10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup title

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: We want to retain our Club World Cup titleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says they’re in the Club World Cup to win it.Real’s squad are already in Abu Dhabi for the tournament.The Argentine said, “For the club it’s great to be here, it means that Real Madrid are Champions League champions again and it’s the trophy that we like the most.”To be in the Club World Cup again is fantastic and we hope to retain the title this year, which these great players already won last year.”It’s always important to go in to this tournament off the back of a win. The Club World Cup has already begun, we have been following it on television and now we’re happy to have arrived and turn our focus to Wednesday’s game. Until now we were thinking about Rayo, who were our previous opponent, and the only thing that has happened after has been a flight. Now we’ll concentrate and begin to prepare for the first match against Kashima Antlers.” last_img read more

Banks raise prime rate to 37 per cent following Bank of Canada

first_imgTORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)last_img read more

The World Chess Championship Comes To New York City

6Levon Aronian2786 PLAYERELO RATING 1Magnus Carlsen2853 Source: 2700chess.com 3Vladimir Kramnik2811 7Viswanathan Anand2779 5Wesley So2794 10Pentala Harikrishna2770 4Maxime Vachier-Lagrave2807 One chess grandmaster represents the most democratic country in the world. The other supports, and is supported by, Vladimir Putin. Last night, inside the Plaza Hotel in midtown Manhattan — that urban palace and President-elect Donald Trump’s captured rook — the two prepared to do battle.The World Chess Championship has come to New York City. The tournament captured this city’s imagination once before, in 1972, when its favorite Brooklyn son, Bobby Fischer, clashed with the Soviets in Reykjavik. But this year New Yorkers can only watch, as the Norwegian defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin vie for the game’s highest title. They’re both kids: Carlsen is 25 and Karjakin is 26, yet they’ve lived half their lives as grandmasters. The match is being billed as the youngest championship ever.Here in New York, the faces of chess are diverse, from the outdoor hustlers lining park tables in Washington Square or Union Square to the excellent middle school chess program of I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. But last night, at the pre-tournament Black & White Gala at The Plaza, the guests were nearly all white. Under potted palm trees and crystal chandeliers, the steak was carved and the champagne and martinis flowed, and the scene recalled a VIP cocktail hour in a Vegas penthouse suite before a heavyweight prizefight. (At least the ones I’ve seen in the movies.) 2Fabiano Caruana2823 9Sergey Karjakin2772 8Hikaru Nakamura2779 As both baby-faced competitors faced the camera flashes and microphones, Carlsen looked calm. He has reached the championship before, after all. Karjakin looked a bit lost — nervous, maybe — his voice barely audible above the reporters’ din. And indeed, despite Karjakin’s slightly earlier prodigious bloom, the consensus heavy favorite is Carlsen. He’s rated No. 1 in the world, while Karjakin is No. 9.The best-of-12 match could stretch past Thanksgiving. Game 1 begins Friday afternoon, in downtown Manhattan. My own Elo-based simulations1I simulated 10,000 matches using the players’ current Elo ratings, and assumed that they draw half of their games, which is historically what grandmasters tend to do. The methodology is similar to what I used to simulate the 2014 world chess championships. give Carlsen an 88 percent chance of defending his title. Bookmakers put his chances somewhere between 80 and 85 percent. I’ll be reporting from the match, here and on Twitter. read more

Womens swimming Ohio State set to travel to Indiana for Big Ten

The Ohio State women’s swimming team practice at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in preparation for the Big Ten Championships. Credit: Fallon Perl | Lantern reporterAfter completing its regular season just one meet shy of undefeated, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s swimming team is looking forward to taking its talents to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Big Ten Championships beginning Wednesday.Last year, the Buckeyes finished in fourth place with a total of 859 points, claiming four individual Big Ten titles as well as one relay title for five championships overall. This was the sixth time since 2010 that OSU earned a top-five finish, and the Buckeyes’ four individual titles and one relay title made the year the most successful one since 1991.With four Big Ten teams ranked ahead of it, OSU will need strong performances by all swimmers to make a run. However, the main focus is on the factors that it’s able to control.“When you’re at Ohio State, the expectation is to put together championship teams. So, we want to compete for Big Ten titles and be one of the ten best teams in the country, but the truth is we can’t control that,” OSU coach Bill Dorenkott said. “What we can control is putting the strongest, fittest, most prepared kids in the pool at Big Tens, and who we compete against is irrelevant.”To ensure they do so, the team will be taking 25 swimmers to compete in Indiana, several of whom are returning Big Ten contenders, including senior Taylor Vargo. During last year’s Big Ten Championships, Vargo finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She will be competing in both races again this year, as well as the 100-yard individual medley and possibly a relay. This year, her personal goals are to enjoy her senior year, move up a couple of spots from last year and improve her times, Vargo said. However, her focus remains on the team rather than herself.“I’d say we’re focusing more on preparing to go to Purdue and swim as a team, not as an individual,” Vargo said. “We always go through the mantra, ‘The goal is not to win, the goal is to improve.’ Whether it’s your technique, or half a fraction of a second, or moving up two spots — go in and swim your best. Focus on the little things.”Vargo’s teammate, senior Lindsey Clary is another returning Big Ten contender who will be competing in the 400-yard individual medley, 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle — all for the fourth consecutive year — at the Big Ten Championships.Last year Clary set new OSU records in all three events and took home Big Ten titles in both the 400-yard individual medley and the 1,650-yard freestyle with times of 4:03.64 and 15:49.98 respectively. She will also be competing in the 800-yard freestyle relay.Clary said she is looking forward to improving at the Big Ten Championships this year, and is hoping to inspire her teammates as well. “Each year you want to get better. I was extremely happy with how I swam last year, so I want to repeat that and hopefully swim even faster,” Clary said. “Especially to put points up for my team because I know that if someone has a good swim it inspires everyone else, so I’m hoping to be that person for the team.”In addition to Clary and Vargo, OSU has five other athletes who have posted top-10 times in the Big Ten this season including junior Meg Bailey, freshman Kathrin Demler, freshman Molly Kowal, junior Liz Li and senior Zulal Zeren.“This is a good group. They’ve done the work, they’re well prepared, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Dorenkott said. “We’re looking toward being our best for seven sessions, three and a half days in February. That’s what we want to do.”The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Wednesday evening at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. The competition runs through Saturday evening with preliminaries beginning Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Finals begin each night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Mens basketball 2018 recruit Dane Goodwin remains committed waiting for new coach

Upper Arlington four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin goes up for a shot against Westerville South on Jan. 24, 2017 at Upper Arlington High School. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorAn anxious state of uncertainty flows through the Schottenstein Center and anyone affiliated with the Ohio State men’s basketball team after Monday’s firing of coach Thad Matta.Before OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced with Matta that the program would be heading in a different direction, the two commitments for the 2018 class, Justin Ahrens and Dane Goodwin, each received a call from OSU assistant coach Greg Paulus informing them of the news.Tuesday, the three-star forward Ahrens from Versailles, Ohio, decommitted from the Buckeyes 2018 class, making Goodwin, a four-star shooting guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio, the lone commitment in the class as he awaits the hiring of a new head coach at OSU for the 2017-18 season.Damon Goodwin, Dane’s father and coach of Capital University’s men’s basketball team, told The Lantern that when the two returned home from Damon’s basketball camp at Capital Monday, the family discussed what they wanted to do. He said that Dane still wants to be a Buckeye, if he feels that the program is a good fit.“He’s kept his commitment (to OSU),” Damon said. “In Dane’s mindset, I think he wants to lay low for the next few days and see what happens and see who this guy is going to be and hopefully they do it fairly quickly.“Dane committed two-and-a-half years ago and we certainly didn’t foresee this happening at the time. We knew a little bit before it happened. But did we expect it? No. Did I expect it? Certainly not.”Dane committed to OSU on Dec. 1, 2014 as he was beginning his freshman season at Upper Arlington High School. Having committed so early in the process, Dane’s family never had to worry about going through the recruiting process with him, which Damon said he was thankful for. Now, a wrench has been thrown into that seamlessly easy recruiting cycle raising lots of questions that not only he has to find an answer to, but also other Columbus-area prospects like 2019 guard Jeremiah Francis and 2019 forward Jordan Mitchell.“The reality is this: (Dane) committed to Ohio State two-and-a-half years ago, but he also committed to Thad Matta. One of those variable is gone now,” Damon said. “Ohio State is a special place and Dane knows that. And he knows how special it can be for him. But there’s just so many question marks as of today.”Damon said that some of those question are regarding who OSU decides to bring in. Dane and Damon will evaluate the new coach’s style, what type of players he will be looking for among other factors. Damon said he has no doubt OSU will find a very good coach — one who he hopes has a lot of the same qualities Matta had.“With Dane being a 17-year-old, the last few years he kind of had it planned out where he was going to be and who he was going to be playing for,” he said. “That world has been rocked a little bit right now. It’s tough for him and tough on us as parents. There’s really nothing to do until they decide who is going to lead the program.”As of now, Dane has not had any other schools directly reach out to him, his father said.Matta’s departure was especially hard on Dane and their family given the profound impact the former coach had on them from the start of Dane’s recruitment.“I never knew (Matta) before he recruited Dane,” Damon Goodwin said. “I think Dane and I and our whole family were just kind of blown away by his sincerity. He offered Dane — you know, he hadn’t played a high school game. (Matta) saw him play in the summers. He saw him work out in the fall and when a guy like that makes a commitment to your son, that’s impressive.“As a father, I don’t know what else you would want out of a coach for your son. He’s a good man. That’s certainly the toughest part.”Jacob Myers: myers.1669@osu.edu and Twitter @Jacob _Myers_25 read more

Iran wins first World Cup match in 20 years

first_imgIn a tough and well-fought match, Morocco lost its opening match of FIFA World Cup against its Asian counterpart, Iran, as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time giving Iran their first win match since 1998.Morocco started aggressively and dominated the proceedings for first 20 minutes of the game but lost the grip on the match as the game proceeded. Bouhaddouz put the ball into his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.The African side had wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied later on when Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand produced a fine save from Hakim Ziyech.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.But Iran took went with the win, and this their second time in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo plans reality show of himself

first_imgIn 2015, there was a Cristiano Ronaldo’s film which gave an insight into his sporting and personal life, it is 2018 and the Portugues international star is set to start up his own reality show and it will be about himself, only that this time, it will be on social media.The reality show will follow Ronaldo on and off the pitch and shall be partly produced by Tom Brady’s Religion of Sports media company who had before now, created a series on the NFL star named Tom vs Time for Facebook Watch, according to Variety via FourFourTwo.Ronaldo who has 122m followers on his official Facebook page seeks to sell the concept of a 13-part series with Facebook reportedly keen to secure it.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The series has been reported to have a value of around $10m (£8.8m) and this means Ronaldo will be adequately paid no matter who it’s sold to. However, that isn’t the only one the five-time Ballon d’Or winne wants to have.Ronaldo will launch a superhero series named Striker Force 7 and a drama following a girls’ high school soccer team in upstate New York very soon.last_img read more

Emre Can undergoes successful surgery

first_imgJuventus have announced that Emre Can underwent successful surgery on a thyroid problemThe 24-year-old midfielder joined the Old Lady in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool and has since made 10 appearances in all competitions with three of those being starts.But Emre has been sidelined for Juventus’ last three games after detecting a thyroid nodule.Following further tests on the injury, manager Massimiliano Allegri admitted that Emre will have to undergo surgery on the injury.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Now Juventus have confirmed that the operation in Frankfurt was a success, but refused to give a timeframe for a possible comeback for Emre.“The operation was carried out today in Frankfurt by Prof. Vorlaender, in the presence of Dr. Claudio Rigo and was a complete success,” read a statement on the club website.“The prognosis for the resumption of physical activity will be better assessed in the coming days.last_img read more

Masquerading Festive Parade held on Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2017 – Grand Turk – The Masquerading Committee, the brainchild of Ms. Valerie Jennings and President, Mr. Valentino Selver Jr. and member express sincere thanks to all the sponsors, participants, and the entire community of Grand Turk, for making its first annual New Year’s Day Masquerading Festival Parade, held on January 1, 2018, a great success.After a sudden downpour of rain, the Masqueraders and the local ripsaw band “rushed” the streets, led by Mr. Cushy Alice/Ellis, who did an excellent job of leading the parade from the Lester Williams Park, South Back Salina to the Clock Tower, Downtown.   In tote, were the local ripsaw band, followed by participants and next by the famous “We Funk” Junkanoo band led by the man himself, the TCI king of Junkanoo, Mr. Ketch Penn.The sweet, sweet sounds of the music of both groups drew hundreds of spectators, including residents and tourists alike, who stopped to view the parade, take pictures, dance, shake and rock with the music.Other highlights of the parade were the masqueraders on bicycles – David Smith riding his bicycle doing short twists and turns; while Mr. Edgar Jennings walked his colourful bicycle displaying TCI flags along each side; and Mr. Kingsley Francis masquerading on his horse.Also among the many participants was Mrs. Doris (Dar) Williams, wife of the last oldest Masquerader and Grand Turk’s famous rip saw band, Mr. Edgar Williams (who himself unfortunately could not made it out to attend the event).   There were also a few of the community’s elderly ladies in attendance, such as Mrs. Iris Penn, Mrs. Irene Astwood, Mrs. Winifred Jennings and Mrs. Helena Williams who enjoyed telling stories about the Masses of the olden days, as they swayed to the music and enjoyed the celebration.The parade ending at the Clock Tower where there was a brief ceremony, called to order by the Vice President of the Masquerading Committee, Ms. Valerie Jennings, to thank all participants and to crown winners as follows:Senior King of Masses – Mr. Stanley SymonnetteSenior Queen of Masses – Mrs. Veronica WilliamsKing of Masses – Mr. Carl WilliamsQueen of Masses – Ms. Maria RigbyPrince of Masses – Mr. Valentino Selver Jr.Princess of Masses – Miss Valjonique SelverOther winners included:Best Masquerader Dancing with a House on the Head – Mr. Thomas (Mellie) SimmsBest Rip Saw Band (which was led by Mr. William (Brer Doggie) RobinsonBest Female Costume – Ms. Maria RigbyBest Male Costume – Mr. Carl Williams of North Back SalinaBest Masquerader on Horse Back – Mr. Kingsley FrancisBest Poorest & Original Costume – Mr. Terrence (MacGyver) TaylorThe Butterflies – representing the island of Grand TurkMasquerader Ms. Kathleen Simms – representing the island of Salt CayMasqueraders Ms. Flossie Williams and her daughter Angela – representing the settlement of Palm GroveMasquerader Mr. Greg Astwood – representing the settlement of Over BackBand Leader, Mr. Walter (Cushy) Ellis and Mr. Carl Williams – representing the settlement of North Back SalinaMasquerader Mr. Stanley (Coot) Carter and Company – representing the settlement of West Road.Masquerader Mr. Thomas (Mellie) Simms – representing the settlement of South Back Salina.Masqueraders for South Caicos and the Special Needs groups were unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.Everyone seemed to have a good time and happy to welcome back the return to Masses. Many said that they were “very impressed”, “loved it” and that it was “off to a good start”.   Mrs. Lynn Missick-James, was the first spectator to arrive at the parade and helped to provide some of the stuff for the participants with words of encouragement.   Mr. Alton Higgs, another one of TCI’s cultural legends, shouted from a passing car “Keep the culture going!”.   Another spectator, Mrs. Jane Williams from Salt Cay commended the parade in saying that it was a great way of bringing the community together.We will continue to celebrate as our ancestors did with the tattered clothing and houses on their heads and rip saw music.  We are calling on all schools, churches, civic groups, and island and settlement groups to start preparing.  Get your participants to learn from the elders in the community how to make costumes and how to dance with a house on your head.  Get ready for Masquerade Festival Parade 2019.  We promise you it will be bigger and better.May God continue to bless us all as we seek to promote, preserve and display our beautiful traditions.Special thanks to:All members of our committee and others who stepped in to help in some form and encouraged us.Mrs. Eunettie Glinton and her familyMrs. Rita GardinerMs. Danzella JenningsMs. Delphine SimonsMr. Thomas SimmsMr. Codeno MissickMs. Willis WilliamsMr. Walter EllisMr. & Mr. Edgar JenningsMrs. Tanya TaylorMrs. Tonya JamesMr. Edwin DickensonMrs. Teresa AndrewsMrs. Alice WilliamsMr. David SmithMr. Stanly Carter and companyMr. Stanley SymonetteMrs. Susan AstwoodMs. Sharon SimonsMr. Dan WilliamsMrs. Peach CaleyMr. Alexander SwannMr. Ernest ClarkeMrs. Veronica WilliamsThe Department of TourismThe Department of CultureMinistry of TourismMinistry of HealthHon. Oswald SkippingsMr. Arthur LightbourneIntercaribbean AirwaysRadio Turks & Caicos Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Press Release: Valerie Jenningslast_img read more

Martin Garrix To Drop New Single Game Over With Loopers

first_img https://www.instagram.com/p/BhHLCLOHZlm/?hl=en&taken-by=martingarrix Details On Martin Garrix’ New Single martin-garrix-drop-new-single-game-over-loopers Martin Garrix To Drop New Single “Game Over” With Loopers News Twitter Facebook Garrix took to Instagram to hype the release, posting photos of he and Loopers in the studio working on the track as well as the single’s artwork. “Game Over” comes not long after Garrix’ collaboration with David Guetta and Brooks on “Like I Do,” which dropped earlier this year. This Friday, one of the world’s top DJs will release his latest single, a collaboration with fellow Dutchman LoopersNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 18, 2018 – 9:37 am Dutch DJ phenom Martin Garrix has announced his newest single will drop this Friday, April 20. The song, “Game Over,” is a collaboration between Garrix and fellow Dutchman Loopers. https://www.instagram.com/p/BhqgY3XHzCs/?hl=en&taken-by=martingarrix Just last month, Garrix was in Miami for Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival where he attended and spoke at the premiere of What We Started, a new documentary about the history and influence of dance music.Garrix is currently touring the world and will land in Las Vegas for a series of shows in May. For a full list of tour dates, visit Garrix’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email last_img read more

Volvo joins BMW and Mercedes in panEuropean datasharing pilot project

first_img The 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design sports clean, simple design 30 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Volvo S60 Volvo Ford BMW Mercedes-Benz BMW Volvo Enlarge ImageVolvo’s vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology will see its benefits extend beyond the brand as part of this group. Volvo A bunch of automakers, service providers and governments have joined forces to share data from cars and infrastructure, but don’t worry, because it’s not some freaky dystopian thing.Volvo announced on Monday that it is teaming up with a variety of groups in a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force, which was originally founded in 2017. The idea behind this pilot project is that all the involved groups will share vehicle and infrastructure data with one another, ideally using that data to create safer roads for everybody.As part of the task force, Volvo will provide real-time data from its connected-car safety tech. Certain Volvo vehicles are already capable of warning each other about slippery roads or cars marooned on the side of the road, but now that data will be shared with others. Service providers or municipalities could then use that data to warn non-Volvo drivers about the same road hazards, expanding its benefits beyond a single brand.”We think this type of anonymized data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a statement. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realizing this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”The European Data Task Force already has some big names behind it. The governments of Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Spain are already on board, and service providers like Here and TomTom Traffic are also members of the group. In terms of automakers, it’s BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Tagscenter_img More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry Preview • 2019 Volvo S60: Familiar formula with a twist Share your voice Post a comment 5:33 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Review • 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Crazy Mohan death Tamil actorwriter passes away at 67

first_imgCrazy Mohan with Kamal Haasan.PR HandoutActor and playwright Crazy Mohan passed away after suffering a massive heart attack on Monday, 10 June. He was declared dead at around 2 pm at Cauvery Hospital in Chennai. He was aged 67.There were confusions over the death as some media outlets claimed that he passed away even before the formal announcement.  Based on the reports in Tamil Media, a few celebrities that include actor Siddharth posted condolence messages on Twitter. After realising the blunder, he deleted it and wrote, “Hearing news that #CrazyMohan sir is still critical. Several news outlets have tweeted about his passing. Kindly delete the tweets. Let us hope he comes out of this. ❤️. [sic]An engineer by profession, Crazy Mohan was fond of writing skits since his college days. His first full-fledged stage play was Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam. Indeed, ‘Crazy’ became the prefix to his name, thereafter. Mohan’s talent was spotted by legendary filmmaker K Balachander, who adapted his play Marriage made in Saloon to a film called Poi Kal Kuthirai and asked him to write dialogues for the film. His inimitable pun and fun made him the favourite writer of Kamal Haasan for his comedy films. Sathi Leelavathi, Kaathala Kaathala, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Indian, Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Panchathanthiram and Vasool Raja MBBS among many other films that they had joined hands.Although he used to get plenty of offers from films, Crazy Mohan preferred theatre to films. He wrote over 30 plays, besides many plays for TV. Here is Crazy, Siri Siri Crazy, Siri Gama Padhani, Maadhu Cheenu, Nil Gavani Crazy, Crazy Times and Vidaathu Siripu were his teleplays. He has also penned 100+ short stories.Mohan also acted in many films that include Arunachalam, Chinna Vathiyar, Indian and Naan Ee (2012).Celebs Condole his Death: Many celebrities have mourned the death of Crazy Mohan on Twitter. Check out their condolence message below:Siddharth: Heartbroken. This is a loss that will take forever to sink in. Deepest condolences to the family. There will never be another #CrazyMohan sir. Prayers for his soul.KhushbuSundar ❤️ ❤️ ❤️: News just coming in about the demise of #CrazyMohan .. they could not revive him very unfortunately.. a genius has left behind a legacy.. deepest condolences to his family.. may his soul rest in peace..Radikaa Sarathkumar: Will miss him #CrazyMohan , very sad.Prasanna: Even few days back when I met my friend dir @rs_prasanna we were talking about #CrazyMohan sir and how he added value to our film #KSS his writings and performances have always been top notch. His comedy sense non stop. A fantastic human. RIP Crazy sir. Will miss uChandramouli.P.S: A major part of my childhood memories left today. You’re in a better safer happier place #CrazyMohan sir you will be missedlast_img read more

Budget 2017 Health care costs may rise if so far untaxable services

first_imgMedical care costs would go up and India’s national goal to provide universal healthcare coverage to all will be hit if Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley decides to bring health care services and facilities under the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a research paper by Assocham-TechSci cautioned.Budget 2017: Four factors likely to create uncertainty, says Motilal Oswal SecuritiesCurrently, certain health care services fall within the ambit of tax, while other services are non-taxable.Service tax is NOT applicable when:1. The service provider is not a hospital, nursing home or multi-specialty clinic 2. The service is provided by an independent doctor or a resident doctor of a hospital 3. Preventive care offered to the insured person 4. Payment made by the individual for services obtained by the individualHowever, service tax IS applicable on services provided by any hospital, multi-specialty clinic or nursing home for:1. Health check-ups 2. Corporate health check-ups 3. Health insurance plans by insurance companies”A large number of items like food and other essentials for a common household are being kept outside the purview of the GST. The health care is equally important and essential, important only next to food. So, there is a strong case for the sector to be spared the GST,” Assocham secretary general DS Rawat said. While presenting his fourth Budget on February 1, Jaitley is expected to announce the government’s road map to implement the GST. The trade body said those health care services exempted from service tax currently should be continued even after the implementation of the GST regime for at least 10 years. The paper also advocated that Jaitley should significantly raise tax exemption on preventive health check-ups under section 80-D of the Income Tax Act and announce a health care infrastructure medical innovation fund in the forthcoming Budget.Additionally, it said the GST exemption should cover the health insurance premium, as the same is exempted from the service tax at present and demanded to increase the depreciation rate on medical devices, equipment from 15 percent to 30 percent.Also, corporate income tax incentives, which are currently given on capital expenditure for hospitals having 100 beds and above, need to be extended to greenfield hospitals with 50 beds to encourage better health care facilities in tier 2, 3 and 4 cities.last_img read more

Strong GDP data stokes RBI ratehike talk

first_imgA police officer stands guard in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai, India, August 9, 2016.Reuters fileIndia has officially reclaimed its status as the world’s fastest growing economy after reporting a GDP growth of 7.2 percent in October-December, fastest in five quarters.The data puts spotlight back on Asia’s third-largest economy that beat China’s 6.8 percent and analysts’ median forecast of about 7 percent.While the data has surely brought some relief to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year, it makes the situation tricky for the central bank while reviewing interest rates on April 5.Some economists now anticipate the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could raise interest rates after the April policy meeting.”We expect a rate hike from RBI, most likely at the August review,” said Abhishek Upadhyay, economist, ICICI Securities Prime Dealership told Reuters.The case for a rate hike gets further prominence as inflationary pressures ease. India’s retail inflation eased marginally to 5.1 percent in January from a 17-month high of 5.2 percent in December.”The next few months of inflation and growth data will be key to determining the evolution of policy rates. If growth remains robust and inflation prints continue to project headline inflation a year ahead well above the target, then a change in stance from “neutral” to “withdrawal of accommodation” might have to be considered,” RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said after the February policy.But some economists expect RBI to hold fire for a few more quarters till inflation situation improves. The central bank’s goal is to keep headline inflation close to 4 percent over the medium term.”We expect the Reserve Bank of India to continue to be on hold. A change in their stance will depend on how the monetary authority looks at inflation panning out in the next 3-4 quarters,” said Gaurav Kapoor, chief economist at IndusInd Bank told Reuters.The central bank has kept its interest rate unchanged at 6.00 percent since a 25 basis points cut in August.last_img read more

Khaleda complains of govt attempt to manipulate her trial

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday told the court that the prime minister and her party leaders are trying to influence the judge by making comments on her under-trial cases.“Honourable court, where should I go then? I want to keep my confidence in the court,” she said placing her arguments in self-defence for about an hour.The former prime minister appeared in the court seeking bail in two in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases after the court had issued warrant for her arrest when she was in London.In her contention, Khaleda Zia cited an example and said, “A judge acquitted Tarique Rahman of a graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Later, the judge, along with his family, had to flee the country.”In the make-shift court in Bakshibazar, the BNP chairperson also pointed out that it is not court premises “where you are sitting and disposing of the cases.”She recalled that during the caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed, backed by  army chief Moeen U Ahmed, a special court was set up in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises where trials of politicians and members of parliament were being conducted.Read More: Khaleda secures bail in two graft casesKhaleda mentioned that the current prime minister, Sheikh Hasina was accused of bribery in a case. However, she added, all cases were quashed once she formed the government.“(Despite such records), the prime minister, ministers and leaders of the ruling party are making reckless comments about sub-judice matters to influence the judge,” she observed.Khaleda Zia was granted bail by the special court, Dhaka, in the two cases. She returned home on Wednesday.last_img read more

Russia still open to TrumpPutin meeting

first_imgDonald Trump & Vladimir Putin. File PhotoThe Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russia was still open to the possibility of a meeting between US president Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin despite Washington’s expulsion of a slew of Russian diplomats.Trump earlier this month congratulated Putin on his re-election win and said the two leaders would meet soon.However, already poor ties between Moscow and Washington have since deteriorated further over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and the United States on Monday said it was expelling 60 Russian diplomats.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday that Moscow had received no information from Washington about whether the Trump-Putin meeting was still on the agenda, but remained open to cooperation.last_img read more

Trump Says Hes Considering Military Response to Venezuela

first_img Share APAmid a cloud of tear gas, an anti-government protester covers himself with a shield that reads in Spanish “Freedom,” from jet of water shot from water cannon, during clashes with security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro attempted to march to the Supreme Court to protest its decision to gut the opposition-controlled congress of its powers _ a ruling that was quickly rescinded under a barrage of international criticism but that set off weeks of political unrest that have left some three dozens killed. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) President Donald Trump said on Friday that he’s considering possible military action against Venezuela in response to President Nicolas Maduro’s power grab.Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course that he’s “not going to rule out” a military option.” He added that it’s “certainly something that we could pursue.”Trump has been blasting Maduro’s moves to consolidate power, describing him as a “dictator.”The Trump administration has issued a series of sanctions against Maduro and more than two dozen current and former Venezuelan officials. But a military intervention would be an extraordinary escalation in response.last_img read more

Territorial defense by the Taiwanese Kukrisnake

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com While territorial behavior is common in other reptiles, such as lizards, snakes normally rely on mobile food sources and rely on hunting. Once a meal is found, they move on. However, the Kukrisnakes of Orchid Island have found themselves a defendable source of food and they are standing their ground, especially the females.Orchid Island is home to many turtle nesting grounds and those nests are where the snakes have set up camp so to speak. These nests contain upwards of 100 eggs which take two months to hatch. This provides the snake with a food source that can last weeks without going bad.Researchers discovered it is usually the male snakes which find the nests first; however, if a female snake should happen upon the same nest, it is usually the female who wins out.Kukrisnakes have very large blade-like teeth and are very aggressive. They also fend off attackers by raising their tail in order to mimic another head. Unfortunately for the male snake, the tail area also contains their manhood. Male Kukrisnakes, having what is called a hemipenis, or twin penis, also evert these to further confuse predators. Unfortunately, when fighting a female with large teeth, it appears these male snakes would rather give up the nests than risk injury and loss of reproductive function, even though by size they are much larger than their female counterparts.Huang found however, if another female happened upon a nest already occupied by another female snake, they seem to stick together and share the contents of the nest. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fragmented forests result in more snakes, fewer birds The Taiwanese Kukrisnake. Image: robferblue/flickr Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — In a first documented case of territorial behavior by a species of snake, a team led by Wen-San Huang of Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural Science and Cornell University discuss the Kukrisnakes from Taiwan’s Orchid Island in a report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: Territorial defense by the Taiwanese Kukrisnake (2011, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-territorial-defense-taiwanese-kukrisnake.html The Taiwanese kukrisnake. More information: Territorial behavior in Taiwanese kukrisnakes (Oligodon formosanus), PNAS, Published online before print April 18, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1101804108last_img read more

For some older adults private Medicare Advantage

first_imgFor some older adults, private Medicare Advantage plans next year will include a host of new benefits, such as transportation to medical appointments, home-delivered meals, wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars, or air conditioners for asthma sufferers. But the new benefits will not be widely available, and they won’t be easy to find, during this fall’s enrollment period.Of the 3,700 plans across the country next year, only 273 in 21 states will offer at least one. About 7 percent of Advantage members — 1.5 million people — will have access, Medicare officials estimate. That means even for the savviest shoppers it will be a challenge to figure out which plans offer the new benefits and who qualifies for them. Medicare officials have touted the expansion as historic and an innovative way to keep seniors healthy and independent. Despite that enthusiasm, a full listing of the new services are not available on Medicare’s web-based “plan finder,” the government tool used by beneficiaries, counselors and insurance agents to sort through dozens of plan options. Medicare officials see the added benefits as a key to helping Advantage members prevent costly hospitalizations. Federal approval of new supplemental benefits is “one of the most significant changes made to the Medicare program,” said Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at an insurers’ meeting last month. She added that she expects plans to expand the number of services in coming years.Medicare Advantage plans, which are an alternative to traditional Medicare, serve 21 million beneficiaries and limit their out-of-pocket expenses. But they also restrict members to a network of doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. They often offer benefits not available in traditional Medicare, such as dental and vision care, hearing aids and gym memberships. The federal government pays the plans to help cover the cost of each member. Enrollment is underway now for choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, as well as for people in traditional Medicare who want to buy a policy for drug coverage. The deadline for both plans is Dec. 7.Among the new benefits that some Medicare Advantage plans said they will offer are:Trips to the pharmacy or fitness centerin addition to doctor’s appointments for plan members, depending on where they live or their health conditions.A monthly or quarterly allowance for over-the-counter pharmacy products such as cold and allergy medications, eye drops, vitamins, supplements and compression stockings. Doctors or other health care providers who make housecalls, under certain conditions.A home health care aide for a limited number of hours to help with dressing, eating and other daily activities, sometimes including household chores and light housekeeping.However, plans offering these services will likely have only some of the options and will have different eligibility criteria and other limitations. Advantage members will need a recommendation or referral from a health care provider in the plan’s network. Then they may need to have a certain chronic health problem, a recent hospitalization or meet other eligibility requirements.Also, the same services likely won’t be available in every county the plan serves. For example, next year Humana Medicare Advantage members in Texas and South Florida in just two of the 43 states Humana serves will be able to get a free in-home personal care aide for up to 42 hours a year if they can’t be left alone at home. And more than half of the members in Cigna-HealthSpring Advantage plans will have access to free transportation services in all but five of the 16 states and the District of Columbia where the company sells coverage. To find these supplemental benefits, seniors can go to the online plan finder. After they enter their Zip code and get a list of plans available locally, they can click on a plan name. That will take them to another page that offers more details about coverage, including a tab for health and drug plan benefits. That page might say whether the new services are offered. But often the website will simply say that some benefits are available and advise consumers to contact the plan for more information.”There is a lot of information on the plan finder, but there is a lot of information missing that requires beneficiaries to do more research,” says Deb McFarland, Medicare services program supervisor at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.There are also other variables to be considered when choosing an Advantage plan, such as which health care providers and pharmacies participate in a plan’s network, what drugs are covered and costs. Where available, however, several insurers say the services will be free with no increase in monthly premiums. “We certainly believe that all of the ancillary benefits we provide will help keep our members healthy which is good for them and it’s good for us in the long run,” said Steve Warner, head of the Medicare Advantage product team at UnitedHealthcare, which insures about 5 million seniors or one out of every four Medicare Advantage members.Insurers are betting that services will eventually pay for themselves.Dawn Maroney, consumer president at Alignment Healthcare, which serves eight counties in Southern California, says it’s much cheaper to give an air conditioner to someone with congestive heart failure to keep that patient healthy than to pay for expensive medical treatment. But if the new benefits are such a good idea, they should be available to the majority of older adults in traditional Medicare, says David Lipschutz, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Medicare Advantage plans have extra money to spend on benefits next year because the federal government increased its payments an average of 3.4 percent, seven times more than the rate of increase in 2018. For free help with Medicare Advantage and drug plan enrollment, contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (www.shiptacenter.org) or the Medicare Rights Center (800-333-4114 or www.medicareinteractive.org). Find Medicare’s Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx or call 800-633-4227.Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. 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