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Meghalaya RTI activist seeks protection

first_imgA Right To Information activist in Meghalaya has sought protection from the very public information officer whom he had approached seeking updates on development activities.On Tuesday, RTI activist Nilbath Ch. Marak filed an FIR at the local police station in East Garo Hills district headquarters Williamnagar, alleging that the town municipal board’s PIO Waldarine Momin threatened him against filing an RTI.In the FIR, Mr. Marak said that Ms. Momin wanted to know if he did not fear death after he went to file the RTI on projects undertaken by the board. He alleged that the PIO also asked him whether he did not keep track of activists having been beaten up, in reference to the assault on Agnes Kharshiing and Amita Sangma who had tried to expose the underbelly of Meghalaya’s illegal coal mining.‘Not targeting anyone’Mr. Marak told news persons that he had no intention of targeting any individual while exercising his right to get information on the activities of the municipal board, including revenue and expenditure receipts. Through the FIR, he sought protection under Whistleblowers Protection Act besides investigation against the officer for allegedly threatening him.last_img read more

Moto X 2016 fresh images leaked, show full redesign

first_imgJust two days after we saw the possible Motorola’s new Moto X in actual images, a Hong Kong-based website has revealed the renders of the actual phone. The renders show all the features of the Moto X 2016 that we saw in the actual image, but in more clarity. If accurate, it is clear that the new Moto X has been redesigned by Motorola.The renders show that the usual Motorola design that used a curved back cover and a body that was thicker in the middle and thinner on the edges is now gone. Instead, the Moto X 2016 has a design that is more regular and overall much slimmer. Although, it retains the incredibly rounded edges that we usually see on the Moto phones. It also sports a metal body, albeit with the plastic at the bottom and top areas of the back cover.Another big design change seems to be the inclusion of the physical button on the phone. Even in the upcoming Moto G4 there is a button below the screen to house a fingerprint scanner and it is likely that Moto X 2016 too has the same feature. Although, from the renders it seems that the Moto X also has physical navigation button, which would be a huge change compared to the existing Moto phones that use on-screen navigation buttons.Finally, we see the camera hump more prominently in the Moto X 2016 renders. It looks somewhat similar to the protruding camera module that we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S6, although it is larger due to its big Lumia-style glass cover on the lens.advertisementNot much is known about the Moto X 2016 hardware. Although, a Moto phone codenamed XT1650 was leaked last month on GeekBench, a website where GeekBench scores are submitted. According to the score on the website, the XT1650 – and it is likely to be the Moto X – was faster than the HTC 10 but slower than the Galaxy S7 in pure theoretically speed. It was sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, although its clock speed of around 1.6GHz was actually lower than the specified speed of the processor. It also had 4GB RAM.It is possible that we will see the Moto X 2016 in the market in June. However, before that on May 17 Motorola will launch the Moto G4.Also read: Moto G4 is coming: Launch date, price, top features and everything else you should knowlast_img read more

Arsenal’s title challenge failure is frustrating: Alexis Sanchez

first_imgArsenal have the players and qualities to challenge for the Premier League title and their failure to do so is frustrating, striker Alexis Sanchez has said.Arsenal’s inconsistent performances in the second half of the season led them to a second-placed finish last campaign and the same problem affected them this season, with 10 wins in their last l8 league fixtures dropping them to fifth position.Sanchez, who is the club’s leading scorer with 23 goals and 10 assists this season, said that his team could perform better.”Sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here… when it comes to winning the Premier League we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior,” Sanchez told British media.”Sometimes the frustration more than anything is about the fact we could be challenging for the Premier League title.”Sanchez also said that the players’ mentality is the reason for their recent three-game winning streak in the league.”I’ve always said we have great players here, it’s just about having the mentality of being a great player and going out on to the pitch already thinking about winning,” he said.”That’s what we’ve done in the last three games. We had the mentality to win at all costs and we won and we won well.”Arsenal trail fourth-placed Liverpool by a point with one game left in the season and risk missing a Champions League spot for the first time during manager Arsene Wenger’s 20-year reign at the club.advertisementArsenal can, however, win the FA Cup for the third time in four years when they face Chelsea in the final on May 27 but Sanchez remains uncertain if that would make the season a success.”I don’t know whether it would be successful or not, but I think it would be positive to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final,” he added. “I think the players have the desire and mentality.”Arsenal must beat Everton on Sunday and can finish fourth if relegated Middlesbrough draw with or win against Liverpool the same day.last_img read more

Moving Brazil 2016 Olympics Talk

first_imgBELEK, Turkey — With sports federations demanding a “Plan B” because of the chronic delays in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee said it was “premature” to speculate about taking the 2016 Games away from Brazil.IOC President Thomas Bach and other Olympic officials said the construction holdups and political paralysis have reached a critical point, requiring the IOC to take special measures to save the games.“It is about time for action,” Bach said following an unprecedented public outpouring of criticism and complaints from international sports leaders about the lack of progress in Rio.Several sports federations asked about contingency plans for their venues and one — handball — asked if there was a backup for the games themselves if Rio won’t be ready on time.Asked whether there had been discussion of moving the games out of Brazil, IOC spokesman Mark Adams stopped short of ruling it out.“At this stage, that would be far too premature,” he said. “We’re not talking about Plan B. We’re still talking about delivery of the games.”“The IOC has outlined its concerns for some time now — that time is running out,” Adams said after Rio organizers spoke to the executive board by video conference. “We believe that Rio 2016 can still deliver good games if appropriate action is taken immediately. The clock is ticking. Every day is crucial, but they can still deliver.”With two years to go, relocating the games would be a last resort, and finding an alternate site on such short notice would be virtually impossible. However, raising alarms about Rio’s state of readiness serves to ramp up the pressure on the Brazilians.Rio organizers issued a statement from Brazil after talking with the executive board. “We are fully aware of the issues that need to be resolved,” the statement said. “We are grateful for the input from all stakeholders.“Progress has been made in the past two weeks, since the last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission for Rio 2016. We move ahead every single day. There is absolutely no question in our minds that Rio will deliver great Games.”Leaders of 18 different federations spoke out about Rio’s troubled preparations in a meeting with Bach and the IOC executive board. All but one — volleyball — raised serious concerns.The greatest worries centered on Deodoro, a complex in north Rio that is to host venues for eight sports. Work has not even begun on the site.“The general feeling is that we are in the most critical situation in the preparation for the games that has happened in the last 20 years at least,” said Francesco Ricci Bitti, head of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations.IOC Vice President Craig Reedie said the problems in Rio appeared greater than those for the 2004 Athens Olympics, where serious concerns lingered up to the last minute.“There was pressure on Athens to finish construction and to deliver, but they did and there was a feeling that, although it was tight, it would always be done,” Reedie said. “Some of the federations are now saying, ‘Look they (Rio) haven’t started building, so can they actually finish this one on time?”Ricci Bitti said the sports raising the issue of a “Plan B” were referring to venue plans, not moving the games.“We are not at this stage,” he said, adding that basketball, for example, could consider playing some games in Sao Paulo if the Deodoro venue won’t be ready.The Italian urged Bach to make another trip to Brazil soon to meet with government leaders and organizers. Bach traveled to Brazil in January for talks with President Dilma Rousseff.The IOC said there were no immediate plans for Bach to make another trip.Bach said he was waiting for more details of an April 8 meeting in Brasilia between Rio organizers and Rousseff’s chief of staff. Brazil’s sports ministry said the deadlines would be met “and the games themselves would take place without disorder.”Bach gave no details on specific action the IOC might take, but noted that the IOC will be sending several task forces — made up of groups of experts in construction and other fields — to Rio to monitor the situation. Gilbert Felli will be assigned to work with Rio when he steps down as the IOC’s Executive Director of the Olympic Games later this year.Ricci Bitti said the Olympic project is in danger of falling further behind because of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil and Presidential election in October. “We require you to take action immediately,” the Italian told Bach. ” We cannot waste these next six months.”The Deodoro complex would be used by shooting, equestrian, modern pentathlon, canoe-slalom, rugby, basketball, cycling and field hockey.“We believe it might be prudent to consider contingency plans if things do not progress,” hockey federation Director General Kelly Fairweather said.The eight sports with planned events in Deodoro met with Rio organizers, and the Brazilians reported “constructive dialogue on venue timelines.” Rio confirmed the tender for Deodoro would be released this month.(STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Big 12 Week 1 Recap: OU, Baylor Roll; Texas Struggles Mightily

first_imgFans of the Big 12 Conference got their first look at each team for the 2015 season this weekend as college football finally returned. Lets’s take a closer look at each game.OU-AkronAfter kickoff, OU struggled to move the ball at all and only managed to put up three points after the first quarter. Lincoln Riley made his debut as the Sooners’ new offensive coordinator, but his “Air Raid” attack had a failure to launch early on.The Sooners punted four times and picked up a mere three first downs in the first quarter. The running game was completely shut down as well, with Samaje Perine hardly showing up. By halftime, they had built a 17-3 lead, but still were failing to impress many.However, it only took the Sooners one offensive play after halftime for quarterback Baker Mayfield to connect with Joe Mixon on a 76-yard touchdown reception. After that, the rout was on.Joe Mixon shone brightly in his debut game with three receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. He also carried the ball five times for 27 yards. The Sooners moved to 1-0 and will face Tennessee next. ScoreOU: 43Akron: 3Next OU game: TennesseeTCU-MinnesotaMoving farther down south, the No. 2 ranked TCU Horned Frogs kicked off their season opener on Thursday night with a game against Minnesota.The Horned Frogs opened the game with a 10-0 lead and had many onlookers already convinced that they were going to blow out the Gophers without any resistance. However, TCU began to slow down as Minnesota started to make things messy for their offense.Trevone Boykin, TCU’s star quarterback who dominated the 2014 season, opened up the second half with a touchdown run to give his team a 17-3 cushion. Although it looked like they might once again run away with the victory, the Gophers remained determined and eventually fought back to make it 17-10.Unfortunately for Minnesota, TCU was able to hit a field goal and get a safety, which would both effectively end the game.Boykin finished his season debut with 246 yards passing and one touchdown and one interception. He was also the leading rusher with 92 yards and one score. Boykin showed that he isn’t perfect, but TCU’s defense played well enough and didn’t display too much regression from 2014. The Horned Frogs will go on to face Stephen F. Austin next week.Final ScoreTCU: 23Minnesota: 17Next TCU game: Stephen F. AustinBaylor-SMUBaylor got the first chance to move past their Cotton Bowl disaster that ended last season in their game against the SMU Mustangs, and did so with a 56-21 victory.Quarterback Seth Russell took over the reins from previous starter Bryce Petty and kept the Bears mighty offense moving, throwing for 376 yards and five touchdowns. One of his touchdowns included a short run into the end zone.The Bears, who have been known for their powerful offense and have led all teams in yards and points the past two seasons, racked up 723 yards against the Mustangs.”La Madeline isn’t doesn’t open until noon on Sundays?!”— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 5, 2015Baylor didn’t play a perfect game, and had to overcome many early troubles to pull out the win. The game featured two ties, and the Bears didn’t completely pull away from SMU until the second half. A 19-yard run from running back Devin Chafin on a third-and-18 for Baylor perfectly set up a short yardage touchdown pass which helped tip the odds in Baylor’s favor.Final ScoreBaylor: 56SMU: 21Next Baylor game: LamarWest Virginia-Georgia SouthernTwo Big 12 teams managed to pull off shutouts against their opponents in week one. Those teams were Kansas State and West Virginia, who both executed well.In similar fashion to the teams previously mentioned, West Virginia struggled to make much happen early. The Mountaineers experienced many woes in the red zone and on third down, only converting three of 10 third downs and getting three field goals on five trips to the red zone.However, West Virginia safety Karl Joseph made sure Georgia Southern would remember his name after Saturday. He recorded three interceptions in the third quarter and had a fumble recovery in the first half.The Mountaineers scored four touchdowns in the second half and took over the game.Final ScoreWVU: 44Georgia Southern: 0Next WVU game: LibertyKansas State-South DakotaThere weren’t many signs that K-State was missing Tyler Lockett from the moment the opening kickoff was received, as defensive back Morgan Burns ran the kick back 103 yards for a touchdown.Dominique Heath also performed admirably as a punt returner, averaging 17.3 yards per return. Kicker Matthew McCrane was perfect on field goal attempts and PAT tries. Also, punter Nick Walsh averaged 44.8 yards punting the ball four times. Therefore, even though Big 12 special teams player of the year Tyler Lockett is now shining like a star in Seattle, K-State’s special teams strength hasn’t seemed to drop much.Final ScoreKansas State: 34South Dakota: 0Next Kansas State game: UTSATexas Tech-Sam Houston StateIn the final hour before kickoff, Tech named Patrick Mahomes its starting quarterback. That decision helped Tech earn the victory, especially after how lackluster their defense played.Mahomes had no issue finding a way to earn points for his team. Passing for 425 yards, rushing for 48 yards and scoring four touchdowns, the numbers spoke for themselves.However, the season opener also showed that Tech still faces several problems on defense. David Gibbs, the new defensive coordinator, watched as Sam Houston beat his team for some long gains. The Bearkats put up 671 yards against the Red Raiders, which became the third-most recorded in school history.Final ScoreTexas Tech: 59SHSU: 45Kansas-South Dakota StateMany had actually picked South Dakota to knock off Kansas, which proved to be true. The Jayhawks held on for most of the game, only down 34-28 heading into the fourth. Nick Bartolotta hit a 23-yard field goal to make it 34-31, and then both teams scored again to make it 41-38. Kansas had a chance to win on the final play, but that didn’t work out.The Jayhawks lost the game in perfect Jayhawks style—a fumbled snap with 10 seconds left in the game on a snap that could have set up a game tying field goal. Kansas seems to have hit rock bottom, and the 2015 season could be a long one for the team. Final ScoreKansas: 38South Dakota State: 41Next Kansas game: MemphisTexas-Notre DameThe Longhorns are clearly doing nothing but regressing. They have been outscored 117-20 in their last three games, and show no signs of picking things up in the near future.Texas has failed to score a TD three times in the last decade. Two of those have come in the Longhorns’ last 7 games.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) September 6, 2015Second-year coach Charlie Strong’s defense allowed 527 yards against No. 11 Notre Dame. During the second half, the Irish scored three touchdowns on three straight possessions, while Texas failed to score a touchdown throughout all four quarters. The Longhorns were also only able to gain 163 total yards.Final ScoreNotre Dame: 38Texas: 3If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Watford 4 Chelsea 1

first_imgWatford 4 Chelsea 1: Pressure piled on Conte as late show sinks 10-man Blues Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:57 2/6/18 Conte - cropped Getty Images Chelsea paid for Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first-half dismissal as Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra fired Watford to a late win. Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra scored late goals as Watford piled the pressure Antonio Conte with a scintillating 4-1 win at home to 10-man Chelsea on Monday.Eden Hazard’s fine finish appeared to have saved a point for the Premier League champions, who were again awful after a 3-0 home thumping at the hands of Bournemouth last time out.However, it only served the sting the Hornets into a late flurry, which handed Javi Gracia a massive win on his home bow as Watford boss. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tiemoue Bakayoko was booked twice inside five first-half minutes, although the Blues were already in the midst of a sloppy performance, in which they failed to test Watford’s back line sufficiently.And Watford led before half-time when Troy Deeney slammed home a penalty after Thibaut Courtois felled Deulofeu, although the Watford captain could face trouble after celebrating by brandishing his middle finger.Hazard’s impact seemed to have salvaged a draw, but with Chelsea with open at the back, Janmaat restored Watford’s lead and Deulofeu, on his home debut, curled home before substitute Pereyra lashed in Watford’s fourth to complete a famous win.Conte spoke pre-match of desiring a statement of support from the Chelsea board, but after three defeats in four games in all competitions his time at Stamford Bridge could be coming to an end, with Tottenham now just a point behind the fourth-placed Blues.Javier Gracia’s first #PL win will be one to remember for @WatfordFC fans#WATCHE— Premier League (@premierleague) February 5, 2018As Chelsea routinely dithered in possession, Watford started on top, with Abdoulaye Doucoure and an unmarked Deeney shooting off-target, and the Blues poor opening to the game was worsened when the struggling Bakayoko was dismissed before the half-hour.A clumsy foul on Capoue had earned Bakayoko his first booking and his second came soon after, referee Mike Dean brandishing red after a coming-together with Richarlison, although the decision seemed harsh.Richarlison fired straight at Thibaut Courtois after a one-two with Doucoure, then Dean was at the heart of the action again, awarding Watford a penalty.Deulofeu poked the ball past Courtois and tumbled over the goalkeeper, with Deeney stepping up to smash home from 12 yards.3 – All three of Troy Deeney’s Premier League goals this season have been penalties against ‘big six’ sides (Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea). Cojones. #WATCHE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 5, 2018Chelsea’s lacklustre showing continued after the interval and the lively Deulofeu came close to extending Watford’s lead, before David Luiz lost possession to Deeney on the edge of his own box, with Richarlison curling his shot wide.Conte’s response to Chelsea’s flat performance was to throw on new signing Olivier Giroud for a debut, and his fellow substitute Cesc Fabregas mustered Chelsea’s first shot on target after 80 minutes, having being picked out by the previously anonymous Hazard.But Hazard suddenly jumped into life, beating Adrian Mariappa and whipping in a delightful 25-yard strike to bring Chelsea level, although within two minutes the champions were behind again.With Chelsea left short at the back, Janmaat combined with substitute Pereyra in style before beating Courtois, the goalkeeper soon picking the ball out of his net twice more.Deulofeu’s first Watford goal consigned Conte’s men to another defeat but worse was to come, Pereyra finding the top corner from a tight angle to wrap up a miserable night for Chelsea. KEY OPTA STATS- Chelsea have now lost more league games this season (6) than they did in the entire 2016-17 campaign (5).- The Blues have lost consecutive Premier League games by a 3+ goal margin for the first time since October 1995 (1-4 vs Man Utd, 0-3 vs Blackburn).- Watford earned their first win in any competition against Chelsea in 14 attempts (D3 L10), since a 1-0 win in September 1999.- Javi Gracia is the first Watford manager to win his first home Premier League game in charge of the club.- Eden Hazard scored his first Premier League goal against Watford; Huddersfield are now the only current side he’s faced but not scored against in the competition.- All three of Troy Deeney’s Premier League goals this season have been penalties against ‘big six’ sides (Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea).- Three players have now received red cards for fouls on Richarlison this season (Davinson Sanchez, Jonathan Hogg and Tiemoue Bakayoko), more than any other player in the division. read morelast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Kings County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 -30- Kings County: Gaspereau River Road Gaspereau River Road is closed until further notice from the intersection of Oak Island Road to the intersection of West Brooklyn Mountain Road. The closure is necessary because of a washed out culvert. A marked, seven-kilometre detour route is available on Oak Island Road to West Brooklyn Road to West Brooklyn Mountain Road.last_img

64th annual railways national awards function held

first_imgKolkata: The 64th Annual Railway National AwardsFunction-2019 was held at the Jamshedji Bhabha Theatre (NCPA), Mumbai on Tuesday. VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board was the chief guest. S N Agarwal, Member Staff, Rajesh Agarwal, Member Rolling Stock, VishweshChaube, Member Engineering, N. Kashinath, Member Signal & Telecom, V P Pathak, Member Materials Management, Rajesh Tiwari, Member Traction, P S Mishra, Member Traffic, Vijay Kumar, Finance Commissioner, S K Mishra, Secretary Railway Board, General Managers of all Zones and Production Units, other officials and employees of Indian Railways along with awardees and their families were also present at the event. Eastern railway bagged prestigious Safety Shield, Commercial Shield and Rolling Stock (Mechanical Engineering) Shield this year in 64th Annual Railway National Awards Function – 2019. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’P C Sharma, General Manager, Eastern Railway received those prestigious shields along with respective Principal Head of Departments on behalf of Eastern Railway from Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board in presence of Railway Board Members and other dignitaries. In addition, Ramesh Kumar, Dy. Chief Accounts Officer/G of ER Headquarters, Sheikh Safikul Alam, Traffic Gateman & Barun Chandra Barh, SSE/TRS of Howrah Division, VilasiMinz, Sub-Inspector & Ujjal Kumar Das, SSE/P. Way of Asansol Division, Bijan Kumar Biswas, SSE/C&W of Sealdah Division and Shri Surendra Kumar, CTI of Malda Division of Eastern Railway were honoured at the awards giving function for their meritorious contribution in their respective fields. VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board gave away medals, cheques.last_img read more

Calgarians asked for 2026 yea or nay in Winter Games plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY – Calgarians head to the polls to declare whether they want the city to host a second Winter Games.The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.Polls close at 10 p.m. ESTCalgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics.The legacy venues from those games form the foundation of a potential second bid, which would now include the Paralympic Games.While the result of the vote is non-binding on a city council that has the final say, the vote will influence council’s decision.The plebiscite was a condition of the Alberta government providing money for a bid. The provincial government is paying for the $2-million cost of the plebiscite.In an estimated $5.1-billion total price tag to host the games, the public investment asked of three orders of government is $2.875 billion.What a cost-sharing agreement between the federal, provincial and municipal governments would look like wasn’t clear to the public until Oct. 31, which was less than two weeks before the vote.The city has been asked to contribute $390 million, while the province has committed $700 million and the Canadian government $1.45 billion.The bid corporation Calgary 2026 says games revenues will cover the remaining cost.No order of government is providing guarantees against cost overruns, but Calgary 2026 has built $1.1 billion in contingency funds into its draft hosting plan.Calgary 2026’s plans includes $502 million to upgrade legacy venues from the ’88 Games to get them Olympic-read again.The two new sport venues proposed are an indoor fieldhouse and a 5,000-seat ice arena.No new stadium or NHL-sized arena is in the draft host plan, although there have been overtures between the city and the Calgary Flames to re-start talks on a new arena.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi feels the current proposed plan and financial agreement is good for the city and thus supports a bid.“I really want people to make their decision based on what’s before us because we know that’s solid and that’s certain and even that, I think leads to lots of benefits for Calgary,” the mayor said.The International Olympic Committee will accept bids from 2026 candidate cities in January. The election of the host city is in June.last_img read more

President lauds role of air force to defeat LTTE

The President, who was welcomed by the Air Force Officers according to military traditions, was escorted by them to the main stage. The President recalled with honour the war heroes who sacrificed their lives for Sri Lanka and those who were disabled. He also paid tribute to the relatives of the war heroes for their great service to the country.President Sirisena further said that the Sri Lanka Air Force did an excellent service to protect the sea boundaries of the country and has earned the respect for fulfilling their duties trustworthy with a great commitment during the past few decades.The President said that he believes in the future, the officers of the Sri Lanka Air Force would fulfill their duties on national security in a similar manner with the guidance of the new Commander of the Air Force. He also pledged to provide required new technology and facilities to fulfill their duties in a perfectly satisfactory manner. The Sri Lanka Air Force, demonstrating its specific skills, weakened the enemy by attacking them directly when the Army and Navy were facing difficult situations in the operation to eradicate the LTTE, President Maithripala Sirisena said.The President made these remarks while participating at the passing out ceremony to commission Cadet Officers of the Air Force, held today at the Air Force Camp in China Bay. President Sirisena commissioned 46 male and female Cadet Officers of the batch number 55 and number 7 respectively. He also pinned Flying Official Badges to eight officers of 83rd Flying Cadet Officer Course. Five hundred and ninety four (594) Airmen and Airwomen who successfully completed the courses of permanent junior Airmen of Batch number 161 and permanent junior Airwomen of Batch number 31 passed out at this occasion.The President also expressed his satisfaction over the high standards and the quality of the services of Air force. Governor of the Eastern Province Austin Fernando, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Vice Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala, Air Cdre Sagara Kotakadeniya, Dean of the Sri Lanka Air Force Academy China Bay and  officers of the Sri Lanka Air Force Directors Board participated in the event. read more

Sagala orders report from IGP on abduction attempt

Activists accused the Police of attempting to “abduct” Rayan Jayalath of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association.The attempt was blocked by other members of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association. (Colombo Gazette) Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake has ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to submit a report over the alleged attempt to arrest a member of the Medical Faculty Student’s Association.The attempt by plain clothed Police officers had taken place at the Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) premises on Thursday. read more

Cheerios maker General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs as it

Cheerios maker General Mills to slash up to 725 jobs as it attempts to offset sluggish sales NEW YORK, N.Y. – General Mills expects to cut 675 to 725 jobs as it wrestles with sluggish sales.The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 million to $62 million, mostly for employee termination benefits.Along with other packaged food makers like Kellogg and Campbell Soup, General Mills Inc. has slashed costs to offset slowing sales growth. Net sales rose barely 1 per cent last year and the Minneapolis company expects core sales to grow at a “low single-digit rate” this year.Big packaged food makers are facing changing tastes and smaller players that position themselves as more wholesome or fresh.General Mills said its current restructuring should be complete by early fiscal 2017, generating annual savings of about $45 to $50 million. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 8:43 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 10:32 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oxford Universitys chancellor warns  of national security risks when academics collaborate with

Lord Patten was the last British governor of Hong Kong Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world Huawei has faced criticism from intelligence agencies around the world over its close links to the Chinese government. The company has regularly denied any suggestions that its technology could be used for espionage.Lord Patten told MPs of a case where a university was asked to work on a humanities research project along with a consortium of other British and Chinese universities.“You discover that there are some issues that are clearly going to be off-bounds, or you discover that the whole thing is being run not by an academic in the humanities but a Chinese engineer who happens to be….rather senior in the Communist party,” he said.“And if you discover you’re being shut out of some meetings that only the Chinese are going to, then you’ve got a right to be suspicious.” He said that Confucius institutes – Chinese government funded cultural centres attached to British universities – and their activities “raise some issues” since they are  “by-and-large an offshoot of the propaganda department of the Communist Party”.He went on: “If the Confucian  Institute is working on a university campus as a contributor to Chinese language instruction, to understanding about the spectacular Chinese civilisation, that is fine. If it’s trying to shape the curriculum, if it’s trying to shape students’ attitude to Tibet or Xinjan or free speech or other issues like that, then it’s not acceptable.”Lord Patten said that all British universities should take these issues seriously, adding: “It is simply craven to argue you can’t raise this or that issue or that because it will annoy [China] and you won’t do as much business.”Last month, MPs urged British universities to exercise “extreme caution” accepting money from Huawei, amid growing international concern about the security threat posed by the controversial Chinese telecom company.Huawei, the world’s biggest telecom equipment manufacturer, has agreed to pour at least £6m into UK universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester and York despite warnings from intelligence agencies around the world over potential security risks posed by the company’s technology. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Oxford University’s chancellor has warned of national security risks when academics collaborate with China.Lord Patten, who was the last British governor of Hong Kong, said there should be a point of contact in the Government for universities chiefs to turn to if they are concerned about a particular project.Joint academic research projects in the field of humanities as well as the sciences could be pose security risks, he added.“If the Government has anxieties about a company, then it should be possible for a university – if it is being offered research collaboration with that company – to ask somewhere in Government what’s happening,” Lord Patten told the foreign affairs select committee.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“I think the more we talk about this – as the Australians, the New Zealanders, the Canadians, and the Americans are – the more we talk about it and the more we’re grown up about it, first of all the more likely we are to get things right and pick up things like intellectual property theft and problems of security.”Lord Patten, a cross-bench peer and former chair of the Conservative Party, said it would be “astonishing” if China was not exercising soft coercion on academics and students in the West, by funding or collaborating on research.It emerged this week that Oxford University has cuts ties with Huawei, the Chinese technology company, amid security concerns.An email sent to computer science doctoral students at the university warned students not to pass sensitive information to Huawei employees. The university said that it has decided not “pursue new funding opportunities” with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd or its related companies. Lord Patten was the last British governor of Hong Kong read more

MIZUNO release a new range ahead of Qatar 2015

← Previous Story Gudmundur chose, Markussen stays home! Next Story → Spain without Sterbik to Qatar! With the 24th running of the Men’s Handball World Championships about to take place in Qatar later this week, leading handball footwear specialist Mizuno drop a fresh new look to their range of elite indoor shoes. Taking inspiration from the Qatari landscape (sun, sand and sea!), Mizuno has reflected this on their 3 most popular silo’s – the Wave Stealth 3, Wave Lightning Z and Wave Tornado 9. We take a closer look at each one in more detail:Wave Stealth 3 – Explode into ActionFor agile, stealth-like movement, Wave Stealth 3 is the ideal shoe for the modern day handball player. The outsole and midsole have been designed to provide support, cushioning and flexibility and to cope with the aggressive, high impact movements of the sport. On the lateral side of the outsole a stability bar acts as more than just scaffolding.  Working in conjunction with two deep grooves it gives stability for lateral cuts, but also great flexibility for those multi directional movements around court.The toe area is enhanced by a cut between the big toe and little toes on the outsole, allowing for more pressure and therefore more feeling, resulting in extra agility and spring. Other new features for Wave Stealth 3 include a pivot point under the ball of the foot for ease of movement and turns. And extra comfort and cushioning is provided by Mizuno’s SR Touch technology in the forefoot for lightweight cushioning and rebound.One of the most popular handball shoes of its time, the Mizuno Wave Stealth is a force to be reckoned with. Coming with an impressive heritage this is a shoe with a difference, taking pride of place in the range of Mizuno handball shoes with a design that ensures it performs on every level.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Lasse Svan Hansen (Denmark), Jesper Noddesbo (Denmark), Marko Kopljar (Croatia), Manuel Strlek (Croatia), Jakov Gojun (Croatia), Jorge Maqueda (Spain), Raul Entrerrios (Spain), Jure Dolenec (Slovenia) and Kentin Mahe (France)Wave Lightning Z – Superlight & fast court agilityA lightweight offering for quick agile players, Wave Lightening Z comes in at 10g lighter than its predecessor the RX3. What it has lost in weight it has gained in construction, with an enhanced no-sew upper providing unrivalled fit and feel during play. Wave Lightening Z is a shoe that always delivers on rebound and provides the lightweight performance that handball player’s demand. Also available in a MID cut boot option for players looking for that extra ankle support.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Dragan Gajic (Slovenia), Kevynn Nyokas (France), Ivan Cupic (Croatia), Robert Gunnarsson (Iceland), Gasper Marguc (Slovenia) and Cristian Ugalde (Spain)Wave Tornado 9 – The powerhouse shoe, cushioned and stableThe powerhouse of the handball range, the Wave Tornado 9 is the shoe that offers players unrivalled levels of cushioning and stability. The supportive upper offers up a combination of a big open wave mesh for breathability but also very supportive synthetics; a construction that allows the foot to be held firmly in the shoe. The Wave Tornado 9, two key areas – the outsole and midsole – have been improved from the previous model. In the outsole, a new feature is the improved design of the Dynamotion Groove™, an innovative outsole design and construction that combines stability and flexibility to give fast-moving yet super-agile movement across the court. The flex groove allows for greater grip and stability for lateral cuts whilst a new circular pivot point positioned under the ball of the foot allows for swift turns. The AP+ midsole has superior rebound and cushion durability while maintaining lightweight performance. And in Wave Tornado 9 extra SR Touch in the forefoot makes for an even better, and more cushioned landing.As worn at Qatar 2015 by Igor Vori (Croatia), Viran Morros (Spain), Guillaume Joli (France), Bo Spellerberg (Denmark) and Patrik Fahlgren (Sweden)“Lasse Svan Hansen is a brand ambassador for Mizuno Handball and will be wearing the new neon yellow/blue Wave Stealth 3. For your chance to win a pair go to“ read more

Paddy Power says lowerthanexpected profits because of unfavourable sports results

first_imgPADDY POWER HAS issued a profit warning, telling markets that its profits will be about €11 million lower than predicted for 2013.The company blamed “unfavourable” sports results for the under-par performance.“Sports results have remained poor,” it said in its interim management statement.The adverse sports results outlined in July continued through autumn and the start of winter, dragging gross win versus normal expectations down some €10 million.The most notable results that went against Paddy Power were at the recent Australian Spring Racing Carnival and in Champions League football.Operating profit growth for the year is expected to land at a low-to-mid-single-digit percentage – about €11 million lower than the mid-point of Interim Results guidance.Updating investors on the Irish retail market, the firm said the amount staked between July and November was up 5 per cent on the previous period – the biggest increase since 2007. It also added nine shops to its portfolio since January 2013.Overall online amounts staked were up 15 per cent, while the group’s net revenue jumped seven per cent.Read: Dermot Desmond to significantly increase share in INMHow poitín went from illegal moonshine to being sold in TescoFive smartphones battling for your Christmas stockinglast_img read more

Universities seek more state funds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Funding cuts prompted two of the country’s largest universities to appeal for state support, noting that the ability of the institutions to continue operating was at stake.The University of Athens issued an “urgent and anxious” appeal for funding ahead of the submission of its budget for 2015. The university’s senate said it would submit the 11.5-million-euro blueprint to authorities despite the fact that funding has been docked by 74 percent since 2009, leaving a gap of 9.5 million euros.Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University made a similar appeal. Rector Pericles Mitkas said inadequate funding and an increase in the number of students due to transfers have led to operational difficulties.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Hazard ranks Higuain as one of the best

first_imgEden Hazard feels the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Milan is a no brainer ranking him as ‘one of the best’ strikers in the world.Higuain could only watch the Blues defeat Spurs via spot-kicks to reach the EFL Cup Final from the sidelines.And Hazard believes the former Napoli striker will be bringing something special to the table throughout the campaign.“Diego [Costa] was sometimes not the kind of player who you can play a 1-2 with, but in the box he was amazing, he would score a goal and you won, and at the end, you would have three points,” the Belgium forward was quoted as saying by Football Italia.“That’s what we need. So I think Higuain is this kind of player and he can also link with the wingers and the midfield, but he can also be the proper striker.“This season we are playing well, but sometimes we miss the one guy just to score one goal. So we had a couple of games, where we played well but we didn’t score.Welcome to Stamford Bridge, @G_Higuain! 🙌 #CHETOT— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 24, 2019Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We finished with zero goals, but we created a lot of chances, like against Tottenham. If you have a striker who can score three goals it finishes 5-1, but at the moment it is not the case. But Higuain can do that. He is a top striker who can score everywhere.“We all know that I like to play the give and go with my striker, so if the striker just goes deep, I am going to be in trouble, but Giroud understands this, that’s why I like to play with him.“We all know that, and I think Higuain is going to do the same, and of course he is a fantastic striker, he has scored a lot of goals, when you see his career, Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, he has always scored goals.Higuain after Chelsea beat Tottenham on penalties 💪— SNM (@JackCook95) January 24, 2019“For me as a winger, you know I like to play with top players. With Chelsea, I had the chance to play with one of the best in Diego Costa for three years and I think Higuain is one of the best.“I also like to play with Olivier when he is playing, with Alvaro when he was playing. My position is more winger than number nine, but me, I just try to have fun with my striker, with the other winger, so when the striker is there it is good for me.”last_img read more

State Senate Majority Names New Leader

first_imgThe Republican Senate Majority has named a new president. Sen. Kevin Meyer of Anchorage will be taking the reins from Wasilla’s Charlie Huggins. Huggins will take the position of rules chair.The new organization is otherwise much like the old. Sen. John Coghill of North Pole remains the majority leader, and a number of committees are keeping the same chairs with a few notable exceptions. Sen. Anna Fairclough of Eagle River was promoted a co-chair position on the Senate finance committee, while Sen. Mike Dunleavy of the Mat-Su was made chair of the education committee. Dunleavy was a member of the education committee last legislature, and sponsored a constitutional amendment that would have allowed public funds to be used at private schools. Republicans picked up one Senate seat on Tuesday, with Mia Costello taking over the seat vacated by Democrat Hollis French, giving them 14 out of 20 seats in the state senate. The caucus currently includes all 14 Republican members, 13 of which were present for a press conference held at the offices of a construction industry trade association. Anchorage Sen. Lesil McGuire, who previously held the influential position of rules chair, was absent from the media availability.The last Senate majority included two Democrats whose districts covered areas off the road system. Dennis Egan of Juneau and Donny Olson of Golovin were not invited to Wednesday’s organization meeting. “We are having discussions the minority, but whether or not they want to join us or we want them to join us has not been resolved yet,” says Meyer.With the election just a day behind them, Meyer says the caucus is still working out its legislative priorities. But the state’s gloomy revenue outlook is an issue the organization plans to address.“We all know what oil prices are doing and we know that what we budgeted for and we know we’re going to have a deficit,” says Meyer. “And so we’re focused on budget sustainability and how we can make gradual reductions in our budget while at the same time keep the economy strong and keep jobs and keep people employed.”Legislators may also have to deal with the question of marijuana legalization — whether they want to or not — thanks to the passage of Ballot Measure 2. Rules Chair Charlie Huggins says he was perplexed that the initiative passed and that Alaska could see some legislative “speed bumps” but would not elaborate further.The Senate Republicans also demurred on the question of Medicaid expansion. While the governor’s race is too close to call, unaffiliated candidate Bill Walker holds a narrow lead, and he has said that his first act as governor would be to accept the federal expansion for 40,000 Alaskans. Senate President Kevin Meyer says it’s too early to say what the Legislature’s role will be with Medicaid. He says the caucus is generally willing to work with Walker if he wins election.“You know, it doesn’t matter to us who the governor is,” says Meyer. “We’re going to work together with the executive branch, and we’re going to do what’s best for the state of Alaska.”The Republican House Majority plans to hold its organization meeting on Thursday.Senate Majority Leadership PositionsPresident: Sen. Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage)Majority Leader: Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole)Rules Chair: Sen. Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla)Finance Co-Chair- Sen. Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks)Finance Co-Chair – Sen. Anna Fairclough (R-Eagle River/East Anchorage)Resources Chair – Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage)Community and Regional Affairs Chair – Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks)Education Chair – Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R-Wasilla)Judiciary Chair – Sen. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage)Health and Social Services Chair – Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka)State Affairs Chair – Sen. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak)Transportation Chair – Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna)Labor and Commerce Chair – Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage)Legislative Council Chair – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)last_img read more

Central Gulf of Alaska halibut charters may face more closures

first_imgCrewmen load halibut near Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Gillfoto)The North Pacific Fishery Management Council could be taking additional steps to reduce the catch of halibut by the charter fleet in the central Gulf of Alaska next year. Those charters could see some regulation shifts in 2019 while the rules for Southeast-based charters will likely remain the same.The council regulates halibut charters based upon the expected total allowable catch along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific coast. Those catch limits will be set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January.Customers will be limited to four charter trips annually with a bag limit of two halibut per outing in the central Gulf of Alaska. The current size limit for one of those two fish could increase, but that will depend on if the IPHC increases catch limits in the region. However, that is unlikely as the latest stock assessment shows that Pacific halibut populations continue to decline in U.S. and Canadian waters.Halibut charter fishing in the central Gulf was closed on Wednesdays this year in an effort to reduce the fleet’s catch. Some Tuesdays could be closed as well for a second year in a row. That number will depend on the catch limits set in January.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s input will also determine how closures are scheduled.This year’s preliminary harvest data indicates that central Gulf charters exceeded their allocation. The harvest in Southeast and the eastern Gulf came in below the total allowable catch for the region. The council isn’t planning additional restrictions for the Southeast charter fleet.last_img read more

No electricity in Satkhira hospital for a week

first_imgPatients are currently facing a tougher time at Satkhira sadar hospital as electricity supply remains suspended for the last seven days. Photo: UNBPatients are currently facing a tougher time at Satkhira sadar hospital as electricity supply remains suspended for the last seven days, especially those waiting to get operated, reports UNB.Disruption of electricity supply also hampers water supply, forcing the hospital authorities to bring in water from other sources.Mohabbat Ali, who is attending his wife Shefali Khatun, said she was admitted three days back for a caesarian operation.But the authorities told them to bear the cost of fuel for running a generator during the operation, which they proceeded to do later on.Siddikur Rahman, an attendant of another patient, said his patient was admitted ten days earlier and there was no electricity since then as well.Civil surgeon of the district, Tawhidur Rahman, said that the hospital’s transformer had gone out of order a week earlier.They require a 150KV-powered transformer, but the local electricity office cannot provide more than 50KV, he added.A letter in this regard has already been sent to the district health engineering department, he added.Deputy commissioner of the district Md Iftekhar Hossain acknowledged it and said that the hospital currently has to manage with the existing 50KV power supply.The required transformer will arrive within a day or two, he added.last_img read more