Josh Richardson injury update: Heat guard (groin) out two weeks, report says

first_imgRichardson, 25, has been described as one of the Heat’s shining lights this year as he leads the team in scoring with a career-best 16.6 points per game while also averaging 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds.The fourth-year pro left Wednesday’s 112-102 loss to the Celtics with eight minutes to play in the third quarter and didn’t return after falling awkwardly while trying to block a layup by Kyrie Irving. He finished with just seven points in 16 minutes.“I was obviously concerned when he left the game,” veteran teammate Dwyane Wade said afterward (via the Miami Herald ). “At first you just thought maybe he got hit the wrong way. But the way he left the game, you knew it wasn’t. So we’re definitely concerned about him. This time of the year is a bad time for injuries.”The scoring onus could fall on Wade, who is facing the end of his career if the team doesn’t make the playoffs. He’s averaging 14.5 points per game, same as Goran Dragic, behind only Richardson.Fellow guards Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington could see their minutes increase, too.Wednesday’s loss to Boston, along with a Magic win and losses by the Pistons and Nets, dropped the Heat (38-40) from eighth to ninth in the Eastern Conference. Heat guard Josh Richardson will miss the rest of the regular season because of a groin injury he suffered Wednesday night, despite an MRI exam showing no structural damage, ESPN.com reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.His absence — projected at two weeks, with only a week to go in the regular season — puts a large hole in the Heat’s offense and is a blow to Miami’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs as the regular season winds down. Entering Thursday’s play, Miami is a half-game behind the eighth-place Magic and seventh-place Nets and a game back of the Pistons. The Herald noted just how tight things are in the East: While the loss to the Celtics dropped the Heat to ninth and outside the playoff picture, a win would’ve pushed Miami all the way up to sixth in the conference.Still a week of basketball left.#HEATPlayoffPush pic.twitter.com/DJrgz1fNnf— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 4, 2019The Heat have four games to play, starting with a two-game trip beginning Friday against the Timberwolves. After Sunday’s game at Toronto, Miami closes with a home game Tuesday against the 76ers and a road game to close the season at Brooklyn.“Obviously, we always say one-game-at-a-time mentality. But it’s a tight race,” Justise Winslow said. “We’re watching other teams, and they’re watching us. But we can only control what we can control.”last_img read more

Cafe elsewhere

first_imgTATTLERS, ChandigarhRise of the Empire, again. Making of the Cafe For Abhay Jagat, 42, who set up Tattlers in January 2016, the property comes with the backing of other successful restaurant/caf projects like Backpackers and Caf Nomad done by him over the last 16 years in Chandigarh. “The idea behind,TATTLERS, ChandigarhRise of the Empire, again. Making of the Cafe For Abhay Jagat, 42, who set up Tattlers in January 2016, the property comes with the backing of other successful restaurant/caf projects like Backpackers and Caf Nomad done by him over the last 16 years in Chandigarh. “The idea behind Tattlers was to give our clients an experience of new flavours. With this project, we have pushed ourselves to discover new recipes for food and beverage,” he says.USP Quality, consistency in food and a typical English ambience with wallpaper and floral patterns, complete with chandeliers. Cuisines offered A contemporary menu inspired by European, Italian and Indian flavours presented in a European style. Tattlers also serves loose-leaf tea and Italian coffee. Beyond butter chicken “Interestingly, this has changed over the years and we, like many cafs/restaurants are witnessing patrons who demand innovation,” the owner says. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SC0 7, Sector 9 D, inner market Tel 8437041149RUSTIC DOOR, ChandigarhKeep looking into the many mirrors in Rustic Doors. An image might smile back. Making of the Cafe It was in the year 2013 when Mickey Chhabra thought that a comfortable lounge might work in Chandigarh. He set up Rustic Doors. All the apprehension vanished seeing the tremendous response from all quarters. “Besides some great food, this place ensures that you can relax. Special attention has been paid to the ambience and the fact that it is comfortable,” says the 37-year-old Chhabra. USP Intelligently selected Indian and continental menu from around the world combined with great desserts and Arabica coffee makes the place stand out.advertisementCuisines offered Italian, North Indian, Continental and cafe Beyond Butter Chicken “Punjabis are surely waking up to different cuisines. That is precisely the reason that this place, which boasts of dishes ranging from Asian, Middle Eastern and Italian, has been getting an excellent footfall,” says the owner. Meal for two Rs 900 At SCO 12, Sector 10 D Tel 01726670970FRENCH PRESS CAFEUnderstated, quiet. A place with an ear for never-ending conversations. Making of the Cafe After returning from UK in 2012, Pranav Chaudhary, 29, wanted to open a caf that captured the vibe of rustic eateries in Europe.And French Press Cafe was born in 2013.”I wanted to lend that peculiar experience of European eating joints to the people of Chandigarh. The effort has been worthwhile as we have a large number of regulars who come in for a quiet meal and coffee, not to mention working meals. USP Menu reinvention seems to be the cutting-edge of this cafe. “Besides that, we are known for our regular food festivals including the British and Italian Food Festival conducted recently.Cuisines offered Italian, Continental, cafe Beyond Butter Chicken The caf owner says that over a period of time, the tastebuds of people in this region have evolved and the newer generation is much more open to trying out international cuisines as opposed to Indian food that was the most sought after a decade ago. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SCO -17 Sector 16 Tel 01725073183F CAFE, ChandigarhNon-intrusive soothing music in an uber-chic and luxurious environment; comfortable and plush seating; interiors that break away from the regular rustic set-up. You don’t want to miss this place. Making of the Cafe At the maiden all-day F Cafe in the country, third in the world after Vienna and Abu Dhabi, there is something for everyone- from a college student to those in their 60s.It was established in October 2016 by Gunkaran Singh, who always wanted to have a place that offered international quality food at reasonable prices. “This is more of my travel diary. Diverse elements of all my international trips have found a home here,” he says. USP An elaborate collage of handcrafted coffee, decafs, smoothies, one-of-a-kind desserts and sweets from across the globe. Besides this, special shakes, world-class coffee blends. Also, there is a model menu for the health conscious.Cuisines Offered Cafe, European, Continental and Mexican Beyond Butter Chicken The 29-yearold owner feels that for a long time, the region has believed in experimenting with food. “Let’s not forget that people here are very well-travelled. With the kind of international exposure people have here, they are always on the lookout for new taste and experiences and never-before seen ambience.” Meal for two Rs 1,200 At SCO 14, Sector 26 Tel 0172667103THE RUMOUR MILL, ChandigarhFrom old issues of Granta magazine to bestsellers all over the place, this caf is telling you that reading is in. Making of the Cafe For years, this cafe-and-kitchen was just a plan drawn up on a paper napkin by friends who loved eating, travelling and talking. Revealing this, Puneet Nagpal, a 29-year-old former stockbroking professional, who put in all his savings and got two friends to become sleeping partners, adds, “Sitting under the gloriously quiet night sky in upper Himachal, the only things we could agree on was the name and that the cafe would have good books.”advertisementThat was until a day in the June of 2015, when three of those friends decided that it was time to take seriously the plans sketched on paper napkins. In October 2015, The Rumour Mill was up and buzzing. Nagpal says it is important to add that the place is about, “The beat of an artist’s heart, the sound of friendly cheer, and the rhythm of craziness that made it possible. USP The owner says that it is important that the place is intimate, and does not intimidate. He adds, “It has to be bigger than the people who run it or even those who come there-in the sense that the brand must stand out. But what brings back people here is the sincerity and consistency in the food offered.”The place is quite popular in the literary circle, thanks to initiatives like ‘Sunday readings’ where wellknown and young authors are invited for book readings. Cuisines Offered Cafe, Italian, Mexicana and North Indian Beyond Butter Chicken “Things have changed but the basic nature remains. People are willing to experiment now, but in every group there is a friend who wants just butter chicken.” He feels that the smart thing is not to become uptight and say ‘we don’t serve Indian, please!’ as that may work for specialty restaurant, but not them who thrive on people and human connect. Meal for Two Rs 1,000 At SCO 187, Sector 7 inner market Tel 01724630818CHAIBUBBLE, ChandigarhMore than 100 varieties of tea in five different serving styles. Antigravity steepers. But what steals attention are the numerous tea kettles ornamented with phulkari and papier-mache planters sitting quietly on racks. Unused. Making of the Cafe Set up by Pankaj Sharma, Ashish Bhola and Aditya Verma, who believe that a cup of chai makes everything better, one is greeted with talk on yoga as aromatic tea sits comfortably on the table. Sharma, also a yoga therapist and engineer by profession, says that he always dreamt of becoming a chef one day.”At this stage of my life, I realised that there were not many places in the region where one could enjoy an experimental cup of tea and have a long conversation,” says the 42-year-old. Inaugurated in October this year, the place has been attracting a lot of patrons from across age groups USP More than 100 types of tea in over 50,000 probabilities, popular ones being Oolong, First Flush Darjeeling, Peony Rossete, White tea, Muscatel, Elixir, Orthodox, Cutting and Dum Chai.Beyond Butter Chicken Here, same is boring. People are visiting Chaibubble to introduce themselves to an entirely new tea experience. “Things like bun maska are selling like hot cakes. People want to try out different types of chai steeped in front of them in anti-gravity steepers. Besides, we have our own bakery where we keep experimenting with new combinations,” says Sharma. Meal for Two Rs 500 At Chaibubble, Coal Depot Complex, Sector-10 Tel 7393900010advertisementBELFRANCE BAKERS & CHOCOLATIERS, LudhianaBright and inviting. Europe in the heart of Punjab. Making of the Cafe When Harjinder Singh Kukreja and his family set up Belfrance in the year 2015, they had a clear aim in mind, serve real Belgian chocolate rich in cocoa butter and with all the promised health benefits. “There are not many places in the region that sell the same. We wanted to change that and give the people of Ludhiana a taste of the authentic. Moreover, the city really needed an informal and intimate space for its youngsters to hang out at,” says the 30-year-old Kukreja.USP Informal ambience and friendly service.Cuisines offered Cafe, bakery and Continental. Beyond Butter Chicken Kukreja feels that things have changed drastically over the past few years and all the international travelling has lent people of Ludhiana a taste for different cuisines. “Ludhianvis are well-travelled and the exposure is showing. There are genuine foodies in the city who experiment, understand and acknowledge good food,” he says. Meal for Two Rs 1,100 At SCF 32 C, Main Market, Sarabha Nagar Tel 9855523333UNDERDOGGS, ChandigarhFood is the game of life. Making of the Cafe Father-son duo, Preet Saini, 48, and Rishi Saini, 29, set shop in Chandigarh in 2011 with its flagship location in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Rishi, 30, noticed a niche in the market that hadn’t been explored. “Sports bars are popular the world over and the existing properties in this part of the country were extremely cricket-centric.We wanted to bring the world of sports to the limelight, showcasing multiple sports channels simultaneously on 30+ HD screens. Adding to the sports factor, each Underdoggs location is outfitted with multiple gaming options, which include pool tables, foosball, carom, table tennis, darts and more. Friends and family can engage in their own healthy competition and have a great time,” he says. USP The place offers a complete entertainment experience with live sports viewing and multiple gaming options. Sports fans can count on being able to watch their favourite sporting event in full HD, where every seat is the best seat in the house. “Our signature chicken wings served chargrilled with a variety of over 14 sauces to pick from,” he says.Cuisines Offered American, North Indian, Italian. Beyond Butter chicken “We consistently focus on innovating and offering new tastes, considering people are now open to trying new things. However, in order to survive, it is important not to ignore Indian cuisine altogether. For example, we’ve incorporated the love for butter chicken by creating dishes like chargrilled butter chicken wings, makhani pizza and fries,” he says. Meal for Two Rs 2,000 for two (approx) including alcohol At 178 A, 3rd Floor, Elante Mall Tel 8427800011BROOKLYN CENTRAL, ChandigarhEnter this place, and you may like the idea of America. Making of the Cafe Set up in the year 2013, this place wanted to bring the rich culinary experience of New York to Chandigarh. Owner Annu Bains, 52, says, “Out here, the upscale, gourmet version of American food didn’t really exist- it was relegated to fast food-so we wanted to introduce things like gourmet burgers, wood fired pizzas, and decadent desserts to the city.Besides quintessential American food, there are also nods to other cuisines, like Mexican, which is a big part of the New York dining experience. The vibrant energy and chic style of New York is evident in the ambience as well, from the industrial decor to the music and presentation of food.” USP Some great deals on food and drinks through the week, and an extensive Sunday brunch menu as well. “We constantly innovate with the menu through the year, adding new items and seasonal specials every few months. The latest addition is the freak shake-a no-holdsbarred mega ice-cream shake,” says Bains.Cuisines Offered American, cafe Eat That Vietnamese pho soup, the seafood platter and chicken thighs Beyond Butter Chicken Talk to her about this and Bains is clear that there would always be a place for butter chicken in every Punjabi’s heart but people are much more willing to experiment and be adventurous than ever before. Meal for Two Rs 1,600 At 51-A Courtyard Cafes, Elate Mall Tel 8146656571BOOKS N’ BREW, ChandigarhFrom kids, college students to families enjoying bread toasts and maggi. Bunker beds where people are playing chess. Making of the Cafe Set up in 2011, the cafe is an amalgamation of the owner, Vishal Bhasin, and his wife Aarti’s, reams. While he always wanted to set up a cafe, she, being an avid reader, dreamt of having a place where people could read and share their collection.USP Thirty-five-year-old Bhasin prefers to call B&B as a cultural cafe where there is something for everyone. From a five-year-old child to a 70-year-old couple. “We offer some things that are absolutely free- books to read, your choice of music that can be played through a jukebox, free high speed Wi-Fi, board games, live bands and an art wall to keep you engrossed.” For this cafe owner, the biggest USP is the team which is from a non-hotel management background. “They do things completely differently-away from conventional ‘norms’ and in a very informal but warm way.” Cuisines Offered Cafe, fast food, beverages.Beyond butter chicken The 35-yearold thinks that it’s nothing more than a stereotype that Punjabis are not willing to go beyond their staple diet of butter chicken, and insists that they have become much adventurous and experimental when it comes to food. “We have people asking for authentic Italian and Lebanese cuisine now. People are well travelled these days and are more adventurous when it comes to food. Peer pressure and social media influence may be another reason for this change.” Meal for Two Rs 300 to 400 At SCO 8, Sector 16 D Tel 01722541616WHISTLING DUCKPractical, minimal, quiet. Just the way life should be. Making Of The Cafe Amber Mehrotra and Ragini Saigal, along with their two sons relocated to India in 2012, after 13 years of working in the corporate sector abroad, as they wanted to live close to the hills in Chandigarh. After a long break of almost two years, they decided to get back to work with something of their own, something that they would enjoy doing and something that would be of a manageable scale.USP The owners say that Whistling Duck is a theatre that celebrates the emergence of subculture; in food but also in music, design and other forms of creative expressions. “We’re trying to tell a story. Food being the medium, restaurant the space. We would like to believe our food is a clear reflection of the story we’re trying to tell. And that’s why on our menu you’ll see simple Indian vegetables like karela, katahal, jimikand and arbi being celebrated alongside exotic dishes made out of say squid ink.”Cuisine European, Asian and North Indian Beyond Butter chicken Mehrotra feels that the people in the region are ready for more than what one would expect and it is time to break away from comfort zones. “There’s so much more to explore, the onus is on us.” Meal for Two Rs 1,700 (with alcohol), with of taxes At SCO 10, Back Lane, Sector 26 Tel 9023691893, 8968382266last_img read more

Interview Virginia Readies for Biggest Atlantic Trade Ships

first_imgImage Courtesy: Port of VirginiaThe Port of Virginia is set to benefit from an increased trade especially as bigger ships start bringing in more cargo. Namely, the port has just wrapped up one of the busiest months in its history and is now preparing to welcome its biggest ship ever, the 13,000 TEU COSCO Development.COSCO Development is expected to be the first of many yet to come as the reshuffled ocean-carrier alliances send their sea giants to the US East Coast. As disclosed by the port, the alliances are anticipated to be one of the major contributors to the rise in cargo operations at the port which has embarked upon a major investment so as to cater for the increase.Specifically, work is underway at Virginia International Gateway (VIG) on a USD 320 million expansion project, the first of two, that when complete, will increase the port’s overall annual container capacity by 40 percent, or 1 million container units, by 2020.Under the project, new berthing space will be created, able to handle a larger class of container ships, that will begin crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean before year’s end.In addition, in July, the port will begin work on the expansion of the south stack/container yard at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT), bolstering its annual capacity by 400,000 containers.Speaking to World Maritime News, the port’s spokesman Joseph D. Harris said that with its expansion efforts the port is targeting vessels of up to 16,000 TEUs.“Our current, port-wide TEU capacity is 2.8 million TEUs and when the expansion is complete in 2020, we will have expanded capacity by 40 percent. The goal is to be prepared to handle the biggest vessels in the Atlantic trade. We have been servicing 10,000-plus TEU vessels with regularity and in May, the Port of Virginia will receive a 13,000-TEU vessel (COSCO Development) and we anticipate 14,000-TEU-to-16,000-TEU vessel will be calling within two years.” NITC SouthAccording to Harris, the civil works part of the project is complete and the early heavy construction work is underway.“Each phase of the project has a different completion date, but collectively they are tracking for completion of the work at both VIG and NIT in 2020,” he added.WMN: How will the project(s) be financed?Harris: With regard to VIG, last fall, we successfully negotiated a long-term lease (40 years) for the terminal and the new lease includes USD 320 million to build-out the facility. In summary, the lease allows to the port to repay the expansion investment in its annual rent payments over the course of the lease term. The expansion includes doubling the capacity of the rail operation, adding 13 container stacks serviced by 26 automated stacking cranes (ASCs), lengthening the berth by 650 meters and the purchase of four Suez-class cranes.Furthermore, in an effort led by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia General Assembly included USD 350 million in its 2016 bond package for expansion at NIT. This project will create greater density for cargo at NIT and expand annual capacity there by 400,000 containers. For this project, the terminal’s south-side container stack yard will be completely reconfigured and it will be served by 60 new rail-mounted gantry cranes.WMN: What has the carrier consolidation meant for the port activity?Harris: We are seeing larger vessels calling the port and these larger vessels are loading and discharging greater amounts of cargo at one time. As a result, there is significant planning required to working these vessels before they arrive. Once in port, these vessels are at berth longer and require more resources – manpower and cargo handling equipment – to effectively work the vessel.The consolidation of carriers has changed the overall alliance landscape and we now have ocean carriers in all new alliances. We will see this trend continue as the Japanese carrier consolidation (J3 / K-Line, MOL and NYK) will soon be announced.Based on the port’s initial projections, the newly-formed Alliance, comprised of Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Yang Ming, is bringing almost 40 percent of cargo moving over the Port of Virginia, taking over the lead from the former G6 Alliance, made up of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, NYK and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).The Alliance is followed by the Ocean Alliance, membered by COSCO Container Lines, OOCL and Evergreen Line, with a 27 percent share, 2M with 24 percent and other carriers taking 10 percent share.We believe that our expansion is well-timed to coincide with increased trade through The Port of Virginia,” Harris said.As informed, before the new alliances were announced, the percentage of cargo moving over the Port of Virginia via the alliances was:2M = 21%CKYHE = 17%G6 = 39%O3 = 15%Other = 8%WMN: How has the expansion of the Panama Canal affected the cargo inflow at the port? What do the numbers say?Harris: Our cargo flows coming through the Panama Canal remain strong. What we are seeing in all of our trade lanes is fewer vessel calls, but more cargo being moved on larger vessels. With the Panama Canal expansion, BCOs (beneficial cargo owners) located in the Midwest have been reconsidering East Coast gateways, including POV, for Midwest imports and exports moving via rail.One of the drivers making BCO’s look more closely at the Port of Virginia is the ability to reach the nation’s heartland via double-stack rail. The port has on-dock service by both of the East’s Class-I railroads, CSX and NS and we are expanding rail capacity at VIG as part of the larger terminal build-out. NIT Central Rail YardAt present we are moving 37 percent of our cargo volume by rail – placing the Port of Virginia 1st in terms of rail volume on the East coast – and our goal is to push that to 45 percent during the next few years.Further, there has been significant interest by many West Coast-based companies seeking to set-up an East Coast distribution center. Virginia, because of its many assets and world-class port, is drawing a lot of interest and investment. A catalyst for that interest is improving and growing ocean carrier services via the Panama Canal.Referring to other factors influencing the expected increase in cargo load, Harris said that ocean carriers and cargo owners continue to build their confidence in the Port of Virginia “as a result of the capacity expansion that is underway and multiple other projects focused on building cargo velocity across all of our terminals.” Carriers are also attracted by the port’s 50-foot channel depth by maxing-out cargo loads on first-in and last-out vessel calls as well as the port’s ability to reach the nation’s heartland via double-stack rail, along with short turn-times of motor carriers serving the port which average 60 minutes or less, Harris concluded.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Port of Virginialast_img read more

Senate backs 854B bill to fund health education military

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that funds much of the government, including $675 billion for the Defence Department.The bill combines military spending with disbursements for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies.The bill was approved, 85-7, and now heads to the House.With the vote, the Senate has passed nine of the 12 mandatory spending bills for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. That’s a marked departure from recent years, when individual spending measures were routinely ignored in favour of giant spending packages that fund the entire government.The Senate had not passed a labour/health spending bill in more than a decade.The bill boosts military pay by 2.6 per cent and the National Institutes of Health by 5 per cent.Republicans cited defence spending in urging support for the measure, which accounts for about two-thirds of federal spending for the 2019 budget year. The 2.6 per cent military pay raise is the largest in nearly a decade.The 5 per cent boost for NIH is the fourth straight significant increase for the biomedical research agency. The measure would hike spending for Alzheimer’s research to more than $2.3 billion, essentially quadrupling spending levels from four years ago on a disease that requires hundreds of billions of dollars for dementia-related care.Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee on labour and health, said that if the United States does not find a solution to the disease by 2050, “we will be spending about twice today’s defence budget on Alzheimer’s care.”The bill also would provide a $145 million increase for treatment of opioid addiction, bringing spending to $3.7 billion to confront what lawmakers called an epidemic of abuse.It would also boost spending for the Head Start preschool program and increase maximum Pell Grants for college education.Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the vote “shows what the Senate can do working together. We all know it’s not easy, but it works.”Some conservatives criticized Republicans for going along with Democratic demands for increases in non-defence spending that match the increase in defence spending. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank , said the bill “continues to fund wasteful and ineffective programs that should be curtailed or eliminated entirely” and omits several policy riders important to conservatives.Senate leaders from both parties have agreed to avoid attaching so-called poison pill proposals to spending legislation to ensure passage.The Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to block taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Paul said the amendment offered Republicans who “profess pro-life values” a chance “to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice.”Only 45 senators voted in favour of the proposal.Senate leaders also blocked an amendment by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that would have allowed the Senate to intervene in a Texas lawsuit that could upend health-care protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. The Trump administration has said it will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court.“What’s happening today in the Senate is disgusting,” Manchin said after the amendment was blocked. He said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “chose to play politics with the health care of millions of Americans,” including about 1.8 million people with pre-existing conditions in McConnell’s home state of Kentucky.“This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, this is life or death to many,” Manchin said.Manchin’s election opponent, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey, has joined states challenging the health care law.The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defence Department, but has not voted on a spending measure for labour, health and education. Senators from both parties have said they want to keep the two measures attached.__Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this story.last_img read more

Driving licences vehicle RCs to come in card format only

first_imgNew Delhi: Going paperless, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates will now be issued as plastic cards in a standard format across the country. The option of providing a paper or booklet-based driving licence or registration certificate has been done away with, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. Under the new norms notified by the ministry, states would have an option to issue the two documents in the form of cards, which would be either made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) or of Poly Carbonate. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence and the Certificate of Registration for the entire country. The option of providing a paper or booklet based driving licence or the registration certificate has been done away with,” the ministry said in a release. The specifications for the cards are high standard and would enable durable and quality cards, it added. According to the ministry, state governments have been given the option to decide on the type of material that can be used for making the cards. Further, states can prescribe whether it should be a chip-based smart card or a card with contact-less features such as QR code. “A QR code has been prescribed on the cards. This would enable easy linking and access and validation of the information on the cards with the SARATHI or VAHAN database,” the release said.last_img read more

Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

Bringing home hardware Mens volleyball notches 1st NCAA title in program history

For this group of seniors in the past three seasons, the story remained the same. A bid to the NCAA Championship semifinals and nothing more. In the 2010 semifinals, the Stanford Cardinal overpowered the Ohio State men’s volleyball team in three straight sets (30-25, 30-26, 30-17). What followed was a long flight home. At that time, coach Pete Hanson told his players to write down their goal for the next season. “Each kid said his goal was to win the National Championship,” Hanson said. Now, a little more than a year later, the mission has been accomplished. All-American outside hitter Jeff Menzel jumped up for a kill on Championship point, but a wall of Steven Kehoe, Kevin Heine and Jason Tobkin stopped him in his tracks. Kehoe connected on the block as the Buckeyes defeated the California-Santa Barbara Gauchos, 3-2, for the program’s first national title. “Our coaching staff told us if we blocked him once in the last five points, we would win the match,” Kehoe said. “I think deep down we believed we earned the right to be here,” Hanson said. “It’s really cool how that came to fruition.” The Scarlet and Gray outplayed the Gauchos in about every aspect of the match, but OSU’s 26 service errors kept UCSB, which had just six service errors, in the match. “I definitely came out tense, and I think a lot of the guys did, especially from the service line,” Kehoe said. Hanson agreed. “It was clearly frustrating,” he said. “(OSU) never panicked. It’s like when a pitcher can’t locate his fastball. It will come, and it did.” Hanson said it was key to isolate Menzel and force his supporting cast to win the match. “I think when you hold an All-American to 12 kills on 40 swings and he hits .025, you’ve done a pretty good job,” Hanson said. Junior Shawn Sangrey led OSU with a match-high 32.5 points and 30 kills. His career-high 30 kills are the most by any Buckeye this season. Kehoe added a season-high 65 assists and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “For our seniors, it was their last collegiate volleyball game ever,” Sangrey said. “We wanted to go out on top, and that’s what we did.” Kehoe, Sangrey and John Klanac were named to the All-Tournament team. OSU overcame its serving woes with a strong offensive effort. The Buckeyes outhit UCSB .329 to .198, had a 74-45 advantage in kills and led the match in assists, 70-42. The Buckeyes are the third team outside the West to win the title. Penn State won in 1994 and 2008. OSU holds a 1-2 record in national title games. The Buckeyes lost, 3-1, against USC in 1977 and, 3-0, to UCLA in 2000. read more

Alex Neil admits Brentford gave his side a hard time

first_imgPreston’s boss Alex Neil said that his side’s 4-3 victory over Brentford did not come easy but was one they had to compete hard for, although they had a three-goal lead in the opening 23 minutes.Having such narrow victory, Neil insists that his side should keep their focus throughout the 90 minutes, as the Lilywhites have been unbeaten in four matches.“I think we’ve been involved in a lot of high scoring matches this year, not by design really,” Neil said, according to Sports Mole.“I think once we go 3-0 up, we’re hoping to then go and try and make it an easier night for ourselves.”“But Brentford are a good side, they pose you a lot of questions and a lot of problems.”Mephan joins Bournemouth from Brentford Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 The 21-year-old defender has joined the English Premier League club after two years with the Championship team.English center-back Chris Mepham has joined AFC Bournemouth…“Then the second goal’s a really bad deflection so it carried a little bit of fortune with it.”“I think conceding three goals is naturally concerning, we need to make sure we try and tighten up. I thought we simplified things in terms of not really risking it at the back, turning the ball forward earlier and then playing in their half.”“I thought that worked really well for us, we scored four goals and to be honest, could have probably scored more.”last_img read more

Eden Hazard reveals his greatest player of alltime

first_imgChelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”last_img read more