Ex-J&K interlocutor calls for urgent dialogue

first_imgFormer chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah has called for opening a dialogue between various stakeholders in Kashmir now rather than the “talks after two to three months” window suggested by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr Habibullah, who was a member of a committee of concerned citizens who visited Kashmir in the aftermath of the violence following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani last year, said talks were a matter of urgency at this time.Including Hurriyat“If the things are normal then what will the talks be for? You have to initiate talks to bring things to normal… That’s what the talks should be for. I haven’t spoken to Mehboobaji after the citizens group went and met her, so I can’t tell you what the implications of her meetings here are, but my own feeling would be that you must open dialogue with various stakeholders including the Hurriyat and several sections of Kashmiri society in help resolve the problem,” he said, adding, “You have to open a dialogue with those who have a problem; there is no point in talking to those who don’t have a problem.”After her meeting earlier this week with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Ms Mufti had said the situation in the State could improve in two to three months and the dialogue process should be started thereafter.Vajpayee initiativeMr Habibullah, who, as a serving bureaucrat in Jammu and Kashmir in the1990s was the chief negotiator on behalf of the Indian government during the siege of the Hazrat Bal shrine in Srinagar, said that talking to the Hurriyat was an initiative of the Vajpayee government and that the current NDA government should keep that in mind.“It was in fact in Mr Vajpayee’s time that talks were first initiated with the Hurriyat. Before that it was just interlocutors like myself, or A.S. Dullat or the current National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval who were talking to them. This was then taken forward by Dr Manmohan Singh’s government. Therefore, there is a historical precedent of an NDA government initiating talks,” he said.He added that the first item on agenda of alliance between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP, the two parties in power, has, is the opening of dialogue between stakeholders.“So it’s not as if you are starting something new or something that hasn’t been discussed between the two partners. There has to be a reconciliation among these two dominant groups of the Valley and Jammu, to keep us together. That will only come from dialogue. They can have a dialogue on the nature of the dialogue if they want, but do open avenues for talk,” he said.last_img read more

‘The key is to stay at the wicket and accelerate towards the end’

first_imgThe weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I,The weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I was impressed with the professionalism of the groundsmen.They pass on specific instructions to the coach regarding the use of practice wickets so that they don’t get spoilt. They are very particular about using the pitches and are constantly working on the ground to maintain a high standard of facilities.Finally, as planned, we played a match against Loughborough University. The team was a collection of youngsters, all keen to do well against us. We played the match in a public school spread over 30 acres and the facilities were stunning.They had 12 nets for the younger boys and six nets for the seniors, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports shop. It would be great to have such facilities at home.It was agreed that India would bat first to get as much practice as possible. It worked well, for Sachin, Azhar, Robin and Ajay had useful outings. Only Saurav fell early to a brilliant catch. Unfortunately the bowling was average and Sachin didn’t relish it much though he scored a brisk 64.The wickets were slow and the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The outfield too was soft and the ball wouldn’t travel. The Indians, Azhar and Sachin in particular, stunned the crowd with some stunning shots – not surprisingly one Sachin six hit the gymnasium wall almost 80 yards away.advertisementI called back the batsmen once they seemed to be hitting the ball well; 290 was a fine score. Then the bowlers took over and I was pleased with their line and length. Prasad was simply brilliant, Saurav bowled effectively and Jadeja picked up two wickets in three overs.He just has to believe he has a golden arm. Ultimately they were out for 98 runs. Our second practice game was against the Leicester Second XI at their excellent county ground. We rested Sachin, Srinath and Kumble to give Ramesh, Mohanty and Chopra a chance (Khurasia had twisted his ankle).Final stretch: Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Ajay Jadeja tune up for the South Africa tieThe bowling was better and we lost three wickets for 60 runs, whereupon Azhar, Jadeja and Mongia batted with a lot of confidence to take us past 200 runs. Robin unnecessarily had an argument with a left-arm spinner after hitting him for two sixes and got out.The bowler came out the winner. These are the sort of situations where we have to use our experience and keep our cool. Nevertheless, Saurav with three wickets led the bowlers who polished them off for 130-odd runs.Considering the prevalent conditions, it seems we have to keep our wickets in hand and accelerate later on. I have been stressing that the batsmen shouldn’t be impatient. The most interesting aspect so far has been the meeting of the managers and captains at Lord’s at the recently built media centre that resembles a spaceship about to take off.There was a team photograph of the captains – only the Scottish skipper was missing, probably held up in the traffic on the highway. I found Brian Lara the most humble of the lot and I was impressed when he came up to wish me.Later we were briefed about the playing conditions and about security, especially after the recent bombings in London. The ground at Lord’s was looking as pretty as ever. Hopefully we will do well enough to play here during the tournament.last_img read more

How Australia plan to tackle the Rohit Sharma threat this summer

first_imgVirat Kohli is the hot topic of discussion ahead of India’s summer in Australia but the hosts also need to be wary of another man, who can be as dangerous: Rohit Sharma.While Kohli has dominated Australia home and away, Rohit has struck fear deep into the hearts of bowlers the world over. This year, Kohli is once again the leading scorer in ODIs with 1202 runs including six hundreds. Rohit is not far behind with 1030 runs and five hundreds.For now, it is the T20 format Australia need to worry about and Rohit is in dangerous form having scored 560 runs and two hundreds this year.As the only man with four T20I hundreds and three ODI double centuries (including one against Australia), Rohit is certain to give the Aussies some sleepless nights.India have some concerns in the middle order but the top three make for a dangerous line-up. Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit. Kohli. Australia cannot afford to focus only on the visiting captain.With or without Smith and Warner, Australia are known for their meticulous planning. It is no surprise therefore that they have started planning to deal with the Rohit Sharma threat. He loves batting against Australia and 1593 runs from 28 ODIs is testimony to that.So what do the Australian bowlers have in mind for Rohit? Sharp inswingers and short balls.”He’s an unbelievable player. His record speaks for itself. He’s got a good record all around the world, so he’s a definite player to watch,” Coulter-Nile said at the Gabba on Monday.advertisement”But we’ve also had a bit of success against him with the new ball as well I think ‘Dorff’ (Jason Behrendorff) got him out last time we played him rapped him on the pads so we’ll look to do that again early.”Coulter-Nile also fancies bowling short to Rohit, who has an impressive record in Australia and has scored 810 runs at an average of 62.31 in the last eight years.Coulter-Nile also fancies bowling short to Rohit, who has an impressive record in Australia and has scored 810 runs at an average of 62.31 in the last eight years.Left-arm pacer Behrendorff could be Australia’s trump card as he had troubled the Indians with a sensational spell of four for 21 in a T20 played in Guwahati last year. He had sent back the Indian top-four including Rohit and Kohli.”Everyone knows he’s a fantastic option up front. He’ll swing it here it’s beautiful conditions for it today, hopefully same sort of conditions (on Wednesday), it’ll swing early. Hopefully we hold our chances, because he’ll definitely create a few,” added Coulter-Nile.Also watch –last_img read more

Virat Kohli one of the modern day greats, cut him some slack: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has been criticised for stoking the fire with aggression in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia. However, the India captain has received the backing of former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who believes aggression is a key component of the game, especially when playing Down Under.Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter and opined that aggression is fine as long as it doesn’t cross the line while calling Virat Kohli one of the modern greats of the game.”@imVkohli is one of the modern greats of the game. Aggression has been a part & parcel of competitive cricket, specially when you are playing Down Under as long as it stays in limit. Please cut him some slack,” Akhtar wrote on the social media platform.Kohli has been facing flak for his involvement in sledging and over-the-top celebrations in the highly-competitive Test series between India and Australia.Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson severely criticised Kohli for his behaviour in the Perth Test, saying the India captain looked “silly and disrespectful”.Notably, Kohli was spotted having on-field banters with opposition captain, Tim Paine, and the on-field umpires had to intervene on multiple occasions.Even Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar blasted the Kohli-led team, saying it’s not in Indian cricket’s DNA to start on-field banters and copy Australia’s style.”We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it. In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.advertisementMeanwhile, former India opener Aakash Chopra, speaking to India Today on Thursday, blasted the Australian media for portraying Kohli as the villain of world cricket. He said Australians are not eligible to talk against sledging and that he found nothing offensive with Kohli or the team’s behaviour Down Under.”The Australian media is rallying behind their cricket team and, in fact, making India and Virat Kohli as the villains of world cricket. I am very, very surprised. It’s the classic case of pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps, it’s time for them to look inwards and just ask themselves the question, regards to how they have behaved in the past,” Chopra said.He added: “Personally, I have been watching Virat Kohli and the team’s behaviour very closely. I have found nothing that is offensive, nothing that is crossing the line.”last_img read more

MLS Talking Points: Whitecaps surging

first_imgMLS MLS Talking Points: Surging Whitecaps look to stay on top of the West Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yordy Reyna Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Matthew Emmons MLS Vancouver Whitecaps Dallas Seattle Sounders The surprising Western Conference leaders face an in-form Columbus Crew side, while struggling FC Dallas takes on Seattle in the headliners of Week 28 The MLS Cup trophy has made the Cascadia region home for the past two years, with Portland and Seattle winning consecutive league titles. A third straight Cascadia crown is looking very possible, and it might even be worn by a new contender to the throne.The Vancouver Whitecaps are in first place in the Western Conference, a sentence you don’t normally read in September of any season. The Whitecaps have an unfortunate tradition of falling apart in the closing months of seasons, but Carl Robinson’s men have hit their stride, with a 4-0-1 run that has helped the Whitecaps edge in front of the Timbers for first place in the West.That’s why Vancouver’s match against the Columbus Crew is one of the big highlights of this weekend’s MLS action. In fact, all three matches featuring Cascadia clubs will carry big implications in the tightly-packed Western Conference. 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 The Sounders head down to Texas to face struggling FC Dallas in a match-up loaded with U.S. national team players. FC Dallas is struggling at the moment, having gone eight straight without a win, and the mounting desperation in Frisco should make for another memorable battle in one of the league’s more underrated rivalries.It is a big week for teams on the furthest edges of the playoff races, the teams that have run out of wiggle room and need incredible runs to reach the postseason. Teams like Orlando City, New England, Here is a look ahead to some of the key talking points in MLS Week 28:IT’S A BIG WEEK FOR … THE VANCOUVER WHITECAPSAlphonso Davies Vancouver Whitecaps MLSLed by a defense that has rounded into form, and an attack spearheaded by the streaking Yordy Reyna, the Whitecaps have suddenly emerged as a serious contender to represent the Western Conference in the MLS Cup final, and that’s not a label we’ve ever put on the club before.Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Minnesota United pushed the Whitecaps into first place in the West, and this weekend presents a great opportunity to open up a lead on Portland and Seattle, with both hitting the road for tricky matchups. Beating the surging Crew is far from a sure bet, but winning at home on Saturday will be vital for a team with some very tough matches remaining, including dates with the Timbers and Sounders.How have the Whitecaps emerged as such a strong contender? You can point to a summer making some very smart roster moves, starting with the addition of Reyna, who has helped give the attack a sorely-needed boost. The additions of veteran MLS defender Aaron Maund along with newcomers Bernie Ebini-Isei and Aly Ghazal have also helped give the team some depth without having to spend big.The Whitecaps have also seen two early-season moves pay off. The decision to deal Kekuta Manneh to make way for teen sensation Alphonso Davies was a smart one that paved the way for one of the league’s most exciting young talents to thrive. The acquisition of Brek Shea for Giles Barnes has also worked out well, with Shea settling in quickly with his new team.Those moves have helped Vancouver build a team capable of competing with the best in the West, but with a tough stretch of games to close out the regular season, the Whitecaps will need a win at home this Saturday to boost their chances of holding on to that top spot in the Western Conference for an extended period of time. DON’T MISS … FC DALLAS vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERSClint Dempsey Seattle Sounders MLSIt isn’t that long ago that this would have been billed as a clash of MLS Cup contenders, but FC Dallas has seen its once-promising season unravel, making this clash less about a battle for Western Conference dominance and more about survival.The Sounders are still very much in contention for the top spot in the West, but with the standings so tightly bunched up, a slide could see them fall further into the wild card danger zone, or worse. That seems crazy to mention considering the Sounders are unbeaten in 12, and haven’t lost a league match since June, but three straight draws and the recent injury to Jordan Morris will have Seattle looking at this trip to Dallas as an opportunity to grab three precious points.The match has plenty of subplots as well, including the battle of young U.S. national team midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Cristian Roldan. Acosta has become a regular starter for the USMNT, but Roldan is actually having a better season and should be motivated to outplay his friend and national team competition.Then, of course, there’s Clint Dempsey returning to Texas, where he always seems to find a way to score goals.WEEK 28 PREDICTIONSAtlanta United celebrateATLANTA UNITED 3, Orlando City 0. The Atlanta steamroller follows up its 7-0 thrashing of New England with another big win and another step up the Eastern Conference standings.VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2, Crew 1. Columbus won’t make things easy, but Yordy Reyna continues his outstanding form and the Whitecaps hold on to first place in the West another week.IMPACT 3, Minnesota United 1. Montreal has been in a big slump lately, but the Loons are a good team to snap a slump against. Then again, the Chicago Fire thought that a few weeks ago and it didn’t quite work out.FC Dallas 1. SOUNDERS 3. Clint Dempsey loves playing in Texas, and he adds to his goal total in his home state as FC Dallas continues to slide.FIRE 2, D.C. United. The Fire have looked better in recent weeks, and they’ll love seeing a D.C. side that has been bad on the road.SPORTING KC 1, Revolution 0. With the U.S. Open Cup final on Wednesday, Peter Vermes is likely to rest starters, but SKC should still have enough against a shell-shocked Revs side.Rapids 0, NYCFC 2. The Rapids are decent at home, but the league’s worst team will have a hard time dealing with NYCFC’s dynamic attack, with or without David Villa.RSL 1, TIMBERS 2. Last week’s road win at NYCFC should offer a confidence boost for the Timbers heading into Utah, but RSL’s playoff desperation will make things tough on Caleb Porter’s squad.LA Galaxy 1, TFC 1. Greg Vanney’s decision to rest Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco makes sense given TFC’s lead in the standings, but LA’s draw in Seattle could give the Galaxy the confidence to slow down a short-handed TFC side.EARTHQUAKES 2, Dynamo. Houston has just one win in five, and has just one road win all year. That’s sweet music to an Earthquakes side that has been tough at home.RED BULLS 2, Union 1. With the U.S. Open Cup final looming, Jesse Marsch is sure to rest several key starters, but the Red Bulls have the depth to hold off the struggling Union.last_img read more

Premiers Act to Strengthen Regional Collaboration

first_imgThe Council of Atlantic Premiers agreed today, May 16, to strengthen collaboration between their provinces with new actions to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of government services. They also agreed to sustain vital health care services and build on the region’s potential as a producer of clean and renewable energy. New Brunswick Premier David Alward hosted the conference in Sussex and was joined by Premier Darrell Dexter, P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale, who was welcomed by her colleagues to her first CAP meeting. The full version of this release is available on the Council of Atlantic Premiers website by following the news releases link at www.cap-cpma.ca . -30-last_img

Taliban kill at least 14 wound 145 in Kabul blast

first_imgKabul: At least 14 people were killed and 145 wounded in a massive Taliban bomb blast on Wednesday as fresh violence gripped Kabul even as insurgents appear to be closing in on a peace deal with the US. The bloodshed in the capital comes amid an ongoing surge in attacks across Afghanistan, where some 1,500 people were killed or injured last month alone. A huge plume of black smoke was seen rising over western Kabul following a massive explosion at the entrance to a police compound around 9:00 am (0430 GMT). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Afghan interior ministry said the explosion was caused by a car bomb, but the Taliban, which claimed the attack, said it was a much larger truck bomb. An Afghan security official also told AFP it was a truck bomb. Images on social media showed toppled blast walls surrounding several largely destroyed buildings in a compound. Afghan authorities said at least 10 civilians and four police officers had been killed. Another 145 people, including 92 civilians, were wounded. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”As the air cleared, I saw several women crying, desperately looking for their husbands or children near the blast site,” local journalist Zakeria Hasani, who lives near the police station, said. Shopkeeper Ahmad Saleh said his store windows had blown out, sending glass flying. “My head is spinning and still I don’t know what has happened but the windows of about 20 shops around one kilometre from the blast site are broken,” he said. The US and the Taliban met in Doha this week for an eighth round of talks aimed at striking a peace deal that would slash the American military presence in Afghanistan. Despite the bloodshed sweeping the nation, both sides have cited “excellent progress”. The attack came after the Taliban warned Afghans on Tuesday to keep away from public gatherings ahead of the presidential election planned for September 28. The Taliban ordered their fighters to “stand against” the polls, and previous elections have been rocked by frequent attacks by militants trying to undermine Afghanistan’s fragile democracy. More than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July, according to the United Nations, the highest monthly toll so far this year and the worst single month since May 2017. The blast was not the only violence to rock the Afghan capital in the past 24 hours. Afghan commandos stormed three Islamic State group houses in Kabul, officials said. Despite non-stop strikes from the US and Afghan forces, the Middle Eastern jihadist group has maintained a persistent presence in Afghanistan since 2015. The houses were being used as bomb factories, the Afghan intelligence service said in a statement. Two IS fighters and three Afghan commandos were killed in the raids. “A lot of explosives, suicide vests, arms and technical tools of making car bombs and mines were seized,” the statement read. In Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan, authorities said they stopped an attack on a security forces convoy. According to an Afghan army statement, three attackers were driving in an explosives-packed Humvee toward the convoy, but Afghan troops spotted them and destroyed the vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade. On Tuesday, at least five people were killed and seven wounded in Kabul when a vehicle carrying workers from the counter-narcotics directorate was bombed, the interior ministry said. The violence comes as Afghans prepare to celebrate the Eid al-Adha holiday next week.last_img read more

Morocco to Inaugurate Tanger Med 2 Port in Tangier

Rabat – Tanger Med 2 is the third phase of the development of the port complex Tanger Med, which benefits from a strategic position in the Strait of Gibraltar. Located 50km west of Tangier in northern Morocco, Tanger Med includes the commercial Tanger Med 1 port, which has been operational since 2007, as well as a large passenger port. The Tanger Med 2 extension, which began in May 2010, is worth $1.3 billion. It adds an extra 6 million container capacity (calculated in TEUs, or “twenty foot equivalent unit”) to Tanger Med, which is already the biggest port in Africa. Tanger Med 2 port will contain two container terminals, TC3 and TC4. Marsa Maroc, the main operator of ports in Morocco, will operate TC3, which has a capacity of 1 million TEUs.Read also: King Mohammed VI Chairs Inauguration of PSA Group’s Kenitra Automotive PlantTC4 is licensed to APM Terminals, an international container terminal operating company headquartered in the Netherlands. TC4 has a capacity of 5 million TEUs.Tanger Port Med already operates more than 50% of Morocco’s exports. The port handled an aggregate value of $33 billion of products in imports and exports in 2018. The Tanger Port Med 2 extension will only increase Morocco’s trade capacity, offering a stronger platform for exports by local production plants including French car makers Renault and Peugeot.Renault already has a dedicated terminal. In 2018, the port handled 351,191 Renault’s for export from the Moroccan factories.PSA Peugeot Citroen, which inaugurated its first factory in Morocco on June 20 in Kenitra, will also export through the port this year.In April, DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, signed a deal with Tanger Med to set up its new Africa-Europe Logistics Hub in the Tanger Med port.“The strategic location of Tanger Med presents a huge opportunity for us. Its ability to support multi-modal connectivity, especially its maritime, as well as road connections to Casablanca and the South, will allow us to expand and enhance our customer service offering,” said Christelle Fadel, General Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, in a press release. read more

General Assembly President holds wideranging talks with UK officials

4 April 2011The President of the General Assembly held talks today with British officials in London on issues such as United Nations reform and the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as recent developments in several global hotspots. During his one-day visit to the United Kingdom, Joseph Deiss met with Foreign Secretary William Hague. The issues they discussed included global governance and the situations in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.Talks with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Stephen O’Brien focused on the MDGs – the set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.The other subjects they discussed included several upcoming UN meetings concerning the least developed countries (LDCs); HIV/AIDS; and non-communicable diseases. Mr. Deiss also held talks with the Minister of State for the UN in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Henry Bellingham, on the green economy and the preparations for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, among other elements. In all of his discussions, the President thanked the UK for its strong commitment to the world body. read more

Minimum wage hikes expected to cut 60000 jobs by 2019 Bank of

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada estimates there will be about 60,000 fewer jobs by 2019 due to the increases in minimum wages across the country, but that labour income will be higher due to the increases.In examining the impact of the wage increases, the report estimated that the consumer price index could be boosted by about 0.1 percentage points on average and real gross domestic product could be cut by 0.1 per cent by early 2019.The number of jobs lost was based on a 0.3 per cent decline in the number of hours worked, while aggregate real wages were estimated to increase 0.7 per cent.What small businesses are doing to prepare for minimum wage hike: CFIB surveyWhat’s in Ontario’s massive new labour law? A minimum wage hike, but much, much moreThe research paper by the staff at the central bank noted that if the average working hours declined following the increase in the minimum wage, the number of jobs lost would also be lower.The Bank of Canada estimated that about eight per cent of all employees work at minimum wage, a proportion that increases to 11 per cent if a threshold of five per cent above minimum wage is used.Ontario raised its minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 from $11.60 and plans to increase it to $15 in 2019, while Alberta is expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 later this year. read more

Sampanthan insists Tamils do not want another war

Sampanthan also said that the proposed new Constitution will ensure powers are devolved to the provinces within a united Sri Lanka.“Everyone must support the process to draft the new Constitution,” he said. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan insists the Tamils do not want another war.Sampanthan was speaking at an event in Matara during a visit to the area. He urged all communities to work together and take the country forward in a manner through which the people will be able to improve their livelihoods. The opposition leader said that there is no need for the youth of this country to suffer from another war. He said that the new Constitution will be drafted after discussing with all political parties in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)

Search is on for Brocks next Health Safety and Wellness Champion

Nominations are now open for Brock’s 2017-18 Health, Safety and Wellness Champion Award.Presented by Brock’s department of Health, Safety and Wellness, the annual award was introduced in 2016 to recognize individuals or departments for championing a culture of health, safety and wellness.Nomination forms are available on SharePoint and must be submitted to besafe@brocku.ca by May 1.The winner will be announced during the opening plenary on Wellness Day, June 14.The inaugural award was presented in June 2017 to Karl Thorp, Senior Platoon Supervisor with Campus Security Services.

Martin McHugh I brought up Cooper but made a mistake using the

first_imgColm Cooper is currently out for the season after tearing his cruciate ligament. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOMARTIN MCHUGH HAS admitted that his description of Colm Cooper as a ‘two-trick pony’ was a mistake.The 1992 Donegal All-Ireland winner made his comments on The Sunday Game on RTÉ television last Sunday night during a discussion about Kerry’s current star forward James O’Donoghue.In his column for The Star newspaper today, he admitted that he used ‘a clumsy phrase’ when describing the Dr Crokes man.“O’Donoghue is fantastic and I was keen to make it clear how good he is on The Sunday Game. Looking for a comparison, I brought up Cooper but made a mistake by using the phrase ‘two-trick pony’ to describe the Dr Crokes man.“It’s a clumsy phrase and one that doesn’t stand up. But live television is unforgiving. You say something and it’s out there.” Martin McHugh won an All-Ireland medal with Donegal back in 1992 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOSunday Game analyst Martin McHugh reckons that Colm Cooper is a ‘two-trick pony’One team-mate believes Seamus O’Shea delivered the perfect performance on Sundaylast_img read more

Police investigate after statue of US sailor kissing nurse is spraypainted with

first_img Source: City of Sarasota/Twitter By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share68 Tweet Email1 Graffiti has been removed from the Unconditional Surrender statue. pic.twitter.com/dSrq1MbfsJ— City of Sarasota (@CityofSarasota) February 19, 2019 Repairing the damage is estimated to cost more than $1,000 due to the large area that the graffiti covered, and the resources needed to repair it. 51 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4502971 Feb 20th 2019, 7:44 AM At approximately 12:53 am, our Officers were dispatched to the intersection of N Gulfstream Ave & Bayfront Dr reference to an unknown individual spray painting ‘# MeToo’ on the Unconditional Surrender statue. Additional information is at https://t.co/gv10lGhcja pic.twitter.com/JakU8aI7QY— SarasotaPD (@SarasotaPD) February 19, 2019center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: SarasotaPD/Twitter Short URL A POLICE INVESTIGATION has been launched after a Florida statue based on the famous photograph of a US sailor kissing a woman to celebrate the ending of World War II was spray painted with the mantra “#MeToo”.The incident occured yesterday morning, a day after the sailor featured in the photograph, George Mendonsa died aged 95. The woman in the photo is Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform.The photo was taken in Times Square on 14 August 1945, which is known as V-J Day it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States.Sarasota police received a report that the ‘Unconditional Surrender’ statue, located at an intersection in Sarasota, Florida had been vandalised at 12.53am.When officers arrived, they found the words #MeToo spray-painted in red along the left leg of the nurse. The red lettering covered the length of the nurse’s leg.A search was conducted in the area to locate spray paint bottles, but none were found. During the canvass, no other objects were observed to be defaced or spray painted.There was no available surveillance video in the area that captured the incident, and there are no known witnesses, police said.It’s believed the incident occurred on Monday between the mid-afternoon and evening. Police investigate after statue of US sailor kissing nurse is spray-painted with ‘#MeToo’ Police in Sarasota launched an investigation into who caused the damage – repairs were estimated to be worth $1,000. Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 7:44 AM 33,898 Views last_img read more

Star Wars Celebration closes with Episode VIII young Han Solo and celebrity

first_imgHuge standing ovation for the future of #StarWars #SWCE pic.twitter.com/wogkXmW4HP— Fandango MOVIECLIPS (@MOVIECLIPS) July 17, 2016Also, if there are celebrity dogs involved in a Star Wars Celebration panel, you should stream that. The internet loves animals. Star Wars Celebration Europe wrapped up on Sunday with a panel about the future Star Wars movies – Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s film about a young Han Solo. The panel was not on the live stream schedule, leading some to optimistically speculate that some new information about the future of the Star Wars cinematic universe would be revealed. Instead, the panel leaned more on special guests Alden Ehrenreich, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and two dogs.Moderator Pablo Hidalgo (of Lucasfilm) started off by talking to director Rian Johnson, who is just wrapping up filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, production name Space Bear. There was a big wrap party recently for most of the crew, but Johnson is finishing up principal photography and moving into the post-production process.Johnson told the audience that pre-production on Episode VIII had to start very early because of Disney’s Star Wars release schedule being so tight. When he wrote the first draft of Episode VIII, he was working off the Episode VII script and dailies from the first film. By the time there was positive audience reaction to The Force Awakens, Johnson had already come up with this story, so Episode VIII was constructed without any undo pressure. Besides the pressure inherent in directing something as big as Star Wars. Another: pic.twitter.com/xO5XtfX4im— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016Johnson didn’t address the crawl, but did elaborate that Episode VIII would be the movie that focuses in on the characters of the sequel trilogy more. Before he started directing the movie, he gave Lucasfilm a list of movies he wanted his Star Wars installment to feel like. That list included 12 O’clock High, Bridge of the River Kwai, Three Outlaw Samurai, and Gunga Din.Phil Lord and Chris Miller took the stage to talk about their 2018 Star Wars Story movie that will feature a young Han Solo. Before bringing out Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar) to officially announce he had won the role, the two discussed being Star Wars fans and how they saw the character of Han Solo. They expect to start shooting their movie at the end of January 2017. Rian’s assistant, Leo, as a TIE Fighter pilot: pic.twitter.com/zgjELkNQtz— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 17, 2016The director confirmed that his movie would pick up directly where The Force Awakens ended, which would be a first for the Star Wars franchise. This calls into question the opening crawl and what it’s going to have to say at the beginning of the movie (“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away…nothing new has happened.”). Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have arrive featuring Gary and Millie #SWCE pic.twitter.com/0yxhL3j29O— Sasha Carpet Scenes (@CarpetScenes) July 17, 2016Without having a live stream to go off, a lot of the charm of these individual creatives got lost in the retweets and blurry photos. Usually, when a panel with subject matter that interesting to the public at large isn’t streamed, it’s because there is information at the panel that the organizers consider special to attendees only. For a weekend that was so widely streamed over three days, it felt weird to have a panel with no classified information to be left off the streaming schedule, especially with the Han Solo announcement and John Boyega special appearance. Lord and Miller got into costume as extras in Rogue One, but had to leave the set before their scene was shot #SWCE pic.twitter.com/rsrnjDwdCI— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) July 17, 2016Then, the directors started to reveal that they all attempted to make cameos in each other’s films. Rian Johnson is playing a Death Star gunner in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, Edwards has an unspecified cameo in Episode VIII, and Lord and Miller got all costumed up to appear in Rogue One, but had to leave the set before they made it on camera. El Han Solo chiche de Alden Ehrenreich cuando era pibe. Aww. #SWCE pic.twitter.com/ySa8d7G5aO— Fiorella Sargenti (@FioSargenti) July 17, 2016Surprise guest John Boyega showed up and didn’t say anything about Episode VIII except that Finn is not in a coma the whole film (which is technically new information?). There had already been photos of Boyega on set with a stunt actress standing in for Kelly Marie Tran who has an unspecified role in Episode VIII. Tran randomly came up in conversation with Boyega, but no nuggets of information slipped out. .@rianjohnson cameos in Rogue One – and Gareth Edwards cameos in Episode VIII. #SWCE pic.twitter.com/u6Y623UF9R— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) July 17, 2016Alden Ehrenreich was announced as officially the new Han Solo. Lord and Miller said that he was the first to audition, then they saw thousands of other actors before giving him the part. Ehrenreich’s mother was moving recently and had found some of his Star Wars toys, including a Han Solo action figure and a Bossk action figure. Because Ehrenreich is 26, it turned out to be 90s versions of Star Wars toys. Apparently Kelly Marie Tran is a huge role in Episode VIII, they randomly brought her up. #SWCE— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 17, 2016Finally, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher made a surprise appearance with their dogs Millie and Gary Fisher. The two dominant personalities managed to hold the stage for the remainder without saying much of anything about future Star Wars movies outside of that they’d like to see more pets in the universe.last_img read more

Loot Gamings GEAR UP Crate is Kind of Questionable

first_imgLoot Crate’s Loot Gaming boxes are usually pretty strong hits. In the past they’ve included canteens, miniature space ships, keychains, even hood ornaments. I was excited to hear that April 2017’s Loot Gaming theme was GEAR UP, because it seems like a natural theme that could have some rad stuff in it.Loot Crate sent us one, and it sadly fell a bit flat. Part of it is my own taste because I just am not a big fan of Halo, but a bigger part is because the big centerpiece item in the crate is a baffling misfire. But let’s start with the good.The Halo Icons Spartan Figure is actually two Spartans, squared against each other. They’re in slightly big-headed super-deformed proportions, but they still look really dynamic on their base. They work with other Halo Icons figures, because each one has the same D-shaped peg for the base.Overwatch is still a really strong game and Blizzard has been pushing it surprisingly far. It still has less in-game lore than Destiny, but it’s a great multiplayer shooter that has rightfully replaced Team Fortress 2 as the big, long-standing class-based non-military shooter in gaming. This is a Cute But Deadly figure of Pharah in her Titanium skin. It’s super-deformed to almost Funko Pop proportions, but more detailed and looks way nicer.Injustice 2 comes out soon, and so the crate includes an Injustice 2 t-shirt. The GEAR UP theme applies for this game, because it features a loot system where you can customize each fighter’s costume with different pieces of equipment. The resulting look doesn’t seem to be as strong as when character designs are built from the ground up with a single vision, but it should add an interesting bit of variety. Though Batman and Harley Quinn squaring off against the menacing visage of Superman seems pretty silly unless her bat is filled with kryptonite.The coin pin is pretty great. It’s a power armor helmet, not from any specific series but with elements that invoke Halo. It’s two-toned, with a silver outside and gold visor.Then there’s this. It’s The Coon’s flag, promoting the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But WholeOkay, I’m not going to call the flag “problematic,” and I’ll do my best to not sound like a hand-wringing SJW because I know how much that upsets some people. But it’s a really weird choice. It’s a comedic misfire, because its detachment from the humor of that joke (from Cartman’s premiere as The Coon in the episode “The Coon” from season 13, episode 2 in 2009) makes it loop back around into what made the original joke work.Cartman from the beginning has been an incredibly tone-deaf (and often outright bigoted) individual in regards to race. His superhero alter-ego “The Coon” comes from shortening the word raccoon, and invokes the animal like Batman invokes bats in his design. It’s also an outmoded racial slur for black people. It’s not directly addressed in his appearances on the show, but the humor of his name comes from the unspoken racial biases and ignorance Cartman holds. He didn’t choose the name to be racist, but the choice was a weird, tone-deaf one that would give most people pause.Now, after several other episodes featuring The Coon and an upcoming game where he is a main character, we now have a “Coon and Friends” flag in a Loot Gaming crate. And it’s a replica of the flag Cartman used with his team “Coon and Friends.” So that’s pretty great, as a concept.But it’s also literally a big red flag that says “COON” on it. I’m not offended by it, but it’s really weird to see as a physical thing not in a cartoon, away from the buffer of detachment South Park provides. It’s just a bizarre choice where the joke is undermined by taking it out of the context of the edginess of South Park and making it something you receive in the mail and could hang up on your wall.I’m not calling Loot Crate or South Park racist. I’m not calling anyone racist (except Cartman, who’s written as a character to be racist for comedy). I’m not even calling the flag racist. (Black Guy Editor’s Note: I am) I just think it’s a really, really weird choice that gets away from the layer of detachment and characterized ignorance that made the joke work in the first place.I’m still excited about the next Loot Gaming crate! The theme for this month is ROAD RAGE, and it includes items from Rocket League, Mario Kart 8, and Twisted Metal. And Destiny. I’m not sure why.As always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box that sends you geek collectibles for $13.37 per month plus shipping (about $20 total). Loot Crate offers a variety of specialized crate subscriptions like Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, and Loot Pets, as well as licensed crates for properties like Firefly, Halo, and Harry Potter. Loot Crate sends us sample crates for unboxing and review.last_img read more

Navy petty officer scheduled to be sentenced for Coronado Bridge crash

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Sentencing is scheduled Thursday for a Navy petty officer who was under the influence of alcohol when his pickup truck flew off a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and crashed into a crowd in Chicano Park killing four people.Navy Petty Officer Richard Sepolio has been sentenced to 9 years and 8 months after driving off Coronado bridge, killing 4 people.27-year-old Richard Anthony Sepolio was convicted in February of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury in connection with the October 15th, 2016 crash.The crash killed 50-year-old Annamarie Contreras, 52-year-old Cruz Contreras, 49- year-old Andre Banks, 46-year-old Francine Jiminez and seriously injured seven others.Sepolio was convicted of four counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of DUI causing injury.The same jury acquitted him of four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, seven counts of reckless driving and one count of driving over the legal alcohol limit and causing injury.Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told jurors Sepolio chose “to drive irritated, impaired and impatient.” In addition to having drinks prior to getting behind the wheel, Sepolio was arguing with his girlfriend on the phone just moments before losing control of his truck on the bridge, the prosecutor said.Sepolio testified he was driving on the transition ramp — a route back to Coronado that he had driven more than 90 times before — when he sped up to merge in front of another car and lost control.The defendant said he remembered being on top of a freeway barrier looking down, then waking up in the park and being pulled out of his truck. Sepolio said his memory was mostly “cloudy” about what happened after his truck plunged into the crowd below.On the stand, he denied arguing with his then-girlfriend on the phone just before the crash, but admitted on cross-examination that he’d just left a lunch with a female Navy colleague where “the idea was to go out and have a good time.” Sepolio testified he had a glass of alcoholic cider and a glass of wine at lunch before heading back to Coronado.Whether Sepolio was intoxicated was a point of contention during the trial, particularly with one blood sample not tested for more than a year after the crash, according to his attorney.While the jury did not find Sepolio guilty of the greatest charge he faced — gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated — jurors agreed that Sepolio was under the influence.Bright said she believed Sepolio was grossly negligent due to driving while under the influence and distracted, but supported the jury’s findings, which included its rejection of the charge that Sepolio was intoxicated above the legal blood-alcohol limit. Navy petty officer scheduled to be sentenced for Coronado Bridge crash Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:24 PM May 2, 2019last_img read more

ALs 18 Nov rally not counter to BNPs Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said a public gathering to be organised by ruling Bangladesh Awami League at Suhrawardy Udyan on 18 November is not a counter-programme to BNP’s one, reports UNB.”It’s not completely a political programme… if anyone finds the smell of divisive politics that won’t be fair,” said Quader, also AL general secretary.He came up with the remarks at a meeting jointly organised by Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), marking the recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7th March speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage by UNESCO at the National Press Club.He also said AL will not hold any rally on working days considering people’s sufferings and every political party should consider this.About the ninth wage board for the journalists, Quader said he has told the information minister to look into the matter carefully.last_img read more

Watch Doctor Who Series 10 Opener on Big Screen

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Join Whovians across the country this spring to celebrate the return of Doctor Who—on the big screen.Fathom Events invites fans to watch the season 10 premiere, “A Star in Her Eye,” at the local cinema on April 17 and 19.Tickets go on sale next Friday, March 10; the two-nights-only event runs for an extended 1 hour and 40 minutes, featuring exclusive bonus content you won’t see on the BBC.“We want you to have fun at these cinema events—but safety is paramount,” the event page said, warning patrons that attending in costume “is fine,” but masks, face-concealing makeup, and fake weapons are prohibited. As are “any costumes that conceal what you are carrying [and] your natural body shape or face.”Fathom EventsThis isn’t Fathom’s first trip through space and time: The entertainment provider previously screened 50th anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” in 3D; double-feature “Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel,” plus an interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant; two-part season eight finale “Dark Water”/”Death in Heaven” in 3D; revived serial “The Power of the Daleks”; and 2015 and 2016 holiday specials “The Husbands of River Song” and “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” respectively.Doctor Who lands on BBC and BBC America April 15, marking the beginning of the end for Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, both of whom will hand over their keys to the TARDIS later this year. Little is known about the upcoming season; a second teaser recently dropped a few hints, including more possible episode titles, a glimpse at this season’s monsters, and a very cryptic nod to the relationship between the Doctor and new companion Bill.“I’m having the time of my life, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” she says in the 30-second voiceover. “Even if it kills me.”The premiere episode—written by Moffat and directed by Lawrence Gough—also represents the return of loveable-if-dim sidekick Nardole, brought to life so sweetly by Matt Lucas.last_img read more

MSU researchers create a new engine prototype w video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype, based on the research first released in 2009, of the Wave Disk Generator — an engine that does not have pistons, crankshafts or valves. This new model, which does away with the internal combustion engine of the past, has the potential to reduce auto emissions up to 90 percent, when compared to the current emissions level. This is because the engine uses roughly 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion, when you compare this to the typical cars engine that uses only 15 percent of fuel for propulsion, we can see how the increase is possible. Citation: MSU researchers create a new engine prototype (w/ video) (2011, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-msu-prototype-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Software patch makes car more fuel-efficientcenter_img The new engine prototype is built with a disc-shaped shock wave generator that is about the size of a sauce pan, and will require no transmission system, cooling system, emissions regulation or fluids, which means that you will end up not only doing something good for the planet, but you will end up with less in maintenance costs, if this new prototype ever comes to the market.The engine works like this: a rotor, with a wave-like pattern carved into channels. The fuel and air enter and mix through the central inlets. The rotor then spins, blocking the exit of gasses. As the pressure builds it will generate a shock wave that will compress the mixture. Once it is ignited an outlet opens to let the hot gases escape, and your car can move as usual.The engine prototype was shown off by Norbert Müller and other colleagues at Michigan State University at a meeting with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more