ESPN Computer Is Predicting This Top 25 Team Will Be Upset On Saturday

first_imgView from the corner of Kroger Field's end zone section during a Kentucky football game.There are several college football games taking place this weekend that are worth watching. With conference play in full swing, a potential upset could occur down in Kentucky.Every year, the SEC has a plethora of elite teams in college football. While Alabama and Georgia continue to impress, the most interesting team might just be the Wildcats.Kentucky is undefeated through four games, defeating Florida and Mississippi State by an eye-popping margin. Despite their strong production so far, the Wildcats face their toughest challenge yet in the form of South Carolina.Although the 2-1 Gamecocks aren’t ranked, ESPN’s matchup predictor believes an upset is brewing in Lexington.According to the FPI, South Carolina has a 53.7 percent chance of defeating Kentucky. If Kentucky is going to continue their winning ways, they’ll need an outstanding performance from Benny Snell Jr. and their offense.South Carolina and Kentucky will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be on the SEC Network.last_img read more

KOTUG Petroconsult Form Joint Venture

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: KOTUG Towage company KOTUG International BV has signed an agreement with Egyptian provider of offshore and marine services Petroconsult to create a joint venture company called KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM).  The duo has been awarded a long-term contract by Arab Petroleum Pipelines Company SUMED to provide operational services and carry out towage operations including FSRU operations at its Ain Sukhna terminal located in the Red Sea, Egypt.KOTUG has provided SUMED with two newly built 80-ton rotortugs to carry out these operations. The tugs have commenced services in October 2018.Based in Alexandria, Egypt, the newly formed KPM is 80% owned by KOTUG and 20% by Petroconsult. The company’s mission is to provide maritime services to Egypt’s oil, gas and other terminals as well as ports.“The partnership represents a strong alliance between two industry experts. KPM aims to leverage the impressive reputation, experience, technology, and practical know how of KOTUG International and Petroconsult,” Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG International, said.last_img read more

Saradha Chit Fund: “Very very serious” revelations made by CBI in status report, says SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday termed as “very very serious” the revelations made by CBI in its fresh status report relating to the recent interrogation of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it cannot “close its eyes” if some “very very serious facts” are disclosed to it and directed CBI to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT on the chit fund scam. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, granted 10 days to the probe agency for filing the application. Kumar and others can respond to the plea seven days thereafter. Supreme Court said that as the CBI’s status report was filed in a sealed cover, it cannot pass any order at the moment without hearing the other side. The apex court was hearing the CBI’ contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government including state’s DGP and then Kolkata police chief on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged destruction of evidence.last_img read more

Indian Police foil bid to smuggle cannabis to Sri Lanka

Indian Police foiled a bid to smuggle 150 kilogram of Kerala Cannabis to Sri Lanka via sea route and arrested a narcotic peddler in Ramanathapuram today, the UNI news agency reported.Based on specific inputs, a Police team seized the narcotic substance at Nochi Oorani coastal area. The value of the seized Kerala Cannabis was estimated at around Indian Rs 10 lakh.Police are searching three more persons, who were involved in procuring the consignment meant for smuggling through a clandestine boat. read more

UN humanitarian coordinator alarmed at deteriorating conditions in besieged Syrian towns

In a statement, Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, called for the parties to the “Four Towns Agreement” to allow for immediate and unconditional access for humanitarian actors. “While parties to the agreement had committed to ensure humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in the Four Towns, we have not been able to do so since April,” said Mr. El Hillo. “We all remember too well the disturbing images of starving children in Madaya earlier this year, many of whom have died even after aid was finally allowed in. We are calling on all parties involved to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Immediate and unconditional humanitarian deliveries to the four towns must take place now,” he added.Despite approval granted in May and June by the Syrian Government for the UN and humanitarian partners to provide assistance to besieged civilians in the four towns, access has not been possible because of tension among parties to the agreement, aerial bombardment in Idleb, and shelling on Foah and Kefraya, the Humanitarian Coordinator said. Yesterday, the Government of Syria authorized “yet again” the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the four towns under the July plan, allowing the UN and partners a “unique opportunity” to reach besieged people with aid during the upcoming holy days of Eid al-Fitr, Mr. El Hillo said. The Humanitarian Coordinator emphasized that the UN is equally concerned over the delays in conducting urgent medical evacuations from the four towns. “Our teams stand ready to proceed with the medical evacuation of the sick and wounded. We ask the parties to let us help the most vulnerable, and put an end to the tit-for-tat approach of the agreement that does not allow for emergency life-saving responses when urgently needed,” he said. Across Syria, about 5.5 million people are in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas with limited access to basic life-saving assistance and protection. Of that number, close to 600,000are in 18 besieged areas including the four towns. “The United Nations is once again calling for the immediate lifting of all sieges of civilians in Syria. Using besiegement that results in starvation as a method of warfare is a crime under International Humanitarian Law,” Mr. El Hillo emphasized. Meanwhile, on Sunday, a follow-up convoy to besieged East Harasta went ahead with food, medicines and other essentials for 10,000 people. This area was last reached by a UN inter-agency convoy on 18 May, the office of the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in a statement briefing. read more

January 2017 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 85,581 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Local advocate for seniors honoured at convocation

Doug Rapelje, past director of of social services and senior citizens for Niagara Region, received an honorary degree from Brock on Friday. A life-long advocate for seniors’ welfare has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from Brock.Doug Rapelje, the Region’s past director of social services and senior citizens, was one of two people to receive an honorary degree from the University this spring, both of which were bestowed during Friday’s ceremonies for the faculties of Mathematics and Science, and Applied Health Sciences.“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect, approaching my 80th birthday, that I would be standing on this platform at the 49th convocation at Brock University, receiving an honorary degree… in recognition of my life work with seniors that was a labour of love,” a humbled Rapelje told the crowd of 422 graduands and their families.Rapelje, who hails from Niagara, said that unlike many of the people who sat before him Friday, he wasn’t able to attend university until he was 44 because his family’s savings were wiped out by his father’s hospital costs for a deadly illness when Rapelje was nine.In the meantime, he began his career as an advocate for seniors in his 20s after a public outcry and investigation into deplorable conditions in the County Home for the Aged in Welland.By 26, he was running the 350-bed seniors’ home.“I must have had God-given talent because I sure didn’t have experience or education, but somehow survived,” he recalled.“I had a vision and a goal to change what I was witnessing,” he added. “I believe in the area of long-term care and community care that affects the lives of so many seniors and their families. We have made great progress but there are still major challenges.“Older Canadians must be assured they can live out their lives with dignity and respect.”Nicholas Beamish (left) received the Spirit of Brock medal Friday morning with Ellen Robb and Laura Broley. He told graduands that service to humanity is the greatest work in life, giving a nod to the volunteer work done by Laura Broley, Friday’s undergraduate Spirit of Brock medal winner, and student Kristina Wamboldt of Brock Leaders Citizenship Society for their efforts hosting a ball hockey tournament that raised money for the Niagara Alzheimer Society.Rapelje also reminded the grads, some of whom could follow in his career footsteps, of the importance of life-long learning.“I’m a big believer in growth. Life is not about achievement. It’s about learning and growth, and developing qualities like compassion, patience, perseverance, love and joy and so forth,” he said.Neil Armstrong, professor of pediatric physiology, senior deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president at the University of Exeter, receives his honorary degree from Brock President Jack Lightstone.Friday afternoon, Neil Armstrong, a professor of pediatric physiology, senior deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president of the University of Exeter, was presented with an honorary degree before 336 graduands.Armstrong was recognized for his exceptional academic contributions to pediatric physiology, and sport and health sciences.His long list of accomplishments includes leading the physiology team in the development of the International Olympic Committee guidelines for training elite young athletes.Nicholas Beamish, graduating with his master’s in health and physical education, and Ellen Robb, who earned her PhD in biology, received the graduate Spirit of Brock medals Friday morning. The medal is awarded to students who best exemplify the spirit of Sir Isaac Brock.Guillaume Farand Viau received the Spirit of Brock medal Friday afternoon.Guillaume Farand Viau, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in sport management, received the Spirit of Brock medal Friday afternoon.Prof. Cheri Bradish (Applied Health Sciences) and Prof. Alan Castle (Mathematics and Science) were presented with the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.Ejaz Ahmed, Dean of Mathematics and Science, presents Prof. Alan Castle with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Friday morning. Applied Health Sciences Prof. Cheri Bradish shares a moment after receiving the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Friday afternoon. read more

Prison violence soars to record levels despite £70m drive to tackle assaults

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Clearly there is huge amount yet to be done but I am determined to cut the violence so prisons can focus on rehabilitating the offenders who will be back out at some point.“And while these figures are disturbing, I am optimistic that the measures we have been putting in place will help us to reduce violence and ultimately better protect the public.” Violence in prisons has soared to record levels despite a Government £70m drive to combat assaults and drug abuse, according to Ministry of Justice figures.Assaults on staff and on prisoners were up 20% overall in the year to September to almost 34,000, of which 12% were serious.Assaults on staff were up by nearly a third (29%) to more than 10,000, while prisoner on prisoner attacks rose by 18% to more than 24,000.Of these, 997 (10%) were serious assaults on staff, up 27% from the previous year.In the latest quarter the number of assaults on staff also increased, by 12%, to a new record high of 2,820 incidents.Self-harm by inmates hit a new peak with almost 53,000 incidents, a 23% increase from the previous year. Incidents requiring hospital attendance increased by 4% to more than 3,000.There were 325 deaths in prison custody in the 12 months to December 2018, up 10% from the previous year.There were 92 self-inflicted deaths, up from 70 in the previous year, three of which occurred in the female estate, compared to two incidents in the previous 12 months.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: “Violence and self-harm in our prisons is unacceptably high and these figures underline why we are spending an extra £70m to fight the drugs plaguing prisons and boost security, while also training over 4,000 new prison officers in handling the complex offender population. read more

Mother and son killed marathon runner after vendetta over his use of

A mother and son killed a marathon runner following a “vendetta” over his use of a public footpath that crossed through their land, a court heard.Gary Dean was beaten to death by Carol and Scott Dawson after he was ambushed as he exercised on Sep 6 last year in Barnsley, South Yorks.The pair showed no emotion as they were found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday and were warned they would be jailed for life when they are sentenced next week. The unemployed 48-year-old was attacked with rocks and tree branches, after being shot in the back with an air rifle, before his body was dumped in a ditch off Silkstone Common.Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Dean, who completed the London Marathon 18 times, became embroiled in a “vendetta” with the Dawsons for repeatedly running on their land during his morning training regime. Mr Dean had been the subject of multiple complaints lodged by the Dawsons to police for alleged fly-tipping and arson incidents, although there were no convictions, the court was told.A telephone recording played to jurors revealed Scott Dawson, 41, told police how he would “rip” Mr Dean in half over his alleged behaviour on his mother’s land. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Dean’s wife, Caroline, a primary school headteacher, admitted he placed scarecrows on the family’s land but that he never meant to intensify the feud.She told the court: “Gary was a quirky man, eccentric, but wouldn’t ever want to harm anyone. He was a complex character.“He had many friends. His death saddened so many people. No one can comprehend why anyone would do this.” read more

Zinc inventories increase in early 2009

first_imgZinc inventories increased significantly in the first two months of 2009. LME zinc inventory increased from 253,475 t to 351,800 t as of February 24. During the same period Shanghai Warehouse inventories have remained relatively static at about 63,000 t. Selwyn Resources, the mining company who compiled these statistics, says it is evident that zinc inventory build-up began in earnest in December 2008 and accelerated in January 2009. LME zinc inventories rose rapidly from mid-January to mid-February; however, the pace of increase now appears to be slowing. In the past 10 days there have been several significant down days in LME zinc inventories. This levelling off of inventory build-up on the LME corresponds to an increase in cancelled warrants from 8,000 to 23,000 t, signalling further withdrawal of zinc stocks.Selwyn belives that it is too early to say if inventories have peaked. “LME inventories tell us very little about what is happening in the hidden inventories of smelters and metal traders. What is clear is that people have started buying zinc again and perhaps the rebuilding of fabricator inventories has begun,” it commented.last_img read more

This man creates massive works of snow art using just his feet

first_img After discussing layoffs to cut costs, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann treated employees to tequila shots and a private performance by a member of Run DMC ‘Why is my iPhone battery yellow?’: How to enable an iPhone’s Low Power Mode to conserve battery WeWork founder Adam Neumann joked about changing the United States Constitution so he could run for president The 15 best college dining halls in America, according to students center_img Andorra/YouTube)SIMON BECK IS a map maker who’s proving that maybe snow storms aren’t so bad after all.Beck, an Englishman with a background in orienteering map-making, uses a snow storm as an opportunity to make art — with nothing but an expedition compass and a pair of snowshoes.Beck typically makes his mind-blowing designs in France, where he lives during ski season, and documents them afterward on his popular Facebook page. But sometimes he’ll give fans a glimpse into his process, which requires a keen eye, extreme precision, and attention to detail.Here’s how he does it.Beck plans out the pattern on graph paper.When he gets into the snow, he surveys the site and judges where the major points of the design should be, and starts at one of those points, walking to the centre of the design.From the centre, Beck calculates the distance to the other points and walks out and back from the centre to the other points, using either pace counting or a measuring tape to determine the number of steps he needs to take. Each piece is composed of a series of lines, geometric shapes, or arcs and curves, which Beck shades in to fill in the pattern.Each piece takes about 10 hours on average to complete, though “some are a little unfinished, if my feet get cold or hurt too much,” he writes on his Facebook page.Beck estimates that he’s walked more than 40 kilometres to complete some pieces, which only last until the next heavy snowfall.Beck likes a level, untracked site with a uniform snow depth of about nine inches of powdery snow to make sure his art looks best in photographs, which he takes from either an aircraft or a ski lift.Here’s the finished piece, taken from high above the slopes.You can find more of Simon Beck’s artwork on Facebook.All pics from Simon Beck’s Facebook page/Business Insider.Read: This man is turning fog horns, sirens and a cherry picker into performance art>Read: Artist colours in his children’s drawings with magical results>last_img read more

Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch

first_img 9 Comments By Paul Hosford Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 16,831 Views Share Tweet Email The Skibbereen to Lough Hyne Road. Image: Google Mapscenter_img Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch The driver, also in his 70s, was taken to hospital. The Skibbereen to Lough Hyne Road. Image: Google Maps GARDAÍ IN CORK are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision that left a woman in her 70s dead. The crash occurred at around 4.30pm this afternoon on the Skibbereen to Lough Hyne Road.A female passenger in her 70s was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in collided with a ditch. The male driver, also in his 70s, was taken to Bantry General Hospital where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The local coroner has been notified.The stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate a Garda Forensic Collision Examination. Local diversions are in place.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Skibbereen Garda Station on 028 23088, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Short URL Jan 18th 2017, 7:26 PM last_img read more

Arctique découverte dun gisement dambre dans la glace

first_imgArctique : découverte d’un gisement d’ambre dans la glaceSpitzberg – Une équipe de scientifiques du muséum national d’histoire naturelle et du CNRS a  découvert des fragments d’ambre au Spitzberg, la plus grande île de l’archipel du Svalbard situé dans l’océan Arctique.Comme le soulignent les chercheurs dans un communiqué, ce gisement d’ambre est “le plus septentrional trouvé à ce jour”. Il a été découvert lors d’une expédition au cours de laquelle les scientifiques espéraient mettre au jour des fossiles d’arthropodes terrestres, et ainsi tenter de comprendre l’origine des insectes apparentés aux crustacés marins, qui sont apparus il y a plus de 400 millions d’années.Comme le souligne l’entomologiste Romain Garrouste, qui a participé à l’expédition polaire, cette découverte tend à prouver qu’il y a quelque 50 millions d’années, cette région de l’Arctique abritait “une végétation très exubérante”. Et d’évoquer une situation “quasi-tropicale, alors qu’il fait nuit six à sept mois dans l’année” dans la région de Spitzberg.D’un diamètre de trois à quatre millimètres, les morceaux d’ambre fossilisés sont jugés très prometteurs par les chercheurs qui entendent mener une nouvelle expédition l’été prochain, afin de découvrir de plus gros fragments.Partis la recherche d’insectes, les scientifiques du muséum et du Centre national de la recherche scientifique n’en ont pas encore trouvé. Toutefois, “on a ramené des échantillons des couches favorables, dont on va étudier la composition en laboratoire”, en espérant y découvrir de petits fragments d’insectes, explique M. Garrouste.Le 21 août 2010 à 17:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver Housing Authority gets 3 million for assisted living project

first_imgVancouver Housing Authority was among nine agencies statewide that received grants and loans from the state Department of Commerce.The department announced Friday that its $22.8 million in funding would provide an estimated 301 multifamily rental units and 80 seasonal farmworker beds.Vancouver Housing Authority received $3 million for its 40-unit Tenny Creek Assisted Living project, which will house people with chronic mental illnesses. At its meeting Thursday, the agency’s board of directors is slated to approve the purchase of land in Hazel Dell for the project.“Building and preserving an adequate inventory of subsidized affordable housing units is one of our critical strategies to make housing available for everyone,” Commerce Director Brian Bonlender said in a news release. “We also continue to work to support housing markets with prices that are affordable. That strengthens communities by making us more competitive for job growth and enabling more Washingtonians to participate in our prosperity.”Funding comes from the state and federal Housing Trust Funds and federal HOME program.last_img read more

SDSU asks public to speak out on Mission Valley plans

first_img Posted: January 29, 2019 January 29, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO – San Diego State University will host two more scoping meetings regarding the future of the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley. Public comment is encouraged.The campus planners are starting to put together the timeline for the project, and the goal is to get the entire county to enjoy it.Right now they’re working on the draft environmental impact report that should be completed by this summer. 60 days after that, SDSU is going open it back up to public comment.Right now they want to know what concerns residents have regarding the environment; such as traffic, impacts on water resources, the nearby neighborhoods and noise.SDSU says its committed to an open and transparent process, so they want comments on the plan itself and what issues are important to people.SDSU Mission Valley will include a 35,000 seat stadium for Aztec football, a walk able public river park space for the public to enjoy and a campus extension.There will be two more scoping meetings both located at the Mission Valley Marriott, January 30 and February 7 from 5:30 – 7:30.All written comments received by February 19, 2019 will be considered. Please send written response to Please provide the name of the contact person for commenting parties or agencies. Written responses may also be sent via mail to Laura Shinn, Director; Planning, Design and Construction; SDSU; 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, California 92182-1624. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, SDSU asks public to speak out on Mission Valley planslast_img read more

Coast Guard rescues injured boater off Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of an injured boater off the the coast of Miami, Wednesday.Video of the rescue shows a Coast Guard member being lowered down to the victim’s vessel from a helicopter, roughly 16 miles off the coast of Miami.Officials said the 34-year-old boater had suffered a neck injury. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Dania Beach marina Bass Pro Shops targeted for GPS tech

first_imgBack in December, World Cat of South Florida along State Road 84 also had several similar incidents. The subjects there were captured on surveillance rummaging through the boats.“If they break this wire, it sets the alarm off,” said victim Travis Giordan. “Since that, we’ve had to beef up our security.”Detectives and boat dealers want to warn residents that with the Miami Boat Show around the corner, it is advised to not leave anything expensive in plain sight.“Nowadays, you don’t get away with it,” Giordan said. “Sooner or later, you’re gonna get caught. With the technology they have security-wise, especially with the cameras. It ups the game.”If you recognize the subjects or the car captured on scene, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Several boats at a South Florida marina were burglarized and deputies said they were searching for GPS devices.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said this isn’t the first time the marina was hit, and they’re starting to see a trend.“What appears to be happening is the suspects are going into a marina or boat store, usually under the cover of night, and they’re taking the GPSes,” said BSO spokesperson Joy Oglesby.Three boats were targeted at the SunDance Marine in Dania Beach, Monday morning.According to detectives, the thieves managed to get on the boats and take five GPS units. Each GPS device can cost about $5,000.The next day, a Bass Pro Shops retailer that is located across the street from the marina was hit. Staff at the business discovered that eight GPS devices were stolen from four boats there.However, surveillance video there captured a car leaving the scene, and officials believe that it is suspicious. last_img read more

ICICI bank probes 31 loan accounts based on whistleblower complaint

first_imgThe ICICI bank signboard is reflected in a puddle on a street in New Delhi in this file photo. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiFollowing a third whistleblower complaint of bad loans, ICICI bank said on Friday that it had conducted a probe into the issue, and found no irregularities.The anonymous complaint, filed as a whistleblower complaint, resulted in an inquiry as per the Whistle Blower Policy. The probe was done under the supervision of the bank’s audit committee, which did not feature any senior management apart from those attached to the internal audit team.The complaint filed in March accused 31 loan accounts involving Rs 6,082 crore, of incorrect interest accounting and even overvaluation of security for some corporate loans. This amount represents 1.1% of gross loans of the bank.During a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges in the evening, the bank said that “all these loans had been classified as non-performing (NPA) prior to the bank becoming aware of the complaint,” adding that 29 of these accounts as NPA between March 2012 and March 2017 and the other two by December 2017.”Based on the procedures performed in the enquiry, the allegations relating to incorrect accounting of interest income and NPA recoveries as fees, and overvaluation of security for corporate loans, were not borne out. In certain accounts, transactions were observed that may have delayed the classification of the account as nonperforming under Indian GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) in earlier years,” the notification said.The details of the borrowers were not revealed. ICICI bank is the third largest private lender in the country and has been suffering a series of issues lately. Following a whistleblower complaint against CEO Chanda Kochhar, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) filed a notice against her leading to her being ousted from the company. The complaint alleged that Kochhar’s lending practices favoured Videocon Group since the group had a stake in her husband’s renewable energy company. While she was put on leave, Sandeep Bakhshi was named as CEO.  [With inputs from IANS]last_img read more

What to Look Forward to in Entertainment in 2017

first_img Here’s an unpopular opinion: 2016 was a terrible year. Please hold your comments until the end, thank you.The world seemed to crumble this year. Whether you agree or not, you can still see the effects in the tweets, Facebook status updates, and the eyes of people you interact with. People are sullen and pessimistic. It seemed as if all of our childhood heroes (and a number of geek icons) passed this year too, which only brings us down even more. Was it the worst year on record?Can’t answer a rhetorical question, but 2016 was a banner year for pop culture, at least. Films and TV shows were plentiful and sometimes overwhelming, but they did bring us joy. I think about how Stranger Things engulfed me for two days, and I remember that 2016 wasn’t so bad.Even better was that the news gave me even more things to look forward to. In 2017, some adaptations and reboots are hitting our screens. We’ll finally get the culmination of Marvel’s Netflix universe, and we’ll see if DC can pull off a decent film. We’ll get our first Star Trek series in a decade! Being a geek has never been better, and 2017 is just going to be another year to supplement that.So here are some of the things I’m excited to see in 2017. I’ve listed my most anticipated movies and television shows in no particular order, along with some predicted pop culture phenomenon and trends that satisfy my need to push my loves on to the world.TV ShowsAmerican GodsThis one is kind of obvious, isn’t it? It’s a new series based on one of the most popular modern fantasy writers’ weirder books. Neil Gaiman wrote something full of perverse and grotesque acts, international references, and one of the most obvious but intricate worlds in the Gaiman lexicon, and it was only a matter of time before it was adapted for the screen. After coming off of the equally obtuse Hannibal, Bryan Fuller couldn’t have been a better choice for showrunner, and its cast is out of control (Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, and Gillian Anderson alone make this worth the watch). For better or worse, Game of Thrones ushered in a new wave of fantasy TV when it debuted on HBO, and American Gods might be the only one I’ve been excited for since.Twin PeaksWill we find out how Annie is doing? Will there be some damn fine coffee? What about Bob? These are the important questions that David Lynch has to answer for the third season of this cult show, which is airing on Showtime in 2017.LegionThe X-Men franchise is at a crossroads. After some inconsistent films–six main ones, three spinoffs and another on the way–20th Century Fox needs to figure out what their superhero brand is going to look like. Is it going to go the way of Deadpool, or X-Men: Apocalypse? I’ll talk about Logan more below, but it seems as if we’ll be getting more mature, abstract, and darker additions. Legion takes one of the X-Men universe’s most powerful and psychologically disturbed characters and gives him his own show, which will be worth a viewing whether it’s good or not. What will the face of X-Men look like following 2016?Plus, I want to see which one of Legion’s 50+ personalities will make it into the FX show. I’m betting on the centaur and the Eldritch being.A Series of Unfortunate EventsAs the years go on, it becomes clear the Jim Carrey film from 2004 is probably what the Baudelaire orphans would’ve received if they had gone to the movies in their world. It has the look you’d expect, but it’s empty, mostly acting as a vehicle for Carrey to make weird noises. The new Netflix series takes out the Carrey and replaces him with Neil Patrick Harris, which is already an improvement. The rest of the cast–Patrick Warburton, Alfre Woodard, XXXX–is just a bonus that will lure us into watching this depressing tale of orphans, conspiracies, and murder. Its marketing alone is closer to the unique source material than the original film was, and that keeps us excited.A Handmaid’s TaleIn a post-2016 world, we’ll need another reminder that Margaret Atwood’s classic sci-fi, dystopian novel is still too real. A world where women don’t have agency over their bodies or their lives? That can never happen.Star Trek: DiscoveryIt’s a new Star Trek show. We’re obviously checking it out. A diverse cast? Now we’re interested.MoviesThe LEGO Batman MovieThis is the Batman we deserve. In 2016, we got a murderous, brooding Batman, one that screwed his surrogate daughter, and another that made us remember that corny, slightly out of shape Batman is desperately needed. It’s time we were able to enjoy Batman again.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Baby Groot! A soundtrack with Sweet on it! A living planet!A Cure for WellnessI saw the first 30 minutes of this, and I’m calling it now. This movie is going to be the next Devil’s Advocate. It’s got everything: a main character with a terrible Californian, dudebro accent. It’s got people in power suits spouting the most ridiculous pieces of screenwriting (look out for “have you ever been fucked by a 12-inch black dick”), a conspiracy, and, most importantly, some sort of message on the danger of wealth and the corrupting nature of power. I’m getting my garbage can ready for the screening so that I can jump into it once it’s done.LoganThis is another film where I was privileged enough to see the first act. The difference between this and A Cure for Wellness is that it might actually be good. It’s less of an X-Men movie and more of a Western with mutant powers on the periphery, but it has enough comic book elements to create an almost perfect balance. It’s grim, but the fight scenes are full of life, and take full advantage of its R rating with plenty of blood and visceral, ear-ringing punches. The scene where you see Laura Kinney in action for the first time is worth the price of admission alone.Spider-Man: HomecomingTom Holland is adorable and precious, and Michael Keaton as the Vulture looks terrifying. You’ve seen the trailer. You should know I squeal a bit every time I see it. It’s just that good.The Dark TowerI tried to read this series back in the day. I got through the first two books, got too bogged down by lore, character introductions, and an unmoving plot, and gave up. I always wanted to get into the series, though. I love the idea that Stephen King wrote a meta, high fantasy story and didn’t hold back. The movie, which is a fanfiction sequel of sorts to the books, could be what I needed to get into it without dedicating my life to trudging through seven gigantic books.Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsAfter Suicide Squad, Cara Delevigne deserves better. We’ve gotten plenty of space operas in the past couple of years, but I don’t mind one more, especially one by Luc Besson, who at the very least makes movies gorgeous. Solar Energy Outpaced Fossil Fuels in 20174 New Gadgets You Should’ve Bought in 2017 Stay on targetlast_img read more

An ode to all things cultural

first_imgThe charm of Durga Puja lies in the smell of new clothes, the melodious sound of dhak, children running with plastic cap guns giggling, on-stage cultural programmes, dhunuchi naach, and ‘Anando Mela’. With an increasing Bengali diaspora, Durga Puja has now become a national festival, celebrated by one and all. The national Capital too, is ready to bask in this festive fever with its own ‘mini’ Kolkata – Chittaranjan Park, all decked up to celebrate the grand festival with much gusto and fervour. Durga Puja, like any other festival unites people irrespective of their religious beliefs and social status. Apart from worshiping the goddess of strength and eradicator of evil, Durga, the festival hosts a lot of colour and joy through fun activities, food dance and music. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen several celebrated singers from the cultural capital of the country come to perform at CR Park, what happens to the local budding artistes? Do they get to display their share of talent? They might not be felicitated with large bouquets by the organisers or crowds from around the city might not gather around the marquees to attentively listen to them sing or watch them perform, but a huge chunk of encouraging audience does sit back and enjoy their performances.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFive Mass Communication students from Madhu Bala Institute of Communication and Electronic Media (MBICEM), IP University – Riyanka, Aditya, Brett, Milan and Sean have formed a band ‘Muraag’ and would be performing some fusion songs today at B-block in CR Park.This team of youngsters have named their band by combining the words ‘music’ and ‘raag’ together, and will be going on stage with a fusion of folk songs and rock music. The group has performed at various college fests prior to this.  “It is not about earning from a performance, but it is about getting a platform to perform,” say the members of ‘Muraag’. Like ‘Muraag’ there are several budding artistes waiting for the world to acknowledge their talent in various fields.Since two of the most important days of the festival are the weekends this year, it is wise to avoid being victims of the crowded pandals in the city by visiting the places in the daytime. But if you are enthused to watch the lighting and the cultural programmes then you better buckle up and save all your energy to surf through the crowd on the weekends at CR Park!last_img read more