We had reported how if one has got an Indian passport issued or renewed in the year 2018, would face issues in travelling to Germany since Germany was refusing to accept the newer passports because of the manner in which the passport number was punched through all the pages. Read it at Opindia Related Items
With electioneering reaching its peak, the TRS NRI wing continues to strengthen itself across the world, opening two new chapters at Uganda and Botswana taking total number of TRS NRI wing chapters to 35. TRS NRI wing coordinator, Mahesh Bigala, who is busy with poll campaign in the State, formally opened them via video conference.Read it at Telangana Today Related Items
For the past year or so, observers have been remarking on just how dysfunctional the United Progressive Alliance government has become. It has been hit by a succession of corruption charges and, more recently, its supreme leader, Sonia Gandhi, has gone through a serious illness.As a result, all that it has been able to do is to undertake fire-fighting operations where, to the consternation of their well wishers, they have actually ended up adding fuel to the fire, as in the case of the handling of the Anna Hazare and Swami Ramdev incidents.But of late, there is something more distressing happening- an unrestrained free for all among senior party functionaries and government ministers.The most serious “war”, that between P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee, can only be detected in its undercurrents. There is the matter of the note on the former’s failure to stop the 2G licence sale in January 2008 which is in the news these days.Earlier, there was the curious episode of the discovery of some adhesive substance which may have held listening devices and the letter of protest sent, not to the Home Ministry, which may have known something about the issue, but to the Prime Minister.On Friday Congress party general secretary Digvijay Singh made an extensive critique of the country’s handling of its internal security challenges, wondering, tongue in cheek perhaps, as to who was in- charge of the country’s internal security system.There are a host of smaller public spats- Jairam Ramesh questioning the Montek Singh Ahluwalia- led Planning Commission’s definition of poverty, Mani Shankar Aiyar picking quarrels with Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken and Mr Ahluwalia and Salman Khurshid taking issue over the minority status of Jamia Millia with Kapil Sibal.advertisement
PRAGUE – World pole vault champion Costas Filippidis set a season best 5.75 meters at the European Indoor Championships here, but finished fifth.His best was woefully short as the competition rose over him in an event won by the favorite, Renaud Lavillenie of France with 6.04 meters, followed closely by three other jumpers.Filippidis failed in his first attempt at 5.45 meters to go but then successfully made other heights up to 5.75 meters. He couldn’t make 5.8 meters.High-jumper Antonis Mastoras did better, jumping 2.28 meters on his first attempt to get into the final, along with Cypriot Kyriakos Ioannou, the 2009 silver medalist.Georgia Kokloni and Makis Stergioulis were disqualified from their heat at the 60 meters dash.TweetPinShare0 Shares
PARIS — Former UEFA president Michel Platini denied wrongdoing during police questioning Tuesday following his arrest as part of a corruption probe into the vote that gave the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.Confirming a report by online news publication Mediapart, a judicial official told The Associated Press that Platini was placed in custody when he was summoned at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police outside Paris. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.Platini, a former France soccer great, can either be released or formally charged after questioning ends.Platini’s communications team said he was also quizzed on the awarding of the 2016 European Championship to France, adding that he was “absolutely confident in the future” and has “strictly nothing to reproach himself with.”“Michel Platini expresses himself serenely and precisely, answering all the questions, including those on the conditions for the awarding of the 2016 Euro, and has provided useful explanations,” the statement said.Also detained Tuesday was Sophie Dion, a former sports adviser of Nicolas Sarkozy when he was French president, the judicial official said. Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee under Sarkozy, was heard as a witness and not detained.Platini’s lawyer, William Bourdon, said the former Juventus playmaker was also questioned as a witness and placed in custody only for “technical reasons.”French financial prosecutors have been investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and previously questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter. France’s financial prosecutor services opened the investigation on grounds of private corruption, criminal association, influence peddling and benefiting from influence peddling relating to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which were awarded to Russia and Qatar, respectively.FIFA said it is aware of Platini’s situation but declined to comment further on his case.Platini’s lawyer and adviser did not immediately answer messages from The Associated Press seeking comments.Much intrigue has centered on Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar.Blatter, who was FIFA president at the time of the vote in 2010, blamed Platini for backing out of a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to award the 2022 tournament to the United States.Platini told the AP in 2015 that he “might have told” American officials that he would vote for the United States bid. However, he changed his mind after a November 2010 meeting, hosted by then-President Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence in Paris and Qatar’s crown prince, now Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.Platini has long insisted that the meeting did not influence his vote for Qatar less than two weeks later.“Sarkozy never asked me to vote for Qatar, but I knew what would be good,” he told the AP in 2015.But Blatter claimed in a 2015 interview with the Financial Times that Platini told him ahead of the World Cup vote: “I am no longer in your picture because I have been told by the head of state that we should consider the situation of France.”Both Platini and Blatter were toppled from their positions of power at the top of soccer in 2015. Platini was banned by FIFA for financial misconduct in relation to a $2 million payment authorized by Blatter — a suspension due to expire in October.Qatar’s methods to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time have been subject to investigations by FIFA. American attorney Michael Garcia found that some of Qatar’s conduct “may not have met the standards” required by FIFA but concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”By: John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
A fire destroyed a two-story farm house early Sunday evening on County Road C-16, about 14 miles northwest of Le Mars. Firefighters from Le Mars and four other area fire departments had to contend with strong southerly winds that helped drive the fire from a breeze way into the main portion of the home. The home owners, Melvin Plueger and his wife, were able to safely escape the burning structure. Fire officials are investigating to determine what may have caused the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.
Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to referee a major UEFA men’s match when she takes charge of the Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.UEFA have confirmed Frappart, who refereed the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon, will officiate the clash between the Champions League and Europa League winners in Istanbul on August 14.Frappart will lead a team made up of predominantly female officials in the European season’s curtain-raiser, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland appointed as her assistant referees. 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? UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes Frappart’s appointment represents another significant step forward for women’s football.”I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stephanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neal,” Ceferin said.”As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stephanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”At the 2019 #SuperCup in Istanbul, a female official will take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition event for the first time ever.Huge congratulations to Stéphanie Frappart and her predominantly female team of officials on the appointment https://t.co/KHrJiRAY7Q— UEFA (@UEFA) August 2, 2019Frappart previously became the first female official to take charge of a Ligue 1 match when she oversaw a fixture between Amiens and Strasbourg in April, and the 35-year-old will join the pool of referee’s for France’s top flight in 2019-20.Nicole Petignat has refereed in a UEFA men’s competition before Frappart, though they were not major games, with the Swiss official having taken charge of three qualification games for the Europa League between 2004 and 2009.Frappart will have the help of VAR during the Super Cup, with male compatriot Clement Turpin set to be the video official. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive is far behind its goal this year, but it’s not too late to give.Dan Miller of the The Salvation Army in Hamilton joined us live on News Now Midday.
Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) defends Penn State freshman guard Shep Garner during a Feb. 11 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerMost top-tier basketball teams have the luxury of coming home to a state of the art locker room nowadays.While the same can be said for the Ohio State men’s basketball team as they return home after suffering back-to-back road losses, the Nebraska Cornhuskers haven’t seen their lockers in days.After a 74-46 drubbing from Iowa on Sunday, Nebraska coach Tim Miles banned his players from the friendly confines of the Cornhusker facilities.While some might think that style of motivation is drastic, OSU coach Thad Matta said it doesn’t surprise him.“You would be shocked at how many coaches do that. You hear coaches talk about doing that all the time. I think from that perspective, as a coach, you are doing everything you can,” Matta said Wednesday. “At times, you almost feel like you are begging guys in a certain point of a season to do their best.”Nebraska is set to travel to Columbus to take on OSU at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes, who have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, are set to play three of their last four regular season games at home before heading to Chicago for the Big Ten Tournament.Senior forward Sam Thompson, a Chicago native, said while it is nice to be returning home, the recent losses are unacceptable.“Obviously it feels different being on the road than it does being at home. But that in no way justifies the way that we came out to play some of these road games that we had,” Thompson said. “No matter where we are playing, no matter who we’re playing, our goal is to come out and play our best basketball.”Matta agreed with Thompson and added that he, more than anyone, wants to see his players get back on the right track against Nebraska.“Nobody in the world understands that the No. 1 person that wants his players to play their best is not their family, it’s not their (Amateur Athletic Union) coach, it’s the head coach and our lives are tied to it,” he said. “All I want to do tomorrow night is play our best basketball and compete and play with toughness and get the job done.”The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are set to do battle for the first and only time this regular season after splitting the regular season matchups last year.OSU beat Nebraska in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, overcoming an 18-point deficit, and Matta said he expects a similar team to come to Columbus on Thursday night.“I saw them play two games ago against Maryland at Maryland and you are watching them play and you are saying, ‘These guys are probably first or second in the Big Ten,’” Matta said. “They looked unbelievable. They are a rough, tough physical basketball team. Smashmouth on defense and we gotta execute our offense, we gotta move ‘em. Defensively, they’ve got a couple guys, and we’ve seen this first hand, that can go for 35 on you if you’re not ready to defend.”Perhaps one of those players Matta was talking about was junior guard Terran Petteway, who scored a career-high 35 points against Minnesota as a sophomore.This season, Petteway ranks third in the Big Ten in scoring with 18.2 points per game, to go along with five boards per game, which ranks him second on Nebraska’s roster.Much like OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, Petteway dominates the basketball on offense, as he leads his team in both points and assists.Russell, despite leading the Buckeyes in scoring, turned the ball over five times in a loss to Michigan on Sunday. Matta said, however, he doesn’t think it is because Russell is trying to do too much.“I think you got to give sometimes the defenses credit. If he and Shannon are out there, whoever gets it or gets the outlet (pass) can push the transition,” Matta said. “(But) if he can get it and make a play, I am good with that.”While Russell and the Buckeyes have not been kicked out of their locker room, Matta joked the idea is not too farfetched.“I’ll tell you what, a couple of years ago they were doing ours (renovating the locker rooms) and we were in some side locker room and we were playing our asses off. Maybe we need to go back over there,” he said.
THIEVES HAVE STOLEN part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity.A custodian doing rounds last week discovered “the removal of a part of a fresco in the House of Neptune,” where a depiction of the goddess Artemis had been “chiseled off with a metallic object,” the Roman site’s curator department said in a statement.Police have launched an investigation into the theft of the 20 centimetre wide fragment, which occurred in an area closed to the public, leaving a glaring white slash in the pink-toned fresco, where a second Greek character now stands forlornly alone.The discovery sparked outrage in Italy, with Il Messaggero describing it as “a shame for the country”, made doubly embarrassing by the recent appointment of a new “super-superintendent” for the site.The theft comes on the back of a series of collapses in the long-neglected ruins near Naples, which have drawn international concern.The Temple of Venus and walls of a tomb were damaged earlier this month after heavy rains, prompting the European Union to urge Italy to “take care of Pompeii, because it is emblematic not only for Europe but also for the world”.In response, Italy said it would unblock some €2 million to help oil the wheels of a major EU-backed project to restore the site.Prime Minister Matteo Renzi also appealed to private investors to help restore the ruins.Last year, conservation workers began a €105 million makeover of Pompeii, funded by the EU to the tune of €41.8 million.But according to the Corriere della Sera daily, only €588,000 have been spent so far – just 0.56 per cent of the funds.The project is seen as crucial to the survival of the 44-hectare site in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed the city of Pompeii in 79 AD.More: Could Mona Lisa have been a feminist who wanted more women in the Church?Read: Jay Z and Beyonce depicted as famous works of art
A CHILD HAS died on a farm in Cork.Gardaí said that they are investigating the death, which is being treated as a tragic accident.They said the three-year-old boy was injured in an incident involving a digger at Drimoleague in Bantry, Co Cork at around 10.30am today.The child was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.The Health and Safety Authority said it is aware of the incident and told TheJournal.ie it is investigating the death.
Share9 Tweet Email By Fintan O’Toole 26 Comments 36,882 Views Players recovering at home after freak injuries in abandoned Munster schools rugby game The match was abandoned at Musgrave Park yesterday. Two changes for England as they get ready for Wales clashGood news for Virgin customers as Ireland’s Rugby World Cup games will also be on RTÉ http://the42.ie/3226857 An ambulance arrives at yesterday’s Munster Junior Cup game. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOA MUNSTER SCHOOLS Junior rugby cup tie was abandoned yesterday at Musgrave Park in Cork after just nine minutes when three players from Limerick school St Munchin’s were seriously injured.The Irish Examiner reported that Munchin’s players Dylan Higgins and Craig Carew were removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital while another player Dean Callinan had to leave the field with a head injury.But the Limerick school last night revealed in a statement on the school’s Facebook page, that players had been released from hospital and all three were recovering at home last night.St Munchin’s also praised opponents Presentation Brothers College Cork for their support and their captain for visiting the injured players in hospital. Source: Facebook – @stmunchins Source: Facebook – @stmunchinsThe match was abandoned with Pres ahead 5-0 as the St Munchin’s players were unwiling to continue. No decision has yet made as to whether a refixture will take place.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Feb 9th 2017, 11:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 11:15 AM Short URL
By Hayley Halpin Fri 2:49 PM Laser the Garda dog 31 Comments Laser the Garda dog Image: Garda Press Office 23,100 Views Arrest: Garda dog locates man in his 20s as gardaí probe Cork city burglaries The incidents happened at around 3pm in the Rochestown area. Image: Garda Press Office Share4 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4808250 Short URL GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses in relation to a number of burglaries that occurred in Cork City yesterday. The incidents happened at around 3pm in the Rochestown area. Gardaí responded to reports of a burglary in process. The suspect vehicle then rammed a Garda patrol car and left the scene. No garda member was injured at the time of the collision. The suspect vehicle was abandoned at Mahon Golf Club.A number of garda members, assisted by the garda dog unit and air support unit, then commenced an extensive search. During the course of the search a number of stolen items were recovered and a vehicle was seized for technical examination. At around 6.40pm, a man in his 20s was found by garda dog Laser and was arrested by gardaí. He is currently being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act at Togher Garda Station.Gardaí are continuing to carry out searches and are appealing for any witnesses to the incident. They are also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed two men, who are believed to be aged in their 20s or 30s, in the area and who may appear to have muddy or dirty clothes to contact them immediately. Gardaí can be contacted at Anglesea Street Garda Station on 021 452 2000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. Friday 13 Sep 2019, 2:49 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece appears to be heading nearer to snap polls, possibly as early as October 4, sources told Kathimerini yesterday, as the government spurned opportunities to deny that Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is considering such a move.According to sources, Karamanlis is set to announce by Thursday his intentions, clearing the ground for his economic policy speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday, an annual landmark in the political calendar.It is thought that if Karamanlis does opt for a snap poll, he will tell voters that he is basing his decision on the lack of consensus with the opposition parties on issues that are vital to Greece’s future.In a meeting yesterday with the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA), Constantinos Michalos, Karamanlis was urged to find common ground with the opposition but the prime minister responded by saying that he had already sought consensus and that his attempts had been rebuffed by other leaders.The issue of whether Karamanlis should call elections straight away continues to divide New Democracy. Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias has been identified as one of the senior conservatives advising the premier to opt for a snap poll.“My actions, my thoughts, my ideas and my suggestions during my whole political career have always been based on what is in the national interest,” said Souflias in an ambiguous response to a question about whether he was advising Karamanlis on the election date.However, former Culture Minister Michalis Liapis seized upon this comment. “How can it serve the national interest when holding elections now would either lead to no outright winner or a PASOK government?” said Liapis.
To coincide with the beginning of the tertiary semester, the Department of Human Services on Thursday hosted a live Facebook Q&A session especially for people to ask about Centrelink payments and services for students.Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen said that since February 2012 the department has hosted seven successful live Facebook Q&A sessions for students. In these sessions expert staff answer students’ questions from all over Australia in real time, covering topics such as eligibility [for payments], the Parental Means Test and how they can do business with us online,” Mr Jongen said.“So far, through hosting interactive sessions on the Student Update Facebook page, our staff has been able to answer over 700 questions from close to 1,500 people who are either currently receiving a student payment or have questions about Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.“As well as answering questions, we have been able to inform students of other payments they may be eligible for, such as the Student Start-up Scholarship, Rent Assistance, Relocation Scholarship and the Low Income Health Care Card.“These live Facebook Q&A sessions provide a great opportunity for students, especially those who live in rural, regional and remote areas, to have direct access to specialist information without having to call or travel to visit a service centre,” said Mr Jongen.An option the Department of Human Services has available for students in order to help them manage their Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY payments is the Express Plus Students app.“The app offers a simple, fast and mobile way for students to do Centrelink business on the go without having to visit a service centre, which is great for busy people,” said Mr Jongen. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Aide humanitaire au Pakistan : l’ONU assure qu’elle se poursuivra malgré les menaces des talibansNew York, États-Unis – Jeudi 26 août, le responsable de l’ONU chargé de l’aide au Pakistan a déclaré que les secours aux populations touchées par les inondations devaient se poursuivre, malgré la menace des talibans de s’attaquer aux humanitaires internationaux.John Holmes, en charge du dossier humanitaire au Pakistan pour l’ONU, réaffirme la légitimité et la nécessité de l’aide internationale apportée aux sinistrés pakistanais, confrontés à de terribles inondations. Sans négliger pour autant les menaces des talibans. Des menaces concrètes, révélées mercredi par un haut responsable américain et visant les humanitaires étrangers à l’œuvre dans le pays. À lire aussiUn violent séisme fait au moins 208 morts au PakistanDes fonctionnaires locaux pourraient aussi être menacés. M. Holmes souligne cependant que de tels risques existaient déjà au Pakistan avant les inondations.Le pays vit aujourd’hui sa plus grave crise humanitaire : les autorités d’Islamabad parlent d’au moins 1.500 morts et, selon l’ONU, plus de 17 millions de personnes seraient affectées, dont 8 millions de sinistrés, parmi lesquels on dénombre 5 millions de sans-abri. Au total, plus d’un cinquième du pays est inondé. Des chiffres qui justifient largement l’aide d’urgence estime l’ONU.Le 27 août 2010 à 14:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
The CW superhero shows can sometimes feel lacking in the special effects department. Good CGI is expensive, and these shows don’t always have the budget for it. This episode found a solution: Hire a guy who can actually do creepy contortions with his body to play the villain. It’s definitely effective. Before we get there though, The Flash has some family drama to take care of. Just as in the last few episodes this season, it all works together surprisingly well.The show may have skipped a week, but XS is still mad. After both Barry and Iris agreed that there must have been a good reason to suppress her powers in the future, she’s not answering her parents calls. It has an effect on her crimefighting work too. When The Flash responds to an early morning robbery, she helps, but hangs up on both her parents. She catches the robber’s accomplice by yanking him off his motorcycle. Unfortunately, she didn’t secure the bike, which almost hits an old couple crossing the street. Fortunately, The Flash arrives to run them out of the way, leading to another parental scolding. It’s still funny how easily Barry and Iris fall into their mom and dad roles around her. And it’s still fresh enough that the can-I-talk-to-you scenes don’t feel like the show’s repeating itself.Rag Doll (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)The future family drama will have to wait at least a little bit, though. There’s a new metahuman this week, and it’s a real creepy one. Rag Doll has the power to fold and shape his body any way he wants. If you thought Elongated Man’s power lent itself to body horror, it’s got nothing on Rag Doll’s. The creepy mask only makes the contortions and finger-flattening all the creepier. His crimes are escalating too. At first, he sneaks into a rich woman’s wedding presents to steal a tiara. Next, he blows up an architect’s building. He would have killed the architect too, if the Flash hadn’t shown up. By the second time we see him (folding himself through a vent), I’m convinced that this power never won’t freak me the F out.The case gives Barry and Iris some much-needed alone time as they try to investigate the identity of this scary masked figure. So much of the show has focused on them keeping secrets from each other or having to save each other, it’s a nice reminder that they really are partners. It’s important that we see them working together every so often like this. It makes us believe in their marriage, letting us see why they side with each other so easily and naturally. Grant Gustin and Candice Patton work really well together after all these years too, which only helps sell the romance more. Through their investigations, they figure out Rag Doll’s identity. His name is Peter Merkel, the son of a wealthy socialite and philanthropist who maybe wasn’t the most attentive parent. Suffice it to say, he’s got some issues, which are at the core of his targets. He’s all sad, so he wants to hit his targets where it really hurts.Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)Of course a case as steeped in mommy issues as this is brings up a whole mess of feelings for Iris. Seeing just how bad a mother-child relationship can turn causes Iris to re-think her future self. She starts to realize she doesn’t like the person she apparently turns into. She comes to realize that future-her hurts Nora in the same way her own parents hurt her. She doesn’t want to be that person. By now, we know it’s not that simple. Often, the more you try to change the future, the more you cement it. Even Iris doesn’t know how much of her future choices she’ll be able to change, but she’s going to try. Hopefully, she can at least be more honest with her daughter in the future.What’s especially promising is how quickly this season is moving this particular story along. If this were either of the last two, it’d be easy to see the show drag the mother-daughter drama out past midseason. While it’s not resolving it unnaturally fast, there are signs of reconciliation starting to build. While Barry and Iris are adorably playing detective Cecile gives Nora a new appreciation for both her parents, telling her stories of Iris doing cool things under the guise of Flash stories. Hearing what a great person her mom has always been starts to bring Nora around, but Iris wins her daughter’s trust back herself. Rag Doll, whose figured out The Flash’s identity… somehow, attacks Barry. He slaps anti-metahuman cuffs on him and plans to push him off a building. Thanks to some Spider-Man style swinging, Elongated Man and Iris arrive just before Barry takes a plunge. Unfortunately, they’re not fast enough to stop Rag Doll from pushing Barry over the edge.Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora/XS, Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash (Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW)It’s disappointing that we don’t get to see a real battle with Rag Doll. He fights Elongated Man off screen, and ends up trapped inside him. I really want to see how that fight played out, but it’s left to our imaginations. You know what? It’s probably better there anyway. Still, I’d have liked to see a good Elongated Man action scene. It’d be more of a problem if what we’re shown instead wasn’t so cool. Iris instinctively dives after Barry Allen, angling her body to catch up with him and unlock his cuffs. His super speed back, Barry’s able to bring them both safely to the ground. Not only is it a cool sequence, it moves the story forward. Nora sees her mother’s physics-defying display of badassery, which is enough to at least get her to start talking. It’s not a full resolution, but it’s a start, which feels natural at this early stage in the season. Maybe it’s just the fact that the lessons being learned aren’t rehashes of past episodes, but all the family drama is really working for me this season.Meanwhile, we’re finally getting back to the mystery behind Caitlin’s father. As interested as I am is Cicada as a big bad, this is really the story I want to here more of. Cisco vibes with some of his recovered belongings, which leads them to Dr. Stein’s old lab. (Which only served to remind us how much we miss Victor Garber on Legends of Tomorrow.) There, they find even more things for Cisco to vibe on, leading him to another equation-based puzzle. One that points to a Greek goddess with Killer Frost-style powers. Meaning Caitlin’s father knew about and was around for the birth of Killer Frost.Candice Patton as Iris West – Allen and Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora/XS (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)The investigation hits a setback, though. Every time Cisco vibes something, he starts to bleed. It progresses to the point where he collapses on the ground. Caitlin figures it out immediately. The dark matter is affecting his central nervous system. He might not be able to keep being Vibe for much longer, and it’s tearing him up inside. Unfortunately, don’t get much further than that this week. Caitlin and Cisco have a sweet moment where she assures him that, even without his powers, he’s still an important part of the team. Who else could improvise brilliant technical solutions and punny supervillain names?Besides, the show appears to realize that the mystery is what makes this b-story really fun. And it’s not going to be quite so fun if Cisco can just Vibe the answer whenever they reach a new area. Instead, the next step of the puzzle is solve the way it should be: With Wells and Dibny putting their detective heads together and following clues. Now, it would have been so much better if we actually saw them do that. The fun part of any mystery is watching the detectives piece clues together, and something is definitely lost when you skip straight to the solution like this. To the show’s credit it did place the clues well enough throughout the episode that the solution wasn’t a total deus ex machina. Plus, the character drama in this episode was well-written enough that I didn’t mind the focus on that. It looks like we’re going to get some answers next week anyway. Wells and Dibny have narrowed down Caitlin’s father’s location to a number of supposedly defunct black sites. We get to see the emotional confrontation next week.The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Previously on The Flash:The Flash Season 5, Episode 4 RecapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 3 RecapThe Flash Season 5, Episode 2 Recap Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.
SpiceJet, the Ajay Singh-owned budget airline, will be declaring its December 2016 quarter (Q3) results next week. Jet Airways and Interglobe Aviation, owner of IndiGo, have already announced their Q3 financial performance, reporting a fall in net profit due to weak pricing and high fuel costs.”Spicejet Ltd has informed BSE that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company will be held on February 14, 2017, inter alia, to consider and approve, the un-audited financial results of the Company for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016,” the company had said earlier this month.Read: SpiceJet cabin crew and ground staff get new uniform courtesy Nimish Shah; 5 best airline uniformsFor Q3, Interglobe Aviation posted net profit of Rs 487 crore, down 25 percent from Rs 650 crore in the corresponding period last financial year while Jet Airways saw its net profit fall 69 percent to Rs 142 crore in comparison to Rs 467 crore for the third quarter in 2015-16. The companies had attributed lower ticket prices and rising fuel (ATF) costs to the fall in net profit.The share price of SpiceJet closed 0.23 percent higher at Rs 64.05 on Friday (February 10, 2017) on the BSE. Jet Airways shares ended 0.19 percent lower at Rs 373 apiece while Interglobe closed 0.89 percent lower at Rs 838.For the second quarter ended September 2016, SpiceJet had reported 103 percent spurt in net profit to Rs 58.9 crore from Rs 29 crore in the corresponding period last year, on the back of lower fuel costs and higher operating income. It was also the seventh straight quarter when the airline earned net profit after years of losses.Its income from operations rose 35 percent to Rs 1,400.39 crore from Rs 1,040.13 crore in the year-ago period.Recently, SpiceJet was in the news for its mega order to buy 205 aircraft from Boeing for $22 billion.”SpiceJet’s new order underscores its drive to compete more effectively in India’s cut-throat low cost travel market. The deal for up to 205 737MAXs will certainly put it on par with Indigo for domestic dominance and the added range of the 737MAX fleet will allow SpiceJet to open up routes deeper into Asia and even parts of Europe/CIS states,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at StrategicAero Research, told the International Business Times, India.The current fleet size of SpiceJet is 40 aircraft as against 126 of IndiGo and 114 of Jet Airways.Other players in the Indian civil aviation market include unlisted entities such as state-owned Air India, AirAsia India, Vistara and GoAir.IndiGo has the largest market share in terms of passenger volumes in the domestic air traffic business.
Virat Kohli should have done more to dispel rumours of riftICCIn the press conference that Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri addressed before embarking on the tour of West Indies, the Indian captain lashed out at the media for wildly speculating about a supposed rift between him and Rohit Sharma.”In my opinion, it’s baffling and ridiculous to read such stuff. Public talks about how well we’ve played, and here we’re feeding lies and talking about negative things. And I’ve seen this being brought up for far too long now. It’s bizarre how people are creating these things,” Kohli stated emphatically.Now, it is a fact that the Indian media can be overzealous in speculating about the cricket team and famous personalities. But in this case, the media is in no way responsible for fuelling the speculation. Let’s be clear, reports of rifts in cricket teams, especially Indian cricket teams are a common phenomenon. From the supposed estrangement between Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in the 1980s to the problems MS Dhoni had with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, such instances and their reporting are nothing new. Both men have not even posted a photo together despite being together in West IndiesGetty Images/ICCSo, Kohli cannot claim that he is being subjected to unprecedented scrutiny. The same media which builds up stars like him has the right to also ask questions which may not be flattering. But what makes the Indian captain’s anger all the more surprising is the fact that it is his and Rohit Sharma’s actions, or the lack of it, that has led the rumours become so widespread.Till that particular press conference, both men, and the BCCI refused to utter a single word regarding this issue. If Kohli finds these speculations in the media ‘baffling’ and ‘ridiculous,’ what stopped him from issuing a small statement or just posting a message on Twitter.Besides, some of the biggest stories on this issue has come through comments by highly-placed sources within the BCCI as well as an unnamed member of CoA. With a storm brewing in the media, was it not incumbent on the two players to put out just one sentence negating these reports, if indeed they were incorrect. The social media activities of the two players have also added fuel to the rumoursInstagramWhile Kohli lashed out at the media in the pre-tour press meet, Rohit has remained silent. Despite being together in the squad in West Indies, the two men haven’t even posted a photo together which can be the strongest proof of their being no resentment between them. This is a very strong clue of the reports of this dissension being very much true.Lastly, media-persons would remember what happened in 2017. There were stories in the media in the middle of that year suggesting problems between Kohli and the then coach Anil Kumble. At that time also, Virat had categorically rejected these reports, only for them to be proved right. So, media is perfectly justified in speculating.Till now, not a word has been heard from the side of Rohit and a picture that Virat tweeted of his team didn’t include him. If this doesn’t make people suspect, what will?