December 7, 2019

Declassify Blue Star papers: SAD

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to declassify all papers linked to Operation Blue Star to expose the ‘role of the Congress’ before the people.Alleged conspiracyThe SAD delegation, led by Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said that people were still unaware of the alleged conspiracy under which the Army had been ordered to storm into the holiest of Sikh shrines – Sachkhand Sri Harmandir Sahib — in 1984.Ms. Badal said the delegation also raised the point that a UK court had recently ordered the government to declassify all papers related to Britain’s involvement in Operation Blue Star. The Indian government must now take necessary steps to secure these papers from its counterpart in Britain, she said.“Also, we asked Mr. Singh to intervene and address the grievances of the Sikh community in Shillong. Sikhs in Shillong have been subjected to brutal attacks and are being coerced to move out of areas they had inhabited decades ago.,” she added.last_img read more

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Vanzara, Amin freed in fake encounter case

first_imgPoliticising Ishrat Jahan A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday discharged former Gujarat police officers D.G. Vanzara and N.K. Amin from the sensational fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others in Ahmedabad.The court approved the pleas of both officers seeking to drop proceedings against them on the ground that the Gujarat government had decided to not grant sanction to prosecute them in the case. The government held that the police officers did their official duty and there was thus no need to prosecute them in the case, as required under Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).Special CBI court judge J. K. Pandya said that since the government had not sanctioned their prosecution, their discharge pleas would be allowed and the case against them would be dropped.Under Section 197 of the CrPC, the State government’s sanction is necessary for prosecution of a public servant for an act done as part of official duty.The court had in the past rejected their discharge applications in the same case.CBI, the prosecuting agency, has told the court that sanction was not granted to prosecute the two officials, who were chargesheeted as key accused in the fake encounter case, which was jointly executed by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch and officials of the country’s top spy agency, the Intelligence Bureau (IB).Both officers, posted in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch at the time of incident, had been charged with conspiracy, illegal confinement and murder in the Ishrat Jahan case by the CBI.Former Gujarat police chief P.P. Pandey was discharged in the case last year. He had spent nearly 19 months in jail before being let out on bail in February 2015.Also Read Mumbra resident Ishrat Jehan, then 19 years old, and three others, were killed in June 2004 near Ahmedabad by Gujarat police officers in a joint operation with officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB). After the encounter, the police had claimed that they were Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) terrorists and were tasked with a mission to assassinate Narendra Modi, who was then chief minister of Gujarat.During the course of hearing, the application seeking to drop the proceedings was opposed by senior lawyer Vrinda Grover, who appeared for Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kauser, contending that the pleas of the police officers were “untenable in law and unsustainable on facts”, and that the State government was not the appropriate authority to refuse sanction to prosecute the two officers in the said crime.It is learnt that Shamima Kauser is likely to move High Court challenging the lower court’s order to drop proceedings against the key accused in the case.last_img read more

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UE, NU keep Final 4 bids

first_imgMark Maloles and Alvin Pasaol exchanged back-to-back triples in a span of 18 seconds to give UE a 68-58 lead with 2:49 to go in the fourth quarter.Pasaol then delivered the dagger, completing a three-point play for a 71-62 lead with 1:33 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUE head coach Derrick Pumaren is aware of the Warriors’ position in the Final Four race, but remains upbeat on their chances.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it then we still have a shot at it,” said Pumaren. “We just have to stay positive in the things that are going on. We just have to play as a team and keep playing as one unit.”Pasaol showed his might with 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead UE, while Mark Olayon missed a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Unlikely Meralco power source Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP University of the East kept its bid for a Final Four spot after humbling University of the Philippines, 73-64, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Warriors won their third game in four outings to improve to 3-7 and stay on track of getting the fourth spot in the league.The Fighting Maroons slipped to a 4-6 record in a tie with National University, which dealt cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas its 10th straight defeat, 91-83, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño had 22 points and eight rebounds for UP while older brother Javi finished with 17 points and 11 boards.The Bulldogs, who entered the game having lost five of their last six games, went on a 24-6 run bridging the second and third quarters to take a 69-58 lead.Matt Salem then capped NU’s 11-2 run at the start of the fourth that put the Bulldogs up, 80-65, at the 7:29 mark.“We really needed to win today because we wanted to have a better chance to get to the Final Four,” said NU assistant coach Danny Ildefonso, who handled the team in place of the suspended Jamike Jarin.“I and the other assistants talked at the end of the first half and every one of us gave their insights on how we should adjust in the second half.” —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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Djokovic advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NCAA Season 93 Preview: Altas move on from Akhuetie’s departure Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It was the second match for Djokovic with Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic as his coaches — both of whom were in the coaches’ box at No. 1 Court.Pavlasek, a 22-year-old Czech making his first appearance at the All England Club, grew up idolizing Djokovic. Ranked No. 136, he turned pro in 2012 and was making his third appearance in a Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Serbia’s Novak Djokovic plays against Czech Republic’s Adam Pavlasek during their Men’s Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON – Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon for the ninth consecutive year, beating Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.The match was longer than Djokovic’s first-round victory against Martin Klizan, who retired early in the second set.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

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Swim star Schooling ‘really sorry’ for Malaysia jibe

first_imgSingapore’s Schooling Joseph prepares to compete in the men’s 100m butterfly semi-final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONSingapore’s Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling has apologized to Malaysians after he raised hackles by promising to “teach them a thing or two” at the Southeast Asian Games.The 22-year-old said he was “really sorry” for his unguarded comments, which made him a target for Malaysian fans. He had earlier insisted the remarks were taken out of context.ADVERTISEMENT “If I offended anyone, I do apologize… that wasn’t my intention,” the 100m butterfly Olympic gold-medallist told reporters, after arriving for the regional Games in Kuala Lumpur.“I’m really sorry for my comments and I definitely didn’t mean it that way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSchooling won Singapore’s first and only Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio, while neighbouring Malaysia is yet to produce an Olympic champion.The Texas-based swimmer won nine gold medals at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, but he said he will contest a smaller programme of six events in Kuala Lumpur, including relays. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I’ll do my best in all of them. I’m just going to do my best and let the outcome speak for itself. We have two days to prepare so hopefully we’ll put on a good performance in the Games,” he said.“It’s definitely not like training for me. Every race my dad likes to say race fast and that actually holds a lot of ground. There are a lot of great swimmers in the Southeast Asian region so I gotta be the best as I can to make my country proud.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Nadal returns to No. 1 with heavy heart over Barcelona Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Kerala High Court lifts BCCI’s life ban on Sreesanth

first_img COMMENT cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL sreesanth × SHARE Published oncenter_img The cricketer had pointed out that despite a Delhi Sessions court verdict discharging him from the crime, the BCCI refused to lift the ban. August 07, 2017 sreesanth In a relief to cricketer S Sreesanth, the Kerala High Court today lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The court had earlier sought the BCCI’s stand on the plea by the cricketer challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the game’s governing body following the 2013 Indian Premier League-6 spot-fixing scandal.The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a court dropping all charges against the 34-year-old pacer.The cricket board had said, “The decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner from the criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates.”It had said the question before the court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes.On the other hand, the question before the BCCI Disciplinary Committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.The standard of proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry, it had said.All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court in July 2015.The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly eagerly waiting to watch ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar’s longtime teammate and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is eagerly waiting for the release of the Master Blaster’s biopic ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, which will hit the theatres this Friday.”Yes I am (excited). I have seen him closely so I will know a whole lot of things. But what I am really keen to know is what made him Sachin Tendulkar. And I think that the world will want to see that,” Ganguly told India Today.Sachin: A Billion Dreams, traces Tendulkar’s journey from a shy teenager to the most-followed cricket icon of the modern era. For 24 years from 1989 to 2013, Tendulkar carried the burden of a nation every time he walked out on the field.In the course of a surreal career, Tendulkar broke several records which included the first ODI double hundred by a male cricketer, most Test runs, most ODI hundreds, 100 international hundreds and 200 Test matches.”I have always believed that you cannot make Sachin Tendulkars or the Diego Maradonas, even if you get to 50-60% of their abilities, you will do a lot of good to yourself as a cricketer. So, the world need s to see what goes behind making a Sachin Tendulkar. We have seen all the runs, the wickets and the hundreds. It will be a remarkable opportunity for everyone,” Ganguly said.Ahead of the departure for the ICC Champions Trophy in England, the Indian cricket team was treated to a special screening of Tendulkar’s biography in Mumbai. The special screening took place at a theater in Versova.advertisementThe Indian players, superstars in their own rights, were seen cheering for Tendulkar at the red carpet and were visibly excited to watch the movie.last_img read more

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Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attack

first_imgIn an internal communication, Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai has asked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council asking for Pakistan be kept out of the cricket World Cup for continuing to harbour terrorists.According to sources in the BCCI, Rahul Johri has also been asked by Vinod Rai that the letter should say that the mood in India is not to engage in any cricket with Pakistan.Rahul Johri would be representing BCCI at some of the ICC meets starting February 27, with the COA possibly meeting on Friday to discuss the matter further.Former Indian cricketer and current UP Cabinet Minister Chetan Chauhan, in an exclusive to Aaj Tak, had called for India to put pressure on the ICC to “throw Pakistan out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup”.”World Cup, Olympics is decided years ahead. We don’t play bilateral series with Pakistan. The best thing to do is to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup. Every country is worried with the growth of terrorism in Pakistan. It’s a problem for everyone. We should exert pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup,” Chauhan told Aaj Tak.”If Pakistan do not play the World Cup, it won’t make any difference. If India do not play, the ICC will suffer losses. India bring in 65 to 70 per cent of the sponsorship,” Chauhan said.India cricketer Harbhajan Singh said India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup after Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in Pulwama.advertisement”India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak.He added: “This is a difficult time. The attack that has happened, it was unbelievable and it’s very wrong. Strict action will surely be taken by the government. When it comes to cricket, I don’t think we should have any relations with them otherwise they will keep treating us like this.Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also called for a ban in cricket ties with Pakistan.”I cannot make any comment [on cricket issues] except to say those who are demanding it have some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal. If things are not normal, the jhappiyan-pappiyan (hugs and kisses) issues have always been there,” Prasad told India Today.(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)Also Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in 2019 ICC World Cup: To play or not to play?Also Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and AzharuddinAlso Read | Diana Edulji not in favour of BCCI asking ICC to ban Pakistan from World Cuplast_img read more

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Wenger not bothered by Ozil rumours

first_imgArsenal Wenger not bothered by Ozil transfer speculation Ante Jukic Last updated 1 year ago 08:28 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil, Arsenal Getty Arsenal Mesut Özil Burnley v Arsenal Burnley Premier League A. Sánchez The midfielder’s rumoured departure from the Emirates Stadium is not a primary concern, according to Arsenal’s manager Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed speculation that soon-to-be free agent Mesut Ozil is set to sign for La Liga giants Barcelona.Arsenal playmaker Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and Barca have emerged as a possible destination for the Germany international.Arsenal -1 11/8 v Burnley Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Wenger is uninterested in speaking about the possibility of a move during the January transfer window, along with the future of Alexis Sanchez.”What kind of control can I have over that [speculation]? All these people have agents who can talk to anybody,” Wenger said.”That doesn’t disturb people, that happens all through their career. I have no concerns. I am more concerned about the team performance.”Ozil and Alexis are praised when the team is doing well because of them, and when the team doesn’t do well they get more criticism. I’m more concerned that the team performances are strong performances.”Arsenal’s form has been patchy of late, with last Saturday’s Premier League win in the North London derby over Tottenham splitting defeats to Manchester City and Cologne.Now having to back up from Europa League competition away to Burnley on Sunday, Wenger is not fazed with Ozil and Sanchez’s transfer speculation.”They are honest. I don’t question their honesty,” he said. “Nobody knows what will happen when the players reach the end of their contracts.”Our worry is to perform on Sunday. That’s it.”last_img read more

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Fans shower praise on Jadeja for keeping Indian dream alive

first_imgManchester: Fans heaped praise Thursday on Ravindra Jadeja after the “bits and pieces” cricketer emerged as the unlikely hero of a losing cause, silencing critics who had questioned his place in the star-packed Indian team. The all-rounder top-scored with 77 to take India tantalisingly close to a win in their World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday as they chased a modest 240. Although India fell 18 runs short, Jadeja earned the respect of fans for his lion-hearted effort in the high-stakes clash. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”Jadeja showed his worth,” tweeted one user while another said his innings would be “remembered for a long time to come” for its sheer grit and tenacity. Jadeja, 30, thanked fans for their support, promising to continue giving his best “till my last breath”. “Sports has taught me to keep on rising after every fall & never to give up,” he tweeted. Jadeja seemed all fired up when he walked out to bat Wednesday after being written off as a “bits and pieces” player by Sanjay Manjrekar, a commentator and former India batsman. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenWhen he reached his half-century, the 11th of his career, Jadeja twirled his bat like a sword — his trademark celebration — and appeared to gesture towards the media box where Manjrekar is usually seated. Jadeja also impressed with his bowling, giving away just 34 runs while taking one wicket from 10 overs. “@sanjaymanjrekar got Jadeja’s juices flowing! I am certain it had a positive effect on his game. Sometimes a kick on one’s ego can have a positive impact,” tweeted India’s Olympic shooting medallist Abhinav Bindra. After being ignored for India’s initial matches, Jadeja showed his worth as a substitute in the match against England, scooping a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Jason Roy. Manjrekar was forced to eat his words soon after play ended Wednesday.last_img read more

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Landslide hits village in China kills 11 people

first_imgBeijing: A landslide has hit a village in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, killing 11 people and leaving 34 others missing, the local authorities said on Wednesday. The landslide engulfed a village in the city of Liupanshui on Tuesday, burying 21 houses. More than 50 people were living in the affected area when the landslide struck it, according to rescuers. So far, 11 people have been found dead, another 11 were rescued, and an estimated 34 remained missing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The rescue work is still going on. The Ministry of Emergency Management said Wednesday that it immediately activated an emergency response and sent a team to the site to assist the local governments in disaster relief. Currently, some 560 professional rescuers are searching the site thoroughly for the missing to minimise casualties, the ministry said. The ministry called for intensified geological and meteorological monitoring to prevent secondary disasters, and efforts to ensure the safety of rescuers. Another landslide struck a construction site in a village in Hezhang County in Guizhou Province on Tuesday, leaving one dead and six others missing, according to the county government.last_img read more

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Miami Open: Agut eliminates Djokovic

first_imgMiami: Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, ranked 25th in the world, became the surprise of the ninth day at the Miami Open Masters 1000, overcoming the world number one Serbian Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5 and 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals. Djokovic, 31, who was looking to get his seventh title in the Masters 1000’s most important tournament of the season in the US, saw Bautista Agut, who this year had already beaten him in Doha, overcome a setback in the first set on Tuesday night, in just 35 minutes, to then lead the greatest comeback so far in the tournament. Bautista Agut, took two hours and 30 minutes on the new court at the Hard Rock Stadium, with a break of 40 minutes due to rain, to achieve his third victory, second in a row, in the 10 duels he has played with Djokovic (7-3), reports Efe news. The Spaniard, 30, will play in the quarter-final against US’ John Isner, seventh seed, and current defending champion of the tournament, who won 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (3) against the nineteenth seeded England’s Kyle Edmun. In the first set against Djokovic, Bautista Agut began with very poor tennis, full of unforced errors and without a consistent serve, so that the Serb could overwhelm him in just 35 minutes. Djokovic showed his best performance with a powerful and safe serve, as well as placing the right shots for which the Spanish tennis player had no answers. But the story changed in the second set. Bautista Agut rediscovered his best level of play and responded firmly in the exchange to reach a 5-4 when the rain came, and with it the temporary suspension. The stoppage favored the Spanish tennis player, who focused his game even more and even though Djokovic had a breakpoint at 5-5 after the rain, the world number one failed to react in time and lost the set to the Spaniard, who tied the duel at 1 set each.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A 67-year-old Tillsonburg man was flown to hospital with serious injuries after crashing his motorcycle into the back of a parked dump truck Thursday afternoon.The Norfolk OPP said the collision took place a little after 3 p.m. near Port Rowan.Police said the man was going east on Front Road and, when he rounded the corner, ran into the back of the truck, which was parked off the shoulder of the road on a private driveway.“We’re asking people to please slow down and pay attention. … If you’re unfamiliar with the area – the roadways – please slow down, take your time and expect the unexpected and have your head on a swivel,” Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said.The man suffered serious injuries and was flown to a hospital, Sanchuk said, adding the man  was conscious following the collision.67 yr old #motorcycle rider air lifted by @ornge after crashing into back of parked dump truck. Please #SlowDown and #PayAttention. @NorfolkCountyCA @NorfolkCoFire @NorfolkEMS #NorfolkOPP ^es— OPP West (@OPP_WR) May 30, 2019 read more

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Stornoway Diamond gets final environmental approvals for Renard project

Stornoway Diamond gets final environmental approvals for Renard project MONTREAL – Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY) has received a positive environmental assessment decision for its Renard Diamond Project in the James Bay region.The company says the project now has all of the major Quebec and federal government permits required to begin construction.The approval came just 18 months after it filed its assessment, Stornoway said.It hopes to the open the Renard mine road, a permanent access to the project, later this year.Stornoway also says it has named Martin Boucher to the role of vice-president of sustainable development.The Renard Diamond Project is located about 250 kilometres north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 kms north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of north-central Quebec.It has probable mineral reserves of 17.9 million carats, with a further 17.5 million carats classified as inferred mineral resources, and 23.5 to 48.5 million carats classified as non-resource exploration upside. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 11:46 am MDT read more

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Look for deals as Target gets ready to liquidate

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 4, 2015 4:15 pm MDT Starting this week, you can expect to score some major deals at your local Target as the liquidation process gets underway.The company says sales will start at 30 per cent off and one retail expert says it could go as high as 70 per cent off.Raymond Shoolman with DIG 360 adds when you go into a Target, keep in mind, every employee is losing their job.“I don’t expect the customer service to be great and I don’t think consumers should too. I think they should go in there and try to get the best price they can for a product that they want.They are going to pay at the cash register and leave and not expect a lot of smiling faces.”If you’re unsure about taking advantage of a big sale even though people are being let go, Shoolman feels there is no ethical dilemma and you don’t really need to feel bad.“I think it’s a business decision. They’re going out of business, they’re closing their stores. I think it’s the public’s right to go and take advantage of an opportunity. It’s obviously very, very sad but I don’t see it as an ethical question really.”Some mall landlords were in court this morning in Toronto, concerned that Target’s liquidation sale would tarnish the image of their malls and take away business from other stores who are either renting space or thinking about renting space.Many Target’s have already stopped carrying some grocery items like milk, eggs and frozen foods. The company will also be selling off its shelving, fixtures and equipment.This entire process is expected to be finished around by mid-May. Look for deals as Target gets ready to liquidate Raymond Shoolman|shopping|target read more

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer stresses 4 to 6 A to

Coach Urban Meyer stands on the sidelines during a game against San Diego. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAside from the shoulder pads and helmets popping against each other, coaches yelling out orders or the shrill of whistles, there’s been one phrase that has echoed throughout the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during Ohio State spring practice.“4 to 6, A to B.”The phrase has seemingly become second nature to the Buckeyes, as coach Urban Meyer works to give his program’s culture a facelift throughout the spring football season.“We have a mantra, we have a culture that I want to make sure we don’t lose,” Meyer said after his team’s first spring practice March 4. “What I’m looking for is simplicity, and 4 to 6 and A to B. If you can’t give us that, then we gotta move on and get another player that will.”The mantra of playing hard for four to six seconds, and rushing hard during a play from one direct point to another, is so important to OSU’s football coach that he mentioned it four times March 4, in what was his first press conference since the Buckeyes’ 40-35 loss to Clemson in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3.It’s been such a big part of the culture change for OSU so far in 2014 that the words continue to trickle down across the roster and coaching staff.“It’s going to be about 4 to 6, A to B. That’s what we’re going to be about,” assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 when asked about his unit specifically. “We’re going to work as hard as we can in 4 to 6 seconds, and go from point A to point B as fast as we can.”The coaching staff preaches the phrase in nearly every interview session during spring ball, establishing the assertion time and again.“I know you guys are getting tired of hearing ‘power of the unit’ and ‘4 to 6 seconds,’ but here’s reality: If that’s what is truly important, and it becomes important to our players that 11 guys show up at the ball and it doesn’t matter really which number gets there first … then it’s really, really important,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said to reporters after practice April 3.Meyer said he knew he and his staff had work to do to shore some things up on the team — particularly at defending the pass, as the team gave up an average of 268 yards per game through the air, good for 112th in the country — to even have a chance at success in 2014. And fixing the mistakes that cost them begins with that one simple phrase.“I don’t want a team that’s scared to make mistakes. I don’t want a team that’s thinking,” Meyer said March 4. “I want a team that goes 4 to 6 seconds, and when they put their foot on the ground, it’s A to B, it’s fast and it’s as hard as you go.”Aside from the loss to the Tigers in the Orange Bowl, OSU also fell to Michigan State Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship Game, 34-24, crushing the chances it had of competing for the national title.The back-to-back losses are the first for Meyer in his tenure as OSU coach, after ripping off 24 straight wins since arriving in Columbus in 2012. With nearly eight months for that feeling to sit and ruminate in his and his team’s minds before the Buckeyes have another chance to line up against an opponent, it’s clear he wants things to change.“Urban has set the tone very clearly, nothing else matters,” Coombs said. “4 to 6 seconds, point A to point B, all of us doing the same thing, going as hard as we can and the kids have bought into that.“And they’re not allowed to not buy into it, to be perfectly honest with you. It’s not an option. It is the way it’s going to be.”With the annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium as the last scheduled, organized practice before fall camp, Meyer stressed the importance of adhering to the play-hard culture.“I want to make sure that culture’s out there,” Meyer said. “There’s never been a team, in 27 years of coaching, that team that didn’t play the hardest, didn’t win the game. Lack of execution and lack of technique — you can overcome that with incredible effort. You can’t overcome lack of effort with great technique. It doesn’t happen. At some point you’ll fail … These kids have heard that nonstop from the coaching staff.”The spring game is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The season opener against Navy is scheduled for Aug. 30 at noon in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium. read more

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Prince Harry pays tribute to Prince Charles fight to save environment and

Prince Harry, center left, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, center right, arrive at the Australian Geographic Society Awards, in Sydney The Duke of Sussex has paid loving public tribute to his father, in a speech in which he credits him for fighting to save the environment even when it fell on “deaf ears”. The duke, speaking at the Australian Geographic Awards in Sydney, shared a series of prescient words from a “well-known conservationist” dating back to 1970, before revealing to the audience that they had been spoken by the Prince of Wales. Saying the world must now act “urgently” to “stop the clock on the destruction of our planet”, he signalled the cross-generational campaign now at the centre of the Royal family’s work. “My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability,” the duke said.”And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet.”But let that be a cautionary tale. We are all here tonight because we care deeply about using the world’s resources wisely and safeguarding them for future generations.”The duke, who is expecting his first child in the spring, added: “I am certain we are more aware of the need for this balance now, than ever before. “The idea that these are the next generation’s problems is not a view we can accept.” Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Australian Geographic Society Awards in Sydney. Chrissie Goldrick, editor in chief of Australian Geographic, is seen on the right in the light dressCredit:Joel Carrett/AFP She described him as “a passionately committed conservationist” and said that while in Australia he had made “the most of your popularity, your influence and your undoubted charisma to draw attention to a range of issues close to your own heart”.She added: “When people like Your Royal Highnesses, held in such affection by so many, when you speak, people listen… You can change hearts and minds.”The duke and duchess, who arrived late at the ceremony because of the delayed flight from Tonga, were there to present two awards. Prince Harry, center left, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, center right, arrive at the Australian Geographic Society Awards, in SydneyCredit:Joel Carrett/AAP After its launch, she said, “the Queen quickly lent her enthusiasm and her support to this initiative. It is an ambitious initiative. It seeks to offer greater protection to the world’s native forests, and seeks to regenerate those that have degraded or pulled down. So far 42 countries of the 53 that comprise the modern Commonwealth have added over 90 projects to the canopy in a very short time. It is an idea that has really taken off.”She also described how Harry was a member of the South Pole club. “That is usually quite an exclusive club, except when you are at an Australian Geographic Society event. There are lots of people who have been to the South Pole!” Presenting awards to the scientists, academics and innovators already working to protect the environment, he concluded: “I am confident that positive and permanent change is on the horizon.”Young people now innately understand far better than previous generations that we simply cannot continue to destroy our natural world, without facing major, irreversible consequences.”And they understand that many of the solutions we need to tackle these issues can be found by working together and empowering communities to come up with long-lasting, sustainable solutions.”It is going to take every single one of us to stop the clock on the destruction of our planet, and time is not on our side.”The standard we walk past, is the standard we accept.  It’s time to take personal responsibility and realise what a privilege it is for us to live alongside nature.”Editor in Chief of Australian Geographic, Chrissie Goldrick, said: “‘This [the environment] runs in the family. “Not only we have got Prince Harry out here, speaking on behalf of the environment in a powerful way, he’s not pulling any punches on his messages, but we also have Prince Charles, a long term environmentalist from back in the 1970s and now we have the Queen who is behind the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project in a major way.  “You have got the three generations of that family stepping up for the environment. “They really do  have a power to help people focus. I can’t believe we are still arguing about climate change. “So when you get people like that ho are not politicians or states people or scientists out there giving that message then people step up and take notice.”As they left the ballroom , where the awards were taking place, to meet the winners, the Duchess was clutching a toy wombat that she had been given for her unborn baby.She was also given a ‘numbat’, a small long-trailed marsupial native to Western Australia. There are fewer numbats in the world than Great Pandas.Queen honoured for ‘outstanding contribution’ to conservationThe Queen was honoured last night with a special award for conservation for her initiative to highlight the plight of the world’s forests.The award, for her “outstanding contribution” to global conservation was accepted on her behalf by the Duke of Sussex at an awards ceremony in Sydney.The award, by the Australian Geographic Society, recognises the impact of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative launched in 2015.Chrissie Goldrick, editor in chief of Australian Geographic, said that the Queen had offered “vital leadership” to a project that “aims to tackle deforestation on a global scale”. The duke presented the award for Young Adventurer of the Year to Jade Hameister. Now 17, she skied to the North Pole aged 14, became the youngest woman to cross Greenland a year later, and this year completed a 37-day journey to the South Pole. She is the youngest person to complete the polar hat-trick.The duchess presented the award for Young Conservationist of the Year to Sophia Skarparis. Aged 15, she started a petition this year to ban plastic bags in New South Wales, which led to a meeting with the state premier and her petition being debated in the NSW Parliament this week.Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – for everything you need to know about the Royal Family, direct to your inbox each week. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Australian Geographic Society Awards in Sydney. Chrissie Goldrick, editor in chief of Australian Geographic, is seen on the right in the light dress read more

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MPI introduces modern data collection technology

The efficiency of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure will soon be significantly improved by the acquisition of a new computerised system that can quickly and accurately collect pavement and asset data.The Ministry recently introduced this computerised system in a bid to improve its data collection capabilities. The new system, ROMDAS (Road Measurement Data Acquisition System) is the most up-to-date technology used to collect data on roadways, and its introduction to Guyana will see significant improvements in the micro planning of road projects.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure recently introduced ROMDAS, a modern computerised software aimed at improving data collection. Photo shows the ROMDAS data collection technology outfitted on a Ministry of Public Infrastructure vehicleThis is according to Mr. Patrick Thompson, the Ministry’s Chief Transport Planning Officer, who said that the system has “tremendous potential” to improve the planning and decision making of road maintenance and rehabilitation works.According to a GINA report, he explained that the decision to introduce the system at the Ministry came in light of issues encountered over the years with the sustainability of data collection procedures. He said, following the identification of this problem, the decision was made to look into available technologies and decide which would be best suited for Guyana’s needs.The ROMDAS technology is used in approximately 60 countries around the world, with four countries in Latin America currently utilizing this New Zealand developed technology.“One of our fundamental problems in the Ministry is the absence of accessible data. The absence of reliable data often results in poor planning and decision making; data is essentially the reality of the situation in numbers,” Mr. Thompson explained. He continued, “Too many times we have found ourselves estimating or guessing in the absence of reliable data; now, we can make firm, irrefutable future decisions in the road sector if this technology is optimally utilised.”He noted that the system utilizes a number of laser sensors, a bumper integrator, GPS and a right of way camera to carry out automatic crack and defect measurements, pavement roughness measurements, mobile mapping of the road corridor and  travel time and congestion surveys.Among other things, the Ministry hopes to use the ROMDAS equipment to create a geo-referenced database of Guyana’s primary and secondary road network within the next 12 months.The technology’s video logging feature will improve the Ministry’s asset management capabilities and allow for more effective road safety interventions in the future.In a bid to maximise the technology’s use, 12 persons from the Ministry and one final year student from the University of Guyana undertook a 10-day training conducted by Mr. Krishna Jammalamadaka, the Director of Research and Development of ROMDAS, New Zealand.  The training included both the theoretical, practical and safety instructions required to optimize the use of the technology. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew landing equipment for CJIA in 2020July 23, 2019In “latest news”Cabinet grants no objection for new $235M EPA building, othersJanuary 3, 2017In “latest news”73 new streetlights installed along Diamond access roadJune 6, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Kapture wristband continuously records last 60 seconds of audio tap it to

first_imgEver had someone say something to you and wish you had recorded it? It’s kind of tough to do that after the fact, but Matthew Dooley and Mike Sarow believe they have solved the problem with a device that is continuously recording the last 60 seconds of audio. All they need now is the funding to make it happen.What Dooley and Sarow have created is an audio recording device that sits on your wrist called the Kapture wristband. It’s only job is to store the last 60 seconds of audio while giving you the option at any time to save those 60 seconds. So if someone says something memorable, funny, or important, you can tap the Kapture and have it saved forever.There’s just enough storage on board the Kapture to save that continuous stream of audio for 60 seconds. When you choose to save an audio clip it gets transferred to your smartphone and the associated smartphone app. That means Kapture can continue recording immediately and the cost of the device is kept to a minimum. And once an audio clip is on your smartphone you can name it, tag it, and share it with whoever you wish.In order to get Kapture into production the duo requires $150,000 and have therefore turned to Kickstarter to raise the funds. 250 early adopters could secure a Kapture for $75, but all those slots are gone. The true price of the device is $99 for the Black/White version. Other colors will cost you between $110 and $125 depending on what color you want.The design is quite retro and the size, while relatively big for what it does, is still something you’ll easily forget you’re wearing. It’s also got a 24 hour battery life so you can go a whole day before it needs a charge. The one feature I’d like to see added? A micro SD card allowing for extended recording and no need for a smartphone. Maybe that will happen in a future model if this initial Kapture gets funded.last_img read more

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Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel

first_img Share21 Tweet Email By Daragh Brophy Source: Baba AhmedIn 2012 Mali’s north fell under the control of jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda who hijacked an ethnic Tuareg-led rebel uprising, though the Islamists were largely ousted by a French-led military operation in January 2013.But jihadists have continued to mount numerous attacks on civilians and the army, as well as on French and UN forces still stationed there.The unrest has continued despite a 2015 peace deal between the government and Tuareg-led rebels offering partial autonomy to the north.Yesterday’s attack is the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in north and west Africa, targeting locals and tourists.The United Nations has a 12,000-strong force in Mali known as MINUSMA, which began operations in 2013.It has been targeted constantly by jihadists, with dozens of peacekeepers killed, including five on Saturday.The European Union launched a training mission –  EUTM Mali – for Malian armed forces in 2013.Currently, 18 Irish personnel are serving with the mission. Seven Irish personnel occupy staff appointments in the mission Headquarters in Bamako.Eleven Irish personnel are based in Koulikoro Training Centre, around 60km from the capital.A report on yesterday’s incident will be compiled by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, the Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe confirmed in a statement.“Every effort is made to ensure the safety of our personnel on overseas missions, but given the inherent instability in the environments in which they operate, risk cannot be fully eliminated,” Kehoe’s statement said.He added that “any support which may be required by Defence Forces personnel in Mali and their families following the incident will be made available”.Includes reporting by © – AFP, 2017Read: At least one killed in London ‘terror incident’ outside mosque >Read: UK seeks deal ‘like no other in history’ as Brexit talks kick off  > 27,224 Views 7 Comments Jun 19th 2017, 2:00 PM United Nations armoured personnel vehicles stationed with an ambulance outside Campement Kangaba, in the aftermath of the attack. Source: Baba AhmedNearby residents had first reported the attack after hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze.“It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened,” Security Minister Salif Traore told AFP yesterday. In an update today the government said 36 hostages had been freed, with another five suspected jihadists in custodyThe special forces were supported by UN soldiers and French counter-terrorism troops.A witness interviewed on local television ORTM said he saw a man arrive on a motorcycle who “started shooting at the crowd” followed by “two or three people” who came in another vehicle.The landlocked west African country has been fighting a jihadist insurgency for several years, with Islamist fighters roaming the north and centre of Mali.center_img Two Defence Forces members located after terror attack at Mali hotel Two EU workers were killed in the attack on a hotel on the edge of the capital Bamako. Two members of the Defence Forces had been at Le Campement Hotel when the attack occurred. They have subsequently returned to the European Union Training Mission’s Headquarters in Bamako. Updated at 3pm  TWO MEMBERS OF the Irish Defence Forces who were at a hotel in Mali that was attacked by suspected jihadists have been located and have returned to their local base, it was confirmed this morning.Attackers crying “Allahu Akbar” stormed the resort on the edge of the capital Bamako yesterday, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead.The assault on the Kangaba Le Campement resort comes after a similar strike less than two years ago on a luxury hotel in Bamako, which lies in the south of the troubled country.Four assailants were killed by security forces, according to Mali’s government. It was confirmed today that the two civilians killed were both working for the EU.“Unfortunately, I can confirm that there were two victims among our European Union colleagues, a Malian woman and a Portuguese man,” EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.A statement from the Defence Forces released this morning said:All members of the Defence Forces have been located following a terrorist attack at Le Campement Hotel in Dougourakoro, Mali. Monday 19 Jun 2017, 2:00 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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