BSF soldier injures two, kills self in Tripura camp

first_imgA soldier of the Border Security Force (BSF) sprayed bullets at his colleagues in a camp in Tripura on Friday night and wounded two of them. He later shot himself with his service weapon.BSF officers refused to disclose details of the incident. Arun Kumar Verma, a senior officer of the BSF Tripura Frontier, said on Saturday that a probe was ordered. He said constable P.D. Rao who opened fire in the camp died.last_img

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Setback for Kumar in Saradha scam case

first_imgIn a setback for former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Supreme Court Registry on Tuesday informed him that his urgent plea to extend his protection from arrest in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam case would not be heard this week.Mr. Kumar was granted seven days’ protection, from May 17 onwards, to facilitate him to seek any legal relief, including anticipatory bail. But he had returned to the apex court on May 20 with an urgent application for an indefinite extension of protection. Lawyers’ strikeHe had said the courts in West Bengal were not functioning due to a lawyers’ strike and he was unable to approach any for legal relief. He had sought the apex court to provide him with indefinite protection from any coercive action, including arrest or custodial interrogation, until the strike was over and the courts resumed.A Vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna on Monday had asked Mr. Kumar’s lawyer to approach the Registry for urgent listing as the seven days’ grace would be over on May 24. Besides, the Vacation Bench had said his plea could be heard only by a three-judge Bench.Now, with his plea not likely to come up this week, Mr. Kumar is in a quandary.On May 17, a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had withdrawn a four-month-old order staying any attempt at coercive action, including arrest, against Mr. Kumar. The February 5 stay order asked the CBI to stand down while directing Mr. Kumar to travel to Shillong and co-operate with the agency.However, the acrimony between Mr. Kumar and the CBI had soured the questioning session, with the agency informing the court that the police officer met their questions with “silence and arrogance”.In an eight-page order on May 17, authored by Justice Khanna, the court had decided not to protect Mr. Kumar any longer. It had further left it open to the CBI to “act in accordance with the law”. However, the court gave him seven days from May 17 to approach a competent court and seek suitable legal relief like anticipatory bail.The CBI claims to have “substantial material” implicating Mr. Kumar in acts of connivance and complicity to favour the principal accused persons in the Saradha scam.last_img read more

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From high school math teacher to U.S. senator?

first_imgAmanda Curtis drew up a life plan in college that included studying biology in preparation for “spending time in the lab, working on a cure for cancer.” She envisioned that her research would be interrupted by stints in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, its U.S. counterpart.Idealistic? Sure. But at 18, the Montana native saw that career path as a way to meld her love of science with her desire to improve the world.Then life happened. Curtis did indeed graduate with a biology degree from Montana Tech, a branch of the University of Montana in Butte. But she began to rearrange her game plan after her future husband “asked me if I would consider working on a community scale rather than on a global scale.” That knocked out the PeaceCorps and AmeriCorps. A summer internship taking water samples at a plant in Butte that her father had helped build “made me realize I did not want to spend my life in the lab,” she says. Instead, Curtis chose the classroom, and for the past decade she has taught secondary school math and science in Butte and nearby Helena, the state capital.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Another thing her career plan didn’t mention was becoming the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Last weekend, the 34-year-old Curtis signed up to battle U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R–MT) in a race that could help decide whether Democrats will retain control of the Senate.How did Curtis, who earned a cult following last year with daily YouTube videos describing what it’s like to be a novice member of Montana’s part-time state legislature, step onto the national stage? In a word, plagiarism.Earlier this month, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat, John Walsh, dropped out of the race in the wake of media reports alleging that he had plagiarized much of a master’s thesis he submitted in 2007. Walsh was serving as Montana’s lieutenant governor when he was tapped by the governor in February to serve out the last 10 months of the term of Max Baucus, the state’s senior senator and Democratic kingpin. Baucus, who in 2013 had announced he wouldn’t seek a seventh term, had stepped down early to become ambassador to China.On Saturday, the party faithful met in Helena to choose Walsh’s replacement and quickly settled on Curtis.Walsh’s race against Daines, a businessman and first-time congressman who had run unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2008, was expected to be close. But even her staunchest supporters admit that Curtis is a heavy underdog, with minimal name recognition statewide and a virtually empty campaign chest. “Realistically, there’s no way to compete in the standard media against Daines, who’s bought up almost all the television time there is,” says Jon Sesso, Democratic minority leader in the state Senate and a political mentor to Curtis.But Curtis has one potential advantage, according to Sesso. “Amanda has done some amazing things with social media to connect with her constituents and allow them to become involved,” he says. “She really impressed people last year. So the race will be an experiment in whether a campaign that is essentially broke but that has drawn national attention can catch fire using some of the same tools she employed as a state legislator.”This week, instead of preparing lesson plans for students arriving at Butte High School on 2 September, Curtis hit the road to begin a frantic, 11-week campaign. Between events in Billings, she spoke with ScienceInsider about her personal history and her message to voters that they need to “pay attention, get involved, make a difference.”Q: Why did you decide to major in biology?A: It was the class I most enjoyed in high school. I really liked the straightforward method of asking a question, gathering the information, deciding on something that was testable, testing that, and then working back through the process to circle in on the one right answer. It always appealed to my process of thinking.I went right into college as a biology major, and I was one of the few students who didn’t change their major.Q: Why Montana Tech?A: Because no one in my immediate family had gone to college, filling out the [financial aid forms] and college applications wasn’t on our radar. And then I got a postcard from Pacific University, a school in Forest Grove, Oregon, and they said they would waive my application fee. So that was the application I filled out, because paying those fees was going to be hard for me. I got a lot of scholarships, too. I went there for one semester. But my brother had committed suicide on 22 May, and I went away to college in August. And in many ways I was still reeling from that. … So I decided to go back to Butte. My dad’s a laborer, and he would often work on short-term jobs. He was building a silicon plant outside of Butte. So it was way less expensive for me to go to school in Montana and get a job and share living expenses. So I enrolled in Montana Tech and continued with my biology degree.Q: Did you always like math?A: No, I really struggled with math in high school. In fact, when I took the entrance test for college, I was not ready to do college-level algebra. So the first math course I took was a remedial math course, at Pacific. At Montana Tech, I took it again and I think I scored one-tenth of one percentage point below the cutoff score for getting into a calculus class. And I said to them, “Listen, I can do this. Please put me in that Calculus 1 class.”I wish I could give credit to that professor, but I don’t remember his name. But that professor laid out the beautiful picture that is calculus, and all of a sudden I understood it. It just clicked for me. And studies show that brain development works that way. I was just anatomically and physically ready.Q: Your first teaching position was at a private school, right?A: It was at Butte Central Catholic High School. I was looking for a job, and the only jobs open were in math. So I became a math teacher, and I’ve been one ever since. I have been able to share my experiences with my students. I probably say that to one student every week. I realize that math is literally a foreign language. But I tell them that, if I can do it, you can do it. That’s been my message about math, and that’s my message about politics.Q: What’s harder, teaching or lawmaking?A: I’d say teaching is the hardest job. When you’re a teacher, you carry a burden on your shoulders to shape the future. Everyone agrees that the country depends on education to solve our problems and create a society that works well for us, as human beings. There’s no more pressure you can put on a person than to say, if they show up, “You get these kids for 56 minutes a day, and you’re required to meet these standards.”Of course, they didn’t meet the standards before coming to you, so you need to not only do this year’s work, you also need to catch them up from the past 3 years’ work. And you’re not worth paying more than X amount, and we don’t really like you very much. That’s the message that some Americans are sending teachers.*Clarification, 21 August, 3:29 p.m.: This story has been revised to make clear that Curtis did not serve in the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.last_img read more

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Astros blast by Dodgers, 13-12, in 10th, lead World Series 3-2

first_imgWith two down in the 10th, Jansen hit McCann on the hand with a pitch and Springer walked.Bregman, who homered off Jansen in Saturday night’s loss, lined the next pitch over shortstop to score pinch-runner Derek Fisher, who slid home ahead of the throw from left fielder Andre Ethier.“We’re up 3-2, baby,” Bregman said.Out of nowhere, the Astros climbed out of a four-run hole against Kershaw and then erased two more deficits later in the game, tying it each time on a homer.Correa leaped and twirled after launching a two-run drive that made it 11-8 in the seventh . Much later, he hurdled the dugout railing the moment Bregman lined his winning single.Bellinger hit a three-run drive in the fifth that made it 7-4 and seemed to swing things back in the Dodgers’ favor. By the end of the mayhem on the mound, it was a mere afterthought.Each team had 14 hits, eight for extra bases, and both used seven pitchers.“Man, I’m mentally exhausted right now,” Bellinger said.Before the game, former Presidents George H.W. Bush and son George W. Bush were on the field for the first-pitch ceremony. By the end of the night, most everyone was bushed.The Astros (13) and Dodgers (9) topped the Series mark for homers , set when Barry Bonds and the Giants lost to the Angels in seven games in 2002. The Houston Astros celebrates after Alex Bregman (2) game winning single during Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Astros won 13-12. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — When the winning run finally came sliding across home plate on Alex Bregman’s single, more than five unforgettable hours after the first pitch, a frantic Carlos Correa sprinted toward his Houston Astros teammates in the middle of the diamond.Arm in the air, pure elation all over his face.ADVERTISEMENT Keuchel never got into a rhythm during the shortest home start of his All-Star career. His breaking pitches spun without much movement, and he was pulled in the fourth.The Dodgers hadn’t lost a game this year when they led by four runs. But Kershaw’s bedeviling postseason past came back to haunt him at the worst time.Kershaw was pulled after a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the fifth. And with the crowd sensing something big, the 5-foot-6 Altuve connected off Kenta Maeda for a home run that made it 7-all.“At that point, I talked to him before getting the at-bat: ’This is your moment,’” Correa said. “And he didn’t let me down. He hit a homer and got us going.” Altuve, Correa, Yuli Gurriel, George Springer and Brian McCann homered for Houston , the highest-scoring team in the majors this season.Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig went deep for the Dodgers, who scored three times in the ninth to make it 12-all.“It’s hard to put into words all the twists and turns in that game,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.“These are just two really good teams, just throwing haymakers at each other trying to outlast each other,” he said.Silent when ace Dallas Keuchel got crushed, the orange-clad fans erupted over and over as the Astros sent balls careening all around — and out of — the park.Yet on another night of Home Run Derby in the Year of the Home Run, no lead was safe.Puig lined a two-run shot in the ninth, the record 22nd homer in a single Series, and Chris Taylor’s two-out single off Chris Devenski tied it.“I think this whole series has been an emotional roller coaster,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s the two best teams playing for a championship. And these are two teams that play 27 outs.”More than that, in fact.Houston posted its second extra-inning victory of the Series, adding to its 7-6, 11-inning comeback win in a dramatic Game 2. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Phoenix rookie Perkins thinks he can matchup with PBA giants Fajardo, Slaughter LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 But really, who imagined this?No wonder there’s a bright sign high above the center field wall for a popular taco place in town — it says Torchys and fit perfectly for a game where pitchers got lit up.A day earlier, Kershaw stood alone on the mound after the Dodgers’ dramatic win in Game 4, trying to get a visual for the biggest start of his career.This was definitely not how he pictured it.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner cruised into the fourth with a 4-0 lead before things suddenly fell apart. After Correa hit an RBI double, Gurriel launched a tying, three-run drive.Kershaw whipped his head around to watch Gurriel’s drive sail, his face immediately showing shock, utter disbelief and frustration, all wrapped up in one expression before he bent over, hands on his knees.Yanked in the fifth, Kershaw trudged off with a dubious distinction — he has allowed a postseason-record eight home runs this year.“Just exactly what you expect (when you) come to the park with Keuchel and Kershaw pitching,” Hinch said.Hardly a repeat performance from the opener, when Kershaw dominated while outpitching Keuchel for a 3-1 win.Gurriel’s second homer of the Series also kept open this possibility: Imagine the scene if Major League Baseball presents Gurriel with the MVP trophy, so soon after Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended him for the first five games next year for making a racist gesture toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish.center_img A last indelible image from a World Series classic filled with them.Correa, Jose Altuve and the Astros kept hammering away in a wild slugfest that no one saw coming, rallying against Clayton Kershaw and rocking the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 thrilling innings Sunday night for a 3-2 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack out there,” Correa said.In a tension-filled game of monster momentum swings at pulsating Minute Maid Park, the last one belonged to Bregman . With the packed crowd still standing well past midnight, the 23-year-old third baseman hit an RBI single with two outs off Kenley Jansen. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “The best game ever, for sure,” Correa said.Wacky and whacky with seven home runs, this perhaps topped Toronto’s 15-14 win over the Phillies in 1993 as the craziest World Series showdown ever.Exhilaration and exhaustion, spread over 5 hours, 17 minutes.“Yeah, five-hour game, but it doesn’t matter. I can play a 10-hour game if we are going to win,” Altuve said.Now, with both bullpens worn down, the teams get a day to recover. Game 6 will be Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, where Justin Verlander will try to clinch the Astros’ first championship and Rich Hill hopes to save Los Angeles’ season.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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India slips in latest ICC ODI, T20 rankings

first_imgcricket India are now second in the Twenty20 charts. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE × The Indian cricket team was dislodged as the top Twenty20 side and also dropped a rung to fourth in the ODI charts of the latest ICC rankings following the annual update.India are now second in the Twenty20 charts, behind New Zealand.Australia and New Zealand have retained the top two positions on the ODI rankings. Results from 2012-13 have been dropped, while results from 2014-15 have been reduced to a weighting of 50 per cent.Australia, who won their fifth World Cup title in Melbourne last year, are now sitting on 124 points after dropping two points to lead New Zealand by 11 points.South Africa have swapped places with India to move into third position, while the West Indies have exchanged places with Pakistan to push the 1992 World Cup winners out of the top eight.Other sides to gain following the annual update include sixth-ranked England (103, up two), seventh-ranked Bangladesh (98, up one), eighth-ranked West Indies (88, up two), 10th-ranked Afghanistan (51, up four) and 11th-ranked Zimbabwe (47, up two).A significant date on the ICC events calendar is 30 September 2017, which is the rankings cut-off date for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The host, England, and the seven next highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings on September next year will qualify directly for cricket’s biggest event, while the bottom four ODI ranked sides will join the top sides from the ICC World Cricket League in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 to fight for the two remaining positions.Although there will be another ODI team rankings annual update prior to this cut-off date, it is significant that from now on the results of all ODIs that will affect qualification will be weighted at 100 per cent whereas matches played between May 2014 and April 2016 will by then be weighted at only 50 per cent, the ICC said in a statement.All the teams bunched together in the middle of the table will have to win as many matches as possible in the forthcoming season, knowing it will help ensure direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged from May 30 to July 15 in the United Kingdom.In the T20I update, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand have gained 12 points following the annual update and consequently vaulted two places to join India on 132 points.However, when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then New Zealand are ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side by +0.21. ICC World Twenty20 2016 champions West Indies have slipped to third after conceding three points. The main reason for the West Indies’ slip is that their results from the 2012-13 season, which includes victory in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012, have now been dropped.The West Indies now lead fourth-ranked South Africa by three points. Australia and New Zealand retain the top two positions on the ODI rankings SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT India are now second in the Twenty20 charts. File Photo   –  The Hindu COMMENTS Published on 0 May 04, 2016last_img read more

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Lionel Messi Told Me to Shut My Mouth, Alleges Brazil Coach Tite But Argentine Star Has the Last Laugh

first_img argentinabanBrazillionel messi First Published: November 16, 2019, 12:33 PM IST Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil coach Tite exchanged words during the clash between the South American giants on Friday but it was the forward who had the last laugh after his team’s good run continued with a 1-0 win in Saudi Arabia.Messi looked to the touchline and put his fingers to his lips before making another hand sign that appeared to tell the Brazil coach he had too much to say for himself. Tite admitted he had been complaining to the referee during the first half and said the two men exchanged words.”I complained because he (Messi) should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth,” Tite said. “And that was it.” #Messi asked Tite (Brazil’s coach) to be quiet ????OMG, what happened to the ??!??pic.twitter.com/2WGHS96hT0— ????? ???? | ? SZN (@Everyone_heart) November 16, 2019The Brazil coach played down the incident and highlighted Messi’s performance in the well-deserved friendly victory.The Barcelona forward was one of the outstanding performers for Argentina on his return to international football after missing four games through suspension.He scored the only goal after 14 minutes – his penalty was saved but he followed up to beat Alisson – and could have had another couple of goals but for some stout defending and the keeper’s awareness.The result was encouraging for Argentina, who have now gone six games without defeat – their longest such run since 2016.”From the very start we tried to play. We had a couple of misses and they had their chances,” Messi said. “But in the second half we were much better.”When you win, it puts you more at ease and that is very positive for what lies ahead. I ended the match well, we all ran quite a bit. And that is what we were there to do.”Argentina play Uruguay in a friendly next week while Brazil face South Korea. center_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori suspended for illegal bowling action

first_imgZimbabwe’s left-arm seamer, Brian Vitori has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after ICC’s independent assessment found his bowling action to be illegal.Vitori’s action was reported in January during the T20 series against Bangladesh. The bowler underwent tests in Chennai and all of his deliveries exceeded the allowed 15-degree tolerance allowed by ICC’s regulations.In accordance to the rules, Vitori remains suspended not only from international cricket but also at domestic level. However, he can play in domestic cricket with the consent of the country’s board.Vitori has also been left out of Zimbabwe’s squad for World Twenty20. However, he can apply for a re-assessment after changing his bowling action. Vitori has played four Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 T20Is for Zimbabwe after making his debut in August 2011.last_img read more

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Plan to organise mountain climbing marathon in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar, Mar 11 (PTI) Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) plans to organise a mountain climbing marathon and youth festivals in Jammu and Kashmir with the aim of boosting adventure sports in the state.IMF would organise mountain climbing marathon in August end besides the youth festivals in all the three regions of the state so that youth are attracted to adventure sports and also to provide employment to local youth, its president Col (Retd) H S Chauhan said at a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Tourism Sandip Naik here.Col Chauhan said the state youth can be trained under Huner-se-Rozgar (Employment by Skills) – a centrally -sponsored skill development training course to empower the under privileged youth – in rafting, climbing and trekking.The meeting, also attended by the local travel trade bodies, discussed various issues pertaining to tourism sector in the state especially measures which will help attract more holiday makers during the coming season, an official spokesman said today.He said the travel trade fraternity demanded night flights at Srinagar Airport to boost the tourist influx.The tour operators said familiarisation tour of the leading travel agents from outside should be given priority so that they see by themselves how safe the state is.The tourism stakeholders said they would also sell off-beat destinations and niche products like rafting and golf, the spokesman said.Naik assured the representatives of every possible support from the government for running their businesses smoothly during ensuing tourist season.During the meeting, the spokesman said it was also discussed that Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake would be marketed for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) tourism and made a brand in the country.advertisementThe meeting also suggested issuance of online tickets and boarding passes for Gulmarg Gondola Cable car project to avoid last minute hurry and touting, he said.He said the Tourism Department also assured the tourism stakeholders that it would make public in advance the festivals so as to attract tourists on these occasions. PTI MIJ RCJ RT RCJlast_img read more

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IPL Live Streaming MI vs KXIP: Watch on Mobile, Hotstar, Jio TV

first_imgMumbai Indians will be desperate for a win against Kings XI Punjab to keep their play-off hopes alive when they square-off in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.India vs Bangladesh Final Asia Cup 2018 Live StreamingJust when Mumbai’s dream of making it to the final four was on the verge of getting shattered, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade came up with a spirited show to register a hat-trick of wins before faltering against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game.Mumbai have to win both their remaining two matches to keep their chances alive for advancing to the play-offs.With 10 points, the three-time champions are placed at the sixth spot in the IPL points table while their opponents are a spot ahead with 12 points in their kitty.RCB vs SRHOn the other hand, despite being a place ahead, Punjab lag behind Mumbai in net run-rate.The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side, who started their IPL campaign on a rousing note, faltered in the business end of the league, losing five of their last six games.What time is MI vs KXIP?The game starts at 8PM IST on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com.advertisementWhen is the IPL match Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?The 50th match of the IPL will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab be played?The Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab from our live blog on indiatoday.in.How to watch IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab?Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne.Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Darlast_img read more

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FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES PIT BULL LAWSUIT VS SIOUX CITY

first_imgA FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A MOVILLE WOMAN DOES NOT HAVE STANDING TO SUE THE CITY OF SIOUX CITY OVER THE 2009 BAN ON PIT BULL DOGS IN TOWN.KALI MYERS FILED SUIT AGAINST THE CITY IN 2016, ALLEGING THE ORDINANCE PROHIBITING PIT BULLS IN SIOUX CITY WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.DURING DISCOVERY IN THE CASE, THE CITY LEARNED MYERS HAD MOVED FROM SIOUX CITY TO MOVILLE SHORTLY AFTER FILING HER LAWSUIT.IN ADDITION, SHE NO LONGER OWNS A DOG.ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY CALEB CHRISTOPHERSON ARGUED IN COURT FILINGS THAT MYERS WAS LEGALLY PROHIBITED FROM CONTINUING TO CHALLENGE THE CITY’S PIT BULL BAN IN COURT SINCE SHE IS NO LONGER AFFECTED BY IT.UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE LINDA READE AGREED WITH CHRISTOPHERSON AND DISMISSED MYERS’ LAWSUIT.last_img read more

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2011 ACT Super League Finals

first_imgIt will be a big day of Touch Football at the West Belconnen Leagues Club, with the semi finals and grand finals to take place on the day, followed by the Presentation Night. In the Men’s division, the Riteway Northern Phoenix finished the season on top of the ladder, with seven wins from their nine games, followed by the Woden Eagles with six wins, the Tuggeranong Vikings with five wins, with Canberra City in fourth place. In the qualifying finals at 1.00pm, the Phoenix will meet Canberra City while the Eagles will play the Vikings, with the winners progressing through to the final at 4.00pm.In the Women’s division, the Vikings finished on top of the ladder following the nine round games, with six wins, two losses and one draw. In second place are Canberra City, followed by the Eagles and the Phoenix respectively. In the Women’s qualifying finals at 12.00pm, the Vikings will meet the Phoenix while Canberra City will play the Eagles. The two winners will play in the final at 3.00pm. In the 16’s Mixed division, the Phoenix finished the regular season on top of the ladder, closely followed by Canberra City, both with six wins, two losses and a draw throughout the season. The Vikings finished in third place, followed by the Eagles. The 16’s Mixed division qualifying finals will be played at 11.00am and will see Canberra City take on the Vikings, while the Phoenix will play the Eagles. The winners will play in the grand final at 2.00pm. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Super League finals day, visit the Touch Football ACT website – www.acttouch.com.au – which will have the latest results and match reports from the day. You can also keep up-to-date with all of the latest results by visiting the Touch Football ACT Facebook page, which can be found by clicking on this link:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-ACT/109132380487 The TFA YouTube Channel will also have highlights from the finals uploaded to the site, which will be able to be viewed at www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus.last_img read more

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Stage II in UXO Survey Programme for Tennet Offshore

first_imgzoom As result of the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) threat identified from successful route survey for Tennet Offshore Gmbh, MMT will perform stage II in the marine UXO survey program for the HelWin 2 project.The magnetometer targets and side scan sonar targets that were picked from geophysical survey (stage 1), require further investigation. The purposes of the marine survey in stage II are to confirm the nature of the objects causing anomalies induced by ferrous metal objects on the earth magnetic field. It is also to be determined whether the location possesses an UXO risk to the cable lay operations and to identify and advise Tennet´s project management on eventual new route opportunities.Tennet Offshore Gmbh, December 17, 2013last_img read more

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Reminder to test for Radon Gas

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to test their homes this winter for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas. “It’s important to test for radon,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Public Health Officer. “If you’re exposed to elevated levels over many years, you are at increased risk for lung cancer, especially if you are a smoker.” January is an ideal time to test for radon. It gives an accurate measure of how much radon is accumulating in living spaces from soil underneath buildings because windows and doors are closed. Protecting homes and loved-ones is easy and inexpensive. Testing devices, including mail-in laboratory analysis, are available through environmental testing companies or on the Internet for $40 to $80. The devices should be left in place for at least three months. National guidelines recommend that radon in buildings and homes not exceed 200 bequerels per cubic metre. As well as encouraging Nova Scotians to test their homes, the province has a program to test public buildings for radon as part of five-year plan that started in 2006. For more information on radon gas, testing, and the Health Canada guideline, go to the Department of Environment’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/airlandwater/radon.asp .last_img read more

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Racism Is Definitely A Thing In Canada This New Campaign Proves It

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “I’m so sick of people constantly asking to touch my hair,” another says.Anti-black racism is alive and well in Canada, the council’s executive director Debbie Douglas told The Huffington Post Canada.“It informs how black folk walk and live their lives.” Login/Register With: “Diversity is our strength.”It’s Toronto’s official motto and Canada’s most celebrated value. We think of ourselves as a country of immigrants, yet people who look different are still singled out.“People won’t sit next to me on the subway,” reads a poster for a new ad campaign created by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Twitterlast_img read more

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Quebec felt heavy public pressure to table strict marijuana law stakeholders

first_imgMONTREAL – Public pressure on the Quebec government was so strong it had little choice but to table a strict bill on marijuana legalization that will give the province full control over the industry, stakeholders and business officials said Thursday.Bill 157 aims to push out the private sector and create a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of all drugs.“This is an important change to our society,” Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois told reporters. “The experts recommended we be prudent to start and then to see if we need to adjust. They asked us to be rigorous and to see how citizens evolve.”Under the bill, all cannabis cultivated in Quebec must be sold by the government, through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board, although the legislation gives the province flexibility to make exceptions.It will also be illegal to cultivate cannabis for personal or commercial use, unless authorized by the government.People of legal age will be allowed to possess up to 150 grams of cannabis in their home, and 30 grams on their person.Yves-Thomas Dorval, president of Quebec’s main employers’ association, said he has no doubt the private sector would be able to sell marijuana effectively and responsibly if it were given the opportunity.“That said, I also understand the state just couldn’t go there at the moment,” he said in an interview. “Given the enormous public pressure on this question.”A public opinion poll last May of 2,536 Canadians, including 1,017 Quebecers, indicated Quebec stood alone on the issue.While 54 per cent of respondents in Canada as a whole favoured legalization, 54 per cent of Quebec respondents were against it, with one-third of those saying they were extremely opposed.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised Canadians marijuana will be legal by next July 1, and has left it to the provinces to create their own legal framework on how to enforce the law on their territory.Quebec was originally reticent to go along with the marijuana plan, citing concerns from citizens that legalizing pot would encourage young people to pick up the habit and would foment social problems.The province has also asked Ottawa several times to delay legalization by a year, but to no avail.Ontario was the first province to announce its detailed marijuana plan, which includes the sale of the drug in up to 150 stores by 2020 run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.Pierre Killeen, spokesman for Hydropothecary, one of only two Quebec producers licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana, said citizens will need time to be comfortable with legal pot.Under the bill, his company will no longer be allowed to sell directly to Quebec citizens, and instead will have to go through the provincial cannabis corporation.“We understand this is new and there was considerable public pressure on the government to make sure they get this done right,” he said. “Our expectation is that as people become familiar with recreational cannabis we’ll see an opening of retail distribution in the province of Quebec.”The bill gives the Quebec government authorization to enter into agreements with First Nations communities to “adapt to their realities.”Chief Gina Deer of Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory south of Montreal, said her council has already put together draft legislation to assuage some of the fears in her community.“As First Nations, we are all intergenerational trauma sufferers,” she said. “Residential schools are one of the biggest things, and we have become a vulnerable population and addiction is a big concern for us.”Deer said her community is considering its own marijuana stores in order to control the cultivation and distribution on its territory.“Anything that we do in our jurisdiction is going to be done under our authority,” she said. “We don’t want outside legislation superseding ours.”Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said Quebec will open 15 marijuana stores across the province by July 1 and will control sales online.“We need to be flexible,” he said, referring to the possibility of opening more stores. “We will see how the market evolves.“What’s clear is that there will be no cannabis sold in regular liquor stores.”The bill forbids anyone under 18 years old from possessing cannabis and prohibits anyone from consuming it where smoking tobacco is also illegal.Bill 157 also introduces “a new principle of zero tolerance” regarding drivers caught under the influence of marijuana or any other drug.“It prohibits anyone from driving a vehicle … or having control of a vehicle if there is any detectable presence of cannabis or any other drug in their saliva,” Charlebois said.Those rules, however, will only come into force when the technology for roadside saliva tests is approved by the federal government, she added.In the meantime, patrol officers are being trained for signs of impaired driving and have the right to arrest anyone suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.Alberta also announced on Thursday how it will deal with legalized marijuana. The province will control the online sale of pot to ensure minors can’t buy it off the internet but the government will trust private operators to handle over-the-counter sales. As in Quebec, smoking cannabis will be prohibited in Alberta wherever tobacco use is banned.last_img read more

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ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close MonNov. 490.20 493.90 489.60 493.10 491.50Jan. ’18 497.50 500.30 496.90 499.40 498.20March 503.70 505.90 503.70 505.00 503.30May 506.90 508.40 506.40 507.50 505.70July 507.50 509.40 507.50 508.20 506.40Nov. 487.20 487.20 483.70 485.10 487.20Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 486.80 488.90March 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60May 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60July 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 489.50 491.60Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $503.10 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $518.10 (November 2017) read more

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Record number of youths to be delegates at upcoming UN session on

“It may seem like common sense to invite young people to a conference completely dedicated to their well-being, but this is a radical change for such high-level meetings,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which acts as the Secretariat for the three-day special session on children that opens on 19 September. “Children will literally be rubbing shoulders with presidents and prime ministers. They will have a chance to voice their concerns and influence the debate.” The children’s attendance, along with the expected participation of more than 1,000 representatives from child-focused non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world, promises to broaden the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York far beyond the traditional core of official government representatives. To date, 113 individuals under age 18 have registered to take part in the special session, 34 of them as members of government delegations and 79 as members of NGO delegations. Many more are expected to sign up in the coming weeks, forming an intriguing and youthful counterpoint to the more than 76 Heads of State or Government who have so far committed to attending. Several child delegates have already been selected by governments to formally address the General Assembly during the session, a truly historic breakthrough.”Eleven years ago [at the 1990 World Summit for Children], children were given token treatment. But this summer in New York, we got to talk directly to top government representatives,” said Vadim-Alexandru Pungulescu, a 17-year old from Romania, referring to his participation, along with 140 youth delegates, in a June preparatory meeting that laid the groundwork for the upcoming special session. “I still think children are not the priority they should be. In 10 years time, I won’t be a child anymore, but I hope the world will be a better place in which adults will take decisions with children instead of for them.”The special session will be the first time the UN General Assembly has met to specifically address issues relating to children. It will explore the long-standing obstacles to children’s well-being as well as newly emerging challenges. A key part of this process is a review of progress made since the World Summit for Children, where governments committed to specific and time-bound goals on child survival, protection and development. read more

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UN oversight office to follow up on findings of Volcker report on

The United Nations Department of Management has asked the UN oversight office to see if any action needs to be taken in the area of procurement, after the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme found both misadministration and evidence of corruption, a UN spokesman announced today.The request for follow-up from the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) comes two days after the release of the latest of the series of Volcker reports, in the wake of which the Secretary-General Kofi Annan took quick action toward reform, according to the spokesman, who yesterday listed some of the measures already being implemented.Among those measures, he said that staff will have the ability to seek protection from a newly established Ethics Office when managers or other staff try to penalize them for reporting misconduct. There will be a very clear and thorough set of provisions, outlining what kinds of complaints will be protected, and what kinds of actions could be considered reprisals.The UN has also adopted a new, proactive approach to tightening controls over large donor-funded humanitarian programmes, the spokesman said, citing the example of the tsunami response, which is being administered by the office of the UN relief coordinator with help from PricewaterhouseCoopers.To promote transparency in procurement, all vendors are listed on the UN website and full information is provided on each contract throughout its life and a two-tiered bidding process is in use, separating the financial bid from the technical part. Thus the requisitioning office has no information on cost. Only after the technical bid is completed is the sealed financial bid opened to evaluate which is the lowest qualified bidder. read more

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