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2 dead in Varanasi mall shooting

first_imgTwo persons died, while two others were injured after a few youths opened fired at the staff in a garment shop in a mall in Varanasi over a dispute on Wednesday, police said.The incident took place at the JHV shopping mall in the high-security Cantonment area of the Uttar Pradesh city. The suspects, alleged to be students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth University, have been identified. The three suspects entered the branded apparel store and one of them, identified as Alok Upadhyay, inquired about a salesman named Prashant. The suspect then got involved in a brawl with the other staff but was soon overpowered. A country-made pistol he was carrying was also snatched away, said a witness. Vivek Tripathi, UP police spokesperson, said after finding their friend overpowered, the other two youths tried to rescue him and fired shots at the salesmen and in the air.Two persons, Gopi Kanaujia and Sunil Kumar, died of bullet injuries, while Vishal Singh and Chandan Sharma, were admitted to hospital and are said to be stable, police said.”They also fired shots indiscriminately in the mall, after exiting the store,” said one of the witnesses. While initially police was told that the firing was triggered by a dispute over discount, a police statement in the evening hinted at a personal enmity.As per the police, the main accused Alok Upadhyay had a dispute with one of the salesmen Prashant over his friendship with a female staff at the store. The witness also said that the accused had once already assaulted the salesman outside the mall.Inspector General, Varanasi, Vijay Singh Meena, said the CCTV footage of the mall was being examined. The police is investigating how the three suspects managed to bring in weapons into the mall as frisking is done at the entry.last_img read more

PSL imposes 1-year ban, P50,000 fine on Soltones after playing in PVL All-Star Game

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next WATCH: Alyssa Valdez feels the love from Filipinos in Taiwan “The Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other tournaments during the one-year playing commitment with the PSL. The act of Ms. Soltones in playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of our existing policy,” wrote PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara in a letter to Iriga mayor Madeleine Alfelor.Soltones only suited up for one game for the Lady Oragons, playing in their opening day assignment against Sta. Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the decision, Soltones will be barred from playing in the PSL until November 5 next year.The former San Sebastian open spiker is the third player to violate the league’s One League Policy since its enforcement in 2016 following Pau Soriano and Lillet Mabbayad, who both played for Bureau of Customs in the Shakey’s V-League after their campaign with Standard Insurance-Navy in the PSL All-Filipino Cup. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Grethcel Soltones. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones was on the receiving end of a one-year ban and a P50,000 fine after violating the Philippine Superliga’s One League Policy.The league handed down the decision on Monday as the three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, who has a live contract with Iriga in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix, competed in the Premier Volleyball League’s All-Star Game last October 29.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

SMB seizes lead

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The victory prompted coach Leo Austria to give his charges their first break in three weeks.The Texters will also take a much-needed breather on Monday, but coach Nash Racela has special instructions to his players after losing for the second straight game and looking very overmatched since winning the series opener by a hair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel wriggled out of a very tight first half as Alex Cabagnot spearheaded a dominant final 24 minutes with 18 of his 28 coming in the last two frames.And the San Miguel defense has clamped down hard on whoever it needs to stop, with rookie sensation RR Pogoy, after tossing in a career-high 27 points in a 104-102 series-opening win, held scoreless for the second straight game and Jason Castro limited to six points in the first three quarters. “It was a hard-fought game and we didn’t have any adjustments (for today),” Austria said. “All we did was keep our intensity high.”Color developed at halftime when standby TNT import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig got involved in a shoving encounter with San Miguel fans and team officials on the way back to the locker room.Austria dismissed that incident as something borne out of the intensity of both teams, but was quick to add that nothing can distract his Beermen from the real task at hand.“I told the players that we have to be focused,” Austria said. “We have a different agenda [and that is to win]. But we will not back down [from incidents like that].”TNT had 23 turnovers—10 of them by Castro—which resulted to 26 San Miguel points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESThere’s rest for the weary, but only San Miguel Beer can afford it this time.After breaking down TNT KaTropa with clinical precision on both ends in the second half, the Beermen moved ahead in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title playoffs, 2-1, with a 109-97 victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Beermen bounce back and how Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Seasoned sports administrators face tough times in upcoming polls

first_imgAfter the high of the London Olympics brought about by our athletes, sadly the focus is back on Indian sports officialdom. It has returned to its most familiar state – officials squabbling over power and pulling out all stops to try and continue in office, even if one has outlived his term.Sports View by S. Kannan.The next two months will indeed be important for archery, boxing and the Indian Olympic Association, as they have to hold their elections.Given the tough stance taken by the sports ministry with regards to the guidelines and how those who have completed their tenures or are over 70 are ineligible to contest, it does become difficult for the seasoned administrators. But that doesn’t mean people like Suresh Kalmadi, Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Abhay Chautala, who are now ineligible to contest elections, will move away from the spotlight.It is well known that in the last two years, the sports ministry, first under MS Gill and now Ajay Maken, has played a proactive role in reining in the federations.Quite often, sports officials retort about how “the government infringes on their autonomy” and how they can do without sarkari support. The point is, despite corporate support for Indian sport growing gradually, the biggest spender for Olympic disciplines continues to be the government.At a time when India has won six medals at the Olympics, you can be sure that minus the government funding, these athletes would never have been able to do so well. From foreign exposure to training programmes and services of the best coaches, it has all come courtesy government spending.advertisementAnd even if you take a sport like boxing, where the men did not win a medal this time but Mary Kom did, they definitely need every rupee of the government’s support.Yet, when I talked to a few officials in these sports federations and the IOA, there are some who are ready to defy the government for their own self propagation.Suresh Kalmadi.While the sports ministry has been unable to push the sports development bill past the Union cabinet, let alone Parliament, it has nevertheless been able to ensure sports federations do fall in line as far as annual recognition and grant of funds is concerned.From archer Deepika Kumari to the clutch of new boxers who want to make it big, their federations rely on government largesse. So, for the sake of the athletes’ continuity in training, it is imperative that egoistic sports federation bosses step aside.A confrontation will not do anybody good as, in the end, the one who suffers is the athlete.We saw last year how the Badminton Association of India tried defying the sports ministry during its elections, but had to eventually fall in line.This time around, officials are looking at a new escape route. It is well known that as far as the sports ministry is concerned, their current guidelines harp on limited tenures and an age limit on the president, secretary and treasurer.The smarter ones have gone ahead and created fancy posts for themselves and the sports ministry has been unable to do anything about it. First, it was the late Harish Sharma who created the post of CEO for himself in the Basketball Federation of India. After that, the long-serving Baljeet Singh Sethi anointed himself as advisor in the National Rifle Association of India and virtually calls the shots even today.My nagging suspicion is that in the archery and boxing federation elections as well, we could see new posts being created so that those who fail the eligibility criteria can ‘beat’ the system. However, given the active roles played by people like Rahul Mehra, the day is not far off when almost every post in a national sports federation will come under the scanner.As regards the mother of all fights, the battle for supremacy in the Indian Olympic Association will be contested very keenly. It was interesting to read an item in newspapers that even the International Olympic Committee (IOC) wants to send its observers for the IOA elections.At least here, nobody can say the IOC wants to interfere as observers only watch. And for those who think the IOC is being asked to send an observer to India by one officer-bearer in the IOA, it’s indeed interesting how things are shaping up!Now that the Delhi High Court has said the IOA elections must be held as per the sports ministry guidelines, it will be interesting to see what Suresh Kalmadi, its president, does. He is over the tenure limit but still has the clout to put up his own candidates for the IOA elections. Yet, given the dynamics of how IOA elections play out every four years, it would be foolish to completely rule out a role being played by Kalmadi.advertisements.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

NYS to Implement New Programmes in 2013/14

first_imgThe National Youth Service (NYS) will be implementing new strategies and programmes in the 2013/2014 financial year, to effectively meet the needs of the targeted cohort. Speaking at the launch of the NYS Summer Programme, in Kingston, on Wednesday, April 3, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said greater emphasis will be placed on the promotion of social and cultural entrepreneurship. “We will also be redirecting some of our young people into self employment. We are looking at areas such as agricultural entrepreneurship, more mentoring for our rural youth, craft and fashion design, and we are looking at manufacturing for some of our urban young people as well,” Ms Hanna said. [RELATED: Thousands to Participate in NYS Summer Programme] The NYS will also be exploring areas such as music and business, and integrating them within its curriculum. Ms Hanna said the organisation will also seek to integrate social values, cultural identity and love for country into the NYS programmes. “Right now the economic environment and the state of the economy make it critical for us at the National Youth Service to prepare young people to earn a living and to contribute to national development,” she said. She noted that shorter programmes with shorter curriculum will be implemented by the agency, while adding that some 11,584 young people will be targeted by the NYS for various programmes this financial year. “We are looking at a youth apprenticeship programme, and a graduate work experience, because we recognise that we have some young people out there who graduated from university and need internship and some experience, so that their resumes can be improved. We will also be having a success camp, and financial assistance,” Miss Hanna said. She noted that there could be an amendment to the National Youth Service Act, to allow persons below the age of 17 to participate in the summer programme. Some 3,750 spaces are available for secondary and tertiary students between 17 and 24 years of age to participate in the NYS Summer Programme. The deadline to send in application forms is April 26, 2013. By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Sevilla director Morata move is very complicated

first_imgDirector of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.last_img read more

The Barisieur alarm clock brews coffee bedside to wake you up

first_imgThe Barisieur is an alarm clock that brews a fresh cup of coffee for you, bedside. Patrick Holland/CNET Imagine waking up from a deep slumber to the gentle sound of water boiling and dripping onto coffee grounds. The air fills with the warm, welcome aroma of coffee. You open your eyes to see a clear glass cup on top of your alarm clock fill drop by drop with beautiful caffeinated gold. If you need cold half-and-half, no worries, there’s a petite chilled cup inside the clock at the ready. For coffee lovers this scenario may seem like a dream, but it’s the reality delivered by the Barisieur hybrid alarm clock/coffee maker. The alarm clock initially got my attention at CES this year because it reminded me of the elaborate chemistry setup that Gale uses to make coffee on Breaking Bad. The Barisieur is absolutely stunning to look at, balancing the clean beauty of scientific glassware with the natural appeal of stained walnut. A drawer on the front holds ground coffee and a scoop, and there’s even a tiny cup for cold milk submerged in the base. An infrared sensor regulates the temperature to keep the milk around 3 degrees Celsius, which converts to about 37 degrees Fahrenheit.The Barisieur doesn’t have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Alexa or Google Assistant. The only thing it connects is you with the start of your day, awakening each of your senses. Tags 2 The shaky world of coffee maker startups Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep…center_img The idea is to set the Barisieur up the night before by portioning coffee into a metal mesh cone filter and filling the glass flask with water. You can also steep tea in it if you prefer.I saw the alarm clock all prepped to make coffee and it evoked a delightful alchemy feel, as if I had laid out ingredients to make a secret potion, which is what coffee is for many of us.The brew process starts when the alarm goes off or when you push the button. The Barisieur lacks any kind of touchscreen, instead opting for physical buttons and dials. Also worth noting: You can set the alarm to go off without making coffee, just like a regular alarm clock. But why would you do that? Once the alarm is triggered, the water inside the flask is heated and pushed up the siphon tube to drip over the grounds. Imagine waking up to this every morning. Barisieur I tasted a cup of coffee brewed by the Barisieur and it was good. It had a smoothness to it reminiscent of coffee made with a Hario dripper. I was also impressed with how fast it was able to brew a cup. It’s not as fast as something like a Keurig, but you’re getting a much better cup of coffee. Practically speaking, many kitchen coffee makers already let you set a brew time. An alarm clock that doubles as a coffee brewer seems like something the inventor Randall Peltzer from Gremlins would dream up. But the Barisieur’s sophisticated design and straightforward operation should make it right at home at the bedside for many coffee lovers. It’s also easy to envision it in a boutique hotel or a nice Airbnb rental. My only gripe, and it’s a small one, is that it makes just one cup. If you live with someone, there’s bound to be an awkward moment fighting over whose cup it is. I mean, I guess you could share. The Barisieur costs $445 or £345, which converts roughly to AU$625, and is available for purchase now. 5:32 Comments 11 Photos Coffee Makerslast_img read more

Bobby Hajjaj quits DNCC mayoral race

first_imgBobby HajjajFive mayoral contenders will contest the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) after Jatiya Ganotantrik Andolan candidate Bobby Hajjaj quit the electoral race.Hajjaj withdrew his candidature within the stipulated time that expired on Saturday, said returning officer Abul Kashem.The remaining candidates are – Awami League’s Atiqul Islam, Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed, NPP’s Anisur Rahman Dewan, PDP’s Shahin Khan and independent contender Mohammad Abdur Rahim.The by-elections to the vacant mayoral post will be held on 28 February.Besides, by-polls to councillor posts of 36 new wards – 18 in DNCC and as many in Dhaka South City Corporation – will be held on the same day.last_img

Sony Shuts Down Crackle Latin America Business

first_imgSony Pictures Television is folding the Crackle Latin America subscription VOD service, which has 400,000 subscribers across 17 countries, after concluding the business isn’t economically viable.Crackle Latin America first launched in April 2012 as an ad-supported streaming service — like the U.S. version of Crackle — before switching in 2016 to a subscription video-on-demand model, distributed through pay-TV partners. Crackle Latin America will shut down effective April 30, 2019, the result of Sony Pictures’ company-wide strategic review of its portfolio to prune underperforming divisions.“After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment,” Keith Le Goy, Sony Pictures’ president of worldwide TV distribution, wrote in a memo to staff Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by Variety. With the shutdown, 17 employees will be let go. Crackle Latin America has been operated out of Miami with staff spread across offices in L.A., Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.Sony’s Crackle Latin America was run separately from Crackle in the United States. Last summer, SPT revealed plans try to sell a stake in the Crackle U.S. business to a strategic partner, after years of mulling various options — including a possible sale — for the ad-supported VOD streaming network. Meanwhile, Sony shut down the Crackle Canada AVOD service in June 2018. SPT still operates a free, ad-supported Crackle service in Australia.In the Latin American markets, the Crackle SVOD service carried Crackle original series produced out of the U.S. as well as in-language versions of Sony movies like “Hotel Transylvania” and Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy,” “Grown Ups 2” and “Click.” Third-party content on the service has included “Captain America,” “Finding Nemo” and TV series “Scorpion.”Some Crackle originals will find a home on Sony’s Canal Sony and AXN channels in the region, which Le Goy described in the memo as “strong brands achieving solid growth” that “among the top cable channels in Latin America.” Pricing for Crackle Latin America services was around $5 per month but varied across the region, with cable operators and other affiliates setting the retail price.Read Le Goy’s full memo:SPT team –I wanted to make you all aware of an important upcoming change in our networks business in Latin America. As of April 30, we will discontinue the Crackle Latin America SVOD service.As you know, an important part of our reimagine efforts has been a top-down review of our current businesses to determine their strength and growth potential in today’s marketplace. After much consideration, we have decided that Crackle Latin America is not sustainable in the present highly competitive local environment.The decision to close Crackle Latin America is unrelated to the U.S. Crackle business, which is operated independently as an ad-supported AVOD service. We continue to explore potential strategic partnerships for Crackle in the U.S. and will share more information when possible. While we are closing the Crackle Latin America service, OTT/direct-to-consumer remains an incredibly important area for our evolving industry and we will persist in exploring other opportunities in the space. We also remain focused on our existing core business and channels in the region, Canal Sony and AXN. They are strong brands achieving solid growth and are among the top cable channels in Latin America. We will continue to think big, innovate and invest in these assets and other new prospects that we believe have great potential for our business and our viewers.We are proud of the accomplishments achieved in building Crackle Latin America into a service with more than 65 MSO affiliates across 17 countries and a loyal subscriber base from the ground up. I would like to personally thank our dedicated colleagues who have worked on Crackle Latin America over the past almost seven years. We greatly appreciate your hard work and contribution to SPT’s overall growth in the region.– Keith Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more