Salman Khan taking total control of Bharat to avoid Race 3 disaster?

first_imgSalman Khan is yet to recover from the shock that was Race 3 box office collection. The film turned out to be a complete dud by Salman Khan standards.While Khan’s fans had set mighty high expectations from Race 3, once in theatres, the film had something else altogether to say.Race 3 went on to earn only about Rs 170-180 crore at the domestic box office. Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju, that hit the screens two weeks after Race 3, decimated the film.Even with a two-week window at the box office, Race 3 could not see the kind of money that is typical of your usual Salman film on Eid.Salman Khan, say reports, has still not been able to get over the Race 3 debacle.And in order to avoid a re-run of Race 3, looks like Salman has taken total control of his upcoming film Bharat.Khan is currently shooting for the second schedule of Bharat in Malta. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, is reportedly in Salman’s hands now.A website quoted a source as saying, “A lot of the problems stemmed from the shoddy script in Race 3. This time Salman and the team have spent more time on the writing than on any other film. Also, in terms of political resonance, Bharat is Salman Khan’s most important film to date. Director Ali Abbas Zafar is consulting eminent Indian historians for detailed data on post-Partition India.”For the uninitiated, Race 3 was bashed no end by critics and even Salman fans for its writing and story. The film had no plotline and nothing redemptive in the story.advertisementThe film soon fizzled out after the initial hype. Despite being an Eid release, the Salman starrer went on to earn less than Rs 200 crore at the domestic box office.With Bharat, Salman is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that there is nothing amiss. Khan sports five different looks in the film. Bharat tells the journey of a man alongside the country.The source also told the website, “This is not the time-pass world of Race 3. Salman can’t afford to get any details wrong in Bharat. He won’t be spared by academicians, intellectuals and activists if he slips up. In Bharat, he is being extra-cautious.”Bharat was earlier supposed to be Priyanka Chopra’s big Bollywood comeback. But the actress walked out of the film owing to remuneration issues, and Katrina Kaif was roped in instead.Salman unveiled the teaser of Bharat yesterday, on the occasion of Independence Day. The film is set for a release on Eid 2019.ALSO SEE: Race 3 Movie ReviewALSO SEE: Why I rated Race 3 starring Salman Khan 5 starsALSO WATCH: Salman is back on Eid with Race 3last_img read more

Sloggerrrrrrr: Danielle Wyatt reacts to Rashid Khan’s viral video

first_imgEngland batswoman Danielle Wyatt had her views on Rashid’s Khan power hitting in the Afghanistan Premier League as he romped off to his first half century in the league against Balkh Legends.Kabul Zwanan’s Rashid Khan walked in to bat in the 12th over of the first innings of the match with his team reeling at 76/5. He took about four overs to settle down, hitting only a single boundary before unleashing himself in the last four overs.In the 17th over, Rashid smacked his international teammate Aftab Alam for a four and six but it was Ravi Bopara who bore the maximum brunt of a Rashid Khan blitz.In the 19th over, Rashid hit a six off Bopara in just the first delivery of the over before hitting a boundary in the next delivery. He then whacked Bopara’s deliveries for three consecutive sixes before a no-run the final delivery. Off Bopara, Rashid took 28 runs in an over.Rashid posted a video of his explosive innings on his Instagram account, where Wyatt commented, “Sloggerrrrrrr”. Wyatt also went on to interact with a few fans in the comment section of the video. A few fans had tagged Wyatt and appreciated her and requested for a couple of exchanges.Wyatt responded to the appeals of a few fans and replied. With Rashid (56 not out off 27 balls) and Laurie Evans’s (64) heroics, Kabul posted a total of 176/6 but Balkh chased it down with much ease in 18.5 overs, losing just a couple of wickets.advertisementRashid Khan had recently played an explosive innings during the Asia Cup 2018 as well.On September 20, which was his birthday, Rashid Khan had played a heroic all-round innings as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by a massive margin of 136 runs in their final group match.Rashid first scored a 32-ball 57 not out, then returned with figures of 2/13 with the ball and then run out debutant Abu Hider Rony in a remarkable fashion to well and truly celebrate his birthday on the cricket field.Rashid Khan currently leads the ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders while he is on the second spot in the list of ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. In the ICC T20I rankings for bowlers, Rashid leads the pack.last_img read more

Star Lager rewards four consumers with London trip

first_imgOpinion Star Lager rewards four consumers with London trip Goal News Last updated 2 years ago 06:26 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Star Star Opinion Nigeria’s premier beer brand Star surprised four consumers with an all-expense-paid trip to London.The Star fans – Ugochukwu Chigozie, Nneamaka Anyanwu, Onyedika Nwokedike and Chinedu Mbanefo – who are also football lovers arrived in London this morning on a British Airways flight.A spokesperson for the brand says the trip is ‘part of the Star Football experience’, but ‘there are other surprises along the way.’ Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. One of the fans, Ugochukwu, who is the Co-Founder/COO of JORG Technologies (NAIRABOX) and also the Co-Founder/CEO of Tremendoc Limited, a digital healthcare solution, says the trip is ‘a much-needed holiday’.“I’ve always been an ardent follower of Star and its activities in Nigeria so I’m very excited to be on this trip. It’s a much-needed holiday and I’m grateful to Nigerian Breweries. I can’t wait to see what they have planned for us!”You can follow the four Nigerians and their activities in London on Star’s Facebook and Instagram Pages or via the hashtag #StarFootballLeague.StarStarlast_img read more

Football is a whole new ball game when players have home comforts

first_imgShare on Twitter Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Football Share on Facebook blogposts Share on Pinterest Share via Email When asked by supporters and journalists about our game against Everton this Sunday, I found myself answering in the same manner: “They are a good side with numerous top players but at home we have a great chance of a result.” Reflecting on that fairly bland reply made me think of two very important words in that sentence that logically shouldn’t make an ounce of difference – “at home”.However, looking back over my playing career it made me realise the importance placed on home advantage by managers I’ve played for, team‑mates I’ve played with and supporters I’m wearing the jersey on behalf of. For example, as a full-back the amount of times I’ve heard from my coach: “Get forward at every opportunity, we need to play at a high tempo today,” when playing at home as opposed to: “Take the sting out of the game, slow it down,” when preparing for an away game against teams of the same level made me realise that I’ve been mentally conditioned to buy into the belief that a match at home is somehow more beneficial than playing away.If we were to take emotions and human nature out of the game then logically it shouldn’t make a blind bit of difference where you are playing. Similar-sized pitch, 11 v 11, a referee and a round thing that you have to put in a same-sized goal no matter where in the world you are playing means that football should be an identical standard.Substitute emotion for logic, however, and it’s literally a whole new ball game. Football is a sport played and watched by emotional people who are, on the whole, creatures of habit. Over the years there have been numerous analyses examining the statistical advantage of playing at home and conclusive evidence that teams playing in their own stadium have a much higher win ratio. Admittedly the ratio is narrowing but it remains the case and, although stats are great when looking into an anomaly, they’re limited when it comes to painting the bigger picture.As an experienced professional I can honestly say I have always been more confident and relaxed when playing at home. In fact, it’s only recently in my career that I can say I’m truly comfortable when playing away; experience has allowed me to really not be affected by a partisan crowd who are itching to see me fail.There are so many external, psychological influences that change according to playing at home or away. For example, sleeping in my own bed with my wife and children around me, allowing me to keep a strong pre‑game ritual, as opposed to sleeping in a strange bed in a hotel. Also the comfort and routine of being in your home dressing room as opposed to the smaller, less inviting away ones can have an effect, though this is something that is being addressed by many teams who now go to the length of decorating away dressing rooms with their own colours and imagery, trying to recreate the home feel.The pre-match messages I have heard from coaches and team-mates also, rightly or wrongly, negatively change when away from home to being more cautious or to quietening the crowd first and playing with a restriction that isn’t on the agenda otherwise – and that’s before we’ve even got to the game itself!I have always tried to emphasise the importance of the fans’ role at a match and there’s nothing harder when playing away than when the home support is positive and vociferous. I have been on the away team trying to defend a lead and you know the old cliche about the crowd blowing the ball into the back of the net? It’s true. And there have also been games where the home team was in poor form and struggling, with the fans letting them know it, and on the pitch I could sense the nerves of the players and their confidence disintegrating. Believe me, a big home crowd can make the difference between victory and defeat.And it’s not only the players who can be affected in these circumstances. Logically, the referee should apply the laws of the game in exactly the same way regardless of where he’s officiating but in my experience it’s easier to give a penalty in front of 40,000 people who would be happy with the decision than a penalty that would make those people extremely upset. It’s no fault of theirs, just human nature.When speaking of home advantage and why it makes such a huge difference, it’s part of the very reason we all love this sport – it’s a game played by human beings with emotions who aren’t immune to being affected by external influences. That’s why home advantage is exactly that and I hope we at Brighton get the benefit of it come Sunday afternoon. Topicslast_img read more

Alabama Freshman WR John Metchie Reportedly Dominated Scrimmage

first_imgA general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama is locked and loaded for another run toward the national championship. Most of the pressure will fall on Tua Tagovailoa, but he’ll certainly have assistance from his skill position players.The Crimson Tide finished their first spring scrimmage over the weekend. Apparently one rising freshman caught the attention of his coaching staff.It turns out that four-star wideout John Metchie was dominant for the Crimson Tide. He enters Alabama as the No. 6 recruit from New Jersey, per 247Sports.According to Alabama reporter Matt Zenitz, the freshman wide receiver caught two touchdowns during the scrimmage.Takeaways from first Alabama spring scrimmage— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 1, 2019Metchie only took two visit during his recruitment process and received 22 offers from various programs.The leading receiver for Alabama in 2018 was Jerry Jeudy, who finished with 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. He won the Biletnikoff Award this past season, which is given to the most outstanding receiver in college football.The odds of Metchie cracking the rotation in his first year will be tough. Alabama has its top three pass catchers returning for next season. Nonetheless, Nick Saban might have to expand the freshman’s role if he continues to dominate on the gridiron.Other standouts from the previous scrimmage includes backup quarterback Mac Jones, tight end Cameron Latu, and running back Najee Harris.last_img read more

BC Ferries Christens Its 2nd and 3rd Salish-Class Ship

first_imgzoom Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries held a naming ceremony for its second and third Salish-Class vessels, the Salish Eagle and Salish Raven, at Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. in Gdansk, Poland on June 2.“This ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of our three new Salish-Class vessels as they each take another step closer to entering our fleet,” Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO said.The 107-meter ferries are capable of carrying 145 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. There are two car decks and each ferry has a speed of 15.5 knots.The Salish-Class vessels are fuelled by natural gas, what will result in the reduction of an estimated 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year as well as in the reduction of costs, the company said.The first vessel, the Salish Orca was christened in November 2015. It is planned to arrive in B.C. by the end of this year, sailing on the Comox – Powell River route.The Salish Eagle is expected to arrive early in 2017 and the Salish Raven in the spring of 2017. The two vessels are to provide service to the Southern Gulf of Islands.All three vessels are planned to be in operation in the summer of 2017, according to the company.last_img read more

Progress on Cape Breton School Upgrades

first_imgSchool renovations in the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board are on course, said Education Minister Karen Casey during a visit to Riverview Rural High School in Sydney River today, May 2. Upgrades to Riverview High began in 2004, part of a $7.1 million multi-year project. A new entrance will be completed, to complement work done on the roof and siding, and there will be a new music room and drama space. A new air-handling unit will improve air quality in the gymnasium. “I am pleased to confirm that upgrades to Riverview Rural High and Sydney Academy will continue this year. As well, final site selection and planning work for Northside Elementary and Glace Bay Junior High will begin,” Ms. Casey told school board chair Darlene Morrison and superintendent Ed Davis. Once planning is completed for these schools, construction tenders can be announced and work should begin in 2008-09. The Department of Education has been working with the board to find a suitable, safe site for the Glace Bay school; more than 20 sites were proposed and evaluated. The network of underground mines posed a threat at many proposed sites. The board requested that both schools proceed at the same time. At Sydney Academy, new change rooms and a music room will be built this year, in the final phase of a multi-year, $8.28-million project. Renovations to the science labs and cafeteria, and exterior glazing for the Terrace Street wing, have been completed. Ms. Casey visited École NDA in Cheticamp today to see the renovations at that school. Ms. Casey will visit Sydney Academy, Glace Bay High and St. Mary’s Elementary on Thursday, May 3.last_img read more

Experts look for clues in dead whales body The smell is unlike

first_imgNORWAY, P.E.I. – Marine mammal experts carved up a 14-metre right whale Thursday on the red sandy shores of P.E.I. in the hopes of finding out what killed the endangered whale and at least five others this month.It was not a pleasant task.“Once the necropsy begins, it’s bad. The smell is unlike anything else. You can’t really compare it,” said Jarrett Corke of the Marine Animal Response Society.Corke said the necropsy — an animal autopsy — started Thursday morning in Norway, a tiny hamlet near P.E.I.’s northwestern tip, after the Canadian Coast Guard and federal Fisheries officials beached the whale a day earlier.“We’re doing the necropsy with the expressed purpose of trying to determine why we have six confirmed dead right whales in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence,” said Corke in a phone interview as experts worked on the carcass nearby.“We have an excavator next to the right whale that’s assisting the team in helping to remove chunks of blubber to expose some of the internal organs and muscle tissue. Some of our team are on top of the animal and some are on the sides… They’re looking for anything, because we don’t know the cause of death.”Photos of the scene showed sliced sections of blubber folded out from the whale and what appeared to be its flipper being held up by the excavator. About a dozen people in chest waders were scattered around the mammal, which was lying in red dirt and grass under expansive blue skies.Corke said they hoped to finish the necropsy Thursday or Friday.He said plans are being made to bring at least one more of the endangered animals ashore for examination after six carcasses were found floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.“They still are planning on bringing in one or two more right whales, but the details are not firmed up,” he said.Officials want to determine if boat strikes, fishing gear or a possible toxic algal bloom could be to blame for the deaths of the whales, spotted near Quebec’s Magdalen Islands.The society said experts needed to move quickly before the animal decomposes further, which can make it more difficult to determine the cause of death.It said only an internal exam can confirm what may have killed the whales.last_img read more

Relatives of PEI woman tell inquiry that Indigenous lives matter

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – The family of an Aboriginal woman from Prince Edward Island who died a suspicious death says they want people to know her life mattered.“My mom matters. Our First Nation women matter,” Barbara Bernard said as she spoke before the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Wednesday in Moncton, N.B.Bernard and her grand-daughter were there to talk about the life and death of Mary Francis Paul.They say they know few details about Paul’s 1977 death on the Charlottetown waterfront and want to know if police investigated.Barbara Bernard said her mother, from Scotchfort, P.E.I., had an alcohol problem and was a heavy drinker when she went out with friends but always returned home and cared for her family.However, Bernard said she noticed her mother was fidgety one night before going out — and then never returned.Bernard said she learned days later her mother had been found dead near the water, but was only told that she had fallen and had a broken neck.Bernard said she was 16 years old at the time, and police never gave her any details.“No one really told me what happened to my mom. I never realized it could have been a murder or suspicious death,” Bernard said.She only discovered 12 years later that the death may have been suspicious, and the body had been in a metal bin, but says she never learned more from police.Now 57, Bernard said she has questions that she wants answered.“Maybe they did investigate, maybe they didn’t. I would like to know that for sure. The main thing is to find out if it was a suspicious death, was she murdered?” Bernard said.“It felt like they didn’t think my mom’s life was worth anything, and that hurt. I think that’s what made me decide to come here and tell my story for my mom, because my mom matters,” she said, crying.The inquiry heard from about 35 people during two days in Moncton, including a youth panel Wednesday afternoon.The youth talked of the need to teach Aboriginal languages in schools, and make time to teach their culture and hear the stories of elders.“I’d like to see us return to our ancestral teachings, to our language and culture so that our communities know how to properly cope with traumatic experiences and intergenerational trauma. I think the only answer to that is to return to our roots and ceremony and stories with elders,” said Allan Sabbitis-Atwin of Oromocto.Leona Simon from Elsipogtog First Nation said there’s a need for Aboriginal mental health facilities: “That would be awesome,” she said.Madison Donovan of Moncton said sex-trade workers need more help to get off the streets and integrate back into society.“My vision is for Moncton to have a facility for at-risk youth, women and men that are working the streets and trying to find ways to make money to have a place to go to and not have to resort to having to do stuff like that. To get cleaned up, to have a home and have nice cooked meals for them,” she said.Commissioner Michele Audette said she was impressed with the input during the Moncton hearings.“I’m impressed by the courage of the families and survivors that came in public, but also in private and through the statement gathering process. I’m very, very honoured,” she said, adding that despite thousands of kilometres between stops, the inquiry is hearing similar stories across the country.The federal government set up the inquiry in December 2015 to address the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.More than 700 people have shared their stories with the inquiry so far.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Scotchfort, P.E.I.last_img read more

Jury finished hearing evidence in trial for man accused of killing Tina

first_imgWINNIPEG – A jury has finished hearing evidence in the trial of a man accused in the death of an Indigenous teen whose body was found wrapped in a duvet filled with rocks in Winnipeg’s Red River.The defence has closed its case without presenting any evidence in the second-degree murder trial of Raymond Cormier, who is 55.Cormier is accused of killing 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, whose 2014 death sparked renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The jury has heard that Tina was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, but went to Winnipeg to visit her mother and became an exploited youth.Court was told there were no witnesses to Tina’s death and no DNA linking her to the accused, while experts testified they don’t know how she died.The jury is to hear closing arguments on Tuesday.Crown prosecutors closed their case on Wednesday by presenting audio recordings from a six-month undercover investigation. Police bugged Cormier’s apartment and audio captured him, often mumbling and stuttering, telling multiple people he was attracted to Tina and had sex with her.In one recording, Cormier was heard telling a woman that he would make a bet that Tina was killed because “I found out she was 15 years old.”In another, Cormier was heard arguing with a woman, saying there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.”Defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn told court the audio on the tapes could have been misheard and the transcripts could have errors.last_img read more

With Trans Mountain in doubt pipelines to US looking increasingly likely

first_imgCALGARY – After nearly a decade since the last major oil pipeline was built, and with existing ones brimming with crude, Canada’s energy industry is wondering when and if any new lifelines to foreign markets will go into the ground.Those concerns were heightened last week after Kinder Morgan effectively put its Trans Mountain expansion project on hold until it can be assured British Columbia won’t continue trying to block the pipeline.A crucial meeting in Ottawa this weekend between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. could sway the fate of the pipeline, but all sides have said they’re sticking with their positions as the meeting approached.But as Trans Mountain’s fate was put in jeopardy after the B.C. NDP’s election win, pipelines heading south to the U.S. have been propped up by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has tied himself closely to the oil and gas industry.Both TransCanada’s Keystone XL — which will run from Hardisty, AB, to Steele City, NB — and Enbridge’s Line 3 — which links Hardisty to Superior, WI — should avoid the political pitfalls that have sunk Energy East and Northern Gateway and have put Trans Mountain in doubt, said Zachary Rogers, a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie.“While there certainly is risk, and nothing is 100 per cent certain…Line 3 and Keystone XL are likely to proceed,” said Rogers in an interview.Energy East, which would have delivered bitumen from the oilpatch to Eastern Canada, was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. in October 2017 after strong opposition from municipalities and Indigenous groups. Northern Gateway would have sent bitumen from Bruderheim, AB, to Kitimat, BC, for transportation to Asian markets. It too faced strong opposition, and was rejected by Trudeau in 2016.Trump’s issuing of a presidential permit for Keystone XL revived a pipeline that had become a galvanizing symbol in the battle against climate change and the carbon footprint of oilsands production that ultimately led then-President Barack Obama to deem the project as not in America’s best interest in 2015.But with state approval in Nebraska following Trump’s permission, Rogers now ranks the 830,000 barrel a day pipeline as the most likely to go forward.“There are some difficulties obviously, on the regulatory front, but Keystone XL has largely cleared its last major regulatory hurdle at the end of last year,” he said.Those difficulties include landowner permissions and local permitting, as well as court challenges in Nebraska from some of the many groups still opposed to it, but overall the regulators involved look to be on board, said Rogers.“The Supreme Court of Nebraska and the State Legislature and the Nebraska Public Service Commission have all repeatedly been in support of the project. So we view the regulatory risk on Keystone XL as relatively low compared to Trans Mountain.”Meanwhile Enbridge’s Line 3 project, which aims to replace its aging pipe with a more robust new one, has run into its own opposition as environmental and Indigenous groups look to stop any pipelines that would allow or encourage more oilsands growth.Replacing Line 3 would allow the company to restore the original 760,000 barrel a day capacity, adding about 375,000 barrels of shipping capacity because of current pressure restrictions on the line.The regulatory process for the line has taken longer than expected as regulators in Minnesota take a closer look at the project’s necessity and safety details, but the company should have a final decision from the state in June.The progress on pipelines to the U.S. is encouraging, but producers need access to new markets and predictability in building projects after several failed attempts, said Canadian Energy Pipeline Association president Chris Bloomer.“We really are at a crossroads as to how we go forward as a country…What we’re looking for from the federal government is leadership, concrete direction as to where this is going.”He said the U.S. administration has a clear vision on pipelines and the energy sector, and that the series of failed pipelines has hurt investment in Canada.“We’ve had the investment fleeing the energy sector in Canada for quite a while, given the uncertainty and the regulatory process. Since Energy East and the Northern Gateway pipeline, that’s been an ongoing situation, but maybe the situation with regards to the Kinder Morgan situation has kind of put an exclamation point on that,” said Bloomer.However, U.S. pipelines are not without their foes, as the massive protests against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline demonstrated in 2016.Already groups like the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion and others who oppose the industry have said they’re preparing to hinder development of the pipelines heading to U.S. markets.Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said both pipelines can expect continued resistance on all fronts, on both sides of the border.“Kinder Morgan is not alone in facing a sea of troubles, as all three pipelines are facing stiff resistance on the ground and in the courts. This is because there’s simply no role for these kinds of new fossil fuel megaprojects that lock us into a high-carbon, high-risk economic model if we are serious about dealing with our climate crisis or respecting Indigenous rights.”last_img read more

Mamata tweaks election strategy

first_imgKOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has lately been inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a US Presidential-style debate, in full view of television cameras, has decided to go for a near head-on collision.Banerjee has brought forward her campaign schedule for Wednesday so that she can respond to PM Modi as it will be on the same day that he launches his second blitzkrieg of Bengal. PM Modi will hold a rally in north Bengal’s Siliguri Wednesday around afternoon. He will then fly to Kolkata and hold a mega rally at Brigade Parade Ground late afternoon. The venue for the Prime Minister’s Kolkata rally is the same where Banerjee’s grand alliance or mahagathbandhan rally was held on January 19. As per her earlier schedule, Banerjee was supposed to launch her election campaign from Cooch Behar in north Bengal on Thursday, April 4. But she has decided to head to the north Wednesday itself. She will reach her destination at around 4:00 pm. By then, PM Modi is likely to have finished his speeches in Siliguri and Kolkata and then, Banerjee is expected to respond to PM Modi’s attacks.last_img read more

Moroccan Central Bank Reduces Interest Rate For First Time Since 2014

Rabat – In an attempt to stimulate an economy hurt by low agricultural output and decreased non-agricultural activity, the Moroccan central bank cut its benchmark interest rate on Tuesday for the first time since December 2014.According to Bloomberg Business, policy makers reduced the rate – the minimum amount of interest an investor can demand for non-government securities – from 2.5 percent to 2.25 percent, according to a statement by Bank Al-Maghrib.The central bank also lowered its growth forecast for this year to 1 percent from 3 percent and lowered the inflation forecast for 2016 to 0.5 percent, compared with 1.6 percent last year, the American news site reported. The central bank said the rate cut will take into account “the central inflation projection, weak non-agricultural growth, the continued reduction of the budget deficit and the strengthening of foreign exchange reserves.”During the press conference revealing the change, Central bank Governor Abdellatif Jouahri declined to give a time-frame for the country’s transition to a flexible exchange rate.Last year, Morocco said the country would change to a flexible exchange rate system, in which the value of the currency would be determined by its supply and demand. Currently, the kingdom uses a fixed-rate system controlled by monetary authorities. Officials had said the change would help Morocco become a regional financial hub.The International Monetary Fund has been guiding Morocco on the official process for the transition. The country’s business lobby has been working with the central bank to protect small businesses from the change, Jouahri told reporters. read more

2017 Marrakech International Film Festival Cancelled

Rabat – The 2017 Marrakech International Film Festival has been cancelled, announced the festival’s organizers on Friday, but it is expected to continue in 2018.While no specific reasons for the cancellation were given, astatement released by the Foundation of the International Film Festival of Marrakech revealed that the decision was made “in order to allow the festival to advance in its mission not only to promote Moroccan cinema, but also to open up to other cultures, an unavoidable reality of the Seventh Art [cinema].”The period of suspension will be used to put in place new organisation that “takes into account the evolution of the digital world to better serve the vision and aims of the festival.” Charitable and cultural activities run by the non-profit foundation, including residences for Moroccan scriptwriters and campaigns to reinforce international links, will continue despite the cancellation of the festival.Rumors that the festival would be cancelled circulated weeks before the statement was issued on June 30, and were fuelled by knowledge that the contract of the festival’s co-organiser, The Public System Cinema, had expired and was not renewed.Since its inauguration in 2002, the festival has welcomed notable cinematic personalities, including Francis Ford Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Martin Scorsese and Marion Cotillard. read more

Spanish Civil Guard Rescues Moroccan Stowaway Minor on Ferry

Rabat – Spanish maritime services have rescued a Moroccan minor who was “hidden as a stowaway” in a hole on the side of the Miramar Express ferry for the mooring line. The ferry operates between Nador in northern Morocco and the Spanish town of Motril on the Mediterranean coast in the province of Granada.Authorities took the minor “ashore to carry out the legal procedures.”According to 20 Minutos, the Motril Civil Guard has rescued 524 migrants in December who were trying to reach the Spanish coast. Of those, 498 were sub-Saharan African migrants and 26 were from the Maghreb. read Also: Spain’s Civil Guard Arrest 3 People on Board a ‘Go-Fast’ BoatTo ease the pressure of migration on Spain, Morocco has dismantled a dozen irregular migration networks throughout 2018.More than 1,500 migrants had died in the Mediterranean in 2018 as of August while trying to reach Europe, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The number has undoubtedly increased in the past few months.In September, a video went viral of a young Moroccan trying to get to Spain by crossing the Mediterranean Sea on a tube.The minor was paddling just with his hands before he was saved by a Spanish fishing boat. read more

Canada Pension Plans money managers are worth more than they cost PBO

OTTAWA — Having the money in the Canada Pension Plan fund actively managed by investment experts has been worth nearly $50 billion in extra returns since the mid-2000s, says the parliamentary budget officer.In a report Monday, the PBO compared the growth in the $392-billion public pension fund to what the same money would have made in “passive” investments that just tracked a pair of index funds, and finds the active-management strategy has come out ahead.Passive investments have almost no expenses because there’s very little buying, selling or research involved in managing them. Some personal-finance experts say passive investments are good for most people’s retirement savings because professional money managers don’t add enough extra value to make up for what they cost in higher fees. ‘It spills over’: Investors to face trade war headwinds, CPPIB’s Machin warns How CPPIB is tapping ‘alternative data’ to refine its investment processes Expect lower investment returns around the world, says CPPIB chief The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board switched to active management in 2006.“Given that active management requires more personnel to conduct the required research, and also involves more transactions, this strategy comes with increased complexity and additional costs,” the PBO report says. “The goal is that in the long run, after netting these costs, the strategy will achieve a higher return than an identified benchmark.”So far, so good, the analysis found: In each of the 12 full years the investment board has been using the active-management approach, including in the recession at the end of the 2000s, it’s brought better returns than passive investing.Even when all the extra costs of active management of the Canada Pension Plan fund are accounted for, its experts’ wheelings and dealings are worth an extra 1.2 per cent in investment returns in an average year. That’s added up to $48.4 billion in extra investment profits.A similar analysis of the pension fund for federal workers found that its managers weren’t as successful, but still performed slightly better than passive investments would have over the last decade or so.The PBO found their work has been worth an extra 0.3 per cent in returns each year, after the costs of active management were taken into account, which means $1.7 billion more in the $153-billion fund. read more

Annan urges Somali parties to redouble peace efforts notes rise of Islamic

“I condemn the assassination attempt on President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed in Baidoa on 18 September 2006. That unacceptable incident underscored the precariousness of the situation in Somalia and the importance of restoring peace and stability throughout the country,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council.“I reiterate my call on the Somali parties to redouble their efforts to reach a sustainable peace, which is essential for the restoration of the rule of law, the protection of human rights and the realization of a healthy democratic order for the benefit of all the people of Somalia, he adds.“The rapid expansion of the influence of the Islamic Courts has posed a serious threat to the transitional federal institutions, which already faced difficulties in extending their authority beyond Baidoa, the interim seat of the Transitional Federal Parliament,” he notes in the report that covers the past four months.Despite the problems, Mr. Annan says there has been some progress, namely the discussions between the federal institutions and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts, facilitated by the League of Arab States. He urges that these continue and also calls for neighbouring countries and the rest of the international community to play their part in helping restore stability to the Horn of Africa country.“The sustained support of the international community, speaking with one voice, is crucial to avert a greater crisis in Somalia and the wider region, and to encourage the Somali parties to overcome their differences through inclusive dialogue,” he says.“I also appeal to all the neighbouring countries to respect the United Nations arms embargo on Somalia, and I reiterate my call for them to exercise maximum restraint in order not to jeopardize the ongoing peace efforts or fuel regional instability.”The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Francois Lonsény Fall, will be in New York next week to brief the Security Council, a UN spokesman told reporters today.Somalia has been riven by factional fighting and has not had a functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. read more

South Sudan UN probe uncovers targeting of civilians abductions sexual violence

Investigations into the incident are ongoing but the report offers preliminary findings on allegations that the attack on Bentiu was accompanied by the deliberate targeting of civilians by armed elements and that women were abducted by opposition forces and subjected to conflict-related sexual violence.“Reports of such gross human rights abuses are all too common in the current conflict and involve all sides,” stated the report. According to its preliminary findings, “(opposition) forces committed gross human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law which may amount to war crimes.” UNMISS human rights officers conducted 21 interviews with victims, witnesses and other sources in the aftermath of the 29 October attack, visiting the incident sites and retracing the alleged sequence of events.Multiple testimonies received by the investigators alleged that civilians sheltering in a Catholic church were beaten with sticks before eight male civilians were shot and killed and two wounded. Several witnesses also reported that two women and a six-month-old baby were killed in their homes by opposition forces near a Catholic church in the Dere neighbourhood of Bentiu.During their visit to the sites, human rights officers observed graves where victims were allegedly buried, as well as unburied bodies. Officers also compiled a list of 14 names of women who were allegedly kidnapped by opposition forces during the brief occupation.State officials allege that at least 20 women were abducted and reportedly forced to carry wounded opposition fighters. One witness reported that the women were beaten and stripped naked for being in Bentiu town instead of being in the UNMISS protection of civilians site, while there were several reports of women being sexually assaulted and forced to have sex with opposition fighters.When investigators visited local authorities associated with the opposition in Nhialdiu on 24 November, they denied accusations that opposition forces targeted or kidnapped any civilians and suggested that the civilians may have died when caught in crossfire. They added that women seen leaving Bentiu had accompanied opposition forces of their own free will “This report is a timely reminder of the fighting that has continued in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states in spite of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that both warring parties signed nearly a year ago,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in South Sudan. “I strongly condemn the targeting of unarmed civilians in the ongoing fighting and call on both parties to exercise restraint and respect the rights of non-combatants.” read more

Whats Behind a Hot Goalies Bad Game Besides a Jinx

Ahead of Wednesday night’s Chicago Blackhawks-Los Angeles Kings game, I wrote about the “hottest” goalies of the Stanley Cup playoffs to date. No. 1 on the list? Chicago’s Corey Crawford, who promptly had the worst game of his playoff career, allowing five goals on 30 shots in the Kings’ runaway victory.It probably seems self-serving not to merely chalk this up to a bad prediction (granted, I did note that “today’s hot goalie isn’t guaranteed to be a success tomorrow”) or even a jinx of some kind. But it might be more instructive if taken as an example of a few interesting philosophical concepts in sports.First, there’s the impact of randomness on performance. Goaltending statistics are incredibly noisy in the small sample of a game. It takes 3,000 shots faced for save percentage to be half-skill and half-luck; Crawford faced 1/100th of that amount in Game 2. Even the best prediction isn’t going to be very accurate in a given game when it goes up against that kind of volatility.Also, because of the outsize role of random chance, a goaltender’s numbers are a good illustration for the gulf between predictive and “retrodictive” metrics, which can also be framed as a tug-of-war between ability and value. A statistic that places its emphasis on value will reward past performance, regardless of whether that performance was driven by luck or skill. So when a mediocre goalie steals a game against a good team, he gets full credit for that performance in a retrodictive metric such as our “hotness” statistic — even if he’s unlikely to repeat it. But a predictive stat will not give extra credit for a fluky performance, beyond using the evidence from that performance to (slightly) update its expectations.Finally, some superstitious FiveThirtyEight readers may think I “stat-cursed” Crawford by anointing him the hottest goaltender of the 2014 postseason. There’s a long tradition of athletes and teams sustaining declines after being singled out for achievements. But in these kinds of cases, regression to the mean is the more likely culprit. To appear on the cover of the “Madden NFL” video game or Sports Illustrated, a player had to play at an incredibly high level, and was usually aided by luck (which includes staying healthy). When that luck dissipates, it seems there’s a curse attached to the accolade.This is more true for the hottest goalie list, because I set up that metric to find players who were playing above a level that could be explained by their previous performance baselines and even the shooting skill of the opposing team. Whatever’s left over is, by definition, going to be fueled largely by luck, and therefore primed for regression.In fairness to Blackhawks fans, regression rarely comes as abruptly (or as far in the opposite direction) as it did for Crawford on Wednesday night. Predictors who forecasted Crawford to allow five goals (if there were any) would have been engaging in the gambler’s fallacy, thinking he was “due” for bad luck to offset his previous fortune. In reality, luck is random. And the interplay between luck and skill is what makes sports interesting, especially in the high-stakes setting of the NHL’s conference finals. read more

Heston Blumenthal criticises Victorian school system which stigmatises special needs ADHD children

first_imgThe Fat Duck restaurant in Bray Heston Blumenthal, who was diagnosed with a hyperactivity disorder at the age of 50, has criticised the outdated school system for stigmatising “special needs” children.The celebrity chef said that students will only learn to be creative if they are taught not to be afraid of failure, but warned that they are being turned into robots by a Victorian-era system that “measures the crap out of everything”.Blumenthal was learned that he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) earlier this year, told Times Education Supplement: “Kids with ADHD tend to be put in the special-needs category, and they’re stigmatised.“That’s because the schooling system was created in the Victorian time – the Victorians measured the crap out of everything.“Females, women, girls…there was an accepted measurement between the bottom of the skirt and the top of their shoes. They were turning us into computers.” Heston Blumenthal visiting a cookery class at Chelsea Academy secondary schoolCredit:Andrew Crowley “But I accept that, possibly, possibly, it makes me a little difficult to live with. You go upstairs and come down with something you were looking for six months ago. But you forgot what you were looking for in the first place.”Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck in Berkshire is one of only four British restaurants to have three Michelin stars. He also owns the restaurant Dinner in London, which has two Michelin stars, and two pubs, The Crown at Bray and The Hinds Head, which has one Michelin star.He said that rather than trying to teach children to be creative, teachers need to “Remove the straitjacket of fear. Of fear of failure. And then creativity happens.”Blumenthal, who advocates a scientific understanding of cooking, said that students should have compulsory lessons about food up to A-level.“Food is the only subject that can cover all the other subjects,” he said. “Physics, chemistry, biology, history – the only one that combines these things is food.“There’s no other subject that can do this. That’s the ridiculousness: it’s optional at GCSE, and has been dropped from A level. And food is the only thing that keeps us human. If I die trying, I want to see food compulsory throughout school.” 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.center_img The Fat Duck restaurant in BrayCredit: Alamy Speaking for the first time about how the condition affects his life, he admitted it makes him “a little difficult to live with”.“When people say you have ADHD, they think you’re throwing things around,” he said.“But it’s not: it’s that one thought comes in and knocks another one out temporarily. When I’m working, it’s fantastic: I can have 20 webpages open, with two projects, and keep joining the dots and making connections. Heston Blumenthal visiting a cookery class at Chelsea Academy secondary schoollast_img read more