W.B. lawyers extend strike till May 2

first_imgThe Bar Council of West Bengal on Monday extended the ceasework called by it to protest against alleged attack on lawyers at a Howrah court by municipal workers and policemen till May 2, its vice-chairman Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay said. The Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court T.B.N. Radhakrishnan, while taking suo motu cognisance of the violence at Howrah court premises, on Monday requested the lawyers to lift the ceasework. “Since no concrete steps have been taken to identify and punish the April 24 attack accused, the Bar Council has decided to extend the ceasework till May 2,” Mr. Mukhopadhyay said.Meeting CJ today The elected members of the Council are scheduled to meet the Chief Justice on Tuesday. Lawyers at the Howrah district court and employees of the Howrah Municipal Corporation, which is located opposite to the court, clashed on April 24 over parking of a vehicle. The lawyers alleged police highhandedness in controlling the situation. Several persons, including lawyers, were injured in the incident.last_img read more

PH dribblers miss 3X3 semifinal trip

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Encho Serrano tries to score past the stingy Belgian defense. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippine youth team failed to advance to the Final Four as Belgium hacked out an 18-14 triumph in their quarterfinal match in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 Championship Sunday in Chengdu, China.Even as the only Asian squad in the Last Eight, the Batang Gilas squad of Encho Serrano, Juan Gomez de Liano, Rhayyan Amsali and AJ Edu had a shot at scoring an upset after rallying to tie the game at 12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Flying V targets win No. 5 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments But Belgium pulled away behind Vincent Peeters in the final two minutes to seal the win and arrange a semifinal duel against Slovenia.The Filipinos advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time after securing the No. 2 spot with a 3-1 record in Pool A last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBelgium topped Pool D with a 4-0 card.In the first round, the Philippines split its first two games against Israel (19-17) and Pool A topnotcher the Netherlands (10-13), before scoring big wins over Poland (20-14) and Turkmenistan (21-14). —JASMINE W. PAYO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

Alab-PH back on track

first_imgProud with eyes wide open MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments San Miguel Alab Pilipinas returned to its winning ways at the expense of fierce rival, Singapore Slingers, 80-70, at OCBC Arena on Sunday night to close in on the top seeding heading into the playoffs of ABL Season 9.Renaldo Balkman finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but it was 7-foot-3 PJ Ramos who keyed the third quarter spurt that allowed the defending champions to pull away for their 17th win in 21 games.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Ramos finished with 22 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cavs Beat Buzzer, Nets, 90-88

first_imgCLEVELAND — LeBron James has turned in countless clutch performances during his career.The four-time MVP added another to the list Nov. 28.James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.“Obviously, I want the ball in my hands down the stretch,” he said. “I feel like I can make something happen for not only myself but for our team. I’m happy I was able to come through for us.”After Joe Johnson’s three foul shots tied the game with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.James took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets’ 7-foot center.“I got to my spot where I wanted to,” James said. “I work on those shots. I work on my game a lot. Actually sometimes it’s a little easier when you get someone bigger because you have to get it over the top of them and you just float it right over the top of them.”Said Lopez: “LeBron made a great play. I thought we guarded it well, but he made the shot.”James believed it was the first time he hit a game-winner with a hook shot.“I’ve made layups, I’ve made pull-ups, obviously I’ve made step-back jumpers,” he said. “I might go for the Sky Hook next time.”Asked if that’s the play he diagrammed in the huddle, Cavaliers coach David Blatt smiled and said, “Yeah, just the way I drew it up. Yep. Give it to No. 23.”James scored 10 points and added a key steal late in the game to help Cleveland (13-4) remain unbeaten at home in nine games.Kevin Love also scored 26 points for Cleveland, which played a sluggish first half and didn’t take its first lead until midway through the third quarter.Lopez led Brooklyn (4-12) with 22 points. Johnson added 17 for the Nets, who fell to 1-10 on the road.Tristan Thompson’s basket with 1:13 remaining gave Cleveland an 86-85 lead and James made two free throws with 16 seconds left, but Johnson was fouled by J.R. Smith attempting a 3-pointer.Johnson hit all three foul shots, but James made sure the Nets’ strong effort fell short.James helped Cleveland rally from an 83-76 deficit in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and a three-point play before the Cavaliers took the lead on Thompson’s basket with 2:44 remaining.Brooklyn built the lead to double figures in the second quarter and led 50-44 at halftime. Cleveland took its first lead at 61-60 on Love’s 3-pointer midway through the third. Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 69-68 lead going into the final period.Mo Williams scored 14 points for the Cavaliers while Thompson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets.(STEVE HERRICK) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019 favourites tag sits okay with England: Eoin Morgan

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan said his team was under no pressure with the favourites tag after South Africa captain won the toss and decided to bowl at The Oval in the opening match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on Thursday. England, the World Cup 2019 hosts, are one of the teams experts feel have a great chance to win the trophy.England have never won the World Cup and they had a disastrous campaign when the tournament was last held there 20 years ago. In the last World Cup in 2015, England failed to make it past group stages. But under Eoin Morgan, England have made a huge impact on the ODI scene, dominating teams across the world.Morgan said that the favourites tag has been a collective drive for the hosts in this World Cup. England are considered as the favourites to clinch the World Cup 2019 as they are No.1 ODI side in the ICC’s rankings. They have been unbeatable in every one-day series in more than two years, and are the hosts too.He informed that Mark Wood has made way for Jofra Archer in the England XI as the latter has been quite impressive since the time he has come in the England squad. “Would’ve looked to do the same. Wicket looks really good. It’s set fair all day, shouldn’t change much. Yes, Wood was available for selection. But unfortunately he’s missed out” Morgan added.England, who are still in search of their first trophy like South Africa, have risen from the ashes of their poor campaign in the showpiece last time, following that group-stage exit by ascending to the summit of the ICC ODI rankings.advertisementMeanwhile, South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bowl first against hosts England in the World Cup opener at The Oval in London on Thursday. Faf said that Shamsi, Miller, Morris, Steyn are the one who have been left out from South Africa’s playing XI.He stressed on the fact that the duo of Ngidi and Rabada have been exceptional over the last couple of years, and the team will rely on them for early breakthroughs in the first hour of the match. He also added it was good to see seasoned opener Hashim Amla scoring runs in the warm up.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla just 90 runs away from breaking Virat Kohli’s recordAlso Watch:last_img read more

New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams

first_imgThe cricket season is upon us and most DTH, as well as cable TV operators, are trying their best to cash in on the opportunity. Most DTH operators are coming up with several cricket-special channel packs with the maximum number of sports channels to appease to sports fans. Most of these packs are coming across as more cost-effective solutions when compared to the TRAI-induced a-la-carte channel packs. However, in order to gain an edge over its rivals, Dish TV is now coming up with a clever way to keep its subscribers engaged and even gain more subscribers.For the cricket World Cup season, Dish TV has introduced a new game that will reward its subscribers with free recharges. Subscribers can even go on to win a month’s free subscription. The game requires subscribers to predict the teams that will win a particular cricket match and those with right answers will win free recharges. Those subscribers who win five consecutive rounds will be eligible for winning a month’s free subscription.In order to take part in this game, subscribers will need to tune into channel number 608 hosting Dish TV’s Dishkiyaon app. The service will be active during the cricket matches and subscribers will be required to predict the winning team in that match. Each of the options will have a unique number. The subscriber needs to dial the number of the predicted option and leave a missed call from the registered mobile number.Do note that the Dishkiyaon app will only allow a limited time for players to participate and register their reply. If the prediction turns out to be true, then consumers win free recharges. For five correct predictions, Dish TV will reward with a month’s free subscription.advertisementThe latest move by Dish TV is an effort to draw in more subscribers to the service as well as retain existing subscribers. Although Dish TV isn’t the only one doing it right now, it could surely help the operator to balance the books that were put in jeopardy a few months ago with the adoption of the new DTH regulations.Currently, Dish TV is offering four sports channel packs to cricket fans. The Bharat Cricket pack costs Rs 147 and comes with 191 channels as well as services. The Maxi Sports pack comes for Rs 326 and offers 213 channels as well as services. The Super Sports pack includes all sports channels, making a total of 225 channels and comes for Rs 385.ALSO READ | New DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming servicesALSO READ | Tata Sky changes prices for its regional channel packs: Price, channel list and all you need to knowALSO READ | Soon, you may no more need to buy a Set Top Box while changing your DTH connectionlast_img read more

Growth of 3.7 % in Construction Industry

first_img Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector. Story Highlights Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities. The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the construction industry grew by 3.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2018, due to increased activities in the local sector.Director General, STATIN, Carol Coy, speaking at a press conference for the release of the March 2019 Consumer Price Index and January 2019 Labour Force Survey, in Kingston on April 16, said that for the period, there were increased activities in building construction and civil engineering, particularly in ongoing road infrastructure activities.Ms. Coy also pointed out that there was an increase in the services industries in Jamaica.“Improved performance was recorded within the services industries, with the exception of electricity and water supply, which declined by 0.3 per cent. Growth was recorded for wholesale and retail trade, repairs, installation of machinery and equipment, 1.6 per cent; hotels and restaurants, 2.8 per cent; transport, storage and communication, 1.9 per cent; finance and insurance services, 0.8 per cent; real estate, renting and business activities, 0.7 per cent and other services, 0.8 per cent,” she noted.Ms. Coy said that, overall, preliminary estimates for the calendar year 2018 indicate that the economy grew by 1.9 per cent. “This was due to a five per cent growth in the goods-producing industries and a 0.8 per cent increase in the services industries,” she said.last_img read more

Quebecers still have vivid memories of 1998 ice storm

first_imgMONTREAL – The freezing drizzle had already been falling for four days when Normand Chaput left his home in St-Hyacinthe, Que., on Jan. 9, 1998.Throughout the inclement weather, the Hydro-Quebec line worker had begun each day counting how many utility poles had fallen the previous night.That morning, not a single one was still standing.“There was nothing left,” Chaput said in a phone interview. “All the poles were down, everything was down.”Even the metal towers that held up the grid had collapsed under the weight of 100 millimetres or so of freezing rain that left everything coated in ice.“That was something unimaginable for linemen, to think that towers could just collapse like they were made of cards,” said Chaput.Twenty years ago, nearly five million Canadians in southeastern Quebec, eastern Ontario and parts of the Maritimes were battered by three successive waves of freezing rain between Jan. 5 and 10.The precipitation, which some dubbed “The Storm of The Century,” covered everything in a thick layer of ice and left some people without electricity for more than 30 days.For weeks, Chaput and his work colleagues worked 16-hour days, first concentrating on clearing roads and removing downed conductors, and then on rebuilding the collapsed grid from scratch.After more than a week of working in darkness, he recalls driving to Montreal to visit his family and being shocked by the brightness of city lights.“All your refences are gone, your habits aren’t there and there’s nothing left that’s normal,” he said.Tim Petch, an apple farmer from Hemmingford, Que., remembers waking up to the cannon-like boom of tree branches crashing onto frozen snow.“It was a smash and shattering, just like glass going across a marble floor,” recalls Petch, now 54.He said many of his trees lost up to 40 per cent of their branches, leaving a cleanup job that would last months.Petch, who had no power in his home for 29 days, remembers huddling around a wood stove with his family and going out to check on the tractor-powered generator that was sent by the farmers’ union to keep his fruit stores from spoiling.What he remembers most, however, is the way the tight-knit community near the U.S.-Canada border pulled together by amassing communal stores of firewood and supplies, bringing in generators and checking on neighbours.“We all just pulled together,” he said.Another person with vivid memories of the events of 20 years ago is Steve Flanagan, who made more than 300 media appearances as a spokesman for Hydro-Quebec at the time.He said the utility’s approach was to speak as frankly as possible to a population increasingly worried about their homes, their families and their safety.“The best we could do, in our view, was to say exactly what was happening on the ground, what we were capable of doing, and especially what we were not able to do that day,” he said in a phone interview.Despite some difficult moments — including a nerve-racking time when there was only one power line feeding all of downtown Montreal — Flanagan credits the “exceptional leadership” of then-premier Lucien Bouchard and former Hydro-Quebec president Andre Caille for averting a much larger catastrophe.Nevertheless, the storm was a disaster, causing about $3 billion in damage.At least 30 deaths were attributed to the onslaught, and the Canadian military was called in to assist in the days that followed.Many authorities say the response would be better if the storm were to happen today.Hydro-Quebec says it took steps to reinforce the grid in the aftermath of the storm by strengthening facilities, improving its tree-trimming techniques control and adding new lines and paths to ensure multiple sources of power.The Canadian Red Cross, which ran about 300 shelters and provided emergency aid during the storm, has also learned from the crisis, according to the organization’s director for governance.Josee Payant, who was Quebec program director in 1998, said the organization has since signed specific agreements with various levels of government to manage emergency services and make sure responsibilities are defined.Technology has also improved co-ordination efforts, she said, as has a national program to standardize training for volunteers.“We are more prepared, but every disaster is different and has its own challenges,” she said.Despite the improvements, she says not enough cities, companies and individuals are as ready as they should be.Many municipalities, Payant notes, still don’t have detailed emergency plans, and most families don’t keep enough food, water and supplies on hand to get through 72 hours of crisis.“We have to work with other partners to build a culture of civil safety,” she said. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”last_img read more

ITS PRETTY SCARY CANADAS FINN WOLFHARD DISHES ON THE NEXT SEASON OF

first_img Facebook Advertisement Wolfhard spoke to Barrera from New York City. Here’s part of their conversation.So another round in the Upside Down. How do you feel about Season 3 of Stranger Things?I’m really, really proud of it. It’s my favourite season so far. I hope everyone else thinks so too.Season 2 was really dark. What does Season 3 have in store for us?I mean, honestly, if you couldn’t handle the darkness of Season 2, you probably won’t handle the darkness of Season 3 … It’s not like Rosemary’s Baby, but it’s pretty scary.It does everything the second season does, but just kind of amps it up a little bit in the best possible way. Now there’s more comedy and there’s more romance and adventure.You know for a lot of people, Stranger Things is appealing because it nods to the ’80s movies they grew up with — E.T. and Close Encounters and others. You were born 20 years after those came out. How do you relate to that era?I grew up watching all those movies so there’s something nice about being in something that’s set in the ’80s.It doesn’t feel so out of the ordinary because I’m so used to seeing the kind of hair and the kind of clothes and the kind of shoes and kind of music, so I was already kind of used to it. Twitter Finn Wolfhard stars as Mike Wheeler in Stranger Things, the popular ’80s-inspired Netflix series. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: When the hit Netflix series Stranger Things returns for its third season in July, Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard promises it will be darker than previous runs.“It’s not like Rosemary’s Baby, but it’s pretty scary,” he told Day 6 guest host Jorge Barrera.The 16-year-old Vancouver actor and frontman for indie band Calpurnia revealed what viewers can expect from the latest season — and why he’s lobbying politicians to loosen rules on music venues. Advertisementlast_img read more