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ATHENS — Striker Kostas Mitroglou has been named in Greece’s preliminary World Cup squad despite his troubled move to relegated Premier League side Fulham, while injured-plagued defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos was not included.Greece’s football association released the names of the 30-player squad, and is due to announce the final 23-man squad on May 19.The 26-year-old Mitroglou sent Greece to the finals in Brazil, scoring three goals for a 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the playoffs. But he has struggled since his move to London in January, playing in just three matches and scoring no goals due to a knee injury and being dropped from the starting lineup by coach Felix Magath.Fulham teammate and veteran of the 2004 winning European Championship squad, Giorgos Karagounis, stays on as captain.Greece faces Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in Group C at its second sconsecutive World Cup.Coach Fernando Santos also called up two players from Panathinaikos, which recovered from a spell of poor form to win the Greek Cup, naming goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino and forward Nikos Karelis.The Portuguese coach was forced to leave out Schalke defender Papadopoulos, who missed most of the season at the Bundesliga club through injury.The Greek FA had said it would not make the preliminary list public, but then released the names following reports of the lineup in the news media.TweetPinShare0 Shares
By Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes of Barman) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) The first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, Swapna Barman today made a plea to provide her more customised shoes for her ‘abnormal’ feet. Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, produced her career-best performance today by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events spread for two days. She competed with a tape on her right cheek to lessen pain arising out of teeth infection. Before Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnatakas J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games but none of them have won a gold. Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. “I have got this gold on the National Sports day, so it’s really special. I use normal shoes worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” Swapna said with a smile. She said she also overcame a knee injury before the event. Asked if she would like some companies to manufacture customised shoes for her, she said, “Definitely. It will make life easy.” At one time, Barman’s father was a rickshaw puller and bed-ridden due to a stroke suffered. En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).advertisement Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event in which she eventually finished fourth. It was the same event in which she had collapsed during the Asian Athletics Championship last year in Bhubaneswar but despite finishing fourth today, she had emerged a champion. Asked about the tape on her cheek she said, it was to lessen the pain in her teeth. “I used to eat a lot of chocolates, so I have a teeth problem. It started paining two days before the event. It was severe but I could not let years of hard work go waste. So I forgot the pain and gave my best,” said the undergraduate, who is fearing for final examination result. “First day, I thought I won’t be able to compete. It was unbearable. I thought what will happen to my hard work, I had to do it. I forgot the pain.” Another Indian in the fray, Purnima Hembram was 18 points behind Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki going into the 800m run. She finshed just ahead of Barman in the 800m run and overall fourth with 5837 points. Qingling (5954) won the silver and Yamasaki the bronze with 5873 points. PTI AT PDSPDS
Harbhajan Singh was of the opinion that India need not field all their World Cup players in the upcoming one-day internationals (ODIs) and twenty20 internationals (T20Is) against Australia at home. India are set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against Australia starting February 24 in Bengaluru.Harbhajan Singh felt India gained a lot of confidence from the tour Down Under, where they beat Australia in their backyard and dominated the Kiwis in New Zealand in the ODIs. He added that had India’s premier choice of Jasprit Bumrah together with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had played, New Zealand would not have scored those many runs.”This thing is definite. Jasprit Bumrah not playing and Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal not playing together is the reason that India conceded over 200 runs in two T20Is. Because if these three play together and plus Bhuvneshwar, I don’t think they will let past 200 runs””Confidence has been a major plus from the series in Australia and New Zealand. When you go overseas and win in such a manner against big teams, the morale of the team gets high. Every player did well there, not even one would be thinking I did not do well in these series, it has been a great tour for India, for their confidence. For the time ahead, this tour Down Under will help them a lot,” Harbhajan said on Sports Tak.Harbhajan said while hosting Australia, India can afford to rest of their senior players after a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand and instead look to expand the pool.advertisement”I don’t think you need to put the best 11-13 players in play because they had a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand. If they are asked to play in India, it might be too much for their body and then there is IPL also. So it will be good if the senior players can be rested as much as possible.”This can be taken a chance for players like Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal and similarly you can see Siddarth Kaul and Mayank Markande, these young players can be given a chance and the pool should be expanded. If the pool is large, more and more players will come.”Don’t think only about the World Cup but there has to be cricket after that too and a look should be given to people who will play after that and those should be looked at. Some senior players should be rested and some young players should get the opportunity in the India vs Australia series and it should be a mix-and-match,” Harbhajan further said.Harbhajan predicted that India captain Virat Kohli will score a lot of runs in the World Cup if he stays fit through the hectic IPL schedule and the summer is good in England.”Virat, as a captain, has to see how to manage players and who to rest and who not to rest, it’s an important factor. He also has to keep his fitness in check. There are back-to-back matches in the IPL and there’s a lot of travelling so he has to make sure that he doesn’t get too tired or get a niggle. If he remains fit, he is going to make runs in England because if the summer is good there then it’s going to be an Indian summer.”Here is Harbhajan’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar. Probable: Ravindra JadejaAlso Read | Matthew Hayden reacts to Sehwag’s babysitting ad: Never take the Aussies for a jokeAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik denies Krunal Pandya single in final over: Harbhajan reacts to controversyAlso Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasad
League One news Read more Share via Email Lee Bowyer has been named the caretaker manager of Charlton Athletic after Karl Robinson left the club by mutual consent.Bowyer, who started his professional career with Charlton, will take charge for Saturday’s game against their League One play-off rivals Plymouth with Johnnie Jackson named as his assistant.Robinson, who was appointed manager in November 2016, said: “I’d like to thank the Charlton fans for their support during my time at the club. Moving on was not an easy decision for anybody but it is what is best for the club and everyone involved. Bow and Jacko have been fantastic during my time here and I have no doubt I’m leaving the club in good hands.”Robinson was then announced as the new head coach of Oxford United, Charlton’s League One rivals. Football League Charlton Athletic Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Lee Bowyer: ‘My life has changed – I don’t need to justify myself to anybody’ Share on Twitter Topics Bowyer, who earned one England cap and also played for Leeds United, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town, is a former Charlton academy graduate. The 41-year-old returned to the club in early 2017 as a member of Robinson’s coaching staff, before being named the assistant manager last summer.“I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to take this team forward,” Bowyer told the club’s official website. “We have a talented squad of players and our focus has to be on winning games and giving ourselves the best opportunity to make the play-offs.”The Charlton director Richard Murray said: “I’d like to place on record our thanks to Karl Robinson who has worked tirelessly during his time at Charlton. We’re very grateful to Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson for stepping forward in the club’s time of need.“Lee has impressed everyone at The Valley since coming back to the club last year and Johnnie has Charlton running through his veins. Together they are the best people to lead the club through an important few weeks.”Charlton are ninth in League One, five points off the play-off places, after a run of only one win in their last eight matches. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals. The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21. Story Highlights The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21.The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals.“Children are brought into this world as blank slates, and it is our impressions upon them that determine the way in which they will operate in society,” Mr. Chuck said.“The Ministry of Justice is ensuring that when children are charged or find themselves committing minor offences, they are not pulled before the court at the first opportunity, but they are taken to the child diversion officer and, hopefully, we can find a way to assist those children to go on the straight and narrow path,” he added.Over the next 10 months, the Ministry will be rolling out the programme in all 14 parishes.
zoomImage Courtesy: AET Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers. The 113,000 dwt vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, were inaugurated today at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.Being in compliance with NOx Tier III emission when operating in gas mode, the vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability.LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic meters each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels — via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.“AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry (…) Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn’t see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions,” Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, commented.Image Courtesy: AETBoth vessels have been awarded the “Green Passport” and “GFS” notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET’s commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented. “We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us,” Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO of AET, said.Featuring a length of 244 meters and a width of 43 meters, each of the two tanker newbuilds has a market value of USD 44.14 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.
NEW DELHI: Delhi government would like to spread the happiness curriculum to all the other states of India and if needed then the government would be ready to send the Education Minister along with the teachers to give primary training on the introduction of the happiness class, asserted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”I want the miracle that is happening inside Delhi’s classes, to reach every corner of the country. Many Education Ministers and Education Secretaries and Officers have come from different states today. We want to assure you that when you implement this model in your own states, you will have our wholehearted support. We will send our teachers, principals, and in fact, if you need it, we can lend you our Education Minister for a few days,” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe added that Happiness Curriculum is not just another government scheme. It’s a feeling that 8 lakh students of Delhi government schools experience every single day. Every parent is observing this change. “I will not be here tomorrow. Perhaps even the CJI or the LG will not be here tomorrow. But it is from these lakhs of children that a future chief minister of Delhi will emerge, the future CJI and the Lt Governor will emerge. Perhaps, even the Prime Minister will emerge from among these children. The future of our nation is being built in our schools. This is true nation-building. Today, the country’s judiciary is seated inside this hall, the country’s executive is here, and so are legislators (pointing to the MLAs). Today I appeal to the judges of the country, the executives of the country and of Delhi, and the Legislature of Delhi, that we all need to come together in this festival, this effort that is building the nation,” the CM said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn the Happiness Conference, Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia also talked about how India is going down in Happiness Index. Sisodia announced that the Delhi government is working on a certificate course for those who want to start the Happiness Curriculum in different parts of the country and the world. “We feel the need for this because India’s position on the World Happiness Index has dropped from 118th to 140th. Our dream is that India should reach Number one on this list,” said the education minister.
OTTAWA — The United Nations is urging Canada to help ease Mexico’s refugee burden by helping resettle some of the most vulnerable of its new arrivals, including women, children and LGBTQ people.Mexico is feeling the squeeze from an unprecedented exodus of people fleeing Central American countries and some of the worst violence from nations not at actually war is forcing families northward.“Our pitch to Canada is to do more,” said Mark Manly, the Mexico representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Manly was in Ottawa earlier this month for meetings with the federal government to look for ways for Canada to help resettle more of the migrants that have arrived in Mexico.The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border, with President Donald Trump branding the caravans of migrants as being laced with violent criminals bent on destabilizing his country.Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are pushing to have their new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement ratified soon as Vice-President Mike Pence visits Ottawa this week to give that a renewed push.Asylum seekers reaching Mexico from Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela caused a 103-per-cent spike in claims in 2018 over the previous years from almost to 15,000 to about 30,000, says the UNHCR.Manly said that many migrants have good settlement prospects in Mexico because of its growing economy and need for foreign labour, but women and girls fleeing gang violence as well as members of the transgender and gay communities need to be resettled elsewhere because they are not safe.The UNHCR wants to “take the pressure off Mexican authorities to take care of this kind of profile and resettle them to Canada,” Manly said.Criminal gangs are flourishing in Central America, he said. They extort money from the non-criminals, kill other gang members, and are constantly recruiting adolescent boys and girls.“Anyone who gets in the way is at severe risk, so entire families leave,” Manly explained. “That explains the demographic change.”Canada is already “doing a few things in terms of technical support for the Mexican asylum system, resettlement of people who face extreme protection risks in the region,” he added, including helping resettle LGBTQ applicants.“These are countries that are close by; they are countries with which Canada has close ties, Mexico being the most important of them.”A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was unable to provide statistics of how many Mexican asylum seekers Canada has received recently.But Lise Jolicoeur said Canada is a partner in the Rainbow Refugee Society which helps sponsor LGBTQ2 refugees from around the world. “In fact, this year we managed to sponsor 64 refugees (record-breaking),” she said in an email.The Ontario-based World Refugee Council released a report earlier this year that said the large-scale migration of Central American women, as well as unaccompanied children and adolescents, had become a major policy issue in the Western Hemisphere.“It is estimated that six out of 10 migrant women and girls are victims of sexual violence carried out by illicit actors, government authorities and intimate partners. However, most of what is known is anecdotal and there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base in order to inform policy,” the report says.Lloyd Axworthy, the chair of the refugee council, toured Mexican refugee camps near the border city of Tijuana last year at the height of the caravan activity, and described the situation as dire and entrenched.Axworthy made “human security” a key tenet of Canadian foreign policy when he was the country’s top diplomat in the Liberal government from 1996 to 2000.“What it demonstrates is that as long as the conflicts take place and the violence going on, you’re going to have people trying to escape. And it’s going to be in our region,” he said in an interview.“We’ve been focusing on the NAFTA issue; well maybe there’s got to be some parallel discussion (on migration).”The long and occasionally bitter NAFTA renegotiation highlighted the differences on dealing with gender issues between the U.S. and its two continental partners.In the new deal’s chapter on labour rights, it calls on all three countries to “protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex (including with regard to sexual harassment), pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity …”That paragraph also has a footnote that essentially gives the U.S. an out on that point, saying it need not take “any further action” to comply with that requirement. The footnote came after 40 U.S. members of Congress wrote Trump a letter in November 2018 objecting to sexual orientation and gender identity language in the trade deal.“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” their letter said. “It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Kaling (left) poses with the film’s Vancouver-born director Nisha Ganatra at the premiere Friday. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/The Associated Press) British actress Emma Thompson stars in the comedy, playing a talk show host. (Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy Late Night is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match.Amazon Studios on Saturday purchased the U.S. distribution rights for $13 million US, a record for the festival.Late Night follows a veteran talk show host played by Thompson who’s facing declining ratings, possible cancellation and a reputation for not liking women. Kaling wrote the script and plays the “diversity hire” in the writer’s room who has no qualifications except an undying love for Thompson’s character, Katherine Newbury. But she helps shake things up for the show. “It’s really a movie about being a fan,” Kaling told The Associated Press. “I’ve been such a comedy nerd my whole life and I’ve always felt like on the outside looking in. I had no connections in the business, but I just loved comedy and … late-night talk shows. So the movie is just really a love letter for people who are fans of something and really want to be part of it, but don’t feel like they have any access.” Amazon’s acquisition of Late Night is the first major deal out of the 2019 festival, and one of the highest sums ever paid out of Sundance. The record-holder is Birth of a Nation, which went for $17.5 million for the worldwide rights. Late Night beat out Amazon’s $12 million deal for The Big Sick, which went on to become a box office hit, and Netflix’s $12.5 million for Mudbound.Kaling mined her own experiences in the business both as a boss and a newcomer, and those of others, to tell the story. Her character decides that she can’t remember the names of her writers and calls them by numbers one through eight. This, Kaling said, is based on “a very famous comedy person” whom she “will never name.”Kaling wrote the part of Katherine specifically for Thompson, whom she had yet to meet, which she called “one of the stupidest things you can do in comedy.”“I was this creep in my home writing fan fiction for Emma Thompson, who I did not know, hoping that she would read it,” Kaling said.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Advertisement Login/Register With: The film, which also stars Reid Scott, Hugh Dancy, Amy Ryan and John Lithgow, premiered Friday night in Park City and immediately became a must-see. Lines stretched around the block for the second screening Saturday morning and no empty seats were left in the massive Eccles Theater, where the audience buzzed about its sale that had just been reported by the trade publication Deadline.Late Night is sleeker than your average Sundance movie and was originally to be made as a studio film, with Paul Feig directing. Delays left Feig unavailable, and Kaling moved on independently. Canadian Nisha Ganatra, who had directed an episode of The Mindy Project, eventually came on to direct. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Mindy Kaling wrote and stars in the Sundance film Late Night, which received a record acquisition for a comedy. (Taylor Jewell/Invision/The Associated Press)
John Murray APTN National NewsBarry Spence is an electrician who lives in the small town of Thompson, Man.He also suffers from kidney problems and the nearest health service centre to deal with his ailment is 700 km south in Winnipeg.He took a greyhound bus recently to a medical appointment for his kidneys.What happened on his way home left him shocked and alone at 4 a.m. on the side of the highway.
Rabat – A day after the release of British citizen Ray Cole, his Moroccan friend, Jamal Ould Nass has been granted provisional release, but is still likely to face prison time.After the release of the Cole amid a strong international campaign supporting his case, social media activists launched the #FreeOuldNass movement to call for the complete freedom for Ould Nass, who was jailed alongside Cole in Marrakech for “homosexual acts.”The petition called on activists abroad to rally to help Ould Nass and to put an end to “arresting mature people because of their private practices.” “Ould Nass is not the victim´s real name–this nickname is used in order to protect the victim’s identity; the real name has been diffused to the extremist groups in Morocco and we believe that he is now in great danger; even in case he embraces freedom his life will still be threatened,” the petition said.Jamal Ould Nass was arrested and imprisoned with Ray Cole for alleged, “gross indecency, homosexual intercourse and possession of pornographic images” on October 2.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
CANBERRA, Australia — The National Australia Bank said Thursday that its chief executive and chairman have announced their resignations just days after they were singled out for criticism in a scathing national report on misconduct in the financial sector.The bank’s chief executive, Andrew Thorburn will quit as of Feb. 28, it said in a statement. Its chairman, Ken Henry, will retire from its board once Thorburn’s permanent replacement is found.Board director Philip Chronican will act as chief executive from March 1.Thorburn and Henry both gave evidence to Commissioner Kenneth Hayne in his misconduct inquiry. On Monday, Hayne recommended sweeping changes to Australia’s banking industry to protect the interests of customers as well as shareholders.Thorburn and Henry were the only executives named in the inquiry into the misconduct.The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stock prices are opening broadly lower after the government reported a surprise drop in retail sales last month, raising concerns about how healthy the U.S. economy is.Retailers took some of the heaviest selling in early trading Thursday. Amazon sank 1.2 per cent.Makers of consumer products were also broadly lower after Coca-Cola said the strong dollar could slow sales in the coming year.Coke plunged 6.9 per cent.The S&P 500 fell 16 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,736.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 187 points, or 0.7percent, to 25,355. The Nasdaq fell 28 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 7,391.Bond prices rose sharply after the weak retail sales report. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.65 per cent.The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Latest on marijuana in Alaska (all times local):11:40 a.m.A spokesman for Gov. Mike Dunleavy says Dunleavy recognizes that broad use of marijuana is legal in Alaska and has no intention of changing that.Matt Shuckerow also says Dunleavy has no desire to push the industry in one direction or the other.Some in the industry have said they are uncertain about Dunleavy’s intentions. Dunleavy recently appointed to the board tasked with regulating cannabis a marijuana critic and also is expected to propose that the board be repealed.Shuckerow says repealing the board would require legislative approval and it’s important to have a functioning board as that process plays out.Other states handle cannabis regulation at the agency level. Further details on what Dunleavy is planning are expected when he introduces the repeal legislation.___11 a.m.Recent actions taken by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy have some in the legal cannabis industry confused about his intentions.Dunleavy made new appointments to the board tasked with regulating the industry even as he has eyed repealing the board. His appointment of Vivian Stiver, a marijuana critic, has riled industry members who have cast her as a prohibitionist. The board begins a three-day meeting Wednesday in Juneau.Industry leaders say language in one of Dunleavy’s crime bills would make it a felony to possess 25 or more cannabis plants, which they say could affect legal growers.However, a Department of Law spokeswoman says the provision is not directed at legal growers and the administration is open to clarifying that.Marijuana advocate Lacy Wilcox says Dunleavy should meet with the industry.The Associated Press
WATERLOO, Ont. — Business software company OpenText (TSX:OTEX) has signed a deal to buy Guidance Software in a deal that values the forensic security firm at US$222 million.Under the deal, the Waterloo, Ont.-based firm has agreed to pay US$7.10 per share for Guidance Software.OpenText says the acquisition is expected to complement its portfolio of software and services and broaden its capabilities.
Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Amgen Inc., up $9.53 to $205.78The biotechnology company said a U.S. district court ruled in its favour in a patent dispute involving the arthritis drug Enbrel.Sysco Corp., up $2.20 to $72.19The food distributor reported a fourth quarter profit that beat Wall Street forecasts.Viacom Inc., down $1.48 to $28.53The entertainment company and CBS are close to a merger deal, according to media reports.Rite Aid Corp., down 17 cents to $7.02The struggling drugstore chain named former insurance executive Heyward Donigan as its new CEO.ABB Ltd., up 44 cents to $18.50The robotics and engineering company is bringing in Sandvik’s Bjorn Rosengren as its new CEO.Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., down $2.56 to $20.85The casino operator’s second quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Barrick Gold Corp., down 17 cents to $17.97The gold mining company reported a 27% surge in gold production during the second quarter and met Wall Street’s profit forecast.Bank of America Corp., down 69 cents to $27.64Bond yields, which banks rely on to charge interest on loans and help drive profit, fell broadly.The Associated Press
For the summer edition of American Soybean magazine, ASA is asking farmers: What water issues are affecting your state and how do they impact your farm? These issues can be regulatory, weather-related or other aspects of water use and stewardship in your area.To respond, send an email to ASA Communications Manager Jordan Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nita AmbaniTwitterIn a nail-biting IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium on May 2, Mumbai Indians (MI) became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a ‘Super Over’. And yet again social media couldn’t help but credit Nita Ambani, the owner of the IPL team, for MI’s fantastic win against SRH. And you need to know why.SRH’s Manish Pandey had kept MI players on their toes while chasing a 163-run target. Hitting the ball into the stands, Pandey’s sixer on the last ball of the innings tied the scores pushing the team to contest to a Super Over. And Nita Ambani, who was accopanied by her elder son Akash Ambani at the stadium, was seen praying to the almighty to help Mumbai Indians pull off the victory.Coincidentally, Hyderabad could only manage eight runs before Mumbai overhauled the target with ease and three balls to spare. While it was Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive tight over and Hardik Pandya’s power-hittings that sailed MI through the Super Over to the victory, Twitter users hailed Nita Ambani for chanting her secret mantras for the win.”Everything fails in front of Nita Ambani’s that secret Mantra,” a Twitter user commented while another user wondered, “What and whom does Nita Ambani keep praying to? Anyone ?”A couple of Twitter users, who were facing difficulties in their lives, were dying to know what Nita Ambani prays to almighty during the matches that helps them win the game.”I would like to know what prayer Nita Ambani does for #MI need it for tough times in my life too,” a Twitter user commented while another user wrote, “Every owner would be looking to lip read the Nita Ambani prayer. She prays team gets wickets.”
Actor PrabhasInstagramBaahubali actor Prabhas has announced that he is gearing up to surprise all his fans with an update on his upcoming movie Saaho and requested them to stay locked to his Instagram account on Tuesday.Actor Prabhas, who is not much active on social media, took his Instagram page on Monday morning to make the announcement. He released a video on his Instagram account and captioned it with, “Hello darlings… A surprise coming your way, tomorrow. Stay tuned… #SaahoSurprise.” He is also seen saying a similar thing in the video.The Baahubali actor joined Instagram on April 10 and he registered over 7 lakh followers without a single post. Prabhas shared his first post a week after he created his account on Instagram. His fans expected him to share something interesting from Saaho, but he disappointed them by posting unseen photo from the blockbuster movie Baahubali 2.After seeing their response, Prabhas planned to release a promo of Saaho, but he was thinking about what to release. “Instagram is the place where he will post exclusive promos of Saaho. He has planned to share something exciting next month, but he is yet to decide on it. He may finalise it this week,” sources close to the actor had told IBTimes India.Saaho is a trilingual action film, which is being made with a whopping budget of Rs 350 crore. Sujeeth has written the script and directing the film, which is produced by UV Creations, T-Series, and Dharma Productions.Prabhas is playing the lead role in Saaho, which marks the Telugu debut of Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is seen as heroine opposite him. The movie also features an ensemble cast of Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff and others in supporting roles. The film is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. It is set to hit screens on August 15.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) talking along the head of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council (CNE) Tibisay Lucena during a meeting in Caracas. Photo: AFPThe United States hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with direct sanctions on Monday over a disputed and deadly weekend vote that, while consolidating his power, has largely isolated him as the “dictator” of a failing petro-state.The US measures were unusual in that they targeted a sitting head of state, but their reach was mostly symbolic, freezing any US assets Maduro might have and banning people under US jurisdiction from dealing with him.“Yesterday’s illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.Maduro lashed out at the move, saying it smacked of American “imperialism.”“I will not obey imperial orders. I do not obey foreign governments. I’m a free president,” he said.Colombia, Mexico, Peru and other nations joined the US in saying they did not recognize the results of Sunday’s election, which appointed a new “Constituent Assembly” superseding Venezuela’s legislative body, the opposition-controlled National Assembly.Maduro’s own attorney general, Luisa Ortega—who broke with him months ago over his policies—also said she would not acknowledge the body, calling it part of the president’s “dictatorial ambition.”The European Union expressed “preoccupation for the fate of democracy in Venezuela” and said it, too, doubted it could accept the results.And Britain’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warned that Venezuela “stands on the brink of disaster.”“Nicolas Maduro’s government must stop before it is too late,” he said.However, old allies Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Russia stood by Maduro, who shrugged off mass protests and a previous round of US sanctions on some of his officials to see through the election.Cuba, Venezuela’s closest ally, charged that “a well-organized international operation was under way, led from Washington, with the support of the OAS chief, aimed at silencing the voice of the Venezuelan people, and forcing them into submission with attacks and economic sanctions.”More protestsThe National Electoral Council claimed more than 40 percent of Venezuela’s 20 million voters had cast ballots Sunday.According to the opposition, voter turnout was closer to 12 percent, a figure more aligned with the lack of lines at many polling stations.Surveys by polling firm Datanalisis showed more than 70 percent of Venezuelans opposed the new assembly.Further protests were called for Monday and beyond, stoking fears that the death toll of 120 people killed in four months of protests against Maduro could rise further.“I feel awful, frustrated with this fraud,” said Caracas resident Giancarlo Fernandez, 35.Demonstrators defied a ban on protests set by Maduro that threatened up to 10 years in prison for violators.Ten people died in violence surrounding Sunday’s election, which saw security forces fire tear gas and, in some cases, live ammunition to put down protests. Among those killed were two teens and a Venezuelan soldier.Boycotted by the opposition, and voted for largely by state employees fearful for their jobs, the Constituent Assembly was made up solely of members of Maduro’s ruling Socialist Party.Tasked with writing a new constitution, it has far-reaching powers—including the right to dissolve the National Assembly and change laws.It is due to be installed on Wednesday.More sanctions?The European Union condemned the “excessive and disproportionate use of force” by Venezuelan police and troops on Sunday.A spokeswoman for the European Commission said: “A Constituent Assembly, elected under doubtful and often violent circumstances, cannot be part of the solution.”Russia, however, threw its weight behind Maduro and the election, backing the government turnout figure.The foreign ministry in Moscow said in a statement it hopes countries “who apparently want to increase economic pressure on Caracas will display restraint and abandon their destructive plans.”Yet analysts agreed that Maduro’s move had swept away any vestige of democracy in Venezuela.“Maduro’s blatant power grab removes any ambiguity about whether Venezuela is a democracy,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue research center.Eduardo Rios Ludena, a Venezuela specialist at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, said Maduro had “sacrificed democracy.”“In the short term, the Constituent Assembly gives a bit of breathing space to the government,” he conceded, though adding that grave economic consequences would follow.Venezuela’s 30 million citizens are suffering through shortages of basic goods.Sanctions against the all-important oil sector would worsen their situation, but could also destabilize the government, which is frenziedly printing money and running out of foreign currency reserves.