Mauritius EC lauds poll management

first_imgPanaji: Electoral Commissioner of Mauritius, Mohammad Irfan Abdool Rahman, on Friday appreciated the standardisation of election management in India. Mr. Rahman is in Goa to witness the Saturday’s Assembly election vote counting process. He was invited by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, under International Election Visitor Programme, 2017, organised by Election Commissioner of India in co-operation with United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP).Mr. Rahman also appreciated the constant improvement and use of modern information technology and social media tools, in conduct of election and in voter education.He leading a two-member delegation to Goa, with Dhananjay Mulloo, Principal Electoral Officer, Election Commission of Mauritius.Mr. Rahman also paid a visit to the office of the Chief Electoral officer in Altinho on Friday, with the Chief Electoral Officer Kunal. The official was also given a detailed presentation on election management of Goa Assembly polls. The presentation included several initiatives taken up during the Assmbly elections, like enforcement of model code of conduct and expenditure control guidelines through flying squads, monitoring of commercial establishments, effective closure of bars and liquor shops, monitoring of casinos and cash transactions, and usage of Voter Verification Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines and its awareness to voters, among others.last_img read more

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Indian hockey team gears up for Rio Games with Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

first_imgThe Indian hockey men’s team will kick start its preparation for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where it will meet Japan in the opening match on Wednesday.Eight-time Olympic gold medallist, India’s tune-up for the Rio Games will get underway on Wednesday at Ipoh, the quaint capital of Malaysia’s Perak state. The fixture against Japan will allow the team an opportunity to find its feet before running into stronger oppositions that include reigning world champions Australia.With the Olympic Games just four months away, India would look to make the most of their appearance in the 25th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, while promising to improve upon their bronze medal effort of last year.Boosted by their bronze medal finish in the Hockey World League Finals at Raipur in December last year, India will test the ability of several youngsters in reproducing their strategic training in match situations in the Azlan Shah Cup.India have picked a squad with many young players from the core group as coach Roelant Oltmans is eager to test their abilities and match temperament before he decides on the team for the Olympic Games in August.Oltmans makes no bones about the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup being a test for the youngsters, who have been inducted into the Indian squad in place of several seasoned players.”International sport is all about showcasing your skills on the big stage. The young players will be under scrutiny,” said Oltmans, a former Dutch national coach who has now spent considerable time in different roles with the Indian squad.advertisement”The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is a chance for the young Indian players to prove that they are ready for major competitions, but they should not be put under too much pressure,” said the Dutch hockey legend, who is also aware of the expectations from Indian hockey fans.Aiming to focus on one game at a time, Oltmans is aware that they can’t afford to take any team lightly.India’s major challenge is expected from a strong Australian outfit, which is keen to reclaim the title from Oceania rivals New Zealand.Australia have won the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup on eight occasions, followed by India’s five title triumphs. Last year, Australia were beaten 3-1 in a penalty shootout by New Zealand after a thrilling 2-2 draw in regulation period.Between them, Australia and New Zealand have won the last five titles since 2011.The last of India’s five titles came in 2011, when they shared the trophy with South Korea as torrential showers washed out the final encounter.Besides Australia and New Zealand, the only country here to have qualified for the Olympics is Canada.Asian Games gold medallists India, the lone men’s team from this continent to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, will lead the challenge of four Asian sides.Former world champions Pakistan, hosts Malaysia and Japan complete the lineup for the tournament that will be played on a round-robin basis, with the top two teams clashing in the final and the next two in the bronze medal play-off game.Australia have brought their strongest squad to Ipoh.Leading the Australian charge is ace striker Jamie Dwyer, a veteran of 351 international appearance. He is backed by robust defenders like Mark Knowles (275 international caps) and Chris Cirrello (177 caps).Seeking back-to-back titles, defending champions New Zealand have recalled veteran midfielder Shea McAleese to the squad after a nine-month break. McAleese’s 221 international appearances for New Zealand are next only to the experienced duo of Ryan Archibald (306) and skipper Simon Child (253).Sultan Azlan Shah Cup’s scheduling this year has made it a vital cog in India’s Olympic preparation. India’s only other major hockey outing before Rio will be the Champions Trophy in London in June.The Ipoh outing will be a test of the Indian players’ ability to assess different styles of play and strive to match them.Captained by Sardar Singh, the Indian team includes some seasoned performers like vice-captain SV Sunil, Rupinder Pal Singh, Kothajit Singh and Manpreet Singh.Matching the performance of these experienced teammates will be a test for the youngsters.last_img read more

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RCB vs KKR: Chris Lynn back with a bang after shoulder injury to resurrect Kolkata campaign

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn scored a quickfire fifty off just 21 balls on his return to the playing XI as the Kolkata franchise got off to a fiery start in chase of 159 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.Lynn’s fifty was laced with five fours and four sixes even as he brought up his milestone with a quite single.Lynn, however, missed out on breaking his own record of a 19-ball fifty, which he scored against Gujarat Lions in Kolkata’s opening match of the season.More records were broken in the match as his partner Sunil Narine slammed the joint-fastest fifty in the history of the Indian Premier League, equalling Yusuf Pathan’s 50 off 15 balls for KKR against the Sunrisers Hyderabad back in 2014.Lynn had an excellent start to the season when he stitched a record opening partnership of 184 with Gautam Gambhir against Gujarat Lions, and went on to score an unbeaten 93.His joy, though, was cut short as he hurt his left shoulder while attempting a catch during the match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on April 9, which had kept him out till now.Lynn and Narine’s 105-run opening partnership helped Kolkata chase down the target with six wickets and 29 balls to spare as they climbed to the second position in the table with 16 points.last_img read more

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Cultural extravaganza marks Asian Athletics Opening ceremony

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh Bhubaneswar, Jul 5 (PTI) An elaborate extravaganza, depicting a blend of Odishas rich history and culture and its modern economic development marked the opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, which begins here tomorrow. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik declared the Championships open at the Kalinga Stadium in front of a capacity crowd with international athletics federation president Sebastian Coe and Asian body chief Dahlan Al-Hamad in attendance. Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla and Union Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas were also present to witness ceremony, which was turned into a spectacular show of light, sound, song and dance. “I declared the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships open,” Patnaik said in Odiya, before the the flag of Asian Athletics federation of raised. For a championships, which is not that hugely significant as compared to the likes of a multi-sporting event, the opening ceremony was an extravagant and spectacular one. The major attractions of the opening ceremony included the rendition of popular Sambalpuri folk song Rangabati by music director trio Shankar-Ehshaan-Loy. Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan and Thousand Hands dance troupe from Thailand also enthralled the audience during the opening ceremony. The central arena of the Kalinga Stadium turned into a big stage with four slanting screens which showed, along with three other such screens round the stadium, showed everything from world famous sand artist Sudarshans works to Konark temple to ancient king Kahravela to other famous monuments. Perhaps the best performance of the evening was three astronauts performing skywalk below three giant balloons in the midst of an array of laser lights. Earlier, athletes of 44 participating countries took part in the march past at the beginning of the ceremony. Expectedly, the large Indian contingent, which came last, received the most applause from the crowd which filled the 10,000 capacity Kalinga Stadium. All the eight members of the Pakistan contingent — six athletes and two officials, who were given visa at the last minute took part in the march past and they received a fair amount of cheers from the crowd. Indias top half miler Tintu Luka carried the flag of the Indian contingent. Odisha sprinter Srabani Nanda took the oath of fair play on behalf of all the participating athletes. More than 800 athletes from 44 countries are taking part in the four-day continental showpiece event, which made it the biggest ever championships. This is the third time India is hosting the championships after New Delhi (1989) and Pune (2013). PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bloody hell, bits and pieces can spin it: Michael Vaughan trolls Sanjay Manjrekar over Ravindra Jadeja comment

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan on Tuesday once again took a dig at crickter-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar after India all-rounder Ravindra Jaedeja broke a crucial partnership to jolt New Zealand during the World Cup 2019 semi-final against India in Manchester.In the 19th over of the 1st semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja snared New Zealand opener Henry Nicholls. The ball sneaked through Nicholls’ bat and pad to crack the stumps as Jadeja broke the 68-run stand between Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson.Soon after Jadeja’s crucial breakthrough for India, Michael Vaughan took to Twitter to pull Manjrekar’s leg over his ‘bits and pieces’ comments on the Indian bowling-all rounder.Bloody hell Bits & Piece can Spin it …. #CWC19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2019IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings also did not let go off the chance to troll Manjrekar.Quadrennial ExaminationFill in with suitable idioms/phrasesQuestion #8That partnership was broken into ____ & ______. @imjadeja #SirJaddu #WhistleForIndia #INDvNZ #SemiFinal1 #CWC19Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 9, 2019A few days back, Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits and pieces cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrhoea’.advertisementStill i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019However, after Jadeja’s impressive bowling against Sri Lanka, Manjrekar surprised everyone by picking the former in his predicted playing XI for the New Zealand semi-final. The commentator later dropped the all-rounder from his squad and justified it in a thread of tweets.Also Seelast_img read more

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The ugly spectre of racism in football on the rise across Europe

first_imgShare on Messenger Football should not carry the can for society’s ills – but can help to remedy them Mesut Özil said he no longer wanted to play for Germany after the World Cup because of ‘racism and disrespect’. Photograph: Michael Regan/Fifa via Getty Images Read more Europe Topics Race BulgariaLevski Sofia were fined by Uefa and ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after racism and violence by their fans in both legs of their Europa League preliminary tie against Vaduz of Liechtenstein. Racist chanting was noted by Uefa delegates at both matches and the first game could continue only after Levski officials had pleaded with the supporters to stop. In 2014, the club was fined £7,750 after masked fans held up a “Say Yes to Racism” banner. Levski’s city rivals, CSKA, were fined the following year when a Nazi flag was displayed among their fans. Metodi ShumanovCroatiaTwo days before the World Cup final, Igor Stimac, the former Croatia international and coach, published on his Facebook page the surnames of the 13 players of African descent in the France squad and added little flags of countries such as Cameroon (Mbappé) and Guinea (Pogba) next to them, writing – in Croatian and English – “Anyone knows who exactly we play against in the final?” He deleted the post, but the next day he told Anadolu Agency: “What awaits us is the selection of France and the African continent. They drew their best 11 from a huge base of one billion people”. Stimac did not face any sanction and still appears as a TV pundit. Alex HoligaDenmarkMidtjylland banned two supporters after they unveiled a banner during the Europa League game against the Swedish side Malmö saying “Tomorrow you are again immigrants in your own city”. Malmö, and in particular the suburb Rosengård, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic grew up, has a large immigrant population and has been the scene of violent clashes between immigrants and police in recent years. Midtjylland strongly condemned the banner and the captain, Tim Sparv, said: “It is really strange that it made it through security. I can’t believe that the majority of fans were behind that banner. I’m really disappointed.” Claus Kejlstrup, chairman of the Black Wolves supporter group, however, told TV2: “I don’t think it crossed a line. It is just some people having too much time on their hands.” Marcus ChristensonEnglandIn November, Kick it Out revealed an 11% rise in reported discriminatory abuse at football matches in 2017-18, compared with the previous season. It was the sixth year in a row that the number of incidents of reported abuse has risen and of the 520 reports last season 53% were racist in nature. There was a 30% rise in cases reported at Football League matches. A separate Kick It Out survey found that 40% of fans do not know how to report abuse, but it may be that the increasing number of reports reflects the ease with which they can now be made, including on social media and on Kick It Out’s reporting app, launched in 2015, rather than an increase in abuse. In recent weeks high-profile incidents, involving Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, have reignited debate about the issue, although the fans involved on both occasions have denied having racist motivations. To make a bad week even worse Chelsea fans were heard singing an antisemitic chant at Vidi in the Europa League. SBFranceFrench officials and media were quick to denounce the racism of foreign commentators who cast doubt on the Frenchness of Les Bleus’ ethnically diverse World Cup-winning squad. But authorities were less emphatic about other cases brought to their attention. The Nice striker Mario Balotelli was booked in February for remonstrating with Dijon fans who, he said, had racially abused him. Balotelli had complained to the referee, who said he heard nothing. The league rescinded the yellow card but found no grounds for action against the referee or Dijon. Racism in amateur football gained national attention after Kerfalla Sissoko, a black player for the Alsace club AS Benfold, was racially abused and beaten unconscious by opposing players and fans during a match against Mackenheim. That club were ordered to play four matches behind closed doors and two of their players were banned for 10 matches – as was Sissoko, who said the punch he threw was in self-defence. A survey of 300 amateur sports clubs in March by the anti-racism group Licra found 74 cases of racism. Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain remain under police investigation after media leaks suggested at least one of the club’s academy recruiters operated a policy of ethnic profiling of players between 2013 and 2018. Documents and computers were seized from the club last week. PSG say their internal inquiry has found no evidence of discrimination and any such policy can only have been “an unacceptable personal initiative”. Paul DoyleGermanyGermany’s embarrassing elimination from the World Cup took a sinister turn when their midfielder Mesut Özil announced he no longer wished to play for the national team because of “racism and disrespect”. Özil claimed his performances were criticised particularly bitterly because of his Turkish roots, saying: “I am German when we win, an immigrant when we lose”. Özil also accused the DFB president, Reinhard Grindel, of choosing to “selfishly turn me into political propaganda” after far‑right groups highlighted Grindel’s criticism of the player for having a photograph taken with the president of Turkey, Recep Erdoğan. Grindel admitted: “In hindsight, I should have unequivocally said what for me and the association is obvious: any form of racial hostility is intolerable.” Also, following complaints, the DFB stopped using the song they had been playing in stadiums since 2006 to celebrate goals by the national team: the song was written by Oliver Pocher, a white comedian who regularly wore black makeup in skits mocking Jérôme Boateng. PD Twitter Barney Ronay Facebook Chelsea face partial stadium closure if Uefa finds fans guilty of antisemitism Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Read more In January, a video emerged of Sporting Gijón fans from the area occupied by the Ultra Boys chanting: “We don’t want players of colour; we want players from Mareo [the club’s youth system], proud of Gijón.” The president of the league, Javier Tebas, noted that Iñaki Williams had been subjected to monkey chants in Gijón two years earlier and demanded an “exemplary sanction”: a fine of €18,000 was imposed upon Sporting by the competition committee but the TAD, Spain’s sporting disciplinary court, nullified that on the grounds that the club could not be held directly responsible since it had followed protocols on fan behaviour and had expelled the man responsible. In another case, Uefa closed 3,000 seats at Atlético’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium after far-right flags were displayed during the Europa League final. Sid LoweSwedenThe entire national team squad lined up to chant “Fuck racism” after one of their players, Jimmy Durmaz, was targeted for online abuse after conceding a free-kick that led to a winning goal for Germany in the World Cup. Durmaz, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents, said: “I am a footballer at the highest level so I have to accept that I am criticised for what I do on the pitch … but there are limits … when someone threatens me, when they call me darkie, bloody Arab, terrorist, Taliban … then that limit has been passed.” PD Reuse this content Facebook Football BelgiumBelgium continues to have significant problems with racism, not confined to football. In February, the Charleroi defender Francis N’Ganga was abused at Club Brugge, and the Standard Liège winger Paul-José M’Poku complained of abuse in successive games at Lokeren and Brugge the same week. “This is unacceptable,” the Belgian FA chairman, Gérard Linard, said. “We are going to sit down with the Pro League to find solutions that work for everyone and tackle the real problem.” In May, 29 people were arrested after fighting broke out following a derby between Antwerp and Beerschot-Wilrijk that featured racist and antisemitic banners and chants, and last month several Standard Liège players, including M’Poku, were racially abused by fans of Kortrijk, the club escaping sanction on a technicality. In September, the Mechelen assistant coach, Frederik Vanderbiest, was banned for three matches and fined €1,500 for racially abusing the Union assistant coach, Abder Ramdane, during a First Division B match. Simon BurntonBosniaIt was reported that the ethnic Serb Ognjen Vranjes, who plays for Anderlecht and the national team, has a tattoo of Momcilo Dujic, a man considered by the Muslim and Croatian population to be a war criminal, while parts of the Serbian population see him as a war hero. There was outcry and calls for Vranjes to be thrown out of the national team. The Bosnian FA condemned his decision but did not fine or ban him. Sasa Ibrulj Share on Twitter Antisemitism The Observer Share on Pinterest NetherlandsThe Dutch FA banned a VVV Venlo fan for one year after he directed monkey chants towards Ajax players during a match in August. The decision came a year after the club were forced to apologise after a small group of supporters had been filmed making monkey chants and abusing PSV players. VVV apologised to PSV for the incident and said those responsible would be sanctioned. In September, Vitesse ultras were heard singing antisemitic chants against Ajax. MCRomaniaSteaua Bucharest’s Harlem Gnohéré was subjected to monkey chants by Dinamo fans after he had scored in the Bucharest derby. Gnohéré says he told the referee but the official did not act. In October, Dinamo fans directed monkey chants towards their own player, Armando Cooper, but were not sanctioned by the club. Emanuel RosuRussiaRussia emerged from a World Cup where racism was expected to be a key issue with no major incidents. A Russian MP said that women should avoid sleeping with foreign fans for fear of mixed-race offspring, but was quickly ridiculed by members of her own government. Club football and matches leading up to the World Cup were a different story. A friendly against France in St Petersburg in March was marred by monkey chants at Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembélé. The Russian Football Union was fined £22,000 for that. Other examples include Torpedo Moscow cancelling plans to buy a black defender because of fan opposition and Lokomotiv Moscow being fined 50,000 rubles (£600) for monkey chants in July. Andrew RothScotlandThe stench of sectarianism has never been removed from Scottish football, with the issue still evident among the away support of Celtic and Rangers. Neil Lennon, the Hibernian manager, spoke out after being hit by a coin and subjected to threatening graffiti at a recent Edinburgh derby. “You call it sectarianism here in Scotland, I call it racism,” he said. “If a black man is abused, you’re not just abusing the colour of his skin, you’re abusing his culture, heritage, background. It’s the exact same when I get called a Fenian, a pauper, a beggar, a tarrier.” More typical cases of racism are rare but there has been a recent spike. Falkirk’s Dennon Lewis has accused his own club’s followers of racist abuse, Aberdeen’s manager, Derek McInnes, condemned the racist behaviour of a supporter towards Celtic’s Scott Sinclair and two people were arrested after allegations that Hearts fans had targeted the Motherwell player Christian Mbulu. Ewan MurraySpain features Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Blaise Matuidi during Juventus’s match against Cagliari in January. He said he was racially abused and told the referee but Cagliari were not punished. Photograph: Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images Share via Email IcelandAfter a cup tie in May between the second-tier teams Fram and Víkingur Ólafsvík, a staff member of Víkingur wrote on social media: “A good victory, but the gloss was taken off it by the language used by some fans towards our black players.” Víkingur had a player from Sierra Leone and one from Ghana in their team as well as a black Icelandic player of Senegalese origin. Fram reacted swiftly, condemning the supporters’ behaviour and saying they would investigate the matter thoroughly. A day later a Fram supporter admitted that he had used unacceptable language and apologised to the player as well as both clubs. Vidir SigurdssonItalyIn January, Juventus’s Blaise Matuidi said he was racially abused at Cagliari. “I can’t pretend nothing happened, it’s a disgrace: we must react,” the Frenchman said after the game before adding in an Instagram post: “Today I experienced racism during the match. Weak people try to intimidate with hate.” The Frenchman said he told the referee about the abuse but the match was not halted and the Italian federation chose not to punish Cagliari (although the club did apologise to Matuidi). A few weeks later Atalanta had to close their main stand for one game after their fans had racially abused Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. The same player was then targeted again at Juventus in October with the champions also being punished with a partial stadium ban and fined €10,000. In Italy, there is what is known as “territorial racism”. Napoli are often racially insulted because they come from southern Italy, with away fans singing about volcanoes erupting in the city or problems with waste disposal. The Napoli coach, Carlo Ancelotti, said recently: “If these racist chants continue, we’ll leave the pitch and forfeit the game. It’s a disgrace.” In October, a Lazio fan was arrested by police after making a Nazi salute before the game against Anderlecht in the Europa League. Fabrizio Romanolast_img read more

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Coutinho welcomed to Barca training by Messi

first_imgBarcelona Messi and Pique welcome Coutinho to first Barcelona training session Jack Davies 04:57 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Coutinho-Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Real Betis v Barcelona Philippe Coutinho The former Liverpool man has been frustrated in his attempts to settle in at Camp Nou by a thigh injury, but he is now training normally Philippe Coutinho has trained with Barcelona for the first time since completing a €160 million move from Liverpool.The Brazil international became the Catalan giants’ most expensive acquisition earlier this month but his debut has been delayed by a thigh injury.Coutinho’s first appearance in a Barca shirt edged closer on Saturday, though, as he turned out for training with his new team-mates. Article continues below 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 Pictures shared on the club’s Twitter account showed the likes of Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique applauding the 25-year-old as he was presented to the rest of the squad.Coutinho’s return comes too late to push him into contention for Barcelona’s next outing. The Catalans visit Betis on Sunday, buoyed after nearest La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Girona.A win in Andalucia would see Barca move a massive 11 points clear at the summit, with rivals Real Madrid trailing far behind as the season moves into its second half. Bem-vindo! Great to see @Phil_Coutinho training with his new Barça team-mates today! #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/hw6iGHCJKB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 20, 2018The Brazilian, however, could be in line to feature in Thursday’s Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol, with Barca looking to recover a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at Camp Nou.last_img read more

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Police arrest 73yearold Whitehorse man in relation to mail bomb

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Police have arrested a 73-year-old Whitehorse man in relation to a mail bombing in Port Alice, B.C., earlier this week.Whitehorse RCMP made the arrest Thursday and also asked residents of an apartment building to evacuate while they conducted a search, “out of an abundance of caution.”Residents were allowed to return home later that evening.On Sept. 11, an explosion injured a retired pulp mill worker when a mail bomb went off after he opened a package at his home.Shannon MacGregor drove her neighbour, Roger Nepper to the local clinic after she saw smoke coming from his house as returned home from grocery shopping.Deputy Mayor Bruce Lloyd said Nepper is in his mid 60s and a former local boxing coach.last_img

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Fiat Chrysler profits soar on North American results

MILAN — Italian American automaker Fiat Chrysler says fourth-quarter net profits rose by 61 per cent, powered by North American sales of the all-new Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday reported quarterly net profits of 1.29 billion euros ($1.46 million), compared with 804 million euros in 2017. Revenues rose 6 per cent to 30.6 billion euros.North America profits grew by 19 per cent to 6.2 billion euros, accounting for the lion’s share of the automaker’s global profits. The carmaker continued to have trouble in Asia, which swung to a loss due to market weakness in China and more competition in Fiat Chrysler’s core SUV market.Europe also lost ground, with profits dipping 44 per cent on lower shipments and weaker pricing, while Latin America more than doubled.The Associated Press read more

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University of California prof to talk War of 1812

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author will be in St. Catharines next month to talk about the War of 1812.Alan Taylor, a history professor at University of California, Davis, will present The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Charles A. Sankey Chamber.The talk is based on his book of the same name. It’s presented by Brock University’s Department of History, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and the U.S. Consulate Toronto. Admission is free.

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Shutting down shark finning US fishermen promise a fight

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2013 file photo, a worker collects pieces of shark fins dried on the rooftop of a factory building in Hong Kong. For centuries, shark fin, usually served as soup, has been a coveted delicacy in Chinese cooking. In the United States, members of the fishing industry say they will dig in against 2016 legislation in Congress that proponents believe will help shut down the country’s shark fin industry for good. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) Shutting down ‘shark finning’: US fishermen promise a fight PORTLAND, Maine – American fishermen are digging in for a fight over a congressional proposal to send a message to the rest of the world by shutting down the vestiges of the U.S. harvest of shark fins, prized for soup and traditional medicine in Asia.The traditional “finning” of sharks — in which they are pulled out of the water, have their fins sliced off and are discarded into the sea, often still alive but unable to swim — is already illegal in the U.S., but fishermen are still allowed to hunt sharks and have their fins removed during processing on land.A bill backed by Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, and others promises to ban the sale and possession of shark fins to ensure U.S. fishermen and seafood dealers no longer participate in the global fin trade. Supporters say the bill would close loopholes left open by measures passed in 2000 and 2010 to protect sharks.“America can become a global leader by shutting down the domestic market for shark fins,” Booker said.Fins from as many as 70 million sharks end up in the worldwide fin trade every year, and completely removing the U.S. from the industry would tell the world that it needs to stop, Booker said.Lora Snyder, campaign director for the conservation group Oceana, has compared shark fins to the trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn. She said the legislation to ban the trade is a step toward saving sharks.But some commercial shark fishermen and fish processors say the effort is wrongheaded and will harm industry more than it protects sharks. The U.S. shark fishery was worth about $2.5 million in 2014, Booker’s office said. The worldwide trade is worth hundreds of millions.In the U.S., sharks are processed for their meat, as well as the fins, most of which are sold to Hong Kong. The U.S. also imported an annual average of 36 tons of dried shark fins from 2000 to 2011, according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and a supporter of Booker’s legislation.There are more than 400 permitted shark fishermen in the U.S., with the largest concentrations in Florida and Louisiana. Fishermen brought more than 600 metric tons of sharks to land in states from Maine to Texas in 2014.Jeff Oden, a former North Carolina shark fisherman who left the business about 10 years ago to focus on other species amid mounting regulatory pressure, said the legislation is well intentioned but won’t stop international finning, and could actually increase pressure on sharks.“Other countries that are less likely to be as sustainable as us will fill our void,” Oden said.Shaun Gehan, a lawyer who represents shark fishermen, said the inability to sell fins would devastate the shark fishing business, which he described as conservatively managed already. Eleven states already have laws against the sale of shark fins, though shark fin soup can still be found on the menu in Chinese restaurants in many states.American fishermen are allowed to harvest many different kinds of sharks, including tiger sharks, bull sharks and some species of hammerhead. Shark conservation group Shark Savers has said the 14 kinds of shark that are most prevalent in the international shark fin trade are all threatened with or near-threatened with extinction.The bill would still allow fishermen to harvest sharks for their meat, though some in the industry say it wouldn’t be worth the cost of business, because much of the value is in the fins. There would also be an exception for smooth dogfish, which could still be used for fins.The bill is pending in the Senate Commerce Committee, but no votes are scheduled. Booker introduced the bill along with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, Rep. Ed Royce, a California Republican, and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, the Northern Mariana Islands delegate to Congress. by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2016 10:43 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Vermeer Terrain Leveler offers one solution to drill and blast restrictions

first_imgRegulations are having a significant impact on productivity in the mining industry at a time when it’s already running on thin margins. There are options that can help a mine increase production while at the same time adhering to drill and blast regulations, addressing sound and vibration abatement and reducing dust to minimise the effect on air quality.One solution is the Vermeer T1255III Terrain Leveler® surface excavation machine (SEM). The Terrain Leveler SEM features an optional dust suppression system, GPS steering and grade control, as well as a cutting head attachment that can create an 80 degree highwall. “This technology is ideal for use in surface mine applications — especially those faced with drill and blast restrictions or urban encroachment.” The advantages of the Vermeer technology according to the company are numerous:Access areas of surface mines where drilling and blasting cannot be done because of physical or permit limitations.See a reduction in noise, dust and vibration compared to drill and blast.Produce a smaller, more consistent particle size, helping to eliminate the primary crusher step.Use the Terrain Leveler SEM for haul road construction and maintenance.“The surface excavation machine allows mines to excavate reserves they couldn’t otherwise get to due to drill and blast restrictions or air quality regulations,” says Patrick Robinson, Senior Commercialisation Manager for Mining at Vermeer. “Mines have already spent considerable time and money on permitting. By integrating our surface excavation technology with their drill and blast program the mines have the ability to extract those reserves that otherwise may be left behind.”The Terrain Leveler SEM features a patented tilt-head milling attachment with top-down cutting action that can dig up to 53.3 cm deep and 365.8 cm wide in a single pass. As the unit travels forward and the drum rotates, the teeth on top of the drum advance over the top of the mineral surface. Operators can also control material sizing by increasing or decreasing the tooth penetration to produce an 20.3 cm minus product. Uniform product size also allows more efficient settings on secondary and tertiary crushing systems.The Vermeer T1255III direct drive Terrain Leveler SEM features a fully hydrostatic motor mounted to the side of the cutting head providing direct drive power to the cutting drum. The direct drive drum design delivers more horsepower to the cutting drum, resulting in enhanced efficiency when working in hard rock conditions. In addition, the direct drive drum allows the quarry operator to cut an 80 degree highwall providing slope stability that is desired in highwall mining applications. Vermeer also offers a chain drive drum which allows the quarry operator to cut a 90 degree highwall, and is also designed to work in hard rock conditions.On many mine sites, dust is a challenge due to urban encroachment and air quality concerns. An optional dust suppression system on the Vermeer Terrain Leveler SEM features an enclosed cutting head with two large vacuums pulling dust from the enclosed cutting head into baghouses. The collected dust is dropped beneath the machine, helping to reduce the amount of dust entering the air. This also diminishes the need to source water to control dust during the mining process.The T1255III Terrain Leveler SEM also features an optional GPS technology that can also be used to create a mine-by-line plan. A mine plan can be uploaded to the GPS system and the machine will automatically cut to the plan. “Machine steering is controlled by the GPS technology, helping remove human error for cutting head overlap and maximizing efficiency of the machine,” says Robinson. “The GPS system provides an overlap cutting of only 15.2 cm. A patented tilt cutting head tied to GPS technology allows the operator to control the cutting head depth and pitch. This feature allows the operator to cut to the mine plan — producing a flat, almost road-smooth surface; a grade for drainage; or a sloped haul road. The technology also eliminates rapid changes in cutting depth, which can impact productivity, and can provide more precision cutting than an operator-controlled system.The T1255III is equipped with Vermeer SmartTEC control software that assists operators with adjustments to machine operation to help maximise machine performance. “Our SmartTEC system displays the status of the many critical elements of machine performance, with prompts providing visual cues to the operator for recommended control adjustment,” says Robinson. “The software also monitors and records various machine operation attributes for future analysis by the machine owner or fleet manager.”The cab features an operator presence system that disengages the ground drive and cutting attachment if the operator leaves the seat. The machines are available with a rollover protective module (ROPM) and a falling object protective structure (FOPS) for working near a high pit wall.The machine’s low centre of gravity helps maintain machine stability. In addition, the Terrain Leveler SEM has a pressurised cab with filtered air system to provide an increased level of operator comfort. The SEM can also be equipped with an optional fullfunction wireless remote, which allows the operator to run the machine from a safe distance if the project requires the machine to cut against a high wall.last_img read more

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Staff to picket UCCs Tyndall Institute tomorrow over pay dispute

first_imgSIPTU MEMBERS WILL place a picket at the Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork (UCC) tomorrow morning over a pay dispute.Workers claim there is pay inequity beween a large number of employees at the institute and their counterparts at the UCC  campus who are doing the same, or similar work. The difference in pay is ten or 20 per cent.Researchers, engineers, administrators, technical staff and IT workers are all involved.The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) is also involved in the dispute but its members will not be placing an official picket due to procedural reasons. IFUT members are expected, however, to support the SIPTU picket tomorrow.The pickets will be placed on the five entrances to the Tyndall institute which is not part of the UCC main campus.“Not only is there a considerable pay gap with counterparts in UCC but that gap is going to widen as increments are paid to the other university staff,” SIPTU Sector Organiser, Louise O’Reilly, said. “This dispute can be resolved if the departments of Education and Public Expenditure and Reform are willing to put forward concrete measures to address the widening pay gap.”The picket will commence at 7am tomorrow morning and end at 6pm.Read: SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and DAA to vote on strike action>Read: Labour Court proposals rejected by SIPTU staff at Liebherr plant>last_img read more

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Prolife robocalls to Irish numbers came from United States

first_imgThe DPC had previously said it had received about 500 complaints over the calls, which would have carried fines of up to €5,000 for the perpetrators if the calls had been made from Ireland.The automated message carried indirect quotes from Professor Eamon O’Dwyer, a veteran obstetrician from Galway, outlining that doctors were always obliged to intervene to save the life of an expectant mother even when doing so would lead to the death of a child.“Ireland’s ban on abortion does not prevent doctors from acting to save women’s life,” the recording said. “Claims that doctors cannot intervene to safe mothers in dangers are untrue.”The full message – which O’Dwyer said he had no involvement in – can be heard here. Read: Over 500 complaints over abortion robo-calls We have now been informed that the US law enforcement authorities are unable to assist our investigations. They have explained that the phone call campaign in question does not contravene US law and, for that reason, they have no basis on which to initiate investigations in the US in relation to the perpetrators of the campaign.Regrettably, therefore, we are unable to pursue the matter any further. Had the calls been made from within Ireland there would have been scope to pursue prosecution proceedings in relation to calls made to landline phone numbers registered on the National Directory Database opt-out register.However, as the calls were made from the USA, there is no scope for the law enforcement authorities in Ireland to take any action against the perpetrators.center_img IRELAND’S COMMUNICATIONS and data privacy regulators have determined the automated phone calls targeted at Irish phone numbers late last year actually came from the United States – meaning they are powerless to take action against them.A joint investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner and ComReg has found that the calls, which were made to Irish numbers last November, originated in the United States where such robotic calls are permitted under law.The calls appeared on caller ID systems to have originated from an 01 number, leading many to assume that the calls had been made from Dublin.Now, however, it has emerged that the appearance of the 01 number was feigned from the United States – and that the calls actually came from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.This is despite the fact that the 01 number in question – which was disconnected a few days after the calls began – played the same recorded message as was used by the automated calls.It is thought that the Irish number had been directly routed back to the United States, where the message – recorded by a man with an Irish accent – was originally based.In emails written to Irish residents who had complained about the calls, the Data Protection Commissioner said it had liaised “with the appropriate law enforcement authorities in Washington on this matter,” and had “presented them with details of the campaign and the levels of complaints received”.The emails state:last_img read more

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Developers claim they cant work with cheap inadequate Wii U hardware

first_imgNintendo is not having a very good 2011. The 3DS did not sell well in the months after launch and now a big price drop and Ambassadors Program has been put in place to save it. Then we learned a second analog stick was being added to the device in the form of a cradle, raising more questions as to why it wasn’t included as part of the hardware in the first place.But while the 3DS struggles, Nintendo always has the promise of the Wii U and its touchscreen panel controller, right? Well, not if the latest feedback from developers trying to work on the platform is anything to go by.Apparently the Wii U development hardware has been rushed out and is pretty much broken. By broken we mean that the wireless communication system between the controller and the machine does not work. Even worse, the wired version of the controller also doesn’t work properly. Developers are also claiming that the chipset Nintendo decided to use isn’t good enough, in other words, they went with an inexpensive solution that is inadequate for the task.The situation is thought to be so bad that developers have to wait for the latest software patches to be released by Nintendo to see if they allow development to continue. These daily updates may improve things, but if the underlying hardware isn’t good enough surely a rethink will be required?While Nintendo will obviously be able to react to the issues and update the final consumer Wii U hardware, having developers sit around unable to work is not a great sign for a successful launch. If it continues, we could see far fewer launch titles available for the new machine next year ( (expected in June), or even in the months that follow the launch. As the 3DS has shown, without regular game releases the hardware doesn’t sell.For the moment this feedback from developers has not been officially confirmed as no one with a Nintendo contract is going to go on record. We may not find out how bad the situation really is until Nintendo announces the line-up of games for  the Wii U launch. If there’s only a handful of third-party titles we’ll know development has been a real challenge.Read more at 01net (translated), via CVGlast_img read more

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Layoffs in public sector last resort

first_imgThe minister in charge of overseeing an overhaul of the bloated public sector avoided this week stating outright that mass layoffs are on the cards, noting that the dismissal of civil servants would be a last resort and that efforts would be made to keep staff facing redundancy on a “labor reserve” list. All other options will be exhausted before any decision is made regarding layoffs, said Dimitris Reppas who heads the new Ministry for Administrative Reform and e-Governance.Many of the employees of public utilities or state bodies that are due to be abolished will be transfered to other posts in the public sector, he said. Other staff will be kept on for a year at 60 per cent of their salary before being dismissed and would then have priority for part-time positions as and when these arise. The main conservative opposition, New Democracy, has proposed that civil servants who face redundancy get a better deal. Those aged over 50 should kept on at a reduced salary until their retirement, ND says, while those aged between 40 and 50 should get a reduced wage for six years and those aged 30 to 40 for three years. The government has until the autumn to draft an across-the-board salary structure for the public sector. In a related development, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the considerable assets of the Orthodox Church should not be included in a State Property Fund to be set up once the government concludes an inventory of public real estate. Further, the wages of clerics – who are civil servants – will not be cut further, Venizelos said after talks with Archbishop Ieronymos who pledged to help ease the impact of the debt crisis but did not specify how. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Claim filed against county over boys E coli death

first_imgThe parents of 4-year-old Ronan Wilson, the Hazel Dell boy who died last year from complications of E. coli, have filed a claim against Clark County Public Health.The county received the claim filed by the boy’s parents, Anthony and Bonnie Wilson, on June 8. The Wilsons claim negligent failures by the county health department were causes of Ronan’s death. The financial damages are listed in the claim as “undetermined, pending further investigation and discovery.”Ronan died April 8, 2010, after contracting E. coli at the in-home day care, Fletch Family Daycare, he attended in Hazel Dell. He was hospitalized for one week before he died. County officials have asked the family for 60 days to review the case before responding to the claim, which is the first step in pursuing a case against a public agency, said Mark Wilsdon, Clark County risk manager. After an internal analysis, the county will either accept or deny liability, he said.The family can then ask to compromise with the county, drop the claim or file a lawsuit, Wilsdon said.Anthony and Bonnie Wilson claim the county health department was negligent and didn’t “reasonably alert the medical community, the general public or the public schools of the E. coli outbreak in a timely manner.”last_img read more

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Membership drive in Mansoorabad

first_imgMansoorabad: TRS membership drive was held at Mansoorabad circle on Thursday. LB Nagar MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy, MLC Egge Mallesham, the drive in charge P Purusotham, local corporator Koppula Vittal Reddy and others were present.last_img

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2 youths killed in road accident

first_imgTwo young men were killed in a road accident at Kanaipur on Dhaka-Khulna Highway in Faridpur sadar upazila on Thursday night.The deceased are bike driver Rimon Mandol, 18, and pillion rider Rasel Talukdar, 20, reports UNB.Witnesses said the accident took place when a motorcycle crashed into a stationary covered van around 10:00pm, leaving them dead on the spot.Faridpur fire service and civil defence station manager M Saifuzzaman said on information, fire fighters appeared at the spot and sent the bodies to hospital.last_img

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