Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins With China barred from the weightlifting competition for doping violations, the North Koreans are atop the standings in the sport.The first doping case of the Jakarta-Palembang games was registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan. The Olympic Council of Asia said Rustem Nazarov, who lost in the quarterfinals of the 57-kilogram division, was disqualified from the games after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in a test on the eve of the opening ceremony.There were six doping cases at the last Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Ikee led qualifiers in the heats of the women’s 50-meter freestyle.China’s three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang was aiming for his fourth freestyle gold medal of the games, hoping to add the 1,500 title to his victories in the 200, 400 and 800.In other early finals, Jessa Khan won Cambodia’s first gold medal of the games with a win over Mahra Alhinaai of the United Arab Emirates in the women’s ju-jitsu 49-kilogram class.Kim Hyo Sim won North Korea’s fifth gold medal in weightlifting with victory in the women’s 63-kilogram division.Kim collected gold with a total of 250 kilograms, well clear of fellow North Korean Choe Hyo Sim, who was a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 world championships.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Iran’s Kabaddi team react after defeating India during the women’s gold medal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia — In what would have been unthinkable in India before the Asian Games, there’ll be no kabaddi gold medals for the spiritual home of the sport.A day after Iran stunned the seven-time champion Indian men in the semifinals, the Iranians won the women’s title with a 27-24 thriller over India on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Too bad for India, which has long dominated a sport that blends tag and tackle with wrestling moves.The Indian women took an early 7-3 lead but Iran rallied to take 17-13 lead and eventually held on for victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Iranian men were playing for gold against South Korea later Friday. The Koreans in the group stage became the first team ever to beat India’s men’s team at the Asian Games. This is the first time since the sport was introduced in 1990 that India won’t win a gold.The sixth day of competition was expected to be headlined by Japanese teenager Rikako Ikee and her bid for a sixth gold medal, and a record-equaling eighth medal at a single Asian Games. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES PBA: Blackwater ends long skid to TNT with OT win MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Athol Williams wins Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award

first_img22 October 2015 This year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award has gone to Athol Williams for his poem Streetclass Diseases.Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion by Sindiswa Busku-Mathese was awarded second place, with Baleka, What do you Know by Jim Pascual Agustin coming in third place.The winners were presented with their awards by the head judge and chairperson of the Jacana Literary Foundation, Mongane Wally Serote, and the EU ambassador designate, Marcus Cornaro, at a ceremony hosted by Poetry Africa on 17 October, in Durban.@Qhakaza Am feeling so much love from my @WordNSound family, thank you— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015@nomadpoet Thank you SO MUCH Toni, I am overjoyed!!— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015The awardThe award is handed out annually and is in its fifth year. It is named after South African journalist, linguist and writer Solomon (Sol) Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932) to recognise his life and vision as a social and political activist.Poems that made it on to the long list were published in an anthology. “Like Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time,” reads the Jacana website.The works are written in numerous South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu.Watch this to find out more about Plaatje:Winner profileWilliams grew up in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, but has lived in Johannesburg, Boston and London. He holds five degrees from local and international universities such as Harvard, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading political philosophy at Oxford University in the UK.He said he loved to experiment and learn. “My poetry leads my pursuit of understanding just as imagination leads my efforts in social development,” Williams states on his website.“My work seeks to explore new structural processes and social institutions that may put humanity on a path to greater harmony and I delve deeply into the prospects of a new (or renewed) human consciousness that might make us all evolve to live larger, fuller lives.”He has published three collections of poems – Bumper Cars, Talking to a Tree and Heap of Stones – and two children’s books – Oaky, the Happy Tree and Oaky and the Sun.“I have a passion for reading and education personally, and I recognise the vital role education plays in the pursuit of freedom and human development, hence my involvement in social change through education,” he said. “I co-founded Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy.”Watch this to learn more about Read to Rise:The organisation offers children suitable reading material fitting for their age groups, in an attempt to instil a love of reading early on in life.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Hidden Creatures FAQ

first_imgUncover a new world of geocaching! Recently, 13 sightings of magical creatures and otherworldly beings have been reported. Your challenge is to find these creatures in their natural habitats and confirm the existence of as many as you can.How do I play?From June 27 through July 25, earn up to 13 mythical creature souvenirs by finding geocaches and attending events. How do I participate?Go geocaching and attend events! Earn a point for every cache or event you log. Each Hidden Creature souvenir is valued at a certain number of points. Once you reach that amount, earn the associated souvenir. View your Hidden Creatures progress in the Geocaching® app or on the Hidden Creatures site.Is Hidden Creatures in the Geocaching® app?Yes! Visit your profile in the app and select “Hidden Creatures” to view your progress.Can I join Hidden Creatures at any time?Of course! You can earn all 13 souvenirs as long as you log caches and attend events before July 25.How can I earn points?Log a cache or attend an event, receive one point per log.Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?Yes. Attending any event earns you one point.Are the points cumulative?Yes! If you find one geocache or attend one event you earn the Bigfoot souvenir. When you find two more caches you earn the Fairy souvenir.Does Hidden Creatures incorporate the Friend League?Hidden Creatures does not incorporate the Friend League, but you can still use Friend League to keep track of friends’ geocaching activity. Friend League will return and be used for other gameplay purposes in the future.Where can I see my souvenirs?As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. Souvenirs appear on your profile under the Souvenir tab and also in the Souvenir section in the app. For iOS users, access your souvenirs from the Profile tab in the Geocaching® app. For Android users, access your souvenirs from the More menu in the upper left hand corner.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedUncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News”Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Additional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego

first_imgAdditional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown for homeless San Diegans has been activated by the San Diego Housing Commission in partnership with the City of San Diego.Shelter nights are provided when the temperature is 50 degrees or below and there is a 40 percent chance of rain, or in exceptional weather conditions, such as one or more inches of rain within 24 hours and sustained winds of over 25 MPH.The date(s) is listed below:Monday, February 26Father Joe’s Villages Shelter — up to 250 individualsCheck-In: 4 p.m. — Throughout the nightCheck-Out: 5 a.m.Meal provided1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The City of San Diego funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages.PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter – Up to 30 individualsCheck-In: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Check-Out: 7 a.m.Meal provided1250 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The San Diego Housing Commission funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at PATH San Diego/Connections Housing.Inclement Weather Shelter Program–Downtown San Diego Area The Inclement Weather Shelter Program in the city’s downtown area is a partnership of the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown and 2-1-1 San Diego. For more information about this shelter program or other county-wide shelter programs, dial 2-1-1, or visit www.211sandiego.org KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire

first_img Posted: June 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) — A mural dedicated to two children killed in an apartment fire last October was unveiled Monday at Sunset Hills Elementary School.The mural is dedicated to the memories of 7-year-old Isabella Lopez and 10-year-old Cristos Lopez, who died in a fire that burned through their Bernardo Terrace condo.The children’s father, Henry Lopez, was charged with child endangerment causing death, reckless fire starting causing great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter.Witnesses spotted flames coming from the second-story of a condominium on Bernardo Terrace about 3:20 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 28 and dialed 911.Firefighters arrived within minutes and found 7-year-old Isabella and 10-year-old Cristos upstairs with their father. Both children died later at a hospital.Lopez was legally separated from his wife but the estranged couple owned the home together.According to court documents, Lopez threatened to burn the residence down during a conversation about selling the condo and finalizing their divorce. Prosecutors claimed Lopez fell asleep with a cigarette in his hand, which started the fire, ultimately taking the lives of the two children.Their mother, Nikia Lopez, stood in front of the mural, teary and thankful for those who have helped her through the past several months.“Those children would not have been buried the way that they did had it not been for the community. I had nothing,” she said. “I have been in bed for three days. I have women coming to my house peeling me off the floor and getting me dressed. They feed me, I sleep on their couches. They have moved mountains for me. They say I don’t know why your babies are gone but they are special, they are not forgotten.”According to their GoFundMe page, Cristos was a 5th grader and Isabella was a 2nd grader at Sunset Hills Elementary school.“He loved playing basketball and was the MVP of his basketball team. He dreamed of playing professionally. But he also thought about being a banker because he was so good at math. And whenever you saw Cristos, he always had the biggest, warmest and most infectious smile for you. Even at just 10 years old, he always asked how you were doing with a quirky shyness that matched his caring personality. His family adored him. So did his friends and classmates.”“Isabella was the family firecracker. She had a spark that proved she could do anything. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Even though she was the baby sister, she acted like Cristos’ big sister, as she liked to watch over him … She loved reading and wanted to become a doctor. She loved helping people. Most knew her as ‘Bella.’ And if she saw you from across the room, she would go out of her way just to say hello.” Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire , June 11, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Product Specialist at Scully Signal CompanyPart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Security Guard at Allied UniversalPart-Time Yard Person at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.Full-Time/Part-Time Delivery Courier Driver at OptimaPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at OptimaFull-Time Mill Metal Worker at TecometFull-Time CNC Machinist at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Engineering Technician at SymboticFull-Time Staff Accountant at UniFirst(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Jupiter storms star in NASA marble planet portrait

first_img See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill, who describes himself as a “planetary data wrangler” at NASA, processed the images to create the full tableau of clouds and storms dancing across the planet. Juno has delivered some wild and crazy images of Jupiter, including a formation that looks like a South Park character and one that took the shape of a dolphin. The marble portrait is simply beautiful to behold, a reminder of the wonders of our solar system. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy 13 Photos Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags Rylo $155 at Google Express The Cheapskate 0 Post a comment Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Sarah Tew/CNET Jaw-dropping Jupiter: NASA’s Juno mission eyes the gas giant Tags See It $59 at eBay Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read Google Home Hub review Sci-Tech Share your voice $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Turo Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) NASA view of Jupiter looks like an infamous South Park character NASA spacecraft nabs best picture contender of Jupiter’s swirling clouds Jupiter stands out in this marble-like portrait. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill We have a new entry in the competition for Most Beautiful Photo of a Planet Pretending to be a Marble. The classic Blue Marble view of Earth from 1972 still stands strong, but dark-horse Jupiter is contending with a fresh NASA image.NASA delivered the view this week with the simple title “Jupiter Marble.” The color-enhanced view melds three images taken in February by the Juno spacecraft, which has been investigating the gas giant since 2016.Juno’s close pass gave us a gorgeous look at the planet’s southern hemisphere, including a sideways sighting of the infamous Great Red Spot, a massive spinning storm that’s about twice the size of Earth. It looks like you could pluck the planet out of the darkness of space and shoot it into a game. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read the Rylo camera preview Apple iPhone XS $60 at Best Buy $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Hello, Jupiter Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 $999 NASA Space,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sprint $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $6 at Tidal $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Boost Mobile Read the AirPods review Angela Lang/CNET $520 at HP See it TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Lok Sabha Phase 7 Election 2019 Who are the key candidates in

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:43Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … PM Modi files nomination seeking re-election from temple town Varanasicenter_img Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second time from Varanasi; ex-BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha is contesting from Patna Sahib constituency where he had won elections in 2014 by defeating a Congress nominee.Polling in the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 began at 7 am on Sunday, May 19, across 59 parliamentary constituencies. Phase 7 polling will determine the fate of 912 candidates.Voting will take place in 13 seats each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, 9 seats in West Bengal, 8 seats each in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, 4 seats in Himachal Pradesh and 3 seats in Jharkhand; one in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.Ahead of the last phase of the national elections, International Business Times explains who the key candidates to watch for are:The seventh phase will witness key battles in the Bharatiya Janata Party stronghold of Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second time from Varanasi, which is among the 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will fight from his bastion Gorakhpur, which is also voting today (May 19).Check the LIVE Updates of the Phase 7 Lok Saha Elections 2019 here.Among the other heavy weight candidates in Phase 7 national elections are, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP lawmaker and veteran actress Kirron Kher, actor-turned-politician and Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP nominee Sunny Deol.Other prominent leaders include former Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, RJD leader Misa Bharti who is daughter of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav, Union Minister and BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and Bhojpuri actor-turned politician Ravi Kishan who is BJP candidate from Gorakhpur.Election to 542 Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies is being conducted in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Phase 7 will be the last and final phase of polling. Polling in Vellore Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu has been cancelled following excess use of money power. The counting of votes and the results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly quits after 4year stint

first_imgRishi Jaitly, Twitter’s India head, has announced his resignation. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he said that he wants to “move to new opportunities.” Jaitly had joined the microblogging site’s India operations in November 2012. The news comes within two months of Twitter deciding to shut down its engineering operations in India, laying off about 20 employees in the process.He follows Shailesh Rao, who quit the San Fransisco-based social media network in July this year as vice-president, international operations, four years after joining the organisation in February 2012.Jaitly said that he is moving to Chicago, hinting that he may be joining an organisation with a civic orientation. He said he would continue to pursue his “mission” of harnessing technology for connecting people with leaders.At Twitter, Jaitly was responsible for its operations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.Today, after 4 years of user/business momentum in India & the region, I’m sharing my intention to move on to new opportunities, same mission— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016 My mission remains the same: harness tech/media’s scale to connect users/citizens to their voice/agency/leadership in places they care about— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016 While a personal/civic calling takes me to Chicago, I’ll spend significant time in India/Asia, drawing on my past to further tech’s promise.— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016last_img read more

Qaeda enters Yemen towns after US raid

first_imgAl-Qaeda in Yemen overran three southern towns just days after a deadly US raid targeting its commanders, before withdrawing from two of them on Friday, officials said.The jihadists’ entry into the Abyan province towns of Loder, Shaqra and Ahwar came as the White House defended Sunday’s raid on an Al-Qaeda compound as a “success”, even though multiple civilians and a Navy SEAL were killed.Abyan has long been an Al-Qaeda stronghold and it was only through a major offensive backed by a Saudi-led coalition last summer that the government was able to drive its fighters out of the province’s main towns.But the jihadists have faced some opposition from ordinary Yemenis.”The Al-Qaeda fighters withdrew from Loder and Shaqra after protest demonstrations by residents,” a local government official said.”Residents made clear during the protests that they were ready to take up arms if necessary.”The jihadists’ entry into the two towns on Thursday evening was helped by a pullout by government forces angry over the late payment of their wages, a security official told AFP.”Our forces are also angry that they have not been provided with the weapons and other equipment to confront the jihadists, who have been stepping up their armed attacks,” the official said.Al-Qaeda fighters set up roadblocks around the towns and blew up two security service buildings.Saudi-led aircraft carried out two strikes on jihadist positions in Loder overnight, the official added.Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of nearly two years of fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels who control the capital Sanaa to entrench its presence in the south.Washington has kept up its long-running drone war against the jihadists but that has done little to dent their influence.Sunday’s raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Baida province was the first such operation of Donald Trump’s presidency.Navy SEAL Team Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, was killed and three other US troops were wounded in a fierce gunfight.And on Wednesday, the Pentagon acknowledged that several non-combatants, including children, had apparently been killed.A Yemeni provincial official said eight women and eight children died.The International Crisis Group think-tank warned on Thursday that operations like the Baida raid risked fanning hostility towards the United States among civilians, providing fertile ground for recruitment by Al-Qaeda.last_img read more