The highly-awaited fashion fiesta of the year, Lakme Fashion Week is ruling the news with its phenomenal exhibition of modern fashion on the runway. While the first day of the event was all about the sultry Disha Patani in white, shining like a star on the ramp, day two was dedicated to the idea of elegant dressing with the magic of pastel-hues in Indian ethnic wear.On the other hand, day three of this gala event turned out to be a scintillating celebration of fusion dressing that exuded power in the most vibrant way.Photo: Yogen Shah The runway saw the fiery-looking Chitrangada Singh stun in a flamboyant number by Neha Agarwal as her showstopper.The gown was an ode to the art of Madhubani as it boasted of the animal motifs incorporated with brilliant colours. While the peacock-like patterns and the offsetting of contrasting colours played on traditional tones, the fish-cut pattern of the gown looked absolutely contemporary.Photo: Yogen Shah The plunging-neckline-gown had gorgeously well-balanced embellishment on the sleeves and the heavy choker-neck that pumped up the look on the whole. The actress sizzled as she walked down the runway with a powder-blue, fish minaudiere bag that added a touch of ethnicity to this fusion outfit. Photo: Yogen Shah It was admirable to see Chitrangada sport a statement nose-pin that jazzed up the look that she pulled off effortlessly.
LINCOLN, NE – AUGUST 30: The Nebraska Cornhuskers take the field for their game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Memorial Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) @KETVFormer Nebraska star running back Lawrence Phillips is currently in prison, serving a 31-year sentence following a 2009 assault conviction. How has his time in prison been? Unsurprisingly, not great. Thanks to USA Today Sports, we’ve gotten an inside look at what Phillips’ life at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, Calif., is like. The media group obtained letters that Phillips wrote to some of his high school coaches. Here are some excerpts from his letters: We have been in lock down about 80% of the time. You would be surprised at what these altercations are about! Nonsense! But when your world is this small all one has to care about is nonsense. That is why I do not want any of these idiots in the cell with me.All they they want to do is the drugs, make knives and make alcohol. Then they say when they get out they will not come back. I tell them of course you will. You are doing the same thing that got you locked up. Of course they do not want to hear that. It is like speaking to a brick wall.—-I do not have a cell mate. All of these dudes want to use drugs and (illegible) weapons in the cell. I’m in the process of applying for single-cell status. I will let you know how that goes.—–Well, there is nothing new happening here. We are still locked down. One of the guards was assaulted so it may be awhile. Coach D, this place is a jungle. Trouble everywhere. One must swallow his pride constantly or one will always be in the hole. But we must deal with the situation we put ourselves in.Terrifying. You can read all of the letters obtained by USA Today Sports here.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has started 2019 fiscal year with new objectives aimed at addressing environmental issues and enhancing competitiveness.On the occasion of MOL’s 135th anniversary, Junichiro Ikeda, the company’s president & CEO, delivered a speech to employees on April 1, 2019. During the speech, he presented the company’s new Rolling Plan 2019.As informed by Ikeda, “aiming to make the MOL Group a collection of businesses that have a clear advantage and boast the highest competitiveness” has been positioned as the vision for MOL ten years from now.The vision has been unveiled after the company reviewed three core pillars it set forth. These include providing stress-free services from a customer perspective, promoting environmental strategies and developing the emission-free business into one of MOL’s future core operations, and investing management resources in fields where MOL has the greatest strength as the newly added pillar.“By adding the element of ‘from a customer’s perspective’ to stress-free services, and taking various strategic measures to address environmental issues, we will further enhance our relative competitiveness,” MOL’s president and CEO said.By following the first two pillars, MOL intends to move forward with five group-wide priorities — marine technical skills, ICT strategy, technology development, environment and emission-free businesses, and work style reforms — as mid-term actions.The company’s key phrases for 2019 fiscal year are said to be ‘LNG fuel’, ‘use and application of data toward autonomous sailing (promotion of Senpaku ISHIN NEXT)’, and ‘workplace reforms’.Moreover, the company wants to further develop its strengths and improve competitiveness by focusing its management resources on fields where MOL has the greatest strength, particularly the offshore business.In addition, MOL has set focus themes for FY2019. One theme is to establish a group-wide safety and quality management system with the objective of reflecting seriously on the incidents that occurred at the end of last year.The second theme is developing a strategic response to stricter regulations on SOx emissions effective in January 2020.“We have a daunting list of things to do-complete the technological verification of compliant fuel oils, properly time the changeover from current fuels, secure a supply of compliant fuel and negotiate with business partners and customers, to name just a few. This is a big challenge for the ocean shipping industry, but I think this is a good opportunity to differentiate our businesses at the same time,” Ikeda added.Ikeda also said that a new organizational structure will be established to support the promotion of Rolling Plan 2019.“We are currently seeing a trend toward economic deceleration, and the ocean shipping market still faces many uncertain factors. By no means we can say that we are in a strong position in our field,” Ikeda pointed out.“We set sail in FY2019 while anticipating rough seas, but we can see our course clearly. The will … and our accumulated efforts and achievements, must become the impetus for further growth,” he concluded.For fiscal year 2018, MOL expects its ordinary profit to exceed its initial outlook. This is due to wide-ranging efforts made to improve profits under Rolling Plan 2018.
TORONTO – Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is investing $648 million in Seaspan Corp. to bring its total stake in the shipping company to roughly $1.3 billion.CEO Prem Watsa says in a statement the investment represents one of its largest in a public company and demonstrates its faith in the shipper’s growth prospects.Hong Kong-based Seaspan leases and manages the huge container ships that form the backbone of the global shipping industry.Seaspan says Fairfax subsidiaries will be making the investment through the exercise of warrants and that it will help its balance sheet.Fairfax had made an initial investment of $324 million in Seaspan in February and entered into an agreement to double that investment in March.Fairfax is a Toronto-based holding company involved in property and casualty insurance that also holds a diverse investment portfolio.
Previous regulations required vehicles over 27,000 kilograms to carry and use traction devices, with only one wheel needing chains during winter conditions and mandatory chain-ups. The new, more all-encompassing enhancements clarify requirements for all commercial vehicles over 5,000 kilograms:* Vehicles less than 11,794 kilograms – like buses or five-ton trucks – must use chains on a minimum of two tires and can use steel chains, cable chains, automatic chains, socks or wheel sanders, if not equipped with winter tires.* Vehicles 11,794 kilograms or more must use steel chains, and the number of tires needing chains ranges from a minimum of two tires for vehicles without a trailer, to six tires on some larger and more-demanding configurations.“Last winter, 33 of 35 extended closures on the Coquihalla involved commercial vehicles, and in most cases, this was due to truck drivers either poorly installing chains or not using them at all,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “While most drivers do chain up during winter weather, these new regulations and the stricter fines that will follow will improve safety and hopefully reduce the number of closures.”For more information on the chain-up regulations and fines; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure implemented stricter chain-up regulations for commercial vehicle operators to improve vehicle performance during winter conditions which will keep B.C. highways safer.The Ministry recognizes the short notice the commercial vehicle industry is being given and will balance safety and reliability with giving the industry time to adjust its practices to the new regulations.Commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers will provide information and education to drivers over the coming months before stricter fines are implemented and enforced later this winter. The values of the escalating fines for non-compliance are being evaluated and considered. Previously, drivers faced a base-level fine of $121 for not carrying chains or not installing them when required to do so.
Indulging in one negative behaviour such as heavy drinking can lead college students towards a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, a study has warned. For the study by researchers from Binghamton University in the US, 558 students from different US colleges completed an anonymous survey on academic performance, daytime sleepiness, substance use and mental distress. “We used a robust data-mining technique to identify associations between mental distress in college students with substance abuse, sleep, social behaviors, academic attitude and behaviours, and GPA,” said Lina Begdache, assistant professor at Binghamton University. “Positive behaviours such as abstinence from substance use, studious attitudes and responsibility toward work and family are reflective of a brain chemistry profile that supports mood and maturation of the prefrontal cortex of the brain,” Begdache said in a statement. “We identified potential cyclic behaviours that associate with severe mental distress that are linked to a change in brain chemistry that supports substance abuse, poor academic attitude and performance, poor sleep patterns, and neglect of family and work,” Begdache said. “The novelty of these findings is that we are proposing, based on the neuroscience of these behaviours, that one action may be leading to another until a vicious cycle sets in,” she said. Low mental distress in college students was associated with no substance abuse, responsible attitude toward learning as well as good academic efforts, high GPA (of above 3.0) and limited daytime sleepiness. Mild mental distress correlated with borderline work neglect and with a marginal negative association with grade-point average. Severe mental distress correlated with substance abuse, extreme daytime sleepiness, poor academic attitude and low GPA. This change in the direction of associations may reflect the neuroanatomical and neurochemical changes triggered by these factors that eventually contribute to mental distress. The results demonstrate that manageable lifestyle factors contribute to mental health in college students, which become potentially cyclic events that may impact academic performance. “These factors that are associated with mental distress in college students are controllable factors, meaning that proper education of students may reduce risk of mental distress on college campuses, which is on the rise,” said Begdache. “It is important for young adults to recognise that one behaviour may lead to a domino effect,” said Begdache. For instance, using drugs recreationally, abusing alcohol or using “study” drugs not only affects brain chemistry but may affect diet and sleep, which may further alter brain function and brain maturity, researchers said. Reduced brain maturity increases impulsivity, reduces emotional control and cognitive functions as well as GPA, eventually increasing mental distress with a potential long-lasting effect,” said Begdache. The researchers also identified a ‘virtuous cycle’. When young adults follow a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep and exercise), they are more likely to avoid drugs and alcohol, which supports a normal brain maturity, which is then reflected in a higher GPA and responsible attitudes toward learning, work and family.
Agartala: The Election Commission on Thursday removed the returning officer of the Tripura West seat, where polling was held on the first phase on the Lok Sabha elections on April 11, an official said. “The Election Commission removed the returning officer of the Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Tripura East’s returning officer, Vikas Singh, has been appointed in his place,” an Election Commission official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Alleging large-scale rigging, booth capturing, intimidation and attacks on voters and polling agents by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members and their goons, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Congress had been demanding re-polling in the constituency. They had also been demanding Mahatme’s removal. The EC order issued by Secretary Arvind Anand, and available with IANS, relieved Mahatme, the District Magistrate of West Tripura, from election-related duties. It also asked Vikas Singh, the District Magistrate of Dhalai, to join his new posting by Thursday. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen According to the official, Tripura’s Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti has been asked to send a panel of names by Thursday to be appointed the new District Magistrate of Dhalai. While polling was held in Tripura West on April 11, voting in the Tripura East seat, slated for the second phase of April 18, was deferred to the third (April 23) by the poll panel, citing the “non-conducive security situation”.
While his season is over, Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is still raking in awards.The Big Ten Freshman of the Year was named a 2014-15 Associated Press first team All-American on Monday, becoming the 12th OSU men’s basketball player to garner that honor.Russell is also the fifth OSU player to be named an AP All-American under current coach Thad Matta, and the first since Jared Sullinger in 2012.Russell joins Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior guard Jerian Grant and Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein on the prestigious list.The Louisville, Ky., native led the Buckeyes in scoring with 19.3 points per game this season, but scored just nine in OSU’s season-ending loss to the Arizona Wildcats in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.His 675 total points this season were an OSU freshman record.Russell is projected in many NBA mock drafts to be a top-five pick, but has not yet announced whether he will return to Columbus for a sophomore season or declare for the draft.The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 26.
Ohio State senior cornerback Damon Webb (7) is the lone returning starter in the secondary and will lead a young unit into the 2017 season. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWalking off the field at University of Phoenix Stadium after a 31-0 loss in the Fiesta Bowl, then-junior Damon Webb was the only member of the starting secondary who would play another game in an Ohio State uniform.Less than two weeks later, cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker all declared pro and are projected first-round picks in the NFL draft at the end of April. Webb, the only returning member of a menacing secondary, has undergone a change entering his fourth and final season in Columbus.“I think that sometimes you have to be the man to be the man,” said Kerry Coombs, cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator. “And he is the man back there.”Webb was overshadowed the entire 2016 season by soon-to-be NFL draft pick Hooker, who had seven interceptions and three defensive touchdowns playing alongside Webb at safety. In his first full season as a starter, Webb was named honorable mention All-Big Ten after posting 52 tackles (fourth-best on the team), three pass breakups and one interception he returned for a score.He played in eight games his freshman season, but faced adversity during his sophomore campaign when he was suspended for nearly half the regular season for an undisclosed reason.Originally recruited as a cornerback, Webb switched to safety in the spring before the 2016 season. Now, Webb is the only sure thing at safety.“Right now, the guy who performed like a starter is Damon Webb,” OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “He had his best stretch of football that I’ve ever seen in him, and I haven’t seen that much, but from what I’ve seen, it was his best stretch of football. He has a look about him, a focus that I think this is going to be a huge summer for him. He’s going to come back and have a great senior year.”A refocused Webb might be the best thing that can happen to a defense whose only question marks are in the secondary. Junior Denzel Ward and redshirt sophomore Damon Arnette are two returning cornerbacks who will assume larger roles this fall with a room full of inexperienced players. Likewise, sophomore Jordan Fuller and freshman Isaiah Pryor are two young members of the safety unit who came to OSU with hype similar to Webb’s.Coombs said Webb has lost weight, gained quickness and even called him “probably the smartest player” on defense.In the offseason, Schiano said Webb was constantly in the film room, watching his mistakes and correcting them in spring practice. When Schiano met with Webb for his exit meeting following Saturday’s spring game, Schiano left with great confidence in the senior from Detroit who’s still trying to leave his mark on OSU football.“This is it. He’s got that one year left before he’s done with his college career,” Schiano said. “You can see an increased urgency in everything he’s doing … I think he’s an incredibly focused guy right now.”