Ganguly-led BCCI technical committee calls for Ranji overhaul

first_imgThe Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of BCCI on Tuesday outlined for major structural changes in the elite domestic tournament, the Ranji Trophy.The committee even recommended doing away with the Elite and Plate divisions.The technical committee, that met at the BCCI headquarters at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai discussed the issue for over two hours and opined that the Elite and Plate groups be replaced by three groups of nine teams each.”We have recommended two major changes in the Ranji Trophy format. There will be nine teams in three groups — A, B and C. Each team will play eight matches in the league stage and there will be promotion and relegation,” Ganguly told reporters after the meeting.”The changes will make the competition even and each team will play a few more matches. But all these are recommendations and the BCCI working committee will take the final decision,” he added.Each team will play eight matches at the league stage. Three teams each from groups A and B and two from group C will qualify for the knockout phase.The committee also proposed that quarterfinals, semifinals and the final should be five-day affairs. According to the current format only the final is a five-day affair.If in the knock-out phase, a result on first innings is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, then the match will be extended into a sixth day. If there is no outcome on first innings even at the end of the sixth day, then the winner will be decided on the spin of a coin.advertisementFor an outright win, teams will get six points. A bonus win – by an innings or by 10 wickets — will fetch teams one bonus point. If the teams are tied on both innings then they would get three points each.A first innings lead but no outright win will fetch a team three points while loss on first innings will get a team one point. Tie on first innings without outright result will give teams one point each.The committee also outlined the order in which the domestic season will proceed with Duleep Trophy being played first.The order – Duleep Trophy, Challenger Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. There will be two Irani Cup games from the 2012-13 season.The committee also made changes in the playing condition in domestic limited-over games. It felt that a bowler should be permitted a maximum of twelve overs per match and two bouncers per over. There will be no change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle in non-Powerplay overs.Ranji Trophy – Points systemOutright win6 pointsInnings win / win by ten wickets1 bonus pointTie on both innings3 points each1st Innings lead but no outright win3 pointsLoss on 1st innings1 pointTie on 1st innings without outright result1 point eachOutright lossNil1st innings results not achieved, with or without weather interference1 point eachlast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Dorf Ketal Adopts Oracle Sales Cloud to Boost Their Sales Pipeline DELHI, September 15, 2015/PRNewswire/ — Oracle Sales Cloud Aids Dorf Ketal in Accurate Forecasting, Lead Nurturing and Faster Closure of Opportunities Dorf Ketal, a global chemical manufacturer, has adopted Oracle Sales Cloud to streamline and enhance its sales processes. Oracle Sales Cloud offers a complete sales automation solution that gives sales and operations teams the tools they need to close the revenue gaps without surprises, compromises, or hidden costs. Oracle does this as part of a complete and integrated solution designed to enhance the customer experience (CX) at every customer touch point including sales, service, marketing, commerce, and social channels. Oracle Sales Cloud provides enterprise visibility to Dorf Ketal that lets them report across locations and divisions. It also enables them to measure salesforce effectiveness through multiple KPIs, which include activities, time to close, forecast accuracy etc. Leads get quicker responses from field representatives as they have access to information anywhere at any time. Prior to adoption of Oracle Sales Cloud, the CRM systems at Dorf Ketal could not scale per organizational requirements and had user adoption issues. The sales pipeline was unable to offer insights and ad hoc forecasting was inaccurate. Moreover, manual sales activity tracking was not effective enough to measure the sales pipeline progress which in turn did not allow the opportunity for appropriate coaching. The lack of a mobile solution with their prior CRM solution did not account for sales representatives who were constantly on the move like Oracle Sales Cloud does today. To overcome all these challenges Dorf Ketal procured Oracle Sales Cloud in February, 2013. Oracle Sales Cloud provides Dorf Ketal a 100% improvement of lead tracking and creates a unified response to their customers through a 360-degree view available to the sales representatives. Better customer visibility and informed coaching increases win rates, and also enhances transparency through the entire sales process, from lead sourcing to closing opportunities. Oracles superior solution enables 99% forecast accuracy enabling greater insight against KPIs, 100% user adoption and productivity through mobile applications allowing smartphone, tablet as well as Outlook integration. MORE PRN KSCadvertisementlast_img read more

JioPhone: Rush crashes Jio website, makes MyJio app almost unusable

first_imgThe pre-booking for “India ka phone” aka JioPhone starts today at 5:30pm. Update: No, it seems that the pre-booking is starting from 6PM. Earlier Reliance said that it was 5pm but apparently the correct time is 5.30PM. This is when the pre-booking for the JioPhone will open on the Jio website, inside the MyJio app and at the authorised offline stores. The JioPhone, which is effectively free but more on this later, was announced by Mukesh Ambani at the company’s 40th annual general meet held on July 21 in Mumbai.Update: There seems to be great rush to the Jio website for the JioPhone and that has crashed the website. It is either not opening for most people or it is opening very slow. But even when it is opening, the link for JioPhone pre-booking is not working in most instances. Worse, the situation is same with the MyJio app. That too is very very slow and is either not opening or crashing. Consumers can pre-book JioPhone through the website, MyJio app and from offline retailers associated with Jio. As the JioPhone goes on pre-booking — and effectively on sale today — Jio is also answering a lot of questions that people have around the phone’s specification. The JioPhone specifications have been finally revealed along with its key features.The launch event saw not only the announcement but also a demo of  what the JioPhone could be like and what all features it will come with. We even saw Isha Ambani along with Akash Ambani and Kiran Thomas giving us a demo of how the JioPhone operates on voice commands for sending text messages, making calls and even for playing music.  Isha Ambani also detailed about the features of the phone. Though the trio spoke a lot about the JioPhone, not all details were revealed. For example, the full specifications were not showed.advertisementWith the pre-bookings starting today, Jio has updated its official website and given us the final picture of the much-hyped JioPhone.JioPhone specsFirst this first, and this is something we confirmed earlier as well, the JioPhone is going to be a single SIM phone. This is in contrary to all the previous rumours that predicted the JioPhone would come with dual SIM support. The phone comes with single nanoSIM slot.The JioPhone sports a 2.4-inch QWVGA (240×320 pixels) display and is powered by a 1.2GHz Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A/QC8905 dual-core processor with Mali-400 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The spec sheet reveals that the phone runs on KAI OS. The device is backed by a 2000mAh removable battery which as per company claims offers 12 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.The phone comes with 4GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. In terms of optics,  the JioPhone features a 2MP rear camera at the back and a VGA camera on the front.Further the phone has an alphanumeric keypad with 4 way navigation keys, Torchlight, USB 2.0 support, WiFi, NFC, FM Radio, and Bluetooth. The JioPhone comes only in Black colour.The box will contain the handset, battery, SIM card, charger adaptor, warranty card and quick service guide.As far as the specifications are concerned, there is nothing earth-shattering here. The JioPhone is a very inexpensive device and its hardware too shows the same. But then this is also a free phone, will offer free voice calls (with a cheap monthly plan) and offers some smartphone like features such as basic web browsing and access to apps like JioTV.How to pre-book JioPhone?Now that the specs details are out of the way, the question comes “how to book the JioPhone”? The JioPhone pre-booking can be done both offline and online channels. To book online, you can either visit the company’s website Jio.com or download the MyJio app. The company has a dedicated page for the pre-booking which goes live today at 5:30pm.Also Read: JioPhone pre-booking starts today: When and how to book, Rs 500 security fee & all questions answeredIt is important to note that when you book the JioPhone today, you will have to pay Rs 500. As for why, we explain it below.For those willing to book offline, you can visit a nearby Jio Store, Reliance Digital store or any multi-retail store to book your JioPhone. Please note that not all Reliance Digital stores will take the registrations for the phone. Only those retailers who have purchased the Jio pre-booking vouchers are eligible to take the pre-bookings. It is advisable to carry your Aadhaar card along with you.advertisementThe JioPhone will be distributed on a first come first serve basis to only those who pre-book the phone starting today.JioPhone is effectively free then why Rs 500 for pre-booking?Jio in a statement released to the media has said that buyer needs to pay Rs 500 to pre-book the phone. This amount will be adjusted in the security deposit of Rs 1500 which is refundable after 3 years. The rest Rs 1000 needs to be paid at the time of the delivery of the device. Jio says that it is taking Rs 500 against every JioPhone booking to avoid ‘potential misuse’.In our opinion, asking users to pay Rs 500 is a welcome move from Jio. This will ensure that only the people who want the JioPhone will book it. So, there are no needless queues, similar to what we saw with the Jio SIM card last year because that was free. This time around, people will go to a Jio store to get the device only if they are serious about it because it entails paying Rs 500.last_img read more

Paris Tour de France memories, skiing down K2 and free-kick tomfoolery

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics 4) It’s pre-season friendly, er, season. Lautaro Martínez’s pass creating Inter’s goal against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane: woof! And while the Blades were drawing with Inter at Bramall Lane, Wednesday got into a mass brawl at Mansfield.5) We’re not quite sure what FC Tokyo’s youth team were trying to do here, but it certainly didn’t work. In other bad ideas: barefoot waterskiing is tricky.6) Billy Monger, the teenage British racing driver who lost both legs in a car crash in 2017, takes Daniel Ricciardo’s ‘shoe-y’ celebration and ups it after returning to driving.Our favourites from last week’s blog1) Paul McBeth delivers a Disc Golf round for the ages.2) A silky AFL finish from St Kilda’s Jack Steven: Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Facebook Share on Pinterest Cycling Share on LinkedIn Facebook Tour de France YouTube archive Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentcenter_img Support The Guardian Twitter Share on Facebook features 1) The Tour de France reaches its conclusion in Paris this weekend, which makes it worth a quick look back at the most memorable finishes on the Champs-Élysées. In 1991, elbows-out sprinter Djamolodine Abdoujaparov wore green into the final stage (despite controversy after he had forced Johan Musseeuw into the barriers on an earlier stage) but crashed on the final sprint – yet clung on to the jersey when the team got him over the line. But that finish pales into insignificance next to the 1989 finish, when Greg LeMond overcame his deficit to Laurent Fignon to time trial his way to victory in 1989. And how does it feel to ride in the peloton around Paris – a little bit like this.2) There’s a lot to unpick in the trailer to Final Score, filmed at West Ham’s former Upton Park stadium, but perhaps the key moment is when Tony Cottee appears to witness an execution.3) It’s 8,611 metres high, only 300 people have managed to climb it, and one person in every four who reaches the summit dies. So why wouldn’t Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel ski down K2, becoming the first man in history to do so? Twitter Share via Email Pinterest Spotter’s badges: whoboughtoranges, GrahamClayton.Guardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe if you fancy.Guardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe if you fancy. Sport Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi Cong protests water power crisis

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress’ Delhi unit Tuesday staged protests in all 70 assembly constituencies of the national capital over alleged water and power scarcity in the city, with its president Sheila Dikshit terming it as “a matter of life and death”. The former Delhi chief minister also accused the AAP government of not being able to come up with a contingency plan.In Sangam Vihar, one of the protest venues, Dikshit claimed city residents had been reeling under “frequent power cuts and water shortage during peak summers but the government is in a deep slumber”. “It’s a matter of life and death. The water and power shortage has affected the women, the elderly and the poor the most,” she said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkA Congress delegation led by Dikshit had recently met Chief Minister Kejriwal at his Flagstaff Road residence where they discussed issues related to water and power supply, and demanded withdrawal of fixed charge hike in electricity bills. The party’s Delhi unit working president Haroon Yusuf, who staged a protest in the Ballimaran Assembly constituency, claimed that drinking water being supplied in many areas was unfit for consumption. Reacting to the protests, AAP leader Gopal Rai said, “I would like Sheila ji to compare what she did to deal with the water crisis in her 15-year-rule with what the AAP has done in just four and a half years.” “The AAP government did in 4.5 years what she couldn’t in 15 years. In fact, the high power tariff during her tenure led to the fall of her govt,” he claimed. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEyeing the assembly elections due early next year, the Delhi units of the Congress and the BJP have been trying to corner the AAP over water and power supply. Cheap electricity and free drinking water has been an important poll plank of the AAP ever since it won the 2013 Assembly elections. The AAP government claims that it made sure city residents receive uninterrupted power supply at the cheapest rates and increased water supply from 835 million gallons per day to 935 MGD.last_img read more

Propeople approach in Kashmir

first_imgIt is not surprising at all that the maiden trip of India’s new Home Minister Amit Shah to Srinagar—during which he emphasised the need for carrying development to the grassroots, pulled up the state administration for its failures and reiterated the policy of relentless pursuit of the terrorists—has left the communal-minded Valley parties and the separatist lobby with no scope for raising any political criticism of the visit. The opponents of the Narendra Modi regime have not been able to find fault with the Centre’s decision to extend reservations granted to people living in the hazardous territory along the Line of Control (LoC) to those settled on the International Border on the same grounds, for fear of exposing their communal outlook. However, the Valley parties, like the separatists there, have for long got away with their blatantly sectarian line that regarded Kashmir not as a territorial problem caused by the Pak occupation of a part of the state but as a ‘Muslim issue’—and run their politics in total disregard of the reality that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral state housing multiple faiths and communities. Also Read – A special kind of bondBoth People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) were mute spectators to the planned ouster of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley instigated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and what is worse, they spinelessly endorsed the attempt of Pakistan to replicate the Afghan Jehad in Kashmir in the early Nineties through a sustained infiltration of Mujahideen of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an outfit that comprised the Ahle Hadis and followed the extremist Hanbali line. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe LeT gradually subjugated the outfits of Jamaat, a Hanafi organisation subscribing to Ijtehad, to a degree where Burhan Wani and Asiya Andrabi would take orders directly from Maulana Hafiz Sayeed based in Pakistan. The Salafi influences imported by these terrorists have nearly destroyed Kashmiriyat that represented the people-oriented value system of Kashmiris. The only agenda the political parties of the Valley are now able to pursue is to demand early assembly elections, invoking the moral narrative that an elected government was always to be preferred over President’s rule in a democracy. But what has their own record of long years in office got to show—beyond the paralysis of a subverted administration, appeasement of pro-Pak lobbies, and permissiveness of corruption? The NC leadership is faulting BJP for having run a coalition with PDP. It is true that the intent of the Centre to opt for that arrangement to encourage the party of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to come closer to the national mainstream proved misplaced but it is all aimed at scoring a point for NC against its political rival. It needs to be mentioned, however, that the inordinate delay on the part of BJP in pulling out of a coalition that had put the state on the path of alienation and given total freedom to militants, has remained totally unexplained. During Mehbooba Mufti’s regime, NC also maintained a pro-Pak stand on the issue of cross-border terrorism and even made an absurd statement that the Centre should talk to Pakistan if it wanted stone-pelting to stop. Was this not a clear admission that Pak agents were behind the disturbances caused by stone pelters and that the administration was too complicit to even identify the masterminds who planned the mischief? There has been an unmistakable competition between the two Valley parties to keep the separatists on their side for gaining power. This story has not changed and the Modi government would be well-advised not to encourage these communal forces ever in future. All these years, the average Kashmiri in the Valley and the citizens elsewhere in the state have suffered at the hands of their greedy political masters. They were kept from development at the ground level and fed on anti-India propaganda all the time. The question of India resuming talks with Pakistan lies on the Centre’s turf, connected as it is to the unfinished agenda of what should be done with LoC and it does not permit involvement of any third party, internal or external. People of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to make demands on the democratically-elected rulers of the state for promoting development and establishing peace. They should not let the latter remain preoccupied with their own political games. Even the basic step of getting all district magistrates (DMs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to regularly interact with citizens was not brought into play in Jammu and Kashmir. The initiatives taken under the President’s rule to pave the way for elections to the panchayat and municipal bodies are unnerving the Valley parties who were feeling left out and were therefore, raising a bogey that these elections could be held only when there was an Assembly in place. It is in this backdrop that the first visit of the new Home Minister to Kashmir has laid the groundwork for a constructive set of policies to be implemented there in a time frame. There is no compromise with terrorism and relentless pursuit of the mujahideen and their local acolytes through Intelligence-based operations have to be kept up. The state should put the J&K Police in the forefront of a drive against enemy agents hibernating in villages and towns based on local Intelligence, instead of leaving everything on the shoulders of the army. The state administration has to be sternly handled to get it to measure up to the challenge in the spheres of both development and security. Separatists playing the Pakistan game have to be shown their place and legally proceeded against. Evidence is now piling up about the intricate channels through which Pakistan is funding its agents and the separatists in the Valley and elsewhere to run its proxy war against India. The Modi government gets the credit for hitting at the root of the covert offensive of the enemy. In Jammu and Kashmir, the state’s outreach to the people has to be intensified to encourage them to take charge of the local self bodies, become stakeholders in their own development and not allow corrupt politicians to line up their pockets. The cause of local self-governance is best served when divisive party politics is not allowed to spoil it. Once the state tastes the fruits of a democratic advancement and learns to avail of the enormous opportunities that the Kashmiri youth have for them all over India, the artificial construct of ‘total alienation’ floated by vested political interests will fade away. The questions of autonomy enjoyed by the state of Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution would then cease to be a bone of contention between the Centre and the state or between the state and its regions and evolve on two basic paradigms—that it all had to be about the integral state of Jammu and Kashmir treating all its citizens on the same footing, and that the threat to the state was from a hostile Pakistan needing to be countered by an alliance of Kashmiris, security forces made available to the state and the political leaders who believed Kashmir had a pride of place in India. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Who is responsible for destroying economy Congress demands govt to clarify

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP government over the slump in the GDP, with party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanding that the Centre clarify who is responsible for “destroying” the economy. Gandhi on Twitter said the government that trumpeted of bringing “achche din” (good days) has now “punctured” the economy. “The GDP growth rate clearly shows that the government trumpeting about ‘Achche din’ (good days) has punctured the state of the economy. Neither is GDP growth nor is the Rupee strong and jobs are lost. Now clarify as to whose act is it to destroy the economy,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to over six-year low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released on Friday. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “Remember the hit movie QSQT – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak?. Now QSQT is synonymous with Quarter Se Quarter Tak. Two consecutive quarters of low GDP growth sought to be buried by managing headlines.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also hit out at the central government over the low GDP growth. “GDP growth is not 5 pc it is 3 pc. There is a statistical bump of 2 pc due to change of base year from 2004-2005 to 2011-12. ELEPHANT in room is-GOVT CREATED TERROR – The systematic destruction of the economic environment by the brutal and indiscriminate use of IT, ED, CBI over past 5 years,” he tweeted. Senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the government not to make boastful claims and instead inform the country about the roadmap for the recovery of the Indian economy, which he said is under a downward spiral “under your watch”. “The ‘State of Economy; in BJP rule. Is this the ‘New India’?” Randeep Surjewala wrote on Twitter, adding a graph of GDP growth in January-March 2018 quarter from 8.1 per cent to 5 per cent in April-June 2019 quarter. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said India’s GDP growth rate is 5 per cent but even this is according to the new methodology which comes with a “Modi booster”. “Real GDP minus Modi booster is around 3 pc,” Singhvi said. “No wonder we had Balakot breastbeating, questioning nationalism, disbursal of cash just before elections. 6 quarters went from 8 pc to 7 pc onwards to 5.8 pc and now to 5 pc quarterly GDP growth. With this clear trend over 18 months, despite all packages, this government has had no effect,” he said on Twitter. The Congress had on Friday said the slump in GDP is a “Modi-made disaster”, and demanded that a financial emergency be declared in the country. The truth can no longer be hidden despite “headline management” by the ruling dispensation, the opposition party had said.last_img read more

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister hurt while hiking on vacation in New Mexico

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was hiking while on vacation in New Mexico and was overdue by an hour when his wife called police who found him injured at a trailhead.Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police said Pallister was reported missing by his wife on Monday at about 7 p.m.The premier’s office said Pallister was hiking in the Gila Wilderness when he had a serious fall and suffered fractures in his left arm, along with numerous cuts and bruises.The government said Pallister was hospitalized that night and returned to Manitoba on Friday to determine if surgery will be necessary.Armijo said rescue volunteers began to prepare for a search after Pallister’s wife, Esther, called. But a New Mexico State Police officer who had been searching some different trailheads in the area found the premier at the main entrance for the Mogollon Trail, Armijo said.“When he was located, he had sustained some injuries, nothing serious, but enough to be transported to a hospital where he was treated,” she told The Canadian Press Friday.“He was waiting there and, due to his injury, it sounds like he was immobile.”Pallister was on vacation during a one-week break between legislature sessions.Armijo said she didn’t know if Pallister was hiking alone. She noted the Mogollon Trail has varying levels of intensity.“It’s in a very high altitude area and there are a lot of canyons and some treacherous areas that can be difficult for hiking. There’s a variety of trails that you can go in that specific area, but it’s definitely a trail that would be considered for experienced hikers.”Pallister’s office initially said the fall occurred Tuesday, but a spokesman later said that might have been a mistake.“He arrived back today, so we informed the public today,” Pallister’s director of communications, Chisholm Pothier, said in an email when asked why the premier’s accident wasn’t made public until Friday.The premier’s office also said earlier that Pallister suffered compound fractures, which mean the bone pierced the skin, but a spokesman later corrected that to say the fracture was comminuted, or there were multiple fractures.The Gila Wilderness is a 2,200-square kilometre protected area in southwestern New Mexico that offers “forested hills, majestic mountains and range land,” says a United States government website. It is remote and some areas are hard to access, because the wilderness designation includes strict limits on roads and motorized vehicles.It was designated the world’s first wilderness area in June 1924.Pallister’s office said he will be resting at home with his family this weekend.His Progressive Conservative government is scheduled to lay out its legislative plans in a throne speech on Tuesday.“He … would like to thank police and medical personnel for their quality care,” the premier’s office said in a statement.— With files from Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThe premier’s office had said earlier Friday that Pallister suffered compound fractures, which mean the bone pierced the skin, but later corrected that to say there were multiple fractures.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version included information from the premier’s office that said he suffered compound fractures.last_img read more

Cyprus Annan welcomes British Foreign Secretarys visit urges comprehensive solution

In a statement made by his spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan said he “remains deeply committed to the search for a comprehensive solution” in Cyprus and welcomed the upcoming visit of Jack Straw.The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been operating since 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and one of its roles is to monitor ceasefire lines that extend some 180 kilometres across the island.Last month the Security Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until the middle of June, following Mr. Annan’s report on the country that noted the situation in Cyprus was calm but “progress toward a political solution remains negligible at best.”“I continue to believe that only the achievement of a comprehensive settlement will bring an end to the Cyprus problem,” Mr. Annan noted in December.At that time the Security Council urged both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension and also expressed concern over the conduct of military exercises that had not been seen since 2001.Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against. read more

Popovic scores 18 in 2nd half Boston College tops Minnesota

Boston College forward Nik Popovic wandered back on the court after the game, unable to find the postgame radio interview that was expecting him.It’s not often the BC backup big man is called upon for such duties.Popovic scored all 18 of his points in the second half and Wynston Tabbs added 17 points on Monday night to lead Boston College to a 68-56 victory over Minnesota and send the Golden Gophers to their first loss of the season.It was the first time in two seasons that Popovic was the team’s leading scorer, and the first time in his career he had the most points in the game.“I thought he was patient in the post. Took his time,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “I thought he played a solid game around the basket. When he’s patient, he’s a good player.”Ky Bowman had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Steffon Mitchell added 13 rebounds as the Eagles (5-1) held Minnesota without a basket for 8:05 early in the second half to open a double-digit lead. BC snapped a three-game losing streak in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and improved to 7-4 in the conference matchup overall.It was the first-ever game between the schools, and it marked the return of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino to the city where his father failed so spectacularly as coach of the Celtics.Jordan Murphy scored 16 with 11 rebounds for the Gophers (5-1), who fell to 9-11 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. But he fouled out with 5:33 remaining when he was called for charging into Popovic.“It hurts you, him being in foul trouble,” Pitino said. “He’s your best player, one of them.”Bowman, a first-team preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, shot just 3 for 13 from the field and missed all three shots he took in the second half. But Popovic was among those helping to make up for Bowman’s off night, making all nine field goal attempts that he took in the game.“We definitely had to step up defensively and offensively,” Tabbs said. “We just keep him in the game, he’s going to make plays for us.”After taking a one-point lead into the half, BC fell behind 35-33 before scoring six straight points and 18 of the next 23.BIG PICTUREMinnesota: After trekking cross-country following a three-game tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Gophers return home for a chance to regroup against Oklahoma State. “I could make every excuse until I’m blue in the face, but none of it really matters,” Pitino said.Boston College: Bounced back after a loss to IUPUI with three straight wins. Popovic blamed himself for the Nov. 14 loss, in which he went 1 for 5 from the field, 2 for 8 from the line and fouled out.UP NEXTMinnesota: Plays Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday night.Boston College: Hosts Sacred Heart on Thursday night.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press read more

Mens hockey Early goals shock Buckeyes in 54 loss to Spartans

Ohio State redshirt junior defeseman Matt Joyaux blocks a Michigan State forward from the puck along the boards in a game on March 3. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerEarlier this week, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik said his team will have to have a good start and play a full 60 minutes in Friday’s Game One in order to have a successful weekend.The No. 13 Buckeyes (17-10-6, 8-8-1-1), however, only completed half of the job in the series opener, as OSU allowed four first-period goals before clawing back to fall to the visiting Michigan State Spartans (7-21-3, 3-12-2-0), 5-4.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forward Mason Jobst all netted a goal each in the loss. Jobst and Gust also notched a multi-point game on the night with assists, as well as a helper from sophomore forward Dakota Joshua and senior defender Josh Healey.“You’ve got to look in the mirror, and obviously it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “To come out at home in a game that you’ve got to have and give up four (goals) like that, it’s inexcusable. It’s just not OK.”Following a sluggish, but physical, opening five minutes of the first period, the Spartans opened the game’s scoring off an OSU turnover in the neutral zone. Michigan State sophomore forward Cody Milan centered a pass to freshman forward Logan Lambdin, who beat OSU goaltender Christian Frey outside the crease to put the visitors up 1-0.Four minutes later, Michigan State doubled its lead as senior forward Thomas Ebbing deflected freshman defender Mitch Eliot’s shot from the point into the back of the net to put the Spartans up two with 9:15 remaining in the period.Continuing to pepper Frey with a barrage of shots, Michigan State cashed in for a third time in the period when redshirt senior Rhett Holland’s shot veered off the stick of Milan and over the OSU goaltender for a 3-0 lead for Milan’s second point of the night. Minutes later, the Spartans added a fourth in the period when freshman forward Sam Saliba scored on the power play.“It was kind of a shock at first — which isn’t good — on the bench,” Jobst said. “Then we came in the locker room and kind of shook things up, and tried to rally the boys. But any time you give a team a four-goal lead, you just can’t do that.”Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray replaced Frey in net with senior Matt Tomkins, and searched for a solution to an offensive outage and four-goal deficit. Michigan State suffered its second penalty of the night just seconds into the period, and the nation’s leading powerplay offense delivered as Schilkey buried his Big Ten-leading 25th goal of the season from the slot to cut the Spartan lead to 4-1. Healey and Jobst each recorded an assist on the play.Michigan State’s Lambdin responded and slotted his second goal of the night to put the visitors up 5-1 with 12:35 remaining in the second, but OSU again cut the lead to three as great team passing just outside the crease from Gust and Joshua set up Miller for a tap-in and his ninth goal of the season.The Spartans racked up their third powerplay of the night with less than eight minutes remaining in the period — however, it was the short-handed Buckeyes who benefitted from the penalty.Off a turnover in the Michigan State zone, Jobst found himself one-on-one with Spartan freshman goaltender John Lethemon, and the sophomore prevailed with his 15th goal and 44th point of the year to cut the lead to two heading into the final intermission.With time winding down in the third period, OSU earned its third powerplay of the game. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua near the slot, who centered the puck to a waiting Gust, and the senior wristed his 14th goal and 34th point of the season to cut the Michigan State lead to one with 4:17 remaining.The Scarlet and Gray produced opportunities to equalize down the stretch, but could not capitalize in the closing moments to drop Game One of the series, 5-4.“At the end of the day — no matter what happens, whoever you’re out there with — to me, it was about the effort and just getting out competed,” Rohlik said. “We scored some goals there, we generated a little bit of offense, but we’ve got to play desperate hockey from the start instead of getting down four goals and then getting desperate.”With Game Two and the Buckeyes’ senior night slated for Saturday evening, Rohlik said his side will have to make major adjustments to come back strong in the series finale.“We’ve shot both feet off here the last two games, so right now we’ve got to go out there and play loose, but play desperate hockey,” Rohlik said. “Go out there and play like we can, go out there and play like a team that belongs to be out there, that wants to win, that expects to win — and you’ve got to have that attitude again.” read more

Weve got a huge respect for them Leinster ready for Northampton

first_imgFORWARDS WIN GAMES, backs decide by how much.It is a well-worn cliché, but there is utter truth in it on so many occasions. Northampton can call on the likes of Courtney Lawes, Salesi Ma’afu, Samu Manoa and Dylan Hartley against Leinster this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens in their efforts to underline that fact.Greg Feek is responsible for countering the Premiership side’s power in the tight, given his role as scrum coach to Leinster. The former All Black has done superb work with the province – and moonlighting with Ireland – since 2010, but recognises that Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash may be one of his toughest tasks yet.“Everyone is Europe is under no allusions as to Northampton’s strengths. It’s knowing that, but to stop it is another thing. Obviously we’re going to go out there and play footy, but we know that they’ll come at us up there [in the forwards] and we know that if we don’t get it right, it’s going to be a pretty tough day.We’ve got a huge respect for them, how they play, the players’ attitudes and how they’re coached. So it’s going to be one heck of a battle, particularly over there.”Whatever about the strength of the opposition on Saturday, Feek is very much inwardly focused. The Kiwi concentrates on working with his own players, looking to eke out every improvement he can in an area of the game that has been the topic of so much discussion in recent years.Cian Healy and Mike Ross are deservedly established as the pillars of Leinster’s scrum, but the emergence of Jack McGrath and Marty Moore has been welcome. The tyros have been putting their hands up all season in selection terms, so much so that Feek would be relaxed about the inexperienced pair starting against the Saints.“That’s been great, they’ve certainly grown those guys. They’ve been chipping away over the last couple of years, particularly Jack. Now Marty’s getting more game time and they’ve got to be consistent with that, prove they can go to the next level; Heineken Cup and the intensity of that.Mike Ross faced the Saints’ scrum in the 2011 Heineken Cup final. ©INPHO/Colm O’Neill.“Jack proved he can do Test match rugby, so Cian’s looking over his shoulder. So is Rossy, and there are other guys there wanting to have a crack too. We’ve got a pretty good squad to choose from and it’s exciting times. The only problem is we’ve got Northampton this week so we’ve got to make sure we’re right on the ball there.”A problem indeed. The Saints are in foreboding form so far this season, second in the Premiership and having beaten the Ospreys in their most recent European fixture. The last time Leinster traveled to Franklin’s Gardens was in 2012, when they were on the receiving end of a 43-0 pre-season hiding.Northampton are full of confidence under Jim Mallinder at the moment, and Feek says Leinster need a good start on Saturday if they are to have any hope of a crucial away win.You might have a lapse in the first ten minutes and that could be it for the whole game. You just can’t afford to do that at Heineken Cup level, to chase a game and try to come back into it, particularly against a team like Northampton. It makes it very tough.“Last time we were there, we got hammered. So certainly, it gives you a bit of a reality check for exactly what you’re getting yourself into. They’ve got a good core of players who have been there for a while and they’ve got a coaching group that have been there for a while, that they’ve grown under.“We’ve got a lot of respect for what they do as players and how they coach. It’s certainly a great challenge for us.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Munster boosted by heavy injury toll for PerpignanPayne still a doubt for Ulster as Muller comes back into the mixlast_img read more

These 17 web tools will improve your productivity

first_img SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York center_img IN TODAY’S FAST-paced world, we don’t want to waste any more time than necessary.Here are some highly useful and innovative web resources that will help make you more productive and save you a lot of time in the long-run:Clear Focus — This timer uses the Pomodoro Technique to prevent you from wasting time on distractions. Instead, it helps you focus on what really matters, by alternating work sessions with small breaks. You’ll be able to concentrate more easily and get things done. Just tap once, and get working.Coffitivity — It has been scientifically proven that people work better with white noise in the background. This site replicates the sound of a coffee shop to achieve the perfect combination of calm and commotion. It’ll help you get your creative juices flowing so you won’t feel stuck. Other websites that provide great background noise for focusing are Rainymood and Focus At Will. Source: Noisey via YouTubeDo Nothing For 2 Minutes — Although it seems counterintuitive, this website is the perfect way to refocus your mind after a hard meeting or stressful call, in just under 120 seconds.Doodle — Trying to schedule a meeting? You never need to endure tedious email threads about everyone’s available times again. Instead, use Doodle to identify a few potential windows of time for the meeting, and ask everyone else to identify when works for them within those times. It’ll be much easier to find the time slot that works for everyone. Source: the-gif-princess via TumblrEvernote — This simple yet sophisticated note-taking app is legendary for productivity. It organizes your notes in an elegant way, allows you to search for text within an image, captures everything from PDF to web pages, and even has a Webclipper so you can save anything you see online with a single click.Feedly — This useful site organizes the content of your favorite news websites or blogs into one place, so you can easily read and share what matters to you.FocusWriter — This tool provides a simple, distraction-free writing environment for anyone who needs to get things done. You get a nice, full-screen blank canvas to focus on the next paper you have to write. It also includes timers, alarms, goal setting, themes, typewriter sound effects, statistics, and spell checking.Hootsuite — If you need to manage multiple social media accounts, this is the site for you. Hootsuite is a social media dashboard that helps you reduce the amount of time you spend on Twitter and Facebook by scheduling posts for the upcoming weeks. Get your social media work out of the way in one block of time, instead of spending a few hours every day on it. Source: rafi-d-angelo via TubmlrIFTTT — Create productivity chains with this simple app. It uses the idea of “If this, then that” so you can make recipes of Triggers and Actions to prompt you to stay productive. For example, you can make a recipe to unmute your phone when you get home, mute your ringer at bedtime, or text your wife when you leave work.Lift — Do you want to run every day? Drink more water? Spend 15 minutes reading before bed? Lift helps you develop better habits by keeping track of your daily progress and sending you push notifications to remind you to stay on track. Another great site for building good habits is HabitForge, a program that will send you a daily reminder of your goals.Pocket — Use pocket to help you store information, links, and images so you can search through them later. It’s also great for bookmarking things to read for later. Another great resource to save articles is Instapaper, which also allows you to highlight important information.Productivity Owl — This Google Chrome extension will force you to be more productive. An owl follows you to every website you visit and swoops across the page when you’re not being productive. Source: owl image via ShutterstockSelfcontrol — This incredibly useful app temporarily blocks you from any distractions or addicting sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Youtube. It’s only for Mac users, but don’t worry — Cold Turkey has the same functions, specifically made for Windows users.Unroll Me — When you sign up, you’ll find a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want. For the subscriptions you want to keep, Unroll Me will “roll” them into one message so you can see them at a glance instead of reading through dozens of emails. More great resources for email productivity are Mailbox and Sanebox.Wakerupper — This site provides you simple telephone reminders, so you can set a wake-up call at a specific time, remind yourself of important events, remember to take your medication on time, escape from a boring date or meeting, or simply set follow-ups for tasks you meant to do. A similar iPhone app is Due, which repeatedly alerts you about your tasks until you complete them.Workflowy — With this organizational tool, you’ll be able to free your mind of clutter and make your life much, much easier. It’ll help you organize your personal to-dos, collaborate on team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a huge event, and much more.Wunderlist — This is the easiest way to manage and share your to-do lists. It is applicable for everything from trip planning to shopping lists to even running your own business. Other great resources to help you with task management are Any.do, Remember The Milk, and Todoist.Now, get to it.- Maggie ZhangRead: 6 web distractions to pass the time if you’re stuck in work>last_img read more

Cyprus ponders appeal to UN

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus is considering an appeal to the UN Security Council after a recent Turkish encroachment of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said this week.Speaking to local media, Kasoulides said that the move had been discussed during his meeting with Greek officials in Athens earlier this week. “However, no decision has been made,” he said.In the same interview, Kasoulides said that a number of foreign countries, including the United States, were working to contain the fallout from Turkey’s decision earlier this month to conduct seismic research off the island’s southern coast, in areas where Cyprus already has licenses to drill for natural gas.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

IOM releases latest figures on migrant deaths at sea

first_imgThe latest figures released by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimate that over three thousand migrants have died at seas the past 12 months in their quest for a safe haven.According to the current estimate, 3,771 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe last year.The final number for 2015 was released on Tuesday and is up from the the 3,692 figure the agency released before Christmas. The IOM said last year was the deadliest on record for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, with the number of deaths rising from 3,279 in 2014.At the same time, there was an enormous increase last year in people making the often-dangerous crossing. The IOM’s final tally for the number of people who arrived in Europe by sea last year was 1,004,356 — almost a fivefold increase over the previous year’s 219,000.The agency went on to say that 77 per cent of the deaths were on the central Mediterranean route, involving individuals who were mainly crossing from Libya.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WWE announces NXT UK will begin streaming on the WWE Network starting

first_img After a series of TV tapings earlier this year that have yet to air, WWE has confirmed the NXT UK brand will begin airing weekly on the WWE Network starting next week.NXT UK, a new UK based extension of the NXT brand, began filming TV tapings back in July in Cambridge and later in August from Birmingham.Paul “Triple H” Levesque stated back in August that they decided to go ahead and start filming content for the NXT UK brand as they “didn’t want to wait.” Speculation among the wrestling media stated WWE was hoping to come to terms with a potential television partner in the UK to air the series, but that no longer appears to be the case.You can check out WWE’s announcement below.NXT UK to stream on WWE NetworkLONDON, England and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that NXT UK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the U.K., will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. BT/3 p.m. ET.The one-hour episodes will feature the biggest names from NXT UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang. Joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer is British broadcasting personality Radzi Chinyanganya, best known for hosting ITV game show “Cannonball,” and in his ongoing role as a presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the BBC’s “Blue Peter.” Calling the action are commentators Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, joined by ring announcer Andy Shepherd and NXT UK General Manager, the legendary Johnny Saint.“NXT UK is the next step in our global localization strategy, and we are proud to do this in a place where WWE has had a special relationship for more than 30 years,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.WWE Network is the home of NXT UK plus all WWE live pay-per-view events — including WrestleMania — for $9.99 per month. WWE Network also includes groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 10,000 hours of video on demand.Upcoming live events for NXT UK take place in Plymouth and Liverpool on the following dates:Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, at Plymouth PavilionsSaturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25, at Liverpool OlympiaTickets for these events are available via www.livenation.co.uk. Further information is available at www.wwe.com/events. Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterestlast_img read more

Report Schalke not interested in Danny Rose

first_imgAccording to Sky Sports, Bundesliga club Schalke are not interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose contrary to initial reports.The Bundesliga club plan to secure just one more signing, preferably a left-back. They have a budget or around €7m according to Sky sources, and Danny Rose is not on their radar.Schalke are not interested in loan deals but are looking to make a permanent signing.The German club are hoping to finalise a deal for a new defender by the weekend.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Danny Rose has been one of the players heavily linked to the club but the price tag has been the only stumbling block in the way of a deal.It has been initially reported that Tottenham were willing to listen to offers for Danny Rose, along with Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele this summer.Since criticising Spurs’ ambition and wage structure last year, Rose has faced an uncertain future.Comments for which he subsequently apologised, but the damage seems to have already been done.last_img read more

Jet Publisher We Had to Completely Rethink Distribution Beyond Print

first_imgIn the face of a difficult magazine market, Johnson has been revampingthe Ebony and Jet brands to include multiplatform content creation. Inprint, the company has been working to attract new, younger audiences as well as to position the company as the go-to source for news andentertainment with a “unique black point-of view.”Through the first three months of 2010, Ebony saw advertising pagestumble 30.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according toPublishers Information Bureau figures. At Jet, the losses were evensteeper; ad pages declined 33.1 percent.“As a media company, we had to completely rethink distribution in termsof our content offering beyond print,” Johnson chairman and CEO LindaJohnson Rice says in the video. That means Johnson’s brands areexpanding into social media, events, mobile and e-readers and tabletslike the Apple iPad.So does MYJET247.com deliver the engaging, go-to online environmentJohnson says it was aiming for? You be the judge. Leave your commentsbelow. As part of a bigger initiative to reposition Ebony and Jet beyond justtheir printed magazines, Johnson Publishing has launched MYJET247.com.The site is constructed around eight topic verticals, including JetBuzz, Jet Beauty, Jet Love, Jet Connect, Jet Perspective, Jet Style, Jet Music and Jet Video.And to really make sure that you know that the Jet brand is more thanjust that struggling print product, Johnson headed into the productionstudio (and tapped celebrities like actress/singer Brandy and TreySongz) to put together this slick video press release: In the video, acting chief marketing officer Melvin P. Young says theidea behind the site is to “create a new value proposition with adistinctive brand identity” and enhance the online user experience.“Users will have the opportunity to participate, actively engage andshare very unique experiences across each of these branded sites,” Young says of the topic channels.last_img read more

Where Does Megadeths David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY

first_img Twitter Where Does Megadeth’s David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? One of metal’s low frequency pioneers lets us into his Arizona home to share where his golden statue restsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 30, 2019 – 10:00 am Few bands can boast the longevity, impact and relevance in metal that thrash gods Megadeth. In early 2017, their hard work was rewarded with the GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for “Dystopia,” the title track from their 15th studio album. News Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 30, 2019 – 9:59 am Where Does David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? Where Does David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? where-does-megadeths-david-ellefson-keep-his-grammy “We’ve never written songs to win GRAMMYs, or any awards quite honestly,” Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson tells the Recording Academy during a recent visit to his Arizona home to see where he keeps his GRAMMY. “We just write songs. And it seems like if we like them, our fans like them.”While this might have been Megadeth’s first GRAMMY win, it was far from their first nomination. Ellefson and his band had been nominated an impressive 12 times throughout their career, earning their first nomination back in 1990 for their influential thrash masterpiece Rust In Peace.For Ellefson, even if the goal isn’t to win any awards, there is still a sense of conquering that comes from creating what you know to be your best work.”I think with Dystopia there was this moment where [we said], ‘if they don’t like this we’re out of ideas.’ Because every record you make, you’re essentially creating your next future,” says Ellefson. “And I don’t care who you are and how great of a record you feel you’ve made, when you first put it on for somebody to hear it, there’s always this moment of like, ‘oh god, I hope they like this.’ We certainly have had that with every album, and I think with Dystopia, we held our heads high… It seems to have done the trick to get us to the winner’s circle.”Where Does Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Keep Her GRAMMY?Read morelast_img read more

PM to attend namazejanaza of 23 plane crash victims

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at Army Stadium in Dhaka on Monday afternoon where the second namaz-e-janaza of 23 plane crash victims will be held, reports UNB.The namaz-e-janaza of 23 US-Bangla plane crash victims will be held at Army Stadium at 4:00pm, said Rezaul Karim, assistant director of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will also attend the funeral programme, said her press secretary Ihsanul Karim.Earlier, the first namaz-e-janaza was held at Bangladesh Mission in Kathmandu at 9am on Monday.A cargo plane of Bangladesh Air Force, carrying the bodies, is scheduled to land at Shahjalal International Airport in the city around 3pm.A total of 23 bodies were identified till Sunday. Their respective passport numbers are provided in parentheses.The name of the 23 victims also with their passport numbers are Foysal Ahmed (AG7611296), Bilkis Ara (BC0049030), Akhtara Begum (BQ0966082), Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu (BL0077261), Akhtara Begum ( BQ0966082), Nazia Afrin Chowdhury ( 0C0196215), Md Rokibul Hasan (BF0245028), Sanzida Huque (BL0129840), Md Hasan Imam (BL0077270), Meenhaz Bin Nasir (BL0948957), Akhi Moni ( BA0546584), FH Priok (BE0269054),Tamarra Prionmoyee (BR0896359), Md Motiur Rahman (BA0594388), SM Mahmudur Rahman (BA0594388), Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza (BB0778372), Umme Salma (0C5084403),Aniruddha Zaman (BP0122973), Md Nuruz Zaman (BF0621111), Md Rafiquz Zaman (BL0601965), pilot Abid Sultan (BE0760912), co-pilot Prithula Rashid (BF0430528), crews Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey (AF3028136) and crew Sharmin Akhter Nabila (BE0925527).The three bodies are yet to be identified. They are Alifuzzaman (BQ0626689), Pias Roy (BC0759899) and Mohammad Nazrul Islam (BH0461552).At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday last.last_img read more