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Three rowers make the cut for Olympics

first_imgIndia’s list of qualifiers for the London Olympics was lengthened on Sunday when three rowers made it to the Games from the Asian tournament in South Korea on Sunday.Swarn Singh Virk booked his spot in the men’s single sculls event while Manjeet Singh and Sandeep Kumar will fly the flag in the lightweight men’s double sculls event.The berths were secured by winning their respective events at the FISA Olympic Continental Qualification Regatta for Asia in Chung Ju. “I am very happy with their achievement. This will be the fourth time our rowers will compete at the Olympics after Sydney, Athens and Beijing,” MV Sriram secretary general of the Rowing Federation of India (RFI), told Mail Today from Chennai.”It was very cold at Chung Ju on the first two days, but a bit better today which helped us perform better.”This will be the second Olympics for Manjeet, who took part in 2008 too. However, the women’s lightweight double sculls team finished fifth and failed to make it to the Olympics.”Credit goes to the national coach and Dronacharya awardee Ismail Baig and his dedicated team. We also have a dedicated back-up coaching staff,” Sriram said.”They conducted the camp in Hyderabad in a professional manner and looked after the rowers. The support from the government, the Sports Authority of India, and army was also vital as the sport does not get any private financial assistance.”Bajrang Lal Takhar, the Guangzhou Asian Games gold medallist, could not make it to the first team and was a reserve.advertisement”Bajrang is a great rower. It is just that someone was better than him on the given day. It was the lightweight double sculls event, and he was a heavyweight. In the singles event, Swarn Singh was the better rower,” Sriram said. “Bajrang will come back and train.” With just three months left for the Olympics, the RFI secretary general said there was no time to waste.”The rowers will have a small break on their return before getting back to their training in Hyderabad till the time they leave for the Olympics,” he said.”We will have to stick to the schedule for the moment and then take a call on whether we need foreign exposure. Some of the promises we have been given by the government have not been fulfilled yet. We need to sit down with the government on this matter as the rowers have consistently won medals for the country,” Sriram said. He said a tour of Europe and London to acclimatise with the conditions at the Olympic venue will be useful.Despite the fourth successive passage to the Olympics, Sriram was realistic about India’s medal chances in London.”We expect to do well. But we have a long way to go to contend for the medals. We are among the top 15 or 20 in the world. The talent is there; it only needs support,” he added.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 sold out in 2 min in its first flash sale

first_imgXiaomi conductedthe first flash sale for Redmi 2 in India today. The device went on sale at 2pm and unsurprisingly went out-of -stock within the first 2 minutes.According to Xiaomi India head, Manu Kumar Jain, the devices went from 50,000 to zero in 87 seconds. Prior to the sale,Xiaomi confirmed on its Mi India Facebook page that it will be selling50,000 units in the first flash sale and that the device had received 3lakh registrations.Stocking 50,000units for a flash sale is pretty ambitious for any company but Xiaomi seems tobe confident with the Indian market and today’s sale did not disappoint theirexpectations. The Redmi 2 has been a successful device in China and was a majorupgrade from its previous version, Redmi 1s. The phone sports a 64bit, 4G-capable snapdragon 410 chipset which is relatively new in the budget phonesegment. In terms of design the phone is slimmer and lighter than the Redmi 1sbut at the same time maintains the same 4.7 inch screen size.However, Xiaomidid not upgrade the RAM and camera on the device with the same 1GB RAM, 8MegaPixel primary camera and 2 Megapixel primary camera. The smartphones screencomes with the same HD resolution but is much better in terms of quality.Xiaomi had alsolaunched the Tegra K1 powered Mi Pad today but unlike Xiaomi’s usual mode of sale the Mi Pad was soldin an open-sale. Even with the open-sale the stocks just lasted for anhour. According to Mi India’s official twitter page the stocks were supposed tolast for two weeks. The official statement said, “Our Mi Pad sold outwithin the hour. Based on tablet sales, we’d estimated this batch to last 2weeks. We will bring more soon. Stay tuned!”advertisementXiaomi has alwaysreceived an overwhelming response for most of its products in India and it’sthe same with the company’s second generation devices in India.last_img read more

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NEWSALERT-COURT-INK

first_imgDelhi court grants bail to Bhawna Arora, accused ofDelhi court grants bail to Bhawna Arora, accused of throwing ink at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI UK PKS ARClast_img

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‘Lacazette inferior to top drawer Morata’

first_imgChelsea v Arsenal Arsenal striker Lacazette inferior to ‘top drawer’ Chelsea rival Morata, says Merson Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 04:04 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alvaro Morata Chelsea 09092017 Getty Chelsea v Arsenal Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Morata The former Gunners midfielder considers Arsene Wenger’s big-money buy to be a fine player, but feels Antonio Conte got the better summer deal Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is “good” but Chelsea landed a “top drawer” signing in Alvaro Morata, says Paul Merson.The Gunners broke their transfer record to bring in a France international over the summer, before their London rivals at Stamford Bridge did likewise when luring a Spanish frontman away from Real Madrid.Arsenal 20/1 to win Premier League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Both have hit the ground running to offer an immediate return on the sizeable investment made in their talent.Morata slightly edges things at present, with three goals in five appearances compared to Lacazette’s return of two, and Merson believes the 24-year-old will prove to be a shrewd addition for the Blues and the Premier League.Ahead of a meeting between Chelsea and Arsenal on Sunday, the former England international told Sky Sports: “I like him [Lacazette], I think he is a good player – but Morata is top top drawer.”Morata is going to be an absolute star in the Premier League. He’s different class.Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Bournemouth 9917“I watched him come on as a sub in the first game against Burnley and even in that 15 minutes… it’s like when you watch something and someone’s done something in 15 minutes and you think ‘wow, they can play’ and he did that about five times. He’s hit the ground running.”I like Lacazette don’t get me wrong, but if I was playing Real Madrid on Saturday he would play in front of Lacazette.”Arsenal spent £46 million landing Lacazette from Lyon, while Chelsea paid Real £60m for Morata.They will likely lead their respective lines on Sunday when two old adversaries take in a crunch Premier League derby clash which could go a long way towards shaping the fortunes of Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte this season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Talking Horses: ITV4 to experiment with Friday evening horse racing

first_imgTuesday’s best bets, by Chris CookITV Racing is hoping to benefit from sports-hungry viewers next month when the first blank day of the World Cup comes around on Friday 29 June. ITV4 is to screen that evening’s racing from Newcastle, when the track stages a useful card on the eve of the Northumberland Plate, and ITV staff hope for another success to follow its coverage of Brigadier Gerard night at Sandown last month. Bangor 2.00 Potterman 2.30 Fair Mountain 3.00 Captiva Island 3.30 Craigmor 4.00 Twojayslad 4.30 Hello Fellas Fontwell 2.15 Westerbee 2.45 Our Three Sons 3.15 Peculiar Places 3.45 Innocent Girl 4.15 Mogestic 4.45 Chantara Rose 5.15 Little Jack Southwell 6.05 Sizing Scorpion 6.35 Desertmore View 7.05 Haul Away 7.35 Weightfordave (nb) 8.05 Kentford Heiress 8.35 Symphony Of Angels 9.05 Sunrise Ruby Newcastle 6.15 Red Hut Red 6.45 Ravenswood 7.15 Weather Front (nap) 7.45 Stoney Broke 8.15 Pouvoir Magique 8.45 Windforpower Tips by Chris Cook. features ITV Racing Talking Horses … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 5 June Support The Guardian Hide From a racing fan’s perspective, it’s interesting and encouraging to see a broadcaster trying something new with the sport, rather than relying purely on the tried and tested regime of Saturday afternoons. (Full disclosure: I did a very little bit of work for ITV Racing last year.)The hope, I gather, is that this new evening’s coverage will get a mention or two on ITV the previous night, when that channel is screening England’s last group game against Belgium. “ITV4 are thrilled with the racing and the coverage it’s given them,” Paul Cooper, ITV’s deputy racing editor told me. “They very kindly supported us when we wanted to do Sandown. That went well, so we wanted to try a Friday night and this Newcastle card was the strongest one on a Friday evening in the near future. “We’re at Newcastle anyway for the Plate the next day, so it made perfect sense. I know from my previous job [as a producer with At The Races] that Friday night racing has a place on television and of course it’s the first dark day of the World Cup.” Newcastle’s card that night includes a Group Three race for fillies which was won by Covert Love on her way to landing the Irish Oaks a couple of years ago. The big betting race is the Gosforth Park Cup, a class two sprint handicap won last year by Line Of Reason. Cooper made a point of thanking Newcastle for being prepared to bring forward their race-times on Plate day, Saturday 30 June, so the racing can be screened on the main ITV channel before kick-off for the first World Cup knockout game that afternoon. This year’s Plate will be run at 2.05pm, 85 minutes earlier than last year. If it turns out that ITV also has the rights to that first knockout game, then the racing can hope for a good audience as the warm-up act. Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here…center_img Topics Horse racing tips As it happens, today’s nap is also at Newcastle. You can get 3-1 about Weather Front (7.15), who goes well here and won over this course and distance in March, having been pipped on his previous visit. He ran respectably on turf last time, when the mile and a half might have been a bit far, and can be winning again back on the Tapeta. He comes from the bang-in-form Karen McLintock yard that has had five winners since the start of May from 17 runners.The rest of today’s action is over jumps. As Fergal O’Brien has noted on Twitter, three jumps cards in one day is better than we managed for most of the winter…At Bangor, there appears plenty of interest in Twojayslad (4.00), down to 9-2 from an opening 7-1. From the excellent Ian Williams yard, which has been winning under both codes lately, this one has come down 10lb for just four runs over the past year and now gets all the aids, a first-time tongue tie and the return of cheekpieces which were also on for the best of his runs in the past 18 months. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Show Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Read more Charlie Appleby throws down gauntlet to Aidan O’Brien at Masar’s Derby party The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Horse racinglast_img read more

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Report: Major Head Coach’s Future Is “In Doubt”

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)A major college football head coach’s future is reportedly “in doubt” following his team’s disappointing bowl game loss.Major Applewhite, who’s been Houston’s head coach since 2016, is reportedly now on the hot seat following the Cougars’ loss to Army.SB Nation reported late on Saturday that Applewhite’s future was “in doubt” after the disappointing bowl game performance.From the report:Houston head coach Major Applewhite’s future with the Cougars is in doubt after UH’s record book-worthy, 70-14 loss to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl capped an 8-5 season, sources confirmed to SB Nation.The game tied the FBS records for points allowed in a bowl game and margin of victory in a bowl.Upon Applewhite’s hiring, both UH Board of Regents chairman Tilman Fertita and president Renu Khator famously stated, “We’ll fire coaches at 8-4.”Applewhite, 40, is 15-11 as Houston’s head football coach.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Cabinet Approves Amendments to Titles Act

first_imgCabinet has granted approval for amendments to the Facilities for Titles Act, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has informed. Speaking at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on December 6, she noted that the changes will assist in bringing undocumented land owners to a standard where ownership can be proved, and that ownership is then evidenced by a Certificate of Compliance for their land. The changes to the Act will also make provision for the title investigation procedure to be used in land tenure cases. “It will modify the procedure under the current Act, which makes it mandatory for the land owner to first apply for a loan before the procedure to establish ownership can be engaged,” she stated. Furthermore, the amendment will also allow for the certificate of compliance to be issued to the reputed land owner after the investigations are completed. It will also certify that the person named in the certificate has a title to the land described. The amendment will also update the current fines for offences under the act, which includes a $200 penalty for obtaining a loan by false representation. The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change estimates that there are 400,000 parcels of unregistered land in Jamaica.last_img read more

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Social Security Minister Urges All Jamaicans to Contribute to the NIS

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, is urging all Jamaicans earning an income to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), so that they can benefit from the programme after retirement.Mr. Kellier, who was speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister on June 6, pointed out that all working Jamaicans, including those who are self-employed, have both a legal and moral obligation to contribute to the scheme.“We want the word to go out, so that all Jamaicans, from all walks of life, know that they have a duty to contribute to the NIS, so that we can ensure that benefits that are accrued can be distributed to them when the time comes,” he emphasized.The Minister lamented that, “many persons want to receive benefits, but they don’t contribute.” He said the NIS is a very important aspect of the Ministry’s social protection programme and must be seen as an investment by Jamaicans.The NIS is a compulsory contributory funded social security scheme, which offers financial protection to workers and their families against loss of income arising from injury on the job, incapacity, retirement, and death of the insured.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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Government Office Closures Due to Weather

first_imgSome provincial government offices in Nova Scotia are closed today, Jan. 4, due to inclement weather and poor travel conditions. Please check with your local office before proceeding to an appointment. Access Nova Scotia Centres in Kentville, Middleton, Lawrencetown and Digby are closing at 2:30 p.m. All other Access Nova Scotia Centres and the government call centre will close at 4:30 p.m. Other office closure information as of 2 p.m. -30- Sheet Harbour Registry of Motor Vehicle office, closed Shelburne Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, closed Bible Hill office of Department of Agriculture, Harlowe and Hancock Buildings at the Dalhousie University Agricultural Campus, closed Kentville office of Department of Agriculture, closed Department of Environment, Bedford, closed Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture, Cornwallis Park, Annapolis Co., closed Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Pictou, closed Labour and Advanced Education offices in Kentville, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Digby, New Glasgow, Antigonish, Truro, and Amherst and in the Thompson Building in Halifax, closed. This office includes student assistance, post-secondary disability services and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency GeoNova, Amherst closing at 2:30 p.m. the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, closed the Museum of Natural History will be closing at 3 p.m. the Nova Scotia Archives will be closing at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Cannot take Bhuvis ODI performances for granted says Kohli

first_imgLondon: Skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who played a pivotal role in India’s clinical win over Australia in their World Cup fixture at the Kennington Oval. On Sunday, Kumar bowled brilliantly during Australia’s big chase and kept the run flow in check, while picking up crucial wickets as the defending champions fell short by 36 runs from the 353-run target. The 29-year-old was just immaculate with his line and lengths towards the start of the Australian innings and didn’t give any freebies to the Australian openers. He was equally impressive in his second spell and picked up three wickets, including two in one over of Steve Smith (69) and Marcus Stoinis (0) and made sure Australia never got ahead during their chase. He returned with figures of 3-50 in a match where even the likes of Jasprit Bumrah (3/61) and Mitchell Starc (1/74) went for plenty on a batting-friendly wicket. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunSpeaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “You can’t take Bhuvi’s performances in the one-day format for granted. He’s a champion bowler and picks up wickets with the new ball as well as with the old. It was a game changer (the wickets of Smith and Stoinis in the same over).” He also hinted that they will stick with Kumar in the upcoming matches as well and will include Mohammad Shami only when the conditions are overcast and the pitch has something to offer for the pacers. “For us if Shami plays, it has to be overcast conditions and the pitch has to offer a lot.” He also revealed that the ODI 2-3 series loss against Australia earlier this year at home really motivated them. “We were more motivated to win today because we lost the series in India being 2-0 up and there was no Mitchell Starc either. So, him coming makes their bowling line-up even stronger,” Kohli said at the post-match presser. “I think we had to be at the top of our game and therefore, we couldn’t have asked for a better game to be honest in all the three departments… We played a really good one-day game today. And with results in the past, we had to make sure that against this side, we win all the crucial moments because once you put your foot down off the peddle, this side capitalises and takes the game away. So, we are very pleased with the performance.”last_img read more

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Parole Board of Canada denies Edmonton hostage takers appeal for release

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A man who took nine people hostage at gunpoint in Edmonton has lost a Parole Board of Canada appeal for release from custody.Patrick Clayton is serving an 11-year sentence for hostage-taking, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose in relation to a 2009 incident at the Workers’ Compensation Board office.Clayton was granted day parole in November 2015 but that was revoked this May after he was found to be deceitful and manipulative, that he breached his curfew and was exhibiting impulsivity and poor decision making.After being returned to prison, the board says Clayton admitted to using prescription and street drugs to mitigate mental health issues and was also engaging in a relationship with a sex worker.Clayton claimed on appeal that he was not previously given an option to attend a treatment centre and also wants job training.But in a decision released to the media Wednesday, the board’s appeal division says Clayton had attended two previous substance treatment programs and he continued to use and abuse drugs.The division’s documents say it supports the decision to revoke Clayton’s parole because his deteriorating behaviour took place “behind the scenes” without the knowledge of his case management team and his problem behaviour continued despite significant interventions.“The Board found that, despite ongoing interventions, you were unable to put into practice the skills to minimize behaviours which in the past had put the community at significant risk,” says the Oct. 13 decision.last_img read more

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It was about cutting the artery of culture

first_imgAPTN National NewsJohn Milloy continued his testimony at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nation child funding.Milloy, a historian and author of a National Crime, took the stand to talk about his research of Indian residential schools and to describe the policies of the federal government during that time.Here’s some of Milloy’s testimony.last_img

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Meeting with PM wont force BC to off its pipeline stand environment

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman says he doesn’t expect the province to back down on its battle against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion during a meeting Sunday with the prime minister and Alberta’s premier.Heyman says the government is trying to defend the B.C. coast, its environment and jobs from the potentially disastrous impacts of an oil products spill.He says the federal government has rejected B.C.’s invitations to join its attempt to ask the courts to determine who has jurisdiction over the pipeline, which will cross B.C. and Alberta. The Prime Minister’s Office says Justin Trudeau will sit down with Premier John Horgan and Alberta’s Rachel Notley on Sunday in an attempt to find a solution to the escalating dispute over the pipeline.Kinder Morgan turned up the heat last week announcing it is stopping essential spending on the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion because of opposition and delays in B.C., and established a May 31 deadline for action.Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says Alberta and the Trudeau Liberals are supporting a race to the bottom by backing the Kinder Morgan project when they should at least be talking about building more oil refineries instead of pipelines.last_img read more

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Weaponising the outer space

first_imgTwo decades ago when India conducted the nuclear test in Pokhran on May 11, 1998, there was a lot of jubilation by the government and the workers of the ruling party. People were made to believe that with this India will become a powerful country. Those who raised scepticism about the whole programme were labelled for not standing for national interest. In response, the Pakistan government conducted nuclear tests just after 17 days on May 28. While India had done 6 explosions, Pakistan did seven. The whole talk of a powerful nation with nuclear weapons got subdued. With this, we got into the nuclear arms race, spending huge amounts on nuclear weapons programme. At present both countries spend an exorbitant amount on arms race in comparison with expenditure on social needs. Now that Indian government has developed Anti Satellite missile (A-SAT), it would be naïve to believe that our neighbouring country will not react to it. Even though the Anti-Satellite missiles are not directed towards Pakistan because they do not have any satellite, yet Pakistan would not tolerate the macho image of India. China too has satellites. However, it is not possible to target them. Pakistan’s reaction will be seen in due course of time. But the situation has become murkier. The whole campaign against the weaponisation of outer space may be weakened. Many technologically advanced countries have not joined this star wars programme because there is a general agreement that outer space should be left without any such waste. ISRO is a respectable organisation which has to its credit developing satellites for communication and other purposes. This apparent move during election days is not only undesirable but dangerous. We cannot afford to waste our resources in such competition and develop programmes with a desire to create a sham image nationally and internationally. Statements by the Finance and Defence minister that the test firing is India’s bid to prepare for “tomorrow’s war” is unwarranted and too ominous. At this time when the electioneering is its peak, the Prime Minister should lay more emphasis on health, education and social indices. It is risky to justify the achievements of the scientific community by statements like “My aim is to make every Indian feel secured. I have great belief in the countrymen’s capabilities, commitment, dedication and ability to craft unitedly a nation which is strong, prosperous and secure. I envision such a Bharat where people can imagine such futuristic projects and garner the courage to go forward.” India is a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty reached in January 1967. The international treaty is binding on the parties to use outer space only for peaceful purposes. We must plan our strategies based on the priority needs of our people. India ranks at 140 in the human development index and Pakistan at 150. Our hunger index is 103 out of 118 countries and Pakistan’s is 106. While the government admits below poverty line people to be 20 per cent of our population, the unofficial figures may be much higher. India’s happiness index fell from 133 to 140 last year out of 156 countries as per the survey by the Sustainable Development solutions network under the UN. Investments in health and education remain less than 4 per cent and 3 per cent of respective gross domestic product (GDP) in the region. These are serious issues to be addressed. We should develop new strategies to combat terrorism in South Asia. Rhetoric against each other has not paid till date. We are a big country with immense diversity. It is time to take initiatives for sustainable peace and development. (Dr. Arun Mitra is Vice President, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development. Views are personal)last_img read more

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White House has New Muslim American Community Liaison

By Kainoelani LeeRabat – The White House recently welcomed their new community liaison under the Office of Public Engagement, Zaki Barzinji, former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, according to The Huffington Post.Barzinji plans to reach out to Muslim Americans, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Hindus working to ensure that the communities are represented at a federal level. “A big part of this role is making sure the national conversation about these communities is not framed through a single lens, but covers the full range of issues that Muslims and other Americans face,” Barzinji, 27, said in a statement to The Huffington Post.Previously, Barzinji served as a liaison to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, directed outrach to Arabic American, Asian American and Pacific American communities for McAuliffe’s 2013 campaign, and was the former president of Muslim Youth of North America.Barzinji’s new role consists of coordinating public speaking engagements for the Obama Administration in Muslim American communities, ensuring that Muslim American communities are represented in the Administration’s work, and working to promote civic involvement within faith communities.“I look forward to working hand in hand with my fellow Muslims and other communities of faith to build upon the policy priorities that this administration has worked tirelessly to promote over the past seven years,” he said. read more

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Facing a grim reality we need more than declarations to ensure better

Pointing to the links between the threats of terrorism, climate change, and inequality, and the ways in which they have merge in unprecedented fashion to undercut safe, healthy and enjoyable livelihoods across the globe, Mr. Rama told delegations attending the UN General Assembly’s annual debate today that on one hand, “we live in inspiring times […] but on the other, it seems like the world has lost its energy and vision.” He said global terrorism and radicalization have become a peril that continues to strike blindly and persistently. At the same time, some 65 million people, the highest number since World War II, have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to these acts and threats, among others. The ills are being exacerbated by climate change-driven extreme weather events, which are becoming more frequent and more intense. Citing the universal desire for safety, including freedom from oppression, persecution and violence, Mr. Rama said: “To achieve these goals, we need to go beyond declaratory undertakings. People rightly demand us to show responsibility and ability to act.” As such, he called for concerted action towards the 2030 Agenda and its landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and went on to detail Albania’s commitment to human rights, citing his pride in the number of women joining the country’s Government leadership. Turning to international relations, Mr. Rama described his country’s mission to join the European Union as a main priority. “It is not just one objective in our foreign policy; it is not a contractual relation of sorts. For us, the European integration lies at the heart of our overall development since it touches every cell of our development architecture,” he explained. Full statement available here read more

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Pioneer Pump feels the burn at Welsh coal mines

first_imgCeltic Energy is a leading coal mining company in South Wales, with its three open cast mines and washery producing over 1 Mt/y of coal per year. The company is renting five Pioneer pumps to dewater its mines, ensuring operations continue to run as efficiently as possible. The coal mined and processed at these sites is delivered to customers throughout Europe. The company is renting two Pioneer Pump 150CX clear liquid pumps and three solids handling pumps – a 100SH, a 100SM and a 150SL – to remove excess water that collects in its open cast mines. This is pumped into a water treatment area for processing, before it is directed into one of six dedicated discharge areas and released into nearby rivers.On average, the pumps remove up to 10,000 m3 of water a day at each site. This is first pumped 120 m vertically to lift the water out of the mine, and then transported horizontally over a distance of approximately 500 m.As well as the units themselves, Pioneer Pump provides a tailored solution to Celtic Energy’s specific needs. As an ISO 14001 accredited company, it is committed to reducing energy consumption and ensuring operations are as environmentally responsible as possible. As a result, the company has worked with Pioneer Pump’s Welsh division to produce a solution that will reduce the fuel burn of its dewatering activities by 10%.“These pumps are ideal for our operations,” says Mark Heames, Mine Manager at Celtic Energy. “Pioneer Pump has helped us to reduce our fuel consumption as well as to enhance our operations. We are also pleased with the aftersales service – the Pioneer team is on-hand to provide a quick solution if there are issues with our dewatering process.”Pioneer’s 150CX high pressure clear liquid pump provides a maximum flow of 900 m3 per hour with a maximum head of 202 m. The pump features an automatic stop/start function with floats, and is designed to reduce operating costs and energy consumption. The 100SH, 100SM and 150SL solids handling pumps are able to pass solids of 76 mm, and feature Pioneer enclosed solids handling impellers to deliver outstanding lift for maximum efficiency and a lower fuel burn.last_img read more

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Dog uninjured after police open fire in La Mesa

first_img LA MESA (KUSI) — La Mesa police Monday fired shots at a dog that charged at them while they were responding to a call, but the animal was not hit, a lieutenant said.Around 8 a.m., two officers were dispatched on a report of a domestic dispute at a home in the 7800 block of Grape Street, La Mesa police Lt. Chad Bell said. While the two were walking from their vehicle to the residence, a dog came out of the driveway and charged at them, Bell said.One of the officers fired off two shots at the dog, but missed. Meanwhile, the other officer managed to get the dog into the patrol car, he said.The dog was taken to the El Cajon Animal Shelter, where an animal control officer will “evaluate how violent it is,” Bell said.Officers also found no crime had occurred at the residence — “just some family members not getting along,” Bell said. No arrests were made. KUSI Newsroom, March 5, 2018 Dog uninjured after police open fire in La Mesa KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 5, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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No sign of hiker who fell from rim at Crater Lake

first_imgCRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. — Crater Lake National Park rangers would like to find a hiker who was seen falling from the caldera rim surrounding the lake. They want to find out what happened to him and make sure he’s OK.The man disappeared into trees on the slope Friday, and rangers and search and rescue teams from Douglas and Josephine counties searched the area while boats on Crater Lake and a helicopter also looked for him over the weekend.All they found was a pair of sun glasses. The man may have continued north on the Pacific Coast Trail.The hiker appeared to be a white man in his 40s, about 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with long hair and a full beard. He was wearing a knee brace.last_img read more

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Goodman Masson and Sky shortlisted for Best employee engagement strategy

first_imgFinancial recruitment organisation Goodman Masson and telecommunications business Sky have been shortlisted in the Best employee engagement strategy category at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019.This award recognises and celebrates an employer that has used benefits within its wider reward strategy to engage employees with the organisation, boosting productivity, satisfaction and retention.Goodman Masson was put forward for this accolade by The Experience and Sky was nominated by professional services and business process outsourcing firm Capita.The winning organisation will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2019, in association with Aon, on Friday 7 June 2019 at iconic venue The Pavilion at The Tower of London.HR, benefits and reward professionals will be able to network with colleagues and peers over a drinks reception at this iconic location, and the awards ceremony itself will be held over a gourmet three-course lunch. Other categories include Most motivational benefits, Best benefits to support work-life balance and Best mental health strategy, as well as the coveted Grand Prix and Employee benefits professional of the year awards, celebrating excellence in the industry.Winning organisations and shortlisted employers will then be able to celebrate the year’s achievements during a summer party going on into the afternoon and early evening.Actor and comedian Kerry Godliman has been confirmed as this year’s host.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

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