COURT FINDS NO WRONGDOING IN REYNOLDS LIBERTY BOWL FLIGHT

first_imgAn Iowa appeals court has rejected a Des Moines attorney’s challenge to Governor Kim Reynolds use of a businessman’s private airplane, upholding previous rulings that Reynolds use of the flights did no real harm and were allowed by Iowa law.The Iowa Court of Appeals said in a ruling filed Wednesday that a state court judge was right to dismiss the lawsuit filed by attorney Gary Dickey.Dickey, a Democrat, filed a complaint last year with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, alleging Reynolds, a Republican, underestimated the value of the flight she and her family took to the Liberty Bowl in Tennessee in December 2017.The jet was owned by Reynolds’s campaign contributor David North, CEO of a company that has a contract with the state .The board dismissed Dickey’s complaint, ruling the flights were allowable under Iowa’s gift law.Dickey appealed and a judge agreed with the dismissal.The appeals court says Dickey failed to show he suffered perceptible harm required by Iowa law to justify a court overturning the board’s decision.Dickey says he will ask the Iowa Supreme Court to review the decision.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are continuing to work the French market.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have asked about taking Faitout Maouassa on loan from Rennes.The 20-year-old left-back is currently on loan at Nimes and is expected to be called up to the France U21 squad for the European Championships this summer.Newcastle have also discussed a move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie but face competition from Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old former Tottenham man who is available on loan with option for a permanent deal. last_img read more

Rest of the world: Sunil Gavaskar trolls England over non-English players

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 01:16 IST Sunil Gavaskar at ‘Salaam Cricket 2019’ conclave in LondonSunil Gavaskar was in a fun mood during Salaam Cricket 2019 and took a dig at England over their non-English players. England have had a history of fielding players not born in the country.Eoin Morgan, the England captain, was born in Ireland and made his international debut for Ireland. Jofra Archer came to England from the Caribbean just a few years before and he found his way into the England World Cup squad.Sunil Gavaskar, not known to hold himself back from expressing his opinions, branded England ‘Rest of the World’ side and said he expected them to play India in the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.”England have played 6 to 7 cricketers. Their captain is Irish… Jofra Archer came from the West Indies a few years ago,” Gavaskar said.Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, said the only worry for India is their 5th bowling option but believed the currently out-of-form openers will be switched off by the time India took the field for their first World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa on June 5.”The only worry is the 5th bowler. 4 bowlers are outstanding but the 5th bowling option is a bit of a cause for concern. The openers will be switched on,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly changed India into a ruthless ODI team, says Nasser HussainAlso Read | 1985 India team fitter than Virat Kohli’s side: Sunil Gavaskar at Salaam Cricket 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow England cricket team Rest of the world: Sunil Gavaskar trolls England over non-English playersSalaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar trolled England who have several non-English players in their team. Eoin Morgan, their captain is an Irish while their X-factor Jofra Archer is a West Indian.advertisementlast_img read more

Vijay Kumar Tyagi is New Chief Vigilance Officer of Punjab National Bank

first_imgNew Delhi: Vijay Kumar Tyagi was appointed as the Chief Vigilance Officer of Punjab National Bank from 1st July, 2019. Prior to this appointment he was heading Foreign Direct Investment Section as Director ( on deputation from SBI) in Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt of India. He has been a career banker, spanning 35 years in various leadership roles in India and overseas in the areas of International Banking business, Corporate credit, managing key client relationship and banking regulatory compliance in multiple jurisdictions. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHis Responsibilities involved chairing the boards of overseas subsidiaries and representing State Bank of India (SBI) as director/ Shareholder’s representative in various regulatory jurisdictions, like Nepal, Mauritius, Indonesia, Botswana, Bhutan,USA,Russia, Canada and UK. Vijay Kumar Tyagi has led various roles as Regional Head (Indian banking), Country Head, Director and Chairman on Boards of overseas subsidiaries, and as General Manager ( Retail Banking) in International Banking Group of SBI for 7 Years . He was also instrumental in setting up SBIs subsidiary in UK. In addition he has also been Chief Operating Officer and DY CEO Nepal SBI Bank, Ltd, Kathmandu, Nepal.last_img read more

Enough is enough we cannot keep suffering till eternity PM

first_imgGhaziabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday issued a stern warning to terrorist forces targeting India, saying the country cannot keep suffering forever.”Enough is enough,” he said, while referring to the terror attacks in Pulwama and Uri. “We cannot keep suffering till eternity.” Addressing the 50th raising day of the Central Industrial Security Force as the Chief Guest here, Modi said the role of security forces like the CISF becomes very significant when the nation faces a hostile neighbour, and when some elements hatching conspiracy within the country get encouragement from across the border. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”When the neighbour is very hostile but does not have the capability to fight a war and various conspiracies hatched within the country are getting encouragement from across the border and when the ghastly pictures of terror come to light, under such difficult situations, (ensuring) security of the country and its institutions becomes very challenging,” the PM said. Congratulating the CISF, the PM also said it is easier to protect an individual but very difficult to protect any institution where there is a daily footfall of 30 lakh or when eight lakh people commute every day.last_img read more

Southern Lebanon Annan envoy concerned by clash between Hizbollah Israel

Staffan de Mistura, Mr. Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, said in a statement that the clashes exacerbated an already tense situation in the region. “The relative calm that had prevailed for an extended period of time on the Blue Line has now been violently breached twice in the space of three weeks, and this undoubtedly is a very negative development,” he said. According to the UN Information Centre in Beirut, the Hizbollah launched an attack involving substantial mortar fire and around 10 missiles against three Israeli positions in the occupied Shebaa Farms area. The Israeli army then retaliated with heavy fire and two aerial bombs in the vicinity of Kfar Shouba inside Lebanese territory. No casualties were reported on either side. Mr. de Mistura said it was crucial for all parties concerned to cease such violations, exercise maximum restraint and avoid any further escalation. read more

Grant receiving national award for teaching overall service

Barry Grant is being honoured for 34 years of teaching, research and overall service with an award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).Grant will receive the CAUT Distinguished Academic Award at the organization’s annual spring meeting in April. A professor at Brock since 1975, Grant is in the Department of Communications, Popular Culture and Film. His research interests include science fiction, horror and documentary film.A native of New York City, Grant says Brock has been “a great place for me to teach and do my research”. At the CAUT meeting, he’ll give an acceptance address on an issue that concerns him in post-secondary education.The award also honours Grant’s community work. He founded the Brock University Film Series 15 years ago, and was its president and co-programmer with retired professor Joan Nicks from 1995 to 2008. Other community work has included hosting the Niagara Indie Film Fest, volunteering with the Elderhostels program at Ridley College and writing a column, In Camera, for the St. Catharines Standard from 1997 to 2004. He also acts as a consultant to Silicon Knights, a local video game developer.The Brock News recently asked the professor about his career and the award.**Q. What interested you about film studies and popular culture? What made you choose it as a career?A. My doctorate was in 19th century American literature, but even while I was still in graduate school, I grew increasingly interested in the film studies, which at that time was an exciting new discipline taking concepts from literature, theatre, and art history. I had always liked movies, so I became increasingly involved in the academic study of cinema.Q. What do you enjoy about teaching?A. Eventually I made the shift from literature to film studies because of the pervasiveness of the visual media in our culture. For this reason, I believe it is particularly important that people learn to be ‘cineliterate’. Movies, television and other forms of popular culture are typically regarded as ‘entertainment’ not ‘art’, so people often think there is no need to study these cultural forms. I have been committed to learning and teaching about them precisely for this reason.Q. What moments stand out for you as being highlights in your career?A. Rather than highlights, what stands out for me in my career are those ongoing moments when real teaching and learning is going on. These are the most intense and most gratifying moments in anyone’s academic career. In addition, for me, presenting James Cameron and Atom Egoyan with honorary degrees at convocation was a thrill. Also very gratifying was witnessing the gathering support of my leadership from my colleagues when I was president of the Faculty Association during a difficult period in contract negotiations with the University administration.Q. How do you feel about the CAUT award?A. I am thrilled to receive this important award, which acknowledges all the dimensions of academic life, and truly humbled to be regarded by my colleagues across Canada as being worthy of receiving it. read more

Ohio State mens hockey keeps itself in CCHA hunt against Western Michigan

The Ohio State men’s hockey team ended its weekend series with No. 6 Western Michigan on a high note with a 6-3 victory Saturday night. The Buckeyes earned four points on the weekend after tying the Broncos, 1-1, in the first game of the series on Friday. OSU (13-12-7, 12-7-5-1 CCHA) now sits tied with Ferris State for fourth place in the CCHA standings with only two weekends left in the regular season. A fourth place finish will give them a first-round home series in the playoffs on March 8. The Buckeyes scored first in both contests, with freshman forward Tyler Lundey scoring the team’s only regulation goal Friday night and junior forward Alex Szczechura scoring the first of his three goals Saturday early in the first period. Western Michigan (18-8-6, 14-6-4-2 CCHA) tied the game Saturday less than three minutes later as Broncos sophomore forward Justin Kovacs netted his second goal of the season. With 6:26 remaining, Broncos sophomore forward David Killip scored, and Western Michigan took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. OSU sophomore forward Tanner Fritz scored his seventh goal of the season to tie the game with 8:26 left in the second, but a Western Michigan power-play goal put the Broncos back ahead, 3-2. It would be the final time they would hold the advantage in the game. In the second period, Szczechura scored his second of the game and sophomore forwards Max McCormick and Darik Angeli followed suit to put OSU ahead 5-3. Szczechura then completed his hat trick early in the third period, giving the Buckeyes the win, 6-3. It was the second time this season an OSU player scored three goals in one game, after sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel had a hat trick against Penn State in December. Szczechura has been coming up on Dzingel, OSU’s lead scorer, recently, with nine goals in the last 15 games. OSU’s top line of Szczechura, McCormick and Fritz recorded 11 points on Saturday to lead the Buckeyes. Fritz said the line-up is “clicking” right now. “We’ve had a lot of chemistry,” Fritz said. “I feel like we’re getting the bounces now and we’re really clicking as a line. It’s probably the best time for us to be doing that, going into the playoffs.” Visit www.thelantern.com for the rest of this story. The Buckeye offense has been impressive as of late, producing 28 goals in the team’s last eight games. Getting that kind of offensive production is something the entire team can feed off, Szczechura said. “Once we start scoring, all the boys are cheering for you and everyone has each other’s backs,” Szczechura said. “It just feels really good.” Broncos coach Andy Murray said he was less than pleased with his team and gave OSU full credit on the win. “When you don’t stay humble, you get humbled, and we got humbled tonight,” Murray said. “Ohio State was good tonight and we were not good enough.” Western Michigan earned an extra point in the CCHA standings on Friday night after winning the shootout, 2-1. The game was played tight the entire way, with both teams’ goals scored in the second period. “I thought that game, the two teams competed extremely hard,” said OSU coach Mark Osiecki after the tie. OSU is set to host Michigan Friday night at 6:35 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center in its final home series of the regular season. read more

Baseball Ohio State aims for clean baseball in South Carolina

Ohio State freshman starting pitcher Seth Lonsway delivers a pitch in the first inning of Tuesday’s game in the Scarlet and Gray World Series. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in ChiefAfter an up-and-down weekend against Bethune-Cookman, the Ohio State baseball team will attempt to regain the momentum from its opening weekend success. The Buckeyes (7-5) will travel to Greenville, South Carolina, to participate in the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational. Ohio State will take on Furman (2-8) on Friday, Michigan State (2-9) on Saturday, Western Carolina (6-5) on Sunday and Wofford (7-6) in a true road game on Tuesday. Ohio State split its four-game series in Daytona Beach, Florida, against Bethune-Cookman. Coming into this weekend, the Buckeyes hold a 3.12 ERA and a .231 batting average. Although the games on Friday and Saturday are not against teams with exceptional records, their own expectations will fuel the Buckeyes each game. “It’s more about us performing up to our ability than really playing against our opponent at this point,” Ohio State head coach Greg Beals said. Furman comes into the weekend struggling on the mound. Allowing 6.6 runs a game, the Paladins are coming into Friday on a five-game losing streak. Redshirt sophomore pitcher John Bertrand has the best ERA of any starter for Furman at 4.72.Despite the strong play of senior first baseman John Boswell, who boasts a .395 batting average and nine RBIs, the Paladins’ offense only produces 4.8 runs a game. On Saturday, Ohio State will play a struggling Michigan State squad. The Spartans do not have a single starter batting above .280, coming in with a team batting average of .207.Their defense has not fared any better, allowing an average of 8.18 runs a game. Despite the team’s rough start, junior pitcher Mike Mokma holds a 2.60 ERA through three starts on the mound. Western Carolina will bring a more dangerous offense against the talented pitching staff of Ohio State on Sunday. The Catamounts will come into the weekend averaging 8.72 runs a game with a .309 team batting average. The Catamounts have four starters hitting above .300. Sophomore third baseman Justice Bigbie leads the team with a .429 batting average and 16 RBIs.Western Carolina also has a fair amount of power in its lineup. The team has hit 15 home runs this season, which ranks them in the top 25 for home runs in the country. The Buckeyes have allowed an average of 6.4 walks in their losses and only three walks a game in the games they have won this year. Not playing clean baseball is something that Beals pointed to as a big reason behind the losses. “When you look at our losses, you see big innings,” Beals said. “Those big innings have all been fueled by free bases, either by walk, hit batsman or error.” Eliminating mistakes is always important, Beals said, and it will be especially important against a dangerous Western Carolina team. “They get 27 outs,” Beals said. “We can’t give them extra outs and extra opportunities.” Wofford will host the Buckeyes on Tuesday in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Terriers come into the weekend with a 3.25 ERA. Freshman starting pitcher Hayes Heinecke has burst on the scene with a 2.70 ERA and two wins in three starts for the Terriers. Wofford’s offense, which holds a .286 batting average, is led by sophomore catcher Lawson Hill, who has a .420 batting average. Sophomore outfielder Colin Davis, who bats .391, has five stolen bases this season. The Terriers rank among the best in the nation in stealing bases, swiping 29 bases in 34 attempts this season.Redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys will be charged with throwing out runners throughout the game, but he said the mindset does not change when going up against a more aggressive team.“Our number one focus is the batter,” Todys said. “Get him out. Get that guy out pitch by pitch. If a runner happens to go, then that’s when I deal with it.”Beals said the best way to combat solid base running is to stop them from getting on base. In order to do this, getting ahead against the batter is important. Redshirt freshman pitcher Seth Lonsway’s focus is about starting the at bats strong.“Key one is establishing a first-pitch strike on hitters and that just kind of helps the whole at bat, as far as attacking the hitter and just setting ourselves up for success,” Lonsway said. Ohio State will start off the Greenville Drive First Pitch Invitational against Furman at 6 p.m. Friday. They will follow up with a 6 p.m. Saturday game against Michigan State and a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup against Western Carolina. The Buckeyes will then travel to play Wofford at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

Jeremy Clarkson makes a late entry to the dabbing trend

first_imgDab on it wagwan x 💯 pic.twitter.com/pGvtjSHL5p— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) July 24, 2017 Jeremy Clarkson has caused mockery and mirth from his fans with a strange photograph he posted while on a night out in Mallorca.Coming to the dabbing trend after almost everyone else, including the Royals, the Grand Tour presenter posted a photograph of himself doing the dance move.Using emoji, he wrote: “Dab on it wagwan x” and posted the picture for his almost seven million followers.Mr Clarkson also expressed his joy at being on holiday, writing: “#Mallorca it is #LIT lol x” followed by a series of emoji. WHAT IS HAPPENING????— Emily Clarkson (@prettynormalme) July 24, 2017 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. One of her followers replied: “Your dad is being hip with the young ones.”Another Twitter user informed Mr Clarkson: “No one does it anymore”.Another questioned his safety, tweeting: “Jeremy Clarkson if you’re kidnapped like this tweet”.A disgusted fan wrote: “Dear god what has the world come to”. Prince Harry caused surprise and delight in September last year when he showed schoolchildren in Scotland that even the Royal Family knows what dabbing is.A student in Aberdeen asked the Prince to dab, and he smiled before quickly performing the dance move.Delighted schoolchildren filmed the dance move on their phones.  His daughter, Emily Clarkson, was confused by his behaviour, wrote:last_img read more

Cat using Peoria RD centres flexibility to cope with increased mining demand

first_imgIncreased demand from the mining sector is leading Caterpillar to use some of its R&D testing capacity to cope with customer orders.On site at the R&D facility at the Technical Development Centre in Peoria, Illinois, IM learned the company has recently been using the flexibility of its R&D lines to carry out end-of-line customer testing to help ease some of the factory backlog.The company is a leader in R&D, spending some 4% of sales and revenue on product development.The facility in Peoria mostly carries out new product and continuous improvement testing for powertrains, hydraulics and engines as part of the company’s global R&D remit. It carries out a wide range of testing, from full engine system evaluation to individual component troubleshooting.last_img read more

Receipt printer racing game is DIY awesomeness

first_imgNot too many people have old dot-matrix printers these days – most of the ones left are usually used to print receipts on long strips of paper that are then ripped off and handed to a customer. Now, a group of artists and makers have managed to cobble one of those receipt printers together with a PlayStation 2 controller and a digital sensor to make a pretty impressive racing game.The receipt printing game was built for the OFFF art and digital culture festival in Barcelona, Spain. The team behind the game chose an old thermal receipt printer because they’re common, throwaway devices and the paper for one can be obtained for about $0.80 per 50 meter roll.AdChoices广告The game itself is a single-player survival-style racer. When the game starts, your “car” is a blue light projected on the paper. You use the PS2 controller to move your car left and right on the “track,” which is actually printed on the paper. The real challenge of the game is to manage your digital car and how it moves on a physical medium that’s in motion.As the roll of paper is printed out, the track moves toward you and you have to move your car around obstacles and stay on the road. If you hit an obstacle or veer off the printed road, the game ends, the printer stops, and your total distance and time is printed at the bottom of the paper. The developers note that you’re bound to die anyway – even if you manage to survive, the game will end when the paper roll runs out.Don’t expect this to wind up in your local game shop anytime soon. The game is entirely an art project, but it’s a fun look at what’s possible with some normally old and castoff items and a little talent.Read more at CrackJack (German) via This is My Nextlast_img read more

Lazaretto 1 Leaves You at Its Mercy Wanting More

first_img“After a pandemic strikes, a dorm complex at a small American college is quarantined with all of the students trapped within. What first starts out as youthful freedom from authority soon devolves into a violent new society-it’s Lord of the Flies on a college campus.”If you’re ever looking for something that crosses between Lord of the Flies, 28 Days Later and Contagion, Lazaretto #1 is the comic you want to read, and you will not regret it.LAZARETTO #1 (W): Clay McLeod Chapman (I): Jey Levang (L): Aditya Bidikar (CA): Ignacio ValicentiClay McLeod Chapman’s new series from BOOM! Studios titled Lazaretto is by far one of the naturally unusual comics I’ve ever picked up. What do I mean by ‘naturally unusual?” I mean, it’s bizarrely realistic and relatable that you can’t help but sink yourself into the sickness and not look back.via BOOM! StudiosLazaretto #1 tells the story of Charles and Tamara, two starting first-year students at Yersin college. Both of the students are very different, and they take their first days as diverse as they are. Charles almost naturally blends into the background, and Tamara just wants to go home. Although their paths are different, the two quickly strike up a friendship to get by. In the mists of this, the “canine flu” aka H3N8 has been spreading with any knowledge of where it came from. As the kids try to keep themselves from infection, this flu comes with a bigger scale of consequences.Clay McLeod Chapman certainly knows how to make a pandemic even scarier. The build-up in the narrative is tremendous. As the story develops, the sickness grows. Chapman’s script leaves you holding your breath and gasping for air. But also you’ll want to see your nearest doctor as you watch all of these sick kids get sicker. You’re almost left to feel claustrophobic as the students share such close proximities with one another. Chapman brings the slow and steady pace of this script to give you the full punch in the gut right as the full-blown pandemic happens and leaves you at its mercy.Chapman also brings you into the story while the pandemic is already breaking out, which is utterly brilliant. He leaves you with questions after you read the first issue. How did the canine flu first come to pass? Will the kids be okay within the contagion hall? Will they start to turn on each other? How ‘Lord of the Flies’ will this story become? Chapman leaves you begging for more.via BOOM! StudiosJey Levang’s illustrations are positively sickening, and I love it. Their art brings a gruesome face to this pandemic. The slow progression of his build-up marches with Chapman’s script. Remember how I said the sickness grows, Levang’s captures it and makes it even more ghastly than words could describe. Levang’s colors create an even more vomitrocious look with their art. They lace the panels sick in greens and reds in the wake of the pandemic, which become even more apparent once its spread. Levang’s is somewhat of a newcomer, but they’ve been around for awhile. If you haven’t read their webcomic HeLL(P) co-created with C. Vinter, I highly suggest diving into that while you wait for Lazaretto #2.Lazaretto #1 is already shaping into something that you can’t put down. It’s not only a mystery of how this sickness has spread but becomes a survival tale. Not only on how to survive college, but how to survive the everything that the outside brings in. Lazaretto #1 is available now on Comixology and in print.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Martinez hails Belgium over win against England

first_imgToday’s playoff match between Belgium and England is Belgium’s best ever finish at World Cup.Following their 2-0 win over England in the third-place playoff, Belgium grabbed the third place in the 2018 World Cup.Thomas Meunier started the scoring for the Red Devils on four minutes while Eden Hazard sealed the victory over the Three Lions with another goal, eight minutes from time.Belgium’s best World Cup result before today was fourth at Mexico 1986 and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez showered praises to his players for their podium finish at Russia 2018.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s all about the achievement,” Martinez told ITV Sport. “This is Belgium’s best finish at a World Cup. The players deserve that and they wanted to make the country proud.“We had 10 different goalscorers, the joint best in World Cup history. This team have broken records in the right way.”France also reached double figures in terms of scorers at Spain 1982, level with Italy at Germany 2006last_img read more

ICICI Prudential Life IPO Company gets Sebi approval for public offer

first_imgICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd., a joint venture between Indian private sector lender ICICI Bank and British insurance firm Prudential Plc, received capital markets regulator Sebi’s approval for its multi-crore initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday.The issue size is likely to be around Rs. 5,000 crore. The company had filed for the IPO in July this year. ICICI Bank holds about 68 percent in the venture and had applied for the sale of about 181 million shares. Prudential Plc’s stake is about 26 percent, while other shareholders of the venture include Temasek Holdings Private Ltd., the Singapore government-owned investment firm. PremjiInvest, the private investment arm of Wipro chairman Azim Premji, has about 4 percent stake in ICICI Prudential Life.The public issue will be the first by an insurance firm in India where the life insurance segment has 24 players, including the state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), which enjoys about 70 percent market share.The ICICI Bank stock was trading at Rs. 279.95 at around 1.49 p.m. on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), up 2.75 percent from its previous close.HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd. (HDFC Life) is another private life insurance firm that has firmed up listing plans. Mortgage lender HDFC holds about 61.6 percent stake in the venture, while Standard Life has a 35 percent stake in the 16-year-old company.last_img read more

20 killed in Myanmar wedding boat crash

first_imgMap of MyanmarAt least 20 people were killed when a boat carrying scores of wedding guests collided with a river barge at night in western Myanmar, authorities said Saturday, with more feared drowned as rescue workers renewed their search in daylight.Most of the dead were women, according officials, who said the boat sank Friday evening on a river in Pathein, a port city west of the commercial capital Yangon.“Altogether 16 women and four men were killed in the boat accident,” regional MP Aung Thu Htwe told AFP Saturday morning.“We estimate nine people are still missing,” he said, adding that some 30 people had been rescued alive the night before.The boat was believed to be carrying between 60 and 80 people when it sank, according to state media and a local police officer.“They were crossing to the other side of the river after attending a wedding in Pathein. Most of them were relatives from the same village,” said the police officer, who requested anonymity.Both boats were unlit when they collided in the middle of the river, he added.Photos in local media showed rescuers working in the darkness on Saturday night to lay the bodies of the dead onshore.Local authorities and red cross workers resumed the search operation this morning, the police officer said.“We will do search and rescue for the whole day,” he told AFP.Fatal boat accidents are common in Myanmar, where many people living along its flood-prone rivers rely on often overcrowded ferries for transport.It often takes several days before all of the bodies are retrieved.Last October 73 people, including many teachers and students, died when their packed vessel capsized in central Myanmar on the Chindwin River.Earlier that year in April at least 21 people, including nine children, died after their boat sank off the coast of Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine.Around 60 people died the year before, in March 2015, when their ferry went down in the same treacherous waters off of Rakhine.last_img read more

FEMA Awards 56 Million For 28 Home Buyouts In Friendswood

first_imgIt’s not the first time Friendswood has applied for home buyout funding since Hurricane Harvey, but it is the first time they’ve gotten approval. FEMA has awarded the city of Friendswood $5.6 million to purchase and demolish 28 homes that were damaged by Harvey.Friendswood previously applied for buyout funding for 44 homes in 2017, but that application was turned down.“This was our second application, and we have subsequently made a third application in November 2018 that we haven’t gotten final word on just yet,” Friendswood City Manager Morad Kabiri said. Though the funding for the second application has been awarded, Kabiri said they still have more steps ahead. “The application process requires quite a bit of specificity,” Kabiri said. “We have to get the homeowners and the properties identified that are eligible based on the criteria that FEMA establishes. And you have to contact those homeowners and they have to sign off on the application and provide quite a bit of documentation associated with it — prior flood loss records, photos of the structure, CAD information, as well as application forms that indicate their interest in the program.”Next, he says, the city will conduct appraisals for homeowners who signed on to be part of the application. Once the homes are appraised, owners can still decide not to participate if they’re not satisfied with the price they’re offered.  “Agreeing to enter into this process and pursue this outcome is one of quite a bit of faith and patience on their part,” Kabiri said. “And we’re still not at the finish line yet.” If homeowners do agree to the buyout price, then the city of Friendswood will take ownership of the land. Kabiri said the homes are scattered in different neighborhoods, not located in one cluster. “These will be individual lots scattered about intermittently throughout various neighborhoods that were impacted by Harvey, so there will be homes remaining, where the buyout lots will now be open space in between some of the homes that remain,” Kabiri said. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listencenter_img 00:00 /00:45 X Florian Martin/Houston Public Medialast_img read more

White Officer Charged with Murder in Death of Black Neighbor

first_imgBy Ryan Tarinelli, The Associated PressA White former Dallas police officer was indicated on murder charges Nov. 30, nearly three months after she fatally shot an unarmed Black neighbor whose apartment she said she entered by mistake, believing it to be her own.Amber Guyger told fellow officers that she opened fire when Botham Jean appeared in the darkness.This Sept. 21, 2017, file photo provided by Harding University in Search, Ark., shows Botham Jean leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas. Jean was shot and killed by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in his apartment in Dallas. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, File)Jean’s relatives joined Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson for the announcement of the charges. Jean, a 26-year-old native of the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia, attended college in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas for accounting and consulting firm PwC.“I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son,” Jean’s mother, Allison said after the announcement. “He didn’t deserve it. He was seated in his own apartment.”Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the Sept. 6 shooting, prompting criticism that the original charge was too lenient. But Johnson said at the time that the grand jury could upgrade the charges, which it did Friday.“When you look at the facts of this case, we thought that it was murder all along,” Johnson said.After finishing her shift, Guyger told investigators , she returned home in uniform and parked on the fourth floor of her apartment complex’s garage, rather than the third floor, where her unit was located, according to an affidavit prepared by the Texas Rangers.This file photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office shows Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who has been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of her Black unarmed neighbor in his own apartment. (Kaufman County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)She said she got to what she thought was her apartment — Jean’s was directly above hers — and found the door ajar. She opened it to find a figure standing in the darkness. She said she pulled her gun and fired twice after the person ignored her commands.Guyger has since been fired from the department, and Jean’s family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas. The federal suit argues that Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.The circumstances of the shooting sparked outrage and led many to question Gugyer’s account. Critics, including Jean’s family, also wondered why it took three days for Guyger to be charged, why she was not taken into custody immediately after the shooting and whether race played a factor in her decision to use deadly force.Guyger’s attorney, Robert Rogers, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the indictment.Jean’s killing thrust Dallas into the national conversation about the intersection of race and law enforcement, a dialogue revived by the high-profile trials of officers charged with murder in police shootings.In October, White Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 on-duty shooting of Black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.And in August, White former Dallas-area officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder for firing into a car filled with Black teenagers leaving a house party in 2017. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards was fatally shot.last_img read more

Now That They Walk Boston Dynamics Robots Learn to Run

first_img It can feel equal parts thrilling and terrifying checking in on the increasingly intelligent and agile robots from Boston Dynamics. They were even too spicy for Google. But if we don’t keep an eye on them, it’ll be that much easier for them to sneak up on us some dark night in the future. With that in mind, we thank the company for sharing regular video updates of how these machines are progressing. So check out the latest tricks the Atlas and SpotMini robots are capable of.Like the human babies they further resemble, these robots needed to crawl before they could walk and walk before they could run. But boy they can sure run now. In this video the upright bipedal Atlas robots jogs comfortably over uneven natural terrain and jumps pretty gracefully over a log. This is the same robot that can backflip, too. The real revelation is just seeing how the robot can still perform so impressively outdoors and not just in a controlled lab environment.Meanwhile, the SpotMini is still crawling around indoors, but it’s some real smart crawling. After being led around the office by a handler, the quadruped robot can now recall that information to later navigate the space autonomously. It uses cameras to avoid obstacles and effortlessly walks down stairs. The SpotMini’s older sibling, the Spot dog-bot, can even open doors.AdChoices广告We feel we’re doing important work for humanity here cataloging the latest developments of Boston Dynamics robots as well as other super advanced robots that may take over the world. If you want to get caught up though we’ve got stories on robots with claw heads, robots on wheels, robots that can shrug off hockey stick attacks, and robots shaped like reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. The world is nearly ready for a Boston Dynamic robot to surpass Metal Gear.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on targetlast_img read more

Lefts strike in Bengal largely ineffective

first_imgKolkata: A Left-sponsored six-hour general strike in West Bengal evoked lukewarm response on Friday as people came out in numbers on the streets while public transport was available in the city and suburbs amid tight security arrangements.Accusing the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress of throttling democracy and unleashing massive violence on opposition party workers to prevent them from filing nominations for next month’s panchayat (rural) polls, the 16 Left parties and associates had called the six-hour strike in the state that started at 6 a.m.Those parties convening the strike included all partners of the erstwhile rulers CPI-M led Left Front.However, it was business as usual in the cities of Kolkata and Howrah where thousands of office goers hit the streets as the day progressed.The districts also remained largely active barring stray incidents of unrest in some places like West Bardhaman district’s Durgapur where the strike supporters tried to put up road blockades and clashed with the police.Train services in Eastern and South-Eastern Railways were normal while educational institutions including schools and colleges remained open.Trinamool Congress leaders and state ministers Bratya Basu and Laxmi Ratan Sukla monitored the situation in their respective constituencies and claimed the people of Bengal have shunned the “shutdown-culture” and accepted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s developmental agenda.”Today is like any other normal day. There is no impact of the shutdown. Most people are going to work. I want to thank people for rejecting the culture of shutdowns and strikes in Bengal. Bengal is going ahead under the present government and there is no place for strike on the face of massive development here,” said Sukla, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports.The state government on Friday issued a notice to its employees stating it would not entertain absenteeism on the day of the strike and said no casual leaves due to inconvenience of transport would be granted.last_img read more