Police lathi charge on Congress workers in Chhattisgarh

first_imgThe Congress launched protests in different parts of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday after a video of an alleged police attack on party workers in Bilaspur on Tuesday went viral on social media.“The police entered the Congress Bhavan in Bilaspur on Tuesday evening and trashed the Congress workers brutally. The incident took place when Congress workers were conducting a meeting after a symbolic protest in front of Chhattisgarh minister Amar Agrawal’s residence in Bilaspur against his appalling remarks about the party. The video of the incident shows how brutally the policemen attacked Congress workers,” party spokesperson R.P. Singh told The Hindu.Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted the video of the incident on his official Twitter account and said, “Authoritarianism has become the profession of the Narendra Modi government. The attack on the Congress workers’ fundamental rights in Bilaspur by Raman Singh government will be remembered by the people as a political assault.”Senior Congress leader and the general secretary in charge of Chhattisgarh P.L. Punia termed the incident as a “barbaric act” and demanded CM Raman Singh’s resignation.“Never happened in India. For the first time, peaceful party workers were beaten up inside the party office. Raman Singh has lost all balances. It is time for him to quit. Should try to go with some grace,” Mr. Punia tweeted.Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has condemned the incident and ordered a magisterial probe.Congress leader Shailesh Nitin Trivedi claimed that “BJP ki HitlarShahi” trended on Twitter on Wednesday after the incident.The Congress has called an emergency PCC meeting in Bilaspur on Thursday to possibly announce the launch of a state-wide agitation.last_img read more

Number of Visas Granted to Indians to Work in Gulf States Declines

first_imgThe Times of India (ToI) newspaper reported a decline of about half in the number of visas granted to Indians heading to work in the Gulf States, reaching 3.7 million in 2017, compared with 7.6 million in 2015.According to a report published in the newspaper, the number of new Indian workers in Kuwait last year was 56,380, compared with 72,384 in 2016 and 66,543 in 2015, which represents a decline of about 15 percent between 2015 and 2017.Read it at Arab Times Related Itemslast_img

BCCI may lose 2000 cr on Kochi termination: Modi

first_imgFormer IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has again fired a salvo at BCCI bigwigs Sashank Manohar and current president N. Srinivasan for the “mess” created due to termination of IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala.The BCCI on Monday decided to terminate the IPL contract of Kochi franchise due to non-payment of bank guarantee.”Kochi now being terminated – a further loss of 1500 crores to BCCI. Compounded by reduction in Media Rights. My estimate 2000 crores. Who is responsible for this mess now? Current President and outgoing President for sure. Who will they blame now for this. Where is the accountability and who will take responsibility,” Modi wrote on his twitter page.Terming himself as a self-proclaimed whistle blower about the shady dealing related to Kochi, Modi wrote in his blog: “Now, 18 months later, the BCCI has terminated the Kochi contract on the basis of an unpaid bank guarantee which, according to new President, N. Srinivasan, “….is not capable of being remedied.””As a consequence, the BCCI now stands to lose more than US 300 million by virtue of reduced commercial revenue because Kochi’s suspension means fewer teams and therefore games – not to mention a loss of credibility for the IPL itself,” he saaid.Modi stated that he now wants to know as to who will own the responsibility for this mess.”It is a situation that could have been avoided but what it shows is that the unsubstantiated accusations made against me suggesting I imposed ‘onerous’ conditions purely to try and manipulate the bidding process towards my preferred bidders has been shot to pieces.”advertisementlast_img read more

Delhi Half Marathon: Andamlak Belihu, Tsehay Gemechu Defend Their Titles

first_imgNew Delhi: Defending champions Andamlak Belihu and Tsehay Gemechu retained their respective men’s and women’s titles at the 15th Airtel Delhi Half Marathon here on Sunday.Ethiopia’s Belihu clocked a provisional timing of 59.10 to defend his title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, while Gemechu broke her event record with an impressive 66:00. Sports minister Kiren Rijiju flagged off the race in the presence of International Event Ambassador Carmelita Jeter and others. Andamlak Belihudelhi half marathonmen’s titleTsehay Gemechu First Published: October 20, 2019, 8:31 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Proud to meet the best runners from across the workd in Delhi and welcome them as winners at finish line at JLN Stadium alongwith union sports Minister @KirenRijiju#ADHM2019… pic.twitter.com/grxRDXQEaM— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 20, 2019 What a motivating start of Sunday…proud to be at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon….last_img read more

Photos: The Anna kournikova Story

first_imgAdvertisement Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova born 7 June 1981 is a Russian former professional tennis player. Her appearance and celebrity status made her one of the best-known tennis stars worldwide. At the peak of her fame, fans looking for images of Kournikova made her name one of the most common search strings on Google Search. Despite never winning a singles title, she reached No. 8 in the world in 2000. She achieved greater success playing doubles, where she was at times the world No. 1 player. With Martina Hingis as her partner, she won Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002, and the WTA Championships in 1999 and 2000. They referred to themselves as the “Spice Girls of Tennis”.Kournikova retired at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal problems, including a herniated disk. She lives in Miami Beach, Florida, and plays in occasional exhibitions and in doubles for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. She was a new trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser, replacing Jillian Michaels, but did not return for season 13. In addition to her tennis and television work, Kournikova serves as a Global Ambassador for Population Services International’s “Five & Alive” program, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.Following her arrival in the United States, she became prominent on the tennis scene. At 14, she won the European Championships and the Italian Open Junior tournament. She became the youngest player to win the 18-and-under division of the Junior Orange Bowl tennis tournament. By the end of the year, Kournikova was crowned the ITF Junior World Champion U-18 and Junior European Champion U-18. In 1994, she received a wildcard into ITF tournament in Moscow qualifications but lost to third-seeded Sabine Appelmans. She debuted in professional tennis at 14 in the Fed Cup for Russia, the youngest player ever to participate and win. In 1995, she turned pro and won two ITF titles, in Midland, Michigan and Rockford, Illinois.The same year Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour doubles final at the Kremlin Cup. Partnering with 1995 Wimbledon girls’ champion in both singles and doubles, Aleksandra Olsza, she lost to Meredith McGrath and Larisa Neiland.In 1998, Kournikova broke into the WTA’s top 20 rankings for the first time, when she was ranked No. 16. At the Australian Open, Kournikova lost in the third round to world No. 1 player, Martina Hingis. She also partnered with Larisa Neiland in women’s doubles, and they lost to eventual champions Hingis and Mirjana Lučić in the second round. Although she lost in the second round of the Paris Open to Anke Huber in singles, Kournikova reached her second doubles WTA Tour final, partnering with Larisa Neiland. They lost to Sabine Appelmans and Miriam Oremans.Kournikova and Neiland reached their second consecutive final at the Linz Open, losing to Alexandra Fusai and Nathalie Tauziat. At the Miami Open, Kournikova reached her first WTA Tour singles final, before losing to Venus Williams in the final.Her 2001 season was dominated by injury, including a left foot stress fracture which forced her withdrawal from twelve tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon. She underwent surgery in April. She reached her second career grand slam quarterfinals, at the Australian Open.Kournikova then withdrew from several events due to continuing problems with her left foot and did not return until Leipzig. With Barbara Schett, she won the doubles title in Sydney. She then lost in the finals in Tokyo, partnering with Iroda Tulyaganova, and at San Diego, partnering with Martina Hingis. Hingis and Kournikova also won the Kremlin Cup. At the end of the 2001 season, she was ranked No. 74 in singles and No. 26 in doubles.Kournikova has not played on the WTA Tour since 2003 but still plays exhibition matches for charitable causes. In late 2004, she participated in three events organized by Elton John and by fellow tennis players Serena Williams and Andy Roddick. In January 2005, she played in a doubles charity event for the Indian Ocean tsunami with John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, and Chris Evert. In November 2005, she teamed up with Martina Hingis, playing against Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the WTT finals for charity. Kournikova is also a member of the St. Louis Aces in the World Team Tennis (WTT), playing doubles only.In June 2010, Kournikova reunited with her doubles partner Martina Hingis to participate in competitive tennis for the first time in seven years in the Invitational Ladies Doubles event at Wimbledon On 29 June 2010 they defeated the British pair, Samantha Smith, and Anne Hobbs.center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

6000 Cebuanos join Cebu leg of 2019 SEA Games Torch Run

first_imgView comments The runners’ biggest delegation came from  Cebu Doctors University. It was led by Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, president and chairman of the board of the Cebu Doctors Group of Hospitals. They ran behind the SEA Games-bound torchbearers, who joined Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, Secretary Michael Dino, former Gilas Pilipinas and PBA star and now Cebu City councilor Dondon Hontiveros, and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Chief Operations Officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara at the front of the line.The torchbearers included SEA Games-bound and Cebu’s very own Andrew Kim Remolino, who will be competing in the triathlon; Tomas Romualdez, downhill skater; Sarah Pangilinan and OJ Delos Santos, who are karatekas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDelos Santos, however, is not competing in this year’s SEA Games as he failed to qualify. He, however, has competed in the Kuala Lumpur edition of the SEA Games and brought home a medal.The drizzle did not stop the Cebuanos from completing the symbolic 5-kilometer run at South Coastal Road, which was ushered in by a short program at past 4 p.m. The torch run was completed at past 6 p.m. Kuek eager to help end Malaysia’s basketball medal drought Mayor Labella also stressed the importance of unity in supporting Team Philippines, “no man is an island and that indeed, we need each other to achieve greater heights. If you run alone, you can run fast. But if you run with others, you will go far. In growth and development, we win as one.”Suzara, for his part, added that the success of the Team Philippines would rely on a collective effort.Senator Bong Go, who failed to attend the event due to other important matters, also sent his message which was relayed by Dino.The Philippines received the Southeast Asian Games flame from 2017 host, Malaysia, in a handover ceremony at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur last month.From Malaysia, the golden lantern, carrying the SEA Games flame was brought to the Philippines last October 3.The torch relay series kicked off in Davao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, early this month.From Cebu, it will be brought to Manila. It will then be brought first to Tagaytay then back to Manila at the House of Representatives, the Senate and probably at the Malacañan Palace as well.The torch will then be brought to Clark in Pampanga Province then to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan Province where the opening ceremonies of SEA Games will be held. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Presidential Assistant Michael Dino and Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella light the torch for the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the SM Seaside Cebu. CDN PHOTO/ Gerard Vincent FranciscoCEBU CITY, Philippines — About 6,000 Cebuanos registered for the second leg of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Torch Run to show their support for the Filipino athletes who will be competing in the biennial meet.Cebuanos echoed Philippine’s battle cry of “We Win as One” as they ran behind SEA Games athletes, who were the torchbearers for the event, which ensures that the flame of the SEA Games continues to burn as it passed by Cebu, Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC Commissioner and Deputy Chef de Mission Ramon Fernandez also called for heartfelt support and prayers for the Filipino athletes who will be seeing action in the SEA Games, which will be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 10.The Philippines will have the biggest delegation at 1,868 broken down to 1,115 athletes and 753 coaches.Aside from the Philippines, 10 other Southeast Asian countries are competing in 530 events that comprises 56 sports.Other countries competing are Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Timor-Leste.“There’s no more PSC, POC, Phisgoc. We are now one, we are Team Philippines. The games and the national athletes may be far from us, but they need our heartfelt support and prayers),” said Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Virat Kohli will be under pressure to repeat double-hundred magic overseas: Shane Warne

first_imgVirat Kohli or Steve Smith? Who is the greatest batsman of the modern generation? The cricket community has been split into two in their views on the best batsman today but men like Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne have been able to put this debate into perspective.Last week, after Smith’s double-century against England in the third Test of the Ashes, Vaughan said the Australian captain had joined his Indian counterpart in the freak category but rated the former as the best batsman in Tests and Kohli the best across all three formats.Warne, the greatest spinner to have played the game, echoed Vaughan’s views and said Kohli would be under pressure to repeat his Test heroics when India tour overseas, starting with South Africa. India, later, are also scheduled to tour England and Australia.Kohli, the only man to average over 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, enjoyed a surreal year, smashing 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds. He also finished 2017 with three double hundreds including two on the trot against Sri Lanka in November.(Virat Kohli-Steve Smith: The torchbearers of their generation)Kohli hammered 1460 runs and six hundreds in ODIs this year and finished as the top-scorer in the format. Smith who is second in the list of top scorers in Tests with 1127 runs behind Cheteshwar Pujara, will most likely go top of the table by the end of the Boxing Day Test next week.Warne said the onus would now be on Kohli to score those big hundreds away from home and pointed out the greatness of a batsman was determined by his abilities to perform in challenging conditions and not stats.advertisementSmith scores over Kohli in that aspect. The Australian run-machine racked up runs at home down under, in England and was the top-scorer in the four-Test series in India earlier this year. Kohli, on the other hand, had a miserable time in England back in 2014 and flopped against the Aussies in his own backyard.”To me a great batsman has to have made a hundred in three key countries: in England, against the Duke ball on seaming and swinging pitches; in Australia, on our fast-paced, bouncy tracks; and of course, in the dust bowls of India, on pitches that spin and spit,” Warne wrote in his column for News Corp. “To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” he wrote. “Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man””The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year.”Warne even went as far to draw parallels between Smith and Bradman and said if the former kept up his hundred-scoring spree till his 100th Test mark, Smith would finish as an absoulute legend. “Look at him on pure numbers and since Bradman, he’s the best,” he added. “If Smith keeps this form up over 100 Test matches, he will leave the game as an absolute legend and one of the all-time greats.”Warne also picked his most favourite batsmen of all-time. The man 1001 international wickets listed West Indian greates Viv Richards and Brian Lara on top with Sachin Tendulkar at No.3.Smith and Kohli are right at the bottom in Warne’s list of elite batsmen.Warne’s top-11 batsmen:1. Viv Richards2. Brian Lara3. Sachin Tendulkar4. Greg Chappell5. Ricky Ponting6. Allan Border7. Jacques Kallis8. Graham Gooch9. AB de Villiers10. Steve Smith11. Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Jose Mourinho unsure about Eric Bailly’s injury lay-off

first_imgManchester United head coach Jose Mourinho said that Eric Bailly’s ankle injury is serious and he is unsure about the Ivorian’s return date.”I think it is serious. I don’t know (how long he will be out),” the Portuguese tactician was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.Talking about the procedure of recovery, Mourinho said that United have a taken a conservative treatment for now but the defender will go under the knife if required.”We are trying a conservative treatment but if the treatment is not resulting then probably it will end in a surgery procedure but let’s wait a little bit more,” Mourinho said.”I don’t want to be so pessimistic (as to say he might be out for the season). I want to leave it with a doctor. I’m not a doctor. There’s nothing to hide, but I don’t want to be speaking about it,” Mourinho added.Bailly, who suffered the injury during his international duty, has missed eight consecutive matches. He made his last appearance in the Premier League against Chelsea on November 5.The 23-year-old centre back has made 33 appearances for Manchester United since moving from Villarreal in 2016.last_img read more

Coming soon: Workshops to teach stress and finance-management to athletes

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) Indian athletes’ training regimen will not just be about honing sporting skills but also learning “life skills” such as stress and finance management, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced Thursday, saying the new aspects will be an integral part of their soon-to-be-launched workshops. The SAI’s Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) held a meeting here Thursday to discuss the road-map for the 2020 Olympics to “ensure that India’s performance at the Olympicswould be its best ever.” It was decided that the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) committee will “look at sensitising and educating athletes through workshops on relevant topics and life skills”. “The athletes who represent India on an international platform are ambassadors for the country and their conduct away from the playing arena is as important to theirwell-being as their performance on it,” the SAI said in a statement. “The focus will be on providing skills to deal with stress, media management and how to manage their finances. The coaches of the athletes will be an integral part of these workshops,” it added. It was also decided that a network of coaches, academies and sports science specialists in India and globally will be put together to form a strong support system. “Software and technology will be used to record training, performance, injuryand other similar aspects of an athlete which will be further monitored, researched and analysed before receiving intervention through a scientific process,” it said. Besides, the cell cleared Rs 88,040 for star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s recent training stint before the IAAF Continental Cup in Czech Republic.advertisement A presentation was also made by the TOPS panel following a recce team’s visit to Tokyo in July. The recce team was led by SAI officials and comprised representatives from private NGOs Olympic Gold Quest, JSW Sports and GoSports. “They interacted with the Indian diaspora to identify appropriate accommodationand food for the Indian athletes not only during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 but alsofor any training and visits of the athletes to Tokyo before the Olympics. “This will help in a seamless cultural assimilation of Indian athletes prior to the Olympics.” The MOC deliberated on the strategy to provide support to TOPS athletes in their preparations. The meeting also ratified financial proposals put forth by some athletes, requesting funding for their training. PTI PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

Notre Dame Tight End, Pitcher Cole Kmet To Focus On Football

first_imgNotre Dame's Cole Kmet and Durham Smythe celebrate a touchdown.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Durham Smythe #80 and Cole Kmet #84 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Cole Kmet plays tight end for Notre Dame football, and is a talented pitcher for the Fighting Irish baseball team. It appears that he is putting one of those careers on hold for the time being.The left-hander has not pitched since March 10. Per a report by 247’s Irish Illustrated, he experienced left elbow soreness after that appearance.As a result, Kmet is shutting it down on the diamond. He’ll focus on preparing for the upcoming football season.A source told Irish Illustrated that Kmet experienced some left elbow soreness and decided to shut it down for the balance of the spring. The elbow soreness obviously hasn’t negatively impacted his performance on the football field, as evidenced by Saturday’s pass-catching clinic.[…]The source told Irish Illustrated Kmet is “all in for football” and didn’t want his elbow issue to spill over to the football field or to deter from his and the team’s goal of winning a national championship this fall.Cole Kmet hasn’t completely shut the door on his baseball career yet, though.Per the report, he may consider returning to the diamond in 2019. For now, his mind is on the gridiron.Notre Dame is no stranger to the baseball/football split. Perhaps most famously, superstar wide receiver Jeff Samardzija chose the MLB over the NFL after a sterling career in both sports.For now, Kmet seems to be going in the other direction. Given Notre Dame’s penchant for turning out star tight ends, it may pay off.[Irish Illustrated]last_img read more

Battle formation

first_imgSoon after the elections were announced, West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress unveiled its list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday. New faces and significant ommissions featured in the list as TMC gears up for the battle to ‘save democracy’ – as reiterated by their chief Mamata Banerjee who is focussed on ousting NDA from power. A list merely announced the representatives of a party that will be instrumental in getting votes for the party. From the micro outlook of elections, it is these representatives and their credibility which will be pivotal besides the party popularity and ideology. Of course, TMC’s credibility is well-known in West Bengal but even then, a reinforced approach in choosing the right person for the right place has been followed by the party to ensure the 42 seats of the state. Each name, new or old, has been chosen for its respective constituency with the collective objective of ensuring victory – as should be the case. But Mamata has done the shuffling to ensure victory all the more in a strong attempt to not let BJP grab those seats. The party objective is crystal clear down to the last fragment. Their representation features a 41 per cent representation to women, higher than 35 per cent in 2014, with 7 candidates from the Muslim community and 12 from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The concoction that Mamata has prepared for BJP in her bastion is no less than a formidable fort’s strong defence line. Mamata expressed her disappointment at the polling schedule which has pitted West Bengal’s polling across all seven phases of the mandate. Her expected criticism was directed towards the saffron party for playing vendetta politics by allegedly influencing the election schedule to disturb the state. She stated the peculiarity of conducting polls in West Bengal with 42 seats in all seven phases but keeping Tamil Nadu’s mandate with 39 seats in just one phase. The Election Commission’s autonomy certainly cannot be questioned, however, the facts definitely tinker curiosity. Not just West Bengal, Mamata’s list fields candidates in other states ensuing from Mamata’s improvised ploy and her efforts in uniting opposition parties against BJP prior to the announcement of elections. Targetting seats in other states where usually other regional parties are supposedly stronger is either a desperate move to maximise outreach or aid allies in their battle. With TMC’s precise objective, evident through the United India rally and pre-poll mutual agenda of dethroning Modi, Mamata has exercised every inch of her arsenal in giving BJP a tight competition besides her bastion – whichever way possible. TMC has declared candidates for three seats in Jharkhand, six in Assam, two in both Bihar & Odisha as well as a solitary seat of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Mamata has ensured that her efforts in these states do not hurt the regional parties by noting that her party will contest the polls in those states in consultation with allies. Politics might be a civil affair but it involves experienced strategising to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved – much like Military affairs. While it is true that public opinion shapes the outcome graph, still there are additional factors which influence polls and both BJP and TMC will certainly look to utilise it to their advantage. Mamata wants to ensure that BJP does not take advantage of TMC’s candidates in the fray since usually multiple candidates by multiple parties only aid fragmentation of votes – a scenario where BJP can capitalise. TMC’s representation of time tested politicos along with the support extended to aid parties in other states devises a perfect plot to ensure that BJP is unable to garner votes. Mamata reiterated that her party would not ally with anybody before the election and urged the strong regional parties to take on BJP on their turfs. A post-poll alliance is on the cards for which not just TMC but all the parties will fix their bargaining power in the formation of a coalition government that the united opposition parties desire. It is the common aim to oust BJP that has demanded them to sideline individual differences and unite. It is not very different from what a general military tactic would be in a foreign land where advantage rests with the regional forces. In this context, TMC has assumed the battle formation, all set to fight!last_img read more

Sri Lankan drug suspect caught in Bangkok after four years on the

Officers from the Immigration Bureau, the Tourist Police Bureau, the Patrol and Special Operations Divsion and other agencies had been tracking the suspect’s whereabouts following a request by Sri Lankan authorities to country members of Interpol. A Sri Lankan man wanted for drug trafficking in his home country has been arrested in Bangkok, four years after he first fled to Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported.Saliya Perera Wiwala Arachchige was apprehended in front of the Narathiwas Residence Hotel on Sathu Pradit Soi 19 in the Chong Nonsi area on Thursday. According to Sri Lankan authorities, the suspect had fled the country four years ago. He has been accused of colluding with a major drug trafficking gang in his home country. The offences with which he is charged could lead to life imprisonment. Interrogation revealed that Mr Arachchige had entered Thailand on a tourist visa in late 2013.He renewed his visa regularly until 2016 when he found that he was wanted on an Interpol red notice. At that point, he told investigators, he stopped renewing his visa for fear of being arrested. read more

Arrests in exbikers murder

(Updated) Hamilton Police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of a former Hells Angel earlier this month in the city’s east end.James “Louis” Malone was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday November 9th. Officers have arrested John Josipovic, 50, and 47-year old Mato “Michael” Josipovic, 47. The two brothers, who live in the Grimsby area, have been charged with first degree murder. Mato has appeared in court and will remain in custody until tomorrow. John has also had his court appearance and is being held until another appearance on November 27th.Detective Peter Thom wants to talk to anyone who may have been near another confrontation, that may be connected to the murder.“There was an incident and what we’re looking for are witnesses who were around the Delta Main street around 12/1am Saturday, November 9th. We believe there was some kind of incident betwee three males and we’re looking for witnesses to that. We know there were people watching what was going on and we’re appealing for them to come forward.”A police forensic team continued to search a Grimsby property where John Josipovic was arrested just after noon yesterday. Michael Josipovic was arrested at work around the same time in Milton.Hamilton Police say the brothers grew up with Malone in the east end of Hamilton. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

ExUK minister says Johnson not trying to get a Brexit deal

LONDON — A senior minister who quit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet says the government is making little or no effort to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, despite Johnson’s insistence that he wants a deal.Amber Rudd says “there is no evidence of a deal. There are no formal negotiations taking place.”Rudd stepped down as work and pensions secretary late Saturday, in the latest blow to the embattled British prime minister.Johnson says Britain must leave the EU as scheduled Oct. 31 even if there is no divorce agreement with the bloc. But his plan is meeting fierce resistance, including from some members of his own party.Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted on Sunday that the government was “straining every sinew to get a deal.”The Associated Press read more

Canadian economy contracts by 01 in August

by News Staff Posted Oct 31, 2012 12:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada said the economy shrank by 0.1 per cent in August, the first decline in real gross domestic product since February. Analysts had expected growth of about 0.2 per cent on a month-over-month basis. The statistics agency said goods production declined 0.5 per cent in August, mainly due to decreases in mining, oil and gas extraction and manufacturing. “It amazes me that we were talking about the risk of rate hikes in this current environment,” Scotiabank economist Derek Holt said. There were also declines in utilities and construction, while the output of service industries was unchanged. Increases in wholesale trade, transportation services and the public sector  were offset by declines in the output of real estate agents and brokers, retail trade and the finance and insurance sector. The weak reading means that third-quarter economic growth likely slowed to half the pace of the second quarter, in keeping with the Bank of Canada’s recent downward revision to one per cent for the July to September period. business|canada economy|canada GDP|gross domestic product Canadian economy contracts by 0.1% in August read more

NFL draft Cameron Johnston signs as undrafted free agent with Philadelphia Eagles

Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston (95) and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) walk off the field during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s former punter Cameron Johnston has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet by Johnston.https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/858461311570673664He was not among the players drafted by a team in the seven-round 2017 NFL draft, but like former teammate Dontre Wilson, was signed to a contract right after the draft.Johnston leaves OSU as the school record-holder for most punts within the 20-yard line over his career (109), as well as the single-season record-holder for punts within the 20-yard line (31 set in 2015). The fifth-year punter averaged 44.9 yards per punt over his career, the second-longest such distance by any punter in Buckeye history, behind only Andy Groom (2001-2002).Considered one of the top punters in the nation, Johnston was named as a Ray Guy finalist — an award given to the NCAA’s best punter — three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was also named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten.Now with the Eagles, Johnston will slot in as the backup punter with Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter since 2013, likely retaining his starting role. read more

Evidence mounts that Nvidia is developing its own Tegra 4 tablet

first_imgNvidia is a hardware company that focuses on designing and supplying the chips and chipsets to go inside other company’s gadgets. But with the release of Shield, it became a gadget manufacturer itself, and now it looks as though the company isn’t stopping at just one new product line.Although Nvidia has said in the past it has no intention of releasing its own tablet, there’s mounting evidence they are going to do just that with a tablet called the Tegra Tab–a name they have already trademarked.Images have started appearing of the Tegra Tab, which looks to be a 7-inch device outfitted with a textured back very similar to the Nexus 7, a 5MP camera, HDMI and USB ports, and a SIM card slot. As you’d expect, a Nvidia branded tablet will carry a Tegra 4 chip, and with evidence of a SIM card slot there will also likely be a model using the 4G LTE-enabled Tegra 4i chip.It is also thought that manufacturing of the Tegra Tab is being carried out by Shenzhen Granville. That’s interesting because Granville has confirmed in the past they are manufacturing a Tegra 4 tablet that will ship with a stylus.Finally there’s benchmarks appearing, but they aren’t great. They confirm the Tegra Tab is running at 1.8GHz and uses Android 4.2.2. The scores being posted are below that of the Nexus 7, however, the Tegra Tab isn’t official yet and therefore won’t be final hardware. It seems unlikely Nvidia would release anything other than a high performance device that at least equals the competition.Although Nvidia has so far denied a tablet is coming, they are clearly testing something. And if that turns out to be a well-performing tablet they can offer at a competitive price point, I don’t see why they wouldn’t launch it in the near future.last_img read more

Israelis have toppled a huge golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel

first_img Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 9:46 AM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 20,316 Views HammerZalait said he wanted to open a debate around Israeli attitudes to Netanyahu by placing the statue at the spot where Rabin, who won the Nobel prize for his peace efforts with the Palestinians, was killed.He said:The reaction of the Israelis interests me, from those who say they would like to see more statues like that on the squares of the country to those who want to demolish it with a hammer.In the United States in August, a group of artists installed giant and unflattering statues in several American cities of Donald Trump, with the then presidential candidate entirely naked. King Bibi: Toppled – if only in statue form. Source: AP/Press Association Images A grisly end for the Israeli leader’s statue. Source: AP/Press Association Images- © AFP, 2016 with reporting from Darragh Peter Murphy.Read: Aleppo’s Old City has fallen to Assad’s forcesRead: Halligan to tell Israelis to treat Palestinian people ‘in a more humane way’ Israelis have toppled a huge golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv Locals queued for selfies with the work, erected as a dig at some Israelis’ idolatry of ‘King Bibi’. A GOLDEN STATUE of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu that stood over four metres high was raised secretly in a Tel Aviv square in a free speech protest yesterday – and has been promptly pulled downIt was put up illegally early yesterday morning in the centre of the Israeli commercial capital in a square named after former premier Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a Jewish extremist.Israeli artist Itay Zalait claimed responsibility, saying he wanted to spark a debate on freedom of speech by replicating the kind of statue erected by dictatorial regimes.Passers-by gathered out of curiosity yesterday, with some taking selfies in front of the 15-foot depiction of the controversial right-wing leader, erected as a commentary on the idolatry he inspires among some conservative Israelis.“I did it to check one thing: can I do it?” Zalait told AFP. People carry a statue of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Image: AP/Press Association Images 84 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3124761 Short URLcenter_img Image: AP/Press Association Images People carry a statue of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dec 7th 2016, 9:46 AM SaddamWithin hours the Netanyahu statue had been toppled, apparently by a member of the public.On social media, Israelis joked that it was reminiscent of the iconic Saddam Hussein statue pulled down after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.Left-leaning artists have accused Netanyahu’s government of seeking to muzzle them, particularly with Regev’s promotion of a bill to cut subsidies to cultural institutions deemed not “loyal” to the state.Netanyahu also leads what is seen as the most right-wing government in Israeli history, and critics accuse him of consolidating power.In addition to being premier, he also holds the economy, foreign affairs, communication and regional affairs portfolios. By AFP Share22 Tweet Email Will this work be allowed and will there be sanctions?The response was immediate. Culture Minister Miri Regev hit back on Facebook, denouncing the statue as an “expression of hatred” towards Netanyahu, who has been nicknamed King Bibi for his taste for fine dining and authoritarian tendencies.“How an artist can be disconnected from reality!” she wrote. Locals take selfies in front of the 15-foot statue. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesReferring to the biblical episode in which the Israelites are punished by God for idol worshipping, Regev added:Israel is a democracy, one of the freest countries… the hatred of Netanyahu is their only true Golden Calf. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 March

first_img Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 95 Comments Short URL By Sinead O’Carroll Monday 16 Jan 2017, 5:35 PM 41,664 Views Updated 6.15pmTHE NORTHERN IRELAND Assembly will be dissolved on 26 January and an election will be held on Thursday, 2 March.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire confirmed the dissolution of parliament at a news conference this evening.He said that under relevant legislation, he was obliged to provide a date for the next Northern Ireland Assembly election.A second election in eight months was more-or-less guaranteed when Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness resigned the position of Deputy First Minister last week.Last ditch efforts by Prime Minister Theresa May to encourage Sinn Féin and the DUP to reach a deal to save the power-sharing executive failed this morning.Sinn Féin failed to nominate a replacement for McGuinness, leaving both the First Minister and Deputy First Minister positions vacant at the 5pm deadline and therefore collapsing the executive.Brokenshire, who is due to make a further statement in parliament tomorrow, called for political leaders in the north to “use the time ahead as calmly as we possibly can”.He refused to be drawn on speculation that the DUP and Sinn Féin will fail to reach an agreement to return to power-sharing even after polling day.“There is a period between now and polling day and a short period after polling day – that three week period… We have to use all the time ahead to see there is open communication… and where there is difference, to see where it can be overcome,” he noted.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Brokenshire also confirmed that the elections would not impact when Article 50 is triggered to kickstart the process of Great Britain leaving the European Union. He said the British government “remains very intent” on doing so by the end of March.EarlierArriving at Stormont today, outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster criticised Sinn Féin for forcing fresh elections, accusing the party of ‘pursuing political self-interest’.“They did not like the election result last May and… they are looking at another go,” she said.McGuinness said the botched Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Foster’s refusal to stand aside temporarily to allow for an investigation were his primary reasons for quitting.However, he also took aim at the DUP for undermining the institutions, describing the Unionists as ‘arrogant’.Over the past week, Sinn Féin members have cited their former partner’s stance on the Irish language and LGBT rights as further sticking points.Co-guarantorsCommenting on the dissolution of the Assembly, Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan called on all parties to ”act responsibly in word and deed so that the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement will not be damaged in the longer term”.“As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish Government will continue to work with the British Government and the political parties to advance political stability, reconciliation and economic prosperity in Northern Ireland,” he added in a statement.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Earlier: The deadline has passed and Northern Ireland is heading for a snap electionMore: Martin McGuinness criticises the Irish Times, saying he wants his privacy respected during illnessRead: How the Irish language drove a wedge between Northern Ireland’s Assembly Jan 16th 2017, 5:35 PM center_img https://jrnl.ie/3189268 File photo of Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster Share100 Tweet Email2 Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 March Secretary of State James Brokenshire confirmed the Assembly will be dissolved on 26 January. File photo of Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La pomme originelle retrouvée au Kazakhstan

first_imgLa pomme originelle retrouvée au KazakhstanLa pomme originelle, dont descendent toutes celles que nous connaissons aujourd’hui, aurait été retrouvée dans les montagnes du Kazakhstan. Alors qu’une trentaine de pesticides sont utilisés pour soigner les pommes du commerce, ce fruit serait naturellement résistant à toutes les maladies. C’est en plein coeur des montagnes du Kazakhstan que pousserait la pomme originelle, autrement dit le fruit qui serait à l’origine de tous les autres pommes. Elle a été découverte en 1929 par le biologiste soviétique Nikolaï Vavilov dans la région d’Almaty, au pied du massif du Tian Shan proche de la frontière chinoise. Or, d’après les recherches réalisées, ce fruit serait résistant à toutes les maladies, précisément celles contre lesquelles 35 pesticides sont aujourd’hui utilisés dans les pommes de nos supermarchés. Comme le raconte l’AFP, le fruit a été étudié par un agronome kazakh, Aymak Djangaliev, après la mort de Nikolaï Vavilov en prison en 1943. Mais c’est en 2010, un an après la disparition du chercheur, que le séquençage de la pomme domestique a permis de découvrir que la pomme sauvage kazakh, baptisée Malus sieversii, était l’ancêtre de toutes les pommes actuelles. Les pommes kazakh descendent d’arbres qui ont poussé voilà des millions d’années. Les pépins des fruits de ces pommiers ont pu s’échapper de l’enveloppe dans lesquels ils étaient enfermés grâce aux ours, friands des pommes les plus grosses et les plus sucrées. Ces fruits seraient ainsi “des fossiles vivants”, affirmait Aymak Djangaliev cité par la réalisatrice Catherine Peix, qui a tourné avec lui un film sur ce fruit originel.À lire aussiLes bourdons pourraient développer une addiction aux pesticides néonicotinoïdesLes pommiers du Kazakhstan, avec leurs troncs de deux mètres de large, culminent à vingt ou trente mètres de hauteur. Ces arbres offrent des pommes aux goûts et couleurs très variés. “Pas un seul arbre ne ressemble à son voisin”, affirme la réalisatrice qui précise également qu’il existerait plus de 6.000 variétés.Des pommiers aujourd’hui menacés En plus de leur résistance naturelle aux maladies, ces pommes sont bien plus grosses et goûtues que celles que nous avons l’habitude de manger. Mais elles sont menacées. Comme le déplore en effet l’association Alma, qui fondée il y a deux ans entend protéger la pomme originelle, la déforestation aurait déjà eu raison de 70% des pommiers kazakh. “On voudrait que l’Inra (Institut national de la recherche agronomique) se saisisse du sujet”, a expliqué l’association. Un croisement génétique entre nos espèces et des Malus sieversii pourrait permettre de donner naissance à des pommes résistantes aux maladies et insectes, et ainsi éviter l’utilisation massive de pesticides.L’université américaine Geneva, située près de New York, a ainsi décidé de collecter des semences issues de 900 arbres différents. En France, à l’école du Breuil, dans le bois de Vincennes, un pommier Malus sieversii sera planté le mois prochain. Mais en attendant l’avancée des recherches, la mairie de Paris accueillera jusqu’au 5 mars une exposition créée par l’Alma. Les visiteurs pourront notamment y découvrir le film de Catherine Peix, L’origine de la pomme ou le jardin d’Eden retrouvé.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 12:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more