Indian-American Appointed CEO of Democratic Party’s National Committee

first_imgThe Democratic National Committee (DNC), the decision-making body of the Democratic Party in the US, has tapped Indian American Seema Nanda to serve as its new CEO and handle day-to-day operations, making her the first from the community to be named an operational head of a key American political party.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img

Ananth Kumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

first_imgBorn in 1959 in Bangalore, HN Ananth Kumar has a bachelors in Law. Kumar was influenced by RSS from his childhood and joined the ABVP, the student wing of BJP. During the Emergency, he was imprisoned and was later elected ABVP’s State Secretary and then its National Secretary in 1985. He later joined BJP and was nominated as the State President of BJP Yuva Morcha. He was then made National Secretary of the party in 1996.In 1996, he was elected from Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency and has been elected from the same seat six consecutive times. In 1998 he was inducted into the Union Cabinet headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1999, he became a Cabinet minister in the NDA government. He handled various ministries like Tourism, Sports & Youth Affairs, Culture, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation.He became the President of the Karnataka state unit of BJP in 2003 and led the BJP to become the single largest party in the Legislative Assembly and won the highest number of Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka in 2004. In 2004, he was appointed as the National General Secretary of the BJP and has held that post ever since.last_img read more

BCCI invites applications for head coach post

first_imgRavi Shastri top contender for Team India coach Anil Kumble steps down as Team India coach Anil Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BCCI today invited applications for head coach’s post, sending a reminder to head coach Anil Kumble that he will not get an automatic extension after his current term expires at the end of Champions Trophy.Interested candidates can apply by May 31st and will be interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. “To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee,” the BCCI release stated.While Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process, the timing of BCCI’s announcement makes it clear that the top brass has not exactly been happy with the legendary leg-spinner. The reason being the aggressive stance asking for a massive hike in central contracts for players and his own salary.India had a great domestic season under Kumble winning 10 out of the 13 home Tests with two draws and a single defeat against Australia on a rank turner at Pune. Also under Kumble, India won a Test series comprehensively in the West Indies.But of late, Kumble’s stance on players’ pay hike and the manner of his demands have not gone down well with the powers that be in the BCCI. “Obviously, he is in contention as the current chief coach,” a BCCI official told PTI today.Kumble’s demandsThe surprising aspect has been the timing of the announcement for inviting fresh applications as the team just landed in UK today for their Champions Trophy defence. “Obviously BCCI could have waited till the end of the Champions Trophy to invite applications. But then no one should take his place for granted,” the source added.“Kumble is bargaining for himself as well as the players. Fair enough but tomorrow if BCCI decides to replace him, he will not be in a position to bargain. Some of his demands have been simply inexplicable,” the official said.The BCCI brass is peeved that Kumble demanded 25 per cent extra “captaincy fees” for Virat Kohli as he takes extra burden.His demands for a position in the selection committee in capacity of being the head coach has also been questioned in all quarters.Kumble’s demand could be a deviation from the Lodha Committee norms as it is clearly mentioned that only three selectors would comprise the selection committee.As per BCCI constitution, the coach or the captain attends selection meetings but they don’t have a vote. The constitution needs to be revamped and the board are unlikely to consider most of Kumble’s suggestions.They have already made it clear that they won’t increase the current 26 percent revenue that is reserved for the cricketers and would work around that model. No automatic extension for Anil Kumble after his current term expires at the end of Champions Trophy Rajeev Shukla to head BCCI team on implementation of Lodha panel reforms May 25, 2017 COMMENTS × COMMENT Published on RELATED null SHARE cricket Anil Kumble being the current coach gets a “direct entry” into the interview process. File Photo   –  The Hindulast_img read more

WICB most unprofessional board in the world, says Dwayne Bravo

first_imgWorld Twenty20 winner Dwayne Bravo has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of being “the most unprofessional board in the world”.Three days after the team’s Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy criticised the WICB following his side’s thrilling four-wicket win over England in Kolkata, all-rounder Bravo was even more scathing as he also accused the board’s president, Dave Cameron, of being an “immature”, “small-minded” and “arrogant” person.”A lot of people come down on the players. They questioned our commitment, they questioned whether we were really committed to West Indies cricket or is it just the money,” Bravo, who along with his team mates has been involved in a long-running pay dispute with the WICB, told Trinidad & Tobago television network CNC3. (West Indies board pulls up Darren Sammy for post-win comments )”A lot of people don’t understand the things we go through as players dealing with our board. It is the most unprofessional board in the world to me. Sammy spoke from his heart. There is nothing wrong with Sammy’s speech and I support Darren Sammy 100 percent.”The entire team supports him and it’s a matter of us as players feeling hurt and the time has come where we can’t take it anymore and someone needs to put a stop to it because the cricket is being run by people who do not have West Indies cricket’s interest at heart.”The 32-year-old added the players’ kit was not ready when they arrived in India for the World Twenty20.”We get to India, our names were not even printed on the uniforms,” said Bravo, who was stripped of the West Indies captaincy two years ago after leading a players’ strike that resulted in them returning early from a tour of India.advertisement”Our manager had to leave our camp to get names and numbers printed while in India. We played this entire tournament without caps.”Our cricket has gone to the lowest. Yes, we won the World Cup, the women won the World Cup. Also the Under-19s won the World Cup. But that doesn’t mean to say our cricket is in good hands. It is not. We definitely need help and the board needs to answer for some of the things that have been going on.”last_img read more

Mourinho’s winless curse continues at Newcastle

first_imgManchester United Mourinho’s St James’ Park curse continues as Man Utd humbled by Newcastle Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:13 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Newcastle Lindsey Parnaby Manchester United José Mourinho Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United Premier League The Red Devils boss has managed more Premier League matches at the Magpies’ home ground without a win than any other venue Jose Mourinho’s St James’ Park curse continued as Manchester United fell to Newcastle on Sunday, extending his winless run at the venue to seven Premier League matches.Matt Ritchie scored in the 65th minute as the Magpies moved clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory.Mourinho has now managed more away Premier League matches against Newcastle without a victory than any other opponent, having recorded four defeats and three draws in seven fixtures. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While the Red Devils boss has won a pair of League Cup matches at St James’ Park, in November 2004 and December 2006 with Chelsea, he remains winless in league play.It was the second straight defeat away from home for United, who also dropped a 2-0 result to Tottenham on January 31 at Wembley Stadium.Newcastle, meanwhile, have lost just one league match in their last seven, having recorded two wins and four draws in that span to rise to 13th in the table. The lone defeat came in a 3-1 loss to runaway league leaders Manchester City on January 20.The result also strengthened Rafael Benitez’s record against Mourinho, who has now lost six times against the Spaniard in all competitions — second only to Pep Guardiola’s nine victories versus the Portuguese.Chances were hard to come by on Sunday, though Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez spurned golden opportunities and Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed for United.The Magpies have proved to be stiff opposition for new Manchester United signing Sanchez, who went the full 90 minutes in his third league match since joining the club from Arsenal in January.Having now shut out Sanchez through five matches, Newcastle remain the only Premier League side the Chile international has faced more than twice without scoring.Sanchez now has one goal through four matches in all competitions for United.The defeat saw second-place United remain 16 points behind rivals Man City at the top of the table, with Tottenham just four points back of the Red Devils in third.United return to the field with an FA Cup match against Huddersfield Town on Saturday before facing Sevilla in a Champions League last-16 first leg.The Red Devils don’t resume league play until February 25, when Mourinho faces his former club Chelsea.last_img read more

Conflict of Interest is an issue, it really needs to be looked at: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgConflict of Interest is an issue, it really needs to be looked at: Sourav GangulyFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that he will take a closer look at the issue of Conflict of Interest in BCCI if he gets chosen as the next President of the governing body.advertisement India Today Web Desk MumbaiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 16:52 IST Ganguly filed his nomination papers at the BCCI headquarters on Monday (PTI)HIGHLIGHTSThe house needs to be set in order, said Sourav GangulyGanguly aslo said that no politician had been in touch with himGanguly also said that he learnt a lot during his tenure as CAB presidentFormer Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who is all set to become the next BCCI president, has admitted that it will be a challenge for him to look after the “biggest organization” in the cricket world. Ganguly though, while talking to reporters on Monday, conceded that the recent rumblings about ‘conflict of interest’ in the BCCI, are in fact an ‘issue and ‘really need to be looked at’.The former Indian skipper has been holding posts in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for the past five years where he currently serves as president. BCCI President candidate Ganguly talked about an array of topics on Monday.”Cricketers are a part of the system but the numbers were not that much in the past. Conflict of Interest is an issue and I am not sure whether we will get the best cricketers. It really needs to be looked at. NCA, CAC, appointment of coaches… there has been an issue with everything,” said Ganguly.When asked whether his prospective new role will be anything similar to captaining India in the past, Ganguly said: “Captaining India was a lot more challenging. BCCI president will be a different challenge.””The house (BCCI) needs to be set in order. No politician has been in touch with me. I thank Mamata didi (West Bengal Chief Minister) and I am very happy to get ger support. I have not received any money – talks, and discussions,” Ganguly told reporters.”I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI’s image has got hampered and it’s a great opportunity for me to do something. Whether you are elected unopposed or otherwise, it’s a big responsibility because it is the biggest organization in the world of cricket. India is a powerhouse. It will be a challenge,” Ganguly said after his name was finalized in an informal meeting of BCCI state units.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow BCCI Nextlast_img read more

International Seaways Widens Loss amid Impairment Charges

first_imgzoom Impairment charges pushed US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways further into loss in the fourth quarter of 2017.The company’s net loss in the quarter was USD 90.7 million, compared to net loss of USD 57.8 million reported in the same period in 2016. Net loss reflects the impact of vessel impairment charges of USD 81.1 million and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. Excluding vessel impairments, the company’s loss was USD 9.7 million.The impairments recognized in the fourth quarter stemmed from a reduction in general asset values in older vessels.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues for the fourth quarter were USD 65.1 million, compared to USD 81.1 million from a year earlier.Operating loss for the quarter reached USD 79.5 million, compared to operating loss of USD 47.8 million seen in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly due to a reduction in TCE revenues.“During our first full year as an independent public company, we made significant progress growing and renewing the company’s fleet, strengthening our position to take advantage of a market recovery,” Lois K. Zabrocky, International Seaways’ president and CEO, said.Including International Seaways’ deal to acquire six 300,000 dwt VLCCs from Euronav NV, the company will have invested over USD 600 million in nine vessels since completing its spinoff.The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is USD 434 million, inclusive of assumed debt. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.“We continue to prepare for a second quarter 2018 closing and intend to fund the six-vessel acquisition with a combination of available liquidity, the assumption of the debt currently secured by the vessels, and other debt financing sources,” Zabrocky continued.During the fourth quarter, the company sold three older MRs which were delivered to buyers between November 2017 and February 2018. Net proceeds received from the two ships delivered to buyers in 2018 totaled USD 17.9 million.In November 2017, the company purchased a 2010-built VLCC for USD 53 million, the Seaways Raffles, which commenced trading in the Tankers International pool.Additionally, the Alexandros II, a chartered-in vessel, was redelivered to its head owners during the fourth quarter.Net loss for the full year ended December 31, 2017 was USD 106.1 million, compared with net loss of USD 18.2 million for the full year 2016. The net loss for the full year  principally reflects USD 88.4 million in vessel impairment charges, USD 9.2 million of costs associated with the company’s debt refinancing, and a decline in TCE revenues compared with the full year 2016.“As we progress through 2018, our balanced fleet deployment and a moderate level of predictable cash flows from our joint ventures and contracted fixed-rate charters will enable the Company to both optimize revenue through the current tanker cycle and benefit from a market recovery in both the product and crude tanker sectors,” Zabrocky concluded.last_img read more

NASA uncovers first nearby superEarth 31 lightyears away

first_imgWashington DC: Scientists have characterised the first potentially habitable world outside our own solar system located about 31 light-years away. The super-Earth planet — named GJ 357 d — was discovered in early 2019 owing to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to comb the heavens for exoplanets, according to the research published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “This is exciting, as this is humanity’s first nearby super-Earth that could harbour life — uncovered with help from TESS, our small, mighty mission with a huge reach,” said Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor of astronomy at Cornell University in the US and a member of the TESS science team. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe exoplanet is more massive than our own blue planet, and Kaltenegger said the discovery will provide insight into Earth’s heavyweight planetary cousins. “With a thick atmosphere, the planet GJ 357 d could maintain liquid water on its surface like Earth, and we could pick out signs of life with telescopes that will soon be online,” she said. Astronomers from the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands and the University of La Laguna, both in Spain, announced the discovery of the GJ 357 system in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.last_img read more

Mayawati calls Congress BJP birds of same feather

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Wednesday hit out at the ruling BJP and the Congress for their ‘garibi hatao’ promise calling it a bluff. She accused both of the parties of being “birds of the same feather” who betray people, despite such eradicate poverty slogans which comes to nothing after the votes are over. Mayawati said: “Ruling BJP calling Congress slogan of Garibi Hatao 2.0 a bluff, is true. “But is poll bluff and reneging of poll promises the sole domain of the BJP?” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In fact BJP and Congress party are both birds of the same feather. They betraying the interests of the poor, labourers, farmers and others,” Mayawati tweeted. The Dalit leader’s remarks came after the ruling BJP described Congress’ minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’ announced by party chief Rahul Gandhi for elimination of poverty a “bluff”. Gandhi had on Monday announced to give Rs 72,000 per annum to 25 crore poor families of the country. The BSP, which had earlier announced no alliance with the Congress across the country is fighting the 2019 elections along with the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BSP, which scored a nil in the 2014 elections is contesting on 38 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The SP which won five seats is contesting on 37 and it’s other alliance partner, the RLD is contesting on three seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance has left two seats of Amethi and Rae Bareli for the Congress in the state. The BJP-led NDA had won 73 seats from Uttar Pradesh in 2014. The seven phased Lok Sabha polls are scheduled from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Japanese prosecutors bring in Nissans exchair Ghosn

TOKYO — Japanese prosecutors have taken Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn for questioning barely a month after he was released on bail ahead of his trial on financial misconduct charges.Japanese TV footage showed officials entering Ghosn’s apartment in Tokyo Thursday, and a car later going to the prosecutors’ office.He may face what will be his fourth arrest under Japanese law. He was first arrested in November on charges of under-reporting his compensation. He was re-arrested twice in December, including on breach of trust charges. The arrests prolong detentions without trial.The latest charge appears to be related to the investigation by Nissan Motor Co.’s French alliance partner Renault about payments in Oman to a major dealership, some of which is suspected of having been channeled for Ghosn’s personal use.The Associated Press read more

Security Council extends mandate of European peacekeepers in Bosnia

18 November 2009The United Nations Security Council today extended for another year the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) entrusted with ensuring continued compliance by all sides in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the ethnic war there. In a unanimous resolution adopted a day after a UN human rights expert reported that political disputes were still impeding the return of over 117,000 people displaced by the fighting, the 15-member body stressed that “a comprehensive and coordinated return of refugees and displaced persons throughout the region continues to be crucial to lasting peace.”EUFOR assumed peacekeeping responsibilities in 2004 from a stabilization force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the resolution welcomed the EU’s increased engagement in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as NATO’s continued engagement.“The primary responsibility for the further successful implementation of the Peace Agreement lies with the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina themselves,” the Council said, stressing that the continued willingness of the international community and major donors to help politically, militarily and economically in reconstruction efforts depended on the parties’ compliance.It authorized Member States to take all measures to defend the EUFOR and NATO presence and to assist both organizations in carrying out their missions. It also recognized the right of both EUFOR and the NATO presence to defend themselves from attack or threat of attack.The Council also underlined the need for the parties’ full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is trying the alleged perpetrators of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s on charges of war crimes, including genocide and crimes against humanity. read more

Close to 200K in cheese stolen

Nearly $200,000 in cheese was stolen last week from a Tavistock business, police said.The Oxford OPP responded Tuesday afternoon to a theft at a Hope Street West business in East Zorra-Tavistock Township.According to the police investigation, an unknown male provided the appropriate paperwork for a shipment of cheese bound for New Brunswick. The trailer was loaded and the driver left in a blue transport truck.When the cheese didn’t arrive at the destination, it was discovered the paperwork was fake and the cheese loaded into the transport truck was stolen, police said.The Oxford OPP said about $187,000 in cheese was stolen.The Oxford OPP crime unit is continuing to investigate and are asking for anyone with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. They can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com where they may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. read more

HANDBALL HELMETS Danes allow head protection

handball head protection Danish Handball Federation published the types of head protection after decision to allow their use in second league and under, but younger categories competition as well.In recent times there has been a major debate about the use of head protection in Danish handball. So far it has been allowed for goalkeepers against dispensation (and against doctor’s note) to use head protection.The Committee for Professional Handball earlier in February decided that from next season will no longer be required a medical certificate. Goalkeepers are therefore free to use head protection in the elite ranks, which, however, must be approved by DHF. For this purpose, DHF made a list of approved head protection.DHF’s board will this weekend discuss the situation – and probably decide on how the regulatory framework in wide area concerning. head protection must be from the upcoming season.. ← Previous Story Start of the race for Beach Handball on Youth Olympic Games Next Story → Dronninglund Cup 2016 president, Simon Aagaard: Our tournament is for everyone! read more

Program opens doors for dropouts

first_imgThere’s a handwritten sign posted on a door at the Lieser Campus in Vancouver.“Whatever your past has been, your future is spotless,” it reads.That sign greets students on their way into Vancouver Public Schools’ Open Doors Reengagement Program, an alternative path to graduation or GED completion for students who have dropped out of high school and have few class credits. Educational Service District 112 also offers Open Doors classes for students who live within the boundaries of any Clark County school district.Sisters Chelseanne and Richland LaRue, both of whom are enrolled in the program, are among the students working their way toward that spotless future. Until recently, the pair was homeless, camping with their mother in her car across the county and attending four or five different high schools in two years.School became too much, 18-year-old Chelseanne said. There was no guarantee they’d have a good night’s rest, clean clothes, get their homework done. Both dropped out of high school about two years ago.“We didn’t have a stable home,” she said. “After sophomore year, we decided trying to make it every day was just too much.”The LaRue sisters’ story is not unique in Open Doors. Teacher Julia Morrison said for most students in the program, life got in the way of school — they faced poverty, moved from school to school, had to provide child care for their younger siblings or had children of their own.last_img read more

Groundbreaking on overhaul of Memorial Community Park

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Work began Monday on $2.4 million in improvements at Memorial Community Park in Logan Heights, which city officials tout as the largest park expansion in modern San Diego history.The enhancements include a new children’s play area, comfort station, accessible walkways, curb ramps, drinking fountain, irrigation and drought-tolerant landscaping.Community leaders sought upgrades to the aging park for two decades, according to Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office.“Every neighborhood deserves clean, safe and beautiful parks to enjoy and that’s why investments like this are so important,” Faulconer said. “Memorial Community Park is one of the oldest in the city and these upgrades are going to ensure that it continues to serve this neighborhood for decades to come.”The upgrades are being funded by a $1.3 million federal Community Development Block Grant, among other sources.The project is scheduled for completion by next February. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 2, 2018 April 2, 2018center_img Updated: 6:38 PM Groundbreaking on overhaul of Memorial Community Park KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Newsweekcom is the Odd Man Out

first_imgHowever, given the positioning of the merger and the characterizations the principals are giving each other’s companies, Newsweek.com appears to be grasping the short straw. According to Ms. Brown in an official statement announcing the deal, the Beast is swooping in with its “vibrant versatility,” the “metabolism” of which will “help power the resurgence of Newsweek.” Newsweek, in turn, “amplifies the range of talent and audience The Daily Beast can reach.”Meanwhile, Newsweek is “venerable” with “journalistic depth.” It’s also, according to the statement, just a magazine. There’s no mention of the brand’s digital platform, a strange omission given all the hupla over the importance of Web savvy.Again, in her own post on the merger, Ms. Brown says, “And for Newsweek, The Daily Beast is a thriving frontline of breaking news and commentary that will raise the profile of the magazine’s bylines and quicken the pace of a great magazine’s revival.”Newsweek.com who?In this merger, all the digital cache belongs to The Daily Beast, even though Newsweek.com gets twice as many monthly uniques—10 million compared to The Daily Beast’s 5 million, per company principals—and has a much more recognizable brand. [EDITOR’S NOTE: The original headline of this post was “Is Newsweek.com the Odd Man Out?” But after posting we came across a NYT story in which new The Newsweek Daily Beast Company CEO Stephen Colvin says Newsweek.com will indeed be folded into TheDailyBeast.com.] We’ve all heard by now the merger of The Daily Beast and Newsweek—tricked you, didn’t they?—into The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which everyone’s already ignoring for the more fun variations of ‘NewsBeast’ and ‘BeastWeek’, etc. (How many games of rock-paper-scissors it took during that “coffee-mug toast” to determine the brand name order we’ll never know.) Speculation is now focusing on how the JV is going to overcome its combined losses—$10 million per year for The Daily Beast and $20 million for Newsweek. However, I’d like to know which Web site, TheDailyBeast.com or Newsweek.com, will get top billing at best and lights out at worst.  The two are very different operations. Given the way they handled the equitable but awkward company name, it could be fair to assume a similar approach will be employed to create a DailyNewsweekBeast.com with a chalk line drawn down the middle of every page. A boisterous mix of culture/politics/celebrity on one side and a subdued mix of mass-appeal business/news/culture on the other. last_img read more

Corporate tourists from abroad avoid eating meat

first_imgKolkata: As the carcass meat case came to light, corporate tourists from abroad are avoiding consuming meat during their stay in the city.According to Prabir Singha Roy, general secretary of the Travel Agents Association of Bengal, said majority of foreign tourists in the city are corporate ones.”The corporate tourists from abroad are now preferring to vegetables or fish at the most as the carcass meat row have come to light. They are avoiding meat,” said Roy. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe further said that in many cases attempts were taken to convince the tourists by making them feel that the quality of food is not the same everywhere. However, some are getting convinced and having meat while some are not.It may be recalled that the case of carcass meat sale came to light for the first time with the arrest of two youth who were caught chopping off meat from dead animals found at a dump yard at Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas. Subsequently, Police have arrested more than 10 people in this connection and the case has been finally taken up by the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee also set up a nine member committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De to completely uproot the menace.The developments have resulted in a considerable drop in the sale of meat and chicken at eateries. Preliminary investigation revealed that the carcass meat was supplied to a section of eateries and some departmental stores as well.The matter related to the sale of dead chicken also came to light with police recovering a huge quantity of fungal-infected chicken at a farm in Rajarhat. In a bid to gain faith of the people, hotels and restaurants are taking all necessary steps.In such a situation, the Hilsa festival is going to take place in Sunderbans in August and the tour operators are expecting more footfall in the festival this time compared to that of the last year. However, according to the operators, the increase in number of turn out in Sunderbans doesn’t have any connection with the carcass meat case.last_img read more

Polands defence minister calls LGBTI parade a march of sodomites

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- The day before over 5,000 people had been on a parade through the western city of Poznan.Mr. Blaszczak said the parade was ‘another parade of sodomites who are trying to impose their own interpretation of civic rights on other people.’He also said that the parade was an showed that city authorities were more focussed on ideology rather than municipal issues, AP reported.Final of Mr. Gay EuropeTh LGBTI parade coincided with the final of Mr. Gay Europe, which also took place in Poznan over the weekend.The contest saw Enrique Doleschy, a 30-year-old German, win the title over six other finalists.‘As long as there’s one person feeling like this, we need competitions like this to bring out the best in people and to force them, to drive them, to be better for each other,’ Doleschy said to AFP.However, the light-hearted contest also attracted protests from right-wing groups and conservatives.‘It’s not right to give privileges (to LGBT individuals) or elevate them to the level of families,’ one protester said. ‘Giving them the right to adopt when these are freaks is absurd and shouldn’t happen.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Openly gay Robert Biedroń starts social movement against Polish conservativesEast Timor’s Pride parade goes back to the roots of what Pride is all aboutLGBTQ – eTurboNews (eTN)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/polands-defence-minister-calls-lgbti-parade-a-march-of-sodomites/ Mr Gay Europe 2018 crowned in Poland, despite protests @MrGayEurope #MrGayEurope @ILoveGay2Day #ILoveGay – The final of this year’s edition of Mr Gay Europe took place on Saturday in the western city of Poznan in Poland. https://t.co/Hu9qcJuLoz pic.twitter.com/QdTeKVtgs6— ILoveGay Poland (@ILoveGayPoland) 12 August 2018Poland has become more LGBTI-friendly in recent years, though there are still strong conservative beliefs in Poland’s society and politics. The Catholic Church remains highly influential in Poland, and same-sex couples cannot adopt or marry.In 2017, Poland’s president Andrzej Duda struck down the notion of the country ever legalising same-sex marriage. ‘I unequivocally repeat: marriage in accordance with the Polish Constitution is a union between a man and a woman’ Duba said.In an annual review of human rights for LGBTI people by ILGA-Europe, Poland ranked 38 out of the 49 countries polled.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Poland’s right-wing defence minister called attendees at an LGBTI parade ‘sodomites’.Mariusz Blaszczak made the remark on Polish pro-government TV station, TV Trwam.last_img read more