Tottenham Hotspur will not give up on the Premier League title race midfielder Eric Dier has said, despite Saturday’s loss at Liverpool leaving them 10 points behind table-toppers Chelsea.”You never know in the Premier League, obviously Chelsea are doing very well and are in a good position but you can never say never,” Dier told Sky Sports when asked if the third-placed north-London club’s title chase was over.”We’ve always maintained we’re going to give everything in the competition, so you never know what can happen. It will be a very tough task.”Dier also felt it was important that young midfielder Dele Alli remained with the club, despite his 11 goals in 24 league appearances this season attracting interest from across Europe.”He’s still a very young boy, I think people need to remember that,” Dier said. “I think he’s at the perfect place because he’s got a support system around him and a manager and a group of players that will take care of him.”You have to worry about young players sometimes in certain places if they can cope with it and will they be looked after as a 20-year-old boy and not just an asset.”I think he’s very well looked after here and hopefully he will be for a long time.”
SAINT-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec man who targeted Hydro-Quebec power lines in an aerial attack that left tens of thousands without power in December 2014 has been sentenced to seven years in jail.Normand Dube, a local entrepreneur, was found guilty in September of using his small plane in what the Crown described as an unprecedented strike on institutions and everyday Quebecers.Dube was impassive as Quebec court Judge Paul Chevalier handed down his sentence today on three counts of mischief.The Crown had sought a 10-year sentence — the maximum permitted under the law — for the attack on two power lines northwest of Montreal, described by prosecutors as the jugular and spinal column of the Hydro-Quebec network.But Chevalier deemed that recommendation was excessive.The exact method used to create a short-circuit in the Dec. 4, 2014 attack cannot be reported under a publication ban imposed in the interest of national security.Accordingly, much of the trial took place with the public barred, and the decision finding Dube guilty in September is partially redacted.Dube’s lawyer had argued for a much shorter sentence — either three years in prison or less than two years in a provincial jail followed by three years probation.The lawyer, Mario Lavigne, says he will appeal the verdict and sentence and seek bail for his client on Thursday.The Canadian Press
BRAMPTON, Ont. — Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal says he’s staying on as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.Last November, Grewal announced he was taking a leave to deal with what he called a compulsive gambling problem that caused him to rack up millions of dollars in debt.At the time he promised to make a final decision on his political future before Parliament resumed in 2019.In a Facebook post Friday evening, Grewal says the last two months has been a challenging time, but also a period of immense personal growth.Grewal says he has since paid back his debts and that every loan he took from family and friends is transparent and traceable.He now sits as an Independent MP.“Over the past two months, I have taken some time away to focus on my health and receive appropriate treatment,” Grewal wrote on Facebook.“Throughout this time, I also received countless calls and messages from constituents offering their support and encouraging me to continue to serve. It is for these reasons that I have decided to remain as the member of Parliament for Brampton East.”The Canadian Press
Nature and natural elements have always been the favourite among the works of the artists as they get to explore and enhance the artistic side of their personality through them. Dr Alka Pande, art historian in association with Tulika Kedia, Director, Must Art Gallery bring together ‘Aranyakas – The Enchanted Landscape’. It is an exhibition of indigenous art curated by Dr Alka Pande herself and it will be held at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, from January 29. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Aranyakas are the body of works which were linked to the Brahmanas which were in turn linked to the Vedas. Translated as ‘forest texts’ they are believed to have provided sacred wisdom on either the vanaprastha or ascetic stage of human life, traditionally lived out in the forests. They expound upon the allegorical portions of the texts.The works form a part of The Kanha Museum of Life and Art at the Singinawa Jungle Lodge at Kanha, M.P, which is a treasure trove of art from the indigenous culture of the Gond, Bhil and the Baiga communities. The art, representative of culture is an allegorical homage to the free spirit of nature mirroring the undulating curves of the forest, and depict the tribal beliefs about birds, the trees, the animals, their values, which often is a form of worshiping nature. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDr Pande, Art Historian and the curator of the event said: “The tribals have their own animistic beliefs, life, customs and traditions, as a result of acculturation from living in the land of many Gods and their accompanying myths. The art they create is the very core of their essence of life, complete with renditions of the many ‘puranic tales’ and their ‘kula’ devatas. Magic, myths, fertility, abound and what emerges is an enchanted inner world of the indigenous communities.” Displaying at the show will be master artist Usman Tirandaz, who deftly bridges the two worlds of indigenous art and contemporary urban art, combines naturalistic themes and depictions of flora and fauna, so often prevalent in tribal art with the style of the Mughal miniatures. Tulika Kedia, Director, Must Art Gallery said, “The Enchanted Landscape is a serious attempt to bring the requisite gravitas and visibility to the beauty and the politics of this art practice. The exhibition will help to expand the scope and scale of the way indigenous and tribal art is perceived both economically as well as culturally.”A fervent collector and passionate advocate of indigenous art, Tulika Kedia has put together a book Contemporary Expressions: The art of the Jogis. Folk singers and artists Teju Behan and her husband Ganesh Jogi, on whom the book is based, were first brought into the domain of contemporary Indian art by artist and anthropologist, Gandhian Haku Shah, in the 1980’s. The self-taught artists and their six children have created a language of their art with remarkable pictorial expressions. The book is an absolute must for anyone who is curious about the intuitive documenters of life, community and the essence of Jogi Art.The Enchanted Landscape is a classic example of how the eco-friendly tribal art, which have an all-encompassing approach to life, holistic ways of living, and reams of oral knowledge, can be presented in an urban format where it becomes a source of self-sufficiency for the tribes and yet their art and practices retain originality and remain embedded in their traditional belief systems. To take this thought forward, Must Art Gallery is a Delhi based gallery which works with indigenous artists is making an attempt to bring city dwellers closer to tribal art by creating interactive elements through the art show and allowing them to win a package holiday to the Singinawa Jungle Lodge, Kanha. The exhibition catalogue will include a prompt to invite readers to create their own artwork along the theme of indigenous art that they will be able to submit to Must Art Gallery to upload on the social media. The idea retains nobility of the cause, as it aims to spread awareness about tribal art, thus resonating with the fundamental aim of the Kanha Museum which is sustainability. The winner from all the entries received will be able to engage with Jangarh Singh Shyam’s (pioneering contemporary Indian artist of Indigenous Art ) family in an immersive experience with Tribal Art, at the Singinawa Jungle Lodge.When: January 29-31Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings: 10 AM to 8 PM
Kolkata: State Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on Tuesday that Union Power minister R K Singh has acknowledged that Bengal has ranked number one when it comes to successful supply of power to every single household under the Saubhagya scheme.”Power minister R K Singh has informed me that Bengal has ranked as best among the states in supplying electricity to households. When our government came to power for the first time in 2011, there were 85 lakh houses that had electricity. We have taken this number to 1.85 crore,” Chattopadhyay said, on the sidelines of a seminar on Surface Water in Rural Bengal organised by Sulabh International. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Bengal is among the fifteen states in the country that have achieved 100 percent saturation in household electrification under Saubhagya. The states completing 100 percent household electrification by December 31 will receive additional grant of 15 percent of the project cost sanctioned under Saubhagya, besides the awards. Chattopadhyay said that the state government is also taking steps for using solar energy and other non-conventional forms of energy for power. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We are coming up with the 1,000 MW Turga pumped storage project on Ayodha Hills in Purulia and Bandhunala – another 900 MW pumped storage project, at the same place,” he said. The Bandhunala project is expected to be completed before the Turga project, even though the process for the latter had started earlier. “The Turga project is being done in collaboration with a Japanese company and it has taken two years in discussion. The Bandhunala project will be done under PPP mode by an Indian company, so we hope it will take less time,” the minister added. The state has completed 21 MW solar electrification in 1,200 schools and colleges and has set a target to light up another 1,000 institutions by solar power by the end of the current fiscal.
Dressed in an elegant long kurta, the graceful Jaya Bachchan walked into the Habitat Centre’s Visual Arts Gallery last night to close a historic Sanjay Bhattacharyya exhibition titled ‘Shrines’.Chaste Bengali was heard between two artists, one from the art world and the second from the cine world and Jaya was all ears and eyes as she spent time looking at the show that had four paintings and three drawings. She spent the greatest amount of time in front of the Kalighat canvas that held its own for its elements of design details and the virtuosity of colour.Jaya has been following Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s works for more than two decades and can wax eloquent on his work.The evening also had curator and art historian Aman Nath and Habita Director Sunit Tandon in attendance along with curator Uma Nair , artists Anwar, Anandmoyi Bannerjee and gallery Director Payal Kapoor.