Virat Kohli impressed with Niroshan Dickwella despite time-wasting tactics in Kolkata

first_imgVirat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange of words involving Niroshan Dickwella, who admitted to time-wasting tactics in the dying moments of the Kolkata Test but the India skipper was impressed with the Sri Lankan batsman’s character.India, after being outplayed on the first two days, were pressing hard for victory when things took a bitter turn as Dickwella sought to waste time when India’s pacers wanted to get through as many overs as possible. As Shami ran in to bowl the 19th over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Dickwella had not yet taken his stance. That upset Shami, who made his displeasure felt. He had a word with Kohli as well as the batsmen.Dickwella, in an unsporting gesture, then indicated to Shami after his next delivery that the pitch and not his own skills, were helping him extract the extra bounce. The war of words was not getting difficult to contain. Both  umpires assembled in the middle and involved India skipper Kohli and his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Chandimal. At the end, Dickwella apologised to Kohli, who walked back to his position on the field.Dickwella later conceded he did try to waste some time as Sri Lanka desperately battled for a draw to avoid their sixth successive Test defeat to India.”How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella said. “I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle.advertisementKohli, who was furious on the final day and rushed up to the umpires so they could intervene, however, was impressed with the spunk shown by Dickwella.”I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He is someone who takes lot of pride in his cricket. I am impressed with what I have seen so far of him from the last series as well. He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket,” the India captain said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test in Nagpur which starts from Friday.Kohli said he had spoken to Dickwella on the flight from Kolkata to Nagpur and added he was happy to move on from the incident.”Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game.”last_img read more

Xavier Dolan excited by Oscar attention disappointed by films theatrical hopes

first_imgThe 27-year-old director was stung by some poor reviews when the movie opened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but was redeemed when it won the Grand Prix prize, the second most prestigious award at the festival behind the Palme d’Or. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it had narrowed the pack of foreign-language film contenders from the 85 that were being considered for a nomination. It’s the first time the Quebec director has made it this far in the selection process and he said he’s “very happy and quite moved” by the recognition. Advertisement Facebook While Dolan said he hasn’t really considered what an Oscar nomination would do for his career, he already feels fortunate that “it’s never been hard so far to get an artist or an actor I’d admired to work on one of the films that I’ve made.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, the French-language “It’s Only the End of the World” stars Gaspard Ulliel as a terminally ill writer who returns home to share the news of his fate with his family. Co-stars include Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Lea Seydoux. While the film did screen in Canada and France in the fall, Dolan conceded he’s disappointed by the scope of the movie’s release overall and hopes an Oscar nomination would give it another push. The academy will announce the best foreign-language film nominees on Jan. 24, 2017.center_img Dolan’s next film will be his first English-language feature. “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” has a star-studded cast including Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates. “I’m not thinking of this in terms of what this could bring to my career, I’m thinking of this in terms of what could it bring to this film in terms of exposure,” Dolan said. “This film was not bought — probably won’t be, I think — and that’s been a disappointment, because when you make a film you don’t make it for a club, you make it for everyone. “This is a dream and it’s a thing that’s connected directly to your childhood and all those years watching these people, seated in that mythic space, in that mythic ceremony,” Dolan told Canadian reporters during a conference call on Friday. “So if this is a way for people to know this film exists — outside of the usual ways we can have with a distributor or let’s say a more traditional way of releasing this film — if this can help that and give us some visibility that’s amazing because the goal is to get people to see the film and get their reaction.” “I don’t think actors work with people for the awards they’ve won or the films they’ve made, they work with people for the film they’re going to be making together.”CANADIAN PRESS Xavier Dolan is thrilled his movie “It’s Only the End of the World” is one of nine films in the running for a best foreign-language Oscar nomination. He just wishes more people could see it. “To me, the greatest acknowledgment is not something you can hold in your hand — although it means that people recognize your work and appreciate you and that’s everything — but to me the greatest reward is to work with actors or people I’m dreaming of working with and it’s so far already been a possibility, I’m already grateful for that,” he said. “Actors, no matter what their careers are and no matter what the trajectory they’ve been following — whether they are famous, or whether they’re working in TV or film or both, or if they’re in England — I’ve been impressed and very flattered by the fact that they would have seen my films and my work…. I think also, they wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t like the character in the script.last_img read more

SZA Visits New Jersey High School For Speech Performance

first_img Facebook SZA Visits Her New Jersey High School sza-visits-new-jersey-high-school-speech-performance The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter dropped in for her alma mater’s hall of fame inductionRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 5, 2018 – 11:18 am Sometimes the biggest stars come from the smallest of places. Pink grew up in a small Pennsylvania town. Carrie Underwood started singing in Checotah, Okla. And we have Maplewood, N.J. to thank for R&B star SZA.On June 4 the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter returned to her New Jersey high school, Columbia High School where she was inducted into the school’s hall of fame. SZA arrived onstage for the activities to an enthusiastic crowd. She also gave a performance of her track “The Weekend” and offered up some words of wisdom for those set to follow in her path.During her speech, SZA imparted on students how she made it through high school, career advice, getting back up after things don’t work out, maintaining friendships, and the importance of daydreaming and believing in yourself.”You have to pay attention to how God is working in your life,” SZA said. “It starts with compassion. It starts with trusting yourself, even if people are telling you you’re too young to trust yourself.”SZA’s induction into the high school’s hall of fame follows fellow Columbia alumnae Lauryn Hill’s 1999 induction.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Twitter News SZA Visits New Jersey High School For Speech & Performance last_img read more

Elon Musk Tesla still orbiting one year after SpaceX launch

first_imgEnlarge ImageStarman goes for a ride in Elon Musk’s space-Tesla. SpaceX One year ago, on Feb. 6, SpaceX blasted a Falcon Heavy rocket into space and sent Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster off on a journey through the cosmos to the tune of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, with a spacesuit-wearing Starman dummy at the wheel. Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Sci-Tech Roadshow Will Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster crash into Earth or Venus? Elon Musk’s SpaceX Tesla stars in retro video game Roadster in space Share your voice Tags If the battery is miraculously still working against all odds, then Starman has listened to Space Oddity over 99,000 times. Talk about an earworm.  We’ll have to wait until 2091 for the car to make a predicted close encounter with Earth. Maybe SpaceX will send a Starship then to go pick up Roadster and bring it back home. Then we’ll get to see if Starman survived the harsh conditions of space, or if it turned into a sentient creature worthy of a Star Trek episode. There’s a lot about that last sentence that sounds insane, but it happened. whereisroadsterEnlarge ImageThe Where is Roadster? tracker shows the car on almost the opposite side of the sun from Earth as of Feb. 6, 2019. Where is Roadster screenshot by CNET Programmer Ben Pearson runs the Where is Roadster? website, dedicated to tracking the Tesla’s trip around the sun. Let’s check in to see the latest stats.According to Pearson’s calculations as of Wednesday morning, the electric car is 226,423,581 miles (364,393,544 km) from Earth and 163,525,522 miles (263,168,899 km) from Mars. Getting humans to the Red Planet is one of Musk’s goals for SpaceX’s under-development Starship spacecraft, but the Roadster won’t actually run into Mars.Good luck getting any repairs done on the Roadster. It’s exceeded its original 36,000-mile warranty more than 13,000 times over. center_img 16 Photos 6 Now playing: Watch this: 3:08 Comments SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy one year ago Elon Musk Space SpaceX Teslalast_img read more

Sensex Surges by Over 500 points on Easing Yuan Devaluation Fears Rate

first_imgThe S&P BSE Sensex soared over 500 points – its biggest single day gain in the past seven months – on Friday, on receding fears over yuan devaluation and rising prospects of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Sensex closed at 28,067, up 518 points from its previous close, while the 50-scrip Nifty gained 163 points to close at 8,519.The rally was mainly driven by metal stocks, which were under heavy selling pressure earlier this week. The Chinese central bank said it saw “no reason” for the yuan to depreciate further, which calmed down fears of volatility in currency markets worldwide.  While the Vedanta stock rose 3.73% to close at Rs 107.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Hindalco gained 2.64% to end at Rs 93.30.The rupee, which traded at two-year lows in the past three trading sessions, also stabilised following the Chinese central bank comment. Another major support for the markets came from the declining inflation rate in the country. Data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) fell to a decade low of 4.06% in July, strengthening expectations for an interest rate cut by the RBI next month. “Looking ahead, the WPI rate should remain low by past standards. There is still evidence of spare capacity in the economy, which should keep a lid on core price pressures,” said Capital Economics in a note.Bank stocks rose sharply on the possibility of a rate cut. Punjab National Bank was the biggest gainer, with its share prices soaring over 8% on the BSE to end at Rs 166.25.Stocks prices of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI and Kotak Mahindra Bank rose in the range of 2-3%. Markets started pricing in a rate cut by the RBI in September, following a sharp decline in retail inflation, reported earlier on Wednesday.Retail inflation (CPI) dropped to a nine-month low of 3.8% in July due to lower food prices and high base effect. The inflation rate stood at 5.4% in June.”While the RBI has rightly reiterated that its policy action will remain data dependent, a 25bp repo rate cut in September is our baseline scenario,” said Barclays Capital in a note.The RBI governor Raghurajan Rajan had kept repo rate unchanged at 7.25% at the 4 August meeting. “Coupled with continuous negative prints in WPI, we think the recent drop in CPI inflation will assuage the inflationary concerns of the central bank,” Barclays said.last_img read more

Amazon plans to double equity investments in Indian arm

first_imgE-commerce major Amazon India has doubled its authorised capital to $2.4 billion (about Rs 16,000 crore). According to documents filed with the Registrar of Companies, the firm increased its authorised capital from Rs. 8,500 crore in February.In July 2014, the firm’s authorised capital was Rs. 1,500 crore. During the same time, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos had promised it would infuse about $2 billion in its India operation in the course of the next few years, Mint reported.Authorised capital of a company or authorised share capital of a company simply means the maximum amount of share capital, which a company is authorised to issue to its shareholders, by the company’s charter.Amazon India is reportedly increasing its investment so as to surpass rivals Snapdeal and Flipkart, who are currently struggling to raise funds, Mint added. The company intends to become India’s largest e-commerce firm soon.Last week, the government allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in online marketplace, the Indian Express reported. The new norm could give a boost to e-commerce firms, which seek foreign investments. However, under the new rule, the e-commerce retailers would have to stop giving discounts.Ever since Amazon lost out to Alibaba holdings co in China, it has become eager to succeed in India. The company invested Rs. 1,980 crore in its Indian wing last month, the second such investment made by the company in less than two months. Amazon had invested capital worth Rs. 1,696 crore in December 2015.According to the company’s filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC), the U.S.-based e-commerce retailer has invested over Rs. 6,700 crore in its Indian business since January 2015.India’s e-commerce market is reportedly expected to reach about $40 billion by 2020. At present, it is roughly valued at $8-12 billion.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Rahul Bose banana row Hotel body defends JW Marriotts exorbitant bill

first_imgJW Marriott Hotel Marriott was under fire last week after Bollywood actor Rahul Bose was sent a bill of Rs 442 for two bananas. The actor had taken to Twitter to share his dismay for the exorbitant amount he was asked to pay for what the hotel termed as a fruit platter.The five-star restaurant was also under the radar of Chandigarh’s Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar. A probe was ordered and JW Marriott was fined Rs 25,000. Another reason the hotel received a lot of criticism was for charging GST for fresh fruits and vegetables, which according to experts, are not under a tax slab.The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) has now clarified that charging 18 percent GST on the fruits was a legal requirement for the hotel. A statement read that the hotel did the right thing by charging 18 percent GST and the customer is legally required to pay the billed amount.”We need to understand that the hotel is not engaged in the sale and purchase of fruits and vegetables but it provides service of accommodation as well as restaurant service which include the supply of food and beverages to its guests. Unlike a retail store where bananas can be purchased at market price, a hotel offers service, quality, plate, cutlery, accompaniment, sanitized fruit, ambience and luxury and not the commodity alone. Coffee available at Rs 10 at a roadside stall could be served at Rs 250 in a luxury hotel,” FHRAI Vice-President Gurbaxish Singh Kohli said.FHRAI also went on to say that the hotel, as an establishment, does not sell fruits and vegetables but they provide a service and the GST is applicable whether it is a ‘fruit platter or a whole fruit.”So, while bananas, or other unpacked fruits, are outside purview of GST at a retail store, when served in a restaurant or hotel, whether as a fruit platter or a whole fruit, as per existing GST laws a levy of 18 percent is applicable. This is what the laws demand of us, and we don’t have a say in the matter,” said Pradeep Shetty, FHRAI Jt. Honorary Secretary.DVS Somaraju, the Treasurer of FHRAI, said that the immediate need for concern is sensitizing the staff regarding matters like these and teaching them how to behave in such a situation arises.”We do not wish for guests to experience a situation like this and are deliberating on possible measures that hotels could take. We will advise our members to sensitize the staff on the subject and will advise precautionary measures to avoid such happenings in the future,” Somaraju said.last_img read more

Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican seek abusers names

first_img Choosing to die well August 29, 2019 Michael Rezendes,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Amy Forliti Shambhala International fights to survive in face of sex scandal Opinion Columns • Opinion • Thomas Reese: Signs of the Times Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Amy Forliti Share This! News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the Holy See.In a Monday news release announcing the lawsuit, Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson said he wants to show that the Vatican tried to cover up actions by top church officials including former St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt. The lawsuit being filed Tuesday seeks the release of 3,400 names of priests who were referred to the Vatican for “credible cases of abuse.” That number was released by the Vatican in 2014.RELATED: Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-upThe lawsuit comes less than a week after Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. The law is part of a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable.But the new law stops short of requiring the crimes to be reported to police, and abuse victims and their advocates say it’s not enough since it essentially tasks discredited bishops who have mishandled abuse for decades with policing their own.The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit include three brothers who were abused by former priest Curtis Wehmeyer as recently as 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child pornography in connection with his contact with two of the boys, who were 12 and 14. The brothers are not named in the press release.Internal church documents show that church leaders knew Wehmeyer had engaged in sexual misconduct when they promoted him in 2009. The behavior included at least two occasions when Wehmeyer solicited men for sex. Yet, church leaders did not warn Wehmeyer’s parishioners about his past, and a July 2014 church memo raised concerns that Nienstedt’s “social relationship” with Wehmeyer had clouded his judgment.Wehmeyer’s arrest led prosecutors to file criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect children. It also led to the resignation of Nienstedt, who came under fire for his handling of Wehmeyer’s case at a time when his own sexual behavior was under scrutiny. Nienstedt was investigated following credible allegations that he engaged in misconduct and harassment, then retaliated when his advances were rejected. Nienstedt has denied the allegations, calling them “entirely false.”His successor, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, said last December that the Vatican suspended the investigation when Nienstedt resigned in 2015. And while Nienstedt remains in good standing with the Vatican, Hebda has forbidden him from exercising public ministry in his archdiocese.Messages left with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the papal nuncio in Washington, D.C. were not returned Monday. An email sent to Nienstedt went unanswered.The other plaintiffs are, Manuel Vega, a California man who says he was abused by a priest in Los Angeles, and James Keenan, who says he was sexually abused by a priest in Minnesota.___Rezendes reported from Winthrop, Massachusetts. By: Michael Rezendes Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This!center_img By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 TagsArchdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Catholic Church Catholic sex abuse scandal clergy sex abuse clergy sex abuse scandal Curtis Wehmeyer homepage featured lawsuit sex abuse Top Story Vatican,You may also like By: Amy Forliti By: Amy Forliti By: Michael Rezendes Michael Rezendes By: Michael Rezendes Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts About the authorView All Posts Amy Forliti Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Once a bishop, now a ‘poster child’ for alcoholism, Heather Cook seeks to make ame … Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Metro Washington Councils Labor Media Breakfast Roundtable

first_imgThe Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO is pleased to invite area reporters and local labor communicators and leaders to attend the fourth annual Labor-Media Breakfast Roundtable on Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, NW. A Continental Breakfast will be available. The informal get-together is being organized by the Council’s Local Labor Communicators Network, which includes communications staff from many area labor unions. The gathering is an “on background” session designed to foster better communication between area reporters and local union communication staffers and leaders. Interested participants can register at

DC Celebrates Pride Month

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROThe District of Columbia is launching a number of events in honor of national Pride Month, which both celebrates and raises awareness about the LGBTQ community.(Twitter Photo @CapitalPrideDC)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration on June 9 will lead the Capital Pride Parade, which steps off from 23rd and P streets northwest at around 3:30 p.m. The 1.5-mile parade route winds through DuPont Circle and heads into Logan Circle before terminating on the 14th Street corridor at S St. N.W.The parade is expected to include more than 180 groups, including floats, vehicles and entertainment.Additionally, D.C. Black Pride will hold a pool party from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards, 1212 4th St. S.E. Admission is $10.D.C. Black Pride is a program operated by the Center for Black Equity. The center is a group of Black pride organizers promoting a multinational network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community organizations.On June 10, the commemoration continues. Capital Pride Alliance will host  the Capital Pride Festival, which offers a single day of food, drinks, entertainment, music and more. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. and will be held on Pennsylvania Northwest between 3rd and 7th streets. The alliance is also organizing an opening party, brunch, block party and more.The District joins other cities and states nationwide that are observing the month-long celebration in June. Other cities include Chicago, Boston and New York City.The celebrations pay homage to the Stonewall Riots that touched off in June 1969 and are widely seen as the birth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement. The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar that supported the LGBTQ community, was raided by police, but patrons fought back and ignited a movement.last_img read more