Moroccan tears down Algerian flag from consulate

first_imgMWN with AFP – RABAT – A young Moroccan tore down the Algerian flag from the roof of that country’s consulate in the city of Casablanca during a protest Friday over disputed Western Sahara, police said.A video widely circulated on Internet sites in Morocco shows the man climbing the walls of the building to reach the flag.A police official told AFP the man, a member of a group called “Royalist Youth”, was arrested and would appear before a judge. Dozens of people had gathered outside the consulate in Morocco’s economic capital to protest over comments by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Western Sahara.In a speech read out in Bouteflika’s name at a meeting in Abuja, he said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever.”Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people.Rabat in protest recalled its ambassador to Algiers.The spat is the latest between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territorysince 1975.In April 2007, Rabat proposed broad autonomy for the Sahara under its sovereignty.This is rejected by the pro-independence Polisario Front, who are based in the western Algerian city of Tindouf and fought Moroccan troops for a decade and half until the United Nations negotiated a ceasefire in 1991.last_img read more

HallOfFame Careers That Cooperstown Never Gave The Time Of Day

*JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB RPTom Gordon29.313.820150.4 OFJim Wynn48.444.919830.0 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YEAR ON BALLOTVOTE % 1BTony Perez47.230.89200077.2 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS CTed Simmons44.253.1%19943.7 POS.PLAYERJAWS*HOF %YRS ON BALLOTYR ELECTEDVOTE % OFJim Rice44.126.615200976.4 OFKenny Lofton56.771.720133.2 3BDick Allen53.243.119833.7 Based on the historical relationship between an MLB team’s total JAWS from its starters (at the positions listed above) and its record, our team of snubs would figure to win about 100 games in a typical season, depending on how close the players were to their primes. By comparison, the lowest-probability team of actual Hall members voted in over the same span would figure to win 96 or so games in an average season: 2BRoberto Alomar53.970.42201190.0 3BPaul Molitor55.938.31200485.2 *JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame qualification using a combination of his career and seven-year peak wins above replacement.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs, Lahman DB SSJim Fregosi42.938.319841.0 OFJim Edmonds53.964.120162.5 1BJohn Olerud49.440.420110.7 2BBobby Grich60.488.819922.6 The Hall of Fame’s Anti-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the lowest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who were actually inducted (1979-2017) SPCatfish Hunter34.55.53198776.3 SPRick Reuschel54.852.219970.4 SSLuis Aparicio42.224.56198484.6 The Hall of Fame’s All-One-and-Done teamFor each position, the player who had the highest likelihood of making the Hall of Fame (based on JAWS) among players who dropped off the ballot after only one year (1979-2017) CCarlton Fisk54.080.6%2200079.6 At long last, Tim Raines will officially be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Montreal Expos outfielder was voted into the Hall last winter in his 10th (and final) year on the ballot, after years of lobbying by media members and analysts who emphasized Raines’s advanced stats, rather than his more modest traditional ones. Raines’s induction this Sunday has been hailed as monumental in the effort to populate Cooperstown with more sabermetrically accomplished ballplayers.It’s too bad, though, that so many qualified candidates have already been passed over — and some only lasted a year on the ballot. Take, for instance, former Cleveland Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton, a player with a comparable résumé to Raines. Out of the 569 ballots cast for the Hall in 2013, only 18 (3.2 percent) carried Lofton’s name, causing him to drop off of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s (BBWAA) ballot forever. (Players named on at least 75 percent of ballots are elected to the Hall; those named on fewer than 5 percent fall off the ballot.)According to JAWS,1Or the “Jaffe WAR Score system” — so named for its creator, sabermetrician Jay Jaffe. a system that measures Hall of Fame worthiness using wins above replacement,2In this case, I calculated my own version of JAWS using an average of the WAR numbers provided by Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Lofton is the eighth-best Hall-eligible center fielder in modern3Since 1901. baseball history, checking in slightly behind HOF member Duke Snider and slightly ahead of two other members, Andre Dawson and Richie Ashburn. A regression I ran using JAWS4Specifically, I ran a logistic regression between a player’s JAWS components (his career and peak seven-year WAR) and his HOF status, with dummy variables for each position (some positions have a higher or lower JAWS threshold than others). thinks a player of Lofton’s caliber should make the Hall about 72 percent of the time. Instead, he fell off the ballot after just one appearance — a farcical outcome for one of the most electrifying players in the game’s history.And Lofton isn’t even the most egregious one-and-done snub since 1979, when the policy of dropping players with fewer than 5 percent of the vote was enacted. You could build an entire All-Star team of players whose numbers seem Hall-worthy but got booted off the ballot after just one try.There’s longtime California Angels second baseman Bobby Grich, whose JAWS numbers suggest an 89 percent Hall probability. Yet Grich somehow received only 11 votes (2.6 percent) in 1992. Then there’s recently retired center fielder Jim Edmonds (64 percent), whose career was roughly as good as Ashburn’s by JAWS, despite what all but 11 voters thought in 2016. Even the less-probable members of the All-One-and-Done Team were borderline cases, such as catcher Ted Simmons (53 percent), pitcher Rick Reuschel (52 percent) and outfielder Jimmy Wynn (45 percent).Like Raines and Lofton, these players were overlooked because they fell well short of Cooperstown’s traditional stat benchmarks. Reuschel didn’t win 300 games.5He won 214. Edmonds didn’t hit 500 home runs.6 He hit 393. But through the lens of sabermetrics, each player’s Hall candidacy has taken on more legitimacy — albeit far too late. Even with advanced metrics, you can make an argument for why each player shouldn’t be in the Hall, but it’s still tough to justify how they couldn’t even stay on the ballot longer than a year.According to my JAWS-based HOF probability metric, here’s the All-One-and-Done roster:7I excluded third baseman Ron Santo, who was later inducted via the Veteran’s Committee, as well as pitcher Kevin Brown, whose exclusion from the Hall can be explained by being listed on the Mitchell Report for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. OFLou Brock37.59.31198579.7 OFKirby Puckett43.323.91200182.1 RPBruce Sutter22.66.713200676.9 HOF LIKELIHOOD …ACTUAL BALLOT RESULTS Not every player on the team above is worse than his counterpart on the One-and-Done All-Stars. (For instance, Carlton Fisk, the “worst” catcher inducted, was far superior to Simmons.) But most were — and as a result, our team of one-and-done candidates would be favored to beat those Hall of Famers about 52 percent of the time at a neutral field.8According to Bill James’s log5 method of comparing two team’s winning percentages. Based on JAWS, even the second-most unlikely team of inducted Hall of Famers9C Ivan Rodriguez1B Harmon Killebrew2B Craig BiggioSS Ozzie Smith3B Brooks RobinsonOF Dave WinfieldOF Willie StargellOF Billy WilliamsSP Don DrysdaleRP Rollie Fingers is only roughly as good as our All-One-and-Done team, with each clocking in around 100-win talent in a typical season. (That second team is extremely star-studded, and in many cases also beloved by a single team’s fan base, which offers clues into what helps generate Hall of Fame traction — or, in the case of Lofton, who played for 11 teams in his career, helps take it away.)Unfortunately for the Kenny Loftons of the world, there’s little precedent for a player eventually making the Hall through the Veteran’s Committee after going one-and-done in the BBWAA ballot. Longtime Cubs third baseman Ron Santo is the only player since 1979 to pull off the feat, finally receiving a posthumous election in 2011 after years of lobbying from more sabermetrically inclined analysts (and an army of Chicago fans).Perhaps Lofton & Co. will get to tell their own redemption tales at the Hall of Fame podium someday. But for now, remember that even as Raines take his place among baseball’s greatest stars this weekend, there are plenty of other deserving players whose candidacies were dashed in the shadows of the ballot after barely getting a chance. read more

OSU mens soccer set to take on IPFW in exhibition match

Then-sophomore defender Zach Dobey battles for space during a game against Indiana Sept. 23, 2012 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-0.The Ohio State men’s soccer team will host Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the team’s second preseason exhibition match of the season. The match will be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes will look to capture their first victory of the preseason, after falling 1-0 to West Virginia in the team’s first match on Sunday. The lone goal of the match came in the 75th minute when Mountaineer junior forward Andy Bevin scored off of a free kick just outside of the penalty area. The Mountaineers outshot the Buckeyes 14-6 and junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov was the only Buckeye to play the full 90 minutes and registered three saves. A total of 17 players participated in the game for OSU, including eight that made their debut for the team.Last season, OSU managed a 6-10-3 record on the year, but failed to win a single conference game going 0-4-2 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes lose their top two goal scorers, including Chris Hegngi who was selected by the Portland Timbers in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The team ended the year on a sour note, falling to No. 2 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament 2-0.The Buckeyes will be playing against a Mastodon squad that went 4-15-1 last season and is returning five of its top six goal scorers. IPFW will be hoping to build off of the momentum from late last season when they won four of their last six matches to become the final team to advance to the Summit League Tournament. The Mastodons were defeated by a score of 5-1 in the first round of the tournament by top-seeded Oakland.The Buckeyes are scheduled to finish their preseason slate in South Bend, Ind., with a match against Notre Dame Aug. 26, and will open their regular season with back-to-back matches at home Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against UNC-Wilmington and Northern Illinois, in the Wolstein Classic.This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:Correction: Aug. 20, 2013An earlier version of this story stated men’s soccer would play at Tulsa Sept. 6 in their regular season opener. read more

Buffon gives Mbappé some solid advice

first_imgThe Italian legend says the French footballer “should stay humble and hungry” to become the best in the worldKylian Mbappé is living the best days of his life.The 19-years-old became the second teenager to score in a World Cup final last month as he was crowned champion with France.Only Brazilian football legend Pelé has done that.But to stay with his feet on Earth, Mbappé has been given solid advice from non-other than Italian superstar Gianluigi Buffon.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper knows what fame is and how to avoid falling into its traps.“It’s obvious [Mbappe] has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices,” he told PSG’s official club magazine according to Goal.com“If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport,” he added.The French star returned to training with PSG on Monday and could line up alongside Buffon for the first time on Sunday when his club plays Caen.last_img read more

Marijuana busts in Nassau Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – Some drug busts have taken marijuana off the streets on two islands, New Providence and Eleuthera.  Police say they got a pillow case of marijuana on Gun Hill road, Nassau yesterday around noon; it appears no one was around for that discovery and so no one was arrested.In another case in Russell Island, Eleuthera, police gave chase to a man who broke into a run after acting suspiciously upon seeing the Police officers who were on mobile patrol.  That man allegedly dropped the bag he was holding and it was found to have had two pounds of marijuana.  No suspect was caught.On Briland, also on Thursday around 6pm on Barrack Street, marijuana again found already allegedly packaged in 26 foil wraps.  A man was taken into custody for that illicit find.#MagneticMediaNews#drugbustsinNassauandEleuthera#marijuanaoffstreetsinNassauandEleathera Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#drugbustsinNassauandEleuthera, #magneticmedianews, #marijuanaoffstreetsinNassauandEleatheralast_img read more

San Diego startup completes first electronic Will

first_img Posted: February 21, 2019 San Diego startup completes first electronic Will Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, February 21, 2019 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) – A San Diego startup, Trust and Will announced that they have closed on a combined $2 million in funding to process legal guardians, wills and trusts digitally.Recently the startup partnered with Boston-based Notarize to execute the first digital will for Cory McCormick, a police officer in Nevada. Currently Nevada is the only state that allows for digital wills, although the legal community is increasingly exploring whether computers are here to stay.For more information click here. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Tony Hawk surprised local North County skateboarders

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Tony Hawk was in Encinitas and Oceanside encouraging skaters to “do a kickflip.” If they did they earned some awesome swag from the famous skater Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Tony Hawk surprised local North County skateboarders Posted: March 30, 2019 March 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img

Excise Tax On Cigarettes And Other Tobacco Products Reintroduced

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is once again faced with a proposal for a borough-wide excise tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The proposal is for an excise tax of $0.05 on each cigarette brought into the borough beginning on January 1, 2019. Also, an excise tax of 10 percent of the wholesale price levied on other tobacco products effective January 1, 2019. The ordinance will be reintroduced at the assembly meeting on Tuesday, August 7, at 6pm. Even though excise taxes are collected from businesses, virtually all merchants pass on the excise tax to the customer through higher prices for the taxed goods. The state collects an average of $474 in yearly excise taxes per capita, higher than 54% of the other 50 states. Dunne: “The administration estimates that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has approximately $29.5M dollars in taxable tobacco sales annually.”center_img Assemblymember Willy Dunne has decided to rehash the idea for an excise tax that Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce previously tabled. Pierce: “We’ve certainly talked about a number of new taxation ideas over the last couple of months and I think the fact of that matter is the borough, although we continue to try to find ways to cut costs, it’s clear we are going to needs ways to gain additional revenue as well.”  Advocates of an excise tax argue that they discourage people from partaking in harmful behavior by hiking up costs. But critics lament the fact that such taxes are often regressive in nature, disproportionately affecting low-income people. Currently the state has an excise tax, or ‘sin’ tax, that are flat per-unit taxes that must be paid directly to the state government by the merchant before the goods can be sold.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 7 Raccoon Terrorizing Family Man Walking On Tracks

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, May 7, 2018:Animal Control Officer found two baby raccoons on the ground near an oak tree on Thurston Avenue and took them to a rehab facility. (7:58am)A resident turned in firearm and ammunition at Public Safety Building. (11:59am)Police were out with a male party walking on the railroad tracks on Waltham Street. Man said he was taking a shortcut to the train station. Police advised him to stay off the tracks. (1:50pm)A walk-in party reported someone attempted to open a credit card account in her deceased father’s name. (3:21pm)A Fox Run Drive caller reported a raccoon is sitting near their front door and preventing them from leaving their house. Police referred them to Wilmington Wild Things and to call back if the company can’t provide services. (4:16pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 1: Lowell Woman Arrested For OUI; Billerica Teen Arrested On Warrant; 2 Drivers Issued SummonsesIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 3: Drug Arrest; 11pm Fireworks On Lowell St.; Raccoon Gets Head Stuck In Soup CanIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 27: Kids On Train Tracks; Ammunition Turned In; Orphan Bunnies RescuedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS WHS Robotics Team Off To Successful Start With 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s meeting, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved a donation of 15 Windows laptops — valued at approximately $6,750.00 — from Amazon Robotics to the Wilmington High School Science Department to assist them with their new Robotics Team and STEM activities.The Robotics Team’s co-advisors, teachers Julie Kim and Marlene King, were on hand to briefly discuss the club’s early success.“We have over 50 signed up for the robotics team at the Middle School… We had 59 members at the High School. So, we have over 100 students from Grades 6 to 12 that’s interested,” said Kim. “It’s pretty amazing. We didn’t realize the interest level would be this high, this fast.. When you have 50 kids running to your room, that’s pretty amazing. They just want to stay, play, build, and do science.”“Last Friday, we took 22 students to Amazon Robotics. All had a great time,” noted King. “They gave us a nice dynamic presentation and the students saw robots in action.”Amazon Robotics Chad Wright, from Wilmington, facilitated both the field trip and the donation. His daughter is currently a student in King’s physics class.In addition to the donation of the 15 laptops, King and Kim both thanked the Cummings Foundation for its recent $100,000 grant donation.“Each robot costs about $1,000. In addition to that, we had to buy all sorts of supporting stuff, including computers,” noted Kim. “If not for the grant, we wouldn’t have been able to start the robotics team.”Four members of the Wilmington High’s Robotics Team also spoke to the School Committee and showed off one of their creations.“Robotics is pretty cool. It’s something I very interested in,” said one student. “I’m very passion about this group.  A lot of the [members] are passionate too.”(NOTE: Cover photo is from Julie Kim’s Twitter account.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Middle School Students Welcomed Back To School With Homeroom Changes, New ‘Launch Pad’In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Wilmington High’s New 4-Week Senior Internship Program Is A SuccessIn “Education”School Committee Accepts $100K Grant Donation To Strengthen STEM Extracurricular Programs, Create Robotics ClubIn “Education”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 15 A Dunkins Stop Causes A Traffic Issue

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 15, 2019:Police provided mutual aid via NEMLEC for Boston Marathon. (5:00am)A tractor trailer unit was blocking traffic on Lowell Street. Driver was inside Dunkin Donuts getting a coffee. He quickly moved his truck. (11:31am)Police put out a BOLO (Be On The Look Out Alert) for a missing man, who was found in Billerica. (11:46am)Police noted a train (#1641) was blocking Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (9:40pm)A Church Street neighbor reported a female entered a home and is looking around with a flashlight. There’s no vehicle in the parking lot. Police responded. The homeowner was moving back in and trying to turn the utilities back on. Checked OK. (10:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

BJP announces seatsharing for Lok Sabha elections in Bihar will join hands

first_imgREUTERSWith the Lok Sabha elections just around the corner, the weekend has seen political parties releasing the list of candidates contesting in the polls from various states. The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Sunday announced the seat-sharing in Bihar. According to the agreement, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will contest from six seats.The announcement was made by JD-U state President Vashishtha Narayan Singh, BJP state President Nityanand Rai and LJP state president Pashupati Kumar Paras.The JD-U will contest from Valmiki Nagar, Sitamarhi, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Kishanganj, Katihar, Purnia, Madhepura, Gopalganj, Siwan, Bhagalpur, Banka, Munger, Nalanda, Karakat, Jahanabad and Gaya.The BJP will contest from Purvi Champaran, Paschim Champaran, Sheohar, Madhuvani, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Saran, Ujiarpur, Begusarai, Patna Sahib, Pataliputra, Arrah, Buxar, Sasaram Aurangabad, Arariya and Maharajganj.The LJP would contest from Vaishali, Hajipur, Samastipur, Khagaria, Jamui and Nawada.However, the name of candidates for all the 40 Lok Sabha seats will be announced in the next two to three days. Opposition is in a hurry to unseat me: PM Modi in Lok Sabha IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:10/2:21Loaded: 0%0:10Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:11?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Kisan Vikas Patra Relaunched to Wean Poor off Ponzi Schemes

first_imgWith a view to raising the rate of domestic savings that are in decline, the government on Tuesday re-launched the Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) investment scheme designed to target the country’s poor.”In the last 2-3 years, the savings rate in the country has declined from a record high of 36.8% to below 30% due to a slowdown in the economy. It is, therefore, necessary to encourage people to save more,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said at the launch in New Delhi of the revamped KVP.”There is an urgent need to raise savings in the country. These savings are then used for nation building,” he added.Besides, KVPs would help poor gullible investors channelise their savings in trusted government scheme instead of Ponzi schemes where hard earned savings disappear, Jaitley said.Available in the denominations of ₹1,000, ₹5,000, ₹10,000 and ₹50,000, the sum invested would be doubled in 100 months. The instrument has no upper limit for investment and can be encashed after a lock-in period of 30 months.The KVP would be a bearer instrument without the name of the holder in the first phase, the finance minister said.”This will be a bearer instrument just like currency and easy to encash,” he added.The certificates can be issued in single or joint names and can be transferred from one person to any other person or persons, multiple times. Transfer facility will be available from one post office to another in India, as well as of nomination.The certificate can also be pledged as security to avail loans from the banks, and in other cases of need as collateral security.The scheme, launched earlier in 1988 was very popular, while the percentage share of gross collections under KVP was in the range of 9% to 29% against the total collections received under all National Savings Schemes.KVP gross collections in 2010-11 (scheme closed in November 2011) were ₹21,631.16 crore.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame mints a whopping 107 million at China box office

first_imgAvengers: Endgame cast at the press conferenceInstagramAvengers: Endgame is shattering records at the Chinese box office ever since it was released in China. The film, which released in China, two days prior to the rest of the world, has already grossed $107 million at the box office.Having minted $107 million at the Chinese box office, Avengers: Endgame has not just broken all kinds of records set at the box office but also created a new history at the China box office. If the film’s debut earning has been as much as $107 million, the magnitude of the collection in the first weekend can easily surpass more millions. Few trade experts are even claiming that the film will easily manage to surpass $1 billion at the global box office.The reviews for the film have been overwhelmingly positive. The film critic of The Hollywood Reporter stated, “an amiable brand of melancholy that pervades the film, one that scarcely gets in the way of the enthusiasm and excitement that Marvel adventures almost always deliver in some measure or another.”Despite being a three-hour long film, it’s ambitious vision and poignant scenes have left critics to call it a befitting end to the decade-long franchise. Gizmodo’s reviewer wrote, “There are moments where plot points play out a little too conveniently or with not enough explanation in comparison to the rest of the story.” Collider’s film reviewer stated, “Endgame isn’t a quest for a perfect resolution for every single superhero, nor is it a celebration of the status quo… Endgame never feels like a victory parade but a story with its own stakes and dangers. This is the landing that the MCU had to stick, and for the most part, they nail it.”Many film critics have even said how the film brings about impeccable action sequences are as Empire adds, “a satisfying gut punch to the purple bastard who ruined things.” Turns out the film has comic deliveries even at the darkest moments which is not surprising considering how most of the Marvel film’s approaches have been like so far. The movie releases on April 26 in India and USA.The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin and more, in pivotal roles.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi 2 grand premiere Kishori Shahane is the first contestant

first_imgKeep watching this space for the latest updates on Bigg Boss Marathi 2. Kishori Shahane in Bigg Boss Marathi 2Colors MarathiThe stage is all set for the grand premiere of Bigg Boss Marathi 2. And the first celebrity contestant to enter into the house is none other than Kishori Shahane. In her introductory act, she performs on Sridevi’s Hawa Hawai song from Mr. India. And needless to say, she brought the crowd on their feet with her energetic perrformance.After her performance, Mahesh Manjrekar strikes a conversation with Kishori about her marriage, her contribution in Marathi and Hindi film industry, her likes and dislikes. Kishori says that she had faced many hurdles in real life but inside the Bigg Boss Marathi 2 house, she will confront her every tough situation and try to deal it with maturity.Mahesh Manjrekar then introduced Surekha Punekar, the veteran Lavani Queen, who will be performing on the stage on her popular lavani song Ya Rao ji Basa Bhauji.  Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestant Surekha Punekar performs lavani on stageColors MarathiMahesh Manjrekar hails the exquisite Bigg Boss Marathi 2 house that boasts of Maharashtrian culture and traditions. As he introduces to the tiny but important aspects of the house, Manjrekar comes across a cell which is a new addition in the house this season. He then introduces to the rest of the parts like the living room, kitchen, bathroom and the confession room.The Bigg Boss Marathi 2 has been constructed at Goregaon Film City in Mumbai. last_img read more

BNP leaders call for movement then watch Hindi TV serials

first_img.Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said, “BNP leaders call for a movement, then go home and watch Hindi serials on TV.”He was speaking as chief guest at the conference of the Dhaka City Tanti (weavers) League (North-South) held today, Tuesday, at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh in the capital city.The minister, also general secretary of ruling Bangladesh Awami League, said, “BNP has a 596-member committee. They cannot take to the streets in a procession. If a party does not have that much courage, how will its activists take to the streets?”He said BNP’s movement will never succeed. If Awami League does not turn on itself, BNP will never be successful.Obaidul Quader went on to say, “After 2001, Awami League leaders and workers had to flee their homes. Their ponds, livestock and homes were looted. This will happen all over again if BNP comes to power.”He urged the leaders and workers to do away with their differences and work together in a unified manner in order to avoid a repeat of that situation.The Awami League general secretary expressed his deep sorrow over the landslides in Chittagong, Bandarban, and Rangamati which killed many persons including army personnel. He issued directives for the leaders and workers of the local Awami League and its front organisations to carry out rescue operations in the affected areas and stand by the injured.Also present at the conference were Tanti League president Mohammed Shawkat Hossain, general secretary Khagendra Chandra Debnath and others.last_img read more

Expat 4 family members sued under ICT act over Facebook post

first_imgA case has been filed against an expatriate youth living in Italy and four members of his family under section 57 of the ICT Act for allegedly posting disparaging comment on the social media about a female US expatriate along with her photographs, reports UNB.Victim Afsana Arif Meghla’s father Arifuzzaman filed the case with Bandar police station in Narayanganj on Monday evening.The accused are Arifuzzaman’s brother-in-law (sister’s husband) Lokman Hossain, Lokman’s elder son Joni alias Hridoy Sheikh and younger son Roni, and their cousins Roxy and Josi.Citing the first information report (FIR), officer-in-charge of Bandar police station Abul Kalam said Joni wanted to marry Meghla but Meghla rejected his proposal and married another Bangladeshi expatriate living in the USA.Angered, Joni physically assaulted Meghla’s parents on 9 July last after returning home from Italy which went into arbitration, he said.Later, Joni posted offensive posts on Facebook about Meghla and her mother, the OC said, adding that two of the accused — Roni and Roxy — are now living abroad. “We’re trying to arrest three other accused.”last_img read more

German nurse murdered at least 90 patients

first_imgGerman former male nurse Niels H hiding his face behind a folder as he waits next to his lawyer Ulrike Baumann ® for the opening of another session of his trial. AFP file photoA male nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two hospital patients with lethal drug overdoses murdered at least 90 patients in total, and possibly twice as many, police said Monday, calling it post-war Germany’s worst killing spree.Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and four counts of attempted murder or causing bodily harm on intensive-care patients at the Delmenhorst hospital near the northern city of Bremen.Police said Monday that forensics experts had since exhumed and analysed more than 130 additional bodies and had found evidence of a vastly higher death toll at two hospitals where Hoegel had worked between 1999 and 2005.“The insights we were able to gain are terrifying, they surpass what we could have imagined,” said Johann Kuehme, police chief in the city of Oldenburg, where the other hospital is located.The death toll “is unique in the history of the German republic,” said the chief police investigator in the case, Arne Schmidt, adding that Hoegel killed “without a discernable pattern” and preyed especially on those in critical condition.There was “evidence for at least 90 murders, and at least as many (suspected) cases again that can no longer be proven,” he told a press conference, declaring himself “speechless” at the outcome.Hoegel has admitted to injecting patients with drugs that can cause heart failure or circulatory collapse so he could then try to revive them and, when successful, shine as a saviour before his medical peers.He earlier testified that at times he acted out of “boredom”, that he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed.Murderous obsessionAfter the revelations, police and prosecutors three years ago launched a special forensic commission dubbed “Kardio” (Cardio) to look into other patient deaths.Presenting their findings, police said Monday that 134 bodies had been exhumed and tested for traces of the deadly drugs, and that police also reviewed scores of medical records and questioned hundreds of witnesses.The cause of death in many cases could not be determined because the bodily remains had been cremated, said Kuehme.The grisly revelations date back to June 2005, when a female nurse witnessed Hoegel trying to inject a patient at the Delmenhorst hospital.The patient survived and Hoegel was arrested and, in June 2008, sentenced to seven and a half years in jail for several cases of attempted murder.Amid the media publicity, a woman then contacted police, voicing suspicion that her deceased mother had also fallen victim to the killer nurse.The authorities exhumed several patients’ bodies and detected traces of the drug in five of them, declaring it either the definitive or possible contributing cause.Hoegel was jailed for life in 2015, but at the time it was clear he had murdered many more patients, with investigators admitting they may never know the true number.Several senior medical staff at Delmenhorst also face separate trials for having failed to act speedily over the high number of suspicious deaths when Hoegel was on duty, while investigations continue at the Oldenburg clinic.“The murders could have been prevented,” said Kuehme.last_img read more

Dengue takes another childs life

first_imgBangladeshi medical assistants tend to patients suffering from dengue fever at the Mugda Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka on 8 August 2019. Photo: AFPA child died of dengue fever in the capital’s Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital on Tuesday.The director of the hospital, Uttam Kumar Barua, told Prothom Alo that the deceased Samia, 8, of Taltola got admitted to the hospital on 10 August in a critical condition.She died around 6:30am today, Uttam Kumar added.last_img