A Foreigners’ Tribunal in central Assam’s Morigaon district observed last month that the process of identifying foreigners and doubtful voters had become “an industry” for “minting money.” The “unfair practices” involved, it noted, turned Indians into foreigners and foreigners into Indians on the basis of fake or duplicate documents.Rejecting the citizenship plea by one Haren Mandal, alias Haren Biswas, of the district’s No. 2 Gunamara village, the Foreigners’ Tribunal 3, or FT3, in Morigaon town found it “alarming” that almost all citizenship certificates of registration exhibited before the tribunal turned out to be fake, forged or tampered with.Modus operandiA copy of the judgment of August 31, 2017 is available with The Hindu.“This surfaced after examining a series of such citizenship certificates covering the districts of Nagaon, Morigaon, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup,” FT3’s member (judge) Gautam Soren observed. The modus operandi of faking such certificates, he said, went to the extent of making a duplicate format with the same serial number.Mr. Soren cited the case of one Subal Das of Barpeta to drive home the point that the serial number printed on the original and fake certificates were the same, while their contents were different. In the original document, Subal Das was Subal Sanyashi.The order mentions a Gauhati High Court observation of January 7, 2017, that proceedees (people being tried for determining citizenship) resorted to fake, tampered or forged documents to gain undue advantage and its advise to the tribunals to be “more diligent” in scrutinising such papers.
Cab aggregator app Uber’s co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick announced on March 8 that he has created a fund called 10100 that will focus on job creation in China and India.Kalanick said that he has been making investments, joining boards and working with entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. The fund, pronounced Ten-Hundred, will be working on his passions, ideas and big bets.The fund will be overlooking his for-profit and non-profit work. It will be aimed towards large-scale job creation, with investments in real estate, ecommerce, and emerging innovation in China and India, he said.The non-profit will focus on education and the future of cities.Some news… pic.twitter.com/urFBrb9aCV— travis kalanick (@travisk) March 7, 2018Kalanick is still a board member at Uber after resigning from the CEO’s post in July 2017. He has reportedly had a strong control over the day-to-day operations despite stepping down but the recent deal with SoftBank diluted his power by giving two seats on the board to the Japanese company.Uber has had a rough year in 2017. After Kalanick stepped down, the company, which had been in the eye of many controversies, has been reeling even under current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. In February, Uber and Alphabet-owned Waymo reached a surprise settlement following a lawsuit about a trade secret theft. Uber also weathered a massive cyber-attack, which it tried to cover up, that exposed data of 57 million riders and drivers.Waymo got 0.34 per cent of Uber’s equity at the company’s $72 billion valuation, which works out to a value of around $245 million. Waymo had originally sought a $1 billion settlement last year.In September, Uber said that it would review its Asian operations after facing a U.S. federal probe to check whether the company broke laws against overseas bribery. The charges surfaced after the U.S. officials were notified about payments allegedly made by staff in Indonesia.In December, an Indian origin woman from Texas sued the company for accessing her medical files after she filed a case against the firm when a cab driver in India raped her in 2014. They reached a settlement worth an unknown amount. The Indian woman had filed a civil case against the company, its former CEO Travis Kalanick and former executives Eric Alexander and Emil Michael. Alexander was said to have accessed the files from the police in India and shown it to Michael and Kalanick. Related ItemsTravis KalanickUberventure capital
Uruguay’s Diego Godin after scoring the first goal of the match. (AP Photo) Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, although the victory was overshadowed by a biting incident involving the South American side’s star forward Luis Suarez. Match Photos Four-time champion Italy, meanwhile, is heading home after the group phase for the second time in four years.Godin rose above a crowd of defenders to meet a corner with his left shoulder and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance.Moments earlier, replays showed Suarez apparently bite the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini as the pair clashed in the Italian penalty area.Suarez was already sanctioned with a heavy ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the English Premier League in 2013 and FIFA can sanction players for biting with bans of up to two years. Luis Suarez is tripped up by Italy’s Andrea Barzagli during the group D World Cup match. (AP Photo) Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio was shown a direct red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee in the 59th. Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in two matches during the first half, and was benched for the second period. Costa Rica was the surprise winner of Group D with seven points following a 0-0 draw with England on Tuesday. Uruguay finished second with six, while Italy and England went home with three and one point, respectively.advertisement Uruguay had to win to go through while Italy needed only a draw and it was clear that the Azzurri were playing for that result when coach Cesare Prandelli replaced Balotelli with a defensive midfielder, Andrea Parolo, to start the second half. It appeared the tactic could work when veteran goalkeeper Buffon stuck his right arm out to deny an excellent effort from Suarez in the 66th on a sizzling afternoon at the Arena das Dunas. But Godin was waiting to meet a corner from substitute Gaston Ramirez, who had come on three minutes earlier. With his back to the goal, Godin managed to redirect the ball into the far corner. Uruguay had argued for a penalty in the 51st when Edinson Cavani got his legs tangled with Leonardo Bonucci, but Mexican referee Marco Rodirguez motioned to play on. The last time Italy failed to proceed from the group stages in two successive World Cups came between 1950 and 1966, when Italy was eliminated in the first round four successive times. Italy controlled much of the match with its passing accuracy in midfield while Uruguay relied on swift counterattacks and even attempted to surprise Buffon with shots from its own half. FIFA listed the temperature at a sizzling 33 C (91 F), and clouds gave way to sun about midway through the first half, providing no relief for the players. Uruguay fans took over one entire corner of the stadium – which is named after this coastal city’s massive sand dunes – and greatly outnumbered Italy’s supporters. In the 22nd, Balotelli was shown a yellow for a needless foul on Alvaro Pereira. Balotelli practically leapt over the midfielder, hitting the back of the opponent’s head with his left shin. Pereira was already the victim of a head injury in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England. Italy fans cheer before group D World Cup match between Italy and Uruguay at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil. (AP Photo) Team Lineups: Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Matteo Darmian, Marco Verratti, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Mattia De Sciglio, Mario Balotelli, Ciro Immobile. Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Martin Caceres, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Alvaro Pereira, Alvaro Gonzalez, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.
New Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Congress today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of violating constitutional norms in the wake of reports that for the first time an ordinance was sent to the President without the Cabinet clearing it.The partys chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters that the move was “unfortunate” and “smacks of growing authoritarian tendencies”.His remarks came in the wake of reports that President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday signed an ordinance or executive order for the fourth time to amend a law that the government has been unable to pass in Parliament, but is reportedly upset as it was sent to him this time without being routed through the Union Cabinet.The Prime Minister used Rule 12 of business and transactions to send to the President the ordinance, which amends the Enemy Property Act, a 48-year-old law to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan or China after wars.This is the first time since Independence that an ordinance has been sent to the President without the Cabinet first clearing itLok Sabha had passed a bill to amend the act earlier this year, but opposition parties want it reviewed and have stalled it in Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, forcing it to keep it alive by issuing ordinance after ordinance. PTI SPG SC
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Lewis Hamilton felt the love of his fans on Sunday and had a simple answer to why he is so strong at his home British Grand Prix circuit.”Because I own it,” the triumphant Mercedes driver said with a smile.If that were literally the case, rather than the historic track being owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club, there would be no uncertainty about Silverstone’s future on the calendar after 2019.The triple Formula One champion owns Silverstone like tennis maestro Roger Federer, triumphant a short while later for a record eighth time on the grass courts of south London, owns Wimbledon.Sunday was the Briton’s fourth home win in a row, something achieved by no other driver at Silverstone, and fifth in total. He has also been on pole five times at the former World Two airfield.Just as Italy’s Monza is a temple to all things Ferrari, Silverstone — so often wet, windswept and cold — is where Hamilton’s army of fervent flag-waving fans assembles every year for a mutual love-in.Hamilton has his critics, and his name was booed in London during the week when he missed a promotional event attended by all other drivers.But Silverstone disarmed those critics as Hamilton led from start to finish from pole position and also set the fastest lap on his way to a 57th career win — taking the chequered flag with a 14 second lead over team mate Valtteri Bottas.He now lags Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the championship by a single point at the halfway stage in the season with every likelihood that he will be ahead for the first time this year before the August summer break.advertisement”You guys, I’m coming over to crowd surf,” he shouted to the crowd from the podium. “Be ready for me.”Afterwards, back from the crowd’s embrace, he spoke eloquently about just what the day had meant to him.”I’ve got a lot of love for different tracks that we go to but this one has grown to be one of the favourites of the year,” he said.”It’s got the greatest combination of corners. Copse, Maggotts and Becketts is the greatest combination in the whole grand prix calendar. I love street circuits but Monaco is not a great racing circuit. This is an all-out great racing circuit.”They don’t build circuits like this one any more. This just has that character and history…I’m good at this track but then the energy I get from these fans, there is no other driver that gets that kind of energy anywhere.”It just lifts you, there’s no avoiding it…every lap, 51 laps, everyone stands up. Every single lap. They’re egging me on. You don’t see that anywhere else in the world.”
England have been in smashing form, quite literally. With eleven days to go for the start of the ICC World Cup at the traditional home of cricket, the hosts must be happy with their batsmen’s form.In what was a series loaded in favour of the batsmen, England thumping Pakistan in three ODIs is an ominous sign of their rich talent. Mind you, for Pakistan to lose after scoring 340 is a clear sign of how wickets in England will play out this summer.Just at this time last Sunday, Hyderabad witnessed a high voltage IPL final with Mumbai Indians edging out Chennai Super Kings for the title. The celebrations are over for Mumbai and the time has come for the Men in Blue to focus on the big challenge that the World Cup is.The usual hype has begun, where experts, notably past cricketers, are predicting this Indian side led by Virat Kohli to do extremely well. One needs to take all these predictions with a fair amount of salt as conditions in England are not really English, in purely cricketing terms.One is not sure why the men who govern and control world cricket are making ODIs and T20 internationals loaded in favour of the batsmen. This is a trend which began long ago and now you have teams scoring so big, to defend a total of even 350 is not easy.Contrast this with the 1983 World Cup final which India won for the first time under Kapil Dev’s leadership, a total of 183 was a winning score. Progressions of scores in each ODI innings have been rising.advertisementReasons for it are not just batsmen getting better but how the nature of pitches is being altered. If England, where the bowlers’ got plenty of aid in the past, has become a batsman’s paradise, you could be sure this World Cup 50-over format will see batathons’ and bowlers suffering big time.So, would experts still hype India, No.2 in ODI rankings behind England? It’s good to build up the hype but a certain amount of prudence is needed in understanding what is in store in England. The No.4 conundrum for India stands pronounced, though reserve opener KL Rahul says he is ready for even that role.If one goes by the form in the IPL, India openers Rohit Sharma, who was the Mumbai Indians skipper and Shikhar Dhawan of Delhi Capitals, played well. With the Indian cricket board advocating rest and not practice for the players now, it’s important for the Indian top order to really do well in England.There is no doubting the batsmen need to be in peak form right through the competition. The World Cup starts on May 30 but India play their first match on June 5 against strong South Africa. From there till the final on July 14, it’s going to be a long journey.The format of this World Cup is simple in the sense you have to be playing in top gear right through the nine matches in the group stage. It’s like keep winning where the batsmen will have to show a voracious appetite. For the Indian side which boasts of world-class openers and has in Virat Kohli a batsman with a constant hunger for runs, how they keep firing will be important.At a time when the Indian bowling has been talked of as extremely potent with a combination of genuine pace and wily spinners boasting of a good track record, the onus will be on the batsmen to lead the way. India did well in the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand, though the losses at home earlier this year were a bit disconcerting.The best of teams in the World Cup, from England to Australia, and South Africa to West Indies are loaded with explosive batting talent. Pakistan, despite playing less international cricket compared to the other big teams are highly motivated and can do well in England.Along with the hype comes pressure on India, a side which on paper is strong. The last time the World Cup was played in England, two decades ago, conditions were different. That side, led by Mohammad Azharuddin was a potent mix, though they lost in the Super Six stage.It’s wrong to compare two teams of different eras but there is no doubting the current Indian side’s professionalism and fitness. They have come a long way since the eighties and nineties thanks to the demands of non-stop cricket and how the sport today demands peak fitness. There can be no excess baggage and no niggle can be hidden on the field.advertisementAs good wishes pour in for the Indian side from all quarters, one must remember the batting unit faces a huge test. And one man alone – Virat Kohli – cannot be expected to deliver day in and day out.
Former Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta has denied rumours that she may be seen as a participant in the third season of the Telugu version of the controversial reality TV show Bigg Boss.”No Bigg Boss for me… All false rumours,” Gutta tweeted in context to reports that she has been approached for the show, which may be hosted by Nagarjuna.No big boss for me!!!All false rumours!!Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) May 25, 2019After finding her feet in the sports arena, Gutta tried her luck in Telugu films with Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde. Also read | It’s confirmed! Salman Khan to host Bigg Boss 13Also read | Bigg Boss Tamil 3 trailer out: It’s not just a show, says Kamal Haasan
Ligue 1 What’s in a name? Introducing Ligue 1 rising star Marcus Thuram Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 19:53 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Ligue 1 Guingamp v Toulouse Guingamp Videos Son of legendary France international Lilian, the Guingamp forward is making rapid progress this term and looks set for a big future in the game Marcus Thuram has a lot to live up to. The 20-year-old Guingamp striker, who grabbed his second goal for the season when he struck after just 56 seconds versus Toulouse on Saturday, is the son of France World Cup hero Lilian Thuram. While there are few more legendary figures in the game than the former Monaco, Parma and Juventus defender, it should come as something of a surprise that his eldest is playing at the other end of the field. Goalscoring was not an attribute readily associated with Lilian, who netted a mere 15 times in a career spanning 825 matches. 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Perhaps it was fate that Marcus showed something of a rebellious side to his nature, having been named after cilvil rights activist Marcus Garvey.Thankfully for the youngster, who was born in Italy, where his father was playing with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro at the time, he has shown a greater aptitude for scoring them than stopping them.He has been playing top-flight football for less than two months since making the jump from Sochaux to Brittany in the summer, and already he has a couple of strikes to his name.Marcus has long promised to grace the professional ranks, having joined the youth academy of the Stade Bonal outfit at 15 on the advice of his learned father.“Sochaux is quite far from everything, there’s not much media coverage, it’s a bit of a protective cocoon,” Marcus told L’Equipe. “It was my dad who told me to run away from the bling-bling!”It was in the Sochaux academy, one of the most renowned in France, where he first received international recognition, turning out for France’s Under-17 squad, and he has since played for the national team all the way up to U-20 level thus far.It was also the club where Marcus made his senior debut, coming on as a substitute in March 2015 against Chateauroux. A couple of months later, he was a scorer in the final of the prestigious Coupe Gambardella, which pits the youth academies of France’s best clubs against each other. A professional deal followed a matter of weeks later and he spent the following two seasons slowly muscling his way to more regular minutes.Former Paris Saint-Germain defender Antoine Kombouare, who is now in charge of Guingamp, has hastened his progress towards the top, using him as a centre forward as opposed to on the wing where he primarily played at Sochaux. Thuram has been charged with providing a physical aspect to the team’s offensive play and has already started five times this season. He is also closing in on 500 minutes of action already – testimony to his progress given he did not manage 1000 in the league for Sochaux last term.Loading… His first competitive goal came against Lyon with a header from the edge of the six-yard box. He celebrated in familiar style, raising his hand to his mouth in a thoughtful pose that mirrored the style of Lilian in his greatest moment – when he scored two goals for 10-man France to help them win the World Cup 1998 semi-final against Croatia, the only occasion he would score for his country in 142 appearances.Only, it later emerged that Marcus wasn’t paying homage to his father, but rather rapper, comedian and social media phenomenon in France, OhMonDieuSialva.“No, no, papa was on his knees,” Marcus explained in the mixed zone. “I wanted to imitate someone else, he’s called OhMonDieuSialva. He’s a comedian on social media.”Marcus certainly has not tried to court the relationship with his father for the betterment of his career, but at the same time it has had certain perks throughout his life.When Lilian was playing in Barcelona, Marcus explained that one of “dad’s friends” was kind enough to give him a pair of boots. That “friend” was a 20-year-old Lionel Messi.“I was carefree at the time, probably about 10, and he was 20,” Marcus told AFP. “His boots were too small for me, so I gave them to a friend. He must have them!”While being Thuram Jr does have its drawbacks, too, Marcus has grown used to turning them into a strength.“If I go into a stadium where people don’t like me, it makes me want to do more,” he explained to L’Equipe. “When the fans insult me, it excites me. Given my name, it’s normal I’m a target. I wear it proudly and I don’t feel pressure because of it.”His contribution has not gone unnoticed, particularly by those around him. Veteran team-mate Jimmy Briand said: “This is just the beginning for him because he has great potential.”Thuram is aware that he needs to improve in his new role, however. “When you’re a centre-forward, you have to play more with your elbows and fight,” he told So Foot. “It’s an aspect of my game in which I’m trying to make progress.“There are a lot of little details that I still have to perfect to reach a very high level, and that’s lucky, because if I was the finished article at 20, I’d ask myself questions.”Marcus may have a long way to go to the top, but at least he has the perfect helping hand to guide him in the form of his dad.
The FIFA eWorld Cup is heading back to London in early August with 32 of the best EA Sports FIFA 19 players in the world set to square off at The O2 Arena in an effort to be named the best player in the world. FIFA have confirmed that the eWorld Cup will be held from August 2-4 at the same venue that saw Mosaad Aldossary crowned world champion in 2018. An increased prize purse, with $500,000 total on offer and the winner set to take home $250,000, has raised the stakes for the 2019 event, with a trip to The Best FIFA Football Awards also on the line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The event is the culmination of the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series and promises to offer fans of the game three thrilling days of broadcasts from the iconic O2, with fans also able to purchase tickets for the final day of the competition, Sunday, August 4. Those who choose to attend the even will be able to meet well-known faces from the FIFA scene such as Spencer Owen and Mike LaBelle along with taking in both semi-finals and the final. “After the incredible success of the tournament last year at The O2 in London, we are excited to once again host the FIFA eWorld Cup at such an iconic venue and to create a one-of-a-kind EA Sports FIFA event for the community,” said Christian Volk, Director of eFootball & Gaming at FIFA in a press release. “With the increased prize money and a world title on the line, the tension will be higher than ever before and will create an incredible atmosphere.”This season, we have seen a great appetite for content consumption of the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series and we are excited to give more fans the chance to witness the greatest competitive FIFA event to date either on-site or at home, as we crown the ultimate champion at The O2 after an exciting season.”The top 32 players in the FIFA 19 Global Series Rankings will be determined after the FIFA 19 Global Series Play-Offs, having taken place July 5-7 in Hamburg on Xbox and the PlayStation event to take place July 12-14 in Berlin.Fans interested in attending the event on August 4 can find ticket details here.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is scheduled to leave the covered building dock II at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg on August 17, 2019, German shipbuilder said.Once the 169,145 GT Norwegian Encore leaves the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.The newbuild will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place at end of September.For Norwegian Encore to be able to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating section –engine room unit — of P&O’s Iona that is currently moored there will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port. After Norwegian Encore leaves dock, the floating part for Iona, which is due for completion in spring 2020, will be maneuvered back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work, Meyer Werft explained.Being the fourth ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore measures 333.46 meters in length and 41.4 meters in width, with capacity for 4,004 passengers.The cruise vessel will offer seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 17, 2019, through April 12, 2020.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft
Government funding will be used to create a plan for the final piece of the Active Transportation Rails to Trails network, which is part of the Blue Route provincial cycling network. Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced today, Nov. 21, that the Town of Kentville will receive funding from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2, for a downtown bike lane plan. “Towns and villages in the Valley continue to move forward on creating a terrific cycling network between communities,” said Mr. Irving. “I am pleased that this important section of trail through the heart of Kentville will soon be a reality.” With a $7,000 grant from Connect2, its own matching funds, and in-kind support from Bicycle Nova Scotia, the Town of Kentville will complete its Downtown Connector Plan. “Encouraging an active, healthy lifestyle for our residents and visitors is a priority for the Town of Kentville,” said Mayor Sandra Snow. “This plan brings us another step closer to connecting our trail system through the downtown core which will not only promote the use of active transportation but also encourage tourism in our shopping district.” “The Town of Kentville is a community that truly values opportunities for residents to enjoy active lifestyles and transportation options,” said Ben Buckwold, director of bikeways and Blue Route implementation, Bicycle Nova Scotia. “We are thrilled to see this project advance a critical link in the local active transportation network, and an important piece of the Blue Route network.” Connect2 is intended to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2017. For more information, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/.
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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An aspiring professional chef living in Dawson Creek made the Top 12 on last night’s fifth season premiere of Master Chef Canada.28 year-old Jen Jenkins, who grew up in both Mackenzie and Prince George and now lives in the Mile Zero City, made her first appearance on the show last night, when the Top 21 contestants were whittled down to just 12. The contestants’ first challenge for the panel of three judges was to make a signature dish using an ingredient they had brought from home.The stay-at-home mom had brought eggs with her to the challenge, deciding to wow the judges with her famous (among family and friends) Eggs Benedict. Jenkins explained that she’s worked on her version of the classic brunch dish for the better part of her life, and that it made sense she would open the competition with Eggs Benny. Jen Jenkins’ Eggs Benedict in a potato nest with hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa, which won her a spot in the Top 12 of Master Chef Canada’s fifth season last night. Photo by CTV.“I cook eggs everyday for myself, for my daughter, my husband. I figured why not go with that, and that’s what got me there today. For years and years I worked really hard on trying to create a Hollandaise sauce that was homemade instead of the packaged brand. I was always unhappy with the packaged brand. So I worked really hard on figuring out trying to make it and fixing it when it cracks. We used to have family meals every Sunday and I would do Eggs Benedict every time and everybody loved it. I would just start to put my own spin on it, but I’ve never done like I did last night with the potato nest. That was completely out of left field, I was like ‘I have to make it cooler, I have to make it better.’ And I did.”Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins and Master Chef Canada judge Claudio Aprile. Supplied photoAfter sampling all the dishes, the judges proclaimed that Jenkins was deserving of the white apron, allowing her to make the first cut of the competition. The winner will be walking away with $100,000 and the title of Master Chef Canada. Jenkins said that she’ll be continuing to stay focused during the rest of the competition in order to take home the title.Even if she doesn’t take home the title, Jenkins said that she’s already incredibly happy with qualifying for the show, which she applied for last August. Regardless of how well she does during the TV competition, the amateur chef will be making a big step toward her goal of turning pro: Jenkins said that she and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.Master Chef Canada airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.
A policeman who was arrested for opening fire at the UNP headquarters yesterday, was produced in court today and remanded till May 15.The policeman was arrested after he opened fire at the Sirikotha UNP headquarters late last evening. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the bullets from an automatic weapon pierced the glass of the UNP elephant logo and entered the ‘Panditaratne room’ and hit the wall across.No one was injured in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)
OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell looks to move he ball inside against No. 9 seed Northwestern on March 3 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. OSU won, 99-68. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named an Associated Press second team All-American on Monday, collecting the honor for the third straight year. Earlier in the season, Mitchell received the Big Tens Player of the Year for her second consecutive season. This season marks the third year which she has led the Buckeyes in scoring.The Cincinnati native is also the quickest player to score 2,000 points in the NCAA. Mitchell leads the Buckeyes in three-points made and is on-track to become the Buckeyes all-time leading scorer, trailing OSU’s leading scorer, Jantel Lavender, by only 265 points.OSU lost to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 on Friday, ending its season.
Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls beat the New York Knicks 82-81 at Chicago’s United Center on Halloween night.Rose connected on a last shot with 5.7 seconds left to lift Chicago to the win in his first regular season home game since he hurt his left knee a year and a half ago.“That’s what builds your resume,” Rose said. “Leaves a mark on your legacy.”Rose it the final shot when it counted but he didn’t have a great night, scoring 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and committed four turnovers.Tyson Chandler went 1 for 2 at the foul line to give the Knicks a 81-80 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. Rose then drove to the baseline and hit a floater over Chandler and Raymond Felton for the winning basket.“I was right there. He just made a big-time play,” Chandler said. “I don’t know if he saw the basket to be honest with you.”The Knicks had another shot, but Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper as the time ran out.“I got the look I wanted,” Anthony said.
This is basic hygiene. It’s not rocket science, it’s common senseProf Hugh Pennington More than a quarter of abattoirs fail to take basic hygiene precautions to prevent contaminated meat reaching butchers and supermarkets, it has been reported.Consumers could be at risk of acute food poisoning from exposure to E.coli, salmonella or campylobacter due to breaches identified at the slaughterhouses.Analysis of government audits at 323 abattoirs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by The Observer and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism identified failings at 86 of them.The breaches, logged during inspections by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), included instances of carcasses touching dirty factory floors while others were splashed with water potentially contaminated with faecal matter. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The newspaper said a whistleblower also reported records being falsified, raising the risk that contaminated meat had entered the food chain.When animals arrive for slaughter they are often covered in faeces and dirt from farms or transport.Under safety rules any visibly contaminated meat has to be removed from a carcass.However an expert who led a review into fatal E.coli outbreaks warned the precaution does not go far enough as microbes invisible to the naked eye could be missed.Among the bacteria in the gut of animals including cattle is E.coli O157, infection with which can cause severe food poisoning with stomach pain, bloody diarrhoea and kidney failure.The pathogen killed more 20 people during an outbreak in Scotland in 1996 and a young boy in Wales in 2005.Professor Hugh Pennington, an eminent microbiologist who chaired inquiries into both outbreaks, said the rate of failure uncovered by the investigation was unacceptable.”This is basic hygiene. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense,” he told The Observer. “The FSA should be coming down on this like a ton of bricks. It’s very disappointing this is going on.”The main risk is E.coli O157, which my review looked into. The consequences can be catastrophic. People died.”The FSA said abattoirs that are continually non-compliant with safety precautions risked having their licences revoked.”Hygiene failures are not tolerated by the FSA, and robust enforcement action is taken in a risk based and proportionate way,” a spokesman said.”Ultimately if standards are not improving or the risk to public health is high enough, this could mean taking away a premises approval.” Show more
We are moving steadily in the right direction. Expenses are declining as expected, the positive trend in impairments is continuing, and we saw growing customer activity in the second quarter of 2014.The last six months have also saw a 38% increase in mortgage approvals compared with last year.Figures for total lending remained about the same. Levels at the end of last month matched those for the end of 2013.READ: Ulster Bank is shutting down another ten branchesREAD: There’s going to be a new bank, with no charges*, for Irish SMEs THE FIRST HALF of 2014 has seen Danish money lender Danske Bank make a healthy net profit.The bank today announced profits of €920 million for the last six months. The new figures released this morning also show a 9% overall rise in income.Compared with the same period last year, the bank saw a rise of 88% in net profit . This was put down to improvements in most income lines, lower expenses and lower impairments.In Northern Ireland, the company made a pre-tax profit of £45 million, compared to a £1 million loss last year.Danske Bank is part of the ‘Big Four’ banks in Ireland, alongside the Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and AIB. The have been trading under the name ‘Danske Bank’ since 2012, after acquiring Northern Bank and National Irish Bank for €967 million in 2004.On the potential impact on the Irish market, a spokesperson for Danske Bank said:“This will have no impact on Danske’s activities in Ireland, we continue to work to wind down the Non-core portfolio and continue to focus on growing the Corporate & Institutional Business in Ireland.”Speaking on the surge in profits, CEO of the bank Thomas F. Borgen said:
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 15 years have passed since Greek Australian grandfather Nick Falos (also known as Nikolaos Falieros) was last seen.It was 8.30am on Friday, 14 March 2003 when the then 58-year-old left his Brunswick home to drive along Albion Street in his red 1985 Porsche coupe.His car, with registration JD 944 was discovered three days later on 17 March, completely burnt out, in the Yarra State Forest at the intersection of Mt Beenak Road and Torbetts Road near Gladysdale.Mr Falos’ other car, a brown 1975 Holden sedan was found parked at his home address.His other car, a brown 1975 Holden sedan.A neighbour became concerned about his absence and reported him missing on 1 April, 2003. Police have been searching for him ever since.Even though an extensive search was conducted in the bushland near Gladysdale where Falos’ car was found in May, 2003, no signs of the missing man were discovered.Police have been coy regarding what prompted them the new push to seeing the case solved. They have not revealed whether they have any suspects at this point but they will be re-testing and reviewing physical evidence hopeful that advances in DNA technology over the past 15 years could lead to a break-through.Falos’ Porsche in its original state. Photo: Victoria PoliceThe case is being investigated by detectives from the Missing Persons Squad and being treated as suspected murder.“While it has been 15 years since he disappeared, we know there are people out there in the community who will have full knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Nick’s disappearance,” Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said earlier today.“It is also our belief that a number of people were potentially involved in Nick’s murder.Nick FalosPolice also received separate information from a number of sources around the time of his disappearance about cannabis cultivation in the Yarra State Park and Yarra Junction areas and are reviewing a phone call that was made from a pay phone to Mr Falos’ mobile phone on the morning of Saturday, 15 March 2003.“Circumstances change; people may move in different circles, have new friends or partners and information they may not have felt comfortable providing 15 years ago, they can now speak more freely to police about,” DI Stamper added.“We certainly believe there are a number of people who are in a position to assist us with this investigation. We’re also keen to speak to anyone who recalls seeing Nick or his red Porsche in the Yarra Junction area on 15 or 16 March, 2003. It doesn’t matter how insignificant you think the piece of information is, it could be exactly what our investigators need to make a breakthrough in this case.”Consideration for indemnity for prosecution can also be made in the appropriate circumstances.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au