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Questions remain despite Australia’s victory in Adelaide

first_imgAustralia’s new-look side delivered the minimum required with a victory over South Africa in the dead rubber third Test on Sunday but there was understandable caution about proclaiming it the dawning of a new era Down Under.The Australians axed half their team and brought in three new caps for the day-nighter in Adelaide after losing the series in an innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart, a fifth straight Test loss that left captain Steve Smith ‘humiliated’.But although Smith lauded the “fight, resilience and character” shown by the team on Sunday, it was a masterful innings from a 29-year-old batsman who made his debut five years ago that laid the groundwork for the seven-wicket victory.Usman Khawaja’s 145 was his country’s only century of the series and finally gave the undoubtedly world class pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood something to bowl at. (Du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia)New cap Peter Handscomb hit a maiden half-century in the first innings and the winning run in the second, while 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw, who had gritted out an unbeaten 34 from 167 balls, was at the other end when the victory was clinched.Middle-order batsman Nic Maddinson failed to score a run in his maiden innings and the recalled Jackson Bird took 3-111 in a solid, if not spectacular, outing as the third seamer.Matt Wade, also recalled, raised the decibel levels behind the stumps but made four runs with the bat as his predecessor as wicketkeeper, Peter Nevill, made a point of his own with 179 not out for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.advertisementWith a three-Test home series against Pakistan coming up next month, a trip to India early next year and a home Ashes series in 12 month’s time, it looks highly likely the selectors will stick with their hand in the short-term. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)After Hobart, coach Darren Lehmann said only Smith, opener Dave Warner and the two pace spearheads were assured of their places in the side.To that quartet must now be added Khawaja, who has been recalled and discarded with regularity over the last five years.Often criticised for his diffidence in a team culture where the pugnacious Warner is offered as the template, the elegant lefthander’s seven-hour epic was proof that there is more than one way to show character on a cricket pitch.As far as South African skipper Faf du Plessis was concerned, Khawaja’s knock was the difference between the team that lost the first two matches and the one that won in Adelaide. (Australia end losing streak with a consolation win)”Hundreds is what changes games for you,” he said.”And that will be the challenge for the Australian team going forward. If they can do that, they will be a good team.”last_img read more

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Emotional Nita Ambani welcomes son Akash’s wife Shloka Mehta to the family. Watch video

first_imgAkash Ambani and Shloka Mehta finally exchanged marital vows in a dreamy ceremony on March 9, after a series of pre-wedding celebrations and a lot of buzz. The who’s who of entertainment, sports, politics, business and dignitaries from around the world made their presence felt at the wedding festivities.Pictures and videos of the celebrations are taking the internet by storm. In a video shared by a paparazzo, the groom’s mother Nita Ambani is seen blessing the couple. An emotional Nita warmly welcoming Shloka to the Ambani family has won over the hearts of netizens, who have flooded the comments section with compliments.Akash and Shloka exchanged garlands at Jio World Centre, and their wedding was nothing less than a fairytale. The venue was beautifully decked up with flowers, including a statue of Lord Krishna made of fresh flowers, and grand fixtures.The wedding was attended by the bigwigs of Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Celebrities from the world of sports, including Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan were also a part of Akash and Shloka’s big day.Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and business baron Ratan Tata were also seen at the wedding.ALSO SEE | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta dance to Maroon 5 live at wedding. Watch videosadvertisementALSO WATCH | Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding: Watch what happened at Jio World Centrelast_img read more

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‘No change’ in Everton boss hunt

first_imgPremier League No change in Everton manager hunt, says Unsworth Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) david unsworth - cropped Getty Images Premier League Everton Everton v Atalanta Southampton v Everton Atalanta UEFA Europa League Despite the likes of Marco Silva and Louis van Gaal being linked with the job at Goodison Park, there appears to be little progress Everton caretaker boss David Unsworth says there has been no development in the pursuit of a new full-time manager.The 44-year-old has been in charge of the first team since Ronald Koeman was sacked in October.Everton or Draw 5/6 v Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Watford’s Marco Silva and former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal have been most heavily linked with the job in recent weeks, but Everton appear to be no closer to making an appointment.Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Atalanta on Thursday, Unsworth told a news conference: “No change [in the manager situation] as far as I’ve been told. We just continue to the next game.”Unsworth, who remains a possible option for the job on a permanent basis, went on to praise Everton’s fans for their support of the time during an unsettled few weeks.”All I can tell all the Everton fans is that the support I’ve had from every single Everton fan I’ve spoken to has been nothing but positive,” he said. “They are fully backing the team.”I’ve not been told of any frustration. They’re fully backing the team; you can see that in the way they have stuck with the team. The backing that we’ve had off our fans has been amazing. I thank them for that.”Unsworth, who welcomed back winger Yannick Bolasie to training on Wednesday, also revealed he has begun talks with director of football Steve Walsh about possible signings in the January transfer window, despite the uncertainty over his own future. | Welcome back, @YannickBolasie!A nice round of applause from the squad as Yannick joined in part of today’s session. #EFC pic.twitter.com/feG8VCTgRu— Everton (@Everton) November 22, 2017″January is crucial. Everything I do is about Everton. Conversations have already taken place on what we need in January. In all aspects of the job I am in communication with every department. That won’t change,” he said.”I have had conversations with Steve Walsh and our recruitment department. We will continue have conversations every day.”Everton’s clash with Serie A side Atalanta is their first since striker Oumar Niasse was given a two-game domestic ban after being found guilty of successful deception of a match official when he won a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.Unsworth insists Niasse was fouled by Scott Dann and believes the retrospective punishment sets “a dangerous precedent”.”He was shocked and I was shocked,” he said. “He doesn’t tell lies and he wouldn’t go down without reason. He wants to score goals. Contact or slight contact, it doesn’t matter. We’re all bitterly disappointed.”My view won’t change. Contact is contact. Anywhere on the pitch, it’s a foul.”I think these people will be very busy if that’s going to be the case. You will have to look into every foul across the board. We don’t want contact taken out the game.”I am all for protecting players but we do have to have experts who know what a foul is. It’s a dangerous precedent that could be set if decisions go against you that are debatable.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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22 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder admits they’re struggling for goalsby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits they’re struggling for goals.The Blades have scored just seven goals in their opening seven games this season, with no player netting more than once.Wilder said: “We’ve been pleased we’ve got the balance right, which I thought we did on Saturday, in terms of the performance, when to go forward, and when to take that opportunity to try and score.”You’ve got to try and score against these teams! You can’t just park yourself on the edge of the box for 95 minutes – that’s not our way.”But you’ve got to understand teams are going to push you back. Liverpool, not that our supporters might like it, might have more possession than us!”We feel that our individual ability at the top of the pitch, if we get the performance right and we create chances, we have the ability to score.”The pressure’s on to score. Like I said, we’ll have to get the points that we want.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Pellegrini undergoes Juve medical ahead of €10m move

first_imgLuca Pellegrini is on the cusp of completing a move to Juventus after arriving at the club’s health centre for a medical on Sunday.The 20-year-old Roma left-back is expected to sign a five-year deal in a reported €10 million (£9m/$11m) switch that will send Leonardo Spinazzola in the opposite direction.Pellegrini, an Italy Under-21 international, spent the second half of last season on loan at Cagliari, where he made 12 appearances in Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare His transfer to Turin will boost Maurizio Sarri’s full-back stocks after the new Bianconeri boss opted not to retain Spinazzola, who struggled for first-team opportunities under Massimiliano Allegri last term.#Juventus : #LucaPellegrini è arrivato al J|Medical // Luca Pellegrini has arrived at J|Medical to undergo his medical tests ahead of his move to Juventus 🇮🇹⚪️⚫️ @goalitalia pic.twitter.com/tpZPNwyKvL — Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 30, 2019 The versatile 26-year-old completed a medical with the Giallorossi on Saturday and could serve as a successor to Inter-linked Alessandro Florenzi on the right side of defence.Pellegrini could soon be followed to the Allianz Stadium by Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer.Goal can confirm that Juventus have reached an agreement with Rabiot after the player refused to sign a new deal with PSG.Rabiot is set to sign a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, which will net him €7 million (£6m/$8m) per season. In addition, Rabiot’s mother Veronique, who serves as his agent, is set to pocket a commission of €10m (£9m/ $11.4m).Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici flew to Paris on Friday in order to close negotiations and a framework has been reached.However, while Rabiot is due to arrive from PSG, Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci could end up heading in the opposite direction to the Parc des Princes.With PSG set to miss out to Juve for the signing of Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt, the Ligue 1 champions have made contact with the representatives of Bonucci.PSG sporting director Leonardo has started tentative talks with representatives of the Italy veteran about making him the club’s latest superstar signing.They will look to take advantage of the added competition at Juventus, should De Ligt’s signing go ahead as planned, by luring away a player who has made nearly 250 appearances for the Serie A champions.Juve have already secured the signing of Turkish defender Merih Demiral from Sassuolo this summer, increasing the possibility that the club will allow stalwart Bonucci to seek a move.last_img read more

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Government Reiterates Commitment to Safeguard Country’s Energy Security

first_imgThe Government is reiterating its commitment to safeguarding the country’s energy security and assures that it has made the right decision to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, PDV Caribe.First announced last week, the Government said it would be taking legislative action in furtherance of obtaining the shares and would begin the formal process in Parliament in short order.At a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister today (January 14), Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, emphasised that the decision taken was out of recognition of a number of important factors.These include the numerous efforts and need to upgrade the refinery from as far back as 2006, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) decision to convert to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019 as well as the fact that JPS makes up 50 per cent of Petrojam’s market.Additionally, new international regulations will make it difficult for Petrojam to sell heavy fuel oil and process it as it now does, which takes effect on January 1, 2020; and banking and operational risks caused by domestic and hemispheric issues and challenges experienced by Venezuela.“Accordingly, it is important and in the interest of the Jamaican people that the Government of Jamaica take decisive and clear action. We are, as a Government, committed to ensuring that we do our very best to make decisions that will secure our energy sector in the interest of the Jamaican people, notwithstanding our appreciation or work with third-party states,” she said.Senator Johnson Smith said the decision was not made without recognition and appreciation of the “space that the Petro Caribe arrangements gave us and the relationship between Venezuela and Jamaica that dates back to the days of Simón Bolívar seeking refuge in Jamaica”.She advised that the Government did make attempts to offer incentives to the Venezuelan Government in the hopes of them selling the shares. However, there has been no take-up.“We did not just offer fair market value, we offered three times that at the first instance and at the second instance. We then increased it further in November (2018),” she said.last_img read more

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MPA, SSA Organise Dialogue Sessions on Navigation Safety

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) collaborated with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to organise the first in a series of dialogue sessions to the shipping community to reinforce the importance of the safety of navigation in the Singapore Strait and Singapore’s port waters. Following the recent collisions, MPA announced several measures on Monday to minimise future marine incidents.The dialogue session was attended by more than 100 representatives from the shipping community, including shipowners, ship managers, ship charterers and shipping agents, who have direct channels to convey the safety messages to the ship masters and officers. The session covered the interim measures to be adopted, as well as reminders to the ships’ crew on their responsibilities and practices on the safe navigation of their ships. The industry welcomed the session and took the opportunity to voice suggestions that could further enhance safe navigation within these waters, which would be considered through further dialogues between MPA and the shipping community.MPA is also in the final stages of developing a safe passage guide for all mariners navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, in cooperation with the littoral states of Malaysia and Indonesia and BIMCO, which will be made available as soon as it is ready.MPA will continue to engage the shipping community to raise their vigilance. MPA will also take appropriate action against any parties that are found to be guilty of navigational safety lapses in the Singapore Strait and within our port waters. Print  Close My location MPA, February 17, 2014last_img read more

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Interview Larger Ships to Be Port of Oaklands New Normal

first_imgThe trend of larger ships calling at the Port of Oakland recorded during the first half of 2017 is expected to become the new normal at the port, especially in the light of the latest infrastructural investments allowing for the handling of bigger ships.“Ship size is increasing in Oakland. Average size vessel here was 8,000 TEU. Moving now toward 14,000 TEU. In a few years, it’ll be 18,000 TEU. Oakland is handling larger ships without difficulty. Carriers don’t hesitate to call with bigger ships. After the obvious infrastructure requirements: 50-foot depth, heightened ship-to-shore cranes; the key is cargo-handling performance. Transformation in our marine terminals allows Oakland to work big ships efficiently and deliver cargo promptly,” Michael Zampa, Port of Oakland’s Communications Director, said while speaking to World Maritime News.Just two years ago, the port was battling congestion issues arising from waterfront contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).Today, Port of Oakland’s Maritime Director John Driscoll boasts of top port productivity among West Coast rivals with 35-to-40 container moves per hour during vessel operations, and ships spending 24 hours, or less, at berth.Furthermore, dockworker issues seem to be a thing of the past with influx of workers keeping pace with growing container business and a vote on a proposed contract extension expected late this summer.So what happened in the past two years that resulted in the port posting record results this June, and total cargo volume increase of 2.7 percent through the first half of 2017?The answer is capacity building.As explained by Driscoll while commenting on the port’s half-year results, there will be fewer ports in the next decade, and winners will be those with the ability to work megaships; and those providing maritime-related services that help shippers cut costs or improve efficiency.For the Port of Oakland, he added, 2017 would be remembered as the year the port took major steps forward on both fronts.Touching upon the port’s activities on strengthening its competitiveness when compared to West Coast neighbors, Zampa noted that Oakland has significantly improved terminal performance by transforming operations.“Recent changes include night gates, appointment systems, express lanes for cargo pick-up, a dedicated empty container yard, inland depot, additional equipment and more labor.”“Oakland’s position in the Transpacific Trade is a competitive advantage. Oakland is the last stop before vessels return to Asia. That makes it especially attractive to exporters. The shortest distance to Asian markets is Oakland-to-Asia. Geography also benefits Oakland. Proximity to Central Valley growers and Napa/Sonoma vintners helps make Oakland one of the major U.S. export gateways,” Zampa continued.“Oakland is one of the only U.S. ports with a trade balance: 51 percent exports, 49 percent imports.”In June, Driscoll said that the port envisions to see over USD 600 million in investment in infrastructural projects aimed at bolstering Oakland’s status of a major trade hub.These have included so far a terminal upgrade, a new operating system at Everport marine terminal, along with USD 100-million rail yard completed in 2016.In addition, USD 14 million crane-raising for six cranes began in the second quarter of 2016, with the first crane currently being outfitted with 26-foot extensions. Furthermore, TraPac marine terminal began construction aimed at increasing its Oakland footprint by 86 percent, and a new gate complex is expected to be completed by the year-end.The Port of Oakland set an all-time record in June import volume having handled the equivalent of 80,253 full 20-foot import containers. That broke the previous all-time record for the month of 78,326 containers set in June 2006.“Oakland import volume has increased in four consecutive months and five of the first six in 2016. It’s a reflection of Transpacific trade growth generally and continued strong U.S. consumer demand. Analysts forecast continued low-to-mid single-digit growth through the peak season,” Zampa told WMN while speaking on the reasons behind the cargo influx rise, and the business operation forecast for the rest of the year.Namely, following the bullish forecast from the US National Retail Federation on possible all-time highs for July and August containerized import volume, the port said it was ready for the record peak-season import volume, which should flow smoothly through the Port of Oakland.The cargo rise comes on the heels of the ongoing consolidation in the container shipping market, spearheaded by alliances of major liner companies, and their respective network reshuffling and cascading of ships.Following the realignment last spring, there are now 31 vessel services calling Oakland, according to the port. The big change in the wake of realignment was an increase in direct Oakland service to-and-from Southeast Asia, with vessel calls from that region up 50 percent since January.“Oakland has managed realignment and consolidation without any disruption. Cargo volume is up and containers are moving through terminals without disruption. With three international marine terminals, there was little room for cargo dislocation during alliance reshuffling,” Zampa added.When asked about the potential effect of the fact that the ports on the East Coast have started welcoming their biggest containerships yet now that the Bayonne Bridge has been raised, Zampa replied that it was too soon to say what the impact of East Coast port improvements will be on the West Coast.“Oakland expects to maintain/grow market share because it serves a discreet market – Northern California and Western Nevada – that can only be served efficiently and cost-effectively through the Port of Oakland. This is a vibrant, growing market. The port has improved operating performance and is expanding its high-value logistics capabilities to attract more business,” he went on to say.Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: Port of Oaklandlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for highway sign replacement until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of a flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. A detour route is available on Trunk 3 from Hubbards to Blockhouse. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 NEW WORK -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207 near Lawrencetown Beach will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one-lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 There will be periodic highway lane closings near the West Brooklyn underpass for road repairs until Saturday, March 31. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control persons. Traffic may be stopped for short periods. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge located on Tannery Road in the town of Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour route will be available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, to replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road, at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County, is closed to all traffic for construction of a new underpass structure from Monday, March 19 until Friday, Aug. 31. The public is asked to take an alternate route.last_img read more

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Russia Boxing Federation demands AIBA overhaul

first_imgMoscow: The head of the Russian Boxing Federation on Wednesday called for “big reform” of the International Federation (AIBA) in a last-ditch bid to keep the organisation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The call came a week after the International Olympic Committee recommended AIBA be barred from organising the Olympic Boxing tournament because of governance issues. “We must move from words to deeds…to re-elect the entire AIBA leadership,” said Russian boxing head and AIBA executive committee member Umar Kremlev. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”It is necessary to carry out the most serious reforms in AIBA as soon as possible,” he said in a statement, adding that addressing the organisation’s debts should be a primary concern. “We must listen and accept all the comments made by the IOC, eliminate all the shortcomings that still exist. Our goal is to protect the interests of boxers and coaches.” The IOC’s recommendation needs to be approved at a full IOC session in June, but its adoption is likely to be a formality. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upIf AIBA is kept away from the Games, it will be the first international federation blocked from organising its own sport at the Olympics. The IOC has been losing patience with boxing since a judging scandal at the 2016 Rio Games when all 36 officials and referees were suspended while allegations of bout-fixing were investigated. Last year the federation elected controversial Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov as its head but he has since resigned. Rakhimov has been linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department but he has vigorously denied the allegations, saying his presence on a sanctions list was a “mistake”.last_img read more

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Cong candidates skip meet to examine Delhi LS poll debacle

first_imgNew Delhi: None of the Congress’ seven Lok Sabha election candidates from the national capital attended the Saturday meeting of a party committee on examining the poll debacle in Delhi. The meeting of the Delhi Congress’ probe committee was attended by some leaders, including two district presidents of the New Delhi parliamentary constituency, but no MP candidate from the party was available as many of them are out of the city, committee member Yoganand Shastri said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarThe panel, which was formed by the party’s Delhi president Sheila Dikshit last Monday to look into the reasons behind its poor performance in the general elections, had met last week. The five-member committee will submit its report to the Dikshit in 10 days. Besides Dikshit, who contested from North East Delhi, Rajesh Lilothia and Vijender Singh, Congress candidates from North West Delhi and South Delhi, respectively, have appeared before the committee so far. All the seven Congress candidates lost the Lok Sabha polls, to their BJP rivals. “The party leaders and workers have expressed the view that the Congress can spring up a surprise in the assembly pols in Delhi, provided everyone unites to face the challenge,” Shastri said.last_img read more

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Arvind Kejriwal Manish Sisodia dare BJP to arrest them over classroom scam

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia have hit out at the BJP for accusing them of corruption in the construction of classrooms. Saying the BJP was deliberately keeping schools in a poor condition in the states it rules, they dared the BJP to have them arrested. Three BJP MPs from Delhi had earlier on Monday accused Kejriwal and Sisodia of a Rs 2000 crore scam in the awarding of contracts for the construction of classrooms across Delhi. They claimed that the AAP was constructing classrooms at Rs 8,800 per square foot. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief They also alleged the contracts had been awarded to associates and relatives of Kejriwal and Sisodia. They had said they would take the matter to the Lok Pal. The issues comes just months ahead of the Assembly election in Delhi. Sisodia and Kejriwal took to Twitter to air their grievances with the allegations against them. “For the first time, poor children are studying in such good schools. Before, only rich children could even go close to such schools. Now, the children of auto drivers, ayahs and labourers are becoming doctors, engineers and lawyers. BJP does not want this to happen. That is why BJP is intentionally keeping schools in a poor condition in the states it rules,” read a tweet from Kejriwal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC “BJP’s CBI has already investigated all our files. They found nothing. If there has been a scam, why don’t you arrest us immediately? You have all the agencies. Why do you want to stop the good education that the poor are getting?” he said in another tweet.”I challenge Manoj Tiwari, if I have taken part in some scam, let him arrest me. Either arrest me by this evening or apologise to the people of Delhi. Apologise to the parents and children of Delhi, for whom these schools are being built,” Sisodia’s tweet read. With the Delhi Assembly elections just months away, the BJP is taking a shot at the classroom project, which the AAP has been among the key focus areas for the Kejriwal government. The AAP has repeatedly touted its construction of classrooms as a key achievement, even as it acknowledged that there was a shortage of about 45,000 teachers. In the recent Lok Sabha elections as well, the AAP had appealed for votes on the basis of its work on constructing the classrooms and for its claimed improvement in the delivery of health services. However, the party had lost in all seven of Delhi’s Lok Sabha constituencies, and placed second in only one. (With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

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3 killed as car catches fire near Akshardham

first_imgNew Delhi: A 34-year-old woman and her two daughters aged (2) and (5) died after the car in which they were travelling caught fire in East Delhi’s Akshardham area on Sunday evening.Whereas her husband, identified as Upendra (36), along with another daugter (3) had managed to get down from the car. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Jasmeet Singh said that the probable cause behind the incident is fire in the CNG cylinder. “The person who was driving the car managed to get down from the car with one kid but his wife and two daughters could not get down,” said DCP Singh adding that the family belongs to UP’s Loni area. Chief Fire Officer from Delhi Fire Services (DFS) Atul Garg said that they received a call regarding the fire around 6.33 pm on Sunday and fire tenders were rushed to the spot. Police said that the investigation is going on to know the actual reason behind the incident. “Probe is on from all angles. The victims are being counselled,” added police officer. DFS fire chief further added after dousing the fire, the bodies were taken out by the team. “They were not charred in the fire,” said Garg. The photograph of the vehicle showed that the car was completely gutted in the fire. “We can’t say how fire took place as the car was completely charred,” added Garg. It is suspected that the family was coming from South East Delhi when the incident took place. In an alleged video of the incident which was taking rounds in the social media group, it can be seen that one person holding a kid was crying. A car was also seen in flames. “Save my wife and children I don’t know how it happened,” the person said in the video. DCP Singh further stated that survivors told them that they were returning back to Loni when the incident took place. “There was the sudden spark in the front side of the car and the Upendra took the car in the corner and had only time to escape with one of the children,” said DCP East. In January, three persons were burnt to death and two others sustained injuries after a microvan and an SUV collided and burst into flames on Anand Vihar flyway in Shahdara.last_img read more

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Trumps Travel Ban Suffers Another Blow

Rabat – A ruling from the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals marks the second appeals court decision against Trump’s revised ‘travel ban.’ This is a blow for the Trump administration which has repeatedly defended the ban.The ruling, issued on Mondayfrom a three judge panel was unanimous and upheld most aspects of a ruling made in March by Federal District Court in Hawaii that stayed Trump’s revised version of his travel ban.That ban, an executive order issued by Trump, temporarily blocked refuges and nationals from six majority Muslim nations from coming to the US and has faced repeated challenges since an initial order was issued in January. This latest court room battle comes after the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar decision last month which also upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the ban. The Trump administration has already decided to challenge that decision in the US Supreme Court.While the Fourth Circuit wrote that the ban was in violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution which prohibits government establishment of religion, the Ninth Circuit challenged the ban on the statutory grounds that Trump had acted beyond his authority under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.According to the decision that law “requires that the President exercise his authority only after meeting the precondition of finding that entry of an alien or class of aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States. Here, the President has not done so.”The court added, “The order does not offer a sufficient justification to suspend the entry of more than 180 million people on the basis of nationality” and that “National security is not a ‘talismanic incantation’ that once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power.”This decision from the Ninth Circuit further complicates Trump’s position on the travel ban and will likely impact how the Supreme Court handles the issue. read more

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Ohio State looks to break from recent tradition in Sweet 16 matchup

If all the madness of March could be examined and condensed for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, it’d probably read as one word: pressure. No, this isn’t last year’s team that was the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and heavy favorite to win it all. But that sort of pressure, in more way than one, still remains. For the third-straight year, the Buckeyes have advanced to the Sweet 16. They are set to play Cincinnati at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Boston’s TD Garden. Out of 345 Division I basketball teams, only OSU and Kentucky have managed to accomplish such a feat. The question on everyone’s mind, though, is whether or not the Buckeyes’ season, for the third-straight year, will end there too. It’s even gotten to the point that some have suggested the Sweet 16 is now an expectation for OSU and anything but just isn’t good enough anymore. OSU coach Thad Matta doesn’t seem to think so, though. “I’ve never been one to care a whole lot about what other people think,” Matta said with laugh. “Obviously nobody wants to win more than myself and the players do.” While making it to the Sweet 16 is a goal of OSU and Matta’s, he was clear it’s not the end-all-be-all of their aspirations. “I think being in the situation is great, but being complacent or satisfied is something that we don’t want to do,” he said. “The goal is to be playing on Saturday.” Matta also wanted to point out that this year’s team is “a completely different team” than the past two teams that made it to and lost in the Sweet 16. Still, he hoped lessons were learned the last time the Buckeyes were on such a stage. “I do hope that for William (Buford) and the freshmen that they remember what it feels like to be sent home and you hope that it serves as a reminder, as motivation, whatever you want to call it,” Matta said. What’s different compared to years past is OSU’s opponent Thursday: Cincinnati. Traditionally-and by nature-teams facing off in the Sweet 16 have little familiarity with each other. For example, the Buckeyes’ last two opponents were out of the Southeastern Conference-last year’s being Kentucky and the year before that, Tennessee. This year, however, it’s a neighboring Ohio school that stands in OSU’s way of reaching the Elite 8. Cincinnati, one of four Ohio-based teams (including OSU) to make the Sweet 16, will have its first crack at the Buckeyes since December 2006. Perhaps more notably, it’s just the second time the teams have met since the Bearcats defeated the Buckeyes in consecutive national championship games in 1961 and 1962. That, and OSU’s intentional or unintentional avoidance of playing other Ohio teams, is why some have suggested that there’s even extra pressure on OSU Thursday. But, Matta said he doesn’t want to look at it that way.  “From that standpoint, I think that there’s so much more made on the outside than on the inside. … I want them to play their best basketball regardless of who we’re playing,” he said. For the Buckeyes, the perceived additional challenge of facing an in-state team is more or less a non-factor. “(The players are) pretty callous to that in terms of, ‘Hey, if we don’t play our best basketball, we don’t have a chance to win on Thursday night’ and they know that,” Matta said.   Rather than the contest being so focused on the intrigue of the matchup between OSU and UC, Matta said he thinks this is more about the NCAA Tournament. “This is about trying to get to the Elite 8 and have a chance to play for the national championship,” he said. “Both teams are in the exact same position in that regard.” Right or wrong, the perception out there is that the pressure on OSU to win and advance, perhaps, is as high as it’s been all season.  And it won’t be easy. The Bearcats have been among the nation’s hottest teams since early February, winning 11 of the last 14 since dropping three in a row against West Virginia, Syracuse and Rutgers. Matta said what stands out to him the most are their multi-dimensional guards and the presence that senior forward Yancy Gates commands down low. He also said it seems that the Bearcats have seem to finally found their rhythm. “I think what happened is a very talented group of guys came together. … You’ve got a talented group of guys that have come together and are playing great basketball,” Matta said. Still, OSU said it will treat this game as they would any other. “It’s more about advancing then who you’re advancing against,” Matta said. And that’s exactly what the Buckeyes hope to do Thursday in Boston. read more

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Father of 7 gets 4 years jail for trafficking 34 kilos

59-year-old Standley Pyle of Norton and Camp Streets, Georgetown, was jailed for four years and fined $30,000 after pleading guilty to trafficking 34 kilograms of marijuana, when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman earlier today.Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford in presenting facts to the court relayed that on September 10, 2017, CANU ranks went to the home of Pyle where they conducted a search which led to the discovery of the illicit substance contained in three cartoon boxes and two barrels. The father of seven begged for the courts leniency and the Magistrate after considering all mitigating factors imposed the custodial sentence and fine. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of 3 fined $8.4M, jailed for drug trafficking; claims “I did it for my children”February 1, 2019In “Court”Duo busted with marijuana remanded to prisonFebruary 25, 2014In “Crime”60 months jail for man found guilty of trafficking MarijuanaAugust 25, 2014In “Crime” read more

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Guyanas Ramdhani shines in Canada

Guyana’s top-ranked badminton player Narayan Ramdhani showed his worth in his first tournament in Edmonton Alberta Canada when representing The Kings University.Ramdhani and his men’s doubles partner Joel SimroseRamdhani has been attending college and training in Canada with Shuttlesport Badminton Academy for the past two years. Over the weekend, the young man gave a glimpse of his true potential, showing that his hard work over the past two years is paying off.Ramdhani walked away from the tournament with a silver in the Men’s doubles event and a bronze in the Mixed Doubles event, after making it up to the semi-final stage. The Guyanese player found himself pitted against some of the best players in Alberta on the familiar Kings University Badminton Courts.Taken out of a draw of 64, Ramdhani and his open men’s doubles partner Joel Simrose were seeded Number 2, and as a result were given a bye in the first round of the competition.However, in the second round, the duo faced off with Jacky Chung & Stewart Tieu, and were ready for battle. They won by a lengthy margin 21-10, 21-16. In the third round of play, Ramdhani and Simrose found themselves playing against Anshuma Sharma and Rohan Sharma in an extremely close encounter, but they prevailed 21-18, 21-18.This win plunged the duo into the quarterfinal, where they met with Sony Augustine and Jiju Kiliyankand. Although the first set was close, 21-19, the pair fought hard to win the second convincingly 21-10. The semifinal wasn’t much of a challenge for the Guyanese and his partner, as they defeated Kartil Gohil and Harpeet Singh 21-11, 21-16.However, the finals of the men’s doubles was the stage that truly posed a challenge to the pair. There they fought hard, but had to settle for second place as they lost to the number 1 seeded pair of Kevin Chow and Alex Fung 21-17, 21-18The Guyanese badminton player then ventured into the open mixed doubles competition. When paired with Angelica Alberto, the duo were seeded Number 2 in the draw of 32, and as such were given a bye in the first round of play.Upon entering the second round, the pair was required to face off with Se Jun Sunwoo and Nicole Ramos in an encounter which they won 21-12, 21-19. As such, they advanced to the quarterfinal, and eventually overcame their opponents Wenlong Huang and Zixin Jiao in two comfortable sets.The semi-final was a challenge for the two as the Number three-seeded pair of Kevin Chow & Tina Wasilik put up a fight to cop the finals spot. Their opponents got the better of Ramdhani and Alberto in a 21-12, 21-15 contest. However, the Guyanese player and his partner ended in third position. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese Duo for Suriname Badminton ChampionshipsNovember 1, 2013In “Local News”Ramdhani finishes fifth in Vancouver Island University Under-23 Badminton TournamentNovember 21, 2016In “Sports”Badminton 2013: A Year of improved development and successDecember 28, 2013In “Sports” read more

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Happy Birthday Shayera Thal aka Hawkwoman

first_imgWe’ve been #blessed to have so many manifestations of great characters in comics. However, some of those characters come with some complicated history, but we love them all the same. Today, we’re here to honor one of those ladies who have a confusing bit of history, but a woman who and shouldn’t forget. Let’s all celebrate the birthday of our Silver Age Hawkgirl, wait.. no, Hawkwoman, Shayera Thal.Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, Shayera Thal made her comic debut alongside her husband Hawkman (Katar Hol) in Brave and the Bold #34. This issue not only marked the first appearance for Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl but also introduced us to their origin story as well. Shayera and Katar were born on Thanagar, a place occupied by the Hawk-People and multiple other races. In this place, Shayera’s mother died and abandoned by her father. She’s then raised by her grandfather Thal Provis in the slums of the city. Later, this bit of history would change Thal to be her father.In Brave and the Bold #34, we see Shayera and Katar as a married couple on the Thanagarian police force. They are both officers sent to earth to study earthly police techniques. It was while they were examining the practices they happened upon a threat that could destroy the earth. Byth, a creature that can shapeshift at well (and who legit has a thousand shapes) started doing the crime. Shayera and Katar were happy to shell out justice. With help, they created secret identities on earth, Carter and Shiera Hall, but also had their identities as Hawkgirl and Hawkman. Shayera and Katar would continue as Carter and Shiera Hall for a while. They worked as curators at the Midway City Museum, creating a base of operations inside and working with the police as Hawkgirl and Hawkman whenever they needed them.Interestingly enough, Shayera wouldn’t keep this name for long. The couple operated as Hawkgirl and Hawkman respectively. However, Shayera would later change her name to Hawkwoman in World’s Finest Comics #274. She left a note on her husband’s bedside telling him that she left. She didn’t do this to hurt him. Shayera did it to form her own identity outside of his and create something of her own. It’s admirable and brave what she does, especially to come back a few issues later to not only reveal her new identity but come back and fight to leave off into some “unfinished business.” It’s also a little funny because it feels like Shayera gained such a great sense of identity in the Silver Age to last a lifetime only to have it shifted and molded later on.There’s one thing you have to know about the history of Shayera Thal. This will go for the history of Hawkgirl, Hawkman, and Hawks in general. I’ve hinted at it in the beginning, but things start to get a bit intricate with a lot of complexity. At the time of Hawkwoman’s run, DC was beginning to split up their universe which becomes Earth-One and Earth-Two. This was made to help contain and understand continuity errors within the comics. During the Infinite Crisis event, Shayera’s Hawkwoman would be Earth One (Silver), while they created another Hawkgirl for Earth-Two (Golden). However, they would simultaneously live together on Earth. How? No one knows. This is where Hawkwoman’s (or Shayera Thal’s) history becomes a little uncertain.After the event, Hawkman’s history was retconned into something different. In turn, Silver Age Hawkwoman needed to be explained and examined to fit with his stories. This lead Earth-Two Hawkgirl to be put in limbo for an extended period and allowed Hawkwoman to be rebooted. Let’s all take a breather and take that in. There’s so much more we can get into within this history, but it’s already very confusing. That said, it’s a bit tough to recommend comics if you want to get into the badass that is Hawkwoman. However, let’s try our very best, shall we?The first book you have to read is the very first issue with Shayera and Katar being cops. The both of them share a “ride or die” type of relationship, and it all starts in Brave and the Bold #34. If you’d like to see her adventures with Hawkman as Hawkgirl, Hawkman (1964-1968) is a must. If you want to jump into her first adventures as Hawkwoman, World’s Finest Comics #247. This is the issue she leaves Hawkman, but she finds their way back to the group in World’s Finest Comics #279. A couple of other Hawkwoman comics you should check out are the following: The Shadow War of Hawkman #1, Hawkworld, Hawkman Special, Justice League of America, and Legend of Hawkman.Shayera Thal is a character not long forgotten even though comics has her muddy. One of my favorite characters in the Justice League was Hawkgirl. This version of Hawkgirl was based off the Silver Age and voiced by Maria Canals-Barrera. In Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, the creators and writers carried some of her histories from the comics to the screen. Another version of Shayera Thal can be found in Young Justice, and in this cartoon, she goes by the name Hawkwoman.There’s something about Hawkwoman that’s magnetic. She may be a Silver Age character, and her history may be in zig-zags. There’s also something refreshing about her, especially in the realm of finding her identity. She’s someone whose strong on their own, wanting to carve their path, insert their own values out from the weight of her well-known husband. She forges her way to find who SHE is, which makes her incredible to say the lest. I’d like to raise a wing to Hawkwoman. A woman that indeed soared above us all to indeed find who she is and what she wants. Happy birthday Shayera Thal! View as: One Page Slides1. TJ FriasSee It Here2. Eric MatosSee It Here3. SeleneSee It Here4. Ed CattoSee It Here5. StoryboardFotoSee It Here6. 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Crews respond to rollover accident on I5 north near Highway 500

first_imgEmergency crews are responding to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 5 in Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The crash occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway, south of the ramp to state Highway 500 eastbound.Traffic monitors at the Washington Department of Transportation showed stop-and-go traffic between the accident site and the Fourth Plain Boulevard exit.last_img