Maoists kill Congress leader in Dantewada

first_imgMaoists killed a Congress party leader in the Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Mr. Chhannuram Mandavi, the former block president of the Kuwakonda block of Dantewada, and a Congress member considered close to the family of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, was accused of being a “police informer” by the Maoists.He was killed at his home in the Cholnar village on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.“Around 20 to 25 Maoists entered his house late last night and killed him. The Maoists also left some letters in which they accused him of helping the police in setting up a camp in his area and constructing roads. The Maoists also claimed to have warned Mr. Mandavi many times since 2004, and accused him of not listening to their repeated warnings,” Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP) Mr. Kamlochan Kashyap told The Hindu, while adding that this was not a “political killing”last_img read more

Amit Shah’s meet inside Goa airport, an isolated incident, says AAI

first_imgThe Bombay High Court Bench at Goa on Monday disposed of a petition against BJP national president Amit Shah’s public meeting at the Dabolim international airport after the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in a written submission said that the July 1 incident was an “isolated occurrence and that such an incident would never be repeated.” “I hereby under take that the Airport Authority shall ensure that in future no such occurrence ever takes place under any circumstances and that the Airport area and its precincts are not used for any such occurrences,” the authority’s Goa airport director Bhupesh Negi said in a written undertaking to the Court.The petition filed by city activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues had sought a thorough probe into the manner in which the meeting was allowed to be conducted on July 1 at Dabolim airport, which functions out of an Indian Naval Base INS Hansa, the petitioner also said. The BJP as well as the AAI had maintained that the meeting was spontaneous in nature and, therefore, the question of seeking permissions had not arisen.The Court had, however, questioned the presence of a podium, chairs, music system, which it said, was indicative that the July 1 meeting was an organiser affair.Alast_img read more

Protests against Sunburn EDM fest continue in Pune

first_imgPune: A number of local residents along with a number of social outfits, including members of right wing groups, protested against the electronic dance-music (EDM) fest Sunburn on Sunday, demanding that it be shifted out of the state. Gram Panchayat members and residents of Bavdhan and Lavale villages, along with local politicians and social outfits, staged a ‘rasta-roko’ (road block) near Oxford Golf Course in Lavale, near Bavdhan, the venue of the music fest scheduled from December 28 to 31.“We demand that the festival be taken out of the state altogether. How has the administration been so permissive towards an event which breeds addiction and encourages bad habits among the youth? The Maharashtra government must take a firm stand against the conduct of such events,” said Rahul Dudhale, former sarpanch of Bavdhan village.Kiran Dagade-Patil, a corporator from Bavdhan, alleged that the festival was a hotbed of illicit activities, and also caused needless traffic snarls.Sunburn, now in its 11th edition, has unfailingly managed to court controversy, compelling organisers to shift venues in Pune a number of times.This year, after locals protested against the first proposed venue in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the organisers were denied permission for their second venue in the Viman Nagar area.The event is now scheduled to be held at the Oxford Golf Course in Lavale near the city’s Bavdhan area from December 28 to 31 on a 35-acre plot.Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn, had earlier clarified that all requisite permissions had been obtained, along with the consent of the Lavale gram panchayat and the district police.However, villagers from Lavale, who were part of Sunday’s protest, claimed that the gram panchayat granted permission in an ‘irregular manner’, without consensus of all members. They also accused the event organisers of illegally levelling their land.Last week, the Bombay High Court cleared the decks for Sunburn with the caveat that the government would have to spell out measures to ensure that liquor or cigarettes were not sold to those who were underage.On Friday last, the civil court in Pune had rejected a plea by Shiv Sena and MNS corporators in the Pune Municipal Corporation seeking a restraining order as the organisers had allegedly indulged in illicit tree felling.last_img read more

Ceres eyes another celebration at home

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panaad Stadium hopes to host another celebration after playing witness to Ceres-Negros’ historic run in the AFC Cup. —STEPHEN ANG/CONTRIBUTORBACOLOD CITY—Three days removed from its historic victory in the AFC Cup, Ceres-Negros shifts its focus back on the Philippines Football League (PFL) as it collides with rival Global-Cebu in an all-Visayas encounter on Saturday.Kickoff for the biggest match of the season so far is at 4 p.m. at Panaad Stadium, where Ceres will also parade the returning Stephan Schrock and Spanish winger Antonio Bello.ADVERTISEMENT Will break favor BaliPure, Power smashers? The Busmen, who reached the AFC Cup Asean zonal finals at the expense of Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim last Wednesday, are actually making their home debut.It will be the first of four meetings this season for the two clubs, but Global skipper Misagh Bahadoran vowed there won’t be any letup from his side with the match coming just four days after its heartbreaking loss to Home United in the AFC Cup zonal semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a chance to move on from the loss in the AFC Cup,” said Bahadoran. “Ceres is a good team and they always bring out the best in our team so it’s going to be a good match.”While the Busmen are riding high on their historic achievement, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic reminded his players that they’d be facing a Global squad that had dealt Ceres some painful defeats. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Global is one of the stronger teams in the PFL,” said Vidakovic.last_img read more

Things to know for the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four

first_imgAuburn’s Horace Spencer warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UST bounces back, handily beats UE Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ THOSE DEFENSES: Tony Bennett has turned Virginia into one of the nation’s best defenses by utilizing his father’s pack-line approach. The Cavaliers pack the paint to force teams to the perimeter, a scheme that ranks them annually among Division I’s leaders for points allowed per game and shooting percentage defense.Texas Tech has the nation’s most efficient defense this season, according to KenPom, and attacks opposing offenses instead of waiting to react.Auburn’s pressure defense triggers its offense, live-ball turnovers setting up 3-pointers in transition.Michigan State plays bruising, Big Ten-style defense, punishing teams inside and swarming them on the perimeter.KEY PLAYERS: Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is an AP All-American who can shoot, dish and is one of the toughest players in the game. Nick Ward is a load down low, even with a sore left hand.Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech is a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses, a potential NBA lottery pick, who can score in a multitude of ways. Matt Mooney does a little of everything for the Red Raiders — and does it well.Auburn’s Bryce Brown may be the most unstoppable player in the Final Four and teams with Jared Harper for one of the best backcourts anywhere.Virginia has a trio of leaders in De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy who have given the Cavaliers an offense to match that stifling D.MISSING PLAYERS: Two teams are missing key players.Michigan State lost Joshua Langford, a co-captain and its second-leading scorer, to an ankle injury in December, but still managed to play its way into the Final Four. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech and its oxygen-sucking defense.Virginia, the only No. 1 seed left in the bracket, is in Minneapolis to make a new kind of history after its momentous first-round fail against No. 16 seed UMBC a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Cavaliers and their impenetrable pack-line defense will try to stop the volume-shooting Auburn Tigers, who have poured in 3-pointers during this NCAA Tournament like they’re playing pop-a-shot.Here’s a few things to know in what should be a highly-entertaining Final Four on Saturday: Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated NEW TERRITORY: Michigan State will know what to expect with a national title and all those Final Four appearances under its belt.This will be a new experience for the other three teams.Virginia is in its first Final Four since 1984 under Terry Holland.Texas Tech is in its first Final Four in 93 years of basketball after reaching the Elite Eight a year ago, its second season under Chris Beard.Coach Bruce Pearl is also making his first Final Four appearance with Auburn, in its first Final Four since the program began in 1905.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Auburn lost star forward Chuma Okeke to a torn left ACL in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina, but the Tigers still managed to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Transgender Cyclist Defends Her Right to Compete in Women’s Sport

first_imgLondon: Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon has defended her right to compete in women’s sport despite accepting trans athletes may retain a physical advantage over their rivals.The Canadian is aware of the reported findings of a study by Sweden’s Karolinska Institute that indicates testosterone suppression for transgender women has limited effect on reducing muscle strength. But McKinnon, defending her sprint title at the Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester this weekend, told Sky News it was a human right for transgender women to take part in competitive sport.”All my medical records say female,” she said. “My doctor treats me as a female person, my racing licence says female, but people who oppose my existence still want to think of me as male.”There’s a stereotype that men are always stronger than women, so people think there is an unfair advantage. By preventing trans women from competing or requiring them to take medication, you’re denying their human rights.”McKinnon acknowledged that it was possible that transgender women retained a physical advantage over other competitors.”In many Olympic disciplines the gap in performance is bigger between first and eighth in a single sex event than it is between the first man and the first woman,” she said.The debate about whether it is fair for transgender women to compete in women’s sport has come into sharp focus since a row developed between McKinnon and former tennis player Martina Navratilova earlier this year.Navratilova said the issue of transgender athletes was guaranteed to keep raising competitive as well as ethical questions.New rules introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) say that female transgender athletes must lower their testosterone levels significantly.Transgender athletes are no longer required to be recognised by law in their new gender but only need to provide a “signed declaration” that they identify as female. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. cyclingRachel McKinnontransgender First Published: October 18, 2019, 5:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

Will play to beat Pak for sake of our soldiers: Sreejesh

first_imgB D Narayankar Bengaluru, Sep 28 (PTI) Acknowledging the supreme sacrifice made by Indian soldiers at the borders, national hockey captain P R Sreejesh today vowed that his team will give its all to beat Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia next month. Sreejesh did not mention the recent Uri terror attack which led to heightened tensions between the two countries but said his team would not want to disappoint Indian soldiers by losing against Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy to be played at Kuantan in Malaysia between October 20 and 30. “India-Pakistan match brings a lot of excitement to the table. We want to give hundred per cent. We dont want to disappoint our soldiers by losing, especially when they sacrifice their lives in the exchange of fire at the borders,” Sreejesh told PTI in an interview here. India face Pakistan on October 23 in their round-robin match in the tournament to be played among the top six teams in the continent. Sreejesh also said that Pakistan was currently playing low-grade hockey though they have a special quality of springing a surprise on any given day. “They are now playing totally a lower-grade hockey. That is what I feel. But they (Pakistan) have a strong mental attitude. They can beat any team anytime. That is their specialty,” Sreejesh said at the Sports Authority of India center where the team has been training. Fresh and rejuvenated after a brief break following their eighth-place finish in the Rio Olympics, core probables of Indian senior mens hockey team had returned to the national camp, which started starting here on September 18. The four-week camp has set the momentum for the fourth mens Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia where India go in as favourites. The camp features 26 core probable, including former captain Sardar Singh and the likes of Akashdeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh. “We are better placed than Pakistan as we have been playing against top teams around the world. Pakistan on the other hand failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in their history,” Sreejesh said. The Indian captain said other teams in the tournament like Malaysian and Korea cannot be taken lightly because they have been making improvements. “We cannot say that Asian Champions Trophy is that easy a contest. The Koreans are in the process of developing their team. Malaysia is working towards getting noticed at international level,” he said. PTI BDN PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Positions Vacant!

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is seeking suitably qualified applicants for positions in our Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria office. Please click on the respective jobs below to open the Position Description.Events and Competitions Coordinator (Western Australia)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.Part Time Events and Competitions Coordinator (Victoria) Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 1 March  2017.For further information or to lodge your application for these career opportunities, please email Operations Manager (Northern Territory) Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 15 March  2017.Sport Operations Coordinator (South Australia)Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 15 March  2017.For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email LinksPositions Vacantlast_img read more

Xi says EU China advancing together despite suspicions

first_imgParis: Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China and Europe were “advancing together” but that the two trading blocs needed to overcome “suspicions”. “Of course there are differences and competition, but it’s positive competition,” Xi told a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission. “We are advancing together. We shouldn’t let suspicions lead us to be constantly looking backwards.” Xi was speaking on the third day of a France visit dominated by concerns over China’s massive investments on the continent, which are being built up through a series of bilateral deals. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USFrench President Emmanuel Macron urged his Chinese counterpart to “respect the unity of the European Union” and called for an “exemplary relationship” between Europe and China during the joint press conference. “No one is naive but we respect China,” Macron said, while adding that EU leaders “naturally expect our major partners to respect the unity of the European Union and the values that it has and carries in the world.” Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker all labelled China a “rival”, and Merkel and Juncker urged the Asian giant to give the EU the same market access as it afforded Chinese companies. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsReferring to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project connecting the country with Europe, which has sparked unease in the EU, Merkel said: “We Europeans want to play a role.” But, she added, “there has to be a bit of reciprocity on either side and we have a bit of difficulty in finding it.” Juncker said that labelling China a rival was meant as a “compliment” to the country. Speaking ahead of a EU-China summit on April 12, he also called for a more balanced relationship. “European businesses must see the openness in China” that Chinese companies enjoyed on the continent, he said.last_img read more

Second Cup begins strategic review of company despite improved Q3 results cannabis

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Second Cup Ltd. says it has started a strategic review of the coffee chain company despite reporting improved financial results and continuing on its plan to sell recreational cannabis.The company says its board recognizes the need for the chain to continue to evolve and it now has the capacity to support a broader range of strategic alternatives thanks to a strengthened balance sheet.Second Cup says there is no guarantee any avenues will be pursued as a result of the review.Marijuana buzz looks like a boon for real estate — but not without risksSecond Cup looking to convert Ontario coffee shops to cannabis storesSecond Cup joins marijuana rush with plan to convert some coffee shops to dispensariesThe company says it is in the process of converting two Alberta stores to recreational cannabis dispensaries as part of its joint venture with National Access Cannabis Corp. that was announced in April.It says many more locations in Ontario have been identified as attractive candidates for such conversions.The stores would operate under the Meta Cannabis Supply Co. brand.The announcement came as the company released its third-quarter earnings report, which saw its profit rise to $766,000 or four cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 29.That’s up from a $2.96 million loss or a loss of 19 cents per share for the same quarter the previous year.Second Cup says its same-store sales grew 0.3 per cent in the quarter as it continues to add Pinkberry frozen yogurt to its locations.It now sells Pinkberry at 84 Canadian stores and says the yogurt is an important contributor to overall sales and transactions.CEO Garry Macdonald said food delivery apps UberEats and Skip The Dishes are also helping to drive incremental sales. read more

Sudan New political transition bolstered by peacebuilding could bring longterm stability to

The security situation in the western Sudanese region of Darfur remains largely unchanged, Mr. LaCroix said, adding that sporadic clashes between Sudanese Armed Forces/Rapid Support Forces and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW) faction are ongoing in Jebel Marra mountains.  Talks are expected to take place between the new Government and various armed groups, he added.  He stressed that the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN Country Team continue to provide transition support through state liaison functions, namely in the areas of rule of law, livelihoods, immediate service delivery, and human rights.  The Mission’s interim transition team, which relocated from Khartoum to Darfur following the change of Government in April, is expected to become a fully functional joint transition cell in September, he explained.  As far as next steps, Mr. Lacroix reported the UN Department of Peace Operations has initiated discussions with the African Union to develop a joint political strategy for post-UNAMID engagement. Discussions on peacebuilding and the future of the Darfur peace process will take place once the new cabinet is established.  “This is an opportunity to put a definitive end to the conflict in Darfur,” Mr. Lacroix stressed, calling on engagements by groups that have not been part of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, and highlighting the importance of donor support in facilitating transitions across the country.Seeing and end to the conflict, however, will require an irreversible transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding,” he concluded.  Also briefing the Council, Smail Chergiu, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, said that at this critical juncture, the international community must come up with a coordinated approach to see how best to support the peace process and ensure inclusivity and a successful outcome.   It is also imperative that those parties remaining outside the peace process are persuaded to join it, he added.   “The current political environment and the changes taking place in Sudan provide a unique opportunity for ending the armed conflicts and for achieving comprehensive and lasting peace in Darfur and Sudan as a whole,” he said, echoing Mr. Lacroix, and adding: “The international community should seize this opportunity to demand a constructive engagement of all concerned actors.” Mr. Lacroix, speaking by video teleconference from Paris, said these improvements could bring long-term stability to Darfur and other marginalized areas. He reported that on 17 August, the Transitional Military Council and the country’s main opposition alliance, Forces for Freedom and Change, entered into a new power-sharing deal for a three-year period of transitional government leading up to democratic elections.On 21 August, the swearing in of a Sovereignty Council took place; comprised of five military personnel and six civilians, two of whom are women. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, a Sudanese Army lieutenant general assumed the Council’s presidency, the Transitional Military Council was dissolved, and Dr. Abdallah Hamdouk, economist and UN veteran, will serve as Prime Minister, leading the cabinet expected to be sworn in by 1 September.  The agreement comes following a stall in negotiations set for early April, after the end of a three-decade autocratic rule under President Omar al-Bashir, which sparked mass public strikes and protests over food and basic necessities.   read more

Automotive industry assembles in South West to examine challenges and assess growth

SMMT Regional Forum unites automotive business leaders from across the South West to discuss new opportunities for growth.Speakers from Honda; Ford; and Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership join more than 100 local businesses and government representatives.Thousands of jobs supported by the sector in the South West, with global car makers and suppliers based in the region driving 10% of total UK automotive manufacturing.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today brought together automotive manufacturers, suppliers and government officials from across the South West at its Regional Forum in Swindon to discuss new supply chain opportunities and preparations for Brexit.Part of ongoing efforts by SMMT to provide nationwide support, advice and new business opportunities for its members, the Regional Forum welcomed speakers from Ford of Britain; Honda of the UK Manufacturing; Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Somerset-based automotive supplier, Pritex.The South West has a rich engineering heritage – automotive manufacturing has been present in Swindon since the 1950s – and the town boasts the UK’s seventh largest automotive manufacturing employment cluster. The region is home to car and engine manufacturers, technology companies and SMEs with a substantial supply chain supporting more than 550 companies making everything from air conditioning units to tyres, seats and ground-breaking hydrogen fuel cell components.Upwards of 10,000 local jobs, many highly-skilled, are supported across the South West by the automotive sector.1 Last year, around 10% of the 1.67 million new cars made in the UK were produced in Swindon – the majority built for export to global markets, including Europe, the USA and Japan.Investment into Swindon and Wiltshire to develop new technology for the next generation of ultra-low and zero emission, connected and autonomous vehicles is already well underway. More than 30 organisations are working together as part of the Swindon Hydrogen Hub to develop the commercial use of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, while research organisations in the wider region, including the National Composites Centre, are committed to supporting low-carbon vehicle manufacturing.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The South West is a crucial region for UK Automotive, sustaining thousands of jobs and manufacturing high-quality cars and components for export around the world. Government has made clear the importance of the industry with a sector deal as part of the recently published industrial strategy.Brexit undoubtedly brings uncertainty so it is encouraging to see the Prime Minister recognise some of the key challenges that will face the sector – not least the importance of integrated supply chains and borders free from quotas and tariffs.This will be critical for automotive regions like the South West as its highly productive workforce and commitment to quality, innovation and productivity depend on these conditions for future success.Paddy Bradley, Director Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said,Working with our partners, the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has competitively bid for £169 million of public funding for capital infrastructure projects across three Local Growth deals with Government.This has enabled us to leverage a further £349.2 million of match funding from the private and public sectors resulting in an overall investment of £518 million for Swindon and Wiltshire to support the growth of the priority sectors of our economy.Our region has considerable experience of making high-quality cars, and this investment will contribute to ensuring we have the right skills, research capabilities and infrastructure to support development of the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles in the area, creating job opportunities and generating local growth.SMMT’s Regional Forum provided insights into future supply chain opportunities resulting from the development of local vehicle production, and shift towards zero and ultra-low emission vehicles that contain increasingly connected and autonomous technology.In addition, the recent Sector Deal included a potential £16 million for supplier competitiveness improvement programmes, which could benefit local component manufacturers. How to mitigate the risks associated with Brexit, such as potential tariffs, access to talent and the impact of customs administration on logistics, were also on the agenda.More than 100 SMMT members and delegates attended the event, held at STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, with representatives from brands including BMW, MAN Truck & Bus, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK, Bosch, TR Fastenings and Magal Engineering. Speakers included Madeleine Hallward, Director of Government Affairs, Europe, Ford of Britain; Darren Gwynne, Head of Procurement and Logistics, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd; Gareth Jones, Managing Director, Pritex Ltd; Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT and Paddy Bradley, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP.Notes to editors1: Upwards of 10,000 jobs according to Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Womens EHF CL ZRK Vardar beat Larvik in Norway

← Previous Story GERMAN EHF CL DERBY: HSV revenge to Flensburg Next Story → IMPORTANT POINTS FOR TOP 16: Wisla wins in Porto! 2. Larvik6411170:133(37)9 handballLarvik HKWomen’s handballzrk vardar 4. Balonmano Bera Bera500595:138(-43)0 3. HC Podravka Vegeta5104109:150(-41)2 Macedonian “super-team” ZRK Vardar consisted from world class players from all over the world showing fantastic progress in the first months of work with Indira Kastratovic. Team from Skopje won the first place at the Preliminary Group of the Women’s EHF Champions League by away win in Norway against strong Larvik HK 31:29 (15:15). Macedonian squad had +5 couple of time in the second half, but home team managed to get back in the last 10 minutes of the match…Larvik – ŽRK Vardar SCBT 29:31 (15:15)Larvik: Rantala (13 saves), Hasanic (1 odbrana), Blanko 4, Breving 5, A. Hamergsen 3, G.Hamergsen, Koren 3, Kristiansen 2, Kristiansen, Loke, Lund , Mork 6, Mork 1, Stange, Suland 4.ŽRK Vardar SCBT: Suslina (14 saves), Leynaud, Crvenkovska 3, Dembele 5, Djokić 1, Dmitrović, Fernandez, Hmirova 6, Klikovac 3, Kostuikova, Lekić 3, Lojpur, Nikolić 3, Radičević 7, Šteriova, Zebić.STANDINGS: 1. WHC Vardar SCBT6510185:138(47)11 read more

Young girl receives €17500 after being fed excessively hot soup by creche

first_img 38 Comments Feb 15th 2017, 6:20 AM 31,144 Views Short URL Source: Shutterstock/LestermanA SIX-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl, who suffered second degree burns to her face after she was served “excessively hot soup” while attending a creche four years ago, has been awarded €17,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Barrister Conor Kearney said Emily Murphy was attending the Nest Childcare in Drumcondra, Dublin, when she was given a beaker with the hot soup.Kearney said Emily, who was one-and-a-half-years-old at the time, suffered burns to her mouth and chin when she tried to drink the soup. A cold compress had been immediately applied to her burns by creche staff.The court heard that Emily was then taken to the A&E Department of Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where her burns were dressed.Counsel said the burns had left a small two-millimetre pock mark on Emily’s chin which was only visible on close examination. He said the injured area becomes red and flushed in cold weather.Emily, through her mother Laura Murphy of Glasnevin, Dublin, sued creche owner Bowers Childcare Limited for negligence.Kearney told Judge Karen Fergus that the defendant had made a €17,500 settlement offer which he recommended to the court. The judge approved it.Read: Former hairdresser who claimed she was intimidated by ex-employer awarded €25,000 in damagesRead: Man jailed for eight years for making 500lb bomb Share81 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Young girl receives €17,500 after being fed “excessively hot soup” by creche Emily Murphy was aged one at the time of the incident. Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM By Saurya Cherfilast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jillian Miele Named To Deans List At Johnson  Wales

first_imgPROVIDENCE, RI — Johnson and Wales University (JWU) student Jillian Miele, of Wilmington, a Sports, Entertainment, Event Management major in the College of Hospitality Management, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2018 term.Miele, a first year student, is the daughter of Christine and Gary Miele and a 2018 graduate of Wilmington High School.To receive dean’s list commendation, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above.About Johnson & Wales UniversityFounded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina.An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth.The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Johnson & Wales University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 10 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Emmanuel CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University Of MaineIn “Education”last_img read more

Sixhour chum fishery to open in Juneaus Amalga Harbor

first_imgThursday is the opening of the purse seine season at Amalga Harbor in Juneau. Commercial fishermen will be able to catch chum, released from the DIPAC hatchery.(Photo courtesy of Dave Harris/ADF&G)The fleet is allowed to fish for profit because DIPAC has already made back the cost to hatch the salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Dave Harris says he’s expecting a good turnout for the opening.“My understanding is there’s about 30 boats anchored on the set right now,” he says. “And so I assume they’ll be at least that many. We’ve had 100 boats participate in these fisheries in the past.”The opening is only six hours and starts at 9 a.m. Typically, in fisheries like this, seiners have about 15 hours to get their catch.But Harris says it’s a high-use area for Juneau residents; hence, the short time frame.“This will allow the commercial fleet the opportunity to take these fish and hopefully the impacts on other people’s enjoyment and whatnot will be minimized,” he says.Hidden Falls Hatchery on Baranof Island isn’t allowing commercial fishing because of low returns.Captain Sig Mathisen came all the way to Juneau from Petersburg on the Marathon to fish for Icicle Seafoods.“Well, it would be lovely to go home with a load of fish. That’s for sure,” Mathisen says. “But we’re tempering our expectations because of what we’re seeing in the waters here.”It’s estimated that the commercial fleets could earn anywhere from 45 to 55 cents a pound for the chum.last_img read more

Kiccha Sudeeps Pailwaan trailer promises action extravaganza Watch Video

first_imgSudeep in Pailwaan.PR HandoutThe trailer of Kiccha Sudeep’s multilingual movie Pailwaan (Pehlwaan in Hindi) has been released on Thursday, 22 August. It is an action-packed promotional video that presents Sudeep in two distinct avatars of a wrestler and boxer. [Crawl down to watch the trailer]Going by the trailer, the movie could be divided into two parts. The first segment revolves around the wrestler and the second is about the boxer. Presumably, it is the journey of wrestler Kiccha (Sudeep) who becomes a boxer under demanding circumstances. Suniel Shetty and Sharath Lohitashwa play the role of his wrestling and boxing gurus, respectively.Is it about a failed wrestler’s struggles to regain the lost glory in the boxing ring? The answer will be known on the release day (12 September) of the film.The efforts put in by Sudeep to get into the shape of the characters are visible in the trailer which is backed by brilliant visuals. It is also peppered with dialogues which are meant to inspire the youths. Notably, the concluding line (I don’t know if I’ll win or not…But I am not the one who accepts defeat [sic]) seems like straightly picked from the life of Sudeep.As the focus is completely on Sudeep’s character, Aakansha Singh has very little or no presence in the trailer. In fact, Suniel Shetty and Kabir Duhan Singh have more scenes than her.Pailwaan reunites S Krishna with Sudeep after superhit movie Hebbuli.The visually-rich film has around an hour and 30 minutes of VFX. Multiple companies are working on it and Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, which reportedly charges Rs 20 lakh per minute for the VFX, has worked on an important portion which is around 25 minutes.last_img read more

Texas Is Preparing To Tell Feds It Cant Promise A Special Education

first_imgThis piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath.Preparing to ask the federal government for $1 billion in special education grants, Texas education officials have indicated they do not expect to be able to adequately educate kids with disabilities until June 2020.Texas is in the middle of a federally mandated overhaul of special education after a federal investigation found the state had for years been effectively denying students with disabilities the tools and services they needed in order to learn. Last May, state education officials submitted an application for federal funding saying they would comply with all federal requirements by this January, a timeline that appears to have been extended by a year and a half.State education officials say they have completed their special education overhaul and are waiting for the federal government to clear them.“TEA has met all its commitments made in the corrective action plan and has initiated a five-year strategic plan to not only meet compliance with federal requirements, but to significantly improve the standard of service to students with disabilities across Texas,” said spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson late Wednesday.Before the state formally applies for an annual special education grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it must post the application on its website for two months and allow the public to comment.The TEA indicated in the application that it could not ensure all students with disabilities get an adequate public education, that students are properly identified for needed special education services or that school districts are being monitored — until June 30, 2020.That has angered disability rights advocates, who used what should have been a perfunctory public hearing Wednesday afternoon to air their grievances against the state for its repeated failure to overhaul special education.Educators “cannot say that we’ll delay for another 18 months providing” free, appropriate public education, Kristin McGuire, who represents the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, told a panel of TEA special education employees. “I implore the agency to set out guidance as quickly as possible and to partner with districts … to make sure we’re providing what we need to for our kids.”News of the delay comes not long after a commission tasked with reforming the state’s school finance system failed to include recommendations to help students with disabilities. Instead, the commission — which included several lawmakers — decided to wait until state education officials could fully implement promised changes to its special education program.In 2017, lawmakers forbade the TEA from capping the percentage of students receiving special education at 8.5 percent. That percentage has since risen to 9.1 percent — thousands more students.The federal government has repeatedly reprimanded Texas for violating special education law, most recently last year for decreasing spending for kids with disabilities — which a New Orleans federal appeals court ruled was in violation of federal statute. That ruling will cost Texas $33 million in federal grant money, about 3 percent of its total annual special education grant.A federal judge wrote in the unanimous opinion that Texas’ system for funding special education “creates a perverse incentive for a state to escape its financial obligations merely by minimizing the special education needs of it students.”Advocates also expressed concern Wednesday that the TEA’s recent grant application did not address this loss of funding.TEA officials have said they’re building infrastructure to hold school districts accountable for not providing students with disabilities with the appropriate tools or classes they need in order to learn, and to find the thousands of students who have been left out of those services in the past. They changed the structure of their departments overseeing special education, hired a special education director last August after the position had been empty for nine months and are in the process of soliciting applications for more than $20 million in grants to help school districts overhaul their programs.last_img read more

13 Smartphone Games Removed From Google Play for Installing Malware

first_imgAlthough the games are bogus, two of them managed to make it to Google Play’s Trending Apps list, Stefanko said.Here is a full list of the malicious apps:“Truck Cargo Simulator”“Extreme Car Driving Racing”“City Traffic Moto Racing”“Moto Cross Extreme Racing”“Hyper Car Driving Simulator”“Extreme Car Driving City”“Firefighter — Fire Truck Simulator”“Car Driving Simulator”“Extreme Sport Car Driving”“SUV 4×4 Driving Simulator”“Luxury Car Parking”“Luxury Cars SUV Traffic”“SUV City Climb Parking”A Google spokesperson told Mashable “providing a safe and secure experience for our users is our top priority.” “We appreciate the researcher’s report and their efforts to help make Google Play more secure. The apps violated our policies and have been removed from the Play Store.” Popular on Variety Google recently removed 13 driving-themed games from the Play store because they contained malware. They were downloaded more than 560,000 times, according to ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko.Stefanko first warned people about the apps on Nov. 19. All of them apparently come from a single developer named Luiz O Pinto. Once they are installed and launched, they download an additional APK file called “Game Center” and make the user install it. Then, the icons hide themselves and the malware displays ads when the user’s device is unlocked. The apps have no legitimate functionality, Stefanko said. This is not the first time someone snuck malware onto the Google Play Store. Cybersecurity company Symantec found 38 malicious apps disguised as games and educational software in May. Like the Luiz O Pinto malware, they hid their existence on victims’ smartphones by removing their icons from the home screen, then asked people to install another file that displays ads. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more