Abducted Businessman Released After 137 Days in Captivity in South Africa

first_imgA 76-year-old South African businessman was released after he spent 137 days in captivity. Omar Carrim was abducted outside his store in Pretoria on Aug. 3, and released on Dec. 18 night.Carrim is now recovering at an undisclosed hospital, TimesLive reported.“I can confirm the release of Carrim. He was released in Olifantsfontein on Monday,” anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee said, according to PTI. The Carrim family thanked relatives, friends and the community for their support since his disappearance in August.“We are most grateful to everyone and we thank the Almighty for returning our father and brother to us. Thank you for all the prayers and the moral support from the public,” the family said in a statement.Omar CarrimCarrim was due for a heart surgery on the day after he was abducted in a car. He disappeared after leaving his Home Hyper store at Pretorius Street in Pretoria CBD on Aug. 3 afternoon. Pleas were made on humanitarian grounds for his release.The car Carrim was taken away in — his Mercedes Benz E300 — was found burnt on Aug. 4 near Atteridgeville, a township north of the city.Carrim’s 49-year-old son Abdulla had said earlier that they received many phone calls after his abduction. On one occasion‚ his father had briefly made contact saying he was fine but needed medication for his heart before hanging up, according to TimesLive. The publication also quoted Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane as saying that police had also found Carrim’s spectacles and some papers with blood near the car. The police worked closely with two private investigators hired by the family.Kidnapping syndicates in South Africa are targeting particularly wealthy South African Indian businessmen, Abramjee said. “Often families refuse to get police involved and there are even reports of huge ransoms being paid in some instances to secure the release of loved ones in recent years,” Abramjee was quoted as saying. “Foreign nationals running businesses in South Africa, including Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Chinese migrants, are also soft targets for these gangs because they deal largely in cash only.”The Gauteng Community Safety Department has been working to locate Carrim’s abductors. Related ItemsPretoriaSouth Africalast_img read more

In World Cup season, John has a tough nut to crack

first_imgJohn AbrahamWith football World Cup fever gripping the world, actor John Abraham is in the news: He will not only be cheering for his favourite team, Spain, but will also be busy promoting the game in India.Abraham will be seen in a television campaign capturing the essence of Brazil, the,John AbrahamWith football World Cup fever gripping the world, actor John Abraham is in the news: He will not only be cheering for his favourite team, Spain, but will also be busy promoting the game in India.Abraham will be seen in a television campaign capturing the essence of Brazil, the venue of the FIFA World Cup 2014, through its beaches, narrow streets, colourful houses and music.The self-confessed football enthusiast is also making a film on the sport, 1911.This was the year when imperialism and nationalism clashed over football.Indian club Mohun Bagan won an epic victory in the IFA Shield final defeating the East Yorkshire Regiment, becoming the first Asian team to win the competition.The film will be directed by Shoojit Sircar.last_img read more

POLL-WB-DALMIYA 2 LAST

first_imgSo what brought her to politics despite running aSo what brought her to politics despite running a successful business?”I wanted to extend my social work on a bigger scale now and so one day I went to our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that I want to contribute to the good work you are doing in the state. And then she made me a candidate,” recalls the Trinamool leader who now makes a daily trip from her bungalow in posh Alipore to the dingy bylanes of suburban Bally.”Kagaz, kalam, kali. Tin niye Bally” (Paper, pen, ink. These three make Bally) – so goes an old proverb about the constituency. Over the years things have changed as Bally is now a small-scale business hub and has a mix of migrant non-Bengali settlements.Another USP which Dalmiya has is that her mother is a Bengali while her celebrity father was a Marwari.”So both Hindi speaking people and Bengali speaking people in the constituency can relate to me as someone of their own. I have a background in sports, business as well as social work. All this will weigh in my favour,” she says.Asked if she had to fight the outsider tag as she was a greenhorn in the world of politics, Dalmiya replied, “Not at all. After my candidature was announced, 3,000 people from Bally came to see my at my office on TheatreRoad, in South Kolkata,” she says.Sitting party MLA and former IPS Sultan Singh, who won the seat in 2011 by a margin of over 6,000 votes, has apparently decided not to contest this time.advertisementBJP has fielded actor Kaushik Chakraborty while CPI(M) has put up party leader Anjan Bera as the candidate. PTI NIK SUS RTlast_img read more

Australia need to lift their game before India tour: Glenn McGrath

first_imgGoing by Australia’s recent humbling at the hands of Sri Lanka, retired pace ace Glenn McGrath feels the former World No.1 team need to improve a lot between now and March when they tour India for a four-match Test Series.”Aussies have a few things to sort out. Once they are home, they will start playing well. But with the Indian tour coming up in March, specially the way things went in Sri Lanka on turning wickets, they have got a lot of work to do between now and then.”They will find it tough in India unless they can turn it around,” the 46-year-old said at a product launch here on Tuesday.Australia lost each of the three Tests during their ongoing tour to Sri Lanka by 100-plus margins.McGrath, who got 563 wickets in 124 Tests, praised the younger crop of Indian pacers.”The bowlers like Nathu Singh are very good. The younger crop has the willingness to learn across the board, especially in India.”Asked whether he has worked with the young Indian pacers, the Aussie said: “I have had short stints with Jasprit Bumrah and Varun Aaron. They are good bowlers, with raw pace.”To a poser on Bumrah’s tendency to bowl no-balls, MacGrath, while not specifically referring to the Indian pacer, said the aspect needed to be stressed during practice sessions. (Also read: Easy money is spoiling cricketers, says Glenn McGrath)A lot of talk nowadays was on M.S. Dhoni’s retirement. But McGrath favoured the India limited overs’ skipper calling time on his own terms as he was a “great of the game”.advertisement”He is still one of the best finishers of the game. The last match against the West Indies, India needed 244 odd to get, and he was up there. Unfortunate for India to have lost in the last over. It is a bit harsh on him. Players like him deserve to go out in their own terms.”Asked to draw a comparison between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, McGrath said the two were “different personalities”.”Virat is more aggressive, and brings about a different attitude. Sachin and Virat are different personalities. But yes, Virat comes a little harder at you than Sachin.”McGrath’s duel with Tendulkar is considered the stuff of cricket legend. Asked whether he dominated the Little Master, McGrath said: “I never dominated Sachin. I always concentrated on hitting the right lenghths and he used to wait for the bad ball. On his day, he would be more aggressive.”Known for his mastery over line and length more than raw speed, does it bother Mcgrath that the game is now more batsman-friendly with the onset of T20 cricket?”I am not sure domination of fast bowlers is less nowadays. Australia has got Josh Hazlewood and specially Mitchell Starc. South Africa, Pakistan have got quality fast bowlers; England has (Stuart) Broad and (James) Anderson. India has got good ones too. (Also read: Anil Kumble’s fighting spirit will rub off on Indian players: Glenn McGrath)”I am not sure if it’s the bowlers who are suffering. Batsmen, in T20 play with different intensity, wicktets they play on are different too, the bats are better. Teams also seem to play better in their own conditions and don’t tour too well. I am not sure if bowlers are not doing their job, or batsmen have improved. I still think there is quality fast bowlers around.”last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Reinvented and refreshed Cristiano Ronaldo ready to fire Real Madrid C.F. to glory

first_imgOnce famous for his extravagant stepovers and ability to leave defenders in his wake, Cristiano Ronaldo has this season evolved from fleet-footed winger to penalty box predator extraordinaire.Real Madrid have reaped the rewards of switching the Portuguese to play as more of a central striker.With eight goals in his last four knockout stage appearances, Ronaldo has almost single-handedly fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into Saturday’s Champions League final with Juventus.That also puts Los Blancos on the brink of their first league and European Cup double in 59 years as they seek to become the first side to retain the European trophy in successive seasons in its current format.The switch to centre forward has also seen Ronaldo overtake Jimmy Greaves as the top goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues with 368 goals between the Premier League and La Liga, while also passing the milestones of 400 goals for Real and 100 Champions League strikes.”The business end of the season is important. I feel good and want to be fit and firing because this is where things are decided,” Ronaldo said.”I want to score goals and hopefully we don’t suffer too much. The team are in good form and we’ll try to enjoy it. Winning the league helped calm us down a lot. We want to make history and be the first side to defend our title.”I’m at the best level physically as I have in the last few seasons because I have played less. It is down to the intelligence of Zidane and my teammates.”advertisementIndeed, the Frenchman’s decision to rotate the No. 7 has been a key factor in their success this season. Ronaldo has sat out four of the side’s previous nine games and is looking fresh. It is a stark contrast with last year, where he started 34 La Liga games before picking up an injury that saw him miss the Champions League semi-final victory over Manchester City.The return speaks for itself, with 13 goals in his last nine appearances and the lowest number of games played in a single campaign since missing a large chunk of 2009/10 through injury.”We’re intelligent, and even he sometimes needs to play a bit less,” Zidane said.”It’s not because he isn’t as physically fit but because he wants to head into the final stage of the season, when everything is at stake, in top form.”Now, he’s in fantastic shape. It isn’t just about this year, it’s the accumulation of all the seasons in his career in which he has played 60 or 70 matches. It gets to the point where you need to take a breather.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer, Serena Williams move on, Angelique Kerber suffers shock exit

first_imgEight-time men’s champion Roger Federer and seven-time women’s champion Serena Williams moved into the third round at Wimbledon.Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber went out in the second.Federer advanced as expected on Thursday, beating wild-card entry Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on No. 1 Court. Williams had a bit of a tougher time at the same stadium, needing to come back to beat Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.But unseeded American Lauren Davis pulled off the unexpected, defeating Kerber 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 on No. 2 Court.”I told myself you’re strong, you can do it, you belong here,” said Davis, who only entered the tournament as a lucky loser.Kerber beat Williams in last year’s final. Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club in 2017 and was eliminated in the quarterfinals last year.Despite his pedigree at Wimbledon, Federer played his British opponent on the second biggest court on the grounds instead of his usual spot on Centre Court.”I really enjoyed myself on Court 1 today with the roof,” Federer said. “I couldn’t really tell if it was Centre Court or Court 1, actually.”Williams played her match with good friend Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, watching from the stands. She had a chance to serve out the match at 5-2 in the third but was broken. She made no mistakes on her second attempt, however, converting her first match point with an ace.”I play best when I’m down sometimes,” Williams said. “I’m just a fighter and never give up.”advertisementIf the pressure is getting to Ash Barty at Wimbledon, she’s doing a great job of hiding it.The top-ranked Australian came into the grass-court Grand Slam tournament after winning the French Open and a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham. And she’s now won two in a row at the All England Club to reach the third round and stretch her winning streak to 14 straight.Barty beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-3, needing only 55 minutes on No. 2 Court to advance. And it could have been even quicker but she failed to serve out the match at 5-2 in the second set the only time she was broken.”Pretty sharp right from the start,” the top-seeded Barty said. “I was able to implement what I wanted to right away and put the pressure straight back on her.”Barty is playing her first tournament as No. 1 but has never been past the third round at Wimbledon. She will next face Harriet Dart, a British wild-card entry making her second appearance at Wimbledon.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 9 Sloane Stephens and No. 15 Wang Qiang also advanced to third round. Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-2, Stephens defeated Wang Yafan 6-0, 6-2, and Wang ousted Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 6-2.Sam Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, reached the third round in the men’s draw. The unseeded American defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.Later, all eyes will be on the marquee matchup between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios.It is a rematch from 2014, when a 19-year-old Kyrgios upset then-No. 1 Nadal at the All England Club.Also, Andy Murray was making his debut at this year’s tournament, playing men’s doubles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert.Also Read | Wimbledon 2019: Ashleigh Barty breezes into 3rd roundAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Stan Wawrinka suffers shock defeat to unseeded Reilly Opelkalast_img read more

Mbappe targeted by pitch invader’s kick

first_imgPSG Celtic pitch invader attempts to kick Mbappe… but misses Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Celtic fan Getty Images PSG Kylian Mbappé Celtic v PSG Celtic UEFA Champions League The Scottish club could find themselves on the end of UEFA disciplinary action after a fan was able to get on to the playing surface on Tuesday night Kylian Mbappe was the target of an attempted kick by a pitch invader during Celtic’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.A spectator ran on to the playing surface at Celtic Park and swung a leg in the direction of Mbappe but the France international was able to stay out of the way.PSG 6/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The invader was then led out of the stadium by security staff.Such an incident could mean disciplinary action from UEFA for Celtic, with the supporter able to break through the measures set up to prevent pitch encroachment.Arsenal were fined €5,000 last season when a fan ran on to the pitch during their match against Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.Celtic fan invades the pitch and swings a kick at Mbappe…But he’s not as accurate as the PSG forward #CELPSG pic.twitter.com/BUZ3pVy5DT— Goal (@goal) September 12, 2017Unfortunately for Celtic, their players struggled to get any closer to Mbappe than the fan.The 18-year-old scored the second of a three-goal flurry in the first half as PSG went into the break with a convincing 3-0 lead.Once again, both of his new strike partners – Neymar and Edinson Cavani – were also on the scoresheet.Mbappe was substituted in the closing minutes for Giovani Lo Celso with Mikael Lustig’s own goal having put the Parisians’ four goals to the good.Cavani added a fifth immediately after his exit on another excellent evening’s work for Unai Emery’s side.last_img read more

Report: PSG 3 Nice 0

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Nice 0: Cavani and Di Maria star in Neymar’s absence Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 04:38 10/28/17 cavani-cropped Bongarts Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Nice on Friday, with Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria starring in Neymar’s absence. Neymar’s absence through suspension had no impact on Paris Saint-Germain as Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria led the Ligue 1 leaders to a comfortable 3-0 win over Nice at Parc des Princes on Friday.Brazil star Neymar was banned after picking up a red card in last week’s 2-2 Classique draw with Marseille, but at no point did they look lost without the world’s most expensive player, as the Parisians cruised against a side lacking confidence.Unai Emery selected Di Maria as Neymar’s replacement and it took him just three minutes to make a telling impact, setting up Cavani with a pinpoint free-kick. 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 The Argentine, who has reportedly become frustrated as a rotation option this season, was playing like a man with a point to prove and he set Cavani up for a second time just after the half-hour mark by producing a delightful pass over the Nice backline which the striker took full advantage of.Cavani then turned provider early in the second half, his header into the six-yard box leading to a Dante own goal that effectively put the match beyond Nice.4 – PSG’s best scorers in Ligue 1 2017/18:Edinson Cavani – 12 goalsNeymar – 7 Own Goal – 4 Gifts. pic.twitter.com/ItqMkLbCoG— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 27, 2017PSG saw the match out in a professional fashion to extend their lead over Monaco at the top of the table to seven points before Leonardo Jardim’s side take on Bordeaux on Saturday.Nice were dealt the blow of losing goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale in the warm-up and within three minutes of kick-off his replacement Walter Benitez was picking the ball out of the net.Wesley Sneijder failed to halt Di Maria’s left-wing free kick as Nice’s one-man wall and Cavani glanced PSG’s 2,500th Ligue 1 goal in with a diving header at the near post.Benitez somewhat redeemed himself when he denied Cavani after Julian Draxler robbed Maxime Le Marchand and teed the striker up 12 yards out, but PSG doubled their lead in the 31st minute.Di Maria played a clever pass in behind for Cavani to run on to, and the Uruguay star prodded past Benitez before helping the ball over the line from close range.PSG should have put the match beyond the visitors just before the break, but Benitez threw himself across his goal to deny Di Maria what looked to be a certain goal from nine yards.2 – Nice have made only 2 touches in the opposite box in the 1st half v Paris. Inoffensive. pic.twitter.com/24EegZS55I— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 27, 2017It went from bad to worse for Nice six minutes after the break as PSG got a third – Dante inadvertently bundling the ball past his own goalkeeper after Cavani headed Yuri Berchiche’s deep cross back into the danger zone.Nice were let off the hook when Kylian Mbappe failed to convert from six yards after Draxler brilliantly tricked his way past Marlon Santos and cut the ball back to the teenager.Mbappe nearly atoned for that miss after the hour mark, smashing into the side-netting after an immense driving run across the edge of the penalty area.PSG failed to further punish a lacklustre Nice side with Benitez denying Lucas Moura – an 85th-minute replacement for Cavani – in stoppage time, but the gulf in class was already obvious, with the visitors left just one point above the bottom three. read morelast_img read more

Big 12 Getting Crushed For Reportedly Considering Splitting Football Into 2 Divisions

first_imgBig 12 expansion fpiBig 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams. pic.twitter.com/AYwXG73eeE— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, 2016@MattBrownCFB axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.last_img read more

I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran More

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 07:56 IST Hardik Pandya will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya’s mentor Kiran More said he was happy the all-rounder will get to play cricket againBCCI lifted the suspensions on Hardik and KL Rahul; Hardik will join the Indian team in New Zealand”Hardik made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion,” More saidThe first week of January gave Indian cricket plenty of reason to cheer. India had just won their first ever bilateral Test series in Australia and the celebrations that followed the rain-marred Sydney Test captured the imagination of the nation. Hardik Pandya’s wild celebratory dance moves made waves alongside Virat Kohli’s bhangra and the Pujara walk. But soon, all of that was overshadowed by an episode of Koffee with Karan which aired on an Indian television channel the night before.India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScorePandya and KL Rahul were the first cricketers to appear on Koffee with Karan and the two had sparked a massive controversy with their sexist comments. They boasted about their night outs and their remarks left several in Indian cricket fraternity enraged. Even as celebrations began after India’s Test triumph Down Under, the focus shifted to Pandya and Rahul’s statements. Following public and social outcry, BCCI would go on to issue Hardik Pandya a show cause. Hardik and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home.Days after the controversial Koffee with Karan episode, Hardik Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and a membership with an iconic Mumbai club.Pandya channelized his anger by doing what he does best: hitting the cricket ball. He did just that in Australia and after returning home.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.advertisementIt was More who advised Hardik’s father to get his son to play cricket. “I remember him as a very talented cricketer, who wanted to do everything – bowl, bat, field and he wanted to win. I am just happy he will get to play cricket again,” he said.Pandya’s fashion statements have never amused cricket purists but his callous remarks on the TV show directly hit his cricket stocks. More admits Hardik Pandya erred but argues this was the first time he was drawn into a controversy. “He made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion. He doesn’t have a bad track record on the field. I have known him for long. There is not a single cricket misbehaviour I remember,” More said.The World Cup is now months away and India will only play a handful of matches (in New Zealand and at home against Australia). Hardik Pandya will join up with his India teammates soon and this will be a perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do on the field.Also Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul to play for India AAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar Also Read | Now that Hardik going to New Zealand, what happens to Vijay Shankar: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Kiran MoreFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Pandya suspension I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreHardik Pandya’s mentor said the India all-rounder has not lost his touch and hit the ball cleanly at his Baroda academy. Pandya’s suspension has been lifted and he will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series.advertisementlast_img read more

Micro Guide: Beech Mountain, N.C.

first_img The Best American Liqueur You’ve heard of a Rocky Mountain High—well let us introduce you to an East Coast High. With an elevation of 5,506 feet, the quaint town of Beech Mountain, N.C. is the highest spot east of the Rockies.The population is only 350, but don’t let that fool you. The place hops year-round with as many as 5,000 visitors in the summer seeking a mild climate and great outdoor adventures like mountain biking. In the winter, that number rises to 10,000, as people make the trek for winter fun at Beech Mountain Resort.Where to Play:Beech Mountain Resort is the place to be if you love the thrill of racing down a snow covered mountain on skis or snowboards. While we love all the action, one of our favorite things at Beech is the 5506 Sky Bar at the top. They have food service as well as brews including the ones they brew.The Beech Mountain Brewing Co. makes three distinct ales on-site: the 5506 Pale Ale, Cream Ale and Scotch Ale. The brewery helps the resort attract patrons even in warmer months, and we love the way they transform the ski lift in the summer to accommodate mountain bikers. They take out every other chair and add a lift just for the bikes. Makes it easy to race down the mountain and then get back on the lift for another go.Where to Eat:It may seem like a funny pick, but the downstairs deli of a general store lives up to its claim of “Best Breakfast in Beech Mountain.” Fred’s General Mercantile serves up a man-sized breakfast in the Backside Deli. Eggs are served to order along with plates heaping full of bacon, sausage, country ham, hash browns, grits and more. Fuel up for a long day on the slopes at Beech Mountain Resort.Where to Sleep: Chances are you’ll want to stay close to the action. Even if hitting the slopes isn’t your thing, renting a cozy cabin offers fun for all. Check out the offerings at Emerald Mountain Realty. Nostalgia buffs can spend a night in Dorothy’s House at the now-defunct Land of Oz Theme Park. Yes, really.Of course, Cindy Keller, owner of Emerald Realty has rentals to house a group as well. Check out the Dream View Chalet, named for its incredible far range views. Situated atop a cliff, this 4 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath home features the perfect home away from home.Toss a log on the fire and kick back and enjoy your time in the mountains. Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Editors’ Recommendations The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing last_img read more

Eagle Bulk Predicts Higher Losses

first_imgzoom Financially-troubled Eagle Bulk Shipping expects to report a full-year operating loss of approximately USD 84 million, further deepening the loss of USD 51.6 million it posted for the corresponding period in 2014.With regard to revenue expectations, the company anticipates to report USD 102 million in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015, down from USD 154.3 million from the previous year.The decrease in revenues and increase in operating losses were primarily attributed to lower charter rates earned by its fleet in 2015. In addition, the company said it was currently evaluating the carrying amounts of its vessels and whether any of its vessels are impaired, which, if found, would further impact the operating loss for the year.The expectations are announced as the company is in talks with its lenders concerning financing alternatives to enhance the company’s liquidity, which is said to be one of the reasons why it has not finalized its financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2015.“If the company does not consummate a refinancing or restructuring transaction to enhance its liquidity before the issuance of the company’s audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2015, and the filing of the Form 10-K, the company believes that there would be substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern,” Eagle Bulk said.On March 9, the company managed to yet again extend the forbearance period with its lenders on its loan agreement which was due to be paid in January for March 22, 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Vale, ICBC Sign Long-Term Iron Ore Transport Deal

first_imgzoom Brazilian mining major Vale has signed a 27-year iron ore transport deal with ICBC Financial Leasing, the leasing arm of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Under the contract of affreightment (COA), ICBC will transport about 16 million tons of iron ore annually for Vale from Brazil to China starting from the first half of 2018, Sinocast reports.The deal is the third in a row Vale recently entered into with Chinese partners.In March, China COSCO Shipping Corporation (COSCOCS) penned a 27-year agreement with Vale that will see the Chinese shipping giant transport 16 million tons of iron ore for Vale on annual basis. The contract was followed by a similar deal signed by China Merchants Energy Shipping for the same duration.The third contract, reported to have been signed today, comes as a confirmation of the previous reports saying that Chinese shipping companies Cosco Group, China Merchants Group and ICBC Financial Leasing Co. had stacked up orders for 30 Valemax ore carriers worth a total of USD 2.5 billion.The trio is said to have ordered 10 ships respectively at local yards, namely Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Beihai Shipbuilding, CIC Jiangsu and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding.The 30-strong Valemax fleet is slated for completion and delivery in 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Kiara Advani to play lead in Indoo Ki Jawani

first_imgMumbai: Actress Kiara Advani has landed her first “in and as” film — “Indoo Ki Jawani”. “‘Indoo Ki Jawani’. My first ‘In and As’. So excited to collaborate with Emmay Entertainment, Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Niranjan Iyengar, Ryan Stephen and Abir Sengupta for the first time and it had to be as special as Indoo. We need all your love and support for this one,” Kiara tweeted on Monday. She can’t wait to get started on the project. Nikkhil Advani says it is a “cracker script” by writer-director Abir Sengupta. “We had to swipe right (hope I got that right!). Kiara you’re just going to make Indoo come alive,” he tweeted. Kiara has been on a career roll. Her slate of upcoming films also include “Good News”, “Kabir Singh”, “Shershaah” and the “Kanchana” remake.last_img read more

Zeenat Aman is mesmerized by beauty and cleanliness of Nagaland

first_imgMumbai:Veteran actress Zeenat Aman has said she is mesmerized by the beauty and cleanliness of Nagaland. She added that Northeastern state is full of talent — be it in music, painting or other art forms. “I have visited Nagaland and it is such a beautiful place. The people there are warm, lovely and friendly in nature. I have to say that there is so much of talent there — be it music, painting or other arts forms.” said Zeenat,whileinteracting with the media when she came out to support Former Miss Nagaland 2012 Imlibenla Wati during a special non-commercial photo shoot on Thursday in Mumbai. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Nagaland is one of the cleanest places in India. It’s very beautiful and scenic. People there take pride in keeping everything neat and clean. They decorate their houses by planting trees and flowers so, I have fond memories of places I have visited in Nagaland,” she added. Imlibenla Wati has represented India at the Miss Asia Pacific World 2016 pageant in China, while Zeenat won the title of Miss Asia Pacific in 1970. Praising Imlibenla for her achievements, Zeenat said: “I was so happy to meet this young lady (Imlibenla Wati). She has won many competitions like Miss Nagaland, Miss India Elite and Miss Asia Pacific India, so it’s very relevant because I was the first person to win Miss Asia. I think she is very beautiful, intelligent and softspoken.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Zeenat Aman was one of the top actresses of the seventies and the eighties, and she starred in numerous blockbiusters of that era, including “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, “Don”, “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”, “Dharam Veer”, “Qurbani” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” among many others. Asked what she feels about portrayal of Indian women in Hindi films in recent times, she said: “Honestly speaking, I haven’t watched a lot movies recently, so I cannot give you a comment on what’s happening.”last_img read more

Bobcaygeon honours late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie with candlelight vigil

first_imgBOBCAYGEON, Ont. – When Dave Bailey first heard last year that Gord Downie had terminal brain cancer, he knew he needed to head to Bobcaygeon, Ont., after the Tragically Hip frontman died.The Pickering, Ont., native wasn’t sure if anyone would be gathered, but he figured he would head straight to the source of one of band’s hit singles.“I thought, ‘What can I do?’” Bailey said. “I could donate to cancer society, and I have, but I got to do something to memorialize him so I figured drive to Bobcaygeon and watch the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time.”Downie, the Hip’s lead singer, died Tuesday at age 53.The song “Bobcaygeon” is from the Hip’s 1998 album “Phantom Power” and earned a Juno Award for best single in 2000.Bailey was one of around 50 people who gathered near the water Wednesday night in the town in eastern Ontario’s cottage country to commemorate Downie.Candles were placed on the ground and illuminated local musician Richard Kyle, who strummed along to famous Hip songs “Wheat Kings,” “Ahead by a Century,” and of course, “Bobcaygeon,” on his black acoustic guitar.Kyle planned on playing a few Hip songs in dedication to Downie regardless of whether anyone would show up.“I’ve been a fan of the band since ’89, when I really started getting into them,” Kyle said. “I’ve met everybody in the band a bunch of times. They’re a big influence musically and how you should treat people and how you should relate to other people and get along.”Residents of Bobcaygeon remembered Downie for putting them on the map by writing the hit song about their town.“He’s mythologised our town in a way that is incomparable,” local business owner Sacha Douglas said. “We feel a great connection to him, always have.“There’s not a whole lot of towns in Canada of this size that you can ask anybody in Canada, ‘Have you heard of Bobcaygeon?’ And everyone will have heard of it. It’s quite remarkable, actually.”The community, which has a population of just over 3,500, hosted a viewing party in August 2016 for the Hip’s final stop of the “Man Machine Poem” tour. Bobcaygeon shut down its main street and residents set up lawn chairs and sat on rooftops to watch the Kingston, Ont., show on three jumbo screens set up throughout the community’s main stretch.Over 6,000 people brought out their cameras or cell phones to sing along with Downie as the band started to play “Bobcaygeon.”Kawartha Lakes city councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan says she was shocked at the amount of people that showed up for the viewing.“I think it brought the town together,” Seymour-Fagan said. “It’s always been quite a strong community but when that song is being played, you can feel a sense of pride and hear a sense of pride. People come in from other areas and want to come to Bobcaygeon because it has been encapsulated by The Tragically Hip as the Canadian cottage town.”Added Taylor Poole: “It showed a town that really rallied behind their support of this band and this man who is a great Canadian. We were fortunate to have the tie of this man to our town. It feels special that way.”The community used the opportunity to raise funds for brain cancer research, at the viewing with collection boxes and later through merchandise.Douglas and her husband designed a shirt which they sold at their business that said “Courage” in red lettering and underneath “Thanks man, Bobcaygeon.” That design sold out on multiple occasions.Another T-shirt design by the Poole family had “Bobcaygeon, Hip Town.”The sales of shirts, hats and hoodies in 2016 raised $23,000, which was donated to Sunnybrook Hospital.“He’s really impacted us and I think he’s a national hero,” Douglas said. “I think the example he’s set for the good that you can do is something that we should all strive to do and you can make a difference.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Paralympian lawsuit Jury must decide whether swimming pool was unsafe

first_imgREGINA – A jury in Saskatchewan is being asked to decide whether an injury that left a Paralympian a quadriplegic was a tragic accident or because of an unsafe pool.Miranda Biletski is suing the University of Regina for negligence.Biletski dove into a pool from competition starting blocks at the university during a swim club practice in June 2005. The then-16-year-old hit the bottom and fractured her cervical vertebrae, leaving her a quadriplegic.“The pool was unsafe,” her lawyer, Alan McIntyre, said in his final submissions in a Regina court Wednesday.“But they already knew it wasn’t safe, that’s why they already had a policy about no dives off the lip. They knew it was dangerous.”Court heard during the three and a-half week long trial that the pool depth of four feet or 1.22 metres was laid out in the tiles.But McIntyre said the university’s maintenance records for the pool “are horrible.”Part of the dispute is over whether there was enough water in the pool. McIntyre said court already heard that the person responsible for pool maintenance only added water one time in two months leading up to Biletski’s accident.The university’s lawyer, Erin Kleisinger, said in her final submissions that the pool depth and the height of the starting blocks met Swimming Canada guidelines.Swimming Canada rules established in 2002 set the minimum depth to 1.35 metres, but the guidelines also grandfathered pools built before 2002 and allowed 1.22 metres to continue as the minimum for those older facilities.The university is denying negligence and blames the accident on Biletski and the swim club for deciding to use the starting blocks.“The depth of the pool where the starting blocks were located wasn’t the cause of Miss Biletski’s injuries,” said Kleisinger.“This was clearly a tragic accident, as everyone has testified, she did a bad dive. She didn’t perform the dive that she was trained to do or that she was instructed to do or that she intended to do. Something went wrong with the dive.”Court heard early in the trial that Biletski started going to swim competitions when she was 10. She was identified early on by coaches as being a strong swimmer.The university has also filed its own lawsuit against the Piranhas Summer Swim Club to cover damages if the jury finds the university is liable.It says the swim club coaches made the decision that the water level was safe.But Reg Watson, the lawyer for the Piranhas Summer Swim Club, said the club never signed a contract with an indemnity clause that would make it liable. In fact, he said, they didn’t have any written agreement, just an oral agreement on dates, times and prices for the club to use the pool.Watson also took issue with the university attempting to shift the blame to the club.“It’s their facility. They’re in charge of their facility. We aren’t in charge of their facility, don’t want to be in charge of their facility. We just rent their facility,” he said.“The U of R knew exactly what the purpose of the rental was. They knew that the blocks were there … I mean they installed them.”Biletski _ the first woman on Canada’s wheelchair rugby team _ can move her arms and shoulders, but has limited use of her hands.She played with the largely male Team Canada rugby squad at world championships in 2010 and 2014, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the team placed fourth.The judge is expected to give instructions to the jury on Thursday before deliberations begin.last_img read more

BC starts new reconciliation process with Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs

first_imgVICTORIA — British Columbia says it’s starting a new reconciliation process with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who are at the centre of opposition to a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.The province says in a release Thursday that the government and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en are undertaking a process focused on Wet’suwet’en title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.The release says B.C. has appointed Victoria MP and lawyer Murray Rankin as its representative to help guide and design the process, adding that Rankin has an understanding of the Supreme Court’s historic Delgamuukw decision that helped define Indigenous title.It says the province and the Wet’suwet’en are committed to explore a path forward together that seeks to build trust over time and meaningfully advance reconciliation.The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s plans to build a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat, and RCMP arrested 14 people at a blockade last month before reaching a deal with the chiefs.The province says its commitment to lasting reconciliation is not connected to any specific project, and the new process will build on discussions that have been ongoing since Premier John Horgan and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser visited the territory in August.“We all recognize that the path forward will involve challenges. It will take a willingness to innovate and take bold steps together,” the province says.“This engagement is a historic opportunity to advance Wet’suwet’en self-determination and self-governance, and for the province and Wet’suwet’en Nation to establish a deeper relationship based on respect and recognition of rights.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Big Names Push Campaign For A Free And Responsible Press

first_imgAn unprecedented coalition of more than 200 leading figures have joined victims of past press abuse to send a strong message to newspaper bosses: don’t repeat the mistakes of the past – embrace the Leveson Royal Charter and give the British public a free and responsible press.To mark the one-year anniversary of the historic Royal Charter agreement, some of the biggest names in literature, arts, science, academia, design, human rights, business and the law – plus thousands of concerned members of the public – have added their names to a growing Declaration in support of the Royal Charter on press self-regulation.Danny Boyle, JK Rowling, Michael Palin, Sir David Attenborough, Ben Elton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bianca Jagger, Bryan Adams, David Gilmour, David Tennant, Dawn French, Emma Thompson, Graham Norton, Eric Idle, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Grant, James Blunt, Jo Brand, Joanna Lumley, John Bishop, Maggie Smith, Miranda Hart, Paloma Faith, Peter Capaldi, Richard Branson, Richard Curtis, Russell Brand, Salman Rushdie, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Philip Pullman, Irvine Welsh, Bob Geldof, Ian McEwan, Helen Fielding, John Cleese, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and Prof Richard Dawkins are amongst hundreds of leading cultural figures calling for British newspapers to accept the Royal Charter.In a series of bold advertisements appearing Tuesday 18 March 2014 in The Guardian, The Independent, The Evening Standard, i, New Statesman, The Spectator and elsewhere, signatories to the Declaration urge newspapers to embrace the Royal Charter system giving vital protection to ordinary people while safeguarding the press from political interference.Ian McEwan, author, said: “The right to freedom of expression is the bedrock of our liberty. Without it, none of our other cherished rights could have been talked or written into existence. But no freedom is absolute and all rights carry responsibilities. Freedom of expression is not the freedom to bully, to intimidate, to intrude where there is no public interest, or to corrupt public bodies with secret bungs. Leveson, rather like a good, hard-working journalist, exposed many such abuses in the press. The abusers, who are a mighty and self-interested faction, prefer business as usual. But those who value free-thinking and open political process know that bullies and corrupters must be held to account. We urgently need wise and plausible regulation.”John Cleese, comedian and writer, remarked: “The big newspapers bosses are lying though their teeth about the Leveson recommendations.They say their freedom is being threatened, but when anyone points out what self-serving rubbish this is, they ignore these arguments and instead attack the people who are trying to get the truth heard. Their unscrupulousness is breath-taking.”Jo Brand, comedian, added: “I support the Leveson Royal Charter because I would like to see a free and accountable press untainted by the whims of powerful individuals, the unethical and sometimes illegal acts of those for whom the price is right and the ambition of those who seek to promote themselves…and I don’t mean performers here.”The Declaration states:“We believe that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy. It should be fearless in exposing corruption, holding the powerful to account and championing the powerless. It has nothing to lose, and can only be enhanced, by acknowledging unethical practice in its midst and acting firmly to ensure it is not repeated.“We also believe that editors and journalists will rise in public esteem when they accept a form of self-regulation that is independently audited on the lines recommended by Lord Justice Leveson and laid down in the Royal Charter of 30 October 2013.“It is our view that this Charter safeguards the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable. That is why we support it and that is why we urge newspaper publishers to embrace it.”The Declaration is coordinated and published by Hacked Off, the campaign for a free and accountable press, and is generously funded by members of the public responding to a Hacked Off appeal.Source:Hacked Offlast_img read more