Veolia says to announce new proposal to end conflict with Suez positively

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Priyanka Chopra To Open New Indian Restaurant SONA In New York City

Priyanka Chopra, riding high on the strength of her starring and executive producing role in the Netflix hit White Tiger, is entering the restaurant business. She will be opening the Indian cuisine eatery SONA this month in New York City.

The announcement was made by the actress on Saturday to her 60.9 million followers on Instagram. The new restaurant will be located at 36 East 20th Street in the city’s Flatiron district.

“I’m thrilled to present to you SONA, a new restaurant in NYC that I poured my love for Indian food into,” she wrote on Instagram. “SONA is the very embodiment of timeless India and the flavours I grew up with.” She promised that diners would be taken “on a food journey through my amazing country.”

Beyond White Tiger, Chopra (married to musician Nick Jonas), will star in the upcomingromantic drama movie Text for You alongside Outlander star Sam Heughan and singer Celine Dion.

She will also appear in the upcoming Matrix film, expected to bow sometime late this year.

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Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez, Franmil Reyes violate MLB’s COVID-19 protocols

Last season, the Cleveland baseball team made headlines during Major League Baseball's 60-game campaign when two players — pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac — had to spend time away from the team for violating league COVID-19 protocols. 

Halfway through spring training, two more Cleveland players are out for violating the protocol. 

Manager Terry Francona told reporters Sunday star third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugging DH Franmil Reyes are isolated from the team and out indefinitely after Reyes received a haircut Friday. He and Ramirez dined indoors at a restaurant later that night, Francona said. The skipper hoped to have a clearer idea of their return dates sometime Sunday. 

"We spoke to both of them. They were both upfront and honest with us about what happened," Francona said. "Franmil, kind of a repeat offender. We’re not trying to put guys in the penalty box. We try to talk to guys almost every day, ‘Hey, this is gonna happen if — it doesn’t matter if you agree with it or not. These are the protocols that are in place and you have to live by it.'"

How NBA has impacted Thurgood Marshall College Fund and HBCUs

One by one, the students read their letters aloud.

They wrote them for NBA All-Star Game players and coaches, but the message offered more substance than Sunday's game or favorite All-Star memories.

About 20 students with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) met for a Zoom call Thursday evening with TMCF and NBA officials as well as Hall-of-Fame center Dikembe Mutombo. Many of them expressed gratitude for the NBA offering more than $300 million to the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, which has supported students and institutions at Historically Black Colleges and universities (HBCUs) for the past 34 years.

“I just wanted to thank them for how their support really helped shape the future for so many Black men and women and minorities in general,” said Omar Harbison, a second-year doctoral student specializing in educational leadership at Clark Atlanta University. “Their support will open the doors and dismantle barriers toward future opportunities.”

Cuomo again refuses to resign amid scandals, slams critics as 'anti-democratic'

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated Sunday afternoon that he will not resign until the state attorney general completes her investigation into multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

“I was elected by the people of the state. … I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” Cuomo said during a conference call. “There is no way I resign.”

Cuomo urged his critics to “let the attorney general do her job” and said calls to resign before the investigation is complete is “anti-democratic.” He appeared to dismiss the calls for him to resign as pure politics.


At least four women have made accusations against Cuomo.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Veolia says to announce new proposal to end conflict with Suez positively

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Veolia Environnement is seen on a waste compactor in Velizy-Villacoublay, near Paris, France, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) – Veolia said on Sunday in a statement that it would announce later this week a proposal that it hoped would positively end the conflict with French waste and water management firm Suez.