Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes

first_img Jack SlaterSunday 27 Oct 2019 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: quora)MORE: What is Diwali and what to say to someone celebrating the festival?MORE: The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaks social media silence after four months to celebrate Diwali Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes (Picture: Twitter)Diwali memesOf course, this being the generation of social media and memes, it wasn’t long until those taking part in celebrations started to poke fun at some of the quirks. (Picture: Twitter) Advertisement Advertisement Comment (Picture: Quora)A big message for this year’s Diwali was to try and limit how many firecrackers are lit, in a bid to make the festival more environmentally-friendly. People are joining in with the festivities online too (Picture: Rex Features)The festival of lights is lighting up social media.As Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world kick off Diwali celebrations, people have taken to social media to share heartfelt wishes, greetings and, of course, memes – with Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaking his four-month silence to join in.Here’s a round-up of what social media users and celebs are sharing for Diwali 2019.Celebrities wishing a Happy DiwaliMayor of London Sadiq Khan is just one of the many public figures sharing his Diwali wishes online.ADVERTISEMENTJeremy Corbyn, Arsenal FC and Boris Johnson have also posted messages of support and celebration. (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: Twitter)  (Picture: Twitter) The FixThe daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Sign upFind out morelast_img read more

UK public fund to sue Chilean chemicals company

first_imgIt is also alleged that, as a result of SQM’s bribery scheme and defendant’s false statements, the price of SQM American Depositary Shares (ADSs) was artificially inflated between 30 June, 2010 and 18 June, 2015, peaking at more than $66 (€60) a share in July 2011.TWPF claims it suffered losses of more than $4.4m on its shares during the period as a result of SQM’s securities violations.SQM had applied to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds of failure to state a claim, and “forum non conveniens” (the power allowing courts to dismiss a case where another court or forum is much better suited to hear it).But Judge Edgardo Ramos, of the district court for the Southern District of New York, held that the plaintiff had adequately alleged that SQM made materially false and misleading statements in its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings regarding its compliance with applicable law, effectiveness of internal controls, and financial reporting.Judge Ramos also rejected assertions that the claims should be addressed in Chile, because the documents were filed with the SEC in the US, and relied upon by investors to purchase ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange. He said: “The US has a strong interest in upholding its federal securities laws… The defendant claims that the court will have to interpret a novel issue  of Chilean law, because a Chilean court has not determined whether [the] actions constitute a criminal tax violation. However, plaintiff alleges strictly federal securities violations – to which SQM has already admitted.”Last January, SQM paid a total of $30m to settle cases brought against it by both the US Department of Justice and the SEC.Patrick Daniels, partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the lawyers acting for TWPF, said: “There are no class actions in Chile and as an emerging market, there are very significant concerns as to the independence and fairness of the judicial system. European – or any other – investors would not have much recourse if the US case was not available to pursue.”Daniels added: “The US case is only for the US-listed ADSs, but is large enough to have a significant impact on SQM going forward. There will be enough leverage on the case in the US to influence the board’s and executives’ behaviour, and ‘fix’ some of the major problems that led to the breakdown of governance and internal audits.” A UK public pension fund has been given the green light to file a lawsuit in the US against a Chilean mining company accused of bribery.The £6.4bn (€7.6bn) Tyne and Wear Pension Fund (TWPF) – which provides pensions for local government employees in the north-east region of the UK – is lead plaintiff in an investor action against Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) and individual executives. SQM is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of speciality fertilisers and industrial chemicals.The case alleges that SQM made materially false and misleading statements and failed to disclose that it made secret, illegal payments – primarily through its then CEO, Patricio Contesse – to electoral campaigns for Chilean politicians and political parties, as far back as 2009.SQM is also accused of filing millions of dollars worth of fictitious tax receipts with Chilean authorities in order to conceal the payment of bribes, and producing financial statements which were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.last_img read more

Carnival 2011 Highlights

first_img Share The Real Mas 2011 was colourful, vibrant and exciting as is dipicted in this photo gallery. Never before have we seen such colour, pagentry and organization displayed in the streets of Roseau. Participants turned out in thousands filled with vibrancy ready to have a grand time. We can safely say that Dominica’s carnival has been taken to a higher level.Photography by: Abigail Antoine[nggallery id=16] 314 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival 2011 Highlights by: – March 10, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week by: – December 12, 2011 Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Photo credit: un.orgThe launching of the book “Playing with Plants in the Nature Isle” and the commissioning of a standing exhibition on the natural history of the island are among activities marking International Year of the Forest 2011 today.Other activities will include tree planting, media appearances with former and present members of staff, presentations on the Crapaud Project and Baby Sisserou which was bred in captivity in May 2011.Acting Forest Officer Jacqueline Andre said International Year of the Forests 2011 is a celebration of the central role of people in the management, conservation, and sustainable development of the world’s forests. “Throughout the year countries have been highlighting the multiple roles forests play in our lives because they provide shelter to people and a habitat for biodiversity; they are a source of food, medicine, fresh air, and clean water; and they are a crucial part of the equation for maintaining a stable global climate and environment. In short, forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us,” she said.The activities which are being held under the theme “Celebrating Forests for People” will end on December 16th, 2011.A radio address by the acting minister for Agriculture and Forestry Ivor Stephenson officially launched the week of activities today. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

FIRST 100-DAY MARK: W. Visayas execs get thumbs up from DILG

first_imgIglesia said that they have monitoredthe performance of local executives through its personnel in the municipal andcity levels. Winning candidates in the last May 13,2019 midterm elections have assumed office on July 1. ILOILO – Elected officials in WesternVisayas have done their job during their first 100 days in service, accordingto the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Sa 100days kasi supposed tobe ang dami na nilang ginagawa asidefrom knowing their LGU (local government units) well. Nagpa-plano na rin sila especially mayroon na silang executive and legislative agenda for the nextthree years of their term,” cited Iglesia. “Okay naman ang first 100days at sabi ko naka-takeoff na sila on their term,”Iglesia added. Before their stint, the electedgovernors, mayors, city and municipal councilors have undergone training andorientation spearheaded by DILG’s attached agency Local Government Academy.First-timer governors also have their orientation. On the same day, Iglesia started keepingeye on them, especially local chief executives – governors and city andmunicipal mayors – who are new to their jobs. But they are expected to do their tasksbeyond the 100-day mark, stressed DILG Region 6 director Engineer ArielIglesia. Iglesia said the DILG has paid attentionto the first 100 days of newly elected officials because their constituentswere “eager” to witness what the public servant will do during the first monthsof his or her term. “Mag-implement na sila ng delivery of services totheir constituents,” he added. However, DILG will not fine or penalizenew local officials who failed to fulfill what they promised during thecampaign season, Iglesia clarified./PN “They are expected to do their tasks beyond the 100-day mark,” says Engineer Ariel Iglesia, Department of Interior and Local Government reminding local chief executives in Western Visayas. (PNA) While they had rendered their first 100days, the DILG regional director said local government officials are expectedto implement planned programs for the succeeding years.last_img read more

Youth injured in New Castle Memorial Day parade

first_imgNew Castle, Ind. — A 7-year-old New Castle boy is recovering in Riley Children’s Hospital after being injured in a Memorial Day parade.The Henry County Sheriff’s Department says Evan Counceller was reaching for more candy when he lost his balance and fell in front of a trailer carrying the Relay For Life float. He was run over by both axles and suffered two broken ribs and bruises. He is expected to make a full recovery.No citations were issued.last_img

Bulldogs 5th Graders Win Dirt Road League Games

first_imgThe 5th Grade Bulldogs played two afternoon contests this past Sunday at the Batesville High School Auxiliary Gym and came away with two more victories to improve to (15-1) on the season.  In the first game of the day vs. Connersville, the squad found itself in a tight contest until the final minute of play.  A steal and lay-up with a 1:30 to play by Brayden Maple gave the Bulldogs the lead they would not relinquish down the stretch in a game in which they trailed most of the way to win 25-19.  Trenton Jordan led the Bulldogs with 10 points, Cayden Drake had 5, Maple and Jaiden Kuria 3, while Caleb Mohr and Owen Enneking rounded out the scoring with 2 each.In Game two it was all Bulldogs from the outset and throughout as they routed East Central 54-8.  Leading the way for Batesville in which all players cracked the scoring column was Kuria with 13, Drake and William Kuisel 8 each, Mohr, Landon Raver and Jordan with 6 each, Ethan Schneider 3, Enneking and Lincoln Garrett 2 each.The 5th Graders will be in action again next Sunday afternoon, December 16th at BHS at times TBD.  Go Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

Demerara in firm control after Essequibo collapse again

first_img… Joel Spooner among the wicketsBy Rajiv BisnauthDOMINANT Demerara outclassed their opponents Essequibo to close day two of their first round Hand-in-Hand Under-19 Inter-county three-day encounter in firm control for an outright win yesterday, at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground.Essequibo, with a first-innings deficit of 131 runs, closed the day when bad light stopped play at 155-9, a second-innings lead of just 34 runs with one wicket in hand.Joel Spooner (right), and Pradesh Balkishun, shared nine wickets.Off-spinner Joel Spooner repeated his performance, as he tore apart the batting order as none of the batsmen was able to read him for the second time in two days. He ended the day with figures of 6-59. His fellow-spin counterpart Pradesh Balkishun claimed the other three wickets.Earlier, hosts Demerara resumed at 162-5, stretched their first-innings total to 207-9 off 76 overs, after captain Ashmead Nedd did not bat due to food poisoning.Overnight batsman Balkishun failed to add to his overnight 11 and was removed by off-spinner Amit Persaud, who claimed three other wickets, to finish with figures of 6-29 off 31 overs.The other overnight batsman Zachery Jodah, who resumed on seven, and Yudister Persaud then added 24 runs before both batsmen when bowled, off Persaud for 17 and 15 runs respectively.Joel Spooner struck a four and six in his unbeaten 13 after which Persaud claimed the wicket of Qumar Torrington for two. Medium pacers Mervyn Benjamin and Bhumshwar Ramkissoon, along with off-spinner Badesh Parsotam, were the other successful bowlers on day one.Faced with an uphill battle to save the game, Essequibo openers Kevin Christian and Orlando Jailall showed some fight, adding 110 for the first wicket.The left-handed Jailall struck a composed 60 off 133 balls with four fours and a six before he was first to be dismissed by first-innings tormentor, Spooner. Christian made 49 off 110 balls, inclusive of two fours before he too went off the bowling of Spooner.Thereafter, the other batsmen showed no sign of improvement and carried out the casual approach in the second innings as well, as they surrendered in front of a small gathering of cricket-lovers to both Spooner and Balkishun.  Persaud was unbeaten on 14 when play ended.last_img read more

Game 5 rewind: USC dedicates win to Stafon Johnson

first_imgBERKELEY — The story: With Stafon Johnson hospitalized and unable to talk, the Trojans did all their talking on the field Saturday.Most of the players had Johnson’s initials or his No. 13 written on their eye black. Many said he was part of their thoughts throughout the game. Many said he inspired them to win.USC receiver Damian Williams evades Cal defenders on his way to a touchdown on a punt return in the second quarter. It was the Trojans’ first special teams touchdown of the season. – Photo by Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAnd with a balanced, well-rounded performance yet unseen out of the Trojans this season, No. 7 USC (4-1) dominated Cal 30-3.Johnson underwent emergency surgery Monday after dropping a weight on his throat in Heritage Hall. Despite his absence, the senior running back was on the mind of his teammates.“I was really happy that we could play this game for Stafon,” freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said. “He was in our hearts the whole time. It was a great victory for us and for him.”Meanwhile, the No. 24 Bears (3-2) suffered their second consecutive embarrassing loss after falling 42-3 to No. 16 Oregon last week. And Cal’s ballyhooed preseason All-American Jahvid Best was again shut down, gaining just 51 total yards.Key plays: 1. Cal drove down the field quickly to start the game, with an eight-yard run from Best, a facemask called on USC, and two 20-yard strikes from Kevin Riley putting the Golden Bears in a goal-to-go situation. But USC senior safety Taylor Mays made a leaping interception of a Riley throw in the end zone to stop the looming threat.“We knew it was an early test for us, but we handled it,” said redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo. “Taylor just totally shut the whole stadium down with that interception.”The Trojans turned around, scored in six plays, and never looked back. Cal wouldn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter.“I think it was a great statement that we weren’t going to let [a Cal touchdown] happen,” Carroll said. “And even better than that was our drive after. We took advantage and drove 80 yards for the touchdown.”Added Galippo: “People can see how much turnovers can mean with that one.”2. The other key play happened early in the second quarter, as Williams returned a Bryan Anger punt 66 yards for a touchdown. The return was Williams’ first special teams score of his career as well as the first for the Trojans this season.Williams eluded multiple Bears on the return and managed to tiptoe his way along the sideline before sneaking just inside the pylon.“Ball security is the most important thing on that,” Williams said. “Once you use a few blocks, it’s kinda like running through a tunnel.”Most valuable player: Running back Joe McKnight. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior rushed 20 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t fumble and lost yardage on only two carries — two weaknesses that have plagued him in the past.“He’s fast and explosive,” said Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed of McKnight. “He’s pretty good.”Surprise performance: Bradford had 53 yards on a career-high 12 carries as he established himself as the Trojans No. 2 running back behind McKnight. Bradford didn’t break any long runs — a 16-yard rush was his game-high — but he did rush for three first downs and provided a change of pace from the speedy McKnight.“I’m a big back, so I have to be able to get key yardage,” Bradford said. “My role is extended, so I know I have to step up.”Carroll had said that Bradford would be depended on more in the coming weeks.“He’s gonna get better and better,” McKnight said of his backfield mate. “And he’s gonna have a bigger role against Notre Dame.”Stat of the game: The Trojans were flagged just five times for a total of 55 yards. That number — especially when compared to last week’s first quarter total of seven penalties for 75 yards — displayed the team’s increased discipline.“You could say that we were clicking on all cylinders tonight,” linebacker Michael Morgan said. “Not as many mistakes, not as many penalties.”Quote of the game: “It’s about time.”The Trojans said it was about time for a lot of things after the game Saturday.“It’s about time Damian returned a punt for a touchdown,” said redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler. “It’s about time.”“It’s about time Taylor had an interception,” Williams said. “I’ve been telling him to get one for the last two years. That was a huge play.”Added Williams: “And it’s about time for us as a team. I think we finally solidified why we’re one of the best teams in the nation.”last_img read more

Bethard exits UK online gambling scene

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Bethard Group has confirmed that it will terminate its entire UK online gambling market presence next month.  The Malta-based gambling operator communicated to UK customers that its flagship Bethard brand would no longer accept wagers or further transactions from the 6 July. UK customers have been given until the 10 August to withdraw funds and clear their player accounts, as Bethard closes its UK presence in line with UKGC licensing procedures.Bethard confirmed to SBC that its UK exit follows a strategic review undertaken during lockdown in which management have chosen to focus on ‘profitable markets’.The operator secured its UKGC licence in 2018 as part of the firm’s multi-market expansion targeting growth in the UK, Denmark and Ireland, having established its presence as a challenger sportsbook in its home market of Sweden.In the exit statement, Bethard management has chosen not to disclose any specific reasons for its decision to depart the UK online gambling scene, simply underling that it has reviewed all marketplace options.UK online gambling tax, regulatory and compliance changes undertaken during the course of 2019-to-2020 have seen a number of licensed incumbents depart the market, including 188BET, Betclic Everest, ComeOn and Royal Panda.Bethard management confirmed that the operator will maintain its presence across all other established markets, through licenses for Malta, Denmark, Ireland, Spain and Sweden. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more