Twitter Loses Another Exec in Asia

first_imgParminder Singh, who oversaw the business in India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East for the past three years, today announced that he is moving on to pastures new within the next month. Related Itemslast_img

Sonbhadra killings: SC/ST panel orders invocation of NSA

first_imgThe U.P. SC/ST Commission on Thursday asked the State government to invoke the NSA and the Gangster Act against culprits behind the killings of 10 tribal people in Sonbhadra district and take action against officials for their “negligence” in averting the massacre. The Commission also rushed a two-member team of its Deputy Chairman Maniram Kaul and member Ramsewak Kharwar for a first-hand probe into the shoot-out, said an official statement. Team to visit siteThe team will visit the scene of crime, meet the tribal people and injured persons and submit a report to SC/ST Commission Chairman Brij Lal, said the panel.Meanwhile, the police on Thursday arrested the village headman whose henchmen opened fire on the villagers. With main suspect Yagya Dutt’s arrest, the number of those held after Wednesday’s shoot-out in Ubha village has risen to 26, police said. The police had earlier arrested his two nephews.An FIR has been lodged against 61 people, including 11 named. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the Director-General of Police to personally monitor the case and ensure action against the culprits, a government spokesperson said. Mr. Adityanath had also directed the Mirzapur Commissioner and Additional Director-General (Varanasi zone) to jointly investigate the cause of the clash and fix responsibility. The land in the district’s Ghorawal area earlier belonged to an IAS officer and he had sold it to village head Yagya Dutt, who wanted to take possession of it, Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh had said. When Dutt reached the spot with his henchme, local villagers tried to stop them from taking over the land, police said. Those accompanying him then showered a hail of bullets on the villagers, all tribals, killing nine of them. Official sources said another person injured in the firing died during treatment on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Wilder survives pummeling to stop Ortiz in 10th

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his crown. Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead.“A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight,” Wilder said. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWell, yeah — Wilder certainly took his share of them.Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favor. What boxing doesn’t know is how this performance will affect the division. Wilder’s sights have been set on Anthony Joshua, who defends his WBA and IBF crowns at the end of the month against WBO champ Joseph Parker.If nothing else, Wilder’s ring reputation took a hit, although his toughness and ability to take a punch can’t be questioned.“I’m ready right now,” Wilder said. “I always said that I want to unify. I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.” Then, in the seventh, Wilder was dazed and confused by Ortiz’s assault. Though he never hit the canvas, he stumbled to his corner when that round ended. The end seemed near.“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round,” Ortiz said. “Wilder was definitely saved by the bell. I thought I had him out on his feet. But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm.”Instead of folding, Wilder closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.“I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back,” Wilder said. “And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Luis Ortiz during the sixth round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINEW YORK — Deontay Wilder was out on his feet. Forget defending his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder was lucky to find his corner when the seventh round concluded.About 10 minutes later, he was strutting around the Barclays Center ring, his belt secure, but his reputation as being untouchable severely tarnished.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.The Associated Press had it 86-83 for Ortiz heading into the 10th.Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.He was ready Saturday, but not quite resourceful enough.“In this sport, any punch can end a fight,” Ortiz said. “In the ring anything can happen.”Wilder basically threw away the early rounds with a lack of aggression and much clowning. The left-handed Ortiz was all business.In the fifth, with boos raining down from the crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center, Wilder finally landed a solid punch. That invigorated him and two rights to the chin sent down Ortiz.Wilder couldn’t finish him, and was nearly finished himself two rounds later. Ortiz was so dominant in those three minutes that Wilder looked bewildered at his predicament.The champ hung on in the eighth, then somehow found the fortitude and punching power to turn it around in the final two rounds.“Luis Ortiz was one of those fighters that everyone ducked, even champions ducked him,” Wilder said. “I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know.” NU bounces back, blasts UP to end 1st round campaign LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Our fielding is below international standard, says India captain MS Dhoni

first_imgMahendra Singh DhoniMore than 50 cameramen chase Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he travels in a convoy to offer prayers at the Deori temple, 65 km from Ranchi. With the World Cup within sniffing distance, the 29-year-old Indian captain is taking no chances. He is seeking divine blessings in every corner of the country, from Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu to Tirupati down south. In Ranchi, his fans have planned a three-hour-long puja at Lalkut Chowk Hanuman Mandir where Dhoni’s picture will be kept next to the deity. There are others who have left for Varanasi to do puja at the 300-year-old Sankat Mochan temple. Dhoni’s family has, however, appealed to fans not to offer animals as sacrifice at the Deori temple. In an exclusive 30-minute conversation at his home, Dhoni tells India Today’s Goutam Das that leading India in the World Cup is his life’s biggest dream. Also, it’s the greatest challenge. Q. So what did you ask the gods?A. I am in the hands of Deori Maa. Every time I come to Ranchi, I visit her temple. I still remember my first visit. I came here with my friends on a motorcycle before attending my first Ranji Trophy camp at Tatanagar. Whatever I am today is because of Deori Maa.Q. There are many in Ranchi who aspire to become like you.A. I am always there for them. I have formed the Mahendra Singh Dhoni Charitable Trust which organises cricket tournaments in Jharkhand to identify promising cricketers so that we can help groom them, either in India or abroad.advertisementQ. World Cups have been won by captains in the past: Clive Lloyd in 1975, Kapil Dev in 1983, Allan Border in 1987, Imran Khan in 1992, Arjuna Ranatunga in 1996, Ricky Ponting in 2003. The teams looked up to their captains, and they delivered. Is there pressure on you?A. I never allow myself to be pressured. If you notice carefully, captains have not exactly won the World Cups single-handedly. India’s victory in 1983 was a great team effort; Kapil Dev has said it time and again. I have always believed in teamwork. Leading the Indian team in the 2011 World Cup itself is a huge opportunity for me. I am only focused on winning the Cup. If that happens, we will be over the moon.Q. Critics say you need to be a little more adventurous than you have been in recent months.A. Really? Who’s saying that? And since when have I not been adventurous? Let them say whatever they like because they have a job to do. I will play according to the situation. How you play is important, so are the decisions you take on and off the field. But what is of supreme importance is that you need to win the match. Winning a match is the main thing because it eases pressure and prepares me for the next game. I will continue to play according to the situation. How can you enter the field with pre-set notions?Keeper of FaithDeori Maa is a form of Goddess Durga. Located nearly 65 km from Ranchi on National Highway 33, this is an 800-year-old temple where the 16-armed deity is worshipped. The temple also has a statue of Lord Shiva.”According to legend, this temple was built in the 13th century by a tribal king of Singhbhum who had taken shelter here following his defeat in war. He was blessed by the benevolent goddess, who helped him retain his lost kingdom,” says Dhirendranath Ojha of Ranchi University.During the Kol uprising of 1831, when tribals rebelled against non-tribal contractors and British loyalists in Singhbhum, a few rebels took shelter close to the temple. They were fired upon by the British Army. The temple’s outer walls still bear the marks. The Deori temple is built with stones hewn out of sandstone.There is a belief that the temple’s internal structure is not to be disturbed. Though the shrine is being renovated, no change has been made where the goddess is seated.- Vijay Deo JhaQ. Fielding is a major area of concern for the Indian team. Do you agree?A. I agree, especially when I look at international standards. We are lacking in this area. But we are trying to improve. I constantly keep pushing my teammates to scale greater heights on the field. I keep telling them that it is not enough to stop a run or take a catch. You need to be hyperactive on the field. You really do not know what happens next when you are under pressure and drop a catch and mess with run-out chances. It can actually take the match away from you. World Cups have been won and lost because of dropped catches and missed run-outs. We are working hard in this area.advertisementQ. It’s a great privilege to be playing in front of the home crowd. Does it put additional pressure on you?A. I know Indian fans. I am not denying that Indians are sentimental about cricket and a loss can make people go wild across the country. I know there is immense pressure on my team. But we will perform well. Everyone is geared up to the challenge. We have remained cool in some really tight situations recently.Q. So the team is charged up for the World Cup, right?A. The entire team is working hard. We have just returned from South Africa and it was an interesting series. It was great exposure for the side right before the World Cup.Q. Isn’t the Indian team plagued by several injuries?A. I don’t think so. There will be injuries and it’s for the coaches to reduce those. I do not blame IPL for a player’s poor show. The team is fighting fit.Q. Who will open the Indian innings in the World Cup?A. I cannot tell you this right now. It will depend on the day, the pitch and the situation.Q. This could be Sachin Tendulkar’s last World Cup.A. I want my Paaji to play the next World Cup too. I know what I feel every time he goes out to bat. While the world expects him to score a 50 or a 100 whenever he bats-some of my team members do the same-I just want him to enjoy his game. I don’t want to put any pressure on him. With Paaji around, we have turned around even the most impossible situations. I want him to play his natural game and other team members to give their hundred per cent. This is the World Cup. It’s not a joke.Q. How did Piyush Chawla make it to the side…A. Hold it. I will not answer this one.Q. Which team, according to you, will be the toughest opponent?A. All matches are important, all teams are serious opponents.Q. What happens if you don’t win the World Cup?A. I believe in positive thinking. Let our supporters pray for the team and let’s play some great cricket. The World Cup will be ours.Q. Will you miss playing at Eden Gardens?A. Oh yes, we will miss the majestic ground and those one lakh-plus sports lovers of Kolkata. It is not ready now, but I do hope it will soon be ready and host other matches.MAHI’S MARSHALLSThe nation vests its hope on Dhoni’s 14 to bring home the World Cup:Gautam GambhirWould love to open the innings. He almost quit the game when selectors preferred Robin Uthappa to him for the 2007 World Cup. Yoga and music are keeping him busy.Virender SehwagWill open the show with Tendulkar. Has the power to swing a match in just five overs. He wants Indians not to think they are a champion side.Sachin TendulkarWants to win the Cup in what could be his last chance. On a self-imposed silence to charge his batteries.Harbhajan SinghIndia’s leading wicket-taker now wants to be taken seriously as a batsman.Zaheer KhanIndia’s thinking speedster gave the 2003 final away but is now confident with a shorter run-up.Virat KohliLed India to the U19 World Cup win in 2007. No. 2 ODI batsman. Hits big, dreams bigger.Yusuf PathanHis coach wants the hard-hitter to occasionally show restraint. He is unlikely to listen.Piyush ChawlaAware of the controversy around his inclusion, he is consulting astrologers to ensure success.R. AshwinThe brilliant Tamil Nadu off-spinner wants a repeat of his very economical bowling in IPL 3.Ashish Nehra IPL brought him back from a four-year-long wilderness. He is consulting Andrew Leipus on his fitness and diet.Munaf PatelFirst spotted by Kiran More, the fast bowler now has cut down his speed and relies on line and length.Suresh RainaGuru Greg called him the Indian Brian Lara. He is confident of handlingthe short deliveries.S. SreesanthWept when the selectors ignored him for the World Cup. Now recalled, he promises to deliver without drama.Yuvraj SinghConsidered one of the world’s most explosive batsmen, his six sixes in an over won India the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.advertisementlast_img read more

Dominant India crush Pakistan by 124 runs

first_img2/2 × ICC ICC champions Trophy India defeated Pakistan by 124 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in their rain—hit ICC Champions Trophy match here today.Batting first, India scored 319 for three after the match was reduced to 48 overs a side at the Edgbaston.Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs, which became 289 in 41 after the day’s third rain interruption, Pakistan were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs.Brief scores:India: 319 for 3 in 48 overs (Rohit Sharma 91, Virat Kohli 81 not out, Yuvraj Singh 53, Shikhar Dhawan 68; Shadab Khan 1/52).Pakistan: 164 all out in 33.4 overs (Azhar Ali 50; Umesh Yadav 3/30). PTI COMMENT ICC champions Trophy ICC June 05, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img ICC champions Trophy SHARE ICC cricket 1/2 Published on 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more

4th ODI: Lasith Malinga to replace injured Chamara Kapugedara as captain

first_imgRight-arm pacer Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka in the absence of injured Chamara Kapugedara in the fourth ODI of the five-match series against India in Colombo on Thursday.Kapugedera, who was roped in as the captain in place of suspended Upul Tharanga, hurt his back during Sri Lanka’s six-wicket defeat in the third ODI against India in Pallekele, which ruled him out of the remainder of the series.Malinga’s appointment is the fifth captaincy change to the Sri Lankan side in their last seven competitive matches.Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that Malinga would captain the team in Colombo this week, two months after being fined and handed suspension for comments he made following the ICC Champions Trophy in June, reported.The shift in captaincy comes a day after the Sri Lankan selection committee, headed by Sanath Jayasuriya, stepped down.Sri Lanka’s selection panel released a lengthy statement confirming they had resigned following a horror stretch that has seen them win just four of their past 15 matches across all formats.The committee had been at the receiving end of coach Nic Pothas, who said that ‘too many cooks’ were spoiling his efforts to revive the national team besides blaming outside interference for a string of poor performances in the recent times.Sri Lanka had been captained by two in the preceding Test series, which the hosts went on to lose by 0-3. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath stood in for skipper Dinesh Chandimal in the opening Test before Chandimal returned for the final two matches of the series.advertisementlast_img read more

Bosch provides customized IoT and Industry 4.0 solutions

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: new DIN rail mount Box PCNext Innodisk seizing the edge with fastest wide temp DDR4 memory Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions and Bosch Mondeville announce that they are offering customized Industry 4.0 development and manufacturing solutions for the Internet of Things. A broad spectrum of highly-integrated solutions will be presented for the first time at electronica 2018.Smart IoT products can be developed at Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, and then seamlessly handed over to be industrialized and manufactured at Bosch Mondeville. This provides customers with the flexibility of either working individually with just one of the two Bosch divisions or integrating both into their product’s development and production process.Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions offers customized IoT sensor devices and development kits in addition to its existing product range. The portfolio includes joint development and manufacturing based on customer applications and use cases, engineering, consulting services, and the development and manufacturing of white-label products.For higher-volume manufacturing, Bosch Mondeville’s EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services) capability meets today’s production requirements in terms of volume, quality and customization. It provides a wide range of support services to customers during the development, industrialization and manufacturing phases of their electronic products.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

Live Streaming India vs England 3rd Test Day 2: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 2 of the third Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.30pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The third Test between India and England will be played from August 18-22.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The third Test between India and England will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at are the team squads for England vs India Test match?India’s playing XI: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.England’s playing XI: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Oliver Pope, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes.Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties as India posted 307/6 on day one of the third Test against England, on Saturday.With England 2-0 ahead in the five-match series, Joe Root decided to launch another assault on India’s brittle top order after winning the toss and Chris Woakes obliged with three wickets in the morning session to reduce the tourists to 82-3.advertisementYet Kohli, who has shone amid his side’s batting ruins, once again dug deep and, ably assisted by Rahane in a superb 159-run fourth-wicket partnership, led his side out of another perilous situation.The pair batted throughout the afternoon session when the ball stopped jagging around, compiling by far India’s best partnership of the series until Rahane was snapped up after tea for 81 by Stuart Broad, courtesy of Alastair Cook’s dazzling left-handed slip catch.Kohli, having compiled his 18th Test fifty, carried on confidently and looked set for his 23rd Test hundred, and second of the series, until tempted to drive at a rare Rashid turner which Ben Stokes gobbled up at slip.After Kohli’s 152-ball stay, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made an assured unbeaten 22 on debut alongside Hardik Pandya, who became James Anderson’s 100th Indian Test victim to leave the match delicately poised.last_img read more

West Bengal textbook puts Farhan Akhtar’s picture in place of Milkha Singh’s

first_imgIn a textbook in West Bengal, the picture of Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar who played the role of the athlete in the superhit biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ has been used to depict legendary Milka Singh, popularly known as ‘The Flying Sikh’.The “glaring error” as called by Farhan, was first spotted by a Twitter user, who goes by the name of Lyfe Ghosh on the microblogging site.He wrote, “image of @FarOutAkhtar is portrayed as milkha singh in west bengal text book. not at all shocked. its became regular incident here.”image of @FarOutAkhtar is portrayed as milkha singh in west bengal text book. not at all shocked. its became regular incident here @ShefVaidya @ShankhNaad Ghosh (@Lyfeghosh) August 18, 2018As soon as Farhan found out about this mistake, he tweeted, “To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book?”To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal.There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book?Sincerely. @derekobrienmp Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018He also tagged senior state MP and former quiz master Derek O’ Brien in the same post.Have a look at people’s reaction:Meanwhile, people on the internet were infuriated by the mistake.advertisement Photo: Screenshot Photo: Screenshot Photo: Screenshot Photo: ScreenshotMilkha Singh: The Fying Sikh!Milkha Singh is a former Indian track and field sprinter who was the first Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games.The former President of Pakistan honoured him with the title The Flying Sikh.He is highly respected for his sporting achievements.Milkha Singh made history when he took to the track at the 1958 Commonwealth Games.Read: Institution heads can now issue learner’s driving licence to students as per new Delhi schemeAlso read: 17-year-old Esow Alben creates history by winning India’s first cycling World Cup medallast_img read more

LG to launch W-series smartphones in India today

first_imgLG will launch its affordable W-series smartphones in India. The Korean electronics giant is hosting a special launch event in New Delhi, which will begin at 12PM. Thanks to a teaser on Amazon India, we know that LG is expected to launch the LG W30 today. Apart from the LG W30, the company is also expected to launch the LG W10, which has been a subject of numerous leaks in the past couple of weeks.LG, via the phone listing on Amazon India’s e-retail platform and via its own micro-site, we already know that LG’s W-series smartphones will come with a triple rear camera setup that will be accompanied by an LED flash. The teasers available on Amazon India indicate that LG’s W-series smartphones are expected to come with a wide-angle lens and offer its users five camera modes, which includes normal, front camera selfie, night mode, portrait mode and bokeh mode. On the phone, the series is expected to come with a single camera, details of which remain scarce at the moment.Amazon India also hinted that users will be able to customise the notch of the phone based on their moods. Now, LG’s UI already offers users to pick between an iPhone-like notch and a design that includes thin bezels on the top. The LG W-series smartphones, however, are expected to go a step beyond this and offer users a choice to select between a water drop notch, a dot drop notch and thin bezels on top. In addition to this, we also know that the series will be available on Amazon India in three stylish colour variants – blue, green and black.advertisementNotably, the LG W30 will be available on Amazon India in Aurora green colour variant during the Amazon Prime Day 2019, which is scheduled to take place between July 15 and July 16.As far as the LG W10 is concerned, the phone was spotted on the Android Enterprise website last week. The listing on the Android Enterprise website revealed that the LG W10 will sport a 6.2-inch display. While the website didn’t reveal details about the phone’s processor, it did reveal that W10 will come with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory and that it would run on Android 9.0 Pie. It will also get fingerprint sensor support.ALSO READ: | LG W10 specs leaked ahead of India launchALSO READ: | LG to launch budget smartphone with triple rear camera setup in IndiaALSO READ: | LG to launch a W-series smartphone with triple rear camera setup exclusive to Amazon in India soonlast_img read more

South Coast Highway Improvement Project on Track

first_imgThe South Coast Highway Improvement Project remains a priority of the Government.Coming out of the recently held Cabinet Retreat, it was directed that the tender for the first five sub-contracts to be carried out by local contractors be issued before the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.The other ten packages will be completed over a two year period.Of priority to the Government are:• Hordley to Long Road – 4.1km at a cost of USD2.3 million• Manchioneal to Fair Prospect – 8.8km at a cost of USD5.1 million• Morant Bay to Serge Island – 14.7km at a cost of USD5.1 million• Serge Island to Cedar Valley -11.7km at a cost of USD5.5 million• Morant Bay to Prospect – 8.9 km at a cost USD4.8 millionThe highway from Harbour View to Yallahs will be done by the China Harbour Engineering Company, CHEC and final design work will be completed in 6 months and work will commence by year-end.The Government reiterates that it remains committed to ensuring that the people of St. Thomas and Portland have a good road network.last_img read more

Ganja Cultivation Project for Small Farmers to Begin by March – PM

first_img The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019. “It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Alternative Development Programme (ADP), which will provide an avenue for small ganja farmers to benefit from the ganja industry, will start by March 2019.The programme aims to prevent and eliminate the illicit cultivation of ganja and channel the process through legal streams. The pilot, which will commence in Accompong, St. Elizabeth and Orange Hill in Westmoreland, will involve the farming of ganja to provide raw material for processors.“It is a real fear that as that [ganja] industry emerges to become more corporatised, that the original ganja man, the original farmer, could very well be left out of the gains and the benefits, when you were the ones singing the praises and the benefits from how long,” Mr. Holness said.“So this programme is of significant importance to ensure that small farmers, and, in fact, communities like Accompong, where there is certain discipline, a certain order, a certain social system that will ensure that it is not used in illicit ways, will benefit,” he added.He was speaking at the Accompong Maroons’ 281st celebration of the signing of the peace treaty with the British and to commemorate the birthday of legendary leader Cudjoe, on Sunday (January 6), in the Maroon village, St. Elizabeth.The Prime Minister said he has received the commitment of the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, that the programme will begin within the first quarter of this year.“I know that you have actually started your part of the programme, but you are now awaiting the Government’s part of the programme to commence. I had a word with him (Minister Shaw) and he gave me a commitment that the Alternative Development Programme for the small ganja farmers to produce for the legal trade will start,” he said.The 1998 Action Plan, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides for the inclusion of a programme, such as the ADP, through specifically designed rural development measures consistent with sustained national economic growth.The programme will be administered by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries with oversight from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).Among the stipulations are the tagging of plants under a track and trace mechanism; sale of products through licensed processors; farmers’ alignment to community-based associations/organisations; accommodating special groups, such as the Maroons and Rastafarians; and that maximum cultivation should not exceed half an acre per farmer.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Digby and Kings Counties

first_imgDIGBY COUNTY: Culloden Road Traffic is reduced to one lane during paving on Culloden Road, Digby, from Lighthouse Road, west for 3.7 kilometres. Work is anticipated to be completed by Monday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: School House Road, Alyesford School House Road, Alyesford, is closed for bridge repairs until Friday, Oct. 28. Detour on Trunk 1 to Victoria Road to Park Street and back to Trunk 1 to New Road. -30-last_img read more

Trudeau warns senators not to thwart will of Canadians on marijuana bill

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is reminding senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize recreational marijuana — a subtle warning that they should not attempt to thwart the will of Canadians or the government they elected.The reminder comes amid some uncertainty over the fate of the pot legalization bill as it faces a second reading vote in the Senate this evening.Ordinarily, second reading — a vote on a bill in principle — would not be a big hurdle but, in this case, the 33 Conservative senators are vowing to vote en masse against Bill C-45.The Conservatives no longer dominate the 105-seat upper house but with more than a dozen independent and independent Liberal senators travelling on Senate committee business and a handful of others potentially voting against the bill, Senate insiders believe tonight’s vote could be very tight.While the unelected Senate exists to scrutinize and suggest improvements to bills passed by the House of Commons, Trudeau says Canadians voted to end the criminal prohibition on cannabis when they elected his Liberal government.He says the criminal regime has not protected Canadian kids, who are among the highest under-age users of marijuana in developed countries, and has put up to $7 billion every year in the pockets of organized crime.“The current system does not work,” Trudeau said following an event in New Brunswick.“This is not something that Canadians want to see continued.”last_img read more

Stage North is seeking show submissions for next year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North is looking for show submissions for their next season to be submitted before their Board Meeting on May 7th, 2019.The Theatre Society shares the call is open to the public to submit and if your play is accepted you would be asked to register as a member of Stage North. Available show slots include October, December, February, and April.To submit a show for consideration, the Board will need the following; A show title and authorThe synopsis of the showA DirectorA ProducerA Stage ManagerA budgetShow submissions need to be received Tuesday, May 7th at the Society’s Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, held at the Stage North rehearsal space.  Located at 11520 East Bypass Rd.If you are unable to attend the Board Meeting or have further questions email; stagenorth@stagenorth.calast_img read more

Ganguly in spotlight as KKR host Delhi at Eden

Kolkata: Swashbuckling Andre Russell’s big-hitting prowess will be pitted against Kagiso Rabada’s inch-perfect yorkers for the second time when Kolkata Kight Riders face Delhi Capitals in a return-leg fixture of the IPL here on Friday. Away from the match, the spotlight will also fall on where former KKR and India captain Sourav Ganguly sits during the match. Ganguly will be a ‘visitor’ at his ‘home’ ground of Eden Gardens as he is currently donning the advisor’s hat in the Delhi franchise, which has drawn ‘conflict-of-interest’ charges against him. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSecond in the IPL table with eight points from six matches, KKR’s season so far has been a Russell show with the Jamaican amassing 257 runs from five innings, out of which 150 have come in sixes alone. His average has been 128.50 while the strike rate is a mind-boggling 212.39, something that has left the opposition clueless on how to stop him. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did it with perfect execution by stranding Dre-Russ (as Russell is known to KKR fans) with his spin-heavy attack en route to handing KKR a crushing seven-wicket defeat in Chennai in their last match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKKR’s second defeat this season has been at the hands of Delhi Capitals in a dramatic Super Over finish at Kotla with Rabada winning the battle against Russell. Tasked to defend 11 runs in the Super Over, Rabada was smashed for a four by Russell in the first ball, but returned strongly to uproot the middle stump with an inch-perfect yorker, something Ganguly has termed as the “ball of the tournament”. While KKR will look to avenge their first leg defeat, Delhi, who have six points from as many matches, will be looking for their fourth win of the league to return to top-five. While the KKR fans may be anticipating a Russell-mania at the Eden, the nature of the wicket will also play an important role in Friday’s match. With Delhi Capitals boasting a world class pace attack spearheaded by the 23-year-old South African Rabada, a few insiders at Cricket Association of Bengal have claimed that its president Ganguly may have a ‘say’ in the pitch which could assist pacers. “You will know about the nature of the wicket on the day of the match. Whatever it is, whichever team plays well will win, it’s simple,” Ganguly has said, why replying on the allegations with a straight bat, even as Eden Gardens is set to be divided in loyalty. read more

Indians claim Lankans attacked them

Other fishermen fishing in the vicinity brought the injured to the Nagapattinam shore. They were admitted to government hospital.District Collector T Munusamy and Paunraj, MLA, visited the injured fishermen in the hospital. When they were fishing a few knots off-Kodiakarai coast this morning, the Sri Lankan fishermen arrived there in several boats and attacked them with sickles and stones. Five Indian fishermen received injuries in the incident, the media report said. A group of Indian fishermen have claimed they were injured in a mid-sea attack allegedly by their counterparts in Sri Lanka off Kodiakarai coast today.Outlook India reported that eight fishermen of Perumalpettai ventured into the sea yesterday in two boats from Vedaranyam. read more

Starbucks profit climbs as sales increase in US Asia but sales fall

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:33 pm MDT Starbucks profit climbs as sales increase in US, Asia but sales fall short NEW YORK, N.Y. – Americans may not feel optimistic about the economy but they’re still spending more at Starbucks.The world’s biggest coffee chain said Thursday that its profit rose in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales figure climbed in the U.S., its biggest market. New drinks and food, such as its sandwiches and pre-packaged lunch boxes, helped lift sales.A 7 per cent sales bump at U.S. cafes open at least 13 months came despite the broader industry’s struggles to grow at a time when other fast-food companies say people are being more careful with money. McDonald’s and Burger King saw sales decline during the first three months of the year and even Chipotle, which has grown rapidly in recent years, said sales at established restaurants grew just 1 per cent.Earlier this month, an Associated Press-GfK poll found only one in four Americans expects his or her financial situation to improve over the next year.Starbucks has been evolving its mix of food and drinks and expanding overseas as it faces intensifying competition at home from fast-food chains, which are offering more lattes and frozen coffee drinks. For example, the company recently started rolling out Evolution bottled juices in its cafes and new baked goods from a San Francisco bakery chain are expected in all stores by the end of 2014.Chief Financial Officer Troy Alstead said the hope is that Starbucks will become more of a lunch destination. He noted that traffic was growing in the afternoon hours, when traffic is generally slower than the morning rush.The company also is making a big push behind its loyalty program, a move that’s expected to get people to come back more often and spend more when they visit. A recent offer for a $5 gift card for joining the program resulted in 1 million new registered members, the company said.Starbucks, which has 18,000 locations around the world, said global sales at established cafes rose 6 per cent during the period. That included an 8 per cent increase in Asia, where the company has been focusing its expansion efforts.But the figure fell 2 per cent in Europe, where Starbucks has struggled to compete with local chains. The company also says the economy has made its turnaround push particularly difficult.“It just continues to be a tough environment for us — and for everyone,” Alstead said.To improve results in the region, the company is shifting to more of a licensing model that lowers overhead costs and hands over control to local partners who may be more adept at adapting to local tastes.Based on the momentum seen through the first half of the fiscal year, Starbucks said it was raising its outlook for 2013. But total sales came in shy of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell in afterhours trading.For the quarter, Starbucks earned $390.4 million, or 51 cents per share. That’s up from $309.9 million, or 40 cents per share, a year ago. Not including one-time items, it earned 48 cents per share, in line with analyst estimates.Revenue rose 11 per cent to $3.56 billion. But that was shy of the $3.58 billion Wall Street expected, according to FactSet.Shares of Starbucks fell 3 per cent to $58.75.The company says it now expect full-year earnings of $2.12 to $2.18, up from the previous forecast of $2.06 to $2.15 per share. read more

Hostile US polices have made Korean Peninsula worlds most dangerous hotspot DPRK

“The Korean Peninsula has now been turned into the world’s most dangerous hot spot which can even ignite the outbreak of a nuclear war,” Minister Ri Yong Ho said in his address, adding: “The situation [there] is often engulfed in a state that goes out of control, whose root cause squarely lies in the United States, which does not abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK.”Referring to recent US military exercises, including “a pre-emptive nuclear strike” aimed at the “decapitation” of the DPRK leadership and “occupation of Pyongyang,” the Minister said that there have never been such undisguised military threats and dangerous acts conducted “under the nose” of the adversary.Recalling that the Korean Peninsula does not have a proper institutional peace mechanism and that the war there remains in a state of temporary armistice, he said “it is the place where provocative military acts […] can easily infuriate the other side, thus inviting its response” and even incidental accidents could escalate into an all-out war.He further said that the DPRK has made every possible effort to prevent an armed conflict, while taking necessary self-defensive countermeasures whenever the provocative and aggressive joint military exercises were conducted by the US and the Republic of Korea and spoke of the DPRK’s request to hold an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the exercises but was turned away every time.“On the other hand, the UN Security Council takes issue with the righteous self-defensive measures taken by the DPRK to safeguard its sovereignty, dignity and national security,” he stressed and noted that his country “had no other choice but to ‘go nuclear’ inevitably after it has done everything possible to defend the national security from the constant nuclear threats.”He further emphasized that countries that had their begun nuclear activities far ahead of the DPRK were never called into question “because the UN Security Council is the place where [guilt is] decided not on the basis of justice but by the criterion whether one has the veto power or not.”The Minister also recalled the recent Summit of Heads of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) where leaders “expressed their condemnation at the promulgation and application of unilateral coercive measures against countries of the Movement, in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, particularly the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and independence of the States.”He further underscored that the DPRK will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear armed forces to defend its dignity, right to existence and safeguard genuine peace against threat of nuclear war from the US.Concluding his address, the Minister said: “The Government of the DPRK will push ahead with the vigorous struggle to remove the root cause of the threat of nuclear war imposed by the US, by means of powerful nuclear deterrence, safeguard the peace and security of the Korean peninsula, Asia and the world at large and to denuclearize the world.” read more

Challenge accepted Ohio State cheerleaders battle other Buckeye teams

Ohio State cheerleaders and rowers hold a punch pose after they raced on the Scioto River in September. Credit: Courtesy of Kyler HollandThe race was close — but only for a moment. Not long after it began, the Ohio State rowing team glided past the other boat in the water, building a lead with each harmonious sweep of the oar. In the other boat, with less harmony, were members of the Ohio State cheer team. As the distance between the two vessels on the Scioto River grew wider, the obvious became, well, even more obvious: the rowing team was not going to lose this race against the cheer team.Then again, the reason the cheerleaders — one wearing a wrestling singlet, another wearing a Cleveland Browns’ Johnny Manziel jersey and yellow football pants with one knee pad — found themselves in a boat at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 1 was never really about who would win. As senior cheerleader Axel Halvarson put it, it’s about “inter-team bonding.” “You always walk around campus and you see the book bags of athletes, but you don’t really want to say ‘Hi’ to them, because it’s like, ‘I don’t know you, but I’m an athlete too. You’re an athlete and we’re not talking,’ so this kind of bridges that gap,” said Carter Marsch, a senior cheerleader. There aren’t any deep fissures within the athletic department, but, as senior rower Chelsea Harpool said, “We all have our own practices and everything. We don’t really interact much,” so athletes often look forward to chances to hang out across teams. And so far, the race has accomplished what it sought to do. “It’s been super fun since then because a lot of people on our team and the cheer team that were part of it know each other now,” Harpool said. “We see each other all the time in French [Fieldhouse] or just around the different athletic facilities just to catch up.”  The stage for the race was set over the summer when Harpool talked with cheerleader Kyler Holland while hanging out with a fellow members of Athletes In Action, a campus ministry group. Holland mentioned a video he made of his teammates competing against the Ohio State women’s volleyball team in the spring — the first time the cheerleaders competed against other Buckeye athletes — to Harpool, and told her how fun it would be to do something similar against the rowing team. Harpool mentioned the idea to her coach, Andy Teitelbaum, the next day, and he was on board with the idea. The race was the morning after the Ohio State football team’s first game against Indiana, and, because it had to happen before speed boats began creating wakes on the river, it meant three things. One, the four cheerleaders who were at the game in Bloomington, Indiana, the night before were running on little sleep. Two, the rowing team had to move its regularly scheduled warmups from about 6:20 a.m. to 5 a.m., so it was also running on little sleep. And three, there wasn’t a lot of time for the cheerleaders to learn how to actually row the boat. Learning to make sure the oar enters the water perpendicular is hardly the problem (though that’s nothing to sneeze at, either). The real difficulty comes when all eight people get in the boat and have to row in harmony, a fact the cheerleaders learned quickly. “They’re all in sync moving, and then you see us and everybody is all over the place,” Halvarson said laughing. “If we’d gone again, like another day after everybody learned, I think we might’ve done better. We still wouldn’t have won, but we would’ve at least looked better.” Harpool didn’t dispute that. She said the cheerleaders had about 15 minutes in the boat before the race started. Usually, Harpool said, “most people that are actually being taught to row have weeks of building up with different skillsets before they actually row with all eight people in the boat.”  “We’ve never really thrown someone in a boat with very minimal explanation and been like, ‘You just have a few minutes. Figure it out,’” she said. “I don’t think any of us knew what to expect, but they got the boat moving pretty well there by the end.” The race likely isn’t the end of the cheerleaders challenging other teams in their sports. Of course, it always depends on logistics, and Halvarson said it is easiest to arrange when teams aren’t amid their competitive season, which was the case with volleyball and rowing. Currently, Halvarson said the cheerleaders are trying to set something up with the rifle team. And after men’s soccer senior defender Niall Logue overheard Marsch talking about the rowing race in a class they have together, Logue asked to exchange phone numbers so they could try to organize a competition between teams. Plus, Harpool said the cheerleaders’ two cross-sport adventures were brought up at a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting, and “it seemed like everybody across the board loved the concept of switching sports for a day or trying to compete against other teams.” “Everybody is really pumped about the idea and wants to see more of it,” she said, which means, despite the gaps between the rowers and cheerleaders on the water, the cheerleaders appear to be on their way to getting their wish — seeing any remaining social gaps continue to close. read more