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Cyclone Titli leaves behind a trail of misery in Odisha

first_imgOver 40 lakh people were affected in Odisha by the heavy rain that pounded 12 districts post Titli cyclonic storm since Wednesday afternoon.Incessant rain triggered floods in Ganjam, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Gajapati districts on Thursday, and water-logging in at least eight other districts left eight persons dead and thousands homeless till Friday evening.As many as 3,25,644 persons were evacuated and sheltered in 1,162 relief centres caused by cyclone and subsequent floods. Local administration in affected districts rescued 1,27,262 people stranded at different places on Friday and they were put up in 963 relief centres.Grim situationAs the flood situation looked grim in Ganjam and Gajapati, the State government urged the Centre to provide choppers for rescue and relief operations. Two Navy helicopters reached Gopalpur in the afternoon.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review meeting at the State Secretariat and directed the administration to shift people stranded in vulnerable areas to safer places. He cancelled Dussehra holidays of all government employees in view of the emergency situation.Heavy rain forecastThe storm weakened into a deep depression and lay centred over Odisha about 80 km southwest of Keonjhar by Friday evening. It is likely to continue to move northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal and weaken into a well-marked low pressure area during the next 18 hours. The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre warned of heavy rain at isolated places in the State during next 24 hours.Titli left behind a trail of destruction. As per initial estimates, 1,514 houses were damaged in Ganjam, Kandhamal and Puri districts.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen brought it upon himself

first_imgKevin Pietersen’s ouster from the England team – for the third Test underway against South Africa certainly, maybe longer, perhaps forever – was a shocker on several counts, not the least because he is the best player wearing the Three Lions emblem.The issue was somewhat stifled because of the overwhelming presence of the Olympics but is no less significant for that and has serious ramifications for the sport and its players all over the world – particularly in India where player power can be unbridled.Has Pietersen been victimised for being an individualistic, abrasive person as he may have been, or did he force this action on himself with his insensitivity and indiscipline?It’s not a matter than can be easily judged in black or white. There are layers of grey that permeate it. For instance, other players have been critical of their teammates – several from England about Pietersen in books or byline articles – either directly or by insinuation.What has really transpired in the England dressing room over the past year or so is still mired in speculation. My take is that Pietersen overplayed his hand in the circumstances -he was in a running feud with the ECB remember -then tried to withdraw it when he realised hewas playing with fire, alas all too late to prevent himself from getting burnt.The charitable view is that Pietersen was being, well, himself. As in life, mavericks are not unknown in sport too. If anything, they add to its appeal though this might not necessarily go down well with authority every time.advertisementThe antics of Usain Bolt, for instance, have rubbed athletics officials the wrong way often enough. It might be recalled that at the Beijing Olympics, the sprint gold medallist was chastised by the head of the International Olympics Committee Jacques Rogge for not trying hard enough in the 100m despite clocking 9.69 sec!Rogge believed Bolt could have improved his timing had he not slowed down perceptibly towards the finish line, thumping his chest in ostensible self-aggrandisement.A great deal has changed since then. Bolt has become the biggest drawcard in athletics and those in authority are not as averse to his shenanigans as they were earlier, though even after his stupendous achievements in London recently, Rogge was reluctant to call him a ‘legend’; the description he preferred was ‘iconic’.Be that as it may, there is a thin line which divides maverick ways from the more serious ones of indiscipline and a disruptive attitude. So, while everybody agrees that Pietersen is one of the most talented cricketers in the world, he also has a tendency to grandstand needlessly.His latest run-in with the English Cricket Board over text messages sent to members of the South African cricket team while England was playing a series against South Africa emphasises all of that.In keeping with Pietersenian peculiarity, he made fun of the England captain Andrew Strauss and fellow team members in texts to some of the South African team. At the same time, he went out and hit a brilliant 149.Then, instead of issuing a formal apology as demanded of him after the texts became public knowledge, he shot a Youtube video of himself talking about how much he loved playing for England.The ECB was not amused and Pietersen had to give them the formal apology they wanted. He was then dropped from the third Test. If at first glance Pietersen’s antics don’t seem quite so serious, funny even, they point to someone who is fighting demons within himself.It is also someone who seems to be throwing a petulant tantrum by himself for Pietersen had earlier said he does not want to play ODIs but only Test cricket and the IPL. The ECB ruled he cannot play in the T20 World Championships either if that was the case.To a player who wants glory and money this condition was unacceptable; to a board looking for the best team with full commitment to submit to the demands of one is untenable.It has not worked to Pietersen’s favour that the entire England team has stood as one with the captain and the ECB. The simple truth is that there is enough talent in the England team now, and good as he may be, Pietersen is just one of many. The fact that he has mocked his own teammates, even if in banter – to an opposing side – was the last straw.The ECB stood its ground and so reined Pietersen in. In that, there is also a lesson for other cricket boards in how to deal with showpony superstars.advertisementlast_img read more

Chinese troops salute Indian flag at I-Day celebrations in Ladakh

first_imgA ceremonial meeting of border security personnel was held between India and China in eastern Ladakh on Friday to mark the 68th Independence Day of India, an official statement said.The delegations from the two countries had Indian Army and Into-Tibetan Border Police representatives on the Indian side and members of the People’s Liberation Army on the Chinese side.The celebrations opened with both Indian and Chinese delegations saluting the Indian tricolour.”The ceremony which lasted for approximately four hours included cultural and entertainment shows and sports events. The event was attended by ladies from both sides which symbolises growing peace, confidence and desire of establishing tranquility along the borders,” an official statement said.”Participation of Chinese delegation in India’s Independence Day celebrations is a gesture which will further foster the friendly relations between India and China and build up mutual trust and confidence,” it said.Both sides reiterated their commitment to uphold the protocols and agreements signed between the two countries and acknowledged that the peace and tranquility which prevails along the Line of Actual Control should be further strengthened and stabilized, the statement added.A similar ceremony was held on the Chinese side on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Day on August 1.last_img read more

Don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Japan’s national legislature last year approved a ban on smoking inside public facilities, but the measure was seen as weak and excluded many bars and restaurants.Tokyo’s city government separately enacted tougher rules last year to protect from second-hand smoke. All provisions kick in during the run-up to the Olympics.Smoking is still allowed in small eateries and bars. They make up half of Japanese establishments, where it’s common to see a customer eating with chopsticks in one hand and a cigarette in the other.“Countering passive smoking has long been a concern,” Keiko Nakayama, a Tokyo city government health official, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “We would like to push for approving more anti-smoking measures so people stay healthy longer.”The city’s smoking policy will be reviewed in five years. But more regulation will always face tough opposition despite the fact that smoking has declined in recent years.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte However, don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Organizers on Thursday announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at all indoor and outdoor Olympic and Paralympic venues, plus within all perimeter areas of the Tokyo Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOrganizers say the prohibition is tougher than regulations for the last two Summer Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro.“Tokyo 2020 aims to leave a legacy of improved health for the country at large,” organizers said in a statement. FILE – In this April 7, 2017, file photo, people gather at a smoking area in Tokyo. Tokyo is a smokers’ heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can still light up in small restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to prices in other world cities. Tokyo organizers on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, announced a stringent ban on all tobacco products and vaping devices. Smoking will be banned at any indoor or outdoor Olympic or Paralympic venue _ including perimeter areas being run Tokyo 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO — Tokyo is still a smoker’s heaven.Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don’t contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Adamson posts 1st win in new head coach’s debut View comments The Japanese government has a large stake in tobacco. It owns a third of the stock and is the top investor in major cigarette company Japan Tobacco Inc. The industry was a government monopoly until 1985, and is a huge source of tax revenue.Smoking is cheap in Japan compared to other developed countries. A pack of Marlboro cigarettes costs about $5. In London and New York it’s about $14, and in Sydney it’s $20.According to World Health Organization data for 2015, 32.7 percent of Japanese males smoke, compared to 24.4 in the United States. The highest figures were East Timor (78.0) and Indonesia (74.9), and the lowest two were in Africa: Ethiopia (7.6) and Ghana (7.1).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

Haryana govt responsible for Jat stir violence: Rajeev Shukla

first_imgKanpur, Feb 28 (PTI) Congress leader Rajeev Shukla today said the Haryana government was “responsible” for the violence during the Jat agitation in the state and that the situation could have been averted had they taken strong action right from the beginning.”Common man and traders in Haryana are facing a lot of problems today. The people have been bamboozled. The state government has failed on all fronts,” he said on the sidelines of a sports event here.He demanded strong action against those involved in alleged gangrape and molestation in Murthal. PTI ZIR TIR SK TIRlast_img read more

How Hardik Pandya’s sensational last over helped India ‘snatch victory from the jaws of defeat’

Republic of Ireland 0 Wales 1

first_imgWales overcame the absences of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey as Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick earned a 1-0 away Nations League victory over the Republic of Ireland.Wilson scored with a wonderful set-piece in Derby County’s penalty shootout defeat of Manchester United in the EFL Cup last month, and the midfielder produced a similar moment of magic to light up a tight contest Dublin.Buoyed by a point against Denmark in their last outing, Ireland had started well, but Cyrus Christie and Shane Duffy squandered the best of the chances Martin O’Neill’s side managed to craft. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Wilson made the difference with a wicked 58th-minute free-kick, with Ireland then mustering little in response as Wales moved top of League B Group 4.1 – Other than Gareth Bale, who had scored each of Wales’ last five direct free-kicks goals in competitive matches, Harry Wilson is the first Welshman to score such a goal since Aaron Ramsey back in October 2009 against Liechtenstein. Peach. #IRLWAL pic.twitter.com/nDNOt5trUy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 16, 2018Matthew Smith’s abysmal touch allowed Christie to pounce in the ninth minute, but Wayne Hennessey made a fine save to spare the 18-year-old midfielder’s blushes.Despite Ireland’s fast start, neither goalkeeper would be tested again until 10 minutes before the interval, however, when Tyler Roberts flicked a tame effort at Darren Randolph.Ireland responded well, Duffy winning a header from Jeff Hendrick’s corner, only to direct his effort straight at Hennessey.That profligacy proved costly just before the hour, Liverpool’s out-on-loan star Wilson more than filling the void left by the injured Bale by curling a delightful strike over Ireland’s wall and into the top-left corner from 25 yards.Wales could have put the game beyond all doubt 15 minutes from time – David Brooks having a close-range shot blocked before James Chester headed wide from the resulting corner.Hennessey did have one more save to make from substitute Scott Hogan, but Wales, who missed a late chance through George Thomas, remained comfortable as they secured a back-to-back win over Ireland for the first time since March 1986. What does it mean: Giggs’ faith in youth pays offWales had suffered back-to-back defeats heading into Tuesday’s clash, but Giggs’ youthful side have certainly had the beating of Ireland over two legs, and they now sit pretty with six points heading into their decisive final match with Denmark.Ireland, meanwhile, have just one point, and will definitely be relegated to the third tier should Denmark avoid defeat against Wales.Wilson fills in for missing starsRamsey announced the birth of his twin sons just prior to kick-off, while Bale missed this batch of fixtures due to injury, but Wilson more than stepped up to the mark, and it will be hard for Giggs to drop the youngster even when Wales’ star duo return.O’Neill, Keane coming up shortThe writing appears to be on the wall for Ireland’s divisive duo. With both Bale and Ramsey missing, Ireland had a real chance to get off the mark, but O’Neill seems unable to get a tune out of his dysfunctional side, while Keane’s fierce attitude seems to do little in terms of rallying the players either.What’s next?Both teams round off their Nations League group campaigns against Denmark, Wales hosting the Danes with first place up for grabs on November 16, before Ireland face Age Hareide’s men three days later. That game for Ireland comes after they go head-to-head with neighbours Northern Ireland in Dublin. read morelast_img read more

Giovinco drinks beer, scores world-class goal

first_imgToronto Sebastian Giovinco drinks beer, scores world-class goal Rudi Schuller Last updated 2 years ago 23:32 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC Dale Zanine Toronto Atlanta United v Toronto Atlanta United MLS The Italian had a memorable afternoon in Atlanta on the final day of the MLS regular season MLS fans are well aware of Sebastian Giovinco’s prowess on free kicks, but some may not know of his apparent affinity for beer.The Toronto FC star scored an epic free kick to help secure a 2-2 draw on the road against Atlanta United on Sunday, with the result boosting the Canadian team to the all-time single-season points record of 69.But before he scored his goal, Giovinco showed a bit of personality. After Jozy Altidore equalized at the hour mark after Atlanta had taken a first-half lead, the American TFC striker — who had been booed for the entire game along with teammate Michael Bradley — cupped his hand to his ear. An Atlanta fan threw a cup of beer at Altidore’s direction, which Giovinco promptly picked up and drank from. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That’s that down south hospitality we’ve heard so much about. Cheers, ATL! #TFCLive | #ATLvTOR pic.twitter.com/i6YT5Lv0d1— Toronto FC (@torontofc) October 22, 2017Atlanta again took the lead later in the highly charged game, but Giovinco stepped up for a free kick from 30 yards out and hit a perfectly placed effort into the top-left corner, leaving Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan helpless as the ball kissed the bottom of the crossbar before nestling into the net.Watch: Sebastian Giovinco the FK GOD! pic.twitter.com/FbNBgKTVRv— Toronto FC (@torontofc) October 22, 2017Sunday’s contest was the final game of the 2017 regular season for TFC. Giovinco finished the campaign with 16 goals and six assists in 25 matches.His second-half free kick goal was the sixth of the season for the Italian, which is a new MLS regular-season record.last_img read more

Oregon Star RB Royce Freeman Announces Return For Senior Year

first_imgOregon's cheerleaders wave a flag ahead of the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: The Oregon Ducks marching band during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Royce Freeman will be back for the Oregon Ducks in 2017, and the chance to play for new head coach Willie Taggart is a major reason why.Freeman, who could very well become the program’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns with a big 2017 campaign, announced his return today through Oregon’s website.Royce Freeman4,146 career rushing yards.48 touchdowns.1 more season.#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/ajavKJj60H— GoDucks (@GoDucks) December 21, 2016In the release, he thanks former head coach Mark Helfrich and his staff, and cites the chance to play for Willie Taggart as one of the deciding factors in his decision to come back.“After consulting with my family and giving this considerable thought, I feel this is the best decision for me in regards to my future on and off the field,” Freeman said. “My education was one of the most important reasons I chose to come to Oregon and that priority hasn’t changed.“I wish to thank Coach (Mark) Helfrich and the entire coaching staff for the roles they have played in my success thus far. I am extremely grateful to Coach (Gary) Campbell for everything he has taught me and the influence he has had in my life over the last three years.“However, the prospect of playing for Coach (Willie) Taggart my final year here was certainly a factor in my return. His enthusiasm and vision for this program are contagious. I am excited to be coached by him and to enhance my development.”Looking at Taggart’s USF offense, and you can see why a top back would want the chance to play in it. This year, the Bulls’ quarterback-running back combination of Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack combined for 2,562 yards and 30 touchdowns.Injuries limited Royce Freeman to 945 yards and nine touchdowns this past season, his lowest outputs of his career. As a freshman, Freeman rushed for 1,365 yards and 18 touchdowns, and followed that up with a sophomore campaign that saw him piled up 1,836 yards and 17 touchdowns. A return to form for Freeman would be a real boon to Taggart’s first Oregon season.[GoDucks.com]last_img read more

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Coldharbour Sembcorp Marine Ink BWTS Agreement

first_imgzoom Coldharbour Marine, a developer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for large tankers, bulkers and LNG vessels, has signed a deal with marine and offshore engineering company Sembcorp Marine that will see the latter offer the Coldharbour GLD™ BWT as part of the Sembcorp Marine Green Technology Retrofit (GTR) solutions for shipowners.“We have always maintained that no single technology is suitable for all vessel types and for all operating requirements. Our ballast water treatment systems target the largest vessels with the highest pumping rates, largest ballast volumes and longest ballast legs,” Andrew Marshall, Coldharbour CEO, said.As informed, Coldharbour’s BWT system carries full International Maritime Organization (IMO) type-approval issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. In addition, it received Lloyd’s Register type-approval and US Coast Guard Alternate Management Systems acceptance. The system is currently undergoing full US Coast Guard type-approval.In a separate announcement, the shipyard said that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with De Nora, a supplier of electrochlorination equipment, on the supply and installation of De Nora BALPURE ballast water treatment systems at its yards. Under the deal, the BALPURE system will be made available through a turnkey offering from the yard which includes project management, vessel survey, integration design engineering, ballast water management system equipment selection, and retrofit installation services.De Nora BALPURE equipment is IMO Type Approved with USCG AMS Acceptance and is currently progressing through both land-based and shipboard testing for compliance with US Coast Guard (USCG) ballast water management legislation and renewal of its IMO certification.The global marine industry is preparing for the implementation of the Ballast Water Convention on September 8, 2017.Under the convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.last_img read more

Frenchlanguage Licence Plate Unveiled

first_imgNova Scotians can display pride in their Acadian heritage with a new, optional French-language licence plate. Based on public input, the Acadian flag will be the image featured on the new licence plate, which was unveiled today, Aug. 15. Nova Scotians provided input by completing survey questions asking them to select one of four Acadian-themed licence plate designs and to include their thoughts on a possible donation that could be used to support the long-term development of the Acadian and francophone community. “We received input from over 1,500 Nova Scotians on the plate design as well as the donation fee,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Now that we have chosen a design, we can move forward to manufacture the plate and make the necessary changes to the Registry of Motor Vehicles system to include the new plate.” “Acadians are proud of their heritage,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “By opting for this new licence plate, Nova Scotians will be showing their Acadian pride and, at the same time, supporting their local community.” Eighty-four per cent of survey respondents chose the image of the Acadian flag. Sixty per cent said a donation should be collected as part of a cultural fund for Acadian and francophone community projects. The entire donation will go back to the Acadian community in which it originated. Acadian Affairs will manage the cultural fund, called the Vive l’Acadie Community Support Fund. The new licence plate is expected to be available in January. It will be issued, by request, to passenger and light commercial vehicles up to 5,000 kilograms. Standard registration fees will apply, in addition to a $50 donation fee, which will be collected initially and on registration renewals. For more information, call 424-5851 in HRM or toll-free 1-800-898-7668. A video of the unveiling is available atwww.accessns.ca/plate or www.accessns.ca/immatriculation.last_img read more

Canada announces new funding model to support womens equality globally

first_imgVANCOUVER — Canada’s minister of gender equality has announced a new initiative aimed at transforming how women’s rights organizations are supported in developing countries and at home.Maryam Monsef says the federal government has invested $300 million for women in the developing world as part of the so-called Equality Fund.She says it brings together 11 organizations from the philanthropic, non-profit and financial sectors, including the Canada-based Match International Women’s Fund, the African Women’s Development Fund and Oxfam Canada in hopes of creating a perpetual and sustainable mechanism for funding gender equality.Monsef says Ottawa has also pledged to match donations for domestic programs of up to $10 million each for three groups — Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Grand Challenges CanadaGlobal Affairs says in a release $100 million has already been raised, on top of the federal government’s contribution, with an aim to reach $1 billion over the next 15 years.Monsef is in Vancouver this week to attend the Women Deliver conference, which the Global Affairs Department expects will draw 9,000 officials and advocates for gender equality from around the world.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Come From Away wins 4 Helen Hayes Awards including outstanding musical

first_img Twitter Canada’s Come From Away has won four Helen Hayes Awards, including outstanding musical production.The awards were handed out during a ceremony at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C., on Monday night, celebrate excellence in professional theatre throughout the city’s metropolitan area.Come From Away also received the award for outstanding musical director for Christopher Ashley, outstanding supporting actress in a musical for Jenn Colella and outstanding ensemble in a musical. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Created by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is centred on Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.The remote East Coast town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew on 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed.Now in its 33rd year, the Helen Hayes Awards are named after the late actress and Washington native whose prolific career spanned nearly eight decades. Hayes is one of only a handful of individuals to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — dubbed the EGOT — and is widely known as the “First Lady of the American Theatre.”Award nominations were grouped in “Helen” or “Hayes” categories depending on the number of Actors’ Equity Association members involved in the production. Come From Away was grouped in the “Hayes” cohort, designated for productions with more than 51 per cent of the cast working under an Equity contract.Come From Away recently won five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including outstanding new Broadway musical.The homegrown musical is also nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The Broadway honours will be handed out in New York on June 11. Advertisementcenter_img The 9/11-inspired musical was staged at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C., prior to engagements in Toronto and its current run on Broadway. Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

PM Modi used hatred in elections, we used love: Rahul Gandhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Sunday cast his vote in Lok Sabha polls here and hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he “used hatred” during the elections but the grand old party “used love”. Asserting that this elections saw a “good fight” between the two rival parties, Gandhi said he thought that “love is going to win”. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi used hatred, we (Congress) love. And, I think love is going to win,” he told reporters, soon after exercising his franchise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Clad in his trademark kurta-pyjama, he was accompanied by party’s New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken on way to the polling booth, a walking distance from his Tughlaq Lane residence. “There are four issues in this election, these are not our issues but people’s issues. And most important among these is of unemployment. Then, condition of farmers, demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax (mocking GST), corruption and the Rafale issue,” he said.last_img read more

Supplementary estimate submitted for vehicles for Ministers

A supplementary estimate was submitted to Parliament today to fund vehicles and renovate houses for Ministers.

Sierra Leone Annan despatches planning team in first step to set up

In a letter to the President of the Security Council released today, Mr. Annan says that having been persuaded of the political will of countries and their commitment to the success and continued viability of the court, he has authorized a UN planning mission to travel next week to Freetown to discuss with the Government of Sierra Leone the practical arrangements for the establishment and operation of the court. The mission, scheduled for 7 to 18 January, will be led by the Office of Legal Affairs of the UN Secretariat and will include experts in all aspects of the operation of the court and representatives of the members of the Management Committee. According to the letter, the Council and the UN Secretariat have an understanding that setting up the Special Court for Sierra Leone would begin only after enough contributions were in hand to finance the establishment of the Court and 12 months of its operation, and that pledges had been received equal to the anticipated expenses of the following 24 months.As of 30 November, the UN Secretariat had received $14.8 million in contributions for the first year – a shortfall of $1.4 million – and pledges of $13 million and $7.4 million for the two subsequent years – approximately $19.6 million less than what will be needed to run the court. “Having authorized the commencement of the operation of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, I wish nevertheless to reiterate the concerns expressed in my previous communications to the Council regarding the difficulties inherent in securing funds on the basis of voluntary contributions for an operation which engages the services of a great number of Sierra Leonean and international personnel,” Mr. Annan writes, adding that he reserved the right to ask the Council to consider funding any continued shortfall through assessed contributions or other means.The Secretary-General expects the Government of Sierra Leone and the UN Secretariat to sign an Agreement on the temporal jurisdiction of the tribunal at the end of the mission, thus establishing the legal framework for the establishment and operation of the Court. read more

US stock indexes end the week slightly higher shaking off an early

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:23 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is ending the week with a modest gain after investors found bright spots in the government’s monthly employment survey.Higher earnings from several U.S. companies including Expedia also brought buyers to the market.The back-to-back increases Thursday and Friday were enough to erase a steep loss from Monday.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 15,794.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 23 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,797. Health care and industrial stocks rose the most.The Nasdaq composite increased 68 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 4,125.Expedia led the gains in the S&P 500 index. Expedia surged 14 per cent after reporting that its profit and revenue jumped as hotel bookings increased. US stock indexes end the week slightly higher, shaking off an early stumble; Expedia jumps read more

UPDATE Rider without registration plates found with unlicenced gun in custody

Police say their mobile patrol ranks on Friday, around 20:00h intercepted a motorcycle without registration plates on the Cummings Lodge, Public Road, East Coast Demerara; and a search of a bag the rider was carrying, revealed an unlicenced semi-automatic pistol.According to the police, the weapon which had no ammunition or magazine and the motorcycle were lodged while the 24-year-old suspect of Murphy Street, Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara was taken into custody.Investigations are ongoing.Keon BrewsterThe rider who has since been identified as Keon Brewster was charged with the illegal possession of cocaine, to which he pleaded guilty and was subsequently sentenced to four years imprisonment in 2015.Details surrounding the case stated that on May 29 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, (CJIA), Brewster had in his possession 6.304 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Brewster was charged jointly with two air conditioning technicians attached to the airport. He had initially pleaded not guilty.Based on footage from the video surveillance, investigators believe that the transaction took place in one of the washrooms at the airport.Anti Narcotics Police said they recognized that the rum appeared unusually thick and so they decided to test and weigh it.Brewster was also fined $17.2 million.Of recent there have been a string of robberies being committed by armed bandits on motorcycles.The most recent robbery occurred on Wednesday last when two bandits on a motorcycle attacked a welder on Princes and Chapel Streets, Georgetown and robbed him of US$5000.Richard Shaw, 26, of Albouystown, Georgetown was driving his motorcar, PHH 9410, at around 21:15h when he slowed down while proceeding east on Chapel Street to negotiate a speed bump.In doing so, the two perpetrators rode up alongside him on a white XR motorcycle and pointed a gun in his direction.Fearing for his life, Shaw stopped his car and was then ordered to hand over his wallet, to which he complied.The pillion rider of the motorcycle dismounted and further commanded the victim to hand over a black plastic bag which was in the back seat of his car.After receiving same, they hopped back unto the motorcycle and quickly escaped south on Princes Street.A report was made at the East La Penitence Police Station and a hunt has since been launched for the perpetrators. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 years jail, $17.2M fine for man caught with cocaine in rumJune 29, 2015In “Crime”Sting operation busts father trying to bribe officers with $500,000 to release his sonMay 13, 2017In “Crime”Airport employees, passenger charged with cocaine in rumJune 2, 2015In “Crime” read more

EHF CL Fuchse in TOP form – 40 goals in Schaffhausen

3. HC Dinamo Minsk8512227:203(24)11 5. Pick Szeged8206210:243(-33)4 2. Füchse Berlin9702261:255(6)14 Good mood from the last weekend is still among the players of Dagur Sigurdsson. Fuchse Berlin had no problem in Swiss Schaffhausen against Kadetten 40:35 (21:16). German team is now almost secure at second position before TOP 16 phase, which will bring “Foxes” some easire rival at the beginnig of knock-out stage.Schaffhausen: Quadrelli (8 saves)/Meier (); Kukucka (4), Emrich, Pendic (8/3), Mamic, Starczan (1), Prieto (1), Jurca (5/1), Bucher, Tominec (6), Dissinger (6), Ursic (4). –Berlin: Heinevetter (6 saves)/Stochl (7 saves); Löffler (1), Laen (6), Spoljaric, Pewnow (2), Lund, Romero (2), Sellin (4), Jaszka (6), Nincevic (8/2), Igropulo (3), Christophersen (4), Richwien (3), Bult (1). 1. FC Barcelona Intersport8701256:199(57)14 EHF Champions LeagueFuchse BerlinKadetten Schaffhausen 4. Kadetten Schaffhausen9207254:292(-38)4 6. HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagr…8116203:219(-16)3 ← Previous Story Larvik – Gyor to set new attendance record! Next Story → Tatran in crisis: Three matches without win in Slovakia! read more