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Water ban on Assam’s ‘killer’ family withdrawn

first_imgA village in north-central Assam’s Udalguri district has decided to withdraw its diktat excommunicating a family accused of murder for 12 years and not allowing them access to water in the area.The decision was taken after a prolonged meeting between the elders of village Barangajuli Khuti and the Udalguri district unit of the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) on Friday.Situated close to the India-Bhutan border, the village is about 35 km west of district headquarters Udalguri.Khem Bahadur Bista of the village had allegedly died of alcohol overdose on April 12. But his relatives accused his four sons of murdering him and lodged a complaint with the local police.The police soon arrested Sanjib Bista and his three brothers and sent them to the district jail in Udalguri. The villagers cremated their father’s body.But trouble for the quartet began after they were released on bail a couple of days ago. They, along with their mother Leela Chhetri, were barred from using the village’s water sources or procure any kind of fuel for cooking or any other purpose.The elders also warned the villagers that they would be fined ₹50,000 if found maintaining any contact with the “killer” family.“There are more than 200 families in the village, and almost all are related to one another. We got in touch with the village elders and said such diktats belong to an era long gone. They agreed to a meeting today [Friday] and saw reason in withdrawing the restrictions on Leela Chhetri and her sons,” Somraj Sonar, president of the district AAGSU unit told The Hindu.The villagers accepted the AAGSU’s contention that they should let the court decide whether or not the four sons are guilty of murdering their father. A case against them is pending in the local court.In a signed agreement, the villagers also allowed the four to perform the last rites for their father four months after his death.last_img read more

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Just over 2 years left, intense work at Tokyo stadium site

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At tail end of career, polio victim lifter looks for another fruitful ASEAN Para games stint Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side TOKYO — Tokyo’s main Olympic stadium is starting to take shape as structures of what will become spectator stands are being installed after 10 months of underground foundation work.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With its completion deadline just over two years away, work is intense.Olympic Minister Shunichi Suzuki, during a visit to the site Tuesday, said the construction is proceeding as scheduled, praising the workflow efficiency. He said all possible technology must be mobilized to finish by the November 2019 deadline. Suzuki, however, cautioned that workers should not stockpile overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSuzuki cited the suicide earlier this year of a worker linked to overwork, or “karoshi,” and addressed the concerns about the working environment at the project.The stadium delay was part of Japan’s troubled Olympics preparations, underscoring a widespread lack of cost-control.last_img read more

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NBA, Houston Rockets in Trouble After Latter’s General Manager Tweeted in Support of Hong Kong’s Democracy Protests

first_img basketballChinacontroversyhong kong First Published: October 7, 2019, 6:54 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Tokyo: Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologised to China over a tweet by the team’s general manager backing Hong Kong’s democracy protests that cost the franchise TV exposure and sponsorship in the lucrative Chinese market.The team and the NBA were forced into defensive mode as China’s state broadcaster said it was yanking Rockets games from the air and sponsors abandoned them. The controversy quickly spread across the Pacific, as commentators and even a US presidential candidate rounded on the league for kowtowing to authoritarian Beijing.In Tokyo, where the team is playing two exhibition matches this week, Harden distanced himself from the controversy raging in the NBA’s biggest market outside the US.”We apologise. We love China,” he said, standing alongside fellow Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.”We love playing there. Both of us, we go there once or twice a year. They show us most support so we appreciate them.”The furore comes after general manager Daryl Morey — whose Rockets attracted a huge following in China after signing superstar Yao Ming in 2002 — posted a tweet Friday featuring the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong”.On Monday, he tried to calm the waters.”I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China,” he tweeted.”I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives.””I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention,” Morey added.’GET OUT OF CHINA’Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests.The rallies were ignited by a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, fuelling fears of an erosion of liberties in Hong Kong under the 50-year “one country, two systems” model China agreed before the 1997 handover from Britain.The NBA issued its own statement, saying it recognised Morey’s views “have offended so many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable”.”While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them,” said the statement issued by chief communications officer Mike Bass.But a Chinese-language version of the statement posted on Weibo went further, saying the NBA was “deeply disappointed by the inappropriate remarks”.In the United States, the NBA found itself under fire for its apology, which presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, a Texan, called “an embarrassment”.”The only thing the NBA should be apologizing for is their blatant prioritization of profits over human rights,” he tweeted.Fellow Texan, Senator Ted Cruz weighed in on Twitter, accusing the NBA of “shamefully retreating”.”We’re better than this; human rights shouldn’t be for sale & the NBA shouldn’t be assisting Chinese communist censorship,” he said.But the NBA’s statement also did little to mollify fans in China, with furious comments among the 15,000 responses on Weibo.And Brooklyn Nets owner and Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai issued a lengthy statement warning “the hurt that this incident has caused will take a long time to repair”.’INCORRECT COMMENTS’The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are due to play pre-season games in Shanghai and Shenzhen later this week.Chinese state broadcaster CCTV and Tencent Holdings — which streams NBA games in China — have both said they will halt Rockets broadcasts.Sponsors including sportswear brand Li Ning and the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank also announced they were cutting ties.The moves came after the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) said it would sever ties with the Rockets over Morey’s “incorrect comments”.The Rockets had already tried to distance themselves from the controversy, with owner Tilman Fertitta on Friday writing on Twitter that Morey “does NOT speak for the @HoustonRockets… we are NOT a political organization”.The Rockets are in Japan for two exhibition games and Harden said Monday that remained the team’s focus.”The reason why we’re here in Japan is we got two amazing games tomorrow and Thursday,” he told reporters.”(It’s) an opportunity for fans to come and watch NBA… we’re excited to be here.” last_img read more

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Sponsors hail Maria Sharapova’s reduced ban

first_imgMaria Sharapova’s reduced suspension for a doping violation is set to provide a healthy boost to her bank balance with corporate sponsors reaffirming their commitment to the Russian player.The 29-year-old can return to the court next April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced her two-year ban by nine months on Tuesday.Sharapova’s stunning admission in March that she had tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open, and her subsequent ban by the International Tennis Federation, saw a number of sponsors distance themselves from her.Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer cut ties with the former world number one while Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen AG, was among those to suspend its relationship with the Russian.However, in the wake of Tuesday’s verdict the German luxury carmaker confirmed it would discuss its tie-ups with Sharapova.”We welcome the CAS verdict and are delighted for Maria,” Porsche said in a statement published by Russian news agency TASS.”No contracts have been terminated. We will be discussing a future collaboration over the next days and weeks.”Nike Inc, the world’s biggest sportswear brand, initially suspended its partnership with Sharapova after her admission in March but said it would continue to work with the player after her two-year ban was announced in June.”We are pleased that Maria will be back playing the sport she loves in April and look forward to partnering with her and enjoying her continued success on and off the court,” Nike said in a statement published by ESPN.advertisementMineral water brand Evian and racket maker Head, long-time backers, also released statements hailing the reduction.Head chairman and CEO Johan Eliasch, a robust supporter of Sharapova throughout the scandal, said “justice” had been served.”We are very proud to have stood by Maria for the right reasons throughout these difficult and testing times,” he said in a statement posted on the company’s social media accounts.Five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world’s highest-paid sportswoman, earned $29.7 million last year, according to Forbes magazine, most of it from endorsements, appearances and royalties rather than victories on court.Sponsors’ moves to rekindle their relationships with Sharapova were viewed dimly by some sports fans on social media.”So boss of Head reckons drug taking is fine. Tennis is a mess with sponsors like this!” tweeted David Cooke (@hirsty9).last_img read more

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India may miss Champions trophy squad announcement deadline on April 25

first_imgIndia may miss the April 25th ICC deadline to announce its squad for the Champions trophy which will begin on June 1st.The all important ICC meet to decide on revenue sharing is slated to be held in Dubai on April 26th and the BCCI may want to keep the threat of a pull out from the ICC tournament alive as a bargain tool for negotiations.”There is nothing called deadline in today’s cricket. There is enough time to go for the Champions trophy,” a top BCCI official told India Today.The Supreme Court appointed Committee of administrators (CAO) however are against any such move to blackmail ICC with Indian team withdrawal to aid it’s objective of retaining a larger revenue share from ICC income.The BCCI SGM convened recently also fell short of empowering BCCI’s acting Secretary who would represent BCCI, Amitabh Choudhary to take the extreme step of withdrawal.”All I can say is I will go by the advise given to me by BCCI’s general body,” Amitabh Choudhary who has already reached Dubai for negotiations told India Today.  The delay in Indian team announcement however does add intrigue to the power struggle amongst ICC full member nations ahead of the meeting.last_img read more

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Neymar would never be left out of Brazil squad – Tite

first_imgBrazil coach Tite says star player Neymar would never be left out of one of his squads as long as he was fit to feature.Neymar was not involved for Paris Saint-Germain in their opening Ligue 1 fixture of the season against Nimes as speculation continues over his future.Barcelona have long been linked with a move for their former forward, with reports this week claiming PSG have turned down a bid from the Catalan giants, as well as their La Liga rivals Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG paid a world record €222 million (£203m/$246m) to sign Neymar from Barca in 2017 but his time in Paris has been blighted by injuries while team-mate Kylian Mbappe has become a key figure for Thomas Tuchel’s side.Neymar suffered a blow at the end of last season when, after recovering from a foot problem, he sustained an ankle injury which kept him out of the Copa America – a tournament Brazil won on home soil in his absence.But the 27-year-old, whose injury has “completely healed” according to PSG sporting director Leonardo , features in Tite’s squad for September friendlies against Colombia and Copa America finalists Peru.And the Brazil head coach claims there was not really a doubt over that, so long as the attacker is healthy enough to feature. “What I will say is that, concerning to a player with such a level and quality as Neymar, we would never leave him out of this group,” Tite told a news conference on Friday.”We talked about three aspects that we can make public, not all the conversation but these things we can. Firstly, his moment and how he felt. He said he was happy, feeling okay and he had been working normally.”I asked about his emotional situation because this influences the athlete’s performance. He said he was calm, that he knew things were taking their way and that he was waiting for PSG to give a definition of his situation.”The third aspect we talked about was how he felt about playing before our matches, because there’s an optimal time to play as long as he’s available.”Philippe Coutinho was reportedly included in Barca’s offer to PSG for Neymar, and though the playmaker has struggled to cement a place at Camp Nou, Tite is confident he will soon rediscover his best form for club and country.”He’s had highs and lows,” Tite added. “He started the Copa America, more precisely the first two matches, being the star of it.”And then he drops a bit, but gets back to his level. He’s a great player and hopefully he’ll get back to that pattern from Liverpool.”But it’s normal, sometimes, when you change clubs. I’m sure that getting back to his former level is his goal and ours too.”last_img read more

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Lerwick Harbour Meets Expectations

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定center_img zoom The U.K.’s Lerwick Harbour, a gateway to Shetland communities and industries, has improved its statistics in passenger traffic, cargo handled and fish landed in 2014.Passengers were up 11.8% to 179,352, with numbers on the roll-on/roll-off nightly ferries between the port and Kirkwall and Aberdeen increased by 2% to 135,629 compared with the previous year. A recovery in cruise traffic saw passengers up by 64% to 43,723.The tonnage of all cargo shipments increased 2% to 1,192,286 tonnes. Fish landings totalled 69,973 tonnes, up 4.7% on volume but down 2.4% on value.Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive Sandra Laurenson said: ”Overall levels were as predicted and the year ended on forecast, underpinning our financial performance and confidence in the continuing development of the port. The 52 cruise ships booked this year are ahead of 2013 which was a record year for passengers. Increases in some key fishing quotas should mean higher landings. Continuing project support, especially for subsea development in the Atlantic, will help shield the port from the drop in the oil price, with the sector a significant area of our activity for the foreseeable future.”There were 5,078 vessel arrivals in 2014, down 6% – due mainly to fewer fishing boats, with the overall tonnage down 7% to 12.2 million gross tonnes compared to 2013 when shipments of rock to cover an offshore pipeline boosted figures.A record tonnage of vessels was handled by the Authority’s pilots – 10.5 million gross tonnes, up 3.8%, reflecting the larger vessels using the port, although the number of piloted movements were down 5.6% at 1,418.last_img read more

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UK Selects McLaughlin Harvey for 2nd Phase of Liverpool2

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Peel Ports UK-based company McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded the contract to deliver the next phase of development at the Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal.The multi-million project includes the addition of ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore cranes (STS). The STS cranes are scheduled to arrive in November 2019 with the overall project expected to be completed during 2021. Detailed design and preparatory civil works have already commenced.There will also be additional reefer points installed to allow the terminal to handle greater quantities of refrigerated containers at the Port of Liverpool.Opened in November 2016, Liverpool2 is a GBP 400 million (USD 498.3 million) investment that provides an ocean gateway for international trade to and from the UK. The deepwater facility is capable of accommodating the world’s largest container vessels.“Since originally announcing our expansion plans we have gone on to secure some of the world’s major shipping lines as customers at the Port of Liverpool,” Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said.“That, and our growing customer base, is a vote of confidence in the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and Liverpool as a major port for global trade. We look forward to working with the team at McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver the next phase that will provide even more capacity to help meet growing demand,” Whitworth added.last_img read more

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PM Shah meet to give final shape to ministry selected ministers to

first_imgNew Delhi: Ministers selected for oath of office will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 4.30 on Thursday, shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, sources said. Earlier in the morning, the prime minister held a final round of consultations with BJP president Amit Shah to give shape to his council of ministers before sending the list to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Capping a landslide election victory, Modi will take oath along with his new council of ministers at 7 pm. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist As the party geared up for the celebrations, Shah’s Akbar Road residence was decked up. BJP general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal was among those who met Shah at his residence. Modi and Shah have held several rounds of discussions in the last two days ahead of government formation. Shah, the architect of BJP’s victory of 303 seats in the Lok Sabha, is believed to be among those who will join the Modi cabinet and is tipped to get either Home or Finance, sources said. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Other senior party leaders such as Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani are also likely to join the second Modi government after being its members in its first avatar. The others tipped to get a ministerial berth include Sadananda Gowda, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jayant Sinha, Giriraj Singh, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Thawarchand Gehlot, Dilip Ghosh, Jitendra Singh and Purshottam Rupala. Among some of the new faces that are likely to be inducted include Prahlad Patel from Madhya Pradesh, Kailash Chowdhry from Rajasthan, Krishna Reddy from Telangana and Suresh Angedi from Karnataka and Raosaheb Danve from Maharashtra. Sources said Modi government 2.0 is likely to showcase the party’s newfound strength in different regions. BJP allies like Shiv Sena, JD(U), AIADMK, LJP, Akali Dal and Apna Dal are set to be represented in the government. Each NDA ally is likely to get one cabinet berth, sources said. The Shiv Sena has confirmed its leader Arvind Sawant, who defeated Congress heavyweight Milind Deora from Mumbai, will be its nominee in the council of ministers. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Badal, who was Food Processing minister in the earlier government, will be in the new council of ministers as well, sources said. The Lok Janshakti Party has already passed a resolution recommending its president Ram Vilas Paswan as the party’s representative in the Modi government. The Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel is likely to be in the council of ministers. The JD-U is likely to nominate either Ram Nath Thakur or Santosh Kushwaha, sources said. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision to opt out on health grounds has fuelled speculation about who will get his coveted portfolio. Railway Minister Goyal, who filled in for Jaitley and presented the populist pre-election budget, is being seen as a key contender. The BJP has refrained from making any official comment about the likely members of the government, with its leaders asserting that it is the prime minister’s prerogative. The swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is expected to be grand affair with about 8,000 guests, including leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, chief ministers, corporate honchos and film stars, watching as President Ram Nath Kovind administers the oath of office and secrecy to 68-year-old Modi and his ministerial colleagues.last_img read more

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Halifax medical student accused of murder was deeply in debt trial told

first_imgHALIFAX – Medical student William Sandeson was deeply in debt and under pressure from his parents about his spending in the weeks before he allegedly murdered another student during a drug deal, a Halifax jury heard Wednesday.A Truro CIBC bank manager said Sandeson owed $73,000 on a $200,000 line of credit in July, 2015.“It was to allow Mr. Sandeson to go to medical school,” Adam Hayden told Nova Scotia Supreme Court.Gilles Marchand, an RCMP forensic analyst who pulled texts off the Dalhousie University student’s cellphone, testified that Sandeson’s father told him in July that his mother was worried about his spending.“Lori (Sandeson’s mother) got mail today and she is mad over the credit line,” a text from his father said.“Well she has no need to be,” Sandeson replied. “It will be paid this September.”Sandeson, 24, is accused of murdering physics student Taylor Samson, 22, during a drug deal on Aug. 15, 2015, where the alleged victim was to sell Sandeson 20 pounds of marijuana for $40,000. Samson’s body has never been found.According to other text messages retrieved by Marchand, Sandeson texted his father on Aug. 16: “I think I will be home Tuesday to drop off junk from Halifax.”The trial heard DNA was recovered from a bullet, gun, tarp, duffel bag and other items seized from Sandeson’s Henry Street apartment in Halifax and his family’s farm in Truro.Florence Celestin, an Ottawa-based DNA specialist, said swabs from a 9mm pistol found in a safe in Sandeson’s apartment matched Samson’s DNA profile.DNA retrieved from the trigger and grip of the gun had three different DNA profiles, one too small to test and one matching Samson. The other has yet to be identified, said Celestin.Samson’s DNA was also on a bullet lodged into a window frame, pieces of kitchen flooring, and a table and chair, said Celestin.Witnesses earlier in the trial testified they heard a loud gunshot from Sandeson’s apartment, and saw a man covered in blood slumped over in a chair as Sandeson ran around saying, “I gotta clean up.”Celestin said Samson’s DNA was inside a big black duffel bag and blue tarp recovered from the Sandeson farm. She added that DNA was found on the strap and handles of the duffel bag, as well as on a garbage bag found with the bag.Police investigators testified last week that the items were inside an abandoned ice cream truck on the farm.Defence lawyer Eugene Tan questioned Celestin on potential contamination, after the lab report revealed there was a spill during the analyzing of the DNA samples.Celestin said that samples were checked and technicians confirmed they had not been contaminated in any way.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly spelled the name Florence Celestin.last_img read more

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Eurozone industry output shrinks stokes talk of recession

BRUSSELS — Official figures show that industry across the 19-country eurozone endured in 2018 its worst year since the recession after the global financial crisis, with a broad-based slowdown across countries and sectors.Statistics agency Eurostat said Wednesday that industrial output in the single currency bloc was 4.2 per cent lower in December than the year before. That’s the worst performance since November 2009.The figure was weighed down by a bigger than expected month-on-month decline. In December, output was down 0.9 per cent against expectations for a 0.4 per cent fall.The news could ratchet up expectations that eurozone growth in the fourth quarter may be revised down from a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent.Andrew Kenningham, chief European economist at Capital Economics, said the “risk of an outright recession has clearly risen.”The Associated Press read more

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Kraft expects 4Q adj profit to top Street view anticipates lower revenue

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anne D’Innocenzio And Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2013 3:21 pm MDT Kraft expects 4Q adj. profit to top Street view, anticipates lower revenue; ups 2013 outlook NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Kraft Foods expects to report adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter that is above analysts’ current estimates and raised its earnings forecast for this year.But the company behind brands such as Oscar Mayer and Miracle Whip also said it expects a decline in fourth-quarter revenue compared with a year ago.“The fourth quarter was one of real progress and some significant disappointment,” Kraft CEO Tony Vernon told investors during a conference call Friday. “We made great strides in productivity, profit, and cash, but we really missed our topline.”But Vernon noted he feels good about the solid financial foundation for the future of the “new Kraft.”The outlook comes as Kraft, based in Northfield, Ill., looks to redefine itself after splitting last year from its global snack foods business called Mondelez International Inc. Mondelez has brands including Oreo and Nabisco.The split was intended to allow each of the companies to focus on a more targeted portfolio of products, thus accelerating growth. As part of Kraft’s strategy, it’s working to clean up the company’s lineup of less-profitable product extensions and revitalize languishing brands like Jell-O by betting on innovations.Kraft anticipates quarterly earnings of about 15 cents per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect earnings of 23 cents per share but usually exclude unusual items from the comparison.The company said its earnings estimate of 15 cents included charges of approximately 24 cents per share related to its pension fund strategy, about 14 cents per share in restructuring charges and 4 cents per share in unrealized losses from hedging activities.If those charges were excluded, adjusted earnings would be 57 cents per share and easily beat Wall Street estimates.Kraft said revenue is expected to drop 10.7 per cent to $4.49 billion in the fourth quarter from an adjusted total of $5.03 billion a year ago. Wall Street expected revenue of $4.75 billion.The company said the decline is due in part to the prior-year period having an extra week of sales. The year-ago quarter also included revenue from products that are now owned by Mondelez as well as product pruning.But Vernon also noted that sales were also hurt because competitors offered lower prices in certain categories to lure financially strapped mothers. The company said one competitor pushed lower prices of its cold cuts and that hurt sales of the Kraft’s Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables. Lunchables are box-style lunch combinations like ham and cheddar cheese. In another case, Vernon said Kraft dealt with price competition for its macaroni and cheese products by stepping up its advertising.“These are the choices we make as we roll out this playbook,” said Vernon. “In hindset, I regret not responding on cold cuts exactly the way we responded on Mac & Cheese.”For 2013, Kraft now expects earnings of about $2.75 per share, up from approximately $2.60 per share. Analysts expected $2.66 per share.Kraft said its full-year restructuring costs are now anticipated to be about $300 million, up from its prior forecast of approximately $240 million.The company said it is implementing a four-part strategy to help better manage and lower the volatility of expenses and cash outlays related to its pension fund obligations. As part of this strategy, Kraft said that it will make a pension contribution of about $600 million in 2013. It anticipates level, annual pension contributions of about $225 million after that time. The company said that it expect the 2013 pension contribution to be funded with available cash. Future contributions are expected to be funded through cash flow from operations.Kraft will report its final fourth-quarter and full-year results by March 29.Its shares slipped 6 cents to $47.10 in afternoon trading. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,630.72, up 4.48 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 20 cents, or 5.46 per cent, to $3.86 on 9.1-million shares.Telesta Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:TST). Health care. Up 0.25 of a cent, or 1.85 per cent, to 13.75 cents on 6.9-million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down three cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $5.76 on 5.9-million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 24 cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $10.84 on 5.6-million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.08 per cent, to $12.80 on 5.3-million shares.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Publishing. Down two cents, or 1.38 per cent, to $1.43 on 5.3-million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM). Bank. Up $1.28, or 1.25 per cent, to $103.28 on 2.8-million shares. CIBC reported that its quarterly profit climbed nearly 50 per cent from a year ago to $1.44 billion, although much of the jump came from the sale of its minority stake in American Century Investments. Without the gains from the sale, the bank says its profit was up eight per cent to $1.07 billion from $990 million.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down six cents, or 0.10 per cent, to $57.50 on three-million shares. TD Bank saw its third-quarter profit rise four per cent from a year ago to $2.36 billion, partly thanks to strong earnings from its U.S. retail banking operations. That’s compared to the $2.27 billion the bank earned during the same quarter last year. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2016 2:48 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2016 at 4:52 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

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More pensioners caught drinkdriving because they think they can still drive safely

first_img“They are called the hard core – a cross-over group that includes elderly drink drivers and others from all age groups.”Hard core older drink drivers will have developed bad habits over years, probably got away with it in the past and believe they can still drive safely when half-cut.”Drink-driving can result in three months’ imprisonment, a £2,500 fine or a driving ban. He added that the figures suggested that “morning-after” enforcement designed to catch drinkers going to work still drunk was not working.”What is surprising is that, with more of the enforcement done the morning after to catch the home boozers, the number of elderly drivers caught has gone up. “With less likelihood of retirees needing to get up early to go to work, the chances of getting caught at that time of day must be lower,” he said. More elderly people are getting caught for drink-driving because they believe they can still drive safely when drunk. New figures suggest that pensioners are still getting behind the wheel after a drink – while teenagers are less likely to risk it. The number of under-19s caught drunk at the wheel has plummeted over ten years while the number of over-65s has risen.Data released by the Ministry of Justice following a Freedom of Information request shows that 1,436 under-19s were caught drink-driving in 2015, compared to 6,744 in 2005. The overall number of people convicted of drink driving has fallen from 84,540 in 2005 to 45,970 in 2015. But pensioners have bucked the trend, with the number of over-65s convicted of the offence rising from 1,295 in 2005 to 1,435 in 2015. However, just three over-65s have been convicted of causing death by careless driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs in the past ten years.Accidents involving drivers who had been drinking also fell over the same period, from 10,080 in 2005 to 5,740, according to separate figures from the Department for Transport, with the number of fatal accidents falling from 470 to 180.Expensive alcohol means young people are less likely to be driving home drunk from bars and clubs, according to a spokesman for the AA.  He added that older drivers have a misguided view that they can still drive well after having had a drink.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He said: “For the younger drivers, the cost of alcohol in pubs and nightspots will have put downward pressure on drink-drive statistics in their age group.”However, there is a need for targeted policing of places with late night drinking. “Although the majority will heed the warnings, it is the minority who flout the law and still pose a high risk.last_img read more

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Amazon customer stunned as parcel thrown through upstairs window

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I opened the door, and on the mat was the delivery note saying he had put it through the open window.”I was baffled as all the downstairs ones were closed. The only open one was the upstairs spare room. I went upstairs and sure enough, there on the floor was the box.”Fortunately, it was very well padded and the bulbs weren’t damaged. So I just found the whole thing hilarious. But if they’d been broken, I might have felt differently.”The mum-of-two, who runs the Sunshine and Light yoga class in her home village, added: “The package could also have ended up on the roof, or anywhere.”And it could have hit a child in the room, or a pet. It wasn’t particularly heavy, but if it had hit a newborn baby in a cot, for example, it wouldn’t have done it much good.”I just found it very weird. The driver ticked the ‘we left it in the safe place you told us about’ box – but that certainly isn’t an open window ten feet in the air.”An Amazon spokesman said: “We have very high standards for our delivery partners and expect every package to be handled with care.” An Amazon customer was left stunned after a delivery driver hurled a box of lightbulbs through an upstairs window while she was out.Claudine McLaren returned home on Monday to find a note saying the parcel had been ‘left in the safe place you told us about’.The driver added it had been ‘put through an open window’ on the ‘sorry we missed you’ card.Claudine said she thought the message was strange, as all the downstairs windows were closed, but found the box of £9.99 LED lightbulbs on the floor of her spare bedroom.The 43-year-old yoga teacher said: “I was absolutely amazed.”The window is over 10 feet in the air, and there is no evidence he used a ladder. And there is nothing to stand on. He must have just stood on the pavement outside and chucked it through the window.”I’m surprised he managed to get it in. The window isn’t much bigger than the box itself. He must have been very confident in his own ability to do it. My mum thinks he must be a cricketer or something.”Ms Claudine, of Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leics, added: “I receive quite a lot of packages from Amazon, and if I’m not in the driver usually leaves them around the back in the garden. read more

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Poll Should the European Union have won the Nobel prize

first_imgMANY EYEBROWS were raised yesterday when it was announced that the European Union had been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, for its work in seeing historical enemies “become close partners”.The citation from the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the EU had helped to eliminate the barriers between east and west Europe, and virtually guaranteed that there would be no further wars between the major military powers of Western Europe.At the same time, though, the EU is facing what many see as the greatest threat to the European project – the debt crisis which has seen major social unrest in many European countries and threatens to create a two-tier Europe, undermining the EU’s broader goals.Though the EU has done plenty to avert the threat of military conflict between its members and in the wider world, for some its popularity has never been lower. So – should the European Union have won the Nobel Peace Prize? Poll Results: Yes (463) YesNoI’m not sureVoteRead: European Union awarded 2012 Nobel Peace PrizeMore: So, how are you going to spend your share of the Nobel prize?center_img No (1143) I’m not sure (671)last_img read more

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Jamaica to cement place as Global Conference Destination

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 2, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29.   The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at a media briefing at the office of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce on October 31, Mr. Bartlett said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.   Mr. Bartlett said the level of collaboration for the conference underpins its value, quality and uniqueness, as this will be the first that “everyone involved in tourism in a global perspective will be here in Jamaica and involved in discussing, deliberating and finalising a UN Declaration”.“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.The Minister said the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come on an annual basis to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.   Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Mr. Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”.These deliberations, he pointed out, will focus on bringing ideas and capital together to create products and to build out a strategy for stimulating economic growth and job creation during the event, which is to be held under the theme ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’.“It is the first time in the history of tourism activities that these elements are coming together to discuss the future of tourism,” the Minister explained.Mr. Bartlett encouraged Jamaicans to register to attend the conference via the UNWTO website.   He also said the Ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models.The Minister said the second plenary session will examine the direct contributions of tourism enterprises to the development of destinations, so that new and emerging small and medium tourism enterprises and large companies can “focus on their bottom line”.The third session, he noted, will see the multilateral development banks and their clients pairing up to explore instruments, approaches and requirements for financing large- and small-scale tourism developments, while the fourth will examine donor-funded programmes that demonstrate balanced growth with environmental sustainability and social inclusion.   This will be followed by the presentation of the Draft Declaration of Montego Bay, which will be completed by the Scientific Committee during the conference.Among the confirmed speakers at the conference are Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina; and UNWTO Secretary-General, His Excellency Taleb Rifai.Conference collaborators include the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO); the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA); private international development company, Chemonics International; and the George Washington University of the United States.The conference is also sponsored by some major international entities, including Airbnb, CNN, American Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as Jamaican companies such as the Sandals Group, Chukka Caribbean, MBJ Airports, CariMed, Red Stripe, and the Jamaica National Group.Hotel partners include Iberostar Hotels, Hyatt Ziva, Hilton Rose Hall, Jewel Grand, Holiday Inn, Zoetry and the Half Moon Hotel.last_img read more

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Court hears 2 cases against President Trumps plan for border wall

first_img May 17, 2019 AP AP, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to build a wall on the Mexico border with billions of dollars secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts.On Friday, a federal judge in Oakland heard arguments in two lawsuits seeking to block the White House from spending money from the Defense and Treasury departments for the project.California and 19 other states brought one lawsuit; the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed the other.The plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. to block the shifting of funds and construction on the wall. They want a quick decision, arguing that some of the Pentagon-funded projects could begin in eight days.Gilliam said he will issue a decision next week.President Donald Trump visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., Friday April 5, 2019. Gloria Chavez with the U.S. Border Patrol, center, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)In another case, a federal judge in Washington on Thursday will consider a bid by the House to prevent Trump from spending any Defense Department money for a border wall.At stake is billions of dollars that would allow Trump to make major progress on his signature campaign promise heading into his campaign for a second term.The president’s adversaries say the emergency declaration was an illegal attempt to ignore Congress, which authorized far less wall spending than Trump wanted.Trump grudgingly accepted congressional approval of $1.375 billion to end a 35-day government shutdown on Feb. 15 and declared the emergency in almost the same breath. The White House says it has identified up to $8.1 billion that it could spend on the project.Trump’s actions “amount to a usurpation of Congress’ legislative powers in violation of bedrock separation of powers principles embedded in the Constitution,” the state attorneys general wrote.The administration argues that Trump is protecting national security as unprecedented numbers of Central American asylum-seeking families arrive at the U.S. border.“The increasing surge of migrants, the highest in over a decade, has placed a tremendous strain on the limited resources of the Department of Homeland Security and exacerbated the risks to border security, public safety, and the safety of the migrants themselves,” the Justice Department said in a court filing.The courtroom showdowns come amid a flurry of activity to accelerate wall construction.Kenneth Rapuano, an assistant secretary of defense, said in a court filing last month that work on the highest-priority, Pentagon-funded projects could begin as soon as May 25.The Defense Department transferred $1 billion to border wall coffers in March and another $1.5 billion last week. Patrick Shanahan, acting defense secretary, may decide as soon as Wednesday whether to transfer an additional $3.6 billion.Last month, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $789 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, to replace 46 miles (74 kilometers) of barrier in New Mexico, paid for by Pentagon funds.On Wednesday, Barnard Construction Co. of Bozeman, Montana, won a $141.8 million contract to replace 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma and 15 miles (24 kilometers) in the El Centro, California, sector.Southwest Valley Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a $646 million contract to replace 63 miles (101 kilometers) in the Tucson, Arizona, sector. All of those projects are funded by the Defense Department, with construction expected to begin in as little as 45 days.Also this week, the Department of Homeland Security waived environmental impact and other reviews to replace sections of wall in California and Arizona under a law that gives the secretary sweeping powers to spec construction.The environmental waivers cover a 15-mile (24-kilometer) replacement in El Centro that is funded by the Homeland Security Department’s 2018 appropriations and was awarded in a contract to SLSCO last year. The administration said construction could begin on that project as early as Saturday.Aside from California, states participating in the legal challenge are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.___Spagat reported from San Diego. Court hears 2 cases against President Trump’s plan for border wall Posted: May 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Donald Trump, Immigration Updated: 3:41 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Marvels top woman exec on why Captain Marvel Black Widow are just

first_img Share your voice 17 It’s the trickle-down effect that you have to have at every level, which means people have to have access at every level. And we find that sometimes it’s easier to have a diverse group at a lower level because you can teach them. You can find people that don’t have experience and give them the chance. And then hopefully, those people will continue to grow and will continue to be at the helms. But it just takes time. For many of us, it’s something that we’ve been trying to do for a long, long time. Maybe it’s not every single person, but there is a large majority of people paying attention to it and realizing how important it is. What can you tell me about Captain Marvel and Black Widow?Those two are two of my favorite characters, and hopefully, for Halloween, my daughter will ask me to have two of those outfits and I will make sure she looks pretty awesome. They’re gonna be big movies … and we’re gonna put every single ounce of what we have to make sure that they’re as good as they need to be, so every little girl out there can feel represented.  Becoming a Marvel woman through cosplay, and getting paid for it 26 Photos Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 15 Photos Is Hollywood shifting in that same direction?Things are slowly changing. I see the commitment in conversations and at the upper echelons of a lot of institutions, whether the studios, the Academy, the unions. And the commitment of all of those people to try to make a change, and also to make it at every level. Because it’s not as simple as I’ll hire a female director. Well, that’s just not a diverse group, that’s just a female director. Now you have to have a crew that is diverse. If people don’t have the experience to be able to support that director, that director may not succeed. Comments Tagscenter_img If you’ve seen Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Doctor Strange or any other of a number of MCU movies, you’ve seen films with Victoria Alonso’s stamp all over them. And yes, she’s also working on the much anticipated Avengers: Endgame.Victoria Alonso at the 15th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards in 2017. Amanda Edwards/WireImage She’s been described as “part of the holy trinity that runs Hollywood’s most successful superhero label,” along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito. She’s basically No. 3 at Marvel — and one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood.The native of Argentina moved to the US at only 19. She started her career as a production assistant and then worked in production at Sony, DreamWorks, Fox and Paramount. She’s held executive positions at Marvel since 2006.In 2016, she was the first woman to receive the Advanced Imaging Society’s Harold Lloyd Award, which recognized her achievements as a storyteller whose body of work embraces technology. In 2017, Alonso got a Visual Effects Society’s Visionary Award in recognition of her contributions to visual arts and filmed entertainment.Alonso was bobbing in and out of morning LA traffic when I caught up with her to talk about the studio’s commitment to female representation in front of and behind the camera. I also asked her what took the studio so long to get a woman in the director’s seat. Here is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation.  Powerful women of the Marvel universe The last time we spoke you talked about the responsibility you felt as EVP of production at Marvel. You pointed out the many Black Panther department heads who were female, such as Ruth Carter in costumes or Hannah Beachler at production design. Do you still feel the same responsibility?Black Panther had 14 heads of department who were female and multicolored. But the responsibility continues to be the same. Just because you do it once, it doesn’t go away. It’s every day, every movie, every team. The idea is to try to have 50 percent male, 50 percent female. Just because you have one triumph, it doesn’t mean you’re done. You have to hopefully triumph 50 percent of the time. And I’m not the only one that has the ability to do that. Everyone has the capacity to create balance.You’ve said Marvel movies are for everyone but you made Black Panther and Captain Marvel specifically for your 8-year-old daughter.My daughter lives in a world that is multicolored. I think when her African American friends know her mom made Black Panther … that has been a huge moment of pride in our family, and joy. Then my daughter called me a change maker, which was pretty amazing.We have very few superheroes that are female. Having my daughter going as the Wasp for Halloween was pretty amazing. I think children should have a choice. And sometimes we are lucky enough to be the ones that create the choices for them.Did you ever feel like you were treated differently in your profession because you’re a woman?I don’t know that I’m treated differently because I don’t know me in any other way. I just every day concentrate on doing the best I can with all of the access that I have, and it’s such a privilege to do it as a woman. I always consistently talk about all of the things that I am, instead of talking about the things that I am not. I am not a man and I’m OK with that.victoriaalonsoironman3Victoria Alonso and Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3. Marvel How do you see mentorship as a way to foster other’s careers?I don’t have anyone in particular that has been ushering my career per se. But I think that mentorship takes many, many faces. Sometimes it’s knowing that you have the access to call someone to bounce an idea off of at a very important time in your life. It could be someone that’s there for you your entire life, or someone who is there for a phone call. I do that, I would say weekly, for people. I’ve been very open about the fact that for as long as I can, I will continue to be accessible to the generations that are having difficult decisions to make. I can objectively try to help without wanting to gain anything from it.Captain Marvel is co-directed by Anna Boden. But it took Marvel 20 movies prior to that one to have a woman in the director’s seat. Why?I don’t know that I have the answer to why it took so long. I think it took as long as it needed to take. I think that we go for who we think are the best fit for that particular content, and again I think we’re incredibly committed to the balance of 50/50. And it’s not just behind the camera, it’s at the helm, it’s in front of the camera.women-of-the-marvel-universe-promo-art-with-logoClick for more on the women who make Marvel run. And Cate Shortland will direct Black Widow. Is this a hint to how things are going to change at Marvel going forward?I think it’s a commitment of what’s to come. We are determined to have more female directors. We are determined to have more heads of departments that are female and we are determined to have more balance in our characters so that everyone could be represented.We have a pretty intricate world that we create and the right person has to be able to tell the story. For the same reason why it did take that long to have Ryan Coogler (director of Black Panther) come to our world. Or Taika Waititi (director of Thor: Ragnarok). They’re men of color. So everything takes time, but it’s really about the right person for the project, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are both the right people for Captain Marvel.You were talking about this 50/50 female/male representation. Are age, background, ethnicity also being considered?Of course. We are trying to make sure that everybody — and when I say everybody, I put every single denomination, every diverse group, every type of human — is represented. Slowly but surely that’s showing some improvements. Now playing: Watch this: 18:39 3:04 Why we love the women of Marvel TV and Movies Women of Marvel Marvellast_img read more

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CWC will meet after Parliament session Randeep Surjewala

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet after the current session of Parliament, the party said on Thursday as speculation deepens about who will take Rahul Gandhi’s place as president. Gandhi was very much a part of the meeting and would attend, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. “The CWC will meet after the current session of Parliament, but a date for the same has not been finalised yet,” he said. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Surjewala was speaking to reporters after a meeting of Congress general secretaries and leaders in-charge of various states. The meeting discussed preparations for the 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi later this month. The Congress plans to hold a big political event to commemorate the event.last_img read more

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