Mamata’s letter to include a group in ST list rattles tribals

first_imgA recommendation to shift one community from Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has enraged the tribal communities of Bengal. In her February 13 letter to the Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Ms. Banerjee specified reasons why the group — Kurmi Mahatos, mentioned as Kurmis in the letter — should be included in the tribal list. In her letter, the second since April 2017, Ms. Banerjee argued that the “beliefs & social customs” of the Kurmi Mahatos “closely resemble those of the tribal people.”Sarada Prasad Kisku, the President of Federation of Adivasi Association, an umbrella organisation of tribal groups, however, said: “Kurmi Mahatos cannot be considered Adivasis [tribals] by a long shot.” “In British India they were considered tribals as many non-urban, non-English speaking village folks were considered original inhabitants. But the same reason cannot be applied in 2018 to consider Kurmi Mahatos as a tribe as they mainly follow rituals of the Hindu upper caste,” said Mr. Kisku. The “real reason” to recommend Kurmi Mahatos is connected to forthcoming Panchayat polls, he added. Kurmi Mahatos reside in large numbers in pockets of western Bengal. For instance, in Purulia, they are a little less than 40% and can play “a significant role” against Trinamool Congress (TMC) if they are “not appeased” by the ruling party.last_img read more

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Free Jaggi Protests Rock Indian Mission In Washington DC On Republic Day

first_imgAfter the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, the campaign by Sikh protesters to free UK national Jagtar Singh Johal, alias Jaggi, arrested by the Punjab Police in 2017, reached the US on 26 January, when slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’ were shouted in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC during the Republic Day celebrations.Read it at The Print Related Itemslast_img

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DC helps special girl live her dream

first_imgIt was a dream come true for 15-year-old differently abled Anmol Beri in Punjab’s Ferozepur on Friday when she stepped into the shoes of a Deputy Commissioner for an entire day.Anmol, suffering from locomotor and dwarfism, was invited by Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner Chander Gaind to fulfil her dream of being a Deputy Commissioner for a day.“Anmol had told me that she wanted to be an IAS officer, following which I promised her that I can help her to fulfil her dream of being a Deputy Commissioner,” Mr. Gaind said.Mr. Gaind said the girls was suffering from a rare locomotor disease which had stopped the growth of her body. He said Anmol had topped in matriculation with 85.6% marks and was now studying in Class XI. Brand ambassador“It was during a seminar against drug abuse in her school that I had met Anmol and I was impressed by her performance at the seminar, despite her suffering,” he said, adding that she has also been appointed as district brand ambassador of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”.Anmol was given a separate chair adjacent to the DC’s official chair. “She closely observed the working of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. She also attended several congratulatory calls on the official number,” said Mr. Gaind.‘Valuable suggestions’“She gave some valuable suggestions. Among them were that potholed roads must be repaired immediately, stray cattle menace and plastic must be eliminated at the earliest. I informed her that the tenders of roads have been floated and the government has sanctioned ₹3 crore for a new cow shelter where the stray cattle will be shifted,” said Mr. Gaind.“I aspire to become an IAS officer and today I have been given an opportunity to discharge duty like a Deputy Commissioner. It feels great, It’s a big day,” she told reporters.last_img read more

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Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury

first_imgRead Next View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon, left, puts up a reverse layup as Philadelphia 76ers’ Justin Anderson tries to defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE  — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.Brogdon suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Bucks’ 108-89 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. The reigning Rookie of the Year went down after a dunk and needed to be helped off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT The Bucks said in a statement Friday they learned the extent of Brogdon’s injury after he underwent an MRI and an examination by the team’s doctor.Bucks forward D.J. Wilson said he had feared that Brogdon’s injury was even worse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Finding out that he’s going to be out for a couple of months kind of shocked me. Shocked all of us,” Wilson said. “Six to eight weeks is a long time, but not as long as it could have been.”Brogdon has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only Bucks players to win the league’s top rookie honors.center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Magnolia seizes solo PH Cup lead 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. We understand that it’s part of the game,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “He’s tough-minded and he will battle through this.”last_img read more

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From braided alphabets to scrunched-up braids, Alia Bhatt’s hair clearly belongs to the runway

first_imgGearing up for the release of her upcoming movie, Kapoor & Sons, co-starring her rumoured boyfriend Sidharth Malhotra and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt seems visibly excited.Also read: Want to fake a haircut? Steal Sonam Kapoor’s sneaky trickAfter starring in a dud like Shaandaar, the actress is pulling no stops in order to make sure her next outing on the box office proves to be a smash hit–and that includes her getting creative with hairstyles, courtesy her hairstylist, Ayesha DeVitre.The 22-year-old actress has switched up her hair game to the next level. From braided letters to scrunched -up braids, Alia’s hair clearly belongs to the runway.Also read:Hairspiration: Six ways to update your hair like Sonam KapoorAlia started sporting the quirky hairstyles by wearing her hair in an S-shaped braid in order to mark the beginning of promotions. “Kick “S”tarting promotions!!!! #KapoorAndSons (sic),” the actress posted on her Instagram.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhattWhile this is a shot from her hairstylist’s Instagram, the Highway actress shared a closeup shot of her hair on Instagram–which was braided to resemble an O–while expressing her excitement about the movie’s release, “”O”h can’t wait for 18th March!!! #KapoorAndSons #KNSMarch18th (sic).”Picture courtesy: Instagram/@ayeshadevitreWith her eagerness about the promotions on an all-time high, the actress gave an insight into her mood by finishing her hairdo in a braid that resembled the letter P in order to indicate that the promotional spree she is on, captioning her image, “”P”romotion mode !!! #KapoorAndSons #KNS18thMarch (sic).”advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhattThat’s not all, though. The actress gave rather cute school-girl vibes by sporting messy braids that ended in big, scrunched-up hair.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@aliaabhattAnd after seeing this picture of Alia Bhatt in a fringe, we are absolutely sure that in her next movie, this is the hairstyle we want to see on her.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@ayeshadevitrelast_img read more

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Ravi Shastri will probably get the coach job: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar feels his ex-teammate Ravi Shastri is the favourite to become the head coach of the Indian cricket team.Shastri has become the front-runner for the high-profile job after he formally submitted his application to the BCCI.”Ravi actually was the one (during his tenure as Team Director) the turnaround actually started for the Indian cricket team back in 2014,” Gavaskar told NDTV.”After India lost in England, the BCCI asked him to come in as a team director…suddenly there was a change in the team’s fortunes over a period of time. Now that he’s applied, he’s probably the man who is going to get the job,” Gavaskar said.Shastri, who served as Indian team director from August 2014 to June 2016, shares a healthy rapport with the players including captain Virat Kohli.During his tenure, India won limited-overs away series against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.The others who have applied for the head coach role are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput and Phil Simmons.last_img read more

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Arsenal F.C. beat Chelsea F.C. to lift Community Shield

first_imgArsenal collected the Community Shield after beating Chelsea 4-1 in a penalty shootout on Sunday that used an experimental format mixing up the order of the spotkicks.After the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, Olivier Giroud scored the winning penalty. The striker ensured the FA Cup holders opened the season just as they finished the last campaign – by beating the Premier League champions to secure silverware at Wembley Stadium.It was a meeting at English soccer’s national stadium in March that saw soccer’s lawmakers agree to test out a new pattern that would see the order mixed up between teams A and B to ABBAABBAAB.Only six penalties were required in Sunday’s game after Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Alvaro Morata both missed in succession. Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud then both converted their kicks to clinch the victory.Chelsea had led during the game, with Victor Moses scoring inside a minute of the second half.But Arsenal leveled immediately after gaining a man advantage. Pedro Rodriguez, wearing a mask after being injured on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, was dismissed in the 80th minute for a studs-up sliding challenge on Mohamed Elneny.It proved even costlier when the resulting free kick by Granit Xhaka was headed in by new defensive recruit Sead Kolasinac.last_img read more

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Australia call up Steve O’Keefe to replace injured Josh Hazlewood

first_imgAustralia have called up spinner Steve O’Keefe to replace injured quick Josh Hazlewood for the second and final test against Bangladesh.Hazlewood will return home for rehabilitation at the end of the opening Test and miss the second match in Chittagong as well as the limited overs tour of India which follows.Fast bowler Kane Richardson will replace Hazlewood in India but the presence of like-for-like replacement Jackson Bird in the Test squad in Bangladesh means a recall for O’Keefe.The left-arm finger spinner was considered unfortunate to miss out on the trip to Bangladesh after taking 19 wickets at an average of 23.26, including 12 in the first test at Pune, on the test tour of India earlier this year.O’Keefe, 32, was fined A$20,000 ($15,838) for “highly inappropriate behaviour” towards a female cricketer while drunk at an award ceremony in April, however, and failed to get a national contract.Fears that his misbehaviour, a second indiscretion involving alcohol in 18 months, might have brought an end to his international career were apparently misplaced, however.”With Jackson Bird in the squad we are comfortable with our fast-bowling options for the second test and have elected to add an additional spinner given the conditions we are likely to face in Chittagong,” Australia’s head selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement on Wednesday.AP PhotoHazlewood’s contribution to the Bangladesh tour may not be over yet, despite the left side strain that team physiotherapist David Beakley said would require “several weeks of rehabilitation”.Australia go into day four of the test at Shere Bangla National Stadium needing 156 more runs to win with eight wickets in hand and Hazlewood will bat if necessary.advertisementThe loss of the hardiest of Australia’s pace bowlers just a few months before they host England in an Ashes series around the New Year is a blow, however.While Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc have been frequent visitors to the treatment room, Hazlewood has been his country’s most reliable fast bowler since making his test debut in late 2014.The Ashes series begins in Brisbane on November 23.last_img read more

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Who is Alexis’s agent Fernando Felicevich?

first_imgTransfers Who is Fernando Felicevich? Alexis Sanchez’s super agent who brokered Man Utd transfer Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 04:25 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal Getty Transfers A. Sánchez Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Argentine ex-rugby player represents some of Chile’s biggest names, and made a pretty penny from his client’s move away from Arsenal Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester has been a long and drawn out one, with the Chile international initially set to leave Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer, and then again in January before a late offer from Manchester United put the Red Devils at the top of the queue.Behind the scenes, one man worked to make it all happen, looking for the best possible deal for his client – and himself. Super agent Fernando Felicevich is Alexis’s agent, having helped secure him moves to Barcelona and Arsenal after taking him from Chile to Udinese.Unlike Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes or Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representative Mino Raiola, Felicevich is not as well known worldwide. Goal brings you everything you need to know about the man who Forbes ranked as the sixth most powerful football agent in the world in 2017. 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 When did Felicevich become an agent?we are gunners !!! #SanchezSigns pic.twitter.com/pJOFXxBypk— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) July 13, 2014Felicevich was not always a football agent, actually not getting into the business until he was 33 years old. A former rugby player in Argentina, he studied an MBA in advertising in Paris, and moved to Chile in 2002 to join the McCann Erikson advertising agency.While in Chile, he met old friend Pablo Lenci, who suggested he move out of advertising and into sports. Thanks to his work for Alexis and other young South American players, Felicevich became known as a shrewd businessman but also a warm, helpful agent, which helped him gain bigger and better clients.Felicevich’s approach means that he does not charge his clients for advice or assistance when he is working for them, instead taking a percentage of the transfer fees whenever his players move clubs. As a result, he stood to make more than £10 million from the sale of Alexis. Where did he meet Alexis?Celebrating !!! #FACupWinners2015 pic.twitter.com/l4YPpePipT— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) May 30, 2015Felicevich represented a number of domestic players in South America, including Arturo Norambuena, who was a team-mate of then 15-year-old Alexis Sanchez at Cobreloa. The agent travelled to Alexis’s hometown of Tocopilla to meet the teenager’s mother, where he became close with the Sanchez family. As a result, Felicevich was hired as the forward’s agent, and helped broker a deal for Alexis to join Udinese in 2006.As he was still a teenager, he was seen as one for the future by the Italian club, and Felicevich helped Sanchez secure a loan move to Colo Colo to continue his professional development in his native Chile. Another loan followed, with Alexis joining River Plate the following season before he broke into the Udinese first team in 2008.His breakthrough season came in 2010-11 when he scored 12 Serie A goals and was named the most promising young player in the world by FIFA.com, ahead of Gareth Bale and Neymar. After this, Felicevich masterminded a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, with Pep Guardiola spending €26m (£23m) to make him the club’s first Chilean player. Although Alexis’s time at Barcelona was inconsistent, he was still very much in demand, and Arsenal paid £31.7m for his services in 2014, with Felicevich bringing his client to the Premier League.Who are Felicevich’s clients?Arturo Vidal Chile World Cup qualifyingThrough his friendship and working partnership with Sanchez, Felicevich was introduced to numerous other Chile internationals, and now represents some of the country’s biggest names. Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal and Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz are two of his clients based in Germany, while he also takes care of business for former Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez and Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel.Felicevich helped bring Claudio Bravo to Manchester City from Barcelona in 2016. He still represents numerous players in Chile, including Colo Colo’s Claudio Baeza and Cesar Fuentes of Universidad Catolica. Player Club Alexis Sanchez Manchester United Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich Charles Aranguiz Bayer Leverkusen Gary Medel Besiktas Claudio Bravo Manchester City Angelo Henriquez Atlas Felipe Gutierrez Real Betis Eugenio Mena Bahia Fabian Orellana Eibar Cristobal Jorquera Bursaspor Claudio Baeza Colo Colo Alvaro Ramos Club Leon Cesar Fuentes Universidad Catolica Emiliano Vecchio Santos Rodrigo Millar Monarcas Morelia Christopher Toselli Atlas Sebastian Martinez Huachipato Sebastian Toro Palestino Cristian Gutierrez Huachipato Francisco Sierralta Parma How much is Felicevich worth? Vamos Chile carajoooo #2 pic.twitter.com/g9MGjDKVGZ— Fernando Felicevich (@ffelicevich) June 27, 2016Felicevich was ranked at number 35 on Forbes’ list of the most powerful agents in sport in 2017, with annual earnings of £13.5m. He has offices in Argentina and Peru, and has plans to expand into Brazil in the near future.Forbes called him “the king of South American soccer”, with only five other football agents ahead of him in their annual list. They also estimate his total contract value at £134.3m. The top spot on their 2017 list was shared by baseball agent Scott Boras and football’s Constantin Dumitrascu, who represents the likes of Edinson Cavani, Philippe Coutinho and N’Golo Kante.last_img read more

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia team profile

first_img Associated Press New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 16:48 IST AustraliaStrengths: Australia regained the World Cup title on home soil in 2015 and has the best win-loss ratio of any team at the quadrennial tournament. Has increasing confidence coming into the tournament on an eight-game winning streak after rallying from 2-0 down for a 3-2 series win in India and sweeping Pakistan 5-0. Will have a strong top order with Finch and Usman Khawaja finding form and David Warner and Steve Smith returning from their 12-month bans to restore a wealth of experience and depth to the batting. Mitchell Starc has returned from injury to add some x-factor to the pace attack and lend the in-form Pat Cummins a hand. Varied spinning options with Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon in the squad. Weaknesses: Coming off a turbulent period while former captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering controversy in a test match in South Africa. In the fallout, Australia has a new coach, new federation chairman and a new outlook on the game after going through a lengthy drought in the ODI format.Best World Cup performance: Champions (1987, ’99, 2003, ’07, ’15).Last World Cup: Winner.Captain: Aaron FinchCoach: Justin LangerWorld Cup win-loss record: 62-20, 1 tie, 1 NR.ICC ODI Ranking: 5Players to watch: Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.For 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Cricket AustraliaFollow Aaron Finch Team Profilecenter_img ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Australia team profileAustralia will be led by Aaron Finch at World Cup 2019advertisementlast_img read more

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Finance Minister wants Self-Financing Public Bodies to Provide Scholarships

first_imgMinister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he will be recommending the institution of a policy that will encourage self-financing public bodies to establish scholarship funds for the nation’s students.“If every self-financing public body were to take on this project, it would be a great addition to the educational plant in Jamaica,” he contended.Minister Shaw was speaking at the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission’s (BGLC’s) Education Fund Meet and Greet at the Commission’s office in Kingston on August 30.The BGLC is offering financial assistance in the amount of $9.5 million to cover the expenses of more than 180 students attending tertiary institutions for the academic year 2017/ 2018.The sum is the largest since the BGLC started its scholarship awards programme in 2013.The Minister commended the BGLC, and encouraged private-sector companies to follow the example of the entity.He also urged the students to make maximum use of the opportunity given to them.Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, indicated that in addition to the scholarships, the Commission provides grants to children of employees.last_img read more

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Ottawa man who discovered police officers comments talks about Chiefs response

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this week, Veldon Coburn ignited a firestorm in Ottawa when he outed a senior police officer for making racist comments.The comments were linked to the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.The officer made a number of disparaging comments about Indigenous people including:“It’s not a murder case….it’s could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows…..typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.“Because much of the aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers, living in poor conditions etc.” They have to have the will to change, it’s not society’s fault.”According to Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, the officer is still working. ‘Coburn took his concerns to the chief of police.news@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Chicago dramas do big business for NBC

NEW YORK — Producer Dick Wolf’s factory of Chicago dramas is becoming increasingly important for NBC.The Nielsen company said both “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Fire” scored their highest ratings in nearly two years last week with crossover episodes where they shared casts. “Chicago Med” actually had the biggest audience of the triumvirate with 9.1 million viewers, although the other two were close behind.All three shows were among the 11 most-watched programs on prime-time television last week. After the finale of “America’s Got Talent Champions” last week, they were the most popular programs on NBC.The Oscars led ABC to a weekly win in the ratings.The Associated Press

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Bank of Montreal to open tech campus in old Sears HQ at

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal is taking over a four-storey space in the Toronto Eaton Centre in a bid to attract the high-tech talent it needs to bring ideas to the market quicker.The bank’s plans, unveiled on Thursday, include an “urban campus” that will take over the former Sears Canada digs at the mall and house 3,500 employees when it opens in 2021.Chief executive Darryl White called it “central to the business transformation underway at BMO.”“We are changing the way we work all across the bank and through the strategic partnerships that we create…so that we can move faster and take new ideas to our customers quickly,” he said to a crowd of hundreds of his employees, who had gathered at the mall for the announcement.In recent years, the large Canadian banks have been competing for talent. Last year, Scotiabank opened its “digital factory” compete with a bowling alley and speakeasy to attract highly skilled workers.BMO declined to say what it was spending on its space, but called it a “meaningful investment.”It said the campus will offer “advanced digital technology, open floorplans, a variety of collaborative work areas and easy underground PATH access to other major BMO locations, public transit, and hundreds of restaurants and entertainment options.”John Sullivan, president and CEO of Eaton Centre-owner Cadillac Fairview, said the mall and bank had been discussing the campus for at least a year.He said Cadillac Fairview has invested more than $1.4 billion in the mall over the last six years with a goal of making it “the ultimate destination for retail, for office and for innovation.”“I look at this new lease and this new project that we are doing together with BMO and I think it is a culmination of all those efforts,” Sullivan said. read more

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Supreme Court will again hear challenge to affirmative action at University of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university’s flagship Austin campus.The conservative-leaning federal appeals court in New Orleans has twice upheld the university’s admissions process, including in a ruling last year that followed a Supreme Court order to reconsider the woman’s case.The case began in 2008 when Abigail Fisher, who is white, was denied admission to the University of Texas’s flagship Austin campus because she did not graduate in the top 10 per cent of her high school class — the criterion for 75 per cent of the school’s admissions. The university also passed her over for a position among the remaining 25 per cent, which is reserved for special scholarships and people who meet a formula for personal achievement that includes race as a factor.Edward Blum, who helped engineer Fisher’s lawsuit, said he is encouraged by the court’s second look at the case. “The outcome of this case may bring our nation closer to the day when a student’s race and ethnicity is not a factor that a school may consider during the admissions process,” Blum said.University of Texas president Greg Fenves defended the school’s admissions policy as narrowly-tailored and constitutional. Fenves said the use of race “as one factor in an individualized, holistic admissions policy allows us to assemble a student body that brings with it the educational benefits of diversity for all students.”The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. But rather than issue a definitive ruling on affirmative action, the justices voted 7-1 to tell a lower appeals court to take another look at Fisher’s lawsuit. That meant the university’s admissions policies remained unchanged.Last year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again upheld the university’s admissions policy. Fisher is a graduate of Louisiana State University.Justice Elena Kagan is not taking part in the case. She sat out the first round as well, presumably because of her work on the case when she served in the Justice Department before joining the court.The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, 14-981, will be argued in the fall.___Associated Press writer Jim Vertuno contributed to this report from Austin, Texas. Supreme Court will again hear challenge to affirmative action at University of Texas by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 11:13 am MDT read more

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LaQuinton Ross looks to lead score for Buckeyes in 201314

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) takes a free throw during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternDeshaun Thomas. Jared Sullinger. Evan Turner. Three names that live in Ohio State basketball lore — Buckeye stars that took a boatload of points with them when each left college ball.Since 2009, those three players each led OSU in scoring over the course of a season. Thomas averaged 19.8 points per game last season, Sullinger scored 17.5 per contest in 2011-12 and Turner tallied 20.4 in 2009-10. All three players are now in the professional ranks, and OSU is looking for someone to fill their shoes.Many OSU faithful are looking for one junior forward from Jackson, Miss., to be that player for the Buckeyes this season: LaQuinton Ross.Ross was fourth on the team in 2012-13 with 8.3 points per game, a total he managed while only averaging 16.9 of the 40 minutes during a game.Although the season has yet to officially get under way, Ross is already off to a good start after tying the team lead with 15 points in an exhibition match against Walsh Sunday.Ross said during OSU Media Day Oct. 10 even if he isn’t the team’s leading scorer this year, he feels like he has grown into a leader for the Buckeyes.“That’s one thing I worked on too, also — communicating with my teammates more. Because I think down the line, they’re going to need me a little bit more than they needed me last year,” Ross said. “Knowing that if I’m not talking to them, they’re not going to look at me in the game.”Ross added in his expanded role this season, he has had to bulk up to be able to defend bigger players.“I don’t think it was as much getting points, I think it was more just being able to take that contact in the Big Ten,” Ross said about adding weight. “With the Big Ten being physical, and this year, seeing how small we play, (I’ll) definitely (be) having to guard (bigger players) this year … It might have some plays where I switch off and we’re playing Purdue and I have to guard (a big guy) and I can’t be under 200 pounds doing that.”Because he might have to defend those larger players, Ross said he now weighs 225 pounds, up from the 215 he played at last season.Senior guard Aaron Craft said Ross has grown into more of a team player instead of a just a player who looks to shoot first.“He’s done a phenomenal job coming in right now and not taking everything on himself. Is he playing perfect? No. But he’s doing a great job of playing with other people right now,” Craft said at Media Day. “He’s communicating. He’s talking on defense and offense and that makes us a better team. He’s feeling that role pretty well.”But Craft made clear Ross wasn’t expected to step in and be exactly what Thomas was last season.“Is he going to be Deshaun? Absolutely not. But he’s bringing his own twist that Deshaun can’t do either,” Craft said.Craft added that although Ross is talented, replacing the scoring Thomas brought to the table is going to be a team effort this season.“You can’t replace Deshaun with just one person,” Craft said. “Even with him, we shot one of the worst percentages in coach (Thad Matta’s) career here at Ohio State (45.1 percent). Our biggest focus is being able to knock down open shots, elevating our shooting percentage and that opens up countless other things on the offensive end.”Ross was vital to OSU’s run to the Elite Eight last season, as he averaged 15 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, including scoring 17 against both Iowa State and Arizona.Against Arizona, Ross made an impression, hitting a game winning 3-pointer with two seconds left on the clock.Matta said Ross finished last year well, and that since the season ended, he has grown into a more aware player.“LaQuinton finished the season on a high note, I think that he had hit his stride in terms of having a better understanding of what we need him to do and how we need him to do it,” Matta said during Media Day. “One of the biggest things I’ve noticed thus far is he’s got a much broader vision offensively than what he had in the past.”Consistency should be a big focus for Ross this season, Matta added.“From the standpoint of LaQuinton, his entire playing career a lot has been based on potential and he and I have had that discussion,” Matta said. “It’s time to be productive, but probably more important it’s time to be consistent and that to me would supersede any expectations that anybody outside of the program can possibly put on him.”OSU is scheduled to begin regular season play Saturday at noon against Morgan State at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY A Scarf Fit to Destroy Half of

first_img The world is crazy about Thanos right now, well half of the world. The other half is very fussy with him, me included. You know what you did THADDY! But that didn’t deter ThinkGeek from putting their noodles together with Marvel to create this one of a kind Infinity Gauntlet scarf. This is another stellar entry in the  Gear Up Collection they’re formed with the famous comic company.I’ve actually been using this scarf to tuck into my jacket on chilly nights. The light gauzy material is perfect for breezy spring/summer evenings. It’s soft and surprisingly comfy. And it’s got all the Infinity Stones waiting for you, no soul sacrifices required or endless searching across the galaxies.It won’t, however, protect you from super soldiers trying to rain on your parade of universal domination. We tested it on our roof just to make sure of that. But Film Jackets’ Captain America Stealth piece couldn’t stop the all-around badass-ness of the scarf. It still managed to glimmer in the sunlight even under all the strength and might of Steve Rogers (played by Victoria Song). That’s right each little gauntlet has shimmery foil thread woven through, just to give it that extra pop of villainry.The scarf is pretty long (70″ x 44″), which is great because it gives you a million options of how to tie it up and style it. It’s thin enough to bunch together in a coat or hoodie without it looking bulky. And just like Thanos, you can do it all yourself, no lackeys required to get wrapped up in it. The scarf is currently $19.99 and perfect for any pal entrenched in Avengers frenzy. It’ll keep you cozy for the next 12 months while we wait for the ol’ number 4. So just promise not to snuff out existence if you nab one. But honestly, you’ll look too good to care.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

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Barros Schelotto The BocaRiver final will be eternal

first_imgManager Guillermo Barros Schelotto, revealed just how important a Boca vs River Copa Libertadores final will be for the world of football.The Boca-River Copa Libertadores final is fast approaching next Saturday, manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto wanted to give us an idea of how he is feeling right now as one of the two managers for this historic game.La Bombonera Stadium will open its doors on Saturday for the first leg of a two-match final, which will give us an idea of the magnitude that a game like this has around the world.We are truly convinced that Schelotto is right about one thing, none of us are ready to live an experience such as this one and there is a lot of expectation building up around this final.There are even reports from renowned journalist Martin Liberman, that confirm Russian president Vladimir Putin, considering the options of possibly traveling to Argentina for one of the two matches.Barros Schelotto is already mentally preparing for such a monumental task, a game in which both squads arrive at the very top of their game and they should decide which of both squads is worthy of playing the Club World Cup against Real Madrid in December.But most importantly, this final will decide which is both squads is the absolute king of the American Continent.Un lujo hablar con un entrenador que pronto estará en España. Guillermo Barros Schelotto: “Es la final eterna contra el rival eterno” https://t.co/du2fTpZLIU vía @marca @BocaJrsOficial— Diego Pico (@D_pico_) November 8, 2018The Boca Juniors manager offered an interview to Marca, where he discussed the importance of this match: “Playing this final is a huge merit for both Boca and River,” said Guillermo.“Facing these two matches won’t be an easy task for either of us, it will be a very close couple of games.”“I have no idea if this will be similar to what happened between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the two Champions League finals, but it has the potential to be very similar.”“Reaching a final like this is truly incredible… and it’s even more incredible having River Plate as the rival. In every single sense imaginable, from the build-up it musters until the importance that is a great final such as this one.”“We have reached this point, but we still haven’t won anything. Boca Juniors always demands victory and we have a worthy rival that always demands the same.”“This goes far beyond what we feel and any expectation, imagining what it would be like is very complicated because it’s never happened before. The fact that it’s a Boca-River Copa Libertadores final is very special indeed,” he added.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).Habla Guillermo Barros Schelotto en la previa de la primera final de la Libertadores contra River pic.twitter.com/O7yFOpHtPd— Augusto Cesar (@Augustocesar22) November 7, 2018You have to understand that this will be a final against our most hated historic rival, reaching this stage against the biggest rival ever is simply fantastic for both Boca and River.Both clubs have managed to defeat incredibly competitive Brazilian clubs. Even though the Argentina National Team hasn’t done great things, this final speaks very well about the state of football in our country.More than the competition or that one of both clubs will lose this final, I believe this is a very positive thing for Argentina as a country.This is just as if Barcelona and Real Madrid played a Champions League final. The stadium is not that important, any of both clubs can win as a visitor and a local.What we need to do is try to get an advantage during the first match because doing that at La Bombonera makes things very different for the second match, but I really don’t think that having the first match at home will influence the final result for this final.Rivals that have this much history at this level, makes me realize that none of both have a real advantage.📊 Un superclásico mundial | Para la primera final de este sábado se duplicó la cantidad de solicitudes de acreditaciones de prensa y hubo pedidos de medios de más de 25 países para darle cobertura al evento.👉 Todos los detalles en https://t.co/DzXTrvsQ0o pic.twitter.com/bzw94av1So— Boca Jrs. Oficial 🏆🏆 (@BocaJrsOficial) November 9, 2018Who do you think will win the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Off Beat Story on Vietnam vet gets lost in translation

first_imgEnemy machine-gun fire doesn’t sound as perilous when it’s described as “belligerent glow.”It’s another case of a message lost in translation.A recent Columbian story about a local veteran apparently went through a translation double-dip from English to Vietnamese and then back into English.When Vietnam vet Aaron Rich received an Army Air Medal during an assembly at Cascade Middle School, the story quickly wound up on a website in Vietnam.Most English sentences include at least one word that has multiple definitions. That’s what influenced that Web version, likely translated on a best-guess basis.During the mission, pilot Don Torrini, said, “There was a lot of enemy fire,” which came out: “There was a lot of rivalry glow.”Former company commander Don Ruskauff recalled flying over thick jungle: “You could be engaged by ground fire,” which became: “You could be intent by belligerent glow.”If he needed to relieve himself during a refueling stop, he couldn’t even head for a latrine, Rich said. “I stepped on a skid and let it go.”last_img read more

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