The Congress on Monday demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge into the violence in Arunachal Pradesh that left at least three people dead and several injured. The party sought the removal of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for accusing the Congress of “instigating” the people.Senior leader Luizinho Faleiro, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Arunachal Pradesh Congress chief Takam Sanjoy submitted a memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s office.At a press conference, Mr. Sanjoy accused the BJP government in the State of pursuing divisive politics by first bringing in the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and then deciding to grant permanent residents certificate (PRC) to six tribal communities from outside Arunachal Pradesh. “Why does the BJP want to make Arunachal Pradesh a second Kashmir,” he asked. “Kiren Rijiju has tweeted that the Congress instigated [the protesters]. Mr. Kiren you have to prove it. We have urged the Home Ministry to find out who has instigated,” he said. Alleging that Mr. Rijiju, MP from the State, had failed the people of Arunachal Pradesh by not trying to restore normality, the Congress demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ask him to step down or sack him. PRC issueViolent protests broke out in the State over the decision to grant the PRC to Deoris, Sonowal-Kacharis, Morans, Adivasis and Mishings, who are living in Namsai and Changlang districts of the State and the Gorkhas living in Vijaynagar.Though the State government scrapped its decisions following the protests, the Congress leaders pointed out the situation was tense and Chief Minister Pema Khandu had failed to effectively to handle the situation.
With the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee being mired in corruption allegations, the Railways has decided against giving it sponsorship worth Rs 100 crore and instead allocate it to the Sports Ministry.”We will give it (sponsorship money) to the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry and it is upto them to carry forward,” Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in New Delhi.The Railways, lead partner of the Commonwealth Games, had committed Rs 100 crore as sponsorship money. However, after allegations of corruption were levelled against top officials of the Games Organising Committee, the Railways withheld the amount.”The issue has been resolved now and the MoU will be signed shortly,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.However, the official clarified that the sponsorship money of Rs 100 crore will not be entirely cash.While railways have already launched a Commonwealth Games train showcasing the Games, it is planning to run special trains to Agra and Jaipur and other places for visitors during the Games.Besides railways have also launched a special logo for the Games which is being used in all Games related events.”So launching of these trains will also be taken into account as part of the sponsorhsip amount,” said the official.
Nargis, who was last seen in the Akshay Kumar and John Abraham-starrer Garam Masala, says she would never wear something that makes her family uncomfortable.Taking a dig at her Garam Masala co-star Neetu Chandra ” who was recently in news for a hot bikini shoot ” Nargis says sporting a bikini is out of question for her.The actress goes on to say she has, in fact, missed out on “a whole lot of films” because she refused to do things which were ethically unacceptable to her.Is that the reason she has done a single film ” Pranali ” since her debut three years ago in Garam Masala? Talking about her career, Nargis says her third film, Morning Walk, is scheduled for release on July 10.The actress, however, says she is happy about the fact that Neetu went on to become a better known face and also tried the bikini.”I am really happy for her. She is a great person and actor and we have been good friends,” she says. “( But) the bikini is out of limits for me. I even refused to wear a bikini in Morning Walk , though the director had asked me to,” she adds.Courtesy: Mail Today
New Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh says he would love to be part of a film based on “desi” sports -kabbadi and hockey.”I would love to do a movie based on our desi sports kabbadi or hockey. I guess I can play these games and do the justice to them. If there is a nice story,I will surely take up the project. I know I will enjoy doing such film,” Diljit told PTI.The 32-year-old actor, who became popular with Hindi audience after his role in “Udta Punjab,” is one of the brand ambassadors of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi.The “Sardaar Ji 2″ star thinks it is important to promote Indian sports on a larger scale and thats why he came on board as the games face.”We play kabbadi in Punjab and when I got a chance to promote the sport through such a big platform, I agreed immediately. I have seen the last season so I thought I should be a part of it.”I think such leagues help in promoting the sport. I am happy that the ratings of the league is great and the number of viewers are increasing which is really positive,” he said.Diljit supports the Dabang Delhi KC team.Apart from Diljit, southern actors Rana Daggubati and Puneeth Rajkumar are also the brand ambassadors for season four of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League. PTI SHD BK
Andre Agassi and world number four Novak Djokovic need to work together for at least a month if the American’s coaching is to have a long-term impact on the struggling Serb’s game, three-times Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has said.Djokovic, who split with his coaching team in a bid to resdiscover his form earlier this year, announced that he would start working with Agassi shortly before the French Open.The 47-year-old American, however, only stayed in Paris for the opening week, and it is not clear whether he will be in Djokovic’s corner at next month’s Wimbledon.”It looks great on paper when you bring in Andre Agassi, and it is great for tennis,” McEnroe told the British media.”He did have this career renaissance so there are reasons why it makes sense, but it is hard to think that it could make sense so fast.”I can’t see it lasting if he is only coming around for very brief moments. But if they got a window of a month, obviously it is a totally different situation entirely.”Djokovic, who has struggled this year and suffered a quarter-final exit at the French Open, fell out of the top two spots in the world rankings this month for the first time since March 2011.He continues to work with a spiritual adviser, Pepe Imaz, a Spanish former player. But McEnroe believes that could be draining Djokovic of his killer instinct.”From an emotional standpoint, Djokovic perhaps felt he wanted to bring in somebody who wants to give people a lot of hugs,” McEnroe added.advertisement”That does not necessarily translate to killer instinct. It does not automatically lose it. But you don’t want to get into a situation where it is all peace and love, and then you have to go out and stomp on somebody’s head in competition.”In a bid to rediscover his form, Djokovic has taken a wildcard into this week’s Aegon International at Eastbourne, his first grasscourt warm-up tournament appearance ahead of Wimbledon since 2010.The Serb as the tournament’s top seed received a first-round bye and will face Czech Jiri Vesely or Vasek Pospisil of Canada in the second round.
After outclassing opponents at home in the last 18 months or so, India’s overseas challenge will begin when they take on South Africa in their own backyard in a marathon three-match Test series. The first Test between the two teams gets underway in Cape Town on January 5.The tour of South Africa will consist of three Tests, six one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.India’s last away tour was in Australia in 2014-15. Even though India lost the four-match series 2-0, the team under Virat Kohli showed the world that it was capable of winning Test matches away from home.A lot has changed since then. Kohli captained India in Tests for two matches (first Test and fourth Test), MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket in the middle of the tour and Kohli was handed over the reins in for the longest format.ALSO WATCHAs a full-time captain, Kohli is yet to lose a Test series. In this period, Kohli has led India to nine consecutive Test series victories while have lost only two matches.Experts, including India great Sourav Ganguly, believes victories in overseas conditions will make Kohli one of the greatest captains.India will also travel to England in June in 2018, a place where Kohli himself endured a torrid time when India last toured in 2014. Kohli’s men will also tour Australia and would hope for their first series victory ever.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for him since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015.advertisement”Winning in India and winning away are two different things but I never say winning in India is easy you still have to win cricket matches. But this is where you judge how good you are.”I don’t think this tour will test Virat Kohli as a batsman but it will test him as captain. But you have to give him a bit of space also. We’ve all been there first times. Kohli is human so he will take a bit of time to adjust. He’s got to be a bit patient it’s not going to happen like in India. You are not going to throw it to Ashwin or whoever plays,” Ganguly told India Today’s Boria Majumdar.MILESTONE MANKohli has been in a sensational form since the start of 2016 breaking plethora of records and dominated the world batting charts.The Indian cricket captain ended 2017 as world No. 1 in ODIs world No.2 in Tests and world No.3 in Twenty20 Internationals.Kohli has over the years grown in stature and is rated among the best athletes in the world in terms of his work ethics, fitness and heroics on the field — all-in-all, he has become a complete package. He has been India’s poster boy ever since the retirement of the great Sachin Tendulkar in November 2013.The 29-year-old leads his team from the front and has set the benchmark for his teammates to follow.The Delhi dasher has been on a record-breaking spree since the start of 2016. 18 centuries, close to 5500 international runs speak volumes about his personality. Kohli also amassed 973 runs including four hundreds in 2016 Indian Premier League.He also became the only batsman to hit double hundreds in four successive Test series during the one-off match against Bangladesh in 2017. After a lean patch in Test cricket against Australia, Kohli hammered 610 rus in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka at home.Kohli was the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2017 with 1460 runs in 26 matches at an average of 76.84 with 6 hundreds and 7 fifties.In the course of a dominant year for India, Kohli also went past Ricky Ponting and is now second in the list of century scorers in ODIs. He now has 32 hundreds and many experts feel he would be able to get close to Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 tons in the format.Kohli now has the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). He joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the top of the list for most double centuries by an Indian in Test cricket.Kohli became the only Indian to aggregate over 600 runs in a single Test series for the third time. Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid had achieved the feat twice.Kohli broke a plethora of records during the Test series against Sri Lanka and became only the second Indian batsman after Vinod Kambli to score two consecutive double hundreds.
BOSTON – David Ortiz is retiring after the season, but not before he takes a farewell tour of the major leagues that should allow him to fill a couple of closets with gifts from opponents who were reluctant to face him and glad to see him go. But even as his longtime opponents try to fete the foe who upended so many ninth-inning leads, the Red Sox designated hitter says he also wants to thank the fans — including those who rooted against him.“Whatever team you’re cheering for — you’re supporting me because you are a baseball fan,” Ortiz said this spring as he looked ahead to his farewell tour. “So I’m going to show my appreciation to everyone.”Ortiz announced on his 40th birthday in November that 2016 would be his final season. Since then, the Red Sox have been planning a going-away party befitting the player who helped end their 86-year dynasty of disappointment and lead the franchise to three World Series titles.The festivities started this week in Fort Myers, Florida, where a street outside the team’s spring ballpark was named “David Ortiz Way.” After his final home spring training game, Ortiz was chauffeured off the field in a specially decorated golf cart driven by Hall of Famer Jim Rice and former Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.“I wasn’t expecting any of it, but it happened,” Ortiz said. “Whenever somebody comes to you with a gift, it’s always welcomed, right?”Ortiz homered in his final spring training at-bat on Thursday against Minnesota. After striking out and grounding out in his two scheduled plate appearances, he asked manager John Farrell for one more shot.While opposing teams are planning their farewell gifts, the Red Sox will be showering their fans with Papi-themed giveaways throughout the season.Ortiz’s team has five scheduled promotions centered around their departing DH, one each month through August: A necklace commemorating his 500th homer, a canvas print, a gnome, “build-a-Papi” and the requisite bobble head.There’s no word yet on what other teams have planned for Ortiz’s final visit; the Red Sox don’t play in San Diego this year, so we can be spared the image of the 230-pound slugger trying to scramble onto a hand-painted surfboard.It’s going to be an emotional final week for Ortiz, with a three-game series in New York against the archrival Yankees followed by the last series at Fenway Park, three games against Toronto that will wrap up the regular season on October 2.But the Red Sox are hoping to extend his career — through the World Series.“To finish out with a ring for him, that’d mean a lot,” Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts said. “For him to go out with a bang like that would be very special.”JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer___AP freelancer Maureen Mullen contributed to this story from Fort Myers, Florida.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Prithvi Shaw might just be two innings old in international cricket but his maturity has earned him plaudits from pundits and teammates alike.And on Saturday, he showed why he is rated so highly among his peers. Speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar at the end of day’s play, Shaw refused to think too much into his dismissal because he ‘couldn’t bat on 70’ all over again.Shaw, who was batting beautifully, played a ‘silly’ shot to get out on 70 off 53 balls. Up uptil then, Shaw had played a flawless innings but the invitation was too much to avoid. Jomel Warrican bowled a full ball outside off and a tossed it up a bit. It was wide and the opportunity to go for the drive was there…Shaw couldn’t resist and went hard on the drive. He couldn’t keep it down and found Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover.Hyderabad Test – Day report | Highlight | Photos”I was trying to hit it to the left of the fielder, but I didn’t get close to the ball, was trying to play on the up (on his dismissal). I will not look to repeat this mistake once again. I can’t brood about this dismissal, I will start from zero once again, it was a silly shot which I will try to avoid in the next innings, will not try to do differently in the next innings,” Shaw said.The 18-year-old, who scored a Test hundred on debut in the first Test at Rajkot, was at his aggressive best and dominated the West Indian bowlers from the word go. The Mumbaikar smashed his fifty off just 39 balls and became the eighth Indian to register 50-plus scores in his first two Test innings.advertisement Prithvi Shaw fell after playing a loose shot of the bowling off Warrican (AP Photo)Shaw came out with the same intent after lunch and continued the attack the bowlers before falling on 70 while trying to get a boundary. He hit 11 fours and one six and no wonder comparisons with Virender Sehwag have dominated the headlines since people saw him play in Rajkot.Also read – Umesh Yadav bags career-best 6 for 88, second five-wicket haul in TestsSpeaking about his innings, he said: “I was just trying to play my natural game, but unfortunately couldn’t make it big, couldn’t place the drive. I just wanted to play my natural game and play on merit. I don’t want to think too much, don’t want to get confused and get blank in my mind.”Gabriel and Holder were bowling with good pace, I wasn’t trying to hit too hard, just looking for gaps, the ball wasn’t swinging a lot, I was trying to place the balls in vacant areas.”Riding on Shaw’s aggressive knock at the top of the order and fifties from Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane, India finished day two of the second Test on 308/4, still trailing West Indies (311) by three runs.Pant and Rahane remained not out on 85 and 75 respectively, with their fifth-wicket partnership standing at unbroken at 146.
Chetan Chauhan, former Indian cricketer and current UP Cabinet Minister, has called for India to put pressure on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to throw Pakistan out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Chauhan also pointed out that growing threat of terror from Pakistan, saying that it is a problem for country.”World Cup, Olympics is decided years ahead. We don’t play bilateral series with Pakistan. The best thing to do is to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Every country is worried with the growth of terrorism in Pakistan. It’s a problem for everyone. We should exert pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup,” Chauhan told Aaj Tak in an exclusive interview.”If Pakistan do not play the World Cup, it won’t make any difference. If India do not play, the ICC will suffer losses. India bring in 65 to 70 per cent of the sponsorship,” Chauhan said.Since the February 14 Pulwama terror attack which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF soldiers, there has been a clarion call for India to boycott Pakistan in world meets.Chauhan had earlier called for India to be cautious about the World Cup match in the Cricket World Cup, and the Indian Government and the Board of Control for Cricket in India to tread careful regarding the matter. He had further reasoned that if India don’t play Pakistan in the World Cup saying that it may be detrimental to the country’s chances at the quadrennial event.UP Minister Chetan Chauhan on cricket with Pak: Not participating in global tournaments is not easy as every tournament has its rules & many participating nations. If we pull out, we may have to face consequences, could be fined or banned, I think Govt & BCCI will consider this. pic.twitter.com/iykmp7nfdIadvertisementANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 20, 2019The ICC rules do not permit India to withdraw or boycott their game against Pakistan without (a) forfeiting points and (b) inviting sanctions.India cricketer Harbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in Pulwama.”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.He added: “This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this.Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also called for a ban in cricket ties with Pakistan.”I cannot make any comment [on cricket issues] except to say those who are demanding it have some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal. If things are not normal, the jhappiyan-pappiyan (hugs and kisses) issues have always been there,” Prasad told India Today.Also Read | India could be fined or banned if they don’t play Pakistan in World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final callAlso Read | India should not play Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup: Harbhajan Singh
If you ask us which is the phone with the best camera under Rs 35,000, the answer is easy: Honor 20. This is a phone launched recently in India. Not only does the Honor 20 pack a mean primary camera that edges out others in the segment in shooting performance, it also comes with an industry-first macro camera that lets users get as close as 4cm to their subject. In other words, the camera of Honor 20 is very capable and versatile.Let us explain. The Honor 20 series includes three phones — Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20i. Each of these phones takes up a particular segment in the Indian smartphone market. But the philosophy behind each remains the same — offer good-looking phones with good cameras at an affordable price. The Honor 20 is in the middle of the lot with a price of Rs 32,999. As one would expect from an Honor device, Honor 20 sports an attractive glass design combined with a flagship Kirin 980 chipset.Now, before we talk about its camera capabilities — and the camera of the Honor 20 is worth talking about — a few words about just how confident Honor is about the phone. The company believes that consumers are going to love the Honor 20, which is why it is offering a first-of-its-kind “Love it or Return it Challenge” where it will offer up to 90 per cent Buy Back Guarantee if the customer returns the Honor 20 in 90 days.The quad-camera setupHonor, like its parent company Huawei, has paid a lot of attention to the cameras to ensure the best photography experience possible on a smartphone. It’s not just about adding more cameras, but about what each camera signifies. The quad camera setup on the Honor 20 includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that supports the AI Ultra Clarity mode, a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.advertisementEach camera has a particular role to play. And we will come to the Honor 20’s camera performance but before that, lets us take a brief look at the tech and the hardware. The 48-megapixel primary camera lets users click high-resolution photos with good clarity and dynamic range. The main sensor works alongside the Kirin 980 chipset’s machine learning capabilities to offer an AI Ultra Clarity mode that can help capture high-quality images that retain the details even after editing. This mode is best used during daylight and in scenarios with a lot of detail.The Honor 20 can also capture bright shots in low-light through a combination of AI Image Stabilisation, a wide f/1.8 aperture and AIS Super Night Mode. The dedicated long-exposure mode allows for more light so that photos look brighter and clearer while the AI reduces noise levels. The 16-megapixel wide-angle camera lets users’ capture wider shots, and is useful particularly when you are shooting landscape photos. For example, if you are trying to fit the whole of Humayun’s tomb in the frame, the wide-angle lens of Honor 20 will likely make your job easy. You can also pair the wide-angle lens with the Night mode and capture landscape scenes of famous buildings or monuments even at night.The versatility of the Honor 20 is also in being able to capture wide landscape photos and close up, macro shots. The 2-megapixel macro lens gets as close as 4cm to the subject, and allows users to capture detailed photos of flowers or tiny insects. Additionally, the 2-megapixel depth camera comes in handy when you need to capture portrait photos by adding natural-looking background blur.Accompanying the rear cameras is a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. A lot of AI modes that are available for rear cameras are also available for the front one.Good shots, much versatilitySo how does all of this hardware fare in the real world, when you are out clicking photos? Very well, we must say. A few days ago when we reviewed the Honor 20, here is what we said about its camera performance:”Daylight photography is the best time to test out the versatility of the cameras. The primary 48MP sensor captures some stunning stills with rich colours and high detail in the default 12MP pixel binning mode… Dynamic range with the primary camera is fantastic. Colours are vivid and oversaturated with the AI mode enabled. If the camera detects food or flowers, it automatically boosts saturation levels to make colours pop out. Sometimes it looks a bit too much on the Honor 20’s display, especially on Vivid mode.”The low light performance, as is common in smartphone cameras, shows some weaknesses but that is relative to what you get with an ultra high-end phone like the Huawei P30 Pro. But in low light mode, the performance gets better when you switch to the Night Mode. Here is what we wrote in the review: “The Night mode is great for capturing brighter and clearer low-light photos. You have to wait for a few seconds and keep your hands as steady as possible for a blur-free low-light shot, but the result is often satisfactory.”advertisementSure, there are a few bits like AI mode, which can be more consistent and better — and probably they will get better as Honor fine-tunes the cameras in this phone with software updates — but overall, we believe that the camera performance and versatility that Honor 20 offers is unmatched for any phone around Rs 30,000.The important bit to note here is that the rest of the phone too is fairly fabulous, another reason why we called it near perfect in our review. In addition to its versatile cameras, the Honor 20 offers a 6.26-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) AllView punch-hole display, a 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, 3,750mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging and Android Pie out of the box. In other words, in this phone the performance is right, the cameras best in the class, and key features all available.ALSO READ | Honor 20 review: The almost perfect smartphone
The President James Washington had a 169-yard performance to put him over 1,000 yards on the season. That’s the first 1,000-yard receiver OSU has had since 2012 when Josh Stewart reached the 1,200-yard plateau. It’s just the seventh player who has ever reached that mark in Oklahoma State history.Adarius Bowman, Rashaun Woods, Hart Lee Dykes, Dez Bryant, Justin Blackmon and Josh Stewart are the others.In fact, it’s also the first 1,000-yard receiver or rusher OSU has had since 2012 (Joe Randle rushed for over 1,000 yards that season).Here are Washington’s stats.Four of five of his last eight games were of the 100-yard variety. That’s pretty awesome. It’s even crazier that he’s reached 1,000 yards on just 52 catches. His 20.7 YPC number is the best of any of these 1,000-yard seasons.“I’m going to work with my team and get better,” said Washington on Saturday night. “We have to bounce back in the next game. I’m just blessed to get the opportunity. I just come out every day in practice, work hard and get rewarded in the games.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now When you think La-Z-Boy, you think comfort and dependability. Probably because of that old recliner your father (or grandfather) spends most of his time relaxing in. Well, guess what? These recliners aren’t your father’s. While the idea of comfort is still incorporated into every option, that doesn’t mean they don’t have style — and lots of it.Whether you’re searching for the perfect lounge chair or just trying to take your man cave to the next level, La-Z-Boy has something to offer. Take a look at a few of our top picks and fall in love with their glorious blend of comfort and style.Maxx Reclina-WayThis beautiful piece of furniture takes the classic recliner and revamps it with a sleek, modern design. Can’t you just imagine reading a book on Sunday evening in this cozy chair?See ItJames Power ReclinerIf you’re in need of something a little more akin to a classic recliner, this is the model for you. With just a touch of modern, you can still incorporate the ultimate comfort into any room.See itLuke Duo Reclining Two-Seat SofaEvery living room needs a comfy sofa, but not all comfy sofas look as good as this one. You would hardly think you could recline in this sofa just by looking at it.See ItMidtown Low Profile ReclinerThis low-profile option is another surprise from La-Z-Boy. With a sleek, contemporary look, it can add to any room without overpowering the rest of the furniture.See itEdie Duo Reclining Chair and a HalfIf you’re looking for a recliner that doesn’t look like a recliner, the Edie chair is perfect for you. Straight out of La-Z-boy’s newest duo collection, this recliner gives you that laid-back comfort without sacrificing design. With plush ComfortCore cushions and a built-in USB port, the Edie chair has it all.See It The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now
Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market. Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination agreement, which will provide both countries access to a combined larger market.The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed during a luncheon with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and several local and international dignitaries at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa on November 28.The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.Signatories included Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and his Dominican Republic counterpart, His Excellency Francisco Javier Garcia; Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and Foreign Minister for the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Miguel Vargas Maldonado.In his remarks, Minister Bartlett said the MOU focuses on joint marketing and airlift arrangements, similar to the agreement signed between Cuba and Jamaica in January.“The Dominican Republic is the largest tourism destination at this time. The infrastructure there allows for connectivity from far-flung places and markets, which we are not able to access at this time,” he said.He informed that Jamaica and Mexico will also sign an MOU in January 2018 that will “bring together the four major markets in the Caribbean into a symbiotic arrangement that will allow us to provide a market for close to 33 million people”.“It will (also) allow us to develop and exchange partnerships with large airlines and major tour operators. This is a win-win situation, because if it happens in the north, it will happen in the south,” he contended.Mr. Garcia, for his part, said his country wants to be given an opportunity to learn from and share its experiences with other islands of the Caribbean.He underscored the importance of tourism to Jamaica and the rest of the region, and commended the efforts to implement multi-destination arrangements, “which we’ve wanted for so long”.Mr. Garcia noted that there is unquestionable support for the move from the leaders of the Caribbean, including Mr. Holness. Story Highlights The event coincided with the staging of the United Nations World Trade Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism now under way at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
zoom New York-listed cruise line company Royal Caribbean Cruises is heading into a DOUBLE-DOUBLE year as it reported more than a 25% increase in both US GAAP and adjusted earnings over 2015.US GAAP net income for the full year 2016 was USD 1.28 billion, compared to USD 665.8 million reported in 2015. The 2015 figure includes a non-cash impairment charge related to the Pullmantur brand.The company’s adjusted net income for the year was USD 1.31 billion, compared to USD 1.07 billion for the full year 2015, representing more than a 25% year-over-year increase in earnings per share.“As we enter our DOUBLE-DOUBLE year, we have never been so well positioned,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer. “This program has done what it set out to do – bookings are at record levels, the preference our brands enjoy has never been stronger, we are on the cusp of investment grade ratings, our dividends are at an all-time high, costs have been well managed, and our guests’ satisfaction has never been better,” he added.Fain also said that, while currency and fuel are both significant negatives at the moment, the cruise line’s “business continues to thrive.”For the full year 2017, Royal Caribbean Cruises expects its net yields to increase 4% to 6% on a constant-currency basis, while the adjusted EPS for 2017 is expected to be in the range of USD 6.90 – USD 7.10 per share.The company said that its booked position for 2017 is better than last year’s record high, and at higher rates. Strength from North American consumers is driving exceptionally positive trends for North American and European products. These trends, along with a positive outlook for Australia and a solid booked position in China for the first half of the year, are positioning the company for robust growth in 2017.
VANCOUVER – The financial crisis at British Columbia’s public auto insurer is deepening, as $1.3 billion in net losses are now projected by the end of the current fiscal year.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. said the “sizable and significant loss” is evidence of the growing financial pressures from a rapid increase in the number of collisions in the province, as well as the rising costs of those claims.“The number of crashes occurring across B.C. is continuing to escalate year-after-year. As a result, the number of claims we are receiving is growing by thousands each year,” the corporation said in a news release on Sunday.The cost of injury claims is closing in on $3 billion annually, ICBC said.The number of large loss claims, with an average payout of $450,000, has also spiked by 80 per cent in the last 12 months.The spike in the number of claims is also causing a slow-down in how quickly settlements are delivered.“This has particularly been the case with represented claims, which are taking even longer to settle. The longer a claim takes to settle, the more expensive it becomes,” ICBC said.ICBC said $935 million in net losses have already accumulated between April 1 and Dec. 31 last year, signalling that premiums are not covering payouts.The insurance provider asked the provincial utilities commission to hike basic and optional rates last fall to combat its financial crisis.Attorney General David Eby said in September that the rate hikes would mean the average driver can expect an annual increase of eight per cent or $130 per year on their insurance bill.Eby has previously said the Crown corporation’s financial problems are the fault of the former Liberal government for failing to address issues years ago.But Liberal caucus executive director Shane Mills said the previous government implemented strong measures to control costs, including a distracted driving campaign, raising premiums for some high-level vehicles and reducing executive pay.“As well, a third-party review was conducted on how to tie any rate increases to inflation, and is in the hands of the new government,” Mills said in a statement.Eby is expected to deliver his response to the latest losses Monday in Vancouver.Finance Minister Carole James was not available for comment Sunday on how the loss will affect the upcoming provincial budget.
Srinagar: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, constituted by the Centre, has issued a show cause notice to Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir (JeI), which was banned by the government in February, asking it why the organisation cannot be declared as an unlawful association.”A notice is hereby given under sub-section (2) of Section 4 of the Act (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) and you are hereby called upon to show cause, within 30 days from the date of service of this notice, as to why your Association, declared as unlawful, be not adjudicated to be so and why an order confirming such declaration be not made under Section 4(3) of the Act,” said the notice issued by Registrar, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal, Lorren Bamniyal, to the JeI. The notice was issued on April 5. The Tribunal asked the Jamaat to file objections or reply affidavits, if any, before the next date of hearing of the Tribunal at the office of the Registrar. “In case the objections/reply and the documents are in regional language, true English translation thereof be also attached. You may appear through a duly authorised person before the Tribunal on 20 May, 2019 at 3 PM in Court Room number 26 for further proceedings,” the notice said. The Centre had constituted the tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring the JeI as an unlawful association. The Ministry of Home Affairs on March 23 had issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The government in its February 28 notification had banned the JeI, saying it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the Union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
Rabat – A Moroccan from the city of Nador was found inside a container at a dockyard in Melilla port on Saturday, Spanish media reported.The 23-year-old was locked inside the container for four days with no food or water in a desperate attempt to reach Europe.He was freed at the port when the Spanish Guardia Civil heard screaming and banging coming from inside the container. After spending a prolonged weekend inside what could have been his coffin, the young man tried to drill a hole through the container’s wall. However, his attempts were futile because the wall of the container was pasted to another container.According to Spanish media, people traffickers are believed to have helped put the young Moroccan in the container before locking him inside.
Rabat- Many people in Rabat have volunteered to donate blood for the victims of the Bouknadel train accident at the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion to give blood.The blood transfusion center told Morocco World News that many mobilized this afternoon for the benefit of train accident victims. The center specified that many donors are university students, and they have continued to arrive in big groups since the accident. The center has taken hundreds of blood donations. Read Also: El Othmani Tweets Condolences for Victims of Bouknadel Train AccidentThe news of the accident shook Moroccans by its tragedy and created a solidarity movement in the capital. The train between Casablanca and Kenitra derailed this morning at around 10:30 a.m. near Bouknadel killing 7 and injuring up to 90. Rescuers and royal gendarmes transported the victims to the military hospital in Rabat at the request of King Mohammed VI.Read Also:King Mohammed VI Sends Condolences to Families of Train Accident VictimsThe Regional Centre for Blood Transfusion, which distributes blood to Rabat hospitals, is still welcoming donors and encourages the public to contribute and show solidarity with the victims. King Mohammed VI has expressed his deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured.The minister of the interior, Abdelouafi Laftit; the minister of equipment, Abdelkader Amara; and Rabii Khlie, the director of ONCF all came to the scene of the accident within hours.So far, no reports on the causes of the accident have been published. ONCF Director Rabii Khlie told Moroccan media that the company has provided buses for travelers while trains from Kenitra to Casablanca are still on hold. Photo credits: MWN/ Abdelilah Arhal
Three customs officers were arrested today for soliciting a bribe in Panchikawatte.The three officers had allegedly taken Rs.125 million from a vehicle importer who imports and supplies buses and spare parts to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB).
Ranjan Ramanayake confirmed in his Twitter page that he met the “one and only superstar of Indian cinema” this morning in at the latter’s home in Chennai. He has also clarified that it was a courtesy call and does not have anything to do with politics. (Colombo Gazette) Actor and politician Ranjan Ramanayake insisted that his meeting with Indian superstar Rajinikanth today was not political.Superstar Rajinikanth’s name being dragged to politics is an unending affair in Tamil Nadu. As Tamil Nadu is getting ready for the big assembly election on May 16, the high profile politician met the evergreen Superstar at his Chennai residence today, India Glitz reported. However this meeting does not have anything to do with TN politics or the impending elections.