2 CRPF jawans injured in blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were on Friday injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals at a forest in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.The incident took place this morning when a team of CRPF’s second battalion was out on an anti-Maoist operation in a forest area under Kerlapal police station limits, Deputy Inspector General (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P. said.While they were cordoning-off a forested patch near Pariya village, the Naxals triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in which two CRPF jawans suffered injuries, he said.Reinforcements were rushed to the spot soon after, he said.The injured jawans were admitted in a local hospital in Sukma. They were stated to be out of danger, the DIG said.Meanwhile, a combing operation was underway in the region, he said.On April 24, as many as 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven others injured when Naxals attacked a patrol party of the paramilitary troops while they were ensuring security to road construction work near Burkapal village in Sukma district.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers- CSK win by 19 runs

first_imgChennai batsman Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 and Albie Morkel scalped three as their team beat Hyderabad by 19 runs during their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Sunday. Score | PhotosHyderabad players were aware that a target of 166 would prove to be a tough one to reach so their openers Sunny Sohal and Shikhar Dhawan started off on a high note scoring close to 12 runs an over. But it was Sohal, who was doing the bulk of scoring and Dhawan providing him with the much-needed support.Sunny Sohal raced to his half-century in no time. But in the 7th over of the innings he was forced to take a walk after putting a 30-ball 56. The reason Shadab Jakati’s ball crashed into his stumps when the score was 71.Jakati struck again on the last ball of the 11th over scalping the other opener Dhawan on 19. Jakati kept the ball low and an inside edge of Dhawan’s bat crashed into his stumps and Hyderabad were 90/2.Bharat Chipli fell in the 14th over off Albie Morkel and Chennai were down to 110/3.  Then Doug Bollinger clean bowled Hyderabad captain Kumar Sangakkara in the 16th over to reduce the visitors to 121/4.Cameron White ended up getting caught by substitute Faf du Plessis off Morkel on the first ball of the 18th over when the score was 137. The last ball of the same over saw JP Duminy walk back on 17 and Hyderabad were down to 143/6.More wickets fell in the last over as Daniel Christian ended up getting run out in Doug Bollinger’s over.advertisementFinally Hyderabad could only manage to score 146/8.Chennai inningsEarlier, Suresh Raina scored a fine 59 as Chennai posted an impressive 165/5 against Hyderabad in the 39th IPL match of IPL-4.Chennai suffered early setback in the fourth over when left-arm spinner Pragyan Ohja scalped opener Murali Vijay with a ball that kept low and skid on to crash against his stumps when the team total was 18. This was after Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat.Post that wicket Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey got on with a partnership. And by the 10th over the Chennai score was 58/1.Finally in the 13th over Hussey walked back after posting a good 46 runs on board and putting 60 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina. Hussey went for a pull off Harmeet Singh but failed to cross the boundary and ended up getting caught by Ishant Sharma when the team total was 78.But Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to score a fine 59 off just 35 balls decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes. Finally, Ojha got the better of him in the 18th over. Raina played took the aerial route but his shot was cut short by Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Chennai were 136/3 post his wicket.Next man Albie Morkel charged away at the opposition bowlers and he picked Ishant Sharma for his batting blitz. He hit a massive six off him in the 19th over and then followed it with another big one measuring 109m and then upped the scale to 114m with the next aerial shot – recording the longest six of the IPL-4 so far.But, Morkel ended up getting run out on the first ball of the 20th over.Captain MS Dhoni, who scored 21, was the last wicket to fall from the Chennai camp. Chennai completed their innings on 165/5 with Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha at the crease.last_img read more

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Video replays necessary in FIFA to catch cheaters

The past week has been a tumultuous one in the international soccer world, as more than a few strong contenders found themselves forced into playoffs whose outcomes ultimately decided their world cup status.In international soccer — or football, as the rest of the world knows it — there isn’t a bigger spectacle. Held every four years, the FIFA World Cup draws the top 32 international teams to the biggest tournament on earth, an event that normally draws the eyes of a few billion people.Although a few key squads have traditionally dominated the World Cup, that huge gap has been closing in the past few years. This time around, some previously unknown and unlikely contenders have arisen and were welcomed to the world stage.For example, the normally illustrious Italian team was defeated earlier this year in the Confederations Cup by a terrific Egyptian squad. Similarly, the up-and-coming Irish team brilliantly showed France, runner-up from the last World Cup, just how intimidating it has become as a team.Oh, wait.That’s not exactly how it happened. What really happened was that it was an extremely close game after Ireland tied the points in aggregate. Basically, whoever scored next would secure a bid to the World Cup; a glorious feat both sides had been working hard on for years.Late in the game, a French ball crossed into the Irish box and was in danger of overshooting the mark. Thierry Henry, a French striker and one of the most respected international football players, then handled the ball in an unorthodox manner — he prevented the ball from going out of bounds with the palm of his hands. The three officials were in blind spots and couldn’t see the “hand of shame” so when Henry passed it to a teammate to head it in and score, the referee allowed the “obvious” goal despite the strong appeals by not only the goalie and defenders but also thousands sitting in the stadium that saw the ordeal take place.This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in football. Diego Maradona famously tapped a ball in with his hand (the so called “hand of god” goal) to score a goal that ultimately gave Argentina the 1986 World Cup.It wasn’t fair back then and you can be sure it is still a ridiculous farce today.It’s easy to jump to a bizarre theory to explain all this, of course. Did FIFA just want to get France a guaranteed spot in the World Cup? Perhaps the Fédération Internationale de Football Association couldn’t stand to see a World Cup occur without its beloved Les Blues.All conspiracy theories put aside, this situation does present a huge problem with not only football but also some other major sports (Baseball, I am looking directly at you). The human officials are not enough as we clearly see time and time again. It’s getting a little ridiculous, but what’s even worse is that no one is acknowledging that a problem does indeed exist.There’s something wrong with football. And until that problem is solved we can’t give the competing teams a fair and balanced game play, which is the one common promise that is characteristic of all sports. Although I am not going to pretend to know what the solution is, I suggest video replays be permitted, allowing for extra reviews in the dead minutes after a goal is scored.Then and only then can international football return to being the fair, fun, competitive sport that I, along with billions, so strongly love.Meanwhile, let’s see how many more players can creatively and secretively get away with using their hands in football, joining that oh so prestigious club of Henry, Maradona and Lionel Messi. read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Ohio State falls to UMass 63 in home

Ohio State redshirt senior goalie Sean Romeo (30) prepares for a UMass shot in the first period of the game against the University of Massachusetts on Oct. 19 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 1 Ohio State men’s hockey team fell to UMass 6-3 after falling into an early hole in its home opener.Ohio State (2-1-0), ranked No. 1 in the polls for the first time in team history, allowed six goals against UMass (3-0-0) on only 27 shots. Though the loss was disappointing for the Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik said there were positives from their first home outing, and they know what they need to work on.“Number one, we’ve got to just keep getting better. It’s the beginning of the year, it’s our third game, it’s a long season,” Rohlik  said. “We played a really good hockey team tonight, we knew that. You know, we didn’t have the start we wanted. I liked their compete coming back.”UMass senior forward Brett Boeing opened up the scoring off an assist from sophomore defenseman Cale Makar with just under ten minutes remaining in the first period.It wouldn’t be the last time Makar would leave his impression on Ohio State, as he would provide another assist and an empty net goal of his own later on.With just over seven minutes remaining in the second period, it was 3-0 in favor of the Minutemen and the Buckeyes seemed out of sorts, and were looking for a jump start on offense.“At that point is was kind of a do or die,” senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said. “You know we had to come out and give them our best to stay in the game, and the guys battled really hard, we got back into it.”After the Buckeyes killed a penalty, junior forward Carson Meyer gave the Buckeyes some momentum late in the second period off a penalty shot for his second goal of the season. He followed it up minutes later with his second goal of the game to cut the UMass lead to one.Though the game ended in defeat for the Buckeyes, Meyer still had an impressive game for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals that gave Ohio State a chance to mount a comeback.Halfway through the third period, senior forward Dakota Joshua scored to again cut the lead to one. But with less than five minutes remaining, UMass freshman forward Bobby Trivigno made it 5-3 in favor of the Minutemen to ice the game. An additional goal was tacked on a minute later by Makar to bring the final score to 6-3.Ohio State outshot UMass 38-27 on the night and were one for five on the power play. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo saved 21 shots and allowed five goals.Looking to tomorrow’s game, Larocque said the team knows what it needs to improve on to earn its first home win of the season.“I think just, like coach has been saying, coming out ready to play, start to finish. It’s something we’ve struggled with in past years, being consistent throughout an entire game, and it’s something that we really need to improve,” Larocque said.The Buckeyes will return to the Schottenstein Center to play their second game against UMass at 5:00 p.m on Saturday. read more

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Wrestling No 6 Ohio State brings nationleading 10man lineup into NCAA Championships

No. 2 Kollin Moore gets his hand raised after defeating No. 19 Malik McDonald of North Carolina State University by major decision in the 197-pound bout, 15-6. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe Ohio State wrestling team will be the only team in the nation to represent all 10 weight classes when it heads to Pittsburgh Thursday to compete for a title in the NCAA Championships.No. 6 Ohio State (12-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will try to win the NCAA Championship as a team after finishing second each of the past two postseasons to Penn State. The Buckeyes have the edge as the only team with the ability to gain points in all 10 weight classes, and with multiple wrestlers in contention for individual championships.“Let’s not take for granted the fact that we did what no other team did this year in the country in regard to qualifying [all 10 wrestlers],” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “But also, it is Ohio State, and we can attract the best, and we are all seeking perfection and that’s what we are after.”The Buckeyes’ 10-man lineup earned five top-5 seeds for the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, received the only top seed for the Buckeyes.Martin is one of only 12 wrestlers nationally to own an undefeated record heading into the NCAA Championships.Ryan said Martin has a lot of pressure to win the national title but is confident in his abilities.“I believe [Martin] is the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the tournament,” Ryan said. “We will see come Thursday.”Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, avenged one of his two losses on the season in the Big Ten 141-pound championship match by defeating Penn State sophomore Nick Lee, the then-No. 2 wrestler in the NCAA at 141 pounds.McKenna could have a chance to avenge the only other wrestler that has defeated him this season in Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, who is the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds and remains undefeated, should they both reach the finals.Ryan said McKenna learned from his loss, and knows what he needs to do to defeat No. 1 seed Diakomihalis.“[McKenna] had a great match with [Diakomihalis]. We liked the way the match went,” Ryan said. “He has to finish some of the shots he didn’t finish.”Ohio State redshirt senior Micah Jordan and redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestlers in the country at 149 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively, both head into the NCAA Championships as the other two No. 2 seeds for the Buckeyes.Jordan has lost only two matches this season, both to Rutgers’ Anthony Ashnault, who is the top seed at 149 pounds.Moore also has two losses to one wrestler: undefeated Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds.Ryan said the wrestlers must go match by match and he expects big things from Jordan and Moore.“They got to be really smart with the tactics they use and the skill they use when they use it,” Ryan said. “A lot of this at times boils down to quality decision-making.”Ohio State junior Luke Pletcher, the No. 9 wrestler in the country at 133 pounds, received the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships after a strong performance in the Big Ten Tournament, finishing as the runner-up.Pletcher said the 133-pound weight class was very difficult this season, but still feels ready to compete.“No matter where they put you in that bracket, it is going to be a brutal way,” Pletcher said. “I think I got a good [seed], ready to wrestle and feel good [about] getting back my mojo and ready to rock.”Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell, the No. 16 wrestler in the country at 165 pounds, received the No. 21 seed in the NCAA Championships.Campbell transferred to Ohio State from the University of Pittsburgh after the 2017 season and talked about what it means to him to be wrestling in front of his hometown in Pittsburgh for the NCAA Championships.“Why not have it at home [when] it could be anywhere?” Campbell said. “I look forward to the experience of going back home with friends and family and being able to celebrate with them.”No. 6 Ohio State will attempt to win its first NCAA Championship since 2015 starting at noon Thursday in Pittsburgh. read more

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Ronaldinho tips Pogba for Ballon dOr

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldinho has tipped his “friend” Paul Pogba to win the Ballon d’Or, as long as he listens to Jose MourinhoOver the past decade the award has been exclusively won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi with the last winner being Ronaldinho’s compatriot Kaka in 2007.But the former Barcelona star, who won the award himself in 2006, believes that Pogba has the potential to end Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance.“He can win the Ballon d’Or, without a doubt,” said Ronaldinho, according to Goal.“I see Pogba as a friend, I don’t see myself as his idol.“He is young, talented and he has the ability to play anywhere, he can play in a free role, defensive, as a runner or attacking.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has the characteristics of a player who can fill any position, he can make history.”Recently Pogba has struggled under Mourinho at Manchester United and has been dropped to the bench in recent matches due to his continued inconsistent displays at Old Trafford.But Ronaldinho, who himself had a spell on the bench at former club Paris Saint-Germain, believes that his friend must respect his coach and is certain that Mourinho can extract the potential within Pogba.“He knows the substitutes’ bench, like me at Paris Saint-Germain with [former coach Luis] Fernandez. It is not the same, when Mourinho tells you that you’re on the bench you have to respect that, the other guy, a little less,” said the 38 year-old.“I think Paul really has a lot to learn from Mourinho, who is one of the best coaches in the world. A coach who has won so many titles should be respected. In my case, it was the opposite.”The former midfielder refused to speculate on Pogba’s future. : “He is already in a big club and he has everything needed to make history, whether it is this club or another he has to be where he feels happiest.”last_img read more

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Courtois Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot be replaced, but challenged his teammates anyway to help compensate for the loss of his goalsThe Portuguese superstar call time on his glorious nine-year spell with Real in favour of a €112m summer move to Juventus and has since excelled over in Italy.But, while Ronaldo impresses in the Serie A, Real have struggled in his absence by having their worst start to a new campaign in 17 years.However, under new manager Santiago Solari, things have improved for Los Blancos with seven wins in the Argentine’s nine matches in charge.And Solari won his first piece of silverware at the club on Saturday in their 4-1 win over Al Ain in the Club World Cup final.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Despite that though, Courtois believes Real still have to step up and find a way to compensate for the loss of Ronaldo’s goals.“Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, you cannot forget what he did,” said Courtois, according to Yahoo.“But he is not here anymore, so it’s time for other players, like Bale did in the semi-finals [of the Club World Cup], to score the goals he [Ronaldo] used to score.“If we are able to do so, it’ll be fine.”Currently, Karim Benzema (11) and Gareth Bale (10) are Real’s leading scorers this season.last_img read more

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Salmon Forum Highlights Habitat Protection

first_imgCook Inletkeeper recently recognized the Kenai Peninsula Borough for the passage of the 50-foot setback rule. Berkhahn: “I don’t know how we can actually stop these big projects, and we can’t. But we are moving forward in the right direction.” Another question put before the panel was in regards to the KPB’s 50-foot setback on property near the river bank. Each noted the importance bank habitat provides to a healthy stream. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Over 50 people attended a salmon conservation forum last Thursday, at the Soldotna Public Library, hosted by Cook Inletkeeper. The forum, held a four-person panel: Marcus Mueller, land manager at the Kenai Peninsula Borough; Sue Mauger, science director at Cook Inletkeeper; Patti Berkhahn, who worked for Alaska Department of Fish and Game; and Branden Bornemann, executive director at the Kenai Watershed Forum. The panel answered questions about science, policy, and citizenship and how they intersect in the realm of salmon conservation. When asked about the upcoming Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that will be on the November ballot, each member of the panel said it would “be a great thing.”last_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the real estate transactions in Wilmington that occurred from May 7, 2019 to May 14, 2019:Address: 3 Rhode Island RoadPrice: $615,000Buyer: Damon & Yolanda KennedySeller: Susan AndellaDate: 5/14/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 17,000sfAddress: 9 Strout AvenuePrice: $780,000Buyer: Jonathan Slusarz & Steve NobleSeller: Frank Gerbick & V. Taliaferro-GerbickDate: 5/9/19Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 26,090sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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Khaledas adviser Taimur arrested

first_imgTaimur Alam KhandakerTaimur Alam Khandaker, adviser to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was arrested in Narayanganj on Tuesday in an explosives case.Narayanganj police arrested Taimur from Chandmari area of the district around 11:15am.Motiar Rahman, additional police superintendent of Naraynganj, said a case against Taimur had been filed with Narayanganj Model Police Station on 5 January 2015 for his involvement in a bomb blast and vandalisation.An arrest warrant was issued against him long ago, Motiar added.Taimur was the former president of district Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).last_img read more

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Rousseff reelected on call to save Brazils social gains

first_imgIn a campaign that featured ‘change’ as the buzzword for both sides, the incumbent argued that Neves’s economic proposals would produce recession and erase gains for 36 million Brazilians who have risen from extreme poverty under her party’s rule. Rousseff in her victory speech pledged to engage in dialog as she vows to stimulate economic growth and fight corruption. ‘Some times in history, narrow results produced much stronger changes than very wide victories,’ she said in Brasilia. ‘From now on in Brazil we will have a debate of ideas, clash of positions that may produce areas of consensus capable of moving our society along the paths of change that we so badly need. My first words are a call for peace and unity.’ Neves said in his concession speech that he phoned Rousseff to casking to unite the country.last_img read more

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Man suspected to be childlifter assaulted

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged youth was allegedly thrashed by some local residents at Dalimtala Lane in Burtolla on Sunday night.Later, police rescued the youth and provided medical treatment to him. According to a source, local residents saw a youth roaming aimlessly in their locality and after a while he was seen talking to a child. The man was detained and questioned by the people as they thought he could be a child-lifter. The man reportedly told them that he had come there to attend a marriage ceremony. Local residents immediately took him to a ceremonial house where a marriage reception was taking place. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBut no one there could identify the youth. Suspecting him to be a criminal, they started thrashing him despite his repeated appeals for mercy. Meanwhile, some of the local residents informed police about the incident. Police rushed to Dalimtala Lane and rescued the youth. He was immediately taken to the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for his treatment. Later, the police came to know that the youth had said the truth and he had come to Burtolla to attend a marriage ceremony at Sahitya Parishad Street, which is a bit far from the incident spot. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter a round of questioning, the police came to know about his family members and got in touch with them. Later, the youth was handed over to his family. Though the youth suffered minor injuries, police have registered a case against the local residents under Sections 341 of IPC (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 IPC (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 IPC (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). However, no one could be arrested till Monday night. Recently, many cases of attack have been reportedly in the city over rumours about child-lifters.last_img read more

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Robots Are Basically Teenagers They Ace Video Games and Barely Pass Math

first_imgJune 15, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The question of when and how robots will eventually take all of our jobs is perennially up for grabs. It would appear that we’re safe for now — our potential overlords seem more like average high school students at the moment than terminators.Earlier this month, a robot called AI-MATHS created by Chengdu Zhunxingyunxue Technology took the math portion of China’s national college entrance test.It completed the version given to students in Beijing in 22 minutes and got a score of 105 points out of 150 points. This was an improvement on the robot’s showing from February when it got a 93. The minimum passing grade is a 90.Related: I Had a Conversation With a Robot, and It Taught Me Something About HumanityChengdu Zhunxingyunxue Technology’s CEO Lin Hui told Xinhuanet that it hopes AI-MATHS will have better luck next year. “It would take two hours for a human to finish the test. I hope next year the machine can improve its performance on logical reasoning and computer algorithms and score over 130.”The robot is being designed to get accepted into Chinese institutions of higher learning such as Peking University and Tsinghua University. The test is no joke — average high school students in China generally study for the test by answering 30,000 questions — the robot so far has 12,000 questions under its belt.Related: Bill Gates Believes Robots That Steal Jobs Should Pay TaxesBut while AI-MATHS is cramming (fine, machine learning) for the big exam, an AI system developed by Malubba, which was recently acquired by Microsoft, just crushed the competition in beloved 1980s game Ms. Pac-Man.It got a perfect score of 999,990 points. Apparently the unpredictability of the game makes it an ideal training ground for artificial intelligence because it allows the machines to learn by trial and error to get to the best result.And isn’t that what growing up is all about? 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Rep Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record

first_img State Rep. Brett Roberts, of Charlotte, completed his third consecutive year in office with a 100 percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session.“Our neighbors sent me to Lansing to represent them, and part of that is making sure that I consistently voice their opinions,” said Roberts. “There is no such thing as a day off when it comes to voting on behalf of the people of the 65th District.”Rep. Roberts maintained a perfect voting record in spite of many challenges including his son being born on the day he was sworn into office in January 2015, an unscheduled appendectomy in the middle of a session week in Spring 2016, and his tractor being struck by a vehicle hours before a House session in Winter 2016.“I’ve been humbled by the responsibility entrusted to me by the people in our district,” said Roberts. “Being able to represent our community is a great opportunity, and I will never take it for granted.” 18Dec Rep. Roberts ends third consecutive year in office with perfect voting record Categories: Roberts Newslast_img read more

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Vivendi has reportedly upped its stake in Telecom

first_imgVivendi has reportedly upped its stake in Telecom Italia to 24.9%, taking it close to the limit that would trigger an obligatory public offer to take over the Italian telco.According to various press reports, citing the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Vivendi now owns almost a quarter of the stock of Telecom Italia, following its purchase of an additional 148 million shares between March 1 and March 9 for €155 million.Vivendi has increased its influence with Telecom Italia in stages over the last few months, upping its stake and securing the appointment of four additional members of the Telecom Italia board. The French media group has also reportedly pressed for the replacement of Telecom Italia chief executive Marco Patuano and a change in the company’s strategic focus.last_img read more

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