Amit Shah participates in Gujarat assembly proceedings after two years

first_imgTaking part in the Gujarat Assembly proceedings almost after two years, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday slammed the opposition Congress and attributed the party’s repeated win to the high development the State has witnessed under the BJP regime.Mr. Shah is a member of the Gujarat Assembly representing Naranpura area of Ahmedabad. In his 40-minute speech in the Assembly to support a resolution brought in by BJP legislator urging the government to take forward the development agenda of the party, the BJP chief asserted that the BJP would win the forthcoming assembly polls in Gujarat.  “You cannot win people’s mandate by creating ruckus during the house proceedings. To win the mandate, one must win people’s heart and the BJP has done that,” Mr. Shah said, hitting out at the opposition party, which was absent as members were suspended for creating ruckus demanding tabling of Justice MB Shah Commission report in the assembly.  According to Mr. Shah, before 1995, Gujarat was suffering due to large-scale corruption, lawlessness and power shortage. But after Narendra Modi took over as Chief Minister in 2001, the state was transformed to become a model of development across the country.  Meets VaghelaAfter his hard-hitting speech in the assembly, Mr. Shah accompanied by state BJP president Jitu Vaghani, junior Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja and others called on Leader of the Opposition Shankersinh Vaghela, who was once a top BJP leader in the state.  The meeting was termed a courtsey visit by both parties. “It was a courtesy call by Shah, who had come here to attend the assembly session. No political issue was discussed,” Mr. Vaghela said. Subsequently, Mr. Shah held a long meeting with Chief Minister Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel and other party leaders to discuss the organisational matters.He called upon the partymen to start preparing for BJP’s massive victory in forthcoming assembly polls to be held later this year.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: ‘Monster’ Ants Found in Leaf Litter

first_imgThe 19th century English poet William Blake might’ve been onto something when he considered an entire world in a grain of sand. But he probably didn’t consider tiny “monsters,” smaller than rice grains. Researchers have discovered 33 new species of ants in Central America and the Caribbean. The insects have broad, shieldlike faces and mandibles bristling with sharp teeth, such as Eurhopalothrix procera (pictured above), and none are longer than 2.5 millimeters. Their grim visages inspired names based on Maya demons Hunhau, Zipacna, and others. Many had been previously lumped in with other species of the Eurhopalothrix and Octostruma genera. The ants were found mostly in the plant debris of Central and South American mountain forests. Researchers had to sift through 100 square-meters of forest floor for every four or five of the rare specimens, then use a high-power microscope and micrometer measuring tool to note variations in size, the shape of their mandibles, and patterns of hair on their exoskeletons—all defining characteristics of individual species. Frightening work.last_img read more

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All out at Lord’s

first_imgSachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation.,Sachin failed to fire during the inningsIt must have been pretty cool being Mahendra Singh Dhoni this last year or so. His Indian team have throughout sat on top of the world Test rankings. In April, his breathtaking innings led them to their first World Cup victory in a generation. And in May he captained Chennai Super Kings to a second successive ipl title.Here in England, we think we are inured to celebrity, but still find it hard not to be seduced by Dhoni’s obvious substance and very evident style. This aura of near-infallibility has only made India’s disastrous start to their England tour all the more unexpected.All of a sudden the man with the Midas touch could do nothing right. Hindsight showed that he was party to the picking of the wrong team for Lord’s, and did the wrong thing on winning the toss (he finished as the first India Test captain in five years to lose after opting to field), and afterwards he trotted out a string of limp excuses as to why his side had been outplayed.None addressed the fact that mentally, several of his players did not have the stomach for the fight against a disciplined and well prepared England team that made them work hard for all 30 hours of the game. Perhaps Dhoni was reluctant to highlight these shortcomings given his own feckless dismissal on the final afternoon-an incident that signalled the hoisting of the white flag of surrender, the first of five wickets to tumble in 67 balls to conclude the rout.advertisementPossibly only Dhoni’s reputation as a cricketing demi-god persuaded match referee Ranjan Madugalle not to inflict further indignity by slapping him with a suspension for yet another instance of a tardy Indian over-rate.Before the opening Test, comparisons had been drawn between this hoped-for gladiatorial battle and the one for the Ashes in 2005, but the only way in which these still seemed apt afterwards was that Ricky Ponting’s Australians had also swiftly shot themselves in the foot, going down to an early defeat to Bangladesh in Cardiff while Andrew Symonds nursed the after-effects of an all-night bender.England Captain Andrew StraussThe reason why India-who arrived in England with an unbeaten record spanning 11 series-came so badly unstuck appears complex, but everyone has their theory. Not that their defeat came as a surprise to everyone. India’s reputation for tentative batting in the fourth innings is well known and has not been scotched by their famous wins over England in Chennai and Australia in Mohali; just as relevant is how painstakingly they held out for draws this year in Cape Town and Dominica. Rahul Dravid may be The Wall at earlier stages of the game but he again showed at Lord’s how he can crumble under pressure in the denouement (his most recent fourth-innings 50 dates from 2006).Then there is India’s schedule, which to English eyes looks extraordinarily onerous, and we know a thing or two here about burnout. Those players who did not miss parts of the tour of West Indies have been playing for months on end and must be exhausted. Those who did sit out the Caribbean ended up being thrust into a massive Test match with only one warm-up against a Somerset side for preparation.As most observers have not failed to notice, all those who did not play in the Caribbean-Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan-contributed little at Lord’s. Was Zaheer’s breakdown bad luck? Not if you were watching at Taunton, where he looked leaden-footed, overweight and opted out of bowling in the second innings. If Zaheer was an England player, he would have been put on a strength and conditioning course to make sure he came back better prepared, not worse. Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher, the coach, should have spotted the signs with a bowler who has a history of injury.The IPL has never been popular as a concept in England because it clashes with our domestic season and seems like just another financial stick with which the Indian board can beat their counterparts at the England and Wales Cricket Board. But it is time Indians drank some unpalatable medicine: the ipl is ruining their best cricketers.Indian Captain MS DhoniThere is a direct correlation between the emergence of the ipl in 2008 and the rise in injuries of India’s top stars, especially fast bowlers. And in this instance, the England team cannot believe their luck that Virender Sehwag has not yet arrived because he is still recovering from a shoulder operation that he might have had straight after the World Cup but which instead was put back, apparently at the insistence of the Indian board, so that he could turn out in the IPL.At his opening press conference in Somerset, Dhoni conceded just how dependent India’s mighty middle order are on their opening batsmen giving the side good starts. But not only is Sehwag missing but Gambhir, his regular opening partner, similarly played in the ipl only to rest during the West Indies tour, meaning that Gambhir arrived in Taunton not having played a first-class match since January 6.advertisementDo India want to be world Test champions or not? India also did not cope well with the fuss surrounding Tendulkar’s search for his hundredth international century on a ground at which he had never done well for his country. Tendulkar is rightly saluted for his capacity to absorb pressure but in such situations as these-where personal targets receive more publicity than collective ones-even he looks vulnerable. The same thing happened around the times he became Test cricket’s leading century-scorer and run-maker.It was unfortunate that Tendulkar was not in the best of health but England rose magnificently to the challenge of bowling at this immense sportsman. In each innings they dried up his runs in the build-up to getting him out, and in fact they effectively had to get him out three times in the second innings because he was dropped by Andrew Strauss and inexplicably spared by umpire Billy Bowden.Would so many Indians have turned up on the last day had it not been for the possibility of seeing a century from Tendulkar? And is it really good for the team that such a cult of personality surrounds one player? England have no such problem. In spirit and in tactical execution, they are now a team working together. Even Kevin Pietersen, once the superstar apart, has been assimilated by the whole.India, who are notoriously slow starters, may yet recover. But they look like a team whose best has been seen, rather than from whom the best is yet to come. As the dust settled on Lord’s, it was possible to believe that we had been watching the world’s No. 1 Test team. But that team was not India.- Simon Wilde is cricket correspondent of The Sunday Times, Londonlast_img read more

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Joe Root plans to make it 4-1 vs India and give Cook a great send off

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was pumped up ahead of the final Test against India at the Oval and wanted to make a strong statement by defeating the world No.1 Test side India 4-1.England have already won the five-match series after taking an unassailable 3-1 lead with the 60-run win at Southampton and now Root wants to cap it off on a high.This is set to be an emotional week for England with their opener Alastair Cook set to retire at the end of the match.Root said that Cook had informed him of his decision to retire ahead of the Southampton Test and said the emotions will not be a distraction for the English team.READ – Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs India”It will be quite an emotional week for him and for a lot of the guys who have played a lot of cricket with him. He will be a massive loss to our dressing room. But I’m thrilled he’s got an opportunity to enjoy this game.”My full focus has been on making sure we win this game. It’s been an area we’ve not got right in the past and to beat the number one side in the world and make it 4-1 would send a really strong statement of where we are at as a team and where we are looking to go as a team. It would sum up a good summer of cricket for us in difficult conditions,” Root said on the eve of final Test.advertisementRoot said that they have not really planned anything for the farewell of Cook but he was sure things would fall into place. He added that this would be a motivation for the team and they will want to give him a “great send off”.”We have not got anything planned per se but I’m sure spontaneously we will do something. I’m sure the ground and the occasion and everyone involved will also help him do that fine. I don’t think it will be a distraction but a motivation for the group. It means a lot to the whole dressing room and they will be desperate to do everything they can to give him a great send off.Also read – Alastair Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirement”It’s been an outstanding career – 12 years at the top of the order – to have a record like that is some feat, especially in these conditions for the majority of it. There are not many openers around the world who can match that, never mind English players. So he’s going to be very hard to replace.”Upon being questioned if he had tried changing Cook’s mind, Root said, “I was a little bit surprised. But he was adamant in his decision. You could see in his face that was what he wanted and he’d obviously thought it through and was read for that. When you get that impression from someone there was no point in me trying to talk him round.”Cook spoke at length about the phenomenon of Alastair Cook and how much of an influence Cook had on him.”I remember someone walking into the team and making it look so easy from the get go at the top of the order. Obviously a bit further down the line I was in Australia that summer/winter where he got 730-odd runs. I managed to get to a couple of the games where he smacked it everywhere. Just phenomenal really!”He’s been a huge influence on me. First he gave me the opportunity to play. As a role model, there aren’t many people who go about things in a better way than he does. He’s the most down to earth superstar you’ll ever see. He’s always got time for everyone. That’s a great quality to have in any walk of life never mind a high-pressure environment like international cricket. I’ll miss him being around. Not just for his runs and what he adds to the team but him as a person as well.”England will go ahead with the same playing XI for the fifth and final Test, that won the fourth Test at Southampton against India.Root also confirmed that Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket as he has recovered from his broken middle finger injury.”Jonny’s been the Test keeper for a long time now and has done a fantastic job. It’s not a reflection on the way Jos went about things in the last game at all. But long-term, you look at scheduling of all international cricket across the formats, and sharing that workload could be really key in terms of keeping everyone fresh and ready and at the top of their game.advertisement”I think it’s a great way for those two guys to drive each other’s games forward as well. We’re very fortunate to be in the position where we have two quality keepers,” said Root.He went on to add that Moeen Ali will take the first down position.”Moeen has played exceptionally well for his county at three and he wants to do it, feels very comfortable there. The way he batted in his first innings in the last Test, I know it was down the order, but that style of batting could get us off to a really good start and a great chance of taking things on from there. With the winter coming up it might be the way to go, gives us great options.Also read – Winning the last Test before going home will be really important: Rahane”Four is definitely my preferred position, where I think I’ll get the best out of myself as a player and a captain. So I’d have never known that if I’d never given myself the opportunity to bat at number three and I thought it was the right thing to do by the rest of the team and gave us the best chance of winning.”England came into the series at the back of defeats in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a draw with Pakistan earlier in the summer. However, Root said he would like to build on this series going ahead.”The win has given me a huge amount of confidence and I feel like I have grown as a captain and hopefully it can continue,” he signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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7 days agoWoodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: Man Utd board happy with squad ‘base’by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists the board are happy with their transfer policy.United have restructured their recruitment department, adding 45 scouts since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, while greater forward planning means next summer’s transfer targets will be identified by January.If any of those targets become available in January, United will move for them, although there is an acknowledgment that the mid-season window is a notoriously difficult time in which to buy.“The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad,” said Woodward.“But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.” last_img read more

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25Million Roadpaving Contract Awarded for Guysborough County

A $2,513,542 road-paving contract awarded by the Department of Transportation and Public Works will result in stronger, smoother roads in central Guysborough County. The contract, awarded to S.W. Weeks Contracting Inc., is for repaving of Route 316 5.8 kilometres south of the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen south for 6.1 kilometres to the Guysborough/St. Marys Municipal Boundary. Also included is repaving of South Lake River Road from the intersection of Route 316 east for about 6.1 kilometres. “Good roads are the key to the future of rural Nova Scotia,” said Ronald Chisholm, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “The province is working hard to get our roads back into tip-top condition.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro, and Sydney. read more

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CraveTV and Just For Laughs Partner to Create Three Original StandUp Specials

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 – CraveTV, Canada’s premium TV streaming service, announced today that it has partnered with Just For Laughs on three CraveTV Original Stand-Up comedy specials for its streaming audiences in Canada. This marks CraveTV’s first commission of original stand-up comedy, which will stream on CraveTV in 2018 and anchor the streaming service’s popular Stand-Up Comedy Collection. Showcasing homegrown talents Debra DiGiovanni, Darcy Michael, and Graham Chittenden, the specials taped yesterday and today at Toronto’s Berkeley Church during the JFL42 Festival. Now in its sixth year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival and has established itself as one of the world’s most successful and cutting-edge comedy events. This year’s Festival runs until September 30.“We’re excited to broaden our original production strategy for CraveTV to include stand-up comedy, and couldn’t ask for a better partner than the team at Just For Laughs,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Debra, Darcy, and Graham are incredible talents and we can’t wait to bring their acts to CraveTV”.Bell Media and Just For Laughs have a long history of joining forces to bring audiences hilarious hits, such as five seasons of the original stand-up series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS (Season 5 premieres Saturday, September 30 at 9 p.m. ETon The Comedy Network); six seasons of FUNNY AS HELL hosted by Jon Dore; and numerous original specials like ELLIE KEMPER: UNBREAKABLE COMEDY GALA, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS, JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS BLEEP SHOW, SETH ROGEN’S HILARITY FOR CHARITY, and more. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A mainstay of the Canadian comedy scene for 15 years, Debra DiGiovanni is known for her hilarious stand-up comedy and appearances on television series like VIDEO ON TRIAL, Just For Laughs ALL ACCESS, and The Comedy Network original series, MATCH GAME. She was also a finalist on Season 5 of LAST COMIC STANDING. Currently based in Los Angeles, DiGiovanni is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winner.Vancouver-based Darcy Michael has appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal for five consecutive years. He also co-starred in two seasons of the CTV original comedy series SPUN OUT.A familiar face at the Just For Laughs Festival, Graham Chittenden is also a writer on the hit comedy series MR. D. Known for his fresh and clean, but still relentlessly funny style of humour, the Canadian Comedy Award-nominee has also appeared on television series like MATCH GAME, COMEDY NOW!, and MTV SHOWTOWN.Co-produced by Just For Laughs Television and Counterfeit Pictures, in association with Bell Media’s CraveTV. Executive producers are Bruce Hills and Gilbert Rozon from Just For Laughs and Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery and Anton Leo from Counterfeit Pictures. The specials are directed by Shelagh O’Brien. For Bell Media, production executive is Bill Lundy. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.CraveTV Social Media:@CraveTVCanadaFacebookInstagram#iCraveFridaysFacebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsAbout CraveTV:Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.Just For Laughs Television is one of the world’s leading producers of stand-up comedy and variety programming.  JFL’s productions have been seen in Canada on CBC and an array of Bell networks and platforms (The Comedy Network, CTV, CTV2, The Movie Network, HBO Canada, CraveTV and Snackable), and internationally on HBO, FOX, ABC, MTV, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, TBS, CBC, IFC, W, The CW, RTL, TF1, Comedy Central, Showtime, Hulu, SeeSo, BBC1, BBC America and TEN Australia. Beyond stand-up, the TV franchise Just For Laughs Gags has also become a household name worldwide, being seen in 135 countries, on 95 airlines, and on its own YouTube channel which has over 9 billion views. Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group, with growth concentrated on four major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production; live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, and more). Its inaugural Montreal Festival is 35 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 2.5 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Tangier Salafi man arrested for Drug Trafficking

Rabat – Police in Tangier has succeeded in dismantling a network of cocaine smugglers that used a man with Salafi leanings as an informant. According to daily newspaper Al Ahdath Maghribiya, police have dismantled a network that trafficked cocaine, heroin and other hard drugs in the Beni Makada neighborhood in Tangier.Beni Makada is notorious for drug trafficking and violent clashes between rival gangs, especially the areas of Mabrouka, Ard Daoula and Bouhssain. It was also the scene of gunfire exchange that had erupted between the police and drug dealers in 2014. Among those arrested is a man with links to the Salafi movement who worked for drug traffickers as an informant. He also used to sell contraband cigarettes and aluminum foil for heroin users.Police also arrested a drug smuggler who happened to be under national arrest warrant. All the accused were taken into custody under the orders of the General Prosecutor.Investigators continue interrogations with other gang members, said the Arabic-language newspaper. read more

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Tennis ace bound for Belarus to visit UN projects helping youth after

The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.Ms. Sharapova will travel to the Gomel region, where her charitable foundation has helped fund several UNDP projects focused on providing opportunities for youth and improving their communities.The three-time Grand Slam champion from Russia is slated to visit a local arts centre where children work on projects to beautify the town and learn about the environment, tour a health facility that takes a therapeutic approach to treating emotional and mental stress, and meet students who have won university scholarships from her foundation.Ms. Sharapova, 23, whose family fled Gomel a year before she was born because of radiation concerns in the wake of the nuclear accident, said she wanted to contribute to the recovery of a region where she had such a personal connection.“Giving young people the tools they need to reach for their dreams is a good way to overcome the Chernobyl legacy,” she said. “Helping people help themselves is at the heart of UNDP’s mission, and I am eager to see the results first-hand.”The Sharapova Foundation, in partnership with UNDP, supports seven youth-oriented projects and a scholarship programme in areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine that were affected by the Chernobyl accident.“Maria Sharapova’s work in this region will convey a message of optimism to young people, in a once-blighted region, where a return to normal life is now a realistic project,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.Ms. Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon women’s singles crown as a teenager in 2004, today won her second-round match at the tournament, which concludes at the end of next week. 24 June 2010The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. read more

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Bulgarian economist selected as new leader of IMF

WASHINGTON — A Bulgarian economist who grew up when her country was a communist nation has been selected to be the next leader of one of capitalism’s premier institutions, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund.Kristalina Georgieva, a top official at the World Bank, was chosen by the IMF’s executive board on Wednesday to become the IMF’s managing director. She succeeds Christine Lagarde who is stepping down to take over as head of the European Central Bank.The IMF is the world’s lender of last resort, providing emergency loans when countries are facing financial crisis. Georgieva takes over at a time when the global economy is slowing and the two biggest economies, the United States and China, are engaged in an escalating trade war.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

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UN Economic and Social Council urges action now longterm measures to tackle

Following yesterday’s ECOSOC Special Meeting on the ‘Aftermath of recent hurricanes: Achieving a risk-informed and resilient 2030 Agenda,’ Council President Marie Chatardová issued a Statement expressing the UN body’s deepest condolences to the victims, and extending solidarity to all the affected people and Governments in the hurricane-hit Caribbean, Central America and the United States, as well is in Mexico, which was struck by successive earthquakes, and in Africa and South Asia, where severe flooding wreaked havoc. “Early humanitarian response has been critical for saving lives and livelihoods and the provision of essential services,” said the Statement. “Preparedness and partnerships played an essential role as prepositioned personnel, logistics and stocks allowed the humanitarian response and emergency supplies to arrive more quickly.” As assessments continue amid displacement and disruptions to livelihoods, immediate needs concentrate in the sectors of health, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and shelter. The Statement emphasized that the international community must ensure that a humanitarian response is complemented by medium- and long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts to put countries “on a sustainable path to achieve a risk-informed and resilient 2030 Agenda.” It stressed that efforts build on existing initiatives to help affected countries reconstruct with resilience and called for greater investment in disaster risk reduction, including preparedness, early warning and early action, while urging greater risk-informed investment in infrastructure and housing. “We call for stronger collaboration, connectivity and complementarity between humanitarian, development, disaster risk reduction and climate action to define and deliver collective outcomes to reduce need, risk and vulnerability over multiple years,” said the Council, indicating that specific attention must be given to the most vulnerable people facing climate change and extreme weather events. Elaborating on the measures needed in both the medium and long term, the Council called for longer term recovery, development and reconstruction programmes, pointing to, among others, the regeneration of industries, including tourism, agriculture and fisheries. “Importantly, key industries and livelihoods must be made sustainable and resilient to the impacts of future extreme weather events and other hazards. We must support efforts of affected and vulnerable countries to diversify their economies and harness the benefits of digital economy to enhance their economic resilience,” the Statement continued. “We need to act urgently,” the members of the Council asserted, adding: “The Council is committed to continue to promote coordination in the work of the UN development system and intends to follow-up in 2018 to ensure strong progress on the ground. read more

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Government needs to articulate Irelands outrage to Israeli ambassador Martin

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER and former Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin has said the Government needs to call the Israeli ambassador back in and articulate the Irish people’s “outrage” over the country’s military action against Gaza.It comes as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appeals to both sides in the dispute to stop fighting and “start talking”.More than 600 Palestinians and 30 Israelis have been killed in the past two weeks of fighting, officials say.Charlie Flanagan, who took over as Minister for Foreign Affairs in this month’s reshuffle, met with Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai last week.He expressed the Government’s “deep concerns” about the current situation, according to a statement released after the meeting, and said it was “incumbent on all sides to agree an immediate ceasefire”.However Martin, who served in the department between 2008 and 2011, said the Government needed to go further in its approach.“I think the Government should bring him in and should articulate the outrage that Irish people genuinely feel about what is happening in Gaza,” he told reporters at the Magill Summer School in Donegal.“You cannot bomb Gaza in the manner that the Israelis have without slaughtering children and women — and that, again, is what has happened.It is an outrage. I think the Government should call it as it is.“I think the international community, in my view, have not called it as it is in a robust mannerI accept that Hamas are reckless in terms of their rocket firing and they’re wrong. But nothing justifies what happened on that beach when four young children were bombed to bits.He said the Israeli action was “completely disproportionate” and accused the international community of engaging in a sort of “silent acquiescence”.Martin added that the ongoing Israeli action “makes the extreme position in Palestine more popular” and underlines the capacity of moderate leaders to assert themselves.Read World pushes for Israel-Palestine ceasefire as seven more killed in Gaza Read Remains of MH17 victims to be handed over to Dutch authoritieslast_img read more

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Man who died in apparent paragliding accident in Wicklow has been named

first_img By Sean Murray Sunday 12 May 2019, 3:10 PM https://jrnl.ie/4630858 60,107 Views Man who died in apparent paragliding accident in Wicklow has been named An investigation is now under way in relation to the incident. Share7 Tweet Email Short URL Ralph Skoracenter_img Updated May 12th 2019, 3:10 PM A MAN IN his 40s who died following an apparent paragliding accident yesterday has been named as Ralph Skóra.Ralph is understood to have been on the Wicklow mountains and failed to return to his north Dublin home yesterday.A Garda spokesperson said officers participated in a search alongside Wicklow Mountain Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard.“At approximately 8am this morning the man’s body was discovered in a field at Ballinacor Estate, Wicklow together with wreckage,” the spokesperson said.Irish Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association members were informed in their Facebook group: It is with deep regret we wish to inform all pilots that Ralph Skora died tragically following a paragliding accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.A post-mortem is due to take place later.The Air Accident Investigation Unit have been informed of the incident and will commence an investigation. May 12th 2019, 11:15 AM 11 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ralph Skoralast_img read more

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Jury finds Howard guilty in Vancouver double homicide

first_imgProsecutors believe that Arkangel Howard is facing a life sentence without the possibility of release after a jury found him guilty Friday morning in the fatal shooting of two Portland-area men at an east Vancouver apartment complex.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said the convictions should count as a “third-strike” offense. Under the state’s three-strikes law, offenders convicted three times of certain violent and sexual felonies receive mandatory life sentences.Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before finding Howard, 32, of Portland guilty as charged in the murders of Allen J. Collins Jr. and Jason D. Benton.Collins, 37, and Benton, 42, were helping Howard move his then-girlfriend’s belongings when he shot them on the evening of March 19 in the apartment complex’s parking lot. A motive was never revealed.Howard will be sentenced April 20 on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.“I believe it was a just verdict, a correct verdict based upon the evidence presented in this case,” Vu said afterward.He said Howard’s prior convictions in Oregon should be comparable to crimes here that would count as strike offenses.It was unclear what crimes may qualify, however. Multnomah County court records show a number of cases for Howard, including felony convictions for third-degree robbery from 2004, attempting to commit a class A felony from 2005 and hindering prosecution from 2008.last_img read more

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Ryots begin farming as Jurala swells with huge inflows in

first_imgMahbubnagar: With good inflows into Jurala project, the farmers across erstwhile Mahbubnagar district are expressing happiness and are cheerfully taking up farming activity.As per the latest information received from Jurala Project Engineer, the project is receiving heavy inflows and has already filled to its full capacity of 9.45 tmcft on Wednesday as against its total capacity of 9.6 tmcft. After more alerts from upstream Narayanpet project that more than 1.90 lakh cusecs of water was released, the Jurala project officials opened 22 gates up to 1 metre height and released water to lower Krishna towards Srisailam project, where in about 1.84 lakh cusecs of water was released downwards. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Until recently, the water level in Jurala was at dead storage level and the farmers across the erstwhile Mahbubnagar where in dilemma whether to take up kharif farming or not. However, with the recent rains they are the happy lots. ” June and half of the July passed sans any farming activity. We were fearing that this season we wouldn’t take up farming and migrate to Hyderabad for work. But all thanks to rain gods, we could finally get copious rains and the canal water is flowing across our village filling us with hope of taking up paddy cultivation,” said Narasimah Nayak, a farmer of Veepanagandla mandal in Wanaparthy district. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us Recently, Devarkadra MLA Ala Venkateshwar Reddy also released the water to canals from the Bheema to lift irrigation project and released water to majority parts of Wanaparthy and Mahbubnagar districts through the canals. “This time, we are a bit late. However, farming will be taken up in a big way with the canal water and the farmers need not be worried,” said the MLA. Advertise With Us In Mahbubnagar, Excise Minister Srinivas Goud also expressed hope that as soon as the Koilsagar project was filled, more than 50,000 acres under it would be irrigated and the farming community would reap good yields. He recently switched on the lift motors at Jurala and released water to Koilsagar project in Mahbubnagar. However, the irrigation projects in Nagarkurnool and Kollapur areas are yet to receive water as they have to get water from Kalwakurthy and Palamuru Lift Irrigation projects. As the water from Jurala has already been released, definitely in a few days, the farmers under these two constituencies would also get the canal water and take up farming in a big way, expressed Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, Minister for Agriculture.last_img read more

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Ex BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar charged with murder of Unnao rape

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday framed charges against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and others for the alleged murder of Unnao rape survivor’s father in judicial custody. District Judge Dharmesh Sharma also framed charges against Sengar, others for allegedly assaulting him and framing him in the Arms Act case in 2018. Charges have been framed against 10 accused.last_img

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Jet Airways folding up the Kingfisher way Here are the strange similarities

first_imgVijay Mallya (right) rides a buggy with Naresh Goyal during the inauguration of India Aviation at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on October 15, 2008.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty ImagesKing of Good Times Vijay Mallya, the founder of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, on Wednesday sent a message empathising with Naresh Goyal, the Master of Repartees, on the eve of the day debt-stricken Jet Airways suspended all operations. The irony behind the message from Mallya, now fighting extradition from the UK to India for cheating banks, to Goyal, the founder of Jet, will not be lost on those who have followed the history of the two airlines and the lives of their founders.Despite residing in London, the two individuals are poles apart and would not normally be caught in the same place together, unless circumstances force them. Mallya is the antithesis of what Goyal is. Yet both had this overwhelming passion for control to run their companies as personal fiefs. Perhaps, that is what proved the undoing for both airlines.Jet Airways that Goyal founded in 1992 as an air taxi service and later as a full-service carrier had just begun international operations with flights on Chennai-Colombo sector when Kingfisher flew for the first time in 2005. It took three more years for Kingfisher to launch international operations with the first flight on Bengaluru-London route. But the trouble for both started with the ill-advised use of public money to buy loss-making airlines. Kingfisher bought Air Deccan in 2007 and could never fully come out of the morass of debt. Kingfisher would suffer more than Rs 1,000 crore loss for three consecutive years after that. By 2012, the airline’s losses rose to more than Rs 7,000 crore, with half of its fleet grounded and staff on strike. The taxmen were after Mallya for failing to pay dues worth Rs 700 crore for which they sealed Mallya’s bank accounts in 2012. It flew for the last time on September 30, 2012. The aviation regulator suspended the airline’s licence in October 2012 and finally scrapped all its domestic and international routes on February 25, 2013. A Kingfisher Airlines aircraft taxis on the tarmac at Mumbai’s domestic airport February 21, 2012. The airline flew for the last time on September 30, 2012.Reuters fileJet Airways registered itself on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in 2004, a year before Kingfisher took off, and launched the IPO in 2005, raising Rs 1,890 crore. Perhaps trouble started for India’s first private airline with its acquisition of the assets of loss-making Air Sahara for Rs 1,450 crore, renaming it as JetLite. Later it was merged into the parent airline. Though Jet Airways would become the country’s largest airline in 2010, enjoying 22.6 per cent passenger market share, a position it lost in August 2012 to InterGlobe Aviation’s budget carrier IndiGo that began operations in 2006. Jet Airways sold 24 per cent stake to UAE national carrier Etihad Airways in November 2013, making the foreign partner the second largest shareholder after Goyal’s own 51 per cent. However, the relationship between Goyal, as notorious for his abrasive behaviour as appreciated for his quick wit, and the strategic partner that tried to inject professionalism into the airline soured soon. Cramer Ball, an Etihad nominee who joined Jet as CEO from May 2014 left in December 2015, after a falling out with Goyal. That Ball was named Etihad’s main negotiator for talking to the lenders showed how much Etihad hated Goyal as the head of Jet. Jet’s slide from the position of India’s second largest airline with 21 per cent passenger market share to the bottom has been swift, fuelled by cut-throat completion from budget carriers like SpiceJet and GoAir. The airline’s debt has spiked to Rs 8,500 crore. Workers cover the cockpit window of a Jet Airways aircraft parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, on March 26, 2019. Debt-laden Jet Airways has suspended all operations from April 18, 2019.ReutersAs the financial crisis escalated, the lenders stepped in, taking control of the shares Goyal had pledged with them. Lenders now control 51 per cent stake and forced Goyal to step down as chairman and from the board, in deference to the wish of Etihad that is one of the bidders for the debt resolution programme. Goyal’s tenacity, however, failed this time as the lenders’ consortium that State Bank of India (SBI) heads shot down his attempt to take part in the bidding in partnership with a US private equity firm based in Delaware. Jet has suspended operations from April 17, even as the lenders await the final bids of the four entities that have filed their expression of interest (EoI).last_img read more

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New fertility medical advancements to make Cancun world leader

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Medical advancements in assisted reproduction has doctors hoping to make Cancun a world leader.The Center for Assisted Reproduction, led by Dr. Masashige Kuwayama at the Advanced Fertility Center Cancun (AFCC), says they are hoping to make Cancun a world leader in new techniques of assisted reproduction.The growth of the Center’s techniques in the AFCC will bring great benefits in terms of health and economic benefits to Cancún considering that it strengthens medical tourism, since foreign patients who arrive for assisted fertility treatment stay for two to six weeks in Cancun.He says that in addition to the extended stay, the procedures in Cancun cost up to 60 percent less than those in the United States.The Advanced Fertility Center Cancun is working with travel agencies including Best Day, My Medical Vacation and other agencies with experience in medical tourism to ensure patients receive the best care after their treatment.Dr. José Gaytán Melicoff, general director of AFCC stated that, “Cancun has the best reproduction center in the world with doctors who have literally changed reproductive medicine with their inventions and their novel techniques.”The Repro-Support Medical Research Center, a research laboratory that creates new assisted reproduction techniques, was integrated into this project and, he said, will leave Cancun to the rest of the world.Dr. Masashige Kuwayama, considered the father of vitrification and creator of the Cryotech method, said he loves Mexico and has announced free ovarian tissue cryopreservation services to all Mexican women who have been diagnosed with cancer.This project also includes other renowned doctors such as Gabriel Dalvit from Argentine, Dr. Sergey Yakovenko who complected research in centers in Italy and the United States and Dr. Luis Ruvalcaba of Guadalajara who specializes in uterine transplantation.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lufthansa Australia Awarded Best Offline Airline 2010

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Kai Peters, Subhas Menon (SQ), Dale Woodhouse (SQ) Lufthansa German Airlines won the best off-line international carrier award for the fifth consecutive year at Australia’s most prestigious travel industry awards, the 2010 National Travel Industry Awards, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney. Kai Peters, Lufthansa’s General Manager said: ”We are delighted to again receive this prestigious award and particularly pleased that three of the five finalist airlines are part of the Lufthansa Group. It is also rewarding to see the strength of the Star Alliance network, with Scandinavian Airlines shortlisted as one of the finalists. We dearly thank each and every agent for supporting us!” The award was accepted by Kai Peters on behalf of the entire Australian team – a team that in future will represent both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa in Australia.In 2008 Lufthansa was awarded to the Hall of Fame for three consecutive wins in the best off-line airline category. center_img Kai Peters receiving the award from Dennis Alysandratoslast_img read more

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