Maharashtra caste clashes: Sambhaji Bhide says he is innocent, violence a political conspiracy

first_imgAs one enters Sangli, the turmeric town of Maharashtra, the influence of Maratha history is evident as the grand-old wooden palatial houses in the historic town catch your attention. From small mandals (group) to chowk they are named after Hindutva icons. No wonder then, that the controversial man of the moment, Sambhaji Bhide must have chosen this place as his karma bhoomi.On Thursday, a huge morcha in support of Bhide Guruji had ended in Sangli. The 85-year-old founder of Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan does not carry a cell phone or “Bhraman Dhwani” as he calls it. So, once he leaves on his bicycle, no one knows about his whereabouts.India Today team visited his house in Gaonbhaag area in Sangli. The Datta niwas building is situated in narrow by-lanes of the old town. A police van is parked outside the lane, though Bhide has no security.Not much has been heard about the maverick man in the past on the national scenes, but for those who have closely observed Maharashtra’s identity politics, Bhide Guruji is a familiar name.AN ARDENT FOLLOWER OF MARATHA KING SHIVAJIThe octogenarian Bhide runs an organisation called the Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan. Bhide is an ardent follower of Maratha warrior King Shivaji Maharaj and his son Sambhaji Maharaj.  Some allege that Bhide’s real name is Manohar, but he calls himself as Sambhaji to identify himself with the Maratha king.Maratha organisations like Sambhaji Brigade or Maratha Mahasangh allege that Bhide, who is an upper caste Brahmin, deliberately professes Maratha history in a Brahminical perspective.advertisementPopularly known as Bhide Guruji, he has a sizeable clout of followers in western Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka, particularly in Sangli district.Sporting long moustaches, dressed in a simple white kurta, pyjama or dhoti, Bhide Guruji never wears a footwear, no matter wherever he goes.His followers say that Bhide holds a masters degree in Nuclear Physics from Pune University and has also been a professor in Pune’s reputed Fergusson College long ago.NOT NEW TO CONTROVERSYIn Sangli, Bhide is always seen riding on a bicycle. Bhide delivers sermons on Shivaji and Sambhaji, most of which are focused on the warrior kings as Hindutva icon. His name was embroiled in controversy in 2009 too when communal riots erupted in the textile town of Miraj in Sangli district during Ganesh visarjan. A tableau depicted Shivaji tearing apart Adil Shah’s commander Afzal Khan. Even then, there were voices demanding his arrest, but Bhide came out scratch free.Bhide’s speeches are largely targeted against the Muslim community.His house in the  old Sangli is situated on the first floor. Anyone, from a small child to a senior citizen will lead anyone to his house, if one asks where Bhide Guruji stays. Indian Today team’s evening trip to his house was unfruitful as Bhide’s house was locked. Team left after dropping a small note at his door.Bhide’s focus through his Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan has been training youth in physical education.  During Navratri, every year Bhide organises a marathon called, Durga Daud. Who’s who of state’s politics have marked their presence at the event. And whoever you are in Bhide Guruji’s function, no one is allowed to deliver a speech. The only person who speaks at this function is Bhide himself.Bhide’s political clout came to prominence when Narendra Modi came to meet him in Sangli in 2014 and saying that he was not there to meet Bhide Guruji, but was there on his ‘orders’.  Those who have known him for a long time tell that Bhide, who was an RSS pracharak once, split from the RSS after he had difference of opinion with erstwhile RSS chief Balasaheb Devras.BHIDE’S SHIV PRATISHTHAN HINDUSTANEver since, he has been running his Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, albeit on the same lines of RSS. Like an RSS shakha, he gathers early morning with his supporters for rigorous exercise.India Today team decided to catch him there. On a chilly Friday dawn, the team reached Vishnu Ghat on the banks of river Krishna. A group of muscular men had already begun ‘Surya Namaskar ‘ in the dark loudly chanting the surya mantras.The team was told that Bhide usually reaches by 5 am. The team kept waiting on the stairs of a temple gleefully watching a large group of senior citizens’ laughter club. As the east was slowly lightening up, Bhide Guruji rode on his huge old bicycle. After greeting the team, he asked to keep away the cameras.Bhide then asked the team to join in his morning prayers and introduced them as guests of Sangli from Mumbai. The prayers started with “Jayatu Hindu Rashtram”  (Long Live Hindu Nation). The prayers offered to Goddess Bhawani also praises Shivaji and Sambhaji. The prayers also bring out the militant agenda against other religions. In one of the lines of the prayers it says, “identify your enemies (ripu), Gaandhyaal Hindus (literal meaning transgender, here meaning weak ), Christians and Muslims are the enemies.advertisementAfter the prayers, the group sets for surya namaskar. Bhide has added two additional surya  mantras to the usual cycle of surya mantras in the name of Shivaji and Sambhaji.So after the team joined him in his exercise and prayers, he felt the comfort and spoke to them.Bhide says that he is innocent, and vaala — the entire violence a staged and a political conspiracy. Evoking Mahabharat, he asserts that even Lord Krishna had to face allegations of theft. He is sure he will come clean.  The allegations against Bhide Guruji is that of inciting violence near Bhima Koregaon on the 1st of January when lakhs of Dalits had gathered to commemorate the battle of Bhima Koregaon between Peshwas and Dalits under the British East India Company. A section of right-wing organisations oppose these celebrations saying that it was a part of the British policy of divide and rule as the battle brought down the Hindu Peshwa rule that was once founded by Shivaji himself.Excerpts from the interview:India Today: There is controversy surrounding your name what do you have to say about it?Bhide:  I will speak in Marathi. There is a story from Mahabharat, Lord Krishna was alleged to be a thief who stole samantak mani. Same applies here. I have nothing to do with it. I have never indulged into any such acts of dividing communities. Some people want to involve my name and achieve their political benefits. One thing is for sure, that there is a big conspiracy behind this.Q: Do you think you are being framed?Bhide: This is a big attempt to vitiate the atmosphere and take political mileage.Q: Who are these people?Bhide: These people are from India only.Q: Did you go to Vadhu and provoke people?Bhide: Some people from Indian politics and who are active are behind this.Q: Did you call a meeting in Vadhu?Bhide: This is all useless. It’s like messing up a clean place.Q: What do you have to say about the demand for your arrest?Bhide: Allegations on me going there and inciting violence are as true as someone seeing a moon on a no moons day.Bhide’s organisation has been working in the direction of bringing back the old glory of Hindutva. Bhide, it is alleged disapproves of history of Shivaji that portrays him as an all inclusive ruler and insists that Shivaji was staunch Hindu icon who fought Muslims. It was, hence, alleged that the violence in Vadhu village where Sambhaji has his memorial along with a memorial of a Dalit, who is believed to be have stitched together the pieces of Sambhaji’s body after he was brutally killed by the Mughals, is not acceptable to some right-wing organisations. Bhide’s organisation is also believed to be one of them.advertisementBhide leaves on his cycle as several gather to greet him. Bhide’s clout is not only seen in the ordinary public, but also in the political circles. A reason, perhaps, why the man has not been arrested in spite of growing chorus demanding his arrest.Meanwhile, Bhide was slated to address a program in Mumbai’s Parel area on Sunday. But, Mumbai Police have denied permission for the programme.last_img read more

Guardiola furious with Carabao Cup ball

first_imgManchester City ‘It’s unacceptable’ – Guardiola furious with Carabao Cup match ball Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:19 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(14) PepGuardiola - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers League Cup Wolverhampton Wanderers Guardiola The match ball used in the Carabao Cup left Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola unhappy, despite his team’s win Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola labelled the match ball used in the Carabao Cup “unacceptable” after his side reached the quarter-finals.City, so dominant in the Premier League this season, were unable to find a breakthrough against Wolves on Tuesday, needing penalty shoot-out heroics from Claudio Bravo to progress after a 0-0 draw.City 8/11 to beat WBA and O2.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola was unhappy with the Mitre match ball, which is usually used in Football League matches.”It is not acceptable. The ball was unacceptable for a high-level competition,” the Spaniard said.”It is too light, it moves all over the place, it is not a good ball. It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I’m not making excuses.”All of my players said, ‘What is that?’ I’m sorry [but the] Carabao Cup is not a serious ball for a serious competition.”It’s [for] marketing, money, OK but it’s not acceptable – [it has] no weight, nothing.”Bravo made saves from Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady in the shoot-out, sealing a 4-1 win on penalties for City.last_img read more

Athletic confident of keeping Madrid target Kepa

first_imgTransfers Athletic running Real risk with Kepa but confident keeper will stay Gorka Posada Last updated 2 years ago 20:44 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kepa Arrizabalaga Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Athletic Club Barcelona Bayern München Juventus Primera División Bundesliga Serie A The highly rated 23-year-old is drawing admiring glances from Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus as his current contract runs down Athletic Bilbao are confident they can keep highly-rated goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalanga out of Real Madrid’s clutches and tie him to fresh terms, Goal understands.The talented 23-year-old continues to see his current contract run down, with no extension agreed to a deal set to expire in June 2018.Bilbao 5/4 to beat Villarreal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player If no terms are put in place soon, then Kepa will be free to speak with interested parties from January.Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for a player that they could agree a pre-contract deal with in the New Year, with questions continuing to be asked of Keylor Navas.Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois have been mooted as top targets in the past, but the Blancos are now looking closer to home within the La Liga ranks.Barcelona are also reported to be keen on Kepa, along with fellow European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Juventus.Karim Benzema KepaGoal, though, has learned that Athletic remain in a strong position to retain the services of the former Spain U21 international as he has no desire to move on.Kepa’s preference would be to remain with the Basque club, but he wants to see his standing recognised in any fresh terms.Athletic president Josu Urrutia is eager to negotiate a release clause which will make Kepa the most valuable asset at San Mames, with a €70 million price tag set to lift him above the €65m exit trigger in Aymeric Laporte’s contract.Base salary will also have to be raised considerably, though, if a compromise is to be reached.Kepa’s current wage does not place him within the top three earners at Athletic, and that situation will have to change in order for the relevant paperwork to be signed.There is, however, a desire on all sides to get a deal done and negotiations remain ongoing as Kepa and his representatives wait on a suitable offer to be tabled.last_img read more

Photos: Nike Releases Custom Free Trainer Sneakers For 3 Premier Hoops Programs

first_imgDuke and UNC get set for the tip.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)As they did for several college football programs in the summer, Nike is releasing custom Free Trainer 5.0’s for Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky just in time for basketball season. The shoes are being released Friday, and you can see more information on each pair on the official Nike page. Below are a handful of photos of the new kicks, all of which are very sharp. Nike has new trainers ready for college basketball season: https://t.co/Tg1eNYLg9g pic.twitter.com/wE6eeSlWRE— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) October 26, 2015Nike releases UNC, Duke and Kentucky team sneakers for the start of the season … pic.twitter.com/5upfqrchs6— Chip Miller (@BLUEChip_Miller) October 27, 2015last_img read more

Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney seeks seat in Calgary byelection

first_imgCALGARY – More than a year after resigning his seat in Parliament, Jason Kenney is hoping to take up a new one next week in the Alberta legislature.The leader and architect of the United Conservative Party — a merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties — is running in Thursday’s provincial byelection. A victory would allow him to go head to head in the house with NDP Premier Rachel Notley.The one-time federal Conservative cabinet minister is one of seven candidates in the Calgary Lougheed constituency, a sprawling community of palatial homes, multi-purpose dwellings and new neighbourhoods deep in the city’s southwest.It has traditionally voted Conservative.Political observers say Kenney has the seat sewn up, but that suggestion makes him uneasy.“The biggest threat to our campaign is that our voters think we have this in the bag,” Kenney said. “There’s never such a thing in an election. Surprises always can happen and our message to them is don’t take that chance.“We don’t want it to go wrong. I hope to get every vote we can out there.”Kenney is facing challenges from Phillip van der Merwe for the NDP, Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan and new Green Party Leader Romy Tittel. Rounding out the slate are Wayne Leslie of the Alberta Advantage Political Party Association, Lauren Thorsteinson from the Reform Party of Alberta and independent Larry Heather.A Calgary political scientist says the Kenney name has drawn a slew of candidates to what would have normally been a run-of-the-mill byelection.“As byelections that are unlikely to be actually competitive go, this is one that’s generating a lot of activity … a lot of excitement. It’s maybe an indication of some of the sentiments that are bubbling out there,” said Lori Williams from Mount Royal University.“The other parties seem to be trying to take advantage of the profile of Jason Kenney to try and get their message out. They’re staking out the landscape of what they represent and wanting to communicate that to Albertans right from the beginning.”New Democrat candidate van der Merwe said he’s not surprised at the attention the byelection is getting and suggested it might not be as easy for Kenney as he thinks.“He hasn’t lived in Calgary for 10 years,” said van der Merwe. “There was a sitting (legislature member) who gave up his seat and Kenney thinks he can just slide in there.”Another party leader is hoping the byelection will give him a forum in the legislature.“Most political parties and most people with political aspirations realize a byelection is a crucial time to showcase your policies and provide choice to those voters,” said Liberal Leader Khan, who doesn’t have a seat now.“It begs the question as to why you would not get involved in the byelection, especially one as high profile as this.”The greatest challenge facing candidates may not be each other — it may be voter apathy.One longtime constituency resident approached recently was aware of the byelection, but that was about it.“I don’t know who’s running. I don’t know anything about what’s going on honestly,” said Daryl Beveridge, who was standing near a long row of election signs on a boulevard.Beveridge said he wasn’t sure he would cast a ballot on Thursday since he hasn’t been a “very conscientious voter” in the past.“For me, politics is something that we seem to have no control over.”But he knows who he wouldn’t vote for.“We have an NDP government that’s now making smaller businesses become harder to survive with this minimum wage and all the other decisions,” he said.Michelle Smith said she probably won’t be voting either.“I don’t really follow it that much. We’ve had a couple of people come to the door but that’s it,” she said. “Since I don’t follow it, I really don’t pay much attention to what they’re saying.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Tariffs could jeopardize new NAFTA deal in Parliament Garneau warns

first_imgWASHINGTON — Transport Minister Marc Garneau is warning U.S. lawmakers that Canada will struggle to ratify the new North American trade deal if U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum exports remain in place much longer.Garneau, taking part in a free-trade panel at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, says time is running out for Parliament to ratify the agreement and he doesn’t know if it will happen without the tariffs being lifted.He calls it “illogical” that the White House is using national security to justify the tariffs, imposed last May and still in place despite the signing last year of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an updated version of NAFTA.But he also says Canada will move “expeditiously” once the tariffs are lifted.Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s economic adviser and one of Garneau’s fellow panellists, made a point of telling the minister directly that the Trump administration is hard at work to resolve the tariff issue.U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton said last week he believes the tariffs could be lifted in a matter of weeks, but refused to provide additional details.Trump ended a Canadian exemption from the tariffs last spring in a move he later acknowledged was a negotiating tactic, and the president has also said the tariffs would be lifted once the deal was signed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

One Direction Presents Simon Cowell With Music Industry Trusts Award

first_imgSimon Cowell was last week honored with the 24th Music Industry Trusts Award (MITS).The Award, presented to him by One Direction, was in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment industry as well as many charitable causes.The evening was hosted by Jo Whiley and guests were treated to live performances from Il Divo, Labrinth, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs.Oprah Winfrey, Richard Curtis, James Corden, Kevin Spacey, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Little Mix and Ella Henderson were amongst those that paid tribute to Simon.More than 1200 guests attended this charity event which is in aid of Nordoff Robbins and The BRIT School. The Music Industry Trusts Award is sponsored by Spotify, PPL, Ingenious Media and SJM.last_img read more

Jurassic World 2 takes No 1 again

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” dinosaurs ruled the box office for a second weekend in a row, but also left a little room for more modest newcomers like “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew” to over-perform in the crowded marketplace.Studios on Sunday estimate that the blockbuster sequel to “Jurassic World” earned an additional $60 million in its second weekend in North American theatres, bringing its domestic total to $264.8 million. While its second weekend drop is about 10 per cent steeper than that of the first film, worldwide, the film has grossed $932.4 million to date and is barrelling toward the $1 billion mark.The dinosaurs didn’t gobble up all the attention this weekend, however. “Incredibles 2,” now in its third weekend in theatres, took second place with $45.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $439.7 million.North American audiences came out in larger than expected numbers for both the action thriller “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” and “Uncle Drew.”The “Sicario” sequel starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro earned $19 million to take third place. The film, distributed by Sony Pictures, cost a reported $35 to $40 million to produce.Landing in fourth place was the basketball comedy “Uncle Drew,” which features NBA All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal. With a production price tag under $20 million, the film exceeded expectations grossing $15.5 million and got audience stamp of approval with an A CinemaScore.The ad and marketing campaign included spots during the NBA playoffs and finals, a Wheaties box featuring Irving as Uncle Drew, and an Uncle Drew capsule collection from Nike.Lionsgate, which distributed the movie, knew the film had built-in marketability because of the celebrity of the stars, but was also pleased to discover that the film in early screenings appealed to non-basketball fans too.“That was the surprise, that wow, we have a picture that really plays to a general audience,” said David Spitz, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. “It has a really sweet message.”The A CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will have good word-of-mouth buzz, could bode well for the film over the Fourth of July holiday and into the rest of the summer.“We’re hoping it’s the old adage, ‘It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon,’” Spitz said.Lower down on the charts the Indian film “Sanju,” a biopic about Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, earned an impressive $2.6 million from only 356 screens in its opening weekend. And the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” now playing on 654 screens, continues to do well in its expansion. It added $2.3 million to its earnings this weekend.After two weekends of $100 million plus movies, this past weekend provided a little blockbuster break before “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opens this week. But even without a record-breaker or a $100 million movie, the box office is still up 15.3 per cent from last summer’s abysmal performance and 9.3 per cent for the year overall.“We can’t have every weekend like the last two weekends,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.“The theatrical box office is on a major roll right now,” Dergarabedian added. “This puts to bed any notion that the summer movie season has run its course. Audiences want to go out to the movie theatre during the summer season.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $60 million ($56.1 million international).2. “Incredibles 2,” $45.5 million ($44.3 million international).3. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $19 million ($8.4 million international).4. “Uncle Drew,” $15.5 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $8 million ($13.8 million international).6. “Tag,” $5.6 million ($3.7 million international).7. “Deadpool 2,” $3.5 million ($2.8 million international).8. “Sanju,” $2.6 million ($22.2 million international).9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $2.3 million ($6.1 million international).10. “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” $2.3 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $56.1 million.2. “Incredibles 2,” $44.3 million.3. “Animal World,” $31.6 million.4. “Sanju,” $22.2 million.5. “Ocean’s 8,” $13.8 million.6. “Escape Plan 2,” $11.6 million.7. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” $8.4 million.8. “Witch,” $7.3 million.9. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $6.1 million.10. “Tag” and “The Accidental Detective 2,” $3.7 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Jet Airways grounds 4 more planes for nonpayment of lease rentals

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped Jet Airways Monday said it has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. Grappling with financial woes, the carrier has been looking at ways to raise fresh funds. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network. Earlier this month, Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal said that more than 50 of its aircraft were not operating. As per its website, the airline has a fleet of 119 planes. “The payment of interest due on March 19, 2019, to the debenture holder will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints,” it said in a separate filing.last_img read more

Ranatunga seeks assistance to defeat oil mafia in the country

“I need the assistance of the workers to do the right thing,” Ranatunga said at an event held to sign a collective agreement between the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and CPC trade unions. The Managing Director of CPC, Professor Prasanna Perera signed the agreement on behalf of the CPC while representatives of several trade unions signed the agreement on behalf of their respective trade unions.The mutual agreement was signed with the focus on removing the pay gap among grades, salary increment and increasing the executive allowances and security allowances. The agreement was signed between the top management of CPC and the members of CPC trade unions in the presence of Minister Arjuna Ranatunga at the CPC. Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga today sought assistance to defeat an “oil mafia” he claims is operating in the country.The Minister told petroleum employees that he is determined to defeat the system used by the oil mafia to make money. “I won’t allow anyone to sell these institutions because my paramount focus is to protect public property. We should take our institutions to higher positions without making profits. We should concentrate on if to make these institutions profitable or run these institutions as public service institutions with less profits,” Ranatunga said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ohio State mens hockey begins Big Ten season in Minnesota

OSU sophomore defender Janik Möser (20) during a game on Nov. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s hockey team is set to travel to Minneapolis to take on reigning Big Ten champion Minnesota for a two-game series opening up conference play.The Buckeyes (3-9) are coming off a weekend in which they were swept by sixth-ranked Nebraska-Omaha. For the Golden Gophers (4-7), it’s much of the same, as they’ve lost three straight games, including being swept at home by No. 7 St. Cloud State.The stage is set for a rematch of last year’s Big Ten tournament semifinal, a game that the Golden Gophers won 3-0 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.One thing the Scarlet and Gray are looking to improve on is winning tight games. OSU trailed Nebraska-Omaha by one goal late in each game last weekend before an empty-net goal sealed its fate.On Saturday night, the Buckeyes trailed the Mavericks 5-1 before almost completing a monumental comeback, bringing the score within one before losing 6-4.OSU outshot Nebraska-Omaha 24-8 in the final period of Game 2, which left coach Steve Rohlik simply wanting answers as to why the Buckeyes were so dominant late in the game.“The first answer was ‘desperation,’” Rohlik said. “That’s the key. We have to start desperate from the drop of the puck in the first period because it’s in us. We have shown a lot of glimpses of it. The consistency has to be there. We have been in one-goal games all year long. We have got to figure out how to play consistent and play desperate from the first period on.”Minneapolis, we have a problemMinnesota is one of college hockey’s premier programs, but right now it’s in a slump. The Golden Gophers own 35 NCAA tournament berths, including four consecutive trips, 21 Frozen Four appearances and five NCAA titles, which means there’s undoubtedly a lot of pressure for coach Don Lucia to turn his Golden Gopher program around.Given its 2-5 record at home, one might think it is bound to come out this weekend with a wounded-animal mentality.“I think we should look at them in that way,” senior captain Anthony Greco said. “We have both struggled. Last weekend, we proved to ourselves the team that we can be and I think we need to take advantage of that against this team and come out firing right away.”Rohlik knows all too well that lack of success in Minneapolis is not received positively.“People forget how many people they have lost and how young they are,” Rohlik said. “They can’t be undefeated every year. They are very talented, very skilled, very young and they are a good hockey team. They are going through some of those growing pains as well.”Minnesota’s roster contains 10 freshmen, including starting netminder Eric Schierhorn, five sophomores, 10 juniors and just three seniors.OSU enters Minneapolis with an 0-6 record on the road this season.A new seasonHeading into conference play after a brutal nonconference slate of games, the young OSU team is looking forward to a change of pace and getting to play on one of college hockey’s biggest stages in Minnesota.“The past is the past, you can’t change that but it is a new opportunity,” freshman forward Mason Jobst said. “Basically, preseason is over for us and now the real season starts. I’ve heard the boys talking in the locker room about how it is a whole different level. I’m excited to get out there and see what it’s all about.”So far this season, Jobst has two goals, three assists and has quickly become OSU’s top faceoff man.Friday’s game is something he said he has been looking forward to since he stepped onto campus.“This is why I came to Ohio State, to play Big Ten hockey,” Jobst said.Puck drop on Friday and Saturday is set for 8 p.m.Early Christmas presentsOSU is 3-19-1 all-time against the Golden Gophers.The only Buckeye win at Mariucci Arena came on Dec. 28, 1998, as the Scarlet and Gray beat the Gophers 6-5 in the Mariucci Classic.OSU is 14-21-6 in two seasons of Big Ten Conference play.Anthony Greco has points in five straight games, including three goals and four assists. read more

Daily Gift Polaroid Instant Camera

first_imgThis holiday season why not give a retro gift to bring back the good ol’ days? What was better than unwrapping your fist instant camera and running around snapping pictures of anything and everything and receiving the instant gratification when the photo popped immediately out? “Hey mom, look at this picture of the cat sleeping, the one of dad’s feet, and one super close to your face. Awesome, right?”Well, instant is back! When you snap a picture with the Polaroid 300 Instant Camera, it shoots out a business card sized instant color photo. With four lighting settings and auto-flash, you should receive perfect photos every time.If you want to be able capture the fun and immediately share the moment with a instant photo again, you can buy the camera in red, blue, or black on the Polaroid website for $89.99, film not included. Then you and your friends and family can “shake it like a Polaroid picture” all over again.last_img read more

Seth Rollins to appear on ESPN SportsCenter tonight

first_img The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Cesaro Kurt Anglecenter_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? Now Playing Up Next Facebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Courtesy of WWE.com:Seth Rollins on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins will be on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” today at 9 p.m. ET. The show airs on ESPNews.Former WWE Superstar and announcer and current ESPN personality Jonathan Coachman will interview Rollins during the 9 p.m. hour on ESPNews. For more on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” visit espn.go.com.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next XFL announces multi-year television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games starting in 2020last_img read more

Snow falling in north county

first_imgSnow is falling in Battle Ground and other parts of north Clark County.“It’s snowing pretty light in town but closer to Yacolt, it is coming down pretty hard, my boss told me,” said Tony Melo, a barista at Old Town Battle Grounds.“It’s not even an inch so far, but it’s coming down pretty hard,” said Tony Nunez in Yacolt. He is an EMT for North Country EMS, based in Yacolt.This story will be updated.last_img

Etihad conditions set speed bumps for debtladen Jets resolution plan

first_imgTime is running out for the troubled Naresh Goyal-promoted private airline Jet Airways as the interim funding plans that could validate the debt resolution plan has hit fresh turbulence.Jet’s strategic partner Etihad Airways reportedly set stiff conditions for backing the resolution for converting debt into equity at an extraordinary general meeting last week. The indifference of Abu Dhabi-based United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier that holds 24 percent stake in the debt-laden Indian carrier could delay a deal to bail out Jet, cobbled together by a State Bank of India (SBI)-led consortium of lenders. Further delay in implementing the debt resolution plan will push Jet further into the problem with its creditors and affect its daily operations.A final decision on a proposal from the consortium to lend another Rs 500-crore to the ailing airline is pending, according to media reports. The lenders may also seek additional securities, including share pledges or guarantees from promoters for sanctioning the loan, media reports say.On February 21, the airline’s shareholders approved five enabling resolutions to convert its debt into equity, appoint lenders’ nominees on the board, and increase the authorised share capital of the company, according to a report in Business Standard.The EGM passed the resolution with the support of about 97 percent of the shareholders though Etihad abstained from voting, the website said citing unnamed sources. According to them, Etihad is waiting for clarity on the funding from the SBI and the state-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The Gulf carrier has been pushing for SBI and the NIIF to own 51 percent by investing an additional Rs 2,200 crore.Etihad’s demand for a right of first refusal (RoFR) after one year is apparently a sticking point with the SBI for resolving the issue. The Gulf-based carrier also wants the SBI to get a confirmation from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) that the right, if exercised, would not trigger the mandatory open offer, the report says. However, Sebi norms make it mandatory for investors to make an open offer to shareholders if their shareholding goes beyond a threshold. According to reports, Etihad will bring in further capital under the bank-led resolution plan that seeks to bridge an Rs 8,500-crore gap.However, lenders’ sources said they would be meeting shortly for converting part debt into equity and other elements of the resolution plan.Sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations have rejected reports that the SBI is planning to move insolvency proceedings against Jet before the National Company Law Tribunal as the airline’s daily operations get more and more hampered, imperilling its financial and operational viability.The Jet pilots have threatened to keep off the cockpits if they are not paid before March 1, further complicating the matter for the beleaguered airline, according to a report.last_img read more

Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions

first_img © 2014 Phys.org (left) Levitation and manipulation of particles. (right) Scooping up and holding particles. Credit: arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] Laser tripod for better levitation Journal information: arXiv More information: Three-dimensional Mid-air Acoustic Manipulation by Ultrasonic Phased Arrays, arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1312.4006AbstractThe essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes. The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in conventional studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers. In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localised ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays. Our manipulation system has two original features. One is the direction of the ultrasound beam, which is arbitrary because the force acting toward its centre is also utilised. The other is the manipulation principle by which a localised standing wave is generated at an arbitrary position and moved three-dimensionally by opposed and ultrasonic phased arrays. We experimentally confirmed that expanded-polystyrene particles of 0.6 mm and 2 mm in diameter could be manipulated by our proposed method. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers with the University of Tokyo in Japan has expanded the science of sound wave levitation by adding more speakers and controlling the focal point of the waves that are created. In so doing, as they describe in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, they have created a means for levitating and moving objects in three dimensional space. Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation The levitating device the team created is also very clean—it produces no noise that the human ear can hear and manipulating objects in three dimensional space is as easy as moving a joystick. It doesn’t of course herald in the age of hover-boards as seen in “Back to the Future,” but it definitely opens the door to new possibilities, limited only perhaps, by the amount of energy an application is willing to exert in order to levitate ever heavier objects. Scientists have come up with several ways to levitate objects—using compressed air, or magnetics, are just two examples—most such efforts have left a lot to be desired, however, when the goal has been clean (no noise, simple ways to move an object, etc.) levitation. That has led researches to investigate using ultrasonic waves. Up till now, researchers have been able to use the energy of sound waves to push an object from a surface up into the air, and then to hold it there. Because the object isn’t moved in any other direction, this type of levitation is considered two dimensional. In this new effort, the research team has taken the idea further by adding more speakers and a control mechanism that allows for moving the focal point of the sound waves generated. Objects are captured in the focal point and are then moved around by causing the focal point to be moved.In their experiments, the researchers first levitated and moved around very tiny Styrofoam balls. They demonstrated an ability to move the balls at will in virtually any direction—in tandem. Subsequent tests revealed that their apparatus was capable of levitating and moving tiny electric parts, a piece of wood and a metal nut. The nut was perhaps most impressive as it represented a much heavier object. The researchers explain that two of the speakers are used for levitation, while two more are used to move the focal point. Explore further Citation: Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions (2014, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-levitate-dimensions.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

No encroachment beyond 50ft distance of crossings Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim passed a clear message to the hawkers on Tuesday saying they should not encroach beyond 50 feet distance of the crossings in the city and that using of plastic is discarded while running the business.Hakim held a meeting with the affected hawkers in the Gariahat fire and several hawkers’ organisations in the presence of senior officials of police and Fire department. In and around 58 crossings in the city encroachment has become a big problem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have been asked to remove the plastics used and the trolley-based stalls that they are due to get will have shed. We are planning to give them special type of umbrellas so that customers do not get drenched during monsoons. I have seen this type of umbrellas in Thailand that can be made here as well,” Hakim said. A model of the trolley-based stall which will be 5 to 6 feet long and 3 to 4 feet wide will be taken to Gariahat on Thursday so that the hawkers see and decide whether it is serving their purpose. “We are formulating hawkers’ policy to regulate them in the city. They have already agreed to only occupy one third space of the pavements. Police will demarcate the place and if they flout action will be taken as per law,” Hakim said. The Mayor said the one time compensation of Rs 20,000 to each of the affected hawkers will be directly transferred to the bank accounts through RTGS by the weekend. A list of the affected hawkers has been prepared by Gariahat police station.last_img read more

Nick Saban is terrified of Harbaugh and he should be

first_imgToday’s Guests include:Dell Curry – 16 year NBA veteran and father of NBA MVP Steph Curry talks about watching his son play in big games, his son’s success, and how the MVP stays grounded off the court.Berry Tramel – columnist for the Oklahoman discusses Kevin Durant’s pending free agency, and the fallout from the Thunder’s loss in the Western Conference Finals.Brendan Schaub – Former UFC star & Comedian Bryan Callen – the stars of “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast talk about the booming success of their podcast, their new TV show, and their unique relationship. In The Herd today:Colin’s Takes:LeBron’s legacy shouldn’t be affected if he loses in the Finals.If you don’t have kids, back off the parenting advice.Nick Saban is terrified of Harbaugh, and he should be.The NCAA death penalty was created for situations like Baylor.last_img read more