If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Here’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?
CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline owned by Calgary-based Mount Bastion Oil & Gas Corp. has leaked about 560 barrels of an oil and water mixture at a northern Alberta wellsite.AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says the regulator has staff supervising cleanup by the company at the site about 65 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, which is about 420 kilometres north of Edmonton.He says the company reports the oil emulsion spill affected about 5,000 square metres of swampy muskeg, adding there have been no reports of injury to wildlife or damage to nearby creeks.Data on the AER website indicates the spill is the largest of three pipeline leaks the company has reported in the past 16 months.In July 2016, it reported a pipeline leaked about 315 barrels of oil and 125 barrels of produced saltwater at a site 75 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, and in December 2016 it reported a leak of three barrels of oil and 120 barrels of saltwater at a site 30 kilometres northeast of the town.Fitzgerald says the company’s previous record will be considered by staff as they investigate the spill. The company could face penalties ranging from warnings to fines or licence restrictions.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The original said the spill was oil alone.
Kolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.
London-based Boat International Media announced late last week that it will be expanding its presence in the superyachts sector with the acquisition of the monthly ShowBoats International, associated publications, events and Web sites from CurtCo Media LLC.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Boat International USA, launched in 1997 and published 10 times a year, carries a circ of approximately 48,000, Boats International Media CEO Tony Harris told FOLIO:. Other Boat International Media titles include Boat International, Boat International Russia, Boat International Gulf, Mer & Bateaux, Meer & Yachten and Dockwalk.This acquisition will see Boat International Media merge Boat International USA with CurtCo’s ShowBoats International. The combination of these two titles will up the overall circulation to over 50,000, primarily in the United States, Harris added. “This deal gives us the leading brand serving the US superyacht market and greatly enhances our position as the leading media company serving the global superyacht industry,” said Harris in a release.Overall, the boating market has been one of the hardest-hit sectors over the past year. As Ed McKnew, owner of The Power Boat Guide, told FOLIO: just a few months ago, “The boating market is beat up.” However, Harris said he will continue to invest in the yachting print titles, upping the editorial page count by 50 percent to around 80-90 editorial pages among the 300-plus total issue pages. The upcoming issue will also merge Boat International USA and ShowBoats International. The company also expects to launch new events and Web businesses for the U.S. superyacht market in the near future. The annual subscription price will remain at $23.95.Three to four full-time CurtCo editorial staffers associated with ShowBoats International were laid off, said Harris. However, most of the CurtCo’s employees have been reemployed; additional changes include Boat International USA’s Rebecca Cahilly becoming editor of the combined title immediately and Gary De Sanctis, former ShowBoats International publisher, moving to CurtCo’s Robb Report team while acting as a consultant to transition the title to Boat International Media for six months.
Indian stocks markets ended lower for a straight second session on Wednesday as weak rupee and a broad selloff in global markets dampened sentiment.The benchmark BSE Sensex declined 0.36 percent, or 68.16 points, to 18,664.88. The 50 share NSE Nifty fell 0.53 percent, or 29.25 points, to 5,513.00.Markets opened on a weak note, tracking negative cues from Asian peers and Wall Street overnight. Markets recovered from intra-day losses and entered into positive territory during late afternoon trade, helped by gains metal, realty and oil & gas sectors. However, the gains were offset by declines in FMCG and auto sector shares and sent the bench mark indices back into the negative territory.Among the 13 BSE sectoral indices, metal sector surged 3.31 percent and realty sector climbed 5.04 percent while IT sector plunged 1.60 percent and FMCG fell 1.37 percent.The Indian rupee extended its slide against the US dollar on Wednesday. Rupee plunged to 61.47 against the dollar before recovering to 60.96 levels. Rupee plunged to a record low of 61.80 on Tuesday before recovering on central bank buying late in the day that took it back to 60.77 levels by the close.The overall market breadth is positive with 1247 advanced against 1043 declines on the BSE.Meanwhile, Asian stock markets declined to four-week low on Wednesday as renewed fears about the Fed’s tapering plan weighed on the sentiment. Comments from Atlanta Fed president Dennis Lockhart and Chicago Fed President Charles Evans on Tuesday raised concerns that the central bank may start scaling back its asset buying program as soon as next month and sparked a sell off in global markets.”We’re going to get tapering, it’s really a question of when and not if and that’s why we’ve seen a decline in (equity) markets,” Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets, told Reuters.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 tumbled 4 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite fell 0.67 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng plunged 1.53 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI fell 1.48 percent.
Sneak-Peek! ?? Superstar @urstrulyMahesh wax statue looks so Real.?❣️@amb_cinemas #MaheshBabuMTSG #MadameTussaudsSG #MTSG #SSMBWaxFigure #MaheshBabu pic.twitter.com/PKlxaRHM47— Shreyas Group (@shreyasgroup) March 25, 2019 Mahesh Babu poses with his wax statue in AMB CinemasTwitterHere is good news for all the fans of Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu. His wax statue has been brought from Madame Tussauds, Singapore and placed in AMB Cinemas, Hyderabad on Monday. [Scroll down to see photos]Mahesh Babu fans were are extremely delighted with the announcement about his wax idol to be placed in Madame Tussauds, Singapore. Another exciting news for them is that the statue will fly all the way from Singapore and will be placed in his AMB Cinemas on March 25 for a day.This is the first time Madame Tussauds is organising a prestigious event outside Singapore and the wax statue of Mahesh Babu will be flown back to Museum after the event. Such events have restricted visit for fans and outsiders as they are filled with stars and VIPs. But this time, it is going to be a pure press-fans event and the regional, national and international press has been invited for the grand launch. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterSoon after the big announcement, the organisers received thousands of messages from Mahesh Babu’s fans through social media if they can join and be a part of the lavish event. A set of special and skilled fans are selected by Mahesh Babu’s team and Madame Tussauds through sketching and other contests.The special set of selected fans came out with the best artwork of Mahesh Babu that looks like the wax idol. After he unveils his wax idol, all these superstar fans will get an opportunity to take selfies with the wax idol till 6 pm in AMB Cinemas. The event will be telecasted live across all the platforms (television and web). Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterIt is going to be one of the biggest events of superstar Mahesh Babu on March 25 and his fans across the nation and abroad will get a chance to have the glimpse of his wax statue.Mahesh Babu has piqued the interests of the audience for his upcoming movie Maharshi, which marks the 25 films of his career. After the remarkable performance as Chief Minister in Bharat Ane Nenu, he slips into the character of a charming college boy in his next film. The first look and teaser were released on his birthday and they received an exceptional response from the masses. Mahesh Babu’s wax statue in makingTwitterMahesh Babu’s fanbase knows no bounds, nationally as well as internationally and the actor has created an immense buzz for his upcoming film. He has already carved a niche for himself in India. His films are not only viewed in metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, but also in Punjab.Superstar @urstrulyMahesh with his wax statue?? #MadameTussaudsMahesh pic.twitter.com/iAr8uMbiZK— Suresh Kondi (@V6_Suresh) March 25, 2019 .@urstrulyMahesh at Wax Figure Launch #MadameTussaudsMahesh #MaheshBabu #AMBCinemas pic.twitter.com/1bTNtm8Rey— Mirchi9 (@Mirchi9) March 25, 2019
An “argument” between a commander and his co-pilot of Air India’s Jaipur-Delhi flight on Sunday gave some anxious moments to its passengers, as it came in the wake of the recent Germanwings plane crash, which is attributed to its co-pilot’s mental illness.While an Air India spokesman said it was just “an argument between the two and nothing more,” other sources contradicted it, saying the co-pilot actually “abused and beat up” the commander. The passengers on board flight 611 said that the co-pilot objected to something that the commander asked him to do and turned violent, just before takeoff from Jaipur airport.”The commander told his co-pilot to take down critical take off figures for the flight. This involves writing critical facts like number of passengers on board, take off weight and fuel uptake on a small paper card (trim sheet) that is displayed in front of the pilots for the entire duration of the flight. The co-pilot took offence at this and reportedly beat up the captain,” The Times of India quoted a source as saying.Yet, the commander went ahead and flew to Delhi, though the normal procedure called for reporting the incident to the concerned authorities in Jaipur, which would have led to the cancellation of the flight. The commander reportedly kept the “larger interest of the airline”. The Air India dismissed the whole incident and said: “The two had an argument. They have settled the issue.”Incidentally, the co-pilot is said to have a record of similar tiffs in the past, according to senior Air India pilots.”Three years back, he asked the commander of a flight to come out of the cockpit, remove the stars on his shirt collar (appulates) and then fought with him. A year later, another commander complained about his ‘rude and unbecoming’ behavior in the cockpit and questioned his state of mind,” a senior commander said.But the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that they will not be starting a probe into the incident as the plane was parked, IBNLive reported. If the commanders’ allegations against him are true, then DGCA’s decision to not order probe may affect aviation safety.
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky launches a new Airbnb service in New Delhi on March 19 this year.IANSShort-term lodging rental company Airbnb is buying Trooly, a background check startup co-founded by Savi Baveja, Anish Das Sarma and Nilesh Dalvi, in an effort to protect its hosts and guests from trouble makers using its service.Trooly analyses user data from social media, public records, and various other sources to verify the identity of users and prevent the registration of scammers or other bad actors.The Los Altos, California-based company has been helping Airbnb authenticate user identities since 2015. By analysing data from public records, social media and other sources, Trooly’s technology could help Airbnb track various customer violations, such as side deals between guests and hosts, according to a Bloomberg report.According to the report, Airbnb is expected to purchase Trooly’s intellectual property and engineering team on Monday.”We look forward to welcoming the Trooly team to Airbnb in the coming weeks,” Airbnb spokesman Tim Rathschmidt told Bloomberg, without providing a specific purchase price or other details of the arrangement between the two companies.Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has found the task of whetting fraudulent listings a truly difficult one, as many people have been posing as property owners. Trooly’s data analysis has helped the verification process immensely and the purchase of the company will help Airbnb consolidate host and guest data to make oversight more efficient.In recent years, some Airbnb guests have been reportedly circumventing the service’s system to conduct side deals on social media or offer to pay hosts directly after locating them on the service. The purchase of Trooly should help Airbnb verify the identities of users on its platform more stringently.Airbnb takes as much as a 12 percent fee from its guests. Hosts are charged a 3 percent fee on listings that are booked. In most cases, the company is also required to charge guests a local tax, usually 3 per cent, though the tax rates vary by city, state and country.Founded in 2008, Airbnb raised $1.5 billion in December 2015. In 2016, it reportedly raised $10 million, according to venture capital tracking portal Crunchbase. It raised an additional $1 billion from unnamed investors in a funding round in March this year, expanding its warchest at a time of increased investor interest in fast-growing businesses.Airbnb raised $1 billion as part of the financing round which started in 2016, which had valued the business at $30 billion. Airbnb’s current valuation is understood to be approximately $25.5 billion.Over the years, Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion, and secured $1 billion as line of credit, according to research firm CB Insights. Airbnb, based in San Francisco, is the No.2 most valuable private company in the United States behind Uber, the ride-hailing business, according to CB Insights.
Locals gather around the dead bodies recovered by police from Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Photo: UNBA man reportedly has strangulated his two daughters to death at a launch terminal in Narsingdi town, apparently having failed to bear their living cost and meet various demands due to abject poverty, reports UNB.The victims are Tarin, 12, and Tayiba, 4, daughters of day-labourer Shafiqul Islam of Chalakchar village under Barchapa union in Monahardi upazila.Police recovered the bodies of the two girls from a toilet of Narsingdi launch terminal at Kawriapara on Friday night. Later, police interrogated Shafiqul when he reportedly confessed to killing them.At a press conference at his office on Saturday noon, superintendent of police Miraj Uddin said Shafiqul took his two daughters to Shibpur to see the elder a physician. As he did not find any physician, he took them to Sadar Hospital. However, the hospital was closed on Friday.Later, he along with his two daughters went to visit the launch terminal.At one stage, the younger daughter wanted to eat litchi but Shafiqul had no enough money in his hand, the SP said, citing him. “He told us that he lost his senses thinking that he’ll have to buy new clothes for her children during Eid. Later, he took the younger daughter to a toilet and strangled her,” Miraj said, adding that he killed the elder daughter in the similar fashion.Shafiqul spoke incoherently, the SP said, adding that they recovered the bodies around 8:30pm and sent those to hospital for autopsy.Chairman of Barchapa union parishad Fakhrul Ashrah said Shafiqul has mental disorder.
Kolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, on Thursday urged the people to work together to restore peace at Amdanga.Addressing a party rally at Amdanga on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said he would ensure that peace is restored in the area. “I will personally look after Amdanga and I assure you that peace will be restored here,” he said.Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee alleged that the party was unnecessarily trying to create trouble in the area, just to stall the development work taken up by Mamata Banerjee. “CPI(M) has joined hands with Congress and BJP to destabilise the area. But we cannot allow that to happen. Rest assured, peace will be restored soon,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said in 2016, CPI(M) had formed an alliance with Congress and the result was disastrous. “The party has been washed away. But they have not learned anything from the past and are now trying to create trouble with the help of Congress and BJP,” Banerjee said. He said that during the Maheshtala by-election, central forces were there and CPI(M) had alliance with Congress, but despite that Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das had won by 65,000 votes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said Trinamool Congress does not believe in bloodshed. “We believe in peace and development. In the past seven years, the development that has taken place is Bengal is remarkable. We will not allow anyone to stall that development,” he said.Banerjee said CPI(M) had unleashed a reign of terror in Bengal for 34 years, during which thousands of Trinamool supporters had been killed. “If Trinamool had the intention of taking revenge, we could have taken law into our own hands after winning on may 20, 2011. But Mamata Banerjee asked us not to take revenge and we followed her instructions. We believe in democracy and peace,” Banerjee said.
Categories: Albert News,News 07Dec Rep. Albert named House Legislator of the Year by Michigan organization State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, was recently presented with the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award among Michigan state representatives by the Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health.Albert’s work on House Bill 5222 was pivotal in his work to receive the honor. The proposal requires medical marijuana sold by provisioning centers to include a warning for pregnant and breastfeeding women – similar to what is found on alcohol or tobacco products – helping keep Michigan’s current and soon-to-be residents safe.“As the legal landscape surrounding medical and recreational marijuana use changes in Michigan, Rep. Albert recognized the need for protections for pregnant women and children,” said Amy Zaagman, who serves as the council’s executive director. “We are so grateful for his leadership and openness to collaboration on warning labels for medical marijuana packaging, and adding poison control notices to dispensaries. We need thoughtful maternal and child health advocates like Rep. Albert in the legislature.”The legislation was overwhelmingly approved in bipartisan fashion in a House vote in December 2017 and currently is under consideration in the Senate.“I feel honored and humbled to receive this recognition and I hope we can see this bill through into law,” Albert said. “Marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use can lead to low birth weight and certain developmental disabilities in newborns. We should label marijuana as we do the others to remind pregnant mothers of the very real risks while helping to ensure the protection of Michigan’s children.”Albert was recently elected to a second term in the Michigan House, beginning in January. He serves residents in portions of Kent and Ionia counties within the 86th House District.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, is joined by Michigan Council for Maternal & Child Health executive director Amy Zaagman (left) and Board of Directors president Anna Ronke while accepting the organization’s House Legislator of the Year Award for 2018.