Bengaluru cheapest city in Asia, Singapore costliest: Survey
War-torn Damascus in Syria, picturesque Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan, and Nigerian metropolis Lagos are the only cities that are cheaper than Bengaluru, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2018.Bengaluru holds the 129th spot in a list of 133 countries, ranked according to their cost of living. Singapore, the world’s most expensive city, leads the list, which was released earlier this month.Read it at Times of India Related Items
T20 WC:Sehwag’s fitness under question as India looks to ace Super Eights
Heavy overnight showers, which had forced Ireland out of the World Twenty20 on Monday night, seemed never to have happened when India returned to the practice field after a day-long break on Tuesday. As the sun beat down on Colombo, the Indians, wearing their fluorescent green t-shirts, took to the bone-dry Colombo Colts Cricket Club ground to prepare for their opening Super Eights clash against Australia here on Friday. About two hours into the session, Ravichandran Ashwin was escorted into the umpires’ room located to the left of the sight-screen, and was followed by Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag. It turned out to be a ‘routine, random’ dope test, according to India’s media manager RN Baba, and didn’t seem to cause much of a flutter, though Yuvraj Singh was overheard remarking: “How many times will we have to undergo a dope test?” The ICC has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code and made every player available for dope tests at its major tournaments, and Baba said the tests were conducted at ‘every training session’. Ashwin also ‘opened’ the batting in the nets after the team underwent agility and strengthening exercises under the watchful eye of the support staff for about an hour. The offspinner, who was rested for the England game on Sunday, is almost certain to be back in the line-up for the Australia game given his form with the ball, and his hitting on Tuesday wasn’t half bad either.It was Sehwag whose fitness still seemed a concern, for he hasn’t had a hit since taking one on the thumb in the nets on Friday. He was ‘rested’ for the dead rubber according to skipper MS Dhoni, but didn’t bat on Tuesday either. The team’s official stand, though, is that he is fit.Harbhajan also didn’t bowl, in fact, and could be seen dicussing strengthening his hamstring with fielding coach Trevor Penney. He did find time to do a spot of dancing towards the end of the session, as the team waited for its bus to come over from the designated parking spot to the gate. Zaheer Khan did still look to be struggling with his fitness, walking gingerly and spending over half an hour receiving a rubdown after the initial exercises. However, his net bowling was certainly sharper than last week, and he did have a batsman or two in a tangle with some sharp bouncers. Suresh Raina had a very long stint at the nets, and had a lot of people diving for cover with his big hits, though one of the net bowlers did get him bowled with a perfect left-arm spinner’s arm-ball. Raina was so impressed with the young lad, Chanaka, that he gifted him a brand new pair of gloves. Raina was also involved in the most hilarious moment of the day. Served up a short-pitched delivery by a fast bowler at the nets, the left-hander top-edged one that sneaked through a gap in the top netting and lodged itself there. Soon after, there was a carbon copy of the incident and this time, Raina could be seen jumping and trying to dislodge the ball with his bat. The bowler then climbed up the side netting and brought down both the balls, while Raina looked on in admiration at the boy’s agility.advertisement
Dangal not releasing on Aug 15: Aamir Khan
Mumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today dismissed reports that his upcoming film “Dangal” will release on Independence day.There were reports that Aamir was considering to release the sports-biopic ahead of its originally scheduled release on Christmas this year.The actor said he had also heard the rumours, but clarified that the film will not release on August 15.”I heard the rumours too, but there is no truth in that. I had said that since it is a patriotic film, about the daughters of India, a date like August 15 wouldve been ideal.”But we are not coming on that date. We are coming on Christmas. We always wanted to release on Christmas,” Aamir told reporters here at his 51st birthday bash.The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari of “Bhoothnath Returns” fame, stars Aamir in the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.The “PK” actor, who had put on weight for his role in the film, said he has now lost 13 kgs and aims to get the “Ghajini” look.”In Dangal I had gained weight, up to 95 kgs. The portions where I was fat have been completed, so Ive started reducing. I am at 82 kgs, which is 13 kgs less. Now 12 more kgs are left to shed, so I have reached the half-way mark. My aim is to get the Ghajini look,” he said.Aamir said his family was happy that he lost weight.”I am taking six months (to lose weight). My family is happy that I am losing weight and am half-way there. Its a concern for me too. Losing weight fast is not very healthy. I am pushing the envelope a little bit,” he said.advertisementThe actor, who was in the US for intense training in weight loss, said he will now have fish, despite being a vegan, to get in shape of his character.”For the last three weeks I was in the US to lose weight and focus on weight loss. I was working out in different forms and doing six to seven hours of exercises a day. Ive been trekking, mountain biking, tennis, swimming…,” he said.”I went on a vegan diet because I feel its a more healthy diet. But I am not moral vegan, I am not that hardcore. For the next three months, my dietitian has insisted that he wants me to have a very high quality protein, so he wants me to have fish, because I need to lose weight but retain my muscle mass,” he said. (MORE) PTI JUR GK PSH BAS
Did Rishabh Pant err in sledging Cummins directly? Sunil Gavaskar says yes
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was clearly unimpressed with Rishabh Pant sledging Australia’s Pat Cummins during India’s 31-run win in Adelaide as he opined he doesn’t agree with directly chirping at an opponent on the field.Gavaskar insisted that it’s okay for wicketkeepers to talk to their bowlers and egg them on but he pointed out the risk of sledging an opposition player, especially a fast bowler.The batting great believes Cummins is not going to forget Pant’s quips, especially if the quickie gets a conducive wicket in the second Test at Perth, which is known for producing some of the fastest wickets in the sport.Gavaskar’s comments came after Pant stole the show on the final day of the thrilling first Test by chirping at Cummins constantly as the Australian tail ender tried to steer the hosts out of trouble after two quick wickets in the morning session.During the 76th over of Australia’s 323-run chase, Pant tried to get under the skin of Cummins who played out a maiden over against R Ashwin, who was getting the old cherry to turn dangerously off the rough.As Cummins tried to block everything that came his way, Pant chirped: “Let’s see some sixes, come on Patty”, “Not going for the shots Patty?. He also pointed out that the fast bowler had missed out on an opportunity to put a loose ball from the off-spinner away.”I totally understand encouraging your own team but to say something like, ‘come on Pat’ and all that, I don’t agree with that. You shouldn’t be saying anything to the opposition. If you want, you can talk to your team. But directly saying something to a fast bowler… if the next pitch at Perth is quick, I am sure Cummins is not going to forget that,” Gavaskar told Sony Six.”So far it hasn’t gone beyond [the line]. But at times, you tend to get carried away. The thing to notice more than anything else is that, in England where he was making his debut, it was ‘come on, Ash sir or Ash bhai’. Now’s it ‘come on Ash’ and sometimes ‘come on Ashley’.”advertisementAs it turned out, the commentators went quiet during the eventful over and the broadcasters only played the audio from the stump mic.Stump mic onIt’s cricket like never before, no commentary in the whole over #AUSvIND #foxcricket pic.twitter.com/8R2nwVMa9WFox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 10, 2018Pant hardly remained quiet behind the wickets in the first of the ongoing four-Test series as he egged on the India bowlers, who starred in yet another overseas win for the Asian giants.The talking point was centered around Pant on the second day of the Test as he was heard taunting Usman Khawaja, who tried to do a Cheteshwar Pujara, by resisting his temptation to play flashy drives that brought the downfall of quite a few batsmen from both the camps in the first innings.”Not everyone is Pujara, lads,” chirped Pant as Australia were trying to rebuild their innings on Day 2, referring to the Indian No. 3 batsman, who came up with a monk-like approach during his 123-run knock. Rishabh Pant was chirpy throughout the first Test between India and Australia in Adelaide (AP Photo)Nonetheless, Pant had a memorable outing in his first Test Down Under as the 21-year-old equaled the world record of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers for the most number of catches in Test by a wicketkeeper.Pant took 11 catches, surpassing the previous Indian record set by Wriddhiman Saha, who is not part of the current Indian squad in Australia due to an injury.Ravi Shastri backs Pant to play natural gamePant though is being criticised for throwing away his wicket in the second innings wherein India lost their last five wickets for just 25 runs. However, coach Ravi Shastri has backed the young stumper, saying he should be allowed to play his natural game.”You have to allow him to play his game, that’s the way he has come into the side, but he has to be a little more sensible now. He did the hard work in getting Lyon to spread his fields, so he has to be smarter. You make a mistake now, but don’t repeat it, then I’ll be in his ears,” Shastri told Sony Six after India’s historic win.Also Read | Virat Kohli sets sights on series triumph after historic Adelaide victoryAlso Read | India learnt their lessons after foolish cricket on Day 1: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | My dad will be very proud of my Adelaide effort, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See:advertisement
ESPN Releases Its New “Bottom 10” After Week 8
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Every week, ESPN updates its “Bottom 10” rankings. After Week 8, there is one team whose presence on this list is downright shocking.Ohio State was No. 2 in the country going into Saturday’s game against Purdue. However, after losing 49-20, they find themselves ranked No. 5 in the “Bottom 10.”Now, of course the Buckeyes aren’t one of the 10 worst teams in the country. But ESPN likes to include good teams that had horrendous losses on this list alongside truly putrid squads.That’s why Georgia made last week’s “Bottom 10” and Ohio State is here this week. The Bulldogs are already off the list.Here is the full ESPN “Bottom 10” after Week 8:UTEPRiceTexas StateSan Jose StateOhio StateUConnRutgersBowling GreenWestern KentuckyOregon StateNebraska is also out of the “Bottom 10” after getting its first win of the year over Minnesota. That leaves Rutgers and Oregon State as the long Power 5 holdovers.Most likely, they will remain in these rankings all season. Ohio State will probably be out by this time next week.
Child labourers work in deplorable conditions
New Delhi: “I used work from 8 pm to 6 am. The employer assured me to pay Rs 7,500 per month but did not pay anything. A person used to beat the children badly, if any silly misconduct found,” reads the statement of a child, who was rescued from Okhla.The following statement defines the pathetic condition in which the child labourers are working in the city. According to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR), last year, more than 20 complaints against child labour were received. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar” In most of the complaints, it was written that there were no security and fire safety inside the factories,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, an official from DCPCR. He further said that the counselling of several rescued children revealed that they want to study but they have to work mainly due to poverty. “Parents are forced to send their children for work. The conditions in which child labourers working are very hazardous as tragedy can happen anytime,” added Vimal. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceMost of the children who were rescued belongs to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and some other states. In a recent case, three kids were rescued from the plastic unit in Okhla area. The rescuers said that there were no fire safety measures in the factory. The Delhi Police data accessed by Millennium Post revealed that in the year 2018, as many as 118 cases were registered in Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. In 2019 (upto May 15), nearly 31 cases were registered. “Under JJ Act, 66 persons arrested last year whereas in current year, 19 persons were nabbed,” Delhi Police data further revealed. Under the child labour act, 15 cases were registered last year in which three persons were nabbed whereas in 2019 (till May 15), seven cases were reported. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that they take regular action on the complaints regarding child labourers. “In many occasions, Delhi Police and SDMs conducted regular raids in different factories after receiving information regarding child labour. We have rescued children and arrested owners in various cases,” added DCP Madhur Verma. Police have also rescued children who are forced to work as maids in various houses. Police sources said that in a recent crime review meeting, it was discussed that strict action will be taken against those who sell drugs, inhalers to small children in the city.
Parts of eastern Canada to be in direct path of next total
FREDERICTON – For Canadians who had to watch television to get the best view of Monday’s total solar eclipse, just wait until the next one in seven years when the path of totality crosses parts of central Canada, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.Chris Weadick of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada said he expects many of the people who flocked to the central United States to experience Monday’s event will head to eastern Canada for April 8, 2024.“That shock and awe opportunity of seeing that shadow creeping across the landscape and pass right by you is quite an event and feeling to go through. You can’t really explain it with words, you actually have to experience it,” he said.The path in 2024 will cross the southern tips of Ontario and Quebec, central New Brunswick, western P.E.I. and central Newfoundland.“I can see the opportunity for Canadian groups to get together and promote the event. It will be a great opportunity for tourism,” he said.Catherine Lovekin, an astronomy professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., said she expects New Brunswick will draw visitors hoping to avoid the crowds in big cities to the west.“Anyone serious about eclipse chasing will make the venture,” she said.Lovekin said both Monday’s eclipse and the one expected in 2024 are a great opportunity to get children interested in science.There was a long line-up of youngsters and their parents Monday afternoon to get into Science East, a science centre in Fredericton.Stacey Waugh said she thought it was important to bring her four children who had never seen an eclipse before. Her youngest daughter, seven-year-old Josie, was excited to learn that Fredericton will be directly in the path of the one.“That’s cool,” Josie said, as her mother pointed out that she will be 14-years-old.Jennifer Gale, a science educator at Science East, was kept busy sharing eclipse filters with children and adults as the crowd grew. She said she expects there will be larger crowds and greater excitement for the next eclipse.“In seven years when we’re going to be totally in the dark, it will be pretty wild. People will be very excited,” she said.While much of the country had clear, sunny skies to view the partial eclipse Monday, Weadick said the April date for the next one could be a factor.“We all know about April showers,” he said.Weadick said he’ll be watching the forecast, and will be prepared.“I’ll also have the car packed in case I have to head north or south an hour to catch the sun without clouds,” he said.
No more chatting on cell phones while driving in NWT
APTN National NewsDrivers in the Northwest Territories will now be breaking the law if they use their cell phones while driving.As of January 1, the territory became the latest jurisdiction to ban the use of hand held devices while driving.Anyone caught using things like a cell phone or an MP3 player while behind the wheel will face $100 fine and lose three demerit points.
Azerbaijani FM to visit Lanka
Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov will pay official visits to India and Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry told Trend news agency on Wednesday.According to the ministry, Mammadyarov will visit India on May 2-5 and Sri Lanka on June 5-8. The minister will hold meetings with representatives of the two countries’ leadership.A wide range of issues relating to the development of bilateral relations in a number of areas will be discussed.
UN refugee chief hails Latin American efforts to boost refugee protections
“In a worldwide context of restrictive asylum policies and erosion of protection principles, it is encouraging to see that countries in Latin America are committed to uphold high protection standards,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers told a meeting yesterday in Mexico City commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees.Senior officials from all over Latin America as well as experts and leaders from civil society reaffirmed the relevance and endurance of the Declaration, a landmark document that offered an innovative approach to refugee protection and solutions and broadened the refugee definition applied in the region.They adopted a new plan of action that includes boosting Latin America’s capacity to protect refugees by training key decision makers and developing refugee law and doctrine specific to the region.It confronts two main aspects of the refugee situation in Latin America today – an increasing number of refugees concentrated in urban centres and the large number of Colombians displaced by decades of war in need of protection who remain invisible and vulnerable in the border areas of neighbouring countries.Projects will be developed to help refugees, particularly women, in urban centres to become self-sufficient; to provide documentation, legal status and basic assistance to Colombians in need of protection; and to build regional refugee resettlement programmes mainly for Latin American refugees.”Cartagena’s pragmatic and solution-oriented spirit is as relevant today as it was when adopted in 1984,” Mr. Lubbers said, noting its emphasis on core human rights principles and durable solutions, including local integration, with its recommendations to grant refugees social, economic and cultural rights.”I am convinced that this is one of the most important long-term contributions of Cartagena: recognizing that refugees are human beings with dignity, whose first concern is to attain a level of self-sufficiency and to avoid dependence on hand-outs and humanitarian assistance,” he added.
Middle East tops agenda at talks between UN envoy and Russian foreign
Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which among other things calls for an end to foreign influence in Lebanon, hailed the ongoing national dialogue in Lebanon as a central means of implementing the resolution.“This is a momentous event in Lebanese history: the first ever such dialogue without foreign interference or facilitation. It is guided by the Taif Agreement and the principles of 1559 and offers a historic opportunity,” Mr. Roed-Larsen was quoted as saying of the dialogue, which was begun earlier this month by the Lebanese Speaker of Parliament.Welcoming its initiation on March 2, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said such a national dialogue was a “crucial and timely initiative,” and last month, the UN Security Council said it was needed to make more progress in satisfying resolution 1559.While the withdrawal of Syrian forces and the holding of credible parliamentary elections in May and June 2005 had been accomplished, the Security Council pointed to the need for a dialogue on disbanding militias and reasserting Government control over parts of the volatile country.At today’s discussions, the UN spokesman also said that Mr. Roed-Larsen had thanked the Russians for their facilitation of a private, closed meeting with the Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Al-Muallem.At the weekend, Mr. Roed-Larsen had reviewed the latest developments in Lebanon and their regional context with French President Jacques Chirac, saying that the national dialogue was “one of the few signs of conflict resolution through peaceful means in the Middle East.”He reiterated the UN’s continued commitment to the full restoration of Lebanon’s sovereignty and political independence, and personally pledged “to work relentlessly with all relevant parties towards this end.”
Ban stresses need for Israeli Palestinian leaders to resume meaningful negotiations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in separate conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, stressed the need for the parties to create the conditions conducive to resuming meaningful negotiations, his spokesperson said today.“The Secretary-General strongly encouraged the ongoing efforts towards the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expressed his hope that they will lead to a substantial peace initiative soon,” Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York. The spokesperson said that Mr. Ban also discussed the situation on the ground, including in East Jerusalem, during his phone conversations with the leaders over the past two days. “Regarding the recent tensions in East Jerusalem, and more particularly restrictions of access to Muslim and Christian holy sites, the Secretary-General conveyed his concerns to the Israeli authorities, urging Israel to abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law,” said Mr. del Buey. “The Secretary-General stressed to both leaders the importance of respect for the religious freedom of all, and that worshippers of all faiths should have access to their holy sites.”Mr. Ban has repeatedly stated that 2013 will be a critical year for the peace process, and urged both leaders to make a concerted push to salvage the two-State solution.
At UN Tonga shares experiences on preserving marine diversity tackling noncommunicable diseases
“Tonga attaches great importance to Sustainable Development Goal 14 and believes it can be attained through set targets and indicators,” he said, adding that Tonga looked forward to the upcoming UN conference Goal 14 as an opportunity to see where the international community stands on the Organization’s efforts to preserve this precious resource, by, among others, build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of the Goal. Regarding the exploitation of biological diversity, he said that regulation of areas beyond national jurisdictions was yet to be realized. In accordance with the 2014 decision of Pacific Island Forum leaders, Tonga supported the ongoing process of preparatory meetings. He went on to say that Tonga pays close attention to the interaction of the ocean with climate matters, noting that it has signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. “We cannot face the challenges of climate change alone,” he emphasized. Calling attention to his country’s “clear and unambiguous” links to international peace and security, he called upon the Special Representative on Climate and Security, as well as the UN Security Council, to raise the issue in the necessary platforms. “Tonga is the third most vulnerable country in the world to the adverse impacts of climate change,” he said, stressing that their seriousness could not be underestimated. Noting that the maintenance of international peace and security would be determined by the issue of disarmament, he said the proliferation of weapons in all their forms not only threatened international peace and security, but demonstrated the sheer waste of financial resources. Those funds might be better spent on international sustainable development initiatives and improving people’s lives, he pointed out. Mr. Pohiva also laid out his country’s efforts to address the spread of non-communicable diseases. In that regard, it partnered with the wider Pacific community to host a special conference on the issue. At that meeting, delegations noted the rampant spread of non-communicable diseases throughout the region and considered actions to put a stop to it.
Mens hockey Ohio State ends home slate with Michigan State
Ohio State senior forward NickSchilkey has his shot blocked aside by Michigan goalie Zach Nagelvort (35) during the Buckeyes’ 1-0 loss on Feb. 25. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOne final series at the Schottenstein Center remains on the 2016-17 schedule for the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1), as the Scarlet and Gray welcome the Michigan State Spartans (6-21-3, 2-12-2-0) to Columbus for two crucial conference clashes.This weekend will mark the second series of the season between the Buckeyes and Spartans. The first series on Feb. 17 and 18 featured two one-goal wins for OSU at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing, Michigan — 3-2 Friday and 4-3 Saturday — to seal the sweep.Despite those vital victories, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said his team must continue to respect a visiting Michigan State squad — and at this point in the season, this weekend represents two must-win games for his team.“We were fortunate to get out of (East) Lansing there with two wins, and we’ve got to be better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We want to come out and get a quick start, and hopefully put together a 60-minute game.”Although the Buckeyes left the state of Michigan with six Big Ten points earlier this month, senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said OSU looked at its previous meetings with the Spartans in order to make adjustments, and will enter the series with a “do or die” mentality.However, Schilkey said the result of this weekend will depend ultimately on the Buckeyes’ effort on the ice.“We watched video this week, and learned what worked well for us, areas they exposed us,” Schilkey said. “We play each team twice, and it’s just like any other second weekend of playing a team in this conference. We watched tape, learn from some things, but at the end of the day, it comes down to us and our work ethic.”Currently, OSU sits in the 15th spot of the PairWise rankings for a possible at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — and have rested on the bubble down the stretch of the season. In light of this, Rohlik said his team is aware of its present situation regarding postseason play, and that the NCAA tournament truly begins for his unit with the first faceoff Friday night.“I think everybody in (the locker room) knows exactly where we’re at, and I think that just jumpstarts our playoffs,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to start our playoffs earlier than most teams right now, and Friday to me is a playoff hockey game.”Puck drop for the final home series of the season is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, while Saturday’s clash is slated to begin at 8 p.m.
Some 2600 Dublin 15 homes left in the dark following power cut
AROUND 2,600 homes and businesses in the Blanchardstown-Coolmine area of Dublin are without power tonight.The blackout began shortly before 7pm this evening.A spokesperson for ESB Networks said that crews were out working to fix the problem, and that it was hoped customers would be reconnected tonight.She said it was expected that all homes would have power restored by 10pm.
Paddy Jackson stars but Ulster fall short of bonus point
Pienaar profited from some indecision in the Montpellier defence on 29 minutes but the French side hit back through Tchale Watchou. Penalties were traded and Mark Anscombe’s men led 17-13 at the break.Pienaar stretched Ulster’s lead on 42 minutes and a fortunate bounce paid dividends for charging prop Afoa as he gathered the ball just inside the Montpellier 22 and steamed over. Pienaar was so close to clinching the bonus point but a video official ruled he had not grounded what would have been a fourth try.Ulster maintained their 100% record in Pool 5 but will rue missing the chance of the extra point ahead of next weekend’s clash with Leicester Tigers.As it happened: Ulster v Montpellier, Heineken CupSean O’Brien in France as contract negotiations drag on ULSTER BEAT MONTPELLIER 27-16 in their Heineken Cup Pool 5 clash thanks to converted tries from Robbie Diack, Ruan Pienaar and John Afoa.Out-half Paddy Jackson left the goal-kicking duties to Pienaar but made a big impact on the game. With 24 minutes on the clock, Jackson found blindside flanker Robbie Diack on the left wing with a perfectly weighted cross-field kick.Diack was up against centre Anthony Tuitavake and showed great strength to hold to centre off and dive over for the score.
Packers Fan Cant Serve Bear Meat at Bar
When it comes to major sporting events there’s really no “wrong” way to celebrate–that is, not until the health department gets called in. Let this little bit of news serve as a lesson to all potentially overzealous sporting fans out there: unless you’re playing, say, the Anaheim Ducks or the Florida Marlins, it’s not recommended that you celebrate by cooking up the mascot of the opposing team.An enthusiastic bar owner in St. Paul, Minnesota announced his plans to support the Green Bay Packers by cooking up an 180 pound black bear and serving it to customers. The state’s health department rejected the plan of Tiffany Sports Lounge owner Blake Montpetit, stating that customers can take photographs next the dead bear on the pig roaster, but they can’t actually eat the thing.The bar was shot by Montpetit’s cousin in Wisconsin during the state’s bear hunting season last fall.
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Firefighters extinguish house fire in Margate
MARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked quickly put out a house fire in Margate.Margate Fire Rescue crews responded to the residential fire along the 1100 block of Northwest 62nd Avenue, Saturday morning.The roof of the home received some damage from the flames.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Hefner to Step Down as Playboy CEO
“Playboy Enterprises Inc. has literally and figuratively been my life and career for more than 30 years,” Hefner said in a statement. “Last month marked my 20th anniversary as CEO; just as this country is embracing change in the form of new leadership, I have decided that now is the time to make changes in my own life as well.”Hefner steps down from the top executive post during a challenging time for Playboy. The company—which eliminated 80 staffers company-wide in October in a cost-cutting effort—reported a net loss of $10.4 million through the first nine months, compared to a $6 million net income during the same period last year. For the third quarter, the company reported a $5.2 million net loss, down from a gain of $2.6 million during the same period last year.Year-to-date, revenue was down more than 12 percent to $222.3 million. Playboy attributed the overall losses, in part, to a $6.3 million restructuring charge. Excluding the charges, the company reported a net income of $1.1 million. The company said it expects ad revenue in the publishing division to be down 17 percent in the fourth quarter. UPDATE: Playboy Open to Sale Talks Christie Hefner announced today her plans to step down as chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises. Hefner will stay on as CEO through January 31, 2009, the company said in a statement. Jerome Kern, a member of its board of directors, will serve as interim chairperson while the company searches for a replacement.