Proposal to cultivate cannabis in Odisha rejected

first_imgA proposal to allow cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes in Odisha was rejected on Tuesday.“Many pharmaceutical industries were approaching us, seeking permission to undertake cannabis cultivation for medicinal use. They also wanted assured supply [of cannabis] from government agencies that can take up cannabis plantation,” said Sushil Kumar Lohani, State Excise Secretary. A high-level meeting was convened to take a call on the proposal at Lokseba Bhawan here.“We had referred the issue to the Law Department for its opinion on whethre cultivation of cannabis can be permitted. The Law Department has formally rejected the proposals, saying there is no such provision under existing laws to grow the illicit crop,” said Mr. Lohani.Clandestine produceaOdisha is one of the leading ganja (cannabis) producing States in India. Clandestine cultivation is flourishing in remote forested areas in the State. Officially, more than 4 crore hemp plants, whose value was estimated at approximately ₹4,000 crore, have been destroyed in the past five years. To curb the plantation of cannabis unlawfully, the State Police, the Excise Department and the Narcotics Control Bureau have intensified enforcement of the law. As many as 13,706,989 hemp plants, whose approximate market value could be estimated at ₹1,370 crore, were destroyed in 2018-19. Similarly, 7,932,006 illicit plants worth ₹793 crore were set on fire in 2017-18.On average, 1,500 hemp plants can be grown in an acre. Upon harvesting, each hemp plant produces least 500 gm of ganja. Locally, the ganja is sold at about ₹2,000 per kg. There is, however, no report on the production of charas, another by-product, by refining parts of hemp plants further, in Odisha.‘Stringent action’“We are taking stringent action against the persons involved in cannabis cultivation and booking them under the strict provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985,” Niranjan Pujari, State Excise Minister, told the Odisha Assembly on Monday.Cannabis plantations are widespread in districts such as Malkangiri, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Boudh, Rayagada, Gajapati, Angul and Nayagarh. Law enforcement agencies have also stepped up action by arresting 1,822 persons and seizing close to 50,000 kg of ganja in the past five years.According to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, cannabis cultivation is illegal. However, many advocate that cannabis can be used in medicines and in the manufacture of fabric. Former Biju Janata Dal MP and editor of the Odia daily Dharitri, Tathagata Satpathy, backs commercial cultivation of crop. Mr. Satpathy even wore a hemp kurta on a visit to Parliament House.last_img read more

Little-known PUP graduate tries luck in PBA Draft

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s overwhelming and I really felt the nerves,” he admitted in Filipino. “But all I’m thinking about is I need to do this because it’s always been my dream to play in the PBA.”The 29-year-old knows his chances of getting drafted are slim, but there’s no harm in trying as he left his job as a sales agent in a car company a year ago to prepare for this draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My coach in PUP told me that I’m already 29 so I should try getting drafted. I really had doubts, but I decided that I should give it a go,” he shared. “Since resigning for my job, all I did was to play basketball and have a better conditioning to be ready for the draft.”Geronimo’s skills were tested in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine as he shared the court with bluechip stalwarts. And although at times, he felt like he was out of place, he was satisfied to be able to keep up with the likes of Ravena and Herndon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Christian Geronimo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLittle-known Christian Geronimo sees him joining the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as his shot to make his dreams come true.Showcasing his talents alongside heralded counterparts, the PUP graduate admitted he was humbled to play with guys like Kiefer Ravena, Jason Perkins, Lervin Flores, and Robbie Herndon.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’ LATEST STORIES “I was still feeling my way. I was nervous, but I’m happy that I was able to play alongside them,” he said.Whether or not he gets selected, Geronimo is already happy that he tried his best to make his dreams come true as he hopes to become an inspiration to fellow lesser-known players in terms of shooting for the stars.“I want to prove that I can play here and I can give inspiration to all who dreams to play in the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Indian sponsors pump money into cricket but wonder why ICC is calling the shots

first_imgSelling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy,Selling point: Hero Honda will bank on Sourav GangulyFor most Indians, its s game. For corporate India, it’s a hot commodity, which, ever since the controversy over player contracts, has only become hotter.A last-minute settlement may have allowed the Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka to proceed sedately but the controversy and the BCCI-ICC row has already thrown sponsors’ plans awry.Ravinder Zutshi, vice-president, Samsung India-which has seven top Indian cricketers appearing in its ads- says the manner in which the controversy is settled will “have a significant bearing on brand endorsement by cricketers in the future”.An attempt by the ice to prevent its official sponsor, South African Airways, from being “ambushed” has left the Indian team without a sponsor after Sahara pulled out. Says Sanjay Lai, executive director, Percept D’Mark, Sahara’s agency: “Forget the money that has been invested. For Sahara, it is an opportunity lost.”With the ongoing Champions Trophy and World Cup 2003 in mind, Indian firms were in campaign mode. Samsung, LG, MRF and Colgate had signed up new cricketers. Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Fiat were putting together mega-budget ad campaigns.Selling point: Samsung has been forced to take off its adNow they are playing half-cock, waiting and watching. Most have decided to abide by the ice contract for the Sri Lankan tour. The “Team Samsung” campaign, for instance, has been taken off.But trouble will surely follow because cricket is a substantial ad-spend area. Industry spend on the game has been rising exponentially. In 1996, the year the World Cup was held in India, it (including ads, endorsements and sponsorships) was Rs 50 crore. By the next World Cup-England, 1999-it had risen to Rs 200 crore. Next year, it is likely to touch Rs 1,000 crore.advertisementInvestment in cricket makes perfect business sense. Says Atul Sobti, senior vice-president, Hero Honda: “Cricket is the only sport where India can be No. 1 and hence the pull.” A recent four-metro survey carried out by Indica Research rated Sachin Tendulkar the top celebrity endorser-bigger than actors Madhuri Dixit, Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan. Says B. Narayanswamy head of Indica: “Tendulkar is the only real hero India seems to have.”When LG tested the waters during the 1999 World Cup, it found its brand awareness zooming. Brand recall rose from 15 per cent to 35 per cent immediately after the Cup. Sales in April-June 1999 were 174 per cent higher than the corresponding period in 1998. Convinced, LG happily paid an estimated Rs 145 crore to be the ice’s “global partner” till World Cup 2007.The ice’s contracts with its official sponsors, who paid a premium for the ambush clauses, run for the 2003 and 2007 Cups and for the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Champions Trophies. They restrict rival endorsements from players during a tour and for 30 days before and after.Star appeal: A market survey rated Sachin Tendulkar as the top celebrity endorserFor the ongoing Champions Trophy the Indian team has got the ice to pare the 30-day period to 18-but the problem is bound to return. For the players, this could potentially mean three months of no endorsements in a World Cup year. Lai terms this “very restrictive”.Nevertheless, if the ice has its way the impact will be significant. Ambush marketing will simply die. In 1996, Pepsi’s “Nothing official about it” campaign featuring top cricketers won more mileage than official sponsors Coke at one-fourth the price.If the ambush marketing clause is successfully pushed through, a company that buys the ice event sponsorship rights will have a virtual ad monopoly in its line of business. Cricketers will see endorsement incomes fall. Yet a lawyer warns that, barring the unpredictable, “a court of law could uphold a petition by cricketers accusing the ice of restricting their trade”.Some sponsors also make the ” nationalist” point. The ice is supposed to sign 12 official sponsors for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. So far it has found only four, three of them Indian.Seventy-five per cent of cricket revenue comes from India but it goes into the ice coffers and is used to promote cricket around the world. “Shouldn’t Indian sentiment be respected?” asks one cricket agent. Patriotism, it seems, is now the last refuge of the sponsor.last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele injures leg, will miss Barca game at Liverpool

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele leaves the pitch after resulting injured during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Miguel RIOPA / AFP)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says that France forward Ousmane Dembele has a leg injury and is unfit to play just two days before its Champions League semifinal at Liverpool.The Spanish champions say on Sunday that tests have confirmed the initial report that Dembele injured a muscle in his right thigh early in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Barcelona did not say how long it expects him to be out, but he was left off its squad to play at Anfield on Tuesday when Barcelona will defend a 3-0 first-leg victory.This is Dembele’s fifth injury since joining Barcelona in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated US crowns men’s, women’s 3-on-3 basketball champs in Vegas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Dembele, 21, has scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for Barcelona this season.Barcelona has already clinched the Spanish league title but will play Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on May 25. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India will be under huge pressure against Pakistan, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgIndia’s 47-run defeat against New Zealand in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 is a setback and they will be under pressure for the rest of the tournament,  Sourav Ganguly said tonight. (Photos)Chasing 127 on a pitch that afforded sharp turn, India lost nine wickets to New Zealand’s spinners and were shot out for 79 in 18.1 overs. Ganguly said India will feel the heat now because it’s a home tournament and they will be constantly reminded of the Nagpur defeat. (MS Dhoni slams batsmen after New Zealand spinners shock India) “It is a setback. India will be under pressure from now on and their match against Australia will be a must-win game,” Ganguly told Sports Today. “The pressure is back on India because it’s their home tournament. They will meet people at airports and hotels and wherever they go, who will remind them of this defeat.” (Scorecard)”India will be under huge pressure against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. It’s a game India now have to win,” said Ganguly. (Here’s how India lost nine wickets to New Zealand spinners in shocking defeat)  However, Ganguly said India still have the potential to progress in the tournament and they had the wherewithal to defeat Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.The pitch came under scrutiny again and Ganguly said the surface was not fit for a T20 game.”Even a Test match would have been over in two-and-half-days or three days at most on this pitch.”The pitch spun miles. I’ve never seen a T20 wicket spin that much in India. The curator got the pitch horribly wrong. I don’t think India expected so much turn here. You couldn’t have played any shots on that surface,” said Ganguly.advertisementBut the former India skipper lauded New Zealand and said the Black Caps had all their bases covered for the tournament.last_img read more

SEE PIC: Nivin Pauly’s fanboy moment with Jyothika

first_imgNivin Pauly, who is known as the modern-day Lalettan, is dominating the Malayalam film industry with back-to-back hits.The Jacobinte Swargarajyam actor was spending quality time with some big names of Tamil, Telugu and Kannada industries at the 63rd Filmfare Awards South, which was held in Hyderabad on June 18. Needless to say, the actor looked dashing in a maroon suit, sporting a Premam-styled beard.ALSO READ: Nivin Pauly teaming up with a newcomer for third Tamil filmALSO READ: Nivin Pauly’s Tamil film is titled Santa MariaAt the award function, Nivin Pauly was spotted having a quick conversation with Tamil actor Jyothika.The Premam actor posted the picture on his facebook page with the caption, “Fan boy moment.”The picture went viral on social media and was liked by more than 1.8 lakh Facebook users within 17 hours.In the picture, actor Jyothika is seen speaking to Nivin by pointing a finger at him, and now, fans are contemplating what the duo might have exchanged. From the picture. it is evident that Nivin Pauly can’t stop blushing.Jyothika, who was the leading actor in the south film industry, took a break after marriage. She made a comeback with 36 Vayathinile (Tamil remake of Malayalam film How Old Are You?), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor Female.Here’s the picture:last_img read more

PhotoAdvisory second, Photos released up to 8.00 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: Aug 20, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL South Dinajpur: BSF distributes food to flood-affected people (B) Budabirmaha (Odisha): Mass screening camp on Malaria and Malnutrition(B) Guwahati: Butterfly on flower(B) New Delhi: Ganesh festival preparations(B) Lucknow: Rajnath Singh in Lucknow(B) Siddharthnagar District : Flood victims wait for rescue and relief(B) Morigaon: Reaching for a safer place(A+B) Morigaon: Drying fishes(A) Jammu: Rohingya Muslims in Jammu(A+B) Morigaon: Fishing in flood waters(B) Patna: Lalu Prasad addresses press(A) Patna: Sushil Kumar Modi addresses press(A) Mumbai : BJP’s New India Pledge event(A) Hubballi : Mohan Bhagwat Hubballi(A) Kolhapur: Prithviraj Chavan at Sadbhavana Rally(A) Kolhapur: Sharad Pawar meets N D Patil(A) Bhubaneswar : Naveen Patnaik welcomed by supporters(A) Nashik: Heavy rains in Nashik(A) Patna: Sushil Kumar Modi flags off flood relief van(A) Kolkata: Elisha Festival in Kolkata(A) Amritsar: Women at disco dance(A) INTERNATIONAL Manila : Elvira Miranda cries at the tomb of her son(B) Bugac : Japanese Prince and his daughte are seen during their visit to a traditional grey cow herd(B) Debrecen : 48th Debrecen Flower Festival in Debrecen(B) SPORTS Dhaka : Australia’s cricket players during a practice session / news conference (B) Freiburg : German Bundesliga soccer match(A) PTI PHOTO GCS UPTO 188 ANBlast_img read more

Hyperledger Project resources for developers

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We offer Aircraft Charter Services in Delhi, Mumbai as well as all over the World.nnVisit us –“ Blockchain: Uses for engineers may happen somedayThe distributed digital ledger technology is making waves in business applications, but not so much for engineering use cases. The technology is still too immature. arrowaircraft says: 3 thoughts on “Hyperledger Project resources for developers” jeewangarg1 says: Basics of blockchain for the IoTBitcoin and the IoT are two of today’s hottest trends, and they find their intersection in blockchain technology. But the blockchain of the IoT is different from the blockchain of Bitcoin. Log in to Reply The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest-growing sectors, a massive number of devices come on-line daily. Each of the devices collects data on-site continuously, which, multiplying by the number of devices, makes data management a significant logistical challenge, especially when many IoT devices are collecting sensitive patient data. In addition, the lack of an established security standard makes these devices even more attractive to hackers. IoT devices need a solution that resists data tampering and increases transparency and accountability.Blockchain technology might be a good fit for meeting the security demands of IoT data management. Best known for its use in Bitcoin, blockchain is a flexible technology used to monitor, verify, and approve transactions in the absence of a central authority. Each block contains a digital fingerprint (hash) and timestamped transactions that have been approved by all the stakeholders and is added to an existing chain of blocks (ledger). The ledger is irreversible and tamper-proof, as the attempts of revision will be visible to all involved parties. As a result, blockchain removes the need of intermediaries, reduces the cost and time needed to record transactions, and avoids duplications, therefore increasing trust between parties and reducing the risk and cost of doing business. Also, the industry believes that by combining IoT and blockchain, you will get better data integration and thus create more business opportunities. (For an introduction, see How blockchain can enhance trust in IoT interactions.)Figure. Blocks in a blockchain contain both cryptographic hashes of their data and a hash of the previous block’s header, creating a chain of data records that cannot be altered without detection. (Source: NIST) While blockchain started with usage between individuals, it needs to scale into enterprise solutions before it can be applied to IoT. Consortia provide a way to share and scale the blockchain technology to address specific industry challenges. Technology-focused consortia aim to solve general problems across various sectors, business-focused consortia form to solve sector-specific problems, and consortia with combined focuses try to do both. Hyperledger is one of the most prominent technology-focused consortium.Overview of the Hyperledger Project Enterprise blockchain solutions need to do several things well. First, they need to be easy to use, fast to develop, and since the data collected by IoT devices will be transferred in and out of different databases that are not adopted for blockchain, interoperability of the solution will be crucial. Also, as connected IoT devices increasingly will need to be able to “talk” to each other via data transfer or commands, interoperability will be critical in this regard.Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation open-source project, works to make the lives of blockchain developers easier with a user-friendly programming interface (API) and software modules that developers can plug and play into their solutions. Starting with 17 companies initially, it has grown to more than 250 members across the world. Just recently, two of the largest enterprise software companies, Microsoft and Salesforce, have joined the Hyperledger community.Active Hyperledger tools include Fabric, Sawtooth, and Indy.In 2017, Fabric became the first platform to be launched by Hyperledger. Initially contributed by Digital Asset and IBM and arguably the highest-profile of the Hyperledger projects, Fabric could act as a plug-and-play foundation for consensus and membership services. Using Fabric on IoT devices might help valuable assets and shipments that the IoT devices are helping to monitor. Also, the consensus function of Fabric control access to data, help maintain data confidentiality and monitor possible data breach.In 2018, Sawtooth became the second to be launched. Contributed by Intel, Sawtooth has a consensus mechanism called Proof of Elapsed Time (PoET), which enables users to reach consensus and validate transactions even though the parties do not know each other. PoET marks the difference between Sawtooth and the conventional permissioned blockchains, which require users to know and trust each other. Sawtooth has seen use in many companies, such as T-Mobile and State Bank of India, whose clients use IoT devices (mainly smartphones) to conduct business.Indy provides tools for creating and using independent digital identities (self-sovereign identity; SSI) that are interoperable across administrative domains and applications. With SSI, participants can determine their roles and trusted parties, so that they retain control of their identity wallet and all other credentials even when their credentials are revoked. As a result, the identity system becomes more flexible, secure, private, cost-effective, and user-friendly. Use cases of Indy include digital documents, secure password-less authentication, spam reduction, membership management, enforcement of age restrictions, invoicing, games, employment verification, and supply chain provenance.In addition to these active tools, many other useful Hyperledger tools are being incubated. These include the following, listed alphabetically:Aries uses the digital identity components from Indy and the security management component of Ursa to make the main identity wallet interoperable with other identity projects. Aries originated from developers from Sovrin Foundation and the Indy community.Burrow , originally contributed by Monax and co-sponsored by Intel, provides a permissioned smart contract interpreter, which tracks and verifies the components of a contract to ensure security.Caliper is a benchmark tool that allows users to measure the performance of a blockchain solution within specific use cases. Huawei, Hyperchain, Oracle, Bitwise, Soramitsu, IBM and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics were the original contributors of Caliper.Cello is a toolkit that helps developers build a blockchain-as-a-service platform more easily with established modules. Initially contributed by IBM, Cello also counts Soramitsu, Huawei and Intel as its sponsors.Composer is a set of collaboration tools for building and testing blockchain business networks.Explorer is a blockchain module designed to increase the user-friendliness of the solution’s web interface for viewing, invoking, deploying or querying the relevant information stored in the ledger. IBM, Intel, and DTCC made the original contribution to Explorer.Grid is geared towards building solutions for supply chain scenarios. The US-based agricultural conglomerate Cargill is investing in Grid with the hope of streamlining the agricultural supply chain with blockchain.Iroha , written in C++, has established a standard set of commands and queries for asset and identity management. Iroha was contributed by Soramitsu, Hitachi, NTT Data and Colu.Quilt address the problem of information transfer between blockchain (distributed) and non-blockchain (non-distributed) systems and helps improve the interoperability between ledgers. NTT Data and Ripple made the initial contribution to Quilt.Ursa is a tool that helps eliminate the duplication of data, thus freeing up storage space. De-duplication will also reduce the amount of data to be transferred and the inherent risk in data transfer, thus increasing data security.The Collaboration between Hyperledger Project and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Hyperledger and Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA), two of the most prominent blockchain consortia, have recently joined forces to bring common standards to the space.EEA has been focusing on developing specifications, while Hyperledger emphasizes on code development and governance; the two organizations have highly complementary capabilities. Also, because they have different systems to control access and reach consensus, their alliance will help improve interoperability between different systems. EEA and Hyperledger have been collaborating on projects such as Burrow, and Sawtooth, and Private Data Objects. To developers, many of whom have participated in both organizations, the alliance is a significant and positive step.Conclusion The growing Hyperledger community provides embedded developers with plenty of development tools to choose from. The various consortia also provide developers with different levels of support including tutorials, platforms to learn and share together. The joining of Hyperledger and EEA has added additional support to the overall development efforts.Moving forward, they will enable Hyperledger developers to write code that conforms to the EEA specification and obtain EEA certification. On the other hand, Ethereum developers can submit their enterprise projects to Hyperledger. For Hyperledger and EEA, there continue to be exciting opportunities for further improving blockchain functions, such as in the areas of identity, privacy, interoperability, scalability, and performance metrics. It is expected that the Hyperledger community will only get larger and fuel the growth of blockchains in the years to come.John Koon ‘s current roles include embedded technology research and publication. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the RTC Magazine and COTS Journal. His current role is a freelance editor/writer working for multiple magazines. He held a BS in engineering (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) and an MBA (San Diego State University) with 20 years of management experience. Check out all the stories in this Special Project on blockchain and the IoT: Blockchain Bolstering the Internet of ThingsBlockchain technology may hold the key to unlocking the IoT’s full potential, but will need to be properly adapted to succeed. We examine how two of the biggest technological trends in recent years are intersecting. July 22, 2019 at 8:23 pm last_img read more

Pragmatic Rory McIlroy plays Open conditions to stay in contention

first_imgRory McIlroy virtually had the putting green to himself as he finished off the preparations for his second round, striding purposefully after a couple of long ones and then a medium-length attempt before he joined his caddie and they headed off for the 1st tee. He looked as if he meant business.It was just after 7.45am, light rain had started a couple of hours earlier and there was room to spare in the stands surrounding the tee-box as he hammered his drive down the right-hand side of the fairway, a good 100 yards beyond those of his playing partners, Marc Leishman and Thorbjørn Olesen, who both opted for irons. Dustin Johnson fights his own game until Carnoustie lands knockout blow Share on Messenger Rory McIlroy hopes teenage mindset will open path to ending drought Rory McIlroy Support The Guardian Since you’re here… “It was just damp enough and cold enough that the game plan that I was trying to adapt to be aggressive and hit driver a lot, I just couldn’t do it,” McIlroy said.“A lot of the fairway bunkers were in play with driver where, if it’s dry and a little warmer, you’re flying those bunkers. With the moisture on the club face and the ball, it wasn’t worth it. So it was a lot more irons off tees and a lot more conservative, but I ended up being the same score [as day one], so I’m pretty pleased with that.”The pace of play, with the three-ball often having to wait to play their second shots from as early as the 2nd fairway – a situation made more difficult by having an amateur shooting eight over in the game ahead and, further in front, Tommy Fleetwood waiting for a ruling by the 6th green – could not have helped, but the trio managed to keep sufficiently dry and fully occupied. The Dane got round in a second successive 70 for a two-under total and Leishman managed a second 72 for two over. The round took them a little over four hours and 40 minutes. Photograph: Paul Childs/X03809 The Open 2018 Share on Facebook McIlroy had spent the earlier part of the week speaking of a desire to display more of the carefree spirit he showed in his younger playing days and admitted that his failure to put up a meaningful battle when in the final pair with Patrick Reed for the fourth round of the Masters and then to some extent his first 18 holes at the US Open, where he shot an 80, had left a mark on him.“Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier,” he said.“This week one of my main thoughts has been just to let it go. I’d rather fail by trying 100% than by sort of holding back and maybe not giving myself the opportunity to do well. So I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging and I’m going to go down giving it my best.“When I did hit driver today I hit it well, so that was a good thing. So if the conditions do change and go back to the way they were on the first day, I’d see myself hitting a lot more drivers. I’m in a great position going into the third day. I feel like I played in the toughest of the conditions and definitely our side of the draw, we had to tough it out a little bit and I’m happy to be in with a shot.” Quick guide The Open 2018: Third round tee times … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Read more Golf The Open He was to miss the birdie putt, as did the other two, and despite several of his tee shots missing the fairways thereafter, one of them at the par-five 6th which ended in the rough on the adjacent 5th before he recovered well but missed a second successive makeable birdie putt, he was to all intents and purposes treading water. Olesen and Leishman had both picked up shots by that stage.That was to change at the 7th and, with the rain getting heavier, he picked up his first shot and three more followed on the back nine, with two bogeys, and he signed for a two-under 69, the same total as on the first day but with his name significantly advanced on the leaderboard. The world No 8 then pronounced himself satisfied with his morning, even though the changing conditions had forced him to abandon the attack-at-all-costs approach he planned to use. European Tour Share via Email Was this helpful? PGA Tour Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read morelast_img read more

Trial begins for exMountie accused of sexually assaulting civilian employee

first_imgVANCOUVER – A retired RCMP inspector sexually assaulted a woman inside a locked washroom at police headquarters in British Columbia, a Crown attorney said at the opening of a provincial court trial on Wednesday.Michelle Booker told the judge hearing the case without a jury that former inspector Tim Shields also sexually harassed the woman at E Division headquarters in Vancouver.“She asked him to stop. The harassment continued,” Booker said of the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban.Booker said the woman, who was a civilian employee, will testify that Shields sexually assaulted her in the fall of 2009 at E Division headquarters in Vancouver.“He did so by kissing her, touching her breasts, exposing himself, touching her hand and placing her hand onto his exposed penis,” she told the court.At the time of the alleged incidents, Shields was in charge of strategic communications and was the public face of the Mounties in the province.He was charged in May 2016 and pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault in July.Shields arrived in court flanked by two lawyers and did not respond to a request for comment.He appeared passive while listening to the proceedings, spending part of the time hunched over writing in a notebook.The Crown called RCMP Sgt. Jeff Wong as the first witness, who described photos he had taken in May 2015 of the Mounties’ former headquarters to assist with an internal investigation.Wong said he was told only that the photos were for a “sensitive situation” involving professional standards. He provided a detailed description of the facility’s washrooms.Retired deputy commissioner Craig Callens said previously the Mounties became aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against Shields in 2013, but an investigation could not proceed because of a lack of evidence. That changed in 2014 after new information came to light, Callens said.Shields was suspended with pay in May of last year and submitted his discharge documents in December, Callens said. The Mounties said at the time his suspension was due to a code-of-conduct investigation.The Crown told the court it expects to call a civilian witness and an RCMP superintendent to testify on Thursday.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Central African Republic President Receives Omar Hilale

Rabat – The President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadéra, received Wednesday in Bangui, Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations and Chair of the Central African Republic (CAR) Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission.On this occasion, Hilale informed President Touadéra of the actions taken by the CAR Configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission to keep the situation in the country on top of the UN’s priorities in New York and to mobilize the international community, both at the political and financial levels, to end the crisis in this country and fund its economic projects, judicial reforms, national reconciliation and the establishment of human rights’ national mechanisms.Ambassador Hilale recalled Morocco’s efforts to assist the Central African Republic, including the support of several government departments. For his part, President Touadéra asked Hilale to convey to king Mohammed VI his fraternal greetings and thanks for Morocco’s constant support to the Central African Republic before, during and after the country’s crisis.In this regard, he expressed his deep gratitude to Morocco for the support and solidarity actions in favor of his country, including the financial contribution to the electoral process and the construction of 100 social housing units.The President also informed Hilale of the decision of his government to grant Morocco’s carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) permanent exemption as part of the distinguished brotherly relations between the two countries. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,350.84, down 113.07 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up nine cents, or 1.55 per cent, to $5.88 on 7.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Up 17 cents, or 0.71 per cent, to $23.97 on 7.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Down 12 cents, or 2.69 per cent, to $4.34 on 7.4 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down nine cents, or 1.84 per cent, to $4.80 on 6.8 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Materials. Down 15 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $6.44 on 6.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up two cents, or 1.16 per cent, to $1.75 on 5.3 million shares.Companies in the news:Air Canada (TSX:AC). Down 26 cents to $43.50. A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class action lawsuit against Air Canada over fuel surcharges. The lawsuit, approved to proceed as a class action Monday, argues the country’s largest airline “illegally overcharged its customers” by more than double the cost of fuel on some flights. Michael Vathilakis, the petitioners’ lawyer, said Air Canada misrepresented the stated purpose of the surcharge, which was to partially offset the fluctuating price of jet fuel. Air Canada said Tuesday it disagrees with the allegations.Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR). Unchanged at $7.68. The head of Chorus Aviation Inc. is playing down questions about how the sale of Bombardier Inc.’s CRJ Series aircraft will affect the company’s leasing business, which continued to make strides last quarter. Joe Randell noted Tuesday that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., which bought the floundering regional jet program from Bombardier in June, scooped up the maintenance and marketing activities for the CRJ — though not its manufacturing operations — as part of the $550-million deal. Chorus, which leases planes across the globe and provides regional service for Air Canada, signed an agreement in February for nine more CRJs.Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Up nine cents to $16.84. An independent proxy advisory firm is urging Transat shareholders to support the proposed $720-million takeover of the tour operator by Air Canada. Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. recommended on Sunday that shareholders vote in favour of the deal based on the original price of $13 per share and reiterated its support when Air Canada boosted its offer to $18 per share or about $200 million more. ISS says the acquisition by Canada’s largest airline is supported by the significant premium and certainty of the all-cash offer, execution risks associated with other alternatives and the sale process that gave other bidders time to submit superior offers.Brookfield Business Partners (TSX:BBU.UN). Up $1.26 or 2.7 per cent to $47.92. Brookfield Business Partners has signed a deal to buy a controlling interest in Genworth MI Canada Inc. for $2.4 billion. Under the deal, Brookfield has agreed acquire 48.9 million shares, or a roughly 57 per cent interest, in the business from the Virginia- based parent company Genworth Financial Inc. at a price of $48.86 per share. Genworth Canada is a private provider of mortgage default insurance for Canadian residential mortgage lenders. The Canadian Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN officials condemn beach resort attacks

United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks that reportedly killed at least 14 civilians and wounded many in Côte d’Ivoire’s beach resort town of Grand Bassam earlier today.“The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attacks carried out today in three hotels in the town of Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire,” Mr. Ban’s spokesman said in a statement, adding that “he expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the people and Government of Côte d’Ivoire and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”Mr. Ban reiterates the UN’s commitment to stand with the people of Côte d’Ivoire at this difficult time and extends his full support to the Government in its efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice, the spokesman added.A condemnation also came from the UN tourism agency.“We are appalled by this horrible act of violence,” World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said in a statement. “Our thoughts at this difficult moment are with the families and friends of the victims and the people of Côte d’Ivoire.”He said UNWTO reaffirmed its full support and confidence in the West African nation’s tourism sector which has been growing over the last years.“We trust that tourism will continue to play a key role in advancing development in Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, noting that the country’s commercial capital of Abidjan will host a 19-21 April meeting for the 58th UNWTO Commission for Africa and the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Conference & Symposium. read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for matchup with No 22 West Virginia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston goes for a 2-point shot while VCU freshman guard #13 Brittani Burgess and sophomore guard #14 Adaeze Alaeze try to intercede in the first half of the OSU Women’s basketball game against VCU November 23, 2014. OSU went on to win 96-86.With the Big Ten season around the corner, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is set to end its non-conference season on a high note against No. 22 West Virginia.The Buckeyes (7-4) and Mountaineers (9-1) are set to complete a home-and-home series dating back to last season, in which the Buckeyes won in Morgantown, W.Va., 70-61. Following that game, the Mountaineers would go on to win 17 of their next 18 games.Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper said she hopes to make a big impact in her first game for the Buckeyes.“I’m looking to bring a lot of energy, a lot more rebounding,” Cooper said.Cooper, a transfer from Georgetown, had to sit out until the end of fall semester due to NCAA transfer rules. In the two games she played for the Hoyas in 2013, she totaled 32 points and 17 rebounds.She spoke highly of her own defense, which will likely be needed against a deep Mountaineer frontcourt.“I’m more like the muscle of the team,” Cooper said. “I’m the one that’s going to get those rebounds, like when we played Pitt and we needed that one rebound.”The Mountaineers frontcourt starts with 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore center Lanay Montgomery, who has totaled 66 rebounds in 10 starts this season.OSU coach Kevin McGuff said he was glad to have Cooper as an eligible player on the team.“It’s good to have her now,” McGuff said. “It’s good to have another body.”At 6-foot-2, Cooper provides depth, especially since the Buckeyes starting lineup is currently comprised of four guards and only one forward.One of those guards, junior Ameryst Alston, is looking forward to playing with Cooper for the first time.“Definitely, really excited to have her back,” Alston said.  “I’m really looking forward to playing with her finally, like in an actual game.”Alston said that Cooper’s presence is also important both offensively and defensively.“She’s definitely going to bring energy, for sure,” she said. “She’s such a physical player, so that’s definitely something that we need, as far as rebounding.”In addition to Cooper’s eligibility, freshman forward Alexa Hart was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, her first weekly award. Alston was also named to the Big Ten Honor Roll.With a win, the Buckeyes would be on a four-game winning streak heading into conference play. That would be the longest of the season and would be a tie for the longest in the past two seasons under McGuff.The game against the Mountaineers is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start on Monday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Embarrassment for English National Opera as muchhyped Blackpool venue spurns them for

first_imgA scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan Credit:Tristram Kenton “We provisionally agreed dates with ENO for May 2017 but then had other approaches from show producers for these dates. As we look to maximise our diary occupancy we considered all the options and consequently, we are now looking to schedule ENO in 2018.” “They have now asked us to postpone our planned schedule of performances next year with a view that these will take place in 2018.”Given that this is an important collaboration for us we have agreed to postpone our planned performances.”A spokesman for Blackpool Winter Gardens said: “Bringing the ENO to Blackpool Opera House is certainly something that is very exciting and we have talked extensively with their team about this.  It has not yet confirmed which show is to be scheduled in its place, with listings currently showing just a ballroom dancing festival in a different part of the hall. The announcement will be seen as a further blow to ENO, which has been wracked with troubles in the last few years.Its recent plans have seen it find novel ways to boost its finances, including cutting its number of full-scale productions, renting its home at the London Coliseum out to musicals for a lucrative summer season, and leaving the capital “for the first time in many years”.  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. Daniel Kramer, ENO’s new artistic diretor The Mikado was to see the ENO chorus – which went on strike over pay and conditions earlier this year – perform together in what may have proved a costly exercise to transport the full staging to Blackpool.The company’s management have previously been criticised for its artistic decisions, but have emphasised stringent cuts are essential to ensure the company’s survival after it was placed in special measures by the Arts Council. A spokesman for ENO said: “Earlier this year the Opera House at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool and Blackpool Council invited us to perform The Mikado in Spring 2017.  English National Opera has been forced to postpone its much-hyped season of The Mikado in Blackpool next year, after the regional venue got a better offer. ENO have admitted the invitation to perform for ten nights at the Blackpool Winter Gardens in Spring 2017 had not been followed through, despite being widely publicised by the opera company earlier this year.In a statement bound to cause red faces, ENO said it had been asked to postpone Jonathan Miller’s The Mikado until an unspecified date in 2018.A spokesman for the Winter Gardens said it had provisionally agreed dates for the show, but had since enjoyed approaches from other producers for the dates in May.center_img Daniel Kramer, ENO's new artistic diretor  Cressida Pollock, CEO of ENO The Mikado performed by the English National Opera: Robert Murray as Nanki-Poo, and Richard Stuart as Ko-KoCredit:Alastair Muir  Cressida Pollock, CEO of ENO A scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan  The Mikado performed by the English National Opera: Robert Murray as Nanki-Poo, and Richard Stuart as Ko-Kolast_img read more

South Australia leads the way with community and stakeholder code

first_imgThe South Australian (SA) resources industry has taken a lead in recognising and responding to a growing expectation from community, regulators and industry leaders for more open engagement with the public. It has developed a Code of Practice for Community and Stakeholder Engagement, which has been launched in Adelaide. All companies involved in the SA resources industry including minerals, oil and gas and extractive sectors are eligible to sign the code, which is intended for all stages of resource projects including exploration, development and production, mine closure and rehabilitation. South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) Chief Executive, Jason Kuchel, said that the resources industry, through its peak body SACOME, had been proactive in developing principles and guidelines for community engagement. “The industry recognises it is not enough to do just the bare minimum when it comes to engaging with the communities in which they work,” Kuchel said.“We have developed this code of practice and guidelines for resources companies committed, or planning to commit to best practice when they engage with communities.”The code is designed to encourage resource industry companies to:Establish meaningful relationships with their stakeholders and communities to improve decision-making related to their activitiesGain local knowledge about a range of issues that could be important to an exploration or mining proposal or projectReduce concern, doubt or confusion in the community that may otherwise exist in relation to such a proposal or projectDemonstrate a level of community understanding and support sometimes known as the ‘social licence to operate’Meet regulatory expectations.Kuchel: “We know what happens when community engagement is not adequately conducted. Some resources companies have learnt the hard way that community engagement must be conducted well and communities engaged from the very first moment that any activity is scheduled to take place. Those companies that embrace the principles expressed in the code now have another way to demonstrate commitment to their communities and stakeholders.“We hope that having now developed this code of practice and guidelines, that the South Australian resources industry can lead the nation in best practice community engagement.”The first companies expected to sign the code included BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources and Toro Energy, demonstrating and recording their commitment to effective community engagement.The Code of Practice for Stakeholder and Community Engagement and guidelines are available on the SACOME website at read more

Modder turns mechanical keyboard into Rasberry Pipowered computer

first_imgRecently there has been a number of examples of how the Raspberry Pi‘s small size and low cost can be leveraged to create incredible forms of small form-factor computing. Just last week we saw the RasPi embedded into a battery grip so it could supercharge a DSLR camera. That was an ideal use for the $35 computer, but it’s far from the only notable application we’ve seen. Another clever modder has gotten the RasPi and put it inside a mechanical keyboard, making for a Commodore 64-like computer-and-keyboard-in-one.This mod, as per the original German article, paired the Raspberry Pi with a Cherry G80-3000 keyboard. The G80 is a popular choice with typing enthusiasts because it’s affordable (under $90), widely available, and uses Cherry’s mechanical MX switches. These are the popular Cherry Blue and Brown switches that are used in Razer Black WidowBest Price at Amazon and the Das Keyboard.With a great keyboard chosen the next task was to fit the Raspberry Pi inside. The tiny computer was placed in the rear of the keyboard, under the F5-F8 keys. It was located there so that the HDMI port would be available from the outside, after a little bit of dremel work. This placement meant that the HDMI port could be used, but the power, USB, secondary video, and ethernet ports would have to be extended to other parts of the case. That’s not hard to do with USB, but it clearly took some work for the rest. For the time being the system has no audio, but that could be added later or handled through USB.While the RaspCherry Pi mod has some rough edges — for example the RasPi board is held in place with a few pieces of foam so that it can easily be accessed if the SD card need to be swapped and the heatspreader was salvaged from an old laptop — but it’s a practical weekend project that combines two of our favorite things. It’s exactly the type of mod that has created so much enthusiasm around the RasPi.Preamp (translated), via Hackadaylast_img read more

Apple fixes its Podcasts app but too much damage has already been

first_imgI just did something that I thought I would never, ever do: I reinstalled Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS. As a dedicated podcast listener I had waited for years for Apple to break podcasts out of iTunes and give them a seat at the premium app table. To my own detriment I avoided third-party podcast apps so that I could sync my Windows version of iTunes with my iPhone — wirelessly when the stars aligned and iTunes WiFi Sync worked — and because I assumed things would work better when I kept all my listening within Apple’s tools. Then, finally, Apple released an app just for podcasts… and it was terrible.Podcasts has been a major disappointment for me and many other iOS-using podcast fans. When it shipped in June 2012 the app was a buggy embarrassment — it crashed frequently, podcast downloads were missed, restarts were required after pausing, it was slow, and users tore it apart in their reviews. Since that time Apple has updated it multiple times, but Podcasts never received the overhaul that was required. Yesterday Apple revised the app once again, but this new release should actually make a difference.This update (to v1.2) made a few design changes — the reel-to-reel player is gone, replaced with a simpler, less life-like Now Playing screen — custom stations were added, and there is also iCloud-based syncing so that your podcasts, stations, and progress will be synced across your iOS devices. A major bug was fixed as well, so that when you resume playing playback after leaving the app and coming back to it, your podcast will actually play again (before you had to close out and restart the app). So, basically, the app is without showstopping bugs now and it has a few nice perks that were not available before.Months ago I got fed up with Podcasts, moved over to InstaCast, and never looked back (well, until today). It’s still the most-used app on my iPhone and while some people may scoff at the $5 price tag, it’s the best $5 I’ve ever put into the App Store. The app is stable, reliable, packed with features, and when I get on to the subway I can be sure that my podcasts will have downloaded. It was always excruciating to step away from WiFi only to see that Podcasts had not updated and I was stuck re-listening to old versions of On The Media and RadioLab.Podcasts is free, and it has subscriptions, syncing, and a good discovery system for finding new material, but I can’t see going back at this point. If you are new to podcasting or you are not a particularly demanding user Podcasts should be fine, but after having been frustrated by the app many, many times I’m taking a pass.[And before anyone tells me and other people to stop complaining about a free app, let’s remember that Apple may not care about podcasting but it’s still a core part of iTunes. It’s very much in the company’s interest to support this content as iTunes is the main place to get it. Additionally, apps like Podcasts are part of what buyers expect from their mobile operating system — they may seem free, but the cost is just built into the price we initially pay for the device.]From the archives: New version of iTunes to support podcastslast_img read more

Distracting and destabilising Leo Varadkar says everyone is waiting on a decision

first_img By Rónán Duffy ‘Distracting and destabilising’: Leo Varadkar says ‘everyone is waiting’ on a decision from Enda Regina Doherty thinks the Taoiseach should be given space to make his own decision. 21,150 Views Share577 Tweet Email Feb 18th 2017, 6:30 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM 126 Comments Updated 6.30pmMINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection, Leo Varadkar, has issued a statement this evening urging Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the current leadership situation of Fine Gael.He said that, although he has “full confidence” in Kenny to settle the issue, everyone was waiting to hear him have his say on if, and when, he will step down as Taoiseach and leader of the party.He said: “Everyone is waiting to hear from the Taoiseach.The current situation is distracting and destabilising for the government, the party and the country. I have full confidence in the Taoiseach to settle it.Earlier today, Fine Gael’s Chief Whip said that she can “categorically guarantee” that there’s no orchestrated campaign to unseat Enda Kenny and replace him with a new leader.Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne, Regina Doherty called for Kenny to be given respect “as a human being” to make his own decision regarding his future. Regina Doherty says Enda Kenny has her support to make his own decision. Source: Eamonn Farrell/“He has done a tremendous amount for us in Fine Gael and just for that, if for no other reason, he deserves the due respect and regard to give him the bit of space to talk to his friends and his family to make decisions himself,” Doherty said.“This man is an inherently decent man,” the Meath East TD added.“At the very least have respect for him as a human being, let him go home to his family, his loved ones, his friends and close colleagues to have a conversation.”The ongoing debate about Kenny’s future comes after his some party TDs have begun calling publicly for him to step down.Alan Farrell TD yesterday called Kenny’s position “untenable” but Doherty said she was opposed to TDs putting ultimatums on front of the party leader.“Don’t start this second guessing business or this even blackmailing business because it’s unedifying and actually we’re better than that,” she said.In a move that was seen by many as a starting gun in the leadership contest, senior ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney told the Fine Gael parliamentary party this week that members need to be prepared for an election should one arise. Ministers Frances Fitzgerald, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. Source: Brian Lawless/PA ArchiveDoherty denied, however, that she’s seen any evidence that either man is eager to begin the contest proper.“From my interactions none of the declared, even though there are none declared, but the obvious candidates. They are not impatient in the sense of drawing them or putting markers down for next Wednesday,” she said.Responding to reports that Varadkar was behind moves to have other TDs withdraw support for Kenny, Doherty says nothing so organised is taking place.“There is no orchestrated campaign kicked off yet, I can absolutely categorically guarantee that. It hasn’t, I have not witnessed it.”There may be people cuddled in corners, I had lunch with four people the other day and we laughed about saying we’ll get a bad name for sitting at this table. It’s at that level.With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: How does Fine Gael go about electing a new leader? >Read: ‘I’m focused on my job as leader of the country’: Kenny refuses to say when he’s stepping aside > Short URLlast_img read more

Bad Bunny Adds SecondLeg Dates To His X100Pre North American Tour

first_img Facebook Email Bad Bunny Adds Dates To X100Pre Tour bad-bunny-adds-second-leg-dates-his-x100pre-north-american-tour Twitter Bad Bunny Adds Second-Leg Dates To His X100Pre North American Tour News The rising star of reggaeton and Latin trap extends his buzz-heavy run into fall 2019Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2019 – 2:28 pm Breakout Puerto Rican sensation Bad Bunny announced the second leg of his X100Pre Tour via Billboard, revealing 12 new dates from Boston on Oct. 25 to Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 8. The tour, currently in the midst of leg one, has generated much buzz for its upbeat message, interactive elements, stage design and suprise special guests such as fellow GRAMMY nominee J Balvin. Balvin and Bad Bunny were nominated together for Record Of The Year for the 61st GRAMMY Awards for their collaboration with Cardi B on “I Like It.”Bad Bunny’s stock continues to rise, and he’s bringing Latin trap with him, as his list of collaborators also includes GRAMMY winners Drake, Will Smith, and Marc Anthony.You can catch Bad Bunny on the road now, and tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the general public on April 12. How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Maplast_img read more