Yogeshwar Dutt back with a golden bang

first_imgEncouraged by his winning return to the mat, Yogeshwar Dutt is targeting nothing less than gold at the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.Yogeshwar was out of action for a year and a half after winning bronze at the London Olympics, recovering from a knee injury. There were new challenges staring him and Sushil Kumar in the face as the weight categories and rules were changed. But they overcame the hurdles in style.Yogeshwar had to move to a 65 kg from 60kg while two-time Olympic medallist Sushil shifted to 74 kg category from 66kg. Last week at the Senior [FS & FW] Memorial Peelicone event in Sassari, Italy, Yogeshwar bagged gold while Sushil got silver.Yogeshwar admitted there were doubts when they entered the tournament. “We were facing competition after a long time. We were competing in new weight categories and under new rules. So there was pressure as we didn’t know how we will perform. But it turned out well for us,” Yogeshwar told MAIL TODAY. “We felt comfortable while competing in new weight categories. To be able to win gold in a quality field on return and under such circumstances has given me the belief that I will be able to fight in 65kg and win medals for India. In the semi-finals, I beat the 2013 world champion in 66kg from Armenia (David Safaryan). In the new weight category I will face wrestlers like him and it has given me confidence that I can beat the best in the world,” he said. The gritty wrestler said adapting to the rule changes was crucial. “The points system has changed and one has to use his mind and you can’t afford to relax. One has to attack and can’t defend for too long because one can lose points with a warning. Overall, it has been a good test for us.”advertisementLooking ahead to the Commonwealth Games (July 23-August 3, Glasgow) and Asian Games (Incheon, September 19-October 4), Yogeshwar said competing before the big events would be helpful. “Moving to a higher weight category is not an issue but generating power corresponding to the weight is important. I have to work in that area. There is enough time left for the London Olympics and I am confident that by then I will be in a better shape.” “We are looking to compete in another event in Germany before the CWG. Or else we will focus on practice and trials. The team may also go to Belarus for training but it is yet to be finalised. Since there is no Greco-Roman wrestling in CWG, it will affect the medal count of wrestling. We have to make sure we win the medals on offer in freestyle. Winning gold in both the CWG and the Asian Games is the aim.”In between the CWG and the Asian Games, there is the World Championships in Taskhent, but Yogeshwar is yet to take a call on that. “It will be difficult to fight in back-to-back events and if I see that maintaining weight will be difficult, I may skip the Worlds,” he added. Yogeshwar was all praise for the Olympic Gold Quest which he joined last month. “I was earlier with the Mittal Champions Trust and they were of big help when I was injured. The OGQ is also an organisation which has come forward to help Indian athletes to achieve their dreams. When you have such support, it takes care of a lot of things and you can freely concentrate on training.”last_img read more

Steve Smith turned blind eye to ball-tampering plan: Darren Lehmann

first_imgDarren Lehmann, the Australia coach during the infamous ball-tampering scandal, feels then captain Steve Smith shouldn’t have turned a “blind eye” to the ill-fated plan in Cape Town.Lehmann stepped down as coach after Smith and his deputy David Warner were handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia in exemplary punishment for their role in the scandal in March that shook the game.Cameron Bancroft, who actually committed the offence, was banned for nine months. His ban ends on Saturday, while Smith and Warner will have to wait until March.”Steve decided to turn a blind eye. He was captain of the country and he should have more control of that,” Lehmann told ‘Macquarie Sports Radio’.”I still can’t understand the pressures of captaining your country, it’s quite high you would think.”Lehmaan said Bancroft should have approached the support staff when he was asked to tamper the ball.”Yeah, he (Bancroft) could have and should have come to us,” he said.”A severe mistake made by the guys and a lot of people have suffered one way or the other through that. We know it should not have happened, but it did. You’re sitting up there in the dressing rooms seeing what’s happening and your heart sinks.”For me, I think we need to move on and understand it happened and it was a really bad time in Australia cricket,” said Lehmann who played 27 Tests for Australia between 1998 and 2004.On Wednesday, Bancroft said Warner asked him to use sandpaper to alter the ball and claimed he went along with it to “fit in” and feel “valued” in the team”.advertisementWarner, who has taken responsibility for his part in the incident, is yet to respond to the latest revelations.Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who conducted the interviews with Bancroft and Smith for Fox Sports, encouraged Warner to give his side of the story for the sake of his future international career.”There’s no doubt Davey Warner would be feeling so isolated at the moment,” said Gilchrist.”I would encourage Dave to come out wherever and just be honest and as open as you need to be to get back to playing cricket.”Former opener Michael Slater said Smith and Bancroft were attempting to “bury” Warner and it would be difficult for him to return to the team.”There is a strategy behind Steve Smith and Bancroft, and Dave Warner’s off the radar at the moment,” Slater said.”In terms of a respectful comment on Dave Warner, there’s been none of that. So to me, it is untenable, they’ve buried him very quickly,” Slater, who is currently commentating for Seven Network, said.Also Read | Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft comments on ball-tampering shocking: PontingAlso Read | You are paid to win, not to play: Cricket Australia bosses had told Steve SmithAlso Read | Ball-tampering scandal: Warner suggested me to carry out the action, says Bancroftlast_img read more

NEW SENSORS INSTANTLY DETECT IOWA POWER OUTAGES

first_imgMidAmerican Energy will get instant reports of power outages from new electronic sensors being attached to Iowa power lines:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/MIDAM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..of our system.” :07That’s company spokesman Geoff Greenwood who says it can take hours for utility workers to inspect lines and find the source of an outage.The sensors transmit information about power outages to a control center located in Des Moines that monitors all of MidAmerican’s Iowa power grid:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/MIDAM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..across the state.” :13The sensors, called “remote fault indicators,” are able to identify faults in the flow of electricity.They have already been installed in rural areas plus Sioux City and in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, the Quad Cities and Waterloo.The devices can be attached to lines that are above or below ground.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/MIDAM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….we have blizzards.” :12MidAmerican provides electric service to 770-thousand customers in the tri-state area and Illinois.Radio Iowalast_img read more

7 days agoBenteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contracts

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Benteke, Tomkins extend Crystal Palace contractsby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are boosted by news that Christian Benteke and James Tomkins have extended their contracts.Tomkins will now be with the club until the end of the 2021/2022 season, while Benteke has a contract that expires at the end of the 2020/2021 campaign.While Tomkins is a key player, Benteke’s renewal was a little surprising given he has only started two Premier League games and not scored a goal in league play this season.Speaking about the renewals, Palace club chairman Steve Parish had the following to say: “I’m pleased that agreements have been reached with these two important senior players.”Both James and Christian bring vast Premier League experience, commitment and professionalism to the squad.”These new deals show that we recognise their levels of performance in recent seasons, that we believe in both players, and that they are hugely motivated by the direction the club is heading.” last_img read more

Australia v Jordan: Title defence begins in UAE

first_imgAustralia will begin their quest to win a second consecutive Asian Cup with an opening match against Jordan on January 6 at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.Both sides will be expected to progress to the knockout stage from Group B, with four of the six third place teams going through also, and nabbing three early points will be a brilliant start. Each team has won twice against the other in their four World Cup qualification matches since Australia moved to the AFC – with the home side triumphing on each occasion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Australia vs Jordan Date Sunday, January 6 AEDT Time 10.00pm AEDT / 3.00pm LOCAL TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In Australia, the match can be watched live on Fox Sports through the Foxtel platform. There is no free-to-air broadcaster.You can stream the game through either the Foxtel Go, Play, Kayo and the My Football Live – just bear in mind those services are subscription based. AUS TV channel Online stream Fox Sports Foxtel GO/Play/Kayo/My Football Live  Squads & Team News   Position Australia players Goalkeepers Ryan, Vukovic, Langerak Defenders Sainsbury, Behich, Gersbach, Jurman, Milligan, Risdon, Degenek, Grant Midfielders Luongo,  Jeggo, Amini, Irvine, Mabil, Rogic Forwards Leckie, Giannou, Nabbout, Maclaren, Kruse, Ikonomidis The Socceroos will be missing arguably their best player Aaron Mooy through injury for the duration of the Asian Cup, while star winger Mathew Leckie has been selected but is likely to be absent until the latter stages of the tournament.Martin Boyle was also a late withdrawal in the days leading up to the matchAn opening match against an unpredictable Jordan will see Graham Arnold select his best available line-up, but it’s far from clear who will start in midfield and attack.Massimo Luongo is a lock to start in central midfield and it’s likely Jackson Irvine will step into the vacant position alongside because of Mooy’s absenceTom Rogic will start in the attacking midfield role, but any two of Robbie Kruse, Awer Mabil, Andrew Nabbout and Chris Ikonomidis could play on the flanks.Nabbout is likely to start as the central striker after impressing in the 5-0 victory over Oman.Socceroos predicted XI: Ryan (GK); Behich, Milligan (C), Sainsbury, Risdon; Luongo, Irvine; Kruse, Rogic, Ikonomidis; Nabbout. Position Jordan players Goalkeepers Amer Shafi, Moataz Yaseen, Ahmed Abdel-Sattar Defenders Tareq Khattab, Yazan Abu Arab, Mohammed Al-Basha, Anas Bani Yaseen, Bara’ Marei, Feras Shelbaieh, Salem Al-Ajalin Midfielders Baha’ Abdel-Rahman, Saeed Murjan, Saleh Rateb, Yousef Al-Rawashdeh, Ahmad Ersan, Yazan Thalji, Yaseen Al-Bakhit, Musa Al-Taamari, Obaida Al-Samarneh, Khalil Bani Attiah, Ahmed Samir Forwards Baha’ Faisal, Odai Khadr  Jordan’s most high-profile player is Musa Al-Taamari, who plys his trade for Cyprus club APOEL Nicosia, and he will be the nation’s fulcrum in the midfield. Veterans Amer Shafi. Anas Ban Yaseen and Yaseen Al-Bakhit should feature heavily being experienced members of the Chivalrous. The Jordanians have surprising left out striker Hamza Al-Dardour, who scored a hat-trick during the last Asian Cup and has 27 goals from his 55 caps. They will be led by Belgian coach Vital Borkelmans, who served as an assistant for his own country from 2012-16. In 2018, the Middle Eastern side recorded some impressive results including a win against Denmark and a narrow one-goal defeat to World Cup finalist Croatia. Betting & Match Odds Australia are strong favourites heading into this match with a Socceroos win valued at $1.22, a draw at $6.00 and an Jordan victory at $13.While three points for the Socceroos seems likely according to the bookies, the green and gold have never beaten Jordan in the Middle East.A single goal win for Australia looks to be solid value at $3.10.All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct at the time of publishing.  Match Preview Josh Risdon SocceroosWhile the signs all point to a comfortable Australian result, Jordan have terrific record against the green and gold in the Middle East and cannot be underestimated.The Socceroos have thumped the Chivalrous 4-0 and 5-1 in Australia during two separate World Cup qualification campaigns, but lost the return matches in Jordan 2-1 and 2-0 respectively.They will be coached by Graham Arnold, who will appear at his second Asian Cup after leading the green and gold to the quarter-finals in 2007.It’s his second stint in charge having recently taken over from Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, who led the Socceroos to the recent World Cup in Russia.Defending champions Australia are among the tournament favourites but a lack of quality goalscorers in their squad threatens to be an issue, with talisman Tim Cahill now retired.The team’s only out-and-out striker Jamie Maclaren has never scored for his nation and only has one goal this season – scored back in August.But the green and gold have been impressive in their two recent Middle East-based matches, thumping Kuwait 4-0 and thrashing Oman 5-0.Australia, Jordan and Syria will be favourites to progress from Group B, but with only four of the six third place teams qualifying for the knockouts, there is no room for complacency in these early matches.last_img read more

Zidane: Bale staying not a problem

first_imgZinedine Zidane insists Gareth Bale’s reluctance to leave Real Madrid is causing no consternation at the La Liga club.Reports of Madrid wanting to sell Wales winger Bale have been amplified since Zidane’s return as head coach in March.The pair are said to share an uneasy relationship, a view given legitimacy when the player’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, publicly questioned whether Zidane wished to keep the four-time Champions League winner. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But with three seasons left to run on his contract, and a wage unlikely to be matched elsewhere, Bale appears destined to remain in the Spanish capital for a seventh season.”Him staying is not a problem,” Zidane said ahead of the International Champions Cup clash against Bayern Munich.”I can’t say that the player is a problem. He has a contract, he is here and what I can say is that anything could happen.”I have to respect all the players, he is with us and he is a Real Madrid player.”We will see what will happen. His role has not changed compared to in June.”Bale is part of the squad that has travelled to the United States for the start of pre-season, along with new signings Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy.There may yet be more arrivals before the real campaign begins with Madrid believed to be closely monitoring wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.When asked about the France international, Zidane replied: “We know with the club what we want to do, and we are working on what we want to do.”What I’m looking forward to is tomorrow’s match and working bit by bit.”We have time for the rest, and we’ll see what will happen.”Bale, now 30 years old, has 102 goals and 65 assists in 231 games for Real Madrid and has scored spectacular strikes in the finals of both the Copa del Rey final in 2014 and the Champions League final in 2018 – both trophies Los Blancos went on to lift.last_img read more

Gov’t Working to Keep Windalco Open

first_img In April 2018, the OFAC added seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control to its sanctioned list. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is making its best efforts to ensure that West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) remains open and continues to make a positive contribution to the economy. He gave the assurance on Tuesday (July 24) as he updated Parliament on Government’s lobby to the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for waivers on sanctions against Windalco’s parent company, UC RUSAL of Russia. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is making its best efforts to ensure that West Indies Alumina Company (Windalco) remains open and continues to make a positive contribution to the economy.He gave the assurance on Tuesday (July 24) as he updated Parliament on Government’s lobby to the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for waivers on sanctions against Windalco’s parent company, UC RUSAL of Russia.In April 2018, the OFAC added seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control to its sanctioned list.Oleg Deripaska, the single largest shareholder in UC RUSAL, was named on the list.“In an effort to reduce the effects of the sanctions on over 1,200 workers from Windalco, the livelihood of the Jamaican citizens and the local economy, an appeal was made to the US Department of the Treasury in June 2018,” Minister Montague noted.“The Government of Jamaica sought the grant of waivers for UC Rusal to allow the company to purchase fuel, equipment and spares, chemicals and other supplies needed to sustain the economic operation of the Ewarton plant and the attendant activities,” he said.Minister Montague told the House that through the Government’s efforts Windalco will be exempt from the sanctions imposed up to October 23.He said the OFAC advised that Windalco’s commercial activities were covered under General Licence 14 (GL-14), which expires later this year.“To the extent that the relevant activities of Windalco involve transactions that are consistent with the maintenance and wind-down activities authorised by GL-14, US persons may continue to engage in those transactions with Windalco until the expiration of GL-14. Similarly, transactions with Windalco by non-US persons will not be considered significant for the purposes of a sanction determination,” the Minister said.He noted that “while this is not a long-term solution, it is a positive step in the right direction”.last_img read more

Three human traffickers arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police on Thursday arrested three human traffickers at Sealdah station car parking area on Thursday afternoon.The trio, according to a senior official of STF, have been engaged in a racket for arranging illegal entry of Bangladeshi nationals through Indo-Bangladesh border at Petrapole. “They were involved in arranging smooth passage of Bangladeshi nationals from Petrapole border to Kolkata for money,” the official said. Along with the three, STF sleuths also apprehended six Bangladeshi immigrants. The three have been identified as Madhab Mahajan(49) of Digberia under Madhyagram police station, Nayeb Molla (35) of village Khalidpur, Petrapol, and Santosh Kumar Chaki(27) of Bongaon. A case has been initiated at Entally police station under section 14A and14C Foreigner’s Act.last_img read more

Yada yada yada Netflix to air Seinfeld starting in 2021

first_imgLOS GATOS, Calif. — Netflix says it will start streaming all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up.Netflix Inc. struck the deal with Sony Pictures Television for the global streaming rights to the Emmy-winning television comedy, which aired its final episode in 1998. Terms were not released.Jerry &Elaine &George &Kramer &NetflixAll 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix — worldwide! — starting in 2021 pic.twitter.com/tLvcCKH4vl— Netflix US (@netflix) September 16, 2019The deal for “Seinfeld” comes after Netflix announced in June that it would be losing its most popular TV show, “The Office.”Netflix will still carry the show for more than a year, but NBC isn’t extending the license further with NBCUniversal’s streaming service launching in 2020.Netflix will face even more competition in November, when Apple and Disney launch their own streaming services within days of each other.The Associated Presslast_img read more

The Elders Condemn US Refugee Ban

first_imgThe Elders have condemned the US president’s Executive Order banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States and restricting migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.They are concerned that the policy is at odds with the United States’ distinguished record in resettling refugees and protecting victims of conflict.The Elders believe that the complex challenges posed by refugee movements amid unprecedented levels of global migration, including legitimate security concerns, can only be resolved through international cooperation and coordination, not unilateral actions.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“It is deeply regrettable that a nation of immigrants should turn its back so harshly on refugees escaping violence and war. Curtailing the US resettlement programme, the last lifeline to so many, undermines the great values of a nation that has always championed humanitarian principles and human rights.”Hina Jilani, Elder and international human rights defender, added:“The United States has been a sanctuary for refugees for centuries, and has played a key role in developing the current global framework including the 1951 Refugee Convention. These decisions by the new President are at odds with both universal human rights and fundamental American traditions. Any weakening of the international system to manage and protect refugees, including resettlement programmes, will hurt vulnerable people, stoke resentment and threaten greater insecurity.”In their September 2016 report “In Challenge Lies Opportunity: How the World Must Respond to Refugees and Mass Migration”, The Elders set out four key principles that they believe should inform global policy. They participated in the United Nations summit on refugees in September 2016 and support the ongoing negotiations to develop Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.This is the best way of developing a workable framework based on shared responsibilities that delivers protection, human rights and security for refugees and host communities alike.The Elders believe all refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, regardless of religion, nationality or race. They are concerned that the measures announced by President Trump are already disrupting the lives of people who desperately need protection from war and tyranny, dividing families and threatening livelihoods.Developing an effective and humane global refugee policy requires concerted political will and The Elders hope that the United States will provide leadership in line with its honourable historical and humanitarian traditionslast_img read more

Status of Womens Action Plan inflated Aboriginal Affairs violence prevention project spending

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsWhen it released its “Action Plan” to fight violence against Indigenous women, the Harper government inflated by $24.5 million the amount of money Aboriginal Affairs planned to spend on reserve-based family violence prevention projects.Status of Women’s “Action Plan,” released Sept. 15 claimed Aboriginal Affairs planned to spend $66.2 million over five years beginning in 2015 on “violence prevention activities” under its Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP).Aboriginal Affairs, however, said over the weekend it was spending $41.7 million over five years on violence prevention projects under FVPP.The difference between the Action Plan figures and Aboriginal Affairs’ numbers is $24.5 million.It’s unclear how Status of Women and Aboriginal Affairs arrived at different totals when both were talking about the same FVPP program money.The FVPP program is getting $31.74 million a year beginning in 2015. It received a $1.34 million increase over the previous five years. This money is being transferred from a similar program previously housed under Canadian Heritage.It appears Status of Women and Aboriginal Affairs divided the total differently.The FVPP program is divided between funding for shelter services and violence prevention programs.Status of Women’s Action Plan numbers also differ from Aboriginal Affairs’ figures on shelter funding.The Action Plan states that, under the FVPP, shelters in 41 First Nation communities would get $18.5 million a year, beginning in 2015.Aboriginal Affairs, however, said shelters would get $23 million a year under the program, with about $3.5 million of the total going to reimburse provinces and territories for shelter services.Aboriginal Affairs released its figures over the weekend in a response to an APTN National News story published Friday that reported the Action Plan’s figures showed a cut to 41 First Nation shelters.Aboriginal Affairs said there would be no cut and shelter funding would remain the same.APTN National News contacted Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch’s spokesperson to get clarity on the numbers on Friday. The minister’s office bounced the question to media relations office for Employment and Social Development Canada. The department then bounced the question to Aboriginal Affairs.Aboriginal Affairs initially responded to APTN National News’ query Saturday, but, as of this article’s posting, had not answered additional questions on the discrepancy between how Status of Women divided FVPP’s funding versus how Aboriginal Affairs sliced the funding pie.Liberal MP and Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett said the Harper government is playing a “shell game” moving money between departments to create the perception it’s dealing with the issue while faced with persistent calls for a national inquiry.“Regardless of the government’s desperate and confused backtracking on the apparent shelter cuts, it is clear that on-reserve shelters are already critically underfunded and maintaining the same 2010 funding is a completely inadequate response to this epidemic of violence,” said Bennett.The NDP on Monday again pressed the government to call a national inquiry. Cree MP Romeo Saganash led the opposition charge.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch reiterated the government was acting on the issue through its Action Plan.Last Friday the NDP, who outnumbered the Conservatives in the House, triggered a debate on the need for a public inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Saganash delivered an elegant and emotional speech about the need to hold an inquiry so the families of the missing can get some sense of closure. Saganash used his own mother as an example of how important closure is for those who do not know where their loved ones lie. Saganash said his brother Jonish died in residential school when he was only five years old in 1954. Saganash’s mother did not know where he was buried until 40 years later, when the little boy’s grave was discovered by his sister.“It is only by coincidence, one day, that one of my sisters happened to be in the area and someone told her, ‘I know where your little brother is buried.’ After 40 years, my sister filmed the site where he was buried and brought the film back to my mom to show her,” said Saganash. “I do not know if any of the members have seen their mother cry, but I saw my mother cry many times, but the day she saw that video, I had never seen her cry that way. That was closure. That is what we call closure. That is the closest she could get to final closure for her son. That is what Indigenous families in this country need.That is what they want. That is why they are calling for this national inquiry.”The Conservative MPs across the floor where unmoved and the parliamentary secretary for status of women questioned whether Saganash supported the need to break intergenerational cycles of violence.“Does he not think that addressing underlying causes of violence through structured training initiatives are important?” said Status of Women parliamentary secretary Susan Truppe.Saganash said in response that no plan would work without first understanding the root causesjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

CJI Gogoi offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara temple in hills

first_imgTirupati: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Ranjan Gogoi and his wife offered prayers in the shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala Hills near here on Friday, a temple official said.On his arrival at the shrine, Justice Gogoi was given a traditional reception by the officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs the shrine. After an overnight stay in the hills, Justice Gogoi took part in an hour-long ‘abhishekam’ (celestial bath) ritual conducted for the main deity of Lord Venkateswara at the over 2,000-year old shrine amid chanting of Vedic hymns, a temple official said. This was his third visit as the chief justice of India to the shrine. He had offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara on November 18 last and on February 3, the official added.last_img

More Sri Lankans arrive from Australia

People returned involuntarily do not have access to reintegration assistance. This latest group takes to 232 the number of Sri Lankans returned involuntarily since 13 August, the High Commission said. Another group of Sri Lankan men were sent home from Christmas Island in Australia today, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.This is the sixth involuntary removal to take place in the last week and was made up of 32 Sri Lankan men, all recent arrivals from a number of different boats. Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity.“The message is clear that people who pay smugglers are risking their lives and throwing their money away. There is no visa awaiting them on arrival, there is no speedy outcome, and no special treatment,” the High Commission quoted Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen. The men were advised of their status and that they were subject to removal from Australia. They raised no issues that engaged Australia’s international obligations. The Government will continue to return people where they do not engage Australia’s international obligations.“We are committed to breaking the people smuggling trade and preventing people from taking these dangerous boats to Australia. And we will continue to regularly transfer people to Nauru and shortly to Manus Island,” he said.Since 13 August, 324 Sri Lankans have returned home – both voluntarily and involuntarily – as people realise that these smugglers only sell lies and false promises about what awaits people in Australia. read more

Philippines seeks robust bilateral engagement with Lanka

The newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Philippines, Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja presented credentials to Benigno S. Aquino III. The ceremonies included  a honour guard at the Malacañan Palace  and wreath laying ceremony at the monument of  Dr. Jose P . Rizal , the Philippine National Hero. Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Minda Calaguian-Cruz, Assistant Secretary, Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs,  as well as Senior Officials of the Government of the Philippines were present at the ceremonies. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III says there is a need to revitalize the implementation of existing bilateral instruments with Sri Lanka and finalize early the ones being presently negotiated. At the discussions, the President referred to the warm bilateral relations between the Philippines and Sri Lanka which is based on mutual understanding and close cooperation covering political, economic and cultural relations. He reiterated the need to further elevate the existing cooperation and friendly ties between the two countries given the positive changes in the Political, Socio Economic Environments in both countries.  Ambassador Ranaraja thanked President for his kind sentiments, and conveyed to him greetings and best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which were warmly reciprocated. The Ambassador briefed the President on the current political and economic developments in Sri Lanka following the Presidential Election in January 2015 and the General Elections on 17th August. While observing that the two countries reach the important milestone of 55 years of diplomatic relations in 2016, she conveyed Sri Lanka’s strong commitment to further elevate the existing close and friendly relations with the Philippines, with particular emphasis on the Political, Trade and Investment, Agriculture, Human Resources Development, sharing of knowledge and experience in the migrant workers, Maritime BPO/KPO outsourcing, Tourism, Aviation spheres and People to People contact. During the tete-a-tete which followed the Credential Ceremony, President Aquino III warmly welcomed Ambassador Ranaraja and wished her well in her assignment. The President, while appreciating the good cooperation and mutual support at multilateral fora, including elections, agreed on the need to revitalize the implementation of existing bilateral instruments and finalize early the ones being presently negotiated. President Aquino III noted the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms to facilitate a more robust bilateral engagement.  He also noted the need to strengthen institutional mechanisms to facilitate a more robust bilateral engagement.  Ambassador Aruni Ranaraja is a career diplomat with 19 years of service, having served in diplomatic assignments at Sri Lanka’s Embassies in Belgium and to the European Union, The Royal Kingdom of the Thailand, the  Russian Federation  and the Republic of Italy. She was the Director General for Africa in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, prior to her present assignment. She holds Masters Degree in International Relations from the State University of Ukraine, Kiev and a past pupil of Mahamaya Girls Collage, Kandy. read more

Silent emergency in South Sudan as protracted conflict displaces millions of cattle

The ongoing fighting has caused the displacement of millions of animals, leading to fresh outbreaks of disease and rising tensions between pastoral groups and farmers, as well as within different pastoralist communities. “From the earliest days of the crisis, FAO has done its utmost to draw attention to the silent emergency that these unusual livestock migrations represent,” Sue Lautze, FAO Representative to South Sudan said in a statement to the press. Both herders and farmers face a rising threat of armed conflict, the FAO warned. Farmers have cut the amount of land they are planting by as much as 40 per cent in areas such as Renk County, and the prices of basic staple foods are as much as four times higher in the most conflict-affected areas. The Organization along with its partners is leading efforts to combat disease outbreaks and maintain the animal health care system. In recent months, teams of FAO livestock experts have traversed South Sudan, conducting dozens of assessments, disease investigations and monitoring missions. The Organization is also boosting its operations in the country by expanding the community-based animal health network and vaccination programme, deploying staff to lead and support disease surveillance efforts, and helping to re-establish local laboratories for livestock disease diagnosis.For 2015, FAO is seeking $89 million to improve the food security of 2.35 million vulnerable people in South Sudan while further expanding its development efforts.Working with host communities and pastoralists, FAO’s teams have flagged worrying new animal disease patterns, intensifying violence over access to land for grazing and worsening livestock conditions. As animals have been moved, diseases have spread to previously uninfected areas. Diseases like East Coast Fever, foot-and-mouth disease and trypanosomiasis devastate cattle production and threaten the food security and livelihoods of pastoral communities across the country. FAO also announced today that it is implementing a new milk voucher scheme for nutritionally at risk families. Declines in milk production and the loss of cattle to disease increase the risk of malnutrition, particularly among children and pregnant and breastfeeding women who rely on milk as an essential part of their diet. For most herders, the loss of cattle means the loss of their entire livelihood. In 2014, FAO’s humanitarian programme in the country reached over 2.8 million people through a combination of crop production, fisheries and animal health interventions, including vaccinating over 1.6 million animals. read more

CARICOM heads to discuss free movement for Haitians – Grenada objects

(Jamaica Gleaner) CARICOM’s Office of the General Counsel has produced two legal opinions defending the right of Haitians to move freely within CARICOM. Currently, Haitians need a visa to enter CARICOM territories, except Barbados, which abolished the requirement last month.The matter has been receiving attention from some member states, according to CARICOM’s secretary general, but Grenada contends that Haitians do not have such entitlement based on issues surrounding the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC).“There will be a discussion on Haitian nationals and whether a visa is required for them to enter the Community, that discussion will take place. That was a mandate from the last meeting of heads of government,” said Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, secretary general of CARICOM, on Monday at a press briefing in New Kingston. The 39th summit for the heads of government runs from July 4 to 6 in Montego Bay, St James.“Based on the law set out in (Shanique) Myrie v The State of Barbados, and on the fact that the Republic of Haiti is a party to the Revised Treaty, and in the absence of a reservation by Haiti excluding participation in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), it was advised that Haitian nationals, as Community nationals, are entitled to an automatic stay of six months,” the Office of the General Counsel argued.It also pointed out that the heads of government in 2007 decided that all CARICOM nationals should be allowed automatic entry, in a push to enhance their sense of belonging and community. Entry would be denied if citizens were deemed undesirable and if they were likely to be a burden on the public purse.Grenada disagreed with the position regarding Haiti during a meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development in May and provided member states with a legal opinion.“Haiti did not participate in the negotiation of the RTC, is not a signatory state of the RTC, and so is not listed in Article 3 of the RTC. Haiti, therefore, could neither have signed nor ratified the RTC,” Grenada asserted.The Office of the General Counsel rebuffed that claim, stating that Haiti lawfully signed and ratified the RTC. It continued, “Haiti, as a party to the original treaty/first version of the treaty, was entitled on the basis of Article 40(3) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties to become a party to the Revised Treaty/amended or revised version of the treaty.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCivil Society presents petition to CARICOM Leaders on DR Court RulingNovember 27, 2013In “Regional”Letter: State sponsored Human trafficking in Guyana?June 14, 2018In “Letters”Presidents of Cuba, Chile to join CARICOM Heads at 39th meetingJuly 2, 2018In “latest news” read more

LG Optimus G combines quad core chip and a 47inch display

first_imgLG just couldn’t contain its excitement and has spilled the beans on the Optimus G ahead of IFA 2012, which kicks off on Friday. It’s understandable that LG had a hard time keeping its finger off the publish button — the Optimus G is an absolute beast of a smartphone, and it could do wonders for elevating LG’s stature in the Android arena.The Optimus G gets the ball rolling in a hurry with Qualcomm’s APQ8064 processor, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz — and the generous 2GB of RAM will provide plenty of operational elbow room. The SoC also features an Adreno 320 GPU, and that combination should put its benchmark scores right up there with the big boys. Previous tests from Qualcomm show the chip comfortably besting the HTC One X and Galaxy S3, and its Sunscript score undercut the competition by nearly 25%.Its big performance will go nicely with its big screen: the Optimus G features a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768 LG G2 Touch Hybrid gapless display. LG has also equipped the Optimus G for external viewing for those times when five inches isn’t nearly big enough, with Dual Screen Dual Play mirroring and “live zoom” for videos. Power will be provided by a 2100mAh battery — also produced by LG — which is reportedly good for a whopping 800 charge cycles.Rounding out the Optimus G’s spec sheet are 1.3MP front- and 13MP rear-facing cameras (no hump necessary on this one), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, an MHL port, and 32GB of internal storage. The Optimus G will also be the first quad core smartphone to feature LTE support. And while the Optimus LG is big and bad in some respects, it’s not in others: it’s just 8.45mm thin and it weighs just 30 grams more than the iPhone 4S %displayPrice% at %seller% .NTT Docomo customers will get first crack at the Optimus G, and they’ll have their choice of white and red in the coming months. We’ll have to wait for the official word on a global rollout, but it’s hard to imagine LG not wanting to get this smartphone on retail shelves in as many countries as possible.More at Engadget and LGlast_img read more

Soldotna Director of Economic Development Awarded 2018 Planner of the Year

first_imgHis contributions to the City include overseeing a number of projects, including: the Safe Routes to School Program; Downtown Improvement Plan; drafting the regulatory framework for food trucks,townhouse development, and marijuana businesses. Czarnezki joined the city staff full-time back in 2013, prior to that he worked as a Planner for the Kenai Peninsula Borough for 14 years. City Manager Stephanie Queen: “John is hard-working and dedicated to the community, and his professionalism reflects well on the City and our dedication to serving the public. I am pleased his peers have selected him for this award, to recognize his significant achievements and contributionsto our community, and to the planning profession in the State of Alaska.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享John Czarnezki, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Soldotna, has received the 2018 ‘Planner of the Year’ Award from the Alaska chapter of the American Planning Association. Czarnezki works closely with land owners, business owners, and developers to promote economic growth in Soldotna.last_img read more

MISSING CAT Have You Seen Tadhg

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Tadhg, a 2-year-old tabby cat with a white diamond on his chest, has been missing from the 90 block of West Street since Sunday, October 14. His left ear is snipped. If seen, please call 978-851-285-1882 or Animal Control at 978-658-7988 x 5400.Tadhg(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington Animal Control Officer’s Facebook page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Lakshmi?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Loki?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”last_img read more