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  • Minister passes of Vietnam bridge as one in India

    first_imgChhattisgarh’s PWD Minister posted a picture of a bridge on his Facebook page on Tuesday, claiming that it was an under-construction bridge across a river in Raigarh district of north Chhattisgarh. The picture, however, turned out to be that of a bridge in Vietnam.Rajesh Munat, the BJP MLA from Raipur (West) constituency in Chhattisgarh and Minister for PWD, transport, housing and environment in the Raman Singh Cabinet, posted the bridge’s picture on his Facebook page at 11.59 p.m. on Tuesday. He claimed that it was a bridge being constructed across the Kelo river for Lamdaraha road in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh. PWD minister Rajesh Munat (left) posted the picture on Facebook, but later deleted it. The minister received over 2,000 ‘likes’ and 155 comments on the post, which was shared by more than 150 people on the social network.But an anonymous reader informed Alt News, a news portal, that the image posted by Mr. Munat was that of a bridge from Vietnam, and was taken from online portal Saigan Online.A closure look at the minister’s post suggested that the picture was that of the Cho Chien Bridge in Mekong Delta area in southern Vietnam, which was inaugurated on May 16, 2016. The minister appears to have taken the bridge’s image from a news report on Saigan Online portal.Despite repeated attempts, Mr. Munat could not be reached for his reaction as his phone was switched off.The minister removed the post from his Facebook page, but came under criticism on social media sites.The Hindu managed to get a screenshot of the post before it was deleted.Mr. Munat is the second BJP leader to face flak for sharing a wrong image on social media in recent times. Union Minister Piyush Goyal had recently shared a picture from another country to showcase an LED-lit street in India.last_img read more

  • Ungentlemanly Conduct

    first_imgThe murder of Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer and the explosive, even violent, reaction of cricket fans in India and Pakistan following their elimination from the World Cup has cast a pall of gloom over the games and roiled the cricket world.Woolmer’s death in his hotel room in Jamaica a day after Pakistan was ousted from the tournament was initially attributed to a heart attack, then rumored to have been a suicide before an autopsy concluded that he had been murdered by strangulation. Rumors abound that Woolmer was the victim of betting syndicates and suspicion has even been cast on the Pakistan squad. Jamaican police interrogated, fingerprinted and secured DNA samples of all team members before they left the island for home.In both India and Pakistan angry fans went berserk following their teams’ defeats. Mobs attacked the homes of cricket players in Karachi and in several parts of Pakistan marched to slogans of “Death to Woolmer” and “Death to Inzamam-ul-Haq,” the team’s captain, who has since announced his retirement from international one-day cricket. Likewise, in India fans burnt effigies and held mock funeral processions of players. Wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home in Ranchi, currently under construction, was attacked by rampaging mobs livid at his poor performance. Police were deployed to protect Indian Captain Rahul Dravid’s home in Bangalore, batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s house in Bandra, Mumbai, and bowler Zaheer Khan’s restaurant in Pune. Both Indian coach Greg Chappell and captain Dravid have expressed concerns for their safety.The pain, disappointment and anger — especially after slick marketing and publicity hype ramped up exaggerated expectations — that fans in the sub-continent feel in the aftermath of the disastrous performance of their teams is understandable. A through examination of the commitment and competence of players and sport management, as well as investigations into the overt politicization and over-commercialization of the game is clearly warranted. Without question, half-hearted or lack-luster performance should be called to account and even penalized.But the violence unleashed by angry mobs can neither be justified nor rationalized. Indeed, the obsession and raucousness that sub-continental cricket fans are demonstrating is escalating to the dangerous levels of their fanatical soccer counterparts in Europe.Unsavory bookies are destroying a game that once had a reputation as a gentleman’s sport, in which teams break for lunch, tea and dinner. Less than a decade ago, the game was mired in scandals involving match-fixing that ensnared several prominent players. It now seems patently clear that the International Cricket Council has not moved aggressively enough to police the sport. The time has also come to reign in the excessive commercialization of teams and players, which is increasingly undermining performance and fanning irrational fan behavior. Otherwise, as Mike Atherton wrote recently in London’s Telegraph, the game is “seriously close to losing its soul.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Reliable as ever, Patriots’ Julian Edelman wins Super Bowl MVP

    first_imgPatriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever “He’s a fighter, man, that kid,” Brady said. “I’m just so proud of him. He’s been an incredible player for this team in the playoffs and he just cemented himself, again, in the history of the NFL for what his accomplishments are.”Even when things weren’t working early for the Patriots, Edelman kept the offense going and the clock rolling as a safety valve for Brady. Eight of his catches were for first downs , including a 13-yard grab during the go-ahead touchdown drive with 7 minutes left in the game.“Julian always gives us those kinds of plays,” coach Bill Belichick said. “Tough plays, tough catches, catch-and-run plays, breaking tackles for a few extra yards. He did a tremendous job.”It has been a long journey back to this point for Edelman, who missed all of last season after tearing a knee ligament in New England’s third preseason game. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 “It’s pretty surreal,” Edelman said, shaking his head. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. I preach that, and, I guess you have to live to it.”Edelman certainly did Sunday night, earning Super Bowl MVP honors with 10 receptions for 141 yards while helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“My name was called,” he said. “I was asked to make a couple plays and we were able to do that.”Edelman and Brady made one final connection — at midfield with confetti flying around them. They embraced for several moments — eyes filled with the tears of champions. LATEST STORIES “The hug was just two Bay Area boys that love football, love to compete and are living out our dreams,” Edelman said before taking a second to clarify one small detail.“I think he held me,” the bushy-bearded Edelman said with a big grin. “I didn’t hold him.”It was an incredibly satisfying ending to a big-time comeback season for Edelman, a guy considered by Brady to be like a little brother — some teammates even jokingly say they have a “bromance” — and widely regarded as one of the greatest slot receivers in league history.And, he was at it again against the Rams.Reliable and steady. All night long.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman holds the trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Edelman was forced to watch only as a spectator as his disappointed New England Patriots teammates trudged off the field a year ago as Super Bowl losers.Catch after catch in this one, Tom Brady’s favorite wide receiver helped make them winners again.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

  • Alexander Zverev beats Kevin Anderson, wins Citi Open for fourth title of the year

    first_imgGerman Alexander Zverev used his dominant serve to claim a fourth ATP title of the year with a commanding 6-4, 6-4 win over South African veteran Kevin Anderson at the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.The 20-year-old fifth seed made only seven unforced errors and did not face a break point on the super-fast outdoor hardcourt at Rock Creek Park, never giving Anderson a chance to get into the match.One break in each set was enough for Zverev to enhance his burgeoning reputation as one of the game’s rising talents.He closed out the match in just under 70 minutes before accepting the enthusiastic applause from a near capacity crowd that included his parents and his dog.Zverev joined Rafa Nadal as a four-time ATP winner this year. Only Roger Federer, with five, has captured more titles in 2017.Zverev won his fifth career title and improved his career record against Anderson to 3-0.”It was a great match,” said the German, who started the week ranked eighth in the world.”I felt unbelievable starting from the quarter-finals and from then it got better and better every match I played.”The only time Zverev was pushed all week came in the second round, when he edged Australian Jordan Thompson in a third set tiebreak.But he improved as the tournament progressed and a severe case of jet lag subsided, and did not lose another set in his final four matches.Zverev said the next goal in his career was to go deeper into the grand slams.advertisement”I’ve lost in five sets against Rafa, five sets against (Milos) Raonic,” he said.”At some stage I want to win those kind of matches and get further in grand slams.”The best I’ve done is fourth round. I know I still have to improve a lot to be able to go far in the big tournaments.”last_img read more

  • ESPN Sportscaster Scott Dies at 49

    first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Stuart Scott was in his element, working a “Monday Night Football” game, when he was forced to leave for an appendix operation.Doctors discovered a tumor during surgery and Scott was diagnosed with cancer. But he made a point of continuing to live his life — at work and outside of it.“You beat cancer by how you live,” he would later say. “So live. Live. Fight like hell.”That fight ended Sunday when Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died at age 49.Scott remained dedicated to his craft even as he suffered through chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement that Scott was “a true friend and a uniquely inspirational figure” and that his “energetic and unwavering devotion to his family and to his work while fighting the battle of his life left us in awe, and he leaves a void that can never be replaced.”Skipper also marveled at Scott’s dedication to keep fighting — literally.“Who engages in mixed martial arts training in the midst of chemotherapy treatments?” Skipper said. “Who leaves a hospital procedure to return to the set?”Fans and players at games around the United States on Sunday stopped to observe moments of silence, including at the Bengals-Colts NFL playoff game in Indianapolis, the Mavericks-Cavaliers NBA game in Cleveland and at several college basketball games.Some of the world’s most famous athletes expressed their grief online. LeBron James wrote on Instagram: “Thank you so much for being u and giving us inner city kids someone we could relate to that wasn’t a player but was close enough to them.”“Stuart wasn’t covering heroes & champions, it was the other way around,” Tiger Woods said on Twitter.In July, Scott accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs. During his speech, he told his teenage daughters: “Taelor and Sydni, I love you guys more than I will ever be able to express. You two are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage here tonight because of you.”Scott is also survived by his parents, O. Ray and Jacqueline Scott; siblings Stephen Scott, Synthia Kearney and Susan Scott; his daughters Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15; and girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski.On Sunday morning, NFL Network broadcaster Rich Eisen’s voice broke as he reported the death of his good friend, with whom he worked on “SportsCenter” broadcasts.“I love this man,” Eisen said.ESPN anchor Hannah Storm called him “our colleague, our friend and our inspiration” as she reported the news. On the network’s NFL pregame show, Chris Berman said, “Stuart made ESPN what it is, he made us better people.”Before North Carolina’s women’s basketball team tipped off against N.C. State, the arena observed a moment of silence for Scott, and the videoboard proclaimed the 1987 graduate “Forever a Tar Heel.”Born in Chicago, Scott attended high school in North Carolina before going to UNC. He returned to Chapel Hill as the university’s commencement speaker in 2001.Scott worked at three TV stations in the southern U.S. before joining ESPN for the 1993 launch of its ESPN2 network, hosting short sports update segments.He often anchored the 11 p.m. “SportsCenter,” where he would punctuate highlights with an emphatic “Boo-ya!” or note a slick move as being “as cool as the other side of the pillow.”Scott went on to cover countless major events for the network, including the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, World Series and NCAA basketball tournament. He also interviewed President Barack Obama, joining him for a televised game of one on one.“I will miss Stuart Scott,” Obama said in a statement. “Stu helped usher in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. For much of those 20 years, public service and campaigns have kept me from my family — but wherever I went, I could flip on the TV and Stu and his colleagues on “SportsCenter” were there. … Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues.”In July, when he accepted the ESPY award named for former N.C. State coach Jim Valvano, who died of cancer in 1993, Scott shared what he had learned from his struggle: “When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live.“So live. Live. Fight like hell.”RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer__AP Sports Writers Rachel Cohen and Aaron Beard contributed to this report.last_img read more


    first_imgChennai, June 28 (PTI) Highlights from the Southernregion at 1715 hrs.MDS2 TN-LANKA-FISHERMENRameswaram: Over 2,500 Tamil Nadu fishermen areallegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishingnear Katchatheevu, says a leader of a fishermen’sassociation.MDS3 KL-ACTRESS-LD REAXThiruvananthapuram: Women in Cinema Collective (WCC)demands an emergency executive meeting of the Association ofMalayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) to discuss the row over thedecision to take back actor Dileep into its fold.MES1 TN-TOURISM-POLICYChennai, Jun 28(PTI) The Tamil Nadu government releasesits Ecotourism Policy 2017, which envisages majorrole for local communities.MES2 TN-CM-SPORTSChennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami proposes aslew of initiatives to promote sports talent in the state.NVGNVGNVGlast_img read more

  • 2nd Test: Babar Azam, Harris Sohail centuries put Pakistan in control vs New Zealand

    first_imgPakistan’s top-order batsmen Haris Sohail and Babar Azam struck contrasting centuries as they took control of the second Test against New Zealand on day two in Dubai on Sunday.Resuming on their overnight total of 207/4, Pakistan ground down the Kiwi attack, with Sohail scoring 147 and Azam 127 not out before they declared their first innings on 418/5.New Zealand were 24/0 after nine overs at the close of play, with opening batsmen Jeet Raval (17) and Tom Latham (5) at the crease.The visitors are still 394 runs behind Pakistan but will fancy their chances of amassing a decent score on a Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch that has progressively improved for batting.Sohail, who had played patiently to reach 81 on Saturday, continued his innings in a similar manner to bring up only his second Test century in 309 balls.Test match century number two for Haris Sohail #PAKvNZ Live: Official (@TheRealPCB) November 25, 2018The left-hander frustrated the Kiwi bowlers with his tight defence, combining with the more aggressive Azam to stitch together a 186-run stand for the fifth wicket.Sohail fell shortly after the tea break, caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling while chasing a delivery from pace bowler Trent Boult, to leave Pakistan at 360/5.Azam, who was on 99, reached his maiden Test ton with a flick off his pads in the same over.Well done boysLatham & Raval make it to stumps on day two at 24-0 in reply to Pakistan’s 418-5. Tough Test toil this!Card | #PAKvNZ (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2018The highly-rated 24-year-old looked set to push on in the company of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (30 not out) before Pakistan declared their innings abruptly.Ahmed then deployed five bowlers in nine overs in a bid to knock off a few Kiwi wickets, but bad light resulted in a premature end to the day.New Zealand won the opening Test in Abu Dhabi by four runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams will return to the same venue for the final match from Dec. 3-7.last_img read more

  • It’s June so let’s talk about OSU’s Vegas odds

    first_imgNCAA Football: Cotton Bowl-Oklahoma State vs MissouriIt’s late June, the US Open is over, and the offseason is in full swing — kid porn, stabbings, the whole thing.The FSU game is still 10+ weeks away but whatever, let’s talk about this OSU football season.If you’ve been listening to Glenn Spencer and Mike Gundy you probably expect us to go 1-11 with 20 of our 22 starters being true freshmen. They’re more cautious about this team than the New China manager was when Byron Eaton and friends came in for the buffet.Vegas sees it differently, though. Here’s what they’ve set as OSU’s Big 12 title odds, odds to get to win it all, and lines for the first few games (for the first two I included the teams around OSU and any other notables).Big 12Oklahoma 2-5Baylor 5-2Texas 5-1Oklahoma State 13-2Kansas State 8-1TCU 10-1Texas Tech 25-1Iowa State 100-1West Virginia 100-1Kansas 125-1We already went over these here. I think OSU is a bad value play to win the Big 12.Title Game Oddsvia BovadaMiami: 75-1Nebraska: 75-1Oklahoma State: 75-1Kansas State: 100-1Tennessee: 100-1Texas Tech: 100-12000 me just looked at the names on this list and got giddy. 2014 me thinks 75-1 is a fair number for OSU. You could go as high as 125-1 and maybe as low as 60-1 just out of respect for what Gundy has done. The Wynn numbers had OSU opening at 35-1 and they’re not at 85-1. So that’s something.Game Linesvia Golden NuggetFlorida State (-17) over Oklahoma StateOklahoma State (-7) over Texas TechOklahoma State (-19) over WVUKansas State (-3.5) over Oklahoma StateOklahoma State (-2) over TexasThat WVU line is haughty. I know we get them in Stillwater but I’m not sure we’re 19 points better than anybody in the conference that doesn’t have a legendary basketball program right now. I could be wrong.The Tech line seems a touch high as well. I’d feel better about it at -6 or -4 or something like that. It’s at home on a Thursday, though, and we seem to play pretty well in those games.That Texas line makes me giddy, by the way. That’s going to be another jewel.I don’t know about you guys but I’m pretty ready for August to be here.Photo Attrubution: USATSIIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

  • India vs Pakistan: Wasn’t thinking of double hundred when I got out, says Rohit Sharma

    first_img Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 00:39 IST Rohit Sharma looks skywards to celebrate scoring a century during World Cup match between India and Pakistan. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma was named man-of-the-match for his 140 after India beat Pakistan at Old TraffordRohit top-scored with 140 as India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) on SundayRohit Sharma said a 4th double hundred never crossed his mindRohit Sharma collected his second man-of-the-match award in the 2019 Cricket World Cup after scoring his 2nd hundred of the tournament on Sunday at Old Trafford but he was not very happy with the way he got out. Rohit Sharma scored 140 as India crushed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) but he wanted to carry on for a little while longer.Rohit has scored 3 double hundreds in ODIs and on Sunday, he looked he was on course to get his 4th one. However, he got out to an ordinary delivery from Hassan Ali and he expressed his frustration the moment he was caught out by Wahab Riaz.Speaking at the post-match presentation after he picked up his man-of-the-match award, Rohit Sharma said he was unhappy with his dismissal but the thought of another double hundred never crossed his mind.”I was unhappy (when I got out), particularly the way I played that shot. He just pushed mid-on back and brought fine leg in, a little misjudgement from my side. When you’re set you want to get as many runs as possible. Trust me, wasn’t thinking of a double hundred. Got out at the wrong time, the partnership was becoming solid and we wanted to kill the game,” Rohit said.Rohit Sharma said he was happy with the way India played as a team. It was a clinical performance from a team which had overwhelmed South Africa and defending world champions Australia. India had to share points with New Zealand after rain played spoilsport last week.advertisement”I am happy with the way we played as a team. We know at times, it can get frustrating having lost out in the previous game. We had the intent of playing a solid game (on Sunday),” he said.Rohit Sharma walked out to open with KL Rahul after Shikhar Dhawan was sidelined with a thumb injury. Rahul had batted in the middle-order against South Africa and Australia but on Sunday against Pakistan, he batted well and scored 57 in an opening stand of 136.Rohit Sharma said he was impressed with his new opening partner in one-day cricket: “Rahul played very well, took some time early on, probably what was required. Can’t play shots straightaway. The idea was to see what is happening. We got a good start and built on from there.”Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World CupsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs PakistanFollow Rohit Sharma India vs Pakistan: Wasn’t thinking of double hundred when I got out, says Rohit SharmaIndia vs Pakistan World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma said he was not thinking of a double hundred but admitted he was unhappy to get out even after scoring 140 against Pakistan in India’s 3rd victory of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

  • NASDAQ to Delist New Lead Holdings’ Securities?

    first_imgzoom NewLead Holdings Ltd. has disclosed that the company received a letter from the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Staff of the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Staff) stating they decided to delist the company’s securities, on June 25th, 2014.The delisting is based on public interest concerns raised by certain false and misleading public disclosures made by NewLead Holding, and the fact that New Lead Holdings has not demonstrated an ability to sustain compliance with the $1.00 minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Global Select Market.As a separate and additional basis for delisting, the company was notified that it had not regained compliance, by June 23rd, 2014, with the $50m in market value of listed securities requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Global Select Market.As a result, the company’s securities will be subject to delisting unless NewLead Holdings requests a hearing before the NASDAQ Hearings Panel by July 7th, 2014, to present a plan to regain compliance and address the Staff’s concerns.NewLead said it Decintends to timely request a hearing before the Panel.The company’s securities will continue to be listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market until such time as the Panel determination is made.NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international, vertically integrated shipping, logistics and commodity company. NewLead owns three dry bulk vessels, one Handysize vessel and two Panamax vessels and manages three third party tanker vessels, two small bitumen tanker vessels and one Handysize MR product tanker. Upon completion of the newbuild acquisitions and together with the vessels under management, NewLead is expected to have a fleet of ten vessels, seven owned and three vessels under management. Press Release, June 30th, 2014, Image: NASDAQlast_img read more

  • Rolls-Royce to Ax 600 Marine Jobs

    first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce Holdings announced plans today to cut 600 jobs by the end of this year at its Marine business within efforts to accelerate cost reduction programs in response to challenging market conditions.Around 300 jobs will be slashed in Norway where the majority of employees and manufacturing facilities are located, whereas the remaining job cuts will take place across the globe, according to the announcement. Rolls-Royce’s Marine business employs around 6,000 people in 34 countries “Today’s announcement follows our Interim Management Statement on May 8th in which we confirmed that the year had started slowly and consequently a drive for further efficiencies is underway,” the company said. Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, said that even though good progress on cost cutting is being made, the effect of low oil prices means “we have to continue to look for further efficiencies.”“It is never an easy decision to propose reductions in our workforce, but it is a sign of the challenging market in which we operate.  We will work closely with employees and their representatives as we manage this change,” added Makinen. However, as explained, the future prospects for the Marine business remain bright. “We anticipate the proposals will have a broadly neutral impact on profits in 2015 and generate approximately £25m of benefits from 2016 onwards,” the announcement reads. The reductions announced today are in addition to programs already underway to consolidate manufacturing at several locations in the UK, USA, Norway, Sweden and South Korea, Rolls-Royce added.last_img read more

  • Amendments Benefit Uvint Industry

    first_imgNova Scotians who contributed to u-vint and u-brew consultations will see their feedback incorporated into new legislation and future regulations that support this growing industry. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen introduced amendments to the Liquor Control Act today, April 15. These changes will allow for licensing of ferment-on-premises, known as u-vint operations. It will also allow government to soon move ahead with regulations that will set standards for these businesses. This amendment follows public consultations with the industry, consumers, and health professionals across Nova Scotia. Twenty-one submissions were received by the department. “From the start, we said we wanted to work cooperatively to bring forward legislation that allows u-vints to operate and grow,” said Ms. Whalen. “We heard from a wide variety of individuals and groups, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to give us their thoughts. “I have supported this direction for years and am pleased to be in a position to move this legislation forward. Congratulations to the industry representatives who pushed so hard for so long for these changes.” Work on regulations is currently underway. Once a proposed model is finalized, it will be shared again with stakeholders for feedback. Government is committed to working with stakeholders to ensure ground rules are put in place to help the industry grow and thrive, while protecting the health and safety of Nova Scotians. “As an industry, we are pleased and excited the government has asked for our feedback and ideas on this legislation and regulations,” said Ross Harrington, owner of Wine Kitz in Halifax. “We’re glad to see this continue to move ahead and look forward to participating in the next steps.”last_img read more

  • Original Red Power Ranger Rediscovers America To Save Missing Child

    first_imgActor and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John, is to be featured and compete in season 11, Fireball Run: Big Country – and will at the same time join the search for a missing child.Austin St. John – Fireball RunSynopsis: Fireball Run is the real story of road warriors in a legendary competition across America in search of obscure historic artifacts, under-discovered places, and extraordinary experiences. And it’s all for bragging rights, a greater cause, and a plastic road sign.Available on Amazon, Fireball Run is a 26-episode adventure series which inspires viewers to explore the United States. Unlike Reality TV, Fireball Run, a Factual series, chronicles authentic experiences and notable places. To win the life-sized trivia game, teams take the road less traveled in an epic quest to re-discover America while also aiding in a massive effort to recover missing children.Paramedic, actor, author, martial artist, and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John was the first red suit in Saban Entertainment’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series and has since appeared in several Ranger revival shows. Austin recently starred alongside John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) in A Gift Of The Heart. A Taekwondo and Judo expert, Austin also aided the U.S. armed forces overseas as a medic. Today the Roswell, New Mexico native keeps busy acting and connecting with fans on the convention circuit. Austin currently resides in McKinney, Texas.“When I first heard about Fireball Run I was intrigued by the unique adventure,” said Austin, who first learned about the series through his PR agent, Zach McGinnis. He continued, “But when I learned that by just being on the show I can help a missing child, well, that was it for me. My mighty fans and I are ready to get the word out on on little Alan.”While exploring America like never before, each team is provided 1,000 posters featuring a particular missing child to distribute along the 1,200-mile journey. Austin has been assigned 6-year-old Alan Rodriguez, who was last seen in Cedar Park, Texas on Sep 2, 2016. Fireball Run’s Race to Recover America’s Missing Children awareness campaign for The Child Rescue Network, a Florida based 501c3 charity, has aided in 49 recoveries since 2007.The nine-day, forty-team, point-based competition is filmed live in different cities. Using just clues, contestants find locations where they are to take part in a rare experience or unique challenge. Daily competition ends to a live event attended by spectators and media. Although the trophy is a plastic road sign, the real prize is the journey.Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant team at, and to follow and interact with Austin St. John & Fireball Run on Facebook #AustinStJohn #FireballRun and Instagram #austin_st_john #fireballrunFireball Run: Big Country films September 23-30, 2017 in the destinations noted below.Eau Claire, WI (Green Flag City) Sep 23 – 24; Rochester, MN Sep 24 – 25; Dubuque, IA Sep 25-26; Burlington, IA Sep Sep 26/27; Fort Dodge, IA Sep 27/28; Vermillion, SD Sep 28; Yankton, SD Sep 29; Pierre, SD Sep 29/30; Rapid City, SD (Checkered Flag City) Sep 30.last_img read more

  • EC completely biased against Oppn Rahul

    first_imgNew Delhi: In a scathing criticism of the Election Commission (EC), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said when it comes to matters related to the opposition, the poll watchdog is “completely biased”.His remarks come in the wake of clean chits given by the EC to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on various complaints of Model Code of Conduct violations. Asked about questions being raised over the EC’s impartiality, Gandhi, at a press conference here, said, “When it comes to issues of the BJP, the EC is absolutely on the straight line, when it comes to the opposition’s issues, it is completely biased.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe working style of Modi, the ruling BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is to put pressure on institutions, he alleged. “This is evident everywhere — SC, EC, Planning Commission, RBI. That is their approach. We do not expect that the EC will not be affected by that pressure,” Gandhi said. However, he asserted that the EC has to commit to its responsibility and carry it out. “All this institutional capture that is taking place and all the negative effects of it will have consequences in the future. We are not going to allow Indian institutions to be disturbed, controlled, crushed and anybody who colludes, anybody who falls to this pressure, is committing a crime,” the Congress chief said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe EC concluded on Friday that Modi did not violate the model code or its advisory on the armed forces in his campaign speech in Varanasi. The poll panel also found nothing wrong in the prime minister’s comments made in Maharashtra’s Nanded, where he reportedly dubbed the Congress as a “sinking Titanic”. With this, the EC has decided on five complaints against Modi and gave him a clean chit in all the matters. The poll watchdog has also given a clean chit to Shah over his speeches at Maharashtra’s Nagpur and West Bengal’s Nadia. Citing his speech at Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on April 23, the commission had, on May 1, issued a show-cause notice to Gandhi highlighting a provision of the Model Code of Conduct that barred “unverified” allegations against political opponents. Earlier, the EC had held that Gandhi had not violated the Model Code of Conduct during another campaign speech in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

  • CEB told to submit plans to generate electricity for 20 years

    3) To build a scenario applying the average cost of the year 2016 for new coal and supercritical plants and Oil but use the price of USD 8.3/MMBtu for Natural Gas recommended by the Petroleum Research Development Secretariat without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years. “We carried out an in-depth study on the proposed Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan 2018-2037 prepared by CEB and analysed the comments and proposals that key stakeholders made during our public consultation process,”Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said. Clarifications were also requested from CEB on the references of the studies that are mentioned in the submitted 20-year generation expansion plan, implementation of the first 10 years of the base case plan, specification of the coal proposed for new coal and super critical coal plants, cost details for pump storage hydro power plant etc. This information was asked to be produced on or before 7th July 2017 while another set of clarification that includes varying topics that generated through public consultation asked to be produced to PUCSL on or before the 14th of July 2017.The LCLTGEP has been compiled based on the results of the latest electricity expansion planning studies conducted by the CEB for the planning period of 2018-2037 and aims to cater the forecasted demand growth by identifying the least cost plant addition sequence based on the most sustainable technology to avoid electricity shortfalls in the country.The plan has been submitted to PUCSL for the approval and PUCSL held a written and oral public consultation to receive key stakeholder comments , proposals and views on the 20 year electricity generation plan.PUCSL will announce the decision on the LCLTGEP on 20th July 2017. (Colombo Gazette) “Taking all that into the accounts, PUCSL requested 12 new scenarios to be submitted apart from the plant combination recommended in the plan, so that the nation can be ensured that every option is studied and best 20 year power plant plan is given approval.” Considering all the requirements CEB is directed,1) To build a scenarioapplying the last 03 months average price of the year 2016  for new coal and supercritical plants, the average price of the last quarter 2016 for natural gas and the same for oil without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years.2) To build a scenarioapplying the average price of the year 2016 of new coal and supercritical plants, natural gas and oil without externalities cost that will generate a power plant combination for 20 years. 4) To build all the above-mentioned three scenarios, including the externalities cost by taking environmental costs and social damage cost in to accounts which will generate  three different power plant combinations for 20 years.5) To build aforesaid six scenarios under additional constraint of no future coal power plant additions that will generate  six different power plant combinations for 20 years.The 3-month average prices of the last quarter of year 2016 and 1-year average prices for Coal, Natural Gas and Oiland references to the prices were communicated to CEB in order to expedite the process. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to develop 12 new scenarios which will provide different power plant combinations to generate electricity for next 20 year and submit the plans on or before 07th of July 2017.PUCSL said these scenarios should be developed with updated prices for coal, natural gas and oil and with the cost of externalities (Social and environmental costs) and should be submitted together with input data. PUCSL instructed CEB to use the electricity demand forecast on the recommended power plant combination (Base case) in the proposed Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2018-2037 to develop these new scenarios and to do away with the assumption that pump storage plants are mandatory.However, PUCSL stressed not to include the cost of terminal/ floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), and jetty costs in the capital cost of gas fired plants, but to incorporate those costs to the fuel cost component of those plants in developing these new scenarios. read more

  • Sri Lanka decides to release 113 Indian fishermen

    The Sri Lankan Government today recommended the release of 113 Indian fishermen arrested in recent months by its Navy on charges of fishing in its territorial waters, a fishermen association leader said in Tamil Nadu.A communication in this regard had been sent to the court in Jaffna, Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja said quoting information received from the Fisheries officials in Sri Lanka, the Press Trust of India reported. The fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been detained over a period of time and lodged in prisons in the neighbouring country. Their mechanised boats had been impounded. The other 109 fishermen were likely to be released in the next few days after completion of judicial process, he added. The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka had requested for the release of Jayaseelan and three of his relatives on parole following the death of his son.The Sri Lankan Government, however, recommended the release of the 113 fishermen who were detained till last month. Another 27 fishermen, detained later, would still be under Sri Lankan custody. (Colombo Gazette) The state Government had taken up the issue with the Centre last month and sought release of the fishermen and the boats. This is the second instance of release of Indian fishermen in large numbers since December last year. The Sri Lankan Government had released 89 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the last week of December.Sesuraja said the court in Jaffna today set free four of the fishermen, whose release had been requested on an urgent basis following the death of the son of one of them here. read more

  • Central Asias nucleararmsfree zone can spur stability elsewhere officials tell UN

    The recently signed Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia can spur progress on other issues related to those arms, the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan told the United Nations General Assembly today.“The signing of that milestone instrument could become a catalyst for the process of enhancing the Treaty on Nuclear Non-Proliferation (NPT),” Kassymzhomart Tokaev said of the new pact signed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.He said Kazakhstan’s strong stance on nuclear weapons stemmed from its experience. “This position is rooted in the sufferings of our people, who are still reeling from negative effects of nuclear explosions at the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing ground shut down exactly 15 years ago.”States should strictly comply with their commitment to a moratorium on nuclear test explosions and work to ensure the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Mr. Tokaev said.Alikbek D. Djekshenkulov, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, said the principle of disarmament was also important to his country. He said the Central Asian nuclear-weapon-free zone was a joint contribution of the States of the region to free humankind from nuclear weapons and to promote counter-terrorism. He also appealed to Member States to support a draft resolution in the Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee on that nuclear-weapons-free zone and praised the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Collective Security Treaty Organization as a regional complement to UN efforts to deal with such threats and challenges as crime, illicit trade in drugs and weapons, epidemic disease, degradation of the environment, and in his particular region, the situation in Afghanistan. read more

  • Donors pledge 38 billion in aid to people affected by Syria crisis

    “Today, the international community has come together in solidarity with the people of Syria and neighbouring countries bearing the heavy burden of hosting millions of Syrian refugees,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who chaired the gathering, at a press briefing after the pledges were announced. “We have sought to send a message of relief to the millions of Syrians who have been affected by this terrible crisis.”The Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference, mobilized donor support to meet the needs set out in the 2015 Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-2016. The pledges come as the situation in Syria continues its downwards spiral. Some 12.2 million people, including 5.6 million children, now need humanitarian assistance. By conservative estimates, more than 220,000 Syrians have died in the conflict, but that number is likely much higher. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and the country has lost nearly four decades of human development, with unemployment at over 50 per cent. Life expectancy has been cut by 20 years. “People have experienced breathtaking levels of violence and savagery in Syria,” said Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), as she addressed the press. “While we cannot bring peace, this funding will help humanitarian organizations deliver life-saving food, water, shelter, health services and other relief to millions of people in urgent need.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with with other participants of the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, taking place in Kuwait City. UN Photo/Evan Schneider ‹ ›Many of the 3.9 million refugees now hosted in countries neighbouring Syria face a daily struggle for survival, their savings long depleted. More than a third live in sub-standard shelter, hunkering down in garages, crowded rooms, or makeshift settlements. Some 600,000 refugees are out of school, 2.4 million are in need of food aid, and 1.4 million very vulnerable people need cash assistance to meet their most basic needs. Meanwhile, the economies, societies and infrastructure of the host countries are buckling under the strain of hosting so many refugees.“The hopes of Syrian refugees to return home anytime soon are waning as their country’s crisis worsens. It is vital that we massively increase our support to them – not only so they can survive, but live with dignity and some hope for the future,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. “This also means we must not abandon the host countries to bear the brunt of this crisis alone. Supporting them in proportion to the scale of this gravest crisis of our time is our collective responsibility, and history will judge us on how we respond.”Over the past four years, Syria has plummeted from a middle-income country to one where four out of five people live in poverty, and two out of three in extreme poverty. Countries and communities hosting refugees are also under severe strain as health and education services are stretched thin, public infrastructure such as sewage systems are overburdened, and competition for jobs and resources shows signs of tearing at social fabric. “Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey are hosting unprecedented numbers of Syrian refugees,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The international community must accelerate its support for a development response which supports the solidarity shown by host countries and communities.”In January 2014, the second pledging conference in Kuwait raised $2.4 billion. Ninety per cent of those funds have since been disbursed to provide life-saving support for millions of families in Syria and the region. Last year, some 8.9 million people received basic relief items and more than five million people received monthly food aid.Before the pledges were made, Mr. Ban addressed the conference saying: “I have only shame and deep anger and frustration at the international community’s impotence to stop the war.”The consequences of underfunding are catastrophic, leaving neighbouring countries on their own as they struggle to provide for refugees while meeting their own development needs. Nearly half of the country has been forced to flee their homes. Governments throughout the region have opened “their doors, their hearts and their wallets” to Syrian families running for their lives but are now stretched to the limit, he added. Meanwhile, despite threats and attacks on aid workers, UN agencies continue to provide life-saving assistance through cross-border assistance. But all this is not nearly enough, he added. There are no simple answers to this merciless conflict, Mr Ban said. The best humanitarian solution to end the suffering is a political solution to end the war. Absent a political agreement based on the Geneva Communique, the scale and regional impact of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster will only grow. Addressing the conference earlier in the day, Ms. Amos recalled a trip to the country: “When I first visited Syria in 2011, we estimated that one million people were in need of humanitarian aid. Today, that figure stands at 12 million people.” We must remember, she said, that behind each figure, each statistic, is a child, a woman, a man, a family – terrorized, abused and abandoned. Ms. Amos called the crisis a “rapid destruction of Syria’s future through the trauma of its children.”“What kind of Government besieges its own people, drops barrel bombs and at the same time speaks of its responsibility to protect its own people? Armed and terrorist organizations think that they can operate outside the framework of international humanitarian and human rights law. We must make them accountable,” she urged. After four years, people are exhausted and their resources depleted, she said. Key Documents The 3RP read more

  • Warning against cherrypicking among Global Goals UN experts say human rights cannot

    “Rather than treating all 17 Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda on equal footing to protect the most marginalized and vulnerable and enhance their situation, we are already witnessing some goals getting more support than others,” the experts said today in a joint statement issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “The strong and urgent commitment to ensure that no one is left behind can only be realized if equally no human right is left behind,” the experts said, stressing that effective implementation of the new 2030 Agenda depends on its consistency with the overarching commitment to human rights, including the principles of accountability, non-discrimination and equality, in particular gender equality, and clear consideration of the primacy of States’ human rights obligations.Their call comes as the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) began yesterday its first meeting since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda last year. The Forum’s session will run in New York through 20 July.“The 2030 Agenda addresses many pressing issues worldwide: poverty, rapid urbanization, hunger and malnutrition, unemployment, and inadequate access water and sanitation or ending HIV/AIDS to name only a few. But it is, after all, a set of goals and targets not intended to replace international human rights obligations,” the UN experts said.In the statement, they also warned that some Member States of the UN and sponsoring private actors are already “cherry-picking” goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda, and overlooking basic rights. “For example, it would be inconsistent with human rights to interpret the call for clean energy, or the upgrading of slums, without due and consistent protection against displacement of indigenous peoples and forced evictions of millions of urban dwellers, that can occur if policies are divorced from a human rights standards,” they noted. The experts also said that the private sector’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda must take place with due regard to its responsibility to do no harm and respect human rights. “The 2030 Agenda’s explicit promise is to reach the most excluded groups first, hence we urge all participants in the HLPF to make this their compass in their deliberations,” they concluded.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.The human rights experts whose concerns are reflected in this statement and their respective mandates, are listed here. read more

  • Women Get Equal Pay But Not Equal Billing At Wimbledon

    WOMEN’S SHARE OF MATCHESTIME Wimbledon’s scheduling isn’t just a matter of gender equality. It’s also about logistics. The scheduling can backfire on men. They don’t want to have to change courts mid-match or, worse, finish a match on what should be their day off. That’s more likely when they’re playing the second men’s match in a day on a court without lights, since as we’ve seen, men’s matches, on average, are longer than women’s. On three successive days of play this year, the second men’s match on No. 1 Court went five sets and had to be suspended or moved because of darkness.No. 1 Serena Williams and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki criticized the scheduling in media conferences here. “The women really haven’t gotten the opportunity here to play on the big courts,” Wozniacki said. She pointed out that on most days this year when men and women were both playing, No. 1 Court and Centre Court each had only one women’s match. (Men were less critical: Roger Federer said of the schedulers, “of course, they would try to be fair,” and Gilles Simon said, “I don’t see any big problems about the scheduling.”)Williams and Wozniacki have less to complain about than some of their peers, though: On days when she was competing with men for court time, Williams was on Centre for three of her four matches and on No. 1 for the other one. Wozniacki got one match on each of the two big courts.Yet former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who has two major titles to Wozniacki’s none, didn’t get on the two biggest courts in any of her first four matches. Neither did Lucie Safarova, the sixth-ranked woman and French Open finalist, in her four singles matches. Serena Williams’s sister Venus Williams, a five-time champ here, played three matches off the big two courts before finally getting to Centre — against Serena.A spokesman for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which hosts and runs Wimbledon, declined to comment beyond providing the club’s general position on order of play. “The major marquee players will normally be scheduled on the stadium courts with Centre Court and then No.1 Court seeing the leading names,” the club said in the statement. “This is expected by both the paying public and TV audiences alike.”Without further comment, it’s hard to know how the club determines who the major marquee players are.One factor I thought might have driven the unbalanced scheduling is the high-profile upsets in the women’s tournament, which might have left fewer marquee women available to feature.I checked, and that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least using several possible definitions of “marquee players.” Nine women who’d won Grand Slam titles (with a combined 41 major titles, 13 of them at Wimbledon) competed in singles at Wimbledon, compared with seven men with Grand Slam victories (46 majors, 13 of them at Wimbledon). The women major winners had 27 matches through this Monday. Their male counterparts had just 23 matches. Just 44 percent of these marquee women’s matches made it onto Centre or No. 1 — barely half the proportion of the men’s matches, with 87 percent. Add in former No. 1s and top 10 seeds, and the picture is even worse: The top women made it onto the top two courts 35 percent of the time, while the top men did 74 percent of the time.Simon and other male players have argued that women should get less prize money than men because, according to them, the men’s game is more popular than the women’s. With Wimbledon’s scheduling this year, the women have had half the opportunity to gain an audience and a fan base. Australian Open54%42% French Open4939 Wimbledon3828 U.S. Open5242 LONDON — It wasn’t until 2007 that Wimbledon became the last of the four tennis Grand Slams to award equal prize money to women and men. Women are still waiting on equal playing time in the tournament’s biggest stadiums.At Wimbledon this year, women got just 38 percent of the assignments to Centre Court and No. 1 Court (which is, confusingly, the second-biggest court) through Monday, including just 39 percent on Centre Court. That rate is different from the other Grand Slams. At the most recent editions of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open, schedulers maintained balance between men’s and women’s singles on prime courts, at least by number of matches. At each event, when they were competing with men for prime court assignments, the women got between 49 percent and 54 percent of matches on the top two courts — including at least half the matches on the biggest court.1The gory details for this analysis: Along with Centre Court and No. 1 Court at Wimbledon, I used Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena for the Australian Open, Court Philippe Chatrier and Court Suzanne-Lenglen at the French Open, and Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium at the U.S. Open. I only included days in the tournament when both men’s and women’s singles matches were scheduled on more than one court — generally through the fourth round or quarterfinals, until the early or middle part of the second week of the tournament. I didn’t count walkovers. And I counted matches based on which court and day they started on. The websites of the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open don’t list total minutes of the match, so I added the minutes for each set. Any slight differences with official stats shouldn’t affect comparisons between men and women. For one French Open match that had no times listed, I estimated time based on the average time each point took in the other women’s singles matches that day.Who gets on which court is up to tournament schedulers. The top players want to play on a Grand Slam’s two main courts, which each have more than 10,000 seats. That’s where the most fans get to watch them and where journalists and broadcasters focus their attention. For the first week and a half or so of each two-week event, organizers must decide how to allocate that valuable real estate to matches from the men’s and women’s singles competitions.Counting matches understates the extent to which men’s tennis has hogged the spotlight at Wimbledon this year. Men’s matches, on average, take longer because men play best-of-five-sets while women play best-of-three at Slams. As a result, women got just 28 percent of match time on the top two courts at Wimbledon, compared with 39 percent to 42 percent at the other three majors. read more