Gehlot an accomplished statesman

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, who will take over as the Rajasthan Chief Minister for the third time, is considered an astute politician and a hard core organisation man, who has played an instrumental role in bringing his party back to power in the thick of challenges posed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. In his new stint, he faces the task of strengthening the Congress before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Along with the Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot, who was named the Deputy Chief Minister on Friday, Mr. Gehlot is credited for taking the Congress tally from 21 in 2013 to 100, with its allies, in the recently concluded Assembly election. The Congress won 15 out of 19 seats in western Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, Barmer and Jaisalmer, where Mr. Gehlot was given a free hand to select candidates.Mr. Gehlot, 67, elected to the Assembly from Jodhpur’s Sardarpura again, has served as a Member of Parliament, Union Minister, Chief Minister, National Students’ Union of India president, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president and All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in his four-decade-long political career. He was elected an MP from Jodhpur for the first time in 1980 at the young age of 29 years.Known for his simple lifestyle, belief in Gandhian philosophy and mass contact, Mr. Gehlot successfully tackled several crisis situations during his two previous tenures as the CM. In 2010, he brought back agitating Gujjars from the railway tracks with sympathetic remarks on not letting them shiver in the cold. In 2011, he astutely controlled the situation after the infamous Gopalgarh mosque firing incident.Coming from a family of professional magicians, Mr. Gehlot is often described as a politician who has outsmarted his opponents in a manner that the latter did not even get a hint of it. He became the Chief Minister for the first time in 1998, when he was an MP, and Jat stalwart Parasram Maderna was a strong claimant. In 2008, he successfully met the challenge from the then Union Minister Sis Ram Ola and went on to become the CM again.A year after the 2002 Gujarat violence, Mr. Gehlot shocked the Sangh Parivar by ordering the arrest of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia for his campaign of distributing tridents in Ajmer. As Mr. Togadia remained behind bars for several days, Mr. Gehlot made it clear that he would not allow Rajasthan to become another Hindutva laboratory, after Gujarat.Mr. Gehlot is also remembered for his efficient drought management during his first tenure, as its job component was later adopted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre to formulate the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. He also took the initiative in the Right To Information legislation. His second tenure is known for the introduction of the free medicine and diagnostic tests scheme that cut down out-of-pocket expenditure of poor patients.Interestingly, it was the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who had selected Mr. Gehlot for active politics when she saw him working in one of the refugee camps in West Bengal during the 1971 East Bengali refugee crisis. Ms. Gandhi had identified his organisational skills during her visit to the camps.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Zaheer being ruled out a big blow, says Ganguly

first_imgThe ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.Ganguly said he expects the other Indian bowlers to stand up and help India draw the four-match Test series 2-2. England had taken a 2-0 lead in the series after winning at Lord’s and Trent Bridge. The third (August 10-14) and fourth (August 18-22) Tests will be played at Edgbaston and the Oval.”Of course, Zaheer ruling out is a huge blow. He will need surgery and will be out of action for a few months. But at the same time it’s the big opportunity for the other players to make a mark in his absence,” Ganguly told reporters here.”Two Test matches are yet to be played and I expect India to bounce back and draw the series 2-2. It is a big challenge for the team which now will not have the services of Zaheer.But they still can do it,” said Ganguly at a function here.Zaheer was on Sunday ruled out of remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury. He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover. He had walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord’s on July 21.Ganguly patted Indian team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for recalling England batsman Ian Bell who had been run out in bizarre circumstances in the second Test at Trent Bridge. “Dhoni is a good captain and a good human being as well,” Ganguly said.advertisementThe limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off Twenty20 International match.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

SPORT-HOCK-LEAGUE 2LAST

first_imgThe Champions Trophy was the showpiece annual event in The Champions Trophy was the showpiece annual event in the FIH calendar until the birth of the Hockey World League, rendering the Champions Trophy into a biennial event. The 2018 Champions Trophy will be the third and final edition on the bi-annual roster. Not too long ago, the Champions Trophy was the biggest FIH event outside the Olympics and the World Cup. The seven countries that play in the 2019 GHL are assured of featuring in the elite home-and-away competition for four years, Negre said. He said the GHL would be a nine-team competition from 2021, after which relegation and promotion would be introduced in 2023. Negre said South Africas pullout from the 2016 Olympic Games lineup had prompted serious discussions in the FIH. “We cannot fight with the National Olympic Committees that do not want to send their teams to the Olympics, but we want all continents to be represented,” said Negre. “This is not the first time it has happened and we feel bad that the African continent is not represented in the Olympic competition.” The FIH, he said, had now decided that if a continents qualifier pulls out and another team from that continent had not qualified, the FIH would step in. “If no other country from that continent had qualified from the FIH tournament and the continental champion pulled out, we will directly allocate the spot to a country from that continent,” said Negre. But this nominated country must figure among the top 20 in the FIH rankings, he added. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Rafa Benitez stays at Newcastle despite relegation from EPL

first_imgRafa Benitez is staying with Newcastle to help the northern English team return to the Premier League.Newcastle said Wednesday that Benitez will remain as manager despite the club’s relegation to the second-tier League Championship at the end of last season. The Spanish coach joined Newcastle in March and had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave should the team be relegated from the top-flight.He has not exercised that clause. Benitez has never managed in England’s second tier, and last coached outside a top league in 2001 at Tenerife in Spain.It is a big step down for Benitez, who has coached some of Europe’s top sides in Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Napoli and Madrid.last_img

ISL: Atletico de Kolkata keep semis hopes alive with a late winner against FC Goa

first_imgAtletico de Kolkata (ATK) rode on a late goal from Stephen Pearson to knock out FC Goa and strengthen their grip on a playoff berth in an Indian Super League (ISL) tie in Panaji on Thursday.Juan Belencoso opened the scoring in the 28th minute after sustained spell of attack from ATK but a superb goal by Mandar Rao Desai ten minutes from time got Goa back in the game.But just when the visitors seemed to be staring at their seventh draw of the campaign, Pearson tucked in a Sameehg Doutie square pass to snap a four-game winless streak and move to second spot in the points table. (ISL: Chennaiyin, Atletico de Kolkata share spoils in 1-1 draw)The frame rescued Goa twice with marquee player Helder Postiga and Doutie disturbing the vertical in each half. Robert Lalthlamuana almost scored an own goal by deflecting a corner onto the post.Both teams made three changes. For Kolkata Henrique Sereno, Keegan Pereira and Lalrindika Ralte made way for Robert, Tiri and Abhinash Ruidas while Goa’s Robin Singh, Raju Gaikwad and Sanjay Balmuchu sat out for Rafael Dumas, Trindade Goncalves and Jofre Golzalez.Doutie missed the game due to injury while Iain Hume was kept on the bench again. (Big names in ISL will increase profile of Indian football: Thierry Henry)ATK started the better side with Belencoso, Javi Lara and Pearson wasting good chances. At the other end the spluttering hosts could only muster a long range effort from Jofre after falling behind in the 28th minute.advertisementAbhinash Ruidas’s floater found Belencoso unmarked inside the box with the striker making no mistake to nod home from close.The visitors could have been two-nil up inside the first half had Postiga’s shot not come off the crosspiece in the last five minutes before the breather.Goa almost drew level minutes after the break when Robert miscued Mandar Rao Desai corner onto his own post.Minutes later, Postiga tried his luck from outside the box with a low drive which Laxmikant Kattimani managed to parry behind for a corner.The tide was against Goa and with time running out Zico ringed in a few changes bringing in striker Robin for defender Keenan Almeida. The 2015 finalists strung together a flurry of attacks with the match on its last legs, and it took a moment of brilliance from Mandar to reap the dividents. (ISL: Kerala Blasters clinch dramatic win against Goa)The talented winger aimed at the far post firing a crisp grounder through the legs of Pritam Kotal and into the bottom far corner leaving Debjit with no chance.Doutie was brought on in place of Postiga immediately but Goa were hell-bent on holding on to the scoreline and go for the kill. Gregory Arnolin acrobatically cleared a ball from inside his box underlining the intent of the blue shirts. Doutie almost won it for the away side but the crosspiece came in his way. (ISL: Goa fire last minute winner to beat NorthEast United)But just when things looked over, Pearson got on the end of some great spadework by Doutie on the counter down the right channel to square the ball for the Scottish.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma to Yuvraj Singh: Love you brotherman, you deserved a better send-off

first_imgAs all-rounder Yuvraj Singh called time on his international career without getting to play a farewell match, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma said the southpaw deserved a better send off for his 17 years of stellar service to the nation.Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list, and seventh among Indians.He is among the Indian greats who did not get a farewell game after contemporaries Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to express that Yuvraj Singh deserved a fitting farewell.”You don’t know what you got till its gone. Love you brotherman. You deserved a better send off,” the Indian opener wrote.You know how I feel inside ! Love u brothaman you go be a legendyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019After Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement in Mumbai, he revealed that he was promised a farewell game by the BCCI provided he failed the ‘Yo Yo’ fitness test. However, he passed it and the swansong never happened.”I was told… If you cannot pass the Yo-Yo test, then you could play a retirement match. I said I do not want a retirement match and if I do not pass the Yo-Yo test, I would go home. I passed the Yo-Yo test and the rest is not my call,” Yuvraj Singh said.advertisement”In life now, I will have a lot of time to discuss these things and I will have a lot to say. I am not saying anything right now because India is playing the World Cup and I don’t want any controversies around the players. I want the players to be in the best space to go into the last four.”I am sure my time will come to speak and I don’t want to be in that space where I have retired at the World Cup time… I have retired because I want to move on with my life and I am sure my time will come to talk about these things,” Yuvraj said.After 25yrs in cricket Ive decided to move on. Cricket has given me everythin I have.ThankU 4being a part of this journey.This game taught me how to fight,how to fall,to dust off,to get up again n move forward. It has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side #SteppingOut pic.twitter.com/x3wOhoXcLvyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019Yuvraj Singh made his India debut back in 2000 in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Kenya and made an immediate impact when he hit an 80-ball 84 against Australia. He followed that up with a crisp 41 against South Africa as India reached the final.In the years to come, Yuvraj Singh would go on to become one of the world’s most influential cricketers in the shorter formats. He played a gem of a knock against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup and was the backbone of India’s sensational triumph in the ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa.Yuvraj Singh’s crowning glory came in 2011 when he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets to help India win the World Cup.(With inputs from PTI)Also Seelast_img read more

Mbappe: I told Dembele to join Barca

first_imgKylian Mbappé Mbappe: I told Dembele to join Barcelona Last updated 2 years ago 02:17 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Ousmane Dembele Kylian Mbappe Getty Kylian Mbappé Ousmane Dembélé Metz v PSG Barcelona v Espanyol Metz PSG Espanyol Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The Paris Saint-Germain attacker revealed he wanted his France team-mate to make the move to Camp Nou and expects him to excel beside Lionel Messi Kylian Mbappe has revealed he urged Ousmane Dembele to leave Borussia Dortmund for Barcelona.The 20-year-old winger left Borussia Dortmund for Barcelona in a deal worth an initial €105 million, which could rise a further €42m based on bonuses.Barcelona 5/4 for La Liga title Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dembele said on Monday that he counted on his France team-mate to calm him down while he waited nervously for the deal to go through.And Mbappe, who subsequently made his own big-money move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain, revealed he played an active role in convincing the attacker to take Barca’s offer.”We discussed it and he asked what I thought about it. I told him to go because it is a great opportunity for him,” the 18-year-old striker told Foot Mercato.”He can really become a great player playing with Messi and Suarez in attack. He will really progress. His talent is already incredible, but he can still reach a new level.”That he can fulfill his dreams is what I wish for him. He managed to do it. In addition he is a friend, so it’s all good.”We have this passion for football. All that talk about prices or whatever, it does not concern us. What concerns us is just on the pitch. We want to play as we have always played since we started in football, both of us in our home cities. “It’s not a matter of value or principle, it’s just a matter of passion, feeling, that love of the game.”Dembele could make his debut for Barca on Saturday when they line up against Espanyol, while Mbappe is in line to feature for PSG for the first time against Metz.last_img read more

We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in Melbourne

first_imgWe need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneIndia vs Australia, 3rd Test: Following their first-ever Boxing Day Test defeat to India at home, Australia cricket team has been facing criticism from their media and former cricketers. advertisement Akshay Ramesh MelbourneDecember 30, 2018UPDATED: December 30, 2018 18:43 IST Steve Smith and David Warner scored nearly 40% of Australia’s total during their 2-0 win over India in 2014-15 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSA leading Australian daily has said the national team needs Smith and Warner back at the earliestAustralian players, barring Pat Cummins, have received ordinary ratings for their performances at MCGAustralia suffered a 134-run defeat and conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead to India The writing was on the wall ever since Australia were bowled out for 151 in response to India’s 443 for 7 declared in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. Pat Cummins and forecast of rain on Day 4 and Day 5 gave the hosts a glimmer of hope but Virat Kohli’s men were relentless in their pursuit of a famous win at the big G.India were restricted to 106 in the second innings but by then they had enough. Cummins, who shone with the ball in the first innings, came up with a valiant 63 but Australia eventually folded up for 261 and lost their first-ever Boxing Day Test at home against India by 134 runs.Tim Paine’s men also conceded an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-Test series to the visitors, who are now bidding to become the first team from the Asian country to win a Test series in Australia.Australia had been struggling for consistency ever since they lost their former captain, Steve Smith and vice-captain, David Warner to ball-tampering bans in March. And with the world number one Test side displaying a ruthless intent, Australia’s growing concerns are being exposed.The Daily Telegraph has echoed the thoughts of arguably the majority of Australian fans with a piece, titled, “Aussie woes laid bare: we need banned stars”, right after the hosts suffered the heavy defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Any tentative plans Cricket Australia had to gauge the dressing room attitudes on the return of banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner have been thrown out the window following their MCG massacre,” the news daily adds.advertisementWhile Cameron Bancroft, who tampered with the ball on the insistence of Australia’s leadership group in Cape Town, has served out his nine-month ban, Smith and Warner will be free to play domestic and international cricket from March 30 in 2019.Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts had recently said that Smith and Warner’s form in the upcoming T20 leagues will be assessed for their international comebacks. However, it seems more likely that the two prolific run-scorers will be back, wearing the Baggy Green at the earliest.Australian experts rate teams’ performances at MCGMeanwhile, Andrew Wu and Jon Pierik rated India and Australia players’ performances on a scale of 1 to 10 in the Boxing Day Test for the Sydney Morning Herald.While there were no surprises that Pat Cummins got 9.5 out of 10 for his all-round effort in the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah was rated 9 for his Man-of-the-Match-winning efforts with the Kookaburra.Aaron Finch got a rating of 1 on 10 after twin failures in the MCG Test. “At the crossroads as a Test opener after twin failures. Playing for his career in Sydney if he gets the nod,” the newspaper added.Rating captain Paine 5 out of 10, the SMH said, “Not his usual high standards with the gloves though this was not a keeper’s pitch. Showed usual fight with the bat.”Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh, who was booed at the MCG, got a rating of 2 on 10 and according to the SMH, axe looms for the all-rounder.On the other hand, former Australia cricketers have given their verdict on the Boxing Day Test with quite a few of them heaping praise on the Kohli-led visitng team.While several cricket experts have pointed out at the batting failure as the primary reason for Australia’s struggles, legendary leg-spinner, Shane Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball in 2018.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018India led by @imVkohli were too good for Aust in Melb with some standout performances from Pujara and Bumrah in particular. Bumrah is world class and a handful on any surface. Look forward to the SCG test where Aust look to square up what has been a high quality series.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) December 30, 2018Interesting how both @imVkohli & @Jaspritbumrah93 praise the significance of the Ranji Trophy in their player development. Shame we’re not sharing the same sentiment with Sheffield Shield. #AUDvINDTom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 30, 2018Very convincing win from ???? congratulations. For ???? @patcummins30 was the standout ??Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 30, 2018Also Read | Watch: India players congratulate 7-year-old Aussie co-skipper Archie SchillerAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t mean to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Boxing Day TestFollow Australian MediaFollow Tim PaineFollow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow India cricket newslast_img read more

Robert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial plan

first_imgRobert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial planMugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.advertisement Next Reuters HarareSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 11:06 IST Zimbabwe’s Former President Robert Mugabe (File photo: Reuters)The family of Zimbabwe founder Robert Mugabe is pushing back against the government’s plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare and wants him to be buried in his home village instead, three relatives told Reuters.Zimbabweans have been confused about when and where they would get to pay their last respects to Mugabe since his death in a Singapore hospital on Friday after a long illness.Mugabe had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.The Zimbabwean government said in a memo sent to embassies on Sunday that it planned to hold a state funeral for Mugabe in the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, with a burial ceremony on Sunday, but it did not say where the burial would be held.The choice of Mugabe’s resting place has been a topic of discussion since the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe would snub the offer of a burial at National Heroes Acre – a site reserved for the country’s heroes – because he felt bitter about the way he was removed from power.If Mugabe is buried in Kutama village, 85 km (52 miles) from Harare, it would be a major rebuke of his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the ruling ZANU-PF party that Mugabe helped to found.advertisementA Mugabe relative who is helping with funeral arrangements told Reuters that the family had compromised by agreeing to have a state funeral led by the government on Saturday but is insisting that Mugabe would be buried at Kutama, his place of birth. The relative, speaking from Singapore, asked not to be named.Two other relatives in Zimbabwe also said the family had agreed that Mugabe, affectionately known as “Mudhara” (Old man in the Shona language) by his supporters, would be buried at Kutama.”The family has made a decision that Mudhara will be buried at Kutama – that is the position – but the government is still engaging the family to try to have him buried at (National) Heroes Acre,” the relative in Singapore told Reuters.”What is clear is that there is no agreement on the place of burial. Even the government statement does not address that issue. It is not settled.”GOVERNMENT MEMOThe memo sent by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to embassies in Harare said heads of state would be expected to leave the stadium immediately after the funeral ceremony because officials would be busy with preparations for the burial.Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba, in comments to The Sunday Mail newspaper, denied that the government and Mugabe’s family were at loggerheads over where the former president should be buried.He said the provisional plan was for the burial to be at National Heroes Acre.The Sunday Mail said Mugabe’s body was expected back from Singapore on Wednesday afternoon and that Mnangagwa, members of Mugabe’s family and traditional chiefs from Mugabe’s Zvimba district would receive the body at Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.Leo Mugabe, the former president’s nephew, told Reuters on Sunday that Mugabe’s family and traditional chiefs had finalised their preferred programme for his burial but it had yet to be approved by the government.He was not available for comment after Reuters saw the government memo or after it spoke to the three other Mugabe relatives.CHURCH PRAYERSAt the packed Sacred Heart Cathedral in Harare, where Mugabe used to attend Catholic Mass with his first wife Sally and second wife Grace, people prayed on Sunday morning for their departed former leader.”We are praying for our relatives who have died. Without forgetting to pray for our former president, Comrade Robert Mugabe. … We are asking God if there is anything that he did wrong in his life that he be forgiven,” the priest told the congregation.Chris Sambo, a former soccer administrator who used to arrange matches for Mugabe in Kutama, said the southern African country’s Catholic community had lost one of its most important members.Tsitsi Samukange, another churchgoer, said Mugabe should be praised for fighting for his country.”I think everyone can admit that without the work he did we would not be as independent as we are,” she said.”You know when you fight, in a fight sometimes you lose your teeth? And we became poorer. But that’s a fight and he did it, and we should give him that.”advertisementMany Harare residents said they were saddened by Mugabe’s death and that it marked the end of an era.But his ousting in 2017 was accompanied by celebrations across the country of 13 million and critics at home and abroad viewed him as a power-obsessed autocrat who unleashed death squads, rigged elections and ruined the economy to keep control.Also Read | India hails Mugabe as true friend, icon of liberationAlso Watch | BCCI sponsor accused of rape in ZimbabweGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandeylast_img read more

K Line Adds VLCC Kisogawa to Its Fleet

first_imgImage Courtesy: K LineJapan’s shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of the 311,000 dwt very large crude carrier (VLCC) Kisogawa on November 15.The newbuilding, which was constructed by China’s Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), features a length of 339 meters and a beam of 60 meters.K Line informed that the ship achieves low fuel consumption, about 20% reduction compared with the company’s conventional VLCC, by removing Bulbus Bow, “applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller.”The Panama-flagged ship is classed by the classification society ABS. The 161,486 gross ton Kisogawa has a tank capacity of 350,337 m3.last_img

Le gouvernement signe un accord de règlement et fait un don au

first_imgLe gouvernement a signé un accord de règlement avec Lucien Comeau, un parent acadien qui avait déposé une plainte relative aux droits de la personne concernant le fait que les écoles du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) à Halifax n’avaient pas obtenu de fonds supplémentaires pour l’éducation. Le gouvernement et M. Comeau ont conclu l’accord à la suite de leur participation à un processus de médiation réparatrice avec l’aide de la Commission des droits de la personne. M. Comeau et la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax étaient parvenus à un accord semblable en août 2015. « Le gouvernement comprend que les élèves de la communauté acadienne et francophone doivent recevoir le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour réussir, de dire le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Michel Samson. Je suis fier que le gouvernement ait pu travailler avec M. Comeau et aider à faire en sorte que les élèves aient plus de possibilités à leur disposition. » M. Comeau a déposé une plainte à la Commission des droits de la personne en 2004 alléguant discrimination parce que des fonds recueillis par la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax auprès des contribuables pour des programmes comme l’enseignement de la musique et des arts n’étaient versés qu’aux écoles de langue anglaise du Halifax Regional School Board et non pas également aux écoles du CSAP à Halifax. Dans l’accord de règlement, le gouvernement reconnaît que les élèves du CSAP, les programmes du CSAP et la communauté acadienne et francophone de la municipalité ont subi un tort en n’étant pas en mesure d’avoir accès au financement scolaire supplémentaire. « Je tiens à remercier la Province d’avoir reconnu le tort causé aux élèves acadiens et francophones du CSAP dans la municipalité avant 2006, a dit M. Comeau. Cette reconnaissance est très importante pour ma famille et pour ma communauté, et elle garantit notre sens d’appartenance et d’intégration à la région d’Halifax. » Dans le cadre de l’accord de règlement, le gouvernement s’est engagé à se joindre et à participer activement à un groupe de travail permanent formé de représentants du gouvernement provincial et de l’administration municipale, et de membres de la communauté acadienne et francophone. Le groupe de travail a pour objectif d’améliorer la qualité de vie des Acadiens et des francophones en discutant le meilleur moyen de répondre aux besoins de ces deux groupes. Le gouvernement versera également 75 000 dollars au Fonds du Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre, soit un fonds destiné à des fins caritatives. Administré par la Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, le fonds a été créé pour accorder des subventions pour l’éducation, des bourses et des prix, et pour financer d’autres initiatives communautaires et charitables dans l’intérêt de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax L’accord servira à régler toutes les questions en suspens dans le dossier entre le gouvernement et M. Comeau. On s’attend à ce que le travail de la Commission d’enquête se termine bientôt avec une décision qui englobera l’accord intervenu entre les parties.last_img read more

Will take steps to reduce pollution in Gurugram says Deputy commissioner

first_imgGururgam: Citing that air pollution is a major challenge in the city and is affecting the health of millions of its resident, Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh has said that a framework is being designed wherein the levels of pollution can be reduced.On its part, the official said that the immediate measure will be to ensure greening of the areas so that dust pollution can be reduced. The senior official also said that in the coming month more work will also be done to improve the road and transport infrastructure so that the problem of traffic congestion can be reduced. The public agencies are also planning to involve various citizen groups to make sure that awareness of air pollution is spread to the residents. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA 14-member delegation, led by members of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), visited the city to hold talks and workshops with local officials of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board as part of a “scoping mission” under the Centre’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Among concerns raised during talks were those of adequate funding for cities to implement their plans, lack of robust ambient air quality monitoring systems, and aligning the NCAP’s mission with various policies and schemes in other sectors, such as the National Health Mission, and electric mobility policies which have been implemented at both state and central level. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderGurugram was added to the NCAP’s updated list of non-attainment cities on June 5. Accordingly, the HSPCB will be required to create city-specific reports and action plans to curb air pollution in both Gurugram and Faridabad. The NCAP is a pollution control initiative launched in January by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC). The 14-member team, which also included two national experts from IITs in Delhi and Kanpur, will be presenting the findings of their “scoping mission” before the MoEFCC next week. The delegation met with Kuldeep Singh and Shakti Singh, regional officers (Gurugram north and south), along with multiple sub-divisional officers. Gurugram was recently declared as the most polluted city in the world by a leading NGO this year.last_img read more

Military to overhaul moraleboosting trips after review finds serious problems

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s top general is overhauling military morale-boosting tours after an internal investigation uncovered the extent of the problems with a 2017 trip to Latvia that resulted in a sexual-assault charge against a former NHL player.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance disputed the idea that the Latvia trip was a “wild party” but admitted that the Team Canada program has been irreparably damaged and needs to be revisited.“Team Canada in its current form is over, it’s ended,” Vance said Wednesday, adding that military officials will be going back to the drawing board to determine the best approach for future morale-boosting trips. “I need to end this chapter.”The morale-building missions were suspended in pending a review after military police charged former NHL player Dave (Tiger) Williams for allegedly assaulting a military flight attendant during the Latvia trip in December 2017.Williams has denied any wrongdoing and his case is scheduled to go to trial next year.The review report, being released Thursday, did not delve into the specific allegations against Williams, which remain the purview of military police. It looked instead into the overall conduct of the flight, whose stated purpose was to deliver hockey equipment and play some goodwill hockey games in Latvia.Canada currently has about 500 troops leading a NATO battlegroup in Latvia.The review appears to confirm portraits of the Team Canada trip as more akin to a party than a military mission as some passengers drank to inebriation, a band played in the aisle and participants challenged cabin crew to arm-wrestling matches.Throughout it all, crew members appeared unsure how to react and instead turned a blind eye to the heavy drinking and other rules violations because they felt pressure from commanders to provide their passengers with “exceptional preferential treatment.”That pressure was partly the result of previous complaints about their performance on such military flights, including “slow beverage service,” as well as contradictory and confusing directions on how to handle their VIP passengers.Cabin crew members were also reluctant to confront passengers who were misbehaving because the trip had been organized by Vance’s office and cabin crew believed the participants were special guests of the defence chief.As a result, passengers were waved past security screenings in Ottawa, allowed to bring open alcohol containers onto the plane, chewed tobacco on the aircraft and served themselves from coolers in the aisles filled with booze that had been bought with money pooled by Vance’s staff.“The behaviour of some passengers was not conducive to a respectful work environment free of harassment,” the review report adds. “No intervention by the cabin crew took place because of the pressure on them to provide exceptional service on VIP missions.”Alcohol will be banned on all future morale-boosting trips and organization for them will be moved out of Vance’s office. Air force rules and regulations with respect to VIPs will be tightened up and cabin crew will be empowered to confront passengers who are misbehaving.“We cannot have aircraft flying with crews who feel uncertain or feel unempowered,” Vance said, adding that he “never underwrites improper behaviour.”While some may question the need for such tours, Vance said they have proven to be an important way to bring a little bit of Canada to troops far from home and expose prominent Canadians to the military — which is another reason he is overhauling the program.“We have to be in a position to be able to attract those people again,” he said.“And the only way they’re going to be able to do that is they see that this is over, we’ve dealt with it, we’re an honourable institution, we’re going to do this honourably in the future and they’re not going to be associated with a gong show.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Fergie To Be Honored With amfAR Award Of Inspiration

first_imgOn April 5, 2013 amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will return to Brazil for its third annual Inspiration Gala in São Paulo.The gala, once again held at the home of Dinho Diniz, will feature tributes to two honorees: Iconic Brazilian athlete Pelé will be presented with the Humanitarian Award, and pop star Fergie will be presented with the amfAR Award of Inspiration.amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, supermodel Kate Moss, and burlesque artist Dita Von Teese will travel to Brazil to help raise awareness and critical funds for AIDS research at the Inspiration Gala. Ms. Stone and Ms. Moss will serve as Event Chairs alongside amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and Honorary Chairs Dinho Diniz and Felipe Diniz.The event will include cocktails, gala dinner, fashion presentations, and a host of special performances. One of Brazil’s most influential and legendary musicians, former Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, will perform a set of his beloved songs. Longtime friend of amfAR Dita Von Teese will bring her famed burlesque act to Sao Paulo. Brazil’s own acclaimed samba musician Seu Jorge will also perform.Each year, the Inspiration Galas revolve around a different design theme; this year, décor and guests’ attire will draw inspiration from a black tie/athletic-inspired theme. Sponsors for the Inspiration Gala include Luxury Sponsor Louis Vuitton, Presenting Sponsor Iguatemi São Paulo, Angra Partners, and Lilly Sarti. Hugo Boss is the event’s Fashion Presentation Sponsor, luxury beverages will be provided by Moët & Chandon and Belvedere, and Silvia Furmanovich is the Gala Dinner Sponsor. Vogue Brazil is the event’s Media Partner. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The Inspiration event series was launched in 2010 by amfAR and Josh Wood Productions to celebrate all aspects of men’s style. Previous Inspiration events have taken place in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles, raising more than $6 million in total for AIDS research.last_img read more

China seizes 15 billion in online lending crackdown

BEIJING — China’s policy ministry says it investigated 380 online lenders and froze $1.5 billion in assets in a crackdown following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry.The ministry said Monday it launched the investigation in June because the industry was increasingly risky and rife with complaints about fraud, mismanagement and waste.Regulators have steadily tightened control over Chinese online lenders following a string of failures and fraud cases that prompted protests and complaints of official indifference to small investors.The police ministry gave no details of arrests but said more than 100 executives were being sought by investigators and some had fled abroad.The operator of one lender was sentenced to life in prison in 2017 on charges he defrauded investors of $7.7 billion.The Associated Press read more

UN agency rushes aid to pregnant women in cyclonehit parts of Bangladesh

With some 30,000 babies expected to be born in the coming months in cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced plans to help pregnant women there avoid life-threatening delivery complications.Out of the 6.7 million people affected by the storm which hit in mid-November, 30,000 women are carrying third-trimester pregnancies, the agency said in a news release, warning that almost 4,500 of them “are likely to experience potentially life-threatening complications.”In response, UNFPA is sending reproductive health kits equipped with intravenous fluids and drip sets, antibiotics, pain killers, syringes, sterile gloves and a small sterilizing machine, all to help prevent maternal deaths and disabilities. The agency is also providing other safe motherhood services to women who come to designated facilities for delivery. 4 December 2007With some 30,000 babies expected to be born in the coming months in cyclone-hit parts of Bangladesh, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today announced plans to help pregnant women there avoid life-threatening delivery complications. read more

Police seize 30K worth of cocaine from Milton home

Two men are facing charges after Halton police seized roughly $30K worth of cocaine in Milton.Officers found a half kilogram of cocaine, cash and other drug trafficking paraphernalia while executing a search warrant at a home on Haxton Heights Thursday. D’Shawn Rose, 24, and Christopher MacNevin, 40, have been arrested and charged with various drug related offences.Rose is being held for a bail hearing in Milton court on June 8 while MacNevin was released on a promise to appear in Milton court on July 11.

UN health agency calls for improving tobacco regulations to save lives

The monograph, entitled “Advancing Knowledge on Regulating Tobacco Products,” calls for an overhaul of the existing testing methods that measure the tar, nicotine and other yields of tobacco and tobacco smoke, and urges the establishment of a new basis for measuring, regulating and labelling tobacco products globally.The study recommends that governments consider setting up a new basis for measurement of tar and nicotine yields and regulating tobacco product additives. It also calls for removing misleading “low tar” or “lights” branding. In addition, the publication proposes the development of regulations covering all nicotine-containing products as well as a common international strategy on the future of tobacco product modification. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland”A cigarette is a euphemism for a cleverly crafted product that delivers just the right amount of nicotine to keep its user addicted for life before killing him or her,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. “Tobacco needs to be globally regulated if we are to save lives,” she stressed.WHO estimates that currently, 4 million people die due to tobacco every year. The agency warns that the death toll could rise to 10 million by 2030 in the absence of more effective tobacco product regulation. read more

New Zealand The Little Nation That Could Win Two World Cups

1979CricketWest Indies4.8England46.7 YEARSPORTWINNERPOP.RUNNER-UPPOP. 2011CricketIndia1,210.2Sri Lanka20.9 2011RugbyNew Zealand4.4France63.1 1983CricketIndia748.0West Indies5.0 2007RugbySouth Africa49.6England51.4 1991RugbyAustralia17.3England47.3 1987RugbyNew Zealand3.3France56.0 1987CricketAustralia16.3England47.3 1995RugbySouth Africa41.4New Zealand3.7 1996CricketSri Lanka18.4Australia18.3 1999RugbyAustralia19.0France58.9 1992CricketPakistan117.3England48.0 1975CricketWest Indies4.6mAustralia13.9m Usually the countries that dominate international sports competitions are the ones more populated than New Zealand, which has just 4.6 million people. Yet the island nation is competing, and winning, in a whole range of sports. Its next task: winning the Cricket World Cup.On Tuesday, New Zealand’s men’s cricket team beat its counterpart from South Africa, a nation of more than 54 million, to advance to its first cricket World Cup final. (And they did it in a thrilling match.) New Zealand has won all eight of its games in this year’s competition, and is the country with the smallest population to ever reach the title match in the competition’s four-decade history. The last World Cup champion, India, had just a slightly larger population: 1.28 billion.Winning any World Cup is a big deal for such a small country. After all, my friend Stephen Wells, a London-based photographer, told me, “Any international/global achievement no matter how trivial is a big deal in NZ.” He added, “Some of us have an inferiority complex that we’re an afterthought of a country, because sometimes we really are an afterthought of a country. But not now.”If the Kiwis beat their neighbors, Australia, on Sunday in Melbourne, New Zealand will become only the second country ever to hold the World Cup titles for both men’s rugby and men’s cricket at the same time.1Australia won the 1987 cricket World Cup and still held that title four years later, when it won the rugby World Cup. Australia also won both World Cups in 1999 and repeated as cricket champs in 2003.As good as New Zealand is in cricket, it’s better in rugby. The men’s team won the last World Cup, in 2011, its second. It has a winning record against every team it has ever played, has been ranked No. 1 for longer than all other teams combined and is the betting favorite to defend its title at this fall’s World Cup. New Zealand’s two rugby World Cup triumphs are the only wins in either World Cup in the last 35 years by a nation with fewer than 5 million people.2West Indies, a cricket conglomerate of 15 small nations and territories, won the first two cricket World Cups in 1975 and 1979, each time representing places with a combined population slightly bigger than New Zealand’s this year. 2007CricketAustralia21.2Sri Lanka20.3 2003CricketAustralia20.0India1,093.8 1999CricketAustralia19.0Pakistan140.6 2003RugbyEngland49.9Australia20.0 New Zealand also has won one World Cup in women’s cricket and finished second at another. And it won four of seven World Cups that have been held in women’s rugby.Again, all that with fewer than 5 million inhabitants.These achievements might be easy to dismiss if you’re not into cricket or rugby. The sports have widespread but not worldwide appeal. Mostly they’re limited to former British territories and Commonwealth countries, and neither is yet an Olympic sport.3Rugby sevens, a faster form of the game played at the World Cup, will debut at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next summer. But New Zealand has done well in the men’s soccer World Cup lately, too. It qualified in 2010 — as the third least populous country, bigger only than Slovenia and Uruguay — and was the only team not to lose a match. (It drew all three of its group-stage matches and was eliminated.) It fell one game short of qualifying for last summer’s World Cup. The women’s team qualified for the 2007 and 2011 women’s World Cups.In the Summer Olympics, New Zealand has been gaining on its more populous rivals. It won 13 medals in London in 2012, the fourth straight Summer Games in which New Zealand increased its medal total. It ranked seventh in per-capita medals in 2008, and fourth in 2012, behind only nations that won all their medals in athletics. New Zealand athletes medaled in six different disciplines in London.“That shows there’s a system in place, not just chance or concentration on one sport,” said Alex Baumann, chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand, the government body that sponsors recreation in the country, in a telephone interview earlier this month.Baumann attributed the country’s sporting success to a number of factors. As with many things, it starts with money. Over the last five years, the government has increased its investment in his department by nearly 50 percent.4New Zealand’s per capita GDP is higher than India’s and some other cricket rivals but below that of Australia and the U.K., two of its rivals in both cricket and rugby.“In the end, we don’t have all the resources like other countries do, like the U.K. or Australia or even Canada,” Baumann said. “You can’t spend the resources so thinly that you don’t make the difference.”Prioritizing funding has spurred individual sports federations to excel, not just for glory but to keep getting money from the government. “There’s that kind of tension between sports to do well,” Baumann said.That philosophy, and a deep emphasis on sports, is shared by Australia, New Zealand’s close neighbor and ally and sporting rival. While New Zealand lately has topped the standings for sporting performance by countries with fewer than 5 million people, Australia has been the dominant global sports force for countries with fewer than 20 million people. Baumann pointed out that each country’s prime minister attended the cricket teams’ World Cup match last month in Auckland, even though it was in the group stage and unlikely to eliminate either team. “It highlights the importance of sport,” Baumann said.CORRECTION (March 27, 3:03 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said India won the cricket World Cup last year. It won the last cricket World Cup, in 2011.CLARIFICATION (March 27, 3:32 p.m.): A previous version of this article said the cricket World Cup final will be played on Saturday. Its scheduled starting time is 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Melbourne, which is 11:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. read more

Mens Lacrosse Ohio State drops fifth straight game in 1310 loss to

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterIn a high-scoring affair, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team could not put an end to its losing streak, falling 13-10 to No. 5 Johns Hopkins for the Buckeyes’ fifth straight loss in Baltimore Saturday. The Buckeyes (5-6, 0-2 Big Ten) always seemed to be within closing distance to the Blue Jays (8-2, 2-0 Big Ten), but never managed to close the gap when it counted. Ohio State matched Johns Hopkins in goals in every quarter except for one, getting outscored 5-2 in the third quarter in what proved to be the deciding quarter. Ohio State trailed 12-10 with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but Blue Jay sophomore attack Cole Williams silenced any thoughts of a comeback. He scored a goal with 26.6 seconds on the clock to put the game out of reach, completing his game-high four-goal performance.Ohio State sophomore attack Tre Leclaire paced the team’s offense, finishing the day with a hat-trick. Ohio State freshman midfielder Omari DeBerry scored his first collegiate first goal just before halftime to bring his team to within one goal before freshman midfielder Jackson Reid tied it up at five. For the first time this year, Ohio State’s record fell below .500. The Buckeyes will continue conference play and try to break their losing streak against No. 18 Michigan at 11 a.m. Saturday in Columbus. The matchup will precede the Ohio State football team’s spring game. read more