Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the Major League Baseball season because of his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced Monday.Pujols agreed to sit out for the remainder of the season after the front office and medical staff advised him to avoid rushing back to the Angels’ miserable season.“It’s not an easy decision, as competitive as I am,” Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. “But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season.”The slugger has been in walking boot since July 26, when he partially tore his left plantar fascia in Oakland.Pujols repeatedly said he was looking forward to a return in September, but after he consulted with owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto he agreed to a hard decision to shut himself down for the season.“It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don’t make a decision here,” said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBIs this year. “I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, ‘This is what’s best for the organization in the long run,’ and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, ‘Whatever you guys want to do, I’m all for it.’ It’s definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I can’t be selfish and put myself out there.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – Declaring ‘We will stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own,’ Commonwealth Bank donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross this week to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.Executives of the all Bahamian-owned and operated bank presented the cheque at Red Cross headquarters while announcing other measures to assist in the wake of the powerful storm that lashed the southern islands of The Bahamas exactly one month earlier.“Just one year ago, it was Hurricane Matthew that brought devastation to some of our beautiful islands. This year, with many residents and businesses not fully recovered from previous hurricanes, Hurricane Irma took aim,” said Jacqueline Farrington, Vice President, Internal Audit and Credit Inspection. “For those impacted by Hurricane Irma Commonwealth Bank wants you to know that we will do all we can to stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own.”In presenting the cheque, Mrs. Farrington said lending support to organisations engaged in providing assistance was one of the ways the bank could help those in places like Ragged Island get back on their feet after winds from one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in history left almost no building unscathed. It did not matter, she said, that the bank did not have a physical presence on that island, where help was needed, Commonwealth Bank wanted to assist and believed the Red Cross would use the funds wisely.“Today we are pleased to present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for $25,000 dollars,” she said. “We know the funds will be used wisely for emergency medical supplies, food, water, and other essentials items for those residing in areas hardest hit, and where living conditions remain very challenging.”Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest expressed gratitude.“The Bahamas Red Cross is very grateful to Commonwealth Bank for once again making a generous donation,” Mrs. Turnquest said. “The Bahamas Red Cross has always been able to count on Commonwealth Bank which steps up to support us as we try to assist those who have been impacted by natural disasters. They are truly the Bahamian bank supporting Bahamian needs.”While Mrs. Turnquest said some of the highest outstanding costs involved getting supplies to affected islands and moving and finding housing for displaced people, there is still a great need for water, food, baby supplies, medicine and blankets. Tents and temporary facilities are costly but the call for clothing has been suspended, thanks to public donations.The bank unveiled additional measures to assist.“If you have been impacted and you have heard our messages, please call or come in and see one of our representatives,” Mrs. Farrington said. “If you need to extend a loan repayment, to borrow funds for repairs for your home, school, church or small business, please contact us, we our here to work with you. We have also put out collection boxes in our branches and we maintain an account for the Bahamas Red Cross. If you would like to donate, please visit one of our branch locations.”The bank operates 12 branches in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, its newest. According to its most recent filing, it has $1.6 billion in assets, more than 6,000 shareholders and employs over 500 persons in full-time positions.Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption: Commonwealth Bank donation – Commonwealth Bank, the highly successful all Bahamian-owned and operated bank, donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross to assist with Hurricanne Irma relief efforts. Pictured at the recent presentation at Red Cross headquarters in Nassau, l-r. Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest, Commonwealth Bank Vice President and Chief Information Officer Charles J. Knowles and Commonwealth Bank Vice President Internal Audit and Credit Inspection Jacqueline Farrington. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
It was a rough Friday for a pair of high-profile (if quirky) consumer magazines. Radar, Maer Roshan’s irreverent, Spy-baiting magazine folded for the third time. A few hours later, 02138—the “Harvard lifestyle” title acquired in May by Manhattan Media, a publisher with big plans for relaunching it and rolling out a series of similar magazines—folded, too.Searching for the common denominator to the latest iteration of “Black Friday”? I mean, aside from the volatile economy? You could do a lot worse than Ron Burkle [above, right] the elusive billionaire head of Yucaipa Cos., owner of Source Interlink, pal to former president Bill Clinton and supermarket magnate.Burkle, who owns Source Interlink, the magazine distribution company and owner of Primedia’s remaining portfolio, was rumored to have a strong interest in acquiring American Media Inc., publisher of such supermarket friendly titles as Star and the National Enquirer—so much so that it was said to be a “done deal” at the beginning of 2008. But the sale fizzled, and AMI was pulled off the block, at least publicly. Burkle, who was vaulted into the tabloid media spotlight for his role in a New York Post payola scandal, was also known to be a silent investor in Radar, which despite folding its print product, was able to salvage its Web site for AMI to buy.What’s that? Burkle’s too much an enigma to have orchestrated this triangulated deal? Like the Atlantic, I would ask you to Think. Again.Burkle, of course, had nothing to do with the demise of 02138. But there is one figure associated with both Radar and 02138: Luke Hayman. The Pentagram partner and renowned magazine designer redesigned Radar (Roshan had retained Hayman as a design consultant) and had just completed a redesign of 02138—which I called the “most expensive regional relaunch in the history of magazines.”Design, of course, had little or nothing to do with the failure of these magazines. Then again, Hayman’s not cheap, and his redesigns were never going to be able to save either magazine.NOTE: Click here to watch a recent video interview we did with Hayman…
Shokaler KhoborThe print edition of daily Shokaler Khobor was shut down ‘temporarily’ on Thursday.Mehnaj Kabir, chief marketing and communication officer of Rangkan Holdings Limited which owns the daily, said, “We had decided to publish the newspaper in 2009. But, the media house has failed to make profit. Thus, we have decided to shut down the print edition of the newspaper.”“Despite the loss, we continued running the project with subsidy. We even tried to sell the ownership, but to no avail.”He also said a committee, formed in this regard, has started working to look into what can be done with the newspaper.The daily’s journalists and other employees will be given their dues as per 8th Wage Board within 25 September, he added.A journalist, on condition of anonymity, said there were more than 300 journalists and employees in the media house.The authorities said their jobs will remain effective till 30 September.
Former information minister M Shamsul Islam. Photo: UNBFormer information minister M Shamsul Islam died at a city hospital on Thursday, reports UNB. He was 87.Shamsul Islam, also a former BNP standing committee member, breathed his last at United Hospital at 1:40pm, said his personal secretary Kamrul Hasan.He said the former minister had been receiving treatment at the hospital for various old-age complications since 17 April.He is survived by two sons and a host of relatives and admirers to mourn his death.The BNP leader’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Magrib prayers, and then his body was kept at United Hospital mortuary.Shamsul Islam’s second janaza will be held at 9:00am on Friday at the South Plaza of Parliament Complex, while the third one in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan central office at 10.00am.From Naya Paltan, his body will be taken to his village home in Munshiganj.He will be buried at his family graveyard at Tinsuri in Sadar upazila following his fourth janaza there after Jum’a prayers.Born on 1 January 1932, Islam joined BNP’s politics right after its formation. He was appointed Bangladesh high commissioner to Indonesia in 1979.He was elected MP thrice with BNP’s tickets in 1991, 1996 and 2001 from his home constituency.When BNP formed government in 1991, he was first made state minister for post and telecommunications and then food minister.Later, he performed as both the food and the information minister from 1993 to 1996.He was first made land minister during BNP’s rule in 2001 and later given the charge of the information ministry.
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently organised a soulful musical evening “Gata Rahe Mera Dil” at the Siri Fort Auditorium with Bollywood Industry’s legendary and iconic singers coming together under one roof to pay tribute to the country’s one of the finest veteran actor Sharmila Tagore. PHD Chamber conferred Lifetime Achievement Award to well-known Bollywood celebrity Sharmila Tagore and Special Award was conferred to filmmaker Muzaffar Ali for his outstanding contribution to promote and propagate arts, fine arts and literature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The chamber also gave awards to Bollywood musical stalwarts Usha Mangeshkar, Prem Bhatia, Kavita Seth, Ankit Tiwari, Rahul Vaidya, Akriti Kakar, Manmeet (Meet Brothers) and actor Sukhmani Lamba. Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran actor Sharmila Tagore was given away by Dr Jatinder Singh, Union Minister, Manoj Tiwari, MP and President Delhi BJP along with PHD Chamber’s President Gopal Jiwarajka, Senior Vice President Anil Khaitan and Vice President Rajeev Talwar. Chairman, Mukesh Gupta, Rakesh Gupta, Co-Chairman Arshad Shawl, Priya Hingorani and PHD Chamber’s Secretary General, Saurabh Sanyal were also present. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive The evening started with a pulsating musical performance by Prem Bhatia on few timeless classics “Akele Akele Kahan Ja Rhe ho” and “Pookarta Chala Hun Me”. After receiving the felicitation award, Usha Mangeshkar sang a devotional song “Jai Santoshi Mata” and actor Sukhmani Lamba did an astonishing dance performance to make the audience roar. Current musical sensation Ankit Tiwari stole the heart of the audience when he crooned to his popular songs “Galiyan” and “Sun Raha Hai Na Tu” which were enough to make the audience asking for more. Akriti Kakkar made audience dance when she rendered her performance on her famous song “Saturday Saturday” and Indian Idol fame Rahul Vaidya gave a soulful performance on “Mere Rashke Qamar”. MP and President Delhi BJP Manoj Tiwari sang a few lines of hit bhojpuri number “Lagawe jab tu Lipstick”. Kavita Seth, and Manmeet Singh (Meet Brothers) were among others who made the evening worth remembering.
New Delhi: At least 83 per cent of 521 sitting MPs are ‘crorepatis’ and 33 per cent of them have criminal cases against them, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).The ADR, an NGO working in electoral reforms, has compiled the report after analysing self-sworn affidavits of the 521 MPs out of 543 members elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections. “Out of the 521 Sitting MPs analysed, 430 (83 pc) are crorepatis. While 227 of them are from BJP, 37 are from Congress, 29 from AIADMK, among others,” the report said. The average assets per sitting MP for Lok Sabha 2014 elections are Rs 14.72 crore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile 32 sitting MPs have declared more than Rs 50 crore worth of assets, only two sitting MPs have declared assets less than worth Rs 5 lakh. At least 33 per cent sitting MPs have declared criminal cases against them in the affidavits. “While 106 of them have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, 10 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, 4 sitting MPs are from BJP, 1 MP from INC, NCP, LJP, RJD, Swabhimani Paksha each and one MP is an Independent,” the report said. “14 sitting MPs have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, eight sitting MPs are from BJP and one MP each from INC, AITC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha.” 14 sitting MPs declared cases related to causing communal disharmony. Out of them, 10 sitting MPs are from BJP and 1 MP from TRS, PMK, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF each,” it added.”