The office of the saffron-robed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow is now getting a touch of saffron.The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, known as the secretariat annexe building which houses the chief minister’s office as well as those of senior officials, is being painted in saffron replacing the traditional white and blue.Estate department officials said everything from the outer walls to the terrace of the building is being painted in the saffron shade. The building which also has the office of the chief secretary has traditionally sported white and blue colours but a proposal was recently made for repairing and painting the building and saffron colour was approved by all, officials said adding that work on it has already started.The saffron-coloured building that houses Yogi Adityanath’s office. Photo: ANI. The chief minister, referred to as Maharajji by his disciples, is clad in saffron-coloured outfits and according to sources after he took over, the towels which cover his chair and curtains of his office were also changed to colours matching the saffron hue. The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour, are close to it, sources said.OPPOSITION CRIES SAFFRONISATIONRecently, the chief minister had flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron-coloured buses and even the stage for the inauguration was decorated with saffron-coloured curtains and balloons.Besides this, the education department had distributed saffron-coloured school bags to primary schools students and the booklets that were distributed to mark 100 days and six months of the Adityanath government were saffron in colour as well. The information department diary of the state government also bears a saffron cover.advertisementThe Opposition, however, does not seem happy with the change and has charged the state government with “saffronising” even official buildings. This is all about “saffronisation” of the state and its politics, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said giving any particular colour, which is associated with a political party, is not right.ALSO WATCH: Saffron intrinsic to India’s identity: UP Legislative Assembly speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit
BILBAO, Spain — Kenneth Faried kept up his sharp shooting with 16 points and the U.S. national team rolled to a 4-0 start with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Sept. 3.The Americans surpassed 100 points for the second time in the tournament — and they were “held” to 98 points in their other two games.They led by only three points after one quarter but had no trouble extending that as the game went on, as the Dominicans’ willingness to push the pace simply played into the Americans’ hands.Faried made 8 of 11 shots, a 73-percent clip that actually lowered his percentage for the tournament after the Denver forward came into the game hitting 81 percent.The Americans will finish Group C play Sept. 4 against Ukraine before playing their round of 16 game on Sept. 6 against the fourth-place team from Group D, which is still to be determined.The Dominican Republic (2-2) will face Turkey on Sept. 4, still in position to advance.The Dominicans played without Houston Rockets forward Francisco Garcia, who entered the day’s play tied for fourth in the tournament with 21 points per game.He appeared to turn an ankle late in the Dominicans’ victory over Finland on Sept. 2, and though he finished the game, was walking gingerly as he went to the bench after his teammates had come out to warm up.The Americans ended up winning nearly as easily as their 105-62 exhibition victory on Aug. 20 in New York, though the Dominicans hung with them a little longer than that night.The U.S. lead was just 25-22 as the Dominicans attacked fearlessly but didn’t have any answer for the Americans’ bigs. Faried had three straight baskets, a couple of them powerful dunks, and Anthony Davis knocked down a jumper to turn a seven-point lead into a 44-29 cushion.Gay got the final four points of the half, making a pair of free throws after he was clobbered intentionally on a breakaway by Edward Santana, then banking in a jumper that make it 56-41.A 25-point third quarter was followed by 25 more in the fourth, capped by a series of dunks from end-of-the-bench players Andre Drummond and Mason Plumlee.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
At Oklahoma State, Money Really Does Buy GreatnessAt Oklahoma State, Money Really Does Buy Greatness
There was a great longer article in the Tulsa World at the end of last week about Mike Holder’s first 10 years on the job. That culminated on Wednesday which was his 10th anniversary.Did you know that only two men have been there longer as the AD?Ed Gallagher (1915-31) and Henry P. Iba (1935-69). “Pretty fast company right there,” Holder says. “I like that.”What I found to be interesting is how much money OSU has raised (and lost!), mostly during Holder’s tenure. Here is Holder’s estimate.From 1970 through 1999, Holder says, OSU spent a total of $10 million on athletic facilities. In 2000-10, he reports, OSU spent $400 million on facilities. Now not all of that was for football, but we all know the king of American sports is what drives economics at an athletic department. Because of that, I wanted to look at the correlation between money spent and winning percentage. How much is each win worth if we presume that all that money was spent on football (and it wasn’t).[1. We’re also not taking into account inflation etc. This is not an economics blog.]Here’s a look. You want to be on the bottom right of this graph where you don’t have to spend a ton of money but you still win a ton of games. OSU has been on the bottom left (good for the pocketbook!) and the upper right (good for morale!)The answer to the latter is easy. OSU won 171.5 games between 1970 and 1999 (for the college kids, there used to be ties … crazy, I know). At $10 million spent on facilities, that’s $58,000 a W. OSU has won 117 games since 2000. That’s $3.4 million. Success is pricey.“We’ve won in every sport here, except in football,” Holder told the Tulsa World. “We wanted to try to do something to change that, so when you went to the football stadium on Saturday, you actually had a chance to win the football game. I wanted to see what that was like.”It feels pretty good, doesn’t it?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Leicester Goal attempts Substitutes 31 Ghezzal 3 Chilwell 11 Albrighton Match previews (s 76′) Possession 14 Romeu Match stats 2 Cedric Share via Email Southampton 12 Ward Leicester City 7 Long 15 Maguire 55 Slattery (s 46′) Southampton 7 9 Share on Pinterest 10 3 4 Soyuncu 19 Barnes 14 Ricardo Pereira 33 Targett 16 Ward-Prowse Share on LinkedIn Fouls 11 Elyounoussi 8 Iheanacho (s 57′) 10 Maddison Lineups SOU30LEI70% 15 Gallagher 1 McCarthy 22 Redmond 18 Leicester Off target 5 Southampton 5 Leicester On target 2 Southampton 43 Valery 25 Ndidi Corners 7 Gray Share on WhatsApp 4 Vestergaard 17 Armstrong 66 Ramsay A big game for both clubs – and for entirely different reasons. Southampton are back in the relegation zone and badly need points. Although Leicester have no such worries, Claude Puel, Southampton’s former manager, is once again under pressure after a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Newport. Jamie Vardy, among others, will be restored to Leicester’s starting lineup. Southampton will have to make do without three strikers, with Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi injured and Charlie Austin suspended. Stuart JamesSaturday 3pmVenue King Power StadiumLast season Leicester 0 Southampton 0Referee Michael OliverThis season G17 Y46 R4 2.94 cards/gameOdds H Evens A 17-5 D 28-11LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iheanacho, Söyüncü, Choudhury, Barnes, Simpson, Okazaki, Ghezzal, Silva, Fuchs, James, BenalouaneDoubtful NoneInjured Evans (toe, Feb), Amartey (ankle, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y32 R4Form LLWWLWLeading scorer Vardy 7SOUTHAMPTONSubs from Forster, Gunn, Davis, Gallagher, Lewis, Elyounoussi, Soares, Jones, Slattery, Ramsay, Johnson, BarnesDoubtful Armstrong (ankle)Injured Bertrand (back, 19 Jan), Lemina (ab), Obafemi (hamstring, both unknown)Suspended Austin (first of two), Højbjerg (third of four)Unavailable Yoshida (Asian Cup)Discipline Y45 R2Form LWWLLDLeading scorer Ings 7 30 70 9 Vardy 5 Morgan Topics 28 Gunn Premier League (s 76′) Substitutes 39 Sims 1 Schmeichel (s 90′) Share on Twitter SOU LEI 35 Bednarek resources Share on Facebook 5 Stephens 2 Simpson 38 Choudhury 24 Mendy Share on Messenger (s 46′) Reuse this content
UCF QB McKenzie Milton’s Family Releases New Injury UpdateUCF QB McKenzie Milton’s Family Releases New Injury Update
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Over the weekend, one of the best quarterbacks in college football suffered a horrific knee injury when he attempted to run the ball downfield. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton planted his knee to make a cut when a South Florida defender ran directly into the planted leg.Milton’s knee suffered extensive damage and looked to be out of place. After suffering the injury, Milton was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.In the days following the incident, Milton underwent surgery to restore blood flow to the lower leg. Milton’s family announced on Tuesday afternoon that surge was successful and Milton’s blood flow has been restored.The family also announced Milton will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.Here’s the message from the family.UPDATE: @UCF_Football QB McKenzie Milton suffered nerve damage. But the nerve is intact. Blood flow has been restored. Will have reconstructive surgery on right knee. #Knights #10hanaFull statement from Tampa General Hospital: pic.twitter.com/gUkd98o52R— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) November 27, 2018A date for the reconstructive surgery has not been set.UCF takes on Memphis on Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference title game. Freshman quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. gets the start for the injured Milton.
ESPN Names 3 Favorites For The 2019 Heisman TrophyESPN Names 3 Favorites For The 2019 Heisman Trophy
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The 2018 Heisman Trophy was awarded on Saturday night, with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray taking home the award, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.Who’s going to take home the trophy in 2019?ESPN has named some of the favorites.According to the Worldwide Leader, the following three players are probably the frontrunners for next season’s award:Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaClemson running back Travis EtienneWisconsin running back Jonathan TaylorWe can only hope the 2019 Heisman race matches the last one for history and suspense. I look at the top candidates here, beginning with this year’s runner-up. It could be a big year for B1G contenders, as well as second-year starting QBs.(E+): https://t.co/UETM2AxNC9— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 10, 2018Tagovailoa will be the runaway favorite next season, especially if he’s able to play all four quarters of the Crimson Tide’s games.Who will you be betting on?
Russian gas producer Rosneft has delivered its first ever LNG shipment as part of its contract with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), using Golar Ice tanker owned by Golar LNG.Rosneft Trading SA, a subsidiary of the Rosneft Group entered a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement with EGAS in August 2015. Prior to this agreement, the two companies signed two term sheets that defined key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.Built in 2014 by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, Golar Ice has a gross tonnage of 100,800 tons and a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters.Rosneft and Golar inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2015 on cooperation in the area of floating liquefaction (FLNG) and transportation of natural gas.Under the MoU, the duo set the framework to explore opportunities for the use of Golar’s GoFLNG facilities in Latin America and potentially other locations.
Starting Wednesday, May 9, drivers, cyclists, and truckers will enjoy the new, two-lane bridge over the Tusket River on Highway 3. “We appreciate the patience of drivers in the Tusket area during the construction of this bridge,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Road safety is always our prime concern and this new bridge will serve Yarmouth County well for many decades.” Work on the $3.8-million bridge began last fall. A dry spring allowed the bridge approaches to be completed this month as scheduled. The new bridge is 81 metres long and carries two lanes of traffic. The previous bridge had one lane. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Government’s commitment to repairing rural roads is outlined in Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/Plan_2012-13.pdf .
New Delhi: Of over 50,000 frauds that hit banks in India in the last 11 fiscal years, the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank reported the highest number of cases, according to an RBI data.Of the total 53,334 cases of frauds reported during 2008-09 and 2018-19 fiscal years, involving a whopping Rs 2.05 lakh crore, the highest of 6,811 were reported by the ICICI Bank involving Rs 5,033.81 crore. The state-run State Bank of India (SBI) reported 6,793 fraud cases involving Rs 23,734.74 crore followed by HDFC Banks which recorded 2,497 such cases involving Rs 1,200.79 crore, according to the data given by the central bank in response to an RTI query filed by this correspondent. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe Bank of Baroda reported 2,160 fraud cases (involving Rs 12,962.96 crore), Punjab National Bank 2,047 frauds (Rs 28,700.74 crore) and Axis Bank had 1,944 fraud cases involving RS 5,301.69 crore public money. As many as 1,872 frauds involving Rs 12,358.2 crore was reported by Bank of India, 1,783 by Syndicate Bank (Rs 5830.85 crore) and Central Bank of India’s 1, 613 cases involving Rs 9041.98 crore, the data shows. IDBI Bank Ltd reported 1,264 fraud cases involving Rs 5978.96 crore, Standard Chartered Bank 1,263 cases involving Rs 1221.41 crore, Canara Bank 1,254 cases of Rs 5553.38 crore, Union Bank of India 1,244 frauds of Rs 11,830.74 crore and Kotak Mahindra 1,213 cases involving Rs 430.46 crore.
Not in race to pick stake in Coffee Day Enterprises ITCNot in race to pick stake in Coffee Day Enterprises ITC
New Delhi: Diversified group ITC on Wednesday denied that it was in the race to acquire Coffee Day Enterprises though it was approached for a deal. A report had said the Kolkata-based group having presence in cigarettes to hospitality and IT, is considering a bid to buy stake in the Coffee Day Enterprises that runs Cafe Coffee Day chain. When contacted, an ITC spokesperson said, “ITC receives enquiries from market participants on an ongoing basis which are suitably evaluated. One such enquiry was received from an intermediary on Cafe Coffee Day. However, no progress was made on the matter.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDebt-laden Coffee Day Enterprises, whose promoter and former chairman and managing director V G Siddhartha had committed suicide in July, has also been linked with Coca Cola as the company seeks to reduce its liabilities. The Coffee Day Group had said it has a total debt of Rs 4,970 crore and it was looking at divesting assets to reduce it. Last week, the company had announced sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to Rs 3,000 crore to cut its debt. “On receipt of the consideration for the sale of Global Village after payment of required statutory payments, the debt position of Coffee Day Group will reduce around by Rs 2,400 crore,” it had said.
New Brunswick couple identified as pair found dead in Rocky MountainsNew Brunswick couple identified as pair found dead in Rocky Mountains
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – A couple from Saint John, N.B., have been identified as the two people found dead this week in the Rocky Mountains — police say the woman was murdered while the man’s death is not considered criminal.Cindy McCormick was a dentist who had a practice in the province for more than 15 years.“Dr. McCormick was full of life, and very engaged in dentistry at the regional, provincial and national levels,” New Brunswick Dental Society president Dr. Bob Hateway said in a statement.Her partner, Bobby Kaine, 52, was a firefighter in the city. The Saint John Fire Department also issued a statement and extended condolences to both families, saying they are “shocked and saddened” by the news of their deaths.McCormick’s body was found Sunday in a hotel room at the posh Chateau Lake Louise in the mountain resort community. Kaine’s body was found in a vehicle west of Lake Louise across the boundary in British Columbia.“Our investigators have gathered evidence between that scene and the scene in Golden that satisfies our investigative team that those two deaths are related, and we are not seeking any additional suspects,” said RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters.(CTV Calgary)
SCOC ruling nod toward importance of diversity in law lawyerSCOC ruling nod toward importance of diversity in law lawyer
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of Canada has decided law societies in Ontario and British Columbia are entitled to deny accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University on an equal access argument.The country’s top court ruled that limits on religious rights are reasonable in order to protect the rights of LGBTQ2 Canadians.The much-watched case pitted two significant societal values — freedom of religion and promotion of equality — against one another.LGBTQ2 groups are applauding the ruling, but say there is still a lot of work to do to achieve equality.Associate law professor Emma Cunliffe at UBC believes the high court ruling is a recognition that access to justice is improved when lawyers come from as many walks of life as possible, and represent as many kinds of people as possible.“The decision today represents an attempt on the part of the Supreme Court of Canada to promote diversity within the legal profession.”Cunliffe says the Supreme Court found that law societies have a legitimate interest in promoting equality in the legal profession.Meantime, others are not as pleased with the decision.“It does look like religious freedom can be restricted by equality rights,” Janet Epp Buckingham, a professor at Trinity Western, said following the ruling.Trinity Western University reacting to Supreme Court decision. Disappointed with the ruling, haven’t decided next steps #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/PGnOZWGrEF— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 15, 2018Students were asked to sign a covenant which requires them to abstain from sex outside a heterosexual marriage. The court found that to be discriminatory.So what’s next for Trinity Western’s law school? TWU Executive Director Earl Phillips says it will take time to go through the 200 page decision.He says the core of the school’s community covenant is about the dignity and worth of every human being — and that will not change. However, he adds it will be looked at.“We’ve reviewed the community covenant in the past, we will review it again in the future. And with this decision, it’s something we’re going to be reflecting on.”Phillips believes the Supreme Court’s decision actually signals a loss of support for diversity.“Diversity will only be our strength if we actually do allow for difference. Diversity has to allow for difference,” he explains.He adds he’s disappointed the Court doesn’t see room for a small Christian university that holds traditional values to open a law school.
SpaceXs new crew capsule aces space station dockingSpaceXs new crew capsule aces space station docking
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s new crew capsule has arrived at the International Space Station, acing its second milestone in just over a day.No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But the three station astronauts had front-row seats as the Dragon neatly docked Sunday morning and became the first American-made, designed-for-crew spacecraft to pull up in eight years.If the six-day demo goes well, SpaceX could launch two astronauts this summer under NASA’s commercial crew program. Both astronauts were at SpaceX Mission Control in California, observing all the action.While SpaceX has sent plenty of cargo Dragons to the space station, crew Dragon is a different beast. It docked autonomously, instead of relying on the station’s robot arm for help.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
IsraeliPalestinian relations bedevilled by lack of framework UN envoy saysIsraeliPalestinian relations bedevilled by lack of framework UN envoy says
“The unease, suspicion and cynicism that bedevil Israeli-Palestinian relations can be attributed in large part to the fact that the disengagement is not taking place within an unequivocally agreed framework for the next steps toward the overall solution to which both sides claim adherence, i.e., two states living alongside each other in peace,” the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, said in the monthly briefing – his first – on the situation.Israelis need to be assured of their security and, besides an improvement in the daily lives of Palestinians, the Palestinians need to be provided with hope for the future, he said.The Palestinian Authority must be empowered to counter militancy and extremism as “an element of central significance in the preparations to take control over the areas that Israel is withdrawing from,” Mr. de Soto, who has been on the job for six weeks, said.With a win for one side seen by some as a loss for the other, satisfying Israel’s interest in withdrawing settlers from Gaza may be seen by Palestinians as their loss, “judging from their efforts to jeopardize it,” but the pull-out is an important step which defies that judgement, he said.“How could the dismantling of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory the first ever – be anything but a gain for the Palestinian side,” Mr. de Soto said, given that it offers a tangible improvement in the daily lives of Palestinians and a return to the Road Map for peace supported by the Quartet – the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russian Federation.He noted that Israel is determined to proceed with disengagement despite the activities of Israeli extremists and he welcomed the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ forceful address to his people late last week.“Hope was also provided by the report only two days ago that the ceasefire has been renewed and that the Palestinian factions are committed to end internal fighting,” Mr. de Soto said.Israel can and should do more to support the PA in countering militancy and extremism and should take the initiative in meeting its side of the parallel obligations under the Road Map, dismantling all settlements built since March 2001, while the PA must continue to exert control and authority, he said.
AIG President and CEO Peter Hancock visits the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Insurer AIG is selling its broker-dealer segment, starting an initial public offering for its mortgage-insurance division and slashing expenses after coming under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2016 6:19 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 11:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Insurer AIG is selling its broker-dealer segment, starting an initial public offering for its mortgage-insurance division and slashing expenses after coming under pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn.Icahn has been pushing New York-based AIG to break itself into three separate companies.AIG shares rose more than 2 per cent in morning trading Tuesday.American International Group Inc. said that it will sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.The company said the IPO for up to 19.9 per cent of United Guaranty Corp. is a first step toward a full separation.AIG also announced that it is looking to cut $1.6 billion of expenses within two years.AIG’s board will return at least $25 billion of capital to stockholders over the next two years through dividends and stock buybacks. It returned $12 billion last year. The company will also create nine business units within its commercial and consumer segments.“With these actions, AIG has taken another major step in simplifying our organization to be a leaner, more profitable insurer, while continuing to return capital to shareholders and improve shareholder returns,” President and CEO Peter Hancock said in a written statement. Hancock said that the business units being created can either grow within the company, be spun off or sold.Its shares rose 90 cents, or 1.6 per cent, to $56.26 in morning trading. Its shares have risen 10 per cent over the past year. AIG selling broker-dealer segment, cutting expenses