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first_imgVijayawada, Mar 15 (PTI) Eleven people, including four medical students, were killed and at least 40 injured in two separate accidents in Andhra Pradesh, police said today. Four MBBS students of Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad were killed in an accident on NH65 at Surayapalem on the outskirts of Vijayawada as the private Volvo bus they were travelling in rammed into a tree.As many as 31 other students were injured in the mishap last night. Driver of the bus, who the injured students alleged was in an inebriated state, was also killed in the incident.The students were returning to Hyderabad in the specially-hired bus from Amalapuram in East Godavari district when the accidents took place around midnight.In all, there were 48 medical students in the bus, who were returning after taking part in a sports meet in Amalapuram.The deceased students have been identified as M Pranay and Rajaram (fourth year) and Giri Laxman and M Vinay Teja (house surgeons).”We suspected that the driver was drunk and we called the bus operator to change the driver. The operator assured us that the driver would be changed at Vijayawada but that did not happen. The drunk driver was driving the vehicle at a high speed when it rammed into a roadside tree,” some of the injured students, who were being treated in a private hospital in Vijayawada, said.Telangana State Health Minister P Laxma Reddy rushed to Vijayawada to visit the injured students. He said the Telangana government would bear the medical expenses of the injured students.advertisement “We will take necessary action against those responsible for the accident after an inquiry,” the minister said at the hospital. Chief Ministers of AP and Telangana, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, expressed grief over the accident. Naidu directed the officials to immediately submit a report on the causes for the accident. He also directed state Transport Minister Sidda Raghava Rao to study the reasons for the series of road accidents and take urgent steps for their prevention. (MORE) PTI DBV DK DV RYSlast_img read more


first_imgIf the touch downs and score lines are any indications the Men’s and Women’s Open B Divisions are a resounding success in their inclusion in the NSWTA State Cup this year.After all Pool rounds have completed the Men’s Open B Division have played 40 games scored 182 touch downs for an average of 4.55 touchdowns per game.On a day where upsets were on the cards, the Blacktown Broncos remain the only side to go through unbeaten as shock results at the top and bottom of the Pool kept all teams on the edge of their seats as wins were at a premium. In the final wash-up 9 teams finished within 4 points of progressing into the final series but Eastern Suburbs Roosters 2, Canterbury Bulldogs and Eastern Suburbs Roosters 1 prevailed and will join the Blacktown Broncos in the finals tomorrow. There were similar results in the Women’s Open B Division where out of the 40 games, 6 were drawn results at the end of time and it took to the last round to determine the top 4 teams.Lismore, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, UNSW Bullets and Parramatta Eels sealing the top 4 stops will now front up on Sunday morning confident winning the inaugural trophy, although Lismore will be hard to beat after going through undefeated and scoring 40 touchdowns while conceding 4 against. For full details and results from Day Two click here State Cup Website and follow the links to the Men’s and Women’s Open B Division.last_img read more


first_imgChelsea youth coach Joe Cole: Liverpool title favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youth coach Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses” that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team’s got everything, they’re fully equipped to win the league and you’ve seen that today with the performance of [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Andy] Robertson,” Cole said on BT Sport.“More importantly I think I put them now as firm favourites because I can see little weaknesses with Man City.“With Liverpool we’ve had to trawl through to find half a weakness, maybe Trent [Alexander-Arnold] gets exposed a little bit because of the system.“They’ve got everything, they were fantastic today and if they don’t win the title this year they will probably go down as the best team not to win it, because they’re fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer targeting two strikers in Januaryby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting two strikers in January.The Red Devils have struggled this season and sit down in 14th place in the Premier League table after nine games.They have scored just ten goals having let Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both leave in the summer without replacing them.And now it’s been claimed that Solskjaer wants two strikers in January as he aims to get Manchester United back on track.The Sun says Solskjaer will be backed with funds to improve his side with United struggling on the pitch. last_img


first_imgAn overhead shot of Tennessee player dunking against Kentucky.KNOXVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 27: J.P. Prince #30 of the Tennessee Volunteers dunks the basketball against Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 74-65. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It is no secret that Memphis (Tenn.) University School offensive tackle and Ole Miss commit Drew Richmond is major target for Tennessee. The Vols are hosting Richmond on his final official visit before signing day on Wednesday, and the student body at today’s Auburn-Tennessee basketball game was well aware of Richmond’s presence. Here’s a Vine of the UT students chanting for the big-time recruit:Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is going all out for Richmond’s visit, personally hosting the prospect himself over the weekend. Jones not-so subtly attempted to get the student section to up its intensity as he and Richmond walked by.Five-star treatment for a five-star prospect. If Richmond doesn’t end up flipping to the Vols this week, it won’t be for lack of trying on Tennessee’s part. [ RockyTopInsider ]last_img read more


first_imgFOX News erroneously refers to Steve Spurrier as "head game coach."Fox News probably should have double-checked before listing Steve Spurrier as “Head Game Coach” during their live interview.With college football less than a week away, former Gator quarterback and head coach Steve Spurrier is promoting his new book. The autobiography, Head Ball Coach, follows Spurrier’s childhood in Tennessee to his Heisman Trophy win, and then to playing and coaching in the pros to leading the Florida Gators to six SEC Championships and beyond. However, Fox News made quite a gaff, listing “Head Game Coach” as the introductory graphic during the broadcast.Steve Spurrier. Universally known as “Head Ball Coach” someone should tell the nerd running graphics at Fox News. pic.twitter.com/VUvbkZskOx— Patrick Shuck (@pshuck) August 31, 2016Note: Head Ball Coach is the title of Spurrier’s new autobiography…which he talked about during this interview.Florida fans and basically any person with a firm understanding of college football were quick to mock the obvious [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel idiots, everyone knows Bobby Petrino is the Head Game coach.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) August 31, [email protected] @BobbyBigWheel wait does he coach the game with the basket ball ring or the one with the giant tuning forks at each end of the grass— Frank Mueller (@Muellercleez) August 31, [email protected] no, it’s “head game coach.” i remember because he would always tell his players to put the ball right in the basketball ring— Aaron Montgomery (@ProbablyMonty) August 31, 2016Looks like someone at Fox News needs a comprehensive history lesson.Spurrier, now an ambassador for Florida’s athletics department, was the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966.After an NFL stint, Spurrier coached the Gators towards six SEC championships and one national title in 12 seasons. After resigning unexpectedly in 2001, he coached the NFL Washington Redskins until 2005, when he left to coach the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2005-2015.last_img read more


first_imgLos Angeles: British actor Keira Knightley says the art of filmmaking interests her but she is not planning to turn to direction anytime soon. The actor also said she likes to be involved in the script writing process. “I don’t know, at the moment with a three year old, no. But maybe further down the line. I’ve worked on a lot of films, I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful directors and I’m really interested in how it’s all put together and I really like working with scripts and storylines. I think there’s certain areas that I’m confident I’d be okay in, and certain areas where I’m not as confident. “The problem is, as an actor what I’m meant to do is completely ignore the camera is there, so it’s taken me so long to completely ignore the camera there that now if you’re thinking about directing you need to be thinking ‘why are you there and what lens are you on’,” Knightley told Collider. The 33-year-old actor will next be seen in James Kent’s new drama The Aftermath.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai/New Delhi: GMR Infrastructure Wednesday said the Tatas along with Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC and another Singaporean fund SSG Capital Management, have picked up around 45 percent stake in its airports arm for Rs 8,000 crore. The deal values GMR Airports at over Rs 17,700 crore and post-deal, the group flagship GMR Infra and subsidiaries will hold around 54 percent in the airport arm, the consortium of new investors will own the close to 45 percent and the remaining will be held by an employees welfare trust. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOf this, the Tatas will own around 20 percent by investing Rs 3,520 crore (which is around 45 percent stake of the total equity that the consortium will own in GMR Airports), GIC will pump in Rs 2,640 crore for 33 percent share of the diluted equity or 15 percent in GMR Airports and SSG will chip in with Rs 1,760 crore for a 22 percent of the diluted stake or around 10 percent in the company, GMR group told reporters in Mumbai Wednesday. The GMR group operates the country’s largest airport in New Delhi which has an annual capacity of 70 million and the 22-million Hyderabad airport, besides Mactan-Cebu in the Philippines (with 40 percent stake) and Crete in Greece in which it controls a little under 22 percent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSignificantly, the Tata group, which also runs the full service airline Vistara in partnership with Singapore Airlines and the low-cost AirAsia India, enters the booming airport business at a time when the Adani group has bagged the mandate to run as many as six government-run airports for a 60 year-period through an last month. As part of this transaction, GMR Infra intends to provide an exit to existing private equity investors who hold 5.8 percent equity stake in the airport arm and most of the proceeds from sale will be used to pare the group debt of Rs 20,000 crore, Saurabh Chawla, executive director finance and strategy at GMR Infra, said. Of the consolidated debt of Rs 20,000-crore, GMR Infra alone has about Rs 6,500 crore in its books, and GMR Airports has around Rs 2,000 crore as of the December 2018 quarter, GMR group chief financial officer Sushil Modi said. Paring of debt will help reduce consolidated finance cost by almost half from Rs 2,000 crore at the end of the last quarter, Modi said. “So, post-transaction, which should be completed in the next two months, consolidated debt would come down to Rs 12,000 crore-Rs 7,000 crore at the group level and Rs 1,000 in GMR Airport,” Modi said, adding helping the group flagship GMR Infra become PAT positive from the next financial year. The new capital of Rs 8,000 crore will consist of Rs 1,000 crore equity infusion into GMR Airports and Rs 7,000 crore towards picking up GMR Airports’ shares from GMR Infra and its subsidiaries by the consortium, Chawla said. The deal is subject to customary regulatory approvals, lenders’ consents and other approvals. The transaction will speed up GMR Infra’s plan to demerge its energy, highways, urban infra and transportation businesses, leading to separation of its airport business and the group will broadly have two main companies-those listed entities under one arm and those unlisted under another arm. “The Tata Group has identified GMR group and GMR Airports as a vehicle for their ambitions in the airports space. They also recognise the huge growth opportunities in the area,” Chawla said, adding aviation is a long-term business that demands investors have patient capital and deep pockets. While after this transaction the group’s holding in airports arm will come down to around 54 percent, Modi said over a period of time promoters’ will increase their stake to 62 percent by buying back a portion of the stake of the consortium to the tune of 8 percent.last_img read more


first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s landmark twins study has revealed surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space, the US space agency said. The Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, provides the first integrated biomolecular view into how the human body responds to the spaceflight environment. It serves as a genomic stepping stone to better understand how to maintain crew health during human expeditions to the Moon and Mars, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRetired NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark, participated in the investigation, conducted by NASA’s Human Research Program and encompasses work from 10 research teams. Mark provided a baseline for observation on Earth, and Scott provided a comparable test case during the 340 days he spent in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Scott became the first American astronaut to spend nearly a year in space. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The Twins Study has been an important step towards understanding epigenetics and gene expression in human spaceflight,” said J D Polk, chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters. “Thanks to the twin brothers and a cadre of investigators who worked tirelessly together, the valuable data gathered from the Twins Study has helped inform the need for personalised medicine and its role in keeping astronauts healthy during deep space exploration, as NASA goes forward to the Moon and journeys onward to Mars,” Polk said in a statement. Key results from the NASA Twins Study, published in the journal Science, include findings related to gene expression changes, immune system response, and telomere dynamics. Other changes noted include broken chromosomes rearranging themselves in chromosomal inversions, and a change in cognitive function. Many of the findings are consistent with data collected in previous studies, and other research in progress, NASA said. The telomeres in Scott’s white blood cells, which are biomarkers of ageing at the end of chromosomes, were unexpectedly longer in space then shorter after his return to Earth with average telomere length returning to normal six months later. In contrast, his brother’s telomeres remained stable throughout the entire period, the study found. A second key finding is that Scott’s immune system responded appropriately in space. For example, the flu vaccine administered in space worked exactly as it does on Earth, the US space agency said. A fully functioning immune system during long-duration space missions is critical to protecting astronaut health from opportunistic microbes in the spacecraft environment. A third significant finding, NASA said, is the variability in gene expression, which reflects how a body reacts to its environment and will help inform how gene expression is related to health risks associated with spaceflight. While in space, researchers observed changes in the expression of Scott’s genes, with the majority returning to normal after six months on Earth. However, a small percentage of genes related to the immune system and DNA repair did not return to baseline after his return to Earth. The study identified key genes to target for use in monitoring the health of future astronauts and potentially developing personalised countermeasures.last_img read more


first_imgRabat  –  The US administration is considering Morocco’s development model as an “exceptional success” in the region, said Morocco’s minister-delegate for foreign affairs and cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida.In an interview with Morocco’s TV channel 2M, Bouaida said the visit paid by King Mohammed VI to the USA last week, has opened new prospects in Morocco-US partnership, recalling that the two countries started last year a strategic dialog process and have agreed to consolidate the Millennium challenge Account, the free-trade agreement and to hold the 2nd conference on development in Rabat in 2014.She also pointed out that the Moroccan and US heads of state have agreed to appoint a high-ranking personality    to follow up implementation of all decisions made during their summit meeting. Inter-government and private agreements signed during this visit will lead to concrete results for both Morocco and Africa, she went on.last_img read more