‘Below Deck’ Season 10: Who is primary charter guest Karan Bakshi? Tech honcho loves hookah

RODNEY BAY, SAINT LUCIA: ‘Below Deck’ Season 10 is all set to bring another primary guest on board. Once again St David will get the opportunity to provide its service to a group of people with the primary charter guest being businessman Karan Bakshi.


Bakshi and his wife, Kamna, and some close-knit friends will come together on the boat for a Bollywood dinner party. They are from India. Chef Rachel, who studied in India for a couple of months, especially in Kerela and Goa, is excited to meet these guests. And, she knows for sure that she will be able to please them. Keep reading to know everything about the upcoming primary guest.


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Who is ‘Below Deck’ Season 10 primary charter guest Karan Bakshi?

Bakshi is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and operated multiple businesses. He specializes in computer software and real estate. In 2016, Bakshi established Vision Group to develop innovative products with the help of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. 


Bakshi has a keen interest in technology. His company focusses on customer success and satisfaction. Vision Group now is a leading multinational conglomerate of technology companies. It specializes in digital transformation for retail. He knows well how to make himself and his company stand out in the market. However, he does not fear taking challenges. According to CIO View, Bakshi said, “We have faced many roadblocks, and overcoming those have provided us a tremendous competitive advantage.” He believes in investing most of his time in customers and adjusting products so as to solve his consumers’ problems. 

Bakshi is defined in ‘Below Deck’ as the owner of multiple businesses in Northern Virginia. He, his wife and friends are very fond of hookah. They like their food hot. Moreover, he is planning a surprise Bollywood party for Kamna.


Let us wait and see how the party turns out. Bravo’s ‘Below Deck’ Season 10 airs Mondays at 8 pm ET.

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Companies tout environmental tech innovations

People look at a John Deere electric excavator at the John Deere booth during the CES tech show

People look at a John Deere electric excavator at the John Deere booth during the CES tech show Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo: John Locher)

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As countries grapple with how to limit global warming and protect natural resources, more companies are growing their own commitments to building sustainable supply chains and slowing emissions.

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Texas Legislators Have Unprecedented Revenue for Budget – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

State legislators are expected to have an unprecedented amount of money in general revenue to help pay for the state’s operations in 2024-25, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R) says.

The revenue estimate of $188.23 billion announced by Hegar on Monday is 26% more than what lawmakers had during the last budget cycle and is far more money than legislators have ever had at their disposal.

Hegar described the Biennial Revenue Estimate for the next two years as “unprecedented.”

“The enormous amount of projected revenues give the state a remarkable, or a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for historical actions in this legislative session,” Hegar said.

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Texas Biennial Revenue Estimate released Jan. 9, 2023.

Hegar attributed Texas’ economic wellbeing to several factors including how the state recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic along with high energy prices and the highest inflation in four decades.

Hegar warned that because most of the state’s revenue comes from sales taxes the estimate could be hampered by increased interest rates or other attempts to stymie inflation that may deepen a recession and curb consumer spending. He also said volatility in the energy marketplace could impact the state’s numbers.

“I must advise some caution as these decisions are made. Bluntly, don’t count on me announcing another big revenue jump in two years from now,” Hegar said. “The revenue increases that we have seen have been in many ways unprecedented and we can not reasonably expect a repeat. We are unlikely to have an opportunity like this again.”

Hegar said $10 billion will be held back for the highway fund and rainy day fund, the latter of which is expected to have an all-time high balance of more than $27 billion at the end of the 2024-25 cycle.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), who leads the state senate, said in a statement Monday afternoon the revenue estimate shows the Texas economy is “red hot” and that though state senators will undoubtedly have plenty of ideas about how to spend the money “Texas taxpayers must first receive tax relief before we commit to any new spending.”

Patrick promised in July 2022, when Hegar announced another “unprecedented windfall” of billions in surplus funds, that money should first be returned to Texas property owners who have been burdened by increasing property taxes.

The lieutenant governor said in December 2022 that one of the ways he hoped to return money to property owners was by increasing the homestead exemption. Legislators are expected to put forward other propsals during the upcoming session.

The Biennial Revenue Estimate is announced every two years before the state lawmakers open their legislative session. The 88th Texas Legislature convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the state capitol. State lawmakers have a lot of priorities on their agenda, including property taxes, border security, gun control and the state’s maligned power grid.

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Maverick 100.9 A Finalist For Three Texas Regional Radio Report Music Awards – WTAW

Image from the Texas Regional Radio Report Music Awards.
Image from the Texas Regional Radio Report Music Awards.

WTAW sister station Maverick 100.9 has received three nominations from the Texas Regional Radio Report (T3R) Music Awards.

Maverick is a nominee for large market station of the year. Corliss is a nominee for large market personality. And the Cook and Corliss program is a finalist in the syndicated/specialty show category.

Fans, artists, musicians, and music industry professionals are invited to vote for the eligible artists, radio stations, DJ’s, producers, nightclubs, and festivals that are actively involved in the Texas Red Dirt music scene.

Winners are selected based on public voting that takes place through January 30 online at trrma.net/ballot/.

The winners will be announced March 27.

According to a news release, The Texas Regional Radio Report and T3R Texas Music Awards is the only state recognized Texas music chart and Texas Music Awards Show as proclaimed in 2019 by Governor Abbott, the Texas House of Representatives, State Representative Matt Krause District 93 and Congressman Ron Wright.

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Man charged with murder in Woodbury, New Jersey shooting

Tyler McKinney is charged with murder, robbery and other crimes, officials said.

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Man charged with murder in Woodbury, New Jersey shooting

WOODBURY, New Jersey (WPVI) — A man is now in custody following a murder that happened earlier this month in Woodbury, New Jersey.

On Wednesday, officers responded to Franklin and Wallace streets and discovered 21-year-old Brandon Blanton suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was later pronounced dead, police said.

During the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect, 22-year-old Tyler McKinney of Philadelphia.

On Sunday, McKinney surrendered to members of the U.S. Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force/Camden Division and Gloucester Counter Prosecutor’s Office in Woodbury.

McKinney is charged with murder, robbery and other crimes, officials said.

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Second evening of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas adorned with songs, music and visuals about progressive India – Odisha Diary

On the evening of the second day of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention, a programme of songs, music and dance based on the theme of progressive India in Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Odissi dance styles was presented at Nakshatra Garden by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Indore.

The cultural presentation depicted the progress of scientific and space science from ancient India to the present. Not only this, the fabric of Madhya Pradesh’s Maheshwari saree, weaving process and the rich handloom heritage of Madhya Pradesh were also displayed beautifully through dance. The cultural heritage of different states of India was also presented through dance. Along with this, subjects like Surya Namaskar etc. were skillfully shown through dance and music in a play based on Ayurveda and Yoga of India. This 32 minute presentation was followed by the second segment based on the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by top eight winning artists from the Foreign National entries including talented artists from Sri Lanka, Malaysia-Hungary, Japan and Mauritius led by Sushri Anupama Lahiri which was a song-dance and music presentation on the theme of attractive ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

The special invitees of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention were the President of Guyana, Dr. Mohammed Irfan Ali and the President of Suriname, Shri Chandrika Prasad Santokhi, the Union Minister for External Affairs, Shri S. Jaishankar, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MSME Minister Shri Omprakash Sakhlecha, Tourism and Culture Minister Sushri Usha Thakur, Medical Education Minister Shri Vishwas Kailash Sarang, Smt. Sadhana Singh, dignitaries, public representatives, overseas Indians in large numbers.

At the outset, Dr. Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations told that 37 centers are being run abroad by the Council. Remarkable work is being done by the Council for the promotion of Indian culture and music abroad and for international cultural coordination.

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Baker Mayfield on future after Rams’ stint: ‘Not going to just go chase a check’

Baker Mayfield wrapped up a whirlwind season with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but he’s in no rush to figure out his next step as he enters free agency, telling reporters that while he has “no doubt” that he’s a starting quarterback, he’s not going “to just go chase a check.” 

Mayfield’s season, which began with the Carolina Panthers, ended with a 19-16 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks and capped off 2-3 finish with the Rams who acquired him off waivers following Matthew Stafford’s season-ending injury in early December. 

 Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) gestures against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second half at SoFi Stadium.

 Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield (17) gestures against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second half at SoFi Stadium.
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The longtime former Cleveland Browns quarterback quickly put to rest questions surrounding his ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL with a quick turnaround to win his first game for the Rams in Week 14.


“I’m thankful for my time here,” Mayfield told reporters in the locker room after the game. “This place has been unbelievable for me.”

“I think I’m going to look back and be really, really grateful for this short time period and the things I’ve learned. So we’ll see what happens. I have no idea.”

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams takes a selfie with fans prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Mayfield is wearing a t-shirt honoring Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills. 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams takes a selfie with fans prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. Mayfield is wearing a t-shirt honoring Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills. 
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Mayfield said he will be taking time off to spend time with his wife before thinking about his next potential landing spot but did say that after his experience in Los Angeles, he’s going to have “a lot of thought” into where he goes next.


“It’s gotta be the best opportunity. I’m not going to just go chase a check to go start and play after seeing a place that makes me have fun playing football again,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to try something else new but obviously — it’s going to be a big-time decision. So there’s going to be a lot of thought put into it.” 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. 

Baker Mayfield #17 of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on January 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. 
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Mayfield further clarified: “I know I’m good enough to be a starting quarterback. I have no doubt about that.” 


Mayfield requested a trade in early December after the Panthers informed him they would be going with Sam Danrold as starter with PJ Walker as his backup in Carolina’s Week 14 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

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NHL odds, pick for Monday night

The Buffalo Sabres are becoming the feel-good story of the NHL this season. Buffalo is just four points out of a playoff spot entering play on Monday and has games in hand on every team its chasing. At the halfway point of the campaign, the Sabres have a legitimate chance to make the postseason for the first time since 2011. 

After dropping eight games in a row in the middle of November, Buffalo is on a 13-4-2 run with a +26 goal difference in that span. And perhaps most surprisingly, it’s the Sabres that pace the NHL in goals per game — and it’s not all that close. Buffalo is averaging 4.0 scores per contest, 0.23 goals per game better than the second-best team (Boston). 

The Sabres are a great story and are on a roll, but seasoned bettors will know that there’s no better time to sell on a team than when the hockey world begins to get carried away.

Travis Konecny #11 of the Philadelphia Flyers
Travis Konecny #11 of the Philadelphia Flyers
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Flyers vs. Sabres prediction (7 p.m. ET on ESPN+)

The Sabres have won eight of their last 10 games, but three of those wins came in overtime and their last three victories required some dramatic comebacks. That’s not a huge deal in a small sample, but it does go to show that a few bounces here or there and the story here would be very different. 

Additionally, Buffalo’s statistical profile isn’t all that encouraging of late. The Sabres are averaging 2.85 goals for and 2.11 goals against per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 over their last 10 games, but their expected goals data paints a different picture. Buffalo is generating 2.33 xGF per 60 minutes and conceding 2.84 xGA/60 in that same span. Buffalo also ranks 29th in the NHL in high-danger scoring chance rate over their last 10 games. 

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What’s keeping the Sabres rolling despite those poor 5-on-5 metrics is a 13.2 shooting percentage and a .926 save percentage. 

Buffalo does have some serious offensive talent, so maybe the team will continue to finish its chances at a robust clip, but it’s hard to imagine the goaltending will be this good for the second half. Craig Anderson has been terrific in 14 games, but he’s the oldest player in the league, so it’s fair to expect some regression. 

Betting on the NHL?

All of this makes the Sabres a tough team to back as a big favorite. Buffalo is a much better team than Philadelphia and deserves to be a short price, but if you look under the hood, there’s not much difference in the numbers these two teams are posting at 5-on-5 right now. Buffalo has the rate of a slightly better-expected goal over its last 10, but the Flyers have the better high-danger scoring chance rate. 

In other words, it’s not a foregone conclusion that Buffalo is just going to tilt the ice and play the Flyers out of the building on Monday night. 

Flyers vs. Sabres pick

Flyers ML (+198, FanDuel)

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Le Petit Marché Étudiant is Open for Business

Whether it’s rising costs of groceries, a packed schedule, or simply a lack of knowledge about cooking, eating well as a student can be fraught with challenges. Many students find the food options on campus to be unaffordable, and there’s a high demand for free lunch services such as Midnight Kitchen. This issue hasn’t escaped the notice of SSMU, whose External Affairs Commissioners will work on compiling a list of food sovereignty initiatives in the upcoming semester. After noticing the lack of affordable food options around campus, Geography student Maude Laroche started a business to provide an alternate way for students get groceries. On January 2, Laroche launched The Little Student Supermarket, or Le Petit Marché Étudiant, aiming to provide students with healthy, affordable meals. 

At Le Petit Marché Étudiant, students can purchase a “grocery box” of non-perishable ingredients starting at $100 with an estimated 22-40 portions of food when cooked. This includes eight portions of oatmeal for breakfast, a pasta and sauce option that provides about six meals, and two meals ranging between four and thirteen portions each from Tout en Pot, a local business selling ready-to-cook meals in a jar. This means that in theory, each individual meal should amount to $5 or less. Laroche told the Daily that there will also be an option to add extras, such as coffee or snacks, in the future.

“Basically, we realized that there was really a lack of options for food on campus,” said Laroche. This inspired her to think about how to make food “more sustainable, more accessible, more nutritious, [and] more local.” As a result, she created her first business, Les Fermes Du Marché, a platform that aims to reduce the cost of transporting fresh produce between farmers and customers. However, she wanted to create a service that was tailored to students after realizing the challenges of grocery shopping and eating as a student.

“Most [students] don’t know how to do groceries, that’s the truth,” she told the Daily. “After that, most of them don’t want to cook, they want something cheap, but again, they want to eat good.” 

The meals in the grocery box are intended to be both nutritious and easy to prepare, so that students can make healthy meals with little effort. All the ingredients are either sourced locally or imported from within Quebec. Drawing from her own experiences and those of other students she talked to, Laroche realized that grocery shopping can get expensive very quickly. 

“I was living with my boyfriend, and our parents fed us a lot of food because we don’t live that far from Montreal. But just having bread and basic stuff per week was easily $50-60 at IGA,” said Laroche. She added that groceries especially start to add up when people try to eat a variety of food.

“Something we try to do as much as possible is really to offer something that’s healthy to people but cheap,” she continued.

The team at Le Petit Marché Étudiant strives to make their business as sustainable as possible. Laroche, who is doing an Honours thesis on corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals, is very interested in the possibility for businesses to create change in that regard. All materials in the box are recyclable and they do carbon compensation by planting a tree for every order, although Laroche admits that this is “not optimal.” However, she argues that there is an inevitable carbon cost that comes with producing food that can’t be avoided as everyone needs to eat. In the future, she hopes to create a program to redistribute food to low-income families that goes unsold. This would further advance the project’s goal of “helping people in insecure food environments become food secure.”

Furthermore, she said that there’s a huge sense of community within Les Fermes Du Marché and Le Petit Marché Étudiant, and that they’re open to working with anyone who approaches them. She hopes to further foster community by offering discounts to students as well as to people working in non-profit organizations and social businesses. They also already partner with universities to offer educational opportunities through internships with the company.

Le Petit Marché Étudiant is connected to Laroche’s other business, Les Fermes Du Marché, both reflecting her desire to show “the true face of farming.” Coming from a family background in farming, she believes that it is often misunderstood despite playing an essential role in society.

“The truth is that if you’re not organic certified or something like that, it’s not because you hate the environment,” she explained. “It’s because you need to feed your family first and you may not have the money to do these things.”

Laroche advises anybody interested in Le Petit Marché Étudiant’s services to find them on their Instagram page @lepetitmarcheetudiants or check out their website lepetitmarcheetudiant.com. They will also have a table at Activities Night on January 12 offering student discounts to those who stop by.

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Below Deck star Hayley De Sola Pinto has a message for the haters

Hayley De Sola Pinto from Below Deck Season 10
Hayley isn’t here for the negativity and trolls. Pic credit: Bravo

Below Deck star Hayley De Sola Pinto has a message for the haters as Season 10 of the hit yachting show heats up.

Hayley has managed to steer clear of the crew drama on the St. David yacht.

The red-headed beauty instead has been entertaining Below Deck viewers with her witty one-liners and growing friendship with chief stew Fraser Olender.

She’s letting Camille Lamb and bosun Ross McHarg be the cause of the crew craziness.

However, despite being the fun and entertaining crewmember, the trolls have still come for Hayley.

Now that Season 10 has nearly hit the halfway point, Hayley’s speaking her mind when it comes to those trolls.

Hayley De Sola Pinto has a message for the haters

The other day, Hayley used Instagram to get real about the negativity that she’s received since she debuted on Below Deck.

In a post that featured her sitting in her Below Deck uniform with a green screen in the back, Hayley put up both middle fingers to let the haters know exactly how she felt.

Hayley didn’t mince words in her caption either, as she kicked it off with an expletive word speaking to the haters. Then she took a moment to thank those who have shown her positivity and support.

“However, as sad as it is, there will always be hatred in this world,” she continued. “Over the last couple of months I’m noticing more and more the amount of hate coming from grown women; women with daughters, granddaughters, sisters etc., happily tearing down women online for their appearances, whilst feeling safe behind a keyboard.”

The Bravo personality went on to discuss how women should support each other. Hayley reminded Below Deck fans that kindness is free and that people are struggling right now.

Ending her message with the age-old saying that if something nice can’t be said, then don’t say anything at all while wishing her followers a “wonderful Sunday.”

Below Deck stars react to Hayley De Sola Pinto’s words

The comments section of Hayley’s IG post was filled with positivity for her and her message.

It’s no secret that members of the Below Deck family often deal with trolls and haters even after their season has wrapped up. Captain Lee Rosbach just took on trolls last week over his live tweeting.

Some familiar faces from the Below Deck community popped up in Hayley’s comment section with positive reinforcement. Her coaster Tony Duarte and Below Deck Sailing Yacht alum Jenna MacGillivray responded with emojis.

Below Deck Down Under chief stew, Aesha Scott wrote “Amen,” while Below Deck alum Simone Mashile stated, “I second that opinion.”

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Pic credit: @hayleydesolapinto/Instagram

Hayley De Sola Pinto from Below Deck has made quite a good impression on viewers so far. However, plenty of the season is still left to play out, and things could change for the red-headed beauty.

Below Deck airs Mondays at 8/7c on Bravo. Seasons 1-9 are streaming on Peacock.

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