Humane Society To Honor Animal Rescue Team

first_imgThe Humane Society of the United States invites you to join them at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 2 for To The Rescue New York, a gala to celebrate the life-saving work of their Animal Rescue Team.Every year, the Animal Rescue Team works with law enforcement and local communities to rescue thousands of animals from life-threatening cruelty and devastating natural disasters. When animals are in danger, the Animal Rescue Team is ready to respond at a moment’s notice with its state-of-the-art vehicles and trained responders. In 2011 and 2012, the team rescued and cared for more than 11,000 animals, and we know the need will only continue to grow.
The Animal Rescue Team also works with law enforcement to investigate illegal animal cruelty such as puppy mills and animal fighting, and to help seize animals who are abused and neglected. In all cases, the team coordinates the handling, care, sheltering, and placement of rescued animals so they can find their forever homes.The event will feature a cocktail reception, gourmet vegan dinner created by celebrity chef Tal Ronnen and Cipriani, live auction, and a special appearance by the Animal Rescue Team. Colbie Caillat will perform and also receive the Human Advocate Award.The Honorary Committee includes Kaley Cuoco, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Emily Deschanel, Kathy Freston, Tricia Helfer, Carrie Ann Inaba, Wendie Malick, Rose McGowan, Maria Menounos, Moby, Paige Rense Noland, Chynna Phillips and William Baldwin, Pauley Perrette, Charlotte Ross, Hal Sparks, Hilary Swank, Loretta Swit and Michael Vartan.Find out more about the event and how to get tickets here.last_img read more

Quebecs Superstar Music Media Exec Anne Vivien

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment When the English Canadian music business thinks about the French-Canadian music business, which isn’t all that often, it often regards it with a sense of curiosity, wonder and envy. A French name pops up at the top of the SoundScan sales chart;  “hey… hang on a sec, who is this and how did they go from not even being on the chart last week, to being number 1 this week, WTF?”.Pour another coffee and permit me to increase your envy with a tale of horizontal integration and the most powerful woman in the Canadian music business today.Her name is Anne Vivien; she is from a small town of 1000 people (1500 in the summer!) from outside of Grasse in the south of France, and she is the Executive Vice President for Music and Development at Quebecor. As such she is the head of Distribution Select, the label Musicor and the Musicor show division, all sister companies of the homegrown media empire Quebecor. Facebook Quebecor owns the most highly rated conventional television station in Quebec  the TVA network, a number of cable channels, a portfolio of the most-read newspapers, one of the most successful book publishers, a catalogue of glossy magazines and oh yeah, almost forgot, one of the leading internet and cable service providers in Quebec, Videotron. So when Anne builds an artist release plan, she has a toolbox most labels could only dream of. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

FX PLANS NICK OFFERMAN DRAMA AND CHRIS ROCK JOINING FARGO

first_imgFX is also rebooting “Shogun” as a 10-episode limited series, which it calls its “largest international scale production to date.” The series will be based on the novel of the same name by James Clavell that was turned into a 1980 miniseries event by NBC starring Richard Chamberlain.The plot charts the collision in Japan of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai. The new version will be written by Eugene Kelly (“Westworld,” ”Leftovers” and “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies,” ”Top Boy”).FX has lured Rock to star in a new season of “Fargo,” set in 1950, which will begin production in 2019. Rock will play the head of a criminal syndicate who has struck an uneasy peace with a rival group — they’ve swapped sons. A death forces the unraveling of their plans. Longtime “Fargo” show runner Noah Hawley will again lead the creative team. Advertisement Facebook BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX is diversifying its offerings, picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Nick Offerman, sinking resources into a limited series based in feudal Japan and returning for a fourth series of “Fargo,” this time with Chris Rock.The network revealed some of its upcoming plans Friday and they include the eight-episode “Devs” by writer and director Alex Garland, who wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Ex Machina” starring Alicia Vikander. The upcoming TV series is set at a secretive tech firm in San Francisco that may be responsible for a murder.“Devs” will star “Parks and Recreation” veteran Offerman as the firm’s CEO, Sonoya Mizuno, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny and Alison Pill. It will premiere on FX in 2019. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img FILE – In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Nick Offerman arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Kong: Skull Island” at the Dolby Theatre. FX is picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Offerman, sinking resources into a series based in feudal Japan and getting Chris Rock to star in a fourth series of “Fargo.” The network revealed some of its upcoming plans Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

TORONTO PREMIUM OUTLETS UNVEILS EXCEPTIONAL LUXURY LINEUP

first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2018 — Toronto Premium Outlets announced an extraordinary line-up of luxury brands for its 140,000 square-foot expansion opening today. The joint venture between Simon and SmartCentres boasts over 500,000 square feet of retail space with more than 130 designer outlets. Shoppers can now enjoy enhanced amenities, elevated food offerings and exciting new brands all in one convenient space. Advertisement Advertisement Gucci, Montblanc, Prada and Zadig et Voltaire join renowned brands such as Burberry, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, and Ted Baker. Along with the extensive line-up of world-class, luxury brands, notable Canadian retailer, Aritzia, launched its first outlet in North America as part of the expansion. In addition, existing favourites like Under Armour, Rudsak and Jimmy Choo have renovated and/or expanded. The expansion will add over 40 new stores, with the majority opening today for the official launch and more coming before the end of 2018.The Centre’s food mix is also enhanced with the introduction of Toronto Premium Outlets’ first full-service restaurant, Madisons Restaurant and Bar, on the northwest side of the property across from Starbucks.  There will also be new fast casual and grab-and-go offerings including Cultures, Cacao 70, A&W, Real Fruit Bubble Tea and DAVIDsTEA.“We’re thrilled to offer our customers even more amazing retail options with this new expansion,” says Helena Moniz, General Manager, Toronto Premium Outlets.For added convenience, the center’s five-storey parking garage features heated ramps and an innovative system displaying the number and location of available spaces on each level.“We’re always looking to elevate the luxury shopping experience we provide,” Moniz continued, “and with the addition of many new modern amenities that are designed to help make the shopping experience easy, we believe Toronto Premium Outlets delivers the total package.”Toronto Premium Outlets attracts millions of shoppers each year and seven new touch-screen directories have been installed throughout the center to help customers find their favourite stores. Other enhancements include mobile phone charging stations, a second Guest Services Centre, an additional children’s play area and a refreshed food pavilion.About Toronto Premium OutletsToronto Premium Outlets, a joint venture between Simon Property Group and SmartCentres, is one of two Simon Premium Outlets Centres in Canada and a value retail destination in Halton Hills, Ontario. The exceptional brands offering savings up to 65% include: Saks OFF 5th, Burberry, Ted Baker, AllSaints, Rudsak, Michael Kors, kate spade new york, and Under Armour. The Centre is located at Highway 401 and Trafalgar Rd, in Halton Hills, Ontario.About Simon Premium Outlets®The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and homeware retailers. Our Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando Premium Outlets, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas Premium Outlets and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit premiumoutlets.com or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.About SimonSimon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com. About SmartCentresSmartCentres is one of Canada’s largest real estate investment trusts with total assets of approximately $9.5 billion. It owns and manages 34 million square feet of retail space in value-oriented, principally Walmart-anchored retail centres, having the strongest national and regional retailers as well as strong neighbourhood merchants. The retail centres continue to experience industry-leading occupancy levels of 98%. In addition, SmartCentres is a joint venture partner in the Premium Outlets locations in Toronto and Montreal with Simon Property Group.SmartCentres is expanding the breadth of its portfolio to include residential (single-family, condominium and rental), retirement homes, office, and self storage, either on its large urban properties such as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre or as an adjunct to its well-located existing shopping centres. For more information on SmartCentres, visit www.smartcentres.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Exhibit honours Morrisseaus work

first_imgAPTN National NewsOne of several events that took place last week during the AFN’s general assembly was an exhibition of work by noted Ojibway artist Norval Morrisseau.Many of the pieces in the collection were bought directly from him.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more on this story.last_img

Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

first_imgCALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. – Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur.TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that’s about a 110-mile (177-kilometre) drive north of Los Angeles.Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.Calls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday.last_img read more

Just for Laughs to be sold after reaching deal with investors group

first_imgMONTREAL – The embattled Just for Laughs group says it has found a buyer.The Montreal-based company says it has reached an agreement in principle with an unnamed group of investors.The company says the deal puts the ball in the court of media giant Quebecor, which can exercise its right to first refusal and equal the group’s offer in the next 12 days.Just for Laughs was rocked after several women came forward last fall with allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against its founder and majority stakeholder, Gilbert Rozon.Rozon said he would sell his majority shares in the Just for Laughs company he founded in response to the allegations, which he has denied and which have not been proven in court.Companies in this story: Quebecor (TSX;QBR.B)last_img read more

Very curious slightly confused rapper Classified tests limits of cannabis support

first_imgTORONTO – Nova Scotia rapper Classified has been a proponent of smoking marijuana for years, but he says Canada’s new legalization laws have left him confused over the ways he’s allowed to promote the cannabis lifestyle.He knows it’s within his rights to express his love for weed. And he’s allowed to talk publicly about buying shares of OrganiGram, an East Coast cannabis company he struck a loose business relationship with earlier this year.After that it gets a bit hazy, since most celebrity endorsements of a brand are prohibited under the Cannabis Act.“I was emailing OrganiGram going, ‘you guys know I’m actually an investor so we can probably get away with advertising more.’ I’m kind of curious to see what they’re going to come back and say,” he says, sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with a logo for the company’s first recreational weed brand.“They’re so careful not to cross that line. Almost to the point where I’m barely doing anything. I’ll bring them ideas and they’re like, ‘No we can’t do that.’”“I don’t even know what they’re paying me for. Like I’m wearing a hat, I’m trying,” he adds.Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, has been at the forefront of Canadian hip hop for over a decade, making him a valuable asset for young cannabis companies looking for prominent pot smokers. He’s worked with Buck 65, produced singer Ria Mae and swapped rhymes on a track with weed aficionado Snoop Dogg.The rapper also seems eager to test the boundaries of the new federal laws. His latest music video might even do that once Health Canada catches a whiff of it.“Legal Marijuana,” released Wednesday to coincide with legalization, features Classified standing with dozens of people in a public park as they rap along with his verses and every so often toke up and exhale a puff of smoke.That part of the video should be fine under the law.What might raise legal questions is a line he speaks that could be deemed an endorsement of a cannabis brand. The moment happens late in the video after Boyd adjusts his baseball cap and draws attention to the logo for Edison Cannabis Company, which is part of OrganiGram’s recreational pot portfolio.“Feelin’ just right, rollin’ up some of that Edison Reserve. Oh Canada, things have changed,” he says.The line doesn’t appear in the version of the song featured on his album “Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.”If Health Canada views the rapper saying a specific cannabis brand has him “feelin’ just right,” it’s possible the regulator might see it as crossing the line as an endorsement, suggests Denes Rothschild, a lawyer who watches the cannabis industry.“If he has some sort of business arrangement with them and they’re paying him as an endorser… I think it raises a question,” says Rothschild, a partner at the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm in Toronto.“(The laws) are being interpreted and a lot of it is going to come down to where the government chooses to draw the line.”In an emailed statement, Organigram said it “was not involved in the production of Classified’s video.”“We remain committed to ensuring our brands and marketing practices are compliant with Health Canada’s regulations,” said Ray Gracewood, Organigram’s chief commercial officer.Representatives for Heath Canada didn’t immediately respond to questions about how music videos will be considered under the new laws.In the meantime, Boyd is willing to open the floodgates to potential business opportunities. After investing roughly $20,000 into shares of cannabis companies, he says he’s pleased with the upwards trend in their market value.“I’m not a big stock guy at all, I don’t take chances with my money,” he says.“But I’m making more on stock than I am on touring, probably.”Boyd’s perspective on legalization is tempered by a sense of caution over widespread acceptance. He worries about the “negative” side of weed, especially with parents who smoke inside the house while their children are present.“Hopefully people will be smart and realize it’s not good to just sit here and blow smoke in kids’ lungs and let them grow up with this type of lifestyle every day,” he says.At his family home in Enfield, N.S., just outside Halifax, he says it’s a rule that nobody smokes around his three pre-teen daughters. He typically lights up inside his recording studio.“I put in a different ventilation system so I can smoke, so it’s not going through my house every day,” he says.“But at the same time my oldest knows I use it sometimes and it’s no different to her than like, ‘Oh mommy’s having a glass a wine.’ OK, well daddy’s out there doing his thing.”In many ways, the rapper says legalization makes hardly any difference for him or his friends.“They smoke it like it’s been legal for years,” he says. “I think most people have.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher on the final day of trading of what has been a difficult year for stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.53 points at 14,229.53.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 114.15 points at 23,176.55. The S&P 500 index was up 2.89 points at 2,488.63, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.87 of a point at 6,583.65.The Canadian dollar traded for 73.29 cents US compared with an average of 73.32 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 33 cents at US$45.00 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 23.1 cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down 40 cents at US$1,282.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 4.35 cents at US$2.64 a pound.last_img read more

Paris protesters try to revive yellow vest movement

first_imgPARIS — Hundreds of protesters are trying to breathe new life into France’s apparently waning yellow vest movement with marches in Paris and gatherings in other cities, but numbers appeared down on their first demonstration of the new year.There were no reports of violence on the eighth consecutive Saturday of yellow vest protests, in contrast to some December demonstrations that degenerated into chaotic violence. Paris Metro lines were open.Authorities have warned that they won’t tolerate illegal acts. One known figure in the movement, Eric Drouet, was detained overnight this week for allegedly organizing an illegal demonstration. On Friday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said those still protesting “want insurrection.”The movement is named after fluorescent vests French motorists must keep in cars.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Second Rotary Mega Lottery Early Bird Draw winner announced

first_imgRicky Kok, of Fort St. John, was the winner for the $5,000 draw.The final draw for the Mega Lottery is on January 12, 2019.For tickets and further information, you can visit https://rotarymegalottery.org/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club has drawn another winner for the Rotary Mega Lottery early bird draw at the Northern Grand Hotel on Thursday.This Early Bird Draw was the second of two draws, with the first one taking place on October 25.Rotary Club members had the honour of drawing the ticket.last_img read more

Jana Sena announces first list of candidates

first_imgAmaravati: Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which is making its debut in electoral politics of Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The party declared candidates for two Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. It had earlier announced candidates for two Lok Sabha seats. The suspense continues over the constituency Pawan Kalyan will choose to contest as his name did not figure in the first list. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Young and successful start-up entrepreneur Gedela Srinubabu will contest for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jana Sena’s state convenor Chintala Pardhasaradhi is the candidate from Anakapalle Lok Sabha constituency. The party had earlier announced former ONGC executive director D.M.R Sekhar and former BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana as its candidates for the Amalapuram and Rajahmundry parliamentary seats, respectively. Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who quit the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Jana Sena a few months ago, will contest for the Assembly from Prathipadu constituency in Guntur district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Former Congress leader P. Balaraju was named as Jana Sena’s candidate from Paderu. Former Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, now a key leader of Jana Sena, will contest from Tenali. The former Congress leader had represented this constituency for two terms from 2004 to 2014. The party’s General Secretary Thota Chandrashekhar will contest from Guntur West. Pawan Kalyan has already announced that Jana Sena will have an alliance with the Left parties. However, a formal announcement on seat sharing is yet to be made. Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

58% ads eye women only, 35% target both genders

first_imgMumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.last_img read more

Australian senator rapped for racist New Zealand mosque shooting bytes

first_imgSydney: The Australian lawmaker who had an egg cracked on his head by a teenage boy for his comments about last month’s New Zealand mosque shootings faced a stinging attack on Tuesday in the first sitting of Australia’s Parliament since the attacks. Independent Sen. Fraser Anning was the target of widespread condemnation after the Christchurch shootings, in which 50 people died, when he blamed the massacre on immigration policies that he said allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAustralian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder in the shootings. After his comments, Anning faced more criticism for physically striking the teenager who cracked an egg on his head at a Melbourne public appearance 17-year-old Will Connolly, who became known around the world as “Egg Boy.” Anning will face an official censure motion in Parliament on Wednesday for the comments, which caused more than a million people to sign an online petition calling for his removal from the national legislature. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut when Parliament resumed in Canberra on Tuesday following a monthlong break, one senior fellow lawmaker took the opportunity to lash out at Anning. Echoing Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comment that Anning should be charged for striking Connolly, acting government Senate leader Simon Birmingham attacked Anning for his lack of humanity after the shootings. “The lack of compassion you have shown demonstrates, frankly, a basic lack of basic humanity,” Birmingham told Anning, adding that his conduct “betrays the rights you have to freedom of speech.” Birmingham said Anning acted in a way that would potentially fuel more acts of terrorism and violence. “You have failed the test of character I would expect of anybody who is elected to this place,” he said. Birmingham’s outburst came after Anning arrived at Parliament saying he had “no remorse” over his comments. Anning then used the Senate’s question time to bring up the egging incident. He quizzed the government about its response to the episode, asking whether it believed politically motivated violence was acceptable in some circumstances.last_img read more

‘Modi ‘promoted’ firms of ‘capitalist friends’ at expense of BSNL, MTNL’

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘promoted’ firms of his ‘capitalist friends’ at the expense of state-owned BSNL and MTNL. Attacking government over a media report that claimed that in order to better the financial condition of BSNL and get it back on track, its board has approved several proposals, including voluntary retirement for 54,000 employees, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Whose telecom companies are BSNL and MTNL– of the country’s 130 crore people. Government-owned BSNL and MTNL have been destroyed. Both companies are in debt.” “Modi ji has promoted the firms of his capitalist friends. BSNL and MTNL are now on the verge of closure,” the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Blaming Modi government for the downfall of state-own telecom service providers, Surjewala said, “Why Modi ji is not supporting the public sector companies when he has given bailout packages to private companies worth thousands and lakhs of crores.” Surjewala was reacting to a report that stated that BSNL’s board has reportedly approved the proposal to lay off over 54,000 employees. It was also reported that the BSNL board has approved suggestions to reduce retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, voluntary retirement scheme and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL. Meanwhile, the BSNL has denied any such development. In an official release, the public telecom service provider said the so-called proposals pertaining to reduction in the retirement age of BSNL employees and retrenchment of a large number of employees are not true.last_img read more

Shah holds massive road show in Tumkur on last day of campaining

first_imgBengaluru: BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday held a massive road show in Tumkur, where his party nominee is pitted against JDS supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, as the town was swathed in Saffron. Ahead of the road show, Shah visited Siddaganga mutt, a prominent Lingayat seminary in Karnataka, and paid respects at the “Gadduge” (the final resting place) of its highly revered seer Shivakumara Swami, who passed away at the age of 111-year, in January this year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Thousands of enthusiastic BJP workers cheered Shah chanting “Modi, Modi” as his “Rath”, a modified campaign vehicle, traversed through the streets of Tumkur in the around 40-minute road show. Shah canvassed votes for BJP candidate G S Basavaraj on the last day of the electioneering in the constituency, which is going for polls on Thursday along with 13 other seats in the first of the two-phase elections in the state. The remaining 14 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka will have polling on April 23. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday A large number of people gathered all along the route and showered flower petals on Shah as the “rath” wound its way in a delirious atmosphere. Ahead of the “rath”, BJP supporters sporting saffron caps and holding cutouts, placards and party flags danced to drum beats, as slogans of ‘Modi Modi’ rent the air. Accompanying Shah among others were senior leader and MLA V Sonamma, BJP national general secretary and Karnataka in charge P Muralidhar Rao. Deve Gowda is the joint candidate of ruling Congress-JDS coalition in the constituency. He has chosen to contest from Tumkur at the last minute, after vacating Hassan, his home tuft, to grandson Prajwal Revanna. Congress had ceded Tumkur seat to JD(S) as per the seat sharing arrangement, denying ticket to sitting MP Muddahanumegowda, causing resentment within. The fight in Tumkur is also seen as battle between Lingayats and Vokkaligas – the two dominant communities in Karnataka — to which both Basavaraj and Gowda belong to respectively. Basavaraj had represented Tumkur in Lok Sabha in the past- thrice as a Congress nominee and once from BJP. He was defeated by Congress Muddahanumegowda in 2014 polls. For Deve Gowda it is his first electoral battle from Tumkur, which has eight assembly segments. Four of them are held by BJP, three by JD(S) and one by Congress. A total of 15 candidates are in the fray in the seat.last_img read more

Dhoni ”might” play the next game, says Raina

first_imgHyderabad: Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni “might” play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kings’s six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. “His back was stiff. He is feeling better and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony. For a team that has won seven of their nine matches this season, the defeat was a wake-up call, Raina said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I think it is a very good wake up call.” CSK were restricted at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare. “I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. “We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Man of the Match David Warner (50) thanked the crowd for support. “Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes we have been a bit hesitant, against Kings (XI Punjab) the wicket was quite tough. Me and Jonny (Bairstow) have been mixing and matching quite well. “I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can’t thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India,” Warner said. Sunrisers Hyderbad captain Kane Williamson applauded the team for its efforts. “Very good performance all around. CSK started well with the bat but the way we performed in the back half was outstanding and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much,” he said. “Rashid (Khan, who claimed 2/17) has been an outstanding performer for a number of years. He was brilliant today. Warner was brilliant. A match-winning knock with Jonny (61 not out),” Williamson added.last_img read more