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SC pulls up Assam government over inadequate functioning of Foreigners’ Tribunals

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first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Assam government over inadequacies in the functioning of Foreigners’ Tribunals in the state and sought details on it by March 27. The government told a bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, that 50,000 migrants were declared foreigners by the Tribunal in the past 10 years. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, said around 900 people were kept in six detention centres of the State.The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said the State government would have to specify through an affidavit whether the foreigners tribunals functioning in the State were adequate and how they were functioning. The top court, however, added that it was not insisting on the presence of Assam chief secretary in the court at present. The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander through advocate Prashant Bhushan on the plight of foreigners in detention centres. The plea alleged that they were kept in detention indefinitely just because they were not Indians and were treated as “illegal aliens”.During the previous hearing, the court had expressed concern over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centres for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. It had raised several issues connected with the detention centre and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period. The apex court had also sought to know the condition of detention centres, saying the PIL alleged sub-human conditions there. Mr. Mehta had said there was a need for evolving a mechanism for repatriating them and it should be done expeditiously. The solicitor general was responding to the January 28 queries of the apex court, which had asked the Centre and State to provide details of functional detention centres in Assam and the foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years.Mr. Mehta had told the apex court that 938 people were lodged in six detention centres in Assam and 823 of them have been declared foreigners by tribunals. The Centre had said over 27,000 foreigners have been pushed back at border points while attempting to enter India illegally.last_img read more

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The Yadav Family Drama Gripping Indian Politics

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The story seems like a good script for a Bollywood film, or as one observer put it, “something straight out of the hit US TV series House of Cards”. Related Items

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Lassiter: Beermen got good looks, shots just didn’t go in

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first_imgMOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We got to keep on looking on what we got to do to correct our mistakes because we got 23 turnovers. If we cut that in half, we could turn the other way,” he said. “I couldn’t blame the shots. The 23 turnovers, I could blame. That’s just on us not being responsible taking care of it.”Still, the tight two-point decision should serve as a silver lining for San Miguel considering how badly the team played in the game.“We didn’t play our regular game today. But we’ll make adjustments,” he said.The Fil-Am sniper believes that San Miguel should do a better job preparing itself for Game 2 on Friday.“It’s Game 1 and we lost by a bucket. I’ll check the film tomorrow to see what they really did, but we didn’t play enough to win,” he said. “We’ll see what we did wrong and see what they did to make that adjustment and go from there. We have to bounce back in Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Villacencio wrests early lead at ICTSI Forest Hills Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESIt was just one days when the shots weren’t falling.Tested gunslinger Marcio Lassiter is no stranger to off nights but it couldn’t have come at a worse time in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, where he went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t,” he said, moments after San Miguel dropped the series opener, 104-102 to TNT on Wednesday.But that off day wasn’t limited to just Lassiter, as the usually high-octane Beermen crew found themselves firing blanks as they went 6-of-29 from rainbow country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We got good looks, but we just got to make them,” he said.But Lassiter thinks the poor shooting wasn’t the main culprit for the Beermen’s Game 1 downfall, Instead, it was their error prone game they did them in as they committed 23 turnovers in the tiff. What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_img“If you want competition for PSG in French League, teams “If you want competition for PSG in French League, teams like Monaco, Lyon will have to get as big an investment as Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). But a big investor will come to Paris which has more than 12 million inhabitants. It is difficult for clubs outside Paris to attract such huge amount of money. Then apart from tax burden, there would be agents commission, which can also be a big headache,” Ficot said. So cant the French League authorities take up the matter with government to get some relief on tax constraints, the answer was a flat “No” from Ficot. “Right now French League clubs cumulatively pay around 700 million Euros as taxes. This is the money spent by the government in social causes. So for example, if we get tax subsidies of around 300 million Euros, then it will not go down well among common people. Every year there are atleast 10 per cent people who are unemployed. The government will find it difficult to explain the tax benefit,” added Ficot. PTI KHS SSC SSClast_img read more

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India suffers from huge gender pay gap: Monster Salary Index

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first_imgNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Amid raging debate over gender pay gap globally, a new report shows the figure for India stands as high as 27 per cent, where men earned a median gross hourly salary of Rs 288.68 while women earned Rs 207.85 per hour.As per the latest Monster Salary Index, by online career and recruitment solutions provider Monster India, in the IT services sector the median gross hourly salary was the highest at Rs 337.3.But the IT services sector has a huge gender pay gap of 34 per cent. Men in IT services earn Rs 360.9 per hour, while women earn only Rs 239.6 per hour.A sector-wise analysis shows the gender pay gap was highest in manufacturing sector (34.9 per cent) and lowest in the BFSI and Transport, logistics, communication, equally standing at 17.7 per cent.According to the report, some of the reasons behind gender pay gap could be the preference for male employees over female employees, preference for promotion of male employees to supervisory positions and career breaks of women due to parenthood duties and other socio-cultural factors.Worldwide, lack of pay parity has taken a centre stage with strong views being shared by sports persons, political and business leaders alike. Men often get higher salary offers than women vying for the same title in the same organization, Monster India Managing Director Sanjay Modi said.”Needless to say, the situation is far from desired in India, especially when the country is gearing towards inclusive development,” Modi said adding the task at hand is the pace at which this pay gap can be bridged.advertisementThere is a strong need to create equal opportunities for all, particularly women, who are key contributors in the Indian job market, he added.Ironically, while education is considered as one of the major factors in influencing salaries, yet it is least paid sector in India.”If the government needs to fulfill its vision of jobs for all and a skilled India, then we need a sound education ecosystem with high quality teaching staff. Hence, it has become imperative to make the salaries of teachers and researchers competitive, if not lucrative,” Modi said.Monster Salary Index is an initiative by Monster India in collaboration with Paycheck.in (managed by WageIndicator Foundation) and IIM-Ahmedabad as a research partner.This report provides a comparison of wage and working conditions figures for three periods: calendar year 2013, calendar year 2014 and the first three quarters of 2015 (January ? September 2015).The sample used for the analysis consists of 31,193 respondents and contains only employees as wages of self-employed people are excluded. PTI DRR ABKlast_img read more

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Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo’s second chance to impress in Portugal’s clash against Austria

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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will not be the only number seven hoping to redeem himself when his Portugal side meet Austria in their Euro 2016 group F match on Saturday.Ronaldo’s less heralded opposite number for Austria, Marko Arnautovic, also came into the tournament with high hopes only to start with a below-par display made worse by a sulky attitude.Ronaldo missed a late chance, repeatedly wasted free kicks, protested to the referee and then made some unsporting comments about the opposition after Porutgal drew 1-1 against rank outsiders Iceland.Arnautovic fared little better in Austria’s 2-0 defeat by Hungary, losing heart as he was effectively marked out of the game.He went to ground far too easily, moaned at the match officials and his body language bore the hallmarks of a man who felt the world was against him.Arnautovic’s temperament has often threatened to override his talent, with his career marked by some bizarre episodes.He famously borrowed a Bentley belonging to team mate Samuel Eto’o at Inter Milan, only to have it stolen while he was eating at a restaurant.During a stint at Werder Bremen, he was pulled over for speeding in the early hours of the morning on the day of the game and he once injured his knee playing with his dog.But Austria coach Marcel Koller and his club coach Mark Hughes at Stoke City have between them managed to tame a man who was compared to a child by Jose Mourinho at Inter.Asked at a press conference earlier in the tournament how he had managed to curb Arnautovic’s excesses, Koller said it was not an issue he could adequately explain “in a few minutes”.advertisementBut he did give a feel for the efforts that have gone into keeping Arnautovic on the straight and narrow.”It’s always been important to look at his qualities as a footballer, he’s always had ability from that perspective but he wasn’t necessarily able to harness that ability on the pitch,” said Koller.”It is important that he has confidence even if he makes a mistake. Right from the outset, we knew we needed to support him, to try and talk to him, to try and help him to improve.”I think he really has adapted very well. He has his own family, he has got a wife and two kids, he has calmed down and we are delighted he is finally able to harness his ability as a footballer on the field, and he can really help us.”Koller will doubtless have his arm around Arnautovic’s shoulder again in the run-up to Saturday’s match.last_img read more

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Pacers beat Nets for first victory of season

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first_imgBrooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) looks to pass around Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers finally got their first victory of the season.Sabonis scored 29 points, Jeremy Lamb added 25 and Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-108 on Wednesday night for their first victory in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “(Sabonis) was a monster down there,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Just defending, rebounding, initiating offense. Had to play a lot of minutes, but was fired up and I thought we rode his energy.”Sabonis carried the frontcourt load when Myles Turner left the game after spraining his right ankle in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s tough,” Sabonis said about losing Turner. “Because it’s the beginning of the season, we’re also trying to find each other and find that chemistry and play together, and obviously he’s going to be out for a little bit. It’s tough. I wish him a speedy recovery. When he comes back he’s going to help us, he’s the best defender in the league.”Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points and 13 assists for Indiana. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Kyrie Irving led Brooklyn with 28 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 and Caris LeVert 15. The Nets have lost two in a row to fall to 1-3.“We’re not really running anything (on offense),” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “In training camp you’re practicing a lot, but you have a nice flow, you kind of know what you’re doing. I think we’ve lost a little bit of our structure and organization, which is natural with a new team and new guys.”The Pacers took their largest lead at 112-96 on Brogdan’s 3-pointer with 4:43 remaining. Indiana took a 90-83 lead into the fourth quarter, with Sabonis and Lamb each scoring seven points in the third.With three new starters in Irving, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince, the Nets have become more of an isolation team than the cohesive group from a season ago.“Basketball has a way of being sequentially sound or it can be sequentially off completely,” Irving said. “Be able to weather the storm out there. Some possessions are not going to be perfect. We want to limit the mistakes out there where you have opportunities to attack the basket, shoot threes and get everyone confident. Wins and losses come and go. It just gives us a chance to dive into practice and really take it day by day. The details are really what separates the good and the bad teams in the league.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES TIP-INSPacers: McMillan vowed to continue using a frontcourt tandem of Myles Turner and Sabonis for the season. “That’s what we’re going with. We signed Domantas to an extension and these are the bigs we’re going into the future with. This is something that we decided on giving this a look and a try this season.” … Victor Oladipo (right knee surgery rehab) and Edmond Sumner (sore right hand) were out for Indiana. … Turner sprained his right ankle at the 2:19 mark of the first quarter and was assisted to the locker room.Nets: Atkinson briefly addressed ESPN’s story on Irving’s interactions with his teammates. “I know all these elite players, not just Kyrie, are used to the scrutiny. It’s just part of the business. I didn’t feel the need to talk to him about it.” … Wilson Chandler (NBA suspension) and Kevin Durant (right Achilles rehab) were out for Brooklyn.GIANTS GREAT IN ATTENDANCETwo-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck sat courtside.UP NEXTPacers: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Nets: Host Houston on Friday night. Premier League considers ban on heading for youths amid dementia fear View comments ‘Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts PLAY LIST 02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay?last_img read more

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Can’t play Pakistan till they stop cross-border terrorism: Sourav Ganguly

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first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly echoed BCCI chief Anurag Thakur’s views on India-Pakistan cricket, saying there is no point in considering resumption of ties till Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism in India. Ganguly, who led Cricket Association in Bengal in welcoming and hosting the Pakistan team in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens during the World T-20 games earlier this year, told Aaj Tak: “This has happened earlier also when cricket between the two countries was cancelled. And when all this keeps happening at the border it is not just difficult but also not right to have cricket between the two. We all want India-Pakistan to play cricket but if they want to play then they (Pakistan) have to stop all this cross-border terrorism.” (Also read: Pakistan sponsor of terrorism, no question of playing cricket with them: Anurag Thakur) Ganguly supported Thakur’s statement, who had said earlier in the day that till Pakistan stops supporting terrorism in India, the BCCI can’t even think of any resumption in ties: “I know where Anurag is coming from. How can you have cricket in the backdrop of all this,” he said. Ganguly incidentally led India on the famous victorious 2004 tour to Pakistan where India won both the ODIs and Tests series. (Also read: Terrorism an issue: Sourav Ganguly backs BCCI’s decision to not play cricket with Pakistan) Another former India player and two-time MP Chetan Chauhan went a step forward and said, “why only cricket, India should stop all contact with Pakistan till it stops harbouring terrorists – be it sports, films or anything else.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Lenovo K8 Note with stock Android to go on sale today exclusively via Amazon

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first_imgThe K8 Note, which is the first smartphone from Lenovo to run stock Android, is set to go on sale for the first time in India exclusively via Amazon today. The K8 Note is the first significant launch from Lenovo mobile in a while and comes with fairly beefy internals, a dual camera setup at the rear and a premium all-metal design.Lenovo and Amazon have a few launch offers lined up to attract early buyers – users will get up to 80 per cent off on e-books (of up to Rs 300), Idea users will get 64GB data along with unlimited calls for 56 days at just Rs 343 and get users can also  buy Moto Sports headphones, which are priced at Rs 1599 for just Rs 699The K8 Note is available in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage for Rs 12,999 and a higher-end model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for RS 13,999. Both offer storage expansion via a microSD card (of up to 128GB). The smartphone comes in two colors, namely Fine Gold and the sleek Venom Black.Also Read: Lenovo K8 Note: Specs, dual cameras, stock Android, price and everything to knowThe K8 Note is powered by the deca-core MediaTek Helio X23 processor paired with the Mali T880 GPU, 3/4GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery with TurboCharge support. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display covered with Gorilla Glass for protection against scratches, Dolby ATMOS audio and Theatre Max 2.0.advertisementThe K8 Note runs on a near stock version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a dual camera setup at the rear. There is a primary 13MP sensor paired with a secondary 5MP sensor. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.2. The addition of the secondary sensor allows for the capture of images with depth of field effects. On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2 and a front facing flash which Lenovo calls ‘Party Flash’.last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez urges Newcastle United to meet Christmas points target

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first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has asked his players to ensure six points in their next six Premier League games to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Watford at St James’ Park was their a fourth consecutive league defeat which saw them drop to 14th in the table, four points above the drop zone after 13 matches.In an attempt to rally a young and inexperienced squad, Benitez has set a 20-point target at halfway stage into the season as they prepare to face West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea, Leicester City, Everton, Arsenal and West Ham United by Christmas.”If my target for the first half of the season is 20 points and we have 14, we have to be sure we use these next six games to get those points,” he told reporters.”We then have to try to improve in the second half of the season. We have to learn in the Premier League what happens if you make one mistake.”It will be tough, but I still think we are in a good position. It’s important in any team, especially a young team. When you are winning it gets easier.”Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin said they must come together as a club to end their losing streak when they visit West Brom on Tuesday.”We have to stay together, not just as a team but as a club, the fans as well,” he said.”We are just trying to stay positive. It’s very hard to after a performance like that, but it’s what you have to do. We are going to have drops like this, so you have to try to stay positive and bounce back.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Nathan Hughes’s England hopes worsen thanks to ‘What a joke’ tweet

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first_img Read more Since you’re here… Meanwhile, Wasps have confirmed that Robson will be sidelined for three months due to the ankle injury he suffered against Gloucester last weekend, ending any hopes of a first England cap this autumn. It is a bitter blow for the scrum-half, whose early-season form had caught Jones’s eye, having long been in his blind spot.Launchbury is also absent from the Wasps side to face Leinster and has not played since suffering a knee injury on 16 September. On Monday, the Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, was hopeful Launchbury would come through Tuesday’s training session and be fit to face Leinster but explained that if the lock experienced any adverse reaction he would most likely require surgery.Young is at least boosted by the return of the New Zealanders Brad Shields and Lima Sopoaga as well as the South Africa international Willie le Roux. But to demonstrate the size of Wasps’ task in Dublin, Leinster have selected 14 Ireland internationals as well as the Kiwi flyer James Lowe, making nine changes from the side that beat Munster in the Pro14 last week and welcoming back Johnny Sexton at fly-half.Young warns of salary cap threatLeinster’s ability to regularly rotate their side is often held up as a key reason for their success – and that of the Ireland national team – and Young concedes the central contracts system employed by the IRFU does have its benefits for Wasps’ opponents. In 2015‑16 there were five Premiership teams in the Champions Cup quarter‑finals but two seasons ago there were two and last term only Saracens made it through.“It can be a factor and it is a factor, whether it is going to be a trend moving forward is something we’ll probably look at,” Young said. “Last season, with the salary cap being where it is, not moving, but players’ salaries going up, squads are going to get smaller. And the threat to the English teams is, if you get a couple of injuries to your quality players, are you going to have enough strength in depth to really compete? That’s what the future could hold. It is a benefit that you can rest some players, you can’t hide from that fact.” Topics European Champions Cup 2018-19: pool-by-pool guide Wasps Support The Guardian Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Hughes will learn his fate next week at a second hearing after the first – for punching Gloucester’s Lewis -Ludlow in the head – was postponed by the disciplinary panel because “an issue arose during the evening”. It is understood the issue in question is a tweet from Hughes, sent during the -hearing, which said: “What a joke” – -seemingly a criticism of the disciplinary proceedings.He swiftly deleted it but after more than four hours’ deliberation the Rugby Football Union confirmed the delay in a statement and, as Hughes is suspended until the disciplinary process is complete, he is unavailable for Wasps’ Champions Cup match against Leinster today.Hughes may face an additional charge for his comment and even if he does not, he is still facing the prospect of a six-week ban for punching Ludlow because any foul play which results in contact with the head means an automatic mid-range sanction. At the very least, his tweet would severely harm his chances of having any ban reduced for mitigation and it could result in a suspension being increased.A six-week ban would likely rule Hughes out of England’s first three autumn internationals – against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan – but it could also mean he misses the fourth against Australia as well if Wasps are unable to successfully argue that their Premiership Rugby Cup fixture on 27 October should count towards any ban.Hughes’s absence would be a blow for Eddie Jones, who is already without the injured Exeter No 8 Sam Simmonds for the autumn and it would place even greater importance on the fitness of Billy Vunipola, who completed his first 80 minutes of the -season last Saturday. Share on WhatsApp Nathan Hughes’s hopes of featuring in England’s autumn internationals have suffered a further blow after a comment made on Twitter during his disciplinary hearing on Wednesday landed the Wasps No 8 in more hot water.In another setback for both -England and Wasps, Dan Robson has been ruled out until the new year by injury, while doubts have also arisen over whether Joe Launchbury will be fit for the start of the November series. Share on LinkedIn news England rugby union team Rugby union Saracens and Leinster shoulder burden of Champions Cup’s pan-European dream … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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Finalists decided in Elite Eight

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first_imgBy BEN HARRISQueensland Chiefs and New South Wales Mets will be the favourites for the Elite Eight titles in the women’s and men’s opens divisions after finishing on top of the ladder in their respective divisions.Tomorrow is finals day across all divisions at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.After seven rounds of the Elite Eight Series, the top four were decided.The women’s opens have the Chiefs, Mets, NSW Country Mavericks and the NSW Scorpions.The men’s finalists are Mets, Queensland Country Outlaws, Mavericks and Scorpions.The defending men’s premiers, Scorpions, snuck into the top four with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Queensland South Stingrays in the final round.The match was an early finals match as whoever won the game qualified for the semis.It sets up a mouth-watering clash tomorrow between the two teams that have contested the last two men’s opens finals at the NTLs.The Scorpions won both encounters but with the Mets undefeated, the Michael Moussa-coached side have all the momentum.In another huge clash, the Outlaws take on the Mavericks in the battle of country supremacy.The Outlaws got up in their preliminary round match on Thursday.If NSW Country are to win the title they will have to do so without the services of Dylan Hennessy.The playmaker injured his left shoulder in a match on Thursday and he will be out for at least six weeks.But the match will also see two of the game’s smartest minds up against each other between Outlaws coach Patrick Grehan and his old sparring partner Mark Boland of the Mavericks.The last time the two mentors met was at last year’s State of Origin series where Grehan achieved a 2-1 victory.In the women’s semi-finals, the Chiefs meet the Scorpions and the Mets take on the Mavericks.The Mavericks will head into their semi-final clash on a high after defeating the Mets 7-4 today.However, the defending champions did not play Australian captain Louise Winchester for the match.Meanwhile the Chiefs went through the competition undefeated after two comfortable wins today.They are the team to beat as they have a host of champions and speedsters at their disposal.The Scorpions have been improving with every game during this tournament and on their day, could produce an upset.The women’s semi-finals begin at 9.50am tomorrow followed by the men’s at 10.45am.The women’s final is at 3.30pm and the men’s is at 4.40pm.   You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, results and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTouch Football Australia will be streaming matches live on their YouTube page.Related LinksElite Eight day threelast_img read more

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From merger govt now looks to demerge 3 PSU insurers then look

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first_imgNew Delhi: With its plans on consolidation in the insurance sector hitting several hurdles, the government has started exploring different options including de-merging three of its big-size general insurance companies into smaller units and then look at strategic sale of few operations to the private sector. The Finance Ministry earlier considered merging three public sector general insurance firms – National Insurance Company, United India Insurance Company and Oriental India Insurance Company barring New India Assurance – to create one large and strong entity. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Official sources said that de-merger plan has now been brought to the table after a series of stakeholders meetings and this has now become one of the options before the Finance Ministry to make state-owned entities more focused on the task of increasing insurance penetration in the country. “The idea to merge PSU insurers is fraught with problems as one giant entity would be difficult to administer and manage. Moreover, this might lead to branch rationalization/closure and major job losses in the sector,” said an official source. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “De-merger of big-size PSUs into smaller units, on the other hand, would enable ease in administration and further increase in reach of these to the masses with improved and more effective focus and management,” the source added. Post de-merger, a fresh assessment could be made about privatising some of the insurance operations by offering them to strategic investors. It is believed that strategic sale of smaller units may be easier to undertake and can get better valuations. Moreover, smaller units would also help to scale up regional branches and improve insurance penetration. The government had announced merger of three public sector general insurance firms in the Budget 2018. The move was billed as the biggest-ever merger in the insurance sector with the new entity having a valuation exceeding Rs 1 lakh crore. It intended to complete the exercise in FY19 itself. But since then, the merger proposal has moved at a snail’s pace and has encountered several hurdles. Earlier this year the merger plan hit a roadblock when the Department of Financial Services (DFS), which oversees the operations of state-owned insurance firms, wrote to DIPAM not to proceed with the merger plan in haste and examine the proposal afresh and untangle complex operational issues first. One of the issues in merger is also poor financial health of two out of three insurance entities that continues to remain in losses. In the quarter ended September last year, the three insurers had posted a combined loss of around Rs 1,800 crore. Moreover, a few of the insurance firms have also lost market share. In fact, PSUs insurers’ market share has fallen from a level of 56 per cent in FY13 to 51 per cent in FY18. As part of strengthening exercise, government has also directed the firms to undertake monetising their assets including real estate to raise revenues. It is expected that capital support to the tune of Rs 4,000 may also come from the Centre for these insurance firms. The general insurance market in the country comprises 27 companies including the four major PSU entities, 23 private players and six are stand alone health insurers. The insurance density in India (ratio of premium to total population) is $73 compared with average world insurance density of $650. Insurance penetration in India is at 3.69 per cent compared with world average of 6.13 per cent. The penetration in general insurance sector is still less than 1 per cent.last_img read more

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Govt has no business to be in business divest mining firms NMDC

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first_imgNew Delhi: Anil Agarwal, the scrap metal dealer turned billionaire metals tycoon, has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should privatise five mining firms including NMDC to save some of the $400 billion that India spends annually on imports, saying the government has no business to be in the business. The Vedanta Resources chairman, who was one of the three industrialists invited for a pre-Budget meeting that Modi had with over 40 economists and sectoral experts Saturday, also said privatisation without job loss can help boost the economy by bringing in efficiency and raising domestic output. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe other two corporate honchos invited to the interaction were Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran, who gave recommendations on manufacturing and services sectors, and ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri, who spoke on value addition in the economy. Agarwal gave suggestions on mining and natural resources. “I was honoured to be part of the interaction organised by Niti Aayog on Saturday and in my humble submission I told the Prime Minister that the government has no business to be in the business. It should divest its stake in at least five PSUs such as Hindustan Zinc, Hindustan Copper, Kolar Gold, Uranium Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India and NMDC,” he said in an interview. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsPrivatisation without job loss is good, he said. “When we bought majority stake in Hindustan Zinc Ltd, it had 5,000 employees. Today it has 25,000 employees,” he added. Vedanta had acquired 64.9 per cent government stake in Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) during 2002-2003. The government continues to hold 29.5 per cent stake in HZL, which the company wants to buy. Agarwal said India’s import bill of $400 billion will soon be $1 trillion if it does not ramp up production of oil and gas, minerals and metals such as gold. “If we can double the oil production and raise gold output to 300 tonnes, the entire current account deficit (CAD) will be wiped out,” he said. His other suggestions included giving autonomy to public sector companies and banks by bringing down government holding to 50 per cent and making them board-run just like Petronet LNG Ltd, the nation’s biggest natural gas importer. Mining in 200 blocks should be approved immediately and big blocks of coal, bauxite, copper and iron ore should be auctioned, he said, adding there should be no production cap such as ones existing in Goa and Karnataka on iron ore. Increased mining can add $500 billion to the economy and create two crore jobs, he emphasised. Existing oil block contracts should be extended on the same terms and no retrospective tax should be imposed. Also, all forest and environment clearances should come in 60 days and corporate tax should be reduced to 20 per cent from current 30 per cent, Agarwal said. Natural resources and electronics hold massive potential to create jobs, he said, adding India should focus on sustainable exploitation of underground resources. Agarwal, the founder and majority-owner of Vedanta Resources, said the government should make public sector companies and banks independent by making them board-run just like British Airways and GE. “All PSUs and PSBs can perform three times better if autonomy is given to them,” he said. “PSUs have huge potential and immense talent pool. But the executives are afraid to take decisions because of fear of inquiries. They should be empowered to take decisions.” Agarwal, whose journey from scrap metal dealer to metals tycoon started in 1979 when he bought a company, said the government should trust entrepreneurs and support their spirit to boost the economy and create jobs. Characterised by rapid growth and bold deal-making, Agarwal is one of India’s most prominent self-made industrialists with his group having interests in sectors ranging from iron ore and copper to oil and gas, with operations across Australia and Zambia, as well as his home country. In the meeting on Saturday, experts shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the themes of macro-economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education, and health. The meeting came in the backdrop of India’s economic growth slowing to a five-year low on a dip in industrial and manufacturing output numbers, falling automobiles sales and reduced domestic oil consumption. Agrarian crisis and unemployment are some other challenges that the government is widely expected to confront through policy initiatives in the Budget to be presented on July 5.last_img read more

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National employment numbers for September from Statistics Canada at a glance

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first_imgOTTAWA – A quick look at September employment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.2 per cent (6.2)Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6)Labour force participation rate: 65.6 per cent (65.7)Number unemployed: 1,214,100 (1,226,600)Number working: 18,454,100 (18,444,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.3 per cent (11.5)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.8 per cent (5.5)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.1 per cent (5.2)last_img

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George W Bush And Michelle Obama Join African First Ladies In Tanzania

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first_imgThe George W. Bush Institute has kicked off the African First Ladies Summit, “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.George and Laura Bush Join Michelle Obama and the African First LadiesCredit/Copyright: Paul Morse for the George W. Bush Presidential CenterAttended by George W. Bush and with support from ExxonMobil, the two-day summit brings together Heads of State, current and former First Ladies, government officials, academics and representatives from non-profit and private sector organizations around the world to focus on effective investments in women that lead to greater stability and prosperity in countries.“The Bush Institute is proud to bring some of the brightest minds together to work on improving access to education, health services and economic opportunity for women and children across Africa. This Summit gives us the opportunity to exchange best practices and harness the power of public-private partnerships to further establish significant investments in women here,” said Bush Institute Executive Director James Glassman.The Summit will highlight the critical role First Ladies play as advocates for women and girls, and provide examples and models of programs that are working to better the lives of women and girls across the continent.“The inclusion of women and girls in all aspects of society strengthens the stability of nations,” said Charity Wallace, Director of the Women’s Initiative at the Bush Institute. “Improving the lives of women and girls with education and economic opportunity provides the fastest way to growing a nation’s economy, raising living standards and promoting peace.”Day one features a discussion between current and former First Ladies of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush, moderated by Cokie Roberts. Panel discussions will highlight empowering women entrepreneurs through technology and improving agricultural outcomes for female farmers. Attendees will then head to off-site visits to NGOs focused on cervical and breast cancer, women’s entrepreneurship, and education.Day two includes moderated panels on the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative to combat cervical and breast cancer, as well as a panel on critical interventions in education and literacy. The panels are followed by a summit village networking session and a call to action session.“We know that when women have access to the right tools, training and opportunities, they act as catalysts for broader economic and social advancement. This Summit is a critical part of the ongoing dialogue and collaboration between governments, the private sector and community organizations to advance economic development and improve lives across the continent,” said Suzanne McCarron, President of ExxonMobil Foundation & General Manager, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation.Additional participants include Mrs. Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; the Honorable Nancy G. Brinker, Chair, Global Strategy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure; U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control; the Honorable Mark Dybul, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; Dr. Martin Fisher, Co-Founder and CEO, KickStart International; Dr. Julie Gerberding, President, Merck Vaccines; the Honorable Leslie Rowe, Ambassador, Office of Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State; and the Honorable Michel Sidibe, Executive Director, UNAIDS, Undersecretary-General of the United Nations.African First Ladies expected to attend include Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Spouse, Vice President of Ghana; Mrs. Chantal Campaore, First Lady of Burkina Faso; Mrs. Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza, First Lady of Mozambique; Dr. Christine Kaseba, First Lady of Zambia; Mrs. Salma Kikwete, First Lady of Tanzania; Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone; Mrs. Janet Kataaha Museveni, First Lady of Uganda; Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, First Lady of Ethiopia; and Mrs. Nompumelelo Zuma, First Lady of South Africa.last_img read more

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Dave Hanley honoured with statue in Hamilton

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Hamilton remembered an amazing man and community member, Dave Hanley, with the unveiling of a statue in his honour on Sunday.The co-founder of “Pop Up Hamilton” was immortalized outside of restaurant row on King William St. with a bronze statue of a wine bottle and his trademark fedora. Dave and his wife, Nicole, created the organization that featured local food and chefs in a unique, one-night dining experience in different locations. He passed away in September 2017 after suffering a heart attack. His wife says she hopes her husband’s “mad love” will carry on in the Hamilton community.

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New UNESCO report finds some 23 billion required to send children to

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It will cost $2.3 billion to send to school the 34 million children and adolescents of conflict–affected countries who are currently not attending educational institutions, which is 10 times the amount being received from humanitarian aid now, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a new report released today. “Present targets are hugely insufficient and diverting attention from the true needs of children and youth on the ground,” said Aaron Benavot, Director of UNESCO’s Education For All Global Monitoring Report (EFAGM). For primary education, Mr. Benavot said, an extra $38 is needed per child in conflict situations, and $113 is needed per adolescent in lower secondary education. “Surely we can find these funds,” he said. “Most of us carry the cost for one child in our pocket.” According to the report, 34 million children and adolescents are out of school in conflict-affected countries. “The most vulnerable are the hardest hit: the poorest are twice as likely to be out of school as their counterparts in peaceful countries,” UNESCO said in a press release on the launch of the 2015 report. “The paper shows that $2.3 billion is required to place them in school – 10 times the amount that education is receiving from humanitarian aid right now.” In 2014, education received only 2 per cent of humanitarian aid. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said: “Returning to school may be the only flicker of hope and normality for many children and youth in countries engulfed in crises.” “The Incheon Declaration adopted [in May at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea] by 160 countries commits to meeting the needs of these populations through more resilient, resistive and inclusive education systems and a response to crisis that spans the phases of emergency, recovery and building,” Ms. Bokova said. “Education must be seen as part of the first response when crisis hits and an integral part of any peacebuilding strategy.” According to UNESCO, the the 2014 paper shows that only a third of countries had reached global education goals set in 2000, and identified conflict as one of the major barriers to achieving better results. Today’s paper shows the extent of the challenges that conflict presents. “Children in conflict-affected countries are more than twice as likely, and adolescents two-thirds more likely, to be out of school than in non-conflict affected countries,” it said, adding that “young women are almost 90 per cent more likely to be out of secondary school in conflict affected-countries than elsewhere.” The report also said that media attention unfairly prioritizes some countries over others: more than half of available humanitarian aid to education was allocated to just 15 out of 342 appeals between 2000 and 2014. It proposes a new, evidence-based finance target, and makes recommendations for tightening the current aid structure for education in crises. “Any new global emergency education fund should ensure that resources for education in crises are additional, flexible and predictable,” the report said. Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the agency says thee Education for All Global Monitoring Report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards Education for All. read more

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UK CV manufacturing up in October as demand grows home and abroad

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CV production in the UK rises 31.0% in October, to 9,066 units.Demand from both export and home markets grows, 7.7% and 61.9% respectively.Year-to-date performance broadly stable, up 2.5% on the same period last year. British commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grew 31.0% in October, with 9,066 vans, trucks, buses and coaches leaving production lines, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT).Production for the UK saw a substantial 61.9% boost, with increased demand for UK-built models resulting in 4,815 units built. Meanwhile, 4,251 CVs were built for export, a 7.7% increase compared with the same month last year.In the year to date, output remains broadly stable, up 2.5% on the same period in 2017 to almost 70,000 units. Manufacture for both the home and global markets has grown overall, by 3.5% and 1.8% respectively. UK manufacturing continues to rely on customers across the world, with production for export making up 61.2% of factory output so far this year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Caution is always advised when making monthly comparisons in the CV sector, as naturally variable buying cycles can make a big impact. However, it is positive to see growth, albeit moderate, over the year so far. The proportion of CVs built for global markets remains at almost two thirds of UK output, with the majority destined for the EU. If growth is to continue, maintaining frictionless trade with our largest customer will be essential.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 8

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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson scored the game-winner in overtime against Calgary on Nov. 22 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) are riding a six-game winning streak through 23 games and are positioned one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Metropolitan division.The Blue Jackets battled in the first two games of the week to come away with one-goal victories, but dominated the Ottawa Senators Friday to wrap up the week.Here are a few storylines from the eighth week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Offense pick up without star productionSo far, the power play has been abysmal. It hasn’t been in double-digit percentage since Oct. 14, which has been the difference in turning the offense into a dominant force it could be. The expected offensive presence of forwards Artemi Panarin, Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky has not been consistent, either.Yet, Columbus scored eight goals this week from seven different players, many of which aren’t the average contributors.Defenseman Markus Nutivaara scored a go-ahead goal Friday against Ottawa and rookie center Pierre Luc-Dubois put the Blue Jackets on the board with his third of the year against Buffalo Nov. 20.Josh Anderson has continued his steady offensive production, scoring his team-leading eighth goal in overtime in a 1-0 win against Calgary. Atkinson scored twice and Foligno scored once against Ottawa for their first goals since Oct. 27 and Oct. 25, respectively. Head coach John Tortorella will need more of that production from his top-six forwards.Bobrovsky is still the best goaltender in the NHLGoaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s statistics are always listed in this rundown, but his play during the win streak has been nothing short of remarkable. He ranks second in the league in wins and first in save percentage, goals against average and tied with three shutouts. Not impressed? During the team’s six-game win streak, Bobrovsky has allowed four combined goals in his four wins with a .966 save percentage.The penalty kill has been a major help to Bobrovsky, and the defense has improved in the past week with its ability to limit quality scoring chances. When those were deficiencies, however, No. 72 was a one-man defense and he’s beginning to be rewarded for it.There’s plenty of the season left, but Bobrovsky is the early favorite for the first back-to-back Vezina Trophy winner since Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season. Lukas Sedlak solid in returnThe Blue Jackets returned one of their best penalty-killers from an ankle injury this week in Lukas Sedlak. The team was in dire need of depth at center, so Sedlak’s return was welcomed, even if he’s not a prolific offensive player.In two games, the Czech skater tallied one assist in 9:24 of average ice time, but his impact was felt most in the penalty kill, which was a perfect 4-for-4 in his two games.The third line of Sedlak, Tyler Motte and Jordan Schroeder has provided Tortorella with a productive forecheck and active sticks in the defensive end that keeps the opposition’s chances to a minimum.Injury reportThird-line left wing Matt Calvert remains on injured reserve since Nov. 6. Calvert was initially given a three-to-four week window of recovering from his upper-body injury.Alexander Wennberg has missed the past five games with an upper-body injury.Looking aheadMontreal star goaltender Carey Price is back in net for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. His first game back, against Buffalo on Nov. 25, was a shutout. The Blue Jackets will face three of the league’s worst power plays — Montreal, Carolina and Anaheim. But if there’s one game to watch this week, it will be Saturday on the road against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.Top performers (skaters)Cam Atkinson – two goals (6), one assist (3), three points (9), +4Markus Nutivaara – one goal (1), two assists (8), three points (9), +3Josh Anderson – one goal (8), one assist (4), two points (12)Oliver Bjorkstrand – two assists (9), two points (14), +1Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 3-0-0 (14-4-1), 1.32 goals allowed average (1.91), 76 saves, .950 save percentage (.936)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 23-34, 40.4, 20-27, 1-0, 2-7 Nick Foligno – 19-27, 41.3, 13-25, 4-2, 3-0Pierre-Luc Dubois – 10-19, 34.5, 10-19, 0-0, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-8, 46.7, 6-8, 1-0, 0-0Overall: 46.4 percent, ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-1 at Buffalo; 0-for-2 vs. Calgary; 0-for-2 vs. OttawaOverall: 6-for-62 (9.7 percent), ranked 31stPenalty kill – 3-for-3 at Buffalo; 1-for-1 vs. Calgary; 3-for-3 vs. OttawaOverall: 49-for-58 (84.5 percent), ranked tied-fourthUp next:11/27 – at Montreal (9-12-3)11/28 – vs. Carolina (10-8-4)12/1 – vs. Anaheim (10-9-4)12/2 – at Washington (14-10-1) read more

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