Oppn. misguiding farmers, says Khattar

first_imgHaryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday slammed the Opposition parties for “misguiding” the farmers on Swaminathan Commission report, saying the BJP government had fulfilled most recommendations made by the panel.Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the third Agri Leadership Summit-2018 here, he accused his predecessor Bhupinder Singh Hooda of not implementing the recommendations of the commission report.“The Opposition is trying to misguide the farmers on the issue of Swaminathan Commission report even as the State government has fulfilled maximum recommendations in the report,” the Chief Minister said, adding, “Swaminathan himself is satisfied with the State government’s efforts towards implementing the recommendations of the report.”Expressing his government’s commitment towards the welfare of farmers in the State, he said, “The focus of the government has been on how to raise the income of farmers and their standard of living.”“Hooda was the chairman of the working group of Chief Ministers on agriculture production, but he did nothing for the implementation of the Swaminathan report despite being the Chief Minister up to 2014 and with the Congress also in power at the Centre,” Mr. Khattar said.Asking the progressive farmers to apprise small and marginal growers in their areas about the welfare schemes of the Centre and State governments, he said, “I want to appeal to the progressive farmers that they should make at least 10 small farmers in their areas aware about the government schemes which will help in raising their income. Each district has 50 to 200 progressive farmers and they earn Rs.1 lakh per month per acre.”Crop insuranceThe Chief Minister said keeping in view the risk factor in agriculture, the State government has taken several steps, including implementing Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna and Bhavantar Bharpayi Yojna to cover the loss of crops.last_img read more

J&K parties condemn Jaitley remarks on 35A

first_imgMainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir reacted sharply on Friday to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s description of Article 35A as “constitutionally vulnerable” and “an impediment to the economic development of J&K”.“J&K’s special status guaranteed under Article 35A of the constitution has been under threat from the BJP. J&K’s not the only State in the country that has special status and identity,” former chief minister and vice-president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah said in Srinagar.‘Others enjoy protection’“North East, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar or Lakshadweep have special status and their own identity under the same Indian Constitution. Why is it always that J&K has to face the onslaught of these right wing parties?” Mr Abdullah said.“To some extent Pakistan was responsible for the militancy in Kashmir but Central government and the State also created such situation that paved way for militancy here,” he added.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader Naeem Akhtar accused the BJP of “trying to convert constitutional relationship between J&K and the Union into an occupation”.Room for investment“It is unfortunate the Sangh Parivar has fielded lawyers to oppose the Supreme Court orders, which have upheld Art.35A not once but twice in the past. Mr Jaitley should know J&K has ample room for investment by non-state subjects. The industrial activity in Jammu is run by non-state subject investors,” said Mr. Akhtar.CPI (M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said the Finance Minister’s assertion “reveals the intentions of the saffron party towards J&K’s special status”.“State subject law was passed by the Maharaja in 1927 and it was incorporated in the Constitution through negotiations and carried forward. As such, Article 35A flows inevitably from Article 370 of the Indian Constitution,” he said.last_img read more

McIlroy heading home after erratic round

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games After another semis exit, Victolero hopes Star learns from experience MOST READ McIlroy, who had stumbled through a lacklustre opening round on Thursday, again found the going tough after teeing off on the 10th hole.He missed a five-footer for birdie on his first and then squandered another chance on 11, where he missed a 12-footer.His problems deepened at the par-four 12th, when his second shot rolled off the back of the green. A chip went sailing past the pin, leaving a long putt to save par which was duly missed.He recovered to drain a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th, but thereafter was unable to build any momentum over the remainder of the opening nine holes.His inward nine began with a further bogey on the long par-five first, which was followed by another bogey on the second which left him at eight over.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’?center_img A further bogey on the third left him nine over.With little to play for McIlroy then strung together his best sequence of holes in the tournament, carding four birdies and two pars.But the late birdie spree was not enough to lift McIlroy to safety as the exit door loomed.McIlroy meanwhile said a new putter being used for the tournament was not the problem.“I didn’t think it was the putter, it was the guy on the end of it,” he said. “It’s all good holing the putts on the practice green, but it’s a different kettle of fish when you get out on the course and have to read slope, read downhill, uphill into the green, side green.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits to play his shot from the ninth tee during the second round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills on June 16, 2017 in Hartford, Wisconsin. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPRory McIlroy was left reflecting on a missed cut at the US Open for the second consecutive year on Friday after once again struggling to get to grips with the Erin Hills layout.The world number two, who earlier in the week suggested players unable to find the fairways should “pack their bags”, is now contemplating an early exit following a second-round 71.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments The one-under-par total was a substantial improvement on Thursday’s six-over-par 78, but with the cut projected at one-over-par, it was too little, too late for the popular Northern Irishman.McIlroy, however, who had come into the tournament from an injury layoff after a niggling rib problem, said he was encouraged by his performance. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m optimistic with where my game is,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system yesterday and some parts today. It’s just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt.“I’ve got a busy summer, so I’m excited to play a lot of golf. I feel like that’s going to help me to get back into contention and hopefully try to win some of these things.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni watch ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ with India teammates

first_imgThe Indian cricket team was treated to a special screening of Sachin Tendulkar’s biography, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” in Mumbai.The special screening took place at a theater in Versova.The team leaves for England later tonight to defend the ICC Champions Trophy. Watch Video hereRevived some inexplicable memories today! Attended the premier of Sachin A Billion Dreams, it’s a great story by the great man @sachin_rt pic.twitter.com/8v0ic0cI5z- Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) May 24, 2017At the masters premiere a billion dreams all the best @sachin_rt ? https://t.co/gFiikQDW8C- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 24, 2017When one legend meets another, an iconic moment is created!#SachinPremiere #SachinABillionDreams #StayTuned for more updates! pic.twitter.com/8uRsphpZPi- Sachin The Film (@SachinTheFilm) May 24, 2017The man who can stop time! @sachin_rt #SachinPremiere #SachinABillionDreams #StayTuned for more updates! pic.twitter.com/pcsKrWbFCj- Sachin The Film (@SachinTheFilm) May 24, 2017″Sachin: A Billion Dreams”, traces Tendulkar’s journey from a shy teenager to the most-followed cricket icon of the modern era. For 24 years from 1989 to 2013, Tendulkar carried the burden of a nation everytime he walked out on the field.(Tendulkar said he was “not going to act” when first approached for biopic )In the course of a surreal career, Tendulkar broke several records which included the first ODI double hundred by a male cricketer, most Test runs, most ODI hundreds, 100 international hundreds and 200 Test matches. (Sachin Tendulkar wants to dedicate ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to father, brother ) Tendulkar, in an exclusive interview with India Today , had said fans would get to see various facets of his life hitherto unexplored in the public domain.advertisement”The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of film.”The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. I had to speak with the whole family before coming out with this film. The most important objective is that the fans should have something to take back,” Tendulkar told India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.Tendulkar had played with several stars in the current team. Yuvraj Singh happens to be one of the Master Blaster’s closest friends and had dedicated the 2011 World Cup triumph to his hero after playing a starring role.MS Dhoni, who went on to achieve wild fame as skipper and batsman, made his India debut at a time when Tendulkar was already a legend.Virat Kohli, the current India captain and arguably the best batsman in the world, is a huge Tendulkar fan. The two batted together in a crucial partnership in an Asia Cup match against Pakistan in 2012. It eventually turned out to be Tendulkar’s last ODI.The Indian players, superstars in their own rights, were seen cheering for Tendulkar at the red carpet and were visibly excited to watch the movie.’Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to be released on May 26.(Photo Courtesy: Yogen Shah)last_img read more

‘Space geek’ Lewis Hamilton operating on another plane

first_imgLewis Hamilton rocketed to pole position at what could be a title-deciding U.S. Grand Prix on Saturday before enthusing about space travel and the possibility of one day going into orbit.”I would go immediately. I would go tomorrow,” the Briton, who is on the brink of securing his fourth Formula One world championship, told reporters when asked about a space trip.”No, I really, really would love to go.”I know someone that has gone up. It was quite expensive so I don’t know how that’s going to happen. If I win the lottery then definitely, I’m going to go,” added the man whose private worth is estimated to be in the many tens of millions.”Are you not entertained…”#USGP ??º?? @LewisHamilton pic.twitter.com/t9O2eY7el3- Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 22, 2017Joking aside, the self-confessed ‘space geek’ who visited NASA’s Houston training facility earlier in the week has been operating on another plane for some time already on the racetrack.Since the August break, he has won four of five races while Sunday’s pole was his 11th out of 17 in 2017.At the same time, Ferrari’s challenge has imploded and Sebastian Vettel, his closest rival, is now 59 points behind with 100 left to play for. After Sunday, there will be only 75.Is today the day?#F1 #USGP ??º?? pic.twitter.com/zBps9fcDKF- Formula 1 (@F1) October 22, 2017Hamilton smashed the Circuit of the Americas track record on his way to an unprecedented 72nd career pole and 117th front row start, and the Mercedes driver dominated every phase of qualifying.advertisementHis pole position time last year was one minute 34.999 seconds, a track record at the time. This year, he came close to breaking the 1.32 barrier with a time of 1:33.108.Reuters Photo “It’s just unbelievable to watch,” said 1996 world champion and compatriot Damon Hill.Sunday’s race will be the sixth in Austin and Hamilton has won four of the previous five.Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Hamilton had made clear just how much it mattered to him to stand on top of the podium again in a country that has become his second home.If he does, he can secure the title should Vettel finish outside the top five — a definite possibility given the German’s two retirements in the last three races but one Hamilton felt was unlikely.”It’s a bit like a game of chess,” said the championship leader.”Obviously right now it’s check, but there’s still a long, long way to go. There’s still 100 points available. Sebastian and his team are going to be working as hard as they can, as are we. Who knows?”last_img read more

Aubameyang hat-trick sends Arsenal into Europa League final

first_imgA hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike booked Arsenal’s place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia on Thursday to seal an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory.Unai Emery’s side will face Chelsea in Baku on May 29 after their London rivals beat Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties to ensure both European club competitions will feature all-English finals.Arsenal’s first win on Spanish soil since beating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2006 kept their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League through Europe’s secondary competition alive.”We reacted well to going behind and we knew we had to score a minimum of one goal tonight,” Lacazette told BT Sport.”Auba (Aubameyang) was unbelievable tonight with an incredible hat-trick, so thanks to him.”We have played badly in the Premier League during the last month and now we have to use this opportunity. We want to play in the Champions League next season and we want the trophy.”MkhitaryanHazardGainoviWhich delivery was your favourite? #UEL #Possibilities @FedExEurope pic.twitter.com/vOESAiRoqsUEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 9, 2019In a week of improbable European comebacks, Valencia, trailing 3-1 from the first leg, were seeking to become the latest side to overturn a hefty deficit and made the perfect start as Kevin Gameiro slid in to convert Rodrigo’s centre with 11 minutes played.Rodrigo sent an effort wide as the home crowd sensed an upset, but Arsenal were soon level when Aubameyang notched his first out of nothing, producing a fine finish from outside the box from Lacazette’s flick on following goalkeeper Petr Cech’s long clearance.advertisementValencia continued to push forward, with Dani Parejo sending a free kick narrowly wide before Jose Luis Gaya was booked for diving on the cusp of halftime as they desperately sought a second.Marcelino’s side were caught napping by Lacazette’s curling effort just after the break to put the visitors ahead on the night.Gameiro converted Rodrigo’s mis-hit shot just before the hour to set up a possible grandstand finish, but Aubameyang soon restored Arsenal’s lead before completing his treble two minutes from time to book their first European final since they lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.Tempers flared as players from both sides clashed on the final whistle, but it was Emery’s side celebrating as they booked their final place.Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1.Also Read | David Beckham handed 6-month driving ban for using phone at wheellast_img read more

Fantasy Football: Five Replacement Forwards

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Five Replacement Forwards to consider after Messi and Neymar fail to perform Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer Last updated 1 year ago 20:19 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Poland 2018 Getty Images Gaming World Cup Robert Lewandowski Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Belgium v Panama Tunisia v England Colombia v Japan South Korea Sweden Tunisia Panama Colombia Japan Belgium England Sweden v South Korea Our Fantasy writer highlights striker options from Poland, England, Belgium and more who you can bring into your team now to replace poor performers The beginning of the World Cup has certainly been interesting. However, for many elite forwards, and their Fantasy owners, it’s been “interesting” in a disappointing way. Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez all failed to find the back of the net, which is very difficult to swallow considering their prices and the kind matchups it seemed they would all have on paper.Fortunately, over here at Goal, you don’t have to just sit and stomach those poor outings though. Instead, we offer midweek substitutions which allows you a second bite of the proverbial cherry. There are plenty of promising options still available for you to add before the end of round one so let’s take a look at five of the most promising forward replacements.Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-Banner  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Robert Lewandowski – Poland, £8.1m, owned in 5.77% of teamsLewandowski scored an incredible 16 times during qualifying, breaking the previous European record by two goals. The result? Poland making it back to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. The downside there is that we don’t have a benchmark for what we can expect from him in Russia but he could be a sneaky shout to win the Golden Boot if he performs as he does for Bayern Munich.His low ownership may be down to doubts that Poland will advance but, even if they don’t, you will have unlimited transfers once the group stages have been completed.Romelu Lukaku – Belgium, £7.9m, owned in 12.16% of teamsHe just missed the cut for my personal XI and, seeing as he sits outside the top 20 in ownership, it’s possible Lukaku didn’t make your squad either. He definitely deserves a look as a super-sub, though, as he racked up an impressive 11 goals in just seven starts during European qualifiers.Romelu Lukaku BelgiumBelgium as a whole had one of the most lethal attacks (4.11 goals per 90) en route to Russia and will face just one top 15 defence in Group G (England). The first match, against Panama’s 31st ranked defence, is an incredibly kind one which makes Lukaku my pick of the litter here.Harry Kane – England, £8.1m, owned in 11.67% of teams The Englishman scored fewer goals in qualifying than anyone else on this list, but his rate (five in six starts) is certainly not shabby. The hope here is that he can replicate his performances from the Premier League in which he has finished as the highest scoring striker for three consecutive seasons.As for the World Cup he, like Lukaku, will have a kind start to group play as he’ll face both Panama and Tunisia before the massive England v. Belgium match. His price is high but, considering the players you’re likely downgrading from, that shouldn’t matter too much.Harry Kane England 2017-18Keisuke Honda – Japan, £5.9m, owned in .73% of teamsJapan are not exactly an attacking juggernaut but, when they do score, it’s more likely than not that Honda was involved. In fact, he was part of four of Japan’s six goals in the last two World Cups. Admittedly, out of his ten starts during qualifying he only played as a striker twice which puts him at a disadvantage, but he only blanked twice while racking up a team high seven goals.Considering his low price and ownership stats, Honda could well be the hidden gem that launches you up the rankings in the Goal game.Marcus Berg – Sweden, £6.7m, owned in .24% of teamsWhen Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from international football in 2016, there was no heir apparent in the Swedish set up. While it would be a stretch to lay that mantle on 31 year old Marcus Berg, he sure did step up when his team needed him. The Al Ain man scored eight goals in a very tough qualifying group to help ensure his nation’s presence at this very tournament. That finishing touch is not exactly a fluke wither as he did lead the Arabian Gulf League in goals with 25. If that form continues to bleed into his outings for Sweden, he could be a fascinating Fantasy dark horse.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowinlast_img read more

Cop these Men’s Peacoats and Stand Out from the Puffer Jacket Crowd

first_imgWhen it comes to outerwear, there are few looks more iconic than the classic men’s peacoat. Believed to have been developed by Dutch sailors in the early eighteenth century, the coat’s moniker comes from the Dutch word pije, a term that describes the coarse wool fabric from which the coat was originally made.Those days, clearly, are long gone. The peacoat’s status as a workingman’s garment has, over the years, been elevated with incredibly fine materials such as merino wool, cashmere, and even leather. However, throughout the past two centuries, the peacoat’s styling has remained virtually unchanged; a form-fitting silhouette, double-breasted design, wide ulster collar, vertical slit pockets and a slight flare at the hips are the hallmarks of the peacoat. It’s as though the Dutch were planning on it becoming an icon of gentlemen’s style. Little surprise that the British navy adopted the design, followed in short order by the U.S. Navy. The coat became popularized for street wear by the dapper Prince of Wales in 1869 and has been a mainstay of men’s style ever since.The modern peacoat of today can sport any number of small adjustments — a slimmer profile, side or back vents, epaulets, even a hood — as well as a variety of materials that befit various occasions and functions. Keep reading for our roundup of the warmest and most stylish variations on the classic men’s peacoat.Classic PeacoatAndrew Marc Emmet Wool Blend Peacoat – $110First up, an infinitely affordable classic men’s peacoat from Andrew Marc. Made from a wool and synthetic blend, this coat is light on weight but heavy on the warming with the addition of a quilted liner and two, large front slant pockets. The notch collar and double-breasted button closure keep to the traditional design of the peacoat, while the coat’s slim cut adds a modern flair. This is the most basic peacoat you can wrap around yourself and we suggest starting here if you don’t already have one in your wardrobe.Shop NowTodd Snyder Manchester Wool Peacoat – $895This quintessential English peacoat is as expensive as it is classic but is well worth it in the end. Constructed out of 100 percent Melton wool fabric from a Lancashire mill nearly as old as the peacoat design itself, this peacoat is lined in silky viscose and features two zip-secure inner breast pockets along with two lower welt pockets. Subtle but distinctive details include an oversized lapel made with a four-piece under the collar with channel stitching, a copper-riveted back neck hanger, and handwarmer pockets lined in luxurious ultra-fine needle cord.Shop NowBoiled WoolAspesi Boiled Wool Peacoat – $905Boiled wool offers a step above standard wool construction, offering a heavier weight, a softer drape, and a soft boucle texture that prevents the itch factor. Along with being warmer, boiled wool is extra weather resistant because the felting increases the strength and friction resistance. It’s also better for retaining shape, thanks to the natural elasticity in the fabric. Wide lapels, an extra-slim fit, and slightly padded shoulders elevate the simplicity of this peacoat to the level of sublime.Shop NowLeatherSchott Leather Naval Pea Coat – $798The classic peacoat gets the rockstar look from treatment in black cowhide leather while still keeping you warm with quilting nylon lining, even in freezing temperatures. With its slim profile and uncompromising material, this style of peacoat is nothing if not aspirational — it’s just the thing to get you back in the gym after the holidays. And since it comes from legendary New York City coat manufacturer Schott’s, you can expect it to last for years.Shop NowShearlingRalph Lauren Shearling Peacoat – $1,679Constructed out of 100 percent English sheepskin with full-grain leather taping, a rich buttery-gold interior, this shearling peacoat brings cowboy styling to the refined men’s peacoat. Don’t let the rugged good looks of this seamed shearling peacoat fool you—this coat hews to the Ralph Lauren pedigree with the highest-quality materials painstakingly hand-finished to achieve a vintage-style patina. Notch lapels, a buckled leather throat latch, adjustable snaps at the interior cuffs, and two chest welt pockets balance out the flapped pockets at the waist, making this coat as functional as it is gorgeous.Shop NowDown-FilledNobis Kato Men’s Peacoat – $995If you’re looking for extreme warmth with classic peacoat styling, the Kato model from Canadian designer Nobis is your jam. Brought to you by the design team behind Canada Goose, this peacoat offers the traditional peacoat’s sharp, tailored style combined with the warmth benefits of a down parka. Lined with premium Canadian Origin White Duck Down, its features include a removable hood with moldable framing wire, a removable coyote fur ruff, adjustable cuffs with heavy elastic rib knit and thumbholes, and windproof and waterproof construction.Shop NowIf you’re the type of guy who won’t give up his puffer jacket in exchange for a peacoat, at the very least, get a good one like this Bison Puffer Jacket from United By Blue. Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Nowlast_img read more

UN strongly condemns deadly Yemen bomb attacks

According to media reports, a school bus carrying the 15 school girls was hit by a car bomb as it passed a checkpoint in the Yemeni province of Al Bayda, south of the country’s capital of Sana’a. In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his sympathies and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous attacks. “There is absolutely no justification for such cowardly terrorist acts that brutally take the lives of innocent civilians, including children,” the statement said, adding that the Secretary-General called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Later in the day, the UN Security Council also strongly condemned the “senseless attack”, and reiterated their condemnation of violations and abuses committed against children by terrorists. In a statement to the press, Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families and friends “of those killed and injured by these heinous acts”, as well as to the people and the Government of Yemen.Condemning the growing number of attacks carried out or sponsored by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard.The strong statements from the Council and the Seretary-General echo a statement issued yesterday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the immediate aftermath of the bombing in Yemen and the equally savage mass killing of children in a school in Peshawar, Pakistan where 132 children were murdered by Taliban militants.“There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them,” UNICEF declared in a statement.“Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda is a future lost forever.” read more

Service companies to be standardsready for emerging oil and gas sector

Stakeholders from the public and private sectors, on Thursday, stressed the importance of being ‘standards-ready’ for the many opportunities that would come about as a result of Guyana’s emerging Oil and Gas sector.Trinidadian Consultant, Dr. Joseph KhanAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), at the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) draft strategic-plan consultation, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Deborah Ramsay said the medical facility is collaborating with the GNBS to ensure standards compliance in its laboratory.Ramsay said the hospital is currently working towards achieving the ISO 9001 certificate by 2019. She noted, “Hospitals, labs and other medical institutions are just as equally important to the oil and gas sector. We know there are certain standards that we have to adapt.”Trinidadian Consultant, Dr. Joseph Khan, who has been working with the GNBS on its five-year strategic plan, said once the oil and gas begin to flow, there will be a greater need for service companies to be ‘standards-ready.’ “Locals in Trinidad were not ready to compete; they did not have their ISO certification. So, Guyanese must ensure that they are ready to capitalise on the opportunity,” Dr. Khan emphasised.Khan said he was sharing the ‘Trinidad experience’ to underscore the importance of implementing all the necessary measures and putting systems in place in order to be prepared, whether first oil is five or ten years in the future, DPI reported. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related10 labs certified, can qualify for international accreditation – GNBSJanuary 7, 2017In “Health”Oil MoU between Guyana, T&T inkedSeptember 19, 2018In “Business”Canada, Guyana to sign MoU for capacity building in oil sectorOctober 7, 2018In “latest news” read more

HTC to debut their own Facebook phone at Mobile World Congress

first_imgThis year’s Mobile World Congress seems like it will have a heavy Facebook presence. Earlier today, we already heard tell of INQ‘s two new Facebook phones, and now sources are telling the Financial Times that HTC will be releasing their own Facebook phone that will feature a dedicated button that will, at the very least, act as a shortcut to the world’s largest social network.The handset — which is likely an Android phone due to that operating system’s expandability — may offer deeper integration with Facebook than just a quick-launch button though. Although details are unknown at this point, it’s possible that HTC will leverage Facebook’s APIs to integrate the social network’s status, photo and video sharing functionality.One way they could accomplish this is through HTC’s Sense software, the modified UI they ship all of their Android phones with. This UI already has some degree of Facebook integration in the way it pulls status updates and allows users to publish messages to their profile from a central point. Perhaps HTC means to dramatically extend the Sense UI to more robustly handle Facebook functionality, and the new shortcut button is simply an external reflection of that software change. Either way, it seems very, very likely that HTC plans more than just slapping another hardware button on every phone, with one source telling the Financial Times that Facebook functionality remains “one of HTC’s main pushes for the year.”Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

Oprah places Surface tablet in Favorite Things list

first_imgMicrosoft’s newly launched Surface tablet certainly faces an uphill battle in its quest to take on the likes of the iPad and the myriad Android-powered tablets, but it has managed to impress at least one mogul with a pretty big megaphone — Oprah.The talk show queen has officially given her seal of approval to Surface by christening it in her annual list of “Favorite Things,” which help millions of Winfrey devotees decide what to buy for the holiday season. The Microsoft tablet chimes in at number 22 among the 49 hand-picked products.It is one of only a few electronic devices included in the list, standing out among the tons of makeup kits and fashion accessories.Her words are no doubt like fireworks going off in Microsoft’s office, with her calling it a “wowser” and saying it is the Mercedes-Benz of the tablet market. Not many people in the technology world were waiting to hear what Oprah’s tablet of choice would be, but for millions of other mainstream consumers, it could make an impact.Oprah‘s endorsement of Surface is not just about gaining a PR edge for the holiday season. It also helps with Microsoft’s storyline that the tablet is all about accessibility. Microsoft wants consumers to see that the iPad is for the enthusiasts, the Android tablets are for the geeks, and Windows RT is for the soccer moms and the mainstream consumers who want a user-friendly all-in-one device.That’s the company’s selling point. Now, whether or not that resonates with consumers will be the barometer of the platform’s success.via Oprah.comlast_img read more

Killer Tsakmakis suspected of Willi Koeppen murder

first_imgTelevision chef Willi Koeppen – who disappeared on 29 February 1976 – has been connected with one of Victoria’s most well-known murderers, Alex Tsakmakis. The Keoppen family are requesting that police reopen the case, as facts discovered since the event have suggested that it could be solved upon further investigation. Testimony taken from Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, who was imprisoned at Pentridge with Tsakmakis, reveals that he spoke of Keoppens while behind bars. “I can’t remember whether Alex said he did that one or had it contracted out,” said Read. Read is not the only connection to Tsakmakis who has suggested his role in the disappearance. Koeppen’s son Andrei has admitted that Tsakmakis’ daughter came into contact with his mother to “kind of apologise…a year or two back”. After years of contemplation over the case, Andrei Koeppen has connected the disappearance with Tsakmakis as a result of the fact that six escorts arrived at his Cuckoo Restaurant the day after he disappeared. He claims that these women could be the link between his father and Tzakmakis. Although Tzakmakis has been convicted of only two killings – including that of professional runner Bruce Lindsay Walker in 1978 – he is suspected of being involved in eight murders. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

San Diego International Airport receives Innovation Award

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom San Diego International Airport receives Innovation Award Posted: July 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego International Airport is the recipient of the American Association of Airport Executives’ 2018 Most Innovative Large Hub Airport award, it was announced Tuesday.The airport was recognized for its environmental sustainability programs and unique Airport Innovation Lab.“Our innovation focus is informed by the unique characteristics of this airport,” said Kimberly Becker, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s president and CEO. “Being right next to San Diego Bay drives our commitment to environmental stewardship. And operating on a small, 661-acre footprint drives us to think of new ways to fund necessary improvements, while always enhancing the passenger experience.”Airport officials highlighted two environmental programs that attracted award attention. One involves collecting air conditioning condensate that typically drips onto the airfield and recycling it for non-potable water uses. The other, called the Good Traveler carbon-offset program, allows for the purchase of credits to offset the negative environmental effects of air travel.The Airport Innovation Lab was set up in a decommissioned former commuter terminal to workshop ideas for possible use around the country. The lab will soon work with 10 companies to test potential solutions to airport parking and help passengers with unique needs navigate airport environments.Previously, the lab was responsible for launching a food and retail item delivery service for passengers at their gates. The service has since expanded to Port Authority of New York & New Jersey airports. center_img Updated: 6:50 PM July 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Michigan now requiring people to work in order to collect food stamps

first_img(WSVN) – A new policy taking effect October 1st in Michigan means some people who collect food stamps must start working or doing community service to continue receiving benefits.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has begun enacting the new policy, which says that “able-bodied” people between the ages of 18 and 49 have three months to find a job or lose their benefits.Those affected by the change must work, volunteer or attend job training for an average of 20 hours per week in order to continue receiving food stamps.The policy had previously been in effect in Michigan, but was waived over a decade ago due to high unemployment rates and a struggling economy.Food assistance recipients may be exempt from the work requirements if they meet any of the following federal criteria:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BtoB Ad Revenues Pages Fall

first_imgAmerican Business Media has released its year-end 2007 Business Information Network (BIN) numbers, the metrics that track advertising spending by category in b-to-b media. Totals show an overall revenue decline of 2 percent—not a strong finish in the face of a decidedly gloomy 2008 economy. And this after essentially finishing flat at the end of 2006. Among the 21 categories tracked, the steepest revenue declines were computing, software, telecom (-17.59 percent); business, advertising & marketing (-10.7 percent); and travel, business conventions & meetings (-6.95 percent).The top three gainers were resources, environment, utilities (12.72 percent); architecture, design, lighting (10.49 percent); and science, research and development (10.11 percent). A total of 13 categories showed revenue increases, but 9 of those were below 5 percent and many of those categories saw corresponding drops in page counts. Total spending across all categories for the year was $10.72 billion—down from year-end 2006 total spending of $10.94 billion.The total number of ad pages were also down 3.35 percent. The numbers erase a flat 2006, where the fourth quarter of that year wiped out decent gains through the third quarter. The year concluded with a 0.61 percent revenue “gain” over 2005. All hope now seems to rest on the revenues to be made in ancillary businesses such as e-media and events. ABM president and CEO Gordon Hughes emphasized these segments when he noted “continued industry growth” in a statement accompanying the results, pointing out that digital business has been growing “in excess” of 20 percent. ABM’s T-BIN numbers, which track trade show activity, recorded a 6.60 percent increase in revenues over 2006. ABM attempted to put a good face on the print results, going so far to suggest “ignoring” the computer, software, telecom category—the report’s top decliner. “In fact, ignoring the ‘Computing, Software, Telecom’ category would result in an overall 0 [percent] change over 2006,” contends ABM’s analysis. This of course begs the question of whether the rest of the declining categories should also be ignored.last_img read more

Babar Azam can be Virat Kohli Shoaib Akhtar has this advise for

first_imgOften compared with Indian captain Virat Kohli, young Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has already confessed that he watches Kohli and tries to learn as much as possible from the Indian captain. Azam has been one of the shining lights for Pakistan in the World Cup so far and his consistent run at the top of the order has been a real positive for Pakistan.However, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that the young man should now aim at kicking on after getting a start and winning games for his side.”I would like to tell Babar Azam that when you consider Virat Kohli your idol then you should also learn to play like him. Virat has scored runs in very difficult situations. Babar should learn to take singles like Virat, learn to improvise like him,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.Akhtar also advised Babar to increase his range of strokes and accelerate his scoring rate after reaching his 50, much in the same way the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson have done.’Babar has to have more range of shots’ Babar AzamMichael Steele/Getty Images”If you look at players like Virat, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson…all these guys accelerate their scoring after reaching fifty. Babar should learn from them. He should have more range of shots,” he added.The Rawalpindi Express, however, was all praise for Haris Sohail, the young left-hander who came in and smashed a 59-ball 89 during Pakistan’s convincing 49-run win over South Africa. Babar scored his half-century but they got out when he was on 69 off 80 deliveries.”I was constantly saying that Haris Sohail should be included in the playing XI because he is a very compact player. Against South Africa, he showed how to score runs. In fact, he looked better than Babar Azam,” Shoaib said. Virat KohliGetty imagesThe fast-bowler believed that dropping Shoaib Malik and replacing him with Haris Sohail was a fair call as the left-hander provided thrust to the Pakistan innings.Asking the side to play without any pressure, Akhtar believed that the side still had a great chance of making it to the semi-finals if they play with freedom and put pressure on the opposition in the upcoming matches.”Pakistan have a good chance of making it to the semifinals. They need to play fearless cricket without any pressure. If England lose their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand, Pakistan can come through,” said Akhtar.last_img read more

Mueller On Election Interference Theyre Doing It As We Sit Here

first_imgMueller reinforced that he had not “exculpated” President Trump and said he believed Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice when out of office. Mueller said he thought that future political campaigns should report contacts with foreign agents and that they could be, “depending on the circumstances, a crime.” As to Trump’s praise of WikiLeaks in 2016 as it was revealing material stolen by Russian cyberattackers: “Problematic would be an understatement,” Mueller said. Read Mueller’s opening statement. Republicans and Democrats took their questions for former special counsel Robert Mueller in sharply different directions on Wednesday. Mueller appeared before both the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Peril from foreign interference in American elections will persist through the 2020 presidential election, former special counsel Robert Mueller warned on Wednesday.Asked whether Russia would attempt to attack future U.S. elections, as it did in 2016, Mueller replied: “They’re doing it as we sit here.”Mueller didn’t detail a prescription for how he believes Congress or the United States should respond, but he recommended generally that intelligence and law enforcement agencies should work together.“They should use the full resources that we have to address this,” Mueller said.That warning followed hours of hearings before two committees in which Democrats sought to underscore Mueller had not cleared Trump of obstruction allegations and that he had found many contacts between Trump’s campaign and the Russian interference in the 2016 election.“Did you actually totally exonerate the president?” asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.“No,” Mueller said.Watch: Mueller On ‘Exoneration’ ClaimThe exchange made the point that Democrats have repeated since Mueller filed his report: His findings don’t boil down to a vindication or an inoculation for Trump, as the president claims.What isn’t clear is what they will mean in terms of actions by the president’s opponents.Mueller studiously avoided being drawn into questions about prospective impeachment proceedings — which divide the Democrats that control the House majority — although he admitted that someone else might decide to charge Trump with a crime after he’s no longer in office.Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., asked Mueller whether he believed there was sufficient evidence for a charge when Trump no longer enjoys the protection of the Justice Department policy that forbids indicting a president.Yes, Mueller said. But for the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that bars charging a president, the former special counsel said to Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., that he and his office might have decided whether to try to bring an indictment against Trump.Some Democratic presidential candidates have endorsed doing so if they’re elected next year, but no president has ever been prosecuted after the fact for actions in office — another political minefield for the party to navigate.Other Democrats on Wednesday emphasized what they called key findings from the special counsel’s investigation, including the details about Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, meeting with a Russian contact who has been linked with Russia’s intelligence agencies — and giving him polling and other material from the Trump campaign.But Mueller also stressed that he would not go beyond what he has already said or written or violate the guidelines the Justice Department has imposed on what he can reveal on Wednesday.Time and time again, he declined to associate himself with whatever characterization was being drawn by a lawmaker questioning him and on a few occasions he responded simply: “I take your question.”Collins and Co. for the minorityRepublicans used their time with Mueller to emphasize that the special counsel established no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian attack on the election.House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga., sought to underscore the thoroughness of Mueller’s report — and the conclusion, supported by that thoroughness, that there had been no conspiracy between Trump’s campaign in 2016 and the Russians who interfered in the election.Other members attacked the former special counsel for what they called malpractice and bias.Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Mueller that he had failed to fulfill his responsibilities as a prosecutor by writing that he could neither charge Trump nor “exonerate him” — but exoneration is not a prosecutor’s job, Ratcliffe said.His job is to determine whether sufficient evidence exists to bring a charge and, if he can’t, not only mustn’t he bring the charge, he also must not reveal what he uncovered since there won’t be an indictment, Ratcliffe said.“You managed to violate every principle and most sacred tradition for prosecutors,” the Texas congressman said.Ratcliffe asked Mueller whether he could cite a written Justice Department policy that permitted the specific actions he had taken with his investigation and his report.“I cannot,” Mueller said, “but this is a unique situation.”Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, sought to draw Mueller out about some of the more salacious aspects of the Russia imbroglio, including the so-called Russia dossier produced by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.But Mueller wouldn’t go there.He said that matter was being handled by others inside the Justice Department and, at one point, said he didn’t know either the names Fusion GPS — the political intelligence firm that commissioned the Steele material — or Glenn Simpson, its founder.Mueller deferred again in the session with the House intelligence committee to address alternative hypothesis propounded by Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other members about the early phase of the Russia investigation.That’s also being investigated by others in the Justice Department, he said.The former special counsel also tried to dispute accusations that members of his team were politically biased because of their work with Democrats or political contributions. Mueller said he picked the most effective people for the job.The Justice Department calls for officials not to consider employees’ political views when hiring or making assignment.Reluctant witnessThe white-haired former G-man didn’t want to testify before Congress. He gave one-word or monosyllabic answers, asked members of Congress to repeat themselves, and frequently responded by saying, “I’d refer you to the report.”Mueller said in a brief statement at the Justice Department earlier this year that his report was his testimony and that he didn’t think it would be appropriate for him to star in a big set piece event on Capitol Hill.The longtime prosecutor also sometimes appeared to struggle to follow which members of Congress were questioning him and he wasn’t able to recount precisely, at one point, which presidents in the past had nominated him for which of the roles he has served.Democrats insisted that Mueller appear. They negotiated for months and eventually compelled him with a subpoena.Nadler believed it would be valuable for more Americans to see and hear Mueller on TV describing what he found in his investigation, given that many people haven’t read his report.Mueller documented a vast wave of interference by Russia’s government in the 2016 presidential election with the object of hurting candidate Hillary Clinton and helping Trump get elected.The special counsel’s office also documented many contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russians during that time but did not establish a criminal conspiracy related to the election.Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., mentioned during the intelligence committee hearing that national security officials — including, earlier this week, FBI Director Christopher Wray — have warned that election interference will continue through the 2020 presidential race.Knowing what Americans know today, Himes said, should a campaign contacted by foreign agents report that to the FBI?l“It should and it can be — depending on the circumstances — a crime,” Mueller said.As to Trump’s praise for WikiLeaks in 2016 while it was revealing politically embarrassing material stolen by Russian government cyberattackers, Mueller was asked how he reacted to those comments.“Problematic is an understatement,” Mueller said.Volume II of Mueller’s report details a number of instances that Democrats and other critics have called obstruction of justice, including attempts by Trump to remove Mueller himself — and then cover up those efforts.President sanguineTrump and his aides insisted they were unconcerned about Mueller’s testimony.The special counsel’s office closed without bringing any more criminal charges against Trump’s inner circle, and Trump has stressed that he views Mueller’s report — which explicitly does not exonerate the president — as an exoneration.Trump’s private lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said ahead of the hearing that the legal team wouldn’t have a “war room” running to countermessage Mueller’s testimony. Trump allies inside and outside the White House said they believed the former special counsel wouldn’t stray beyond his report, but still faulted Mueller’s comments.“This morning’s testimony exposed the troubling deficiencies of the special counsel’s investigation,” Sekulow said Wednesday.“The testimony revealed that this probe was conducted by a small group of politically biased prosecutors who, as hard as they tried, we’re unable to establish either obstruction, conspiracy, or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”Trump has revisited some of his old attacks on Mueller as being “conflicted” and a “never Trumper,” but he also sought to appear calm about the hearings beforehand.All the same, the president offered his own commentary about the pre-gavel coverage before Mueller’s opening statement on Wednesday: “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019The only thing on Trump’s schedule for Wednesday is a private fundraiser later in the day in West Virginia.The president had said he wasn’t planning to tune in to see Mueller — and then also said, “Maybe I’ll see a little bit of it.”NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith contributed to this report.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFormer special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday.Get Caught Up: Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET Sharelast_img read more

Mosby Case Was Sabotaged

first_imgIn a matter of minutes, State prosecutors wrapped up the Freddie Gray case by dropping all criminal charges against the remaining three officers set to stand trial for his death on July 27.No one will be held criminally responsible for the death of the 25-year-old, who was killed while in police custody.Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, at podium, holds a news conference near the site where Freddie Gray, depicted in mural in background, was arrested after her office dropped the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in Gray’s death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case. At left is Gray’s father, Richard Shipley. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)Reporters rushed out of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse with the news, where they had gathered before Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams to hear pre-trial motions for Officer Garrett Miller, who was facing charges of second degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.Instead of settling matters related to how Miller’s testimony against Officer Edward Nero would affect his own trial, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow and Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe made three quick motions that put an end to the ordeal, which began a little more than a year ago in the Gilmor Homes public housing complex.“We do not believe that Freddie Gray killed himself,” said a clearly upset Marilyn Mosby, a press conference in West Baltimore housing complex after the charges were dropped. “The judge has acquitted three of these officers- one of the arresting officers, the wagon driver, and the highest ranking police officer in this matter.” Officer Edward M. Nero, Lt. Brian W. Rice and Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr. were all acquitted earlier this year.“In light of these consistent outcomes, the likelihood of the remaining defendant’s decision to elect a bench trial with this very same judge is highly probable and unfortunately, so is the outcome,” added Mosby.Mosby alleged that the case was sabotaged from the beginning. In her press conference she said, “There were individual police officers that were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team.”She also cited interrogations conducted with no hard questions as evidence of the sabotage, along with uncooperative lead detectives that started a counter investigation and failed to execute search warrants pertaining to text messages among the police officers charged.While critics say the six acquittals are a failure on her part, Mosby said, “The only loss- and the greatest loss in all of this was that of Freddie Gray’s life.”A total of six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died days after being arrested for carrying a spring knife and running way from a police officer after making eye-contact. Somewhere between running from the police and the seven stops the police van made before calling a medic, Gray’s spine was fatally damaged.Along with Miller, Officer Edward M. Nero was charged with second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Lt. Brian W. Rice, the highest ranking police officer present during the April 12 arrest last year, and was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., the van driver, faced the most serious charge of second degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle due to gross and criminal negligence, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.Officer William G. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.Sgt. Alicia D. White was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office.Before Miller and White’s cases were dropped, Porter’s trial ended in a mistrial last year and Nero and Rice were acquitted. Five of the six officers charged are now suing Mosby in a civil court for defamation of character.“The State decided to dismiss the cases because at this point they were really on the verge of being accused of a malicious prosecution- prosecution they know will not result in a conviction,” said Warren A. Brown, a Baltimore defense attorney not associated with the case. “The evidence was not going to be any different. The charges were not going to be any different. The judge was not going to be any different. It was going to be a court trial and you could easily see what the result would be.”Though Mosby lost the most high-profile cases of her career so far, Doug Colbert, a law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, said the case represents, “new ground broken.”“Every officer now knows that he or she will be held criminally accountable when a police officer is responsible for someone dying in police custody. There will be many positive changes that result from bringing these trials,” he said.According to Mosby, those changes also include cameras in every police van, new accountability requirements to make sure officers are adhering to “departmental policy, general orders, or procedures,” the mandate that all prisoners be in a seatbelt when being transported, and body-worn cameras for all officers.last_img read more