Naveen questions Centre’s silence

first_imgAhead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday questioned the Centre’s silence over the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.“It is sad that the BJP-led government at the Centre is silent over the sensitive Mahanadi water dispute,” said Mr. Patnaik while addressing a public meeting organised at the end of the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s ‘Save Mahanadi Campaign’ in Paradip.The Centre has been supporting the Chhattisgarh government over its ‘illegal’ construction of barrages over the Mahanadi, which is drying up slowly in Odisha, Mr. Patnaik said.Mr. Modi is slated to address a public meeting in Cuttack on Saturday to mark the completion of four years of his government at the Centre.Reiterating that the BJD is committed to saving the Mahanadi, Mr. Patnaik alleged that State BJP leaders were supporting the unilateral constructions by the Chhattisgarh government.‘Apolitical programme’Observing that the campaign to save the Mahanadi was an apolitical programme and had taken the shape of a people’s movement, Mr. Patnaik said the people of Odisha have understood the ‘double standards’ of the BJP leaders. The BJP leaders should oppose the constructions over the river by the Chhattisgarh government if they have any regard for Odisha’s interest, he said.The Chief Minister said it was due to the Odisha government’s efforts that the Centre had constituted a tribunal to resolve the water dispute as per the Supreme Court’s orders.Several senior BJD leaders at the meeting said that they would intensify the campaign if construction of barrages was not stopped.The campaign, which Mr. Patnaik had launched in Jharsuguda district on May 16, covered 500 km involving people from as many as 15 districts of the State.last_img read more

Cost Skyrockets for United States’ Share of ITER Fusion Project

first_imgITER, the international fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France, aims to prove that nuclear fusion is a viable power source by creating a “burning plasma” that produces more energy than the machine itself consumes. Although that goal is at least 20 years away, ITER is already burning through money at a prodigious pace. The United States is only a minor partner in the project, which began construction in 2008. But the U.S. contribution to ITER will total $3.9 billion—roughly four times as much as originally estimated—according to a new cost estimate released yesterday. That is about $1.4 billion higher than a 2011 cost estimate, and the numbers are likely to intensify doubts among some members of Congress about continuing the U.S. involvement in the project.The United States and ITER share a complicated history. The project was first proposed in 1985 as a joint venture with the Soviet Union and Japan. The United States backed out of that effort in 1998, citing concerns over cost and feasibility—only to jump in again in 2003. At the time, ITER was envisioned to cost roughly $5 billion. That estimate had grown to $12 billion by 2006, when the European Union, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and United States signed a formal agreement to build the device. 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Since then, however, the project has been plagued by delays, cost increases, and management problem. ITER is now expected to cost at least $21 billion and won’t turn on until 2020 at the earliest. And a recent review slammed ITER’s management.The cost of the U.S. contribution has increased, too, although by how much has been unclear. Officials with U.S. ITER had not released an updated cost profile for several years, until Ned Sauthoff, project manager for U.S. ITER at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, did so yesterday. Speaking to a meeting of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee in Rockville, Maryland, Sauthoff reported that the total cost of the U.S. contribution would be $3.9 billion by the time the project is done in 2034. The schedule assumes that ITER won’t start running until 2024 or 2025. In comparison, an April 2011 funding profile pegged the cost of U.S. ITER at $2.5 billion.The reason for the difference lies mainly in the timing. The 2011 cost profile would have seen spending on U.S. ITER plateau at $350 million per year from 2014 through 2016. However, in 2013, DOE officials decided (as part of their budget request for the following year) to cap spending on ITER at $225 million per year to prevent the project from consuming the entire budget of DOE’s fusion energy sciences program. Stretching out the budget invariably increases costs, researchers say. This year, the fusion program has a total budget of $505 million, including the $200 million Congress ultimately decided to spend on ITER. Sauthoff stresses that ITER researchers are making concrete progress in construction. “There is very strong progress in the fabrication of components around the world,” he said in an e-mail after the meeting. “US components needed for the construction sequence are being completed for delivery in 2014 and 2015.”The new numbers appear to be giving some members of Congress heartburn. In a separate hearing yesterday on the proposed 2015 budget for DOE, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of Energy and Water Development Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, said that a review by DOE officials suggested that the cost of U.S. ITER could rise as high as $6 billion—more, if the concerns over ITER management are not addressed. “I’m really beginning to believe that our involvement in ITER is not practical, that we will not gain what we hope to gain from it, and instead this money could be much better be spent elsewhere,” Feinstein said.Could the United States really back out of ITER? The Obama administration conceives of the U.S. commitment to ITER as being on a par with a treaty agreement, one Washington insider says, so the administration simply cannot walk away from that commitment. But one Senate staffer who works for the Democratic majority says that’s only the administration’s position. In fact, the staffer says, the administration seems to be split, with officials at the State Department arguing that the U.S. commitment to ITER is inviolable and officials at DOE indicating that they’d be just as happy without the project on their hands. The staffer suggests that the conflict explains why the administration requested only $150 million for ITER next year instead of the supposed maximum of $225 million it had set earlier.The Senate staffer suggests that if administration officials can’t make up their minds about ITER, Congress could do it for them in the next several months, as they write annual spending bills. “Our intention is make a decision for ourselves in our markup [of the 2015] budget,” the staffer says. “They won’t have a choice.”last_img read more

Two Suspects Arrested in Miami Over Indian Student’s 2015 Murder

first_imgTwo suspects have been arrested over the murder of an Indian American student in 2015, according to the Miami police.Brandon Figueroa, 23, and Jonathan Rivera-Gunera, 21, were arrested for alleged first degree murder of Schiharia Aila Sai Kiran, who was shot and later died on June 14, 2015.Both the suspects were arrested on Aug. 7 and have been held without bond, Miami Herald reported.Gunera has been in custody since April for multiple criminal charges, including assaulting a pregnant woman, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and mask, written threats to harm a person, and possession of marijuana.The murder took place three years back when Sai Kiran, 22, was outside his home, taking a phone call when the suspects attacked him in the Little Havana area.The case was called “Antarctic Cold” until recently, detective Ezra Washington said, according to the publication. About three weeks ago, the police received a tip about the Sai Kiran’s murder. Shortly afterwards, the suspects were arrested and later confessed to the crime, the report cited detectives as saying. Both of them have blamed the other person for shooting Sai Kiran.“They pointed the finger at each other,” Washington was quoted as saying by the publication.According to the police, the shooting occurred after the suspects demanded the mobile phone from Sai Kiran. The person who was in a call with the Indian student confirmed hearing a voice saying “give me your cellphone” before the call got disconnected.Sai Kiran was taken immediately via Miami Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in an extremely critical condition, but died shortly afterwards.The motive behind the killing is believed to be robbery, according to the police.Figueroa has confessed to the murder, Patch reported, citing court documents.“After the defendant confessed, he apologized and said that he didn’t mean for any of this to happen,” court documents stated, according to Patch.Sai Kiran moved from Hyderabad to Miami a month before the shooting to pursue a master’s degree in information technology from Atlantis University. Related Itemsmiamilast_img read more

Cavs’ Kevin Love still weeks from return to court after surgery

first_imgThe 30-year-old played in just four games before undergoing surgery to have cartilage removed and fluid drained from around his left big toe. He got hurt in Cleveland’s exhibition opener and tried to play through the pain before it got tough for him to walk.Following the surgery, the Cavs initially thought Love might be back by the end of December, and he had targeted mid-January as a possible return. However, it now appears he could be out until February.One thing is certain: Love has no intention of sitting out the season.“That’s never really been the thought process — at least for me,” said Love, who recently visited his surgeon in New York. “I want to play. I want to be out there with those guys. I feel like I would be letting my teammates down, and letting (coach) L.D. (Larry Drew) and the coaching staff down if I didn’t get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could — so long as I’m healthy.”The Cavaliers need him badly.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments At 8-32, they have the NBA’s worst record and lost nine straight games going into Tuesday’s matchup with Indiana. Cleveland has lost its last five home games by at least 20 points — a league record — and a slew of injuries has made things tougher.This isn’t the season the Cavs expected after signing Love to a four-year, $120 million contract extension after LeBron James left as a free agent.“It’s a big setback, not in my career, but as far as our team goes,” he said. “It’s just tough when you have several players out, veterans out and some of your top players that give you so much on both sides of the ball. I would just hope to come back, whether it be right before All-Star break, after All-Star break, just get things to start trending in the right direction and give the fans and this organization some hope for better times that are going to be here.”Love’s injury could complicate things if the Cavaliers intend to trade him.As he leaned on a wall inside the training facility, Love smiled when reminded that the trade deadline is approaching. His name has been linked to numerous deals almost since the day he arrived in 2014. He doesn’t expect that to change.“We’ll see. If not, we will wait until summer,” Love said of a possible trade. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve said all along I’ve wanted to be here. I’ve said this too, it’s a business. We saw that last year at the deadline. I had never seen so many guys traded from a team really ever. I had seen, playing six years in Minnesota and now this being my fifth year here, I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Think every trade deadline, draft, free agency, always brings something new.“It’s always different. I would love to be here. Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I’ve had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 19: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 19, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kevin Love’s comeback has been slow and steady. The Cleveland Cavaliers need it to speed up.Love said Monday that he’s still weeks away from doing any significant on-court work as the five-time All-Star forward recovers from left foot surgery that has sidelined him nearly all season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Love was recently cleared to accelerate his rehab, but he isn’t sure when he’ll play and suggested he could be out until after February’s All-Star break.“I don’t know,” he said when asked for a timeframe on his return. “It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLove has begun shooting and been “up on the toes a little bit” but not running. He’s listening to his doctors and his body.“I don’t know when I’ll be able to go one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, but I think that’s all part of the next few weeks I’d say,” he said. Rafael Nadal says ‘no pain’ after Sydney tie as Slam looms MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 Krausslast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, Kolkata Test, Day 4: Key Highlights

first_imgHere are the highlights of the Day 4 of the second Test between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)Virat Kohli, India captain: “It was a lovely Test match. It was a brilliant Test wicket. Complete all-round performance by the team. It took character to bounce back every time but that’s what the boys did. Saha is the best wicketkeeper in the country right now. Really happy for Rohit and given his love affair with the Eden, I was expecting him to score in one of the two innings. Ross Taylor, New Zealand captain: “It was a good Test wicket. We were under pressure after conceding a 112-run lead by the Saha-Rohit partnership took it away. We will have nothing to lose in Indore and will play fear-free cricket. Hopefully, Kane will get some energy back and it would be great to have him back in the team for the last Test.” Wriddhiman Saha named Man of the Match award: “Very happy to win the series and getting my first Man of the Match award. Thankful to the players and the crowd for their support. The local media have always supported me. Didn’t score any runs in Kanpur, so I just wanted to take my time here. I wanted to keep watching the ball closely and play with soft hands.”16.55 IST: This is another massive win over for India. They have crushed New Zealand with a day to spare even after rain and poor light threatened to play spoilsport. This was an all-round show on a tricky pitch. India were tested after they had elected to bat but classy knocks by Pujara and Vijay helped the hosts make a great fightback. Later, after another middle-order collapse, Wriddhiman Saha came to the party.advertisementBhuvi bowled an outstanding spell to pick five wickets under fading lights to restrict New Zealand. India were in early trouble in their second dig but Kohli fought his way back to form with a polished 45 before another sterling innings by Saha and a pearl by Rohit helped India set an imposing 376-run target for the Black Caps.New Zealand 2nd Innings: But New Zealand had no fight left in them, barring some stubborn resistance from Tom Latham. Shami, Ashwin and Jadeja picked three wickets apiece as India stormed to the top of the ICC Test rankings 16.50 IST: OUT! Shami picks the last wicket and it’s all over! India clinch series, climb to top of ICC Test rankings. The hosts crush New Zealand by 178 runs to take an invincible 2-0 lead in the three-match series.16.35 IST: Dropped! Gambhir puts down a catch for the second time in this match. Boult gets a life. NZ 204 & 192/9, need 184 runs  16.26 IST: OUT! Caught by Kohli! Jadeja picks his 3rd, Matt Henry goes for 18. India one wicket away from win16.21 IST: Dropped! Rahane puts down Matt Henry on 16 off Jadeja. NZ 204 & 190/8, need 186 runs16.10 IST: If India win here, this will be their 131st victory in 501 Test matches and 89th in 250 home Tests.15.57 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar castles Patel for 2. The Black Caps are clueless against spin and seam in Eden. What a ball. On a good length outside off, Patel looks to defend but the ball curves in, goes past the inside edge and knocks the off stump off the ground. India two wickets away from victory. NZ 204 & 178/8, need 198 runs15.50 IST: OUT! Jadeja gets his 2nd as Ronchi departs for 32. India three wickets away from victory. NZ 204 & 174/7, need 201 runs15.47 IST: Kohli is cheering the Eden crowd to back up the Indian bowlers. NZ 204 & 175/6, need 201 runs15.38 IST: India have come out on top in this session. The hosts have bowled 11 overs, giving away 34 runs and taking 3 wickets to leave New Zealand staring down the barrel. NZ 204 & 175/6, need 201 runs15.25 IST: OUT! Shami is on a roll, castles Watling for 1. The off stump has been sent flying! New Zealand are disintegrating here. Terrific exhibition of reverse swing bowling. NZ 204 & 156/6, need 220 runs. Matt Henry is the next batsman in.15.20 IST: The victory in this Test match will seal the series for India and lift them to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings, dethroning Pakistan. 15.15 IST: OUT! Shami gets his man! Totally deserved it! The pacer traps Santner lbw for 9. India are five wickets away from victory. New Zealand have lost half their side. Full and outside off, coming in a long way, Santner looks to defend but is beaten by the late movement and is hit on the pads.  NZ 204 & 154/5, need 222 runs. BJ Watling is the next batsman in. advertisement15.10 IST: 150 comes up for New Zealand. The still need 226 runs against India.15.05 IST: Mitchell Santner showed a strong character in Kanpur where he played a gutsy innings. New Zealand will hope for a similar performance from him at Eden? 14.54 IST: Ashwin strikes again after tea, removes well-set Latham for 74. That’s Ashwin’s third wicket. Latham departs after a gutsy knock. Flighted outside off, a bit wide, Latham is drawn into the drive and gets a thin outside edge. Saha takes a very good catch. NZ 204 & 141/4, need 235. Mitchell Santner is the next batsman.14.52 IST: Kohli starts with Shami after tea, giving Ashwin a break after the marathon spell. NZ 204 & 140/3, need 236 runs 14.26 IST: NZ 204 & 135/3 at tea, need 241 runs to win. Latham 73*, Ronchi 7*, Ashwin 2/62, Jadeja 1/25. The session belonged to India as Ashwin and Jadeja dealt some crucial blows on the Black Caps. The pitch offered some turn and Ashwin, who has been in sensational form, exploited the rough to get Guptill and Taylor while Jadeja accounted for Nicholls. However, despite the wickets, Laham held firm and punished the loose balls. Overall, it was an engrossing phase of play, with India coming up tops before tea.Here’s the session summary at Tea on Day 4. #NZ are 135-3 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/CGkgGHCgmD BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 201614.10 IST: SO CLOSE! Landed outside off, Latham tries to play it across but gets a leading edge towards cover. Ashwin and Kohli fail to reach near the ball. Kohli was probably thinking Ashwin might reach and vice versa. NZ 204 & 126/3, need 250 runs 13.55 IST: OUT! Ashwin gets his second wicket, traps Taylor lbw for 4. This is the 25th lbw in this series and also the 14th in this match – highest in a Test match in India. NZ 204 & 115/3, need 261 runs. Luke Ronchi is the next batsman in.13.46 IST: Jadeja receives a warning from umpire Rod Tucker for running across the pitch. NZ 204 & 104/2, need 272 runs 13.41 IST: QUICK STAT: Tom Latham has become the fifth visiting opener to hit a fourth-innings fifty at Eden Gardens. The previous one was Shahid Afridi.  13.29 IST: Jadeja gets the breakthrough, removes Nicholls for 24. Tossed up around off from round the wicket, Nicholls tries to defend but gets an outside edge and the ball goes straight into the hands of Rahane at first slip. NZ 204 & 104/2, need 272 runs. Stand-in captain Ross Taylor comes to the crease. 13.22 IST: 100 comes up for New Zealand. The Black Caps need 276 runs. The pitch has become a little kinder to the batsmen and the Indian bowlers have to earn their wickets.  13.14 IST: Latham slams 9th Test fifty off 88 balls. Gets a huge round of applause from the Black Caps dressing room. NZ 204 & 96/1, need 280 runsA half-century for Tom Latham off 88 balls. The BLACKCAPS opener fighting hard in tough conditions #indvnz ^CE BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 201613.12 IST: India skipper Virat Kohli cheers the crowd at the Eden Gardens.#TeamIndia skipper, @imVkohli gets the fans together behind the team at Eden Gardens @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/2SQxFL0NwCadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 201613.02 IST: FOUR! That’s a good shot from Latham. Ashwin drops in short and Latham goes back into his crease and whips it to midwicket. NZ 91/1, need 285 runs 12.55 IST: Latham has been absolutely stubborn after his first innings failure. He scored a composed 58 on a difficult pitch in Kanpur in the first Test but has shown good resilience to keep the Indian attack at bay at the Eden Gardens. He has Henry Nichols for company at the other end and it would be tricky for both southpaws to negotiate the guile of Ashwin and accuracy of Jadeja.  NZ 81/1, need 295 runs  12.43 IST: Tom Latham looks a real character and is playing a determined knock to keep the Indian bowlers at bay. NZ 204 & 71/1, need 305 runs. 12.15 IST: OUT! R Ashwin strikes immediately after lunch, traps Guptill lbw for 24. Ashwin bowls it full around the off stump line, Guptill brings his bat down to defend but it’s jammed due to his front pad. Due to that, Guptill is hit on the pads and there is a big appeal for a leg before wicket. Umpire Kettleborough raises his finger this time and India finally get a breakthrough. NZ 204 & 55/1, need 321 runs. Henry Nicholls is the new batsman. 11.50 IST: New Zealand still have a mountain to climb as they have to bat out five more sessions to save this game. India will look to come back hard in the second session and pick some quick wickets. Take a look at the session summary at Lunch on Day 4. #NZ are 55-0 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MEmKft2q7q BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 201611.33 IST: NZ 204 & 55/0 at lunch, need 321 runs to win vs India (316 & 263). Latham 31*, Guptill 24* Successful 1st session of day 4 for the BLACKCAPS. India out for 263 & the NZ openers making lunch at 55-0. Target to win is 376 #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/qroekJLgbu BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 3, 201611.30 IST: New Zealand openers have held the fort quite strongly, chasing an imposing target of 376 runs. The partnership between Latham and Guptill is now worth 50 runs.11.16 IST: Spin from both ends. Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. NZ 204 & 40/0, need 336 runs to win 11.04 IST: R Ashwin introduced into the attack and gets hammered for a boundary. NZ 204 & 22/0, need 354 runs to win 11.00 IST: Plumb! But umpire Rod Tucker decides against it! Unlucky for Shami not to get Guptill. NZ 204 & 18/0, need 358 runs to win10.51 IST: Here’s the Indian dressing room celebrating Wriddhiman Saha’s fifty. FIFTY for @Wriddhipops, #TeamIndia set a target of 376 runs on Day 4 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/hzMtFkbQJa BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 201610.40 IST: Substitute fielder Gautam Gambhir is on the field in place of Shikhar Dhawan, who suffered a thumb injury yesterday while batting. News from the Indian camp is that his injury is not too serious. NZ 204 & 7/0 in 3 overs. 10.35 IST: Mohammed Shami begins with a maiden. He beat Martin Guptill’s bat on a number of occasions in that over. NZ 204 & 2/0 in 2 overs. 10.30 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with a decent over for the hosts. NZ 204 & 2/0 in 1 over. 10.18 IST: India bowled out for 263 in 2nd innings, set New Zealand a target of 376 runs to win. Rohit 82, Saha 58*, Kohli 45  FIFTY for @Wriddhipops, #TeamIndia set a target of 376 runs on Day 4 @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/hzMtFkbQJa BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 201610.12 IST: Twin Test fifties for local boy Wriddhiman Saha. Another gritty innings from the wicketkeeper and he will gain a lot of confidence fro this. 10.04 IST: Saha slams his 4th Test fifty and second of the match. IND 316 & 259/9, lead NZ (204) by 371 runs 10.00 IST: OUT! Wagner removes Bhuvneshwar (23) early on Day 4. IND 316 & 251/9, lead NZ (204) by 363 runs9.52 IST: BCCI president Anurag Thakur and Indian players, led by Virat Kohli, took part in the Clean India Campaign after the end of third day’s play.On the occasion of #GandhiJayanti- BCCI President Lt. @ianuragthakur, @imVkohli & #TeamIndia take part in #SwachhBharatAbhiyan #MyCleanIndia pic.twitter.com/roerE9Q9g8 BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 20169.40 IST: BCCI president Anurag Thakur rang the giant bell before the start of the day’s play at Eden. BCCI President Lt. @ianuragthakur rings the bell to start the proceedings at Eden Gardens on Day 4 of #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/XJQ9tKWjdV BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2016NZ’s successful run chase: 324/5 bt Pak Ch’church in Feb94in Asia:317/7 Chittagong Oct08in Ind:never won chasing!India’s lead:339#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 3, 20169.25 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Tad short outside off, Bhuvi punches it through the cover-point off his back foot and Santner starts chasing the ball, the southpaw puts in a dive but the ball wins the race and goes past the rope. IND 242/8, lead NZ by 354 runs9.06 IST: It’s a sunny day out here and we expect to witness some thrilling cricketing action today. India are poised really well to win the match from here on but do not count the Kiwis out as they are a very resilient side. The pitch is pretty uneven and has started to crumble. It will be a momentous task for the Black Caps to win or save the match but miracles do happen!9.00 IST: Just to remind you guys, there will be an early start today at 9.15 IST. Brief Day 3 Report: Rohit Sharma’s masterful 82 and a seventh-wicket stand of 103 runs with Wriddhiman Saha put India firmly in the driver’s seat against New Zealand in the second test on Sunday after the hosts’ second innings had got off to a wobbly start.At stumps on the third day, Saha (39 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (eight) were at the crease for the hosts, who lead the three-match series 1-0 and will reclaim top spot in the test rankings from Pakistan with a win at Eden Gardens.India reached 227 for eight in their second innings for an overall lead of 339, a tall chase already for the touring side on a deteriorating pitch.Matt Henry and Trent Boult had seemingly resurrected New Zealand’s hopes in the second session with some inspired fast bowling after India wrapped up the touring side’s first innings for 204 in the morning for a handy lead. 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Ronaldo’s Juventus off to best ever Serie A start

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo may not have found the net for Juventus on Saturday, but the Portugal star has helped his new club to their best-ever start to a Serie A season. The Bianconeri were unbeaten going into the weekend’s clash at home to Cagliari, having won nine of their opening 10 fixtures. And they had few problems in dispatching the Sardinians to uphold a six-point lead over nearest rivals Napoli and Inter. 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! Paulo Dybala gave the reigning champions the lead inside the first minute, his second goal of the Serie A season. Having scored just 42 seconds in, it was the quickest goal scored by Juventus in Serie A play in exactly six years, with Arturo Vidal having scored 18 seconds into a November 2, 2012 match against Inter. Joao Pedro’s equaliser briefly gave the visitors hope, but Juve hit back almost instantly when Filip Bradaric put past his own keeper. The victory was made certain by Juan Cuadrado, who came off the bench to seal a 3-1 scoreline. Juve’s points tally of 31 after 11 games is also level with the all-time high for the start of a campaign in Italy’s top flight, equalling previous best tallies posted by Roma and Napoli. Curiously, neither of those sides went on to win the Scudetto in 2013/14 and 2017/18, the years in which they set the record. Ronaldo, meanwhile, sits in second place in the top scorer charts despite his blank against Cagliari, his seven goals putting him behind only Krzysztof Piatek who failed to add to his nine off the bench for Genoa as his side were thrashed 5-0 by Inter.last_img read more

You’re a **cking moron: Top model Gigi Hadid slams senior journalist over bigoted tweet

first_imgEvery time a terror attack occurs and a radical Islamist is responsible for it, many people turn against Islam and practicing Muslims. It is difficult for these people to understand that following a religion does not make all followers radical. The notion that it does comes from ignorance and inherent bigotry. Bollywood flick My Name Is Khan with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead, directed by Karan Johar, gave an iconic dialogue. Khan’s character in the movie, Rizwan Khan, is someone who loses his step-son in a racist, Islamophobic attack by some school kids since they considered Khan responsible for the 9/11 World Trade Centre terror strike. Khan keep reiterating, “My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist”. Right-wing groups across the world have successfully weaved a narrative that all Muslims are terrorists, and hence, obviously dangerous. This leaves practicing Muslims — especially those who abide by the norms of Islam of wearing hijabs and sporting beards — with less options to prove they are as normal and patriotic and peace-loving as people following other religions. When men like Donald Trump, known for being an Islamophobic, bigoted, racist, misogynist figure, becomes the president of the United States of America, Islamophobia is normalised beyond the tipping point. Possibly this is what emboldens even journalists to ditch ethics and morals and be insensitive and bigoted out in the open. Senior journalist Laura Loomer, post the Manhattan terror attack, tweeted saying, “Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC #ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs. – at 200 Chambers Street” and shared a photo of two Muslim women walking down the street wearing hijabs. advertisementIn another tweet, Laura said, “You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs at cross street of the attack. But they don’t. I bet they’re loving this.” Many people called Loomer out on her bigoted, Islamophobic tweets but supermodel Gigi Hadid minced no words. Quoting Loomer’s tweet, Gigi Hadid tweeted, “Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you- You’re a f**king moron.” Hadid’s tweet has gone viral and has gotten over 44,000 retweets and over 1,50,000 likes.Way to go Gigi!Cab aggregator Uber banned Laura Loomer yesterday for two other Islamophobic tweets from her verified Twitter account.last_img read more

Mets Sweep, Harvey Sub Beats Rockies

first_imgDENVER — Logan Verrett stepped into Matt Harvey’s spot and earned his first major league win in his first start, pitching eight impressive innings and leading the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Sunday.After the NL East-leading Mets posted a pair of 14-9 wins at Coors Field, Verrett (1-0) allowed just one run and four hits while striking out eight.Verrett got the spot start when the Mets decided to push back Harvey’s outing, and he turned in a performance worthy of New York’s strong rotation.Verrett made his major league debut with Texas this season and pitched four times in relief before the Mets got him on waivers. The 25-year-old righty had pitched well in seven relief appearances for the Mets.Michael Conforto had three hits for the Mets, who have won 10 straight against Colorado dating to 2014. New York held its five-game division lead over Washington.The Mets outscored the Rockies 33-19 in the series and totaled 45 hits.David Hale (3-5) threw a pair of wild pitches while Anthony Recker was batting in the second inning, both allowing a run to score.Hale threw a team-record four wild pitches in six innings. He also struck out nine.The Rockies’ first two hitters of the game reached on singles. But a double play and a groundout kept them off the scoreboard and Verrett settled in to retire eight of the next nine batters.Carlos Gonzalez hit his 30th home run leading off the Colorado fourth. It is the second time Gonzalez has reached the 30-homer plateau — he hit 34 in 2010 when he finished third in the NL MVP voting.Daniel Murphy had two hits for the Mets, including an RBI double in the first.Colorado has lost 11 of 13.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: 3B David Wright (back) is scheduled to join the team in Philadelphia on Monday. Manager Terry Collins said Wright would not be used as an everyday player upon his return in order to keep him healthy. Wright has been out since April 14.Rockies: C Nick Hundley was out of the lineup after leaving Saturday’s game in the sixth after a foul tip came straight back and hit him in the head. Manager Walt Weiss said he checked out OK but he wanted to give him a day off. … RHP Chad Bettis (right elbow inflammation) will return from the DL when the Rockies travel to Atlanta and Pittsburgh this week.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India finally practice ahead of crucial Trent Bridge Test vs England

first_imgIndia maybe trailing the five-Test series against England 2-0 but they found time to practice only four days after crashing to an innings defeat at Lord’s. The second match got over on Sunday but the Indian team left London for Nottingham on Wednesday and made it to the ground on Thursday, two days before the crucial third Test.A lot rides on this Test – a defeat here will mean India cannot win the series. But victory looks like a distant dream even before a ball has been bowled at Trent Bridge. Barring Virat Kohli, the other batsmen have been abysmal. Murai Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik have been woefully out of form.Hardik Pandya, the specialist all-rounder in the side, has been so unimpressive that Harbhajan Singh wants the all-rounder’s tag to be removed from Pandya. Besides, former cricketers have been scathing in their criticism of the Indian team’s attitude.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wondered why India did not play more practice matches before the Test series. The team went on a five-day vacation after the ODI series got over and played just one-warm match which was reduced to a three-day affair by the Indians because it was too hot. And then after losing so convincingly at Lord’s, the Indian team decided to stay back in London instead of heading out to Nottingham early to get some valuable practice. Virat Kohli during India’s practice session at the Trent Bridge (Reuters Photo)”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementFocus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photoFormer chief selector Sandip Patil wondered why the Indian team chose to rest instead of training hard for an important Test series. And he took a dig at Kohli, who had in his pre-departure press conference rather lightly said he would enjoy the coffee in England.”We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, “We have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee,” Patil said in his column for The Quint. “Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.”READ – Upset with Lord’s defeat, BCCI likely to question Virat Kohli and Ravi ShastriIndia will most likely also train on Friday but is this enough preparation for a team which is trying to fight is way back in a tough Test series?Considering the way Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have struggled against the English attack, it is anybody’s guess whether two days of practice will be enough for the third Test.The final two Tests in Southampton and London are slated for August 30-September 3 and September 7-September 11. There is an eight-day gap between the third and fourth Test but the Indian team is not scheduled to play any practice matches. in that gap..Here is what the cricketing fraternity has had to say about India’s performance in the Test series so far:SUNIL GAVASKARI can understand they have taken the day off today (August 12).. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow (Tuesday).But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down.You don’t just need net practice but practice matches also. One should strive for practice games between third and fourth Test as well when there is space. There may possibly be some new players coming in after third Test and they need some practice time as well. These things have to be thought about. I have been saying this since January when the South Africa tour was lost. But perhaps we are old fashioned, who don’t understand modern day cricket.advertisement Indian players and staff observed a one minute of silence in tribute of former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar (AP Photo)SANDIP PATILWe all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, we have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee. Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.In earlier days, it was grilled in our minds that we needed to watch, improve, practice hard, follow the senior players, learn from them and take their advice. But instead of taking the advice of players who have been on multiple tours of England, and have succeeded, Virat Kohli’s team seems happy to be enjoying the country’s coffee. Ravichandran Ashwin has been impressive with the ball so far in the series (AP Photo)NASSER HUSSAINEngland are arguably the best in the world in these conditions but the real eye has to be on India – they have to be wary of the wheels completely falling off. India are No.1 in the world and it was meant to be a gun, tight series but at the moment it is men against boys. Their curve is going in the wrong direction.READ – Nasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the momentGEOFFREY BOYCOTTSo far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless. Trying to work straight outswingers through midwicket and then being surprised when you get bowled or nick it to the slips is brainless. Playing the ball on the up in front of your pad is a no-no.These are elementary things you do not do against any decent swing bowler in English conditions. To try to do it to James Anderson, who is one of the great master craftsmen in those conditions, tells me the Indian batsmen have not done their homework. They have not sat down, talked or practiced in the nets and got their heads around how they are going to bat differently in England.India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day. Any time you do not plan and work at your cricket, the game will kick you up the backside, and India deserve the thrashing they are getting.HARBHAJAN SINGHThe coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference. We haven’t showed any intent to fight back. The willingness to win is missing and that is most disheartening. We are losing without posing any challenge to the opponent. It is extremely disappointing.advertisementApart from all the harsh criticism that they have received from various cricket, Shastri is also under BCCI’s scanner after the debacle at Lord’s.”The COA has already mentioned this to Ravi Shastri, that after having sent the team so much in advance, allowing adequate preparation time (in English conditions), this kind of performance from the top order is not encouraging at all.”The Committee has also mentioned in its communication that they need to discuss this with the head coach. When the team returns, the CoA will have a meeting with the selectors at the first opportunity to discuss some of the procedures,” sources told The Indian Express. India vs England: Murali Vijay has been woefully out of form (Reuters Photo)”The Indian team can’t complain that they were not given enough time to prepare. When we lost the South Africa series, the players spoke about tight scheduling and lack of practice games. It was after speaking to them that we decided that white ball matches will be held before the Tests,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Virat Kohli, ahead of the South Africa tour in January, had hit out at the scheduling and said that “as usual cramped for time”. This time when they were leaving for England, they had made it a point to mention that they have enough time to get acclimatised with the conditions and prepare accordingly. However, the results have not shown that practice and in fact, the batsmen have given their wickets cheaply. The Indian batsmen have faced the fiery pace bowling of Anderson extremely meekly and that’s surely not how one expects to see the world No.1 Test side.India will once more go into the match with just two days of practice and only time will tell if those two days were enough to correct their fault on the tour.last_img read more

Azhar rings Eden bell ahead of India-WI first T20

first_imgKolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin rang the bell just after the national anthems of both India and the West Indies were played, ahead of the first T20 international between the two sides at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.Accompanied by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya, Azhar completed the much sought after ritual in front of a half-full stadium.His inimitable swagger intact, the 55-year old — wearing a pink polo t-shirt and denims — wore a wry smile on his face as the venue holds a special place in his heart. From his debut hundred in 1984-85 at the iconic ground to a match-saving hundred in 1993, Azhar and Eden Gardens have a connection.The ringing of the five-minute bell, introduced at Lord’s, is a ritual started in 2007. An international cricketer or administrator or a well known enthusiast of the sport is tasked to perform the act.–IANSdm/ajb/bglast_img read more

2M Partners Revamp AsiaEurope Networks

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Maersk Targeting improved schedule reliability, A.P. Moller – Maersk has overhauled its services connecting Asia and Europe by cutting eight ports calls in the network.The improvements are expected to result in prolonged, but competitive transit times, the company explained.“To meet our customer’s increasing need for reliable cargo delivery, we have reviewed our service network and identified additional time to recover from the potential delays we continue to face from bad weather and other external factors,” says Johan Sigsgaard, Head of Europe Trade, A.P. Moller – Maersk.Maersk said that the enhancements build on the Asia-Europe network changes in May 2018 which enabled it to regain “a market leading position on schedule reliability.”As disclosed, the changes include  a net reduction of eight port calls in the network enabling “extra operational buffer time.”Further, six extra vessels are added across the ten service strings in the network, with weekly deployed capacity remaining unchanged due to slower vessel speeds.The integrated logistics company said that reductions were achieved with minimal impact to product offerings.Maersk’s 2M Alliance partner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), said in a separate release that it has also revised its ocean network between Asia and Europe.“We can only assume that container terminal congestion at the main ports of the trade will continue to worsen, leading us to anticipate and incorporate longer time buffers in the schedule, in terms of port stays and speed at sea,” MSC said.“MSC is therefore heavily investing in the East-West network to deliver a first-class product and ensure that we match, or even exceed, our customers’ expectations.”Specifically, MSC will phase in additional vessels to existing loops on the trade.  The implementation of the new network is planned for early March 2019 and remains subject to further updates.last_img read more

Des subventions pour améliorer la santé et la sécurité des aînés

first_imgL’appui du gouvernement aidera les aînés néo-écossais à vivre plus confortablement et avec une plus grande indépendance dans leur propre maison. Quatorze groupes à but non lucratif qui offrent des services directs aux aînés ainsi que des programmes d’éducation et de sensibilisation en matière de violence envers les aînés et de prévention du crime reçoivent des subventions pour la sécurité des aînés. « La subvention pour la sécurité des aînés offre du soutien direct et est un investissement essentiel au niveau communautaire afin d’aider les aînés à demeurer dans leur propre maison et à participer activement à leur indépendance et leur bien-être futurs », a dit Sharon Elliott, coordonnatrice du Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program. Les subventions sont utilisées pour fournir des renseignements ou des services directement aux aînés à leur domicile, ou par des présentations et des ateliers en groupe à d’autres endroits dans la communauté. Il peut s’agir d’une visite personnelle d’un coordonnateur de la sécurité, d’un séminaire avec des experts professionnels ou de la production de différentes ressources. « Les aînés nous ont dit qu’ils souhaitent demeurer dans leur propre maison plus longtemps et se sentir en sécurité dans leur communauté, a dit Leo Glavine, ministre des Aînés. Ces subventions appuient les programmes communautaires qui créent des communautés saines, sûres, accueillantes et favorables afin de permettre aux aînés d’être des membres indépendants qui contribuent à la société pendant encore plus longtemps. » Les subventions appuient également les programmes communautaires pour la sécurité des aînés qui abordent la violence envers les aînés, qui font la promotion de la prévention du crime et qui sensibilisent davantage les gens aux questions de santé et de sécurité relatives aux aînés. Pour être admissibles, les programmes doivent prouver qu’ils reçoivent du soutien financier ou en nature de la communauté et qu’ils desservent une vaste région géographique, généralement un comté. « Le financement versé par le gouvernement provincial a été le point de départ pour notre programme. Nous avons été en mesure de miser sur le soutien du gouvernement pour démontrer la valeur du programme et pour obtenir du financement communautaire supplémentaire afin d’assurer la croissance du programme, a dit Paul Fynes, président de South Shore Safe Communities. Notre programme offre des services de prévention et d’intervention, par exemple pour aider les aînés à améliorer leurs aptitudes de conduite ou encore pour aider quelqu’un qui est atteint de démence à bien fonctionner. » Les 14 groupes reçoivent chacun jusqu’à 20 000 $, pour un total de plus de 278 000 $. Le financement est fourni par le ministère des Aînés et le ministère de la Justice. Les récipiendaires sont les suivants : Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les subventions pour la sécurité des aînés, consultez le novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asp (en anglais seulement). Queens County Senior Safety Association Association des seniors en sécurité Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association Shelburne County Senior Safety and Services Society South Shore Safe Communities Initiative Association Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association Seniors’ Safety Program Association of Hants County Annapolis County Seniors’ Safety Program Association Yarmouth Town and County Crime Prevention Association Antigonish Town and County Crime Prevention Association Digby and Area Seniors’ Safety Society Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society Société canadienne de la Croix-Rouge, Halifax Regional Seniors’ Safety Program Association for Safer Cape Breton Communities last_img read more

Deal in principle reached to restore rail service to northern Manitoba Feds

first_imgWINNIPEG – An agreement in principle has been reached to restore the only land link, along with hope for a solid economic future, to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The federal government and a consortium of northern communities said Wednesday night they had reached a deal to transfer ownership of the area’s rail line and port from Denver-based Omnitrax.“The rail line is one of the foundational pieces of transportation infrastructure for the northern portion of the province,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said in a written statement.“The announcement today is a signal that negotiations are moving forward and a made-in-Canada solution is imminent.”The rail line was severely damaged by flooding a year ago and Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars to fix it.Without rail service, goods and tourists have had to be flown in to Churchill at much higher prices and the port has been virtually idle.The town of 900 people, known for its polar bear tourist season, has suffered economically and residents feared some of their neighbours would have no choice but to leave to find jobs elsewhere.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said the agreement to transfer ownership of the rail line and port on the shore of Hudson Bay is historic.He said the community is looking to the future.“Climate change is here. We are going to take advantage of that opportunity,” Spence said. “The federal government has made it known that reviewing Arctic policy — Churchill will play an important role in that.”The town shared the news with residents in a community update posted on Facebook.“The residents and businesses of Churchill have shown tremendous patience and resiliency during this very difficult time during the loss of rail service and reduced port operations,” reads the message.“The Town is pleased the federal government has recognized the importance and value of the port and rail line which are truly strategic assets of Canada.”Omnitrax had said the rail line was no longer viable and suggested it be run as utility, with government support likely needed.Merv Tweed, president of Omnitrax Canada, said it is very pleased to see an agreement in place that will ensure the long-term operations of the rail line.“We believe this is the best outcome for all stakeholders and look forward to working with Fairfax Financial and Grand Chief Dumas to facilitate a smooth transition of ownership,” he said in an email.Christian Sinclair, co-chairman of One North – a consortium of northern communities – said details of the agreement still have to be finalized.“By next week, those details will go out and will be shared with the public,” Sinclair said.“But the fact that we’re at this point is great for us because it allows us to still salvage a season (at the port) this year.”Also part of the agreement are Fairfax Financial Holdings and AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.AGT is a Regina-based supplier of value-added pulses and staple foods, and could replace some of the business at the Port of Churchill that was lost when the Canadian Wheat Board, the port’s biggest customer at the time, ended its monopoly on western grain and barley in 2012.“Over the last six months we have been working diligently with our many partners to come together, develop a business plan and satisfy the principles for successful new ownership,” Fairfax president Paul Rivett said in a written statement.“The federal government acknowledges the value and importance of our inclusive group and is supportive of our efforts to acquire the assets.”The rail line was owned by the federal government until 1997, when it sold it to Omnitrax. The federal government has faced calls in the last year to buy it back.— With file from Kelly Geraldine Malonelast_img read more

NEWSMAKER UN advocate calls sexual violence cheap and silent weapon of war

11 November 2010While the nature of war has changed over the years, the fact remains that civilians bear the brunt of today’s conflicts, with women and children paying a particularly heavy toll, says the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict, who stresses that rape has become a tool to spread terror and exert control on communities. “It is unfortunately a very effective, cheap and silent weapon with a long-lasting effect on society,” Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, told the UN News Centre as part of its Newsmaker profile series.“It is a way of demonstrating power and control. It inflicts fear on the whole community. It is also to send a message to the men: ‘You are not able to defend your women.’” A Swedish politician with a long history in defending women’s rights, Ms. Wallström was appointed to her current post in February. In April she visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which she has described as “the rape capital of the world.”According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), more than 8,000 women were raped in the DRC during fighting between warring factions last year. Just a few months ago, reports emerged of rape and assault of scores of civilians in the remote and troubled far east of the DRC over a four-day period.“You can see that it was systematic, it was planned. There were no killings at that time but this was used as a way to spread terror and fear,” the Special Representative said, referring to the atrocities committed in Walikale between 30 July and 2 August. Ms. Wallström has repeatedly stressed the need to make the prevention of sexual violence a top priority, and to end impunity for the scourge. “I think the most important signal is to demonstrate that we go after the perpetrators of crimes, that we will find them and they will be punished.”While much of the focus in recent months has been on DRC, “sexual violence in conflict is a global scourge,” said Ms. Wallström, who plans to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina soon. There are also regular reports coming from Nepal, Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Colombia, among other places, she added. “We will demonstrate that we have a global war. It’s not only Africa.”Wallstrom read more

Shell ends development of Prince Rupert LNG project continues with LNG Canada

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2017 4:44 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shell ends development of Prince Rupert LNG project, continues with LNG Canada Royal Dutch Shell said Friday it is ending development of the proposed Prince Rupert liquefied natural gas project in British Columbia but is still considering the potential of its other west coast LNG option.Shell acquired the Prince Rupert LNG as part of a portfolio of projects in its takeover of natural gas giant BG Group last year, but said it decided to discontinue the project after reviewing how it stacked up against its existing options.The company said it continues to actively move forward on the proposed Kitimat, B.C.-based LNG Canada project with its partners, though last year it indefinitely deferred a final investment decision on it because of market conditions.Once lofty LNG west coast LNG expectations have taken a hit in recent years as the global markets have been flooded by supply.Shell, however, said it still sees the LNG Canada project as an opportunity to bring Canadian gas resources to a global LNG market, where it expects to see a growth rate of between four and five per cent between 2015 and 2030.The news comes a day after Shell said it was selling off much of its oilsands holdings for $8.5 billion to Canadian Natural Resources as it continues to re-shape its global portfolio more towards natural gas in the wake of the BG Group deal. read more

Antivaxxers must not be given credence says Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If you cannot encourage people to take up vaccines we are in trouble,” she said.While there has been great progress made in providing access to vaccines globally immunisation rates are stalling, the meeting heard.Wilson Mok, head of policy at Gavi, which provides vaccines to people in developing countries, said vaccine coverage was “stagnating” in low income countries .“We need to work with countries to strengthen immunisation systems. It could be down to human resources capacity, to supply chains, to data systems to ensure we’re not missing children in urban slums, rural areas and other marginalised groups. We need to get coverage rates up – that’s a focus for us,” he said.Charlie Weller, head of vaccines at the Wellcome Trust, said persuading people of the benefits of vaccines was a complex challenge.“In different countries the reasons for hesitancy around taking vaccines is varied. The key people in communities that families listen to – religious people or health professionals – this is a potential area for focus in terms of spreading positive messages,” she said. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security  Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that positive messages about the benefits of vaccinations must be promoted in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation.Speaking at a parliamentary event about vaccinations and their role in fighting antimicrobial resistance Mr Hancock said that he did not want to give any “credence” to the “anti-vaxxers”, who spread junk science about immunisation.“We have to make sure communications around vaccinations are always positive and about the positive value of vaccines, rather than engage in debate which only improves the chances of [false] claims,” said Mr Hancock.There has been growing concern over recent months of the spread of anti-vaccine messages – with the World Health Organization identifying “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the 10 biggest threats to health.Social media – and Facebook in particular – has been singled out for failing to clamp down on harmful messages discouraging parents from vaccinating their children against potentially fatal diseases. Vaccine hesitancy is seen as one reason for an explosion in the number of measles cases in Europe and outbreaks in the United States, Japan and the Philippines. Mr Hancock told The Telegraph that vaccine hesitancy was not such a problem in the UK as immunisation levels were still high. “In other countries the problem is greater but the importance of vaccination is underlined by all the scientific studies,” he said.However immunisation rates have fallen in recent years, with the latest figures from the NHS showing that coverage for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine fell for the fourth year in a row in 2017-18.Coverage for this vaccine is now at 91.2 per cent in England, whereas the World Health Organization target is 95 per cent. This is the level at which “herd immunity” protects children who fall through the cracks or who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. London has the lowest rate of immunisation, at 85.1 per cent while the North East region has the highest coverage, at 94.5 per cent.Mr Hancock added: “It’s very important that misinformation isn’t spread and the most important thing we can do is to get the scientifically-based objective evidence of the value of vaccinations out there so that people know the truth.”The Department of Health said it was looking at how to improve communication campaigns around the importance of vaccines.  Philippa Whitford MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Vaccinations for All, said her committee would investigate vaccine hesitancy and the reasons for it. read more

Sandro Obranovic to Chambery Savoie

← Previous Story Youth WCh 2017 All Star team: Kyllian Villeminot is the boss of generation 1998 Next Story → TOP 100 handball transfers – season 2017/2018 The French Chambery Savoie got an important signing before the official start of the season 2017/2018. According Balkan-Handball.com sources, one of the most successful French teams in the last decade signed contract with Croatian left back – playmaker, Sandro Obranovic. The 25-years old shooter was at the beginning of his last year under contract with RK PPD Zagreb, but it was clear that he is out of concept of the club, as he just came back from loan in Hungarian vice-champions PICK Szeged.Obranovic played significant role in Zagreb’s team during time of Veselin Vujovic on the bench, when he attracted attention of some of the biggest European teams.He also had some appearances for the Croatian national team. read more

SoftBank announces 201B proposal for the acquisition of Sprint

first_imgIt seems like every major US carrier, save for Verizon Wireless, has been involved in an attempt to fundamentally change the wireless landscape as we know it today. After the failed attempt to purchase T-Mobile by AT&T, it became clear that change was coming one way or another. Now, right on the heels of T-Mobile merging with MetroPCS, Japanese carrier SoftBank has announced a proposal to acquire Sprint for over $20 billion dollars.Pending a Sprint shareholder meeting and an FCC antitrust evaluation, there will be a “New Sprint” sometime in mid-2013 that is powered by SoftBank. The Japanese carrier will buy $8B in new shares from Sprint and $12.1B in shares that already exist in order to gain a 70% stake in the company. If the shareholders reject the proposal, or if SoftBank is unable to raise the funds in time, there will be termination fees on both sides of the deal. Additionally, if another company comes along with a better offer for Sprint, there would be termination fees against Sprint for accepting.What does this mean for Sprint subscribers? One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition would be the $8B geared towards building out the LTE network and enhancing the overall quality of the Sprint network. During the announcement of the proposal, CEO Dan Hesse noted that he was excited to learn from SoftBank’s successful LTE deployment in Japan. On several occasions, LTE network tests done in the US and Japan have found the networks here to be downright sluggish in comparison. While Sprint is behind in releasing their LTE network, the company had already been preparing their networks to be capable of rapid upgrade from LTE r9 to the more capable r10 deployment.This New Sprint will cause the competition here in the US to become further heightened, especially if Sprint keeps their Unlimited plans around. On a global scale, SoftBank would quickly jump to being one of the largest carriers in the world. Here in the US, Sprint is still securely in the number three slot and has been for quite awhile. It would take an incredible shift in the ecosystem for Sprint to usurp either of the top two carriers in the US, but it seems like they now have a strong backer to help make that happen.via Vergelast_img read more

Farmer lodges proceedings against KBC Bank over Strokestown Eviction

first_img 19,698 Views A FARMER HAS brought High Court proceedings against several parties including KBC Bank over an attempt to evict him, along with his two siblings, from their Co Roscommon home last December. In proceedings recently lodged in the High Court farmer David McGann, from Falsk, near Strokestown is seeking various orders and declarations from the court including an order preventing any party from taking possession of or interfering with the Co Roscommon property.The eviction, gained national media attention, particularly after private security operatives were forced from the property by a group of masked men. The incident, which resulted in an alleged attack on the security personnel who left the property,  vehicles being burnt and the death of a dog, is the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation. The eviction was conducted on foot of possession orders alleged obtained against Anthony McGann, David McGann’s brother. The McGanns subsequently returned to the property.As well as suing KBC Bank, David McGann’s action is against related firms Trinity Asset Managerial Services Ltd, GS Agencies Ltd and Local Authority Services Ltd and Aidan Devlin with an address in Summerhill Co Meath, who the plaintiff alleges are agents of the bank.The action is also against the County Registrar of Roscommon. McGann, who is represented by solicitor Donnacha Anhold of Carter Anhold & Co Solicitors, along with Eanna Mulloy and David Browne seeks several declarations from the court including that the defendants actions on December 11th last at the property were unlawful, and breached his constitutional rights, and rights under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights ECHR.He seeks a declaration that the three firms, which are allegedly involved in the security business and Mr Devlin acted without lawful authority and in breach of the 1926 Enforcement of Court Orders Act in attempting to access and gain entry to the property on foot of execution orders for possession dated 8 August and 4 September 2018 last. He also seeks declarations that the county registrar had not lawfully delegated his power to a designated court messenger when the defendants attempted to access and gain entry to the property at Falsk.Another declaration sought is that rules of the Superior and Circuit Courts relation to possession orders breaches his rights because they enable an order for possession to be executed against the occupier of a property without the occupier being named in the proceedings.He further seeks a declaration that the defendants have committed slander of title by attempting to take possession of the property in circumstances where they had no lawful authority to do so. If necessary he seeks a declaration that the 1926 Enforcement of Court Orders Act breaches provisions of the Irish Constitution and Article 8 of the ECHR. He further seeks damages and aggravated and exemplary damages for alleged trespass, breach of his constitutional right to private property and defamation. Comments are disabled as legal proceedings are ongoing.  Footage of the incident. https://jrnl.ie/4515318 Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 11:44 AM Farmer lodges proceedings against KBC Bank over Strokestown Eviction The bank is one of a number of parties whom farmer David McGann has lodged proceedings against. By Aodhan O Faolain Share1719 Tweet Email4 center_img No Comments Image: The Democrat Newspaper, Roscommon Footage of the incident. Image: The Democrat Newspaper, Roscommon Feb 27th 2019, 11:44 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Santa Clarita Diet Explores the Human Side of Cannibalistic Zombies

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Netflix’s new zombie series premiered this weekend, showing us all how funny a zombie outbreak can be. And unlike The Walking Dead, this show does it intentionally. Santa Clarita Diet centers on a normal, boring suburban family. Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are two married real estate agents raising a teenage daughter in Santa Clarita, Calif. We don’t get much sense of their life beyond that before things start to get weird.While showing off a house, Sheila throws up in the master bedroom. A lot. She also coughs up a ball of… meat that looks like an internal organ. The next morning, she finds that she has significantly lowered inhibitions, along with an insatiable craving for raw meat. The family does some digging and, long story short, she’s dead. Thanks to the nerdy kid next door, they figure out that she’s a zombie. She’s controlled completely by her id, impulsively going after whatever she desires.If the plot sounds at all familiar to you, that may be because it’s almost the same premise as iZombie, the DC comic turned CW crime procedural. Both series feature zombies that don’t lose their personalities after becoming undead. They are pretty much the same people they always were, but now they don’t feel pain and crave human flesh. (Although in iZombie, they just eat the brain, and are then able to access memories of the person they eat. In Santa Clarita Diet, it’s all just meat.)Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) enjoys a raw hamburger. (Photo via Netflix)The main difference is that Netflix’s series is a comedy. Sheila has no problem with eating people, though she does try to make sure they deserve it. Her first kill is a new employee at the real estate firm she and Joel work at. He’s a real dirtbag who tries to steal their clients, tries to sleep with Sheila and won’t take no for an answer when she doesn’t want to. After biting off his fingers and disemboweling him in their backyard, she can’t eat anything but human flesh. Barrymore plays this role so well. Her charming personality and excellent sense of comedic timing add an extra layer of absurdity to the violence on display.Olyphant is hilarious as the reluctant, but loving husband. A lot of the comedy in this show comes from the vastly different reactions Joel and Sheila have to their current predicament. Sheila takes a pragmatic, go-with-the-flow attitude toward her new diet. Joel on the other hand slowly unravels throughout the entire first season. He tries so hard to be upbeat and positive, only growing more manic with each episode. His character’s journey is a little flat, but Olyphant does some great things with what he’s given. His rationalizations combined with Sheila’s impulsive cannibalism lead to many genuine laugh-out-loud moments throughout the season. The show gets a lot of mileage out of having the couple bicker over things like how to properly murder someone, store the body and cover up their tracks. But there’s always a sense of love underneath the arguing that keeps the humor from getting too mean.My favorite character in the show, though, is probably their daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson). She has the most interesting character arc in the first season, from learning to accept her mom’s new diet, to building a friendship/possible relationship with the nerdy kid next door. Hewson’s wonderfully sarcastic portrayal gives us a well-rounded character who’s just trying to make sense of a really messed up situation.Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo (Photo via Netflix)Santa Clarita Diet is an easily bingeable show. Each episode comes in at just under half an hour, telling one engaging, continuous story. You’ll easily get through the entire first season in about half a day, making it feel like a five-hour movie more than a TV show. I mean that in a good way. Over the entire running time, the dark humor never gets old, and the show constantly finds ways to subvert your expectations and surprise you. For example, about halfway through the season, Sheila and Joel try and fail to kill someone, inadvertently creating another zombie. In any other show, that character would become a formidable threat to be defeated by the end of the season. I don’t want to spoil specifics, but that’s not what happens. The direction they take the character instead is completely unexpected and hilarious.What makes Santa Clarita Diet work is an enormous amount of heart. This is a family comedy at its core. It’s a very weird family, but aside from the murder and cannibalism, they deal with fairly relatable problems. Abby accepts what her mom has become and only wishes her parents trusted her enough not to lie to her. Sheila and Joel fight, argue and drive each other crazy, but are reminded over the course of the show how much they really love each other. That normal sitcom sweetness, combined with the gross-out violence makes for a cute, funny zombie tale unlike anything else.Obviously, the show isn’t perfect. It gets to the zombie stuff very quickly in the first episode, so we don’t see much of what their life was like before. We’re told it’s boring and unfulfilling, but the series doesn’t have time to show much of that beyond your standard suburban life cliches. Also, the jokes about how crazy it is that realtors are killing people do get old pretty quick. We get it Joel; murder isn’t something you’d normally expect from a real estate agent. Find a new schtick. Other than that, the rest of the jokes land well and don’t stop being funny.Joel (Timothy Olyphant) doesn’t handle change well. (Photo via Netflix)The stakes are low for most of the season and only pick up for the last few episodes, but that’s not a problem. This is a sitcom first and foremost. It doesn’t need high-stakes drama. It’s fine, and probably preferable that the show takes its time and focuses on the family coming to terms with their new life. It is a little frustrating that the show ends on a cliffhanger, but that seems to be the norm for a lot of Netflix comedies. It’s just a shame that after speeding through the series in five hours, I have to wait a year or more to see what happens next. But I guess it’s not such a bad thing if one of my beefs with Santa Clarita Diet is that I wish there were more of it.last_img read more