J&K school renamed after slain soldier

first_imgThe Army on Saturday renamed the Army Goodwill School, Behibagh, as ‘Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School’ as a mark of tribute to the deceased soldier abducted and killed by militants on May 10.An Army spokesman said Major General B.S. Raju, the General Officer Commanding of the Victor Force along with the deputy commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Kulgam, visited the house of Fayaz to attend the ‘Chahrrum’.Grants solatiumMaj. Gen. Raju met the family and presented a cheque of ₹75 lakh on behalf of the Army.“To honour the martyr, it has been decided to rename the Army Goodwill School Behibagh as ‘Shaheed Lt. Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School’,” said the spokesman.The deputy commissioner also presented a cheque of ex-gratia and announced a government job to the family members.Condemning this dastardly act, Maj. Gen. Raju called upon all sections of the society “to join hands in putting an end to the bloodshed in Kashmir”. He also urged the elders to sensitise the “misguided youth” to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream and contribute towards the nation building.Fayaz, 22, who belonged to 2 Rajput Rifles, was killed as he had come on a vacation to native district of Kulgam. He was picked up by gunmen from a wedding function in nearby Shopian district on Tuesday. His bullet-ridden body was found from a road on Wednesday.He was a brilliant young man who performed in a spectacular manner in the Indian Army, the GOC said after meeting his family here.“His death will not go in vain. Strict actions will be taken over this militant attack. We want to ensure that our operation will not affect the civil population,” he asserted.Family inconsolableMeanwhile, Fayaz’s family remains inconsolable as they continue to mourn the loss of their son. “We have lost everything. He was a good human being,” Fayaz’s father Faiz Ahmed said.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Pistons survive Blake Griffin’s ejection, top Hawks

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons: G Wayne Ellington had nine points on three 3-pointers in his first start since signing with the Pistons on Feb. 9. Ellington averaged 8.4 points with Miami this season before he was traded to Phoenix and then waived. Luke Kennard moved to the bench.Hawks: G Kent Bazemore had 12 points as the fill-in starter for rookie Kevin Huerter (left ankle sprain). Huerter is not expected to play in Saturday night’s game against Phoenix. … Young leads all Eastern Conference rookies with 19 double-doubles.DRUMMOND’S DOUBLE-DOUBLESDrummond recorded his fifth straight game with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. He leads the NBA with 20 games with 20 or more points and rebounds.PLAYOFF PUSHThe Pistons, who have won five of six, are eighth in the Eastern Conference’s eight-team playoff standings, one-half game behind Charlotte. Casey said before the game, “Our playoff push begins tonight.”UP NEXT:Pistons: At Miami on Saturday night.Hawks: The Suns will take a 16-game losing streak into Saturday night’s game and have won only four of 31 road games. Thon Maker sank a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds remaining and the Pistons overcame Griffin’s absence to beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-122 on Friday night.Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 32 points, Andre Drummond had 26 points and 21 rebounds, but the Pistons struggled to overcome Griffin’s third-quarter exit following his second technical foul of the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“The tape pretty much speaks for itself,” Griffin said. “I shouldn’t have been back here (in the locker room), but it was an unbelievable job from our guys.”Griffin drew his first technical following a brief battle for the ball with Dewayne Dedmon. After hitting a 3-pointer less than a minute later, Griffin yelled at the Hawks bench and drew the technical for taunting with 4:19 remaining in the period. With the second technical, the ejection was automatic — much to the dismay of Griffin and coach Dwane Casey. 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(AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — The Detroit Pistons were upset to see Blake Griffin ejected — especially when they believed their best player didn’t deserve the punishment.Even so, the Pistons answered their coach’s call to add fuel to their playoff push.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Griffin scored 15 points, ending a streak of four straight games with at least 25.Drummond made two free throws to tie it at 122 with 43 seconds remaining. Trae Young, who led Atlanta with 30 points and 10 assists, missed on a short floater.The 7-foot-1 Maker, playing in only his fourth game with Detroit following his Feb. 6 trade from Milwaukee, sank the go-ahead 3-pointer from the corner.“It means a lot, but we shouldn’t have to dig ourselves out of a hole like that,” Maker said.Young and Vince Carter each missed 3-pointers on Atlanta’s final possession.Detroit led 88-77 when Griffin left the game. The Hawks immediately began to cut into the lead, pulling ahead 101-100 on Carter’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. Bruce Brown’s three-point play gave the lead back to the Pistons.The Hawks have lost five of six but seemed energized in their return from the All-Star break. Atlanta took a big first-half lead of 14 points at 59-45 with a 12-0 run. Young scored on an explosive drive; set up Dedmon’s jam with a behind-the-back, through-the-legs dribble ; and sank a 3-pointer to cap the run.Jackson had 15 second-quarter points — matching Young — as Detroit cut the Atlanta lead to 70-68 at halftime. The Pistons took the lead early on the second half on two free throws by Jackson.Dedmon had 14 points and 12 rebounds.TIP-INS Casey said each technical was “questionable” and said “I’ve never seen that in my coaching career.”Hawks forward Vince Carter said he was too far down the court to hear what Griffin yelled.“I don’t know what he said, but he was barking and directed it at coach,” Carter said.Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said he wasn’t upset even if Griffin’s taunt was directed his way.“I don’t know what he said, but it was aggressive and it was in front of the official and it was toward our bench, maybe toward me,” Pierce said. “Guys do it all the time. I don’t take it personally. … It’s just the technicality of it, you can’t taunt a bench when you have a tech already.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Without coach since March, India squad contingent fends for itself ahead of Asiad

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, July 23 (PTI) The Squash Racket Federation of India’s (SRFI)inability to find a full-time head coach ever since the bitter exit of Egyptian Achraf El Karargui has affected the Indian team’s preparations ahead of the Asian Games in Indonesia next month. The lack of a world-class coach has led to players preparing individually in different parts of the world. A SAI official confirmed to PTI that SRFI did not recommend a single name for the coach’s job ever since the departure of Karargui, who quit in March ahead of the Commonwealth Games after being fed up of an “unprofessional” SRFI. While top players Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa have been training in England under different coaches with government funding, Dipika Pallikal is off to Egypt to train with former India coach Karargui. Harinder Pal Sandhu has also joined Ghosal at Pontefract, England and they both will be training together before returning home for the Asiad camp in Chennai from August 10. The top players are used to being on their own while competing on the professional tour but in the case of world and multi-sporting events like the Asian Games, the entire squad is better off training together. “In an ideal scenario, it would be nice for all of us to train together for team events but that is not possible at the moment. It is really sad that someone of the calibre of Karargui had to go and no one has replaced him yet,” India’s number one men’s player Ghosal said.advertisement “Having said that, my individual training has been going well. I had a fruitful stint with David Palmer (former world number one) in the US and now I am here at Pontefract, which has been my training base ever since I was 18. “So, the players who mostly train in India would benefit a lot more from a full-time coach than someone like me,”said Ghosal, who won a team gold and individual silver at the 2014 Incheon edition. Ghosal also lamented the lack of top-notch coaches in the country including at the SRFI-run Indian Squash Academy (ISA) in Chennai. While there have been suggestions to expand the game in India by taking the ISA to other big cities, the world number 12 said he would rather first address the pressing needs of the sport’s hub in Chennai. “We guys are on the tour for major part of the year, so effectively we don’t even need a a full-time coach exclusively for ourselves. It is for the players coming up. A hands-on junior coach is also the need of the hour, someone who is taking care of the budding talent. We just do not have good enough coaches at the moment,” said Ghosal. Cyrus Poncha is the national coach on paper but it is the foreign coach who has always been in charge of things. Poncha and former national champion Bhuvneshwari Kumari will be travelling with the team to Jakarta but players feel they will be of little help and will mostly rely on each other for technical and tactical advice. “I rather ask the senior players for help than the coaches we have at the moment,” said a player, requesting anonymity. Besides Ghosal, Sandhu, Pallikal and Chinappa, the other members of the Asian Games squad are Sunayna Kuruvilla, Tanvi Khanna, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar. The Ghosal-led Indian men’s team had won a maiden gold at Incheon, beating Malaysia while the women settled for a maiden silver after losing to Nicol David’s Malaysia. SRFI officials remained unavailable for a comment. PTI BS BS AHAHlast_img read more

Oklahome State QB Baker Mayfield Wins Award

first_imgBaker Mayfield wins the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in CFB who began his career as a walk-on.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 7, 2015Speaking of OU’s QBs, it appears that the Bedlam bro-fest (which I’m a fan of) continued last weekend in Stillwater. Daxx Garman made an appearance. Mason Rudolph and someone who looks a LOT like Trevor Knight were hanging out. There’s David Glidden in a LT throwback jersey. Quite the world we live in.@pistolsguy even Trevor Knight loves The Strip pic.twitter.com/UZzlB8MOIJ— BRhoades? (@brett_rhoades) December 5, 2015 I’m only posting this because it literally never happens. Baker Mayfield won the Burlsworth Trophy (I dunno?) on Monday and Mr. Burlsworth credited it to Oklahoma State. When have you ever seen this? It’s always the other way around.Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 1.16.49 PMThe best part is that they didn’t even spell Oklahoma correctly! @pistolsguy what is going on here??? pic.twitter.com/PstwIXPxsL— Garrett Reed (@ReedGarrett3) December 6, 2015[via Weston Shepherd]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

BC failed to reduce wildfire risk despite warning communities say

first_imgVANCOUVER – The fire in Logan Lake started like so many others in British Columbia’s worst wildfire season on record — a smouldering campfire, not fully extinguished, sparked flames that spread across the forest floor.But unlike other blazes that have grown catastrophically, engulfing homes, forests and farmland, the Logan Lake fire in June was kept to a half-hectare. The reason, a local official says, is because the town has conducted extensive wildfire mitigation, in spite of a provincial system he describes as under-funded, burdensome and unfair.“Had (the fire) been in that area when we did not mitigate that area, we would’ve had a severe fire on our hands,” said Fire Chief Dan Leighton. “That’s proof that the work we’re doing will work.”In the wake of the 2003 wildfire crisis, which destroyed more than 300 homes and businesses, the British Columbia government asked former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon to conduct a thorough review. In his report, Firestorm 2003, he warned that unless action was taken to reduce fuels such as seedlings, shrubs and wood debris in forests near communities, there would be more severe wildfires.The province launched the strategic wildfire prevention initiative, a program that provides funding to communities for fuel treatment. To date, the province has provided $78 million to the initiative, a fraction of the amount spent battling blazes or preparing for earthquakes, and less than seven per cent of high-risk land has been treated.This summer, the wildfire season surpassed 2003, burning 10,600 square kilometres of land and forcing 45,000 people from their homes. The bill is $400 million and rising. The devastation has left community leaders and experts saying the province could have done more to reduce the risk.“The amount of fuel management to protect communities was minuscule relative to the scale of the challenge,” said Bob Simpson, Quesnel mayor and a former NDP forestry critic in the legislature.The province estimates about 13,470 square kilometres of forest are at high risk of wildfires spreading into communities. The figure is considered rough, provincial-level data and must be verified on the ground, but it’s the best estimate available. Some 923 square kilometres have undergone fuel treatment — or just under seven per cent.John Rustad, the forests minister prior to the B.C. Liberal government’s defeat in July after 16 years in power, said the government worked seriously with communities to reduce fuel loads. The province expanded the community forest program, which allows towns to harvest nearby timberlands and make them more fire-resistant, he said.Unfortunately, the mountain pine beetle epidemic has led to fuel buildup even in places where work was done a decade ago, he said, adding treatment is costly and must be done continuously.“Could we have spent more? Obviously, hindsight is 20/20,” he said. “But when you look at the fires that came in toward Cache Creek or Ashcroft, I don’t think there would have been any strategy possible to prevent that kind of an interface (fire) and those kinds of damages.”Madeline Maley, executive director of the B.C. Wildfire Service, said managing wildfire risk is a shared responsibility and the province counts on local governments and homeowners to meet the standards of a program called FireSmart.The Forest Practices Board estimated in 2015 that the average cost of treating a hectare of land was $10,000, although some experts put the figure at $5,000. That means the lowest cost of treating 13,470 square kilometres would be $6.7 billion. The board said the cost per hectare could be reduced through increased competition and incentives.In Logan Lake, careful removal of so-called ladder fuels, including tall grasses, shrubs and branches, is what kept the wildfire in June from growing upward and becoming what’s known as a crown fire, which leaps from treetop to treetop and is much harder to contain.But Leighton, the fire chief, said his frustrations with the strategic wildfire initiative are growing. Communities are required to do the work at considerable cost before being reimbursed, he said, adding it can take up to a year to receive funds.Then there’s the fact that the land they are treating is Crown land surrounding the municipality, but the province only pays for 75 per cent of the planning and 90 per cent of the treatment, he said.“The province should be paying 100 per cent,” said Leighton.Paul Taylor, a spokesman for the Union of B.C. Municipalities, said if the up-front cost is prohibitive for communities, they can ask to submit regular claims to receive payments throughout the process.The B.C. government created a forest enhancement society last year that has received $235 million for activities including wildfire risk reduction, bringing the total spent on mitigation, when combined with the strategic wildfire initiative, to $313 million.In contrast, it has spent billions preparing for a major earthquake — a worthy use of funds, but one expert wonders why wildfires have not been made an equal priority.“Here we are with wildfires with severe consequences,” said Lori Daniels, an associate professor of forest and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia.And unlike a major earthquake, she said, “It’s not if it’s going to happen in our lifetime. It happens every summer in our lifetime.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Pak appoints its envoy to India as new foreign secretary

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood has been appointed as the country’s new foreign secretary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday. Qureshi, while talking to reporters in Multan, said that the decision to appoint Mahmood as foreign secretary had been made following discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan. “Sohail Mahmood is being appointed as new foreign secretary,” he said. Incumbent Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua will retire on April 16. It was so far not clear who will replace Mahmood in India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Qureshi said that he talked with Mahmood on the telephone on Saturday and congratulated him over his new appointment. “He is a seasoned diplomat Even now, after the Pulwama incident took place, he came to the headquarters for consultations and I benefited from his experience,” Qureshi said, describing the deadly terror attack on CRPF soldiers as “incident”. Mahmood was appointed as high commissioner to India in August 2017. He was serving as ambassador to Turkey when sent to India. He previously also served at Washington and New York in addition to other posting in his long career. Qureshi also thanked Janjua for her services. “She always handled things with courage, bravery, clarity, and with a smile,” he said.last_img read more

Algeria’s Bouteflika nominated for 4th term: party

first_imgALGIERS- Algeria’s 76-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was on Saturday designated his party’s candidate in the 2014 presidential election, his National Liberation Front (FLN) said. Bouteflika, in power since 1999, had been largely unseen for months because of health problems before he presided over a cabinet meeting on September 29 for the first time this year.Since 2005 he has been honorary president of the FLN, which has 208 seats in the 462-seat national assembly. “The central committee has chosen the president of the party, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to be the FLN candidate in the next presidential election,” said a party statement issued after a meeting in the capital.“The choice was a natural one given the positive assessment” of his three terms as Algerian head of state, FLN head Amar Saidani said in a speech at Saturday’s meeting.Bouteflika returned home in July after nearly three months in France recovering from a mini-stroke, and critics have said his health concerns should rule out extending his time in office.But the president’s allies had indicated they would back him should he seek re-election next year.One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, Bouteflika came to power after helping to end the country’s civil war in the 1990s.But in addition to health concerns in recent years, his rule has also been dogged by corruption scandals implicating members of his inner circle.last_img read more

The Unique Atmosphere of Eid Al Fitr in Morocco

By Soukaina LahlouRabat – Around the Muslim world, Islamic celebrations are the most anticipated days of the hijri year.This fact holds particularly true for Eid Al Fitr, the day marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. In Morocco, food is quite peculiar on that day. It has a prominent role in the celebration of the special occasion.Near the end of Ramadan, many Moroccan families start getting busy in the preparation of sweets, cookies, and pastries. Others choose to buy them ready-made from local bakeries.The most important point is that they need to be on the table, because certain types of food are quite central to Moroccan culture.After Eid prayers, families receive their neighbors, relatives and friends with complete Moroccan hospitality by offering green mint tea, an indispensable element, before and after eating.It’s Moroccan etiquette to welcome guests and express generosity with tea cups followed by a variety of traditional Moroccan sweets.The following dishes are among the common choices to be prepared for an Eid lunch or dinner: couscous dishes, lamb dishes, lamb or beef with prunes, chicken with preserved lemons, and olives. read more

Apple’s news subscription service a mixed bag for publishers

NEW YORK — Apple is launching what some have called a “Netflix for news” — a $10-a-month subscription service that offers access to hundreds of magazines and a handful of newspapers.But most major U.S. news publishers aren’t participating.Readers get access to articles from over 300 magazines, a smattering of digital sites and some newspapers. Human editors will select stories for the app, and Apple says it will protect peoples’ privacy.Many big-name magazines are on board, hoping Apple brings them new paid readers.But Apple’s large cut of revenue — reportedly a 50-50 split — and the loss of a direct relationship with readers may not be appealing to many media companies, especially those that are successfully expanding their own digital readership.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

Stock markets close higher as loonie slides on oil price strength in

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed higher as lower oil prices and strong U.S. earnings results weighed on the Canadian dollar.The loonie closed at 76.07 cents US, dropping 0.35 of a U.S. cent from Thursday’s close. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX index rose 34.83 points to 14,600.66.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 53.62 points to 18,570.85, the broader S&P 500 composite index gained 9.86 points at 2,175.03 and the Nasdaq composite added 26.26 points at 5,100.16.In commodities, the September crude contract fell 56 cents at US$44.19 per barrel and September natural gas was up eight cents at US$2.74 per mmBTU.The August gold contract dropped $7.60 to US$1,323.40 an ounce and September copper contracts fell two cents to US$2.24 a pound. read more

Last day to make RRSP contributions

by News Staff Posted Mar 1, 2013 5:30 am MDT It’s RRSP contribution deadline day, Friday — the last chance to put away some savings and get a tax break for 2012.According to a new survey, nearly two-thirds of Canadians polled say they have made or plan to make a contribution to their RRSP by Friday’s deadline, but with fewer dollars than last year.The Bank of Montreal found that 63 per cent of Canadians have contributed or will contribute by the deadline, up from 38 per cent last year.But the average RRSP contribution amount was $3,544, down $1,100 from 2012, said the poll released on Friday.The survey found that a sense of responsibility was the top motivator for making a contribution this year to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan, with 51 per saying it was the right thing to do.Only about one in three Canadians have an employer pension plan, he added.The survey found that 43 per cent who anticipated getting money back from an RRSP tax refund plan on saving or investing it.The survey also found that 36 per cent plan to use the refund to pay their bills; 19 per cent would use it for home renovations or household items; 15 per cent would pay down their mortgage while another 15 per cent would travel or purchase leisure items.While the deadline is Friday at midnight to make an RRSP contribution, Canadians should be aware when their financial institutions close if they’re going to do it in person.The online survey was conducted by market research firm Pollara with a sample of 1,000 Canadians from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25. Last day to make RRSP contributions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Crude rises above US97 a barrel as cold snap boosts demand for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 4:25 pm MDT The price of oil rose for the fourth consecutive day Thursday to above US$97 per barrel as an ongoing cold spell in parts of the U.S. boosted demand for heating oil.West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose 59 cents to close at US$97.32 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil used by many U.S. refineries, fell 69 cents to close at US$107.58 in London.Natural gas futures rose again, adding four cents to close at $4.73 per 1,000 cubic feet, as temperatures in many parts of the U.S. Northeast remained well below freezing and forecasts called for continued cold over the next week, boosting anticipated heating demand.Natural gas futures are up 18 per cent over the past two weeks, to their highest level since July 2011. In some regions, natural gas has skyrocketed to record prices of more than $100 per 1,000 cubic feet on the spot market.The deep chill blanketing much of the central and eastern U.S. is also reducing stocks of heating oil as homeowners crank up the thermostat and electric utilities burn it to avoid paying for natural gas.That, in turn is leading to higher crude prices as traders anticipate that refineries will need to process more crude to meet heating oil demand.“The weather factor is becoming an increasingly important driver,” wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a report Thursday.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 1.5 cents to close at US$2.662 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose one cent to close at US$2.991 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Crude rises above US$97 a barrel as cold snap boosts demand for heating oil read more

Fighting cultural extinction traditional dances and crafts added to UN list of

Botswanan pottery-making, Indonesian handicrafts, traditional Kyrgyz carpet-threading, and the music and dance of Uganda’s Busoga people are the new elements added today to the United Nations-endorsed list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage – part of the world body’s ongoing efforts to preserve endangered practices from fading into extinction.The four traditions were inscribed on the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, after being chosen by a committee that is meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris this week.According to UNESCO, the importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but “rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next.” The agency adds that as older generations pass away and younger generations adapt to a more globalized and modern world, ancient traditions – and the know-how necessary to maintain them – often vanish from the collective memory of a people, their only trace left in anthologies and history books. The earthenware pottery-making skills of Botswana’s Kgatleng District, for instance, is at risk of extinction due to the decreasing number of master potters, low prices for finished goods and the increasing use of mass-produced containers. Similarly, the woven bags created by Indonesia’s Papua people face stiff competition from industrially manufactured bags. In Kyrgyzstan, the traditional art of felt carpet-making is also at risk of disappearing as the communal enterprise, frequently led by women in rural and mountain communities, laments a diminishing number of practitioners and a lack of governmental safeguarding. And Bigwala, the traditional song and dance of Uganda’s Busoga Kingdom, also faces a threat to its survival with only four older masters with the skills for performing still remaining. To be inscribed by the committee, elements must comply with a series of criteria, including contributing to spreading the knowledge of intangible cultural heritage and promoting awareness of its importance.The List was inaugurated in November 2008 in accordance with UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which seeks to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature. Before its current session ends on Friday, the committee is expected to evaluate another two nominations – from China and Mexico – for possible inclusion on the intangible heritage list. read more

Man due in court in Belfast over firearm possession

first_imgA MAN IS due in court in Belfast later today charged with possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.The 43-year-old will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court this morning charged with two counts of possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances, possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances and dishonestly using electricity.The incident is related to a search in the Kings Way area of Newtownabbey in Co Antrim by detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland investigating incidents connected to the recent riots in the North over the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.A 24-year-old man and 45-year-old woman who were also arrested in connection with that search have been released on bail pending further inquiries by detectives in the North.VIDEO: Arson attack on home of loyalist Willie FrazerTimeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Irelandlast_img read more

Man builds lightningshooting Tesla Gun lives to tell the tale

first_imgSome people read about some awesome but imaginary thing and leave it at that. Others want to make it a reality. Anyone that has ever fantasized about a working lightsaber can relate to one young man’s interest in the Tesla Gun depicted in the fabulous graphic novel The Five Fists of Science. The difference? He actually built it.The final working Tesla Gun is a portable spark gap Tesla coil that is powered by an 18V drill battery. Most of the Tesla coils you’ve seen are probably of the spark gap variety. These contraptions consist of a power source, conductive coil, and capacitor. Basically, this means the the Tesla Gun shoots lightning, and it isn’t even that expensive to build.The housing was made from aluminum using a Nerf gun as a mold. The mold was imperfect, so some milling was needed to smooth out the rough edges. The high-voltage switch in a spark gap coil needs to be a good insulator, but very durable. The switch will be dealing with thousands of volts and some excess heat every time it’s activated. For this project, porcelain was chosen.The electrical system is composed of the aforementioned drill battery along with a flyback transformer that steps the 18V to around 20,000V. A bank of capacitors stores the charge that is then used to strobe the coil itself. The primary and secondary coils are made of ABS plastic wrapped with copper wire, and are used to direct the charge outward through an aluminum toroid (the “barrel” of the gun).This isn’t a simple weekend project by any means. You have to know what you’re doing in order not to kill yourself — did I mention it shoots lightning? Kudos to this fellow for pulling it off. I am suitably impressed.via HackerFriendlylast_img read more

Did you fall in love in a Greek cinema of the 50s

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ABC’s Radio National has a new radio documentary series called The History Listen. They are preparing a feature on the history of Greek cinema in Australia, mainly the period of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.Peter Yiannoudes, John Tatoulis, and esteemed media academic Deb Verhoeven will be sharing their knowledge on the subject, while the documentary will also include interviews with contemporary Greek Australian filmmakers who were influenced by that era. As cinemas were a huge part of social life in the 50s and 60s, particularly in Melbourne, and many people met and fell in love within them, the producers are reaching out to the wider Greek Australian community to include this perspective. The interviews will be in English.If you or someone you know met their love at the movies contact ABC’s Earshot producer Miyuki Jokiranta on (03) 8646 1654, 0448 727 388 or email jokiranta.miyuki@abc.net.au The History Listen is broadcast weekly on Tuesdays at 11.00 am, and repeated on Sundays at 1.30 pm.last_img read more

Passing Out Parade Pop New Entry 52

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:Royal Bahamas Defence Force Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina Haitian Migrants Apprehended Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, 27 Apr 2015 – The Press is invited to cover the graduation Ceremony for 108 recruits of New Entry 52, scheduled for Friday 8th May 2015 at Coral Harbour Base at 10:00 a.m. On this occasion, the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Bernard Nottage will inspect the passing out parade and deliver the keynote address.New Entry 52, commenced their recruit training exercise on 10th January 2015, and together they have completed seventeen (17) weeks of vigorous basic military training.The programme covered a curriculum of Sixteen (16) disciplines that included professional subjects such as navigation, seamanship, small arms, first aid, fire fighting and communications, hand to hand combat and character development. The rigorous ‘Swedish’ physical fitness training programme and swimming comprised the bulk of the fitness regiment.Your continued support of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is appreciated. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Awardlast_img read more

Appointment of new Chief Executive Ho Iatseng brings promise of greater engagement

first_imgAnd although the result was a formality – Ho was the sole candidate to replace Fernando Chui Sai On – it should be an encouraging one for the city’s six concessionaires whose casino licenses all expire in 2022.“With his business background, this can be an advantage for more engagement with the private sector, particularly the integrated resorts who have business and operational challenges to deliver on daily,” explained Glenn McCartney, Associate Professor of International Integrated Resort Management at the University of Macau.“I see potential here for this engagement. Greater equitable collaboration between the public and IR industry will certainly benefit and is something I have mentioned over the years. More listening, discussion and consultations between one another so that future policies have more buy-in.”Ho’s business expertise stems from the family firm, Ho Tin Industries, a lighting and electronics manufacturer of which he served as Managing Director.He is also seen as someone who ticks all the political boxes, having been born in Macau before studying in mainland China and serving as a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.As such, he has the trust of Beijing to continue its push for greater diversification in Macau but “can bring a fresh perspective and approach to old challenges – some which persist in Macau’s tourism and casino development,” according to McCartney.“Some have mentioned that Mr Ho’s business background will mean a focus on outcomes rather than the processes. This can certainly be an advantage for the development of tourism and The Cotai Strip.”Ho’s credentials in that respect will be tested almost immediately with operators anxiously awaiting details of the re-tendering process for casino licenses.“Key to re-tendering will be stability – ensuring that the process is introduced and managed to be the least disruptive as possible,” McCartney said.“I believe these would be the expectations of government bodies, be it Macau or Beijing, as well as the business community and Macau’s community. There will be several factors to consider during the re-tendering process and afterwards.“Casinos need to continue to operate and the re-tendering offers a rare opportunity to integrate policy and direction that presents a climate for greater diversification.” Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR The business background of Macau’s new Chief Executive, Ho Iat-seng, will be welcomed by the city’s casino operators as an opportunity for greater collaboration, according to industry experts.Ho Iat-seng, the 62-year-old former President of the Executive Assembly, was officially elected to be Macau’s next Chief Executive by the 400-strong Election Committee on Sunday, with his five-year term to begin once he is sworn in on 20 December. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

BSE closes points 1605 down on April 7

first_imgNew Delhi, April 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 16.05 points down to stand at 22,343.45. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed up 0.70 points up to stand at6, 695.05. Suzlon Energy and Strides Arco were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.40% and 8.02% along with Jaiprakash Associates and GMR Infrastructure with an increase of 5.40% and 5.38% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jindal Steel and Future Retail with a decrease of 5.93% and 5.46% along with Prestige Estates and Crompton Greaves with a decrease of 4.90% and 3.72% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 13.96 points at 13,264.91 while the banking sector is down 56.91 points at 14,305.35 and the realty sector is down 20.89 points at 1,505.71. The Indian currency is down 0.17% at Rs 60.19 per dollar.last_img read more

Mayor chased for banner without Bangabandhus portrait

first_imgMap of MymensinghRuling Awami League activists chased the local mayor for not having Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s portrait on the banner during Victory Day celebrations in Muktagachha upazila of Mymensingh on Saturday.The incident took place at a flag hoisting ceremony and children’s parade to commemorate Victory Day at the Muktagachha pourashava square.Muktagachha municipal mayor Mohammed Shahidul Islam, a former general secretary of the upazila BNP, was elected on a BNP ticket.There was a Victory Day banner on the stage, but the banner had no picture of Bangabandhu. This caught the attention of the local Awami League leaders and activists.They demanded to know why he hadn’t used the picture of Bangabandhu, leading to an altercation and at one point the irate AL men attacked the mayor.He later took refuge in his office. The plastic chairs at the venue were damaged during the ruckus.After the incident, a number of local AL leaders, including former mayor Abdul Hai, held a press conference at the Muktagachha press club.They said that when they had asked why he hadn’t used Bangabandhu’s portrait on the banner, Shahidul Islam had replied that if Bangabandhu’s portrait was used, then Ziaur Rahman’s portraits would have to be used too.”Former mayor Abdul Hai told Prothom Alo, “The present mayor insulted Bangabandhu when asked why the portrait hadn’t been used. This angered the local Awami League activists and they went on a rampage, but I brought things under control.”In response, Shahidul Islam told Prothom Alo, “Every year Muktagachha pourashava celebrates Victory Day and Bangabandhu’s portrait is never on the banner. Even when Abdul Hai was the mayor, there was no portrait of Bangabandhu on the banner. After I became mayor, I just copied the banner used by the previous mayor, without Bangabandhu’s picture. This year suddenly they used the excuse of Bangabandhu’s picture being absent to confront me. I had to go back to my office. I did not insult Bangabandhu.”last_img read more