The police in Belonia have arrested two people, including a former CPI(M) activist who had switched over to the BJP, in connection with the demolition of a statue of Vladimir Lenin on Monday. Based on video evidence, three others have been sent notice to appear before the police by Friday. Belonia, about 90km from State capital Agartala, is the headquarters of South Tripura district bordering Bangladesh.Video footageThe arrests on Wednesday came amid revelation that one of five people seen in the video footage pulling down the Lenin statue with bulldozer had taken the lead in demolishing a statue of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi – also in Belonia.This man, Manik Das, is a contractor who left Tripura during the 1988-1993 Congress rule and returned after the Left Front won the 1993 polls to allegedly terrorise Congress workers.“Manik Das is one of three people we have summoned under Section 41 of CrPC. The others are Suman Mazumdar, owner of the bulldozer and one Uttam Saha. They are expected to report within 48 hours,” Ipper Monchak, West Tripura district Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“We have already arrested the bulldozer driver and Raju Nath on basis of evidence gathered,” he said.
This photo taken on March 18, 2019 shows Wang Shenjiong, who was head coach of China’s national breakdancing team at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, during a training session at his studio in Shanghai. – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 27 gave it the provisional nod for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games. (Photo by MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP) / To go with AFP story Oly-2024-CHN-breakdancing, Focus by Peter StebbingsLAUSANNE, Switzerland— Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Wednesday recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Paris program when the full membership meets in June.ADVERTISEMENT A final decision must be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four.Also Wednesday, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games is a possible aim.With those 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a panel has been asked to look at ways of making an often expensive and politically unpopular candidate process “more flexible and more targeted.” “The IOC may approach a city or a region and tell them, ‘Listen, isn’t it not a time for you now?’” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference after the second of three days of board meetings.Making the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive has been a key aim for Bach. He praised the four likely additions to the Paris medal program as “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban”“These four sports also offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” he said.Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.All four sports will be assessed for how they are managed, and the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalized for Paris.ADVERTISEMENT The IOC hosted a meeting of Korean government and sports officials in February, one year after the neighbors fielded a combined teams women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics hosted south of the border.Last Friday, North Korea withdrew staff from a shared liaison office in its border town of Kaesong. Some staff returned to work on Monday.“We will try to continue our efforts there with a view to helping and assisting the athletes and the (national Olympic committees),” Bach said.Combined Korean teams — in women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, mixed team judo, and men’s and women’s rowing — are preparing to enter qualification this year to compete in Tokyo.If a Korean bid emerges for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia and Russia which have expressed early interest.Asked if plans to simplify Olympic bidding could see the IOC approach a favored city, Bach said it was “not our goal.”“The Olympic Games are too big and too important that you could have an arrangement with a city,” he said.The new panel of five IOC members, chaired by John Coates of Australia, aims to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne. MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event One-two punch Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
1st T20I: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal give India first-ever T20I victory vs New ZealandNovember 18, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yvkwizsuw.
Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra could not have asked for a better send-off as India thrashed New Zealand by 53 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday to bring up their maiden win against the Kiwis in T20 Internationals.India’s opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (80 from 52 balls) and Rohit Sharma (80 from 55 balls) blasted identical half tons to set the tone with a 158-run record opening stand and guide the hosts post a massive 202/3.In reply, the tourists failed to get going as only five of their batsmen — Kane Williamson (28), Tom Latham (39), Mitchell Santner (27), Ish Sodhi (11) and Tom Bruce (10) could manage to reach double figures.India get their first T20I win over New Zealand! Their bowlers restrict the Blackcaps to just 149/8 for a 53 run victory in Delhi! #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/ZpoSoyYc3M- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017The Kiwis found both their openers — Martin Guptill (4) and Colin Munro (7) back in the hut inside the first four overs with just 18 runs on the board.The credit for Guptill’s dismissal went to Hardik Pandya’s quick reflexes, latching on to a superb running catch at long-off off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.Munro failed to make full use of the life when he was dropped by Pandya off Ashish Nehra, and was beaten by a pacy yorker from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Tottering at 33/2 by the end of the powerplay, the onus was on skipper Kane Williamson (28 off 24 balls) and Tom Latham to take out of troubled waters.Williamson, who started off by clobbering Bhuvneshwar for a six before enjoying a reprieve from Kohli at mid-off off Nehra, fell prey to Pandya’s first delivery of the match, comfortably caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.advertisementThe dismissal of Williamson brought in Tom Bruce (10 from 10b), who started off with a boundary off Pandya but fell immediately to left-arm spinner Axar Patel.One ball later, Axar dismissed Colin de Grandhomme (0) as the Kiwis found themselves tottering at a precarious 84/5 after 13 overs.They were soon reduced to 99/7 as the Indian bowlers tightened the noose.Chahal dealt the final nail on the coffin by dismissing New Zealand’s last hope — Latham, smartly stumped by Dhoni as the asking rate kept on mounting.Merely a formality with the Kiwis requiring 61 off the last over, Kohli threw the ball to Nehra for one last time in his 18-year-old international career.As Nehra went back to his run-up to bowl his fourth of the over, a young ball boy took everyone by surprise when he came up running to touch the veteran pacer’s feet.1??8?? years1??6??4?? matches2??3??5?? wicketsCongratulations to Ashish Nehra on a fantastic international career! Happy retirement! pic.twitter.com/Ic429auWzs- ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2017How’s that for footy skills from our very own Nehraji? What do you make of that @YUVSTRONG12 😉 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/YaTeJk5d0t- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017Earlier, India made full use of the horrible fielding effort from the Kiwis to decimate the Kiwi bowlers.While Dhawan belted a 52-ball 80, to eclipse his previous highest T20I score of 60, Rohit continued his glorious form to smash a 55-ball 80, comprising six boundaries and four sixes.With the dew setting in, the New Zealanders found it tough to grip the ball, which was well utilised by the Indian duo, reaching 80/0 midway through the innings.Dhawan had by now reached his third T20 fifty with a single off an inside edge off left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who cramped him for room.The southpaw turned up the heat by smashing a couple of sixes even as Rohit got to his 12th T20I half century by clobbering Santner for a maximum and two consecutive boundaries as India’s score crossed the 150-run mark in no time.Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who was till now at the receiving end of Dhawan’s onslaught, got the better of the southpaw with a googly outside off.Dhawan’s stay at the crease was ended when he failed to connect the ball and instead nicked back to stumper Latham.Two balls later, Sodhi packed the dangerous Pandya (0), who was promoted up to accelerate the scoring rate.With 3.2 overs left, skipper Virat Kohli (26 off 11 balls) walked into the middle amid loud cheers from the capacity crowd and began sending the bowlers to the leather hunt in the company of former skipper Dhoni, who was at 7 off two deliveries.After the match, Nehra took a lap of honour around the ground with the entire team with him.His long-time Delhi team-mates Kohli and Dhawan hoisted him up on their shoulders as he waved energetically at the crowd.advertisementWith the win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber and will next face the Kiwis at Rajkot on Saturday.Farewell to the man of the moment – Ashish Nehra #ThankYouAshishNehra pic.twitter.com/onuPCxU4r6- BCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2017
Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said he feels Jasprit Bumrah will be handed his maiden Test cap when India take on South Africa in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town starting January 5.Bumrah earned his maiden Test call-up when the pacer was included in India’s 17-member squad for the South Africa tour which will consist of three Tests, six one day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.Bumrah has been one of India’s most consistent performers in limited-overs cricket and has been captain Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler especially in the death overs.”Jasprit Bumrah can be a good choice for the first Test in Cape Town. I don’t know what’s there in the team management’s mind but he is the kind of bowler, who can be an asset on the Newlands track during the first Test,” Nehra told PTI.The former left-arm pacer then elaborately explained why he feels that Bumrah could prove to be a good choice. “We have seen Bumrah primarily in white ball cricket but just go back a year and check out how many overs he had bowled for Gujarat in Ranji Trophy.”He has the most lethal yorker among the five pacers along with good slower ones. Also he has an awkward high-arm action, which can be very difficult to pick initially. All these factors work in Bumrah’s favour,” feels Nehra, who was a part of the 2001 Test series in the country.Bumrah first came into the limelight after playing in the Indian Premier League in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians. He picked up three wickets from two matches just but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for Rohit Sharma. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.advertisementLooking at this abilities, he was called up for the Australia tour Down Under and made his international debut during an ODI series in India’s tour of Australia in January 2016. He was impressive in his debut game and finished with 2/40 as India defeated the hosts by six wickets.Impressed with his solid performances, the team management then handed the pacer his maiden T20I cap during the three-match series against Australia. He pocketed six wickets in three matches as India swept Australia aside in their own conditions.And he has not looked back ever since and only got better.He came back into the IPL and had his best two seasons in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he picked up 15 wickets from 14 matches while this year, he starred for Mumbai in the championship winning campaign with 20 wickets from 16 games. Currently, the pacer has 46 wickets from 47 IPL games.He recently became the second quickest Indian to bag 50 wickets in ODI and rose to No.3 spot in ICC rankings. He is also the No.1 bowler in T20 cricket.The weather in Cape Town during this time of the year, according to Nehra, will also play a vital role.”Cape Town, during January, can get hot and the conditions may not be seam-friendly. Now if it becomes humid and the pitch is a flat one, then Bhuvneshwar may not get the desired swing and seam movement.”Also if one looks at Bumrah’s record, he has the ability to bowl long spells. He has done it for Gujarat, so I don’t see any reason why he can’t do it for India,” Nehra said.Having bowled with the red SG Test ball in first-class cricket, it will be Bumrah’s first tryst with the red kookaburra but that hardly is a problem, feels Nehra.”Bumrah, in last two years, has bowled a lot with white kookaburra in limited overs matches. If we are talking about the seam, it’s the same for the red as well as white ball. And when the seam is no longer pronounced, ones who can hit the deck hard get an advantage,” he said.For Nehra, if India goes with three pacers and a spinner, his personal top two will be Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.”Shami is your strike bowler but he will at the maximum bowl six over spells at one go. He is your main weapon and you have to use him judiciously. Now people raise questions about Ishant Sharma’s strike-rate but it needs to be realised that what he brings to the table.”Ishant is a bowler, who can stifle batsmen bowling over after over from one end. That is a quality that a lot of bowlers don’t have. There have been times that Ishant has created pressure from one end and it has helped bowlers from other end get wickets,” he added.advertisementHe agreed that the choice of third pacer (provided India play the lone spinner) could be a bit tricky based on conditions.”It’s the choice between Bumrah, Bhuvi and Umesh Yadav. Now Umesh has a fantastic outswinger at a good pace. He has bowled a lot in home conditions during the past season and is also a contender. But I believe the choice would be very much condition specific,” he opined.Nehra reckons India have a good chance of doing well in South Africa as the squad has experience.”It’s well-documented by now that each and every top cricketing nation nowadays is playing well at home. Look at Ashes, where Australia have not only won it but they dominated each of the first three Test matches.”Obviously South Africa will come hard at us but this is a very balanced team. This is currently the best Indian team that had picked itself,” Nehra said.(Courtesy: PTI)
Mahindra & Mahindra-owned Automobili Pininfarina has revealed the luxury electric hypercar Battista at the Geneva Motor Show. Battista is the first solely Pininfarina-badged car and upon its launch in 2020, it will be the most powerful road-legal car ever designed and produced in Italy.Battista is the result of a collaboration between the Automobili Pininfarina design team and Pininfarina SpA. The latter will also hand-build every Battista in Cambiano, Italy. The company plans to produce only 150 Battistas and allocate them equally between the regions of North America, Europe and Middle East/Asia.”Today marks a significant step for the launch of a range of Pininfarina-branded cars beginning with the Pininfarina Battista, a car whose name alone fills us with pride. It will be the most powerful Italian-built sports car in history, the first luxury hypercar to be conceived in Italy and will deliver ground-breaking all-electric performance in a beautiful body,” Automobili Pininfarina CEO Michael Perschke said.”This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather (Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina) always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring,” Pininfarina SpA Chairman Paolo Pininfarina said.The all-electric hyper GT gets a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and visually stunning carbon fibre body. The power and torque will be 1,900 hp and 2,300 Nm, respectively. Battista can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in less than two seconds, which is faster than a current Formula 1 car. It can make 300 kmph in less than 12 seconds and achieve a top speed of up to 350 kmph. The company claims a range of 450 kilometres for the hypercar.advertisementThe weight distribution of the T-shaped 120 kWh battery pack is configured to optimise Battista’s dynamic potential, with four motors independently distributing torque and power to each wheel. Cooling circuits and systems are based around five radiators. Massive, carbon-ceramic six-piston brakes (390 mm at the front and 390 mm at the rear) provide fade-free deceleration. The active rear wing features an air brake function.According to the company, Battista’s suspension is tuned specifically to deliver a thrilling, engaging and yet comfortable dynamic experience. The driver will be able to electronically adjust the dynamic experience through multiple modes tuned to a range of driving scenarios and will also be able to tailor the noise the 1,900 hp hypercar makes. Its on-board sound programme will focus on using vehicle hardware to generate acoustic entertainment, rather than generate artificial sounds.ALSO READ | 2019 Range Rover Sentinel revealed, gets more powerful 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engineALSO READ | Gypsy no more! Maruti Suzuki discontinues iconic SUV in IndiaALSO READ | KTM 250 Duke ABS launched in India, price starts at Rs 1.94 lakh
C.M. Coolidge “A Friend in Need” /Wikimedia CommonsThe perfect guys night: Playing poker in a grand room, cigar in hand, sipping a great whiskey, with good food at hand.Highclere Castle Cigar CEO and co-founder Adam von Gootkin is the master of hosting poker nights like this and are very reminiscent of those that used to occur regularly at Highclere Castle, the regal home of TV drama series Downton Abbey, as well as in private clubs like the Hartford Club in Connecticut.Von Gootkin sat down with The Manual to teach us how to host the perfect gentleman’s poker night, complete with real clay betting chips and red velvet smoking jacket.“The goal is to host a poker night as fun as the game itself,” says von Gootkin. “A lot of guys treat poker night like football night, in a basement with beer and chips. While there’s nothing wrong with that, what’s fun is challenging yourself to step it up and put on an old-fashioned flavored poker night. That means better food, turn off the TV, quality cigars and great whiskey … your friends will thank you for it.”Here are von Gootkin’s seven steps to win your poker night.Step No. 1: Pick the Right VenueCapella Bar & Cigar LoungeIn the past, the gentleman retired to, say, the castle library or smoking room for a cigar and card playing. If I’m hosting a poker night I’ll have it at a cigar lounge (check out these luxury clubs around the world) like Mickey Blakes in Milford, Connecticut, or at someone’s club since I’m seeking to craft a gentleman’s experience. There’s nothing wrong with hosting in your basement or man cave but if you’re able to play in a grand room, a historic house, with fireplaces, leather chairs, and high ceilings, play there.Step No. 2: No PhonesGetty ImagesYou’re welcome to have your phone out because you’ll play worse and I’ll win. But poker is an opportunity for people to get together and catch up. Unplug from technology and work to spend this time with people who you enjoy. The point is to slow down and talk about life.Step No. 3: Have a Great Cigar in HandHighclere Castle CigarLight that cigar up! You’re forced to slow down smoking a good cigar since it takes you about 45 minutes. Card games go back a long, long time, much like cigars, so a cigar reflecting old nobility like Highclere, a super-premium brand, plays on the entire aesthetic.Step No. 4: Prepare a Rich SpreadWhen I do a poker night, I like to go all out. Prepare a great spread of food like charcuterie and great cheeses. Make it a low-key, yet fancy occasion, especially if you’re in a space that speaks well to that. Women tend to be better at planning parties or events, but guys appreciate you creating an experience. Then you’ve raised the bar for the rest of your buddies who think when it’s their turn hosting, “Let me go to the Italian meat shop for better soppressata and prosciutto.”Step No. 5: Add WhiskeyA great whiskey or gin and tonic pair really well with a high-class cigar. I’m more of a scotch guy, but bourbons, the sweetness, pair great. Adding a great drink speaks to the relaxation of the event, which is meant to be an excuse to unplug.Step No. 6: Invest in Real ChipsLittle details, from the aesthetic point-of-view, make the whole experience more authentic and enjoyable. You want the real clay chips — the way they feel on your hand and the sound they make. It feels like you’re playing for real and there’s a vibe to that. Other than investing in heavy, professional-grade chips, do the same with the cards. You’re upping the ante, so to speak.Step No. 7: Dress Like a GentlemanThe final piece that goes into creating the perfect poker night is asking whether you want to sit there in a ripped T-shirt and sandals. I tend to say at a cigar lounge or club, it’s typical to at least wear a jacket, not necessarily a tie. If you’re trying to craft a gentleman’s experience, I recommend a smoking jacket. A fun, red velvet jacket is a preference of mine, with no tie. Editors’ Recommendations Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 7 Most Popular Beard Styles for Men Right Now
Fax: 1-902-424-0513 Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5 E-mail: email@example.com Monday, Oct. 20, Sydney, Cape Breton University, 1250 Grand Lake Rd.; Tuesday, Oct. 21, Antigonish, St. Andrews Community Centre, 81 Pomquet River Rd.; Wednesday, Oct. 22, Truro, Best Western Glengarry, 150 Willow St.; Thursday, Oct. 23, Amherst, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 10, 47 Laplanche St.; Monday, Oct. 27, Yarmouth, Rodd Grand, 417 Main St.; Tuesday, Oct. 28, Bridgewater, Days Inn, 50 North St.; Wednesday, Oct. 29, Kentville, Wandlyn Inn, 7270 Hwy. 1, Coldbrook; Monday, Nov. 3, Halifax, Province House, 1726 Hollis St. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meeting should call toll-free 1-888-388-6489 or 424-5787 in metro Halifax. Presenters with special needs, or who wish to present in French, must give one week’s notice and include their requirements in a message. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filed with the committee no later than Friday, Nov. 7. Submissions will be accepted by: Nova Scotians will take a step toward a stronger, more representative government after public consultation sessions being held across the province. The Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process will gather feedback to recommend ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. “On the heels of federal and municipal elections, it is the perfect time to collect opinions and thoughts for people from all walks of life on why people do, and do not, participate in the democratic process,” said chair Michel Samson. “It truly is a cornerstone of strong government and is an opportunity for everyone to make sure their voice is heard and to have a say in how the province is run.” The all-party committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice-chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald, as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. Meetings will be held at the following locations, beginning at 7 p.m.: Background information is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/committees/democraticprocess.html . All meeting dates and locations will be advertised on local radio stations and in area newspapers.
Finding healthy, active ways to enjoy the summer is just a click away. At thrive.novascotia.ca Nova Scotians will find tips and resources that map out 50 ways to Thrive this summer. The website is part of government’s plan to create a healthier Nova Scotia through healthy eating and physical activity. “Our goal is to help make healthy choices easier,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer. “We want to provide information Nova Scotians can easily access and highlight the many resources available across the province to help make the summer a healthy one.” “By choosing just one way to thrive this summer, whether walking in a garden, playing a game of tag, or swimming at a beach or lake, we can create a ripple effect of positive change,” said Farida Gabbani, the province’s senior director responsible for physical activity programs. “We’re encouraging everyone to go online, learn more and take the Thrive! pledge.” For the first time, Nova Scotia has a plan that makes health a government priority. Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia outlines actions to make it easier for people to be healthier.
Sydney: Australian Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers was recovering Thursday after a third operation to treat a long-term heart condition. The 21-year-old, who claimed silver at last month’s world championships in South Korea, posted a photo on Instagram of himself in a hospital bed giving the thumbs up and saying “third time lucky”. Chalmers said he was hopeful the problem has now been fixed “once and for all” as the clock ticks down to next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Rio 2016 gold medallist underwent surgery on the same condition in June 2017, forcing him to pull out of that year’s world championships. A previous operation had not helped the problem known as supraventricular tachycardia, which occasionally causes his heart to race. Australia’s head swim coach Jacco Verhaeren said Chalmers had no problems during the recent world championships, but there were some concerns during his preparations. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Everything with your heart sounds like a big deal but in this case, it’s a very targeted procedure,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He’s had it done before but it didn’t get the result that had hoped for and they knew exactly what to target now. “They thought it was best to do it now before the (Tokyo) Olympic season kicks off,” he added. Several high-profile swimmers wished him well, including top rival Caeleb Dressel, who swam the second-fastest 100m freestyle in history to retain his world title last month, narrowly ahead of Chalmers. “You’ll be back quick my boy. All the best,” the American said on Instagram, while Britain’s 100m breaststroke world champion Adam Peaty added: “All the best brother.”
“The security situation has deteriorated very dramatically,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Yemen Jamal Benomar told reporters after his briefing, noting that five or six provinces were out of Government control, a large area in the north was controlled by Al-Houthi rebels, Al-Qaida militants had captured three cities and an important geographic area in the south, and Sana’a, the capital, was divided between rival forces.“The Yemeni people have suffered throughout this crisis… so that a quick and peaceful and orderly transition can start as soon as possible,” he said, stressing that the fact that the Council met today “is an expression of their anxiety” as they discuss what action they want to take.Yemen is one of a handful of countries across North Africa and the Middle East where large numbers of civilians have risen up this year to call for greater democracy and freedoms. But many people have died during clashes and protests and UN officials have repeatedly warned about the humanitarian and human rights situation.Mr. Benomar stressed that his work as Special Adviser was focused on using the good offices of the Secretary-General to support existing regional and international efforts to resolve the crisis.“Yemenis want to move with a quick transition. This is what all international efforts [and] regional efforts have been focusing on.”At a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he is on an official visit, Mr. Ban was asked whether he thought Mr. Saleh would step down in the coming days, as he had promised on Saturday.“While I am not in a position to judge what will happen, whether he will really keep his word, that we will have to watch,” he replied. “What is important at this time is that President Saleh should take immediately decisive political reforms so that people can live in a better world without fear of oppression and there must be full protection of human rights.”For her part UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos called on the world to take steps to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula country, warning that inaction could lead to a repetition of the dire situation afflicting Somalia.“For far too long, the international community has failed to give enough attention to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” she said in a statement, citing the conflict, poverty, drought, soaring food prices and collapsing State services faced by millions of people in a daily struggle for survival.These include 100,000 people displaced by recent fighting in the south, thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa, and 300,000 displaced by previous conflict in the north. “Every night, a third of the Yemeni people go to bed hungry. In some parts of the country, one in three children are malnourished – among the highest malnutrition levels in the world,” she added. Ms. Amos noted that hospitals and clinics are overcrowded or not working at all, access to safe water is becoming increasingly difficult, and tens of thousands of children are losing their education due to school closures.“Making matters worse, insecurity has forced UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations to cut back their staff or leave,” she said. Yemen is the poorest country in the region, and has suffered chronic deprivation for years. If we don’t act now, the situation could become a catastrophe. In neighbouring Somalia, we have seen what happens if warnings go unheeded, and too little is done in time to stop a crisis. Let us not repeat the same mistake in Yemen.”Meanwhile, the UN agency entrusted with protecting freedom of speech and the press today condemned the killing of two Yemeni journalists and called on the authorities to ensure the safety of media workers. According to Reporters without Borders (RSF), Abdel Hakim Al-Nour, a cameraman and producer for Mas production company and media chief of the Hayel Saeed Anam Association, was killed during the bombing of Taiz on the night of 4 October, while television journalist Abdel Majid Al-Samawi was killed on 3 October in Sana’a, bringing to five the number of journalists killed in Yemen since the start of unrest in February.“It is essential that the authorities in Yemen respect the civilian status of journalists and recognize their right to fulfil their professional responsibilities in conditions of acceptable safety,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement.“The people of Yemen must be able to enjoy a free press and the basic human right of freedom of expression, both of which are essential for the country to emerge stronger from the present crisis.” 11 October 2011The top United Nations official on Yemen briefed the Security Council today on the “very serious” situation inside the country as violent clashes continue between supporters and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite international efforts to promote a peaceful political transition.
SAGUENAY, Que. — The federal and Quebec governments are teaming up with a trio of corporate giants from the metals and tech industries to commercialize the world’s first carbon-free aluminum smelting process.Ottawa, Quebec and Apple Inc. are investing in a joint venture between Alcoa Inc. and Rio Tinto Group called Elysis, which will commercialize a process that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions from traditional smelting by instead producing oxygen.Elysis, which expects large-scale deployment of the technology by 2024, will be given a total of $188 million from Alcoa, Rio Tinto, Ottawa, the Quebec government and Apple to develop and license the technology so it can be used to retrofit smelters or build new facilities.The federal and Quebec governments are contributing $60 million each, with the Quebec government getting a 3.5 per cent stake in the venture and Alcoa and Rio Tinto splitting the remaining ownership equally.Alcoa and Rio Tinto will invest $55 million in the project.Apple, which put forth $13 million, helped facilitate the collaboration between Alcoa and Rio Tinto and has vowed to provide technical support as the project progresses.Elysis will have a headquarters in Montreal and a research facility in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Que. region.
The new judges, elected yesterday in two separate ballots from a list of 23 candidates, will serve for four-year terms and can be called on to help with trial work. The Security Council established the pool of temporary or ad litem judges last year in the hopes that the additional manpower will allow the Tribunal to complete its work by 2008, rather than 2017, the original tentative date.The judges elected yesterday include Aydin Sefa Akay of Turkey, Florence Rita Arrey of Cameroon, Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda, Robert Fremr of the Czech Republic, Taghreed Hikmat of Jordan, Karin Hokborg of Sweden, Vagn Joensen of Denmark, Gberdao Gustave Kam of Burkina Faso, and Tan Sri Dato ‘Hj. Mohd. Azmi Dato ‘Hj. Kamaruddin of Malaysia.Flavia Lattanzi of Italy, Kenneth Machin of the United Kingdom, Joseph Edward Chiondo Masanche of Tanzania, Lee Gacuiga Muthoga of Kenya, Seon Ki Park of the Republic of Korea, Mparany Mamy Richard Rajohnson of Madagascar, Emile Francis Short of Ghana, Albertus Henricus Joannes Swart of the Netherlands and Aura Emerita Guerra de Villalaz of Panama round out the pool of new judges.The Council created the Rwanda Tribunal, located in Arusha, Tanzania, in November 1994, to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January and 31 December 1994. The Tribunal may also deal with prosecution of Rwandan citizens responsible for genocide and other such violations of international law committed in neighbouring States over the same period.
The Office of Fair Trading today confirmed that new car warranties are clear and fair. Manufacturers were quick to remove franchised dealer servicing as a condition on some new car warranties after the OFT raised concerns at the end of last year. Today OFT issued a statement saying, ‘The remaining manufacturers whose new car warranties included servicing ties have all now lifted their servicing restrictions’.Responding to the news, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Our members took decisive action to address this issue. We did this quickly and in full cooperation with OFT. Although recommended, franchised dealer servicing is no longer a condition of any new car warranty.’Free servicing is an incentive offered on many new models. The majority of owners also prefer to use a dealer as they can be confident that staff are fully trained and are also assured of the strongest resale values. However, those who wish to use a reputable, independent dealer can now do so whatever the make and model.SMMT now encourages all those who represent consumer interests to promote a clear message.The choice of where to service during the warranty period is yours. However, it is important that owners adhere to the servicing schedule. This means servicing at the right intervals and keeping evidence that all relevant work has been carried out.Owners should therefore ensure that independent outlets supply a fully itemised invoice for any service carried out during the warranty period.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The study suggests that getting enough vitamin A in pregnancy could ward off Alzheimer’s in later life Credit:Andrew Matthews The researchers found that mice with a mild vitamin A deficiency performed worse on tests of learning and memory in adulthood.Even when the mice deprived of vitamin A in the womb were given a normal diet as pups, they performed worse than mice who received a normal amount of the nutrient in the womb but were deprived after birth. It suggests that the damage had already been done in the womb.”In some cases, providing supplements to the newborn Alzheimer’s disease model mice could reduce the amyloid beta level and improve learning and memory deficits,” added Prof Song.”It’s a matter of the earlier, the better.”The researchers concluded that a healthy, balanced diet was the best way to ensure adequate levels of the nutrient and ward off Alzheimer’s disease.The study, was published today in the journal Acta Neuropathologica. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Eating your five-a-day could help prevent Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests, after scientists found people who were deficient in vitamin A were more likely to develop the disease.Scientists monitored more than 300 elderly people in China and discovered that those with higher levels of the vitamin were 60 per cent less likely to have developed dementia.Researchers found that 75 per cent of those with either mild or significant vitamin A deficiency had cognitive impairment, compared to 47 per cent of those with normal vitamin A levels. Vitamin A is naturally found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, peaches and avocados as well as fish and liver.A second part of the research found that mice with low levels of vitamin A from birth developed more amyloid, the sticky substance which builds up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and prevents brain cells from communicating.”Our study clearly shows that marginal deficiency of vitamin A, even as early as in pregnancy, has a detrimental effect on brain development and has long-lasting effect that may facilitate Alzheimer’s disease in later life,” said Dr Weihong Song, a professor of psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of British Columbia.
I am excited about Andy Rubin’s next project. His last big bet, Android, started off as a crazy idea that ended up putting a supercomputer in hundreds of millions of pockets. It is still very early days for this, but I can’t wait to see the progress.For those not familiar with its work, here’s one of its robots, the Wildcat, in action. (Video: BostonDynamics/YouTube)Read: Students develop robotic arm that could make you stronger >Read: Watch: Failsafe tech keeps drone flying even when damaged > GOOGLE HAS PURCHASED an eighth company to help it build the next generation of robots.Boston Dynamics, an engineering company famed for creating animalistic robots that are both balanced and quick, will now be involved in developing robotics at Google.Some of its creations include the Cheetah, a robot that can run 45km/h, and Big Dog, a robot that can walk over rough terrain and keep its balance, even when knocked over.The company has not sold robots commercially, instead working for US Pentagon clients like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Google has said that it will honour any existing military contracts, but it has no plans to move towards becoming a military contractor on its own.The project is being headed by the former Android executive Andy Rubin. It’s expected that the company will market these robots towards manufacturing although it’s possible that they will also be used for retail purposes.In a statement posted on Google+, Google’s CEO Larry Page said:
Ex-French President Sarkozy is set to face trial over the alleged fraudulent financing. Image: Jacques Brinon AP/Press Association Images Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial over ‘fraudulent’ election financing The former French president has described the controversy as a “farce”. FORMER FRENCH PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy is to face trial over the allegedly fraudulent financing of his doomed 2012 bid for re-election, a legal source told AFP on today.The prosecution claims Sarkozy greatly exceeded a spending limit of €22.5 million by using false billing from a public relations firm called Bygmalion.The source said one of two judges in charge of the case, Serge Tournaire, had decided on 3 February that the case should go to trial after the failure of Sarkozy’s legal efforts to prevent it in December.Bygmalion allegedly charged €18.5 million to Sarkozy’s right wing party – which at the time was called the UMP, but has since been renamed the Republicans – instead of billing the president’s campaign.Executives from the company have acknowledged the existence of fraud and false accounting and the trial will focus on whether Sarkozy himself was aware or taking decisions about it.Only one other president – Jacques Chirac – has been tried in France’s fifth republic, which was founded in 1958. He was give a two-year suspended jail term in 2011 over a fake job scandal.Questioned by police in September 2015, Sarkozy said he did not recall ever being warned about the accounting and described the controversy as a “farce”, putting the responsibility squarely on Bygmalion and the UMP.While the so-called Bygmalion case is the most pressing, 61-year-old Sarkozy has been fighting legal problems on several fronts since losing the 2012 election to President Francois Hollande.After retiring from politics following that defeat, he returned to take the helm of the Republicans and sought the nomination to run for president in this year’s two-stage election in April and May.In a surprise result, he was eliminated in November in the first round of a primary contest, trailing the eventual winner Francois Fillon and former prime minister Alain Juppe.The son of a Hungarian immigrant father, Sarkozy was nicknamed the “bling-bling” president for his flashy displays of wealth.- © AFP 2017Read: Investigators believe Louvre attacker is an Egyptian touristRead: Allegations that his wife earned €830,000 in a “fake job” could end a man’s bid for France’s presidency Feb 7th 2017, 11:42 AM 20 Comments By AFP Image: Jacques Brinon AP/Press Association Images Share68 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3226989 5,692 Views Ex-French President Sarkozy is set to face trial over the alleged fraudulent financing. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 11:42 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Un professeur et ses 22 étudiants foudroyés en OugandaLes autorités ougandaises indiquent que 22 étudiants et leur professeur sont morts foudroyés. Alors qu’un professeur et ses 22 étudiants sont morts à cause de la foudre en Ouganda, une cinquantaine d’autres élèves, âgés de 7 à 16 ans ont été blessés par l’éclair qui a frappé, à 250 kilomètres au nord-ouest de Kampala, rapporte Reuters.À lire aussiDes Australiens immortalisent un spectaculaire orage en time-lapseCes dernières semaines, les éclairs et les tempêtes, anormales en cette saison, ont entraîné la mort d’au moins 38 personnes à travers le pays. Selon les experts, les éclairs ont frappé l’école car celle-ci était situé légèrement en hauteur et ne disposait pas de paratonnerre. Un membre du parlement, Rebecca Kadaga, a évoqué une situation de crise. “Je ne sais pas quel ministère est en charge des éclairs mais le gouvernement doit alerter la population et informer le pays de ce qui se passe et de comment y faire face”, a-t-elle déclaré à la BBC.C’est le ministre ougandais pour les états d’alerte en cas de catastrophe, Musa Ecweru, qui a indiqué que les morts étaient dues aux bâtiments qui n’étaient pas équipés de paratonnerres. Or, selon lui, “il y a de très nombreuses écoles et de nouveaux hôpitaux qui sont entièrement neufs et qui disposent de ce genre d’équipements”.Le 30 juin 2011 à 18:14 • Emmanuel Perrin
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COPY LINKAD Loading … Alipurduar: BJP chief Amit Shah addresses a public meeting at Parade Ground in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, on March 29, 2019.IANSBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah said on Friday that if his party was voted back to power at the Centre, it will implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal and smoke out all the infiltrators from the state.Addressing an election rally in Alipurduar in North Bengal, Shah focused on issues such as infiltration and the airstrikes in Pakistan’s Balakot and accused the Mamata Banerjee-led government of doing “vote bank politics” and indulging in “appeasement politics”.Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Banerjee, Shah said the BJP will end “vote bank politics” in the state if it can achieve its target of winning 23 Lok Sabha seats in Wes Bengal.”Mamata Banerjee thinks the infiltrators will help her sail through this election. But the Modi government will come back to power. We will bring NRC to Bengal. Each and every infiltrator will be identified and thrown out,” Shah told the rally held in support of BJP candidate John Barla.”For these people (Banerjee and her party leaders), the security of the country is not important. Votes of infiltrators are more important… I have no fear to announce that if you help us win 23 seats from Bengal, we will ensure that each and every infiltrator staying here is smoked out,” he said.Accusing Banerjee of trying to mislead the Hindu and Buddhist refugees in the state about the impacts of the NRC, Shah said the BJP government, while implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act, will ensure that the rights of all the refugees were protected.Coming down heavily on Banerjee on the Balakot issue, Shah asserted that the Modi government will reply to Pakistan’s bullets with bombs.”Mamata has recently become very angry with us (the BJP government). I was wondering what was the matter. Later journalists told me that she was annoyed because Modiji entered Pakistan and conducted air strikes on terrorists,” Shah said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.ReutersHe alleged that for people like Banerjee and certain opposition leaders who were questioning the air strikes, the country’s security was less important than securing their vote banks.”Mamata (Banerjee), Rahul Baba (Gandhi), Akhilesh Yadav are all talking about holding a dialogue (with Pakistan). She is trying to appease her vote bank. The terrorists from Pakistan attacked and killed 40 of our brave jawans. Should they be punished or not? Shouldn’t the terrorists and Pakistan be given a befitting reply,” he asked.”It is India’s right to defend itself. And I can assure you that the Modi government will not spare the terrorists. We will reply to Pakistan’s bullets with bombs,” he said.Shah also flayed Banerjee for questioning the timing of “Mission Shakti” announcement and claimed that the “missile” of Bengal’s voters will wipe her out of the state.Pulling up Banerjee for her alleged minority appeasement, Shah charged the Chief Minister with attempts to impose Urdu in schools.The BJP President also said the budget for Madarasa education was more than the higher education budget of the entire state.”Mamata, who talks about Bengal’s culture, is trying to impose Urdu in schools. Even in schools where there are no Urdu students, she is recruiting Urdu teachers,” Shah said while addressing the rally.The BJP leader said he had no problem with Banerjee giving honorarium to Imams (Muslim priests), but Hindu priests should also get the same.He said the budget for Madarasa education was Rs 4,000 crore, while “the higher education budget of entire West Bengal was less than Rs 4,000 crore”. People wait in queue to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018.REUTERS/StringerSlamming Shah for his comments that the Modi government will implement NRC in the state if it returned to power, the Trinamool Congress said it would not allow any such move.”First and foremost, they (the Modi government) won’t come to power. They will rather be evicted from everywhere they are in power… They are trying to drive out Indian citizens and divide the society for a few votes, but the people of Bengal as also from the other states will resist them,” said state Education Minister and Trinamool Congress General Secretary Partha Chatterjee.Ridiculing Shah’s claim that the BJP would win 23 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Chatterjee doubted whether the saffron outfit will win even a single seat.Another Trinamool leader and Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim said that as long as party supremo Mamata Banerjee was alive, the BJP would not be able to implement NRC in the state. Close Amit Shah: NDA will fight the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Irina ShaykInstagramIrina Shayk has been spending too much time with British Vogue’s creative director Alec Maxwell, six weeks after the breakup with Bradley Cooper. In fact, Maxwell also joined Shayk and her two-year-old daughter Lea with Cooper at a part in New York City. There have been a few reports and a lot of chatter regarding how Shayk might be moving on from Cooper by ensuring to meet new people and spend time with them. As per HollywoodLife, Irina and Alec were seen comfortably seated on a chair and having a casual conversation. At one point, he even put his hand on her shoulder while nuzzling his face against her back in what can be assumed to be a partial hug.Alec and Irina have known each other for a long time as they both work in the same industry. While there are reports that claim that something might happen between Irina and Alec, some beg to differ. According to The New York Times, Alec has been in a longterm relationship with British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful! But is there a possibility of them getting together later in the future? Well, that is still a speculation. Bradley Cooper (R) and his partner Russian model Irina ShaykGetty imagesNews of Irina hanging out with Alec comes over a month after her split with actor/director Bradley Cooper was announced. Despite the breakup, Shayk has been holding a strong face and moving on with a smile. Since the breakup, both Irina and Bradley have been separately spending quality time with their daughter, Lea. They do not wish to let their breakup affect their daughter. Irina and Bradley have also been focussing on their respective careers. Shayk attended the CR Runway x LuisaViaRoma 90th Anniversary Show in Florence, Italy and even walked the ramp for Men’s Fashion Week for Versace along with Gigi and Bella Hadid. Irina ShaykInstagramAlthough Bradley and Irina never reportedly tied the knot, they have decided to share the custody of daughter Lea. As per a report on TMZ, the two are willing to live in the Big Apple and share the joint custody of Lea. It is unclear how Cooper plans to make this new arrangement work as he will be spending much of his time in California.
Pamela Darien (Photo by Michael Davenport)Pamela Darien, valedictorian of Sojourner-Douglas College’s Class of 2015 at what could the schools final graduation.Turn to page C1 for more on the school’s fight for survival and go to afro.com/slideshows to see more pictures.