Over 5 crore to vote in West Bengal panchayat polls amid tight security

first_img Around 70,000 State police personnel along with 80,000 civic volunteers and 1,500 police personnel from Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be deployed for the rural polls. According to a senior official of the State Election Commission (SEC), there will be one armed police personnel in each polling booth.About 1.15 lakh candidates are in the fray in the three-tire Panchayat polls.“Barring the uncontested seats at the gram panchayat level, there are 31,789 seats and 92,204 candidates; for the 6119 panchayat samity seats there 20,535 candidates are in the fray; 2872 candidates will compete for 621 zilla parishad seats,” the SEC official said. About 35% of the 58,792 seats in the rural polls are uncontested.The filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls from April 2 to April 9 and then on the extended date on April 23, were marred by violent clashes between cadre of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and workers of Opposition parties resulting in the death of several people.A legal battle was also fought over the rural body polls with Opposition parties approaching both the Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court against the alleged terror tactics of the TMC and the SEC’s inaction.Meanwhile Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the “State administration will leave no stones unturned (to ensure peaceful polls.” She also said the State administration will be “pro-active” to prevent any untoward incidents during the rural polls.Mamata assures peace“State administration is always with the people to ensure peaceful polls and will be pro-active,” said Ms. Banerjee.On the arrest of former Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam for the alleged murder of a villager in South 24 Paraganas, Ms Banerjee said, “Arabul is also one of our zilla parishad candidates. Even then we arrested him regardless of his political affiliation.” SC stays Calcutta High Court order on West Bengal panchayat polls Panchayat elections in West Bengal will be held on Monday across 20 districts amid tight security. About 5.08 crore voters —74% of total electors in the State — will cast their votes.Also Readlast_img read more

Ramlila enacted in Japan’s bustling capital Tokyo

first_imgThe colossal effigy of Ravana in Tokyo: Shared symbolismBang in the middle of a concrete jungle, ringed by super expressways and multi-storeyed buildings, stood a colossal effigy of Ravana. The 15 m figure was brightly coloured, complete with 10 scowling heads and 20 threatening arms.The 14,000 sq m maidan in,The colossal effigy of Ravana in Tokyo: Shared symbolismBang in the middle of a concrete jungle, ringed by super expressways and multi-storeyed buildings, stood a colossal effigy of Ravana. The 15 m figure was brightly coloured, complete with 10 scowling heads and 20 threatening arms.The 14,000 sq m maidan in which it stood was festooned with banners and streamers, lined with stalls and at one end was the stage on which the Ramlila would be enacted. Everything about the festivities was normal – except that it was taking place in Japan’s bustling capital, Tokyo.That detail apart, it was Dussehra as usual. Two thousand people of all faiths – Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Zoroastrians – had gathered, along with several Indian and Japanese dignitaries to watch the burning of Ravana.The programme started with 20 minutes of kirtan, which the audience was urged to join in, Dr Chizuko Wakabayashi, an authority on Indian philosophy, spoke of India as the spiritual motherland of Japan as Buddhism had originated there.Common Symbol: Rameshwar Swami Maharaj, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, gave an explanatory speech on the significance of Dussehra. The festival is probably the most appropriate one to hold in Japan as there too the burning of an effigy symbolises the vanquishing of evil. The Japanese touch was also given to the food served to the crowd – it was packed in the local obento boxes.The festivities culminated with brief extracts from the Ramayana being enacted on the stage, ending with the battle between Rama and Ravana. The climax was enthralling, with Ravana running away in fear through the aisle; past the audience to where the effigy stood.advertisement Rama in hot pursuit shot an arrow transforming the effigy into a flaming column which exploded with dazzling fireworks while the chorus chanted Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. The evening was rounded off with the film, Ramayana, dubbed in English, being screened.K.K. Punjabi, the president of the Shri Satya Sai Baba Centre in Tokyo, was the driving force behind the festival as well as the sole financier of the affair that cost roughly Rs 3 lakh. Born in Jaipur, Punjabi comes from a family of jewellers and runs a successful diamond business in Tokyo. Apart from being actively involved in promoting India’s image in Japan, he has also founded the Sai Baba Centre two years ago.When asked why this celebration had been termed a cultural event, Punjabi replied: “If you look at our cultural history you will see that most temple festivals took place on the temple premises. Next to the temple there was always a big field or a stage for sport and drama. So, religion and culture are closely interlinked. One does not know where to draw the line.” And if this Dussehra festival is anything to go by, the two spheres merged most successfully in Tokyo.last_img read more

Rangers Beat Oilers, 3-0, For 3d Straight

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — Henrik Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season was a breeze. Lundqvist made 16 saves, and the New York Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Dec. 14.“It was not a very tough game for me, but they had a few chances here and there,” Lundqvist said. “We were patient. We felt like they were playing not to make any mistakes and were staying back. They were waiting for us to make mistakes so that they could counter. But we did a good job of playing a smart hockey game.“We just stuck with the game plan and let our chances come to us. I thought we were the better team the whole game, but at the same time it was still a one-goal game for most of it.”Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin scored for New York (14-10-4), which has won three straight and five of seven. Lundqvist also had 29 saves in a Dec. 13 5-1 victory at Vancouver.“I was happy when they told me I was going in again,” he said. “I am used to getting into a mental flow where you don’t have to work to get focused, but when you don’t play as much you have to work a little harder at that.”The Oilers (7-19-5) have lost four in a row and 15 of 16 overall. “When you put only 16 shots on net, it’s tough to win and it showed tonight,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said.Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said the Rangers put up a bit of a brick wall.“It was a tough night it seemed to get anything going,” he said. “It was one of those, it looked like a game where you’re watching paint dry. Both teams were being fairly responsible. The Rangers a few years ago took on that mentality of shot blocking where nothing was ever going to get through. It seemed like they were able to block a ton of shots and we weren’t able to get them through.”The Rangers grabbed the lead when Girardi’s pass through the crease hit the skate of Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello and went past goaltender Ben Scrivens at 16:04 of the first.It was the 21st time in 31 games that the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game. Rick Nash picked up an assist on the play, running his point streak to a career-high 10 games.“He’s been one of our most consistent performers on both ends of the rink,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “In this league you have to be able to score, but you also have to be able to defend and he has done a really good job in both ends of the ice for us.”Hagelin added an empty-net score with 22 seconds remaining. Scrivens finished with 20 stops.Despite a limited amount of action around his net, Lundqvist did make a point-blank save on Oilers defender Jeff Petry with four minutes to play in the second.Lundqvist bailed out his defenders with another big save in close on Taylor Hall with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.Both teams play again on Dec. 16. The Rangers travel to Calgary to face the Flames and the Oilers begin a two-game road swing against the Arizona Coyotes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OnePlus 6T to launch soon, spotted on ECC certification site

first_imgOnePlus co-found Carl Pei had said that they will launch the T version of the OnePlus 6 only if there’s some new technology to offer to the consumers. Looks like OnePlus has a whole new bunch of features to give to its fans and hence has started working on its next flagship, which most likely will be called the OnePlus 6T. As tradition goes like, OnePlus usually launches its T phones around November every year, and chances are the ritual may not change for the OnePlus 6T too. Rumours about the 6T have already started flooding the internet and it seems the phone will come with some of the latest trends like the waterdrop screen, triple cameras on the rear, in-display fingerprint sensor, among others. Amidst all the rumours, some sort of a confirmation comes to light as OnePlus 6T gets certified by Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), meaning the phone is actually in works.First spotted by phonecorridor.com, an upcoming OnePlus phone has made its way to the EEC certification site. The certification doesn’t reveal the name of the phone, but following the track record of the OnePlus, chances are high that it is going the OnePlus 6T. ECC doesn’t reveal a lot of details about the OnePlus phone, all it highlights the model number of the handset. The upcoming OnePlus phone aka the OnePlus 6T will have a model number A6013.Several renders and rumours about the OnePlus 6T have leaked online in the past few weeks. Looks like, as far as the design is concerned, the 6T will be quite similar to that of the recently launched Oppo R17 and the F9 Pro. The smartphone is tipped to come with waterdrop like notch and have triple cameras on the back panel.advertisementGoing by the previously renders by tipster Waqar Khan, the 6T will sport vertically aligned dual cameras placed in the middle of the rear cover, and right below them will be the third camera in a separate housing. Below the third camera will be the LED flash. There’s no fingerprint sensor on the back panel as seen on the OnePlus 6, which means there are high chances that the phone will either come with a front sensor or in-display fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ: This could be the OnePlus 6TAs far as the specs are concerned, the OnePlus 6T, similar to that of the Oppo R17, will come with a 6.4-inch AMOLED display. On the front, the OnePlus 6T is said to boast much slimmer bezels than the OnePlus 6, however, the chin will be slightly thicker in comparison. The back cover of the 6T is said to be made of glass just as the OnePlus 6. Under the hood, the OnePlus 6T is said to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and run Android 9 Pie software.last_img read more

Paralympic Committee of India playing dirty politics, alleges Asian Championship medallist

first_imgAditya Mehta, a para-cyclist and an Asian Championship medallist has alleged two para-athletes, who have been training hard, are not being allowed to represent India at the upcoming Asian Para Games 2018. Both cyclists were supposed to fly out of the country in two days’ time.”At one end, Sports Minister of India Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been supporting our athletes to WIN for the country and at the other end, Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) isn’t supporting the same athletes and crushing their dreams and aspirations by playing very dirty politics. The body which should be supporting and helping the athletes has TURNED AGAINST THEM,” Aditya Mehta told India Today.Aditya, who also runs the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF), a non-profit organisation which provides aid to people with disabilities to pursue sports, said the Indian Para-Cycling team has submitted forms and documents of four participants – Harinder Singh, Kaigoulal, Gurlal Singh, Divij Shah for the upcoming Asian Para Games to represent India, well within the deadline but Gurlal and Divij did not get the accreditation due to lack of support from the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).”All four athletes have been training extremely hard over the last six months to win for India. They’ve purchased equipment and products which cost more than Rs 4 lakh – all self-funded with no help from PCI,” a disappointed Aditya said.Aditya also alleged that when they approached the Paralympic Committee of India, which is handling the processes for this event, they got ‘NO RESPONSE’ from the committee.advertisement”At one end, the Ministry states #KheloIndia… now that the athletes are ready to win for the country, there’s no scope for these two cyclists to Khelo (play) for the country and win medals for it.” Aditya claimed and added they have all the evidence to prove this apathy.Aditya, dejected with the developments wondered whether para-athletes are even part of this country. “Don’t we have the right to participate? Are we, as Para- bodies meant to die out of regret and shame of not getting the opportunities to represent and win for the country only because of lack of concern and commitment by certain individuals??”Isn’t it the job of these individuals to support us in our sporting careers? Why is it that they are pulling us down instead of helping us reach our potential?! Is this the reason why India fails to shine at almost every International competitive event?”Meanwhile, Aditya is also seeking intervention from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Sports Ministry in the matter.last_img read more

India vs Belgium Hockey World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch on Hotstar, Star Sports

first_imgIndia take on higher-ranked Belgium in a crucial Pool C match of Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Having won their opening match of the tournament 5-0 against South Africa, India will be heading into what is being billed as the “virtual quarter-final” with a lot of confidence. On the other hand, Belgium were made to work hard for their 2-1 win by lower-ranked Canada in their Pool C opener.Coach Harendra Singh is confident that India will come up with another all-round performance against the Red Lions but history doesn’t favour the hosts. In 19 meetings since 2013, India have won only five times and have lost 13.However, at World Cups, India have a better record as they have beaten Belgium twice in three meetings. Their last meeting at the Champions Trophy earlier this year ended in a 1-1 draw.What time does the Hockey World Cup Pool C match between India and Belgium start?Hockey World Cup Pool C match between India and Belgium starts 7 PM IST on December 2, Sunday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.What time does the Hockey World Cup Pool C match between Canada and South Africa?Hockey World Cup Pool C match between Canada and South Africa starts at 5 PM IST on December 2, Sunday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.What TV channel and live stream is the Hockey World Cup between India and Belgium Africa Live Streaming on?Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD in English commentary. Hotstar too will live stream India vs Belgium match.advertisementWhere will the Hockey World Cup between India and Belgium be played?The Hockey World Cup between India and Belgium will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 7 PM IST.Where will the Hockey World Cup between Canada and South Africa be played?The Hockey World Cup between Canada and South Africa will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 5 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Belgium and Canada vs South Africa Hockey World Cup matches live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on Hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Belgium and Canada vs South Africa Hockey World Cup matches?You can follow all the live updates of the match between Belgium vs Canada and India vs South Africa from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the Hockey World Cup between India and Belgium?India:Coach: Harendra SinghGoalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, Krishna Bahadur PathakDefenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit RohidasMidfielders: Manpreet Singh (capt), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (vice-capt), Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, SumitForwards: Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Simranjeet SinghBelgiumCoach: Shane McLeodVincent Vanasch, Loic Van Doren, Arthur De Sloover, Arthur Van Doren, Loïck Luypaert, Alexander Hendrickx, Gauthier Boccard, Emmanuel Stockbroekx, Simon Gougnard, John-John Dohmen, Victor Wegnez, Felix Denayer, Sébastien Dockier, Cédric Charlier, Tom Boon, Thomas Briels, Florent van Aubel, Nicolas De KerpelWhat are the squads for the Hockey World Cup between Canada and South Africa?CanadaCoach: Paul BundyBalraj Panesar, Brandon Pereira, Gordon Johnston, Scott Tupper, Keegan Pereira, Matthew Sarmento, Iain Smythe, James Kirkpatrick, Oliver Scholfield, Antoni Kindler, David Carter, Mark Pearson, Sukhi Panesarbc, Gabe Ho-Garcia, John Smythe, Richard Hildreth, Brenden Bissett, Jamie WallaceSouth AfricaCoach: Mark HopkinsTim Drummond, Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne, Julian Hykes, Gowan Jones, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Rassie Pieterse, Austin Smith, Nic Spoonerlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer likely to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia are likely to call in either Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant to replace Shikhar Dhawan who has been ruled out of World Cup 2019 after he fractured his thumb during his match-winning 117 against Australia at The Oval on Sunday.Shikhar Dhawan has scored 6 hundreds for India in World Cups and Chamions Trophies and his injury is a big blow. KL Rahul will most likely replace Dhawan at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma for India’s third match of the World Cup against New Zealand on June 13.According to sources, it is learnt Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be called up if India do name a replacement. It is not yet known whether Dhawan will stay on in England after his scan reports came in.Rishabh Pant’s omission from the World Cup came as a big surprise to many. Pant, in fact, said he was disappointed after he was not selected but admitted he moved on during the Indian Premier League to focus on strong performances for Delhi Capitals.Meanwhile, Pant’s Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer is also a contender to replace Dhawan in England.Ambati Rayudu is in the deginated standys list along with Pant but the team management might push for Mumbai batsman and India A captain Shreyas Iyer as he is a specialist No.4 batsman. Iyer is currently in England.Dhawan is being assessed by Patrick Farhart and specialists are being consulted right now to get a clear idea on his availability.Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury during the clash against Australia and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs. He underwent scans here in which the fracture came to light.advertisementAlso Read | Injured Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 for 3 weeksAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumblast_img read more


first_imgHy-Vee Foods says it’s aware of reports that hacked customer account information is being sold online.The company says credit and debit card information of some Hy-Vee customers is being sold on an internet site for $17 to $35 apiece.Hy-Vee is working with payment card networks to identify the cards and work with issuing banks.Hy-Vee acknowledge earlier this month that it detected unauthorized activity on some of its payment processing systems linked to card payments at Hy-Vee restaurants, fuel pumps and drive-thru coffee shops.The company doesn’t believe the breach extended to payments systems used inside its grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores.last_img read more

Champions League 2017-18: how will your club do this season?

first_imgFootball Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Champions League Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp The Champions League group stage is now just over a week away. Just like last year teams from 17 countries make up the final 32, with Liverpool one of five English sides making it through this year, Russia represented by both CSKA and Spartak Moscow, German newcomers RB Leipzig making their competition debut while Qarabag, Maribor and Apoel Nicosia hoping the underdog tag serves them well in tough looking groups. If your club is involved in the group stage, we’d like to hear how far you think they can go this year.Are you happy with the group your team are in, or does it look trickier than you expected? What would be a realistic goal for your team in this year’s Champions League? Share your hopes and expectations for your club in the form below. We’ll feature a selection of your contributions on the site. Topicslast_img read more

Crisis averted but City can’t be so sloppy against Liverpool

first_imgThe reports of Manchester City’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Sure, Pep Guardiola’s side were not quite at their brilliant best as they beat Southampton, but they showed more than enough to prove that there is plenty of life in them yet.Whether they have enough to win the Premier League title this season is another matter, however, and depends as much on Liverpool as it does City.And with the two sides set to face each other on Thursday night in what could be a pivotal match in the season, we are soon to learn exactly how well City have recovered from their two bruising defeats over Christmas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Compared to the performances against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, this was much, much better. In those defeats City looked starved of creativity in attack (by their high standards, anyway) and brittle at the back. In the absence of David Silva and Fernandinho, City could not carve open their determined opponents and resorted to lumping crosses into the box, to no avail. They were counter-attacked, and without their Brazilian enforcer there was nobody to do anything about it.Those defeats left them 10 points off Liverpool (albeit with a game in hand) and with questions to answer heading into Sunday’s game at St Mary’s. Those questions were, by and large, answered.It was no coincidence that they looked so much better with both Silva and Fernandinho restored to the line-up. The passing link-ups were back in effect and the dirty work was, usually, taken care of.City’s biggest concern on the day was that they missed a hatful of chances and flirted with another poor result. Silva finished off a trademark City move to open the scoring – Danilo and Bernardo Silva combined to get City to the byline, from where the ball was pulled back into the Spaniard’s path. He made no mistake this time, having already produced a superb save from Alex McCarthy in the opening stages.Sergio Aguero Southampton vs Manchester City Premier League 2018-19Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero then missed gilt-edged chances to extend the lead and give the visitors some much-needed breathing space. And then Southampton, who had in fact gone close to opening the scoring before Silva did the honours, drew level.City were asking for this one. Not only had they failed to put their chances away but they then invited pressure in their own third. Not usually a problem for them (and certainly not for the ice-cool Ederson) but Oleksandr Zinchenko got himself in a terrible position, asked for the ball to be played to Fernandinho, received it himself and then lost it. Southampton sprung free and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg leathered the ball into the net.For all City’s slick attacking play, they were now back at square one. Having given up leads in their last two games, things were suddenly looking dicey. The performance was better, the passing was slicker and the energy was there, but was there enough belief to overcome another set-back?Zinchenko got himself in another mess and almost gave away a penalty (although the referee was right not to give one) and City appeared to be on the ropes. No wonder Guardiola wants Ben Chilwell.And then the clouds lifted. A stroke of luck in their favour, this time, as Raheem Sterling found himself with the ball near the byline (not the product of an incisive passing move, this time) and fired in a cross that deflected into the net.And then the killer blow. Zinchenko swung in another cross – one of City’s better efforts from the past three games – and found Aguero, who headed in a firm effort. The Ukrainian left-back celebrated gleefully on his own before his team-mates realised what it meant to him to make such a decisive contribution.That was that, really. The biggest story of the second half was City’s inability to take their chances. Sterling tested McCarthy, Aguero hit the crossbar and Mahrez again should’ve done better when through one-on-one.Had Southampton had any fight left in them it could have made for a nervy finale, but they didn’t.Liverpool do, though. City could be confident of continuing this revival if they were playing anybody else in the Premier League next Thursday, but it is Jurgen Klopp’s side that come to the Etihad Stadium.City have plenty of weapons to win the match, of course, and plenty will argue that so they should, given the level of investment and the quality of the coaching.Pep Guardiola Southampton vs Manchester City Premier League 2018-19But there are still signs of frailty there, where Liverpool seemingly have none.There were times on Sunday when City could count themselves lucky that their opponents could not keep their heads in front of goal, not least when Charlie Austin broke clean through the middle early on. Any of the Reds’s forwards will surely finish better than Austin did.And then there are City’s own attacking players. If they show this level of profligacy again they could be made to pay, and that payment could well be a 10-point gap to the leaders.Amid City’s romp last season Guardiola told his players, “if you want to be a top, top team, you need to learn to score the f***ing goals.” By that definition they were not a top, top team on Sunday.But given one of their problems heading into this game was that they hadn’t even been creating the f***ing chances, it would be foolish to think City are about to collapse altogether.They showed here that they are a far, far better side than recent performances suggested, and with the promise of Kevin De Bruyne to return.Liverpool are in a commanding position, and could be in an even better one on Thursday night, but City will not give up. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Comfort: Turning the Diner on Its Side

first_img London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Idris Elba Debuts New 2HR SET Fashion Line Inspired By DJ Culture How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Ira Freehof has been in the New York diner business for almost two decades. He first opened The Comfort Diner on East 45th Street in the late 90s and in that time, he’s seen a lot of patrons—and a lot of families—share meals at his restaurant. “I get a little nostalgic about it. You know, kids that were just babies when I first opened The Comfort Diner are now going off to college and I’ve seen them grow up.”Freehof recently opened a sister restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, simply called The Comfort. This upscale diner is located right where Suffolk Street runs into Grand Street. It’s an area of New York with a rich history, but one that will soon be changing and evolving with the development of the Essex Crossing urban renewal project that is intended to inject a younger crowd onto the neighboring streets—a crowd that is going to need new and reliable places to eat. That’s what Freehof is hoping to achieve with The Comfort.Freehof sees his diner as tied to the tradition of the French bistro. “American diners, particularly in the 40s and 50s were the equivalent of the French bistro. You go in and feel comfortable no matter what you’re wearing; you can talk to the person next to you without feeling awkward. And you can just get a good meal that is really unpretentious.”With the neighborhood changing, Freehof hopes that his food can have a uniting quality. He wants to retain some of the patrons who have lived in the area for 40 or 50 years, while also attracting a young, professional crowd who are looking for a solid affordable meal and a timeless cocktail after a long day of work.Freehof is working with his chef, Alex Webber, to fine-tune his menu, which is still evolving. As the spring and summer roll around (hopefully?) they will be catering to foods better suited to warmer weather—lighter fare, more salads. Freehof wants the menu of The Comfort to be fluid, so that he can continually figure out how to add dishes that, as he says, “turn the idea of diner food slightly on its side.”Though the menu is a work-in-progress, we sat down with Freehof and he walked us through some of the dishes that are current standouts and staples.Beet Dip with Bagel Chips – This is an update on borscht. With roasted beets, za’atar (Middle Eastern herbs), Greek yogurt, olive oil, goat cheese and pistachios, this is a surprisingly tasty and healthy bit of bar food. If you are a fan of the earthy, subtle sweetness of beets, you will enjoy this deceptively filling snack.Salted Caramel Bourbon Milkshake – Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? The best part about this concoction is that it doesn’t leave you feeling heavy. The Salted Caramel adds a nice savory touch, while there is just enough of a bourbon flavor (thanks to Buffalo Trace!) to trick you into feeling buzzed.The Jewbano – One of The Comfort’s proudest items. This is bound to become a sandwich classic. The Jewbano consists of pastrami from Katz’s deli, roast turkey, melted Swiss, mustard, pickles from Essex Street’s the Pickle Guys all on a Kossar’s bulka. This is a sandwich that melds together the Lower East Side’s rich Jewish and Spanish heritages.Egg Cream – It wouldn’t be a diner without a New York egg cream. What’s the secret to a good egg cream? “Fox’s U-bet syrup,” says Freehof. “You can’t use anything else.”Sazerac – The alcoholic offerings at The Comfort are a large part of Freehof’s plan to blend audiences at the restaurants. “I wanted to have real old school cocktails. So many new restaurants feel the need to invent brand new drinks, but there are so many good old cocktails—like the Mary Pickford (rum, pineapple juice, pomegranate grenadine, maraschino liqueur) or a Corpse Reviver #2 (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemon juice, absinthe).” Their Sazerac certainly fits Freehof’s vision of a classic cocktail. There’s nothing flashy about this drink, everything is done just the way you want it—it’s strong, full of flavor and excellent to sip on during a cold winter night.As Freehof, and anyone else can tell you, New York is always evolving and changing. But the diner and a person’s desire for a solid, affordable meal remains the same. “When you go out to eat,” Freehof says, “a lot of times you want to go to a place that’s very much about the experience. But in the end, you’re really going for a good meal—and I think that a good meal is more satisfying than an experience.” A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

At Risk Youth Find True Meaning to Life in JDF

first_img CSJP signed a MoU with the JDF for hundreds of at risk youth Story Highlights The programme has also changed the way participants view the security forces Under the programme, the youngsters completed vocational skills training and worked alongside soldiers Three young men who, in the past, were characterized as “at risk youth” from volatile and vulnerable communities, have now joined the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and are committed to the nation’s fight against crime and violence.Last year, the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the JDF for hundreds of at risk youth to receive on-the-job training in the Force.The three young men were involved in this programme, which the CSJP reports as one of their most successful and impactful initiatives.Under the programme, the youngsters completed vocational skills training and worked alongside soldiers in the JDF’s Engineering Regiment.“I am extremely excited and very proud of the accomplishment of these three men; it just shows what determination can do. It also proves to me that there are other youngsters like them who have potential, and all they need is an opportunity,” Senior CSJP Community Action Officer, Denise Adams, tells JIS News in an interview.Nehru Brown, now Private Brown, recalls how he and others initially viewed the programme and how he was transformed.“We went to an orientation at Cassia Park Community Centre and for most of us it was very hard to work with soldiers, because we are not accustomed to people telling us what to do. Later we started to see their way of life and that they were not just men with big guns. They are disciplined persons, so I got more interested,” he explains.He adds that he was encouraged by some soldiers to use his skill, which is electrical technology, and join the army where he can make a positive contribution.“I was given an opportunity to do the test, passed it, but still was not interested in becoming a soldier. When I got the official call, I really gave it some thought and accepted. I believe it is one of the biggest steps I have made thus far,” Private Brown says.He tells JIS News that participating in the CSJP programme has catapulted him into a future he never dreamed about.In addition to the job experience gained, the programme has also changed the way participants view the security forces.“Some of the soldiers were my mentors. The transformation for me from a civilian to a member of the JDF is a great feeling, thanks to the CSJP,” confesses Private Brian McKenzie, another CSJP participant. He is from the community of Mountain View, in St. Andrew.For Private Jermaine Ellis, joining the JDF means he can now provide for his family, and he is seen as a respected member of his community.“Persons congratulate me and others express how proud they are; that has made a tremendous difference in my life,” he tells JIS News.Privates Ellis, Brown and McKenzie say they are eternally grateful to the CSJP and encourage other youngsters to get involved in the programmes that are made available to them through the CSJP and other social groups.Meanwhile, Ms. Adams says that for the CSJP’s JDF initiative, the motto is: ‘If you come as a chicken, you leave as an Eagle’.“I believe these young men have actualized that motto. I just want to say to other young people that the sky is the limit; however, you have to be determined and have a desire to achieve a goal. I always tell my youngsters that it is not about how you start the race, instead it is about how determined you are to finish it. In spite of the financial struggles and setbacks, you have to be determined and resilient to defy the odds,” she encourages.last_img read more

AIDA Ship Duo Gets Intelligent Engine Maintenance

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: AIDA Cruises Hamburg-based Zeppelin Power Systems has extended its existing service agreements for two AIDA Cruises’ ships, AIDAprima and AIDAperla, to include intelligent engine maintenance.The deal for the cruise ships’ engines now includes the use of the software Cat Asset Intelligence (CAI), which provides analyses of the operating parameters and enables a comprehensive and preventive service support, according to the company.CAI was installed aboard the ships and provides automated system analyses and reporting based on data analysis of nearly 40 million marine engine hours. An onboard module which is connected to onboard devices and sensors delivers and analyzes valid data in real time, the company explained.With the equipment, Zeppelin Power Systems can monitor the engines’ condition on AIDAprima and AIDAperla, propose and implement recommendations for action, ensuring maximum performance and availability of the propulsion and energy systems.AIDAprima and AIDAperla are each equipped with a Caterpillar MaK dual fuel engine and can therefore be run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) while docked at port.last_img read more

MoroccanBritish Woman Elected To London City Council

Rabat –Aicha Less, a Moroccan-British member of the Labour Party, was elected Councilor for the Church Street Ward in the City of Westminster on May 5.The Moroccan politician, who was born in Larache, a northern Moroccan city, and moved to London as a child in 1983, was elected Councilor in Church Street by-election on May 5, following the resignation of Vincenzo Rampulla.Less won the five-way race with 2,174 votes. Her fellow Moroccan challenger Rachid Boufas, from the Conservative Party, obtained 512 votes, followed by Barr Alistair Graeme, of the Liberal Democrats, with 205, Jill Sarah De Quincey, from the UK Independence Party (UKIP), with 175 and Andreas Habeland, of the Pirate Party UK, with just 26 votes. After nearly 20 years of experience working in local government, Less became the first Moroccan to land a seat in British local elections.Less campaigned on her passion for the area and loyalty to the issues and causes of her community.During her campaign, Less said, “I want to be the people’s advocate and work on their behalf, particularly in raising their concerns about problems with the futures plan for Church Street including the lack of consultation from the Council.”The Moroccan politician gained the trust of the Westminster residents who voted for her, winning the election with 70 percent of the vote.Her Labour colleagues have expressed their faith in her capacities and dedication to serving her community.Ahead of the elections, Labour Group Leader Councilor Adam Hug said, “Westminster Labour group is delighted that local members have selected such a committed and passionate candidate for Church Street. Aicha will be a great voice for local residents if elected as the new councilor for Church Street on May 5th.”The election of the Moroccan woman as Councilor for the Church Street Ward in Westminster comes only a few weeks after Sadiq Khan, also from the Labour Party, was elected London’s first Muslim mayor. read more

NTSB details impact of shutdown on delayed accident probes

WASHINGTON — Federal safety officials are returning to a backlog of accidents, some of them deadly, that investigators did not examine because they occurred during the partial government shutdown.The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that it didn’t send investigators to 15 aviation accidents in which 21 people died, two highway accidents that killed seven, and two railroad accidents that left two more dead.Work also stopped on more than 1,800 aviation-safety investigations.During the 35-day shutdown, more than 90 per cent of the NTSB’s 367 staffers were furloughed. Four investigators were called back to work without pay on three international aviation accidents.President Donald Trump announced Friday that he agreed to end the shutdown until Feb. 15 without getting money to build a wall on the border with Mexico.The Associated Press read more

Western Sahara Kohler Meets Algeria Mauritania FMs at UN

Rabat – The UN secretary-general’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, has taken advantage of UNGA to meet Algerian and Mauritanian representatives.This week, Horst Kohler met with Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, which opened on September 18 in New York.The meetings could be a move from Kohler to convince Algeria to join a potential negotiation table to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict. Morocco has repeatedly called on Algeria to shoulder its responsibility in the conflict and agree to join talks. Read Also: UN: El Othmani Addresses Algeria, ‘Tragic’ Sahrawi Situation in TindoufBesides Messahel, Kohler also met Mauritania’s foreign affairs minister, Ismael Ould Al Sheikh.However, Kohler did not meet with Morocco’s foreign minister, Nasser Bourita, creating speculation.Kohler knows Morocco’s demands and position on the conflict. Bourita and other Moroccan officials, including Morocco’s permanent representative at the UN, Omar Hilale, have recalled Morocco’s position as well as the genesis of the regional dispute in numerous meetings.Read Also: Bourita Meets Trump in New York on Eve of SC Meeting on Western SaharaThe most recent call came from Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, who addressed Algeria’s reluctance in his speech before the participants of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.El Othmani also denounced the “tragic” situations of Sahrawis “held” in the Tindouf camps.Morocco has asserted that no solution in Western Sahara can be found outside Morocco’s sovereignty.Observers in Morocco and elsewhere are wondering why Kohler did not meet with the Moroccan minister in New York. Read Also: Bolton Is Unlikely to Change US Position on Western SaharaAccording to World News co-founder Samir Bennis, Kohler’s meeting with the Algerian and Mauritanian foreign ministers have been a common practice for the past 10 years. He explained that UN personal envoys “traditionally take advantage of the high level of General Assembly to hold meeting with as many stakeholders as possible.” Bennis dismissed the claim that Kohler has snubbed the Moroccan delegation or rejected to hold a meeting with it, since Morocco is the main concerned party and nothing can be achieved without its contribution. One cannot speculate whether Morocco “refused to hold a meeting with the UN envoy or  Kohler did not request a meeting with Minister Nasser Bourita. Moroccan diplomats are the only ones who can know for certain whether there has been an attempt by Kohler to meet with the Moroccan foreign minister or not.”Bennis argued that perhaps because  Kohler knows Morocco’s principled position about the way forward, he did not feel the need to hold another meeting with the Moroccan officials. “Morocco is fully aware that Morocco won’t agree to sit down with Polisario representatives as the separatist group does not have any freedom or independence to make a decision without getting back to Algeria,” he said. Bennis went on to add that it is “common knowledge that it is Algeria that hosts the Polisario, it supports it at the diplomatic, financial and military level. Without this support since 1976, we would not be talking about the Polisario at this juncture.” He added, “Morocco no longer wants to be beating around the bush and wants the UN and the international community to get serious about the Algerian responsibility and its role in prolonging the conflict. Only then can we envision a potential political solution to the conflict.”“If Algeria is just an observer in the conflict, how can one explain its refusal to let UNHCR conduct a census of the population of the Tindouf camps?” Samir concluded. read more

WatchPaying down debt should be a priority for low income workers but

TORONTO — Investment planning can often be seen as a luxury for the financially stable but advisers say that it’s especially important for those who are starting out in their careers or are struggling with debt.“Sometimes people think they’re not earning enough money to go and sit down with a financial adviser or talk to a professional,” said Sara Zollo, an adviser and financial planner with Sun Life Financial.“I think that’s a mistake. I think the sooner you do… the sooner your situation will reverse itself and head into the black faster. Having a plan is valuable.” A quarter of Canadians with home equity lines of credit are paying only the interest on their loans: survey If money doesn’t buy happiness, why are we so obsessed with getting more of it? More people are going broke in Canada as interest rates rise Zollo says her clients range from wealthy individuals with $1 million or more in liquid assets to recent college graduates embarking on their first job to those who are dealing with spending more than they earn.The initial advice she gives all clients is to first work out a budget and do a cash flow analysis that will show whether the client is running a surplus or a deficit each month.While it is vital to reduce debt, Zollo suggests the allocation should be comprised of 80 per cent of available funds being put towards debt, with 20 per cent set aside in a temporary savings account.“Let’s say there is a miscellaneous expense like your car breaks down, then these people are going to use their credit card and add to their debt because they don’t have an emergency fund,” she said. “They end up being like a hamster on a hamster wheel.”It can take four or five years to pay down debt, and to go that long without any savings or financial plan would be a critical mistake, says Zollo.A general rule of thumb is to have three to six months of household expenses set aside in the event of an emergency.Jason Heath, a fee-based financial planner, notes that those with low to moderate incomes may not benefit, and in some cases, even be penalized if they invest in a registered retirement savings plan.“The real benefit of an RRSP is getting a tax deduction when you’re in a high tax bracket and pulling the money out when you’re in a low tax bracket,” he said.“When your income is low to begin with, it’s not inconceivable that you’re putting the money in at a low tax bracket and pulling the money out at a high tax bracket. Sometimes the higher tax in retirement isn’t even necessarily specifically from income tax, it can be from government tax benefits.”In that case, Heath said a tax-free savings account may be a better option, but only if debt has already been paid off.“For someone in a low tax bracket or low income who may have debt, saving money in a TFSA at one per cent (interest) when they have mortgage debt at four per cent, a line of credit at eight per cent or credit card debt at 18 per cent or more doesn’t really make any sense,” he said.“Whether you pay down debt or save, the ultimate goal is to increase your net worth. Debt repayment can be the best investment they can make. The less debt you have, the more you can save for the future.”Laurie Campbell with Credit Canada says the best financial advice for someone with a low income is to ask for help if you need it.“No matter who you are, don’t be embarrassed if you have a financial problem or if you’re struggling financially,” said Campbell, chief executive at the credit counselling agency.“It happens to so many people, but people are so embarrassed and they don’t want to talk about it. They feel shame. Seek credit counselling. It’s confidential, it’s very compassionate and non-judgemental in helping people manage through a very difficult time.” read more

GM going ahead with closure of one of its Oshawa plants by

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email General Motors is going ahead with plans to close its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont., in what its union calls a “disgusting” move it says will eliminate 2,000 jobs directly and many thousands more indirectly.“Obviously it’s devastating news,” Chris Buckley, president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 222 said in an interview after the union received confirmation notice Friday of the pending closure.“Over 2,000 GM workers are finding out today that they with lose their job as of June 2013.“And, when you look at the spinoff employment created as a result of auto assembly, there will be more like 18,000 jobs that will be lost as a result of General Motors’ terrible decision today.”Buckley said he’s “absolutely disgusted” with the move, saying in 2009 CAW members, both active and retired, were forced to make significant sacrifices in order to save the company.“And this is GM’s way of rewarding our members,” he said.Besides the consolidated plant, GM also has a flex assembly plant in Oshawa that is getting a share of the production of the new Chevy Impala, which is also being built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan.The flex line currently employs 2,000 people assembling the Chevy Camaro, Buick Regal and soon, the Cadillac XTS.The consolidated plant, which produces the Chevrolet Impala and the Equinox, was originally scheduled to close 2008. But due to the market demand for the current generation Chevrolet Impala and the subsequent addition of the Equinox shuttle program, it has remained in business.However, beginning in the fourth quarter of this year, the third shift at the plant will be removed, then the second shift in the first quarter of next year, General Motors of Canada Ltd. said Friday.“As previously announced the consolidated line will cease at the end of scheduled life cycle for the current generation Impala. This is currently anticipated to occur in June 2013,” the company said.However, Buckley said the union isn’t giving up on the plant, arguing both the federal and Ontario governments should get involved because they remain major shareholders to the tune of $8 billion as a result of government bailouts of the auto industry.“So I challenge both our federal and provincial governments to join with the Canadian Autos Workers in attempting to reverse GM’s decision,” he said.Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said while the closure was expected it is “disappointing,” and suggested he’d be willing to work with GM to extend the facility’s lifespan.“It had been originally scheduled to close in 2008. We’ve been very grateful for the extension to this point in time,” McGuinty said in Ottawa.“If there’s any way at all possible that we might work with GM to extend that even further obviously we’d be more than pleased to consider that.”Buckley said the addition of the Impala at the flex plant means that, at best, a third shift would be added, raising employment at the plant to 2,500.“And that would be consumer driven,” he said, meaning any additional work would depend on the vehicle’s popularity.Buckley said the two plants would be “levelled off” based on seniority, meaning that some workers at the consolidated plant will get to keep their jobs and move to flex plant, while some workers at the flex plant will be among those getting layoff notices.“The most senior people stay, the most junior people are forced to the street,” he said.Buckley said it would be the union’s “top priority” to maintain the consolidated plant when it heads into collective bargaining this summer.“I’m not feeling very comfortable as of today that General Motors will entertain our idea of keeping the plant open but we’re not going to stop pressing them,” he added.GM has been scaling back its overall operations in Canada as part of a North American restructuring begun two years ago under bankruptcy court protection. That streamlining led to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs at the company’s Canadian and U.S. operations and the shutdown of several plants.In Canada, GM has already closed a truck plant in Oshawa and a transmission factory in Windsor, Ont.GM Canada currently employs more than 10,000 people across the country. In its heyday, the automaker had more than twice that total and major operations in Windsor, Oshawa and St. Catharines, Ont. GM going ahead with closure of one of its Oshawa plants by June 2013 by Hugh McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 1, 2012 8:19 pm MDT read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel Jan 13

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX composite index on a four-day winning streak, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|tsx by News Staff Posted Jan 13, 2014 5:38 am MDT Video: Business report with Mike Eppel, Jan. 13

Ohio State track brings in best recruiting class in years

When announcing the signings of nine recruits who will be coming to Ohio State as members of the men’s track and field team next season, OSU interim coach Ed Beathea said he believes the future of the team he is coaching is bright. “This is the best recruiting class we have put together in my time at Ohio State,” Beathea said in a press release. OSU will welcome a broad range of recruits in its incoming class. The class includes five athletes from Ohio, but also adds four out-of-state recruits. Among the class are three distance runners, two sprinters, one hurdler, two throwers and one multi-event athlete. Donovan Robertson, a hurdler from Berea, Ohio, headlines the class. Robertson, the 2011 Ohio Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, has many accomplishments to his name. This year, Robertson set the indoor national record in the 60-meter hurdles, completing the event in 7.57 seconds. Robertson is also the defending state outdoor champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, and was named to the 2011 USA Today All-USA track and field team. Beathea said he recognized the significance of signing Robertson. “Donovan is one of the most talented signees in OSU history,” Beathea said in the press release. “He will have an instant impact on our conference and the country.” The group of in-state recruits is also highlighted by distance runners. Steven Weaver, from Napoleon, was the 2011 Division II state champion in the outdoor mile run and in cross country. The team also added Nicolas Pupino of Copley and Jordan Redd of Fairborn. Jack Kincade from Hilliard is the fifth in-state recruit in the class. Kincade scored 6,243 points in the decathlon last season, which was the sixth-best decathlon score among all high school athletes nationwide in 2011. OSU also lured four recruits from farther east to come west. Champ Page, a sprinter from Marlboro, Md., is a six-time Maryland state champion. Page finished the 2012 indoor season with times that ranked second nationally in the 300-meter dash with 33.93 seconds, third in the 500 meter with 63.71 seconds, and 11th in the 400 meter with 48.28 seconds. Justin Burke, a sprinter from Virginia Beach, Va., is a two-time defending outdoor state champion in the 100-meter dash, as well as in the 200 meter and 400 meter. Two throwers will also come to the Buckeyes from other states. Joseph Velez, from Providence, R.I., is joined by javelin thrower Billy Stanley from South Park, Pa. Assistant coach Kevin Mannon praised both incoming throwers. “(Velez) has the ability to make an immediate impact on the Big Ten and NCAA championships in 2013,” Mannon said in a press release. “Billy has already thrown a mark that can score at the Big Ten championships, so we expect him to be a major player for us in 2013.” read more