Narang-Bindra rivalry moves to Chinese shores

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first_imgOne more episode in the riveting rivalry between Gagan Narang and Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra will be on show on Saturday as the high voltage shooting competition begins at the Asian Games. Frankly speaking, among all sporting disciplines India are competing in at the Asiad, shooting seems the best bet for medals. Gone are the days when one Jaspal Rana would win us most of the medals, as he last did at the Doha Asian Games.gagan Narang (left) and Abhinav Bindra will reignite their rivalry at the Guangzhou Asian Games.In Gagan Narang, India has a rifle shooter who is willing to shoulder the load and shoot in as many as three competitions with an eye on medals. No doubt, with Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput, Narang could well launch India’s medal tally in the team event but the bigger battle will be in the individual event.For those lucky enough to witness the Beijing Olympics air rifle competition, the sight of Bindra winning the gold and Narang virtually in tears after missing the final is still etched in memory.Much as the two play down the rivalry between themselves as they did at the Commonwealth Games, it is no secret that Narang wants this gold medal very badly. To be sure, Narang has an incredible year behind him. Peaking again and again is not easy, but as he shot below par in the World Cup Finals last month, he is expected to be in blazing form on Saturday.advertisementAnd that should set the tone for the shooting competition on a day when the women’s air rifle event will also be held, where Tejaswini Sawant is a force to reckon with.If the Commonwealth Games is to be used as an indicator of India’s depth and drive in shooting, one should not forget that the hosts are hungry and cunning when it comes to shooting medals.Over the years, China’s depth has only increased, thanks to the demanding schedule they set for their shooters. In a sport where the marksman is basically competing against himself or herself, there is none to blame other than one’s own form.National coach Sunny Thomas has tried to ‘sanitise’ the shooters by not allowing them to talk to the media. Whether it works, we will get to see. But one man who has a similar philosophy while dealing with the rifle shooters is foreign coach Stanislas Lapidus as he also feels the media is indeed intrusive and a distraction for the competitors.Moving away from the rifle, in pistol events the Indians are not favourites to win medals against the consistency and aggression of the Chinese and Korean shooters. However, trap marksman Manavjit Singh Sandhu feels the Indians are in good form.”I can say with assurance that the Indian shooters have come in with good results this year. They are in good form but we will have to wait for the results,” he said, not wanting to hazard a prediction. Sandhu and Mansher Singh are the tried and tested Indian trap shooters from whom a lot is expected here in the team and individual events. Mansher was first part of the Asian Games team in 1982 in New Delhi.For the sheer number of years Mansher has been in the sport — 28 — it’s a tribute to his perseverance. In a sport where age doesn’t really matter, he has been consistent. The Asian Games is the biggest stage next to the Olympics and in double trap as well, India can come good. Ronjan Sodhi’s shooting in 2010 coupled with junior world champion Asher Noria’s explosive talent can be worth medals.last_img read more

Test cricket turns 2000- A peek into history

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first_imgThe India-England Test at Lord’s will be the 2000th in the history of the game. Mail Today looks back at the journey.It is considered an anachronism in the fast-paced modern world with its craving for instant results. But the five-day format has not only survived, but also flourished amidst the surfeit of One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 format.Ask any cricketer worth his salt and he will tell you that the satisfaction gained from excelling in a Test match cannot be felt in any of the shorter versions. Despite several experts from time to time painting doomsday scenarios for Test cricket, the magic still keeps true lovers of the game spellbound.As Test cricket reaches another major milestone, let’s sit back and remember some memorable moments in its history.THE DONHe is the yardstick against which all batsmen are measured. His Test average of 99.94 is the most sacred statistic in the game, probably never to be emulated. A national icon for Australia, his feats with the willow only prompt amazement in v cricket lovers down the generations.NUMBER 800Muttiah Muralitharan celebrates his 800th Test wicket after despatching Pragyan Ojha in Galle. AgenciesMuttiah Muralitharan is the Don Bradman of bowling and his Test aggregate of 800 wickets may never be matched. The one-man bowling army for Sri Lanka had a dream farewell, taking his 800th wicket on the final day of his last Test to set up a victory against India inMAGICAL DELIVERYLeg-spin was considered a dying art when Shane Warne took the ball against England at Old Trafford in the first Ashes Test of 1993. But cricket was never the same once Mike Gatting was bowled by a delivery that pitched well outside leg-stump to hit the top of off. As someone said: “Gatting looked like someone has stolen his lunch.”advertisementIT’S A TIEThe rarity of a tie can be gauged by the fact that there have been only two in history. The first one, between Australia and the West Indies in Brisbane (1960-61), was a nerve-jangling affair. Aussie Ian Meckiff was out going for the run that would have won it.GARDEN OF EDENIt was the mother of all comebacks. Forced to follow on at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001 after trailing by 274 runs against Steve Waugh’s mighty Australians, on a 16-match winning streak, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid dug in to bat for well over a day to turn the tables. Laxman scored 281 and Dravid 180. Harbhajan Singh did the rest with the ball to seal an amazing victory.EPIC NO. 50Sachin Tendulkar looks up as he celebrates his 50th Test ton on the 4th day of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion on December 19, 2010. APThere are not many batting records out of Sachin Tendulkar’s closet. The Mumbai maestro, who has the highest run aggregate in Test cricket, also has 51 hundreds in the longest format of the game. It is said that when he goes out to bat, the whole of India goes out with him. Comparisons with the Don are commonplace.WELL PLAYEDIt was one moment when cricket truly was the winner. After England won one of the greatest Tests by beating Australia by two runs at Edgbaston in 2005, Andrew Flintoff consoled the brave Brett Lee before celebrating with his England teammates.STANDING THE TEST OF TIME The first Test was played between Australia and England in Melbourne from March 15 to March 19, 1877. Australia won the Test by 45 runsThe first ball was bowled by England’s Alfred Shaw to Australian batsman Charles BannermanThe first wicket: England’s Allen Hill took the first wicket when he dismissed Australian opening batsman Nat ThomsonThe first hundred: Charles Bannerman was not only the man to score the first run, but also the first ever centurion. He scored an unbeaten 165 before retiring hurtThe first bowler to take five in an innings: England’s Alfred Shaw was the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings. He achieved the feat in the second innings when he took five for 38Highest score: West Indies’ Brian Lara holds the record of the highest individual score. He scored 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004Highest individual total in a Test: England’s Graham Gooch scored a total of 456 runs against India at Lord’s in 1990. He scored 333 in the first innings and 123 in the secondShining on debut: West Indies’ Lawrence Rowe is the only batsman to score a double century and century on debut. Against New Zealand at Kingston in 1971-72, he scored 214 and 100 not outadvertisementYoungest centurion: Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest to score a century. He made 114 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2001, aged 17 years and 61 daysOldest to 100: England’s Jack Hobbs scored 142 against Australia in Melbourne in 1928- 29, at the age of 46 years and 82 daysMost dismissals: South Africa’s Mark Boucher has 521 dismissals (499 catches and 22 stumpings) – the most for a wicketkeeperPerfect 10: Anil Kumble is one of only two bowlers to take all 10 wickets in an innings. He emulated England’s Jim Laker by taking 10-74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1998-99Safe hands: Rahul Dravid holds the record for the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper. In 153 Tests, he has 203 catchesAll-round prowess: South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the most successful all-rounder. In 145 Tests, he has 11,947 runs at 57.43 while taking 270 wickets and 166 catchesLongest reign: Australia’s Allan Border captained his team in 93 Tests, the most by a skipperMost Tests: England have played 911 Tests, the most by any team in the history of the gameMost victories: Australia have emerged victorious in 341 Tests. No other team in the history of the game has been so successfulMost defeats: England have lost as many as 261 Tests and hold the record for the most defeats in the game300 Club: India’s Virender Sehwag is one of a select band of players to have two scores of above 300 in Tests – the others being Don Bradman, Lara & Chris Gayle- Compiled by Manoj Kumarlast_img read more

Virat Kohli best in the ODI format, by far

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first_imgSourav Ganguly summed it up best. “Sheer class”, he said when asked to decode Virat Kohli in a run chase. Time and again, match after match Virat continues to baffle one and all. If it’s a run chase, he just has this uncanny ability to take his game a few notches higher. Pacing innings after innings beautifully and soaking in all the pressure, India’s talisman is also India’s single biggest match winner in ODI cricket. (India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in first ODI)What is special about Virat in a run chase? Why is he different to others? And is he the best batsman in ODI cricket in the world on current form?The last question is the easiest to answer. It is an overwhelming yes. No ABD, no Joe Root and no Kane Williamson comes near Virat in the 50 over format. In Test cricket it is perhaps Root who is the most consistent among this young crop and in the 20 over format, ABD can match Kohli stroke for stroke. But come the 50 over game, Virat’s consistency has no parallel. Averaging 50 plus with 25 hundreds, most of which have come in a winning cause, Virat is soon pushing himself into reckoning as India’s best ODI player of all time.Haazme ki goli, Rangon ki holi,Aur batting me kohliPoore India ko pasand hain Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 16, 2016In trying to analyse what’s special about him, one is forced to single out his confidence and ability to soak in pressure. The context, however big it is, doesn’t faze him and Kohli goes about his business in a manner he has mastered over the years. Knowing full well he can accelerate at any time, the asking rate is never a concern with Virat allowing that extra bit of cushion to pace his innings. Importantly, he allows the batsman at the other end to bat freely and to their liking without ever feeling the pressure. With Kohli there running between the wickets is inevitably top notch and most batsman can revolve around Virat without having to look at the scoreboard. (Also Read: Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane proudly wear their mothers’ name on jerseys)advertisementHow long can he continue this rich vein of form? Can he win India the Champions Trophy in England in the summer of 2017 and will that be the culmination Virat is hoping for?Having failed in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and in the World Twenty20 on home soil, Virat will surely be eyeing the silverware in England. And it is one country where Kohli has not had the best results giving him the little extra incentive he perhaps needs. With 7 months to go for cricket’s next big tournament, all of India will be hoping it will be another Virat show. One like no other.Here are his 10 best knocks in run chases SCORE OPPONENT TARGET VENUE YEAR 183 Pakistan 329 Dhaka March 18, 2012 133* Sri Lanka 320 Hobart February 28, 2012 107 Sri Lanka 315 Eden Gardens December 24, 2009 115 Australia 351 VCA, Nagpur October 30, 2013 100* Australia 359 Jaipur October 16, 2013 136 Bangladesh 280 Fatullah February 26, 2014 139* Sri Lanka 287 Ranchi November 16, 2014 128* Sri Lanka 252 Colombo July 31, 2012 112 England 238 Delhi October 17, 2011 85* New Zealand 191 Dharamsala October 16, 2016last_img read more

Campfire Songs: Take This Playlist on Your Next Camping Trip

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first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Jupiterimages/Getty ImagesJupiterimages/Getty ImagesCamp is set up, the fire is glowing, and you’re staring into the flames contemplating the meaning of life. To further augment the experience, fire up this playlist on your portable bluetooth speaker, relax, and find your center as the wood slowly burns before you. It’s hard to shake the image of the acoustic guitar in front of a campfire, so this playlist is fueled by the folk world’s weapon of choice. And though the mix overflows with top-notch tracks, below are some choice highlights. The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now “Song in Stone” by Iron & WineSam Beam — by means of his vehicle for putting music out into the world, Iron & Wine — is slowly becoming an American institution. Hailing from Chapin, South Carolina, Beam has a knack for tapping into the subconscious of pure unbridled (and unstylized) Americana. From his early, almost wholly acoustic ventures on The Creek Drank The Cradle and Our Endless Numbered Days to his more eclectic recordings of late, Beam’s comforting voice and everyman lyrics capture the subtle details of life with grace and beauty. “Song In Stone” and “The Truest Stars We Know” on 2017’s Beast Epic, and “Everyone’s Summer of ’95” on Archive Series Volume No. 1  all meditatively further this notion while providing woven threads to the warm blanket of this mix.“Follow My Voice” by Julia ByrneHailing from my hometown of Buffalo, New York, Julie Byrne sounds deeper and wiser than her 27 years might suggest. Byrne has one of those voices that evokes generations of wisdom, hardship, and growth. Lilting and breathy yet powerful and expansive, as this track suggests, it’s hard not to follow her. “Follow My Voice” comes off Byrne’s second full length album, Not Even Happiness. I’m excited to see where this unique singer/songwriter takes us as her age slowly catches up with her abundant talent.“All My Trials” by Nick Drake and Gabrielle DrakeThe tragic loss of Nick Drake in 1974 at age 26 rears its heartbreaking head every time his haunting voice and unique open tuning acoustic guitar style find your ears. The ethereal nature of his music coupled with his untimely demise make Drake an otherworldly force that swiftly cuts through whatever’s “hot” in popular music at any given time. Thank goodness for the recorded material released in his lifetime the others that have been unearthed by his family posthumously (despite the artist’s likely bristling at the notion of their seeing the light of day). “All My Trials” (a duet with his sister, Gabrielle) and “They’re Leaving Me Behind” (further down the playlist) make a grand argument for their release as they only serve to widen his lethal legacy.“Open Book” by José GonzálezHaving seen José González live on multiple occasions, I can attest to the fact that his incredible voice is no studio trickery (excepting when he doubles it up). This Swedish musician (raised by Argentinian parents) is a bit of an anomaly; his voice is not a powerful,  operatic force of nature, but rather just the opposite. It is in the subtle, quiet, under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight tones with which González achieves his profound greatness. In “Open Book,” González contemplates his life without an ex-lover beside him while perfectly finger-picking his acoustic guitar.“Sand River” by Beth Gibbons and Rustin ManBeth Gibbons was the ghostly, commanding voice behind trip-hop masters Portishead. On her first solo album, Out of Season, (with the help of Paul Webb/Rustin Man) her voice is showcased in a more traditional band-based manner, yet still manages to steal the show with its sheer gravitas and perpetual heartache shrouding us in melancholy vibrations all anew.May this acoustic mix provide solace and comfort as you ponder our mortal coil while peering into the primordial embers of the campfire from which we sprang forth — or provide a good soundtrack for making s’mores!center_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Homelast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

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first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lake Road, Tatamagouche Lake Road, from West Tatamagouche Road for about six kilometres to Slade Road, will have stop-and-go traffic for road repairs and mailbox adjustments until Wednesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Lennox Passage Bridge, Isle Madame The speed limit on the Lennox Passage Bridge on Isle Madame is reduced to 20 km/h while the department studies damage to the bridge’s joints. The bridge is safe and the public will be advised if further restrictions are required. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Captain Gillis Bridge The Captain Gillis Bridge, on Trunk 19 near Port Hood, is opened to one lane with a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Detours for truck traffic will remain in place.center_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, Richmond County, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img read more

Elementary facts complex picture

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first_imgI am not in the business of predicting who will win and who will lose before the elections are even held. The psephologists pore over detailed past data of wins and losses, constituency by constituency, then make sample surveys and probability calculations. Then, in the end, the actual results mysteriously beat all the predictions. How come? The answer comes from the myriad complexity of the Indian socio-economic scene. But let me tell you the story of meeting people in the course of their everyday life and what they are thinking about the elections in Uttar Pradesh in Bagpet-Muzaffarnagar belt. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe small sweetmeats shop alongside the dusty road to Bagpet town in western Uttar Pradesh was doing brisk business right in the morning. Inside, boxes of sweets were being dispatched, while teas and milk were being served to those who are dropping by. One of these was Dr. Sandeep, a young man who asked for his glass of milk and sweets before he goes to town for his dental clinic. Despite prodding, he refused to reveal his family name. He is a dentist and has his own chamber. Joining a conversation on the forthcoming elections, he was rather guarded how the “chamars” would vote. He insisted that they would go by their own conscience, while proclaiming that he was a “chamar” himself, to authenticate his views about his community’s voting. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe owner of the shop, at the other end, insisted that his “samaj” i.e., the Jats would all go for BJP. For him, BJP has become equated with “Modi” and Jats, despite having two rival candidates from their community, would still go for the latter. The Jat shipowner maintained that all the OBCs and other backward classes would also vote for “Modi”. Three shops away in the village iron smithy, where farm equipment to shovels and scythes were prominently displayed, a couple of people were whiling away their time, awaiting their morning business. They greeted us strangers with a blend of suspicion and curiosity, giving rather bland replies to our questions on possible voting patterns in the area. People would vote according to their own calculations about who would be winning, said Mohammad Ghafoor. The shop-owner was obviously a cautious man. But as a motley crowd gathered fast, some ventured out with their stronger views. What really is the state of the ordinary people, questioned Alam, a man with strong hands and contorted fingers from years of hard physical labour. There are hardly any good doctors, and if you go to Delhi they would ask for Aadhaar number and they shoo you out suggesting you go to district hospitals, said Mohammad Iqbal. Quota rice and wheat given out at a concessional price are hardly worth human consumption. The litany of woes was getting longer, by when others joined in including Sharmaji, who was a brahmin and another Singh, being a Jat, to voice their views on inadequacies. The conviviality of the village iron smithy was no distant thing. It was for us to feel sitting on the rough benches and “charpoys” laid out in front of the inadequate shop. Sharmaji or Sigh felt they would all go for their Jat candidate of the gathbandhan. There was a consensus that the Muslims would do the same and go for the rainbow coalition candidate. As we hit the road again, we were waylaid by a few strapping young men waving us to stop. Obviously, our — some outsiders – movements were closely monitored. They led us through an iron gate into a courtyard where a group of men were sitting around a hookah with a long upright stem and a longer smoking pipe, taking a drag in turn. There were sturdy young men as well as older senior members whose general behaviour and conversing stance was conveying a sense of overbearing confidence. They were the Jats. They welcomed us into their charmed circle and offered “cold machine water,” that is, from the water purifying units. Obviously not the down and out variety, the assembled Jats were occupying the top echelon of the local society and economy. For them, the turning point of politics was the Muzzafarnagar riots some five years back when the then Akhilesh Yadav rulers had arrested many prominent Jats and created other difficulties in their way. But then, there were other issues. They are now getting good prices for their cane harvests and the money is coming directly into their bank accounts. They are also getting electricity most of the time and farmers do not have to keep awake to turn on their pumps at 2 O’clock in the night when power would suddenly come for a little while. Now they are getting electricity most of the day and night. And then, law and order have improved. You do not have to worry about the safety of your family members when they go out. Women could also venture out and go round for their work. Some money had flown into their bank accounts from the government as well. Here was a complex scenario where castes and creed would influence their thinking on who to vote, superimposed on that the economic benefits that were coming and the expectations of what should come in the immediate future. Given the layers of segregation into their little social boxes, their variety of vested interests, the social and religious fault lines and within that caste-based sense of identity, one has to be really audacious to anticipate the results of the forthcoming elections. But yet in the dusty haze, it is possible to delineate some broad trends. This election is showing a split between those who are gaining from the rising prosperity in the countryside and those who are not. But at least in the eight constituencies of western UP, the number of those who are gaining from the system are not inconsequential. There is a huge block of people who are rising and have developed a stake in systemic stability. The omnipresent cane growers of the region are a case in point: the annual inflow from cane is not something to be scoffed at. In Bagpet alone, cane purchases run up to Rs 350 crore a year. In addition, there are other avenues for work. Secondly, Modi has emerged as a leader with his image head, neck and shoulder above the rest of the pack of political leaders. A sequence of this is the diminution of BJP as a political party. If the election is won it is the credit of Modi if it is lost it goes personally to his discredit. One is almost goaded to recall India’s past political history not many years back. Over forty years ago, a Congress president of the day, Deb Kanta Barooah, had coined a slogan “India is Indira” and “Indira is India”. Indira Gandhi did not have a particularly endearing political record after those heady days of fulsome flattery. No one has gone to that extent just now. However, Modi appears to be inching towards this larger-than-life image and not surprisingly evoking extreme feelings. There are those who are intensely antipathetic, just as those who are swearing by him. Thirdly, “economism” is a major underlying current in determining the results of this election. The cooking gas connections in the kitchens of those who could not have imagined of this facility or the toilets have done their bit of public relations, however much denigrated. In the end, the Indian elections have become a story of aspirations of the people and the aspirational demands are trickling down the social ladder. To the extent these are fulfilled, it will bring dividends. If these aspirations are unmet it will come back with a bang. If UP is a microcosm of northern India —rather north of the Vindhyas— then the short visit reveals the complex fabric of society which is exercising its franchise rights: Here you witness diversity, unity, antipathy and sectarian loyalty all of which are running parallel in the polity. The election results will be the sum total of these contradictory forces and that is our India. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Moroccan Underage Girl Explains How Her Saudi Husband Repeatedly Mistreats Her

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Rabat – A video depicting domestic violence has made the rounds on social media. The two-minutes-long clip showing what is believed to be a husband abusing his Moroccan wife, Safaa, who is 17 years old.In the video, which the alleged wife secretly filmed, the husband is seen carrying a belt while brutalizing his underage wife  and strangling her against the floor. In the second part of the video, having beaten his wife, the husband appears to act as if he had only been reciting the Qur’an to exorcise his seemingly possessed wife. The two parts of the videos posted on social media triggered public outrage and indignation.Originally from Temara, South of Rabat, Safaa, who said she comes from the countryside, filmed a separate video in which she recounts her situation, including her identity and how she got where she is now. She said she married her Saudi husband and relocated to Saudi Arabia, where she got beaten on the first day she arrived. She also recounts how her husband repeatedly brutalized her since relocating to Saudi Arabia. She said her abusive sometimes locks her up to prevent her from leaving.Safaa said she had a miscarriage as a result of violent beatings. Safaa, who explained that she has suffered greatly, said, “I slept alone on cardboards because I couldn’t stand him being around.” read more

Haiti UN hurricane relief appeal grossly underfunded

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Only 2 per cent of the $108 million flash appeal has so far been donated, nine days after it was launched, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.OCHA stressed that the situation remains very serious in the impoverished Caribbean country, where over 320 people were killed by the storms and flooding, and 160,000 others are still living in the open, exposed to disease and malnutrition.Some $54 million are needed for emergency food aid. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already helped feed some 298,000 people since the start of the crisis.OCHA is also concerned over access to those who have not yet received aid, including people in the Artibonne and Nippes regions, where continued rains might complicate relief efforts.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Haiti, Hédi Annabi, yesterday visited hurricane victims in Hinche, central Haiti, evaluating their needs and assuring them of the commitment of the UN and the international community to help them.Meanwhile, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow began a five-day tour today to take stock of the devastation which has affected more than 300,000 children, according to Government figures. Ms. Farrow and UNICEF Canada head Nigel Fisher will meet with children and women victims and visit Gonaïves, the worst-hit town, where some 70,000 people are in temporary shelters. 19 September 2008The United Nations today appealed to donors to make up an enormous shortfall in emergency funding for relief work in Haiti, where hundreds of thousands of people are still suffering from the devastation caused by four hurricanes over the past month. read more

Sri Lanka UN voices concern over staff member forcibly recruited by rebels

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The national staff member was recruited by force in the Government-declared ‘no-fire zone,’ where the world body says as many as 180,000 civilians are seeking refuge from the clashes.“The UN in Sri Lanka has protested to the LTTE that UN national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release,” according to a statement issued by the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the island nation.Another UN national staff member was recruited two weeks ago, but despite repeated requests from the UN, has yet to be released.“The brutal and inhuman treatment of civilians by the LTTE is utterly reprehensible, and should be examined to see if it constitutes war crimes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said last week, calling on the Government and the LTTE to immediately halt the fighting to allow all civilians to evacuate the conflict zone. Navi Pillay deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict, pointing out that certain actions undertaken by both the Government and LTTE could constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.“We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate,” she said. “The world today is ever-sensitive about such acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”Repeated shelling has continued in the no-fire zone, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Other areas where civilians are sheltering have been hit, and OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since late January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundred having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt. 16 March 2009The United Nations today voiced its “grave” fears for the safety of one of its staff and three family members, including a 16-year-old girl, forcibly recruited this weekend by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who have been fighting the Sri Lankan Government in the country’s north. read more

Five Indian fishermen arrested while poaching in Sri Lanka

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Naval personnel attached to SLNS Gajaba located in Mannar in the North Central Naval Command arrested 5 Indian fishermen along with their fishing trawler while they were poaching in the sea area Southeast of Mannar yesterday (2).The arrested fishermen and items were handed over to the Assistant Directors Office of Fisheries, Mannar for onward legal action, the Navy media unit said today.

Its done Jonathan Sexton officially pens Racing Metro deal according to reports

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first_imgJONATHAN SEXTON TODAY signed a contract with Racing Metro, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.The Ireland out half was heavily linked with the Top 14 heavyweights in January when the IRFU confirmed Sexton would not be signing a new central contract.L’Equipe says sources indicate the two-year deal is worth €600,000 with  an additional 12-month option.The Leinster man is currently out of contention for Ireland’s 6 Nations games with a hamstring injury, picked up against England last time out.6 Nations: Marshall set to take centre stage after shaking off injuryIn pictures: Ireland’s 6 Nations hopefuls back in business ahead of Scotland showdownlast_img

The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised in India

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first_img THE DALAI LAMA has been hospitalised in the Indian capital with a chest infection and is feeling better, his spokesman has said.The 83-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader is under medication and likely to spend a day or two in the hospital, spokesman Tenzin Taklha said.The Dalai Lama flew from Dharamshala for consultations with doctors in the capital and was hospitalised yesterday. The north Indian hill town has been his headquarters since he fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.Takhla said the Dalai Lama was feeling much better now but has already cut down on travel in the past year as he has to take care of his health.He usually spends several months a year traveling the world to teach Buddhism and highlight the Tibetans’ struggle for greater freedom in China.“Long-distance travelling is tiresome. Generally, he is in very good health. But he is taking precautions,” he told The Associated Press.The Dalai Lama addressed a conference of educators and students in New Delhi last week.Answering a question related to Tibet’s future with China, he reiterated that he is not seeking independence for Tibet, but would prefer a “reunion” with China under mutually acceptable terms. 14,352 Views Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Image: Manish Swarup/PA Images Short URL The Dalai Lama has been hospitalised in India Tibet’s spiritual leader is 83 years old. Apr 10th 2019, 7:38 AM https://jrnl.ie/4584712 Share7 Tweet Email center_img Image: Manish Swarup/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 7:38 AM Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. By Associated Press 34 Comments last_img read more

Greece China to strengthen maritime ties

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first_imgGreece wants to strengthen maritime cooperation with China, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggesting that the Mediterranean nation could serve as a regional hub for the support of Beijing’s commercial and military vessels.“Crete [has] all the appropriate infrastructure for the refuelling, maintenance and repair of your country’s navy ships,” Samaras told Xi on Rhodes Sunday as the Chinese leader made a technical stop on his way to the BRICS summit in Brazil.“There is a possibility for cooperation, for example, in joint patrols of war ships,” said Samaras, who also spoke about collective action to fight piracy at sea.This was the second high-level visit from China to the debt-hit country in a month – and Xi said he would like to serve as an ambassador for Greek tourism among his country’s 1.3 billion population.Premier Li Keqiang visited the country in June to oversee the signing of trade and investment deals worth some 6.5 billion euros, while pledging to increase China’s purchase of Greek government bonds.Athens hopes Chinese investment will help spark long-elusive growth, while the Asian giant sees Greece as a gateway for investment in the rest of Europe.“The Chinese side will continue to support Greece on sovereign debt issues and efforts to promote economic recovery,” said Xi, making special reference to transportation infrastructure, shipping and energy.“China is ready to share its development opportunities with Greece and further enhance the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership,” Xi said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Murder trial gets underway with opening statements

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first_imgA prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a man accused of beating another man to death with an aluminum baseball bat could not have been acting in self-defense.Stephen Reichow, 35, struck Brandon Maulding nearly 20 times in the head with the bat during an altercation Aug. 1, 2015, outside a storage facility in Battle Ground, Deputy Prosecutor James Smith said during opening statements in Reichow’s murder trial in Clark County Superior Court.The two Battle Ground men were acquaintances. Maulding, who was 36, was later pronounced dead at an area hospital.Smith argued that the level of violence indicates it was not self-defense.“A picture can be worth a thousand words, and I think this picture says a lot,” Smith said as he flashed a grisly photo of Maulding’s body across a large screen. “He beat him to a pulp.”Reichow’s defense attorney, Sean Downs, argued that there are two sides to every story and “sometimes three, four, five. It’s not always going to fit together perfectly for you,” he told the jury.What the attorneys do seem to agree on is that Reichow and Maulding had been hanging out earlier in the day. They were picked up by another friend, Anne Tanninen, from Maulding’s house and went to a storage unit that Tanninen had rented.last_img read more

Premier Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson and UKOT Leaders meet in London

Premier Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson and UKOT Leaders meet in London

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first_imgDuring the week-long visit, Premier Cartwright Robinson also had three other key engagements: a bilateral meeting with Baroness Anelay on key areas of concern for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government, among which are national security, border protection and policing, human rights concerns and SIPT funding; a meeting with the Minister of State for Security, Hon. Ben Wallace MP on proposed amendments to the Criminal Finances Bill, which if passed in the UK Parliament could see the introduction of open registries in British Overseas Territories sooner than originally anticipated; and an Introduction and Photocall Session and Tour along with the other leaders, with the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, The Prime Minister at No. 10 Downing Street in London.While in the UK, the Premier also hosted receptions in London and Manchester, where the she addressed the Turks and Caicos Islands students and diaspora on matters of national priority and the focus of her Government, and further had the opportunity to hear from attendees on matters of interest to them. As an advocate for the development and empowerment of young people, the Premier found the evenings informative and invigorating and noted that she looks forward to engaging with the diaspora further when she next visits London in June of this year for the next OT-EN and Pre-JMC meetings. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT JMC (OT-EN) was hosted by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. Robin Walker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU, and was attended by leaders of twelve members of the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) which includes: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, St Helena and Ascension Islands, Tristan Da Cunha and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Recommended for you Premier Cartwright-Robinson returned to the TCI to attend the meeting of the House of Assembly that was scheduled on Monday, February 13, 2017 in the capital, Grand Turk. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The two-day meeting of the JMC (OT-EN), which was agreed in London back in October last year among the Overseas Territories (OT) Leaders during the annual Joint Ministerial Council Meeting as the primary forum for dialogue on the UK’s exit from the EU, sought to facilitate political engagement and collaboration between the UK Government and the Governments of the Overseas Territories to ensure that OT’s requirements are taken into consideration in the preparations of the UK to exit the EU.Among the opportunities presented by the forum was the discussion on areas of opportunity for EU cooperation and collaboration with the OTs that may be affected during the period that the UK remains a member of the EU; the basis for a future relationship between the UK, OTs and EU; and it further provided a road map for future engagement at the Ministerial and Official level to ensure that matters agreed at the forum are upheld during UK negotiations on their exit from the EU.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, England, February 16, 2017 – The Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Honourable Sharlene L. Cartwright Robinson, this week joined other leaders of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOT) in London at an extraordinary Joint Ministerial Council (Overseas Territories – Europe Negotiations) (JMC (OT-EN)) Meeting specifically arranged to begin preliminary negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) Government in anticipation of the enactment of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon and Britain’s exit from the European Union. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Prayers for teen fatally shot in NW MiamiDade amid search for shooter

Prayers for teen fatally shot in NW MiamiDade amid search for shooter

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first_imgSo far, no arrests have been made.Sunday night, Miami-Dade Police announced they have added a $10,000 reward, in addition to the $3,000 already offered by Crime Stoppers, for information leading to an arrest.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $13,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community is mourning the loss of a teen who was fatally gunned down as police continue their search for the shooter.Friends and family gathered for a prayer service at the New Beginning Church in Miami Gardens, Sunday afternoon, to remember 15-year-old Isaiah Solomon.Police said the teen, who aspired to become an FBI agent, was killed Friday night after a gunman opened fired during a wake being held for his cousin, near Northwest 83rd Terrace and 19th Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade.The gunfire also left a 22-year-old man dead and four other victims injured.RELATED: 2 shot dead, 4 injured during wake in NW Miami-DadeThe Rev. Vernon Gillum, a local pastor, said his daughter, 20-year-old Verneisha Gillum, was among those injured. On Sunday, he spoke out against gun violence. “This is an infectious disease that we have to find a way to remedy,” he said, “so that we’re no longer robbing our kids’ opportunity to grow up and to enjoy life and to fulfill those dreams and goals that many of us shared as little kids.”All four injured victims are expected to be OK. last_img read more

Elementary school teacher carjacked at NW MiamiDade school parking lot

Elementary school teacher carjacked at NW MiamiDade school parking lot

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first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Cameras captured two robbers as they demanded a teacher give up her car keys inside a South Florida elementary school parking lot.Officials said the teacher at Biscayne Gardens Elementary School was returning to her car when the subjects approached her.They demanded her car keys at gunpoint before they sped off in her vehicle.The duo later crashed the car and fled on foot.Police are searching for the crooks. If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Soldotna High School hockey captain suspended from play following racist tweets

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first_img(Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)A senior on the Soldotna High School hockey team was suspended from play over the weekend after posting racist comments on social media.Listen nowThe player was a team captain but did not participate in games in Anchorage over the weekend.Posts on his personal Twitter account, one dated Jan. 19 and one dated Jan. 20, quickly went viral around the state, in which he made denigrating remarks about Alaska Natives, the LGBTQ+ community and the former first family.The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Soldotna High School posted a statement on their Facebook pages Saturday saying the matter is being addressed and that the district, school and hockey program are “disappointed and troubled” by the posts.It read: “Today, more than ever, we each need to pause and think about what we tweet, post on social media, and say to one another. Hate-filled, racist and disparaging remarks run counter to the mission of the KPBSD, our schools and our athletic programs, and will not be tolerated.”The post further stated that conversations about the appropriate use of social media will continue with students and athletes.last_img read more

Sye Raa sets worth Rs 2 crore gutted in massive fire at

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first_imgPictures of Giant sets worth 2 crores of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy gutted in a massive fire accidentScreenshots of Twitter videoGiant sets worth Rs 2 crore erected for the shooting of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy were gutted in a massive fire at megastar Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the wee hours of Friday.Actor-turned-producer Ram Charan had erected the giant sets for the shooting of period drama Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy at the farmhouse of his father. It is learnt that the massive fire was caused by a short circuit on Friday morning. Since it was a holiday for the film unit, no loss of life is reported. Krishnamurthy, the Principal Correspondent of Republic TV in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, shared a video of this accident and wrote: “Massive fire in megastar #Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of #Hyderabad where shooting for #SyeraaNarasimhareddy is on. Fire erupted because of short circuit. Luckily, no one was injured as it was on off day. @SrBachchan.”According to reports, the shooting of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy was delayed due to some issues. Hence, Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan had decided to erect these giant sets in their farmhouse for a hassle-free shooting. The film unit had shot some crucial scenes in this Rs-2-crore worth set on Thursday. Though fire tenders were rushed in immediately, they could not stop the huge damage.Later in the afternoon, Ram Charan posted on the Twitter page of his banner Konidela Pro Company, “Unfortunately, a fire broke out on our #SyeRaa set in Kokapet earlier this morning. Thankfully, everyone in the team is safe and no one is hurt. We are really looking forward for our last schedule to finish. #SyeRaaNarasimhaReddy” Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyTwitterSye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a long delayed movie and the fans of the mega family have been desperately waiting for its release. The movie was scheduled to hit the screens during Sankranti 2019, but it was postponed to August. However, the delay in its production landed its release in uncertainity. Now, this fire accident will further delay its production and release.Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is a historical war film based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The film, which is directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under the banner Konidela Production Company, stars Chiranjeevi, Sudeep, Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapati Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Brahmaji.No one injured in the fire accident #chiranjeevi #SYeRaa pic.twitter.com/snzoIoOZ9y— Filter Kaapi (@FilterKaapiLive) May 3, 2019Massive fire in megastar #Chiranjeevi’s farmhouse in Kokapet on the outskirts of #Hyderabad where shooting for #SyeraaNarasimhareddy is on. Fire erupted because of short circuit. Luckily, no one was injured as it was on off day. @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/vsIIJBjpZI— krishnamurthy (@krishna0302) May 3, 2019last_img read more

Judges Ruling Could Have Big Implications For Proposed HighSpeed Rail Line

Judges Ruling Could Have Big Implications For Proposed HighSpeed Rail Line

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /00:43 A new ruling by a Leon County judge could have major implications for the proposed high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas, by preventing the rail line’s developers from using eminent domain to acquire land for the project.For the past few years,Texas Central Railway has been working on plans to build a privately-funded high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. At issue is whether Texas Central can use eminent domain as a railroad when landowners don’t want to sell their land voluntarily. The company contends it has that authority under Texas law, but a Leon County judge has now ruled that Texas Central isn’t actually a railroad.That ruling came in the case of a Leon County couple who sued after the company wanted to survey on their property.“This company thought it could come in and run roughshod over rural Texans without consequence,” said Barbara Miles, who sued Texas Central along with her husband Jim Miles. “What it vastly underestimated was the determination and the devotion with which we have prevailed against them at every turn.”Speaking at a news conference, Miles’ voice trembled with emotion. “For us it just isn’t just about dirt or rocks or trees or cattle or pastureland. It’s about family,” she said. The lawsuit was handled by attorney Blake Beckham. “This project cannot be finished without eminent domain and the project is completely off-track,” said Beckham. “The project is stymied and I don’t believe it will ever be built.”Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman is also applauding the ruling. Leman is now a state representative and he said he’s pushing for legislation to clarify who can use eminent domain.“In no way, shape, or form should a private entity be able to falsely claim to have the power of eminent domain and then under that false pretense be able to terrorize and threaten hundreds if not thousands of landowners,” said Leman.In response to the ruling, Texas Central issued a statement saying they plan to appeal.“We respectfully disagree with the judge’s decision in Leon County and plan to appeal. We are confident that the laws of Texas irrefutably give this project authority to access and survey private land to help determine the high-speed train’s most advantageous route between Houston and North Texas.Contrary to what others have said, a judge in Harris County previously declared that Texas Central is a bona fide railroad company, affirming its rights under state law to conduct surveys on private property to help determine the train’s most advantageous route between North Texas and Houston.That order held that Texas Central is a “railroad company” as defined in Section 81.002 of the Texas Transportation Code and an “interurban electric railway” as set forth in Section 131.011. In this instance, Texas Central completed the survey work and subsequently withdrew the legal action.Texas has long allowed survey access by railroads like Texas Central, pipelines, electrical lines and other industries that provide for a public good and a strong economy.Texas Central is moving forward on all aspects of this project, continuing conversations with property owners in Leon County and elsewhere who are signing onto the company’s land purchase program. Texas Central also is working without interruption on its construction planning and with its financial, engineering and business partners and with the Federal Railroad Administration on completing its environmental review of the project.” Sharelast_img read more