U.P. govt. allots ₹233 cr. for conserving cows

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has allocated ₹233 crore in the State budget for promoting and conserving cows. As part of the mandate, the State Ayurvedic department has also proposed to make and promote a health drink from cow urine. Of the ₹233 crore, the State government proposed to allocate ₹100 crore for National Cattle Health and Disease Control Programme. ₹75 crore for the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Mini Dairy Scheme, ₹15 crore for Pashu Arogya Melas (cattle health fairs) in every single block in the state, ₹27 crore for 700-odd mobile cattle hospitals to “ensure cattle health and breed improvement” and ₹15 crore has been allocated for Dairy Development Fund.Award for producing milk from native breed cowsThe State government has also announced the setting up of “Nand Baba Puraskar , an award of ₹52 lakh for people who produce largest quantity of milk from Indian breed cows. The award was launched to popularise breeding of Indian cows. Another award “Gokul Puraskar” worth ₹54 lakh has been announced by the State government for people who run best cowsheds. On the recommendation of the Gau Sewa Ayog, the State government sanctioned ₹2 crore, apart from the 233 crore, for setting up of gaushalas in 12 jails of the State.Medicines from cow urineAccording to R.R. Chaudhary, director of the UP Ayurveda department, the department planned to promote eight medicines which had been prepared at its official pharmacies in Pilibhit and Lucknow using cow urine, cow ghee and cow milk. These medicines are beneficial for medical problems related to liver, joint pain and immune deficiency. The proposal was confirmed by Dr. Prakash Chandra Saxena, principal and superintendent of Government Ayurveda College and Hospital in Pilibhit.last_img read more

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GALLERY: Filipino fighters shine in ONE: Roots of Honor

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Relive the action-packed fight night through photos:Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Hometown bets stars shined in ONE: Roots of Honor in front of the appreciate Filipino crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Friday night.Out of four Filipinos in the card, only one didn’t go home victorious even as Joshua Pacio reclaimed the ONE strawweight title, thanks to a thunderous knee that put Yosuke Saruta to sleep.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champ San Miguel stops top seed Phoenix to get 1-0 lead in PBA semis SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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Incheon venue an advantage for Indian rowers

first_imgBajrang Lal TakharSeasoned Bajrang Lal Takhar’s gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, the first for an Indian rower at the continental mega event, gave a fillip to the unfashionable sport in the country.Since then, young Sawarn Singh Virk has emerged as a successor to the armyman in the men’s singles sculls event, and will be a strong contender for a gold medal at the Incheon Games. The rowing team is hoping to improve on its Guangzhou tally of five medals (1-3-1).What makes them confident is the venue where most of them have competed in the past. In fact, they know the Chungju Tangeum Lake International Rowing Centre in North Chungcheong province as if it was their backwaters.Bajrang has competed at the venue three times, including at the 2007 Asian championship where he won a gold medal.”I have fond memories of the venue. Not only me, but many other rowers in the team have competed at the venue in Incheon. We know the venue very well and it will be an advantage for the team. We are very confident of improving on our Asian Games performance,” Bajrang told MAIL TODAY.The senior pro is like a mentor to the other rowers and will spearhead the coxed eights team in Incheon, where 31 Indians (22 men and nine women) will compete.”It gives me great pride to see that my gold medal at the previous Asian Games has served as motivation to the youngsters. I am always there to help them out,” he said.advertisementSawarn is confident that he would be able to carry Bajrang’s legacy forward. “The venue is a lucky one for Indians. We have had good results there. I hope I am able to return with a gold. I have made an improvement in my timings,” Sawarn, who won gold at the Asian Championships, told MAIL TODAY.”With his medals in the international arena, Bajrang has brought the sport into focus and we have to carry this forward. We are hoping to better our mark in Incheon and win at least two gold medals,” said the Punjab boy, who took up the sport in 2009 and has made rapid progress since.At the Asian Championships in China, India managed an impressive haul one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. They train in the polluted waters of the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, but are not short on determination. “Our results in international competition have steadily improved. We have gained more experience. After a long time, we will compete in single sculls lightweight event where Dushyant Chouhan has a good chance,” Sawarn added.last_img read more

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UPPBPB is hiring: Apply for 200 Reserve Police posts

first_imgUttar Pradesh Police Recruitment and Promotion Board (UPPBPB) has released a notification inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the post of Reserve Police under sports quota. Candidates may apply in a prescribed format on or before September 30.Vacancy details:Total posts: 200Post wise vacancy details:Hockey: 9Football: 9Basketball: 9Swimming: 18Boxing: 7Weight Lifting: 7Wrestling: 14Gymnastics: 7Volleyball: 9Kabbadi: 6Athletics: 36Shooting: 11Water Sports: 18Female candidates: Weight Lifting: 7Wrestling: 7Gymnastics: 7Athletics: 16Shooting: 3Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Candidates should possess intermediate (Class 12) certificate. The candidates need to participate in a sports event organised by Indian/ International Olympic association.Age limit:For details on age limit, please check the notification.Pay scale: For details on age limit, please check the notification.Selection process:For details on age limit, please check the notification.How to apply:The candidates may apply in the prescribed format as per the notification.Important date:Last date to receive an application is September 30.Read: IIT Guwahati notifies recruitment: Apply before September 16 Read: IIT Gandhinagar is hiring: Apply for 8 Deputy Engineer, other posts Click here for government jobs related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com  .last_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic uses brains, not brawn to combat ageing

first_imgUnable to cover the same ground as he did five years ago, Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he has become a more intelligent footballer as he gets older.The 35-year-old Swede has been in fine form in his first year at Old Trafford, scoring his 28th goal in all competitions this season in Sunday’s 3-0 away win over Sunderland in the Premier League.”I know what I am able to do,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports. “I am not worried, I just play my game, I try to enjoy and it seems that the older I get, the more intelligent I get.””You do not waste so much energy on things you do not really need.”Ibrahimovic’s statistics suggest he may indeed now be using more brains than brawn on the pitch. Before turning 30 in 2011, the former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan player scored 232 goals in 528 appearances, British media reported.Since that landmark birthday, he has scored 250 goals in 308 appearances playing for Milan, PSG and United.United lie fifth in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who hold the final Champions League qualification spot, but with a game in hand.”We have to keep focussing, working and believing we will reach the top four,” Ibrahimovic added. “We believe in it and we will do everything to get into the top four.”Even if they finish outside the top four, United could qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning this year’s Europa League. They travel to Belgian side Anderlecht for the quarter-final of Europe’s second-tier club competition on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

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James Anderson likely less ‘damaging’ in Perth: Cameron Bancroft

first_imgEngland opening bowler James Anderson is unlikely to get the same swing and movement that made him “very damaging” during the second Ashes Test but will still be a handful early on in Perth, Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has said.Anderson was at his unplayable best with the pink ball in Australia’s second innings in the day-night Test in Adelaide and took 5-43 to bowl the hosts out for 138 and give his side an outside chance of squaring the series.”When he’s able to swing the ball like that, he’s extremely hard work and he’s very, very damaging,” Bancroft told reporters in Perth on Monday ahead of what could be the series-clinching match for the hosts.”No matter what’s going on, it’s bloody hard work when the ball is swinging like that.”You can have the best game plan in the world but there can be a ball with your name on it.”Bancroft added that the pressure Anderson applied in the twilight on the third day of the second Test had stymied the normally free-flowing Australian batsmen and made them work for every run.Anderson’s performance, his first five-wicket haul in Australia, turned out be in vain in the end, though, as the hosts steadily chipped away at England on the fourth day when they were chasing 354 for victory.Josh Hazlewood then took two quick wickets early on the fifth day before Mitchell Starc ripped through the tail to bowl England out for 233 and give Australia a 120-run victory and 2-0 series lead heading to the WACA for the Dec. 14-18 match.advertisementPerth local Bancroft was looking forward to playing on his home ground, having scored a career-best 228 not out there against South Australia before he was called into the national side to make his debut in the first Test in Brisbane.While the WACA pitch had flattened and become more batsmen friendly compared to the past when it provided steepling bounce and express pace, Bancroft said it would still give the swing bowlers like Anderson some assistance early on.”Always in the first session at the WACA it can be quite hard work, but like anything, if you’re willing to put in the hard yards early you can reap rewards later in the game,” said Bancroft.”It’s such a fast outfield that you don’t have to worry too much about scoring, the ball goes through the infield and you instantly get two even if you don’t hit it really well.”That’s the beauty of playing at the WACA.”last_img read more

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Shootout: Blue Jackets Edge Isles, 5-4

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Columbus Blue Jackets closed a disappointing season with another win in their record-setting finish, and head to the offseason on a big positive note.Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg scored in the shootout to lead the Blue Jackets to a wild 5-4 win over the Islanders on April 11 in New York’s last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum.Columbus finished 12-0-1, setting a franchise record for consecutive games with at least a point.“A healthy Blue Jackets team is a dangerous one,” Columbus’ Brandon Dubinsky said. “It’s all about us, building toward something and feeling good about where we’re at going into the summer.”Atkinson, Wennberg, Dubinsky, and Scott Hartnell also scored in regulation for Columbus (42-35-5). Curtis McElhinney had 48 saves through overtime to help the Blue Jackets earn a split of the teams’ four-game season series.Kyle Okposo, Eric Boulton, John Tavares and Nikolay Kulemin scored in regulation for New York (47-28-7), and Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots.“It was a hell of a year,” Okposo said. “We have to learn from this.”The loss gives Washington home-ice advantage against the Islanders in the teams’ opening-round postseason series. New York was 2-1-1 against the Capitals in the regular season.“It’s always fun to play the spoilers,” Dubinsky said.The score was tied 1-1 after two periods before each team scored three times in the third.Boulton and Tavares — with his 38th goal — scored 55 seconds apart to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead at 3:47. However, Dubinsky and Wennberg had goals 94 seconds apart to tie it at 3-all with 8:49 remaining in regulation.Kulemin shoveled Tavares’ rebound under McElhinney with 4:24 left in regulation to put New York ahead, but Hartnell tied it again with 1:35 left.“We’re a resilient team,” Hartnell said. “Great job by everyone coming back.”Atkinson’s power-play goal with 10 seconds remaining in the first period gave Columbus the early lead after an opening 20 minutes which saw four power-plays and a combined 30 shots on goal.Okposo tied it with his 18th of the season with 8:58 remaining in the second as he snapped a quick shot past McElhinney from the low slot.“We didn’t simplify our game,” Tavares said. “We’re going to have to do that to win games on the road in the playoffs.”Next season, the Islanders will be playing in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, ending a 43-year stay at Nassau Coliseum.Fans tailgated outside the Coliseum hours before the game, and once inside, chanted “Let’s Go Islanders” and “We Want Home Ice” prior to warmups. Many stood behind the glass prior to warmups, and roared as the Islanders came out for warm-ups.The announced sellout crowd of 16,170 cheered again after the Islanders left the ice following warm-ups, and roared during a pregame ceremony which included a video commemorating the team’s history at the Coliseum, plus Claire Arbour, the wife of the franchise’s legendary coach Al Arbour, dropped the ceremonial opening puck.“The fans were amped up and behind us,” Okposo said. “We (were) excited and happy to have them behind us all year.”(DENIS GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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BWF World Championships 2018: Saina, Srikanth register easy opening wins

first_imgSaina Nehwal started her BWF World Championship with a comfortable victory over Turkey’s Aliye Demirbag, whereas Kidambi Sirkanth brushed aside his Irish opponent Nhat Nguyen with similar ease in Nanjing on Tuesday.Saina, who won a silver and bronze in the earlier editions of the championship, defeated Aliye Demirbag 21-17 21-8 in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round. The Olympic medallist Indian with the win sets up a pre-quarterfinal clash with 2013 champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand.Srikanth, seeded fifth, defeated Nhat Nguyen 21-15 21-16 in his campaign opener to join compatriots HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and B Sai Praneeth, who received a walkover after his opponent, Korea’s Son Wan Ho, pulled out in the second round.Srikanth, who won four titles last season, will face Spain’s Pablo Abian next, while Praneeth will meet another spaniard, Lus Enrique Penalver. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa staved off a challenge from 15th seeded German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich, registering a 10-21 21-17 21-18 win to enter the pre-quarterfinals.READ – HS Prannoy, Satwik-Ashwini advance to Round 2Satwik and Ashwini will face seventh seeded Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.However, Russian Open silver medallists Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg went down 12-21 12-21 against the sixth seeded husband-wife English combination of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock in another mixed doubles second-round match.The promising men’s doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok also couldn’t cross the opening hurdle, losing 14-21 15-21 to the Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi.advertisementThe top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also gave a poor account of themselves as they lost 16-21 4-21 to 12th seeded Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.Tarun Kona and Saurabh Sharma also fell in the men’s doubles first round, losing 20-22 21-18 17-21 to Hong Kong’s Or Chin Chung and Tang Chun Man in a hard-fought battle.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Postecoglou takes blame for defeat

first_imgAustralia Postecoglou takes blame for flat Socceroos performance Joe Wright 11:20 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Ange Postecoglou Australia Japan Australia WC Qualification Asia Japan v Australia Japan The Socceroos produced a listless display in the defeat to the Blue Samurai and the boss took on responsibility for the performance. Australia coach Ange Postecoglou accepted the blame after his side suffered a 2-0 loss to Japan in Thursday’s key World Cup qualifier in Saitama.Goals from Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi gave the home side a deserved win that guaranteed their place at next year’s finals in Russia.The Socceroos struggled throughout to threaten the Japan goal and have now failed to win in five outings since their 3-2 victory over Saudi Arabia in June. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 The result leaves them in third place in Group B, behind Bert van Marwijk’s side on goal difference, meaning they must beat Thailand on the final day and hope Japan can avoid defeat in Jeddah if they are to seal the second automatic qualifying spot.Postecoglou took responsibility for the result and was frustrated that his side could not make the most of the possession they had.Qualified! Japan join Iran, Brazil & hosts Russia at the 2018 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/kN8Tw7kjrR — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) August 31, 2017 “The team we put out there was certainly good enough to get the job done,” he told Fox Sports.”I’ll take responsibility for team selection and the way we played. Tonight’s result is on me, not the players or the ones who are missing.”We didn’t have the night we wanted to. It’s a bit hard to sum it up right now because obviously we’re disappointed with the outcome.”We had our moments but we just never really got control of the game, particularly our midfield. We had some possession but we didn’t really threaten as much as we could have.”The first goal really killed us. [We are] obviously disappointed.”Postecoglou hopes home advantage makes a difference when they take on Thailand in Melbourne on Tuesday.”We’ve got to play well first. Being at home will make a difference. We’ve got to win. Unfortunately, we’ve got to rely on another result,” he said.”We’ll see what happens. We’ll do our job and see what happens.”last_img read more

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Tom Huddlestone sent off but Derby share spoils with Nottingham Forest

first_imgReuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Championship Football League Nottingham Forest Derby County Share on Pinterest Share via Email Topics Share on Facebook match reports Read more The ‘Brian Clough Trophy’ was scrapped over with appropriate insistency but, had the bearer of its name been in either dressing room, he might have had words to say about the lack of anything else. Neither Nottingham Forest nor Derby County could feel put out after a ragged draw that essentially continued both teams’ form going into it; a late red card for Tom Huddlestone, provided the talking point although it would be a generous reading of events that ascribed it any real impact on the outcome.Huddlestone had provided the game’s only moments of genuine quality but, more often than not, found himself entangled in the morass of limbs and bodies that rendered good intentions futile throughout. His team-mate Bradley Johnson had been antagonist-in-chief but it was Huddlestone who, booked twice in three minutes for fouls on Lee Tomlin, departed early at a time when Derby felt their efforts to end a six-game winless run were gathering steam.The sending-off enraged Gary Rowett, their manager, who believed Tomlin had drawn the second yellow card with a dive and claimed a half-time warning had gone unheeded. Rowett went to see the referee, Jeremy Simpson, at the break to opine that Tomlin had bought himself a series of free-kicks rather too easily.“I’ve got no problem with Lee, he’s a good lad and a good player,” Rowett said. “But you ask the officials to do their job properly and the quality of that performance, for me, wasn’t very good. Unfortunately for us it’s been crucial to our chances of winning the game. It looked to me like there’s no contact whatsoever.”Rowett had a point although few would contend Derby had been on course to win. The second-half introductions of Cameron Jerome and Kasey Palmer led to a period of concerted pressure, with Forest pegged back in the 10 minutes before Huddlestone’s dismissal, but it had not yielded a significant opportunity. In fact it was with 10 men that Derby fashioned their best chance of the half, Andreas Weimann drawing a brilliant block from the Forest left-back Ben Osborn, and they were hardly compelled into a late rearguard action by a powder-puff home side.They had posed a clearer threat before half-time and that owed, primarily, to Huddlestone’s constructive side. One radar-like release of Weimann, which the winger squandered by shooting against Danny Fox, was a reminder that his passing range still has few parallels when in tune. It was a more subtle ball to the same player in the 45th minute that created the game’s only memorable opening. Weimann read the pass and cut back to David Nugent, who was thwarted by Costel Pantilimon. The goalkeeper’s follow-up save from Tom Lawrence, improvising to turn the ball over with a toe, was even better but the sequence failed to prompt any further escalation in goalmouth activity.“I think so, on the performance,” Rowett said when asked if he felt his team had deserved to win. “I thought we looked very solid defensively and had by far the best chances.” It was minor hyperbole but, in any case, few of those opportunities are going in for Derby. They rarely lose but are no longer automatic promotion contenders and, despite a four-point cushion to seventh place, memories linger of past tail-offs.Not that Forest, safe in mid-table, would refuse to change places. Aitor Karanka has tamed the more naive elements of an attack-minded side and sought to create one closer to his fastidiously drilled image. They did not produce a shot on target, despite flickers from Tomlin and the young winger Matty Cash, but a six-game unbeaten run holds promise for a run at better times next year.“At the end nobody wanted to lose the game,” Karanka said, in a summary encapsulating much of the fear that dogs second-tier matches these days. The only victories on offer were small ones. While his players exchanged words with Tomlin after the match, there were suggestions Rowett had shown two fingers to the Forest supporters.“I was trying to get four fingers up to say I’d taken four points off them [this season]”, said Rowett. “It was a bit of lighthearted banter, a bit of fun.” And, in the end, virtually as much as the entire afternoon produced. Albert Adomah inspires Aston Villa to derby romp against leaders Wolves Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Une entente interprovinciale avantageuse pour la NouvelleEcosse

first_imgACADIAN AFFAIRS–Une entente interprovinciale avantageuse pour laNouvelle-Écosse Des Néo-Écossais acadiens et francophones apprennent commentl’entente de coopération entre le Québec et la Nouvelle-Écossepeut aider à améliorer les services en français dans la province. La secrétaire adjointe à la francophonie canadienne duSecrétariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes duQuébec, Madame Sylvie Lachance, est à Halifax cette semaine pourrencontrer des groupes qui représentent les affaires acadienneset francophones en Nouvelle-Écosse. « Cette entente interprovinciale favorise les échanges entre lesdeux provinces, permettant ainsi au gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse d’utiliser l’expertise présente au Québec, » affirme RéalSamson, conseiller spécial au ministre des Affaires acadiennes. «Cette entente est particulièrement importante pour nous en cemoment puisque notre gouvernement se prépare à mettre en oeuvreses plans concernant les services en français. » Pour faire le suivi des rencontres entre le ministre des Affairesacadiennes, Chris d’Entremont, et le ministre responsable de lafrancophonie canadienne au Québec, Benoît Pelletier, l’Office desaffaires acadiennes a invité les groupes à se rencontrer afin depermettre aux gouvernements et à la communauté de discuter despossibilités de partenariats. « titre de seule province majoritairement francophone, leQuébec se reconnaît une responsabilité particulière quant au développement de la francophonie au Canada, » déclare MmeLachance. « En offrant ce financement à la Nouvelle-Écosse, nousespérons pouvoir favoriser un plus grand nombre d’échanges entreles deux provinces. »last_img read more

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Cong will fight polls in UP on its own strength

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress will fight the general election in Uttar Pradesh on its own strength, party’s west UP incharge Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Saturday, asserting the path of his party may be different from that of the SP and the BSP but their objective is the same.Scindia also said that as far as talks for alliances are concerned, “like-minded parties should also think in a like-minded way”. The AICC general secretary incharge UP west’s remarks assume significance as they come amid reports that there may be a rethink on the grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh to include the Congress. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On Akhilesh Yadav’s remarks that the Congress was very much in the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance and two seats were being left for it, Scindia said, “If this is his thinking, then we may also leave 2-3 seats for them.” “The current situation is that the SP and the BSP have taken a decision that they want to walk on a different path with the same objective that the Congress has. Our paths can be different, but the objective is the same,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedScindia asserted that the Congress wants to have a UPA government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh it was determined to come back to power by 2022. “We have said time and again that our objective is the same that UPA government must be formed at the Centre. In Uttar Pradesh, the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength,” Scindia told reporters here. “We believe that be it BSP or SP, they have taken a decision and we respect that decision. They have the right to choose their path. They have chosen their path and the Congress is going to fight this election on its own strength,” he said. Asked about whether talks should be held to bring like-minded parties together, he said dialogue should take place but it should be from both sides. wlast_img read more

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Rock solid the relationship between Taoiseach and Tánaiste says Ruairí Quinn

first_imgNo, I don’t think so. They get on very well together. They have a very similar background… they’re both Connacht men.He added that both parties “serve together” adding that the relationship is “rock solid”.When asked about the situation with the teachers unions and the newly reformed Junior Certificate – now called the Junior Cycle Student Award – he said that he trusted teachers and said that more training will be made available to teachers.TUIMeanwhile, speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Gerry Craughwell of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) said that teachers’ concerns about the new Junior Cycle Student Award are not being listened to.The overhaul of the Junior Certificate is due to start in September, beginning with a new English syllabus for first-year students will be introduced.Yesterday, Minister Quinn said that he realises “any change is always problematic and fearful for people” but indicated he will work with teachers on their concerns about the new junior cycle programme.Read: Quinn prepared to have Dept officials meet with concerned teachers> THE MINISTER FOR Education Ruairí Quinn has said that the relationship between the Taoiseach and Tánaiste is “rock solid”.Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, he said that the “success and solidity of any coalition government depends on the personal relationship between the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste.StrainedThere was speculation is some newspapers over the weekend that the relationship was strained between the two leaders, however, when pressed on the matter this morning and asked was the relationship under strain, he answered:last_img read more

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Argiropoulos shot dead in Sydney park

first_imgPolice have revealed that the man who was found dead in a Sydney park last week has been identified as Nikolas Argiropoulos, and that he died from a fatal gun wound, after being shot in the face.Argiropoulos’ body was discovered by a female walker last Thursday morning in Ballast Point Park in Birchgrove. When he was discovered, his face had been so badly injured, the police were unable to assertain what had happened.Police have now identified the man as 24-year-old Nikolas Argiropoulos, from Earlwood, in Sydney’s south. Detectives believe that this was a targeted crime and have described the brutal killing as a “callous murder”.The homicide squad have formed Strike Force McCarr to investigate and are appealing for anyone with information about the death to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sauver les lémuriens de Madagascar demanderait 57 millions deuros

first_imgSauver les lémuriens de Madagascar demanderait 5,7 millions d’eurosSelon une ONG américaine, il lui faudrait 5,7 millions d’euros pour mettre en place un plan destiné à sauver les lémuriens de Madagascar, dont 93 espèces sur 105 sont menacées.Les lémuriens sont l’un des principaux symboles de l’île de Madagascar. Pourtant, ces primates sont aujourd’hui de plus en plus menacés et leur déclin ne cesse d’inquiéter. Sur les 105 espèces connues de lémuriens malgaches, “24 sont désormais classées ‘en danger critique’, 49 sont ‘en voie de disparition’, et 20 ‘vulnérables'”. Face à cela, l’ONG américaine Conservation International a présenté à Antananarivo un plan pour sauver les lémuriens de Madagascar. Au cours de la présentation, l’organisme a rappelé que les principales raisons qui expliquent que le lémurien soit aujourd’hui le vertébré le plus menacé au monde sont la déforestation qui détruit son habitat, le changement climatique mais surtout le braconnage. “Ici on tue des lémuriens tous les jours, la chasse est le problème le plus grave qui touche les lémuriens”, a expliqué le Dr Russel Mittermeier, président de l’ONG cité par l’AFP.La stratégie de sauvegarde et de conservation des lémuriens de Madagascar que propose Conservation International consiste ainsi à apporter des réponses “aux différentes menaces auxquelles ils font face […]. Le budget total s’élève à 7,6 millions de dollars [5,7 millions d’euros] à rechercher dans les trois ans à venir”, indique l’ONG dans un communiqué. Un plan d’action sur plusieurs fronts À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concrètement, il s’agirait donc de protéger l’habitat des lémuriens, d’améliorer les moyens de subsistance des paysans, de développer l’écotourisme et de lutter contre la consommation de viande sauvage. Le programme prévoit également une importante contribution des communautés locales et une sensibilisation environnementale à tous les niveaux de la part des autorités. “L’état malgache ne peut pas contribuer financièrement au plan vu la situation actuelle, mais l’important c’est de s’approprier le plan et de contribuer à d’autres niveaux”, a souligné le Dr Claudine Ramiarison, directeur général de la Recherche et du Partenariat au ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur.Le 3 août 2013 à 09:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Retroflag NESPi Case Plus

first_imgStay on target The Raspberry Pi is a fascinating little device. It’s a $25 computer with an ARM processor and a Linux backbone, with just enough power to perform a ton of different tasks if you know how to get it to do them. One of those tasks is emulating classic video games. Emulation is a legally gray-to-black matter, but it’s also so widespread that denying its existence is downright silly. So, instead, let’s talk about a cool retro-themed case you can put a Raspberry Pi into for, well, whatever you want to do with it.Retroflag’s NESPi Case Plus is clearly influenced by the Nintendo Entertainment System. It looks and feels just like a classic NES, just a fraction of the size. Two-tone gray box with a signature black stripe holding two ports, and even Power and Reset buttons next to a red indicator light. It’s a mini NES.This doesn’t mean the NESPi is necessarily influenced by the NES Classic Edition, because it’s an even more faithful model of the NES than Nintendo’s own retro system. The cartridge door actually opens to reveal two more USB ports and an Ethernet port, and there’s even a little pop-off door on the bottom where the wire guide on the original NES was (you can store extra microSD cards in there). If it wasn’t for the concessions to fitting a Raspberry Pi in there and keeping all of the ports available, I’d call the NES impersonation slavish.The NESPi can accept the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, 3 Model B, and 3 Model B+ boards, fitting snugly inside the case, which includes its own little screwdriver and sets of screws for both securing the board and sealing the case. The Raspberry Pi fits under the two PCBs built into the case. One is a breaker board to run the Raspberry Pi’s USB and Ethernet ports to the front of the case, and the other connects the power and reset buttons, and the power LED, to the Pi.The power and reset buttons are fully functional on the NESPi case, and the Plus version of the case features an extra Safe Shutdown and Reset function. By installing a power management script from Retroflag on your Raspberry Pi, the power and reset buttons can safely trigger a safe shutdown of the system instead of simply cutting the power. A switch on the power board lets you disable that function if you don’t want to deal with it, and plan to manually shut down the system when you turn it off.The case’s build quality is very solid, far better than anything I’ve been able to 3D print, and the breaker board and power switches are really helpful touches that mean you don’t need to use an additional power switch shield with the Pi. There’s even room for a ventilation fan if you want to add it.You can get the Retroflag NESPi Case Plus right now for $24.99. The regular version of the NESPi Case retails for $19.99, and is currently out of stock on Amazon. If you want to play with Raspberry Pi, whether you’re emulating or not, this is a really neat little case for it. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Mark Hollis Influential Mastermind Behind Talk Talk Dies At 64

first_imgNews Email Mark Hollis, Influential Mastermind Behind Talk Talk, Dies At 64 Twitter From his commercial success with Talk Talk to his influential release as a solo artist, Hollis’ musical vision helped shape the future of experimental rock, pop, and beyondNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 26, 2019 – 4:21 pm Mark Hollis, best-known as the frontman for influential art-pop outfit Talk Talk, has died. His longtime manager, Keith Aspde, confirmed, “Mark has died after a short illness from which he never recovered.” Hollis was 64 years old.Hollis first arrived in the spotlight with Talk Talk’s eponymous first single, “Talk Talk,” from their 1982 debut, The Party’s Over. Two years later, their sophomore album delivered the hits “Such A Shame” and the title track, “It’s My Life,” which would become a hit again in 2003 when No Doubt covered the song, which earned them a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 47th GRAMMY Awards.The band’s third album, 1986’s The Colour Of Spring, yeilded their highest-charting U.K. single with “Life Is What You Make It.” Hollis’ artistic vision continued to expand, as his inventive melodic prasing evolved, and as he explored and experimented with space and silence in music, especially in the band’s final album, released in 1991, and his sole solo release, 1998’s self-titled album.While Hollis’ commercial success with Talk Talk may have been brief, his influence on the music world looms large, to the rise of post-rock, providing inspiration for fellow groundbreaking British bands Radiohead, Sigur Rós and Elbow.center_img Aspden told NPR. “I can’t tell you how much Mark influenced and changed my perceptions on art and music. I’m grateful for the time I spent with him and for the gentle beauty he shared with us.”Musicians from accross the music community took to social media to honor Hollis’ contributions. In a post by Duran Duran, who toured with Talk Talk in 1982, the band wrote, “Mark was the main songwriter of some truly great songs”“Mark Hollis started from punk and by his own admission he had no musical ability,” Elbow’s Guy Garvey told  Mojo. “To go from only having the urge, to writing some of the most timeless, intricate and original music ever is as impressive as the moon landings for me.” Peter Tork Of The Monkees Dies At 77Read more Facebook Mark Hollis, Talk Talk’s Mastermind Dies At 64 mark-hollis-influential-mastermind-behind-talk-talk-dies-64last_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Chandrakanta excouple Madhurima Tuli and Vishal Singh to participate

first_imgMadhurima Tuli; Vishal SinghinstagramEven as speculations regarding the list of contestants of celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye 9 continue to make news, what’s more interesting is that the new season will also feature ex-couples hitting the dance floor together.While it was reported earlier that Urvashi Dholakia, the original Komolika, had been approached by makers to rock the dance floor along with her former lover Anuj Sachdeva, the Times of India reported that if everything goes as planned, Madhurima Tuli and ex-beau Vishal Aditya Singh may pair up for the show as well. Madhurima and Vishal met and fell in love on the set of Chandrakanta — Ek Mayavi Prem Gaatha in 2017. They, however, called it quits in October last year.A source associated with the show told the daily, “We had approached Madhurima and Vishal when they were in a relationship. However, Vishal was more keen on hosting the show. Since we are trying to introduce a new format by roping in exes, we have approached Madhurima and Vishal again. While Madhurima has shown interest, we are now waiting for Vishal to give his nod.”Coming to Urvashi and Anuj, although the actress hasn’t commented about her participation on the dance show, interestingly, Anuj’s initial response was, “We don’t have a confirmation yet,” he told the daily, however, the actor later stated, “How can I do Nach Baliye? I am single!”Meanwhile, rumour has it that Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani may take the judge’s seat in Nach Baliye 9. Another Bollywood cute couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are also in talks to judge the show.Coming to the list of rumoured contestants, Divya Agarwal and Varun Sood, Anita Hassanandani and Rohit Reddy, Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukhla, Drashti Dhami and Neeraj Khemka, Rohan Mehra and Kanchi Singh, Sana Khan and Melvin Louis, Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh, Siddharth Nigam and Avneet Kaur are likely to participate.Further, Nach Baliye 9 is likely to be produced by Salman Khan’s production venture that is also co-producing TV show – The Kapil Sharma Show. Not just that, the dance reality show will have superhot actress Jennifer Winget as host. Joining Jennifer as a co-host will be Sunil Grover, who will tickle the audience’s funny bones. Urvashi Dholakia; Anuj Sachdevainstagramlast_img read more

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China does not want UN to push Myanmar on accountability

first_imgUnited NationsChina does not want the UN Security Council to tell Myanmar that credible, transparent investigations into accusations of violence against mainly Rohingya Muslims are important, according to proposed amendments to a British-drafted statement.The 15-member Security Council is trying to negotiate a press statement following a visit by UN envoys to Bangladesh and Myanmar last week to see firsthand the aftermath of a Myanmar military crackdown that Britain, the United States and others have denounced as ethnic cleansing of the minority Rohingya.Britain wanted the council to state “the importance of undertaking credible and transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations” and “continue to support efforts to ensure justice and accountability.”Its draft statement would also “urge the government of Myanmar to fulfill urgently its stated commitment to holding accountable perpetrators of violence, including sexual violence and abuse and violence against children.”However, Myanmar ally China deleted those references in amendments it has proposed to that statement, which must be agreed by consensus. China also proposed welcoming “the efforts taken by the government of Myanmar to improve the situation in Rakhine” state.Diplomats said negotiations were continuing.Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts in Rakhine in August sparked a military operation that has sent nearly 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Security Council envoys visited those vast camps last week.They also met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and traveled to Rakhine state, where the violence erupted. Myanmar denies the accusations of ethnic cleansing.Fleeing refugees have reported killings, rapes and arson on a large scale. Myanmar has said its operations in Rakhine were a legitimate response to attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents.Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing told Security Council envoys, during a two-hour meeting in Naypyitaw, the country’s capital, last week, that less than 2,000 troops were involved in the military operation, according to diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity.The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked the court to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingyas to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity.Suu Kyi’s government has expressed “serious concern” over the move at the ICC. Bangladesh is a member of the ICC but Myanmar is not. Rights groups have called on the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution referring the situation in Myanmar to the court.last_img read more

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