Maharashtra to draft policy on steps to curb man-animal conflicts

first_imgIn a bid to minimise the damage caused to forests and wildlife due to infrastructure projects, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday directed all implementing agencies of proposed projects to hold a joint meeting and check whether a single, consolidated and elevated road can be constructed instead of multiple ones. Chairing the 14th meeting of the State Wildlife Board, Mr. Fadnavis directed that a committee be set up to draft the State’s policy on measures to curb frequent man-animal conflict. “These project implementing agencies should first submit their report suggesting measures to be taken to avoid any impact on wild life. A joint meeting of proponents of proposed and existing projects should be held with additional chief secretary with the CM office and only then the work should progress,” Mr. Fadnavis said in the meeting. One of the key projects that is set to pose a threat to the wildlife in and around the city is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet bullet train project which is likely to take over parts of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Tungareshwar sanctuary and Thane creek flamingo sanctuary. The freight corridor, multi-modal corridor and ropeway project are other infra projects that seem poised to threaten the SGNP. Anish Andheria, president, Wildlife Conservation Trust, said the joint meeting of all project proponents will be held in the coming week. “Our concern is to ensure minimal damage to the forest. Instead of constructing more than one corridor and causing more damage, we would discuss whether all these projects can be consolidated in a single corridor,” he said.The State government is also considering revoking the ban on tourism during monsoon in six tiger projects across the State. “There is a need to ensure locals in these tiger project get employment and therefore, a well-studied report reconsidering the ban on tourism in these projects during monsoon should be sent to the national tiger conservation authority,” said Mr. Fadnavis. New sanctuary Maharashtra may soon get a new sanctuary in Vidarbha as Mr. Fadnavis on Wednesday extended in-principle approval to the formation of Kanargaon sanctuary. As per the information submitted by Mr Andheria, the WCT camera trapped 11 adult tigers and 23 adult leopards in this area which falls on the border of Telangana.last_img read more

Royals Seek World Series Comeback

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — A large image of deer in multicolored neon with a bulls-eye on its tail is affixed to a wall in the Kansas City Royals locker room. It hangs between the stalls of Aaron Crow and Tim Collins, and has a “W” underneath a crown.Pitcher James Shields ordered it custom made. After the team wins, veterans select a King of the Game to flip the switch that lights up the so-called Texas Heart Shot while a smoke machine perched atop a refrigerator fills the room with a fog more befitting a night club than a clubhouse.Trailing 3-2 to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, the Royals hope to light up that sign two more times this week. But if they do come back to win their first title in 29 years, it’s unlikely there will be time for their usual clubhouse ceremony given the champagne-fueled chaos.“I doubt it. It’s going to be crazy around here if we win both games,” outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.Kansas City turns to a 23-year-old rookie to save its season, but not just any 23-year-old rookie: the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues.Yordano Ventura gets the ball Oct. 28 with the Royals in the same position they were in 1985 when they sent Charlie Leibrandt to the mound against St. Louis.Kansas City won 2-1 that night on pinch-hitter Dane Iorg’s two-run single in the ninth after a blown call by first base umpire Don Denkinger, and the Royals went on to blow out the Cardinals 11-0 a day later behind Bret Saberhagen for their only title.In the 41 previous instances the World Series was 2-2 in the best-of-seven format, the Game 5 winner has taken the title 27 times. But eight of the last 10 teams to come home trailing 3-2 swept Games 6 and 7.“We have a lot of confidence in Ventura. We have confidence that we will win every time he takes the mound,” Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “We know we can do it. We’re a confident group. But we can’t do anything without winning Game 6. We’re excited to get back home, where we feed off the fans and that energy.”Kansas City hopes to light up Jake Peavy along with the deer in a rematch of Game 2 starters.Ventura, whose fastball averaged 98 mph this season, didn’t get a decision in the second game, allowing two runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings before Royals manager Ned Yost went to his hard-throwing HDH relief trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland in the 7-2 victory.“His confidence is just staggering,” Yost said. “You walk in that clubhouse, and he looks you square in the eye with that glint that says: ‘I’m ready for this.’”The 33-year-old Peavy took the loss, giving up four runs and six hits in five innings-plus. He is seeking his first World Series win — he didn’t get a decision for Boston in Game 3 last year — and is well aware he could get the victory in the clincher.“I can’t imagine anything being any sweeter than that,” he said. “This is the start that you play your whole career wanting.”This is the first World Series in which four of the first five games were decided by five runs or more. The second all-wild card World Series has followed the pattern of the first in 2002.The Giants won the opener on the road, lost the next two games and won two in a row to take a 3-2 lead. San Francisco opened a 5-0 lead in Game 6 at Anaheim but lost 6-5, and the Angels won Game 7 the following night.Yost hopes history repeats and Ventura is energized by the Kauffman Stadium crowd.“Trust me, if we’re in this position, I would much rather be here than there with our fans. I think home-field advantage is huge,” he said after the team arrived back home at about 4:30 a.m. “It’s going to be a lot funner going into Game 6 here than it would be in San Francisco, that’s for sure.”The Giants spent the night at home, chartered with player families on the flight and reached Kansas City about 12½ hour later. With the shift to the AL ballpark, designated hitters return: Billy Butler for the Royals and Michael Morse for the Giants.San Francisco’s Tim Hudson and Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie would be the likely Game 7 starters if the Series is extended to Oct. 29.And lurking is Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a four-hit shutout to win Game 5 on Oct. 26. Bumgarner, 4-0 in Series play with a record-low 0.29 ERA, could come out of the bullpen on two days’ rest for what would be his first relief appearance since throwing two scoreless innings in Game 6 of the 2010 NL Championship Series.He wouldn’t estimate how long he could go. “I’m not a big pitch-count guy,” he said. “So as long as you keep getting outs and you feel good, you should stay out there.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kohli’s India can be the best travelling side in the world: Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndia coach Ravi Shastri was upbeat and delighted after Virat Kohli’s men crushed England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge to make it 2-1 in the five-Test series. Shastri, who had said there were no negative bones in the team before the Trent Bridge Test, said he had meant every word he uttered.Shastri, exuberant after India’s seventh Test victory in England, also said this side has the potential to become the best travelling side in the world. India had been in sensational form at home, winning Test series against South Africa, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka.However, the biggest challenge for Kohli’s team was how they would fare overseas. Four years ago, India were hammered 1-3 in England. They travelled to Australia after and were defeated 2-0.Earlier this year, South Africa defeated India 2-1. And in the first two Tests of the ongoing series, India lost at Edgbaston and Lord’s. Those defeats and the repeated failures of the batsmen raised questions on the team’s ability to win outside their comfort zoneAlso read – Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in England India lost the Test series in South Africa but fought toe-to-toe with the home side (Reuters Photo)There was criticism over the Indian team’s attitude in England. They had reached the country early to play the limited-overs matches before the Tests so they could get acclimatised. The twin failures in Birmingham and London showed India had not learnt their lessons. Moreover, it was days before India took the field to prepare for the third Test.India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesadvertisementBut Shastri, on the evidence of India’s performance at Trent Bridge, said there was great potential in the current bunch of players.”It’s a conscious effort from this side to be the best travelling side in the world. Not just at home. We know we thrash oppositions at home. They don’t stand a chance, especially when we prepare spinning tracks. We want to win away from home.Also read – Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victims”I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world,” Shastri said on Wednesday.”I said at the press conference that there wasn’t a negative bone in the team and I mean it. We came out here to win this Test match, it’s about applying yourself. It’s about executing your plans in the best possible method and they did it magnificently.”Also read – Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri hailed the current India pacers as the best group of fast bowlers for India in a while (AP Photo)Like Kohli, Shastri was full of praise for India’s pace bowling attack. Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were spectacular at Trent Bridge. Bumrah had missed the T20I and ODI series and the first two Tests due to injury but he came back with a bang and recorded his second five-wicket haul.Kohli’s hard work is paying off, he’s doing wonders in England: Harbhajan”This is the best group of fast bowlers India have ever had by a mile including the bench strength as well,” he said.Shastri, who took over as coach from Anil Kumble in 2017, heaped praise on skipper Kohli. He has led from the front and totals 440 runs from three Tests so far including two hundreds and two fifties.At Trent Bridge, Kohli was named man-of-the-match, a first for him in a Test in England. He scored 97 in the first innings and followed it up with a fine 103 in the second.Shastri said he was sure Kohli would forget about those two knocks before the fourth Test at Rose Bowl from August 30.”He is very passionate about the game. He loves batting, he loves to do the hard yards. His work ethics are second to none. Haven’t seen any cricketer, I’ll put Tendulkar in it as well, in the way he visualizes situations.””I promise you, he (Kohli) will forget these two innings.last_img read more

Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enough

first_imgVirat Kohli refused to put the blame on India’s batsmen despite the 60-run loss against England in the fourth Test at Southampton on Sunday.India needed to chase down 245 runs for victory but they got bowled out for 184 in the final innings with only Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane managing 50-plus scores while the rest of the batsmen failed to live up to the expectations once again.Kohli and Rahane added 101 runs off 254 balls for the fourth wicket with the captain scoring 58 runs while the vice-captain made 51.Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to EnglandThe duo had raised India’s hope after they lost three early wickets in their run chase but the innings fell apart once Kohli departed at the stroke of tea on day 4.England win the 4th Test by 60 runs and take an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five match Test series.#ENGvIND (@BCCI) September 2, 2018″We thought we were in with a chance last night but we didn’t get the start we wanted, they were relentless with the ball and applied pressure throughout. Credit to them, they bowled well and we couldn’t get enough.India vs England 4th Test Day 4: Highlights”Mindset was one ball at a time, me and Jinks wanted to put on a partnership. Usually you’re in the chase with a partnership but they made early inroads and we knew a couple of wickets would put pressure on us. We enjoyed it out there, but they pulled it back, that’s the beauty of Test cricket,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementVirat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainIndia lost their last 7 wickets for just 61 runs after Moeen Ali ended Kohli and Rahane’s fourth-wicket partnership. KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara failed to trouble the scorers while Shikhar Dhawan (17), Hardik Pandya (0) and Rishabh Pant (18) were also not up to the mark.India vs England 4th Test Day 4 at Rose Bowl: As it happened”There’s a lot of ‘what ifs’, calls that could have gone our way. We could have got maybe a larger lead, Pujara was outstanding to get us ahead. There were many factors, but not many negatives, England played better than us and deserved the win. We need to take the positives into the next Test match,” Kohli added.Kohli also complimented rookie England all-rounder Sam Curran for the way he batted in both innings lower down the order.”I think it’s great to have guys who strike the ball well in those positions, you can get a partnership together and hurt the opposition. They are fearless and have skills, they were braver than us in tough positions. Runs from the lower order were significant, I congratulate Sam Curran, he’s been a fine cricketer,” Kohli said.And finally, Kohli said India will be look to go into the fifth and final Test match with the same intensity and try to beat England and end the series on a high.”Apart from Lord’s I don’t think we have been outplayed, it’s been enjoyable, teams going at each other with good quality. We’ll go to the Oval and come out with the same intensity,” Kohli concluded.The two teams will meet again for the fifth and final Test which will be played at The Oval in London from September 7.last_img read more

Fed Cup: India finish 4th after losing 1-2 to Korea

first_img Press Trust of India AstanaFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 19:31 IST India finished fourth after losing 1-2 to Korea (@FedCup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMahak Jain lost 2-6 6-3 1-6 to Na Ri Kim on her Fed Cup debutAnkita Raina beat Sunam Jiong 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutesAnkita and Prarthana Thombare lost 4-6 4-6 to Su Jeong Jang and KimIndia ended its campaign at the Fed Cup with a fourth place finish after losing the classification tie 1-2 to Korea as the team badly missed injured Karman Kaur Thandi, who did not play on Saturday.Captain Vishal Uppal handed national champion Mahak Jain her Fed Cup debut after a groin strain forced Karman out of the tie.The diminutive Mahak played her heart out before losing steam towards the end for a 2-6 6-3 1-6 defeat against Na Ri Kim.Like on many occasions, Ankita came out to level the tie as she outplayed Sunam Jiong 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 18 minutes.The doubles became decisive but Ankita and Prarthana Thombare lost the close rubber 4-6 4-6 to the Korean team of Su Jeong Jang and Kim.Captain Uppal said India had a good chance to win this tie.”Big learning curve for Mahak today. She could have won this match but she dropped off at the start of the third set which you cannot afford to do against a good player,” Uppal told PTI.Ankita dominated her match and we could have won 2-0 today or even 2-1 had Karman been fit enough to play.”Uppal said future was bright for the Indian Fed Cup team players.”As a captain I have seen a lot of good things which we need to build on. I think once we have all our best girls healthy we can become an even more dangerous team. I am encouraged by the fact we are a young team and we will only keep getting better.advertisement”I am probably a bit disappointed about today’s result but overall I am very upbeat about our future prospects. I think Ankita can break through to top 100 this year if she stays healthy and keeps playing the way she has played this week,” said Uppal.Also Read | Fed Cup: Ankita Raina stars as India beat Thailand 2-1For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Fed CupFollow IndiaFollow South KoreaFollow Karman Kaur ThandiFollow Ankita RainaFollow Tennis Fed Cup: India finish 4th after losing 1-2 to KoreaKarman Kaur Thandi was forced out of the tie a groin strain as India lost their Fed Cup tie against South Korea to finish fourthadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

Damen PSV 5000 Attracts More Orders

first_imgThe latest to recognize the benefits of this slender design, is Atlantic Towing (USA) which has ordered four ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels to meet its demanding 10-year offshore support contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. (HMDC).The vessels will operate in the challenging sub-arctic waters of the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields, off Newfoundland and Labrador offering, as designers explained, “a far quieter working environment”.One vessel will be equipped for inspection, repair and maintenance duties. All four will share the same fully functional PSV design platform, with the first vessel due in service in the second half of 2016.Jan van Hogerwou, Manager North America, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, says: “These will be safety critical vessels, working in sub-arctic conditions in one of the world’s foggiest places renowned for strong winds, high waves, snow and icebergs. All four will be benefit from iceberg management tools, while the IRM vessel will feature a 100 ton subsea crane equipped with an advanced heave compensation system for operation in the Grand Banks area.”The combination of the PSV5000’s flare-less bows, slender hull lines and diesel electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives will minimise fuel consumption and emissions, offering superior sea-keeping and dynamic positioning, and ensure crew comfort in challenging sea conditions.Under Damen’s Clean Design and Environmental Care Protocol, the vessels will also feature fuel efficient generators and a selective catalytic reduction system, in compliance with forthcoming environmental regulations.As part of its contract, Damen has committed to open a Damen certified service and maintenance centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.Press Release, July 7th, 2014 zoom The scaled up version of the Damen PSV 3300, PSV 5000 is sparking considerable interest from high profile orders after its launch last year.last_img read more

Kerala Congress M splits Jose K Mani elected chairman

first_imgKottayam (Ker): The Kerala Congress (M), a key partner of the Congress-led UDF, suffered a split Sunday with a faction in the party electing Rajya Sabha MP Jose K Mani, son of its founder late K M Mani, as the Chairman. The development capped weeks-long infighting in the party between supporters of Jose Mani and working chairman P J Joseph following the demise of K M Mani in April this year. Jose K Mani was elected as the chairman of the party by the leaders supporting him at a meeting of the State Committee members here convened by him. Hours ahead of the meeting, the faction led by Joseph declared it as invalid and said it was against the party Constitution. After the meeting, ‘presiding officer’ K Z Kunjeriya announced to the party workers that Jose K Mani has been “elected unanimously” as chairman. Out of 437 state committee members of the party, as many as 325 attended the meeting, the faction leaders claimed. The Kerala Congress which has a history of splits since its inception in 1964, has a strong base in the central Travancore belt, especially among Christians. Expressing his gratitude to the party leaders for electing him as ‘chairman’, Jose K Mani said “K M Mani sir is with is in our forward journey. I will work hard to follow the path shown by him.” The party would function unitedly, he said in his speech in the presence of mediapersons. According to leaders of the Joseph faction, there are a total of 437 members in the Kerala Congress (M)s jumbostate committee. Senior leaders of the party, including former Rajya Sabha MP Joy Abraham, MLAs C F Thomas and Mons Joseph, did not attend the meeting, sources in the Joseph faction claimed. Out of five MLAs of the Kerala Congress (M), only two — attended the meeting. Jose K Mani’s followers said KC(M)’s Idukki MLA Roshy Augustine and Kanjirappally MLA N Jayaraj and lone Lok Sabha MP of the party, Thomas Chazhikadan, were the prominent leaders who attended the meeting. Trouble had been brewing in the party following the demise of K M Mani. Partys Organisational General Secretary Joy Abrahams letter to Chief Election Officer Teeka Ram Meena declaring Joseph asKC(M) chairman after the veteran’s death had been opposed by the faction headed by Jose K Mani.last_img read more

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi gives thumbs down to provincial budgets cuts to

first_imgThis is after the government boosted the fund to great fanfare in 2015 by $11 million. David Eggen, who was culture and tourism minister in 2015 said at the time: “The success of Alberta’s cultural industries sector, particularly our film and television industry, is an important piece in our move toward a more diversified, sustainable economy … We have only begun to tap into the incredible potential of this industry.”According to Bill Evans, executive director of the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, that $11 million was a one-time addition and the new budget actually added new media funding. But he said in a statement Friday that the net drop of $3 million is “not good news for our industry. However, considering the current economic climate, it’s not as bad as we were expecting.”Alberta Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the $34 million slated for the fund includes a “one-time” $5 million through the Capital Investment Tax Credit, which he said will support film and television production and fund two new pilot grant programs supporting interactive digital media and post-production, visual effects and digital animation.“Alberta’s cultural industries play a significant role in the government’s plan to diversify the economy and we continue to look for opportunities to support the sector,” he said.AMPIA is part of a group of contributors to Alberta’s film industry that has been lobbying hard in recent months, saying Alberta needed to make changes quickly to take advantage of the fact that Canada’s current production centres, Toronto and Vancouver, are operating beyond capacity.Beyond the size of the fund, the group is lobbying against a funding cap on the fund’s production grant, which provides incentives for film and TV projects. The fund can contribute up to 30 per cent of all eligible Alberta expenses, but is capped at $5-million per project.In the past, there was flexibility in the fund for ongoing series that continued to employ workers and generate economic activity. In 2014, changes were made to the fund by the then Conservative government that prevents new television series from applying more than once, which is not favourable for higher-budget fare and ongoing television series.Calgary-based Nomadic Pictures, which co-produced AMC’s Hell on Wheels and co-produces FX’s Fargo, set up production of its sci-fi series Van Helsing in Vancouver rather than Alberta in early 2016, at least in part because of the cap.IATSE local president Damian Petti said Friday he, too, is disappointed in the budget, but the film union leader also called for an entirely new model that would rely more on tax credits, an incentive that lowers the amount of tax owed the government used in many jurisdictions in Canada and elsewhere to attract film shoots.“The industry has been struggling,” he said. “The model is becoming antiquated. It’s time for a tax credit, which has been a proven success story in other jurisdictions. The fund has severe limitations compared to a tax credit. So, there is disappointment as the community hoped we could overcome the limits to the cap. (But) we’re an outlier. We’re the only jurisdiction not to have a labour-based tax credit.”Petti also said he believes the government wants to support the film industry.“The minister met with stakeholders. Minister Miranda wants to work with industry so industry needs to unite and work with the ministry. I believe that is a sincere offer.”Evans from AMPIA points out that film and TV production generated $262 million in economic impact compared to $2.2 billion in B.C. He said his group “will continue to advocate for a change in the way the provincial incentive program works … ” but he worries film jobs and investment will leave the province.Nenshi stressed the film industry in Alberta is a key to diversifying the economy.“As I’ve said many, many times, filmmaking is not a nice, fun-to-have industry, it’s an industry that needs to grow significantly in Alberta because it supports a lot of jobs and a lot of good jobs,” he said. “It’s very, very difficult for us to grow that industry if we can’t be competitive with funding in the way that other jurisdictions in other provinces are.”In other culture funding, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts received a $5 million increase in funding that had been promised earlier.With files from Annalise Klingbeil and Eric Volmers, Postmedia Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Calgary’s mayor is panning an Alberta provincial budget that on Thursday cut funding to the Alberta Media Fund used to entice film and television projects to shoot here.“I’m very disappointed, and this is one that requires more analysis, but it looks like the province has rejected our request to increase the Alberta Media Fund,” Nenshi told reporters Thursday. “That’s about bringing filmmaking into the province and instead of increasing the fund from $36.8 million to $50 million, they seem to have cut it … which is really strangling a very important industry in a growth phase, here in the province, very early on. That’s a very bad thing.”A “budget highlights” section on the Alberta government website pegs the fund for next year at $34 million, a drop from nearly $37 million. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

How an Inuk woman is trying to overcome addiction and a dark

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week has a name – National Addiction Awareness Week.APTN’s Danielle Rochette speaks to one Inuk woman trying to overcome addiction and her past with the help of a treatment program in Montreal.last_img

PM should stop using individuals opinion to spread venom Cong after Pitrodas

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP should stop using an individual’s “personal opinion” to “spread venom”, in an apparent reference to comments by Sam Pitroda on Balakot air strike which have triggered a political row. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said his party has “unequivocally” said the Pulwama terror attack was a “grave national security failure” of the Modi government. Balakot air strike was a shining example of the valour of the Indian Air Force and Pakistan’s terror outfits like JeM and LeT and others will never succeed in their evil design, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Modiji and BJP should stop using an individual’s personal opinion to spread venom! Instead of hiding behind the sacrifice of our armed forces, PM must answer to Nation on — jobs crisis, agrarian distress, demonetisation & GST disasters & economic downturn,” Surjewala tweeted. Prime Minister Modi, using the hashtag ‘Janta maaf nahi karegi’ (people will not forgive) in a tweet, attacked Indian Overseas Congress chief Pitroda for reportedly saying “Eight people(26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don’t jump on entire nation(Pakistan). Naive to assume that just because some people came here &attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don’t believe in that way”. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Tagging a news report carrying Pitroda’s remarks, Modi said, “The most trusted advisor and guide of the Congress President has kick-started the Pakistan National Day celebrations on behalf of the Congress, ironically by demeaning India’s armed forces. Shame!” “Loyal courtier of Congress’ royal dynasty admits what the nation already knew — Congress was unwilling to respond to forces of terror. This is a New India- we will answer terrorists in a language they understand and with interest!.” Several BJP leaders, including BJP chief Amit Shah, slammed Pitroda for his remarks. Amid the controversy, Pitroda on Friday asked the government to come out with “more facts” on the Balakot air strikes, and said that he was “baffled” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reaction to his question which he was entitled to ask. Surjewala too slammed Modi’d remarks and alleged that Prime Minister Modi was “busy shooting films in Corbett Park” and giving a speech as nation mourned Pulwama martyrs. The Modi government was “clueless as RDX, MI carbines and rocket launchers were smuggled in to be used in Pulwama”, the Congress’ chief spokesperson said. The BJP government released Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and other terrorists, he said.last_img read more

Global postal industry looks towards future after UN meeting

International postal services are keeping pace and moving forward with the onset of globalization and advances in technology, the head of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU) said today.Wrapping up the three-week-long 24th Universal Postal Congress in Geneva, Edouard Dayan, the agency’s head, said that the tone of the industry has changed. “Four years ago, an air of pessimism hung around the future of postal services,” he said, highlighting that today, the sector’s agenda includes e-commerce, facilitating international trade, electronic money transfers and sustainable development, among others.Thus, the global postal service can look towards “development – rather than downsizing,” Mr. Dayan added.During the Congress – which takes place every four years – he was re-elected by acclamation to his post, as was his Deputy, Guozhong Huang.The more than 2,500 participants – including representatives from 179 of the UPU’s 191 member countries – discussed some 300 proposals and resolutions.Among the most important decisions taken by the meeting was the adoption of the next world postal strategy, which centres on modernizing global postal services at all levels, ranging from institutional reform to postal security to the impact of the industry on the environment.The UPU Quality of Service Fund, which supports projects to boost the universal postal service in developing and least developed countries, has been extended. To date, it has financed over 400 projects worth roughly $60 million.The 2012 Universal Postal Congress of the Berne-based UPU will be held in Doha, Qatar. 12 August 2008International postal services are keeping pace and moving forward with the onset of globalization and advances in technology, the head of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU) said today. read more

Walker makes most of senior season

Senior Andrea Walker has seen it all in her four years playing basketball at Ohio State, but this season has been her most productive yet.Walker has already matched or surpassed her highest career output in rebounds, points and assists with six games still remaining, but her stat line won’t be compared with the best players in the nation.Walker has played backup to two of the best centers in OSU history while on the team: Jessica Davenport and junior Jantel Lavender.“I don’t really care about minutes. As long as our team is winning, I’m happy here,” Walker said. “I think that I’ve gotten better playing against the best centers.”Walker’s 6-foot-5-inch frame allows her to dominate smaller players while on the floor, but it also helps her to push Lavender to the brink in practice to help her get better. Sometimes, it can become a little more than just a practice.“I think there have been days where me and [Walker] get really physical. We get mad at each other sometimes,” Lavender said. “I think we make each other better everyday … because we always play each other hard.”Walker also has to play the role of senior, one of only four on the team, to help get OSU through the tough times of the season, like the past couple weeks.She does so not only with her words, but also her play, as she recorded 28 minutes and 15 points, her highest totals of the season, in OSU’s 67-62 loss to Indiana on Jan. 31.Walker has really been part of the rise of OSU women’s basketball. Since her freshman year, OSU has had 100 wins and 19 losses and has made the NCAA Tournament each year. Her freshman and sophomore years, OSU was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but in her junior year they advanced to the Sweet 16.Although she doesn’t make headlines, her team feels that people don’t understand how good she really is.“I think people don’t give her enough praise and attention. I think she’s long and can block shots,” Lavender said. “People don’t give her enough attention as far as recognizing her abilities to defend the post and alter people’s shots. She can score in the post just as well as anybody.”Walker has had better averages in almost every statistical category since starting Big Ten play, one of only a few players on the team to do so.The Buckeyes will need her production to continue as they enter a tough stretch in their schedule over the next five games when they face Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan State. OSU lost to Purdue once already and didn’t put away Wisconsin or Michigan State until late in the game when they last played. read more

Adventure Film Festival featuring Irish movies opens tonight

first_imgDO YOU LOVE mountaineering, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, base jumping, skiing, running, surfing and living life to the full?The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival opens tonight in Dublin and features 15 short films from Ireland and around the world and four feature length films – all Irish premieres – including the movie McConkey, which was described by the New York Times as both “inspiring” and “heartbreaking”.PioneerThis film tells the story of Shane McConkey, a free-skiing and ski-BASE jumping pioneer.Shane McConkey passed away tragically aged 39. The film documents over a thousand hours of archive material.(YouTube/redbull)Arrival, another Irish movie will also be screened and this is the first time anyone will get to see either movies.AudienceNew to this year’s festival is Choose Your Own Soundtrack movie experiment. Similar to a silent disco, the audience will get a set of headphones and be able to chose from several soundtracks throughout the movie, depending on the mood they think is in each scene.So who does this festival appeal to?Speaking to, one of the festival organisers Martin O’Donohue said “the festival is really for anyone who is into extreme sports or any sports really. The movies are about people who are top of their game in their sports field. The photography is amazing also. There are some great Irish films too, but also ones from further afield.”The festival kicks off tonight in Dublin at the Sugar Club and then moves on to Castlebar on the 21 November at the Linen Hall Theatre and Galway on the 30 November at An Taibhdhearc.(YouTube/Why Not? Adventure Film Festival)For more info click here.This Irish film has just been longlisted for an Oscar>Irish film featuring Joe Duffy and Ryan Tubridy selected for Toronto Film Fest>last_img read more

Norway Buys 20 Ford Electrics For Postal Fleet

first_imgNorway has become the first country in Europe to start using the Ford Transit Connect Electric postal van, purchasing 20 vehicles to help bolster the Norwegian Post’s fleet.The trucks are expected to join the service starting the Summer, and are bing used as part of the Post’s goal to reduce carbon emissions. “”In signing a contract for delivery of the new Ford Transit Connect Electric, the Norwegian Post is taking an important step towards its goal of reducing 150.000 tonnes of CO2 annually,” said CEO Dag Mejdell.The Transit Connect Electric features a ForceDrive powertrain that’s specifically designed for urban driving. It also has a range of up to 80 miles per charge and a top speed of 75 miles per hour.Via Autoblog Greenlast_img

Say cheese

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Manager and head cheesemaker of Woodside Cheese Wrights, Kris Lloyd, takes pride in being an artisan cheesemaker at her South Australian company. We’ve got good systems in place and we’ve got great staff, people that are really passionate about the cheeses and passionate about making them good.“We’re not mechanised, we really are true artisans…we make to traditional methods and we don’t use machinery to mix the curd,” she says. But an artisan business can only expand so much, Lloyd says. “People ask me how big I’m going to grow, but being an artisan you can only grow so much and I think it comes to a point where you grow and you’re no longer an artisan, and that’s not where we want to go,” she said. A range of seasonal cheeses at Woodside Cheese Wrights, which were initially introduced to overcome shortages of goat’s milk during winter, gained positive response from consumers. “People actually now have gotten used to the fact that we make cheeses in a seasonal manner, and they look forward to them, there’s a good acceptance of it and I guess a celebration of it as well,” Lloyd said. Woodside Cheese Wrights, which distributes Australia wide as well as to the Phillipines, produces around 60 tonnes of cheese a year, with between eight to twelve employees at any given time. “It’s a tiny team in the scheme of things,” Lloyd said, adding “there’s an enormous amount of skills required from the cheesemakers; we do long lactic sets over night, ladle the curd, drain it in cheese cloth bags and mix it by hand.” Lloyd’s pathway into cheesemaking was somewhat unexpected. “It never really was my intention to make cheese…I learnt totally and purely by accident,” she said. While working in her family business, a vineyard in South Australia’s McLaren Vale area, Lloyd was developing food products; olive oil, ver juice and vinegars, and wanted to add cheeses to the business range. Learning everything on the job, Lloyd said she picked up the skills and enjoyed cheesemaking. Today she trains all of her staff. “I train everyone at cheese, I just think it means that people have learnt one way and then there’s less risk of inconsistencies in the product and I think that’s one thing that consumers are not all that forgiving about; they want the product to be good all the time, everytime. So quality is absolutely paramount when you’re making cheese, but a lot of things can go wrong when you make cheese too”. Lloyd attributes the success of her business to the team she works with. “We’ve got good systems in place and we’ve got great staff, people that are really passionate about the cheeses and passionate about making them good… it’s not just me, it’s a team of people that actually produce the positive outcome,” she said. Lloyd said being acknowledged as a finalist for the South Australian sector of this year’s Telstra’s Business Womens Awards, is very positive. “I know what the calibre of women are in Australia and I’m just happy to be a finalist,” she says.last_img read more

Lecommerce se porte très bien

first_imgL’e-commerce se porte très bienLes chiffres des sites de vente en ligne connaissent une belle croissance en France, dans une conjecture économique pourtant morose.Le commerce en ligne, e-commerce en anglais, séduit toujours plus de consommateurs. En France, le secteur affiche ainsi une croissance de ses ventes de 20%. Un Français sur deux utilise désormais ce mode de consommation, profitant des 90.000 sites marchands existant. À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FranceEn tout, ce sont quelques 17,5 milliards d’euros qui ont été dépensés sur Internet lors des six premiers mois de l’année 2011, explique l’AFP qui reprend les chiffres présentés jeudi par la Fédération du e-commerce et de la vente à distance (Fevad). Le chiffres des acheteurs du Web a ainsi atteint les 30 millions, soit une progression de 15% au deuxième trimestre et 4,1 millions d’adeptes supplémentaires. De même, trois internautes sur quatre et un Français sur deux utilisent désormais ce système. Au niveau des sites, c’est l’Américain eBay qui domine le marché suivi par Amazon, PriceMinister, Cdiscount, et Groupon. Néanmoins, ces excellents chiffres sont plus dus à une conjecture économique morose, qui poussent les gens à rechercher le meilleur prix, qu’à un réel engouement, sauf peut-être chez les personnes âgées séduites par ce mode de consommation qui permet d’accéder à un large catalogue et d’être livré à domicile.  Le 9 septembre 2011 à 14:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgEleven soldiers including Warrant Officer Class 1 Ismaila Jammeh, Warrant Officer Class 1  Pa Sanneh, Warrant Officer Class 1 Alieu Jeng, Warrant Officer Class 2 Abdoulie Jallow alias Jallino, Staff Sergeant Lamin Sambou, Staff Sergeant Lamin Badgie, Staff Sergeant Amadou Badgie, Staff Sergeant Omar Jallow alias Oya, Lt Malick Jatta and Staff Sergeant Musa Johnson have been held for more than seven two hours contrary to the dictates of the constitution that within a period of seventy two hours they should either be taken to court or be released on bail with or without conditions.The armed forces’ assertion that they are being held under the Armed Forces Act is without foundation because the Constitution takes precedence over the Armed Forces Act and this Constitution applies to all citizens and others living in The Gambia, irrespective to whether they are civilians or soldiers.Gambians united and voted out Yahya Jammeh not to follow his footstep of impunity but to pursue democracy, the rule of law and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.Public servants must be transformed from lords to servants. Security officers must be transformed from oppressors to defenders of the sovereign rights of the people.last_img read more

Obie Wilchcome Bids Farewell To Perry Christie

first_img#magneticmedianews#obiesaysgoodbyetochristie Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #obiesaysgoodbyetochristie Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Nassau – Former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe expressed his shock at the PLP’s loss in the General Election while bidding farewell to Party Leader Perry Christie after 20 years as the PLP’s leader.“Many are still trying to figure out why the thousands of Bahamians did not vote, why many stayed home and how change could come when the people did not indicate that they truly wanted the change”, he said.In acknowledging all of Christie’s accomplishments and goodwill, Obie also made mention of those that have betrayed the Former Prime Minister, over the years.“Many of us say thank you for opening the doors for so many because there are those that even criticized you, who you opened doors for. Those who’ve said things about you who you gave opportunities to. and those who you in fact, gave second chances to, who turned their backs on you. But I’m reminded that you can only be back-stabbed by a friend.”, he stated.He continue, promising party supporters that the PLP will rebuild and do their best to win the next election.“We will rebuild with our deputy leader, we’ll rebuild with our chairman, we will rebuild with all in this organization because you have told us “Never give in, never give up, never retreat.” So, Mr. Leader, we will win the next one but we will win this one for you, Mr. Leader.”Obie Wilchcombe revealed that he will run for chairman of the PLP at the party’s next convention as Bradley Roberts will not seek re-election to that post.last_img read more

Washougal hires state fraud manager as director of finance

first_imgThe city of Washougal has hired the state fraud manager who investigated the city earlier this year as its new finance director.Jennifer Forsberg, 35, has worked for the Washington State Auditor’s Office for the past nine years. Prior to becoming fraud manager for the state department four years ago, Forsberg worked as an auditor and supervisor at the department’s Vancouver office. Mayor Sean Guard expects the city council will finalize Forsberg’s contract, including her salary, during an executive session Monday. She is set to take over as Washougal’s top financial officer sometime during the week of July 26, once she fulfills prior commitments with the auditor’s office.Guard admitted the hire was a bit ironic but said the decision seemed natural.“If I’m the CEO of the city of Washougal, and I happen to be, and you’re looking to make sure certain things never happen again, golly, let’s make the person in charge of the house someone who knows what’s going on,” Guard said.Forsberg oversaw the several-month fraud investigation in the city of Washougal that wrapped up in March. The state department launched the investigation after revealing in an earlier audit the city was unable to account for about $100,000 in revenue from city events. The auditor’s office was unable to determine if a misappropriation of public funds occurred because of the city’s insufficient record-keeping. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office launched a criminal investigation at Guard’s request. The investigation is ongoing.Forsberg replaces Jeffrey Bivens, who was fired in December after failing to obtain insurance coverage. Assistant finance director RJ Stevenson has filled the position in the interim.last_img read more