Hizb ‘start-up’ foiled in Assam

first_imgThe police in Assam have arrested more alleged members of the extremist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), believed to have been planning to launch a disruptive “start-up” in the State.On Monday, the police in central Assam’s Nagaon and adjoining Hojai districts, arrested three men — Riyazuddin Bhuyan, Joynal Ahmed and Baharul Islam. Sleuths, police said, had been keeping a watch on the trio after inputs that they had assisted HM operative Qamar-uz-Zaman during his visit to the State in August.Qamar, hailing from Jamunamukh in the Hojai district, was arrested last week from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Four of his associates, including one from Meghalaya, had been arrested till Sunday.Cashing inThe police said the HM had sent Qamar to Assam to radicalise Muslim youth, possibly to cash in on a feeling of victimisation because of the exclusion of many from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). “They had plans to launch a start-up in Hojai district. We had kept tabs on the suspects but did not have concrete evidence on their connection with the HM. The arrests were made after collecting technical evidence,” Ankur Jain, Hojai district Superintendent of Police, said.He did not specify the nature of the start-up the HM or Qamar’s associates had been planning to set up.Tracing contactsAssam’s Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia, who is monitoring the investigation, said police traced the people Qamar had contacted or moved around with during his “recruitment trip” in August.Qamar had avoided his home in Jamunamukh but stayed in the house of one Shahnawaz Alam arrested last week. Police said Qamar had also used Riyazuddin’s motorcycle to move around during his stay.Qamar is believed to have been radicalised in Kashmir, where he had gone on some business a few years ago. Police came to know about his joining HM from his photo, in fatigues and holding an AK-47 rifle, uploaded on social media.Assam had a few short-lived Islamist groups that allegedly worked for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) to help militant outfits such as the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in the 1990s.last_img read more

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Slowdown is just a passing phase, says Piyush Goyal

first_imgUnion Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal on Thursday termed the current economic slowdown as just a passing phase and said that efforts being taken by the government only showed that it cared.Reacting to former prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s views on the economic slow down the country is facing, the Union Minister said that he was surprised to know that Dr. Singh was saying that the BJP government was failing in handling the economy. “The country gave Dr. Singh, an eminent economist, the opportunity to run the country for 10 years. But they [UPA government] damaged the entire economic system. It was during their tenure that reckless bank loans messed up the banking sector, prices of commodities soared up, Mumbai faced a major terrorist attack and the government could not face the public,” he said addressing chartered accountants, industrialists and traders at an Assembly election-related event in Bhayandar. “Before the Modi government came to power people had lost hope and so did not demand anything from the government. But in last five years public has been demanding better facilities because they have immense hope in this government. Even a beggar will beg only in front of someone whom he knows will give him something,” Mr. Goyal said. The last five years have seen 75-78% rise in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and it will continue to grow with the efforts the Prime Minister is taking, Mr. Goyal added. “I hope you all remember the double digits inflation we faced during the United Progessive Alliance government. Fiscal deficit was as high as 6-6.5% and current account deficit was 4.5%. The country was handed to us with a damaged economy and we have brought about development across sectors,” he said. Talking of the steps by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to revive the economy, Mr. Goyal said, “ours is a responsible government. The efforts being taken show that the government cares about the economy.”last_img read more

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India vs England: Birmingham Test stats

first_imgStatistical highlights of the third Test between India and England at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham.India lost the Birmingham Test by and innings and 242 runs – their third worst defeat in their history of 454 Tests in terms of runs. This was also the second worst loss for India against England in terms of runs.The 1958 loss against West Indies at Eden Gardens is the worst of India’s losses in terms of runs. India had lost that match by an innings and 336 runs. And an inning and 285-run loss to England at Lord’s way back in 1974 ranks second in the list.This was Alastair Cook’s second double ton. His previous best was 235 not out against Australia during the Ashes in Brisbane in November last year. Incidentally, 235 not out is also his highest first-class score.Alastair Cook’s 294 is his best knock against India, surpassing the 104 not out at Nagpur in 2005-06.Alastair Cook’s 294 is the highest score by a English batsman at Edgbaston.Eoin Morgan scored his second Test ton in his career spanning 12 Tests. His first came against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in July 2010.Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss have registered 13 century partnerships – eleven for the first wicket and two for the second wicket. The pair posted their second century stand against India – their first is 118 for the first wicket at Chennai in December 2008.The Strauss-Cook pair is the first English opening pair and the fourth in Tests to aggregate 4,000 runs or more – 4072 at an average of 43.31 in 96 innings. The pair joined three other pairs – West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes (6482 at 47.31 in 148 innings), Australia’s Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden (5655 at 51.88 in 113) and Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya (4469 at 40.26 in 118).The 11 opening century stands by Cook-Strauss have been exceeded only by Greenidge-Haynes (16), Hobbs-Sutcliffe (15) and Hayden-Langer (14).Kevin Pietersen (63 off 78 balls) recorded his fourth fifty against India – his 25th in Tests.Pietersen has averaged 56.21 in Tests against India -1068 in 20 innings, including four centuries and four fifties.The 186-run opening partnership is England’s highest against India at Edgbaston, obliterating the 157 between David Lloyd and Dennis Amiss in 1974.The said stand is the third highest for England against India for the first wicket – the top two being 225 between Mike Atherton and Graham Gooch at Manchester and 204 by the same pair at Lord’s – both in 1990.advertisementlast_img read more

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Water may be better than sports drinks for young athletes

first_imgWashington, Apr 17 (PTI) Drinking water may be better for young athletes than consuming sports drinks, according to scientists who warn that energy beverages can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems in children and teenagers.Many people associate playing sports with having sports drinks as it is what they see professionals do.However, most recreational athletes do not play at an intensity or for a duration that would require their hydration to come with extra sugar and salt.”Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that,” said Matthew Silvis, from Pennsylvania State University in the US.”Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it,” said Silvis.With increasing rates of childhood obesity, having kids chug sports drinks loaded with extra sugar as they exercise is not recommended, researchers said.”Kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration,” said Katie Gloyer from Penn State.Young people who sip on sports drinks as a regular drink without physical activity also run the risk of weight gain and tooth decay from the added sugar.Then there are energy drinks, which some professional athletes use to boost performance and gain a competitive edge by providing them with caffeine and other stimulants to increase focus and prolong their attention span.However, Gloyer does not even recommend those to the adult, professional athletes. For children and adolescents, energy drinks can be downright dangerous.advertisementThe beverages, which are not regulated, can contain several servings of harmful products in one container and easily exceed the amount of caffeine and other stimulants that are considered to be safe.That can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems such as palpitations and arrhythmias, not to mention giving the user headaches, an upset stomach, and a general jittery or nervous feeling.Silvis said the focus really should be on water and making sure kids are properly hydrated during exercise.”If they are playing 30- or 45-minute halves, they should have a water break and maybe add fresh orange slices or a granola bar to add a bit of sugar and/or protein at an appropriate level,” he suggested.For post-workout recovery, plain old chocolate milk works just as well – if not better – than the fancy recovery drinks now on the market.”Chocolate milk has the perfect combination of fat, proteins and carbohydrates that you want to get back into your system,” Silvis said.Of course, if the goal of exercise is weight loss, water still reigns king, he said.”Otherwise you can end up drinking more calories than you burned while exercising,” Silvis said. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

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A dummy’s guide to cricket’s biggest standoff

first_imgFor a lot of you wondering what’s all the fuss about India’s participation in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy and what this BCCI-ICC standoff is made of, its all about money. Here’s an explainer.1. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is the richest in the world and on the basis of its commercial importance in the game, had carved out a revenue arrangement whereby it would get $ 570 million out of a total $ 2.7 billion generated by International Cricket Council (ICC) in the 2015-23 cycle.2. The ICC has now scrapped the old arrangement and reworked a new equitable revenue model whereby the BCCI only receives $ 293 million.3. The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had offered to the BCCI representative at the ICC meeting and acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, a compromise offer of $393 million share in return of accepting the new revenue and governing model which he rejected. Subsequently, BCCI lost the vote and now have to make do with $ 293 million.4. Although the Supreme Court allowed the acting Secretary Choudhary to present India’s case at the ICC meeting, the overall BCCI functioning is currently overseen by Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) who were previously negotiating with the ICC. The COA claim to have found a common ground with the ICC and agreed on a more respectable $ 445 million share for BCCI. They blame the existing office bearers acting on the advice of BCCI’s once powerful old guard for the loss at ICC.5. The acting Secretary is now set to call for a SGM next week where it’s likely the various state associations will refuse to adopt a conciliatory stand as COA and mull over resolving to pull the Indian team out from the Champions trophy to devalue the ICC Champions trophy.advertisement6. Although BCCI has used such strong arm tactics in the past on the strength of the commercial value Indian cricketers enjoy, with the Shashank Manohar led ICC no longer on the back foot, there could be similar ugly tactics from the other side as well. Sources don’t rule out the ongoing IPL itself to be impacted if some of the member boards refuse to allow their players to continue playing.7. If other member boards decide to take on an adamant BCCI, the Indian team could be isolated with influential boards refusing to play bilateral cricket with India.8. If the Indian team pulls out it will also mean legal ramifications for the BCCI and a headache for ICC. With the broadcasters having shelled out top dollar to acquire rights for ICC tournaments, both ICC and BCCI will have to tread carefully before taking any extreme step against the other.Expect some more days of uncertainty and ugly power play between the game’s administrative bodies. It’s after all a fight for big moolah that cricket generates. Still some gap between the cup and the lip before we know if Virat and his men will get to defend their Champions trophy crown.last_img read more

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FC Barcelona set to offer Lionel Messi lifetime deal

first_imgBarcelona will offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract at the club, CEO Oscar Grau said on Saturday.Messi, 30, agreed a four-year deal with Barcelona in July, although has not officially signed it yet.Grau, speaking at the club’s annual general meeting, said the Argentine forward would be offered a similar deal to the one Barca’s Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta signed this month.”Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract,” Grau told club members.”The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life, as he is an icon. After he finishes playing we want him to remain linked to the club.”last_img

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Olympiacos Makes Hoop Final Four

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS – A three-point bomb at the buzzer by Giorgos Printezis before a packed home crowd gave Olympiacos a stunning 71-68 win over Barcelona and a spot in the Euroleague basketball tourney’s final four.Slaying the Spanish power means the Reds will now play CSKA Moscow, which beat Greece’s other dominant basketball giant, Panathinaikos, in other quarter-final action.Olympiacos won its series, 3-1 as the audience at Peace and Friendship Stadium erupted in cheers and joy, set off flares and stormed the court to celebrate.saw Olympiakos through to the Final Four of the Euroleague, as the Reds defeated Barcelona 71-68 on Thursday to claim the best-of-five quarterfinal series with a 3-1 score.It wasn’t easy. Olympiacos had to repeatedly come back to catch Barcelona, which led most of the way, with 10-point leads in the second-half.Olympiacos managed to tie it 50-50 after three periods but was behind 65-61 before mounting a comeback, behind Printezis and Vangelis Mantzaris.Juan Carlos Navarro made one free throw that would have sent the match to overtime, but Printezis became the hero on his name day.Vassilis Spanoulis, who was Olympiacos’s top scorer on the night with 17 points, has now become the second highest scorer in Euroleague history.last_img read more

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PREVIEW FINALS DAY 2007 SENIORS NTL

first_imgThe 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament culminates with Finals day tomorrow at the BCU International Stadium in Coffs Harbour with semi-finals and grand finals to be played across seven hotly contested divisions.Can Suns exceptional form hold in the Men’s 30s division?Will the Sharkies Men’s 35s “World XIV” sweep all before them and go back to back in 2007?Can Scorpions grab a hat trick of Titles in the Men’s 40s?Will home town hopes the Northern Eagles send local fans into raptures with a title in the Men’s 45s division?Can Cobras keep their pristine tournament record intact in the Men’s 50s to claim the crown?In the Women’s 30s division, Can the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones annex the title for the first time in NTL history?Will the Scorpions Women’s 40s team clap the bookies in irons by claiming their fourth NTL championship in a row?Stay tuned, sports fans, all will be revealed tomorrow on 2007 Senior NTL Finals day.For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.00amMen’s 50s SF1:     Cobras v HornetsMen’s 50s SF2:     Eagles v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s SF1:  Scorpions v Sharks Women’s 40s SF2: Cyclones v Suns9.00amMen’s 45s SF1:     Eagles v RustlersMen’s 45s SF2:     Suns v SharksMen’s 40s SF1:     Scorpions v MetsMen’s 40s SF2:     Suns v Sharks10.00amMen’s 35s:               Sharks v CobrasMen’s 35s:               Scorpions v Mets11.00amWomen’s 40s Final:      TBCMen’s 50s Final:            TBC12.00pmMen’s 45s Final:           TBCWomen’s 30s SF 1: Cyclones v HornetsWomen’s 30s SF 2: Rustlers v Suns1.00pmMen’s 40s Final:           TBCMen’s 30s SF 1:     Suns v BarbariansMen’s 30s SF2:      Warriors v Rustlers2.00pm                   Presentations2.30pmMen’s 35s Final:      Sharks v Cobras3.30pmWomen’s 30s Final:       TBC4.30pmMen’s 30s Final:           TBC5.30pm                        Presentationslast_img read more

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Fantasy: MW24 Premier League TotW

first_imgMatchweek 24 is now behind us and, it was certainly two days of shocking results. Coming into the week it looked like it would be a great one for Fantasy with all of the “Big Six” in what looked to be favourable matches, but Tottenham and Arsenal were the only Champions League-chasing teams to pick up wins this week.Bournemouth, in particular, played the role of spoilers spectacularly well, stunning Chelsea 4-0 at the Vitality stadium. Off the back of that huge win, the Cherries have landed four players in our Team of the Week while the “Big Six” enter just two. Keep reading to see who all has made the cut.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-Banner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? GK: Artur Boruc – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 7 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDEF: Romain Saiss – Wolves – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsSuch a strange week was bound to yield unlikely heroes and Saiss is surely the most surprising name on this list. The defender recorded an incredible 14 points against West Ham this week, literally doubling his season total in the Goal game.That having been said, he has started three of the last five matches and, if he does lock down a regular starting, could provide some Fantasy value. Wolves, though, have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 matches which makes any of their defenders difficult to own.DEF: Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth – 1 Substitute Appearance – 1 Goal = 8 PointsCharlie Daniels Bournemouth Manchester CityDEF: Harry Maguire – Leicester – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsMID: David Brooks – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsBrooks put on a show against Chelsea this week, helping to push Bournemouth to that huge 4-0 win. He has certainly been rounding into form of late with a goal and three assists in his last five matches, but Wednesday’s performance was easily the best thus far.Ryan Fraser tends to get all the Fantasy love based on his inexpensive price and nine assists, but it’s Brooks who has actually been a better value, as he sits just 12 points shy of his teammate while saving you an extra £.6m. The Wales international did come off limping midweek but, if he’s fit, Brooks is a fantastic budget own.MID: Joao Moutinho – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Assists = 8 PointsJoao Moutinho Wolves 2018-19MID: Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsPogba continued his ridiculous Fantasy form with yet another goal on Tuesday. Since the hiring of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Frenchman has scored six goals and assisted two more en route to fully re-establishing himself as a Fantasy superstar.His schedule is going to get a lot tougher with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City all to come in the next six calendar weeks, but when a player is in this kind of form, you should back him, rather than fearing the fixtures. Worst case, he has a bad match and you replace him with someone else that game week.MID: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsSadio Mane vs LeicesterFOR: Josh King – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsWhile not the Fantasy darling that he’s been in years past, Josh King popped up with a phenomenal performance and two beautiful strikes on Wednesday. He also added an assist to his haul against Chelsea, recording 15 points and winning the title of Goal Fantasy Player of the Week.With two goals and two assists over his last two matches, and news that Callum Wilson will likely be out about a month, it may be time for people to start bringing King back into their Fantasy teams.FOR: Raul Jimenez – Wolves – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 PointsFOR: Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘Man Utd should get Kante alongside Pogba’

first_imgManchester United should be considering a move to bring in N’Golo Kante alongside Paul Pogba, claims Mark Bosnich.He is not the first to suggest that another World Cup-winning midfielder would offer obvious benefits to the Red Devils.The former goalkeeper is, however, the latest to claim that Kante could bring the best out of Pogba at Old Trafford and bring unwelcome transfer talk around the 26-year-old to a close. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Bosnich told talkSPORT: “In terms of Pogba, and I feel very strongly about this, I would build the team around him.“I think what they’ve got to do is look at where Pogba has been most successful, at Juventus and at the World Cup, and who was playing with him? Well, at the World Cup it was N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi.“So, if you’re looking for players, either look to bring those two in with him, or players of that ilk to play alongside him and bring the very best out of him.”It may be that United lose Pogba before they get the chance to bring in any fresh faces alongside him, with reports of interest from Real Madrid refusing to go away.The France international has hinted that it may be time for a change after three testing seasons back in England, with Bosnich concerned by those comments from a key figure.He added: “It’s a little bit worrying, but you don’t know about the games going on behind the scenes.“I don’t know the lad personally, I can only go on what I see, what I read and what I hear.“He seems to be the guy who needs to know he’s wanted and needs an arm put around him, so maybe it’s just a little bit of that.“Maybe he wants to know the club are 100 per cent behind him, because he does carry the can when anything goes wrong.“But that’s understandable. The best players get all the credit when things go right, but when they go wrong it’s usually the best players and the manager who cop it as well.”Pogba faced plenty of criticism during the 2018-19 campaign, but he did deliver 16 goals and 11 assists to the United cause and also made the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.last_img read more

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Scores Expected to Attend Youth Forum on Friday

first_imgScores of students are expected to participate in the annual Youth Forum, scheduled for Friday (November 2) at the St. Andrew Parish Church Hall, 16 Ellesmere Road.                 The event, organised by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), will get underway at 9:00 a.m. To be held under theme: ‘Jamaica 50: Let’s Celebrate Our Children,’ the forum will include presentations from the Wolmer’s Girls and Penwood High Schools on the topic:‘Care and Protection for our Children during the Past 50 years’, while St. George’s College and Ardenne High School will be looking at the topic: ‘Recognition and Celebration of the Achievements of Our Children during the Past 50 Years’.                  Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is schedule to bring greetings, while Principal of Wolmer’s School for Girls, Colleen Montague, will be the guest speaker.    The annual Youth Forum is one of several activities organised by the NCMC to mark Child Month. It provides an avenue for children to voice their views on issues that affect them.   “Children should be encouraged to express their ideas about issues that affect them and the environment must be created for children to learn about their rights and   responsibilities and also how to overcome challenges that impede their success,” said Chair of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, in an interview with JIS News. Initially a Child Month activity in May, the Youth Forum was moved to November as the NCMC is committed to organising year-long activities geared towards the nation’s children as well as for the observance of National Youth Month.     The NCMC, instituted in 1953, brings together a number of agencies working with and on behalf of children in an effort to focus on their needs, and heighten public awareness on the relevant issues affecting the nation’s children.last_img read more

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Education Minister Says More Persons Should Become Multilingual

first_img Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual. “As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says Jamaica can benefit from enormous economic possibilities for increased trade with non-English-speaking countries, if more persons become multilingual.Citing the apprehension by some individuals about Jamaica engaging in trade with non-English-speaking countries, Senator Reid said significant expansion in the global space within which nations now operate has resulted in more persons broadening their skills to include the ability to communicate in different languages.He was speaking at the Ministry’s ninth Foreign Languages Annual General Meeting, which was held at Shortwood Teachers’ College on October 27 under the theme ‘Unearthing the Kit for the 21st Century Foreign Language Learner’.The Minister argued that based on the increased number of languages at which persons across the world are becoming adept, “the more we can empower Jamaicans… to be able to speak other languages (is the more) I think trade will become easier for Jamaica”.Senator Reid said the Government, in recognition of the importance of foreign-language skills in the global economy and their relevance to virtually all career fields, has been taking steps to ensure that youngsters are so exposed at an early age.The Minister noted that student competence in a foreign language is part of the goals of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.Additionally, he said the new National Standards Curriculum highlights the importance of teacher competence in delivering student-centred education as among the new trends in foreign-language teaching.“We are driving that from very early… trying to make it mandatory that students are exposed to foreign languages, with particular emphasis on training of teachers to deliver Spanish at the primary level as well as professional development of all foreign-language teachers,” the Minister said.“As a Caribbean region, if we can effectively integrate and relate to our non-English-speaking neighbours (through) foreign-language skills, that certainly would be a great asset,” he added.last_img read more

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WatchStander Non-Lethal Antipiracy System Ready for Market

first_imgWatchStander LLC, October 31, 2013 zoom WatchStander LLC, a maritime security systems company, announced today that it has completed development of a fully automated system designed to prevent gangs of pirates and other unwanted individuals or groups from boarding ships.The object of the system is to make it more physically intolerable for the criminals to approach the ship and to persuade them to abort their attacks. The video and data from all incidents will be archived for subsequent transmission to the data centers of the shipowner and WatchStander for training and evidential purposes.The system is designed to keep the attackers beyond the range of their guns and thereby protect the ship and its crew from potential danger. “What makes our system unique is that it disrupts the attack without burdening the crew in a way that is affordable,” states company President David Rigsby.The fully automated WatchStander system, which combines intelligent software with a range of non-lethal countermeasures and is, has been satisfactorily tested on a number of ocean-going ships over the past 6 months and is now ready to be installed on ships in the commercial fleet.The system uses a cost-effective high resolution radar to automatically identify surrounding traffic and assess their behavior over time to identify hostile targets. The system then operates non-lethal countermeasures to respond to the threats if they continue to approach the ship.The system is based on technology developed by the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State University for use by the US Navy and adapted for use on commercial ships and other maritime installations such as oil-rigs under contract for WatchStander LLC.WatchStander has an exclusive license from the ARL to use its patented intelligent control technology to develop cost effective solutions of a legal and non-lethal nature, and market them to the commercial shipping and oil and gas industries.WatchStander will use the services of various maritime installers to put the system on board ships that operate through the high-risk areas and maintain and service them. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Kentville Town Line to the Wolfville Town Line will be reduced to one lane at night for paving. Work will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from Monday, May 28 until Friday, July 20. Residents in the area are advised that there may be an increased level of noise at night, during the construction hours. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103, Camperdown Highway 103, from Camperdown School Road to Camperdown Road, Camperdown, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound from about one kilometre east of Exit 24, Stellarton to Exit 21, Westville, about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Brookside Farnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Aug. 31. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou Landing Route 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 will be closed for bridge replacement from Monday, May 28 until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill Vimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug.31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River Road Route 348, East River Road, will be reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 near Liverpool between Exit 18 and Exit 19 will have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY; North River Route 311 from Stewart’s Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport Until the end of June, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Princeport Riverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form daylight to dusk.last_img read more

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Kiara to play lead in Indoo Ki Jawani

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kiara Advani has landed her first “in and as” film – Indoo Ki Jawani. “Indoo Ki Jawani. My first ‘In and As’. So excited to collaborate with Emmay Entertainment, Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Niranjan Iyengar, Ryan Stephen and Abir Sengupta for the first time and it had to be as special as Indoo. We need all your love and support for this one,” Kiara tweeted on May 27. She can’t wait to get started on the project. Nikkhil Advani says it is a “cracker script” by writer-director Abir Sengupta. “We had to swipe right (hope I got that right!). Kiara you’re just going to make Indoo come alive,” he tweeted. Kiara has been on a career roll. Her slate of upcoming films also include Good News, Kabir Singh, Shershaah and the Kanchana remake.last_img read more

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Clinton to be urged to bring Sri Lankan war criminals to ICC

A Tamils for Clinton spokesman said that at the 34th session of the UNHRC in March 2017 they will ask the new US administration to pass a resolution to ask the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the ICC, to ensure accountability for the serious abuses committed by Sri Lanka in the 2009 conflict. A US based Tamil diaspora group says it will urge US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring alleged Sri Lankan war criminals to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Tamils for Clinton, which is supporting Clinton at the Presidential elections next month, noted that so far Tamils have not seen substantial results in Sri Lanka after the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution. Tamils for Clinton is a political activist group comprised of Americans with the majority being Tamil Americans. They believe that over 145,000 Tamil civilians living in Sri Lanka were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan ethnic war. (Colombo Gazette) “Currently, about half a million displaced Tamil people live in Northeast of Sri Lanka. There are fifty thousand orphans and ninety thousand war widows who are still waiting for accountability and justice seven years after the end of conflict. Transitional justice processes and mechanisms are a critical component of the United Nations framework for strengthening the rule of law; Tamils should not accept anything less than that,” Tamils for Clinton said. read more

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PM says development of the country will come at a cost

The Prime Minister said the current Government, since taking office in 2015, has achieved a lot. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development of the country will come at a cost.Speaking at an event at the UNP headquarters today, the Prime Minister said that he was held up in traffic today as a result of the construction of the Rajagiriya overhead bridge. He said the public will face similar issues when the country moves forward. He says the Government has provided over 400,000 jobs, given houses, reduced the price of fuel and increased the monthly wage of Government employees. (Colombo Gazette)

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NDP names candidate in HaldimandNorfolk

The New Democratic Party has named its candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk for the Oct. 21 federal election.She’s Adrienne Roberts, a high school teacher who has been active over the years on the executive of District 23 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We are extremely excited to have an exceptional candidate with roots in the community and whose work in improving the way our schools educate our children and her executive experience in local teachers’ organizations has prepared her to be an effective and resourceful advocate for the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk,” Jordan Louis, president of the Haldimand-Norfolk NDP Riding Association, said Thursday.“As our NDP candidate, we can all count on Adrienne to push for the interests of the workers, the pensioners, the students and all who are struggling in our counties instead of the interests of the largest corporations and wealthiest individuals.”During her career, Roberts has taught for the Grand Erie District School Board at high schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. She has also served as an “experiential learning teacher” helping students apply their skills and knowledge in local workplaces.Roberts has held executive positions with District 23 of OSSTF and served on several committees with two bargaining units. In the past, Roberts has been an active member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“A champion for change, Adrienne is standing with the NDP to do what she can to better meet the needs of our community,” Louis said.“She is invested in working to ensure that Canadians are able to equitably access programs like universal pharmacare and in protecting pensions for everyone.“Adrienne will be a committed advocate in Parliament for investing in rural communities, tackling poverty and developing good jobs.”The NDP had candidate vacancies to fill in dozens of ridings when the writ dropped earlier this month. This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that the party has named candidates in all ridings across Canada.Candidates have until Sept. 30 to register.According to Elections Canada, registered candidates so far in Haldimand-Norfolk are: Lily Eggink of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, incumbent Diane Finley of the Conservative Party of Canada, Bob Forbes of the People’s Party of Canada, Brooke Martin of the Green Party, and Harold Stewart of the Veterans’ Coalition Party of Canada.Also running are Kim Huffman for the Liberal Party of Canada and Ross Mogridge for the Libertarian Party of Canada.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Ukraines refugee asylum system needs further improvement says UN report

“It needs to offer better protection against refoulement [the forced return of a person to a country where his or her life or freedom would be threatened] and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the hearings process,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.“As a result of these concerns, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is advising other States not to return asylum-seekers to Ukraine at this time.”The report covers access to the country’s asylum system, refugee status determination and the treatment of unaccompanied minors, and how people of concern are received, housed or detained in Ukraine.“UNHCR believes Ukraine has made progress in several areas, including access to asylum procedures and the reception of unaccompanied and separated children,” said Ms. Fleming. “Basic improvements are still needed, though, in guaranteeing effective protection against asylum-seekers being sent back to the countries from which they fled.” There is also a need to create conditions for the transparent and fair review of asylum applications, Ms. Fleming noted. “Adequate reception capacity and resources for asylum-seekers are still lacking, and access to, and conditions in, the country’s two temporary accommodation centres remain below established standards.”The report makes specific recommendations on how to strengthen Ukraine’s relatively new asylum system, and UNHCR said it remains ready to work with the Government to implement them. The agency has already prepared draft amendments on documentation, medical care and employment for asylum-seekers. Draft amendments on detention – designed to bring Ukraine’s laws in line with European standards – are already before parliament.The country has declared its intention to synchronize its asylum policy and laws with international practices as well as in the context of its negotiations with the European Union on visa liberalization.The UNHCR review of Ukraine’s asylum system is a part of a series of studies of asylum systems in Europe, including those in Hungary and Serbia. read more

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Commentary Like old times The Masters is Tiger Woods v the field

One of the most exciting tournaments in golf is finally here. The top players in the world will stroll down Magnolia Lane to tee it up at the legendary Augusta National Golf Course for The Masters, the first of four annual major championships on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. The 93-player field will feature top players, past champions and even the youngest competitor in Masters’ history: 14-year-old Tianlang Guan from China, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November to punch his ticket to Augusta, Ga. (I couldn’t imagine doing anything of this magnitude at age 14). This year’s edition features a common theme from past Masters tournaments: Tiger Woods versus the rest of the field. With three wins in five starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the world after a whirlwind three years, I think Woods is a shoe-in to win for the fifth time at Augusta National. Woods is definitely my favorite to win the Masters, but here are my top-10 players who can also win the green jacket: 1. Brandt Snedeker: If there is anyone in the world who is as hot as Woods, it’s the 32-year-old from Nashville. The winner of the season-long race for last year’s FedEx Cup, Snedeker carried that momentum into 2013, posting a win and four top-three finishes in just seven starts so far on the PGA Tour. 2. Matt Kuchar: After finishing T-3 in last year’s Masters, and picking up a win earlier this year at the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar’s consistency over the last three years with 21 top-10 finishes makes him a key player to look for this year. 3. Justin Rose: The Englishman hasn’t finished worse than T-17 in eight events on the PGA and European tours this season. Expect him to be in the mix late afternoon on Sunday. 4. Rory McIlroy: The 23-year-old Northern Irishman has had an eventful year so far, highlighted by the switch to Nike golf clubs and inconsistent play so far. But last week’s second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open gave him the confidence he needed to try to win his third major championship. 5. Dustin Johnson: The big-hitting American’s power of the tee will be crucial to his success this week. Look for him to score some low numbers on the par-5s, and this could be the year for him to break through for his first major championship. 6. Phil Mickelson: A three-time Masters champion playing in his favorite event? You know Lefty is going to bring his A-game to Augusta this week. 7. Lee Westwood: His success in majors in astonishing, except for one stat: wins. Westwood has yet to win that first major, despite having eight top-10 finishes in the last 16 majors. 8. Bubba Watson: The emotional roller-coaster, and last year’s Masters’ champion, Watson knows what it takes to win at Augusta, especially with his incredible shot-shaping abilities. 9. Ian Poulter: The 37-year-old Englishman knows how to thrive on golf’s biggest stages. A Ryder Cup hero for the Europeans, Poulter will look to improve from his seventh place finish last year. 10. Keegan Bradley: Another big-hitting American, poised to add a second major championship to his impressive resume. When he won the 2011 PGA Championship as a rookie, everyone knew he could handle the pressure of a big-time tournament. read more

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