A third-year diploma student was attacked with acid on the MKCG Medical College campus in Odisha’s Berhampur on Thursday.The victim as well as her father alleged that the assailant was her husband, Niranjan Pradhan (30), who managed to abscond after the ghastly act.Two special police teams have been constituted to track down the accused, said Berhampur ASP Shantanu Dash.The incident occurred around 10.30 a.m. near the students’ common room on the campus. A team of doctors from different departments immediately initiated treatment of the victim. She was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in the afternoon. Condition stable According to physicians who treated her at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, she suffered severe acid burns on the left side of her face, neck and arm. Her condition is said to be stable.The victim had got married on May 7 this year. She was staying at a private hostel in Berhampur to continue her studies. On Thursday morning, her husband allegedly entered the campus and managed to reach the area near the students’ common room on the second floor. He called the victim outside and allegedly threw acid on her face before fleeing from the spot.The victim’s father, Bipin Pradhan, said his daughter was not in good terms with her husband. Their relationship deteriorated within a few days of their marriage. “She had suffered torture at the hands of her husband and in-laws. We had lodged a complaint at the women’s police station,” he said.Following the incident, students at the medical college have demanded enhanced security on the campus. They pointed out that due to lack of proper security, the accused managed to reach the area near the students’ common room to splash acid on the victim.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Filipino superfly champion Jerwin Ancajas faces Japan’s Funai Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES League rules say that an official review would only be used for shots taken in the final two minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments ‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’ PLAY LIST 02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Magnolia won Game 7, 63-60, to earn a trip to the finals against San Miguel.READ: Magnolia rallies to beat Rain or Shine in Game 7, books finals rematch FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn that game, Rome Dela Rosa was given the three-point field goal that gave the Hotshots the 53-50 lead with 3:30 left but video replays showed that the ball was still in his hands when the shot clock went off.Unfortunately for Rain or Shine, the shot wasn’t reviewable since it happened before the final two minutes of the game. MANILA, Philippines—The PBA has passed down the sentences to a couple of game officials who worked on Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals series between Magnolia and Rain or Shine.The league office suspended referee Sherwin Pineda for two games and table official Carlo Santos, who operated the 24-second shot clock, for one game following the controversy in the deciding match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Former minister Ajit Singh.Power and water supplies were cut off to former union minister Ajit Singhs government residence here on Saturday after he refused to vacate the bungalow following his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.The house has been allotted to Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who has been staying in a private guest house.Singh is currently residing at his Tughlaq Road house. According to a report, he was served an eviction notice in July.Earlier this month, a Delhi Police team had faced stiff resistance from Singh’s supporters when it arrived at the bungalow to get it vacated, said the report.Singh had lost the election from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh. The 75-year-old Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president had never lost an election since 1999 from Baghpat.
Sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will retire after this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro despite calls to prolong his career.The six-time Olympic gold medalist suggested in January that he could continue competing until the 2020 Games in Tokyo on the advice of his coach Glen Mills, Xinhua reported.But the Jamaican said success in Rio would leave him with little reason to continue at the elite level.”It will definitely be my last Olympics,” the 29-year-old said, adding, “It is going to be hard to go four more years for me, to keep the motivation that I want, especially if I accomplish what I want to in Rio.”It is going to be hard to keep the motivation to go on for four more years so it will definitely be my last one.”Bolt won golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the London 2012 Games in a repeat of his performances in Beijing four years earlier.He is determined to extend his dominance in his three favorite events this August, with an extra focus on the 200m.”My biggest dream at the Olympics is to win three gold medals again. that is my focus, that is what I want. And that is what I am aiming for because that is my goal and that is my dream,” Bolt said.Despite holding the world record of 19.19 seconds for the 200m Bolt believes he has unfinished business in the event.”I have said the only big thing, big time I want to run is the 200 metres,” he said.advertisement”I would love to try to go sub-19. that is the only thing I would really, really want because that is one of my goals.”I have always talked about and always wanted it so for me, that is something I look forward to.”
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers exercise 4th-year contract option on Kyle Kuzma Sheppard said Beal is poised for yet another big year, and that the way he was interacting with teammates in recent weeks didn’t give him any reason to believe he wasn’t committed to the team.“The fact that he showed up in summer league and worked with our young players and watched what we were doing — he was so committed throughout the summer,” Sheppard said. “He came in in September, had everybody out here working out. All those actions showed somebody that really wanted to be here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sheppard told a story as the team was getting ready to begin training camp about what he says to young players he meets for the first time: Work as hard as Beal.“It sounds easy,” Sheppard said. “Then you come in and you see all the work that Bradley puts in every day, all the leadership he exudes every day. He’s shown time and time again how committed he is to D.C.”Beal has played more minutes than any other NBA player in the last two regular seasons, is one of only five players to not miss a game in that span — and is the lone player to have started all 82 games in both of those seasons.He’s an elite scorer, 12th in the league last season at a career-best 25.6 points per game. And he will be the centerpiece again for a Wizards team that’s without point guard John Wall for the entire season as he recovers from an Achilles injury.“This is where I’ve been for the last seven years, going on eight,” Beal said. “I have an opportunity to be able to turn this thing around. A lot of people doubt that. I view it as a challenge.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “It’s a blessing, man — for one, that they even consider me a franchise player, a piece of this organization in itself,” Beal said at a news conference in Washington. “And I was prideful of that. You don’t get that type of love and respect and responsibility from anywhere.”The Wizards were willing to give Beal a three-year extension that would have been worth about $111 million. Beal went the two-year route and that protects his future options — he could opt out of the deal in the summer of 2022, coinciding with his 10th year in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 10-year milestone is significant: By having that many years of service, Beal would be eligible to sign a new deal worth in excess of $250 million over the next five seasons.“You ask yourself a lot of questions during free agency: Why do people leave? Why do they go other places?” general manager Tommy Sheppard said. “We’ve always retained our free agents. The ones we wanted to keep, we did. And this is a humongous opportunity right here with Bradley Beal. It speaks to the rest of the league that he believes in this place, and that’s huge.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:491.8M visitors expected at Manila North Cemetery for ‘Undas’ 201902:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) leaps for a layup during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension worth nearly $72 million with Washington on Thursday, a major victory for the Wizards and a move that will keep the All-Star guard out of free agency for at least the next three summers.Beal still had two years left on his existing contract. The extension kicks in for the 2021-22 season, has a player option for the following year and means that Beal won’t be part of what has been shaping up to be an NBA free-agent extravaganza in the summer of 2021.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics
STAND ALONE RESTAURANTSMasala LibraryIf you are a foodie, you would have definitely heard of Jiggs Kalra, considered the ‘czar of Indian cuisine’. And there’s no way you could have missed the buzz surrounding the launch of the second edition of his famed Mumbai restaurant, Masala Library in Delhi. Although the 60-seater restaurant at Janpath road has an impressive ala carte menu, we suggest you go for their 19-course tasting menu- the best way to try the chef’s finest and most ingenious creations in bite-size portions.Masala Library, DelhiFrom deconstruction of samosa (our favourite) and tawa keema pickled bitter gourd from the snack section to miso stew, black rice (a bowlful of delicious comfort food) and langoustine moilee, gunpowder mash from the mains, and jalebi caviar from the desserts’ list-every bite will blow your mind and tickle your tastebuds. Coming to the ambience, the restaurant has classic interiors- all taupe, glass and chrome- speaking of elegance and panache. WE RECOMMEND Their extensive wine list which has over 120 varieties of both domestic as well as international labels and their delicious signature cocktails. AT 21 A, Janpath MEAL FOR TWO Rs 5,000 for two TEL 69400005Burma BurmaIt’s a ‘meat-free, alcohol-free’ affair at Burma Burma Restaurant and Tea Room in DLF Cyber Hub, but you won’t leave disappointed for their menu boasts of some of the most scrumptious lesser-known authentic Burmese dishes-beyond the much hyped khowsuey and raw mango salad. With comfortable sofas with cane detailing, the restaurant’s Buddhist-inspired decor is otherwise minimalist. We suggest you begin your meal with their Samuza Hincho-samosa (done the Burmese way) served in a tangy soup with cabbage, carrot and capsicum.advertisementThe interiors of Burma Burma in GurgaonFrom the starters section, the Brown Onion and Roasted Chilli Steamed Bun-a bao-like bun, is soft and bland on the outside and sweet-spicy on the inside. We recommend Instead of ordering dessert, end your meal with an aromatic tea. AT DLF Cyber Hub, Shop No 6 , Building No 8, DLF Cyber City PRICE Rs 1,500 for two TEL 01244372997TanddavIf Lord Shiva’s dance led to destruction and consequent rebirth, then Tanddav at Vipp’s Centre in Greater Kailash is an ode to the mystical dance of the God. Enter the restaurant and apart from an impressive wine cellar, one feels like walking into a plush living room. Don’t expect dishes being presented to you under a thick nitrogen cloud. What you will be served here, is simple fare, where taste dominates the menu, just like the traditional way. Each taste feels unique-a new sensation though built on the old. Take for example the tuna ceviche and beef carpaccio in appetisers. In mains, go for the mock meat pancake.The John Dory is excellent here if you are looking for a nuanced taste. Finish your meal with the most fantastic French toast that is presented as a baguette drizzled with warm cinnamon infused syrup. Once you are done, sit back and wonder if Shiva felt the same fulfilment when he recreated the cosmos. WE RECOMMEND Wasabi shot and ice cream that jerks our gustatory senses awake. AT Plot 2, Vipps Center, LSC Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash (GK) 2 MEAL FOR TWO Rs 2,600 TEL 9560264048, 41435531BUSINESS HOTELSRadisson Blu Plaza, Mahipalpur Perhaps one of the most prominent landmarks of the area, this hotel has stood the test of time. At distance of barely 3 km from the airport, the sprawling Radisson Blu Plaza, an 18-year-old property makes it for the perfect stopover for business travellers and tourists alike. The business-hotel-like-feel disappears the moment you step in. You’re welcomed with the traditional aarati thali before being escorted to your rooms.And once in the room, you have your own little home-awayfrom-home replete with all your luxury essentials. Done up in warm hues of black and brown, the rooms are an ideal mix of opulence and comfort. When it comes to catering to your work needs, the hotel is all-encompassing-from conference halls to meeting rooms to business centres. And at the end of a long, tiring day, pamper your taste buds at Neung Roi or feast on kebabs at the Great Kebab Factory. WE RECOMMEND A spa treatment at R The Spa. PRICE Rs 7,500 plus taxes onwards AT 8, Mahipalpur, near IGI Airport TEL 26779191Pullman AerocityThere are a lot of good business hotels in the city. So what sets Pullman Aerocity apart, you may ask? The answer is that it’s got everything it takes to set it a few notches above good. To begin with, it has a cosmopolitan feel-with chic interiors perfectly suited to what it stands for-a modern hotel catering to an international clientele. Designed by Meriem Hall, of the famed Singapore-based design firm, Meriem Hall Designs, the hotel boasts of a stunning 6,000 rain drop lights shower installation on the lobby ceiling-designed to reflect the rhythmic style of a peacock dancing, waiting for the rains to come. The 270 well-appointed suites and rooms are done up in calming blues and greens to fit the theme.advertisementPullman New Delhi AerocityPick the rooms that overlook the infinity-style swimming pool. Once you have settled in, head to Pluck, their modern-day eatery that offers a farm-to-table concept. While the menu has a number of interesting modern European and contemporary Indian dishes worth trying, the Parmesan burnt garlic soup with oat meal streusel roll over melba, and the back water prawns served on sooji upma and allepey curry are the standout dishes. For those who mean business, there are over 13 fully-equipped meeting rooms, three boardrooms with flexible room layouts and one huge pillar less ballroom space to cater to events of every possible size.And if it’s not a very formal affair, plonk yourself on the relaxed couches at Cafe Pluck and enjoy cups of freshly brewed coffee over conversation. Hit the pool or the gym in the evening or go for a massage at WOO Wellness & Spa that offers Ayurvedic, Thai and Swedish spa treatments that are bound to help you unwind after a tiring day. In the evening, head to the Asian bistro Honk, for a leisurely meal (and we say leisurely because the seating is low and comfy). WE RECOMMEND Don’t go without trying Honk’s signature drink, the Honk Sour. AT Asset No 02 GMR Hospitality District TEL 46080808Westin GurgaonA jet-set business traveller will always have one particular demand-the promise of comfort. Westin Gurgaon exemplifies this comfort to the tee. Enter the hotel’s beautiful foyer and, instead of the hotel staff, you will first be greeted by sounds of gushing water and fauna frolicking in the water. If you are in the city for a quick business trip, waste no time and head to the rooms for a nap in the ‘heavenly’ beds. A signature at all Westins around the world, these beds are made to make you feel as if you are sleeping on a cloud.Want to revitalise your body? Ask for the Superfoods Rx menu. An interesting blend of nature’s best anti-oxidants and immunity as well as energy boosters will be presented in front of you. Eat lavishly, yet feel light as a feather. The hotel has become one of the preferred stop-over for the inbound as well as the international traveller simply because it is a one-stop destination that meets a business person’s needs. With multiple boardrooms, conference halls, 15 meeting rooms and business centres, the Westin Gurgaon has become business central.If you wish to extend your business meets, take your associates for a lip-smacking pan-Asian meal at EEST where you will find the Japanese sashimi, Thai green curry and Chinese Peking Duck complementing each other effortlessly. WE RECOMMEND The Swedish massage for deep tissue relaxation AT Number 1, MG Road, Sector 29, Gurgaon PRICE Rs 9,000 onwards for a deluxe room TEL 4977777advertisementSPASThe Imperial Spa and SalonWhile most hotel spas are housed within the main hotel building, The Imperial Spa And Salon is a little cut off from the hustle-bustle of the main quarters. Set amidst the lavish landscaped gardens of the hotel, a glass door leads you down through a gorgeous winding marble staircase right to the spa reception area-all regal in white-calming and inviting. Which is when you realise that it’s not just the spa therapies on offer that make it one of the best spa stops in the country-its exemplary Art Deco interiors inspired from traditional Mughal and Indian architecture, impeccable service and unconventional appearance-all make it a destination in itself.A therapy at the Imperial Spa and SalonYou can choose from a wide selection of therapies on offer-such as Balinese, Thai and Sports remedial massage or bespoke Savassana detoxifying wrap or go for their signature massages such as Imperial Balance and Imperial Depth that are done using Sufi organic oils. For complete body and mind rejuvenation,we suggest try the Body Mudra-a luxurious three-hour ritual. WE RECOMMEND To experience ultimate leisure and luxury, take a day off and head to the Imperial Spa and Salon for a combined health and wellness package. AT The Imperial, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place TEL 23341234Jiva Spa, Taj PalaceIn a city dotted with spas, Jiva at Taj Palace makes its uniqueness felt in every way-from its soothing interiors to the fabulously curated therapies. A day at this spa can give you the break you deserve. Spread over 13,000 sq ft in the mezzanine floor of the hotel, the spa offers Indianinspired therapies time-honoured Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps.Hydro pool at Jiva Spa, Taj PalaceThe spa therapy area is spread over 3,600 sq ft and includes five therapy rooms catering to single visitors and a couple room. The spa treatments are offered using unique products made from Indian aromatherapy oils and special ingredients, native to India. The therapists are trained to perfection and make the guests feel pampered and looked after. WE RECOMMEND Halotherapy room which uses salt to detoxify AT Taj Palace, Dhaula Kuan TEL 66003000ZehenZehen is an Urdu word whose closest English translation would be consciousness of one’s surroundings. Zehen, the spa at the Manor, preaches developing this realisation to take you deeper into the chambers of your mind to find complete peace. While many would escape to the hills or a quaint beach to find solitude, it would surprise you to find the same tranquillity, bang in the middle of the city. Zehen is one such sanctuary where you can escape to without being too far away from your home. While the spa offers a list of relaxing body massages and body treatments, what is an absolute must, is a session with an Ayurveda practitioner and naturopathy expert.As they walk you through a quick tutorial of your Kapha, Pita, Vata (the elements that make the human body), you will realise what is really good for your body. Proceed towards a luxurious two-hour long body treatment and let your worries drift away. Once rejuvenated, go for their meals or healthy snacks prepared by celebrated chef Manish Mehrotra of Indian Accent. Sip on ginger tea in the calm environs of the hidden The Manor in a plush South Delhi locality and discover the luxury of being at ease with yourself. WE RECOMMEND Uplift your Mood, a body treatment that will nourish your skin and hair. AT 77, The Manor, Friends Colony PRICE Rs 6,200 plus taxes TEL 43235111SHOPPINGFabindiaToday Fabindia is not only one of the most popular home-grown brands in the country, but also one of the largest private platforms for products made from traditional techniques, skills and hand-based processes. Over the past 50 years, it has acquired a large number of local and international patrons that swear by its gorgeous weaves and designs. The USP of Fabindia lies in its products, which are natural, craftbased, contemporary and affordable- thereby making it a much sought-after shopping destination. This year, they have also introduced an exclusive range of Kanjeevaram and Gadwal saris which beautifully showcase the luxuriant festive mood. WE RECOMMEND Pick from their beautifully crafted silver jewellery, footwear and bag to walk out of the store armed with a complete ensemble. WEBSITE fabindia.comKala NiketanBefore we had Zara, H&M, Forever 21 and other global fashion giants invading our closet, the quest for finding wardrobe essentials bordered on frustrating. Markets like South Extension, Janpath and Khan became fashion streets of the city. Kala Niketan’s first store at Janpath was one of the city’s best footwear secrets and every fashionista’s go-to stop. From the housewife to the working woman, from the who’s who of Delhi’s high society to women who walk the power corridors of the Capital, the store has dressed the feet of many a phenomenal woman. WE RECOMMEND Sandals in metallic hues for the upcoming festival and weddings AT Kala Niketan stores at Khan Market, Janpath, South Extension and Mall of India, Noida PRICE Rs 700 onwards Tel 24640420MALLSDLF Mall of IndiaWith malls sprouting up almost daily in every corner of the city, there is nothing exciting about another coming up near your locality. Residents of Noida and East Delhi will probably disagree. DLF Mall of India that opened in May this year in Noida’s sector 18 is not just another destination for shoppers. Touted as the largest mall in India, the concept- bigger the better, mirrors closely to Mall of America, the largest mall in the world. But shopping only covers a fraction of the experiences here. The mall has the only indoor ski park, Ski India. With a temperature of -15 degree Celsius, treat your friends and family to an experience you would otherwise find in the freezing climate of Switzerland or Manali. Casual dining options here are aplenty too. WE RECOMMEND The Big Chill Cakery to satisfy your sweet tooth. AT Plot M-03, Ecity Bioscope Rd, Sector 18, NoidaPacific MallUnlike South Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida which are brimming with malls, West Delhi suffers from a serious lack of entertainment destinations. Pacific is a saving grace. Not only is it one of the biggest malls in the region, it also has 130 premium shopping brands like Zara, Forever 21 and Marks and Spencer. The mall is connected by the Subhash Nagar Metro Station, which is probably the reason why you will always find it filled with a young crowd. WE RECOMMEND Stop by at the various stalls that are scattered throughout the mall. You may find some interesting handcrafted goods and quirky accoutrements. AT Tagore Garden, Najafgarh Road, Subhash Nagar Metro StationUnity One MallUnity One Mall, RohiniOne of the newest reasons to make shopaholics in West Delhi happy is the inception of Unity One Mall in their neighbourhood. This eightmonth-old mall has given an alternative space for shopping and eating out. Be it festive buys or spending a day within the air conditioned environment of the mall, there’s enough reason to head to this place. Spend an entire day here indulging in retail therapy-from clothes, footwear and electronics to household items. The brands here will leave you spoilt for choice. Once done with the shopping spree, catch a movie at Cinepolis. WE RECOMMEND A milkshake at Keventers. AT Next to Rohini Metro StationSTREET FOODBittoo Tikki WalaNot many know that the famed street-food brand, Bittoo Tikki Wala was the brainchild of S R Yadav, a respected tuition teacher based out of Ayodhya. With the intention of starting his own small business, he came to Delhi and set up a cart which focused on selling only Indian street fare such as chaat, bhalla-papri and tikki. From a humble tikki-selling business on a cart, today Bittoo Tikki Wala has become a promising food company with a global presence. With over 17 shops in Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and J&K, BTW has expanded overseas too, with outlets in Melbourne and Dubai. WE RECOMMEND You should definitely try the Bittoo tikki, palak papri chaat as well as samosa chaat. Their namkeens and ready-to-eat foods are great as well. AT Multiple outletsGolgappa chaat at BTWHaldiramFor the average Delhiite, Haldiram has been synonymous with providing scrumptious vegetarian and Indian fare. The brand was created in Bikaner in early 60s by Shri Ganga Bhishan Lal Agarwal (known as Haldiram) who started selling bhujia from a retail shop. What sets it apart from other popular food chains is its stellar quality that consumers associate the brand with. WE RECOMMEND If you are at a Haldiram store, try their papdi chaat that will guarantee an explosion of your tastebuds (in the best way possibe). Try their Kaju Katli that is available at most grocery and confectionery stores. PRICE Rs 29 onwards AT Haldiram outlets across the cityBikanervalaCirca 1950s, a halwai family hailing from the town of Bikaner in Rajasthan came to Delhi to set up business here. Their tryst with Delhi became so successful that today, almost every Delhiite can name at least one favourite dish from Bikanervala. Such is the popularity of this famous sweet-shop-cum-restaurant that it is an insurmountable task to buy a box of sweets from here during festivals such as Diwali or Rakshabandhan. Started as a sweet shop back in the day, Bikanervala is now equally popular for its authentic north Indian food. People swear by its chole bhature, varieties of chaat and north Indian meals. The restaurant also has a special thali for the navaratra fasting season, which is very popular. WE RECOMMEND Raj Kachori AT Multiple locations across the city
Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his thanks to Manchester United’s supporters after receiving a warm welcome upon his return to the club on Tuesday.Former United star Ronaldo – who won three Premier League titles and a Champions League medal with the club – was back in Manchester as Juventus outclassed the Red Devils at Old Trafford.Ronaldo was involved in Paulo Dybala’s winner, sending in a right-wing cross that found the forward off a combination of Chris Smalling and Juan Cuadrado. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He almost had a goal for himself too on what was his second return to Old Trafford, with David de Gea’s magnificent save stopping his right-footed drive towards the top corner.And though Ronaldo and Juventus silenced the home crowd, who had little to cheer as Jose Mourinho’s men failed to find their footing against the Serie A giants, the home fans gave their former hero an ovation at the end of the night.As he walked off the pitch, having already posed for a photograph with a pitch invader, Ronaldo was applauded by those Red Devils supporters that had stayed inside the ground to salute their former hero.And it was appreciated by the Portuguese, who also claimed the Ballon d’Or during a hugely successful six years with United before making the move to Real Madrid in 2009.”An important victory in a very emotional match for me. It was great playing at Old Trafford again,” he wrote on Instagram and social media.”Thanks to all the fans for the reception and support.”Juve’s victory saw Ronaldo and his team-mates make it three wins from as many matches in Group H to sit five points clear of United.The Italian side are four points clear at the top of the Serie A table too, and return to league action with clashes against Empoli and Cagliari before the visit of United to Turin on November 7.United, meanwhile, are back in Premier League action over the weekend when they face Everton at Old Trafford as they look to improve on their current 10th-place position in the table.
MILAN (AP). Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflict another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid.For the second time in three finals, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo sealing victory, then ripping off his shirt to show off his muscled torso to adoring fans.Ronaldo’s decisive spot kick in a Saturday night shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra time.Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Two years ago, the Portuguese superstar’s penalty had sealed a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico and prompted the first of his provocative celebrations.“I knew I was going to score the winning penalty. I was confident,” said Ronaldo, who won his third Champions League title. “I asked (coach Zinedine) Zidane to let me take the last penalty.”Rising to the dramatic moment after a quiet game for him, Ronaldo sent goalkeeper Jan Oblak the wrong way seconds after Atletico defender Juanfran struck a post with his team’s fourth kick.Real Madrid got its record-extending 11th European title and left Atletico was left with bitter memories of its third loss in a European Cup or Champions League final. In its two previous finals, Atletico gave up last-minute equalizing goals.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)“I don’t believe in injustices,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “In football, the team that wins deserves to win. They were better during the shootout.”Simeone said he will consider his future at Atletico, where the combative Argentine has coached for five years.Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Zidane has coached for less than five months, yet is already just the seventh man to both coach and play for champion teams in the competition’s 61-year history. The France great joins an elite group that includes Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola.Just like the 2014 final, a Madrid derby finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. This time, it was Real Madrid instead of Atletico in the role of long-time leader giving up a late equalizer.Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who struck in stoppage time two years ago, showed a forward’s hunger to score in the 15th by forcing the ball past Oblak from close range.Atletico substitute Yannick Carrasco showed the same desire to level in the 79th, outmuscling Lucas Vazquez to shoot Juanfran’s pass high into the net.Atletico missed a penalty kick in the 48th, given for Pepe’s clumsy tackle through Fernando Torres.Antoine Griezmann’s kick struck the cross bar, repeating his failure to beat goalkeeper Keylor Navas from the spot in a league match this season. The France forward scored in the shootout.Atletico raised its game after Griezmann’s miss but the clearest shooting chance fell to defender Stefan Savic who also failed to force a save from Navas.The team of Real Madrid pose with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Ramos showed how a defender, tough and often cynical, should finish. As noted for his red cards as goals, he has now scored in two Champions League finals to stand with Ronaldo in the competition’s history.Atletico’s defense was warned of Real Madrid’s threat, and its own weakness on the night, from free kicks as early as the sixth minute.Gareth Bale was fouled deep in Atletico territory, then fired a dipping cross. Attackers again got in front of defenders and both Karim Benzema and Casemiro seemed to deflect the ball toward Oblak staying on his goal-line. This time, the Slovenia goalkeeper blocked with his left leg.When Madrid did score nine minutes later, Benzema was again free but failed to connect on Bale’s flick before Ramos pounced.Benzema could have likely sealed the win in the 70th when sent clear but Oblak blocked the Frenchman’s shot with his chest.Atletico Madrid players react after the Champions League final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 28, 2016. Real Madrid won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 after extra time. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Atletico was soon level when Carrasco exploited substitute Vazquez, a midfielder who had just come on for Benzema.Early in extra time, Ronaldo wasted a good chance when his downward header struck defender Filipe Luis and looped into Oblak’s hands.Real Madrid was crowned the best in Europe — watched by Spain’s King Felipe VI in San Siro stadium — to cap a season when it had not even been best at home.Victory helped eclipse rival Barcelona winning four major trophies, including a Spanish league and cup double. Just not the one that matters most in Madrid. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Rating each bowler a match winner, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said the kind of options this team is blessed with, India never had going into a World Cup.”We have a very balanced side – both in the batting and bowling department. And especially with the fast bowlers and spinners, the kind of option the Indian team has today, I don’t think we have ever had this kind of options,” Gaekwad told IANS. “Our bowlers, spinners or pacers, are match winners on any given condition.”The pace battery of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, whom many rate as the world’s best especially with the white ball, in-form Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is expected to swing the ball both-ways in English conditions.In the spin bowling department, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have struck gold for India so far and will be expected to continue the good work in their maiden World Cup campaign.Gaekwad, who featured for India in 40 Tests and 15 ODIs, also heaped praise on head coach Ravi Shastri, saying Shastri operates the way he used to during his time with the team.”He has done well right from the beginning. He has put captain (Kohli) as the boss of the team. He has taken a backseat unlike Greg Chappell. I did the same with (Md) Azharuddin when he was the captain.”Ravi has a great understanding with the captain and is a great man manager. Knowing Virat, the way he pushes the players everyone has to be on their toes and Ravi also helps in that.”advertisementGaekwad, who worked as a national selector also besides coaching the team from October 1997 to September 1999, and again in 2000 for a brief period – before John Wright succeeded him — said the much-talked about No. 4 spot is more or less settled with KL Rahul fitting the bill.There has been lot of changes at No. 4 since Kohli took over as captain. There has been a process of trying out new players for the No.4 spot by the selectors.”Rahul is my pick because he is a stroke player and he will complement the top three as all of them are stroke players. Now there is Dinesh Karthik who has proved over a period of time that he can settle the innings once there are early wickets lost.”As far as Vijay Shankar is concerned, if he gets a chance in the XI we will see,” said the 66-year old who did not have Shankar in his 15-member squad before it was announced.Gaekwad likened “mentor” M.S. Dhoni’s presence in the team to Sachin Tendulkar, saying if he was the coach he would pick the decorated former India skipper even if he was in the worst form of his life.”The biggest advantage Virat (Kohli) has is Dhoni. His mere presence gives confidence to the captain. You can’t go to the shop and buy experience, what Dhoni has. He is the mentor of the Indian team. When I was coach of the Indian team, I told Sachin during a series against Australia where he had a stiff back, to just stand at slips and don’t move.”He could not move, he was in a bad situation. So a mere presence of a player makes a big difference to the opposition.”If I was the coach, I would play Dhoni if he is fit. Whether he gets runs or not, I don’t care. I play him. His fitness and keeping is out of the world anyway.”Gaekwad further said Rishabh Pant, whose exclusion from the squad made so much noise, is still a work in progress and his glovework needs to improve.”Pant still needs to learn a lot. His wicketkeeping needs to improve. As a batsman, Pant can finish a game on a given day but he is not a planner. Karthik is a planner.”
Borussia Dortmund Aubameyang not to blame for Dortmund’s woes, says Zorc Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 20:49 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München Bayern München The Gabon international has been in rotten form in front of goal in recent weeks, but the BVB official insists it is the team that must improve Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has refused to point the finger of blame at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the striker looks to snap his scoreless run against Bayern Munich.Aubameyang heads into Saturday’s Der Klassiker having failed to score in his past four matches, the Gabon international guilty of missing two glorious chances during Wednesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw with APOEL.Dortmund 12/5 to win v Bayern 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 That result means Dortmund take on five-time reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern on the back of one win from six across all competitions, while the leaders have won each of their last half-dozen outings, including the DFB-Pokal penalty shoot-out success against RB Leipzig.Despite his barren run, Aubameyang has 15 goals this season and Zorc knows it would be of no benefit to single out the striker. #BVBFCB pic.twitter.com/rA0sfE3jdx— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 4, 2017″Of course, he can play better – he knows that first and foremost, but it makes no sense at all to pick out a scapegoat, so we are not,” Zorc told Bild.”Every single player in our squad can and must play better than in the past two weeks – if we want to defeat Bayern, we need a significant increase in performance from every professional.”Our team has the quality. We play at home, in front of our fans. We have beaten Bayern several times in recent years.”Of course, the form does not speak for us. We have not won a number of games, Bayern have six wins in succession.”Nonetheless, we have the opportunity to stop the trend. We will do everything!”
7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportFormer Florida and NFL linebacker Neiron Ball reportedly finds himself in a fight for his life tonight. The 26-year-old is in a coma and not responding to stimuli, according to a Facebook post.The Butts County Schools Facebook page shared the information on Bell Monday night, asking for prayers. Ball attended high school in Jackson, Ga.It is unclear as of now what is causing Ball’s condition.The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to see what can be done to help him heal and wake up. This young man has already been through so much in his life, and we know the family would appreciate your love and kindness.Praying for Neiron!The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to… https://t.co/sbq9Tn3H0F— Butts County Schools (@ButtsCoSchools) September 24, 2018Ball graduated from Florida in 2015 and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.He played in six games as a rookie, making two starts. In his only NFL action, Ball recorded nine tackles and a sack.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ball and his family. Let’s hope he is able to recover from whatever is ailing him.
Nova Scotia’s school boards will get an early chance to hire thisyear’s graduating teachers at the third annual Early Hiring JobFair. The fair will be held at each of four Nova Scotia universitiesoffering a bachelor of education degree. The key partners in thepublic education system visit the campuses to meet students whoare graduating this year. Boards are looking in particular this year for teachers inmathematics, physics, technology education, French and familystudies. “This event is all about opportunity,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “Other provinces are eager to recruit our teachinggrads, so this gives our boards first chance to hire our best andbrightest. It also gives graduating students a chance to see thegreat potential for a career in Nova Scotia.” The job fair will allow students to meet representatives from theprovince’s school boards, the Nova Scotia registrar of teachercertification, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova ScotiaSchool Boards Association, and the Nova Scotia Teachers CreditUnion. The event, organized by the Department of Education, is just oneaspect of school board recruiting programs. The boards willcontinue to hire for the 2005-06 school year through September. The fair will be held at Université Sainte-Anne on Thursday, Jan.6; St. Francis Xavier University on Thursday, Jan. 13; AcadiaUniversity on Tuesday, Jan. 18; and Mount Saint Vincent onFriday, Jan. 28. Current term and substitute teachers, teachers who graduatedbefore 2005, or those who graduated from education programs at auniversity outside Nova Scotia can learn more about employmentopenings by contacting individual school boards. Board contact information is available on the Department ofEducation website at www.ednet.ns.ca .
13 September 2011A Namibian campaigner for the poor, the Malaysian creators of a tunnel designed to relieve both traffic and storm water congestion and a Cuban research institute dedicated to cheap and eco-friendly building materials are among this year’s six winners of an annual United Nations prize rewarding work in the field of human settlements development. The Scroll of Honour Awards, announced yesterday by the UN agency tasked with promoting environmentally and socially sustainable cities and towns (UN-HABITAT), were given to individuals or institutions from Namibia, Malaysia, Cuba, Australia, Russia and the United States. Three other entities were commended for their good practices.The winners include Edith Mbanga of the Shack Dwellers Federation for Namibia, for what the UN agency described as “her outstanding efforts to improve land access and housing for the poor,” with particular benefit for women living in poverty.Since the early 1990s Ms. Mbanga has helped set up a network of savings and support groups for the poor so they can secure land. As a result more than 4,000 households have been able to buy land and at least 2,000 have built new homes.In Malaysia, the National Security Council was honoured for its Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, which is often beset by traffic jams or flash floods.The 9.7-kilometre tunnel is the longest multi-purpose tunnel in the world: during periods of heavy rains, it is closed to traffic and serves as a storm water diversion tunnel, while at other times it is a motorway tunnel used by as many as 30,000 vehicles a day.Cuba’s Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo de Estructuras y Materiales (CIDEM), which is attached to the Universidad Central de Las Villas’ faculty of construction, promotes the setting up of small community workshops where ordinary people can learn a trade and produce their own building materials cheaply.The research and development institute, created in 1992, has set up more than 50 workshops within Cuba and another 16 around the world, and has led to the construction of tens of thousands of environmentally friendly homes.For the first time an Australian project has been rewarded with the Scroll of Honour. Wintringham, a non-profit organization in the inner Melbourne suburb of Flemington, provides accommodation every night for about 1,000 elderly people who would otherwise be homeless.UN-HABITAT noted that Wintringham has also helped influence Government policy to include housing for homeless elderly citizens.Russia’s Yakutsk city administration is another winner, recognised for implementing a cold climate urban development in 2009 and 2010 that has given the city in eastern Siberia better roads, a new drainage system, a landscaped environment, new apartments for 5,000 families and retrofitted buildings to make the more energy-efficient.Yakutsk city administration is continuing to “winterize” its urban infrastructure to save energy and to deal with the city’s extremely cold winters.In the United States, the Austin Energy Green Building – an organization founded in the Texas state capital of the same name in 1991 – provides savings in electricity, fuel water and construction and ensures buildings are more energy-efficient.UN-HABITAT commended the organization for “being the first in the United States to lead the way in sustainable building practices and commercial construction”The good practices rewarded by the UN agency were: the Centre Africain pour l’Eau Potable et l’Assainissement (Burkina Faso), the Estrategia de Movilidad en Bicicleta de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City) and the Chiang Rai municipality (Thailand).
by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 7:29 am MDT TORONTO – Some Canadians may be paying higher premiums for their home insurance starting this fall, as Intact Financial Corp. (TSX:IFC) boosts prices in light of recent flooding in Alberta and Toronto.“The frequency of severe weather events in the past few weeks has made it clear to me that the sustainability of home insurance in its current form is being challenged,” chief executive Charles Brindamour told analysts Wednesday.“While we’ve made meaningful progress with underwriting profits, on average, over the past three years in that line of business, our approach needs to evolve further, given the environment we face and will likely face in the coming years.”Intact had a smaller second-quarter profit than last year but exceeded analyst estimates following several recent catastrophes that will result in millions of dollars of payouts by the insurance company.On a per-share basis, the Toronto-based property and casualty insurer had 89 cents per share of net operating income.That was down from $1.35 a year earlier but 16 cents a share better than anticipated.Overall, Intact’s net operating income fell 32 per cent to $123 million, down $57 million from $180 million a year ago.Intact said the lower operating income in the quarter ended June 30 reflects losses related to storms and flooding in Alberta.It warned earlier this month that it expected to take a hit in both the second and third quarter from claims related to flooding in Alberta, flash floods in Toronto and the Lac-Megantic train crash in Quebec in early July.The company said it is tweaking its home insurance products, boosting premiums and working to educate clients on how to minimize potential future losses.“The plan we have in mind will focus on ensuring customers have a better understanding of the risks they face and what they can do to better adapt to climate change,” Brindamour said.“This issue is not one solely affecting the insurance industry, but rather society as a whole, and as such, we will work with communities across the country to raise awareness as to how they can better protect themselves against the impacts of extreme weather.”Intact’s net income in the second quarter was $103 million, down 20 per cent from $129 million a year earlier. Its net income fell to 73 cents per share from 95 cents per share.Other insurance companies have also felt the impact of recent severe weather events.Last week, Co-operators General Insurance Company (TSX:CCS.PR.C) dropped to a second-quarter loss of $5.9 million, mostly on costs from the floods in Alberta. The company said it lost around $77 million before taxes as a result of the Alberta floods, even after collecting reinsurance.TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) said Tuesday the flooding in Toronto and Alberta will likely result in a loss for its insurance business, which would have been profitable without the weather-related expenses.TD Insurance faces an after-tax net loss of between $240 million and $290 million for the most recent quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Intact Financial boosting home insurance premiums this fall due to weather
With smartphones becoming a serious competitor in the portable games market, no one really expects a new handheld gaming device to be released unless it comes from a Nintendo or Sony. But it looks as though SNK Playmore has decided there’s room for another system, and it carries the Neo-Geo name.This is in no way an official announcement, but multiple images of a portable gaming device called the Neo-Geo Portable have leaked via the Japanese gaming blog Famicom-Plaza. It could be a prototype unit, or it could be the final hardware. It looks a lot like a fat iPhone from the side, but has the necessary face buttons and thumbstick to make it clear this machine is setup for gaming.The NGP is thought to have a 4.3-inch display and 2GB of on-board storage. Additional storage can be added through an SD card slot. The unit measures 170 x 72 x 15mm and includes a 2200mAh rechargeable battery. Details of the processor and RAM have not been revealed, but it’s surely going to be an ARM chip and a decent amount of RAM.Included with every unit will be 20 classic Neo-Geo titles, which also means the on-board software will include an emulator. Maybe the games will be true originals, or have updated visuals. The games that ship with the NGP include:The Art of FightingBaseball Stars ProfessionalCyber-LipFatal FuryFatal Fury SpecialFrenzyKing of MonstersLast ResortLeague BowlingMagical LordMetal SlugMutation NationNam-1975Samurai ShodownSengokuSuper SidekicksThe King of Fighters ’94Top Player’s GolfUltimate 11World HeroesFor a portable system to succeed it needs new titles to be released on a regular basis. The hardware looks too good just to be for those 20 games it ships with. The inclusion of an SD card slot also suggests SNK Playmore intend more content to be added after sale. So now we have to wait and see if this is an officially planned product, or just a leaked prototype unit than SNK shelved. I’m hoping this is a planned release and it will be supported by some kind of retro game app store (there are 158 Neo-Geo games that could be offered). At the right price I’m sure there’s a market for it.More at Famicon-Plaza.com (translated), via Kotaku
http://the42.ie/3242979 EOGHAN MASTERSON’S RECOLLECTION of the moment immediately after suffering a severe and rare knee injury that threatened to end his career tells us much of what we need to know about the man.The Connacht back row was playing in a Pro12 clash against Zebre in February of last year and had scrambled back to the fringe of a ruck after a linebreak by the Italians. Masterson is stretchered off in February of last year. Source: Francesca Soli/INPHOMetres from the Connacht tryline, Italy international Kelly Haimona got his hands on the ball and surged at Masterson, dipping his head and driving straight through the 23-year-old’s knee to score.“The first thing was that I was pretty disappointed he had scored the try,” says Masterson. “I thought after all of that effort to get back into position I would have stopped him scoring.”Then came the flood of pain, the uncertainty about the nature of the injury, a stretcher off the pitch and an ambulance to the hospital in Parma.Just over 12 months later, Masterson is now back playing and already has four games under his belt – one for Connacht Eagles, three for club side Galwegians and another to come today.That Masterson would ever play again was in doubt in the aftermath of the incident that left him with a ruptured ACL, ruptured PCL, ruptured LCL, ruptured popliteus, grade-two tear of the MCL and deep damage to the meniscus in his left knee.Having initially thought he was facing six months out with an ACL tear, Masterson was rocked by further scans after returning to Ireland.“My first thing to think was, ‘Jesus, that’s a lot to have going on at the same time.’ John O’Donnell, our doctor, gave me the results and I was starting to panic, thinking that it didn’t sound great.“Garrett Coughlan, our physio, rang me and said we were going up to see Ray Moran, the surgeon, and that he’d tell me which way to go – one way or the other.“I stopped because it sounded really weird what he was saying. ‘One way or the other? What do you mean by that?’“Garrett said it was his job to prepare me that Ray could tell me the worst news imaginable. I wasn’t able to speak on the phone anymore after that. It’s really, really nightmare stuff. 27,068 Views iTunes Masterson had been in outstanding form last season. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Those days before going up to Ray wasn’t the easiest time. You’re waiting to hear if your career is going to be over. I’ll never forget those days, just waiting.”Knee specialist Moran, who works out of the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry, confirmed that Masterson had suffered exceptional damage to the knee, so the Connacht man asked him straight out whether he would play rugby again.“He said he’d be cautiously optimistic. I just said, ‘That’s good enough for me. I’ll take it and run with it.’”Of course, it would be some time before Masterson would run, or even walk, again. The first operation came that weekend, although a complication with a cut on the outside of his leg meant the ACL couldn’t be remedied on that occasion.Moran fixed the LCL, pinned down the meniscus and fitted Masterson for a PCL brace, which sits around the outside of the knee and pushes the tibia bone forward, forcing the PCL into a position where it can stitch itself back together.The brace meant Masterson couldn’t walk or drive for 13 weeks. Despite the limitations, he was happy to have a chance to fight his way back to fitness.“Garrett told me it was an unbelievably rare injury and that lads had had to retire with less,” says Masterson. “That scared the crap out of me.“It became a real challenge that I wanted to overcome and I was really proud of having suffered it and having made the progress I was making.“I was determined to be one of those guys that suffered such an unusual injury and was able to come back from it.”The same week that Masterson’s Connacht team-mates were preparing for the Pro12 final against Leinster, he went under the knife to have his ACL put back together and then watched from the sidelines in Murrayfield on the Saturday.While Connacht had been enjoying the greatest months of their history, Masterson had been working through days that centred around five bouts of wiggling his toes for 20 minutes at a time. Masterson and some of the other injured players after last season’s Pro12 win. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It was great for the lads to win, but I was missing out on all these big games: beating Leinster at home, the two Glasgow games, the final. I was happy with my progress, but to sit in the stand at the Pro12 final, it’s not easy. I had to accept it and I became unbelievably motivated to get back and contribute.”That spurt of motivation was timely, as Masterson looked towards June without the prospect of time off. Rather than jetting to Dubai or the US with his mates, he was learning how to do something all of us take for granted.“I had to learn to walk again. My leg was unbelievably wasted away, my calf and quad had completely vanished. But it was mainly because I hadn’t put my foot down in so long, my gait and the mechanics of walking – I had to learn it all again.“I remember putting my foot down on the ground for the first time and I was genuinely so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hold myself up.“We did it and we learned to walk, then we learned to walk sideways, then we learned to jog a little bit on the anti-gravity machine, then learned to jog on the grass. It was a great journey.”Masterson flatly rejects the idea that he showed any great mental strength to come through those difficult moments, instead underlining that he had no choice.He didn’t jog on the anti-gravity treadmill until the end of August of last year, although the time away from playing did mean he finished his Arts degree in NUI Galway, graduating in October after specialising in economics and geography.With Masterson’s knee coming through each step up positively, he began to work hard with Connacht’s strength and conditioning coach Tristan Sharp in the province’s ‘return-to-perform’ programme, building his fitness and strength back up.Now, what was “a dream a long way in the distance” has come to happen, with Masterson coming through the first four games of his comeback unscathed and with his confidence boosted.The recovery demonstrates the sheer determination he possesses, but then it shouldn’t be a surprise to us, given how hard Masterson worked to be a professional rugby player in the first place. Masterson’s road to recovery was a long one. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA student of the non-rugby-playing St Mary’s CBS in Portlaoise, Masterson joined Portlaoise RFC at the age of five, while also playing GAA with the Park/Ratheniska club.His diligent attitude led to North Midlands representative honours as he rose through the grades, before he played for the Leinster provincial side and then captained Ireland U18 Clubs in 2011 – playing alongside future Connacht team-mates Ultan Dillane and Sean O’Brien.Having joined Clontarf and the Leinster sub-academy after school, a dislocated shoulder meant Masterson missed out on Ireland U19s honours, and he then found himself on the periphery for the Ireland U20s – dropped on the eve of the 2013 Six Nations.“At the time, that was the worst moment in my career,” says Masterson. “I didn’t realise I was going to have a bigger one to come. I got cut, but then got back into the squad for the Scotland game, a minute off the bench, then I was gone again.”Masterson’s father was born in Scotland to Irish parents – Achill and Donegal natives – before moving back to Ireland as a 17-year-old and meeting his future wife in Westport, her hometown.The Scottish link had led to the SRU enquiring as to Masterson’s interest in playing for them. The back row didn’t rule it out after the initial contact and when it became clear that Ireland were favouring others, and with the 2013 Junior World Championship looming, Masterson warmed to the idea.“I thought that if I wasn’t getting contracted anywhere in Ireland, what’s the point in waiting on an injury in their squad.“I could go to Scotland, who said they wanted me to come over, and the Junior World Championship is a great window to showcase yourself. I knew I couldn’t take a chance by sitting around.”Masterson played a trial match for the Scotland U20s, performed well, but was then dealt another blow when the coaching staff told him they couldn’t select him ahead of players who had been in the mix for longer. He was put on a standby list and then asked to play in one of the Scots’ pre-tournament warm-up games.“It just happened to be against Ireland in Ashbourne. I was thinking, ‘Oh God, this is a very, very awkward time,’” recalls Masterson. The number eight has always had huge determination to succeed. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“I wasn’t with Scotland and I wasn’t with Ireland but I was playing for Scotland against Ireland, with lads I had thought I should have been ahead of on both sides! I just said I didn’t care anymore and I would give it everything I could.”An injury followed in the Scotland squad ahead of the JWC, and Masterson was finally called in, going on to play in all five games – a valuable experience.“The main reason I did it was to showcase what I could do as a young player. Maybe it wasn’t the smartest thing, but it’s funny the way it worked out.”While his international career was stuttering, Masterson was without academy contract offers in Ireland and staring at a future outside rugby.But he wanted this career more than anything and was willing to ask for it. Having worked with Jimmy Duffy with the Ireland U18s, he rang up the then-Connacht academy officer and was encouraged to contact Nigel Carolan – another who he had worked with in underage Connacht camps.Carolan told Masterson that the academy was close to full, but the Portlaoise man offered to train for free during the summer. The province provided accommodation, Masterson threw himself into the opportunity and never looked back.“Maybe it was cheeky but it paid off and I’m in eternal debt to Nigel.”Masterson signed an academy contract in October 2013, played for the Eagles in November and earned his full senior debut a week later against the Scarlets in the Pro12.He went on to play 11 times in the 2014/15 campaign and was then outstanding at number eight last season, starting 13 games in the number eight shirt, before the knee injury cut him down.Masterson – whose younger brother Sean, also a back row, is in Connacht’s sub-academy and the extended Ireland U20 squad with another year to go at that level – recognises the need to be patient now that he is fit again, but is targeting regaining a place in the Connacht team as soon as is possible.His contract – negotiated by his agent Niall Woods of Navy Blue – keeps him at the province until the summer of 2018, so he has time to build back to where he was before injury. Masterson is back playing and training with Connacht. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe focus is short-term but for Masterson the wider goal in his career remains the same as it has always been – the green shirt of Ireland.“I’d love it more than anything in the world, but you look at the competition they have for Six Nations places and it’s absolutely crazy, even throughout the provinces and here in Connacht.“Coming back from a 12-month injury, I feel like I’m starting at the bottom of the ladder again and I have to climb back up there. It’s the biggest goal I have and I’d love to fulfil it. I dream about it, but I’ve got to keep working towards it.“It’s out in the distance there, but hopefully some day.”- This article was updated at 10.35 to correct an error stating that Masterson had been playing club rugby with his previous team, Corinthians, in recent weeks. He has been playing with Galwegians.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7 Comments Feb 18th 2017, 10:00 AM Pat Lam blasts Steve Hansen over ‘ex-New Zealander’ jibe‘I never spoke to Munster’ – French coach Sonnes stresses loyalty to Bandon Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 10:00 AM ‘I had to learn to walk again. I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to hold myself up’ Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is back playing after a severe knee injury that could have ended his career. By Murray Kinsella Android Share Tweet Email
Related Items:BBB+, financial, rating, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jul 2015 – Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced Tuesday, 30th June 2015.This strong grading follows TCI’s first sovereign rating in 2014 which provided global recognition of its financial reforms and fiscal success.A team from S&P visited the islands in May and met with a range of politicians, officials and business leaders as part of the annual review process.“This is further expert recognition of our tremendous progress in making the TCI one of the fastest recovering economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.“S&P has recognized our ongoing success in consolidating public financial management reform and improving our fiscal resilience. BBB+ means that we are more highly rated than many countries in the Caribbean.”S&P again made clear that TCI’s close relationship with the UK, as an Overseas Territory, was a key factor in its rating calculation.One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.The TCI plans to issue invitations to tender for its refinancing requirement in September 2015. It is TCI’s intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community. The TCI economy grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2014 and is forecast to grow an average of 2-3% per annum over the next three years.The TCI government generated a US$77.3m operating surplus and a 16% increase in recurrent revenue to $246.5m for the financial year ending March 2015.The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region. In March 2015 the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. S&P Reaffirms FortisTCI Rating of ‘BBB’ Outlook: Stable FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party
Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (MRP) has changed its mind on a previously announced decision to delist from the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). However, the company will proceed with a voluntary tender offer for almost 1.6 billion publically-owned and MRP common shares.In a Friday filing, MRP said it had formally withdrawn its application to delist, although it failed to provide a reason for its change of heart. MRP had previously noted that under PSE rules, the company would need to obtain at least 95% of outstanding stock to delist. RelatedPosts Load More Nevertheless, MRP said it would proceed with the voluntary tender off “for the purpose of increasing the bidder’s shareholding interest in the issuer, instead of for the purpose of voluntary delisting of MRP.”Originally scheduled to commence on 22 October 2018, the new commencement date will be included in MRP’s amended tender offer report.
Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. An 11-person crew works on the site six days a week, methodically searching this corner of the glacier for remnants of the crash.The shifting glacier conditions obscured wreckage for decades, but also preserved debris materials, which were spotted in 2012. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.“We want to clear the debris off, for one,” said Allen Cronin, a civilian chief within the Air Force’s Mortuary Affairs Operations, based in Dover, Delaware.“More importantly, we’re looking for our service members who were killed in this incident,” he added.A crew-member about the Black Hawk helicopter flying between Joint-Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the staging area of the Colony Glacier. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public MediaThough Cronin is used to investigating crashes, this mission is unique.“They don’t have glaciers in Delaware.”Oversight of the project was shifted over to the Air Force last year, and many of the individuals working this season were given special training to help deal with the difficulties and nuances of the setting.Though the glacier preserved segments of the wreckage, decades of constant internal churning pulverized the physical remains. Video Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Pipelines stretch toward the horizon on NPR-A land leased by ConocoPhillips. The company announced it’s found 300 million barrels of recoverable oil nearby. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Oil prices are up again.Listen nowAlaska North Slope crude jumped above $70 per barrel two weeks ago and has stayed above that mark. While that’s several dollars higher than state economists predicted, it doesn’t quite fill the hole in the state’s budget — and, it doesn’t mean oil prices are going to stay up.Still, when oil prices inch up it adds up fast for the state.“Once you’re in the $70s you’re getting maybe $80 million dollars or so of additional revenue for each dollar of oil price increase,” Alaska Department of Revenue Chief Economist Dan Stickel said.Each year, Stickel’s department puts out a forecast for the price-per-barrel of oil. Right now, prices are well above the $63-per-barrel price state economists predicted for the next fiscal year.But, in Juneau, lawmakers are still leaning toward balancing the budget using money from Permanent Fund earnings.That’s because prices are still well below the $91 Stickel said the state would need to fill the $2.5 billion hole in the state’s budget.If the legislature does decide to draw from the Permanent Fund earnings, Stickel said it would take about $72 per barrel to balance the budget.“So right around current prices,” Stickel said.But the effect oil prices have on Alaska’s economy is much broader than just the impact to state spending.Institute of Social and Economic Research economist Mouhcine Guettabi said another pressing question is how the uptick in prices could affect jobs and capital spending in the private sector — that is, money that companies spend on property or equipment or to take on new projects.“Nobody knows the answer to that,” Guettabi said. “I think what we can say is … firms have adjusted to lower levels of employment and so how quickly will they ramp up in terms of adding employees is the really million dollar question.”Alaska is in a recession. What what will it take for companies to start hiring again, to pump more money into local economies?That is not a simple question to answer. Oil development economics are dramatically different between fields. It’s not as simple as producers turning the spigot on and off whenever the math works out in their favor.Glacier Oil and Gas Chief Executive Officer Carl Giesler has some insight. Glacier is a smaller, independent oil & gas company in the state – so its economics aren’t necessarily the same as those of ConocoPhilllips or BP.But Giesler said there are some fundamentals to the relationship between oil prices and companies investing in Alaska.To get an idea of why companies haven’t rushed to hire more workers or bring more fields online, Giesler said it’s helpful to look at oil futures. Basically, oil futures are contracts that allow traders to buy and sell oil that will be delivered months or years later.This becomes kind of a prediction for what the price of oil could be.“The punchline is that even though oil prices are up meaningfully over the last three months or so, people are still cautious,” Giesler said.One reason they’re cautious is that the oil market has shifted into backwardation — basically the future price is less than the current price.“That backwardation is the one thing that’s giving a lot of companies pause before they really start ramping up drilling, before they really start ramping up hiring. Before they sort of jump in with both feet,” Giesler said.Still, Giesler said the jump in oil prices is good news.“I mean, holy cow, we’re above $70, we’re almost at $75 right? You know, fire the gun, lets start running. But, you know, if you look at the futures, you don’t want to run that fast because you know it’s going to be a long race, potentially.”