Now, in Maharashtra, you can bring your own food to movie theatres

first_imgEveryone who has resented having to shell out a small fortune for an evening at the multiplex can finally expect relief — in Maharashtra, to start with. The Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ravindra Chavan on Friday announced that food items from outside will be allowed in multiplexes from August 1.The announcement was made in the Legislative Council when Opposition members drew the government’s attention to ‘exorbitant prices’ charged by multiplexes for food and beverages. The Leader of the Opposition and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde wanted the government to stop the “loot.” “The common people are being openly plundered by the sale of food, beverages, and water at high rates. If you look at the rates, they sell popcorn worth ₹10 for ₹80. A water bottle which costs around ₹15 is sold for ₹50 to ₹80. The rates are much lower outside but the multiplexes have prohibited outside food. As a result, people get movie tickets for ₹200 but they have to spend a thousand rupees for snacks,” Mr. Munde said. No disagreement Mr. Chavan readily agreed. “Whatever the Leader of the Opposition is saying is true,” he said. “As per the rules of the year 1966, there is no prohibition on taking food items into multiplexes. They (authorities) don’t have any right to stop the public from doing so. Multiplex owners prohibit outside food citing security. But we have asked them to allow outside food. From August 1, there won’t be multiple prices for the same item.”Share prices of multiplex operators took an immediate hit. While PVR shares closed 13% down at ₹1,214.20, INOX Leisure closed 5.4% lower at ₹238.70. Eros International, dropped by 3.4% to ₹114.45. Analysts said the “populist move” could spill over to other States. “I expect multiplexes to go to court,” said Abneesh Roy, analyst with Edelweiss Securities. “They could increase ticket prices to lower the impact.” F&B revenues contribute 26-27% of multiplexes’ gross revenues. In April the Bombay High Court had observed that the cost of food and water in multiplexes was exorbitant.(Inputs from Manojit Saha)last_img read more

Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program KUALA LUMPUR–—Christian Standhardinger had just a few days to rest between his duties in the Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, yet the Filipino-German big man was able to contribute right away.Gilas’ hulking center put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Gilas Pilipinas to a hardfought 81-74 win over Thailand in the basketball opener of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Ravena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive Thailand“People have to understand it’s not easy travelling from one country to another one in a different time zone, and playing right away,” said Ravena.“Christian’s really a big help both defensively, and offensively. And it’s a big deal that you have a big guy who fights for every possession.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games READ: Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABLAnd Standhardinger’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed.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 shutoutPhoto from“We have to give credit to Christian for grinding it out and he really sacrificed for the glory of our country,” said shooting guard Kiefer Ravena in Filipino Monday at Sunway Putra Hotel here.Standhardinger was only given a few days to settle in the Philippines after playing in Lebanon for the Fiba Asia Cup before he flew to Malaysia just in time for the SEA Games’ opening ceremonies. View commentslast_img read more

Despite hurting hand, Chris Banchero good to go for quarterfinals

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Alaska guard Chris Banchero said he’s ready to play in the Aces’ match up against Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup despite hurting his shooting hand in the do-or-die game against NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img Banchero subbed out with 2:11 left in the second quarter after the Road Warriors’ JR Quiñahan accidentally whacked his hand.Although Banchero did not return to the game, the Aces cruised to the 88-80 victory and set up a semifinals series with Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was just chopped by Quiñahan but I think I’d be ready to play, I’m ready to go by Sunday,” said Banchero Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “It’s kind of painful right now because it’s swollen. I don’t think it’s too bad, it’s just a little painful.”Banchero, who averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists prior to the NLEX game, finished with four points, three rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes of play. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Leagues, clubs to meet for tricky Champions League talks Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He added that he didn’t need to go back to the court especially his teammates had it all wrapped up way before the final buzzer sounded.Alaska held a 44-25 lead after the first half and the Aces just kept their momentum for the rest of the game.JVee Casio’s three-pointer gave the Aces a 69-41 lead with 2:51 left in the third and although the Road Warriors’ tried to mount a comeback in the fourth the time left was too little for any bid to happen.“We were playing well and there’s no need for me to get back in the game,” said Banchero, who saw 37-year-old Sonny Thoss put up 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting.“Sonny was playing very well, everybody played well tonight so we got the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

In Paris, Muguruza’s 1st Slam title denies Williams her 22nd

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The day before the French Open final, Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was discussing whether his player would need to lift her level to beat Garbine Muguruza and collect a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title.“I don’t know why everybody’s so impressed with Garbine,” Mouratoglou said. “Did she win a Slam ever?”His comment, accompanied by a chuckle, was intended in a lighthearted way. About 24 hours later, his question required a new answer.Muguruza won her first major trophy and prevented Williams yet again from collecting No. 22, outplaying the defending champion in a 7-5, 6-4 victory at Roland Garros on Saturday.“She has a bright future, obviously,” said Williams, who at 34 is 12 years older than her Spanish opponent. “She knows how to play on the big stage and … clearly, she knows how to win Grand Slams.”The fourth-seeded Muguruza used her big groundstrokes to keep No. 1 Williams off-balance and overcame signs of nerves in the form of nine double-faults. Most impressively, Muguruza broke Williams four times, including three in a row.“I can’t explain with words what this day means to me,” Muguruza said.This was her second major final; she lost to Williams at Wimbledon last year. But Muguruza has won her past two matches against Williams on the clay of Roland Garros, including in the second round in 2014. So dating to the start of the 2013 French Open, Williams is 0-2 in Paris against Muguruza, 21-0 against everyone else.“I have grown up playing on clay,” Muguruza said during the trophy ceremony, “so for Spain, and for me, this is amazing.”For Williams, whose timing was not exactly right much of the afternoon, Saturday’s loss postponed her pursuit of Steffi Graf’s Open-era mark of 22 major singles championships. Margaret Court holds the all-time record of 24.Spain’s Garbine Muguruza holds the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Serena Williams of the U.S. in two sets 7-5, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Vincent)Williams got No. 21 at Wimbledon in 2015, her fourth major title in a row. Since, she was beaten in the U.S. Open semifinals by Roberta Vinci, in the Australian Open final by Angelique Kerber, and now by Muguruza. It’s the first time in Williams’ career she lost back-to-back Slam finals.Mouratoglou said Saturday that chasing a 22nd major “isn’t an obsession” for Williams.“She doesn’t wake up every morning thinking about it. That’s for sure.” But he added: “The pressure of leaving an indelible mark on history is incomparable.”Williams credited Muguruza with playing “unbelievable,” adding: “The only thing I can do is just keep trying.”This year’s visit to Paris hardly could have started off more inauspiciously for Muguruza: She lost the first set she played, against 38th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.But, oh, how Muguruza turned things around. She won her next 14 sets, displaying take-the-ball-early aggressiveness.The final began under a slate ceiling of clouds, but at least there was none of the heavy rain that led to flooding in Paris and a temporary shutdown of the Louvre museum. The showers jumbled the tournament schedule, and Williams was in action a fourth straight day in the final.She did not blame that or a problem with a leg muscle.“I don’t think it’s like something that I would say: ‘Oh, that was the reason,’” Williams said.Muguruza won the coin toss and let Williams serve first, a fascinating choice given the American’s prowess with that part of the game. And the decision seemed only more dubious as Muguruza put the ball on play on only one of the first six points Williams served.And yet, it all wound up working out. And how.Muguruza won all six points of 10 shots or more in the first set and, indeed, there was no junkballing on this day. Both women hit hard, trading bold forehands and backhands from the baseline that made it seem unfair to characterize nearly anything as an “unforced error.”Williams finished with 39 forced errors, 18 more than Muguruza.After a run of breaks gave Muguruza the first set and a lead in the second, Williams never recovered. She did, however, cast aside a quartet of match points for Muguruza at 5-3. There was nothing Williams could do about the fifth, which Muguruza converted with a delightful lob that landed right on the baseline.Williams applauded. Maybe stunned by that shot, maybe stunned that she was now a Grand Slam champion, Muguruza turned toward her coach and other supporters in the stands with a blank expression. Soon, she was flat on her back, caking her dress and arms with the rust-colored clay she will never forget.“Just goes to show you, you really have to play the big points well,” Williams said, “and I think she played the big points really well.”That’s the sort of thing Williams’ foes usually say. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal crushes Stefanos Tsitsipas to lift Rogers Cup for fourth time

first_imgRafael Nadal ended the red-hot run of Greek upstart Stefanos Tsitsipas with a ruthless 6-2 7-6(4) win on Sunday that gave the Spanish top seed his fourth Rogers Cup championship.Tsitsipas, who was contesting the Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday after four consecutive wins over top-10 players in Toronto, threw all he had at Nadal but was ultimately unable to beat the world number one.”If you told me this two weeks ago I would not have believed it,” Nadal said in his on-court interview. “It’s a great way to start the hardcourt season. Winning in Toronto is so important. You don’t win Masters 1000s very often. It’s a very important victory for me and I’m very happy.”Tsitsipas did well to serve out at love in the first game but Nadal took over as he broke back in each of his next two chances before sealing the opening set in 34 minutes when the world number 27 sent a routine forehand into the net.The second set looked to be going much the same way until Tsitsipas mounted a late charge that briefly shifted momentum in his favour.Nadal, serving for the match at 5-4 and having dropped only three points on serve the entire match up to that point, suddenly looked tight as Tsitsipas broke him and then held serve to pull within one game of levelling the contest.”I got nervous, I played a terrible game,” said Nadal after winning his first hardcourt Masters title since Cincinnati in 2013. “But that’s how it is. You keep going. That’s part of the sport.advertisement”Everybody gets tight at some moments. Today for me was an important match and I just made a couple mistakes but the positive news is I played my best match without a doubt.”Nadal, much to the dismay of the many flag-waving Greek supporters in attendance, forced a tiebreak where he rallied back from a mini break and clinched the win with a crosscourt forehand winner for a record-extending 33rd Masters title.The win made the 32-year-old Spaniard, who also won the Rogers Cup in 2005, 2008 and 2013, the fourth player in the professional era to win 80 titles, joining a club that includes Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (98) and Ivan Lendl (94).(With Reuters Photo)last_img read more

Brazil coach Tite reserves judgment on Neymar rape accusation

first_imgBrazilian coach Tite on Monday declined to pass judgment on the rape accusation made against the national soccer side’s star Neymar, whose denial of the incendiary allegations have landed him in fresh legal trouble.A woman accused Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel last month, according to a police report seen by Reuters on Saturday.Tite said he preferred to leave the matter in the hands of investigators and await clarification, adding that he had always enjoyed a good relationship with the soccer star.I do not want to pre-judge, and I prefer to leave the matter to responsible people, he said at a news conference ahead of the upcoming Copa America tournament. We do not yet have the facts clarified and time will give those answers.Tite’s comments marked the first time anyone from Brazil’s Football Federation has addressed the explosive allegations.Sao Paulo state’s public security ministry released a statement confirming the accusation had been made, and said the investigation was still sealed, without giving further details.After news of the accusation surfaced, Neymar posted a long video to Instagram in which he denied all the accusations against him, said he was a victim of extortion, lamented the pain caused to him and his family, and shared WhatsApp messages with the alleged victim, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open a fresh investigation into whether he had committed a crime by posting the intimate pictures online.advertisementSpeaking with local TV on Monday, Neymar’s father defended the decision to publish the photos.Neymar needed to defend himself quickly, his father said. We didn’t have any choice. I prefer a cyber crime to a rape crime.Brazil are preparing for the Copa America – a tournament played by South America’s 10 national teams – plus invitees Japan and Qatar, kicking off on June 14.Neymar arrived at the camp on Sunday in his personal helicopter, but did not speak to reporters.Tite said the team’s focus was currently on preparing for Wednesday’s friendly with Qatar. He added that Neymar was still part of his plans.Technically Neymar is indispensable, but not irreplaceable, the coach said.Also Read | Police probe as Neymar uses social media against rape claimAlso Read | Brazil football star Neymar denies rape accusations in ParisAlso Seelast_img read more



Usain Bolt: I’ll see if I can be football’s best

first_imgPremier League ‘I’ll see if I can be one of the best’ – Usain Bolt sets big ambition in football career Goal Last updated 2 years ago 20:06 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Usain Bolt Getty Premier League Bundesliga The 31-year-old is aiming to start his football career after he recovers from a hamstring injury and wants to see how far he can go Sprinting icon Usain Bolt is curious to see if he can become one of the world’s best players as he prepares to start a career in football.The Jamaican athlete has often talked about changing sports and is a proud Manchester United fan.Now that he has retired from sprinting, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist recently revealed his plan to begin his journey into football in 2018, after he recovers from a hamstring injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Bolt recently turned 31, he feels the time is right to make a dream come true.”It’s my personal goal, and I do not really care what people think about it,” he told reporters at the Formula 1 race in Texas.Injury prevented Bolt from making an appearance at a Man Utd legends game earlier this year, while his agent claimed in August that 12 clubs have offered him a trial and that Borussia Dortmund are open to training with him.”They told me that the invitation always stands, so it’s just about getting past the injury and getting into shape.”I’ll try and find out if I can be one of the best. “I won’t lie, if I realise I can’t do it, I will say to myself: ‘Forget it.’ I won’t be embarrassed.”It’s another chapter in my life that I would really like to start. If you have a dream or something you really want to do…” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Tiger Woods wins amazing fifth Masters 14 years after his last Green Jacket

first_img Show news Was this helpful? Share on Messenger As the leaders jousted so, too, did the remaining non-professionals. Viktor Hovland took the honours for the low amateur. “I felt really calm out there,” the 21-year-old Norwegian said. He could have sold that emotion for a good few dollars to players of higher status.Rory McIlroy, a self-confessed “Tiger geek” posted a 68 for a share of 21st before finding a berth from which to witness the denouement. “It’s anyone’s,” said McIlroy at that stage. It was Tiger’s – Lazarus has competition. Share via Email At 9.20am all 445 yards of the 1st hole – with spectators 10 deep in places – gave the impression half the state of Georgia was watching the final group. Woods, by his own admission prone to terrible bouts of nervousness before opening tee shots, split the fairway. As Molinari tugged his approach shot long and left, gallery excitement grew; the Open champion was to save par from 13ft.A straightforward Woods birdie at the 3rd reduced Molinari’s advantage to one. As the wind whipped, Woods under-clubbed his tee shot to the par-three next and paid the penalty by way of a bogey. There was likewise for Woods at the 5th, a hole he played in an aggregate of plus four. Suddenly Molinari was three clear. US sports Topics Since you’re here… Quick guide Tiger Woods since winning his last major Tiger Woods (left) overtook Francesco Molinari (right) on the final day. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters Share on Facebook Facebook Molinari’s double-bogey dropped him back to a share of the lead at 11 under. He did not just have Woods for company at this stage; up ahead on the 13th green Xander Schauffele’s birdie meant a three-way tie. Rain battered down to add to the sense of theatre.Patrick Cantlay produced an eagle at the 15th to skip to the top of the leaderboard at 12 under. The final group had holes – including two par-fives – on their side but worsening weather could offset the advantage. Schauffele joined Cantlay with a birdie at the 14th. Molinari’s approach to the 13th clung on for dear life, thereby – temporarily – saving him a second visit to Rae’s Creek.Cantlay’s dropped shot at 16 and Schauffele’s failure to take advantage of the defenceless 15th looked significant. Cantlay stumbled again at the penultimate hole. Not so Johnson. Birdies at the 16th and 17th edged him to a share of the lead – Koepka immediately joined the same party – as Woods launched a drive to within 234 yards of the par-five 15th green.Molinari’s capitulation, painful to view, was the next sensational strand. Having caught far too much turf with his third shot to the 15th Molinari was lucky his fifth did not find water as well. It did not particularly matter; a double-bogey was a decisive blow to his Masters hopes. The 16th, where Woods has previous, saw the winner hit his tee shot to three feet. The lead was two. Tiger, young or old, does not fritter that away. Woods had two putts for victory at that 18th; in adding to the drama, he used them. Pinterest View gallery The Masters 2019: Tiger Woods wins 15th major – as it happened! Golf Read more Masters Tournament (@TheMasters)Roaring back.#themasters 14, 2019 It would require the pagination of a telephone directory to properly record what occurred on this Masters Sunday. Woods’s closing round of 70 for a 13-under-par 275 ensured he won by one from Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka; not that anybody seemed particularly bothered about raw details. Superlatives rained from the skies.Francesco Molinari, who showed such fortitude for three and a half days, wobbled horribly over Augusta’s famous closing stretch. The sorest episode of all for the holder of the Claret Jug arrived at the 15th, where he found the middle of a pond when only 79 yards from the hole. Molinari’s share of fifth does not at all illustrate his contribution to this major.center_img PGA Tour Hide Twitter The Masters Tiger Woods has won his fifth Masters title and first major in 11 years after victory in Augusta on Sunday.It has been a long road back for the American, who has suffered numerous injuries and off-course problems.MeltdownOn November 27, 2009 reports emerged that Woods had been injured in a car accident near his Florida home after colliding with a fire hydrant and a tree. Over the next days and weeks the reasons behind the crash became clearer, He said he had “let his family down” with “transgressions” and announcing an indefinite break from golf. He lost major sponsors including Gatorade and Gillette over his revelations of multiple infidelities and he and his wife Elin Nordegren divorced.Phoenix not risingWoods, now determined to return to the pinnacle of golf following his self-imposed years in the wilderness, recorded the worst round of his career in January 2015 as he shot an 11-over-par 82 in Arizona. His second-round performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open left him 13 over and last in a 132-man field. Woods told reporters afterwards: “It’s golf, we all have days like this.”Don’t call it a comebackIn June 2016 he announced he was unable to compete at the US Open, the second major of the year, following two back operations in the space of six weeks. He ended a 15-month absence from the game in November but in January 2017 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event in almost 18 months, exiting the Farmers Insurance Open after finishing his first two rounds on four over par.The master misses the MastersThe former world number one was unable to contest the 2017 Masters. The chance to compete at Augusta 20 years since he first won the green jacket was denied to Woods who continued to suffer from nerve pain which had required three operations in the space of 19 months. Under the influence?In a throwback to his indiscretions of autumn 2009, in May 2017 Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early hours of Memorial Day. He received a year of probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving and was ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service.Victory againIn September 2018 Woods shot a one-over 71 for a two-shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years. Thank you for your feedback. Tiger Woods How Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters – in pictures European Tour Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The sense this would be Molinari’s day escalated as Woods failed to convert from 11ft for a birdie at the 6th. Molinari, having overshot the green, scrambled quite brilliantly for par. Unbowed, Woods fired an approach to the 7th to tap-in range as Molinari dropped a shot, his first in 50 holes.Woods produced a contender for shot of the Masters at the 9th, with a lagged downhill putt from 70ft. There was no such salvation on 10 where Woods paid for a pushed tee shot by way of another bogey. Molinari’s advantage was two from Woods and Koepka, with the latter seriously wounded by finding Rae’s Creek from the 12th tee. Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Koepka’s mental error proved a sign of things to come. How that 12th hole, at just 147 yards, torments the finest players in the world in the final round. Ian Poulter had already followed Koepka into the water by the time Molinari and Woods were roared on to the 12th tee as if gladiators. Perhaps Molinari’s mind slipped towards what grisly outcomes Amen Corner’s reputation is built on; a miscued iron shot bounced from the bank and into the most famous stream in golf. It was the least surprising Sunday act that Woods took dead aim for the centre of the green. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Tiger Woods wins the Masters. If ever five words did not do justice to an outcome …Let debate now rage as to where this sits in the pantheon of sporting comebacks. Fourteen years after he last put on the Green Jacket, 11 years after last winning a major and 24 months after conceding to friends “I’m done” Woods completed a triumph which rates as extraordinary even by his standards.It seemed poetic for the sensational act to transpire at Augusta, where Woods began altering the shape of golf in 1997. Twenty-two years on, a 43-year-old Woods celebrated more wildly than ever before in the company of his mother and children.Tiger Woods: five-times Masters champion. The scene was barely believable. That Woods won his 15th major from the position of behind after 54 holes – something he had not achieved before – hardly registered amid the chaos. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Is Calling For An Investigation From The Big 10

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh remains unsatisfied with what happened before the Wolverines’ game at Michigan State on Saturday afternoon.There was an incident between the Spartans and some Wolverines’ players during MSU’s pregame walk across the field. Harbaugh and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio continue to go at each other in response.Michigan State released a statement on Monday afternoon, claiming that Michigan’s players shouldn’t have been on the field during the pregame walk.Harbaugh claims Michigan State is not being truthful in its statement. He is calling for the Big Ten to get involved.Michigan’s head coach wants an investigation.“That is not (true),” Harbaugh said of Michigan State’s claims. “There’s a conflict in the explanations. It should be investigated, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of that.”Harbaugh went after Dantonio during his Monday afternoon press conference and he was asked about everything again on Monday night.“You know all my feelings,” Harbaugh said. “You know what I think. That was putting it mildly.”The Michigan-Michigan State game in 2019 should be pretty, pretty good.last_img read more

Ambassador Highlights Significance of Ties with the USA

first_imgAmbassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, says the Government attaches great significance to the country’s relationship with the United States of America (USA). “Our long-standing ties with the USA are reflected not only in the presence of many Jamaicans in this country…it is reflected in our shared values, our commitment to human rights and personal dignity, to fairness and democratic government,” he said. The Ambassador was delivering the opening remarks at a Jamaica 50 Lecture, at the Silver Spring Civic Centre, in Maryland, last week.He also pointed out that Jamaica and the United States have joined efforts to improve security and to reduce crime.“The relationship remains strong and of benefit to our respective countries,” Mr. Vasciannie said.As it relates to human rights, which both countries promote aggressively, the Ambassador told the audience that Reporters Without Borders had recently ranked Jamaica 13th in the world for freedom of expression, the highest ranking of a developing country, and the highest ranking for a country in the western hemisphere. The Ambassador explained that the Jamaica 50 Lecture series are designed by the embassy to disseminate information about the achievements of Jamaicans since independence and to encourage analysis of the challenges and opportunities.These lectures, he added, are also intended to promote links within the Diaspora and to encourage solidarity among Jamaicans living at home and abroad.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting and Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, were the featured lecturers.Senator Golding presented on ‘Justice and Human Rights Issues since Independence’, while Mr. Bunting spoke on ‘National Security in Jamaica since Independence’.The event was sponsored by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), which was represented by General Manager, Earl Jarrett.last_img read more

1H Results Promising for ICTSI

first_img23%revenue increase compared to 2013Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) climbed up to USD 212.2 million, 13 percent higher than the USD 188.1 million generated in the first half of 2013, with the net income attributable to equity holders of USD 101.7 million, up 23 percent over the USD 82.9 million earned in the same period last year.The higher net income attributable to equity holders for the first semester was mainly due to strong operating income from its three geographic segments and gains recognized on the sale of a non-operating subsidiary in Cebu, Philippines, the termination of management contract in Kattupalli, India, and the settlement of the insurance claims in Guayaquil, Ecuador of USD 13.2 million, USD 1.9 million and USD 1.5 million, respectively.Excluding the non-recurring items, recurring net income would have been three percent higher at USD 85.1 million. Diluted earnings per share for the period were likewise higher by 23 percent at USD 0.043 from USD 0.035 in 2013.ICTSI handled consolidated volume of 3,566,023 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) for the first six months of 2014, 18 percent more than the 3,027,005 TEUs handled in the same period in 2013.The increase in volume was mainly due to the continuous growth in international and domestic trade in most of the company’s terminals and the volume generated by Contecon Manzanillo S.A. (CMSA) and Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, S.A. de C.V (OPC), the company’s new container terminals in Manzanillo, Mexico and Puerto Cortes, Honduras, respectively.Press Release, August 8, 2014 zoom Manila International Container TerminalPhilippines-based International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2014, posting revenue from port operations of USD 510.3 million, an increase of 23 percent over the USD 413.7 million reported for the same period last year.last_img read more

Missing Malaysian Tanker Spotted off Cambodia

first_imgzoom The Malaysia-flagged tanker MV Orkim Harmony, which had been missing since June 11, was detected in Cambodian waters with a fresh coat of paint an a new name, the local daily Bernama quoted Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar as saying.The MT Orkim Harmony, laden with 6,000 metric tonnes of ULG 95 petrol, is currently monitored from the air by planes of Malaysian and Australian air forces, as well as by aircraft of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Admiral Abdul Aziz said.As World Maritime News reported, Malaysia yesterday deployed five aircraft to help the thirteen vessels already searching for the tanker.MT Orkim Harmony went missing 17 nautical miles southwest of Pulau Aur on June 11. The tanker had 22 crew members comprising Indonesians, Malaysians and Myanmar nationals on board at the time of the incident.This was the second incident involving Orkim vessels off Pulau Aur this month.Orkim Harmony’s sister vessel, Orkim Victory was siphoned off 770 metric tonnes of Automotive Diesel Oil on June 4, approximately 15.2 nm southwest of Pulau Aur.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

111 Million To Be Invested In Rural Nova Scotia

first_imgResidents of small Nova Scotia communities can look forward to cleaner water and better waste management thanks to a $111-million investment by all three levels of government. Over the next seven years, the federal, provincial and municipal governments will invest in infrastructure through the communities component of the new Building Canada Fund, which will help meet local infrastructure needs and priorities. The deadline for municipalities to submit applications, available at , is Jan. 30. Eligible categories for the first round of funding are water, wastewater and solid-waste infrastructure projects. The announcement was made today, Dec. 21, by Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “I’m excited to be making this announcement today as this represents a significant step forward in implementing our Building Canada plan in Nova Scotia and, in fact, in Canada,” said Mr. MacKay. “The communities component of Building Canada will provide funding for infrastructure projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000 — helping these communities meet their unique challenges and, in turn, making Nova Scotia’s economy stronger and contributing to a cleaner environment.” The total federal funding allocation for Nova Scotia under the communities component is $37 million. The money comes from the $235.68 million the federal government is providing the province through the Building Canada fund. Under the terms of the Canada/Nova Scotia Building Canada Framework Agreement, the province will match the federal contribution for the communities component. The Building Canada fund is one element of the overall Building Canada plan. Over seven years, Building Canada will focus on a variety of infrastructure investments that contribute to cleaner air, water and land. “Targeted rural funding will continue our efforts to build stronger communities across Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Muir. “Through this partnership, we are building for our children and families, now and in the future.” “We are pleased to see that both the federal and provincial governments recognize the need to continue to invest in infrastructure in our communities,” said Robert Wrye, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. The communities component of the Building Canada fund will be administered by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and ACOA. Through the $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger, safer and better country. On Nov. 9, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced the signing of a framework agreement under Building Canada worth $634.38 million. For more information on the Building Canada plan, visit read more

Shubenacadie Sam to Make Annual Weather Prediction

first_imgShubenacadie Sam’s prognosticating prowess will be tested at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park on Wednesday, Feb. 2. According to tradition, if Sam sees his shadow on Groundhog Day and hurries back into his home, Nova Scotia will have six more weeks of winter. If he stays outside, an early spring is on the way. The province’s time zone enables Sam to be the first groundhog to make an annual weather prediction in North America. “We’re proud to say North Americans will get the first weather report right here in Nova Scotia,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “This year is extra special as it will mark the silver anniversary of this event.” A bag piper and town crier will try to lure Sam out of his lair for the prediction at 8 a.m. The celebration starts at 7 a.m. at the Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre with face painting and crafts. Groundhog Day is a North American tradition that has its roots in the Candlemas celebrations of Europe. Germans used hedgehogs to predict whether they would have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. German settlers brought the tradition to Pennsylvania in the 18th century, and began to use groundhogs instead of hedgehogs. Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. An outdoors enthusiast, Shubenacadie Sam will help Ducks Unlimited Canada and Clean Nova Scotia promote the stewardship of natural areas as part of the day’s festivities. All activities are free to the public and run until noon.last_img read more

General strike paralyses life in Nepal series of blasts kills four

first_imgKathmandu: Normal life in Nepal was paralysed on Monday due to a general strike called by an outlawed communist group, a day after a series of explosions rocked the capital Kathmandu, killing at least four people and injuring seven others. Educational institutions and business establishments remained shut in major cities while traffic was thin due to the strike called by the CPN-Maoist to protest against the killing of its cadres during an encounter a couple of months ago. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’A series of bombs exploded at different parts of the capital city on Sunday, killing four people and injuring seven others. Police said they suspect that the outlawed group that once split from the ruling Communist Party was responsible for the blasts as its members have been protesting the arrests of their supporters. The bombings were the deadliest since the government imposed a ban on the activities of Netra Birkram Chand-led outfit on March 12 following a blast outside its office in Nakkhu in Southern Nepal that killed one person. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaA cadre of Chand-led outfit was killed on the spot and another was injured after a powerful bomb went off at a house in Ghattekulo in Kathmandu on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Prajjwal Shahi and is said to be the leader of CPN-aligned student wing. According to the police, he was making a bomb when it accidentally went off. Police have found pamphlets belonging to the splinter communist group at the explosion site. Another pressure cooker bomb went off at a barber’s shop in Sukedhara in Kathmandu, killing three persons and injuring four others. Police suspect two of the deceased were CPN cadres. The injured people are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kathmandu. In another incident, two cadres of the outfit were injured when a bomb they were carrying on a motorcycle exploded in Nagdhunga of Chandragiri Municipality in the western part of Kathmandu district. Protestors torched a passenger bus in Surkheton Monday. However, no one was injured in the incident. Nepal Army diffused bombs at various places including Pokhara Metropolitan City, Morang, Baitadi and Tanhu districts. The security forces also recovered suspected objects from different parts of the country. Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has instructed the law enforcement agencies to step up the security in view of the violence that has erupted in the wake of the general strike.last_img read more

Scheer lays out Tory plan for gun violence rejects calls for handgun

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he wants to tackle a surge of gun violence in Canada by targeting criminals who use weapons illegally, rather than supporting an outright handgun ban.Scheer is to unveil the second part of his plan for improving public safety Tuesday in Delta, B.C.: a policy plank focused entirely on guns.It is a response to the calls for a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, and instead proposes to give police more tools and write tougher laws to crack down on illegal gun users in Canada.Scheer’s gun policy includes seven new policy measures that will target repeat offenders or criminals that help to make illegal guns available on the streets. They include tougher sentences for those who knowingly possess smuggled weapons and cracking down on so-called “straw purchases” in which guns bought by otherwise legal buyers are diverted to criminal markets. New penalties for selling guns to people already prohibited from possessing them are also part of the Conservative plan.“We need to get guns out of the hands of people who use them to commit crimes, and that’s what this policy will do,” said a senior Conservative party official. “A handgun ban may sound like a good idea, but it will only make criminals out of responsible gun owners while doing nothing to prevent criminals from getting guns.”Scheer will also vow to create a special task force to try to keep guns from being smuggled in from the United States.Canada has had a rash of gun killings this year, including a mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue in July that killed an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13 others.A shooting this weekend at a community-housing complex in Toronto was the 90th homicide this year in the city, breaking the record for the deadliest year in Toronto since 1991.Calls for Ottawa to ban handguns and assault weapons have been growing, including from both Montreal and Toronto city councils.Scheer has taken a strong stance against the push for a handgun ban, saying it would penalize law-abiding gun owners while failing to address the ongoing use and smuggling of illegal guns by criminals and gang members.Scheer announced the first part of his public safety policy earlier this month, in which he outlined more punitive measures for gang members and organized crime organizations. He also wants to impose tougher jail sentences and limit parole and bail opportunities for gang members who are repeat and violent offenders.Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled, according to Public Safety Canada.— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

King Mohamed VI Lays Wreath of Flowers at Monument to the

Beijing – King Mohammed VI, who is on an official visit to China, on Thursday laid a wreath of flowers at the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Beijing.After the national anthems of both countries were played, the king laid a wreath of flowers at the monument.The Monument to the People’s Heroes, which stands in the center of Tiananmen Square north of Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, was erected in memory of the martyrs who gave their lives in defense of the nation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With MAP