Do not cut forces in the hills: Mamata

first_imgDescribing the Centre’s decision to withdraw forces from the Darjeeling hills as “contrary to common sense” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote “strong letters” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat after a meeting with the political parties in the Darjeeling hills, Ms. Banerjee said that she had urged them not to withdraw forces.In a communication to the West Bengal government on Sunday, the Home Ministry informed that 10 of the 15 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) deployed in Darjeeling will be de-attached with effect from October 16. Ms. Banerjee said that she had spoken to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after which it was decided that seven companies of the CAPF would be withdrawn.A fuming Ms Banerjee called the decision unfortunate and unconstitutional and said that the decision to withdraw forces at a time when normalcy was returning to the hills was “politically and administratively a bad decision”. “Does the Centre not want peace to return in Darjeeling?” Ms. Banerjee said.‘Constructive’The CM said that the third bilateral talks with the hill leaders held during the day were constructive, and the leaders emphasised the need to ensure that peace prevails in the region. Ms. Banerjee said that the issue of paying compensation to those killed in the violence was raised and the State government is examining the matter.last_img read more

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England edge closer to victory in 2nd Ashes Test

first_imgKevin Pietersen struck vital blows with bat and ball against Australia on Monday as England moved into a winning position in the second Ashes Test.After scoring a career-high 227 in England’s first innings of 620 for five declared, Pietersen dismissed Michael Clarke for 80 in the last over to seriously dent Australia’s resistance and leave the hosts hoping that forecast rain Tuesday will wash out the fifth and final day.Australia were 238-4 at stumps on day four, still 137 adrift with three sessions remaining.Clarke and Mike Hussey (44 not out) put on 104 for the fourth wicket before the Australian vice-captain pushed a ball from part-time spinner Pietersen to Alastair Cook at short leg. The umpire initially rejected England’s appeals but the decision was successfully challenged in a fitting finish to a brilliant day for Pietersen.His double century helped England to a 375-run first innings lead and exposed even more concerns for Australia’s misfiring bowling attack – which has taken only six wickets at a cost of more than 1,100 in England’s last two innings.Before Pietersen’s breakthrough, despite pressure from Graeme Swann – who bowled 34 straight overs from the Cathedral End – and Steven Finn, England had rarely troubled the Australian fourth-wicket pair before or after the 57-minute postponement for bad light and heavy rain in the third session.Earlier, Simon Katich (43), Ricky Ponting (9) and Shane Watson (57) fell during the middle session to leave Australia three-down at tea.The Australia openers had survived unscathed until lunch before Swann struck twice shortly after the resumption.advertisementHe had Katich caught behind to a ball moving away from the left-hander. Ponting played positively hitting Swann for two boundaries before he was deceived by a top-spinning delivery and edged to Paul Collingwood at slip.Stuart Broad dropped a tough caught-and-bowled chance from Watson after the ball was driven back at him. Shortly afterwards the fast bowler left the field with a strained stomach muscle and did not bowl for the rest of day four.Watson didn’t last much longer before he nicked Finn to Andrew Strauss at slip. Finn was England’s most dangerous paceman, and particularly troubled Hussey with reverse swinging deliveries.Earlier in the day, England added 69 runs in 41 minutes to its overnight score of 551-4 but elected not to push to surpass its highest ever total batting in Australia: 636 all out scored in Sydney in 1928.Ian Bell ended the innings on 68 not out, Prior scored 27 off just 21 deliveries.last_img read more

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Lakers won’t make finals, says Robert Horry

first_imgAmerica’s National Basketball Association (NBA) has showcased players of sublime talent and skill over the last seven decades, but not many of them can stake a claim to be men with the Midas touch. Robert Horry can.Not since Bill Russell’s all-conquering Boston Celtics of the 1960s has there been a player who has been part of seven NBA championship winning teams, except the 42-year-old former forward.Horry, who is in India for a clinic, is also one of only two people to win titles with three different teams – Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.Four years since bringing his 16-year career to a close, Horry has become a keen observer and commentator on the game.And in his opinion, even with a retooled roster that includes two-time Most Valuable Player Steve Nash and perennial All-Star Dwight Howard in addition to the great Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers won’t be able to make a title run this year.”I don’t think the Lakers are going to be in the NBA Finals, despite Howard and Nash. To go deep into the play-offs, you need a strong bench, not just a great starting line-up. I still believe (last year’s runners-up) Oklahoma City Thunder are the favourites in the Western Conference, and (champions) Miami of course have just gotten stronger with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.You pick up history and you’ll see the bench that outplays its opponents usually wins,” Horry told Mail Today.The Heat and the Lakers both have rosters that look like fantasy league teams, and Horry believes that it is the general managers, not just the players, who must draw flak for trading their big players away, leading to this polarisation.”People got mad at LeBron (James) for leaving Cleveland but I just want to ask them – why aren’t you equally angry with the Orlando Magic for trading away Howard to the Lakers? Why blame Allen or Lewis for wanting to sign with a championshipready team? It all boils down to business, and the GMs are more than willing to trade players who are unhappy or have great market value,” he said.Horry was nicknamed ‘Big Shot Rob’ for his great shooting under high pressure, but is more proud of being an effective defensive player.”I took pride in playing defence and shutting down an opponent. The key is to be patient, because if you are too aggressive, the opponent can use that to his advantage. Just stand in front of him and contest the shot,” Horry said.This is Horry’s first visit to India, and he’s loving it.”It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and the people have been very gracious. Now I hope we see some Indian talent in the NBA too.My advice to the league would be just to put more games on TV, maybe get something like NBA TV (full-time channel) here. That’s the only way to spread the game,” he said.”During my stay so far, I caught a cricket match on TV and I liked what I saw, there isn’t any of it on TV back in the States. You need to show people the game for them to pick it up.”advertisementlast_img read more

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PBA: CJ Perez explodes for 39 as Columbian nails first win, shreds NLEX

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Column: Let’s ignore Drake for the rest of the NBA Finals CJ Perez soars for a slam. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Columbian cruised to its first victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the expense of an equally struggling NLEX, 120-105, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.The Dyip leaned on freshman CJ Perez, who had 39 points on a 16-for-21 shooting clip. He also had nine rebounds, three steals and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT Import Kyle Barone saved his best individual performance for his last game in a Dyip uniform, scoring 31 points and pulling down eight rebounds.“Coming from three straight losses, they [indeed] played hard,” said coach Johnedel Cardel. “Hopefully when we play Magnolia, [the Hotshots] are still on vacation mode.”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, logisticsBarone will be replaced by Lester Prosper from the Dominican Republic, who is set to join the team on June 4.Tony Mitchell had 32 points in his second game with the Road Warriors. Three more locals scored in twin digits, but their combined effort was unable to stop the bleeding. NLEX slid to 0-4.Columbian plunges into a long break before taking on Philippine Cup finalist Magnolia at Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX, meanwhile, continues to grope for answers with a young but dangerous Blackwater awaiting the team. The two lock horns this Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia recommended for Khel Ratna

first_imgFormer hockey captain Sardar Singh is the second nominee for the top honour COMMENTS × SHARE SHARE EMAIL sport award and prize Two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia today became the first paralympian to be recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — along with former hockey captain Sardar Singh.The 36-year-old Jhajharia, who is the first Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals, was the first choice of the awards selection committee headed by Justice (Retd) C K Thakkar. Jhajharia had won his medals in the javelin throw event.The committee has picked 31-year-old midfielder Sardar as its second nominee for the top honour and has suggested that both Jhajharia and Sardar be considered for the award jointly.The final call on this would be taken by the Sports Ministry.Besides, the awards selection committee has recommended 17 names for the Arjuna award. The list includes cricketer men’s team Test regular Cheteshwar Pujara, women’s team World Cup star Harmanpreet Kaur, Paralympic medallists Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Bhati, golfer SSP Chawrasia and hockey player S V Sunil. 0center_img SHARE Published on COMMENT August 03, 2017 Devendra Jhajharia becomes the first paralympian to be recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. File Photo   –  PTI Devendra Jhajharia becomes the first paralympian to be recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. File Photo   –  PTIlast_img read more

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Grant Elliott calls time on one-day cricket

first_imgA year after he created what has been considered New Zealand’s most memorable cricketing moment, all-rounder Grant Elliott has retired from one-day international cricket.The 37-year-old Elliott hit a six from the penultimate ball off South Africa’s Dale Steyn in the World Cup semi-final last year to propel New Zealand to their first World Cup final.The shot was voted by the New Zealand public as the sporting moment of 2015.”I have played my last one day game,” Elliott told Newshub at Auckland Airport on Friday after the New Zealand team returned home from the World Twenty20 tournament in India following a semi-final exit.”But there is three formats. I won’t be considered for Test cricket, I haven’t seen my Test clothing for a few years. There’s still T20 cricket and my body feels good.”I’m going to reassess and let the dust settle. As long as I’m enjoying my cricket, I haven’t made a call on anything yet. So I’ll just get home and assess it.”Originally from South Africa, Elliott moved to New Zealand to play international cricket, making his test debut against England in 2008 but only competed in five matches in almost two years.He developed into a successful limited-overs player but was a surprise selection in New Zealand’s World Cup squad last year, having not appeared for the team in more than 14 months. He also spent more than two years out of the side prior to that.The right-hander’s composure was most evident during the tournament as New Zealand went through pool play unbeaten and his 84 not out against South Africa in the semi-final typified his influence on the team.advertisementElliott also top-scored with 83 in the final against Australia, who won the game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground by seven wickets.His last one-day international was in February against Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton, when he scored his 11th half century.He finished with 1,976 runs at 34.06 with two centuries. Elliott was also a handy slow-medium bowler, who finished with 39 wickets at 30.23 in his 83 one-day internationals.last_img read more

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Ranji games at neutral venues, Duleeps zonal system scrapped

first_imgBengaluru, May 29 (PTI) The BCCIs technical committee, headed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, decided to have all Ranji matches from the coming season at neutral venues while inter-zonal system of the Duleep Trophy will be replaced by four all-India level teams picked by the selection panel. The meeting was also attended by BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke. “The committee discussed the format for Duleep Trophy for the season 2016-17. It was recommended that selectors would pick four teams to participate in a round-robin format tournament. The entire tournament will be a day/night affair,” a BCCI release stated. With India playing as many as 13 Test matches at home against New Zealand, England and Australia, it was proposed by Thakur that all Test hopefuls and the fringe players should get a chance to get used to the pink ball. “The president feels that like Challenger Trophy, this seasons Duleep should have all the big players as well as Test hopefuls getting a chance to play with pink balls under lights. Thats why it has been decided there will be no zonal system this time round,” a member of the technical committee told PTI today. It was also learnt that Ganguly had suggested about having a quality foreign team for the Duleep Trophy, but it was decided otherwise. “Gangulys proposal was duly considered. But then we felt that supposedly we call a first-class side from Australia and if they lose the first match in knock-out system, the purpose of inviting them would get lost,” the source added. It was learnt that all matches will be played with kookaburra balls but some other sports goods firms are also in discussions to manufacture pink balls for D/N games. The other major decision was having Ranji Trophy games at neutral venues. “In a bid to make domestic cricket more competitive and rule out the issues related to preparing specific wickets for home teams, as well as to expose players to play in different conditions, the BCCI Technical Committee recommended neutral venues for the Ranji Trophy matches This is a step recommended to make domestic Ranji Trophy cricket more competitive,” the release stated. PTI KHS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jinder Mahal No. 1 contender for WWE Championship

first_imgJinder Mahal, the Indo-Canadian wrestler, has emerged as the new No. 1 contender for Randy Orton’s WWE Championship.Mahal was among the six men who competed to become the new No.1 contender to the WWE Championship pitting them against each other — Sami Zayn vs Luke Harper vs Erick Rowan vs Jinder Mahal vs Dolph Ziggler vs Mojo Rawley.There’s no more HINDERING @JinderMahal anymore, as he has become the NEW #1Contender to the #WWEChampionship! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/ygHaDfxkM0- WWE (@WWE) 19 April 2017Orton will defend his title against Bray Wyatt in a “House of Horrors” before he takes on Jinder for the title at SmackDown-branded Backlash next month.Jinder, who was allegedly helped by the Bollywood Boyz in the ring, was however booed by the audience after his victory.Jinder said he felt bad audience booing him as he worked hard for it and wants people to respect him.”You people boo ME? You want to boo the MAHARAJA?…Is it because of my higher education?” – @JinderMahal #1Contender #SDLive pic.twitter.com/7CD7S1gG9X- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) 19 April 2017The wrestler has also challenged Orton, saying he is a “shark hungry for win” because he is younger, faster, and stronger than Orton.EXCLUSIVE: Six men walked into #SDLive with a huge opportunity on the line, but there could only be ONE #1Contender! @JinderMahal pic.twitter.com/LaBspc9e53- WWE (@WWE) 19 April 2017last_img read more

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Heat Win Series Over Nets with Furious Late Rally; Pierce, KG Future Uncertain

first_imgMIAMI, FL — LeBron James leaped onto a courtside table as the postgame celebration was starting, thumped his chest and punched the air.Next stop: The Eastern Conference finals. Again.James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 28 and Ray Allen delivered two huge plays in the final seconds as the Heat rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning the second-round matchup 4-1.“It’s always been like that for us,” James said. “It’s never easy. It’s never easy for us.”Sure looks easy, though. It was the 10th straight series win for the two-time defending NBA champions.“When we met the first day for prep we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.“That’s what it was down the stretch … incredible focus.”Incredible defense, too, when it was needed most.Down by eight with less than five minutes left, the Heat forced Brooklyn into nine straight missed shots while peeling off a 12-0 run to take the lead. Allen’s 3-pointer off an assist by Mario Chalmers with 32 seconds remaining was the go-ahead moment, and the Heat wouldn’t trail again.Allen disrupted Joe Johnson’s dribble on the game’s final play, James then swiped the ball out of everyone’s reach, time expired — and the Heat advanced.“Give the Heat credit,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn’t.”Chris Bosh scored 16 and Allen finished with 13 for Miami. Johnson had 34 points, Paul Pierce scored 19 and Deron Williams had 17 for the Nets.It’s the sixth trip to the East title series in the last 10 seasons for Miami, which is bidding for a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals — something only the Lakers and Celtics franchises have accomplished.James is heading to the East finals for the sixth time in eight seasons, the first two of those trips coming with Cleveland in 2007 and 2009.The Heat will next face either fifth-seeded Washington or top-seeded Indiana. The Pacers lead that series 3-2, one win away from setting up a rematch with Miami that seemed like an absolute certainty for much of the season.“Obviously, we thought this was a game we should have won,” Johnson said.Brooklyn led 49-42 at the half, with Miami missing 15 of its first 16 tries from 3-point range. The Nets closed the half on an 8-0 run and the lone bright spot in the opening 24 minutes for Miami was Wade, who had 20 points — more than any other two players to that point combined — on 7-for-12 shooting.“He has a way, right? He’s a playoff warrior,” Spoelstra said.Eventually, barely, Miami broke through. But it took most of the second half to get there, since whenever Miami tried to put together a run Brooklyn found a way to keep things together.— A layup from James late in the third got the Heat within three; a minute later, the margin was eight again.— A free throw from James with 9:03 left cut Brooklyn’s lead to 77-73; less than a minute later, it was 82-73 after a 3-pointer by Pierce.— A 3-pointer by Bosh made it a four-point game again; two Brooklyn possessions and zero Miami stops later, it was 86-78 after a sensational step-back jumper by Johnson. And when Johnson connected on another tough shot with 4:49 left, it was 91-83 and the Nets could sense that the night would be theirs.Then the Heat scored the next 12 points, and that was enough.Barely, but enough.“For us, it was just about getting stops,” Wade said. “We knew offensively that we needed to execute, but we knew we weren’t going to win the game unless we got some stops.”For the Nets, more than $180 million in salary and luxury tax was supposed to bring a championship. Instead, billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov got only a trip to the second round as his return on a massive investment. Brooklyn lost center Brook Lopez to a broken foot after 17 games, struggled through the first two months of the season, then turned it on after Jan. 1.“We fought back and hung in there this year,” Williams said. “A lot of people counted us out.”Some big decisions — mainly regarding the futures of Pierce and Kevin Garnett — will have to be made by the Nets. Pierce will be a free agent; Garnett has a year left on his deal, though it’s been speculated he will consider retirement.Garnett left without comment.“Emotions are too fresh right now,” Pierce said.Miami’s future is more clear. The East finals await.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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UP Hindus gift land for graveyard to Muslims in Faizabad

first_imgFaizabad: Hindus in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad district have donated land to Muslims for a burial ground as part of an initiative by a BJP legislator to foster amity and harmony between the two communities. The land, which is adjacent to an existing graveyard, was a bone of contention between Hindus and Muslims in Belarikhan village as sometimes bodies were buried there. Now, it has been “gifted” to the minority community, an official said, adding that the land was transferred to the Gosaiganj Qabristan Committee. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “This land belonged to the members of the Hindu community, as per records, and it is adjacent to a qabristan. Sometimes they buried their dead in our land. Sometimes we reacted, but the practice continued,” said Surya Kumar Jhinkan Maharaj, a seer who signed the land transfer deed along with eight others. The owners transferred 1.25 bissas of land to the graveyard committee as per procedure, the official said. Sub Registrar S B Singh said the transfer deed was signed in his office on June 20. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah “It was a gift deed by eight members of the Hindu community who gifted their land to the Muslim community for a graveyard through proper deed and stamp duty, which was charged as per the circle rate by my office from the Muslim community,” he said. BJP Gosaiganj MLA Indra Pratap Tiwari took the initiative and convinced its owners to give the land to be used as a graveyard, Singh said. “To continue the tradition of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood in the area, this is a small gesture of peace from the side of Hindus. I hope, members of both communities will live here like brothers,” Tiwari said. The deed was signed by Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal, Awadhesh Pandey and Jhinkan Maharaj, said the qabristan committee’s president Vais Ansari. The land will be part of the revenue records after some procedural formalities, he said, adding that the deed was signed on June 20 at the office of the Sadar tehsil sub registrar. Chief Imam at Gosaiganj Jama Masjid Haji Abdul Haq said this act of the Hindu community is a great example of harmony between the two communities.last_img read more

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Smart system to check shortage wastage of water in trains

first_imgKolkata: As a part of Indian Railway’s initiative to boost passengers’ amenities for a hassle-free journey, quick watering system has been commissioned at Bhagalpur Coaching Depot of Eastern Railway’s Malda Division on September 9. It will also mitigate passengers’ complaints regarding shortage of water in train coaches.High pressure coach watering system has been developed at Bhagalpur station so that a 24-coach train, can be filled up with water in just six minutes and multiple trains can also be filled with water simultaneously. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe water will be supplied to the train coaches through a computerised system called SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). The quick watering system having powerful motor and centralised monitoring system with flow metres, can also check exactly how much water has been filled into the coaches, thereby reducing wastage. This quick watering system has five features that include optimum power consumption, minimum wastage of water, minimum manual interface, flexibility of operations and flexibility of operation in auto and manual mode.last_img read more

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Oklahoma City Thunders Serge Ibaka Launches Campaign For Kids In The Congo

first_imgThe U.S. Fund for UNICEF has announced a new fundraising campaign with Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center Serge Ibaka.The NBA player and recipient of the April Kia Community Assist Award, has pledged $315,000 to the “UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game” project for the renovation and expansion of two orphanages in Brazzaville, Congo. Ibaka, whose home country is the Congo, has also pledged a donation of $500 for every blocked shot he records during the 2014 NBA Playoffs.Ibaka is encouraging his fans to lend support as well. He worked with the Thunder to host a U.S. Fund for UNICEF night at a Thunder home game last month, where volunteers organized a donation, raffle and auction table. Ibaka met with each auction and raffle winner, and encouraged online donations through social media.“We welcome Serge Ibaka into the UNICEF family,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “His commitment to children in the Congo will not only help to provide urgently needed interventions to children on the streets of Brazzaville, but will help to expand UNICEF programs that emphasize children’s rights to education and protection.”“UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game” is a two year project that will focus on children in the city of Brazzaville immediately, as well as helping vulnerable children across the Congo and throughout the wider region.Kia and the NBA will also donate $10,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on behalf of Ibaka during an on-court ceremony at an upcoming playoff game.Source:US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more

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Morocco Spent MAD 391 Billion in 2016 in Laayoune Region

Rabat – 134 projects totaling MAD 39.1 billion were launched in the year 2016. All of the projects were undertaken as part of the new development model for the southern provinces, worth MAD 77 billion.The model was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI on the 40th anniversary of the Green March. Results for the year 2016 were announced by the interior minister on Wednesday in Laayoune.During a meeting, which was meant to examine the progress of the new development model for southern provinces a year after its launch, the interior minister stated that the rate of the launch of works related to economic projects is currently at 99%. This stands against 82% for infrastructure and territory development projects and 52% for social projects. The meeting was also attended by the delegate for the interior minister and the minister delegate for water. The official underlined the importance given to the Laâyoune-Sakiat El Hamra region within the framework of the new development model. The area received a budget of 41.6 billion dirhams. In 2016 the building works for 50 projects totaling MAD 23 billion were launched.The projects include a motorway, the “Phosboucraa” industrial development program, the Foum El Oued science and technology park project., as well as two solar energy units in Laâyoune and Boujdour.  In addition to these undertakings, according to the interior minister, a number of social projects in the fields of education, culture, employment, and handicraft are slated for 2017.The new development model for the southern provinces was launched to encourage entrepreneurship and investment in the region with long-term sustainable development in mind. A comprehensive strategy is being employed to combat the region’s historically high unemployment rates by courting economic growth, supported by a social structure designed to enforce legal standards and uphold basic human rights.Considerable planning has also gone into strategies for maximizing the region’s resources without compromising their safety and ecological integrity. In a nutshell, the plan aims to turn the region into a critical economic hub for Morocco. In addition, it will also serve as a vital link between the Kingdom and the African continent. read more

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Bombardier facing World Bank ban over Azerbaijan corruption allegations

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. is facing a possible ban from World Bank-financed projects after it received a show-cause letter related to a rail equipment deal plagued by corruption allegations.The letter is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into a roughly $340-million contract awarded to a Bombardier-led consortium in 2013 to supply signalling equipment for a 500-kilometre section of a rail corridor connecting Asia and Europe via Azerbaijan.A show-cause letter, which came from the bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, typically requires a company or individual to make their case as to why disciplinary action should not be taken after alleged wrongdoing.Bombardier says it disagrees with the allegations in the letter, which include accusations the company engaged in delaying practices or obstructive behaviour regarding the audit. A spokesman for the Montreal-based company says the conclusions represent preliminary findings rather than formal accusations.The World Bank says it takes allegations of fraud and corruption seriously, but declined to comment on the ongoing probe.In one of the country’s biggest corruption cases to date, Sweden appealed in 2017 the acquittal of a Russian employee in Bombardier’s Swedish branch for aggravated bribery involving an Azerbaijan Railway Authority employee. The train maker says in its latest annual information form that an appeal trial is expected next year.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Trudeau wont begin free trade talks during China visit next week officials

OTTAWA — As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to travel to China next week, officials say Canada is still contemplating the challenges associated with pursuing a free trade deal between the two countries, officials say.The prime minister leaves Saturday for his four-day trip — a return visit that at least one analyst says is shaping up to be a very “ordinary” excursion.“There are a number of considerations still to be had. The government is weighing the challenges and opportunities,” a government official who briefed journalists on Friday said when asked about the possibility of Trudeau launching trade talks in Beijing.Canada attempts to smooth Japan’s ruffled feathers after Trans-Pacific trade standoffTime for Canada-China trade talks as Trudeau trip nears, say Poloz and NaultThe officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with the terms of Friday’s briefing, say the focus of the trip will be deepening economic ties and attracting more Chinese investment to Canada.Trudeau will meet Monday with Chinese Premier Xi Jingang and will also have meetings with senior Canadian and Chinese executives.China is anxious to start formal free trade talks after several rounds of exploratory discussions, but Canada is still assessing its position, officials say.The government recently released the results of consultations with more than 600 businesses, academics and civil society groups.Some of those surveyed said a pact with China could kill Canadian jobs, including in manufacturing, and reduce the ability to compete against lax labour standards, lower environmental requirements and Chinese state subsidies.“The trip has to be understood as an ordinary trip in extraordinary times,” said Paul Evans of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia.Evans said Canada is likely biding its time amid the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which reached an impasse earlier this fall when the United States tabled a series of proposals that Canada and Mexico deemed untenable.“Canada will try and tread water for a little time longer,” while the Chinese will be “increasingly frustrated on this,” Evans said.In announcing the trip earlier this week, Trudeau’s office made no mention of free trade, and government officials have said no decision has been made on whether to pursue such negotiations.“A strong relationship with China is essential to creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, and growing the Canadian economy,” Trudeau said in statement.“I look forward to meeting again with China’s leaders to strengthen our relationship and set the stage for even greater trade and investment co-operation.”Canada intends to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance, the statement said. read more

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Rome deports Sri Lankan with expired residence visa

Investigations found that the Sri Lankan had already been asked to leave the country but he had failed to do so. A Sri Lankan in Rome has been deported for having an expired residence visa, viterbonews24 reported.The Sri Lankan was detained in Rome during a special operation and he was deported to Sri Lanka after it was found his residence visa had expired.

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Acupuncture helps young babies stop crying new research

first_imgExcessive crying affects one in five families and is a major factor in parents’ ability to cope in the first few weeks after birth.Scientists at Lund university divided 147 babies aged between two and 10 weeks into three groups, giving infants in the first group between two to five seconds standard minimal acupuncture at one point on the body.Babies in the second group were given tailored acupuncture at a maximum of five points for up to 30 seconds, and the final group received no acupuncture.The researchers found that the babies who received standard acupuncture were 49 per cent more likely to have stopped crying in the second week of treatment than those who received no treatment, and those who underwent the tailored acupuncture were 32 per cent more likely to have stopped.“Fussing and crying are normal communications for a baby, therefore a reduction to normal levels, rather than silence, is the goal of treatment,” wrote the researchers in the British Medical Journal. “For those infants that continue to cry for more than three hours a day, acupuncture may be an effective treatment option.” 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. Acupuncture can have a potent effect in persuading babies to stop crying, new research has found.Doctors practised the ancient Chinese needle technique on a batch of babies who were crying for more than three hours a day and found they came through the condition, known as infantile colic, significantly quicker than those who received no acupuncture. For those infants that continue to cry for more than three hours a day, acupuncture may be an effective treatment optionLund University researcherslast_img read more

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Scotland Yard launches criminal investigation into Sir Kim Darroch leaks

“Given the widely reported consequences of that leak I am satisfied that there has been damage caused to UK international relations, and there would be clear public interest in bringing the person or people responsible to justice.”Mr Basu went on: “The investigation will be reviewed at every stage to ensure a proportionate investigation is undertaken.“I would say to the person or people who did this, the impact of what you have done is obvious. However, you are now also responsible for diverting busy detectives from undertaking their core mission. You can stop this now. Turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences.“Also, to anyone who knows or suspects those responsible, or who has any information, please come forward.“Exercise your public and civic duty and call the police on 0800 789321 without delay. That call will be treated in strictest confidence.“The publication of leaked communications, knowing the damage they have caused or are likely to cause may also be a criminal matter.“I would advise all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media not to publish leaked government documents that may already be in their possession, or which may be offered to them, and to turn them over to the police or give them back to their rightful owner, Her Majesty’s Government.” Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into the alleged leaking of diplomatic emails involving Britain’s former ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch.The Met’s Counter Terror Command, which looks after allegations involving breaches of the Official Secrets Act, will lead the investigation.In a statement, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu urged the person responsible to hand themselves in and face the consequences.He said the leak had caused damage to the UK’s international relations and there was a clear public interest in bringing the personal responsible to justice.The leak of the diplomatic cables – in which Sir Kim was critical of President Trump – led to a spat between the White House and Britain.The US President branded Sir Kim a “very stupid guy” and said his administration would no longer cooperate with him. Sir Kim stepped down an ambassador to the US on Wednesday, saying it was “impossible” for him to continue. Setting out the terms of the criminal investigation, Mr Basu said: ““Following a cross-government investigation led by the Cabinet Office, a Gateway Process has occurred today with the Metropolitan Police into the alleged leaking of official communications involving Sir Kim Darroch.“As a result the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, who take national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, has launched a criminal investigation. 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. read more

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Sandvik cutting tools progressing at Solwara 1 in PNG and ¡VAMOS in

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology recently provided updates on the status of its cutting technologies being used on Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) designed and built undersea/submerged mining production tools, namely for Nautilus Minerals’ Solwara 1 copper-gold marine mining project in PNG (see below for a Nautilus update), and the ¡VAMOS! project, where the mining vehicle has successfully been tested at the former kaolin mining pit of Lee Moor in the UK, which is being demobilised and for transport to the second test site in Bosnia and Herzegovina in spring 2018, where Sandvik’s cutter will face will face the granite bedrock of the Smreka iron open-pit.Sandvik, Damen (supplied the dredge pumps and valves) and Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) worked together on the marine mining project for Nautilus Minerals, where Sandvik provided the cutting units for the world’s first deep sea mining equipment that will be used in the Solwara 1 mining project in PNG. Nautilus recently provided an update on the project in its Q3 2017 results. The Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs) consisting of the Sandvik Auxiliary Cutter, Bulk Cutter, and Collecting Machine remained in PNG during the quarter undergoing submerged trials at a facility near Port Moresby. The objective of these trials is to demonstrate the equipment meets functional performance specifications with respect to stability, cutting efficiency, collection efficiency, and visualisation technology. The Collecting Machine trials were successfully completed indicating that the machine can perform to design specifications with no serious issues or fatal flaws emerging. The submerged trials for the Auxiliary Cutter commenced during the quarter. Papua New Guineans engaged to operate and maintain the SPTs have been gaining invaluable operating experience during the trials for which the supplier, Soil Machine Dynamics is providing vendor support.“The idea of ¡VAMOS! was inspired by the Nautilus project, which is one of the most important currently ongoing marine mining projects,” says Uwe Restner, Product and Commercial Manager, Hard Rock Continuous Mining and Mechanical Cutting at Sandvik. “As Sandvik wants to keep a foot in the door for the future submerged mining market, we were keen to participate in ¡VAMOS! as this is a project that pushes for further innovation in the mining equipment sector.” The initial proposal was that Sandvik should supply just the cutting equipment, but at an early stage SMD asked Sandvik to make the frame for the underwater mining vehicle as well. “While doing the frame we ended up supplying the whole base unit containing the frame, the cutting unit at the front and the back stabilisation,” Restner says.Sandvik says the manufacturing has required a lot of modifications to standards, but even if the partners are based in different countries there have been very few technical glitches, and nothing too big to rectify on site. “The technical coordination has been challenging, but the fact that a lot of new technology is involved is also a huge benefit,”Restner says. “¡VAMOS! is a technical demonstration of how different subsystems can work together. The result is a fully remote-controlled and reliable mining system with a built-in evacuation plan to make sure no equipment is lost in operation.”Besides being a testing ground for new mining technology, the project is expected to yield many other positive outcomes. Mining under water means minimal waste-removal cost compared with open-cut mining. There are minimal dewatering costs, minimum costs for barrier construction or barrier maintenance, and no drawdown on aquifers that can affect groundwater or neighbouring areas. “And there will be no blasting noise, no ground vibration, no dust nuisance, no personnel in the mine, and it will be a quicker set-up with cheaper capital costs than in an underground mine,” Restner says.last_img read more

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Nintendo confirms NES Classic Mini has several display modes instant saves

first_imgOne of the problems with trying to play games using a retro console such as a NES, SNES, or Genesis on a modern HD TV is that the games don’t look great. That’s why the XRGB mini has proved so popular as it solves the problem. It’s also why the Retron 5 works so well because it also solves the display issue by default.Thankfully, Nintendo has taken the time to ensure the NES games included with the forthcoming NES Classic Mini all look great on a HD TV. But that’s not all. Julie Gagnon, communications manager at Nintendo of Canada, has given a French-language radio interview where she goes into more detail on the display options.It seems the Classic Mini will be a lot like the Retron 5 in terms of the display options you have available. As well as a standard HD-resolution output, the tiny NES will allow you to simulate the look of the game as you would experience it on a CRT. There will also be a 4:3 mode and a pixel-perfect mode where every pixel is a perfect square. So that’s all 30 games with multiple viewing options available.Gagnon also commented on game saves. There will be permanent save points within each game, but Nintendo has also added instant temporary saves. That means you’ll be able to stop playing at any point and return later without losing progress. The fact they are instant suggests the save may only last as long as the Classic Mini is powered on, where as the permanent saves are, well, permanent.The Nintendo Classic Mini is set to go on sale on November 11 for $59.99 including 30 games and one NES controller. 1/20Game Boy 1/20Game Boy Color 1/20Game Boy Advance 1/20Game Boy Advance SP 1/20Game Boy Micro 1/20Nintendo DS 1/20Nintendo DS Lite 1/20Nintendo DSi 1/20Nintendo DSi XL 1/20Nintendo 3DS 1/20Nintendo 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo 2DS 1/20New Nintendo 3DS and New 3DS XL 1/20Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20Super Nintendo Entertainment System 1/20GameCube 1/20Nintendo 64 1/20Wii 1/20Wii U 1/20Nintendo NX? <>last_img read more

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