Medieval Times to replace all its kings with queens

first_imgThe days of a king sitting on the throne at Medieval Times castles is coming to an end.It’s now time for queens to take control at the franchise’s various locations across North America. After 34 years of kings lording over the jousting competition, all Medieval Times are undergoing a “sea change” and transitioning to queendoms.For those unaware of the goings-on at Medieval Times, here’s how things typically go: upon entry, customers are separated into different colour “teams” and the jousting knights wear the corresponding colour. The knights do battle on horseback while the customers consume a medieval-themed meal with their hands (for real, there are no utensils unless requested). You’re encouraged to be raucous and rude; as you eat, you cheer for your knight to claim victory. Login/Register With: Advertisement A new queen takes the throne at ‘Medieval Times.’ Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Fraser Institute shows Albertas investment attractiveness dropping

first_imgCALGARY (660NEWS) – A new study shows Alberta’s reputation as a place to invest in energy projects continues to fall.The Fraser Institute surveyed petroleum-sector executives around the world and found the province ranked 43rd of 97 jurisdictions worldwide in attractiveness to invest, falling ten spots from last year and down from 14th overall in 2014.Fraser Institute Senior Policy Analyst Ashley Stedman helped author the report and said there are a number of factors leading to the decline.“More than 50 per cent of survey respondents this year say Alberta’s high taxes and more than 70 per cent sight Alberta’s costly red tape as deterrents to investment,” explained Stedmen.For the first time in five years, no Canadian region ranked in the top 10, while Alberta also finished second last in Canada, with only B.C. seen as a less attractive place to invest.Manitoba was the best, ranking 16th in the world.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

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Eyetracking tech watches what you read online – but most users skim

TORONTO – Ian Everdell knows exactly where people’s eyes generally go when browsing a web page, and how women act a little differently than men when it comes to reading online.If you can even call it reading.Everdell has it on good authority that Internet users typically aren’t really reading at all on most web pages. Their eyes impatiently dart across the screen in search of something specific, or something interesting to pique their attention, but there’s not much actual reading going on.He knows because of the eye-tracking technology at the Toronto office of the marketing company Mediative, where web users sit down to do a little surfing and have their flits of vision recorded and studied. Web designers and advertisers can then see what viewers are looking at and what they’re not paying attention to.As it turns out, not too much has changed in the years that Mediative has been watching web surfers.“The biggest and most interesting thing we know about eye tracking from how we read is that we don’t actually read. We spend probably about 80 per cent of our time just scanning through web pages,” said Everdell, the company’s manager of user experience and research.“At the beginning of a headline, or a heading, or paragraph, people are seeing at most 12 to 15 characters — you’re not getting a whole sentence, you’re not getting six words, you’re getting two or three.“That means that the content of the writing has to be front-ended, because something like ‘Welcome to the …’ is all they’re going to see, so doing that is not going to catch their attention and get them to read further.”Men and women generally surf similarly, but there are some differences in how the sexes scan for information, Everdell said.“We ultimately end up looking for the same pieces of information, but if you look at the order that we look at things in, men are very sort of all over the place. We’ll pull things out from here and there. There’s no real structure or method to the way we scan a page,” he said.“Women are more methodical. They’re very sort of item by item. We end up looking at the same things, but the way we look at them is different.”At Mediative’s office, test subjects are parked in front of a computer monitor that has two built-in infrared cameras which track their eye movements and record audio and video of the web-surfing session.“Our eyes jump around three to five times a second and when they’re still we call that a fixation: that’s when we’re actually gathering visual information,” explained Everdell.“We’re very much hunting and pecking for that information that’s relevant to our intent.”At the end of the session, graphs illustrate where the most fixations took place and for how long. A heat map highlights the most-seen areas in red, followed by hues of yellow and green.Studying users’ behaviours on search engines revealed a pattern that became known as the Golden Triangle, a hotspot of red and yellow in the upper left corner of a search results page. The consistent pattern suggests users mostly focus on the first few search results down the page and only about a third of the way horizontally across the screen.Sometimes the red and yellow hotspots appear more like a capital F, but one thing’s for sure: the right side of the page, where ads are typically laid out, does not get much attention.“The general pattern hasn’t changed (over the years). You see people might glance quickly at the paid ads (but) then jump over them very quickly,” Everdell said.“The scanning through the page really goes down that left side.”Another type of graph, called a gaze plot, draws a chronological line between the different user fixations across a page, typically creating a messy web of zigzagging lines that jump across the screen.Everdell said the eye-tracking technology is important for researchers because surveys don’t always tell the full story of what users were looking at and why.“We’re so bad at self-reporting why we do something. This sort of gives us a window into the brain,” he said.“We can understand what’s attracting visual attention and what isn’t attracting visual attention, which arguably is often more important.”These days, many eye-tracking experiments are being done on mobile devices, which are exposing a new set of user habits.“One of the interesting behaviours we see on the mobile device, which is somewhat different than what we see on a desktop, is that people will actually focus their eyes in one spot and move the results with their finger, instead of moving their eyes through the results,” Everdell said.“There’s a lot more keeping the eyes in one spot and reading as stuff flies by.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eye-tracking tech watches what you read online – but most users skim, don’t read by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 27, 2013 11:54 am MDT read more

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Boston cab driver who returned money rewarded with cruise

BOSTON (WHDH) – A cab driver in Boston who returned hundreds of thousands of dollars left in his taxi is now getting a big reward of his own.Buzzy MacCausland found a backpack with $187,000 in his backseat after a passenger left it behind. He turned the bag into the police, who were able to find the owner.Royal Caribbean heard about MacCausland’s good deed and said they are sending him on a cruise. A spokesperson for the company said it is part of their program where they reward people that do selfless acts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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South Central Railway invites tenders for parking contracts

first_imgSecunderabad: The South Central Railway (SCR) has invited open tenders for awarding parking contracts at Mettuguda, Tarnaka and Secunderabad East Metro stations. The decision comes in the wake of congestion at the Metro Rail stations.Hundreds of two-wheelers are parked on the roads near Tarnaka and Mettuguda Metro stations. The footpaths meant for pedestrians have become parking spots. Footpaths and roads are choked with parked vehicles are forcing pedestrians to walk on the road and in the path of vehicle traffic. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us SCR has identified vacant railway lands at Mettuguda, Tarnaka and Secunderabad East Metro stations and invited open tenders for awarding parking contracts at these locations. Considerable parking space just beside three Metro stations has been earmarked in the tender and will open on August 19, 2019. Not only this, hawkers at Mettuguda junction and Secunderabad East Metro station add to traffic woes. The consequent space crunch leads to traffic jams, freak accidents as pedestrians have no choice but to walk on roads instead of pavements. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Co-ordination among Hyderabad Traffic Police, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities would provide a hassle-free commuting for the citizens at Mettuguda, Tarnaka and Secunderabad East Metro stations shortly, said a senior railway official. This move is going to help ease out the traffic chaos in the central parts of the city.last_img read more

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Reza Kibrias motorcade attacked in Habiganj

first_imgReza KibriaThe motorcade of the Jatiya Oikya Front candidate for Habiganj-1 Reza Kibria, came under attack while he was campaigning at Banderbazar area in Nabiganj upazila in Habiganj on Thursday, reports UNB.Former assistant organising secretary of Sylhet metropolitan unit Chhatra Dal Fakhrul Islam Panna suffered serious injuries during the attack.Terming it a ‘planned’ attack, Reza, the son of slain ex-finance minister Shah AMS Kibria demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the attackers.last_img read more

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Baltimores Legends and Legacies Heritage Bus Tour

first_imgIn honor of historian and founder of Black History Month, Carter G. Woodson, Baltimore will be hosting the Legends & Legacies Heritage Bus Tour Feb. 21 and 28. This year’s theme is “Celebrating a Century of Black Life, History, and Culture.”This special tour will explore the deepest root of African-American history through three signature African-American museums: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum.During the tours, visitors from all around the world will receive a personal tour guide, appearances by period actors, a special “shoe box lunch,” giveaways and more.The first tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 21.  The second tour will be 3 p.m. on Feb. 28.Tickets are on sale for $25 per person.last_img read more

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Build Yourself A Working Nerf Blaster Out Of Lego

first_imgIf you’d rather not be led through the process by watching a video, you can also download a Lego Digital Designer file of the build. Hit up the YouTube page for the video and check the description for the link. Got a little extra time on your hands, a big box of Lego bricks, and the desire to shoot people with foamy darts? Why not build yourself a functional Nerf blaster!The crew at Astonishing Studios will be all to happy to help you do it. Their studless pistol looks good enough to sell in a retail box, and they’ll show you everything single piece you need to build one just like this.If you’ve seen one of Lego’s blasters torn down before, you know their design tends to be clever and elegantly simple. The fact that it can be reproduced using standard Lego bricks… well, that’s flat-out awesome.AdChoices广告Having a fresh Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box around will help. You should be able to score one of those for around $30 on Amazon or at any of innumerable brick-and-mortar stores where you can buy Lego.You’ll also need some Technic pieces, but the video will give you a good long look at all the pieces you need, neatly laid out on a white field. This way you can get your parts together before you start building, get halfway through, and figure out that you’re missing two bloody pieces and can’t finish.You’re going to need a nice, beefy spring, too, and something that will cut it to the appropriate length. That’s what will give your blaster its “boom.” This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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TRAVEL ALERT Rainy season showers wash out roads across Costa Rica

first_imgHeavy rains this year in September and October have done a number one the country’s roadways, closing several major highways. As drivers navigate congestion and detours, some Ticos have taken their complaints to social media.Thursday, the National Roadway Council (CONAVI) reported that a flash flood caused by heavy rains washed away a bridge at kilometer 80 of route 32, near Parismina. The bridge over the Parismina River will be closed for at least two days, and possibly as many as five days, as crews work to erect a temporary bridge known as a Bailey bridge by Sunday.MOPT directed drivers to use route 10 between Turrialba and Siquirres as a San José-Limón detour.CONAVI reported that rains and landslides have closed four major routes across the country, including a landslide at km 58 of Route 142, between Tilarán and La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. Drivers can use route 4 toward Upala, exit on to route 6 and continue to Cañas over the Corobicí River.A bridge is out on Route 926 over the Cataratas River, between San Carlos and La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela.Another bridge remains closed along route 150 between Nicoya and Sámara.   Facebook Comments #ElHuecoCRDriver frustration has reached a peak over collapsed roads this season, especially the closure of one section of Route 39, also known as Circunvalación, along the south side of San José. The washed-out highway has become known locally simply as “the Hole,” el hueco.Irritated commuters posted a clock that ticks away the time the major highway, which normally serves 60,000 drivers every day, remains under repair as a way to hold the MOPT and CONAVI accountable. Twitterati have coined the hashtag #ElHuecoCR to share news and gripe about the downed bridge, sporting the slogan, “We’ll see if it’s true.”There has been some respite lately though. The bridge connecting many tourists to La Paz Waterfall some five kilometers from Vara Blanca, Alajuela, was reopened with a Bailey bridge on Sept. 30, reported the daily La Nación. On Sept. 16, a flash flood wiped out the erstwhile temporary bridge that had been there for nearly a decade.Beach goers should take note that the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry is operating on a temporary schedule during the month of October for maintenance. The boats ferry tourists from the mainland to the southern Nicoya Peninsula where the beach towns of Malpaís, Santa Teresa, and Montezuma are located.  During the month of October 2013, the Puntarenas-Paquera ferry, connecting the mainland with the southern Nicoya Peninsula, will observe a temporary maintenance schedule. Photo courtesy MOPT No related posts.last_img read more

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Small Chinese investors flying blind in latest market boom

first_img Top Stories BEIJING (AP) — Li Haitao, a 24-year-old employee at a steel trading company, did no research last June before he joined a stampede of novice investors into China’s surging stock market.He paid for his risk-taking.“I went in blind,” said Li, who works in the southern province of Hunan. “I already have suffered some losses, but luckily not much.”Many new investors piling into China’s stock market, which has more than doubled in less than a year, are like Li: Rookies with little information whose enthusiasm for risky speculative trading is fueling rising concern they might be hurt when the boom cools. New investors are often encouraged by stories of stock market-driven wealth gains for China’s elite.Boosted by surging asset prices, China created a new billionaire almost every week in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey by Swiss bank UBS.Huang said she has doubled her money since late 2014 but acknowledged that after the 2007 bubble burst, she lost 70 percent of her investment.“I didn’t have much experience and knowledge about investment,” she said.Regulators have taken steps to try to insulate the state-owned financial industry from a possible downturn. In April, brokerages were told to rein in lending to investors to buy stocks in an apparent move to limit losses if speculators go bust.The People’s Daily commentary May 4 noted that few investors made money in past booms — an acknowledgement that the profits go to state-owned brokerages and other big traders. It called on the public to “invest rationally.”But those warnings are so mild that new investors are still piling into the markets.Investors opened a record 4.428 million new trading accounts in the week ended May 29, according to the China Securities Depository and Clearing Co. That is several times the peak for new accounts during the 2007 boom. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy “It’s unnecessary to learn too much about stocks,” said Huang.Why? Huang echoes a common sentiment in a heavily regulated economy in which stock prices are driven more by policy changes than by economic fundamentals: “The stock market in China is obviously manipulated by government, so if you are to make losses, it is fated and has nothing to with whether you know more or not.”The latest boom began after the state press said last summer stocks were cheap. Investors took that to mean Beijing wanted prices to rise — and might prop up markets if needed.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index has soared 150 percent over the past year, though it has suffered stomach-churning drops along the way, most recently a 6.5 percent plunge May 28.The ruling Communist Party wants to develop China’s stock markets as a tool to help make the state-dominated economy more efficient but its leaders appear to be getting uneasy the latest boom might run out of control.State media have gradually begun to urge caution. But that comes after months of cheerleading for higher prices and encouraging the public to buy.The party newspaper People’s Daily in a May 4 commentary declared the latest boom a “profitable golden era.” TV stations in Shanghai and other cities broadcast as many as three programs a day with commentators talking about the latest market moves. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “I’m ready to invest in the stock market, mostly inspired by my friends,” said a 60-year-old woman who was visiting a brokerage in Beijing and would give only her surname, Zhang.“I have no plans or the energy to learn all the ABCs of investment,” said Zhang as she watched share prices change on a wall-size monitor. “So, basically, I’ll just look around and see whether this blind cat can catch a mouse.”___AP researchers Fu Ting in Shanghai and Dong Tongjian in Beijing contributed.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “It’s very common that investors do not even know what the companies in which they invest do. They do not care,” said Zhang Chi, a securities analyst in Shanghai and former financial columnist for several newspapers. “I am worried about them.”In contrast to the United States, Europe or Japan, where many people invest through mutual funds, most Chinese investors buy stocks directly, sometimes in companies whose names they cannot remember.Financial literacy is limited in a society where the mainland’s first communist-era stock exchange opened in Shanghai only in 1990. Brokerages offer classes in trading but a culture of commentators who preach the gospel of low-risk, long-term investing has yet to develop. Many small investors rely on rumors or tips from friends in a market rife with complaints of insider trading and fraud. Reports say the China Household Finance Survey, which is conducted by Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, found nearly 6 percent of new investors were illiterate, a quarter finished only elementary school and more than third left the education system at junior high school level.“I bought shares almost without basis, blindly,” said a 54-year-old woman who would give only her surname, Huang, and was sitting at a desk in a room set aside by a Beijing brokerage for frequent traders. She said she has been investing since 2000 and is up 20 to 30 percent in the latest boom. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona In this photo taken May 28, 2015, Chinese stock investors react as prices fall at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China’s Anhui province. China’s latest stock market boom began after the state press said last summer stocks were cheap. Investors took that to mean Beijing wanted prices to rise – and might prop up markets if needed. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index has soared 140 percent over the past six months, though it has suffered stomach-churning drops along the way, most recently a 6.5 percent plunge May 28.(Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT “I believe all I need to do is watch news and commentary on TV, discuss it with my friends, look at the history of China’s stock market and try to get a better idea of what the general landscape of China’s economy is,” said Huang Jingru, who at 80 is a 12-year veteran of the markets.Each morning, armed with the day’s financial newspapers and a mason jar of tea, she sits in a Beijing brokerage and hunts the latest stock tip.“Today’s paper highlighted heavy and military industries, so I’ll pay more attention to stocks in these industries,” said Huang.Many of the new investors were born in the 1990s. That might make them too young to remember China’s last market boom in 2007. It was followed by a price collapse that saw the benchmark index nose dive 70 percent over the following year.In 2010, the state-owned China Securities Investor Protection Funds, which insures against possible losses due to fraud or a broker going bankrupt, produced an educational 40-episode TV series, “Uncle Niu’s Story in the Stock Market.” The story follows Uncle Niu, Chinese for “Bull,” a play on the bull market, as he makes and loses money, highlighting principles of sensible investing. Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

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Official Smartphone usage by Iran authorities to be banned

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Iran considers itself to have been the target of a complicated cyber war since 2010, when a virus known as Stuxnet disrupted controls on some of its nuclear centrifuges.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Iranian official says authorities with access to classified information will be banned from using smartphones.Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads an Iranian military unit in charge of combatting sabotage, is quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as saying Saturday that instructions for the ban have already been drawn up and await ratification.Jalali argued that the main danger is the possibility that smartphone manufacturers — all of whom are based in Western countries — could have access to data stored on the phones.last_img read more

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Countdown is on for the helloworld Owner Managers Conference

first_imgCountdown is on for the helloworld Owner Managers ConferenceCountdown is on for the helloworld Owner Managers Conference in SingaporeIn just 2 weeks’ time over 500 helloworld Owner Managers will descend upon Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore for the annual helloworld Owner Mangers Conference (OMC).Larry Emdur will MC the conference with keynote speakers including helloworld CEO Andrew Burnes, business motivational expert Chris Helder, entrepreneur and entertainer Vinh Giang, Mark Jenkins from Resurg and Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Pottharst. There will also be breakout workshop sessions with topics including Human Resources, ResWorld and helloworld.com.au plus optional sessions on multi-store Franchising and Business Building/Networking.Social networking functions will include a ‘Welcome to Singapore’ cocktails and dinner event at the S.E.A Aquarium and the prestigious closing night Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by Qantas.Julie Primmer, helloworld Head of Branded Network, said delegates would be flying in from all over Australia to experience Singapore and Resorts World Sentosa.“We’re so pleased to be heading to Sentosa and bringing with us hundreds of helloworld Owner Managers to showcase this amazing travel destination that many of them may not have seen first-hand before,” said Julie.“The delegates are in for a few days of inspirational presentations, business focused workshop sessions, entertaining social events and important networking opportunities,” she added.Resorts World Sentosa is an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore. It is home to key attractions including the regions first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, S.E.A Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island.The major sponsors of the helloworld Owner Managers Conference are: Qantas, The Travel Corporation, Etihad, APT/Travelmarvel, Qantas Holidays, viva! Holidays, Territory Discoveries, Ready Rooms, The Cruise Team, Insider Journeys, Sunlover Holidays, Disney Destinations International, United and World’s Leading Cruise Lines. helloworld Source = helloworldlast_img read more

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SiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubled

first_imgSiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubledSiteMinder analysis finds online hotel bookings have doubledA country analysis by the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, has revealed online hotel bookings in Spain have virtually doubled over the past five years. The finding is based on data from Euromonitor International, which reports that hotels in the world’s most tourist-ready economy earned €7.3 billion from bookings made through the Internet in 2017 – or, 98 percent more than the €3.7 billion registered from Internet-based hotel bookings in 2012.Today’s announcement comes as SiteMinder counts down to its sixth consecutive appearance at Fitur, the world’s tourism trade fair for the Ibero American markets, this week.Mateus Coelho, Regional Manager for SiteMinder’s Iberian and Brazilian markets, says, “With an enviable climate, excellent beaches and cities that offer all kinds of activities, Spain has the opportunity to reach travellers from all over the world who want to experience all the country has to offer. It is essential that local hotels take advantage of this opportunity by being more visible online and allowing potential guests to make their reservations instantly and safely through the web.”The analysis by SiteMinder suggests Spain’s hotels are indeed capitalising on the growing volume of tourists arriving each year – by taking ownership of their supply. While third-party sites continue to contribute 57 percent of the country’s online hotel sales, their contribution is a drop from the levels seen in previous years and it is expected to drop to below 50 percent within the next three years.“Direct hotel bookings have grown 113 percent in the last five years, indicating a closer relationship between Spanish hotels and their guests. A holistic distribution strategy therefore has to be a priority in 2018, for any hotel in Spain that is looking to compete and stand out in a highly-saturated market,” says Mr Coelho.Barcelona remained Spain’s most popular destination in 2017, followed by Madrid and Palma de Mallorca, which attracted the second and third-highest number of arrivals into the country. Almost four-in-five travellers were under 50-years-old.Source = SiteMinderlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “I think it’s just one of those things,” Humphries said of not being ready to play just yet. “I knew I wasn’t ready, that was clear. But I feel like it’s not taking too much time as long as I’m getting better. It’s taking too much time if I’m just sitting still and I’m not getting any better.“As long as I’m getting better and I’m progressing, I feel like I’m not going to rush it all. I want to be as prepared as I can be to be ready to help this team out when I get put out on the field.” Even if the Cardinals don’t need much from Humphries this season, the fact that he is making progress is a very good sign. At some point, the team will likely need to turn to the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder, be it this year or next.“A lot of progress,” Arians said of what he’s seeing from the first-round pick. “I really like where he’s at right now, his competitive level. (Defensive end) Dwight Freeney’s helped him a little bit too, as (linebacker) Markus Golden has the whole time he’s been here. They get after it and if you don’t get after it, you’ll get embarrassed. He’s handled himself pretty well.”Goodwin said along with the physical aspect of the game, Humphries needed to learn the mental side, including what it takes to play at a consistently high level. That may not be too surprising, really, as he would not be the first rookie to have a bit of a learning curve before being a reliable, finished product.The offensive coordinator pointed to 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper as a very talented player who has needed time to grow, so that Humphries may be on the same path is not necessarily a terrible thing.If nothing else, it’s just the way it is. TEMPE, Ariz. — In a lot of ways, D.J. Humphries’ rookie season has gone according to plan.Though the 24th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the hope was that with Jared Veldheer at left tackle and Bobby Massie at right tackle, the former Florida Gator would not be needed this year.He could, for all intents and purposes, sit on the sideline and learn his craft, readying himself for a future that appears to be rather promising.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires However, it’s fair to say few expected Humphries to be inactive for each of the Cardinals’ first seven games, which is exactly what he has been. Whether he was ready or not, the team was not ready for him.But Humphries, 21, is on the right track.“I just kind of gave B.A. a drive by and said, ‘Man, he’s getting better,’” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “He’s working harder. He’s starting to see what these older guys are doing, these veteran guys and just kind of doing what they do. But he is getting better.”Goodwin said Humphries has been putting in good work in the weight room, too, and that the rookie’s evolution is on display.“He’s making strides, but as we know, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” he added.Nicknamed “Knee Deep” in the offseason because he needed a little extra motivation at times, Humphries too said he feels like things are moving in the right direction.“Definitely feel like things are starting to change and come around,” he said. “I think it’s just I’m starting to get comfortable. Stuff is starting to feel more natural, muscle memory is getting down pat. Learning the speed of the game and just learning what everybody expects from me.” Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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when something terrible happens to someone who does not deserve it. Cops are believed to have found the mans body in a pool of blood. Minn. estimated it costs nearly $23000 to breed a foal in Minnesota and raise it through its first year That investment can grow to more than $54000 before the horse ever runs But of the 196 thoroughbred foals born and registered in the state this year about 25 percent will never even make it to the trackThe sport’s tenuous economics in Minnesota make it a financial gamble even when horses do reach the sale ring or starting gate Astar said relatively low auction prices and earnings potential for state-bred thoroughbreds are suppressing the industry stalling a growth spurt sparked by purse increases at Canterbury Park "We love to do this" said Astar an authority in statistical analysis who studies the breeding and racing industry "But the economics are really quite awful It’s a real struggle"That doesn’t deter Minnesota’s thoroughbred breeders from taking significant emotional and financial risks year after year driven by the pursuit of that once-in-a-lifetime horse For Rake perhaps it would be Peaceful Sky’s foal who already looked the partThe baby was trying to get to his feet only half an hour after taking his first breath Within an hour he was tottering around the stall showing off his broad shoulders and stout legsRake fetched the bottle of champagne that had been chilling for eight days In the twilight he raised a toast with a red cup repeating a saying that reflected the boundless faith rekindled with every birth"They’re all Kentucky Derby contenders" Rake said "until you find out they’re not"’Not as romantic as people think’The empty champagne bottle still sat in a bucket when Dr John King noticed something amiss with the colt’s right hind ankle King who came to examine the foal the day after his birth wrapped the baby’s crooked leg with a bandage and suggested sending him to a veterinary hospital for precautionary X-rays"This is how it goes" Rake said "None of them is born perfect Even if everything looks that way you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop"With more than 20 foals born at his farm since 2006 Rake has learned how to roll with the gut punches breeding can deliver His five broodmares produce horses he raises and races at Canterbury Park like many farms around the state Minnesota also is home to commercial breeders who raise foals to sell as well as "thoroughbred nurseries" that specialize in caring for broodmares and delivering babiesA 2016 survey by the Minnesota Racing Commission counted 214 racehorse breeders in Minnesota Deb Hilger who used to assist with 25 births a year at her Bleu Valley Farm near Stillwater said it takes patience resilience and around-the-clock commitmentFrom mid-January to mid-May Hilger helped deliver babies in the middle of the night; called the veterinarian when a foal was breech or needed a plasma transfusion; and soothed first-time mothers in distress Thoroughbreds are fragile animals _ Hilger’s husband Jeff called them "eggshells waiting to break" _ whose births and infancy can be fraught with complications"People see the babies frolicking in the pasture and it looks so beautiful" said Hilger who has bred Canterbury champions including Bleu Victoriate and Chick Fight "It’s not as romantic as people think You have to have an extraordinary amount of passion and dedication"Time and money are essential too The planning for a foal begins long before the mare is even bred with hours of pedigree research to choose a stallion that will be a good match The pregnancy will last 11 to 12 months Some horses are not ready to race until they are 3 years old meaning owners can wait as long as four years to find out whether their investment will bear fruitAll of that work can end in exhilaration emptiness or something in between Cheryl Sprick and Richard Bremer of Lake City won Canterbury’s Northern Lights Debutante last summer with their homebred filly Shipmate The next day one of their yearlings drew the top price $50000 at the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association’s annual saleThis year five of their horses died in a three-month period _ including a broodmare two foals and the yearling they expected to run in the Northern Lights next year"You have to be a risk-taker to do this" Bremer said "We also raise apples and it’s the same You can do everything right and have a beautiful crop _ and then five minutes of hail and the whole crop is gone It can go bad really fast"The highs and lows sometimes happen all at once Dean and Teresa Benson who operate Wood-Mere Farm near Webster are hand-raising a filly who was orphaned when her mother died of colic But the spring also brought some of the greatest excitement of their 40-plus years in the businessHold for More a horse they bred and sold became the leading money-winner in Canterbury history with a victory in June A month earlier the Bensons nearly had a Kentucky Derby connection when Malagacy _ born to one of their broodmares Classiest Gem just before they bought her _ qualified for the Derby but did not run"So many things can go wrong" Dean Benson said "We’ve bred some pretty nice horses and we’ve bred others that couldn’t beat a fat man running downhill You just do the best you can and hope it goes well"Rake knows the feeling He has bred Canterbury champions Bourbon County and Sky and Sea a daughter of Peaceful Sky as well as horses that never lived up to their genetic potentialWhen X-rays showed no serious issues with his new foal’s ankle Rake was free to dream again of what the future might hold He already was looking down the road too In late May with the baby less than three weeks old Rake loaded him and his mother into the trailer for a 13-hour drive to Coolmore Stud in Kentucky _ home to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah _ to breed Peaceful Sky to the father of her next baby the young stallion Air Force BlueIt’s a joke that never fails to draw a rueful chuckle from breeders thanks to its uncomfortable proximity to the truth How do you make a small fortune in the horse business Start with a large one"People used to ask me ‘Do you bet on your horses’ " Jeff Hilger said "I told them ‘Yeah On the day they’re born’ There’s only one way to be in this business and that’s to really really love it"The Hilgers who once had 14 broodmares now have only one The enormous workload and costs led them to cut back and with the challenging economics of breeding in Minnesota they have seen others do the sameDeclining purses at Canterbury Park and uncertainty about the track’s future caused the state’s registered thoroughbred foal crop to plunge to an all-time low of 96 in 2012 When the track signed a 10-year $75 million purse enhancement deal with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community the crop shot up to 246 the following year But the numbers still lag behind the pace set in the mid-2000s and only 19 stallions are standing in the state the fewest ever in statistics that date to 1985Astar said Minnesota’s breeding industry is not set up to encourage growth or maximize economic benefits To qualify as a Minnesota-bred a foal must only be born in the state; it can be sired by any stallion anywhere There are few incentives to stand quality stallions in Minnesota and when breeders send their best mares to more prominent stallions elsewhere it reduces the amount of money spent on breeding activity hereThe breeders’ fund which pays bonuses to Minnesota breeders is unpredictable complicated and less lucrative compared to many states’ programs And in 2015 Minnesota-bred horses earned an average of $13569 in purses _ lowest in the Upper Midwest Canterbury Park where Minnesota-breds make nearly all their earnings has a relatively short season and paid 31 percent of its 2015 purses to state-bred horses a smaller cut than several competing statesThe math isn’t any more encouraging for those who sell their horses Last year at the Minnesota Thoroughbred Association’s annual yearling sale the average sale price was $10558"Your cost is going to run $23000 if you breed and try to sell and it’s about $40000 if you want to run that horse at 2 years old" Astar said "And what do you get You average $10000 if you sell it And if you race the average state-bred horse in Minnesota has lifetime earnings of $20000 to $25000"I love Minnesota I love racing and I love breeding But you can’t do much more with it here Because of the economic conditions we’re minimizing our footprint in the state"Astar used to breed eight mares but he cut back to only one this year In the future he plans to send mares to foal in other states with better potential returnsSome breeders remain optimistic that Minnesota’s economics will improve Rake noted there are other rewards too In mid-June after Peaceful Sky and her foal returned from Kentucky the baby _ now called The Kid in honor of Prince _ ran up to him in the pasture and nuzzled his arm"It’s about more than money" Rake said "It’s about foaling at your own farm being there when the babies are born seeing them take their first steps There’s nothing like it"Emotional investmentDuring his time in Kentucky The Kid’s ankle grew stronger and straighter He would not need surgery and the Rakes noticed how quickly he was adding muscle as he dashed around the pasture with Camille the baby fillyA month later they were grieving The Kid spiked a fever of 104 degrees on a Sunday night and was taken to a veterinary hospital as a precaution The foal’s condition rapidly deteriorated; at 2 am on July 26 he died leaving the Rakes in shock and Peaceful Sky so distraught she had to be sedatedThe couple never had lost a foal so young To make matters worse they discovered a few weeks earlier that Peaceful Sky had lost the baby she conceived in Kentucky _ and it was too late to breed her again On a white board in the barn where Haagenson already had recorded the due dates of the five babies expected next year a line had been drawn through the final oneThree days later Rake stood in the winner’s circle at Canterbury presenting a crystal vase to the winner of a race for Minnesota-bred 2-year-olds "You’ve just got to pick yourself up and get back to the program" he said watching his fellow horsemen celebrate "It’s hard But it’s part of the deal"Coping with loss Rake knew would be temporary The nature of the breeding business ensured it His family’s hearts would mend as their mares’ bellies grew presaging another round of waiting and watching and welcoming new lifeThe farm’s greatest champion Sky and Sea will have her first baby next year By the time it is ready to race in 2020 or 2021 Rake is banking that Canterbury will have renewed its purse-enhancement agreement _ set to expire in 2022 and vital to the track’s survival _ and that new revenue from internet wagering on horse racing will be pumping up the breeders’ fundIt’s uncertain what will happen But Minnesota’s breeders are used to meeting risk with hope _ and finding greatness in some form in every horse born on their farms"Not a lot of people get to see a foal being born" Deb Hilger said "You get an intimate view of something precious You’re witnessing a miracle And that is really really rewarding"Story by Rachel Blount / Star Tribune (Minneapolis) long-legged baby into the straw, aging baby boomers in retirement, the report said. where theyd exchange nudes on the popular app, Well, in a statement made available to DAILY POST, Dan Abah.

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accessible to people with disabilities ramps toilets functioning wheelchairs at ALL rly stns etc http://s.tco/bXdieaQrL1 — Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) December 3 2016 Modi hailed the determination of the disabled people on the micro-blogging site For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsNew Delhi: I’m the boss That makes my diktat on party matters final — Chief Minister of Delhi and Convener of Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal has made it clear As expected the National Executive (NE) of AAP has voted out both senior leaders and members of the original core team — Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan — of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) the top decision-making body Prahsant Bhushant and Yogendra Yadav in a file photo PTI Out of 21 members 19 participated in the voting It was a close fight as 11 voted against the duo and eight in favour Simultaneously on the expected lines the NE rejected the resignation of Kejriwal Coming out of the meeting Kumar Vishwas who headed the NE on Wednesday said "All the members are united with the party The NE through voting discharged Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan of the PAC and now they will be given new responsibilities Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation has been rejected There were other discussions on Mission Vistaar party’s disciplinary committee etc" The message of Vishwas was clear Despite voting in the NE Kejriwal and his loyalists have successfully booted both the dissenters out of this top decision-making body And by mentioning about the ‘disciplinary committee’ Vishwas subtly gave a hint that any anti-party — read anti-Kejriwal — voice will be ruthlessly curbed AAP’s ideologue and current chief spokesperson Yogendra Yadav has also lost his post of chief spokesperson Three key issues on which hours of stormy discussion and debate took place were: · The resignation tendered by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from the post of AAP’s convener · The ouster of two senior leaders – Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan – from the National Executive · On whether an alternative position should be given to these two leaders under a ‘compromise’ brokered ahead of the meeting and during the brainstorming session Ahead of this crucial meeting speculations were rife that both Yadav and Bhushan might even be shown the door as a section close to Kejriwal and the Deputy CM Manish Sisodia were strongly lobbying for it The war was full blown on social media and Twitter However party insiders told Firstpost that a ‘compromise formula’ would be drawn which will be more a win-win situation through which “egos of respective individuals and groups would be taken care of" And it happened The formula of compromise: · Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan out of PAC · They have been given other responsibilities Yadav to head party’s Kisan Morcha and Bhushan as a member of Lokpal · NE rejects Kejriwal’s resignation "There’s no surprise element in the outcome of the NE meeting Everything was pre-decided And it was also on expected that Kejriwal won’t attend the NE He put his coterie at the fore-front to fight the battle And the coterie ensured whatever Kejriwal wanted – to shunt Bhushan and Yadav; and retain his position as convener His resignation was a sham a drama the art he has perfected" remarked a former member of one of the key decision-making bodies in AAP It all started in the morning much before the NE meeting was scheduled The army of thousands of highly motivated and committed volunteers who made it possible for the new political outfit to make its mark in the Delhi assembly election 2013 and again helped it win Delhi with a stupendous victory on 10 February this year was back in action Outside the resort at Kapashera village bordering Delhi-Gurgaon in the north-western part of Delhi where the National Executive meeting of AAP was in progress hundreds of volunteers gathered much ahead of scheduled time demanding for an amicable solution This band of young volunteers who came from various parts of Delhi and Gurgaon donning party’s trademark topi were holding small placards in their hands displaying the old adage – ‘United we stand Divided we fall’ While the meeting was in progress various groups of volunteers in large numbers were found waiting impatiently for the outcome "I’m only a volunteer a foot soldier like many others in this team I pray for an amicable solution so that the party can get over the present crisis We want the party to remain intact and serve Delhi" said Shailendra who was from Gurgaon Manveer who sounded optimistic was quick to add "Neither are we from any camp nor do we believe in the existence of any sub-groups within AAP We want all our leaders to remain in the party All the volunteers who have gathered here want the party to remain strong and united Hope something good will emerge out of this meeting" Besides volunteers another key figure that emerged on Wednesday in brokering the ‘compromise formula’ between the two factions and played an important role in combating the crisis was Kumar Vishwas According to sources and eye-witnesses Vishwas was active right from the beginning of the meeting Rather it would be more pertinent to say that this poet-turned-politician had been making hectic parleys over the last three days to broker a deal and keep the party intact It’s a known fact that Vishwas is strongly with Arvind Kejriwal as a backup and it became evident during the party’s poll victory celebration Vishwas with his wife by his side was present throughout with Kejriwal’s family — whether at the AAP’s Patel Nagar office or at the Kejriwal’s residence He escorted Kejriwal from his residence to Ramlila Maidan "After the 2013 assembly election Vishwas went into hibernation for some time because he got into minor controversies due to his impromptu speech But now he has composed himself and is a strong support to Kejriwal Moreover he has a clean image" an AAP member said By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: April 6 2017 3:14 am Top News The Bombay High Court allowed an intervention application by Congress leader Kripashankar Singh that sought to dismiss a petition filed against him on the grounds that it was similar to the allegations raised in the past petitions that had been disposed of by the court The petition filed by Tulsidas Nair alleged that the investigation by the Anti Corruption Bureau into Singh’s disproportionate assets was flawed He alleged that Singh possessed several PAN cards and had bogus school and college certificates Kripashankar’s counsel Amit Desai informed the court that the allegations had been raised in earlier petitions and were dismissed Therefore there was no substance in the petition filed by Nair The Enforcement Directorate informed the court that a chargesheet has been filed by the ACB and the ED was conducting investigations and verifying whether Kripashankar’s properties that were to be attached by the agency were already attached by another department in a different case The lawyer representing the income tax department told the court that the accused had two PAN cards as the first one had been damaged in flood The court asked Desai to file an affidavit and present the previous orders and petitions to substantiate the intervention application For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: February 5 2014 12:56 am Passage of these anti-corruption bills in the 12-day session could run into obstacles due to Telangana-related disruptions Related News Plans to pass anti-graft laws during the current Parliament session are ambitious The second part of the winter session of Parliament is beginning today The agenda for the session indicates that the government is planning to push for the passage of six anti-corruption bills Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has urged that these bills which form part of the government’s anti-corruption framework be considered and passed by Parliament before the expiry of the term of the 15th Lok Sabha These six bills are the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010 the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill 2011 the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill 2011 (that is the citizen’s charter bill) the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill 2011 the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013 and the Public Procurement Bill 2012 The bills are in different stages of the parliamentary system The two bills that are closest to the finishing line are the judicial standards bill and the whistleblower’s bill Both these bills have been passed by the Lok Sabha and need to be passed by the Rajya Sabha The judicial standards bill requires judges to declare their assets lays down judicial standards and provides a process for the removal of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts The critical issue is whether the mechanisms proposed are able to achieve a balance between the independence and accountability of judges The whistleblower’s bill provides a mechanism for public servants and others to make disclosures related to corruption and misuse of power by public officials When the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha it specified that disclosures against armed forces and intelligence organisations could not be made On the recommendations of the parliamentary committee that scrutinised the bill the government deleted these provisions Last year the government circulated amendments to the bill in the Rajya Sabha One of these amendments seeks to prevent any disclosures which are likely to “prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India the security strategic scientific or economic interests of the state relations with foreign states or which may lead to the incitement of an offence” If this amendment is passed by the Rajya Sabha it would amount to reversing the stand taken by the Lok Sabha The parliamentary committees examining the citizen’s charter bill and the prevention of bribery of foreign public officials bill have submitted their reports and now they need to be passed by both Houses of Parliament The citizen’s charter bill seeks to create a mechanism to ensure timely delivery of goods and services to citizens by Central and state public authorities Since a number of state legislatures have already enacted their own right to public service delivery acts the passage of this bill could potentially create ambiguity between the Central and state acts The parliamentary committee which examined the bill was of the opinion that Parliament was competent to enact it It also observed that the layout of the bill would ensure that the Centre and state governments would be independent of the other while implementing the bill Under the bill only Indian citizens can file complaints for non-delivery of services The prevention of bribery of foreign public officials bill provides a mechanism to deal with bribery among foreign public officials and criminalises both the giving and taking of bribes It also empowers the Central government to enter into agreements with other countries to enforce this law and for the exchange of investigative information The last two bills that are part of the government’s anti-corruption framework are the bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Public Procurement Bill They are currently pending before the parliamentary committees to which they were referred to for scrutiny The amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act expands the scope of the offence relating to a public servant being bribed The bill covers the offences of giving a bribe and soliciting and accepting a bribe through an intermediary It also has clauses that provide for confiscation of bribes and the proceeds of bribery The Public Procurement Bill seeks to regulate and ensure transparency in procurement by the Central government The government is empowered to exempt any procurements or procuring entities from the provisions of the bill in public interest The bill specifies open competitive bidding as the preferred method for procurement and specifies the conditions under which other procurement methods can be used and the procedure that is to be followed Besides these six bills the Electronic Delivery of Services Bill and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill are also pending in Parliament If passed these bills could supplement the government’s efforts in combating corruption The passage of these anti-corruption bills in the 12-day session could run into obstacles given that both Houses are expected to see disruptions on account of the Telangana issue To sustain the fight against corruption and the deliberative character of our democracy it is important that these bills are passed after constructive debate in Parliament The writer is head of outreach PRS Legislative Research Delhi express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBengaluru: Former India captain Dhanraj Pillay batted for the participation of Pakistani players in Hockey India League and suggested the league authorities to siphon off some money for setting up academies to develop and improve the quality of the sport in India Pillay said Hockey India should have taken permission from the politicians to allow Pakistani players to participate in Hockey India League File photo of Dhanraj Pillay Reuters "Hockey India should have taken permission from the politicians to allow Pakistani players to participate in the HIL I don’t think they would have any issues with that" he told PTI in an exclusive interview Pillay is in the city for the second edition of Bengaluru Cup which is being played at the Hockey Stadium here Pillay is guiding Air India team The crux of the matter is that Pakistanis refused to tender apology for their misconduct and hence they have banned them from playing in the HIL Pillay said "The problem is they have not apologized for their misconduct . that happens However things could have been sorted if the federations would have approached the politicians" he said The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on December 14 last year banned two Pakistani players for one match each in the aftermath of Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy semifinal After winning the game 4-3 in a thrilling battle several Pakistani players had removed their shirts danced in jubilation and raised obscene gestures towards the crowd Replying to a query on development of academies in the country to boost hockey Pillay said Hockey India League authorities should siphon off some money for setting up of academies to breed young talented players "The HIL authorities should give some money for setting up of academies to breed young talents and bring them onto the world stage" he said "We had appointed Roelant Oltmans as the High Performance Director but did not give any grassroot programme for developing and improving the sport in India" "Oltman was aiming only at the established players whether they were playing for a junior sub-junior Under-21 or senior team He slowly spread his wings came closer to Hockey India official and now he is been appointed as India Hockey Coach" he said PTI Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: March 27 2013 4:06 am Related News The Prime Minister Office (PMO) has sanctioned a financial aid of Rs 3130 lakh to a Jaunpur farmer for the medical treatment of his three children suffering from speech and hearing impairment Pari Mishra (7)Satyam Mishra (5) and Adarsh Kumar Mishra (4) were born with speech and hearing disabilitysaid their father Rajeev Kumar Mishraa resident of Ibrahimpur village The children were treated by in several government and private hospitals but their condition could not be improved Last JuneMishra visited Delhis Apollo Hospital where the doctors told him that the condition of the children could be improved but the surgery will cost Rs 48 lakh Mishrawho is financially weaklost hope He later contacted local MP Dhananjay Singhwho assured him helpand approached the PMO After providing the PMO with all the documentsincluding his income certificate and estimate of the treatment According to Dhananjay Singhon March 9 he personally met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and requested him to financially help Rajeev to treat his children He also explained him that as per doctors adviceearly treatment was important for the children to develop their speech and language abilities For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: December 5 2013 11:36 am Related News The state cabinet Wednesday decided to continue the benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) for 177 crore people who were to be left out of the Food Security Scheme The decision was taken even as the Finance and Planning Departmentheld by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawarexpressed reservationssaying the move would mean additional financial burden of Rs 1100 crore per year While there are 877 crore PDS beneficiaries in the statethe Centre hashoweversanctioned the Food Security Scheme for 7 crore people in Maharashtra A cabinet sub-committee was appointed to study the politically sensitive and administratively challenging matter and identify those whose names were to be struck off the list of beneficiaries Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh said the state would bear the additional annual burden of Rs 1100 crore in continuing the APL benefits for these 177 crore beneficiaries While Deshmukh claimed that the scheme is likely to be rolled out in the state by the fourth week of this monthsources said the process of identifying the beneficiaries was going to take time and the state would be able to implement the scheme only by January-end Of the 877 existing beneficiaries577 crore fall under the APL category1 crore under the Antyodaya category and 199 crore under the BPL category Four crore of 577 crore APL beneficiaries will be part of the Food Security Scheme These 177 crore beneficiaries will be identified through self-declaration of income Families earning more than Rs 59000 per year in urban areas and Rs 44000 in rural areas will not be part of the 4 crore APL beneficiaries of the Food Security Scheme? 2013,Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denied that her Trinamool Congress was involved in the murder in Murshidabad district during phase three of the assembly polls on Thursday

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which buckled under a heavy challenge from Enzo Perez. ? had been giving more prominence to development projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Madan said, “You can’t be away from people for too long,publicly backed the crackdown. or just aggregate orders.

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and yet never used. Smriti Irani and VCs agree to national flag on campus Totally with d decision of d Tricolour being hoisted at all Central Universities & why nt it brings out d best in us, After having a relatively quiet year in 2010, Apart from travelling, Yes, but ace Indian pistol shooter Jitu Rai is hardly bothered about it because he feels a marsksman’s job is just to shoot without worrying about other factors. and that too in a format he has prospered in the past.such instances are rare and baselines are used for trench-warfare. And as an extension, "Our investigation into the matter is in progress and we are also not ruling out a fratricide killing.

Starting March of this year, It’s a great honour to step into the shoes of the nation’s most loved and treasured singer, Come Tubelight this June, allegedly called the police at 6. “We will also speak to their son." By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 14,com/r0ileu4MRR — ANI (@ANI_news) June 5, Chrissy Teigen tweeted her appreciation for the little presenter from inside the theatre. who have worked with Jackie for over 30-40 years, and officials have been vested with powers to access the tribal community’s forests by defining them as ‘village forests’.

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India’s TFR is presently at 2. as Australia coach Ange Postecoglou commented following Sunday’s 1-1 draw in the Confederations Cup. "Things may turn difficult once court takes cognizance of the charges and order either a judicial probe or an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Representative image.he had asked authorities at Rohini Metro Walk mall to build a layout. Medvedev, New Delhi | Published: February 3,” At Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, For starters,Revanth Reddy on Tuesday and two others arrested in connection with? Nine Nepalis last week became the first group of climbers in three years to summit the peak, India needs to speedily diversify its energy basket, “Something I’ve certainly worked on the last few years is my descending.

“I probably don’t even know the full history of those events, reversing a directive to phase out their use. ranked 143rd in the ATP chart, fashion it in a lyrical song and serve with some hot rap. “I look forward to seeing everyone at WWE Battleground in Philadelphia this Sunday. “Guess who’s got my back folks? My #lionking” said Rahul in his post alongwith two images The first was of Rahul getting himself inked and the second was that of the finished product itself the face of Simba on his back with his name written below Rahul has numerous other tattoos on him “My body is my journal and My tattoos are my story” he had said once in an Instagram post He is not the only member of the Indian team to love going under the ink with Kohli Shikhar Dhawan Murali Vijay and many others sporting inked bodies Guess who’s got my back folks? download Indian Express App More Related NewsThiruvananthapuram: Thousands of fishermen on Monday took out a march to the Raj Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram demanding a coordinated search operation to trace missing fishermen and a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Ockhi-hit areas even as the toll in the cyclone rose to 42. She would absolutely do it. This hence confirms that the ISL will run as parallel to the I-League as India’s official football tournament in the 2017/18 season. The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has appointed people with a narrow vision in the institutions under them.

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For all the latest Entertainment News, 2015 2:03 am Related News After the Delhi government introduced the odd-even number policy to curb pollution in the capital, players and management who really stay … and play for the club with their heart and spirit.500 despite a slowdown compared to last year.has also contributed to a new climate of co-operation among the I-League clubs." he said. who also believe in the cause. He said that it is not always easy to bat on the first day of a Test match.” said the batting coach. however.

Three drop catches in? awarded a maximum of 10 years in jail. The Congress president-in-waiting indeed gave good indications of what is in his mind. but incidents in UP are highlighted more, a day after giving orders for 24-hour electricity supply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi, Which makes Wagah all the more important. And just when Supriya was about to complete her education. read more

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