Investing In India

first_imgIt seems as though everyone is investing in India. During the past few years, every type of investment in the country – including private equity and venture capital – has exploded. Last year, net foreign institutional investment inflows topped $17 billion. In contrast, just four years ago, in 2004-05, total FDI (foreign direct investment) in India stood at $3.75 billion.At first, investment tended to focus on the technology sector; today’s investments are in everything from real estate to infrastructure. In a keynote speech at this year’s University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton India Economic Forum, Vinod Dham, managing director of the NEA-IndoUS Ventures and former vice president/general manager of the Microprocessor Products group at Intel, noted that online services, business process outsourcing and mobile value-added services were the top three investment areas in 2007. While the bulk of the investments are still in the IT and IT-enabled services sector, health care is beginning to pick up, Dham noted, and opportunities are often regional: Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) for IT, Hyderabad for life sciences, Mumbai for mobile/media, Chennai for manufacturing, and Delhi for business process and knowledge process outsourcing.The Investment Landscape Haramb Hajarnavis, senior member, principal investments area at Goldman Sachs, laid out the landscape. “Historically, deals were smaller in size and more growth-oriented,” he noted. “On the exit side, most entrepreneurs opted for an initial public offering. Now that’s all changing – the deal size has gone up to an average of $45 million, and every flavor of investment can be found. You see multinationals, private equity players, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds. Cross-border M&A is also emerging as a source of opportunity. The sectoral focus has widened. Buyouts have started to happen, and some exits now involve selling to others. ICICI Ventures sold a stake in Infomedia India to TV 18, as an example. We see a lot of trends in India that were in China before.”Ranjit Pandit, managing director of General Atlantic Partners LLC, noted that the majority of his firm’s overall holdings were between 10% and 35%, so they were already familiar with the kinds of investments they were looking at in the Indian market. “We are minority investors; we identify high-growth sectors so we can generate returns and do it without leverage,” he said. “We’re also getting more comfortable with sectors we’re not familiar with – it just takes more time.”Zubin Dubash, India Region head for Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity, said that his firm had begun its private equity endeavor on a global level during the 1990s. “The bulk of our investments had been in the U.S. and Europe – control situations, leveraged buyouts, etc. During the last few years, we have been looking to expand our footprint – into Brazil, Australia, Japan, China and, four months ago, India. While we are used to doing control transactions in the rest of the world, we’re seeing very little of that in China or India. We wanted to tailor our own flexible strategy to do minority investments.” Dubash said that the important factor wasn’t whether it was a minority or control type of investment: “The important thing is, are you really a partner with the promoter? Many promoters choose private equity deals based on value. But private equity players can bring lots of different things to the table – access to customers, access to acquisitions or even operational efficiencies.”Small Stake, Small Voice?Ensuring some level of influence in a company without a controlling interest isn’t always easy. “Sometimes you get it wrong, sometimes you get it right,” said Pandit. “The key is, before you do the investment, to get comfortable with the promoter. You have to align the objectives on both sides, which is hard when you have a powerful promoter or when many branches of a family – with different viewpoints – are involved with the business. Getting behind some of these facets is very important.” The most successful experiences have been situations where people have come from nothing and are interested in building enterprises, said Pandit. “Looking back in time, think of Infosys as an example – there were a few professional managers who left another enterprise and who had the technology and the right governance model in place.”Hajarnavis agreed that it was a challenge. “We do try for larger transactions; we’re not in a rush to deploy hundreds of millions of dollars of capital over a certain number of months. We don’t have a specific timeline – it’s a long-term business. We lived through this in China as well, where we started small and over time we evolved to write larger checks. We view this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the company, so we have to be patient.” Hajarnavis admitted that there was some pressure from limited partners, who wanted India exposure. “If we didn’t have a presence there, the question would be asked – why are we not there? As with any other sector, we have to localize our product – private equity – for the Indian market. There may not be a lot of leveraged buyout opportunities, but there are lots of other growth capital opportunities over the next few years. We want long-term relationships with these companies. Goldman Sachs also has had the strategy of following its clients – we see where they have gone. Every large client of Goldman has an interest and a presence in India. That creates a reason for us to be there also.”Governance structures are important, but hard to influence. “We have very little influence, so you have to do the homework before getting in,” said Pandit. “You see either a structure of command-and-control or where people genuinely are bettering themselves and building institutions. It’s hard to change it once you’re in there.” Issues around hiring, where to take the business, how much risk to take – all of these are important, he noted. “Ultimately the bet you make is on the top management team. You can’t spend lots of time on all these issues if you have a lot of deals.”What Value Does a Firm Add?Dubash, who was previously CFO at leading BPO firm WNS Global Services, gave the panel the perspective of the other side, recounting what Warburg Pincus (WNS’ majority shareholder) had brought to the table. “The biggest value addition they brought was a team of people to facilitate a capture, and then they built a world-class team around that. Also, whenever we did an acquisition, we had access to their entire team’s expertise in a particular area. When we wanted to open an office in Romania, we put our neck on the line and took a cut in variable pay, and the firm supported us.”Pandit added that firms typically could add value in three areas. “One is the management team, of course. Second, alliances can add value – bringing new technology, customers, sourcing and revenue. Third would be the complementarities – other companies in the portfolio that we are aware of. We see things on the horizon that a company may not. And we can provide funding to make things happen.”“We all strive to be a sounding board for CEOs; we want them to think of us as their business partner,” noted Hajarnavis. “I’d like them to reach out to us. That’s what we’re there for, and when we can add value. If I know what problem the company management is trying to solve, I can put the resources of our company at their disposal.”Do the Sweet Deals Still Exist? Even a few years ago, proprietary deals were sometimes possible, noted Bain & Company private equity practice head Sri Rajan. In the current environment, it would be tough to find any advantage these days. “In a hot capital market, competition is inevitable,” said Pandit. “The advantage that any private equity firm has is its relationships. We have a track record of supporting companies, so it sometimes allows us to get a leg up, to have the opportunity to look at a deal.”Hajarnavis noted that Indian entrepreneurs were sophisticated when it comes to understanding the value of their business. “Given the culture of negotiation, they always want to find the best deal,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to explain to them our tangible value-added. We may get privileged access for a short period of time or maybe one extra meeting that helps us come up with the right judgment, but really, there’s no friends-and-family discount out there.”“We’re new to the market in the PE practice,” added Dubash, “but the relationships I’ve developed for 20 years are good, so deal flow has not been an issue. You do get some privileges, but you at least have to be in the range in terms of pricing.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Shiv Sena’s ₹10 meal promise is a copy of Tai’s kitchen, says NCP

first_imgA day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray promised a full meal at ₹10 on being voted to power in the forthcoming Assembly polls, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) taunted him and thanked him for “stealing” their idea.“Uddhav Thackeray promised something which we have been implementing for last one year. We congratulate him for the inspiration he found in our initiative. We started this initiative on the birthday of Ajit Pawar despite being not in power. One does not need power to start such services,” said Captain Ashish Damle, NCP’s Badlapur city president.Mr. Damle had in 2018 started the initiative called Tai’s kitchen which serves a full meal for only ₹10. “We started this kitchen understanding the need of the people of Badlapur, especially the workers and daily wage labourers. We give three chapatis, subji and rice for ₹10. Hundreds of people come and eat healthy food. This social service does not need government power, only will power and good intention to serve the people,” he said.Mr. Thackeray in his Vijayadashmi address at Shivaji Park on Tuesday promised that the new Sena government would provide full meals at ₹10. The announcement is seen as a continuation of the zunka-bhakar kendras which were established during the previous Sena-BJP government in 1995. These centres used to provide zunka and bhakri at ₹ 1. The concept of Tai’s kitchen, started by the NCP, is also inspired from the Amma canteen launched by the Tamil Nadu government under the then chief minister J. Jayalalitha and Indira canteens launched by the previous Congress government in Karnataka.last_img read more

Key signings boost Global-Cebu roster

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ With a slew of talented new signings, Global Cebu looks poised to mount a serious challenge in both the Philippines Football League and in the AFC Cup starting Feb. 10.The Cebu-based side acquired former Meralco Manila players Lee Jeong-min, a defender from Korea, Curt Dizon, Daniel Gadia and Jinggoy Valmayor and Ilocos United striker Chima Uzoka as it looks to fill the void left by captain Misagh Bahadoran, who signed a lucrative deal with Perak in the Malaysian Super League.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Officiating, fans on top of Marcial’s priorities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The excitement is palpable within the Global side as the club also welcomed a new owner in Alvin Carranza, who takes over from Dan Palami, who has opted to focus on his duties as chair of the national teams’ committee of the Philippine Football Federation.Carranza, a long time supporter of grassroots football as managing director of the Teen Azkals Foundation, Inc., has elevated Marjo Allado back as head coach, after Akbar Nawas handled the team in the second half of the season last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think the club is in good hands with Alvin (Carranza) at the helm,” said Palami.While Dennis Villanueva and Amani Aguinaldo also moved to Davao Aguilas and Ceres Negros, respectively, Global has kept several key players in goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, Rufo Sanchez, Daryl Roberts and Wesley Dos Santos. LATEST STORIEScenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Global attracted the biggest crowd in the PFL last season when 5,300 fans showed up for their clash against Visayas rival, Ceres-Negros, at Cebu City Sports Center.Having already established a strong connection with the Cebuano crowd, Global hopes it could make another deep run in the AFC Cup, while giving Ceres a run for its PFL crown. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Gilas sews up QF berth

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 84-68 victory over Japan before blowing Hong Kong off the floor, 99-55.They would be closing out first-round play against the Chinese Taipei dribblers on Saturday seeking a sweep.The Tall Blacks, on the other hand, survived a 33-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance from Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib also on Thursday to pull off an 86-82 win over the hosts and also rise to 2-0.New Zealand, which defeated the Philippines in the World Cup Qualifying’s wild card tournament in Manila last year, also defeated Kazakhstan and will be seeking top Group C ranking with a win over South Korea, also on Saturday.El Khatib, meanwhile, is averaging 24.5 points and is running third in the department, which Gilas Pilipinas’ Terrence Romeo paces after exploding for 26 points in a 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday night.Syria’s Tarek Aljabi, a beefy shooting guard, is in second after scoring 25 points over Jordan.El Khatib is likewise averaging eight rebounds and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers San Beda, Letran trip foes View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With all guns firing in an eight-minute stretch in the third period on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas sent Iraq crashing face down in their Group B match and bagged an automatic quarterfinal berth at Nouhad Nowfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Iraq was held to a paltry nine points in the third as the Gilas defense held its own in the shaded lane and in the perimeter.Gilas clashes with Qatar at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Sunday, with a win pushing China and Iraq to the qualifying round for the quarterfinals.Defending champion China scored its first win, a 92-67 manhandling of the Qataris, and will close out preliminary round action against Iraq.Australia and New Zealand, world powerhouses seeing action in the Fiba Asia zone for the first time, are both undefeated and set the pace in their own groups after the first four playdates.Ranked 10th in the world, the Aussies first posted anADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger joined Terrence Romeo in presiding over a 19-0 tear as the Filipinos broke away from what had been a very tight contest for a 84-68 victory and a 2-0 record that assured them of safe passage into the KO stages.That third quarter spurt climaxed the hard work the Filipinos put in to bounce back from a bum start and it meant that Gilas will, in all likelihood, be avoiding a quarterfinal clash with world power Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger, the tournament rookie who took the place of Andray Blatche as the country’s naturalized player at the 11th hour, touched off the crippling run with five straight points before Romeo connected on seven consecutive of his own.It was more than enough for the Filipinos to snuff the fight out of the Iraqis, who, like in their Jones Cup encounter three weeks before, resorted to a lot of physicality. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Roger Federer eases into 12th French Open quarterfinal

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day eight of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 2, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)Roger Federer reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 12th time on Sunday, becoming the oldest man in 28 years to make the last-eight of a Slam.The 37-year-old eased past Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 and will face either close friend and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka or Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a semi-final spot.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Federer didn’t face a break point in the fourth round match against the outclassed world number 68 played in a sweltering 32 degrees on Court Philippe Chatrier.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men’s list.Despite leading Wawrinka 23-3 in career head-to-head meetings, Federer said he still remembers his quarter-final loss to his friend in Paris four years ago.“I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!“But he played really great that year and won the title.”Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections “It’s fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris,” said Federer who last played the tournament in 2015 when he made the quarter-finals — where he lost to Wawrinka.The Greek star, meanwhile, defeated Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance.“I will need to play like this again against either Stan or Tsitsipas.” MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

ACL injury

first_imgLets talk today about ACL injuries.Do you remember that old childrens song that goes, “The knee bones connected to the thigh bone,” and so on? Well the thigh bones connected to the shin bone, and one of the four ligaments that connects these two bones is called the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. The ACL sits in the middle of the knee. Its main job is to prevent the shin bone from sliding in front of the thigh bone.So, how do most ACL injuries occur? Well, getting tackled in football is just one way to hurt your ACL. You could also over extend your knee joint while playing other sports, like basketball or soccer, or while skiing. Or, you could injure your ACL if you quickly change direction while running, or land the wrong way from a jump.Some ACL tears are just partial, while others are complete. The injury that has damaged your ACL can also tear other ligaments or cartilage in your knee.So, what should you do if you think that you might have a torn ACL? Well, if youve injured your knee and it swells up, hurts, or makes a “popping sound,” or gives way while you walk, you could have an ACL injury. So, stop whatever that youre doing; even if youre just about to score the game-winning touchdown. Try not to move your knee. See your doctor as soon as you can because you may need an MRI or x-ray so your doctor can see exactly what type of injury that you have.advertisementYou can treat an ACL injury with ice, rest, and pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. But you may also need physical therapy to get your knee moving normally again. If the tear is so bad that you can barely walk on your leg, your doctor may recommend surgery to rebuild your torn ACL.Whenever you run, jump, or play sports, take it easy on your knees. Talk to your doctor or a physical therapist about ways to prevent knee injuries during play. And if you ever hurt your knee so badly that your foot turns blue and feels cool to the touch, get medical help immediately because thats a sign that youve dislocated your knee joint, and you may have injured the blood vessels to your foot.Review Date:11/16/2011Reviewed By:Mitchell W. Hecht, MD FACP, Internal Medicine private practice in Roswell, GA; author of the nationally-syndicated medical column Ask Dr. H. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

PT periods look redundant? Here’s why Indian schools should re-evaluate their fitness programmes

first_imgChanging facet of schools:Today’s schools are no longer defined by their age-old, large buildings, classrooms filled with wooden chairs and table and a blackboard. Today’s schools have a dynamic environment fuelled with security cameras, professional security guards, complete computerization of operations across the school, e-learning resources, ergonomic furniture, professional catering, housekeeping and what not. Today’s schools are knowledge hubs which need to help a child achieve his or her true potential. While the above-mentioned factors were earlier considered as just a USP about schools, they are increasingly being seen as standard offerings for most upcoming schools as well as those with years of legacy in the field of education.Alarming statistics of Indian children’s physical health:1. Research across various cities in India indicates that 1 out of 4 children living in metro cities and 1 out of every 6 children in non-metro cities is obese.2. The flexibility quotient among students studying in metros is 24.7 percent, while it is 31.1 percent in those studying in non-metro cities.3. The anaerobic capacity (maximal work performed during maximum-intensity short-term physical effort) in students is 27.5 percent in metro cities and 30.2 percent in non-metro cities.The above facts also more or less further get re confirmed by thousands of fitness tests conducted by The Sports Gurukul (TSG), a professional sports academy in Mumbai, in over 100 schools and 23 cities of India.Are schools taking the right path?With children spending 10 to 15 years in schools, the onus of overall development (which includes physical development) rides on the shoulders of a school. Certainly a school doesn’t want to give back their nation a lopsided grown individual who is intellectually stimulated and physically obese by the time he graduates school.advertisementSo does it mean schools are failing? Does it mean they do not know how to correct this? Does it mean schools are ignorant about this fact? Does it mean schools really don’t care?In certain cases, the answer would be a resounding “Yes!”, while in others, it would be “No”. Research data most certainly suggests heightened attention required on the part of schools and immediate corrective action, without which the school education programme will be incomplete.Need for PT periods:The 2-3 PT periods in a week are overlooked in many schools but are perhaps one of the most important facets for a holistic development of a child. It is scientifically proven that a physically fit body stimulates the intellect, and, hence; it is very important that schools focus more on making their students physically fit as well. Current state of PT periods:Most PT sessions are unstructured, non-planned sessions, which waste the crucial time of many children. While the thought process for fitness requires the same attention as your school gives to core education subjects, the subject of fitness is rather more important. Sadly, the pressure to achieve academic goals (which do not count the physical development of a student) is so overbearing, that adequate attention could not be given to fitness and PE in traditional schools.Evaluating PE systems in schools:Schools should ask themselves the following questions to evaluate their system of physical education:1. Are Fitness and Sports an important part in overall education at school?2. Do we have a well-defined plan for fitness of children in our school?3. Is our PE and sports program run with a systematic curriculum and executed as per well-planned lesson plans?4. Is progression of each child tracked and evaluated?5. Is diet given importance in our programs?6. Is there a regular assessment of our children conducted through worldwide established scientific fitness test batteries?7. Are we using age appropriate sports equipment for children?8. Is my teacher using the right Physical education teaching pedagogy and ensuring each child is being equally attended?If the answer to all the above questions is yes, your school is certainly doing the right things. But if the answer is no, the sports and PE programme in your school need immediate attention.Outsourcing options:Keeping in mind the problems faced in this sector, schools can vouch for outsourcing their PE programmes for a better fitness training of their students. The Sports Gurukul (TSG) is one such institute offering this kind of service. The following are some of its features:1. TSG has adopted the Human Kinetics Physical education program, which is further customised in the Indian context.2. It uses scientifically researched curriculum used in over 3000 institutions in the US.3. It uses play way methods and fun, along with intensive pedagogy training for trainers, who deliver systematic training.4. TSG offers both a complete solution and a ‘Train the trainer’ model, where existing good teachers can be helped and trained in improving their delivery and results from their current school PE programme.advertisementSchools need to think what kind of generation they are raising and introduce a proper fitness foundation, which can be utilised by them for a lifetime.With inputs from Mr. Jay Shah, Co-Founder and Director, The Sports GurukulRead: Importance of physical education in school curricula Read: Vocational Education: Climbing up on the economic growth bandwagonlast_img read more

Bishan Singh Bedi’s absence from 500th Test BCCI’s loss: Rajeev Shukla to India Today

first_imgIPL Chairman and Uttar Pradesh cricket boss Rajeev Shukla has said that, contrary to the reports, that he had invited Bishan Singh Bedi to join the felicitation ceremony organised for all former India captains at the sidelines of ongoing Kanpur Test. (Kanpur Test: Boult, Santner reduce India to 291/9 on Day 1)”I sent him an email and even tried contacting him over phone on the number that I had but wasn’t able to speak to him or get a response from him,” Shukla told India Today after the end of first day’s play in the first Test match between India and New Zealand at Green Park. (India’s 500th Test: Proud to pass on the baton to GenNext, says Tendulkar)Bedi, a known critic of BCCI, had said a few days ago that he has not been invited for the ceremony organised by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association and BCCI to mark the historic 500th Test for Team India in Kanpur. The ceremony at ground, where UP Governor honoured former India skippers before the start of play on Thursday, was preceded by a dinner event for all the former Test captains at the team hotel on Wednesday.”I have huge respect for Bedi ji. As a student, I saw him hitting huge sixes at this very Green Park. How can we even think of not inviting him. It is our loss,” Shukla added.Former India captains Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Ravi Shastri, Kris Srikkanth, Anil Kumble besides current leader Virat Kohli attended the dinner event.advertisement”I am so happy that Ajit Wadekar, who arrived from Mumbai post midnight came to the ground and was honoured after match had started. It wasn’t an easy thing for everyone to gather for this occasion as Kanpur is not very well connected flightwise. I am glad that most of them made it,” said Shukla.last_img read more

Olympiakos Reaches Champions Leage 16

first_imgMADRID – Olympiakos and Bayer Leverkusen reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Dec. 10, with either Juventus or Galatasaray set to join them after their match in Istanbul was abandoned because of a snowstorm.Match officials stopped play after 31 minutes, ruling the field was too dangerous to play on. The last hour will now be played on Dec. 11, kicking off at 3pm local time (1300 GMT).Olympiakos beat 8-man Anderlecht 3-1 to advance, edging out two-time champion Benfica, whose 2-1 victory over Paris St. Germain was not enough.Leverkusen won 1-0 at Real Sociedad to finish behind Group A winner Manchester United, which beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0.Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score nine times in group play as the Portugal forward’s 26th goal of the season helped carry Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory at Copenhagen to wrap up Group B.“We’re first in the group, the team played very well on a very bad pitch,” Ronaldo said. “I scored a goal and I’m happy that I can help the team.”Manchester City finally managed to secure a victory over a European heavyweight, coming from behind to win 3-2 at Bayern Munich to end the defending champion’s record winning streak at 10 games.City fell one goal shy of taking Group D over Bayern on head-to-head results after the clubs finished tied on 15 points.Bayern charged into a 2-0 lead by the 12th minute at the Allianz Arena before David Silva began the rally with a 28th-minute goal. City was inspired by the Spain midfielder and, after Aleksandar Kolarov equalized from the penalty spot, James Milner side footed home a low screamer to secure the win in the 62nd.“This is a very important result for us,” City coach Manuel Pellegrini said.Back in Manchester, Phil Jones scored in the 67th minute at Old Trafford as United continued to find its form in Europe while it struggles domestically.United’s victory helped Leverkusen, which won through Omer Toprak’s second-half goal, as it condemned Shakhtar to a place in the Europa League after finishing third in the group.Benfica joins Shakhtar in Europe’s second-tier competition despite rallying from Edinson Cavani’s 37th-minute opener for Group C winner PSG.Lima converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime and Nicolas Gaitan scored from Maxi Pereira’s diverted cross in the 58th, but the result wasn’t enough for the Portuguese team because of the result across the continent in Greece.Javier Saviola scored two goals for Olympiakos but was shaking his head in the 50th with the score at 1-1 when Anderlecht goalkeeper Silvio Proto saved his penalty. Saviola made up for that miss eight minutes later after swiveling to stab home his second for 2-1.“Everything counts more in the Champions league: scoring, winning, celebrating,” Saviola said. “So this is a great moment.”Proto stopped another penalty before being the third Andrlecht player sent off three minutes into stoppage time. Substitute Alejandro Dominguez beat outfield player Aleksandar Mitrovic — who filled in for Proto.After a slow start, Madrid is certainly showing its mettle as a title favorite. The team extended its unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games, despite Ronaldo also having a second-half penalty saved.Luka Modric got nine-time champion Madrid going with an exquisitely taken shot from just outside the area in the 25th, and Madrid never looked back with Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema running the attack.“Today I wanted to score, like every game. Every goal is important to help the team win and today it was extra special to break the record,” said Ronaldo, who had been sidelined over two weeks with a hamstring injury. “But I don’t think about records. The principal objective is to win trophies.”Madrid topped Group B with 16 points. Juventus needs just a draw against Galatasaray to advance, while the Turkish club needs a win.Also in Group D, substitute Tomas Wagner volleyed home a 90th-minute winner as Viktoria Plzen sealed its place in the Europa League with a 2-1 victory against nine-man CSKA Moscow.Ahmed Musa headed CSKA ahead in the 65th but Daniel Kolar nodded home an equalizer after Alan Dzagoev was red carded. CSKA midfielder Pontus Wernbloom was sent off moments after Wagner ensured coach Pavel Vrba’s last Champions League game in charge of the club before he takes over the Czech Republic was a memorable one.Each of the eight football grounds unveiled a banner that read “Madiba, The World Will Never Forget” before kickoff in honor of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5 at age 95.(Paul Logothetis, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Chuba Hubbard Earns Carr Conference MVP Honor

first_imgChuba Hubbard and the Bev Facey Falcons put their undefeated record on the line this past weekend in the Divisional round of the playoffs versus No. 6 Salisbury Comp Sabres, and came away once again unscathed with a 43-0 victory.Following the game, Oklahoma State running back commit Chuba Hubbard was awarded the Carr Conference MVP Award by Metro Edmonton.Metro Edmonton presented the Carr Conference MVP Award to Facey’s #30 Chuba Hubbard!! Well deserved! @bevfacey @FaceyFootball pic.twitter.com/RYmdt5rfk9— Bev Facey Athletics (@FaceyAthletics) November 5, 2016 Hubbard has been the star of the Canadian league and arguably the best team in the conference as they chase an undefeated record. Statistics weren’t available for the game, but Hubbard did score one touchdown in the game this past weekend, per the teams twitter account.Hubbard’s season statistics aren’t available, but he did accumulate 2,243 yards last season as a junior — three times more rushing yards than the leagues second leading rusher.Bev Facey will play in the ASAA Tier 1 North Semi game this Saturday as they continue their march toward the provincial final. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

18 days ago​Newcastle midfielder Longstaff ‘over the moon’ for brother Matty

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Newcastle midfielder Longstaff ‘over the moon’ for brother Mattyby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is delighted for his brother Matty, as the latter scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the Premier League.Matty helped Newcastle to a famous 1-0 win over the Red Devils at home on Sunday.And the older Longstaff has no problems with his kid brother getting some of the limelight!The pair started the game in central midfield, with Matty winning man of the match.”I’m over the moon for him,” said Sean to Sky Sports. “If I’m being honest, he’s been unlucky to be out of the team. But today he’s been a breath of fresh air.” last_img read more

Cabinet Mikmaq Chiefs Hold Annual Meeting

first_imgProvincial cabinet ministers and Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq chiefs met in Halifax today, Nov. 24, to discuss education and culture issues, land and natural resources, as well as social and justice issues. “This meeting reiterates the importance of us coming together as Treaty partners,” said Chief Sidney Peters, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “We hope that today’s discussions will help us to further the unique relationship that we have established here in Nova Scotia between the province and the Mi’kmaq.” “Our relationship with the Mi’kmaq is vital to our province’s future,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “This meeting allows us to sit down and celebrate our achievements, air any concerns, and then come together to build a stronger Nova Scotia for all.” It was the seventh annual meeting of the assembly and the provincial cabinet to review progress and set priorities. The meeting helps guide ongoing discussions on a variety of issues. Government is engaged with the Mi’kmaq in a number of processes, including the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process, the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Terms of Reference for a Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Process.last_img read more

2004 Homicide Added to Rewards Program

first_imgThe Halifax Regional Police and the province are adding the homicide of Corey William Murphy to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. “The family and community continue to grieve this tragic and violent death,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “I hope the addition to the rewards program will encourage anyone who may have information to come forward.” On March 2, 2004, Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of an injured male near the intersection of Hilden Drive and Herring Cove Road in Halifax. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a male suffering from gun-shot wounds. The victim was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was identified as 29-year-old Corey William Murphy of Halifax. The Medical Examiner confirmed Mr. Murphy’s death was a homicide. The program offers up to $150,000 to anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Individuals who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. Anyone with information should call the program at 1-888-710-9090. The rewards program launched in October 2006 as an additional tool to help police gather information on unsolved crimes. Since its inception, two full rewards of $150,000 and one partial reward of $100,000 have been paid out by the program. Police credit the rewards program in helping with recent charges laid in relation to the 2017 homicide of Benjamin (Loka) Lokeny. For more information about this case and others, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/Public_Safety/Rewards/ .last_img read more

Navy to get new chief on Friday eastern fleet has new commander

first_imgNew Delhi: After serving for more than four decades, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will pass on the baton to Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, who will take over as the Navy chief at a ceremony in South Block on Friday. The switch-over is taking place in the backdrop of a succession row triggered by Andaman and Nicobar command chief Bimal Verma challenging the appointment of Karambir Singh as the new chief. Verma’s plea against overlooking him for the top post despite being the senior-most officer is pending in the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) though the Defence Ministry has rejected his objection. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist AFT on Wednesday allowed Karambir Singh to take over till a decision on the petition comes. Lanba’s retirement has led to changes at the top of the defence establishment. Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain took over as the eastern fleet commander from Karambir Singh. Air Chief B.S. Dhanoa replaced Lanba as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), a tri-service integrated body. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Defence Management, Secunderabad; and Royal College of Defence Studies, London, Admiral Lanba’s career was enriched with vast experience at sea as well as in operational, training and tri-services appointments, said a Defence Ministry statement. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France During his tenure as the Navy chief, Admiral Lanba set the tone for several transitions in operational, training and organisational philosophy of the Indian Navy. The Mission Based Deployments, introduced in June 2017, transformed the operational philosophy to deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications and choke points. During the Admiral’s tenure, the Indian Navy’s foreign cooperation initiatives became a ‘key driver’ to propel ‘India’s defence diplomacy’ to greater heights in the Indo-Pacific. Under Admiral Lanba’s command, the Indian Navy examined and put into place a series of measures under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government and also recommended ways to further indigenize defence procurements to overcome major challenges. A total of 49 ships and submarines are currently under construction in Indian shipyards, including the first indigenous aircraft carrier ‘Vikrant’, the statement said.last_img read more

Jarrod Bunch Talks Charity

first_imgFormer NFL star Jarrod Bunch has appeared in a number of films – such as Django Unchained, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Forgotten – and recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk to LookToTheStars.org about his charity work.Jarrod Bunch Talks CharityTell us more about the charities you work with?I do a lot of speaking and training at high schools here in the LA area for the Just Keep Livin Foundation. The foundation was started by Matthew McConaughey. It’s a program geared towards high schools, giving students opportunities to see how positive thinking and support can lead to positive outcomes. It was an easy transition from all the work I did for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when I was still playing in the NFL.How or why did you select to support the charities you currently work with?I worked with Matthew on the movie “Two for the Money,” so when I read that he was having events with current players to raise money for the foundation, I called up the foundation and asked if they wanted retired players.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?People have their reasons for helping and for not helping. I’m more annoyed with places that call themselves a “charity foundation” and they are the only ones receiving a benefit.And how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?I think it’s important for each celebrity to follow their heart. Charity work is not for everyone… Participating in a charity event with a “DIVA”, is not a good experience for anyone!What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?I’m trying to get a partnership with the National Football Players Association and Just Keep Livin so that the celebrities that wish to participate with the high schools who have the program can be participants in the year round program.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Loblaw says incident at Shoppers Drug Mart absolutely unacceptable after teen slammed

first_imgThe original video was taken off social media. This is a digital copy obtained by APTN NewsIn an email statement, Loblaw Public Relations says they are “deeply concerned by what happened.”The statement says “Shoppers Drug Mart has a no-touch policy, which means pharmacy owners, their store employees and their security partners are not allowed to physically engage with anyone in our stores.”APTN News has spoken with a friend of the family who says they are in Thunder Bay from Kingfisher Lake First Nation, a fly in community in northern Ontario for medical purposes.In a series of Facebook messages, the friend of the family says the teen is “traumatized” from the incident and “still in pain.”Thunder Bay Police say officers were called to the Shoppers Drug Mart on Memorial Avenue around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday for “a report of a theft.”Police will only say that “investigators are aware of a video circulating social media believed to be connected with this call and are investigating the entirety of the incident.”The investigation was continuing today with witness interviews.In its statement, Loblaws says “this use of force and handcuffs is a clear violation of that policy. Working with our pharmacy owner we have been in contact with the third-party security provider and have recommended disciplinary action – including restricting the security guard from working at any of our stores.“We sincerely apologize to the family for what happened. It does not reflect our company’s values or customers’ expectations.”dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnews APTN NewsLoblaw, the parent company of Shoppers Drug Mart says an incident involving a security guard and a teen at a store in Thunder Bay is “absolutely unacceptable.”In a video that was widely circulated on social media shows a security guard trying to restrain the youth.At one point, the guard lifts the teen in the air and slams him to the floor of the store.The guard then handcuffs the teen.last_img read more

Indias DMK tells Centre to act on Lanka

A constituent of the Indian government, the DMK said this when it met under party chief M Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu today, Indian media reports said. India’s DMK Executive today alleged that “atrocities” against Tamils continued even now in Sri Lanka, including a spate of arrests of students. It also expressed concern over recurring incidents of attacks on Indian fishermen hailing from the state.“In this situation, the Centre should think whether the Indian Army should even now remain a spectator to these atrocities to play an important role, amounting to warning Sri Lanka, and in the UN and and come forward to uphold the rights of the rest of the Tamils,” it resolved. read more

More than 4000 people went missing in Ireland so far this year

first_imgFIGURES FROM AN Garda Síochána show some 4,230 people have gone missing across the country since the start of this year.Most of them were eventually found but as of 20 June, 59 were still unaccounted for.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dermot Browne, Chairperson at the Missing in Ireland Support Service (MISS), said his organisation has been trying to get additional information about missing people to gain an insight into the problem.“Stats are very hard to draw anything from and they’re nearly always out of fate when you get them,” he explained.”We’ve looked for the gardaí to give some idea of age brackets and also the outcome – whether a person was found alive or dead – and that information is critical in pointing to what the problem is.”Not a crimeThough the missing persons numbers usually average up to 8,000 a year, Browne said this includes the large number of children in care who go missing regularly for a few days at a time throughout the year.“The true figures are somewhere around 3,000 or 4,000 and that’s not insignificant – it’s the equivalent of a small town in Ireland,” he said. “Thankfully most people are found in a short amount of time.”Browne pointed out that going missing is not a crime and “not everyone who has gone missing has a problem”. However there are “certain categories of people who there should be an immediate response for”.He referenced the case of 65-year-old Peggy Mangan whose body was found in Ballymun, Dublin, after she had been missing for a number of days. The elderly woman suffered from Alzheimers and had left her home in south Dublin with her dog but never returned.Browne said in cases such as this, where there is a serious concern for the person who has gone missing, searches need to be mobilised as quickly as possible.SearchesMISS is currently in the process of drawing a number of organisations that work in the area of search and rescue into a ‘missing persons alliance’ so that they are all working together when they are needed.It can take time once it’s reported to the gardaí to conduct a risk assessment – because it’s not against the law for someone to go missing – and then it likely goes to civil defence or mountain rescue or the Coast Guard. There are lots of local organisations that are just as well equipped to carry out a search and maybe more available and more quickly than an official organisation.He said the alliance will allow MISS to have a list of contacts to refer families to as they obviously want to take action but do not know where to go.In response to a recent parliamentary question asked by TD Bernard Durkan, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said she all incidents where a person has been reported missing “remain open and under investigation until such times as the person is located”.She said the garda authorities are satisfied that adequate resources are in place to deal with the issue and investigations are carried out in line with international best practice.Read: Why did all these Chinese ‘teens’ go missing in Ireland?Read: ‘Totally out of the blue’: Gardaí renew appeal for missing Dublin man>last_img read more

New Apple TV lets you pay for Netflix through iTunes

first_imgAlthough the big announcement at the Apple event last week was the new iPad. Details also dropped about the third generation Apple TV. Highlights of the latest version of the tiny media box include a streamlined user interface and full support for 1080p streaming. iCloud also plays a part with Photostream and Movies in the Cloud. Inside, the processor has been upgraded and there’s low-power Bluetooth 4.0 on board. There is another difference that’s more subtle, however. Apple has done a deal with Netflix to allow Apple TV owners to pay their subscription using an iTunes account. In so doing, Apple has made it even easier to sign up for the streaming service as there’s no longer an “enter your card details” step required.Such a move is good news for everyone involved. Netflix has removed a barrier to entry because most people with an Apple TV are going to have an iTunes account already setup. Consumers also win because they don’t have to give yet another company their credit card details. Apple is potentially the biggest winner in this deal, though. It will surely be making money, however small, from every Netflix subscription by handling the payment. But as the Fast Company points out, it also gets consumers used to paying for other services through Apple. The question now is how far Apple intends to extend this 3rd-party payment processing? Will it include a growing number of other services, and is this just another step towards Apple launching a fully-fledged mobile payments service?Read more at Fast Companylast_img read more

Is Anthem The Next Fallout 76

first_img There’s a lot riding on Anthem, EA’s big online sci-fi multiplayer shooter coming in just a few weeks. Although we know now Dragon Age 4 is probably a thing, Anthem still seems like the last chance for BioWare after the Mass Effect Andromeda debacle. And we’re guessing it’s going to be way tougher for other publishers to create their own Destiny now that actual Destiny is firmly in the hands of Bungie and Bungie alone.Based on what we’ve seen to so far, Anthem, one of the biggest games on 2019, has plenty going for it. The style, while generic, is at least making use of all the money surely being thrown at it. And flying around in the jungle with your buds in your off-brand Iron Man armor seems fun in a way that’s hard to mess up. But as Anthem inches closer to its release date, after already suffering a mild delay out of late 2018, we’re worried that we’re starting to get some serious Fallout 76 vibes off of it.For starters, Anthem and Fallout 76 share some conceptual level flaws in that they are both misusing the talents of their teams. Fallout 76 took flack for thinking that adding multiplayer to the franchise would make players okay with all the rich single-player RPG quest content being stripped out. Players weren’t okay.Meanwhile, BioWare is also known for developing some of the most beloved single-player narratives in gaming. Sure later Mass Effect games put more emphasis on the multiplayer and third-person shooting, but the story is what held it together (whatever your thoughts on Mass Effect 3 are aside). But while we don’t doubt Anthem will have some of the storytelling BioWare is known for, we just suspect it’ll be more in the margins so the multiplayer shooting can shine.But that’s all pretty philosophical. More substantively, Anthem gave us Fallout 76 flashbacks over this past weekend as countless players reported difficulties logging into its VIP preview beta demo. Making an online video game is hard. The whole point of tests like this is to see how your game actually performs with lots of real people logging onto the servers as once. Some issues are inevitable and that’s fine.Even with that low bar though Anthem beta players still encountered technical obstacles they never expected. Load screens that never ended. Being cut off from the servers entirely. Severely debilitating lag. Freezing and crashing out of nowhere. Multiplayer missions with no one in them. Broken leveling up and gear that didn’t actually improve you. This isn’t the final game and shouldn’t be judged as such, but it’s enough to cause cold sweats among those who suffered through the barely finished Andromeda or watched in horror as a bug caused Fallout 76’s 50 GB beta to delete itself instead of running.And for one more Fallout 76 comparison, BioWare is apologizing for the poor beta performance by offering free new skins to players as we go into the next beta period and soon after the the full launch. At least it isn’t an apology tote bag.Hopefully these are all just growing pains and Anthem launches on February 22 safe and sound. But if Anthem fails, and takes BioWare down with it, what’s next for EA? Nothing but sports games and cancelled Star Wars games? Just fix all of these problems and make a new KOTOR, you cowards! Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more