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Anushka, Virat will get married soon: BCCI had told management

first_imgExcuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling.BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as to how the touring Indian media would react, the Board told the officials travelling with the team that it was just a matter of time before the duo ties the nuptial knot.”The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli’s plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn’t the first time such a thing was happening. A captain’s girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well,” he said.In fact, the BCCI also told them that Kohli was smart enough to handle the situation and the media wouldn’t even get to know of Anushka’s presence -a definite error of judgment.”When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag,” he said.On the view that Anushka’s presence had nothing to do with Kohli’s poor form, the official said: “Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind.”advertisementBut another official said that the sole reason behind the ruckus is the relationship status. “If the duo was married, nobody would have said a word. We all know how Indian culture is. And the lack of form ended up serving as fodder for the media. If he had scored runs, they would have ignored the whole issue,” he said.last_img read more

Sonia Gandhi backs RK Anand’s Rajya Sabha bid to keep BJP-backed Subhash Chandra at bay

first_imgCongress president Sonia Gandhi overruled the Haryana Congress and decided to support lawyer RK Anand’s bid for the Rajya Sabha in order to keep BJP-backed media baron Subhash Chandra at bay.CONGRESS LAWMAKERS MIFFED According to sources, the idea to support Anand had caused resentment among the Congress lawmakers in the state but the high command decided to overrule them keeping in mind the larger strategic objective against the BJP.”Congress MLAs will support RK Anand to keep the BJP at bay,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the issue was critically debated between AICC general secretary BK Hari Prasad and the 17 Congress lawmakers in Haryana.CONTESTED 2014 LS POLLS ON INLD TICKETSonia opted to go with Anand after weighing the pros and cons of the issue along with her advisers. Fearing backlash in the state, the Haryana Congress was opposed to the idea of supporting RK Anand as he was earlier with the Grand Old Party but had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Faridabad on an INLD ticket.In 2009, an embarrassed Congress had virtually discarded Anand after the top court had found him guilty in the infamous BMW hit-andrun case following a sting operation by a private news channel. Explaining the Congress decision, Tewari said Anand had sought support from the party and expressed faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and the party’s policies.ANAND VOWS TO SUPPORT CONGRESS “?nand has said that he will support the Congress both inside and outside of the house,” said Tewari. Sources said the Congress decision could make things difficult for independent nominee Subhash Chandra, who has the BJP’s backing. They also said the party lawmakers will have to placated over the move as they are the ones who fight the rival INLD in the state.advertisement”He is after all an INLD member. The decision will be difficult to swallow for the MLAs,” said a state leader. Sources acknowledged that Anand’s association with INLD on state issues and with Congress on national matters would present an awkward situation.However, the third candidate in the fray, Union rural development minister Birender Singh, is all set to sail through.ALSO READ: Rajya Sabha elections: Independent Karnataka MLA switches loyalty to Congresslast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai: Live Cricket Streaming available on Hotstar from 7 PM today

first_imgRohit Sharma-led Team India will look to clean sweep the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when they meet for their last match of the year at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.You can watch Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Sri Lanka, 3RD T20I, Mumbai on Hotstar from 7:00 PM today.The hosts hammered the visitors by 93 runs in the first T20I in Cuttack after the Lankans were bowled out for 87 in chase of 181.In the second T20I, Rohit Sharma slammed a 35-ball hundred to equal the quickest century scored in T20-Internationals and helped India score the second highest T20 total of 260/5. Sri Lanka failed to chase the total despite a good start and India won the match by 88 runs to seal the series.India will bank on their fearless batting led by skipper Rohit Sharma and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul who have looked on top of their game. Supporting them will be batsmen Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik who have the calibre to demolish the Sri Lanka which has failed to look up to the mark. In the bowling department, pacer Jasprit Bumrah — who currently tops the T20I bowlers list — will spearhead the unit along-side fellow new ball seamer Jaydev Unadkat. However, wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have caused plenty of trouble to Sri Lanka throughout the series, will once again remain the key to pick crucial wickets. For Sri Lanka, experienced all-rounder Angelo Mathews has added to the worries for the side after being ruled out of the final rubber following a hamstring injury in the previous match. advertisementThe visitors will however hope top order batsmen Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera to play match winning knocks to salvage their side some pride and consolidate a victory before returning home. The bowling, which has looked rather ineffective for Sri Lanka will need to re-form strategies with the likes of skipper Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep and Akila Dananjaya to try and trouble the formidable India batting line-up. Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (c), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera.last_img read more

US Women Gymnasts World Champs

first_imgGLASGOW, Scotland — The gap is becoming a canyon. No matter the stakes, the year or the young women with the USA patch on their shimmering leotards, there is the gymnastics’ powerhouse constructed and relentlessly maintained by national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and there is everybody else.And it’s not close. Not really close to close.The U.S. is so steady and so deep at the moment its competitions feel more like exhibitions. The world championship the Americans won on Oct. 27 appeared so easy they were more focused on Karolyi’s approval up in the stands than whatever scores the judges felt like handing out.“We’re unstoppable,” Gabby Douglas said.The reigning Olympic gold medalist was kidding, but only a little. The U.S. won its third consecutive world title by delivering four pressure-resistant rotations around pink-clad SSE Hydro, putting up a total of 181.338, more than five points clear of China and surprise bronze medalist Britain, a blowout in a sport where the differences are often measured in fractions.“We never just assume we will be on the first place,” Karolyi said after the program captured its fifth championship since she took over in 2000.“Only through dedication and hard work, you can get better. That’s our philosophy. Hard work, discipline and also high number of repetition which takes patience and can be boring sometimes.”To the point where the girls joked about going on strike after qualifying last Saturday, citing a stretch of nearly three weeks without so much as a day off.Karolyi acquiesced a little by allowing them to get out and explore Glasgow on Oct. 26. Then it was right back in the gym for another one of those necessary but monotonous workouts that makes doing it in front of the crowd and for the rest of the world seem like a vacation.Maybe because in a way, it is.Maggie Nichols, the only American chosen to compete in all four events on a team that includes Douglas, two-time world champion Simone Biles and three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, seemed perfectly at ease during the biggest meet of her life.The 18-year-old calmly blew on her fingers while waiting to be introduced for uneven bars and she playfully fanned herself at the beginning of an attitude-filled floor exercise befitting of someone whose nickname happens to be “Swaggy Maggie.”Only afterward, when she caught a glimpse of the scoreboard with that familiar American flag at the top, did Nichols let the moment sink in.“I got the shivers, it was so cool,” she said.She might want to get used to it. Less than 10 months before the flame is lit in Rio, the Americans’ five-woman Olympic lineup appears close to set between Nichols, Biles, Douglas and Raisman.Three years removed from Olympic triumph in London as part of the “Fierce Five,” Douglas and Raisman might be getting better.Sporting gold nail polish she bummed from Biles, Douglas was spectacular on uneven bars, her 15.333 the highest of the night. Raisman overcame uncharacteristic mistakes during qualifying to drill her balance beam set and put together a floor exercise so dynamic it would be the best on any other team but her own.That honor, however, falls to the incomparable Biles. Given a bit of a break when Karolyi opted to sit her out of uneven bars in favor of Nichols, Biles spent 90 seconds making the hardest tumbling passes on the planet seem like a kid just fooling around during recess.She ran off the floor to join her teammates, celebrating long before the 15.733 was posted on a night the U.S. put up the highest team score on floor, beam and vault.“We were like ‘Yeah, Martha’s so happy we can’t wait to talk to her,’” Biles said.There was, however, a bit more joy to go around.China slogged through a sloppy qualifying but responded with a strong push to a silver medal. The Chinese were their usual airy selves on uneven bars, their only real miscue coming on beam.When Wang Yan hopped off during the second rotation, any chance at an upset vanished. Not that China was counting on it anyway.“We wouldn’t win the gold anyway so we were very relaxed,” Shang Chunsong said.Competing alongside the Americans after finishing second in qualifying, Russia looked ready to put up a fight when it trailed by less than a point after vault.A half hour later, the Russians were done in a meltdown not quite as epic as the one that befell Romania — which didn’t even make it out of qualifying for the first time in more than 40 years — but no less stunning.Needing to top the U.S. on bars to put any kind of stress on the Americans, Russia let a spot on the podium slip away when star Viktoria Komova slipped off in the middle of her routine. One rotation later, the Russians imploded completely, as Komova, Maria Kharenkova and Seda Tutkhalian found themselves standing on the mat in shock after falling.That opened the door for the Brits, who have spent a decade slowly building itself into a legitimate contender. When Ellie Downing drilled her vault, the Hydro erupted into a Union Jack-waving frenzy.Yet there was only one flag at the top in the end, the same one that’s been up there the last four years. The one that doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.“I think it only gets better from here,” Biles said.(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

CITY BREWING HISTORY ON DISPLAY AT PUBLIC MUSEUM

first_imgYou might be surprised to learn that beer and breweries have been a part of Sioux City’s history for over a century and a half.That history is now on display at Sioux City’s Public Museum:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BREW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..until 1961. ;10Museum Curator Matt Anderson says the exhibit features memorabilia from those early breweries, plus current brew pubs of today.There’s also the history of the impact state and federal prohibition laws had on the industry locally;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BREW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…to 1855. ;20That included the shooting death of an anti-alcohol crusader, Reverend George Haddock in 1886 near 4th and Water Streets.The exhibit will be on display through March 12th at the public museum located at 4th and Nebraska Streets downtown.last_img read more

Tottenham’s Harry Kane targets away victory against Real Madrid next month

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook news Share on LinkedIn Play Video Topics Mauricio Pochettino praises ‘killer’ Harry Kane after Spurs hat-trick Share on WhatsApp Read more Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messenger Harry Kane proud after netting Champions League hat-trick – video Harry Kane 0:55 The 24-year-old has sparked an outbreak of Kane-mania. People are talking about him, his name dominates headlines. Already the game at the Bernabéu is being built up as Kane versus Cristiano Ronaldo – one of the two kings of world football and from whom Kane takes some of his inspiration. Kane is determined to rise to the top of his sport like Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.As an aside, it seems as though Tottenham’s reunion with Gareth Bale, who left them for Real in 2013, has been overlooked. “I’ve never met Ronaldo but I’m a fan of course,” Kane said. “I’m a fan of great footballers and he is one of the best – especially of my generation.“We probably won’t be up against each other much in the game but it’s always great to play the best in the world. They have one of the best defences with [Sergio] Ramos, Marcelo, players like that. I want to test myself against the best and they have been the best in the last few years, without a doubt. It’s going to be exciting. I want to put in a performance like I have been recently.”Tottenham were “not fantastic” against Apoel, to quote the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, but Kane was. Every time he went through it seemed inevitable that he would finish. To watch him was to enjoy a player at the peak of his powers. “I’d say it’s the most confident I’ve felt,” Kane said.“I’ve scored quite a few goals this September and there’s another game left at Huddersfield on Saturday. Hopefully I can take the form into that game and keep going.“It’s part of being more mature. The more I play, the more I get a sense of what defenders will do at certain times. For example, I went back across through the [defender’s] legs for the second goal against Apoel, little things like that. As you get older and wiser, things come naturally.”For the sixth time already in 2017 Kane departed with the match ball and he is now planning on getting some work done back at his home. “I’m hoping to build a room for the match balls and trophies,” he said. “It isn’t built yet but hopefully it will be soon. At the moment the balls are just in bags, in the cupboards, waiting to be put up.”Kane’s showdown with Ronaldo is box office but direct comparisons between the two are fatuous. They are clearly different types of forward. But the Spurs captain, Hugo Lloris, does see a parallel in terms of their attitude and professionalism.“We are not surprised about Harry,” Lloris said. “He is our main player. Like in the top teams – Real Madrid have Ronaldo; in Barça you have Messi. Is Harry Tottenham’s Ronaldo? No. He is Harry Kane. Ronaldo and Messi – they are from another galaxy but Harry has got so much potential to become one of the best.“Harry is connected with the world, he is very calm, he is a hard worker and he is very ambitious. That is something very important in football If you lose your personal ambition, it can become difficult. Give Harry time. The most important thing is the demands he puts on himself. Then, for sure, he will lead the national team and he will lead Tottenham. Step-by-step, we try to move forward. Harry is maybe the first stone in our team and he is one of the leaders.”Lloris also believes that Tottenham have learned from their failed Champions League campaign of last season; perhaps, he suggested, it was a necessary rite of passage. The collective mentality has improved and they will go to the Bernabeu with a sense of liberation. “We will play in Real Madrid with a free mind,” he said. “We have nothing to lose and all to win.” Share on Pinterest Harry Kane says that Tottenham will go to Real Madrid next month to win after he felt the confidence overflow from his hat-trick in the 3-0 Champions League victory at Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday night.The striker admits he has never felt better than during the rich vein of form he has found this month. Kane did not panic after not finding the net in August once more and so far in September he has scored twice in two matches for England and nine in five for Tottenham. UK Sport Kane’s sights are fixed on getting more at Huddersfield Town this Saturday – on the final day of the month – but he also allowed his thoughts to take in Spurs’ next Champions League fixture. It comes at the Bernabéu on 17 October – Tottenham then host the European champions at Wembley on 1 November – and, as much as anything else, Kane scents opportunity.Spurs are joint-top of Group H with Real, having followed up the 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley with victory in Nicosia. Kane has never been to the Bernabéu but he intends to make his mark.“We feel we can beat anyone on our day,” Kane said. “Of course we know it will be tough but it’s two good teams and an open game, probably. It will come down to who is more clinical – hopefully that can be us. We are going there to win, not just to get a result. We will see what happens.” Share on Twitter Apoel Nicosia Real Madrid Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Champions League rights sold to DAZN in Canada

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League & Europa League soccer rights bought by DAZN in Canada Goal 03:30 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DAZN UCL rights GFX Getty/Goal composite UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool Ahead of Saturday’s highly anticipated final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the streaming giant has revealed its latest North American coup UEFA has signed an exclusive three-year deal with streaming giants DAZN to become the only place for Canadians to watch Champions League and Europa League until 2022.Every single match in the twin European soccer tournaments will be available for fans to consume live – removing the pain of depending on what TV broadcasters choose to air.DAZN, which costs $20 a month or $150 annually, launched in Canada in 2017 and its CEO, James Rushton, hailed the move as one that is a perfect fit for soccer fans in North America. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Given its tremendous diversity, Canada is home to some of the biggest European soccer fans in the world, and we’re excited to revolutionize the way Canadians experience two of UEFA’s biggest global tournaments,” Rushton said in a statement on Thursday.“We pride ourselves on putting fans first, and we look forward to continuing to bring new rights and content to passionate Canadian fans, on the devices and in the ways they are consuming sport.”Real Madrid clash with Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final this weekend, which sees superstars Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo go head-to-head in Kiev.Canadians fans who have a DAZN account will be able to watch that match live on their streaming devices, with kick-off at 14:45 ET on Saturday.Next year’s Champions League will feature Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and many more world-class teams across the continent. The group stage gets under way in September after qualification rounds through the summer.The Europa League is packed full of soccer talent too, with Arsenal, Chelsea, AC Milan, Marseille and Villarreal among the top clubs guaranteed a spot in the 48-team group stage.DAZN launched in Canada in 2017 with an exclusive NFL offering, with the streaming service being the only place fans of the sport can watch every game of the upcoming season.Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 matches are also available to soccer-loving Canadians who sign up to the streaming service, while fans of boxing, golf, tennis and motorsports will find something to watch on the platform. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Alabama Star Raekwon Davis Announces NFL Draft Decision

first_imgRaekwon Davis on the field.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Raekwon Davis #99 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigersin the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)One of the best defensive linemen in college football finally announced his NFL draft decision on Wednesday night. Alabama star Raekwon Davis played in what would potentially be his final game with the Tide on Monday night against Clemson.Davis doesn’t want his collegiate career to end with a 44-16 blowout loss in the title game. He took to Twitter on Wednesday night to reveal he’s coming back to Alabama for one more year.“I have a lot of unfinished business on the field and in the classroom as I work to finish my degree. So with that said, after talking to my family, and a lot of prayer, I have decided to return to Alabama for my senior season. I can’t wait to get back on the field with this family, and finish what we started. Roll Tide!” Davis said on Twitter.pic.twitter.com/VWx9KB4zuV— Raekwon Davis (@Raekwondavis_99) January 9, 2019Davis projected as a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, but he’ll put the NFL on the back-burner to play for the Tide once more.last_img read more

Urban devp dept brings out software for better financial management

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has introduced a web-based software for better financial management and timely utilisation of government funds by various municipalities and urban local bodies.The new system has contributed towards the timely completion of various state government schemes. It has also helped in the project evaluation and management by the municipalities and other local bodies. It has now become more convenient for various government agencies to ease official complications and also in ensuring timely disbursement of funds. Apart from the web-based software, many other steps were taken up during the last financial year to properly channelise the government funds in development projects. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA host of new steps has helped the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department in utilising 96 percent of the budget allocation in the last financial year. To facilitate industrialists or entrepreneurs to set up new units and to provide them hassle-free e-services in various government departments, stress has been laid on “Ease of doing business” (EoDB). After coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has emphasised on easing out the complications which entrepreneurs often face. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, various government departments implemented EoDB and all the clearances are now given through online portals. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt can be mentioned here that the Bengal government has secured first position in the EoDB ranking done by the Centre. Different reform points of the governmental procedure of sanctioning of funds, licensing and permissions have been identified and Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) has been prepared to implement those points and to achieve the targets of EoDB under BRAP. The department is also formulating a comprehensive policy to set up clusters which will eventually ensure proper management, optimum utilisation of landfill, reclamation of the existing landfill and recycling of the waste. Waste management has become an important issue in a state like Bengal, which is facing rapid urbanisation. The state’s urban population rose from 27.8 percent in 2001 to 31 percent in 2011. It is estimated that the majority of its population would reside in the cities in a few decades. The state government has also published its township policy, laying emphasis on providing affordable housing for the poor and creating jobs through various economic policies. Steps have been taken to plan cities which would be sustainable, resilient and environment-friendly, energy-saving, IT-friendly and safe. The state government has come up with the Green City mission in all the municipalities and municipal corporations, to achieve its goal.last_img read more

Trudeau welcoming Raptors but Trump uncertain for White House visit

first_imgWASHINGTON — While plans are underway for the Toronto Raptors to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a White House visit for the NBA champions is uncertain.Asked by a reporter after a meeting with Trudeau if he’ll extend an invitation to the first NBA championship team from outside the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump was noncommittal on Thursday.“We thought about that. That’s an interesting question,” said Trump, seated beside Trudeau in a news conference. “They played phenomenal basketball. I watched a little bit of it. They were really terrific, congratulations by the way,” Trump added, nodding at Trudeau.“That was a great job by a great team. We’ll think about that. If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, confirmed Thursday there are plans to get the Raptors to Ottawa. “We are looking forward to welcoming them here,” she said, though no further details were provided.The Raptors captured the NBA title on June 13 when they beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals in Oakland, Calif.After the Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to win the World Series in 1992, they visited President George H.W. Bush in the White House. The Blue Jays did not go in 1993 after winning a second World Series in a row with Bill Clinton as president.Raptors coach Nick Nurse, during an interview on the Fan 590 AM on Wednesday, said he expected to meet Trudeau and said he had “heard nothing about the White House.”“We’re here, let’s go see Trudeau up in Ottawa. We’re Canada’s team,” Nurse added.The Warriors opted not to visit the White House in 2017 after receiving an invitation from Trump following their NBA championship triumph. They were not invited after winning again in 2018.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Pakistan with quake aid aimed at long term UN experts warn of

“Even in the face of such generosity, the risk of a second humanitarian disaster looms large,” the experts said in a statement on the $5.4 billion pledged. “More lives are at risk today than the 74,000 originally claimed by the earthquakes. Donors must not rest content with the outcome of Saturday’s conference.”In order to save lives today, these pledges must be fulfilled immediately. Moreover, donors must allow flexibility in use of the funds,” they added of the quake which beyond the dead and injured left up to 3 million people homeless.”We remind donors that with winter fast approaching and life-saving resources scarce, tens of thousands of earthquake survivors face death, hunger and disease as well as prolonged displacement and homelessness,” they declared.”Serious outbreaks of acute diarrhoea and disease highlight the need for increased efforts to provide safe water and sanitation in makeshift camps, and to ensure access to health services for vulnerable populations.”The experts signing the statement were: Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Walter Kälin; Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari; Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt; Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Vernor Muñoz Villalobos; and Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler.Under international human rights law, States bear the primary responsibility for protecting the human rights of their populations, in particular their access to food, water, health services, education, adequate housing, and other elements necessary for an adequate standard of living and this responsibility extends to natural disasters, they noted.The Government of Pakistan has acknowledged this obligation but also recognizes the gaps in its capacity to provide immediate relief on the vast scale necessary and therefore has called repeatedly on the international community for assistance.”Governments which are in a position to do so have a responsibility to provide international assistance and cooperation,” they said. “We therefore urgently appeal to all Member States of the United Nations, including the donors who recently convened in Islamabad, to honour their commitments and to ensure that immediate assistance is available to help Pakistan protect the lives and meet the immediate basic humanitarian needs of desperate earthquake survivors.”In its latest update today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that with emergency conditions persisting and unlikely to abate before spring, food and shelter are in critical need if those who endured the earthquake are to survive the rapidly approaching winter.Some 2.3 million people will require food assistance at least through April, according to the latest emergency food security assessment conducted by WFP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the non-governmental organization (NGO) OXFAM.Of that total, 2.1 million people are scattered in rural areas, while another 230,000 live in the worst affected towns and this number is growing, WFP added. read more

As drivers of innovation youth need skills and capacity – UN General

Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the General Assembly, makes remarks during the opening of the Ministerial segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Photo: UN Photo/ Manuel Elias “As the main beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and as the drivers of innovation and change, it is vital that the enthusiasm and ingenuity of youth are harnessed to transform the world for the better,” Peter Thomson said at an event held at UN Headquarters in New York on the theme Skills for the future of work.“Just as youth need education and training to access decent jobs in and of the future, they also require skills development to fulfil their vital role in SDG implementation,” he added. In his remarks, Mr. Thomson called for targeted policies and resources to develop the digital skills of today’s youth, as well as for specific programmes to ensure that women and girls have access to education, health and employment opportunities. Doing so, he said, would make sure they secure decent jobs and are never left behind again. “We must see investing in quality education and training as fundamental for a world of sustaining peace and sustainable development,” he noted. In particular, Mr. Thomson highlighted the need to work cooperatively with all stakeholders in building the education and training systems that are responsive to the needs, and given the complexities involved, called for international cooperation, strategic partnerships, and transfer of technology. “The multilateral system has a responsibility to bring together governments, youth, employers, educators, and innovators to demystify the labour markets of the future, and to find innovative ways of building digital skills across the world, all in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he stressed. Speaking alongside Mr. Thomson, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Envoy on Youth, also called for greater and more coherent efforts to better forecast the skills that will be needed in the future.“We must adapt existing policies and initiatives to be fit for the digital era and ensure that we remain flexible enough, to adapt these further in the future,” she said, citing the example of the technological advances made since the turn of the millennium and signs that this will not slow down in the years ahead. “We must [also] ensure that national youth policies are integrated, holistic and funded,” she added. In her remarks, the Youth Envoy also underscored the need for holistic education to address evolving technical skills as well as impart competencies required to adapt to changing and demanding workplaces. In this regard, she highlighted that formal education alone would not be enough, and stressed the importance of non-formal and informal education. “With all this talk of change in such little time, one truth remains: there is no better investment a country can make than in the capacities and potential of its young people,” she stated. read more

Commentary poor play calling bad quarterback play leads to Bengals loss in

Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee tries to break away from a Cincinnati Bengals defender at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The Browns won, 17-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn addition to defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in a defensive battle, the Cleveland Browns have placed themselves in the playoff conservation and perhaps finally found a quality starting quarterback in the process.Brian Hoyer led the Browns (2-2) to their second straight win, 17-6, looking rather comfortable leading the attack against a talented Cincinnati defense in only the quarterback’s third career start. He completed over 65 percent of his passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. While many expected a disappointment in his second game, he actually improved upon his energetic performance from the previous week in a win over the Minnesota Vikings.Meanwhile, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, a third-year starter, looked to be the inexperienced signal caller on the field. Dalton made inaccurate throws and that led to him committing both Cincinnati turnovers. While Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden was expected to keep Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green relatively quiet, Dalton failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities to make big plays, overthrowing open receivers and throwing into the dirt on others. Additionally, the coaching staff was to blame for poor play calling. On fourth and one at Cleveland’s 7-yard line and trailing 7-3, instead of kicking a field goal the Bengals decided to hand off to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The slow, plodding Green-Ellis was predictably stuffed for a loss of two yards.On defense, Cincinnati’s secondary, which the week before had defended Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers as well as any team had in the past three seasons, failed to make any big plays against Hoyer. The defensive line played admirably, recording three sacks and limiting the Browns to only 89 yards rushing on 30 carries. But, as usual, for the Bengals to win, they needed their defense to play extraordinarily and help the offense score points. But with no turnovers on the day, the defense did not carry the team against Cleveland.Though it is still early in the season, the Bengals’ loss jeopardizes their chances of making the playoffs, while giving the underdog Browns a big boost. Though the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) are essentially out of the picture for now, the remaining three AFC North teams seem to be closer in terms of talent than many might have imagined. The Bengals, Browns and Baltimore Ravens are all tied at 2-2 and, for now, no team seems to be ready to run away with the division title. read more

Large mining engine injection specialist celebrates milestone

first_imgL’Orange, the large engine injection systems specialist, has produced its one millionth injector. The diesel injector for an MTU Series 4000 engine was made at the company’s Black Forest production facility in Glatten. “L’Orange products featuring common rail technology have been a big success around the world for almost 20 years and set standards for others to follow.”The common rail injector is among the most reliable high-tech components in a large diesel engine and helps improve performance, fuel consumption and emissions. At 1,000 injections per minute, each with a volume of 800 mm³ of diesel fuel, the one million L’Orange injectors have injected a total of 300 billion litres of diesel and use significantly less fuel than traditional injection systems.“When the injector was being designed in 1996, we catered for the ability to allow customers to adapt the product to suit their various engines. As a result, the injector can be scaled and adapted for a variety of specifications and applications. This is a valuable characteristic and one which has put us at the forefront of the global market. It shows how important our strategic decision in favor of common rail technology was at the time”, emphasised Dr Ralph-Michael Schmidt, CEO of L‘Orange. Since going into production, the development focus has been on improving precision and resilience of the injector with an eye to atomising the fuel into ever-smaller particles. This improves engine performance and is kinder to the environment.” L’Orange injectors are used in engine applications such as the world’s largest mining haul trucks.As well as improving the injectors, expansion of production is also key to global success. The new production bay in Glatten, built in 2009, was a significant enlargement of L’Orange’s manufacturing facilities. Since then, almost all stages of the injector manufacturing process are undertaken in this dedicated bay. “Injector production has doubled every five years since 2001. As a result, the whole environment has needed to evolve as we go along. We currently have over 200 employees in injector manufacturing, be it in assembly, quality assurance or individual component production”, explained Schmidt when asked about the importance of injectors to the company.The workforce presented Schmidt with the one millionth injector at a ceremony in the injector bay in Glatten to mark the occasion on December 7, 2015. L’Orange is a Rolls-Royce Power Systems company, and has been developing, producing and marketing pioneering injection systems for large engines delivering between 1,000 and 40,000 kW for more than 80 years. The company has sites in Stuttgart, Glatten, Wolfratshausen, Rellingen, Suzhou and Ningbo (China) and a workforce totaling more than 1,000 employees. L’Orange offers a full range of injection systems with a product portfolio which includes Common Rail technology for all off-highway applications running on diesel and heavy fuel oil.last_img read more

Court hears Brennans made €600000 from imitating McCambridges packaging

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT has ordered Brennan’s Bread to pay a portion of the profits made from their soda bread range to a competitor.Handing down the judgement today, Justice Peter Charleton said that between January 2011 to August 2012 Brennan Bakeries made a profit of €608,481 arising from the sale of wholewheat bread in packaging that was deemed to be similar to McCambridge’s signature plastic packaging.The bread wars case was won by McCambridge’s in August 2012, when the High Court ordered the removal of the Brennan’s version of the bread from shelves. The High Court says that when the packaging was changed from the similar type to their competitor, Brennan’s saw a drop of 3,000 sales a week.The case was delayed while Brennan’s appealed the August 2012 verdict.In the summary of the judgement, it is said that the court will look at what counts as a profit broadly.“A broad approach to apportioning profits should be taken by a court, remembering that the plaintiff is the wronged party and that obscure argument by economists is not what drives consumption in the marketplace,” wrote Justice Charleton.In his judgement, Justice Charleton said that the awarding of damages will be held in time, saying that Brennan’s had passed themselves off as McCambridge’s “highly-regarded loaf”.“In the result, the Court will order an account as to what profits of the defendant Brennan Bakeries are attributable to its decision to dress up the packaging of its sliced brown bread in a get up that unintentionally passed it off as the highly-regarded loaf of the plaintiff McCambridge.”The judge said that a decision will be made “at a proximate time” on the damages to be paid.Read: McCambridge happy at the end of the bread warslast_img read more

Many many books Inside Amazons ridiculously huge shipping center

first_imgEveryone know Amazon.com is huge, but just how big do you have to be to sell $17.43 billion worth of stuff in a single quarter (Q4 2011 to be exact)? How big does a warehouse have to be to house all those books, televisions, pens, DVDs, hammers, and vacuum cleaners? How many warehouses do you need to be able to ship products to anyone in the US in just two days, without losing money on every deal?Apparently Amazon has 80 fulfillment center with at least two more on the way. It’s said that the one featured in this article is the size of 28 football fields (that’s 1,612,800 square feet, with the end zones) which makes sense — one of Amazon’s Phoenix-area centers was 1.2M square feet and the company recently added 400,000 feet more space to it.Here is a satellite image of the building, which is at  6835 W. Buckeye Road:If you observe the houses next to the Amazon building, you’ll get a good idea of just what 1.6 million square feet looks like — that’s about the footage of about 800 good-sized homes. So, yes, these shipping centers are extremely large.While the image at the top showed boxes that looked to be on their way out the door, that’s only one part of fulfillment — there is also inventory. Above we see the rows upon rows of books Amazon houses (and this is after the company’s massive push towards ebooks). It’s not entirely clearly how Amazon organizes their stacks — P-1, B64, 500-670 certainly isn’t the Dewey decimal system we all learned in elementary school. This is likely the markings of some sort of super efficient, algorithmically-enhanced placement system that minimizes lefthand turns and puts more popular books in optimized locations near transportation arteries.The rest of the images are just as impressive. You won’t see a single one without thinking that Jeff Bezos wished he has gotten a Gold Box deal on all that shelving.amazon_fulfillment_006amazon_fulfillment_006amazon_fulfillment_005amazon_fulfillment_003amazon_fulfillment_002amazon fulfillment center 004amazon fulfillment center – 0016835 W. Buckeye Road amazon facilitySippingTea, via Business Insiderlast_img read more

iTunes Store la sécurité des comptes compromise

first_imgiTunes Store : la sécurité des comptes compromise ?Une foule de clients de l’iTunes Store d’Apple s’indignent sur les forums. Leur compte aurait été piraté suggérant que la sécurité de l’iTunes Store pourrait avoir été compromise. Selon The Global Mail, la sécurité de l’iTunes Store aurait été compromise et des milliers de comptes auraient été piratés. Mais le plus inquiétant reste, qu’à priori, cette mise en danger de la sécurité d’iTunes n’aurait pas eu lieu chez des particuliers mais bien sur les serveurs même d’Apple. Et cela ferait plus d’un an que les clients se plaignent de cette faille ! En effet, les réactions des clients sur les forums de la marque à la pomme se sont précisées ces derniers temps. Selon les témoignages, les sommes d’argent volées sur les comptes piratés varient, entre quelques dollars et jusqu’à 500 dollars. Il semblerait ainsi que les pirates utilisent les informations des comptes, qu’ils s’amusent parfois à modifier, pour acheter des cartes cadeaux iTunes et du contenu sur la boutique en ligne. Lorsque la firme à la Pomme a été alertée du problème, elle a commencé par rembourser ses clients, mais précisant que cela serait une “exception unique à leur politique de vente”. Elle a ensuite entrepris de restaurer les réglages d’origine des comptes concernés. Mais aujourd’hui, Apple ne souhaite apparemment pas s’étendre sur le sujet, impossible donc de savoir si elle travaille à résoudre le problème. Début janvier 2012, un site chinois d’enchères mettait ainsi en vente quelques 50.000 comptes hackés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, l’affaire a tout de même suscité une légère réaction de la part d’Apple qui a affirmé faire tout son possible pour “protéger les renseignements personnels contre la perte, le vol et l’utilisation abusive, ainsi que contre l’accès non autorisé, la divulgation, l’altération et la destruction”. La firme rappelle également que les services en ligne de d’Apple “utilisent le chiffrement Secure Sockets Layer sur toutes les pages web où des informations personnelles sont utilisées”. Changer de mot de passe en cas de compte piratéIl est important de rappeler que l’iTunes Store, directement lié à l’App Store, génère une partie importante des revenus d’Apple. En effet, l’iTunes Store permet d’acheter, non seulement sur votre Mac mais aussi sur votre iPhone, iPad ou autres… Il est donc essentiel que la sécurité de ces deux entités soit assurée, autant pour assurer les rentrées d’argent que pour rassurer les plus de 200 millions d’utilisateurs que compte l’iTunes.Si vous pensez que votre compte a été piraté, il y a quelques étapes à suivre. Tout d’abord, changez votre mot de passe et ne lésinez pas sur les chiffres, majuscules et autres symboles. Vous pouvez également réinitialiser votre compte ou encore contacter le service clientèle d’Apple. Le 10 février 2012 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Torres targeting first title with Atletico Madrid

first_imgFernando Torres has insisted that he is more focused on winning his first title at Atletico Madrid, rather than think about the lack of minutes he has received this seasonLos Colchoneros will be facing Arsenal at the Emirates for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Europa league with the Gunners determined to win the trophy for the departing Arsene Wenger.But Torres, who himself will be leaving his beloved Atletico at the end of this season, is hopeful of overcoming Arsenal and finally winning his first piece of silverware with his boyhood club.“I prefer to think about possibly winning my first title with Atletico,” answered Torres, when asked about how many minutes he’s getting, as reported on Marca.“It doesn’t help to think about other things.“It’s important that we’re all excited about being two games away from a European final.”The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward paid tribute to his former international teammate Andres Iniesta, who is set to confirm his future plans within the week.“Iniesta hasn’t announced his future yet, but he’s earned the right to decide,” he confirmed.“He left his family when he was young in order to fulfil a dream, everyone will respect his choice.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’ll be a great loss for LaLiga if Iniesta isn’t here, he’s been performing at the top for so many years.“I’ll be both happy and sad should he decide to leave.”Torres is aware that Atletico cannot take Arsenal’s struggles this season for granted.“Our squad is showing a fantastic attitude at present,” he admitted.“It’s difficult to drop LaLiga to think about the Europa League and vice versa, but the team is trying to do it and that’s helping us grow.“Thursday is one of the most important games we’ve had.“We know that, we know how to play in England and it will be a privilege to fight for that trophy.”last_img read more

Government jumped the gun over Rubis leak risks

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, rubis, Save The Bays Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 01 Aug 2015 – The government displayed poor judgment and risked giving false hope to Marathon residents by releasing incomplete findings on the health risks associated with the Rubis fuel spill on Robinson Road, Vanessa Haley-Benjamin said.Lending her support to last week’s protest by Marathon residents outside the station, Haley-Benjamin, CEO of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays (STB), said authorities were wrong to tell residents they have nothing to fear from the toxic chemicals to which they were exposed for upwards of two years, as medical tests are far from complete – and likely to be less than conclusive when they are.“The release of these premature results is unfortunate,” she said. “The government clearly jumped the gun. In reality, there is no satisfactory way in the short term to verify conclusively whether a person has been exposed to low levels of certain chemicals, for example benzene.”Haley-Benjamin noted that according to Dr. van de Weerdt, toxicologist and consultant with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), while the preliminary results may be encouraging, it remains important to establish a complete picture of the situation – both in terms of completing the health risk assessments and being in a position to reassure concerned citizens.“The government should not be in the business of communicating simplified versions of this very serious situation to the public,” she said.“With regard to the 223 persons tested, more information is required to understand the extent of the evaluations and if those tested are representative of both the original and possibly any newly impacted areas. To date, we know that 17,000 gallons of fuel have yet to be recovered from the ground. Over time, the impacted area will grow as the benzene spreads with the natural flow of groundwater.“Residents of this area are very concerned for their safety – and rightfully so considering the known link between aggressive cancer and benzene exposure; and in light of the more than 20 recent cancer-related deaths in the area,” said Haley-Benjamin. “Exposure to low levels of benzene can result in chronic health effects and take a longer period of time to manifest. This underscores the need for long-term medical surveillance by a medical practitioner to detect abnormalities during early onset.”Haley-Benjamin called for a full report of the investigation by the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) and PAHO to be compiled and released to the public, and said officials should refrain from making any sweeping statements until such time.She went on to stress STB’s full support for Justice for Marathon, the grassroots community group that organized last week’s protest, citing the lack of proper response to the leak by both government and Rubis, and the ongoing failure to fully address the concerns of residents. Haley-Benjamin said STB’s call for stronger environmental legislation is also an effort to protect human health by either through prevention of hazardous pollution, or mitigation of the effects if such situations do arise. To that end, she called for the implementation of an effective response and public warning system for hydrocarbon leaks, and a comprehensive monitoring program for all fuel stations, in line with the recommendations in the report by consultants Black & Veatch, who were contracted by the government to evaluate the response to the Marathon spill more than a year ago. Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Haley-Benjamin participates in last week’s protest, pointing out 20 recent cancer-related deaths in the area of the fuel leak. In January 2013, it came to the attention of Rubis and the government that the Robinson Road station had leaked around 24,000 gallons of gasoline into the ground.The resultant presence of strong hydrocarbon vapors and discovery of large pools of underground gasoline forced the station’s immediate neighbor, Cable Bahamas to evacuate its Customer Service Building (CSB) amid fears of health and safety issues for customers and staff. Eventually, more than 40 staff members had to be treated for exposure.It has been confirmed that the leak led to the contamination of a wide area of groundwater, including the water supply to several homes and residents have reported a range of health problems.For two years, Rubis and government officials were aware of the leak and the associated dangers, but failed to make any public announcements, sparking widespread outrage.Since then, two further possible leaks at Rubis stations in New Providence have come to light. In the wake of the fallout from the Marathon case, both Rubis and the government appeared to take swift action. However yet again, they only broke their silence in response to concerns raised by members of the public.last_img read more

Update Police and Integrity Commission on Public Sector Crack Down

first_img Recommended for you DP Astwood encourages co-operation with Investigators as Ministry smeared by forgery arrests Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Police are actually leading the investigation which today saw employees of Border Control and Labour arrested and taken off the job.  Those staffers – said to be two women – are actually employed in the Labour side of the Ministry at the One Stop Shop, not the Immigration Department.Director of the Integrity Commission, Eugene Otuonye, said, “this is primarily a Police operation..” and that “the  IC is an interested partner but in the background of this operation.”  There are expected to be more arrests in the probe.#MagneticMediaNews#publicsectorcrackdown#OneStopShopemployeesarrested Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #OneStopShopemployeesarrested, #publicsectorcrackdownlast_img read more