Andre: Ok things are getting really interesting now. Lot of big names missing, still some serious ones in the mix, add to that the constant possibilities of a surprise or two… The women’s 400m looks like it’s going to be another good one. KC: I think this is one of the most wide open 400m female events at a major championships as I think the field lacks good quality. Andre: I knew you’d say that because your girl Francena McCorory did not make the U.S. 400m team. I think there is good quality here and we have seen in the heats that folks are coming into form, looking comfortable in qualifying and threatening to run much faster when it’s needed. KC: It is so unfortunate that the best female quarter-miler in the world will not be competing here as she can beat anyone in this line up by a half a second but the show has to go on. Imagine a line-up going into the Championships where only one lady has gone sub 50 seconds this season in Shaunae Miller and I will not be surprised if the winning time will be the slowest in history at these Championships. Andre: McCorory knew what the qualifying criteria was. She foolishly sacrificed a spot on the 400m team for a world lead and as an experienced athlete you would expect better. Anyway, let’s talk about the ladies who are actually competing. Allyson Felix has multiple sub 50 times to her credit and will definitely go there this week. KC: This is a great opportunity for Jamaica to make history here as we could see all four making it to the final where I think McPherson is our best medal hope and she is due for a very big performance. If she is not too far off the pace in the final, she could be in for a history-making performance. Andre: McPherson has had her issues this year, but she is doing better and looks like she will go fast here, same for Bianca Razor and we know that Christine Ohuruogu will be there when the roll is called. But yes, it’s a good chance for some Jamaican joy in this event, even if Felix and Miller are ahead of our girls. KC: I am not worried about Razor here as she has PR already in the first round, a similar situation like we saw in the men’s 400m. I expect though that it will be a duel for gold between Miller and Felix, as these two have the best 200 metres speed in the field and could use this to their advantage. Andre: Yes, I agree. I think there will be two races in one; the race for the gold between Miller and Felix and the race for the bronze between McPherson and Ohuruogu, who I find it hard to count out. Natasha Hastings looked unconvincing in the heats, but has decent quality and could also be a factor, along with youngster Shericka Jackson, who is ready to break out. KC: McPherson has been finishing third all season in majority of the Diamond League meets and must be hungry now for a better placing, but can she beat either, Miller or Felix? Yes, I think so and while Ohuruogu always saves her best for the big moments, this time she could be found wanting as I think her luck will run out. Williams-Mills is also in the same situation as time is catching up on them and both could find themselves out of the final this time around. Andre: I’m worried about Novlene Williams-Mills, she has some medical issues this year and it has affected her preparation. McPherson is ready to run fast, but her preparation has also been hampered this year. I’m banking on the young Bahamian to win, just over Felix, with McPherson going one better than last World Champs and taking the bronze. KC: The experience and class of Felix will prevail here and she will win her first major 400 metres title and make up for her narrow loss to Montsho in Daegu as this lineup is not frightening. Miller should do enough to hold on for second and Hasting, who normally goes out fast, could cause some problems here. She and McPherson could have a battle royal in the final 50 metres for the bronze medal.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced This rare appearance in the World Cup has brought Peru’s fans out in full force to Saransk, a city with a population of 300,000.Angel Carranza, like Etchevarria, spent about $10,000 to travel from Dallas, Texas, to follow Peru’s group stage campaign in Saransk, Yekaterinburg and Sochi. He’ll stay through the knockout phase, should Peru advance. Carranza had to sacrifice to make this trip: He sold his blue Ford Mustang GT to help finance the adventure.“It is a high investment, but we are waiting for decades to put our money in this,” the car salesman said. “It is money well spent. If I hadn’t come, I would never forgive myself.”Carranza wore an Alianza Lima T-shirt and was joined by three other Peru fanatics, two of whom he had just met at a Russian airport. They were among throngs of Peruvians who dominated Saransk’s Fan Fest during Russia’s 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup. They sang and danced and Peru’s most popular chant has been so frequently heard that locals can sing it, too.“How wouldn’t I love you? How wouldn’t I love you? You are my beloved Peru, the blessed country that saw my birth,” the song goes in Spanish.ADVERTISEMENT Upbeat Guiao, NLEX looking to pull off upsets to end elims LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film But when fellow Peruvians began a loud traditional chant at the Saransk Fan Fest, the 51-year-old pulled himself to his feet, wearing his “lucky” Peru shirt, with tears in his eyes.“I had to be here. I feel like a messenger from Peru. It doesn’t matter how far we go. We are here,” said Etchevarria, who traveled from Lima to Russia. “I was at the playoff against New Zealand that put us here, and when Jefferson Farfan scored the first goal in our 2-0 victory, I wept and wept and wept.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhen Peru takes on Denmark in its opener Saturday, Etchevarria plans to be among an estimated 35,000 Peruvians who have descended upon the World Cup’s smallest host city. Peru’s fans will likely dominate the crowd at the 44,000-seat Mordovia Arena.Etchevarria is like most Peruvians in that he didn’t believe he would ever see his team play in the World Cup. That changed last year when an unbeaten streak spanning the final eight qualifying matches not only put Peru in the tournament but made the national team a contender to advance out of Group C. Peru national soccer team’s fans celebrate in front of the the monument of Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov, near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Scalpers are still very visible at the World Cup, despite FIFA and Russia’s claims they’ve cracked down on illicit ticket sales. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)SARANSK, Russia — Peru soccer fan Daniel Etchevarria learned he had severe arthritis in his knees shortly after his beloved team made the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The diagnosis meant the accountant would have limited mobility if he made the trip to Russia to cheer on his team.No chance he was missing it, though, even if he was confined to a wheelchair for the trip.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Claudia Rodriguez, a 28-year-old teacher, is the rare female fan among a predominantly male Peruvian caravan that made the trek to Russia.“I love football, but what I love more is this atmosphere showing we Peruvians can overcome our divisions,” she said, wearing a red shirt and a Russian hat. “Normally we would have nothing in common with Russia, they are completely different from us in their habits, culture and language. But football brings everyone together.“Peruvians will always love Russia from now on because of the memories here.”The fanaticism can be contagious. Regional government employee Maxim Izosimov mingled with Peruvians during Russia’s game and declared Peru “my second team.”“Their fans seem more proud of their team than us in Russia,” Izosimov said. “We don’t hug and kiss and sing together like they do. I enjoyed being a part of their group here at the Fan Fest and I can’t wait to see the others in the stadium on Saturday.”Izosimov was entertained by the antics of 28-year-old Peruvian engineer Daniel Gonzales, who is recovering from a pair of surgeries on his knee but thrust his crutches skyward to the rhythm of Peruvian chants.“I got unlucky a first time (with his knee) playing football, then I got unlucky again three weeks ago when the same injury came back,” Gonzales said. “If I have to get unlucky again, I hope it is after the World Cup is over. I am going with Peru until the end.”Etchevarria, who is still getting used to his wheelchair, said he was stirred by the sight of younger fans like Gonzales expressing as much passion for the team as he does.“This generation deserves to see Peru in World Cup; they were losing hope,” he said. “When I found I had arthritis I asked God, ‘Why me?’“Then I found out that it didn’t need to take my smile, annul who I am. God gives his worst battles to his best warriors. My Peru is in the World Cup and we all needed to be here.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
…PSC, GPSU, diplomatic missions among applicantsThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday confirmed receipt of applications from entities for election observer status. However, the number of applications is cause for concern.At a press conference on Monday, Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield was asked for an update on local and international observers, and whether they have been approved.While not clear on whether the commission has approved the observers, Lowenfield did explain that entities such as the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) are among the local applicants.“As far as the observers go, you may be aware that we had made a public advertisement for groups who are desirous of participating in the observation of the process. We have received very few of those.”“The Private Sector, the Public Service Union, I think some of the embassies, I think the US and Canadian (missions) would have made submissions to the Commission for approval. So they’re the only ones who’ve responded to us in terms of participating in the observation subset,” Lowenfield said.He explained that the applications received were deliberated on at the level of the Commission. Asked if any applicants were turned down by GECOM, Lowenfield noted that he had no knowledge of this.The last time Local government elections were held, in 2016, the US Embassy and the British and Canadian High Commissions had fielded observer teams. With elections expected to be held on November 12, the deadline for application for local observer status was October 11.Lists of candidates in Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils have already been approved. The disciplined services are expected to go to the polls on November 2, with the general populace being scheduled to vote on November 12.The People’s Progressive Party had previously indicated that over 3000 candidates have been put forward by that party to contest local elections in all 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs). The other parties will be contesting on a smaller scale.A Partnership for National Unity will be contesting elections in 76 of the 80 LAAs. Meanwhile, the Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday announced plans to contest only 38 LAAs at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), scheduled for November 12.This announcement follows previous statements made by that party to the effect that it had planned to contest the elections in more than 50 LAAs.
WASHINGTON – The government has already reached the limit on high-tech worker visas for 2007 even though the fiscal year doesn’t start until Oct. 1, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Thursday. High-tech companies said that underscores the need to increase the 65,000 annual cap on the popular H-1B visas used to bring in engineers, computer programmers and others. Immigration legislation passed by the Senate would increase the number to 115,000, but a House version of the bill doesn’t address the issue, and it’s unclear whether lawmakers will be able to write a compromise bill. “Our message is whether it’s comprehensive immigration reform or some other way, we really need relief this year,” said Sandy Boyd, a vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It’s the fourth year in a row that the cap has been met before the start of the fiscal year. This year was the earliest that it has happened, tech companies said. The Citizen and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 1 and exceeded the cap on May 26, the agency said in a press release. High-tech firms won’t have another opportunity to apply until April 1, 2007, when petitioning will start for the 2008 fiscal year.
LBCC opened the season ranked third behind Richland and Cypress but moved up with quality wins over San Diego Mesa and West Valley and a 0-0 tie with Dixie State College of Utah. LBCC, which won consecutive NSCAA/adidas national titles in 2002 and 2003, finished fifth in last year’s final poll. Cypress, ranked third currently behind LBCC and Mohawk Valley (N.Y.), finished second in last year’s final poll after claiming its third state title. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The news was also good for the Vikings men’s program, which cracked the NSCAA/adidas Top 20 for the first time in school history. LBCC is ranked 18th after opening the season with a 4-1-1 record. Teams ahead of the Vikings include South Coast Conference foes L.A. Harbor (8th, 5-0-0) and Mt. SAC (10th, 5-1-0). The Vikings’ only loss of the season came to Mt. SAC, 1-0, in the final of the Allan Hancock Tournament. The Long Beach City College women’s soccer team, riding a national-record 84-game unbeaten streak that stretches over four seasons, has moved back atop the national JC rankings. The Vikings (8-0-1) leapfrogged Richland, Texas, and defending state champion Cypress to claim the No. 1 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Junior College Division III national poll. Division III is for non-scholarship schools. “It feels good to be back on top,” LBCC co-coach Alex Camargo said. “Hopefully this will inspire our team to play at an even higher level.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Even as gasoline prices have slipped a bit from their summer highs, it’s clear the $3 mark is the new norm – prices are nearly $1 above last year and double what they were at the end of 2002. Experts explain the forces at work: record-high crude prices, increased demand, stagnant supply and refining capacity, and reduced production brought on by fires and hurricanes. But grumbling consumers don’t want to hear any of that. “It’s a vicious cycle upward, upward, upward,” said Irwin Sussman, 65, a retired contractor living on Social Security in North Hollywood. “It’s less money to spend on necessities. If you have an extra $20 to $40 a month, when you’re on a fixed income, it’s a lot of money. Record-breaking gas prices are changing the way Southern Californians live – pinching budgets, rearranging commutes and having a ripple effect across the economy. The $3-a-gallon price at the pump is one shock, but price tags on just about every service and commodity imaginable, from delivery charges to construction materials, home heating to family recreation, are changing as well – and none for the better. Not even the oil crisis of a generation ago hit families’ pocketbooks as hard, said Allen Martin, director of the Consumer Resource Center at California State University, Northridge. “This has cut across the board. Virtually anyone who drives is facing this,” Martin said. “We’ve never seen a 100 percent increase in fuel prices over a short period of time. Salaries are not increasing at the rate the gas prices are increasing. That means you have to spend less or save less.” “It means maybe I won’t go to a movie, won’t go here, won’t got there, maybe won’t take my grandson out for a hamburger.” Gas has shot up nearly $1 a gallon since last year, 50 percent, leaving Southern Californians to carpool, take the smaller family car over the SUV and think twice about running errands. Many, Martin suspects, may be slow to see just how big of a bite it’s taking out of budgets because they put gas purchases on credit cards. But for the working poor – one in seven families countywide lives below the poverty level – the crunch is often all too obvious. Fifty-seven percent of respondents in a Public Policy Institute of California poll released last week said increases in gas prices had already caused financial hardship. But the pain doesn’t stop at the pump. From canned goods on store shelves to pizzas delivered to homes, consumer items are bound to have price spikes as transportation costs increase. “We’re going to see this ripple through the economy as we see the manufacturers pay more for their fuel, the wholesalers as they pay more to get the products into their warehouses and the retailers,” said Daniel R. Blake, a professor of economics and director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at CSUN. “This is a general price increase, it’s across the board and it’s going to show up in our pocketbooks,” he said. “Not just in our price for fuel, but everywhere.” Florist Moshe Ninio – who’s already started carpooling with his wife to their Kirk’s Flowers shop in Van Nuys – is tacking an extra $1 delivery charge on local orders. “We definitely make less than before. I just look at it per day. If it’s 5 to 10 bucks, it’s something I can still afford. I don’t want to look at the big picture. If it’s a year, I lose $1,000, I’ll pass out.” Restaurateur Michael Puetz, who owns Henri’s in Canoga Park and Oxnard, sees the ripple across his balance sheets. He’s facing $25 extra delivery charges from the rental companies he relies on to bring tables and chairs to events he caters, some of which he’s passing on to his clients. But since gas has hovered at around $3, business has been down about 25 percent at his original Canoga Park eatery. “The week the kids go to school always seems to be off, but it always kicks back up in the next few days. I haven’t seen that.” Many commuters are talking about hybrids, and experts believe consumers will start demanding more efficient wheels, much the way Japanese imports became mainstream after the oil crises of the 1970s and early 1980s. Ford Motor Co., one of the nation’s biggest automakers, is betting its future on it, rolling out half its line in hybrid form by 2010. Still, Paul M. Ong, Director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, warns making big changes in living, working and driving takes time – and is only likely if prices continue to soar. “People respond in a very temporary fashion. If the high prices prove to be temporary, I don’t think we’ll make the changes we need in the long run. People have very short memories.” Sussman, the retiree, says he could cut down on the one fill-up a week for his 1983 Mercedes, but isn’t planning on it. “I could stay home and not go out of my house. I don’t have to go to McDonald’s. That’s the situation. I don’t want to be pretty much living in the sanitarium next week,” he said. “The gas expense is a major thing today. It’s a problem.”—Staff writers Brent Hopkins and Rachel Uranga contributed to this report. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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14 July 2008Hank McGregor won a spirited end-sprint to clinch his fifth Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon title on a river swollen by the heavy rainfall that had flooded the region for the past fortnight.The crowd at the finish at Velddrif saw McGregor outsprint Graeme Solomon to the line before hoisting a five-finger salute to celebrate becoming only the second paddler in history to win the overall race title five times.Paarl’s Donnie Malherbe wrapped up third place and the veteran’s honours, Matie student Heinrich Schloms was fourth, and Gavin White wrapped up a solid final stage by sprinting with the leaders to secure fifth place.Missed shortcutA disconsolate Lance King had to settle for sixth after being dropped from the front bunch on the final stage. It was a tough race for him as he slipped from third at the halfway point after a brave solo breakaway on the third stage imploded when he missed a key shortcut, squandering four-and-a-half minutes.King’s sixth place also dramatically affected the outcome of the inaugural pro team competition, which was snatched on the final day by the Team Value Added Life, anchored by Solomon, Malherbe and Schloms, who filled positions two to four.McGregor’s Team USN had to settle for second – despite the fact that McGregor won every single bridge prize hot spot and each day’s two-minute discount off his team’s overall time – after King finished sixth and Pieter-Willem Basson in eleventh place overall.Race recordDespite the very full and fast flowing river, McGregor’s winning time was still shy of the race record, set by Graeme Solomon in 2001, over a slightly shortened course.Abbey Miedema wrapped up her fourth title in the tough four-stage ultra-marathon, and her third in succession, when she completed a lightning fast final stage in 26th place overall.Her eventual time was around 111% of Hank McGregor’s winning time, earning her a substantial bonus, but it fell just short of earning her the equal prize money that had been offered for a 110% race time.The 28-year-old went into the race cautiously, after openly stating that she preferred tough low Bergs to the many gambles and risks associated with racing on a flooded river.Final stageThe final stage saw most of the field paddling over marshes that shortened the 56-kilometre stage by as much as 40%.“Jeepers it was fast!” chuckled Miedema. “According to my GPS, we paddled just 35 kilometres today.“We were paddling over fences, past silos and miles away from the main river,” she added. “A lot of time we didn’t really know where we were going, but it was so wide and open that it was easy to see the bunches ahead of you and follow the good lines.”She admitted that she and the others around her had survived a scare when it looked like they were heading into a dead-end channel. “Suddenly we were right in the thick of some trees, but we managed to find our way back to the main river without losing too much time.A ‘cheat’“It was such a different Berg,” Miedema said. “In some ways it feels like a bit of a ‘cheat’ Berg because it was so fast and the days were so short on the full river, compared to the last eight Bergs.”Miedema paddled much of the day with university student Abie Adie as she preserved her massive half-hour lead. Third place went to Jemma Hofmeyer following the withdrawal of Lindi-May Harmsen on the third stage.Harmsen injured her shoulder on the second day, and after battling through the early part of the third stage, opted out of the race to ensure that her challenge for the World Marathon Championships in the Czech Republic would not be adversely affected by the risk of aggravating the injury.Age group winnersThe junior title went to under-16 Milnerton scholar Ivan Kruger, who dominated the boys’ race. Joseph Williams and Hannes Pienaar finished second and third respectively.Mynhardt Marais was the first sub-master across the line, with Gauteng’s Brian Longley taking the grand master’s honours head of the first master home, Paul Lange.Cally Henderson paddled her way into the history books by becoming the first female master paddler to complete the race when she reached the finish at Velddrif Bridge.RESULTSMEN Hank McGregor 13:20.09Graeme Solomon 13:20.43Donnie Malherbe 13:29.39Heinrich Schloms 13:33.20Gavin White 13:34.53Lance King 13:36.48Pierre-Andre Rabie 13:41.03Ernest van Riet 13:43:27Angus McIntosh 13:46.41Ian Trautmann 13:49.39 WOMEN Abbey Miedema 14:55.06 (26th overall)Abie Adie 15:18.29Jemma Hofmeyer 16:16.21Lisa Scott 16:43.13Janet Vorster 17:46.11 Source: Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Amy was one of Dr. Judy’s small animal clients. She had a cat named Digger, a large, yellow, short-haired, tom. He should have been neutered, but Amy feared this would alter his personality — not just his anatomy.Dr. Judy reminded her that allowing a tomcat to freely run and propagate would only worsen the excess cat population. Amy, however, never took this advice to heart. Instead, whenever she brought Digger in for a checkup, she was focused on the latest food health scare.The last time I heard from her, the World Health Organization (WHO) had just reported that Roundup might cause cancer. That news was all it took to set her off on a new rant.On Facebook she wrote, “I am only going to purchase organic food. My family’s meat consumption is going to be limited to three ounces of meat four times a week and then mostly fish. Vegetables are only going to be purchased from local sources.”I felt sorry for her husband, Larry. He told me, “The days of having a good steak appear to be over.”Consumers like Amy seem to obtain much of their allegedly “scientific” information from sources that are focused on twisting any hint of fact into scary “news” reports. Why not? It sells newspapers and TV time and draws attention to activists and their agendas.Many of you may be familiar with the WHO. On their website, WHO shares international health concerns and, in most cases, worthy programs to address them. Once in a while, however, they lose perspective.WHO recently reported that persons who eat red meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. While I don’t dispute the possibility of an increase, several facts make me skeptical. An 18% increase sounds significant, but keep in mind that the risk of developing colorectal cancer is relatively low to begin with. An 18% increase would raise the incidence of colorectal cancer from 4.75% to 5.5% — far lower than the cancer risk associated with smoking.WHO has listed 936 items that may cause cancer. So, is there anything that we are in contact with that can’t cause cancer? In contrast, I offer you another report to contemplate: a well-documented research study in Kenya that evaluates childhood nutrition and consumption of red meat. In controlled trials of four different diets provided over a two-year period to students in 12 school systems, children who received four ounces of red meat per day gained 12 IQ points, increased muscle mass and were more active on the playground than their classmates who were on balanced vegetarian diets. So much misinformation is being bandied about that there is no wonder consumers like Amy, who are conscientious in providing for their families, are confused and spend more than necessary to purchase supposedly nutritious food that is usually little different than commodity-sourced foods that meet USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA purity standards.The next time you read about a food scare, take a deep breath and pause. Once the initial scare tactics in the press play out, the straight facts gradually appear. Here are examples of food scares that have proven to be false:a) Butter is bad for your health.b) Fat leads to obesity and high blood cholesterol.c) Sugary carbohydrates are better for you than fats.d) Eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, therefore, are bad for you.And if you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember back when cranberries were declared unsafe because of strontium-90. That scare nearly ruined the cranberry industry. We now know that cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them a very healthy food choice.And we know that butter is much healthier for you than margarine and actually contains a substance that prevents cancer. A high blood cholesterol level is actually caused by an individual’s genetics, often combined with a high carbohydrate intake. Medical experts now recognize that eggs, which are loaded with amino acids, protein and beta-carotene, are a very healthy food to consume.So sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Miss Amy. You might want to use those books by the “foodies” for doorstops!
The State Bank of India (SBI) is set to close down nine overseas branches as part of a process to rationalize operations, Managing Director Pravin K Gupta said, PTI reported.SBI has already shut down six foreign branches over the last two years. The state lender currently operates through about 190 branches in 36 countries, the report added.“Capital is generally a constraint for most of the bank sites. Obviously, you want to use your capital at the place where it is best utilised. So, as a part of our foreign branch rationalisation, we have closed about six branches already in the last two years. There are nine more branches under the process to be closed down,” Gupta told the news agency in an interview.Some of the branches that are scheduled for closure are small centers and not full-fledged branches, Gupta said, adding that there is a need to rationalize the small or retail branches in countries like Bangladesh and South Africa. The move will involve closing down of some small branches, or merging of two-three branches into one.Opening a lot of foreign offices at this point of time is also not viable, he said.“If you see globally, we are already present in the major centers. I don’t think there is any major global center where we are not present. So the need to go to too many new countries at this point of time is not really felt,” Gupta added, according to the report.The Department of Financial Services had earlier asked all the public sector banks to assess the performance of all the 216 overseas centers and shut down operations in unviable locations.State-owned banks closed down 35 overseas branches and representative offices by March this year as part of the initiative. Among the banks that undertook the rationalization measures was the Bank of India, which closed down operations in Dubai, Yangoon and Botswana. Indian Overseas Bank also shut its branches in Dubai and Hong Kong, while Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank and Union Bank of India closed their Shanghai offices.The Dubai branches of Andhra Bank, and IDBI Bank were also closed. Bank of Baroda also shut its Hong Kong branch.SBI, India’s largest lender, was earlier reported to be planning to shut its non-viable branches in China, Sri Lanka, Oman, Saudi Arabia, France and Botswana by 2019. The processes of closing have been started for the Tianjin branch in China and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the report added. Related ItemsSBIState Bank of India
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan in Assam has been served notice as a ‘D’, or doubtful voter less than two months after retired soldier Mohammed Sanaullah was declared a foreigner.The tag relegated Mamud Ali, 47, to the additional list of people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in Assam. This list has 1.02 lakh names that had earlier passed scrutiny to be in the draft NRC published in July 2018.D-voters are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for their alleged lack of proper citizenship credentials with their cases pending in one of 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) across Assam. But the notice that Mr. Ali received was from the NRC in the Kamrup district service centre that processed the documents of his family.Mr. Ali is posted at an industrial unit in West Bengal’s Bankura district. He took emergency leave and rushed back home in western Assam’s Dalagaon after a panchayat leader sent him the copy of the notice via WhatsApp.“I was under the impression that FTs send the D-voter notice, but the one I received bore the stamp of the panchayat. Nevertheless, I reached the NRC centre on July 6 for a hearing where police and paramilitary personnel were also present. They checked my documents and said my case would be cleared,” he said.But the CISF jawan, about to complete 24 years in service, felt slighted by the ordeal he was put through. “It was as if my father Karamat Ali Sheikh’s school certificate of 1947 and the voters’ lists of the 1960s sporting his name have no value,” he said.The citizenship of none of his four surviving siblings and others linked to his father’s legacy data has been doubted.“The CISF jawan’s case smacks of a conspiracy to make people D-voters. The NRC officials may now say they wrongly identified him as a D-voter, but are they authorised to detect doubtful voters?” asked Azizur Rahman, advisor of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union.Declared Indian but DTwo days before Mr. Ali’s “date with doubt”, a woman named Ranu Samaddar received a D-voter notice from an FT in western Assam’s Nalbari district. This is the second such notice she has received from the Assam Police’s border wing since 2004.In her late 50s and a mother of five, Ms. Samaddar was born in Bongaigaon district further west and was married to Shankar Samaddar of Nalbari district. Her husband died a few years ago.Ms. Samaddar challenged the earlier notice and the court in 2014 declared her an Indian. But her name was not included in the NRC. “It is so distressing to receive the same notice even after my citizenship was established through an extensive legal process. Does this mean our courts are meaningless and officials can do as they please?” she asked.Dies of depressionOn Monday, 29-year-old Amar Majumdar was found dead at his house in northeastern Assam’s Silapathar. He had been facing a D-voter case.Members of his family said he was suffering from depression for more than a month after his documents — they include his father Jatin Majumdar’s citizenship certificate of 1955 — were rejected by officials dealing with his case. “His NRC application was rejected too. He was worried about the future of his family and what would happen if they are thrown out of the country,” said a cousin who declined to be named.Mr. Majumdar left behind his wife and two children.