Nirav Modi Faces Fresh FIR For Using Multiple Indian Passports

first_imgAgencies probing the alleged USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud have detected that absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi possessed at least half-a-dozen Indian passports and a fresh FIR is being mulled against him for this offence, officials said on Sunday.Read it at Asian Age Related Itemslast_img

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 38, but is denied MVP in defeat

first_imgCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Team Giannis reacts against Team LeBron in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Midway through the third quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he began thinking he had a chance to become the first international player to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP.But the thought was fleeting, as Team LeBron mounted a rally and came from behind to defeat Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday night. While Antetokounmpo finished with 38 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant won the award.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t win and that’s why I didn’t get it,” the Milwaukee Bucks star said.He had taken some advice before the game about how to approach things from his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, who has won the last two MVP awards in the Greek League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Curry called it a play that nobody else in the gym could have made.“His length, finishing it, and getting it before it came down. Pretty bang-bang play,” Curry said. “Just glad we had that connection. I’m not sure anybody else on the floor could have finished that one. So for it to be choreographed like that was pretty nice.”Antetokounmpo just smiled after the play, maybe even stunned by his own athleticism.“I’m going to keep getting better,” Antetokounmpo said. “Hopefully, I can get as many MVPs as my brother has.”Durant doesn’t doubt that will happen.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READcenter_img He said the 23-year-old Antetokounmpo has “potential through the roof.”“It is scary to see how far he can keep going,” Durant said of the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo. “His game is still rounding into shape and he is still getting better. But he’s in the elite top three of the MVP candidates (at 24). So, to be that young and already at the top of the class as one of the elites in the game, it is a joy to watch his progression.”Antetokounmpo lived up to his billing as the best player in the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James has moved to the Los Angeles Lakers.But, he said the fact that he was the team captain isn’t going to his head.“It’s easy as long as you stay humble and down to earth,” Antetokounmpo said of handling his role as the All-Star Game team leader on Sunday night. “It’s easy. I think just being a leader of the team, it wasn’t as tough as I thought because my teammates, the guys in the locker room encouraged me to step up and take it serious and play hard and help the team to win. So that was kind of easy tonight.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jolina dela Cruz has impressive UAAP debut in starting role for La Salle SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He came out aggressive.Antetokounmpo started the game with a dunk fest — five of them in the first quarter alone and finished with eight for the game. One dunk was a thing of beauty as he took a bounce pass from two-time league MVP Stephen Curry that sailed over the rim and dunked it.last_img read more

Rajdhanis, Shatabdis may soon have master chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s menu onboard

first_imgThe railways is considering a plan to dish out to passengers delicacies from a menu served up by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, though officials say pricing could prove to be a deterrent.The ministry is looking at a proposal from Kapoor to upgrade the eating experience of travellers, lending it a touch of luxury. This suggests a departure from the trademark vegetable cutlet and bread-omelet, which are the most commonly served food items on all Indian trains, including the premier Rajdhanis and Shatabdis.INITIATIVES TAKEN BY INDIAN RAILWAYSThe Indian Railways have in recent times done several experiments to provide goodquality food on trains and at stations but without much success. In the latest initiative, the network has started an e-catering facility through which passengers can order food from a range of restaurant chains.Kapoor has suggested that the railways replace the existing menu with new items, including regional cuisines to suit the taste of people from different parts of the country.The proposal was submitted to the railway board after the chef and entrepreneur met minister Suresh Prabhu who had sought suggestions on ways to make the railways better.DESIGNER UNIFORM BY RITU BERI SOONIts staff will soon be sporting uniforms stitched up by internationally renowned designer Ritu Beri.”If my proposal is accepted, I would definitely want the cutlet and omelet to go from the railways’ food menu. I would prefer including more regional food on the trains,” Kapoor said at Mail Today’s food summit on Thursday. The quality of food and ingredients being used must be improved, he said, but maintained that the final call can be taken only by the railways.advertisement”Healthy and nutritious food should be made available on trains which I have conveyed to the railways minister. If the proposal is accepted, rail passengers will certainly have a better experience.”Sources say Kapoor is an obvious choice for the railways to improve the eating experience on trains as he is a household name in India with decades of experience in the food and beverage industry.With his menu onboard, passengers would also have a choice of beverages to order from, instead of just the bottled aerated drinks and tea and coffee available now during.PASSENGERS MAY NOT LIKE EXPENSIVE FOODA senior railway ministry official, however, said the menu suggested by Kapoor could prove expensive for caterers and may not find many takers among passengers.”Pricing is a concern for the railways. We want the rates to be affordable for passengers,” he said.”However, keeping in view the upper-class passengers, particularly those travelling in air-conditioned coaches, we may introduce a new menu.”According to railway board officials, improving the quality of food is a key concern of minister Prabhu.Ever since he took charge of the department, he has introduced a number of initiatives to provide maximum food options at affordable prices.The e-catering service of Indian Railways, allowing passengers to book their meal in advance and have it delivered on the coach, is being extended to 408 stations from 45 large ones at present.This service will also include home food prepared by women. Chains like FoodPanda, Haldirams, Domino’s and KFC have already started their services under ecatering.Earlier, railways had allowed opening of restaurants and food chains at stations.ALSO READ:Railways now offers Rs 10 lakh insurance cover for train travel Mission 350 Plus: Railways exploring ways to run trains at 500 km per hourlast_img read more

Yanks Slam A’s, 7-4, Get 4th Straight

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Road-weary David Phelps finally pitched well away from home. The New York Yankees scored in bunches without the benefit of a home run. And they beat the AL’s best team in a place they had not won in more than two years.Indeed, things are turning around fast out west.Phelps tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning and two relievers were perfect the rest of the way, leading the Yankees past the AL-best Oakland Athletics 7-0 on June 13 for their fourth straight victory.“It’s definitely one of the best starts of my career,” said Phelps, who struck out four and walked three in 6 2-3 innings.Phelps (2-4) didn’t allow a hit until Derek Norris’ soft single over the head of third baseman Kelly Johnson with one out in the fifth. Jed Lowrie’s double in the seventh was Oakland’s only other hit.Dellin Betances recorded four straight outs, and Jose Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth for New York.Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner each drove in a run as the Yankees built a 3-0 lead against Sonny Gray (6-3) in the first two innings. New York scored four more in the eighth off Jeff Francis.Six different Yankees drove in a run, and New York had 12 hits in all. “That’s the recipe for scoring a lot of runs,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Coming off a three-game sweep at Seattle, the Yankees kept rolling on the road against the AL West. New York is 5-2 on its nine-game trip and is assured of heading home with a winning mark.The Yankees pounded an A’s team that began the night leading the majors in run differential by more than double any other team. Oakland had outscored opponents by 130 runs; the next closest club was San Francisco at 59.Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single during a two-run first inning. Gardner added an RBI single in the third before Gray found his groove.Oakland’s young ace retired 13 straight batters, but his teammates never could fluster Phelps — or New York’s bullpen.“They were aggressive and once we were able to start making pitches down in the zone I got them out. It was just a little too late,” said Gray, who gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs, and Brian McCann and Johnson each hit RBI singles to put the Yankees up 7-0 in the eighth.New York had lost all five of Phelps’ road starts this season, including his last outing at Kansas City, where he allowed seven runs in 5 2-3 innings.But Phelps pitched a gem in Oakland, a place the Yankees had lost seven in a row. He also snapped a career-high, four-game skid in front of an announced crowd of 36,067 — the fifth sellout in Oakland this season — that had the usual strong sprinkling of Yankees fans to make Phelps feel at home.“I was attacking guys,” Phelps said. “The last couple starts I was trying to be too fine with my pitches and digging myself in a hole. But tonight, they did a great job scoring early for me and kind of let me settle in a little early.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The biggest fallacies in Sports Illustrated’s work

first_img#okstate’s last 12 recruiting class rankings: 36, 32, 28, 31, 36, 26, 30, 22, 42, 62, 15, 25. #scandal— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 13, 2013Are those great recruiting classes?And two, this:In the time period Sports Illustrated investigated, Boone Pickens gave nearly $500 million to Oklahoma State (for both academics and athletics).You know how many times SI has mentioned this?Zero. This was as far as they went in Part 1:T. Boone Pickens, the school’s most prominent booster, was not implicated in any improprieties by SI’s sources.So I’m going to go out on a limb and say the reason Oklahoma State has finished in the postseason AP top 25 three times in the last 13 years (which, do we need to go into the fact that SI picked a “powerhouse” that has finished in the postseason AP top 25 three times in 13 years?) was because Boone gave nearly $300 million to athletics and not because a few backups got $100 handshakes and a few recruits had sex with some girls.I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to beat the drum, that doesn’t mean those things didn’t happen, just that they don’t really line up with SI’s intended narrative.Call me crazy but it seems like SI should have mentioned this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! When this all started, I was worried.According to Sports Illustrated this series was “a special investigative report that looks into the transformation of a struggling college football program into a national powerhouse.”We were told that money, women, drugs, and leaky academics were all part of this allure of Oklahoma State to get good players and, when they tried to fail out, keep them.We were told:The report reveals that OSU went to extreme measures to build a winning program, with an increased willingness to cut corners and bend rules.Two problems with that.First, this:last_img read more

CFB Playoff Committee Chair Reveals Why Oklahoma Is Behind Georgia, Michigan

first_imgOklahoma cheerleaders running with flags in their hands.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The College Football Playoff committee revealed its third rankings of the season earlier this week. For the first time in the committee’s history, the top-10 teams remained the same.Alabama is the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country, while Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan round out the top four. Georgia comes in at No. 5, while the Oklahoma Sooners remain at No. 6.For the Sooners fans questioning why Michigan and Georgia, both with one loss, are ahead of Oklahoma, the committee chair revealed the committee’s thinking.According to committee chairman Rob Mullens, Oklahoma fields one of the best offenses in college football. However, the Sooners’ defense leaves much to be desired.Here’s what he had to say via 247Sports.“We’re very aware that they have one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, a great quarterback and lots of great skill position players. But we’re (also) very aware that they’re having defensive struggles and that’s a continued deficiency and something that goes into the evaluation.”Oklahoma’s offense might be the only one in the country that can hang with Alabama. But if the defense doesn’t improve, the Sooners might not even win their own conference.With two weeks of regular season play left, anything can happen.[247Sports]last_img read more

BW Names Two Tankers

first_imgzoom BW Group organised a ship naming ceremony for the first two of ten medium range (MR) product tankers built by the SPP Shipyard in Korea.BW Egret and BW Falcon will join eight other MRs currently on water, and will trade in the spot market.On April 30, 2014, BW Group entered into an agreement to acquire the 10 newbuildings from Metrostar Management for a reported price of USD 38 million per vessel.Greek owner Metrostar sold the medium-range (MR) product-tanker newbuildings to BW Group after Diamond S Shipping backed out of the deal on the account of a failed initial public offering (IPO).World Maritime News Stafflast_img

MISC Berhad Earns Less in 4th Quarter

first_imgzoom Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC Berhad) has seen its group profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 plunge by 33 percent mainly due to lower operating profit from LNG, petroleum and heavy engineering business segments.The company’s net profit for the quarter ended December 31 stood at MYR 499,742, down from MYR 752,389 seen in the same quarter a year earlier, while group revenue slipped by 24 percent to MYR 2.5 billion, compared to the corresponding quarter’s revenue of MYR 3.3 billion. The decrease in revenue was mainly due to lower revenue in two business segments, namely, heavy engineering and LNG.Operating profit of MYR 666.6 million was lower than the profit of MYR 1 billion seen in the same quarter a year earlier, mainly driven by lower revenue and higher depreciation by MYR 118.7 million, following the change in estimated useful life of LNG and Petroleum vessels beginning January 2016.For the full year 2016, MISC Berhad reported a net profit of MYR 2.7 billion, up from MYR 2.5 billion seen in the previous year, while group revenue decreased by 12 percent to MYR 9.5 billion from MYR 10.9 billion recorded in the respective periods.“The year 2016 saw the global shipping industry undergoing another volatile year where businesses across the Oil & Gas supply chain suffered under very difficult market conditions. Despite the prevailing challenges in 2016, MISC once again proved its resilience by turning in commendable financial and operational performances,” Yee Yang Chien, MISC President/Group Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that MISC Berhad expects “no less than another challenging year ahead.”*MYR 1 = USD 0.22last_img read more

Moodys Upgrades Rating Outlook at Port of Palm Beach

first_imgzoom Moody’s ratings agency revised Palm Beach Port District’s (FL) rating outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the district’s Baa3 rating.The positive outlook recognizes the port’s sustained financial improvement due to successful contract renewals with its largest customers that now extend through the maturity of the port’s outstanding debt.Moody’s explained that the outlook reflects its expectation that margins will continue to be on par with those experienced over the last four fiscal years, supported by tenant minimum annual revenue guarantees that improve the port’s cash flow predictability.The Baa3 rating reflects the port’s small size with concentrated operations and a majority of revenues derived from a few tenants and commodities.Palm Beach Port District has exposure to the highly competitive market in southern Florida and the economically sensitive cruise industry.These fundamental aspects of the port’s operating profile illustrate the need for strong liquidity and strategic capital investment to attract and maintain a diversity of tenants to balance an expectation of future volatility during weak economic cycles due to the small scale of operations.The port has sustained its financial improvement and cash flow predictability due to successful contract renewals with its largest customers that include minimum annual revenue guarantees and now extend through the maturity of the outstanding debt.“The positive outlook reflects our view that the port’s extension of its long-term contracts with its largest customers provide a higher level of revenue predictability that are forecast to support sound financial metrics, despite exposure to economically sensitive business partners and trade routes within a highly competitive market,” Moody’s concluded.last_img read more

Collaborative Emergency Centre will Provide Better Health Care for Musquodoboit Harbour

first_img access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurses, for 12 hours a day, seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care. Overnight, the Musquodoboit Harbour collaborative emergency centre will be staffed by a nurse and a primary-care paramedic. As with all Collaborative Emergency Centres, physician oversight will be provided by telephone. “We welcome having the CEC model in Musquodoboit Harbour,” said Dianne DeYoung, chair of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board. “This model will support the health needs of our citizens and those in the surrounding communities.” Nova Scotia’s first collaborative emergency centre opened in Parrsboro in July 2011, and two others have opened in Springhill and Tatamagouche. Centres have been announced for the communities of Pugwash and Annapolis Royal. The province will announce several more collaborative emergency centres this year. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, please visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner. The province’s sixth collaborative emergency centre will open in Musquodoboit Harbour, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, July 20. People living in the community and surrounding areas will soon have improved access to same- or next-day medical appointments and 24/7 emergency care. Collaborative emergency centres fulfill a key commitment of the province’s Better Care Sooner plan. “Good health care is a top priority for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s announcement of Nova Scotia’s sixth Collaborative Emergency Centre will bring residents of Musquodoboit Harbour peace of mind, as well as more accessible and consistent health care. “When Canada’s premiers meet in Nova Scotia next week, collaborative emergency centres will be one of the examples of innovation we will discuss that mean better care for Canadians.” Collaborative emergency centres keep emergency rooms open, reduce patient wait times and provide a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This ensures patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue turns into a health crisis. “Having a CEC model in our district will help us to provide consistent and reliable care for our communities,” said Chris Power, CEO of Capital Health. “We look forward to beginning this new approach to care at Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital this fall.” The services at the centre will include: last_img read more

AIIMS doctors call off strike after meeting with health minister Harsh Vardhan

first_imgNew Delhi: Resident doctors of AIIMS called off their strike and resumed duties on Sunday after Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured them that their concerns over the NMC Bill will be duly addressed.In a communique to the AIIMS director, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) said that during a meeting, the Union minister assured them of addressing their concerns while drafting the regulations of the National Medical Commission (NMC). The minister also told them that the representatives of the AIIMS RDA and students’ union will be consulted while drafting the regulations of the commission. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderVardhan met the delegation of resident doctors associations of AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital and hoped that they will end their strike in view of problems faced by patients. However, the Safdarjung resident doctors are yet to resume non essential services. According to sources, the resident doctors of the hospital are likely to take a decision on the strike at a governing body meeting. “Agitating doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have called off their strike. The health minister explained the objectives of bringing NMC bill 2019 at length and assured us that the apprehensions… will be duly addressed while drafting the regulations by the NMC once it is constituted,” the AIIMS RDA said in the communique. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIt referred to section 14 (1) para (2), admissions into undergraduate courses at AIIMS New Delhi, section 15(5) admissions into AIIMS New Delhi vide Exit Test and section 32 (Community Health Providers). “We were also assured by the minister that representatives of RDA and students unions AIIMS (New Delhi) will be consulted before framing of regulations of the NMC bill under section 57 of the bill,” the AIIMS RDA said. After a governing body meeting of the RDA AIIMS, the executive committee decided to withdraw the strike and resume all services with immediate effect. They said the AIIMS administration also assured them that the strike period, August 1 to 3, would be considered as “on duty”. The NMC bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of the MCI for development and regulation of all aspects of medical education, profession and institutions. Doctors are demanding certain amendments in the bill. According to them, if not amended, the bill will lead to deterioration of medical education and degradation of healthcare services. The fraternity is opposing section 32(1), (2) and (3) of the bill saying it will encourage quackery by providing licence to practice modern medicine as community health providers for persons other than those possessing MBBS degrees. The doctors say there was no clarity over the introduction of NEXT and scrapping the NEET-PG.last_img read more

Open flames space heaters pose major fire risks for homeless officials

first_imgVANCOUVER – A fire that left a woman with serious injuries has raised concerns about safety for homeless people as temperatures dip in British Columbia.Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz said fire crews were called to two separate blazes involving homeless camps overnight Tuesday, including one where a woman sustained serious burns and needed to be airlifted to hospital.Officials have heard anecdotal reports that the fire started in a tent in the Fraser Valley city, she said, but by the time crews arrive on scene “there wasn’t much left.”Temperatures across B.C. have dropped, and Gaetz said officials are hearing more reports of people on the streets who are resorting to dangerous measures to ward off the cold.“What we’re finding is that the homeless who are not in the shelters are using propane (or) candles to keep warm,” she said. “And it puts them in a very precarious situation, and of course presents danger to the firefighters.”Capt. Jonathan Gormick with Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services said crews confiscated propane-powered cooking devices and space heaters from a homeless camp in east Vancouver on Tuesday because the devices pose serious health and fire risks.“What we can’t tolerate is having sources of ignition in the tents,” he said. “We’ve seen in previous examples that the flammability of the tents is so high that it would just take a spark on that nylon to set the tent alight and that could rapidly spread to other tents.”Fuel-powered devices like cooking stoves are especially dangerous because they create carbon monoxide, an odourless, colourless and highly poisonous gas, he added.“If someone were to fall asleep in their tent with their fuel-powered heating device or cooking device to keep warm, there’s a very significant chance that they could be overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning.”Fire prevention officers try to work collaboratively with homeless campers to inform them about potential safety issues and communicate about why things need to be done, Gormick said.“We’ve worked with every encampment that’s popped up in the city of Vancouver … recognizing that these people certainly aren’t camping by choice,” he said. “Certainly, there are housing challenges in the city of Vancouver. But we want to make sure that everyone in that camp is safe.”Last winter, fire ripped through a homeless camp in Chilliwack during a spell of cold weather. Gaetz said the blaze was sparked after some wooden pallets were dropped off at the camp so people wouldn’t have to sleep on the ground.“Of course, this combined with propane tanks and candles and whatever sort of heat source they could find and it turned into a huge fire,” she said. “And I can recall seeing homeless people on the street in bare feet while the flames were consuming their tents.”The mayor said the fires are happening more and more often, and the issue showcases the need for more permanent shelters throughout the regionThe provincial government has heard the pleas for support, she added, and plans are in the works to bring temporary modular housing to Chilliwack to help alleviate the issue of homelessness.last_img read more

Patient falls off bed, dies; kin allege medical negligence

first_imgKolkata: A woman died after she fell off the bed at the newly built super-specialty hospital in Bongaon on Wednesday night.The family members of the patient have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital authorities and demanded a probe into the incident. Munmun Mondal (43), a resident of Chalki village at Gopalnagar in Bongoan was admitted to the hospital by her family members on April 23 as she complained of severe respiratory distress. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a preliminary check up the patient was admitted to the female medicine ward of the hospital. The patient was recovering well as observed by the hospital doctors. The family members of the victim spoke to the attending doctor in the night of April 24 who told them that patient may be released from the hospital in one or two days. The incident triggered tension among the patients at the female ward of the hospital on Thursday morning. The victim’s family members said that they received a phone call from the hospital saying the patient died. The family members then rushed to the hospital and came to know that the patient fell on the floor from the bed and this led to her death. It is suspected that she suffered internal injuries after falling from the bed. The real cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. The hospital staff members however denied the allegation of negligence. They termed it as an accident. The family members met the hospital authorities and urged them to conduct a probe into the death. They also alleged that the patient died due to negligence by a section of the hospital staff members. The hospital officials assured the deceased’s family members that a probe would be conducted into the incident.last_img read more

Luxury sales down in formerly hot housing markets, but up in Montreal

Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Luxury home sales fell in the two formerly hot housing markets of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Calgary, in the first couple months of the new year, according to data released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.That downward trend, however, stopped at Montreal, a new real estate darling that’s likely to set new records this year.“All markets in Canada have faced the same headwinds from interest rates and stress testing,” said CEO Brad Henderson, citing the new stress test, which requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates rise above a certain threshold, that came into effect January 2018.However, Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia have faced additional policy measures, he said, listing off a five per cent hike in the foreign buyers’ tax, as well as a speculation and vacancy tax, and an additional school tax on properties valued at more than $3 million.“It is a considerable amount of taxation on real estate all designed to try and affect a soft landing,” said Henderson.“Well, I don’t think it was completely a soft landing, but it was certainly not a catastrophic landing.”Real estate figures have shown a downward trend in prices and sales activity in Vancouver recently that many have attributed to the new measures.In January and February, 279 properties sold with a price tag of over $1 million, according to Sotheby’s data. That’s down 52 per cent compared to the same two months in 2018 when 576 such properties sold.Vancouver’s “previously resilient condo market” experienced the greatest decline in sales activity of properties over $1 million with 86 units sold — down 66 per cent from 254 units sold in January and February 2018.The city continues to be entrenched in a buyer’s market, the real estate brand said in its report.However, Henderson said Sotheby’s staff have noted more buyer interest at open houses, and there’s strong signals that buyers and sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market in the spring contingent on whether prices decline to match current buyers’ market realities.“We believe that there’s a closer alignment between buyers and sellers in terms of what prices are,” he said, noting prices in Vancouver have already fallen to more attractive levels.“Hopefully the governments are going to resist the temptation to add additional policy measures,” he said, “because they could bring about the exact thing they’re trying to avoid, which is a significant correction in the marketplace.”The Toronto market, he said, seems to have adjusted to new interest rates and tax measures that include it.The market there is reacting in a more normal fashion, he said, though he noted the city’s severe winter likely kept many potential househunters away from open houses.In the Greater Toronto Area, luxury sales dipped two per cent year-over-year to 1,497 units sold. Sales of properties with a price tag of more than $4 million dropped the most — 38 per cent to 20 units sold — partly due to a lack of supply and partly because privacy-conscious homeowners shifted to exclusive and off-market transactions in light of a recent ruling permitting broader real estate sales data disclosures.Sotheby’s expects the top-tier market to remain sound in the area through the spring.Luxury sales continued to fall in Calgary, where 62 properties over $1 million dollars sold in the first two months of 2019. That’s down 33 per cent from the previous year when 92 units sold in that timeframe.The condo market continues to see oversupply, Sotheby’s said, and it projects that segment will experience challenges into the spring. It expects the conventional real estate market to stabilize this year, but said the transition will likely take most of 2019.Montreal, on the other hand, is on pace to set new record in the spring, Sotheby’s said.Sales of luxury properties rose six per cent year-over-year for January and February, with 111 units sold in 2019. Sotheby’s anticipates bidding wars, sales above asking price and shorter days on market will persist through the spring. read more

Banker tied to money laundering found dead in Estonia

TALLINN, Estonia — Estonian police have found the body of the former head of Danske Bank in Estonia who was at the centre of a $220 billion money laundering scandal and had disappeared two days ago.Police said Aivar Rehe went missing Monday, fueling speculation it might be related to the 2007-2015 money laundering scheme.He was found Wednesday after a search involving dogs, drones and volunteers near his home in Tallinn.Police said no third parties were suspected in Rehe’s disappearance and suggested the possibility of a suicide. No other details were available.Rehe, who was head of Danske Bank in Estonia from 2006 to 2015, said in March he feels responsible but also believes Danske Bank’s anti-money laundering mechanisms at that time were sufficient. He wasn’t considered a suspect.The Associated Press read more

EUs Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, right, speaks with Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen, center, and President of the European Investment Bank Werner Hoyer, left, during a round table meeting of EU finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse) by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU’s Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain BRUSSELS – Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all.The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit warned Tuesday that the country will have less than 18 months once talks begin and that it won’t be allowed to pick and choose what parts of the EU it wants to keep.While steering away from specifics on what a Brexit deal might look like, Michel Barnier, who took up his post months ago after Britain voted in June to leave the EU, said formal procedures at the start and the end of the talks will cut into the time Britain has to leave the 28-nation bloc.“Time will be short,” he said. “All in all there will be less than 18 months to negotiate.”British Prime Minister Theresa May wants to invoke by the end of March Article 50 of the EU Treaty, which will officially kick off two years of exit talks.But Barnier, who has visited 18 EU member states to gauge views on Britain’s withdrawal, warned that the effective negotiating time will be less due to procedural formalities such as parliamentary approvals to rubber-stamp any deal.If May sticks to her timetable, Barnier said an agreement may have to be secured by October 2018 to get a final agreement in place by March 2019 — two years on from the triggering of Article 50.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appeared unconcerned by the time frame outlined by Barnier.“That timeframe seems to me to be absolutely ample,” he said on arriving for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.It’s a fluid situation, not least because a British court ruled last month that Parliament needs to give its approval before the government can trigger Article 50. The government is contesting that ruling in the Supreme Court. Should Britain’s highest court confirm Parliament’s involvement, May’s plans could be delayed. Some lawyers also say that the two-year period outlined within Article 50 could be extended by European governments, possibly after a British change of heart.Barnier, who spoke in English and French, sought to dampen talk that Britain could “cherry-pick” what it likes about the EU, noting that the single market and its four freedoms, such as the freedom of movement, are “indivisible.”“This will be the atmosphere in which we will be conducting our negotiations with the U.K. and the sooner the better,” he said. “We are ready; keep calm and negotiate.”During the referendum campaign, many of those in favour of leaving the EU had indicated that Britain could “have its cake and eat it” — an allusion that Britain could continue to trade freely in the EU single market while clamping down on the free movement of people within that single market.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that sort of deal is off limits.“The internal market threatens to be weakened by negotiations on Brexit,” Merkel told a congress of her conservative Christian Democratic Union in Essen. “We will not allow cherry-picking. The four fundamental freedoms must be preserved.”Given that it takes many years to conclude wide-ranging free trade deals — Canada recently completed one with the EU after seven years — there’s been speculation that Britain and the EU might forge a transitional arrangement that would see Britain pay into the EU budget in return for access to the single market. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says some sort of transitional period would be advantageous as it would allow firms to adjust.Barnier indicated there may be “some point and usefulness” to some sort of transitional arrangement.“It is for the British to say what kind of relationship they want and for the 27 EU states to define the future they want to build with them,” he said. “You can’t do everything in 15 to 18 months of negotiations.”The British government has been reluctant to reveal much about what sort of post-Brexit relationship it is looking for out of fear that it would weaken its hand in negotiations. May came up with a new catchphrase Tuesday, saying: “I think what we should be looking for is a red, white and blue Brexit,” she told reporters in Bahrain, without elaborating on what that might look like.The British government’s opaque approach has frustrated many in Europe.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who chairs meetings of the 19 EU countries that use the euro, said proposals he’s seen so far “are incompatible with smooth and incompatible with orderly.”Earlier, Britain’s finance chief said all options remained on the table, including the possibility that the country may continue paying into EU coffers for single market access. Leaving the EU single market would be a blow to many British businesses that would face new tariffs on trade.“It’s in everybody’s interest on both sides of the English Channel to have a smooth a process as possible that minimizes the threat to European financial stability and minimizes the disruption to the very many complex relationships that exist between European manufacturing businesses and their financing banks and so on in London,” he said.___Geir Moulson in Berlin and Jill Lawless in London contributed to this report. read more

Colts Acquire RB Trent Richardson From Browns

Photo by isportsweb.comTrent Richardson, the former Alabama running back who was to be the cornerstone of the Cleveland Browns’ resurgence, was traded to the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday in a move that bolsters’ Indy’s running game.ESPN first reported the surprising transaction. Richardson was drafted a year ago by the Browns in the first round. The Browns received a first-round draft pick for next year, giving them two selections that round and they will have 10 picks in the draft. It seems Cleveland has decided to rebuild next year when they have the multiple choices.Richardson was the No. 3 pick in the draft last year and was to be the lightning rod for the team’s turnaround He rushed for 950 yards last year while playing most of the season with two broken ribs.Under new coach Rob Chudzinski, Richardson had just 105 yards on 31 carries this season, two losses.Browns CEO Joe Banner said the trade came as they were looking to improve the team and that the draft choice was too enticing.For the Colts, Richardson is a significant upgrade. Indianapolis lost Vick Ballard to a knee injury for the season last week, facilitating the need for help in that position. read more

Ohio State field hockey splits weekend slate

OSU freshman midfielder/forward Maddy Humphrey makes a play on the ball during a game against Ball State Sept. 14. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 3-2 in OTCredit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerTwo first-half goals from freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey propelled Ohio State field hockey to a 3-1 victory against the Kent State Golden Flashes Sunday afternoon.Humphrey opened the scoring with a breakaway finish one-on-one with Kent State sophomore goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart just a little more than two minutes into the game at Buckeye Varsity Field.Three minutes later, she struck again, scoring on a rebound from junior back Emma Royce’s penalty corner shot.The early lead gave OSU (5-8, 0-4) the confidence to stay aggressive throughout the game against Kent State. Buckeye coach Anne Wilkinson said the team fed off the energy of Humphrey’s early goals.“They’re not playing like they’re behind the eight ball,” Wilkinson said of her team playing from ahead. “You just see (freshman forward) Annabel Sams and (freshman midfielder) Morgan Kile taking off with speed, and their speed kills.”OSU dominated in shots, 24-7, and penalty corners, 15-4, Sunday. It took Kent State (5-8) until the 17-minute mark of the second half for the Golden Flashes to pick up their first penalty corner opportunity.With momentum appearing to swing toward Kent State, Wilkinson called a timeout to regroup with 15:27 left in the game while nursing a 2-0 lead.Sams came out of the timeout and dribbled coast-to-coast to score an unassisted goal, giving OSU a 3-0 advantage.“I think we were one today,” Sams said. “And that showed. I think we had good connections and once we got the ball, we were really an attacking force.”Kent State got on the board with 11:52 remaining on a tip-in goal from senior forward Hannah Faulkner. The goal was Faulkner’s 10th of the season, but came too late in a game where OSU refused to give up possession.Humphrey’s two goals gave her 11 for the season as a part of her 30 points total, which both lead the team. Humphrey said she was pleased with the performance, but added the team needs to convert more on its penalty corner opportunities.“We unfortunately didn’t finish a lot of our corners today, which we’ll work on,” Humphrey said. “But just keep attacking and attacking (was) the mentality. They were getting frustrated and it kept pumping us up to shoot more.”The Buckeyes’ Sunday triumph came two days after they fell in a conference matchup.OSU couldn’t manage to get its first Big Ten victory Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against conference newcomer Rutgers.The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights were tied at halftime, 1-1, when Rutgers (6-7, 1-4) went on a quick scoring spurt to put OSU away.Redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alyssa Bull took a cross in front of the cage from sophomore forward Rachel Yaney and finished to give Rutgers a 2-1 lead.Five minutes later, junior forward Katie Champion put the game out of reach, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Jasmine Cole.OSU added a late goal from Royce, but ultimately fell, 3-2.Wilkinson said the team has to be more physical if they want to make a late run in the Big Ten Tournament in November.OSU is set to face Indiana on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., at 3 p.m. before taking on Iowa on Sunday at Buckeye Varsity Field at noon. read more