Delhi University admissions 2014: High Court exempts four colleges from OBC quota

November 28, 2019

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first_imgBefore the Delhi University admissions begin, the Delhi High Court has exempted 4 Colleges from reserving 27 per cent seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) candidates for the 2014 – 2015 academic year due to their status as minority colleges.Justice Manmohan passed the order while hearing a plea filed by Mata Sundari College seeking exemption from the OBC quota as it was minority-run institution reported IANS.The order will benefit four DU colleges run by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), constituted under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Act. Apart from Mata Sundari College, these are Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Guru Gobind Singh College, and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College — all declared minority institutes.    Passing the order, the court also said that these colleges shall provide reservation in admission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes as per the Delhi University’s norms, but they will not be obliged to give reservation to OBCs for this academic session .Mata Sundari College, during the hearing, contended that the reservation policy was not applicable to these institutions in view of a Supreme Court verdict on OBC reservations.The apex court had held that minority educational institutions (MEI), whether they were aided by the government or unaided, were exempted from reserving seats for OBCs, the college added.However, DU maintained that reservation rule of DU for OBC should be followed by these colleges also.last_img read more


a day agoAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatable

October 28, 2019

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatableby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Manchester City are beatable.Villa face the reigning champions at the Etihad this Saturday.”I think so, yeah,” Hourihane said when asked if the pressure if off for the trip to the champions.”I suppose you go into those two games, starting with City, high on confidence. We will see how it goes.”The recent results have given us a lift. We were inexperienced, so to speak, at this level barring a couple of players.”To get good results at this level is only going to breed confidence. Are City beatable? Why not? We will go into every game for the win.”We have been very close to beating a couple of the top teams already, Arsenal and Spurs. Hopefully we can go one better.” last_img read more


The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports: BBN Region

October 27, 2019

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first_imgBBN region of College Spun's Most Annoying Fan Bases bracket.College sports fans, though passionate and loyal, can also be really, really annoying. But who’s the worst of the worst? We’ve gone through and picked out the 64 most annoying fan bases in college sports. You guys are going to tell us which deserves to be crowned the most intolerable of all. You can vote on the #FSUTwitter Region here, the #WeAre Region here and the #PAWWWL Region here.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket2015 Most AnnoyingVote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 16. Tournament-Only CBB Fansuktourneyfans (1)Big Blue Nation or fans who only come out for March Madness? Woof. More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or Tournament-Only CBB Fans?2. UConn Women’s Basketball Fans vs. 15. Syracuse Lacrosse FansucwbbcuselaxTwo former rivals matchup in an unlikely contest. More Annoying: UConn Women’s Basketball Fans or Syracuse Lacrosse Fans?3. S-E-C Chanters vs. 14. Boise State Football FanssecbsuPeople who don’t even rep their school vs. people who don’t know how to stop. More Annoying: S-E-C Chanters or Boise State Football Fans?4. Indiana Basketball Fans vs. 13. Wichita State Basketball FansiuwsuA fan base looking to return to glory vs. a fan base still looking for respect. More Annoying: Indiana Basketball Fans or Wichita State Basketball Fans?5. Auburn Football Fans vs. 12. Oregon Football FansauburnoregonTwo schools that Alabama fans love to hate – one a bit more than the other, however. More Annoying: Auburn Football Fans or Oregon Football Fans6. Drake Apologists vs. 11. NC State Basketball FansdrakencstatePeople who support Drake’s many fanhoods vs. people obsessed with ripping on other fanhoods. More Annoying: Drake Apologists or N.C. State Basketball Fans?7. Louisville Basketball Fans vs. 10. People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket PicksuoflbracketKentucky’s nemesis vs. the nemesis of anyone who actually likes college basketball. More Annoying: Louisville Basketball Fans or Bracket Fans?8. Ohio State Football Fans vs. Coach Cal HatersosucalhateTwo squads that honestly might be under-seeded. More Annoying: Ohio State Football Fans or Coach Cal Haters?Now Vote On The #FSUTwitter Regionlast_img read more


Zeke Responds To Criticism: “I Guess I’m The Big Bad Wolf Now”

October 27, 2019

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first_imgFollowing Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State on Saturday night, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott made some headlines after criticizing his coaching staff for its play-calling against the Spartans. Since, he’s been receiving a great deal of criticism – many have even suggested that he be benched for the team’s game against Michigan this Saturday.Well, Zeke has responded on Twitter. First, he retweeted a number of quotes that reflect his interview in a more positive light. He then joked that he’s now the “big bad wolf.” Clearly, he thinks he’s being treated a bit unfairly.ezekiel elliott tweets after postgame interviewI guess I’m the big bad wolf now lol— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 22, 2015Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer hasn’t addressed Elliott’s comments yet – but we imagine he will during his weekly press conference Monday. We’ll find out then if there will be any punishment.last_img read more


Is James Harden As Good As He Says He Is

September 29, 2019

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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 21, 2017), we revisit how the Kings got fleeced in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner. Next, we call up bracketologist Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation to break down the stakes in men’s college basketball as March Madness approaches. Finally, is James Harden as good as he says he is? We investigate.Links to what we discussed this week: FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The New York Times’ Benjamin Hoffman reports on the details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.ESPN Stats & Information takes a look at the numbers behind the trade.Kyle Wagner wrote about whether the trade made sense for the Kings.Chris Dobbertean’s latest analysis of the NCAA men’s field.The NCAA is looking at changing the way it chooses teams for March Madness, writes FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine.In a profile in TIME, James Harden makes the claim that he’s the NBA’s most valuable player.Significant Digit: 110, the number of points that Grinnell College scored against Illinois College last Saturday. Grinnell employs the Grinnell System, the hallmarks of which include shooting a lot of threes, subbing entire lineups in and out at once, and employing a full-court press. read more


Commentary Say what Coach Fickell needs to mind his mouth

September 28, 2019

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We’re all aware of Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s propensity for regrettable one-liner remarks, but first-year OSU head football coach Luke Fickell unleashed a howler of his own during a Tuesday press conference. “We hope we get better,” Fickell said during his first visit with the media since the Buckeyes’ 24-6 loss at Miami. Is that so, coach? You “hope” your team gets better? President Gee couldn’t have said it better himself. Fickell’s remark strikes me as troubling because any coach on any football team, especially a first-year coach attempting to uphold 122 years of Buckeyes football tradition, needs to be proactive in improving their team, not hoping. What the Buckeyes need right now is a clear plan and discernible end in mind, especially with regard to the team’s dilemma at the quarterback position. Fickell said that while the media may tend to focus on quarterback play, he focuses on every facet of his team. “It’s focused on the quarterbacks, but we’ve got to do a better job all-in-all,” he said. “Whether it’s offensively or defensively… we’ve got to find a way to get our best 11 on the field.” Whew. That’s more like it from the Buckeyes’ head coach. He’s talking about improving the team and finding the pieces to the puzzle that will help the team succeed. But wait! Fickell produced another gaff as his press conference ended while explaining why he didn’t use a timeout during a fourth-quarter Miami drive that lasted 8:48 and bled the game clock down to less than one minute. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us,” Fickell said. What do you mean it didn’t hurt the team, coach? You didn’t utilize your timeouts, a valuable tool at your disposal, which, aside from stopping the clock earlier in Miami’s drive, could have served the Buckeyes in several ways. At the very least, you could have given your defense a breather since that particular Hurricanes’ drive lasted for the better part of ten minutes. Only a select group of people gets to see the team at every practice and team function, so I, along with all of Buckeye Nation, must give Fickell the benefit of the doubt when it comes to helping the Buckeyes improve. Fickell needs to do a little better than hoping his team will improve, as well as kidding himself that his team wouldn’t have benefitted from the use of a timeout at some point in the fourth quarter against Miami. With that attitude, Fickell could be hoping for a new job at another program in the near future. read more


Ohio State mens lacrosse looking to simplify things against Marquette

September 28, 2019

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Senior goalkeeper Greg Dutton watches from the goal during a game against Robert Morris Feb. 1 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (0-2) is looking to turn things around.Following back-to-back overtime losses to start the season, the team is set to return to Columbus Saturday to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles.Coming away from Jacksonville, Fla., after falling to Massachusetts, 12-11, in overtime as part of the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic, OSU coach Nick Myers said there is no time to hit the reset button.“Two tough losses, no doubt,” Myers said. “Coming up short is tough, but we are really just focused on the next task at hand which is Marquette on Saturday.”Marquette (1-1), which is in its second year as a Division I program, is coming off arguably its biggest win to date after knocking off Hofstra, 11-9, on the road in Hempstead, N.Y.OSU senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the Buckeyes have to focus on improving their communication in order to limit Marquette’s chances this weekend.“Obviously giving up 12 goals (in the loss to UMass) is not a staple of our defense, so we need to improve there,” Meurer said. “It’s just continuing to develop a chemistry on the defensive end and knowing when to slide.”One area that has been a concern early in the season for OSU — which also fell to Johns Hopkins, 10-9, Feb. 9 in triple overtime — has been its special teams, as they are 0-9 with the man-up advantage through two games. The early season struggles come after scoring 46 percent of the time in the same situation last season, good for fourth in the nation.“We have to simplify things,” Myers said. “We have gotten a number of different looks from different teams … it’s just settling into some basic different sets that we have, identifying areas that we think we can capitalize off of, and having an answer when we see different looks.”Another aspect that should be key for the Buckeyes throughout the rest of the season is evening up their faceoff percentage.Losing one of the best faceoff players in the country last season in Trey Wilkes (13th in the country at 58 percent), OSU has struggled to find a permanent replacement, going 13-51 against Johns Hopkins and UMass.“We are 25 percent at the X right now which isn’t stellar at all,” senior defenseman Dominic Imbordino said. “We definitely want to get that number up and get our offense the ball more, but right now we are trying to find an identity there and I think it’s going to turn around soon.”This is slated to be the second all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles as they met last year in Marquette’s first ever game as a Division I school, with OSU walking away with the 18-8 victory.Game time for the Buckeyes and the Golden Eagles is set for Saturday at noon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more


World Cupbound Maguire says his rise to England squad is remarkable

September 18, 2019

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first_imgHarry Maguire has expressed that his last two years are “remarkable”, as he sets out to represent England in the World Cup. The defender is also scheduled to travel to Russia as part of Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad.He Joined Leicester City from Hull City last summer and has had another fantastic season in the Premier League after playing every game for the Foxes and also earning a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions’ squad.Now, as he gets ready to travel to Russia, Maguire took a flashback to two summers ago when he travelled to France as a fan to watch England in Euro 2016 and what he has now become.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…During that time, the defender had played a bit-part role in the Tigers’ promotion to the Premier League, with an international call-up appearing nothing short of a pipe dream, according to Hulldailymail.“No, (I would) definitely not (have believed it),” he said when asked if he could have imagined his rise,” he said.“Obviously that season we got promoted through the playoffs with Hull. Maybe in and out of the team a lot, played a quite few games, I think I played 30-odd times that year, but quite a few off the bench.last_img read more


Official PSG sign former Juventus Gianluigi Buffon

September 18, 2019

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first_imgGianluigi Buffon says he couldn’t resist the offer proposed to him by Paris Saint-Germain and that it is only such huge offers that could have convinced him to leave Italy.After several weeks of media reports linking the goalkeeper to PSG, Buffon has finally agreed on a deal with the big club. The deal will last one-year with the option of a second coming after ending his 17-year stay at Juventus at the end of last season.“It is with a great feeling of happiness that I join Paris Saint-Germain,” he told the club’s official website.“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence. To have followed the club’s incredible progression in recent years, I know what dreams Paris Saint-Germain and its fans have in their hearts.“I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.“With my team-mates and our supporters, we will share fantastic emotions at the Parc des Princes and in all of the stadiums in which we are going to represent Paris, a marvellous city that deserves to one day see its club at the top of international football.”last_img read more


Pochettino I am happy with my Spurs team

September 18, 2019

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first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists that he is happy with his current squad, despite no signingsUnlike their main rivals, Spurs are yet to make a single signing ahead of today’s transfer deadline at 5 pm (BST time).But the club does have a group of players that have managed to secure top three finishes in the Premier League for the past three seasons and Pochettino believes that he has every reason to be pleased with what he has.“I am happy to keep all the squad together,” said Pochettino on Sky Sports.“There were many rumours during the summer, about players out.“The club made a massive effort to try and extend contracts of Harry Kane, just one example.“The club is trying to finish the (new) stadium as soon as possible.“It is difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or didn’t sell players – but sometimes in football, you need to behave differently.“We are happy with our squad and we cannot improve our squad. It is better to keep our squad all together, we believe a lot in our players.“(There is) no point to say we will not repeat a season like last year or the season before with more experience, with players who compete at the high level of the World Cup.“We have the captain of the world champion (Hugo Lloris, with France). That is a fantastic experience, for him to translate to our team.“Sure, we are going to be better, no doubt about that.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Preparing for our @premierleague opener. ?#COYS pic.twitter.com/dqVvB9m6V6— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 8, 2018Many first-team players have now reported back to training after their respective campaigns at the World Cup.Although the majority of them are not expected to play in Saturday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle, Pochettino has high expectations for his available options regardless.“I am so happy at the way they come back to training on Monday,” he said.“I am so proud, they were very focused and tried to arrive in a good condition.“Some players will be fit to start the game, some will be fit to be on the bench.“Maybe some players will stay here to reach the level, because maybe we don’t want to take risks.“Newcastle of course in that period, has an advantage to us, in the preparation of the whole squad.“But that is not a reason to complain. We are not a victim, we need to adapt ourselves to the situation, and I am sure we will be competitive.”last_img read more


Hurricane Jose Advisory Number 22

September 17, 2019

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, September 10, 2017 – Miami, FL – JOSE BEGINNING TO WEAKEN AS IT CONTINUES NORTHWEST….At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jose was located near latitude 22.8 North, longitude 66.9 West.   Jose is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). This motion is expected to continue tonight with a slowing of forward speed on Monday.Jose will begin turning toward the northeast Monday night, followed by a more eastward motion on Tuesday.   On the forecast track, Jose will remain well to the east of the Bahamas for the next couple of days.  Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts.Jose is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.    Additional weakening is forecast, but Jose is forecast to remain a hurricane during the next couple of days.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km).  The estimated minimum central pressure is 956 mb (28.23 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDSURF:  Swells generated by Jose are affecting portions of the northern coast of Puerto Rico, and will begin to affect Hispaniola, portions of the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next couple of days.   These swells are likely to produce high surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. Related Items:last_img read more


Duty Free furniture til Dec 31 for Turks and Caicos storm struck

September 17, 2019

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 3, 2017 – Residents will now be able to replace furniture lost in the hurricanes with a big tax break, a new exigency has been effected and it lasts until the end of the year.It means more concessions for islanders and comes from the Finance and Customs Department Minister, Premier Sharlene Robinson.  The TCIG notice said, items exempted include: “sofa, love seat, accent chair, cocktail table, sofa table, end table, bed frame, bed headboard, bed footboard, dinning room tables, dinning room chairs, matresses, box springs, dresser drawer and mirror, night stands, chest of drawers, televisions (one per importer/declarant), refrigerator, stove, microwave and ceiling fans.”The Collector of Customs will take the applications from those who have suffered loss during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and there will have to proof of your losses to tap into the very special concession.The Premier said, “I know that this is a welcomed initiative and as we continue to monitor our financial position, we will make decisions that we deem prudent and in the best interest of our people.” Related Items:#dutyfreefurniture, #taxfreefurniturelast_img read more


Senate Democrats Promise Rough Going on Appropriations

September 13, 2019

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first_imgSenate Democrats will participate in committee work on fiscal 2016 spending legislation but once the bills move to the floor, the party will block them from advancing, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vowed last week.“Unless there is a new [spending] agreement before these bills come to the floor, we will vote against the motion to proceed,” Mikulski said Thursday after the panel approved its first spending bill of the year.The gambit is designed to pressure Republicans to negotiate on a new budget deal to raise the statutory spending caps, reported CQ Roll Call. The Democrats have the full support of President Obama, who similarly has pledged to veto spending bills that stick to the Budget Control Act levels.“We would prefer, if we can, not to get to presidential vetoes. That will be the ultimate tool, but at this step of the process we feel that it’s up to Congress to change the law on lifting the budget caps,” Mikulski said.There is some support on the GOP side for such a budget deal, but on Thursday GOP appropriators urged committee members to complete as much work as possible in the coming months, an approach that could ease the way for a possible omnibus spending bill at the end of the year.“Let me just suggest that we focus on the fact that we agree on 93 percent of what we’re going to spend, that we do as many bills as we can before we stop the train and have the spending discussion,” said Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).The Senate Appropriations Committee passed both the military construction-veterans affairs and energy-water spending measures on Thursday; at least several Democratic members supported each of the bills. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


OK Kanmani After Komban Masss Baahubali Studio Green Acquires Theatrical Rights of

September 5, 2019

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first_img“OK Kanmani”Facebook/ OK KanmaniStudio Green is now making sure that it has the right films in its hands for distribution. The latest we hear is that the company had bagged Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the upcoming Mani Ratnam romantic flick “OK Kanmani”.Reports indicate that Gnanavelraja’s Studio Green has acquired the theatrical rights of the movie for a decent amount and planning to release the flick in April 2015.Meanwhile, Studio Green is now getting ready to release some of the big movies of the season. It has scheduled the release of “Komban” starring Karthi; bilingual biggie “Baahubali” starring Prabhas and Suriya’s much-awaited flick “Masss”.The team of “OK Kanmani” has already created waves among audiences as well as in the industry with teaser and trailer of the movie. The trailer of the movie, which features lead actors Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen in the lead, crossed 1 million views within a day of its release.The trailer in fact took the audience back to Mani Ratnam’s hit romantic flick “Alaiypayuthey” starring Madhavan and Shalini. Cinematography by PC Sreeram and music by AR Rahman are seen as major highlights of the trailer. The romantic chemistry between the lead pair has raised expectations from the film.”OK Kanmani” is touted as an urban love story; while Dulquer Salmaan plays the character of Aadi, Nithya plays Tara. The character Aadi is seen as someone who stays away from commitments in relationship and Tara is one who enjoys the idea of “live the moment to the fullest.”Vairamuthu has penned the lyrics for AR Rahman’s music in the film, which is being produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies.last_img read more


Is Jet Airways headed for Kingfishers fate Fact file on Naresh Goyal

September 5, 2019

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COPY LINKAD Loading … A Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in Ahmedabad August 12, 2013.Reuters fileFacing a daunting cash crunch, leading carrier Jet Airways has raised the red alert, warning it will be grounded in two months’ time if costs are not substantially slashed. India’s biggest full-service carrier has sounded what could be its death knell. According to the latest reports, several ground staff and cabin crew would be fired in the coming days even as the airline struggles to stay in business.The launch of Jet Airways in 1993 marked the opening up of the rusty Indian economy. It’s a paradox that, decades later, the iconic carrier is facing trouble in an era defined by the 100 percent FDI in aviation sector.It’s too early to draw parallels with the failure of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, but things are not rosy for Jet Airways. All eyes will be on Naresh Goyal and what he does to pull from the brink a business he dearly held on to despite challenges. Will he bury personal ego and let Etihad take a controlling stake? Or, will he deal with the cash flow problems in riskier ways, which can result in graver risk for the airline’s future?Here’s a fact file on Jet Airways  ReutersJet Airways has a net debt of 81.5 billion rupees ($1.2 billion)In the year ended 31 March, the airline reported a loss of Rs 636.45 crore. Peers such as SpiceJet and Indigo had reported impressive profits during the same period.Most of Jet’s debts are dollar-denominated and hence a continued fall in the rupee has worsened the debt problem.On Friday, Reuters reported that the company told the staff that it will be grounded in 60 days if costs were not reduced.Business daily Mint reported on Friday that the management has approached investment bankers to facilitate a stake sale.Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways owns 24 percent in Jet Airways.It was reported earlier that Etihad was interested in taking a controlling stake in Jet Airways, but Naresh Goyal, who holds 51 percent, had declined the offer. It remains to be seen if Etihad will raise its stake in the current context.Earlier this week, it was reported that Jet Airways had proposed a pay cut of up to 25 percent, triggering stiff resistance from the pilots.Jet Airways wants to raise loans in the markets but banks have insisted on a turnaround commitment. Loans are unlikely to be approved without significant cost reduction.The management has said jobs will be cut in various verticals but pilots are not on the chopping board. However, pilots have resisted even a 15 percent pay cut.Jet Airways has more than 2,000 pilots. Around 80 percent of them are affiliated to the Jet Airways pilots’ union, the National Aviator’s Guild. The guild has asked its members not to accept a pay cut. There are more than 16,000 employees in Jet Airways.Apart from bloated costs, surging fuel prices and a weaker rupee are hurting Jet Airways.The other reasons cited by senior management in parleys with the staff are an erosion in market share in recent years and the inability to expand into other markets.The rise of Indigo and the launch of Air Asia ate into Jet’s formidable market share.Jet recently placed orders for 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, a move it says will help it expand in the domestic sector and reduce fuel and maintenance costs.Naresh Goyal launched the airline in 1993. Jet became a listed company in 2005. Goyal started his career working as a marketing executive in the airline industry. He later launched a marketing agency called Jet Air. When Goyal started his first business venture, his mother had sold her jewellery to raise the seed capital.After starting operations with four Boeing aircraft, Jet Airways became an international carrier in 2004 when it started flights to Colombo.Jet Airways acquired rival Sahara Airlines in 2007.Jet Airways survived a major scare in 2008, when global airline majors faced headwinds. Jet let nearly 2,000 employees go and restructured the operations to stay in business.In its 25 years of operations, Jet Airways aircraft have not been involved in any airline accidents where lives were lost.center_img Mid-air technical snag forces Etihad flight with 349 people on board to make emergency landinglast_img read more


Ctg road crash kills 2

September 3, 2019

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first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo people were killed and three others suffered injuries in a road accident as a truck hit a CNG-run auto rickshaw at Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar road of Patia in Chittagong on Sunday, reports UNB. The deceased were Ridwan, 40 and Chhoton, 25.Assistant deputy police inspector of Chittagong Medical College Police Camp Alauddin Talukder said, the truck at the Patila College Bazar Road hit the auto rickshaw from the behind in the afternoon leaving Ridwan and Chhoton dead on the spot.The injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital, he added.last_img read more


Budgies found to fly at just two speeds

August 31, 2019

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first_img Learning about the birds and the bees helps aid flight People have been enviously watching birds fly around for hundreds of thousands of years, but until now, no one has apparently noticed that they fly at only two speeds: fast and slow. This discovery came about as the two researchers were conducting experiments with budgies to learn more about how they respond to changes in their surroundings as they fly. They set several flying individually through a tapered tunnel, noting how they behaved, while also recording their flight speed. In checking the data, they found that all of the birds flew at just two speeds. They flew in fast mode when there were no obstructions and when going longer distances, then reverted to slow mode at a certain point in the tunnel when they gauged it narrow enough to do so. They noted that their slow mode was approximately half the speed of fast mode. They also noted that the faster mode of flight was the most efficient for the birds.In looking even more closely at the data, the researchers found that the birds did not taper their flight speed, instead, the transitioned almost immediately from fast to slow and vice-versa, which is in stark contrast to insects—they speed up and slow down progressively. The researchers suggest the two speed modes for the birds offer some advantages, one of which is that is that it likely makes it easier for the birds to calculate distance, which is done by optic flow. Also, slow mode very clearly helps them avoid running into things.The research by the team was conducted on just one species (10 budgies conducting 80 flights in total), thus it is still not clear if all bird species fly at just two speeds. Prior research has suggested there might be some exceptions, such as some species that fly at an accelerated speed during part of their long migrations. More information: Budgerigar flight in a varying environment: flight at distinct speeds? Published 21 June 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0221 , http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/6/20160221AbstractHow do flying birds respond to changing environments? The behaviour of budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus, was filmed as they flew through a tapered tunnel. Unlike flying insects—which vary their speed progressively and continuously by holding constant the optic flow induced by the walls—the birds showed a tendency to fly at only two distinct, fixed speeds. They switched between a high speed in the wider section of the tunnel, and a low speed in the narrower section. The transition between the two speeds was abrupt, and anticipatory. The high speed was close to the energy-efficient, outdoor cruising speed for these birds, while the low speed was approximately half this value. This is the first observation of the existence of two distinct, preferred flight speeds in birds. A dual-speed flight strategy may be beneficial for birds that fly in varying environments, with the high speed set at an energy-efficient value for flight through open spaces, and the low speed suited to safe manoeuvring in a cluttered environment. The constancy of flight speed within each regime enables the distances of obstacles and landmarks to be directly calibrated in terms of optic flow, thus facilitating simple and efficient guidance of flight through changing environments. Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: Budgies found to fly at just two speeds (2016, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-budgies.html Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found that at least one type of birds flies at just two speed levels. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Ingo Schiffner and Mandyam Srinivasan with the University of Queensland in Australia, describe tunnel tests they conducted with budgerigars, what they found and offer some theories on why the birds fly at just two speeds. © 2016 Phys.org Male budgerigar. Credit: Benjamint444/Wikipedia/GFDL 1.2 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Nothing wrong with being gay

August 31, 2019

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first_imgMy husband had a previous marriage. In fact, this is our second marriage. Though I have no association with my ex, he is in very good terms with his previous wife. I feel jealous and insecure. How should I cope with this?Name unknown, AgraSometimes you have to express and demand. If you really can’t tolerate this, then be transparent and let yourself go. But, please understand, some relationships are impossible to forget. May be his ex is a very close friend and the friendship is the only reason for the closeness. Try to understand him and try to be his closest companion. Love replaces love, anger will only spoil it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As I’m growing older, I am losing interest in women. I don’t feel turned on by any level of closeness. Am I turning gay? I’m feeling very guilty about it.RT, N DelhiAlways remember that you are not alone. If you are gay, know that there are many, many gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight people all over the world who have been in your situation. The doubt. The nagging guilt. The uncertainty. They’ve all been through it. Try not to think of your new     sexual revelation as a burden; instead, think of it as a liberation. There is nothing wrong with being gay. You are not any less of a person for being who you are. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix  My daughter-in-law is from a very affluent background and time and again she compares our present with her past. Sometimes that leads to major hassles between my elder son and his family. How do I solve this problem?Janaki Dave, GujaratDid you try explaining this to her? Sometimes we appear rude, but we are probably ignorant. Our silly, immature self neglects small yet significant things. Try to sit down with your son and your daughter in law to explain where things are going wrong. Let them understand your concern. I’m sure, the matter is trivial and she will understand in future. While having sex, my boyfriend uttered the name of another girl. Upon asking, he denied this and is trying his best to prove me wrong! I have lost faith. Am I stupid?Miss GuptaWhy don’t you have faith in your love and trust him once? Why can’t you erase the memory of one incident and believe him? It is impossible to comment on your query. This stray incident should be just noted and put on backburner. Keep your sixth sense on. If he’s upto something wrong, it will surely come to light. Have a good life and don’t stress yourself so much. Trust me dear, it’s not worth it!last_img read more


3day exhibition in Kolkata showcases artwork by jail inmates

August 31, 2019

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first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative, an NGO, with the support of the West Bengal government, is hosting a three-day exhibition to showcase paintings made by the inmates of a correctional home. The show — ‘Aitijya – Our Heritage’ — has given the inmates of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home a platform to display their creativity and earn money for three days, beginning November 19, Chaitali Das, the managing trustee of NGO Rakshak Foundation, said on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThirty-four canvases, painted by 10 women inmates and four male inmates, have been regaling art enthusiasts at the Indian Museum courtyard here, on the occasion of ‘World Heritage Week’, she said. “Eight acrylic paintings, themed on the city’s heritage, have already been booked on the first two days. We are expecting the response to get better,” she said. Over the past few years, Rakshak Foundation, with the help of Directorate of Correctional Services, has held several workshops for prison inmates to acquaint them with canvas and paints, Das stated. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”As part of these workshops, the women and the men were also taught how to weave the canvas and set it on a frame,” she added. Arun Kumar Gupta, the director general of Correctional Home Services of West Bengal, said the exhibition gave the inmates an opportunity to express themselves through their works of art. “We had started facilitating painting workshops for the women inmates, as well as their children, at Dum Dum Correctional Home to enable them to express their feelings. Later on, four male inmates of the same correctional home also joined the initiative,” he explained. Celebrated painter Wasim Kapoor, who visited the exhibition, congratulated the inmates on their achievement. “The creativity of these prison inmates, who have not been trained earlier in their lives, is no less than that of trained professionals,” he added.last_img read more


August 7 2007 Located on the third and top flo

August 10, 2019

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first_imgAugust 7, 2007 Located on the third and top floor of the west half of the East Crescent are a collection of different sized apartments. The Sky Suite is a two bedroom apartment in Unit 1, Unit 2 and 3 have two studio apartments each, and Unit 4 and 5 have one large apartment each, which were used as dorm spaces for some years. We reported in 2006 on 8/16 and 9/1 on interior finishing of the apartment in Unit 5. Part of the construction team has recently completed interior work in the apartment in Unit 4. The walls were painted and carpet tile installed. [Photo & text: sa] This is a two-level open apartment with a high slanted ceiling, with a large room and bathroom on the upper level, and kitchen and dining area on the lower level. The kitchen space was used for many years as a bedroom. [Photo & text: sa] Planning and Design department selected beautiful birch cabinets with charcoal facing. This report continues on 8/15/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more