SEE PIC: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan poses with his Rugby Team

first_imgShah Rukh Khan might be the Baadshah of Bollywood, but his son Aryan is definitely the king of social media. Aryan Khan is often in the news for the pictures he posts on his social media account. Aryan has become one of the most popular star kids.The star kid who is studying in London, was recently spotted posing with his Rugby team. Aryan took to his Instagram account to share the picture. Recently, Aryan also shared a picture from school where he is seen sporting his uniform and posing with the boy gang.He had also shared a picture of him with his younger sister Suhana and Saif and Sohail Khan’s sons Ibrarim and Nirvaan earlier. There are rumours that Karan Johar might launch him in the sequel to Student of the Year, which has been in the pipeline for a while now. According to a source, “Aryan will have to go through rigorous training in dance and acting.  He will be doing a full-time acting course before the film.  Only when he is entirely ready to face the camera will the project be carried forward. As of now only Aryan has been finalised, the rest will follow.”Aryan has a huge fan following on Instagram and keeps updating his followers with latest posts from his schools and parties.last_img read more

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LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man View comments He added: “So many people could have been harmed, not only financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, it can be a lot of negative that comes with it.”Protesters said James’ comments smacked of a double-standard, because he’s used his clout as a sports headliner to press for social causes in the United States.“Please remember, all NBA players, what you said before: ‘Black lives matter.’ Hong Kong lives also matter!” one of the protesters, 36-year-old office worker William Mok, said in addressing the applauding crowd.Others said LeBron’s comments made it seem that he’s more worried about money than people.“James was trying, you know, to take a side, on the China side, which is like ridiculous,” said Aaron Lee, a 36-year-old marketing director. “He was being honest, financially. Financial is money. Simple as that. LeBron James stands for money. Period.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines holds higher-ranked China to goalless draw in World Cup Qualifying Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech PLAY LIST 01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue James’ standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong took a hit because of comments the NBA star made about free speech. Fans gathered on courts amid Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings Tuesday to vent their anger.The player for the Los Angeles Lakers touched a nerve among protesters for suggesting that free speech can have negative consequences. They have been protesting for months in defense of the same freedom that James said can carry “a lot of negative.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe protesters chanted support for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, something of a hero among demonstrators in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for having tweeted in support of their struggle, infuriating authorities in China.What the crowd of approximately 200 people chanted about James wasn’t printable. This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Demonstrators watch as a Lebron James jersey burns during a rally at the Southorn Playground in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong have thrown basketballs at a photo of LeBron James and chanted their anger about comments the Los Angeles Lakers star made about free speech during a rally in support of the NBA and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, whose tweet in support of the Hong Kong protests touched off a firestorm of controversy in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)HONG KONG — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James’ face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered.They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “People are angry,” said James Lo, a web designer who runs a Hong Kong basketball fan page on Facebook. He said he’s already received a video from a protester that showed him burning a No. 23 jersey bearing James’ name.He expects more, given the backlash from protesters who’ve been regularly hitting the streets of Hong Kong and battling police because of concerns that the international business hub is slowly losing its freedoms, which are unique in China.“Students, they come out like every weekend. They’ve got tear gassed and then they got gun-shot, like every weekend. Police beating students and then innocent people, like every day. And then he (James) just comes up with something (like) that. We just can’t accept that.”James made his comments in response to a question about whether Morey should be punished for his tweet that reverberated in China and had consequences for the NBA.“Yes, we do have freedom of speech,” James said. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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India vs England, Lord’s Test: Weather forecast for today and next 3 days

first_imgVirat and Kohli and his side came to Lord’s with the aim to level the series after losing the first Test against England at Edgbaston.However, rain played spoilsport on Day 1 of the second Test on Thursday as the first day was called off without a ball being bowled.Continuous rain also meant that even the toss could not take place on the first day. Both teams would return to the ground on Friday with the hope to get the match underway.Let’s have a look at the weather forecast for London for today and the remaining three days of the second Test.Play expected to begin on the second day but rain could still play some part in the day. The play is set to start at the usual time of 11 a.m. with an extra 30 minutes to allowed at the end of the day.India vs England, 2nd Test: Day 1 washed out at Lord’s after relentless drizzleThe forecast for the next two days (Saturday and Sunday) is much better and we can expect full 90 overs on both days.Rain is expected to return on Monday – the last day of match – and can have a big impact on the result of the match. Photo: accuweather.comWith the rain never stopping long enough for the toss to take place, both England and India have still to name their starting XI.Chris Woakes is expected to replace all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray.advertisementTwenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope is expected to be given his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.Live Streaming India vs England 2nd Test Day 2: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?After India’s struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara could be recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.Thursday was the first time a full day’s play has been lost at Lord’s since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001.England lead the five-match series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham.last_img read more

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Big 12 Fantasy League: Week 2 Results

first_imgHere’s a look at the Week 2 leaders in fantasy points by position. In order to be listed under a position, you must have completed a minimum number of attempts (passes, rushes, receptions) at that position. This week, Baker Mayfield appears on the rushing list (tied with Chris Carson) and Wendell Smallwood once again appears on the rushing & receiving list.The fantasy points are calculated using FanDuel’s scoring system. I don’t claim these to be 100% accurate – I gathered the numbers from the (awesome) College Football Play Index, which I trust, but I don’t include any return stats and there may be other things missed (fumbles, etc.). This is just for fun, in other words.QuarterbacksScreen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.08.19 AMRunning backsScreen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.08.26 AMWide receiversScreen Shot 2015-09-18 at 9.08.34 AM While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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TFA Annual General Meeting

first_imgTFA has released information relating the 2007 Annual General Meeting.Please click on the following information regarding this meeting.All enquires re this meeting should be forwarded to Tara Stanford at tara.stanford@austouch.com.au or (07) 3247 1733.2007 Agenda & 2006 MinutesNominations for Board MembersNotice of Annual General MeetingProposed Constitution (marked up), AGM 2007last_img

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New Ferry Service Connects Morocco to Europe

first_imgzoom Moroccan and pan-African banking group BMCE Bank Of Africa Group and Attica Holdings S.A., a subsidiary of Marfin Investment Group, have entered an agreement to operate scheduled ferry services from Morocco to Europe through the newly-established Moroccan company AFRICA MOROCCO LINKS (AML).Attica Group will hold a 49% participation in the new company, while 51% will be held by a group of Moroccan shareholders led by BMCE Bank Of Africa Group.The Tanger Med (Morocco) – Algeciras (Spain) route was inaugurated on June 17, 2016 with the 1988-built vessel Diagoras.The company said that the 141-meter long ferry would be on the route by a second vessel a few days later, adding that a number of preparatory initiatives “are currently underway for the launch of additional routes between Morocco and Europe.”The annual traffic volumes between Morocco and Europe are estimated at around 4 million passengers, 1 million private vehicles and 260,000 freight units, according to Attica.last_img read more

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BSP sees no need to introspect over election results

first_imgLucknow: Even as other political parties have gone into a huddle, dissecting their failure in the Lok Sabha elections, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) refuses to introspect on the issue. Immediately after the Lok Sabha results were announced, BSP President Mayawati issued a statement blaming the EVMs for the poor performance of opposition parties. Later, she held a meeting with her 10 newly elected MPs in Delhi in which she has given them basic directives about their role in Parliament. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC She reportedly told them that their stand on various issues would be conveyed to them on a daily basis and they should act accordingly. Party sources said that since the BSP had won 10 seats, compared to zero in 2014, and the party had also improved its vote percentage, Mayawati did not find any reason for introspection. She has even refused to react to reports of Dalits being beaten up at several places, including Mainpuri, by Samajwadi Party workers who believe the BSP vote was not transferred to their candidates. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Mayawati has also been maintaining a studied silence on the future of the SP-BSP alliance. “She would want the Samajwadi Party to make the first move. She will not snap ties with the SP and RLD. They can do so if they want,” says a party functionary. “As for the by-elections to 11 Assembly segments in UP is concerned, the BSP, as a rule, does not contest by-elections and SP can draw up its own strategy.” Mayawati has also chosen not to start criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this point. She has adopted a wait-and-watch policy though she will not be attending the swearing in ceremony of Modi and his cabinet on Thursday evening. The BSP had contested 38 seats and won 10 seats while the Samajwadi Party, which contested 37 seats, ended up winning only five seats. Three members of the Yadav clan lost their elections. These include Dimple Yadav from Kannauj, Dharmendra Yadav from Badaun and Akshay Yadav from Ferozabad. The Rashtriya Lok Dal, which was also a part of the alliance, had contested three seats and it lost all of them.last_img read more

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Sale shows big loss in investment value of China backed Alberta oil

first_imgPROP was worth more in 2010 when benchmark U.S. oil prices were higher and there was less volatility in heavy oil markets, said analyst Cody Kwong of GMP FirstEnergy. He added Obsidian is a motivated seller because of its high debt load and that also might have affected the price.A simpler answer is that China paid too much for PROP and other Alberta assets as part of its drive to create big international companies and diversify its energy sources beyond the Middle East and Russia, said Houlden.“They got several things wrong,” he said. “They believed our propaganda that there’s going to be pipelines. And they mis-timed _ easy to do _ in terms of pricing.”Amid falling oil prices, a major pipeline leak and a fatal accident, CNOOC shut down the upgrader at Nexen’s centrepiece 50,000-barrel-per-day Long Lake oilsands project in 2016 and has never restarted it, although it continues to produce raw bitumen. Mid-sized Calgary oil and gas producer Obsidian Energy Ltd. struck a deal on May 17 to sell its 55 per cent stake in the Peace River Oil Partnership (PROP) to junior producer Highwood Oil Company Ltd. for $97 million.The other 45 per cent is held by China Investment Corp., a sovereign wealth fund created by the Chinese government in 2007.CIC made its investment in PROP in June 2010 when Obsidian was a much bigger company called Penn West Energy Trust. Along with its $817 million, CIC bought $435 million worth of Penn West trust units, later converted to shares which Obsidian says appear to have been sold about three years ago.The drop in value of the project, which includes 96,000 hectares of oilsands leases in northern Alberta, comes despite growth in production from 2,000 to over 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day over the past nine years.Indeed, PROP might be considered a core business if not for the higher profits the company expects to realize from its Cardium light oil drilling program in central Alberta, said Obsidian CEO Mike Faust.“It’s a great asset. It makes money,” he said. “(But) it needs love and it’s not going to get it from us because we can make a lot more money by playing in the Cardium, full-tilt.” CALGARY, A.B. – A Chinese company’s $817-million investment in a northern Alberta heavy oil project nine years ago has collapsed in value to less than $80 million, based on the price its Canadian partner has negotiated for the sale of its majority stake.The fall to less than one-tenth of original value is shocking but consistent with the general record of poor performance from China’s Alberta oilpatch investments, said Gordon Houlden, director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.And it helps explain why China’s spending in the sector has slowed to a trickle since China-based CNOOC bought Calgary’s Nexen Energy for $15.1 billion as spending peaked in 2013.center_img Under the PROP joint venture agreement, CIC has the right for 30 days to step up and buy Obsidian’s stake, and 15 days after that to offer its interest to the same buyer in a “tag-along” deal.The company did not respond to a request for comment but it seems unlikely it would take over the project given its lack of a Canadian office and its stated goal on its website to act as a “financial investor” and not seek control over companies it invests in.Houlden said the tag-along option is also unlikely to be used _ CIC is more likely to keep the asset and hope for a recovery than sell and be forced to recognize a financial loss.“The Chinese state enterprises are loathe to book losses,” he said.The China Institute estimates China has invested a total of $55 billion in Alberta, the majority in energy projects, out of $85 billion in Canada.It doesn’t estimate how much those energy investments are worth now but Houlden said he expects most values have declined.The flow of Chinese investment into Canada declined by 47 per cent to $4.43 billion in 2018 from 2017, partly as a consequence of capital outflow restrictions imposed by Beijing in 2016 and 2017, the institute says. Investment globally dropped by 40 per cent, it said, citing figures from the American Enterprise Institute.Canadian energy investments by China fell by 84 per cent to $140 million in 2018.last_img read more

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Airbus in discussions with Emirates over superjumbos future

PARIS — Airbus SE has confirmed it is in discussions with Emirates Airline over the contract of the troubled A380 superjumbo jet.In a statement Thursday, the French-based European plane manufacturer said in was in talks over the future contract but did not provide any information on the nature of the discussions.If Emirates, the only stable client left for the A380, drops its existing contract for the plane, Airbus could cease production of the iconic superjumbo altogether.Last year, Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, said it struck a deal with Airbus to buy 20 of the double-decker jets, with the option to buy 16 more, in a deal worth $16 billion.The Associated Press

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UN envoy welcomes meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Olympic committees

Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said yesterday’s meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, was “held in a very constructive and cooperative spirit.”The meeting, held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was an example of how sport can bridge divides and be used as a tool for initiating dialogue between two sides, he said.“It is a very positive development to see these two sides coming together in the search for common ground on sport-related issues.“I fully support this initiative and strongly encourage the parties to advance their discussions in this spirit of constructive cooperation. During my forthcoming mission to the region, I will certainly seek wider support for this initiative,” said Mr. Lemke, who will travel to the region next month.The issue of supporting the development of Palestinian sport was also discussed at length and the IOC agreed to provide expert advice on developing a Palestinian sports development strategy, while the Israeli Olympic Committee agreed to offer training opportunities to Palestinian athletes.“With this initiative, we see once more how sport in a pragmatic and apolitical way can succeed where other more traditional means prove unsuccessful. Sport can provide a neutral ground for sowing the seeds of progress,” added Mr. Lemke. 21 January 2011The United Nations special envoy on sport has welcomed a meeting between representatives of the Israeli and Palestinian Olympic committees, who met to discuss issues such as the free movement of both Israeli and Palestinian athletes, coaches, officials and sport material. read more

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Rishad Bathiudeen grilled by FCID

Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was questioned by the Financial Crime Investigations Division (FCID) today over alleged financial misappropriation in importing rice for Lanka Sathosa.The alleged financial misappropriation had taken place during 2014/15. Bathiudeen was questioned for nearly 5 hours by the FCID.

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Motion Computings Rugged Win 7 Tablet

first_imgThank goodness, I was beginning to worry that we wouldn’t be seeing many tablets at this year’s ces. Thankfully, Motion Computing offered up the CL900 last night. The device is a rugged, business-minded Windows 7 slate. According to the company, the CL900 was designed with “future expansion” in mind. The tablet is going to feature a “peripheral mode,” which will offer “simple device expansion.” Not a lot of information about precisely what the company means by that, as of yet, but it assures us that “peripheral modules” will be hitting the market later this year.The tablet features an Oak Trail Intel Atom processor, up to 2GB of RAM, and either a 30GB or 62GB (strange numbers) solid state drive. The tablet also features an SD slot, and audio and video out, as well as front and rear facing cameras for video conferencing.AdChoices广告The tablet is due out in the second quarter of this year, for a price starting at under $1,000.last_img read more

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Yerry Mina set for Liverpool loan deal

first_imgBarcelona’s Yerry Mina is reportedly on the verge of completing a loan deal to Liverpool for next season, reports talkSPORTThe Colombian defender joined the Catalan giants in January this year for a £10m transfer from Palmeiras.However, Mina has struggled to adapt to Barcelona’s playing system and has made just five appearances under Ernesto Valverde since arriving from Brazil.El Chiringuito presenter Ignacio Miguelez has now revealed that the 23-year-old will be completing a loan deal to the Premier League.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“There is one player whose future for next season is clear, and that is Yerry Mina,” said the presenter.“The Colombian will spend the season on loan at Liverpool.”Mina has won the Brazilian league title with Palmeiras in the past and has also won the South American-equivalent of the Europa League — the Copa Sudamericana — with Santa Fe in 2015.Colombia manager José Pékerman has named Mina in his provisional 35-man team for the World Cup this summer.last_img read more

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17 breakfast brands now work with Tovalas scantocook smart oven

first_img Mentioned Above Tovala Smart Oven Gen 2 CNET Smart Home 0 $249 Tovala Tovala’s second-generation smart countertop oven, which we reviewed last year, was a massive improvement over the first generation. It made tasty (albeit expensive) meals from the company’s in-house meal kit inventory. Then in February, Tovala expanded into frozen food brands carried at Trader Joe’s, and added Beyond Meat to its meal kit menu in May. On Tuesday, Tovala unveiled a list of 17 popular breakfast brands now compatible with the oven’s “Scan-to-Cook Groceries” technology. Product lines from brands including Kraft Heinz, Kellogg’s, Nestle and General Mills mean a wider variety of choices from across nearly every grocery chain out there.How does it work? Scan the barcode on your prepackaged food item, and the Tovala Smart Oven fetches a sequence of cooking modes (such as steam, toast and bake), temperatures and times from an online database curated by Tovala’s own chefs rather than using the instructions from the back of the box. Of course, you’ll still need to peel your own film and do your own stirring.  tovala-oven-9The second-gen Tovala oven made major improvements over its predecessor.  Chris Monroe/CNET Today’s announcement was focused on breakfast foods specifically, the company pointing out that there are now over 400 items on the list. No word yet on the addition of lunch and dinner meals from these brands. Want to know if your favorite morning meal is on the list? Here are the brands Tovala announced compatibility with:Amy’s Kitchen Bantam Bagel Bobo’s Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Earth’s Best Eggo Kashi Kodiak Cakes Les Trois Petits Cochons Nature’s Path Ore-ida Pillsbury Pop-Tarts Special K Sweet Earth Foods Teton Waters Ranch Vans  Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 15 Photos 11 oven tips to bake and cook like a pro CNET Smart Home CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Tovala Smart Oven Gen 2 1:44 Review • This meal-kit based oven can help you cook with your own ingredients too See it With the oven down to $299 from its original price of $349, and new options for cooking grocery brands, Tovala seems to be striving to appeal to more than just the meal-kit crowd. Tovala’s scan-to-cook feature is available in both the first- and second-generation ovens. The company says it plans to continue adding grocery store products to its scannable database. For more details on the Tovala Smart Oven, meal kit options and its scan-to-cook tech, visit Tovala’s website. See All Small Appliances Ovens Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house • This smart oven makes meal-kit cooking easier than ever Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected reading • 17 breakfast brands now work with Tovala’s scan-to-cook smart oven Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connectedlast_img read more

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After Kuralarasan Kasthuri Shankar converts to Islam

first_imgKasturi don Burqa and Hijab.Kasturi InstagramKasthuri Shankar, who is known for her outspoken comments, has surprised her followers on social media sites again. This time, her pictures in a Muslim woman’s get-up have caught their attention and raised the questions whether she converted to Islam.In one picture, she has sported burqa with hijab, while praying in a saree and hijab in the other. “We all pray to the same God. We ask for the same things. Only the words are various [sic],” she captioned one of the two photos.Going by the pictures, Kasthuri has apparently posted to wish all her Muslim followers who started Ramadan fasting from Monday. However, many wondered whether she has converted to Islam like a few celebrities from Kollywood in the recent past.Two months ago, Kuralarasan, the son of T Rajendar and younger brother of Simbu, had converted to Islam. He reportedly changed his faith to marry Nabeelah R Ahmed.A few years ago, Yuvan Shankar Raja had converted to Islam after the death of his mother and later married a Muslim woman named Zafrunnisa.Kasturi started her career in 1991 in Aatha Un Koyiley and has worked in all the South Indian film industries. She has worked in over 70 films. Last year, she came to spotlight with her special song in Thamizh Padam 2.last_img read more

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Not enough money organisers

first_imgThe sixth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival is running on a negative budget of over Rs 1.5 crore with several sponsors pulling out in the last three weeks citing financial constraints, said organisers.‘Our budget for this year is between Rs 5 crore-Rs 6.8 crore but we managed to garner only Rs 4 crore in sponsorships,’ festival producer Sanjoy K Roy said.He said they had covered the budget for this year through sponsorships. ‘But in the last three weeks, many pulled out. And by that time, it was too late find new sponsors.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Looks like we will lose money,’ he said, adding that they had last year managed to recover the cost of the event, billed as the largest literary festival in the Asia-Pacific region. He said his entertainment company Teamwork Production would have to foot the unrecovered bill.Festival co-director and writer Namita Gokhale had also said in her opening speech that they were ‘Rs 1.5 crore behind budget. It is a bad financial year,’ she said.Asked if the negative balance will affect the festival plans next year, Roy said: ‘We have to find new ways to get money.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe said it was hard to downsize the festival. ‘People come with big expectations. The festival has become one of five largest in the world. We have no choice.’According to estimates till Thursday, he said, the footfall at the event was likely to cross 97,000. The five-day festival ends on Monday. The 2012 edition had seen 120,000 footfalls.Over 280 authors from across the world are attending the festival this year. Entry to all the venues is free. Asked if sponsors seek presence of celebrities at the festival for more crowds, Roy said: ‘It’s not about celebrities anymore.’ People came anyway because of the event’s popularity, he said.On adding naming of the sponsors to session venues, he said: ‘They want returns! Since they cannot get tangible returns, like real sales, but only brand returns, so we try to invent new branding opportunities.’He said one sponsor wanted to have a session on arts or an English newspaper wanted a session on international relations or another on language writers. ‘We have to understand the needs of the sponsors. They are not doing charity. They have to get something out of it and we have to meet their requirements.’The two consistent sponsors of the event continue to be infrastructure company DSC Ltd and Diggi Palace, the heritage resort in this Rajasthan capital that has been hosting the literary carnival. The other big sponsors are Tata Steel, Google, Airtel and Coco-Cola. (IANS)last_img read more

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Boy 6 critical after ingesting pesticides

first_imgA six-year-old boy was on Thursday in a critical but stable condition after having ingested pesticides a day earlier.The boy, who hails from Romania, is said to have accidentally ingested pesticides which his mother had prepared and was going to use to spray in her garden.Apparently the container was left briefly unattended.On Wednesday the child was rushed to a private clinic in a comatose state, after which he was transferred to Paphos general hospital, where he had his stomach pumped.Due to the severity of his condition, he was later transferred to the intensive care unit of the Makarios hospital in Nicosia.The boy has been intubated, and his condition is currently described as serious but stable.You May LikeLikeItViralAt 72, Steven Spielberg Is Living In This Beautiful Mansion, Take A LookLikeItViralUndoTwo Red DotsMama Bear Does This After Man Saves Her Drowning CubsTwo Red DotsUndoTopsnewspaper.xyzThe World’s Least Corrupt NationsTopsnewspaper.xyzUndo Property owners price themselves out of the marketUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Paphos cancer unit stays open but treatment patchy

first_imgREPORTS that the oncology unit at Paphos general hospital had been closed due to lack of staff have been quashed by hospital director who told the Sunday Mail the closure had only been temporary.“It was never ‘closed’ as such and the cancer unit at Paphos general hospital will remain open for the foreseeable future, as the current doctor has renewed her contract,” said Spyros Georgiou.He explained that the unit was looked after by one doctor and that her six-month contract had run its course. She took a week’s leave whist waiting to hear if it would be renewed by the ministry of health.Georgiou said that a number of panicked patients had contacted the hospital, as had local cancer charities, after rumours of the unit’s closure were rife.“The current doctor who has been with us since March, renewed her contract with us on Thursday, and she will continue to operate a clinic at the hospital four days a week,” he said, looking to allay patients’ fears.The doctor offers a daily clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, she works at Limassol general hospital.Georgiou said this was a huge improvement, as prior to March, the hospital only had a visiting doctor, travelling from Limassol, once a week.At the end of last year, the government was criticised by the House human rights committee for failing to provide a comprehensive cancer care system particularly for cancer patients in Limassol and Paphos.They said the government’s plans to create a radiology centre in Limassol by 2018 was not soon enough. At present, cancer patients from Limassol and Paphos often have to travel to Nicosia for specialised treatment such as chemotherapy.Paphos hospital director Spyros GeorgiouIn a positive move, Europa Donna Cyprus recently announced that a much anticipated breast cancer centre would be inaugurated at the Nicosia general hospital on October 17.Europa Donna had launched a campaign in 2009, urging the health ministry to take the necessary steps to create a specialised breast centre in Cyprus, according to the European parliament resolution on breast cancer. The online petition was signed by more than 21,000 people.Homecare nurse Rachael Grainger-Christou, provides specialist care for cancer patients in Paphos (similar to Macmillan Nurses in the UK) through her association with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF). The island-wide organisation was formed in 1986 by a small group of cancer patients, families and friends and now has branches in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos.She said that a general lack of communication about what was going on at the Paphos unit had led to patients’ distress.“People who had regular appointments were not informed of the situation and turned up at the hospital. Some had to collect their files and travel to Limassol general hospital and others were able to wait and see the outcome,” she said.She added that PASYKAF had also not initially been informed that an oncologist had been employed at Paphos general hospital or that more recently, she wouldn’t be present for some days.Grainger-Christou is a full time home care nurse and along with another full time member of staff and two further part timers, the team of four look after in excess of 200 patients in the Paphos region.Homecare nurses see patients from initial cancer diagnosis right through their illness and also provide help and support for the families.The PASYKAF day centre offers self-help group therapy, volunteer training, music and stress therapy, creative therapy support groups for patients and their children, reflexology, aromatherapy, Bowen technique and Reiki. There is also a confidential telephone helpline, which is staffed by trained volunteers.“It was a general lack of communication and now I believe we will all be working more closely together.”The homecare nurse said that many people living in Paphos travel to Limassol and Nicosia general hospitals for treatment as well as the Bank of Cyprus oncology centre in Nicosia.“Previously, the once-a-week oncology clinic in Paphos wasn’t enough and sometimes patients had to wait for up to five or six hours. This is a much better arrangement.”There are no facilities at Paphos general hospital to administer chemotherapy treatment.“People can receive blood transfusions, rehydration and bone therapy now, but a way forward would be to develop such a unit, even if it’s a small one,” she said.Georgiou said that he held a meeting on Wednesday with representatives of PASYKAF and the oncology doctor and discussed practical problems she is facing and how she can be helped in her work.“We will all come together to help in the future,” he said.Georgiou also said that he will be inviting PASYKAF to attend another meeting with him next week, to see how the two entities can better cooperate in the future.The cancer support information and helpline is available from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday. Telephone 97760989. 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