CBI to probe murder of Tripura journalists

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the murders of journalists Santanu Bhowmik and Sudip Datta Bhowmik, who were killed last year in west Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced at a press briefing late on Friday night. Santanu was hacked to death on September 20 while covering a tribal agitation at Mandwai, 25 km east of Agartala, while Sudip was shot dead at the office of the Commandant (CO) of the 2nd battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR) at R.K. Nagar, close to Mandwai, on November 21. The erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left front government had constituted separate Special Investigation Teams (SIT) in both incidents, which led to the arrest of several suspects.However, the Forum for Protection of Journalists, Tripura — a joint platform of nine media organisations — had long been demanding a CBI probe, claiming that the SIT had not booked the real perpetrators. The trial in the Sudip Dutta Bhowmik case in the additional district and sessions judge court was stopped following orders from the Tripura High Court. The Special Investigation Team had probed the killing and filed a chargesheet. It also investigated the Santanu Bhowmik case, but hasn’t filed a chargesheet yet. According to a notification by the Ministry of Personnel, the CBI will probe all aspects including ‘attempts, abetment and conspiracy’.The BJP, during its campaign for the Assembly election, had assured a CBI probe into the murders within the shortest time if voted to power. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for the Ministry of Personnel Jitendra Singh made similar assurances when a delegation of journalists met them in New Delhi in December.The Chief Minister said, “Today, we feel relieved as the CBI is going to investigate both the cases. With this, the BJP-IPFT government has fulfilled yet another promise made in the party’s vision document.” The Agartala Press Club and other journalists’ bodies, which staged protests demanding a CBI probe, have welcomed the move.last_img read more

Diamond Trade from South Africa Gets Easier for Surat Merchants

first_imgDiamond traders from Surat can now start a direct trade of rough diamonds with South Africa. The Surat Diamond Association (SEA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South African government in Johannesburg in this regard.The tie-up came after South African businessman of Indian origin, Mohammed Amir Mirza, who hails from Kosamba village in Surat district, took this initiative. A delegation of diamond merchants from Surat, led by SEA secretary Kiritibhai Shah, visited South Africa last week after being invited by Mirza. Mirza is the founder of Indian-African Trade and Investment Promotion and a special adviser in the Black Business Chamber of South Africa.Rough diamonds from the mines of South Africa will now directly reach the traders of Surat and Mumbai as per the MOU, which was signed by Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane, the minister of mineral resources of the Republic of South Africa, Sipho Manese, the chairperson of South African Diamond and Precious Metals Regulator, and Mirza.Until now, the rough diamonds of South Africa reached India through different countries of Europe and through Dubai. “Due to this, their price was high. But, with the direct trade, there will be a price drop of around 12 to 15 per cent,” Shah said, according to the Indian Express. He added that they will form a company to source rough diamonds from South Africa.“We will also do a survey of 300 diamond traders in Surat to find out their requirements in terms of quality and quantity. We will again visit South Africa with the report,” he added.Traders interested in starting manufacturing units in South Africa will also get visa support, along with logistic facilities and other services from the government.While South Africa is one of the major exporters of rough diamonds in the world, with over 60 per cent of stones coming from its mines, Surat is equally integral in the diamond business. It is a major diamond polishing hub, and eight out of 10 rough stones produced in the world are cut and polished here. Related ItemsDiamondSouth AfricaSuratlast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Explosive West Indies face fearless England in fitting finale

first_imgWest Indies’ rag-tag army of short-format mercenaries will be hoping they have the weapons to overcome a fearless England in Sunday’s World Twenty20 final as both sides target the honour of being the first to claim a second title in the tournament.For a group of players who nearly boycotted the event over a contractual dispute with their board, Darren Sammy and his troops have waltzed into the Kolkata final displaying all the Caribbean flair that has earned them global admiration. (Also read: World T20 final – Gayle not the only threat to England, says Morgan)If Twenty20 cricket is essentially about power-hitting, no team does it better and more unabashedly than the West Indies.England have first-hand knowledge of that destructive potency, having been blown away by Chris Gayle’s 47-ball century in a Super 10 shellacking in Mumbai a fortnight ago. (Also read: England, West Indies on the verge of creating ICC World Twenty20 history) Revenge may be regarded as a dish best served cold but Eoin Morgan’s men would probably like nothing more than to exact it in the heat of a World Cup final.A task easier said than done against a West Indies outfit packed with swashbuckling players who ply their trade in lucrative Twenty20 leagues around the globe.What makes the job doubly difficult is that Sammy’s men have proved in India that they are more than just a one-man army who bank on Gayle to punch holes in their opponents. (Also read: Only we can beat ourselves, Darren Sammy warns England) advertisementMarlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Andrew Russell have stepped out of their illustrious team mate’s shadow and made their own mark in the last month.”We said this before the tournament that Chris is under pressure,” Sammy said after the exhilarating semi-final victory against hosts India.”He is our best Twenty20 player but we have 15 match-winners in this side,” he added.The ever-smiling all-rounder is seeking to become the first captain to lead a team to a second World Twenty20 title but West Indies are anything but infallible.PEAKING ENGLANDThey showed two extremes to their game in the last couple of outings, slumping to an embarrassing defeat to qualifiers Afghanistan before silencing a raucous home crowd in Mumbai as they knocked out favourites India.Also, the England they will face on Sunday is not the same team they thumped by six wickets in the group stage last month.Morgan’s side have peaked gradually in the tournament since that defeat and seem to have found the right rhythm and combinations.They accomplished a high-scoring chase against South Africa, recovered well to subdue an upset-minded Afghanistan, held their nerve to edge out Sri Lanka and stunned the previously unbeaten New Zealand with a near-perfect game in the semi-finals.Their batsmen — especially Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler — have batted with refreshing freedom and their catching has been extraordinary.Equally, if not more impressive, has been their bowling at the death.Ben Stokes appeared to have ice in his veins in the final over against Sri Lanka to thwart Angelo Mathews’s audacious bid to pull off a sensational victory as England secured their place in the last four.Against New Zealand, Stokes and Chris Jordan pacified the Black Caps in the final four overs, which cost only 20 runs and garnered five wickets, to restrict them to a total that England could chase down with 17 balls to spare.Morgan has freed his batsmen from the weight of expectation and it is showing in the team’s performance.”That’s the way a lot of us play,” Roy said of England’s aggressive batting after his 44-ball innings of 78 set the foundations for victory over New Zealand.”The whole team has got that kind of licence, that kind of opportunity to go out there and do what they want and be free with their skills.”last_img read more

NFL Appeals Brady Decision

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady learned Sept. 3 he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league’s four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice” as he found multiple reasons to reject the suspension one week before New England’s Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Super Bowl MVP has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.The judge cited “several significant legal deficiencies” in the league’s handling of the controversy, including no advance notice of potential penalties, a refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first-ever discipline of a player based on a finding of “general awareness” of someone else’s wrongdoing.“Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have ‘dispensed his own brand of industrial justice,’” Berman wrote, partially citing wording from a previous case.He said a player’s right to know what constitutes violations and what penalties are was “at the heart” of the collective bargaining agreement “and, for that matter, of our criminal and civil justice systems.”“The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others,” the judge wrote.Goodell said it was necessary to appeal “to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.”He called the need to secure the game’s competitive fairness “a paramount principle.”Hours after Goodell issued his statement, the league appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan with a one-page notice from NFL attorney Daniel Nash.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would not seek an emergency stay, freeing Brady to play while the case is appealed. It could be months before the court considers the case, since the league would have to show it would suffer irreparable harm to speed up the timetable.Goodell will also skip the Steelers-Patriots opener next week, opting instead to watch the game on TV and attend another opener over the weekend, McCarthy said. McCarthy said Goodell wants the focus to be on the game itself and New England’s celebration of its Super Bowl win.Brady was not in uniform for the Patriots’ preseason finale at home Sept. 3 against the Giants.The union’s Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith, said in a statement the ruling proves the contract with the NFL doesn’t grant Goodell “the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading.”Patriots owner Robert Kraft called Brady a “classy person of the highest integrity” and the penalty against him “unwarranted and unprecedented discipline.” He said the ruling was thoughtful.Berman said the league was wrong to discipline Brady as if a deflating ball accusation was equal to using performance enhancing drugs.Brady was also denied equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and wasn’t permitted to question one of two lead investigators, the judge said.The Patriots, who were fined $1 million and stripped of two draft picks, posted a celebratory photo on Twitter of Brady pumping his fist and screaming at the Super Bowl last season.The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle at two hearings when he criticized its handling of the investigation over the last eight months.The league brought the case to court within minutes of Goodell upholding Brady’s suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued.The league spent more than $3 million for its investigation by prominent attorney Ted Wells, who had previously conducted NFL probes.While Wells’ 243-page report found it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at the AFC championship game, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.Goodell, though, went “far beyond” Wells’ report, Berman said, finding in late July that Brady conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league’s probe, including by destroying his cellphone.The Commissioner said he concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings. He had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down rhetoric. At a hearing Aug. 31 attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had “tried quite hard” unsuccessfully to reach a deal.___LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cervoz 3D NAND SSD product line in 2019

first_imgWith the growing demand for the huge amount of Data Calculation, Edge Computing, Big Data, IoT and IIoT. Cervoz reveals 3D NAND SSD product line to fulfill this upcoming requirement of the industrial market.Cervoz Titan Series adopt industrial-grade 3D TLC NAND. The firmware optimized for the industrial application, SLC Writing Cache to increase performance and endurance, End-to-End Data Protection to detect and correct any possible error to enhance reliability. Come with Cervoz FlashMonitor software for comprehensive monitoring of real-time SSD health status.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: network appliance platform based on second generation Intel Xeon Scalable ProcessorsNext AI brings needed autonomy to unmanned spacecraftlast_img read more

Lahore 2nd Asian city to house ICC accredited biomechanics lab

first_imgThe biomechanical lab at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has been accredited by the International Cricket Council as a testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions, becoming the first such facility in Pakistan.The centre joins the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Loughborough University, Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai and the University of Pretoria as testing centres for players reported in international cricket under the ICC Suspect Illegal Bowling Action Regulation.The facility will be used for biomechanical analysis of players at various levels with the aim of improving their performances and ironing out technical deficiencies.The testing centre will also help the PCB in identifying and fixing illegal bowling actions for players reported in both domestic and international cricket.Lahore becomes ICC-accredited testing centre for suspected illegal bowling actions https://t.co/jgApepLcr0 via @ICC— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) July 25, 2019The facility at the LUMS was assessed against a range of criteria, including having an indoor area large enough to allow a player to bowl off his or her full run-up; a motion analysis system with a minimum of 12 high-speed cameras capable of producing three-dimensional data, and suitably qualified personnel experienced in using such systems and capable of implementing the ICC testing protocol.The ICC has provided a full set of testing equipment and software to the LUMS testing centre, as it has done with the other accredited centres, to allow for a consistent assessment of bowlers across the different facilities worldwide.PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “The accreditation of the biomechanics lab at LUMS is a significant development and it is a step in the right direction in line with PCB’s aim of equipping the board with modern and world-class facilities.advertisement”The facility will help us identify and rectify faulty bowling actions at an early stage. In the past, we didn’t have a testing centre and a number of Pakistan bowlers were called both at the domestic and international level and then had to undergo remodelling of their action, often at a stage where it was tough for them to regain their effectiveness.The lab will also be available to players from around the world and we will work closely with the ICC to make the facility readily available for testing of suspect bowling actions. The facility won’t be restricted for bowling actions only and players at all levels can sort out their technical deficiencies through biomechanical analysis under the supervision of coaches and experts.”ICC’s General Manager Cricket Geoff Allardice, said: “I want to congratulate the Pakistan Cricket Board, which worked in conjunction with LUMS to fulfil the criteria required for an ICC accredited testing centre. This reflects the PCB’s effort and commitment to deal with suspect illegal bowling actions.”The accreditation of the LUMS University as an ICC testing centre means bowlers reported in international cricket and Pakistan’s domestic competitions can be referred to this facility, where they will be tested according to international protocols.”(As issued in a PCB Press release)Also Read | Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceAlso Read | Big Bash League introduces 5-team finals series for 2019-20 seasonlast_img read more


first_imgNew lighting will soon  be coming to Sioux City’s high school baseball fields.The Sioux City Public Schools Foundation has been awarded a $192,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the grant program supported by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to promote youth baseball and softball.The grant will provide funding for the installation of field lighting at North High School’s Bud Speraw Field, the East High Baseball Field, and West High’s Baseball Field.The BTF grant will provide funding for the installation of Musco Lighting, Inc. equipment at the three baseball fields which will allow additional practice and game time for the school teams as well as travel and community teams.The project is scheduled to begin in September for completion by April 2019.last_img read more


first_imgThe Sioux City Council has passed the first reading of an ordinance that will make it a misdemeanor to carry a BB gun in public.The council voted 5-0 Monday on the proposal to bar people from carrying “toy” firearms, such as pellet guns, which police say are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from actual guns.Sgt. Scott Hatting of the Sioux City Police presented the proposal to council members and says BB guns have evolved well beyond the traditional rifle used by youngsters:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BB1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………a lot of damage. :18Sgt. Hatting says officers have had several encounters with individuals carrying the replica weapons and are faced with the question of whether to use deadly force:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BB2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..with BB guns. ;09Hatting says officers will not be looking to cite someone taking target practice in their yard but people carrying the guns in public:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BB3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..do something criminal. :15Hatting also has a personal reason for proposing the ordinance.Three years ago he encountered a 17-year-old carrying a bb pistol that looked like a real handgun:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BB4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….over a bb gun. ;22He says thousands of people in the area also have conceal carry permits, and it could be tragic if someone armed with a bb gun unknowingly confronted someone legally carrying a concealed real gun.The council will hold a public hearing and must vote two more times to pass the proposal before it would become a local ordinance.last_img read more

Semi finals spots decided

first_imgIn the 18’s Boys division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) will play New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) in the first semi, while New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) will meet the South Queensland Border District (SQBD) Sharks.In the 18’s Girls division, QSST will play the Sharks, while NSWCHS will play NSWCCC.Saturday games:18’s GirlsSemi final 1 – QSST v SQBD – 9am (field one)Semi final 2 – NSWCCC v NSWCHS – 9am (field two)Playoff 3/4 – loser of both semi finals – 12pm (field one)Playoff 5/6 – Brisbane City Cobras v Southern Suns – 11am (field one)Playoff 7/8 – Sydney Mets v Sydney Scorpions – 1pm (field two)Playoff 9/10 – Northern Eagles v Sunshine Coast – 11am (field three)Playoff 11/12 – Sydney Rebels v Western Tigers – 11am (field five)Playoff 13/14 – Canberra Pirates v Northern Territory – 10am (field three)Playoff 15/16 – Hunter Western Hornets v NSWCIS – 10am (field four)Playoff 17/18 – South West Queensland v South Australia – 10am (field five)18’s BoysSemi final 1 – QSST v NSWCHS – 10am (field one)Semi final 2 – NSWCCC v SQBD – 10am (field two)Play off 3/4 – loser of both semi finals – 1.00pm (field one)Playoff 5/6 – Sydney Mets v Sunshine Coast – 11am (field two)Playoff 7/8 – Sydney Rebels v Sydney Scorpions – 12pm (field two)Playoff 9/10 – Brisbane City Cobras v Southern Suns – 11am (field four)Playoff 11/12 – Hunter Western Hornets v Canberra Pirates – 9am (field five)Playoff 13/14 – Northern Eagles v Tasmania – 9am (field three)Playoff 15/16 – Western Tigers v NSWCIS – 9am (field four)Grand final – 18’s Girls – 2.05pmGrand final – 18’s Boys – 3.15pmlast_img read more

‘Superstitious and stubborn but Sarri delivers’

first_imgMaurizio Sarri is “very superstitious and very stubborn”, says Cesc Fabregas, but the Italian has found his own unique way of delivering results – with success having continued at Chelsea.Just one season has been spent in English football by the enigmatic 60-year-old.That may be all that he sees out, with Goal revealing that he is eager to return to his homeland at Serie A champions Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? If he does walk away, then he will do so having delivered a top-four finish and Europa League glory in west London.Former Blues star Fabregas considers that to be a positive return from a man who has seen plenty of questions asked of his methods.The Spanish World Cup winner told reporters of Sarri, who allowed him to leave Chelsea for Monaco in January: “He is very superstitious, he is very stubborn in this way.”He is a manager with his own ideas and he doesn’t move from them much.”He has an idea of how he wants to play and the football that he really wants to play. He doesn’t move from it. No matter what you tell him, no matter what you advise him, no matter what your opinion is, he will never change.”But he did it the way he likes it. He has his own vision of football and, in the end, he is where he is with it and you have to respect that.”Frank Lampard Maurizio SarriWith Sarri seemingly edging towards the exits at Chelsea, another change in the dugout could be on the cards.It has been suggested that the Blues will look to bring club legend Frank Lampard back to the club if that is the case, with Fabregas among those to have been left impressed by the job an ex-England international has done at Derby.He added: “I think he has done a really impressive job. It’s his first ever job. He changed many things.”I saw him in Russia with the BBC and he had a very difficult squad, an older squad full of players at the end of their contracts as well.”He renewed completely the squad, took on young players.”He played a really aggressive style, attacking football. Really for a first ever job, I think he has done really good.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Minister Receives Federal Commitment to Improve Youth Justice

first_imgJustice Minister Murray Scott is returning from meetings on justice issues with a commitment from the federal government that changes will be made to improve the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Mr. Scott raised the issue at meetings with his federal, provincial, territorial counterparts that wrapped up today, Oct. 13, in Newfoundland and Labrador. “We have received a firm commitment that amendments will be made to strengthen the act,” said Mr. Scott. “Federal Justice Minister Vic Toews commended Nova Scotia’s strong support for changes to improve the act, a position which was also backed up by several other provinces.” Nova Scotia has been calling for changes that would address the need to deal with a small number of youth who are a risk to themselves and the public. In particular, Mr. Scott is calling for changes that will give the courts options for detaining a youth before trial and for considering deterrence as a reason for keeping a young person in custody. “We are working on ways to address the root causes of crime, but these efforts must be supported by strong enforcement measures to protect Nova Scotians. Sometimes a young person is best served by the intensive longer term programs available in secure custody,” said Mr. Scott. Mr. Toews also indicated the federal government’s interest in reviewing the recommendations contained in the upcoming Nunn Commission report as part of their consideration for future changes to the act. Two years ago Halifax resident Theresa McEvoy was killed when her car was hit by a young man who had recently been released into the community while waiting for trial. Last year the provincial government called an inquiry into the death of Ms. McEvoy. The inquiry, which is being led by Commissioner Merlin Nunn, is expected to release its report this fall. “We heard clearly that the federal government intends to amend the act to put deterrence back into our youth criminal justice system,” said Mr. Scott. “I’m now looking forward to further discussions with the federal minister on timing and the decision making process for these amendments.”last_img read more

Order of Nova Scotia Celebrates 10 Years

first_imgThe Order of Nova Scotia is celebrating 10 years of honouring Nova Scotians who have brought honour and prestige to the province. The 10th Order of Nova Scotia investiture ceremony took place today, Nov. 30, at Province House. “The order is a special way to recognize the heroes and role models that make our province a better place everyday,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Order of Nova Scotia recipients have created meaningful change that inspires us all to be better and do better. For that, I thank the members of the order for their contributions to the province and congratulate the order on a successful 10 years.” Since its creation, 61 members have been invested into the order. Of these, four received the honour posthumously and 10 have since passed away, leaving 47 living members of the order. Recipients represent a number of cultures, backgrounds and occupations including Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian activists, writers, artists, medical professionals, business leaders, politicians and philanthropists. The 2011 recipients are the first African Nova Scotian MLA Wayne Adams, business leader Sir (Judson) Graham Day, political cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon, Mi’kmaq rights advocate Joseph Benjamin Marshall, and author Budge Wilson. “Order of Nova Scotia recipients come from all walks of life and are positive role models for youth in our province,” said Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. “This year’s recipients are no exception. They have made resourceful, creative and innovative contributions to the province and are excellent additions to the order.” Nova Scotia continues to have one of the highest rates of nominations in the country. This year the recipients were selected from 76 nominees. “The fact the participation in the nomination process continues to be so high speaks to the community spirit of Nova Scotians,” said Viola Robinson, chair of the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council. “This participation has been integral in the Order of Nova Scotia’s success over the past 10 years, and I believe the continued support of Nova Scotians will make the next 10 years just as successful.” Nominations are submitted until the third Friday in March every year. Nova Scotians can complete new nomination packages, or renominate by completing a new application form and photocopying a previous nomination package. Once submissions are closed, the Order of Nova Scotia advisory council reviews all the nominations and selects the recipients. For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/iga/order.asp. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.last_img read more

Ggn traffic cops issued challans against 98954 vehicles in March

first_imgGururgam: In the month of March, the Gururgam traffic police levied fine on 98,954 vehicles. This was much lesser than the previous two months of January and February. While in February 1,11,653 vehicles were challaned and in January there were 1,29,853 drivers who were challaned.Traffic violators in the form of driving in the wrong lane and those parking the vehicles illegally were on top in the list among those who were challaned by the law enforcement officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThere were 6,514 challans for those driving in the wrong lane and 11,233 fines levied on those who had parked their vehicles wrongly. In other violations, there were 601 incidents of drunken driving 1354 vehicles. Normally the Gurgaon traffic police and area police challans around 3,500 vehicles in the day but during special drives, the figures in the past have crossed to over 20,000 vehicles. The Gurugram police have conducted initiatives where a large number of challans were made on erring drivers. Yet the rate of accidents in Gurugram continues to be high. Last year there were over 442 people who lost their lives due to accidents on the city roads. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to an official report, the majority of accidents happened beacuse the vehicles were moving in the wrong direction. While the traffic police claim there has been a crackdown, there are repeated complaints of rash, drunken and underage driving. “I hope the strict approach taken by the traffic police is beneficial in instilling proper traffic sense among the residents. Sadly, the situation is not bright. Being stationed in prominent areas will result in police getting hold of a large number of people however the main culprits which are the trucks, autos and private buses get away maybe because of their clout,” said Amardeep Singh, a resident. “As Gurugram is expanding very fast, it is not possible for our office to be in every corner. Yet, through these initiatives we want to ensure that commuting is safe in Gurugram,” said a senior police official from Gurugram police. In 2017, the Gurugram traffic police collected a total of Rs 11 crore through fines. This record was broken in the six months of 2018 itself with the law enforcement officials collecting Rs 15 crores from the period of January to August.last_img read more

UNICEF warns of impending child nutrition crisis in Africas Sahel region

The agency is already ordering therapeutic foods and distributing emergency stocks in affected countries, it said, adding that the biggest caseload is in Niger, where an estimated 330,600 children under the age of five are at risk.Niger’s Government has already issued an alert saying more than half of the country’s villages are vulnerable to food insecurity.Other areas where children are expected to require specialist treatment in clinics are Chad, northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and northern Senegal.“This children’s crisis is going to be immensely challenging,” said David Gressly, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We do not issue such warnings lightly, but the scale demands an appropriate response that needs to start now.”“A tragedy will be averted only by an unprecedented effort in the Sahel. This will involve making sure that professionals are on the ground with the right supplies and that enough is done to contain the threat of opportunistic diseases amongst the weakened populations,” Mr. Gressly added.The initial $65.7 million needed urgently will be used primarily for nutrition and health interventions and supplies.That amount will have to be increased substantially to ensure sustainable interventions over the course of the coming year, according to UNICEF. There will be need for not only enhanced nutrition and health programmes, but also provision of clean water, sanitation at feeding centres as well as emergency education and protection for children displaced with their families.According to Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, regional food production in the Sahel is down by 8 per cent compared to last year.The return of migrant workers from Côte d’Ivoire and Libya to some of the countries in the region further reduced the financial capacity of households as families need to feed those who came back, often returning with nothing, she said. 9 December 2011More than a million children in the Sahel region of West Africa are at risk of severe and life-threatening malnutrition over the coming year as a result of ongoing food shortages, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, saying it requires an initial $65.7 million to respond to the crisis. read more

Canadas tech sector expected to get boost from fears about Trump election

MONTREAL – Nervousness in Silicon Valley about Donald Trump’s election could give Canada’s technology sector a competitive edge if new labour restrictions ratchet up the war for high-skilled talent, say industry experts.In an open letter sent during the campaign, senior executives at some of America’s top tech companies called Trump “a disaster for innovation.”They expressed concerns about the president-elect’s trade proposals and anti-immigration stance which some fear could result in visa restrictions that would make it harder and costlier for them to hire foreign IT workers.Each year, tens of thousands of foreigners with specialized skills, such as coders, are granted temporary H-1B visas to work in the United States. While the industry has sought increased numbers of visas, Trump has offered mixed signals as he seeks to protect domestic employment.Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is changing its immigration-selection system as of Saturday to make it easier for international students and some high-skilled foreign workers to become permanent residents.Together, these changes could increase Canada’s drawing power for those no longer able or willing to enter the U.S., said Patrick Hopf, president of Montreal-based SourceKnowledge, a firm that builds technology to track the success of advertising works for digital videos.“You might see a seismic shift in technology in Canada,” he said.Trump’s unexpected victory has prompted some disenchanted U.S. technology sector workers to consider heading north.Hopf said he received a few such applications in the days since the election.Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes said he’s fielded calls from five people in the U.S. looking to move to Vancouver.“Is this the reversal of the talent diaspora that Canada has historically seen and beginning of the U.S. brain drain?” he posted on Twitter.Tightened U.S. border controls and visa requirements would provide Canada a short-term benefit in attracting more skilled immigrants, said Larry Smith, adjunct associate economics professor at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre.“We’ve always had a reasonably good draw but America is a powerful magnet for people around the world and now the magnet will be dimmed,” he said.However, Smith said a far bigger threat to the global tech sector are Trump fiscal policies and expected reduction of regulations that could destabilize financial markets and hurt venture capital which is the lifeblood of both startup and growth tech companies.Not everyone thinks Trump will make dramatic changes to visas. Ian Lee, assistant professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, believes Trump will focus on curtailing illegal immigration without restricting professional workers.Sean Mullin, executive director of the Brookfield Institute, said the next president can’t afford to alienate the tech sector, one of the strongest areas of the U.S. economy that is headed by some of the world’s most valuable firms.Mullin doesn’t foresee a mass exodus from the U.S. by Canadians returning home, but said U.S. policy changes could prompt Canadian startups to think twice about chasing their dreams down south.And more U.S. companies, helped by a low loonie, may expand their Canadian research and development operations to circumvent immigration restrictions, he said.Even before the election, General Motors and Thomson Reuters vowed to hire hundreds of software engineers and other skilled workers at innovation centres they plan to set up around Toronto.“At the very least that trend won’t stop and it may accelerate for Canada given that we’re one of the few countries in the world where you can bring talent and openness and inclusivity and diversity,” he said.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2016 3:46 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s tech sector expected to get boost from fears about Trump election read more

Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them UN

“Although there is, at both the international and domestic levels, a strong legal and policy foundation upon which to move forward with the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights, there are still numerous obstacles preventing indigenous peoples from fully enjoying their human rights,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries who constitute 15 per cent of the world’s poor and about one third of the 900 million extremely poor rural people. Practicing unique traditions, they retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.Indigenous peoples are also among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, with many of them struggling to remain on their lands and retain the right to their natural resources, while others have long since been removed from their lands, denied their languages and traditional ways.Ms. Tauli-Corpuz noted that among the barriers preventing indigenous peoples from fully enjoying their rights is the absence of steps towards reconciliation with indigenous peoples and redress for past violation of their human rights.Linked with reconciliation yet to be completed, she said, is the ongoing negative perception of indigenous peoples among the broader societies in which they live, including within governments. “The nearly universal disadvantageous social and economic conditions of indigenous peoples as compared to the economic and social conditions of the majority societies in which they live present a barrier to the full exercise of their human rights,” the expert added.Today’s meeting in Geneva comes just days ahead of the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, set to take place on 22 and 23 September in New York.“The World Conference will be a unique opportunity for the international community to renew its commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” Albert Deterville, Chair-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said in his statement to the Council.Adopted by the General Assembly in 2007, the UN Declaration recognizes their right to self-determination and to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.“It is the Expert Mechanism’s hope that the World Conference and its outcome document will lead to concrete measures to fulfil the rights of indigenous peoples in all regions of the world,” said Mr. Deterville.He added that the Expert Mechanism has been actively engaged in the preparation for the Conference. Its members have consistently advocated for, and remain committed to, the full, equal and effective participation of indigenous peoples in the event, and are pleased to see that indigenous peoples’ perspectives and inputs have been included in the outcome document.Mr. Deterville also reported to the Council on the work carried out by the Expert Mechanism, including a follow-up on study access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, and a study on the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples in natural disaster risk reduction. read more

Jaguars taking further steps to reduce personal fouls

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — All those yellow flags thrown against the Jacksonville Jaguars have coach Doug Marrone seeing red.The Jaguars (3-8) have been penalized 80 times, tying them for seventh in the NFL, and have been docked the fourth-most yards (751).But Marrone’s main concern is that Jacksonville has been called for a league-leading 22 personal fouls, none more costly than running back Leonard Fournette’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty last week at Buffalo.Marrone is clearly frustrated with his team’s undisciplined ways.“It has been addressed and obviously further steps have to be taken for us,” Marrone said.Pressed for details, Marrone said he will “talk about it with the team.”Fournette was tossed late in the third quarter Sunday and suspended one game without pay a day later for leaving the sideline, running across the field and instigating a fight with Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson. Fournette and Lawson exchanged punches before being separated.“Just got to grow up, you know,” Jags defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “I think he understands what he did and how he messed it up.”Without the team’s best offensive player, Jacksonville failed to score from inside the Buffalo 1-yard line on first down and then got called for consecutive penalties that left the offence facing second-and-goal from the 17. The Jags failed to do much from there and then missed a 42-yard field goal that would have put them ahead 17-14.Adding to Marrone’s angst, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (face mask) and safety Barry Church (unnecessary roughness) were flagged on Buffalo’s next two plays — both 15-yarders that set up the Bills’ go-ahead touchdown.“The way the team plays is a reflection on me,” Marrone said. “I understand that. I always have. I’ve always taken a lot of pride in having a well-disciplined, smart football team and obviously I’m not getting that done.“I’ve been through that before. We’ve been able to overcome that, and I think when we do, then we have a better opportunity to win football games. There are measures you can take that you hope you don’t have to get there and I’m probably getting them too late. I wasn’t expecting that out of our football team in Year 2.”The Jaguars have little room for error because of offensive struggles related to poor quarterback play, average receivers and mounting injuries. Penalties only make it more difficult for them to move the chains and score.Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice-president of football operations and Marrone’s boss, also called out players for their conduct.“The way we behave on the field, I mean, it’s ridiculous some of the penalties,” Coughlin told 1010XL during a charity fundraiser earlier this week. “So there’s a lot of things that are going to get addressed and are being addressed.”Marrone doesn’t believe benching players or fining them is the answer, noting that “education and learning give you a better chance long term for those things not to occur.”“There are a lot of combinations of how to fix it,” he added. “But we’re looking to fix it right overnight, yes.”Jacksonville, which has lost seven consecutive games, hosts Indianapolis (6-5) on Sunday. The Colts have won five in a row, including a 29-26 victory against the Jags three weeks ago.Marrone fired offensive co-ordinator Nathanial Hackett and benched quarterback Blake Bortles on Monday. He also made it clear more changes could be on the horizon if the team doesn’t end its losing streak — and cut down on the personal fouls.“It’s basically just going to be an end result; you either get it done or you don’t get it done,” Marrone said. “If it’s not good enough for the people you work for, then hey, they’re going to let you go. We all know that. It’s nothing to hold your head down about or nothing to feel bad about. It’s like anything else. I walk in around here, it’s embarrassing, it’s frustrating.“But at the end of the day, there has to be leadership somewhere. Someone has to step up, someone has to go and lead. … I’m never going to drop my head. I’m working my butt off to do the best job I can. I think as long as you can do that and you don’t sulk or make excuses or anything, I can look myself in the mirror and know I did everything I can.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMark Long, The Associated Press read more

Listen Up World Football Trade Rumors

The summer trade window rumors are not only regarding where Manchester United’s forward Wayne Rooney, Uruguayan baller Edinson Cavani and Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez aka Isco are potentially headed. The rumblings are also about players who are not as popular but may have a greater advantage. These rumors are more likely fact than fiction.According to the South Wales Evening Post, Swansea City’s ball club is interested in the Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. He is also a target for Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stephane Sessegnon is on the market this summer and Fulham Football Club is looking to capitalize on his status.Finally, Everton Football Club could potentially move on Japan International’s Keisuke Honda.In the video above, BleacherReport’s Will Tidey looks at some low-key rumors you need to keep an eye on this summer. read more

Copa del Rey Catalonian derby in the final

← Previous Story “Romanian princess” is back, Neagu: We will give 100% against 10.000 fans Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 31): Bergischer with important win at Emsdetten in relegation battle An all-Catalonian final will be played at the Copa del Rey in Pamplona this year after the semifinals saw Barcelona cruising past Anaitasuna with 36:28 (Lazarov scored 7 goals), while Granollers’ game against BM Huesca was much more exciting and produced a real thriller in the end, ultimately won by Granollers with 26:25 after trailing at half time with 12:13. Alvaro Ruiz led the Granollers side with 7 goals, three from penalties. The final is to be played today at 17:00. Barcelona are huge favorites to win the final, and therefore secure the double-crown in Spain. At the Final Four in Cologne, Barcelona is facing a much more serious challenge, Flensburg-Handewitt from Germany.28 ANAITASUNA: Capón (Santana, ps); Garza (-), Etxeberria (2), Meoki (3), Nadoveza (7, 2p), Borragán (4), Goñi (1p) -siete inicial-, Bernatonis (5), Cristian Martínez (-), Reig (1), Montávez (-), Kisselev (1), Chocarro (3, 1p), Iker Antonio (1) and Gastón (-).36 BARCELONA: Saric (Robin, ps); Víctor Tomás (4), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (5), Bengoechea (1), Rutenka (4), Lazarov (7, 3p) -siete inicial-, Noddesbo (3), Juanín (1), Sarmiento (5), Gurbindo (3), Virán Morros (1), Karabatic (-) and Saubich (1). bm huescaentrerriosexteberriaGranollerslazarovrutenkasaricsorhaindotomasXavi Pascual read more

Dún Laoghaire RNLI pay tribute to lives lost at sea

first_img(Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)THE CREW OF the RNLI lifeboat station at Dún Laoghaire held their annual ceremony today to remember their 15 volunteers who died in 1895 on Christmas Eve as well as all those who lost their lives around our coasts.In spite of storm force winds, over 100 people attended the midday event that was held inside the East Pier lighthouse battery.(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)The ceremony is a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition to remember the 15 volunteer crew who died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme which had run aground off Blackrock, Co Dublin. All lives lost at sea are also included in the ceremony. (Image: RNLI Dun Laoghaire/Facebook)Relatives of the original 1895 lifeboat crew were amongst those who attended the 20-minute ceremony which included contributions by Piper Paul McNally of Dublin Fire Brigade, musician William Byrne and journalist Fergal Keane at the event.Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor was also in attendance:RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews at 44 stations countrywide will be on call as usual throughout the Christmas and New Year period.(Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Read: Dun Laoghaire RNLI hold ceremony to remember those lost at sea>Coveney: I’ve been to too many funerals and scenes of bodies brought ashore>last_img read more