BSF apprehends Pakistan fishermen and their fishing boats

first_imgBorder Security Force (BSF) has apprehended three fishermen and 14 fishing boats of Pakistan off Gujarat coast. The fishermen were caught near Dayapar in Kutch district along the Indian Pakistan border. This comes close after BSF apprehended two Pakistan nationals with three fishing boats from the Harami Nalla creek area along the India-Pakistan border in Kutch on Wednesday. Twenty two-year-old Manzoor and 19-year-old Abid, both fishermen who ventured into Indian waters and sailed in the creek area for fishing, were apprehendedThe three engine-fitted wooden boats, including fishing nets, ice boxes and other personal belongings, were also seized. The BSF personnel conducted a through search in the creek area to check if more fishing boats have ventured into the area. The detainees were handed over to local police for further interrogation and probe in the case. Earlier too, the BSF has apprehended Pakistani fishermen and seized their fishing boats from the Harami Nalla creek along the border.last_img read more

Seat-sharing talks with BSP at appropriate time: Akhilesh

first_imgSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday that there was no decision on seat sharing between his party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that it would be discussed at an “appropriate time”.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s remark came amid reports that the Mayawati-led BSP is demanding 40 out of the total 80 seats in the State for next year’s general election.“Whatever seats are to be given will be decided once talks proceed. We will discuss at the appropriate time. Whatever is being reported regarding seats is only in newspapers. We have not discussed anything. We samajwadis (socialists) have a big heart,” he said in an interview, his first after the Kairana bypolls in which the joint opposition candidate trounced the BJP’s nominee, snatching the seat from the ruling party in the State.The Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan polled 4,81,182 votes in the bypoll, while BJP’s Mriganka Singh got 4,36,564 votes, a difference of 44,618 votes.The SP chief also alleged that “the (communal) fire in which Kairana burnt was doused by the people there by voting against the BJP”.On Assembly polls in other States, Mr. Yadav said, “The SP will contest all the seats in Madhya Pradesh and is also preparing for polls in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.” Regarding possibilities of a BSP-Congress tie-up for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, he said, “I have no information about this. If they are talking (about an alliance in MP) it’s good. We hope for the best and prepare for the worst in politics.”To contest all M.P. seats He said as far as the SP is concerned, the party has decided to contest all the 230 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh and preparations are under way. The SP chief also said that the party was prepared for the 2019 polls and the process was on for selecting prospective candidates.Attacking the BJP, he alleged that the party distracted people from “core issues” before an election.Discussing the success of alliance in the Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Kairana and Noorpur Lok Sabha bypolls, Mr. Yadav said, “The anger of people is visible from these results. The results also show that people are looking at an alternative against the BJP, which believes more in talking and less in working.”Terming the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as “crucial”, he said he expects that they will be held early and simultaneously with Assembly polls of some States.last_img read more

Olympic flame returns to Switzerland for Youth Winter Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES The youth games, for athletes aged 15 to 18, are the first Olympics in Switzerland since St. Moritz hosted the 1948 Winter Games.The Olympic torch will tour Switzerland for four months, starting in Lausanne on Saturday and ending in the IOC’s home city with the Jan. 9 opening ceremony. The torch tour also visits Les Tuffes in France, which will stage Nordic skiing events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 View comments MOST READ Sergey Kovalev eager to take on Canelo Alvarez at light heavyweight Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue From left, Danka Bartekova, President of IOC Coordination Commission for the Winter Youth Games Lausanne 2020, Ian Logan, Director General of the Organizing Committee of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Games, Virginie Faivre, President of the Organizing Committee of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Games and Roger Schnee, Director of Swiss Olympic, show the lantern containing the Olympic flame for Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Games, at Geneva airport, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)GENEVA — The Olympic flame has arrived in Switzerland more than 70 years after the Alpine country last hosted a Winter Games.Organizers of the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympics landed at Geneva airport on Wednesday with the lantern carrying the flame that was lit in Athens one day earlier.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

Fellaini replaces Pogba for Everton clash

first_imgPremier League Manchester United team news: Fellaini replaces Pogba for Everton clash Last updated 2 years ago 22:05 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marouane Fellaini Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Everton Everton Ronald Koeman and his team visit Old Trafford this afternoon in search for a result to turn their early failings around Marouane Fellaini starts for the first time this season in place of the injured Paul Pogba for Manchester United’s clash with Everton.Romelu Lukaku also lines up against his former club, with Juan Mata also coming back into the team.Ashley Young retains his place but moves across the defence to left-back while Phil Jones and Eric Bailly return having been suspended against Basel in midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing United have won 18 and lost just one of their last 24 Premier League home games against the Toffees, losing 0-1 in December 2013 while former Everton boss David Moyes was in charge of them.Here’s today’s team…Come on, lads! #MUFC #MUNEVE — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 17, 2017 Everton, meanwhile, have Wayne Rooney leading the line on his return to Old Trafford as they look for a first win since the opening day of the Premier League season.Tom Davies looks set to start on the right-hand side of midield as Ronald Koeman starts with with a slightly more defensive formation.Manchester United XI : De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Young, Matic, Fellaini, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford, Lukaku.Everton XI:  Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Davies, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Rooney. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Thuram: World Cup draw gives France a chance

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup draw gives France a chance, says 1998 winner Thuram Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:20 12/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup France Italy The former defender helped Les Bleus to conquer the world during his playing days and believes the class of 2018 can repeat the feat in Russia France have been given a great chance of winning the World Cup thanks to a favourable draw in the group stage, according to former defender Lilian Thuram.Didier Deschamps’ side will face Australia, Denmark and Peru in Group C at Russia 2018 and are heavy favourites to reach at least the round of 16.Thuram won 142 caps for Les Bleus and was a crucial part of the illustrious side that won the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the 2003 Confederations Cup. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Juventus and Barcelona star now hopes to see France mark the 20th anniversary of their triumph on home soil by claiming the trophy back next year.”The draw looks very good [for France]. I say ‘looks’ because we have to play games and win,” he said, speaking at the Peace and Sport International Forum 2017.”I hope that France will go as far as possible and win this World Cup. I think that it is a very good team, with a very good coach, and this is important.”We have some players with experience, they played the last World Cup and Euro 2016. I hope that this year will be the good one for a second victory.”75.8% – Based on our World Cup Predictor, France have 75.8% chance to qualify in the group C. Favourite. — OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 1, 2017 Thuram admits it is a shock not to see Italy in the 2018 finals, but says their failure to beat Sweden in the play-off round proves the current generation is not strong enough.”It is a big surprise because usually we expect to see Italy,” he said. “Usually, Italy is one of the favourite teams. It shows that they don’t have a very good generation.”It is not because you are Italy or Spain or Argentina that you are going to play all the World Cups. It shows that you always have to work, especially on formation.”Thuram believes sport remains an important way to combat discrimination amid concerns of the risk of racism during the finals in Russia next year.”Sport helped me,” he said. “When I arrived in the Paris area, the first time that no one judged about my skin colour, it was when I played sports. You come as you are. If you are strong, you play. If you are not strong, you don’t. But you can be as you are.”I have an example. I am using sport to raise my children. One day, I was in Central Park, playing football with my children. I told them: ‘You will see the power of football’. We started playing. Some people came and asked us if they could play with us. And more people came.”At the end of the day, we played a big match, with people of different ages, different sexes, and probably different religions. I told my children: ‘Never forget. This is the power of sport. It creates links and emotions’.”last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Inter play down Sturridge deal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:50 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Inter play down Sturridge dealInter are mulling over a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore but will not be making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, says director Piero Ausilio.Sturridge’s opportunities have been restricted at Liverpool, the forward starting five Premier League matches this season under Jurgen Klopp, and he has been linked with a move away from Anfield.But Ausilio, who confirmed Marcelo Brozovic will not be allowed to leave Inter despite links to Arsenal and Everton, has his sights set on Pastore rather than the England international. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story on Goal right here! Newcastle join Luan raceLuan Gremio Copa LibertadoresNewcastle have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Gremio star Luan, according to The Sun . Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an admirer of the Olympic champion, but the report claims that Newcastle could get a deal done for £17.5 million if they move before the close of the winter window. Gibbs-White agrees Wolves dealMorgan Gibbs-White, WolvesWolves teenager Morgan Gibbs-White has agreed a professional contract with the Championship leaders, reports The Sun .Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all showed interest in Gibbs-White, who impressed for England at the Under 17 World Cup last year.However, the midfielder has decided to commit his future to Wolves and stay at Molineux, rather than push for a move to the Premier League.Pastore talks up Inter moveJavier Pastore PSG Nantes Ligue 1 18112017Liverpool and Tottenham may miss out on PSG midfielder Javier Pastore, who claims he’d like a move to Inter. Pastore admits that Serie A is an attractive destination, having previously played for Palermo.“There is a lot of talk about Inter and if I were to leave, I’d like to go there, especially as I know Serie A and my wife is Italian,”Read the rest of his comments right here. Klopp resigned to losing CanEmre CanJurgen Klopp is seemingly resigned to losing Emre Can on a free transfer, but insists he has no complaints about him running down his contract as long as he continues to behave professionally at Liverpool.The Germany international has been linked with a move away from Liverpool for a long time, particularly since entering the final six months of his contract at the start of January.Juventus are said to be the favourites to secure Can’s signature if he does leave Anfield, with a move in this transfer window even mooted initially.But Klopp is adamant Can will not be departing before the end of the month, even if he looks likely to lose the player on a free transfer.Read what the Liverpool boss had to say right here. Sturridge set for Inter moveDaniel Sturridge LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge is poised to complete a move to Inter Milan after Liverpool dropped their asking price for the striker, reports the Daily Mirror .The Reds wanted a loan fee of £5m for the forward, but dropped that to £1.5m and he is now set to leave for San Siro.Reds can’t make Sturridge any promisesDaniel SturridgeLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he can’t promise wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge more playing time if he does end up staying on Merseyside.With his minutes dwindling, the 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield in January. Inter, Roma and Sevilla have been mooted as potential destinations.Read the full story on Goal! Klopp has long list of targetsJurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp is not expecting further movement at Liverpool during the January transfer window, but he has targets identified across the globe.The Reds boss has said: “We are constantly looking, my iPad is full of players from all over the world. That’s what we do.”Read the fully story on Goal.last_img read more

Nebraska Football Expected To Have A Slew Of Early Enrollees

first_imgScott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football signed the majority of its 2019 recruiting class last week.23 Huskers players signed their Letters of Intent to play for Scott Frost and his staff.The two lone holdouts are a pair of junior college players: guard Desmond Bland and running back Dedrick Mills.The group is ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten and No. 24 in the nation. There’s also a chance that Nebraska can add to it ahead of National Signing Day in February.A large chunk of the Nebraska football recruiting class is expected to enroll early for the school’s spring semester.That will give those players a leg up, as they can get started with class and participate in spring football.According to the Omaha World-Herald, seven future Nebraska players are expected to be early enrollees.The list includes half of the class’ four-star talents: linebacker Nick Henrich, quarterback Luke McCaffrey, and running back Wandale Robinson.At least seven Nebraska signees in the 2019 cycle are expected to enroll early.Two are defenders: Omaha Burke inside linebacker Nick Henrich and outside linebacker Garrett Nelson of Scottsbluff. Others include tight end Chris Hickman (Burke), quarterback Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado), receiver Jamie Nance (Blanchard, Oklahoma), running back Wandale Robinson (Frankfort, Kentucky) and Garden City (Kan.) Community College running back Dedrick Mills.Mills was expected to be an early enrollee, but did not wind up signing with Nebraska last week. He may still do so, but won’t enroll early, barring an unexpected change.The Huskers did land and sign three-star offensive tackle Brant Banks who is a potential early enrollee as well.Nebraska’s 2019 class should be a very strong one for Frost, as he and his staff look to build on the momentum created late this season after a rough start.[Omaha World-Herald]last_img read more

Hamburg Süd Christens Its New Cap San Container Ship

first_imgzoom Hamburg Süd has christened its new container ship “Cap San Raphael” at the Burchardkai Terminal in the Port of Hamburg.Cap San RaphaelThe ship’s Sponsor is Ingeborg Schäuble, former Chair of the German Welthungerhilfe and wife of the German Finance Minister, Dr. Wolfgang SchäubleThe “Cap San Raphael” is one of six new container ships built for Hamburg Süd by the Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan.She is currently – like her sister ships – deployed in the liner service between Europe and the East Coast of South America.The newbuilds in the Cap San class, with their nominal slot capacity of 9,600 TEU are the biggest ships in the shipping group.With 2,100 reefer slots, they have the largest reefer capacity worldwide, and highlight Hamburg Süd‘s capacity in one of its core competences: transportation of refrigerated goods.Technical data of the “Cap San Raphael”:Capacity: 124,500 tdwLength overall: 333.2 mWidth: 48.2 mDraught max: 14 mSpeed: 21 knMain engine output: 40,670 kW. Press Release; July 1, 2014last_img read more

Golar-Schlumberger Tie-Up Unaffected by Fortuna Decision

first_imgzoom Schlumberger’s withdrawal from the Fortuna/Ophir development will not in any way influence the framework agreement which has been signed between Golar and Schlumberger targeting FLNG development projects, the two companies said in a statement.Namely, oil and gas explorer Ophir Energy Plc said that it had ended talks with Schlumberger NV over the latter’s participation in Ophir’s Fortuna project in Equatorial Guinea, which is expected to be Africa’s first deepwater independent FLNG project.Schlumberger and Ophir inked a non-binding Heads of Terms Agreement in January 2016 for Schlumberger’s upstream participation in the project, however, the two parties “have been unable to complete the transaction on the terms agreed” and as such, “discussions between the parties have terminated”, Ophir said.Ophir added that it has remained in active discussions with a number of other parties with regards to participation in and funding of the Fortuna FLNG Project.“We continue to work closely with Golar, the prospective offtakers and the other potential partners and remain confident that we will take the FID in 2016,” Nick Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of Ophir, commented.Under the Memorandum between Golar and Schlumberger the two companies are to provide jointly market gas monetization solutions to owners, investors and governments.As a result, Golar would contribute the floating LNG assets and technology while Schlumberger, via its special project management division, would provide upstream development knowledge, resources and capital.“The target of this framework agreement is to develop integrated solutions for stranded gas assets. Significant efforts have been put into this over the last months and the results have confirmed to both parties the commercial attractiveness and the technical viability of the FLNG concept as a solution for rapid modernisation of stranded gas. The partnership is currently exploring several specific opportunities,” the statement reads.last_img read more

Uber Bajaj introduce passenger quadricycle in Bengaluru

first_imgBengaluru: Ride-hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced partnering with Bajaj Auto to introduce its Bajaj Qute passenger quadricycle in its fleet of UberXS services. The Bajaj Qute is essentially a driver-plus-three-passenger-quadricycle – a four-wheeled vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car. “We are delighted to partner with one of India’s most trusted names, Bajaj Auto, to launch Bajaj Qute on UberXS in Bengaluru. At Uber, we constantly work towards transforming the mobility landscape of cities, with technology at the heart of our solutions,” Nandini Maheshwari, Head, Business Development, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “This partnership is an extension of Uber’s commitment towards lowering transportation costs, enhancing asset utilisation and improving rider convenience.” According to the company, Qute’s low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it is easy to drive because of dash mounted sequential shift gears. All units available as UberXS rides would be powered by the eco-friendly CNG fuel option, which provides a mileage of 43km/kg. UberXS is a brand-new category in the India region and would initially offer Bajaj Qute exclusively in Bengaluru. Uber’s riders would be able to see UberXS on the app starting Thursday and it would be available in Indiranagar, Kormanagala, HSR Layout and parts of the outer ring road in Bengaluru.last_img read more

Edie Falco Reveals Hidden Lives Of New York City Carriage Horses

first_imgUndercover footage released today by national nonprofit Last Chance for Animals (LCA) exposed multiple and routine violations of New York City carriage horse laws and regulations.The video, narrated by Emmy award-winning actress Edie Falco, is the result of an LCA investigation showing New York City carriage horses operating in dangerous traffic conditions, deprived of access to water, and forced to work while exhibiting signs of lameness.Last Chance for Animals has filed complaints with the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Department of Transportation, Department of Consumer Affairs and the ASPCA, all of which are responsible for overseeing and enforcing New York City’s carriage horse laws and regulations. The complaints detail numerous violations that jeopardize public safety and horse welfare, including: • horses left unattended and untethered on the “hack line” surrounding Central Park • horses tethered in their stalls at night on leads that prevent their free access to food and water • drivers making U-turns, driving the wrong way down one-way streets, and running red lights • one driver refusing to let his horse have access to water during a ride when the city temperature was above 80 degrees • one horse, who showed signs of lameness, forced to pull his carriage back to the stables and then put back to work without being seen by a veterinarianTo view the undercover video, click here.“One of the major contributions to the cruelty of NYC carriage horse husbandry is their incarceration in small stalls with no daily ‘turn-out’ in a paddock with a compatible herd mate, violating both physical and behavioral needs,” said Dr. Holly Cheever, vice president of the New York State Humane Association, after reviewing the evidence compiled by LCA. “Given the overall condition of the animals, quality of the ancient stabling, and hazards of their urban lives makes this tourist industry inherently cruel, in my professional opinion.”Cheever, Falco and LCA are urging New York City council members to vote in favor of Intro 573, which would phase out horse drawn carriages and give drivers a more humane and sustainable future operating clean and efficient electric cabs.“LCA’s investigation into New York’s carriage horse industry shows the monotony and hardship that these horses endure,” said Adam Wilson, Director of Investigations at LCA. “The blatant disregard for animal welfare and public safety by carriage drivers puts all New Yorkers and tourists at risk, highlighting the need for swift passage of Intro 573 to ban this cruel trade.”Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and public awareness campaigns. Since its formation in 1984, LCA has succeeded as one of the nation’s pioneer animal advocacy organizations. Working internationally, LCA’s Sam Simon Special Investigations Unit documents abuse in research labs, puppy mills, factory farms, and the entertainment industry, and works with prosecutors to enforce animal cruelty laws. LCA’s educational and public outreach programs have empowered the public to make positive changes for the animals in their own communities.last_img read more

North American stocks fall sharply as investors worry over December US rate

TORONTO — North American stock markets closed sharply lower as investors south of the border mulled the increased odds of a Federal Reserve rate hike following last week’s strong U.S. jobs data.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX index gave back 70.68 points at 13,482.62.In New York, the Dow Jones average of 30 stocks was down 179.85 points at 17,730.48, the broader S&P 500 index declined 20.62 points to 2,078.58 and the Nasdaq lost 51.82 points to 5,095.30.The Canadian dollar was at 75.33 cents U.S., up 0.12 of a cent from Friday’s close.On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $0.40 to US$1,088.10 an ounce, the December crude contract fell by 42 cents at US$43.87 a barrel and the December contract for natural gas was down seven cents at US$2.30.

Relations between Canada and Lanka back on track

The deeply strained relations between Sri Lanka and Canada have been given a fresh start following talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Malta.The Canadian Prime Minister said that delisting of some Diaspora groups was a good sign and it gives the correct signal that the government wants to build a new era based on friendship and goodwill. The two leaders agreed to strengthen and deepen bilateral ties, the President’s office said. During his separate meetings with two Prime Ministers, the President explained in detail the initiatives of the government to bring about reconciliation among the different ethnic communities and said that bringing normalcy to the people of the North and East who have suffered for more than 30 years due to the war was a priority of his administration. The President invited the Sri Lankans who left the country and settled down in Canada and Australia to return to Sri Lanka.Prime Ministers Trudeau and Turnbull conveyed their appreciation to the President on the remarkable changes that he has brought to governance in Sri Lanka. They said that reconciliation and ensuring justice are important elements for recovery after a difficult period of conflict.During his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull, the President thanked Australia for the assistance extended to Sri Lanka over the years. Premier Turnbull thanked Sri Lanka for the excellent cooperation extended to tackle illegal immigration. President Sirisena assured that Sri Lanka was extremely strict on this issue and people who indulge in people smuggling will be severely dealt with. Both leaders agreed to maintain contact and work together to enhance bilateral ties. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena met the Prime Minister of Canada and also the Australian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta today. Canada’s relationship with Sri Lanka under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on rocky ground as a result of human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena congratulated Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull for their electoral victories in Canada and Australia respectively.During his meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, President Sirisena recalled the excellent bilateral relations that the two countries enjoyed during the tenure of Trudeau’s father, the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and that they should work together to restore the relationship. read more

Ethiopia UN official appeals for food aid to help 6 million affected

“The early warning signs of a large-scale humanitarian crisis are already visible…It is obvious to anyone that there has been a massive crop failure,” the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, said in Addis Ababa, where he was continuing his two-week tour of Africa. Accompanying him on this leg of the mission are senior officials from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the European Commission and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Mr. Oshima, speaking at the launch of a joint UN-Government appeal for 2003, said the best available assessments suggest that more than 10 million people will need relief help next year. “These are indeed dreadful prospects, provoking memories of the terrible visions that were broadcast to the world from the Horn of Africa in the early 1980s,” he said.The Relief Coordinator stressed that swift action must be taken to minimize the drought’s impact and to provide those in need with enough food, water, medicines and other essentials to weather the difficult times. There must also be a broad, multi-sectoral response to the crisis, he added, as well as an emphasis on the greater goals of development and long-term food security for the people of Ethiopia.”Two years ago, famine was averted in the Horn of Africa thanks to fast and early action, effective response and good coordination,” he said. “Nevertheless, overall success was muted by unfortunate suffering and death. We must learn from such past experiences and strive to do better.”Mr. Oshima is scheduled to conclude his mission to Ethiopia tomorrow and then fly to Asmara, Eritrea, to get a first-hand look at the effects of drought in that country.Meanwhile over the weekend in the Sudan, the government lifted a flight ban over the southern part of the country, enabling the resumption of aid activities on the ground in those areas. Last week during his trip to Khartoum, Mr. Oshima held talks with Sudanese authorities in an effort to get them to lift the flight restrictions.The UN’s Operation Lifeline Sudan noted, however, the continued use of other restrictions, and called for all parties to recognize the principle of unhindered access to those in need. read more

Annan urges continued international support for victims of Chernobyl disaster

“For nearly two decades, the people in the affected regions of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine have had to cope with farmlands rendered useless, acute economic difficulties and chronic health problems, especially among children,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.To mitigate the toll on affected communities, the UN is focusing its programmes on laying the foundations for sustainable recovery and development, with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) taking the lead in such efforts.”The Secretary-General reaffirms the resolve of the United Nations to ensure that the ongoing needs of the people of the region are not forgotten,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He urges the international community to provide the moral and financial support necessary to keep the affected communities from suffering the effects of this tragedy for decades to come.”Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, echoed that thought, saying the international community must renew its efforts to help the people of the affected regions take control of their lives again.”The aftermath of the Chernobyl accident is simply too much for people in the contaminated areas to cope with alone. We simply cannot turn our backs. We can and must do more to help bring development and hope to the affected people,” said Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN’s Coordinator of International Cooperation on Chernobyl.Nearly 8.4 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were exposed to radiation when the nuclear plant blew up. Some 150,000 kilometres – an area half the size of Italy – were contaminated, while agricultural areas covering nearly 52,000 square kilometres – more than the size of Denmark – were ruined. read more

Faculty of Graduate Studies celebrates 10th anniversary

The Faculty of Graduate Studies has seen substantial growth since its inception 10 years ago.A celebration was held on campus Tuesday, March 21 to mark the Faculty’s milestone anniversary, with the Brock community invited to reflect on the progress made over the past decade.“In the span of 10 years, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has come a long way,” said Jens Coorssen, Dean of Graduate Studies. “Our reputation as a comprehensive University continues to grow and more and more people across the globe are taking note of the exceptional research happening at the graduate level at Brock.”Graduate education at Brock dates back to the early days of the University, with the first graduate program, a MSc in Chemistry, launched in 1967.  Graduate education gradually expanded over the years until a spike in growth beginning in 2000.Guiding the progress over many years of significant growth were former deans, Jack Miller (1999-2004), Marilyn Rose (2004-2011) and Mike Plyley (2011-2016).“Their vision and leadership contributed greatly to our growing reputation for excellence in graduate education,” Coorssen said. “Working alongside faculty and staff, they created a driving force to move the Faculty forward and to firmly plant Brock in the minds of funding agencies, grad studies councils and prospective students across the country.”It was on March 21, 2007, that the University’s Senate unanimously endorsed the creation of Brock’s seventh faculty, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, taking a substantial step forward in enhancing the University’s research and graduate studies profiles.“Becoming a Faculty was not without its challenges,” Mike Plyley, Professor of Applied Health Sciences and former Dean of Graduate Studies.“A main area of concern was what changes would occur for graduate programs and graduate students as a result of the Office of Graduate Studies becoming a Faculty,” he said. “We had to weigh our options and ultimately we felt that becoming a Faculty would aid Brock in becoming a truly comprehensive University where students had the opportunity to complete their undergrad degree all the way through to their PhD.”Brock now offers 49 graduate programs, including nine PhD programs, and has 1,700 registered graduate students — the Faculty’s largest number on record.“The Faculty of Graduate Studies has accomplished a lot over the past 10 years,” Coorssen said. “We are looking forward to even more growth and development in the years to come.“We are working towards building more international research collaborations and we are focused on growing our PhD programs in the near future. Our focus on excellence is helping build our reputation and I look forward to growing the Faculty of Graduate Studies during my tenure as Dean.” read more

CPL 2017 McCarthy aces 174 chase Stars fall to sixth successive

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL2018: No sparkle for winless Stars as Tallawahs triumphAugust 14, 2018Similar postCPL 2017: Sangakkara’s 74* outclasses winless StarsAugust 26, 2017In “latest news”Impressive Zouks claim Hero CPL qualification after defeating TallawahsJuly 31, 2016In “Sports” By Nikhil KalroJamaica Tallawahs 179 for 5 (McCarthy 61*, Phillips 32) beat St Lucia Stars 173 for 7 (Fletcher 84*, Samuels 54, Sami 3-27) by five wicketsAndre Fletcher struck seven fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 84 © Ashley Allen – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNcricinfo) For the first 37 overs of the game, St Lucia Stars were ahead and cruising. Then came that one over everyone talks about in this format. With the Tallawahs requiring 40 off three overs in their chase of 174, Mitchell McClenaghan conceded 20 runs, and the Stars’ hopes of their first win of the tournament faded into their sixth successive loss. It was also the fourth-highest successful chase in tournament history.Andre McCarthy recovered quickly from a run-out that led to Rovman Powell leaving the field like he was ready for a locker showdown, and struck a match-winning unbeaten 61 off 37 balls to lead the Tallawahs to a five-wicket win with two balls to spare. It wouldn’t be much solace for the Stars, but they put on a much-improved performance with the bat. Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels blitzed fifties to lead them to 173, their highest score of the tournament.Pace off the ballThe Darren Sammy National Stadium was hit by passing showers just before the start. On a slow surface, that moisture may have just done enough to negate the penetration of seam-up deliveries – a burst of rain will only quicken a pitch up slightly, not change its nature. That should have been an indication for the Tallawahs’ bowlers to take pace off the ball.It took a few heaves and punches for the bowlers to switch to offcutters. It worked right away, an offcutter from Mohammad Sami took the inside edge of Johnson Charles and uprooted leg stump. The mode of operation didn’t change much thereafter.The unmatched utility of boundaries in T20sFletcher isn’t known for his ability to find gaps for singles. He is, however, an efficient boundary-hitter. The value of boundaries in T20s is high, but the utility of boundaries without consuming too many dot balls is significantly higher. In his 53-ball innings, he struck 24 singles and played 13 dots, effectively 24 runs off 37 balls.He also hammered 11 boundaries, seven fours and a six, almost as many as the number of dot balls he faced. That meant he finished with 84 off 53 balls with a strike-rate of 158.49. A T20 masterclass beckoned if he could convert a few more of those dots into singles.Keep calm and bat onWhen McCarthy stabbed a ball towards extra cover, called for two and didn’t respond, the Tallawahs were reeling. They needed 81 runs off 46 balls with six wickets in hand, and Powell was fuming all the way off the field. For McCarthy, that could have been a scarring emotional blow.Instead, he bided his time, found the boundary when he had to and delivered under duress. Imad Wasim also brought his experience and ability to a 45-run sixth-wicket stand that carried Tallawahs home. A few moments later, Powell was leaping onto McCarthy in joy. read more

Finally The inventor of the GIF explains how to pronounce it

first_imgThey are wrong. It is a soft ‘G,’ pronounced ‘jif.’ End of story.Wilhite also said he had never made an animated GIF himself – but that this was his favourite one.This one’s for you, Steve:Read: What have the words GIF and omnishambles got in common? THE INVENTOR of the GIF – the old-school animated image format which has been given a new lease of life on Tumblr and elsewhere – has given an authoritative answer on how ‘GIF’ should be pronounced.Steve Wilhite invented the Graphics Interchange Format while working for one of the original major ISPs, CompuServe, in the late 1980s.While the GIF’s main attribute was its way of compressing images so they could load more quickly over a dial-up connection, what made it totally unique was the fact that it could incorporate animations – a technique which brought plain 1990s webpages to life.However, over the years a significant dispute has emerged over how the name should be pronounced – with some using the intuitive hard G, as in ‘graphics’, while others see it as a soft G and pronounced as if it was a ‘J’.Wilhite – who today is being honoured with a lifetime achievement prize at the Webby Awards – has now confirmed his pronunciation of choice.“The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Wilhite told the New York Times, before insisting:last_img read more

Experts say tenants are not to blame for council flat mould

first_img 17,817 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Experts say tenants are not to blame for council flat mould An architect who assessed the Dublin flats said the problem is “extensive and very serious”. Dec 7th 2016, 6:30 AM Share65 Tweet Email6 EXPERTS HAVE SAID social housing tenants should not be blamed for damp, mould and condensation problems in local authority housing, after an assessment of a flat complex in Dublin.Architects commissioned by the Community Action Network (CAN), examined conditions at Tyrone Place in Inchicore and found the buildings were unable to provide adequate ventilation and had poor thermal performance making them hard to heat.“The result is excessive heat loss, the strong likelihood of extensive condensation and mould conditions and the real risk of adverse effects on health of residents. The problem is extensive and very serious. A significant response is needed,” architect William Scott said in his report.‘Breaking through freshly painted surfaces’In an assessment of one flat, occupied by a couple and their two children, Scott found there appeared to be no insulation on the walls. He also found inadequate ventilation in every room in the two-bedroom flat, with no extract ventilation in either the kitchen or the bathroom.There was also evidence of mould in each room.The couple, who moved into the flat in August 2014, found it to be in good order at the time and had been freshly painted. Just three months later they noticed mould developing, particularly in the bathroom.In his report, Scott noted “very bad mould” around the gas meter cabinet: 12 Comments Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:30 AM He said the tenants had used mould cleaner to remove much of it from surfaces, though this did “a lot of damage to the decoration of the walls”.In correspondence with the couple about the problem, Dublin City Council stated that condensation repairs are the tenant’s responsibility, though it did acknowledge there was a pre-existing mould problem in the flat. The council said this had been “removed and the area replastered”.However, this is not in keeping with Scott’s findings. He said it was much more likely that the mould had reappeared in such a short space of time due to inadequacies of the building fabric, ventilation or inadequate treatment of the previous outbreaks, rather than as a result of unreasonable action by tenants.He said this incidence of mould was “entirely consistent” with others reported in the complex.Health problemsAs part of the assessment, tenants at Tyrone Place were also surveyed, with 64% reporting difficulties keeping rooms warm. Similarly, 62% had an issue with damp or condensation and 51% said they had mould in their flats.Over 90% of those who responded to a survey said that they have problems with damp and 75% of those people said that they have continuous health problems including colds, chest infections and asthma.Commenting on the findings, Averil Power, Chief Executive of the Asthma Society of Ireland said “poor housing, and associated mould, spores and mildew has long been recognised as a causative and an exacerbating factor in many common respiratory conditions”.“The Asthma Society of Ireland has great concerns for anybody living in the conditions described in these expert reports and in previous reports”.Between 2014 and 2015, Dublin City Council received almost 1,500 complaints of damp and mould by tenants. It claimed that the overwhelming majority of the complaints were due to tenant activity.“The evidence that building defects are causing dangerous damp, mould and condensation shows that the real source of a problem that has been blamed for years on tenant activity actually lies within the walls of the sick buildings that people are paying rent for,” said Cecilia Forrestal of CAN.“Local authorities consistently state in tenant communication and agreements that condensation, mould and damp are issues related to tenant activity such as drying clothes,” she continued.She said these reports show this is not the case and she urged local authorities to address the structural issues at the heart of the problem.Read: ‘It was supposed to be our dream house. It’s turned into a nightmare’>Read: Overcrowding, severe mould, rotting wood: The issues with this Celtic Tiger council estate haven’t gone away> It looks to be of considerable age and as if it was not cleaned off during preparation or mould treatment prior to the new tenancy. There is also the suggestion that the mould is actually breaking though freshly painted surfaces from beneath. The presence of the mould suggests inadequate cleaning and or sterilisation of mould took place. By Michelle Hennessylast_img read more