Kejriwal holds roadshow in Sangrur

first_imgAam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday held a roadshow in the Sangrur parliamentary constituency harping on the “successful” Delhi model of governance. Standing atop an open vehicle, Mr. Kejriwal sought vote and support for party candidate Bhagwant Mann, who is seeking re-election from Sangrur. During his day-long roadshow through Khanauri-Moonak-Lehragaga-Sunam-Cheema-Longowal-Dhanaula-Barnal areas, the AAP leader was seen striving to convince people about his government’s good governance in Delhi besides hitting out at the ruling Congress government in Punjab, accusing it of backing out on its Assembly poll promises. “Capt. Amarinder Singh promised you jobs, smart phones, complete loan waiver, increase of old age pension to ₹2,500 per month but has failed to deliver…We on the other hand in Delhi are fulfilling our election promises. You must have heard that in Delhi, schools and hospitals have improved. If you want to improve quality of life vote for AAP,” said Mr. Kejriwal.“The Congress and the BJP are only befooling people as they don’t have any interest in working for the welfare of the public,” he added.As the roadshow cruised through Khanauri, a group of people also raised black flags and shouted slogans against him for allegedly “defaming” Punjab on the issue of drugs. The police cleared the protesters.Mr. Kejriwal also tried to strike a cord with Sikhs by claiming that it was due to the efforts of Mr. Mann that for the first time in Parliament tribute was paid to the martyrdom of Chhote Sahibzaade (younger son) of Guru Gobind Singh.“Neither the Congress nor the Shiromani Akali Dal in the last 72 years of independent India had been able to do this. It was due to your MP’s [Bhagwant Mann] effort that tribute was paid to Chhote Sahibzaade. And, now every year this will continue,” said Mr. Kejriwal.As the roadshow reached Lehragaga, 33-year-old Beant Singh, a vegetable vendor, felt that while the party does not have the kind of wave it had during the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, yet the sitting MP has an edge over his competitors owing to his “personal touch’” with the public.At Moonak, Aman Kumar, who runs an electronic repair shop, also believes that the way the sitting MP has been in touch with the locals in his constituency, could benefit him in the upcoming election. “Also, the ruling Congress government has failed to keep its promises…I am still waiting for a smart phone…Akali Dal has also not done anything that I can trust them,” he says.Deepak, who works with a leading mobile phone company at village Jakhal, says “while several development work in the village has been done by Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parminder Dhindsa as MLA, yet I somehow feel Bhagwant Mann is finding favour among people, will he win or not I can’t say.”Sangrur, which has predominantly seen electoral battle between the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress, in this election is witnessing a three-cornered fight. While AAP MP Bhagwant Mann is fighting to retain his seat, the Congress has fielded former MLA Kewal Singh Dhillon. Shiromani Akali’ Dal’s Parminder Dhindsa, a five-time MLA and former Finance Minister in the previous SAD-BJP government is also in the fray. The Punjab Democratic Alliance has fielded singer and actor Jassi Jasraj as its candidate.last_img read more

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Sikh soldier who fought racial US laws

first_imgHe was arguably the first turbaned Sikh to serve in the US Army – as a drill sergeant during World War I. When asked how he got inducted despite a beard, Bhagat Singh Thind (1892-1967) had quipped: “I suppose they figured I could kill just as many Germans with it as I could without it.”He was “honourably discharged” after the war ended in late 1918. But it was another battle that defined his life, one that he fought for over a decade. On February 19, 1923, he was denied American citizenship by the US Supreme Court. The ruling, which determined that Thind, “a high-caste Hindu of full Indian blood,” was not a “white person”, led to the revocation of his naturalisation as an American citizen and shut the immigration door on other South Asians too. His “Aryan origin” contention cut no ice with the judiciary, which accorded precedence to Caucasian lineage.Read it at Tribune Related Itemslast_img read more

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Women are fighting big battles: Aroon Purie

first_imgAt the 3rd India Today Woman Summit, Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of The India Today Group, in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests attending the summit. He said that it is a different energy every year to attend and organize the Summit. He also added that women are special – they are caring, warm and emotional in their approach to everything in life. Speaking of a new decade which can be easily dedicated to woman empowerment, he pointed out the achievements of women in different fields. “Women are fighting battles both big and small stepping out of their houses and joining the workforce,” he said. Mr Purie touched upon the high points in women empowerment in previous year. “This is a year when women from small towns have made their mark in sports by winning medals at International sporting events,” he said. He also referred to the large number of women being elected to the Assembly in Bihar. It is because of such achievement that this Summit is about ‘Changing the Game’. Mr Purie said that the society which acknowledges women’s role at home is coming to terms to acknowledge their role in the workplace. Inspite of these advancements, there are still places where the society is still lacking in some ways. While the Supreme Court recognized live-in relationships as legal the women in such relationships are still considered keeps and cannot make financial claims if the relationships break. Honour killings, gender gap and reservation in the Lok Sabha are still the areas which need to be looked upon. He ended his welcome speech by saying that he believes that our society will solve these problems and further empower its women. advertisementlast_img read more

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Kheta Ram breaks 7-year-old meet record, qualifies for Asian Games

first_imgKheta Ram has set a new national meet record in the men’s 5,000-metres eventThe Federation Cup National Athletics Championships witnessed a sizzling start here as Rajasthan’s Kheta Ram eclipsed the meet mark in the men’s 5,000-metres with a brilliant 13:49.17 that erased Surender Singh’s seven-year-old 13:51.64 record.On the other hand, in the women’s 5,000m, P. Jaisha defended her title clocking 15:54.21, the fastest time by an Indian woman this year, a tremendous improvement from her last year’s winning mark of 16:39.43.Meanwhile, national record holder Preeja Sreedharan (Kerala) finished runners-up with 16:23.07 while the bronze went to Maharashtra’s Swati Gadhave (16:46.46).In the men’s 5000m race, ONGC runner Suresh Kumar (13:53.58) and Tamil Nadu’s G. Lakshmanan (13:57.07) took the next two places whereas defending champion Nitender Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) ended in eighth place with a distance 14:50.02. Inter-State champion Inderjit Patel missed a podium chance with his fourth place (14:22.99) finish.Incidentally both Kheta Ram and Suresh Kumar finished within the qualifying norm (13:54.11) fixed by Athletics Federation of India (AFI) for selection guidelines for the Asian Games.National record-holder Tintu Luka intends to keep her best effort in the IAAF Continental Cup at Morocco next month as one of the four Indians on Asia-Pacific team and hence skipped the qualifying rounds in women’s 800m.Her Kerala teammate and training partner Jessy Joseph could not finish her race. Pramila Yadav from Uttar Pradesh was fastest (2:22.49) qualifier while Sini A. Markose (2:22.81) and inter-state champion Sushma Devi (2:25.49) had won the other two heats.Long jumper Kumaravel Prem Kumar, who didn’t have an impressive outing in the Lucknow Inter-State Championships and failed to enter the finals, made it this time by leading the qualifiers with a leap of 7.42m.advertisementOther notable qualifier from the session was Om Prakash Singh (shot put, 18.21m), just ahead of Universiade silver medallist Inderjeet Singh (18.10m).The women’s 400m hurdles heats witnessed two athletes from Karnataka gearing up for a summit clash in the finals as M. Arpitha clocked a personal best 58.87 seconds to win the first race ahead of much experienced Anu Raghavan of Kerala (59.14) while reigning Asian Games champion Ashwini Akkunji ran a fast 58.45 sec to win the next heat.Ashwini won the Lucknow title with a time of 57.43 secs and holds a personal best 56.15, clocked in Guangzhou Asiad four years ago.In the evening session, namesakes Manpreet Kaur (both hail from Punjab) clinched the first two spots in women’s shot put by heaving the 4 kg iron ball to 16.20m and 15.06m respectively while state-mate Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, representing ONGC, filled the podium with a 14.16m toss.Interestingly the winner Manpreet’s mark was the third best in the Federation Cup history after her predecessors Harbans (16.94m) and Harpreet Kaur’s (16.22m) effort in 1997.last_img read more

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Cone rues taking Rain or Shine for granted

first_imgPVL: PetroGazz continues winning ways, beat PacificTown-Army Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201301:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cone said that they didn’t look at the Elasto Painters as a credible threat and their lackadaisical attitude ultimately bit them in the end.“I was disappointed with our performance today, I felt we came out and took Rain or Shine for granted,” said Cone Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I don’t know how to describe it.”FEATURED 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, logistics“It really shocks me that we can take a team like Rain or Shine for granted just because it lost a couple of games and I’m just really disappointed with our effort defensively.”The Elasto Painters had yet to win a game in the conference prior to meeting Ginebra and it could’ve been one part why the Gin Kings didn’t display the same effort. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone wasn’t in the most positive of moods when his Gin Kings lost to Rain or Shine, 104-81, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rain or Shine, though, was hungry to get to the winners’ table and just ran past Ginebra every chance it got.Ginebra turned the ball over 15 times and the Elasto Painters capitalized on those mistakes to convert 22 points off of the Gin Kings’ turnovers.The Elasto Painters also used its bulk to outscore the Gin Kings 46-28 in the paint.A player Cone did pinpoint that became Ginebra’s bane was Rey Nambatac, who torched the Gin Kings for a game-high 30 points.“Rey Nambatac played a great game, he’s been playing great, he was like Michael Jordan out there today,” said Cone. “He was everywhere today doing anything he wanted, took any shot he wanted.”ADVERTISEMENT Another player who gave Ginebra problems was Cone’s former import Denzel Bowles.Cone won the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup, just one of his total 21 PBA titles, with Bowles leading the way for the B-Meg Llamados, now the Magnolia Hotshots.Bowles finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks matching up nicely with Justin Brownlee’s line of 30 points, 17 rebounds, five steals, and three blocks.“Denzel was all kinds of problems matchup wise,” said Cone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

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Rajasthan Royals distances itself from Raj Kundra after his name emerges in IPL betting scandal

first_imgTrying to distance itself from the tainted co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) — Raj Kundra — its top management on Friday promised action against him if he is found guilty.In a joint statement issued by RR chairman Ranjit Barthakur and CEO Raghu Iyer, the franchise said “Kundra is a minority (11.7 per cent) shareholder and he has no involvement” in its running.”We believe that Mr Raj Kundra is a law abiding citizen and would not act contrary to law. If however, he is proven guilty, or has breached any regulations, he will be suspended, and he will also forfeit his shares. This is a strict governance procedure agreed to by all Rajasthan Royals shareholders, and it is consistent with our zero tolerance approach,” the statement reads.The press statement comes a day after Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar disclosed that Kundra has admitted to betting on his own team. Police sources also said that his actress wife Shilpa Shetty, who happens to be a co-owner in the franchise, too had placed bets on IPL matches.Earlier in the day, Kundra hired services of noted lawyer Majid Memon to defend his case.last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squad

first_imgGautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadGautam Gambhir said a finger-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions during the World Cup. Ashwin last played for India in an ODI in July 2017.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 21:26 IST Ravichandran Ashwin has not played for India since June 2017 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s World Cup squadGambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions”I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner,” Gambhir saidFormer opener Gautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s one day international team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Gambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions.Ashwin last played for India in coloured clothing in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since become frontline spinners for India in limited-overs format. While Ravindra Jadeja has managed to make a comeback in the shorter formats, Ashwin has not.”Both wrist-spinners [Kuldeep and Chahal] have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event.Gambhir cited the example of premier Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon, who recently made an ODI comeback following his stellar performances in the longest format.”He [Lyon[ is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner.”I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well,” said Gambhir.Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not amongst the runs in the ODI series against Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket since he was not part of the Test series Down Under.advertisement”I am a little disappointed because some of the guys should have played first-class cricket. Being away from Test cricket should have actually pushed them to play first-class cricket.”Whoever was selected to play [only] white-ball cricket, because it is a World Cup year, I think it should have pushed all these guys like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu all those who went to Australia – to play first-class cricket,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Ravichandran Ashwinlast_img read more

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Magsaysay Award winner says put under house arrest Lucknow administration denies charge

first_imgLucknow: Ramon Magsaysay Award winner social activist Sandeep Pandey here on Sunday claimed that he was put under house arrest on three occasions in the past week to prevent him from expressing views on national issues. The Lucknow district administration, however, rejected the claim. “In the past one week, we have been stopped thrice by the police and administration from freely expressing our views. I was put under house arrest on three occasions (August 11, 16 and 17),” Pandey claimed, adding that they were prevented from going to Ayodhya for a two-day programme on communal amity on Saturday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We were stopped mid-way,” Pandey said. The social activist slammed the alleged “stalling” of their programmes, saying it seemed as if “there was a ban on the freedom of expression”. Pandey said on August 16, they were prevented from going to Hazaratganj in Lucknow, where they were scheduled to hold a candlelight demonstration near the Mahatma Gandhi statue against the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and kashmir. “Police arrived again at my and advocate Mohammad Shoaib’s place to put us under house arrest an hour and half ago before the programme,” Pandey had said in a statement issued on August 16. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said their August 11 protest was for the “restoration of democracy” in the Valley. On the other hand, Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma rubbished the claims made by Pandey, who had won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2002 in the emergent leader category. “Who is stopping him from holding protests at the Eco Garden in the city. He cannot stage any protest in Hazratganj — the heart of the state capital — as the High Court has banned all protests in the area,” he said. “The dharna sthal (protest venue) of the district has been identified and he is most welcome to hold any protest, dharna or agitation there for as many days he likes. Why does he deliberately opts for spots where protests are not allowed?” the Lucknow DM said. Sharma said earlier Pandey was told to go to the Eco Garden but “he did not comply” with the orders. The DM denied that Pandey was put under house arrest. “He was neither put under house arrest nor detained. We intervened when they announced to go to Hazratganj.”last_img read more

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While Promoting Broadway Show Meat Loaf Proves that Rock and Roll Dreams

first_imgMeat Loaf stepped onto the stage, still looking like the kind of guy you’d hang out with over a good conversation. The show, taking place just outside Mirvish Theatre in Downtown Toronto, opened with a gang of bikers rolling up. It’s like all the best parts of your childhood standing in front of you, within reach.I’m a nineties kid, but I was lucky enough to grow up listening to Meat Loaf thanks to a family that loves music, and a collection of cassette tapes that sat in the storage below the living room stereo. I can still remember the smell of the tapes, and how frustrating it was to have to rewind each one before listening to them. If you weren’t careful, sometimes the film inside would pull out and you’d have to spin one of the circles backwards till the cassette tape would go back into place.Do I exaggerate when I say I know all the lyrics on both Part One AND Two? Far from it. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter What soon followed were the cast members performing in costume several of the songs, enough to give a taste of what’s expected from the  Broadway show. Catch a glimpse here to see the hype.“I remember everything as if it happened only yesterday,” utters Andrew Polec in the role of Strat, in the Wasted Youth monologue. Forceful enough to make Papa Shakespeare proud.And it does feel like yesterday, regardless of generation.At the point when I started listening to this album I was barely just starting to write my first scripts, and yet I could already imagine the characters and costumes for Paradise by the Dashboard Lights; lip-syncing to I’d Do Anything For Love and Good Girls Go to Heaven; Fist-pumping to the rebellion-themed Life is a Lemon…Damn, what a gal would do to get a chance at adapting that into a film.And that’s not something I’d “want my money back” from either.Fast forward a decade since and now comes the Broadway production of ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. It might not be how I’ve imagined it, or how other fans imagined it, but it’s worth it. As someone still fresh in my own youth, it’s impossible for anyone to have waited for this as long as Jim Steinman has. Jim Steinman, the mastermind and songwriter behind it, first wrote the soundtrack when he was just in college.By 1972 Jim met singer Meat Loaf (Michael Lee Aday), who at the time was a cast member on a musical he helped collaborate. As they say, the rest is history.By the time ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ was officially released onto the music scene in October 1977, it received mixed reviews that eventually grew into a cult following. Since then, it’s sold 43 million albums worldwide. Considering that many of the songs reach an average eight to ten minutes, filled with operatic vocals and loud instruments, it was hard to classify which genre it belonged to. In an interview with CTV, Meat Loaf stated that “out of hundreds of reviews, we got one good review from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.”For years there was speculation as to when it would finally be adapted on screen, or least of all, on stage.Then we always hear about that one work that makes an artist’s career. Often it’s the one you’d least expect. The one where you’re sitting and you find yourself innocently strumming the guitar, or jotting ideas pen to paper, then suddenly… You’ve done this so many times before, till you realize, this one- this one is gonna be different.Like any great art, Jim likely didn’t know the impact his work would have, but we’re thankful he brought it this far. ‘Bat Out Of Hell The Musical’ is the culmination of everything a writer works for. It’s enough to prove that in the end, “rock and roll dreams” really do come true.‘Bat Out Of Hell’ is expected to make its North American debut in Toronto at the Mirvish Theatre on October 14th 2017, running till December 3. Tickets go on sale May 24th on the venue’s website.last_img read more

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Rahul promises exclusive Ministry for Fisheries

first_imgThrissur (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday assured the fishermen community that a Congress-led government will form a special Ministry for fisheries. Gandhi said this while addressing a meeting here at the ‘Fishermen’s Parliament’. “I am not like Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi who does not keep his promises. I assure you and promise you that when our government comes to power in 2019, there will be a dedicated Ministry for fisheries,” said Gandhi. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Go through my speeches. Whatever I have said will be done, has been done. The exclusive ministry for your needs will be like a non-violent weapon for all of you. Issues with the Sri Lankan Navy, Coastal Regulation Zone and trawlers will all be addressed,” added Gandhi. Gandhi arrived here on Wednesday night. After meeting the families of three Congress workers killed by alleged CPI-M workers in Kannur and Kasargode, he will return to Kozhikode to kickstart the Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state.last_img read more

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BJP supporters protest against nomination of outsiders turncoats

first_imgKolkata: Infighting in BJP came to light once again, with party supporters protesting against party nominees in different parts of the state.Supporters were vocal against the nomination of Nisith Pramanik, who has been fielded from the Cooch Behar Lok Sabha seat while the party’s vice-president Rajkamal Pathak announced his resignation from the post after being denied ticket for the Lok Sabha. Pathak had wanted to contest from either the Sreerampur or Hooghly seat. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSoon after the candidate list was announced, a section of workers ransacked the BJP party office at Cooch Behar and demanded resignation of their district president Malati Rava. Pramanik had recently joined the saffron party from Trinamool Congress. “We do not want any turncoat to be selected from Cooch Behar. The party did not consider leaders who have been fighting against Trinamool for years. The list is finalised after consultation with the party’s top district leadership,” a worker said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe car of Rava was ransacked and when she tried to walk home, she was allegedly heckled by some agitators. Refuting allegations against her, Rava said the central leadership had nominated Pramanik and district leaders had “no say” regarding the same. It may be mentioned that Pramanaik had joined the saffron party on February 28 in Delhi from Trinamool Congress. “They do not accept him as the Cooch Behar candidate and have expressed their dissatisfaction. It is a natural phenomenon in a political party and everything would be sorted out,” Rava said. According to party sources, Dipak Barman, a long-time party worker, may fight from the seat as an Independent Candidate. The situation has taken such an alarming turn that under the instructions of BJP president Amit Shah, the party’s observer in Bengal Arvind Menon reached Cooch Behar on Friday night to bring things under control. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said on Friday that the party workers have to accept the decision of the central leadership. Meanwhile, Pathak expressed his discontentment over party leadership alleging that the party has ignored old and veteran leadership in fielding candidates. The party’s women’s wing president Locket Chatterjee has been fielded from Hooghly, while state youth wing (Yuba Morcha) chief Debojit Sarkar has been fielded from Sreerampur. Pathak has already sent his resignation to Dilip Ghosh. Meanwhile, posters put up in protest against the candidature of state BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu were also seen in North 24-Parganas. A banner, which bore the names of the district BJP leaders, termed Basu as an ‘outsider’.last_img read more

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Resounding success of Alberta energy rebates prompts second round

CALGARY — The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO Monica Curtis said the spring campaign had a budget of just over $14 million, and expects this round to cost about the same, with the government subsidy amounting to about 25 per cent of the total cost of the energy efficient products.The instant rebate efficiency program runs for four weeks ending Oct. 29, while the home improvement and online rebates announced in April continue their two-year run. read more

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Situation in Central African Republic warrants continued international attention UN Security Council

Particularly worrying were clashes between the Front populaire pour la renaissance de la Centrafrique and the Union pour la paix en Centrafrique groups in the country’s central region which had assumed ethnic overtones, said Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping in his briefing to the 15-member Council. He added that the two groups were outside an ongoing dialogue, established by the country’s President, Faustin Archange Touadera, with other armed groups which was making progress in such areas as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. In the briefing, the UN official further said that the organization supported an initiative for a national peace and reconciliation agreement recently launched by the African Union, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECOWAS) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, as well as Angola, Chad and the Congo. Similarly, adapting to the changes, the UN mission in the country (MINUSCA) is rearranging its deployment to ensure greater flexibility and dedicate more forces to its operations. Also, the Portuguese rapid reaction force is now in place and French surveillance drones will be deployed to deter activities of armed groups. On the humanitarian side, Mr. Ladsous voiced concern, particularly for the areas outside the capital. He informed the council that more than half of the population (over 2.2 million people) faced food insecurity and more than 100,000 had been newly displaced. RELATED: Fresh violence in Central African Republic western town displaces thousands, UN office saysFurthermore, with 31 per cent of global security incidents involving non-governmental personnel reported in CAR in 2016, the country remained particularly challenging for aid workers. Going forward, he urged the international community to continue to support the CAR, and pointed out that, all too often, it reacted at the height of a crisis, only to exit before economic development had taken root and human rights had been assured. Also briefing the Council today, Omar Hilale, the Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations and the Chair of the Central African Republic configuration of the Peacebuilding Commission echoed Mr. Ladsous concerns regarding the security situation. Recent clashes in which hundreds were killed and thousands more displaced underscored the need to urgently address the security challenges, he stressed.Further, Mr. Hilale also hailed the Government’s adoption of a national disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation strategy, a security policy, and a five-year capacity-building and development plan, and called on the to tackle the root causes of the conflict and urged the international community for their support.He also informed the Security Council that an international conference on the CAR, held in the Belgian capital, Brussels, in November last year generated $2.2 billion in pledges and spoke of the Peacebuilding Commission’s work in the country. read more

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Engine production remains subdued in October

Engine manufacturing output – rolling year total Engine manufacturing output – January-October, 2012-2014 2,033,199 engines built so far in 2014 – a fall of 6.4%. Outlook is positive for the long-term, with UK engine production receiving significant recent investment. UK engine production fell 17.0% to 211,258 units in October as re-tooling for new models continued. Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for October 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Can The Mariners Finally End Their Playoff Drought

Of all the storylines to watch as Major League Baseball begins the second half of the 2018 season, the most interesting might be whether the Seattle Mariners can hold on to their current position in the standings — and, in the process, end the longest active postseason drought in major professional sports. (The Mariners earned this dubious honor when the Buffalo Bills grabbed an AFC wild card last season.)It’s been a magical start to the summer so far in Seattle. Picked preseason to finish around .500, the Mariners instead sit nearly 20 games over that benchmark. Surprisingly, they spent much of the first half challenging the defending champion Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League West; they’ve also built for themselves a three-game cushion over the division-rival Oakland A’s in the race for the AL’s second wild card. (And they’ve done it even after losing star second baseman Robinson Cano, who was putting up great numbers before getting busted for steroids in mid-May.) If the regular season ended today, the M’s would finally be back in the playoffs.That would be a major accomplishment for a Seattle club that hasn’t tasted postseason baseball since its disappointing five-game exit from the American League Championship Series 17 years ago. When my former colleague Rob Arthur wrote about the Mariners’ streak a few seasons back, he found that no team in baseball had made the playoffs fewer times relative to expectation (based on their regular-season records) since 1998 than Seattle. It’s undeniable that, with just a little better luck, the Mariners would have sneaked into the playoffs at least a few times over the span of their drought. In that regard, they are long overdue to catch a break.In 2018, however, Seattle might be collecting all of the extra good fortune it’s owed at once. According to The Baseball Gauge, no first-half team exceeded its expected record more through luck in close games or favorable “sequencing”1Bunching hits within innings on offense and scattering them across innings on defense. than the Mariners. For instance, if you simply looked at Seattle’s runs scored (412) and allowed (414), you’d think it was precisely the .500-ish team that the preseason projections had called for. Instead, the Mariners have gone 26-12 in one-run games, which — while not exactly in 2016 Texas Rangers territory — suggests they could be due for a serious second-half downturn.In fact, Seattle’s combination of win-loss record and negative run differential is so unusual that it’s tough to find similar historical teams. Since 1950, the Mariners are the only team to be 19 games over .500 through a similar stage of the season2Specifically, between 90 and 100 games into the schedule. while also having a run differential below zero. But if we just limit ourselves to the 13 teams that were at least 10 wins above .500 and had outscored opponents by 10 runs or fewer through 97 games, those clubs won only 51 percent of their games over the rest of the season (an 83-win pace per 162). So the Mariners probably shouldn’t expect to keep cruising along at a clip remotely close to their current .598 winning percentage.Indeed, if the wheels do fall off for Seattle, naysayers may point to the team’s poor play just before the All-Star break — eight losses in its last 11 games — as a sign of when things started to go wrong. But ace pitcher James Paxton will be back from the disabled list soon, and Cano is eligible to return Aug. 14. Meanwhile, the time off should benefit the slumping quintet of Kyle Seager, Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, Ryon Healy and Nelson Cruz, each of whom seemed to be running out of gas heading into the break.In the bigger picture, there’s also something to be said for the team’s overall balance as an antidote to the notion of an impending collapse. The Mariners are one of only six teams in baseball to rank among the top 10 in wins above replacement3Averaging together the WAR values found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. from both its pure hitting and its pitching, joining the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, Indians and Dodgers — pretty good company! Of course, that brushes aside Mariner weaknesses such as baserunning (they rank 24th) and fielding (20th), but it also underscores that despite Seattle’s uninspiring run differential, the fundamentals of the team aren’t necessarily unsound.In order to stay on course for the playoffs, Seattle will need to keep getting unexpected performances like the ones they’ve enjoyed from first-time All-Star Mitch Haniger and journeyman-turned-10-game winner Marco Gonzales. Closer Edwin Diaz (who leads baseball with 36 saves) will have to keep slamming the door shut in the ninth inning, and the lineup will need to continue hitting well in big moments. None of that will be easy, especially not with Oakland zooming up in the rearview mirror. But after nearly two decades of the pieces never falling into place for a postseason push, it’s high time the Mariners had the breaks go their way.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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Father son gunned down in TT

(Trinidad Guardian) An employee from the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) and his father, a retiree who also worked at the hospital, were both ambushed and killed by gunmen in Laventille on Tuesday, while responding to a call of an accident along Picton Road involving one of their vehicles.fresh crime scene at nightFitzroy Daniel, 65, and his son Jabari, 25, were taken to the PoSGH after the attack but Daniel was pronounced dead on arrival. Jabari died while undergoing emergency surgery hours later. Both father and son lived at Boxhill Trace, Laventille.The men were shot in the back of their heads and torsos around 12.30 pm by attackers using high-powered rifles, according to investigating officers.The T&T Guardian was told that Jabari, who works at the PoSGH’s Engineering Department, Refrigeration, reported for duty yesterday (Tuesday) when at shortly before noon he received a phone call from a relative informing him that one of his vehicles was involved in an accident with two other cars and a truck along Picton Road near Dan Kelly.A friend close to the family, who wished not to be identified, said Jabari left in his red station wagon to get his father before going to the area of the accident.“From what we hear, is that by the time they got there the fellas around there were very rowdy and things began to heat up. By then, it look like when Jabari and his dad decided to leave the scene to go back up the hill that the gunman run up on them from where the father sat in the passenger seat and opened fire,” the close friend said.It is believed Jabari, on hearing the gunshots, stopped the car, got out and attempted to run away, but the gunman chased after him and shot him several times in the head and left side of the back. The gunman then ran off.Police are yet to determine a motive for the killing, as although it may be linked to the accident they are not ruling out that it may have been a hit on Jabari.At the PoSGH yesterday, Jabari’s co-workers described him as a “quiet and hardworking” individual.“All of us were very shocked to hear what happened. We knew Fitzroy very well and he retired about five years ago and just recently, I saw him and I asked him if he wasn’t ageing,” one of Jabari’s co-workers said.“Jabari was a real nice and quiet person who was always in work. Just last week he used his other car (the blue one) to come to work and this morning (yesterday) he came with the red one.”Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, four people were shot in San Juan just after midnight yesterday while liming at a lane off Shende Street, Sunshine Avenue.One of the victims, identified as Kareem Syndey, 29, was pronounced dead at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mount Hope. The others, Ronnie Seecharan, Cornelius Samuel and Davien Garth, remain warded at hospital in critical conditions.Police said the group of men were liming when they were ambushed by gunmen at about 12.20 am. A motive is yet to be determined in that shooting incident.The murder toll now stands at 279 for the year so far.Investigations are continuing into both incidents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchoolboy murdered in T&T, ten years after brotherJuly 5, 2018In “latest news”Cousins gunned down in T&TJune 19, 2017In “Crime”T&T man gunned down in range roverFebruary 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Kanyes My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 4 on Amazon Black Friday

first_imgAmazon is breaking out the Black Friday deals early this year. Every day until Cyber Monday, the site will be offering up five MP3 albums on the cheap, leading off what’s sure to be the biggest record for the foreseeable future, Kayne West’s new nearly universally praised record Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.The download version of the hip-hop opus will run you $3.99 for the next day or so–it’s the closest thing to a steal without actually stealing the thing (which is considerably harder, now that LimeWire has shut its doors).Today’s four other selections are new records from My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo, Robyn, and (shudder) Dane Cooke’s Greatest Hits.last_img

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Conference Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ever wondered what life was like for children during antiquity? If so, this is an event to note down in your diary. Organised by the Universities of Sydney and New England, Children in Antiquity: Perspectives and Experiences of Childhood in the Ancient Mediterranean will be an opportunity to engage in the research of key international scholars working in the field. Major advances are being made in the study of ancient childhood studies, and this event will open up a greater understanding of the history and archaeology of children in the ancient Mediterranean, focusing on the geographical regions of Egypt, Greece and Italy.The keynote speaker during the conference will be Professor Mark Golden from the Department of Classics at Canada’s University of Winnipeg. A free event, conference attendance is open to academics, students, ancient history high school teachers and any interested members of the general public.To register for the event, visit www.sydney.edu.au/arts/archaeology/research/children_in_antiquity_2015.s… and follow the links. When: Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July, 2015Where: The Centre for Classical & Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA), Madsen Building, F09, Eastern Avenue, University of SydneyFor further information, contact Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont on (02) 9351 3790 or email lesley.beaumont@sydney.edu.aulast_img read more

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Geek deals Bluetooth shower speaker for 10

first_imgWant to listen to your favorite jams in the shower? Want to catch up on your podcasts while you relax in the tub? Grab this Bluetooth shower speaker from Sky Innovations, and you’ll be able to hear exactly what you want without risking your expensive electronics.• Bluetooth shower speaker for $9.99 (List price: $59.99)With a built-in suction cup, a waterproof casing, pause/play controls, skips controls, and a power button, you can handle everything right from your shower – no need to jump in and out to change tracks. Turn up your favorite songs while you wake yourself up in the morning, or kick back with some mellow tunes while you wind down for the day.And if you just have to multi-task, you can even take hands-free calls in the shower. If your spouse needs to ask a quick question, or you’re simply trying to stay awake during a conference call, you can handle it right there.While this speaker would normally sell for as much as $59.99, you can save a whopping 83% when you buy from StackSocial. And whether you’re ordering in the US or internationally, you can expect delivery by late April.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

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County has new event for July 4th

first_imgClark County Fourth of July revelers will have more choices this year.A new free event featuring a fireworks display, live music, food and other amenities will be offered at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.Organizers of the event, dubbed “Clark County 4th at the Fairgrounds,” insist the new event is not intended to compete with other annual Fourth of July events at Fort Vancouver and the Port of Camas-Washougal.Instead, Clark County Councilor Julie Olson said that the new event she helped organize is intended to be an alternative for residents, particularly those in the north part of the rapidly growing county.“It’s really just encouraging people to get out in the community and celebrate and try not to blow up our neighborhoods,” said Olson.Organizers of the other events also say they’re supportive of another option at the fairgrounds outside of Ridgefield.“The more, the merrier,” said Jennifer Harmon, director of marketing and communications, for the Historic Trust, which puts on the Fourth of July event at Fort Vancouver.last_img read more

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