EC to hear AAP legislators

first_imgFollowing the Delhi High Court order setting aside the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs last month, the Election Commission (EC) will on May 17 resume an “oral hearing” on the office-of-profit allegations against them.The EC on Friday issued instructions to the AAP legislators to appear before it — either in person or through authorised legal representatives. The hearing would be conducted before Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat and the two Election Commissioners, Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa. On March 23, the High Court quashed the notification issued by President Ram Nath Kovind, on a recommendation from the EC to disqualify the MLAs.last_img read more

Severe blow: Telugu Desam loses Himayatnagar by-election to BJP

first_imgRama Rao: Severe blowFor the fledgling Telugu Desam Ministry the loss of the Himayatnagar by-election last fortnight came as a severe blow.Though the party won the three other seats, the importance of the defeat in the heart of Hyderabad to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a massive margin of,Rama Rao: Severe blowFor the fledgling Telugu Desam Ministry the loss of the Himayatnagar by-election last fortnight came as a severe blow.Though the party won the three other seats, the importance of the defeat in the heart of Hyderabad to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a massive margin of 28,134 votes cannot be underestimated.The Telugu Desam candidate was P. Upendra, a close aide of Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao. To ensure his victory the party had brought in the chief minister’s election agent from Gudivada and campaigning had been hectic. To make matters worse the ruling party had won this seat in January, though with a narrow margin.The victory brings the BJP’S strength in the 294-member Assembly to four. Said A. Narendra: “We are like four pillars to take the party to newer strength. After returning from giving thanks to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati, I will go around from door to door to thank the voters.”This personal touch was evident all through the campaign. The party organised 45-member committees for most of the 14 polling stations and organised for workers to personally meet voters at least three times. The campaign was successful and on election day the BJP assistance desks were crowded with supporters.The Telugu Desam’s defeat has been put down to several factors. The choice of an outside candidate against the BJP’S local one apparently worked against them. Also the alliance with the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and particularly the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Maslimeen also turned voters away.advertisementSaid a BJP leader: “The Telugu Desam taking the open support of the communal Majlis and the communists made many votes swing our way. At one stage we had our fears as Rama Rao drew large crowds.”Allegations: Rama Rao, for his own part, minimised the defeat saying: “In Himayatnagar we have retained our strength as the votes polled are more than in the January election.” His party workers and members of the Congress(I) were, however, not so satisfied and levelled charges of rigging at the BJP.Said Congress(I) candidate, T. Lakshmi-kanthamma, who had lost her deposit: “We heard of the plans to have voters impersonate others and our fears were confirmed when counting began.With only five, six and seven votes for the Congress(I) in a box it was clear that the BJP had rigged the polls and so we left the counting centre in protest. Surely the Congress vote cannot drop from 12,000 in January to just 3,600 now.”Lakshmikanthamma also complained to the chief electoral officer and the election commission. The police arrested a few party workers as complaints of attempted impersonation were filed but released them when the presiding officers did not file written complaints.BJP General Secretary Bandaru Dattatreya dismissed both parties as “spoil sports” and added that “they could not take defeat gracefully”. At the personal level, however, candidates were more sporting: the’Telugu Desam’s Upendra visited Narendra in order to congratulate him.The Telugu Desam retained Tirupati and wrested Yemmiganur from the Congress(I). The Yemmiganur win was surprising as this was supposed to have been the pocket borough of former chief minister K. Vijayabhaskara Reddy who vacated the seat when he was inducted into the Central Cabinet.The victory of the Telugu Desam’s astrologer candidate B. V. Mohana Reddy must therefore have shaken the chief minister personally. In Madanapalli the Telugu Desam’s R. Narayana Reddi won with 10,500 votes.The Congress(I)’s dismal performance shows that it is yet to learn the lessons of January, Squabbles and petty rivalries surfaced again and even led to some degree of cross-voting. As usual immediately after the defeat, the resignation of the pradesh party chief G. Venkataswamy was demanded.Shot back Venkataswamy belligerently: “I have been president for only four months and before I resign I will make a statement as to who is responsible for the debacle.” And the time has surely come for members of the Congress(I) in Andhra Pradesh to stand up and be counted.last_img read more

BJP MP triggers row with beef remarks, clarifies

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) BJP MP and Dalit leader Udit Raj today triggered a row after he tweeted that champion Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt went on to win nine Olympics gold despite being born in poverty after his trainer advised him to eat beef twice a day.His tweet raised a few eyebrows within the party, which is avowedly against beef consumption, and drew sharp response from the right-leaning people on Twitter, prompting him to claim that his comments were “misconstrued” and that they were meant to “inspire” Indian athletes and convey that they can excel in adverse circumstances.”Usain Bolt of Jamaica was poor and trainer advised him to eat beef both the times and he scored 9 gold medals in Olympics,” the Lok Sabha member from North West Delhi tweeted.As a row erupted, he tried to scotch it, saying that he merely repeated what Bolt had said and all that he meant was India athletes can find a way to excel despite adversities and they should not blame circumstances for their failures.”All I wanted to say that giving excuses that we dont have infrastructure or there is corruption should be done away with and lesson, dedication should be learnt from Usain Bolt… What I wanted to say is our players should find ways and means as he found ways and means,” he said, adding there is no lack of facilities for sports persons here.The government spends huge money on them compared to nations like Jamiaca or Kenya, he said, steering clear of any mention of beef.advertisementA statement from his office later said he did not comment on anything related to consumption of beef, but his tweet is now being misconstrued and misinterpreted by some media outlets to say that he advocates consumption of beef.”Udit Raj is well aware that food habits cannot be dictated to anyone, both as per our social traditions as well as per the provisions of the Constitution of India.”He was saddened to learn that his views were more misunderstood than understood. This statement is being issued to elaborate his views on the subject and put an end to this artificially created controversy,” it said. PTI KR SClast_img read more

BCCI accuses Committee of Administrators of double standards

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members met in Mumbai on Friday and slammed the Committee of Administrators (COA). Individuals from the members of the BCCI met to discuss and deliberate upon the state of affairs of the cricket board and expressed grave concern over the same.The members also expressed great unanimity on the issues discussed. A lot of issues were discussed and a summary of the discussion on some of the prominent issues that were discussed are given hereinbelow.a. The members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the Committee of Administrators (CoA) where the decisions and views of one member were being ignored and the decisions of the other were being executed irregularly despite there being a deadlock in decision making on such decisions. The members were concerned about the resources of the BCCI being wrongfully expended on such irregular decisions being taken.b. The members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players where show cause notices have been issued and the players have been suspended pending enquiry and in dealing with issues relating to the CEO who was not even suspended and in whose case the enquiry procedure adopted was arbitrary and in violation of the BCCI’s constitution and in the absence of any decision from the CoA as a committee.c. The members appreciated the effort put in by the member Associations that fielded the teams who were participating in domestic cricket for the first time.advertisementd. The members expressed shock at the statements being made in order to portray the purported success of the 2018-19 domestic season while nothing could be further from the truth. It is unfortunate that for the first time the basic eligibility rules were shockingly changed mid-season, players ineligible to play for a state were given permission to play for the state. Rules were even changed to benefit particular individuals to allow them to allow inter-state transfer which was severely condemned and decried by those present. There have been incidents where the match referees and umpires have reported for a game on the morning of the match in the face of settled protocol. A failure to source video equipment by the organisation has derailed the entire umpire assessment program that the BCCI had invested heavily in over the years both in terms of resources and in terms of legacy. The members condemned the fact that the BCCI management totally disregarded and ignored the decisions of the Technical Committee led by the former Indian captain, Mr. Sourav Ganguly.e. The members condemned the fact that the CoA willfully ignored the decisions taken in the Special General Meeting held in June 2018 which were solely in the domain of the General Body despite the fact that it was a meeting duly requisitioned by the members and only those individuals who were eligible as per the Lodha recommendations were present. This was an act to frustrate the democratic functioning and policy-making of the BCCI.f. The members lamented the fact that efforts have been made to frustrate the legal representation of the Board before the courts of law which tantamounts to an attempt to frustrate the administration of justice.g. The members decided that they would bring forth certain points before the Hon’ble Supreme Court in order to ensure that democracy is restored in decision making especially on cricketing matters so that Indian cricket does not suffer.Also Watch:last_img read more


first_imgAlmost half of Iowa’s 99 counties, 45 to be exact, have confirmed infestation from the tree killing Emerald Ash Borer.Mike Kintner of the Iowa Department of Agriculture says Springtime is when you should start thinking about protecting your ash trees:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………by a professional” ;18Kintner’s advice is to ask questions and do a little research to find the best treatment or specialist for you:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……going to work.” :09The state is also taking action to combat the emerald ash borer.For the first time last year they released wasps that are the beetle’s enemy and kills them.Radio Iowa contributed storylast_img read more

Championship roundup: Fulham win nine-goal thriller at Sheffield United

first_imgRyan Sessegnon and Leon Clarke scored hat-tricks as Fulham edged a goal-laden game 5-4 to end a six-game drought and stop Sheffield United going to the top of the Championship.Sessegnon’s treble, in addition to two goals from Sheyi Ojo, had put Fulham in a seemingly commanding position at 5-2 up before Clarke completed his second successive hat-trick at Bramall Lane, after Samir Carruthers had also scored, to threaten the comeback. Sheffield United Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Championship Read more Aston Villa quell Sunderland optimism and show size of Chris Coleman’s task Share on Twitter Fulham Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest news Fulham held on to record their first win since the end of September and inflict just a third home league defeat of 2017 on the Blades.Cardiff City overtook United and moved into second place after a late Callum Paterson goal snatched a 1-0 victory at Barnsley.The ball fell to the Scotsman after a goalmouth scramble and he made no mistake, firing into the roof of the net to settle matters seven minutes from time.At the bottom Reading battled back with two goals inside the last 15 minutes to earn a 2-2 draw at Bolton Wanderers.First-half headed goals from Reece Burke and Darren Pratley put Phil Parkinson’s side 2-0 up but Reading eventually turned overwhelming possession into goals as Liam Moore pulled one back before Leandro Bacuna scored from the spot with seven minutes left. The draw extends Bolton’s unbeaten run to seven games but they remain in the relegation zone.A goal in each half from Paul Gallagher and Callum Robinson gave Preston North End a surprise 2-0 win at high-flyers Bristol City, while Norwich City were sunk by the former Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy as Nottingham Forest edged a scrappy game 1-0 at the City Ground. Brentford had to settle for a point in a dour 1-1 draw with away draw experts Burton Albion.Hull City ended their seven-match losing run in the capital by holding Millwall to a 0-0 draw The Den and Tom Lawrence scored his first goal for Derby County in a 2-0 victory against QPR who have now failed to win away in the league since January. Derby move into the play-off places as a result. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kane name England Men’s POTY

first_imgPremier League Spurs striker Kane voted England Men’s Player of the Year Tom Webber 03:39 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HarryKane - cropped Getty Images Premier League Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur England World Cup The striker set a Premier League scoring record and was more prolific than Lionel Messi in 2017, with his England displays now being rewarded Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been voted England Men’s Player of the Year for 2017.Kane was the clear winner after receiving 75 per cent of the ballots from members of the England Supporters Club.The 24-year-old made six appearances for Gareth Southgate’s team in 2017, scoring seven goals to help England gain automatic qualification to the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane captained the team in four matches during the course of the calendar year and is a considered a leading contender to wear the armband in Russia.The striker had a magnificent 2017 in all competition and beat out Lionel Messi in goals scored in the calendar year. “It’s always special to represent your country so to be voted as England’s best player of 2017 from such a talented squad is a real honour after what was a memorable year for me personally,” said the Tottenham star.”To play your part in reaching the finals of a World Cup is every young footballer’s dream and I’d like to thank all of my international team-mates for the part they played in that journey.Congratulations to @HKane, who our fans have voted as the @VauxhallEngland Men’s Player of the Year!— England (@England) January 22, 2018″However, I’d especially like to thank the Three Lions’ fans for their fantastic support both at Wembley and across Europe. Now here’s to an exciting summer in Russia.”Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was named England Men’s Under-21 Player of the Year. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

10 months agoShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as players

first_imgShaw: I hope Man Utd fans enjoyed Cardiff win as much as playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United fullback Luke Shaw admits the players are buzzing after their 5-1 win at Cardiff City.Shaw was buoyant after his team rewarded the travelling fans.“The goals we scored were magnificent,” he reflected to reporters.“Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, the first goal, sort of helped to settle the nerves and then we carried on from there. When Cardiff scored, we didn’t change anything, we kept going, and that third goal was amazing. It was an amazing team goal.”The fans are always really good, no matter where we go or what the result is. They’ve always been with us throughout the whole 90 minutes and hopefully they enjoyed the game as much as we did.”The most important thing is we got the three points and obviously we look forward now to the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rolls-Royce Thrusters to Propel Five Norwegian Ferries

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce has signed a GBP 5.5 million contract with Bastø-Fosen and Fjord 1 in Norway for azimuth propulsion systems for five new double ended ferries. All five ferries are designed by Multi Maritime and will be constructed in Turkey at the yards Sefine, Cemre and ADA. The ferries are scheduled to enter into service along the coast of Norway in the summer of 2016.These types of double ended ferries are designed to commute back and forth between ferry quays along the Norwegian coastline.Three of the ferries are to be delivered to the company Bastø-Fosen and will be 142 metres long, with capacity for 200 cars, 600 passengers and between 24 and 30 trucks. The two remaining ferries are to be delivered to the company Fjord 1 and will be 74 meters long, with capacity for 60 cars and up to 199 passengers.Azimuth thrusters are equipped with full feathering propellers so the operator can reduce the amount of engine power needed during crossings. This will help reduce fuel consumption and also increase the overall efficiency of the vessels, says Rolls Royce.Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce, SVP Commercial Marine, said: ”We are very proud to support these ferries which are part of Norway’s key coastal transportation system. Norwegian ferry owners have been in the forefront of ship technology for many years, and seek environmental friendly and reliable solutions for traveling in the Norwegian fjords and along the coastline. It’s also close to home for us, with our Rolls-Royce Marine base in Norway.”The three larger Bastø-Fosen ferries are equipped with two Azipull 100 azimuth thrusters which are placed one in each end of the ferry. They also have Rolls-Royce Helicon X3 propulsion control systems. The two Fjord 1 ferries each have Azipull AZP85 azimuth thrusters, also with Helicon X3 propulsion control systems.last_img read more

Phone Tender to Get Independent Review

first_imgA multi-year, multi-million dollar tender for local voice telephone services is being placed on hold pending an investigation into allegations the procurement process was flawed. “Whether or not these allegations have merit remains to be seen,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Information Management. “However, they are of such a serious nature and the contract is of such a magnitude, that I believe an independent review is warranted.” Government’s internal audit group will oversee the audit and prepare the terms of reference. The group will likely hire telecommunications procurement experts to help with the review, which is expected to take four to six weeks.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: John Wick 3 ups the ante with not one but TWO dogs. In the desert. With Halle Berry.— Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) December 19, 2018 Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img There is definitely going to be some globe trotting in this film, as in one pic we see him in the desert, and another has him in the rain while walking through a cityscape. With these official photos, there’s hope that a trailer will be released shortly.The John Wick films have been highly successful action films. Bringing Reeves back to the action genre, their simplistic storytelling and well choreographed style has made them box office smashes. Now, these films have been straight forward, with little backstory on titular character Wick, other than the ‘Boogeyman’ tales told by those who know his legend.With the casting of Anjelica Houston in a mysterious role as ‘The Director’, meant as a ‘protector’ for Wick and somehow responsible for his upbringing, we may be getting more backstory on the world’s greatest hitman. Regardless, we’re all excited to see a what looks to be the final chapter for John Wick – though the film’s director, Chad Stahelski, has ideas for future films:“I enjoy making these movies because there’s no limit. We create our own mythology, and we have a studio that both stays out of our way and supports us on the wacky decisions. If people go see the movie, and it makes money, and they came back to us, Keanu and I have ideas for days. I could live here for the rest of my career. If people like it and want to watch more, I could think of way worse ways to spend your career. But, you know, we’re in the entertainment business. We’ll let the audience figure that out.”John Wick: Chapter 3 hits theaters on May 17th, 2019.Are you excited for John Wick 3? Let us know in the comments below!BY VINCE HOOVER | SCREENGEEK Advertisement Twitter John Wick is on the run. After the first two installments involving The Boogeyman of the criminal world, Keanu Reeves dons the suit again, but this time, he is the hunted, rather than the hunter. He killed a member of the High Table, and did it on Continental grounds, causing a large bounty on his head and to be ‘ex-communicato’ from the one place he could have found sanctuary. So, what is he to do? Well, thanks to some first look images at John Wick: Chapter 3, we may have an idea.Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’re getting our first official looks at the third film in the highly successful and amazing John Wick franchise. In it, we see Reeves along side Halle Berry as Sophia, a fellow dog owner (said to also represent someone she lost) and seemingly Wick’s only ally while the world of hitmen stalk him down for a huge bounty.Welcome to the next chapter. #JohnWick3— John Wick: Chapter 3 (@JohnWickMovie) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Toronto stock market closes flat after two days of bargain hunting

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed flat as a third day of bargain hunting fizzled, trumped by uncertainty about the future of the eurozone.Commodity prices rose even as European Union leaders ended their one-day summit no closer to finding a solution to the region’s worsening government debt crisis.The S&P/TSX composite index had risen as much as 63 points as investors continued to buy up stocks beaten down in a sharp sell-off over the past three weeks. But the TSX ended the day up 1.27 points to 11,566.07 led by falling bank and resource stocks.The TSX racked up strong, triple-digit gains over the previous two sessions as some investors thought the market was looking oversold after plunging as much as 1,000 points from the beginning of this month.“You get to oversold conditions where stocks are cheap and maybe we’ve had a bit too much of this selling,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.“But I’ll tell you, there is no conviction out there, the news continues to deteriorate out of Europe so it’s hard to be wildly bullish in this market.”The TSX Venture Exchange climbed 25.99 points to 1,282.47.The Canadian dollar was down 0.28 of a cent at 97.36 cents US.U.S. markets were mixed as data showed orders for durable goods increased a slight 0.2 per cent last month after a 3.7 per cent decline in March. That was below the 0.5 per cent rise economists had expected.The Dow Jones industrials were ahead 33.6 points to 12,529.75.The Nasdaq composite index declined 10.74 points to 2,839.38 while the S&P 500 index rose 1.82 points to 1,320.68.Leaders of the 27-member European Union ended their one-day meeting Wednesday apparently no closer to fixing the financial crisis or determining how to deal with the growing possibility that Greece could be forced to exit the eurozone monetary union.Markets have been under selling pressure this month on worries that Greece could be forced to leave the eurozone, particularly if parties opposed to further austerity measures gather more support in next month’s election.“Unfortunately, Europe is running out of time . . they don’t have the options they did and these guys are in a tough place,” added Stephenson.But political uncertainty in Greece is just one of the fires that Europe needs to put out. Leaders are also worried about rising borrowing costs in Spain and Italy that could force them to seek bailouts as did Greece, Portugal and Ireland.The financial sector lost 0.73 per cent on the latest round of worry over the consequences of a messy Greek exit from the eurozone and mixed earnings reports from two of the big Canadian banks.TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) reported a profit of $1.69-billion or $1.78 a share before adjustments, up 21 per cent from a year ago, largely driven by the bank’s North American retail business.After adjustments, the bank’s net income was $1.73 billion or $1.82 a share, four cents above estimates and its shares gained 26 cents to $78.99.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) said its second-quarter profit from continuing operations was $1.56 billion or $1.01 a share, but would have been higher without a loss associated with its acquisition of the remaining half of RBC Dexia.Excluding certain items, Royal Bank earned $1.17 a share, a penny short of expectations and its stock gave back $1.52 to $51.38.Commodity prices advanced even as HSBC Corp. said Thursday that its Purchasing Managers Index based on a survey of Chinese manufacturers showed activity weakened further in May.A preliminary PMI, based on responses by 85 to 90 per cent of companies surveyed for the full index which is released later, fell to 48.7 from April’s 49.3 on a 100-point scale. Numbers below 50 indicate a contraction.There were also mounting signs of a deep recession in the eurozone, where the monthly purchasing managers index from Markit, a gauge of business activity, fell to 45.9 in May from 46.7 in April. The fall was bigger than the expected decline to 46.5. Anything below 50 indicates a contraction.The base metals component was down 0.33 per cent as the July copper contract on the Nymex rose three cents to US$3.43 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 30 cents to C$31.16.The energy sector was slightly lower as the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 76 cents to US$90.66 a barrel after closing below $90 Wednesday for the first time since the end of October. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) dipped four cents to C$31.41.The tech sector also weighed, with Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) down 39 cents to $10.98, its lowest level since late 2003. The stock slid after the BlackBerry maker said Wednesday that Patrick Spence, head of global sales, had resigned.The gold sector rose about 0.5 per cent as the June bullion contract in New York gained $9.10 to US$1,568.40 an ounce. Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) advanced 55 cents to C$11.The industrials sector was up 0.55 per cent with Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) shares up $2.26 to $77.25 as the railway entered a second day of a strike. Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt has said the government is prepared to introduce back-to-work legislation if CP and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference can’t reach a deal. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2012 4:46 pm MDT Toronto stock market closes flat after two days of bargain hunting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Government is deliberately creating a health crisis to privatise the NHS doctors

first_imgBut yesterday these were branded “Slash, Trash and Privatise plans” by BMA members, who passed the motion overwhelmingly. Doctors leaders have accused the Government of a conspiracy to create a crisis in hospitals in order to usher in the back-door privatisation of the NHS.The British Medical Association passed a motion claiming ministers are using plans launched last year, ostensibly as a means to reform over-spending facilities, as a front for selling off the health service.They fuelled the row by also accusing political leaders of “scapegoating” doctors as a means of “distracting the public from and under-funded service”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. JEremy Hunt The Department of Health said the claims had no relationship with realityCredit:Neil Hall /PA A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “This motion sadly has no relationship with reality – while of course there are pressures on the frontline, the Government is now spending more than any in history on the NHS, has left doctors themselves to decide on use of the private sector, and public satisfaction is now the highest it has been in all but three of the last 20 years.” But the Department of Health said the union’s claims “had no relationship with reality”, arguing that more public money is being spent on the NHS than at any point in history.Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who takes over as BMA chairman this week, said: “As doctors we strive to provide safe, quality care to our patients. “Yet we appear set up to fail. We trail European nations, with significantly fewer doctors and hospital beds per head and spend £10 billion less per year on our health service.”Following an overspend in the hospital sector of at least £2.45 billion in 2015-16, NHS England initiated a series of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, which divided the country into 44 areas and charged healthcare providers to come up with more efficient processes.last_img read more

Selfgenerated power needs special focus on efficiency

first_imgRemote projects that are far from national power grids will tend to pay a premium for generating their own energy; so they need to plan carefully to use it as efficiently as they can. This is the advice of Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring, who emphasises the opportunities presented by modern technology to reduce energy consumption in just about any industrial or mining enterprise. “Savings of 3 to 5% of energy consumed on site is a realistic target for most projects, especially if the enabling technologies and equipment can be incorporated into the design at an early stage,” says Meiring. “As a group that offers both power generation solutions as well as energy efficiency technologies, we can readily identify and quantify the efficiency benefits for customers.”He says the potential savings lie not only in the operating cost of the standalone power generating facility, but in the capital expenditure for construction, as better utilisation efficiencies can reduce the maximum output capacity required from the plant. Alastair Gerrard, Managing Director of Zest Energy, says his company – which specialises in power supply solutions – works closely with EPCMs or directly with customers to plan and implement optimal solutions. This approach ensures that equipment life cycle costs are well controlled and contribute to overall project efficiency.“In addition to ensuring the right power generation solution for customers, we enhance our value-add through our knowledge of exactly how the generated energy can be best used,” says Gerrard. “WEG’s high efficiency, IE3 rated motors, for instance, can reduce the power consumed in a range of industrial functions such as pumping, conveyor systems and ventilation.” Zest Energy recently installed a turnkey diesel power generation facility for the Balama graphite project in a remote region of Mozambique. Technology options such as variable speed drives can further enhance efficiencies and reduce the consumptive demands that a standalone power plant will have to meet; regeneration strategies also lower costs by feeding power back into the network.“There is also potential for ‘heat and power’ co-generation as an efficiency strategy,” says Gerrard, “where heat can be drawn off equipment like engines to feed back into plant functions, rather than being dissipated with no benefit.” He sees a trend among many industrial users towards pursuing higher energy efficiencies, as this can improve the cost-per-hour of running their assets and lead to a reduction in emissions by using more efficient technologies. “There is also a growing interest in hybrid solutions that can incorporate renewable energy sources like solar and wind, alongside traditional fossil fuels,” says Gerrard. A wide footprint across Africa – including its own entities in Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana – allows the Gauteng-based Zest WEG Group to implement and service projects to high standards.last_img read more

10 people who truly show you what a hero is

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 1. The pie heroOne man. One bratty child. One heroic move.According to waiting in line in front of a careless mother and her screaming small child, a man who was having a bad day (and a headache) decided to ruin that family’s day. The child was screaming ‘I want f**king pie’ so the man bought up every last pie – all 23 of them – and walked out of Burger King.2. The pizza heroShe had the bravery when nobody else did. Source: ImgurSlapped her with a piece of pizza.3. The beer heroOne man. One kiss. One annoying woman’s face. Source: Imgur4. The gold medal heroNever let them take your dreams from you. Source: Imgur5. The Facebook heroWe all need him in our lives. We just don’t know it yet.6. The watermelon heroOne moment in time. 7. The radio heroActual tears of pride. Source: Imgur9. The gaming heroDoing only what others dream of. 10. The goat heroThere are actually two heroes here. The goat, and the man he respects. Source: MetroThe goat was eventually rescued when the aforementioned respected owner came home and safely removed him from the roof.Read: 6 essential preparations for next week’s Great British Bake Off>Quiz: Which Father Ted character are you?last_img read more

GLOW Actors Talk About Learning to Wrestle and Recreating Their Childhood

first_img When GLOW debuted on Netflix at the end of June, everybody was talking about it. It had great characters, a fun story and made everyone aware of a significant, often overlooked event in entertainment history. Plus, the wrestling was great. It was the most fun I’ve had watching a wrestling TV show in… well, ever. Even though it wasn’t trying to present itself as a real sport the way WWE does, GLOW‘s wrestling scenes still felt as exciting and brutal as the real (fake) thing.A lot of that had to do with the characters. Though the series focused mainly on Ruth Wilder and Debbie Eegan (played by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin), the cast was full of fascinating, three-dimensional characters. Much of the show’s fun came from watching the supporting cast grow over the course of the season, and develop their wrestling personas. I got to speak with Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson, who played the hairdresser/tag-team duo Stacey Beswick and Dawn Rivecca. You might most vividly remember them as the duo that came out in KKK robes during a match on the show. (Awkward as that was, it ended much better on GLOW, than in the real-life 1994 match it was based on.)In addition to playing best friends on the show, Johnson and Gatewood are best friends in real life. They perform sketch comedy together in a 1940s-style act called The Apple Sisters. They work together often, and for GLOW, they auditioned together. They recently took some time out from driving around Manhattan together to talk about GLOW, their characters, and their deep appreciation for professional wrestling.Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, Ellen Wong, Alex Rich (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)Long before appearing on this show, they were well aware of the actual GLOW. Gatewood said that she would watch Saturday morning cartoons as a kid, and when those finished up, GLOW would come on. To this day, she remembers the characters very well. “I was a big fan, because there was sketch comedy in it, there were crazy characters, and I don’t think I realized at the time what an influence it would have, and how nostalgic I would feel for it,” she said.Johnson says she started watching GLOW at her piano teacher’s house after a lesson. “I remember thinking it was really dirty, like ‘I shouldn’t be watching this! There’s a naked lady on a horse!’ But I loved it; it was like watching MTV after 8 p.m,” Johnson said. (For those too young to remember, after 8 p.m. on MTV was when all the good stuff came on that your parents wouldn’t let you watch.) When Johnson goes back and looks at old episodes of GLOW now, she says, she realizes what a scrappy operation it actually was.Though their knowledge of wrestling stops at the ’90s, they were incredibly excited to learn how to wrestle for Netflix’s GLOW. “That was a cool gift to get. To not only be on a TV show but also get to learn this amazing athletic art form. We now have such appreciation for it,” Johnson said.Added Gatewood, “I think every actor looks for an opportunity to learn something new, and to get into shape.” And they did get into shape doing this show. Johnson said it was important to showrunner Jenji Kohan that everyone do their own stunts. Even though there’s one scene in particular where, as Gatewood put it” they were “hiding, if you will,” it is absolutely them under those masks. “You might not know it’s us, but it’s definitely us, and we have the bruises to prove it,” she said.Rebekka Johnson, Alison Brie (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)That’s the part about wrestling that always amazes me. Whether it’s real, scripted or done for a TV show like this, wrestling hurts. Falling to the mat like that isn’t easy. Gatewood and Johnson say it’s something they didn’t have a problem with. “Yeah, it hurts a little bit,” Johnson said. “At first, I was really anxious about it, but once you do it, even if it hurts for a second, it’s fine.” It’s like if you were gonna take a hit in any other athletic thing. It hurts a little, and you get over it, and bruises heal, and you feel so much stronger.”Gatewood says what she really loves about wrestling is how much of a team effort it is. “You have to work with your partner. And what I love is that you have to sell how much it hurts. You know, you get bruises, and you get busted up pretty good, but I would rather get hurt for my partner than watch my partner take a hit that hurts.”“When you’re wrestling, it becomes about making sure the other person is safe, and they’re doing the same for you,” Johnson added. “And you’re doing that dance with each other. It’s the safety dance! You’re thinking about your safety and not what your butt looks like in that shot.”At first, they didn’t understand why anyone would go into pro-wrestling if that wasn’t their goal. GLOW is full of people who want to be actresses and models, so why would they agree to get into the ring. “Then I realized we were doing the exact same thing,” Gatewood said. “And not only is it super fun and empowering, but it’s a real bonding experience. So I think I have a deeper appreciation for what [the original GLOW wrestlers] did at the time.”GLOW (Via Netflix)So how accurate is the new show to the original GLOW? Well, since the first season is all about getting to the pilot episode, there isn’t an answer to that question yet. Johnson says one thing the new definitely has in common with the original is heart. “Those girls really cared about it. If you watch the GLOW documentary, they all look back on that as the best time of their lives. I feel that really came through, that they felt so good about what they were doing… our characters loved it and also the actors loved it. So on so many levels, that part is there. Even if it’s not exactly the same wrestlers… the heart is there.”“And so was the Spandex,” Gatewood added.Though the series isn’t yet confirmed for a second season, both actors said they daydream about getting back in the ring. They see their characters continuing to be the show’s rodeo clowns, but Gatewood would like to explore other wrestling personas as well. Given the actors’ background in sketch comedy, it would be a lot of fun to see Dawn and Stacey play with different costumes and characters. They would both also like to see the show explore who Dawn and Stacey are outside of the ring.“We know who they are,” Johnson said. “They are fans of the Sunset Strip. They’re trying constantly to get into different concerts, you know, sleeping with the bouncer or the bouncer’s brother sometimes just to get in.” Gatewood then chimed in with the idea of them sneaking in to see Motley Crue, getting recognized and still not being able to sleep with the band. Johnson also had an idea that Dawn and Stacey would go back to their hair salon, brag about being famous, and have nobody know what they were talking about.They both made it clear that they are ready for anything the writers cook up for season two. (Assuming there is one, as it hasn’t been announced yet.) With their sketch background, it would be cool to see some of the original GLOW’s comedy make it into the show. Johnson and Gatewood said the original show had commercial parodies “like a low-rent SNL” that would poke fun at the show’s sponsors. They did sketches where the referee would go into the locker room and told to get out, and they rapped. Of course, they rapped. It was the ’80s.“Our show is it’s own thing,” said Johnson. “There’s a lot to be inspired by, but it’s not going to be exactly like the real GLOW.”Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson (Photo by Erica Parise/Netflix)Whether or not the series covers that aspect of the original, Gatewood said she thinks their years of working together as a comedy duo was a big part of why they were cast. “Your wrestling persona is much like a sketch persona,” she said. In one particular episode, they were given free range to do whatever they wanted as their characters found who they were in the ring. Johnson said that they would occasionally pitch the writers on jokes for a scene that would make it into the show. GLOW allowed them to use the sketch comedy skills they’ve been working on for years in the ring. Johnson then added, “and behind the scenes, just CRACKING EVERYONE UP!” After a brief back and forth about whether that statement was true, Gatewood settled the debate. “We are on billboards. In everyone’s trailers.” Can’t argue with that.While there was some improvisation on set, the characters’ wrestling personas were created by the show’s writers. Gatewood and Johnson had nothing but great things to say about the writers of GLOW. They described a highly collaborative process where there was a constant dialog between the show’s creators, writers, and actors. “They’re incredible writers,” Gatewood said. “And what’s nice is they do trust their actors with certain things.They did get to create some of their own wrestling characters as part of the audition. That was mostly so they could demonstrate the range of different characters they could play, so none of it ended up in the show. After hearing that, I had to know what they came up with. “We had these pig wrestlers,” Johnson said. “And we had Betty Cracker, and Suzy Homewrecker, and (slipping into a thick Midwest accent) we made up these Midwestern moms, ya know, ‘have you met our friend’s oil and vinegar? THEY DON’T MIX!’” Continuing in her normal voice, she said, “We had an aunt and her badass, 12-year-old niece who was kind of a goth girl.” They apparently came up with too many characters to name all of them, but they did remember coming up with a pair of New Yorkers, which they pronounced with flawless over-the-top Manhattan accents.Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson (Photo via Netflix)As you might expect, working on GLOW gave them both a new appreciation for wrestling. Since the show, they’ve gone to a couple of indie matches and will watch wrestling clips online whenever they start feeling nostalgic for the show. They also spoke very highly of Kia Stevens, who in addition to playing Tammé Dawson on the show is a real-life wrestler. In the ring, she’s known as Amazing Kong, Awesome Kong or Kharma depending on what league she’s performing in. “I watched her after meeting her and could not believe what a badass she was,” Gatewood said. “It got me excited. It kind of demystified wrestling, I don’t know what I thought it was before, I thought it was a bunch of meatheads banging fists and stuff. Then I realized, it’s just a fun soap opera… It’s so athletic, and I have such a deep respect for it now because it’s not only entertainment, it’s super physical, and it’s so respectful as well. ”“Now we’re just dying to go see it more and go do it,” Gatewood said. “Get on that mat! Get in that RING!”Well, with all the buzz GLOW’s first season got, hopefully it won’t be too long before Gatewood and Johnson can get back in the ring for season two. Until then, we can watch our favorite GLOW moments again anytime on Netflix.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekGLOW Brings ’80s Wrestling Back, the Good and the Bad last_img read more

Representative Knopp Agrees To Break Deadlock

first_imgIn 1981, it took 22 days for a permanent speaker to be elected. However, that organization was tenuous and the speaker was later replaced. The 40-member House has 23 Republicans but just 20 of them have been aligned with the GOP caucus. Now, Representative Knopp will make 21 aligned with the majority caucus. As of Tuesday the House has been in session for 29 days, with no speaker and no clear majority. The lack of an organized majority has left the House unable to set up any formal committees or hear a single bill. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp (R-K-Pen) agreed on Monday evening to break the ongoing deadlock in the Alaska House of Representatives. Knopp left the GOP caucus in December, worried it was too small to function well. He has pushed for the parties to work together and form a majority coalition. The House  is scheduled to meet at 10am on Tuesday, and with this announcement could vote to officially elect a speaker. Representative Knopp: “I’m going to be the 21st vote to support a Republican-led coalition or caucus.” last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 18 Partying In Path Near Ristuccia Arena Drugs

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, April 18, 2019:Police came across a suspicious vehicle in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot. Driver was using the restaurant’s wi-fi. (2:20am)Fire Department responded to odor of propane in house on Pineview Road. (8:20am)A Silverhurst Avenue resident reported their trash barrels & recycling barrels were missing. (8:43am)Thais Andrade Ortega Dias (29, Malden) was issued a summons for Speeding and Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle. Vehicle was pulled over on Shawsheen Avenue. (9:07am)Police checked foot path near Ristuccia Arena for possibly people living there between River Street. Police noted people have been drinking and partying there, leaving trash behind. (11:32am)Police located two bags of powdery substance — possibly narcotics — on the ground on Middlesex Avenue. Bags were brought back o the station for testing. (11:40am)A Grove Avenue resident reported various items stolen from her car over the last few months, as well as damage to her car. (6:44pm)(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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 6: Man Golfing On School Field; Homeless Person Living Behind Ristuccia?In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Crocodile creates flutter among villagers in Wanaparthy

first_imgWanaparthy: A crocodile which emerged out of Jurala Left Canal created flutter among the villagers of Moolamalla village of Atmakur mandal in Wanaparthy district on Tuesday. According to villagers, the Jurala Left Canal which had got dried up to dead level at some areas has led the crocodile to come out. As the crocodile roamed along the banks of the canal the people were frightened. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The news of crocodile spread like a wild fire. The villagers immediately informed the police and forest officials about the crocodile. With the help of police and forest officials the villagers tamed the crocodile by tying its mouth with a rope and later left it inside the deep waters of the left canal. “The eight foot long crocodile came out of the canal as the water in the canal at some places has reached the dead level. Because of this it came out. However, the alert villagers along with the forest officials caught it and released it into the canal,” said the Atmakur police.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame directors revealed Game of Thrones ending

first_imgThe Russo Brothers – Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo – who are currently handling Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.Getty ImagesJoe and Anthony Russo cannot talk much about Avengers: Endgame movie but they sure can talk Game of Thrones season 8 ending. The acclaimed directors recently talked about the impending conclusion of HBO’s epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones.We have discussed in the past about the striking similarities between Avengers Endgame movie and Game of Thrones season 8. The creators of these two phenomena are not disclosing anything about the end but Joe and Anthony Russo recently talked about Game of Thrones and how as per them, the season eight will end.While talking to Mashable, Joe revealed that Game of Thrones is a very well-written show and the ending is not going to a predictable one.”That show is so well-written that I can’t imagine it’s going to be predictable. But then I try to go, ‘Well, all right, how is unpredictable going to be satisfying?’ So it’s impossible to say.”That being said, Anthony Russo had a pretty solid answer about Game of Thrones ending. As per him, Winterfell will be completely destroyed (this is what we saw in the recently released trailer) and everyone will have to go to the South, the King’s Landing.”So in your brain, you go, Well, everyone’s going to need a new home at some point, so a satisfying ending can’t be that everyone dies.” Game of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeAnthony Russo can be right about predicting the end of Winterfell. In season seven of Game of Thrones, we saw Night King flying on a dragon and marching towards the North. It won’t be wrong to say that in the very first episode we will get to see the end of Winterfell as we all know it. Even if the Winterfell is destroyed, Jon Snow and others will have to take a quick decision to move to the South or stay there to fight Night King.”Somebody’s gotta get on that throne, in a way, there’s some benevolence moving forward. Otherwise, it’s a really f***ing depressing ending,” Anthony Russo added.Well, no one can simply predict the end of Game of Thrones but as we all know, Joe and Anthony Russo’s are not your usual fans. They have created the Marvel world which we will be talking about for the decades to come, so it won’t be wrong to say that they know a thing or two about writing a good ending.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 is going to air on HBO and Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame movie scheduled to release on April 26.last_img read more