World media hails CWG opening show

first_imgThe international media has heaped praises on India for Sunday’s spectacular show that declared the Commonwealth Games (CWG) open. Media organisations, which had made loud noises about poor preparations for the Games, were on Monday hailing the opening ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “The concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches Games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations,” reported The Guardian newspaper of UK.  The Telegraph newspaper, also published from London, said: “The biggest sporting spectacle India has ever hosted kicked off in typically colourful fashion… And there we were thinking it might never happen.” The BBC too praised the opening ceremony that attempted to capture the history and culture of India.  “DELHI DELIGHT!” screamed The Daily Mail, going on to describe how India finally projected the image to the world it was craving to for so long. The Australian media too gave a thumbs-up to the opening ceremony.  The Herald Sun ran “DELHI DAZZLES!” as its headline. Drawing comparisons with the Beijing Olympics, the paper said: “Indian Games officials should feel proud of the opening ceremony, classy and showy but somehow warmer and less contrived than the Beijing experience.” The newspaper appreciated how India had brushed aside terror threats, the collapse of a footbridge, problems at the Games Village and dengue threats to deliver a lively opening ceremony. The Australian, published from New South Wales, wrote, “After weeks dominated by the old India of corruption, poverty and chaos the new ‘Incredible India’ of diversity and cultural pride showed its face.” The Sydney Morning Herald was surprised at how a country as vast and populous as India could pull off a spectacular opening ceremony.advertisementlast_img read more

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Calvin Abueva gets last laugh over CJ Perez in ‘battle of the beasts’

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “Sa akin naman okay naman yung pinakita niya. Yung last game nila 26 points tapos ngayon 10 points,” Abueva told reporters. “Parang sa akin, kung kami pagbabasehan, malayo agwat,”(For me, he’s doing okay. Last game, he had 26 points, this game 10 points. For me, if you compare the two of us, the disparity is huge.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ The 30-year-old Abueva led Phoenix with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals while Perez collected 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.Not a lot of difference in numbers but Abueva had the final say after the Fuel Masters came away with the victory to improve to their best start in franchise history at 3-0.“Ang sa akin lang, I want to win the game and hindi matchups lang pag-uusapan, ito yung game na mananalo kayo, hindi yung ilang points siya, ilang points ako,” Abueva said.(For me, I want to win the game and not just focus on match-ups and how many points I scored or he scored.)There were instances in the game where Abueva and Perez matched up against each other. There were also times where the two appeared to jaw at one another.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: PBA: Phoenix beats Columbian for franchise-best start at 3-0Fair enough considering Abueva has already been in the league for seven seasons while Perez has just played his second game in the pros. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Abueva stressed it’s just part of the game.“Wala namang personalan. Sabi ko nga i-improve mo pa yung sarili mo sa laro mo. Ako hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo kasi magkalaban kami sa court pero ang akin lang, sa labas kapatid turing ko sa kanya. Walang personalan,” said Abueva.(It’s nothing personal. I even told him to further improve his game. I can’t give him suggestions on what he has to do because we’re opponents on the court but off the court, I treat him as my brother so it’s nothing personal.)Perez has been drawing comparisons to Abueva since his early college days at San Sebastian. He played for the Stags a year after Abueva had maxed out his playing eligibility.Perez then, transferred to Ateneo before ending up in Lyceum, which he led to back-to-back NCAA Finals appearances.Abueva admitted he sees his college self in Perez but added the former Lyceum star shouldn’t be content.“Nung college nakikita ko pero wag siyang maging kuntento sa nilalaro niya ngayon. I-push niya pa para mas high level pa yung galawan niya sa court kasi rookie pa lang eh. Marami tayong naiisip sa rookie pero i-improve mo muna yung sarili mo sa pro bago ka mag-high level,” he said.(I see my college self in him but he shouldn’t be satisfied with how he’s playing. He must keep pushing himself to be at a higher level because he’s still a rookie. We can think whatever we want about him but he still has to improve himself.) The Beast and the Baby Beast. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix forward Calvin Abueva flexed his muscles in front of CJ Perez after drawing a foul from Columbian’s top overall pick Wednesday night.The game between the Fuel Masters and the Dyip was tagged as the “Battle of the Beasts” but Abueva wanted everyone to know there is only one of them.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: RR Pogoy, TNT send reeling NLEX to 0-3center_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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BCCI likely to bat for ‘Big Three’ at ICC’s London meeting

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur is likely to back the continuation of `Big three`, featuring the cricket boards of India, England and Australia, in the annual  International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting to be held in the last week of June in London.Earlier in 2013, the ICC gave additional power to Australia, England and India which invited a flurry of criticism from the independent cricket stakeholders.Thakur’s plan is in direct contrast to his predecessor and current ICC president Shashank Manohar, who is looking forward to the abolishment of `Big Three` for the cricket’s benefit. (Also read: BCCI hopes new venues will popularise Test cricket in India) According to the Dawn, Thakur had earlier held a discussion with England and Australia over his stance of pressing ahead with the `Big Three` formula. The 41-year-old is expected to project a favorable BCCI stance for keeping the formula intact.Reflecting on the same, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan revealed that the decision to do away with the formula had already been taken, but how it would be dismantled would be decided in the next meeting.Shaharyar informed that Pakistan want termination of the ‘Big Three’ formula in order to bring democratic system at the ICC.The formula was advocated by former BCCI president N. Srinivasan, who was later suspended for being involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match-fixing scandal.last_img
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Vijay Goels mother passes away

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Mother of Union Sports and Youth Affairs minister Vijay Goel, Basanti Devi, died today.She was 86.She died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where she was admitted about 15 days ago due to age-related illness.She is survived by two sons, two daughters and grandchildren.She was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat where several party leaders were present.Condoling her death, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said it was a personal loss to him.Goel faced second bereavement in his family this month.Earlier, his father Charti Lal Goel, the first Speaker of Delhi Assembly, passed away after prolonged illness on August 16. PTI VIT SMJlast_img

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KXIP vs DD: Sandeep Sharma credits Virender Sehwag after bagging best figures in IPL

first_imgKings XI Punjab seamer Sandeep Sharma on Sunday bagged his best bowling figures in the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils slumped to their lowest-ever total of 67 runs.Sandeep, who returned to the playing XI after missing the last match, made an excellent comeback, returning with figures of 4/20 in four excellent overs.The right-armer produced superb swing and movement off the pitch to trouble the off-colour Delhi batting line-up to no end. The 23-year-old clinched three wickets in his first three overs to put the hosts in the driving seat.This is the second lowest total in this year’s IPL after Royal Challengers Bangalore were dismissed for 49 during their 82-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens last week.Speaking after the innings, Sandeep said he backed his ability to swing the ball after a pep talk from Virender Sehwag, who is KXIP’s head of cricket operations.”I was given a break last game. Viru paaji (Sehwag) asked me to think about my game. I was always going to play this game. He asked me to back my game, the way I swing the ball,” he said.”I am a localite here and the wicket is always sticky in the afternoon games. I knew that and bowled fuller lengths consciously. I am very happy that the team did well. Hopefully we win.Sandeep said his team planned a lot for this game as they can’t afford to drop the hat at this crucial juncture of the tournament.”Always feels nice to contribute to the team’s cause. We planned a lot for today’s game because we lost the last game. We cannot play loose at this juncture in IPL,” he said.advertisementNeeding only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in just 7.5 overs with New Zealand star Martin Guptill smashing a half-century in double quick time.Guptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Fellow opener Hashim Amla was not out on 16 at the other end. Punjab, who thus registered the third win of their campaign, are now fifth on the IPL table with eight points.Sandeep, who bagged the man-of-the-match, said: I was feeling great. This is my home ground and I knew the conditions here. My coach inspired me a lot. I worked with Bharat Arun and he helped me a lot.”last_img read more

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French Open: Andy Murray eases past Karen Khachanov into quarters

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray made short work of unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a clean-as-you-like 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory on Monday.Murray largely dispensed with the chuntering and lapses that accompanied his first two matches as he maintained the momentum established in beating Juan Martin del Potro with an assured display on Court Philippe Chatrier.The 30-year-old Briton made only one unforced error in pocketing the opening set and although he did drop serve late in the second he broke back immediately to take complete control of his first meeting with the talented Russian.The powerful 21-year-old Khachanov, playing in his third grand slam event, showed flashes of brilliance in the sunshine but not for long enough spells to worry Murray who is through to the quarter-finals for the seventh time.Murray broke in the ninth game of the third set, having just dropped his own with a rare baseline error, and wrapped up his 650th Tour-level win when Khachanov sprayed a forehand wide.He will face either eighth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan or Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the last eight.last_img read more

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Big Bash League: Nathan Coulter-Nile taken to hospital after onfield collapse

first_imgPerth Scorchers pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile was on Saturday taken to the hospital after he felt unwell during a Big Bash League match against Adelaide Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.The incident happened after the 18th over when Coulter-Nile looked in discomfort and sat on the ground holding his head.Coulter-Nile came on to bowl the 18th over, with Strikers needing 23 runs from 18 balls.Coulter-Nile started off well by removing Wells off his first ball for his second wicket in the match. Then he conceded 3,1,1 off the next three deliveries.The next ball was hit for a four by Harry Nielsen when he edged to get a boundary towards the third man region.It was then when Coulter-Nile signalled towards his team’s dugout and then spoke to the Scorchers skipper Mitchell Marsh. He, however, continued to complete his over and was hit for a six on the final ball of his fourth over.He immediately sat down on the ground after completing his over and was attended by the Scorchers’ staff and the Cricket Australia doctor on duty. He was then taken off the field.Coulter-Nile was also seen resting in the Scorchers’ dressing room after the match before being taken to the hospital.”Nathan was hit with a bad bout of vertigo at the end of his final bowling over during the game against the Adelaide Strikers. He was taken to hospital after the game as a precaution and will be monitored over the next few hours,” Perth Scorchers physio Chris Quinnell said.advertisementCoulter-Nile finished with 2 for 28. He had earlier blasted 25 not out off just 8 balls.Strikers went on to win the match by 5 wickets as they ended their campaign with 12 points from 14 matches. Perth Scorchers finished at the bottom of the table with 8 points with the help of 4 victories.Also Read | Big Bash League: Daniel Vettori steps down as Brisbane Heat coachAlso Watch:last_img read more

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Atleti move into future at wonderful Wanda

first_imgPrimera División Atletico move into the future at wonderful Wanda Metropolitano Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 07:12 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Wanda Metropolitano Atletico Getty Primera División Atlético Madrid v Málaga Málaga Atlético Madrid The Rojiblancos inaugurated their new stadium in spectacular style on Saturday and now have a ground that is up there with any other club in Europe The future starts here for Atletico Madrid. For a club so fond of remembering the past, the Paseo de los Melancólicos and the glory days at the old but always atmospheric Vicente Calderon, the move to the Wanda Metropolitano was difficult for some supporters to take. When they saw their new home, however, everything changed.Saturday’s spectacular inauguration of Atletico’s new stadium will live long in the memory and afterwards, coach Diego Simeone admitted: “I have never seen anything like it. I will remember it for the rest of my life.”Atletico and Bilbao 9/4 to draw 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 He will not be the only one. Atletico beat Malaga 1-0 thanks to an Antoine Griezmann goal in the second half, the France forward perhaps a fitting first scorer at the new stadium, further cementing his status as a symbol for this club.There were huge cheers when it went in, as well as much relief because Atletico were clearly nervous amid so much expectation. And club legend Fernando Torres was also given a rousing reception from fans when he emerged from the bench late in the game.Wanda Metropolitano AtleticoBut the football was secondary on a day of celebration for Atletico fans, with the Wanda Metropolitano close to it’s capacity of almost 68,000 – and the supporters clearly liked what they saw as they took photos and shot videos to mark the occasion.There was a minor hiccup earlier in the day as the flag outside the stadium was erected upside down, the club’s crest pointing to the ground. That was merely anecdotic, however, and an air show before kick-off remembered the club’s past as Atletico Aviacion. Outside the ground, there are plaques dedicated to every Atletico player who has made 100 appearances or more for the club. That means there was one for Hugo Sanchez, the Mexican striker not a popular inclusion after he moved to rivals Real in 1985. Fans had asked the club not to honour Hugo, but there he was and his plaque was covered in cigarette butts, empty beer cans and litter by angry atléticos.Wanda Metropolitano AtleticoWanda Metropolitano AtleticoIn general, though, the mood was celebratory and before kick-off, parachutists dropped down from the sky to deliver the match ball and the Spanish flag. Afterwards, the players thanked the fans with a lap of honour and a fabulous firework display followed. This was spectacular stuff.The supporters kept singing, too, and waving flags long after the game had finished. “All the fans waving the flags, it’s as if they wanted to be on the pitch,” Simeone said. “It was an emotional night and the supporters will be more and more important as time goes by.”The Wanda Metropolitano is much larger than the Calderon, so the atmosphere will take time. It was always going to lack the impressive intensity of the club’s former home, but the fans did their best to make their voices heard and the acoustics are very good.Perhaps more importantly than that, this is a stadium that takes Atletico into the big time, a fitting home for a club that has established itself as one of the best in Europe in recent seasons. From the crumbling Calderon to the wonderful Wanda – this spectacular stadium is up there with any other on the continent and it should herald a fine future for the Rojiblancos.last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Empowering Children – Minister Hanna

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the Ministry and its various agencies are committed to empowering the nation’s children and providing them with a space where they can speak out about the issues affecting them.“We want children to speak out. That is really our mission and our purpose. Every child has a right, every child has a voice and we want our children to become more involved in their own development and in their own space,” she stated.Minister Hanna was speaking at the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) Child Participation Programmes awards ceremony, held on February 8 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.She noted that the child participation programmes form part of the Ministry’s mission towards getting children more involved in nation building, particularly in matters that directly or indirectly concern them.Ms. Hanna said the Ministry is also encouraging more dialogue between parents and their children. “The other thing that we are encouraging is for adults to learn from their children, because it’s not only important for you to pay attention to their day-to-day needs and responsibilities, but also to sit with them… and learn from them,” she stated.During the function, presentations were made to the two winners of the ORC’s Jingle Competition held last year to mark the agency’s 5th anniversary. Children were required to send in a jingle that included a message about reporting child abuse to the OCR as well as the toll free number (1-888-PROTECT).The winners are 12-year-old Trae Gibbs of Wolmer’s High School for Boys, who won in the 10-13 age category; and 16-year-old Kingston College student, Jerome Bennett, who won in the 14-17 age group category.They both received a weekend for four at an all-inclusive resort, blackberry smart phones, trophies, and book vouchers.Additionally, six youths, one from each region, were selected by the OCR to serve as Child Ambassadors. They are: St. Andrew High School student, Ashlie Barrett, for region one; Marymount High School student, Robyn Boyd, region two; Westwood High School student, Saran Wilson, region three; Maud McLeod High School student, Moesha Allen, region four; Hampton High School student, Deandra Goss, region five; and Glenmuir High School student, Tasheka Nevers, for region six.Three students were also selected as Associate Child Ambassadors – : Francesco Wilkie from the Pembrook Hall High School for region one; Brandon Blythe from Petersville All-Age school, region four; and Xaundre Mohansingh from Glenmuir High school for region six.The OCR Child Ambassadors, who were selected from a field of 60 students, are expected to carry out a number of activities aimed at increasing awareness about the OCR, child abuse and reporting such cases.These activities include: sharing information with family and friends; making presentations and representations on behalf of the OCR; participating in media interviews and relevant OCR public education and planning activities.last_img read more

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In the news today Sept 11

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 11———FEDERAL ELECTION TO BEGIN TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau kicks off his bid for re-election today, heading to Rideau Hall this morning to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. With that will begin a 40-day campaign that will see Trudeau make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term, while his opponents focus not just on why he shouldn’t but why they should govern instead. Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third. Rounding out the slate are the nascent People’s Party of Canada and the Bloc Quebecois, which is hoping to recapture its primacy in Quebec.———FEDERAL LIBERALS, TORIES IN DEAD HEAT: POLLA new poll suggests the Liberals and Conservatives were running neck-and-neck during warm-up laps for the 40-day federal election campaign. The Leger poll, released today just hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to ask the Governor General to fire the starting gun, suggests the NDP and Greens were also in a dead heat — competing for a distant third place. The online poll of 1,546 eligible voters, conducted Sept. 6 to 9, put Conservative support at 35 per cent to the Liberals’ 34 per cent. The NDP and Greens were tied at 11 per cent, with the fledgling People’s Party bringing up the rear with just three per cent.———STUDY SHOWS RISE IN VIOLENCE IN ONTARIO SCHOOLSA study from the University of Ottawa suggests there has been a sharp increase in the level of violence teachers face while working in Ontario’s elementary schools. A team of researchers surveyed more than 1,600 educators last year to gauge the number of times they encountered violence from students, parents or administrators during the 2017-18 school year. They then compared those results to a survey by three major unions in 2005, which found seven per cent of teachers at the time reported experiencing bullying. The researchers found that number had surged nearly seven-fold in the intervening years, with 54 per cent of respondents saying they had experienced physical violence. The survey found 72 per cent of participants reported explicit verbal insults or obscene gestures from a student, with 41 per cent saying they’d had similar encounters with a parent.———FEDERAL LIBERALS APPOINT PAY EQUITY COMMISSIONERThe Liberal government has announced Canada’s first federal pay equity commissioner on the eve of the expected election call. Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says Karen Jensen will provide direction for the administration and enforcement of the new Pay Equity Act. A government release Tuesday says Jensen is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in human rights, constitutional, administrative and labour law cases for more than 25 years. Hajdu says because the act is not expected to come into force until 2020, Jensen will be appointed to the Canadian Human Rights Commission effective Oct. 16 to deal with the work required to establish the new pay equity division.———TORIES WIN MAJORITY IN MANITOBA ELECTIONBrian Pallister and his Progressive Conservatives have won a renewed majority from Manitoba voters to continue a program of cost-cutting and tax reductions. The Tories lost a few seats Tuesday to the New Democrats, including one held by cabinet minister Colleen Mayer. Pallister, who called the election more than a year ahead of schedule, said the result is still a very strong mandate, but added that his party could communicate better on issues such as health reform. Pallister’s fiscal restraint has included the downgrading of three hospital emergency rooms into urgent care centres, which do not handle life-threatening issues such as heart attacks. Pallister has promised to balance the budget in his second term, after a string of deficits started under the former NDP government a decade ago.———INDIGENOUS, TWO-SPIRIT COUPLE WINS AMAZING RACE CANADAAnthony Johnson and James Mokakis hope being the first Indigenous, two-spirit couple to compete on “The Amazing Race Canada” would give them a national platform to highlight issues close to their hearts. Over weeks of intense challenges that saw them criss-cross the country, the pair from Edmonton donned outfits meant to call attention to specific topics. Handmade red skirts and a bandana was for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and blue shirts emblazoned with “Water Is Life” was to show the cultural and ceremonial importance of water. Now that they’ve been crowned the winners, the married couple — who identify as two-spirit, a term used by some Indigenous peoples to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity — said they want to use their fame to continue fundraising for a cultural healing centre in Alberta’s Kehewin Cree Nation.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Stand.earth releases the report “Trans Mountain Pipeline: The truth about construction,” which argues the Canadian federal government faces major construction challenges and questions the project’s three-year construction timeline.— Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will speak at a addictions conference today in Calgary.— Mason Thomas, an eight-year-old Alberta boy who underwent a heart transplant at the age of six, gets a 3D model of his heart today built in the form of a Tie Fighter from Star Wars.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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2pronged training programme for polling personnel

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to make the polling personnel equipped to perform their duties in a proper manner during the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, two-pronged training programmes would be conducted among all the polling personnel in the state.Apart from training workshops, online trainings may be imparted among them so that they can conduct the elections without any problem. Various training programmes would be conducted among the polling personnel in phases starting from the end of the current month. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior ECI officials would conduct training among the polling personnel when the latter would be given a detailed outline on how to perform their assigned tasks and to mobilise the election machinery. There may be an online training where the poll personnel would be given various modules containing several questions related to the procedure of conducting elections. If a poll personnel is able to answer the questions of a particular module correctly, then he/she will be able to proceed to the next module. Attempting the question-answer format will help them clear their confusion regarding poll-related issues. There will be a set of master trainers who will train the participants in various batches. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe programme aims at empowering the trainers of all categories with training techniques and methodologies, thereby ensuring better delivery and interactive training programmes. It may be mentioned that a certification programme had already been conducted among the District Election Officers (DEO) and Returning Officers (RO). Leadership and motivational training have already been imparted among important election officers involved in various processes of the elections. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that around 10 companies of the Central Forces would arrive in the state within March 15. According to sources in the CEO office, the Central Forces would be deployed in various districts as soon as they arrive. They would also be asked to carry out route marches in various places to boost the confidence of the voters. The Central Forces will be deployed well in advance for area domination, route marches in vulnerable pockets and to carry out other confidence-building measures in the districts, an official said.last_img read more

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Air Strikes in Idlib Syria Kill 26

Rabat – Air strikes on Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate in the country’s northwest on Tuesday killed 26 people, including civilians, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 10 air strikes battered the headquarters of Fateh al-Sham Front and the surrounding neighborhood in Idlib city at dawn on Tuesday.“Ten civilians, mostly women, are among the dead,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.“The toll could rise because some people are trapped under the rubble and unaccounted for,” he added. Abdel Rahman said the raids were likely carried out by Russian warplanes — allied with Syria’s government — or by a US-backed air coalition.Fateh al-Sham has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks in Idlib province, the only remaining opposition-held province in war-ravaged Syria.Bombing raids against the group have escalated, including one US strike in January that killed more than 100 fighters at a training camp in Idlib province.Rebel groups have held Idlib province since the spring of 2015, four years after conflict first broke out in March 2011. read more

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SecretaryGeneral pledges continued UN support for Arab countries development efforts

“By joining forces, we can elevate the status of women, provide greater opportunities for youth, and lay the groundwork for a more peaceful and sustainable future,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered to the 2nd Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on his behalf by the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark.The Secretary-General said that Arab States have made significant strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but noted that gains have been uneven within and between countries. The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions.“Many have made strides towards gender equality and increased access to education, particularly among girls. I hope the region can go further by making sure that the well-schooled girls of today become the women leaders of tomorrow,” the Secretary-General said in his message, noting that these gains have been uneven both within and between countries.He urged governments to strive to ensure that job opportunities keep pace with population growth, adding that “in this region as in others, a greater emphasis on inclusion and equity can strengthen social cohesion.”The UN chief spoke of the growing impact of climate change, desertification and dwindling water resources on the Arab world despite the region’s relatively small contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and warned that regional conflicts continued to exacerbate development challenges.“I commend the generosity of many Arab countries in supporting development and humanitarian initiatives in this region and beyond,” Mr. Ban said, urging the region’s leaders to utilize the Arab world’s rich human and material resources to generate jobs, strengthen economies and promote trade and good governance.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General left Oman today to return to New York. While in Oman, he met with the country’s leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin, and the pair discussed, among other topics, the forthcoming Decade of Action for Road Safety, Iran and the Middle East. 19 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the United Nations stands ready to support the efforts of Arab governments and their partners to achieve shared social and economic goals, with the aim of laying the foundation for a more peaceful and prosperous future. read more

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New tariffs in May bill

The new electricity tariffs which will be calculated from today will be added to the May bill of electricity consumers and not the April bill, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.CEB Chairman W.B. Ganegala clarified that calculating the bill for the next cycle begins today and ends on May 20 and it is in that bill that the new tariffs will be added. He said that the previous bill for electricity consumers which was calculated and prepared between the end of last month and today will not carry the new electricity tariffs. As per the new tariff, the existing Incremental Block Tariff structure has been changed to a Volume-Differentiated Tariff structure for Domestic (D-1) and Religious (R-1) and General -1 (GP-1) customer categories.When the monthly (30 day) consumption of any consumer belonging to the above categories falls within a certain range (block), the relevant tariff for that range will be applicable for the entire monthly consumption, the CEB said. The Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) had this week approved the new electricity tariff. read more

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Los Angeles County supervisors approve giant Disney production studio in movie ranchland

Los Angeles County supervisors approve giant Disney production studio in movie ranchland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A gigantic new Disney studio planned for oak-studded ranchland north of Los Angeles has won the approval of Los Angeles County — a milestone in the effort to build the half-million square feet of new production space in a state hard hit by runaway production.County supervisors signed off on Tuesday on the Golden Oak Ranch project in the Santa Clarita Valley, although it still needs state and federal approval, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/147bZM0 ).Disney/ABC Studios has spent the past four years attempting to build a high-tech production centre in the area that Walt Disney selected decades ago to be the backdrop for his movies and television shows.Rural and a short drive from major studios, the site has been depicted as a jungle, the Old West and other locations in productions such as “Old Yeller,” ”Beverly Hills 90210″ and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.”Golden Ranch would be one of the largest studio developments in more than a decade, with six pairs of soundstages along with shops, prop and costume storage areas, offices, writers’ bungalows and a commissary.Disney estimates the project would create $533 million a year in economic activity — a healthy jolt as California fights runaway production that has cost it more than 36,000 jobs since 1997, according to a 2010 Milken Institute Report.“Many of the film production companies are now going out of state,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said before the 4-0 vote. “This is an opportunity to increase film production in Los Angeles County.”A handful of environmentalists testified against the project, voicing concerns about pollution, loss of wildlife habitat and the need to cut down 158 oak trees. However, more than 100 supporters were on hand, including nearby residents and business and political leaders.Disney said the 58-acre development will cover less than 7 per cent of the 890-acre Golden Oak Ranch property. Disney plans to retain most of the natural settings.Despite runaway production, local demand for studio space remains high. TV shows, commercials and new media productions financed by companies such as Netflix and Amazon have helped keep the average occupancy rate for Los Angeles County soundstages at 70 per cent to 90 per cent, said Carl Muhlstein, managing director for Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate service provider.ABC, which produces 14 to 18 TV shows at any given time in the Los Angeles area, has outgrown the space at its studio in nearby Burbank and rents other soundstages to accommodate the work. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 2:20 pm MDT read more

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Nine out of ten car thieves are not caught as the number

Critics say criminals no longer fear being caught Less than three in ten car thefts are ever solved Some of the country’s largest police forces are failing to identify suspects in more than 90 per cent of car thefts, as critics claim criminals no longer fear being caught.After years of decline, the number of vehicles now being stolen has risen to its highest level in almost a decade.Organised criminal gangs often steal high value cars in order to ship them overseas.Keyless technology has also been blamed for a rise in offences, with thieves using special devices to bypass vehicle security.But the rise in offences has not been matched by a rise in the number of criminals being brought to justice. All but five forces closed over half of these cases without identifying a suspect.West Midlands Police said it is committed to following the trail of evidence in all cases but if an investigation finds no witnesses, CCTV or forensic evidence then the chance of identifying offenders is “vastly reduced”.But RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said motorists will be “shocked” by the findings.He said: “This is a sign that thieves have found ways around car security systems and have ways of selling vehicles on with little or no fear of being caught.””The fact fewer suspects are being identified is very worrying and no doubt a symptom of the declining number of police officers and the resulting reduction in time that can be dedicated to investigating these crimes.” Critics say criminals no longer fear being caught Less than three in ten car thefts are ever solved Analysis of the the latest crime statistics reveals that nationally 77 percent of vehicle theft investigations are closed by police with no suspect having been identified.In some parts of the country, including the West Midlands, that figure rises to over 90 per cent.In London only 15 percent of car thefts result in a suspect being identified with even less eventually being convicted of the offence.In the year up to March over 106,000 offences of theft of or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle were reported to police forces in England and Wales. This represented the highest annual total since 2009.But of those offences, more than 80,000 were eventually classified as “investigation complete – no suspect identified”.This is used when a reported crime has been investigated “as far as reasonably possible” and the case is closed pending further investigative opportunities. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Electronic devices banned on some US flights

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew passenger security checks on US-bound flightsOctober 25, 2017In “latest news”US weighs banning laptops on int’l flightsMay 29, 2017In “latest news”GCAA says with immediate effect all passengers travelling to the US will face increased security screeningJuly 27, 2017In “Business” Flights to the US from Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s largest hubs, will be among those affected (AP)(BBC) The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are exempt from the new rules.The UK is set to introduce a similar ban on laptops shortly.Downing Street said airline passengers are to be banned from carrying laptops in cabin luggage on inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.The Turkish government has said the US ban is wrong and should be reversed.Large electronic devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage.Passengers on some 50 flights a day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be required to follow the new rules.Which flights are affected?The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.They have been given 96 hours, beginning at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, US officials said, adding that the ban had no end date.The airports affected are: Mohammed V International, Casablanca, MoroccoAtaturk Airport, Istanbul, TurkeyCairo International Airport, EgyptQueen Alia International, Amman, JordanKing Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaKing Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaKuwait International AirportHamad International, Doha, QatarAbu Dhabi International, United Arab EmiratesDubai International, United Arab EmiratesHowever, an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters news agency the airline understood that the directive would come into effect on 25 March and remain valid until 14 October 2017.Why now?The restriction is based, we are told, on “evaluated intelligence”, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner writes.That means that US intelligence has either intercepted discussion of a possible extremist plot or has been passed word of one by a human informant.The Middle Eastern and North African airports affected are nearly all ones with close, friendly relations with Washington, so this will be seen by some as a drastic and unpopular measure. Wealthy Gulf Arab business leaders flying to the US, for example, will no longer be able to work on their laptops mid-flight.But aviation security experts were alarmed by an incident in Somalia last year when the insurgent group al-Shabaab smuggled an explosive-filled laptop on a flight out of Mogadishu, blowing a hole in the side of the plane. The aircraft was still low enough that the pilot was able to land the plane safely.How did the US justify the ban?In a statement, the DHS cited attacks on planes and airports over the past two years.Bombs, it said, had been hidden in such items as a soft drink can, in the downing of a Russian airliner over Egypt in October 2015 with the loss of 224 lives, and the laptop used in the unsuccessful Somali attack last year.“Terrorists have historically tried to hide explosives in shoes in 2001, use liquid explosives in 2006, and conceal explosives in printers in 2010 and suicide devices in underwear in 2009 and 2012,” it noted.So-called Islamic State said it bombed the Russian plane over Egypt (AP)“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” the DHS said.The restrictions are believed to have been under consideration for several weeks.Jamil al-Qsous, a former Jordanian aviation security official, told the Associated Press news agency that the ban meant “one less headache” for security agencies.He said security measures at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport were among the most stringent in the region but the Americans had nonetheless taken “the right decision”.What do the critics say?Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told reporters the ban was “not a right move”.Ataturk Airport, which has stringent security checks in place, was attacked last year (Reuters)“We particularly emphasise how this will not benefit the passenger and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted,” he added.Philip Baum, editor in chief of Aviation Security magazine, told the BBC: “If we cannot, in 2017, distinguish between a laptop that contains an IED [improvised explosive device] and one that does not, then our screening process is completely flawed.“And encouraging people to check laptops, and other such items, into the luggage hold simply makes the challenge even harder. Cabin baggage can, at least, be inspected piece by piece and the accompanying passenger questioned.“Surely the lesson of the Yemen printer toner cartridge devices was that bulk screening is not always up to the task and that common sense should rule – the devices were found due to an alert Emirati security guard, not by X-ray or trace detection technologies.”Is this linked to the Trump travel ban?Officials quoted by Reuters news agency said the new measure was not connected to US President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban travellers from six Muslim-majority states.On 6 March, the US leader signed a revised executive order barring citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from travelling to the US for 90 days.Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the ban, which had been due to take effect last week. read more

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Ireland is getting a new bank just for small businesses

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS planning to establish a new bank for lending to the small and medium enterprise sector.A Department of Finance official confirmed that there will be a memo on the proposal passed to Government this week.The mooted size of the bank’s war chest is around the €800 million mark. It will be called the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, but it won’t have a branch network, with loans being administered by existing high street banks instead.The cash will be raised from a variety of sources, including German government-owned bank KfW, the European Investment Bank and the Ireland Strategic Investment fund. It will be run by the National Treasury Management Agency.The terms offered by the bank are thought to include cheaper rates of funding, which will be achieved by accessing the low interest rates attached to loans from the above sources and passing them on to borrowers.A source close to the process declined to comment on reports that repayment terms will be over a period up to ten years, but advised that they will be “longer than is currently available in the market.”Are Irish business in better financial health than we thought?>“They’ve replaced the tellers with plants” – are banks interested in lending to small businesses?>last_img read more

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Mirabellas staffer will pay back 900 cab fare

first_imgA staff member for Victorian Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella who spent $906 on a taxi ride from Wodonga to Melbourne boasted on Facebook: “I don’t do buses.” Adam Wyldeck provided taxi fare updates on Facebook as he travelled to the airport on Sunday, Herald Sun reports said. “Not even in Melbourne yet and the cab fare is sitting at $756,” he wrote. After a Facebook friend asked whether he could have caught a bus, Mr Wyldeck replied: “I don’t do buses.” He said he couldn’t go by rail because “trains left way too early”. “It’s just how I roll,” he wrote. When people on Facebook questioned the trip as a blatant waste, Mr Wyldeck urged them not to make assumptions, but wrote “democracy isn’t cheap”. Mr Wyldeck later said he had asked for an invoice of the Cabcharge voucher he used for the trip, because he planned to pay the fare himself. “There’s no government expense,” he said, adding “there’s no malice in anything there.” Mr Wyldeck said he understood taxpayers would want their money spent wisely. “If it was an instance where I had claimed it on government expenses then it would be a story,” he said. Under Federal Parliamentary rules, Mr Wyldeck is able to pay for travel to the airport in order to get to Canberra for sitting weeks. Instead of a normal trip from Wodonga – flying from Albury to Sydney and then to Canberra – Mr Wyldeck travelled to Melbourne to do some work on the plane with Ms Mirabella. Liberals said he had done nothing wrong and that he had indicated he would pay for the cab fare. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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PCB mise en ligne dun site dinformation sur la contamination des poissons

first_imgPCB : mise en ligne d’un site d’information sur la contamination des poissonsFrance – L’Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques (Onema) a mis en ligne un site Internet qui informe le grand public quant à la teneur en polychlorobiphényles (PCB) des poissons et des sédiments dans les cours et plans d’eau français.A l’issue du comité national de pilotage et de suivi du plan national sur les PCB, l’Onema a ouvert un site d’information sur les PCB réalisé en partenariat avec l’Afssa, les ministères de la Santé, de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche. À lire aussiIl se fait amputer de la main après avoir mangé dans un restaurant de sushiComme le précise un communiqué de presse, le site www.pollutions.eaufrance.fr/pcb permet de visualiser les données issues des prélèvements effectués en 2008 sur plus de 100 sites d’échantillonnage. Les résultats des prélèvements réalisés en 2009 seront interprétés par l’Afssa courant 2010, avant d’être mis en ligne.Lancé dans le cadre du plan national interministériel sur les PCB, ce site offre une cartographie de la contamination des poissons et des sédiments, permettant d’évaluer les risques sanitaires et d’organiser une meilleure prévention.Interdits à la vente et à la fabrication en Europe depuis plus de 20 ans en raison des risques qu’ils présentent sur la santé de l’homme et le fonctionnement des milieux aquatiques, les PCB ont une très longue persistance dans l’environnement. Accumulés dans la chaîne alimentaire, ils se retrouvent dans tous les milieux, mais aussi chez les animaux et les hommes.Le 8 mai 2010 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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