Militants kill four policemen in J&K

first_imgFour policemen were killed and four service rifles were snatched on Tuesday when a group of militants attacked a security picket in south Kashmir’s Shopian.“Militants in the afternoon fired upon the guard post deployed at Shopian’s Zainapora,” said a Srinagar-based police spokesman. “The militants fired indiscriminately as they approached the post. Three policemen manning the picket died on the spot and the fourth injured policeman died later in a hospital.”The Zainapora area houses a ‘minority’ colony and is guarded round the clock.Breaks lullThe shooting at the picket is the first major attack in the past more than one month and breaks a lull that had been created by the security forces’ ongoing offensive against militant outfits in south Kashmir. The stepped up operations in November, which left 37 militants dead, had deterred attacks on the security forces.Authorities identified the deceased policemen as Abdul Majeed Ganaie, Mehraj-ud-din Dar, Anees Ahmad Mir and Hameed-ul-lah Ganaie, all locals.In a statement issued in Srinagar to local news agencies, the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit claimed responsibility for the attack.“I strongly condemn the attack on the police post in Shopian and condole the deaths of police personnel in the line of duty,” said National Conference vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah. “I pray for their souls.”Condemning the attack, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti said, “It bears repetition, violence achieves nothing but destruction. I express my solidarity with the families of jawans. I am relieved that no harm was caused to any civilians in the minority pocket they guarded.”last_img read more

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon cleared of doping violation

first_imgWorld number four Ratchanok Intanon has been cleared of an anti-doping violation, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said in a statement on Monday, paving the way for the Thai medal hope to compete at the Rio Olympics.Ratchanok had been given a provisional suspension on July 13 after reports that she had failed a dope test during the Uber Cup tournament in China in May.A second sample taken from Ratchanok was sent to Japan for testing and a hearing process by badminton’s governing body began following Ratchanok’s suspension.”The Panel concluded that … no violation of the regulations was committed,” the BWF said in a statement.Badminton’s governing body lifted the suspension, allowing Ratchanok to take part in competitions with immediate effect.At a news conference in Bangkok on Monday, Ratchanok said she was happy to have been proven innocent.”I didn’t do anything wrong and I am confident in the decision of the BWF. I’m happy I received justice,” Ratchanok told reporters.”I will focus on training in order to bring success to the Thai people.”Ratchanok’s team had said she received an injection during the China tournament in May to treat a knee injury and that could have been the reason for her sample initially testing positive.The 21-year-old will be among Thailand’s main medal hopes in Rio and one of the chief threats to China’s chances of defending their sweep of all five badminton titles at the London Games. (Also read: Adapting to the conditions in Rio will be key: Saina Nehwal)advertisementThe daughter of factory workers at a Bangkok sweet-maker, the former world champion hopes winning gold at the Rio Olympics might inspire more Thai girls to chase their dreams.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah a workhorse, he will soon be world’s best bowler: Michael Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke said Jasprit Bumrah has the potential to become the best bowler in the world. On Friday, Bumrah rocked Australia with a six-wicket haul which bundled the hosts out for 151 on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test.Bumrah’s pace was too hot to handle for Australia who crumbled on a deteriorating pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to hand India a massive advantage. India had declared their first innings after scoring 443 for 7.Despite taking a 292-run first innings lead, India chose not to enforce the follow-on. Batting again, India were reduced to 54 for 5 with a lead of 346.Like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, and Rohit Sharma, India owe their strong position to Jasrpit Bumrah, who has taken 45 wickets in his first year in Test cricket.He is ranked No.1 in ODIs but is 28th in the ICC’s rankings for Test bowlers. But Clarke felt certain that would change soon.”He must be a great guy to play with and to captain. He doesn’t mind the pressure or the expectations. He wants to learn and is a workhorse – not too long before he will become the best bowler in the world,” Clarke said.Former India pacer Javagal Srinath also had rich praise for Bumrah and said his spell on Friday was one of the best ever bowled in Australia. “This would definitely be one of the best spells bowled in Australia. That is what my opinion is. He was unplayable all the way through,” he told MyNation.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the end of day’s play, Bumrah said the wicket was “really slow” in the first session before Rohit Sharma suggested he bowled a full”When I was bowling there [first session], the wicket had become really slow, the ball had become soft, nothing was happening. The last ball before lunch, Rohit [Sharma] was at mid-off. He told me ‘you can try a slower ball like you do in ODI cricket’,” Bumrah told the media in Melbourne on Friday.”I thought, ‘yeah I can give it a go’ as nothing was happening. We thought some of their guys play with hard hands and we wanted to try that and the execution was good on the day.”I was trying to bowl a full, slower ball. I thought maybe it will dip or go to short cover. That was the plan and it worked.”Also Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso See:last_img read more

All-round Gulbadin, Mujeeb script 5-wicket win for Afghanistan vs Ireland in 1st ODI

first_imgBrief scores – Afghanistan 165 for 5 (Gulbadin Naib 46, Mohammed Shahzad 43) beat Ireland 161 (Paul Stirling 89, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3 for 14) by 5 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. ScorecardAfghanistan delivered the first blow on Ireland in the five-match series as they won by 5 wickets in Dehradun to take a 1-0 lead on Thursday.Chasing a modest target of 162, Afghanistan rode on significant knocks from Mohammed Shahzad and Gulbadin Naib to cross the finish line in 41.5 overs.Naib top-scored for Afghanistan with 46 off 61 balls while Shahzad managed 43 off 53 balls. Hazratullah Zazai (25) and Rahmat Shah (22) also contributed with the bat.For the Irish, Boyd Rankin took a couple of wickets while Simi Singh, George Dockrell and Barry McCarthy took a wicket each.Earlier, Afghanistan, who are hosting the Irish in Dehradun, had bowled out the visitors for 161 in 49.2 overs with Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Dawlat Zadran playing the starring role with the ball.Afghanistan beat @Irelandcricket by 5 wickets in the first ODI of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan ODI Cup to take a lead of 1-0 in the five-match series. @GbNaib top-scored with 46 runs while @MShahzad077 contributed 43 and 25 runs respectively.#AFGvIRE Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) February 28, 2019Mujeeb finished with outstanding figures of 3 for 14 in 10 overs including three maidens, which is one of the most economical spells ever bowled in the 50-over format. The 17-year-old had an economy rate of just 1.40 during his spell.Dawlat also bagged three wickets for 35 runs in 10 overs while Gulbadin Naib chipped in with the ball first with 2 wickets before top-scoring with the bat.advertisementThe 27-year-old was adjudged man-of-the-match for his all-rounder efforts.”It’s not easy to play on this kind of team, and then to perform and get the man of the match award. Wicket is changed, it is low and you cannot take most different deliveries. I planned to bowl slower ones and change the pace, and keep a tight line,” Gulbadin said at the post-match presentation.Ireland captain William Porterfield meanwhile, said that the pitch made it very difficult for the batsmen to score freely.”I think if we had (picked wickets) in the first 5-6 overs, we would have given ourselves a chance. It was a tough wicket, there was no way to hit the ball fluently. 220-230 would have been a good chase.”I don’ t think it (the pitch) played slower than expected. We just left ourselves short with the bat. With such tight schedules, it’s more mental. I don’t think the pitch will be too much different,” Porterfield said.Also Read | Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI in Dehradun: As it happenedlast_img read more

Arsenal January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Gunners enter talks for Aubameyang Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:45 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Arsenal in talks over Aubameyang transferArsenal have made contact with Borussia Dortmund over a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports the Telegraph .The Gabon international has been recommended to the Gunners by the club’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, the scout who brought Aubameyang to Dortmund back in 2013. Malcom is also close to signing for Arsene Wenger’s team in a deal reportedly worth £44 million from Bordeaux. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea in for Alexis after Man City withdrawalAlexis Sanchez ArsenalManchester United’s main rivals for Alexis Sanchez’s transfer now appear to be Chelsea after Man City dropped out of the race, reports the Manchester Evening News.City had appeared close to signing the Arsenal star, but have now withdrawn from contention frustrated at the pace of negotiations.But United have not landed their man yet, and could even see a reported £35 million fee pushed up by the Blues’ late interest. Mourinho hints at Mkhitaryan exitHenrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester UnitedJose Mourinho has suggested that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to leave Manchester United.Mkhitaryan has reportedly been part of the negotiations regarding Alexis Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford and looks set to be heading to Arsenal.Read the full quotes right here on Goal!Martial a makeweight in Alexis bidAnthony Martial Manchester United EvertonManchester United are closing in on a move for Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and could throw in Anthony Martial as part of a deal for the Chile international, the Evening Standard reports.The Red Devils are ready to throw in the France star as part of the transfer, which could prove decisive as the Gunners hold out for a fee of around £30-35 million. Manchester City, meanwhile, have stalled their interest.Arsenal explore Auba & Mkhi dealsHenrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA Cup Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in addition to Malcom, reports the Daily Telegraph . With Alexis Sanchez seemingly now on his way to Manchester United , the Gunners are searching for a replacement and are closing in on a £44 million deal for Bordeaux star Malcom .But Arsenal are also interested in signing Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon striker’s former team-mate Mkhitaryan from United as part of the Alexis deal.Ozil on Juve’s radarMesut Ozil ArsenalArsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen are both of interest to Juventus, reports  Calciomercato . Ozil is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season and has also been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United, while Eriksen has insisted he is happy at Spurs amid talk of being offered a new deal.Juventus are also reportedly interested in signing Ozil’s Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin. Leicester determined to keep Mahrez Riyad Mahrez, Leicester CityLeicester City are committed to keeping Riyad Mahrez at the club beyond the January transfer window, according to manager Claude Puel.The Algeria international, a key member of the Foxes’ title-winning side of 2015-16, has been in a rich vein of form recently, directly contributing to eight goals – five goals, three assists – in his last 10 Premier League appearances.Read Puel’s comments on Goal! PSG raise Guedes priceGonçalo Guedes PSG NancyPSG have raised their asking price for Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United target Goncalo Guedes to €70m, reports Telefoot . The 21-year-old is on loan with Valencia and has also drawn interest from the Spanish side for a permanent deal. Zorc frustrated with Auba behaviour Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has expressed frustration with the attitude of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dropped for Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting.The forward has been heavily linked with Arsenal, and Zorc has hinted that the German side are at the end of their patience with his erratic behaviour. Read the full story on Goal! City pull out of Alexis dealAlexis Sanchez, ArsenalManchester City have pulled the plug on their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, leaving rivals Manchester United with a clear run at tying up a shock deal for the Arsenal man in the coming days.City made it clear on Friday that they would walk away from the deal if the total price of a January move did not suit them, and that is exactly what has happened.Read Sam Lee’s report right here on Goal! Arsenal close in on £44m Malcom dealMalcom ArsenalArsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Bordeaux forward Malcom for a fee of £44 million,  Goal  understands.The 20-year-old has impressed in Ligue 1 this season and is set to be signed to help replace Alexis Sanchez as the Chile international prepares to leave the Gunners.Check out the full story from Chris Wheatley here! St Etienne target Debuchy dealMathieu Debuchy Arsenal BournemouthSt Etienne are interested in signing Arsenal’s out-of-favour full-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to Telefoot .Debuchy is looking for a move away from Arsenal  in search of regular football and has been linked with a switch to West Brom as part of a potential swap deal involving Jonny Evans.The France international is also wanted back in Ligue 1, with St Etienne exploring the feasibility of a January deal.Wenger expects Alexis resolution within 48 hoursAlexis SanchezArsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez’s future to be resolved within the next 48 hours.The Chile international is wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United, but a bid has yet to be officially accepted by the Gunners.Speaking after Arsenal lost 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday, Wenger said: “It will be decided in the next 48 hours. It was difficult for him because he was on standby a little bit.”Read the full story on Goal ! Arsenal & Chelsea make Richarlison approachRicharlison WatfordArsenal and Chelsea have made contact with Richarlison’s agent ahead of a potential summer deal for the Watford striker, claims Yahoo Brazil .Richarlison has scored five Premier League goals for Watford since moving to Vicarage Road in an £11.2 million deal from Fluminense last summer.The 20-year-old has impressed with his performances, and that has prompted London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to express early interest in a deal for next season.last_img read more

Jorginho reveals he almost quit after being ripped off by agent

first_imgChelsea’s Jorginho has revealed that he ‘didn’t want to play football any more’ during his youth days after finding out that his agent had been secretly stealing money from him as he handed the young midfielder just €20 per week to live.Jorginho’s footballing story began in the coastal Brazilian town of Imbituba, often playing with children older than him due to his natural ability on the ball, before moving to Italy to play for Verona at the age of 15.The Europa League winner admits that moving to the country of his great, great grandfather was a dream come true, but that dream would become a nightmare after finding out that he was being financially exploited. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I was playing in a tournament in Brazil and an agent scouted me,” Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website . “He took me to his soccer school. The idea was he used it to scout players and anyone he thought was good enough he took over to Italy. “That’s what he did with me when I was 15. He set me up with a trial at Verona in their youth section and they took me on. Initially when I moved over to Italy it was really easy because I was living my dream. Everything was brand new. “Then I began to get into the routine: training, school, home, home, school, training. That’s all I did for 18 months. I had 20 euros to live on a week and I couldn’t do anything else, because you can’t with that amount of money. All I did was literally train and go to school. That was really tough.“Because Verona weren’t in Serie A at that time, they didn’t have a youth team so I played in a local youth team called Berretti. Whilst I was playing for Berretti, I met a fellow Brazilian and I got friendly with him. “He was asking me about what I was doing, how long I had been there for, and I told him I was living on 20 euros a week. He said ‘hang on a minute, there’s something not quite right about that’. “He made some enquiries and it turned out my agent had been taking money and I knew nothing about it whatsoever. At that point I wanted to give up. I was completely devastated. I was fed up. “I phoned home in tears and told my mum I wanted to come home and I didn’t want to play football any more. She said: ‘Don’t even think about it! You’re so close, you’ve been there for a few years, I won’t let you back in the house! You need to stay there and hang tough.”Jorginho Chelsea 2018-19A clear favourite of Maurizio Sarri heeded his mother’s words and would go on to seal a £50 million ($64m) move to Chelsea in 2018 . Again, however, it was far from plain sailing, with a young Jorginho finding it difficult to convince his coaches that he deserved to start. He added: “So I stayed and continued to train with the first team. I could have continued playing for Berretti, but at that point I decided I would go on loan. I went to a professional team in Serie C2 called Sambonifacese.“While I was there, Verona got promoted to Serie B. When I went back, the coach, Andrea Mandorlini, said he didn’t need me because I had only played in C2 and now they were in B. But one of the directors who I knew quite well stuck up for me, and argued my case with the coach.“By the October I hadn’t played a single game and had thought about the possibility of leaving in January. Then the first team player who had my position got injured, and his natural replacement was injured as well. The coach didn’t know what to do. He had to either improvise or play me.“He played me and I did pretty well!” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Thousands Attend Independence Grand Gala

first_img Thousands gathered to celebrate the country’s 51st Anniversary at the Independence Grand Gala Story Highlights The event, which was held under the theme, ‘Our History, Our Strength’, showcased the nation’s rich musical legacy The show also paid homage to a number of outstanding Jamaicans A sea of black, green and gold descended on the National Stadium in Kingston on Tuesday, August 6, as thousands of Jamaicans from near and far, gathered to celebrate the country’s 51st Anniversary at the Independence Grand Gala.Among those in attendance were Their Excellencies the Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna; other Cabinet Ministers; and Custos of Kingston, Hon. Steadman Fuller.The event, which was held under the theme, ‘Our History, Our Strength’, showcased the nation’s rich musical legacy over the past five decades. The well-organised production took the audience on a musical journey, highlighting past and present entertainers, who have had tremendous successes on the local and international stage.From Derrick Morgan, Ken Boothe, General Trees and Tiger to Junior Reid, Queen Ifrica and Junior Gong, the country’s rich repertoire of musical talent, creativity and innovation was well represented.Not to be outdone were the performances of the uniformed and costumed groups, choirs and dance troupes, who gave stunning performances throughout the evening’s proceedings.The show also paid homage to a number of outstanding Jamaicans, who have helped to focus international eyes on an island of just 2.7 million people. Among the video tributes of the evening were a replay of the Men’s 4×100 meters Final at the 2012 London Olympics; a feature on Jamaican Miss Worlds; and a tribute to past and present Prime Ministers.But, it was the unforgettable feature on the best festival songs over the years which brought the audience to their feet. Both young and old could be seen dancing and singing along to songs such as ‘Land of my Birth’, ‘Bam Bam’ and ‘Mek wi Jam’.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Sydney Bartley, told JIS News that this year’s production was different from all other Grand Galas of the past.“We deliberately wanted it to be different…We looked at the Grand Gala over the last several years and (we decided this year) to do a (production) that was totally artistic,” he said.“We brought in dance companies, trained dancers, choirs and we decided to do a musical – different from the other Grand Galas of the past,” he explained.Mr. Bartley said that while this year’s event was somewhat different, it still sought to uphold tradition by highlighting the richness of Jamaica’s culture and history. “You want to maintain your traditions, but you also want to change, innovate and create,” he added.“My feeling now is that the people seem to be enjoying it and that is good, because ultimately that’s what you want,” he said.Mr. Bartley noted that the organisers were able to put on a spectacular show with very limited funding. “The Grand Gala budget was about $50 million and we had to use that in some very wise ways. I have to lift my hat to the creative team that worked day and night to do this,” he said.“I also lift my hat to the dressmakers from the inner city communities, who sat down after the costumes were designed and worked (overtime) to make these brilliant costumes tonight,” he added.Patron, Jean Sutherland, who lives in New York, but visits Jamaica every year, said she was happy to be celebrating the nation’s 51st Independence in such grand style.She pointed out that her favourite segment of the show was the festival song feature. “It was very entertaining and it brought me way back to the (old days), back to Dinki Mini and those things. That’s what festival was all about,” she said.Spanish Town resident, Dave Davis, said the Grand Gala is one event that he cannot miss. “I am a born Jamaican. I am here every year,” he said.Mr. Davis said he enjoyed himself tremendously, adding that the performance from D.J. Tiger was the most memorable moment of the show.  “I haven’t heard anything from Tiger in many years. I didn’t even know he was still in Jamaica, so it was a pleasure to hear his voice,” he added.last_img read more

Investissements dans linfrastructure communautaire

first_imgLe gouvernement appuie la riche diversité culturelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse par des investissements de plus de 900 000 $ visant à améliorer les salles communautaires et autres lieux publics où les gens se rassemblent. Cette somme inclut plus de 388 000 $ en financement pour 14 projets au Cap-Breton, selon une annonce effectuée à Sydney, aujourd’hui 9 août, par Derek Mombourquette, ministre des Affaires municipales, au nom de Leo Glavine, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. Les projets sont financés par le Programme d’amélioration des installations communautaires. « On voit le patrimoine culturel diversifié de la Nouvelle-Écosse partout dans les communautés, chez les gens et dans les édifices. Whitney Pier en est un exemple parfait, affirme M. Mombourquette. Le gouvernement reconnaît qu’il est important d’appuyer ces collectivités pour qu’elles demeurent actives, fortes et dynamiques. » Les réparations aux installations à Whitney Pier, où des représentants des communautés afro-néo-écossaise et polonaise ont assisté à l’annonce aujourd’hui, incluent le remplacement du toit, l’achat d’une nouvelle génératrice et l’installation de nouvelles portes et de matériel isolant au Menelik Hall, ainsi que le remplacement du toit au Polish Village Hall. « Menelik Hall est un lieu important au tissu de notre communauté afro-néo-écossaise dans la région de Whitney Pier, et le conseil est ravi de recevoir ce financement, souligne Michael Morrison, président de la Menelik Hall Association. Les rénovations nous permettront de faire en sorte que cette salle demeure un endroit où les jeunes, les aînés et la communauté dans son ensemble peuvent se rassembler pour célébrer, reconnaître et promouvoir les riches cultures qui forment notre belle communauté. » Le Programme d’amélioration des installations communautaires financera jusqu’à 75 % des coûts réels des projets, jusqu’à concurrence de 50 000 $, pour permettre aux groupes à but non lucratif de rénover leurs installations et leurs lieux publics. « Le sentiment de communauté est ce qui nous rassemble, et le financement versé dans le cadre de ce programme nous aidera à faire du Polish Village Hall un endroit sécuritaire et accueillant pour tous », déclare Tony Melski, président de la St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society. Le rôle du gouvernement provincial est de contribuer à l’appui de l’infrastructure pour des collectivités fortes et dynamiques. Ces investissements sont liés au Plan d’action pour la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et ils appuient les résultats présentés dans la stratégie. D’autres projets financés par ce programme seront annoncés à une date ultérieure.last_img read more

New corporateethics ombud named but powers remain unclear

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is appointing its long-awaited watchdog to enforce responsible conduct by Canadian companies operating abroad.But International Trade Minister Jim Carr says it will take almost two more months to finalize the powers of the new “Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise.”At issue is whether Sheri Meyerhoffer, a lawyer with a long record in business and international development, can compel reluctant companies to co-operate with her investigations and recommendations.Her appointment as the new ombudsperson is intended to be a substantive upgrade to the current “corporate responsibility counsellor.”That office has been widely criticized as a toothless entity for dealing with misconduct complaints against Canadian companies, mainly in the mining industry.Alex Neve, the head of Amnesty international Canada, welcomes Meyerhoffer’s appointment but says it’s disappointing that the government still hasn’t defined Meyerhoffer’s powers some 15 months after announcing it was creating the position.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

MOU with US suspended

The US Embassy had signed the deal with the Trincomalee Urban Council recently and the Embassy said that it had also signed similar deals to open information centers in Kandy and Jaffna. The Trincomalee Urban Council has decided to suspend the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the US Embassy in Colombo to open a US corner in Trincomalee.Secretary of the Urban Council Abdul Latif Mohammad Nafeel said that the External Affairs Ministry had informed the Council that the deal was unacceptable. He said that the Eastern Provincial Council had been informed in order to obtain clearance to continue with the MOU. Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilaka Amunugama said that a special investigation has been launched into the MOU.The investigation will also cover American corners opened in Kandy and Jaffna, Amunugama said. He said that the UC had no right to sign an MOU with a foreign embassy without informing the External Affairs Ministry.“The Ministry will seek information from the local Council about the deals they had signed with the US Embassy. We have not sought information from the US Embassy as yet,” he said.He said that an official from the MEA has been appointed to investigate the MOU signed with the local councils and a report will be submitted on the findings. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader) read more

Heads of UN organs discuss pressing international trends and hotspots

The heads of all six principal organs of the United Nations – the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Secretariat – have discussed pressing global issues and hotspots at their fourth annual meeting.The five Presidents and Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who heads the Secretariat, had an informal exchange of views on current international trends from the perspectives of their respective principal organs, including the on-going reform process of the UN, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement following Friday’s meeting.”The Secretary-General further briefed the meeting on developments in Africa, the Middle East and Iraq,” the spokesman noted. Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette discussed progress achieved in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Meetings among the heads of the six principal organs have been held since 1998, when Mr. Annan initiated the practice to foster an exchange of views and coordinate matters with a view to improving the UN’s efficiency.The Secretary-General “felt it would help the integration of the system as a whole if all heads of the permanent organs met once a year to just compare notes,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said today in response to questions. read more

SecretaryGeneral calls in African leaders for talks on DR of Congo

The meeting is being convened to build on the recent positive developments in and around the DRC, including the establishment of a Government of National Unity and Transition, with the aim of turning a new page in relations among regional neighbours, according to a background note issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General.The meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, being held on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, is expected to include the Presidents of Burundi, the DRC and Mozambique, the Prime Minister of Rwanda, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and the Foreign Ministers of Angola, South Africa and Tanzania.The discussions will focus on “reestablishment of good neighbourly relations and resumption of bilateral arrangements between the States of the Great Lakes Region,” according to the note. read more

UN health agency chief hospitalized

Dr. Lee Jong-wook, the Director-General of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), is currently recovering from surgery at the Cantonal Hospital in Geneva after the removal of a blood clot from his brain, the agency reported today.Dr. Lee had suddenly fallen this afternoon while was attending an official function. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where medical staff determined that he required surgery in order to remove the blood clot on his brain.WHO reported that its 61-year old Director-General is expected to remain in the hospital “for some time” and noted that he would not be able to attend the World Health Assembly set to run all next week.

Womens Lacrosse Ohio State falls 1716 in doubleovertime thriller to Jacksonville

Ohio State then-freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez looks to pass in the offensive zone against Stanford on Feb. 24 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Jacksonville in a double-overtime thriller, losing 17-16 on the road Friday night. Ohio State junior attacker Sara Dickinson scored with 2.2 seconds remaining in the game to take the Dolphins (2-1) into overtime. Jacksonville gained possession on a free position shot and freshman midfielder Megan Prescott scored to win the game one minute into the second overtime period. Ohio State sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez led the Buckeyes (1-2) with five points and junior midfielder Baley Parrott picked up three goals. Hernandez tied her career high of five goals. A goal by Hernandez nearly four minutes into the second half to tie the game at 13-13 was called back after a review in the Dolphins’ favor.The Buckeyes had 19 turnovers, eight of which came in the second half, which gave the Dolphins an opportunity to widen their lead. Ohio State was down by three goals entering the second half. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Epstein tied the game at 13 with 12:49 left in the second half. Both teams traded goals until the end of regulation. Jacksonville freshman attacker Alyssa Arnold  scored with 1:34 left in the second half, leading 16-15. Senior midfielder Ashtyn Hiron led the Dolphins with four goals. Jacksonville had 37 shots compared to the Buckeyes’ 23 shots. Ohio State was 6-for-9 in free position shots. Jacksonville had a 15-14 draw-control advantage.Defensively, the Buckeyes held an advantage. Sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo had six saves, helping the offense to close out the second half with a tie. The Buckeyes look to bounce back on the road against Cincinnati on Monday. read more

Indonesian mans body found inside python – police

Nia Kurniawan, from Brawijaya University, told BBC Indonesian that a python of this size would hunt for large prey, such as boars or wild dogs.While they normally avoid human settlements, they would see palm oil plantations as a good hunting ground, he said, as they attract animals like boars, primates or dogs.The reticulated python (Python reticulatus)Is the longest snake in the worldIs believed capable of reaching over 10m (32ft) in lengthThe longest in captivity is held in Kansas City, US, and measured 7.6m (25ft) in 2011, according to Guinness World RecordsLives in forestry, is normally fearful of humans and is rarely seenIs often treated as a sacred animal in parts of Indonesia when caughtIs one of dozens of python species, which are found in sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, and Southeast Asia Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndonesian woman ‘held captive in cave for 15 years’August 7, 2018In “latest news”Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death tollSeptember 30, 2018In “latest news”Japanese police find 9 dismembered bodies in suburban apartmentOctober 31, 2017In “World” Police said they had cut the snake open and found the man inside (West Sulawesi Police)(BBC) A missing Indonesian man was found dead inside the body of a python, according to local police.Akbar went missing on Sunday on the island of Sulawesi, after leaving to harvest palm oil.In the search for the 25-year-old, police told BBC Indonesian that they had found a huge snake they suspected had swallowed the man.The reticulated python, reported to be 7m (23ft)-long, was cut open and the man’s body was found.Reticulated pythons are among the world’s longest reptiles and suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole.Pythons rarely kill and eat humans, although there are occasional reports of them swallowing young children or animals.(West Sulawesi Police photo)Mashura, a spokesperson for the police in West Sulawesi province told BBC Indonesian that villagers reported to police that Akbar had been missing for 24 hours.Police then conducted a search and found the snake near the family’s palm plantation.“They didn’t find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake,” Mashura, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said.Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told The Jakarta Post: “People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.“When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.“Resident[s] cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.” read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets shot in the face lives to tell the

first_img Share Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Reddit Flipboard with a front panel protected by resilient Gorilla Glass, the iPhone 4 is the most easily damaged and fragile smartphone around. Anecdotally, the same is true of the iPad, or any of Apple’s other iOS devices: you’re only a slip, fall or stray house key away from a gouged, cracked or marred slab of aluminum and glass.I can’t help but wonder, then, what would happen if the same test was applied to the iPad as these guys have made on Samsung‘s Samsung Hub (via AdChoices广告 bulletsGalaxy TabGorilla GlassgunsiPadsamsungtabletsvideoslast_img

Volvo uses KERS to cut car fuel consumption by 25 percent

first_imgIf you’re a fan of Formula One racing, then you’ll be used to hearing the term KERS. It stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery System, and it allows the recovery of energy under braking, which is then stored and used at a later time.In Formula One, KERS is used to increase the speed of the cars for short periods of time, and typically allows them to go between 10-13mph faster in short bursts. But the same system can be used to help improve the economy of modern road vehicles, too.The problem with KERS systems in the past is they were very heavy due to the fact they were made out of steel, but Volvo has developed a new Flywheel KERS system that is manufactured using the much lighter carbon fiber. Another advantage of using carbon fiber is that the flywheel can rotate faster, in this case up to 60,000 rpm, allowing for much higher energy storage.What Volvo intends to do is fit their KERS system to the rear axle of their cars. When driving along and the brakes are applied, energy is stored in the flywheel and the car’s engine is turned off. Then, when the driver pushes the accelerator pedal again, instead of the engine turning back on immediately the energy stored in the flywheel is used first and applied to the back wheels.Such a system not only ups the fuel efficiency of the car, which according to Volvo is up to 25 percent better, it also improves the performance of the car in terms of how fast it can accelerate–a boost of up to 80 horsepower. Volvo also says the Flywheel KERS system is best suited to traveling in city traffic where you typically accelerate and then brake repeatedly.The final Flywheel KERS system Volvo has designed measures just 20cm across and weighs 6kg. The flywheel spins in a vacuum so as to minimize friction and therefore increase the amount of energy it can store. Volvo plans to include it alongside a four-cylinder turbo engine, but there’s no details yet of when we can see it appearing on a production car. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY KERS Test SetupKERS Test SetupKERS Test SetupKERS Test Setupflywheel_gallery_01flywheel_gallery_02flywheel_gallery_03last_img read more

2 dead after crash outside Miramar shopping plaza

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and a woman were killed after, police said, the car they were riding in was struck by another outside of a shopping plaza in Miramar.Miramar Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along the 7000 block of Pembroke Road, Saturday afternoon.According to investigators, a red Ford Mustang was heading eastbound on Pembroke Road near 72nd Avenue when a white two-door hatchback turned left, possibly to enter the shopping plaza at 7050 Pembroke Road. The Mustang then struck the white car, causing the latter to swerve into the plaza.“It looked like they were racing, ’cause the way it happened, it happened quick though,” said witness Ronald Beaujin. “You heard the cars slamming each other, and then the red one spun, and then you see the smoke.”Police the hatchback stopped short of striking the wall of a business at the plaza. Skid marks show where the driver tried to stop before the impact.Cellphone video captured the frantic moments when police officers and witnesses tried to pull open the white car’s passenger side door to get to the victims.“I could see she was gone, but he wasn’t, because I could feel a pulse,” said a good Samaritan who asked not to be identified. That woman came to the scene and left without saying a word.Police temporarily shut down Pembroke Road eastbound while they investigated. Hours later, crews towed away both of the heavily damaged cars.Investigators said the occupants of the Mustang were not seriously injured. Family members said anyone saying the cars were racing is mistaken.Police have not disclosed names of those involved in the crash at this time, as they continue to investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. But neither victim would survive. They were pronounced dead at the scene.The good Samaritan said he did everything he could to render aid. “They gave me a crowbar. I tried to pry it open. It wouldn’t happen,” he said. “I bent the crowbar. I did everything. The man died in my hands. The man died looking at me, so right now I am taking it hard.”The good Samaritan said he knew the victims from the neighborhood.Ernie Heano, another area resident, said he worked with the male victim.“My neighbor called me and told me the white car, you know, there’s not many white cars like that,” he said. “So he called me and says, ‘You know that little white car is in an accident,’ so I came over, and sure it was. It was him.”Heano said the man has two children and an ex-wife.“She can’t believe it, but I think it’s been like an hour, and she just called me back to affirm that it is real, so I just let her know that it is real, so she’s coming,” he said. last_img read more