Balotelli furious with Dessena injury

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Mario Balotelli has expressed his fury after the VAR did not intervene before Brescia teammate Daniele Dessena was stretchered off. Dessena was in tears as he left Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina last night on a stretcher, risking a double break in the right leg he broke four years ago. However, the incident came about after a collision with Erick Pulgar, who looked to catch his opponent’s ankle. That promoted Balotelli to write an Instagram post, captioning a frame of Pulgar’s challenge with ‘VAR?’ The video referee chose not to consult referee Giampaolo Calvarese for a review, so the Fiorentina midfielder went unpunished. Dessena will undergo tests on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage he has sustained.last_img read more

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Alvaro Morata returns to score for Atletico Madrid

first_imgMadrid: Diego Simeone’s decision to leave out Diego Costa was vindicated on Saturday as Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao and Costa’s replacement Alvaro Morata scored in the 2-0 victory. Morata had been the one to sit on the bench against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday but his winning goal as a substitute earned him a start against Bilbao and the Spaniard delivered again. “The changes were good for the team,” said Simeone. “It was a great performance.” Morata’s finish in the second half at the Wanda Metropolitano, after Saul Niguez had opened the scoring, secured Atletico a comfortable win that puts them above Real Madrid in the La Liga table and level on points with Barcelona. The postponement of the Clasico due to unrest in Catalonia gave Simeone’s side the chance to close the gap on the top two and sustain momentum from their gritty win in the Champions League. Morata had rescued Atletico against Leverkusen but the decision to omit him, and now Costa, suggests Simeone feels there is a need for fresh thinking up front. Since missing the first two games of the season with a thigh injury, Costa had started all 10 thereafter, despite managing to score only two goals, one of them from the penalty spot. It remains to be seen if Simeone will leave him out for long but Correa was the provider for both of Atletico’s goals while Morata’s smile after coming off late on suggested he thought his was a job well done. “Correa did very well, he showed what he can do,” Simeone said. “Morata now has two goals in two games and we want Diego to get in on the act as well, because he is important for us too.” This was only the third time in 13 games this term that Atletico have won by more than a single goal and there were other positives to take too. Koke, whistled by his own fans on Tuesday, improved and there was a clean sheet for an unfamiliar back four, in the absence of injured duo Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez. Bilbao, who slip to 10th, were disappointing and have now lost three of their last five games, drawing the other two. Yet they might have been ahead in the opening two minutes had Jan Oblak not dived to his right and brilliantly clawed Inigo Martinez’s header away from the top corner. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world without any doubt,” said Simeone. Atletico took the lead in the 28th minute and Correa provided it, his wiggling run through three Bilbao defenders ending with a poked pass to the arriving Saul, who made no mistake. Kieran Trippier did well to block a stinging shot from Raul Garcia and he was involved in his side’s second shortly after the hour. He collected the ball on the right from Thomas Partey’s pass and set the ball back for Koke. Bilbao expected the cross but instead Koke slid a ball inside for Correa, who drove the ball to the back post where Morata could not miss. Muniain went close late on with an acrobatic volley after Inaki Williams’ header found him free but his shot found the side-netting and any hopes of a comeback were dashed. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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Shane Bond feels Mumbai Indians can turn things around

first_imgAfter another loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians now stand at the verge of being knocked out from the competition.Mumbai, however, are not ready to surrender. Bowling coach Shane Bond feels the team has enough arsenal at its disposal to turn things turnaround in its must-win remaining six games.With just two wins from eight matches, Mumbai Indians are currently languishing at the second last position in the eight-team IPL.IPL 2018, RCB vs MI: Umesh, Southee star as RCB defend 167 on tough pitchThree-time champions Mumbai Indians have six more games remaining and Bond said they still can turnaround the script, just like 2015 when they went on to win their second IPL crown.”We have six games left and we have to win them all. That is what we have to do. I still believe when you look at our squad, we have key players who can win us six games in a row. We have done it in the past (in 2015) and I believe we can do it again,” Bond said after Mumbai lost by 14 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalorehere last night.”We just have to take one game at a time and hopefully we can do that.”Bond said Mumbai players take a lot of pride in their performances so motivation is never a concern.”Motivation is there for the players. The guys take a lot of pride in their performances,” he said.Bond said Mumbai bowlers did well for most part of the day, except for three overs of RCB innings which cost them 60-odd runs.advertisement”We gave 15 runs above than what we would have liked. We bowled well for 17 overs. We bowled three terrible overs which cost us probably 60-65 runs. I think 155 or anything under 160 would have been good for us,” he said.IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma upset with ‘silly mistakes’ after Mumbai Indians’ loss vs RCBJP Duminy conceded 22 runs in the fourth over, Hardik Pandya gave away 20 in 10th while Mitchell Mcclenaghan was hammered for 24 runs in the final over which eventually hurt Mumbai badly.Bond also defended Skipper Rohit Sharma’s decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings.”If you look at the success of the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4. He has batted at No. 4 and won games for us. There is always a debate about where Rohit should bat. But history suggests No. 4 is the best place for Rohit,” he said.Meanwhile, RCB pacer Tim Southee praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy and Mohammad Siraj’s brilliance with the ball in the penultimate over, which left Mumbai to score 23 runs of the last over.”It got a little bit close towards the end. But I think Virat backed the guys to go out there and back their strongest skill set and we saw that with the way Siraj closed out his last over and made my job a little bit easier with a few more to defend,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Karnataka: Man kills pregnant wife, 4-year-old son and parents before shooting self

first_img Next Press Trust of India BengaluruAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 11:52 IST Debts following heavy loss in business could be the reason for the man taking the step, police said. (Picture for representation)In a suspected suicide pact, a man allegedly shot dead his pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting himself at Gundlupet in Chamarajnagar district in the early hours of Friday, police said.Debts following heavy loss in business could be the reason for the man taking the step, police said.”The head of the family Om Prakash shot them all in their forehead before shooting himself in the mouth. There appears to be consent as no sign of resistance was found. Further investigations are on,” Chamarajpet Superintendent of Police HD Ananda Kumar told PTI.Kumar said Om Prakash Bhattacharya (38), his wife Nikitha (30), son Arya Krishna (4), his parents, Nagaraja Bhattacharya (65) and Hema (60) were found dead in a field near a resort where they were staying.Hailing from Mysuru, the family drove to Gundlupet with their friends in their sports utility vehicle on Thursday night, police sources said.At about 3 am, the family went to the nearby agriculture land where the incident took place, the police added.READ | After threat calls, Rajasthan man kills self month after son was beaten to deathALSO READ | Gurugram police arrest two, solve murder of old lady in DLF 1Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Karnataka: Man kills pregnant wife, 4-year-old son and parents before shooting selfThe man shot them all in their forehead before shooting himself in the mouth. Police said there appears to be consent as no sign of resistance was found.advertisementlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road, north to Church Street, will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: McEwan Bridge – Trunk 1 McEwans Bridge over McEwans Brook on Trunk 1, about four kilometres west of Middleton, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 5. A detour is provided on Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one- lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 Fax: 902-625-0763 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 (South River Road), intersection with Beech Hill Road will be reduced to one lane for intersection improvement and paving and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consist of control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30, from Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11) northerly about five kilometres, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads. Motorists are advised of a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades to the intersection until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road, north to the tracks near Brookfield, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207 from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16, east to MacPherson Lake Road, will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and occasionally, Saturdays. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from East Bay west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30 for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive, about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Traffic on Trunk 4 from the end of Highway 104 at River Tillard, east for four kilometres to the St. Peters Canal Bridge, will be restricted to one lane until Wednesday Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on hand to assist traffic safely through the construction zone. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, about one kilometre east of Exit 8 for 5.8 kilometers, including ramps at Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail and repaving until Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road from Route 316, east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Saturday, Oct. 27. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingram River Bridge Ingram River Bridge on Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Monday, Oct. 29. Traffic control consist of flashing unit display. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights Connector Truro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some work possible on Saturdays. KINGS COUNTY: Lovett Road Lovett Road from Trunk 1 to Brooklyn Street will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lewis Lake Bridge, Trunk 1 The Lewis Lake Bridge structure on Trunk 1 is reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Nov. 16. Traffic control consists of traffic light and jersey barriers. Bridge lane narrows to 3.5 metres. Wide loads are advised to use alternate route. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Detour Highway 104, east of exit 26 near New Glasgow will have a detour in place to allow for the installation of a recreational trail underpass until Monday, Nov. 12. A 200-metre detour parallel to the highway has been constructed to carry traffic around the work zone, but drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 KINGS COUNTY: Jackson Bridge South Bishop Road in Coldbrook, between civic numbers 1464 and 1483, will be closed to facilitate structural repairs to the Jackson Bridge from Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 23. Detour route from Cambridge Road to Trunk 1 to Ritson Drive 1.6 kilometres, Ritson Drive to Ronald Drive 0.5 kilometres, Ronald Drive to Loretta Drive 0.85 kilometres, Loretta to South Bishop 1.4 kilometres. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Ardoise School Road west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: MacDougall Bridge MacDougall Bridge on Reservation Road in Waycobah will be closed to all traffic until Wednesday, Oct. 31 for bridge repairs. Traffic should detour on Highway 105. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Monday, Nov. 19. Traffic control consists of control persons. Traffic signals are expected to be in place on Tuesday. Oct. 23. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 CUMBERLAND COUNTY – Route 209 Route 209, from the Trunk 2/Rte 209 intersection, west toward Diligent River will have one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be a traffic control person and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling though the construction zone. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, Louisbourg Highway from Highway 125, Sydney Bypass to Landry Crescent will have one-lane closures for paving and repairs to guardrails until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work take place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 pm. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) Traffic on Route 256 (Scotsburn Road) from Durham Road west for about three kilometres to Campbell Hill Road, will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people and signs. Reduce speed in the construction area. PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge, over the West River on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road, will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 14. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge near the intersection of the Archibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170last_img read more

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Olivia Munn Helps Kick Off Campaign Hollywood

first_imgOn February 18, Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture, along with Vanity Fair senior west coast editor Krista Smith and The Newsroom actress and former “Vanities” subject Olivia Munn, kicked off Campaign Hollywood week by hosting a special celebration of the first-ever “Vanities” Calendar in support of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of Feeding America, at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood.This invitation-only reception was part of Campaign Hollywood, Vanity Fair’s annual week-long series of events and one-of-a-kind moments in support of charitable causes.Notable attendees included the evening’s co-hosts Olivia Munn (in Juicy Couture) and Krista Smith (in Juicy Couture), along with Vanity Fair Vice President and Publisher Edward Menicheschi and guests Katie Aselton, Sebastian Copeland, Brooklyn Decker, Grace Gummer, Paul Haggis, Zoe Lister Jones, Minka Kelly, Ellie Kemper (in Juicy Couture), Jaime King, Ali Larter, Angela Lindvall (in Juicy Couture), Eva Longoria, Kate Mara (in Juicy Couture), Max Minghella, Gretchen Mol (in Juicy Couture), B.J. Novak, Adepero Oduye (in Juicy Couture), Cote de Pablo, Crystal Reed, Louise Roe (in Juicy Couture), Vinessa Shaw, Russell Simmons, Hannah Simone, Jurnee Smollett (in Juicy Couture), Aaron Sorkin, Estella Warren, Katheryn Winnick and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, among others.For more than two decades, the opening page of the monthly Vanity Fair feature, “Vanities,” has been like a second cover for the magazine, showcasing bright young things, many of whom have gone on to become major stars. The 2013 “Vanities” calendar, which is included in the March Vanity Fair, features young actresses previously featured in the”Vanities” section of the magazine including Emily Blunt, Shailene Woodley, Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn.The Vanity Fair and Juicy Couture celebration benefitted the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Founded in Oklahoma City, the organization is dear to the evening’s host, Oklahoma City-native, Olivia Munn. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization providing food to feed more than 90,000 Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs. As a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, the organization also helps more than 37 million Americans who receive food through their network each year.Guests enjoyed music by Ms. Nix and sampled the latest products from L’Oréal Paris and Lancôme while checking out the new 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth which was on display. Juicy Couture added their own special touches to the event with custom décor elements— including white furniture and pink and white beach balls in the hotel’s pool—inspired by their Spring 2013 Campaign featuring California Pin-Ups.last_img read more

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Los Angeles LGBT Center Receives 10K From The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center has been awarded a grant for $10,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s to fund an HIV prevention program tailored for LGBT youth.The grant will be used by the Center’s Sexual Health and Education Program, which provides cutting-edge HIV prevention care that includes rapid HIV antibody testing, ultra-sensitive PCR/DNA HIV testing, comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and STI treatment, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and more.The Center is honored to be recognized by ETAF for its unique work in the community.“The work that the Los Angeles LGBT Center does to help people affected by HIV/AIDS is impressive and very much aligned with Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate commitment to the cause,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “ETAF and our partners at Macy’s are thrilled to present the Los Angeles LGBT Center with these funds to help further our shared mission.”Through their Cause Marketing Program, Macy’s recognizes their responsibility to the community and their concern for the needs of their neighbors. They are proud to partner with ETAF and have contributed to this grant.Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, especially the most marginalized communities. Today, ETAF also provides grants for innovative HIV prevention education and advocacy programs to existing organizations around the world. With key domestic advocacy funding focuses on comprehensive sexual health education and HIV criminalization reform, ETAF continues to bring the marginalized to the center of attention and advocate for their rights. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has granted to more than 675 organizations in 44 countries and nearly all 50 states in the U.S.last_img read more

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Cote First Nation votes out embattled council

first_img(New Cote Chief and Council: Back row from left to right: Darryl Langan,  Tyrone Keshane, Trevor Severight, Terry Keewatin, Al Cote, Guy Cote, Jaret Stevenson Front row from left to right: Thelma Severight, Jennifer Tourangeau, Chief George Cote, Norrine Cote, Pam Whitehawk, and Ketha Caldwell Cote)Melissa Ridgen APTN National NewsAn embattled Saskatchewan First Nation took to the polls on the last long weekend of summer and emerged with a fresh new council.Cote, located an hour northeast of Yorkton near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, is a Treaty 4 Saulteaux community of 3,800 people.It’s been in the news in the past few years for allegations of theft, mismanagement, corruption and waste by band leadership.APTN news crews have made numerous visits to cover stories. Twice reporters have been kicked off by band council members, many of whom hoped to retain their seats in the Sept. 3 election.Chief Norman Whitehawk, at the centre of the storm, didn’t seek re-election. Of six people looking to fill the chief spot, George Cote took 261 votes, 41 ahead of his nearest challenger.According to notices posted by electoral officer Burke Ratte, 1001 ballots were cast in the vote. It’s not immediately clear what percent of the voter turnout that represents. Fewer than 20 ballots were spoiled.In the end, a new council took shape.Forty six people vied for 12 council positions. Only three from the previous council retained their seats: Al Cote, Guy Cote and Thelma Severight. Six veterans lost theirs.Severeight edged into the 12th council seat and a vote recount was requested over concerns that a family member was counting the ballots. Ratte denied the request and has refused to answer questions as to why he granted one recount request and not another.He did not return repeated phone calls by APTN.While the 12th council seat remains a point of contention in the community, the overall election result is being applauded.“The young people came out and out-voted all the old council,” said band member George Tourangeau, one of a group of disgruntled band members involved in a lawsuit against the Government of Canada. APTN Investigates exclusively reported last year that lawsuit – the first of its kind in Canada — sought to have the Indian Act scrapped for Cote First Nation, blaming that legislation for the discord with chief and council.Cote elder Hilliard Friday is one of the plaintiffs.“Indian Act chief and council, Assembly of First Nations, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, district chiefs, things like that, they all operate under the same thing. We can’t go get help here to correct the system—they’re all operating under the same thing,” he told APTN Investigates last winter. “There’s corruption throughout the whole system.”Friday and fellow elder William Whitehawk ran for council despite their opposing Indian Act-sanctioned elections. They were both unsuccessful.Despite that, Whitehawk says he’s hopeful this largely new council will take the community in a new direction.“The ones that needed to be out are out,” he said. “I think (the new chief) has a good idea how to manage stuff.”Chief-elect George Cote has been manager of the Yorkton Parkland Housing Society for 20 years, a low-income housing initiative. He resigned after his electoral victory.Calls to his home and the band office for comment went unanswered.On the eve of the weekend election, documents surfaced on social media seeming to show an audit revealed six figure salaries for 17 months of work for many of the previous leaders.Reaction on the thread seemed to suggest change was in the air.In the meantime, the class-action lawsuit by fed-up Cote band members against Canada remains before the court.last_img read more

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BC First Nation not surprised by leaked audits info about energy vs

first_imgA leaked audit that revealed energy companies in northeastern British Columbia routinely ignoring rules for development on caribou habitat is no surprise to a local Indigenous group.“We have concerns about how the (B.C. Oil and Gas Commission) regulates,” Katherine Wolfenden of the Fort Nelson First Nation said Tuesday.Wolfenden helped with field work for the 2014 audit, which looked at dozens of well sites, roads, pipelines, seismic lines and other associated infrastructure to assess how well energy companies followed the rules. The areas reviewed are all on Fort Nelson’s traditional territory, which band members use extensively.Wolfenden said the band never got the report, despite asking for it in 2016 and 2017. A leaked copy eventually arrived anonymously on her desk.The audit concluded none of the pipelines or roads and only 38 per cent of well sites were following guidelines.Well pads routinely exceeded the two-hectare limit. Auditors were told those were multi-well pads, but few had more than two wells and many of those were suspended.Pits were often immediately adjacent to the pads, which made them as large as seven hectares. There was little evidence of interim remediation.Seismic lines were conforming to the rules. But roads and pipelines were built side by side, which created long, straight lines through the forest up to 80 metres wide. Developments ran right up to water bodies with no buffer zones.The audit found no way of measuring or limiting cumulative effects.Wolfenden, who reviews development applications for the First Nation, wasn’t surprised regulations seemed to have had little impact. The commission simply grants exemptions, she said.“They’re widespread. I’ve seen a two-sentence letter saying, ‘We’re exempting such and such from this because it costs too much or the timing’s not right.’“In the history of (the commission) I don’t think they’ve ever not approved an application.”Wolfenden said even when the First Nation and a company have developed a plan they’re happy with, the commission discourages it.“It makes it disheartening. You kind of lose belief in the system.”The regulations were developed by the B.C. government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. The association declined comment on the issue.In an emailed statement Monday, the oil and gas commission defended its decision not to release the audit. It criticized the study’s methodology and said it was outdated. It did not make anyone available to answer questions.B.C.’s Department of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources did not immediately respond to issues raised by the audit.Charlotte Dawe of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee said well-meaning plans to protect the habitat of threatened caribou herds are being watered down throughout the province.“Even the plans that the government has been making have already been compromised,” she said. “We’re constantly seeing plans released that are weaker than the federal (caribou) recovery strategy.”Wolfenden said her First Nation just wants the regulator to stick to the rules. She said she’s frustrated by her government’s strong environmental stand on pipelines from Alberta compared to its lax performance in its own northern areas.“We sit up here and we see what’s happening with pipelines and it seems we’re forgotten about. Out of sight, out of mind.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Protection the theme as UN activities mark World Refugee Day

20 June 2008From recreations of refugee camp life in national capitals to film festivals, food bazaars and fashion shows, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is observing World Refugee Day today with a series of activities around the globe to draw attention to the plight faced by the displaced. From recreations of refugee camp life in national capitals to film festivals, food bazaars and fashion shows, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is observing World Refugee Day today with a series of activities around the globe to draw attention to the plight faced by the displaced.The events, which are supported by UNHCR’s partners, including governments, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the agency’s Goodwill Ambassadors and refugees themselves, also include light shows, photography exhibitions, lectures, concerts, sports competitions, quizzes, essay-writing competitions, tree-planting projects, seminars, workshops and public awareness campaigns.Using “protection” as the theme of the Day this year, UNHCR is recreating refugee camp life in around 20 capitals. Earlier this week it set up family tents with exhibits of relief items and a burned-out hut in London’s Trafalgar Square to raise awareness of conditions faced by hundreds of thousands of people displaced in Darfur.Rome’s fabled Colosseum is being illuminated with the UNHCR logo and the legend: “Protecting refugees is a duty. Being protected is a right.” In keeping with annual tradition, the soaring Jet d’Eau in Geneva is being bathed in blue light to mark the day.A photographic exhibition, “Do You See What I See?” is taking place at Geneva’s Palais des Nations, the UN’s European headquarters, as well as in Yemen and Namibia. Refugee children in Yemen’s Kharaz camp and Osire camp in Namibia have documented their lives, hopes and dreams through text and images.In Syria, a charity concert at the Opera House in Damascus by acclaimed Iraqi oud (lute) player, Naseer Shamma, will raise money for UNHCR’s Iraqi refugee programme, which faces a funding crisis.UNHCR offices in Uganda and Ethiopia have full programmes planned in refugee camps and settlements, while refugee-themed film festivals are being held in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico, Poland and Venezuela.In India, the highlights include a clothes drive and a cultural extravaganza run by UNHCR as well as a free health camp for refugees, organized by the refugee agency’s partner, New Delhi YMCA. UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Osvaldo Laport is attending a tent exhibition in Buenos Aires, where the bookshop El Ateneo will be handing out UNHCR bookmarks based on a local awareness campaign.In neighbouring Chile, President Michelle Bachelet – a former refugee – will meet UNHCR Regional Representative Cristian Koch and refugees living in the country, including some of the more than 100 Palestinians recently resettled in Chile after fleeing the violence in Iraq.UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner L. Craig Johnstone will lead World Refugee Day celebrations in the United States, attending a public ceremony and a film screening at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. A special message from UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie has been released on the video-sharing website YouTube around the world, while Sudan-born basketball star Luol Deng is inviting YouTube users and Facebook users to join an online campaign to “Give Refugees a Hand.” read more

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Colombia UN agency voices concern over alleged recruitment of refugee boy soldiers

“We fear that with the intensification of the conflict, the recruitment of children by armed groups from Colombia could increase, having serious consequences for the protection of all refugees and asylum-seekers, particularly children,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva.”Moreover, there is a serious danger that this practice, which violates international law and the rights of children, could add to the confusion between armed combatants fighting in Colombia and the innocent civilian victims of the conflict who are in need of protection,” he added.Meanwhile in other news, UNHCR’s partners in Panama have confirmed the arrival of a group of 64 Colombian civilians in the remote border area of the Darien jungle who had been fleeing fighting in the northwestern Urabá region of Colombia, Mr. Colville said.The group, which includes 36 children, had fled the region at the beginning of May before the recent massacre at Bojayá, in which 117 people, including 45 children, were killed in an attack on a church. Since then, fighting between leftist guerrilla groups and right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia has resulted in hundreds of casualties.In Colombia itself, UNHCR has been helping the local authorities in Urabá coordinate the humanitarian response to the crisis, Mr. Colville said. A UNHCR team has been present in the region since 9 May, registering and aiding in the delivery of relief assistance to the displaced people from Bojayá. read more

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UN reports alleged human rights abuses by both sides in Côte dIvoire

Despite its drastically reduced staffing, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) continues to investigate alleged human rights violations, especially since fresh fighting erupted two week ago when Government forces violated a nearly two-year-old ceasefire agreement with an attack on rebels in the north.Although the ferocity of the violence has abated since anti-French rioting and ethnic clashes erupted when French troops destroyed the Government’s air force in reprisal for the deadly bombing of French peacekeepers in the ZOC, UNOCI said the situation remains unpredictable, if calm.UN peacekeepers continue regular day and night patrols in Abidjan, the West African country’s largest city, said UNOCI, which was set up in April to monitor the ceasefire and help implement peace accords signed in January 2003.Meanwhile, humanitarian agencies in neighbouring Liberia are struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of Ivorian refugees, fleeing in fear of renewed conflict and now in dire need of security, food, water and medicine, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, warned today.”The delivery of food and assistance presents enormous challenges in an area totally lacking in infrastructure, where roads and bridges have been destroyed by 14 years of conflict,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a press briefing in Geneva. “More aid will likely have to be airlifted by UN helicopters, as was the case last weekend.”An interagency team of UN and non-governmental organization staff is conducting a technical assessment of the needs. read more

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Church attacks leave 54 dead in northeast Nigeria ahead of World Cup

first_imgATTACKS ON CHURCHES in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram have killed more than 50 people, authorities say, overshadowing festivities ahead of a last-16 World Cup match against France.Gunmen stormed Sunday services in four villages near Chibok in Borno state where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls on April 14.They hurled explosives into churches, torched buildings and fired on worshippers as they tried to flee, residents said.“So far we have 54 dead,” said a Borno state official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss casualties with the media.Found in bushlandA local leader in Chibok, who also asked that his name be withheld, said residents had discovered at least 47 bodies in the surrounding bushland, but told AFP the search was ongoing and figures were still being collated.Federal government spokesman Mike Omeri confirmed Monday that “a number of people were killed” but said he had not yet received an official casualty report from the local government and could not discuss specifics.Distress callsLocals have accused the military of ignoring distress calls made after the attack began, leaving them defenceless during the attack, but Omeri said: “I was… reliably informed that the military and the airforce were there. Maybe a little late, but they made it there.”The Chibok leader challenged the government’s version of events, saying the military “did not attempt go” to the scene of the attack.“Anybody who tells you the military went there is lying,” he said.In the week following the April abductions, Chibok residents accused the security forces of doing almost nothing to secure the girls’ release, despite military claims that a massive manhunt had been launched.SupportThe United States, Britain, France and Israel are now supporting Nigeria’s search-and-rescue operation, but there have been no signs of success so far, with 219 girls still missing.The villages targeted on Sunday — Kwada, Ngurojina, Karagau and Kautikari — are all within 10 kilometres (six miles) of Chibok.Church attacks have been a prominent feature of the insurgency, which Boko Haram claims is aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.- © AFP 2014.Read: Explosion at crowded shopping centre kills 21 in Nigerian capital >More: Boko Haram have abducted another SIXTY women and girls >last_img read more

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Five tips for home builders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Building your home can be an exciting adventure but it can also be overwhelming. If things go wrong, the results could be very costly. Yet, as People’s Choice Credit Union Chief Executive Officer Steve Laidlaw explains, some planning and good advice can help you avoid some of the pitfalls and enjoy a great outcome. 1. Research, research, research Constructing your own home is a significant investment in both money and time. Undertaking your due diligence and understanding what you want before signing a contract will pay dividends in the end.I can’t stress it enough – research everything and seek advice. Talk to experts about what you need and take their advice into account, but always be sure you fully understand your options. Think carefully about the location, the type of home, orientation, layout, all the various costs, fixtures and fittings, council rules … the list goes on. It can seem like a lot of work but it’s far better to spend some extra time and a little money making sure you get things right the first time, rather than having to correct or live with mistakes. Changing plans during construction can be expensive and disruptive to timelines, so all major decisions should be finalised before the ground breaking.2. Location, location, location When deciding on where to build, narrow it down to two or three suburbs – ones that take into account your budget, lifestyle needs, schools, distance to work, public transport, and shops. Keep an eye on local news to learn about new roads, railways or other major developments to spot the up-and coming neighbourhoods that are well-priced now and have good potential to increase in value in the future. If you’ve found some great land, make sure you undertake a site survey to identify any possible issues. Soil type is an important consideration because it will determine some major costs including site preparation, digging your footings, and landscaping. Also look at zoning requirements and encumbrances which could seriously affect your plans.3. Budget is king The one thing you can almost certainly be sure of is there may be unexpected costs somewhere along the line when building a home. Even with fixed priced contracts, make sure your budget has some leeway right from the start. Planning and sticking to a budget is key to building a home that becomes a valuable financial asset for your future. All first home owners should research government financial grants and concessions available to them. Offers and conditions differ from state to state, so research what you’re eligible for. In South Australia, First Home Owner Grants of $15,000 are available for new homes, as well as savings on stamp duty for some off-the-plan apartments. Financing should be arranged to suit your current financial situation, but should also allow for flexibility in the future should your circumstances change.Keep a close eye on costs through every stage of the project and communicate well with your builder to ensure you’re paying for what you want and you’re getting what you’re paying for. It also pays to be wary of over-capitalisation. Having the most expensive home in your neighbourhood might not pay off when it comes time to sell later on.4. Shop around Home builders have different strengths, so only consider those that have experience building the sort of home you want. Display homes will give you an idea of the plans on offer, but they are obviously a sales tool, so make sure you look at real homes they have recently finished and consider the business. How long has the builder been operating? Do they, and all their subcontractors, have the correct licences and insurance? Have there been any complaints? A quick search online will show up any red flags. Be sure to shop around for your home loan too. With interest rates at their lowest for more than 50 years, there are some great rates available, but a small difference in the rate, term, type, and the fees and conditions of your mortgage can have a huge impact over the life of the loan.5. Read the fine print of your building contract New build contracts can be complex documents and, like all contracts, need to be looked at carefully before signing on the dotted line. Some of the big ticket items which can break the bank and might not be costed for include variations to the footings, excess soil removal, service connections and landscaping. Also, have a very clear understanding of exactly which fixtures and fittings are included. You should know exactly what the cost and quality is of everything from carpet to ceiling fans. Be clear on the terms and conditions of any ‘guarantees’ and remember that you can always have some items installed after you’ve received the keys from your builder if you’re not happy with the terms your builder offers. People’s Choice Credit Union has helped more than 500 members finance the construction of their new home so far this year. Case studies are available for interviews and photographs by appointment.* People’s Choice is one of Australia’s largest credit unions with more than 345,000 members across Australia; 48 branches and four advice centres in South Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia; $9 billion of funds under management and advice; and 1,100 employees.last_img read more

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Balogun enjoying life at Brighton

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun is enjoying his role at the center of defense after joining the club in the summer.Balogun partnered Lewis Dunk at the back in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.The German-Nigerian International joined Brighton in May from Bundesliga club Mainz 05 II.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m really enjoying my spell in the side, I had two games with Shane [Duffy] before when Lewis [Dunk] was injured, and it’s always great fun,” Balogun told the club’s website.“That goes for being part of this group as a whole, it’s a fantastic squad and dressing room that plays very passionately for one another.“We pushed a big side all the way on Sunday, and that’s something you have to enjoy – we’ve beaten Manchester United here already this campaign and ran Liverpool close, and those are the challenges you have to relish as a footballer, especially in front of your own fans.”last_img read more

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Body of local Air Force pilot back in US

first_imgThe bodies of four airmen killed in a helicopter accident, including Capt. Christopher S. Stover of Vancouver, have been transferred to the United States.The bodies arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after being airlifted from RAF Mildenhall, England. Dover is the site of a military mortuary center.According to Air Force officials, Stover was piloting the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter when it crashed Jan. 7 in a training flight near the English coast. Also killed were Capt. Sean M. Ruane, Tech. Sgt. Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sgt. Afton M. Ponce, all with the 56th Rescue Squadron from RAF Lakenheath.Their flight was a low-altitude training mission over a nature reserve near Salthouse, England, about 50 miles from their base.The BBC reported Monday that a memorial service will be Friday at RAF Lakenheath.Stover, 28, was a 2004 graduate of Evergreen High School. His parents are Maribel and Richard Stover of Vancouver. According to a family friend, Capt. Stover might be buried at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. A Clark County memorial service for Stover is tentatively planned for late January, said the family friend, who didn’t want to be identified.In England, there were several formal tributes Sunday for the airmen. They included a candlelight service in Salthouse, a coastal village just a few hundred yards from the scene of the Jan. 7 crash.last_img read more

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Megadeth Bassist Resurrects Indie Thrash Metal Label Combat Records

first_imgMegadeth bassist and label executive David Ellefson reportedly spent over a year working to acquire the Combat Records brandBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2017 – 3:55 pm David Ellefson, bassist/co-founder of Megadeth and founder/label head of EMP Label Group, announced a deal to reform the highly influential punk/thrash metal label Combat Records. Email News Megadeth Bassist Resurrects Indie Thrash Metal Label Combat Records Punk/Thrash Label Combat Records Is Reborn megadeth-bassist-resurrects-indie-thrash-metal-label-combat-records Twitter Throughout the mid- to late-1980s, Combat was home to bands such as Exodus, Circle Jerks, Death, Dark Angel, and Agnostic Front. The label  also gave Megadeth their very first record deal.Ellefson revealed that he has worked for more than a year to acquire the rights to the Combat Records name, and that he is “so excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to [his] history.””Even though we signed to Capitol after Killing Is My Business, Combat’s logo was on all the Megadeth releases through Countdown To Extinction,” Ellefson added.  “It truly was/is one of the most iconic Metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like Helstar.”Although the reborn Combat Records will not retain ownership of the original label’s past catalogue, Ellefson made it clear the label will focus on a mixture of releases from new and classic artists. The first batch of Combat releases is forthcoming in 2018, and will include music by Raven, Helstar, Dead By Wednesday, and Wrath.”The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days, is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP,” Ellefson concluded. “We are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established Metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.”Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine To Host New Streaming Metal Radio Show NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Megadeth Win 2017 Best Metal Performance GRAMMY Facebook last_img read more

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Cultural literary fest celebrated at KV1

first_imgUppal: Under the banner of ‘Ek Bharath Shresht Bharath’, cluster level cultural and literary competitions were conducted at Kendriya vidyalaya no 1 uppal here on Monday.Students from twelve KVs of the region belonging to KV 1 Uppal cluster competed enthusiastically vying with one another to emerge on the top. The camp also included display of arts and artifacts made by students. The meet was inaugurated by Sasindran AC Hyderabad region. All the competitions such as group dance, spell Bee, quiz based on the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi conducted under the guidance of P Srinivasa Raju, principal.last_img read more

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Lets have a look at top 5 internet companies in India with

first_imgSeveral Flipkart employees to turn dollar millionaires post the Walmart acquisition [Representational Image]ReutersA couple of days ago, logistics start-up Delhivery became the latest member of the billion-dollar valuation club after receiving $413 million from a consortium of investors led by SoftBank. Similarly, US retail giant Walmart had paid a staggering $16 billion for a 77 per cent stake in Flipkart, valuing the e-commerce major at $22 billion.Flipkart and Delhivery are not exceptions in a country witnessing a boom in funding for internet companies with innovative, scalable businesses. Start-ups in sectors as varying as online commerce, logistics, healthcare, education and financial technology are commanding mind-boggling valuations. Nimble companies with innovative ideas are raising millions of dollars every other day, which brings us to the question, what is the pecking order of Indian internet companies? Paytm Payments Bank service goes live in India; all you need to knowPaytm via Twitter (screen-shot)PaytmThe Noida-based digital payments and online commerce start-up is the flagship brand of parent One97 Communications, led by Vijay Shekhar Sharma. The company is in midst of raising $1.5-2 billion from existing investors SoftBank Vision Fund and Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial. The latest financing round is expected to boost the payments services company’s valuation to $16-18 billion from $10 billion last year.Starting off in 2010 as a prepaid mobile and DTH recharge platform, the company has subsequently added a host of other services such as e-commerce division Paytm Mall, utility bill payments, travel, movies, and events bookings as well as in-store payments at grocery stores, fruits and vegetable shops, restaurants, parking, tolls, pharmacies and education institutions. Ola’s permit, obtained in 2017 and valid to 2021, allows it to run three and four-wheeler taxis in Karnataka.Ola CabsRide-sharing start-up Ola’s valuation touched $6 billion after getting $300 million from South Korean automobile giants Hyundai and Kia Motors last week. Founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, Ola has transformed into one of the largest shared mobility companies in the world with operations in over 110 cities and around a million drivers under its belt. In January, parent ANI Technologies had raised $74 million in fresh funding from a clutch of investors led by Steadview Capital. Japanese conglomerate SoftBank holds around 26% stake in Ola, which also operates in the food delivery business through Foodpanda.BYJU’sThe education technology start-up has witnessed the fastest surge in valuation, rising to $5.4 billion just three months after being valued at $3.6 billion. The latest surge in valuation came after parent Think & Learn Pvt Ltd raised $25 million from existing backer General Atlantic last week. The surge in valuation has made founder Byju Raveendran’s 36% stake in the Bengaluru-based company worth $1.9 billion or 132.7 billion rupees. Raveendran had started the company as an offline coaching class for Common Admission Test (CAT) to enter IIMs back in 2007. It transformed into its current avatar as Think & Learn in 2011. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Chinese internet behemoth Tencent are some of the early backers of the start-up. OYO Hotels & HomesHospitality major OYO Hotels & Homes had recently concluded a mammoth $1 billion funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund, propelling the start-up’s value to $5 billion. The round had also seen participation from Chinese shared mobility major Didi Chuxing, which signed a cheque of $100 million for OYO. According to reports, the Ritesh Agarwal-led company is in talks to acquire Qianyu, a midsize hotel brand in China. The deal will mark OYO’s first acquisition in China, also referred to as the company’s second home market. Started in 2013 by Agarwal, the company has since expanded to over 500 cities across eight countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, UK, UAE, Indonesia, and the Philippines. ZomatoCredits: ReutersZomatoThe fierce competition in the Indian food delivery space makes it difficult to discover exact valuation of companies in the industry, however, a recent HSBC Global Research report has pegged Zomato ahead of rival Swiggy with a valuation of around $3.6 billion. Zomato was founded in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah and has expanded to 24 countries since then. The company had recently raised $315 million, which saw participation from Naspers’ backed Delivery Hero. Info Edge India, Vy Capital, Sequoia Capital, Singapore government-owned investment firm Temasek and Alibaba’s financial affiliate Ant Financial are some of the prominent investors in Zomato.last_img read more

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