U.P. govt. to shift don Atiq Ahmed to Bareilly jail

first_imgIncarcerated mafia-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed allegedly assaulted a Lucknow-based businessman in Deoria jail after getting him abducted and forced him to sign away property worth ₹40 crore, following which the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday ordered that he be shifted to high-security Bareilly jail. As the alleged incident left it red-faced, the State government also initiated disciplinary proceedings against Deoria jail superintendent Dilip Kumar Pandey and jailor Mukesh Kumar Katiyar, besides suspending several others. An order issued by the prisons department said, “Approval has been given for shifting undertrial Atiq Ahmed, who is currently lodged in Deoria district jail, to Bareilly district jail on administrative grounds.” Deputy jailor Dev Nath Yadav, head warder Munna Pandey and warder Rakesh Kumar Sharma have been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been started against them, a home department release said. “The government has sought a report from ADG Prison, so as to fix responsibility regarding the lapse in Deoria jail. Action will be taken accordingly. An FIR has been filed at Krishnanagar police station and of the four named accused, two have been arrested,” U.P. Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar had said in a late night statement Sunday.Don’s son named In his police complaint, the real estate businessman, Mohit Jaiswal, alleged that Atiq Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, his son Umar and about 15 other persons forcibly took away his SUV in which he was driven to Deoria from the State capital Lucknow . Mr. Jaiswal alleged that he was assaulted by Ahmed and his supporters and forced to sign papers to handover his property worth ₹40 crore before he was let off. Police booked Ahmed, his son Umar, and accomplices Farooque, Zaki Ahmed, Jafar Ullah, Ghulam Sarvar and 10 to 12 unidentified people on various charges, including attempt to murder, after Mr. Jaiswal filed the complaint at the Krishna Nagar police station in Lucknow.last_img read more

Fadnavis calls off yatra, to attend Jaitley’s funeral on Sunday

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called off the second phase of his mahajanadesh yatra on Saturday on receiving news of the death of former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley. Earlier, on August 6 he cut short the first phase of the outreach programme that started at Yavatmal after the death of party stalwart Sushma Swaraj on August 6. The yatra was later cancelled due to the flood situation in western Maharashtra. Both phases were incidentally called off while passing through Buldhana. In his condolence message, Mr. Fadnavis said, “This is a sad moment for all of us. Mr. Jaitely rose as a student leader and became president of the Delhi University. He even spent 19 months in jail during Emergency.” The Chief Minister’s yatra started from Jalgaon district at 9.30 a.m. and was en route to Malkapur in Buldhana district when Mr. Fadnavis received news of Mr. Jaitley’s death. He called senior party leaders in Delhi, before calling off the yatra. “Please ask the cadres to not play music or offer flowers to the convoy,” he told Cabinet Minister Girish Mahajan who was accompanying him. The other public gatherings at Nandura, Khamgaon and Shegaon were also called off. “The Chief Minister will not participate in the remaining leg of the yatra. We have passed on the message to the cadre. The yatra will begin on Monday,” said organiser Sujit Singh Thakur.last_img read more

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wants increment, officials question validity

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri who is paid an annual gross salary of Rs 5,76,36,000 other than the allowances and other benefits, has requested the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to look into his increment process and the same is set to be discussed during the meeting of the committee on May 21 in the Capital. With CoA chief Vinod Rai giving the go-ahead to Johri’s request for immediate attention, the matter is set to be brought up when the three committee members — Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge meet on Tuesday.As per the contract of the CEO, accessed by IANS, the performance of the executive (Johri) was to be evaluated annually and increments were to be in the form of variables linked with increase in revenue of BCCI out of the efforts of the executive.The BCCI is also expected to decide at the end of the third year of service – 2019 – whether any revision is required in the clause of incremental cash inflow otherwise, the variable would be restricted to 0.5 per cent of the incremental cash flow restricted to Rs 3,00,00,000.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary raised a situation that he described as a travesty for the BCCI.”This is a travesty. The Lodha Committee recommendations and the orders of the Supreme Court gave the authority to sign contracts for an on behalf of the BCCI to the secretary of the board. In terms of all legal matters as well, the board is to sue and be sued in the name of the secretary. Presently, the CoA got a constitution registered that is not in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court and that coupled with the directions issued by the CoA mean that the contracts are executed by the CEO on behalf of the BCCI and it is the CEO that is looking after all legal matters with the might of a big law firm firmly behind him.advertisement”So if the CoA decides that the agreement with the CEO should be modified, will we see a scenario where Rahul Johri will sign both on behalf of the BCCI and on his own behalf?”Also, if there is a dispute between the BCCI and Rahul Johri over this, will Johri give instructions to the BCCI lawyers on this matter and in case he does not officially give any instructions, what prevents the BCCI law firm from supporting his case? Where are we going with this? This anomaly of legal representation had been pointed out to the CoA earlier as well but they had refused to accept that this anomaly existed.”Another senior BCCI official who was part of the General Body and the Working Committee when the CEO had been appointed, put forward a couple of queries asking if the clauses had indeed been fulfilled by the CEO to be eligible for an increment.”It was clear that his increments would be on the basis of increase in revenue only because of the CEO’s efforts. The BCCI already had a series of existing revenue streams that were giving the BCCI substantial income, the idea was that if we have a professional CEO, he was supposed to add new revenue streams as the old streams really took care of themselves on their own. While there has been an increase in revenue generation from media rights and sponsorship deals, that is basically on account of appreciation in the value of those rights which is a universal phenomenon.”The rights value grow at a particular percentage and that is how the value is arrived at even by the companies that bid for the rights. The appreciation doesn’t have anything to do with him putting any effort, unless of course the CEO is willing to admit that he has rigged the bids in anyways since all those rights are given by way of a tender process.”Even the work that has been carried out has actually been a team effort and I am unable to understand by what logic are they trying to attribute any increase in revenue to his efforts. On the one hand you can’t be saying that the money comes in because of the players if on the other hand you are trying to say that the revenue has come in because of the efforts of the CEO by applying some crazy logic.”A former BCCI official who was also present in the meeting where Johri’s appointment was put before the board said: “When he had been appointed he was supposed to make a presentation to the BCCI where he would tell the house about the new revenue streams and how he would add to the value. He did no such thing. That presentation was supposed to be the basis on which he was supposed to be evaluated. So here you have this employee, who did not allow for targets to be set, who did not tell the house how such a huge cost to the organisation in employing him would be justified but when the exiting value appreciated, wishes to earn money off the efforts of other people. These broadcast rights and the systems in place which have given the money to the BCCI were in place long before a CEO was even dreamt of.advertisement”The idea of having him on board was to have new revenue streams and to ensure that domestic cricket in the country was better promoted. While even local T20 leagues are getting fan bases, the Mushtaq Ali Trophy still cuts a sorry figure, as does the Vijay Hazare Trophy. So, what exactly has his role been in increasing revenue generation? Had he done something to popularise that or add more revenue streams, the BCCI would have absolutely no issues in giving him an increment but it is unfair if he wants to claim increments for the work that others have done over the years. He has not fulfilled the incentive but he seems to be wanting increments.”Another board functionary in the know also pointed out: “Johri and the CoA had even unnecessarily attempted to take credit for introducing e-auction while the truth is that they had decided against the e-auction and thereafter certain members of the General Body had questioned the office bearers and the CoA as to why an e-auction was not adopted for the IPL rights. It was only because of that and the application filed in the Supreme Court by Subramaniam Swamy that had put pressure on the CoA to accept the suggestion of the members of the General Body to go ahead with e-auction for the BCCI rights.”Further, his contract says the executive shall not at any time during his term indulge in any other activity which is prejudicial to the interest of the BCCI or is prejudicial to the image of the game. A Supreme Court hearing is on the cards against the CEO. One of his key responsibilities when he was appointed in 2016 was to inspire and develop the vision, mission and values of the board. What has happened in that area? He was also expected to motivate a high-performing executive team by attracting, retaining and mentoring managers. The less said about his mentoring skills in the wake of what happened last year, the better,” the functionary said.Apart from the salary, he is also entitled to participate in and receive all benefits generally available to executives in the BCCI in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plan or arrangement. On official duty, the board bears the cost of travel, boarding, lodging, conveyance and other related expenses in accordance with BCCI rules.advertisementIn a mail sent by the CEO to the CoA, the Amicus Curiae, the CFO and the legal team, Johri had said that he remains the only person in the board who hasn’t been paid an increment in the last two years.”I write this email to urge each one of you to resolve this issue in a time-bound manner, so that the pending dues can be disbursed to me without any further delay. Unfortunately, I am the only employee of the BCCI who has not been provided any increment for the last two years, despite my Employment Agreement providing for the same. We are already nearing the end of third year of my Employment Agreement i.e. 1st June 2018 to 1st May 2019 in respect of which increment will once again become due,” he wrote.”Till date I have not received the decision from the CoA regarding my increment. I have also addressed reminders dated 9th August 2018 and 19th December 2018 requesting for the same. During this time, I have been patient and cooperative with the CoA at every step of the process. I have utmost faith and respect in the institution of the CoA and trust that justice will be meted out to me. Keeping this in mind, I, once again sincerely urge the CoA to look into this issue with utmost priority.”last_img read more

ALL NATIONS- DAY ONE SUMMARY

first_imgDay One at the 2005 All Nations Championships, started with a bang as the 52 teams from 14 nations gathered for the opening ceremony and march past to kick off the event. Teams have traveled from England, Scotland, Wales, Singapore, USA, Thailand, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Australia, New Zealand and also representative teams from Oceania, New Zealand Maori and New Zealand Academy. Jody English from the Womens 30’s and David Cheung from the Mens 40’s carried the flag for Australia, both with distinguished careers in representing Australia and also the sport of Touch in general. Competition started well for Australia, with all 10 Aussie sides winning their opening rounds. The teams from Touch NZ have re-named their Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides as the `Touch Blacks’ in an attempt to lift the profile of their elite teams even further and to help build more sporting rivalry with the Australian sides. With all three `Touch Blacks’ sides facing the Aussie Open sides on day two, competition is set to be fierce, with both nations wanting to give the opposition no room to move come finals time. The Australian Mens Open side started day one strongly, recording 3 wins on day one and no doubt giving them confidence as they face New Zealand on day 2. Wins 17-1 over Tonga and Niue and 11-4 over Fiji a good start for the Aussie Mens side. The Womens Open also started well, keeping their opposition scoreless and beating New Zealand Maori 7-0 and Niue 14-0. The Aussie Mixed side looks as though they will face the biggest challenge of the Open sides, with their main rival New Zealand amassing a huge 51 touchdowns on day one of the tournament. The Australian Mixed Open recorded an easy 15-0 win over Singapore and then a tougher 6-2 win over Niue and 10-3 win over Samoa. It looks as though they’ll need to step up another gear though to challenge the Mixed might of New Zealand. One of the games of the day had to be in the Mens 30’s, where the Australian side held off a very spirited Samoa to win 8-7. Samoa seem to be on the improve across all grades of the competition. They then went on to record an easy 22-1 win over Wales and 12-3 over Fiji. On paper the Australian Mens 30’s looks to be one of our strongest Mens 30’s sides assembled in the past few years and they trained incredibly hard in the lead up to the event. They will need every second of preparation no doubt as they come up against New Zealand tomorrow. In the Womens 30’s and 35’s, a combined pool due to an insufficient number of team entries, the Aussie Womens 30’s started with a 6-0 win over the Oceania 35’s, while the Australian Womens 35’s easily accounted for the Cook Island’s 35’s 16-0. Already guaranteed a finals berth against New Zealand in the Womens 30’s, the Aussie side will no doubt be looking to make the most of their match against the Aussie 35’s today as preparation for facing New Zealand. The Mixed 30’s take the cake for the toughest day amongst the Aussie sides, holding off a very talented New Zealand Maori side 5-4 and then facing a tough New Zealand side, unfortunately being unable to match their pace and going down 5-3. While other sides had the opportunity to warm up against opposition not quite to their standard, the Mixed 30’s certainly had to hit the ground running and know they face an uphill battle to make the final and then challenge New Zealand. The Mens 35’s have the wood over their biggest rival New Zealand, after recording a 14-3 win over Niue and then a 4-2 win over the Kiwis on day one. With only four teams in their pool however, they’ll face New Zealand again in the round matches and will no doubt need to step up another gear to hold off any challenge thrown their way. The Australian Mens 40’s side started strongly with a 15-1 win over Singapore, before a tougher win 6-3 over the Cook Islands and then coming from behind to draw 5-5 with New Zealand. The 40’s certainly won’t be keen to let New Zealand skip away from them again however and will face them once more on Friday before the finals. The Australian 45’s seem to have a stranglehold on their title, with a 14-0 win over Niue and a 6-2 win over New Zealand on day one. For all the results of day 2 check back at www.austouch.com.au By Rachel Grant, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino willing to accept no January signings

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino willing to accept no January signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s prepared to go through the January market without any new additions.Spurs have signed only Lucas Moura in the past 15 months.”No, not disappointed,” Pochettino said when asked how he would feel if they failed to land a new player.”I know that January is always difficult. If you find some player, look what has happened to different players who arrive in January. It takes time to understand and to perform, to fit with the team. Sometimes it’s better not to sign if you don’t find the right player.” last_img read more

Cabinet to Consider Amendment to Contractor General Act

first_imgCabinet is to consider a submission to amend the Contractor General Act, aimed at protecting the business secrets of investors during the pre-contract stage.This was disclosed by Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson on Wednesday, May 29, during his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.He explained that the intention is to limit the involvement of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) in certain investment opportunities at the pre-contract stage.He assured that the move will not prevent the OCG from taking action on any breaches.Mr. Atkinson noted that there are “several strategic investments at hand” and several others to come, and “when such investment opportunities are in the formative and feasibility stages, confidentiality is usually demanded by those seeking to do business with the Government”.“More often than not, they require protection of their business and production secrets, from their competitors,” he pointed out.Mr. Atkinson added that they may also wish to be assured that they will be fast-tracked towards approval or rejection and ask for the prevention of unnecessary bureaucratic delays.He noted that the question of Cabinet’s confidentiality and the possibility of premature publication by press release of sensitive proprietary information before completion of the process, would also be clarified.“Towards this end, I have received permission to say that the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon Omar Davies, will present a submission to Cabinet to amend the Contractor General Act, which will not preclude the OCG from a complete review of the process when it is concluded, and will not compromise the OCG’s ability to take appropriate action if a breach is detected,” the Attorney General said.“This proposed amendment to the Act will satisfactorily dispose of the issues of concern in the existing legal action, which is now before the court. If Cabinet finds favour with the Minister’s submission and the matter is referred to Chief Parliamentary Counsel for drafting, I would, in a timely manner, seek the Cabinet’s permission to file an application to discontinue the current court action against the OCG”.The Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, has applied to the Full Court of the Supreme Court for a re-hearing in a matter against the OCG for interpretation of certain sections of the Contractor General Act.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Aphria shares fall even as it digs in heels to remain on

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. dug in its heels Tuesday, determined to remain on the Toronto Stock Exchange despite a warning from the group that operates the index that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Shares of Aphria (TSX:APH), which expanded into Florida in April, closed 13 per cent lower on Tuesday at $6.86, a day after the TMX Group issued a notice that U.S. federal laws which state that marijuana is an illicit Schedule 1 controlled substance take precedence over state laws.Canada’s biggest exchange operator warned companies that operate in states where it is legal that they are not complying with its listing requirements and could face removal from the exchange when it wraps a review at the end of the year.Aphria’s chief executive Vic Neufeld, who has maintained that the TMX was aware of its plans to invest in the U.S., said Tuesday the exchange operator’s notice blindsided his company.“This is very irresponsible of the TSX,” he said in an interview.“How in the world are they going to adjudicate and apply a very broad statement like that?”The news came as the Leamington, Ont.-based company started a previously arranged bought-deal financing agreement to raise $80 million, issuing more than 11 million shares at a price of $7.25 per share with an additional option for 1.6 million shares — about five per cent higher than what it was publicly trading for Tuesday.Yet, Neufeld said he has no intention of moving to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange even after the Canadian Securities Administrators on Monday issued guidance essentially gave the green light to allow it to continue to house cross-border marijuana companies as long as the listers disclosure certain risks when investing south of the border due to conflicting state and federal laws.“It’s not our preferred option, obviously not. We want to stay on the big board,” Neufeld said. He added that he aims to start a dialogue with the TMX Group to find a “win-win” solution, and has no plans to walk away from their U.S. ambitions.Neufeld said Tuesday that if it cannot reach a compromise with the TMX, there are some other options at its disposal, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.However, he viewed the TSX notice yesterday as a “door opener” to a conversation, with the hopes of a solution by the end of the year.The duelling messages from the TMX Group and the CSA late Monday triggered a sector-wide selloff on Tuesday, with shares of Canopy Growth down as much as nine per cent, and Emblem Cannabis Corp. shares down as much as 16 per cent before bouncing back slightly later in the day.However, the grey area creates an opportunity for the alternative CSE to ramp up its status as the main access point to Canadian capital markets for cannabis-based companies with U.S. interests.CSE chief executive Richard Carleton said of the 50 or so cannabis-based businesses listed on their exchange, there are about a dozen with U.S. exposure that account for roughly 10 per cent of the trading activity.“It’s quite likely that we’ll see more companies access Canadian public capital markets through us as a result,” he said in an interview Tuesday.Meanwhile, Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Aphria’s main rival that does not have U.S. interests, praised the move, calling it a step in the right direction.“We take our responsibility to our shareholders seriously and as such have chosen to conduct business in jurisdictions where it is federally legal to do so,” Canopy chairman and chief executive Bruce Linton said.Linton added that he believes the CSA’s stance that companies can violate U.S. federal laws regarding marijuana provided that they simply disclose it is “completely ludicrous and no person in Canada would think that’s practical or logical.”– with files from David Hodges in Torontolast_img read more

Indian city rounds up beggars ahead of visit by Ivanka Trump

first_imgHYDERABAD, India – Authorities in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump for an international conference.Over the past week, more than 200 beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons. Authorities have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city’s streets and in other public places.The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of Hyderabad’s thousands of beggars vanishing from sight.Trump is a senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump. Later this month, she is scheduled to be a featured speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Officials say the drive against begging was launched because two upcoming international events are taking place in the city — the entrepreneurship summit and the World Telugu Conference in December.Begging is a criminal offence in India and can be punished by as much as 10 years in prison, although the law is rarely enforced.“We will complete the clearing of beggars from the city roads by the end of the month,” said V.K. Singh, a top police officer.The beggars have been rounded up from traffic junctions, bus stations and railway stations and transported by van to the shelters, where they often find themselves separated from their family members.They are being offered clean clothes, a shower and a bed. But they’re also being fingerprinted before they’re allowed to leave and told they could face jail time if they are found begging again.More than 20 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day. For many, begging is survival.Beggars tend to crowd around cars at traffic signals, knocking on windows and asking for food and money. They include children as young as 5, who weave through dangerous traffic and often perform small acrobatic acts.A rights group that runs the two Hyderabad homeless shelters on the grounds of the Chanchalguda and Charalapally jails where the beggars are being taken estimates the city has 13,000 beggars.About half of them are begging because they are living in poverty while the other half want money for alcohol and drugs, said Gattu Giri, an official with the Amma Nanna Ananda Ashram organization.The entrepreneurship summit is an annual event that this year will focus on supporting female entrepreneurs. Running from Nov. 28-30, the summit is being jointly hosted by the U.S. and India.Singh said that next month, after Ivanka Trump has left, police will start offering cash rewards to people who inform them of a beggar’s location. Police have set up a control room to receive the information.This isn’t the first time the poor and homeless have been pushed out of sight as India hosts international visitors. Ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, slums were demolished and thousands of beggars pushed to the edge of the city.last_img read more

Are foodsharing apps a blue ribbonworthy idea or halfbaked fad

first_imgTORONTO – Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads.Food-sharing platform LaPiat, which plans to launch in April, provides a platform for entrepreneurial cooks in the Greater Toronto Area to make some extra cash from home. Users can take pictures of their dishes to advertise and sell them at any price they set, leaving pick up and delivery to the cook and diner to work out.Creator Arber Puci said the app spawned from the idea that everyone has friends and family who are amazing cooks and can use that talent to make some extra money, while consumers will find it cheaper than restaurants, take-out joints or other food delivery services such as Uber Eats.The app targets home cooks like parents who are making lunch for their kids and can easily put together a few more portions to “make some cash on the side,” said Puci, who will take a five per cent cut from chefs using the platform.Predecessors Tffyn, Homefed and MealSurfers all launched in Toronto in the last few years, but appear to have since vanished, leaving behind rival app Kouzina, which hit the market in August.Kouzina creator Nick Amaral said when he first researched similar apps he found “one or two” in Canada that ended up folding, but he feels the times have changed since then.“We are getting more used to having services provided from people that we maybe don’t know as first,” he said.Kouzina takes a six per cent cut from every item sold on the app. Kouzina has seen increasing numbers of customers and cooks, selling everything from fresh fettuccine and lasagna for $7 a serving to vanilla and raspberry Bavarian cakes for $25.Both Puci and Amaral said they don’t inspect the kitchens and instead rely on phone interviews, copies of food handlers certifications or customer rating systems to weed out those offering substandard customer service and food.Amaral said he relies on a review and rating system for governance.“Even one bad review I think would be enough to deter people,” he said. “Good reviews will speak for themselves.”The lack of inspection comes as no surprise to Sylvanus Thompson, an associate director at Toronto Public Health, who said TPH has had to intervene a few times. Many of the owners and the home cooks preparing and selling food for such apps are not aware that they are subject to food premise regulations that require their kitchen undergo regular inspections from municipal staff and be zoned for commercial food activities, he said.As a result, “some of them got out of the business,” but Thompson said TPH knows that the “growing” number of homemade food apps is something “we don’t intend to stop.”“We want to be able to work with these people to ensure compliance and safe food,” he added.He chalked up the emergence of the apps to the rise of the gig and sharing economy and hastened by food delivery apps including Uber Eats, Foodora and SkipTheDishes.Gary Grant, who runs a catering business called The Garage Guy BBQ, started using Kouzina when it launched to sell his southern fried chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, cabbage roll soup and sandwich box platters.“We had one customer the week the app launched and that’s it, ” he said. “We have never had another inquiry or mention. It is there but has not done anything for us.”He still thinks the concept behind Kouzina is great, but is disappointed that it hasn’t caught on as quickly as several similar apps in the U.S.LaPiat creator Puci said he’s not feeling deterred by the apparent lack of demand for other apps because he’s convinced the sharing economy will only increase demand for his offering.“I can’t tell you what is going to happen in a year or two, but (based on) the excitement that I have got so far, I think we are here to stay,” he said. “Even if my app doesn’t make it, there is going to be someone else.”Though apps are not expensive to develop, their viability lies in getting people to use them and finding a way to monetize them, which can be tricky, said Mike von Massow, a University of Guelph associate professor specializing in food and hospitality.“Early apps probably fail more quickly because we haven’t achieved a critical mass. That’s not to say we can’t get to that critical mass,” he said.“I think there is an opportunity to get there. I think it is a model that can work.”last_img read more

Aritzia Q3 net income jumps 16 per cent amid 17th quarter of

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ATZ)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Aritzia Inc. says its net income increased by more than 16 per cent in the third quarter as the womenswear retailer experienced its 17th quarter of growth in comparable store sales.The Vancouver-based brand says its net income for the period ending Nov. 25 reached $32.6 million, up from $28.1 million the year before.Aritzia says comparable sales growth jumped by 12.9 per cent as it focused on its e-commerce offerings and explored marketing with social media influencers.It says its net revenue climbed by 18.8 per cent to $242.9 million from $204.4 million in the third quarter the year before.The company says 40 per cent of its revenue growth in the quarter is attributable to its U.S. business.Aritzia says 2019 will bring a handful of new boutiques and expansions, but 2020 will be its biggest year yet for U.S. expansion because the brand will open six boutiques in the country that fiscal year. last_img read more

Two arrested for robberies, Rs 40.4 lakh recovered

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested two of four robbers from a parking lot at Inderlok metro station. The robbers were involved in at least two cash robberies where the foursome had robbed a total of around Rs 1.48 crore at gunpoint from two separate victims and threatened to kill them.The two men arrested by police were identified as Alam Ali (22) and Mustkeem Khan (19), who had along with two other accomplices robbed a Delhi businessman and his son of Rs 1.4 crore after threatening to kill them both on March 22. During the investigation, police had confirmed that the circumstances of the crime had led them to explore the possibility of a planned coup. The four accused had robbed their victims at gunpoint in the middle of a busy street near a local fruit market in the Rani Bagh area. In addition, police also found that the same foursome was involved in another case of robbery, where the victim was robbed of his scooty along with Rs 8 lakh in cash, which was stored under the seat. The gang had a simple, yet effective operating procedure. In both cases, the four robbers would mark their targets in advance, and then on two separate scooties stop their victims at an opportune location, where their escape wouldn’t be hindered. They would then threaten to fire at their victims and make away with the stolen cash and vehicles. Following the FIRs registered at the police stations, a team was formed under DCP Crime Joy Tirkey and crime teams started scouring CCTV footage in the area. After continued efforts, officers received a tip-off about Alam and Mustkeem and arrested them from Inderlok metro station, recovering Rs 40.4 lakh of the bounty. Police said that the accused confessed to the two robberies after sustained interrogation and finally gave up the name of their accomplices as Baba and Babloo. Sources familiar with the case suspect that the rest of the money will likely be found with the other accused who are currently absconding. Additional Commissioner of Police, Rajiv Ranjan said that efforts are being made to apprehend the other two robbers who are residents of the Trans-Yamuna area.last_img read more

As The Playoff Nears Notre Dame Is Running Out Of Time

Stanford 9-2911950%16% ▲ 6a3% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Utah 8-32337260%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 11-04122937%30% ▲ 212% Florida 10-112101931%13% ▲ 212% TCU 9-2191850%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 10-1521747%47% ▲ 217% Oklahoma 10-135162%64% ▲ 9a25% Northwestern 9-21621550%<1% ▲ 21<1% The new College Football Playoff committee rankings are out, and the committee shook lots of things up.Notre Dame fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after an ugly win against Boston College over the weekend. Oklahoma (at No. 3) and Iowa (at No. 4) sneaked into the top four ahead of the Fighting Irish, and Michigan State leapfrogged them too, landing at No. 5. At this stage of the season, those teams control their own destinies, but the Irish don’t.Florida joined Notre Dame as the other big loser after the Gators squeezed out an overtime win against Florida Atlantic. The Gators fell four spots to No. 12.But there are still several major games left to be played in the next two weeks, so let’s turn to FiveThirtyEight’s projections of how the committee will order teams in its final rankings Dec. 6. College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 23; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Temple 9-225354838%<1% ▲ 21<1% Ohio State 10-18349%25% ▼ 8a7% Baylor 9-179218%21% ▲ 217% Toledo 9-12420439%<1% ▲ 21<1% UCLA 8-322231815%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan 9-21013157%7% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 8-3181779%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 9-21319130%<1% ▲ 21<1% Washington St. 8-32022450%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 11-014659%71% ▲ 2116% Alabama 10-121360%64% ▲ 2121% Mississippi St. 8-32115200%<1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 10-11481641%10% ▲ 212% Oregon 8-3176240%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma St. 10-111141420%10% ▲ 212% RankingProbability of … Navy 9-115163827%<1% ▲ 21<1% Notre Dame 10-1678—a21% ▼ 104% Oklahoma’s odds of making the playoff jumped 9 percentage points to 64 percent in our model. That’s tied with Alabama and just behind Clemson’s odds of 71 percent. Of the remaining teams, Michigan State is handicapped to have the best shot, at 47 percent, largely because the Spartans are favored if they play Iowa for the Big Ten title. (First they have to beat Penn State this weekend.) That Big Ten championship would be a de facto play-in game for the playoff (should Iowa win against Nebraska on Friday). The model puts the Hawkeyes’ playoff chances at 30 percent.Three spots after Iowa comes Notre Dame. The Irish’s playoff odds took a significant hit, down to 21 percent. Our model has consistently projected that both a strong one-loss Big 12 champ (like Oklahoma) and an undefeated or one-loss Big Ten winner (Michigan State or Iowa) were good bets to make it to the playoff over Notre Dame.Several other teams are on the cusp of the playoff: Ohio State at 25 percent (down 8 percentage points after their first loss of the season); Baylor at 21 percent (needing Oklahoma to slip up, among other things); and two-loss Stanford at 16 percent. All these teams need some surprises to make it in, but there’s still some football left.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty details about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as a methodology update. read more

Young goalies battle for time on field

Of the 26 players on the Ohio State men’s soccer team, 18 are freshmen or sophomores.At perhaps the most important position on the field, a pair of young players is competing for playing time.After six non-conference games, sophomore Ryan Dalton and redshirt freshman Matt Lampson have each started three games at goalie. Each has recorded one shutout, and each has received almost identical playing time.  Goalkeeper coach Taly Goode plans to play both men equally until there is a distinction between the two.  “There isn’t much separation between the two just yet,” Goode said. “We are looking for one to establish a good rhythm and consistency.” Through six games, Dalton has played 290 minutes, while Lampson has spent 310 minutes in goal.Ideally Goode would like to see a starter emerge, but maintains that their strengths lie in the same places, and they are playing on an even field.  “It’s not a bad situation to be in with such strength on such a young team,” Goode said.  When asked which player he sees rising to the top, Goode said that they are just about dead even.“Ryan has strong communication with the team and Matt has slightly better distribution,” Goode said.  The No. 24 ranked Buckeyes recently entered the Soccer America Poll for the first time this season.  The team’s record (3-0-3) shows they are off to a good start and deserve their spot in the top 25.  There is less pressure on the young team, and they anticipate catching their opponents off guard.  Lampson, a transfer from Northern Illinois, is taking Ohio State in stride. He began training with the Buckeyes last spring.  “I wanted to be part of a better program that is more renowned and successful,” Lampson said, addressing the reason behind his transfer. “Coach Bluem was happy to have me working with the Buckeyes.”Both players recognize what a fantastic soccer program Ohio State has maintained and are proud to be a part of the fight to the top.The undefeated Buckeyes face IUPUI at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 tonight. read more

Mens Basketball What you should know about Ohio States new assistant coaches

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAt a press conference to announce the firing of former men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta on June 2, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said that all three assistant coaches – Chris Jent, Greg Paulus and Dave Dickerson – were on staff and would still be doing their jobs unless they found new opportunities.Ten days later, the Buckeyes announced that Butler’s three assistant coaches – Terry Johnson, Ryan Pedon and Mike Schrage – would be joining their recently-departed boss, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann, in Columbus.None of the three assistants have spent more than three years coaching with Holtmann, but each brings at least nine seasons of experience coaching at the collegiate level to Ohio State.Ryan PedonPedon, a native of Columbus, grew up a 10-15 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus. Since then, Pedon said, he had become less connected to the area due to his professional life taking him out of the city. But since he grew up in the shadows of Ohio State, Pedon said his familiarity remains strong.The new Buckeyes assistant said no Ohio State coach had defined regions in which to recruit, but he noted that since he has roots in Ohio, he believes it is ultimately important to keep local prospects in the state.“I think you have to look at when this program was at its best, different time periods throughout the past 30, 40, 50 years, why was it? And the common denominator is that kids from this state have been Buckeyes,” Pedon said.Pedon, who played college basketball at the College of Wooster, began his coaching career as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) in 2005. He stayed until 2010, then headed north to be an assistant coach and work as the recruiting coordinator at Toledo. After winning just four games in Pedon’s first season, the Rockets took off in year two, winning 19 games.After his third year in Toledo, the charismatic Pedon departed for Illinois, where he was assistant to the head coach. Then in 2015, Pedon was hired by Holtmann as an assistant coach at Butler where he spent the past two years.When he learned of Ohio State’s interest in Holtmann, he had just one thought swimming through his mind.“I hope he takes the damn job. I hope he takes the job because it’s a hell of a job, to be honest with you,” Pedon said.Since he decided to join Holtmann in Columbus, Pedon hasn’t focused on any long-term goals. He said he’s just focused on the process and improving each day.“We’re not necessarily focused on the prize that awaits us two weeks from now or three weeks from now or five months from now, we’re more focused on the day-to-day,” Pedon said. “And we just feel like if you stack enough good days upon each other over and over and over and over, you do the right thing over and over and over and over, we believe great things will happen.”He learned that philosophy from three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself,’ which former Butler coach Brad Stevens introduced to him.Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson answers questions from the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTerry JohnsonFor the first time in over a decade, Johnson was forced to picked his family up and moved out of Indiana. Johnson also worked at Butler as director of basketball operations from 2004-2006. He left to continue his coaching career as an assistant coach at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he spent one season before returning to Butler. The former longest-tenured member of Butler’s coaching staff began his stint as an assistant in Indianapolis, in 2007 when now-Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hired him. After Stevens left for the NBA in 2013, Johnson remained on the staff when Brandon Miller was hired as the replacement and stayed when Holtmann replaced Miller a year later.“My time at Butler was great. Couldn’t nothing replace those memories,” Johnson said Thursday while meeting with the media for the first time since his hiring. “I was there, like you said, for a decade. My wife is a Butler graduate. I lost my last high school game at Butler. The morning of my wedding, I was hooping at Butler. My twins took my first few steps on Hinkle (Fieldhouse). There’s so much there at Hinkle that nothing could replace that.”But when Holtmann presented Johnson with the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the longtime Butler assistant knew the moment had come to leave.“The opportunity just presented itself to me,” Johnson said. “I really never know what’s in store for me, but some feeling inside of me was like, ‘it was time.’ Wherever it came from, I believe in my faith, and I just kind of followed it.”Johnson served as the defensive coordinator at Butler, but said he and the staff don’t have defined coaching role yet. Before the staff looks toward the fall, it will be working tirelessly on the recruiting trails, a point Johnson reiterated constantly.Ohio State assistant coach discusses the upcoming season on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMike SchrageSome coaches are lucky enough to learn their craft from a living legend. Schrage worked with a pair: Indiana’s Bob Knight and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who he called two of the best, if not the best.Schrage spent four seasons – from 1994-98 – working as a student manager for the Hoosiers, then was Duke’s academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002 and director of basketball operations from 2002-08.“I learned a lot of basketball from coach Knight. For that to be my foundation, who I thought was an encyclopedia of X and Os and basketball, I took in so much,” Schrage said. “Then nine years of (Krzyzewski), you learn so much about basketball. But communication with players, teambuilding, he is so good along those lines.”Though it’s almost unfair to level this type of comparison on a Holtmann who was leading Gardner-Webb just four years ago, Schrage believes Holtmann compares favorably to Krzyzewski.“His ability to communicate, connect with guys remind me of (Krzyzewski). It reminds me of coach K who I worked for at Duke,” said Schrage, who mentioned he would’ve followed Holtmann anywhere.Schrage continued, praising Holtmann’s ability to get every player, from star to walk-on, to buy into the team vision. read more

Sanchez insists that Colombia will not just focus on Mane

first_imgColombia defender Davinson Sanchez has denied that they will be solely focusing on marking Sadio Mane in today’s final Group H game against SenegalJosé Néstor Pékerman’s side needs the win at the Samara Arena in order to progress to the next round of the World Cup with Colombia currently in third place in Group H and a point behind Senegal and leaders Japan.But Sanchez, who knows just how good Mane is after playing against the Liverpool forward for Tottenham last season, insists that himself and his fellow defenders will be concentrating on all the Senegal players – not just their star man.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“We know he’s an extraordinary player with a great season behind him, but we are going to focus on all Senegal’s qualities and we have to realise that we can hurt them,” said Sanchez, according to BT Sport.“I’ll repeat, he’s had a great season in the Premier League, but we need to look at ourselves in terms of our morale and the style of play that has allowed us to be here today.”The two nations will face each other at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Soldotna Considers Ordinance For Plastic Bag Ban

first_imgCouncil member Parker and City Manager Stephanie Queen visited with several local businesses to discuss the ordinance.  While there has been no outright opposition, businesses have requested the ordinance not take effect immediately, giving them and their staff time to inform shoppers of the upcoming change. The ordinance will be introduced at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 28.  A public hearing for the proposed ordinance is scheduled for April 11. Currently around the state Hooper Bay and Bethel have bans on plastic shopping bags in effect. The City of Homer enacted a law banning plastic bags in August of 2012; however, in February of 2013 a citizen’s referendum was filed and in October of 2013 the voters of the City of Homer repealed the plastic bag ban. Audio PlayerPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-1.mp3VmPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-1.mp300:00RPdSoldotna City Council Member Lisa Parker: “What it would do, it will prohibit stores from using plastic bags after November of 2018. It wouldn’t preclude you from taking plastic bags in as a resident and using it, but the store could not provide you with a plastic bag for bagging groceries. Recyclable bags that are available in the store is what we would move towards.” The proposed ordinance calls for an effective date of November 1, 2018,  giving Soldotna businesses the opportunity to make the transition. In an memorandum included with the ordinance, there are “countless reasons for cutting down on the number of plastic bags.” The memorandum outlines three key topics including:the bags are unsightly, bad for wildlife and take years to decompose.center_img The ordinance also includes the proposal for a $300 fine for distribution of single use, plastic disposable shopping bags. The City of Wasilla enacted a similar law banning plastic bags in January of 2018, with an effective date of July 1, 2018. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A new ordinance which would ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail businesses in Soldotna is scheduled to be introduced at the next Soldotna City Council meeting.  The ordinance is sponsored by council members Lisa Parker and Linda Murphy. Audio PlayerPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-2.mp3VmPARKER-ON-PLASTIC-BAGS-2.mp300:00RPdSoldotna City Council Member Lisa Parker: “I have not had anybody express opposition to prohibiting plastic bags. The reaction has been positive and it was from a youth group that came forward.  Well, I’ve been following it with this youth group furthering me even more to introduce it.  We’ll see if it gets introduced on Wednesday night and what the feelings are of other members of the council.”last_img read more

Reading Cooperative Bank Hires Elizabeth Trifone As New Vice President Commercial Loan Officer

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is pleased to introduce Elizabeth “Liz” Trifone as the latest addition to the Commercial Lending team. Liz comes to RCB after spending two years at MountainOne Bank in Danvers, where she served as Vice President. Over those two years, Liz helped to develop a network of customers on the North Shore of Boston. During that time, she approved over $57 million in new loans and closed over $42 million. Before her time at MountainOne Bank, Liz worked as a Director of SBA Lending and President at New England Certified Developed Corporation in Wakefield, where she was responsible for the management of a lending entity with a $400,000 million plus portfolio in six New England States.As Vice President at RCB, Liz will be responsible for originating, evaluating and recommending commercial loans, including C & I loans, construction loans, and commercial real estate loans. Liz graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University in 1985, where she earned a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. She also completed an SBA credit underwriting program during that time.“Liz’s experience and success are inimitable,” remarked Greg Ryan, Chief Lending Officer. Ryan continued, “She brings with her a most impressive track record. Her presence will do much to elevate our lending department.”For more information, please contact Liz Trifone at ltrifone@readingcoop.com or 781-670-1553.About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Is A Founding Member Of Alloy LabsIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes 4 New Staff MembersIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces Three Personnel MovesIn “Business”last_img read more

AL sees risk in DNCC bypolls

first_imgDNCC logoLeaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) are considering the by-polls to the mayor post at Dhaka North City Corporation although the party officially has not started yet talking about it.Following the death of DNCC mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November, the government has declared vacant the mayoral post from 1 December as per Article 15(E) of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.According to the electoral law, the election commission will now have to hold a by-poll to elect people’s representative for the vacant post in 90 days for the rest of the DNCC tenure.Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday told a group of newsmen that the commission is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post.Several senior leaders of the party said it’s been difficult for the ruling party to choose a candidate for a mayoral post. They said the party will face a tough challenge if it cannot find anyone like Annisul.At the same time, the by-polls will be a challenge for the ruling party as the election atmosphere – be it good or bad – will put an impact on national politics with its outcome being scrutinised at home and abroad just one year ahead of the next general elections, they observed.Against this backdrop, they said, the by-election to a city corporation of the capital city which has appeared like “something from out of the blue” has put the ruling party in a difficult position.AL leaders said the party will make a decision in this regard after the return of prime minister Sheikh Hasina from Cambodia and once the qul khawani of Annisul Huq is held.AL’s arch-rival the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) insiders said the party is likely to join the by-polls although they too yet to start talking about selecting the candidate within the party.Several names of the possible candidates, apart from Tabith Awal who was BNP’s candidate against Annisul Huq, are, however, being discussed in the party.BNP thinks its candidates will sweep to victory if fairness and neutrality are ensured in the by-poll, because Tabith Awal bagged as high as 300,000 votes even after he boycotted the polls halfway.The party also thinks that if the by-poll is marred by rigging and manipulation, it would embolden its demand for holding the next general elections under a party-neutral government.AL policymakers meanwhile said many aspirants have already expressed their interest to contest the by-polls, but party president Sheikh Hasina’s say is the final which will be clear in next one or two weeks.Talking to newsmen AL presidium member Faruq Khan, who was in charge of coordination in the last DNCC polls, said the party has yet started discussion on the by-poll. He said the ministry has declared the post vacant and the election commission will now announce the election schedule. “And Awami League too will start sorting out its possible candidates.”He said given the way the north city corporation of the capital was developed, city dwellers will vote for AL candidate.A presidium member of the party said the DNCC area is comprised of eight parliamentary constituencies, so the DNCC by-polls will have huge impact on the next general elections to be held in one year time.Talking to newsmen on Tuesday, AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the party will pick a candidate who will be able to win the by-polls.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmedlast_img read more

Baytown Steel Plant To Expand Amid Presidents Push For US Steel

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:48 Listen Spectra Energy A pipeline from Houston-based company Spectra Energy is seen during construction. Oil and gas companies say they rely heavily on imported steel.An Indian steel company plans to pump $500 million into a manufacturing plant it owns in Baytown, Texas. Governor Greg Abbott said Monday the state will give the company a $3.4 million grant to jump start the expansion.The plant, owned by JSW Group, makes pipe and other products for the oil and gas sector, among others.The governor describes the deal as a win for the state, and for President Trump’s “America First” agenda.“One thing that the administration in Washington is asking for, one thing we want to see in the state of Texas, is increased production of steel and steel-based products in the United States, and in the state of Texas, and that’s exactly what we got today,” Abbott said.The expansion means 500 new steel jobs for Baytown, and a manufacturing boost of specialized products for drillers and pipeline companies. But those companies still rely mostly on imported steel and worry the president’s new steel tariffs will threaten energy jobs.Abbott said the plant’s growth could ease “some” of those concerns, but energy trade groups still say their industry should be exempt from the tariffs. Sharelast_img read more