Wolves complete stunning away comeback over Slovan Bratislavaby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says his team are out to enjoy the Europa League after clinching their second group stage win on Thursday. The Premier League collected a courageous away victory over Slovan Bratislava, winning the match 2-1.Andraz Sporar’s deflected shot opened the scoring for the hosts after 11 minutes.But two goals in five minutes in the second half from Roman Saiss and Raul Jimenez sealed a memorable victory for Wolves, with Diogo Jota’s late red-card the only blemish on the evening.Nuno told BT Sport: “It was tough like we knew it would be. First half was difficult, we didn’t perform very well, second half was much better. They had one shot on target and that’s something we’ve got to improve, we can’t concede this goal.”Adama [Traore] helped a lot with his width and helping to unbalance them. With one man less it was about defending, we were brave and we managed to take what we wanted from the game. The Wolves fans here can go home happy.”Our aim is to enjoy this competition. You have to remember where we came from. It’s about enjoying it and seeing what happens at the end of it.”The young people were shouting, I didn’t expect that from them. It was so noisy and it gave Slovan an advantage and really helped them. It was better having them in the ground though, it’s more enjoyable.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
MONTREAL – The chair of DavidsTea’s current board says it’s carefully reviewing a slate of director nominees submitted by a 46 per cent shareholder that has indicated an interest in taking the chain of tea shops private.DavidsTea chairman Maurice Tousson — who isn’t one of the shareholder’s nominees — says in a statement that the current directors are committed to ensuring all shareholders are fairly represented on the board.Rainy Day Investments Ltd. is controlled by co-founder Herschel Segal, who indicated in February that RDI is exploring the possibility of taking the company private. Segal resigned from the board effective March 5.Rainy Day announced Monday that it’s nominating Segal as one of eight proposed directors. The other nominees include Lorenzo Salvaggio, another former director of DavidsTea, and Emilia Di Raddo who remains on the current board.The company’s statement on Thursday said the board hasn’t received a formal proposal from Rainy Day Investments and Tousson said the board is working to ensure the management team of DavidsTea stays focused on improving operations.DavidsTea has only been publicly traded since June 2015, when it listed on the Nasdaq stock market as part of an expansion plan. It currently has 236 tea shops across Canada and the United States.Companies in this story: (Nasdaq:DTEA)
LONDON — The Latest on London airport closure because of drones (all times local):10:45 a.m.British police say they believe the flying of drones over Gatwick Airport is a deliberate act, but there are no signs it is related to terrorism.Flights in and out of Britain’s second-busiest airport have been suspended since Wednesday evening, disrupting the journeys of tens of thousands of passengers.Supt. Justin Burtenshaw, the airport police commander, said: “We believe this to be a deliberate act to disrupt the airport. However, there are absolutely no indications to suggest this is terror-related.”Police say the first report of a drone over the airfield was made shortly after 9 p.m. (2100GMT) Wednesday and the last sighting around 8.45am on Thursday.Police from two forces, backed by a helicopter, are scouring he area around the airport south of London for the drone operators.___7:25 a.m.London’s Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.Passengers travelling Thursday were advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.Gatwick first closed Wednesday night at around 9 p.m. (2100 GMT) when drones were sighted. It reopened at around 3 a.m. (0300 GMT) Thursday morning but shut down again in 45 minutes when drones were spotted.Many incoming flights have been diverted to other destinations in Britain and continental Europe. The disruption is having a ripple effect on air travel as cancellations mount.The drone sighting came near the height of the busy Christmas travel season.Gatwick is a busy airport 27 miles (43 kilometres) south of central London.The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: There are over 9,000 service voters in Delhi, according to the national capital’s electoral roll published this January. The electoral roll is being continuously updated ahead of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 12 in Delhi, officials said. There are 9,023 service voters in Delhi as per the electoral roll published on January 18, according to the data shared by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi .Personnel of the armed forces, central armed Police forces and state police personnel deployed outside their constituencies are considered as service voters. Diplomats and other support staff serving in embassies are also service voters. The Election Commission had said in February that there was a substantial increase in the number of service voters in the country enrolled ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as compared to 2014. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA total of 16,62,993 service personnel have been enrolled as service electors in the country in the electoral roll 2019, it had said. In 2014, the corresponding figure was 13,27,627. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had said on Monday that around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters till date to 1.39 crore. “On January 18, the total number of voters in the electoral roll of Delhi stood at 1,36,95,291. So, there is an increase of nearly two lakh voters since then,” Singh said.
New Delhi: Mar 29 (PTI) Realty major DLF Friday said it has raised Rs 3,173 crore by selling shares to institutional investors through its QIP offer. DLF, the country’s largest real estate firm in market value, would utilise this amount mainly to prepay debt, which stood at around Rs 7,000 crore at the end of December 2018. On Monday, the company had launched its qualified institutional placement (QIP) issue, offering up to 17.3 crore shares to investors. The issue closed Thursday. In a regulatory filing, DLF Friday informed that the Securities Issuance Committee has approved the allotment of 17.3 crore equity shares to eligible qualified institutional buyers at an issue price of Rs 183.40 per share, aggregating to about Rs 3,172.82 crore. Sources on Tuesday had said that DLF’s QIP issue has been oversubscribed by two times, enabling the company to raise around Rs 3,200 crore. Major institutional investors who participated in QIP offer include Oppenheimer, UBS, HSBC, Marshall & Wace, Myriad, Key Square, Goldman Sachs, Indus, Eastbridge, Tata Mutual Fund and HDFC Mutual Fund, sources had said. This is the third major fundraising from DLF. In 2007, DLF raised about Rs 9,200 crore through an initial public offering (IPO). In 2013, the company had raised nearly Rs 1,900 crore through an institutional placement programme. Meanwhile, the committee Friday also approved the conversion of 24.97 crore compulsory convertible debentures (CCDs) issued to promoters entities into equal number of equity shares at Rs 217.25 per share. In December 2017, the company’s board had allotted on preferential basis 37.97 crore CCDs and nearly 13.81 crore warrants to promoters entities against their infusion of funds in DLF. DLF’s group Chief Financial Officer Ashok Tyagi recently said the QIP proceeds and further infusion of Rs 2,500 crore from promoters against the issue of warrants would help the company to significantly reduce its debt. DLF promoters K P Singh and family have already infused Rs 9,000 crore in the company and would pump in Rs 2,250 crore more. In lieu of this fund, DLF had issued CCDs and warrants to the promoters. As infusion of the fund by promoters could have led to an increase in their shareholdings beyond permissible limit of 75 per cent, the company planned QIP to maintain minimum public shareholding of 25 per cent in a listed entity. In August 2017, the promoters had sold the entire 40 per cent stake in rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL) for Rs 11,900 crore and infused bulk of this amount in the company to cut net debt.
Washington: Scientists in the US are developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that could help robots assist soldiers in the battlefield in future. For the research, published in the journal Science Advances, team looked at soldier brain activity during specific tasks for ways to incorporate AI teaming to dynamically complete tasks. According to Jean Vettel, a senior neuroscientist at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in the US, technologies that can predict states and behaviours of the individual soldier may help create a more optimised team. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe work between ARL and the University at Buffalo is looking at ways the dynamics and architecture of the human brain may be coordinated to predict such behaviors and consequently optimize team performance. “In military operations, soldiers perform multiple tasks at once. They’re analysing information from multiple sources, navigating environments while simultaneously assessing threats, sharing situational awareness, and communicating with a distributed team,” said Vettel. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This requires soldiers to constantly switch among these tasks, which means that the brain is also rapidly shifting among the different brain regions needed for these different tasks,” he said. “If we can use brain data in the moment to indicate what task they’re doing, AI could dynamically respond and adapt to assist the Soldier in completing the task,” he added. To achieve this future capability, the researchers first sought to understand how the brain coordinates its different regions while executing a particular task. They used a computational approach to understand how this may be characterised to inform the behavioral prediction. To complete the study, researchers mapped how different regions of the brain were connected to one another in 30 different people via tracts of tissue called white matter. Scientists converted these maps into computational models of each subject’s brain, and used computers to simulate what would happen when a single region of a person’s brain was stimulated. They then used a mathematical framework, which they developed, to measure how brain activity became synchronised across various cognitive systems in the simulations. “While the work has been deployed on individual brains of a finite brain structure, it would be very interesting to see if coordination of Soldiers and autonomous systems may also be described with this method, too,” said Javier Garcia, an ARL neuroscientist. “Much how the brain coordinates regions that carry out specific functions, you can think of how this method may describe coordinated teams of individuals and autonomous systems of varied skills work together to complete a mission,” Garcia said.
New Delhi: The ED Thursday filed its first direct charge sheet against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on charges of money laundering, officials said. The agency filed the prosecution complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) before a special court in Mumbai and said it has identified proceeds of crime worth Rs 193.06 crore. This is the second charge sheet in the case by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in this case, but the first against Naik underlining his role in the matter. Naik was booked by the ED in 2016 based on a National Investigation Agency (NIA) FIR.
Members of the Ohio State football team began their first day under new coach Urban Meyer Tuesday in a cloud of social media confusion, and it still hasn’t been sorted out. After a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with Meyer, several OSU football players tweeted that they were told they were banned from Twitter, a social media platform. Players backtracked and said there was no ban just hours later, but the origin of the supposed ban remains unclear. Junior tight end Reid Fragel tweeted from his account, @FRAGEL88, around noon Tuesday, saying: “New staff new rules. No more twitter, not a big deal and probably for the better. Love our fans, love this place. Go Bucks #2012.” By about 4:45 p.m., Fragel issued the following tweet: “Just now finding out the whole twitter thing wasn’t exactly true. #hearsay.” OSU athletics representative Jerry Emig, who was present at the football team’s Tuesday meeting, told The Lantern that Meyer never informed him of a Twitter ban for the players. “All I know was I was not made aware of a ban,” Emig told The Lantern in a Wednesday email. “I have no idea where this all originated or how it originated.” David A. Goldberger, professor emeritus of law at OSU’s Moritz College of Law, said Tuesday that a complete ban of Twitter, or another social media platform, would be unlawful. “I have my doubt about this, but there may be topics that the coach can put out of bounds, but to say that you can’t use a social media is far too broad,” Goldberger said. “It’s like saying you can’t talk.” From his Twitter account, @king_hyde34, OSU sophomore running back Carlos Hyde said Tuesday: “Well guess its been real twitter ima miss all my followers.” Later that day, Hyde tweeted: “Coach didn’t tell us this morning that twitter is banned guess the media likes to make up things. #GoBucks!” In an Oct. 26 email to The Lantern, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said not every OSU team institutes formal policies on social media use. “Each (OSU) team, if it has a policy, handles on its own,” Wallenberg said. Wallenberg also confirmed that the OSU men’s basketball team, currently the No. 6-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, does not have a formal policy. Players, including junior tight end Jake Stoneburner, wasted little time returning to their accounts. From his account, @STONEYeleven, Stoneburner said Wednesday at around 3 p.m.: “Can’t wait to get going in this new offense!”
On Jan. 28, Columbus Blue Jackets fans, who have only witnessed postseason hockey once in the team’s 12 years of existence, received the best news from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since the team’s inception. The city of Columbus would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, or so they were told. At midnight Sunday,the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired, and with no new deal in place, players were locked out by the owners for the second time in nine years. Bettman met with owners and members of the NHL Players Association last week in New York City with the bleak hope of agreeing on a new deal that would have allowed for the season to start on it’s scheduled date, Oct. 11. With both sides still “far apart in talks” according to The New York Times, the season’s original start date is very much in jeopardy. While the owners and the players might be in disagreement over a number of issues, both sides realize that the biggest concern is how revenue will be split. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, players received 57 percent of the league’s revenue, and owners received 43 percent. Reportedly, Bettman’s most recent offer to the players would leave them with 47 percent of revenue, roughly a 17.5 percent pay cut. The NHL has experienced its seventh straight year of economic growth, according to Forbes. Another major issue that the two sides are clashing over is owners wanting to limit contract lengths to six years. Currently, there are no term limits on contracts. According to capgeek.com, there are 16 players signed to deals of 10 years or longer. While negotiations might continue informally throughout the month, the likelihood of the season starting on time is very slim. While Ohio natives might cringe at this, I suspect that the savior to Columbus’ All-Star Game could come from Ann Arbor. In April 2011, the NHL signed a massive deal with NBC to be their exclusive broadcasting partner. Part of this agreement was rights to broadcast the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Years Day that, according to Sports Business Daily, generated $22 million dollars when it was played in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year’s game will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and, if played, will set the record for largest attendance at a professional hockey game. NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly said that the league does have an opt-out clause with the University of Michigan, but they would stand to lose millions from skipping the annual event, and with pressure from NBC, I believe this should give fans a small piece of hope. According to the News Observer, last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., generated an estimated $11.4 million in spending from out-of-town visitors. The city of Columbus, which according to the most recent U.S. Census, boasts a larger metropolitan area than Raleigh, could stand to make even more than $11 million on the event. During the 2004-2005 locked-out season, Atlanta was scheduled to host the All-Star Game, but did not do so until 2008. If the entire season is lost and the NHL chooses to reschedule the game in Columbus, the earliest it would be played is 2015, because the Olympics are scheduled for February 2014.
Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) dribbles past a Penn State player during a game on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerTwenty-five games into the season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team had relied heavily on its freshmen, in particular its star rookie guard D’Angelo Russell.But when the No. 23 Buckeyes left the floor after a 75-55 drubbing of Penn State at home, it was a battle-tested senior who had led OSU to victory.Senior forward Sam Thompson scored a career-high 22 points in the win, and said Wednesday night was the kind of game he has been working toward since arriving in Columbus.“I’ve worked really hard over the years just on every facet of my offensive game. I really try to become a threat offensively,” Thompson said. “I played a pretty good game today, and just gonna try to keep that rolling.”Thompson scored in a variety of ways against Penn State, whether it be from behind the arc, or down low.He joked after the game that despite being a veteran on the team, he is still capable of his famous high-flying dunks.“I can still jump a little bit,” he said with a smile.Thompson threw down multiple times against the Nittany Lions, a team that defeated the Buckeyes in both meetings last year.The senior from Chicago said despite the losses last season, his team was focused on the present heading into the game.“We weren’t talking about last year as much as we were talking about this year,” Thompson said. “It’s a different team, they’re a different team. We just wanted to come out and play our best basketball. We knew that was a team that could beat us, as evident from last year.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Thompson was one of the main reasons the Buckeyes were able to win their fifth game in six appearances.“That was big for us. I was so happy to see the ball go in for Sam,” Matta said after the win. “He puts a lot of time in and we have kind of been saying, ‘if we can get him making some shots, I think it makes us a lot more effective.’ His ability in transition — everybody fears he’s running to the rim — being able to step out and knock down the shot definitely helps open things up for us.”Thompson did more than just play well on offense, he also drew the task of defending the Big Ten’s leading scorer, Penn State senior guard D.J. Newbill.While Newbill still led the Nittany Lions in scoring with 16 points, he shot just 5-of-13 from the field and pulled down just three rebounds.Matta said Thompson’s defense was just as important as his offense, especially when matched up with the Penn State star.Thompson, however, credited the Buckeyes as a whole for shutting Newbill down.“(We had to) make him work. No open looks, try to keep him off the foul line. Make sure when he had the ball he saw five Ohio State defenders,” Thompson said. “We did a good job of doing that across the board.”Newbill’s coach, Pat Chambers, also recognized Thompson’s elevated play and added that he thought last year’s wins over OSU might have had something to do with his performance.“I thought Sam Thompson was terrific, and that’s what seniors do,” Chambers said. “He was on that team last year and I’m sure he had a little extra ‘oomph’ to play against us.”Moving forward, Thompson said it will take more than just himself or Russell to continue the winning ways.“We know that the season is coming down to an end. We know it’s time for the players to play,” he said. “Seniors gotta step up, younger guys have to keep doing what they’re doing and we’ll be fine.”The Buckeyes will attempt to win their sixth game in seven tries as they are set to travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday. Tip-off is set for noon.
Former Buckeye Eli Apple selfies with a fan after the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State football players were in action in Week 4 of the NFL season. Here are a few of the latest performances from former Buckeyes.Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel ElliottDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for 116 yards on 29 carries in the Cowboys 35-31 to the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. Elliott started off the game slow, as quarterback Dak Prescott handed the ball off to him 12 times for only 24 yards in the first quarter. However, Elliott managed to break through later in the game, running for over 85 yards in the second half._________________________________________Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey BosaLos Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa was all over the field Sunday, as the Chargers defeated the New York Giants 27-22. Bosa had six tackles, two sacks of quarterback Eli Manning and a tackle for loss. Bosa’s presence was a problem for the Giants all game, and Bosa landed a hit on Manning in the fourth quarter that left the quarterback shaken up.https://twitter.com/DLineVids/status/917092819596013568_________________________________________Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle PryorWashington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in a 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. He scored a 44-yard touchdown in the first quarter. After the first quarter, Pryor provided little more for the Redskins’ offense, catching only two more passes for 26 yards as the team squandered a 10-0 first quarter lead._________________________________________New York Jets linebacker Darron LeeNew York Jets linebacker Darron Lee had an impressive outing against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, as the second-year starter had six tackles, including a huge tackle for loss in a close game. The Jets won in overtime, and Lee’s performance improved as the game went on. Lee had a penalty early before leaving the game with an injury. He returned in the second quarter and managed to add four more tackles, including another tackle for loss._________________________________________New York Giants cornerback Eli AppleNew York Giants cornerback Eli Apple started Sunday’s game on the bench. However, he had a solid outing against the Chargers, registering five tackles in the defensive backfield. Overall, Apple had a solid outing in what has been a rough sophomore campaign for the former Buckeye._________________________________________Other notable players:Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins: four tackles, one pass defendedIndianapolis Colts cornerback Malik Hooker: five tackles, one assistedSan Francisco running back Carlos Hyde: eight carries for 11 yards against the San Francisco 49ersPittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier: five tackles, one interception and a pass defended
Mohamed Salah has taken to social media to update fans with some positive news on his injury ahead of the World CupThe 25-year-old was forced to leave the pitch within just half an hour of Liverpool’s Champions League final after his tangle with Ramos had caused a shoulder problem to arise with the Reds later struggling in his absence as Real Madrid sealed a 3-1 win.Since then, over half a million people have signed a petition urging the UEFA to punish Ramos over the incident.Salah is a potential doubt for Russia this summer with both Liverpool and Egypt confirming that his recovery from injury could make around three weeks.The Pharaohs’ first game against Uruguay on June 15 will mark their first appearance in football’s biggest stage in nearly three decades.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.But Salah is staying positive on his progress and appears to be confident that he will be available for Egypt’s World Cup opener.“Good feelings,” Salah wrote alongside a photograph of him carrying out a stretching exercise on his damaged left shoulder.Good feelings… pic.twitter.com/Jhyd2kYVKI— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 3, 2018
The Italian football league has made a deal with a U.S. TV channel to broadcast its matches in AmericaCristiano Ronaldo’s signing with Juventus was not only good for the team.The Italian club has sold out on all CR7 shirts for the 2018-2019 season thanks to the Portuguese superstar.But now, his contract with the Bianconeri has proved to be useful for the Italian Serie A.On an article published by The World Soccer Talk, it was announced that ESPN will broadcast the Serie A matches in the U.S. in a multi-year deal.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We are extremely satisfied with the agreement, which testifies the growing importance and the international recognition of our league,” said Gaetano Miccichè, Serie A President.“This agreement, together with those recently concluded, shows the value of both Serie A TIM and its champions, which will be appreciated by more than 90 million soccer fans and enthusiasts in the U.S. in the next years.”ESPN cuts a deal for rights to Italy’s Serie A. The streaming service ESPN+ will carry 9 matches live per week from August through May; ESPN or ESPN3 will carry a Match of the Week.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 7, 2018
Former Newcastle forward Louis Saha hopes Solskjaer can be a positive influence on French international Paul Pogba.🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥@ManUtd #mufc pic.twitter.com/vEb5ErlNPG— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) December 22, 2018Given Solskjaer’s selfless nature as a player and a coach, Saha confirms such humility will aid communication with Pogba.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Ole has a lot of humility and it can help in their communication,” Saha said as quoted in FourFourTwo“He will put his ego aside as ‘boss’ and he’ll tell himself that today the team goes first.“It is what Ole does. He’s always done it. He made great sacrifices for his team-mates. He’s made the difference for his team-mates and his coach. That’s Ole. He will give that [to the team].“That’s a message he’ll give gradually to all the players. They need to get their confidence back. They almost need some paternal communication.“A misplaced pride in a great club constantly under the scrutiny of everyone. Whatever will happen, there they’ll talk about it because it’s one of the most followed clubs in the world. “
Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has confirmed he would not be leaving the club this January transfer window.Llorente, 23, is now a regular in Solari’s side after impressing in a rare start away to Roma followed by seven successive starts for the club.The Spanish midfielder stepped in for the absent Casemiro and seems to be enjoying his role at Madrid“I’m sure I will stay, I’m really happy and I have no intention of leaving,” Llorente told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It’s true that in life, like football, the situation can change from night to morning and you cannot lower your aims, you have to take advantage of your opportunities.“Man of the Match in the Club World Cup final? I’m happy to receive it, of course, to score the goal and win the final – now it is time to enjoy the moment.“We are trying to win all the titles, this was an important one as we were going for three consecutive titles and we have achieved it.“Now we have three more competitions this season that we will look to win.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Nassau – In a powerful statement about the community’s belief in the transformational impact of higher education, the University of The Bahamas President’s Gala Soirée has exceeded the anticipated fundraising target.The inaugural event was the institution’s first major fundraiser since transitioning to University. The Soirée paired excellence with elegance as sponsors and donors joined the UB community at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. It was a celebration of student talent and potential. The occasion also commemorated the first anniversary of UB, chartered on 10thNovember 2016.UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith, who also observed the first anniversary of his inauguration as UB President, thanked the many corporate sponsors, donors, friends, alumni and UB constituents who helped to make the fundraiser overwhelmingly successful. “We have exceeded the goal of $500,000 in cash and pledges for the endowed scholarship fund to support first-generation University students. These funds will benefit and change the lives of thousands of students, and by extension, families and entire communities. This is the beginning of the next phase in the growth and development of the Bahamian people, through access to education,” noted Dr. Smith.Major sponsors for the Gala included Aliv, Sharon Wilson & Co., IL Cares, Doctors Hospital, Ernst & Young, Credit Suisse and New Providence Development Company Ltd.While celebrating the success of the Soirée, President Smith nonetheless invited private and corporate donors to continue supporting UB.“The University still needs the generous support of all corporate donors. Our goal is to raise this endowed fund to well over $5M. We cannot do this without the annual contributions of alumni, sponsors, donors and the many friends of the University. Please continue to give to the University and give as generously as you can. One donation will change a life and a community,” Dr. Smith pointed out.Student Government Association (SGA) President Stuart Hanna was also pleased that corporate and private donors are supporting student scholarships.“As a result of a successful Soirée, capable young Bahamians will be given an opportunity to obtain tertiary education at University of The Bahamas. These kinds of fundraising events bring immeasurable value to the advancement of the University, its students and the Bahamian society at large and show that the University is moving in the right direction,” said Mr. Hanna.Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs Ms. Davinia Blair said that the level of partnership and support from corporate Bahamas for the Soirée was encouraging as the institution becomes a stronger University.PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast“The overwhelming demonstration of support by faculty, staff, alumni, corporate partners and friends at the Gala truly touched the hearts of many, in particular our students, who will benefit from the endowment. I am grateful for the stellar partnership with Fusion IMC and Events by Alexandra to accomplish this feat. Also, I am thankful to all of our donors and am confident of a promising path ahead for our nation,” Ms. Blair asserted.Release: BISPhoto captionsHeader & 3rd insert: PGS-Harry C. Moore Library – The Harry C. Moore Library & Information Centre at UB’s Oakes Field Campus was transformed into an elegant enclave. 1st insert: PGS-President’s comments – UB President Dr. Rodney D. Smith addresses the guests.PGS-Cake Cutting – Sir Franklyn Wilson and Sharon Lady Wilson joined Dr. Christina Ramirez Smith and Dr. Rodney D. Smith to commemorate the first anniversary of the charter of UB at the President’s Gala Soiree held on 11th November 2017.3rd insert: PGS-Damian Blackburn Toast – Mr. Damian BlackBurn of Aliv, one of the main sponsors of the soirée, offered a toast at the event.
L&T Infotech, the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues, is coming up with an initial public offering (IPO) of 1.75 crore shares. The public issue opens on July 11 and the price band is yet to be announced. Larsen & Toubro holds about 95 percent of the equity share capital in 20-year-old L&T Infotech.The proceeds of the public issue won’t go to the company since it is an offer for sale by Larsen & Toubro. The share price of Larsen & Toubro, the parent company L&T Infotech, was trading at Rs. 1,482.20, up 0.62 percent at around 1.48 p.m. on the BSE.The objective of the public issue is to “enhance” the brand name of the company and “provide liquidity” to shareholders, according to the L&T Infotech prospectus filed with the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).Things to know about the L&T Infotech public offerThe face value of the shares being offered is Re 1 each.The shares will be listed on the BSE and the NSE.The company does not own the “L&T” trademark or logo. “We do not own the “L&T” trademark and logo. Our Trademark License Agreement may be terminated 38 under certain circumstances,” said the draft prospectus of the company.The company is in an industry whose size is about $145 billion in revenues (2014-15), according to industry body Nasscom.In 2014, the body ranked L&T Infotech as the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues.The company earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15.The company had about 19,500 employees as of March 31, 2015.The book running lead managers to the offer are Citigroup Global Markets India, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Barclays Bank PLC and ICICI Securities. The registrar to the issue is Sharepro Services (India).
SBI hikes 1-year MCLR rate to 8.15 percentReuters fileIndia’s largest lender State Bank of India on Thursday (March 1) increased the one-year marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR) by 20 basis points to 8.15 percent from 7.95 percent across various maturities.Home loan and personal loan borrowers will be affected by the revised rates as it would affect the interest rates on loans. The Increase in MCLR rates by the largest public sector bank in India shows that the EMI (Equated Monthly Installments) will also increase. The new benchmark rate will be effective from March 1, 2018, the bank said through a notification. The hike in MCLR rates comes a day after the bank increased fixed deposit rates of maturities. SBI MCLRSBIThe overnight MCLR rate has been increased from 7.70 percent to 7.80 percent, while the six-month MCLR has been increased from 7.90 percent to 8.00 percent earlier.The two-year MCLR rate has gone up to 8.25 percent from 8.05 percent. Also, the three-year MCLR rate has been raised to 8.35 percent from 8.10 percent.On February 28, SBI has increased the interest rate on various term deposits with immediate effect. For retail domestic deposits below Rs 1 crore, a depositor will now earn 6.40 percent interest rate on one-year deposit, from the 6.25 percent interest rate earlier. Senior citizen for the same amount of deposit and tenure will earn 6.90 percent from 6.75 percent earlier.The proposed rates of interest shall be made applicable to fresh deposits and renewals of maturing deposits, read the SBI statement.MCLR is the benchmark lending rate based on which banks in India lend to borrowers. Till 31 March 2016, banks used the base rate as the benchmark rate to lend.Reuters reports that this is the first hike in the one-year MCLR after the MCLR regime came into effect in April 2016.
.A Maldives diplomat has termed India a brother and China a long-lost cousin of the Indian Ocean nation, South China Morning Post reports.The Maldives’ ambassador to China, Mohamed Faisal, came up with the comment as the two powers flexed their muscle in exerting influence over the island country, creating tensions in the Maldives and outside.Two days after Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen lifted a state of emergency, the ambassador was quoted to have said that the Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment and “is aware it risks getting caught between China and India.”“India is a brother. We are a family, we may quarrel and we may have arguments but in the end we will sit down and resolve it,” the newspaper quoted the ambassador as saying in a report published on 22 March. said that India is a brother to Maldives and China is like a long lost cousin found, South China Morning Post reported.“We have taken a lot of our projects to India as well, but we did not receive the necessary finance. China is like a long lost cousin that we have found, a long lost cousin who is willing to help us,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.He, however, was said to have maintained that his country would not take any side between China and India.The South China Morning Post mentioned that more than 70 per cent of the Maldives’ foreign debt is owed to China.
Share U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi. Official House portraitsVoters in the 27th Congressional District are preparing to go to the polls for a third time this year on Saturday for a sleepy special election in which both parties are working to rally their fatigued troops behind a single candidate in the nine-person field to replace former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.Farenthold abruptly resigned in April amid the fallout from sexual harassment allegations and an ethics investigation by the House Ethics Committee. He had announced four months earlier that he wouldn’t run for re-election, creating an open race to succeed him.Saturday’s election is to determine who completes Farenthold’s current term, which ends in January, and it’s separate from the November election, the winner of which will take over the seat for a full two-year term after that.Despite nine candidates on the ballot, Republicans are hoping their general election nominee, Michael Cloud, can win outright Saturday and avoid a runoff that would keep the seat empty for at least two more months and leave the counties with the bill for yet another election this year. Democrats, meanwhile, believe the crowded race provides an opening for their consensus candidate — Eric Holguin, also his party’s pick for the fall — to advance to a second round.Even if Holguin makes the runoff, few are predicting the solidly red district could flip. Still, Democrats view it as an opportunity to at least build some momentum in the run-up to the November elections, and Republicans acknowledge there is an inescapable element of uncertainty in the low-turnout environment. “I think the odds are highly favorable of [Cloud] winning the special election at least in a runoff, but the turnout’s so low, anything can happen,” said Michael Bergsma, the Republican Party chairman in Nueces County. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the special election two months ago following Farenthold’s resignation, and it was not without drama. Before calling the special election, he sought — and received — clearance from Attorney General Ken Paxton to suspend state law to speed up the timeline to fill the seat, citing the Coastal Bend-area district’s urgent need for representation as it recovers from Hurricane Harvey.Farenthold has been dogged for months over his refusal to pay back $84,000 in taxpayer money used to settle a 2015 sexual harassment claim, after originally promising to refund it late last year. Once Abbott picked a date for the special election, he pressed Farenthold to pay back the $84,000 directly to local taxpayers by covering the costs of the special election, a request Farenthold rejected.In addition to the three Democrats and three Republicans on the ballot Saturday, there is Libertarian Daniel Tinus and independent candidates Judith Cutright, a Corpus Christi communications consultant, and Chris Suprun, a Dallas paramedic. Suprun is best known as the Texas elector who voted against Donald Trump in 2016.Early voting for the special election started June 13 and ends Tuesday.GOP leaders back CloudIn making the case for an outright win Saturday, Cloud, a former Victoria County GOP chairman, is echoing Abbott’s argument that the district needs new representation as soon as possible to deal with the Harvey aftermath. The sprawling district covers a large portion of the Gulf Coast and reaches northwest toward Austin. “Much of our district’s still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and the burden really is on county government,” Cloud said in an interview. “If we can pull out 50 percent and gets things moving and get our district represented, I think that would be a big win for the district.” The GOP unity push kicked into high gear Thursday, when Abbott endorsed Cloud, saying in a video that Cloud will fight for post-Harvey resources for the district and — in a thinly veiled reference to Farenthold — “restore integrity to the office.” The governor did not get involved in the primary or runoff. Weeks before Abbott weighed in, Cloud picked up the support of his primary runoff rival, Bech Bruun, who appeared with Cloud at a news conference in Corpus Christi and said he hoped his endorsement would help Cloud dodge a runoff. Cloud’s campaign has sent out mailers highlighting the endorsement by Bruun, the former chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, under the headline “Republicans Unite Behind Michael Cloud.”Cloud’s campaign has also aired a TV ad urging Republicans to coalesce behind him — and warning of the consequences if they do not. “Don’t let liberals win this seat,” a narrator says over ominous images of Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader, and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Still, there is a third Republican in the special election, and he remains something of a wild card. Marty Perez, a Corpus Christi doctor, has injected almost $130,000 in to his campaign, mostly using it to run unpolished TV ads emphasizing how the district has been left without representation and asking voters to “let him come in and drain the swamp so that we can have a clean slate.”In one of Perez’s ads, he rehashes attacks against Cloud from last month’s runoff, alleging Cloud “has sold his very soul to the devil” as the beneficiary of support from the Club for Growth, a national conservative group. Its super PAC arm unloaded hundreds of thousands of dollars helping Cloud win the runoff, though Cloud had no formal control over the spending, much of which targeted Bruun. Democrats also seek unityA unity movement is also afoot on the Democratic side. Holguin, a former staffer at the New York City comptroller’s office, has collected support from some of the top Democrats in the state, including gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez and state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa — as strong of a signal as possible to Democratic voters in TX-27 that there is no other viable option for them.Also on the ballot Saturday is Holguin’s runoff opponent, Raul “Roy” Barrera, but he appears to have stopped campaigning after May 22.“We’re just letting everyone know that we need to unite our Democratic vote behind my candidacy so that there isn’t any spoilers” Saturday, Holguin said in an interview, adding that if he makes the runoff, he believes it will be a “completely different race” that will draw much more attention and enthusiasm.Holguin emphasizes that opportunity in a TV ad where he says the communities of TX-27 have been “forgotten” and voters have a “true shot at reversing” that Saturday. The commercial also alludes to the GOP frontrunner, telling voters their support is “vital to ensuring our district doesn’t get stuck in the clouds.”Pat Tally, who chairs the Victoria County Democratic Party, said there has been “a lot of pressure for people to please consolidate and get behind one person so that we cannot have all of our numbers” spread across different candidates. Democrats, she added with a chuckle, are not always good at that. The third Democrat on the ballot Saturday, Mike Westergren, is a Corpus Christi lawyer and former state district judge who unsuccessfully ran for Texas Supreme Court in 2016. Westergren said he got in the race out of a desire to help Harvey victims, realizing there are “still a lot of unmet needs, and they need a congressman.”Westergren is not a fan of the push to fall in line behind Holguin, particularly the state party’s involvement in the race.“I’ve been a Democrat all my life, and they’re not supposed to get involved, but they are,” Westergren said. “I don’t think that’s right.”(A party spokesman said Hinojosa endorsed Holguin due to the “overwhelming support” he received in the May 22 runoff, when he defeated Barrera by over 20 points. There is no law or party rule that prevents a party official from endorsing a campaign, the spokesman added.)With candidates scrambling to educate voters about the special election, there has been little discussion about the issues since the runoffs. Holguin and Cloud have exchanged statements over the family separation crisis at the border, with Holguin first offering an “effort to unite” with Cloud in opposition to the situation. Cloud, who regularly notes on the campaign trail that his wife is a Mexican immigrant, said in a statement there needs to be a “solution that keeps the family unit together without compromising on enforcing our law.”Still, the candidates’ top focus in the final days before Saturday remains simply getting their voters to the polls one more time.“I was at church Sunday morning and even my best-est friends were coming up to me,” Cloud recalled, “and saying, ‘How many times do I have to vote for you?’”