Zoramthanga sworn in Mizoram Chief Minister

first_imgMizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga was sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Mizoram on Saturday, beginning his third stint at the helm of the State.Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan also administered the oath of office and secrecy to 11 members of the Zoramthanga Cabinet at the Raj Bhavan in Aizawl. They included the 75-year-old Tawnluia, a former extremist who fought alongside Mr. Zoramthanga when the MNF was an underground organisation seeking secession from India.Mr. Tawnluia is Mizoram’s second Deputy CM after Lal Thanhawla, who had “demoted” himself in 1986 to let the legendary revolutionary Laldenga become Chief Minister after the MNF signed a peace accord with New Delhi that year. Among the five Cabinet Ministers is R. Larzirliana, who was the Home and Excise Minister in Mr Thanhawla’s Congress government.Mr Lalzirliana’s inputs on the strategies adopted by the Congress are believed to have helped the MNF register its best electoral performance, winning 26 seats in the State.Also Read The MNF rewarded J.T. Lalnuntluanga for his giant-killing act — he defeated Mr Thanhawla for the Champhai Sought seat — by making him a Minister of State. Robert Romawia Royte, the owner of the 2016 i-League championship winning Aizawl Football Club, was also among the six Ministers.Mr Royte is an old associate of Mr. Lalzirliana.Lalrinliana Sailo, who had quit the Congress to join the MNF weeks before the November 28 Assembly election, was made the Speaker of the 40-member Mizoram House.“We shall try our best to fulfil our electoral promises and live up to the expectations of the people,” Mr. Zoramthanga said after the oath-taking ceremony.Imposing prohibition would be on top of his government’s agenda, the Chief Minister said. Who is Zoramthanga, the newly elected CM of Mizoramlast_img read more

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Sehwag hails BCCI move on appointing Fletcher

first_imgIndian opener Virender Sehwag reckons the BCCI did the right thing by appointing Duncan Fletcher as coach soon after Gary Kirsten’s departure as it has given the Zimbabwean enough time to settle with the side. “It’s good for India. It’s a good thing that the BCCI has found a replacement in quick time. It will obviously help the players and the new coach to settle down early. He (Fletcher) will get enough time to do home work before our series against England starts,” Sehwag said. Indian opener Virender Sehwag.Fletcher, a former England coach who guided them to the memorable 2005 Ashes triumph, would not be able to join the Indians during next month’s tour of the West Indies due to personal reasons but would be there when Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men tour England later this year. The former Zimbabwe captain’s appointment has evoked mixed reactions with some former greats including Sunil Gavaskar insisting that an Indian would have been a better choice. Asked whether he has had any interaction with Fletcher, Sehwag merely said, “No, I don’t know him.” Sehwag’s opening partner Gautam Gambhir, on the other hand, is not even thinking about the new coach right now as he is completely focussed on his role as Kolkata Knight Riders skipper in the ongoing Indian Premier League. “Right now, my concentration and focus is totally on the IPL. I am not thinking about all these things. I will only think about all this once the IPL ends,” he said. As Kirsten’s successor, Fletcher has massive expectations to live upto as the amiable South African left after taking India to their first World Cup title in 28 years besides being at the helm during some of the most memorable overseas triumphs of the team. – With PTI inputs advertisementlast_img read more

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Sports budget gets marginal raise

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 29 (PTI) The allocation for the Sports Ministry today got a marginal hike of Rs 50.87 crore from last year in the union budget for 2016-17, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Parliament here. Jaitley allocated Rs 1400 crore as plan outlay, while Rs 192 crore was set aside for non-plan for a total figure of Rs 1592 crore. Last year the total allocation was Rs 1541.13 crore. The plan outlay has been increased to approximately Rs 10.82 crore as compared to the previous year, while the Non- Plan outlay has been hiked by Rs 40.15 crore. The allocation for the scheme for the Benefit of North Eastern Area, has been revised to Rs 144.98 crore this year as compared to Rs 150.23 crore last year. The Sports Authority, entrusted with the task of organising national camps, has been granted a total of Rs 381.30 crore this year, which is a hike of Rs 11.91 crore. However, assistance to sports institutions has been kept at Rs 545.90 crore. Under youth affairs, the National Service Scheme has been allocated Rs 215.70 crore. Rs 12 crore has been allocated for anti-doping activities, which is the same as last year. PTI PM MRM MRMlast_img read more

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LeBron James’ high school jersey up for auction

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Goldin Auctions says James gave the jersey to its current owner, an unidentified seller who attended the school.The auction house says 5% of the proceeds will go to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The auction runs until Oct. 19. Early bidding reached $37,000.James now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. Van Gogh’s revolver sold at auction PLAY LIST 01:56Van Gogh’s revolver sold at auction00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Heat’s Erik Spoelstra says Jimmy Butler good fit in Miami FILE – In this March 2, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. A sweat-stained jersey James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned. The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star’s days with the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish in Akron features green lettering with the word “Irish” and number 23, the number he’d later wear for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The auction runs until Oct. 19. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)AKRON, Ohio — A sweat-stained jersey LeBron James wore while playing Ohio high school basketball and during his first Sports Illustrated magazine cover shoot as a teenager in 2002 is being auctioned.The online auction listing says the gold mesh jersey from the NBA star’s days with the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish in Akron features green lettering with the word “Irish” and number 23, the same number he’d later wear for the Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

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ICC Report: United 2 Madrid 1

first_imgAlexis Sanchez continued his fine pre-season form in Manchester United’s 2-1 win at the International Champions Cup, though Vinicius Jr showed there is life after Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.Sanchez opened the scoring for his second goal in three matches and teed up Ander Herrera before half-time as the Red Devils wrapped up their United States tour on a winning note in Miami.Madrid were playing for the first time since Ronaldo swapped the Champions League holders for Juventus, but Brazilian sensation and debutant Vinicius starred under new head coach Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday. 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! With Madrid after finalising his €45million move from Flamengo, Vinicius was a shining light as the flamboyant 18-year-old showed glimpses of his enormous potential for the Spanish giants, who completely dominated in the second period after Karim Benzema reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.Jose Mourinho has cut a frustrated figure throughout the pre-season tour, unhappy with the lack of transfer activity and the absence of his stars however United – who were routed 4-1 by Liverpool last week – still manage to field a strong starting XI, which included David de Gea, Fred, Sanchez, Mata, Herrera, Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw.Good times!  #MUFC #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/G348c5yrWH— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 1, 2018There were debuts for Vinicius and Alvaro Odriozola, while Benzema and Gareth Bale started Madrid’s ICC opener and Lopetegui’s bow, with the likes of Toni Kroos, Isco and Marcos Asensio on the bench.Madrid were stepping out on the field for the first time this pre-season and they, unsurprisingly, looked off the pace and sluggish at times compared to United – playing their fifth match.United spurned an early chance inside five minutes when Sanchez picked out Mata with a delightful dinked pass but the Spaniard was able to get a shot on target from close range.Vinicius was a handful for a United back-three featuring Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Scott McTominay, but Madrid were overpowered in the first half.Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 18th minute for his second goal in two matches when Andreas Pereira played through Matteo Darmian and the wantaway Italian cut the ball back for the in-form Chilean to sweep home.United doubled the lead nine minutes later after Darmian, Mata and Sanchez combined in a sensational team move to tee up Herrera, who fired a half-volley past Kiko Casilla approaching the half-hour mark.Bale and Benzema struggled to impact proceedings, that was until the latter pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time when the Frenchman latched onto a Theo Hernandez cross as United’s defence switched off. 46′ | 2-1 | The second half has started at the Hard Rock Stadium! ¡VAMOS!: https://t.co/x0drPMslww#RMTour | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/iBPtpruiMy— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) August 1, 2018The second half was in complete contrast to the first as United – who were so dominant in the opening 45 minutes – struggled to string passes together against an improved Madrid.Ukraine international and teenage goalkeeper Adriy Lunin came on for his Madrid debut following the 19-year-old’s €14m arrival in June, while fellow youngster Martin Odegaard was also introduced and wasted a great chance to equalise after blazing over the crossbar. read morelast_img read more

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Private Sector Input Key in Economic Reform Programme

first_img Jamaica’s limited fiscal space does not allow the government to play “as great a role” as it would like in advancing growth Story Highlights This undertaking needs to be taken up by the local private sector It is the private sector that will, ultimately, facilitate increased productive activity Significant private sector inputs are pivotal to ensuring that Jamaica’s economic reform programme (ERP) and growth strategy are successfully implemented and advanced.This was the view advanced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, during  the first of two major ERP stakeholders’ conferences held on September 12, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.In her presentation, Mrs. Simpson Miller said Jamaica’s limited fiscal space does not allow the government to play “as great a role” as it would like in promoting and advancing growth.Consequently, she said, this undertaking needs to be taken up, to a significant degree, by the local private sector, “be they micro, small, medium, or large”, and through foreign direct investments (FDIs).“We (government) are committed to doing all we can to encourage both local and foreign investors alike…private sector investments. Making it easier to do business in Jamaica has to be (at) the forefront of government’s activities. Our task, once we have surveyed the present landscape, not just locally, but equally important, in the world economy, is to develop and implement programmes and projects to break us out of the cycle of successive adjustment programmes and to bring about  real economic growth,” the Prime Minister said.In his remarks, Dr. Phillips said while the administration has been able to maintain tight expenditure, thus far for the 2013/14 fiscal year, it is the private sector that will, ultimately, facilitate increased productive activity.“The role of the state is to create this environment (for production)…first of all, by not becoming the main borrower in our domestic financial markets and, therefore, allowing for interest rates to trend down and remain down, so that resources will be available for the private  investor. We have done this, so far, and I daresay we will continue to do this. We shall not be re-entering, as a substantial borrower of credit, in the domestic markets,” Dr. Phillips stated.Thursday’s conference, held under the theme: ‘Jamaica’s Economic Programme – Going for Growth, Staying the Course’, is the first of two scheduled to provide updates on the ERP being implemented as a condition of the US$932.3 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF), which the administration negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The conference was attended by a wide cross section of representatives from private and public sector agencies and entities, and community organisations, in parishes spanning the counties of Middlesex and Surrey.A similar forum is scheduled for parishes in western Jamaica, on a date to be scheduled.last_img read more

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CMs panel for major reforms to transform agriculture sector

first_imgNew Delhi: With the objective to give a fillip to the agriculture sector, the high-powered committee for the transformation of Indian agriculture, which was constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has suggested radical reforms to transform agricultural sector with massive thrust on private investments, technological interventions and robust marketing infrastructure across the country.At its maiden meeting on Thursday at Niti Aayog, the members of the panel discussed different possible reforms that need to be adopted by states to improve agriculture sector. The panel would also examine the various provision of the Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Essential Commodities Act, besides ways to attract private investments in agriculture marketing and infrastructure and submit its report within two months. While briefing about the meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the states which adopted contract farming are getting private investments. “Other states need to be encouraged to adopt contact farming with the application of new technologies like in developed countries to increase production.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedStressing that small farmers need to group together and increase their investment capacities, Fadnavis said, “We are also deliberating on how small farmers can get access to modern technologies. We need to find ways so that our banking system becomes farmers-friendly.” The meeting was attended by CMs of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat besides Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath joined the meeting through video-conferencing. The Maharashtra CM further said that Indian agriculture is witnessing a growth rate of three to four per cent per year, while the food processing sector’s growth is just about one per cent. “Until the food processing growth rate does not exceed agricultural growth rate, farmers will not be able to realise the prices of their products,” he said, adding that the states should utilise the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) online trading platform for agricultural commodities to expand their market access.last_img read more

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Canadian director Stella Meghie on her growing buzz and new teen romance

first_imgIn fact, race isn’t mentioned at all in the glossy big-screen drama, which hits theatres on Friday, May 19th. “I usually wake up thinking about coffee and what my little girl wants. Usually she wants blueberry pancakes for breakfast, so that’s what’s on my mind. And I think life is like that,” she continued. Advertisement Nick Robinson co-stars as her love interest, Anika Noni Rose plays her mom, and Ana de la Reguera plays her nurse. J. Mills Goodloe wrote the screenplay for the film, which was shot mostly in Vancouver and also in Mexico. “So I just jumped into the chance, went back to school and it paid off.” Yoon said she started writing the book when her daughter was four months old and she was a nervous mom. Amandla Stenberg (known for playing Rue in “The Hunger Games”) stars as Maddy, an 18-year-old bookworm with a rare immunodeficiency illness that prevents her from leaving her hermetically sealed house. Rising Canadian filmmaker Stella Meghie wanted to stick closely to the source material with her new teen romance “Everything, Everything.” “It’s not really talked about in the book much, not at all, and so I didn’t talk about it in the movie. It’s just about the themes and the characters.” “So it started from my own insecurities about being a mom and wanting to protect her and wondering what life would be like if I had to protect her for her whole life.” In Nicola Yoon’s bestselling young-adult novel, on which the film is based, the diversity of the characters and their interracial relationships aren’t a focal point. Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The film is Meghie’s followup to her debut indie feature “Jean of the Joneses” and could be a big breakthrough for the Toronto-raised filmmaker, who has several projects in development and has been touted as “one to watch.” Advertisement “I was one of those moms that was like, ‘Oh, we’ve got to make sure everything is clean, every surface, no eating dirt. Wash your hands before you touch the baby,’” she said, noting she’s no longer that way. “Maddy, the main character, looks the way she does because my (daughter) looks the way she does,” said Yoon, who was born in Jamaica and lives in Los Angeles.“My husband is Korean-American. I always say that I don’t wake up thinking that we’re an interracial couple or I don’t wake up thinking about the struggle or anything like that. Login/Register With: “It’s really nice that people are interested more now and I get more phone calls,” Meghie said with a laugh. “It’s nice to have had ‘Jean’ and then on the back of that, gotten this so quickly.” “Nicola’s book is beautiful and diverse and as a result, the movie is as well,” said Meghie, the film’s director. “I’ve really always been a writer at heart and probably still consider myself more of a writer than a director, and I just wasn’t being fulfilled,” Meghie said of her career change. It’s a major turn from her previous career in fashion public relations. “Everyone’s just alive and living their lives and certainly can’t go around thinking about all the adversity and all the obstacles that are in your way, because then you will not live a joyful life. And these are joyous kids and they’re just in love.”last_img read more

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Yukon vows to improve life for inmates at Whitehorse jail following report

first_imgLuke SmithAPTN NewsThe Yukon government is vowing to improve life for inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, following an independent report into conditions at the facility.An independent inspector released the report in May, after the government called for an investigation into the correctional facility.The government responded to the report’s 40 recommendations this week.APTN‘s Luke Smith has more.last_img

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Oil tanker burning off Chinas coast at risk of exploding

first_imgBEIJING, China – An oil tanker that caught fire after colliding with a freighter off China’s east coast is at risk of exploding and sinking, Chinese state media reported Monday, as authorities from three countries struggled to find its 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.State broadcaster China Central Television, citing Chinese officials, said none of the 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who have been missing since the collision late Saturday had been found as of 8 a.m. Monday. Search and cleanup efforts have been hampered by fierce fires and poisonous gases that have engulfed the tanker and surrounding waters, CCTV reported.The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 257 kilometres (160 miles) off the coast of Shanghai, China’s Ministry of Transport said.China, South Korea and the U.S. have sent ships and planes to search for the Sanchi’s crew, all of whom remain missing. The U.S. Navy, which sent a P-8A aircraft from Okinawa, Japan, to aid the search, said late Sunday that none of the missing crew had been found.All 21 crew members of the Crystal, which was carrying grain from the United States to China, were rescued, the Chinese ministry said. The Crystal’s crew members were all Chinese nationals.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collision.Kwon Yong-deok, a Korea Coast Guard official, said thick black smoke was still billowing from the ship on Monday afternoon and bad weather was worsening visibility at the scene.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 metric tons (150,000 tons, or nearly 1 million barrels) of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, according to Chinese authorities, who have dispatched three ships to clean the spill.By comparison, the Exxon Valdez was carrying 1.26 million barrels of crude oil when it spilled 260,000 barrels into Prince William Sound off Alaska in 1989, badly damaging local ecology and the area’s fishing-based economy.But the size of the oil slick from the Sanchi — and the scale of the environmental toll — may be smaller. Unlike the thick crude that gushed out of the Valdez, much of the light, gassy condensate from the Sanchi may have evaporated or burned immediately, Kwon said.The Sanchi’s own fuel that leaked during the collision will be more difficult to clean, officials said.South Korean petrochemical company Hanwha Total Co., a 50-50 partnership between the Seoul-based Hanwha Group and French oil giant Total, said in an email to the AP it had contracted the Sanchi to import Iranian condensate to South Korea.A Hanwha Total spokesman, who asked not to be named citing office policies, said there is “little possibility” that condensate would leave traces in the ocean after it burned. He added the losses would be covered by an insurance company. The Sanchi’s cargo was estimated to be worth more than $60 million.The tanker has operated under five different names since it was built in 2008, according the U.N.-run International Maritime Organization. The IMO listed its registered owner as Hong Kong-based Bright Shipping Ltd., on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Co., a publicly traded company based in Tehran. The National Iranian Tanker Co. describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East.An official in Iran’s Oil Ministry, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the tanker was owned by the National Iranian Tanker Co. and confirmed that 30 of the tanker’s 32 crew members were Iranians.“We have no information on their fate,” he said Sunday. “We cannot say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services.”It’s the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co. in less than a year and a half. In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill.___Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Youkyung Lee in Seoul contributed to this report.last_img read more

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