Cheryl FernandezVersini To Fund New Princes Trust Centre

first_imgCheryl Fernandez-Versini has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to help establish a new state-of-the-art centre in the heart of Newcastle to support thousands of disadvantaged young people from across the region.She has committed to raise £2million to help get the centre up and running, through her own charitable foundation, Cheryl’s Trust. The pop star is planning a host of exciting fundraising activities across the region over the coming months.The Centre, which will allow the Prince’s Trust to support almost 4,000 young people in the North East each year, will help the region’s most at-risk young people, including those facing drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, mental health problems and those leaving care, to turn their lives around.Cheryl, who officially launched her campaign at the charity’s current centre in the west end of the city, met with some of the young people who have already worked with The Prince’s Trust to find out how the charity’s support has helped them.Cheryl said: “I’m proud of where I grew up but I’m only too aware of the challenges that young people faced. Opportunities often seem pretty limited and I saw so many friends who had loads of potential fall into a life of alcohol, drugs and crime. Sadly, many got in too deep, and never found their way back to a happy life.“It’s really scary to see that this is still happening in so many communities across the UK. Too many young people are wasting their lives away because they feel they have no-one to turn to.“My life could have turned out very differently if I didn’t have the support of my family who believed in me and told me I could achieve anything. A little bit of self-belief can go a long way. I know how lucky I am.“The young people The Prince’s Trust works with, day in day out, are those who are unemployed, have no qualifications and sometimes even suffer with mental health issues and drug and alcohol addiction. They are often already resigned to the belief they will fail in life.“That’s why I am raising money to open the new Centre here in Newcastle. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they’ll never achieve anything reach their dreams and live a happy life.”The new centre will enable The Prince’s Trust to provide enhanced support to vulnerable young people on a range of its programmes. The partnership will also see the opening of a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub within the centre, where young people will be able to gain confidence and skills in music and media.Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “I am truly inspired by Cheryl’s passion and determination to help young people who are the most disengaged from society – especially those who are battling drug and alcohol addiction. We know that Cheryl is genuinely passionate about this cause, and over the years she’s met a number of the young people we support at The Prince’s Trust.“As a charity, The Prince’s Trust relies on generous support from individuals and organisations. The Centre will change thousands of lives each year and I’d like to thank Cheryl for her generosity.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Man Arrested in Kenitra for Selling Police Academy Entrance Exams

Rabat – A man who promised candidates access to entrance exams to Kenitra’s police academy in exchange for a feehas been arrested.The man was stopped by police near the academy in Kenitra last week, found to be carrying sums of money varying between MAD 15,000 and 30,000.The money was discovered to have been given to him by four policeacademy hopefuls accompanying him.An ensuing investigation revealed that the arrested man had promised them participation in the academy, for a fee. When he was arrested, the man also had a set of personal documents in his possession that did not belong to him.Currently in remand, the unnamed man hadpreviously been arrested for drug trafficking and accused of fraud and identity theft. The police have identified two of his accomplices, who they are in the process of arresting. read more

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Ombudsman releases hypoglycemic drivers rpt

(Update)It’s been nearly five years since a Hamilton high school teacher went into diabetic shock behind the wheel causing a crash that killed three innocent people. But Wednesday, Ontario’s ombudsman released a report aimed at ensuring a tragedy like it never happens again.A bureaucratic farce. Those are the words that Ombudsman Andre Marin used to describe the series of circumstances that allowed Allan Maki to drive while suceptible to episodes of hypoglycemia.It was completely preventable. And to according Ombudsman Andre Marin, it was the system that failed: “This is where the tragic tale turned to beaurocratic farce.”It was June 26th 2009. High school teacher Allan Maki goes into diabetic shock while driving. His car hits a cyclist named Tong Vi Duong, and then a car carrying newlyweds Jeffery Roche and Hanna Gordon Roche. All three were killed. As criminal proceedings went forward, the victims’ family members noted that Maki’s license was not even suspended until 18 months after the crash.Marin said: “If the system didn’t kick to suspend Mr. Maki’s license for one and a half years, later, how can we be confident that it is working to monitor at risk drivers.”Maki is a type 1 diabetic, and when he renewed his license two years before the crash, it was on an outdated form. 19 recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation, include that the ministry update it’s medical history form and that the medical review section clearly reviews forms more carefully. Also that they work more closely with the medical community to proactively monitor at risk patients.Rupert Gordon is the victims brother: “It actually feels positive, my sister and my brother in law were very positive people.”Rupert Gordon had been in contact with the ombudsman’s office through the entire process and he says today brings something positive from a tragic incident, and corrects systematic failure: “To know that the kinds of things that were present in the system are the kinds of things that we can actually affect change with, in order to make sure that other don’t go through this experience, that’s a good thing, that means a lot to me and a think there are ways in which it honors the people that we love.”The Ministry of Transportation has agreed to adopt all of the suggested changes, in the hopes of preventing future tragedies. read more

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South Korea says 2 farms tested negative for swine fever

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says tests on dead pigs from two farms near its border with North Korea came back negative for African swine fever, at least temporarily easing fears over the spread of the illness that has ravaged pig herds across Asia.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said Saturday it will continue to maintain an elevated level of quarantine and preventive measures at farms near the border following an outbreak that was confirmed earlier this week.Workers have so far culled more than 10,000 pigs to contain the disease after the country’s first two cases were confirmed in the towns of Paju and Yeoncheon, which are near the border.The North reported an outbreak near its border with China in May.African swine fever is harmless to people but fatal for pigs.The Associated Press read more

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Opinion Thursday Night Football negatively affecting the NFL

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann forces New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees into throwing one of five interceptions on the night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Atlanta topped the Saints, 23-13.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAmerican football is loved by millions across the country.It’s the most popular sport by far and has the most television viewers. It’s so popular that we have NFL games on more days than just Sundays and Mondays.The highly anticipated Monday Night Football game takes place each week — as it has since 1970 ­— and typically draws the attention of millions of Americans.Then there’s Thursday Night Football, which began in 2006. Prime-time matchups that are supposed to be as thrilling and exciting as the ones on Monday night. This season, however, that has not been the case.But the thing is, I don’t think those Thursday games should happen at all.The NFL and TV networks get a lot of money for airing them, but these games are actually hurting the league and — most importantly — the players.But before I get into how the players are suffering from these games, let’s take a look at this season’s Thursday night games so far.The first five Thursday night games of the 2014 season were complete blowouts, with the winning teams outscoring their opponents, 205-60.The past two weeks have been a little better, with the Texans coming back from a blowout-like deficit but ultimately falling to the Colts 33-28, and the Patriots narrowly escaping the Jets 27-25.But scores of games can’t explain why these matchups have been — more often than not — mediocre.So what is it that makes these games so one-sided and poorly played?It seems the root cause might be that the players are just not ready for these games.They go out and perform on Sunday or Monday and give it everything they’ve got. Then, they normally get an entire week to recover before they play again.With a Thursday night game though, they only get three days to relax and get ready to play again, not to mention that one day of those three has to be used for travel if the team has to play on the road.Players and coaches around the league have been vocal about their feeling towards Thursday night games.Then-Indianapolis Colts and current-Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told The News-Sentinel in 2012 that he has witnessed the negative consequences Thursday games have on the athletes.“(I’ve) seen guys that go in the game (on Sunday), get off the flight and can’t walk … It’s great for the NFL Network, obviously. But I think it’s very, very taxing on these athletes, especially when we talk so much about player safety.”A game as physical as football takes such a huge toll on a player’s body every week that they need sufficient time to recover after their games.The NFL has been implementing rules to help keep players safe on the field, but they’re ignoring this Thursday night dilemma that could be just as dangerous to the well-being of their players.The league continues with these games because it makes money, which is why the amount of Thursday night games has increased to a full season.Players keep criticizing the NFL, claiming that it’s hypocritical for preaching the idea of player safety while adding in these short-rest games, and I agree with them 100 percent.“It’s just like being in a car crash,” Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush told CBS-Detroit in 2013. “I touched the ball at least 20 to 30 times a game, that’s 20 to 30 car crashes you’re in in two hours. It’s tough to get your body back ready that quick for a game on Thursday.”Health of the players should come before money. A change needs to be made, whether it’s changing the day of the week of these games or nixing the idea completely.Friday and Saturday nights have become college football territory so there aren’t really any better options for moving the games.When it comes down to it, it just doesn’t seem logical to continue these Thursday night games in the NFL.They’re too detrimental to the players’ safety and will eventually hurt the league as a whole. You can’t make money if there’s no one to play in your games. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State returns home for daunting matchup against No 1

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (12-4, 3-0 Big Ten) has squared off against three currently ranked opponents this season. It lost all three games — all by double-digits. To end its losing streak against the top teams in the nation, it will have to pull one of the biggest upsets in the season when it hosts No. 1 Michigan State Sunday at the Schottenstein Center.The game starts at 4:30 p.m. on CBS. Here’s what to expect.Projected startersMichigan State:G — Joshua Langford — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apgG — Cassius Winston — Sophomore, 6-foot, 185 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.3 apg, G/F — Miles Bridges — Sophomore, 6-foot-7, 225 lbs., 16.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 apgF — Jaren Jackson Jr. — Freshman, 6-foot-11, 242 lbs., 10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Nick Ward — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 245 lbs., 15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Michigan StateThe Spartans are arguably the most complete team on both sides of the ball Ohio State will face all season. They rank in the top 15 for both points scored and points allowed this season and lead the nation with a plus-26.6 scoring margin. What makes Michigan State such a challenging offense to defend is its ability to score from all ranges. This season it has spread out its point distribution quite a bit with 51.5 percent of its offense coming from inside the arc, 31.3 percent outside and 17.2 percent from the free-throw line, according to Ken Pomeroy.And regardless of where the Spartans are on the court, it is more than capable of making the shots. It ranks in the top 10 in both 3-point and 2-point shooting this season with 42.4 percent from the 3 and 59.5 percent for two. It has a 61 percent effective field goal percentage, according to Pomeroy.That versatility of the Spartans is equally effective on defense. Their 39.4 effective field goal percentage allowed ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to Pomeroy. Opposing offenses have found more success from beyond 3-point range, shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and just 32.8 percent inside (lowest in the nation). Michigan State also blocks the most shot, averaging 8.4 blocks per game. What to expectNearly any opponent Michigan State faces looks outmatched, and that remains true for the Buckeyes. Ohio State was never all that close with No. 12 UNC on Dec. 23, losing 86-72, and was blown out by No. 19 Gonzaga, 86-59, on Nov. 23.Ohio State is not a team that relies on 3-point shooting for offense and has its most success when it drives to the basket. Only 26.7 percent of its points this season have come from the 3 while 54.4 percent have come within the perimeter, according to Pomeroy. That does not bode well against a team like Michigan State that is one of the better interior defenders in the nation. The Buckeyes do have a statistical edge when it comes to both forcing and limiting turnovers. The Spartans have turned the ball over 19.5 percent of the time and forced turnovers only 17.6 percent of the time, 212th and 250th in the nation by Pomeroy, respectively.Particularly as of late, the Buckeyes have done a much better job limiting their own turnovers. They currently sit at No. 140 in the nation at 18.5 percent while forcing the 114th-most turnovers in the country at 20.2 percent. Ohio State has a few promising matchups against Michigan State statistically, but overall this will be a challenge for the Buckeyes. If head coach Chris Holtmann is going to get his first signature win with the Scarlet and Gray, a lot will have to go right for his team.Prediction:Michigan State wins 80-65 read more

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Womens tennis falls to Northwestern in seasons 1st conference loss

The OSU women’s tennis team lost its first conference match of the season to perennial powerhouse No. 18 Northwestern, 5-2, on Friday. Temperatures during the match fell below 50 degrees, and wind gusts reached 33 mph. The loss drops the Buckeyes (10-8) to third place behind Michigan and Northwestern in the Big Ten with a 3-1 conference record. The Buckeyes, playing without injured senior Paloma Escobedo, were losing, 4-0, and facing a shutout when senior Cami Hubbs and sophomore Fidan Manashirova dug in. Manashirova ground out a hard-earned win against Northwestern’s Linda Abu Mushrefova in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. Hubbs followed up her teammate’s win by defeating Northwestern’s Stacey Lee, 6-4, 7-6. “It was a really good win, and I felt really good out there,” Hubbs said. “I think we really showed (Northwestern) today … it doesn’t matter where, we’re going to be a contender.” Manashirova agreed. “This was a really good match for me,” she said. “I feel like the higher I play, the more competition I get, and I get to test myself.” Despite the setback, coach Chuck Merzbacher and his players are optimistic their tenacity will benefit them for the remainder of the season. “They never stopped fighting,” Merzbacher said. “We’re going to keep battling, and when you do that, you get in a position to win.” Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the loss Friday hasn’t curbed their focus. “I think the sky’s the limit for us,” Manashirova said. “We have to bring our best tennis every match.” Manashirova and the Buckeyes will need to bring their best tennis Saturday when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Big Ten leader Michigan before traveling to Michigan State on Sunday. Merzbacher is confident his team will respond. “I think we’re going to build on it,” he said. “Spirits are high. We’re strong, and I feel like we’re ready for that trip.” read more

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Fishery puts up fences around lake to stop fish being slaughtered by

first_imgOver the last few years the Environment Agency has released to the Angling Trust more than £1m from the £21m a year it nets from rod licences. The trust then awards grants to fisheries wishing to install otter-proof fencing to protect their stock. Carp fish eaten by otters at a fishery in North WalesCredit:BNPS One of Britain’s premier fisheries has spent tens of thousands of pounds putting up fencing to protect its prized fish from being slaughtered by otters.More than two miles of 6ft-tall wire fencing now surrounds the two lakes at the fishery that are filled with carp, including Britain’s biggest weighing 80lbs.Large coarse fish can be worth as much as £30,000 a piece as they attract anglers who pay good money for the chance to catch them. But in recent years carp and barbel have been threatened by the resurgence of the wild otter population in Britain, which eat the fish. A number of fisheries have had to close as a result of the loss of stock. Wingham Fisheries near Canterbury, Kent, has become the latest to fence off their rural lakes with the barriers.The move comes after the UK Wild Otter Trust admitted mistakes were made when hundreds of protected otters were released into the countryside in the 1980s and 90s to boost their dwindling numbers. Steve Burke, who owns Wingham Fisheries, said it was only a matter of time before otters targeted his fish that include nine carp weighing more than 50lbs, prompting him to install the fencing.He said: “It’s only a matter of time before otters arrive everywhere, and with the size of the lakes and the terrain we couldn’t have put up fencing quickly. Steve Burke standing in front of Wingham Fisheries otter fenceCredit:Steve Burke/BNPS  “In the meantime we could have lost some historic fish. It was therefore essential to act before otters returned to this area of Kent.”Having spent over 20 years creating something beyond my wildest dreams I couldn’t stand by and allow it to be destroyed in perhaps as many weeks.”It’s been a massive cost, but clearly the right thing to do.”It is not known how much the fencing has cost. The fishery received a grant from the Angling Trust to fund some of the work.Otter numbers plummeted in Britain in the 1950s due largely to pollution from pesticides and habitat loss.But since otter hunting was banned in 1978 and organochlorine pesticides were phased out they have successfully recolonised many of our waterways, with the help of wildlife conservationists.The otters enjoy protective status and it is illegal to harm them or interfere with their habitat. Martin Salter, head of campaigns at the Angling Trust, said: “Individual specimen fish, especially big carp, are prized by anglers who pay several hundreds of pounds a year in club membership fees to fish such waters.”The value of record or near-record breaking fish can be measured in many thousands of pounds.”We are seeing that fishery owners are prepared to spend substantial sums of money to protect their stock from otter predation, mainly through installing heavy duty fencing.”Otters are an apex predator, they didn’t need any outside assistance in their recovery. Their numbers returned once we stopped using horrible pesticides.”The artificial introduction of them was both unnecessary and, in some ways, down right irresponsible as the conservationists did it without any consultation with fisheries.”center_img Steve Burke stood in front of Wingham Fisheries otter fence Carp fish eaten by otters at a fishery in North Wales David Webb, chairman of the trust, said more research should have been carried out into the effects they had on rivers and fisheries.He also conceded that the carnivorous mammals would have regenerated naturally without the help from wildlife campaigners. It’s only a matter of time before otters arrive everywhere, and with the size of the lakes and the terrain we couldn’t have put up fencing quickly.Steve Burke, owner of Wingham Fisheries 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.last_img read more

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Tin output from Inner Mongolia set to expand

first_imgA visit to tin operations in the Inner Mongolia region of China by ITA staff at the end of May 2018 has revealed that mine production in the province may reach 17,400 t/y in the next five years, up from 6,500 t in 2017.Inner Mongolia is currently the fourth-largest tin mining province of China, producing some 6,500 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2017. The Yinman Mining and Huanggang Mining companies represent the majority of current output. Yinman Mining’s Baiyinchagan mine entered production in March 2017 and produced 3,000 t of tin-in-concentrate during the year. Huanggang Mining’s Huang Gangliang mine produced some 1,800 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2017 with stable production anticipated in the coming years.Growth in tin production from the province is expected to be driven by expanded production from the Baiyinchagan mine, where annual production is expected to increase to 10,000 t over the next three years following improvements to recovery rates and the processing facility. A new tin mine, Weilasituo, is also planned for construction following the discovery of a tin deposit in 2013, with output of 3,000 t/y of tin targeted by 2020.The ITS’s view is that “the prospects for tin production in Inner Mongolia are generally positive although there are still some uncertainties for mine production from some of the smaller mines. The local government is becoming stricter in regulating mining in the province and receiving permits for new projects is becoming increasingly difficult. Tin mine output in 2018 is forecast at 10,400 t or 11% of total anticipated Chinese production.last_img read more

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Capcom Essentials pack leaks bundles five PS3 games for just 60

first_imgOn October 8 Capcom is set to offer PS3 owners a pretty sweet deal in the form of the Capcom Essentials game pack. Unfortunately, Capcom hasn’t been able to officially announce the pack themselves as EB Games Canada has jumped the gun and listed it on their website.Capcom Essentials brings together five Capcom games, including:Dead Rising 2Devil May Cry 4MegaMan 10Resident Evil 6Super Street Fighter IVThe best bit? It only costs $59.99. What we don’t know yet is whether Capcom has created new packaging for the bundle, with 5 discs in a single pack, or instead just decided to put a cardboard sleeve around 5 PS3 cases. It’s more cost effective to make a special pack and use less plastic and paper, but then Essentials may be a clever way to get rid of existing stock quickly.If you own one or more of these games then the pack may still be worth picking up depending on the trade in value of each title. And that trade in value is probably going to drop sharply once the Essentials pack is out as loads of people will have a game or two they want to trade.As is the case with the introduction of every new generation of console hardware, gamers can expect to get some pretty sweet deals on current gen titles. I doubt this will be the last multi-game offer we see as the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One draws ever closer.last_img read more

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The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD is how remakes should

first_imgThe idea of taking a game that has been out for years and releasing it not only as a whole new game, but as a bundle geared to sell more consoles, is nothing short of a magic trick in my opinion. Yet somehow that is exactly what has happened with The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U. What’s more, Nintendo did such a good job that I feel they have set a new standard upon which other remakes and ports should be judged.The Wind Waker holds a special place in the hearts of many Zelda fans because of the sheer size of it. Much of the game involves travelling across a vast map by boat, such that you could truly spend days exploring every inch of it if you wanted to. It was responsible for not only re-igniting the franchise, but adding an entire generation of new players into the fold. The limitations of the GameCube forced Nintendo to be creative with the art in the game, but the cell shaded world quickly became the favorite over its predecessors.As a result, The Wind Waker was widely accepted as one of the best games ever released for the console. It’s not hard to see why Nintendo chose this as the title to resurrect for their currently stumbling Wii U console, but Nintendo had to tread lightly in releasing this game. If it wasn’t perfect, they’d only further doom their current console. The game needed to not only be an HD port of the original in terms of gameplay, but carefully modified to take advantage of the second screen on the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo’s execution here is not without its flaws, but the overall experience is fantastic.Now available in HDFirst things first, how big a deal is the bump from SD GameCube-era Wind Waker to the new Wii U HD Wind Waker? The cool thing about cell shaded art is that it looks neat regardless of what you play it on. Plug a GameCube or a Dolphin emulator into your TV and fire up Wind Waker and you’ll still have a decent looking image on the screen. Things will be a little fuzzy around the edges, and most things a few feet away from the focus point in the game will be blurry, but overall it’s perfectly playable. It’s not until you see the games side-by-side that you really grasp what the HD improvements really are.The HD enhancements to Wind Waker for the Wii U don’t just add a general sharpness to everything in the foreground, but significant depth as well. This is most apparent during the many times you’re sailing from one place to another in the game. You’re ability to see what is ahead of you has been dramatically improved, which is a big deal when you decide to kill an afternoon farming an area of the map for the many treasures that lay under the surface. It’s not enough to change how you play the game, but it is certainly an all around improvement that makes some of the more tedious parts of the game that much more enjoyable.You may also notice that the colors in the HD version of Wind Waker are softer. In some places, this actually feels like a disservice. The softer, more textured, and frankly alive blues in the sky had previously been a mostly flat sheet of impressively deep blue. This is common for large spaces of color like the sky in Wind Waker HD, but in smaller areas the differences are obvious improvements. When Link picks up an item and raises it to the sky in his uniquely celebratory fashion, that item is more often than not dramatically more ornate and realistic looking, in a way that is almost out of place against the cell shaded backdrop of whatever level you are currently on.For an HD remake of an existing game with an animation style as iconic and intentionally childish as Wind Waker, Nintendo did a great job of giving the game modern visuals without disrupting the appeal of the title. Anyone guilty of already spending ridiculous quantities of time on this game will absolutely enjoy doing so again, only now on a much larger and significantly higher quality television.The second screen you didn’t know you neededFor better or worse, there will probably never be another controller like the GameCube controller. Nintendo has moved on to several different controller designs, and so Wind Waker needed to be adjusted to take advantage of the pros and cons of these new layouts. For this release, Nintendo needed to figure out the most appropriate way to approach the second screen on the Wii U GamePad without disrupting the actual gameplay. The end result is simple, elegant, and so much better than the previous system for this same interaction.Like most games of its era, the inventory system for Wind Waker wasn’t great. You just didn’t go into your inventory if you were in the middle of combat, because there’s no way it’d be worth it to you to break up the battle like that. It turns out that if you have a huge touch screen in the middle of your controller, you can quickly make the necessary inventory changes by dragging items into their corresponding slots in your item layout. This means you can quickly equip whatever tool you need for the task at hand by only looking away from the screen for a second. This doesn’t do anything to radically change the actual gameplay, but it makes the one non-game part of the gameplay all but disappear.Unfortunately, taking advantage of this cool feature means you have to actually use the Wii U GamePad. Nintendo’s massive second screen controller is just not going to be as comfortable for those all night gaming sessions. Even if you don’t mind using it for hours on end, the battery in the controller only lasts for about four hours. Something in the translation is lost when you try to recreate losing a Saturday to Wind Waker only to find yourself tethered to the closest wall outlet in order to keep playing.Fortunately you can also play with the Wii U Pro Controller if you have one, but you either lose the cool inventory system or you keep the GamePad on a cradle close by and wind up using both controllers occasionally. It’s not the best environment, but ultimately only effects people willing to sit and play for hours and hours.Is this worth it?The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is available for $50 if you already have a Wii U, or for $350 if you want to get the limited edition console with it included. Nintendo feels they have done enough here to justify charging full price for an HD remake of the game, and I am inclined to agree with them. Many will purchase the game just out of nostalgia, and this will most certainly be a game that drives Wii U console sales, though not enough to make any reasonable impost on the market share of the Wii U in general.Nintendo has given their core audience exactly what they wanted, and opened the door for HD remakes of other popular first-party classics if this release is at all successful. This isn’t likely to be a major turning point for the Wii U, but Zelda fans everywhere have reason to rejoice. 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The Queen reigns Serena beats Venus to win historic 23rd Grand Slam

first_imgThe Queen reigns: Serena beats Venus to win historic 23rd Grand Slam title Serena beat sister Venus 6-4 6-4 in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. http://the42.ie/3210341 Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 10:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 28th 2017, 10:07 AM 34,542 Views By Niall Kelly 42 Comments Short URL Serena and Venus 2017: the last chapter in a fairytale nobody saw coming Source: Dita AlangkaraWHAT MOST OF us have known for a long time is now official: Serena Williams is the greatest tennis player of the Open era.With a straight-sets win against sister Venus in the Australian Open final, Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title on Saturday and eclipsed Steffi Graf.The only piece of history now left to fall is Margaret Court’s record 24 Grand Slams, won between 1960 and 1973. It is well within reach for the superstar who has dominated the women’s game for almost 20 years and is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 35. Source: Dita AlangkaraIt took Serena just one hour and 21 minutes to wrap up a 6-4 6-4 win in the latest chapter of this phenomenal sibling rivalry, collecting her seventh Australian Open crown and securing her return to world number one.This was the ninth Grand Slam final between the sisters, and the first since Wimbledon 2009, as the Australian Open served up a fitting epilogue to a golden age of tennis featuring four of the game’s all-time greats.On Sunday, Roger Federer and Rafal Nadal pen another chapter in the men’s final, but this day belonged to the Williams sisters. Source: Dita AlangkaraThe first four games all went against the serve as 36-year-old Venus, chasing her eighth singles title, proved that this would be no foregone conclusion.But after that edgy opening, Serena secured a decisive break to take a 4-3 lead and served out to take the first set.Venus was forced to save three break points at 1-1 in the second as her little sister ratcheted up the pressure, and while she weathered that storm, Serena’s breakthrough — and that historic record — didn’t take long to follow.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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Soleil découvrez les photos de taches solaires les plus précises jamais prises

first_imgSoleil : découvrez les photos de taches solaires les plus précises jamais prisesÉtats-Unis – Les plus belles images du Soleil et de ses taches en lumière visible, prises début juillet grâce au télescope de l’observatoire solaire de Big Bear (Californie), forcent l’admiration.   “Avec la lumière visible, on peut voir des structures très détaillées à la surface du Soleil” constate William Dean Pesnell, spécialiste de la dynamique solaire à la Nasa. Les photos, prises par le télescope solaire de l’observatoire du lac Big Bear, en Californie, sont à cette heure les plus précises de leur catégorie. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa tache solaire qu’elles montrent a une température estimée à 3.600 ºC. Le dispositif de Big Bear, grâce à un miroir déformable qui compense les distorsions des rayons solaires dans l’atmosphère, permet de capter des “détails” de 65 km de largeur sur l’astre du jour, situé à quelque 150 millions de kilomètres de nous. Les images haute résolution des taches solaires aident les scientifiques à comprendre les tempêtes solaires et leurs effets sur les systèmes de communication et de navigation terrestres, ainsi que l’exposition des astronautes et passagers d’avions à leurs radiations nocives. Découvrez les images :  https://www.maxisciences.com/tache-solaire/une-tache-solaire-photographiee-en-haute-definition-pour-la-premiere-fois_art8982.htmlLe 2 septembre 2010 à 12:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Big Finish Chronicles Audio Series Features Doctors Stars

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Three new audio series featuring the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors are set to materialize later this year.British production company Big Finish, best known for its Doctor Who line of books and audio plays, unveiled “The Doctor Chronicles”—a trio of tales with narration by Nicholas Briggs.Set for release in May, the Ninth Doctor’s four-story set includes an adventure penned by writer Cavan Scott, “whose acclaimed work on the Ninth Doctor comics made him an obvious choice,” Chronicles co-producer Scott Handcock said in a statement.Scott and Handcock, who wrote episode three, are joined by Whoniverse contributors Una McCormack and James Goss.“And as anyone who’s heard the ‘Destiny of the Doctor’ range will already know, Nicholas Briggs makes for the ideal reader,” according to Handcock.The man behind many of Doctor Who villains’ masks, Briggs is most famous for voicing the Daleks and Cybermen. But he also serves as director, screenwriter, and actor for a handful of related content, and helps run Big Finish as an executive producer.“The fun of doing these releases for me is that it’s a big performance challenge, and a chance to build on what I’ve learnt” from doing other audiobook readings,” Briggs said.But he won’t tackle the series alone: Supporting voices include Camille Coduri (pictured) and Bruno Langley, reprising their roles as Jackie Tyler and Adam Mitchell, respectively.Doctor Who returned to the air in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston at the helm; after one season, the actor departed, making way for David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, who later regenerated into Matt Smith. Don’t expect to hear any of the original Time Lords’ voices, though; Briggs will portray all three incarnations for the Big Finish production.“While we’re waiting to one day hopefully make full-cast adventures with these Doctors, we thought a good way for us to explore these more recent eras of the program would be to have me performing them as enhanced readings, with guest voices, too,” Briggs said.Each volume will be on sale separately as a digital download for $20 or CD for $29. Fans can also pre-order bundles, collecting all three series together in digital or physical formats for between $69 and $125 upon release in 2018.“I’m not a mimic or an impersonator, although I’ve always had fun capturing the essential spirit of people’s voices, so that’s what I’m doing here,” Briggs said. “There’s no way you’ll mistake my performances for the actual Doctors in question, but my hope is that you’ll be in no doubt which Doctor is speaking. I also hope that my genuine affection for these great actors and Doctors shines through.”last_img read more

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Ivory revealed as newest WWE Hall of Fame inductee comments on her

first_img I don’t much care for any Hall Of Fame every year i skip the Hall Of Fame ceremony Who? February 12, 2018 at 2:44 pm Now Playing Up Next I like Ivory. She deserves it. Not before Chyna though. Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Cameron Huff Hotrod Pinterest burton31cat WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next The day Stevie goes in is the day hell freezes over! Cameron Huff Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ivory, the dudley boyz and goldberg in 2k19… sweet February 12, 2018 at 6:52 pm The Miz Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte ESPN.com is reported that former Women’s Champion Ivory (Lisa Moretti) has been revealed as the newest inductee into the Class of 2018 WWE Hall of Fame.ESPN made the announcement this morning.BREAKING FROM @espnW: Ivory to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018: https://t.co/gPxNwemvsT— WWE on ESPN (@WWEonESPN) February 12, 2018Ivory was first part of the GLOW (Gorgeous Women of Wrestling) promotion as Tina Ferrari early in his career. She later joined WWE as the manager of D’Lo Brown and Mark Henry and would go on to win the WWE Women’s Championship twice.Later on in her run she would become a member of the stable Right to Censor. Ivory also spent time as a trainer on the “Tough Enough” reality show on the reality show and worked as a as co-host on the WWE Experience show which aired in overseas markets.Ivory left the WWE in 2005.Ivory had this to say to ESPN.com after learning of her induction:“[This Hall of Fame recognition] means that it’s a full circle in your career, in your wrestling chapter. It’s great bragging rights for your family that have seen you go through the eras and I also feel like it’s an awesome tribute to the women in wrestling as a whole.”Ivory joins Goldberg and The Dudley Boyz as the confirmed inductees for the Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 34 weekend this April in New Orleans.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles February 15, 2018 at 7:42 am Triple H Ivory? Really? And the highlight you guys have above is nothing short of a botched finish lol Kevin Lowery RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR February 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next I’m sure she’ll go in the Hall of Fame one day. Just not now. Xavier Woods Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? February 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Jim Bilbee February 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm Does The WWE Cancelling Crown Jewel Mean Cancelling Shawn Michaels’ Comeback? WhatsApp I never doubted she would and obviously she isn’t……. Cameron Huff Jay Paz 31 All right! We now have 2/5 of Right to Censor in the Hall of Fame. Now Playing Up Next February 16, 2018 at 2:51 am February 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm Erik Wayne Flannagan Now,that I think about it,him and Bull Buchanan going in is one of the signs of the apocalypse. Erik Wayne Flannagan Videos Articles 10 COMMENTS February 12, 2018 at 7:06 pm Jamie King February 12, 2018 at 7:02 pm Videos Articles Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Century Casinos acquires Vietnam casino operator

first_img PokerStars LIVE moves one step closer to Macau return US casino operator Century Casinos, Inc has announced the acquisition of a 51% stake in Hong Kong-listed Golden Hospitality Limited, which runs Vietnamese border casino Minh Chau.Completed via the company’s Austrian subsidiary Century Resorts Management GmbH for a total consideration of US$560,000, the acquisition will see Golden Hospitality manage the hotel and gaming operations for a management fee while also acquiring a minimum of 51% of Minh Chau itself over the next three years for around US$3.6 million. Load More RelatedPosts China’s Tencent invests US$100 million into Indian fantasy sports platform Dream11 Caesars enters US$17.3 billion merger agreement with Eldorado Resorts Golden Hospitality plans to start managing the operations of Minh Chau within the next two months for a management fee of 26% of Minh Chau’s profit.In a press release, Century Casinos said the hotel offers 30 low-standard rooms while the international entertainment and gaming club offers seven electronic (table) games for non-Vietnamese passport holders under a provincial investment certificate that allows for up to 26 electronic games. Golden Hospitality’s intent is to upgrade and expand the hotel and gaming entertainment facilities.Minority shareholders of Golden include a set of Asian investors “with many years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry in IndoChina,” the company added.Century Casinos said it is aware of three other hotel and gaming operations along the 800 mile Vietnamese border with China.“We are excited about this opportunity to enter the Asian land-based gaming market with a relatively small initial investment but great upside development and investment potential,” said Century Casinos CEOs Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger.last_img read more

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Trump presses Japan over trade gap

first_imgUS president Donald Trump meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace, Japanese state guest house in Tokyo on 27 May. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump pressed Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to even out a trade imbalance with the United States and expressed confidence, despite Japanese wariness, that “good things” would come from North Korea.Trump is on a four-day state visit to Japan meant to showcase the alliance between the two nations, but which has also been shadowed by trade tensions.Trump explicitly linked trade and security, a connection that disturbs Tokyo, whose alliance with Washington stands at the core of its defence policies.”It’s all a balance sheet thing,” he said. “When I talk about a security threat, I talk about a balance sheet.”In order to have $716 billion dollars a year in military expenditures, you have to have a lot of money coming in,” he said, adding that Japan had bought “tremendous amounts” of US military gear.On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he expected big moves on trade would wait until after Japan’s upper house election in July.”Trade-wise, I think we’ll be announcing some things, probably in August, that will be very good for both countries,” Trump said on Monday. “We’ll get the balance of trade, I think, straightened out rapidly.” Abe, who has developed close personal ties with Trump since the US leader came to office, stressed the closeness of ties.”I am determined to demonstrate at home and abroad the very strong bond” he said of the alliance in Japan’s new Reiwa era, which began on 1 May when Emperor Naruhito inherited the throne.Earlier, Trump was greeted by Naruhito and his Harvard-educated wife at the imperial palace in Tokyo in a formal welcome ceremony broadcast live on national television.He became the first foreign dignitary to be received by the monarch since the latter inherited the throne after his father, Akihito, stepped down in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries.Trump gave a slight bow and he and First Lady Melania Trump shook hands with the imperial pair before entering the palace, to be met by Abe and his wife, Akie, among others.The president and emperor and their wives returned outside to walk a red carpet and stand under a hot sun while a military band played the national anthems of both countries.Red Carpet, Policy DifferencesTrump then walked the red carpet again, waving at assembled school children and inspecting Japanese troops before a military band played a formal salute as he stood solemnly on a raised platform.Trump has made clear he was pleased to have the honour of the first reception with the emperor, who is hosting a lavish state dinner for the US leader and his wife on Monday.The two leaders have put on a show of friendship but have policy disagreements over trade and North Korea.Trump has threatened to target Japanese automakers with high tariffs in his effort to cut the US trade surplus and get a two-way trade pact with Tokyo.Trump has also spearheaded an expensive trade dispute with China. That trade war between the world’s two largest economies has hurt markets worldwide and confounded US allies, including Japan and the European Union.Such allies share US concerns about Chinese practices but object to Trump’s hardball tactics.Abe and Trump are also set to discuss North Korea and Iran.”I personally think that lots of good things will come with North Korea. I feel that. I may be right, I may be wrong, but I feel that,” Trump said on Monday.On Sunday, Trump had said he was not worried about a recent missile launch by North Korea. That put him at odds with his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who said on Saturday Pyongyang’s recent short-range missile tests violated United Nations Security Council resolutions.Japan shares Bolton’s view.Abe is considering a trip to Iran next month, domestic media said, to try to soothe rising tension between Tehran and Washington. Trump said Abe had spoken to him on the subject.”We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “But I know for a fact that the prime minister is very close with the leadership of Iran, and we’ll see what happens.”Also on Monday, Trump will meet families of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago.last_img read more

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WATCH Tran Ngoc Toan South Vietnamese Soldier

first_img Share Tran Ngoc Toan was soldier in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. His story is a recurring element in the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary, which premiered on TV 8 on September 17 and continues through September 28. Houston Public Media recently interviewed him at his home in Houston.last_img

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Lowered Expectations Makes The Orville Better the Second Time Around

first_img How Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’The Orville Brings a Much Better Trailer to SDCC Stay on target After last week’s premiere, I wrote that The Orville still had to decide what it wanted to be. In the second episode, that’s still the case. Knowing that going in, I feel a little better about it. It helps that this episode had a much stronger plot, taking us to a more interesting place. The same problems that weighed down the pilot are still here, but they’re less egregious. For all its flaws, the show feels more comfortable with itself. It’s flying straight along the dividing line between wacky comedy and sci-fi drama. This week, it tilted a little further into the latter category, and was better for it.It helps that this episode borrowed heavily from a classic Star Trek storyline. This was essentially Seth MacFarlane’s remake of “The Cage.” Captain Ed Mercer and First Mate Kelly Grayson are tricked into entering a trap that beams them to an alien zoo, run by a technologically advanced race that looks down on pretty much everyone else. On the ship, Bortus has laid an egg and will incubate it for 21 days. With him out of action, the command has fallen to Alara. Though her physical strength got her promoted quickly, she’s still young and inexperienced when it comes to commanding a starship. That part of the plot really should have been better than it was. It should have been an opportunity for the show to explore who Alara is as a character. Instead, it gave us a rote plot where she makes the wrong choice at first, gets a talking-to and makes the right one. Substitute her with any other character on the show, and nothing would change.Halston Sage (Cr: Jordin Althaus/FOX)That’s really the biggest problem holding the show back. The characters are paper-thin sketches. Two episodes in, we barely know anything about them. The episode took maybe a half step to fix this. Mercer’s source of inspiration being Kermit the Frog is telling and endearing. That’s where it stopped, though. John LaMarr is still almost entirely devoid of personality, and Gordon Malloy has already lost what little he had in the pilot. These characters were all given some basic character traits in the pilot, but the show continues to do nothing with them. They are all whatever they need to be in the current scene. It hinders both the comedy and the drama, and is really the reason neither element is working as well as it should. Seth MacFarlane is clearly a huge fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, to the point where it feels like he’d rather be making that show instead. It’d help a lot if he stepped out of that box and dove into what makes these characters worth watching, rather than vaguely gesturing at the better, more fleshed-out cast of TNG.In the main plot, a much more interesting premise saves the show. Going to the alien zoo was fun, and gave us a reason to rehash Ed and Kelly’s bickering about their former relationship. It’s still not nearly as funny as MacFarlane thinks it is, but at least it’s motivated by circumstance this time. The addition of Ed’s parents at the beginning of the episode also helped inject some life into the joke. Jeffrey Tambor can make pretty much anything funny. The zoo plot was an excuse to take us to an entirely new and strange world, and introduce us to a ton of different alien life forms. That alone made it more fun to watch than the by-the-numbers MacGuffin plot we got last week. The writers had to think of a creative solution for it too, which played on The Orville’s strengths.  Isaac’s belief that androids are superior to organic life puts him on the same level as the aliens running the zoo. With Alara posing as his pet, they make a deal with the zookeeper for an even better human exhibit: Early 21st-century reality television. It’s the kind of joke you expect from MacFarlane, but because of that, it lands perfectly. It’s funny, it’s well-told, it’s a little easy but who cares if it makes you laugh? It’s that kind of writing, relying on what we know about these characters to drive the scene and capping it off with a funny joke, that I’d like to see more of on The Orville.Scott Grimes and J Lee (Cr: Jordin Althaus/FOX)Ultimately, lowered expectations made for a more pleasant viewing experience. Now that I know what this show is like, I can be pleasantly surprised by the good moments, rather than disappointed by everything else. The optimistic, positive tone remains a welcome change from the overwhelming dark and gritty dramas that occupy the rest of TV. That goodwill isn’t going to last forever, though. The Orville needs to flesh out its characters soon. That will allow it to tell better stories and write better jokes. Until then, the show will remain at the level of just OK at best. Its novelty will carry it for a couple episodes. If it doesn’t bring anything substantial to the table soon, it won’t survive though midseason. For now, it’s fine. Just fun enough that I don’t regret spending an hour of my evening on it. It’s just frustrating when there’s clearly a much better show in here that remains just beyond The Orville’s reach.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Darjeeling feels left out in Union Budget says GJMs Binay faction

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling failed to get a piece of the general Budget pie, despite heavy expectations. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang faction) has pulled up the BJP government for skipping out tea and tourism industry, the economic backbone of this region.”Raju Bishta, the newly elected MP from the Darjeeling constituency had assured all round development of this region in his election manifesto. He even won with a huge margin of 4 lakh. However, there is nothing for this a region in general and Darjeeling in particular. The record margin victory failed to pay off,” stated Anit Thapa, General Secretary, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThapa stated that a few days ago, Bishta had announced that Darjeeling would get a Central University, but there was no such mention. “The government has decided to develop 17 world class tourism points. Darjeeling has failed to make it to the list also. With election over their commitment to this place is gone also,” alleged Thapa. “However, this is nothing new. In the past also the BJP has time and again failed to live up to its commitments,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt is sheer betrayal, feels the GJM. “Yet again they have betrayed Darjeeling. When they can’t even ensure development, will they be able to carve out Gorkhaland?” questioned Thapa. Even the tea industry feels let down. “The government’s decision to levy 2% TDS on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore annually will come as a major letdown for the tea industry. There are many tea gardens where more than a crore has to be disbursed in the way of wages,” said Sumanta Guhathakurta, president, DBITA. Ram Avatar Sharma, president of the Dooars Chapter of the Tea Association of India, said: “The government should have brought tea under Ministry of agriculture from the present ministry of commerce and industries. The Union government should give more impetus and help in the export of tea.”last_img read more

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