The major and minor semi-finals of the inaugural George Tooke Shield Women’s Touch Football Competition were held last Saturday at Binalong.In the minor semi-final the Bungendore Tigerettes took on the Harden Hawkettes. The first half saw the Tigerettes jump to an early lead with touchdowns to Megan Brown, Cassie Fisher and Kody-Leigh Hirst. The Hawkettes were able to strike back with a touchdown to Kate Menz to reduce the margin to two with Bungendore taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. The second half saw both teams come out firing with quick touchdowns to Tigerettes’ player Georgia Buckley and Hawkettes’ Emma Manwaring. With the game in the balance it was Hawkettes speedster and a player of the future, Emma James who was able to cross for two quick touchdowns to bring the Hawkettes level. In a thrilling last 10 minutes, the Tigerettes were able to take the lead with a touchdown to Courtney Doyle. This was short lived with the Hawkettes striking back with a touchdown to Clare Smith. The game looked like it would go down to a drop off but with only minutes remaining, the Hawkettes were able to get over the score line with Shauny McEvoy scoring a touchdown to see the Hawkettes win 6-5 and progress through to the preliminary final. With this result, the Bungendore Tigerettes, who have played well under the guidance of Matt Pateman, are eliminated from the finals. In the major semi-final the Binalong Jersey Girls took on the Yass Girlpies. The first half started very similar to the previous game with the Jersey Girls jumping out to an early lead with touchdowns to Lisa Smith, Jess Howard and Madaline Brayshaw. The Girlpies were able to get on the scorecard with a late touchdown to Casey Edwards which would see the Jersey Girls take a 3-1 lead into half-time. The second half saw the Jersey Girls turn up the intensity and it wasn’t long before they had jumped away to a convincing lead with a touchdown to Rachel Fisher and two touchdowns to Bronwyn Pollack. The Girlpies were able to withstand pressure from numerous attacks from the Jersey Girls, but unfortunately it was too much with Madaline Brayshaw and Lisa Smith both scoring their second touchdowns. The Girlpies would not give up though and persistence paid off with a touchdown to Sartu Beck and Casey Edwards scoring her second touchdown. It would not be Yass’s day with Bronwyn Pollack crossing the score line late to notch up her third touchdown for the afternoon and sealing a 9-3 victory for the Jersey Girls.Speaking with Madaline Brayshaw after the match she mentioned it was all a bit emotional.“I would never have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be in the GF at the end of the competition. It is great for the girls and the town of Binalong itself.”With these results, Binalong will progress to the grand final and will wait to verse the winner of Yass Girlpies and Harden Hawkettes who will play in the preliminary final on Saturday in Harden at 2:00pm.Related LinksGeorge Tooke Finals
Wolves set for Abraham deal – but Chelsea won’t consider immediate saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are confident of closing a deal for Tammy Abraham – however Chelsea insist they do not want to lose the striker permanently.The Daily Mail says Abraham, currently on-loan at Aston Villa, is keen to play in the Premier League and Wolves want competition for Raul Jimenez. Chelsea, who have until January 14 to trigger his recall, are reluctant to agree to a sale now despite Wolves intimating they would be willing to offer around £18m.The Stamford Bridge club will wait to see how he performs.They are aware and know that his value could increase significantly by the summer if he does well. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Allardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce has responded to a swipe from Blues manager Marco Silva.Allardyce urged Silva to sway from his ‘attractive’ style of football after the Toffees suffered defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and Leicester over the festive period, prompting a backlash from his Goodison Park successor in a press conference.“I don’t expect him to listen to me!” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“I was generalising about Everton overall, I wasn’t having a pop at Marco Silva.“I was saying that in the end, look at the previous four managers of Everton, including myself – all of them have been dismissed for one reason or another.“Marco Silva hasn’t yet, but pressure on him will depend on where they are in the league and winning football matches.“The press man who asked the question probably didn’t put it how I said it in that interview.”Allardyce also remarked: “I think you play out from the back when it suits you, and if you doesn’t suit you, you don’t play out from the back.“Everton is the only place where results haven’t given me time to go and do a better job than I did last season.“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my team. I inherited that team.“I was doing the best I could with the tools I had available. Moving on from there, they’ve spent a lot of money again, and where will they end up this season? That’s building expectation by the amount of money they spent.“I think there’s only four players that played when I was there, all the others are new players that were brought in this season.“The players themselves have got to find out about each other as they play every week and maybe that’s why they aren’t getting the results that the Everton fans would expect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace show interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelosby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are the latest team to show an interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Palace Sporting Director Dougie Freedman was at Tynecastle on Sunday to watch the Gers’ 1-1 draw with Hearts, according to the Scottish Sun.Freedman wanted to run the rule over the 23-year-old as he draws up plans for the January transfer window.Aston Villa are also extremely keen on the former HJK man, who has scored 15 goals across all competitions this season.It will take an offer of at least £20m to entice the Gers to sell their star player. TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 10: Herky the hawk, mascot for the Iowa Hawkeyes performs against the Michigan State Spartans during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michigan State won 66-61. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)Something needs to be done about Adam Woodbury, Big Ten. During the first half of Iowa’s game against Maryland Sunday afternoon, the Hawkeyes’ big man poked Terrapins’ freshman guard Melo Trimble in the eye. Trimble collapsed to the floor and had to leave the game for several minutes as his eye swelled up. No foul was called during the action, but the referees charged Woodbury with a Flagrant 1 after looking at the replay. It’s possible this specific incident was not an intentional play from Woodbury, but that seems unlikely since the 7-footer has done this before. During Iowa’s game against Wisconsin, he did it twice. This is happening far too many times for it to be unintentional. Some type of punishment – a suspension, perhaps – needs to be given to Woodbury from Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany.
APTN National NewsPart of one of the three-part series ‘Canary in a coal mine’ Monday introduced Michele Thrush.The Cree actress was on board the Greenpeace ship Espirenza.The vessel toured northern Norway and showed celebrities and media about the realities of climate change.Tuesday’s story looks at how these changes affect the rest of the planet and how global warming has the Arctic open for business.APTN’s Tom Fennario now with part two.
Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of their Boeing jet as an automatic safety system in the Boeing jet repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down, according to a draft of a preliminary report by Indonesian officials who are looking into last month’s deadly crash.The investigators are focusing on whether faulty information from sensors led the plane’s system to force the nose down.Indonesian authorities are expected to issue a report Wednesday, although it is unclear whether they will offer a probable cause for the Oct. 29 crash. The new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.Boeing did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.The Associated Press
Patna: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, the sitting BJP MP from Patna Sahib who has been denied a ticket by the party this time, has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treating party patriarch L K Advani in a “painful” and “shameful” manner.In a series of tweets on Saturday, Sinha claimed that the BJP’s decision to not give ticket to Advani, the sitting MP from Gandhinagar, and to field party president Amit Shah from the seat “has not gone down well” with many people. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Sirji… it is worrisome, painful and according to some even shameful… that which your people have done was the most expected and awaited… orchestrating the departure of a most respected friend, philosopher, guide, father figure and ultimate leader of the party, Shri L K Advani from the political arena/election,” Sinha tweeted. Advani, 91, has served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He was also the national president of the BJP more than once. He is often credited with helping the party create a national footprint within a decade of its formation through active participation in the Ayodhya movement. In another tweet, Sinha deplored “the replacement of Mr Advani by none other than the man who is also the president of the party and whose image or personality is no match nor even a patch on him”. “This has been done intentionally and deliberately and not gone down well with the people of the country,” the rebel BJP leader claimed.
I need LaVar Ball to succeed, man. I need them to become mega millionaires. Like I need this to happen.— Mel Blunt (@KNGSHxT) December 7, 2017 InstagramIt looks like the relationship between the Ball family and the UCLA Basketball program is done forever.As ESPN reports, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball — ages 16 and 19 respectively — just signed with the sports agent Harrison Gaines and will skip college to play overseas. LiAngelo played for the storied UCLA Bruins until he was suspended for shoplifting in China last month. Afterwards, his dad LaVar Ball pulled him out of school completely. The eldest brother Lonzo Ball played for the university as well, but just one year before he headed to the NBA to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The main reason for sending LaMelo and LiAngelo overseas is so they can be teammates, their dad explained.“I don’t care about the money,” said LaVar. “I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”In October, the 50-year-old father withdrew LaMelo from Chino Hills High School, and the original plan was to enroll him in UCLA in two years time. “He’s not going to play college basketball,” said LaVar.It seems getting his boys to play competitively again is another reason LaVar wants to send them overseas since LiAngelo was suspended from UCLA. Moreover, there’s a good chance that his stock would’ve fallen come NBA Draft time. So far, there have been a few overseas teams that have expressed interest in the two younger Ball brothers but nothing has been confirmed yet. “I don’t know the deals and who is offering what,” LaVar stated. “I’m letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again.”Plus, no matter what country LaMelo and LiAngelo will play in, their dad said he’ll be there with them periodically, as well as other family members.“There will be three people with them all the time,” stated LaVar. “I’ll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first.”Of course, it didn’t take long for people to chime in with their opinions about the Ball brother playing overseas and not going to school. “How does it feel to know you’ve completely ruined your two youngest son’s chances of making it pro?” one person wrote on LaVar’s Instagram page.“What was the whole point of Gelo and Melo getting scholarships to UCLA if you’re just pulling them right out?” another person asked. “You know how many people would die for a scholarship?”Related news: LaVar BallTrump Says LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’LaVar Ball Isn’t Backing Down from Michael Jordan, Says He Could ‘Beat Him with One Hand’LaVar Ball Pulling AAU Team Off Floor Over ‘Bad’ Call Earns Immdiate Scorn from Disgusted Twitter UsersOthers, however, came to the father’s defense and compared him to Hollywood parents like Kris Kardashian. Some folks also told people to mind their business.“What he does with his kids doesn’t concern you.” He’s helping Gelo,” wrote Instagram user Scott James Jr. “What he’s doing to Melo is questionable. How is that deflecting when you criticize this man for creating a different path for his kids like Hollywood parents do all the time.”Between creating his own shoe and fashion brand, and sending his kids overseas instead of college, it’s clear that LaVar is taking unprecedented steps to get his boys to the NBA. So far, at least in Lonzo’s case, his plan has worked, despite some of the backlash.But is what that Instagram user said correct? Did papa Ball just ruin his boy’s chances of getting to the NBA?To get an answer we reached out to former ESPN employee, Sports Anchor and reporter Derwin Worrell, who said things may be challenging for the Balls, but they still have a good chance of making it in the U.S.“They can still get to the NBA without going to college,” Worrell told Atlantic Black Star. “They will have less exposure by playing overseas. But some NBA teams have great scouts overseas, so if they can really play, they will get noticed and because of the Ball name, NBA teams will definitely be watching.”Basketball fans and other folks familiar with the Balls will surely be watching too, just to see if LaVar’s master plan of sending his kids overseas will work out.Wonder if Lavar Ball ever stopped and asked his kids “what do you want to do?”— Rod Bridgers (@rod_bridgers) December 7, 2017 If people think Lavar Ball is sending his kids overseas just because of basketball y’all crazy, this is a smart man, he just want to promote the BBB brand, that man not stupid y’all better put some respect on his name, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BAG 💼💯💯💯@bigballerbrand— Coach Twin (@twintowers504) December 7, 2017 LaVar Ball reminds me of the little league Dad who coaches his kid and thinks the kid is way better than he really is. #TheBalls— Tony Patelis (@CollegeHoopNews) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is absolutely tanking the futures of his sons and I’m already getting excited for how depressing the 30 for 30 is go to be— Matt Kulka (@kulkanator) December 7, 2017 Thank you Lavar Ball for pulling your sons out of the US basketball systems now they can be Europe’s problem— chris.barry (@beardog40) December 7, 2017 The NCAA is garbage, Lavar Ball is right, and in 20 years he’ll be seen as a prophet. Don’t you @ me either.— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) December 6, 2017 Lavar ball one of the goats— Davir Hamilton (@EspnHam9) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball is the Kris Jenner of basketball.— rae-rae ♍️ (@ThatsSoRavii) December 7, 2017 Lavar Ball out here turning the tables 😂😂😂😂😂😂— 8Eye™ (@JaimeBoyer) December 7, 2017
After declaring his desire to win the Serie A title, Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms Alex Meret has recovered and fit enough to feature in their Saturday’s Frosinone match, adding that it “could be his game”.The young shot-stopper joined the Partenopei in the summer, but injured his arm during his very first training session with Ancelotti’s side.The 21-year-old is yet to make his debut and could come Saturday.“We’re a young club with ambitions,” Ancelotti told Tgr Campania via Football Italia.“My group is young and competitive.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Frosinone? Chievo was also easy on paper, this will be an important match for us because of the head-to-head match [Juventus-Inter]”“As for Meret, he’s fine now and Frosinone could be his game.”Meret was an important player in the Italian U19 national team which took part in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.His team finished as runner-up after losing in the final and he named in the team of the tournament alongside Kylian Mbappé of France.
Magazine redesigns are a dime a dozen but the editorial and design facelift that Rodale’s Bicycling is unveiling with its June issue is a “significant rebirth of the brand,” according to editor-in-chief Peter Flax. “A lot of time people change typefaces and update a couple departments and call it a redesign,” he adds. “That’s not what we’re doing here.” Bicycling celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and a major redesign has been the focus since Flax joined the magazine last summer. The cover boasts a new logo and a boost from 70-pound paper stock to 100-pound stock, while a new front-of-book-section called “Know How” offers service for readers.Major investments are being made in photography and freelance editorial. “When we were leading up to the redesign we had a lot of ideas but Rodale made a significant investment in market research to enlighten what we were doing,” says Flax. “We talked to both existing readers and prospective readers about what they want in print and what they want digitally and in print what they want is story-telling, beautiful photography and packaging, things that a print magazine can do well that’s difficult to do online.” Editorial will include 7,000 to 8,000-word narratives in each issue. “This magazine has a tradition of winning National Magazine Awards for feature stories and our aim is to do that kind of journalism in every issue,” says Flax. “We don’t just want to be the biggest cycling magazine, we want to be as good as any title in any space.” Freelance edit and photography budgets are up 30 percent to 40 percent, according to Flax. “Anybody in the business knows when you upgrade from 70-pound cover stock to 100-pound cover stock, you’re talking about a six-figure kind of investment,” he says. “This is a real investment for a brand like ours and puts us in position to work regularly with photographers who before may have been out of our reach to do page after page, issue after issue. It’s one thing to reposition a magazine, it’s another thing to have the resources to execute it.” Market ResponseWhile ad pages in Bicycling dropped 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to Publishers Information Bureau, the magazine rebounded in the second quarter with pages up 6 percent in April and 23 percent in May, according to the publisher. For the June redesign issue, ad pages are up 26 percent. While the publisher says endemic pages are up 18 percent, auto advertising is up 107 percent this year. “We’ve been floating out images in advance of the June issue and the acceptance has been fantastic,” says publisher Chris Lambiase. “We’re doing this at a time of strength–participation in the sport continues to grow.”The Bicycling audience has household income of $84,000 with a high percent of readers with professional/managerial job titles, according to Lambiase. “Redesigning Bicycling to be more sophisticated and visual allows us to better match the interests of our current audience, and to bring in new readers that are attracted by that aesthetic.”
The Norfolk (Va.) City Council last week voted to allow a business located under the takeoff path of a Navy airfield to open despite a city policy intended to limit the use of property in the accident potential zones surrounding military airfields.The site of the banquet hall is about one-and-a-half miles from the east end of the runway at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field, putting it in Accident Potential Zone 2, reported the Virginian-Pilot.Councilmembers made the exception for the banquet hall because city officials failed to inform the business owner for more than two months after she applied for permits. “If we drop the ball, the citizens shouldn’t be the ones who pay the price,” Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves said before voting to approve Elegant Occasions.The council’s approval overcame objections from the mayor and city planning officials.After learning of the application, the Navy voiced its opposition. “We view development at this site as an encroachment upon operations on Naval Station Norfolk,” Capt. Doug Beaver, the base’s commander, wrote in a Jan. 26 letter to the city.The Hampton Roads region of Virginia has grappled with balancing the need to protect military installations from encroachment with economic development for decades. In a 2013 plan, Norfolk agreed not to approve any “increase in intensity of incompatible uses” in accident potential zones, according to the story.“This is a slippery slope you start down once you say, ‘Well, we’ll let this one go,’” said Mayor Paul Fraim. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, will be open on six dates during the summer season:Wednesday, July 11: 8am to 2pmSaturday, July 14: 9am to 4pmWednesday, August 8: 8am to 2pmSaturday, August 11: 9am to 4pmWednesday, September 5: 8am to 2pmSaturday, September 8: 9am to 4pmResidents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the Yardwaste Center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2018 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the July-September Town Topics Newsletter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yardwaste Center Will Be Open Twice This SeptemberIn “Community”Wilmington DPW Announces Summer Yardwaste Dropoff ProgramIn “Government”Wilmington Yardwaste Center Open This Week — August 7 & 10In “Government”
MASHPEE, MA — Erlmest E Burns, Sr., of Mashpee, formerly of Wilmington and Parrish, Florida, known to friends and colleagues as Earl or Burnsie, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.Earl, the son of Howard and Mae (Young) Burns, was born on December 20, 1927 in Wilmington, MA, where he was also raised and educated. As a young man, he met and married Dena, the love of his life, and they began their life together in Chicago. They eventually returned to Wilmington to settle down and raise their two sons. They were fortunate enough to buy their own piece of heaven on Monomoscoy Island on Cape Cod where they spent many happy summers, eventually retiring there. Several recent winters were spent in sunny Parrish, FL.Earl served the people of the town of Wilmington as a firefighter. He was a master at his job and was the training officer for a generation of Wilmington firefighters. He loved his job, and loved sharing all manner of stories from his experiences. He was a long-time volunteer with The Muscular Dystrophy Association, participating in summer camp experiences for the children.He loved people, could talk to anyone and had seemingly endless energy. He never said no to anyone in need. He would take on any task, and if he didn’t know how to do it, he would learn. He was a man of many talents and interests which was reflected in his many jobs over the years. He could fix anything and owned and operated a business dedicated to repairing complex, industrial machines. After his retirement from the Fire Department, he acted as a security officer for Pinkerton Security. His love of the water, boats and fishing led him to become a Mashpee Assistant Harbormaster for many summer seasons. There were other jobs over the years, but every job Earl put his hands to, large or small, was tackled with the utmost care, and was always done right.Earl loved adventure and discovering new things. He and Dena traveled widely, including Nova Scotia, many parts of the United States, Scotland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy. They loved cruising and had many happy times in the Caribbean. Earl also found inspiration in the natural world. Truly, he took as much pleasure in watching a sunset, or an osprey in flight, as he did in seeing the Sistine Chapel or the Coliseum.Earl loved Dena, his wife of 71 years, and his family. A day didn’t go by that he didn’t thank God for his life, and the simple pleasure of sharing it with Dena. He never needed more than that. We are all grateful to have had him in our lives.Earl is the beloved husband of Dena (Zakes) Burns. Devoted father of Erlmest E. Burns, Jr. and his wife Janice and Lawrence G. Burns and his wife Anne. Cherished grandfather of Erlmest E. Burns III and his wife Gabriele, Lawrence G. Burns, Jr. and his wife Ellen, Deanna C. Bucci and her husband Matthew, Andrew C. Burns and his wife Suzanne and Sean D. Burns and his wife Joelle and great grandfather of Leah A. Bucci, Matthew R. Bucci, Jr., Katherine E. Burns, Liam R. Burns, Norah C. Burns, Ian C. Burns, Lochlin W. Burns, Alexandra S. Burns and Jacob R. Burns. Loving brother of Bessie Crogan, Verna Stowell, Judith Bradley, Marjorie Thibeault, and late siblings Louis Doherty, James Trask, Mae Perry, Ernest Burns and Lester Burns.Funeral from the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading, on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Earl’s Eternal Life at St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harden St., Wilmington at 10am.Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Earl’s family at the funeral home on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2 to 5pm. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.Please consider making a donation in Earl’s Memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 33 Lyman St, Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.Erlmest E. Burns, Sr., 91(NOTE: The above obituary is from Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Raymond E. Piretti, Jr., 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”
The S&P BSE Sensex rose nearly 250 points on Monday after a slew of positive data raised expectations over interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as early as this month.The Sensex ended at 25,856 points, up 246 points, or 0.96%, while the 50-share Nifty gained 82.95 points, or 1.06%, to close at 7,872 points.”Nifty is poised to make a dash towards the 8100 mark as the index has breached the neckline of an inverted bullish head and shoulder pattern indicating that the markets would surge higher,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.While 29 out of 30 Sensex companies ended in green, metal index was the top gainer among sectoral indices.Earlier in the day, official data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) declined further to minus 4.9% in August, reaching the lowest level since 2005. The WPI has been in negative territory for the past ten months.”The WPI rate may not have as much of a bearing on policymaking as the CPI rate, but the fact that it has plummeted again is unlikely to be ignored. This strengthens our view that interest rates will be cut at the RBI’s policy meeting later this month,” said Capital Economics in a note.The RBI’s next bi-monthly monetary policy review is scheduled on 29 September and the bank is widely expected to cut lending rates amid falling inflation rate.”We are maintaining our view that the RBI will cut the repo rate by another 25bp to 7.00% at its next policy meeting on 29th September before the easing cycle concludes,” said Capital Economics.Stock markets are also buoyed by a positive industrial activity data for July released on Friday after trading hours. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) rose to 4.2%.”RBI will take a considered call on the issue. There is no divergence in perception. The government and RBI are working together. Taking into account the overall factors, RBI will take a considered call,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, told The Economic Times.Indian markets shrugged off weakness in equities in other major Asian countries. While China’s Shanghai Composite closed 2.6% lower at 3,114 points, Japan’s Nikkei ended at 17,965, down 299 points.Rate sensitive stocks like banking and real estate rose sharply. Banking stocks Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and SBI ended with a gain of 1 to 3%, while realty stocks India Bulls Realty, Sobha Realty and HDIL also ended higher. Metal stocks Vedanta, Hindalco and Tata Steel ended the session gaining 2 to 4%. IT stocks rose in anticipation of interest rate hike by the US Fed this week. Wipro gained nearly 2.5% to close at Rs 570.75. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is expected to further strengthen the US dollar, which could result in a revenue increase for Indian IT firms in rupee terms.
A rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriVodafone India and Idea Cellular have started talks on the closing adjustments of the merger deal between the two telecom companies. The merger deal is expected to be completed by March 2018.According to a source close to the matter, the discussion of the merger deal mainly revolves around how to work on Idea’s losses incurred since the announcement of the deal in March and how to fund them, Business Standard reported.”In any merger, it may not be in the interest of shareholders of one company if the other is merged with higher-than-projected losses after a year of delay. The closing adjustments in any merger deal will have provisions to make up for any higher-than-projected losses,” said a banker.Hurt by sturdy competition given by the new entrant Reliance Jio, Idea’s consolidated losses had surged to Rs 1,107 crore for the September quarter from Rs 328 crore for the three months ended on March 31, 2017.In March, Vodafone and Idea had agreed to merge in an attempt to create India’s largest telecom operator. However, a fierce price war triggered by Reliance Jio might also wipe out the intended benefits of the deal.According to a Bloomberg report, the revenue of the combined entity declined 12 percent in the year to September. Its earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation plunged 31 percent during the period that coincides with Reliance Jio’s first year of services. A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndustry experts project that the numbers could worsen in the coming quarters after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have also cut interconnect usage charges paid for cross-network calls by more than half to 6 paise a minute in October.However, the companies are expected to save Rs 14,000 crore annually from the fourth year of completing the merger deal.Further, both the firms have also recently announced the sale of their standalone towers to American Tower Corporation (ATC) for Rs 7,850 crore that will enable them to strengthen their balance sheet.
A mild earthquake jolted different parts of Sylhet on Monday morning, reports UNB.The 4.9 magnitude earthquake was felt around 10:53am.The epicentre of the earthquake was Gowhati in Assam, India, said Mahmudul Hasan Sohel, a meteorologist of Sylhet met office.
Messages are shown on a bulletin board at The Neighborhood Church in Chico, Calif., on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Photo: APThe authorities have reported six more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 48 in the deadliest wildfire in state history.The announcement came Tuesday after authorities ramped up the search for more victims buried in rubble left by the blaze that incinerated the town of Paradise.Many friends and relatives of those living in the fire zone say they haven’t heard from loved ones. Some went to shelters looking for them.More than 5,000 firefighters are still battling the blaze that charred 195 square miles (505 square kilometres) since it started Thursday.The fire has destroyed about 7,700 homes and displaced 52,000 people.The statewide death toll from wildfires over the past week in California has reached 50.The president of a utility accused by some residents of starting a deadly wildfire in Northern California says there was a power outage about 15 minutes before the flames were reported.Landowner Betsy Ann Cowley says Pacific Gas & Electric notified her the day before the blaze that crews needed to come onto her property because the utility’s wires were sparking.Asked if sparks from a transmission line ignited the fire, PG&E President Geisha Williams told the Chico Enterprise-Record on Tuesday that “it’s too soon to tell.”Williams says the outage was at 6:15 a.m. Thursday and later an aerial patrol spotted damage around the transmission lines. She says the company sent a report to state agencies.She says the sparks are one of several “options” investigators are reviewing.Some victims sued PG&E on Tuesday, alleging it failed to maintain its infrastructure.Victims of California’s most destructive wildfire have filed a lawsuit accusing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. of causing the massive blaze.The suit filed Tuesday in state court in California accuses the utility of failing to maintain its infrastructure and properly inspect and manage its power transmission lines.The utility’s president said earlier the company doesn’t know what caused the fire, but is cooperating with the investigation by state agencies.An email to PG&E about the lawsuit was not immediately returned.PG&E told state regulators last week that it experienced a problem with a transmission line in the area of the fire just before the blaze erupted.A landowner near where the blaze began said PG&E notified her the day before the wildfire that crews needed to come onto her property because some wires were sparking.Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California’s deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology. But experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play.With the death toll from the Northern California blaze topping 40 and expected to rise, officials said they were setting up a rapid DNA-analysis system, among other steps.Rapid DNA is a term for portable devices that can identify someone’s genetic material in a couple of hours, rather than days or weeks.But more traditional methods, such as examining dental records, are often a first step. Partially, that’s because victims might have had dental X-rays but not personal DNA profiles. Other medical records — of bone fractures, prosthetics or implants, for instance — also can be helpful.As a huge wildfire burns in Southern California, residents who stayed behind in coastal communities cut off by road closures are getting supplies by boat.Gas, food, baby wipes and horse pellets are among the items brought ashore Tuesday in the Paradise Cove area of Malibu.Large boats arrived from Redondo Beach, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) to the south. Supplies were unloaded onto smaller boats and even surf boards. Some residents donned wet suits and swam ashore with cases of water and beer.The fire northwest of Los Angeles has charred 150 square miles (388 square kilometers) of brush and timber, but containment has increased to 35 percent. More than 400 structures have been destroyed.Some Malibu residents are being allowed to return Wednesday afternoon, but tens of thousands of people remain under evacuation orders.People are coming to shelters in Northern California in search of loved ones and neighbors who are missing after a deadly fire tore through the town of Paradise.Greg Gibson searched a shelter in Chico on Tuesday for information about his missing neighbors. He doesn’t know if they tried to leave or not but says the fire exploded so quickly that if they hesitated, they would have had trouble.It’s not clear how many people are unaccounted for in the fire that ignited last week. At least 42 people are dead.Harold Taylor says he barely made it out of his house alive Thursday morning. The 72-year-old Vietnam veteran who walks with a cane says he tried to convince his neighbor to get in his car with him, but the neighbor declined. He doesn’t know what happened to his friend.A fire official says crews have made “a lot of progress” in preventing a deadly Northern California from reaching Oroville, a town of 19,000 people.California forestry and fire protection operations department chief Josh Bischof said Tuesday that firefighters on foot and in bulldozers are working south of the town of Paradise. It was levelled by the blaze that started last Thursday.Officials had worried strong winds could spread the wildfire toward Oroville and the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest. Firefighters on Monday cleared brush and sprayed water on vegetation near the dam.Bischof says “we’re feeling a lot better about this area.”More than 5,000 firefighters are battling the fire that killed at least 42 people in Paradise and nearby communities.The daughter of one of three named victims from the Northern California wildfire says that Ernie Foss Jr. was a musician and former San Francisco resident who shared his love of music with others.A search and rescue workers search for human remains at a burned out trailer park from the Camp fire, Tuesday, 13 November 2018, in Paradise, Calif. Photo: APAngela Loo told KTVU-TV on Sunday that the family is devastated by the death of her father, one of at least 42 people killed by the fire.She says Foss moved to the town of Paradise eight years ago because of the San Francisco Bay Area’s high cost of living.Loo says he taught music from their home near the city’s famous Haight Street and turned their living room into a studio.KTVU reports Foss and his dog, Bernice, were found outside their home on a street where several other victims were also found.Foss had advanced lymphedema and could not walk.The Butte County sheriff’s office listed his age as 65, but records show he was 63.The son of a man who died in the Northern California wildfire says his father will be buried next to his wife in a cemetery in the small town where he died.The Butte County sheriff’s office identified 77-year-old Carl Wiley of Magalia as one of at least 42 who died in the fire.Magalia and the neighbouring town of Paradise were devastated by the fire.James Wiley says his father was a tire recapper for Michelin and described him as a stoic figure.The elder Wiley will share a headstone with his wife, Mary Lee. She died of cancer nearly three decades ago.Authorities say destruction from Southern California’s huge wildfire will be significantly higher than the 435 structures already counted as destroyed.Los Angeles county fire chief Daryl Osby said at a press conference Tuesday that authorities are assessing damage from the 150-square-mile (388-square-kilometer) Woolsey Fire. Personnel are checking many canyon areas by foot, which will take several days.Authorities say risk from the fire has dropped significantly, with people going home to many areas that were evacuated when the blaze broke out last Thursday.Planes and helicopters are attacking a huge flare-up in a mountain wilderness area on the Ventura County side of the fire.Ventura county fire chief Mark Lorenzen says winds are pushing those flames away from nearby communities and he’s confident they’re safe.Forecasters say rain could fall next week, raising concerns about mudflows.Authorities have identified only a fraction of the dozens of victims of a wildfire that has decimated a Northern California town.Jesus Fernandez, a 48-year-old Concow resident nicknamed “Zeus,” and his beloved dog “King” had been missing since the fire broke out Thursday.Family friend Myrna Pascua told The Sacramento Bee that Fernandez’s son was informed Monday that his father was found pinned between two cars.The wildfire that largely wiped out the town of Paradise has left at least 42 dead and destroyed thousands of homes and other buildings.President Donald Trump says there are more victims of the California wildfires “than anybody would ever even think possible.”Trump thanked firefighters, first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs with “courage in the face of very grave dangers.”Dozens of people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been evacuated and in the wildfires scorching both ends of the state.Trump spoke about the fires Tuesday at the beginning of a White House ceremony about the Hindu festival of lights.US interior secretary Ryan Zinke says he’s cancelled a planned trip to Asia at the direction of the White House and will instead travel to California to support efforts to contain the deadly wildfires scorching large areas of the state.Zinke said Tuesday he will visit the Northern California fire that wiped out the town of Paradise and killed 42 people. He will travel later to Southern California, where another fire is burning that has killed two people.Zinke says he plans to meet with California Gov Jerry Brown to offer the administration’s support.The move comes after president Donald Trump — Zinke’s boss — on Saturday blamed poor “forest management” for making California’s fires so big, deadly and costly.About 200 people who fled their homes following the most destructive wildfire in California history have packed into a Northern California church where counsellors, chaplains and nursing students from Chico State University were available to help.The Neighbourhood Church in Chico was one of more than a half-dozen facilities helping house people displaced by the blaze, which has killed at least 42 people.James Woods is a director at the church and said Tuesday it will stay open “as long as it’s needed.”Volunteers are cooking three meals a day, and there is a large bulletin board with information about missing people.Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth lost their home in the deadly wildfire blazing California but are donating $500,000 to The Malibu Foundation through Cyrus’ charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation.A representative for Cyrus says Tuesday in statement to The Associated Press that the couple’s “community and state are very special to them and they want to give back to the place that has created so many beautiful memories for themselves and others.”Cyrus and Hemsworth’s home was in Malibu and burned by the big Southern California wildfire that killed two people.The statement says they “are very grateful to be safe along with their animals.”The statement says the donation “will be used for those in financial need, emergency relief assistance, community rebuilding, wildfire prevention and climate change resilience.”California regulators say initial testing has found no elevated levels of radiation or hazardous compounds after Southern California’s huge wildfire burned near a former nuclear test site in hills to the northwest of Los Angeles.The state’s toxic substance control department says its staff went to the site known as the Santa Susana Field Laboratory on Saturday and found that facilities that previously handled radioactive and hazardous materials were not affected by the fire.The organization Physicians for Social Responsibility said in statement Monday that it was likely that smoke and ash from the fire spread radiological and chemical contamination that was in soil and vegetation.But the state agency says its measurements on the site and in the surrounding community found no radiation levels above background levels and no elevated levels of hazardous compounds other than those normally present after a wildfire.The site was used for decades for testing rocket engines and nuclear energy research. One of its nuclear reactors had a partial meltdown in 1959. Battles over decontamination efforts have gone on for years, with neighbours blaming illnesses on the site.Fire crews battling a Northern California blaze that levelled a town and killed at least 42 people made gains overnight and prevented the blaze from advancing toward a town of 19,000 people.California’s forestry and fire protection department said Tuesday that firefighters held containment lines to slow the wildfire’s advance toward Oroville.Officials say more than 5,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that destroyed the town of Paradise and has charred 195 square miles (505 square kilometres) since it started Thursday. The blaze is 30 per cent contained.Milder winds of up to 25 mph (40 kph) are expected in the area Tuesday. But fire behaviour specialist at Cal Fire Jonathan Pangburn says the there’s plenty of bone dry vegetation ready to burn “really fast and hot.”The wildfire has destroyed more than 6,400 homes and displaced 52,000 people.Firefighters are working to extend containment lines around the vast area burned by a Southern California wildfire.The work to eliminate the threat from the so-called Woolsey Fire on Tuesday was happening as winds continue to cause high fire threats from metropolitan Los Angeles to San Diego County.Authorities have allowed more people to return home but several entire communities, including Malibu, remain under mandatory evacuation orders.The latest estimates show the fire spread over more than 146 square miles (378 square kilometres). The fire area is expected to be fully contained by Thursday.Authorities have said two people were killed in the fire and at least 435 buildings were destroyed.More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 people, making it the deadliest in state history. Anxious relatives are visiting shelters and calling police hoping to find loved ones alive.Lisa Jordan drove 600 miles (1,000 kilometres) from Yakima, Washington, to search for her uncle, Nick Clark, and his wife, Anne Clark, of Paradise, California. Anne Clark suffers from multiple sclerosis and is unable to walk. No one knows if they were able to evacuate, or even if their house still exists, she said.Lisa Jordan says she’s staying hopeful and adds: “Until the final word comes, you keep fighting against it.”Butte county Sheriff Kory Honea updated the confirmed fatality number Monday night.The figure that is almost certain to spike following the blaze that last week destroyed Paradise, a town of 27,000 about 180 miles (290 kilometres) northeast of San Francisco.Authorities were bringing in two mobile morgue units and requesting 150 search and rescue personnel. Officials were unsure of the exact number of missing.
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Photo: CollectedCosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was launched into space 55 years ago. She was followed nearly 20 years later by the second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, who also did a spacewalk two years later.Now, nearly 35 years after Savitskaya’s second journey, the first all-female spacewalk is planned for 29 March, NASA announced on Wednesday.The space agency insisted it was just a coincidence that the date coincides with the last week of Women’s History Month.Astronauts Christina Koch and Ann McClain will walk outside the International Space Station (ISS) as members of Expedition 59, on a mission to replace batteries installed last summer.They will receive ground support from flight director Mary Lawrence and Kristen Facciol of the Canadian Space Agency in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.”I cannot contain my excitement!” exclaimed Facciol in a tweet on Friday.There have been 213 space walks at the ISS since 1998 for the purposes of maintenance, repairs, testing of new equipment or science experiments, according to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Less than 11 percent of the more than 500 people who have been to space have been female, and spacewalk teams have either been all-male or male-female.In the nearly 60 years of human spaceflight, there have only been four times when expeditions included two female members trained for space walks.McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 NASA class that was 50 percent women.”It definitely resonates with women around the agency that we’re at this point,” Stephanie Schierholz, a NASA public affairs officer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.McClain is on the ISS, currently, and her Twitter posts with a stuffed toy Earth have garnered tens of thousands of retweets.Koch is due to lift off on March 14 for her first space flight.NASA estimated their walk will last about seven hours.It will be the second of three walks scheduled for Expedition 59’s mission.While having the first women-only spacewalk was exciting, the more common sentiment around NASA was that it is more important that it not be the only one, Schierholz said.She pointed to the first African-American administrator, Charles Bolden, who said in 2016, “Being the first African American Administrator is all well and good, but I want to make sure I’m not the last.”