord Feyenoord Serie A Manchester United Chelsea Barcelona Premier League Primera División Transfers Opinion After being left heartbroken by the loss of Gonzalo Higuain, the Partenopei have a new hero – and he’s scoring goals a lot like another former idol When Dries Mertens’ former club Utrecht arrived on Merseyside in December 2010 for a Europa League clash with Liverpool, he ran into actress Pamela Anderson, who was staying at the same hotel.”She looked at me and fell in love!” he later joked. “My team-mates didn’t dare ask her but she posed for a photo with me.”Napoli 17/10 to win Serie A Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Mertens, it seems, has always been one for making the most of unexpected opportunities. Therefore, perhaps we should not be so surprised that the Belgian winger has developed into a world-class No.9 since being moved into the centre of Napoli’s attack almost exactly a year ago.Then again, not even coach Maurizio Sarri was confident that Mertens could make a success of the positional switch.Dries Mertens Pamela Anderson PSlast_img read more

Klopp: Training Liverpool is a f*cking sensation

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: Training Liverpool is a f*cking sensation – it’s unbelievable! Goal 08:02 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Never one to shy away from a good quote, the Anfield boss is in high spirits despite only having lifted one trophy from six finals Jurgen Klopp has described the feeling of managing Liverpool as a ‘f*cking sensation’ as the Reds gear up to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Saturday.The energetic coach was an instant hit at Anfield, with the German’s high-energy brand of ‘heavy metal’ football both pleasing on the eye as well as capable of delivering results against big sides.However, it has not been an easy ride for Klopp, with the Stuttgart native admitting that his school grades could have made it difficult for him to forge what has ultimately become a hugely exciting career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I do what I love and that’s the biggest thing,” the 50-year-old told former Red Robbie Fowler in an interview for the Mirror.”When I passed my A-levels, the head of the school said in front of all of the other students: ‘I hope you do something in football otherwise I’m not optimistic for you!'”It was really hard in that moment, I can tell you. But I sit here today and I can train a club like Liverpool – it still feels like a f*cking sensation! It’s unbelievable!”Fowler went on to touch on Klopp’s clear devotion to the club, with it having emerged that he had originally planned to a break after his seven-year spell at Signal Iduna Park.When the call from Anfield came in, however, there was only one answer he could give.”I felt something special immediately when Mike Gordon called me,” he said.Klopp's sensation“I was not ready, I thought it made sense that I had one year off. But I really knew, ok, that is one club that I can not say no to.”The final represents Klopp’s second time making it to the final of Europe’s top club competition, with the manager having lost to Bayern Munich during his time at Dortmund in 2013.Indeed, Klopp will hope to break something of a cup final hoodoo, having only emerged victorious in one of six in his managerial career, lifting the DFB Pokal in 2012 with BVB.Kick-off for the showpiece event in Kiev is at 7:45pm UK time (2:45pm US ET). Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in charge

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero O’Shea says Solskjaer the right man in chargeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United defender John O’Shea says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.United have lost two of their opening six Premier League matches and are now preparing for the visit of Arsenal on Monday. “The club has spoken recently about sticking behind Ole and having a plan in place,” O’Shea told Sky Sports.”It’s going to take time but Ole and the staff will know that they are going to need to get results along the way. They cannot let performances drop too low. They have to maintain standards.”Everyone at the club has to look in the mirror and ask whether they are doing the best for the players and the coaching staff.”It’s a work in progress. The success is not there on the pitch at the moment so people are naturally looking more at the off-the-field issues. The people in power must want the best for the club and it will hurt them looking across the city at what other teams close by are doing.”They need to have trust in the people they have put in place. It can turn around quite quickly if you get things right in the transfer windows.” last_img read more

SOLO DANCE COMPETITION BATTLE OF THE NEXT GENERATION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Expose yourself to the knowledge, experience, and opportunities that will help you break into the professional dance industry! At Battle of the Next Generation, you will work closely with our esteemed faculty of professional agents, choreographers, and dancers in a positive and informative environment. This jam-packed day includes mock auditions, one-on-one interviews, solo performances, and a Top 5 Freestyle Dance-Off!Register now at our website http://battleofthenextgen.wix.com/mysite to learn from the industry’s top professionals! Registration deadline is August 15th. You don’t want to miss out!PS Tanya Karn and her amazing sister Julie Karn have created this one of a kind event – so cool! Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

US Officials Urge Trump Administration to Support Morocco on Western Sahara…

Rabat – US attorney general of Idaho Lawrence Wasden and Utah’s attorney general Sean Reyes have co-written a opinion piece, emphasizing the role of Morocco as a leading counter-terrorism country.Published on December 14 by Salt Lake Tribune, the opinion piece points out Morocco’s steady support for the US’s security efforts in the MENA region. The opinion piece analyzes Morocco’s efforts in fighting cyber terrorism and criminal crimes, such as human trafficking. Both officials were tasked to visit Morocco and learn about its “efforts to counter human trafficking, cyber terrorism, and transnational organized crimes.”Referring to their trip to Morocco, Wasden and Reyes said that they found Morocco to be “a country that cares deeply about security and rule of law, in a region hostile to both.”The officials also spoke about their meeting with the governor of the Dakhla province in Western Sahara. They highlighted that the region has “witnessed a variety of development projects” in recent years, hinting at Morocco’s increasing efforts to improve living standards and employment prospects for the region’s locals.Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowRyes and Wasden emphasized the credibility of Morocco’s autonomy plan introduced in 2007 to the United Nations. Both Attorneys general recognized that the autonomy plan received “large bipartisan support in the US Congress” as it represents a “win-win compromise solution” to the conflict.Arguing that Morocco is the US’s most reliable ally in the region, the American officials warned Trump’s administration against losing their North African ally.Read Also: Western Sahara: Everything You Should Know About Morocco’s Autonomy PlanThe US should intensify its support to Moroccan positions as no other countries in the region are as committed as Morocco to the values and interests that the US shares with allies, they said of the conflict in Western Sahara. Morocco’s efforts in countering terrorism and radicalization, “underscore the need for continued US support to help Morocco resolve the Western Sahara conflict,” the noted. “Although this dispute remains a frozen conflict with seemingly little relevance amidst a variety of hotspots in different parts of the world, it remains nevertheless pertinent today as it threatens to undermine a vital U.S. ally in North Africa.”For all the pro-Morocco sentiment in the opinion piece-and increasingly in conservative circles in the US-it is still unclear what they direction the Trump administration will take regarding the conflict.Read Also: US Congresswoman: US Sides with Morocco on CounterterrorismLast week, Bolton expressed frustration over the continuity of the conflict, criticizing the UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, also known as MINURSO. “Ladies and gentlemen, 27 years of deployment of this peacekeeping force, 27 years and it’s still there? How can you justify that? I have got to know over the years the Saharawi people, I have enormous respect for them, I have enormous respect for the government and people of Morocco and Algeria, is there not a way to resolve it?” Bolton wondered with frustration.Read Also: Bolton ‘Frustrated’ With UN Failure to Resolve Western Sahara DisputeMorocco-US alliance on counterterrorismThe officials also touted Morocco’s counterterrorism and the fight against radicalization as key assets that the US should take into account. According to them, the cooperation will deepen cooperation in both “military and security” between the two countries.Read Also: Morocco Wants Strong Security Cooperation with US Against IranMorocco’s strategy to fight against terrorism has attracted interests among counter-terrorism experts worldwide. The North African country cooperates with a host of international security services, including in the US, Spain, and France.In October, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that the US allies itself with Morocco in the fight against terrorism and in maintaining security.”Ros-Lehtinen indicated that Morocco is a strong country with which the US shares “the same problems.”The opinion piece also recalled Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran over Hezbollah’s support for the Polisario Front. “This should not come as a surprise given that Iran has been seeking to destabilize a number of states, in an effort to weaken the U.S. allies in the Middle East and North Africa, and in so doing, creates a security risk to our friends and our nation,” the commentary added.They emphasized that the US “must” back Morocco as the country leads the way in terms of “reforms and as an exporter of peace while at the same time addressing the challenges brought by regional instability, rising extremism and external threats from Iran,” the officials concluded read more

CPA strongly rejects statement by Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero

“Our shock and sadness in this regard are compounded by the fact that the Venerable Thero made a deeply respected contribution to our ‘Never Again’ public interest television campaign in 2008 marking the 25th anniversary of Black July, the central message of which was non-violence and peaceful coexistence amongst all the peoples of our country,” CPA said.In keeping with its non-partisan organisational mandate, CPA has engaged in strengthening good governance and democracy in Sri Lanka since its inception in 1996. CPA will continue to work on research and advocacy to build broad public support for a new constitution. CPA also notes that the Venerable Thero does not produce any evidence in respect of the allegations made against CPA and its Executive Director’s purported role in the constitutional reform process. Accordingly, CPA regrets to have to state that such remarks by such a personage are alarmingly irresponsible and even inflammatory. “CPA strongly rejects the statement made by the Venerable Thero. His comments unfortunately associate him with the extremist opponents of the constitutional reform process. These extremists have labelled supporters of a new constitution “traitors”, threatened them with death and called for Parliament to be bombed if a new constitution is passed by its members. In this context, CPA is appalled and saddened by these remarks of such a highly respected member of the Sangha,” CPA said in a statement. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) strongly rejected claims made by the Venerable Bellanwila Wimalaratne Thero.Addressing a conference of Bikkhus at the Dhammikaramaya in Ratmalana on the proposed new constitution, the Venerable Thero stated that CPA and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu are behind “constitutional courts” and are “pumping” the constitutional reform process with “NGO money”. A report to this effect was also published in the Lankadeepa newspaper on 1st November 2017. CPA fervently hopes that the public debate on the new constitution can be carried out without misinformation, insinuations and threats of violence, which are all reminiscent of the recent past. We believe our country needs a new constitution that meets the aspirations of all of its peoples and comprehensively rejects the politics of hurt, harm and hate. We strongly appeal to our fellow citizens, politicians and all religious leaders to engage in and lead an informed, responsible and constructive debate on this pivotal issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Kevin Love Is Only Following The Same Rubric As Six Decades Of

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love made news Monday when he endorsed Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA MVP race. Now, normally that wouldn’t be much of a story — we’ve made the case for Westbrook ourselves — except for one not-so-tiny detail: Love picked Westbrook over his own teammate, LeBron James.Asked to choose between Westbrook (Love’s old college teammate at UCLA) and James by Dan Patrick on his eponymous radio show, Love said:They’re both having an MVP-type season, but I’m going to go with Russell Westbrook because … every single night you’re looking at his stat sheet, they’re fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs. … I think Russ is arguably having the better season.The supposed slight between teammates was later downplayed by James (“Kevin has his own opinion of who he believes is the MVP. No one should fault him for that.”). But to some, it added to the speculation about a growing rift between the two superstars — and what it could mean for Love’s future in Cleveland. If he chooses to, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.Then again, maybe Love was just following the same rubric that MVP voters have adhered to for over a half-century. Several years ago, Justin Kubatko (then of Basketball-Reference.com) analyzed historical patterns in NBA MVP voting, attempting to create an algorithm that would predict the front-runners for the award in-season. After going through a variety of statistical combinations, he found that four categories had by far the most influence on MVP results: team wins, points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.That research forms the basis for Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker tool, which currently gives Westbrook about twice as good a shot at the award as James. While James’ team has been better, winning 64 percent of its games — compared with 58 percent for Oklahoma City — Westbrook’s edges over James in points, rebounds and assists per game are traditionally more than enough to offset the difference in team records. The Thunder’s winning percentage would have to drop to 48 percent for Westbrook and James to have the same MVP probability per the Basketball-Reference.com model.(For what it’s worth, the metric also lists Houston’s James Harden and — especially — Golden State’s Stephen Curry as overwhelming MVP favorites, with Curry garnering a 41 percent probability of taking home the hardware. So it’s still unlikely that Westbrook or James will win the award.)In other words, Love isn’t necessarily going out of his way to disrespect James here. Perhaps the homer pick — publicly backing one’s teammate despite evidence to the contrary — is still a customary gesture of solidarity among colleagues. But by picking Westbrook instead, Love was at least highly consistent with the way media members have voted for players since the first MVP was handed out. read more

British expat pensioners arrested over £2m cocaine smuggling plot named

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. The cruise liner MS Marco Polo, on which Roger and Susan Clarke were arrested The cruise liner MS Marco Polo, on which Roger and Susan Clarke were arrestedCredit:Bork/ullstein bild via Getty Images Details on her Facebook page show that Susan is from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and worked as a secretary in aviation industry. She now lives with her husband in Guardamar del Segura, just south of Alicante in Spain.The cocaine was intercepted at the ship’s penultimate stop, rather than at its final docking point of Tilbury, Essex.Portuguese police chief Vitor Ananais said: “We acted when we did rather than wait for a possible handover because we wanted to protect the investigation and ensure we seized the drugs.“We do not know for sure at the moment where the cocaine was going to be brought ashore,” he added.“We believe the couple were given the drugs in a Caribbean island but are still looking into which island at this stage.“The couple were not at all showy and blended in well because most of the other passengers on the cruise liner were elderly.“They were travelling alone. They didn’t try to protest their innocence after their arrests. They haven’t said anything to police as to how the drugs got in their cases.”The couple appeared in court on December 5, with Susan currently being held at a prison in Tires near Lisbon and Roger in a prison in the capital. Two pensioners arrested on suspicion of smuggling £2 million of cocaine into Europe on board a cruise ship have been named as husband-and-wife couple Roger and Susan Clarke.Roger, 72, had apparently loaded four new suitcases onto the Marco Polo cruise liner while it was docked in St Lucia, according to the Sun, who say they spoke to a fellow passenger on the boat.The pair were arrested in a targeted raid by Portuguese police on December 4, who boarded the cruise liner as it docked in Lisbon.Vitor Ananais, who led the operation for the Policia Judiciaria, said: “We knew who were looking for and boarded the cruise ship with a search warrant.”He described how nine kilograms of cocaine, with a reported street value of £2 million were found inside the couple’s cabin, hidden in false bottoms of their suitcases. The Foreign Office have been contacted for comment. According to the Sun, Roger bragged about buying cheap luggage to fellow guests on board the Marco Polo, saying: “I tell you what Sue, I’ve done a really good deal. $200 for four suitcases. Wasn’t that cheap?“They would be £1,500 in Harrods.”Susan, 70, was understood to have stayed on the boat while her husband went onshore. read more

Thiess in new contract for Rockys Reward nickel mine

first_imgThiess has been awarded a A$225 million contract with BHP Nickel West to provide mining services at the Rocky’s Reward nickel mine in Western Australia.The 34-month contract incorporates a further cutback at the Rocky’s Reward pit and works at a satellite pit. The mining services include mine planning and engineering, drilling and blasting, mining of overburden and ore, and rehandling services to the Leinster processing facility.CIMIC Group Chief Executive Officer Michael Wright said: “This award continues our strong working relationship with BHP Nickel West. We’re pleased to continue our support at Rocky’s Reward, delivering value through our mining expertise and our experience in planning and scheduling mining around existing underground workings.”CIMIC Group Executive Mining and Mineral Processing and Thiess Managing Director Douglas Thompson said: “This contract recognises our ability to bring the right equipment, people and expertise to projects. We look forward to building on our experience at Rocky’s Reward where we delivered strongly in production and safety. We also look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for local jobs and suppliers.”A member of the BHP Billiton group, Nickel West is a fully integrated nickel business comprising the Mt Keith, Cliffs and Leinster mines, the Kalgoorlie smelter, the Kambalda concentrator and the Kwinana refinery.Rocky’s Reward is located at Leinster, 400 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie.last_img read more

This is a new island created by the massive earthquake in Pakistan

first_imgA MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE in Pakistan yesterday killed 328 people (according to latest reports from provincial officials) and destroyed communities in the remote area of the southwest.The 7.7 magnitude quake also created a new island off the country’s south coast.Gwadar’s local government office issued photos of the new land today, showing people walking on what used to be part of the Arabian sea.A close-up:Read: Major earthquake kills at least 39 in Pakistanlast_img

Joao Cancelo expressed gratitude to Inter after Fridays encounter

first_imgAfter Juventus defeated Inter Milan in Friday’s Serie A blockbuster classic, Joao Cancelo has expressed his gratitude to his ex-clubThe Nerazzurri have practically scouted the Portuguese wing-back for the Bianconeri, helping him to adjust to the Italian Serie A before his €40.4m transfer from Valencia to the Allianz Stadium in the summer.What’s more, the Milanese giants were determined to keep hold of Cancelo during the summer, but have failed to see the deal through due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.Known for his devastating pace and excellent technique, Cancelo has emerged as one of the best Europe right-backs, establishing himself as an indispensable first-team member under Max Allegri this term.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.After the derby, the skillful defender has revealed his affection for Inter.“It was an important victory against Inter, who are a great team and a direct rival for the Scudetto,” he told Sky Sport Italia, which has later been transmitted by FourFourTwo.“Inter was a very important team for me, that made me grow a lot. Now I’m wearing Juventus’ colors, and I think only of Juve, but Inter remains in my heart.”last_img read more

Claire Foy paid less than Matt Smith for starring in The Crown

first_imgSomething for the weekend: British actress Claire Foy may have to consider raiding the Crown Jewels for a payday bonus after it was reported that she was paid less than her male co-star Matt Smith for playing leading monarch Queen Elizabeth in the hit Netflix drama The Crown.According to Hollywood publication Variety, show producers confessed at a television industry conference in Jerusalem that Foy’s on-screen husband Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was able to command a more princely pay packet than Foy due to his previous work on popular shows such as Doctor Who.Golden Globe winner Foy, 33, was reportedly paid £28,000 per episode for The Crown’s first two series, while Smith’s pay per episode remains unconfirmed.Suzanne Mackie, co-producer on The Crown, told the conference that the pay difference would be rectified moving forwards, although Foy will still not benefit from this because a new cast of royals are being introduced for series three and four.Mackie told Variety: “Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the Queen.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are glad to hear that the new occupants of The Crown’s Buckingham Palace will be paid on an equal basis moving forward, however we think a meeting with the Queen herself would certainly be an ample reward…last_img read more

CES Responded To Flipped Boat Near Jims Landing No Reported Injuries

first_imgCES Chief Dan Grimes: “We responded with an engine, two engines, and a command rig. We also contacted the Russian River Ferry and had them meet us at the landing with their boat.” CES put two rescue swimmers on the boat and went downstream roughly 500 yards South of Jim’s Landing and located the flipped boat. Grimes: “Three victims all on shore, they were wet and cold, but okay. We brought them back safely to the landing.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Services responded to a flipped over boat in the Kenai River near Jim’s Landing around 9:51 p.m., last night. According to Grimes all occupants were wearing life jackets.last_img

Infosys Likely to Appoint Board Member Seshasayee as Interim Chairman

first_imgInfosys is likely to appoint board member R Seshasayee as interim non-executive chairman. He will replace KV Kamath, who will leave the company to take charge as the first president of the newly formed $100-billion BRICS Bank.The company is expected to confirm the candidate for the post of non-executive chairman within 2-3 weeks, according to the two sources close to the development.”It is quite likely that Infosys will opt for an interim non-executive chairman for now. Ideally the company would like to have a chairman in place before the AGM (on June 22),” a source said, The Economic Times reports.Seshasayee, who started his career with Hindustan Lever in 1971, was appointed as the board member of India’s second largest IT firm in January 2011. Seshasayee served as the executive director and managing director of Ashok Leyland before joining Infosys.”Seshasayee is the most likely candidate to be selected as interim non-executive chairman, given his experience and the fact that he is among the senior-most people on the board,” one of the sources said.Infosys’s chief executive officer Vishal Sikka and outgoing Kamath are also expected to work together in scouting for an external candidate as the next chairman.”Infosys ideally wants the next chairman to have a profile similar to founder NR Narayana Murthy or Kamath. That person could come either from within the board or outside Infosys,” the person added.After retiring as the CEO of ICICI Bank on 30 April, 2009, Kamath got appointed as the chairman of Infosys, replacing its founder NR Narayana Murthy in August 2011.”Infosys needs (a chairman) with experience in institution building. Right now the company is undergoing a serious transition and a lot of changes are taking place under the new CEO. So Infosys needs to pick someone who can be a good sounding board to Sikka,” said Kavil Ramachandran, executive director of Thomas Schmidheiny Centre for Family Enterprise at the Indian School of Business.Kamath, 67, has been appointed as the chief of New Development Bank proposed by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. The president of the bank will have a term of five years.last_img read more

Rupee hits twomonth high on dollar weakness

first_imgThe Indian rupee continued to strengthen on Wednesday, hitting a near two-month high against the US dollar. It appreciated by 43 paise to close at 64.98 against the greenback.A strong rebound in the rupee was supported by a weakening dollar in the wake of reduced chances of an interest rate hike by the US central bank. Last week, an official data showed that the employment growth in the US remained weak in September, leading to a decline in expectations over monetary tightening by the US Federal Reserve in 2015.”We expect INR to be one of the outperformers in the region. India is among the best positioned in Asia to benefit from lower oil prices and it is also relatively insulated from China’s economic growth slowdown (from a trade perspective) with exports to China accounting for just ~5% of India’s total exports in 2014,” said RBC Capital Markets in a note.Besides, the rupee was underpinned by a rebound in domestic stock markets, which rose for a sixth consecutive session on Wednesday amid a revival in buying interest from overseas investors. So far this month, foreign investors have bought equities worth about Rs 1,500 crore (net) in the cash market, NDTV Profit reported.The benchmark BSE Sensex index has gone up nearly 1,300 points since 29 September, the day on which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) surprised the markets by announcing a 50 bps cut in key lending rate.Analysts said that the domestic currency will also benefit from the RBI’s decision to raise foreign investment in government bonds.Last month, the central bank said that “it would gradually increase the limits it sets for foreign investors buying government debt by up to Rs 1.2 lakh crore by March 2018.””Again, RBI is doing its part to help, announcing a range of measures to liberalise financial markets. For example, it increased the current USD30bn limit for foreign investment in govt bonds by USD18bn (by March 2018 in stages; currently fully utilized and up to 5% of outstanding),” said RBC note.last_img read more

Bulls return to DStreet climbing 1000 points in March amid gaining traction

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayThe bulls are on the rampage on the Street revved up by foreign buying and the brightening prospects of the return to power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Balakot bomb run in retaliation to Pulwama attack. Sensex, the 30-scrip benchmark index of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) surged about 1,000 points in six sessions of March in what is seen as the beginning of a long rally to close on Tuesday at 37,535 points. The broader 50-index National Stock Exhange (NSE) Nifty clocked about 400 points to close at 11,301 points.Indian rupee touched a new 2-month high on the back of strong foreign buying of both debt and equity. Market observers see renewed risk appetite in foreign institutional investors (FII), who have poured in about Rs 8,000 crores so far this month, according to a report in the MoneyControl website. FIIs sustained net inflows in February and January pumping in Rs 13,564 crores and Rs 127 crores respectively. Foreign portfolio investors (FPI) have also been supporting net inflows having brought in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crores last month.Market watchers are confident of a continued bull run this time unless there is a disastrous political turn as the rally has been broad based with strong movement in all sectors. The Nifty Bank index on Tuesday surpassed its all-time closing high of 28,320 hit on August 9, 2018, to hit a high of 28,363 in the intra-day trade, the Business Standard website said. The most active stocks on NSE were Reliance Industries (RIL), ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Titan Company and UPL hitting their high.The bullish turn is attributed in part to the market euphoria over polls that have predicted a return of the Bharatiya Janata Party under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The mid-and small-caps have been gaining traction among the investors after having bled for more than a year. Experts are bullish on the segment because of their favourable valuation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a programme at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on March 9, 2019.IANS/PIBChandresh Nigam, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Axis Mutual Fund, had told Business Standard recently: “We have seen increased flows from HNIs in the mid- and small-cap schemes in the last four-five days. Sophisticated investors are taking tactical calls on the mid- and small-cap categories. There has been sustained correction in some of these categories. Some wealthy investors see this as a good time to deploy their funds.”The bulls have also found traction in the revised notes by foreign brokerages such as HSBC, BNP Paribas and Morgan Stanley on Indian equities. HSBC recently raised its weightage on India from ‘neutral’ to ‘overweight’ and remains bullish on financial, metal, and consumer discretionary sectors in the Indian context, according to a report.”Aside from the elections, the macro backdrop is looking better in 2019 than in 2018. Inflation is low, and our economists are now looking for a rate cut in April. We expect overall GDP (gross domestic product) growth to accelerate, possibly supported by reforms (such as GST) starting to bear fruit,” Herald van der Linde, head of equity strategy for the Asia Pacific at HSBC wrote in a note along with Devendra Joshi and Prerna Garg. The global cues have also been conducive for the Indian bull run. The Asian shares have been upbeat after the European Commission’s nod for changes to a Brexit deal ahead of a vote in the British parliament. European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to additional assurances in an updated Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, according to Reuters. The easing of trade war clouds between the US and China have also helped the global markets, reflecting the shine on Indian equities.last_img read more